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Thursday, November 23, 2017

Charity Run for the Cork Deaf Association at the CIT track on Fri 24th Nov 2017

From Kevin Donovan...I am doing a 32 lap run at CIT athletics track to recognize the 32 county running challenge that I did earlier in the year. I will be carrying a different flag on each lap to represent the county I ran earlier in the year. 

I will have deaf pupils from Bishopstown Community School and St Columba's Primary School, Douglas to run a few laps with me. There be a music through the speakers as well, so anyone who wants to watch is more than welcome.

Sponsorship cards will be around for anyone who wants to donate before, during or after the event.
The run will take place between 1pm and 3pm on Friday the 24th of November 2017. It is for Cork Deaf Association and Irish Deaf Society.

My links are as follows for the day to day updates for anyone who wishes to donate for the post of each race in the challenge

Wheelchair athlete Jerry Forde passes the 400 Marathon mark!!

Well done to Jerry Forde who recently passed the 400 marathon mark! Jerry did his first marathon back in 1992 and hit the 100 mark 14 years later in 2006. He passed the 200 mark in 2011, the 300 mark in 2014 and now the 400 mark in 2017.

I updated Jerry's website during the week and you can see the full list there...

Update on the Great Glenville 4 mile road race coming up on Sun 26th Nov 2017

The Glenville 4 mile race near Watergrasshill is coming up on Sunday the 26th of November.

Here is an update from the organisers......

Pre Race Registration for The Great Glenville Run is now live.....
How does it work??
You click on the link below, enter all you details, BUT there is NO payment taken!!
You are only uploading your information so as to speed things up on race morning. You will collect your Race number at the Pre Registration table in Glenville National School where you will pay your entry fee of €10.

SO........if you upload your details, and cannot make it on the day, that is fine, there is no cost incurred.

We would encourage as many people as possible to Pre-Register for this event to aid with the smooth "running" of the event.

Quicker registration / Less Errors / Quicker turnaround for results

More info about the race in this previous post.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Athletics Ireland membership hits 60,000 but target in doubt

Athletics Ireland recently announced that the number of members in the association reached the 60,000 mark for the first time on Thursday the 16th of November 2017.

They also stated the following......"One of our main strategic priorities for 2016 - 2020 is to continue to grow our membership to 70,000 by 2020. By achieving 60,000 members we have already achieved the 2017 target set out in our strategic plan."

I was wondering if this claim was true so I examined it closer.

At the end of 2016, Athletics Ireland added an extra 179 members in the month of December. If the last month of 2017 is much the same and I add say 200 to the 60,000 figure then I come up with a projected membership figure of 60,200 for the end of December 2017.

Athletics Ireland claim that they are on target to reach 70,000 by 2020 but I calculate that they would need to be at 61,000 by the end of 2017 to achieve that.

You can see this in the chart above. The dark green graph showing the figure of 60,200 is in line with the growth of previous years. The 70,000 target graph in light green would require a much higher rate of growth.

Based on this, the current membership is about 800 behind what is in the plan and if that growth stays the same (800 x 4 years) then the membership figure at the end of 2020 is likely to be around 67,000, not 70,000.

However despite that, it's still a positive news story for Athletics Ireland as its membership grows. The more members it has, the more financially secure it is. It would be a different story if the membership was dropping. As long as they don't have spending plans based on having 70,000 members in three years time then it shouldn't matter too much.

However, if you dig into the stats it's not all rosy. All of that growth in membership is coming from Juveniles and from Masters i.e. those aged 35 and above. The number of senior members i.e. aged from 20 to 34 is in decline.

The chart above shows the status of Senior membership at the end of October 2017. With just two months to go, it's 731 behind the number at the end of 2016 and it's very unlikely that many senior members will be added by years end.

The important thing here is that the vast majority of the masters membership would be categorised as recreational runners. It's very likely that a large percentage of the senior membership are probably in the 28-34 age bracket and are also recreational runners. This implies that the number of senior athletes in the 20-27 age bracket must be really dropping.

This obviously has a big implication for the numbers involved in actual traditional athletic events like track and field. It's from this pool that athletes aged in their early to mid 20's that are likely to represent Ireland at the Olympics and major championships.

Notice...Joseph Murphy Fundraiser 5k in Doneraile Park - Sat 25th Nov 2017

This 5k in Doneraile Park in North Cork is coming up on Saturday the 25th of November 2017 at 12 noon. It will be on the usual 5k course which is accurately measured.

The event will be untimed as all proceeds go towards the costs of bringing Joseph home to Ireland for burial.

Funeral arrangements on

Details below....

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Delhi Half-Marathon goes ahead despite smog levels at dangerous levels

More than 30,000 runners took part in the Delhi Half-Marathon last Sunday despite having to put up with air pollution so bad that it was in fact at eight times the World Health Organization’s safe maximum.

It was probably no suprise that many runners complained of a burning sensation in their eyes along with dry throats and running noses due to the high amount of particulates in the air.

The Indian Medical Association had asked the Delhi High Court to postpone the event, but were told organisers had taken proper precautions with the course being sprayed to keep dust levels down.

Delhi is ranked one of the world’s most polluted capitals.

An Alaskan Mile

Up to recently, the four-minute mile was never run outdoors in Alaska. In September of 2017, eight top milers gathered in Alaska to set that right. This is their story....

Monday, November 20, 2017

Breege Connolly runs European Championship qualifying time in Valencia Marathon

Irish Olympic Marathon runner Breege Connolly set a new personal best time of 2h 37m 26s in the Valencia Marathon on Sunday, a three second improvement on her previous best.

Breege finished 12th woman overall and the first masters athlete in Valencia, passing through the 10K mark in a time of 36.55. 

More importantly, she achieved the Qualifying Mark of sub 2:38 required for the the 2018 European Championships in Berlin.

With Ireland being able to field six athletes for the marathon, it's very likely that Breege has booked her ticket.

Results of the Valley Rovers Camogie Club 7k...Sun 19th Nov 2017

This 7k organised by Valley Rover Camogie Club in Brinny near Inishannon was organised on Sunday the 19th of November. It turned out to be a really busy day for races in Cork.

Results of the Valley Rovers Camogie Club 7k
1 David Craig 24:53
2 Liam Lyons 25:37
3 John O'Mahony 26:15
1 Jean Humphries 31:19
2 Helen O'Sullivan 31:27
3 Pauline Callan 31:36

Full results below...

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Results & Photos of the Munster Masters Cross Country...Sun 19th Nov 2017

The Munster Masters Cross Country was held near Riverstick on Sunday the 19th of November. GearĂ³id O Laoi has about 1300 high quality photos of the men's and women's race HERE

The results are up on the Munster Athletics website.

Men ... Women 

Results of the Cloyne Commons 4k race...Sun 19th Nov 2017

On what was a busy Sunday morning, 247 runners turned out for this 4k in Cloyne in East Cork.

The winner of the men's race was Frank O'Brien, son of Liam O'Brien of East Cork AC who was a top Irish runner back in the 80's when he represented Ireland in the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics in the Steeplechase.

Following in his father's footsteps, this was Franks first win on the roads. Frank also won the South Munster Schools and Munster Schools Intermediate Boys steeplechase this year before finishing fourth in the All-Ireland Schools.

1 0:13:11 O'BRIEN, Frank Midleton AC MJ 05:18.1
2 0:13:18 SHEEHAN, Nigel Youghal AC M 05:21.0   
3 0:13:19 MCKEOWN, Kieran Watergrasshill AC M40    05:21.4
19    0:15:23 O'BRIEN, Claire    Watergrasshill AC    F    06:11.2
29    0:16:19 WALSH, Niamh    East Cork AC    F    06:33.8
36    0:16:53 LEAHY, Eileen    Midleton AC    F    06:47.4

Full results below...

1) Cloyne Community Council have a gallery HERE

Results of the Cork BHAA 6km road race in Little Island...Sun 19th Nov 2017

213 runners turned out for this Cork BHAA 6km road race in Little Island on Sun 19th Nov 2017, down 24% on last year which is a fair drop. 

1 John Collins M1 00:19:30 DMP M-A-1
2 John Shine 00:19:37 Temp Reg
3 Ian Tivey M2 00:19:56 DMP M-A-1
41 Laura Rooney 0/40I F1 00:24:45 Merck Millipore F-A-1
48 Linda O Connor 0/40I F2 00:25:01 Musgrave
75 Sheila Buckley 0/35H F3 00:26:36 Midleton Town Council

Full results

Claire McCarthy wins International Masters Cross Country Race in Derry

The British & Irish Masters Cross Country was held on Saturday the 18th of November and this year, it was in Co.Derry. In the women's race, Claire McCarthy from Cork was first home and led the Irish F40 team to a Silver medal.

1    4005    Claire McCarthy    F40    Ireland    22:36
17    4007    Sinead Kevany    F40    Ireland    23:33
21    4008    Karen Costello    F40    Ireland    23:40

Sinead Kevany of Midleton AC was also part of the team.

Full results HERE

1) Kieran Carlin of Finn Valley AC in Donegal has an album of 600+ photos HERE

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Results of the Ballincollig 5k parkrun...Sat 18th Nov 2017

A total of 267 runners turned out for this weeks 5k parkrun in Ballincollig Regional Park on Saturday the 18th of November. Considering there was a 5k run in Cork Airport in the early hours of Saturday morning and there are plenty of races on Sunday, it remarkable how resilient the numbers are. I would have thought that there would have been a significant drop in numbers but that doesn't seem to be the case.

1 Aidan MULLINS    17:23    SM30-34    M1    Bantry Athletic Club
2 Eoin O KEEFFE    17:32    SM30-34    M2    St Finbarrs AC   
3 Lance DOHERTY    18:32    VM40-44    M3
27 Rachel O'CALLAGHAN    22:03    VW40-44    F1
43 Zoe CONWAY    23:08    JW11-14    F2    Belgooly AC
44 Marie O'SHEA    23:10    VW40-44    F3

Full results

1) The organisers have a gallery HERE

Races coming up on Sunday 19th Nov 2017

Plenty here to choose from on Sunday 19th November 2017...

Cork...Sun 19th (9:30am)...Cloyne Commons 4k..€5...

Cork...Sun 19th (11am)...Cork BHAA 6k...€5 reg/€10 non-reg...Little Island...

Cork...Sun 19th (12 noon)...Valley Rovers Camogie Club 7k...€10...Brinny GAA Grounds near Inishannon... info...