Google+ Running in Cork, Ireland: April 2018

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Reminder : Cork BHAA Stryker 4 mile in Carrigtwohill - Wed 25th Apr 2018

Just a reminder that the Cork BHAA Stryker 4 mile race is coming up in Carrigtwohill on Wednesday the 25th of April 2018. Note the start time... 7:30pm.

More info in this previous post.

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Entries for the Cheetah Run in Fota Wildlife Park open Thurs 3rd May

The 2018 Cheetah Run in Fota Wildlife Park organised by Eagle AC is coming up on Thursday the 17th of May 2018 at 8pm. As well as there being the usual 5k race, there is also a one mile race for juveniles (11-15 year olds).

Please note that there is a limit of 900 entries for the 5k race. The lower age limit is 16 years old.

Entries for the 5k race open on Thursday the 3rd of May....450 places will be available at 10am with the remaining 450 opening at 7pm.

The entry link will be posted closer to the entry day.


5k Course...Following the success of last two years, the same 5k route will be used again. This will take in all areas of the Wildlife Park including the new Asian Sanctuary.

The entry fee includes free access to the park for two adults and two children on the night. Access will be controlled on the night and will be open from 6:30pm.

There will also be a 20% discount voucher for John Buckley Sports. The savings on say a new pair of shoes would cover the entry fee.

Juvenile 1 Mile Race.....There is also a 1 mile race for juveniles this year (Ages 11, 12, 13, 14 & 15). This will take place before the 5k race at 7:15pm. The numbers will be limited to 100. Entries for this will open also on the 3rd of May in two batches...45 at 10am and 45 at 7pm. The one mile race has been measured accurately by Jones Counter, will be chip timed and all finishers will receive a medal. Please note that there are no prizes in the juvenile race. The entry fee is €8 including an online processing fee.

Artwork for the medal for the Juvenile race

As always, entrants can bring family members to either race. This includes free access to the wildlife park for the runner and family members. This normally costs €15.50 per adult, or €46 for a family of two adults and two children.

There is also a 20% discount voucher from John Buckley Sports.

Laya Healthcare is also a sponsor.... Laya provide Health Insurance, Life Insurance and Travel Insurance, Established in 1997 they are the second largest health insurance provider in Ireland with over half a million members.

Please note.....No buggies/baby strollers/ transfers....and no late entries.

The minimum age is 16 for the 5k race as per Athletics Ireland permit recommendations.

5k Race...There will be prizes for the first 5 men and women as well as the usual age categories. The exact number of prizes for the age categories will be determined after the online entries close with the aim of making each age category competitive.

I would seriously advise people that have an interest in doing this race to enter as soon as it opens. It really will sell out early. 

Updates about the race will be made available here and on the race page on the Eagle AC website.

Sponsor...John Buckley Sports is one of the race sponsors and is one of the main specialist running shops in Cork City. They have a wide stock of gear in the shop and on their

They have been in business since 1981 and it's fair to say that the shop is highly regarded by many of the runners on the local road race scene. They also have a app which you can download to your smartphone which gives a generous discount when using it.

Irish results from the 2018 London Marathon

The London Marathon was held last weekend, a huge event with over 40,000 finishers. Here are some of the Irish finishers under 6 hours and no doubt, there are a few Cork runners in there...

Place overall    Name    Club    Category    Half    Finish
12 » SCULLION, Stephen (IRL)         22     18-39     01:07:48     02:15:55 
3    » O'Hanlon, Gary (IRL)    Serpentine RC    40-44    1:08:46    2:21:14
865    » Lenihan, Brian (IRL)        18-39    1:25:53    2:57:40
963    » Faughnan, Dermot (IRL)        40-44    1:25:46    2:58:45
1229    » McCallion, Tommy (IRL)    Other    40-44    1:28:50    3:01:27
1422    » McCallion, Eddie (IRL)    Other    18-39    1:29:04    3:04:24
1503    » Fitzgerald, Karl (IRL)    Other    18-39    1:28:35    3:05:26
1575    » Guinness, Samuel (IRL)        18-39    1:25:53    3:06:18

Sonia O'Sullivan to run her 100th parkrun on Sat 28th Apr 2018

Press release : Join Sonia O’Sullivan at Cabinteely parkrun on Saturday 28th April 2018

Former World Champion and Olympic Silver Medallist, Sonia O’Sullivan will complete her 100th parkrun at the Cabinteely parkrun, Dublin 18 on Saturday, 28th April.

Vhi, Presenting Partner of parkrun, will host a special event to celebrate the achievement and is calling on walkers, joggers and runners of all ages and abilities to join Sonia and kickstart their weekend on a healthy note at the free 5km event.

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Results & Photos of the Great Railway Run... Sun 22nd Apr 2018

There was a record turnout for this years 25km Great Railway Run from Cork to Carrigaline with 363 finishers, a jump of almost 15% on last year! The 10k was also a new record, up 4.7% on last year.

The results are now available...

1    Alan O Shea    Bantry      1:24:43 SM    916
2    Alan O Brien    Carrigaline      1:26:28   SM    924
3    Michael Morgan    Cork      1:28:57  SM    860
5    Barry O Shea    Piltown      1:37:56   SM    95
6    Tim Twomey    Cork      1:38:26     SM    1014
4    Claire Gibbons-McCarthy    Bandon      1:33:03   SF    727
12    Sorcha Kearney    cork      1:44:20    F40    780
34    Kerrie Collins    cork      1:54:14   SF    644
41    Colette O Donoghue    Watergrasshill      1:56:48    SF    1046

1     Declan Power     Dublin 13         35:19     SM     287
2     Sebastian Mucke     Gaimersheim         37:54     SM     210
3     Garrett Casey     Cork         39:58     SM     39
7     Ailbhe McDaid     Cork         40:55     SF     356
16     Stephanie Johnson     Clonmel         45:15     SF     141
18     Jane Peetersoo     Cork City         45:27     SF     284

Photos to follow...(Updated Mon 23rd Apr 10pm)
1) There will be 8 albums up on the Running in Cork Facebook page
...a) Start & Near Blackrock Castle
...b) There are just over 500 finish line photos HERE
...c) There are some prize giving photos HERE
...d) 25k runners about 200m from the finish line (1:45 to 2:08)
...e) 200m from the finish line... 25k 2:08-2:24 / 10k 1st-0:51
...f) 200m from the finish line... 25k 2:24-2:35 / 10k 0:51-1:02
...g) 200m from the finish line... 25k 2:35 plus / 10k 1:02 plus
...h) Prizes (Close up)


Results of the Dromahane 5k...Sat 21st Apr 2018

This 5k run in Dromahane was held on Sat 21st of April 2018 with 143 taking part which was down 27% on last year. Results HERE

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Notice...Rosscarbery Surf, Turf 'n' Tar Half-Marathon & 10k - Sat 19th May 2018

This Half-Marathon & 10k in Rosscarbery in West Cork is coming up on Saturday the 19th of May 2018. This proved to be a very popular event last year and should get a lot of interest this year as well.

As races go, this one looks pretty stunning as it takes in the roads, beaches, woods and coastal trails near the town.

Registration is now open and will close on May 11th or when full. You can register online by clicking the link below...

Half-Marathon... Finisher medal & dry fit top... 9am start... €35

10km... Finisher medal & Buff... 9:15am start... €25

Entry link >>

More info below from the organisers...Second Rosscarbery Surf, Turf ‘n’ Tar, takes place May 19th!
Following on from a successful first year of Rosscarbery Surf Turf ‘n’ Tar Half Marathon and 10K race, this year’s event takes place on May 19th at 9am

Last year saw 420 runners/walkers take part in this unique  multi terrain race ! This year the organisers hope to make it bigger and better taking onboard all the comments (positive and otherwise) on board). It was the most talked about West Cork Running Event in 2018, and the organisers are expecting a large entry for this year’s event!

Set in beautiful Rosscarbery and surrounding area, participants are offered a unique running experience over two distances, Half Marathon and 10K. This multi terrain race runs over beach, road, forest and trail Runs.

Results & Photos of the Ballincollig 5k parkrun... Sat 21st Apr 2018

Just under 300 runners turned out for this weeks 5k parkrun in Ballincollig Regional Park on Sat 21st Apr 2018.

1 Denis BUCKLEY    18:01    JM15-17    74.93 %    M1
2 Piotr SPYT    18:52    VM35-39    71.82 %    M2    Polish Runners Club Ireland
3 Unknown                           
34 Rachel O'CALLAGHAN    22:32    VW40-44    69.82 %    F1
42 Olga O'SULLIVAN    22:52    VW40-44    66.91 %    F2    Eagle A.C.
50 Maria CALACO MULERO    23:13    SW20-24    63.75 %    F3

Full results

1) The organisers have a gallery HERE

Races coming up on Sunday the 22nd of April 2018

Here are some of the races coming up on Sunday the 22nd of April...

Cork...Sun 22nd (9:30am)... The Great Railway Run 25km from Cork to Carrigaline... €40... info...
Cork...Sun 22nd (11am)... The Great Railway Run 10km from Monkstown to Carrigaline... €30... info...

Kerry...Sun 22nd (10am)... Castleisland 10 mile road race... €20... Organised by An Ríocht AC... includes dry fit top... info...
Kerry...Sun 22nd (10am)... Castleisland 5km race... €10... Organised by An Ríocht AC...... info...

Friday, April 20, 2018

Reminder...Great Railway Run coming up on Sun 22nd Apr 2018

Just a reminder that the Great Railway Run is coming up on Sunday the 22nd of April and there is a choice of a 25k from Cork City to Carrigaline or a 10k from Monkstown.

From the organisers....Online registration for The Great Railway Run closes at 10pm (Saturday). All participants please note that race bib numbers can be collected in Phelans Pharmacy at the Kinsale road roundabout between 4 and 8pm tomorrow. New registrations will also be accepted there. NEW REGISTRATIONS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED ON SUNDAY.

Apr22 - The Great Railway Run 25k - Sun 9:30
Apr22 - The Great Railway Run 10K - Sun 11:00

More info in the race notice.

Notice...Cork BHAA Stryker 4 mile in Carrigtwohill - Wed 25th Apr 2018

This 4 mile race in Carrigtwohill in East Cork is coming up on Wednesday the 25th of April at 7:30pm. As with all Cork BHAA events, the entry fee is €5 for registered runners and €10 for non-registered.

Located just a few minutes drive from the Jack Lynch tunnel, this one is very close to Cork City and is easy to get to.

The race HQ is the local community centre and the race route takes in a loop to the north of Carrigtwohill. Note that the start line is a few hundred metres away so allow plenty of time to get there.

As BHAA races go, this one is noted for having some pretty good prizes and of course, there are loads on offer with the various categories and teams.

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

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Results & Photos of the Ballintotis 4 mile road race...Thurs 19th Apr 2018

It seemed only appropriate that the warmest day of the year so far in 2018 also coincided with the first major race of the Summer road race season in Cork with a whopping 826 runners taking part. Conditions were almost perfect with some nice sunshine for the whole race, something we haven't seen a lot of of late.

It was also a big race for East Cork AC after two of their members took the respective titles. Michael Harty's time of 19:15 was also a new course record while Fiona Santry won the women's race for the first time.

1 Michael HARTY    00:19:15 512    M (1)    MS (1)    East Cork AC
2 Sergiu CIOBANU 00:19:22 654    M (2)    MS (2)    Clonliffe Harriers AC
3 James MCCARTHY 00:20:08 1    M (3)    MS (3)    East Cork AC
36 Fiona SANTRY    00:23:42 F (1)    FS (1)    East Cork AC
39 Ann GEARY    00:24:23 115    F (2)    F35 (1)    Midleton AC
61 Evelyn Cashman    00:25:06 671    F (3)    F45 (1)    Youghal AC

Full results HERE

Photos... (Updated 10pm Fri 20th Apr 2018)
1) There are 4 albums up on the Running in Cork Facebook page...
...a) Pre-race
...b) Start
...c) 1km from the finish
...d) Prizes
2) Michael Buckley has a gallery HERE 
3) Dave O'Brien has a gallery HERE

Heads up on the 2018 Cheetah Run in Fota Wildlife Park

Just a quick heads up to say that the Cheetah Run 5k in Fota Wildlife Park is coming up on Thursday 17th of May 2018. Entries will open up two weeks in advance on Thursday the 3rd of May.

This one always sells out fast so keep an eye on it. More details to follow soon...

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Cork runners at the 2018 Boston Marathon

One of the most famous marathons in the world is of course in Boston and the 122nd edition was held last Monday the 16th of April 2018.

These are the runners from Cork who took part....

427    Smith, Mark    40    M    Cork         IRL    2:43:39
2554    O'Regan, Stephen    35    M    Cork    IRL    2:49:43
5544    Lyons, Alan    39    M    Cork         IRL    3:00:48
2079    Hogan, Aidan    44    M    Cork         IRL     3:06:03
1184    Cotter, Liam    52    M    Cork         IRL    3:11:34
426    Foley, Vivian    48    M    Cork         IRL    3:11:51
2567    O'Herlihy, Colin    47    M    Co. Cork    IRL     3:16:36
10422    O Donovan, Fergal    45    M    Co Cork    IRL     3:20:42
11322    Magner, Aidan    47    M    Cork         IRL     3:24:45
7144    Crowley, Ken    43    M    Cork         IRL     3:28:14
6607    Murphy, David    40    M    Cork Ireland     IRL    3:31:27
3094    Forde, Michael    38    M    Cork         IRL    3:34:38
6912    O Meara, Fergal    49    M    Midleton    IRL    3:35:55
20427    Gilroy, Helen    52    F    Cork         IRL    3:35:55
17802    Lynch, Liam    60    M    Co Cork         IRL    3:37:43
8741    Mclean, Gerard    47    M    Cork         IRL    3:39:18
19875    Walsh, Helen    43    F    Cork         IRL    3:39:41
19685    Crowley, Lisa    44    F    Cork         IRL     3:43:55
17764    Sheehan, Louise    44    F    Co. Cork    IRL     3:49:47

20837    Marshall, Ger    60    M    Cork         IRL     3:55:31
30392    Fitzgibbons, Sheila    51    F    Blarney     IRL    5:15:14
30471    Devlin, Killian    39    M    Midleton    IRL    5:30:29
30419    Butler, Patricia    38    F    Carrigaline    IRL    5:30:29

Final info for the Ballintotis 4 mile coming up Thurs 19th Apr 2018

The Summer season of road races kicks off with the Balllintotis 4 mile road race on Thursday the 19th of April 2018. After a long dark winter, the evening races will make a pleasant change from the weekend events.

The race is at 8pm and is chip timed. You can enter on the night but make sure to get there early because of the crowds.

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

Here is the final info from the organisers.......The big night is now almost upon us again with the ninth running of the Ballintotis '4' Mile Road race taking place on this Thursday April 19th.  A lot of work has been done over the past few months in preparation for what we hope will be another occasion to remember.

James McCarthy of the host club East Cork AC has won the event in all the previous  8 years and last year got the better of club mate Sean McGrath after a titanic struggle. The ladies honours 12 months ago went to  Irish International Claire McCarthy who has distinguished herself with some super performances in the green singlet since then.

The success of the Ballintotis event which was brought to the picturesque venue by East Cork A.C in 2010, is due to a number of factors. It's fair to say that the generous sponsorship and backing from the local business community has been a key component in it's rise and with this in mind, the local Ballintotis Race Committee wish to acknowledge again the continued backing of a number of their loyal major sponsors. 

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Results & Photos of the MMRA 7km race in Curragh Woods... Sun 15th Apr 2018

The Munster Mountain Running Association held a 7km race in Curragh Woods near Midleton last Sunday the 15th of April and there was a nice turnout of 73 runners.

There will be plenty more trail races like this coming up over the Summer months and they can make a nice change from running on the roads.

1 Tom Blackburn    608    M50    0:34:14 Mooreabbey Milers Limerick
2 Nigel Sheehan    2069    M    0:35:35 Youghal AC Cork
3 John Lynch    853    M40    0:35:56 Tracton AC Cork
12 Cherie Turner    89    F40    0:41:30 St. Finbarr's AC Cork
16 Sarah Fitzpatrick    549    F    0:42:40 Mooreabbey Milers Tipperary
17 Marie O'Shea    600    F40    0:42:46 MooreAbbey Milers Tipperary

Full results

1) Photos HERE and HERE 

Monday, April 16, 2018

Results of the Spike Island 5k...Sat 14th Apr 2018

This 5k on Spike Island was held on Saturday the 14th of April 2018 and the results are shown below...

1    173    Sean Twohig    20.05
2    163    Declan O Callaghan    21.06
3    16    Denis O Brien    21.23
7    60    Siobhan Holland    22.17
15    52    Katie Harte    23.44
16    12    Jessica Burke Walsh    24.07

Full results below...

Spotted at the road races... John Walshe of Ballycotton

Anyone who knows John Walshe of Ballycotton will know that he is a great supporter of local road races and 10-mile road races in particular. John was running last Sunday at the Killea 10 mile road race last Sunday in North Tipperary and someone snapped this photo as he crossed the finish line...

Borrisoleigh Track Attach had this piece on their Facebook page...."The word legend is often thrown around within sport but the man pictured here is a true legend of Irish running. It was great to see East Cork man John Walshe at the Killea Road Run where he completed the 10 mile race. "Mr Ballycotton" is a person and role model that all who are involved with organising any sport should aspire to emulate. The sport of road running would be in a far darker place if it wasn't for the efforts of John Walshe over the last 4 decades."

Online entries for the Ballintotis 4 mile close midnight Mon 16th Apr

The big race this week of course is the annual Ballintotis 4 mile in East Cork. This race and its predecessor the Castlemartyr 4 mile have a long history going back many years and are recognised as the official start of the evening road race season in Cork.

Please note that online entries for the Ballintotis 4 mile close at midnight on Monday 16th April.

Please log on to

Numbers and running buffs can be collected on Wednesday next from 5pm to 7pm OR on race day from 1pm at Ballintotis Community Centre.

You can also sign up for the race in Ballintotis from 5pm to 7pm on Wednesday and from 1pm to 7:45pm on race day.

Enquiries to Sean Murphy  086 8240094 // John Cashman 086 8778182

More info about the race in this race notice.

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Results of the Rathpeacon NS 4 mile... Sun 15th Apr 2018

A total of 214 runners turned out for this 4 mile race in Rathpeacon to the north of Cork City on Sunday the 15th of April 2018.

1    John MEADE    00:22:01    1735    M (1)    MS (1)
2    Mark WALSH    00:22:22    1707    M (2)    MS (2)
3    Damien KENNEDY    00:23:10    1767    M (3)    MS (3)
7    Sheila BUCKLEY    00:27:56    1710    F (1)    FS (1)
9    Pauline GRAINGA    00:28:46    1723    F (2)    FS (2)
11  Margaret TWOHIG    00:29:36    1770    F (3)    FS (3)

Full results HERE

Results of the Karen Fenton Memorial 5k race... Sun 15th Apr 2018

A whopping 694 runners turned out for the inaugural Karen Fenton Memorial 5k in Ballinora on Sunday the 15th of April 2018. After putting up the race notice a few weeks back, I could see that the post was getting a lot of hits but little did I suspect that the turnout would be so great.

Race numbers at the moment seem to be highly volatile with the recent Emer Casey 5k in Youghal dropping a massive 28%..the lowest number since 2010, the BHAA Gas Networks race down to its second lowest ever and now this one way up at almost 700 runners. One thing is for sure, you certainly can't take the numbers turning up at a race for granted.

1 Alan O'SHEA    00:15:48    9114    M (1)    MS (1)    Bantry AC
2 Kieran MCKEOWN    00:17:23    9201    M (2)    M40 (1)    Watergrasshill AC
3 David COMBER    00:17:36    9103    M (3)    MS (2)    Leevale AC
23 Rosaleen MACKEOWN    00:19:46    239    F (1)    F40 (1)    Leevale AC
26 Sorcha KEARNEY    00:20:05    767    F (2)    F40 (2)    St Finbarrs AC
37 Rachel CAREY    00:21:22    9108    F (3)    FS (1)

Full results HERE

Results of the Cork BHAA Gas Networks 5 mile...Sat 14th Apr 2018

A total of 320 runners turned out for Cork BHAA Gas Networks 5 mile race on Sat 14th Apr 2018 and unusually for a BHAA race, it was held on a Saturday evening. Comparing it to the other Gas Network races over the years, this one is the second lowest turnout ever and just 4 more than the inaugural race back in 2012.

Another unusual feature was the lack of faster women in the race. The first woman was in 98th place overall where as normally it would be around the 20 to 30 mark or at least it used to be. It seems that as times goes by, the number of faster women on the race circuit seems to be dropping off. Not sure why.

1    Alan O'Brien        M-1    00:25:49    McCarthy Insurance Group
2    Colin Merritt    0/45B    M-2    00:25:57    Army
3    Barry Donovan        M-3    00:26:07    Kerry Group
98    Marie Kissane    0/35H    F-1    00:35:04    Eli Lilly
120    Olga O'Sullivan    0/40I    F-2    00:36:38    Dell-EMC
127    Rachael O'Callaghan    0/40I    F-3    00:37:03    Cork Shops 

The full results are HERE

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Results of the Ballincollig 5k parkrun... Sat 14th Apr 2018

This weeks 5k parkrun in Ballincollig Regional Park attracted a field of 288 runners, down a bit on last weeek.

1    Unknown              M1                     
2    Richard MURPHY    18:46    SM25-29    68.74 %    M2
3    Clifford BROWNE    19:11    SM25-29    67.33 %    M3
28    Fiona VERLING    22:46    VW35-39    66.76 %    F1
36    Deirdre O'CALLAGHAN    23:19    VW45-49    69.48 %    F 2    Eagle A.C. 14   
39    Marie O'SHEA    23:22    VW40-44    65.48 %    F3

Full results

1) Joe Murphy has a gallery HERE

Friday, April 13, 2018

Irish results in the 2018 Manchester Marathon...

As well as Rotterdam and Rome, the Manchester Marathon was also held last weekend on Sunday the 8th of April 2018. This particular marathon has got a lot of bad publicity of late after it was found that the 26.2 mile course was actually short for a number of years due to a measuring error.

In the men's race, Mark Ryan from Dublin finished 3rd in a time of 2:25:40. In the women's event, Dolores Duffy of Watergrasshill AC finished 3rd female in the international section.

These are the Irish men under 3:10 and Irish women under 4 hours (Club only as there is no other way of finding them).

3 Mark RYAN    02:25:40 INT    2    SEN    Male    3    Rathfarnham WSAF, Dublin, Ireland
26 Kevin BAKER    02:37:45 SEN    15    SEN    Male    26    Mullingar Harriers (Westmeath, Ireland)
81 Michael BYRNE    02:44:26 SEN    50    SEN    Male    77    St Catherines Ac
86 Kent SWANN    02:44:55 SEN    54    SEN    Male    82    North Belfast Harriers
216 David CONWAY    02:54:31 SEN    137    SEN    Male    207    westport ac
252 John ROBINSON    02:55:48 V40    32    V40    Male    241    Ballymena Runners Ac
302 Mikey KEATING    02:57:20 V45    31    V45    Male    289    Galtee Runners
321 Liam LYONS    02:57:48 SEN    206    SEN    Male    307    Clonakilty Road Runners Ac
455 Derek CASEY    02:59:57 V40    66    V40    Male    436    AN BRU LIMERICK
465 Morgan O'REGAN    03:00:25 V40    69    V40    Male    446    Midleton AC
469 Loic GAREL    03:00:34 294    SEN    Male    450    Leevale ac

526 Ian O GORMAN    03:02:36 V50    25    V50    Male    506    Le cheile AC
548 Liam CURRAN    03:03:28    03:03:28 SEN    Male    527    Castlegar AC
600 Stephen MCELROY    03:04:57    03:04:57 92    V40    Male    575    ENNISKILLEN RUNNING CLUB
715 Shane GREENE    03:08:00    03:08:00 116    V40    Male    687    Clonmel Athletic Club
731 Michael BARTON    03:08:21 453    SEN    Male    702    Ballydrain Harriers

813 Dolores DUFFY    03:10:34  3    V50    Female    35    Watergrasshill Ac
2703 Mandy PRENDERGAST    03:41:31 52    V40    Female    282    Marathon Club Ireland
3194 Sinead O'MEARA    03:47:05 186    FSEN    Female    415    Borrisoleigh Track Attack
3949 Nessa GOGGIN    03:55:29 124    V40    Female    635    Watergrasshill A.C
4130 Mandy YAU-WILSON    03:57:03 124    V35    Female    691    County Antrim Harriers

Race website...

Notice : Cobh Junior 2km parkrun starts Sun 27th May 2018

It has just been announced that a new 2km parkrun for 4 to 14 year olds will be starting in the small park next to Carrignafoy College in Cobh on Sunday the 27th of May 2018.

This is a free event and parents can register their children here...

The course is roughly 4 laps of a 500m rectangular loop. The park is located high above the town and is shown in the map below...

This is what the park looks like from the road. Parents and guardians can stay somewhere central in the park and watch the children run around the course.

Thursday, April 12, 2018


This weekend marks a significant anniversary for Cork (and indeed Irish) athletics for it was on this Sunday 40 years ago that women took part for the first with the men in an Irish road race. The occasion was the Cork to Cobh 15-mile event and the iconic picture (courtesy and copyright of the Evening Echo) shows the three pioneering women – Marion Lyons, Dervla Mellerick and Elaine Kelly – at the start line on the Lower Road. The following article, published last Tuesday in the Evening Echo, tells the story of that historic day.

(By John Walshe, Evening Echo, April 10, 2018)

On Monday next, April 16, the famous Boston Marathon takes place for the 122nd time. Twelve months ago, the race honoured Kathy Switzer on the 50th anniversary of her participation in the race which made her the first woman to run the iconic course from Hopkinton to Boston.

Entering by just using the initials ‘KV Switzer’, during her run a race official famously attempted to stop her but he was shoved to the ground by Switzer’s boyfriend and the 20-year-old went on to finish the 26.2-mile course. However, it wasn’t until 1972 that women were officially allowed to take part in the event.

This weekend also marks a significant date here in Cork for it was 40 years ago – on Sunday April 16, 1978, that women were allowed for the first time in this country to line up in a road race beside the men.

The occasion was the 15-mile event from Cork to Cobh, a race with already a chequered history as it had on a number of occasions hosted both National and Munster championships.

Road running in the 1970s was a far cry to what it is today. That year of 1978, the Cork to Cobh attracted just 33 entries, of which 27 finished. Race headquarters was at the old Arcadia Ballroom where entries (at 40 pence) were taken. The race started at 3pm underneath the railway bridge at Water Street and finished outside the post office in Cobh.

Amongst that small entry were the names of Marion Lyons, Elaine Kelly and Dervla Mellerick – three pioneering women in the history of Irish athletics. A preview in the previous Friday’s Evening Echo stated: “It is an ambition at the back of every club athlete’s mind to finish the course [from Cork to Cobh]. It could be regarded as a race that separates the men from the boys but on Sunday next it will be a matter of separating the men from the women.”

The PRO of the Ballymore-Cobh club, the organisers of the race, was quoted as saying he was delighted to hear of women taking part. “They certainly show a lot of courage,” he said, adding that the club may in fact consider having a special prize for the first female to finish.

Marion Lyons is the only one of the three still involved in the sport. She is currently President of her beloved St Finbarr’s AC and as recently as a month ago was the winner of the F60 category at the County Road championship at Castlelyons.

She recalls that historic occasion on the road to Cobh four decades ago: “I suppose we were afraid that the men would object, but nobody really minded. If anything, I’m sure the men were delighted we were there and you could say we have never looked back.

“I knew Elaine and Dervla and we decided we’d love to take on the challenge of running against the men and doing a longer distance. We didn’t really want to tell them in case they would object as at the time there were no women running with the men, even though men were my greatest friends to train with, they were so good to me.”

Of the three, Marion was the most experienced having represented Ireland at senior level on a number of occasions, the highlights being the World Cross-Country Championships at Chepstow and Düsseldorf.

Dervla Mellerick had, a month before, made the Irish team for the World C-C in Glasgow but for Elaine Kelly, 15 miles was a lot longer than she was used to. She was mainly a 400m/800m track runner with two national titles over the latter distance to her credit in 1971 (2:14.7) and 1977 (2:06.07).

“As we got nearer to the race, the organisers heard about us and they said they would allow us run,” says Marion. “We had actually run the 15 miles in training and on the day we stayed together for most of the race and then towards the end I just stepped ahead and won it.

“We felt very good throughout the race, the men were saying to us ‘don’t pass up, don’t pass us’ but I said to them ‘come on lads, come with us, sure we’re all in the same boat’.”

Donie Walsh of Leevale was first across the line in the men’s race in a time of 77:35 ahead of Midleton’s Liam O’Brien who recorded 78:14 with former winner of the race, Richard Crowley, third in 78:48. The times of the three women on that historic occasion were: Marion Lyons, 1:42:30; Dervla Mellerick, 1:42:37; Elaine Kelly, 1:44:56.

Marion Lyons would go on to run six marathons - which included a win in the Cork Marathon of 1986 – recording a personal best time of 2:54:57 for the distance. She is one of the most enthusiastic and inspiring figures in athletics and her passion for the sport is as evident today as it was all those years ago.

“I would still encourage people to get involved in sport because the self-esteem and confidence gained is invaluable. Everyone is important and can make a difference, whether you’re elite or down the field,” sums up this remarkable pioneer who has certainly left her own historic mark on women's athletics in Cork.

Irish results in the 2018 Rome Marathon...

Another big event last weekend last was the Rome Marathon which was held on Sunday the 8th of April. The number of Irish runners in this one was pretty low which was probably due to the fact it was clashing with the Rotterdam marathon and it is well known as a slower course with cobblestone roads in sections.

Suprisingly, only one Irish man broke 3 hours and that was Pat O'Connor of Eagle AC in Cork. Pat was also the 3rd M50 home which is some going considering the number of Italian M50's who would have been running in their home marathon.

Another suprise was that only one Irish woman broke 4 hours! Most Irish runners seemed to have opted for the flat roads of Rotterdam last weekend.

Irish results under 4 hours below...

Top Irish results for the 2018 Rotterdam Marathon

The 2018 Rotterdam Marathon was held last Sunday the 8th of April and almost 14,000 runners took part. This has a reputation of being a flat and fast marathon course and many Irish runners travel there to take part. In fact if you book the flights and accommodation well in advance, it can work out pretty reasonable.

These are the results for the top Irish runners....Men who broke 3 hours and Women who broke 3:30. Runners from Munster in Bold.

Also note that Gary Condon was 3rd M45 and Orla O'Rourke of Ballymore Cobh AC was 1st F50!

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Community Radio Youghal interview with Michael Harty of East Cork AC

Leading Cork athlete Michael Harty speaks to Barry Drake (CRY 104FM and Evening Echo) about some of his biggest achievements, recent success and about his latest journey.

Notice : MMRA 7km trail run on Curragh Woods Mtn nr Midleton - Sun 15th April 2018

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

From the MMRA...There's a lovely trail race on Sunday 15th April 2018 in Curragh Woods just outside Midleton.  The event is suitable for the whole family as there is also a junior race (10 – 16) and an accompanied run for u10s.  This run is suitable for all levels of ability and we would encourage people to come and try it out.  The junior and kids runs will kick off at 10:30 am and the adult race starts at 11:00 am.

The route uses the network of walking trails that run through the forest, including a scenic riverside section.  The run is approximately 7k in distance and is a good one to try if you have been thinking about giving trail running a go.  The route has a few hills in it (climb of 220m) just to get the heart rate up a bit and there might be a little bit of mud thrown in for good measure also, depending on the weather. 

Curragh Woods is located just 4km north of Midleton on the R626 to Lisgoold. The race start and registration location is at the forest entrance (google maps link) and registration is open from 9:45am - 10:45am.

The race entry fee is €5 (plus a €10 annual registration fee if it’s your first race of 2018  -  go to to register for the year). Note that it is mandatory to bring and carry a jacket that is shower and wind proof for the entire race.

Event page : 

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

New course for the Castleisland 10 mile...

An Riocht AC in Castleisland, Co.Kerry have introduced a new course for their 10 mile road race this year. Their race website has now been updated with photos of the new route.

For more info on the race which is coming up on the 22nd of April 2018, click HERE

Update on the Great Railway Run

Just a quick note about the latest info on entries for the Great Railway Run coming up on Sun 22nd April. The organisers have said that there are now 250 places left for the 10k event with just under 100 left for the 25k.

They have a strict limit of 500 for each distance
More info about the race in this post.

Sunday, April 08, 2018

Results & Photos of the Cork BHAA UCC 10k road race...Sun 8th Apr 2018

467 runners turned out for this years Cork BHAA UCC 10k race, down a small bit on last year.  The peak of 537 was back in 2014.

Pos Name Cat Prize Time Company Team
1 James McCarthy M1 00:32:33 McCarthys
2 Colin Merritt 0/45B M2 00:32:44 Army
3 Darren Molloy 0/40A M3 00:33:29 Navy
35 Katie Hickson 0/40I F1 00:39:33 Glenside F-A-2
41 Karina Teahan 0/35H F2 00:39:49 Joyce Wolfe Physiotherapy
42 Jessica Bruton F3 00:39:57 Dept of Ed 

Full results HERE

1) Derek Costello has a gallery HERE
2) Paula has several galleries...
...a) Start
...b) Finish up to 44 mins
...c) Finish 44 to 51 mins
...d) Finish 51 mins plus
...e) Prizes
3) Joe Murphy has a gallery HERE 

Start of the from John Kissane

Results of the Duhallow AC 10 mile road race in Newmarket... Sun 8th Apr 2018

The inaugural Duhallow AC 10 mile road race was held in the town of Newmarket in NW Cork on Sunday the 8th of April 2018. A total of 294 runners took part.

1 Miko TONOSA    00:49:10 MS (1)    DSD AC
2 Sergiu Ciobanu    00:49:13 MS (2)    Clonliffe Harriers
3 Alan O'Shea    00:53:17 MS (3)    Bantry AC
10 Grace LYNCH    00:59:36 FS (1)    Iveragh
19 Fiona Santry    01:02:57 FS (2)    East Cork AC
30 Carol Finn    01:04:59 FS (3)    Leevale AC

The full results can be seen HERE

1) TMC Photography has a gallery HERE

Saturday, April 07, 2018

Results & Photos of the Ballincollig 5k parkrun... Sat 7th Apr 2018

There was a light drop in the numbers this week for the 5k parkrun in Ballincollig Regional Park with 333 taking part.

1 Sebastian MUCK    17:53    SM20-24    M1
2 Lance DOHERTY    18:42    VM40-44    M2    St Finbarrs AC
3 Alan O'SULLIVAN    19:44    SM30-34    M3
38 Louise SHEEHAN    23:04    VW40-44    F1    Ballincollig Athletic Club
41 Denise TWOHIG    23:18    VW40-44    F2    St Finbarrs AC
43 Gillian COTTER    23:25    VW40-44    F3    St Finbarrs AC

Full results HERE

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

Friday, April 06, 2018

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

Just a reminder that the Duhallow AC 10 mile road race in Newmarket is coming up on Sunday the 8th of April 2018.

Online entries are now closed but you can still enter on the day.

There will be a dry fit top for the first 700 to register.

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