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Saturday, October 22, 2016

Results of the Ballincollig 5k parkrun...Sat 22nd Oct 2016

With no major races on this weekend in Cork City, the 5k parkrun in Ballincollig saw a jump in numbers with 230 people taking part. This is the 4th highest number to date.

The dip last week may well have been to the Rebel Run in Bishopstown.

1    Conor DOLAN    16:36    SM30-34    M 1   
2    Paul SPITERI    17:59    VM35-39    M 2    Midleton AC
3    David MOYNIHAN    18:22    SM30-34    M 3    Midleton AC
23    Sophie FEARON    21:16    JW11-14    F 1
43    Maeve COTTER    22:35    VW35-39    F 2    Eagle A.C.
54    Hannah FALVEY    23:40    JW10    F 3 

The full results can be seen HERE

1) Joe Murphy has a gallery HERE

Friday, October 21, 2016

Athletes selected for the British & Irish Masters Cross Country Championships

Following on from the Open Cross Country event in Dublin last weekend, teams have been selected for the upcoming British & Irish Masters Cross Country Championships in Glasgow on the 9th of November.

Those selected were...(Cork athletes in Bold)...

Women 35...Ann Marie McGlynn, Michelle Kenny, Norah Newcombe Pieterse, Finola Diver...Reserves Denise Toner, Noreen Brouder
Women 40...Maria McCarthy, Adele Walsh, Mary Leech, Paula Grant...Reserves Karen Costello, Rosaleen MacKeown
Women 45...Jackie Carthy, Colette Touhy, Donna Evans, Annette Kealy...Reserves Emila Dan
Women 55...Mary Sweeney, Charlotte Stephens, Bridget Duffy, Sheelagh Jones
Women 60...Carmel Parnell, Christine Kennedy, Pauline Moran, Nuala Reilly...Reserves Maxine Jones, Mary Jennings
Women 65...Margaret Glavey, Phyllis Browne, Carol Lynch, Joan Coyle...Reserves Roisin Lynch
Women 70...Kathleen O'Brien, Pam Benson, Ann Woodlock, Evelyn McNellis

Men 35...Paddy Hamilton, Michael Harty, Emmett Dunleavy, Michael McMahon, Tim Twomey, Michael Herlihy...Reserves John Dunne, Stephen Hunter
Men 40...Ciaran Doherty, Frank Quinlan, Paul Buckley, Paul Fleming, Declan Reed, Ciaran Diviney...Reserves Richard Gorman, Ciaran McCarthy
Men 45...Stephen Duncan, Peter Matthews, Des Kennedy, Gerard Heery, Paul Blaney, Noel Marum...Reserves Frank Hayes, Ken Norgrove
Men 50...Aengus Burke, Pat Malone, Phelam Glynn, Mick Traynor, Pauric McKinney, Colm Burke...Reserves Paul Cowhie, Eddie Newman
Men 55...Tommy Payne, Jim Stafford, Mick Byrne, Martin McDonald...Reserves Pat O'Grady, Tom O'Connor
Men 60...Paul Elliott, Martin Kearney, Neilus Ahearne, Eddie Walsh...Reserves Billy Tyrrell, Francis Fleming
Men 65...J.J. Murphy, Martin McEvilly, John Todd, Pat O'Shea...Reserves Barry Potts, Tom Hunt
Men 70...Terry Mee, Pat Bonass, Pat Healy, Frank Reilly...Reserves Dick Mullins
Men 75...Mike Duggan, Tadgh Twoomey, Jim Bennett

Olympic Medal Presentation for Rob Heffernan on Thurs 3rd November

On Wednesday the 3rd November 2016 (7pm), Rob Heffernan will finally be presented with his London 2012 Olympic Bronze Medal in the Concert Hall, City Hall, Cork.

This follows on from the disqualification of a Russian athlete who was originally awarded Gold. See this previous post for more details...

The event will be hosted by the Lord Mayor of Cork Cllr Des Cahill and the medal will be presented by Acting President of the Olympic Council of Ireland William O’Brien.

Lord Mayor of Cork Cllr Des Cahill:
“ As Lord Mayor of Cork, I am honoured on behalf of the people of Cork to facilitate the Presentation of an Olympic Bronze Medal by the Olympic Council of Ireland  to one of our own Rob Heffernan, a proud Corkonian and a model and inspiration to the youth of today. It is only right and fitting that we recognise the tenacious efforts by Rob in representing his country on an international stage. We all take pride in his achieving this most coveted Olympic Bronze Medal and I look forward to welcoming you to City Hall on the 3rd November.”

Rob Heffernan: “This is always what I dreamt about, being presented with an Olympic Medal. It would of course have been wonderful to have received it in London but now to receive it on Irish soil in my home City of Cork, with my own family, friends, supporters on the 100 year anniversary of 1916, is a fitting and very special way for Irish people to celebrate Irish Olympic Sporting success”.

It will be a ticket only event and you can apply for tickets by forwarding your name, full address and contact telephone number to the following portal: . The first 400 applications will receive a ticket admitting two to the Presentation Ceremony.

Notice...Book signing of Derval O'Rourke's new book 'The Fit Foodie' on Sat 5th of Nov

Derval O'Rourke will be signing copies of her new book 'The Fit Foodie' in Waterstones in Cork City on Saturday the 5th of November 2016 from 3pm.

Description from Waterstones..."Derval believes that the secret to being your healthiest happiest self is to eat well and keep moving and her latest book The Fit Foodie is full of simple, delicious and totally doable recipes such as Laid-Back Lamb Tagine, Mediterranean Salmon and Spaghetti, Butternut and Bean Stew, Almond, Hazelnut and Pine Nut Bread and a stunning Chocolate Fondant Cake. Derval also shares smart and inspiring advice on how to get organised so that good food and exercise are a seamless part of your life. "

This is Derval's second book and follows on from the success of 'Food for the Fast Lane' which was released in 2014.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Notice...Ghostbusters 5k in Doneraile Park - Sat 29th Oct 2016

On the Saturday the 29th of October, there is a charity 5k in Doneraile Park in North Cork.

The entry fee is €10 and all proceeds go towards the Anchor Addiction Treatment Centre in Mallow.

More details on the event website...

Details of the route can be seen here...

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Notice...MMRA Halloween Run in Currabinny Woods - Thurs 27th Oct 2016

The Munster Mountain Running Association are holding a special themed Halloween Run in Currabinny Woods on Thursday the 27th of Oct 2016. This is open to adults and children alike.

The entry fee is €9 for MMRA members and €10 for non-members (incl €1 reg fee). Non-members will have to join before taking part. More info at

Note : Please note that you must pre-enter online and the closing date for entries is Sun 23rd Oct.

Currabinny Woods is about 9 miles south-east of Cork City. The approach road is nearly opposite the Novartis plant near Ringaskiddy.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Results of the Ardfield 5k...Sun 16th Oct 2016

There was a 55% drop in numbers for this years Ardfield 5k road race on Sunday the 16th of October 2016. As you can see from the chart above, the total number had stabilised just above 200 for the last two years but dropped dramatically this year.

1st Male - Padraig Sheehan - 17:55
2nd Male - Padraig Courtney - 18:56
3rd Male - Brian Harte - 19:46
Male Juvenile - Ben McShane
M40 - Mike Keohane
M45 - Brian Farrell
M50 - John Powell

1st Female - Eleanor Griffin - 21:10
2nd Female - Geraldine O'Sullivan - 21:44
3rd Female - Siobhan Courtney - 22:53
Female Juvenile - Leah Walsh
F40 - Kathryn O'Shea
F45 - Karine Buttimer
F50 - Noeleen Fitzpatrick.

The full results can be seen below...

1) The local playground group have a gallery HERE

85 year old Ed Whitlock sets new marathon record for age

At the Toronto marathon in Canada last Sunday, 85 year old Ed Whitlock set a new record for the 85-89 age group when he completed the 26.2 mile course in a time of 3h 56m 33s. This was over 30 minutes faster than the previous record of 4h 34m 55s which was set back in 2004.

This now adds to the multitude of age related records that he now holds over various distances. He is also no stranger to running fast times having completed a marathon in 2h 54m at the sprightly age of 73, a record which still stands to this day.

In an interview on Monday, he revealed a few interesting facts....

1) His running shoes are about 20 years old...."I wear them well past their due date. I'm not a fan of the current shoe design, and I have a small supply of this particular model of shoe."

2) Tough on the legs...."My legs are shot today. I seemed to be OK yesterday after the marathon, walking around and that sort of thing, but rigor mortis has set in now."

3) Planning for the next marathon...."It depends how my training goes. One never knows when one has run one's last race, and I'll keep running as long as I can."

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Results of the LeisureWorld Rebel Run...Sun 16th Oct 2016

Numbers were back up again this year for the annual LeisureWorld Rebel Run in Cork City with about 469 runners taking part. In 2015, conditions were pretty awful which resulted in a big drop in number. The conditions for the 2016 event with much better and now the numbers are becoming spread out over both the 5k and 10k races.

1     Alan O Shea (1443)     00:32:11 Male  (1)
2     Anthony Mannix (1421)     00:33:58 Male  (2)
3     Tony Kelleher (814)     00:34:45 Male  (3)
20     Grainne O'Donnell (740)     00:40:32 Female  (1)
37     Dolores Duffy (933)     00:43:39 Female  (2)
43     Julie Kenneally  (753)     00:44:20 Female  (3)

1     Mike Cremin (669)     00:18:03     Male  (1)
2     Peter Howie (812)     00:18:22     Male  (2)
3     Daniel Ahern (939)     00:19:14     Male  (3)
10     Maura Riordan (1403)     00:22:02     Female  (1)
13     Suzanne Twomey (750)     00:23:06     Female  (2)
18     Sara Barry  (869)     00:23:58     Female  (3) 

Photos...(Updated Thurs 20th Oct)
1) Joe Murphy of Eagle AC has a gallery of the start HERE  and a gallery of second half of the race HERE
2) There are a few photos from Mike English HERE

Full results below.....

Crusaders AC change club singlet due to Islamic threat

Crusaders AC in Dublin have had their website hacked twice recently by someone purporting to be from Islamic State. The issue concerned the name and club logo and its supposed connection to the crusades of the Middle Ages.

In a recent e-mail to members, the club said..."As some of you may or may not have heard, our website was hacked (twice) by persons unknown purporting to be from Islamic State and threatening messages sent to us.

The second attack pretty much wiped the site out. The committee has a responsibility to discuss and take measures to protect the club and a lot of time and energy was spent trying to figure out how best to deal with this

Threats have to be taken seriously and although any real danger is unlikely, it was decided that as an interim measure and as a compromise to some views in the committee to temporarily suspend the use of the cross logo until the proposal could be put to the members at the AGM."

More on the Irish Independent website.

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Results of the Ballincollig 5k parkrun...Sat 15th Oct 2016

The numbers were down a small bit this week with 187 taking part.

1 Alan LEHANE    17:34    VM35-39 M1    St Finbarrs AC
2 Shane FITZGERALD FOLEY    18:13    VM35-39 M2    Midleton AC
3 Morgan O'REGAN    18:15    VM35-39 M3    Midleton AC
33 Maeve COTTER    22:40    VW35-39 F1    Eagle A.C.
43 Josephine KELLEHER    23:53    SW30-34 F2
44 Abbie DORNEY    23:54    JW10 F3    

The results of the 18th Ballincollg parkrun can be seen HERE

1) Joe Murphy has a gallery HERE 

Friday, October 14, 2016

Follow up to the 1984 Cork City Marathon post & Course measurement back in the 1980's

Last week, I had a guest post up by John Walshe on the 1984 Cork City Marathon. Included in the post were the results for the marathon itself which showed just how fast the times were back then.

Some of the questions raised were why the times were so fast and how were the courses measured back then?

As for the times, the running boom of the early to mid 80's was largely due to young adult men running. i.e. men in their mid 20's to early 30's. That's in contrast to the latest running boom which is largely a mix of men and women in their early 30's to mid 40's. As such, it's probably no great surprise that times are slower now.

As for course measurements, John Walshe has written a short follow up article and you can see it below...

As that Cork Marathon of 1984 was the BLE National Marathon, in all probability it was measured by a surveyor’s wheel. This necessitated walking the full course (probably in stages) pushing a small wheel on a handle. It would not be as accurate as measurements nowadays, but if done diligently and correctly there wouldn’t be a significant difference.

The calibrated cycle method was pioneered in the UK over 50 years ago by a man named John Jewell of the Road Runners Club. It was then adopted by the RRC of America and later by the governing world federation, the IAAF. This consisted of riding a bicycle fitted with a counter which had been calibrated over a short distance measured on the road with a steel tape.

Although the Ballycotton ‘10’ and associated races had been using the method here in Cork since the late 1970s, BLE (now Athletics Ireland) were slow off the mark and did not officially introduce it throughout the country until more than a decade later.

The first calibration course in Ireland was laid down prior to the inaugural Ballycotton ‘10’ in 1978. It was measured on the long straight just before the six-mile mark which would be familiar to many runners. The distance was a half mile long and the device used to measure the full course was a Veeder Rootes counter, supplied by John Jewell of the RRC.

This was the forerunner to the Jones Counter which was invented by an American named Alan Jones and his son Clain – the principle was exactly the same but the new counter was easier to use and slightly more sophisticated!

In 1988, Ballycotton Running Promotions purchased a Jones Counter from the New York Road Runners (NYRR), at a cost of $35 (around €30 in today's money). This – the first one in Ireland - was used (still in use today!) to measure many of the races in the Cork area before Athletics Ireland, mainly through Tom McCormack, took an interest in the late 1990s and then started to train and appoint a number of measurers throughout the country.

*Just as a footnote, with regard to the times of the first three in that Cork Marathon of 1984, it should be noted that these were class athletes. As mentioned in the article, Kiernan would go on to finish ninth that summer in the Olympic marathon, his time of 2:12:20 over two minutes faster than he ran in Cork. He had run 47:04 for 10 miles in Ballycotton the previous year and was also a sub-four-minute miler.

Although Dick Hooper was primarily a marathon runner, he would run 48:12 the following year in Ballycotton while Gerry Deegan – who finished well back in third – had personal bests of 13:35/28:48 for 5000m and 10,000m on the track.


Looking ahead to the Rebel Run 10k next Sunday 16th Oct 2016

The big race in Cork next weekend is the Rebel Run 10k and 5k in Cork City.

First off, the weather forecast. There is a low pressure system over the country for the weekend and the rain will never be too far away. For Sunday morning, it's hard to tell with any degree of certainty if it will be wet or dry. Just prepare for some damp conditions and hope for the best.

There will also be a special prize for the 42nd person in the 5k race as outlined below...

Courses......The 10k  can be seen HERE and the 5k HERE

The race is organised is association with Cork Sports Partnership and their race website is HERE

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Entries for the Rebel Run close at mignight on Thurs 13th Oct

Just a reminder that entries for the Rebel Run 5k & 10k in Cork City next Sunday closes at midnight on Thurs 13th Oct.

The entry link is

After that, sign in will take place in  CIT during the following times & dates prior to the event on October 16th: Friday October 14th 5pm - 8pm & Saturday October 15th 12noon -2pm
Limited sign in will take place on Sunday morning between 8am-9am.
(You will pick up your goody bag, running t-shirt, timing chip and race number here.)

Remember to bring your e-mail confirmation.

On Sunday, the 10K participants will start at 9.45am and 5K participatns will start at 9.50am.
Please note the run will start from the back of the Athletics Track at CIT.

More info about the race in this previous post.