Google+ Running in Cork, Ireland: Liam O'Brien & The Ballyandreen '5'

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Liam O'Brien & The Ballyandreen '5'

Anonymous article by a well informed source ;o) .......

He will be there as usual on Thursday night, taking entries and inputting them into the laptop. Making sure the results are correct. And at the CIT the following night for the Graded Leagues, he will again oversee operations. Just as he did last Saturday and the two previous weeks at the Munster Schools T&F. And then there’s the Cork City Sports on June 28th. For a man who achieved so much, all the way to an Olympic semi-final, he now gives back equally if not more to the sport that has been enriched by his involvement for close on half a century. In case you didn’t know (and he won’t tell you), the
following are his achievements in this particular race.

1981: 24:25 First
1982: 24:19 First
1983: 24:24 First
1984: 24:36 First
1985: 24:28 First
1986: 24:21 First
1987: 24:17 First
1988: 24:13 First
1989: 24:23 First
1990: 24:15 First
1991: 24:23 First
1992: 24:26 First
1993: 24:14 First
1994: 24:00 (course record) First
1995: 25:15 (M40 course rec) First
1996: DNF
1997: 25:17 First
1998: 25:49 Third

Total number of Summer Series 5-mile races ran by Liam from 1977 to 1998: 67
Total number won: 59

(Photo source : Gearóid Ó Laoi)


Barry Drake said...

A living legend. Now that's what you call fast times. Wish I was around to see him run in his prime. Barry Drake.

Anonymous said...

Wow thats awesome I had no idea he was such a runner. Back in his day training was hard, I'd love to know what kind of training these guys were doing.