Google+ Running in Cork, Ireland: June 2016

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Results & photos of the Irish 24 hour Championships in Belfast...Sat 25th & Sun 26th June 2016

The Irish 24 hour championships were held last weekend in Belfast on Saturday the 25th and Sunday the 26th of June 2016. This is one of the main Ultra races in Ireland and one of only two Ultras that count as Championships.

A large number of runners and crew descended on Victoria Park in East Belfast for the event on Saturday morning. Located between between the Harland & Wolff Dockyards and the George Best International Airport, it made for an ideal venue with a course that was just over one mile in length.

At least 4 runners from Cork took part in the full 24 hour race which started at noon on Saturday. Eoin Keith who is originally from Cobh was dominant once again with an amazing 150 miles being covered.

The suprise performance of the 24 hour race was that of Aidan Hogan from Cork. As a newcomer to the Ultra scene, he ran an impressive 147.9 miles and indeed was running well all the way up to the midday deadline on Sunday.

Aidan Hogan...2nd in the Belfast 24 hour
Alex O'Shea of St.Finbarr's AC took on his first 24 hour race and finished in 5th place overall. More importantly, Alex finished just above the 24 hour B standard of 220kms which means that he is now eligible to be selected for an Irish team for the European and World 24 hour championships.

Alex O'Shea...inside the international B standard
In total, there were 86 competitors in the 24 hour race and 44 managed to break the magic 100 mile barrier. Grellan McGrath of Eagle AC finished in 10th place overall with a distance of 125.3 miles, surpassing the 102.6 miles which he did in the same event in 2015.

Grellan McGrath of Eagle AC...10th overall

24 hour Finishers from Cork...
1 Eoin Keith ...24hr... 241.738kms...150.0 miles
2 Aidan Hogan... 24hr ...238.132kms...147.9 miles
5 Alex O'Shea... 24hr... 220.675kms...136.6 miles
10 Grellan McGrath... 24hr... 202.318kms...125.3 miles

Full results

In addition to the 24 hour race, there was also a 24 hour relay race, a 12 hour race and a 100km event.

In the womens 12 hour race, visually impaired runner Sinead O'Kane from Youghal finished in second place with 69.8 miles! Sinead also finished second in last years 12 hour race with 68.3 miles.

2nd Woman...Sinead Kane... 12 hour... 112.479kms... 69.8 miles

1) The organisers have a nice gallery of photos HERE
2) There is another gallery of about 80 photos HERE

Silver medal for Aidan Hogan in the Irish 24 hour National Championships
Clonmel AC were the winners of the 24 hour relay event

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Results of the Grant Thornton 5k in Cork City...Wed 29th June 2016

This was the second year of this particular race and the numbers were down about 23% on last year. In contrast to say the Cork BHAA races where registered runners pay a €5 entry fee, this is a different type of inter company event with most companies paying the €100 entry fee for teams of four runners.

1 Feidhlim KELLY    Athletics Ireland        M    16:05.7
2 Peter FENNELL    Electric Bar and Restaurant    M    16:32.0
3 Donal COAKLEY    Gilead Sciences Ireland UC    M    16:40.8
15 Carol FINN    Electric Bar and Restaurant      18:28.8
18 Claire O'BRIEN    Grant Thornton     18:33.4
19 Jennifer CASHMAN    RDJ     18:38.0 

The full results can be seen HERE

Results & video of the Irish Senior Track & Field Championships...Sat 24th & Sun 25th June 2016

The National Senior Track & Field Championships were held in Dublin on Saturday the 24th and Sunday the 25th of June 2016. Looking at some of the race, the numbers and depth seemed a bit on the low side.

These are some of the Cork and Munster results...
5,000m...3. Colm Sheahan (Leevale) 14:33.67
400m Hurdles...1. Thomas Barr (Ferrybank) 50.28, 3. Ben Kiely (Ferrybank) 51.47
3,000m steeplechase...1. Rory Chesser (Ennis Track) 9:07.83, 
10,000m Race Walk...1. Alex Wright (Leevale) 41:11.17,
4x100m relay...1. Emerald AC 43.13, 2. Tullamore Harriers 43.36, Menapians 43.42
4x400m relay...1. Ferrybank 3:16.07, 2. Crusaders 3:17.20, 3. Emerald 3:22.78
Long jump...2. Shane Howard (Bandon) 7.35m, 3. Sam Healy (Leevale) 7.30m
Triple Jump...1. Denis Finnegan (An Riocht) 14.80m, 3. Niall Counihan (Dooneen) 13.88m
High Jump...3. David Cussen (Old Abbey AC) 2.00m
Pole Vault...1. Thomas Houlihan (West Waterford) 4.40m,
Weight for Height 56lbs...1. Sean Breathnach 4.40m, 2. Peter Ryan (Nenagh Olympic) 4.20m,
Weight for distance...3. Peter Ryan (Nenagh Olympic) 6.98m

100m...1. Amy Foster (City of Lisburn) 11.83, 2. Niamh Whelan (Ferrybank) 11.92, 3. Joan Healy (Bandon) 11.94
200m...1. Niamh Whelan (Ferrybank) 23.94,
400m...2. Phil Healy (Bandon) 53.78,
800m...2. Louise Shanahan (Leevale) 2:10.02,
1500m...1. Ciara Mageean (UCD) 4:24.33, 2. Sara Treacy (Dunboyne) 4:26.10,
5,000m...1. Deirdre Byrne (Sli Cualann) 16:07.56, 2. Shona Heaslip (An Riocht) 16:41.62,
3,000m steeplechase...1. Michelle Finn (Leevale)9:46.81, 2. Kerry O’Flaherty (Newcastle) 9:58.81,
5,000m Race Walk...1. Emma Prendiville (Farranfore Maine Valley A.C.) 25:15.57,
100m Hurdles...1. Lily-Ann O’Hora (Dooneen) 14.36,
4x100m relay...1. Ferrybank 47.20, 2. Fingallians 49.24, 3. Naas 50.17
Long jump...1. Imelda Morrison (Youghal) 5.88m,
Pole Vault...1. Tori Pena (Finn Valley) 4.15m, 3. Laura Cussen (Old Abbey) 2.80m
Javelin...2. Orlaith O’Brien (Waterford AC) 43.95m,
Discus...1. Clare Fitzgerald (Tralee Harriers) 53.38m, 2. Kayleigh Cronin (Farranfore Maine Valley) 44.76m,
Shot Put...1. Clare Fitzgerald (Tralee Harriers) 15.07m, 2. Michaela Walsh (Swinford) 14.64m, 3. Laura McSweeney (Bandon) 13.16m

1) Kieran Carlin has two big albums...#1 #2

Video coverage on the RTE Player until the 17th of July.

Full video coverage is shown below. Note that each is about 5 hours long and skip the first 30 second intro on each.

Day 1...Sat 25th June 2016

Day 2...Sun 26th June 2016

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Results of the Ballincollig 5k parkrun...Sat 25th June 2016

The second 5k parkrun in Ballincollig Regional Park was held on Saturday the 25th of June with 218 taking part. As expected, it was down from the 279 for the inaugural run and it's likely to keep dropping slowly over the next few weeks before settling at maybe 100 runners per week.

1    Jose Manuel PABON    18:22    SM30-34    Ealing Eagles Running Club
2    Michael COLOHAN    18:54    SM30-34   
3    David BUTLER    18:56    SM25-29    St Finbarrs AC
19    Mary SWEENEY    20:59    VW55-59 St Finbarrs AC
42    Elaine MURPHY    23:40    SW30-34   
43    Mary MURPHY    23:52    VW55-59    St Finbarrs AC

The full results can be seen HERE

1) Conor Dolan has a nice gallery HERE

Results & Coverage of the Cork City Sports...Tues 28th June 2016

The Cork City Sports was held at the CIT track on Tuesday the 28th of June.


1) Gearóid Ó Laoi has a number of photos HERE 

Coverage here...

Photos of the Dripsey Hills 6k Challenge Fun Run...Sun 26th June 2016

This 6k fun run was held on Sunday the 26th of June in Dripsey to the west of Cork City.

1) Anne Murphy has a gallery HERE

Monday, June 27, 2016

Notice...Bere Island Midsummer Run 5k & 10k - Sat 9th July 2016

This is quite probably one of the most spectacular spots for a road race in Cork if not the country. Bere Island on a fine day is an amazing spot with the backdrop of Bantry Bay and the Beara Peninsula.

There are plenty of races that are cheaper to enter but none are in such a scenic location. If you are thinking of going then it would really worth considering making a day of it rather than just going for  the race itself.

The races take place in Rerrin village at the eastern end of the island...

There are two car and passenger ferries servicing the island...Bere Island Ferries and Murphy's Ferry.

You can pre-enter online HERE or on the day at the GAA grounds.

Course Preview.....A full preview of the course with directions, maps and photos can be seen HERE.

For more infomation, go to the race website...

This excellent video below shows the 5km loop...

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Results of the Allihies 5 mile road race...Sat 25th June 2016

Allihies 5 Mile Race Results
1 Alan O Shea Bantry AC SM 27:42
2 Michael Harrington Bantry AC SM 28:46
3 Cillian O Tuama Leevale m30 29:02
5 Laoise Ni Thuama Allihies SW 34:29
7 Sorcha Kearney Douglas SW 35:38
20 Lorraine O Sullivan St Finbarrs AC w30 39:48 

The full results are on the Allihies 5 mile website...

Results of the Courtmacsherry 10k road race...Fri 24th June 2016

A nice crowd of 302 runners turned out for the Courtmacsherry 10k on Friday the 24th June 2016. This is pretty much in line with the numbers for the previous two years (2014 = 285, 2016 = 325).

1 Eric Curran (199) 00:31:52 Senior  (1) Male  (1)
2 Alan O Brien (201) 00:34:03 Ages 35-39  (1) Male  (2)
3 Shane Healy (238) 00:34:30 Senior  (2) Male  (3)
26 Una Murphy-Plant (441) 00:39:04 Ages 45-49  (1) Female  (1)
28 Margaret Murphy (246) 00:39:10 Ages 35-39  (1) Female  (2)
40 Ronnie BARRY (302) 00:41:26 Ages 40-44  (1) Female  (3)

The full results can be seen HERE

1) Courtmacsherry Rowing Club have a large gallery HERE
2) Donal O'Regan has a gallery HERE 

Results of the Millstreet 5 mile road race...Fri 24th June 2016

 A total of 147 runners turned out this year for the annual Millstreet 5 mile road race, up almost 6% from the 139 of 2015.

1 O'Connor Tim Riocht AC SM   25:56
2 O'Connell John Leevale AC SM   26:31
3 Sugrue Eoin SM   27:15
5 Kiely Martina St. Finbarrs AC SW   29:29
11 Roe Niamh Leevale AC SW   31:19 
30 Carroll Aoife Mallow AC W35   33:37 

M40...Brian Murphy   St. Finbarrs   29.50, Paul Leahy  West Muskerry 32.47
M45... Willie O'Connor    Galtee Runners   31.00, Dan Bourke    Millstreet 31.30
M50...Seamus Madigan   Kanturk 30.54, John Joe O'Grady 33.21
M60... Joe Murphy   Eagle AC 36.10, John Brady North Cork 41.29
M65... Jerry Twohig    Duhallow   37.30, Michael Kiely   Rising Sun 46.10
F35...Aoife Carroll   Mallow AC  33.37, Deirdre O'Leary   North Cork  36.22
F40...Susan Looney   Duhallow   37.30, Marie Kelleher  Millstreet  41.26
F45...Deirdre McCarthy   North Cork   36.26, Francis Ring   Millstreet 37.42
F50...Maura O'Keeffe  Millstreet  42.26, Yvonne Twomey  Mallow 47.26
F55...Mary Finn 37.26, Maire Ui Chonghaile  Donoughmore 43.01

Men...1st Mallow AC, 2nd  Millstreet AC
Women...1st Mallow AC, 2nd Millstreet AC

Full results HERE

Photos...(Updated 17th July)
1) Ann Murphy has a gallery of photos HERE
2) TMC Photography has a gallery HERE 
3) Geralidine Dennehy has a gallery HERE

Friday, June 24, 2016

Races in Cork...Fri 24th to Sun 26th June

Some of the races on this weekend...Fri 24th to Sun 26th June 2016

Cork...Fri 24th (8pm)...Courtmacsherry 10k road race...€

Cork...Fri 24th (8:15pm)...Millstreet 5 mile road race...€12 online/€15 on the

5k Parkrun...Sat 25th (9:30am)...€free...various locations...  
Cork...Castle Demense, Macroom // Showgrounds, Clonakilty // Bere Island, Beara Peninsula) // Glengarriff // Castlehaven // Ballincollig Regional Park... 

Cork...Sat 25th (2pm)...Heart of Allihies 5 mile race...€10...Chip timed...Beara Peninsula, West

Cork...Sun 26th (12:30pm)...Dripsey 6K Hills Challenge...€10 (12-18 €5 / U12 free) the change of time due to the Ireland match at the European Championships.

Results of the Shanagarry 5 mile road race...Thurs 23rd June 2016

The second race of the Ballycotton Summer Series attracted a field of 570 runners on what was an overcast but cool evening.The race was won by Mark Hanrahan of Leevale AC in a time of 24:28, the fastest time there in 25 years. Aoife Cooke of Youghal AC won the womens race in a time of 28:23, the fastest winning time since Sonia O'Sullivan set the record of 27:33 back in 2001.

1    0:24:28    HANRAHAN, Mark    Leevale AC    M    04:53.5
2    0:26:39    MCGRATH, Sean    East Cork AC    M    05:19.7
3    0:27:00    MURPHY, Damian    West Waterford AC    M    05:23.9
11    0:28:23    COOKE, Aoife    Youghal AC    F    05:40.5
35    0:30:46    MACKEOWN, Rosaleen    Leevale AC    F40    06:09.1
45    0:31:20    SANTRY, Fiona    East Cork AC    F    06:15.9

The full results can be seen HERE

The positions of those in the series after two races can be seen HERE
(Complied by John Robinson of Mallow AC) 

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Results of the Daniel Kingston Memorial 5km race...Thurs 23rd June 2016

A large crowd of 591 people turned out for this years Daniel Kingston Memorial 5k race in Macroom on Thurs 23rd June 2016.

1    Alan O Shea (454)    00:15:38    Ages 35-44  (1)    Male  (1)
2    Andrew Sheehan (108)    00:16:14    Ages 19-34  (1)    Male  (2)
3    Rory O Sullivan (115)    00:16:25    Ages 35-44  (2)    Male  (3)
9    Emma Murphy (532)    00:17:27    Ages 19-34  (1)    Female  (1)
19    Andrea Bickerdike (602)    00:19:02    Ages 19-34  (2)    Female  (2)
25    Sharon Rynne (90)    00:19:35    Ages 19-34  (3)    Female  (3)

The full results on one sheet can be seen HERE

To check out categories and to report any problems, go to the chip timing website.

Proceeds from the event went towards Cork Cancer Support House.

Orla Barry from Ladysbridge in Cork upgraded to World Championship silver medal

It was announced today that the Paralympic athlete Orla Barry from Ladysbridge in East Cork will be now be upgraded to a World Championship silver medal after she won a bronze medal at the IPC Athletics World Championships in Doha last year.

Orla, who originally took bronze in the F57 Discus final will now have a World Championship silver medal to add to her collection following the news that Bulgarian field athlete, Stela Eneva, has been suspended by the IPC for four years for an Anti-Doping Rule violation.

Her silver medal has now been awarded to the Cork athlete, whilst the bronze medal will go to Algeria’s Safia Djelal.

Source : Paralympics Ireland

Races on Thurs 23rd June 2016...Shanagarry 5 mile & Danial Kinston 5k in Macroom

There are no shortage of races coming up over the next few days with a 5 miler in Millstreet and a 10k in Courtmacsherry on Friday, a 5 miler in scenic Allihies on the Beara Peninsula on Saturday and of course, the second Ballincollig 5k parkrun as well. See the calendar.

First off, there are two this evening to choose from...

Cork...Thurs 23rd (8pm)...Daniel Kingston Memorial 5k race, Macroom...€10...Chip

Cork...Thurs 23rd (8pm)...Shanagarry 5 mile road race...€5...Race 2 of 4 in the Ballycotton Summer Series..

More info on the Shanagarry 5 mile road race HERE including info on the race numbers.

Anger expressed at commercial company spray painting a running route in the Ballyhouras

I came across a post on Facebook which had been shared by some in the hill walking community...

Eidin Clery.....So, the poor ballyhouras mountains have become victim again from a private company running a... Running! Event over next few's quite unbelievable how they are marking their routes..yellow spray paint over, 40km or more of the ballyhoura place safe I walked 2 km this evening clearing it and cleaning marks off they marked fireroads, trees, grass, roots, earth banks...also all on linear routes where there is no need to mark far as I can make out...they have no permission, they didn't publicise locally, they do not clean up, they totally disregard our hills, nobody in local community benefits in any way financially or otherwise.... It's a disgrace. Have sent emails to coilte and will ring tomorrow to complain etc if anyone sees event organisers about can u pass on info please....rumour has it its a company called celtic traverse!

There are also a few video videos posted on Facebook HERE

The Celtic Traverse is a six day running tour organised by a commercial company called Primal Challenges in Armagh. They charge in the region of £1,500 for the whole package which  includes accommodation and transport.

Based on the itinerary above, the runs in the Ballyhoura are probably on the 22nd and 23rd of June and on the Kerry Way on the 25th and 26th of June.

Looking through the videos, it would seem that these markers are placed all over the course rather than at some key junctions. Assuming that it is degradable line marker paint then it will probably take about one to two months for them to disappear.


Wednesday, June 22, 2016

80 year old couple in Cork City Marathon appear in Runners World

Runners World is the largest running website and magazine in the world with some 1.7 million followers on Facebook alone. They recently ran a story on the 80 year old Wexford couple Kay and Joe O'Brien who completed the Cork City Marathon together at the start of June. The both did their first marathon together back in 1986 when they ran the London Marathon aged 50.

The full story is here...

Results & photos of the Upper Glanmire NS 5k run...Mon 20th June 2016

Just over 250 adults and juveniles turned out for this 5k run organised by Upper Glanmire National School.

Winners Sharon Rynne and John Meade receiving their prizes
1    John Meade 15.45
2    Bryan Crowley 16.50
3    Paul Duggan 17.20
10    Shannon Rynne 19.11
18    Gwen Conroy 21.09
20    Mary Dennehy 21.13

The organisers have a full set of results and times HERE

(Copy of the 2016 results HERE)

1) The organiers have almost 200 photos HERE

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Photo finish to 5k race in Dublin last weekend...

The Castleknock 5km road race was held last weekend in Dublin and attracted a field of 556 runners. While only two seconds separated the first two men, the women's race was even closer with fractions of a second separating the first two.

The photo above shows Catherina McKiernan #744 with Caroline Crowley #741 in the final straight. Catherina McKiernan is of course a former Irish international athlete who has won four individual Silver World Cross Country Championship medals and hold the Irish Marathon record. Caroline Crowley was part of the Irish women's team that won Bronze at the European Cross Country Championships in France in December of 2015.

As you can see below, it was almost impossible to separate the two at the finish line and the chip timing equipment recorded a difference of 0.001 seconds!

5 Caroline CROWLEY    00:17:33    00:17:33    741    F (1)    FS (1)
6 Catherina MCKIERNAN    00:17:33    00:17:33    744    F (2)    F40 (1)

Results on MyRunResults website.

Photo Credit: MyRunResults

Monday, June 20, 2016

Notice...Shanagarry 5 mile road race - Thurs 23rd June 2016

The second race in the 2016 Ballycotton Summer Series is coming up on Thursday evening the 23rd of June 2016 with the Shanagarry 5 mile road race in East Cork. The entry fee is just €5 and it looks likely to attract a large crowd.

With an 8pm start, it is advisable to arrive in plenty of time...certainly well before 7:30pm. You can enter the race at the local GAA grounds in the village.

Note from the organisers....All those who ran in Ballyandreen will have their numbers ready, lists start with No 1 for men and No 401 for women. Lists will be displayed on the wall, just find your number and ask for it at table.

John Robinson has put together a list showing the race numbers HERE

Course Preview......Directions and a course preview can be seen HERE

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Results of the Dunmanway 10k road race...Sun 19th June 2016

Despite the wet and damp conditions, 144 runners turned out for this years Dunmanway 10k road race in West Cork on Sunday the 19th of June 2016.

1    Alan O Shea (95)    00:32:31    Senior Male   (1)    Male  (1)
2    Sean McGrath (79)    00:35:35    Senior Male   (2)    Male  (2)
3    Patrick O'Connor (110)    00:35:48    Ages 40-44  (1)    Male  (3)
6    Emma MURPHY (64)    00:37:16    Senior Female  (1)    Female  (1)
13    Margaret Murphy (111)    00:40:52    Female 35-39  (1)    Female  (2)
19    Ronnie Barry (109)    00:41:47    Ages 40-44  (1)    Female  (3)

The full results can be seen HERE                  ... Chip timing website

1) The organisers have a large gallery of over 200 photos HERE 

The race was organised by Doheny AC and the dedicated race website is

Results of the Holy Famil;y NS 5k fun run & walk in Doneraile Park...Fri 10th June 2016

About 120 runners and walkers took part in this 5k fun run in Doneraile Park on Fri 10th June 2016.

1 David Kilmartin 19:55
2 Donal Collins 20:15
3 Daniel O'Sullivan 23:21
1 Caoimhe Taylor 23:56
2 Mary Carey 24:42
3 Meg Murphy 25:56

The full results can be seen HERE

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Results of the Ballyclough 'Harbour' 5km road race...Sat 18th June 2016

On what was a dull evening, 131 runners turned out for this years Ballyclough 'Harbour' 5km road race on Saturday the 18th of  June 2016. One result to note is that of 12 year old Emma Landers of Youghal AC who finished in 3rd place! I'm not 100% sure but I don't recall Emma ever finishing in the top 3 in a road race before.

1    0:16:49    SUGRUE, Eoin    UNATTACHED    M    M40    0:05:25
2    0:17:18    MCKEOWN, Kieran    WATERGRASSHILL AC    M    M40    0:05:35
3    0:18:31    BARROW, Donough    MALLOW AC    M    M40    0:05:58
18    0:20:11    BOLSTER, Lorraine    MALLOW AC    F    FS    0:06:31
24    0:21:03    FITZGERALD, Margaret    BALLYCLOUGH    F    F40    0:06:47
28    0:21:26    LANDERS, Emma    YOUGHAL    F    FJ    0:06:55

The full results can be seen HERE

Results by Mallow AC

Results of the Ballincollig 5km parkrun...Sat 18th June 2016

The inaugural 5km parkrun in Ballincollig Regional Park was held on Saturday the 18th of June 2016 and attracted a field of 279 runners. As you can see from the photo above, the start is quite narrow so as the weeks go on, the numbers should drop gradually which will make it less congested.

1    Bryan CROWLEY    17:41    VM40-44    M    1    Watergrasshill AC   
2    Peter MAYPOTHER    18:50    VM45-49    M    2   
3    Brian LINEHAN    19:02    VM50-54    M    3
13    Dolores DUFFY    21:01    VW45-49    F    1    Marathon Club Ireland
17    Mary SWEENEY    21:11    VW55-59    F    2    St Finbarrs AC
22    Debbie CORCORAN    21:33    VW35-39    F    3

The full results can be seen HERE

1) Joe Murphy of Eagle AC has a gallery HERE 

Photo Credit: Joe Murphy of Eagle AC

Friday, June 17, 2016

Results of the Inniscarra 4 mile road race...Fri 17th June 2016

Another day, another race. This time it was the turn of the Inniscarra 4 mile road race on Friday the 17th of June with a modest crowd of 124 runners turning out.

The three main clubs by entry were Donoughmore AC 11, St.Finbarr's AC 11 and Eagle AC 10. Most of the others were twos and threes.

1    0:20:51    O'SHEA, Alan    Bantry AC    M    05:12.7
2    0:21:59    CRONIN, Mark    St. Finbarrs AC    M    05:29.7
3    0:22:52    LEHANE, Alan    St. Finbarrs AC    M    05:42.9
18    0:26:27    CRONIN, Niamh    St. Finbarrs AC    F40    06:36.6
25    0:27:36    WOLFE, Anne    St. Finbarrs AC    F40    06:53.9
28    0:28:16    FITZGERALD, Martine    unatt/Cork    F    07:03.9

The full results can be seen HERE

Photos...(Updated Sat 18th @13:27)
1) Ann Murphy of Eagle AC has a gallery of photos HERE
2) Mick Dooley has a small gallery HERE 

New 5k parkrun in Ballincollig starts Sat 18th June

The new 5km parkrun starts in the Ballincollig Regional Park on Saturday the 18th of June. With the cancellation of the weekly parkrun in Tramore Valley Park in Cork City, this one should prove to be very popular.

When it was first announced, there was some debate about parking and what the route might be? Well, this is it...

As you can see, it's not starting from the West end or the East end of the park but rather in the middle where the allotments are located. The course goes clockwise and consists of two loops.

Parking is available in the Lidl car park as well as in the church.

The course is very flat and level so it should be a fast one!

To register, just go to the parkrun website and print out your unique bar code...
Bring that bar code with you every week and you'll be fine. 

The parkrun starts at 9:30am every Saturday. 

Just remember, this is a weekly event. If too many people turn up for the first one or two then the whole thing will just get congested and it will only lead to problems. If you're in no particular rush, give it a few weeks until the crowds have died down and the whole thing will be less crowded.

Results & photos of the Kilmurry GAA 5k fun run...Thurs 16th June 2016

There was a large turnout of runners and mostly walkers for this 5k fun run in Kilmurry near Lissarda.

1 303 17:11 Michael Harrington
2 228 17:59 John O Mahony
3 302 18:47 John Cronin
13 320 22:13 Jacinta O Connor
15 307 22:33 Mary Foley
25 244 23:26 Julie Murphy

The results of the first 100 can be seen HERE

1) The organisers have a gallery HERE

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Results of the Coolagown 5k road race...Thurs 16th June 2016

Despite the glut of road races this week, the numbers for the Coolagown 5k road race near Castlelyons managed to hold up with 246 runners taking part, down just 7 on last years figure.

The clubs with 10 or more members taking part are...St.Nicholas AC 56, Grange-Fermoy AC 25, Midleton AC 14, Youghal AC 10 & St.Catherine's AC 10.

St. Nicholas AC...COOLAGOWN '5K'...Thursday 16 June 2016. 8:00pm

    Place    Time    Name    Team    Race Age Category    min/mile       
1    0:15:20    MCCARTHY, James    East Cork AC    M    04:56.0    639    1
2    0:15:50    MCGRATH, Sean    East Cork AC    M    05:05.7    690    2
3    0:16:13    SHEEHAN, Andrew    Leevale AC    M    05:13.1    581    3
11    0:18:03    KIELY, Martina    St. Finbarrs AC    F    05:48.5    764    11
14    0:18:40    ROE, Niamh    Leevale AC    F    06:00.4    607    14
26    0:19:06    O'CALLAGHAN, Eileen    Eagle AC    F40    06:08.7    628    26

The full results can be seen HERE

Photos...(Updated Sat 18th)
1) St.Nicholas AC have a small gallery HERE
2) Ger Broderick has a nice gallery HERE 


Weather conditions ‘cool and dry with no rain’ favoured the running of the Coolagown 5k last Thursday evening which allowed the large crowd to enjoy the Race and Walk in the pretty setting of Coolagown village. 60 adults and up to 100 children took part in the Walk and over 250 runners registered for the 5k Run.

With a commentary throughout the race by Dick O’Brien, the first runner home in a time of 15.20 was James McCarthy, East Cork AC, 2 nd place was Sean McGrath, East Cork AC in 15.50 and in 3 rd place Andrew Sheehan, Leevale AC in 16.13.

The ladies were not far behind and first home was Martina Kiely, St. Finbarrs AC in 18.03, 2 nd place Niamh Roe, Leevale AC in 18.40 and in 3 rd place Eileen O’Callaghan, Eagle AC in 19.06.

After the Race and Walk the crowd enjoyed refreshments and home baking prepared by the Parents Association of Kilmagner NS, which was very much enjoyed by all. Goody Bags for the children and bottles of water were sponsored by St Nicholas AC – a very generous gesture greatly appreciated by Coolagown Development Group.

Once again the event was jointly sponsored by Rathbarry Stud and Fitzgerald Fallen Animal Services who presented the Cash Prizes to the first three male and three female winners. Coolagown Development Group acknowledges the very generous and always willing annual sponsorship of this important fund-raising event. Without this sponsorship it would be impossible to hold the event, the proceeds of which is shared between the Development Group and Kilmagner NS.

The organisers also acknowledge the generosity of those who supplied and erected the tents on the village Green and the many local people who volunteered to act as stewards and who helped in all sorts of ways throughout the very enjoyable evening. 

Results of the Glamire 4 mile road race...Wed 15th June 2016

A large crowd of 415 runners turned out for this years Glanmire 4 mile road race near Cork City.

1 Alan O'SHEA 00:20:13    (1)MS (1) Bantry AC
2 John MEADE 00:20:58    M (2)MS (2) St Finbarrs AC
3 James GRUFFERTY 00:21:34    M (3)MS (3) Glanmire Medical Centre/ Leevale
24 Una MURPHY 00:25:26    F (1) F45 (1)
25 Sharon RYNNE 00:25:30    F (2) F35 (1)
36 Dolores DUFFY 00:26:44    F (3)F45 (2) Watergrasshill AC

The full results can be seen HERE

1) Jonathan Kenneally of Eagle AC has two galleries...near the one mile mark...near the finish
2) Shane Meyler of Ballymore Cobh AC has a gallery of photos taken with a smart phone HERE

Just 4 seconds in the end separated the two first women...Una Murply and Sharon Rynne
Finish line video...

Results of the Clonpriest 5k road race...Wed 15th June 2016

A total of 221 runners turned out for this years Clonpriest 5k road race in East Cork.

1    O'BRIEN    KEVIN    16:15    5:14/M EAST CORK AC
3    FINN    JONATHAN    17:30    5:38/M  EAST CORK AC
4    SHEEHAN    NIGEL    17:46    5:44/M YOUGHAL AC
2    COOKE    AOIFE    17:21    5:35/M  YOUGHAL AC
7    ROE    NIAMH    18:27    5:57/M   LEEVALE AC
11    SANTRY    FIONA    18:40    6:01/M   EAST CORK AC

The full results can be seen HERE

1) The organisers have a nice gallery HERE
2) Dave O'Brien Photography has a gallery HERE 

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Results of the Cork BHAA VMWare 5k road race, Ballincollig - Tues 14th June 2016

321 runners turned out for the Cork BHAA VMWare 5k road race in Ballincollig on Tuesday the 14th of June. That's down nearly 12% on last years numbers but still pretty good considering all of the other races on this week.

1 Eric Curran M1 00:15:28 Abbvie
2 Ken Devine 0/50C M2 00:16:52 UCC M-A-1
3 Trevor Woods 0/45B M3 00:17:16 UCC
26 Joyce Wolfe 0/35H F1 00:19:23 Joyce Wolfe Physiotherapy F-A-1
34 Carmel Parnell 0/60M F2 00:19:40 Cork Shops F-A-2
38 Michele Tucci 00:19:52 Temp Reg

The full results can be seen HERE

1) Pauline Hennessey has a gallery HERE

Notice...If you lost a Sony Experia mobile near the start of the race -- this is available to collect from VMware reception. There were two children's jackets left in the GAA hall as well. Again, available at reception.
Photo Credit : Pauline Hennessy

Results of the Ballinacurra GAA 4 mile fun run...Tues 14th June 2016

The annual Ballinacurra 4 mile fun run was held on Tuesday the 14th of June 2016 and attracted a field of 201 runners.

1 0:20:52 O'BRIEN, Kevin East Cork AC M 05:12.9
2 0:22:35 MALONE, John Youghal AC M40 05:38.7
3 0:22:38 CANAVAN, Darragh Leevale AC M 05:39.4
27 0:27:09 MOTHERWAY, Karen unatt/Ballinacurra F35 06:47.1
35 0:27:54 O'LEARY, Siobhan unatt/Ballinacurra F40 06:58.4
36 0:28:06 SANTRY, Lorna unatt/Carrigtwohill F 07:01.4

The full results can be seen HERE

1) Cian Fahey has a large gallery HERE

Events in Cork...Wed 15th to Sun 19th June 2016

In terms of events, this must be one of the busiest weeks of the year. As you can see below, there are plenty of runs on the calendar to choose from and which ones are of interest will probably depend on where you live.

Cork...Wed 15th (7pm)...One mile family fun run/walk, Dromahane...€10...Fund raising event for Olympic athlete Michelle Finn...

Cork...Wed 15th (8pm)...Glanmire GAA Club 4 mile road race...€10...incl t-shirt for first 200 to

Cork...Wed 15th (8pm)...Gortroe 5km road race...€ Youghal in East

Cork...Thurs 16th (8pm)...Coolagown 5km road race...€ Fermoy in NE Cork...

Cork...Fri 17th (8pm)...Inniscarra 4 mile road race...€

Waterford...Fri 17th (8pm)...Dromana 5 mile road race...€5 online / €8 on the night...Race 7 of 11 in the Ger Wyley Sports / SKINS Summer Series...

5k Parkrun...Sat 18th (9:30am)...€free...various locations...  
Cork...Castle Demense, Macroom // Showgrounds, Clonakilty // Bere Island, Beara Peninsula) // Glengarriff // Castlehaven // Ballincollig Regional Park... 

Limerick...Sat 18th (11:10am)...Tournafulla Wind Farm 10km...€15...Include a dry fit top for first 300 to enter either Limerick
Limerick...Sat 18th (11:20am)...Tournafulla Wind Farm 5km...€10...Include a dry fit top for first 300 to enter either

Cork...Sat 18th (7:45pm)...Ballyclough 'Harbour' 5km road race, nr Mallow...€

Cork...Sun 19th (11am)...Dunmanway 10km road race...€12 pre-entry/€15 on the