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Thursday, September 29, 2016

Comparing the Charleville Half-Marathon to the Dublin Half-Marathon

Last week, I had a post up about the stats for the Charleville Half-Marathon and it was obvious there was a drop in the number of faster women taking part this year. The question was why?

Last weekend, the Dublin Half-Marathon was held in the Phoenix Park and it attracted a huge field of nearly 7000 runners. As you see from the chart below, it dwarfs the numbers in Charleville.

Yet despite the difference, the winning times for the first man in the Charleville Half-Marathon has been faster than the Dublin Half-Marathon since it started in 2011. This might be partly explained by the fact that the course in the Phoenix Park is hillier but Charleville as you can see below has winning times that are 2-5 minutes faster. That's can't be just down to the course. It just seems to attract more of the faster male runners.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Inaugural 24 hour race held in Kerry on Sat 24th Sept 2016

The very first 24 hour endurance race in Co.Kerry was held on Saturday the 24th of September. This is as far as I know the only 24 hour race in the country outside of the annual Irish Championships in Belfast.

The course was in a local park in Tralee with runners doing multiple laps of a 0.75 mile loop. There were 3 events...the full 24 hour race which went from noon Saturday to noon on Sunday, a 12 hour race which went from noon to midnight and a 'shorter' 6 hour race which went from noon to 6pm.
In total, there were 63 participants spread out over the three events... 41 in the 24 hour, 14 in the 12 hour and 10 in the 6 hour. Ten runners managed to break the 100 mile barrier in the 24 hour.

Results & Photos

Alex O'Shea from Cork...1st in the 6 hour Ultra

Mallow AC 200 Point Challenge

Mallow AC have just announced a '200 Point Challenge' scheme for their own members for 2017. It basically involves encouraging members to take part in certain races over the course of the year...roughly 4 per month. Additional points are also given for helping out at their own club races.

At the end of the year, members are entered into a draw with a prize fund of €500...(€200, €150, €100 & €50).

They have the details HERE

It might be of interest to other clubs as well as a way to encourage more activity from their own members. Clonmel AC in Tipperary have a 500K Challenge going since the start of the year with teams aiming to complete 500kms. There are probably plenty of ways to get more members active, it just needs a bit of imagination and time.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Runner has Heart Attack in Dublin Half-Marathon

The Dublin Half-Marathon was held last weekend in the Phoenix Park and attracted a field of over 7000 runners. During the race, a runner collapsed after suffering a heart attack and an off-duty firefighter and a garda came to his assistance.

The female Garda officer was first on the scene and performed CPR. Off-duty Dublin Fire Brigade (DFB) officer Ben Weddick who was competing in the race stopped and assisted in the CPR when he came to the scene.

The man was later rushed to hospital and is said to be making a good recovery.

Monday, September 26, 2016

Closer look at the Lust for Life Cork Airport 5k...Fri 30th Sept 2016

On the Friday night, there will be a 5k race held on the runway of Cork Airport. Or at least people will gather there on Friday night as the race itself is schedule to start at 2am on Saturday morning!

If you are interested in going then you can enter here...

More info in this earlier post.

This is the map as supplied from the organisers...

Everything is happening within the terminal building and you will be guided there. Once you are cleared to go out onto the runway, the race will start at 2am. The course is a pretty simple down and back course.

There is an aerial view of the route here...

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Claire McCarthy from Cork runs 2:38 time in Berlin Marathon to qualify for the 2017 World Championships

The Berlin Marathon was held on Sunday the 25th of September and attracted a huge field of runners including many from Ireland.

Claire McCarthy enroute to a PB of 2:38 in Berlin. Photo: Kieran Carlin

Clare McCarthy of Leevale AC in Cork ran a personal best time of 2h 38m 00s and now provisionally qualifies her for the 2016 World Championships in London. What's pretty amazing is that Claire's time is exactly the same as the Irish qualifying standard.

Gladys Ganiel of North Belfast Harriers finished in 2:39:10 which is inside the IAAF standard but outside the Irish one.

"* Performance Standards set by Athletics Ireland for selection consideration
Athletics Ireland has set its own Qualification Periods in which the Performance Standards must be achieved. Selection will be based on performances during the Qualification Periods from 1 January 2016 to 24 April 2017 for the Marathon (subject to change when official information is released)."

Cork Runners in Berlin under 2:50...
107 Mccauley, Conor (IRL)    M30    Leevale AC    02:31:54    02:31:46
118 O Connell, John (IRL)    M35            02:32:49    02:32:41
152 O'Brien, Alan (IRL)    M35    Eagle Ac        02:35:28    02:34:56
218 Casey, Owen (IRL)    M30    Leevale Ac        02:38:03    02:37:55
9 McCarthy, Claire (IRL)    W40    Irland        02:38:00    02:38:00
240 Murnane, Christopher (IRL)    M30    St Finbarrs    02:39:20    02:38:47
451 Boland, Ronan (IRL)    M50    Eagle Ac        02:46:12    02:45:43
459 Coakley, Donal (IRL)    M30    Leevale Ac    02:46:11    02:45:51

Irish runners under 3 hours in Berlin....

Results & photos of the Evening Echo Womens Mini-Marathon

Thousands of women took to the streets of Cork today for the annual Evening Echo Women's Mini-Marathon.


Top 10
1 Emma Murphy (St Finbarrs) 22:03
2 Sinead O’Connor (Leevale) 22:14
3 Aoife Cooke (Youghal) 22:19
4 Andrea Bickerdike (Leevale) 23:23
5 Michelle Kenny (Leevale, F35) 23:27
6 Carol Finn (Leevale) 23:31
7 Margaret Murphy (Bandon) 23:32
8 Sinead Kevany (Midleton, F35) 23:40
9 Louise Shanahan (Leevale, FJ) 24:04
10 Niamh Allen (Cork Varsity) 24:04

Photos...... (Updated 8:38am Tues 27th Sept)
1) Kieran Minihane has loads of photos HERE
2) Joe Murphy of Eagle AC has a gallery HERE ...a bigger gallery HERE
3) Mike O'Grady Photography has a number of galleries... Album 1 ... Album 2 ...

The Evening Echo will have a special supplement in next Saturdays edition with a full list of finishers as well as some photos.

Results of the Hope for Faith 5k charity Run in Doneraile Park...Sat 24th Sept 2016

Unfortunately the weather wasn't great for this 5k charity run in Doneraile Park on Sat 24th Sept 2016.

1 Mike Keating  19:20
2 Paco Pacios   20:38
3 Ian O’Brien   21:03
6 Aoife Carroll 22:06
12 Mary Murphy  24:42
16 Denise Cronin 27:30

Hope for Faith have a Facebook page HERE

Results below....

Results & Photos of the Castletownbere Wild Atlantic Way 10k & 4k...Sat 24th Sept 2016

The Wild Atlantic Way Run was held on Saturday the 24th of September in Castletownbere in West Cork. A total of 89 people took part, 47 in the 10k and 42 in the 4k.

1    395    Vincent    O'Sullivan  Eagle AC  0:41:29
2    391    Robert    Lynch    0:43:06
3    398    Brian    Collins    0:43:33
5    402    Geraldine    O'Shea  St.Finbarr's AC  0:44:39
10    405    Maria    Hurley    0:48:34
14    422    Deirdre    O'Sullivan    0:53:44

Vincent O'Sullivan of Eagle AC & Geraldine O'Shea of St.Finbarr's of the 2016 Castletownbere Wild Atlantic Way 10. Photo: Anne Marie Cronin

1) Anne Marie Cronin has a nice gallery HERE

Results below.....

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Results of the Ballincollig 5k parkrun...Sat 24th Sept 2016

The 15th 5k parkrun in Ballincollig Regional Rark attracted a smallish field of just 131 runners on Saturday the 24th of Sept 2016, the lowest number to date. Obviously with the Yellow weather warning from Met Eireann and the heavy rain, a lot of people decided to give it a skip this week.

Interesting to see how the numbers can fluctuate so much in just two weeks.

1    Conor DOLAN    19:06    SM30-34    M 1
2    Tobi GRAB    19:41    VM35-39    M 2
3    Jack O'CONNOR    19:44    JM15-17    M 3 Leevale AC
15    Gillian MURPHY    22:05    VW40-44    F 1 Eagle A.C.
27    Kate DUGGAN    24:49    VW35-39    F 2
30    Clare MURPHY    25:06    VW55-59    F 3 

The full results can be seen HERE

Glengarriff parkrun cancelled due to flooding

The 5k parkrun in Glengarriff in West Cork had to be cancelled this morning (24-09-2016) due to the heavy rain overnight. As you can see from the photo above, the run off from the local mountains resulted in parts of the course being flooded.

All going well, they should be back in action next week.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Clubs at the 2016 Charleville Half-Marathon

One final stat for the Charleville Half-Marathon. Someone asked about the number of clubs and I had look.

These are the clubs that had 5 or more members taking part...

One thing that stands out is just how local most runners are. The vast majority are from the Cork and Limerick which is probably of no great surprise.

Other than Clonmel AC, the numbers from Tipperary seems pretty low so perhaps some of them headed to Kilkenny for the two half-marathons there instead. The story is the same with Kerry and great numbers from either county.

Just out of interest, I had a look at the results for 2012 which is when the field seemed to be a bit faster at the front. There was no major difference other than there are lots of newer local clubs now compared to then.

Events in Cork this weekend...Sat 24th & Sun 25th Sept 2016

There are a number of runs on this weekend in Cork as shown below....

5k Parkrun...Sat 24th (9:30am)...€free...various locations...  
Cork...Castle Demense, Macroom // Showgrounds, Clonakilty // Bere Island, Beara Peninsula) // Glengarriff // Castlehaven // Ballincollig Regional Park... 

Kerry...Sat 24th (9am)...Killarney 10 mile road race...€

Cork...Sat 24th (11am)...Hope for Faith 5k fun run/walk...€10...Doneraile Park...timed...
Cork...Sat 24th (2pm)...Wild Atlantic Way fun run...4k & 10k...€?...Castletownbere...

Cork...Sun 25th (1pm)...Evening Echo Women's mini-marathon...€15...Approx 3.8 miles, mostly walkers...

Met Eireann issue rainfall alert for Saturday morning

This might be of interest to anyone doing a 5k parkrun on Saturday morning. Met Eireann have issued a Yellow weather alert for Saturday morning (24th Sept 2016).

Rainfall Warning for Galway, Mayo, Cork and Kerry
Over 25 mm likely in a 12 hour period, locally up to 40 mm in mountainous areas. Note that this is an update to the previous warning to include county Mayo in the risk area.
Issued: Friday 23 September 2016 10:00
Valid: Saturday 24 September 2016 00:01 to Saturday 24 September 2016 12:00

As the chart shows, the heavy rain is expected to arrive in West Munster in the small hours of Saturday morning. Over the next few hours, it will progress eastwards with some clearer weather behind it.

For now, it looks likely that the parkrun in Ballincollig will be wet while the rain may well have passed for the ones in West Cork.

For Sunday, it looks reasonable and it should be fine with just a risk of the odd shower.

Tramore Valley Park used for Orienteering during the week

The last 5k parkrun to be held at the Tramore Valley Park in Cork City was back in January and since then, there has been very little news of it starting up again.

In the last week, Cork Orienteering Club held an event there with about 50 people taking part. As the numbers are always pretty small at orienteering events, parking there was never going to be an issue.

Section of the 5k course have got a new layer of grit in the last few months and it is now easier to run on.

As you can see, parts of Tramore Valley Park aren't exactly the most scenic but it is the only large park in Cork City.

So will the parkrun return soon? Cork City Council have said that the 5k parkrun won't be able to resume until the park officially opens. As for when it will open?? For the last few years, it has been 'opening next year' but there is still no sign of it opening. From what I understand, it is a financial issue.

During the Summer, there was an article in the Evening Echo in which a local councilor said as much...

Mr McCarthy said: “Once again the timeframe for opening this 160-acre park has been pushed out. Millions of euros have been invested into converting the landfill into one of the largest public parks in the country. It was an ambitious plan of conversion using top-level environmental engineers and experience and now at the last hurdle to open the park, the council are hindered by the recruitment embargo and compared to the millions needed to top soil the landfill, there are now small-scale financial limitations left to overcome such as employing park rangers.

The full article is here...

If you want to see the park open then the list of local city councilors is here if you want to contact them...

Even if the park does open finally, I'm not sure if that will even be the end of it. Parking there will still be an issue especially if a lot of people turn up on a particular Saturday like they did during the time of Operation Transformation.