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Saturday, December 14, 2019

Results & Photos of the Ballincollig 5k parkrun - Sat 14th Dec 2019

A total of 314 runners turned out for this weeks 5k parkrun in Ballincollig Regional Park on Saturday 14th Dec 2019.

1 Fearghal DESMOND Male JM15-17 Leevale AC 17:40
2 Tobi GRAB Male VM40-44 Leevale AC 18:04
3 Jason NICHOL Male VM35-39 18:11
33 Hana FASKA Female SW18-19 Sanctuary Runners 22:01
36 Karen SCULLY Female VW40-44 22:28
37 Clodagh FITZGERALD Female SW25-29 22:29

Full results

1) The organisers have a gallery HERE

Results & Photos of the Glen River 5k parkrun - Sat 14th Dec 2019

Sonia O'Sullivan leads out the troops at this weeks 5k parkrun in the Glen in Cork City
A grand total of 79 runners turned out for this weeks 5k parkrun in the Glen on the north side of Cork City.

As you can see from the photo above, the first woman home was Sonia O'Sullivan, a World Champion and Olympic Silver medalist for the 5000m.

What many of you may not know is that the first man home is a record holder in his own right. Brian Linehan holds the record for the fastest time for cycling from Cork to Dublin back in 1994, well before the motorway network was built. His time... 6 hours and 16 minutes from the GPO in Cork to the GPO in Dublin. Video HERE

1 Brian LINEHAN Male VM55-59 20:29
2 Fergal BRENNAN Male VM40-44 20:49
3 Richard HAWKINS Male VM50-54 Eagle A.C.
7 Sonia O'SULLIVAN Female VW50-54 Glenhuntly AC 22:22
11 Edith O'DONNELL Female JW11-14 23:44
15 Sally-Ann LYNCH Female SW25-29 23:53


1) The organisers have a gallery HERE

Friday, December 13, 2019

New Greenway opens in Clonakilty...

Back in October 2017, I had a post up on the blog about how a €100,000 grant had been allocated for the development of a new Greenway in Clonakilty in West Cork.

As can be seen from the photo above, the main section of the Greenway is now completed and it was officially opened recently by Cllr Christoper O'Sullivan, The Mayor of Cork County.

The new section is just over a km in length and goes from the Clonakilty Community Hospital to just short of the West Cork Business and Technology Park.

As the map shows below, the new Greenway falls about 450m short of the Technology Park. Funding is now being sought to complete this last section.

As the photo of the Greenway shows, it is also lit at night. Considering the flat level surface, it would make an excellent location for doing intervals and some speed work.

It would also make a good location for some Couch to 5k training for beginners.

Just a thought but once the next section is completed, it might make a good location for a Junior 2k parkrun on Sundays?

Friday Fun: One for the Ultra Runners

One for the Ultra Runners out there 😂

Notice: Newmarket 5k road race - Sun 15th Dec 2019

This popular 5 km road race is coming up in the town of Newmarket in North-West Cork on Sunday the 15th of December 2019. This is a fast 5k course and gets a good turnout every year.

Entries... You can pre-enter online HERE for €15

You can also enter on the day for €20.

Thursday, December 12, 2019

Updated route for the 2020 IRONMAN in Youghal announced

The 2020 IRONMAN triathlon in Youghal in East Cork is coming up on the 21st of June 2020 and promises to attract some 2,600 athletes. This is a huge sporting event for the East Cork region and it is estimated that it is worth some €8 million to the local economy.

The inaugural event in the Summer of 2019 just happened to fall on a really bad day weather wise and the swim part had to be cancelled. Considering that it is on the longest day of the year in the middle of Summer, the 2020 event will be much better.

The organisers have now announced the route for the 2020 event.

Swim... This is 3.8 kms in length and runs parallel to the beach. Obviously the weather and the direction of the wind is a big factor here.

Bike... The cycle is 180 kms in length and is made up of two loops of East Cork. They have reduced the amount of climbing in 2020 from 1900m to 1700m.

The southern part of the loop is relatively flat while most of the climbing is in the northern part. There are some really nice scenic sections in there especially after Ballymacoda and around East Ferry.

Run... The run is a full marathon of 42.2 kms and is essentially dead flat. It is made up of four loops through the town.

For more info, go to

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

New maps released for the Galtee, Knockmealdown and Comeragh Mtns

This should be of interest to any local trail runners or anyone who likes to do a bit of hill walking from time to time.

EastWest Mapping are a small company based in Wexford that produce a series of high quality maps. While the Ordnance Discovery produce a fine series of maps which cover the country, the EastWest maps go into much greater detail.

In 2018, they released a map covering the  Comeragh mountains to the north of Dungarvan in West Waterford. Now they have released new maps for the Galtee and Knockmealdown mountains...

A lot of maps are based on just satellite images whereas for the EastWest maps, the owner Barry Dalby spends a huge amount of time walking the ranges looking at paths, details and talking to locals about place names and features.

A sample of a map is shown above. While the Discovery maps are 1:50,000 with 10 metre contours, the EastWest maps are 1:25,000 with 5 metre contours i.e. twice the resolution and with a lot more information.

The paper maps retail at €12.90 each while the 'encapsulated' waterproof version is €20.50.

I purchased the waterproof Comeragh map a few months back and I found it to be excellent. I'll certainly be buying the two new ones.

If you're interested in buying one for yourself or as a stocking filler for someone for Christmas, you can purchase them online from the website...

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Race numbers for the Cloyne Commons 4k on Sun 15th Dec 2019

The second race in the Cloyne Commons 4k series is coming up on Sunday the 15th of December 2019. For those who did the first, your race number is listed below...

Race No.    Name    Team    Cat
1    MCKEOWN, Kieran    Watergrasshill AC    M45
2    KELLEHER, Kenneth    East Cork AC    M40
3    WAHBI, Mohamed    St Finbarrs AC    M
4    GRUFFERTY, James    Leevale AC    M
5    INCE, Ken    Watergrasshill AC    M
6    HENNESSY, John    Midleton AC    M45

Notice: Mallow 10 mile road race - Sun 22nd March 2020

Update: 10th Dec 2019... Half of the 2,200 places are now gone. That's slightly faster than last year when 1,000 had gone by the 8th of December.

The Mallow 10 mile road race is coming up on Sunday the 22nd of March 2020 at 12:30pm. Entries opened on Friday December 6th.

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 weeks. There is also a race dry fit top for all participants.

Entry link HERE

From Mallow AC... "We are delighted to announce that Co-op Superstores continue as title sponsor of the Mallow 10 mile road race on Sunday 22nd March 2020.

This is the second year Co-op Superstores are title sponsor and we are delighted to have such a great local business onboard.

The Co-op Superstores Mallow 10 mile race goes on sale next Friday 6th December. Get in early as this race sells out fast!

Club website with details... "

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

Monday, December 09, 2019

Results & Photos of the Cork BHAA Simon 5k Turkey Trot - Sun 8th Dec 2019

253 runners turned out for this years Cork BHAA Simon 5k Turkey Trot in Balckrock in Cork City.

1 Barry Meade  18:07
4 Paul Downey 19:21
3 James Ahern 19:15
2 Niamh Moore 18:21
14 Linda O'Connor 20:52
20 Lelia Kenny 21:35


1) Joe Murphy has two galleries... Part 1 ... Part 2
2) Mick Dooley has some photos HERE

First home... Niamh Moore and Barry Meade. Photo: Mick Dooley

Sunday, December 08, 2019

Irish womens team win Silver at the European Cross Country Championships

The European Cross Country Championships were held this year in Lisbon, Portugal and Fionnuala McCormack led the Irish women to a Silver team medal.

The three scoring members of the Irish team all finished in the top 20.

Individual results HERE

Post race interview with Fionnuala McCormack... - Fourth 27:44.02
"It's difficult because I've come fourth so many times before, and it's very painful to be honest. But we got a team medal today, and that's good. We had a very successful team (european cross country) championships this year, I don't think we've ever won these many medals as a whole group before - and going into Dublin next year, that's promising. 

For me, as an individual, yes, it hurts coming fourth so many times before but the course was brilliant, the crowd were great - it's what cross country is meant be, I like that about it. The only thing I don't like, it's my position. I suppose I love running, and I really like competing, and it's easier when you stand on the podium, but having done that before I know what it feels like, so I keep trying to do it again. I suppose being fourth isn't that far away, so everytime I convince myself this year will be my year. 

I kind of moved to the marathon, but I never really moved from cross country, so it's nice to be able to be here, and be competitive and not just be just a number because it's my 16th time. It will be a big year for us next year - the last time it was in Ireland it was 10 years ago now, and we had quite high expectations for our team that year, and it didn't really come off so, hopefully next year, we can spread the pressure between all of us, and we can all be successful.  "

Saturday, December 07, 2019

Results & Photos of the Glen River 5k parkrun - Sat 7th Dec 2019

84 turned out for this weeks 5k parkrun in the Glen in Cork City.

1 John LONGAN Male SM25-29 St Finbarrs AC 18:58
2 Florent CHEVALLIER Male SM30-34 19:33
3 Brendan LYNCH Male VM45-49 19:44
5 Franziska SKOGSHOLM Female SW20-24 19:52
21 Sandra WALSH Female VW45-49 24:07
26 Aoife O'NEILL Female SW30-34 24:52

Full results

1) The organisers have a gallery HERE

Results of the Run the Line 5k in Carrigaline - Sat 7th Dec 2019

The monthly free timed 5k parkrun was held this morning on the Carrigaline to Crosshaven walkway. The next one is on the first Saturday in January.

Some photos HERE

Results of the Waterford Half-Marathon - Sat 7th Dec 2019

Just over 2,000 runners turned out for this years Waterford Half-Marathon on Saturday the 7th of December 2019. From what I hear, the modified course was a bit on the hilly side.

Even though there were no Cork runners in the top 3, there were large numbers in the results.

1 Derese Yared     3027     1:04:13 4:54/M     Carrick Aces A.C.    
2 Clohisey Mick 3022     1:05:23 4:59/M     Raheny Shamrock A.C.    
3 Keogh Eric     3020     1:07:48 5:11/M     Donore Harriers
35 Fitzgerald     Ruth     3024     1:20:00 6:06/M     Waterford A.C.    
50 Kehoe Fiona     3006     1:21:38 6:14/M     Kilmore A.C.    
60 Carthy Jackie 3029     1:22:58 6:20/M     Kilmore A.C.

Full results

Friday, December 06, 2019

Cork fail to field team for Munster cross country championships

The Munster Intermediate Cross Country Championships were held this year near Thurles in Tipperary on Sunday the 1st of December 2019. The numbers however were poor with just 33 club runners from all of Munster taking part in the men's and women's races respectively.

In the Intermediate men's race, Cork failed to field a county team despite it being the largest county in the province.

Just Tipperary and Limerick managed to field a county team while only three clubs from Tipperary and Limerick were able to put together a club team.

In the Intermediate women's race, three out of the six Munster counties managed to field a team including Cork. The only club from Cork that managed to field a team was St.Finbarr's AC.

There has been a long downward trend for cross country and the poor numbers in this and other competitions meaning that people are often getting county and provincial medals just for turning up.

The results of the Intermediate cross country competition are up on the Munster Athletics website.