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Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Notice : Locha Lua Half-Marathon in Ballingeary in West Cork - Sat 20th Apr 2019

Please note that this race is now SOLD OUT.

This brand new Half-Marathon is coming up in Ballingeary in West Cork on Saturday the 20th of April 2019.

Sunday, March 24, 2019

Results & Photos of the Mallow 10 mile road race - Sun 24th March 2019

There were just over 1,500 finishers for this years Mallow 10 mile road race. In terms of conditions,  it couldn't have got any better as it was cool and overcast with a gentle breeze, ideal weather for fast times.

1    Sergiu CIOBANU   00:49:21    2087    M (1)    MS (1)    Clonliffe Harriers A.C.
2    Rory O'CONNOR  00:51:28    2089    M (2)    MS (2)    North Cork A.C.
3    Paul MOLONEY   00:51:56    2100    M (3)    MS (3)    Mallow A.C.
4    Micheal POWER   00:52:28    2084    M (4)    MS (4)    West Waterford A.C.
5    Alan O'BRIEN    00:52:42    1625    M (5)    M35 (1)    Eagle A.C.
16    Aoife COOKE    00:55:17    262    F (1)    FS (1)    Youghal A.C.
49    Linda BYRNE    00:59:56    2090    F (2)    FS (2)    Dundrum South Dublin A.C.
54    Fiona SANTRY   01:00:40    1886    F (3)    FS (3)    East Cork A.C.
76    Adele WALSH    01:02:27    2024    F (4)    F40 (1)    St Senans A.C.
83    Sorcha KEARNEY   01:03:13    840    F (5)    F40 (2)    St Finbarrs A.C.


Photos to follow... (Updated Mon 7:44pm)
1) There will be 11 albums going up on the Running in Cork Facebook page
...a) Pre-race & Start 
...b) Finish - Approx 0:49 to 1:05
...c) Finish - Approx 1:05 to 1:11
...d) Finish - Approx 1:11 to 1:15
...e) Finish - Approx 1:15 to 1:20
...f) Finish - Approx 1:20 to 1:24
...g) Finish - Approx 1:24 to 1:29
...h) Finish - Approx 1:29 to 1:34
...i) Finish - Approx 1:34 to 1:40
...j) Finish - Approx 1:40 to 1:46
...k) Finish - Approx 1:46 plus

 2) Derek Costello has three albums
...a) Start 
...b) Mile 3
...c) Mile 9

 3) Mallow Macra have a gallery HERE

Saturday, March 23, 2019

Results & Photos of the Mallow 5k parkrun - Sat 23rd March 2019

113 turned out for this weeks 5k parkrun in Mallow

1 Sean O CALLAGHAN    20:44    JM10 M1    North Cork AC
2 Conor LAVERY    20:49    JM15-17 M2
3 Mark O'REGAN    21:11    SM30-34 M3
11 Eimear LAVERY    22:46    JW11-14 F1
16 Ashley GEARY    23:59    SW30-34 F2
17 Lisa LYONS    24:11    SW25-29 F3


1) The organisers have a gallery HERE
2) Mary Boyce has a gallery HERE

Info for the 2019 Mallow 10 mile road race - Sun 24th March

The big race this weekend is of course the Mallow 10 mile on Sunday the 24th of March.

Weather forecast.....It looks as if Sunday should be dry day with some sunshine. The temperature should be around 10 deg C but that may feel much warmer in places.

There will be a light breeze from the North-West which is likely to keep things a bit cool, especially in exposed areas. On the course, it is likely to be a headwind from 2 to 4 miles. From 4 to 6.5 miles, it will be a headwind as well but there will be some shelter from the hills to the north.

The most significant impact is that it will be behind the runners in the last 3 miles so it won't have much of a cooling effect. It is likely to feel very warm along this stretch.

If you are racing then nothing more than a singlet or a short sleeve dry fit top is recommended. Anyone wearing too much will pay for it in the later stages. If you feel slightly cold at the start line then that is the right amount of clothing to wear.

Mallow tops......This is the dry fit top for this year.

I have just updated the race website with all the latest info.

Click HERE

Course preview.......You can see an updated preview HERE

Race website......There is more info about the race on the dedicated race website 

Results & Photos of the Ballincollig 5k parkrun... Sat 23rd March 2019

After the wet weather last week, the numbers were back up again for the 5k parkrun in Ballincollig Regional Park with 363 taking part.

1 Unknown                                   
2 Gordon QUINN    18:35    VM40-44    M2
4 Trevor COLLINS    18:51    VM40-44    M3 VMware Running Club
3 Martina KIELY    18:37    VW35-39    F1 St Finbarrs AC
8 Nollaigh O'NEILL    19:36    VW45-49    F2 Leevale AC
51 Ella COLLINS    22:55    JW11-14    F3


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

Results & Photos of the Glen River 5k parkrun - Sat 23rd March 2019

There was a real sense of Spring in the air this morning as 79 runners turned out for this weeks 5k parkrun in the Glen on the north side of Cork City.

1 Feargal O'SHEA    18:04    VM35-39    M1
2 Connor MC CRORY    18:36    VM35-39    M2
3 Don KEOHANE    18:43    VM50-54    M3 Eagle A.C.
11 Julie KENNEALLY    21:48    VW35-39    F1
14 Ava BIRCH    22:12    SW25-29    F2
32 Lisa SHINE    25:02    VW35-39    F3 Crusaders Athletic Club


1) There is a gallery up on the Running in Cork Facebook page HERE.

Brian Lenihan with..........Brian Lenihan! :o)

The Glen is a nice quiet spot on a Saturday morning for a run. Remember, it's on at 9:30am every Saturday morning and is completely free!

Friday, March 22, 2019

Cork City Council divided on plan to ban cars from Marina

Back in October of 2018, cars were banned from the Marina on a Sunday morning as an experiment so that people could use it as an amenity. Following the success of that project, the question raised was whether this should become a permanent feature?

According to an recent article in the Evening Echo, Cork City councillors are divided on the plan to pedestrianise the Marina. .

It does mention the following in the article..."Running groups have suggested that 5k runs could take place if the road was shut off to traffic on weekends." 

This would suggest I assume the possibility of a 5k parkrun at 9:30am on a Saturday morning.

There may be some merit in the argument that the Marina is needed for cars at the peak traffic times on Monday to Friday as people try to get in and out of the city centre. On Saturday or Sunday, that is almost certainly not the case as there are plenty of alternative routes.

When the car ban was discussed previously in 2018, one Mayfield based councilor spoke out against it on the basis that old people liked to be driven up and down it as part of a spin on a Sunday afternoon!

I don't know how practical it is to just close it on the weekends but if it's possible, surely it's a logical first step?

Sonia O'Sullivan to take part in Emer Casey 5k in Youghal in April

The Emer Casey Foundation has announced that Sonia O'Sullivan will be taking part in the Emer Casey 5k in Youghal on Thursday the 4th of April 2019.

Proceeds from this popular 5k go towards the Emer Casey Foundation which raises funds for research into ovarian cancer, its causes and treatments.

More info about the race in this previous post.

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Notice...Karen Fenton Memorial 5k in Ballinora - Sun 14th Apr 2019

Following a very successful inaugural event last year which attracted over 700 participants, the Karen Fenton Memorial Run is scheduled for Sunday 14th April 2019.

The location is unchanged, just to the south of Ballincollig.

From the organisers.....The second annual Karen Fenton Memorial Run will be hosted in Ballinora, Waterfall on April 14th, 2019, just two weeks short of Karen’s second anniversary.

A scenic country run just a stones throw from Cork City – a perfect warm up for all the summer runs this year – suitable for all runners and walkers – competitive or just for fun – it’s your choice!

This road race is being held in memory of Karen Fenton, who passed away from Ovarian Cancer, on the 30th of April 2017, aged 43. Karen was one of Ballinora's own and enjoyed participating in many athletic events.

The Karen Fenton Memorial Cup and the Máire Comerford Memorial Cup will be presented to the first male and female winners. Máire was another Ballinora native, who sadly passed away, aged 39, 8 months after Karen, also from Ovarian Cancer.

Entry        Adults - €12    Kids (U16) Timed €6    Kids (U16) Untimed - Free

Entries...You can enter online HERE or on the day of the race.

Proceeds will go towards Ovarian Cancer support and research.

All those who pre-enter will be put in a draw for 2 nights B&B for 2 people in the lovely Celtic Ross Hotel in West Cork.

This race will be chip timed but all are welcome to take part, walk, jog or run, in this community event.

Race Enquiries:    info AT karenfenton DOT ie

Post-Race Refreshments at Ballinora GAA Hall

First 5 Men & Women Home – Cash Prize
Category Prizes for Top 3 Men & Women (Outside the top 5)

All participants will receive a Karen Fenton Memorial Run 2019 souvenir bracelet in support of Ovarian Cancer

Location...Ballinora is located just south-west of Cork City and to the south of Ballincollig.

It can be accessed by taking Exit 1 on the Ballincollig bypass or going via Waterfall. See the course map below.

Course.....See below...

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Guest Post: MICK MOLLOY CELEBRATES HIS 81st BIRTHDAY... by John Walshe

In this guest post, John Walshe of Ballycotton writes about Mick Molloy who one of the best marathon runners in the country back in the 1970's. He also has the distinction of having set a new world record for 30 miles of 2h 44m 47s. That works out at about 5m 30s per mile pace for 30 miles!

(By John Walshe)                                       

This month sees one of Ireland’s legendary distance runners celebrating his 81st birthday. Mick Molloy was born on March 13th, 1938, and during the 1960s won three Irish marathon championships, along with titles at 10 miles, 15 miles and cross-country. He also represented his country in the marathon at both the 1968 Olympics and 1969 European Championships.

Molloy grew up beside Lough Corrib, four-and-a-half miles from Oughterard in County Galway. His first sporting involvement was with Gaelic Football but all that changed at the age of 18 when he ran his first cross-country race. In a full page feature in the Connacht Tribune last December, Molloy recalls that day: “My only mode of transport at the time was a bicycle and so after returning from Mass in Oughterard I headed to Dunmore (100 mile round trip) and lined up with 45 other runners, I finished in eight place.

Four years later, he won his first Galway senior cross-country over nine miles near Athenry. “I not only beat Willie Morris, the favourite, but won the race by over 300 yards,” he remembers. In 1966, on a wet and windy day at Dromoland Castle in Clare, he won the All-Ireland cross-country title and captained Galway to win the inter-county team event ahead of Cork.

Later the same year he transferred that winning form to the road with victory in the Irish Marathon at Banteer in 2:24:45. A second marathon title (2:22:52) followed two years later in his native Galway which qualified him for that year’s Olympic Games.

In the warm and altitude conditions of Mexico City, Molloy had to discard his shoes after 14 miles due to blisters but he gallantly carried on to finish 41st of the 74 starters in a time of 2:48:13.  Despite the setback of a serious ankle injury he was able to retain his national marathon title (2:22:32) the following year of 1969 and went on to finish a creditable 13th in 2:28:38 at the European Marathon in Athens.

Five years later, in September 1974, Molloy won the prestigious Berchem marathon in Belgium, but not without drama: “I was leading the race at 15 miles when the official car turned down a side road for petrol and I followed; not understanding the language, I lost about a minute-and-a-half and by the time I got back on the correct road I was back in eight place.”

He eventually caught the leaders at 21 miles and went on to win by over two minutes in 2:18:41, a time he would marginally improve to 2:18:22 (which remained his fastest) when finishing 12th the following year at Kosice. This was less than a minute behind Waldemar Cierpinski who would go on to become dual Olympic champion at Montreal (1976) and Moscow (1980).

67min finish for Cork runner Tim O'Donoghue at Reading Half-Marathon

The Reading Half-Marathon attracts a field of over 8,000 runners and it was held this year on the 17th of March.

Two members of East Cork AC managed to finish in the top 50... Tim O'Donoghue in 1h 07m 25s and Kevin O'Leary in 1h 10m 26s.

60     Tim O Donoghue     EAST CORK AC     15     01:07:25     15     01:07:25
62     Kevin O Leary     EAST CORK AC     35     01:10:26     35

Irish international runner Paul Pollock managed to finish 4th with a time of 1h 04m 27s

4     Paul     Pollock     1:04:27     1:04:27

Monday, March 18, 2019

Running the Streets of Cork City Centre - Strava Style

Who would have thought you could run 15 miles just by running around the centre of Cork City? Well, that's just what Cork runner Brian Buckley did this morning when he ran on every single road in the city centre of Cork City.

The big ones are obvious but there are loads of small little roads and alleyways.

Sunday, March 17, 2019

Results of the Cloyne 4k - Sun 17th March 2019

Cloyne Commons 4K Challenge Race 5
    Sunday 17 March 2019. 9:30 am
Provisional Results for All Competitors in finish order.    Pace    Race    Race
    Place    Time    Name    Team    Race Age Category    min/mile       
    1    0:13:14    BRUTON, Michael    Leevale AC    M    05:19.3    60    1
    2    0:13:40    HARTY, Brian    East Cork AC    M    05:29.8    394    2
    3    0:13:45    HENNESSY, John    East Cork AC    M45    05:31.8    110    3
    4    0:13:58    FINN, Jonathan    East Cork AC    M    05:37.0    74    4
    5    0:14:00    HANNON, Tim    Midleton AC    M    05:37.8    392    5
    6    0:14:03    UPTON, Simon    Youghal AC    MJ    05:39.1    79    6
    7    0:14:09    WALSH, Kieran    Unattached    M    05:41.5    129    7
    8    0:14:14    DOWING, Owen    Unattached    M45    05:43.5    33    8
    9    0:14:35    CREMIN, Mike    Unattached    M    05:51.9    333    9
    10    0:14:45    SMITH, Kevin    Midleton AC    M40    05:55.9    648    10
    11    0:14:50    LANDERS, Brian    Youghal AC    M45    05:58.0    470    11
    12    0:14:54    BRUTON, Pat    Unattached    M50    05:59.6    314    12
    13    0:14:57    BYRNE, Edmond    Togher AC    M45    06:00.8    62    13
    14    0:15:02    NOONE, Aiden    Unattached    M    06:02.8    64    14
    15    0:15:08    O'BRIEN, Claire    Watergrasshill AC    F    06:05.2    563    15
    16    0:15:10    NICHOLSON, Edmund    Youghal AC    M45    06:06.0    554    16
    17    0:15:20    MACKEY,  Noreen    Kilmurray Ibrickane Club    F    06:10.0    71    17
    18    0:15:26    BEAUANG, Kieran    Unattached    M    06:12.4    36    18
    19    0:15:30    LEDDY, Sheamus    Galway City Harries    M    06:14.0    8    19
    20    0:15:33    RYAN, Des    Unattached    M40    06:15.3    72    20
    21    0:15:36    O'NEILL, Nollaigh    Leevale AC    F45    06:16.5    78    21
    22    0:15:42    POMPHRETT, Eoin    Aghada RC    M45    06:18.9    631    22
    23    0:15:47    CRONIN, Tim    Unattached    M40    06:20.9    350    23
    24    0:15:48    MULCAHY, John    St Catherines AC    M    06:21.3    534    24

Saturday, March 16, 2019

Results of the Glen 5k parkrun - Sat 16th March 2019

51 hardy souls turned out in the rain for this weeks 5k parkrun in the Glen on Cork City's north side. As can be seen from the chart, this is the second lowest number to date.

1 Aidan NOONE    19:39 SM20-24 M1
2 Niall HYLAND    21:39 VM40-44 M2
3 Ranko PECIKOZIC    21:55 VM50-54 M3 
14 Sarah SLEVIN    24:50 SW25-29 F1
19 Susan O' SULLIVAN    26:26 SW25-29 F2
20 Eimear HARTE    26:59 VW40-44 F3


Results & Photos of the Ballincollig 5k parkrun - Sat 16th March 2019

The numbers were down this week for the 5k parkrun in Ballincollig Regional Park with 244 taking part on what was a pretty wet morning.

The first man home was none other than the race supremo (...and dancer) Rob Heffernan!

1 Robert HEFFERNAN    18:01    VM40-44    M1 Togher AC
2 Nick HOGAN    18:08    VM35-39    M2
3 Joe BOSONNET    18:13    JM15-17    M3 Leevale AC
8 Louise SHANAHAN    19:03    SW20-24    F1 Leevale AC
19 Riina KUUSELO    21:09    VW40-44    F2 Knowle and Dorridge Running Club
24 Anne O'DONOVAN    21:56    SW25-29    F3


1) Joe Murphy has a gallery HERE