There are so many benefits to outdoor running, not only does it improve the way we look and feel, but it reduces the risk of long-term illnesses and even lengthens our lifespan. Whether you’re heading out for your very first 5K run or training for your third marathon-the benefits of running are achievable by all!
Calling all Cork runners! We know that finding a running route that’s scenic, pedestrian-friendly& exciting can be difficult. So to help you up your running game, we have put together a list of our favourite running routes around Cork.
The Carrigrohane Road (5k)
This flat stretch on the Carrigrohane Road, starting off at Victoria Cross, is synonymous with fast road running. It is nicknamed the ‘Straight Road’ because of its long stretch-without one single bend!
This route offers road runners the opportunity to put all of their focus on pace and breathing without having to dodge cars and climb hills. This running route is perfect for first-time runners or those training for speed and looking to better their PB.
Blackrock Castle Loop (7k)
One of Cork’s most scenic running routes, take in the sea air and the views of Cork harbour, historic Blackrock Castle, and the peaceful marina.
The first 3km of this running route is on a walkway alongside the water’s edge and at the 3kmmark, you will then cross over a causeway and up a short ramp, turn right here and go over the pedestrian bridge over the South Ring Road, head through the short Railway shelter, exit right onto a footpath along the Marina which runs alongside the River Lee, you will then passthrough Blackrock Village and come back upon the impressive Blackrock Castle Observatory
This route is a feast for the senses, you will not get bored or sick of this route as there’s something new to see each time you endeavour on this run!
Ballincollig Regional Park (5k)
This route is on the site of a historic Gunpowder Mill, which is now a scenic park full of greenery and flowers. It is a flat run that starts and finishes at the Regional Park car park at the end of Inishmore Lawn, the only catch is that to make up a 5km run you must do x2 laps clockwise.
This route immerses you in nature as your run through woodland and along the river, it’s a must-try. Cork is so beautiful, so why stick to the same boring running routes all of the time when our city offers so many scenic routes to choose from.
If you’re more of a treadmill runner or if it’s a stormy day, both of our One Life Fitness clubs in Cork city centre offer state-of-the-art treadmills and cardio equipment to still get your run in.