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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Notice...Blackwater 10 mile road race nr Fermoy - Sun 21st May 2017

This is the third year of this 10 mile road race in the village of Clondulane, just east of Fermoy in Co.Cork. It is coming up on Sunday the 21st of May 2017.

The big change this year is that there is a new route! See details below.

All proceeds go towards the charity Breakthrough Cancer Research and the local national school.

The entry fee is €21.20 which includes the online surcharge. The race will be chip timed and there is also a dry fit top for all entrants.

All of the information is on the race website...
You need to enter before the 14th of May to make sure you get the dry fit top.

2017 Course.....

The new route is shown above and the 2015/16 route is shown in red dots. The race takes in a loop of Clodulane first before heading up the N72. It now takes in the village of Coolagown before returning back the same route to Clondulane.

The profile of the old route is shown below. After the initial ascent, there was an extra 20m of climbing just after the 4 mile mark. This is where you turned left off the N72. You then lost all of that height advantage is the space of a mile. You then had several small drags over the last 3 miles.

With the new route shown below, the start is flatter. The ascent is still there but without the extra 20m climb as you turn right instead for Coolagown. The big change though is that there is a gradual descent which is spread out over about 2 miles which should make for a fast finish.

Overall, the new course this year should result in much faster times.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Results & photos of the 2017 Mallow 10 mile road race...Sun 26th March 2017

The weather was stunning for this years Mallow 10 mile road race with blue skies and sunshine for the race. As predicted, it made things a bit uncomfortable in sections where the temperatures seemed really high when the wind was to our backs.

In the closing few miles. the wind had a cooling effect but it was strong enough. Add in the odd few drags and I think a lot of people suffered in the closing stages.

Overall day, a great race and really well organised by Mallow AC.

1 Michael HARTY 53:00 M (1)MS (1) East Cork
2 Alan O'SHEA 53:05 M (2)MS (2) Bantry AC
3 John MEADE 55:03 M (3)MS (3) St Finbarrs AC
4 Alan O'BRIEN 55:07 M (4)MS (4) Eagle AC
5 Cathal O'CONNELL 56:33 M (5)M50 (1) St Finbarrs AC
6 Chris MURPHY 56:46 M (6)MS (5) Leevale AC
7 Niall O'RIORDAN 57:35 M (7)MS (6) West Limerick AC
8 Michael HARRINGTON 57:40 M (8)M40 (1) Bantry AC
10 Gary EGAN 58:00 M (9) M40 (2) An Bru AC
11 Ian KELLY 58:56 M (10) MS (7) West Limerick AC

9 Michelle FINN 57:51 F (1) FO (1) Leevale AC
15 Aoife COOKE 59:40 F (2) FO (2) Youghal AC
40 Deirdre GRADY 1:04:19 F (3) FO (3) Ennis Track AC
45 Adele WALSH 1:04:35 F (4) F40 (1) St Senan's AC
48 Sinead KEVANY 1:04:48 F (5) F40 (2) Midleton AC
71 Una MURPHY PLANT 1:06:34 F (6) F45 (1) Kinsale Tri Club
81 Helen SHEEHAN 1:07:58 F (7) F45 (2) Dromahane Road Runners
99 Margaret MURPHY 1:08:52 F (8) F35 (1) Mallow AC
104 Deirdre ANSBRO 1:08:52 F (9) F35 (2) Youghal AC
118 Caroline SPILLANE 1:09:41 F (10) FS (1)

The provisional results can now been seen on the chip timing website.

If you spot any errors or omissions, let them know asap.

Photos......... (Updated Sun 26th @8pm)
1) There is a small gallery on the Running in Cork Facebook page HERE
2) Andy O'Rourke Photography has 4 small galleries... #1 ... #2 ... #3 ... #4
3) Joe Murphy of Eagle AC has a large gallery HERE

Team Prizes...Updated
Criteria was that no prize winners in any category could be included in the team scores and that a team had to have 2 males and 2 females making up the scores.

1st Mallow AC  510 points....Scorers    Donal Murphy (53), Davis Sheehan (56), Aoife Carroll   (136), Antoinette Murphy (265)

2nd Eagle AC (684 points)... Scorers  Ruairi O’CALLAGHAN (20), Frank HILL (32), Geraldine CORCORAN (273), Grace O’LEARY (359)

Next 3 teams scores...Youghal AC 726 points,  Watergrasshill AC  764 points, St.Finbarr's AC 795 points

Lost & Found... Pair of sun glasses handed onto stage at Mallow 10 ml. John Holland (0852432115 )

Looking ahead to the Mallow 10 mile road race...Sun 26th March 2017

Update......This is the satellite photo as of 9am on Sun 26th March. Some clouds are likely to be generated as the days goes on but overall, it should be very sunny. As a result, the heat is likely to be a factor especially in sections where the easterly wind is to the runners backs.


The big race this weekend is of course the Mallow 10 mile road race. With well over 1000 runners expected to descend on the North Cork town, it should be an excellent race. Entries to the race closed some time back which is a testament to its popularity.

Number Pick-Up......For those who have entered, you can pick up your number on the morning of the race.

Sunday 26th 09:30 am to noon Number pickup: Mallow Red Cross Centre, New Road.

The Red Cross Centre is next to the Youth Centre which is the usual race HQ. See the race website for maps.

Weather.....There is a High Pressure system over the country at present which means dry weather. This is the chart for Sunday.

As with all high pressure systems in the Northern Hemisphere, it is rotating clockwise so that means that any winds will be from an Easterly direction.

The temperature is expected to be around 14-15 deg C and it may well be other words, if you are racing it then just wear a singlet or a short sleeved dry fit top. Forget about the long sleeves or jackets.

This is what the wind looks like in relation to the course...

The wind is unlikely to be a big issue. However, note that it will be to your back from miles 4 to 6.5.
If the weather is sunny then the cooling effect of the wind will be absent here as it's to your back. By the time you reach 4 miles, you'll be well warmed up so you may feel the heat along this stretch. Note that there is a water station at 3.5 miles. If you skip this station, the next one isn't until 7.5 miles.

From miles 7.5 to the finish, it will be a headwind so it will have a cooling effect. It's strength will depend on how exposed the road is and it may have an impact on your speed.

More info from Mallow AC......

Pacers…Pacers from 60 to 95 minutes in 5 minute increments. Please use these as a guide as to where to line up in the starting corral based on your expected finish time.

Water…There will be 2 water stops on the course at approximately 3.5 miles and 7.5 miles. Water will also be available at the finish.

Remember, the race starts at 12:30pm.

All the latest info and updates will appear here and on the race website...

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Results of the Ballincollig 5k parkrun...Sat 25th March 2017

There was a recovery in the numbers this week with 282 people taking part in the parkrun in Ballincollig Regional Park. This was possibly one of the nicest mornings so far with blue skies and sunshine present for the event.

1 Conor DOLAN    17:16    SM30-34    M1
2 Brian LINEHAN    19:04    VM50-54    M2
3 Pat O'CONNOR    19:09    VM45-49    M3 Eagle A.C.
11 Elaine O' DONOGHUE    20:47    VW35-39    F1    Riverstick/Kinsale AC
27 Diane DUFFY    22:35    VW35-39    F2
30 Debbie CORCORAN    22:43    VW35-39    F3  

The results of the 41st edition can be seen HERE

Results of the Baltydaniel National School 5k run in Doneraile Park...Sat 25th March 2017

This 5k in Doneraile Park in North Cork was organised by Baltydaniel National School on Saturday the 25th of March 2017. Despite the blue skies and sunshine, the numbers were down 50% this year with 175 finishers as opposed to 353 last year.

While 175 is still a pretty good number, the drop might be a sign of the sheer number of 5k's held in Doneraile Park now as fundraisers for various schools, clubs and charities. Just two years ago, this race had 447 finishers.

1     Bjorn Downes     Mooreabbey Milers         17:36     SM     58
3     John Hogan     Mallow AC         18:16     SM     176
4     Eoin Healy     North Cork AC         19:07     SM     147
2     Martina Kiely     St Finbarrs         18:03     SW     98
6     Mei-Ming Cronin     Mallow         19:18     SW     175
20     Aine Sheehan     Fermoy         22:33     SW     48

Full results below....

Friday, March 24, 2017

Running in Cork Facebook page passes 12,000 'Likes'...

Over the last fortnight, the Running in Cork Facebook page passed the 12,000 'Likes' mark. As of today, it now has 12,100 followers which is pretty huge considering it's mainly just about running and races in Cork.

When I checked the stats this morning, it said the Page had reached just over 165,000 people in the last 28 days.

Over the last few years, Facebook has changed a lot. As more and more users and pages popped up, they have restricted more of what users can see.

What this means is that with 100 followers, you're basically talking to yourself and a few friends. With 1000, you're starting to be heard but your reach is limited. With 10,000, you really start to be a presence reaching huge numbers of people.

To make sure you see the posts, then either visit the page directly or try and 'Like' or 'Share' some of the posts. That way, you are engaging with the page and Facebook knows you are interested in seeing it.

If you're on Facebook and you haven't followed it yet then go to

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Notice...Dromahane 5k run nr Mallow - Sat 8th Apr 2017

The annual Dromahane 5km race is coming on Saturday the 8th of April 2017 with a 6pm start. This race is slightly different from the norm in that it's a point to point 5k as opposed to a loop. Runners are taken by bus to the start line in Glantane 5kms away and they run back to Dromahane.

From the organisers Dromahane Roadrunners AC.....Sat 8th Apr 2017 @18:00

Dromahane Roadrunners are delighted to announce our 3nd annual 5K timed race from Glantane to Dromahane in aid of Dromahane Community park and Dromahane N.S.

Registration - Friday 7th Apr 19:30 to 21:30 Hickey's Bar, Dromahane.
                      - Saturday 16:00 to 17:30 Community Hall, Dromahane.

Entry....  €10 per person (over 16s only).

Prizes for 1st ,2nd & 3rd Men and Women €60 €40 €20 and also a prize of €50 for Men and Women for breaking the course record. The men's record is held by Tim O'Connor of An Ríocht AC and stands at 15:52. The Women's record is held by Carol Finn of Leevale and stands at 18:47.

Shuttle buses from Community Hall in Dromahane to the start in Glantane - with ample seating.

Refreshments after the race in Dromahane community hall.

You can find out more about the course at this LINK. It includes a course map, directions and a profile of the route including some photos.

Dromahane is just a few kms to the south-west of Mallow town and is easy to access from the N20 Cork-Limerick road.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Notice...Castleisland 10 miler & 5k - Sun 9th Apr 2017

The annual 10 mile road race in Castleisland in Co.Kerry is coming up on Sunday the 9th of April 2017. This might be of particular interest to runners in Kerry, NW Cork and Limerick.

There is also a 5k option if anyone fancies the shorter distance.

More info on the race website...

Results of the Courcey Rovers 10k Dawn Run...Fri Mar 2017

This was one of the more unusual runs on the calendar. Courcey Rovers held a 10k run on St.Patrick's Day at 6:15am in Ballinspittle near Kinsale. 55 people took part.

1. Liam Lyons 41:23
2. Ciaran Deasy 42:17
3. John Nyhan 46:06
1. Suzanne Foley 42:32
2. Mari Burke 47:08
3. Ann Barnford 47:47

The full results can be seen HERE

Results of the Shandrum NS 5k in Doneraile Park...Sat 18th March 2017

There are a steady stream of 5k's in Doneraile Park throughout the year and this one was organised on behalf of Shandrum National School and their local GAA club. A total of 147 people took part.

The race was slightly unusual in that the first person home was female as opposed to the usual male. Mei-Mei Cronin often features highly in the 5k races in Doneraile Park and has finished as the first woman in the past. This is I think the first time she has won a race outright.

1 Mei-Ming Cronin F 19:29
2 Ursula Bluett F 21:27
3 Deirdre Keane F 22:52
1 Cathal Boles M Shandrum AC 19:48
2 Cathal Twomey M Eagle AC 20:25
3 Richard Lombard M 20:39

The full results can be seen HERE

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Togher AC secure Council Grant of €1,200

Cork County Council recently announced the recipients of  just over €216,000 in grant funding to community groups all over the Ballincollig-Carrigaline Municipal District.

Under the section titled 'Amenity Fund', Togher Athletics Club managed to secure a grant of €1,200.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Results of the Rylane Community Park 4 mile fun run - Sun 19th March 2017

This low key 4 mile fun run in Rylane attracted 116 people...about 40 runners and the rest were walkers.

1    Sean O Sullivan    West Muskerry AC    SM        26:34    14
2    Dave Condon    Leevale AC    SM        27:03    6
3    Anthony Ahern    Rylane    SM        27:16    15
10    Alison Harrison    Coachford    SW        33:00    8
13    Laura Sexton    Rylane    SW        33:37    442
15    Deb O Donovan    Cork    SW        36:38    483

1) Joe Murphy of Eagle AC has a gallery HERE

Full results below...

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Results of the Lee Fields 4 mile road race...Sun 19th March 2017

The Lee Fields 4 mile road race in Cork City attracted a field of 289 runners this year on what was a dry overcast day. This is almost identical to late 2015 when 294 finished the race.

1 Tim O'CONNOR (374)     20:42     Male  (1)
2 Keith Lynch (559)     21:37     Male  (2)
3 Mark CRONIN (473)     21:49     Male  (3)
10 Carol Finn (724)     24:25     Female  (1)
32 Ali O Connor (848)     27:07     Female  (2)
35 Mary KELLEHER (440)     27:24     Female  (3)

Photos...(Updated Mon 20th at 2pm)
1) Derek Costello of Eagle AC has a gallery HERE
2) Photos near the finish line on the Running in Cork Facebook page... 1 (20:42-33:45) ... 2 (33:45 plus) ... 3 Presentation Photos ...
3) There is a gallery from Mick Dooley HERE

Full results below...

Results of the Cloyne 4k...Sun 19th March 2017

227 runners turned out for this 4k race in Clyne in East Cork.

1    0:12:47    MCGRATH, Sean    East Cork AC    M    05:08.5 
2    0:13:33    TIERNEY, Conor    East Cork AC    M    05:27.0
3    0:13:36    O'S-HOURIHAN, Josh    Leevale AC    M    05:28.2  
6    0:14:26    DAVOREN, Freda    Leevale AC    F    05:48.3
15    0:15:34    O'NEILL, Nollaigh    Leevale AC    F45    06:15.7 
25    0:16:11    KENNEALLY, Julie    Youghal AC    F    06:30.5

1) Pat Walsh Running has a gallery HERE

Full results below...

Saturday, March 18, 2017

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

There was a big drop in numbers for the 5k parkrun this week in Ballincollig Regional Park for some reason. A total of 220 people took part, down a third on last week. Usually the big drops are because of bad weather but this morning was fine. Perhaps it's because of the Lee Fields 4 mile race on Sunday or maybe people are away for the weekend? Or maybe there are a few sore heads after St.Patrick's Day :o)

1    Richard DOYLE    18:16    VM40-44    M1
2    Neilus HEALY    18:46    SM30-34    M2
3    Barry O'MAHONY    19:16    SM30-34    M3    Piranha TC
44    Suzanne TWOMEY    23:42    VW35-39    F1
47    Emma O'MAHONY    23:53    SW30-34    F2    Crusaders Athletic Club
48    Eilis CONSIDINE    24:01    VW35-39    F3

The results of the 40th edition can be seen HERE