News - 15th May 2019

parkrun Profile: Castle Demense

Macroom Castle Gates

Last Saturday Castle Demense parkrun celebrated their sixth birthday. The event was the first to be set up outside of Dublin and the third in the Republic of Ireland.

 

Event Director Vincent tells us more…

 

The course is a mixture of tarmac roadways and gravel pathways. One lap around the perimeter of the local GAA pitch and then two loops of a circuit passing through the beautiful Castle Grounds. It has a mixture of elevations. There is a short hill which you complete twice but there are also plenty of flatter sections to even things out. It is a popular training route for locals & visitors as it has a bit of everything in it. The changing landscape over the seasons is another great bonus.  

 

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The start takes place close to Macroom Castle archway. With its distinctive cannons outside it stands impressively overlooking the Town Square. Along the course you pass Macroom Golf Club and nearby the Sullane River flows by.

 

There is a great social side here. We have had a large number of visitors over the years from Australia, South Africa and the USA among others.  Macroom is located on the main route from Cork City to Killarney. Thanks to Macroom Community Leisure Centre there are dressing rooms/shower facilities, a main hall and free parking available.

 

We have free post-parkrun tea/coffee & refreshments in the main hall at Macroom Community Leisure Centre. This is always a great place to relax and chat afterwards.

 

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Richard Piotrowski is one of our regulars and runs with Eagle Athletic Club. A top class club runner in the UK throughout the 1970s he returned to running through parkrun after a break of over 30 years. Since then he has represented & medaled at World Masters Championships both on the track and the road. He is currently competing in the VM70 category and his times and performances continue to amaze.

 

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We have fantastic people here who have had a positive impact on their community. Anyone that takes part has always highlighted the great social side to our parkrun here in Macroom. We are a great supportive group whether you are a first time walker, runner or volunteer. The positive physical & mental benefits cannot be underestimated. That parkrun feeling on a Saturday morning is something everyone has to experience.

 

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