Google+ Running in Cork, Ireland: 2017

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Irish results at the 2017 Hamburg Marathon...

While most interest might have been focused on London, the Hamburg marathon was also held last weekend.  Some of the Irish results are shown below with runners from Cork & Munster in Bold.

Platz    Name    Verein/Team    AK    Netto
63    » Herlihy, Michael (IRL) North Cork AC  M/W 35: 1978-1982    2:37:22
70    » Muldoon, Christopher (IRL)    Donore Harriers AC    M/W 40: 1973-1977    2:38:24
78    » Buckley, Paul (IRL)    Ferbane ac    M/W 40: 1973-1977    2:39:26
165    » Kelly, Noel (IRL)    Tullamore harriers    M/W 45: 1968-1972    2:46:27

231    » Mccarthy, Eugene (IRL)        M/W 45: 1968-1972    2:50:14
425    » Guiry, John (IRL)    Saturday Road Runners    M/W 40: 1973-1977    2:57:32
463    » Dowling, Stephen (IRL)        M/W 40: 1973-1977    2:58:15
505    » Doyle, Brendan (IRL)    Saturday Road Runners    M/W 50: 1963-1967    2:59:03

Results of the Ross 10k in West Cork...Sun 23rd Apr 2017

The annual Ross 10k in Rosscarbery in West Cork was held on Sunday the 23rd of April 2017 and 73 people took part. Over the last 6 years, this charity event has raised in the region of €10,000 for the Irish Cancer Society.

1 Andrew Sheehan    Leevale AC    M 35:33
2 John Dollard                M 42:48
3 John Santry                M 43:20
7 Imelda Neville    Clonakilty Road Runners F 45:19
10 Ellen Aherne        Rosscarbery Steam Runners F 47:40
12 Emer Courtney            F 48:51

The full results can be seen HERE

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Reminder...Cork BHAA Stryker 4 mile race in Carrigtwohill - Wed 26th Apr 2017

This 4 mile race in Carrigtwohill in East Cork is coming up on Wednesday the 26th of April at 7:30pm. As with all Cork BHAA events, the entry fee is €5 for registered runners and €10 for non-registered.

Located just a few minutes drive from the Jack Lynch tunnel, this one is very close to Cork City and is easy to get to.

As BHAA races go, this one is noted for having some pretty good prizes and of course, there are loads on offer with the various categories and teams.

Course Preview........A full preview of the course can be seen HERE

Claire McCarthy selected to represent Ireland at the 2017 World Championships

Athletics Ireland announced today the Irish teams for the 50km walk and the marathon in the World Athletic Championships which will be held in London in August. Included in the women's team is Claire McCarthy of Leevale AC. The Cork athlete won the 2017 Ballintotis 4 mile road race which was held last week

Men's 50km Walks... Alex Wright Leevale AC, Brendan Boyce Letterkenny AC, Robert Heffernan Togher AC

Men's Marathon... Mick Clohisey Raheny Shamrocks AC, Paul Pollock Annadale Striders AC. Sean Hehir Rathfarnham WSAF AC

Women's Marathon... Fionnuala McCormack Kilcoole AC, Clare Gibbons McCarthy Leevale AC

The World Championships will take place in London from 4-13 August 2017.

Results & photos of the Ballincollig 5k parkrun...Sat 22nd Apr 2017

Another week and another fine turn out of 272 runners for the Ballincollig 5k parkrun on Saturday the 22nd of April 2017.

1 Conor DOLAN    17:50    SM30-34    M1
2 Unknown                                   
3 Shane O'CALLAGHAN    19:02    VM35-39    M3
20 Sorcha CROWLEY    21:29    SW30-34    F1
26 Mary SLOCUM    22:10    VW50-54    F2
61 Imelda MARSHALL    24:21    VW35-39    F3

The results of the 45th edition can be seen HERE

1) Joe Muphy of Eagle AC has a gallery HERE

St.Finbarr's AC win M50 title in Irish Road Relay Championships

The Irish National Road Relay Championships were held in Raheny, Dublin last weekend and a large number of teams from around the country took part. The number of teams from Cork clubs was very low but St.Finbarr's AC managed to take Gold in the M50 event.

Athlete 1 Michael Murphy 00:05:35 (One mile leg)
Athlete 2 Cathal O'Connell 00:10:39 (Two mile leg)
Athlete 3 Ken Devine 00:04:59 (One mile leg)

Update : Leevale Senior Women's Team are upgraded to Bronze after Queens are disqualified.

Athlete 1 Carol Finn 00:05:15 (One mile leg)
Athlete 2 Claire McCarthy 00:10:49 (Two mile leg)
Athlete 3 Freda Davoren 00:05:17 (One mile leg)

Monday, April 24, 2017

Irish results at the 2017 London Marathon

The annual London Marathon was held on Sunday the 23rd of April 2017 and over 39,000 people completed the 26.2 mile course. There were about 350 Irish runners listed in the results.

The top 3 Irish men & women were...
2    » Hehir, Sean (GBR)    NI Civil...    2:16:18
21    » SEAWARD, Kevin (IRL)        2:17:08
24    » CLOHISEY, Mick (IRL)        2:18:34
55    » Graham, Laura (GBR)      02:42:38
57    » SANCHEZ, Barbara (IRL)      2:47:36
1224    » Elvin, Jennifer (IRL)    Metro Ab...2:54:41

Full Irish results below...

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Results & photos of the Great Railway Run...Sun 23rd Apr 2017

There was a welcome boost in numbers for this years Great Railway Run with over 650 runners taking part. The numbers in the 25k were up 25% while the 10k was up 23%. This is in marked contract to a lot of other races in Munster where the trend is flat or down.

25km....Cork to Carrigaline
1 Alan O Shea     Cork       1:22:58 SM
2 Alan Lehane     Blarney   1:30:53 SM
3 Jeremy O Donovan     Kinsale 1:33:45 SM
17 Una Murphy Plant     Kinsale   1:47:08 SW
44 Mary Sweeney     Cork   1:54:11     SW
53 Sheila Buckley     Carrigtwohill   1:56:35 SW 

Full results below...

10km...Monkstown to Carrigaline
1 Tim Twomey         33:29     Cork     SM
2 Brian Kearney     35:35     Cork     SM
3 Gearoid O Leary    37:08     Macroom     SM
12 Eimear O Brien    42:32     Cork     SW
13 Ali O Connor     43:22     Cork     SW
17 Linda Kelly        44:30     Carrigaline     W40 

Full results below...

5km...Ringaskiddy to Carrigaline
1 Graham Nudds         19:53     Cork     SM
2 Mark Kells         20:57     Wexford SM
3 Cathal Twomey     21:11     Blarney SM
6 Mairead Lonergan     23:25     Cork     SW
9 Katie Harte         25:38     Clonakilty SW
10 Emma Riordan     25:58     Heineken SW 

Full results below...

1) The organisers have a gallery HERE
2) There are several galleries of photos taken by Adrian O'Herlihy
a) 25km Cork City
b) 25km near Passage West
c) 10k Start
d) 25 & 10k nr Shanbally
e) Near the finish

3) Paula's Running Photos has a large gallery HERE

Full results below...

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Results of the North Cork AC 5k in Doneraile Park...Sat 22nd Apr 2017

There seems to have been a fairly big drop in numbers for this one with just 122 runners taking part. Back in February, North Cork AC organised two 5 k races in Doneraile Park and they got 143 and 242 respectively. The same race in April of 2016 got 190 so the numbers are down by about a third this year.

As for why the big drop? The most likely reason is just the glut of 5k's being held in the park at the moment.

1 Bjorn Downes Mooreabbey Milers AC    17:10 SM
2 PJ Carey Kilmallock AC    17:30 SM
3 David Hanlon Limerick AC    17:40 SM
7 Mei Ming Cronin Mallow    18:59 SW
12 Brigita Lukste North Cork AC 20:26 SW
27 Niamh Buckley Mallow    23:02 SW

The full results can be seen HERE

1) North Cork AC have a gallery HERE

Blackrock Amenity Walkway Closed 18th Apr to 22nd May 2017

Back in February of 2016, I had a post up about plans to improve access to the Blackrock Amenity Walkway in Cork City.

Work has now commenced on this and the section of walkway shown above will be closed from the 18th of April to the 22nd of May 2017.

Anyone running this section will have to take a detour on the footpath by Mahon Point and the CSO office. I'd guess it might add on about an extra 800m.

Friday, April 21, 2017

East Cork & District Sports Awards recognise the Ballycotton 10 Mile Road Race

The East Cork & District Sports Awards were held in Midleton Park Hotel on Friday the 21st of April and this year, they recognised the Ballycotton 10 Mile Road Race team for their contribution to sport.

Anyone who is familiar with the Ballycotton 10 race will know that it is a huge logistical event and takes an enormous amount of work. For an successful event that is run on a non-profit basis, it's great to see their efforts being recognised by the local community.

Notice...Cork BHAA Stryker 4 mile in Carrigtwohill - Wed 26th Apr 2017

This 4 mile race in Carrigtwohill in East Cork is coming up on Wednesday the 26th of April at 7:30pm. As with all Cork BHAA events, the entry fee is €5 for registered runners and €10 for non-registered.

Located just a few minutes drive from the Jack Lynch tunnel, this one is very close to Cork City and is easy to get to.

The race HQ is the local community centre and the race route takes in a loop to the north of Carrigtwohill. Note that the start line is a few hundred metres away so allow plenty of time to get there.

As BHAA races go, this one is noted for having some pretty good prizes and of course, there are loads on offer with the various categories and teams.

Course Preview........A full preview of the course can be seen HERE

To help raise funds for the Cork University Hospital Children's Unit, they will also be selling tickets on the night for a prize raffle. Details below.

Reminder...The Great Railway Run 5km, 10km or 25km - Sun 23rd Apr 2017

The big race in Cork this weekend is of course the Great Railway Run on Sunday the 23rd of April 2017. There is a choice of three distances.......a 25 km race starting at 9:30am from Cork City to Carrigaline, a 10 km race from Monkstown to Carrigaline starting at 11am or a 5 km run/walk from Ringaskiddy to Carrigaline starting at 11:45am.

The run will roughly follow the route of the old Cork, Blackrock and Passage Railway which ran from 1850 until 1932. For a large part of the run, the route will follow the old railway line that skirts the shores of Cork Harbour.

Route Change...Please note that there is a slight change to the route this year in that there is a short out and back section near Shanbally.

You can find details of the 2017 route HERE

More details on the event website.

Latest info... New Entries for 10K and 25K events will NOT be accepted on race day. 5K runners will be able to enter on race day.
Bib numbers can be collected on April 22nd from 4pm to 8pm at Phelans Pharmacy, Kinsale Road Roundabout or at the starting area on April 23rd. Late entries for all events will also be accepted on April 22nd.

Results of the Banteer Community Creche 5k...Thurs 20th Apr 2017

This 5k in Banteer in NW Cork in aid of the Community Creche was held on Thursday the 20th of April 2017. A total of 76 people took part. 

16:03 Tim O'Connor An Riocht
16:40 Eoin Surgue
17:20 Maurice Feehan Gneeveguilla AC
20:02 Mei-Meng Cronin
21:29 Niamh Hartnett
22:18 Susan Looney Duhallow AC

Full results below...

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Results & photos of the Ballintotis 4 mile road race...Thurs 20th Apr 2017

Just under 900 runners turned out for this years Ballintotis 4 mile road race in East Cork. This is often seen as the official start of the evening road races for the Summer. It was also pretty obvious why this was voted the best 4 mile road race in Cork in 2016. From the car parks to the catering, it was obvious to see the level of effort that was put in.

Both the men's and women's races were keenly contested with the winners only being decided in the closing stages.

1 James MCCARTHY 19:55 M (1) MO (1) East Cork AC
2 Sean MCGRATH 19:55 M (2) MO (2) East Cork AC
3 Eric CURRAN 20:45 M (3) MO (3) Leevale AC
9 Claire GIBBONS-MCCARTHY 21:31 F (1) F40 (1) Leevale AC
10 Aoife COOKE 21:38 F (2) FO (1) Youghal AC
40 Niamh ROE 23:31 F (3) FO (2) Leevale AC

The full results can be seen HERE

If there are any errors or omissions, please contact MyRunResults.

First woman home...Claire McCarthy of Leevale AC

1) Andy O'Rourke Photography has 3 albums... #1 ... #2 ... #3
2) Mick Dooley has a gallery HERE
3) There are a number of galleries up on the Running in Cork Facebook page...
a) Pre-Race
b) Just after start
c) Approx 3.1 miles
d) Post race & prizes

More video & photos below

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Final instructions for the Ballintotis 4 mile road race... Thurs 20th Apr 2017

One of the most popular races on the calendar is the Ballintotis 4 mile road race. Coming in mid-April, it's usually seen as the official start of the summer season of road races.

Here is some info from the organisers...

Car Parks...
There are three main Car Parks for runners and walkers.

Car Park A is located on the Main Road at the Ballintotis Junction on the Midleton side of Loughaderra Lake.

Car Park B is located on the side road, just off the N25 on the Castlemartyr side of the Lake.

Car Park C is located adjacent to the Community Centre just behind the Church.

Car Parks may be prioritised to cater    for traffic flow - please follow the instructions of    gardai and stewards. In relation to the Car    Parks on race route – cars  will not be allowed    exit until all runners have passed. -

Boston Marathon's first woman finisher Kathrine Switzer competes 50 years later


Back in 1967, the Boston Marathon was an all male event and women weren't allowed to compete. A then 20 year old Katherine Switzer entered using only her initials K. V. Switzer and ran. The iconic photo above shows the moment the official, Jock Semple, tried to remove the number and force Ms Switzer from the course. She finished the race in an unofficial time of 4h 20m.

Fifty years on, aged 70, Katherine Switzer ran the 2017 Boston Marathon wearing the same race number '261' that she wore all those years ago. This time, she wasn't alone as she was joined by more than 12,300 women who started the race. Her finish time was 4h 44m...pretty good considering she's 70!

Katherine Switzer...the first woman to enter and run the Boston Marathon

Launch of Cheetah Run in Fota Wildlife Park

The annual Cheetah Run, held at Fota Wildlife Park, was launched on Tuesday by Cork Paralympian medallist and discus record holder, Niamh McCarthy.

The 5k race will take place on Thursday May 18th and online registration through the Eagle Athletic Club website will open on Wednesday May 3rd. There will also be a one mile race for juvenile runners.

Due to its popularity, the registration usually sells out within a few hours and the race is limited to 900 adults and 100 juveniles in total.

Registration opens on the May 3 in two blocks at 10.00 am and at 7.00pm, costing €15 per adult runner and €8 per juvenile and entry is strictly on-line at

The Cheetah Run adult race commences at 8 pm and the juvenile race starts at 7.15pm on Thursday May 18. Each runner can bring a maximum of four visitors along with them free of charge to watch the race, each runner will receive four wristbands at registration on race night.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017



Last Sunday week Richard Piotrowski, who now lives near Macroom and runs with the Eagle club in Cork, won the M70 title at the British Masters 10km road championships which took place at Gravesend in Kent.

A regular winner in the M65 (and M60) category on the Cork running scene over the past few years, Richard recently moved up to the M70 grade and his 43:08 over a difficult course and in warm conditions in Gravesend gave him the gold medal.

The report in last week’s edition of Athletics Weekly stated: “Back in the early 1970s Dick Piotrowski was one of the Reading AC senior team taking major team medals on road and country and here was an M70 victor in 43:08, half a minute clear of Peter Giles.”

That report was written by regular AW contributor Martin Duff, a team-mate of Richard on those Reading teams. Piotrowski also ran with the famous Belgrave Harriers and as well was an accomplished performer on the track, especially in the 3000m steeplechase.

As the accompanying result sheet shows (see below), the late 1960s/early 1970s was a golden age in distance running. The race in question – the Bracknell ‘5’ – was just an ordinary club event held in August each year. Although only 108 runners took part, as can be seen the first 12 broke 25 minutes with 82 of the 108 under the half-hour.

Richard finished sixth on that occasion in 24:27 and three seconds behind him was John Bryant, a newspaper editor who would go on many years later to write the story of the London Marathon titled ‘The History of the Greatest Race On Earth’.

In 12th position, and the last under 25 minutes, came Mick Woods of Aldershot, Farnham & District. A former Irish international marathoner, Woods is better known today as the coach to a host of British internationals such as Olympian Steph Twell, European cross-country champion Emelia Górecka, and Jonny Hay, one of the top British hopes in next Sunday’s London Marathon.

The Athletics Weekly edition of April 3rd, 1971, has a report and picture of the Reading AC team after winning the Crawley eight-stage 36 miles road relay. Running the anchor leg of just short of three miles that day was Richard (Dick) Piotrowski who brought his team home to victory with the fastest stage time of 14:51.

To make the pages of that historic and august publication exactly 46 years later with another winning performance is quite an achievement – and there’s no doubt we’ll be seeing the name of Richard Piotrowski appear with frequency on both Irish and British results over the coming months.

Irish results from the 2017 Boston Marathon

The 2017 Boston Marathon was held on Monday the 17th of April and just over 30,000 people completed the famous 26.2 mile course. There were 177 Irish runners listed in the results and they are shown below.

If anyone knows of any runners from Cork in there, let me know and I'll highlight them.

Results of the Dromina NS 5k in Doneraile Park...Sat 15th Apr 2017

The Domina National School 5k was held in Doneraile Park in North Cork on Saturday the 15th of April 2017 and 133 people took part.

Well done to Mei Ming Cronin who won the race outright finishing ahead of all the men! Mei often features in the top 3 women in the 5k races in Doneraile Park.

1    222    Mei Ming Cronnin        19.12
12    212    Michelle Kelleher    Dromina    24.26
13    220    Mary Murphy    Shandrum AC    25.04

2    133    David Kilmartin    North Cork AC    19.18
3    130    Colm Walsh    Cork    19.48
4    139    Adrian O Sullivan    Freemount    20.50

Full results below...

Monday, April 17, 2017

Results of the Boherbue to Kiskeam 4 mile race...Mon 17th Apr 2017

A total of 122 runners turned out on Easter Monday the 17th of April for the annual Boherbue to Kiskeam 4 mile road race. This race is organised by Gneeveguilla AC and always has a large number of category prizes on offer.

As can be seen from the chart above, the numbers are up a fraction on last year which is a plus. Any race that isn't losing numbers at the moment is doing well.

1 19:18    CIOBANU, Sergiu    Clonliffe Harriers    M    04:49.4
2 19:54    MCCARTHY, James    East Cork AC    M    04:58.4
3 19:58    O'SHEA, Alan    Bantry AC    M35    04:59.4
16 23:37 FINN, Carol    Leevale AC    F    05:54.1
28 25:31 CAHILL, Sharon    Riocht AC    F50    06:22.6
31 25:55 WOODS, Sharon    Mallow AC    F40    06:28.6

The full results are up on the Gneeveguilla AC website

1) Gneeveguilla AC have several photo galleries... Race 1 ...  Race 2 ... Race 3 ... Presentation 1 ... Presentation 2 ...

The man who catches Marathon cheats...

While the vast majority of marathon runners are honest, there are a few who will cheat and fabricate faster times. This can be done by cutting out sections of the 26.2 mile course or by giving the race number to someone who can run a lot faster...often called a 'bib mule'.

While timing mats out along the course can catch people who take short cuts and photos can catch bib mules, the sheer number of runners can make it difficult to catch cheaters.

Cue Cindy. According to online results, she has never broken 2 hours for a half-marathon yet she 'finished' the 2016 New York City Marathon in 2016 in a time of 3:17:29. This also gave her a Boston Marathon qualifying time.

After the race, she posted this on social media...

All very well except there is a guy who runs a website called and he check through suspicious results and time. Post about Cindy. The guy above on the right is shown wearing Cindy's number so she was well and truly caught.

Looking through that website, it would suggest that just over 1% of the entire field for the Boston Marathon may have cheated to get there. This is way way higher than the 0.01% that the organisers suggest.

The full story is also up on the BBC News website.

Ballintotis On-Line Entries close Mon 17th Apr

The big race in Cork this week is the Ballintotis 4 mile road race on Thurs the 20th of April 2017. Ballintotis On-Line  Race Entry Closes On Monday

From the organisers.....On Line Entry for the Ballintotis 4 Mile Road Race closes on Monday April 17th. Please  Log on to to avail of the pre reg' option.

Those who pre enter on line are advised to collect their number and running buff in the Community Centre on either Wednesday 19th from 5pm to 7pm or from 1pm onwards on Thursday 20th. By entering on line you can of course avoid potential queues on the night and also help the organisers advance their plans.

More info in this previous post.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

British PM Theresa May at 10 mile race


Here's something you don't see every day. At a 10 mile road race organised by Maidenhead AC in England last Friday, British PM Theresa May was spotted acting as a race marshal. She helps out at the race most years and did so this year during her Easter break.

More photos

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Results of the MMRA Claragh Mtn race nr Millstreet...Sun 2nd Apr 2017

Looking back at some recent results, I noticed that the Claragh Mountain trail race on Sunday the 2nd of April 2017 attracted a field of 99 runners. While trail races tend to get reasonable numbers, the numbers usually drop off with the steeper ones.

It sounded a bit high so I looked back at the numbers for previous years and plotted out the chart shown above. As you can see, there was a record turnout this year and is probably over double the 40 or so that it used to get in years past. 

1 Paul Deane        M    0:32:53    Clonakilty Road Runners AC    Cork
2 Tom Blackburn        M50    0:33:15    Mooreabbey Milers AC    Tipperary
3 Brian Mullins        M    0:33:17    St.Finbarr's AC    Cork
51 Keadley Tideswell    F    0:44:30    Clonmel AC
56 Debbie McCarthy    F40    0:45:58    Riverstick Kinsale AC    Cork
70 Mandy Parslow    F40    0:50:02    Mooreabbey Milers AC     Tipperary

The full results can be seen HERE

If you are interested in doing any trail races in 2017, there are loads organsed by the Munster Mountain Running Association.

Results of the Sheeps Head 10k...Sat 15th Apr 2017

The annual Sheeps Head 10k organised by Ahakista Rowing Club was held on Saturday the 15th of April 2017 and 101 people took part. Looking through the results, just 9 runners were faster than 7 min/mile pace which seems a bit low.

1  O'Shea     Alan     32:18     5:10/M
2  Harington     Michael 34:58     5:36/M
3  O'Shea     Alex     35:53     5:44/M
17 Harrington     Deirdre  44:54     7:11/M 
20  Coppinger     Alice      45:12     7:14/M 
24  O'Brien     Julie      46:03     7:22/M 

The full results can be seen HERE

Results & phoots of the Ballincollig 5k parkrun...Sat 15th Apr 2017

 The numbers were up slightly this week with 330 taking part in the 5k parkrun in Ballincollig Regional Park. Some people have said on the past that race numbers might be down on a bank holiday weekend because more people are away on breaks. The rise this weekend certainly suggests that isn't the case. It looks as if the weather and other local races are much bigger factors.

1 Cillian O'LEARY    16:40    VM35-39    M1    Raheny Shamrock AC
2 Barry O'MAHONY    18:02    SM30-34    M2    Piranha TC
3 John LYNCH    18:14    VM35-39    M3    Tracton AC
5 Laura LOMBARD    18:42    VW35-39    F1
23 Mary SWEENEY    21:09    VW55-59    F2    St Finbarrs AC
29 Louise SHEEHAN    21:46    VW40-44    F3    Ballincollig Athletic Club

The results of the 44th edition can be seen HERE

1) The organisers have a gallery HERE

Friday, April 14, 2017

Results of the Fermoy Rugby Club 5k...Fri 14th Apr 2017

A total of 105 runners turned out for this years Fermoy Rugby Club 5k on Friday the 14th of April 2017. This is up slightly on the 96 that they got last year.

1    17.51    Kealan O Connor    Grange Fermoy AC
2    18.08    Don Pyne    Grange Fermoy AC
3    18.25    John O Connell    St Finbarrs AC
7   19.19    Joan Ennis    Grange Fermoy AC
11   19.57    Patricia O Brien   
26   23.03    Shelly Doyle    Max Runners 

The full results can be seen below...

Notice...Rosscarbery Surf, Turf 'n' Tar Half-Marathon & 10k - Sat 20th May 2017

This brand new Half-Marathon & 10k in Rosscarbery in West Cork is coming up on Saturday the 20th of May 2017.

As races go, this one looks pretty stunning as it takes in the roads, beaches, woods and coastal trails near the town.

Half-Marathon... Finisher medal & dry fit top... 9am start... €35

10km... Finisher medal & Buff... 9am start... €25

Entry link >>

The Race HQ is the Celtic Ross Hotel and bibs can be collected the night before on the 19th of May or from 7am the morning of the race. Both races start at 9am and are chip timed.

Post Race refreshments (apart from usual water & Fruit) will showcase local Rosscarbery Produce which will include Rosscarbery Recipes award winning Black Pudding , Bushby's Strawberries with Clona cream, Rosscarbery Seafood Deli famous fishcakes - After Race Refreshments Rosscarbery Style.

The Celtic Ross are offering full use of the Leisure Facilities to all participants after the race and there will be a number of Physical Therapists on site to offer a mini rub down for those who'd like to avail.

More info below from the organisers...

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Notice...Midleton 5 mile road race - Thurs 4th May 2017

The annual Midleton 5 mile road race is coming up this year on Thursday the 4th of May 2017 at 8pm. This is organised by Midleton AC and is always a popular race with runners in Cork.

They will have their usual wide range of prizes on offer and there will be chip timing. The entry fee is €10.

You can pre-enter online here...

All those who pre-enter online will be put into a draw for an overnight stay with breakfast for two in the Garryvoe Hotel in East Cork.

Pre-registration will also take place in Market Green Shopping Centre (Sam McCauley end of shopping centre) on Wednesday 3rd May from 6.00-8.00pm.

Registrations will commence on race day, Thursday 4th May at the earlier time of 5pm

Race HQ...The race HQ like last year is in the Market Green Shopping Centre in Midleton.

There is plenty of parking there and it's pretty close to the start and finish lines.

You'll find details of the race HQ with maps, directions and race preview HERE

Sports Ireland announce performance review and 2017 funding grants for athletes

Sports Ireland recently released a report which outlined the various grants for 2017 as well as a review of the Irish performances at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio. In it, they announce that there is funding of €20 million for the various National Governing Bodies & athletes; in line with 2016 figures.

In terms of grants to National Governing Bodies for 2017, these were the top five...

NGB... 2017
Special Olympics Ireland ... €1,200,000
Athletics Ireland... €887,000 (2016 = €887,000)
Swim Ireland... € 827,000
Horse Sport Ireland... €775,000
Basketball Ireland... €588,000
Full List

In terms of individual grants, Thoms Barr gets the full €40k grant after his 4th place finish in the final of the 400m hurdles at the 2016 Olympics in Rio. Ciara Mageean also moves from €12k to €20k while a few others get on the list.

NGB Applicant Category Allocation > Athletics

Robert Heffernan... Podium €40,000...(2016 = €40k, 2015 = €40k, 2014 = €40k, 2013 = €40k, 2012 = €40k).

Thomas Barr... Podium €40,000...(2016 = €20k, 2015 = €20k, 2014 = €0k, 2013 = €0k, 2012 = €0k)

Fionnuala McCormack... World Class €20,000....(2016 = 20k, 2015 = €20k, 2014 = €20k, 2013 = €20k, 2012 = €20k)

Mark English... World Class €20,000...(2016 = €20k, 2015 = €20k, 2014 = €12k, 2013 = €0k, 2012 = €0k).

Ciara Mageean... World Class €20,000... (2016 = 12k, 2015 = €12k)

Brendan Boyce... International €12,000... (2016 = €12k, 2015 = €12k, 2014 = €12k, 2013 = €12k, 2012 = €0k).

Alex Wright... International €12,000... (2016 = €12k)

Ciara Everard... International €12,000... (2016 = €12k)

Christine McMahon... International €12,000 ... New

Michelle Finn... International €12,000 ... New

Sara Treacy... International €12,000 ... New

Paul Pollock... International €12,000 ... New

Men's Ream Relay... International €12,000 (2016 = €20k)

Total €236,000 (2016 = €220k)

Ciarán Ó Lionáird, Brian Gregan and Paul Robinson lose their funding.

Ciaran O'Lionaird... €0...(2016 = 20k, 2015 = €20k, 2014 = €12k, 2013 = €20k, 2012 = €20k).
Paul Robinson... €0...(2016 = €20k, 2015 = €20k, 2014 = €12k, 2013 = €0k, 2012 = €0k).
Brian Gregan... €0...(2016 = €12k, 2015 = €12k, 2014 = €12k, 2013 = €12k, 2012 = €0k).

Rio Olympics & Athletics Ireland Review...

The report also covered the 2016 Olympics...the preparation, the games and the aftermath. Here are a few key points and excerpts...

Before the Olympics, there was the whole debacle of the selection process for the men's team for the marathon. Sergiu Ciobanu was passed over for selection despite having a faster qualifying time than Paul Pollock who was selected. Instead of there being an open and transparent selection process, it seemed at times as if the goalposts were moving as time went on. This is what the report said...

"There has been some suggestion that the selection criteria needs to be further simplified to ensure full understanding by athletes. Some athletes who were sure they had met all the necessary criteria were concerned about their actual selection until it was announced. Ultimately there was one selection appeal which was financially very costly for AI and stressful for the athletes involved. The appeal was unsuccessful and the decision of the selection committee was upheld. The inclusion of a robust “fitness to perform” criterion was also proposed while it is acknowledged that this is can be a challenging one to implement."

The performance of the then Performance Director (PD) came in some criticism...

"There is a sense within the HPC that while the PD is very knowledgeable, he needs to engage with  the committee members more proactively recognising the experience and knowledge on the   committee."
"The review identified some communication issues between the PD and athletes. There appears to be significant improvement from the London 2012 review but there was still evidence that the  interpersonal side of the role needs to be improved."

"During the course of this review, the PD announced that he was stepping down from his position."

You may have seen recently that Paul McNamara has been appointed as the new director of High Performance.

In terms of future grants to athletes, this was mentioned...

"There is an argument that, in order to continue with the development of a semicentralised high performance programme and system, the money that is currently being issued to some athletes may be better invested in a programme. Athletes could then have access to, for example, a number of 1 day camps at Sport Ireland Institute that would include their personal coaches, lead coaches, and support service programme."

1) Sports Ireland publish review
2) Performance review for Athletics Ireland...
3) Athlete grants
4) National Governing Body Allocations

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Claire McCarthy of Leevale AC takes Silver in National 10k Championships

The Great Ireland 10k and 5k run was held in the Phoenix Park in Dublin last weekend and roughly 15,000 people took part. The 10k race also doubled up as the National 10k Championships with various club members contesting senior and masters medals.

In the Senior women's section, Claire McCarthy of Leevale AC in Cork won a national silver medal when she finished second in a time of 34m 47s.

1 Newcastle & District AC Kerry O'Flaherty SW 34:38
2 Leevale A.C. Claire McCarthy SW 34:47
3 Dundrum South Dublin A.C. Laura Shaughnessy SW 35:04

In the Masters competitions, Carmel Parnell of Leevale AC took Gold in the F60 category.

1 236 Leevale A.C. Carmel Parnell F60 00:41:32

Overall, the team numbers seemed to be down a bit this year. Despite the fact it was a national championship, no clubs from Cork are listed in the team results.

The championship results are on the Athletics Ireland website.

Number of teams in the National 10k championships

Notice...MMRA Ballyhoura Mountain Marathon - Sat 29th Apr 2017

This years Ballyhoura Mountain Marathon is coming up on Saturday the 29th of April 2017. Here are the options....

Ballyhoura Trail Half Marathon... 13.1 miles... €40... 10:30 am

Ballyhoura Trail Marathon... 26.2 miles... €55... 8:30 am

Ballyhoura Trail Ultra Marathon... 36 miles... €65... 6:30 am

Entry to any of the 3 events will include:

Fully marked course with aid stations (refreshments, water)

Race T-shirt (Technical long sleeve)

Race Mug

Hot meal afterwards

Hot Showers

This is online entries only and it will close on Sunday 16th April.

For more info, go to

Organised by the Munster Mountain Running Association.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Ballycotton '10' winner Siobhan O'Doherty runs 2:45 in Paris Marathon

The Paris Marathon was also on last weekend with over 42,000 runners taking part. One of the most notable Irish performances was that of Siobhan O'Doherty of Borrisokane AC in Tipperary who completed the course in 2h 45m 05s. That equates to an average pace of 6m 18s per mile for 26.2 miles. She was the 13th woman home.

Siobhan won the 2017 Ballycotton 10 mile road race at the start of March in a time of 58m 09s.

This was a new personal best time for Siobhan beating her previous time of 2h 45m 29s which she also set in Paris back in 2011.

Just to give you an idea of just how good a time Siobhan ran, she was just 5 seconds outside the qualifying time of 2:45:00 for the marathon at the IAAF World Championships. This will be held in London in August of 2017 and the qualification period is between 1 January, 2016 and midnight 23 July, 2017.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Irish results from the 2017 Rotterdam Marathon

The 2017 Rotterdam Marathon in the Netherlands was held on Sunday the 9th of April and attracted a large field of about 15,450 runners. This is one of the fastest courses in Europe and this year had a large number of finishers from Ireland.

Alan O'Shea of Bantry AC finished in 24th place in a time of 2h 24m 09s. Orla O'Rourke from Ballymore Cobh AC won the F50 title.

The Cork and Munster times are highlighted below in BOLD..

Sunday, April 09, 2017

Results & photos of the Great Island 10 mile road race...Sun 9th Apr 2017

Just over 600 runners took part in this year's Great Island race in Cobh with 421 in the 10 mile and 184 in the 4 mile.

10 mile...
1    Colin MERRITT (372)    00:54:04    Ages 40-49  (1)    Male  (1)
2    Michael MORGAN (404)    00:56:21    Ages 40-49  (2)    Male  (2)
3    Joe CUNNINGHAM (119)    00:56:56    Ages 40-49  (3)    Male  (3)
22    Joyce WOLF (416)    01:07:37    Ages 35-44  (1)    Female  (1)
26    Jessica BRUTON (39)    01:08:19    Senior Women  (1)    Female  (2)
50    Julie KENNEALLY (127)    01:11:43    Senior Women  (2)    Female  (3)

4 mile...
1    Mark CRONIN (1110)    00:21:38    All Ages  (1)    Male  (1)
2    Kieran MCKEOWN (1037)    00:21:48    All Ages  (2)    Male  (2)
3    Ian OLEARY (1163)    00:21:50    All Ages  (3)    Male  (3)
4    Sinead OCONNOR (1162)    00:22:34    All Ages  (1)    Female  (1)
7    Lisa HEGARTY (1100)    00:25:31    All Ages  (2)    Female  (2)
8    Emma LEAHY (1094)    00:25:51    All Ages  (3)    Female  (3)

The full results can be seen HERE...

1) The organisers have about 200 photos near the start and 270 at the end.

Video....near the one mile mark...

Saturday, April 08, 2017

Results of the Dromahane 5k...Sat 8th Apr 2017

The annual Dromahane 5k race was held on Saturday the 8th of April and 196 runners took part.

1 Anthony Mannix Leevale AC 16:30
2 Eoin Sugrue 17:07
3 David Hanlon Limerick AC 17:53
5 Carol Finn Leevale AC 18:08
6 Martina Kiely St.Finbarr's AC 18:17
16 Trisha Dorgan 20:40

The official can be seen below...

Results of the Ballincollig 5k parkrun...Sat 8th Apr 2017

A total of 259 people turned out for this week's 5k parkrun in Ballincollig Regional Park, down about 30 on last week. Considering all the races on this weekend, the slight drop is understandable.

1 Tim O DONOGHUE 16:01 SM30-34 M1
2 Conor DOLAN 18:31 SM30-34 M2
3 Tobi GRAB 19:02 VM40-44 M3
17 Orla CROSBIE 21:12 VW45-49 F1 St Finbarrs AC
24 Sorcha CROWLEY 21:55 SW30-34 F2
29 Claire O' BRIEN 22:00 SW30-34 F3 Watergrasshill AC

The full results can be seen HERE

Friday, April 07, 2017

Events this weekend...Sat 8th & Sun 9th Apr 2017

Loads to choose from this week from 5k to 10 miles.

5k Parkrun...Sat 8th (9:30am)...€free...various locations...  
Cork...Macroom, Clonakilty, Bere Is, Glengarriff, Castlehaven & Ballincollig...
Waterford...Tramore  Limerick...University of Limerick & Newcastle West  Kerry...Killarney & Tralee  Clare...Ennis, Kilrush & Clarisford  Tipperary...Templemore Kilkenny...Kilkenny Castle Wexford...New Ross & Johnstown

Cork...Sat 8th (6pm)... Dromahane 5k... €10... nr Mallow... info...

Cork...Sun 9th (10am)...Ballincollig AC 3k & 5k...€5...Regionl Park, Not timed...

Cork...Sun 9th (10:30am)...Great Island 10 mile road race, Cobh....€20... info...
Cork...Sun 9th (10:45am)...Great Island 4 mile road race, Cobh....€10... info...

Kerry...Sun 9th (11am)... Castleisland 10 mile road race... €21.40 online / €25 on the day... info...
Kerry...Sun 9th (11am)... Castleisland 5km race... €10.70 online / €15 on the day... info...

Cork...Sun 9th (1pm)...Ballymartle GAA Memorial 5k fun run/walk...€5...

Results & photos of the Emer Casey 5k in Youghal...Thurs 6th Apr 2017

It looks as if the change from a Sunday 10k to an evening 5k was successful as nearly 500 runners turned out for this new years Emer Casey race in Youghal. The 10k last May got 428 runners.

Here is a report from the organisers...The Emer Casey inaugural 5K was held last night in the seaside town of Youghal. Some 200 walkers took to the streets for an optional 2K or 4K walk, followed by 498 runners for what was a fast 2.5 lap course. Leading man Sergiu Ciobanu, Clonliffe Harriers took the honours in a time of 14:54 and 1st female over the line was Sinead O’Connor, Leevale in a time of 16:52. 

Top 4 Men:
Place   Bib#         Name                                                 Time                    Type                    City
1.    210    Sergiu Ciobanu (Clonliffe Harriers AC)    00:14:54.59    Runner   
2.    366    Eric Curran(Leevale AC)    00:15:34.10    Runner   
3.    138    Mark Walsh (Leevale AC)    00:15:57.60    Runner   
4.    324    Ian Tivy (Togher)    00:16:01.61    Runner   

Top 4 Women:
Place   Bib#         Name                                                 Time                    Type                    City
1.    76    Sinead O'Connor (Leevale AC)    00:16:52.10    Runner   
2.    394    Ruth Mellerick (Youghal AC)    00:18:45.13    Runner   
3.    367    Evelyn Cashman     (Youghal AC)    00:19:18.11    Runner   
4.     157   Helen Gilroy (Midleton AC)  19:28   

Full results below

1) Dave O'Brien Photography has a small gallery HERE

Results below...

Thursday, April 06, 2017

Notice...The Great Railway Run 5km, 10km or 25km - Sun 23rd Apr 2017

The annual Great Railway Run from Cork to Carrigaline will be held this year on Sunday the 23rd of April 2017 .There are a choice of three distances.......a 25 km race starting at 9:30am from Cork City to Carrigaline, a 10 km race from Monkstown to Carrigaline starting at 11am or a 5 km run/walk from Ringaskiddy to Carrigaline starting at 11:45am.

The run will roughly follow the route of the old Cork, Blackrock and Passage Railway which ran from 1850 until 1932.

For a large part of the run, the route will follow the old railway line that skirts the shores of Cork Harbour. The big change this year is the finish. An extra section will be added in after Shanbally so that the race finishes at the new Carrigaline Youth Centre. This avoids the narrow finish on the footpath outside the GAA club.

The entry fees are as follows...

          Normal Price      After 16th Apr 2017

You can find details of the 2017 route HERE

More details on the event website.

You can enter online HERE

Wednesday, April 05, 2017

Dennis McCarthy of Ballineen...RIP

Someone sent on a note to say that Dennis McCarthy of Ballineen in West Cork has passed away.

Dennis finished second in the Cork Senior Cross Country Championships in 1952 to Jack Harte (Carigtwohill ) having previously finished second on the Junior championship. He later went on to win senior county cross country medals with Rising Sun AC in 1956, 1958 and 1963. He represented Cork on many occasions during this period. 

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam

Notice on

Tuesday, April 04, 2017

Reminder...Emer Casey 5k in Youghal is on Thurs 6th Apr 2017

Just a reminder that the Emer Casey 5k race in Youghal is coming up on Thursday the 6th of April and it starts at 8am.

More info with links to a preview with maps, etc in a previous post HERE