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Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Notice: Karen Fenton Memorial Run 5k in Ballinora - Sun 19th Apr 2020

This years Karen Fenton Memorial Run 5k is scheduled for Sunday 19th April 2020 at 12:30pm.
The location for the 5k is in Ballinora which is just to the south of Ballincollig.

Online entry...

From the organisers.....The annual Karen Fenton Memorial Run will be hosted in Ballinora, Waterfall on April 19th, 2020, just over a week short of Karen’s third 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 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, January 28, 2020

Wibblies raise over €1700 for those impacted by the Australian bush fires

The Wibbly Wobbly Wonders Running Club recently held a special 5k run and raised over €1,700 for charities helping individuals and wildlife impacted by the recent bush fires in Australia.

Results & Photos of the MMRA Corrin Hill trail race - Sun 19th Jan 2020

Just a few years ago, if a MMRA trail race got 50 to turn out then it was considered to be pretty good. Contrast that with the most recent MMRA trail race on Corrin Hill near Fermoy where 165 took part.

Trail races are now becoming increasingly popular and are attractive to those who want to experience something different to the usual road race scene.

As you can see from the photo above, it was a beautiful sunny morning for the event.

1 Tom Blackburn    1136    M55    0:28:24    Mooreabbey Milers    Limerick
2 David McCarthy    491    M35    0:29:04    St.Nicholas    Cork
3 Dermot Hayes    1383    M50    0:29:11    Dundrum AC    Tipperary
21 Ide Kelleher    790    F45    0:32:35    Mallow AC    Cork
34 Deirdre O Gorman    468    F35    0:34:15    Tipperary
42 Sarah Whelan    515    F40    0:34:50    Clonmel AC    Tipperary

Full results

1) The MMRA have a gallery HERE

A list of MMRA events for 2020 can be seen HERE

DCU study shows 25% of Irish children lack basic motor skills

A study published by Dublin City University found that 25% of Irish children lack basic motor skills. It found that one in four students between the ages of five and 12 cannot run properly, one in two cannot kick a ball, and less than one in five cannot throw a ball.

1) Irish Examiner news

Monday, January 27, 2020

Notice: Killeagh 4 mile road race - Sun 1st March 2020

This is the 5th year of this 4 mile race and it's organised by Killeagh Community Healthy Clubs Project in association with Youghal AC. It will be held this year on Sunday the 1st of March 2020 at 11am.

Entry on the day is €10.

Considering that Killeagh is on the N25 Cork-Waterford road, the race should have a pretty big catchment area.

As you can see from the course map below, the race takes in a loop to the west of Killeagh. The race finishes at the entrance to the Killeagh GAA grounds which is the race HQ. There will also be changing and shower facilities here.

Saturday, January 25, 2020

Results & Photos of the Glen River 5k parkrun - Sat 25th Jan 2020

There were 121 finishers for this weeks 5k parkrun in the Glen on the north side of Cork City, the fifth week in a row where the numbers have been over 100.

1 John LONGAN Male SM25-29 St Finbarrs AC 18:31
2 Noel EARLY Male VM35-39 St Catherines AC 19:10
4 Aidan NOONE Male SM20-24 19:50
3 Orla BYRNE Female SW25-29 19:15
7 Sorcha KEARNEY Female VW40-44 St Finbarrs AC 20:59
19 Sandra WALSH Female VW45-49 23:05

Full results

1) Mick Dooley has a gallery HERE

Results & Photos of the Ballincollig 5k parkrun - Sat 25th Jan 2020

A grand total of 533 runners turned out for this weeks 5k parkrun in Ballincollig Regional Park. This equals the second highest number for the event which happened back on the 12th of Jan 2019 when the exact same number took part.

1 Evan BYRNE Male SM20-24 Togher AC 15:33
2 Kieran SHEAHAN Male VM40-44 17:39
3 Daire REILLY Male SM30-34 18:32
24 Mairead PEREZ Female VW45-49 20:39
38 Karen SCULLY Female VW40-44 21:19
43 Mary SWEENEY Female VW55-59 St Finbarrs AC 21:44

Full results

1) Colette Ryan has a small gallery HERE

Thursday, January 23, 2020

Notice: CIT Sports Seminar Series - Dec 2019 to Apr 2020

Following the success of last year, there will be another CIT Sports Seminar Series again this year.

Update: 23rd Jan 2020... The next talk is on the 12th of February 2020.

More info below...

Trends in Running Shoes for 2020...

It would seem that the big trend in running shoes for 2020 is bigger soles and more cushioning.

As you can see from the shoes above, some of the newer high end shoes from manufacturers have more cushioning and they also are curved upwards at the front to encourage more of a rocking motion from heel to toe.

As outlined in a previous post about the NIKE Vaporflys, those shoes really have seemed to shaken up the whole running shoe market and other manufacturers are now trying to follow the trend.

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Notice: Dromina 10 mile & 10k road race in N Cork - Sun 19th Apr 2020

The Dromina 10 mile road race in its back back in the 1980's was as big as the Ballycotton '10' with large numbers for the time taking part. After a lapse of some thirty odd years, it returned in 2019.

After its reappearance last year, it is back again this year and it will take place on Sunday the 19th of April 2020.

Entry Link

The early bird entry fee is €20 (plus booking fee) up to the 31st of January. From the 1st of February, it costs €25 (plus booking fee). Entry on the day is €30.

The 10 mile race will start at 12 noon with the 10k starting at 12:30pm. The race HQ is in the local community hall which is on the north-east side of the village.

The village of Dromina is located in north Cork and is on the road between Charleville and Newmarket.

There is also a dry fit top as part of the entry. Details to follow when the design is finalised.

More info below.

Poll for the best races in Cork and Munster now open

The poll for the best races in Cork and Munster in 2019 is now open.

Click HERE

Please note that you will be required to answer several questions and you have to give your email address as you may be asked to confirm your vote.

You won't be put on a mailing list or anything like that. I just want to ensure there is no abuse of the poll and that the votes are genuine.

I'll close it off at the end of the month.

Monday, January 20, 2020

18-Week Programme for the 2020 Cork City Marathon starts 27th January

The 2020 Cork City Marathon is coming up on Sunday the 31st of May. I'll be running an 18-week training programme for it which will start on the 27th of January. Details below...

Please note that this is tailored for each individual person, it's not some sort of generic one-size fits all plan. The plan adapts according to the progress being made.

For it to be of value...

a) You'll have to answer questions initially so that a suitable programme can drawn up. This will be based on your current training and experience and how much time you have available. It's a plan designed to suit your life and work schedule as opposed to the other way around.

b) You'll also have to provide feedback every two weeks and the plan will be based on this.

c) You really do have to follow the plan. There is no point dipping in and out of it or be off running 5k races every weekend when you're supposed to be doing a long run. The plan can be adapted to accommodate the occasional race but they must be occasional.

The cost for the 18-weeks is €99.... from the cold dark evenings of January to the long Summer evenings at the end of May.

If interested, email: johndesmondrunning AT gmail DOT com

Cork City Half-Marathon... This 14-week programme will be starting on the 24th of February. Cost €69.

Cork City Marathon Relay... This 12-week programme will start on the 9th of March. Cost €59.

Sunday, January 19, 2020

Results of the Cloyne Commons 4k - Sun 19th Jan 2020

Cloyne Commons 4k Series Race 3 -     Sunday 19 January 2020. 9:30 am

Provisional Results for All Competitors in finish order.    Pace    Race    Race
Place    Time    Name    Team    Race Age Category    min/mile       
1 0:12:28 O'LEARY, Kevin East Cork AC M 05:00.8 995  1
2  0:12:37 KELLEHER, Kenneth East Cork AC M40 05:04.5 796 2
3 0:12:56 MCKEOWN, Kieran Watergrasshill AC M45 05:12.1 873 3
4 0:13:21 GILTINAN, Donal    East Cork AC M    05:22.2    72    4
5 0:13:22    KELLY, Chris    East Cork AC M 05:22.6    798    5
6 0:13:24 HENNESSY, John Midleton AC M45    05:23.4    759 6
7 0:13:28 INCE, Ken Watergrasshill AC    M    05:25.0    779    7
8 0:13:30 CROWLEY, Tim    East Cork AC    M    05:25.8    77    8
9 0:13:33    GOGGIN, John    Unattached    M40    05:27.0    91    9
10 0:13:34 COLLINS, John Skibbereen AC  M 05:27.4 111 10
    11    0:13:35    MURPHY, Niall    East Cork AC    M    05:27.8    67    11
    12    0:13:38    DUGGAN, Paul    St Finbarrs AC    M50    05:29.0    702    12
    13    0:13:47    O'BRIEN, Billy    Skibbereen AC    M40    05:32.6    943    13
    14    0:13:57    COUGHLAN, Denis    St Finbarrs AC    M    05:36.6    109    14
    15    0:13:58    CASHMAN, Paul    Watergrasshill AC    M40    05:37.0    621    15
    16    0:14:01    KEARNEY, Paul    Aghada RC    M    05:38.2    789    16
    17    0:14:02    SANTRY, Fiona    East Cork AC    F    05:38.6    74    17
    18    0:14:05    DOLPHIN, Michael    Leevale AC    M40    05:39.9    684    18
    19    0:14:14    MEYLER, Shane    Ballymore Cobh AC    M45    05:43.5    884    19
    20    0:14:24    GRAB, Tobi    Leevale AC    M40    05:47.5    133    20
    21    0:14:26    GOGGIN WALSH, Jennifer    Carraig na bhFear AC    F    05:48.3    730    21
    22    0:14:30    CREMIN, Mike    Unattached    M    05:49.9    646    22
    23    0:14:44    MALONE, John    Youghal AC    M45    05:55.5    80    23
    24    0:14:46    COLLINS, Trevor    Naas AC    M40    05:56.3    634    24
    25    0:14:49    LEDDY, Seamus    Unattached    M40    05:57.6    79    25
    26    0:14:56    O`SULLIVAN, Linda    Watergrasshill AC    F45    06:00.4    940    26
    27    0:15:00    HANNON, Tim    Midleton AC    M40    06:02.0    746    27
    28    0:15:01    SMIDDY, Oliver    Unattached    M40    06:02.4    1088    28
    29    0:15:04    MINIHANE, Briain    Unattached    M    06:03.6    887    29
    30    0:15:05    RYAN, Don    Midleton AC    M45    06:04.0    1064    30
    31    0:15:08    FENNESSY, Kevin    Unattached    M40    06:05.2    710    31

Saturday, January 18, 2020

Results of the Glen River Park 5k parkrun - Sat 18th Jan 2020

It's good to see the numbers for the 5k parkrun in the Glen in Cork City over the 100 mark again with 126 taking part this week.

1 Florent CHEVALLIER Male SM30-34 19:44
2 Aidan NOONE Male SM20-24 19:50
3 Liam MURPHY Male VM50-54 Watergrasshill AC 20:13
6 Katie HICKSON Female VW40-44 21:09
20 Edith O'DONNELL Female JW11-14 23:25
23 Sandra WALSH Female VW45-49 23:28

Full results

1) Mick Dooley has a gallery HERE

Results & Photos of the Ballincollig 5k parkrun - Sat 18th Jan 2020

A whopping 530 participants took part in this weeks 5k parkrun in Ballincollig Regional Park, the third highest ever!

The chart above shows the numbers since the start of January 2019. Between New Year's resolutions and Operation Transformation, the numbers are always up at this time of year.

1 Tim POWELL Male SM30-34 Serpentine RC 17:44
2 John O MAHONY Male VM45-49 17:53
3 Thomas NELSON Male SM25-29 Queens Triathlon Club 18:30
27 Sorcha KEARNEY Female VW40-44 St Finbarrs AC 20:35
29 Nollaigh O'NEILL Female VW45-49 Leevale AC 20:42
31 Mairead PEREZ Female VW45-49 20:44

Full results

1) Colette Ryan has a gallery HERE
2) Joe Murphy has 20 photos HERE