Google+ Running in Cork, Ireland: 2018

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Participant info for the 2018 Rebel Run on Sun 21st Oct 2018

From the organisers.....We were delighted to announce last week that the 7th annual Cork Rebel Run for 2018 SOLD OUT with over 900 participants taking part. If you registered online you should by now have received your confirmation email & info pack (please familiarise yourself with this). While we are busy preparing for Sunday we would just like to highlight some important info ahead of the event:

* Participants registered online MUST collect their event number, T & goody bag in CIT during the following times, Fri Oct 19th 5-8pm, Sat Oct 20th 12-2pm & Sun Oct 21st 8-9am.
* Start times are as follows: 5k @ 9.30am & 10K @ 9.45am from tiered car park in CIT.
* There is NO REGISTRATION on the morning of the event (its officially sold out)
* Category prizes only for 10k event. Spot prizes will be awarded to 5k participants randomly once results are in.
* Both events finish on the CIT Athletics Track.
* The Rebel Run 1 Mile Challenge event in association with Down Syndrome Cork (DSC) and Boston Scientific will start @ 9.15am, and participants will complete the final mile of the both 5&10k routes.
* The water stop for the 10k participants is at the 5K mark by the DSC Field of Dreams Facility on Clash Road.

We would like to wish everyone taking part a safe, fun and enjoyable event- and see you all on Sunday Morning

70 Year Old Granny runs 3:27 marathon!

70 year old Jeannie Rice set a new world record for her age when she completed the recent Chicago marathon in a time of 3h 27m 50s!

The grandmother, from Ohio, broke the previous record for the 70+ women’s category which was 3h 35m 29s. Chicago was also her 116th marathon.

When asked about her training in a post race interview, she said ..."I really do not enjoy treadmills. The only hard thing about training is keeping going through the cold weather, the wind and the rain does definitely make it tougher. I run every day and make sure to get enough sleep and a good diet. Age is just a number. If you’re physically capable you should just keep running – there’s really nothing stopping you."

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Irish results from the 2018 Munich Marathon

 The Munich Marathon was held last weekend with 4797 runners taking part. There was a big contingent as always from Ireland. Munster runners in BOLD.

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

New opening date of May 2019 set for Tramore Valley Park

Cork City Council have announced that May 2019 is now the most likely opening date for the Tramore Valley Park in Cork City. To date, a long succession of previous opening dates have failed to materialise.

According to a spokesperson for City Hall...."There will be a new safer access and egress from the site, reconfiguring the existing road, segregating visitors to the site, whether going to the recycling centre or the internal park car parks for those who wish to use the park. There will be a new roundabout on entering the site, with new lanes leading either to the recycling centre or the car parks and with two lanes exiting the park. In addition, extra car parking spaces will be provided at the north-west of the park and near the existing weighbridge, near the entrance area.”

It is expected that all works will be completed by May 2019.

Evening Echo article

Work continues on new park on Haulbowline Island


Back in 2017, I had a post up about the new proposed public park on Haulbowline Island in Cork Harbour....

Over the last few months, the site which was an old dump for Irish Steel has been sealed and huge quantities of top soil have been transported across to the island.

Pathways are now being laid out and I presume grass will be planted some time in the Spring of 2019. Allowing for this to become established, I presume it will be 2020 before there is a proper grass surface that can be walked on.

 A new video from Cork County Council shows the current state of the works as of Oct 2018...

I'm not sure as to when the park will officially open but it might have the potential for a new 5k parkrun? One obvious disadvantage is that it isn't next to any major population centre so most people will have to drive there.

Would there be enough interest to establish a parkrun there?

Monday, October 15, 2018

Cork Rebel Run 2018 has officially SOLD OUT!!


***Cork Rebel Run Update***

Cork Rebel Run 2018 has officially SOLD OUT!!

From the organisers.....Thanks to all of you who have signed up to date, and we look forward to welcoming you on Sun Oct 21st. Details on sign-in will be posted shortly!

The very best of luck to you all in your final training preparations!

Mayo woman Sinead Diver runs 2:25 marathon in Australia

Sinead Diver from Co.Mayo won the Melbourne Marathon over the weekend in a time of 2 hours 25 mins and 19 seconds. That is the second fastest time by an Irish woman and only Catherina McKiernan’s has run faster with 2:22:23.

Over the half-marathon distance, Sinead has a personal best 69:20. Only Sonia O’Sullivan with 67:19 and Catherina McKiernan with 67:50 have run faster.

What is probably most amazing is that Sinead Diver only took up running nine years ago while on maternity leave.

Sinead emigrated to Australia in 2002 and now represents her adopted country.

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Results & Photos of the Cork BHAA Army-Navy 5 mile - Sun 14th Oct 2018

After a miserable and wet Saturday, the conditions for the Cork BHAA race on Sunday morning couldn't have been better with blue skies and sunshine. A total of 180 runners turned out which is in marked contrast to the 294 who turned out when it was an evening race in 2017. That's works out as a 39% drop which is a lot.

1 Enda Cloake M1 00:27:20 Navy M-A-1
2 Finbarr O Dwyer 0/45B M2 00:27:48 CPO
3 Nigel Sheehan M3 00:27:58 Simply Suits
22 Katie Hickson 0/40I F1  00:32:38 Glenside
37 Linda O Connor 0/40I F2 00:34:09 Musgrave F-B-1
39 Mary Buckley 0/50K F3 00:34:15 HSE

Full results

1) There are 2 galleries up on the Running in Cork Facebook page
...a) Taken about 4.1 miles (first half)
...b) Taken about 4.1 miles (second half of field)
2) Derek Costello of Eagle AC has a gallery HERE

Katie Hickson... winner of the 2018 Cork BHAA Army-Navy 5m race

Former Cork County player and manager Billy Morgan heading for the finish line

Friday, October 12, 2018

Usain Bolts scores twice in Soccer match!

Since he retired from athletics, Usain Bolt has tried out some professional football in Australia. Playing for the Central Coast Mariners, the world's fastest man managed to bag two goals!!

The first effort was just wide of the post...

Norweigan Ultra runner runs 164 miles in 24 hours to set new treadmill record

Norwegian ultra runner Bjørn Tore Taranger set a new record when he ran 264.5km on a treadmill over a 24 hour period. That is the equivalent of 164 miles and works out as 8 min 46 sec per mile pace (5:27 per km).

The event took place in the Norwegian city of Bergen and finished on Friday the 12th of October 2018. The previous record was 261.18km which was set in 2017.

After setting the record, he said....“I knew I had it in me, I was not in doubt. I knew that as long as I managed to get in my nutrition, follow the plan with the wonderful people here who have supported me throughout the night. That was awesome!”

Cars banned on Marina in Cork City on Sundays for October 2018


In a new initiative called 'Open for Play', the Marina in Cork City will be closed to cars from 10am to 2pm on every Sunday during the month of October 2018.

Some of the activities described are..."Family fun and games for the smallies. Cricket making an appearance on the eastern side of the Lee amongst other street games. "

This will hopefully be the start of a process which will see a proper public park in the area.If you are going for a walk or run on Sunday, you might considering supporting this initiative.

Click on the image below to see the area that will be closed.

Thursday, October 11, 2018

CIT Sports Seminar Series - Nov 2018 to Apr 2018

The Cork Institute of Technology in association with Cork Sports Partnership are organising a series of sports seminars which should be of interest to many people...

CIT Athletics Sports Seminars
ADULT: Nov 7th: Sports Nutrition with Sharon Madigan €10
Price:ADULT: Dec 6th:Time Management with Lizzie Lee €10
Price:ADULT: Jan 23rd: Strength/Conditioning with J O Connor €10
Price:ADULT: Feb 13th: Sports Psychology with C Kennedy €10
Price:ADULT: March 12th: Junior/Senior Transition with Brian Gregan €10
Price:ADULT: April 3rd: Injury Prevention with P Francis €10
Venue: Room IT3, Library Building, C.I.T (7:30pm)

You can book online here...

Please note that the subjects covered will be of interest to participants of most sports.

I would especially bring your attention to the Strength & Conditioning seminar by Joe O'Connor.

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Notice : Great Glenville 4 mile race - Sun 25th Nov 2018

The annual Glenville 4 mile road race is coming up on Sunday the 25th of November 2018 and it should be of particular interest considering its proximity to Cork City.

In terms of getting there, the village of Glenville is only 5 miles or 8 kms from Watergrasshill and the M8 motorway.

The race starts at 11:30am and the race HQ is the Glenville Primary School. The village is pretty small so the race HQ, start and finish point are all close by.

Preview.......You'll find directions, maps and a course profile HERE

Tuesday, October 09, 2018

A look at the 'Open for Play' day on the Marina... Sun 7th Oct 2018

In a new initiative called 'Open for Play', the Marina in Cork City will be closed to cars from 10am to 2pm on every Sunday during the month of October 2018.

 The first on was held on Sunday the 7th and the weather conditions were dry for the event. As can be seen from the photo below, the Marina was blocked at the city end at the barrier by Pairc Ui Chaoimh. Anyone going into or out of the GAA stadium could go about their business and it was the same for Shandon Boat Club and Lee Rowing Club.

 There was quite a number of people making the most of the closure with lots of families cycling or walking. Interspersed with all these, there was a good few runners just taking in the Marina as part of their route.

The Blackrock end was blocked at the barrier as can be seen below.

 This was by far the busier part of the Marina with children's games being set up on the road.

At the plaza in Blackrock village, the place was packed with the farmers market. At about 1pm, there were queues of about 20 people on some outlets.

The Marina closure on its own was a special event but in conjunction with the farmers market nearby, it kind of gave it an added purpose. Someone could visit the market and then go for a stroll down the Marina.

Some people will want the Marina closed for the whole weekend, some don't want it closed at all. The key for me though is to have it almost as a feature of the local farmers market. If the market is open then the Marina should be closed. 

I couldn't help but think how the whole farmers market and closed road made such a nice alternative to the new family pastime of strolling around a shopping centre on a Sunday afternoon.

The Marina will be closed to traffic again from 10am to 2pm on Sunday the 14th, 21st and 28th of October 2018.

Sub 3 hour Irish results at the 2018 Chicago Marathon

The 2018 Chicago Marathon was held last weekend with a total of 44,476 people crossing the finish line. Mo Farah was the first man home in an impressive time of 2h 05m 11s.

These are the times for some of the runners from Ireland that broke 3 hours. Mark Smith of Eagle AC in Cork finished in a time of 2h 34m 21s.

131 Smith, Mark (GBR) 02:34:21
139 Nolan, Killian (IRL)  02:34:38
171 Griffin, Derek (IRL) 2:36:53
198 Walsh, Billy (IRL) 02:38:49
310 Mannion, Karl (IRL) 02:43:19
314 Messitt, Mark (IRL) 02:43:29
343 Mccoy, David (IRL) 02:44:32
457 Swift, Trevor (IRL) 02:47:55
519 Kenny, Michael (IRL) 02:49:19
557 Guinness, Samuel (IRL) 02:50:22
570 Sheehan, Padraig (IRL) 02:50:35
594 Porter, Adam (IRL) 02:50:58
778 Kearney, Shane (IRL) 02:54:33
903 Mckenna, Michael (IRL) 02:56:16
112 Carrie, David John (IRL) 02:58:35
115 Baker, Chris (IRL) 02:58:51
116 Lyons, Alan (IRL) 02:58:55
121 Murphy, Neil (IRL) 02:59:11
124 Bambrick, Oran (IRL) 02:59:19
125 Deveney, Terry (IRL) 02:59:23

Monday, October 08, 2018

Results of the Rosscarbery 5k fun run... 6th Oct 2018

This 5k fun run & walk was held in Rosscarbery in West Cork on Sat 6th Oct 2018.

Results below...

Two runners die at Cardiff Half-Marathon

The Cardiff Half-Marathon in Wales is one of the largest half-marathons in the UK with approx 20,000 runners taking part. Unfortunately this year, two runners died at the race which was held last  Sunday. The pair, aged 25 and 32, went into cardiac arrest after crossing the finishing line within three minutes of each other, at about 12.25 (GMT).

In response, the organisers said they are "100% satisfied" in their medical plan.... "We had a doctor and medical team at the finish line and were in attendance within seconds of the gentlemen collapsing."

Results of the Glenahulla 5k ... 8th Oct 2018

The annual Bernie Young Memorial Run 5k was held on Sunday the 7th of October in Glenahulla near Mitchelstown. About 132 took part.

Waterford Half-Marathon Sells Out!

Waterford AC have announced that all entries for their annual Half-Marathon have sold out! The race is coming up on the 1st of December 2018.

This is regarded as a good half with the potential to run good times so it attracts a lot of club runners.

From Waterford AC...."**Please note we are receiving alot of private messages, we do not have a cancellation list or any further entries available. Transfers are available if you find an entrant who cannot run and you swap details between yourselves on the online transfer facility **"

Saturday, October 06, 2018

Results & Photos of the Ballincollig 5k parkrun... Sat 6th Oct 2018

A total of  295 runners turned out for this weeks 5k parkrun in Ballincollig Regional Park on what turned out to be a cool but sunny morning.

1 Alan O'SULLIVAN 19:32    VM35-39    M1
2 John LONGAN    19:36    SM25-29    M2
4 Unknown
3 Riina KUUSELO    19:42    VW40-44    F1 Knowle and Dorridge Running Club
24 Shirley WALSH    22:26    VW45-49    F2 Kinsale Tri Club
27 Olga O'SULLIVAN    22:29    VW40-44    F3 Eagle A.C.


1) Colette Ryan has a gallery HERE
2) Joe Murphy has a gallery HERE

Friday, October 05, 2018

Notice...Eyeries 5 mile road race, West Cork - Sat 10th Nov 2018

This is the 5th year of the Eyeries 5 mile road race and follows on the success of the previous four years. The Beara Peninsula in West Cork is one of the most scenic parts of the country and an ideal backdrop for this road race in November. It might well suit any clubs or small groups who are looking for a day or weekend away.

On a nice sunny day, it's an absolutely stunning spot. The town of Castletownbere is only 4.5 miles away so there is plenty of accommodation on offer.

From the organisers.....EYERIES 5 MILE ROAD RACE...A scenic course with some challenging hills starting and ending in the village - this year's race Saturday 10th November 2.30pm

The Eyeries 5 Mile Road Race takes place every November, two weeks after the Dublin Marathon. It is organised by Beara A.C. - an enthusiastic group of runners who delight in putting on a great show for competitors who come from near and far to participate. The challenging course begins and ends in the village and is a great test to even the toughest of runners. This year will be the 5th Eyeries 5 Mile Road Race.

€10.00 Online Pre-registration: To pre-register online (for only €10.00) click HERE

Or Register on the Day: begins at 12 noon on the day in Eyeries Hall. €12.00 per person if registering on the day.

In November, this stunning part of West Cork can be very quiet and I'm sure they would appreciate all the support that they can get.

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

More info about the race the locality at

Short video of the race in 2014...

Thursday, October 04, 2018

Entries for the 2019 Adare 10k now open

The Adare 10k in Co.Limerick is one of the most popular 10k races on the calendar and sells out every year. The 25th anniversary race is coming up on Sunday the 24th of February 2019.

Entries are now open and it includes a medal & t-shirt. This one always sell out so enter asap. Info....

Juvenile membership of Cork athletic clubs drops almost 8% in 12 months

One interesting to come out of the latest membership stats from Athletics Ireland is the large drop in the number of juveniles in Co.Cork.

The chart above shows the number of juveniles in athletic clubs in the six largest counties. These account for almost half (49.3%) of all juvenile members of Athletics Ireland.

As can be seen, most counties are pretty steady with Galway and Mayo showing modest growth. The numbers in Cork by contrast have fallen by a significant 7.6%.

Looking through the membership stats for individual clubs, there doesn't seem to be a clear pattern. Some clubs are holding their own but a lot of clubs throughout the county are have lost 20-40 juvenile members.

Nationally, the number of juveniles in Athletics Ireland has declined by 1.7%. Without the large drop in Cork, it would have been a 0.8% decline.

Wednesday, October 03, 2018

Notice...Rebel Run 10k & 5k in Cork City - Sun 21st Oct 2018

This 10 km & 5km road race is coming up in Bishopstown on Sunday, the 21st of October 2018 at 9:30am.

This is going to be of interest to a lot of people for a number of reasons.....
1) There aren't that many 10k races really on the calendar. Loads of 5k and 5 mile races but fast 10k courses are a bit thin on the ground.
2) In Bishopstown in Cork City so it is central to a lot of people.
3) Dry-fit top included in the early entry fee for both the 5k and 10k.

***** UPDATE *****
Now fewer than 140 places left.


ENTRIES >>> You can enter online HERE

Sunday 21st  October, Bishopstown @ 9.30am
Chip Timing
Goody Bag for all participants
AAI Licence & Measured by Jones Counter
Over 18’s only (APPLIES TO 10K) - 5k event open to those 16+.
Online Entry: REGISTER NOW 

Please Note that it is not permitted to wear headphones while participating in this event.

Standard Entry Fee > 10k €20 // 5k €15

The Cork Rebel Run will take place on Sunday October 21st 2018 @ 9.30am

Courses......There are some changes but the basic loop of the 10k is still the same as before and can be seen HERE

The 5k course starts with the 10k, takes in the walkway riverside behind CIT and finishes on the track as well. Approx 5k course HERE

The race is organised is association by Cork Sports Partnership and their race website is HERE

From Cork Sports Partnership...

** Cork Rebel Run & Rebel Run A Mile Challenge Launches for 2018**
Sunday Oct 21st 2018
On Thursday August 2nd the Annual Cork Rebel Run 5k and 10k was launched in CIT, Bishopstown. Now in its 7th year the event will take place on Sunday October 21st. The organising committee of CorkSports Partnership, Leisureworld Cork and Cork Institute of Technology welcome both Cork City Council and Cork County Council as sponsors and look forward to having them on board again for 2018. Last year’s event saw record numbers take part in the event with over 730 participants across both events and it is hoped to build on this again for 2018.

Rebel Run 5k and 10k organisers and sponsors. Lord Mayor Cllr Mick Finn, Mayor of County Cork Cllr Patrick Gerard Muprhy, Claire Hurley, Kristine Meenaghan (CSP) Stephen Scully (Cork City Council) Craig Harrington (CSP & CIT) Miriam Deasy (CIT) Mark McManus (Leisureworld)

Tuesday, October 02, 2018

Athletics Ireland release club membership stats for end of Sept 2018

Athletics Ireland have just released the membership stats for clubs at the end of Sept 2018.

The chart above shows the clubs with 100 or more adult members.

Mallow AC continue to power ahead and they now have 261 members. Of those, a total of 233 are in the masters category i.e. aged 35 or over. Just 28 members are under the age of 35 and this is pretty typical of most clubs now with 89.3% in the masters category.

St,Catherine's AC now have 106 adult members as they break through the 100 mark. I think that may be their highest ever.

Doneraile AC are a new club and they are also the 100 mark with 153 members.

As always, there are other running clubs as well that are not part of Athletics Ireland so this isn't the complete picture.

Athletics Ireland release club transfers for Sept 2018

Twice a year, Athletics Ireland registered members have the opportunity to change clubs and this happens usually in April and October. The latest club transfers have now been released and they can be seen HERE

As to be expected, there are a number of juveniles and adults moving between clubs in Cork. Sometimes it can seen as if a large number might be moving from a particular club but if they have the same surname then it's usually just a family moving.

From an athletics point of view, the main one is probably Joan Healy who is one of the top sprinters in the country moving from Bandon AC to Leevale AC. Joan's coach Alan Mahony who is originally from Wexford also moves to Leevale.

Notice : Run in the Dark Mallow - Wed 14th Nov 2018

This years Run in the Dark event is being held in multiple locations around the country including one in Mallow, Co.Cork.

From the organisers...Run in the Dark Mallow – Join us for a 5k run on 14th November
Run in the Dark Mallow takes place on 14th  November 2018 at 8.00pm. Every November, as darkness sweeps the globe, thousands of people in 50 cities across the world will pull on their running shoes and red flashing armbands and hit the streets to Run in the Dark.
We know there are lots of running events out there, so why choose Run in the Dark?!

Apart from being a unique night run taking place in iconic locations around the world, there’s also an important cause fuelling this fundraising run. Run in the Dark is a global running movement helping to cure paralysis in our lifetime.

Run in the Dark is organised by the Mark Pollock Trust, named after blind Irish adventure athlete Mark Pollock. Unbroken by blindness in 1998, Mark Pollock suffered a catastrophic spinal cord injury in 2010 when he fell from a second story window that left him paralysed. As Mark strives to walk again, his most complex journey is ahead of him – to find a cure for paralysis.

By taking part in Run in the Dark you are enabling ground-breaking collaborations and research which could change the lives of millions of paralysed people around the world.

Every donation, every step, every study, moves us towards a cure for paralysis and enabling people to walk again.

Sign up at

There are a limited number of places available so make sure to sign up early so you don't miss out!

Mallow Route :  The start and finish line will be located outside Ocana’s, 26 Bank Place. The 5km route will go down Deal Yard Lane to park road, along park road to Mallow Bridge, Ballydaheen, old Cork road, taking the slip road near MPHC, turning back for mallow on the N20. At railway roundabout 1st exit takes you straight back to Ocana’s. Those wishing to complete 10km may loop around once more. After the race has finished all runners are encouraged to reunite at Ocana’s Bar to raise a toast to Mark Pollock and the Mark Pollock Trust efforts to cure paralysis in our lifetime.

Please aim to arrive at 19.30 (7.30pm) so that we can ensure everyone will receive their flashing armband and buff and have a group photo before we go running!

Monday, October 01, 2018

Results & Photos of the Cork BHAA Cork to Cobh 15 mile road race... Sun 30th Sept 2018

A grand total of 685 runners turned out for this years 15 mile road race from Cork City to the town of Cobh in Cork Harbour on what turned out to be pretty perfect weather conditions. That's a drop of about 8% on the numbers for 2017 and roughly in line with the current average of about 700 runners a year.

1 Cillian O'Leary M-1 01:21:02 Model Farm Road
2 John Meade M-2 01:23:27 Joyce Wolfe Physiotherapy
3 Michael Corbett 0/40A M-3 01:24:03 Musgrave
4 Jeremy O Donovan 0/40A M-4 01:26:04 Eli Lilly
5 Mark Collins M-5 01:26:19 Avondhu MF
38 Sorcha Kearney 0/40I F-1 01:36:58 St Finbarrs
47 Gavril Corduneanu 0/35H F-2 01:39:17 Cahir
49 Ann Marie Holland 0/40I F-3 01:39:18 Travel Ireland
58 Riina Kuuselo 0/40I F-4 01:39:52 Cork
84 Claire O'Brien F-5 01:44:38 Dept of Ed F-C-1

Full results

Photos... (Updated Mon 1st Oct 12:10pm)
1) There will be 4 albums up on the Running in Cork Facebook page...taken about 800m from the finish.
...a) 1h 21m to 1h 54m
...b) 1h 54m to 2h 05m
...c) 2h 05m to 2h 17m
...d) 2h 17m plus

2) Derek Costello of Eagle AC has the following albums...
...a) pre race and 1st mile   
...b) mile 3  
...c) mile 10
...d) finish line 

3) Michael Buckley Photography has 3 sets of photos up.
... Album 1... Album 2... Album 3

4) Joe and Ann Murphy have 3 albums...
... Album 1 ... Album 2 ... Album

Sunday, September 30, 2018

Results of the Glash 4k... Sun 30th Sept 2018

This 4k near Newmarket attracted a small field of just 45 runners and walkers...

Results of the Rockchapel 4k run/walk... Sun 16th Sept 2018

Results from a 4k in NW Cork a while back...

Cork woman Michelle Finn wins Limerick mini-marathon

(L-R) Carol Finn, Michelle Finn & Lauren Dermody
 The annual Limerick Ladies 10k Mini-Marathon was held on Sunday the 30th of Sept 2018 and the first woman home was Michelle Finn of Leevale AC in  Cork with a time of 35m  02s.

Michelle's sister Carol Finn also of Leevale AC finished in 3rd place in 37m 21s.

Study shows light exercise helps improve memory

Just 10 minutes of light physical activity is enough to boost brain connectivity and help the brain to distinguish between similar memories, a new study suggests.

Scientists at the University of California studying brain activity found connectivity between parts of the brain responsible for memory formation and storage increased after a brief interval of light exercise

Full story

Saturday, September 29, 2018

Looking ahead to the Cork BHAA Cork to Cobh 15 mile road race...Sun 30th Sept 2018

The main race in Cork this weekend is the annual Cork BHAA Cork to Cobh 15 mile road race on Sunday, the 30th of September. Note that the Montenette Hotel will not be in use for this race.

Entries on the day cost €20 and will be taken at Union Chandlery on Alfred St. There are no changing facilities. They will transport gear bags from there to the finish line in Cobh.

The race starts at 9:00am.

Entry list... A list of those who have pre-entered can be seen HERE

In 2018, race HQ is on Alfred St

Course...Starting at St.Patricks Church, you run past the railway station and towards the Dunkettle roundabout....up over the flyover by the tunnel......then taking a left and onto the old road which passes Glounthaune church.Then onwards towards the main roundabout before Carrigtwohill and then take the bridge over the main road and head towards Fota, Belvelly bridge and on into Cobh. The finish is close to the main square in the centre of Cobh. Overall, there are a few small hills but nothing major, just one pull at 12 miles near the old IFI plant and another smaller one before 14 miles.

Overall, it is pretty flat for the first ten miles or so with the hardest sections coming in the last five.

Transport......Please note that you have to make your own way back to Cork City.

Options - You probably have a few options in terms of transport...

1) Two cars...take 2 cars to Cobh, leave one in Cobh and drive up to Cork

2) Train...The train timetable shows it will leave the train station in Cobh for Cork City at 12:30, 1:30, 3:00 and 4:30 pm depending on how long you want to stay around after the race.The cost is €5.

Pace......If you are going for a specific time in the Dublin City Marathon in four weeks time, then it's an ideal chance to test your target marathon pace. Say your target for Dublin is 3h 30m.....then you could run Cork to Cobh at 8 min per mile pace. If you arrive in Cobh and you're comfortable then 3h 30m is a realistic target. If you're exhausted after 15 miles at that pace then you should think about a more realistic target. If you add in a warm up of a few miles beforehand then all the better. It will give you a more accurate appraisal.

Race.....Just remember that the last third is the hardest. Over the years, many people get to the Belvelly Bridge by Fota tired and then struggle over the last 5 miles. Going slightly slower in the early stages will pay off in the later stages in this race. Avoid going off too fast at the start.

Litter: The BHAA have been contacted by Tidy Towns associations along the route who have asked that they leave the route as they find it. Please aid them by not throwing gel wrappers away except at water stations and by leaving the water plastic cups near the water stations. They will be tidying the route after the race but this is done by volunteers who have better things to be doing with their time.

Water stations are at 4, 8, and 12 mile marks.

T-shirt will be provided after the finish line. Know what size you want to avoid queues backing up.

Weather........Updated Sat 29th Sept 1pm
The weather forecast is for dry, cool and overcast conditions. Temp about 10 deg C. There will be a breeze from the north-west which will be behind the runners for most of the race. Overall...lookng pretty good.

Results & Photos of the Ballincollig 5k parkrun... Sat 29th Sept 2018

The numbers were back up again for this weeks 5k parkrun in Ballincollig Regional Park with 336 people taking part.

1 Finbarr ODWYER    17:13    VM45-49    M1    Leevale AC
3 Kieran SHEAHAN    18:05    VM35-39    M2
4 Paul CASHMAN    18:48    VM35-39    M3    Watergrasshill AC
2 Aoife COOKE    18:04    SW30-34    F1
20 Sandra MANNING    20:34    VW35-39    F2    Eagle A.C.
24 Helen WALSH    21:12    VW40-44    F3    Togher AC

Full results

1) Colette Ryan has a gallery HERE

50th 5k parkrun for Joe Murphy

Friday, September 28, 2018

New higher standards to qualify for the 2020 Boston Marathon

These are the new higher standards needed to qualify for the 2020 Boston Marathon.

1) For the 2020 Boston Marathon, qualifying times must be run on or after Saturday, September 15, 2018.
2) The qualifying times above are based upon each athlete's age on the date of the 2020 Boston Marathon (April 20, 2020).
3) Qualifying times are based on official submitted net time (also known as chip time).

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Article on Irish marathon runner Sinead Diver

Sinead Diver from Co.Mayo is one of the top Irish female marathon runners with times like 2h 34m for the marathon, 69m 20s for the half and 31m 30s for the 10k.

The remarkable thing about Sinead is that she didn't start running seriously until she was 33!

Now living in Melbourne, she competes on the international stage for her adopted country.

Sonia O'Sullivan has an interesting article on Sinead in the Irish Times.

"To me the basic benchmark for elite women is 70 minutes for the half-marathon, and two hours and 30 minutes for the full marathon. These are the standards we need to be looking at to stand any chance of being competitive in any international road race, especially the Olympics, World Championships and European Championships." ....Sonia O'Sullivan

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Guest post by John Walshe : RON HILL’S 80th BIRTHDAY RACE

Guest post by John Walshe : RON HILL’S 80th BIRTHDAY RACE

Five years ago three runners from Cork – Kerry Constant, Brian Healy and John Walshe – travelled over to the Lancashire town of Littleborough for a special 5km race to mark the 75th birthday of all-time running great Ron Hill.

On Tuesday last (September 25th), the actual day of Ron’s 80th birthday, the trio again assembled with around 400 like-minded participants to celebrate another milestone in this man’s remarkable career. The venue this time was Whitworth, a suburb of Rochdale where the 5km course consisted of two laps around the scenic Cowm Reservoir.

Pictured with Ron Hill (R) at his special 80th birthday race are Brian Healy, Kerry Constant and John Walshe

John Walshe was privileged to have been at Ron’s 60th, 70th and 75th Birthday races and following his trip in 2008 the connection led to Hill coming over the following March to run the Ballycotton ‘10’, where he also gave a special seminar the night before.

Brian was making his second visit but for the much-travelled Kerry it was his sixth consecutive year. In actual fact, the Bishoptown man had run the Dublin Half-Marathon the previous Saturday, followed by the Belfast Half-Marathon on Sunday and was then traveling down to London for another half-marathon (and a parkrun) at the weekend!

Local Councillor says €300k would open Tramore Valley Park...

In mid-September, I had a post up about how it was announced that €6 million would be needed to open the Tramore Valley Park in Cork City. 

The latest news is that Councillor Kieran McCarthy of Cork City Council has said that a limited opening could be achieved for €300,000. It was revealed in a meeting about the park that the €6 million figure included everything including a link across to the Black Ash Park & Ride and providing for large events. For €300,000, 400 car park places could be put in and the small events could be held.

Cllr Kieran McCarthy wrote...."#corkcc time ticks on again; Meeting on Tramore Valley Park reveals the need for an extra e300,000 to finish off the site just to host small scale activity with 400 car park spaces; e6m extra needed to create links from Park and Ride plus being able to host large scale events"

A 'small event' would obviously include the likes of a 5k parkrun on a Saturday morning so I guess there is a glimmer of hope although that obviously depends on whether €300,000 is forthcoming. If the City Council can't fund it then it may as well be €6 million.

There is perhaps the possibility of leasing out the park for commercial events but with only 400 car park spaces, that scope looks a bit limited.

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Notice : Run in the Dark in Cork City - Wed 14th Nov 2018

Following the success of last years Run in the Dark charity events, they will be repeated again this year in the cities of Dublin, Cork, Belfast, London and Manchester. The date is Wednesday the 14th of November 2018.

From the organisers... Run in the Dark Cork – Join us for a 5k or 10k run on Wednesday 14th November 2018
Run in the Dark Limerick takes place on Wednesday the 14th of November at 9.00pm. Every November, as darkness sweeps the globe, thousands of people in 50 cities across the world will pull on their running shoes and red flashing armbands and hit the streets to Run in the Dark.
We know there are lots of running events out there, so why choose Run in the Dark?!

Apart from being a unique night run taking place in iconic locations around the world, there’s also an important cause fuelling this fundraising run. Run in the Dark is a global running movement helping to cure paralysis in our lifetime.

Run in the Dark is organised by the Mark Pollock Trust, named after blind Irish adventure athlete Mark Pollock. Unbroken by blindness in 1998, Mark Pollock suffered a catastrophic spinal cord injury in 2010 when he fell from a second story window that left him paralysed. As Mark strives to walk again, his most complex journey is ahead of him – to find a cure for paralysis.

By taking part in Run in the Dark you are enabling ground-breaking collaborations and research which could change the lives of millions of paralysed people around the world.

Every donation, every step, every study, moves us towards a cure for paralysis and enabling people to walk again.

Sign up now at

The Cork event last year attracted a huge number of runners and it looks likely that a similar number will want to take part in this unique event around the streets of the city at night this year as well.

Sunday, September 23, 2018

Results & Photos of the Charleville Half-Marathon - Sun 23rd Sept 2018

The weather conditions were almost perfect for this years Charleville Half-Marathon with blue skies and sunshine for nearly all of the race.

1 John TRAVERS (#2)     Donore Harriers     01:04:23 Elite  (1)     Male  (1)
2 Mick CLOHISEY (#1)     Raheny Shamrock AC     01:04:40 Elite  (2)     Male  (2)
3 Kevin MAUNSELL (#4)     Clonmel AC     01:05:14 Elite  (3)     Male  (3)
4 Sergiu CIOBANU (#3)     Clonliffe harriers     01:06:47 Elite  (4)     Male  (4)
5 Mark KIRWAN (#5)     Raheny Shamrock AC     01:07:09 Elite  (5)     Male  (5)
6 Tim O'DONOGHUE (#21)     East cork ac     01:07:39 Elite  (6)     Male  (6)
7 Thomas HAYES (#7)     Kilkenny City harriers     01:07:49 Elite  (7)     Male  (7)
8 Colin GRIFFIN (#13)     Ballinamore AC     01:10:20 Elite  (8)     Male  (8)

35 Lizzie LEE (#23)     Leevale AC     01:15:38 Elite  (1)     Female  (1)
46 Siobhan O'DOHERTY (#24)     Borrisokane AC     01:17:14 Elite  (2)     Female  (2)
79 Jill HODGINS (#25)     Leevale AC     01:20:40 Elite  (3)     Female  (3)
80 Jane Anne MEEHAN (#27)     Athenry AC     01:20:45 Elite  (4)     Female  (4)
92 Sorcha KEARNEY (#29)     St Finbarrs AC     01:22:32 Elite  (5)     Female  (5)
94 Sandra LYNCH (#967)     Kilcoole AC     01:22:39 O40  (1)     Female  (6)
123 Alison KIRBY (#1234)         01:23:33 O45  (1)     Female  (7)
156 Neasa DE BURCA (#917)     GALWAY CITY HARRIERS     01:25:21 O40  (2)     Female  (8)

The full results can be seen HERE

Photos... Updated Thurs 27th Sept 10:30pm
1) There are several albums up on the Running in Cork Facebook page.
...a) Pre-Race
...b) Just after the start 
...c) Finish 1h 04m - 1h 23m
...d) Finish 1h 23m - 1h 34m
...e) Finish 1h 34m - 1h 45m
...f) Finish 1h 45m - 1h 56m
...g) Finish 1h 56m - 2h 07m
...h) Finish 2h 07m - 2h 39m
...i) Prizes

2) Gearóid Ó Laoi has a nice gallery HERE

3) Derek Costello of Eagle AC has 4 galleries...
...a) Pre race and start
...b) @ 12.5 miles part 1  
...c) @ 12.5 miles part 2  
...d) @ 12.5 miles part 3

4) Michael Buckley Photography has three albums...
...a) Album 1
...b) Album 2
...c) Album 3

5) Joe Carey has a gallery HERE

First two women... Lizzie Lee & Siobhan O'Doherty