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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Rob Heffernan to get another bronze medal due to Russian getting caught?

There is news at the moment that the Russian race walker Stanislav Emelyanov has been caught due to violations to his biological passport. His results since before 2010 will no longer be counted.

In 2010 at the European Championships in Barcelona, Emelyanov won the 20 km walking race. Rob Heffernan finished 4th in that race. If the suspension is confirmed then Rob should be moved up in 3rd place and a bronze medal.

15:45...From Rob Heffernan on Twitter...
Unofficially being told that I  am going to receive the BRONZE medal for Euro Champs 2010 20km after Russian has been done for drugs.

To be confirmed...

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Kilworth Woods Trail Race...Wed 30th July 2014

From the Munster Mountain Running Association...
Kilworth Woods Trail Run

Register from 6:30pm at Car park in Wood.
Kiddies Run 7.00 €0 2km
Junior Run 7.05 €3 2.7km
Adults 7:30pm €5 6.4km

Please Reg for Junior race before 6:45pm. Reg closing at 7:15 sharp

Race signposted from Kilworth Village. Please bring downloaded and filled out membership form from: if you have NOT run an imra race this year. If you have, you MUST bring your number or KNOW your 2014 number.

Notice...Sonia O'Sullivan 3k road race, Cobh - Mon 25th Aug 2014

This is a brand new race on the calendar and it's unusual in that it is over 3kms instead of the more usual 5k. Back a few years ago, there was a series of evening 3k races in Midleton over the winter months and these were very popular. Since then, there hasn't really been any real 3k road race in Cork.

The 3k race in Cobh is to commemorate a time back in 1994 when Sonia O'Sullivan was the best middle distance runner in Europe. On the 15th of July that year, she set a new European record of 8:21.64 in the 3000m. One month later on the 10th of August in Helsinki, she won the 3000m title at the European Championships with a time of 8:31.64.

Sonia will be taking part in the inaugural 3k race in Cobh on the 25th of August and will be in the Commodore Hotel afterwards where a Q+A session will be hosted by sport journalist and athlete Feidhlim Kelly who writes for the Irish Examiner.

There will be four separate races.....
a) Juvenile Male...14 to 17 years old...€5
b) Juvenile Female...14 to 17 years old...€5

c) Male...Aged 18 and above...€10
d Female...Aged 18 and above...€10

They are likely to be in the sequence as shown above with roughly 25-30 mins between race. This will be confirmed closer to the date.

As chip timing will be used, the organisers would like if people could register online beforehand so as to take the pressure off entries on the night.

There are a lot of aspects to this event which will be of interest to many different people...
a) The unique 3k distance
b) A race for women only
c) A road race just for juveniles where as normally they take part in cross country or track races.
d) Beginners who might be starting a Couch to 5k programme. That 5k might seem a bit much but 3k or 1.8 miles sounds a lot more manageable.

The course is shown below...

The 3k course itself is relatively flat, runs East-West and avoids the hills in the town. The race starts on Lynch's Quay and then runs west. At about 400m, it passes the finish line and the remaining 2.6kms is an out and back section.

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

Race HQ is the Commodore Hotel where entries will be taken on the night and there will be light refreshments after the races.

A timing mat will also be used at the start line so it's chip timed from start to finish.

From Ballymore Cobh AC......
Ballymore Cobh AC Sonia O'Sullivan 3000m Road Race...Monday, August 25th @ 7pm

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of her European Gold Medal and European 3000m record, Ballymore Cobh Athletic Club are delighted to announce that Sonia O' Sullivan will compete in this unique event. Runners can pit themselves against Sonia's 1994 record in juvenile, men's and women's races through Cobh town.

We look forward to seeing you on the night, where you will get a chance to play your part in paying tribute to one of Ireland's greatest sports people.

All races will start beyond the Well House Bar and head west along East Beach and Westbourne Place before turning at the end of the Low Road and returning east bound to the finish line in front of The Titanic Experience.

The course is officially measured and has a race permit granted by the Athletics Association of Ireland. Please note, there will be four separate races - for men, women, boys and
girls. The two juvenile races are open to 14-17yr olds with the adult races open to 18yr olds and over. Entry fees are...Adult - €10, Juvenile - €5

Online entry Link:...

Facebook - Ballymore Cobh AC Sonia O'Sullivan 3000m Road Race / Twitter - @BallymoreCobhAC / email -

The Edge Sports Shop (North Main Street and Kinsale Road, Cork) and staff are proud to be associated with the Ballymore Cobh AC - Sonia O’Sullivan commemorative run taking place August 25th 2014 with 3000m of racing through the streets of Cobh.  

Results of Round 6 of the Cork Graded League...Mon 28th July 2014

The 6th and final round of the Cork Graded Track & Field League sponsored by John Buckley Sports was held at the CIT track on Monday the 28th of July 2014. Looking through the results, there was a good number of athletes taking part with some traveling from Kerry, Limerick, Waterford, Tipperary and Kilkenny for some of the events.

The results of round 6 of the graded league can be seen HERE

Some of the previous results can be seen at

Monday, July 28, 2014

Results of the Shannonvale 10k road race...Fri 25th July 2014

A total of 165 people took part in this years Shannonvale 10k race near Clonakilty, a jump of 21% on last years numbers. From what I hear, conditions were a bit on the muggy side.

1st 34.16 Micheal Dullea  Skibereen AC
2nd 34.23 Alex O Shea      St Finbarrs AC
3rd 36.10 Paul Deane        Clonakilty RR AC
1st 38:20 Carmel Crowley   Bandon AC
2nd 38:40 Yvonne MacAuley Crusaders AC
3rd 41:23 Ronnie Barry    Bandon AC

Over 50 Male...Mark Bickerdyke  Leevale AC...38:30
Over 50 Female...Deirdre O Reilly...55:48
Over 60 Male...Neille Leary Belgooley AC...53:25

The full results can be seen HERE

1) Clonakilty Road Runners have a gallery of photos HERE

Results of the Ballinascarthy 10k road race...Fri 4th July 2014

This 10k race was held at the start of the month and the results are available now. A total of 128 runners took part, up 22% from the 105 of 2013.

1 Tim Twomey M 33:27
2 Michael Dullea M 34:51
3 Jeff Casey M 35:55
11 Carmel Crowley F 39:24
20 Ronnie Barry F 41:48
27 Tara Browne F 42:58

The full results can be seen HERE

1) Kieran Minihane has a gallery of photos HERE

Track with right angle bends built in China...

This is one of the stories doings the rounds on the net today. It was recently announced that a track with 90 deg bends has been constructed in China.

The track was completed recently as part of a major refurbishment of a stadium in Heilongjiang province. While there is an impressive artificial grass football pitch at its centre, the track seems to have been a bit of an afterthought.

When quizzed, officials admitted that painting right angles was faster than painting curves and that they were rushing to get ready for an official visit from an official of the Communist Party.

It turns out that instead of keeping the visiting dignitary happy, the track is now featured in the world press as an object of ridicule.

Update on entries for the Clonmel Half-Marathon...

The Clonmel Half-Marathon is a very popular race and it gets good reports every year. Just a reminder that there is an entry limit of 750 and it's filling up fast.

The cheaper entry fee of €25 lasts until the 31st of July and that includes a dry fit top. From the 1st of August, the price will go up to €35.

If you are interested in doing this then you should enter as soon as possible. More info here...

Former Steeplechase national champion Kieran Stack runs 1:03 in the Ballynonty 10m

For those of you who might remember some of the big names in Irish athletics back in the 80's and 90's, this might be of interest.

The Ballynonty 10 mile road race was held in Tipperary last Sunday the 27th of July and one of those taking part was Kieran Stack, one of the top steeplechase runners in his time. Running under North Cork AC, Kiernan was also the 2nd M50 home.
21    1:03:25    STACK, Kieran    North Cork AC    M50    06:20.4

Back in the late 80's, Kieran was one of the top steeplechase runners in the country having won the Irish national 3000m steeplechase title in 1989 and 1990. His PB of 8:29.60 set back in 1985 is still the third fastest on the Irish all time list.

3000 m steeplechase
1 8:24.09    Brendan Quinn 26 Jul 60 Bruxelles 30 Aug 1985
2 8:27.24    Liam O'Brien 11 Oct 54 London 24 Jun 1984
3 8:29.60    Kieran Stack 11 May 63 Austin TX 31 May 1985

He has also ran marathons in New York in 2:36 and in Boston in 2:32.

Lost...Polar Heart Rate Monitor Strap

Someone sent me an e-mail just to say that they left a heart monitor strap from a Polar RCX5 watch on a wall by the boat club on the Marina last Saturday morning.

If anyone reading this has found it then send me an e-mail and I'll put you in contact with the owner.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Results of the Rebel Run4Fun 5k race, Ballincollig...Sun 27th July 2014

This was the first run in the Rebel Run4Fun 5k series in Ballincollig organised by the Cork Sports Partnership. A field of 150 runners took part.

1    BREEN    BARRY 18:35 6:00/M    Top Fin   
2    KELLEHER    TIM 18:42 6:02/M    M   
3    HARTY    BRIAN 19:10 6:11/M    M   
6    MANNING    SANDRA     20:29 6:36/M    Top Fin   
13    HOLLAND    SIOBHAN 22:41 7:19/M    F   
21    MURPHY    AOIFE 23:44 7:39/M    F    

The full results can be seen HERE

1) The organisers have a gallery of photos HERE

Notice...Conna 5k road race - Thurs 31st July 2014

Organised by St.Catherines Athletic Club, this 5 km road race is coming up in the village of Conna on Thursday, the 31st of July 2014.

The Race HQ is the local community centre which is on the main road through the village. This is one of the few 5 km races in this part of NE Cork and should be of interest to a lot of runners.

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

The club has its own website as well...

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Races on Sunday 27th July 2014

There are two races that might be of interest coming up on Sunday.

In Ballincollig, the Rebel Run4Fun 5k race is on with a 10am start. If you didn't avail of the cheaper online entry fee then it costs €15 on the day. More details HERE

In Tipperary, there is the Ballynonty 10 mile road race which starts at 11am. This really is an excellent race and only costs €10 to enter. The course is reasonably flat and they always put on a fine spread afterwards.

There is no chip timing or dry fit tops or all of the usual stuff that goes with some of the other races. Just a quality road race organised by a small athletics club.

With the motorway, it's about an hour from Cork City. Recommended. More details HERE

Notice...Mitchelstown GM8KM road race - Fri 8th Aug 2014

The 5th race of 6 in the Ballyhoura Cork Series is coming up on Friday, the 8th of August with the GR8KM. As the name suggests, it is an 8 km road race on the roads around Mitchelstown in North-East Cork. Considering it's proximity to the several major roads, it is likely to attract runners from North Cork, Limerick and Tipperary. 

With the M8 motorway, Mitchelstown is now only 50 kms or a 35-40 minute drive from Cork City so it's an option for city based runners as well.

The race is organised by the local athletics club...Galtee Runners AC.

Please note that there is a new race HQ and new course this year. The race will start and finish at the new Mitchelstown Leisure Centre.

More details to follow.

Friday, July 25, 2014

New Parkrun on Bere Island in West Cork starting 30th August 2014...

As many of you will know, there are currently two Parkruns in Co.Cork at the moment every Saturday, one in Macroom and one in Clonakilty. These are free to participants who run a course that is 5kms long.

On Saturday the 30th of August, a new Parkrun will be starting on Bere Island in West Cork. The 5k course will be the same as the one used for the Bere Island Midsummer Run held back on the 12th of July.

Other than that, there are no more details for the moment. Considering the size of the local population and the cost of getting the ferry across, I'd imagine that the numbers are likely to be very small, especially if it is on during the winter months.

However as a summer/autumn event, it would be great as part of a day or weekend away. Bere Island is a lovely spot on a nice sunny day.