Last Updated: 23-Mar-2016
Ballintotis 4-Mile Race - 2015
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Record 1171 Entry !
On what was a night of records, a massive total of 1,170 runners took part in the sixth annual Ballintotis four-mile road race which was held in ideal conditions around this picturesque area outside Midleton.
Never has the 1,000 mark been breached for an evening race in Cork and if this traditional opener to the spring and summer season is anything to go by, a hectic few months lie ahead on the roads of the county.
Since this race – organised by Ballintotis Community Council and East Cork AC – moved from nearby Castlemartyr five years ago, there’s only been one winner and that sequence continued last night as James McCarthy of the promoting club made it an unprecedented sixth victory in a row.
But not alone did the Ballincurrig man clinch his sixth win, he also recorded his fastest time of 19:25 over the four-mile circuit. Made to work hard all the way by former Cork City Marathon winner Alan O’Shea, McCarthy was understandably delighted with his performance.
“I’m very happy with that; it was a fairly close finish this year, the closest of all the finishes over the last few years as I just got ahead of Alan towards the end, it was nip-and-tuck all the way around,” he said of his four-second victory.
O’Shea, too, was pleased with his performance, saying it was his fastest time for the past four years. “I was supposed to be doing the London Marathon next week but I have been troubled with a hamstring so I’ll probably wait till the autumn now,” he said.
Sean McGrath (East Cork) had a personal best of 19:40 in third with Barry Minnock of Rathfarnham-WSAF a half-minute further back in fourth position.
Anne-Marie Holland, now a member of Youghal AC, repeated her victory of last year in the women’s race with her time of 23:58 nine seconds faster than she ran 12 months ago.
“That’s just outside my best of 23:47, so I’m happy with that. I’ll probably stick to the shorter distances for the summer and my next race will be the Stryker four-miler followed by our own Kilcredan 5km,” she said.
Karina Teahan of St Finbarr’s was second in 24:18 with Evelyn Cashman (Youghal) repeating her third place of last year in 24:31.
The race was also graced with the presence of Olympic silver-medallist Sonia O’Sullivan who finished second in her F45 category in a time of 25:56 before presenting the prizes and making herself available for numerous photographs and autograph signings.
The Cobh legend summed up this enormous community promotion, saying she was delighted to be part of the record-breaking night: “It really is a great race, it’s amazing and I’m delighted to be here. What makes it so special is the location and you can sense the good energy about the place, it’s also a great community event for everyone living down here.”
Online Entry is now Closed
Thursday 16th April at 8pm
Prize for 1st Male & 1st Female
Individual Prizes for Top 6 Males & Top 6 Females
Chip Timing at Start & Finish
Entry Fee €10 for Runners & Walkers
Race HQ – Ballintotis Community Centre just off Main N25 between Midleton and Castlemartyr
CALL 086-8778182 for more details
Online Entry is now Closed
Race Day – Is Almost Here And Sonia Is Set To Return
Race Day is almost upon with the sixth running of the Ballintotis 4 Mile Road Race just hours away. Dan McCarthy is due to fire the starter’s gun at 8pm on this Thursday evening April 16th and expectations suggest that another very large entry is set to go the start line. Last year’s record entry of 996 runners created a new record for a mid week fixture in Munster with James McCarthy again proving the “king of the road” by the fifth year in a row.
Here are the main areas where the organisers still need assistance.
Pre Registration For Ballintotis 4 Mile Road Race Closes On Monday Next April 13th - Last Year's Race Had 996 Finishers
Pre –Registration for this year’s Ballintotis ‘4’ Mile Road Race is open for the next week and participants can enter online on this website until midnight on Monday next April 13th. Thereafter participants may also enter in person on either Wednesday April 15th from 5pm to 7pm at Ballintotis Community Centre or at the same venue on race day from 1pm onwards. It is important to note that those who avail of on line option must also collect their race number in Ballintotis Community Centre on either Wednesday 15th or Thursday 16th April at the aforementioned times. Entry fee is €10 (plus administration fee if availing of the convenient on line entry).
James Looking For 6th Win
Finally, all queries concerning the Race and Walk should be directed to Race Directors -Sean Murphy and John Cashman on 086-8778182.
Road Race Just 3 Weeks Away
The countdown is very much underway to this year’s Ballintotis ‘4’ Mile Road Race on April 16th after the event was launched in style in the plush surrounds of Castlemartyr Resort. Guests were treated to healthy fruit skewers, granola bars and homemade smoothies prepared by head chef Kevin Burke.
Registration is now open for the race and participants can enter online at www.ballintotis.com until midnight on Monday April 13th. Thereafter participants may also enter in person on either Wednesday April 15th at Ballintotis Community Centre or at the same venue on race day from 1pm onwards. It is important to note that those who avail of on line option must also collect their race number in Ballintotis Community Centre on either Wednesday 15th or Thursday 16th April at the aforementioned times. Entry fee is €10 (plus administration fee if availing of the convenient on line entry).
This year’s race will feature a very generous list of prizes with individual prizes going to the top 6 men and top 6 women across the line. There are also 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes in all categories and a host of spot prizes to be won. Both Castlemartyr Resort and Trabolgan Holiday Centre will sponsor the top prizes with Castlemartyr Resort offering a fantastic 1 year free membership of their magnificent Leisure Centre for the race winner and 1st female finisher. Thanks to the sponsorship of McCarthy & McGrath Auctioneers, Midleton each participant will also receive a free running buff.
The race is hosted annually as a fundraiser for the continued development and upkeep of the local Community Centre. It is a joint venture between Ballintotis Area Community Council and East Cork A.C with the help of Ballycotton Running Promotions. James McCarthy of the host club has a remarkable record in the event and will be bidding for a six in a row triumph in this year’s race. Incidentally, 2015 will be the first occasion that the Ballintotis ‘4’ will feature chip timing, with a timing mat located at both the start and the finish line.
After attracting a record entry of 996 runners in 2014, it appears as if Ballintotis is set to again welcome a huge number of runners this year, for a race that has an 8pm start. For those who might fancy something a little less taxing, the traditional ‘4’ Mile Walk will as usual begin at 6.30pm. Again entry fee is 10 euro per person, but there is no line entry.
All queries concerning the Race and Walk should be directed to Race Directors -Sean Murphy and John Cashman on 086-8778182
Christine Hendricks, Castlemartyr Resort Leisure Manager,
presenting the prizes of a year’s membership for the male and female winners to organisers John Cashman and Sean Murphy.
The countdown is underway to the 2015 Ballintotis 4 Mile Road Race which takes place on Thursday April 16th at 8pm. After last year’s very successful event which attracted 996 runners and was won for the fifth year in a row by James McCarthy of East Cork AC, another big entry is expected this time around.
Chip timing at the start and the finish will be introduced this year and with it comes the opportunity to pre register. Online entry will be open from 9am on Monday March 9th until 12 midnight on Monday April 13th. After that there will still be the opportunity to register at Race HQ in Ballintotis Community Centre. Registration will be available from 5pm to 7pm on the evening prior to the race and again from 1pm onwards on race day Thursday April 16th. Entry fee is €10 (plus administration fee if availing of the convenient on line entry). By clicking on the link above from March 9th and following this link, participants will be able to pre register and also find out the latest pre race news.
This year’s race will again feature a very generous list of prizes with individual prizes to the top 6 men and top 6 women across the line. There are also 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes in all categories and a host of spot prizes to be won. Both Castlemartyr Resort and Trabolgan Holiday Centre have again confirmed that they will sponsor the top prizes. Castlemartyr Resort is offering 1 year free membership of their magnificent Leisure Centre for the race winner and 1st female. Trabolgan is providing an extended weekend break for both runners up. Thanks to the generosity of McCarthy & McGrath Auctioneers, Midleton all participants will also receive a souvenir running buff.
The Ballintotis 4 Mile Race is of course held in association with East Cork AC and with the assistance of Ballycotton Running Promotions.
All enquiries to Sean Murphy or John Cashman on 086-8778182
Sponsorship Required – Can You Help In Any Way?
Last year a massive number of 996 runners participated in our fifth annual 4 Mile Road Race in mid April, a figure that set a new all time record for a mid week 4 mile race in Cork.
The occasion was a huge sporting and social event in our area and coupled with a 4 mile walk over the same course prior to the race, raised a considerable amount of money for the upkeep and development of Ballintotis Community Centre.
However, as we look forward to hosting another large gathering for this year’s race in mid April we are again on a fund raising mission to help enhance our facility and at the same time cover our annual running costs. The race is the central part of our drive and thus we are actively seeking sponsorship to cover the costs on the night, which includes a very extensive prize list.
Our major outlay includes over 3,000 euro approx on prize costs and in the region of 4,500 euro on misc items such as, chip timing, rental of portable toilets, purchase of road signs, lights, race numbers, internet advertising and other related items.
We hope that you may consider one of the options-
We can assure our main sponsors of publicity on local media, including Midleton & District News, Evening Echo 96FM and C103 with an opportunity of photo shoots in advance and on race night. There is also the option of major publicity at race venue on the night. Furthermore our web site will also offer you the opportunity to promote your business.
If you require any further information, please do not hesitate to contact us on designated race line 086-8778182
* see link Ballintotis Road Race 2014 race video on www.ballintotis.com