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  • Writer's pictureBarra Oconnell


The Eagle AC Cheetah Run Returns To Fota Wildlife Park.

Eagle AC together with Fota Wildlife Park and with the co-operation of the OPW, are delighted to announce the return of the Eagle AC Cheetah Run 5km race for 2022. We are very grateful to our sponsors John Buckley Sports & Brooks for helping to make this possible.

During the Covid pandemic, last year’s Cheetah run was held as a virtual event. This was hugely successful. So many of you took to the roads and raised much needed funds for Fota Wildlife Park, who had to close their doors to the public during that time. As 100% of the funds raised through the virtual event were donated directly to FOTA we were delighted to raise total of €4,540. Thank you for your unbelievable support.

However, nothing will make us happier than seeing you all back in Fota Wildlife Park to run the 2022 Eagle AC Cheetah Run on the evening of May 19th.

Race Details.

Online entries will open on the 8th of April 2022.

There will be NO entries available on the night, indeed entries usually sell out well in advance of the night. Options will be available either for number postage or number collection on the night.

There will be 2 events running on the evening of May 19th. The juvenile 1-mile race is open to 11-15 year olds. Prizes are not awarded in this race, but medals will be presented to all participants. Start time for this race is 7:15pm

The 5k race is open to everyone aged 16 years & older (as per Athletics Ireland permit recommendations). Start time for this race is 8pm. In this event there will be prizes for the first 5 men and women as well as the usual age categories prizes.

The entry fee for the 5k event will be €15 (+ processing fee), entry fee for the 1-mile junior race will be €8 (+ processing fee) places for the 1-mile race are limited to 100. Each runner can bring a maximum of four visitors along with them free of charge to watch the race. Access will be controlled on the night and gates open at 6:30pm

Both the 5K & 1 Mile course are accurately measured by John Quigley AIMS/IAAF Grade 'A' Measurer. This event is run under an Athletics Ireland permit.

Both events will be chip timed, and we are happy to once again be working with as our chip timing company.

This is always a hugely popular event that sells out quickly, save the date & be ready to click your entry into one of the most unique races in Cork!

Important reminders.

A few important reminders, for your safety & the safety of the animals in the park.

• No children’s bikes or scooters are permitted in the park • Participants cannot run with buggies or strollers • No pets are permitted • No drones or balloons permitted in the park • No race flyers to be circulated during the race or placed on cars in the carpark. • No headphones/ air pods etc are permitted, please listen to the stewards. • Number transfers are not permitted.

Save the date: Entry Link goes live on April 8th, 2022, at 10am!

Entry Link:

In Partnership with:

Fota Wildlife Park has been listed as one of Ireland’s Top Ten visitor attractions (CSO 2010) and is the most popular tourist destination in Cork. Hundreds of thousands visit the park every year. Fota is a non-profit organisation and is also a registered charity. It is completely self-financing, relying entirely on gate receipts and membership fees for its income, and any financial surpluses generated are reinvested in order improve infrastructure and promote the company’s core objectives of conservation, education, and research. Their website is

The club would also like to acknowledge the continuing sponsorship of John Buckley Sports for this year’s race. John Buckley has been a great supporter of road races and athletics in the Cork region over the years and is one of the main shops in Cork for running gear. Their website can be found at

The club welcome the continued support of Brooks Running as a sponsor. Brooks Running are one of the major brands for running gear worldwide and have a wide selection of running shoes and apparel for men and women. Their website for the UK and Ireland is

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