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Sunday, February 07, 2016

Poor turnout for the Munster Intermediate Cross Country Championships in Enniskeane...Sun 7th Feb 2016

The Munster Athletics Intermediate Cross Country Championships were held in Enniskeane in West Cork on Sunday the 7th of February 2016. The numbers taking part however were very poor.

In the Intermediate mens race, there were just 18 men taking part. There were three club teams all from Cork and not one full team from any other county. Cork was the only county to field a full team and obviously won Gold.

1 Darren Molloy Leevale Cork
2 Donal Coakley Leevale Cork
3 Kevin Moore Dundrum Tipperary

1 Leevale 1, 2, 12, 17...32 pts
2 East Cork 7, 8, 9, 10...34 pts
3 St.Finbarr's 5, 13, 14, 18...50 pts

1 Cork 1, 2, 5, 7, 8, 9...32 pts

In the Intermediate Womens race, the numbers were even lower with just 9 present. The only club to field a team was An Riocht AC from Co.Kerry. Despite the fact that the event was held in Co.Cork, not one club from Cork managed to field a team. Think about that for a second...the race is in Cork, only four women from Cork take part in it and there are no Cork clubs in the team results.

1 Fiona Santry East Cork Cork
2 Sharon Cahill An Riocht Kerry
3 Niamh Clifford Star of the Laune Kerry

1 An Riocht 2, 7, 8, 9...26 pts

1 Cork 1, 4, 5, 6...16 pts
2 Kerry 2, 3, 7, 8...20  pts

The Junior men was even worse with just two present...two...from all of Munster. The only positive numbers were from the Junior Women who managed 18.

It's a bit like the cross country season was over a few months ago and someone forgot to tell the organisers.

The full results can be seen HERE

Results & photos of the Cork BHAA Janssen 6km road race...Sun 7th Feb 2016

The Cork BHAA Janssen 6km race was held in Little Island on Sunday the 7th of February and attracted a field of 342 runners. That's down 23% on the 2015 figure of 441. The last BHAA race in January was down by a similar amount...i.e. 23%. Have we gone past the peak in race numbers?.....or was it just the damp morning? ...or too many races?... Clonakilty yesterday?

1 James McCarthy M1 00:18:40 McCarthys
2 Sean McGrath M2 00:19:07 Harty Tax Consulting
3 Tim Twomey M3 00:19:37 Platnium Performance Clinic
40 Joan Ennis 0/50K F1 00:23:27 Avondhu MF F-B-2
73 Ali O'Connor F2 00:24:52 O'Connor
77 Orla O Rourke 0/45J F3 00:24:57 Keen on Sport F-A-1

The full results can be seen HERE

1) Kieran Minihane has a gallery of photos HERE

Saturday, February 06, 2016

Results of the Clonakilty Marathon, Half-Marathon & 10k...Sat 6th Feb 2016

The rescheduled Clonakilty Marathon  was held on Saturday the 6th of February in damp conditions. As you can see, the numbers were well down on previous years and seems to be a trend.

It's possible the drop is partially due to the fact it was rescheduled friom the start of December 2015 but the entries had been reopened as well so that may not have been such a big factor. Still though, there were just over 1300 runners on the day so it's not a small number. There were 262 in the full marathon, 476 in the half-marathon and 576 in the 10k.

1 Garrett LORDAN IE     Clonakilty Road Runners     Male     38:16    
2 Jerome OBRIEN     IE     Male     39:10    
3 Jeremy AHERN         Male     39:38
1  Anna ONEILL     IE     Doheny AC     Female     42:00    
2 Grainne OCALLAGHAN     IE         Female     43:16    
3 Aoife COUGHLAN     IE         Female     45:32


1 Sergui CIOBANU     Clonliffe Harriers     Male     MS     1:15:28    
2 Dermot GORMAN     IE     Raheny Shamrock AC     Male     MS     1:20:30    
3 Billy OBRIEN     IE     An Riocht     Male     M40         1:21:58
1 Karen WALSH         Female     FS         1:34:38    
2 Maria CAREY     IE     Ennis Track AC     Female     FS         1:35:41    
3 Mary SWEENEY     IE     St Finbarrs AC     Female     F50     1:36:03


1 Gary OHANLON         Run Hub     Male     M40         2:48:15    
2 Eddie GARRY     IE     St Finbarrs AC     Male     MS     2:58:02    
3 Lyall GUINEY     IE     Athenry AC     Male     MS     3:03:42
1 Dolores DUFFY     IE     Marathon Club Ireland     Female     F40         3:26:22    
2 Sorcha KEARNEY     IE         Female     F40         3:27:32    
3 Rachel STOKES     IE     Kerry Crusaders     Female     FS     3:36:36 

The full results can be seen HERE

Even though there were over 1300 runners taking part, a lot of the usual clubs were absent while others had a larger presence. There are some people listed under the wrong club but these are some of the clubs taking part in the 3 events...Marathon Club Ireland 81, Born to Run Tralee 36, Clonakilty Road Runners AC 32, Rosscarbery Steam Runners AC 27, St.Finbarr's AC 24, Bandon AC 16, Wibbly Wobbly Wonders 9, Kerry Crusaders 9, Eagle AC 9, Watergrasshill AC 8, Mallow AC 7,

1) The organisers have some photos HERE
    & 330 photos HERE    

Some runs this weekend in Cork...Sun 7th Feb 2016

The weather forecast for this weekend isn't great with plenty if rain forecast for Saturday and Sunday. 

On Saturday, the rescheduled Clonakilty Marathon is on and it looks as if the weather isn't much better from the time it was cancelled.

On Sunday, there are a few events. There is a 3k run in the Regional Park in Ballincollig but note that this is a low key event, there are no results. The Cork BHAA have a 6k race in Little Island....just remember that it's now €10 for non-reg. For those of you into trail running, there is a 6km run near Long Strand near the coast by Clonakilty. See links below. The forecast is for dryer weather in the morning with the late afternoon especially wet.

Cork...Sun 7th (10am)...Ballincollig Regional Park 3km fun run...€3...(No Results)...
Cork...Sun 7th (11am)...Cork BHAA Janssen 6k race...€5 reg runners/€10 non-reg...Little Island...
Cork...Sun 7th (1pm)...MMRA Clonakilty 6km Trail Race...€5 (€10 annual MMRA fee)...Munster Sunday League...

Cork...Sun 7th (?)...Munster Intermediate Cross Country Championships...€club only...Enniskeane, West Cork...

Friday, February 05, 2016

Lizzie Lee wins the Evening Echo Sports Star of the Year Award

At a ceremony today in Cork City, Lizzie Lee of Leevale AC was awarded the Evening Echo Sports Star of the Year.

In 2015, Lizzie had a spectacular year. In September she ran the 5th fastest time ever by an Irish woman when she ran 2 :32:51 in the Berlin Marathon. At the moment, she has the fastest qualifying time of all the Irish women for the Olympics in Rio.

In December, she was part of the Irish Cross Country team that won Bronze in the European Cross Country Championships.

All going well, she should be one of three Irish women heading to the Olympic Marathon in Rio to represent Ireland.

The awards ceremony was sponsored by Newbridge Silverware. Photos from Lizzie's dad Gearóid O Laoi HERE (Facebook account required to view)

After the ceremony, Lizzie and her coach Donie Walsh were interviewed by Red FM. Interview (Sat 6th Feb 2016)  HERE ...47:30 to 52:40

Cork BHAA increase non-reg entry fees by €2

For a very long time, the race entry fees for Cork BHAA races were €5 for registered runners and €8 for non-registered.

They have now made some changes. The entry fee for registered Cork BHAA runners remains at €5 but the non-reg entry fee increases by €2 to €10. This brings the entry fee in line with a lot of other races on the calendar.

Video clip from West Waterford AC about the club and the recent Dungarvan 10 race

Potential Gold Championship medals for Sonia O'Sullivan after Chinese media reports

According to a news story in the Irish Times, it would seem as if a letter written to a journalist 19 years ago has now been published and it shows that a lot of the Chinese athletes at the time were doping.

According to Chinese media sources, Wang Junxia the 3000m and 10000m women's world record holder is supposed to have sent a letter of admission of whole scale doping to a journalist back in the 90's and it was signed by all nine team mates. The IAAF have now said that they will investigate the issue and if it's true then medals may be reallocated.

“In any case, IAAF Competition Rule 263.3 (e) note (ii) clearly states that if anyone makes an admission of guilt, the IAAF can take action: if an athlete has admitted that, at some time prior to achieving a world record, he had used or taken advantage of a substance or technique prohibited at that time, then, subject to the advice of the Medical and Anti-Doping Commission, such record will not continue to be regarded as a World Record by the IAAF.”

The graphics below show the results from those World Championships in 1993...

In the womens 3000m, Sonia O'Sullivan finished in 4th place behind three Chinese athletes. If those three were disqualified then Sonia O'Sullivan would be moved up into the Gold medal position. The British athlete Alison Wyeth would be moved up into Silver. The Bronze would be awarded posthumously to the Russian athlete Yelena Romanova as she died of unknown causes in 2007 aged just 43.

In the 1500m final, Sonia O'Sullivan finished 2nd so in this case, she would be moved up into Gold if the Chinese athlete was disqualified.

Even the dogs in the street knew that the Chinese athletes from this period in the early 90's were doping. Wang Junxia set world records of 8:06.11 for 3,000m and 29:31.78 for 10,000 and remain unbroken today. In effect, she took or was given drugs which enabled her to run like a man.

Despite her questionable post, it still didn't stop the IAAF adding her to their Hall of Fame recently which says a lot about the level of corruption within the world athletics governing body.

At the moment, this is just a media story and it still has to be confirmed. It's only on conclusion of a successful IAAF investigation that the potential medals will be confirmed. There's always the chance that the story is just a hoax. Considering how old the letter and story is, it seems a bit strange as to why it's being brought up now and was not left buried.

Video of 1500m final...

Video of the 3000m final...

Interview with Sonia O'Sullivan on Today FM HERE

Thursday, February 04, 2016

Notice...Cork BHAA Gas Networks Ireland 5km road race - Sun 28th Feb 2016

This 5k race is coming up on Sunday the 28th of February near Pairc Ui Chaoimh in Cork City and is sure to be popular with a lot of runners.

The entry fee is €5 for registered Cork BHAA runners while it's €10 for non-reg.

Considering that the 5k course is one of the fastest around then it's sure to attract big numbers. Other pluses are its central location and full spread afterwards.

The course being used is the exact same as the one for the John Buckley Sports 5k. You can find out more info about it here...

Still no green light for parkrun in Cork City...Sat 6th Feb 2016

About a week ago, the Cork City Council removed permission for the weekly 5km parkrun in Tramore Valley Park due to concerns over traffic. It has just been announced that nothing has changed and there will be no parkrun next Saturday the 7th of February.

I suspect that nothing may happen with this until the Operation Transformation television programme has ended and the publicity from it has subsided. Perhaps then the weekly parkrun can get back on track again?

The artists impression below shows what the park is supposed to look like eventually. However, if they can't even cope with 500 people now, how can all those extra facilities be developed? As someone quipped recently, it's like a headline from the satirical news website Waterford Whispers...."Weekly parkrun cancelled due to popularity".

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Results & Photos of the Dungarvan 10 mile road race...Sun 31st Jan 2016

The annual Dungarvan 10 mile road race was held on Sunday the 31st of January and a huge number of runners from Cork made the trip to West Waterford. Conditions for the race on the whole were pretty good with mostly dry conditions although there was a strong headwind from miles 3 to 5.

The full results are available HERE

Prizewinners HERE

See statement from the organisers....
Update on Race Results.......We are still working through the race results and will have them published in full on Thursday Morning. As you know we had a technical difficulties with our chip timing system but as any good club would, we had a back up plan in the event of any failure. However it just takes some time as there was over 2000 finishes and a lot of footage to go through. Times will be accurate once published. Please bare with us. Thanks! once they are cross checked.

As for club finishers, here is a breakdown of some of them.... West Waterford AC 161, Clonmel AC 83, Eagle AC 64, Midleton AC 56, Mallow AC 54, Wibbly Wobbly Wonders 53, Waterford AC 52, Youghal AC 41, St.Finbarr's AC 37,  Slaney Olympic AC 31,  Galtee Runners 31, Ballintotis Fit4Life 28, Kilkenny City Harriers 24, Togher AC 19, Tramore AC 18, Watergrasshill AC 17, St.Catherines AC 16,  Thurles Crokes AC 16, Leevale AC 14, Waterford Tri Club 14, An Brú AC 13, Carraig na bhFear AC 12, Grange Fermoy AC 12, West Limerick AC 9, Bandon AC 8, Donoughmore AC 8, Carrick-on-Suir AC 8, St.Senan's AC 8, Carrigtwohill AC 7, Dromahane Road Runners 7, Kinsale Tri Club 7, Aghada Running Club 6, Ballymore Cobh AC 6, Tracton AC 5, Dooneen AC 4, Happy Feet Running Club 4, Riverstick Kinsale AC 3,

Top men...
1st Sean Hehir Rathfarnham AC 50.15
2nd Tim O Donoghue East Cork AC 52.44
3rd Alan O Shea Bantry AC 54.04
4th Frank Quinlan Waterford AC 54.39
5th John O'Connell Leevale AC 54.43
6th Michael Morgan St.Finbarrs AC 55.00
7th Brendan Murphy Crusaders AC 55.17
8th Danny Smyth Ballynonty AC 55.41
9th Declan Power Clonliffe Harriers AC 55.45
10th Raivis Zakis West Waterford AC 55.50
Junior. Andrew Maher Togher AC 71.43

O/40...1st Michael Harrington Bantry AC 57.58 // 2nd P.J. Scollard Waterford AC 59.03
0/45...1st Tony Kelleher Togher AC 56.51 // 2nd Paul Duggan St.Finbarrs AC 58.47
O/50... 1st Paul Moran Rathfarnham AC 57.24 // 2nd Kevin Murphy Slaney Olympic AC 60.13
O/55...1st Gerry O'Connell Ind 59.19 // 2nd Gerry Cantwell West Waterford AC 67.33
O/60... 1st Joe Gough West Waterford AC 64.02
O/65...1st Maurice Tobin Grange Fermoy AC 72.54

1st Barbara Sanchez Clonliffe Harriers AC 57.35
2nd Siobhan O’Doherty Borrisokane AC 59.06
3rd Jane Ann Healy Meehan Athenry AC 59.37
4th Maria Mc Cambridge Dudrum South Dublin AC 60.32
5th Una Plant Murphy Ind 63.41
6th Clare Annan Clonmel AC 64.27
O/35...1st Karina Tehan St.Finbarrs AC 65.00 // 2nd Gail Phibbs Lakeshore AC Striders 66.02
O/40... 1st Adele Walsh St.Senans AC 66.29 // 2nd Siobhan McHugh Clonmel AC 70.48
O/45... 1st Anna Doris Midleton AC 65.46 // 2nd Dolores Duffy Watergrasshill AC 67.39
O/50... 1st Joan Ennis Grange Fermoy 64.50 // 2nd Helen Gilroy Midleton AC 71.35
O/55... 1st Mary Sweeney St.Finbarrs AC 69.39

TEAM PRIZEWINNERS 2016 (Provisional)
MEN CLUB.......(Taken from those who are outside the individual prizes)
1st...Leevale A.C....David Comber 15th, Michael Creed 30th, Conor Collins 31st...Total 76 points
2nd...St. Finbarr’s A.C....Eoin O Keeffe, 17th, Christopher Murnane 35th, Michael Corbett 40th...Total points 92
3rd....Eagle A.C.....Alan O Brien 12th, Edwin Sutton 25th, Vivian Foley 65th.....Total points 102

1st...West Waterford A.C....Sandra Prendergast 267th, Liz Nyhan 479th, Laura Flavin 518th...Total points 1,264

1st Club...Rathfarnham WSAF A.C....Sean Hehir 50:15, David Power 56:37, Paul Moran 57:24 ......Total time 2:44:16

1st Club.......St Finbarr’s A.C........Karina Teehan 1:05:00, Niamh Cronin 1:06:13, Mary Sweeney 1:09:39...........Total time 3:20:52

Photos...(Updated Mon 1st Feb 21:30)
1) Joe Murphy of Eagle AC has a gallery HERE
2) Paul Condon Photography has an album HERE
3) Susan Parker Laste Photos have a gallery HERE
4) The Wibbly Wobbly Wonders have two albums... HERE and HERE
5) There is a gallery of photos on the Running in Cork Facebook page HERE and HERE    
6) DC Images has a gallery HERE    

Photos.......(Facebook account required to view)
1) Tom Flynn has a gallery HERE
2) Trevor McGrath has a small gallery HERE and a larger one HERE
3) Martin T Landers has a gallery HERE and HERE 

New recruit for the Wibblies???

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Results of the Doneraile Park 5k... Sat 30th Jan 2016

Position    Bib #    Name    Club / Location    Time    Category
1    SHANE SIMCOX    MALLOW AC        17:15    Male
2    KIERAN MCKEOWN    WATERGRASSHILL AC        17:26    Male
3    BRYAN CROWLEY    WATERGRASSHILL AC        17:28    Male
13    GRAINNE EGAN    NORTH CORK AC        19:43    Female
32    BERNADETTE LEE    EAGLE A C        21:24    Female
48    EAVAN LONG    MALLOW AC        21:58    Female

The full results can be seen HERE

Looking at the first year of parkruns in Co.Kerry...Sat 30th Jan 2016

2015 saw plenty of changes in the running scene in Co.Kerry with two new 5km parkruns starting up in the county. The first one to start was in Tralee on the 24th of January 2015 and this was followed by one in Killarney on the 6th of June 2015.

Tralee parkrun....The chart below shows the weekly numbers over the last year.....

Since it has started, the Tralee parkrun has had 1327 registered runners to date with an average of 112.1 per week. As you can see from the chart, there was an initial surge of interest which then settled down over the Summer months and picked up again over the Autumn. The recent surge is no doubt due to the publicity from the Operation Transformation TV programme.

Looking back about 5-10 years, there was almost a complete lack of any races in the Tralee area in marked contrast to what was happening in Killarney. In the last few years, there have been new commercial races organised by Run the Kingdom but at €20 a pop with medals and dry fit tops, they're not for everyone. It's not all doom and gloom however as no doubt the free weekly parkruns will introduce a lot of people to running and some of them will in time go on to run in the some the longer events like the Tralee Marathon and Half-Marathon organised by the same company.

Killarney parkrun.....The chart below shows the weekly numbers...

The numbers in Killarney have been lower with an average of 42.1 runners per week. A total of 535 registered runners have taken part in the event since it started last June. As you can see from the chart, there was the initial surge due to the novelty factor. This stabilised about about 30-40 over the Autumn but it was hit badly by the wet weather in December. The recent surge is again due to the Operation Transformation TV programme.

One point of interest is that the average of 42.1 in Killarney is in marked contrast to the 112.1 average in Tralee. The town of Tralee has population of about 24k which is 1.7 times the size of Killarney. The parkrun average in Tralee is 2.7 times larger than that of Killarney. As for why the large difference? Perhaps there are several....more choice of modest priced races near Killarney? The fact that the parkrun in Killarney is about 3 miles south of the town centre? The marked difference between race prices in Tralee and the free parkrun?

Third parkrun??......Is there scope for another parkrun in the county? The thing about Co.Kerry is that Tralee and Killarney are really the main population centres and the other towns are quite small. If Killarney with a population of 14k2 has only an average of 42.1 runners per week then would a third parkrun get enough people to justify it? In terms of population, the third largest town is Listowel with 4,800 inhabitants which is about one third the size of Killarney. However if the examples in Cork have shown anything then it's that a parkrun can pop up just about anywhere.

Friday, January 29, 2016

Looking ahead to the 2016 Dungarvan 10 mile road race...Sun 31st Jan 2016

The big race in Munster this weekend of course is the Dungarvan 10 mile road race and there are well over 1000 runners from Cork making the journey. This sold out months ago and the entry list can be seen HERE

First off, the weather forecast looks a bit mixed. There is likely to be rain in the early morning as a front passes over but it should be largely out of the way by the time the race starts. Behind the front, there will be strong westerly winds which will keep the temperatures in the low teens. There may be a chance of showers at race time but hopefully, the worst of it will have passed. All going well, it will hopefully be just overcast, mild and windy.

In the past, the Dungarvan 10 has been noted for freezing cold winds. Not this time around. If you are racing then a singlet or a short sleeve dry fit top should be enough.

2016 dry fit top & bag

As for the course, it is the same as last year which involved some changes. The updated preview can be seen  here...

The course map is shown below. The strong wind is likely to be a factor between miles 1 & 2 and 3 & 5. It will be behind the runners for a lot of the course.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Parkrun in Cork City on Sat 30th Jan 2016 cancelled due to ongoing large numbers...

It has just been announced that the Cork City Council are withdrawing permission for the weekly 5km parkrun at the Tramore Valley Park in Cork City.

From the parkrun organisers..... Unfortunately we have been informed by Cork City Council that they are withdrawing permission for Parkrun to take place at Tramore Valley next Saturday, January 30th due to the difficulties arising from increased traffic volumes and associated parking issues last Saturday. 

Last weekend we had a record of 520 runners completing the two lap course, up from 339 the previous week. There is only room for 240 carparking spaces at Tramore Valley and while the Black Ash Park and Ride is just across the road, there is no pedestrian crossing connecting the two.The numbers taking part have risen exponentially and with the OT promotion of Parkrun there were fears that even larger numbers would be converging over the next few weeks. 

The volunteers are gutted and very disappointed with the announcement as Tramore Valley Park has been a World Leader for parkrun registrations over the last few weeks and have almost 3000 registered runners. While permission has been withdrawn Cork city council have left the door open to a review at an early stage when plans at how to make the event safe to take place can be implemented.

Obviously this isn't good news for the regular attendees at the weekly parkrun. Since it started at the end of September 2015, it has attracted 1410 people.

As the map shows below, there are 940 parking spaces in the Black Ash Park & Ride facility which is only across the road from the entrance to the Tramore Valley Park. At 9:30am on a Saturday morning, the place is practically empty yet there is no public access from there to the Tramore Valley Park at the other side of the South Ring Road.

Obviously the extra publicity from the ongoing Operation Transformation programme pushed the numbers to records level but the question has to be asked of the City Council.......What's the point of having a public park if people can't use it? If they can't handle 500 runners then how can they can't hold any sort of public event there.

We'll have to wait and see if a solution is found.

Additional info...
1) Press release from the Cork City Council...28th Jan 2016