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Friday, December 14, 2018

Jingle Jog 5k in Rosscarbey on Sat 15th Dec postponed

Due to the weather forecast, tomorrow’s Jingle Jog in Rosscarbey has been postponed until the 29th of December.

Running events coming up next weekend... Sat 15th & Sun 16th Dec 2018

The Christmas period is one of the busiest times of the year for running events and it really kicks off next weekend.

The list below which is extracted from the race calendar gives a good idea of what is on offer. Which event you take part in really depends on where you live.

The big race on Co.Cork next weekend is the annual Newmarket 5k organised by Duhallow AC on Sunday the 16th of December. They have had quite a large number of pre-entries to date and you can still enter on the day.

Weather Forecast : Loads of rain on Saturday and Monday. Much better on Sunday.

These are the running events in the South of Ireland on Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th of December 2018.

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Sat 15th (9:30am)... 5k parkruns - Various locations - Free
Cork - Ballincollig, Macroom, Clonakilty, Rineen Woods, Glengarriff Woods, Bear Is /// Limerick - University of Limerick, Newcastle West /// Kerry - Killarney, Tralee, Listowel, Inch /// Clare - Ennis, Kilrush, Clarisford /// Tipperary - Clonmel, Templemore /// Waterford - Tramore /// Kilkenny - Kilkenny Castle /// Carlow - Carlow town /// Wexford - New Ross, Gorey, Johnstown ///

Kerry... Sat 15th (8:30am)... Glenageenty Trail Marathon... €40... NE Kerry...
Kerry... Sat 15th (9:30am)... Glenageenty Trail Half-Marathon... €30...
Kerry... Sat 15th (10:30am)... Glenageenty Trail 10k... €20...

Cork... Sat 15th (9:30am)... Jingle Jog/Walk in Rosscarbery... €5... POSTPONED
Kerry... Sat 15th (10am)... Barradubh Santa 5k Fun Run / Walk... €7... Also 2.5k option...
Cork... Sat 15th (12 noon)... Glanmire 5k Santa Charity Fun Run... €20...

Sun 16th (9:30am)... 2k Junior parkruns - Various locations - Free
Cork - Cobh /// Limerick - Shelbourne Park /// Kerry - Tralee /// Wexford - Heritage Park ///

Cork... Sun 16th (9:30am)... Cloyne Commons 4k... €5... info...
Clare... Sun 16th (10:30am)... Run Santa Run Ennis... €5... Clare County Council Car Park... in aid of Clare Crusaders Clinic...
Kerry... Sun 16th (11am)... Tralee 5km Santa Fun Run... €10...

Cork... Sun 16th (1pm)... Newmarket Christmas Classic 5k road race... €15 on the day... organised by Duhallow AC

Race calendar...

Thursday, December 13, 2018

End of the road for the Tralee Marathon

After several years of decline, it looks as if it's the end of the road for the Tralee Marathon in Co.Kerry. Usually held around St.Patrick's Day in March, the full marathon had just 139 finishers this year.

The first year of the Tralee Marathon was back in 2013 and at the time, there was a lot of excitement with runners in Kerry opting to do a marathon in their home county. Over time however, several other marathons and half-marathons started up and the numbers gradually declined.

As can be seen from the graph above, the full has been in decline since the inaugural event and it hit its lowest point in 2018. Once the numbers get below a certain level, it's hard to justify a full marathon event.

The event is now being rebranded as the Tralee Harriers Half-Marathon and 10k going forward.

From the organisers..."With declining numbers over the last few years we have taken the decision of not running a full marathon but we will have a 1/2 marathon and 10km on Saturday 16th March 2019"

Addendum : It looks as if there is another marathon in Tralee on the 20th of April and it is a stand alone event. Despite its name, it looks like a completely different event to the one that is cancelled. It is also on the same day as two other half-marathons in Kerry so it will probably be a low key marathon like some of the MCI events.

Latest update on the Haulbowline Island works

Cork County Council recently released a video about the remediation works on Haulbowline Island in Cork harbour and it can be seen below.

While the photo above shows how a new layer of topsoil was placed on the site, the new video shows how it is beginning to turn slightly green as the grass begins to grow. By the time the Spring growth takes off in 2019, it should be more or less completely green with just the paths visible.

The Council have said that the new amenity will have a 2km trail which would include a distance marked 1 km loop to facilitate people being able to measure every 200m. It would also have two public toilets and car parking on site.

Update : The provisional date for opening is May 2019

More info about the project in this previous post.

News item from Cork County Council - 14th Dec 2018

Guest Post : JOHN O’LEARY’S AMAZING John Walshe

Congratulations to Cork runner John O'Leary who is now 80 years old and moves into the M80 category! To mark the occasion, the following article written by John Walshe for the Leevale AC  50th anniversary book 'Leevale - Home of Champions' has been updated for John's birthday. 


Of the 31 runners who ran the first Ballycotton ‘10’ back in 1978, 12 were from the Leevale club. However, for one of that dozen it is not the ten-mile race that holds the most memories but the Ballycotton Summer Series of five milers.

Later in that year of 1978, John O’Leary ran the Shanagarry ‘5’ and so started an incredible sequence that saw the Douglas man take part in a total of 154 consecutive races in the Series. But not alone did he reach that colossal number but he also achieved a milestone in running that will never be surpassed – that of finishing in first place in his age category in a staggering 123 of these events.

John took up running somewhat late in life, as his first sporting involvement was with Douglas Hall soccer club, both as a founder member and as a coach. “I was with them for around 10 years and we used to train at Castletreasure pitch,” he recalls. “As I was then in my late thirties I said I should do something about getting myself fit, so I started running in the field and I eventually ventured out in the dark and ran four miles. I said if I can keep this going for the four seasons, regardless of the weather, I will take up running for good.”

Luckily for John, across the road from his home in Gartan Park lived Jerry Murphy, then one of Cork’s outstanding distance runners. “It was Jerry who got me involved in Leevale and then the late Mick Harte started coaching me, but it was Jerry more than anyone else who influenced me.”

John’s first race was an international four-mile event at Loughrea and he also remembers the first cross-country medal he won: “It was a County Novice ‘B’ race and one of my team-mates on the Leevale team that day was Marcus O’Sullivan, who would go on to win three World Indoor titles.”

Finish of the 2018 BHAA 5k Simon race

He won his first road race prize at that Shanagarry race in 1978 and the following year, having turned 40, won his first category prize. As he moved up the age categories, he continued his amazing winning progression. He was unbeaten in the M55 age-group with 20 wins and won the M60 category on 19 occasions and continued into both the M70 and M75 categories.,

“I took up running as a science, not as a sport. I wanted to see what the body could go through and that helped me. I always knew when to ease off and I also knew the meaning of the word recovery,” concludes this remarkable man, who will celebrate his 80th birthday this month of December, 2018.

John O'Leary at the last Ballycotton 5 race in August 2017

A full list of John Walshe's articles can be found here...

Kate Veale of West Waterford AC wins National 20k Race Walk Championships

Kate Veale of West Waterford AC took another huge step back to the top level of race walking this morning at the national 20 k championships held in St Anne's Park Raheny Dublin. Kate took gold in a huge new personal best 1.37.54 knocking almost 5 minutes off her previous best .

Kate's time also was inside the qualifying times for two significant races in 2019
The European cup of race walking and the World universities games but she will have to wait as selection will be decided by Athletics Ireland in the near future.

Updated on 13th Dec...
Interview on WLRFM... Listen from 01:08:20 to 01:15:00

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Elite entries for the 2019 Dungarvan 10 mile race

The normal round of entries for the 2019 John Treacy 10 mile road race in Dungarvan closed at the start of November. They are however accepting 'Elite Entries' and the standard required is shown below...

From West Waterford AC..."If you wish to apply as an elite runner please send your information to info AT westwaterfordathletics DOT org stating your name, date of birth, club and fastest time and location for either half marathon or 10 mile race ran in the last 3 years.

Half Marathon time: Under 1.20 for men (1.30 for women)
10 Mile Time: Under 60 mins for men (65 for women)"

The race starts at 1:30pm on Sunday the 3rd of February 2019.

New development at UCC Farm to start in early 2019

It looks as if part of the UCC Farm is going to be developed in 2019 with work likely to commence early in the year.

The first two pitches on the left as you enter the UCC Farm will be developed with new buildings being constructed. This was flagged several years back but the economic climate was different back then.

Back in mid  2013, the first building was supposed to go up in late 2014 so the timeline for this project is over 4 years behind.

Many local runners use the UCC Farm for short training runs as the softer surface makes a welcome change from the pounding on the roads and footpaths. By running around the perimeter and staying off the playing pitches, there is a nice 2.25 mile loop. Obviously the new development will make those loops shorter.

Previous posts about the development HERE

The image below shows what the UCC Farm may look like eventually...

It's going to take some time before it's completely developed but 2019 should mark the year when it started.

Monday, December 10, 2018

Results & Photos of the Cork BHAA 5k Turkey Trot - Sun 9th Dec 2018

A grand total of 241 runners turned out for this years Cork BHAA 5k Turkey Trot in Mahon with a cheque for €3,000 to Cork Simon. As can be seen from the chart at the bottom of the post, the numbers were down about 14% this year which was probably due to the number of events on over the weekend.

Contestants were not allowed wear watches for this 5k and the winners were those who finished as close as possible to their estimated finish times.

The first three men and women across the line are shown below...

1 James McCarthy  16:22
2 Brian Harty 17:33
3 Conrad Daly 19:13
24 Benvon Lyons 21:19
28 Ann Marie Burns 21:46
35 Siobhan Holland 22:28

Full results are up HERE

Two little elves from the Kingdom

1) There are two albums up on the Running in Cork Facebook page...
...a) Pre-race and start
...b) Finish

And finally...this was of course the last race of the 2018 Cork BHAA calendar. Here are some of the Cork BHAA guys that help put on this successful race series every year.

Notice : Newmarket 5km road race - Sun 16th Dec 2018

This popular 5 km road race is coming up in the town of Newmarket in North-West Cork on Sunday the 16th of December. This is a fast 5k course and gets a good turnout every year.

The race HQ this year is at the Hi-Lands which is a change to the usual High Street Bar (see preview). As you can see from the race flyer above, there are lots of generous prizes on offer.

The online pre-entry fee is €10 or you can pay €15 on the day.

The pre-entry link is

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

This race is organised by Duhallow Athletic Club. More info on their website...

2019 Dublin Marathon sells out

On Monday the 10th of December 2018, the last of the 20,000 entries were sold for the next Dublin marathon at the end of October 2019. It's pretty amazing really considering how far away it is.

Looking back at earlier posts on the blog, the 2018 race sold out at the end of May 2018 and the 2017 race sold out on the 12th of July.

The big difference now is that before, the race was selling out around the time people might start think about doing a training plan. Now it's almost 11 months in advance which seems way off into the future. It's very likely that the number of 'no shows' will rise as well as people get swept up in the panic to enter and never turn up on the day. 

What will it be next year? Will it sell out in November?

There is a transfer window for those with entries but I think it is pretty early in 2018.

Over 19,500 entries sold already for the 2019 Dublin City Marathon

Update 9th December. It is likely to sell out on Mon 10th Dec.

Mon 10th Dec 2018... SOLD OUT!
Sun 9th Dec 2018... Now 19,500 gone. Likely to close on Mon 10th.
Wed 4th Dec 2018... Now 18,000 gone.
Tues 27th Nov 2018... Now 16,000 gone.
Sun 18th Nov 2018... Now 13,300 gone
Wed 14th Nov 2018... Now 12,500 gone.
Wed 7th Nov 2018... Now 10,000 gone.
Sat 3rd Nov 2018... 7,000 gone.

It's hard to believe but 10,000 places for the 2019 Dublin City Marathon have been sold already!

The entry fees are broken down as follows... Entry fee:  The first 7,000 entries are at €70, the next 7,000 are at €80 and the last 6,000 are at €90.

Amazingly, the first batch of 7,000 were snapped up by Saturday the 3rd of November, just 6 days after the 2018 event! By Wed 7th, it was at 10,000. That means there are now less than 10,000 left.

Although 12 months is a long time to plan ahead, you should probably be thinking about entering if you are interested. If nothing else, you should keep a close eye on the entries to see how things progress.

The entry link is

Saturday, December 08, 2018

Results of the Clonakilty Marathon, Half-Marathon & 10k - Sat 8th Dec 2018

Looks like they got a nice day for this years Clonakilty Marathon albeit a little windy.

Looking through the results, the numbers are just a tad down this year.

The marathon hit a new record with the highest number of finishers ever in the events history. The half-marathon was also up slightly but the drop this year was in the 10k for whatever reason.

2 Freddy STUKK    02:39:20 2    MS (1)    Raheny Shamrocks
3 Ciaran MCKENNA    02:39:56 171    MS (2)  
4 Derek GRIFFIN    02:46:50 342    MS (3)  
22 Charlotte KEARNEY    03:18:04 372    F40 (1)    Donadea RC
32 Kelli PALIZZI    03:25:02 438    FS (1)    PPRR
35 Ellen AHERN    03:26:40 248    F40 (2)    Rosscarbery Steam Runners

1 Sergiu CIOBANU    01:13:22 1945    MS (1)    Clonliffe Harriers
2 Niall SHEIL    01:14:49 1344    M40 (1)    St Killians
3 Mark GUERIN    01:16:55 5708    MS (2)
13 Jackie CARTHY    01:26:49 1106    F40 (1)    Kilgore AC
28 Kana AKIMOTO    01:32:58 1075    FS (1)    North East Runners Dundalk
45 Deirdre ANSBRO    01:36:11 1413    FS (2)    Youghal AC

1 Barry O'SHEA    00:35:25 2594    MS (1)    Midleton AC
2 Michiel MEULEMANS    00:35:30 2511    MS (2)    Loopgroep Run Inn
3 Garrett LORDAN    00:35:58 2471    MS (3)    Clonakilty Road Runners AC
5 Catriona MCKIERNAN    00:37:10 9763    F40 (1)   
13 Zoe QUINN    00:39:34 2173    F40 (2)    Raheny Shamrock AC
15 GrĂ¡inne O'CALLAGHAN    00:40:14 2550    FS (1)    North Cork AC

The results are up on the MyRunResults website...

Results & Photos of the Ballincollig 5k parkrun... Sat 8th Dec 2018

188 turned out for this weeks 5k parkrun in Ballincollig Regional Park in what were dry but windy conditions. This is down somewhat on the 312 of last week and the average of 290 for 2018. Perhaps the Clonakilty marathon on Saturday and the Cork BHAA Turkey Trot coming up on Sunday might have been a factor.

1 Unknown
2 Alan O'SULLIVAN    19:48    VM35-39    M2
3 Kevin GLEESON    20:12    VM35-39    M3
21 Olga O'SULLIVAN    22:35    VW40-44    F1    Eagle A.C.
33 Linda HOGAN    23:22    VW50-54    F2
36 Gillian COTTER    23:29    VW45-49    F3    St Finbarrs AC

Full results

1) Collette Ryan has some photos HERE

Results & Photos of the Glen River 5k parkrun... Sat 8th Dec 2018

76 runners turned out for this weeks 5k parkrun in the Glen, down slightly on the 81 last week.

1 Ken INCE    18:34    VM35-39    M1    Watergrasshill AC
2 Craig HARRINGTON    18:46    SM25-29    M2    Togher AC
3 Martin COLWILL    18:57    VM50-54    M3    Bideford AAC
22 Catherine REDMOND    23:58    VW45-49    F1
26 Sinead ROCHE    24:50    JW11-14    F2
27 Helen ROCHE    24:51    VW45-49    F3    Wibbly Wobbly Wonders


1) The organisers have a gallery HERE
2) Joe Murphy has a gallery HERE