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Rosscarbery Surf Turf 'n' Tar

Rosscarbery Surf Turf 'n' Tar

23/04/2018 | News

Following on from a successful first year of Rosscarbery Surf Turf ‘n’ Tar Half Marathon and 10K race, this year’s race takes place on May 19th at 9am.

It was the most talked about West Cork Running Event in 2017, and this year the organisers are hoping to make it bigger and better. Last year over 400 runners/walkers took part in this unique multi terrain race and the expectation is that even more will be at this year’s one!

Set in beautiful Rosscarbery and surrounding area, participants are offered a unique running experience over two distances, Half Marathon and 10K. This multi terrain race runs over beach, road, forest and trail Runs.

The Half Marathon race starts at 9am and the 10K starts 15 minutes later! This year the race will encompass the Causeway, starting by the Celtic Ross Hotel (Race HQ), down the Warren Road and then proceed over the Cliff Walk into Owenahincha, where participants will run through Owenahincha and make their way to Castlefreke Estate. By kind permission of Stephen Evans, all participants will run through the Castle grounds, alongside the Castle.

The 10k race goers will loop around the castle and return to Rosscarbery via the Cliff Walk and finish by crossing the estuary via a pontoon onto the Pier Road.  The Half Marathon route leaves the castle grounds and enters wood trails recently completed by Coillte which include Ladies Walk and Kilkern Lake. The runners then take on the Long Strand, extending just over one mile of beach running and then onto the trail leading to Lord Carbery Cross where they can see out to the Galley Head and look back on the challenging beach run they have just completed. The race then goes back via the Castle, through Owenahincha, running the beach, over the Cliff Walk and across the Warren Strand and across the estuary via the pontoon and finish on The Pier Road adjacent to the Hotel.

Every mile brings a new experience under foot and ever-changing vistas!


To maximise the enjoyment and ensure safety of all involved, the organisers have limited places to 1,000. Anyone eager to take part is urged to register as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

Registration is now open and will close on May 11th. You can register online by clicking the Sign Up Button on Surf, Turf ‘n’Tar Facebook Page or directly here. Bib pick up will be available in the Celtic Ross Hotel on Friday 18th of May and on the morning of the event from 7am!

Registration 10K €25       Registration Half Marathon €35

There will be post-race refreshments in the Celtic Ross Hotel, showcasing all local produce from the Rosscarbery Area. Participants will also have use of the Leisure Centre in the Hotel. Expect to taste delicious Rosscarbery Strawberries, the award-winning puddings from Rosscarbery Recipes and other locally sourced tastings.

So, make sure to register and let’s make it another year of the most talked about race in West Cork!

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