25th Sept…Review of the new Blarney Running Trail by Mike McGrath

A new running trail has just opened in Blarney with a choice of 1.5km and 3km off road loops. Mike McGrath had a look at this new facility and wrote this short report…

New Castleview Running Trail at Blarney Driving Range

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Whilst I normally go to Blarney to hit balls at the range , recently I have been able to pursue both my love of running and golf with the opening of the Castleview Running Trail alongside the Driving Range on the Cork side of the village. Set in stunning rolling terrain amongst beautiful trees and grassy fields this purpose built trail is a must see and will prove to be extremely popular with runners and walkers.

As probably the first person to run the course ( there are two laps of varying distances, the large lap is 3km and the smaller one is 1.5km ) I marvelled at the lovely grassy turf under foot and the rolling hills that lay before me. Not happy with doing one loop I quickly set out and did another one enjoying the second one even more than the first knowing that whatever time I ran would be the course record at least for a few weeks !!!

Running some cross country events here in time would be awesome, not to mention doing your Sunday morning long run ! The course is marked every 100m and also has mile markers so perfect for tempo or Fartlek sessions also, and with ” The Tea Box” at the entrance no better place than to enjoy a coffee afterwards.

For €3 this is great value and will bring a whole new dimension to your running diary should you decide to try it !!

…Golfer & runner, Mike McGrath…Eagle AC

More info about the new range can be found HERE

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