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Sunday, December 21, 2014

Results of the Newmarket 5k road race...Sun 21st Dec 2014

A total of 232 runners turned out for this years Newmarket 5k road race in NW Cork. One of the most noticeable features of this particular race was the strength of the field with no less than 18 runners breaking 17 minutes.

The winner of the womens race was Michelle Finn of Leevale AC who won a team bronze medal at the European Cross Country Championships in Bulgaria just a week ago. Michelle's winning time was 16:33.

1 14:38    SHEEHAN, Colm    Leevale AC    M    04:42.5
2 14:45    CIOBANU, Sergiu    Clonliffe Harriers    M    04:44.7
3 14:53    HARTY, Michael    East Cork AC    M    04:47.3
14 16:33    FINN, Michelle    Leevale AC    F    05:19.5
25 17:11    KIELY, Martina    St. Finbarrs AC    F    05:31.7
26 17:16    O'CONNOR, Sinead    Leevale AC    F    05:33.3

The full results can be seen HERE

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Ron Hill has now run every day for 50 years...Sat 20th Dec 2014

76 year old Ron Hill from England has competed in no fewer than three Olympic Games and in his long career has also set several world records, including a 2:09:28 time at the 1970 Commonwealth Games marathon in Edinburgh.

He is also famous for having the longest running streak in the world having run every day for 50 years. Having started on the 20th of December 1964, his run at the Manchester Heathon Park parkrun on Saturday the 20th of December 2014 was the 50th anniversary. At a rough calculation and including leap years, that's over 18,260 days!

He still maintains a daily record of all his runs and has now clocked up 160,000 miles which is equivalent to running around the world six times.

Additional info...
1) BBC News
2) Athletics Weekly
3) Three runners from Cork travel to England for Ron Hill's 75th birthday
4)  Interview with Ron Hill from 2012
5) Article in the Irish Examiner by John Walshe...Sat 20th Dec

Results of the Shanagarry Christmas 5k...Sat 20th Dec 2014

The annual Shanagarry Christmas 5k road race was held on Saturday the 20th of December and attracted a record crowd of 111 runners. This is up 18% on last years figure of 94.

Up to recently, this used to be a very small race with only about 40-50 taking part. Now the numbers have doubled and that of course means that more money is raised for charity.

1 16:43    HAYES, Frank    East Cork AC    M45    05:22.7
2 16:48    HENNESSY, John    East Cork AC    M40    05:24.3
3 17:33    O'KEEFFE, Marty    Youghal AC    M45    05:38.8
28 20:00    LEONARD, Helen    Leevale AC    F40    06:26.1
29 20:17    JONES, Margaret    Midleton AC    F45    06:31.6
31 20:26    SWEENEY, Mary    St. Finbarrs AC    F50    06:34.5 

The full results can be seen HERE

Friday, December 19, 2014

Rob Heffernan awarded European Bronze medal at ceremony in Cork

In 2010 at the European Championships in Barcelona, Stanislav  Emelyanov won the 20 km walking race. Rob Heffernan finished 4th in that race. In July of 2014, the Russian was found to have been doping and his European gold medal position was declared void. As a result, Rob Heffernan was moved up into 3rd place and a bronze medal.

Rob was presented with the European Bronze medal at a ceremony in Cork City Hall on Friday the 19th of December at 6pm.

In a recent interview, Rob Heffernan said...."I've always performed, but if you don't have a medal, nobody cares."

Another twist to this story is that the Italian Alex Schwazer who should have been moved up into gold position isn't exactly clean either and is currently being investigated for doping. If that is upheld then there could be another medal ceremony in the future for Rob.

1) Article in the Irish Examiner

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Ballycotton announce list of online entries

A full list of entries for those that entered online is now up on the Ballycotton Running Promotions website. You can see it HERE

The complete list will  appear after the postal entries have closed in early January.

Notice...Newmarket 5k road race - Sun 21st Dec 2014

This popular 5 km road race is coming up in the town of Newmarket in North-West Cork on Sunday the 21st of December. This is a fast 5k course and gets a good turnout every year.

The race HQ is at the High Street Bar (see preview). As you can see from the race flyer above, there are lots of generous prizes on offer and the entry fee is €10.

Course Preview...Lots more info including directions, photos, course details, etc can be seen HERE

Reminder...Postal entries for the Ballycotton 10 close Friday 19th December

Just a reminder that postal entries for the 2015 Ballycotton 10 close on Friday the 19th of December. This applies to those who are athletic club members or those who did all 4 of the summer series races. Entries must arrive by post tomorrow so today Thursday is the last day to get it in the post.

Those living outside Ireland have until Tuesday the 6th of January.

More details in this previous post.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Results of the Conna Charity Christmas 3k...Tues 16th Dec 2014

St.Catherines AC held their annual Christmas 3k race in Conna on Tuesday the 16th of December 2014. Some 55 runners took part.

1    Jonathon Finn    11.16
2    John Beecher    11.19
3    Ger Morrison    11.41
1    Laura Hayes    13.03
2    Sara Barry    13.53
3    Caoimhe Hayes    13.59

The full results are up on the St.Catherines AC website HERE

Notice...Shanagarry Christmas 5k road race - Sat 20th Dec 2014

The annual Shanagarry Christmas 5 km road race is coming up next Saturday, the 20th of December at 12 noon. Located just 20 or so miles from Cork City, it might of interest to anyone wanting to try a short local race just before Christmas.

This race is usually a pretty low key event with only about 60-80 runners taking part. There are no big prizes or anything like that, it's just a very simple 5k race which is usually held every year on the weekend just before Christmas day. The entry fee is usually just €3 and any proceeds go towards charity.

Preview....A preview of the course can be seen HERE

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Small medal & chain lost at UCC Farm...Mon 15th Dec

Niamh Moore is a runner from UCC and she lost a small medal at the UCC Farm on Monday 15th Dec 2014. Here is Niamh's message in her own words..." I was running in the farm yesterday, Monday and believe that I lost a holy medal on a silver chain in the process. It's of no monetary value but extreme sentimental value and I'd really like to find it."

If anyone finds it then please send me an e-mail and I'll pass your details on to Niamh. My address is shown on the right hand side of this page.

Video clip about the recent Clonakilty Marathon

An 8 minute video clip about the 2014 Clonakilty Marathon with some well known faces in it....(8 mins long)

Results of the Kinsale Santa Dash 5k...Sun 14th Dec 2014

There was a huge turnout for this 5k race in Kinsale with over 800 people taking part.

1. John O'Connell 16.45
2. David Fox 17.28
3. Thomas McCarthy 17.38
1. Lorraine Cream   20.05
2. Margaret Callanan 22.06
3. Aisling Gould.         22.58

The full results can be seen HERE

1) Kinsale Tri club have a small number of photos on their Facebook page (Facebook account required to view)

Monday, December 15, 2014

Notice...Togher AC 5k road race - Sun 28th Dec 2014

This is another race coming up over the Christmas period. The Togher 5k is on Sunday the 28th of December at 1pm.

The online entry fee is €10 and you can enter online HERE

Entries on the day cost €12. 

All proceeds from the event go towards Togher AC and Cork Mental Health Foundation.

From the organisers....Following on from the success of our inaugural event last year we are back this year even bigger and better with kind sponsorship from Right Price Tiles. We are delighted to be running this event again in association with Cork Mental Health Foundation and Housing Association. All funds raised will go to support this great organisation and Togher AC.

We look forward to welcoming you all during the festive period on December 28th :-)

The course has been properly measured by Jones Counter and is a reasonably fast course.

Course Preview...Full details on the course with directions, maps, photos, preview, etc can be seen HERE

Notice...Bandon 5 mile road race - Thurs 1st Jan 2015

This is another race which might be of interest to people over the Christmas period...the Bandon 5 mile on New Year's Day.

This popular race always gets a good turnout from both West Cork and Cork City alike. The course is a mixture of town and country running with only one real hill of note. The race is being organised by Bandon Athletic Club, one of the major clubs in Co.Cork.

Preview......A full preview with maps, directions, photos, etc can be seen HERE

More info from Bandon AC......The next big event for the club will be on New Years day with the annual Donnough Coughlan Memorial 5 Mile race. There is also a non-competitive walk, will all proceeds from the walk going to the “Friends of Jamie Wall” trust fund.

Race starts at 1pm with registration taken on the morning in the Bandon GAA pavilion with registration opening at 11am. The walk sets off at 12.30pm and the run at 1pm.
Entry is €10 for the run and €5 for the walk.

There is a large prize fund of over €1,000 with prizes across a range of categories. Also, there is a €150 prize for a new course record!
The current course records are:
23.41 by David McCarthy (West Waterford) on 1st Jan 2014
27:53 by Lizzie Lee (Leevale A.C.) on Mon 2nd Jan 2012

Both the run and walk start on the bypass, go through the town and out the Kilbrittain Road looping around to finish at the Old Still Bar near the Mart. Prizes will be presented at the GAA Pavilion afterwards where there will also be a draw for spot prizes for the walkers.
Refreshments will also be served.

Cork Masters Athlete Carmel Parnell features in Athletics Weekly

In this weeks issue of Athletics Weekly, there is an article on Carmel Parnell of Leevale AC in Cork. As a F55 Masters athlete, Carmel has been unbeaten in her age group at the British and Irish Masters Cross Country from 2010 to 2014. After finishing two and half minutes ahead of the first F60 athlete at the race in November, Carmel looks set to dominate the F60 category as well when she turns 60 next July.

Leevale AC have a copy of the article HERE