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Thursday, October 18, 2018

Participant info for the 2018 Rebel Run on Sun 21st Oct 2018

From the organisers.....We were delighted to announce last week that the 7th annual Cork Rebel Run for 2018 SOLD OUT with over 900 participants taking part. If you registered online you should by now have received your confirmation email & info pack (please familiarise yourself with this). While we are busy preparing for Sunday we would just like to highlight some important info ahead of the event:

* Participants registered online MUST collect their event number, T & goody bag in CIT during the following times, Fri Oct 19th 5-8pm, Sat Oct 20th 12-2pm & Sun Oct 21st 8-9am.
* Start times are as follows: 5k @ 9.30am & 10K @ 9.45am from tiered car park in CIT.
* There is NO REGISTRATION on the morning of the event (its officially sold out)
* Category prizes only for 10k event. Spot prizes will be awarded to 5k participants randomly once results are in.
* Both events finish on the CIT Athletics Track.
* The Rebel Run 1 Mile Challenge event in association with Down Syndrome Cork (DSC) and Boston Scientific will start @ 9.15am, and participants will complete the final mile of the both 5&10k routes.
* The water stop for the 10k participants is at the 5K mark by the DSC Field of Dreams Facility on Clash Road.

We would like to wish everyone taking part a safe, fun and enjoyable event- and see you all on Sunday Morning

70 Year Old Granny runs 3:27 marathon!

70 year old Jeannie Rice set a new world record for her age when she completed the recent Chicago marathon in a time of 3h 27m 50s!

The grandmother, from Ohio, broke the previous record for the 70+ women’s category which was 3h 35m 29s. Chicago was also her 116th marathon.

When asked about her training in a post race interview, she said ..."I really do not enjoy treadmills. The only hard thing about training is keeping going through the cold weather, the wind and the rain does definitely make it tougher. I run every day and make sure to get enough sleep and a good diet. Age is just a number. If you’re physically capable you should just keep running – there’s really nothing stopping you."

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Irish results from the 2018 Munich Marathon

 The Munich Marathon was held last weekend with 4797 runners taking part. There was a big contingent as always from Ireland. Munster runners in BOLD.

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

New opening date of May 2019 set for Tramore Valley Park

Cork City Council have announced that May 2019 is now the most likely opening date for the Tramore Valley Park in Cork City. To date, a long succession of previous opening dates have failed to materialise.

According to a spokesperson for City Hall...."There will be a new safer access and egress from the site, reconfiguring the existing road, segregating visitors to the site, whether going to the recycling centre or the internal park car parks for those who wish to use the park. There will be a new roundabout on entering the site, with new lanes leading either to the recycling centre or the car parks and with two lanes exiting the park. In addition, extra car parking spaces will be provided at the north-west of the park and near the existing weighbridge, near the entrance area.”

It is expected that all works will be completed by May 2019.

Evening Echo article

Work continues on new park on Haulbowline Island


Back in 2017, I had a post up about the new proposed public park on Haulbowline Island in Cork Harbour....

Over the last few months, the site which was an old dump for Irish Steel has been sealed and huge quantities of top soil have been transported across to the island.

Pathways are now being laid out and I presume grass will be planted some time in the Spring of 2019. Allowing for this to become established, I presume it will be 2020 before there is a proper grass surface that can be walked on.

 A new video from Cork County Council shows the current state of the works as of Oct 2018...

I'm not sure as to when the park will officially open but it might have the potential for a new 5k parkrun? One obvious disadvantage is that it isn't next to any major population centre so most people will have to drive there.

Would there be enough interest to establish a parkrun there?

Monday, October 15, 2018

Cork Rebel Run 2018 has officially SOLD OUT!!


***Cork Rebel Run Update***

Cork Rebel Run 2018 has officially SOLD OUT!!

From the organisers.....Thanks to all of you who have signed up to date, and we look forward to welcoming you on Sun Oct 21st. Details on sign-in will be posted shortly!

The very best of luck to you all in your final training preparations!

Mayo woman Sinead Diver runs 2:25 marathon in Australia

Sinead Diver from Co.Mayo won the Melbourne Marathon over the weekend in a time of 2 hours 25 mins and 19 seconds. That is the second fastest time by an Irish woman and only Catherina McKiernan’s has run faster with 2:22:23.

Over the half-marathon distance, Sinead has a personal best 69:20. Only Sonia O’Sullivan with 67:19 and Catherina McKiernan with 67:50 have run faster.

What is probably most amazing is that Sinead Diver only took up running nine years ago while on maternity leave.

Sinead emigrated to Australia in 2002 and now represents her adopted country.

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Results & Photos of the Cork BHAA Army-Navy 5 mile - Sun 14th Oct 2018

After a miserable and wet Saturday, the conditions for the Cork BHAA race on Sunday morning couldn't have been better with blue skies and sunshine. A total of 180 runners turned out which is in marked contrast to the 294 who turned out when it was an evening race in 2017. That's works out as a 39% drop which is a lot.

1 Enda Cloake M1 00:27:20 Navy M-A-1
2 Finbarr O Dwyer 0/45B M2 00:27:48 CPO
3 Nigel Sheehan M3 00:27:58 Simply Suits
22 Katie Hickson 0/40I F1  00:32:38 Glenside
37 Linda O Connor 0/40I F2 00:34:09 Musgrave F-B-1
39 Mary Buckley 0/50K F3 00:34:15 HSE

Full results

1) There are 2 galleries up on the Running in Cork Facebook page
...a) Taken about 4.1 miles (first half)
...b) Taken about 4.1 miles (second half of field)
2) Derek Costello of Eagle AC has a gallery HERE

Katie Hickson... winner of the 2018 Cork BHAA Army-Navy 5m race

Former Cork County player and manager Billy Morgan heading for the finish line

Friday, October 12, 2018

Usain Bolts scores twice in Soccer match!

Since he retired from athletics, Usain Bolt has tried out some professional football in Australia. Playing for the Central Coast Mariners, the world's fastest man managed to bag two goals!!

The first effort was just wide of the post...

Norweigan Ultra runner runs 164 miles in 24 hours to set new treadmill record

Norwegian ultra runner Bjørn Tore Taranger set a new record when he ran 264.5km on a treadmill over a 24 hour period. That is the equivalent of 164 miles and works out as 8 min 46 sec per mile pace (5:27 per km).

The event took place in the Norwegian city of Bergen and finished on Friday the 12th of October 2018. The previous record was 261.18km which was set in 2017.

After setting the record, he said....“I knew I had it in me, I was not in doubt. I knew that as long as I managed to get in my nutrition, follow the plan with the wonderful people here who have supported me throughout the night. That was awesome!”

Cars banned on Marina in Cork City on Sundays for October 2018


In a new initiative called 'Open for Play', the Marina in Cork City will be closed to cars from 10am to 2pm on every Sunday during the month of October 2018.

Some of the activities described are..."Family fun and games for the smallies. Cricket making an appearance on the eastern side of the Lee amongst other street games. "

This will hopefully be the start of a process which will see a proper public park in the area.If you are going for a walk or run on Sunday, you might considering supporting this initiative.

Click on the image below to see the area that will be closed.

Thursday, October 11, 2018

CIT Sports Seminar Series - Nov 2018 to Apr 2018

The Cork Institute of Technology in association with Cork Sports Partnership are organising a series of sports seminars which should be of interest to many people...

CIT Athletics Sports Seminars
ADULT: Nov 7th: Sports Nutrition with Sharon Madigan €10
Price:ADULT: Dec 6th:Time Management with Lizzie Lee €10
Price:ADULT: Jan 23rd: Strength/Conditioning with J O Connor €10
Price:ADULT: Feb 13th: Sports Psychology with C Kennedy €10
Price:ADULT: March 12th: Junior/Senior Transition with Brian Gregan €10
Price:ADULT: April 3rd: Injury Prevention with P Francis €10
Venue: Room IT3, Library Building, C.I.T (7:30pm)

You can book online here...

Please note that the subjects covered will be of interest to participants of most sports.

I would especially bring your attention to the Strength & Conditioning seminar by Joe O'Connor.

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Notice : Great Glenville 4 mile race - Sun 25th Nov 2018

The annual Glenville 4 mile road race is coming up on Sunday the 25th of November 2018 and it should be of particular interest considering its proximity to Cork City.

In terms of getting there, the village of Glenville is only 5 miles or 8 kms from Watergrasshill and the M8 motorway.

The race starts at 11:30am and the race HQ is the Glenville Primary School. The village is pretty small so the race HQ, start and finish point are all close by.

Preview.......You'll find directions, maps and a course profile HERE

Tuesday, October 09, 2018

A look at the 'Open for Play' day on the Marina... Sun 7th Oct 2018

In a new initiative called 'Open for Play', the Marina in Cork City will be closed to cars from 10am to 2pm on every Sunday during the month of October 2018.

 The first on was held on Sunday the 7th and the weather conditions were dry for the event. As can be seen from the photo below, the Marina was blocked at the city end at the barrier by Pairc Ui Chaoimh. Anyone going into or out of the GAA stadium could go about their business and it was the same for Shandon Boat Club and Lee Rowing Club.

 There was quite a number of people making the most of the closure with lots of families cycling or walking. Interspersed with all these, there was a good few runners just taking in the Marina as part of their route.

The Blackrock end was blocked at the barrier as can be seen below.

 This was by far the busier part of the Marina with children's games being set up on the road.

At the plaza in Blackrock village, the place was packed with the farmers market. At about 1pm, there were queues of about 20 people on some outlets.

The Marina closure on its own was a special event but in conjunction with the farmers market nearby, it kind of gave it an added purpose. Someone could visit the market and then go for a stroll down the Marina.

Some people will want the Marina closed for the whole weekend, some don't want it closed at all. The key for me though is to have it almost as a feature of the local farmers market. If the market is open then the Marina should be closed. 

I couldn't help but think how the whole farmers market and closed road made such a nice alternative to the new family pastime of strolling around a shopping centre on a Sunday afternoon.

The Marina will be closed to traffic again from 10am to 2pm on Sunday the 14th, 21st and 28th of October 2018.

Sub 3 hour Irish results at the 2018 Chicago Marathon

The 2018 Chicago Marathon was held last weekend with a total of 44,476 people crossing the finish line. Mo Farah was the first man home in an impressive time of 2h 05m 11s.

These are the times for some of the runners from Ireland that broke 3 hours. Mark Smith of Eagle AC in Cork finished in a time of 2h 34m 21s.

131 Smith, Mark (GBR) 02:34:21
139 Nolan, Killian (IRL)  02:34:38
171 Griffin, Derek (IRL) 2:36:53
198 Walsh, Billy (IRL) 02:38:49
310 Mannion, Karl (IRL) 02:43:19
314 Messitt, Mark (IRL) 02:43:29
343 Mccoy, David (IRL) 02:44:32
457 Swift, Trevor (IRL) 02:47:55
519 Kenny, Michael (IRL) 02:49:19
557 Guinness, Samuel (IRL) 02:50:22
570 Sheehan, Padraig (IRL) 02:50:35
594 Porter, Adam (IRL) 02:50:58
778 Kearney, Shane (IRL) 02:54:33
903 Mckenna, Michael (IRL) 02:56:16
112 Carrie, David John (IRL) 02:58:35
115 Baker, Chris (IRL) 02:58:51
116 Lyons, Alan (IRL) 02:58:55
121 Murphy, Neil (IRL) 02:59:11
124 Bambrick, Oran (IRL) 02:59:19
125 Deveney, Terry (IRL) 02:59:23