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CANCELLED - Belgooly 4 Mile Road Race 2020

Saturday 26 December 2020, 12:00

Contact Location DistanceTypeChampionshipPermitMeasured
Belgooly AC Belgooly 4M Road No Yes N/A

The Dick Copithorne Memorial Run - Belgooly Annual 4 Mile Road Race


12:00 noon, St Stephen's Day, Saturday December 26th 2020


Organised and hosted by Belgooly AC

This event is run under an Athletics Ireland permit/licence

This course was measured by John Quigley, AIMS/IAAF Grade 'A' Measurer


Statement from Belgooly AC

Belgooly AC 4 mile road race St Stephen's Day 2020

It is with regret that the board of Belgooly AC have had to cancel our annual 4 mile road race on St Stephen's Day, due to the ongoing Covid-19 Pandemic. This has been a popular and well supported event on the Cork Christmas sports calendar for a long number of years and it is disappointing that it has had to join the long list of cancelled events this year.

Along with  being the club's only road race it has also been a significant funding stream for our charity partners. The Bowel Cancer Unit in the CUH. As many charities have seen a major cut to their funding this year the club has taken the decision to make a €500 donation from club funds to the  Bowel Cancer Unit in the CUH.

The club will not be holding a virtual race but we would like to encourage our regular supporters to go for a run/jog/walk on St Stephen's Day to keep up the tradition and, if they can do so, to make a donation directly to the Bowel Cancer Unit in the CUH, in recognition of the fantastic work they do for all those people who require their services.

The club would like to take this opportunity to wish all current and past supporters of our race a very happy, peaceful and safe Christmas, and we all look forward to a brighter and covid free 2021

Donations to CUH Bowel Cancer Unit

Anyone who wants to donate may do so directly to the club via John Copithorne. Cheques/Postal Orders should be payable to "Bowel Cancer Unit CUH".  John's address is John Copithorne, Belgooly, Co. Cork

Alternatively, donations in an envelope, clearly marked Bowel Cancer Unit CUH, may be given to John Copithorne, or any Belgooly Committee member.

Please ensure that your name and contact details are included, so that donations can be acknowledged. Blegooly AC's Fund closes on Friday January 15th and the Presentation to Bowel Cancer Unit CUH will be made towards the end of January.

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Results of Previous Belgooly 4 Mile Road Races


Belgooly 4 2014


Belgooly 4 Mile Road Race 2015 - Race Cancelled due to Flooding in Belgooly Village


Belgooly 4 2016


Belgooly 4 2017


Belgooly 4 2018


Belgooly 4 mile Road Race - Event Details


Register Online for Belgooly 4


Registration also on the day, in Belgooly GAA club



Belgooly GAA Club Location


Belgooly 4 Mile Road Race Route

Route on MapMyRun


Belgooly 4 2015 Course Route Map


Route Elevation Profile

Belgooly 4 - Course Elevation Profile

Belgooly 4 2015 Course Elevation Profile
Note: The sharp rise abefore the 2 Mile mark - this is Google being fooled by trees. That "hump" is a gradual rise, until shortly after the grotto, when a series of short sharp climbs start.


Start Line

View Facing the Start Line - approx. 700m on Kinsale side of the village

Belgooly 4 Start A


Passing thro' Belgooly Village

Belgooly Village
 Belgooly 4 - Belgooly Village


1 Mile Mark

Belgooly 1M
The 1 Mile mark is on the bend at the end of the long straight, on the Cork side of the village, approx. 1km out.

2 Mile Mark

Belgooly 2M
The two mile mark is on a straight section, before the Grotto.

Belgooly 4 - 2 Mile Mark

Belgooly Turn 1

After the 2 Mile mark, pass around the S bends and take a left off the main road, followed by another immediate left.

Belgooly 4 - Turning off main road

Belgooly Turn 2

Left and left again

Belgooly 4 - Turn

Belgooly Turn 3

Left onto back road, running, more or less, parallel to the main road

Passing the entrance to Robert Splaine's Equestrian Centre Belgooly Splaine


Belgooly 4 - Robert Splaine's Equestrian Centre

300m or so of a stiff drag/climb

 3 Mile Mark

Belgooly 4 3 Miles A
The 3 mile mark comes on a nice downhill section, followed by a short flat, then the start of a half mile of undulations

800m to Go

Belgooly 4 800m to go A

Belgooly 4 - 800m to go

400M to Go

Belgooly 4 400m to go

The 400m mark is just after the school (on left)
Belgooly 4 - 400m to go

After the final junction, there is another gradual downslope - beware of the road camber on the left as you drop down - it slopes sharply to the left, so you may be better off staying towards the centre of the road
Belgooly 4 - Last downhill

The Finish Line

Belgooly Hill 3


Belgooly 4 - Finish
Belgooly 4 Finish B

The finish line is at the end of the hill, before the humpback bridge


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