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Tuesday, June 25, 2019

One-Mile race series near Cork-Kerry border - June & July 2019

The Gneeveguilla AC 1-mile Summer Series kicks off on Wednesday the 26th of June 2019 with the first event in Barraduff, Co.Kerry. There are five races in total and most are close to the Cork-Kerry border.

Each race costs €5 to enter or €20 for all five.

Please note that the start time is 7:30pm as opposed to 8pm in previous years. Reg opens at 6:30pm.

More info can be found on the Summer Series page…

Monday, June 24, 2019

Notice : Run Killarney Half-Marathon & 10k...Sat 20th July 2019

One of the biggest races in Kerry is the annual Killarney Half-Marathon & 10k and it's coming up on Saturday the 20th of July 2019.

The half marathon starts at Moll's Gap at 8:00am and follows one of the most scenic roads in the country to the finish line at the Gleneagle Hotel in Killarney. Participants in the half marathon will be taken by bus from Killarney to the start line at Moll's Gap.

What makes this half-marathon unique is that the road is closed and this is the only time of the year that a race is held on this road. Normally, you can't run on this road as it's way too busy with traffic going from Killarney to Kenmare.

The race website is HERE


The 10k starts at 9:30am and finishes at the Gleneagle Hotel and takes in a loop inside the national park near Muckross House.

Entry for each race includes...Customised finisher medal...Dry fit T-shirt...Chip timing... Prizes... Massage at finish line... Hot tubs... Post-race party... Officially measured course

Note that the road from Molls Gap to Killarney will be closed to traffic and it's the only time of the year that you can run on this busy road.

The video clip below gives a feel for what the course looks like...

Notice: Cork BHAA Gas Networks Ireland 5k road race - Wed 10th July 2019

The annual Cork BHAA Gas Networks Ireland 5k road race is coming up on Wednesday the 10th of July 2019 at 8pm in Cork City.

The Cork Boat Club which is located in Blackrock village will be the race HQ. The race starts near Pairc Uí Chaoimh and takes in the Centre Park Road, Monghan Road and the Marina. As courses go, there are no hills and it's flat and fast.

The one issue however is parking. It is very limited near the Cork Boat Club but there is plenty at the other end of Marina near Pairc Uí Chaoimh.

Here is some information from the organisers..... The Gas Networks Ireland race takes place at a Marina 5k route this year. Registration is from 6.30pm at Cork Boat Club in Blackrock village with the race starting at 8pm up near Lee Rowing Club. Registration will close at 7.45pm to allow runners get to the start which is approximately 1 mile from Cork Boat Club.

Parking...The following areas are where you are likely to find parking but these will fill up early so it would be worth getting to registration as early as possible.

a) Car parks on far side of Blackrock Castle. These will fill up with early morning walkers if we have a fine morning
b) Parking near Shandon Boat Club where traditionally a lot of people would have parked for Marina 5k races. If you’ve car-pooled, the driver can drop off others who can register for them at Cork Boat Club and meet them at the start.
c) City side of Blackrock church. Meadow Grove Estate which is between Blackrock Village and Skehard Rd.

As always, the entry fee is €5 for registered runners and €10 for non-registered. I suggest you park your car and jog to the race HQ with the exact entry fee. From there, go to the start line.

A free travel mug will also be given out to the first 500 runners to register...

Sunday, June 23, 2019

Big crowds turn out for inaugural Ironman in Youghal despite weather

Despite the constant rain, huge crowds turned out for the inaugural Ironman in Youghal in East Cork.

It is estimated that the Ironman event brought in €8 million to the local economy.

Results of the Shandrum 4 mile - Fri 21st June 2019

154 turned out for this 4 mile race in North Cork on Friday 21st June 2019.

1 Shane Simcox     Mallow AC 21:29 M40 452
2 Jeremiah Sheehan     Lismire 21:56     SM 838
3 Karl Lenihan     West Limerick AC 22:26     M40 445
10 Niamh Moore     Leevale AC 23:55 SF     423
15 Sorcha Kearney St. Finbarrs AC 24:15 F40 433
29 Sinead Buckley North Cork AC 26:10     SF 486


Saturday, June 22, 2019

Results & Photos of the Ballincollig 5k parkrun - Sat 22nd June 2019


370 runners turned out for this weeks 5k parkrun in Ballincollig Regional Park.

1 Nick HOGAN    17:51    VM35-39    M1
2 Kevin FULIGNATI    17:56    SM25-29    M2
3 Joe BOSONNET    18:17    JM15-17    M3 Sanctuary Runners
9 Carol FINN    19:28    SW30-34    F1
40 Mairead PEREZ    21:43    VW45-49    F2
41 Mary SWEENEY    21:51    VW55-59    F3 St Finbarrs AC


1) Colette Ryan has a gallery HERE
2) Joe Murphy has a gallery HERE 

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Results of the Daniel Kingston 5k in Macroom - Thurs 20th June 2019

There was another big turn out for this years Daniel Kingston 5k in Macroom with 567 taking part. Conditions were pretty much ideal for running.

1 Joe Cunningham (#884) 00:15:56 45-54 (1)     Male  (1)
2 Kieran Mckeown (#739) 00:16:12 35-44 (1)     Male  (2)
3 Shane Collins (#194)     00:16:15 19-34 (1)     Male  (3)
15 Claire O'Brien (#737) 00:18:45 19-34 (1)     Female  (1)
17 Breda Gaffney (#418) 00:18:54 45-54 (1)     Female  (2)
22 Karina Murphy (#465) 00:19:29 35-44 (1)     Female  (3)


Corkman Paul Tieney completes all 214 peaks in the Lake District in record time

Former Cork hurler Paul Tierney has just set a new record for completing all of the Wainwright's 214 Lake District peaks.

In total, he ran an incredible 318 miles (511 km) ascending a total of 36,000m (118,000ft) in a record time of six days and six hours. This is the equivalent of four ascents of Everest!

The previous record of six days and 13 hours was set in 2014 by Steve Birkinshaw.

Paul also raised £18,000 for a mental health charity in the process.

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Notice : Daniel Kingston Memorial 5k, Macroom - Thurs 20th June 2019

This 5k charity run is coming up in Macroom on Thursday evening the 20th of June 2019 at 8pm.

Proceeds from the event go towards Cork Cancer Support House.

You can enter on the evening for €10...registration desk open from 5:30PM. The event will be chip timed. Race HQ is at the Macroom Sports Complex which is just inside the Macroom castle gates on the left.

Please note that there is limited parking there. Follow the race stewards instructions on the night on where to park.

Course Preview.........A full preview with maps, directions, photos, etc can be seen HERE

From the organisers.....The race starts at the beginning of the town from the Cork side by Macroom Motors. The 5 km route takes you through the town and looping through the countryside and back to town with the finish in the town centre.  This is the 8th year of the race which has grown from strength to strength in the last few years.  Register on the evening of the event at Macroom Sports Complex (€10). 

Loads of prizes across a range of age categories. All surplus funds are donated to Cork ARC Cancer support house. Plenty of refreshments also.

Support this great event and the excellent work by Cork Arc Cancer Support

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Notice : Ballinacurra 4 mile race - Thurs 25th July 2019

This 4 mile road race near Midleton is coming up on Thursday the 25th of July 2019...

Located just to the south-east of Midleton, this 4 mile race is on nice quiet country roads and should be within easy reach for a lot of people. The entry fee is €10 for runners.

The race is being organised by the Ballinacurra Villagers Running Club in association with Ballinacurra GAA.

Preview......A preview of the course with photos can be seen HERE

Results of the Upper Glanmire NS 5k - Mon 17th June 2019


There were 275 finishers in this 5k in Upper Glanmire near Cork City on Monday the 17th of June 2019.

1 420    Mark Walsh Leevale     Male    M 15:38.121    -
2 453    John Meade St Finbarrs     Male    M 15:48.647
3 442    Gavin O Rourke Leevale     Male    M 16:07.464
13 848    Kealey Tideswell Clonmel AC     Female    F 19:10.532
21 824    Irene Eighan St Finbarrs     Female    F 20:59.986
22 921    Ellie Twomey Carrig Na Bhfear     U16    F 21:18.013

Full results...

Monday, June 17, 2019

Results of the Ballyclough 5k - Sat 15th June 2019

This 5k in Ballyclough in NW Cork was held on Saturday the 15th of June 2019 and had a field of 68 runners.

Ballyclough 5K 2019                

Name    Bib     Club    CAT    Time
Timmy Hennessy    563    N/A    M    18.36
Patrick O'Keefe    510    Mt Hillary    M40    18.55
Tom Sheehan    559    N/a    M    19.11
Mary Ann Murphy    536    Mt Hillary    F    21.56
Deirdre Cotter    539    Mallow AC    F40    22.50

Sarah Creedon    522    Millstreet    F    23.01

Ballyclough 5K 2019                

Saturday, June 15, 2019

Ballincollig parkrun celebrates its 3rd birthday!

The very first 5k parkrun in Ballincollig Regional Park was held on the 18th of June 2016 and has now been going for three years. 

As can be seen from the chart above, it has been held every week with the exception of a few. Just looking, I can spot the gaps due to Ophelia and the Beast from the East!

The chart also shows that it has been doing very well in 2019 getting roughly 300 per week.

Here are the results and photos for this week...

1 Nick HOGAN    18:04    VM35-39    M1
2 Tom SHEEHAN    19:05    VM55-59    M2
3 James CALLANAN    19:27    VM50-54    M3
4 Carol FINN    19:41    SW30-34 F1
38 Gillian COTTER    23:02    VW45-49  F2 St Finbarrs AC
52 Carrie DESMOND    23:38    VW35-39  F3


1) Colette Ryan has a gallery HERE

Friday, June 14, 2019

Results of the Inniscarra 4 mile race - Fri 14th June 2019

 There was a record turnout for this years Inniscarra 4 mile race with 202 finishers. If the 21 walkers are taken out then there are 181 runners, a new record as can be seen from the chart above.

It's been a busy two days for races in Cork with a see-saw pattern to the numbers. The Belle of Ballincollig was up 7%, Coolagown was down 9% and Inniscarra was up 17%.

1    0:20:56    SWEENEY, Gavin    Togher AC    M    05:13.9    833    1
2    0:21:17    SMYTH, Mark    Eagle AC    M40    05:19.2    824    2
3    0:22:44    DOYLE, Adam    Unattached    M    05:40.9    825    3
19    0:26:12    CRONIN, Niamh    St. Finbarrs AC    F40    06:32.9    867    19
29    0:27:12    O'CONNOR, Linda    Unattached    F40    06:47.9    930    29
30    0:27:25    BEVAN, Karen    Eagle AC    F40    06:51.1    876    30

1) Mick Dooley has some photos HERE

Results below...

Notice : Inniscarra 4 mile road race - Fri 14th June 2019

This 4 mile road race in Inniscarra is coming up on Friday, the 14th of June 2019...

The race HQ is the GAA grounds in Ballyanly which is to the north-west of Cork City...

It may not be the easiest of courses but it's on nice quiet country roads. On a nice sunny summer evening, it's a lovely spot for a race. The ease of access and proximity to Cork City is another major plus.

Preview...More information on the course can be seen HERE

The organisers have more info below...