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Friday, July 29, 2016

Stephen O'Mahony of Skibbereen AC...RIP

I was sad to hear of the recent passing of Stephen O'Mahony of Skibbereen AC. Stephen was regular on the race circuit throughout the county and often featured in the category prizes.

Stephen was in the same age category as myself and we often competed against each other in various road championships and race over the last decade. He was always a marker for me and I knew that if I was able to stay up with him then I was doing well.

Stephen had a long involvement in athletics and used to organise a race in his native Rosscarbery back in the 1980's.


Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam


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Results & photos of the Churchtown South 5 mile road race...Thurs 28th July 2016



The annual Churchtown South 5 mile road race was held on Thursday the 28th of July in almost ideal conditions for running. A total of 532 runners took part in what was the third race of four in the Ballycotton Summer Series.

The numbers for 2016 were down just three on the 535 in 2016. I guess we all get a bit complacent about the numbers but getting 500+ runners for a 5 mile race in a small village in East Cork in the middle of the week is pretty special. I'm not sure if people realise just how big the race numbers are in Cork in comparison to other parts of the country. I put up a lot of results for other races on the Running in Munster site and there are races in or near Limerick City and Waterford City that get just over 100 runners.


The chart above shows a breakdown of the various paces and what is remarkable this year is that only 22 runners broke 30 minutes i.e. ran faster than 6 minute per mile pace. Since the race started in 1980, that is the lowest number ever.

1    0:26:36    MCGRATH, Sean    East Cork AC    M    05:19.1
2    0:26:54    O'CONNELL, John    Leevale AC    M    05:22.7   
3    0:26:59    CORBETT, Michael    St. Finbarrs AC    M40    05:23.7
10    0:28:35    COOKE, Aoife    Youghal AC    F    05:42.9
38    0:30:58    MOORE, Niamh    Cork Varsity AC    F    06:11.5
39    0:31:00    SANTRY, Fiona    East Cork AC    F    06:11.9


Results...The full results can be seen HERE

Close contest for 2nd and 3rd in the women's race with just two seconds separating Niamh Moore and Fiona Santry in the end. Photo: Gearóid Ó Laoi

Photos...
1) Some of the prizewinners can be seen in an album on the Running in Cork Facebook page HERE
2) Gearóid Ó Laoi has a small gallery HERE

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Overall Series...

The positions in the Ballycotton Summer Series after the Churchtown South race can be seen HERE

These were compiled by John Robinson of Mallow AC.

Sean McGrath of East Cork AC...winner of the 2016 Churchtown South 5 mile road race
Aoife Cooke of Youghal AC...first woman home
Niamh Moore was the second woman home with just two seconds separating her from Fiona Santry in 3rd place. Niamh won the Cloyne Summer 4k just a few days earlier.

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Less than 200 places left for the East Cork Harbour Marathon, Half-Marathon & 10k


The inaugural East Cork Marathon, Half-Marathon & 10k is coming up on Saturday the 20th of August 2016. If you haven't signed up yet then note that there are less than 200 places left.

More info in this original post... http://corkrunning.blogspot.com/2016/04/noticeeast-cork-harbour-marathon-half.html

Parking at Ballincollig Regional Park...

The Regional Park in Ballincollig is one of the best parks near Cork City and is very popular with runners and walkers alike. Cork County Council have just released a notice about parking there.


Most people driving there are using the western car park and it's at full capacity....shown below on the left. The car park by the allotments is very much underused....shown below on the right. Just something to remember if you are driving there.


Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Will the Rio Olympics be as dirty as London?

In the run up to the 2012 Olympics in London, much of the publicity and hype was about how it was going to be the cleanest Olympic Games ever. As a constant stream of retests show, it was anything but.

Today, it was the turn of the weightlifters when it was revealed that a huge number of them had been doping in London. In the womens 75kg category, everyone on the podium has failed and it looks as if the person that came 4th may end up getting Gold. In the mens 94kg, a Korean who finished 8th looks like he might get a Bronze medal.


It all points to Rio being no better as various sporting federations fail to tackle doping due to a fear of court cases and compensation.



Gerard Hartmann who is one of Ireland's top physical therapists said the following in the Irish Times this morning...“I know I can look at the Irish team in Rio and genuinely believe every single one of them are clean, that there’s no questions to be asked about any of them, with regard to performance enhancing drugs. But unfortunately for them, many of them will end competing against athletes we know have taken drugs in the past, and quite possibly still are.”

It all points to an uncertain future for the Olympic movement as they lose credibility. It was revealed today in an article in the Guardian that more and more cities are refusing to bid for the Games.

Reminder...Entry fee for Clonmel Half goes up on 1st Aug


Just a reminder that the €25 early bird entry for the Clonmel Half-Marathon closes on the 31st of July. After that, it goes up to €35. The entry fee also includes a dry fit top.

More info here... http://munsterrunning.blogspot.ie/2016/06/notice-clonmel-half-marathon-tipperary.html

Question mark over age of Ethiopian athlete

Ethiopian Adanech Anbesa won the womens 1500m title at the recent IAAF World U20 Championships in Bydgozcz, Poland. Her athlete profile gives her date of birth as being the 23rd of Jan 1998 which makes her 18 years old.

Someone questioned if this was her real age?


Tuesday, July 26, 2016

The42 Sports website previews Michelle Finn & Lizzie Lee



As part of the run in to the upcoming Olympic games in Rio, The42 Sports website had short pieces on two of the Cork athletes heading to Brazil.

Michelle Finn... http://www.the42.ie/ireland-olympic-team-michelle-finn-steeplechase-2894923-Jul2016/

Lizzie Lee... http://www.the42.ie/lizzie-lee-team-ireland-2016-rio-olympics-2895951-Jul2016/

Fire at St.Patrick's in Iten, Kenya



Many of you will be aware of Brother Colm O'Connell from Mallow and how he coached the top 800m world record holder David Rudisha. The school where he teaches suffered a major fire today.



Although it may not be related, Kenya is suffering a spate of arson attacks at schools at present.

"St. Patrick's fire, unconfirmed report - No casualties. One dormitory burned down."

Record numbers at the Run Killarney Half-Marathon & 10k...Sat 23rd July 2016


One of the big races last weekend was of course the Run Killarney Half-Marathon & 10k in Co.Kerry. Judging from all the singlets, there was a big contingent of runners from Cork for this one as well as from further afield.

This year, there were a record 1673 finishers which is certainly a change from a lot of other races which are shedding numbers at the moment.

There are links to the results and loads of photos over on the Running in Munster site.


Notice...Churchtown South 5 mile road race - Thurs 28th July 2016

The 3rd race of 4 in the Ballycotton Summer Series is coming up on Thursday evening the 28th of July 2016 with the Churchtown South 5 mile road race at 8pm. As always for these races, a large crowd is expected so try to arrive early if you are going....say between 7 and 7:20pm.


Some info from the organisers.......People who have ran the first two races in the Summer Series (Ballyandreen and Shanagarry) are automatically entered for tonight’s race. The numbers are in alphabetical order and can be seen on the wall in the community centre - It would help if people could find their number in advance and ask for it at one of the entry desks. 

The list is also available online HERE

Again, it would be appreciated if people had the correct fee of €5 ready to speed up the process. Entries will open from 6pm onwards with the race starting at 8pm. For new people on the night (who haven’t run the two races), there will be a separate entry desk as normal – entry fee again €5.

With the huge increase in participants, the start of races now poses its own problems. For safety reasons, we urge people to line up in accordance with their ability. Unless you are running under 30 minutes you have no business at the front – the race is over five miles and there will be plenty of opportunity to move up after the initial rush, so pace yourself accordingly. It goes without saying that headphones should not be worn at any stage.....Ballycotton Running Promotions

Overall Series...The overall positions in the Ballycotton Summer Series after 2 races can be seen HERE  (courtesy of John Robinson). Remember, there are top 50 men and top 30 women t-shirts at the end of the series.

A preview of the course with maps, directions and photos can be seen HERE

Results of the IMRA Glenbower Woods Trail Race...Wed 20th July 2016

This trail race organised by the Munster Mountain Running Association was held in Glenbower Woods in Killeagh on Wednesday the 20th of July 2016.

1    Tom Blackburn    M50    0:22:52    Mooreabbey ...    Limerick
2    Brian Flannelly    M    0:23:53    Dooneen AC    Tipperary
3    Ger O'Sullivan    M40    0:24:01    Cork
15    Debbie McCarthy    F40    0:28:39    Riverstick ...    Cork
18    Joan Ryan    F40    0:29:44    Mallow AC    Cork
19    Maria O Sullivan    F40    Cork

The full results can be seen HERE

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Results of the Banteer Show 5k...Sun 17th July 2016



The Banteer Show 5k organised by Duhallow AC was held on Sunday the 17th of July and had a small field of 53 runners

1 Maurice Feehan Gneeveguilla AC 16:53
2 John Barrett Gneeveguilla AC 17:17
3 John McLoughlin 17:40
6 Martina Kieley St.Finbarr's AC 18:05 1st lady
12 Niamh Harte 21:08 2nd lady
20 Joan Buckley Duhallow AC 22:30. 3rd lady


The results can be seen HERE

Results of the Cloyne Summer 4k...Sun 24th July 2016



Over the Winter and Spring months, a 4km race series is held in the village of Cloyne. As a fundraising effort for a local scout group, a Summer 4k was held on Sunday the 24th of July 2016 and 115 runners took part.

1    0:11:52    HARTY, Michael    East Cork AC    M    04:46.4
2    0:13:16    MCGRATH, Sean    East Cork AC    M    05:20.1
3    0:13:32    CANAVAN, Darragh    Leevale AC    M    05:26.6
9    0:14:48    MOORE, Niamh    Cork Varisty AC    F    05:57.2
12    0:15:13    CASHMAN, Evelyn    Youghal AC    F45    06:07.2
23    0:17:02    LEAHY, Eileen    Midleton AC    F    06:51.1


The full results can be seen HERE

The main 5km race in Cloyne is coming up on Tuesday the 2nd of August. Details here... http://corkrunning.blogspot.ie/2016/07/noticecloyne-5km-road-race-tues-2nd-aug.html

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Results & photos of the Ballincollig 5k parkrun...Sat 23rd July 2016



The numbers at the 5k parkrun in Ballincollig Regional Park continue to hold up with 199 part on Saturday the 23rd of July. That's just 13 down on the 212 of last week.

1 Conor DOLAN 17:58 SM30-34 M 1
2 Gerard MCGRATH 18:08 VM50-54 M 2 Dundrum South Dublin Athletic Club
3 Michael COLOHAN 18:54 SM30-34 M 3
11 Emily WOLFE 20:28 JW11-14 F 1 Leevale AC
26 Maria COFFEY 22:33 SW30-34 F 2 Ballymore Cobh AC
33 Adelle O'CONNOR 23:06 VW45-49 F 3 Eagle A.C.

The full results can be seen HERE

Photos...
1) Pauline Hennessey has a gallery HERE
2) Joe Murphy of Eagle AC has a gallery HERE

Photo Credit : Pauline Hennessey