A total of 234 runners turned out for this 8km road race in Mitchelstown in NE Cork for the 5th race in the Ballyhoura Active Series. The mens race was won by Michael Herlihy of North Cork AC in a time of 25:40, taking 10 seconds off his old record set in 2010. That works out as an average 5:10 per mile pace on a hilly course so it will take some beating. In 2nd place, John Downes of Donore Harriers finished in 26:50 (5:24 per mile) while Cathal O'Connell of St.Finbarrs AC race 27:02 (5:26 per mile) to finish 3rd.
Michael Herlihy of North Cork AC finishing first and setting a new course record
In the womens race, Tracey Roche of Dooneen AC won in a time of 29:29 (5:55 per mile), demolishing the old record of 34:16 by almost 5 minutes. The 2011 Cork City Marathon winner Angela McCann of Clonmel AC finished 2nd this time in 30:02 (6:02 per mile) with Sinead O'Connor of Leevale AC finishing 3rd in 31:20 (6:18 per mile).
Tracey Roche of Dooneen AC opening up an early lead just after the 1 mile mark
The full results can be seen HERE
A small gallery of photos by Eagle AC can be seen in this slideshow
A very large gallery by Ballyhoura Active can be seen HERE
The 6th race in the Ballyhoura Active Series is the Kilteely 5 Mile coming up on Saturday, the 13th of August. This is just off the N24 Limerick to Tipperary road and is approx 20 kms from Limerick City.