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Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Notice: MMRA Bweeng Trail Race - Sun 1st Mar 2020

This 9.5km trail race near Bweeng in Co.Cork is coming up on Sunday the 1st of March 2020. The entry fee is €7 and annual membership of the Irish Mountain Running Association is required (€10).

More info about the event here...

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Notice: Duhallow 10 mile road race in Newmarket - Sun 8th March 2020

Duhallow AC will be holding their annual 10 mile road race in Newmarket in North-West Cork on  Sunday the 8th of March 2020.

Online Entry Link...

Notice: Cork BHAA CIT 5k - Sun 1st March 2020

The CIT 5k is a brand new event on the Cork BHAA calendar and it's coming up on Sunday the 1st of March 2020 at 11am.

The entry fee is just €5 for registered BHAA runners and €10 for non-registered. You enter on the morning of the race.

Update from the organisers... You will receive a 20% discount on items bought in John Buckley Sports shop on production of your CIT 5k running number up until the end of August 2020. Spot prizes will be given to down the field runners but you must be present at the prizegiving to receive the spot prizes.

Registration is in the West Atrium of CIT which is in the main building. There will be stewards on hand directing people so just park up and follow the directions.

Post race refreshments with tea, coffee, sandwiches, biscuits, fruit, etc will be in the West Atrium as well along with the prize giving afterwards.

Spot Prizes... There will be plenty of spot prizes for runners down the field and you don't have to be registered with the BHAA to receive one.

Note that they will be giving out an aluminium sports water bottle for the first 400 to enter on the day.

As for the course, it's the exact same as the popular Rebel Run 5k which takes place every November.

Other than a few corners and bends, it's a pretty fast course and of course, it's nice to finish on the CIT track.

Considering the fact that it's a BHAA event, it's located in the western suburbs of Cork City and ease of access from the N40 South Ring Road, it should get a good turnout.

Notice: Killeagh 4 mile road race - Sun 1st March 2020

This is the 5th year of this 4 mile race and it's organised by Killeagh Community Healthy Clubs Project in association with Youghal AC. It will be held this year on Sunday the 1st of March 2020 at 11am.

Entry on the day is €10.

Considering that Killeagh is on the N25 Cork-Waterford road, the race should have a pretty big catchment area.

As you can see from the course map below, the race takes in a loop to the west of Killeagh. The race finishes at the entrance to the Killeagh GAA grounds which is the race HQ. There will also be changing and shower facilities here.

Notice: CIT Sports Seminar Series - Dec 2019 to Apr 2020

Following the success of last year, there will be another CIT Sports Seminar Series again this year.

Update: 25th Feb 2020... Note the new date. The next talk is on the 25th of March 2020.

More info below...

Monday, February 24, 2020

NTA announce grants for pathways in Cork

The National Transport Authority (NTA) have just announced a number of grants to move forward some pathway projects around the Cork Harbour area. While a number are titled 'Cycle Corridors', this often means a shared pathway for cyclists, pedestrians and runners.

Some of the more interesting ones are shown below...

New Greenways and pathways tend to move at an almost glacial pace but at least progress is being made.

Sunday, February 23, 2020

Results & Photos of the Kinsale 10 mile - Sun 23rd Feb 2020

Claire McCarthy wins the 2020 Kinsale 10 mile. Photo: Mick Dooley

A total of 723 runners took part in this years Kinsale 10 mile road race with dry and mild conditions.

Last years there were many reports that the course was too long with reports of 10.2 miles at the finish line. It seems to be closer to the mark this year with one person reporting 10.09 miles.

First 5 men (L-R) Tom Lupton 4th, Joe Cunningham 3rd, Pat Hennessy 1st, Jeremy O'Donovan 2nd & Declan Power 5th. Photo: Mick Dooley

Top 5 men & women...
1.    1365    Pat    Hennessy    m    West Waterford AC    M18-39    00:51:13
2.    1759    Jeremy    O'Donovan    m    St finbarrs    M40-44    00:53:55
3.    1176    Joe    Cunningham    m    St finbarrs    M45-49    00:54:12
4.    1489    Tom    Lupton    m    Portlaoise ac    M18-39    00:54:31
5.    1825    Declan    Power    m         M45-49    00:54:34    00:54:33
16.    1548    Claire    Mccarthy    f    Leevale ac    F40-44    01:01:21
47.    1625    Una    Murphy plant    f         F45-49    01:07:33
48.    1579    Jenny    Miller    f         F18-39    01:07:44
55.    1484    Jean    Lucey    f         F18-39    01:08:42
63.    1509    Sylvia    Malone    f    Wac    F45-49    01:09:30

Full results

(L-R) Una Murphy Plant 2nd, Jenny Miller 3rd & Jean Lucey 4th. Photo: Mick Dooley

1) Derek Costello has a number of galleries...
...a) Mile 3 part 1 of 2
...b) Mile 3 part 2 of 2
...c) Mile 7 part 1 of 4
...d) Mile 7 part 2 of 4
...e) Mile 7 part 3 of 4
...f) Mile 7 part 4 of 4
2) Mick Dooley has an album HERE 

14-Week Programme for the 2020 Cork City Half-Marathon starts 24th February

The 2020 Cork City Half-Marathon is coming up on Sunday the 31st of May. I'll be running an 14-week training programme for it which will start on the 24th of February. Details below...

Please note that this is tailored for each individual person, it's not some sort of generic one-size fits all plan. The plan adapts according to the progress being made.

For it to be of value...

a) You'll have to answer questions initially so that a suitable programme can drawn up. This will be based on your current training and experience and how much time you have available. It's a plan designed to suit your life and work schedule as opposed to the other way around.

b) You'll also have to provide feedback every two weeks and the plan will be based on this.

c) You really do have to follow the plan. There is no point dipping in and out of it or be off running 5k races every weekend when you're supposed to be doing a long run. The plan can be adapted to accommodate the occasional race but they must be occasional.

The cost for the 14-weeks is €69.... from the dark evenings of Febuary to the long Summer evenings at the end of May.

If interested, email: johndesmondrunning AT gmail DOT com

Cork City Marathon Relay... This 12-week programme will start on the 9th of March. Cost €59.

Saturday, February 22, 2020

Results & Photos of the Glen River 5k parkrun - Sat 22nd Feb 2020

There was a marked jump in numbers for this weeks 5k parkrun in the Glen in Cork City with 156 taking part. This was actually the 2nd highest number ever for this event.

This is in marked contrast to the 72 last week when the numbers were low due to Storm Dennis and all of the heavy rain.

The parkruns in Ballincollig and Mallow were cancelled this week due to flooding so that might have also helped the numbers.

1 John LONGAN Male SM25-29 St Finbarrs AC 18:41
2 Trevor COLLINS Male VM40-44 VMware Running Club 19:41
3 Thomas NELSON Male SM25-29 Queens Triathlon Club 19:44
25 Hana FASKA Female SW18-19 Sanctuary Runners 22:40
26 Serena STRACEY Female VW40-44 Striders of Croydon AC 22:57
32 Aoife MCCARTHY Female VW35-39 Railway Union 23:16


1) Mick Dooley has a few photos HERE

Photo: Mick Dooley

Friday, February 21, 2020

Results of the poll for the best 5 mile race in Cork in 2019

Congratulations to the organisers of the Coachford 5 mile road race on being voted the best 5 mile race in Cork in 2019!

The Midleton 5 mile was in second place while the Kinsale Regatta 5 mile was in third.

Thanks to the almost 800 people who took the time to vote.

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Results of the poll for the best 4 mile race in Cork in 2019

Congratulations to the organisers of the Ballintotis 4 mile road race on being voted the best 4 mile race in Cork in 2019!

The Great Glenville Run 4 mile was in second place while the Buttevant 4 mile was in third.

Thanks to the almost 800 people who took the time to vote.

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Video: Out There - A Journey to the Barkley Marathons

Anyone with an interest in Ultra marathons or trail running should find this of interest...

The Barkley Marathons - one of the world's toughest ultramarathons, has been held annually in the Frozen Head State Park, Tennessee, since 1987.
The race is so brutal that, since the inception of the race, only 15 people have managed to finish. Runners are to run five 20-mile loops, within a 60 hour time limit and with more than 20.000m of elevation change.
The course is unmarked, no electronic devices are allowed and most of the race is off-trail.

Out There - A journey to the Barkley Marathons is the story of Belgian ultrarunner Karel Sabbe, who holds the world records on two of the most epic trails in the world: the 4279km long Pacific Crest Trail and the 3500km long Appalachian Trail.

Results of the poll for the best 5k in Cork in 2019

Congratulations to Bweeng Trail Blazers on their race being voted the best 5k in Cork in 2019!

The Togher 5k was in second place while the Cork BHAA Musgrave 5k was in third.

Thanks to the almost 800 people who took the time to vote.

Planning sought for new pedestrian and cycle path from Dunkettle to Carrigtwohill

Update: Closing date for submissions is Mon 24th Feb. If you would like to see this project go ahead then consider making a submission in favour of it.

Submissions and observations with respect to the proposed development, dealing with the proper planning and sustainable development of the area in which the development would be situated, may be made online at, by email to , using the ‘submissions template’ linked below or in writing to Senior Engineer, Cork County Council, Traffic and Transportation, Floor 11, County Hall, Cork, on or before Monday 24th February 2020

On Friday the 10th of January 2020, Cork County Council announced their proposal to build a new pedestrian and cycle path from Bury's Bridge which is near the Gaelscoil near Dunkettle to the railway station in Carrigtwohill.

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Disappointed lottery entries for Dublin Marathon will get priority in 2021

The organisers of the Dublin City Marathon sent out this email today and it looks like that those in the lottery who don't get in this year will be given priority for 2021.

If they use the same criteria for entries for 2021 and allow those who have done Dublin in the one of the last three years then it's not going to leave many spots for new people.

Many thanks for your interest in this years KBC Dublin Marathon.

As you may be aware we had over 35,000 applicants for the 25,000 available places.

You have not received a place in Round 1 or 2 of the Lottery process. We will now proceed and issue the refund of your initial €15.

In July, we will offer a refund option to all who have entered. Round 3 offers will then issue on 31st July. We will hold your details for this offering.

Anyone left in the lottery at the end of Round 3 will be offered a priority code to enter the 2021 KBC Dublin Marathon when the entry opens in November.

Regards and thanks for your patience,

KBC Dublin Marathon Team