Munster Trail running race comes to Clonakilty

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Posted on: 8th February, 2016

Category: Sport & Fitness

Contributor: West Cork People

The second race in the Munster Mountain Running Calendar will take place on Sunday, February 7 in Castlefreke, Clonakilty at 1pm. The race is hosted by the Clonakilty Roadrunners AC and will take place in beautiful forest trails around a very picturesque five km route. The race is suitable for all abilities and is a gentle introduction to the sport of trail running.

The race is part of a Sunday series around Munster including Mangerton in Killarney, Claragh Mountain in Millstreet and Mt Hillary near Banteer. Last year’s winner Tom Blackburn from Mooreabbey Millers AC went on to win an international medal with the Irish team at the world mountain running championship in Wales. Tom is coming back to Clonakilty this year to defend his title but competition will be fierce

The race starts at the forest barrier in the car park in Castlefeke and follows the forest trail up towards the old ‘Wart Well’. The trail then descends through the woods and follows a route to the old lodge and then a 1km run along beautiful Long Strand. From here it is up and up to the High Cross with a very welcome downhill finish to the forest barrier and Finish Line.   

As per mountain running rules you must run with a jacket, no matter what the weather.  There is a kiddies (500m) and Junior (1.5km) race at 12.30 before the main race with prises for all.  You have to register annual membership with Irish Mountain Running Association (IMRA.ie) on the day (€10) and the race fee is €5. Compliments of Coillte, all runners will take away an oak sapling to plant at home. For full race details see IMRA.ie.

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