The 8th ‘Route 2 Crook’ 5M Road Race takes place on Sunday afternoon August 19th at 4pm. The race starts in the picturesque village of Goleen and finishes on the Crookhaven peninsula serving up some spectacular scenery along the way. The annual event is organised by Mizen Rovers GAA Club as a fundraiser for underage hurling and football in the area. The main field of runners will face the starting flag at the GROTTO in Goleen at 4pm. Before that a younger brigade of competitors will depart from the halfway mark at the QUARRY at 3.30pm. Fun runners and walkers as usual are very welcome to participate and will depart from Goleen at 3pm. Registration takes place at the Goleen Community Sports Centre on the day from 1.30 – 3.30pm.
Entry for runners is €10 with a 4pm start.
Entry for fun runners and walkers is €10 with a 3pm start.
Entry for U16′s (2.5M) is €5 with a 3.30pm start and transport available to the start line.
You can either leave the car in Goleen or drive out to Crookhaven. Either way, there’ll be a mini bus to bring people back to Goleen before and after the race. Just look for the guys in the yellow jackets. Pre race changing facilities are available in the Goleen Sports Centre. You can leave your gear bag here and have it trucked to Crookhaven for collection after the race. Post race changing facilities and refreshments are available in the Crookhaven Boat Club. A cash prize of €150 plus a trophy will be presented to the first man home and the first lady, with all the usual categories being presented thereafter. We will also offer a bonus of €100 if the course record is bettered on the day. There’ll be refreshments and street music afterwards to help you unwind.
From Cork City, you have a choice of routes to Goleen. For the skilled navigator, head out west on the N22 past Ovens and turn off SW through Crookstown, Bealnablath, Coppeen and onwards through Dunmanway. If you’ve got the time, take the N71 scenic route onwards through Skibbereen turning off left onto the R592 for Ballydehob, Schull and Goleen. The wisest option is to take the N71 to Bandon. On entering the town, turn right onto the R586 passing through Dunmanway, Drimoleauge and Aghaville until you hit the N71 Bantry Road. Turn right for Bantry and about a kilometre up the N71 turn left onto the R591 for Durras and follow the road on to Goleen.
The course is up and down, but nothing arduous. There’s a long steady climb from just before the 4M mark with a fast downhill into Crookhaven for the last half mile.