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Saturday, November 01, 2014

Reigning Boston and Chicago Marathon champion Rita Jeptoo fails drugs test

It was announced yesterday that one of the top Kenyan marathon runners Rita Jeptoo had failed a doping test. In a statement, Athletics Kenya said..."The result of the 'A' sample for the athlete has indicated the presence of prohibited substances."

33 year old Jeptoo won the Boston Marathon last April in a course record time of 2:18:57 and also won the Chicago Marathon in October in 2:24:35. She has previously won the  Boston and Chicago marathons and also  won marathons in Stockholm, Paris, Milan and Lisbon.

She was due this weekend to be awarded $500,000 for winning the yearlong World Marathon Major Series. In a statement, the organisers of that award said......."World Marathon Majors is disappointed to learn that Rita Jeptoo has apparently had an A test that proved positive for a banned substance under IAAF rules. World Marathon Majors has been at the forefront of the fight against doping in our sport and has a rule that no athlete can win the World Marathon Majors Series title, who has been in breach of IAAF anti-doping rules. WMM events were the first major events to confirm that all elite athletes taking part in their events would be blood tested and have consistently called for wider testing by others. Additionally, WWM has previously agreed that any athlete found guilty of a doping offense will not be invited back to its races. As part of that fight against doping, WMM has been giving support and financial help to the IAAF anti doping drive and helped fund a wider programme of out of competition testing…At present there has been no decision in this case by the IAAF, including in relation to sanctions, and as a result WMM is unable to comment further until that determination has been made although in the circumstances it has been decided to postpone the WMM Awards Ceremony that was due to take place on November 2, 2014."

All this of course puts the spotlight on countres like Kenya and the level of drug testing they do on their national athletes. In 2013, former top Kenyan athlete Moses Kiptanui claimed that doping was rife amongst Kenyan athletes. In total, 36 Kenyans have been confirmed as failing tests in the past two years.

Friday, October 31, 2014

Orna Dilworth...Running for 4 years and now representing Ireland

The World 50km and 100k championships take place today in Doha in the Middle East and one of those representing Ireland is Orna Dilworth.

Orna is a 29 year old solicitor from Dublin and just took up running four years ago. Her first half-marathon was 2:05. In 2011, she ran the Connemara marathon in 4:28. From then on, she started training properly and she ran Dublin in 2011 in 3:53, Berlin in Sept 2012 in 3:12 and then Boston in April 2013 in 3:06. In Dublin in October of 2013, she broke the 3 hour barrier with a time of 2:57.

In February of 2014, she won the Irish 50k championships in a time of 3:43, inside the 3:50 standard for women for the world championships.

And now four years after she started out, she is today wearing an Irish singlet in Doha.

There is an interview with Orna up on the Score website.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Screening of Unbreakable : The Mark Pollock story...Nov 2014...Cork, Limerick, Dingle, Ennis

No doubt many of you may be aware of Mark Pollock and the Run in the Dark events which are held throughout Ireland every November. Earlier in October, there were a number of screenings of the documentary Unbroken : The Mark Pollock Story. These are the screenings for November which includes a week in the Gate cinema in Douglas.

4 November 2014 – ENNIS – Glór with Q&A
4 November 2014 – LIMERICK – Omniplex with Q&A
11 November 2014 – DINGLE – Phoenix Cinema
14th - 20th November 2014 – CORK – Gate Cinema, Douglas, Cork.

Info here:
Unbreakable: The Mark Pollock Story...The film follows the almost unbelievable tragedies that life has thrown at Mark and his resolve to move beyond them. Unbroken by blindness at 22, Mark was a Commonwealth Games medal winner and competed in ultra endurance races across deserts, mountains, and the polar ice caps and ten years after losing his sight he became the first blind person to race to the South Pole, a race that allowed him to finally put the demons of blindness behind him. But then, just four weeks from the day of his planned wedding to fiancée Simone, a fall 25 feet from a second story window left Mark near death and paralysed from the waist down.

Directed by Ross Whitaker (When Ali Came to Ireland; Saviours), this moving, fascinating film brings the audience to Mark’s bedside in the acute ward of a spinal hospital; blind, now paralysed and broken. The close friendship between Mark and the filmmaker has produced a delicate, deeply personal, intimate film. Six years in the making it tells the story of Mark’s eventual rehabilitation and his mission to find and connect people worldwide to fast track a cure for paralysis, a mission which gives the audience a glimpse of the frontiers of robotics and medical science.

Unbreakable: The Mark Pollock Story was produced with the participation of the Irish Film Board / Bord Scannán na hÉireann, RTÉ and Rehab.


Jogger runs into British Prime Minister

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Athletics Ireland announce National Marathon Championship results...

The Dublin Marathon last Monday was also the national marathon championships and Athletics Ireland have just released the results.

Individual men ... Mens teams

Individual women ... Womens teams

There are some of the notable positions from a Cork point of view...

Individual men...
3rd M40 37 Colin Merritt Carraig-Na-Bhfear A.C. 02:34:44
3rd M45 52 Ken Devine St. Finbarrs A.C. 02:46:30
2nd M50 3003 Cathal O' Connell St. Finbarrs A.C. 02:37:06
3rd M70 15664 Tony Dunne Grange/Fermoy A.C. 04:46:51

1st M50 team
3003 Cathal O' Connell St. Finbarrs A.C. 02:37:06 M50
2344 Paul Dinan St. Finbarrs A.C. 03:23:22 M50
2266 Tony O' Brien St. Finbarrs A.C. 03:34:15 M50

Individual women...
1st W40 142 Nollaigh O' Neill Leevale A.C. 02:52:27

1st W45 1211 Margo Dinan St. Finbarrs A.C. 03:11:51
2nd W45 1970 Joan Ennis Grange/Fermoy A.C. 03:14:26
3rd W45 5566 Clotilde Fitzgibbon Grange/Fermoy A.C. 03:15:32 

1st W50 140 Mary Sweeney St. Finbarrs A.C. 03:16:55

1st W65 15663 Maggie Dunne Grange/Fermoy A.C. 05:43:50

1st F35 team
1211 Margo Dinan St. Finbarrs A.C. 03:11:51 W35
140 Mary Sweeney St. Finbarrs A.C. 03:16:55 W35
5391 Gillian Cotter St. Finbarrs A.C. 03:24:33 W35

3rd F35 team
2261 Anna Doris Midleton A.C. 03:15:09 W35 10:34:26
3081 Esther Murphy Midleton A.C. 03:34:50 W35
875 Claire Fitzgerald Midleton A.C. 03:44:27 W35

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Results & Photos of the 2014 Dublin City Marathon

Just over 12,000 runners took part in this years Dublin Marathon on what were overcast but windy conditions. 

66 Eliud    Too Male MS    1 2:14:47    5...1st €10000
5 Paul Koech Kimutai MS    2 02:14:56 ...2nd €7000
2 Dmitry    Safronov MS    3 02:15:12 ...3rd €5000
3 Aleksei    Sokolov MS    4 02:20:19 ...4th €3500
13 Sergiu    Ciobanu MS    5 Clonliffe Harriers A.C. 02:21:01 ...5th €3000
11 Ayele    Bekele MS    6 02:21:43 ...6th €2500
10 Berhanu Kassa     MS    7 02:21:53 ...7th €2000
6 Lezan    Kimutai M40     1 02:22:33 ...8th €1500
15 Barry    Minnock M35    1 Rathfarnham W.S.A.F. A.C. 02:22:42 ...9th €1000 + Time bonus of €1000 for breaking 2:23
22 Thomas Cornthwaite MS    8 02:24:13 ...10th €500
23 Eoin    Flynn MS    9 02:25:01
16 Eddie    Mc Ginley MS    10 02:25:04
19 Paddy    Hamilton MS    11 02:25:55
18 Gary    O' Hanlon M40    2 Clonliffe Harriers A.C. 02:26:13 ...Time bonus of €500 for breaking 2:27
27 Declan Reed M40    3 City Of Derry Spartans 02:26:44 ...Time bonus of €500 for breaking 2:27
1133 Liam Feely MS    12 North Leitrim A.C. 02:29:59 ...Time bonus of €200 for breaking 2:30
32 Pauric    Mc Kinney M45    1 02:33:14
7 Peter Brandon Somba MS    13 02:33:26
12 Fikru    Teshager MS    14 02:33:31
6002 Richard Gorman M35    2 Sligo A.C. 02:34:18 ...Time bonus of €100 for breaking 2:35
30 Peter    Mooney M35    3 02:34:25
410 John    Buttelman MS 02:34:26
37 Colin    Merritt M40 Carriag-Na-Bhfear A.C. 02:34:43 ...Time bonus of €100 for breaking 2:35

Irish National Championships - Men
1 M Sen 13 Sergiu Ciobanu Clonliffe Harriers A.C. 02:21:01
2 M Sen 15 Barry Minnock Rathfarnham W.S.A.F. A.C. 02:22:42
3 M Sen 23 Eoin Flynn Rathfarnham W.S.A.F. A.C. 02:25:01

Top Women...
109 Esther Wanjiru    Macharia FS    1 02:34:15 ...1st €10,000
101 Maria Mc Cambridge F35    1 Dundrum South Dublin A.C. 02:34:19 ...2nd €7000 + €4000 time bonus for breaking 2:35
106 Meseret Godana FS        2 02:38:53 ...3rd €5000
110 Annelie Johansson F35        2 02:41:09 ...4th €3500
105 Gemma Rankin FS        3 02:41:54 ...5th €3000
107 Marina Kovaleva FS        4 02:44:05 ...6th €2500
108 Scola jepkemoi Kiptoo FS    5 02:44:13 ...7th €2000
104 Pauline Curley F45        1 02:48:02 ...8th €1500
111 Ailish    Malone FS        6 Clonliffe Harriers A.C. 02:48:48 ...9th €1000 + €400 time bonus for breaking 2:49
103 Breege V Connolly F35        3 North Belfast Harriers 02:49:37 ...10th €500 + €300 time bonus for breaking 2:50
112 Norah Newcombe FS        7 Ballina A.C. 02:50:59 ... €200 time bonus for breaking 2:52
113 Fiona Stack FS        8 Raheny Shamrock A.C. 02:51:36 ... €200 time bonus for breaking 2:52
142 Nollaigh O' Neill F40        1 Leevale A.C. 02:52:26  ... €175 time bonus for breaking 2:54
6678 Priscilla Schultz F35        4 02:53:49
2751 Hannah Oldroyd FS        9 02:56:55
117 Mary    Laverty F35        5 North East Runners A.C. 02:57:29  ... €125 time bonus for breaking 2:58

Irish National Championships - Women
1. Maria McCambridge - DSD – 02:34:19
2. Pauline Curley – Tullamore – 2:48:04
3. Ailish Malone – Clonliffe Harriers 2:48:50

The results can be seen HERE

Photos....Updated Thurs 4pm
1) Peter & Rory Mooney have a number of galleries...Start...Start...Kilmainham 11 miles...Near the finish...
2) William Murphy has a small number of photos in his Flickr photostream HERE
3) Helen Mulvey has 19 photos HERE
4) Raymond Lonergan has 67 photos HERE
5) Joe Murphy of Eagle AC has some photos....sub 3 hours...3-3:30...3:30 plus ...
6) Loads on the Jumping the Gun Facebook page HERE 
7) David Bradshaw has 751 photos HERE 
8) Action Photography have two galleries....HERE and HERE
9) West Waterford AC have an album HERE 
10) Finisher Pix has some commercial photos HERE

Photos on Facebook...Account required to view...
1) Andrew Talbot has a gallery HERE
2) Finn Valley AC have a gallery HERE
3) John Coleman has a gallery of photos with an emphasis on runners from Waterford HERE 

1) From the organisers...

More to follow....

Notice...Valley Rover Camogie Club 7k fun run/walk - Sun 9th Nov 2014

This 7k fun run/walk is coming up on Sunday the 9th of November 2014 at 12 noon.

The race HQ is at the Valley Rover GAA grounds which are to the north-west of Inishannon. Coming from Cork City, the easiest way to get there is to turn off at Halfway for Crossbarry. Keep going straight and at the crossroads where the Schering Plough plant is located, take a left. The GAA grounds are up this road.

More details to follow...

Monday, October 27, 2014

Cork clubs to the fore in the Munster Novice Cross Country Championships...Sun 26th Oct 2014

The Munster Juvenile Even Age, U/23 & Novice Cross Country Championships were held in Two Mile Boris on Sunday the 26th of October 2014.

In the Novice Mens competition, Michael Harty of East Cork AC was the winner to make it three wins in a row. Michael had previously won the Novice and Intermediate county titles in Cork earlier in the month.

In the club competition, Leevale AC were the first club and Cork won the Inter-County competition....
1 Michael Harty East Cork Cork,  2 Kevin Cheser Enis Track Clare, 3 Damien Burke Kilmihil Clare

1 Leevale 9, 12, 13, 14...48
2 Enis Track 2, 16, 20, 30...68
3 Kilmury Ibrickane/N.Clare 5, 2, 25, 57...109

1 Cork 1, 6, 9, 1, 12, 13...52
2 Clare 2, 3, 5, 16, 20, 22...68
3 Tiperary 7, 10, 19, 23, 27, 34...120

In the Munster Womens Novice Cross Country Championships, Shona Heaslip of An Ríocht AC was the winner. Ennis Track AC won the team competition and Cork won the Inter-County competition....
1 Shona Heaslip An Riocht Kery...2 ANNA CROOKS Ennis Track Clare...3 Niamh Allen U.C.C.

1 Ennis Track 2, 1, 18, 31...62
2 Leevale 6, 13, 17, 35...71
3 Mallow 16, 21, 24, 27...88

1 Cork 4, 6, 7, 9...26
2 Kerry 1, 8, 14, 22...45
3 Clare 2, 1, 18, 19...50

The full results can be seen on the Munster Athletics website HERE

1) The Tipperary Athletics Board have a small number of photos HERE

Tracking runners doing the Dublin City Marathon...

If you want to follow someone doing the Dublin City Marathon then you can track them here... . You will have to sign in via Facebook or Twitter and you can follow a maximum of 12 runners. The splits are for 10k, half, 30k and finish.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Results of the Deirdre O'Reilly 5k race, Bandon - Sun 26th Oct 2014

Despite the wet conditions, 129 turned out for this charity 5k road race in Bandon on Sunday afternoon.

1 Kevin Wilmot Bandon AC M 17.34
2 Michael Dunne St.Finbarr's AC M 17.42
3 Paul Holland - M 18.21
10 Elaine Guinane Eagle AC F 21:07
12 Eleanor Griffin F 21:35
13 Rachel O'Callaghan F 21:36

Bandon AC have the full results HERE

1) Kieran Minihane has a gallery of 152 photos HERE

Results of the Lee Fields 4 mile road race...Sun 26th Oct 2014

The race was part of the HSE Cork Local Drug & Alcohol Task Force initiative to encourage people to take part in Sunday morning activities. 

1 Thomas Hayes M 19:28
2 John Meade M 19:49
3 Elton Heffernan M 20:35
52  Margaret Lillis F 27:54
58 Mary O'KEEFFE F 28:19
62 Siobhan HOLLAND F 28:27

The results can be seen HERE

Note that the results are very much provisional. If your name isn't shown then contact the chip time company...  info AT

1) Kieran Minihane has a gallery of 253 photos HERE
2) Graham Nudds has a gallery of 266 photos HERE

First 3 men in the 2014 Lee Fields 4 mile race...(L-R) Elton Heffernan of Togher AC 3rd, Thomas Hayes of Kilkenny City Harriers 1st & John Meade of St.Finbarr's AC 2nd.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Reminder...Race in Cork this weekend - Lee Fields 4m and Bandon 5k

Just a reminder that there are two races in Cork this weekend.

First off on Sunday morning, there is the Lee Fields 4 mile race by the county hall in Cork City. This starts at 10:30am and all the details including a course preview can be seen in this earlier post.

Then on Sunday afternoon at 2pm, there is the Dierdre O'Reilly 5k race in Bandon. Full details including maps, directions and a course preview can be seen in this earlier post.

Final thoughts for the 2014 Dublin Marathon.....

Thousands of runners from all over Ireland will be descending on the capital next Monday for the Dublin City Marathon. As you go around the various running websites, there is no shortage of advice and tips like these below...

This year, the course has changed due to some road works. I had a video of the course in this earlier post. Another good video appeared on the Irish Times website during the week. Ian O'Riordan is a sports journalist who writes an athletics article for the Irish Times every Saturday and in the video, he explains the key points of this years course in three and a half minutes.

The current weather forecast looks pretty reasonable. This is the forecast from Met Eireann...."There's likely to be a lot of dry weather and just a few showers with some brighter spells coming through. South to Southwest winds will remain fresh to strong and blustery and it will be mild with highest temperatures between 14 and 17 degrees."

As you can see from the chart above, there is a weather front out in the Atlantic but it shouldn't arrive until Monday evening/night. In the morning, the temperature is likely to be in the low teens so that's fine. The only issue might be the winds which are from the west.

I've paced loads of marathons at this stage and there is a common theme to all of them...a lot of people run too fast too early. It's 26.2 miles. Respect the distance and set yourself a realistic target and stick to that target. If you are working hard at 10 miles then there is a pretty good chance you'll be walking by 20. The best times are achieved by running at a steady consistent pace for the whole race. Going easy early on will pay off after the 20 mile mark when the legs start to get tired.

After the marathon, I'll stick up some links for photo galleries here so hopefully you might spot yourself. Enjoy!

Friday, October 24, 2014

Notice...CIT Floodlit Cross Country, Bishopstown - Fri 12th Dec 2014

Most of the cross country races on the calendar are inter club only and are not open to non-club runners. For this unique event on the CIT grounds on Friday evening the 12th of December 2014, anyone can take part.

 As you can see on the photo above, the course is on very short grass so it's not the usual type of cross country race with hills and mud. As such, people do not need spikes or any type of special shoes to take part and you can wear your usual runners if you want to.

The race starts at 7pm on Friday 12th of December around the CIT GAA pitches.

5k for the men and 3k for women.

Entry fee of €5 with proceeds to Make a wish Foundation and CIT AC.

Registration will take pace upstairs in the main GAA stand, on the side furthest away from the college.

Refreshments provided afterwards.

Directions can be found HERE

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Notice...Eyeries 5 mile road race, West Cork - Sat 8th Nov 2014

The Beara Peninsula in West Cork is one of those areas that has been until recently completely devoid of road races. Perhaps it's not so suprising considering the low population density but it is in stark contrast to other areas of the county where there seems to be a glut of events.

This particular one is brand new on the race calendar and it looks pretty stunning.

As courses go, it probably isn't the fastest as there are a number of hills but what a location for a race! On a nice sunny day, it would be absolutely stunning.

From the organisers.....Eyeries, on the Beara Peninsula, will host its first five mile road race on Saturday 8th 2014. The race will start at 2:30pm. This is the inaugural running of this event and the organisers are hoping for a good turnout for their first race. The event is sponsored by Murphys SuperValu Castletownbere and The Edge. The entry fee for the race is €10 and registration is available on All profits from the race will be donated to the construction of the new Eyeries Playground.

Eyeries Hall in the village is Race HQ where registration and collection of race numbers will take place as well as post-race refreshments and prizes. Parking will be available within walking distance of Race HQ and the village. 

Eyeries Running Promotions are organising this race to bring quality road racing to Beara. Following the example set by neighbours in Bere Island, it is hoped that this will be the first of many more races in the area. The committee have engaged with Bantry AC and Athletics Association of Ireland to organise this race. The course has been measured and certified to AAI & IAAF standards and the AAI Race Permit has been granted. It is open to all levels of runners and walkers.

The Prizes are: €100 - 1st, , €75 – 2nd  and €50 - 3rd  (Male and Female)
€40 voucher for The Edge Sports – 1st  Male & Female in the following categories: over-40, over 50 and over 60. Lots of other prizes on the day.
Please support this worthwhile event.

In terms of location, Eyeries is of course quite a distance for a lot of people. It might make a good excuse for some to make a weekend of it in the area. In November, this stunning part of West Cork can be very quiet and I'm sure they would appreciate all the support that they can get.

Course Preview...A full preview of the course can be seen HERE

Facebook.....The organisers also have their own Facebook account. Just send them a 'friend' request if you are on Facebook already.