We had a quiet week this week on the trails, but we will have to move our trail run from Ballinaboola woods next Saturday as the roadway up to the car park there will be closed from Monday 29th Feb for a month as cable laying for the new wind farm gets under way.
The alternative route we have picked is Coolfree this is just over a mile up from the Mountain Centre. There is a car park here on the right at the back of Seefinn. North Cork AC are organising this run but runners from all clubs are welcome.
Coolfree is a lovely left hand loop of the hill all on fire roads. There is a tough pull a km from the finish of the loop but other than that it is suitable for all standards of runner. Everyone will be registered from 9 am in the car park and we cross the road and start our run at 10 am. There is the usual reg fee of €5 and refreshments will be available after.
The Launch of the Ballyhoura Active Series is this Friday night at 8pm in Deebert House Hotel in Kilmallock. Below is what the series will look like this year so pick out a few races and get cracking on your training schedule.
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Sun 13th March 1pm Reg 12 pm GAA club House March Duhallow AC Rathcoole NS 5km
Fri 13th May 8pm reg 8 pm Galbally Community centre, Mooreabbey Milers AC Galbally 5 mile
Fri 20th May 7.30 pm reg 6.30 pm Deebert House Hotel Kilmallock AC Kilmallock 5 mile
Fri 3rd June 8 pm reg 7pm Community centre, Doneraile, Mallow AC Doneraile 5km
Fri 10th June 8 pm reg 7pm Scoil Pol, Kilfinane, Kilfinane AC Kilfinane 4 mile
Fri 17th June 8 pm reg 7pm Bilboa Club House, Bilboa AC Bilboa 10 /5km.
Fri 1st July 8 pm reg 7pm GAA Club House, Bruff An Bru AC Bruff 5 mile
Fri 5th August 7.30 pm reg 6.30pm Mitchelstown, Fitness centre, Galtee Runners AC GR8km
Fri 2nd Sept 7.30pm reg 6.30pm Fermoy Community centre, Grange Fermoy AC, Fermoy 4 mile
Sunday 18th Sept 10 am, Pre reg, North Cork AC Charleville 10km/Half Marathon.
Remember that the Ballyhoura Mountain Marathon is only 10 weeks away so if you are interested in running a trail half Marathon a full Marathon on trails and hills or if the thought of an Ultra Marathon on trails and hills appeals to you the entry is opening soon on IMRA.ie . So get your trail runners on and get out on them trails, and get yourself ready.