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Thursday, April 18, 2019

Notice : The Cheetah Run 5k in Fota Wildlife Park - Thurs 16th May 2019

The 2019 Cheetah Run in Fota Wildlife Park organised by Eagle AC is coming up on Thursday the 16th of May at 8pm. As well as there being the usual 5k race, there is also a one-mile race for juveniles (11-15 year olds).

Entries for the 5k race open on Thursday the 18th of April at 10am. Please note that there will be no entries on the night of the race.

Please note that there is a limit of 900 entries for the 5k race. The lower age limit is 16 years old.

The entry link is here...


5k Course...Following the success of last three years, the same 5k route will be used again. This will take in all areas of the Wildlife Park including the new Asian Sanctuary.

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Results of the Ballintotis 4 mile road race - Wed 17th Apr 2019

There was a huge turn out of 1240 runners for this years Ballintotis 4 mile road race, a new record!

I had noticed that the race notice that I put up a few weeks back seemed to be getting a lot of hits but I certainly didn't expect the numbers on the night to be anywhere like 1200 plus.

Medals.... The organisers had purchased 1200 medals for all finishers as it was 10th anniversary of event. As more than 1200 showed up, some people did not get a medal.

The organisers would like to apologise to the people who did not get a medal but if they send their race number, name and address to johncashman100 AT gmail DOT com

The medal will be posted as soon as possible.  Circa: 3 weeks

Race... As for the race, it looks like a clean sweep for the East Cork AC men with them taking the top three places. Fiona Santry of East Cork AC also retained her title.

1 Kevin O'BRIEN        East Cork A.C.    M    MS    5059  20:13
2 Kevin O'LEARY        East Cork A.C.    M    MS    619   20:28
3 James MCCARTHY        East Cork A.C.    M    MS    5116   20:48
28 Fiona SANTRY        East Cork A.C.    F    FS    2  23:26
65 Ann GEARY        Midleton A.C.    F    F40    5064  24:44
70 Niamh ROE    Leevale A.C.    F    F35    5285 24:49


1) Joe Murphy has a few galleries...
...a) Start 1
...b) Start 2
...c) Finish line

2) Michael Buckley has two galleries
...a) Album 1
... b) Album 2

Nice photo from Joe Murphy showing the runners leaving Ballintotis just after the start

Notice : Ballintotis 4 mile road race - Wed 17th Apr 2019

The big race this week is of course the Ballintotis 4 mile which is on Wednesday the 17th of April at 8pm. See all the latest info below...

After a long winter of dark evenings, it's time to look ahead to the upcoming summer season of evening road races. In Cork, the tradition was been that the Ballintotis 4 mile opens the summer season of evening races and the Ballycotton 5 at the end of August used to bring it to a close.

This year, the Ballintotis 4 mile will be held on Wednesday the 17th of April 2019 at 8pm.

You can also enter on the evening of the race. Please note there is no online entry for walkers, who register on the evening of the race in Ballintotis

Preview......You can see a preview of the course HERE

Latest Info from the organisers below...

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Cork runner Sinead Kane finishes 2nd in UK 24 hour race

Cork and Youghal native Sinead Kane ran an amazing 204.621 kms at the Crawley 24 hour track race in the UK at the weekend.  That's just over 127 miles!

With those performance, Sinead finish 2nd Female and 6th overall.

This is the International B Standard for Females (200Km) and to date, only 7 other Irish Female athletes have ever ran over 200Km.  This puts Sinead 7th on the list based on performance.

It may also possibly be the first time for a visually impaired athlete to achieve this standard.

Alex O’Shea (Cork) was also competing in this race and finished 22nd with a distance of 139.6 kms.


(Thanks to John O'Regan for the info) 

(Photo : Sinead Kane at the finish with guides / crew Philip Bourke & Louis Byrne)

New Ballybrack Pedestrian Route in Douglas in Cork City

Update 16th April 2019 : Elected members of the Ballincollig-Carrigaline Municipal District gave their green light of support for the next extension of the Ballybrack pedestrian/cycling path at the April monthly meeting yesterday. The proposed extension now needs to go to full Council for final approval.

Managers report...

Over the last few years, there have been some major improvements to the walkway and park in the Ballybrack Valley area to the south of Douglas in Cork City.

I came across this planning notice recently which shows the next phase of the project which connect the existing Ballybrack walkway over to Maryborough Hill. Once this is complete, it will mean there are more route options for runners and walkers who want to get away from the busy roads.

More info here...

Location below...

Notice: Boherbue to Kiskeam 4 mile road race in NW Cork - Mon 22nd Apr 2019

Looking ahead to next weekend, this one might be of interest to anyone west or north of Cork City, in Kerry or south and west Limerick. The Boherbue to Kiskeam 4 mile road race in NW Cork is coming up on Easter Monday, the 22nd of April 2019.

Note that there is a long sleeved dry fit top for all runners this year.

This 4 mile road race starts in Boherbue and finishes in the village of Kiskeam. As you can see from the map below, it's a central location for a lot of people in N.Cork, W.Limerick & E.Kerry...

The race is being organised by Gneeveguilla AC, one of the largest athletic clubs in Kerry. The entry fee is €20 on the day and there is a large array of prizes on offer. These are usually in the form of vouchers for a local co-op and are pretty generous.

There will be the usual refreshments of tea. coffee. sandwiches, etc afterwards as well.

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

Monday, April 15, 2019

Fionnuala McCormack runs Boston Marathon in 2h 30m

Top Irish international athlete Fionnuala McCormack was in action at this years Boston Marathon and ran a time of 2h 30m 38s

Fionnuala’s splits below

5k>>17.36 (5.40)
10k>>34.58 (5.36)
15k>>52.21 (5.36)
20k>>2:10.17 (5.43)
Half>>1:14.02 (5.46)
25k>>1:27.54 (5.43)
30k>>1:46.07 (5.53)
35k>>2:04.48 (5.37)
40k>>2:22.36 (5.51)
Finish>> 2:30.38 (5.44)

Fionnuala's previous best was 2:31:22.

Top 5 Irish women in the marathon...
1 2:22:23 Catherina McKiernan - Amsterdam    1 Nov 1998
2 2:28:07 Carey May - Osaka 27 Jan 1985
3 2:29:01 Sonia O'Sullivan - London 17 Apr 2005
4 2:31:22 Fionnuala McCormack - Rio de Janeiro 14 Aug 2016
5 2:32:51 Lizzie Lee - Berlin 27 Sep 2015

Dog runs 140+ miles in desert ultra-marathon

In the recent Marathon Des Sables ultra marathon in the Sahara, a local dog decided to join the 'fun' and ended up running more than 140 miles!

Renowned as  one of the toughest ultra races in the world, the Marathon Des Sables takes place over a 156 mile stretch of the Sahara Desert in Morocco. This year however, the hardened runners were joined by a local canine participant.

After completing 140.7 miles, the dog which was nicknamed Cactus by the participants was awarded a finishers medal.

Sunday, April 14, 2019

Results of the Karen Fenton 5k in Ballinora - Sun 14th Apr 2019

417 runners turned out in the wet and windy conditions for this years Karen Fenton Memorial 5k race in Ballinora.

1    Nathan O'LEARY    00:16:37    1554    M (1)    MJ (1)    Leevale A.C.
2    Andrew HOBBS    00:17:16    1145    M (2)    MS (1)    JCI
3    Ryhan O'HALLORAN    00:17:29    1306    M (3)    MS (2)    St Finbarrs A.C.
11    Sorcha KEARNEY    00:19:05    1548    F (1)    F40 (1)    St Finbarrs A.C.
12    Grainne O'DONNELL    00:19:19    1289    F (2)    F35 (1)   
15    Annemarie POWER    00:19:58    1516    F (3)    F45 (1)    Eagle A.C.


Finish line up to 28 mins... 

Results of the Dromina 10 mile road race - Sun 14th April 2019

After a long absence, the Dromina 10 mile road race was back on the race calendar again on Sunday the 14th of April. Conditions were somewhat wet and windy on what was a very busy day for races in Cork and Munster.

There were 168 finishers in the 10 mile and 93 in the 10k.

1    Rory O'Connor   North Cork AC    M    0:53:55
2    Declan Guina    West Limerick A.C.  M 0:58:13
3    Donal Giltinan    East Cork A.C.    M   1:01:13   
4    Paul Noonan    Limerick A.C.    M   1:01:47   
5    David Hanlon Limerick A.C.    M40   1:02:12
6    Linda Byrne    DSD    F 1:02:23   
24    Sinead Buckley    North Cork AC    F 1:11:13   
41    Susan Browne    North Cork AC    F 1:15:40   
49    Deirdre O Leary  North Cork AC    F  1:17:32   
53    Mary Pyke Mooreabbey Milers A.C F40 1:18:44

10 Mile Results

1 Mark Walsh    Leevale    M 34:20
2 Jeremiah Sheehan         M 35:42
4 Cormac Downes    Dooneen A.C.    M 40:03   
3 Niamh Moore    Leevale    F 39:45
10 Annette O'Reilly    Kilfinane A.C.    F 45:53
19 Sinead Singleton    Mount Hilary A.C.    F 51:19

10k results

Mark Walsh & Niamh Moore... winners of the 2019 Dromina 10k

1) Kevin O'Connor has a gallery of the 10 mile start HERE and the 10k start HERE 

Saturday, April 13, 2019

Results & Photos of the Glen River 5k parkrun - Sat 13th Apr 2019

1 Aidan NOONE    18:48    SM20-24    M1
2 Arlen AHERNE    19:44    SM30-34    M2
3 Michael MURPHY    20:08    VM60-64    M3    St Finbarrs AC
5 Anna HOGAN    21:48    VW40-44    F1    UCC Staff Athletics Club
8 Charlotte BISHOP    22:19    SW30-34    F2
20 Helen ROCHE    23:50    VW45-49    F3    Wibbly Wobbly Wonders


1)  The organisers have a gallery HERE

Results of the Dromahane 5k - Sat 13th Apr 2019

128 turned out for this 5k in Dromahane near Mallow, down about 10% on last year.

1 Eric Curran     Leevale AC     16:04 73
2 Anthony Mannix     Leevale AC 16:07     150
3 Donough Barrow     Mallow AC  18:45    74
5 Margaret Murphy     Mallow AC 19:17    264
17 Sheila Buckley     Midleton AC 21:17     145
18 Denise Smyth     Millstreet AC 21:32    256


Guest post : The Legend Jerry Forde takes on the Alexander the Great Marathon

Guest post from Claire O'Brien...*GOOD LUCK JERRY!* ... by Claire O'Brien

This weekend, the legend that is Jerry Forde is about to achieve a life-long ambition, and complete a marathon in Greece! Jerry will participate in the “Alexander the Great Marathon” in Thessaloniki. This will be his 445th marathon and Jerry will earn another marathon medal to add to his collection! 😊

It has taken months of meticulous planning to enable this to happen...with a few “bumps” along the way! The most recent being Jerry misplacing his passport!! Luckily, with a bit of help from Lord Mayor Mick Finn and also Simon Coveney, we were able to arrange an emergency one with hours to spare!!!! As we speak, Jerry is on a sight seeing tour around Greece, and is looking forward to being at the start line tomorrow! πŸ’ͺ🏻 For anyone that would like to tune in, it starts at 6am Irish time, and should be streamed live on this link.

Best of luck Jerry! You are a true inspiration! ☘️πŸƒ‍♂️πŸ’ͺ🏻

Spike Island 5k CANCELLED

Please note that the 5k on Spike Island on Saturday the 13th of April has been cancelled due to high winds.

From the organisers...."Due to unexpected high winds in Cork harbour we are closed today. Sincere apologies to any visitors, all tickets will be refunded. Our 5km is being moved to another date, runners can move to this date or avail of a refund."

Results & Photos of the Ballincollig 5k parkrun - Sat 13th Apr 2019

Conditions were cool, windy and dry for this weeks 5k parkrun in Ballincollig Regional Park with 301 taking part.

1 Ronan FENN    18:30    SM20-24    M1
2 Eoghan O'CONNOR    18:31    JM11-14    M2 Belgooly AC
3 Shane O'CALLAGHAN    18:32    VM35-39    M3
11 Rachel SMITH    19:39    SW20-24    F1
12 Nollaigh O'NEILL    19:46    VW45-49    F2 Leevale AC
19 Riina KUUSELO    20:32    VW40-44    F3 Knowle and Dorridge Running Club

Full results

1) Collette Ryan has a gallery HERE
2) Derek Costello has a gallery HERE