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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Entries for the Samsung 10k Night Run extended until Friday 25th Apr

The organisers of the Sansung 10k Night Run in Cork City have extended the closing date for entries until Friday April 25th at 3pm.

This is a unique event in that the course is on closed roads on a Sunday evening in the heart of Cork City. The entry also includes a dry fit top as shown in the photo below of the race launch...

Cork Lord Mayor Catherine Clancy, Irish athlete Derval O'Rourke and Cork footballer Eoin Cadogan at the launch of the 2014 Samsung 10k Night Run in Cork

More info about the course in this previous post.

In comparison to most races, the entry fee is more expensive but most 10k races don't give out a long sleeved dry-fit top or have the associated costs of having a course through the heart of Cork City at night.

For more info and to enter, go to the race website...

This race has been run in Dublin for a number of years. This is the race video from 2013 which gives a taste of what it's like...

Notice...Midleton 5 mile road race - Thurs 1st May 2014

The start of May every year is associated with one of the most popular road races on the calendar...the Midleton 5 mile. The date for the race is Thursday, the 1st of May 2014 at 8pm.

Directions and Instructions...see the map below of Midleton.
a) Entries on the night will be taken at the GAA hall (€10). Entry desks will open at 5:30pm.

The GAA hall is located opposite the local train station. If you are coming from Cork City, then take the slip road for Midleton....

 ...then first left and onto the relief road going around to the west of the town...and at the next junction, turn right...over the rail lines....and then first left at The Session Bar. The GAA grounds are up this narrow road on the right.

b) Pre-entries...On Wednesday evening (30th Apr), you can pre-enter at the local Community Centre between 6pm and 7:15pm. This will allow you to collect your race number and avoid the entry queue on Thursday evening.
c) No Headphones!!... Due to insurance reasons, anyone found wearing them will be disqualified. Out of all the local races, you can expect it to be enforced here.
d) Travel to Midleton by Train....Considering that the GAA grounds are just across the road from the train station, this might be an option for anyone in Cork City wishing to travel down.
Depart Cork...Arrive Midleton (D 17:15...A 17:38), (D 17:45...A 18:09), (D 18:15...A 18:39)
Depart Midleton...Arrive Cork (D 21:45...A 22:08), (D 22:45...A 23:08).
e) Parking...As well as parking near the GAA grounds, they also have use of Hurleys Super Valu Overflow Car Park located just behind the Mill Wheel Bar on the Mill Road. This is just a few minutes walk from the GAA Pavilion.
f) Start.....The start line for the race is about 1km from the GAA hall. The finish line is about 1.5 kms.

From the organisers.....Like last year, we will have the use of the main hall in the GAA grounds which gives a lot more space for pre and post race activities. Please follow the advice of gardai and stewards at all times who will direct people to and from the Race HQ and the start. Allow plenty of time to get the start line, which is located approx 1 mile from HQ. As well this year Midleton Fitness Centre, situated just next to the start line have kindly offered us use of toilet facilities prior to the race.

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

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Photos of the Cork BHAA Styker 4 mile race...Tues 22nd Apr 2014

Results will probably be out on Wednesday. In the meantime, here are some photos...

1) Kiernan Minihane has a gallery HERE

Notice...Emer Casey 10 km road race, Youghal - Sun 18th May 2014

This popular 10k road race in Youghal in East Cork is coming up on Sunday, the 18th of May 2014.

Here is some more info from the organisers...
Entry €15 before 1st May 2014
Entry €20 after 1st May 2014
Entry €30 for family of 2
Free Entry on completion of a Sponsorship Card
Free T-Shirt at registration
Prizes galore - top 3 men and women, Category Prizes for O40-065 for the men and O35-O60 for the ladies
Spot prizes
Superb after race refreshments
AAI Permit and Course properly measured by Jones Counter
Abundant support on route - great race, professionally organised and lots of fun.

All proceeds go towards the Emer Casey Foundation, a charity

Here is a small extract from their website which describes what the race and the fundraising is all about...
Ovarian cancer is the leading cause of death from gynaecological malignancy in the western world. The poor survival of ovarian cancer patients can be attributed to 1) lack of standardised screening test 2) late presentation of disease 3) high rate of recurrence 4) development of chemoresistance and 5) poorly understood disease biology.  

The Emer Casey Foundation is dedicated to providing funding to the DISCOVARY consortium to secure the best independent research to detect the early signs of Uterine/Ovarian cancer. It is also currently sponsoring three Phd Fellowship students, whose focus is in the areas of chemoresistance, cancer stem cells, circulating tumour cells and the body's immune response to cancer. The scientists have already identified a panel of proteins that can be identified in the blood of ovarian cancer patients. They have developed a near patient testing device to assess a patient's response to chemotherapy and are currently working on new ways to isolate circulating tumour cells in a patient's blood.

Pictured is Emer Casey Gynaecological Oncology Nurse Specialist Vickie Cleary with Sonia O'Sullivan at the recent Great Island 10 mile road race in Cobh. Sonia is the patron of the charity and Vickie is the nurse based on CUMH and being funded by the Emer Casey Foundation.

Race HQ on the day will be at Pobalscoil Na Trionóide which is just off the Youghal By-Pass so access won't be an issue. Considering the potential catchment area, it should attract a good sized crowd...

You can enter online HERE

Please note that there is a new course for 2014. Details to follow in later posts...

Monday, April 21, 2014

Results of the Boherbue to Kiskeam 4 mile road race - Mon 21st Apr 2014

A total of 120 runners turned out for this years Jack O'Keeffe 4 mile road race from Boherbue to Kiskeam in NW Cork.

1 19:43    MCCARTHY, James    East Cork AC    M    04:55.7
2 19:58    HARTY, Michael    East Cork AC    M    04:59.4
3 20:59    O'CONNELL, John    Leevale AC    M35    05:14.7
14 23:17    MCCARTHY, Maria    Farranfore-Maine Valley AC    F35    05:49.2
17 24:04    KIELY, Martina    St. Finbarrs AC    F    06:00.9
24 24:33    FINN, Carol    Leevale AC    F    06:08.1

The full results can be seen HERE

1) A slideshow of photos are linked from the Gneeveguilla AC website.

Results of the Clonakilty 4m & 10m road race...Mon 21st Apr 2014

The inaugural Clonakilty 4 mile and 10 mile road races were held on Easter Monday, the 21st of April 2014.

4 Mile
1 Rory O Sullivan        St Finbarrs     M 21:42
2 John COLLINS        Skibbereen AC     M 22:43
3  Ian Dorgan        St Finbarrs     M  23:22
6 Margaret Murphy             F 25:07
8 Anna O Neill        Doheny     F 25:57
9 Ronnie Barry        Bandon AC     F 26:10

10 Mile
1  Kevin Wilmot        Bandon AC  MS      1:00:35
2  Don Keohane        Eagle AC     M40  1:01:46
3 Ciaran Bouse        Eagle AC      MS  1:02:12
5 Carmel Crowley        Bandon AC  F     F40  1:03:52
30 Sandra WALSH          F40      1:14:43
34 Mags Murphy          F40  1:16:02

The full results can be seen HERE

1) Kieran Minihane has a gallery of photos HERE

Laura Crowe and Paul Robinson at Boston Mile Race...

As part of the build-up to the Boston Marathon, the Boston Athletic Association held an invitational mile for elite athletes last Saturday. In the womens race, Laura Crowe of An Ríocht AC finished in 5th place in a time of 4:46.1

1. Morgan Uceny (USA) 4:44.0
2. Heather Kampf (USA) 4:44.3
3. Brie Felnagle (USA) 4:44.8
4. Sara Hall (USA) 4:45.9
5. Laura Crowe (IRL) 4:46.1
6. Chelsea Reilly (USA) 4:46.6
7. Violah Lagat (KEN) 4:48.0

In the mens event, Paul Robinson of St.Coca's AC finished an impressive second place only to be out-kicked by the 2008 Olympic 1500m Silver medalist Nick Willis from New Zealand in what was a tactical race.

1. Nick Willis (NZL) 4:11.3
2. Paul Robinson (IRL) 4:12.0
3. Leo Manzano (USA) 4:13.3
4. Chris O’Hare (GBR) 4:13.6
5. De’Sean Turner (USA) 4:14.5
6. Rob Finnerty (USA) 4:15.2
7. Criag Miller (USA) 4:22.2

Irishman Neil Cusack won the Boston Marathon 40 years ago this weekend...

On this weekend 40 years ago in 1974, Neil Cusack from Limerick won the Boston Marathon, the  oldest and one of the most famous city marathons in the world in a time of 2:13:39.

With the 2014 Boston Marathon taking place on Monday the 21st of April, a number of publications have been looking back at that win 40 years ago.

In the Irish Examiner, Kieran Shannon has a very good interview with Neil Cusack and it can be seen HERE

In the Johnson City Press in Tennessee, Tony Casey has an article HERE

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Results of the Sheeps Head 10k race...Sat 19th Apr 2014

1 O'SHEA    ALEX     33:36     5:23/M
2 HARRINGTON    MICHAEL     36:10     5:47/M
3 COUGHLAN    DENIS     36:57     5:55/M
14 CLARKE    IMELDA     42:31     6:48/M
18 HARRINGTON    DEIRDRE     43:21     6:56/M
19 BARRY    LIZ     43:33     6:58/M

The full results can be seen HERE

Results of the Old Head of Kinsale 7km fun run...Sun 13th Apr 2014

This fun run & walk over approx 7 kms was held on the Old Head of Kinsale last Sunday. Results HERE

Friday, April 18, 2014

Runners life saved at Half Million Half Marathon in the Phoenix Park

The Half Million Half Marathon For Laura Lynn was held today in the Phoenix Park in Dublin and attracted a field of over 1400 runners. One of the runners...a 39 year old man with 3 children...however collapsed after suffering a cardiac arrest after finishing the race. Two Dublin Fire Brigade paramedics (one retired...Gerry Hilliard, one off-duty) who were also taking part in the race came to the man’s aid, and administered CPR. Members of the St. John’s Ambulance arrived and also provided assistance. The man’s pulse returned after he was treated with a defibrillator, and he was then taken to hospital.

A witness said..."Seen the man collapse after just finishing before him and the runner who tended to him definitely saved his life, the poor guy was going grey and Gerry (?) started CPR immediately and got him back, scarily close to a tragedy but well done to all who helped save him! "

He is currently being treated at St James’s Hospital, and is said to be making a good recovery this evening.

Video interview with Irish Ultra-Marathon runner Eoin Keith

Eoin Keith from Dublin is one of the leading Irish Ultra-Marathon runners. In this 11 minute clip, he talks about a year in which he became only the 4th person in history to run 300 miles in 3 days; and setting a new Irish 24-hr track record of 152 miles(245kms).

Interview with the organisers of the 2014 Bay Run Half-Marathon & 10k

The Bay Run Half-Marathon from Glengarriff to Bantry started in 2007 and has attracted a large number of runners to West Cork every year. In 2013, the previous organisers announced their intention to end the event but the Maritime Hotel in Bantry have now taken it over. To clarify what the current situation is with the Bay Run and what changes are being implemented, I asked the new organisers a series of questions. This is especially pertinent as it has now gone from being a commercial event to one raising funds for the local Bantry hospice.

Q. Hi James, as an introduction to the readers of the Running in Cork blog, can you tell them a small bit about yourself?
Certainly John but I hope this won't put them to sleep - well I’m 33 years of age, father of 2 girls and husband to beautiful wife Laura. I have worked in Leisure and hospitality for the past 10 years starting out in the Kingsley Hotel and working in other 4 / 5 star properties around Cork City and County. As a keen runner, I have run 2 marathons both sub 4hours; I have also run the Bay Run twice over the last number of years but due to knee injuries I've have had to change my focus of training to cycling / adventure racing and would be a competitive cyclist completing events like the Rebel Tour, Tour de Cure & Malin to Mizen in 3days as well as numerous other events such as Gaelforce West and Connemara Adventure races.

Q. The Bay Run Half-Marathon started in 2007 and has been held on the May Bank Holiday weekend ever since. Last year the original owners announced that the 2013 event was going to be the last one. Why did the Maritime Hotel take on the organising of the 2014 event?
Last year as pointed out by yourself John the event was finishing up and I felt having worked in Bantry for the last 7 years seeing what happens on a May Bank Holiday Weekend; I felt it would be an awful shame to see such a prolific event disappear. I took it upon myself to approach the owners of the event and see could a deal be brokered to take over the Bay Run and make it into something better and more transparent. In The Maritime Hotel we believe that having as many events on as possible it vital to the local economy and really losing an event as big as The Bay Run would have a negative impact on not just Bantry / Glengarriff but the entire West Cork hinterland. 

The deal was brokered with the previous owners Edge of Europe ltd. and The Maritime Hotel took over the running of the event. Once this deal was completed we then set about making the event clear in its planning; we set up a limited charitable company called Bantry Bay Run Ltd and this company is a not for profit company raising money solely for charity. The Bantry Hospice was the first charity to mind as the previous July myself and a group of local cyclists took on Malin to Mizen in 3days and we raised €14,000 for the hospice; equally I had the honour of training and working with my bosses son Donal Walsh in 2012/2013; before Donal died he was cared for by the staff at Kerry Hospice; both hospices are run by the same doctors that looked after Donal before he passed away. Both Fionnbar & I felt that the true charity to drive for would be the Bantry Hospice. I approached the committee and explained that I wanted to run the event for them and with they’re support they were delighted to come on board.

Q. What does an event like the Bay Run mean to the towns of Bantry and Glengarriff? In terms of hotels, B&B's, pubs, restaurants, etc, what impact does it have on the towns during the first weekend in May every year? 
The Bay Run typically is a big event here in Bantry and Glengarriff, it is a route that is challenging and a lot of people take it on for personal challenges as well as for raising money for an organisation that is close in hearts. The event itself can have an impact on the local economy as well bringing approx €40,000-€50,000 euro to the hotels, B&B’s pubs, supermarkets and local traders over the course of a weekend.

Q. The Bay Run has usually been associated with just the half-marathon. What's the idea behind the introduction of the 10k event?
You're correct the Bay Run has always been a half marathon and nothing more; but as an experienced coach I have trained people over the last number of years throughout Cork and West Cork I found that sometimes injuries get in the way; a shorter course can still be achievable for people. I did some market research into a 10Km event; I spoke with locals as well as athletic clubs around Cork which all ended with the same theme that a 10Km would be very well received. Some of the feedback from people was that the distance of a half marathon can really be off putting to some people who are only starting out so a 10Km is more achievable and leads to the possibility of them targeting their first half marathon the next year.

Q. The day before, you have a family 3k fun run. What's the idea behind it?
I have been working with different organisations over the last number of years and I also teach swim lessons; as a parent I cannot understand how children are becoming as big as they are getting. I see children these days around Bantry town, in Cork and they are getting significantly bigger and bigger. My nephew last summer ran off a pitch to be handed lucozade sport drinks, I was horrified and ultimately I feel the responsibility is on us as adults to lead from the front. The family fun run is just to show children how much fun and enjoyment is out there in the clear air. You throw Mum and Dad into the equation and you have the makings for a really great quality time as a family.  We have taken a lot of time to organise this event and we will be running it complete with Start / Finish blow up banner, marshals, barriers to give them the full race theme while keeping it fun and jovial. Each child will receive a High Vis vest to run in as well as a high vis back pack cover. There will be trampolines, and amusements plus face painters at the finish line as well as music to entertain everyone. 

Q. In a lot of half-marathon and other events around the country, they have 'charity partners' which often just means that sponsorship cards are given out to participants. The charity partner for the 2014 Bay Run Half-Marathon is the Bantry Hospice. How exactly will they benefit from the proceeds of the Bay Run Half-Marathon & 10k?
Correct again John and given the article in social & print media recently I think it's only right that we have the chance now to fully show transparency. The Bay Run is a charity event, we are aiming to raise money for the Bantry Hospice. Should we make a profit year 1 then this will go to The Hospice. Obviously in order to maintain the limited charitable company set up a certain amount of funds have to be kept to maintain solvency but the lions share of profits will go to charity i.e. Bantry Hospice.
We lent a hand with regard to the sponsorship cards and will try to help the hospice generate as much revenue for their operations as is possible but once the event is finished we would be hoping to add to the sponsorship cards themselves.  This is obviously subject to numbers turning up for either the Half Marathon or 10 Km or 3Km Family Fun Run.
Once we have completed the events successfully then it is our aim to publish the profit and loss account into social media, print media and everywhere else. Should someone want a copy they need only ask. As it stands we have given copies of the current projected P&L complete with expenses to the hospice committee. I know having reviewed previous facebook comments, other media over the years; there has been serious negativity towards this event regarding price.
Price these days is so sensitive but we are basing our price on our costs and equally on what this event provides as well. In terms of the goodie bag we have worked tirelessly on putting together the best possible goodie bag so people feel that they are getting value for money, other events locally and throughout the country charge €30 for a half marathon and give nothing. We will be providing a Technical T-Shirt, full size moisturisers, food supplements, discount vouchers, spa samples along with many more. We have put a huge effort into the making the finish an experience as well where we have recruited the Angsana Spa therapists from The Brehon 4star hotel, Killarney to do the cool down massages which hasn’t been on the programme for the last number of years. We will have PowerBar at the finish line handing out recovery  protein shakes, there will be a BBQ for the spectators, music thanks to RED FM, we will have the bouncy castles, trampolines, merry go rounds etc available as well as the DJ from RED FM will have a box of spot prizes dedicated to the athletes families waiting at the finish line, prizes range from dinner vouchers, to spa vouchers and many more.
Having run the Bay Run myself I always felt that there wasn’t enough water stations as well so this year the Bay Run events will have an additional water station which is to be operated by PowerBar, this water station will give runners & walkers alike free gels, energy drinks to help them on their way.

Q. Looking ahead, what are your plans for the Bay Run Half-Marathon & 10k?
Looking ahead of year 1 - should we succeed in operating a profit to ensure the charitable company’s survival we will then push on and look to improve on year 1. We haven’t ruled anything out, a full marathon, those routes have been explored already by myself as well as the possibility of making it more fun & interesting like the last man standing concept hopefully we will do enough this year to make this event as good as we can; we can only be the best if we strive to be the best.

Thanks for your time John.

Running Seminar...An audience with Sonia O'Sullivan - Wed 26th Apr 2014

Maher Sports in Cork City are hosting a running seminar with Sonia O'Sullivan on Wednesday the 23rd of April.
Tickets can be purchased at their store on Oliver Plunkett St. / Maylor St. or online HERE

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Race notice...Crosshaven 8 km road race - Wed 30th Apr 2014

This a brand new race on the calendar and should be of interest to a lot of people. First off, Crosshaven is only a short drive from Cork City and Carrigaline and secondly, it's a lovely spot for a race.

The entry fee is €10 and you can pre-register if you want to. You can also of course enter on the day. The race has an Athletics Ireland licence and has been properly measured by Jones Counter. The race starts at 7:30pm.

As for the race course, it is a little different in that it's 8 kms as opposed to 5 miles so it's like the GR8KM in Mitchelstown in that respect. The race starts in the square...up to Camden....back down....out past the Yacht Club and back to the finish in the square.

If it's a sunny evening then it should be a great spot for a race. More info on...

More info in later posts...