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Friday, May 24, 2019

Tipp athlete Aimee Hayde breaks Sonia O'Sullivan's 32 year old schools record for 800m

 

Someone sent this piece on to me.

From the Nenagh Guardian...."Aimee Hayde enhanced further her status as a rising star of Irish athletics by breaking a 32 year old record set by legend Sonia O'Sullivan at the Irish Life Health Munster Schools Track & Field Championships in Cork IT last weekend.

The Newport AC athlete, representing St Mary's Secondary School Newport won the intermediate girls 800m on Saturday in a time of 2.07.74, which was also a European Youth Olympics qualification mark.

Her time was also over three seconds faster than the Munster schools record of 2.10.09 set by Sonia O'Sullivan in 1987. "


Piece on Nenagh Guardian website... https://www.nenaghguardian.ie/sport/othersport/articles/2019/05/23/4174528-newports-hayde-breaks-sonias-old-record/

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Notice : Belle of Ballincollig 5k - Thurs 13th June 2019

This 5k race is coming up in the town of Ballincollig on Thursday the 13th of June 2019 and should be of interest to a lot of people.

Entries will be taken in the Ballincollig GAA Club from 6:30pm on the evening with the race starting at 8pm. Refreshments and prizes afterwards in the GAA Pavilion.


Entries... You can also enter online HERE

From the organisers....
“ Thursday 13th June sees the running of the 7th Annual

5K Village Run as part of the Belle of Ballincollig Festival.

The Race begins at the GAA Club and the route is around the northern part of the town. This year on-line registration is available as well as registration in the Club from 6 30 pm on the night . In addition Chip Timing will make this one of the most professionally organised events in County Cork this year. “


Route in Ballincollig....


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

You can also click on the map below for a closer look of the route...

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Tramore Valley Park opens to the public!


Finally! After many false dawns, the Tramore Valley Park in Cork City has opened to the public.

It will now be open 7 days a week from 8:30am.

I understand that several hundred car park spaces have also been added which surely makes the return of the weekly 5k parkrun much more likely.

The one serious issue is the lack of access from Half Moon Lane off the South Douglas Road. This is an obvious access point for a lot of people living in that area and not everyone can or will drive there.

With the Half Moon entrance closed, it is more likely that people will try to access the park by running across the South Link Road while the traffic light are red.

The entrance from Douglas is by the Gaeilscoil on what is a noisy but safe tarmac walkway.

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Results & Photos of the Cork BHAA John Buckley Sports 5k - Tues 21st May 2019



There were big numbers out in force for this years John Buckley Sports 5k in Cork City with 958 taking part. As can be seen from the chart above, that is the third year in a row that the numbers have increased.

One of the unique things about the numbers are just how many fast runners there were. A total of 221 finished under 20 minutes which is pretty amazing.

 Male
Pos     Cat     Name     Time
1     Senior     Niall SHANAHAN (#190)     00:14:51
2     Senior     Paul MOLONEY (#236)     00:15:11
3     Senior     Alan O'BRIEN (#206)     00:15:20
Female
30 Grace LYNCH (#520) 16:52 Temp Reg (1) Female  (1) 31
82 Niamh MOORE (#352)     HSE 18:08 Senior (1)     Female  (2) 84
105 Carmel CROWLEY (#117) Stockhealth 18:33 0/50K (1) Female  (3) 111


Full results

Photos... 

1) There are 4 galleries up on the Running in Cork Facebook page
...a) Album 1
...b) Album 2
...c) Album 3
...d) Album 4

2) Joe Murphy has a gallery HERE

20% Discount Vouchers......As per last year, John Buckley Sports will give a 20% discount to all finishers in the race. Just hang on to your race number and present it in the shop to avail of the 20% discount. It will apply to any purchases in their shop which is across from the Opera House in the heart of Cork City. Needless to say, the amount you save with the discount may well exceed the race entry so they are well worth getting. Note that the discount is not restricted to just one item. When you are using it, you can buy several products at the one time and get 20% off the lot. There is also no expiry date on the race number discount so you can use it anytime.

 

Monday, May 20, 2019

Results of the Bay Run Half-Marathon & 10k - Sun 19th May 2019


 Another race from the weekend....I almost forgot about this one! :o)

The annual Bay Run Half-Marathon in Bantry was on this year on Sunday the 19th of May 2019. As can be seen from the chart above, this was one of the main half-marathons on the calendar a few years ago when it got well over a thousand runners.

Since 2011, the numbers have been in decline and this year was the lowest ever dropping below 400 for the first time between the two races.

Half-Marathon...
1 Alan O'SHEA (#231)     01:11:41
2 Conor DOLAN (#47)     01:19:14
3 Michael BYRNE (#17)     01:22:35
1 Hannah STEEDS (#189) 01:32:15
2 Sarah HARTNETT (#75) 01:36:59
3 Esther MURPHY (#130) 01:38:12


Half-Marathon results

10km...
1 Denis COUGHLAN (#1197) 00:34:56
2 John NEVILLE (#1233)     00:37:32
3 Patrick MCCARTHY (#1107)     00:38:50
21 Heather COLLINS (#1013)     00:47:19
24 Sharon O REILLY (#1142)     00:47:46
30 Marian MINEHANE (#1116)     00:50:10


10k results

Tramore Valley Park to open on Wed 22nd of May 2019

Update Mon 20th May 2019... This is a photo taken last week of the works under way at the Tramore Valley Park in preparation for the opening on Wednesday the 22nd of May 2019.


 Over on the left in the background is the existing car park. Note however in the foreground all the new car park spaces.

Are there enough to cater for a return of the weekly 5k parkrun???

*****

After many false dawns, it finally looks as if the Tramore Valley Park is about to open! It will be
officially opened by Lord Mayor Mick Finn on Wednesday May 22nd 2019.

The City Council will also name the new 2.5 km looped walkway in the park after Rob Heffernan.


As you can see from the photo above, a new outdoor gym has been constructed and it is now ready for use.

Will the parkrun return? The last time the 5k parkrun was in Tramore Valley Park, there was none in Ballincollig and the Glen. With those up and running, that is going to limit the numbers at Tramore Valley Park if it makes a return.

As for when? Maybe they'll want to see what the usage of the park is like first on a Saturday morning before deciding. Surely though it's only a matter of time?

Sunday, May 19, 2019

Notice : Cork BHAA John Buckley Sports 5k road race - Tues 21st May 2019

The annual John Buckley Sports 5k road race is one of the most popular races in Cork City and always attracts a large crowd. Organised in conjunction with the Cork BHAA, this race is suitable for all types of runner...from the serious to the more casual runner. The entry fee is only €5 for Cork BHAA registered runners or €10 for non-reg runners.


You can pre-enter this race by entering HERE

You can also enter on the night but it really helps if you pre-enter so that they can have everything ready.

Please note that the race HQ is at the LEE ROWING CLUB near the Pairc Ui Chaoimh stadium.


There will also be a draw for a free pair of NIKE Air Pegasus shoes for anyone who pre-enters!

Online entries will close around lunch time on Tuesday. Entries on the night close at 7:30pm so that they have time to input all the data.

New Course! ... There is a new 5k course this year and I think it's an improvement on the old one.


The old course was basically two laps of the Centre Park Road and Monaghan Road. With the new course, the race starts on the Marina...up Centre Park Road... back down Monaghan Road and the finish is at the side of Pairc Uí Chaoimh.

The new course should also cause less disruption as the start and finish points are no longer on the Centre Park Road. Once the runners go past, the Gardaí can open the road again.

In terms of times, there should be no difference. It's still a flat and fast 5k course.

20% Discount Vouchers......As per last year, John Buckley Sports will be giving out 20% discount to all finishers in the race. Just hang on to your race number and present it in the shop to avail of the 20% discount. It will apply to any purchases in their shop which is across from the Opera House in the heart of Cork City. Needless to say, the amount you save with the discount may well exceed the race entry so they are well worth getting. Note that the discount is not restricted to just one item. When you are using it, you can buy several products at the one time and get 20% off the lot. There is also no expiry date on the race number discount so you can use it anytime.

Chip Timing........For the last five years, they have been using chip timing at this race and it has been very successful. In previous years, there have been problems with too many runners finishing at the same time filling up the finishing chutes. With the introduction of chip timing, that problem has now been eliminated. All you need to do on the night is to cross the finish line....no queues.


You can also pre-enter at the John Buckley Sports shop which is across the river from the Opera House.


In addition to the chip timing, there will be the usual post race refreshments back at Lee Rowing Club afterwards.

More race info below in a more detailed flyer...

Saturday, May 18, 2019

Results of the Surf, Turf n Tar Half-Marathon & 10k in Rosscarbery - Sat 18th May 2019


1     Paul Deane     Cork   1:23:59     M40     748
2     David Craig     Innishannon    1:28:04     M40     738
3     Philip Dinneen     Ladysbridge    1:28:48     M35     757
9     Courtney Garvey     Ventry    1:17:38     SF     781
11     Riina Kuuselo     Turner's Cross      1:36:09     F35     828
12     Sinead O Regan     Rosscarbery     1:36:34     SF     918


Half results

1     Alfie Davis     Cork         39:32         39:31     M40     116
2     Padraig Sheehan     Clonakilty         39:59         39:14     SM     520
3     Billy O Brien     Skibbereen         40:12         40:09     M40     358
14     Jo Hurley     London         43:49         43:48     SF     225
17     Eimear O Brien     Ballinhassig         45:24         45:17     SF     363
24     Anna O Neill     Dunmanway         46:59         46:58     F50     449


10k results

Results & Photos of the Ballincollig 5k parkrun - Sat 18th May 2019



356 turned out for this weeks 5k parkrun in Ballincollig Regional Park, up slightly on last week.

The average number for 2018 was 289 so it is well ahead of that.

1 Shane O'CALLAGHAN    18:40    VM35-39    M1
2 Ronan FENN    19:01    SM20-24    M2
3 Alan HYNES    19:16    VM45-49    M3    Sportsworld
9 Nollaigh O'NEILL    19:39    VW45-49    F1    Leevale AC
45 Anna DELANEY    22:31    VW45-49    F2    Sportsworld        
49 Maria MADIGAN    22:42    VW40-44    F3


Results

Photos...
1) Colette Ryan has a gallery HERE

Friday, May 17, 2019

Results of the Ballymacoda 4 mile - Fri 17th May 2019

A grand total of 219 turned out for this 4 mile race in East Cork.

2455    Brian Harty    East Cork AC    MS    21.54
2402    Shane Harrington    East Cork AC    MS    21.56
2628    James Mar    NA    MS    22.18
2476    Evelyn Cashman    Youghal Ac    F45    24.48
2397    Noreen Mackey    North Clare AC    FS    25.00
2395    Ruth Millerick    Youghal Ac    F40    26.12

Full results below...

Results of the Buttevant 4 mile - Fri 17th May 2019

1 Sean Doyle    North Cork AC    M 19:50   
2 Gavin Sweeney    Togher AC    M 20:14   
3 Brian Conroy    Clane AC    M 21:24
13 Carol Finn    Leevale AC    F 24:25   
15 Sorcha Kearney    St Finbarrs AC    F40 24:30   
41 Eadaoin O'Neill    East Cork AC    F 26:32 


Results

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Results of the Cheetah Run 5k in Fota Wildlife Park - Thurs 16th May 2019

Breda Gaffney of Mallow AC wins the 2019 Cheetah Run 5k in Fota Wildlife Park. ...Photo: Joe Murphy


Conditions were dry and mild for this years Cheetah Run 5k in Fota Wildlife Park despite the prediction of rain by Met Eireann.

1 Alan O'SHEA    00:15:44  792    M (1)    MS (1)    Bantry A.C.
2 Kieran MCKEOWN    00:16:22  659    M (2)    M40 (1)    Watergrasshill A.C.
3 James GRUFFERTY    00:16:59  117    M (3)    MS (2)    Leevale A.C.
23 Breda GAFFNEY    00:19:11  520    F (1)    F45 (1)    Mallow A.C.
31 Jennifer GOGGIN WALSH    00:19:42  114   F (2)    F35 (1)    Carraig na bhFear A.C.
32 Niamh CRONIN    00:19:43   68    F (3)    F40 (1)    St Finbarrs A.C.


Results

Photos...(Update Fri 17th May @ 22:10)
1) Joe Murphy has three albums ... Album 1 ... Album 2 ... Album 3
2) Derek Costello has a gallery HERE

Notice : Dan Byrne Memorial 5k in Doneraile Park - Fri 31st May 2019



This 5k race in Doneraile Park in North Cork is always a popular one with runners. Organised by Mallow AC, it is a lovely setting for a race. While it's described as a trail race, it is in reality mostly on narrow roads and paths within Doneraile Park. It would be wrong to think that it's some sort of cross country race or that you need to run through mud or long grass.

The start time is 7pm and registration starts in Nagle Rice school from 5.30pm.  It costs €10 to enter with a family offer of 2 adults and 2 kids for €20

Notice : Ballymacoda 4 mile road race in East Cork - Fri 17th May 2019

The annual Ballymacoda 4 mile road race is coming up on Friday evening, the 17th of May 2019 at 8pm. Note that there is a free running buff for all finishers.


All proceeds from the race this year will go towards 8-year old Ella Demsey who is a local girl undergoing medical treatment at the moment. More info is this previous post.

https://corkrunning.blogspot.com/2019/05/update-on-ballymacoda-4-mile-race-on.html


Located near Ballymacoda in East Cork, this one is easy to access from the east via Youghal and from the west via Castlemartyr and Ladysbridge...


The course takes in a loop to the north-west of the GAA grounds and like the surrounding countryside is pretty flat. One big change from the Kilcredan road is that the whole race is now on quiet roads where as the 5k used part of the R633.


Looking at the photos of the long straight sections and the Ordnance Survey map, I think this should be a very fast 4 mile course.

There will be showers available to use in the sports field hall changing rooms after the race.

Preview...A full preview of the course with directions and photos can be seen HERE

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Notice: Millstreet 5 mile road race - Fri 28th June 2019

The Willie Neenan Memorial 5 mile road race is coming up in the town of Millstreet in NW Cork on Friday, the 28th of June at 8:15pm.



It's an area of the county where there isn't a huge number of races so it should be of interest to runners in both Cork and Kerry.


There will also be a dry fit top for all finishers...

Entries...The entry fee is €11.05 if you pre-enter online HERE. You can also enter on the day for €15. Race HQ is the GAA community hall which is directly across from the church at the western end of the town.

Organised by Millstreet AC, the course has been accurately measured by Jones Counter and has an Athletics Ireland licence.

Course Preview........A full preview of the course with maps, directions, photos, etc can be seen HERE