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Ballycotton 10 Mile Road Race 2017 Race Day Instructions

Final Instructions for Ballycotton 10 2017

40th Ballycotton 10

13:30pm, Sunday March 12th 2017


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Course Map, Route Details etc, on Cork Athletics Event page


Ballycotton Running Promotions, organisers of the Ballycotton 10 Mile Road Race have released final instructions for next Sunday's 40th anniversary race, outlining parking and traffic arrangements.




Traffic From Cirk City Direction

1. All traffic travelling from Cork City side via Midleton will be directed to
Cloyne, and from Cloyne most traffic will be directed to Churchtown South to car parks on Church Road, Ballycotton.

Last year’s field for parking will not be used; the field in operation this year is adjacent to the old one, about 50 metres away.

The second field is a further 500 metres away, which means a walk of about 1200 metres (three-quarters of a mile) to the race headquarters.


Traffic From Waterford Direction

2. All traffic travelling from Waterford side via Castlemartyr will be directed to car parks in Garryvoe. Athletes will then be transferred to Ballycotton by shuttle buses. Anyone travelling from the east (Waterford, Youghal, etc) should be aware of the ongoing hold-up in Killeagh village due to road works.

The main advice, as always, is to come early. This year we also have a new baggage area (detailed in the race programme) which means it will take an extra 15 minutes to get to the start line.

Please read the instructions in the programme along with the FAQs on the Ballycotton website 


Ballycotton 10 - Frequently Asked Questions

(see website for updates)

What do I do if my number (with chip) doesn't arrive, or I forget it?
Call to the trouble desk in the Community Hall (open from 10am) on the day for a replacement.

I can't run due to injury - if I return my number can it be given to someone else?
Unfortunately not. We do not have a cancellation list and allow for a certain percentage of 'no shows'.

I can't run, is it ok to give my number to a friend?
On no account can numbers be transferred. This year the name and category is printed on the race number. Remember - when you signed your entry form you agreed not to transfer it and we have that in writing.

Where should I pin my number?
Always wear your number on the front. Fasten it at the four corners with the safety pins provided. Do not cover it and make sure it's visible at all times. If you have any medical condition(s) we should know about, give details on the back of your race number.

What time should we arrive in Ballycotton?
As early as possible. There will be no parking within a mile of the village and a tow-away truck will be in operation from 10am onwards. A park 'n' ride system will be in place where people will be bussed in from Shanagarry, Garryvoe and outlying car parks. Buses will meet people after the race as Silver Strand (just outside the village near old church).

We are travelling by train from Dublin on the Sunday - any transport to Ballycotton?
If enough people are traveling by train to justify a coach, we will supply one.
Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by Wednesday March 2nd (at the latest) if required.

Is there changing facilities and showers?
Changing is in the marquee situated at the school grounds next to the Community Hall. We don't have shower facilities. You can leave bags, etc in the marquee

What's happening in the hall?
Our souvenir race T-shirts and other apparel will be on sale there and you can purchase a bargain from the John Buckley Sports stand. After the race, tea and biscuits will be available before the prize-giving.


Ballycotton 10 - Hall & Marquee


How far is it to the start from the hall & marquee?
Just over half a mile. Once again, IN VIEW OF THE NEW BAGGAGE AREA THIS YEAR, PLEASE ALLOW AT LEAST 15 MINUTES EXTRA, OVER NORMAL. Please see page 38 of your event programme for more details.

Where can we leave our tracksuits, sweatshirts, etc.?
There will be a baggage area above the start. You can put your gear in the bag provided which will be labelled with your number and collect it afterwards. Any gear left on the wall near the start will be collected and left up at the baggage area.

With the big numbers taking part, is it necessary to be near the front to get a good start?
Unless you are hoping to run at least 55-56 minutes, you have no business up at the front. There will be time zones on signs, please go into your appropriate one and listen to the stewards.

Is it ok to wear my iPod during the race?
No - all iPods, personal stereos, etc are banned for health and safety and insurance reasons. Also no buggies or dogs are allowed.

What is the course like?
It's a spoon-shaped route, three miles out to a loop of four miles, and three miles back. The first mile- and-a-bit is gently downhill but the same section is very tough on the way back.

What about drinks along the way?
There will only be one water station, situated at the halfway mark. Water will be in bottles and we urge runners to use the bins provided along the course to discard the empty bottles.

What's the procedure at the finish?
After crossing the line, try and keep moving as instructed by the officials. At the end of the funnel you will receive your mug (and if you're in the Top 100, a T-shirt). Water, bananas and bars will be available at the baggage area.

How do we get back to the hall?
After collecting your gear you will be directed by the race stewards on what route to follow. Please show a bit of consideration for those still finishing as you make your way back to the hall.

When will results be available?
We hope to have some results displayed in or near the hall before the prize-giving. All the results should be up on our website (hopefully) by Sunday evening.

Any chance of seeing a photo of ourselves finishing in glory?
There will be several links from our website which will contain pictures of the race.

What's the walk on Saturday about?
It's the annual sponsored walk in aid of the Irish Cancer Society and the Ballycotton/Shanagarry Senior Citizens Committee. It starts at 2pm and for details of the course, contact 021-4646091.

  Any local attractions?
Have a look at the East Cork Tourism website at

What are Mass times locally?
On Sunday morning in Ballycotton, at 9.00am, and Sunday in Shanagarry at 10.15am

And finally, would any help be appreciated?

It most certainly would! If available please contact Tom Hartnett on 086 2386390


For people running the race for the first time, remember to take a look at any magazine or website giving details on hydration, what to eat and not to eat before the race, and just adopt a degree of common-sense and perspective about the whole affair - after all, it's only a race!

Remember to allow extra time in travelling to Ballycotton, as the volume of traffic in the area will be very heavy. Vehicle owners should follow the instruction given. Car Parks (weather permitting) will be located in different areas and a park 'n' ride system will be in operation from early morning. Please take note of your carpark.

We would advise people to be in the car parks by 11.00am. The last buses will leave the car parks at 12.00 noon and will drop off participants' three-quarters-of-a-mile from the start. Everyone will have to be at the start by 1pm, at the very latest.

A one-way diversion to get into the starting area from the back will be sign-posted and strictly enforced. There is a baggage area where you can leave your T-shirts or tops in numbered bags before you go to the starting area. Time zones will be displayed on the right-hand side at the start and please line-up in your appropriate zone.
Don't forget your race number and pins before you leave home! Wear the number on the front and have it clearly visible.



The baggage area and main toilet facilities have been relocated this year. Both are now up on the Cliff Road near the Pitch & Putt Club. Access is slightly different.

The main road at Bayview Hotel will be closed off at 12.15pm and athletes’ will be directed to the baggage  area  and come down into the start/finish area approaching from the back.  You should add at least 15 minutes to the normal time you take to get to the start as it is at least 500m longer and the paths are narrow. Please be patient and obey the stewards

At the end of the race you will be directed up the Cliff Road again as water station, baggage area, etc are located here. You can then make your way back to the changing area using the same route in the reverse direction.



Ballycotton 10 Start Finish Approach 2017

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