Google+ Running in Cork, Ireland: June 2011

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Preview of the Ballinascarthy 10 km road race...Fri 1st July 2011

This 10 km road race is coming up on Friday evening, the 1st of July at 8pm. All proceeds are in aid of the COPE Foundation so this is a race well worth attending.

Location......if you are not sure of where Ballinascarthy then it's easy to find. It's on the main Bandon to Clonakilty road in west Cork.........just stay on the N71 and you can't get lost.

As you enter the village, the field on the right hand side alongside the community hall will be used for parking and also on the left hand side of the main road, by the creamery. Marshals will be on standby directing runners.

The one thing thats hard to miss in the village is of course the full size silver coloured model of a car. A certain William Ford emigrated from this area in the mid 19th century to Detroit, Michigan in the USA. His son Henry Ford went on to create the Ford Motor Company and manufactured the famous Model T Ford which revolutionised motoring and transport in the early part of the 20th century.

Entries.........These will be taken in the Community Hall. The fee is €10. Prizes will be awarded on the night for Men 1st, 2nd, 3rd; Women 1st, 2nd, 3rd; 1st over 40, 50, 60; Team Prize for Men’s & Women’s categories.

Course........Probably not the fastest of courses as it has a few nice  pulls in it. However for the two main hills that are in it, there is plenty of downhill running on the other side.

The race starts about 2-300 metres to the west of Ballinascarthy. This is the view from the start line looking back down the road towards the village. You take the left here when you start and when you finish the loop, you will be passing this point again and taking the right as you run down the road to the finish by the community centre.

After an initial pull, the road flattens out as you pass the old ruined mill.....

..........and around the 1 mile mark, you join another road....

These 2 pictures show the type of roads used for the course.....narrow and quiet country roads. While there are a number of small pulls, the 2 hills of note come at around 3 miles and 5 miles. The last mile or so is largely downhill and pass the junction where the race started.....

.....and on towards the finish very close to the community hall.

After the race, the refreshments and the prizegiving will be in the community hall. If anyone would like to avail of a shower then these are available at the local GAA grounds which is about a mile away. Drive through the village towards Clonakilty and take the first left. Stay on this road for approx 1 mile and the GAA grounds are on the right hand side.

Also post race, Fiona Collins of Bandon Physiotherapy and Sports Injury Clinic will be available on the night to offer rub downs. She will also be assisted by two local physiotherapists, so in all there will be three physiotherapists available.

Overall..........An undulating 10k course on quiet country roads. With the weather forecast for Friday evening being for fine weather and the fact that all proceeds go to a good cause then it's likely to attract a large field.

Upcoming events at the CIT track in Cork City...

For anyone interested in races on the track and associated events, the following events are coming up at the CIT track in Bishopstown in Cork City...
Sunday 3rd July 2011........10:30am
Munster Junior, Under 23 & Senior Track & Field Championships 2011

Friday 8th July 2011......7pm
Cork County Senior Track & Field Championships 2011. Closing date for this is Tuesday 5th July.

Friday 15th July 2011........7pm
Cork County Junior & Masters Track & Field Championships 2011. Closing date for this is Tuesday 12th July.

Tuesday 19th July 2011.......7pm
Graded Track & Field League...Round 4......400m, 2000m Steeplechase, Medly Relay (2x200, 400, 800) & other field events.

Saturday 23rd July...2:30pm
Graded Track & Field League...Round 5......100m, 200m, 800m, 5000m, 4x100 relay & other field events

Thurs 11th August...7pm
Graded Track & Field League.....Round 5........100m, 800m & other field events

Race Notice...Cork BHAA AIB Macroom 5k - Thurs 30th June 2011

This 5k road race starts at 8pm in Macroom. Entry fee €5 for reg runners, €8 non reg.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

RTE...This Sporting Life...Catherina McKiernan

This RTE series looks back at the careers of several Irish sports stars. In this particular programme, they looked at the career of Catherina McKiernan, one of the best Irish runners in recent times.

The performances and times she ran back in the 90's were nothing short of amazing....
Winner of 4 silver medals in a row in the World Cross Country Championships......1992-1995
Winner of the European Cross Country Championships in 1994
Winner of the Berlin Marathon in 1997 in a time of 2:23:44, a new Irish record and the fastest debut ever by a woman at the time
Winner of the London Marathon in 1998 in a time of 2:26:26
Winner of the Amsterdam Marathon in the same year in a time of 2:22:23.....avg 5:26 per mile.....beating her previous best time to set a new Irish record.......which still stands to this day. The next closest time by another person is 2:28.
Winner of the Lisbon Half-Marathon in Lisbon in a time of average of 5:10 per mile.

Having watched the video clip, you'd have to wonder if there are other undiscovered 'Catherina McKiernans' out there? People who have the ability to go on and represent their country but are instead wasted on other sports by inward looking schools, clubs or coaches?

The 25 minute programme can be seen on the RTE website HERE until the 6th of July

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Closing date for the MaxiMarathon is next Friday 1st July...

For anyone interested, the closing date for this unique 15 mile road race in Kerry is coming up on Friday, the 1st of July.

Basically, it is a largely downhill course which starts near Molls Gap which looks across at the highest mountians in Ireland and finishes down near Muckross House in Killarney National Park. The route which is part of the Ring of Kerry will be closed to traffic for this event so this is the only time in the year that it is possible to run on this road.

More details on the Running in Munster website or you can enter by visiting the race website......

Ballycotton Summer Series standings after the 2nd race...

Now that the second race of the Ballycotton Summer Series is over, the overall standings have been calculated by John Robinson of Mallow AC.

They are split into the 2 for men, one for women.

After the final race in Ballycotton village itself at the end of August, the top 50 men and top 20 women will receive their top finishers t-shirt.

The list can be seen HERE

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Irish Athletics News...European Team Champs & Racewalking News

The European Team Championships were held recently (18-19th June) in Izmir, Turkey. Ireland finished in 10th place of twelve with 224.5 points, ahead of Slovenia with 200.5 points, securing a place in the First League for 2013 when Athletics Ireland hopes to host the event.

The top individual performance was by Fionnuala Britton (Kilcoole AC) who finished second in the 5000m in a time of 15:37.78.In the Sprint hurdles, European Silver Medallist, Derval O’Rourke (Leevale AC) ran 13.11 to finish in fourth place.

Interview with Derval O'Rourke....

Racewalking........Updated Sun 26th June
The 10th Dublin International Grand Prix of Race Walking takes place in the Phoenix Park on Sunday, the 26th of June.
Ireland’s world championship silver medallist Olive Loughnane who lives in Coachford in Cork will be taking part in the womens 20 kms race. Also taking part is Rob Heffernan will be looking for a victory on home soil but will be faced with a field of athletes from 22 countries in a 50 plus strong field in the 20km.

Fourth in both the European 20km and 50km championships last season, Rob will use the event as part of his fine tuning for Daegu at the end of August. Olympian Jamie Costin hopes to do 10km on his return from injury.

Leitrim’s Colin Griffin is taking part in the 50km in search of the A standard for the London Olympics.

According to Athletics Ireland......."The event is held under a European Athletics Permit, is a points scoring competition for the IAAF Challenge and incorporates the National 20km Walk Championship, an international match between Ireland, England, Switzerland, Holland and Denmark and also the Paul Nihill Shield match between Ireland and England in the juvenile age groups. This match will see Kate Veale (West Waterford AC) take part in the U18 3km ahead of her attack on an IAAF World Youths medal in the middle of July."

Athletes from over 30 countries will take part in the event.

Update...Sun 26th June 2011.........Results
Olive Loughnane finished 2nd in a time of 1.31.44 in the 20k walk to Liu Hong of China, who won in 1.29.44. Hong won the bronze medal behind Loughnane at the 2009 World Championships in Berlin. Jamy Amarilis Franco Nunez of Guatamala was third in 01:32:48.

Robert Heffernan had to unfortunately pull out at 6km as a precautionary measure due to a tight hamstring.

Photos.......There is a very large gallery of photos on the West Waterford AC website

Results of the Courtmacsherry 10k road race...Fri 24th June 2011

A total of 174 runners attended this 10k road race in West Cork, a bit of a drop on last years figure of 231. The mens race was won by Alan O'Shea of Bantry AC in a time of 31:53 while Carmel Crowley of Bandon AC won the womens race in 37:23.

The full results can be found HERE

Friday, June 24, 2011

Results of the Shanagarry 5 mile road race...Thurs 23rd June 2011

Rhona Lynch of Eagle AC (2nd) with Claire McCarthy of St.Finbarrs AC
the winner of the 2011Shanagarry 5 mile road race

It's beginning to sound like a bit of a cliché but it was yet again, another race with another record turnout. A total of 512 turned out for the 2nd race of the Ballycotton Summer series breaking last years record number of 503. Just to show how it has grown in recent years, here are the previous numbers...2007 = 279, 2008 = 281, 2009 = 471 and 2010 = 503

The winner of the mens race this year was John Shine of Leevale AC in a time of 26:22 (avg 5:16 per mile), just 7 seconds ahead of the winner of the 1st race in the series Roy Fahy of East Cork AC....(26:29...avg 5:18 per mile). In 3rd place, Chris Harrington of Leevale AC ran 27:02 (avg 5:24 per mile).

In the womens race, Claire McCarthy of St.Finbarrs AC made it two in a row for the series by winning in a time of 29:59 (avg 6:00 per mile). In 2nd place, Rhona Lynch of Eagle AC finished 2nd in 30:16 (avg 6:03 per mile) while Ann-Marie Holland of Eagle AC put in a strong finish to move through the field to take 3rd place in 31:31 (avg 6:18 per mile)

Team Results.......
Men - 1st Leevale 'A' 12' ...........2nd St Funbarrs 15............3rd Leevale 'B' 40.
Women - 1 Eagle 10..........2nd Leevale 24.........3rd St Finbarrs 37.
The full results can now be seen HERE

Race Notice...Courtmacsherry 10k race - Fri 24th June 2011

This 10k road race starts at 8pm. Entry fee €10. Enter at the Courtmacsherry Community Centre. Flat course from Courtmacsharry to Timoleague and back.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Preview of the Shanagarry 5 mile road race - Thurs 23rd June 2011

The 2nd race in the Ballycotton 5 Mile Road Race Summer Series takes place in the small village of Shanagarry in East Cork on Thursday evening at 8pm. Considering that they got 503 for this race last year, then it's likely to be a similar number again.

Directions... If you are coming from Cork, take the N25 East and from the roundabout on the Midleton bypass, take the 3rd exit and follow the main R629 Midleton to Ballycotton road. Shanagarry is located on the main road between Cloyne and Ballycotton. If you are coming from Waterford, take a left at Castlemartyr for Ladysbridge and Garryvoe and follow the road on towards Shanagarry.

Parking... Note that due to the large number of cars, there are special parking arrangements. Follow the stewards instructions on the night.

Entries... Entries will be taken in a marquee at the GAA grounds in the centre of the village. There will be 2 queues for entries. If you ran the 1st race in the series in Ballyandreen then check the lists there for your number and join the appropriate queue. If not, join the other queue.

Also, it saves a lot of time if you have the correct entry fee (which is just €5) at the ready.
The race starts at 8pm and people are requested to arrive early in view of the large numbers expected and due to parking facilities this year being some distance away from the race headquarters.

The race starts just outside the petrol station at the main road junction on the Ballycotton road. It then drops slightly into the hollow by the GAA entrance, up past the road junction where the finish will be, past the church, down again into another slight hollow and up a bit of a pull until the road flattens out as you head towards the 1 mile mark. A pretty fast mile with no major drags.

The 2nd mile is pretty flat. You run down to Garryvoe next to the beach, around a sharp bend and head inland again. A flat fast mile.

The 3rd mile is not so easy. It is basically a long gentle uphill section until you turn off left onto a quiet country road and the 3 mile mark. You can expect to lose some time on the long climb.

The 4th mile starts easy. The first half mile is along a flat road with a great view to the left over the East Cork countryside....

At the next road junction, you take a very sharp left and then the road drops rapidly. It's almost too steep to really run on comfortably. Then it flattens out for a short section and then, you hit the hill! Not as bad as the 'Beast of Ballyandreen' but a nasty one all the same. After the initial shock, the gradient reduces as you hit the 4 mile mark. A tough mile.

For the start of the 5th and final mile, there is still a gradual climb for about 300 metres after the 4 mile mark. Then it flattens out as you negotiate a series of bends with matures trees on either side of the road providing plenty of cover. The last half mile is very fast as it is slightly downhill all the way to the finish.

Note from the organisers...."Regarding the course, we would like to remind runners to keep on the left after passing Garryvoe, there is no advantage to be gained by crossing over to the right and it can also be very dangerous."

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Full results of Cork BHAA Glanmire 4 mile race now out...

The results of this 4 mile race in Glanmire which was on Tues 14th of June can now be found HERE

RTE interview with Cork based Racewalker Olive Loughnane

In this short video clip, Jacqui Hurley of RTE interviews Irish international racewalker Olive Loughnane who lives in Coachford in Cork.
Olive Loughnane won the silver medal in the 20km walk in the World Championships in Berlin in 2009 and is currently preparing for the 2011 World Championships in Daegu in South Korea in August.

Video link HERE

If you have any problems viewing it then click on the 'widescreen' option above...(rectangle to the left of the volume control)

Monday, June 20, 2011

Results of the Dunmanway 10k road race - Sun 19th June 2011

There was a 43% increase in numbers for this 10k road race in west Cork with 361 attending as compared to 253 in 2010.

The mens race was won again this year by Alan O'Shea of Bantry AC in a time of 32:34. This was a 38 second improvement on his 2010 time of 33:12 so he got a bonus for breaking the course record as well. In 2nd place, Cillian O'Tuama of Leevale AC ran 34:43 while Kevin Wilmot of Bandon AC ran 35:23 to finish 3rd.

In the womens race, Helen Leonard of Rathfarnham WSAF AC finished 1st in a time of 40:59. Liz Barry of Bandon AC finished 2nd in 41:33 while Margo Dinan of St.Finbarrs AC finished 3rd in 42:46.

The full results can be seen HERE

Photos...(Updated 24th June)
1) John O'Driscoll has a gallery of 222 photos. Some at the 1 mile mark and some just before the finish line. Slideshow HERE

2) Padraig McCarthy has a gallery of 117 photos HERE

3) Con Tringle has a very nice gallery of 174 photos HERE

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Results of the Ballyclough Festival 5k...Sat 18th June 2011

Many moons ago, there used to be a road race here in Ballyclough to the NW of Mallow in north Cork. This year, it has been re-introduced with a 5k race as part of the Ballyhoura series. It got 77 entries in what was a busy weekend of road races locally.

The mens race was won by Peter Fennell of Togher AC in a time of 16:39...

...while Sarah Gayer wons the ladies race in 21:14. Organised by Mallow AC

The full results can be seen HERE

Results of the Inniscarra 4 mile road race - Fri 17th June 2011

This hilly 4 mile race near Inniscarra attracted a field of exactly 100 runners. The mens race was won by Denis Dunne of Eagle AC in 23:09 while Gerladine O'Shea of St.Finbarrs AC won the womens race in 26:57.

The full results can be found HERE

Friday, June 17, 2011

Preview of the Dunmanway 10k road race...Sun 19th June 2011 (11am)

This will be the 2nd year of this 10km road race in Dunmanway in west Cork. Last year, they had an entry of 253 runners which was an impressive turnout for a new race. Organised by local club Doheny AC, the 10k course has been accuratedly measured by Jones Counter and has an AAI licence.

Getting there......
Dunmanway is on the R586 Bandon to Bantry road. If you not sure where it is then check the directions on the race website.

Once you get to the town then you have to find the GAA hall which will be used as the race venue....

As you drive through the town, you will pass a Topaz station on your left. Take the next left (see pic above...left). This relief road will take you to the south side of the town and you will come out at a t-junction (see pic above...right). Take a left here.

After 300 metres, you'll cross a bridge, you'll see the Parkway Hotel on your left and the road junction ahead. Take the right here and the GAA hall is just up this road. There should be plenty of direction markers out on the day so you'll find it ok.

You can enter online for €8 until 9pm Friday, the 17th. After that, it's €10 on the day.


They have the usual array of prizes on offer. One thing to note here is the womens course record of 40:39. There is a bonus prize given for setting a new course record and I'd reckon it's very likely that the old one will be broken on Sunday.

The start is back down on the relief road....a short distance from the GAA hall....

The road here is reasonably wide and you run back into the town. Plenty of space here to pass people and find your correct pace.

As you begin to leave the town, there is a slight pull before the bridge over the Bandon River as it weaves its way towards Bandon and Kinsale. Around here, you hit the 1 mile mark...

On the far side, there is a short climb for about 300 metres until you turn off right onto a narrow road. From here on, you are on nice quiet country roads with the hills of west Cork in the background...

There are a few small pulls but nothing too serious. On past the 2 mile mark and you reach Ballabuidhe Bridge and cross the Bandon River for the 2nd time...the lowest point of the course.

A sharp right after this and you continue on narrow roads. Eventually, you come out at a T-junction and a wider road... take a left here and there is a small pull now for 400 metres of so...

...and then you turn off right, back on to quiet narrow country roads again and on shortly to the 4 mile mark.

The next 1.5 miles or so are pretty flat. There is however just one climb to deal with just before the 6 mile mark. It is about 400 metres long and comes at a stage of the race when you are most tired.

However once you reach the top, there is a very fast downhill section all the way to the finish line by the GAA hall.

Overall......A nice scenic course. Wide roads at the start to allow the field to thin out, quiet country roads after that. While there are a few climbs, there is nothing too long. As it's within a 45 min drive of Cork City and there is a large catchment of runners in the west Cork region, it's bound to attract a good crowd.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Race notices...Fri 17th-Sun 19th June 2011

The following races are coming up over the weekend.....

Friday 17th June 2011...
There is a 4 mile race in Iniscarra starting at 8pm. This was the usual BHAA race that was held every November but is now a summer race. They will be using the same circuit. Registration at the Inniscarra community centre. Entry €8

For anyone in east Cork, there is a 5 mile road race in Clashmore in west Waterford which might be of interest. Entry €8. Start 8pm.

Up in E Co.Limerick, there is the Bilboa 10k in Cappamore. Start 8pm.

Saturday 18th June 2011...
There is a 5k race on Saturday evening in conjunction with the Ballyclough festival committee.
Ballyclough is 6 miles from Mallow off the Killarney Road.
Race starts at 8:00pm, entries from 6:30 or so.
€7 for runners, €5 for walkers

Sunday 19th June 2011...
The Dunmanway 10k race takes place in west Cork. More details in the  race preview

Upcoming Race...Ballinascarthy 10k - Fri 1st July 2011

Just a quick notice about this 10k road race in Ballinascarthy coming up on Friday, the 1st of July. All proceeds from this race go to the COPE Foundation.

More info from the organisers...
Friday 1st July 2011 at 8.00pm.
Registration on the night in Ballinascarthy Community Hall from 6.30pm to 7.30pm.
Entry Fee €10
Prizes 1st, 2nd, 3rd, Men & Women; 1st over 40, 50, 60
For further information, contact

This is an Athletics Ireland Registered Event
Ballinascarthy is located in West Cork, between Clonakilty & Bandon.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Category results of the Cork BHAA Glanmire 4 mile - Wed 14th June 2011

The Cork BHAA race this year in Glanmire took place over a shortened 4 mile ciruit rather than the usual 5 miles. Despite a bright start to the day, the mist and drizzle had rolled in by 8pm.

Photos..........A large slideshow of photos by Doug Minihane in dull & overcast conditions HERE

Male Overall...1) Alan O'Shea, 2) Kevin Wilmot, 3) Roy Fahy
Note: 2nd overall was actually Peter Fennell, but he was not BHAA registered

M40 1) Mark McMahon, 2) Paddy Murphy, 3) Conor O'Herlihy
M45 1) Stanislaw Byczek, 2) John Cashman, 3) Edwin Sutton
M50 1) Ted O'Flynn ,2) Michael McGrath, 3) Denis O'Shea
M55 1) Pat O'Mahony 2) Willie Hayes, 3) William O'Riordan
M60 1) Pat Twomey, 2) John Holland, M65) Paddy Daly M70) John O'Leary,
Teams -
Grade A - Men - 1) 70 Army, 2) 71 Midleton News, 3) 82 UCC
Grade B - Men - 1) 107 Avondhu, 2) 111 Flexible Connectors, 3) 150 Cork City Council
Grade C - Men - 1) 114 Cork Garda, 2) 143 Musgraves, 3) 150 Cork County Council
1) Rhona Lynch, 2) Sinead NiChonchuir, 3) Ann Donnelly

F40 1) Breda Cahill, 2) Assumpta Barry, 3) Mary Histon de Barra
F45 1) Sally Drennan, 2) Eileen Buckley, 3) Mary O'Keeffe
F50 1) Frances O'Connor, 2) Christine Murphy, 3) Catherine Linehan
F55 Marion Lyons, F60 Margaret Barry,
Grade A - Ladies - 1)  6 Colour Is Magic, 2) 14 Cork Shops
Grade B - Ladies - 1) 39 Cork Garda, 2) 62 Pfizers

The full results are now available HERE

....with thanks to Donal O'Donoghue for the results

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Race Notice : Cork BHAA Glamire 4 mile...Tues 14th June 2011

This race is coming up this evening and has been changed from the usual 5 mile circuit to a 4 mile one. Not sure of the route so I assume it uses part of the old 5 mile course? Entry €5 for reg runners, €8 for non-reg. The race starts at 8pm.

Monday, June 13, 2011

10k race in Dunmanway coming up next Sunday 19th of June...

Just a reminder that this 10k road race in Dunmanway in west Cork is coming up next Sunday morning the 19th of June at 11am.

They will be taking entries online until next Friday....cost € HERE

Entries on the day are €10.

More details in a full preview next Friday.

Introduction to running in Cork & Ireland...

This post is for any beginners who have found this website for the first time. This basically shows what kind of running events take place in Cork and in Ireland in general. Note the triangle to the left.......(roughly but not exactly to scale)

A - Track Events.......This would include anything from say 100 metres up to say 5,000 metres. The numbers taking part are generally very small....say 10-20 per race. Usually club athletes only at a high standard. Not suitable for beginners.

B - Inter Club.....Cross Country / Road Championships.......These would be competitions between members of athletic clubs only. The numbers in each race would be reasonably low.....say 30-70.

C - Club Races / BHAA Races......These are by far the most common type of race. Distances can vary from say 5 kms up to say 15 miles (~24 kms). For most races, anyone can enter and you can enter on the day. Some are members of athletic clubs but many are not. Numbers taking part can be anything from say 70 up to 400. A typical entry fee might be say €5 to €20 depending on the type of event it is. Information on these type of races can be found on websites like this one here but in general, they are not really advertised on mainstream media like newspapers, radio, etc.

D - Mass Participation Events....Examples might be the Cork City Marathon, the Dublin City Marathon, Womens mini-marathon, etc. Thousands take part and with advertising in the mainstream media, a lot of the  general public would be aware of the event.

If you are a new runner and you have just completed your first race...say the Cork City Marathon.....then there are plenty of other local races to choose from. One common concern is that beginners think they will be too slow or that they don't want to finish last. All different types of runners take part in the local road races shown as 'C' above....from the very fast to those going at a slow jogging pace. For most races, you just turn up, pay the entry fee and run in the race. You do not need to be a member of a club or anything like that...they are open to anyone. Afterwards, there is ususally water, tea, sandwiches, etc before the prize giving.

If you are interested then why not come along on the day and try one. You will find regular updates on what is happening locally on this website.

(No comments on this post please as I am going to use it as a permanent introduction for beginners coming here for the first time)

Wprowadzenie do biegania w Cork i w Irlandii

Ta informacja jest dla poczatkujacych biegaczy ktorzy zetkneli sie z ta strona po raz pierwszy. Jest to proste wyjasnienie jakie wydarzenia biegowe maja miejsce w Cork i ogolnie w calej Irlandii

Zwroc uwage na trojkat po lewej

A - Biegi na torze......Obejmuja dystanse od 100 do 5000 metrow. Takie zawody przyciagaja z reguly male liczby zawodnikow, powiedzmy 10-20 na wyscig. Zwykle startuja atleci z klubow. Wysoki poziom, nieodpowiednie dla poczatkujacych.

B - Biegi Miedzyklubowe oraz Mistrzostwa Przelajowe / Uliczne......Te zawody odbywaja sie tylko pomiedzy czlonkami clubow sportowych. Liczba zawodnikow  w kazdym biegu waha sie pomiedzy 30 a 70.

C - Biegi klubowe / biegi BHAA......Te biegi uliczne sa najbardziej popularne. Wyscigi odbywaja sie na dystansach od 5km do 15 mil (okolo 24km). Kazdy moze wziac udzial we wiekszosci wyscigow a zapisy maja miejsce przed startem w dniu biegu. Bardzo wielu biegaczy bioracych udzial nie nalezy do klubow. Liczba startujacych to od 70 az do 400 uczestnikow. Oplata za wziecie udzialu waha sie miedzy 5 euro a 20 euro w zaleznosci od rodzaju wyscigu. Informacje szczegolowe o tych wyscigach mozna znalezc na stronach internetowych takich jak ta, ogolnie biegi te nie sa mocno rozreklamowane w masowych srodkach przekazu jak gazety czy stacje radiowe itp.

D - imprezy sportowe na wielka skale...przykladem moze byc maraton w Cork czy w Dublinie, Kobiecy mini-maraton itp. Tysiace uczestnikow biora udzial i dzieki reklamie w srodkach masowego przekazu opinia publiczna jest swiadoma takich imprez.

Jesli jestes swiezo upiecznym biegaczem i wlasnie ukonczyles swoj pierwszy wyscig....powiedzmy maraton w Cork... to jest dla ciebie rowniez mnostwo innych lokalnych biegow do wyboru. Glowna powszechna obawa poczatkujacych biegaczy jest mysl, ze beda za wolni lub ze nie chca ukonczyc wyscigu jako ostatni. Wszelkiego typu biegacze biora udzial w lokalnych wyscigach ulicznych oznaczonych jako C powyzej....od bardzo szybkich do znacznie wolniejszych biegnacych truchtem. Na wiekszosci biegow po prostu sie pojawiasz, oplacasz swoj start i bierzesz udzial w wyscigu. Wcale nie musisz byc czlonkiem zadnego klubu sportowego.... takie imprezy sa otwarte dla wszystkich. Po ukonczeniu biegu przed rozdaniem nagrod  z reguly dostepna jest woda, herbata, kawa, kanapki, ciastka itd itp. To wszystko w cenie startu w wyscigu i mozesz jeszcze wygrac nagrode w loterii.

Jesli jestes zainteresowany, dlaczego by nie sprobowac. Na tej stronie znajdziesz informacje dla biegaczy i regularne uaktualnienia o tym co dzieje sie w okolicy i nie tylko.