Skibbereen launches exciting new running event

L-r: Rachel O’Regan, Jonathan Davis, Grace O’Mahony, Christine Fitzgerald, Gearoid McCarthy and Maria Holmes.

News of an upcoming event this summer caused a stir in running circles this month. For the first time ever Skibbereen is hosting ‘RunSkibb’, a 10k and half marathon event on Sunday July 14. 

Both routes promise to be scenic, fast and will have you coming back to chase that PB! The routes chosen are also reasonably flat, which will appeal to newer runners or those wishing to add to their running experience.

The Skibbereen branch of Access Credit Union made this new event possible with their sponsorship, for which the organising team is very grateful.

Registration is now open online (scan the QR code in the advert on this page) and the Run Skibb team has also created Facebook and Instagram pages with suggested training plans and further details about the event. 

Half Marathon Route:

Starting on the Marsh road, the half marathon heads north, bringing you away from Skibbereen town initially. You will take a right for your first crossing of the Ilen River at Ballyhilty Bridge. From here, the route veers to the left and continues towards Bunalun. You will take a right at Bunalun cross onto the R593 and head back towards town, running parallel to the river. The route takes a left at the end of that road onto Skibbereen bypass, then you’ll continue to head down North street, Market street and out onto Baltimore road. You will pass Skibbereen Soccer Club and Skibbereen Golf Club before taking a left onto the main Lough Hyne road. There is a 2.5km stretch on this road with views of Lough Hyne hill (Knockomagh) in front of you. As the descent into Lough Hyne begins, you will take a right. This road brings you back onto Baltimore road near Old Court. You’ll take a right here and pass the boat yards on your left. Next, the route continues straight, veering off the main Baltimore road. You will soon pass the world famous Skibbereen Rowing Club and again, will follow the river for a while. Having passed Deelish Garden Centre, you will approach Newbridge. Here you will cross the Ilen river for the second time. As the route comes to an end, you take a right onto Schull road. The stewards will marshall you back onto the Marsh road for the final stretch to the finish line in the Riverside Complex where you’ll get your well earned medal and some refreshments.

10km Route:

The 10k route is an out and back run beginning on the Marsh road. It heads towards town, passing the old railway station. At the roundabout, you will head out Schull road alongside the Ilen River. You cross the river at Newbridge and take a right. You will pass Deelish Garden Centre and the world famous Skibbereen Rowing Club on your right. As you hit 5km, you will be turning back and enjoying the views from the opposite direction. The route finishes back in the Riverside Complex where you will receive your finishers medal and enjoy some refreshments.

Skibbereen looks forward to welcoming runners, supporters and spectators on Sunday July 14.

WCP Staff

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