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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


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 


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.


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.

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

Tuesday, May 14, 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.

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 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...

Monday, May 13, 2019

Results & Photos of the Glen River 5k parkrun - Sat 11th May 2019

Just 49 runners turned out for this 5k parkrun in the Glen despite the fine weather.

1 Sean DOWLING    18:06    VM40-44    M1    Leevale AC
2 Aidan NOONE    18:40    SM20-24    M2
3 Simon SORENSEN    19:03    SM30-34    M3    St Finbarrs AC
23 Niamh SHEEHAN    26:59    SW30-34    F1
25 Claire MCGONAGLE    27:51    VW50-54    F2
27 Nassreen ABDULLAH    28:15    SW25-29    F3


Photos to follow...
1) Small gallery of photos from Mick Dooley HERE
2) The organisers have a gallery HERE 

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Results of the Bweeng 5k - Sun 12th May 2019

1 Hiko TONOSA    00:14:32 608    M (1)    MS (1)    Dundrum South Dublin A.C.
2 Paul MOLONEY    00:15:04 606    M (2)    MS (2)    Mallow A.C.
3 Rory CHESSER    00:15:12 605    M (3)    MS (3)    Ennis Track
10 Michelle FINN    00:16:15 761    F (1)    FS (1)    Leevale A.C.
17 Aoife COOKE    00:17:15 714    F (2)    FS (2)    Youghal A.C.
22 Martina KIELY    00:17:55 607    F (3)    F35 (1)    St Finbarrs A.C.


1) Photos by Mick Dooley HERE
2) Joe Murphy has 3 galleries Album 1 , Album 2 and Album 3

Saturday, May 11, 2019

Guest post : MUNSTER MARATHON OF 1979... by John Walshe

MUNSTER MARATHON OF 1979... By John Walshe (The Echo, 11/05/2019)

There is no doubt only a tiny percentage of runners experience the elation of crossing the line first in a marathon. To win on your birthday then is a much rarer occurrence but one such man who did so 40 years ago this weekend is Jerry Murphy from Douglas.

The occasion was the Munster championship which took place from the town of Rathkeale in Co Limerick on Sunday May 13, 1979. Four decades ago marathons, indeed road races in general, were a long way from what we know today.

A field of 30 to 40 runners was considered a good turnout and in all probability you could have entered that championship on the day for an entry fee of maybe 50 pence – a long way from the €65-€75 that would be asked of nowadays.  

A Munster marathon had been held intermittently during the 1970s and Murphy had already one victory under his belt, along with a best time of 2:24:33 achieved when finishing sixth in the Irish (BLE) National Marathon at Galway four years before.

Promoted by the Southern Region Council and held in glorious sunshine, the course in Rathkeale was typical of the day in that it was simply 13 miles out and back. The outward journey was into a fresh headwind and amongst the leading group were two Limerick men, Neil Cusack (Boston Marathon winner of 1974) and Robert Costelloe. However, both were using the race as a training run and would make their exit at halfway.

A more recent photo of Jerry Murphy with his haul of medals and trophies
The early leader was Paul Mulholland from Midleton who reached five miles in 28:35, just ahead of Davie Browne from Waterford. Mulholland had run 2:33:59 two years before at the BLE Marathon in Loughrea and was the pioneer of marathon running in the east Cork region.

At 11 miles, Mulholland began to drop back and this left Murphy and his Leevale team-mate Liam Horgan in control. In any race there comes a moment where the contest is won or lost and, 40 years on, Murphy still recalls where the decisive point came that day: “At 17 miles, Liam started really pushing the pace. At around the 19 mile mark, I turned to him to say I wasn’t feeling great and to go ahead. When I turned, he looked straight at me and said ‘Jerry, continue on and I’ll try and follow’.”

At the finish, Murphy’s winning margin was almost three minutes as he not alone celebrated victory but his 29th birthday in style, crossing the line in a time of 2:28:47. Horgan – who sadly passed away in 2013 after a lifetime of Leevale service - survived an attack of cramp to hold on for second in 2:31:44 with Mayo-man Michael Joyce taking third in 2:39:16 in front of his St Finbarr’s colleague Flor O’Leary (2:40:17).

Willie Hayes, then of Reenavanna Harriers but a ‘Barr’s man now for many years, finished fifth in 2:40:23 ahead  of Gerry Walsh from the Doheny club in Dunmanway (2:44:27).

The following year, Murphy, Joyce and Hayes travelled to New York for one of the first marathons to take place around the five boroughs of the Big Apple. With all three wearing Discover Ireland singlets, Murphy finished in a time of 2:31:44 with Hayes close behind on 2:31:58 and Joyce – a well-known Cork solicitor these days - recording a personal best of 2:38:05.

“It was after that New York Marathon I feel my problems began,” Murphy recalls. “I didn’t realise at the time but I had diabetes and it wasn’t discovered until 20 years later. I was also unaware at the time that I was celiac as well.”

A mainstay of many a winning Leevale cross-country team, he also has the unique distinction of having competed in over 30 Cork senior championships over the country.

With both Leevale and St Finbarr’s having two runners in the top four, the Munster team race came down to the third scorer and although Donal Burke’s 13th place gave the ‘Barr’s 20 points, John O’Leary in 15th spot gave Leevale the title by a margin of just two points.

Although no veterans (or masters nowadays) were acknowledged, O’Leary would have qualified at the time as he had turned 40 the previous December. Remarkably, then, that four decades later the near-neighbour of Jerry Murphy is still competing - 10 days ago he returned a time of just over 42 minutes for five miles at Midleton.

He too vividly recalls that warm Sunday around the roads of Rathkeale in what was his second marathon: “I knocked around 35 minutes off of my first. I remember it was a boiling hot day and I was wearing a cap from the sun and it blew of after a few miles. There were two or three of us together and I wouldn’t stop but didn’t one of them go back and pick it up, a lovely fellow whoever he was.” 

Just 22 runners, all men, finished that day. Although there was speculation that Jean Folan - one of the pioneering Irishwomen at the marathon distance and who would win the Ballycotton ’10’ the following March – was going to run, it was not to be.

Of course that year of 1980 all things utterly changed with the first running of the Dublin City Marathon and long distance running would no longer be a solitary male pursuit carried out on the lonely Irish roads.        

Munster Marathon 1979 results
1 J Murphy (Leevale) 2:28:47; 2 L Horgan (Leevale) 2:31:44; 3 M Joyce (St Finbarrs) 2:39:16; 4 F O’Leary (St Finbarrs) 2:40:17; 5 W Hayes (Reenavanna) 2:40:23; 6 G Walsh (Doheny) 2:44:27; 7 G Ryan (Premier) 2:48:11; 8 J Carroll (Tipperary Town) 2:49:58; 9 P O’Regan (Limerick) 2:50:55; 10 S O’Toole (Premier) 2:55:55; 11 P Carmody (St Johns) 2:56:08; 12 J Walshe (Midleton) 2:57:45; 13 D Burke (St Finbarrs) 2:58:35; 14 M Minogue (Tulla) 3:01:12; 15 J O’Leary (Leevale) 3:02:15.

Results of the Ballincollig 5k parkrun - Sat 11th May 2019

The numbers were down to 341 for this weeks 5k parkrun in Ballincollig Regional Park.

1 Finbarr ODWYER    16:59    VM45-49    M1    Leevale AC
2 Diarmaid NOLAN    18:16    SM25-29    M2
3 Shane O'CALLAGHAN    18:40    VM35-39    M3
9 Nollaigh O'NEILL    19:34    VW45-49    F1    Leevale AC
31 Siobhan HOLLAND    22:06    VW40-44    F2    Eagle A.C.
41 Maria MADIGAN    22:29    VW40-44    F3


1) Colette Ryan has a gallery HERE

Thursday, May 09, 2019

New riverside path proposed for Ballincollig Regional Park

9th May 2019... Update on the new riverside walkway in Ballincollig.

From Cork County Council....Last week marked the final contract signing by Cork County Council for improvement works to Ballincollig Regional Park.

Works on the project, carried out by Sole Sports & Leisure Ltd., will link the Regional Park to the 20 acre amenity lands at Fionn Laoi. The development will open a section of the park behind the former heritage centre to the public and create a 1km riverside walk and cycleway. It is anticipated that the work will start on the 20th of May and be completed in July.

This is one of the final projects to be completed by Cork County Council in the park since its acquisition in 1977. Usage of the park, which had formerly been a gunpowder mills, has seen a huge increase in recent years, with over 660,000 visitors for 2018.

In addition to the walkway project, Cork County Council will be planting hundreds of additional trees and developing wildflower meadows and picnic areas.

The park will be transferred to Cork City Council on the 1st of June 2019 for future maintenance.

Wednesday, May 08, 2019

Results of the Cork BHAA Pfizers 6 mile road race - Wed 8th May 2019

After a damp start to the day, conditions were dry for the start of this years Cork BHAA Pfizers 6 mile road race on Wednesday the 8th of May 2019. For an evening in May, it was pretty chilly with the temperature down at 9 deg C and a strong breeze.

A total of 311 runners turned out for the race.

1 Alan O'Shea M1 00:31:55 Mercy Hospital
2 Colin Merritt 0/45B M2 00:32:09 Army M-B-2
3 Kieran McKeown 0/40A M3 00:32:33 Kieran McKeown Fitness
28 Andrea Bickerdike F1 00:38:53 CIT F-A-2
30 Claire O'Brien F2 00:38:59 Dept of Ed F-A-1
35 Noreen Mackey F3 00:39:12 Irving Oil


1) Joe Murphy has three galleries on Facebook... Album 1 .... Album 2 ... Album 3