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Friday, March 27, 2020

Government restrict all individual exercise to within 2kms of your own home for two weeks

In an effort to clamp down on the spread of the COVID-19 disease, the Government have announced that as of midnight on Friday the 27th of March, all individual exercise must be within 2kms of your own home.

This restriction lasts until the 12th of April 2020.

Note that the instruction is for BRIEF individual physical exercise. It's not for running up and down the road within 2kms of your house and clocking up a half-marathon!

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Boherbue to Kiskeam race in NW Cork cancelled

As expected, the annual Boherbue to Kiskeam 4 mile road race has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 crisis.

It is hoped that it will be held later in the year.

All parkruns cancelled worldwide until the end of April 2020

The parkrun organisation has announced that due to the COVID-19 epidemic, there will be no parkruns anywhere in the world until the end of April and it's very likely that it will go well beyond that.

*** UPDATE - 16.40 GMT Tuesday 24 March 2020 ***

Update from parkrun Global Chief Operating Officer, Tom Williams

Today’s update is to notify you that all parkrun events will now continue to be suspended until at least the end of April. This is in order to keep all parkrun countries following the same timeline for the moment, although we do expect suspensions to go beyond April.

Since deciding to close our events we have been working incredibly hard to action that decision, understand the implications of making it, and provide immediate support to parkrun communities around the world. And, with all events suspended, we are now able to begin work developing our strategy for supporting our communities during this difficult time and, one day, re-launching.

Going forward we will be publishing a global parkrun update every Tuesday (UK time).

We will get through this, together.

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Dromina 10 mile & 10k race on the 19th of April 2020 cancelled due to COVID-19 crisis

As you might expect, this years Dromina 10 mile and 10k road race has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 crisis.

Statement from the organisers...

Dromina10 are saddened to say that Dromina 10 mile & 10k is cancelled this year due to the current situation with Covid-19.

This was a tough decision but in light of the spread of Covid-19, the safety and well-being of our participants, spectators, volunteers & their families is of paramount importance to us so therefore felt it was the only appropriate option at this time.

We would like to thank most sincerely our sponsors, our committee and volunteers for all their hard work so far and their continued support in organising the race to date.

For those who entered online there are two options available to you.

If you are pre-registered, your default position is that your entry will automatically be carried over to our 2021 event with takes place on 18th April 2021.

Alternatively, if you would like a full refund, this can also be facilitated up to 30/4/2020. You can avail of this by emailing before this date. If we do not hear from you, we will assume you are happy to carry your entry over to 2021

Thank you for your continued support and Dromina10 look forward to welcoming you to Dromina in 2021.

We wish that you, your families & loved ones stay safe at this time.

Dromina10 Committee

Monday, March 23, 2020

Cork City Council pedestrianise Marina due to COVID-19 crisis

Cork City Council have just announced that they are going to pedestrianise the Marina for 7 days a week from 8am to 8pm.

They say this is to help patient access to the the COVID-19 test centre at Pairc Ui Chaoimh.

It will also help walkers and runners maintain the proper 2-metre social distance from each other when they are using the Marina.

Key IOC member says 2020 Olympics will be postponed for one year

International Olympic Committee member Dick Pound of Canada said in an interview on Monday that due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games are going to be postponed until probably 2021.

“On the basis of the information the IOC has, postponement has been decided. The parameters going forward have not been determined, but the Games are not going to start on July 24, that much I know. It will come in stages. We will postpone this and begin to deal with all the ramifications of moving this, which are immense.”

Sunday, March 22, 2020

Man in French lockdown runs full marathon on his balcony

Thanks to the lock down due to the COVID-19 virus, many people in France are unable to get out and run. However, one runner in the city of Toulouse managed to complete a full marathon on his balcony!

Elisha Nochomovitz ran a total of 42.2 kms (26.2) miles on his 7 metre long balcony in a time of 6 hours and 48 minutes! As for why, he said he did it to thank healthcare workers around the globe for their hard work.

In an interview, he said... “It was about launching a bit of a crazy challenge and bringing a bit of humour, to de-dramatise the confinement situation. If everyone thinks the same way and does the same thing, we will all find ourselves outside and that won’t help anything, and the message that we need to stay confined at home will have had no impact. I needed to assure myself that I could still run 42.2km.”

He also stated that while onlookers outside stared in confusion, his neighbours were very understanding.

Interview in French...

Saturday, March 21, 2020

Guest Post: GLENBOWER 10-MILE AND 10KM RACES John Walshe

In a previous guest article, John Walshe looked back at the Glenbower Half-Marathon in Killeagh in East Cork back in 1978. In this follow up post, John looks at the 10-mile and 10km races which came after it.

GLENBOWER 10-MILE AND 10KM RACES... by John Walshe

Following the interest in the Glenbower Half-Marathon of 1978, yes, as mentioned in the comments, a 10-mile race did take place in Killeagh for three years beginning in 1983. That first race took place on a Thursday evening (June 2nd) and had a total of 116 finishers (results shown below).

The following year of 1984 saw a move to the warm Sunday of May 13th, actually the same day as that year’s London Marathon. Along with the after-race refreshments, the participants got the opportunity of seeing Charlie Spedding winning London in a time of 2:09:57 from the portable television kindly provided in the hall. That win qualified Spedding for the Olympic Games the following August where of course he took the bronze medal behind Carlos Lopes and John Treacy, his time there just one second slower (2:09:58) than London.

Back to Glenbower, and that year of 1984 saw a women’s race taking place at the same time as the men, attracting a fine turnout of 50. (Results of both races are shown below). In 1985, exactly 100 finished the 10-mile race on Sunday May 19th. Although no results are currently available, it is recalled that the first two runners were inadvertently taken on a shorter route by the lead car, leading to some confusion at the finish!

From 1986 to 1994, just one race over 10km took place for both men and women. Usually held on a Thursday or Sunday evening in late April or May, numbers taking part varied from 50 to 80 and so brought the curtain down on an enjoyable decade or so of racing around the Killeagh countryside.

(A full list of John Walshe's guest posts can be found HERE)

Glenbower 10-Mile results - 1983

Friday, March 20, 2020

Sports Ministry in France imposes a limit of 2kms on runs during COVID-19 crisis

On Thursday, the Sports Ministry in France announced that anyone walking or running outdoors for exercise should limit the distance to 2kms or less. This is due to an attempt by the French authorities to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

Citizens in France have been told to stay home as much as possible, only going out for essential errands outlined on the mandatory form that anyone leaving their house must carry on them.

In a statement, the Sports Ministry said that walkers and runners would need to limit their movements and stay around their own area. ...

"1km or 2km max.. You're not supposed to distance yourself from your house,".

 "The rule is for everyone to be confined. Remember that you are not supposed to leave except for urgent matters such as grocery shopping or health reasons. A short run is possible, but not a 10k!"

French authorities have also urged people to only leave their homes once a day, saying they should choose between going for a run or going to get groceries that day.

Thursday, March 19, 2020

Cork City Marathon Postponed until Sun 6th September 2020

It was announced a few days ago that the 2020 Cork City Marathon has been postponed due to the COVID-19 crisis.

The organisers have now confirmed the new date as Sunday the 6th of September 2020.

Press Release : Thursday 19th March 2020 - The Cork City Marathon organisers have confirmed the new date for the 2020 Cork City Marathon.  The Cork City Marathon will now take place on 6th September 2020.

In light of the country’s move to the delay stage of Covid-19 management and in the interest of public health, the Cork City Marathon, which was due to take place on May 31st, has been postponed until 6th September 2020.

Adrienne Rodgers, Race Director and Director of Services at Cork City Council, said “The priority for us right now is to do everything we can do to keep you and your families safe.  The Cork City Marathon has been rescheduled until 6th September 2020 and we look forward to welcoming you then for another great Cork City Marathon.”

Mags Connelly, Safety and Ops Director at Davis Events, said “The last few weeks have been challenging for everyone. We take participant safety extremely seriously and know that with the current strain on emergency resources, we wouldn’t be able to provide the world-class response teams needed for our marathon in May. The good news for Cork City is that this event will go ahead on 6th September.”

Participants who have already entered will be automatically deferred to the rescheduled date.

Register or find out more information at For helpful training tips or to share your Cork City Marathon journey follow them on Facebook and Instagram\corkcitymarathon or on Twitter @TheCorkMarathon #MoreThanAMarathon 


VIDEO: The Race for Brands to Match Nike's Vaporfly

A few weeks back at the end of February 2020, the Wall Street Journal released this video titled 'The Race for Brands to Match Nike's Vaporfly'. While the Olympics in 2020 are now in doubt, the race between the shoe manufacturers is likely to continue.

Wednesday, March 18, 2020


In this guest post, John Walshe of Ballycotton tells the story of a half-marathon that took place in East Cork way back in 1979, just before the running boom took off.


The course for the recent Killeagh four-mile road race brought back memories when that circuit was covered three times in what was one of the first half-marathons to take place in Cork.

It was nearly 41 years ago - on Sunday night May 6th, 1979 - when this race was just one of the many events held on the day of the famous Glenbower May Sunday Festival. It was organised by two local athletes, Peter Lee and Willie O’Mahony, both members of the Youghal club at the time.

Willie O’Mahony’s contribution to the sport of athletics in the East Cork region has been immense, both as a competitor, administration (treasurer of the East Cork Board/Division since 1971) and event organiser. Peter Lee – who used to live beside the start line of the current four-miler – was one of the few from the Cork area to run the inaugural Dublin Marathon in 1980, which he completed in 3:02:53 before going on to run 2:53:29 the following year.

The Glenbower Half-Marathon, as it was called, was somewhat of a step into the unknown as road racing in 1979 was just getting established. The running boom that would follow from that Dublin Marathon was still almost two years away. As an example, the Cork to Cobh 15-mile race which took place a week before Killeagh had just 41 finishers – all men.

The half-marathon started at 6.45pm and took in the three laps of today’s course and it had been measured by the calibrated bicycle method, one of the first races in the country outside of Ballycotton to be so measured. Prizes were on offer for the first four finishers, first two teams of three and the first three novices confined to Cork. There was also a signed time certificate presented to each finisher.

Entry fee was probably in the region of 30 pence - it’s worth noting that the entry for the Dublin Open Marathon later that summer was advertised as 50p - and while half-marathons nowadays attract numbers in the thousands (with corresponding astronomical entry fees), the result of that Glenbower Half-Marathon of 1979 lists just 14 finishers.

There were one or two non-finishers on the three-lap course, these included a man for whom such a decision to drop-out nowadays would be unthinkable. However, it should be noted that 16-year-old Denis McCarthy (then of the Youghal club) had already taken part in the Cork County U17 3000m track championship earlier in the day, finishing fifth in 9:57.5 behind Finbarr McGrath (Leevale) and future international Richard O’Flynn (Bandon).

After the first of the three laps on that May Sunday evening, four runners had broken away. There were Liam O’Brien and Paul Mulholland from Midleton and the Leevale pair of Jerry Murphy and the late Dick Hodgins, winner of the National Marathon four years before. On the second time round, Hodgins had been dropped and with about a half-mile to go O’Brien finally edged ahead of Murphy but the margin on the line was just two seconds, 70:34 to 70:36. Mulholland finished strongly to take third in 71:03, over three minutes clear of Hodgins.

In the team race, Leevale suffered a rare defeat as Midleton came out on top by three points, the team consisting of O’Brien (first), Mulholland (third) and Albert De Cogan (fifth). For the first two, the race was more a means to an end as it served two contrasting purposes. To Liam O’Brien, it was probably no more than what would be referred to nowadays as a tempo-run as he was preparing for the track season. A couple of months later he would win the second of his eight national steeplechase titles, his time of 8:52.6 a big improvement on the 9:07.5 he had recorded the year before.

Jerry Murphy was no doubt using the 13 miles as a ‘bleed-out’ for the carbohydrate-loading diet prevalent at the time. The following Sunday, on his 29th birthday, he would win the Munster Marathon in a time of 2:28:47 ahead of Leevale clubmate Liam Horgan (2:31:44) and Michael Joyce of St Finbarr’s (2:39:16).

In honour of Peter Lee and Willie O’Mahony who were ahead of their time in the promotion of what was probably Cork’s first half-marathon, and to remember those inaugural runners, these were the 14 finishers on that May Sunday evening over four decades ago:

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1 Liam O’Brien (Midleton) 70:34
2 Jerry Murphy (Leevale) 70:36
3 Paul Mulholland (Midleton) 71:03
4 Dick Hodgins (Leevale) 74:14
5 Albert De Coagan (Midleton) 76:15
6 Willie Cronin (Leevale) 76:35
7 John Walshe (Midleton) 78:35
8 Donal Burke (St Finbarr’s) 83:13
9 Tim Mulcahy (Midleton) 84:33
10 Pat Arnott (Youghal) 84:35
11 Peter Lee (Youghal) 89:24
12 Jerry Mohally (St Finbarr’s) 90:36
13 Willie O’Mahony (Youghal) 91:47
14 Tom Houlihan (Midleton) 101:00.

A list of John Walshe's guest articles on the site can be found HERE

Monday, March 16, 2020

Ballintotis 4 mile road race in April cancelled

As you might expect, the Ballintotis 4 mile road race has been cancelled.

Ballintotis 4 Mile Race Cancelled

Due to the ongoing uncertainty with the Covid 19 Virus and keeping in mind the health and safety of everybody, this year's Ballintotis 4 Mile Road Race scheduled for Thursday April 16th has been CANCELLED

Those who have availed of pre entry on line, will soon be contacted by Primo Events to arrange a refund.

We thank all our participants for their wonderful support over the past ten years and look forward to hopefully seeing you all back in Ballintotis in April 2021.

In the meantime, take care and look out for one another during these troubled times - here's hoping we are all back running in the not too distant future.

Best Regards
Ballintotis Race Committee

Sunday, March 15, 2020

Over 6,000 runners take part in Bath Half-Marathon despite COVID-19 health crisis

The Bath half marathon in England went ahead on Sunday despite the health scare over the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). A total of 6,200 took part - about half the usual number.

In a statement, the race director Andrew Taylor said he had not received any advice from public health officials not to go ahead.

The organisers also said that the risk of infection from outdoor events remained low and there was “no epidemiological or medical evidence” to suggest it should be restricted.

“Even if we were to cancel at this late stage on the eve of the event, we anticipate that thousands of runners would still turn up to run the route, and we feel we would owe a duty of care to those runners, given that our resources are ready and waiting to support them.”

Local MP Wera Hobhouse condemned the decision to go ahead. She had called for the event to be cancelled saying protecting "the most vulnerable in our city from a further spread of the infection must be the priority".

Friday, March 13, 2020

2020 London Marathon & Manchester Marathon postponed

It has just been announced that the 2020 London Marathon has been postponed due to the COVID-19 crisis. It was due to be held on Sunday the 26th of April and it has been rescheduled to the 4th of October.

Event director Hugh Brasher said..."The world is in an unprecedented situation, grappling with a global pandemic of Covid-19, and public health is everyone's priority."

The Manchester Marathon, scheduled for Sunday, 5 April, has also been postponed, with organisers hoping to hold the race on an alternative date in the autumn.