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Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Notice - Run Killarney Half-Marathon & 10k...Sat 28th July 2018

One of the biggest races in Kerry is the annual Killarney Half-Marathon & 10k and it's coming up on Saturday the 28th of July 2018.

The half marathon starts at Moll's Gap at 8:30am 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.

The race website is HERE


The 10k starts at 10am 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...

For more info, go to the Run Killarney Website

Monday, June 18, 2018

Notice - Clonmel Half-Marathon, Tipperary ... Sun 26th Aug 2018

The Clonmel Half-Marathon is coming up on Sunday the 26th of August 2018 and there is an entry limit this year of 1,000 runners. Since it first started back in 2010, it has grown in popularity every year and if you are interested then you should enter as soon as possible.

This one is always popular with runners from Cork and is just a few miles off the M8 motorway.

The standard entry fee is €35 and that includes a dry fit top. The early entry fee before the 1st of July is €25.


Entry Fee:

€25 before the 1st of July 2018
€35 from 2nd July to 23rd August 2018
€45 on 24th & 25th August at race HQ

A €2.15 transaction fee applies to all online applications.

The race is being organised by Clonmel AC and they have plenty of information up on their website...

Great Railway Run donates €7815 to Carrigaline Lions Youth Centre

Following on from the success of the 2018 Great Railway Run with its record numbers, a donation of €7,815 has now been made to the local Lions club.

From the organisers...."The Great Railway Run 2018 present cheque to Carrigaline Lions Youth Centre.L-R John Doran Lions Club President, Conor Phelan Chairperson Great Railway Run Committee, An Tanaiste Simon Coveney, Sean Duggan & Pat OSullivan Youth Centre Committee. Photo: Adrian OHerlihy Photography

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Results & photos of the Lee Fields 4 mile road race... Sun 17th June 2018

A total of 236 runners turned out for this 4 mile road race in Cork City on what was an overcast but humid day for running. Former Cork City Marathon winner Cillian O'Leary took the men's title with half of the top top 10 men coming from Leevale AC.

The first woman home was Carol Flynn of Leevale AC with Mallow AC taking the other two podium spots.

1    Cillian O'LEARY    00:20:04    5890    Male (1)   
2    Eric CURRAN    00:20:25    5875    Male (2)   
3    Andrew SHEEHAN    00:21:03    5795    Male (3)    Leevale AC
29    Carol FINN    00:25:22    5833    Female (1)   
33    Lorraine BOLSTERTAVOLIERI    00:25:48    5515    Female (2)    Mallow AC
36    Sharon WOODS    00:26:07    5821    Female (3)    Mallow AC

Full results are up on the MyRunResults website

1) There are 267 photos near the finish line HERE

First 3 women

Results of the Ballyclough 5k... Sat 16th June 2018

128 runners took part in this years Ballyclough 5k race which was held on Saturday the 16th of June 2018. Note the women's race was won by 16 year old Emma Landers of Youghal AC in a fine time of 20m 12s! Well done Emma.

1        Jeromia Sheehan    Mt. Hillary AC    M    301    1 M        17:27
2        Kane Collins    UCD    M    017    2 M        17:31
3        David O'Connor    St. Finbarrs    M    032    3 M        18:01
16        Emma Landers    Youghal AC    F    016    1 F        20:12
23        Josephine Kelliher    Donoughmore    F    009    2 F        21:47
25        Mary Buckley    Donoughmore    F    008    3 F        21:55

Full results below...

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Cork runner Donal Coakley wins 10k race in Berlin

Following on from his second place finish in the Glanmire 4 mile last weekend, Cork runner Donal Coakley was in action this weekend in Berlin where he won a 10k race! The Lichtenauer Wasserlauf had 351 finishers with Donal taking the title with a time of 36:00.
1 246 Coakley, Donal M 30 1 Leevale A.C 36:00 min
2 230    Lamm, Martin M 45 1 Berlin 36:27 min
3 199    Menges, Bj√∂rn M 30 2 KRAFT Runners Berlin 36:51 m


Of course, no race would be complete with a '10 Things I Think About' report from Donal...

10 Things I Think About The 13. Lichtenauer Wasserlauf in Berlin... by Donal Coakley

Results of the MMRA trail race in Tracton Woods... Wed 6th June 2018

The results for this MMRA 7km trail race in Tracton Woods were a bit slow coming out but they're available now.

1 Brian Flannelly    811    M 0:29:45 Dooneen AC    Tipperary
2 Conrad Daly    1369    M 0:29:46 Cork Orient...    Cork
3 James Pittam    1671    M 0:32:22 Cork
17 Mags Dempsey    1200    F40 0:36:04 Tracton AC    Cork
18 Kealey Tideswell    815    F 0:36:07 Clonmel AC    Tipperary
23 Laura Flannelly    805    F 0:38:11 Tipperary

Full results here...

Friday, June 15, 2018

Results & Photos of the Inniscarra 4 mile road race... Fri 15th June 2018

A grand total of 157 runners turned out for this years Inniscarra 4 mile road race, down a fraction on the record set last year and the second highest ever.

1    0:21:00    O'LEARY, Cillian    Raheny Shamrock AC    M    05:14.9    635    1
2    0:22:17    LEHANE, Alan    St. Finbarrs AC    M    05:34.2    655    2
3    0:22:19    CRONIN, Mark    Leevale AC    M    05:34.7    624    3
26    0:26:26    MURPHY, Karina    St. Finbarrs AC    F    06:36.4    692    26
33    0:27:53    BEVAN, Karen    Eagle AC    F    06:58.1    667    33
36    0:28:05    MANNING, Sandra    Eagle AC    F    07:01.1    713    36

1) There are 3 albums up on the Running in Cork Facebook page.
...a) Pre-race and just after the first corner
...b) Near the 3 mile mark
...c) Prizes
2) Derek Costello has a gallery HERE
3) Mick Dooley has a gallery HERE 

Full results below... (Updated Sat 16th June @10:55am)

Inniscarra Community Centre
    Murphy Mermorial 4 Mile Road Race
    Friday 15 June 2018. 8:00 pm
Provisional Results for All Competitors in finish order.    Pace    Race    Race
    Place    Time    Name    Team    Race Age Category    min/mile       
1    0:21:00    O'LEARY, Cillian    Raheny Shamrock AC    M    05:14.9    635    1
    2    0:22:17    LEHANE, Alan    St. Finbarrs AC    M    05:34.2    655    2
    3    0:22:19    CRONIN, Mark    Leevale AC    M    05:34.7    624    3
    4    0:22:35    KENNEALLY, Damien    Eagle AC    M    05:38.7    634    4
    5    0:22:39    COLLINS, John    Skibbereen AC    M    05:39.7    651    5
    6    0:23:10    O'CALLAGHAN, Ruairi    Eagle AC    M    05:47.4    633    6
    7    0:23:12    O'DWYER, Finbarr    Leevale AC    M45    05:47.9    744    7
    8    0:23:22    BOUSE, Ciaran    Eagle AC    M    05:50.4    759    8
    9    0:23:26    MURPHY, Declan    unatt/    M    05:51.4    679    9
    10    0:23:35    CLERKIN, Gary    Grange-Fermoy AC    M45    05:53.7    716    10

A closer look at the Grant Thornton series of 5k races...

Following on from the recent Grant Thornton 5k in Cork and the follow up comments, I decided to have a closer look so that runners can get a better overview of the event and what it's all about.

The first Grant Thornton 5k started in the Dublin docklands back in 2012 and grew to over 4,500 finishers in 2015. Since then, the numbers have eased back a bit but it still gets over 4000 finishers. The 2018 edition will be in September of this year.

Grant Thornton 5k in Dublin

With an entry fee of €100 to €120 for a team of four, at least €100,000 is taken in race fees so it's not an insignificant amount of money.

Contrary to what some people might think, this isn't a charity event. A lot of events like this have what is termed a 'charity partner' and some of the proceeds go towards that charity. The Grant Thornton event is organised by Athletics Ireland and is their way of raising funds from the running boom. While there are hundreds of club races around the country, very little of the money generated finds its way back to Athletics Ireland in Dublin.

Traditionally, inter club races have been organised by Athletics Ireland registered clubs while inter firm road races have been organised by the Business Houses Athletic Association... the BHAA in Dublin and the Cork BHAA locally. The Grant Thornton 5k series is Athletics Ireland's version of inter-firm road races.

The purpose and ethos of their respective races are different and this can be seen in the entry fees.

The BHAA events are designed to have a reasonable entry fee (€5 reg / €10 non-reg), refreshments afterwards and a full prize structure with categories and teams. The Grant Thornton races cost around €20 to €25 per runner and are designed to raise as much money as possible.

In the BHAA events, it's the individual who is paying the entry fee where as with the Grant Thornton events, the company will probably be footing the bill in a lot of cases.

Following on from the success of the Dublin event, other  Grant Thornton 5k races have popped up as shown below...

A 5k was tried at the National Sports Centre in Dublin 2015 & 2016 but the numbers were poor. Probably good enough for a general race but not big enough to raise funds.

The Cork version began in 2015 and had 834 finishers that year. It has dipped a bit since and got 784 this year.

The Belfast version started in 2017 and got 562 runners. The 2018 race is coming up at the end of June.

A new Grant Thornton race was started in Galway this year and had 348 finishers.

Taken all together, the Grant Thornton series of 5k races in 2018 will probably generate in the region of €120,000 - €130,000 in entry fees. Once the costs of organising the event and the charity contribution are accounted for, the funds generated for Athletics Ireland will obviously be just a percentage of this.

It's probably fair to say that a lot of the entry fees paid by the corporate sector is 'new money' as such and would not have made its way into the running scene otherwise. These type of events won't appeal to everyone but they are now part of the overall running scene.

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Results & Photos of the Coolagown 5k road race... Thurs 14th June 2018

A grand total of 300 runners turned out for this years Coolagown 5k road race on Thursday the 14th of June 2018.

The numbers this year were down a bit on the record set last year but still well above the historical average.

Top 3...
1  John  Shine     M     Leevale AC   15:45
2 David  Ryan     M45     Clonmel AC   16:01
3 Kevin O'Leary     M     East Cork AC 16:11
17 Martina Kiely     F35     St Finbarrs 18:18
27  Ann Geary     F35     Midleton AC 18:55
47  Ellen Lewis Hanley     F40     Grange Fermoy AC  00:19:59

1) There are three galleries up on the Running in Cork Facebook page...
...a) Pre-race and at the first corner
...b) Near the finish
...c) Prizes

Full results below...

Results of the Kilmurry 5k run... Wed 13th July 2018

After winning the Cloughduv 5k last week, Joe Cunningham makes it two in a row to win this 5k race in Kilmurry near Lissarda.

111 Joe Cunningham 17.03 1
130 John O'Mahony 17.43 2
80 Cathal Prenderville 18.14 3
203 Maureen O'Brien U16 19.23 8
61 Margaret Murphy 19.43 10
72 Hilda Kenneally 23.4 37

Full results below...

Races on Thues 14th & Fri 15th June 2018...

Now that Storm Hector and the rain has pushed away to the north, here are some of the events coming up on Thursday and Friday...

Cork...Thurs 14th (8pm)... Coolagown 5km road race nr Fermoy... €10... Chip Timing... info...

Cork... Fri 15th (8pm)... Inniscarra 4 mile road race... €10... info...

Limerick...Fri 15th (8pm)... Ger Mullane Memorial 10k road race... 10k €15 / 5k option €10... Bilboa AC...
Tipperary...Fri 15th (8pm)... Michael Cahill 5k race...€12... Ballingarry...

Results of the Cork BHAA Merck 5k ... Wed 13th May 2018

A total of 343 runners turned out for this years Cork BHAA Merck 5k in Carrigtwohill on Wed 13th June 2018.

In contrast to previous years, the distance was changed from 6kms to 5kms. Did this help boost the numbers?? 6k is a bit of an odd distance where as a lot of people would know what time to expect from doing a 5k.

1 Mark Walsh M1 00:16:02 Dept of Ed
2 Colin Merritt 0/45B M2 00:16:04 Army
3 Christopher O'Reilly M3 00:16:21 Murphy Construction
45 Katie Hickson 0/40I F1 00:19:14 Glenside
67 Claire Lambe F2
69 Deirdre Ansbro 0/35H F3 00:19:59 Flanagan Print

The full results can be seen HERE

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Results of the Grant Thornton 5k in Cork City - Wed 13th June 2018

The Grant Thornton Corporate 5k was held in Cork City on Wed 13th June with 784 finishers, down a bit on last year. With an entry fee of €120 for a team of four, this commercial race certainly wasn't cheap with an average cost of €9.68 per mile.

You can find the results HERE

Latest stats for clubs in Cork...End of May 2018

At the start of June, Athleitcs Ireland released their membership stats for the end of May 2018. As outlined in this previous post, they showed some interesting national trends...

1) Growth in club membership seems to have stalled.
2) Continuing drop in the number of younger adults (aged under 35 yrs)
3) Drop in juvenile membership
4) Continued growth in the number of recreational runners aged 35+.

This was also reflected in the Cork figures with club membership (adults & children) declining by 2.1% in the last 12 months.

In this post, we'll look at the adult membership in Cork clubs and see how they are doing. These are the athletic clubs in Cork with more than 100 adult members (in either of the last two years)...

As can be seen from the chart above, the likes of Mallow AC are well up on the same time last year where as Leevale and Ballymore Cobh AC drop a good bit.

There are 14 clubs listed above and 6 are up while 8 are down. That's the thing about club membership in Cork, it's not that the main clubs are getting bigger rather that there are smaller regional clubs starting up with beginners programmes and they are the ones responsible for the overall rise in adult numbers.

These are the clubs with 50 to 100 adult members...

Doneraile and Mt.Hillary are new clubs with 97 and 53 members respectively.

These are the clubs with 20 to 50 members...

There's a big jump in numbers for Millstreet while Carrigtwohill is down. Beara AC are a new club in West Cork.

As always, these stats are for clubs registered with Athletics Ireland. There are a growing number of other running clubs who are doing their own thing.

You can find the stats for May 2018 up on the Athletics Ireland website.