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Saturday, February 23, 2019

Results & Photos of the Mallow 5k parkrun... Sat 23rd Feb 2019

131 turned out for the 5k parkrun in Mallow Town Park this week.

1 John MC LOUGHLIN    18:58    SM30-34    M1
2 Conrad DALY    19:38    SM30-34    M2
3 Fergal MURPHY    20:24    SM25-29    M3
20 Nicola O'DRISCOLL    24:37    SW25-29    F1
22 Siobhan LAVERY    24:43    VW50-54    F2
24 Breda GORMAN    24:58    VW35-39    F3


1) The organisers have a gallery HERE

Results of the Glen River 5k parkrun - Sat 23rd Feb 2019

The damp conditions saw the numbers drop below 100 this week as 84 turned out for the 5k parkrun in the Glen in Cork City.

1 Florent CHEVALLIER    19:27    SM30-34    M1
2 Stephen CROWLEY    19:53    SM25-29    M2
3 Brian LINEHAN    20:03    VM55-59    M3
11 Fiona SHINE    21:38    SW30-34    F1    Crusaders Athletic Club
21 Eimear KENNEDY    23:47    SW30-34    F2
26 Lisa SHINE    24:49    VW35-39    F3    Crusaders Athletic Club

Full results

Results of the Ballincollig 5k parkrun - Sat 23rd Feb 2019

Just under 400 runners turned out for this weeks 5k parkrun in Ballincollig Regional Park.

1 Rory O' SULLIVAN    16:58    VM40-44    M1    St Finbarrs AC
2 Tim POWELL    17:31    SM25-29    M2    Serpentine RC
4 Unknown                                   
3 Regina CASSIDY    18:30    SW25-29    F1
39 Eimear O'LEARY    22:40    VW35-39    F2
46 Maria MADIGAN    23:07    VW40-44    F3


1) Collette Ryan has a gallery HERE
2) Gearóid Ó Laoi has a gallery HERE 

Friday, February 22, 2019

Preview of the Kinsale 10 mile course

The brand new Kinsale 10 mile road race is coming up next Sunday and was advertised on the flyer as a fast scenic course. In this post, we'll have a look at the course to see how it measures up.

Is it a 'fast course'? Well, probably not and here's why.

With any course, you'll never get back the time running downhill that you lose running up a hill. It's very difficult to get a flat course in a place like Kinsale and this one hits 60m or about 200ft just after the 5 mile mark. To put that in perspective, that's higher than the highest point of the finish of the Ballyandreen 5 mile course that many of you will be familiar with the 'Beast'.

In comparison with the likes of the Dungarvan '10' or the Mallow '10', there is roughly 50% more climbing. In comparison to the old Ballycotton '10', it has about double the amount of climbing.

With the Ballycotton, Dungarvan and Mallow courses, they all remain in a valley. The Kinsale one has no option but to go up one of the surrounding hills.

Not so much a fast course but still pretty reasonable. 

I'd guess for the average runner used to finishing around the 70 minute mark, you could add 30-60 seconds to your time.

This is a profile of the route...

Description...... After a fast downhill start, the going is pretty flat until about 2.5 miles. From there there is gradual climb with a few dips up until you reach Ballynamona Cross Roads at 5.3 miles which is around 200ft above sea level.

After that, there is a gradual downhill for about two miles so this section will be very fast. Then back on the flat at 7.5 miles and an uphill finish at the very end.

You should expect to still run a reasonable time but not just as fast as Dungarvan or Mallow.

Weather... The weather forecast is for it to be 10 deg C with a strong southerly breeze which will be a headwind in the second half of the race. It's also supposed to be cloudy and overcast which is a pity as it's a lovely spot when the sun is out.

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Athletics Ireland membership growth grinds to a halt in 2018

Athletics Ireland have just released their membership stats for the end of December 2018 and here are some of the key points...

1) Membership numbers have effectively stopped growing

2) A drop in Juvenile numbers

3) Masters numbers (adults aged 35 and above) continues to grow

4) Senior numbers (adults aged 20-34) level off

The stats in more detail....

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Clonakilty parkrun on 23rd Feb 2019 Cancelled

The organisers of the 5k parkrun in Clonakilty have to cancel the event on the 23rd of February. It looks as if they are having trouble getting volunteers.

"Hey all really sorry about this but there will be no parkrun in Clonakilty this Saturday 23 February. We have no run director to take charge. We are really struggling to fill the run director role each week - while we have a core team they all lead busy lives and invariably cannot be available every weekend. We would ask anyone who would be willing to come onto the core team to raise their hands and let us know - it’s not a hard job and would only require the odd weekend here and there if we can get enough volunteers for the role - without this vital role being filled parkrun cannot take place & Clonakilty parkrun will not survive. Please spread the word as there will not be any notice posted on the gate on the morning. Thanks all & apologies again."

If you live in or near Clonakilty and you can help out, give the guys a shout.

Their website is

Results of the Poll for the Best 10k Race in Cork in 2018

Thanks to everyone who voted in the poll for the best 10k race in Cork in 2018.

These were the nominations....
Courtmacsherry 10k (June 2018)
Rebel Run 10k (Oct 2018)
Thomas Kent 10k in Castlelyons (Nov 2018)
Crosshaven 10k (March 2018)
Cork BHAA UCC 10k (Apr 2018)
Bweeng 10k (May 2018)
East Cork Harbour Marathon 10k (Aug 2018)
Rosscarbery Surf, Turf 'n' Tar 10k (May 2018)

As you can see above, the Thomas Kent 10k topped the poll with the Crosshaven 10k just pipping the UCC 10k for second place.

Here are some of the comments left in the poll for the Thomas Kent 10k...

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Results of the MMRA Claragh Mtn race - Sat 9th Feb 2019

A total of 84 runners turned out for this MMRA 7km trail race up and down Claragh Mtn near Millstreet.

1 Neilus Healy    591    M    0:32:52
2 Barry Hartnett    307    M    0:34:54    Moorabbey Miler AC Tipperary
3 Paul Minogue    22    M    0:35:25    Clonmel AC    Tipperary
20 Debbie McCarthy    210    F40    0:44:20    Riverstick ...    Cork
33 Tricia Twohig    415    F    0:46:48    Mt Hillary ...    Cork
47 Elaine Kelleher    1398    F40    0:49:44    Cork

Full results...

Notice : Mallow 10 mile road race - Sun 24th March 2019

The Mallow 10 mile road race is coming up on Sunday the 24th of March 2019 at 12:30pm. Entries opened on Friday December 7th.

Update Sat 8th Dec... 1000 of the 2000 online entries are now gone.
Update Fri 4th Jan... 1600 of the 2000 online entries are now gone.
Update Tues 5th Feb... Fewer than 100 places left now! 
Update Tues 19th Feb... Just under 50 places left. Race website updated with details of elite entry requirements and all the prizes.


Entries are now open.  

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 days.

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

Notice : Crosshaven 10k & 5k race - Sun 10th March 2019

For those of you planning ahead, the annual Crosshaven 10k and 5k road race is coming up on Sunday the 10th of March 2019. The start time is 11:30am.

ENTRIES > The link for entries is HERE

There is also a race for Primary School students, see the poster below.

Changes this year...
NEW Prize Fund. €150 First Prize in both races for Male/Female.
NEW Medals for all those who finish the 5Km/10km.
NEW Tees and Hoodies to purchase.
NEW Addition of a 2km Run for Children.

Monday, February 18, 2019

Results of the Poll for the Best 5 mile race in Cork in 2018

Thanks to everyone for took part in the poll for the best 5 mile road race in Cork in 2018.

These were the contenders...

Coachford 5 mile (July 2018)
Kinsale Regatta 5 mile (Aug 2018)
GR8KM in Mitchelstown (Aug 2018)
Millstreet 5 mile (June 2018)
Cork BHAA Army-Navy 5 mile (Oct 2018)
Midleton 5 mile (May 2018)
Carrigaline 5 mile (Feb 2018)
Churchtown 5 mile (Aug 2018)
Skibbereen 5 mile (Nov 2018)

As can be seen above, the Coachford 5 mile road race topped the poll! This one was pretty much a two horse race with Midleton not too far behind in second place.

Here are some of the comments left for the Coachford 5 mile race...

Notice : Locha Lua Half-Marathon in Ballingeary in West Cork - Sat 20th Apr 2019

This brand new Half-Marathon is coming up in Ballingeary in West Cork on Saturday the 20th of April 2019.

Regstration online / Clárú:

Registration: Half Marathon €25 // Half Marathon Relay (2 Person Team 9km/12km) €35 per team // Walk €20

Option to purchase event technical t-shirt @ €7.50

The Event : This is the first Locha Lua half marathon - based in the Muskerry Gaeltacht in Ballingeary Co Cork and will take place on Easter Saturday 20th April 2019. It follows a relatively flat course winding along the shores of Locha Lua in the stunning Lee Valley.

Runners will first head east on the R584 from Ballingeary turning right in Inchigeelagh village and returning on the scenic South Lake Road to complete the circuit of the lakes which is an exact half marathon distance. There is also a relay option with the change point in Inchigeelagh Village.

The section between Ballingeary and Inchigeelagh is pretty flat. There are a number of climbs in the second half but note that the ascent is never more than 100 feet or 30 metres.

It really is a stunning location and the elevated parts of the course have some nice views.

The race has an AI permit and was measured by Jones Counter. It will also be chip timed.


To contact the organisers, use lochalua19 AT gmail DOT com

Photos of the St Vals Ladies Football 5k in Kilmurry - Sun 17th Feb 2019

1. John O'Mahony
2. John Cronin.
3. Angus Noonan
1. Helen Anderson
2. Hilda O'Mahony
3. Pauline Calan

1) Prizes
2) Small gallery

Sunday, February 17, 2019

Results of the Cloyne Commons 4k - Sun 17th Feb 2019

A busy day for races in Cork with 229 taking part in the Cloyne Commons 4k.

1 0:13:37 SWORDS, Graham East Cork AC M 05:28.6 49 1
2 0:13:50 HARTY, Brian East Cork AC M 05:33.8 458 2
3 0:14:00 GOLLOGLY, Pauric Leevale AC M 05:37.8 80 3
6 0:14:24 SANTRY, Fiona East Cork AC F 05:47.5 7 6
20 0:15:20 MACKEY, Noreen Kilmurray Ibrickane Club F 06:10.0 10 20
23 0:15:53 O'NEILL, Nollaig Leevale AC F45 06:23.3 17 23

Cloyne Commons 4K Challenge Race 4 Sunday 17 February 2019

Video at bottom of post.

Provisional Results for All Competitors in finish order. Pace Race Race

Results & Photos of the Carrigaline 5 mile road race - Sun 17th Feb 2019

Conditions for the race were almost perfect albeit a bit windy, nicely sandwiched in between the heavy showers at 7am and 1pm. A total of 295 runners took part.

1 Sergiu CIOBANU Ages 35-39 Male Clonliffe Harriers 00:25:09
2 Tim O’ DONOGHUE u35 Male EAST CORK A.C. 00:25:27
3 Sean FITZPATRICK u35 Male 00:25:58
9 Claire Mccarthy Ages 40-44 Female LEEVALE A.C. 00:28:14
21 Niamh MOORE u35 Female LEEVALE A.C. 00:31:10
27 Ann Geary Ages 40-44 Female Midleton A.C. 00:31:50

Full results are up on the Eagle AC website

Photos... (Updated Sun 17th Feb 2019 @ 8:58pm)
 1) There are two albums up on the Running in Cork website...
...a) Pre-race and start
...b) There are over 200 finish line photos HERE

2) There are photos of the prize giving up on the Eagle AC Facebook page

3) Siobhan Russell has a few photo HERE

4) Mick Dooley of Eagle AC has a gallery HERE