Place Time Name Team Race Age Category
1 24:40 MCCARTHY, James East Cork AC M 04:55.9
2 24:48 GRUFFERTY, James Leevale AC M 04:57.5
3 25:02 O'DONOGHUE, Tim East Cork AC M 05:00.3
30 29:31 MURPHY, Emma St. Finbarrs AC F 05:54.1
35 29:48 MCSWEENEY, Clare Leevale AC F 05:57.5
56 30:46 HOLLAND, Ann-Marie St. Finbarrs AC F 06:09.1
The full results can be found HERE
The graph below shows the number of people taking taking each year in the Midleton 5 race...
|Info supplied by John Walshe of Ballycotton Running Promotions|
The 2013 race was the 30th year of this event yet for of that, the numbers were below 150. As recently as 2005, it was at 146. Since then, it has really taken off resulting in a peak last Thursday of 571 runners.
By the way, you might be wondering about that blip back in 1985! Apparently there was a special plaque that year commemorating the 'Cork 800' celebrations which probably accounted for the huge jump. At the time, the Ballycotton races were getting around 220-230 runners which just goes to show how unusual the 'blip' was.
So why the huge jump since 2005? I've seen people mention that running is supposed to boom in a recession although I don't really think that is a major factor. For me, there are are two main reasons.....
1) The second most important reason is the shift in the gender balance. Twenty years ago, the number of women taking part in a race like this might be down around 20%. Today, it might be closer to 40%. This results in more people running overall.
2) The biggest reason is the revolution in information. It's something we have all grown used to without realising what a profound impact it has. Back in the 90's, the only way to hear about an upcoming race might be to pick up a flyer at a previous race, maybe see something in the Evening Echo, maybe see it in the Irish Runner magazine or hear it by word of mouth. It's probably likely that someone who was just a casual runner would not hear of races from any of these sources.
Today, there's almost too much information. We have websites, blogs, Facebook, Twitter and smartphones with everything on hand. Go looking for information on races in Cork on Google and you'll most likely end up coming to this site. I can see from a tracker that the blog currently gets about 40,000 hits per month. The associated Running in Cork Facebook page has over 2,600 people following it. That's a lot of people getting informed about what's happening locally.
Where from here? Last year, I would have thought the Midleton race was at it's maximum yet it's up another 12% this year. When will it end? The pessimists will say that the whole thing is going to crash with only the big races remaining. As things stand, there are no obvious reason as to why it should. We'll just have to wait and see...