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Race Information - 37th Evening Echo Women's Mini-Marathon 2018

37th Evening Echo Cork Women's Mini-Marathon - Race Information & FAQ

Centre Park Road, Cork

1pm Sunday September 16th 2018


Organised and Hosted by Cork Athletics

 

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Enter 37th Evening Echo Cork Women's Mini-Marathon

 

The Course FAQ

 

The 2018 Course

Major changes are planned for this year's race.  The changes have been introduced to make the event a more memorable and pleasurable experienced for all participants, walkers and runners alike.

The biggest change is that course will be a 6km race (or 3.73 Miles) event. This means that all participants should be able to assemble and start on Centre Park Road, eliminating the hectic merge of previous years, at the Mill Road / Centre Park Road, making for a much smoother start for all.

 

Time Zones

Another change new to the race is the introduction of Time Zones. These will be self-selected zones, starting at Sub-24 Minutes, starting with 2 to 3 Minute (exact ranges yet to be decided) zones, with higher ranges as times increase.

 

So....How will this work? Will I be told which Time Zone I must Go To?

The zones are entirely voluntary - YOU choose the time zone most appriate for your own expected finish time.  The zones will be clearly marked on both sides of the road, between the start line and the the junction of Centre Park Road and Victoria Road.

 

Walkers

I've always walked the course, but I've always started at the front. Can I do the same this year?
The time zones are completely voluntary, however we urge to please not start at the front, but further back, in a zone appropriate to your own estimated finish time. If you do start at the front, you will be passed, immediately after the start, by thousands of runners, going much faster than you, possibly leading to a less than pleasant experience.  The principle behind the time zones is that all participants will start smoothly, getting right into their own pace from the outset, leading to a far more enjoyable and safe experience.  This will only work properly if all participants start in a realistic time zone for their pace and finish time.

 

 

cork womens 6k mini marathon start line Starting on Centre Park Road

 

 1km Markcork womens 6k mini marathon 1k mark

1km Mark - Just After Marquee Entrance

 

Turn right onto Marina

Turn right, onto Marina, at Lee Rowing Club

 

2k Mark

The 2km Mark is approx. half-way along the Marina, just after the turn onto the Old Railway Line Pathway

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Marina, approaching Blackrock Village

 

3km

The 3km Mark is just after Blackrock Village, approaching St. Michael's Church

cork womens 6k mini marathon 3k mark

Approaching St Michael's Church, Blackrock

 

 

4km Mark

The 4km mark is on the downhill section approaching Ballintemple

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Downhill into Ballintemple

 

 

Maryville

Turn right onto Maryville

Turn right onto Maryville

 

 

CAB / Pairc Ui Caoimh

Downhill on Maryville, passing CAB, with the 3 Mile Mark on the hill

Downhill on Maryville, passing CAB


5km Mark

The 5km Mark is adjacent to Suttons Coal depot, and just after Pairc Ui Caoimh

 

Passing Sutton's Coal, with about a half Mile to go

Passing Sutton's Coal, with a kilometer to go

 

 

The Finish Line - 6kmcork womens 6k mini marathon finish line

The Finish Line, by Kennedy Park

 

 

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FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions

1. How can I enter?


2. Where is the entry desk in Cork


3. Can I enter online?  


4. I entered online this week but I never got my number.


5. I lost/forgot my race number.


6. Where do I wear my number?   


7. I haven't entered and don't have a number


8. I haven't entered, I want all my money to go to charity


9. Where do I go on the day?


10.  I intend running, is there a separate area for runners?


11. I intend walking, but I want to get away early. Can I start at the front?


12. What is the Route?


13. How long is the race?


14. Are there water stations along the course?


15. Are there toilets on the course?


16. What medical backup is there?


17. What if I see a medical emergency?


18. Will there be traffic on the course?


19. What happens when we finish?


20. When will the results be available?


21. Can I bring my dog with me?


22. Can I bring a buggy or stroller?


24. Can push a bed or similar?


25. May I wear an IPOD, MP3 player or similar.


26. Race Timing

27. Race Timing Chip

28. Where to wear your number


 

 


1. How can I enter?

You can enter:
a) Enter Online
b) at the Mini-Marathon entry desk, upstairs in Debenham's Department Store, in Patrick's St/Merchant's Quay, Cork. The Marathon Office will open early in September
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2. Where is the entry desk in Cork
The Mini-Marathon entry desk is upstairs in Debenham's Department Store, in Patrick's St/Merchant's Quay, Cork . The Mini-Marathon Desk will open early in September
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3. Can I enter online?
Yes you can.  Online Entry Link
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4. I entered online this week but I never got my number.
Numbers will not be posted out until a week or so before the event. 
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5. I lost/forgot my race number.
Go to one of the desks on Victoria Road and Mill Road, on Sunday morning
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6. Where do I wear my number?
Wear your number on your FRONT. This is essential to ensure that
a) Your details can be recorded quickly after you finish
b) Most importantly, that you can be identified rapidly in the event of a medical emergency.
c) So that you can be identified in photos and videos.
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7. I haven't entered and don't have a number
If you don't have a number, you will NOT be admitted to the start area.  If you join in somewhere along the course, you will NOT be covered by the race insurance and will be taking PERSONAL LIABILITY for any mishap you may cause.  After you finish you will NOT receive a finisher's medal or goodie bag.
If you are involved in a medical emergency, we will not know who you are and will not have your details.
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8. I haven't entered, I want all my money to go to charity
This event costs a lot of money to organise, however the event organisers, Cork Athletics County Board, maintain the entry charge at a low rate, significantly below that of most other similar events.  

There are many "hidden" costs that you  may not have considered; Insurance entrants in this event are covered by insurance - anyone who has not entered will not be covered.  Portaloos, barriers, including transport for these, security personnel, medical services, race numbers, pins (yes - you may only use 4, but some 50,000 pin are required @ approx. €15 per 1,000), phone & postage, race flyers, information leaflets (distributed to houses and businesses along the course), signage, public address, race radios and many, many more costs.  

No Athletics Ireland official or steward receives any money from this event - all time and services are provided free of charge.  The big winners in this event are the various charities chosen by the charities themselves - approx. €1.5 million will be raised for charity from this year's Evening Echo Mini-Marathon - all of which will be given directly to the charities by the participants. So, if people didn't pay their entry fee, it would not be possible to cover the costs of organising and running this event and the big losers would be the charities.
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9. Where do I go on the day?
Entrance to the start holding area is via Mill Road and/or Centre Park Road, off Victoria Road.  Other roads in the area will be closed off and barriered, with security personnel present.  There will be no access from the quay areas.

 

Entry to Mini-Marathon start/Holding area

Entry to Mini-Marathon start/holding area

 

 Mini-Marathon pre-start holding area

Mini-Marathon pre-start holding area

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10.  I intend running, is there a separate area for runners?
There is no separate start area for runners. However there are time zones and all runners and walkers are expected to line up in zones appropriate to their level of fitness, pace and expected finish time

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11. I intend walking, but I want to get away early. Can I start at the front?
You will not be prevented from starting at the front, but, if you're walking, please do NOT line up towards the front, otherwise there may be jostling and pushing.  You will have a far more pleasant experience if you line up in the zone nearest to your estimated pace/finish time. This will allow everyone to move off quickly, without being held up by slower people in front of them, making for a frustrationg time all round. We want everyone to enjoy their experience.
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12. What is the Route?
The route can be seen here, on MapMyRun. the start line is on Centre Park Road.  The race continues east, along Centre Park Road, as far as the Marina, where it turns right and heads east towards Blackrock village. Turning right in Blackrock, at approx. half-way, the route heads back, along Blackrock Road, towards the city, and the finish area.  In Ballintemple, the course turns right into Maryville, passing the 3 mile mark, before turning left onto Monaghan Road and directly on to the finish line.  The course is essentially flat, with only one real, relatively short, drag/hill, coming out of Blackrock village.
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13. How long is the race?
The race is 6 kilometres (3.73 Miles) long, and is marked in kilometres.
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14. Are there water stations along the course?
The water stations are at the finish area, in Kennedy Park.  For safety (trip/fall hazard) and environmental reasons, there are no water stations along the route.

When you have finished your water bottle, please dispose of it in one off the bins provided, in a public litter bin, or take it home with you.  We want to recycle as much material as possible. To help us, please empty your drink bottle and dispose of it in one of the recycle bins

Please respect the environment and the goodwill of those living along the route and in the start and finish areas.
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15. Are there toilets on the course?
There will be portaloos
a) On Victoria Road, before entering the start/holding area.
b) On Mill Road, in the start/holding area.
c)  In Blackrock Village, at approx. 2 miles
d)  In Kennedy Park
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16. What medical backup is there?
There is a Medical Plan in place for this event.  There will be several ambulance and first-aid crews along the route.  There will be stationary ambulances
a) In Blackrock Village (manned by The order of Malta)
b) In Kennedy Park (manned by St John's Ambulance Brigade)
A Red Cross ambulance will follow at the rear of the race.
In addition there will be two roving Civil Defence ambulances, along with a Civil Defence jeep.
There will also be several para-medics on bicycles

There will be a medical doctor will be in attendance at the finish area, in Kennedy Park
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17. What if I see a medical emergency?
Each steward on the course has the contact details for the race medical personnel, so contact one of them.

In the event of a major emergency, do not hesitate to ring 999 or 112.
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18. Will there be traffic on the course?
The route will be closed to traffic, however given the large number of houses and premises opening onto the route, it will not be possible to keep all traffic off of it, but yes, it will, essentially be traffic free.

The course will be opened up gradually, after the main body of walkers has passed through. After that stragglers will be asked to use the footpaths.
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19. What happens when we finish?
After you finish, you will be directed into Kennedy Park, where you will be directed to the goodie bag & finishers medal areas, where you must hand in your race number to receive your goodie bag & finishers medal.  No Number - No goodie Bag or Finishers Medal!!   There will be Water in the finish area.
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20. When will the results be available?
The official results will be published in a special souvenir supplement of The Evening Echo, on Saturday September 22nd.  The results will also be published online on the website of the race timing company, MyRunResults, immediately after the race. The results will also be posted on the event organiser Cork Athletics website
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21. Can I bring my dog with me?
No.  Guide dogs may be used by visually impaired participants. Other Assistance dogs are also permitted, however all other dogs are prohibited for safety and insurance reasons - NO EXCEPTIONS!
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22. Can I bring a buggy or stroller?
No.  Buggies or strollers may not be used on the course, for safety and insurance reasons.  There will be approx. 8,000 participants in this event, in a relatively confined space, so buggies and strollers on the course will impede and endanger other participants .
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23. Can I use roller blades/skates/scooter/etc?
No. These items are ABSOLUTELY PROHIBITED. None of these may be used on the course, for health and safetyty and insurance reasons. There will be approx. 8,000 participants in this event, in a relatively confined space.
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24. Can push a bed or similar?
No. These items are ABSOLUTELY PROHIBITED. None of these may be used on the course, for safety and insurance reasons. There will be approx. 8,000 participants in this event, in a relatively confined space.
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25. May I wear an IPOD, MP3 player or similar.
These are NOT recommended, for safety and insurance reasons.  If you wear headphones you will probably not hear the entretainment provided before the event. More importantly, you won't be able to hear instructions that may be given over the public address or by race stewards/officials. Why not leave the headphones at home, and enjoy the special buzz and atmosphere of this unique event!
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26. Race Timing
The race will be chip timed by MyRunResults.  Chip timing means that YOUR time does not start when the gun goes, it starts when YOU cross the start line.

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27. Race Timing Chip
Your race timing chip is in the tab on your race number. Do NOT fold, bend, tear or otherwise damage this tab, or your time may not be recorded. Equally, do NOT put your number in your pocket, bag or cover it under your jacket.

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28. Where to wear your number
Please wear your number on your chest.  This enables you to be identified quickly in an emergency, but also for photos and videos, and also for finish line cross checks, and to give you your finish time and place, should your chip malfunction.

If you wear your number on your back (It's not a football match!!), you risk not being identified.

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Course Map

Course Map on MapMyRun

cork womens mini marathon route map 2018


Course Elevation Profile

 

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Kennedy Park

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