Google+ Running in Cork, Ireland: June 2017

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Claire McCarthy wins Swansea Half-Marathon in new PB time of 74:34

Claire Gibbons-McCarthy of Leevale AC was in action in the Swansea Half-Marathon in Wales on Sunday the 25th of June and crossed the line in first place! Claire's time of 1h 14m 34.5s.

1. Claire Gibbons-McCarthy - 1:14:35
2. Rachel Felton - 1:16:35
3. Carly Jones - 1:17:53

Claire will be representing Ireland in the Marathon at the IAAF World Championships in London in August of this year.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Results of the Ballincollig 5k parkrun...Sat 24th June 2017

219 turned out for this weeks 5k parkrun in Ballincollig Regional Park.

1 Conor DOLAN    17:53    SM30-34    M1   
2 CiarĂ¡n BOUSE    18:48    VM35-39    M2    Eagle A.C.
3 Jordan BELEFFI    18:55    SM25-29    M3
21 Mary SWEENEY    22:05    VW55-59    F1    St Finbarrs AC
39 Maria MADIGAN    24:00    VW40-44    F2
42 Imelda MARSHALL    24:05    VW35-39    F3

Full results

1) Joe Murphy of Eagle AC has a gallery HERE

Friday, June 23, 2017

Results of the Shandrum 5 mile...Fri 23rd June 2017

This 5 mile race in Shandrum in North Cork attracted a small field of just 64 runners.

1    P J Carey    Kilmallock AC        29:10    SM
2    Willie O Connor    Galtee Runners        31:12    SM 
3    Tony MacMahon    Kilmallock AC        32:14    SM  
14    Brigita Lukste    North Cork AC        34:35    SW 
18    Annette O Reilly    Kilfinane AC        36:19    SW
20    Deirdre O Leary    North Cork AC        36:32    SW

1) Paudie Birmingham of Mallow AC has a gallery of photos HERE

Full results below...

Friday Fun...A Sign of the Times???

A sign of the times?? :o)

Results of the Shanagarry 5 mile road race...Thurs 22nd June 2017

A total of 559 runners turned out for this years Shanagarry 5 mile road race, the second race of four in the 2017 Ballycotton Summer Series. That's down just 11 on last year.

1 25:07    O'SHEA, Alan    Bantry AC    M    05:01.3
2 25:24    MCCARTHY, James    East Cork AC    M    05:04.7
3 25:43    O'DONOGHUE, Tim    East Cork AC    M    05:08.5
13    0:28:26    COOKE, Aoife    Youghal AC    F    05:41.1 
51    0:31:16    KEVANY, Sinead    Midleton AC    F40    06:15.1
76    0:32:23    LEONARD, Helen    Leevale AC    F45    06:28.5 

Winners of the 2017 Shanagarry 5 mile road race...Alan O'Shea & Aoife Cooke

A breakdown of the larger clubs...
Midleton AC 44, Ballintotis Fit4Life AC 38, Eagle AC 27, St.Finbarr's AC 21, Watergrasshilll AC 19, Ballymore Cobh AC 18, Aghada RC 15, East Cork AC 14, Youghal AC 13, Grange-Fermoy AC 13, St.Nicholas AC 12.

1) There are a small number of pre-race & prize giving photos up on the Running in Cork Facebook page.
2) Derek Costello of Eagle AC has a gallery HERE

Full results below...

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Results of the Daniel Kingston Memorial 5k in Macroom...Thurs 22nd June 2017

There was a huge turnout of over 600 people for this years Daniel Kingston Memorial 5k in Macroom on Thursday the 22nd of June.Considering that it was on the same night as the Shanagarry 5 mile, that's an impressive number.

1    Kevin OBRIEN  15:56    Ages 19-34  (1)    Male  (1)
2    Joe Cunningham  16:24    Ages 45-54  (1)    Male  (2)
3    Aidan Mcswiney  16:31    Ages 19-34  (2)    Male  (3)
10    Martina KIELY  18:10    Ages 35-44  (1)    Female  (1)
13    Fiona SANTRY  18:42    Ages 19-34  (1)    Female  (2)
33    Anna O'NEILL  20:11    Ages 45-54  (1)    Female  (3)

1) James O'Driscoll has a gallery HERE

Full results below...

Notice...Courtbrack 5k nr Blarney - Thurs 29th June 2017

This is a new race on the calendar and one that is within easy access of Cork City.

I have to admit that when I first hear of this race, I had absolutely no idea of where Courtbrack was. As you can see from the map below, it's just to the north-west of Blarney and only about 10 miles from Cork City.

Here are some details from the organisers...

⭐Race has an AAI permit.
⭐Course measured by Kevin Cummins
⭐Prizes for 1st 2nd & 3rd M/F
⭐ Prizes for categories



€10- ADULTS. Kids free. Walkers welcomed.  Post Race refreshments

You can find directions, maps and a preview with photos of the race route HERE

Irish Times article on Cork runner Claire McCarthy

Claire McCarthy of Leevale AC is currently in training for the marathon at the IAAF World Championships in London in August. Ian O'Riordan of the Irish Times caught up with her for an interview...

"Although Claire McCarthy reckons the benefits are probably more practical, or else something to do with her own persistence. As the mother of four sons – aged 12, 10, six and two – and back training twice daily for the women’s marathon at the World Championships in London in August, the practicalities alone have certainly helped make her a better runner."

You can read the full article here...

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Races on Thurs 22nd June 2017...5k in Macroom & 5m in Shanagarry

This is the choice of races in Cork on Thursday the 22nd of June. In Macroom, there is the annual Daniel Kingston 5k and in East Cork, there is the Shanagarry 5 mile road race. Check out the links below for previews including the race numbers for the Shanagarry race.

Cork...Thurs 22nd (8pm)...Daniel Kingston Memorial 5k, Macroom...€10... info...

Cork...Thurs 22nd (8pm)...Shanagarry 5 mile road race... €5... Race 2 of 4 in the Ballycotton Summer Series...

Notice...MMRA Mt.Hillary Trail Race near Banteer - Wed 21st June 2017

The Munster Mountain Running Association are organising a 8.8km trail race on Mount Hillary near Banteer on Wednesday the 21st of June 2017. The race starts at 8pm and you will need to allow some time to get from the registration point to the start.

Event page HERE

This race is open to all and the cost is €5. Registration will be open at 18:45 and close at 19:45, sharp, to give everyone time to get to the race start. If you have already run an IMRA race this year, bring the race number given to you at that race as it is valid for the full year. However, if this is your first IMRA race this year, you must purchase yearly IMRA membership for €10 per person.

Directions....You can find maps and directions to this event here...

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Results of the Upper Glanmire NS 5k...Mon 19th June 2017

The annual Upper Glanmire National School 5k was held on Monday the 19th of June 2017.

John Meade    329    Male    St Finbarrs AC    16.01
Mark Walsh    316    Male    Leavale AC    16.14
Nigel Sheehan    347    Male    Youghal    16.42
Shannon Ryme    480    Female    Kilmurry Ibrickane AC   19.22
Fiona Meade    432    Female        20.34
Linda O'Sullivan    411    Female        20.45

1) The organisers have a gallery HERE

Full results below...

Guest article...Last on the Road by John Walshe

LAST ON THE ROAD...By John Walshe

Winning a marathon is an honour that few attain, and when it happens there is no disputing the identity of the first man and first woman across the line. Finishing last is a different matter, and less easy to determine.

Although all the major marathons have a cut-off point of seven or eight hours, there are still people who persist in keeping going, at their own risk, to make it home as darkness falls. This year in London you had the case of Tom Harrison who crawled the course on his knees dressed as a gorilla, taking over six days to complete the distance. So was he the last finisher?

Forty years ago, things were much simpler, as you’ll discover if you read on. The BLE National Marathon of 1977 took place from the Galway town of Loughrea on the Bank Holiday Sunday of June 5th. As no major games places were up for grabs, there wasn’t as much at stake as the previous year in Limerick when the race acted as trial for the Montreal Olympics.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Results of the MMRA race in Kilworth Woods...Wed 11th June 2017

Catching up on another recent result. This trail race in Kilworth Woods organised by the Munster Mountain Running Association was held on Wednesday the 11th of June 2017. It attracted a field of 75 runners, up from the 42 of 2016.

1 Alexis Granneau    M    0:18:47   
2 Tom Blackburn    M50    0:19:01    Mooreabbey ...  Limerick
3 Damien O Brien    M40    0:19:03    watergrassh...
16 Mary Louise Ryan    F    0:21:12    Mooreabbey ...    Tipperary
33 Marie O'Shea    F40    0:22:59    MooreAbbey ...    Tipperary
35 Ide Kelleher    F40    0:24:11    Mallow AC    Cork


Notice - Run Killarney Half-Marathon & 10k...Sat 22nd July 2017

One of the biggest races in Kerry is the annual Killarney Half-Marathon & 10k and it's coming up on Saturday the 22nd of July 2017.

The half marathon starts at Moll's Gap at 8:30am and follows one of the most scenic roads in the country to the finish line at the Gleneagle Hotel in Killarney.

The link for online entries is HERE


The 10k starts at 10am and finishes at the Gleneagle Hotel and takes in a loop inside the national park near Muckross House.

Participants in the half marathon will be taken by bus from Killarney to the start line at Moll's Gap.

Entry for each race includes...Customised finisher medal...Dry fit T-shirt...Chip timing... Prizes... Massage at finish line... Hot tubs... Post-race party... Officially measured course

Note that the road from Molls Gap to Killarney will be closed to traffic and it's the only time of the year that you can run on this busy road.

The video clip below gives a feel for what the course looks like...

For more info, go to the Run Killarney Website

The link for online entries is HERE

Results of the Glandore 6k run/walk...Sun 11th June 2017

This 6k run in Glandore in West Cork was held on Sunday the 11th of June and 106 took part.

Results below...

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Results of the Heart of Allihies 5 mile road race...Sun 18th June 2017

The annual Heart of Allihies 5 mile race in West Cork was held on Sunday the 18th of June on what was a hot sunny day.

Allihies 5 Mile race Results                   
1 Michael Harrington    Durrus AC        29:23    SM
2 Ciaran Bouse    Eagle AC    32:43    SM
4 Colm O'Sullivan    Clonakilty        35:50    SM
3 Sorcha Kearney    St finbarrs ac        35:28    SW
11 Alice Coppinger    Bantry AC        38:24    SW
15 Sarah O'Sullivan    Castletownbere        42:13    sw 

Full results ...

Results of the St.Mary's Ladies Football 5k in Doneraile Park...Sat 17th June 2017

A total of 76 people took part in this 5k in Doneraile Park organised by St.Mary's Ladies Football Club. That's a big drop from the 126 that took part in the equivalent 2016 race , perhaps a sign that there are now too many 5k races in Doneraile Park?

Dave Hanlon    Limerick A/C    18.34
Maurice Lynch        20.46
Adrian O’ Sullivan    Freemount    21.16
Carol Finn    Leevale    19.24
Mei Ming Cronin        19.49
Isobel Kellegher    Liscaroll A/C    24.19

1) The organisers have a gallery HERE

Full results below...

Notice...Shanagarry 5 mile road race - Thurs 22nd June 2017

The second race in the 2017 Ballycotton Summer Series is coming up on Thursday evening the 22nd of June 2017 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

If you didn't do the first race in the series then you just enter on the night as normal.

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

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Ballincollig 5k parkrun is one year old...Sat 17th June 2017

The 5k parkrun in Ballincollig Regional Park started on Saturday the 18th of June 2016 and the numbers in the last year are shown below...

A ... The very first 5k parkrun in Ballincollig attracts a large crowd of 279. Obviously there is a novelty factor at the start but it drops straight away rather than gradually as you might expect. Perhaps due to all the road races at this time of year?

B ... For the rest of the summer, the numbers settle at a very respectable 200 or so per week.

C ... Small spike due to I think to a small Operation Transformation promotion.

D ... For the rest of 2016, the number stay at roughly 200 per week. Noticeable drop in the run up to Christmas.

E ... Between New Year resolutions and Operation Transformation, there is a huge surge in number reaching a peak on the 21st of Jan 2017 with 448 taking part. The numbers gradually reduce but the publicity from Operation Transformation is a factor until the start of March 2017.

F ... The average numbers for the late Spring and early Summer are about the 270 mark, about 35% than the Summer months of 2016.

Overall... Following on from the disappointment of the suspension of the parkrun in Tramore Valley Park in Cork City, the Ballincollig event has been a major success. Runners in and near the city now have a timed 5k every Saturday morning in a nice quiet location and it's free!

All of this would not have been possible with initial funding from Cork Sports Partnership and of course, all the volunteers that turn out every week to make it happen.

1 Tobi GRAB    18:28    VM40-44    M1    Leevale AC
2 Unknown                                   
3 Eoin MAC MAHON    19:38    SM25-29    M3
18 Mary SWEENEY    22:01    VW55-59    F1    St Finbarrs AC
21 Rachel O'CALLAGHAN    22:09    VW40-44    F2
41 Maria MADIGAN    23:48    VW40-44    F3 

Results of the 53rd edition

1) The organisers have a gallery HERE

Results of the Inniscarra Community Centre 4 mile road race...Fri 16th June 2017

A grand total of 161 runners turned out for this years Inniscarra 4 mile road race, a jump of 30% on last years numbers. That's pretty impressive considering that this must be one of the busiest weeks of the year for road races in Cork.

As you can see from the chart above, it was also a record number for the Inniscarra Community Centre 4 mile.

#    Time    Name    Team    Race Age Category    min/mile       
1 23:12    TIERNEY, Conor    East Cork AC    M40    05:47.9 
2 23:32    SIENICKI, Grzegorz    unatt/Poland    M    05:52.9
3 23:54    CLERKIN, Gary    Grange-Fermoy AC    M45    05:58.4
36 29:24 O'CONNOR, Adelle    Eagle AC    F45    07:20.9
39    0:29:38    MURPHY, Anita    St. Finbarrs AC    F    07:24.4
40    0:29:43    MCSWEENEY, Denise    Donoughmore AC    F40    07:25.6

Full results below...

Friday, June 16, 2017

Results of the Ballyclough Harbour 5k...Fri 16th June 2017

Despite the fine weather, only 112 runners turned out for this years Ballyclough Harbour 5k on Friday the 16th of June 2017, a drop of 14% on last year. As you can see from the chart above, it's lower than the four previous years.

1 18:06    LYONS, Dave    MALLOW AC    M40    0:05:50
2 18:17    HOGAN, John    MALLOW AC    M40    0:05:54
3 18:19    CAREY, Philip    MALLOW AC    MS    0:05:55
4 18:24    KIELY, Martina    ST FINBARRS AC    FS    0:05:56
7 19:16    HEGARTY, Lisa    LEEVALE    FS    0:06:13
27 21:27    MANFIELD, Faye    MALLOW AC    FS    0:06:55

Full results below...

Results of the Lyre Playground 4 mile run...Thurs 15th June 2017

1) Eoin Surgue 22:55
2) Declan Murphy 23:57
3) Dan O'Sullivan 24:27 Leevale
1) Susan Looney 29:43 Duhallow AC
2) Margurite Murphy 31:56 Bweeng Trailblazors
3) Mairead Enneguess 32:02 Bweeng Trailblazors


Some of the events comingup this weekend...Fri 16th to Sun 18th June 2017

Some of the events on this weekend...

Waterford...Fri 16th (7:30pm)...Dromana 5 mile race...€5 pre-entry/€8 on the night...Race 7 of 11 in the West Waterford AC race series...

Cork...Fri 16th (8pm)... Inniscarra 4 mile road race ... €10... info...

5k Parkrun...Sat 17th (9:30am)...€free...various locations...  
Cork...Macroom, Clonakilty, Bere Is, Glengarriff, Castlehaven & Ballincollig...

Limerick...Sat 17th (11:00am)... Tournafulla Wind Farm 5km Run ... €10... Proceeds to Blood Bike Mid-West
Limerick...Sat 17th (11:00am)... Tournafulla Wind Farm 10km Run ... €15... Proceeds to Blood Bike Mid-West 

Cork...Sun 18th (2pm)...Heart of Allihies 5 Mile Run... €10... info... One of the most scenic routes on the Beara Peninsula...

Results of the Kilmurry 5k run...Thurs 15th June 2017

1 362 16:58 Michael Harrington
2 415 18:25 John O'Mahony
3 123 18:30 John Cronin
6 140 20:09 Margaret Murphy
15 133 21:18 Briege Corkery
20 273 22:09 Geraldine O'Shea

Full results below...

Results & photos of the Coolagown 5k road race...Thurs 15th June 2017

A record 346 runners turned out for this years Coolagown 5k road race on Thursday the 15th of June 2017, a 41% increase on last year. While some road race are in decline, this one is going from strength to strength.

1 15:17    MCCARTHY, James    East Cork AC    M    04:55.0
2 15:27    MCGRATH, Sean    East Cork AC    M    04:58.3
3 16:46    SHEEHAN, Nigel    Youghal AC    M    05:23.7
19 18:34    ROE, Niamh    Leevale AC    F35    05:58.4 
52 19:49    WOODS, Sharon    Mallow AC    F40    06:22.6
59 20:02    ENNIS, Joan    Grange-Fermoy AC    F50    06:26.8

Full results below...

Photos (Updated Sat 17th June @3:19pm)...
1) There are 5 albums on the Running in Cork Facebook page (ongoing)
...a) Pre-race
...b) First corner after about 800m
...c) Near the finish 1
...d) Near the finish 2
...e) Prize giving

2) Ger Broderick has a gallery HERE

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Notice...Daniel Kingston Memorial 5k, Macroom - Thurs 22nd June 2017

This 5k charity run is coming up in Macroom on Thursday evening the 22nd of June 2017 at 8pm.

Proceeds from the event go towards Cork Cancer Support House.

You can enter on the evening for €10...registration desk open from 5:30PM. The event will be chip timed. Race HQ is at the Macroom Sports Complex which is just inside the Macroom castle gates on the left.

Please note that there is limited parking there. Follow the race stewards instructions on the night on where to park.

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

From the organisers.....The race starts at the beginning of the town from the Cork side by Macroom Motors. The 5 km route takes you through the town and looping through the countryside and back to town with the finish in the town centre.  This is the 8th year of the race which has grown from strength to strength in the last few years.  Register on the evening of the event at Macroom Sports Complex (€10). 

Loads of prizes across a range of age categories. All surplus funds are donated to Cork ARC Cancer support house. Plenty of refreshments also.

Support this great event and the excellent work by Cork Arc Cancer Support

Reminder...Coolagown 5k near Fermoy is coming up on Thurs 15th June

Just a reminder that the Coolagown 5k near Fermoy is coming up on Thurs 15th June at 8pm. This small village is a regular contestant in Tidy Towns competitions and a nice quiet spot for a race.

More details in this previous post.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Results of the Grant Thornton 5k in Cork City...Wed 11th July 2017

1 Kevin O'BRIEN    Grant Thornton    M Ind    16:02
2 Frank O'BRIEN    Grant Thornton    M Ind    16:51
3 Donal COAKLEY    Gilead    M Ind    16:54
1 Dymphna RYAN    AIB    F Ind    19:31
2 Orla AHERNE    Mercer    F Ind    19:42
3 Ali O'CONNOR    Grant Thornton    F Ind    20:09

Notice…Bere Island Midsummer Run – Sat 8th July 2017

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.

This year thanks to the Cork Sports Partnership, they have special dry fit tops for the first 100 to register...

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...

Notice…Carrigtwohill 5km road race – Wed 19th July 2017

The Carrigtwohill 5km road race is coming up on Wednesday, the 19th of July 2017.

The venue for the race is Barryscourt Castle just to the south of the town of Carrigtwohill in East Cork. This race always attracts a large crowd every year and is bound to attract a large turnout this year again.

The race which starts at 8pm costs €10 to enter and all proceeds are going to charity. There is also a walk starting at 6:30pm and that costs €5 to enter.

Course Preview........A full preview with directions, map and photos can be seen HERE 

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

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

What's the Possibilty of a Greenway from Mallow to Dungarvan?

In recent times, there has been a lot of interest in various Greenway projects around the country. These are mostly based on old railway routes and many communities are investigating where new ones can be established in their areas.

The Westport to Achill Greenway in Co.Mayo is a big tourist attraction with many people renting out bikes to cycle it. It covers 42kms and cost €5.7 million to develop.

The most recent route to be completed was the Deise Greenway from Waterford City to Dungarvan. This is 46kms in length and cost €15 million to develop. It has a combination of mountain and coastal views and is well worth a look if you are in the area.

In Cork, there is interest in extending the old rail line from Cork to Carrigaline as well as some proposals for the old line from Midleton to Youghal. There has also been some renewed interest in trying to develop parts of the old line from Dungarvan to Mallow.

The map above shows the old rail line from Fermoy to Mallow which closed in March 1967. Several sections of the line have now gone although it still remains in some places. There was some interest expressed in the Avondhu Press newspaper recently and those articles can be seen in the appendix below.

The most likely section for development is the one that goes east from Fermoy to Clondulane and crosses over the famous Carrickabrick viaduct (pictured above) which featured in the WWI film The Blue Max. Planning for this viaduct walkway was granted in 2015 although it may not go as far as Clondulane.

As for the section between Dungarvan and Fermoy, this has now been largely erased by farmers. It's difficult to see how it could be re-instated and linked up to the Deise Greenway.

Obviously any new greenway or trail development would be great news for runners and walkers as it opens up a lot of safe options for training and exercising.


Viaduct walkway takes another step... Irish Independent (Jan 2015)

Fermoy Viaduct plans up in the air?... Avondhu Press (June 2017)

Fermoy to Mallow Greenway? Why not?... Avondhu Press (June 2017)

Decades-old decision may hold up greenway plans (June 2017)

Cheating a marathon

A light-hearted look at how to cheat in a marathon...

Monday, June 12, 2017

Results of the Firmount National School 6k...Sun 11th June 2017

This 6k was organised by Firmount National School near Donoughmore on Sunday the 11th of June 2017.

1) There is a small number of photos HERE

Full results below

Receipe for overnight oats by Dr.Sharon Madigan

Now that the Cork Marathon is over, a lot of people will be planning ahead to an autumn half-marathon or marathon. This involves plenty of long training runs and it's important that you take on proper food after key sessions.

In this video clip, Dr Sharon Madigan, Head of Performance Nutrition at the Sport Ireland Institute, gives a quick recipe for overnight oats.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Results of the Twomey Remorial 4 mile road race in Meelin...Sun 11th June 2017

95 runners turned out for this 4 mile race in Meelin near Newmarket in NW Cork on Sunday the 11th of June 2017. It was also the first year that chip timing was used.

1     Maurice Feehan     Gneeveguilla         22:59         22:59     SM
2     Willie O'Connor     Galtee Runners         24:39         24:39     SM
3     Conor Lucey     Macroom Parkrun         24:56         24:56     SM
11     Gillian Murphy     star of the Laune         27:45         27:44     SW 
24     Elaine O'keeffe     Abbeyfeale         29:26         29:20     SW
26     Lynne Doherty     Ballmore Cobh         29:45         29:39     SW

Full results below....

Results of the Glanmire 4 mile road race...Sun 11th June 2017

There was a large turn out of 419 runners for this years Glanmire 4 mile road race on Sunday the 11th of June 2017. This is up ever so lightly on the 415 of 2016. This race was organised by Glanmire GAA Club and is now in its 16th year.

The large numbers also show that a race on a Sunday during the Summer months can attract runners. It doesn't have to be on an evening during the week.

1 John MEADE    00:21:21 M (1)    MS (1)    St Finbarr's AC
2 Conor TIERNEY    00:21:56 M (2)    M40 (1)   
3 Bryan CROWLEY    00:22:04 M (3)    M40 (2)    Source H&F
17 Helen LEONARD    00:24:49 F (1)    F45 (1)   
22 Sharon RYNNE    00:25:08    00:25:08 F (2)    FS (1)   
41 Claire O'BRIEN    00:26:52 F (3)    FS (2)    Source H&F

The full results can be seen on the Chip Timing website HERE

1) Paula Mulcahy has a gallery HERE
 and some finish line photos HERE

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Results & photos of the Ballincollig 5k parkrun...Sat 10th June 2017

220 runners turned out for the 52nd edition of the 5k parkrun in Ballincollig Regional Park on Saturday the 10th of June 2017. While conditions were overcast and windy, it was otherwise dry.

1 Brian SEXTON    18:46    SM25-29    M1
2 James LOUGHRAN    19:08    SM30-34    M2
3 Dennis LYONS    20:03    VM40-44    M3    St Finbarrs AC
16 Mary SWEENEY    22:00    VW55-59    F1    St Finbarrs AC
21 Geraldine O SHEA    22:30    VW45-49    F2    St Finbarrs AC
33 Mary DE BARRA    23:26    VW45-49    F3 

The full results can be seen HERE

1) The organisers have a gallery of photos HERE

Events on Sunday the 11th of June 2017

There are two races coming up on Sunday the 11th of June in Cork and in very different locations. The Glanmire 4 mile is just east of Cork City and the 4 mile in Meelin is just north of Newmarket.

Both races are timed.

Cork...Sun 11th (10:30am)...Glanmire 4 mile road race...€10...incl t-shirt for first 200 to pre-reg

Cork...Sun 11th (2pm)...Twomey Family Remorial Weekend 4 mile run...€10 ...Meelin nr Newmarket in NW Cork...

Results of the East Ferry 5 mile...Fri 9th June 2017

For the second year in a row, it was another wet evening for this 5 miler in East Ferry. The chart above shows the history of this race. In its inaugural year, it started off with 115 as it was a low key event. In its second year with a nice evening and plenty of publicity, it popped up to 279. The rain of 2016 dampened down the numbers to 191 and another wet evening in 2017 brought the numbers down to 147.

 Results below...

Results & Photos of the Cork BHAA Merck 6k...Thurs 8th June 2017

 A total of 313 runners turned out for this years Cork BHAA Merck 6k race in Carrigtwohill on Thursday the 8th of June 2017. As you can see from the chart above, the numbers were up on last year but still down on previous years.

While the numbers are well down on the 666 that turned out for the equivalent Cork BHAA Stryker 4 mile in Carrigtwohill back in May, any race that can get 300 plus is still doing pretty well.

1 Conor O keefe M1 00:19:53 Depuy Synthes
2 Mark Smith 00:20:21 Temp Reg
3 Kieran McKeown 0/40A M2 00:20:26 Simply Suits M
24 Sharon Rynne F1 00:22:45 Kepak
27 Helen Leonard 0/45J F2 00:22:48 Dept of Ed
45 Helen Gilroy 0/50K F3 00:24:0 Midleton Town Council

Full results HERE

1) Paula Mulcahy has a gallery of photos HERE

Friday, June 09, 2017

Notice...Inniscarra 4 mile road race - Fri 16th June 2017

This 4 mile road race in Inniscarra is coming up on Friday, the 16th of June 2017...

The race HQ is the GAA grounds in Ballyanly which is to the north-west of Cork City...

It may not be the easiest of courses but it's on nice quiet country roads. On a nice sunny summer evening, it's a lovely spot for a race. The ease of access and proximity to Cork City is another major plus.

Preview...More information on the course can be seen HERE

The organisers have more info below...