Cork is a city of hills and valleys. Established on the low-lying islands around Washington Street and St Patrick’s Street, the suburbs rise to fill the surrounding hills to the north and south. To the west, the Lee Valley provides some flat stretches, while to the east the harbour estuary also offers some flat relief.
The race begins and finishes on the city centre’s main street, St Patrick’s Street. It takes a single circuit of the city centre before heading north for the historic suburb of Blackpool.