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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Copenhagen Half-Marathon cancelled after downpour

The annual Copenhagen half-marathon was held last weekend with some 20,000 runners taking part. It started innocently enough at 11:15am with clear skies and a temperature of about 14 deg C.

However during the race, the weather changed completely with a torrential downpour with lightning, rain, hail and snow. At the finish line, the timing mats were being washed away...

At roughly 1:30pm, the race was cancelled with the organisers issuing the following statement...“Due to thunderstorms, lightning strikes, massive hail and flooding in the starting and finish area and on parts of the course, the CPH Half was discontinued for the safety of all runners and spectators at 1:30 p.m.”.

There were also reports that a runner, a photographer and a race volunteer were hit by lightning. As you can see from the videos below, it really was something else...

Guest Post : 10 Things I Think About Pacing The Charleville Half Donal Coakley

10 Things I Think Donal Coakley

In these guest posts, Donal Coakley of Leevale AC gives his own light-hearted perspective of some of the races that he has competed in. 

In this post, he gives his thoughts on pacing the Charleville Half-Marathon

10 Things I Think About Pacing The Charleville Half Marathon

1. Something borrowed, something red, something mouldy.
I think the reason JEP (Jonathan Escalante-Phillips) ran so fast is because he was wearing my exclusive Gilead Nike singlet, a "clean" pair of Michael Herlihy's shorts and my used blister proof socks. I'm probably going to have to retire the singlet because it ain't ever running a sub 70 half on my shoulders.

2. Ownabwee Honey
I now know that the secret to a 68 minute half marathon is half a bottle of SuperValu's cheapest honey in the 12 hours before a race. That and a few nespressos. Rice cakes seem to be beneficial too.

3. Food Doping
I think the day before a half marathon should include mainly/entirely Italian food. Paninis, Italian hot chocolate, blackberry crostata from Italee for lunch and Novocento pizza for dinner. Novocento must add clenbuterol to the parma ham, I think it's one of the extras.

Donal Coakley, David Comber and Jonathan Escalante-Phillips

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Results & Photos of the Charleville Half-Marathon...Sun 17th Sept 2017

A record 1133 runners turned out for this years Charleville Half-Marathon on what were ideal running conditions. After an early morning fog, the sun eventually made an appearance but it was near the end of the race.

Rob Heffernan, Jonathan Escalante-Philips 2nd, John Travers 1st & Michael Carmody 3rd

Top 10 men & women...
1 John TRAVERS (11)    Donore Harriers AC    01:07:42 open  (1)    Male  (1)
2 Jonathan ESCALANTE-PHILLIPS (10)    Cambridge and Coleridge    01:08:16 open  (2)    Male  (2)
3 Michael CARMODY (12)    An Brú AC    01:10:07 open  (3)    Male  (3)
4 Michael MCMAHON (782)    RAHENY SHAMROCK    01:10:33 open  (4)    Male  (4)
5 Michael CORBETT (262)    St.Finbarrs AC    01:11:16 O40  (1)    Male  (5)
6 Rory O'CONNOR (16)    North Cork Ac    01:11:34 open  (5)    Male  (6)
7 Mark SMITH (1845)    EAGLE AC    01:11:56 open  (6)    Male  (7)
8 Malcolm MC DONNELL (737)    Mullingar Harriers A C    01:12:21 O40  (2)    Male  (8)
9 Eoin SUGRUE (1852)        01:12:28 O40  (3)    Male  (9)
10 John MEADE (15)    St. Finbarrs Ac    01:12:33 open  (7)    Male  (10)
17 Laura SHAUGHNESSY (1)    Dsd Ac    01:13:59 open  (1)    Female  (1)
55 Aoife COOKE (2)    YOUGHAL AC    01:19:18 open  (2)    Female  (2)
59 Grace LYNCH (5)    Iveragh AC    01:19:25 open  (3)    Female  (3)
68 Jane-Ann MEEHAN (3)    Athenry Ac    01:20:10 open  (4)    Female  (4)
87 Sinead WHITELAW (4)    Mullingar Harriers    01:22:40 open  (5)    Female  (5)
157 Linda GROGAN (481)    Dundrum Ac    01:26:34 open  (6)    Female  (6)
166 Joan FLYNN (425)    Mullingar Harriers    01:27:02 open  (7)    Female  (7)
176 Grainne O'CALLAGHAN (1623)    North Cork Ac    01:27:13 open  (8)    Female  (8)
181 Niamh CRONIN (296)    ST. FINBARRS A.C.    01:27:26 O40  (1)    Female  (9)
187 Joan ENNIS (387)    Grange/fermoy Ac    01:27:43 O50  (1)    

The full results can be seen HERE

Photos... (Updated Tues 19th Sept 9:10am)
1) There are 2 galleries up on the Running in Cork Facebook page
...a) Groups
...b) Prize giving
2) Kevin O'Connor has a number of galleries...
...a) Pre-Race
...b) Finish line Album 1
3) Mick Dooley has some group photos HERE
4) Alan Noonan has a gallery HERE
5) John Harold has a number of galleries...
...a) Reg & Start line
...b) Finish line 1
...c) Finish line 2
...d) Finish line 3 
...e) Finish line 4


Results of the East Cork Cross Country Championships...Sun 17th Sept 2017


Kevin O'Brien 3rd, Michael Harty 1st & Sean McGrath 3rd. Photo: Danny McCarthy

1   Michael Harty        East Cork     M35  19:50
2   Kevin O’Brien        East Cork    M     20:45
3   Sean McGrath        East Cork     M35   21:12
1   Fiona Santry         East Cork      F     15:56
2   Ruth Millerick         Youghal      F35   16:46
3  Ann-Marie Holland        Youghal    F35        17:01 

Weather Forecast for the 2017 Charleville Half-Marathon

Over the last few days, there has been no shortage of high winds and showers but it looks as if things will have calmed down nicely for the weekend.

 Update : Sun 7:30am...Sunny in Cork City and fog in Charleville. It should have burnt off by 10am so expect nice sunny conditions...hopefully!

A ridge of high pressure will be over the country for the weekend and the weather for the Charleville Half-Marathon on Sunday is likely to be broken sunshine. It's going to be dry with the temperature in the mid teens. The winds are likely to be a very light and won't be a factor.

Considering the race starts at 10am, it may be cooler then with the temperature down around 10-12 deg. With the sunshine however, it may well feel quite warm especially in the second half of the race.

In terms of gear, a singlet or a short sleeve top will suffice. If you feel slightly cold standing at the start then that's about right.

For anyone doing the Glen of Aherlow races on Saturday, the weather is similar except there is a chance of showers and there will be a northerly breeze.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Free Couch to 5k in Blarney starting Tues 26th Sept 2017

The Happy Feet Running Group are starting a FREE 8 week Couch to 5k Programme for beginners in Blarney on Tuesday the 26th of September 2017.

If you have any questions, their contact details are HERE

Results of the Ballincollig 5k parkrun...Sat 16th Sept 2017

250 turned out for this weeks 5k parkrun in Ballincollig Regional Park on Sat 16th of Sept 2017. As the chart shows above, it has been pretty consistent for the last few months with the numbers in the region of 200-270 every week. The low dips tend to coincide with wet weather which is understandable.

1 Tobi GRAB    18:07    VM40-44    M1 Leevale AC
2 John LYNCH    18:19    VM35-39    M2 Tracton AC
3 Tony O'HALLORAN    18:44    VM55-59    M3 Dundrum South Dublin Athletic Club
31 Claire OBRIEN    22:21    VW35-39    F1
32 Louise SHEEHAN    22:29    VW40-44    F2 Ballincollig Athletic Club
37 Samantha DOTT    22:45    VW45-49    F3


1) The organisers have a gallery HERE

Friday, September 15, 2017

Results of the MMRA Nagles Trail Race...Sun 3rd Sept 2017

This 19km trail race organised by the Munster Mountain Running Association was held in the Nagles Mountains near Ballyhooly on Sunday the 3rd of Sept 2017. The results only came out in the last few days.

1 Seán Harte    2197    M    1:36:57    North Cork ...    Waterford
2 Michael O'Donoghue    318    M    Dooneen AC    Limerick
3 Thomas Walsh    2266    M50    1:39:00    BMOH   
21 Niamh Hartnett    2196    F    1:53:50        Cork
23 Ide Kelleher    2063    F40    1:54:10    Mallow AC    Cork
27 Marie O'Shea    2092    F40    1:55:45    MooreAbbey Milers    Tipperary

Full results...

The route was described as follows..."A point to point race from Ballyhooly to Killavullen across the Nagles mountains with some changes to the route from previous years. The route covers approx. 19km with about 650m of elevation gain."

After the Loop de Loop event in the Glen of Aherlow on Saturday, the trail season winds down. The one event left is a night time trail run in Currabinny Woods on Thurs 26th October 2017.

Macroom 5k parkrun cancelled on Sat 16th & Sat 30th Sept 2017

Just a note to say that the 5k parkrun in the Castle Demense in Macroom will not be going ahead on Saturday the 16th and 30th of September 2017.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Irish Results from the 2017 Great North Run

The Great North Run in Newcastle, England is the world's largest half-marathon and this year it was held on Saturday the 9th of September 2017 with a record 43,127 finishers.

The finishers listed under Ireland are shown below. Those from Cork & Munster are in bold.

STEPHEN SCULLION    10    Clonliffe Harriers A.C.    14    01:05:52    Gun Time
EOGHAN JOSEPH TOTTEN    30    Oxford University AC    19    01:07:21    Gun Time
David Murray    649    Tullamore Harriers Athletic Club    73    01:15:17    Chip Time
Jimmy Boland    756    Clonmel A.C.    86    01:16:56    Chip Time
Paul O Reilly    35199         163    01:19:46    Chip Time
Danny Murphy    3293    An Riocht A.C.    445    01:26:05    Chip Time
Paul Breen    2211         462    01:26:26    Chip Time
Brian Maher    820    Slaney Olympic A.C.    519    01:27:09    Chip Time
John Murray    3447    St. Coca's A.C.    643    01:28:19    Chip Time
Aidan McKenna    2541    Letterkenny A.C.    645    01:28:19    Chip Time
David Gleeson    2417         713    01:28:48    Chip Time
Ciaran O'Connor    1386         839    01:29:43    Chip Time
James O Connor    3826    Slaney Olympic A.C.    935    01:30:27    Chip Time
Derek Keeley    5340         1022    01:31:09    Chip Time
Rob Asher    1028    Blackrock A.C. (Dublin)    1091    01:31:44    Chip Time
Ciara Brady    3357         1113    01:31:51    Chip Time
Orla O Rourke    463    Ballymore Cobh A.C.    1153    01:32:12    Chip Time

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Charleville Half-Marathon now closed as it reaches 1400 limit

The 2017 Charleville Half-Marathon has now closed with the last of the 1400 entries going on Wednesday the 13th of September.

It's interesting to see how it compares to previous years. In 2015, there were 930 entries. In 2016, it sold out for the first time ever with the limit of 1100 being reached on Monday the 12th of September. This year, they had an extra 300 places and the limit was reached on the Wednesday before the race.

In the current climate with the sheer number of events, any race is doing well just to maintain their numbers. For the Charleville race to gain an extra 27% is pretty good and is testament to the hard work being put in by North Cork AC.

Race notice HERE

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

6 Week Fitness Challenge in Cork City for Irish Heart Foundation

Press Release : MOTION LEISURE CLUB AT THE MONTENOTTE HOTEL launch free 6 week fitness challenge for Irish Heart Foundation (Sponsorship required)

Motion Leisure CLUB at the Montenotte Hotel Trainers Ian and Abbie with Irish Heart Foundation’s Regional Manager, Anne Riordan at the launch of Big Heart Fit Camp in Cork this week.

Motion Leisure Club at the Montenotte Hotel has teamed up with the Irish Heart Foundation, for a six week health and fitness challenge to help the people of Cork to improve their health - and raise funds to support the Irish Heart Foundation’s vital community services.

Ian McLoughlin, Motion Leisure Club’s Manager, said: “We are really excited to have joined forces with the Irish Heart Foundation.  The charity has a very active health promotion team, encouraging people of all ages to adopt a healthier lifestyle, so this is a perfect fit for us.”

Sonia O'Sullivan awarded Honorary Doctorate at Dublin City University

On Tuesday, Sonia O'Sullivan was awarded an honourary doctorate at Dublin City University.

Irish Examiner
Irish Times

Kenya’s marathon stars in Europe | DW Documentary

This German documentary which was just released follows the journey of two Kenyan athletes as they try to win races in Europe. It gives a good insight into the competition they face from fellow Africans and what role the agent plays.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

2017 Wild Atlantic Way race in Castletownbere cancelled...

The Wild Atlantic Way 10k race in Castletownbere, West Cork was last held in September of 2016 and it was planned to hold another one this year. The organisers announced today that it has been deferred until 2018.

From the organisers.... 

The 2017 Wild Atlantic Way Run - Castletownbere will not take place this year due to Unforeseen Circumstances. It was proposed to introduce a new Route for this Year's event, but this could not be finalised in time for our proposed date...
The Event will return again in 2018 and we would like to Thank You all for the support we received over the last two years. Please spread the word and stay tuned for further updates in the next 12 months...