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Beara Peninsula becoming a focal point for runners

Monday, 3rd November, 2014 8:15pm
Beara Peninsula becoming a focal point for runners



THE Beara Peninsula is fast becoming a focal point for runners with the Bere Island Midsummer Run now in its third year, the island’s new weekly parkrun regularly attracting large numbers and now, on Saturday, November 8th, Eyeries will hold its inaugural five-mile run.

Mark Gallagher, one of the organisers of the Eyeries Run, said there has been a good interest in the race to date, and they are hoping they will have a good turn out on the day. The course has been marked out and certified by the Athletic Association Ireland (AAI) and the Eyeries committee are working with Bantry Athletic Club in organising the run.

The race starts at 2.30pm, and participants are asked to meet at Eyeries Hall for registration and collection of race numbers. The looped course runs anti-clockwise from the village and is probably one of the most scenic runs in Ireland, allowing runners to take in the views over Coulagh Bay and Kilcatherine.

The finishing line is in Eyeries village where post run refreshments will be available. The registration fee for the Eyeries Race is €10 in advance or €12 on the day, all profits will be donated to the construction of the new Eyeries playground.

Meanwhile, a parkrun takes place every Saturday morning on Bere Island at 9.30am, attracting both runners and walkers alike. Parkrun is a not-for-profit organisation that works with local communities to provide free weekly timed runs.

John Walsh of Bere Island Projects Group commented: ‘Once people have been out to visit a West Cork island, we find they tend to come back again and again, and there’s no doubt runners will enjoy the experience of running here throughout the year.’

Someone who has recently taken to running the roads of Beara is Dutch student Alex Posthumus, who is currently on an internship with Bere Island Project Group. Alex is an ultra-marathon runner and takes part in the Winschoten 100k race in the Netherlands.

Since coming to Beara, he has already beaten the Bere Island parkrun course record, finishing in a record 16.04 and regularly runs throughout the Beara Peninsula, as well as running up Hungry Hill.

To register for the Eyeries 5 Mile Run see www.eyeries.ie for further details. For details on the Bere Island parkrun see www.parkrun.ie