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Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Notice...LeisureWorld Rebel Run 10k - Sun 8th Nov 2015

This 10 km road race is coming up in Bishopstown on Sunday, the 8th of November. That is a change from previous years when it was on in October. Another change this year is the inclusion of a 5k race.

This is going to be of interest to a lot of people for a number of reasons.....
1) There aren't that many 10k races really on the calendar. Loads of 5k and 5 mile races but fast 10k courses are a bit thin on the ground.
2) In Bishopstown in Cork City so it is central to a lot of people.
3) Dry-fit top included in the early entry fee of €15.

Chip Timing
Souviner T-Shirt (10k Participants only)
Goody Bag
AAI Licence & Measured by Jones Counter

Over 18’s only (APPLIES TO 10K)- 5k event open to those 16+.
Early Bird entries for both events
Please Note that it is not permitted to wear headphones while participating in this event.

Note that the race starts at 9:45am.

Entries....Early Bird entry fee until 30th October:
Leisureworld Rebel Run 10K - €15 (includes dry fit t-shirt, goody bag, chip timing, bib number)
Rebel Run 4 Fun 5K - €10 (includes goody bag, chip timing, bib number)
Late entry fees after October 30th:
Leisureworld Rebel Run 10K- €20
Rebel Run 4 Fun 5k - €15

You can enter online HERE

Number collection times...
Sign in will take place in Leisureworld Bishopstown during the following times & dates prior to the event on November 8th: Thursday 5th  & Friday 6th between 5pm and 8pm and Saturday 7th  November between 12pm and 2pm.  You will pick up your goody bag, souviner running tshirt (for 10k only) timing chip and race number here.



Courses......A There are some changes to the 10k course this year. The basic loop of the 10k is still the same although the start and finish are different. Last years course can be seen HERE

The 5k course starts with the 10k, takes in the walkway riverside behind CIT and finishes on the track as well.

More info at a later date.

The race is organised is association with Cork Sports Partnership and their race website is HERE

Monday, October 12, 2015

Results of the Cork County Senior Cross Country Championships...Sun 11th Oct 2015

The numbers were pretty modest again for this years County Senior Cross Country Championships which were held near Macroom on Sunday the 11th of Oct 2015. In the mens 10k race, there were 43 men taking part, down one on the 44 in 2014. There was a big drop however in the number of teams competing with only 4 this year compared to 6 in 2014.

Senior Mens Teams
Place     Club     Positions     Points
1     Leevale A.C.     1, 4, 5, 7....17
2     East Cork A.C.     2, 3, 9, 14....28
3     St. Finbarrs A.C.     6, 10, 13, 15....44
4     Togher A.C.     24, 25, 27, 33....109

In the Senior womens 5k race, there was a field of 21 runners compared to 17 in 2014. The number of teams was 3, the same as last year.

Senior Womens Teams
Place     Club     Positions     Points
1     Leevale A.C.     1, 3, 5, 6 ....15
2     Youghal A.C.     4, 8, 10, 14 ....36
3     St. Finbarrs A.C.     2, 13, 15, 18....48

The full results can be seen HERE

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Fionnuala Britton qualifies for Rio Olympics with 2:33 marathon in Chicago

Fionnuala McCormack (nee Britton) was in action today in the Chicago Marathon and finished in 13th place in a time of 2h 33m 15s. This was about 90 seconds slower than the 2h 31m 46s which she ran in her first marathon in the European Athletics Championships in Zurich in 2014.

Fionnuala McCormack’s splitsSplit     Time Of Day     Time     Diff     min/mile     miles/h
5K     07:47:29AM     00:17:27     17:27     05:37     10.69
10K     08:05:09AM     00:35:08     17:41     05:42     10.55
15K     08:23:04AM     00:53:02     17:54     05:46     10.41
20K     08:41:07AM     01:11:05     18:03     05:49     10.33
HALF     08:45:10AM     01:15:09     04:04     05:58     10.08
25K     08:59:14AM     01:29:12     14:03     05:48     10.36
30K     09:17:27AM     01:47:25     18:13     05:52     10.23
35K     09:35:59AM     02:05:58     18:33     05:58     10.06
40K     09:54:48AM     02:24:46     18:48     06:04     9.92
Finish     10:03:16AM     02:33:15     08:29     06:13     9.66

Perhaps more crucially, it is well within the 2h 42m required to qualify for the 2016 Olympics in Rio. Fionnuala is now the second fastest qualifier behind Lizzie Lee from Cork who ran a personal best of 2:32:51 in the Berlin marathon last month. With just three athletes being able to be selected, it's hard to imagine Lizzie or Fionnuala not going at this stage.

The third person to qualify so far is Breege Connolly of North Belfast Harriers who ran 2h 37m 29s in the London marathon last April. That time may well be bettered by another Irish athlete yet with Maria McCambridge (DSD) running in the Frankfurt marathon on the 25th of October.

Results & Photos of the Ardfield 5k & 10k Road Race...Sun 11th Oct 2015

A total of 216 people turned out for the Ardfield 5k & 10k race this year, the exact same as 2014. The numbers in the 10k were down slightly to 75 and the numbers in the 5k went up to 141.

1    Danny SMITH (69)    00:35:17    Senior  (1)    Male  (1)
2    Patrick MCCARTHY (73)    00:37:07    Ages 40 - 44  (1)    Male  (2)
3    Padraig SHEEHAN (68)    00:38:37    Senior  (2)    Male  (3)13    Eleanor GRIFFIN (30)    00:43:17    Senior  (1)    Female  (1)
19    Geraldine OSULLIVAN (65)    00:45:25    Ages 50 - 99  (1)    Female  (2)
20    Sandra WALSH (33)    00:45:42    Ages 45-49  (1)    Female  (3)

1    Samuel ALLEN (70)    00:17:19    Senior  (1)    Male  (1)
2    Donal LYONS (139)    00:19:46    Senior  (2)    Male  (2)
3    Alan BUTLER (103)    00:20:30    Junior  (1)    Male  (3)
4    Ronnie BARRY (200)    00:20:38    Senior  (1)    Female  (1)
8    Marie CONDON (61)    00:23:52    Senior  (2)    Female  (2)
10    Mairead LONERGAN (16)    00:24:22    Senior  (3)    Female  (3)

The full results can be seen HERE

1) There is a gallery of 200+ photos on the Running in Cork Facebook page.
2) The organisers have a gallery HERE

Friday, October 09, 2015

Notice...Eyeries 5 mile road race, West Cork - Sat 7th Nov 2015

This is the second year of the Eyeries 5 mile road race and follows on the success of last year. The Beara Peninsula in West Cork is one of the most scenic parts of the country and an ideal backdrop for this road race. It might well suit any clubs or small groups who are looking for a weekend away.

On a nice sunny day, it's an absolutely stunning spot. The town of Castletownbere is only 4.5 miles away so there is plenty of accommodation on offer.

From the organisers.....Eyeries, on the Beara Peninsula, will host its Second Annual five mile road race on Saturday 7th November 2015. The race will start at 2:30pm. Following a highly successful inaugural Race in 2014, this is the second running of this event and the organisers are hoping for an even better turn out than last year. The entry fee for the race is €10 (if registering online and by 6 November 2015) or €12 on the day. All proceeds are in aid of Eyeries Community Development Ltd and St Patricks Athletic Training Centre, Iten, Kenya.

Eyeries Hall is the race HQ where registration and collection of race numbers will take place as well as post-race refreshments and prizes.  Parking will be available within walking distance near the village.

The committee have engaged with Bantry AC and Athletics Association of Ireland to organise this race. The course has been measured and certified to AAI & IAAF standards and the AAI Race Permit has been granted. It is open to all levels of runners and walkers.

Please support this worthwhile event.

In November, this stunning part of West Cork can be very quiet and I'm sure they would appreciate all the support that they can get.

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

More info about the race the locality at

Short video of last years race...

Thursday, October 08, 2015

No sports grants for athletic clubs in Cork in 2015

The Sports Capital Programme (SCP) is operated by the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport and provides grants to assist in the development of sports facilities and the provision of sports equipment.

Back in July of 2014, I had a post up about how only €800 out of €4.2 million in sports grants in Cork went to athletics. That €800 in question went to Ballymore Cobh AC.

The latest figures for the 2015 grants have just been released and not one athletic club in Cork received a grant. This is in spite of the fact that 4.5 million Euro went to other sports in Cork.

In previous posts, some people have pointed out that a lot of athletic clubs don't have their own facilities and can't avail of these grants and that's a very valid point. However, plenty of other athletic clubs elsewhere in the country as you can see from the list below managed to get substantial grants.

According to the Athletics Ireland website, there are over 40 clubs in Cork. It's hard to believe that at least one athletic club in the county couldn't have applied for and benefited from a grant.

Carlow... Ardattin Athletic Club €14,000
Clare... Derg AC €10,000
Clare... Tulla Athletic Club €110,000
Galway... Craughwell Athletic Club €100,
Kerry... Tralee Harriers Athletic Club €44,000
Kildare... Celbridge Athletic Club €14,721
Kilkenny... St Senans Athletic Club €6,939
Kilkenny... Tullaroan Athletics Club €20,737
Meath... Boyne AC €9,000
Laois...Oughaval Athletic Club €20,000
Limerick... Dooneen Athletic Club €15,000
Sligo... North Sligo Athletics Club €8,000
Sligo... Sligo County Athletics €7,000
Tipperary... Newport Athletic Club €6,000
Westmeath...Mullingar Harriers Athletic Club €35,000
Wexford... Adamstown Athletic Club €12,000
Wexford...Craanford Harriers Athletic Club €4,000
Wexford...D.M.P Athletics Club €80,000
Wexford...Menapians Athletic Club €14,000

Tramore Valley Parkrun Cancelled...

Just over the two weeks ago, the very first 5k parkrun was held in the new Tramore Valley Park in Cork City. It has now just been announced that it will be cancelled until further notice.

 Here is a statement from the organisers...."Apologies for the short notice but the event for next Sat (10th) is cancelled. The reason is due to the City Council needing to do a risk assessment because of the high volume of traffic in the park & this will be carried out early next week. Obviously we're disappointed at having to cancel an event but as I'm sure you'll appreciate the safety of the participants is the foremost concern of both the council & the volunteers.

There will be a further update next week."

 The photo above shows the car park last Saturday when 238 people took part. On the day the overflow car park had to be used.

Wednesday, October 07, 2015

New parkrun for Glengarriff in West Cork?

It looks as if another new parkrun might be starting up in Co.Cork.

On Tuesday evening the 6th of October, there was an information evening about a new proposed 5km parkrun in the nature reserve in Glengarriff in West Cork.

If it goes ahead then it will be the fifth park run in Cork. In order of starting, the others are Macroom, Clonakilty, Bear Island and Tramore Valley Park in Cork City.

Tuesday, October 06, 2015

Notice...Run in the Dark in Cork City - Wed 11th Nov 2015

Following the success of last years Run in the Dark charity events, they will be repeated again this year in the cities of Dublin, Cork, Belfast, London and Manchester.

The Cork event last year attracted around 2,000 people and it looks likely that a similar number will want to take part in this unique event around the streets of the city at night this year as well.

You can enter this race on the event website...

The big change this year is that the runners will be starting and finishing on Patricks Street and some of the narrow sections are gone with the implementation of walkers lanes on Maylor Street.

Chip timing company Precision Timing go into receivership...

Precision Timing are the largest chip timing company in Ireland and covered the whole country whereas other players in the market tend to be smaller and more regional. As well as doing chip timing, they also provided a service whereby they took online entries. There are a number of companies doing this and normally charge a small fee for doing so.

It has been just announced that Precision Timing have issued an insolvency notice. This has an immediate impact on organisers planning upcoming races or any who have held a race in the last few months, used the online entry service and didn't get paid.

The company has been involved in about 200 races in roughly the last 6 months so this is likely to impact on quite a few.

An insolvency notice can be seen HERE

A meeting of creditors is scheduled for the 16th of October 2015.

It would be wrong to speculate as to why the company got into trouble so no comments please to that effect.

The companies website is

Their Facebook page and Twitter pages are down.

It's sad to see a company that seemed to have been doing so well get into trouble like this. They also employed a number of people who were out on the road most of the week going to races all over the country and they would be well known to a lot of race organisers.

1) Article on The42 website.

Monday, October 05, 2015

Latest club membership stats for Cork at the end of Sept 2015

Athletics Ireland have recently released the membership stats for the end of September 2015. These are the clubs in Cork with more than 50 adult members...

There are usually no major changes as membership in most clubs tends to level out in the final few months of the year. You can see from the Blue line which clubs picked up members in the last month.

It's probably worth mentioning as well that this doesn't represent the full story as one of the biggest growth areas in recent times has been that of running groups who are not members of athletics Ireland. There are now a number of these throughout the county and some are quiet large. e.g. Wibbly Wobbly Wonders in Ballyvolane, Happy Feet in Blarney, etc.

The latest stats from Athletics Ireland can be found HERE

Sunday, October 04, 2015

Results & Photos of the BHAA Cork to Cobh 15 mile race...Sun 4th Oct 2015

A total of 696 runners turned out for this years BHAA Cork to Cobh 15 mile road race, a drop of 6.5% on last year.

As to why the drop? Maybe it was down to the price increase of €5 this year? Maybe the fact it was 3 weeks out from the Dublin Marathon as opposed to 4 weeks last year? It's hard to say. As the chart shows above, the numbers running sub 9 min per mile pace held up while the main drop was in those running over 9 min per mile pace. As for why???

Conditions for the race were pretty ok. Mainly overcast but the strong easterly headwind made things a bit difficult earlier on.

1 David Mansfield M1 01:21:10 CLONMEL CO. TIPP.
2 COLIN MERRITT 0/40A M2 01:22:45 Army M-B-2
3 John Meade M3 01:23:39 Joyce Wolfe Physio
35 Ann Marie Holland 0/40I F1 01:37:59 Janssen
39 Una Plant 0/45J F2 01:38:32 Kinsale
89 Mary Sweeney 0/55L F301:45:26 Fit4Life F-A-1

The full results can be seen HERE

Photos...(Updated Mon 5pm)
1) Kieran Minihane has a gallery of photos HERE
2) There are 300+ photos on the Running in Cork Facebook page HERE
3) Paul Condon Photography has a gallery HERE
4) Susan Parker Laste has a gallery HERE
5) Joe Murphy of Eagle AC has a gallery HERE
6) Andy O'Rourke Photography has some in his Facebook page's timeline but not in an album. Click HERE
7) Derek Costello of Eagle AC has a gallery HERE

Leevale AC & Youghal AC take titles at Cork County Novice Cross Country Championships

The Cork County Novice Cross Country Championships were held in Carrig na bhFear on Sunday the 4th of Oct 2015.

In the Novice mens race, Leevale AC took the title with two of their men finishing 1st and 3rd.
Novice Men
1Donal Coakley (Leevale)
2 Luther Matthias (Cork Varsity).
3 Donal Molloy (Leevale).

1 Leevale (Donal Coakley, Donal Molloy, Michael Roper, Tom Kennefeck).

In the Novice womens event, Yougal AC took the team title with Aoife Cooke also winning an individual Gold.

Novice Women
1 Aoife Cooke (Youghal),
2 Andrea Beckerdyke (Leevale),
3 Niamh Moore ( Cork Varsity).

1 Youghal (Aoife Cooke, Evlin Cashman, Ruth Mellereck, Julie Kennelly. 2nd St.Finbarrs AC, 3rd Cork Varsity.

The full results are up on the Cork Athletics website HERE.

Notice...Ardfield 5k & 10k road race - Sun 11th Oct 2015

The village of Ardfield is located just to the south of Clonakilty in West Cork and is a lovely part of the county. The roads in general are relatively quiet and there are extensive views out over the West Cork countryside and coastline.

Next Sunday the 11th of October, there is a 5 km and 10 km road race in the village. Both courses have been accurately measured by Jones Counter and the event has an Athletics Ireland licence.

The village of Ardfield is just 6 kms to the south of Clonakilty...

Registration for the race is at Mountain House which is just to the south of Ardfield. You can register on the Saturday between 5pm and 7pm or on the morning of the race from 11am. The 5k costs €10 and the 10k costs €15.

The races start at 12 noon.

5k......A full preview of the 5 km race with maps, directions and photos can be seen HERE

10k......A preview with maps, directions and photos can be seen HERE

From the race organisers...Following on from the success of last year’s event, the Ardfield Rathbarry Playground Group are getting ready for this years Ardfield Road Run on October 11th 2015.  The run consists of both a 5Km and 10Km and all levels of fitness are welcome – as the logo goes ‘Walk It, Run It, Race It’. Both are very enjoyable courses that start and finish in Ardfield village and take in spectacular views from Inchydoney to the Galley Head with the last 3km of both courses being the same adding greatly to the occasion.

This year the event has an AAI permit and will be chip timed. The race is ideal timing for athletes competing in the Dublin City marathon and for anyone preparing for the local Clonakilty Waterfront marathons being held in December.

Registration will take place at the Mountain House, Ardfield on Saturday 10th October from 5pm till 7pm and on the day from 11am.  The race begins at 12 noon.  The entry fee is €10 for the 5K and €15 for the 10K.  Post race refreshments will be served in the local GAA complex. Further details can be found on the Ardfield Rathbarry Playground Group Facebook page. A fun and challenging afternoon is guaranteed by the organisers - whatever the weather! 

Update from the organisers Tues 6th Oct 2015.....Precision Timing, the chip timing company we were planning to use for Sunday's Ardfield Road Run, has issued an insolvency notice. Luckily we have been able to secure the services of Sports Timing at very short notice and therefore the race will still be a chip timed race. Anybody who has already registered online with Precision Timing should contact us and we will ensure that their entry is honoured.

Saturday, October 03, 2015

Results of the Rosscarbery Steam Engine 5k fun run...Sat 3rd Oct 2015

157 runners and walkers took part in this 5k fun run in Rosscarbery in West Cork.

1 John Collins Skibbereen AC 16:39
2 Michael Coakley Skibbereen AC 17:28
3 Michael Devine 17:37
15 Ronnie Barry Bandon AC 20:50
19 Geraldine O'Sullivan Bantry AC 21:39
23 Imelda Neville Clonakilty 22:22

The results can be seen HERE

Photos...(Facebook account required to view)
1) Fiona Calnan has a small album HERE