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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Reminder & Course previews for the new Clonakilty 10 mile and 4 mile races next Mon 21st Apr

Just a reminder that the new 10 mile race in Clonakilty is coming up next Easter Monday the 21st of April...

A preview of the 10 mile course can be seen HERE

4 mile to follow...

You can pre-enter both races here...

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Nicola Duncan from Galway runs 5th fastest time for an Irish woman at the London Marathon

While most of the media was focused on Mo Farah last weekend and his performance at the London Marathon, there were of course plenty of Irish runners taking part. The star performance has to be that of Nicola Duncan aged 30 from Galway who ran an impressive 2:33:28. This was the 5th fastest time ever for a woman on the Irish all time list! Not only was she was first female club runner but she was over 6 minutes ahead of the next female club runner home. In comparison to the elite field, she actually finished ahead of the two fastest British women.

These were Nicola's impressive splits...
Split    Time    Diff    min/km    km/h
5K    17:45    17:45    03:33    16.91
10K    35:39    17:54    03:35    16.75
15K    53:40    18:01    03:37    16.66
20K    1:11:43    18:03    03:37    16.62
HALF    1:15:39    03:56    03:35    16.76
25K    1:29:45    14:06    03:37    16.60
30K    1:48:09    18:24    03:41    16.31
35K    2:06:42    18:33    03:43    16.16
40K    2:25:18    18:36    03:44    16.13
Finish    2:33:28    08:10    03:44    16.13

As a runner, Nicola Duncan seems to have come to the sport in her late 20's. Originally from Galway, Nicola has lived and worked as an actuary in Edinburgh for the last 8 years and now runs with the local Portobello Running Club. She obviously is a natural athlete as her transformation in the last few years has been remarkable.

Great Edinburgh Run 10k...40:58

2009.....Great Edinburgh Run 10k...39:58

2010.....Edinburgh Half-Marathon...83:27 and Edinburgh Marathon...2:58:46

2011.....Edinburgh Marathon...2:49:53

2012....In May of that year, Nicola ran the Edinburgh Marathon in 3:01:29 in a 'smurfette' t-shirt ;o) . She is interviewed later by a local paper and they write..."What training does she do ? "Not very much – I play tennis and only run once a week." But Duncan did admit to doing quite a bit of cross training – "I swim and do spin and body attack in the gym". And she did test her ability to complete the gruelling 26-plus miles with three separate outings over 16, 18 and 20 miles and "felt very comfortable".
Later in 2012, she ran half-marathons in 83:37 and 81:13 and the Munich Marathon in 2:53:13.

2013....Things really start to take off. At the end of the year, she runs a 10k  race in 33:48. Note that Fionnuala Britton ran the Great Ireland run recently in 33:54 albeit over a hilly Phoenix Park course. Over the half-marathon distance, Nicola ran four races in 76:29, 76:40, 76:50 and 77:59. In October of 2013, she ran 2:36:51 in the Amsterdam Marathon, inside the qualifying time of 2:38 for the European Championships.

And in 2014, the races results have been even more impressive although in truth, she is probably racing a bit too much ;o)

2nd Feb 2014...Watford Half-Marathon...74:46
16th Feb 2014...Barcelona Half-Marathon...72:15
2nd Mar 2014...Rosewell Lasswade 10 mile...56:58
9th Mar 2014...Inverness Half-Marathon...73:28
16th Mar 2014...Limassol Half-Marathon, Cyprus...74:09
.....and finally the London Marathon on the 13th of April 2014...2:33:34...5th fastest time ever by an Irish woman.

After looking at all of those times, I can't help wondering why she wasn't on the Irish team at the European Cross Country Championships last December? What a talent she is and she obviously has great endurance. Hopefully we'll see her making regular appearances in an Irish singlet in the near future.

Entries taken for the 2014 Bay Run Half-Marathon & 10k in Midleton...Wed 16th Apr 5-8pm

Just a quick note to say that the organisers of the Bay Run Half-Marathon and 10k will be taking entries at the leisure centre at the Midleton Park Hotel between 5pm and 8pm on Wednesday the 16th of April.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Tech tops & preview of the Bay Run Half-Marathon...

Just to follow up on an earlier post, the Bay Run Half-Marathon is coming up on Sunday the 4th of May. This might be of interest to anyone wanting to take a break in West Cork over the Bank Holiday weekend.

The organisers have sent on the artwork for the dry fit top which they plan to give out. See below...

Preview.....One of the changes made to the Bay Run Half this year is the finish. Instead of the usual finish down into the town of Bantry, it will take a loop out around the coast alongside the bay itself.

More info on the half-marathon course in this preview .....and on the 10k HERE

More info can be found in this older post or on the Bay Run website...

Reminder...The summer season of road races in Cork starts next Wednesday in Ballintotis

From the organisers of the Ballintotis 4 mile race....The Ballintotis 4 Mile Road Race which takes place on this Wednesday evening April 16th at 8pm begins what is a hugely busy season of summer road races in Cork.  Last year 834 runners went to the start line in Ballintotis, making it one of the biggest 4 mile events in Munster.  The local committee are again looking forward to welcoming another large gathering to this picturesque venue which is located on the shores of Loughaderra lake,  just off the N25 between Castlemartyr and Midleton.

To facilitate participants, entries for the race will be open on this Tuesday evening from 5pm to 7pm at Ballintotis Community Centre, whilst entry desks will also open from 1pm onwards on Wednesday afternoon.

A non competitive walk also takes place beginning at 6.30pm.  Entry fee for both the race and the walk is 10 euro per person with each participant receiving a souvenir
 t shirt.

A generous prize list is on offer for the race including prizes for the top 6 men and top 6 ladies overall and 3 prizes in all categories.  The top prize for the first man and first lady across the finish line is 1 year free membership at the magnificent Castlemartyr Resort Leisure Centre.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS – HERE’S SOME ANSWERS   ( Contact Race Co Ordinators on 086-8778182 for all other Enquiries etc.)

Car Parks...There are three main Car Parks for runners and walkers. Car Park B is located on the N25 at the Ballintotis Junction on the Midleton side of Loughaderra Lake.  Car Parks A and C are located on the side road, just off the N25 on the Castlemartyr side of the Lake. (These may change subject to weather conditions). Please follow the advice of the Gardai and Stewards at all times.
Entry Desks...Entry Desk located in Main Hall of Community Centre – Open from 5pm to 7pm on Tuesday and from 1pm onwards on Race Day.. Entry Fee is 10 euro. Please enter via the side door of the hall.
Tee Shirts...Each competitor will receive a free t shirt. These can be collected by leaving the hall after entering and proceeding to the collection in front of the Church.
Changing Facilities...A Marquee is located on the green adjacent to Church Car Park.  Physiotherapists from Midleton Holistic Centre will provide pre and post race advice and physio to runners.
Toilets...Toilets are located in the Church Car Park area and in the Community Centre.
Race Start/Finish...The race begins at 8pm sharp – the start line is approx 200meters from Church on way to Main Road.  The finish line is in front of the Church.
Water...Bottled water will be available immediately after the race.
Refreshments...Refreshments will be served after the race in the Community Centre. Please enter the Community Centre via the front door after the race. – A second marquee has been erected this year next to the Community Centre where runners can mingle after receiving their refreshments.
Prize Giving...Prize giving will take place in the Main Hall after the race at approx 9.30pm.
Spot Prizes...Runners should check the back of their race number to see if it includes a “spot prize winner’ label. If you are winner, please collect your prize from the stage area in the hall after the race.
Walk...The walk begins at 6.30pm sharp.  Entries will be taken in the Community Centre from 5.30pm onwards. Check the back of your number to see if you win a spot prize – these can be claimed at the stage in Community Centre after the race. Your souvenir tee shirt can be collected immediately after you enter from the collection point in front of the Church.  Refreshments served for all walkers from approx 7.50pm in Community Centre.

More information in this earlier post including a course preview.

Also a note.....if you take anything away from the notes above then it's the time! Get there early...allow loads of time for parking, entering, warming up and getting to the start line. Sunset is about 8:32pm and the race really needs to start on time.

Photographer Doug Minihane turns 50 :o)

After every race, one of the most popular items are the photographs as runners like to see if there are any pictures of themselves or of people they know.

One of the most regular photographers on the race circuit is Doug Minihane and he turns a big 50 today!

Have a good one Doug :o)

I should also mention that one of the other photographers at the races is Gearóid Ó Laoi. By coincidence, his birthday is also today!

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Results of the Ballincollig Park 5k road race...Sun 13th Apr 2014

1st Kevin O'Brien       East Cork       16:43
2nd Alan O'Brien       Eagle AC        16:53
3rd Martin Curtin       St Finbarrs     17:38
1st     Aisling Moran   Leevale AC                18:21
2nd     Margaret Murphy         18:30
3rd     AnneMarie Power  Eagle AC       19:26

The full results can be seen HERE

Photos to follow...

Results of the Great Island 10 mile road race - Sun 13th Apr 2014

A large crowd of 568 runners turned out for this years Great Island 10 mile road race in Cobh. Conditions were absolutely perfect for the but not cold...and a gentle breeze.

The top men and women are shown below. You'll notice that Sonia O'Sullivan who finished last year in about 69 minutes has obviously been doing some extra training and finished this year in 3rd place in 63:26.

1    Colin MERRITT (358)     54:32     Ages 40-44  (1)     Male  (1)
2    John Meade (794)     55:12     Senior Men  (1)     Male  (2)
3    Elton Heffernan (731)     55:16     Senior Men  (2)     Male  (3)
4    Michael BUCKLEY (310)     57:36     Senior Men  (3)     Male  (4)
5    Gordon Cronin (740)     58:04     Senior Men  (4)     Male  (5)
6    Geoffrey CASEY (474)     58:17     Senior Men  (5)     Male  (6)
7    Eric BROWNE (860)     01:00:11     Senior Men  (6)     Male  (7)
9    Kenneth O'REGAN (258)     01:01:06     Senior Men  (7)     Male  (8)
10    Patrick BRUTON (197)     01:01:44     Ages 45-49  (1)     Male  (9)
11    Sheldon KIRKWOOD (804)     01:02:07     Senior Men  (8)     Male  (10)

8    Jill HODGINS (102)     01:00:46     01:00:43     Female 35-39  (1)     Female  (1)
15    Anne Marie HOLLAND (253)     01:02:40     Female 35-39  (2)     Female  (2)
23    Sonia O'Sullivan (757)     01:03:26     Ages 40-44  (1)     Female  (3)
27    Joyce WOLFE (309)     01:03:54     Female 35-39  (3)     Female  (4)
61    Mary SWEENEY (764)     01:08:47     Ages 50+  (1)     Female  (5)
92    Amy WOLFE (805)     01:11:22     Senior Women  (1)     Female  (6)
122    Sandra MANNING (321)     01:13:25     Senior Women  (2)     Female  (7)
137    Jessica BRUTON (198)     01:14:17     Senior Women  (3)     Female  (8)
140    Ann DONNELLY (848)     01:14:42     Ages 50+  (2)     Female  (9)
147    Noreen CROWLEY (41)     01:15:32    5     Senior Women  (4)     Female  (10)

Results......The provisional results can be seen HERE

Photos...(Sun 13th Apr @10pm)
1) Kieran Minihane has a gallery HERE 
2) The organisers have two galleries. One from the early part of the race HERE and some from near the finish line HERE 

Friday, April 11, 2014

Notice...Boherbue to Kiskeam 4 mile road race - Mon 21st Apr 2014

Looking ahead to some more races coming up in the near future, this one might be of interest to anyone west or north of Cork City, in Kerry or south and west Limerick. The Jack O'Keeffe 4 mile road race is in North-West Cork on Easter Monday, the 21st of April.

This 4 mile road race starts in Boherbue and finishes in the village of Kiskeam. As you can see from the map below, it's a central location for a lot of people...

The race is being organised by Gneeveguilla AC, one of the largest athletic clubs in Kerry. The entry fee is €15 on the day and there is a huge array of prizes on offer. These are usually in the form of vouchers for a local co-op and are pretty generous.

There will be the usual refreshments of tea. coffee. sandwiches, etc afterwards as well. A full preview of the course with directions, maps, photos, etc can be seen HERE

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Last reminder about the Great Island 10 mile race in Cobh next Sunday 13th Apr 2014

As we count down to the next big 10 mile road race in Cork next Sunday, here are a few messages from the organisers of the Great Island 10.

1) Anyone who has not received there race pack by now and is registering between now and Friday can collect their race pack at the Pre-Reg desk from 8am on Sunday morning. Anyone wishing to register on Sunday can do so at race HQ (The Great Island Comunity Centre) from 8am

2) Online registration will close on Friday the 11th of April at 6pm.

3) This year for the first time, there will be pacers for the Great Island 10. John Dunphy has assembled a team of pacers from Midleton AC, Eagle AC and Tramore AC. They will aim to set a suitable pace while will take into account the various hills along the route. Their target times are 70 mins, 80 mins and 90 mins.

4) ..........and just a reminder, it's not all about times and pb's. The aim of the race is to generate much needed funds for the Irish Cancer Society. This is a message that the organisers received last year..."Great Cause, Great Organisation, Great Race. Thanks for a fantastic day. Most races, you're toeing the line battling your time target demons or 'that' person you're eternally trying to beat on the local racing circuit, but the feel to this race was different. It was the cause on the day that gave us all that united feeling, no matter what targets we had, the best one was for the cancer sufferers, survivors and their families. Thanks for giving me the opportunity to be a part of it."

5) Car Parking....When you arrive at Belvelly Bridge, turn left and follow the road into Cobh. Vehicle Owners should follow the sign posts for the official race car parks. All car parks will be managed by an official race steward.

6) Last minute update...Thurs 10th 8pm..."Online donations collected so far are a whooping €1,495.50 Thank you so much, a lot of people will benefit from your kindness!!!"

7)..."The Community Centre can be used as changing facilities and gear bags can be left here during the race. Toilet facilities will be available at head quarters and also at the finish line. All competitors should be at the start line no later then 10.10am as the race will start at 10.30am on time. Anyone registering on the day would need to come to HQ early. Registration desks will be open from 8.00am"

8)..."Coral Leisure Centre Cobh have kindly offered their Leisure Centre to anyone wishing to avail of a Shower, Sauna and Steam after the event for €2. All money raised or donated by competitors in the Leisure Centre on the day will be donated back to the Charity. Coral Leisure Centre is just by the start line." 

More info in the original race notice...

National 10k championships...Hanrahan take Gold, McKiernan takes Silver and Cork stays at home

The Great Ireland Run was held in the Phoenix Park in Dublin last Sunday the 6th of April 2014 with thousands taking part in the 10 km race. This also doubles up as the national 10k race championships and some 600 club runners also took part in the event.

The finishers in the elite field consisted mainly of international athletes and the first five of each gender were...
Men: 1st Japhet Korir (Kenya) 29.12, 2nd Andy Vernon (GBR) 20.18, 3rd Michael Shelley (Aus) 29.431, 4th Abdellatif Meftah (Fra)  29.47, 5th Matthew Hynes (GBR)  30.01.
Women: 1st Iwona Lewandowska (Pol) 33.39, 2nd Sophie Duarte (Fra) 33.48, 3rd Allesandro Aguilar (Spa) 33.49, 4th Fionnuala Britton (Ire) 33.54, 5th Helen Clitheroe (GBR, W40) 34.31.

In terms of Irish results in the national 10k championships, Mark Hanrahan of Leevale AC in Cork was the winner in a time of 30m 20s. Mark is no stranger to national titles having won the 5000m race at the Irish Senior Track & Field Championships back in 2012. Mark has spent the last 3 months in Australia taking in a few track races which no doubt helped him prepare for the win last Sunday.

1. Mark Hanrahan (Leevale AC) 30:20
2. Mick Clohisey (Raheny Shamrocks) 30:44
3. Thomas Fitzpatrick (Tallaght AC) 30:47
4. Alex Bruce Littlewood (Leevale AC) 30:55
5. Brian Maher (Kilkenny City Harriers) 31:05
6. Sean Hehir (Rathfarnham WSAF AC) 31:29

In the womens race, the first Irish woman home was the former European Cross County Champion Fionnuala Britton. The biggest suprise however was probably the fact that the retired Irish international athlete Catherina McKiernan finished second! Having won silver medals at the World Cross Country Championships from 1992 to 1995 and the European Cross County title in 1994, she had a career with many victories including the London and Amsterdam marathons. Back in 2004, she won the Great Ireland Run and retired later that year. Fast forward 10 years later to 2014 and Catherina McKiernan now aged 44 has added another national medal to her collection.

In the Junior Mile Race, Sophie Bideau R)...daughter of Sonia O’Sullivan finished in first place while Deirbhile O’Reilly (L)...daughter of Catherina McKiernan finished in third.
1. Fionnuala Britton (Kilcoole AC) 33:54
2. Catherina McKieran (Annalee AC) 35:03
3. Sarah Mulligan (Dundrum South Dublin AC) 35:20
4. Kate Cronin (Raheny Shamrock AC) 35:57
5. Michelle McGee (Brothers Pearse AC) 36:02
6. Ciara Durkin (Skerries AC) 36:34

While there were some 600 club runners taking part, it's obvious from the entry list that the bulk are from Dublin or the surrounding counties. While the list isn't complete, it does show that relatively few club runners from Cork traveled to Dublin to take part in the national 10k championships. It's probably not that suprising when there are already a huge number of races in Cork and people don't want the hassle and expense of traveling to Dublin to run a short distance race like a 10k, regardless of what it's for.

The highlights of the Great Ireland Run are available on the RTE Player service until the 28th of April.

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Blog extract from Sonia O'Sullivan as she prepares for the Great Island 10 mile road race #3

The Great Island 10 mile road race in Cobh is coming up on Sunday the 13th of April and all proceeds from the race go towards the Irish Cancer Society. There is also a 5 km fun run/walk option for anyone not up to the longer distance. More details in this earlier post.

One of those taking part in the race this year is the former World champion and Olympic silver medalist Sonia O'Sullivan. She has written a blog extract for the organisers as she prepares for the race. The first part can be seen HERE and the second part HERE...

Blog extract from Sonia O'Sullivan..Pt 3...
I've been in Ireland for just over a week now and seems like the blog writing has gone to ground but not to worry the running is still being done and now I'm in Cobh taking it easy ahead of the Great Island 10 on Sunday.

We touched down in Dublin via Dubai, last Tuesday lunchtime to a beautiful spring day, it was April 1st so I was a little worried the weather Gods may have been playing an April fools joke giving me a false sense of security after leaving Melbourne on a 30C sunny day. 

After a short walk and a bite to eat, as evening was approaching and jet lag about to kick in I went for an easy run around the grounds of Malahide castle. It was a very slow run but so nice to be out in the crisp air and bright sunshine. I was surprised when my watch read 55mins when I walked back in the door. Another few hours and I would be able to allow myself to bed, I was so looking forward to a real bed after 24hours cramped up in row 27 on a very full Emirates plane.

It was so good to get a good nights sleep even if I did wake up close to 5am, I read a little had a coffee and read the paper before embarking on day 2 to the castle grounds. It is so nice to have a park close by to run around and get away from all the early morning traffic. I tried to work out the park as my friend who lives close by told me it's really not that big once you figure it out, I still managed 67minutes very easy without ever needing to look at my watch to check if I had run enough to allow myself run back home.

I was staying near Malahide with Sophie as I was due to work on Sunday for RTE at the Great

Ireland run in the Phoenix park and Sophie was going to have a run in the kids race. As I wasn't running in the 10km race, I decided I would have a run at the local Malahide Parkrun on Saturday morning.

On Thursday day 3 in Ireland I was ready for a little increase in pace and a reminder of faster running. I met my friend Feidhlim in the park for a mini threshold session. All up a short run, which included 3x3mins at HR and a few strides after running to and from the park. I always find a session breaks up the run and also creates some variety when running in the same park each day. In the afternoon, I went to visit a school in Dublin where a friend is a teacher and afterwards I took Sophie on a walk through Dublin and a quick visit to the book of Kells in Trinity college.

Friday Day 4 off the plane was another easy longish run, 71mins around the castle grounds, I was just about figuring out the various loops, though still not finding the park too small. I find when traveling that running is the most convenient activity but I am also always aware of not running too many days in a row so I was on the lookout for my next day off.

Saturday morning, we drove to the castle and did an easy warm up for the 5km Parkrun, Sophie decided that she would have a run too and I was slightly worried when she peeled off the layers and took to the start line in shorts and singlet. The last two times I have lined up in Parkrun with Sophie she has managed to beat me too the line and it looked like today would be no different as she raced away over the first few Km's. 5km is a bit long for young athletes so I could sense Sophie tiring just after half way or maybe she was just saving energy for the Parkrun kids run the next day. In any case I recorded my fastest Parkrun of the year just under 19minutes and Sophie ran the exact same time that she ran at out local Parkrun in Melbourne 19:13.

It always takes at least 3 days to overcome the horrible jet lag feeling, then things start lto feel normal again. Running helps to recreate the daily routine and also eating at the right times and staying in bed even reading when you wake up in the early hours forces the body and mind onto Irish time.
Sunday was day 6 in Ireland, so I was happy to get out early and squeeze in a 64minute run before heading to the Phoenix park for some special comments on RTE while enjoying the racing in the park.

I had a job lined up on Tuesday with Glenilen farm to help launch a new range of the already popular yoghurts that will be appearing in shops soon, we were posing in Photos eating yoghurts alongside a very lovely Jersey Cow called Sue in the middle of Dublin no less. It was a very enjoyable morning bringing the farm to the city .

As a result of Tuesdays activities I decided to change my normal Tuesday training session to Monday morning when I would have a bit more time and wouldn't be rushing. I also felt that I was reaching a plateau with the Heart rate sessions so decided to jazz things up a little bit and vary the pace. After much thought and throwing ideas around in my head I decided 6mins at HR, followed by 4x1minute with 30seconds rest, 6mins HR and another 4x1minute with 30seconds rest, then finally 6mins at HR. The run was nearly 80 minutes all up so a good long run and session combination.

My non running day finally arrived today and I was reunited with the swimming pool and the gym. Unfortunately Cobh Swimming pool is closed for repairs and I'm sure so many people will appreciate Cobh pool when it re opens as we were forced up to silversprings at 6:30am. Apart from the extra drive to silver springs it is a very busy pool at 6:30am. I traveled with local Iron woman Joyce Wolfe and joined in with a 4km swim session, mind boggling but makes such a difference when you are told what to do and once started you just keep on going up and down the pool.

We went for a lovely lunch at the Castle in Blackrock. On the way home I couldn't resist the pull of the energie fitness in Mahon so called in for a quick TRX session. One week in Ireland and I've touched on all the routine activities.

Time is flying past and with just 4 days to go to the Great Island 10, things are winding down . It's time to decide what pace to aim for on Sunday and where to start racing. I think I will take it handy enough the first half and then start racing the clock and see if I can maybe run a little faster than last year and hopefully I will feel better doing it to and in control rather than hanging on at the end .
It's good and bad for me knowing the roads around Cobh as I will know at every point how far to go and what's coming up . Hopefully the sun will shine and the crowds will turn up and we will all have a great day out on Sunday.

Notice...Samsung Night Run 10k - Sun 27th Apr 2014

For a number of years, the Samsung Night Run has been a major fixture on the race calendar in Dublin and this year, it's coming to Cork. On Sunday the 27th of April, a 10k race will take place in both Dublin and Cork City with each one starting at 9pm.

The 10k race in Cork starts and finishes in the city centre and will take place on closed roads. A map of the course in Cork is shown below...

Route...The route is as follows...start on Patricks St....out Washington St and the Western Rd...left at Victoria Cross...left onto Orchard Rd (3k)...and the left onto College Rd and past the Bons hospital. Past the back of UCC (4k)...right up St.Finbarrs Rd and then right at the crossroads and onto Bandon Rd. Past the Lough Credit Union and right at the next fork onto Magazine Rd. Left at the next crossroads...down Horgans Rd and then Hartland's Avenue. Then a loop around the Lough (6k). Then head towards Ballyphehane and then a left up Pouladuff Rd. Right onto Rose Lawn...Past Deer Park...Down Summerhill South...Left by St.Johns College...down South Terrace...Georges Quay...Over Parliament Bridge...onto the South Mall and the finish line on the Grand Parade.

It sounds complicated but anyone from Cork City should be well used to most of these roads.

Main points...
1) All participants must enter online by mid-day on Wed 23rd April.
2) The entry fee is €31.50 (plus €1.50 processing and administration charge). This includes chip timing, a goodie bag and a long sleeve dry fit race t-shirt.
3) The cut off time is strictly one hour and twenty minutes. (Just under 13 mins per mile pace).
4) Cork registration will take place in the Millennium Hall (Cork City Hall) on Saturday 26th April 11:00 – 18:00 and Sunday 27th April 11:00 – 16:00

For more information, visit the race website...

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Launch of the Passage West Community 10k road race

The Passage West Community 10k road race is coming up on Friday the 25th of April 2014. The organisers had the official launch of the race recently with the various sporting group in the town.

From the organisers....Thanks to all of the groups from Passage West for sending representatives from their clubs along to our launch night last Monday. Being a community event, it's great to see all of the support and help being provided. Thanks also to the gang from the 'Cork City Hospitals Children's Club' who came along and explained all about what their charity does, the kids and families they work with and the costs of running such a great service. Hopefully we will raise as much money as possible on the night to help them out a little.

The race in 2013 helped raise funds for Katies Wish to Walk. One year on, you can what progress the little toddler has made here...

More info about the upcoming Passage West 10k can be seen in this earlier post.

BBC Podcast looking back at the start of the barefoot running revolution

Back in 2009, the book Born to Run was published and it sparked a whole craze about barefoot and minimalist running. The origins of that book can be traced back to 2006 when an ultra distance race took place in Copper Canyon in a remote part of Mexico. The race between America's best ultramarathon runner Scott Jurek and a tribe of Tarahumara indians inspired a revolution in the sport.

Recently the radio programme Sporting Witness on the BBC World Service looked back at that event. The 9 minute podcast can be heard HERE