The Annual Skibbereen road race and walk goes ahead this year on Sunday 24thNovember with an 11.30 am start time. Similar to last year two races will go ahead, 5 and 10 miles plus a 5 mile walk. Both races and walk start and finish at the entrance to the O Donovan Rossa GAA grounds. The 5 mile run and walk follow the same route, going up the March road to Thornhill Cross turning left and heading over to join the Abbey Road where another left turn has the runners heading back towards the finish line.
The ten mile race also heads up the Marsh road turning left after 2.5 miles and another left at Clancy’s cross has the runners heading towards Skeagh wood where another left brings them up a gradual climb through the wood at the 6 mile marker. The race then heads back towards the abbey and joins the 5 mile course with 1.5 miles to go, the last mile is all downhill to the finish at Rossa Park.
The entry fees are walk €10, 5 mile run €15, 10 mile run €20 with proceeds going to both Skibbereen Athletic Club and a very worthy charity that is the palliative care service at Skibbereen Community Hospital. A 2019 souvenir T-Shirt will also be available to purchase on line or on race day.
You can register online here or on the morning of the race from 9.00 am at the GAA Pavillion where the after race refreshments and prize giving also takes place.
The 10 mile race and the Noreen Mc Carthy Memorial Cup was won last year by Denis Lyons, St. Finbarrs A.C in an impressive time of 1:00:06 while Deirdre Mc Carthy, Rosscarbery won the women’s race in 1:15:17.
In the 5 mile race Denis McCaul, Millstreet and John Lynch, Minane Bridge were joint winners in a time of 33.20 while Deirdre Byrne, Artane, Dublin won the women’s race in 33.37
Following a fine turnout in 2018 the club are hoping for another large crowd this year for this pre-Christmas run and walk.
The club would like to thank most sincerely our main sponsors:
Bantry Bay Medical Centre
South of Ireland Petroleum
without whose support this event would not be possible.