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Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Notice...Cork City FC 5k run in Curraheen - Sun 27th Aug 2017

This 5k run organised by Cork City FC is coming up on Sunday the 27th of August 2017.

The event HQ is at the Cork City FC training grounds in Curraheen and the 5k route will take in a loop on local roads and walkway.

The route can be seen here...

Entries : Online registration is open HERE

Registration is also available on the morning of the event and it will be timed.

From the organisers....Cork City FC, in association with Marymount, are delighted to announce our second annual 5K to take place at 10:30AM, Sunday 27th August, 2017, starting and finishing at the Bishopstown Training Ground at Curraheen.

Entry is €10 for adults, €5 for U-16s and €25 for a family entry (two adults and two U16).

The 5K is for both serious and casual runners, wheelchair rollers, and walkers, of any age. Being active by running, jogging, or walking is to be encouraged; evidence shows that undertaking physical activity can help to prevent disease, maintain a healthy weight, and promote mental health and well-being.

With €100 first prize for 1st male, and another €100 for 1st female, there are sure to be more than a few runners that will want the honour of claiming the cash along with the prestige of winning our second 5K.

Prizes: There is €50 for 2nd place, and €25 for 3rd place, for male and female, to be competed for also. Our 1st place under 16 male, and 1st place under 16 female, will both receive a €25 voucher each. Over 20 other spot prizes will be awarded at the event.

Refreshments will be available at the training ground upon completion.

More info on the Cork City FC website...

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Fewer than 350 places left for the East Cork Harbour Marathon, Half-Marathon & 10k

Just a quick reminder that there are now less than 350 places left for the East Cork Harbour Marathon, Half-Marathon & 10k coming up on Saturday the 12th of August. While the full marathon might be of interest to a relatively small number of people, there were big numbers for the half and 10k in 2016.

More info in this previous post.

Results & Photos of the Ballincollig 5k parkrun...Sat 22nd July 2017

After a recent dip, the numbers for the Ballincollig 5k parkrun are back up near the usual levels with 256 taking part on Sat 22nd July.

1 John HOGAN    18:04    VM40-44    M1
2 Cillian O'DONOVAN    18:11    SM20-24    M2
4 Clive KERRISK    18:43    VM35-39    M3
3 Emma MURPHY    18:23    SM30-34    F1
26 Anna DELANEY    21:56    VW40-44    F2    Sportsworld
33 Geraldine O SHEA    22:33    VW45-49    F3    St Finbarrs AC


1) Joe Murphy of Eagle AC has a gallery HERE and HERE

Results of the Knocknagree One-Mile Road Race...Fri 21st July 2017

Despite the wet conditions, there was 50 runners out for this years Knocknagree 1 mile race in North-West Cork. At the front of the race, both Tommy O'Brien and Laura Crowe were in a dead heat for first place.

Position    Race number    Name    Club    Category    Time
1    403    Tommy O'Brien    Riocht    M 040    0:04:42
3    496    James Daly    Ballyheigue    M O35    0:04:44
4    467    Martin Dineen    Riocht    Snr M    0:04:48
1    495    Laura Crowe    An Riocht    Snr F    0:04:42
8    412    Shona O'Brien    Gneeveguilla    F U18    0:05:16
20    427    Sharon Cahill    Riocht    F O50    0:05:31

The full results are up now on the club website...

Monday, July 24, 2017

Results, Photos & Highlights of the 2017 National Senior Track & Field Championships

The National Track & Field Championships were held in Santry, Co.Dublin over the weekend with a pretty packed schedule. Most events had reasonable fields which is an improvement on a few years ago when some of the women's middle distance and longer races weren't that competitive.

While a number of Cork athletes managed to get into the medals, the number of Cork athletes present seemed pretty small. According to the latest Athletics Ireland stats, Cork makes up 15.5% of the total adult membership of association. Looking at the results, the number of Cork athletes seems to have been a lot lower than this.

For example, if you look at the finals of the men's and women's 5000m, 1500m, 800m and 400m race, there are 83 athletes. Of this 83, only 6 were from Cork which is 7.2%.

The full results can be seen HERE

Photos Day 1

Photos Day 2

The highlights are on the RTE Player until the 22nd of August.

Stryker 4 mile race raises over €8000 for charity

The annual Cork BHAA Stryker 4 mile road race was held in Carrigtwohill on Wednesday the 26th of April and a total of 666 runners took part, a jump of 14% on the 583 of last year. A cheque for €8,117 from the proceeds of the race was presented recently to CUH Children's Unit.

From the CUH..."We are so thankful to everyone at #StrykerCarrigtwohill for presenting us with a cheque to the value of €8,117 for CUH Children's Unit, as a result of their #StrykerRoadRace last April. 680 runners came out on the night to support it, we are very grateful to each and every one of you. Sincere thanks also to Carrigtwohill Community Centre for making the event such a success by serving food and refreshments and to BHAA for hosting it."

Notice...Churchtown South 5 mile road race - Thurs 27th July 2017

The 3rd race of 4 in the Ballycotton Summer Series is coming up on Thursday evening the 27th of July 2017 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

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Results of the Donoughmore 7 mile road race...Fri 21st July 2017

The annual Donoughmore 7 mile road race was held on Friday the 21st of July 2017 on what was a damp evening.As can be seen from the chart above, the numbers were at their second highest ever and the race has grown consistently since 2015.

1     Michael Corbett  M40     St Finbarr's AC  38:27
2     Eoin Sugrue    M40   38:49
3     Vivian Foley     M45     Eagle AC  39:37
42     Niamh Cronin   F40     St Finbarr's AC  46:59
56     Deirdre Ansbro     F35     Youghal   48:26
57     Anna  O'Neill     F45     Doheny AC    48:56

Photos...(Updated Sun 23rd July)
1) Joe Murphy of Eagle AC has a gallery HERE
2) There is a gallery of photos from Mick Dooley of Eagle AC HERE
3) Donoughmore AC have some prize presentation photos HERE 

Full results below...

Friday, July 21, 2017

Results of the Garryvoe 5km road race...Fri 21st July 2017

105 runners turned out for the inaugural Garryvoe 5k road race on what a wet evening.

1 Frank Hayes (95) 00:17:21 All Ages  (1) Male  (1)
2 Alfie Davis (150) 00:17:27 All Ages  (2) Male  (2)
3 Paul Spiteri (42) 00:17:32 All Ages  (3) Male  (3)
11 Ann Marie Holland (46) 00:19:25 All Ages  (1) Female  (1)
16 Ruth Mellerick (142) 00:19:57 All Ages  (2) Female  (2)
17 Rachel Stokes (47) 00:20:15 All Ages  (3) Female  (3)

Full results below...

Results & video of the MMRA Rochestown Woods Trail race...Wed 19th July 2017

Over the last few years, the numbers at the Munster Mountain Running Association trail races have been down around the 30-40 mark. Over the last year or so, they have started to become more popular with a good few club runners now taking part.

On Wednesday the 19th of July, a total of 81 runners took part in the 5.6km trail race in Rochestown Woods near Cork City. As MMRA races go, that's really good and offer a nice alternative to the usual road running.

1 Conor O'Keeffe    M    0:26:09    UCD    Dublin
2 Conrad Daly    M    0:26:22    Cork Orient...    Cork
3 Brian Flannelly    M    0:26:23    Dooneen AC    Tipperary
26 Susan Harkin        F    0:31:05   
31 Marie O'Shea        F40    0:32:00    MooreAbbey ...    Tipperary
37 Debbie McCarthy    F40    0:33:18    Riverstick ...    Cork

The full results can be seen HERE

Results of the Castlemagner 5.5km run...Thurs 20th July 2017

Around 90 people turned out for this 5.5km run organised by Duhallow AC.

1) Eoin Surgue 19:19
2) Jerimiah Sheehan 19:26
3) Dave Lyons 20:32 Mallow AC
1) Michelle Finn 22:06 Leevale
2) Carol Finn 22:07 Leevale
3) Caoimhe Taylor 26:08 North Cork AC

1) Aaron O'Keefe 23:13

The full results can be seen HERE

Races on Fri 21st July 2017

With a low pressure system currently centred over Connaught, the rain will never be too far away this evening. It's likely to be a mixed bag in terms of the weather this evening...some places may be dry, some may get showers.

There are loads of races to choose from depending on where you live. Here's whats on offer....

Waterford...Fri 21st (7:30pm)...Ballymacarbry 5 mile race...€5 pre-entry/€8 on the night...Race 9 of 11 in the West Waterford AC race series...

Cork...Fri 21st (8pm)...Donoughmore 7 mile road race...€10... includes dry fit

Cork...Fri 21st (8pm)... Knocknagree One Mile Road Race...€5...Part of the Gneeveguilla AC Summer One Mile Series...

Cork...Fri 21st (8pm)...Garryvoe 5k road race in East Cork...€10... info...

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Results of the Crookstown Utd 5k...Wed 20th July 2017

115 runners turned out for this 5k organised by Crookstown Utd FC on Wed 20th July 2017.

Crookstown United 5K Fun Run Results 19/07/2017

1ST    Craig Harrington    16.52
2ND    John O’Mahony        17.38
3RD    Diarmuid Scanaill    18.07
7TH    Margaret Murphy        18.24
16TH    Jacinta O’Connor    21.29
22ND    Caroline Costello        22.21

Full results below...

Results & Photos of the Carrigtwohill 5k road race...Wed 19th July 2017

The Carrigtwohill 5k road race was held on Wednesday the 19th of July 2017.

1    James  Mc Carthy    East Cork AC        15:38    SM    298
2    Kevin O Leary    East Cork AC        16:17    SM    179
3    Donal Coffey    Leevale AC        16:25    M40    205
22    Michelle Kenny    Leevale AC        18:31    SW    148
31    Mei Ming Cronin    Mallow        18:48    JW    376
53    Helen  Leaonard    Leevale AC        19:45    SW    340

The results are up now on the race website HERE

Photos...(Updated 21st July)
1) There are a number of galleries up on the Running in Cork Facebook page...
...First loop A
...First loop B
...Second loop A
...Second loop B
2) Michael Buckley has a gallery HERE
3) Pádraig De Búrca has a gallery HERE 

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

A closer look at the number of 5k parkruns in Cork, Dublin & Belfast

Following on from a previous post about the new proposed public park on Haulbowline Island, I had a closer look at the number of parkruns in Cork, Dublin and Belfast. It's easy to say how many there are but sometimes an image shows the real differences.

With this in mind, I have three maps below all on the same scale showing the number of parkruns in the three Irish cities.

Cork...As can be seen from the image below, there really is only one 5k parkrun near Cork City and that is of course in Ballincollig. What is not shown on the map is that the next one to the east is way down in Tramore in Co.Waterford and the next one to the north is in the University of Limerick.