Google+ Running in Cork, Ireland: May 2017

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Races in Cork & Munster...Thurs 25th & Fri 26th May 2017

There are a few races to choose from on Thursday and Friday...

Cork...Thurs 25th (8pm)...Ballyandreen 5 mile road race... €5... info...  Race 1 of 4 in the Ballycotton Summer Series...

...Thurs 25th (8pm)...Walls of Fethard 6km road race...€?...

Cork...Fri 26th (7:15pm)...John Hartnett 10km road race... €10... Ballyhooly nr Fermoy

Cork...Fri 26th (7:30pm)...Darrara & Ring Bay 10k Country & Coastal Run...€10... info...
Cork...Fri 26th (7:30pm)...Darrara 5k Country Run/Walk...€7... info...

Waterford...Fri 26th (7:30pm)...Touraneena 5k race...€5 pre-entry/€8 on the night...Race 5 of 11 in the West Waterford AC race series...

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Notice...Courtmacsherry - Timoleague 10k road race - Fri 30th June 2017

This 10 km road race in West Cork is coming up on Friday the 30th of June 2017 at 8pm. In terms of flat fast 10k courses, this is about as fast as they get.

The race starts in the seaside town of Courtmacsherry, then follows the estuary road to Timoleague before doing a small loop and returning to Courtmacsherry again.

On a nice summers evening, it's a great spot for a race. Located just to the south of Bandon, it's well within the catchment area of a lot of runners including those in Cork City.

The entry fee is €15 and you can enter online HERE. On the Friday evening, entries will be in Courtmacsherry Hotel.

From the organisers......
Annual Courtmacsherry-Timoleague 10km Road Race (Athletics Ireland Licensed Event)

Officially measured, chip timed flat and fast course just 45 minutes from Cork city. The course runs along side the beautiful Courtmacsherry bay and if you want to set a personal best this is the course to do it on.

Prizes For Men, Women
Men & Women Over 35, 40, 45, 50, 55, 60,
Wheelchair Athlete and Team (4 to count)

Main Prizes:
Overall Men & Women 1st Place €100, 2nd Place €50, 3rd Place €30.
€100 bonus to winners if course record is broken.
Men: 31.38 Women: 35.25

Register online at
or on the day at Courtmacsherry Hotel 5.30-7:30pm.

All online registered athletes enter a free draw for a €50 voucher for John Buckley Sports in Cork.

Entry €15
email for more info. Followed by refreshments.

Preview......A full preview of the race with maps, directions, photos, etc can be seen HERE


There will be a one hour radio documentary at the end of May on Community Radio Youghal about the Ballycotton 10 mile road race.

Details from Community Radio Youghal......

THE BALLYCOTTON ‘10’; THE BEST ROAD RACE IN THE COUNTRY  is a one hour documentary which explores and celebrates 40 years of the prestigious road race in East Cork.

From having a little over thirty runners at the inaugural running in 1978, to attracting thousands year in year out nowadays, the growth of the Ballycotton ‘10’ has been extraordinary. A ‘Classic Race at a Classic Distance’, its March date has become one of the standout days in the entire athletics – even sporting - calendar year.

In this special feature documentary, the history, appeal, and status of the Ballycotton ‘10’ will be explored. Many great stories, which have emerged over the last 40 years, will be told, with input from race winners, organisers, athletics enthusiasts, local heroes and national icons.

Funded by the BAI, the documentary is presented and produced by Jordan McCarthy, edited by Tom Maher and the sound engineer is Thomas O’Keeffe.

The programme airs Sunday 28th May @ 6pm on Community
Radio Youghal / CRY104fm.

It will be repeated on Wednesday 31st May @ 7.30 pm.

A Community Radio Youghal production (2017).

Community Radio Youghal can be heard in East Cork and West Waterford on 104.0MHz.

It can also be heard online at

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Results of the Analeentha NS 5k in Doneraile Park...Sat 29th Apr 2017

This 5k in Doneraile Park on the 29th of April 2017 had a small field of 72 runners and it was organised by Analeentha National School Parents Association.

1 Eoin Healy    18.59
2 Luke Hever    19.41
4 Colm Walshe    20.36
3 Mei Ning Cronin    19.51
6 Katherine O'Mahony    20.49
10 Breeda O'Sullivan    23.20

Full results below...

Notice...Ballyandreen 5 mile road race - Thurs 25th May 2017

The Ballycotton 5 mile Summer Series starts at 8pm on Thursday evening with the Ballyandreen 5 mile road race in East Cork. This is the first of the 4 races in the series and there is a special plaque for anyone who goes on to complete all 4 races. In addition, there are Top finisher T-shirts for the top 50 men and top 30 women in the series when it concludes in August.

Location / Getting there......this piece is for the new runners. Ballyandreen is located a few kms to the west of Ballycotton. If you don't know that area then follow these directions...

Take the main road to Ballycotton in East Cork. It is well signposted from Midleton. Just as you enter the village, you will see an old church on your right....

Take the right here and drive up the hill. Keep going for about 2 kms and you will get to a crossroads where you will be directed to a parking area by the race stewards. It's very simple, you can't get lost.

1) The entry fee is €5. Try and bring the exact amount as it helps speed things up.
2) If you are new, they will need a few details from you like your age, club or area where you live, etc.
3) The location for entries is in a small yard just off the road. Depending on which field they use for parking, this can be 300-600 metres from the parking area.

Time.......The thing about Ballyandreen is that things are spread out a bit. Depending on which field they use on the night, parking can be 300-600 metres from the registration point and it's about another 200 metres down to the start line.

The best option and the one that would really help the organisers would be to arrive early....say before 7pm. You have loads of time then to wander down to enter...head back up to your car.....get changed.....and then head down to the start line.

Where people get caught every year is that they arrive at say takes about 8 minutes to walk down to the registration point.......big queue.......then they are in a mad rush to get back up to the car, get changed and get back down to the start on time.

So get there early or if you can't help arriving late, then get changed beforehand and jog down to the registration with the €5 entry fee in your hand.

Course...........The start point is near the registration point. The initial half mile has a good bit of uphill running it with a downhill section near the 1 mile mark. After that it's not too bad although there is a very steep downhill section near the 2 mile mark, almost too steep to really run on properly. Then it's out onto the main road and head west towards the 3 mile mark. The 4th mile is without doubt the hardest. There is a bit of a drag just after the 3 mile mark but you are soon running downhill again.

However, just after 3.5 miles, you take a sharp left and the 'Beast of Ballyandreen' welcomes you!!
Panoramic view from the top of the 'Beast'....high above the valley floor....
...although at this stage, you'll probably be half-dead and unlikely to notice

It basically is a 500 metre slog up a tough 'little' hill. You'll be glad to see the 4 mile mark because after that, the last mile is a complete contrast. After an initial flat stage, you soon start running downhill, through the crossroads, past where the race started and all the ways towards the finish near the coast for what will probably be your fastest mile.

Overall........A 5 mile road race in the quiet countryside of East Cork. If the term classic applies, then this is it.

Additional info from the organisers.... 
BALLYANDREEN ‘5’ – Thursday night

Entry fee is €5 and people can collect their number when they enter which will facilitate both runners and organisers as it is expected to be extremely busy on race night.

We will be taking entries on Wednesday evening at Market Green in Midleton from 6pm to 7.30pm.

On Thursday evening, entries will be taken as usual in Ballyandreen from 6pm onwards and once again runners are urged to arrive as early as possible. Also, if possible, to have the correct fee (€5) which helps to speed things up.

Parking will be in the usual farmers’ field which will be signposted. As cattle will be using this field in the days after the race, we would ask that people don’t leave any rubbish (water bottles, etc) when they leave. For the same reason, we would appreciate if other events would not distribute flyers on car windscreens as they can also be a nuisance to collect afterwards.

- Ballycotton Running Promotions

Monday, May 22, 2017

Notice...Millstreet 5 mile road race - Fri 30th June 2017

The Willie Neenan Memorial 5 mile road race is coming up in the town of Millstreet in NW Cork on Friday, the 30th of June at 8:15pm.

It's an area of the county where there isn't a huge number of races so it should be of interest to runners in both Cork and Kerry.

In 2017, there will also be a dry fit top for all finishers...

The entry fee is €10.70 if you pre-enter online HERE. You can also enter on the day for €15. Race HQ is the GAA community hall which is directly across from the church at the western end of the town.

Organised by Millstreet AC, the course has been accurately measured by Jones Counter and has an Athletics Ireland licence.

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

Notice...Coolagown 5k road race nr Fermoy - Thurs 15th June 2017

This 5km road race near Fermoy in NE Cork is coming up on Thursday the 15th of June 2017...

Organised by St.Nicholas AC, the venue for the race is the small village of Coolagown which is just a few miles east of Fermoy.

From the organisers.....Coolagown is a small rural village in the north of County Cork. As its name suggests , the village has a long association with smithing. Over the years , Coolagown became famous for its  horses and there are several well-known stud farms here. In recent times it has become very well known in Tidy Town circles for its relatively rapid rise in the competition and for a near-unrivalled consistency in high achievements in the upper echelons of the competition. The village has had a 9-year run of Gold Medals as well as a number of other prizes and awards including Entente Florale and Greening Communities.

The 5K run takes place in one of the prettiest villages in Ireland, a village beautifully maintained and a showpiece in how a rural community works together to achieve a wonderful result.  

For anybody walking the 5k this will officially commence from the start line at 6:30pm sharp: adults are 5 euro and children are free. 

Coolagown 5K is well known for its generous refreshments after the Race, provided by Kilmagner National School Parents Association.

Course Preview......You can find a full preview of the course with maps, details, photos HERE

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Results & Photos of the Blackwater 10 mile road race...Sun 21st May 2017

Despite the threat of wet weather, the rain held off for the 3rd annual Blackwater 10 mile road race in Clondulane near Fermoy. A total of 318 people took part which is up 26% on last year.

The first man home was John Meade of St.Finbarr's AC who has now made it three in a row.

1 374 John Meade Male Senior 00:55:00
2 197 Eoin Sugrue Male Over 40 00:55:42
3 485 David Richardson Male Senior 00:58:29
43 442 Patricia O'Brien Female Senior 01:09:37
48 314 Ellen Hanley Female Over 40 01:10:34
62 180 Charlene Wiley Female Senior 01:11:36

The full results are up on the race website

Photos...  (Updated Tues 23rd May @11:53am)
1) There are 4 albums on the Running in Cork Facebook page...
...a) Start of the race
...b) One mile mark
...c) Finish 55:00 to 1:21:41
...d) Finish 1:21:41 to 1:55:09

2) Gerard O'Sullivan has a large gallery HERE
3) Ger Broderick has a gallery HERE 

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Notice...John Harnett 10k road race in Ballyhooly - Fri 26th May 2017

This 10k road race is coming up in Ballyhooly near Fermoy on Friday, the 26th of May 2017 at 7:15pm.

Registration and Parking at GAA pitch, approx 200m from start line. Refreshments and presentation of prizes in the Community Hall after the race.

Ballyhooly is located just 9 kms west of Fermoy on the N72 road to Mallow. Considering that it's reasonably close to the M8 motorway, it's within easy access.

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

Results of the Surf, Turf 'n' Tar Half-Marathon & 10k in Rosscarbery...Sat 20th May 2017

The inaugural Surf, Turf 'n' Tar Half-Marathon & 10k in Rosscarbery was held on Saturday the 20th of May 2017 and it got a big turnout of 417 runners. In the Half-Marathon, there were 160 finishers while there were 257 in the 10k.

1 Paul Deane     Clonakilty   1:26:08 SM
2 Damien O Brien     Blackpool  1:27:31 M40
3 Adam Doyle     Blackrock       1:28:27 SM
12 Kealey Tideswell     Clonmel   1:37:02 SF
21 Karen Walsh     Leap       1:41:28 F35
42 Oonagh Collins     Clonakilty  1:48:27 F40

1 Alfie Davis     Cork         40:31 SM
2 Padraig Sheehan     Clonakilty 40:44 SM
3 Garrett Lordan     Clonakilty 41:28 SM
8 Ronnie Barry     Bandon         45:39 F40
12 Ann O' Neill     46:27     F45
17 Grainne O Callaghan     Kilmallock  47:41 SF

Photos... (Updated Thurs 25th May)
1) The organisers have a number of galleries...
...a) Long Strand
...b) Castlefreke Grounds
...c) Start & Finish
...d) Pontoon
...e) Trail

Full results below....

Results of the Ballincollig 5k parkrun...Sat 20th May 2017

263 people turned out for this weeks 5k parkrun in Ballincollig.

1 Unknown                                   
2 Morgan O'REGAN    18:20    VM40-44    M2    Midleton AC   
4 Shane O'CALLAGHAN    19:13    VM35-39    M3   
3 Orla DRUMM    18:34    SW30-34    F1    Crusaders A C Dublin
23 Mary SWEENEY    21:27    VW55-59    F2    St Finbarrs AC
31 Jennifer HYNES    22:09    SW30-34    F3    Wooters Runners   


Michael 'Curley' Cunningham ...RIP

Michael 'Curley' Cunningham RIP...

I was saddened to hear today that Mike Cunningham of Mooreabby Milers AC has passed away. Known to everyone as 'Curley', Mike was a regular on the racing scene and competed in races in Cork and all over Ireland.

I remember racing against Mike in a 50k race in Portumna a few years ago and I just couldn't match his pace as he finished first that day and I finished second. It was only after the race finished that I learned that he can taken part in a 10k race the evening before!

Mike was a quiet guy and was certainly one of the nicest people you could hope to meet on the race scene. Up to recently, he was involved in nearly everything...5k parkruns to mountain runs to marathons and ultras. I believe at one time he was part of an Irish masters team that took part in a mountain running competition in Slovenia / Italy.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam notice

Results of the Fermoy GAA 5km...Thurs 18th May 2017

A total of 151 runners took part in this 5k race in Fermoy organised by the local GAA club.

= 1    Keelan O'Connor    M  19:02
= 1    John Murphy    M   19:02
3    Brendan O'Mahony    M  19:27
8    Lorraine Bolster    F  20:03 
9    Joan Ennis    F  20:08
15    Áine Sheehan    F   21:58

1) Fermoy GAA have a few photos of the prize winners HERE

Results below...

Results of the Knocknagree Ladies Football Club 5km...Thurs 18th May 2017

About 80 people turned out for the 5k run in Knocknagree in NW Cork.

1. Maurice Feehan
2. Aidan McCarthy
3. Eamonn O'Keefe
1. Marguerite Murphy
2. Caroline O'Sullivan
3. Lisa Quirk

Organised in conjunction with Duhallow AC. Results below...

Friday, May 19, 2017

Results of the Kilcredan 5k road race...Fri 19th May 2017

206 runners turned out for this years Kilcredan 5km road race in East Cork.

1 Nigel Sheehan  16:42   YOUGHAL
2 Shane Harington 16:47  EAST CORK
3 Darragh Canavan 16:57  EAST CORK
12 Fiona Santry  18:18   EAST CORK
13 Rachel Werking 18:28  USA
23 Ruth Mellerick 19:12 YOUGHAL

Results below...

1) Dave O'Brien Photography has a gallery HERE
2) Denis O'Flynn has a gallery HERE 

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Results & Photos of the Cheetah Run 5k in Fota Wildlife Park...Thurs 18th May 2017

A total of 807 runners turned out this year for this years Cheetah Run 5k race in Fota Wildlife Park. While the forecast was for showers, it turned out to be a lovely evening in the end.

Remember that all finishers can use their race bibs to avail of a 20% discount in John Buckley Sports until the 1st of June 2017.

1 Kieran MCKEOWN    Watergrasshill AC    M40  16:54
2 Shane COONEY    Brothers Pearse AC    MS   17:03
3 Bryan CROWLEY    Watergrasshill AC    M40  17:05
33 Niamh CRONIN    St Finbarrs AC    F40    20:05 
37 Ronnie BARRY    Bandon AC    F40    20:15
49 Sheila BUCKLEY    Midleton AC    F35    20:40 

The full results are up on the Eagle AC website...

Photos...(Updated Fri 19th May @6:15pm)
1) There are 4 albums up on the Running in Cork Facebook page...
...a) Start
...b) 2.9km mark #1
...c) 2.9km mark #2
...d) 2.9km mark #3
2) There is a small gallery of presentation photos up on the Eagle AC Facebook page.
3) Derek Costello of Eagle AC has a two galleries...
...a) Start
...b) 2.8 km
4) Joe Murphy of Eagle AC has a gallery HERE
5) 10 photos from Fota Wildlife Park's Facebook page
6) Paula's Running Pictures has two galleries...
...a) Near the start 
...b) Big gallery near the finish

Kieran McKeown...winner of the men's 5k race

Niamh Cronin...winner of the women's 5k race

Events coming up on Friday the 19th of May 2017

These are some of the events coming up on Friday the 19th of May 2017...

Cork...Fri 19th (7pm)...Ballygown National School 5k in Doneraile Park...€10...
Limerick...Fri 19th (7:30pm)...Kilmallock 5 mile road race...€10...
Tipperary...Fri 19th (7:30pm)...Poulmucka road races...€10... info...

Waterford...Fri 19th (7:30pm)...Ardmore 5 mile race...€5 pre-entry/€8 on the night...Race 4 of 11 in the West Waterford AC race series...

Cork...Fri 19th (8pm)... Kilcredan 5k road race... € Youghal in East

Results & photos of the Glanmire Macra 5k...Tues 16th May 2017

The annual Glanmire Macra na Feirme 5km run was held on Tuesday the 16th of May 2017 and nearly 200 people took part.

1    Eric Curran    Leevale AC      M    15.30
2    Mark Collins     ...  M    17.15
3    David Murphy    Watergrasshill AC    42    M    17.21
12    Sharon Rynne    Kilmurry Ibrickane AC F    18.39
19    Claire O'Brien    Watergrasshill AC F    19.58
22    Irene Eighan    St.Finbarrs AC F    20.19

Full results below...

1) Glanmire Macra have a gallery HERE

Final notice for the Cheetah Run in Fota Wildlife Park on Thurs 18th May 2017

The Eagle AC Cheetah Run in Fota Wildlife Park will take place on Thursday the 18th of May 2017. Please note that entries are closed and there are no entries on the night.

Cheetah Run Thursday 18th May – Important information
Race times: Cheetah Mile 7.15pm (Juvenile Race), Cheetah Run 8.00pm (Adult Race)
Registration in the Education Centre opens at 6.30pm
Fota Wildlife Park is open to the following only for the duration of the event:
**Registered runners with bib number displayed
**Guest with wristbands – each runner will be allocated 4 wristbands on registration – runners will need to distribute these to their guests after registration and in advance of the races commencing.

The results of the race will be on the Eagle AC website on Friday morning.

Go to the race page for more information…

Notice...Darrara & Ring Bay 10k & 5k Run nr Clonakilty - Fri 26th May 2017

This new 10k and 5k is coming up on Friday the 26th of May 2017 with a 7:30pm start time.

Info from the organisers....
Beautiful 10k run, jog or walk, combining 'Wild Atlantic Way' views with countryside route and great community atmosphere! We also have a separate 5k countryside route.
In aid of works at Darrara Community Centre.
Fees: €10 for 10k, €7 for 5k, to be paid on the night.
Registration from 6.30pm in Darrara Community Centre.
Parking, secure storage and changing facilities provided at Darrara Community Centre.
Refreshments during the race for participants.
Tea, cake & hospitality afterwards at Darrara Community Centre.
10k Over 16s only.
Children welcome on the walk, but must be accompanied by an adult.

More info below...

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Last call for the Blackwater 10 mile road race...

The 2017 Blackwater 10 mile road race is coming up next Sunday the 21st of May at 11am.

Here is the latest info from the organisers....
Registration is closing on Friday evening at 6pm. Entries will be taken on Sunday morning but late entries will cost €25.

Race numbers can be collected from 9:30 to 10:45 Sunday morning. 

Due to the busy nature of the N72 road, runners are advised to take responsibility for there own safety and do NOT run on, or over the white line.

Absolutely no head phones allowed.

All of the information is on the race website...

Guest Article...LADYSBRIDGE RACE RECALLED - By John Walshe


On this Friday night, the Kilcredan 5km road race takes place for the fifth year with all proceeds going to the local national school.

The school caters for both the Ballymacoda and Ladysbridge villages and it might come as a surprise to many of those running on Friday night that Ladysbridge itself played host to a fondly remembered race which was held for the first time all of 25 years ago.

During the 1990s, very few races took place in the East Cork region, apart from the Ballycotton Series and the Castlemartyr and Midleton events. In January of 1992, a group got together in Ladysbridge with a view to organising a road race in the village.

The main driving force behind it was local man Neilus Aherne. Neilus may be better know nowadays for his own athletic achievements, such as winning national medals on the track, cross-country and road in the M60 category in 2016, but back then he wore the mantle of race organiser with distinction over the five-year history of the event.

Neilus Aherne with one of the Ladysbridge 5m t-shirts

The interest shown in that inaugural meeting far exceeded expectations and as the weeks rolled on the organising committee set about raising funds. A number of Karaoke nights were sponsored by Jim Fitzgerald in Youghal along with Kay Healy in The Thatch Inn and a cake sale was also held. A BLE permit was applied for, a course was selected and accurately measured, and YES, there was a Jones Counter in those days!

The race stated about three hundred metres outside the village, on the Garryvoe side. The opening two miles were fast and mainly downhill but after a left at Mullins’ Cross came the dreaded ‘Hill 16’. This lasted until near the three mile mark where a gradual downhill led to Carroll’s Cross with the final stretch of around three-quarters-of-a-mile back to the finish near the hall.

The committee also decided to try a few new ideas, one of which was a T-shirt for every finisher. A logo with a local theme of the four bridges over the river was decided on, designed by Annie O’Reilly and Rita Burke. Race day was a frenzy of excitement, with the ICA providing the refreshments and getting the hall ready. The first person to enter was the late Jerry Horgan from Mallow, a great supporter of races throughout the county and who wrote an informative and entertaining column for the Vale Star newspaper each week which had a big following.

As the 8pm starting time drew near, entries numbered over 230 – as big (or bigger) than most races in the area at the time. A top class line-up was also evident with the promise of fast times, and so it proved. Liam O’Brien at the time had won a total of 44 Ballycotton five-milers (and would go on to win another 15) but he faced stern opposition in the form of James Sullivan.  The Waterford man was also a regular winner on the Munster circuit where some of his course records still stand to this day.

The pace was fast and furious from the gun with Sullivan to the forefront. It may have been eight years since Liam had represented Ireland at the Los Angeles Olympics, but the Midleton CBS teacher still had what it takes and coming into the finish he forged ahead to cross the line in 24:09 with Sulllivan just 11 seconds back in 24:20. Over the five editions of the race, these times were never approached and indeed 25 minutes was never bettered in Ladysbridge again.

Finishing third in 25:04 was a young John Kearney (East Cork) while in fourth position was a man who needs no introduction – Martin Drake (25:08). Other regular category winners nowadays in the top 15 included Eamonn McEvoy (ninth, 26:20) and the East Cork duo of Eric Meade and Denis McCarthy (11th and 12th in 26:26 and 26:29). The late Tom Ryan of Eagle, whom the Carrigaline race in February is called after, was 18th in 27:06. First junior was Ian O’Sullivan, then of Midleton now of Leevale, who was 28th in 27:52.

Winner of the women’s race in 29:26 was Catherine Hennessy who travelled from New Ross with second going to Mary Sheehan (East Cork) in 29:51, closely followed by Brid Murphy (Leevale), 29:51. Neilus Aherne himself ran 32:08 (a time he would no doubt be capable of bettering today) while also amongst the local finishers were four members of the Hallihan family - Jim, Jimmy, Phil and Michelle. As the attached results show, there are many familiar names amongst the finishers – sadly, some no longer with us.

The success of that inaugural event saw the race firmly established on the fixture list for the next four years, usually on the first Thursday in July.  The second year of 1993 saw the biggest turnout with 260 finishers, the winners being Ricky Burke of Leevale in 25:11 and Mary Sheehan in 29:11. The remaining three races were all won by Liam O’Brien (25:09, 26:07 and 25:39) with the female honours going to Anna Collins (29:23), Mary Sheehan (29:47) and Anna Collins again (28:52).

Another feature of the Ladysbridge event was a race booklet titled ‘Experience the Ladysbridge ‘5’. The 1994 edition had articles by local man John-Joe Cahill on ‘Memories of Our Beloved Village’, an appreciation of Jack Colbert, and a feature on 16-year-old local athlete Terri Hennessy who had already amassed a total of 26 All-Ireland medals.

There was also a poem by Eleanor Herlihy, the first and last verses which went as follows:

The Ladysbridge ‘5’ is alive once more
When all our fitness is brought to the fore
The banner is up, the flags are flapping
As the crowds in the village send us all off clapping… 

… A right-turn now and the home stretch is nigh
We see family and friends – our feelings are high
Then we sprint like mad to the finish line
And as we’re given our tee-shirts we feel just fine

Sadly, as the numbers had declined to just over 150 in 1996, the race came to an end. It would be another 17 years before a race would again take place in the area with the inauguration of the Kilcredan 5km in 2013.

Dry-fit tops and technical tees may be all the fashion nowadays, but for those who have in their possession a cotton Ladysbridge ‘5’ T-shirt from the early 1990s it is a reminder of an era when such a rare finishing item was received with gratitude, and worn with pride. 

Results of the 1992 Ladysbridge 5 mile road race

A certain blogger has three of them :o)

Results of the MMRA Tracton 7km Trail Race...Wed 10th May 2017

There were 68 finishers in this 7km trail race in Tracton Woods on Wednesday the 10th of May 2017. The event was organised by the Munster Mountain Running Association.

1 Tim Twomey    2564    M    0:33:00    Leevale AC Cork
2 John Lynch    1534    M40    0:33:11    Tracton AC  Cork
3 Adam Doyle    1258    M    0:33:35    Cork Tri Club Cork
15 Mags Dempsey    2153    F40    0:36:42    Tracton AC Cork
21 Deirdre O'Gorman    2056    F    0:37:26
27 Lorna Wolfe    2579    F    0:38:15  Cork

Full results

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Notice...Glanmire GAA 4 mile road race - Sun 11th June 2017

This 4 mile road race is coming up on Sunday the 11th of June 2017 in Glanmire near Cork City.

Located just to the north-east of Cork City, it is within easy access for a lot of people. For anyone coming off the M8 motorway, just take exit 18.

Race entries will be taken at Glanmire GAA club which is right alongside the main road in Sallybrook...

The 4 mile route takes in a loop to the east of Glanmire. Both the start and finish points are only a short distance from the GAA grounds.

From the organisers...Brief Synopsis of Route....The route will begin at, the Brook Inn Glanmire and will continue along the main road south to Riverstown Cross (R639). Runners will then turn left and head towards the Sars pavilion and turn right to follow the old “New Line” road (Marwood Avenue). At the end of  this road they will turn right onto the “New Line road” (Copper Valley Vue) and continue up to “Toby Burkes Cross”. The route will then turn left up the hill where it meets the Knockraha/Blossom Grove road and then turns left and heads back down to meet “New Line” road at the junction with O'Connell Transport offices (Casey's Cross). The route turns right and heads to the roundabout at Brook Lodge where the runners will keep to the right of said roundabout,(The runners will then keep to the right hand side of the road until the completion of the race). and continue to Hazelwood Cross.

This year, we have t-shirts for the first 200 to pre-register.

Pre-entry......If you want to pre-enter this race then you can do so by visiting the Source Fitness website.

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

The race is sponsored by Source Fitness who are based in Silversprings in Tivoli.

From the Sponsor....Source Health & Fitness is one of the largest fitness centres in Munster and possesses a vast array of facilities. We have classes & activities to suit each individual need and fitness level. Classes include; Spinning, Aqua, Zumba, Circuits, Bootcamp, Yoga, Pilates, Metafit, BLTP, Sculpt & Tone, Toning, Abs, Line Dancing.

We pride ourselves on having the experience required to deliver top class instruction on all aspects of fitness. We believe we have something for all fitness levels and pride ourselves on being a professional and friendly centre where our member’s needs are our top priority. You will always get a good workout, no matter when you train!

Athletics Ireland release club stats for April 2017

Athletics Ireland recently released the membership stats for all the athletic clubs in Ireland as of the end of April 2017.

For the first few months of the year, the membership stats don't have much value as they can often can just show how good clubs are at getting renewals in rather than their actual size. By the end of April, the true size of the respective clubs can be seen .

These are the athletic clubs in Cork with more than 50 adult members...

Club (Seniors & Masters) (End of April 2017)   
Leevale AC    193
Ballymore Cobh AC    181
Mallow AC    169
Eagle AC        166
Midleton AC    158
Youghal AC    147
Ballintotis Fit4Life    136
Bandon AC    132
St.Finbarrs AC    129
Togher AC    125
Watergrasshill AC    106
Dromahane Road Runners    102
St.Nicholas AC    100
Aghada Running Club    94
Grange Fermoy AC    84
Tracton AC    68
North Cork AC    68
Bweeng Trailblazers    62
St.Catherines AC    60
Carrigtwohill AC    59
Clonakilty Runners AC    54
Bantry AC    51

In 2015, there were 18 clubs with 50 or more adult members. In 2016, it was 21. This year, it's 22.

The number of adults in athletic clubs in Cork has grown by 10% in the last 12 months. 97% of that 10% growth was due to an increase in members in the 'masters' category, i.e. aged 35 and above.

In comparison to 12 months ago, there are a number of changes in those clubs with 50 or more adult members. These are the main movers...

1) Leevale AC...up 44.
2) Bandon AC...up 44.
3) St.Nicholas AC...up 41.
4) Aghada Running Club...up 32.
5) Carrigtwohill AC...up 30.
6) Carrigaline Road Runners...up 26.
7) Mallow 24.

1) Rosscarbery Steam Runners AC...down 38.
2) Clonakilty Runners AC...down 20.
3) Skibbereen AC...down 11.

It's interesting to note that the 3 clubs showing the biggest losses are all in West Cork.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Runners required for probiotic study in Cork...

A local company called Atlantia Food Trials are currently running a probiotic study in partnership with the Mardyke UCC. The study is investigating the effect of strenuous activity on gut permeability. They are looking for endurance athletes, specifically runners to take part.

Please note that the study will last for 8-10 weeks and you will be paid €700 for your time. It involves doing a VO2 Max test on a treadmill so you will obviously have to be injury free.

The specific details are as follows;

·         18 – 50 years
·         Male and Female
·         Regular runner/endurance sport athlete
·         Can run 10km in one hour or less
·         Generally healthy – no medications
·         Non-smoker

Each athlete will attend 5 visits over 8- 10 weeks – these will take place in the Mardyke and at their site in Blackrock in Cork City.

Each athlete will receive;

·         A free V02 max test – completed in the Mardyke
·         A €100 voucher for the sports performance lab in the Mardyke
·         €700 cash

Update 22nd May 2017...This study got a huge response and they now have more than enough volunteers. Now closed.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Results of the Bay Run Half-Marathon & 10k in Bantry...Sun 14th May 2017

1 Michael HARRINGTON (281) 01:17:06 Male  (1)
2 Michael BYRNE (17) 1:22:14 Male  (2)
4 Pat O' CONNOR (161)1:25:53 Male  (3)
3 Jennifer PAUL (214) 1:25:02 Female  (1)
5 Nollaigh O'NEILL (204) 1:27:39 Female  (2)
16 Mary SWEENEY (252) 1:37:03    Female  (3)

1 Patrick MCCARTHY (1160) 37:48 Male  (1)
2 Eduardo MOTA (1180) 38:29 Male  (2)
3 Paddy O'SHEA (1335) 39:15 Male  (3)
5 Eimear O'BRIEN (1219) 41:42 Female  (1)
6 Annemarie POWER (1265) 41:50 Female  (2)
7 Aoife COUGHLAN (1034) 42:05 Female  (3)


Jamaica...The Sprinter Factory

This appeared on the Guardian website in Friday 12th May 2017...

Animals join Wings for Life World Run in Munich...

At the recent Wings for Life World Run in Munich, some farm animals managed to find their way onto the course...

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Results of the Ballincollig 5k parkrun...Sat 13th May 2017

There was a 31% jump in numbers for the 5k parkrun in Ballincollig Regional Park this week. Considering that the previous Saturday was a wet one, it shows how sensitive the numbers are to poor conditions.

1 Ruairi O'CALLAGHAN    18:24    VM35-39 M1    Eagle A.C.
2 Clive KERRISK        19:00    VM35-39    M2
3 Shane O'CALLAGHAN    19:05    VM35-39    M3
27 Sinead MURRAY    22:21    VW35-39    F1
41 Sarah SCANNELL    23:10    SW30-34    F2
43 Elizabeth MURPHY    23:12    SW30-34    F3

The full results can be seen HERE

Notice...Cork BHAA John Buckley Sports 5k road race - Tues 30th May 2017

The annual John Buckley Sports 5k road race is one of the most popular races in Cork City and always attracts a large crowd. Organised in conjunction with the Cork BHAA, this race is suitable for all types of runner...from the serious to the more casual runner. The entry fee is only €5 for Cork BHAA registered runners or €10 for non-reg runners.

Located near the Pairc Ui Chaoimh stadium, this is a flat and fast 5k course. Registration is at the Shandon Boat Club building which is on the Marina, about 400m from Pairc Ui Chaoimh. There is plenty of parking in the area.

20% Discount Vouchers......As per last year, John Buckley Sports will be giving out 20% discount to all finishers in the race. Just hang on to your race number and present it in the shop to avail of the 20% discount. It will apply to any purchases in their shop which is across from the Opera House in the heart of Cork City. Needless to say, the amount you save with the discount may well exceed the race entry so they are well worth getting. Note that the discount is not restricted to just one item. When you are using it, you can buy several products at the one time and get 20% off the lot. There is also no expiry date on the race number discount so you can use it anytime.

Chip Timing........For the last three years saw, they have been using chip timing at this race and it has been very successful. In previous years, there have been problems with too many runners finishing at the same time filling up the finishing chutes. With the introduction of chip timing, that problem has now been eliminated. All you need to do on the night is to cross the finish queues.

Entries.....€5 for registered BHAA runners and €10 for non-reg. You can enter on the night OR you can enter beforehand if you want to avoid the queues. Your choices are to enter online by going to the John Buckley Sports website or you can call into the shop which is directly across from the Opera House in Cork City.

In addition to the chip timing, there will be the usual post race refreshments in the Shandon  Boat Club afterwards.

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