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Excellent Location

This race is organised by North Cork AC who make a donation to St. Josephs Foundation for people with special needs, from the proceeds of the event. The Charleville race is located roughly halfway between Cork and Limerick. It has traditionally attracted runners from both of these counties but due to the positive reputation which it has gained, more and more people are coming from further afield. Charleville is approx 40kms or a 35-40 minute drive from Limerick city and approx 60 kms and a 50-55 minute drive from Cork city.

Excellent Course

Besides the central location, one of the main attractions of this race is the fact that it is a reasonably flat and fast course. (see below) Road closures are put in place for the safety of participants and so they can enjoy the full use of the wide road between Charleville and Kilmallock. (Pending Cork and Limerick Co. Council approval of permits.)

Excellent Time of Year

Ideal for anyone wanting to try for a personal best time or wanting to get a good indication of their fitness level heading into the Dublin City Marathon or other European Marathons at the end of the year from October to December.

Other races promote themselves as being ‘fast‘ only for runners to turn up and find plenty of hills and drags. The clue to how flat this course is can be seen in the course maps. You can see the grey and white line which shows the route of the Cork to Dublin railway line. Laid in the mid 19th century, these routes were chosen to allow steam powered trains to run on…i.e. no steep hills. Looking at the Ordnance Survey map of the area, the few contour lines that are present are well spaced out so it would certainly seem to fit the bill as a fast course.

Runners on one of the flat straight stretches approach the 2 mile mark at the 2011 Charleville International Half-Marathon

Runners on one of the flat straight stretches approach the 2 mile mark at the 2011 Charleville International Half-Marathon

Proceeds of the Race

This is a completely voluntary effort and the proceeds of the race go to two worthy causes.  The proceeds of the race go back into the development of the host athletics club which caters for all age groups in their activities. The organisers also make a donation towards St. Josephs Foundation, Charleville. They are hosting the race at their facility and they have built a 200m running track which a number of the local athletic clubs use. It will also be the warm-up area for the Half marathon and changing rooms will be in the GAA Hall next door.

Chip Timing

There will be Chip timing again this year with a Half way split matt to give participants a good indication of how they are going during the race and also to give an indication afterwards of how they paced the race.



More info from the organisers…

  • Genuinely Flat Course all the way with just one bridge. Designed to yield fast times and personal bests in response to lack of fast courses in Ireland.
  • AAI International Permit approved and accurately measured course.
  • Organised by: North Cork AC in conjunction with St. Josephs Foundation
  • Special Elite Athlete places available with accommodation and meals – sub 70 men and sub 80 women)
  • Top 8 cash prizes for Senior Men and Women
  • First prize in all Masters categories and second prize in categories up to O55.

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