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Friday, October 24, 2014

Notice...CIT Floodlit Cross Country, Bishopstown - Fri 12th Dec 2014

Most of the cross country races on the calendar are inter club only and are not open to non-club runners. For this unique event on the CIT grounds on Friday evening the 12th of December 2014, anyone can take part.

 As you can see on the photo above, the course is on very short grass so it's not the usual type of cross country race with hills and mud. As such, people do not need spikes or any type of special shoes to take part and you can wear your usual runners if you want to.

The race starts at 7pm on Friday 12th of December around the CIT GAA pitches.

5k for the men and 3k for women.

Entry fee of €5 with proceeds to Make a wish Foundation and CIT AC.

Registration will take pace upstairs in the main GAA stand, on the side furthest away from the college.

Refreshments provided afterwards.

Directions can be found HERE

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Notice...Eyeries 5 mile road race, West Cork - Sat 8th Nov 2014

The Beara Peninsula in West Cork is one of those areas that has been until recently completely devoid of road races. Perhaps it's not so suprising considering the low population density but it is in stark contrast to other areas of the county where there seems to be a glut of events.

This particular one is brand new on the race calendar and it looks pretty stunning.

As courses go, it probably isn't the fastest as there are a number of hills but what a location for a race! On a nice sunny day, it would be absolutely stunning.

From the organisers.....Eyeries, on the Beara Peninsula, will host its first five mile road race on Saturday 8th 2014. The race will start at 2:30pm. This is the inaugural running of this event and the organisers are hoping for a good turnout for their first race. The event is sponsored by Murphys SuperValu Castletownbere and The Edge. The entry fee for the race is €10 and registration is available on All profits from the race will be donated to the construction of the new Eyeries Playground.

Eyeries Hall in the village is Race HQ where registration and collection of race numbers will take place as well as post-race refreshments and prizes. Parking will be available within walking distance of Race HQ and the village. 

Eyeries Running Promotions are organising this race to bring quality road racing to Beara. Following the example set by neighbours in Bere Island, it is hoped that this will be the first of many more races in the area. The committee have engaged with Bantry AC and Athletics Association of Ireland to organise this race. The course has been measured and certified to AAI & IAAF standards and the AAI Race Permit has been granted. It is open to all levels of runners and walkers.

The Prizes are: €100 - 1st, , €75 – 2nd  and €50 - 3rd  (Male and Female)
€40 voucher for The Edge Sports – 1st  Male & Female in the following categories: over-40, over 50 and over 60. Lots of other prizes on the day.
Please support this worthwhile event.

In terms of location, Eyeries is of course quite a distance for a lot of people. It might make a good excuse for some to make a weekend of it in the area. In November, this stunning part of West Cork can be very quiet and I'm sure they would appreciate all the support that they can get.

Course Preview...A full preview of the course can be seen HERE

Facebook.....The organisers also have their own Facebook account. Just send them a 'friend' request if you are on Facebook already.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Notice...Run in the Dark 5k/10k...Wed 12th Nov 2014

Following the success of last years Run in the Dark charity events, they will be repeated again this year in the cities of Dublin, Cork, Belfast, London and Manchester.

The Cork event last year attracted around 1,900 people and it looks likely that a similar number will want to take part in this unique event around the streets of the city at night this year as well.

You can enter this race on the event website...

The only big change this year is that the runners will be avoiding Paul Street and will be using a section of the quays instead.

More details in later posts..

Monday, October 20, 2014

Notice...Deirdre OReilly 5k run, Bandon - Sun 26th Oct 2014

 This new 5k is coming up in Bandon on Sunday the 26th of October 2014 at 2pm. The purpose of the event is to raise funds for the treatment of Deirdre O'Reilly who had a severe stroke at the end of 2013.

 The 5k is being organised by Bandon AC.

Here is some more info...Deirdre O Reilly is the mother of two young girls and is herself the youngest child of Michael and the late Margaret O Reilly, 14 Convent Hill, Bandon. On December 22nd 2013 tragedy struck when Deirdre suffered a most severe stroke. She has since been in the care of the wonderful staff at Cork University Hospital.  The stroke has left her with paralysis on her right side and with an inability to communicate her feelings and needs. But through it all, 43-year-old Deirdre’s passion for life and her special character is still beaming through. Throughout her life she has displayed a generosity and an empathy for those she comes in contact with. This is demonstrated by the fact that she has been involved in raising over one million euro for most deserving causes. Her infectious laughter and sense of humour is still shining in spite of her inability to articulate her emotions and feelings. One can observe, when visiting her, that she wants to make people at ease. A smile and an attempted wink to break the ice. The goodwill and support which Deirdre and the family have received is heart-warming and encourages everyone to continue with the long road of rehabilitation.

You can find out more about the charity HERE

Please note that the number of prizes are restricted as the purpose of the race is to raise as much as possible.

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

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Results of the Cork AAI Intermediate & Novice B Cross Country Championships...Sun 19th Oct 2014

Cork Athletics Board Cork  Cross Country Championship in Castlelyons, NE Cork

Top 3 mens in the Cork Intermediate Cross Country...Michael Dullea 2nd, Michael Harty 1st & Owen Casey 3rd
Intermediate  Men...1 Michael Harty, East Cork AC), 2 Michael Dullea, Skibbreen AC, 3 Owen Casey, Leevale AC
Team...Leevale AC (Owen Casey, Anthony Mannix, Andrew Sheehan, Conor McKaulley)  22pts, 2nd St.Finbarrs AC 45pts, 3rd Mallow 51pts

Top 3 women in the Intermediate XC...L-R Fiona Santry 2nd, Niamh Allen 1st & Ronnie Barry 3rd

Intermediate Women 1 Niamh Allen, UCC AC, 2 Fiona Santry, East Cork AC, 3 Ronnie Barry,   Bandon AC

Mallow AC ladies team retain their Intermediate title
Teams...1st Mallow AC (Lorna Davy, Noreen Hurley ,Aoifa Carroll, Mairead Mulcahy) 22pts, 2nd East Cork AC 34 pts  

Novice “B” Men...1 Ian Dorgan (St.Finbarrs), 2 Dennis O’Driscoll (St Finbarrs AC), 3 Paul Deane, Clonakilty Road Runners AC
Teams....1st St. Finbarr's AC 64pts, 2nd Eagle AC  68pts, 3rd Leevale AC 71pts

Novice “B” Women...1st Ruth Mellerick, Youghal AC, 2nd Mary FitzGerald, Carrig Na bhFear AC, 3rd Edel O.Connell, Carrig na Bhfearr AC
Teams...1st Carrig Na BhFearr AC 22pts, 2 Midleton AC 47pts, 3rd St.Catherine's AC 73pts

The full results are available on the Cork AAI website

1) Mick Dooley of Eagle AC has some team photos HERE

Some other running news items from the week...Sat 11th - Sat 18th Oct 2014

Some news stories from the net over the last week...Sat 11th - Sat 18th Oct 2014

Landing on the forefoot or your heel? the debate continues...Guardian...
Gatlin doesn't make last 3 for IAAF awards :o) ...Guardian...
Drugs cheat Justin Gatlin defends award nomination...Guardian...
Winner of marathon in Argentina nearly thrown off course...Guardian...
Euro 10000m champion Jo Pavey on the role of volunteers in sport...Guardian...
Winter Coaching Series returns to CIT in Cork...Athletics Ireland...
Sensitivity to gluten could be affecting your performance...Athletics Weekly...
National doping agencies need more funding...Guardian...
New study shows high-load strength training helps short term treatment of plantar fasciitis...Running Physio... 

Results of the Rebel Run 10k...Sun 19th Oct 2014

A total of 484 runners turned out for this years Rebel Run 10k road race in Bishopstown in Cork City.

1    THISTLEWOOD    BEN 32:07    5:10/M    Top Fin   
2    MEADE    JOHN 32:21    5:13/M    Top Fin   
3    O' DONOVAN    CATHAL 32:22    5:13/M    Top Fin   
15 O'DONNELL    GRAINNE 39:00    6:17/M    Top Fin   
19  NI THUAMA    LAOISE 39:35     6:22/M    Top Fin   
33  CROSBIE    ORLA 41:22 6:40/M    Top Fin   

The full results can be seen HERE

(Please Note: Results were withheld for the following bib numbers: 225, 258, 495, 513, 578, 618, 734, 743 due to the wearing of headphones. Please contact for queries )

Photos...(Updated 21st Oct @2pm)
1) Joe Murphy of Eagle AC as a gallery of photos HERE
2) Mick Dooley of Eagle AC has a gallery of some groups HERE
3) Jorge Ruiz Villasante has a gallery HERE 

Friday, October 17, 2014

Sponsored post...Katie Taylor and Paul O’Connell appear in first of What Drives You video series for Toyota

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The two sporting legends try to spend a day in each others boots, with Paul sparring with some promising young boxers from Katie’s gym, and Katie learning how to kick and pass on the pitch with Paul and a team of talented youth rugby players. The pair ask each other searching questions about their respective disciplines, their training regimes and about what drives them. To experience more of what drives you, head over to the microsite at

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Route for the 2014 Dublin City Marathon...

The route for this years Dublin City Marathon seems to have changed again from previous years. Have a look at the video below....

Additional info from Brian Healy...The course is pretty similar to that run over the last few years. The major change is at the start and finish. The start will be familiar to those that have run the race recently the change being that it will not travel down O'Connell Street due to Luas work but head up towards Christchurch and then head down the Quays towards Heuston Station before entering the Phoenix Park.The finish is completely new,with the race not heading up towards Trinity College but taking a left at Shelbourne Road and heading up Haddington Road before finishing at Merrion Square North. Anyone doing the race should familiarize themselves with these areas particularly with the meeting point locations if they intend to meet anyone after the race as one way systems will operate for runners and spectators. The organisers are advising anyone that wishes to collect a race number for someone else that they must have a letter giving them permission to do so. You will also require photo id to collect your own number. On the day you will be allowed join a later wave start but not an earlier one. The organisers say that only offical vehicles and bikes will be allowed on the course and my information is that this will be strictly enforced.

What’s Your Fitness Age???

There was an article in the New York Times yesterday that asked the question...What's your fitness age? It was in response to a recent study that suggested that a persons 'fitness age' may predict risk of early death better than some traditional risk factors like being overweight, having high cholesterol levels or blood pressure, and smoking.

The study which was published in June in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise was based on questionnaires given to 55,000 Norwegian adults in the 1980s which were then correlated more recently with death records.

According to the article. your 'fitness age' can be determined primarily by your VO2max...a measure of your body's ability to take in and utilize oxygen.

You can find the article on the New York Times website.

An online calculator to estimate your fitness age can be found at

Training advice from Sean Kelly...

Cycling or running, the advice is the same :o)

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Half-Marathon Entry Fees...How much is too much???

Over the last few days, I came across this article about the price of half-marathons in the US. The author was praising the face that a low key local half-marathon cost only $35 (~€28) to enter. She made a comparison to the local Philadelphia Half-Marathon which cost $125 (~€99).

There is of course a huge difference between some half-marathons. In the ones shown in the article, one was low key and staffed by volunteers. The other one was in a major city and a huge number of people needed to be paid for their services.

In an Irish context, there is a similar difference. You can't compare the cost of organising a half-marathon on quiet country roads to say one in a city where you need to close roads and have an army of volunteers at all the road junctions.

In general, the upper price of half marathons in Ireland has tended to be about €50 max. Recently however, it seems to be on the move upwards.

Over the last few days, I noticed that the Connemara marathon has a new website. This is a very successful event which comprises a half-marathon (13.1m), full marathon (26.2) and an ultra marathon (39.3m), is held in early April every year and seems to sell out well in advance.

I noticed however that the entry fee for the half-marathon is €70! I know that it includes a bus transfer to take people to the start line and all the usual things like dry fit tops, etc but €70?!?!

I have done the ultra up there twice and it certainly is a scenic and quiet course. I can understand why an ultra might cost €70.....the numbers are small and the course is a very big loop. But €70 for a half does sound excessive.

So my question much are you prepared to pay to enter a half-marathon? What is the maximum? Is it a case that say the €70 entry fee for a half is just part of a good weekend away? What is acceptable and what is too much?

How long is it before people start paying US prices of €100 to enter a half-marathon?

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Video...Mountain Running with Anton Krupicka

I came across this video for the trail runners out there. It's 7 minutes long and as far as I can see, it was shot during the UTMB race around Mont Blanc. Most of the scenes are from Chamonix in the French Alps.

Round the World runner Tony Mangan arrives in Cork City

Tony Mangan is an Ultra-Marathon runner from Dublin who has spent the last four years running 50,000kms around the world. After starting the journey at the Dublin City Marathon in October of 2010, he is currently running 1600kms around Ireland and will finish his journey at the Dublin City Marathon on the 27th of October 2014.

Tony Mangan (L) with John Buckley (R)

He is currently in Cork City and called into John Buckley Sports this morning across the river from the Opera House. He is due to resume his journey tomorrow with a run to Castlemartyr.

Tues 14th...Rest
Wed 15th...Cork to Castlemartyr
Thurs 16th...Castlemartyr to Dungarvan
Fri 17th...Dungarvan to Waterford
Sat 18th...Waterford to Kilkenny
Sun 19th...Rest
Mon 20th...Kilkenny to New Ross
Tues 21st...New Ross to Wexford
Wed 22nd...Wexford to Gorey
Thurs 23rd...Gorey to Rathdrum via Arklow
Fri 24th...Wicklow to Bray
Sat 25th...Bray via Dun Laoghaire / Blackrock to Dublin City Marathon start
Sun 26th...Rest
Mon 27th...Dublin City Marathon

More info about Tony and his route around Ireland in this earlier post.

Bay Run Half-Marathon...€3000 donation to Bantry Hospice & post race interview

The Bay Run Half-Marathon takes place at the start of May every year on the Bank Holiday weekend. It was run by a commercial company for several years until they announced that the 2013 would be the last one. In 2014, it was taken over by the Maritime Hotel in Bantry from the old owners with the intention that any profits made would go to the local Bantry Hospice.

Back in late April of 2014 before the race, I had an interview on the website with James Cleary, race director of the Bay Run Half-Marathon & 10k in Bantry in West Cork.

In this follow up interview, I asked James some follow up questions about the 2014 race, the donation and some of the issues raised in the original interview.

1) ok James, first off lets look back at the 2014 Bay Run Half-Marathon & 10k. Some people complained afterwards about the car rally and the reckless antics of some of those drivers. Would you like to elaborate on that?..........Hi John, Thanks very much for the opportunity to chat again. We had a very successful year 1 but as with all events there is always room to improve – we did have a few comments mentioning the rally- in our defence we were informed by the rally director months in advance of the Bay Run events that the 10Km race would not be affected in anyway, yet their drivers and crew came booming towards runners and our event team. Some of them were very abusive towards our water station crews and we addressed this with them after the races. Having contacted the local rally representative we have been assured that the rally will not be using our route for the 10Km and we have assurances from them that their drivers will be more courteous towards other road users.

2) Now that you essentially have what is the first Bay Run Half for you under your belt as race director, what changes would you like to see happen? Is there anything that didn't work so well in 2014 and what will you change?...........I think we as a team pulled off a very enjoyable event and we have some phenomenally positive comments, feedback around Cork City and County was tremendous and we feel we have done enough to grow the event.

Some feedback given was on the below topics:
Water- there were comments on running out of water but we reviewed this and found it to be a minor issue- we didn’t run out; we did however have Powerbar branded cups available with both water and Powerbar energy drinks but people assumed that it was just energy drink and that we ran out of water we will have clear plastic cups as well as the bottled water for 2015.

Post event- We are investigating the cost of throwing on a spread of tea/ coffee, biscuits for after the race so there’s always room for improvement and we will always take on board people’s suggestions for due consideration.

Measurements: There were some comments about the course length; we have looked into this and after consultation with other event directors we will have all courses measured for next years event. This of course will be fully registered and measured with a Jones counter.

James Cleary (R) of the Maritime Hotel presenting a cheque for €3000 to the Bantry Hospice
3) In the previous interview, you mentioned that the Bay Run would raise funds for Bantry Hospice. I understand that a donation was made recently. Can you give me some details of that?...........Yes we were very pleased to be able to donate €3,000 to the hospice- see picture attached with Chairman Damien Moloney Bantry Hospice Receiving our cheque. It was a testament to all runners that took part and helped us raise valuable money for the Bantry Hospice but not only that; other charities benefited as well, Bru Colmbanus received cheques for various amounts all raised from runners on the Half Marathon & The Bay10Km; the Donal Walsh Live Life Foundation received donations and many more benefited from our events.

4) You also mentioned that you would publish a profit and loss account for the race so as to show where the funds are going. Can you show this?..........Absolutely - I’ve attached the P&L for the event year 1, the sole aim of the Bay Run events is to be as transparent as possible and hopefully people will recognise this gesture. Many other events throughout the country should provide a P&L for their events so people can see where the charity goes after covering the costs to run the events.

5) Now that the 2015 Bay Run Half-Marathon is just over 6 months away, what are your plans for it? Any big changes?..........Yes John, we announced our first ever Bay Marathon last month and we have 30 entries already so its going to be great to have Bantry’s first ever Marathon; there is a really good atmosphere around the town about the first marathon and it will allow us to raise more money for the Hospice thus providing a very good platform for other charities to benefit from people taking up the marathon challenge and helping their own charity that might be personal to them. I'd like to especially thank our sponsors Rowa Pharm., PowerBar, Red FM, O’Keeffe’s SuperValu Bantry and of course The Maritime Hotel & Leisure Club Maritime. Without their support the event wouldn’t exist.

Pleasure chatting with you as always John.