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Sunday, November 29, 2015

Results of the Munster Masters Cross Country Championships...Sun 29th Nov 2015

The Munster Masters Cross Country Championships were held this year in Cappawhite, Co.Tipperary in what can only be described as pretty awful conditions. With all the rain, the course really got churned up and it was a sea of mud in places.

In the womens O35 team category, Mallow AC took Gold with Midleton AC taking Silver in the O45 team event. The Cork teams won both categories.

Women O35 Team Club Team Points
Place Club Positions
1 Mallow A.C. 8, 20, 21, 24  ...73
2 Ennis Track A.C. 2, 17, 32, 40  ...91
3 Mooreabbey Milers A.C. 10, 26, 50, 52  ...138
4 West Limerick A.C. 37, 49, 51, 53  ...190

Women O35 Team County Team Points
Place County Positions
1 Cork 5, 7, 8, 11 ...31
2 Tipperary 9, 18, 26, 27 ...80
3 Clare 2, 17, 32, 37 ...88

Women O45 Team Club Team Points
Place Club Positions
1 An Riocht A.C. 3, 6, 23 ...32
2 Midleton A.C. 13, 22, 39 ...74
3 Ennis Track A.C. 15, 38, 47 ...100

Women O45 Team County Team Points
Place County Positions
1 Cork 4, 12, 13, 14 ...43
2 Kerry 3, 6, 23, 25 ...57
3 Tipperary 35, 46, 59, 62 ...202

In the mens O35 team event, East Cork AC and Leevale AC renewed their old rivalry with the smaller club coming out on top this time. In the O50 team event, Youghal AC took Silver with Midleton AC taking Bronze. The Cork teams won the O35 inter-county event while they finished 3rd in the O50 section.

Men O35 Team Club Team Points
Place Club Positions
1 East Cork A.C. 1, 10, 16, 26 53
2 Leevale A.C. 6, 12, 19, 43 80
3 Waterford A.C. 4, 9, 31, 40 84
4 West Waterford A.C. 2, 25, 29, 47 103
5 An Riocht A.C. 13, 17, 42, 46 118
6 Mallow A.C. 8, 27, 36, 50 121
7 Mooreabbey Milers A.C. 3, 20, 28, 89 140
8 Dundrum A.C. 24, 30, 39, 58 151
9 Coolquill A.C. 34, 35, 44, 49 162
10 Eagle A.C. 7, 18, 59, 82 166
11 Ennis Track A.C. 32, 48, 51, 61 192
12 West Limerick A.C. 38, 81, 83, 120 322

Men O35 Team County Team Points
Place County Positions
1 Cork 1, 7, 8, 10, 14, 18 58
2 Waterford 2, 4, 9, 25, 29, 31 100
3 Tipperary 3, 5, 20, 22, 24, 28 102
4 Limerick 21, 37, 38, 53, 54, 81 284
5 Clare 15, 32, 48, 51, 61, 108 315

Men O50 Team Club Team Points
Place Club Positions
1 Ennis Track A.C. 63, 78, 98 239
2 Youghal A.C. 56, 93, 99 248
3 Midleton A.C. 71, 100, 119 290
4 Eagle A.C. 105, 117, 127 349

Men O50 Team County Team Points
Place County Positions
1 Tipperary 11, 41, 73, 76 201
2 Clare 60, 63, 67, 75 265
3 Cork 56, 71, 79, 92 298

There were plenty of category medals won by athletes from Cork. 

The full results can be seen on the Munster Athletics website

1) Mooreabbey Milers have a number of galleries... 23 here ...  26 here ... 17 here ... 9 here
2) West Waterford AC has a large gallery of photos HERE 

Nice & Dry in the Horse Box :o)

Other News Items...Sun 29th Nov 2015

Some other running news items in the media in the last week...

1) Sonia O'Sullivan recommends relaxing during training... Irish Times

2) Russian Athletics body accepts IAAF ban... Athletics Weekly  

3) IAAF President Seb Coe ends his commercial links to NIKE... Athletics Weekly

4) Opinion piece on the benefits of Cross Country... Guardian

5) IAAF declare that Paula Radcliffe is clear of any doping offences... BBC Sport

6) Russian marathon runner disqualified after winning race in Japan... Guardian  

7) Irish team set for Euro Cross Country... European Athletics

8) Despite retiring from competition, Haile Gebrselaisse still trains twice a day... WorldRunning  

9) Article on top Irish athletics coach John Shields...

Results & Photos of the Glenville 4 mile ...Sun 29th Nov 2015

A total of 206 runners turned out for this years 4 mile race in Glenville on Sunday the 29th of November. This was down on the 254 of 2014 but understandable considering the wet and windy conditions. It was unfortunately just one of those weekends.

1. James McCarthy (East Cork AC)...20:32
2. Colin Merritt (Carrignavar AC)... 20:43
3. Liam Tracey (Watergrasshill AC)...22:40
1. Joan Ennis (Grange Fermoy AC)...26:00
2. Julie Kenneally ...27:06
3. Kealey Tideswell (Clonmel AC)... 27:14

The full results can be seen HERE

1) Mick Dooley of Eagle AC has a gallery of photos HERE

Photos...(Facebook account required to view)
1) Gerard O'Sullivan has three galleries... #1    #2    #3

Saturday, November 28, 2015

RNLI Reindeer Run in Fota on Sunday 29th Nov Cancelled

Just a quick note to say that the RNLI Reindeer Run in Fota House and Gardens  has been cancelled due to the weather forecast.

From the organisers...Reindeer Run Cancelled.

We are sorry to inform you that we have taken the decision to cancel tomorrow’s RNLI Reindeer Run in Fota House and Gardens. We have made this decision based on Met Eireann’s Status Orange Wind Warning, which is forecasting winds of up to 130km/h during the hours of 6am – 3pm tomorrow.

The Reindeer Run is a family friendly event with participants of all ages due to take part. With this in mind and with the threat of high winds and falling trees, the organisers felt it would not be safe to proceed with the event. While we are disappointed to make this decision we have done it with the interests of the safety of all our participants paramount in our minds. It is hoped that in communicating this decision tonight that we can reach all the participants in time before they travel to the event tomorrow.

We hope to reschedule the event, and will be in touch with you shortly with further details. We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your support of the RNLI Reindeer Run.

Best regards,
The Reindeer Run Team.

Results & Photos of the Donal Ahern Memorial 5k Charity Run, Blarney...Sat 28th Nov 2015

The Donal Ahern Memorial 5k charity run was held on the grounds of Blarney Castle on Sat 28th Nov 2015 on what was a pretty miserable day. As can be seen from the photos in the galleries, at times it was ok but there were no shortage of heavy showers.

1    John Meade    0:16:27
2    Denis Coughlan    0:16:45
3    James Liddane    0:16:59
13    Katie Murphy    0:19:16
15    Maureen Hanley    0:19:25
19    Rachel McGrath    0:19:40

The full results can be seen on Google Docs HERE

If you have trouble with Google Docs then there is another copy HERE 

1) Graham Nudds has a gallery HERE
2) There is a gallery from Mick Dooley of Eagle AC up on the Running in Cork Face page.

Photos...(Facebook account required to view)
1) Joe Murphy of Eagle AC has a gallery HERE

Results of the Tramore Valley Park 5k parkrun...Sat 28th Nov 2015

121 hardy souls turned out for the 5k parkrun in Tramore Valley Park in Cork City on Saturday the 28th of November in what were pretty dreadful conditions. Considering there was a 5k charity run in Blarney later in the morning, it's perhaps suprising that the numbers were as high as they were. Maybe it marks a floor for the numbers for this event? Time will tell.

1    Bryan CROWLEY    17:40    VM40-44    M    1 Watergrasshill AC
2    Brian O TUAMA    18:00    SM25-29    M    2
3    Don HAYES    19:41    SM30-34    M    3
32    Brid NORMOYLE    22:58    VW40-44    F    1
39    Edel KELLEHER    23:22    VW45-49    F    2
42    Maude KELLEHER    23:48    SW25-29 F    3 Watergrasshill AC 

The full results can be seen HERE

Friday, November 27, 2015

New 5k parkrun to start in Limerick on Sat 12th Dec 2015

It was recently announced that a new 5k parkrun will be starting in Limerick on Saturday the 12th of December 2015. As you can see from the map below, this will be the ninth parkrun to start up in Munster.

The Limerick parkrun will take place every Saturday morning at 9:30am at the University of Limerick Rowing Club on the grounds of UL. More info on the event website.

I wonder if there are any more in the pipeline? There are talks of one in Glengarrif in West Cork. An obvious place for one might be in Waterford City? As can be seen from the map above, there is an obvious gap stretching from North Kerry across to Waterford.

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Irish Woman finishes 3rd in Antarctic Marathon...

The annual Antarctic Marathon was held last weekend with over 50 runners from 19 countries taking part in the event. With the temperature down around minus 20 deg C, those taking part were wrapped up in balaclavas, goggles, mittens and various layers of thermal clothing. The course comprised two laps around the Union Glacier exploration camp. There were several rehydration stops on route with hot drinks, snacks as well as comfort stations.

In the womens marathon event, Irish woman Eleanor Dorran finished 3rd in a time of 5h 46m.

Pos    Name    Nationality    Time
1    Silvana    Camelio    CHL    04:40:01
2    Nahila     Hernandez    CUB/MEX    04:49:31
3    Eleanor     Dorran    IRL    05:46:31

The other two Irish participants were Paul Grealish in the full and Joan Grealish in the half.

The full results can be seen HERE

There is another video clip on the RTE Sports website HERE

Nutrition workshop at Moorepark near Fermoy...Wed 9th Dec 2015

For anyone interested, there is a free sports nutrition workshop at the Teagasc facility at Moorepark, Fermoy on Wednesday the 9th of December 2015. This is just off the M8 motorway so access is very easy as the slip road is just a few hundred metres away. 

Schedule for the evening: Presentations & Discussions with presenters and a panel of sports personalities
Biology of Fitness covering a discussion on obesity, fitness and diets
Dr. Niall Moyna, School of Health and Human Performance from DCU
Introducing nutritional concepts to Children and Adolescents
Dr. Sharon Madigan, DBSM Health Centre of Excellence
‘What does all of this have to do with Teagasc?’
Dr. Paul Cotter, Teagasc Food Research Centre, Moorepark

Facilitated discussion with presenters and panel of sport people including:
Tomás O’Shea – Gaelic Football // Mike Ross – Rugby // Joanne Fearon – Athletics // Mark Collins - Gaelic Football // Davy Russell – Jockey // Ashling Hutchings – Gaelic Football & Rugby // Tomás Clancy – Gaelic Football & Hurling

View stands highlighting Teagasc and UCC expertise in the area of Food for Health and meet the scientists who do the work. For further information please contact or Niamh O’Brien at 025 42313

To register, go to this link...

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Contact details for these prize winners wanted...

At the 2015 Cork City 10 Miler last September, the following runners won prizes that they have not collected so far.

Jackie Cavanagh 2nd F O50
John P Foley 3rd M O50
Billy Walsh 2nd MO50

If anyone knows them, can they please ask them to contact me and I'll put them in contact with the race director Paul Gallagher.

Runner from West Limerick wins National Lottery

One of the stories doing the rounds over the last week was how Seamus Cawley, a runner from Rathkeale in Co.Limerick had a bit of good fortune recently with a win in the National Lottery. It turns out that Seamus was part of a ten person syndicate working at the Kerry Group Cheese Strings production line in Charleville, Co Cork and they each get €388,375.60.

Seamus who is a member of West Limerick AC is a regular at many of the road races in Limerick & Cork and has clocked up about 50 marathons to date. He has run all 36 Dublin City Marathons and ran the last of the old Cork marathons in 1986 in a time of 2:35:46.

In an interview with the Irish Mirror, Seamus said he intends spending some of his winnings on his daughter's college fees, and going to Los Angeles to run the marathon there.

More info on the Irish Mirror website

Monday, November 23, 2015

Irish teams announced for the European Cross Country Championships

Following on from the National Inter-Club Cross Country Championships in Dublin yesterday, the Irish teams for the European Cross Country Championships in France were announced today.

Men's senior team: Mick Clohisey  [Raheny Shamrock AC], John Coghlan [Metro St Brigids AC], Paul Pollock [Annadale Striders AC], Ryan Creech [Leevale AC], Joe Sweeney [Dundrum South Dublin AC], Sergiu Ciobanu [Clonliffe Harriers AC]

Women's senior team: Fionnuala McCormack [Kilcoole AC], Lizzie Lee [Leevale AC], Caroline Crowley [Crusaders AC], Kerry O'Flaherty [Newcastle & District AC], Ciara Durkan [Skerries AC], Michelle Finn [Leevale AC]

Men's junior team: Kevin Mulcaire [Ennis track AC], Peter Lynch [Kilkenny City Harriers AC], Jack O’Leary [Mullingar Harriers AC], Cathal Doyle, James Edgar [City of Lisburn AC], Pierre Murchan [Celtic AC],

Women's junior team: Hope Saunders [Clonliffe Harriers AC], Aoibhe Richardson [Kilkenny City Harriers AC], Isabel Carron [Skerries AC], Deirdre Healy [Ratoath AC], Nadia Power [Templeogue AC], Sophie Murphy [Dundrum South Dublin AC]

The U23 teams will be announced at a later date.

Behind every member of the Irish team is of course a coach. A number of them have the same coach...
Donie Walsh...3, Jerry Kiernan 2, Joe Cooper 2 & Noel Richardson 2.

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Leevale AC win National Inter-club Cross Country Championships...

The Athletics Ireland Inter-Clubs Cross Country Championships were held in Santry, Dublin on Sunday the 22nd of November. While a lot of cross country races have small fields and a lack of teams, this one was almost the complete opposite with most of the best Irish runners taking part.

In the womens race,  Leevale AC from Cork were very much to the fore with Lizzie Lee finishing in second place overall and leading the team to first place. This is I believe the first time that the Leevale AC womens team have won this particular title.

L-R...Nollaig O'Neill 31st (winner of the 2015 Cork City Marathon), Niamh Roe 43rd, Lizzie Lee 2nd (probably on her way to the Olympics in Rio with a qualifying marathon time, Michelle Finn 6th (also with a Olympic qualifying time but in the 3000m steeplechase, Sinéad O Connor 21st & Claire McCarthy 22nd (finished 2nd in the National marathon in 2013)

InterClub Cross Country Championships
Results Senior Women
Position Name Club Name Club Team
1 Fionnuala McCormack Kilcoole A.C. (B)
2 Lizzie Lee Leevale A.C. (A)
3 Caroline Crowley Crusaders A.C.
4 Kerry O'Flaherty Newcastle & District A.C. (B)
5 Ciara Durkan Skerries A.C.
6 Michelle Finn Leevale A.C. (A)
7 Laura  Crowe An Riocht A.C. (B)
8 Shona Heaslip  (U23) An Riocht A.C. (B)
9 Sara Treacy Dunboyne A.C. (B)

Place Club Positions
1 Leevale A.C. (A) 2, 6, 21, 22 ... 51 pts
2 An Riocht A.C. (B) 7, 8, 39, 54 ... 108 pts
3 Dundrum South Dublin A.C. (A) 14, 17, 28, 53... 112 pts
4 Raheny Shamrock A.C. (A) 15, 34, 38, 59 ... 146 pts
5 North Down A.C. (B) 29, 33, 44, 67 ... 173 pts
6 Liffey Valley A.C. (A) 24, 35, 57, 69 ... 185 pts
7 Dublin City Harriers A.C. (A) ...30, 46, 52, 62 ... 190 pts
8 Tullamore Harriers A.C. (B) ...25, 48, 61, 65 ... 199 pts
9 Kilcoole A.C. (B) ... 1, 77, 78, 80 ... 236 pts

Another team that put in a fine performance was An Ríocht AC from Castleisland in Kerry. While they are a much smaller club compared to some of the others, they still finished in second place with 108 pts.

While much of the attention will focus perhaps on some of the more well known names, one name to watch for the future is that of Shona Heaslip from Kerry.

Shona only started running in the last few years having been more involved in Irish dancing when she was a teenager. She only turned 21 years old last September and in this race, she finished just behind Laura Crowe and ahead of some of the other well known Irish names. She is certainly on an upward curve at the moment and could be a serious contender for some championship medals in the next few years.

In the mens event, Clonliffe Harriers just edged out Leevale AC to take the first spot. East Cork AC finished 6th.

Club Team Points Place Club Positions Points
1 Clonliffe Harriers (1) (A) 7, 8, 14, 18 ... 47
2 Leevale A.C. (A) 4, 13, 15, 16 ...  48
3 Raheny Shamrock A.C. (A) 1, 6, 19, 25 ... 51
4 Dundrum South Dublin A.C. (A) 5, 17, 35, 38 ... 95
5 Donore Harriers (1) (A) 23, 27, 28, 34... 112
6 East Cork A.C. (A) 11, 12, 29, 64... 116

The four scoring members of the Leevale AC team were...
31:55 4 Ryan Creech Leevale A.C. (A)
32:26 13 Ciarán Ó Lionáird Leevale A.C. (A)
32:38 15 Colm Sheahan Leevale A.C. (A)
32:39 16 Bryan Keane Leevale A.C. (A)

Links to the full results can be found on the Athletics Ireland website HERE.

1) Seamus McDaid has a gallery HERE
2) David Bradshaw has two galleries... Mens Race ... Womens Race
3) As always, Kieran Carlin of Finn Valley AC has some great photos HERE
4) West Waterford AC have a gallery HERE 

Results of the Cloyne Commons 4k race...Sun 22nd Nov 2015

A total of 243 runners took part in this 4km race in Cloyne on Sun 22nd Nov 2015.

1 13:27    SHEEHAN, Nigel    Youghal AC    M    05:24.6
2 14:00    HARTY, Brian    Midleton AC    M    05:37.8
3 14:13    CROWLEY, Bryan    Watergrasshill AC    M40    05:43.1
27 16:22    LEAHY, Eileen    Midleton AC    F    06:35.0
39 17:04    O'DONNELL, Claire    unatt/Cork    F    06:51.9
52 17:55    FOUHY, Aoife    Midleton AC    F    07:12.4 

The full results can be seen HERE

Results of the Cork Airport 5k run...Sun 22nd Nov 2015

There was a big turn out for this 5k run in Cork Airport organised by the Irish Independent newspaper.

1    Michael BRUTON         15:54
2    Ian TIVY         16:34
3    David MCEVOY         17:32
29    Katie HICKSON    20:04
35    Marian HEFFERNAN         20:18
42    Brigita LUKSTE    20:36

The full results can be seen HERE