Google+ Running in Cork, Ireland: February 2018

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Study shows simple exercise regime beats fitness trackers

In a recent study, it was shown that doing three brisk 10-minute walks a day resulted in higher fitness levels than trying to do 10,000 steps a day with a fitness tracker.

Many people are using fitness trackers with devices costing in the region of €50 to €200. People try to get to a certain amount of daily steps in an effort to get fit.

A recent study though said that three brisk walks per day took less time to do and produced better results.

The full story can be seen on the BBC website

Trial for the Irish team for the European Mountain Running Championships - 8th Apr 2018

This might be of interest to some of the faster runners out there who aspire to wearing an Irish singlet. The Irish Mountain Running Association are holding their trials for the Irish team on Sunday the 8th of April with a 10km trail race on Slievenamon near Clonmel. The selected team will represent Ireland at the European Mountain Running Championships in July 2018.

The event is also the 8th race in the MMRA Munster Winter/Spring 2018 League so it's open to everyone. More info HERE

Calendar passes 600k pageviews

I just noticed this morning that the race calendar on the Running in Cork blog has just passed 600,000 page views! There is a copy of this kept on the Running in Munster blog and that's up to almost 274,000.

It started off many moons ago as a 'Cork only' race calendar but it soon became obvious that this was of little benefit. People in east Cork are interested in Waterford races, north Cork runners want to know about Limerick events and so on.

It now covers races roughly south of a line stretching from the the north of Clare to the north of Wexford taking in all the Munster counties as well as Kilkenny, Carlow and Wexford. This allows runners in Cork, Kerry, Limerick and Waterford a way of keeping track of events in their own and adjoining counties.

I need to spend a bit of time on it though as a good few races have popped up since my last major update. As always, the calendar is at

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Rathcormac 4 mile voted best 4 mile race in Cork in 2017

Well done to the organisers of the Rathcormac 4 mile road race whose race was voted the best 4 mile race in Cork in 2017. This was the first year of this particular race which was held last August.

Togher 5k voted best 5k in Cork in 2017

The polls for the best 5k race in Cork in 2017 closed  recently and thanks to everyone who took the time to vote. The Togher AC 5k race at Christmas got almost 40% of the vote and came out on top again after winning in 2016 as well.

The Bweeng 5k race finished 2nd while the Conna 5k race which is a real community affair finished 3rd.

Togher AC have grown their 5k race from scratch and the numbers have grown over the years. It has now overtaken the Belgooly race to become the most popular race in Cork over the festive period.

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Results & Photos of the Carrigaline 5 mile road race... Sun 18th Feb 2018

A total of 317 runners turned out for this years Carrigaline 5 mile road race organised by Eagle AC.

1    FOX, David    Leevale AC        0:26:17    209    1
2    SHEEHAN, Andrew    Leevale AC        0:26:25    99    2
3    CORBETT, Michael    St. Finbarrs AC    M40    0:26:34    300    3
21    MOORE, Niamh    Cork Varsity        0:31:00    111    21
26    GEARY, Ann    Midleton AC    F35    0:31:43    30    26
29    HICKSON, Katie    Cork tri    F40    0:31:53    43    29

Team Prizes...
Men... Leevale AC 1st, Eagle AC 2nd
Women... Togher AC 1st, Midleton AC 2nd

Category results

Full results HERE

Photos...(Updated Mon 19th Feb @9:36pm)
There are two galleries up on the Running in Cork Facebook page
...a) Pre-race & Start
...b) Finish 
2) There is a gallery of the prizes up on the Eagle AC Facebook page
3) Derek Costello of Eagle AC has a gallery HERE
4) Mick Dooley of Eagle AC has a gallery HERE
5) Joe Murphy of Eagle AC has a gallery HERE 

Results of the Cloyne Commons 4k race - Sun 18th Feb 2018

The 4th race in the Cloyne Commons Challenge 4K Series was held on Sunday 18 February 2018 with 200 runners taking part.   

Place    Time    Name    Team    Category
1    0:13:13    O'BRIEN, Frank    Midleton AC    MJ
2    0:13:22    O'DWYER, Finbarr    Leevale AC    M45
3    0:13:24    SHEEHAN, Nigel    Youghal AC    M
4    0:13:38    MCKEOWN, Kieran    Watergrasshill AC    M40
5    0:14:00    SWORDS, Graham    Unattached    M
6    0:14:11    INCE, Ken    Watergrasshill AC    M
7    0:14:38    COLEMAN, Brendan    Youghal AC    M40
8    0:14:39    TIERNEY, Conor    East Cork AC    M40
9    0:14:40    SMITH, Kevin    Midleton AC    M40
10    0:14:41    O'SULLIVAN, Ray    Aghada RC    M
11    0:14:43    CASHMAN, Paul    Unattached    M
12    0:14:45    HANNON, Tim    Midleton AC    M
13    0:14:57    PENDER, Stephen    Ballymore Cobh AC    M
14    0:14:58    NICHOLSON, Edmund    Youghal AC    M45
15    0:15:00    GEARY, Gerard    Unattached    M
16    0:15:02    COLLINS, Trevor    Unattached    M40
17    0:15:05    BEAUSANG, Thomas    Ballintotis Fit4Life    M45
18    0:15:21    CRONIN, Tim    Unattached    M40
19    0:15:22    MEYLER, Shane    Ballymore Cobh AC    M40
20    0:15:25    QUINLAN, Ian    Carrigtwohill AC    M
21    0:15:29    KEARNEY, Paul    Aghada RC    M
22    0:15:31    COLEMAN, Ciaran    Youghal AC    M40
23    0:16:00    GEARY, John    Unattached    M
24    0:16:04    AHERN, Derek    Midleton AC    M
25    0:16:12    TWOMEY, Bill    Unattached    M
26    0:16:13    AHERNE, Deirdre    Midleton AC    F35
27    0:16:14    MAUNSELL, Francis    Midleton AC    M45
28    0:16:15    RYAN, Stephen    Ballymore Cobh AC    M45
29    0:16:16    HORGAN, Trevor    Unattached    M40
30    0:16:17    MCCARTHY, Denis    East Cork AC    M55
31    0:16:27    O'REGAN, Ger    Midleton AC    M45
32    0:16:35    RYAN, Des    Unattached    M40
33    0:16:38    MCGRATH, Conor    Unattached    M
34    0:16:48    MULLANE, Conor    Unattached    M40
35    0:16:52    O'BRIEN, Michael    Aghada RC    M
36    0:16:54    SPILLANE, William    Unattached    M
37    0:16:55    LEAHY, Eileen    Midleton AC    F
38    0:17:00    O'CALLAGHAN, Shane    Unattached    M
39    0:17:03    O'CALLAGHAN, Declan    Unattached    M
40    0:17:05    MURPHY, Se├ín    Ballintotis Fit4Life    M45
41    0:17:06    O'SHEA, Colm    Unattached    M45
42    0:17:07    MCGRATH, Robert    Unattached    M
43    0:17:08    JUR, Greg    Unattached    M
44    0:17:11    NICHOLSON, Patrick    Youghal AC    MJ
45    0:17:14    KELLY, Christine    Aghada RC    F

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Results of the Ballincollig 5k parkrun... Sat 17th Feb 2018

A total of 338 runners turned out for this weeks 5k parkrun in Ballincollig Regional Park on what turned out to be a frosty and foggy Saturday morning. As the chart shows above, it's about the same as last week.

1 Brian KINSELLA    16:43    SM30-34    M1 Willowfield Harriers
2 Cornelius MARSHALL    17:36    VM40-44    M2 St Finbarrs AC
3 Denis BUCKLEY    18:27    JM15-17    M3
7 Rosaleen MACKEOWN    19:35    VW40-44    F1 Leevale AC
41 Fiona VERLING    22:38    VW35-39    F2
42 Aoife MAHONY    22:39    VW35-39    F3 Cork Triathlon Club

The full results are HERE

1) Joe Murphy has a gallery HERE

Friday, February 16, 2018

Notice - Killeagh 4 mile road race...Sun 4th Mar 2018

This is the third year of this 4 mile race and it's organised by Killeagh Community Healthy Clubs Project in association with Youghal AC. It will be held on Sunday the 4th of March 2018 at 11am.

Considering that Killeagh is on the N25 Cork-Waterford road, the race should have a pretty big catchment area.

As you can see from the course map below, the race takes in a loop to the west of Killeagh. The race finishes at the entrance to the Killeagh GAA grounds which is the race HQ. There will also be changing and shower facilities here.

Note from the organisers.....The race HQ is in Killeagh GAA complex, where we will have registration on the morning of race. There are great facilities there for changing, showers and catering afterwards. There is plenty on parking at the GAA grounds and there is a walk way through an estate to the start line.

We are happy to have our new sponsor Niall Guerin of Niall Guerin construction, NGC, come on board this year.

The race has AAI permit and is accurately measured by Jones Counter and will be chip timed.

There are prizes in all the age categories including a prize for breaking the course record
and loads of spot prizes as well with a great spread afterwards. There are also showers and changing facilities available and there is a walk taking place at 10am.

A full preview of the course can be seen HERE

Killeagh Healthy Clubs Project is an initiative to promote health and well being for the Killeagh community and is organised by a combination of personal from Killeagh adult and juvenile GAA clubs, Inch Rovers Ladies Football Club and Killeagh Camogie Club. This group have a number of initiatives underway, walking groups, couch to 5k, healthy food demonstrations etc.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Notice...Lee Fields 4 mile road race - Sun 18th March 2018

The annual Lee Fields 4 mile road race is coming up in Cork City on Sunday the 18th of March 2018. Note the start time of 10:30am.

The 4 mile route is the same as before...County Hall...Carrigrohane Straight...Inchigaggin Lane...Model Farm Rd...Dennehy's Cross...Victoria Cross. You can see a preview of the course HERE

You can pre-enter online HERE for €10.70 and there is a free technical top for the first 200 entrants. You can also enter on the morning of the race for €15 but obviously the tech tops might be gone at that stage.

As you can see in the flyer above, the race HQ is at the Kingsley Hotel.

The Cork Local Drug & Alcohol Task Force, the Southern Regional Drug & Alcohol Task Force and the Health Service Executive have partnered to organise a 4 Mile Road Race on Sunday 18th March, headquarter at The Kingsley Hotel, Cork.

HSE Drug & Alcohol Services, Cork Local & Southern Regional Drug & Local Task Force has responsibility for developing a strategic, locally based response to substance misuse in Cork, Co. Cork and Kerry. We have drug & alcohol services located in local communities, towns and voluntary agencies throughout the region to support individuals affected by substance misuse. Drug Task Forces now have the responsibility of Alcohol added to their brief. We hope to highlight this addition of alcohol by organising this event to support the “Hello Sunday Morning” initiative.

“Hello Sunday Morning” encourages individuals to look at changing the pattern of their drinking by taking a break from alcohol & incentivising that break with goals e.g taking up running/exercise – further details

We are hoping you will support the upcoming not for profit event. Look forward to seeing you on the day.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Notice...Carrigaline 5 mile road race - Sun 18th February 2018

The big race next weekend is the 5 mile road race organised by Eagle AC in Carrigaline on Sunday, the 18th of February 2018 at 11am.

Please note that there is a change of route this year. The road north from Coolmore Cross is closed due to ongoing works.

The new course is much the same as the old one except that the start and finish point will have to be moved to account for the diversion around the road works. The start is pretty much the same distance from the race HQ while the finish line will be 0.8 of a mile away.

The new course has been accurately measured by Kevin Cummins of the Cork BHAA so it's an accurate 5 miles.


While you can enter on the day of the race, you can also pre-enter from via the link below.

The pre-entry link is

All those who pre-enter will be put into a draw for a €30 One4all voucher.

The race is organised by Eagle AC, has an Athletics Ireland permit and has been accurately measured by Jones Counter. More info on the Eagle AC race page.

Location...The town of Carrigaline is only five miles south of the South Ring Road so it is within easy reach of Cork City. Race HQ is at the local community sports hall where runners can enter on the day. For those who pre-enter in advance, they can skip the queues there and pick up their numbers at the pre-entry desk.

The race is co-sponsored by The Edge Sports Shop

Route Preview.........A preview with maps, directions and details of the course can be seen HERE
 (Note... this is for the 2017 course. See the map above for the actual course although much of the course is the same). 

Monday, February 12, 2018

Lizzie Lee from Cork runs PB to qualify for the World Half-Marathon Championships


Lizzie Lee of Leevale AC ran a new personal best time of 73:23 over the weekend in the Barcelona Hlaf-Marathon to qualify for the World Half-Marathon Championships in Valencia at the end of March. This was an improvement of 4 seconds for the 37 year-old Cork athlete who joins her club mate Claire McCarthy who qualified in Swansea last Summer.

Full results

Results & Photos of the Cork BHAA Janssen 6k race in Little Island...Sun 11th Feb 2018

There was a small recovery in numbers this year for the Cork BHAA Janssen 6k race in Little Island after two years of decline.

1 Mark Cronin M1 00:20:02 Musgrave M-A-3
2 Christopher Murphy M2 00:20:08 Navy M-A-1
3 Ian Tivy M3 00:20:15 D'Cork Barbering Company
31 Katie Hickson 0/40I F1 00:23:13 Glenside Env
44 Ellen Hanley 0/40I F2 00:23:51 Avondhu MF
55 Colette O' Donoghue 0/35H F3 00:24:29 Goldstar Telecom

Full results

1) Derek Costello has a gallery HERE


Sunday, February 11, 2018

East Cork AC win National Intermediate Cross Country Championships

The Athletics Ireland National Intermediate Cross Country Championships were held this year in Galway on Sunday the 11th of February 2018. In the men's team competition, East Cork AC finished in first place to take the national title!

Place Club Positions Points
1 East Cork A.C. 1, 11, 20, 23 ...55 pts
2 Celbridge A.C. 14, 15, 17, 18 ...64 pts
3 North Sligo A.C. 3, 16, 22, 49 ...90 pts

Not only did the club take the title but Michael Harty (#207) of East Cork AC finished in 1st place to win the National Intermediate title.

The East Cork AC members taking part were....
207 30:39 1 Michael Harty East Cork A.C. East Cork A.C. Cork
208 32:30 11 Kevin O Brien East Cork A.C. East Cork A.C. Cork
205 34:05 20 Nick O'Donoghue East Cork A.C. East Cork A.C.
210 34:17 23 Brian Harty East Cork A.C. East Cork A.C. Cork
211 35:03 31 Frank Hayes East Cork A.C. East Cork A.C. Cork
206 35:09 33 Shane Harrington East Cork A.C. East Cork A.C. Cork
275 36:03 42 Diarmaid Collins East Cork A.C. East Cork A.C. Cork

Full results at

Photo courtesy of Nick O'Donoghue of East Cork AC.

Results of the Kilmacsimon 10k & 6k - Sun 11th Feb 2018

About 100 people turned out for this years Kilmacsimon Rowing Club 10k & 6k on Sunday the 11th of February 2018. With the temperature just a few degrees above zero, it was certainly a cold day for a race.

Full results below...

 Kilmacsimon Fun Run 2018        
 10k - Men        
 Position     Name    Time
 1     Barry O'Shea    0:36:12
 2     Kevin Wilmot    0:36:46
 3     Dermot Sylyne    0:38:18
 4     Paul Kennedy    0:40:07
 5     Pat O'Connor    0:40:59
 6     Dara O'Sullivan    0:41:17
 7     Declan O'Sullivan    0:41:18
 8     Conor O'Sullivan    0:43:20
 9     John Santry    0:44:38
 10     Beezer Dowling    0:47:12

Results & Photos of the Ballincollig 5k parkrun... Sat 10th Feb 2018

A total of 342 people turned out for the 5k parkrun in Ballincollig Regional Park on Saturday the 10th of February 2018. It was a drop on the previous two weeks but still well above average.

1 Paul Pio O'CALLAGHAN    17:59    VM35-39 M1 Pulse Triathlon Club
2 Denis BUCKLEY    18:21    JM15-17 M2
3 Noel EARLY    19:43    VM35-39 M3
28 Geraldine O SHEA    22:24    VW45-49 F1 St Finbarrs AC
35 Aoife MAHONY    22:36    VW35-39 F2    Cork Triathlon Club
39 Olga O'SULLIVAN    22:40    VW40-44 F3 Dell EMC Running Club

Full results

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

Thursday, February 08, 2018

100 Extra Places For The Mallow 10 Mile Road Race Now Available!

The good news is that Mallow AC had a good rummage down the back of the sofa and managed to find another 100 entries for the 2018 Mallow 10 mile road race!

These go on sale at 6pm on Friday the 9th of February.

Update : As expected, these sold out in about 2 hours.

The entry link is

Notice...The Great Railway Run 10km or 25km - Sun 22nd Apr 2018

The annual Great Railway Run from Cork to Carrigaline will be held this year on Sunday the 22nd of April 2018 .There is a choice of two distances.......a 25 km race starting at 9:30am from Cork City to Carrigaline and a 10 km race from Monkstown to Carrigaline starting at 11am.

The run will roughly follow the route of the old Cork, Blackrock and Passage Railway which ran from 1850 until 1932.

For a large part of the run, the route will follow the old railway line that skirts the shores of Cork Harbour. The big change this year is the finish. An extra section will be added in after Shanbally so that the race finishes at the Carrigaline Youth Centre.

The entry fees are as follows...

          Before 26th Feb      Normal Price      After 15th Apr 2018


You can find details of the 2018 route HERE

More details on the event website.

You can enter online HERE

€3000 in prize money sponsored by Phelans Pharamacy. Prizes will be awarded for best overall placings as well as for age categories. Strictly one prize per entrant. The Joe West perpetual trophy will be awarded to the fastest male and female in the 25K race. Cash prizes will be as follows:

Men Overall: 1st €300, 2nd €150, 3rd €100, 4th €50
Men Categories: Wheelchair, M40, M45, M50, M55, M60, M65 - 1st in each category €50
Women Overall: 1st €300, 2nd €150, 3rd €100, 4th €50
Women Categories: Wheelchair, M40, M45, M50, M55, M60, M65 - 1st in each category €50

Men Overall: 1st €150, 2nd €75, 3rd €50
Men Categories: Wheelchair, M40, M45, M50, M55, M60, M65 - 1st in each category €50
Women Overall: 1st €150, 2nd €75, 3rd €50
Women Categories: Wheelchair, M40, M45, M50, M55, M60, M65 - 1st in each category €50

Wednesday, February 07, 2018

Notice : Duhallow AC 10 mile road race in Newmarket - Sun 4th March 2018

Since the demise of the Ballycotton 10 mile road race, there has been a gap in the calendar for a fast Spring 10 miler in Cork. To address this, Duhallow AC are now organising a new 10 mile road race on Sunday the 4th of March 2018 in the town of Newmarket in North-West Cork.

The race costs €30 to enter and there will be a dry fit top for the first 700 to register.

You can enter here...

The 10 mile route is an out and back course and it can be seen below. Parts of the course will be the same as the Newmarket 5k course which is held every December.

As can be seen above, there is a climb before the 4 mile mark but the last 3 miles are nice and fast.

The club website is

Tuesday, February 06, 2018

Adare 10k in Co.Limerick Closed...

Entries for the Adare 10k in Co.Limerick on Sunday the 25th of February closed back on the 20th of January. A total of 900 places were filled and the organsers tell me that quite a few are from Co.Cork.

Here is a statement from the organisers...

Following unprecedented demand, our Adare 10k race sold out online on January 20th. We have been inundated with requests for entries since then. As a result of our latest meeting between our race committee and health and safety officers we will not be accepting any registrations on the weekend of the race for runners or walkers. While we appreciate that some people will be disappointed, we have the safety of 900 people to think of.

There will be no entries taken in Adare on the Saturday or Sunday of race weekend.

Our fully finalised participant list will be sent off next week to ensure each runner has their name on their chip timed bib. We will continue to update our page with number collection and other race details.

Thank you to all who have entered and we look forward to seeing you soon....Adare10k organising committee

Three new bridges planned for Cork City

It was announced recently that there are plans for three new bridges to cross the River Lee in Cork City. Once all shipping operations have been moved down to Ringaskiddy, the planned bridges will be part of the docklands development.

The Mill Street Bridge will allow better access from Centre Park Road to the railway station. Water Street Bridge will provide similar access but further downstream.

From a runners point of view, the one that will make the biggest difference is likely to be the Eastern Gateway Bridge near Pairc Ui Chaoimh.

This will connect the Centre Park Road to the area near the skew bridge on the Lower Road. As well as giving motorists and cyclists more options to cross the River Lee, it will also allow runners in Tivoli and Mayfield direct access to the Marina and the walkways in Mahon and Blackrock.

All of this needs to be finalised though and may well change. Considering the scope of the overall project, I suspect that the Eastern Gateway Bridge will be the priority.

Monday, February 05, 2018

French sports retailer Decathlon to open 9 stores in Ireland

It was announced recently that the French sports retailer Decathlon is planning to open 9 stores in Ireland including Dublin, Cork and Galway.

Decathlon are huge in France and sell sports gear usually at cheaper prices than the usual high street sports stores. They tend to be located on the edge of towns where rental prices are cheaper rather than say in town centres.

Joining an already crowded market, their arrival is bound to have an impact on existing sports stores in Ireland, especially the more generic ones which don't specialise in particular sports.

Decathlon has some 1,350 stores in 40 countries and they expect to open their first Irish store in 2019. The plan is to open their first store in Dublin followed by Cork and Galway. I presume 2020 may well be the earliest that we will see a store in Cork.

Sunday, February 04, 2018

Results & Photos of the Dungarvan 10 mile road race...Sun 4th Feb 2018

Over 2,000 runners took part in this years John Treacy 10 mile road race in Dungarvan. The day was ideal for a road race with some nice Spring sunshine and a gentle breeze, it really couldn't have got much better.

It really is an amazing race and a credit to West Waterford AC who put a huge amount of effort into it.

Top 10 men...
1    Kevin MAUNSELL    00:49:27 2790    M (1)    MS (1)    Clonmel AC
2    David FLYNN    00:49:47 481    M (2)    MS (2)    Sketchers Clonliffe Harriers
3    Emmett DUNLEAVY    00:50:04 500    M (3)    MS (3)    Sligo A.C.
4    Alan O'SHEA    00:51:35 2784    M (4)    MS (4)    Bantry AC
5    James MC CARTHY    00:52:17 2787    M (5)    MS (5)    East Cork AC
6    Mike CARMODY    00:52:56 2783    M (6)    MS (6)    An Bru AC
7    Colin MERRITT    00:53:17  495    M (7)    M45 (1)   
8    Mark HOEY    00:53:21 2788    M (8)    MS (7)    Leevale AC
9    Trevor POWER    00:53:42 482    M (9)    MS (8)    Waterford AC
10    Michael MORGAN    00:53:57 2282    M (10)    M40 (1)    St Finbarrs AC

Top 10 women...
33    Laura O'SHAUGHNESSY    00:56:47 2786    F (1)    FS (1)   
44    Siobhan O'DOHERTY    00:57:59 191    F (2)    FS (2)    Borrisokane AC
100    Ruth FITZGERALD    01:00:33 785    F (3)    FS (3)    Waterford AC
107    Fiona SANTRY    01:00:51 1470    F (4)    FS (4)    East Cork AC
128    Adele WALSH    01:02:15 1545    F (5)    F40 (1)    St Senans AC
135    Sorcha KEARNEY    01:02:26 121    F (6)    F40 (2)    St Finbarrs AC
172    Maria MCCARTHY    01:03:49 1103    F (7)    F40 (3)    Farranfore Maine Valley AC
181    Katie HICKSON    01:04:20 924    F (8)    F40 (4)    Cork Tri Club
191    Ann GEARY    01:04:32 822    F (9)    F35 (1)    Midleton AC
201    Claire O'BRIEN    01:04:47 1292    F (10)    FS (5)    Watergrasshil AC

Full results...

Photos...(Updated Mon 5th Feb @6:30pm)
1) There are 9 albums going up on the Running in Cork Facebook page...
...Album 1 of 9) Start
...Album 2 of 9) Just before 1m mark. First half of the field.
...Album 3 of 9) Just before 1m mark. Second half of field.
...Album 4 of 9) Finish. 1st man to approx 1:04:50
...Album 5 of 9) Finish approx 1:04:50 to 1:15:30
...Album 6 of 9) Finish approx 1:15:30 to 1:23:30
...Album 7 of 9) Finish approx 1:23:30 to 1:32:30
...Album 8 of 9) Finish approx 1:32:30 to 1:45:00
...Album 9 of 9) Finish approx 1:45:00 plus

2) DC Images have a gallery HERE
3) Susan Parker Laste has a gallery of photos from around the one mile mark HERE
4) Luke O'Brien has a gallery HERE
5) Andy O'Rourke has 3 galleries ... #1 ... #2 ... #3 ... 

Irish athlete Ciara Mageean finishes 3rd in Millrose Games Mile

The Millrose Games in New York were held over the weekend and Irish athlete Ciara Mageean finished 3rd in the prestigious NYRR Women's Wanamaker Mile.

There were 11 finishers in the race made up almost entirely of US and Canadian athletes.

Saturday, February 03, 2018

Results & Photos of the Ballincollig 5k parkrun... Sat 3rd Feb 2018

A grand total of 447 people turned out for this weeks 5k parkrun in Ballincollig Regional Park, the second highest ever. Obviously the publicity from the Operation Transformation television programme is adding about 200 to the usual number that turn out.

1 Denis BUCKLEY    18:31    JM15-17    M1
2 Piotr SPYT    19:30    VM35-39    M2
3 Richard NUNAN    19:47    VM45-49    M3
8 Myra JONES    20:02    SW30-34    F1    Valley Striders AC
46 Sinead BARNETT    22:27    SW25-29    F2
47 Olga O'SULLIVAN    22:28    VW40-44    F3    Dell EMC Running Club

The full results are HERE

1) The organisers have a gallery HERE

Friday, February 02, 2018

Looking ahead to the 2018 Dungarvan 10 mile road race...Sun 4th Feb 2018

The big race in Munster this weekend of course is the Dungarvan 10 mile road race and there are well over 1000 runners from Cork making the journey. This sold out months ago and the entry list can be seen HERE

Update Sun 4th Feb 9am : As of 9am, there is bright sunshine in Dungarvan. As the satellite photo shows below, there is a weak front over Wexford and this will move slowly west towards Dungarvan. This may result in cloudy conditions for the race but the big question is will it produce any rain? If it does, it's likely to be light and patchy. Overall, still looking good for the race.

First off, the weather forecast. The chart above says it all really. A high pressure system in the North Atlantic will dominate the weather over Ireland for the weekend. Once a weather front passes over the country on Friday night and Saturday morning, the winds should begin to ease and the weather will become more settled.

For the race on Sunday, it's likely to be dry with some sunshine although there is a possibility of some light rain from a passing weak front. The maximum temperature will be around 6 degrees C so it will still feel cold, especially in the shade. There should also be a light wind from the NNE which will make things feel colder.

In terms of race conditions, it's pretty close to ideal. Don't forget, if you feel a bit cold at the start line then that's fine. After a mile or two, you'll be warmed up and you really don't want to be wearing too much then.

It will probably be mild enough for say a short sleeve top if you are racing. A long sleeve top perhaps if your aim is just to get around. It would be best to forget about jackets and/or multiple layers.

As for the wind, it's likely to be from the north-north east and light. As it's coming overland as opposed to coming in from the sea, it should be modest enough in Dungarvan. Out on the course, it's likely to be a headwind between miles 2 and 3 and between miles 8 and 10 but I'd expect it won't be a major factor.

As for the course, it is the same as last year. The preview can be seen  here...

In terms of Cork clubs, these are the ones with 25 or more entrees....

Eagle AC 69, Midleton AC 55, Ballymore Cobh AC 56, Mallow AC 55, Watergrasshill AC 51, St.Finbarr's AC 47, Aghada RC 47, Ballintotis Fit4Life 39, Wibbly Wobbly Wonders 39, Youghal AC 38, Grange Fermoy AC 37, Togher AC 37, Leevale AC 29, Bweeng Trailblazers 28.

Thursday, February 01, 2018

Southern Star article on Cork sprinter Phil Healy

Last weekend, Phil Healy from Ballineen in Co.Cork ran one of the fastest 400m times this year in the world when she won a race in Austria. The time would have been a qualifying time for the 2020 Olympics in Toyko except for the fact that the qualification period hasn't started yet.

There is an interesting long article in this weeks Southern Star about the Bandon AC athlete and how she has moved to Waterford to concentrate on her athletics career where she has use of the facilities at Waterford IT. The article outlines how she broke through to the next level for the 400m with the help of her coach Shane McCormack of Menapians AC in Wexford.

Notice...Glanmire Ladies Football Club 7km - Sun 25th Feb 2018

This 7km race in Glanmire is coming up on Sunday the 25th of February 2018 at 11am. The course is 7kms in length and the organisers have said there will be results afterwards. Check out the race flyer above for the registration details.

The race HQ is at Glanmire GAA grounds which is right alongside the main road that runs through Glanmire and Sallybrook.

This is the 7km course which starts and finishes at the GAA grounds....