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Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Major flooding at the 2018 Venice Marathon

The next time you encounter a few pools of water out on a race course, spare a thought for those taking part in this years marathon in Venice when parts of the course were under water!

With heavy rains and high tides, participants found themselves having to run through ankle deep water in the final few miles. The leading man and woman who were on target for 2:09 and 2:26 finishes respectively ended up with 2:13:13 and 2:31:30.

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.

The first one is coming up on Wednesday the 21st of November 2018...

Monday, November 19, 2018

Cork runners medal at the British & Irish Masters Cross County Championships

A number of runners from Cork won individual and team medals at the British & Irish Masters Cross Country Championships which were on in Swansea over the weekend.

Full results...

1) There is a small gallery of photos of runners from Cork here.

Some of the medal winners from Cork are shown in BOLD below...

Lizzie Lee sets new course record to win Stook 10 mile

Following on from winning the national Marathon title in Dublin at the end of October, Cork runner Lizzie Lee was back in action on Sunday at the Stook 10 mile in Kilkenny.

In a modest sized field of 289 runners, Lizzie broke the old course record  by 3 mins to finish in 1h 00m 37s. If that time looks a bit slow then it's because it was a really tough course!

1. 60:37 Lizzie Lee Leevale Athletic Club
2. 64:24 Isobel Oakes (unattached)
3. 67:58 Grace Reilly Portlaoise A.C.

Just three men finished ahead of Lizzie in this race organised by Gowran AC.

Stook 10 mile photos...

Stook 10 mile results...

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

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Results of the Skibbereen 10 mile & 5 mile race - Sun 18th Nov 2018

This was the first year of this new 10 mile road race in Skibbereen and the numbers were pretty modest. In the 10 mile race, there were just 86 finishers which is low enough while there were 83 finishers in the 5 mile.

Going back a few years, the number of finishers in races in West Cork was pretty good but it really seems to have dropped off of late.

10 mile
1 Denis Lyons     St Finbarrs AC       1:00:06     SM
2 John Collins     Drinagh   1:01:08     Sm
3 Pavel Hensirouski     Clonakilty       1:01:31 sm
25 Deirdre McCarthy     Rosscarbery       1:15:17 sf
28 Dympna McSweeney     Dunmanway       1:16:43 sf
29 Julie O'Brien     Ballydehob       1:16:56 sf

Skibbereen 10 mile results...

Skibbereen 5 mile results...

Looks like there was a bit of a mix up in the 5 mile. See message below from Denis McCaul.

Results of the Cloyne Commons 4k race - Sun 18th Nov 2018

Cloyne Commons Challenge 4K Series Race 1... Sunday 18 November 2018. 9:30 am

1 0:13:03 O'RIORDAN, Niall An Brú M40 05:14.9
2 0:13:14 O'SHEA, Barry Midleton AC M 05:19.3
3 0:13:25 KELLEHER, Kenneth East Cork AC M 05:23.8
22 0:15:28 O'BRIEN, Claire Watergrasshill AC F 06:13.2
35 0:16:48 LEAHY, Eileen Midleton AC F 06:45.4
53 0:17:53 KELLY, Christine Aghada RC F 07:11.6

Provisional Results for All Competitors in finish order. Pace Race Race
Place Time Name Team Race Age Category min/mile
1 0:13:03 O'RIORDAN, Niall An Brú M40 05:14.9 5 1
2 0:13:14 O'SHEA, Barry Midleton AC M 05:19.3 118 2
3 0:13:25 KELLEHER, Kenneth East Cork AC M 05:23.8 25 3
4 0:13:28 O'DWYER, Finbarr Leevale AC M45 05:25.0 267 4
5 0:13:45 SHEEHAN, Nigel Youghal AC M 05:31.8 194 5
6 0:13:50 SHEEHAN, Kieran Watergrasshill AC M 05:33.8 94 6
7 0:14:08 INCE, Ken Watergrasshill AC M 05:41.1 23 7
8 0:14:10 HANNON, Tim Midleton AC M 05:41.9 114 8
9 0:14:16 CROWLEY, Tim East Cork AC M 05:44.3 97 9
10 0:14:33 CREMIN, Mike Unattached M 05:51.1 115 10
11 0:14:35 O'SULLIVAN, Ray Aghada RC M 05:51.9 106 11
12 0:14:42 COLLINS, Trevor Naas AC M40 05:54.7 242 12
13 0:14:52 WALL, Donogh East Cork AC M 05:58.8 257 13
14 0:14:57 MALONE, John Youghal AC M45 06:00.8 69 14
15 0:15:06 AHERN, Derek Midleton AC M40 06:04.4 14 15

Cities turning their backs on hosting Olympic Games

There is an interesting article on the BBC new website about how the Olympic Games is in trouble as fewer cities seem willing to pay the cost of hosting them.

Olympic Games: Why cities are snubbing the 'greatest show on Earth'

Notice : Duhallow 10 mile road race in Newmarket - Sun 10th March 2019

Duhallow AC will be holding their annual 10 mile road race in Newmarket in North-West Cork on  Sunday the 10th of March 2019.

This is the date that was traditionally used for the Ballycotton 10 mile road race.

There will be a dry fit top for the first 500 to register.

You can enter at this link...

The 10 mile route is an out and back course and it can be seen below. Parts of the course will be the same as the Newmarket 5k course which is held every December.

As can be seen above, there is a climb before the 4 mile mark but the last 3 miles are nice and fast.

The club website is

Over 10,000 entries sold already for the 2019 Dublin City Marathon

Sun 18th Nov 2018... Now 13,300 gone
Wed 14th Nov 2018... Now 12,500 gone.
Wed 7th Nov 2018... Now 10,000 gone.
Sat 3rd Nov 2018... 7,000 gone.

It's hard to believe but 10,000 places for the 2019 Dublin City Marathon have been sold already!

The entry fees are broken down as follows... Entry fee:  The first 7,000 entries are at €70, the next 7,000 are at €80 and the last 6,000 are at €90.

Amazingly, the first batch of 7,000 were snapped up by Saturday the 3rd of November, just 6 days after the 2018 event! By Wed 7th, it was at 10,000. That means there are now less than 10,000 left.

Although 12 months is a long time to plan ahead, you should probably be thinking about entering if you are interested. If nothing else, you should keep a close eye on the entries to see how things progress.

The entry link is

Saturday, November 17, 2018

New resurfaced athletics track in Limerick

I came across this photo showing the newly refurbished athletics track at the University of Limerick.

The surface of the old track was in a pretty poor condition and the new blue one should make it one of the best in the country.

Results & Photos of the Ballincollig 5k parkrun... Sat 17th Nov 2018

 There was another big turn out for this weeks 5k parkrun in Ballincollig Regional Park with 357 taking part. That's well above the average for 2018 which is 293 so far. The average since it started is 266.

With the new 5k parkrun starting in the Glen next week, I wonder how the numbers in Ballincollig will fare?

1 Damien GERAGHTY    18:57    SM30-34    68.87 %    M1    Sportsworld
2 Unknown
3 Alan O'SULLIVAN    19:17    VM35-39    68.37 %    M3
39 Anna KLIMEK    21:59    VW35-39    68.01 %    F1
43 Olga O'SULLIVAN    22:11    VW40-44    69.35 %    F2    Eagle A.C.
70 Gillian FLYNN    23:30    VW35-39    64.40 %    F3


1) Collette Ryan has a gallery on Google Photos
2) Joe Murphy has a gallery on Facebook (Album 1)
 with a second one here (Album 2)

Friday, November 16, 2018

Friday Fun : Delayed Flight Training

Friday Fun : Delayed Flight Training

Notice : Cloyne Commons 4k Series - Nov 2018 to Mar 2019

This 4k series in Cloyne in East Cork will be held every month from November 2018 to March 2019.

Each one only costs €5 to enter.

4k is a bit of an odd distance but it's a good distance to gauge your fitness. As you train over the Winter months, you can do a comparison between your times to see how you are progressing.

Entries on the morning of each race.

Article in Evening Echo appeals for volunteers for Junior parkrun in Ballincollig

There was a short article in today's Evening Echo about the proposed new Junior 2k parkrun in Ballincollig. Link HERE