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Preview of the John Buckley Sports 10 miler in Cork City...

Registration...As of 2016, the race HQ is Shandon Boat Club which is located at the most westerly point on the Maina, about 400m from Pairc Ui Chaoimh. There is plenty of parking in the area....outside the club house, along the quayside or outside the GAA stadium.



Shandon Boat Club is approx 1.7 miles from the main Bus Station in Cork City Centre.


Map...The race is mainly on the Centre Park Road / Monahan Road circuit...the Marina....Mahon walkway.....and the old railway line through Blackrock.


The course can be broken down into two parts....the Centre Park Road / Monahan Road circuit which consists of two laps and the bigger loop taking in the walkways in Mahon and Blackrock.

Part 1.......The map below shows the Monahan Road /Centre Park Road circuit which covers the initial 4 miles of the course. The Yellow arrows show the loop for the first loop. The Blue arrows show the route for the second lap. It is practically dead flat.



The race starts about 400m east of the Lee Rowing Club clubhouse near the far end of the Atlantic Pond. The start is narrow enough with the river on your right hand side.

The next 400m along the Marina remains narrow with limited opportunities to pass some of the slower runners. After you pass Pairc Ui Chaoimh and the Rowing Club, you turn left onto the wider Centre Park Road...

Straight past the next junction...around a bend...and then there is a long straight section ahead.

You run towards the city centre and at 1.4 mles, you turn left at the roundabout...

 ....and then past the petrol station and left on to Monahan Road...

 As you can see from the photo above and below, the road is dead flat...

At 2.2 miles, you turn left...

and 100m later, you come to a T-junction...

First time around, you turn left. On the second lap, you turn right and back towards the Marina...


Part 2.....The map below shows the second part the course...the last 6 miles.



Back on the Marina at 4.1 miles and past the Rowing Club again....

This is a nice scenic part of the course with the River Lee on the left. Around the 4.2 mile mark, you pass Pairc Ui Chaoimh on the right....

....and then proceed along the Marina which is lined on both sides with trees.

The view around the 5 mile mark as you approach the end of the Marina with the shipping terminal in Tivoli just across the water...

At the end of the Marina at 5.2 miles, you proceed up the hill by the Pier Head Inn. This is the most serious hill on the course and lasts about 400m. It starts reasonably steep but soon eases off.

The road stays level for a short while and drops again around 5.5 miles...

There is a slight pull on the other side up to the gates of Blackrock Castle at 5.7 miles...

Back down a slight drop and then you turn off the road and in though a car park at 5.8 miles and onto a public walkway...

This next section is dead flat and is probably the nicest part of the course. After the car park, you have a long straight section ahead as the River Lee to your left leaves the city...

At 6.2 miles, the path turns to the right to reveal the inner harbour of Cork....

Around the corner, the pathway slowly curves as it follows the waters edge...

View at 6.7 miles as the course begins to turn more south-west...

Around 7.6 miles, you'll see the old railway bridge over the Douglas Estuary. This was part of the old railway line from Cork City to Crosshaven and closed back in 1932.

At the end of this section, there is a very short pull.......

........and you then join another path at 7.8 miles which follows the route of the old railway in towards the city....


At 7.9 miles, you come to the last 'hill' on the course which is a pedestrian bridge over the South Link Road. It is quite steep but by its very nature, it is also very short...

View from the top looking south-west over the Douglas Estuary....

There is of course, a short downhill section on the far side...

From here, the course is more or less dead flat as you follow the old railway line. Around 9 miles, you come what used to be Blackrock Station....

....and how it looked back then......

Near the 9.6 mile mark, you come out onto the Marina.


Updated 2016 finish details......


Note that for 2016, the finish will be next to Lee Rowing Club. At the end of the railway line path, just continue on down the Marina and turn left into the entrance for the Rowing club.


Overall.......One hilly section around 5.2 miles. Otherwise mostly dead flat. About 40% of the course is on public walkways. It would be considered a fast 10 mile course and the times should reflect that.