The 31st Churchtown South 5M road race takes place on Thursday evening July 28th at 8pm. A total of 24 BARRS members participated in the 2010 race and doubtless similar numbers will be making their way again this year. The 3rd race in the Ballycotton Summer Series is expected to attract a large field of over 400 entries, so allow plenty of time for parking, check-in and warm-up. Entry on the night costs €5. Take the N25 Cork-Waterford road to the Midleton roundabout and exit southwards. Veer left at Ballinacurra and take the R629 to Cloyne. Instead of turning left for Shanagarry, go straight ahead, heading SE for Churchtown South.
Race HQ for the evening is the local community hall located at the junction near the start point (A). The course is roughly two laps of a 2.5M circuit starting at (A) and finishing at (E). The section between (A) and (C) is narrow unpaved road, rough underfoot at the sides and down the middle. The section between (C) and (A) is normal paved road with very little traffic and ideal for road racing. Starting on a narrow section of road, you’ll need to be up near the start if you want to figure among the front runners. If you have to spend a penny, do so early as it’s unlikely you’ll be able to muscle your way to the head of the pack. After a hectic start, it takes a while for the field to unravel and overtaking is difficult on the narrow section between (A) and (B).