Running in Cork, Ireland: Notice: Ballintotis 4 mile road race

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You know Summer is on the way when we start talking about evening races! The Ballintotis 4-mile in East Cork is coming up on Thursday the 21st of April at 8pm.

Entries… These open on Friday 4th February on

Info from the organisers… The 11th running of the Ballintotis 4 mile road race, hosted by Ballintotis Area Community Council and held in association with East Cork AC, will take place this year on Thursday April 21st (starting time 8pm.) on the race calendar, following the enforced break due to the covid pandemic in 2020 and 2021.

In 2010, the first staging of the race took place and attracted 425 runners, a figure which at that time well exceeded the organisers’ expectations.

Our last race in 2019 which was our 10th anniversary race saw a record breaking 1240 finishers.

That aforementioned 2010 race got fund raising underway for Ballintotis Community Center which has since been built and is now the hub of the race.. The event formerly took place in Castlemartyr, but East Cork AC moved the race to Ballintotis, which has proved a hugely popular location, with the venue boasting in excess of 1,000 participants on a number of occasions. The scenic 4 mile loop includes a lap of road bordering Loughaderra Lake in the closing stages.

Great Prize List… Again this year’s race offers great value for money with a very attractive prize structure overall and a full list of category prizes in all age groups (1st 2nd and 3rd) as well as the opportunity to win one of the many spot prizes on offer.

Castlemartyr Resort will again sponsor the top prize of overnight accomodation for 2 people both the male and female winners.

Trabolgan Holiday Village have again confirmed that they will sponsor a Family Weekend Away or Mid Week stay for both the race runner up and ladies runner up. Once more Garryvoe Hotel Leisure Center have come on board with a magnificent prize for the third runners home, in the shape of six months membership to their superb facility.

As well as the famous Ballintotis Buff again kindly sponsored by Simon Ahern of Ahern’s Centra, JJ Coppingers’, Midleton are again on board to help sponsor a goody bag for all finishers.

Registration Update… Registration is open on line from Friday February 4th. Registration costs 15 euro including service charge, with the option of availing of your race number being posted out for an additional cost (+€2.50). Alternatively you may collect your number on race day in Ballintotis Community Center from 1pm onwards.

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Exciting Race History

In the inaugural race James McCarthy took top spot with a time of 19:54. McCarthy went onto win the race a remarkable eight times in a row, his best time being 19:23 set in 2016. Then in 2018 … a new man was on the podium as another East Cork AC competitor Michael Harty won in style and in the process set a new course record of 19:15, with the previous record also being broken by Sergiu Ciobanu who was runner up. Our last race in 2019 saw a new name on the roll of honor – as yet another East Cork Man – Kevin O’Brien broke the tape in a time of 20.13.

The entry was a remarkable 1,170 runners in 2015. Irish Olympian Sonia O Sullivan was among those taking part that year following up on her previous visit in 2013.

Fellow Olympian Lizzy Lee from Leevale is the ladies course record holder (21:22), with her Irish International colleague Claire McCarthy posting the second fastest time around the course. Fiona Santry of East Cork AC made it back to wins in the ladies race in 2019 to complete a fine double..

More Information… Anybody requiring further information on this year’s race can e-mail their query to or call 086 8778182. .

***Updated race info will be issued nearer the event.

Race enquiries to 086-8778182

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Location… Ballintotis is located just west of Castlemartyr in East Cork.

Preview…You can see a preview of the course HERE

Please arrive early as very large entry expected.

Where it all began – the start of the very first Ballintotis 4 Mile Road Race in 2010.

The success of the Ballintotis event which was brought to the picturesque venue by East Cork AC in 2010, is due to a number of factors. It’s fair to say that the generous sponsorship and backing from the local business community has been a key component in it’s rise and with this in mind, the local Ballintotis Race Committee wish to acknowledge again the wonderful backing of the their sponsors.

Here are some updates and advice for those taking part this year in the race or walk or indeed coming to watch the action.

Car Parks
There will be a number of main Car Parks for runners and walkers and these will be located in close proximity to the Race HQ at Ballintotis Community Center. At various times, different Car Parks may be prioritised to cater for traffic flow – so the advise is to please follow the instructions of gardai and stewards who will be on duty. In relation to the Car Parks on race route – cars will not be allowed exit until all runners have passed.

Race Start/Finish
The race begins at 8pm sharp – the Start Line is approx 200 meters from the Church on the way to the main Road. The Finish Line is in front of the Church. ALL RUNNERS ARE ASKED TO BEGIN THE RACE IN THE TIME ZONE, WHICH REFLECTS THEIR EXPECTED FINISHING TIME. The year’s race is again chipped timed by Ronan Wogan and the team at myrunresults and as always there will be with timing mats at the start and finish line.


All Race Enquiries to 086-8778182

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