Ballycotton’s famous road race to end after 40 years

Ballycotton’s famous road race to end after 40 years
Runners heading out the field at the start of the final Ballycotton 10 road race in East Cork. Picture: Dan Linehan

CORK'S most successful road race, and the country’s longest-running road series, are coming to an end after 40 years.

Ballycotton Running Promotions won't be staging the iconic Ballycotton 10, or the 5 Mile Summer Series and other events from next year onwards. Parking, logistics and a lack of support have been cited as the main reasons why the organising team have decided to call time on hosting the prestigious events.

The Ballycotton 10 was a highlight of the road racing calendar every March, but the increasing numbers were putting too much strain on the village. With traffic regulations set to become even tighter in the near future, this has led to the committee making a decision to cease holding the 10-mile run, along with the rest of their races.

The news marks the end of an era for athletics both here in Cork and further afield. In March of this year, the 40th, and now final, edition took place, while the five-mile race – which was first run back in 1977 – was held last August.

The team at BRP have overseen more than 250 races in the last four decades but it was undoubtedly the 10-mile showpiece which captured the imagination of the wider public. A classic race run at a classic distance, it became one of the best road races in Ireland, attracting athletes from all over, and initiating a road-running boom in the process.

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