A total of 542 turned out for this years Ballycotton 5 mile road race, the 4th and final race in the Ballycotton Summer Series. It was also the 40th anniversary of the very first Ballycotton 5m which was held back in 1977. There can't be too many races in the country that have been going for so long.
One feature of the results this year is the drop in the number of faster runners. Just 30 runners broke the 30 minute barrier, the lowest since 2007 despite the fact that the overall numbers this year were the second highest ever.
It's a bit clearer in the chart above for those 143 runners breaking 35 mins. That's the lowest number since 2007 again.
As for the reason? It probably has to do with the fact that the average age of runners seems to be going up. This can be seen in the club stats in that there are now fewer and fewer U35's joining clubs.
1 24:21 HANRAHAN, Mark Leevale AC M 04:52.1
2 26:16 MCGRATH, Sean East Cork AC M 05:15.1
3 26:42 CORBETT, Michael St. Finbarrs AC M40 05:20.3
17 28:42 COOKE, Aoife Youghal AC F 05:44.3
44 31:06 SANTRY, Fiona East Cork AC F 06:13.1
81 32:41 KEVANY, Sinead Midleton AC F35 06:32.1
Results....The full results can be seen HERE
|Aoife Cooke of Youghal AC..winner of the 2016 Ballycotton 5 mile road race. Aoife also won the overall series.|
|Mark Hanrahan of Leevale AC...winner of the 2016 Ballycotton 5 mile road race|
1) Andy O'Rourke Photography has several galleries... Album 1 ... Album 2 ...
2) There are some presentation photos up on the Running in Cork Facebook page HERE
The overall results of the 2016 Ballycotton Summer Series can be seen HERE
With thanks to John Robinson of Mallow AC for compiling these.
As you can see from the chart below, the overall numbers completing the Summer Series peaked in 2014 and is about the same this year as 2015.
The percentage of women completing the series remains at about 36%.