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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.


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.


Bridge of the estuary.

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


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.


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.


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


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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