Google+ Running in Cork, Ireland: 2018

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Guest Post : JOHN O’LEARY’S AMAZING John Walshe

Congratulations to Cork runner John O'Leary who is now 80 years old and moves into the M80 category! To mark the occasion, the following article written by John Walshe for the Leevale AC  50th anniversary book 'Leevale - Home of Champions' has been updated for John's birthday. 


Of the 31 runners who ran the first Ballycotton ‘10’ back in 1978, 12 were from the Leevale club. However, for one of that dozen it is not the ten-mile race that holds the most memories but the Ballycotton Summer Series of five milers.

Later in that year of 1978, John O’Leary ran the Shanagarry ‘5’ and so started an incredible sequence that saw the Douglas man take part in a total of 154 consecutive races in the Series. But not alone did he reach that colossal number but he also achieved a milestone in running that will never be surpassed – that of finishing in first place in his age category in a staggering 123 of these events.

John took up running somewhat late in life, as his first sporting involvement was with Douglas Hall soccer club, both as a founder member and as a coach. “I was with them for around 10 years and we used to train at Castletreasure pitch,” he recalls. “As I was then in my late thirties I said I should do something about getting myself fit, so I started running in the field and I eventually ventured out in the dark and ran four miles. I said if I can keep this going for the four seasons, regardless of the weather, I will take up running for good.”

Luckily for John, across the road from his home in Gartan Park lived Jerry Murphy, then one of Cork’s outstanding distance runners. “It was Jerry who got me involved in Leevale and then the late Mick Harte started coaching me, but it was Jerry more than anyone else who influenced me.”

John’s first race was an international four-mile event at Loughrea and he also remembers the first cross-country medal he won: “It was a County Novice ‘B’ race and one of my team-mates on the Leevale team that day was Marcus O’Sullivan, who would go on to win three World Indoor titles.”

Finish of the 2018 BHAA 5k Simon race

He won his first road race prize at that Shanagarry race in 1978 and the following year, having turned 40, won his first category prize. As he moved up the age categories, he continued his amazing winning progression. He was unbeaten in the M55 age-group with 20 wins and won the M60 category on 19 occasions and continued into both the M70 and M75 categories.,

“I took up running as a science, not as a sport. I wanted to see what the body could go through and that helped me. I always knew when to ease off and I also knew the meaning of the word recovery,” concludes this remarkable man, who will celebrate his 80th birthday this month of December, 2018.

John O'Leary at the last Ballycotton 5 race in August 2017

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Running events coming up next weekend... Sat 15th & Sun 16th Dec 2018

The Christmas period is one of the busiest times of the year for running events and it really kicks off next weekend.

The list below which is extracted from the race calendar gives a good idea of what is on offer. Which event you take part in really depends on where you live.

The big race on Co.Cork next weekend is the annual Newmarket 5k organised by Duhallow AC on Sunday the 16th of December. They have had quite a large number of pre-entries to date and you can still enter on the day.

These are the running events in the South of Ireland on Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th of December 2018.

- - - December 2018 - - -

Sat 15th (9:30am)... 5k parkruns - Various locations - Free
Cork - Ballincollig, Macroom, Clonakilty, Rineen Woods, Glengarriff Woods, Bear Is /// Limerick - University of Limerick, Newcastle West /// Kerry - Killarney, Tralee, Listowel, Inch /// Clare - Ennis, Kilrush, Clarisford /// Tipperary - Clonmel, Templemore /// Waterford - Tramore /// Kilkenny - Kilkenny Castle /// Carlow - Carlow town /// Wexford - New Ross, Gorey, Johnstown ///

Kerry... Sat 15th (8:30am)... Glenageenty Trail Marathon... €40... NE Kerry...
Kerry... Sat 15th (9:30am)... Glenageenty Trail Half-Marathon... €30...
Kerry... Sat 15th (10:30am)... Glenageenty Trail 10k... €20...

Cork... Sat 15th (9:30am)... Jingle Jog/Walk in Rosscarbery... €5...
Kerry... Sat 15th (10am)... Barradubh Santa 5k Fun Run / Walk... €7... Also 2.5k option...
Cork... Sat 15th (12 noon)... Glanmire 5k Santa Charity Fun Run... €20...

Sun 16th (9:30am)... 2k Junior parkruns - Various locations - Free
Cork - Cobh /// Limerick - Shelbourne Park /// Kerry - Tralee /// Wexford - Heritage Park ///

Cork... Sun 16th (9:30am)... Cloyne Commons 4k... €5... info...
Clare... Sun 16th (10:30am)... Run Santa Run Ennis... €5... Clare County Council Car Park... in aid of Clare Crusaders Clinic...
Kerry... Sun 16th (11am)... Tralee 5km Santa Fun Run... €10...

Cork... Sun 16th (1pm)... Newmarket Christmas Classic 5k road race... €15 on the day... organised by Duhallow AC

Race calendar...

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Latest update on the Haulbowline Island works

Cork County Council recently released a video about the remediation works on Haulbowline Island in Cork harbour and it can be seen below.

While the photo above shows how a new layer of topsoil was placed on the site, the new video shows how it is beginning to turn slightly green as the grass begins to grow. By the time the Spring growth takes off in 2019, it should be more or less completely green with just the paths visible.

The Council have said that the new amenity will have a 2km trail which would include a distance marked 1 km loop to facilitate people being able to measure every 200m. It would also have two public toilets and car parking on site.

More info about the project in this previous post.

Elite entries for the 2019 Dungarvan 10 mile race

The normal round of entries for the 2019 John Treacy 10 mile road race in Dungarvan closed at the start of November. They are however accepting 'Elite Entries' and the standard required is shown below...

From West Waterford AC..."If you wish to apply as an elite runner please send your information to info AT westwaterfordathletics DOT org stating your name, date of birth, club and fastest time and location for either half marathon or 10 mile race ran in the last 3 years.

Half Marathon time: Under 1.20 for men (1.30 for women)
10 Mile Time: Under 60 mins for men (65 for women)"

The race starts at 1:30pm on Sunday the 3rd of February 2019.

New development at UCC Farm to start in early 2019

It looks as if part of the UCC Farm is going to be developed in 2019 with work likely to commence early in the year.

The first two pitches on the left as you enter the UCC Farm will be developed with new buildings being constructed. This was flagged several years back but the economic climate was different back then.

Back in mid  2013, the first building was supposed to go up in late 2014 so the timeline for this project is over 4 years behind.

Many local runners use the UCC Farm for short training runs as the softer surface makes a welcome change from the pounding on the roads and footpaths. By running around the perimeter and staying off the playing pitches, there is a nice 2.25 mile loop. Obviously the new development will make those loops shorter.

Previous posts about the development HERE

The image below shows what the UCC Farm may look like eventually...

It's going to take some time before it's completely developed but 2019 should mark the year when it started.

Monday, December 10, 2018

Results & Photos of the Cork BHAA 5k Turkey Trot - Sun 9th Dec 2018

A grand total of 241 runners turned out for this years Cork BHAA 5k Turkey Trot in Mahon with a cheque for €3,000 to Cork Simon. As can be seen from the chart at the bottom of the post, the numbers were down about 14% this year which was probably due to the number of events on over the weekend.

Contestants were not allowed wear watches for this 5k and the winners were those who finished as close as possible to their estimated finish times.

The first three men and women across the line are shown below...

1 James McCarthy  16:22
2 Brian Harty 17:33
3 Conrad Daly 19:13
24 Benvon Lyons 21:19
28 Ann Marie Burns 21:46
35 Siobhan Holland 22:28

Full results are up HERE

Two little elves from the Kingdom

1) There are two albums up on the Running in Cork Facebook page...
...a) Pre-race and start
...b) Finish

And finally...this was of course the last race of the 2018 Cork BHAA calendar. Here are some of the Cork BHAA guys that help put on this successful race series every year.

Notice : Newmarket 5km road race - Sun 16th Dec 2018

This popular 5 km road race is coming up in the town of Newmarket in North-West Cork on Sunday the 16th of December. This is a fast 5k course and gets a good turnout every year.

The race HQ this year is at the Hi-Lands which is a change to the usual High Street Bar (see preview). As you can see from the race flyer above, there are lots of generous prizes on offer.

The online pre-entry fee is €10 or you can pay €15 on the day.

The pre-entry link is

Course Preview...Lots more info including directions, photos, course details, etc can be seen HERE

This race is organised by Duhallow Athletic Club. More info on their website...

2019 Dublin Marathon sells out

On Monday the 10th of December 2018, the last of the 20,000 entries were sold for the next Dublin marathon at the end of October 2019. It's pretty amazing really considering how far away it is.

Looking back at earlier posts on the blog, the 2018 race sold out at the end of May 2018 and the 2017 race sold out on the 12th of July.

The big difference now is that before, the race was selling out around the time people might start think about doing a training plan. Now it's almost 11 months in advance which seems way off into the future. It's very likely that the number of 'no shows' will rise as well as people get swept up in the panic to enter and never turn up on the day. 

What will it be next year? Will it sell out in November?

There is a transfer window for those with entries but I think it is pretty early in 2018.

Over 19,500 entries sold already for the 2019 Dublin City Marathon

Update 9th December. It is likely to sell out on Mon 10th Dec.

Mon 10th Dec 2018... SOLD OUT!
Sun 9th Dec 2018... Now 19,500 gone. Likely to close on Mon 10th.
Wed 4th Dec 2018... Now 18,000 gone.
Tues 27th Nov 2018... Now 16,000 gone.
Sun 18th Nov 2018... Now 13,300 gone
Wed 14th Nov 2018... Now 12,500 gone.
Wed 7th Nov 2018... Now 10,000 gone.
Sat 3rd Nov 2018... 7,000 gone.

It's hard to believe but 10,000 places for the 2019 Dublin City Marathon have been sold already!

The entry fees are broken down as follows... Entry fee:  The first 7,000 entries are at €70, the next 7,000 are at €80 and the last 6,000 are at €90.

Amazingly, the first batch of 7,000 were snapped up by Saturday the 3rd of November, just 6 days after the 2018 event! By Wed 7th, it was at 10,000. That means there are now less than 10,000 left.

Although 12 months is a long time to plan ahead, you should probably be thinking about entering if you are interested. If nothing else, you should keep a close eye on the entries to see how things progress.

The entry link is

Saturday, December 08, 2018

Results of the Clonakilty Marathon, Half-Marathon & 10k - Sat 8th Dec 2018

Looks like they got a nice day for this years Clonakilty Marathon albeit a little windy.

Looking through the results, the numbers are just a tad down this year.

The marathon hit a new record with the highest number of finishers ever in the events history. The half-marathon was also up slightly but the drop this year was in the 10k for whatever reason.

2 Freddy STUKK    02:39:20 2    MS (1)    Raheny Shamrocks
3 Ciaran MCKENNA    02:39:56 171    MS (2)  
4 Derek GRIFFIN    02:46:50 342    MS (3)  
22 Charlotte KEARNEY    03:18:04 372    F40 (1)    Donadea RC
32 Kelli PALIZZI    03:25:02 438    FS (1)    PPRR
35 Ellen AHERN    03:26:40 248    F40 (2)    Rosscarbery Steam Runners

1 Sergiu CIOBANU    01:13:22 1945    MS (1)    Clonliffe Harriers
2 Niall SHEIL    01:14:49 1344    M40 (1)    St Killians
3 Mark GUERIN    01:16:55 5708    MS (2)
13 Jackie CARTHY    01:26:49 1106    F40 (1)    Kilgore AC
28 Kana AKIMOTO    01:32:58 1075    FS (1)    North East Runners Dundalk
45 Deirdre ANSBRO    01:36:11 1413    FS (2)    Youghal AC

1 Barry O'SHEA    00:35:25 2594    MS (1)    Midleton AC
2 Michiel MEULEMANS    00:35:30 2511    MS (2)    Loopgroep Run Inn
3 Garrett LORDAN    00:35:58 2471    MS (3)    Clonakilty Road Runners AC
5 Catriona MCKIERNAN    00:37:10 9763    F40 (1)   
13 Zoe QUINN    00:39:34 2173    F40 (2)    Raheny Shamrock AC
15 Gráinne O'CALLAGHAN    00:40:14 2550    FS (1)    North Cork AC

The results are up on the MyRunResults website...

Results & Photos of the Ballincollig 5k parkrun... Sat 8th Dec 2018

188 turned out for this weeks 5k parkrun in Ballincollig Regional Park in what were dry but windy conditions. This is down somewhat on the 312 of last week and the average of 290 for 2018. Perhaps the Clonakilty marathon on Saturday and the Cork BHAA Turkey Trot coming up on Sunday might have been a factor.

1 Unknown
2 Alan O'SULLIVAN    19:48    VM35-39    M2
3 Kevin GLEESON    20:12    VM35-39    M3
21 Olga O'SULLIVAN    22:35    VW40-44    F1    Eagle A.C.
33 Linda HOGAN    23:22    VW50-54    F2
36 Gillian COTTER    23:29    VW45-49    F3    St Finbarrs AC

Full results

1) Collette Ryan has some photos HERE

Results & Photos of the Glen River 5k parkrun... Sat 8th Dec 2018

76 runners turned out for this weeks 5k parkrun in the Glen, down slightly on the 81 last week.

1 Ken INCE    18:34    VM35-39    M1    Watergrasshill AC
2 Craig HARRINGTON    18:46    SM25-29    M2    Togher AC
3 Martin COLWILL    18:57    VM50-54    M3    Bideford AAC
22 Catherine REDMOND    23:58    VW45-49    F1
26 Sinead ROCHE    24:50    JW11-14    F2
27 Helen ROCHE    24:51    VW45-49    F3    Wibbly Wobbly Wonders


1) The organisers have a gallery HERE
2) Joe Murphy has a gallery HERE

Kate Veale of West Waterford AC wins National 20k Race Walk Championships

Kate Veale of West Waterford AC took another huge step back to the top level of race walking this morning at the national 20 k championships held in St Anne's Park Raheny Dublin. Kate took gold in a huge new personal best 1.37.54 knocking almost 5 minutes off her previous best .

Kate's time also was inside the qualifying times for two significant races in 2019
The European cup of race walking and the World universities games but she will have to wait as selection will be decided by Athletics Ireland in the near future.

Notice : Mallow 10 mile road race - Sun 24th March 2019

The Mallow 10 mile road race is coming up on Sunday the 24th of March 2019 at 12:30pm. Entries opened on Friday December 7th.

Update Sat 8th Dec... 1000 of the 2000 online entries are now gone.


Entries are now open.  

There will be a lot of demand for this race and it will certainly sell out. Outside of the Dungarvan 10, this is probably the second most popular 10 miler in Munster.

Going on previous entries, the Dungarvan 10 is an event that sells out in hours where as the Mallow 10 sells out in days.

Updated info will appear here and on the race website...

Friday, December 07, 2018

Athletics Ireland release membership stats for clubs for Nov 2018

Athletics Ireland have just released the latest stats for the membership of athletic clubs in the country as of the end of November 2018. This is the adult membership of athletic clubs in Cork with 100 or more members in 2017/2018...

Some clubs have shown strong growth over the last 12 month with Mallow AC being the largest. Clubs like Togher AC have seen the benefits of their Couch to 5k programme while St.Catherines AC in Conna have also seen a big jump in numbers.

Doneraile AC are a new club and pop straight in as the 8th largest.

The overall figures for Cork county show that real growth in adult membership has been in several new regional clubs starting up. New clubs like Mt.Hillary AC, Doneraile AC, Bridevale AC and Beara AC account for 360 of the additional 442 adult club members in 2018.

Adults Getting Older.... The trend for adult club members to be older continues. At the end of November 2017, 19.3% of adults were under the age of 35. At the end of November 2018, that had dropped to 17.5% and looks set to continue.

Going back to 2013, that figure was at 27.3%.

Drop in Juvenile Numbers... The most significant change in the club membership numbers is the drop in the number of Juveniles. That is down 5.6% in the last 12 months.

Full stats are available on the Athletics Ireland website.

Lizzie Lee and Mick Clohisey qualify for the IAAF World Championships

It has been announced that following winning the national marathon titles at the recent Dublin Marathon, both Lizzie Lee from Cork and Mick Clohisey have qualified for the 2019 IAAF World Championships. This is scheduled to be held between 27 September and 6 October 2019 in Doha, Qatar. Should be a warm marathon!

Talk by Irish marathon record holder Cartherina McKiernan in Clonakilty - Fri 7th Dec 2018


From the organiers of the Clonakilty Marathon... 8pm, Friday 7th December 2018 at The Clonakilty Hotel. (FREE ADMISSION)

Q&A with Chi Running Instructor and Winner of Berlin Marathon, Amsterdam Marathon & London Marathon our national record holder of Marathon distance, a time of 2:22:23, Catherina McKiernan.

Get top running tips from a true Irish sports legend.

East Cork Harbour Marathon donate €9000 to Marymount Hospice

From the organisers of the East Cork Harbout Marathon...
Last Friday we presented all Benefactors with the funds you all helped us raise in this years East Cork Harbour Marathon.

Marymount University Hospice were presented with €9K!!

We are thrilled to have raised €24,812.59 since 2016 for Marymount Hospice.

A sincere Thank you to each and everyone of you, for your support year on year.

Thank you.
East Cork Harbour Marathon Team

Thursday, December 06, 2018

€250 Nike Vaporfly Shoes...Value for Money???

When Eliud Kipchoge broke the marathon record in Berlin in September, he was wearing Nike Vaporfly 4% running shoes. There has been a huge amount of publicity and hype about this shoe and its performance of late. At roughly $250 or €250 a pair, they're certainly not cheap.

Nike claim the shoes can improve performance by as much as 4% and there has been a huge demand for them. At the recent New Work Marathon Expo, people were queuing up to buy them. Think about that... a $250 sale every minute or so for hours on end.

Do they live up to the hype though?

The shoes contain a curved, carbon-fiber plate embedded in a thick layer of lightweight foam. Tests done with fast male runners determined that the 4% shoe slightly changed how the men ran. This reduced the amount of muscular activity around their ankles and feet and lessened the amount of energy they burned. It seems that the internal structure acts like a lever instead of a spring and this leads to improved efficiency.

It's one thing improving the efficiency of highly trained athletes but will the shoes work for the ordinary Joe Soap?

As Dr.Kram who supervised one of the studies said....“The shoes might help” to shave a minute or five from a plodding runner’s 10K or half-marathon finishing time But, realistically many people will get much more than a 4 percent improvement from more training and maybe a little weight loss.”

On the other hand, €250 for something that will last perhaps 6-12 months is small beer compared to the entry fees of some of the big marathons.

As the saying goes... Caveat Emptor.

More information about the Nike Vaporfly studies can be seen on the New York Times website.

Wednesday, December 05, 2018

RIP - Cork runner Paddy Daly

A bit of sad news this time. Paddy Daly (#417 in the above picture) was a regular on the Cork race circuit and ran with the Army team at the Cork BHAA races. He passed away on Wednesday the 4th of December 2018.

Details about the funeral arrangements on the RIP.IE website

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.

St.Catherine's AC raise over €500 for charity with a 3k race

St Catherine’s AC in Conna held a charity 3k race on Tues 4th Dec 2018 with the proceeds going to St.Vincent de Paul. Despite the dreadful conditions, over 40 runners took part and over €500 was raised.

The results can be seen here...

Tuesday, December 04, 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.

The second one is coming up on Thursday the 6th of December 2018...

Monday, December 03, 2018

Notice : Cork BHAA Simon 5k Turkey Trot - Sun 9th Dec 2018

The final race in the 2018 Cork BHAA calendar is the Simon 5k Turkey Trot coming up on Sunday the 9th of December at 11am.

Registration takes place at Blackrock Hurling Club from 9.30am. Entries cost €10 for all runners with proceeds going towards Cork Simon. No watches or phones allowed as you will have to predict your finish time in advance!

The race is on mostly quiet roads and walkways in Mahon.

Sunday, December 02, 2018

Video of the inaugural 5k parkrun in the Glen

The first 5k parkrun in the Glen on the north side of Cork City was held on Saturday the 24th of November 2018.

This short video gives a taste of what it was like...

Saturday, December 01, 2018

Results & Photos of the 5k parkrun in the Glen - Sat 1st Dc 2018

After the 142 for the inaugural 5k parkrun in the Glen last week, it dropped down to 81 this week.

1 David MOYNIHAN    18:14    VM35-39    M1    Midleton AC
2 Don KEOHANE    19:24    VM50-54    M2    Eagle A.C.
3 Brian LINEHAN    19:57    VM55-59    M3
21 Sue REEN    24:38    VW40-44    F1
26 Lisa SHINE    26:01    SW30-34    F2    Crusaders Athletic Club
33 Rosarie LAPIERRE    26:58    VW40-44    F3 

Full results...

1) The organisers have a few photos up on Facebook

Huge turnout for Waterford Half-Marathon as Cork runner Lizzie Lee takes title

There was a huge turn out of 2338 runners for this years Waterford Half-Marathon. This is a hugely popular race amongst club runners looking for a fast half-marathon at the end of the year.

Following up on her win at the national marathon in Dublin and the recent Stook 10 mile in Kilkenny, Lizzie Lee from Cork took the title in a time of 1h 18m 46s. Looking through the results, there was a big contingent of runners from Cork there also.

1 Sittuk     Freddie 36     1:08:01 5:11/M     Open     Raheny Shamrock A.C.
2 Fitzpatrick     Tomas     31     1:08:05 5:12/M     Open     Tallaght A.C.
3 Hayes     Thomas     34     1:08:12 5:12/M     Open     Kilkenny City Harriers A.C.
4 O'Leary     Cillian 20     1:09:10 5:17/M     Open     Raheny Shamrock A.C.
5 Connick     Andrew     12     1:10:01 5:21/M     Open     Ferrybank A.C.
36 Lee     Lizzie     30     1:18:46 6:01/M     Open     Leevale A.C.
42 Fitzgerald     Ruth     29     1:19:42 6:05/M     Open     Waterford A.C.
62 Kehoe     Fiona     10     1:22:02 6:16/M     Open     Kilmore A.C.
124 Corcoran     Jan     2953     1:26:17 6:35/M     Open     Le Cheile A.C.
126 Brennan     Grainne 2202     1:26:21 6:35/M     Open          

Full results...

Category results...

Photos... (Updated Sun 2nd Dec 11:19am)
1) West Waterford AC have some photos HERE
2) There is another gallery on the Race Face page
3) Gearóid Ó Laoi has a large gallery on Flickr
4) John Troy has a nice gallery HERE 

Results & Photos of the Ballincollig 5k parkrun - Sat 1st Dec 2018

After the inaugural 5k parkrun in the Glen last week, the numbers were up again this week for the parkrun in Ballincollig. The weather was also a bit dryer before the event.

1 Rory O' SULLIVAN    17:12    VM40-44    M1    St Finbarrs AC
2 Kieran SHEAHAN    18:25    VM35-39    M2
3 Unknown   
29 Aine CROTTY    22:20    SW25-29    F1
46 Linda HOGAN    23:33    VW50-54    F2
58 Mairead PEREZ    24:04    VW45-49    F3

The full results are HERE

1) Colette Ryan has a gallery on Google photos
2) Joe Murphy has a gallery on Facebook

Friday, November 30, 2018

Weather Forecast for the 2018 Waterford Half-Marathon

Quite a number of runners from Cork will be heading to Waterford on Saturday 1st December for the annual Waterford Half-Marathon.

A front will pass over the southern half of the country on Friday night and early Saturday morning. By 9am, it should have cleared. This should mean dry and mild conditions for the parkruns in Cork.

For the Waterford Half, it should also have cleared and it should be overcast but dry. There will be a light breeze from the West. Temp about 11 deg C. Fine for a singlet.

Overall, pretty good conditions for a half-marathon.

Cork Gardaí warn that road races must have strict management plans

An Garda Síochana in Cork have announced that running events on public roads will need to have strict management plans in future. Failure to do so could see the event being cancelled.

Cork East TD Sean Sherlock raised the matter with Cork County's Joint Policing Committee and highlighted the number of running events being held.

In an article in the Evening Echo, he noted...“There have been some events, athletics events mainly, that have given rise to some challenges in terms of the public safety element where there are now some constraints from athletics clubs, especially in organising road races on public roads. In fairness to the Gardai, there has been a lot of engagement with individual clubs in terms of what milestones that need to be reached in order to hold the event. Clubs need a clear expectation of what their obligations are when they come to organising an event. Some of these events have been run for quite a number of years and there will be new events."

The full article can be seen on the Evening Echo website.

It looks likely that it will get harder and more expensive to organise roads races in the future as the roads get busier.

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Traffic Cameras catch cheats at Chinese Half-Marathon

The annual half marathon in Shenzhen, China was held recently and there were about 16,000 finishers. It wasn't without incident as traffic cameras caught almost 250 runners cheating by taking shortcuts through bushes.

Organisers of the race also discovered 18 runners wearing fake bibs and three runners they described as "imposters". "Marathon running is not simply exercise, it is a metaphor for life, and every runner is responsible for him or herself," organisers said.

Footage captured by police traffic cameras showed runners cutting through bushes to an adjacent carriageway, instead of continuing along the road and making a U-turn.

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Bandon 5 mile race on New Year's Day cancelled

Bandon AC have traditionally held their 5 mile road race on New Years Day every year. As can be seen from the chart above, the numbers have been down since 2014 which follows a pattern for a lot of races in West Cork.

The club has now decided to hold it later in the year.

From Bandon AC...."Just to confirm officially, Bandon AC will not be hosting a race on or around New Years Day in 2019. Due to the number of local road races between the 25th and 31st of December we decided to hold the race later in 2019."

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Leevale AC Retain National Senior Cross Country Title

The National Senior Cross Country Championships were held at the Sports Ireland Campus in Dublin last weekend on Sunday the 25th of November 2018. The Leevale AC womens team from Cork retained their national title by finishing in first place!

Since the competition has been held in Abbotstown, Dublin, Leevale AC have finished 2nd in 2016, 1st in 2017 and 1st in 2018.

(first 4 to score)
801 28:20 4 Michelle Finn Leevale A.C.
800 28:45 8 Dylan Hassett Leevale A.C.
806 29:44 24 Sinead O'Connor Leevale A.C.
803 30:51 38 Niamh Moore Leevale A.C.
802 31:19 46 Michelle Kenny Leevale A.C
804 33:06 78 Niamh Roe Leevale A.C.
799 33:36 85 Carol Finn Leevale A.C.

There were however no other Cork teams in the results (four are required for a full team). The overall numbers for a national championships were pretty poor with only 13 teams (12 in 2016, 9 in 2017). Only 10 of the 32 counties had a team of four.

The Senior Cork women's team dropped down to 4th place this year after finishing 2nd in 2016 and 1st in 2017.

In the mens senior competition, East Cork AC and Leevale AC were the only two Cork teams finishing 9th and 10th respectively. Leevale AC finished 3rd in 2016, 8th in 2017 and 10th in 2018. East Cork AC finished 9th on 2016, 7th in 2017 and 9th in 2018.

The Senior Cork men's team drop down to 4th this year after finishing 3rd in 2016 and 2017.

Like the women's competition, there was a lack of teams or counties. A total of 18 teams took part in 2018 (18 in 2016, 19 in 2017) while there were 10 counties in 2018 (8 in 2016 & 2017).

The full results can be seen on the Athletics Ireland website.

Number of teams at the Irish National Senior Cross Country Championships

Monday, November 26, 2018

Daily Mile for school children spreads to Cork

Back in September of 2015, I had a post up on the site titled "Scottish Primary School is starting a running revolution to tackle childhood obesity". It was about how a school in Scotland was trying to get their children to exercise every day to improve their fitness levels and get them used to a culture of exercise.

What is The Daily Mile? The aim of The Daily Mile is simple – we want to get children fit by running for 15 minutes a day. Headteacher, Elaine Wyllie, founded The Daily Mile to tackle the obesity and poor levels of fitness of the children in her school. The great thing is that this daily exercise is not timetabled. Teachers take their classes out at a time of their choosing and it only takes 15 minutes. It’s simple – the kids don’t get changed, it gets them out of their seats and gives them an opportunity to go outside and socialise within their school community.

The concept gradually spread to the rest of the UK and is now in Ireland. There are several in Cork schools as can be seen from the map above (Nov 2018). This however is just a fraction of the schools in the county.

If you're a teacher or are interested in the Daily Mile concept then check out this website...

Sunday, November 25, 2018

Results & Photos of the Glenville 4 mile race - Sun 25th Nov 2018

A record 387 runners turned out for this years Glenville 4 mile road race organised by Watergrasshill AC, a huge jump of almost 31%.

1 Merritt    Colin    Male    n/a    M 45    0:20:42
2 Meade    John    Male    Gilead    Overall Male Runner    0:20:52
3 Durkan    Eoin    Male    Donore Harriers    Overall Male Runner    0:21:03
1 Lee    Lizzie    Female    Leevale A/C    F 35    0:22:41 (Course record)
2 Veale    Kate    Female    West Waterford A/C    F   0:24:25
3 Geary    Ann    Female    Midleton AC    F 40    0:24:48

Category results at the bottom of the page.

First 3 men in the 2018 Glenville 4 mile (L-R) John Meade, Colin Merritt & Eoin Durkan. Photo: Mick Dooley
Photos... (Updated Mon 26th Nov 10pm)
1) There are several albums up on the Running in Cork Facebook page.
...a) Before the race and the first hill
...b) About the 3.8 mile mark - (less than 32:16)
...c) About the 3.8 mile mark - (32:16 plus) 
...d) Prize giving

2) Andy O'Rourke has three galleries up on Facebook with about 40 in each.
... Album 1 ... Album 2 ... Album 3

3) Mick Dooley has a nice gallery of photos HERE

4) Gearóid Ó Laoi has a gallery on Flickr

5) Belinda Sullivan has a gallery here 

Bib #    Last Name    First Name    M/F    Team Name    Eligible Division(s)    Finishing Time
192    Merritt    Colin    Male    n/a    M 45    0:20:42
62    Meade    John    Male    Gilead    Overall Male Runner    0:20:52
118    Durkan    Eoin    Male    Donore Harriers    Overall Male Runner    0:21:03
64    Davis    Alfie    Male    Leevale AC    M 40    0:21:12
402    Fitzgibbon    John    Male    Thurles Crokes    Overall Male Runner    0:21:19
147    Hayes    Dermot    Male    Dundrum AC    M 50    0:21:23
494    McKeown    Kieran    Male    Watergrasshill AC    M 40    0:21:36
162    O'Shea    Barry    Male    Middleton AC    Overall Male Runner    0:21:42
51    Collins    Mark    Male    Grange Fermoy AC    Overall Male Runner    0:21:57
94    Scully    Shane    Male    Nenagh    Overall Male Runner    0:22:16
53    Sheahan    Kieran    Male    Watergrasshill AC    Overall Male Runner    0:22:24
184  Lee    Lizzie    Female    Leevale A/C    F 35    0:22:41
93    O'Sullivan    Johnny    Male    Galtee Runners A/C    M 45    0:22:46
484    O'Mahony    Ken    Male    Togher A/C    Overall Male Runner    0:23:02

Saturday, November 24, 2018

Big Clean-Up for the Glenville race


Members of Watergrasshill AC were out in force on Saturday to do a major clean up on the route of the Glenville 4 mile. As you can see from the photo, quite an amount of rubbish was collected.

The Glenville 4 mile race will start at 11:30am on Sunday the 25th of November 2018.

More info here...

Results & Photos of the Ballincollig 5k parkrun... Sat 24th Nov 2018

As might be expected with the new parkrun starting up in the Glen on Cork's north side, it seemed likely that the the numbers for Ballincollig would be down. In the end, a total of 257 took part which is still pretty good.

It's probably likely that after the initial surge of interest in the Glen, the new year peak and Operation Transformation, the numbers for both parkruns will probably stabilise in the Spring. Ballincollig may well go down a bit but still be at a high level. The combined numbers for both events will probably exceed what Ballincollig alone would have attracted on its own.

1 Unknown
2 Dan TAYLOR    18:54    SM30-34    M2    Hedge End Running Club
3 Andrew WRIGHT    19:03    SM30-34    M3
7 Riina KUUSELO    19:55    VW40-44    F1    Knowle and Dorridge Running Club
10 Katie HICKSON    20:39    VW40-44    F2
48 Maria MADIGAN    24:03    VW40-44    F3

The results of the 126th edition are here...

1) The organisers have a gallery HERE

142 turn out for new Glen River 5k parkrun!

The first 5k parkrun on the north side of Cork City got off to a good start with 142 runners taking part. Conditions beforehand were a little damp so hopefully this new parkrun in the Glen will get supported.

Remember, they are always looking for volunteers to help out so it's something to consider if you're a local.

1 Unknown
2 Tobi GRAB    18:40    VM40-44    M2    Leevale AC
3 Conrad DALY    19:25    SM30-34    M3
20 Annmarie BURNS    22:13    SW30-34    F1
27 Anna HOGAN    23:00    VW40-44    F2    UCC Staff Athletics Club
30 Elaine GUINANE    23:20    VW40-44    F3    Eagle A.C.

The full results are here...

1) Joe Murphy has a gallery HERE
2) Mick Dooley has photos HERE 

Friday, November 23, 2018

Survey on Running Related Injuries

Shona Heaslip is doing her thesis in IT Tralee as part of her degree in Health, Leisure & Fitness and is looking for people to complete an online survey.

"An investigation of overuse lower limb running related injuries and risk factors associated with injuries in recreational and club runners.

You are invited to take part in this questionnaire which aims to investigate overuse lower limb running related injuries and risk factors associated with injuries in recreational and club runners. This study is being conducted by a fourth year Health and Leisure with Physical Education student, as required to successfully pass their “Research Project”, module."

The link is

New Defibrillator for the Ballincollig 5k parkrun!

Thanks to some Tesco Blue token campaigns and generous donations by runners, a new defibrillator has been bought for the 5k parkrun in Ballincollig!

The model purchased was a Zoll AED Plus which was in the region of €1,200.

Another local volunteer group, Ballincollig First Responders, have kindly offered to train 10 of the organisers of the local parkrun in its use.

The photo above shows Suzi Quirke and Maretta Brennan, co-Event Directors of Ballincollig parkrun with the Manager of Tesco Ballincollig.

Perhaps the organisers of other 5k parkruns might consider doing something similar?

Thursday, November 22, 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

Carrigaline Running Track Delayed

There was an article in today's Evening Echo about how funding for a new running track in Carrigaline has been delayed.

Transfers for the 2018 Waterford Half-Marathon

The Waterford Half-Marathon is coming up on Saturday the 1st of December and it sold out a few weeks back. However, they will allow transfers up until the 29th of November.

A few people have contacted me looking for numbers. If you are not going and would like to transfer your entry, then leave a short message on the Running in Cork Facebook page here


You will be able to transfer your entry via our designated process only. Transfers will be available until 28th November. Please note that if you race pack is sent prior to completing the transfer form it will be your responsibility to pass it on to the new registrant. There is a €3 fee associated with transfers*.

*Note: this fee is for bank and administration costs. The entry fee must be paid directly to the person transferring the entry. Total Timing or Waterford AC are not involved in that negotiation and take no responsibility for failed transactions between participants.