Mealagh Valley Ring

Please note  the Mealagh Valley Ring will not take place in 2017

Sunday 14th February 2016

The Mealagh Valley Ring has been raising money for both The Mealagh Valley Community and Build 4 Life, a charity supporting Cystic Fibrosis sufferers. Monies donated have helped refurbish and develop the Mealagh Valley Community Hall,(  and Ward 5B, a specially developed Cystic Fibrosis unit in  CUH. ( ) Bantry Athletics Club are proud to support these good causes and thank all participants over the years for their continuing support.sees an expansion of the events in the Mealagh Valley. There will be the 10 mile road race, following the previous course, this is a timed race and category prizes will be awarded.  A 5km Fun Run will also take place.  There will be a clock so you can time your own race.  In addition to the races you can register to walk both the 10 mile and 5km course. The Walks will not be timed and no prizes will be awarded for the 5km Run or the 10 mile or 5km run. However, all  participants will have a chance to win one of many spot prizes that will drawn on day. For those not taking part in the 10 mile or 5km events, a Treasure Trail will be taking place, truly Fun for all the family .The 10 mile run  (and Walk) is a tough but scenic run through the most beautiful valley in West Cork. A great challenge to start the racing season, the MVR has become a firm favourite on the racing calendar.  A great race , great tea and cake a friendly welcome from the Mealagh Valley community  – this race has it all!


10 Mile Run : €15, €20 on the day.  Start Time: 11.00am  – 1,2&3 + Category prizes

5km Run:   €5.  Start Time 11.00am 

 10 Mile Walk: €10. Start Time 10.00am

5km Walk:  €5. €10 per family. Start time  11.00am

Registration – all details below:

On the Day Registration:  Please leave 40 mins to park, register and reach the start line.

10mile road race: postal and on-day entry.

5km road race, 10mile walk and 5km walk –  on-day entry only.

Postal Registration: 10 mile road race only.  To Lisa Spillane, Dromclough, Bantry Co Cork. Cheques made payable to Bantry Athletics Club. Any queries please call Lisa on 0851291696 – Entry form can be downloaded at

Race Information:

      1.  Start and Finish lines are not at the same point on the course. The Start line is at Ards (approx 1 km from the Finish Line) and the Finish Line is at the Community Hall.                        Courses are clearly marked and marshalls are on hand for directions and for your safety. Please follow any instructions the Marshalls give you. The Road is not closed so  be                careful , but they are small roads and local residents are aware of the Race!

      2.  Number collection  (and Registration ) will be on the morning of  the Race and will  close 30 mins before the start times of the races:   

           10mile walkers at 9.30am,  5km Walkers 10.30am . 10Mile Run/5KM run at 10.30am .   ALL PARTICIPANTS (WALKERS AND RUNNERS) MUST COLLECT A RACE                           NUMBER AT THE REGISTRATION OFFICE)

           PARKING can be up to  20 minutes from the registration office and then allow 7 minutes to get to the Start Line. Please allow enough time to park and collect your race                        numbers and be at the start line on time!  


     3.    Bag Drop – we will have a bag drop at the registration office, bags will then be taken to the Community Hall (Finish Line ) for collection . 

           Please do not leave anything of value in your bags – we will look after the bags  but they will not be locked in a safe!!

    4.    Race Prizes for 10 mile Road Race:

           1st , 2nd , 3rd  Man and  Women.

           1st place in each of the following age categories: 35-39 , 40,-44 45-49 , 50-54, 55-59, 60+  years old for Ladies   40-44,45-49 , 50-54,55-59 , 60+ years old  for Men 

           1st Junior Male and Female. 

          Course Record, Male and Female.

     5.   Toilets: Toilets will be available at Registration and at the start line.

     6.   3 Water Stations during 10mile Walk/run course

           1 Water Station at 3km   on the 5km course.

Bananas, Oranges and Water will be available for all Participants at the end of each race.

If you require any more information about the run please call: Geraldine on 087 6173376 or Rose 087 2963213. For registration queries, please call Lisa Spillane on 0851291696


Located outside the pretty seaside town of Bantry, the Mealagh Valley Ring course takes runners on an undulating route – well to be honest undulating slopes, hills and some steep bits! However, the wonderful meandering Valley and beautiful views will take your mind off the challenging run. You will see the best of West Cork scenery and some other oddities; keep your eyes peeled for the old airplane fuselage that serves as a house for one of the Valley’s residents.

To quote one participant “…….. This course had just about everything except flat sections!”

But don’t be put off; the run attracts elite athletes, fun runners and walkers alike.

Bantry Athletic Club encourages all to participate in the ‘Ring’ run. From walkers to new runners who are part of community initiatives such as Fit 4 Life to elite runners  who like a good challenge. We want to encourage all to get out and get fitter. It is a beautiful route and a great way of seeing our magnificent West Cork Scenery.

To add to the fantastic scenery there is a great atmosphere on the run and we must congratulate the enthusiastic residents of the Mealagh Valley for this. They take part in the run, set up water stations, keep their cars off the road, help with marshalling and organisation, cheer on runners enthusiastically, throw open the doors of their village hall and reward participants with homemade tea and cake after the race. Keep that in mind at mile 7 as it really helps that last push to the finish line! So thanks to all the residents of the Mealagh Valley for making the Mealagh Valley Ring one of the best 10 mile runs in Ireland!

The Mealagh Valley Ring donates all monies raised to Build4Life and the Mealagh Valley Community. If you wish to run for charity we would ask you to raise sponsorship for Build4Life.

How to Find Us

Below is an interactive map where you can zoom in and out on screen to help you locate the venue for the Mealagh Valley Ring, just use the arrow and the + and – symbols on the left. You can also move the map itself by clicking on it and moving it to and fro.

We have given local directions to get to the turning for road to the MVR itself, if you click on the blue marker showing where that turning is located, you can also get driving directions both to and from there for any location.

Mealagh Valley Ring – start line directions

There is an interactive map of the MVR route at the end of this page.

From Bantry town follow road to Glengarriff passing Casey’s Petrol station.

Take the next right, past Casey’s at Donemark Bridge.

Continue straight on this road for over 4 miles noting a school sign and a signpost for Kealkill to the left and Dunmanway straight on.

Follow the Dunmanway road.

From Ballylickey come to Bantry Golf Club and take next left at Donemark Bridge and follow road as above.

Start area is about 10 minutes from Donemark Bridge.

The Road will have race signs on it with stewards to direct you to appointed parking area.

Allow 15 minutes to drive from Bantry Town centre to the Mealagh Valley Ring Parking. Please note that if you are bringing a car, the car park is a few minutes from the race start line.

Bantry is:
• 1 hour 30mins from Cork
• 1 hour 20 minutes from Killarney
• 1 hours from Kenmare
• 2 hours from Mallow
• 1 hour 10 minutes from Macroom
• 4 hours from Dublin


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