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Friday, October 20, 2017

Looking ahead to the Rebel Run 10k & 5k...Sun 22nd Oct 2017

The big race in Cork this weekend is the Rebel Run 10k & 5k on Sun 22nd of October. At the moment, the course is clear and it's going ahead. Just remember to check on Saturday evening in case any trees have come down to make sure everything is still ok.

Please note that this event has sold out and there are no entries on the day.

Details from Cork Sports Partnership...
All registered participants should now have received their Event Information Pack for this Sunday's Cork Rebel Run by email. If you have not yet received your Event Information Pack, please email and we will resend.

Please note the following Sign In times for this year's Rebel Run Events.
- Friday October 20th 5pm - 7pm
- Saturday October 21st 12pm - 2pm
- Sunday October 22nd 8am - 9am

Sign In will take place in the Track Stand at CIT (Red Brick Building)
Ample Parking is available in CIT car park for Sign In and on the morning of the event. 

More info on the 10k route HERE

5k map HERE

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Met Eireann issue Orange weather alert for Sat 21st Oct 2017

At 2pm on Thurs 19th Oct, Met Eireann have issued an Orange weather alert for next Saturday the 21st of October 2017.

The storm in the mid-Atlantic has been given the name Brian and is expected to pass over Ireland on Saturday morning. The strong winds in Cork are likely to be from the West whereas the winds from ex-hurricane Ophelia were from the South and the South-West.

Following on from the damage done by Ophelia, there is a potential for more fallen trees, branches and power cuts. It won't be as strong as Ophelia though.

If you are going to any event, please check the status before traveling.

Update Fri 8am : At the moment, the parkrun in Ballincollig, Macroom and Glengarriff are cancelled. The run in Ballinacurra is cancelled. The Rebel Run on Sunday is going ahead as planned.

Results of the Ardfield 5k...Sun 15th Oct 2017

100 people turned out for this years 5k in Ardfield with about 70 runners and 30 walkers.

Full results below....

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Ballincollig Regional Park closed for at least a week

Cork County Council announced yesterday that the Regional Park in Ballincollig is likely to be closed for at least a week. This will obviously impact on the 5k parkrun next Saturday, the 21st of October.

Update Thurs 19th Oct 2017 : The parkrun on the 21st of October is definitely cancelled. However, work has begun on clearing the trees.

There are at least 60 fallen trees in the park due to ex-Hurricane Ophelia which is pretty amazing considering it is in valley. It will obviously take Council staff some time to remove all fallen trees and other potentially dangerous branches.

Regional Park staff have asked members of the public to respect the closure notices until it is opened again. They issued the following on Facebook......."Park is closed for a reason. It will be for a few days. Obviously all tree care specialists are currently clearing roads 1st as higher priority to ensure public safety of those whom have to travel on them. Trying to tell people to stay out already grief from them. We are trying to stop you being injured even if you don't have self preservation in mind.
Broken tree limbs dangling over paths."

Over 90,000 households in Cork suffered a power supply loss storm Ophelia. Obviously council staff with tree cutting equipment will be busy working on roads around the county over the next week.

Many roads and paths blocked after Ex-Hurricane Ophelia

Now 48 hours after the remains of Hurricane Ophelia hit the country, many roads and paths around Cork are still blocked. Outside of Cork City, many large urban population centres were without power for 24-48 hours and it's very likely that it will take several days to get to all the smaller rural areas.

Around Cork City, many trees are down. The photo above shows the old railway path in Blackrock with a fallen tree and electricity wires on the ground. This was taken on Tuesday the 17th of October.

With the weekend coming up, there are a number of events on but it's probably best to check that they are not cancelled before traveling. If you live in Cork City, you may not be fully aware of just how bad it is out in parts of the countryside at the moment.

I'll put up info about events cancelled or going ahead towards the end of the week.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Batt Kearney hits 100 parkruns...

Batt Kearney is probably one of the few runners that attend nearly all the races in Cork. If there is an event on then he is almost sure to be there.

Last Saturday, Batt completed his 100th 5k parkrun in Macroom.

Results & Photos of the Ballincollig 5k parkrun... Sat 14th Oct 2017

A total of 253 people turned out for the 70th edition of the Ballincollig 5k parkrun on Saturday the 14th of Oct 2017.

1 Conor DOLAN    18:09    SM30-34    M1    Galway City Harriers
2 Morgan O'REGAN    18:50    VM40-44    M2    Midleton AC
3 Damien GERAGHTY    19:26    SM30-34    M3    Sportsworld
24 Sophie FOLEY    21:56    JW11-14    F1
25 Margaret JONES    21:57    VW45-49    F2    Midleton AC
29 Louise SHEEHAN    22:21    VW40-44    F3    Ballincollig Athletic Club

Full results

1) The organisers have a gallery HERE and on Facebook HERE
2) Joe Murphy of Eagle AC has a gallery HERE 

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Guest Article on the Ballycotton '10' Claire Healy

The following article was sent in by Brian Healy and is an account of the Ballycotton 10 mile race written by his daughter Claire back in 2014. It gives a nice account of the event and as can be seen from the title, it was written well before there was any hint that the race might ever come to an end.

BALLYCOTTON 10 WILL RUN AND RUN... By Claire Healy (2014)
Runners are penned into the very tip of the cul-de-sac village, the island looms in the background, the Ballycotton Lighthouse and its red beacon at rest on this sunny afternoon. The start of the Ballycotton 10  road race is something to behold.

Start of the Ballycotton 10 mile road race. Photo: John Hennessy

It’s the biggest day of the year for the sleepy fishing spot on the east Cork coast. Almost 3,000 runners pour out, and later back in, the Bog Road, which links the isolated coastline to the outside world.

The village  bears little resemblance to its ordinary stature. Locals line the main street clapping and cheering their annual visitors, their musical Cork accents guiding the runners through the gentle hills and rambling roads.

The race entered its 37th year this March. An extraordinary event that, compared to the scale of the venue, is bigger than the New York marathon.

In an era where more and more people are abandoning the gym and hitting the roads, Ballycotton saw 2571 runners of all levels take on their route. There were 2617 finishers in 2012 and 2601 in 2013. In most normal races, a decline in finishers could be considered a drop in popularity but that certainly can’t be said for the Ballycotton 10 when online entries sold out in 90 minutes last December.
The slight drop could be attributed to the change in the entry process and simply the number of people not turning up on the day. It’s remarkably consistent and the organisers can be reasonably sure that if the same entry criteria applies next year, Ballycotton will see 2,500 to 2,600 runners turn up in March of 2015.

It’s one of the few big races that doesn’t award a finisher’s T-shirt. Ask any athlete, or their significant other, and that familiar grumble that can only come with the experience of a graveyard of vintage race t-shirts at the bottom of the wardrobe ensues.

Instead Brian Healy’s dishwasher plays host to 14 years’ worth of commemorative mugs. The race is the reason he and his family live in the village. Originally coming across the Ballycotton 10 on his athletic travels around Ireland, from their first visit the Healys fell in love and nine years later they came to call the village home. 12 years after his first race, his son Dáire joined him on the start line.
“It’s a tradition…of 37 years. It never fails to astound me how a small voluntary group of people can put on such a professional event, how a local community can assist in the organisation of an event. It doesn’t feel like a big commercial race, it keeps its community feel and you know that the sun will always shine at some stage, it’s part of the day. The village the next day is like nothing ever happened” Brian said.

If it wasn’t for the race, Ballycotton might only be known for notable lifeboat rescues, Dáire notes, mentioning the famous Daunt Rock rescue in 1936 by the Mary Stanford lifeboat, “that or Divine Rapture,” he laughs.

Divine Rapture could have done with the Mary Stanford lifeboat, it was such an ill-fated venture. For two weeks the village welcomed Marlon Brando, Johnny Depp and the Hollywood elite, before it emerged that there was no money behind the project and they promptly packed up. Thankfully the race has seen more success.

Dáire concurs; “it gives Ballycotton something to be proud of, and the people something big and important to be part of. We might be one of the smallest villages in Cork, but we run the biggest race, and a personal one at that.”

John “Mr Ballycotton” Walshe is a familiar face on the athletics scene in Cork and indeed around the country. An obliging and humble character, he is the main cog in the slick machine that is the Ballycotton 10. Whether it’s putting up signs, painting the mile markers onto the road, no stone is left unturned by the race organiser. He knows what makes a good race and ensures that he and his team put on the best day possible for the runners, travelling and local alike.

John Walshe (second left) and Brian Healy (far right) visiting marathon stalwart Ron Hill’s 5km following his Ballycotton visit.

A visible presence since the race’s first outing, today’s race would be unrecognisable to the 31 men who ran in 1978, while much remains the same, down to the work of John and his team.
“The ten mile route hasn’t changed and it still offers the same challenge as it did to those 31 pioneering runners all those years ago. The race organisation, now a massive operation, remains a truly voluntary effort and we still provide the same basic value for money service – a true race on an accurate course with full results for all” he says.

A look at the Glengarriff 5k parkrun...

The Glengarriff parkrun began at the start of 2016 and attracted a lot of runners from the local area. As the novelty died away, the numbers have fallen to about 30 or so per week other than some peaks due to Operation Transformation and the Summer tourist season.

One of the problems with Glengarriff is that the village has a population of only about 1,000 people. As only a percentage of these would have any interest in a 5k parkrun, the local pool of runners is quite small.

The larger catchment area would include the towns of Bantry (pop 3,000) and Kenmare (pop 2,000) but this would require a round trip of about an hour for most runners.

It's not all about numbers of course but in general, the more runners that take part, the bigger the pool from which to get volunteers. The current event director has now stepped down and the future of the parkrun is in some doubt unless someone else takes on the role.

You can see the statement from Glengarriff parkrun below...

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

€100k grant announced for Clonakilty Greenway

Last week, some €21 million in funding was announced under the Government Town and Village Renewal Scheme. From the grants announced for Cork, one was for €100,000 for the new proposed Greenway in Clonakilty.

The new Greenway will connect the town of Clonakilty with the Business and Technology Park which is just off the N71 road to Bandon. Approximately 800 people currently work in the Park which is situated about 3kms from Clonakilty.

The new Greenway will be suitable for walkers, runners and cyclists and it is hoped that it will offer alternative way to commute in fine weather. It will of course be great for local runners as it's not safe to run on the hard shoulder of the N71 at present and this provides a safer option.

The route should also incorporate Gullane Lake where a community forest is currently being planted. Several native Irish species such as oak, birch, alder, hazel and cherry trees will be planted and will probably take some time to mature. In the long term however, this should be a valuable asset to this West Cork town.

1) Southern Star...Greenway for Clon gets the Green light

Less than 50 places left for the Rebel Run in Cork City

Update Wed 11th Oct : NOW CLOSED

There seems to be a lot of interest in this years Rebel Run 10k & 5k in Cork City which is coming up on Sunday the 22nd of October 2017. When I put up the race notice at the end of September, I noticed that there was a surge of visitors to the website and the associated Facebook page to look for info the event.

As of yesterday (9th Oct), there are now fewer than 50 places left. If you are interested then sign up asap.  More info in this previous post.

Monday, October 09, 2017

Irish results from the 2017 Chicago Marathon

The annual Chicago Marathon was held on the 8th of October 2017 and there was no shortage of Irish runners there.

The Irish results are listed below (Cork & Munster runners in Bold)

The Ballycotton 10 Mugs...and the elusive 1983 one!

One of the unique features of the Ballycotton 10 mile road race was the mug which was given out at the end to all finishers. While some of the newer runners might have preferred say a dry fit top, the Ballycotton 10 mug has a long history and many people now have a collection of them.

I have my own collection of them as well from down through the years. I'd guess that since the news of the demise of the Ballycotton '10', people will probably be a bit more careful with theirs.

Jerry Forde's Ballycotton Collection
I was out in Jerry Forde's house a few months back and I took a photo of his collection. As you can see, he has a fair few Ballycotton '10' mugs and Summer Series plaques from years past.

Over the years, the designs have changed. Some were more like cups rather than mugs. Different years, different designs with different sponsors.

One of the more unusual years was that of 1983. The photo below shows the mug belonging to Danny McCarthy of Midleton AC.

It looks normal enough except for the fact that the mugs weren't properly fired that year and the writing disappeared with the first wash! It's likely that this is one of the few that managed to survive intact. Does anyone else have another one?

Club transfers...Sept 2017

Athletics Ireland recently released a list which shows the transfers between clubs and it can be seen HERE.

This is done twice a year after a 6 month window. Note that the list shows juveniles as well as adults so the number of people changing clubs is pretty small.