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Saturday, April 30, 2016

Events in Cork...Sun 1st & Mon 2nd May 2016

No matter where you are in Cork, there is plenty to choose from over the next two days. The big one of course is the Great Island 10 mile & 4 mile race in Cobh on Monday which was cancelled a few weeks back.

Cork...Sun 1st (10am)...Timoleague 5k & 10k fun run...5k €10 / 10k €15..
Cork...Sun 1st (2pm)...Bealtaine Run, Union Hall...10k €20 / 5k €10...
Cork...Sun 1st (5pm)...Ray Murnane 10k charity fun run...€30...Bantry... 

Cork...Mon 2nd (10:30am)...Great Island 10 mile road race...€20 online / €25 on the day...Proceeds to the Irish Cancer
Cork...Mon 2nd (10:45am)...Great Island 4 mile road race...€10 online / €15 on the day...Proceeds to the Irish Cancer

Cork...Mon 2nd (4pm)...Leap 5k fun run/walk...€?...
Cork...Mon 2nd (6pm)..Drimoleague Wild Duck Festival 5k fun run/walk...€10... 

Reminder...5th of May last date for entries for Blackwater 10 dry fit top

Just a reminder that Thursday the 5th of May is the last date for entries if you want to get a dry fit top for the Blackwater 10 mile race.

For more info on the race, go to this earlier post.

Members of the organising committee along with Mike Ennis of Avondhu Motor Factors and Jason McNamara of Solastech Insulation

Athletics Ireland announce April transfer list

Athletics Ireland have just announced the latest batch of club transfers for April 2016.

You can view it HERE

It includes adults and juveniles from all over the country. It's suprising just how many names are on the list although the mass exodus from Ballina AC to Moy Valley AC accounts for a large part of it.

At the end of December 2015, Ballina AC in Mayo had 577 members...300 juveniles and 277 they are a big club. Nearly 130 have now transferred to Moy Valley AC.

In Cork, the four that stand out are...
a) Abbey Striders AC losing 8 overall...presumably juveniles. It doesn't sound like much but they only had 31 members in total at the end of December 2015 so eight is a lot.

b) Midleton AC losing 11 overall with 6 going to Aghada AC which is a new club to the south.

c) North Cork AC gaining 11 overall.

d) Leevale AC gaining 13 overall.

Results of the Ballygiblin 5k...Fri 29th Apr 2016

Results of the Ballygiblin 5k race...A total of 212 took part in this race. One unusual feature of the race was that over 60 of those that took part were juveniles.

1 Danny    SMITH    M   16:42
2 Brian    O'CONNNOR    M40  18:25
3 John    HOGAN    M40   18:26
11 Aine    ROCHE    F  19:22
12 Clotilde    FITZGIBBON    F45  19:34
18 Fiona    GEARY    F  19:52

The full results can be seen HERE

Coffee Run in Eyeries, West Cork...Sun 1st May 2016

This might be of interest if you're down on the Beara Peninsula next Sunday.........COFFEE RUN Sun. 1st May @10am

It's the first Sunday of May and we have another Coffee Run. Come along and join us for our tempo run and coffee after in Rhonwens Eyeries Bistro. Meet at 10am in Eyeries Village, at the pump.

So, if you feel like stepping it out for a leisurely run walk please join us on our new date. The run will be an ' out and back' route so we should all be home at the same time and cater for all paces.

Emphasis on participation from all ages and abilities and meeting up at the Bistro after.

See you Sunday!...Eyeries Running Promotions.

Friday, April 29, 2016

Guest article...The Ever-Present Dozen

Guest article...THE EVER-PRESENT DOZEN ...By John Walshe

It was once described as the club you cannot join, you can only leave. It’s an apt depiction of the small band of ‘Ever-Presents’ that have run all 36 London Marathons, and they now number just 12. Yes, an even dozen.

As the marathon founded by Chris Brasher and John Disley back in 1981 reached its one millionth finisher this year and from the 6,255 who completed that original race, it’s hard to believe just 12 have been there each and every single year since.

All are men with one now aged over 80; six are aged over 70 and four are 65 or older. The youngest, at 57, is Chris Finill and he is the most remarkable of all.

On Sunday last he finished the 26.2 miles in a time of 2:56:05 and this made it the 35th occasion he has gone under the magical three-hour barrier on the streets of London. Two years ago, he slipped outside that time (3:10:14) but came back in 2015 to record 2:52:59 and had almost four minutes to spare again on this occasion.

But that’s only part of what this man, who has been a member of Harrow Athletics Club since 1974, has achieved. He is one of a handful of people who has run sub-3:00 hours in five decades, from the 1970s to the 2010s. His fastest in London was 2:28:27 in 1985 and he has also excelled as an ultra-distance runner, representing England and Great Britain 14 times at 100km and 24 hour events.

Along with Steve Pope, in 2011 he ran across America from California to New York, covering the 3,100 miles in 79 days and 22 hours.

You could say Chris Finill was destined for historic feats, considering the place of his birth. “I was born in the same road, Whitmore Avenue, Harrow, where Sir Roger Bannister spent his early years before going on to sub-four minute mile glory in 1954,” he relates.

"I had a sense that where I lived was connected with sport, even at the age of four. In a way, my mother got me to start running because I used to run to the shops and buy cigarettes for her."

He says the only regret he harbours is if he had trained harder when younger, he might have run faster than 2:28. “Instead, I've made a virtue of being a very average runner and of my consistency.

“I think I'm capable of running under three hours for a long time. My first priority [in a marathon] is always to finish, and then to break three hours.”

Addendum : There is also a website dedicated to the London Ever-Presents...

Results of the Presentation Primary School 5k in Doneraile...Fri 22nd Apr 2016

Cork...Fri 22nd (6:45pm)...Presentation Primary School Doneraile 5k fun run/walk...Doneraile Park...

About 100 turned out for this 5k fun run in Doneraile Park. The results are pretty poor and are in hand written format. You can view them HERE

There are some photos HERE

Notice...Streets of Fermoy 5k road race - Tues 10th May 2016

This 5k race is coming up in the heart of the town of Fermoy on Tuesday the 10th of May 2016. Note the start time...7:30pm.

The Race HQ is at The Fermoy Community Youth Centre on Ashe Quay located near the start/finish area close to the bridge on Ashe Quay.

From the organisers.... Registration is downstairs in the Fermoy Community Youth Centre from 6pm – 7pm. The race starts from ASHE QUAY at 7:30pm Sharp (right outside the centre).

Entry fee: €10

CASH PRIZES FOR WINNING RUNNERS!!!! All proceeds go towards the running of the Centre.

The website for the Fermoy Youth Centre is

Course preview......You can find a preview of the course with maps and photos at

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Results of the East Cork Road Championships, Ballynoe...Thurs 28th Apr 2016

The annual East Cork Road Championships were held in the small rural village of Ballynoe on Thursday the 28th of Apr 2016. As you can see from the chart below, the numbers for the men reached a high point while the women fell back slightly.

In the womens race over 3kms, a total of 31 took part.

1    0:12:00    CASHMAN, Evelyn    Youghal AC    F45    06:26.1 
2    0:12:03    SANTRY, Fiona    East Cork AC    F    06:27.7
3    0:12:28    HOLLAND, Ann-Marie    Youghal AC    F40    06:41.1

Team: (3 to score, outside of first three individuals):
1 Midleton AC (4, 6, 8)  18
2 St Catherines AC (7, 9, 11)  27
3 East Cork AC (5, 12, 16)  33 

First two women...Fiona Santry of East Cork AC & Evelyn Cashman of Youghal AC who retains her title

In the mens race over 5 miles, a total of 62 took part. James McCarthy won the race for the fourth time. His  winning time of 25:34 was the fastest at Ballynoe for the East Cork Road Championship since Pat Whyte ran 25:18 in the inaugural race back in 1980!!

1    0:25:34    MCCARTHY, James    East Cork AC    M    05:06.7
2    0:27:28    MCGRATH, Sean    East Cork AC    M    05:29.5
3    0:28:27    HAYES, Frank    East Cork AC    M45    05:41.3

Team: (4 to score, outside of first three individuals):
1 St. Catherines AC (4, 9, 12, 15)  40
2 Youghal AC (7,13, 14, 17)  52
3 Midleton AC (10, 11, 16, 17)  54

The full results can be seen HERE

James McCarthy receiving the Willie J Curran Perpetual Memorial Trophy from Martin Drake (L) and Dan McCarthy (R) of the East Cork Athletics Board.

First 3 men...Sean McGrath 2nd, James McCarthy 1st & Frank Hayes 3rd
James McCarthy winning the race in the fastest time since 1980!

Results of the Colaiste 5km fun run & walk...Thurs 28th Apr 2016

A large crowd of 250 runners and walkers turned out for this 5km run in Fermoy on Thurs 28th Apr 2016.

1. James Murphy  17:40
2. Don Pyne  17:50
3.John Murphy  17:55
18. Mei Ming 21:24
38. Rose Hennessy Guiney 23:56
46. Sinead Cotter 24:43

The full results can be seen HERE

RIP...Declan O'Halloran of Bandon AC

Declan O'Halloran of Bandon AC was the former chairman of Bandon AC and was a regular on their cross-country teams of the Eighties. He was also at one time the treasurer of the West Cork Athletics Board.

Cheetah Run Entries open today Thurs 28th April 2016

Entries open today for the 2016 Cheetah Run in Fota Wildlife Park. For more details on the race, see this earlier post.

Entries for the 5k race open in two batches...450 at 10am and 450 at 7pm.

The first batch of 450 entries at 10am sold out in about an hour. After the initial surge, things slowed noticeably as people were put into a queue.

Update...The remaining 450 entries opened at 7pm and closed about 10pm.

In terms of how it compares to 2015, it's hard to say. A different entry provider was used this year and that may have made a difference.

I'd guess the morning places went a bit slower and the evening ones a bit faster so overall, it was much the same.

You'll find more info about the race on the Eagle AC website...

The other race is the one mile race for Juveniles (11 to 15). That is limited to 200 places and that will open next Thursday. No one knows what the level of interest will be like in that one. The idea is to give juveniles a race of their own on a properly measured course with chip timing, exactly what their parents might do.

Notice...Kingsley Challenge Series 10k road race - Sun 8th May 2016

This brand new 10k road race is coming up in Cork City on Sunday the 8th of May 2016...

The race HQ is at the Kingsley Hotel near Victoria Cross on the western side of the city...

From the organisers...Join us for the inaugural Kingsley 10k around the iconic Lee Road/ Carrigohane loop. The loop is one of the best known and flattest runs on the cork circuit ,This is part of the Fota Collection Challenge Series and takes in views of the beautiful Lee River and finish in the recently reopen Kingsley Hotel. This is one of the last training runs before the Cork City Marathon and will encompass 2.5km of the final stage of the Cork City Marathon.  

Location: The Kingsley Victoria Cross Cork
Race Date:  May 8th 2016
Start Time: 10.30am
Chip Timed Event
Complimentary refreshments
Prizes: Male and Female
1st place is the Bed and Breakfast with a thermal suite pass plus 3 months Gold membership of the Health Club.
2nd place is 3 months Gold membership of the Health Club.
3rd place is a VIP spa pass.

The route is much the same as the Cork BHAA UCC 10k race at the start of April. It starts about 200m from the Kingsley Hotel and then takes in the pathway before Victoria Cross. From there, it goes out the Lee Road and back in the Straight Road.

Entries.......You can enter online HERE

Results & photos of the Cork BHAA Stryker 4 mile road race...Wed 27th Apr 2016

A total of 598 runners turned out for this years Cork BHAA Styker 4 mile road race in Carrigtwohill. As race numbers go in Cork, it's a lot for a Wednesday evening in April. The numbers even at that were down 15% on last year.

1 John Meade M1 00:20:40 Joyce Wolfe Physiotherapy
2 Micheal Bruton M2 00:20:42 G.E. Healthcare
3 COLIN MERRITT 0/45B M3 00:20:43 Army
31 Sinead Kevany 0/35H F1 00:24:37 Pfizer
38 Joyce Wolfe 0/35H F2 00:24:49 Joyce Wolfe Physiotherapy
58 Eileen O'Callaghan 0/40I F3 00:25:39 MEP Engineering

The full results can be seen HERE

1) Andy O'Rourke Photography has a number of small galleries....#1...#2...#3...#4...

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Results & photos of the Crosshaven 8km road race...Wed 27th Apr 2016

It was a very busy evening for road race in Cork with two on at more or less the same time. In Carrigtwohill, 598 turned out for the Cork BHAA 5km race while in Crosshaven, there was 234 for the 8km race.

1    Rory O'SULLIVAN (138)    00:27:06    Ages 35-39  (1)    Male  (1)
2    Cornelius Marshall (210)    00:27:25    Ages 40 - 44  (1)    Male  (2)
3    Edwin SUTTON (253)    00:29:51    Ages 19-34  (1)    Male  (3)
29    Debbie MCCARTHY (95)    00:35:09    Ages 40 - 44  (1)    Female  (1)
32    Fiona Foley (200)    00:35:22    Ages 40 - 44  (2)    Female  (2)
34    Bridgid HOULIHAN (162)    00:35:38    Ages 19-34  (1)    Female  (3)

The full results can be seen HERE

Photos...(Updated Thurs 13:14)
1) There are about 100 photos on the Running in Cork Facebook page HERE
2) Siobhan Russell has a gallery HERE