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Tuesday, August 04, 2015

New 5k parkrun starting in Cork City at the end of Sept 2015

All over the country, there are 5k parkruns starting at 9:30am every Saturday morning. These are free events and they follow the exact same route every week.

The first parkrun in Cork started in Macroom in May of 2013. The second was in Clonakilty in February of 2014 and the third was on Bere Island in West Cork in August of 2014.

It has been announced recently that there will be a new parkrun starting in Cork City on Saturday the 26th of September 2015. The venue will be the Tramore Valley Park next to the South Link Road on the South side of the city.

This is the route that was used in the past for a 5k race organised by the Cork City Council. It is basically two laps of a 2.5km loop. It's likely the new parkrun will cover much the same route.

This is important news for two reasons.

1) It gives runners a place to run every Saturday morning. You can just jog around or use it as a fitness test. If you do it every 4-6 weeks or so, it should show how your training is going.

2) After a wait of several years, it finally looks like the Tramore Valley Park will be open to the public.

How parkrun works......It's' very simple....
1) Go to the parkrun website and register. You then need to print out the bar code that they give you.
2) Just turn up at the start line of the park run at 9:30am. There is no need to enter.
3) At the finish line, you'll be given a small plastic card/token which is your finish position.
4) Take this token to the scanning desk and give them your bar code as well.
5) The results of the parkrun will appear on their website later that day. You will also get the results by e-mail.

Again, the main thing to remember is that everything is based on your bar code. Not your name or anything else. Bring it with you to the parkrun and you'll be fine.

Sunday, August 02, 2015

Notice...John Hartnett 10km road race, Ballyhooly - Sun 9th Aug 2015

This 10k road race is coming up in Ballyhooly near Fermoy on Sunday, the 9th of August at 12:30pm.

Date: Sunday 9th August 2015
Time: 12.30pm
Sign on:  GAA field
Presentation:  Community Hall
Limited parking in GAA pitch.
€100 for first male and female home.
€100 bonus if course record broke.
Mens record: 31.57 Sergie Ciobanu 2014
Ladies record:  39.08 Angela McCann 2014
Accurate course measured by Jones Counter
Athletics Ireland licence
10km course...marked at each km point.
Entry fee €10
Showers available at the GAA grounds.
Registration and Parking at GAA pitch, approx 200m from start line. Refreshments and presentation of prizes in the Community Hall after the race.

Ballyhooly is located just 9 kms west of Fermoy on the N72 road to Mallow. Considering that it's reasonably close to the M8 motorway, it's within easy access.

Course Preview...A full preview of the course with maps, directions and photos can be seen HERE

John Hartnett.......
John Harnett is a former Irish International runner who held several Irish records back in the 1970's. He also represented Ireland at the 1972 Munich Games. He grew up near Ballyhooly and ran with Grange Fermoy AC before taking up a scholarship in the US with Villanova.

Notable races...
1970 : International Junior Cross Country Champion
1972 : Ran the 5,000 metres in a time of 13m 43.4s to set a new Irish record
1972 : Represented Ireland in the 5,000 metres in the Munich Olympic games
1973 : June - Ran the mile in a time of 3m 54.7s setting a new Irish record which at the time was faster than the British record!
1974 : Set a new Irish record for the 1,500 metres with a time of 3m 38.1s

John Hartnett currently resides in Marleton, New Jersey, USA.

1) Background on John Harnett's athletic career.....HERE
2) Unveiling of the John Harnett plaque in Ballyhooly in Sept 2008.......HERE

Results of the Shane Fitzgibbon 4 mile in Milford...Sun 2nd Aug 2015

Between runners and walkers, a total of 647 people turned out for the inaugural Shane Fitzgibbon 4 mile race in Milford in North Cork. In total, over €9000 was raised for Shane's ongoing treatment.

1    Shane    O Rahilly    Cork    MALE    Adult    22.25
2    Rory    O'Connor    Charleville    MALE    Adult    22.45
3    Sean    Doyle    Charleville    MALE    Adult    23.03
18    Lisa    Murphy    St. Michaels AC    FEMALE        26.02
31    Ursula    Bluett    North Cork AC    FEMALE    J1    28.09
34    Eimear    Lenihan    North Cork AC    FEMALE    J1    28.33

The full results for the runners can be seen HERE

1) The organisers have almost 200 photos HERE

Lizzie Lee from Cork wins National Half-Marathon in Dublin...

The Rock n Roll Half- Marathon in Dublin was held on Sunday the 2nd of August and attracted thousands of runners. It also doubled up as the National Half-Marathon Championships.

Lizzie Lee of Leevale AC was the first woman home in a new personal best time of 1h 13m 27s.

Lizzie last won the title in 2013 with a time of 1:14:48 and was missing in 2014 as she was having a baby.

Some other Cork results...
Pos    Forename    Surname    Cat    Club    Time    
4    Mark    HANRAHAN    M    Leevale A.C.    01:06:02
9    Tim    DONOGHUE    M    East Cork A.C.    01:08:21
14    Chris    HARRINGTON    M    Leevale A.C.    01:11:41
21    Lizzie    LEE    F35    Leevale A.C.    01:13:27 ...1st Female
23    Michael    MORGAN    M40    St. Finbarrs A.C.    01:13:37 ..3rd M40
27    Donal    COFFEY    M35    Leevale A.C.    01:15:46
47    James    GRUFFERTY    M    Leevale A.C.    01:20:06
58    Liam    COTTER    M50    St. Finbarrs A.C.    01:22:10
85    David    BUTLER    M    St. Finbarrs A.C.    01:24:46
105    Nollaig    O'NEILL    F40    Leevale A.C.    01:27:10 ...1st F40
113    Colm    MURPHY    M55    Leevale A.C.    01:27:53
139    Brian    O'CALLAGHAN    M35    Togher A.C.    01:29:56
162    Helen    LEONARD    F40    Leevale A.C.    01:32:44
236    Shane    O'SHAUGHNESSY    M35    Eagle A.C.    01:39:33
293    Michael    BRENNAN    M45    Leevale A.C.    01:45:13
387    Cormac    CUSHION    M    Abbey Striders A.C.    01:53:37
518    Maretta    BRENNAN    F45    Leevale A.C.    02:06:40
579    Anne    HICKEY    F50    St. Finbarrs A.C.    02:15:52
626    Maggie    DUNNE    F70    Grange/Fermoy A.C.    02:36:59 ...2nd F70

Leak of Secret Athletics Database shows widespread doping..

Over the last few months, there have been serious allegations of doping in the world of athletics. A German TV documentary claimed that doping in athletics was widespread in Russia and that the governing body the IAAF did very little about it.

Now, a secret IAAF database has been leaked to the media. It shows tests 12,000 blood tests from around 5,000 athletes in the years 2001 to 2012, including numerous Olympic and World champions. It was passed on by German and British media to leading blood doping experts for their review.

Here are some of the quotes and headlines coming out of this story....

Leading experts: “It is alarming how widespread doping in athletics is”

"A total of 800 athletes in disciplines from 800 metres to the marathon register values which, according to the definition of the Biological Passport of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) are regarded as suspicious or even highly suspicious."

"At World Championships and Olympic Games between 2001 and 2012, every third medal was won by athletes, for whom one or even both experts had identified suspicious blood values in the database. For every sixth medal winner at least one of the scientists is even as good as certain that the athlete has doped in the course of his/her career."
“Often two out of the three medalists had probably engaged in blood doping during their career. In one event the entire podium was comprised of athletes, who in my opinion had most probably doped at some point in their career”,

 “For the IAAF to have harvested millions of dollars from the broadcasting of athletics competitions around the world year after year yet only devotes a relative pittance of those funds towards anti doping, when they must have seen the terrible truth of what lay beneath the surface, is in my opinion a shameful betrayal of their primary duty to police their sport and to protect the clean athletes.”

A top UK athlete is among seven Britons with suspicious blood scores.

Ten medals at London 2012 were won by athletes who have dubious test results.

Russia emerges as "the blood testing epicentre of the world" with more than 80% of the country's medals won by suspicious athletes, while Kenya had 18 medals won by suspicious athletes.

Stars such as Britain's Mo Farah and Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt recorded no abnormal results.

Athletes are increasingly using blood transfusions and EPO micro-doses to boost the red cell count.

Russia had the largest number of suspicious readings, with 30% of its athletes in the data registering abnormal blood tests. Ukraine and Turkey were hot on its heels with 28% and 27%. Kenya was 14th with 11%, while Great Britain was 47th with 4%.

For more info, go to....
Athletics Illustrated
BBC Sport

Statement from the IAAF...

Update.....If you have any interest in athletics then you should watch the latest video from German television. It's pretty explosive stuff.....Click HERE

Saturday, August 01, 2015

Australian to run from Mizen to Malin in August 2015

Simon Chodziesner from Australia is planning to run from Mizen Head to Malin Head during the month of August 2015.

From his support team........Simon’s biggest drive is his next big challenge and his passion for using his running to raise funds for charity. Through the Mizen to Malin challenge, Simon hopes to raise money for two charities close to his heart:
Friends of Letterkenny General Hospital - the local hospital where Simon's Donegal family have been well cared for over the years [ ]; their current project is the Friends of LGH Onconolgy Bus.

If you wish to support this worthwhile charity….
●    Online at:

●    Sponsorship cards: email:
●    Loose change: bucket collection on route

He is starting from Mizen Head in West Cork on Saturday 1st August and hopes to finish 18 days later in Malin Head at the Northern tip of Donegal on the 18th of August.

He also welcomes runners to join him for part of the route and to keep him company.

You can

He also has a Facebook page HERE

Highlights of the 2015 Cork City Marathon on TV...

Cork Community TV is showing this year's Irish Examiner Cork City Marathon on Saturday the 1st of August between 2:30pm and 4pm.

Description...."The video was shot and edited by Eddie Noonan from Frameworks Films and his crew. It really captures the awful weather on the day, but it also gives a great sense of the extraordinary atmosphere created by our participants, volunteers and the wonderful Cork public. Despite being drenched to the skin and frozen to the bones, there are a surprising number of happy, smiley faces throughout! It's well worth tuning in."

Cork Community TV is on UPC channel 803.

You can also view it online at

Results of the Kinsale Regatta 5 mile...Fri 31st July 2015

The Kinsale Regatta 5 mile was held on Friday 31st July 2015.

3  DARREN MOLLOY    LEEVALE    MSNR   26:19   
35 UNA PLANT    KINSALE TRI CLUB    F45  31:37

The full results can be seen HERE

Friday, July 31, 2015

Padraig Mullins from Cork completes the Badwater 135 mile Ultra-Marathon in Death Valley

Back in 2012, I had a guest post up on the site about Padraig Mullins who is a regular in Ultra events in the USA. Originally from Rathpeacon in Cork, Padraig has lived in Boston in the US since 2004 and started running in 2006.

Over the last few days, Padraig has been taking part in the Badwater 135 in California, one of the most famous Ultra events in the world. This starts in Death Valley which is 85m below sea level and finishes on the slopes of Mount Whitney at 2530 metres. In total, a distance of 135 miles and a cumulative ascent of 4450 metres. Add in the oven like temperatures and you can imagine how tough it must be.

Here is a description....."Covering 135 miles (217km) non-stop from Death Valley to Mt. Whitney, CA, the Nutrimatix Badwater® 135 is the most demanding and extreme running race offered anywhere on the planet. The start line is at Badwater, Death Valley, which marks the lowest elevation in North America at 280’ (85m) below sea level. The race finishes at Whitney Portal at 8,300’ (2530m). The Badwater 135 course covers three mountain ranges for a total of 14,600’ (4450m) of cumulative vertical ascent and 6,100’ (1859m) of cumulative descent."

Padraig started the race at 7am Irish time on Wednesday morning and finished around 9pm Irish time on Thursday...roughly 38 hours. He is the third Irish person to have ever completed this event.

Notice...GR8KM race in Mitchelstown, NE Cork - Fri 7th Aug 2015

The GR8KM organised by Galtee Runners AC coming up on Friday, the 7th of August. As the name suggests, it is an 8 km road race on the roads around Mitchelstown in North-East Cork. Considering it's proximity to the several major roads, it is likely to attract runners from North Cork, Limerick and Tipperary.

With the M8 motorway, Mitchelstown is now only 50 kms or a 35-40 minute drive from Cork City so it's an option for city based runners as well.

The race will start and finish at the new Mitchelstown Leisure Centre.
A preview of the course with maps, photos and directions can be seen HERE

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Results & Photos of the Conna 5k road race...Thurs 30th July 2015

A total of 243 runners turned out for this years Conna 5k road race on Thurs 30th July 2015. Organised by local club St.Catherine's AC, this was up 8.5% on the figure for 2014.

1    0:16:04    MERRITT, Colin    Carraig na bhFear AC    M40    05:10.2
2    0:17:02    HAYES, Frank    East Cork AC    M45    05:28.8
3    0:17:03    FAHY, Roy    East Cork AC    M40    05:29.2
14    0:18:38    HOLLAND, Ann-Marie    Youghal AC    F40    05:59.7
23    0:19:35    CASHMAN, Evelyn    Youghal AC    F40    06:18.1
24    0:19:42    RYNNE, Sharon    Kilmurry-Ibrickane NC AC    F    06:20.3 

The full results can be seen HERE

1) There are 130+ photos on the Running in Cork Facebook page HERE

St.Catherines AC are based in Conna and have a large number of adult and juvenile members. FOr more info on the club, go to

Members of St.Nicholas AC who are based in Castlelyons
Members of Youghal AC including Ann Marie Holland who was first woman
Members of St.Catherines AC who are based in Conna

Athletics Ireland release entry list for the National Half-Marahton in Dublin next Sunday...

The National Half Marathon Championships will take place in conjunction with the Rock ‘N’ Roll Half Marathon in Dublin next Sunday, the 2nd of August. From the thousands present, roughly 740 club runners will be taking part.

The entry list for the National Championships can be seen

Just like the Great Ireland Run and the National 10k Championships last April, there are relatively few entries from Cork and Munster.

For example based on the latest Athletics Ireland membership stats, 13.3% of all adult members of clubs in Ireland are from Cork. Despite that, they only represent 3.2% of the National Half-Marathon Championship entries.

There are probably a number of reasons for this. An obvious one is that the there are plenty of other races closer to home without having to travel to Dublin. I suspect another reason however may be the cost. It's one thing to travel to Dublin for say the Marathon in October, going to the Expo the day beforehand and having to stay some place overnight. I'm not so sure a lot of people would bother for a half-marathon.

Considering Dublin is only about two and a half hours by road from Dublin, it might be more attractive if the race numbers could be posted out instead of having the expense of going up on Saturday to an Expo?

Lizzie Lee from Cork features on Competitor website.....The Rock n Roll Half-Marathon Series are organised by the Competitor Group. They have an article on Lizzie Lee from Cork up now on their website.

Reminder...Cheaper 'Early Bird' entries for the Cork City 10 Miler End 31st July

The John Buckley Sports Cork City 10 Miler is coming up on Sunday the 13th of September 2015 and entries are coming in at a nice rate. This is just a reminder that the closing date for the cheapest 'early bird' entries is Friday the 31st of July. From the 1st of August, the entry fee increases from €20 to €25.

If you have made up your mind to do this race then you may as well enter asap. Considering that the entry fee includes a dry fit top then it's pretty good value.

More details in this previous post.

Results & Photos of the Cork BHAA Novartis 5k...Wed 29th July 2015

The conditions were almost ideal for this years Cork BHAA Novartis 5k with plenty of sunshine. There are loads of photos for this one :o) ....check out the links below.

1 John Meade M1 15:52 Joyce Wolfe Physio M-A-1
2 David Fox  16:05
3 Darren Molloy M2  16:10 Navy M-A-2
33 Karina Teehan 0/35H F1 19:03 Joyce Wolfe Physio
48 Jennifer Goggin F2  19:40 Novartis F-A-2
62 DENISE TWOHIG 0/40I F3 19:58 HSE F-A-1

The full results can be seen HERE

1) Kieran Minihabe has a gallery of photos HERE
2) Photos from Aoife & Majella Costello HERE
3) There are just over 200 photos from the roundabout at Shanbally up on the Running in Cork Facebook page.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

15 Year Old Ciara Neville wins Gold for Ireland in 100m sprint

Back in February of 2015, 15 year old Ciara Neville of Emerald AC in Limerick caused an upset when she won a Silver medal in the Senior womens race in the Irish National Indoor Championships.

This week, she was part of the Irish team at the European Youth Olympic Festival in Tbilisi, Georgia. On Monday, Ciara won her heat and semi-final in the Girls 100m with times of 11.90 and 11.92 seconds respectively. On Tuesday, she won the final in 12.01 seconds to take Gold for Ireland.

Race video. Ciara is in lane 6.

Medal ceremony...