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Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Latest update on the Haulbowline Island works

Cork County Council recently released a video about the remediation works on Haulbowline Island in Cork harbour and it can be seen below.

While the photo above shows how a new layer of topsoil was placed on the site, the new video shows how it is beginning to turn slightly green as the grass begins to grow. By the time the Spring growth takes off in 2019, it should be more or less completely green with just the paths visible.

The Council have said that the new amenity will have a 2km trail which would include a distance marked 1 km loop to facilitate people being able to measure every 200m. It would also have two public toilets and car parking on site.

More info about the project in this previous post.

Elite entries for the 2019 Dungarvan 10 mile race

The normal round of entries for the 2019 John Treacy 10 mile road race in Dungarvan closed at the start of November. They are however accepting 'Elite Entries' and the standard required is shown below...

From West Waterford AC..."If you wish to apply as an elite runner please send your information to info AT westwaterfordathletics DOT org stating your name, date of birth, club and fastest time and location for either half marathon or 10 mile race ran in the last 3 years.

Half Marathon time: Under 1.20 for men (1.30 for women)
10 Mile Time: Under 60 mins for men (65 for women)"

The race starts at 1:30pm on Sunday the 3rd of February 2019.

New development at UCC Farm to start in early 2019

It looks as if part of the UCC Farm is going to be developed in 2019 with work likely to commence early in the year.

The first two pitches on the left as you enter the UCC Farm will be developed with new buildings being constructed. This was flagged several years back but the economic climate was different back then.

Back in mid  2013, the first building was supposed to go up in late 2014 so the timeline for this project is over 4 years behind.

Many local runners use the UCC Farm for short training runs as the softer surface makes a welcome change from the pounding on the roads and footpaths. By running around the perimeter and staying off the playing pitches, there is a nice 2.25 mile loop. Obviously the new development will make those loops shorter.

Previous posts about the development HERE

The image below shows what the UCC Farm may look like eventually...

It's going to take some time before it's completely developed but 2019 should mark the year when it started.

Monday, December 10, 2018

Results & Photos of the Cork BHAA 5k Turkey Trot - Sun 9th Dec 2018

A grand total of 241 runners turned out for this years Cork BHAA 5k Turkey Trot in Mahon with a cheque for €3,000 to Cork Simon. As can be seen from the chart at the bottom of the post, the numbers were down about 14% this year which was probably due to the number of events on over the weekend.

Contestants were not allowed wear watches for this 5k and the winners were those who finished as close as possible to their estimated finish times.

The first three men and women across the line are shown below...

1 James McCarthy  16:22
2 Brian Harty 17:33
3 Conrad Daly 19:13
24 Benvon Lyons 21:19
28 Ann Marie Burns 21:46
35 Siobhan Holland 22:28

Full results are up HERE

Two little elves from the Kingdom

1) There are two albums up on the Running in Cork Facebook page...
...a) Pre-race and start
...b) Finish

And finally...this was of course the last race of the 2018 Cork BHAA calendar. Here are some of the Cork BHAA guys that help put on this successful race series every year.

Notice : Newmarket 5km road race - Sun 16th Dec 2018

This popular 5 km road race is coming up in the town of Newmarket in North-West Cork on Sunday the 16th of December. This is a fast 5k course and gets a good turnout every year.

The race HQ this year is at the Hi-Lands which is a change to the usual High Street Bar (see preview). As you can see from the race flyer above, there are lots of generous prizes on offer.

The online pre-entry fee is €10 or you can pay €15 on the day.

The pre-entry link is

Course Preview...Lots more info including directions, photos, course details, etc can be seen HERE

This race is organised by Duhallow Athletic Club. More info on their website...

2019 Dublin Marathon sells out

On Monday the 10th of December 2018, the last of the 20,000 entries were sold for the next Dublin marathon at the end of October 2019. It's pretty amazing really considering how far away it is.

Looking back at earlier posts on the blog, the 2018 race sold out at the end of May 2018 and the 2017 race sold out on the 12th of July.

The big difference now is that before, the race was selling out around the time people might start think about doing a training plan. Now it's almost 11 months in advance which seems way off into the future. It's very likely that the number of 'no shows' will rise as well as people get swept up in the panic to enter and never turn up on the day. 

What will it be next year? Will it sell out in November?

There is a transfer window for those with entries but I think it is pretty early in 2018.

Over 19,500 entries sold already for the 2019 Dublin City Marathon

Update 9th December. It is likely to sell out on Mon 10th Dec.

Mon 10th Dec 2018... SOLD OUT!
Sun 9th Dec 2018... Now 19,500 gone. Likely to close on Mon 10th.
Wed 4th Dec 2018... Now 18,000 gone.
Tues 27th Nov 2018... Now 16,000 gone.
Sun 18th Nov 2018... Now 13,300 gone
Wed 14th Nov 2018... Now 12,500 gone.
Wed 7th Nov 2018... Now 10,000 gone.
Sat 3rd Nov 2018... 7,000 gone.

It's hard to believe but 10,000 places for the 2019 Dublin City Marathon have been sold already!

The entry fees are broken down as follows... Entry fee:  The first 7,000 entries are at €70, the next 7,000 are at €80 and the last 6,000 are at €90.

Amazingly, the first batch of 7,000 were snapped up by Saturday the 3rd of November, just 6 days after the 2018 event! By Wed 7th, it was at 10,000. That means there are now less than 10,000 left.

Although 12 months is a long time to plan ahead, you should probably be thinking about entering if you are interested. If nothing else, you should keep a close eye on the entries to see how things progress.

The entry link is

Saturday, December 08, 2018

Results of the Clonakilty Marathon, Half-Marathon & 10k - Sat 8th Dec 2018

Looks like they got a nice day for this years Clonakilty Marathon albeit a little windy.

Looking through the results, the numbers are just a tad this year.

The marathon hit a new record with the highest number of finishers ever in the events history. The half-marathon was also up slightly but the drop this year was in the 10k for whatever reason.

2 Freddy STUKK    02:39:20 2    MS (1)    Raheny Shamrocks
3 Ciaran MCKENNA    02:39:56 171    MS (2)  
4 Derek GRIFFIN    02:46:50 342    MS (3)  
22 Charlotte KEARNEY    03:18:04 372    F40 (1)    Donadea RC
32 Kelli PALIZZI    03:25:02 438    FS (1)    PPRR
35 Ellen AHERN    03:26:40 248    F40 (2)    Rosscarbery Steam Runners

1 Sergiu CIOBANU    01:13:22 1945    MS (1)    Clonliffe Harriers
2 Niall SHEIL    01:14:49 1344    M40 (1)    St Killians
3 Mark GUERIN    01:16:55 5708    MS (2)
13 Jackie CARTHY    01:26:49 1106    F40 (1)    Kilgore AC
28 Kana AKIMOTO    01:32:58 1075    FS (1)    North East Runners Dundalk
45 Deirdre ANSBRO    01:36:11 1413    FS (2)    Youghal AC

1 Barry O'SHEA    00:35:25 2594    MS (1)    Midleton AC
2 Michiel MEULEMANS    00:35:30 2511    MS (2)    Loopgroep Run Inn
3 Garrett LORDAN    00:35:58 2471    MS (3)    Clonakilty Road Runners AC
5 Catriona MCKIERNAN    00:37:10 9763    F40 (1)   
13 Zoe QUINN    00:39:34 2173    F40 (2)    Raheny Shamrock AC
15 GrĂ¡inne O'CALLAGHAN    00:40:14 2550    FS (1)    North Cork AC

The results are up on the MyRunResults website...

Results & Photos of the Ballincollig 5k parkrun... Sat 8th Dec 2018

188 turned out for this weeks 5k parkrun in Ballincollig Regional Park in what were dry but windy conditions. This is down somewhat on the 312 of last week and the average of 290 for 2018. Perhaps the Clonakilty marathon on Saturday and the Cork BHAA Turkey Trot coming up on Sunday might have been a factor.

1 Unknown
2 Alan O'SULLIVAN    19:48    VM35-39    M2
3 Kevin GLEESON    20:12    VM35-39    M3
21 Olga O'SULLIVAN    22:35    VW40-44    F1    Eagle A.C.
33 Linda HOGAN    23:22    VW50-54    F2
36 Gillian COTTER    23:29    VW45-49    F3    St Finbarrs AC

Full results

1) Collette Ryan has some photos HERE

Results & Photos of the Glen River 5k parkrun... Sat 8th Dec 2018

76 runners turned out for this weeks 5k parkrun in the Glen, down slightly on the 81 last week.

1 Ken INCE    18:34    VM35-39    M1    Watergrasshill AC
2 Craig HARRINGTON    18:46    SM25-29    M2    Togher AC
3 Martin COLWILL    18:57    VM50-54    M3    Bideford AAC
22 Catherine REDMOND    23:58    VW45-49    F1
26 Sinead ROCHE    24:50    JW11-14    F2
27 Helen ROCHE    24:51    VW45-49    F3    Wibbly Wobbly Wonders


1) The organisers have a gallery HERE
2) Joe Murphy has a gallery HERE

Kate Veale of West Waterford AC wins National 20k Race Walk Championships

Kate Veale of West Waterford AC took another huge step back to the top level of race walking this morning at the national 20 k championships held in St Anne's Park Raheny Dublin. Kate took gold in a huge new personal best 1.37.54 knocking almost 5 minutes off her previous best .

Kate's time also was inside the qualifying times for two significant races in 2019
The European cup of race walking and the World universities games but she will have to wait as selection will be decided by Athletics Ireland in the near future.

Notice : Mallow 10 mile road race - Sun 24th March 2019

The Mallow 10 mile road race is coming up on Sunday the 24th of March 2019 at 12:30pm. Entries opened on Friday December 7th.

Update Sat 8th Dec... 1000 of the 2000 online entries are now gone.


Entries are now open.  

There will be a lot of demand for this race and it will certainly sell out. Outside of the Dungarvan 10, this is probably the second most popular 10 miler in Munster.

Going on previous entries, the Dungarvan 10 is an event that sells out in hours where as the Mallow 10 sells out in days.

Updated info will appear here and on the race website...

Friday, December 07, 2018

Athletics Ireland release membership stats for clubs for Nov 2018

Athletics Ireland have just released the latest stats for the membership of athletic clubs in the country as of the end of November 2018. This is the adult membership of athletic clubs in Cork with 100 or more members in 2017/2018...

Some clubs have shown strong growth over the last 12 month with Mallow AC being the largest. Clubs like Togher AC have seen the benefits of their Couch to 5k programme while St.Catherines AC in Conna have also seen a big jump in numbers.

Doneraile AC are a new club and pop straight in as the 8th largest.

The overall figures for Cork county show that real growth in adult membership has been in several new regional clubs starting up. New clubs like Mt.Hillary AC, Doneraile AC, Bridevale AC and Beara AC account for 360 of the additional 442 adult club members in 2018.

Adults Getting Older.... The trend for adult club members to be older continues. At the end of November 2017, 19.3% of adults were under the age of 35. At the end of November 2018, that had dropped to 17.5% and looks set to continue.

Going back to 2013, that figure was at 27.3%.

Drop in Juvenile Numbers... The most significant change in the club membership numbers is the drop in the number of Juveniles. That is down 5.6% in the last 12 months.

Full stats are available on the Athletics Ireland website.

Lizzie Lee and Mick Clohisey qualify for the IAAF World Championships

It has been announced that following winning the national marathon titles at the recent Dublin Marathon, both Lizzie Lee from Cork and Mick Clohisey have qualified for the 2019 IAAF World Championships. This is scheduled to be held between 27 September and 6 October 2019 in Doha, Qatar. Should be a warm marathon!

Talk by Irish marathon record holder Cartherina McKiernan in Clonakilty - Fri 7th Dec 2018


From the organiers of the Clonakilty Marathon... 8pm, Friday 7th December 2018 at The Clonakilty Hotel. (FREE ADMISSION)

Q&A with Chi Running Instructor and Winner of Berlin Marathon, Amsterdam Marathon & London Marathon our national record holder of Marathon distance, a time of 2:22:23, Catherina McKiernan.

Get top running tips from a true Irish sports legend.