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Monday, October 22, 2018

Togher AC Couch to 5k programme for beginners...Starts Tues 23rd Oct 2018

This might be of interest to any beginners out there. Togher AC are holding a 9 week Couch to 5k programme in Cork City and it starts on Tuesday the 23rd of October 2018.

As you can see from the flyer above, it cost €30 and they train 3 times a week. The main evening will be on Tuesdays. If interested, contact Claire Dunne by email... clairecdunne AT gmail DOT com

Local runner Danny McCarthy named Cork Person of the Month


Danny McCarthy of Midleton Athletic Club has been presented with a Cork Person of the Month award to mark his pioneering work in sound and performance art over the decades.

Danny has been part of the local running scene for many years and was instrumental in the growth of Midleton AC over the years.

More on this story in the Evening Echo.

Sunday, October 21, 2018

Results & Photos of the Rebel Run 5k & 10k - Sun 21st Oct 2018

There were almost 870 finishers for this years Rebel Run in Bishopstown in Cork City... 341 in the 5k and 525 in the 10k. Despite a small bit of drizzle for a short while, conditions were pretty good for the event.

Pos     Cat     Name     Club     Time     Net
1     Open     Alan O DONOVAN (1658)         00:16:47     00:16:47
2     Open     Abdi Issak (1653)         00:16:50     00:16:50
3     Open     Nathan O LEARY (1388)         00:17:06     00:17:06
Pos     Cat     Name     Club     Time     Net
1     Open     Lisa HEGARTY (1700)         00:19:41     00:19:41
2     Open     Rosaleen MACKEOWN (1256)         00:19:57     00:19:57
3     Open     Niamh CREMIN (1077)         00:23:03     00:23:02

5k results

Pos     Cat     Name     Club     Time     Net
1     Senior     Anthony MANNIX (478)         00:34:18     00:34:18
2     Senior     John COLLINS (196)     SKIBBEREEN     00:35:13     00:35:13
3     Senior     Garrett LORDAN (447)         00:35:30     00:35:30
Pos     Cat     Name     Club     Time     Net
1     Over 40     Katie HICKSON (369)         00:41:14     00:41:14
2     Over 40     Linda O SULLIVAN (683)         00:42:00     00:41:59
3     Over 40     Linda O CONNOR (603)         00:43:01     00:42:57

10k results

  Photos... (Updated Mon 22nd 4:47pm)

1) There are 6 albums up on the Running in Cork Facebook page...
...a) Group photos
...b) 5k finish (Sub 30:30)
...c) 5k finish (30:30 plus)
...d) 10k finish (Sub 49 mins)
...e) 10k finish (49-56 mins)
...f) 10k finish (56 mins plus)

 2) Joe Murphy of Eagle AC has two galleries...
...a) 5k start
...b) 10k start

3) Mick Dooley of Eagle AC has a gallery HERE

Saturday, October 20, 2018

Cold conditions for the 2018 Dublin City Marathon?

With a week to go, it's still a long way out to predict with any accuracy what the weather will actually be like for the 2018 Dublin City Marathon next weekend. However, the current computer models show a tongue of cold arctic air coming down over Europe on Sunday.

While there is some uncertainty about how close Dublin will be to this northerly airflow, it seems very likely that it will be pretty cool for the marathon. It's unlikely to mean snow or ice but the temperatures are likely to be in single figures. On the plus side, this arctic air may not contain much moisture so it will probably be dry.

Overall, conditions look like they might be pretty ok for marathon running albeit a little chilly.

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Participant info for the 2018 Rebel Run on Sun 21st Oct 2018

From the organisers.....We were delighted to announce last week that the 7th annual Cork Rebel Run for 2018 SOLD OUT with over 900 participants taking part. If you registered online you should by now have received your confirmation email & info pack (please familiarise yourself with this). While we are busy preparing for Sunday we would just like to highlight some important info ahead of the event:

* Participants registered online MUST collect their event number, T & goody bag in CIT during the following times, Fri Oct 19th 5-8pm, Sat Oct 20th 12-2pm & Sun Oct 21st 8-9am.
* Start times are as follows: 5k @ 9.30am & 10K @ 9.45am from tiered car park in CIT.
* There is NO REGISTRATION on the morning of the event (its officially sold out)
* Category prizes only for 10k event. Spot prizes will be awarded to 5k participants randomly once results are in.
* Both events finish on the CIT Athletics Track.
* The Rebel Run 1 Mile Challenge event in association with Down Syndrome Cork (DSC) and Boston Scientific will start @ 9.15am, and participants will complete the final mile of the both 5&10k routes.
* The water stop for the 10k participants is at the 5K mark by the DSC Field of Dreams Facility on Clash Road.

We would like to wish everyone taking part a safe, fun and enjoyable event- and see you all on Sunday Morning

70 Year Old Granny runs 3:27 marathon!

70 year old Jeannie Rice set a new world record for her age when she completed the recent Chicago marathon in a time of 3h 27m 50s!

The grandmother, from Ohio, broke the previous record for the 70+ women’s category which was 3h 35m 29s. Chicago was also her 116th marathon.

When asked about her training in a post race interview, she said ..."I really do not enjoy treadmills. The only hard thing about training is keeping going through the cold weather, the wind and the rain does definitely make it tougher. I run every day and make sure to get enough sleep and a good diet. Age is just a number. If you’re physically capable you should just keep running – there’s really nothing stopping you."

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Irish results from the 2018 Munich Marathon

 The Munich Marathon was held last weekend with 4797 runners taking part. There was a big contingent as always from Ireland. Munster runners in BOLD.

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

New opening date of May 2019 set for Tramore Valley Park

Cork City Council have announced that May 2019 is now the most likely opening date for the Tramore Valley Park in Cork City. To date, a long succession of previous opening dates have failed to materialise.

According to a spokesperson for City Hall...."There will be a new safer access and egress from the site, reconfiguring the existing road, segregating visitors to the site, whether going to the recycling centre or the internal park car parks for those who wish to use the park. There will be a new roundabout on entering the site, with new lanes leading either to the recycling centre or the car parks and with two lanes exiting the park. In addition, extra car parking spaces will be provided at the north-west of the park and near the existing weighbridge, near the entrance area.”

It is expected that all works will be completed by May 2019.

Evening Echo article

Work continues on new park on Haulbowline Island


Back in 2017, I had a post up about the new proposed public park on Haulbowline Island in Cork Harbour....

Over the last few months, the site which was an old dump for Irish Steel has been sealed and huge quantities of top soil have been transported across to the island.

Pathways are now being laid out and I presume grass will be planted some time in the Spring of 2019. Allowing for this to become established, I presume it will be 2020 before there is a proper grass surface that can be walked on.

 A new video from Cork County Council shows the current state of the works as of Oct 2018...

I'm not sure as to when the park will officially open but it might have the potential for a new 5k parkrun? One obvious disadvantage is that it isn't next to any major population centre so most people will have to drive there.

Would there be enough interest to establish a parkrun there?

Monday, October 15, 2018

Cork Rebel Run 2018 has officially SOLD OUT!!


***Cork Rebel Run Update***

Cork Rebel Run 2018 has officially SOLD OUT!!

From the organisers.....Thanks to all of you who have signed up to date, and we look forward to welcoming you on Sun Oct 21st. Details on sign-in will be posted shortly!

The very best of luck to you all in your final training preparations!

Mayo woman Sinead Diver runs 2:25 marathon in Australia

Sinead Diver from Co.Mayo won the Melbourne Marathon over the weekend in a time of 2 hours 25 mins and 19 seconds. That is the second fastest time by an Irish woman and only Catherina McKiernan’s has run faster with 2:22:23.

Over the half-marathon distance, Sinead has a personal best 69:20. Only Sonia O’Sullivan with 67:19 and Catherina McKiernan with 67:50 have run faster.

What is probably most amazing is that Sinead Diver only took up running nine years ago while on maternity leave.

Sinead emigrated to Australia in 2002 and now represents her adopted country.

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Results & Photos of the Cork BHAA Army-Navy 5 mile - Sun 14th Oct 2018

After a miserable and wet Saturday, the conditions for the Cork BHAA race on Sunday morning couldn't have been better with blue skies and sunshine. A total of 180 runners turned out which is in marked contrast to the 294 who turned out when it was an evening race in 2017. That's works out as a 39% drop which is a lot.

1 Enda Cloake M1 00:27:20 Navy M-A-1
2 Finbarr O Dwyer 0/45B M2 00:27:48 CPO
3 Nigel Sheehan M3 00:27:58 Simply Suits
22 Katie Hickson 0/40I F1  00:32:38 Glenside
37 Linda O Connor 0/40I F2 00:34:09 Musgrave F-B-1
39 Mary Buckley 0/50K F3 00:34:15 HSE

Full results

1) There are 2 galleries up on the Running in Cork Facebook page
...a) Taken about 4.1 miles (first half)
...b) Taken about 4.1 miles (second half of field)
2) Derek Costello of Eagle AC has a gallery HERE

Katie Hickson... winner of the 2018 Cork BHAA Army-Navy 5m race

Former Cork County player and manager Billy Morgan heading for the finish line

Friday, October 12, 2018

Usain Bolts scores twice in Soccer match!

Since he retired from athletics, Usain Bolt has tried out some professional football in Australia. Playing for the Central Coast Mariners, the world's fastest man managed to bag two goals!!

The first effort was just wide of the post...

Norweigan Ultra runner runs 164 miles in 24 hours to set new treadmill record

Norwegian ultra runner Bjørn Tore Taranger set a new record when he ran 264.5km on a treadmill over a 24 hour period. That is the equivalent of 164 miles and works out as 8 min 46 sec per mile pace (5:27 per km).

The event took place in the Norwegian city of Bergen and finished on Friday the 12th of October 2018. The previous record was 261.18km which was set in 2017.

After setting the record, he said....“I knew I had it in me, I was not in doubt. I knew that as long as I managed to get in my nutrition, follow the plan with the wonderful people here who have supported me throughout the night. That was awesome!”

Cars banned on Marina in Cork City on Sundays for October 2018


In a new initiative called 'Open for Play', the Marina in Cork City will be closed to cars from 10am to 2pm on every Sunday during the month of October 2018.

Some of the activities described are..."Family fun and games for the smallies. Cricket making an appearance on the eastern side of the Lee amongst other street games. "

This will hopefully be the start of a process which will see a proper public park in the area.If you are going for a walk or run on Sunday, you might considering supporting this initiative.

Click on the image below to see the area that will be closed.