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Sunday, March 01, 2015

The 'greatest running race you never heard of'...

There was an article in the Daily Telegraph last week titled the "The greatest running race you have never heard of" which was about the English National Cross Country Championships. This was held on Saturday the 21st of February at Parliament Hill in London and attracted over 5000 club runners from all over England. Despite this, the event gets very little media coverage on radio, tv or in print.

The mens race alone over 12kms had over 2000 runners in it. There is a good video below of the start....skip forward to about 50 seconds. It is literally like a Tsunami of runners.

12kms by the way is 7.5 miles and not so long ago, it used to be 9 miles! (15kms). That's some slog over soft ground. The womens race was 8kms.

John Walshe sent me on the following additional info...."An Irishman, Martin McGann of East Cheshire Harriers, ran his 46th consecutive ‘National’ last week. He moved to England in 1969 and ran it for the first time the following year and hasn’t missed one since.

He is brother of Des McGann of Civil Service Harriers who ran the marathon for Ireland at the 1972 Olympics (along with Donie Walsh and Danny McDaid).

Martin McGann made a few trips to the Ballycotton ‘10’ with East Cheshire the 1990s, recording a time of 54:36 (46th place!) in 1990."

Saturday, February 28, 2015

15 year old Irish sprinters Ciara Neville & Molly Scott take top 2 places at English Athletics Championships

Last weekend, 15 year old Ciara Neville of Emerald AC caused a but of an upset when she took silver in the senior womens 60m race at the Irish Indoor Championships in Athlone.

Today Saturday the 28th of February, she was in action again but this time at the English U17 Age Group Championships. Obviously this was going to be a completely different affair as Ciara was going head to head with some of the best up and coming talent in England.

In the first semi-final of the 60m, Ciara finished first in 7.57 seconds (2nd 7.64 and 3rd 7.73). In the 3rd semi-final, Molly Scott of St.Laurence O'Toole AC in Carlow finished first in 7.61s (2nd 7.66 and 3rd 7.81). This I belive was a new PB as her previous best was 7.79s set on the 10th of January this year.

In the final, Ciara won the race in a time of 7.56 seconds while Molly finished 2nd in 7.58s (3rd athlete was 7.58s as well).

Considering that both are just 15 years old, would have been going up against 16 year olds and some of the best sprinters in England in that race,  then it's a remarkable result.

Results of the Doneraile Park 5k...Sat 28th Feb 2015

1 17:29 MOLONEY, Paul MALLOW AC M M40 05:38
2 17:31 SUGRUE, Eoin BANTEER M M40 05:39
4 17:53 BYRNE, Robert DONERAILE M MJ 05:46
3 17:50 KILEY, Martina ST. FINBARRS AC F FS 05:45
10 19:11 NOONAN, Amy BALLYCLOUGH F FS 06:11
11 19:12 O'CALLAGHAN, Grainne AN RIOCHT AC F FS 06:12

The full results can be seen HERE

Friday, February 27, 2015

'Running Police' used in Tokyo Marathon

Following on from the terrorist attack at the 2013 Boston Marathon, security has been a concern for all the world's major marathons.

Last weekend at the Tokyo marathon, the organisers had 60 police officers running along with the participants. They each wore white vests with 'POLICE' on them and ran about 10 kms each. Over 36,000 people took part in the event.

Will this become a standard feature at other major marathons?...London, Berlin, New York???

Races in Cork this weekend...Sat 28th Feb & Sun 1st Mar 2015

Where ever you are in Cork this weekend, there is something to choose from. Parkruns, a 5k in Doneraile and a 4 mile charity fun run in Whitegate on the Saturday. On Sunday, there is a trail race near Banteer as well as a 5k race near Pairc Ui Chaoimh in Cork City. There are dry fit tops for the first 500 to enter so get there early.

Cork...Sat 28th (9:30am)...Macroom 5k parkrun...€free...Castle Demense...
Cork...Sat 28th (9:30am)...Clonakilty 5k parkrun...€free...Showgrounds...
Cork...Sat 28th (9:30am)...Bere Island 5k parkrun...€free...Beara Peninsula...
Cork...Sat 28th (11am)...Doneraile Park 5k race...€7...
Cork...Sat 28th (10&11am)...Whitegate charity 4 mile fun run/walk...€ at 11am, walk at 10... 

Cork...Sun 1st (11am)...Cork BHAA Gas Networks 5k road race...€5 reg/€8 tops for first 500 to enter...

Cork...Sun 1st (1pm)...MMRA Munster Sunday League...Mount Hillary, Banteer...Race 3 of

As always, a full fixtures list of races coming up over the next few weeks can be seen here...

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Highlights of the Irish Indoor Championships...Sun 22nd Feb 2015

One of the main events on the Irish Athletics calendar is the National Indoor Championships in February every year. This is supposed to be one of the highlights of Irish Athletics but the turnout in some events was pretty abysmal.

I had a look on Saturday evening at the results and noticed just two women listed in the womens 3000m. Fair enough I though, the results aren't complete yet. However, that was the actual result!

1 MCCAMBRIDGE Maria    Dundrum South Dublin A.C.    9:26.77   
2 MOORE Niamh        U.C.C. A.C.        10:43.53

Just to clarify. A member of any club could have run in this at 10 minute mile pace and got a bronze national medal.

The full results can be found HERE , just click on the event. RTE have 51 minutes of highlights on their RTE Player Service HERE

One of the most interesting and biggest suprises of the championships was the performance of 15 year old Ciara Neville of Emerald AC in Limerick. In the womens 60m hurdles, she finished second in a time which put her 12th on the Irish All Time list. You can see that race in the coverage at 13:40.

1 MCMANUS Catherine    Dublin City Harriers A.C.    8.44   
2 NEVILLE Ciara        Emerald A.C.        8.71   
3 DAWKINS Shannen    St. Joseph's A.C.        9.14   
4 FUSSEY Niamh        St Peters        9.83   

Ciara Neville of Emerald AC...#108, Kelly Proper #44 & Phil Healy #88
In the senior womens 60m race, Ciara Neville finished second again but this time, she finished ahead of the likes of Phil Healy and Catherine McManus who were part of the 4x100m Irish relay team that went to the European Championships last year.

1 PROPER Kelly        Ferrybank A.C.        7.38   
2 NEVILLE Ciara        Emerald A.C.        7.46   
3 MCMANUS Catherine    Dublin City Harriers A.C.    7.50   
4 HEALY Phil        Bandon A.C.        7.51   
5 MANNING Cliodhna    Kilkenny City Harriers A.C.    7.53   
6 BRADY Claire        Celbridge A.C.        7.55   
7 MURRAY Sarah        Fingallians A.C.        7.60   
8 FORKAN Aishling    Swinford A.C.        7.72

Pretty amazing for a 15 year old. What will she be running when she's 20? That time of 7.46s by the way puts her straight in at joint 10th on the Irish All Time list.

Coverage of the womens 60m race starts at about 31:30 in the highlights.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Notice...Crosshaven 8km road race - Wed 29th Apr 2015

Last year, this race was held on a sunny evening at the end of April and it got a good turnout of over 200 runners. Building on that success, it is back again this year on Wednesday the 29th of April 2015 at 7:30 pm. Considering that Crosshaven is only a short drive from Cork City and Carrigaline, it should get a good turnout again.

The entry fee is €10 and you can pre-register if you want to via the Athletics Ireland website HERE

You can also of course enter on the day. The race has an Athletics Ireland licence and has been properly measured by Jones Counter.

As for the race course, it is a little different in that it is 8kms as opposed to 5 miles so it's like the GR8KM in Mitchelstown in that respect. The race starts in the square...up to Camden....back down....out past the Yacht Club and back to the finish in the square.

If it's a sunny evening then it should be a great spot for a race. More info on...

You will find a preview of the course here...

Notice...MMRA Mt.Hillary Trail Race - Sun 1st Mar 2015

As well as there been plenty of road races locally, the Munster Mountain Running Association have their own series of trail races on various hills and mountains in the province.

Here is some information from them about their third race of 2015....Race number 3 of 6 in the Munster Sunday League.

From the MMRA...The next round in our Munster Sunday League will take place this Sunday 1st March 2015 at 1pm in Mt. Hilary, Banteer, Co. Cork. The route will be just over 10km and will take in 310m climb. The route will follow a marked route along forest roads, woodland paths, and open hillside. A shorter route will be available for juniors. The race on the shorter route will start 15mins before the long race.

Registration will not take place at the race start but in the Glen Theatre in Banteer (see below). OSI grid reference: W389 962. All runners must register in the Glen Theatre and car pool to the race start. 

If you have already run in 2015, please bring your race number with you. If not, you can speed up the registration process, please download the membership form, print and bring filled out form to race. However, if this is your first IMRA race this year, you must purchase yearly IMRA membership for €10 per person. You will be then assigned your 2015 IMRA number on the day. This number is to be kept and used in all subsequent 2015 races. This race is open to all and the cost is €10 for seniors, €5 for juniors. Race registration will open at 11:30 and you must be there before 12:30 sharp to give time to travel to the race start location.

Under IMRA rules for competitors safety, it is mandatory to bring and carry a jacket that is shower and wind proof for the entire race. Any competitor seen not carrying or wearing their jacket at any stage in the race will be disqualified. There are no exceptions to this rule!

Refreshments will be provided afterwards back in the Glen Theatre. Many thanks to all our non-running volunteers involved in organising this race.

Directions....You can find maps and directions to this event here...

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Photo of the Dry Fit top for the Cork BHAA race next Sunday 1st March

As outlined in a previous post, the Cork BHAA Gas Networks Ireland 5k road race is coming up in Cork City on Sunday the 1st of March at 11am.

One of the features of this event is that they are giving out dry fit tops to the first 500 to enter on the day. Considering that the race only costs €5 for registered runners then it's really good value. Even the non-reg entry fee of €8 is pretty good. Remember, it's the first 500 to enter, not the first 500 across the finish line. Get there early.

The flat course being used is the exact same as the one for the John Buckley Sports 5k. You can find out more info about it here...

All proceeds from the race go towards the Rebel Wheelers charity....see the race notice

From the organisers....A free racing t-shirt is on offer for the first 500 to register for the Gas Networks Ireland BHAA 5k run that takes place in Cork Marina this Sunday March 1st. Registration from 9.30am with the race start at 11am. The race is part of the Cork Business Houses Athletics Association (BHAA) programme and runners of all abilities and fitness levels are welcome to take part. All entry proceeds will go to Rebel Wheelers, a sports club supporting children with physical disabilities. Further information on

Sports Ability Seminar...CIT...Thurs 5th March 2015

The Cork Sports Partnership are organising a Sports Ability Seminar in CIT on Thursday 5th March 2015. From a road race point of view, one of the presentations to note is that on Jerry Forde! :o)

Jerry has completed more than 300 marathons at this stage and quite possibly has done more marathons as a wheelchair athlete than anyone else in the world.

On a more local level, Jerry is the only wheelchair athlete taking part in any of the races around Cork and Munster. From time to time, you might notice someone else but in general, it's Jerry is on his own. I can't help wondering if there are others out there who might be introduced to the sport and benefit from it? Maybe it's just a case that the idea has to spread around and something like this seminar might help. Details below...

SportsAbility Seminar Details...Cork SportsAbility Forum enables, encourages and supports the development and delivery of sports, physical activity & physical education for people with disabilities in Cork. This event is open to the public and is suitable for people with disabilities, coaches, parents, athletes, teachers and students.

Date: Thursday 5th March 2015. Start: 19:30pm. Venue: IT1, Library Building, Bishopstown Campus, Cork Institute of Technology
Schedule: 19:00 Registration
19:30 Introduction
19:35 Role of Sports Inclusion Disability Officer (SIDO) Padraig Healy, Cork Sports Partnership
19:45 SportsAbility Forum Ambassador Paralympic medalists Orla Barry
19:55 Dr. Susan Crawford (Autism & Sport) Lecturer UCC in Physical Education & Sports Studies
20:25 Maria Gleeson (ASD Services) Regional ASD Team
20:35 Donnacha McCarthy & Nick Harrison. Irish International Blind Footballer & FAI Football For All Development Officer
20:50 Life & Achievements of Wheelchair Athlete Jerry Forde. Presented by Shane Simcox

More info on the Cork Sports Partnership website

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Results of the Mealagh Valley 10 mile road race...Sun 22nd Feb 2015

It looked early on this morning that conditions for this race were going to be pretty wet with high winds and driving rain. It may have been enough to deter some people from traveling but the heavy rain cleared the south-west of the country by race time.

Just remember when you are looking at the results, this is probably one of the hardest 10 mile road races in the country. As you can see, Elton Heffernan won it but his time of 58:10 would probably be 2-3 minutes quicker on a flatter course.

1 58:10 HEFFERNAN, Elton    Togher AC    M 05:48.9
2 58:32 CORBETT, Michael    St. Finbarrs AC    M 05:51.1
3 59:53 TRACEY, Liam    Watergrasshill AC    M 05:59.2
19 1:12:34 GUINANE, Elaine    Eagle AC    F35    07:15.3
20 1:12:44 BUCKLEY, Sheila Midleton AC F 07:16.3
25 1:14:12 GILROY, Helen    Midleton AC F45    07:25.1

The full results of the 10 mile race are up on the race website.

Photos...(Updated Mon 23rd 10pm)
1) Bantry Photos has two galleries...No.1...and No.2...
2) The Card Shop Bantry has a small gallery HERE

Photos...Facebook A/C required
1) Joe Murphy of Eagle AC has a small gallery HERE 

Elton Heffernan of Togher AC on his way to winning the 201`5 Mealagh Valley 10 mile road race.

 As you can see above, it's a grand flat course :o))

Results of the Cloyne Commons 4k race...Sun 22nd Feb 2015

Just under 200 runners turned out for this 4km race in Cloyne, Co.Cork.

1 12:40    MCGRATH, Sean    East Cork AC    M
2 13:29    CURRAN, Thomas    Youghal AC    M
3 13:40    MALONE, John    Youghal AC    M40
14 15:16    LEONARD, Helen    Leevale AC    F40
18 15:29    O'NEILL, Nollaigh    Leevale AC    F40
32 16:42    LEAHY, Eileen    Midleton AC    F

The full results can be seen HERE

Photos of the Operation Transformation 5k in Blarney...Sat 21st Feb 2015

There was a huge turn out for the Operation Transformation 5k run in Blarney on Saturday the 21st of February. As you would expect with the coverage it gets on the TV programme, it was sold within days a few weeks back. I think it was limited to 3000 entries.

1) Mick Dooley of Eagle AC has a small gallery HERE
2) The Blarney Blog has a few galleries up on their Facebook page...26 photos...23 photos...40 photos...36 photos...29 photos...

Britain's Mo Farah breaks 2 mile record in Birmingham

Mo Farah of Britain broke the 2 mile world record with a time of 8m 03.4s at an indoor track in Birmingham on Saturday 21st Feb 2015. The previous record of 8m 04.34 was set by Kenenisa Bekele.

This was the first world record for the double Olympic champion. In a post race interview with BBC Sport, Farah said...."This means a lot to me. I love representing my country, giving something back to all the people. Unbelievable. Definitely, it's about setting myself a goal and knowing what I want out of the year. It's two different things going for a world record or going for a championship. I shouldn't get carried away, it's only two miles indoors, but at the same time it would be nice to be able to do what I can do for 10k, if I can go close or break it."

Earlier in the week, there was a public row conducted on Twitter between Farah and Great Britain team-mate Andy Vernon. After the race, Vernon tweeted.... "Everything aside that was a cracking run @Mo-Farah. Congratulations on the new WR."

Friday, February 20, 2015

Parking for the Operation Transformation 5k in Blarney...Sat 21st Feb 2015

The Operation Transformation 5k fun run will be held in Blarney on Saturday the 21st of February. This is a hugely popular event and it sold out in a short space of time a few weeks back.

For anyone going, here is the parking information courtesy of the Cork Sports Partnership...

More info about the event on their page here...