Google+ Running in Cork, Ireland: March 2018

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Cloyne 4k cancelled due to snow

Unfortunately due snow on the course, the organizers have to cancel this mornings 4k race in Cloyne.

Rescheduled date will be published later.

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Results & Photos of the Ballincollig 5k parkrun... Sat 17th March 2018

After the rain last week, the numbers were back up again to normal levels on St.Patrick's Day with 346 runners taking part in the 5k parkrun in Ballincollig Regional Park.

1 Denis BUCKLEY    18:17    JM15-17    M1
2 Alex BOYNTON    18:25    SM30-34    M2
3 Piotr SPYT    19:10    VM35-39    M3
36 Louise SHEEHAN    22:19    VW40-44    F1    Ballincollig Athletic Club
37 Marta RZEPKA    22:27    VW35-39    F2    Polish Runners Club Ireland
49 Maria CALACO MULERO    22:55    SW20-24    F3

Full results HERE

1) The organisers have a gallery HERE

Friday, March 16, 2018

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

Please note that the organisers have cancelled the Lee Fields 4 mile road race on Sunday the 18th of March due to the adverse weather conditions forecast.

They are planning to hold it on a future date once this can be organised.

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.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Results of the MMRA trail race in Ballinboola in N Cork...Sun 11th March 2018

A total of 80 runners took part in this 7km trail race near Charleville in North Cork on Sunday the 11th of March 2018. 

1 Stuart Moloney M 44:05 Mooreabbey ...    Tipperary
2 George McCarthy M40 45:10 Farranfore ...    Kerry
3 Barry Hartnett M 46:26 Moorabbey M...    Tipperary
25 Marie O'Shea F40 55:39 MooreAbbey ...    Tipperary
31 Sarah Fitzpatrick F 56:49 Mooreabbey ...    Tipperary
34 Siobhan McNamara F 0:58:23 Dublin

Full results

The next event on the MMRA calendar is a 7km trail race near Millstreet in Cork on Sunday 18th March 2018.. This is the sixth race in the Munster Mountain Running Association Winter-Spring League 2018.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Notice : MMRA 7km trail run on Claragh Mtn nr Millstreet - Sun 18th March 2018

The next event on the MMRA calendar is a 7km trail race near Millstreet in Cork. This is the sixth race in the Munster Mountain Running Association Winter-Spring League 2018.

It's probably one of easiest in terms of mountain runs and is a good introduction. It is however tougher than the usual trail races that take place in the various woods. In terms of hills races in Cork, this one could justifiably be called a classic as it has a long history.

One of the unusual aspects of the race is that it starts in the town of Millstreet. From there, you look up at Claragh and it's hard to imagine that you'll be doing a race that will take you to the summit and back. It's also hard to imagine that it is only 7kms but it is.

This 7km trail race is organised by the Munster Mountain Running Association and here is some info from them.....

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Notice...Blackwater 10 mile road race nr Fermoy - Sun 20th May 2018

This is the fourth year of this 10 mile road race in the village of Clondulane, just east of Fermoy in Co.Cork. It is coming up this year on Sunday the 20th of May 2018.

The entry fee is €25 and is inclusive of all charges. It also includes a dry fit top.

Entries >>> You can enter HERE

All proceeds go towards the charity Breakthrough Cancer Research and the local national school.

All of the information is on the race website...

2018 Course.....

The route is shown above and it's the same as 2017. The race takes in a loop of Clodulane first before heading up the N72. It takes in the village of Coolagown before returning back the same route to Clondulane.

The profile is shown below.

Please note that the 6th of May 2018 is the closing date for the dry fit tops as they need to be ordered.

Monday, March 12, 2018

Notice...Ballintotis 4 mile road race in East Cork - Thurs 19th Apr 2018

After a long winter of dark evenings, it's time to look ahead to the upcoming summer season of evening road races. In Cork, the tradition was been that the Ballintotis 4 mile opens the summer season of evening races and the Ballycotton 5 at the end of August used to bring it to a close.

This year, the Ballintotis 4 mile will be held on Thursday the 19th of April 2018 at 8pm. Last year, they  managed to attract almost 900 runners which is a huge number for an evening road race.

They will have timing mats at the start and finish line so everyone will get an accurate time.

Preview......You can see a preview of the course HERE

Online Entry...You can pre-enter the race here...

You can also enter on the evening of the race.

Please note there is no online entry for walkers, who register on the evening of the race in Ballintotis

Here is some info from the organisers...

2018 Ballintotis '4' Mile Road Race
The race committee are delighted to welcome Ahern's Centra on board as one the main sponsors of the event. Simon Ahern of Ahern's Centra Castlemarty, Killeagh and Carrigtwohill will take over sponsorship of the by now coveted Ballintotis Running Buff, which will given to each participant on the night. We extend a sincere word of thanks to Simon and his team for his very valued backing of the event

Again this year's race offers great value for money with a very attractive prize structure overall and a full list of category prizes in all age groups (1st 2nd and 3rd) as well as the opportunity to win one of the many spot prizes on offer. Castlemartyr Resort will again sponsor the top prize which this year is a Weekend Away for 2 people for both the male and female winners. Trabolgan Holiday Village have again confirmed that they will sponsor a  Family Weekend Away or Mid Week stay for the both the race runner up and ladies runner up.  

Once more Garryvoe Hotel Leisure Centre have come on board with a magnificent prize for the third runners home, in the shape of six months membership to their superb facility.  Market Green Shopping Centre and Ballintotis Fit4Life Club have also been confirmed as amongst the other main race sponsors.

The Ballintotis 4 Mile Road Race is held each year in association with East Cork A.C and regularly attracts in the region of 1,000 runners - looking forward to seeing you all again by the Lakeside on April 19th!

All enquiries to Race Directors

Sean Murphy  086 8240094
John Cashman 086 8778182

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Results of the Crosshaven 10k run...Sun 11th Mar 2018

This 10k run in Crosshaven was held on Sunday the 11th of March and had 164 runners. The results are up on the Sports Timing website. There was also a 5k run.

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Results of the Ballincollig 5k parkrun... Sat 10th March 2018

248 turned out for this weeks 5k parkrun in Ballincollig Regional Park on what was a damp wet morning which probably explains the drop in numbers. It was a big change from a week ago when it was cancelled due to all the snow that was out there.

1 Paddy WALSH    17:51    SM25-29    M1
2 Martin CURTIN    18:06    VM40-44    M2    St Finbarrs AC
3 Kevin SMITH    18:46    VM40-44    M3    Midleton AC
33 Eilis FOX    22:12    VW45-49    72.22 %    F1    2018 Operation Transformation
48 Olga O'SULLIVAN    22:57    VW40-44    F2    Dell EMC Running Club
50 Fiona VERLING    23:00    VW35-39    F3

The full results of the 89th edition are HERE

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

Friday, March 09, 2018

Notice : MMRA Ballinaboola10km trail race in North Cork - Sun 11th March 2018

This is the fifth race of the 2018 Munster Winter/Spring League, of which there are 10 races across Munster on Sunday mornings between January and April. Complete 4/10 runs in the league for a finisher's prize.

The Ballinaboola event is few a few kms south-east of Charleville in North Cork.

From the Munster Mountain Running Association...Another new route, this time in Ballinaboola on the Cork/Limerick border just outside Ballyhea. Entry is €5 (cash entry on the day) but you must pay a one-off annual registration fee of €10 online to be eligible to enter.

More info on the race and how to register at

The junior route starts and finishes near the forest car park. It climbs up forest road, before a flat mucky section and a fast downhill. Juniors:

The senior route is 10k in distance, has an elevation gain of 280m and starts about 1km from the carpark. It goes up and over the summit of Carron mountain with a mixture of forest roads and mucky paths, and a few short steep sections. Seniors:

Getting There: Ballinaboola, Ballyhea, Co. Cork
To get there from the N20 between Limerick and Cork, turn off at Ballyhea by the church. The forest entrance is on the right after about 3.5km, and then 1km up the forest road to the carpark.

Parking is limited, so please make every effort to carpool.

This is the fifth race of the 2018 Munster Winter/Spring League, of which there are 10 races across Munster on Sunday mornings between January and April.

For a full list of races, check out Complete 4/10 runs in the league for a finisher's prize.

Notice...Boherbue to Kiskeam 4 mile road race in NW Cork - Mon 2nd Apr 2018

Looking ahead to some more races coming up in the near future, this one might be of interest to anyone west or north of Cork City, in Kerry or south and west Limerick. The Boherbue to Kiskeam 4 mile road race in NW Cork is coming up on Easter Monday, the 2nd of April 2018.

This 4 mile road race starts in Boherbue and finishes in the village of Kiskeam. As you can see from the map below, it's a central location for a lot of people in N.Cork, W.Limerick & E.Kerry...

The race is being organised by Gneeveguilla AC, one of the largest athletic clubs in Kerry. The entry fee is €20 on the day and there is a huge array of prizes on offer. These are usually in the form of vouchers for a local co-op and are pretty generous.

There will be the usual refreshments of tea. coffee. sandwiches, etc afterwards as well.

Preview.......A full preview of the course with directions, maps, photos, etc can be seen HERE

Thursday, March 08, 2018

Ballycotton 10m voted best 10m race in Munster in 2017

Maybe it was out of a sense of nostalgia but the poll for the best 10 mile road race in Munster in 2017 saw the Ballcotton '10' come out on top! It was certainly a race with a distinguished history and will be missed by many runners.

Notice : Duhallow AC 10 mile road race in Newmarket - Sun 8th April 2018

Please note that the new Duhallow AC 10 mile road race in Newmarket has been rescheduled for Sunday the 8th of April 2018.

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

Wednesday, March 07, 2018

Dungarvan 10k coming up on Sun 11th March 2018

Any runners that take part in the annual Dungarvan 10 mile road might be interested to know that the 10k version is coming up on Sunday the 11th of March 2018.

Organised again by West Waterford AC, this is a nice fast 10k and it follows much of the same route as the 10 miler.

The entry fee is only €8 online or €10 on the day.

More info HERE...

Tuesday, March 06, 2018

Off The Ball interview with 3 times Gold medalist Marcus O'Sullivan

There was an interesting interview recently from the Off The Ball team when they spoke with Marcus O'Sullivan. A Cork native and now head coach of Villanova University, Marcus has the distinction of having taken part in four summer Olympic Games, won three gold medals at the World Indoor Championships over 1500m and run a total of 101 sub-4 minute miles!

Winner of Cambridge Half-Marathon disqualified for using someone elses number

The winner of Cambridge half-marathon last weekend was disqualified when it turned out he was running with someone else's race number.

Jack Gray, pictured above third from left, ran the race using the race bib belonging to 'Andrew Rawlings' who happened to be his boss at work who had picked up a hamstring injury. Rather than letting the entry go to waste as they thought, it was given to Jack Gray and off he went. The only problem though was that Jack ran a little bit too fast and won the race!

In a post race interview, Jack Gray said.... "My boss called on Thursday to ask if I wanted to take his place as he was injured, and I thought 'why not? I thought it would be a shame for the place to go to waste and I made a donation to charity as I was now going to take part."

After winning the race, he heard the name "Andrew Rawlings" being called out over the PA system.

"It dawned on me I might have a bit of explaining to do," he said. "People were lining up to interview me, so I thought I'd better 'fess up straight away, and told the organisers I wasn't Andrew."

After Jack Gray was disqualified, Sheffield student William Mycroft, who came second, was declared the winner.

More than 7,000 runners took part in the event.

Full story...

Monday, March 05, 2018

10 Mile Race in Kilsheelan, Tipperary coming up on Sun 11th March 2018

For those of you looking for a 10 mile road race, there is one coming up in Kilsheelan, Tipperary on Sunday the 11th of March.

This is organised in association with Clonmel AC and is just east of the town of Clonmel. It is just 1 hour 20 mins from Cork City by using the M8 and turning off at Cahir.

The course looks reasonably flat except for one section around the 5 mile mark.

The entry fee on the day is €20 which is pretty reasonable and you can pre-enter as well.

More info HERE

Bweeng 10k voted best 10k race in Cork in 2017

Well done to Bweeng Trailblazers after their 10k race was voted the best 10km road race in Cork in 2017. Must be all those cakes! 

Sunday, March 04, 2018

Roger Bannister...the first man to run a sub 4 min mile passes away aged 88

Roger Bannister, the first person to run a mile in under four minutes, has died at the age of 88. In May of 1954, he became the first man to break the 4 minute barrier for the mile with a time of three minutes 59.4 seconds.

A statement from his family said: "Sir Roger Bannister, died peacefully in Oxford on 3 March, aged 88, surrounded by his family who were as loved by him, as he was loved by them."

John Walshe of Ballycotton sent on the following article...


A low-key 10km road race in a small Irish village was the unlikely setting for a meeting between two people with historic miling connections, writes John Walshe

Ballyhooly in North Cork has, for the past number of years, staged an annual race in honour of its most famous son, Olympian John Hartnett.

Winner of the International (now World) Junior cross-country title in 1970, Hartnett went on to have a chequered career at Villanova University where he broke Ronnie Delany’s Irish mile record with a time of 3:54.7 in 1973.

The following year he set an Irish 1500m record of 3:38.1 as well as running 3:56.3 for the mile on grass at the Cork City Sports.

Now living in New Jersey, Hartnett was home to start this year’s race and present the prizes and in a unique coincidence he met up with Julius Bannister - grandson of Sir Roger Bannister - who was on holiday in the area.

In his first-ever road race,15-year-old Julius from Notting Hill recorded a time of 50:39 which won him the junior award.

Julian Bannister & John Hartnett

1) 6th May 2014...60th anniversary of the first sub 4 minute mile
2) Bannister recounts the first sub 4 minute mile...
3) Unique Meeting at Ballyhooly by John Walshe 

Reflections on no 2018 Ballycotton 10

First Sunday in March...1:30pm. The 2018 Ballycotton 10 mile road race would normally been starting around now with the buzz and excitement of about 2,300 runners waiting for the starting gun.

That is of course now a thing of the past since the Ballycotton '10' is no more. Since the announcement was made last year, nothing has replaced it.

In any event, it's likely that it would have been cancelled this year with all of the snow on the ground in Cork.

The Balycotton '10' was always a race that somehow seemed to dodge the bad weather. Rain on the Saturday or on the Sunday, rain before or after the race...but it always seemed to have more than its fair share of luck when it seemed to be dry most years.

Will we ever see another 10 mile road race in Cork with the same popularity or stature? I suspect not.

Friday, March 02, 2018

Killeagh 4 Mile Race on Sun 4th March 2018 Postponed

It looks like the Killeagh 4 mile road race next Sunday the 4th of March is another victim of the icy conditions. The organisers have just announced that they are going to postpone it until a future date.

Thursday, March 01, 2018

Duhallow AC 10 mile road race in Newmarket postponed

 It looks as if the Duhallow AC 10 mile race in Newmarket has been postponed. See the statement below....

It is with deep regret that we have to inform everyone that the Duhallow 10 mile road race due to take place in Newmarket, Co.Cork on Sunday 4th of March has now been postponed until further notice.
The current extreme weather situation right across the country is very serious and we feel we would be putting people at risk by asking them to travel to this event.
This decision has not been taken lightly and is based entirely on the safety of runners, spectators and volunteers. This is our number one priority and we believe that it would be unfair to expect volunteers and runners and medical staff to stand out in these conditions
We have carried out a course inspection and consulted with the relevant statutory bodies and are in agreement that the risk is just too high.
We hope you appreciate and accept our decision as well as understanding the safety implications.
Whilst we are conscious of the fact this Sunday may be clear in Newmarket , we have to take into account other factors such as participants traveling from all over Ireland and we do not want to risk leaving it until Saturday morning to inform these people of the sudden change. They may have booked accommodation and may need to give 24 hours notice.

We want to make this a safe and enjoyable race for all alike.

We can confirm that everyone already registered on line for our race will automatically be registered for the new date TBC and your T-shirt and hat and is guaranteed also.

We hope to have a new date in the middle of next week.

Stay safe out there

Yours in sport

Thanking you kindly

Duhallow AC

Cork County Council to explore creation of dog-free walking areas

In a recent Irish Examiner article, it was said that Cork County Council officials are exploring creating dog-free walking areas in towns and villages in an attempt to cut down on dog fouling.

As a general rule, any walking area is usually a good area for running as well. While most dog owners are responsible, there is a sizeable minority who don't clean up after their dogs.

Full article

Update on the weekend events...

With the current cold snap, a lot of you will no doubt wondering about the events at the weekend and if they will be cancelled?

The cold easterly winds brought the first of the snow on Tuesday evening and this was topped up on Wednesday. The moisture that was picked up over the Irish Sea was however dumped as snow mainly on the East and South coasts. This meant that places east of Cork City got plenty of snow while other places like Mallow has escaped the worst so far.

Newmarket didn't get the snow that fell on Tuesday but got some on Wednesday.

The basic truth is that organisers have no idea about what the snowfall levels are likely to be after the blizzard associated with Storm Emma arrives on Thursday evening. We'll just have to see what it is like on Friday afternoon and what the thaw will be like on Saturday.

As for the Duhallow AC 10 mile race in Newmarket on Sunday, the organisers have postponed the event. See statement here...

As for the parkrun in Ballincollig, the Regional Park is closed until Saturday morning. The organisers will make a decision to go ahead on Saturday morning but it may well be too early for a proper thaw.

The organisers of the 4 mile race in Killeagh haven't said anything yet but I would imagine that they are in the same boat as everyone else...just a case of wait and see.