The annual Churchtown South 5 mile road race was held on Thursday the 28th of July in almost ideal conditions for running. A total of 532 runners took part in what was the third race of four in the Ballycotton Summer Series.
The numbers for 2016 were down just three on the 535 in 2016. I guess we all get a bit complacent about the numbers but getting 500+ runners for a 5 mile race in a small village in East Cork in the middle of the week is pretty special. I'm not sure if people realise just how big the race numbers are in Cork in comparison to other parts of the country. I put up a lot of results for other races on the Running in Munster site and there are races in or near Limerick City and Waterford City that get just over 100 runners.
The chart above shows a breakdown of the various paces and what is remarkable this year is that only 22 runners broke 30 minutes i.e. ran faster than 6 minute per mile pace. Since the race started in 1980, that is the lowest number ever.
1 0:26:36 MCGRATH, Sean East Cork AC M 05:19.1
2 0:26:54 O'CONNELL, John Leevale AC M 05:22.7
3 0:26:59 CORBETT, Michael St. Finbarrs AC M40 05:23.7
10 0:28:35 COOKE, Aoife Youghal AC F 05:42.9
38 0:30:58 MOORE, Niamh Cork Varsity AC F 06:11.5
39 0:31:00 SANTRY, Fiona East Cork AC F 06:11.9
Results...The full results can be seen HERE
|Close contest for 2nd and 3rd in the women's race with just two seconds separating Niamh Moore and Fiona Santry in the end. Photo: Gearóid Ó Laoi|
1) Some of the prizewinners can be seen in an album on the Running in Cork Facebook page HERE
2) Gearóid Ó Laoi has a small gallery HERE
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The positions in the Ballycotton Summer Series after the Churchtown South race can be seen HERE
These were compiled by John Robinson of Mallow AC.
|Sean McGrath of East Cork AC...winner of the 2016 Churchtown South 5 mile road race|
|Aoife Cooke of Youghal AC...first woman home|
|Niamh Moore was the second woman home with just two seconds separating her from Fiona Santry in 3rd place. Niamh won the Cloyne Summer 4k just a few days earlier.|