Now for something new! This time, we have a review of the recent Carrigtwohill 5k road race by an anonymous member going by the title ‘LMG…Low Mileage Guy’.
Encountering heavy traffic due to a truck breakdown Low Mileage Guy ( LMG ) headed east on Wednesday July 15th for the annual 5K around Barryscourt Castle. Despite arriving later than anticipated just after 7pm he was directed to an area of the parking field furthest away from the Registration area, leaving the closest slots for the late arrivals ! This has become a very annoying feature of race events recently, where the early arrivals get penalised for being on time !
On route I was handed my registration form to complete with a pen so I was ready when I arrived at the registration table to part with my €10. it was a lovely dry warm evening and the guys from Precision Timing were ready to chip time everyone which was a great feature of this race !
As expected due to the traffic issues the race started about 15 minutes late and having warmed up by running 2 miles around the two loop course LMG was ready for the challenge that lay ahead.
A large crowd of about 500 plus towed the line on a perfect surface for a fast 5K which many felt was relatively flat but boasted 3 very nice hills on each circuit, which you covered twice.
The first mile was covered in a steady 6.15 mins and left Low Mileage Guy feeling calm and running well. The heavy balmy evening started to impact on the 2nd mile and the hills slowed the pace to a steady 6.25 pace and when the last hill at 2.5miles was climbed all that was left was a strong down hill finish to complete what a very satisfying race in just under 20 mins !
An excellent out door buffet in an array of tents was then visited by all where an abundance of sandwiches, cream cakes, teas , coffee, was available for all to feast upon. Within a very short time the presentation of prizes who place , again outdoors and was well attended due to the expediency of their timing !
Alan O Shea was a worthy winner of the men’s race in a fantastic time of 15.13 with Sheila Buckley the ladies winner in 19.23. Thankfully Low Mileage Guy won a category prize for his efforts.
Overall race rating :
Registration : 5/5
Course : 5/5 despite the 3 hills per loop
Parking : 3/5
Organisation : 4/5
After Race Catering : 5/5
Prize Giving : 5/5
Overall Value for Money : 4.5 / 5