Tuesday, 16 April 2019

Ballintotis 4 Mile

Car Pool Car Pool Car Pool PLEASE

Ballintotis organisers have been on to us and asked us to car pool as much as possible. Due to the large crowd expected and the shortage of parking so PLEASE if possible arrange to car pool. Danny

Tenth Anniversary Road Race Is Almost Here
The big night is now almost upon us again, with the tenth running of the Ballintotis '4' Mile Road race taking place on this Wednesday evening April 17th.  Alot of work has been done over the past few months in preparation for what we hope will be another occasion to remember. This year, of course ,particularly special as it's Year 10 and thus a number of extra features have been added by the organisers. A commemorative medal and ten year goodie bag are just two of the extra incentives to take par tin what has become established as one of Ireland's most popular 4 Mile Races.

James McCarthy of the host club East Cork AC  won the event in the first 8 years of it's existence before his club mate Michael Harty broke new ground last year when taking the honours and setting a new course record. Rhona Lynch of Eagle AC was first lady home in the inaugural back in 2010 and since then a number of different females have scooped the top prize, including last year's first time winner Fiona Santry.
Car Parks

There will be a number of  main Car Parks for runners and walkers. These will be located in close proximity to the Race HQ at BallintotisCommunity Centre. Basically there will be two main car parks on the Main Road just adjacent to Ballintotis Cross and a third car park located just next ot the Community Centre. Walkers will be directed to park on the Main Road Car Parks.  At various times, different Car Parks may be prioritised to cater for traffic flow - so the advise is to please follow the instructions of gardai and stewards who will be on duty. In relation to the Car Parks on race route – cars  will not be allowed exit until all runners have passed.

Race Entry Desks
Entry Desks are located in Main Hall of Community Centre – Open from 1pm onwards on Wednesday. Entry Fee is 10 euro.  Please enter via the side door of the hall.

On Line Entries
Those who have entered on line in advance must also collect their number in Community Centre at the aforementioned time at SEPERATE designated desks.
Changing Facilities/ Toilets
A Marquee is located on the green adjacent to Church Car Park.  Toilets only are located in the Church Car Park area.
Race Start/Finish
The race begins at 8pm sharp – the Start Line is approx 200 meters from the Church on way to Main Road. The Finish Line is in front of the Church. ALL RUNNERS ARE ASKED TO BEGIN THE RACE IN THE TIME ZONE, WHICH REFLECTS THEIR EXPECTED FINISHING TIME. The year’s race is again chipped timed by Ronan Wogan and the team at myrunresults and as always there will be with timing mats at the start and finish line.
Goodie Bags/Refreshments
A goodie bag including bottled water and running buff plus other items will be distributed immediately after the race. Each participant will also receive their commemorative 10 Year medal after crossing the Finish Line. Please keep moving through funnel area once you have come through the Finish Line. 
Refreshments will be served after the race in the Community Centre. Please enter the Community Centre via the SIDE door after the race. – A second marquee has been erected at the front of the Community Centre where runners can mingle after receiving their refreshments.
Prize Giving
Prize giving will take place in the Main Hall after the race at approx 9.20pm.  Prizes will be awarded to the first 6 mens and 6 ladies across the line whilst there will be first, second and third prizes in al the age categories, beginning with F35 and M40.
Spot Prizes
Runners should check the front of their race number to see if it includes a “spot prize winner’ label. If you are a winner, please collect your prize before the race.
This year the Walk begins at the earlier time 6.00pm sharp. Entries will be taken in the Community Centre from 5.00pm onwards. When entering, check the front of your number to see if you win a spot prize – these can be claimed immediately. Refreshments served for all walkers in the Marquee at the front the Community Centre immediately after the conclusion of the Walk. 

Best of Luck

Finally, in conclusion we extend the very best of luck to all taking part in the race.  Enjoy the occasion and the pre race and post race atmosphere.