Google+ Running in Cork, Ireland: August 2017

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Clonmel Half-Marathon Now Closed!

Entries for the 2017 Clonmel Half-Marathon closed on Wednesday the 16th of August, the first time this race has ever sold out. If you haven't registered already, make sure you don't travel to Clonmel on Sunday looking to enter.

In 2016, they had 690 entries and that included people entering on the morning of the race. With the 800 limit, it's up 16% already and would probably be a good deal more if people could enter on the day.

This race is organised by Clonmel AC and they have grown it slowly but surely over the years. Here is a statement from Niall O'Sullivan of the club..."We are excited to announce the Boston Scientific Marathon is a sell out, with a grand total of 800 entrants! Registration is now officially closed, with no further entries taken online or on the weekend of the race!"

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Results of the Cork BHAA Musgraves 5k road race... Wed 16th Aug 2017

There was a really big turnout of 535 runners for this years Cork BHAA Musgraves 5k road race in Cork City, up a whopping 40% on last year. Despite the rain earlier in the day, it was dry for the race itself.

1 Sean Doyle 00:15:38 Temp Reg
2 Conor McCauley M-1 00:15:41 Apple M-B-2
3 John Meade M-2 00:15:43 Joyce Wolfe Physiotherapy
51 Michelle Kenny 0/35H F-1 00:18:01 Dept of Ed F-A-1
65 Niamh Allen 00:18:29 Temp Reg
69 Niamh Roe F-2 00:18:34 Dept of Ed 

The full results can be seen HERE

Notice...Clonakilty 10 mile & 4 mile race - Sun 27th Aug 2017

This is the 4th year of this particular race  and this year, it's on Sunday the 27th of August. It should be of interest to anyone looking for a 10 mile race in the Autumn.

The 10 mile race starts just on the edge of Clonakilty near the Model Railway Village. It's follows the waters edge for a while before taking in a loop in the countryside.

On the day registration is €25 for the 10 Mile and €15 for the 4 mile.  

>>Entries...You can pre-enter both races here...

There are dry fit tops for both the 10 mile and 4 mile. Participants will need to register online to guarantee this though.

Preview of the 4 mile course HERE

From the organisers......Clonakilty Road Runners AC are delighted to invite you to our 10 Mile and 4 mile Road Race which takes place on August Sunday 27th 2017 at 10am.

Our new 10mile course takes in some of the finest scenery in West Cork (which may include the odd small hill). Our end of summer event is perfectly placed in the calendar to put all that summer training to the test or perhaps to check your Dublin Marathon training progress!

We are also delighted to announce a new 4 Mile option which we hope we will appeal to all fitness levels - We are extending a very warm welcome to all beginners and walkers!

This is the 4th year of this event and has gone from strength to strength. Both the 10 Mile and 4 Mile routes are accurately measured and are approved by Athletics Ireland.  This is a well organised event that attracts all levels of runners. We look forward to seeing you on August 27th and giving you a great day of running in Wonderful West Cork.

The Race Starts on the beautiful Inchydoney Road and finishes at The Clonakilty Showgorunds. We hope you’ll join us for a cuppa and a few buns there afterwards!

Notice...Cork BHAA Musgrave Sports & Social 5k road race - Wed 16th August 2017

The Cork BHAA Musgrave Sports & Social 5k road race is coming up on Wednesday the 16th of August 2017 in Cork City. This race is on the exact same course as the John Buckley Sports 5k which was held at the end of May and is suitable for all types of runner...from the serious to the more casual. The entry fee is only €5 for Cork BHAA registered runners or €10 for non-reg runners.

Update : The forecast for the evening is for much better conditions with most of the rain gone at that stage.

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

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

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Usain Bolt tribute by Michael Johnson

Fewer than 40 places left now for the Clonmel Half-Marathon

As of today, there are now fewer than 40 places left for the Clonmel Half-Marathon on Sunday the 20th of August. This race is now in its 7th year and entries are well ahead of last year with 700+ entries so far.

If you are interested in doing it then make sure you enter soon. The entry fee goes up on the 18th if it hasn't sold out by then.

Update...Wed 16th less than 20 left. 

Guest Post : 10 Things I Think About Font Romeu (and Carraig na bhFear 5k) Donal Coakley

10 Things I Think Donal Coakley

In these guest posts, Donal Coakley of Leevale AC gives his own light-hearted perspective of some of the races that he has competed in. 

In this post, he gives his thoughts on Font Romeu in the French Pyrenees where a lot of athletes go to train at altitude.. 

10 Things I Think About Font Romeu (and Carraig na bhFear 5k)

1. Altitude
I think converting every house in the country into an altitude house would solve the obesity epidemic. You can eat relentless amounts of pain au raisins and almond croissants with no ill effects when living at altitude. Two dinners? No problem, in fact it would be dangerous not to. I'm sure a doughnut tax in Ireland could help fund such a project. If you want to eat more just turn up the altitude in your house. We'd have way more athletes to watch in the world championships too. It can't fail.

2. Breakfast
I think I'll miss breakfast in Font Romeu the most. I went to Cafe Le Joffre every morning for two coffees and two pain au raisins. On the last day I was a little late and thought all the pain au raisins would be gone. Thankfully my new friend Chloe had kept the last two pain au raisins especially for me. France is great.

Meeting about Macroom 5k parkrun on Tues 15th Aug 2017

If you have an interest in the 5k parkrun in Macroom or you live in the area, you might be interested in this meeting on Tuesday the 15th of August at 7:30pm.

All parkruns are run on a voluntary basis and they are always looking for people to help out.

Charleville Half-Marathon entries up over 50% on same time last year

Just a quick note to say that the entries for the 2017 Charleville Half-Marathon are currently up around the 850 mark and are over 50% up on the same time last year when it was 550.

The Charleville  Half-Marathon is one of the fastest half-marathons in Munster and the time you get there should give you a good guide as to what time might be realistic in the Dublin Marathon at the end of October.

More info about the Charleville Half-Marathon in this previous post.

Details about the dry fit top and medal will be out soon. Just remember that the entry fee goes up at the end of August so if you're interested, enter before then.

Provisional results for the National Half-Marathon

The provisional results for the National Half-Marathon are now available...

Please note that there are errors in it and not everyone is listed! Expect some changes in the final results.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Michael Harty of East Cork AC wins Rock n Roll 5k in Dublin

While the Rock n Roll Half-Marathon in Dublin was held on Sunday, the associated 5k race with 2,302 finishers was on the previous day, Saturday the 12th of August.  The winner of the race was Michael Harty of East Cork AC in a time of 15m 17s.

1    Michael HARTY    00:15:17.43
2    Eoin FLYNN    00:15:49.96
3    Efrem GIDEY    00:16:33.17

Top 10 finish for Rob Heffernan in 50k walk at World Championships

In what was his last World Championship, Rob Heffernan finished in an impressive 8th place in the 50k walk at the 2017 World Championships in London.

The other Irish interest in this race was Alex Wright who was disqualified for lifting as he tried to catch the leading group. He was going really well until he was clipped from behind which resulted in him having to stop to fix his shoe. Story on Irish Examiner.

Results of the Route 2 Crook 5 mile road race...Sun 13th Aug 2017

The annual Route 2 Crook 5 mile road race from Goleen to Crookhaven was held on Sunday the 13th of August 2017. There was a small drop in numbers this year with 102 taking part, down from the 116 of last year.

1    0:28:39    HARRINGTON, Michael    Durrus AC    M40    05:43.7
2    0:28:51    O'LEARY, Ian    Leevale AC    M45    05:46.1
3    0:30:00    LORDAN, Garrett    Clonakilty RR AC    M    05:59.9
10    0:31:59    MACKEOWN, Rosaleen    Leevale AC    F40    06:23.7    77    10
14    0:32:27    KEARNEY, Sorcha    St. Finbarrs AC    F40    06:29.3    82    14
20    0:34:50    WOLFE, Anne    St. Finbarrs AC    F45    06:57.9    49    20

Full results below...

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Results & Photos of the East Cork Harbour Marathon...Sat 12th Aug 2017

Conditions were almost ideal for this years East Cork Harbour Marathon, Half-Marathon & 10k on Sat 12th of Aug with almost dry conditions. There was a light shower at one stage but it didn't amount to much.

 There were 113 runners in the full marathon, 302 in the half - marathon and 402 in the 10k. This is reasonably close to last year when it was 103, 335 and 432.

1    Kevin O'BRIEN    00:33:17    00:33:17    1340    M (1)    MS (1)    East Cork AC
2    Tim TWOMEY    00:33:26    00:33:26    1449    M (2)    MS (2)    leevale ac
3    Kevin O'LEARY    00:33:37    00:33:37    1367    M (3)    MS (3)    East Cork AC
21    Jennifer WALSH    00:41:46    00:41:49    1424    F (1)    FS (1)    Ballymore Cobh AC
27    Kerrie COLLINS    00:43:31    00:43:36    1207    F (2)    FS (2)   
39    Kate RING    00:46:45    00:46:51    1391    F (3)    FS (3)   

1    Kenneth KELLEHER    01:19:37    01:19:37    838    M (1)    MS (1)    East Cork AC
2    Tadgh MORIARTY    01:23:42    01:23:46    758    M (2)    MS (2)   
3    Eoin O'SULLIVAN    01:25:40    01:25:41    782    M (3)    MS (3)   
8    Carmel CROWLEY    01:27:57    01:27:57    828    F (1)    FS (1)    Bandon AC
19    Kealey TIDESWELL    01:34:22    01:34:25    820    F (2)    FS (2)    Clonmel AC
36    Marlies THOMEN    01:38:09    01:38:13    819    F (3)    FS (3)  

1    Lawrence O'HARA    02:37:17    02:37:18    113    M (1)    MS (1)    Belfast
2    Denis KEANE    03:05:17    03:05:18    24    M (2)    MS (2)    Marathon Club Ireland
3    Chris HORGAN    03:08:15    03:08:16    88    M (3)    MS (3)    Cork
4    Rachel STOKES    03:10:37    03:10:39    121    F (1)    FS (1)    Kerry Crusaders
15    Mary SWEENEY    03:40:13    03:40:15    122    F (2)    F50 (1)    St Finbarr's AC
17    Lynda FAY    03:41:02    03:41:04    78    F (3)    FS (2)    Marathon Club Ireland

The full results are up on the MyRunResults website HERE

Photos... (Updated Sun 13th Aug @ 12:33pm)
1) There are two small galleries up on the Running in Cork Facebook page ... Marathon start ... Half-Marathon & Marathon finish
2) Pat Walsh Running has 93 photos HERE
3) There is a nice album of 93 photos from Mick Dooley HERE

10k start...

Friday, August 11, 2017

Results of the Carraig na bhFear 5k race...Wed 9th Aug 2017

There was another large turnout for this 5k road race in Carraig na bhFear on Wednesday the 9th of August with 286 taking part, a jump of 16.7% on the figure for 2016. This was a busy evening for races in Cork with a 5 mile race near Ringaskiddy on as well.

The winner of the men's race was John Meade who is just back from some altitude training in the French Pyrenees with Michelle Kenny taking the women's title.

1    524    John Meade    16.07    M
2    355    Michael Corbett    16.09    M
3    431    Tim Twomey    16.32    M
8    439    Michelle Kenny    18.06    F
18    360    Margaret Murphy    19.06    F
23    438    Joan Ennis    20.09    F

1) Carraig na bhFear GAA club has a gallery HERE

Full Results below...

Results of the GR8KM in Mitchelstown...Fri 11th Aug 2017

There was an extra 26 runners this year for the GR8KM race which brings it more or less back in line with the 2015 figure.

1 David Mansfield     Clonliffe Harriers     SM         24:54
2 Eric Curran     Leevale     SM         25:08
3 Eoin Sugrue     Banteer     SM         26:36
21 Orla Tuohy     Fermoy     SW         30:19
34 Grainne O Callaghan     North Cork AC     SW         31:47 

36 Joan Ennis    Grange Fermoy Ac    W50        31:57 

The full results can be seen HERE

1) Gerard Sullivan has two galleries HERE and HERE

Notice...Glounthaune 4 mile road race - Wed 30th August 2017

This 4 mile road race is coming up in Glounthaune just to the east of Cork City on Wednesday 30th of August 2017.

As you can see from the race flyer above, it has an Athletics Ireland permit, has been accurately measured by Jones Counter and has chip timing.

From the organisers.....The Glounthaune Community Association wish to announce the Glounthaune  4 Mile Road Race on Wednesday 30th August 2017 at 7pm.

Race Headquarters & Changing Rooms (on the day) @ Glounthaune Community Centre
Category Prizes – Spot Prizes
Entry fee Race €10 - Starts 7:00pm
Juveniles 600m €2 (8 – 13years) – Start 7:05pm
Walk €5 - Starts 6:50pm (special rate for families)
Registration @ Glounthaune Church Centre (opposite church) on the day of the race from 5pm
Post race refreshments will be served in the Great O’Neill pub Glounthaune
Free Parking in Glounthaune Village and Train Station
All proceeds go to the Glounthaune Community Association
For more information please contact: Niall @ 021 4510470 (mornings) or 085 7652620
 Richard @ 086 - 8344659

Sponsors : Fitzpatrick’s Shop Glounthaune – Gilead Sciences Carrigtwohill – NRG Xpress Little Island

Course Preview......Full directions with maps, photos, description can be seen HERE

Friday Fun...

Results & photos of the Shanagarry 5km road race...Thurs 10th Aug 2017

The annual Shanagarry 5k road race was held on Thursday the 10th of August 2017 and a total of 85 runners took part, up slightly on the 80 of 2016.

First three men...(L-R) Conor Tierney 2nd, Kevin O'Leary 1st & Darragh Canavan 3rd

1    0:16:03    O'LEARY, Kevin    East Cork AC    M    05:09.8    283    1
2    0:16:46    TIERNEY, Conor    East Cork AC    M40    05:23.7    369    2
3    0:16:50    CANAVAN, Darragh    East Cork AC    M    05:25.0    326    3
9    0:18:40    TUOHY, Orla    unatt/Fermoy    F    06:00.4    497    9
14    0:19:39    MILLERICK, Ruth    Youghal AC    F35    06:19.4    555    14
16    0:19:50    LASKOWSKA, Agatha    unatt/Cork    F    06:22.9    454    16 

Orla Tuohy...1st woman home in a time of 18m 40s
1) There is an album of 62 photos up on the Running in Cork Facebook page HERE

Full results below....

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Latest acton from the World Championships...

Latest action from the World Championships 😉

Results & photos of the Cork BHAA Army / Navy 5 mile race... Wed 9th Aug 2017

The annual Cork BHAA Army/Navy 5 mile race was held in Halubowline on Wednesday the 9th of August on what was a lovely sunny evening. A total of 294 runners took part.

1 Conor O'Keefe 00:27:34 Depuy Synthes
2 Rory O'Sullivan 0/40A 00:27:38 Musgrave M-A-1
3 Mark Smith 00:27:45 Temp Reg
41 Helen Leonard 0/45J 00:33:13 Dept of Ed F-A-2
59 Anita Locke 00:34:40 Temp Reg
67 Orla O'Rourke 0/50K 00:34:53 Keen on Sport

The full results can be seen HERE

1) There are 3 albums up on the Running in Cork Facebook page. Photos taken just before the 3 mile mark. ... Album 1 ... Album 2 ... Album 3
2) Andy O'Rourke has two galleries... #1 ... #2 

As can be seen from the chart below, the numbers have been hovering around the 300 mark for the last few years...

Wednesday, August 09, 2017

A look back at 'The Human Race' 5k in Barraduff, Kerry in 80's/90's

Back in the late 80's and early 90's, there was 5k held in Barraduff, Co.Kerry called 'The Human Race'. It attracted a very fast field of runners with 41 breaking 17 minutes in 1995 as can be seen from the results below.

1995 Results

Does anyone have any more information about it? Results? Route?

John Walshe of Ballycotton wrote the following piece which appeared in the race programme of the Fields of Athenry race a few years back. 

"What other road races with quirky titles come to mind? There was one in particular which took place in Kerry in the late-1980s / early-90s called ‘The Human Race’. Held from the village of Barraduff on the main Killarney to Mallow road on the August Weekend, it was a straight 5km with the runners bussed out to the start.

The persuasive powers of organiser Mike O’Mahoney brought many of the country’s leading runners to the Kingdom venue. The prize-list also helped. In her autobiography, Sonia O’Sullivan recalled how the first prize of an Aer Lingus ticket to New York gave her the incentive to get back training after missing most of her first year at Villanova University through injury.

Like the Athenry booklet, the event also had a very informative and lavish race programme. The 1994 edition boasted contributions from the likes of John Treacy, Jerry Kiernan, Noel Berkeley and John Downes along with an article on injuries from a certain Paula Radcliffe. That was one of the last races as the ever-increasing work load on the shoulders of the small organising committee became too much and it sadly ceased."... John Walshe.

Notice...Shanagarry 5k road race - Thurs 10th Aug 2017

This low key 5 km road race is coming up in the village of Shanagarry in East Cork on Thursday evening, the 10th of August.

As you can see from the race flyer above, the entry fee is only €3! The 5k course is pretty flat so it's good for fast times.

Preview......For maps and directions, see the preview HERE

Tuesday, August 08, 2017

Notice...St.Luke's Home 5k road race, Mahon - Thurs 7th Sept 2017

This is the third year of this 5km race in race and it should prove to be a popular one again. The St.Luke's Home 5km run is on in Mahon on Thursday the 7th of September and it starts at 7pm.

Here are some of the reasons why it should get a good turnout......
1) It is at a time of year when most of the mid-week evening races have stopped.
2) It is in Cork City with a huge number of runners within its catchment area.
3) Fast accurate 5km course.
4) 80% of it is on a quiet public walkway.
5) Finishers get a 20% discount voucher for John Buckley Sports which could easily result in savings in excess of the entry fee (valid until the end of Sept 2017).
6) All proceeds go to St.Lukes Home which is a registered charity.

From the organisers......

Prizes : 1st, 2nd, 3rd Male/Female (1st = European holiday sponsored by RCI)

1st in other categories (Male over 40, 50 & 60 and Female over 35, 45 & 55)
Wheelchair Athlete

Entry Fee: €10

Entry Includes: Timing Chip, On course water and refreshments, tea, coffee and sandwiches for all competitors at St. Luke’s Home after the race.
Goody bag to include, running buff, Hi Vis arm band, 20% Discount Voucher from John Buckley Sports, drink and snack.
Registration: Sports Timing or on the day between 2pm and 6.30pm at St. Luke’s Home. There will be a draw for a prize for all those that pre-enter.

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

For more info, go to... 

Events on Wed 9th Aug 2017

There are a number of races on this evening with Carrig na bhFear AC holding their annual 5k road race at 7:30pm.

Cork...Wed 9th (7:30pm)...Carraig na bhFear 5km road race...€10

Cork...Wed 9th (8pm)...Cork BHAA Army/Navy 5 mile...€5 reg/€10 non-reg... Haulbowline...
Waterford...Wed 9th (8pm)...MMRA 8k Trail Race on the Comeraghs... *€5... *Subject to annual €10 IMRA registration fee... Nire Valley... info...

Monday, August 07, 2017

Fewer than 100 places left for the East Cork Harbour Marathon, Half-Marathon & 10k

Just a quick reminder that there are now less than 100 places left for the East Cork Harbour Marathon, Half-Marathon & 10k coming up on Saturday the 12th of August 2017. While the full marathon might be of interest to a relatively small number of people, there were big numbers for the half and 10k in 2016.

More info in this previous post.

This what the dry fit top, gear bag and medal look like...

Sunday, August 06, 2017

Results of the Kilworth Festival 5k...Sun 6th Aug 2017

123 runners and walkers took part in this 5k in Kilworth in NE Cork.

1    Tim  O Connor    Banteer        16:15    SM    55
2    Ruari Myers    Kilworth        17:56    SM    47
3    Tim  O Mahony    Midleton        18:46    SM    48
5    Niamh Allen    Leevale AC        19:16    SW    58
23    Bridget O Hara    Kilworth        21:59    SW    27
30    Clare Riordan    Kilworth        22:42    SW    69

Full results below...

Claire McCarthy from Cork runs 2:38 marathon at the 2017 World Championships in London

Claire McCarthy from Cork runs the marathon at the 2017 World Championships in a time of 2h 38m 26s to finish 33rd.

Report from The42

Schedule for Irish Athletes at the 2017 World Championships in London

This is the schedule for the Irish athletes at the 2017 World Championships in London...

Results & Live Streaming

Ciara Mageean (1500m) Friday 4th – Round 1 - 13th.

Brian Gregan (400m)
Saturday 5th – Round 1 - 3rd in 45.37s. Goes through to Semi-Finals.
5.40pm, Sunday 6th – Semi-final*
9.50pm, Tuesday 8th – Final*

Mark English (800m) 13.21pm, Saturday 5th – Round 1 - 5th.

Mick Clohisey / Sean Hehir (Marathon)
Sunday 6th - Mick Clohisey > 22nd in a time of 2h 16m 21s. Sean Hehir > 63rd in 2h 27m 33s.

Claire McCarthy (Marathon)
2pm, Sunday 6th

Thomas Barr (400m hurdles)
Sunday 6th – Round 1 - 4th & through to Semi-Final.
8.20pm, Monday 7th – Semi-final*
9.30pm, Wednesday 9th – Final*

Siofra Cléirigh-Buttner (800m)
7.25pm, Thursday 10th – Round 1
7.35pm, Friday 11th – Semi-final*
8.10pm, Sunday 13th – Final*

Rob Heffernan / Brendan Boyce / Alex Wright (50km walk)
7.45am, Sunday 13th


Top times in the 100m...

Following on from Justin Gatlin winning the 100m at the World Championships in London, this image was doing the rounds on Twitter.

It shows the top times for the 100m with those who have failed a drugs test at some stage being struck out...

From Wikipedia..."In 2001, Gatlin incurred a two-year ban from athletics for testing positive for a banned substance; the ban was later reduced to one year on appeal. In 2006, he incurred a further four-year ban (originally an eight-year ban) from track and field for testing positive for a banned substance, with this sanction erasing his then-world-record time of 9.77 seconds in the 100 metres."

At 35 years old, he is the oldest person to ever win the 100m at the World Championships.

Saturday, August 05, 2017

Results of the Ballincollig 5k parkrun...Sat 5th Aug 2017

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

1 Mark HOGAN    18:42    SM30-34    M1
2 Cillin CORBETT    19:02    SM20-24    M2
3 Finn HUTTON    19:14    JM15-17    M3    Rugby & Northampton AC
5 Orla TUOHY    19:43    SW30-34    F1
23 Sarah SCANNELL    21:33    SW30-34    F2
27 Niamh CORBETT    21:49    SW20-24    F3

The results of the 60th edition can be seen HERE

1) Joe Murphy of Eagle AC has a gallery HERE

Friday, August 04, 2017

Results of the Conna 5k road race...Fri 4th Aug 2017

A grand total of 246 runners turned out for this years Conna 5k road race on Friday the 4th of August 2017. As can be seen from the chart above, the numbers are up a fraction on last year. What's pretty amazing is just how consistent the numbers have been for the last three years.

The race was organised by St.Catherines AC, one of the main clubs in NE Cork.

1    Bryan Crowley    Watergrasshill AC        17:26    SM    40
2    Kealan O'Connor    Grange AC        17:44    SM    881
3    John Murphy    Grange AC        17:46    SM    108
11    MARTINA KIELY    ST FINBARRS AC        18:29    SW    909
36    Evelyn Cashman    Youghal AC        19:56    SW    889
43    ELLEN HANLEY    GRANGE AC        20:14    SW    133

Results of the Juvenile One-Mile race

1) Ger Broderick has a gallery HERE 

5k results below...

Results of the Kinsale 5 mile...4th Aug 2017


Wednesday, August 02, 2017

Results of the Cork BHAA Novartis 5k road race...Wed 2nd Aug 2017

The annual Cork BHAA Novartis 5k road race was held on Wednesday the 2nd of August 2017 with 429 runners taking part. As can be seen from the chart, this is a slight recovery after the falls of 2015 and 2016.

1 Rory O'Sullivan 0/40A M1 00:16:07 Musgrave M-A-1
2 Mark Nolan M2 00:16:08 Joyce Wolfe Physiotherapy
3 Anthony Mannix M3 00:16:12 Dell-EMC
5 Michelle Finn F1 00:16:57 UCC
34 Andrea Bickerdike F2 00:18:57 CIT F-A-1
39 Carmel Crowley 0/45J F3 00:19:16 Stockhealth


Photos...(Updated Thurs 3rd Aug)
1) Andy O'Rourke Photography has an album HERE and HERE

Some stats from the 2017 Athletics Ireland AGM

Athletics Ireland held their 2017 AGM at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Santry on the 29th of April and the minutes of the meeting are now available HERE. The details may be of interest to anyone who is a member of an athletic club.

Some info from the minutes...

1) The numbers in attendance were a bit low with 82 present. There were no representatives from some counties like Waterford, Tipperary, Clare and Kilkenny.

2) On the financial side, Athletics Ireland had a surplus of €3k based on a turnover of nearly €4.7 million and that is after having a €12k surplus in 2015 and a €3k loss in 2014. For an association with such a large turnover, €3000 is very small. In fact, it represents just 0.06% of turnover. While it's positive that it was in the Black, it wouldn't take much to push it into the Red. For example, any legal issues regarding Irish team selections could easily wipe out any surplus.

Funding approved for Cork Harbour Greenway & other local projects

Back in May of 2017, I had a post about the proposed new Greenway from Monkstown to Raffeen Bridge with the eventual aim to have a Greenway from Cork City to Carrigaline. In May, Cork County Council approved the plan.

It was announced today that funding has now been secured from the Government and 2kms of the 5km new extension may be completed by June of 2018. Which section will be completed first isn't clear and the works associated with the new waste treatment plant in Shanbally may be a factor.

Other projects approved for funding are in Kealkill, Whitegate, Bandon, Blarney, Carrignavar, Carrigtwohill, Killavullen, Kilworth, Glanmire, Glounthaune, Macroom, Mallow and Youghal. See bottom of post.

Tuesday, August 01, 2017

Results & photos of the Cloyne 5k road race...Tues 1st Aug 2017

A total of 377 runners turned out for this years Cloyne 5k road race on Tuesday the 1st of August 2017, almost identical to the 375 of 2016.

1 Michael HARTY    00:15:04 M (1)    MS (1)    East Cork AC
2 Kevin O'LEARY    00:16:03 M (2)    MS (2)    East Cork AC
3 Sean DOYLE    00:16:04 M (3)    MS (3)
24 Michelle KENNY    00:18:07 F (1)    F35 (1)    Leevale AC
51 Helen LEONARD    00:19:17 F (2)    F45 (1)    Leevale AC
55 Lorraine BOLSTER    00:19:26 F (3)    F35 (2)    Mallow AC

The full results are HERE

1) There are a number of photos up on the Running in Cork Facebook page.
...a) Start
...b) Near the finish
...c) Prizes

A One-Two for East Cork AC. Kevin O'Leary (L) was in 3rd spot with 600m to go. He closed the 20m gap and managed to finish 2nd. Michael Harty (R) was the clear winner of the race and was well ahead of the field.
Michelle Kenny of Leevale AC was the first woman

How Usain Bolt set the 100m World Record

Interesting video which analyses how Usain Bolt set the 100m World record....

Paris to host 2024 Olympic Games followed by LA in 2028

In an unprecedented move yesterday, the International Olympic Committee awarded the next two Olympic Games to two venues. The 2024 Olympics will be held in Paris which will of course mean easier access for anyone in Ireland. The 2028 Olympics will be held in Los Angeles.

Both cities had bid for the 2024 Games.

Letter from a 'Running Widow' in the Farmers Journal

This letter appeared in a recent edition of the Farmers Journal of all places...