Thursday, December 05, 2013

Great Railway Run 25km

This was run a nice 25km (15.6 miles) run from Cork (Ireland) along the former railway line (now a pathway) next to the coast to Carrigaline. There was a 5km and 10km run but as I had traveled all that way I had to do longer run really after doing a 5km parkrun the previous day.

I thought this would be a nice way of sightseeing and took a camera as I was taking it easy, all I had to do was finish to set a PB.

The start was in the edge of industrial estate with a registration tent on the grass.

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After about 1km we were on the footpath next to the river.

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It was still a bit cold after a few miles but was of the beaten track for normal sightseeing. God knows why I was running it.

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Castle on edge of river.

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Then along the path again.

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Even the locals were giving us a strange look.

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Bridge of the estuary.

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They had used a former railway platform as a drinks stand.

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You then headed along the road a bit before joining the footpath again.

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The weather was ok up to this point, almost tropical for the area. Although there was plenty of places you can go to from here.

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Then after about 45 minutes the rain started and did not stop until after I had finished nearly 2 hours and about 100 photos later.

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By the time I got to the hillier section at about 10 miles I was soaked through.

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The final section there was a few villages that we ran through. Had to stop at depiction of the town were I first started running when an adult.

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I was tempted to buy some Irish Tatoes but still had a few miles to run in the rain.

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I was counting the miles (km) down to the finish at this point.

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The final straight to finish and then in the dry.

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I finished it in 2:30:56.

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By the time I had finished I would have been drier swimming but I set a PB!!

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It took a few cups of tea and sandwiches which they provided in the sports hall to warm up.

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It was a good race with not to many hills but with the expected weather in Ireland in October.

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