Google+ Running in Cork, Ireland: September 2018

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Notice : Cork BHAA HSE 5k in Little Island - Sun 4th Nov 2018

The Cork BHAA are holding the HSE Cork Kerry Community Healthcare 5k in Little Island on Sunday the 4th of November 2018.

As always, you enter on the morning of the race and it's €5 for BHAA registered runners and €10 for non-reg. Registration is at Little Island Community Hall from 9.30am with the race starting at 11am.

The race HQ and route is shown in the map below.  The course is more or less deaf flat and is pretty fast as 5k courses go.

The race HQ is the community centre which is used for most Cork BHAA races in Little Island...

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

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

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

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

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

Standard Entry Fee > 10k €15.90 // 5k €10.60 (inclusive of online charges).

Late entry fees:
Cork Rebel Run 10K- €20
Rebel Run 4 Fun 5k - €15

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

ENTRIES >>> You can enter online HERE

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

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

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

From Cork Sports Partnership...

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

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

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Cork Fireman Alex O'Shea completes 32 marathons in 16 days

Last Sunday the 16th of September, Cork fireman Alex O'Shea completed his 32nd marathon in just 16 days! Not only that but each marathon was in each of the 32 Irish counties.

The journey started with the Dingle Marathon back on the 1st of September and ended with a marathon in Cork which included Cork City and Ballincollig. The photo above by Joe Murphy shows some supporters with Alex in the Regional Park.

Funds raised from 32 marathons go towards the Irish Guide Dogs.

1) Joe Murphy has a gallery HERE
2) Doug Minihane has a gallery HERE

Alex has his own Facebook page HERE

Monday, September 17, 2018

Cork County Council put up planning notice for Midleton to Youghal Greenway

Some good news! It looks as if Cork County Council are pushing ahead with their plans to develop the old railway between Midleton to Youghal into a Greenway. Following the success of the Waterford Greenway, there has been renewed interest in developing various routes around the country.

There will be no doubt some opposition from groups hoping to bring back the old railway line but the reality is that it is never likely to happen.

This also raises the long term possibility of linking up with the Waterford one and then maybe onto Rosslare.

The planning notice is below....

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Results & photos of the Evening Echo Womens mini-marathon... Sun 16th Sept 2018

There was the usual big turnout for this years Evening Echo Womens mini-marathon on Sunday the 16th of Spet 2018. There was just over 5,800 people taking part on the course which is just under 4 miles, a drop of about 5% on last year.

The Evening Echo mini-marathon website claims there was 8000 last year but the results clearly show it was just over 6,100.

As always, if you did this event then make sure you return the sponsorship card for your chosen charity. Your entry fee does not go to charity so it's important to return those funds.

1 Michelle FINN Leevale AC
2 Anna REDDIN Crusaders AC
3 Martina KIELY St Finbars AC
4 Carol FINN Leevale AC
5 Rosaleen MACKEOWN Leevale AC
6 Breda GAFFNEY Mallow AC
7 Linda O'SULLIVAN Watergrasshill AC
8 Rachael O'SHEA West Muskerry AC
9 Joan ENNIS Grange Fermoy AC
10 Anna O'NEILL Doheny AC

The full results are HERE

Photos to follow... (Updated Mon 11pm)
1) There will be 7 albums up on the Running in Cork Facebook page...
...a) Near the 1k mark
...b) More near the 1k mark
...c) Finish (front of the field)
...d) Finish (second batch)
...e) Finish (third batch)
...f) Finish (fourth batch)
...g) Finish (fifth batch)

2) Adrian Foley has 3 galleries...
...a) Near Blackrock church
...b) Near finish 1
...c) Near finish 2

3) Joe Murphy has 2 galleries...
Album1 and Album 2

4) Outside Shots has a gallery HERE 

Eliud Kipchoge sets new record of 2:01:39 in Berlin Marathon

Eliud Kipchoge of Kenya has set a new marathon world record with a time of two hours, one minute 39 seconds in the Berlin Marathon. That is more than a minute off the previous best set by Dennis Kimetto when he ran 2:02:57 in Berlin in 2014.

In a post race interview, he said..... "I lack words to describe this day. I am really grateful, happy to smash the world record. It was hard, I ran my own race, I trusted my trainers, my programme and my coach. That's what pushed me in the last kilometres."

The pace chart for even splits for this distance is shown on the left.  14:25 for a 5k!!

Results for the Spike Island 5k on Sat 8th Sept 2018

There was a reasonable turn out of 116 runners for this 5k on Spike Island on Sat 8th Sept 2018 on what turned out to be a wet day in the middle of Cork Harbour. The published results afterwards however was just a list of numbers and times with no names.

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Results & Photos of the Ballincollig 5k parkrun... Sat 15th Sept 2018

274 turned out this week for the Ballincollig 5k parkrun on Sat 15th Sept 2018.

1 Unknown                                   
2 Michael MURPHY    19:23    VM60-64    M2    St Finbarrs AC
3 Ciaran O'HERLIHY    19:44    SM25-29    M3
34 Roisin MC DAID    22:42    SW30-34    F1
39 Denise CROWLEY    23:04    SW25-29    F2
51 Lauren Lucy CROWLEY    23:38    SW25-29    F3

Full results

1) Collette Ryan has a short video HERE
2) Joe & Anne Murphy have two galleries... HERE and FINISH

Friday, September 14, 2018

Results of the Ringaskiddy NS 10k... Fri 14th Sept 2018

Ringaskiddy 10km 2018

1    Eddie Butt         00:41:56    00:41:55
3    Rob Lynch    Leevale AC    00:43:52    00:43:51
4    Kevin Corbett         00:44:27    00:44:23 
2    Ailbhe McDaid         00:42:18    00:42:16
6    Claire O brien    Watergrasshill AC    00:45:09    00:45:07 
10    Linda O connor         00:46:47    00:46:45 

    1    Eddie Butt         00:41:56    00:41:55   
    2    Ailbhe McDaid         00:42:18    00:42:16   
    3    Rob Lynch    Leevale AC    00:43:52    00:43:51   
    4    Kevin Corbett         00:44:27    00:44:23   
    5    Brendan Hallissey         00:44:50    00:44:47

Results of the Grange Fermoy 4 mile... Fri 14th Sept 2018

Grange Fermoy AC 4 Mile Race Results

1     Sergiu Ciobanu     Clonliffe Harriers AC         20:25     SM     59
2     Mark Collins     Grange Fermoy AC         21:36     SM     2
3     Kieran Lees     Mooreabbey Milers AC         21:49     SM     70
22     Kate Veale     West Waterford         24:55     SF     94
39     Ellen Hanley     Grange Fermoy AC         25:57     F40     48
46     Joan Ennis     Grange Fermoy AC         26:25     F50     80

1) Ber Hunter has a gallery HERE

Position     Athletes Name     Club     Time     Category     Bib
1     Sergiu Ciobanu     Clonliffe Harriers AC         20:25     SM     59
2     Mark Collins     Grange Fermoy AC         21:36     SM     2
3     Kieran Lees     Mooreabbey Milers AC         21:49     SM     70
4     Danny Smith     Burncourt         22:25     M40     49
5     Dave O' Connor     St Catherines AC         22:35     SM     43

€6 Million now needed to open Tramore Valley Park...

A week ago, I had a post up about the opening of the Tramore Valley Park in Cork City was likely to be delayed until the Spring of 2019. This follows on from a long list of deferred opening dates.

In the Irish Examiner today, it was revealed that at least €6 million is now needed to provide 'full and safe access to the park'. Some €40 million has already been spent on transforming the old landfill site.

The main stumbling point now seems to be the significant engineering works required to allow easy access for cars to the site. In the Examiner article, it stated... "Various options have been considered, including the construction of an overpass and the widening an existing underground tunnel which links the Black Ash park-and-ride facility to the park. In the short-term, City Hall is working on a plan to improve the availability and accessibility of the amenity."

This new development is likely to have a significant impact on the timeline for the opening of the park. According to the Examiner article, the full opening is "at least a year down the line" and the reality is that it will likely be much longer. How long will it take to secure €6 million in funding? How long wil l the engineering works take? Will planning permission be required?

Up to now, the official line was that some staff were going to be employed to enable the Tramore Valley Park to open to the public. The new scenario however means that the opening realistically is now years away. 2025?

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Results of the Garryvoe 5k... Thurs 13th Sept 2018

Position     Name     Time     Category (POS)     Gender (POS)
1     Nigel Sheehan (#1586)     00:16:55     All Ages  (1)     Male  (1)
2     Pat HENNESSY (#1565)     00:16:59     All Ages  (2)     Male  (2)
3     Martin O'KEEFFE (#1568)     00:18:37     All Ages  (3)     Male  (3)
4     Tim HANNON (#1574)     00:18:47     All Ages  (4)     Male  (4)
5     Paul KEARNEY (#786)     00:18:50     All Ages  (5)     Male  (5)
6     Fiona SANTRY (#778)     00:18:52     All Ages  (1)     Female  (1)
7     Neil KINGSTON (#495)     00:18:57     All Ages  (6)     Male  (6)
8     Ray HAHESY (#985)     00:19:06     All Ages  (7)     Male  (7)
9     John SPELMAN (#790)     00:19:10     All Ages  (8)     Male  (8)
10     Kate VEALE (#483)     00:19:15     All Ages  (2)     Female  (2)
11     Eric MEADE (#772)     00:19:21     All Ages  (9)     Male  (9)
12     John LONGAN (#781)     00:19:25     All Ages  (10)     Male  (10)
13     David MOYNIHAN (#497)     00:19:32     All Ages  (11)     Male  (11)
14     Ann Marie HOLLAND (#770)     00:19:36     All Ages  (3)     Female  (3)
15     Fergal OCONNOR (#780)     00:19:51     All Ages  (12)     Male  (12)
16     Ruth MILLERICK (#491)     00:20:14     All Ages  (4)     Female  (4)
17     Fergal OMEANA (#789)     00:20:30     All Ages  (13)     Male  (13)
18     Sandra MANNING (#1577)     00:20:33     All Ages  (5)     Female  (5)
19     Karl PRESTON (#981)     00:20:40     All Ages  (14)     Male  (14)
20     Edmond OSULLIVAN (#493)     00:20:42     All Ages  (15)     Male  (15)

Usain Bolt wins race in Zero-G!

Notice...Garryvoe 5k road race in East Cork - Thurs 13th Sept 2018

The Garryvoe 5km road race is coming up in East Cork this year on Thursday the 13th of September 2018. Please note that the start time has been changed to 7:30pm.

From the organisers.......Come join us Thursday 13th September for our ALONG THE BLUE & GREEN 5K Road Race/Walk in aid of the National Rehabilitation Hospital. Registration costs €10 and ALL proceeds will go the National Rehabilitation Hospital in Dublin who do such amazing, inspirational work.

Enjoy this super-scenic route along breathtaking Garryvoe Beach and the verdant Coast Road with prizes and refreshments on the night sponsored by the Garryvoe Hotel – Everyone is welcome from runners to walkers/ strollers and dogs (on a lead!). ALONG THE BLUE & GREEN is officially licensed by Athletics Ireland and will be chip timed. Walkers start 6.30pm; Runners start 7.30pm

Thursday 13th Sept - Register on the day from 5pm in the Garryvoe Health Club

Course Preview......Details of the 5k course with maps and photos can be seen HERE

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Results & Photos of the Jack O'Driscoll 5k in Mayfield... Wed 12th Sept 2018

Well done to the 488 who turned out for the Jack O'Driscoll 5k in Mayfield on Wednesday evening. Hopefully the much needed funds will help Jack in his recovery.

1    0:16:34    WALSH, Mark    Leevale AC        273    1   
2    0:16:58    O'LEARY, Nathan    Leevale AC        453    2   
3    0:18:11    INCE, Ken    Watergrasshill AC        295    3   
8    0:20:26    WOLFE, Lorna            610    8   
16    0:21:07    O'SULLIVAN, Linda    Watergrasshill AC    F40    534    16   
38    0:23:20    LILLIS, Siobhan            178    38    

Photos ... (Updated Thurs 11:34am)
1) There will be 3 albums up on the Running in Cork Facebook page...
...a) Start
...b) Cotton Ball / First loop
...c) Finish
2) Mayfield GAA have a small gallery HERE
3) Mick Dooley has a gallery HERE 

Wednesday 12 September 2018. 7:00 pm    Provisional Results for All Competitors in finish order.                       
txtPlace    txtTime    Name    Club    Category    txtEntrantNo    txtPosn   
1    0:16:34    WALSH, Mark    Leevale AC        273    1   
2    0:16:58    O'LEARY, Nathan    Leevale AC        453    2   
3    0:18:11    INCE, Ken    Watergrasshill AC        295    3   
4    0:18:24    MURPHY, Dave    Watergrasshill AC    M40    462    4    1st M40
5    0:19:19    BURKE, Richard    St. Finbarrs AC    M40    147    5   
6    0:19:47    MURPHY, Neil            276    6   
7    0:19:59    LEHANE, Colm            389    7   
8    0:20:26    WOLFE, Lorna            610    8   
9    0:20:29    KISSANE, John        M50    113    9    1st M50
10    0:20:35    HEDGE,     Mayfield GAA        368    10

Charleville Half-Marathon sells out all 1400 places...

All 1,400 entries to the 2018 Charleville Half-Marathon have now been sold!

Looking back at an old post, the limit was 1100 back in 2016 so the race is certainly going from strength to strength.

Cork Marina to close to traffic at weekends....???

As can be seen from the image above, the former Lord Mayor of Cork City Des Cahill put forward a proposal at a recent meeting to close the Marina in Cork City at the weekends. If the Cork City Council follow through on this then it has obvious implications for users of this area.

From Monday to Friday, the Marina provides an alternative route for residents in Black and Mahon to get in and out of the City centre. As such, a full closure is unlikely. At the weekends however, the traffic volumes are much reduced and there are plenty of alternatives.

As for how much could be closed off, the map below shows the section between the existing barriers. At the western end, people still need to access Lee Rowing club and the rear of Pairc Ui Chaoimh. At the eastern end, residents will need access so the section between the barriers is probably the most likely section to be closed off. The section between the barriers is 1.25kms in length.

5k Parkrun??? ..... Even though the initial proposal is to close the Marina on Sundays, it does raise the question of whether a 5k parkrun would be possible if it was closed on a Saturday morning?

The section between the barriers could account for perhaps 2.5 kms by going out and back with maybe more added on by taking in loops by Pairc Ui Chaoimh or by maybe using part of the old railway line?

If it ever comes to pass, it would make for a lovely spot for a parkrun on a Saturday morning.

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Notice : Jack O'Driscoll 5k in Mayfield, Cork City - Wed 12th Sept 2018

This 5k in Mayfield on the north side of Cork City is coming up on Wednesday the 12th of September and is one of the last evening races.

Update From the organisers.... As we anticipate a huge turnout for the race next Wednesday evening we will be doing  pre-registration at Mayfield GAA Clubhouse,Kerry road on the following days and times.

Sunday 4 pm to 6 pm
Monday 8pm to 9 pm
Tuesday 7.30pm to 9 pm

Funds from this 5k go towards the rehabilitation of Jack O'Driscoll who was injured in an accident last March. More info and donations here...

There are very few races on the north side of Cork City so this one should be of interest. It's also going to be on the door step of a lot of runners.

This is going to be a properly organised race with a measured course, results with timing and refreshments afterwards. The local community including the GAA are behind this 5k and they are expecting big numbers for this charity event.

 The race HQ is at Mayfield GAA clubhouse on the Kerry Road.  The course map below shows the location as well as the church just up from the hotel in Silversprings.

Update: This was the original start/finish points. The 5k will now start/finish by the race HQ. Same course, different start/finish.

The race HQ is just down the road from the Cotton Ball while the start / finish area is a few hundred metres further west.

 If you follow the green and orange arrows, you can follow the race route.

Cork Sports Partnership Fit4Youth programme...Starts October 2018

Cork Sports Partnership are holding a Fit4Youth programme aimed at 12-16 year olds in Cork City and it starts on October 1st. It is a 6 week programme consisting of 1 hour sessions per week, delivered by experienced coaches from local Athletics Clubs. The Fit4Youth programme has been developed by former international athlete Geraldine Nolan, who launched it with great success in her local Kilkenny City Harriers club in 2013.

Aim of the programme?

a) Instilling and helping to foster an awareness of fitness and enjoyment of running over a set period of weeks, with the aim of  building up to 5K   in a ‘Learning to Run’ programme that is paced and carefully monitored, while increasing in incremental distances.
b) Helping to foster a positive attitude to health and fitness that will become a life skill.
c) Creating links to local Clubs that will hopefully encourage sustainable participation by particiopants in the Fit4Youth programme.

Sonia O'Sullivan track- Mardyke arena track UCC: Commencing Monday October 1st.  Time: 7.00pm - 8.00pm every Monday. Facilitated by Togher AC

Athletics track CIT- Bishopstown. Commencing Tuesday October 2nd Time: 4.15pm - 5.15pm Facilitated by CIT AC.

For more info, go to

Monday, September 10, 2018

New signs go up at the Tramore Valley Park...

Even though it looks as if the Tramore Valley Park in Cork City won't open until probably 2019, there has still been some works going on in the park. John Kissane sent on these photos of some signs that went up there recently.

I presume it's for a marked path as opposed to the return of the 5k parkrun???

Photos below...

Saturday, September 08, 2018

Results of the Cork City 10 mile

Results of the Cork City 10 mile...

From Derek Costello
08 Sept 2018 John Buckley`s 10 mile part 1
08 Sept 2018 John Buckley`s 10 mile part 2

Photos from Joe Murphy... HERE

600+ turn out for Greenway Half-Marathon in Waterford... Sat 8th Sept 2018

A grand total of 602 runners turned out for this years Greenway Half-Marathon in Dungarvan. There was a large contingent of runners from Cork in this one with Orla Tuohy of Grange-Fermoy AC being the second woman home. Ellen Lewis Hanley of the same club broke 90 mins to set a new PB!

1    Trevor POWER    01:11:25    01:11:25    786    M (1)    MS (1)    Waterford AC
2    Noel MURPHY    01:13:34    01:13:34    775    M (2)    MS (2)    Waterford AC
3    Mark MCKENNA    01:13:48    01:13:48    576    M (3)    MS (3)    Waterford AC
4    Raivis ZAKIS    01:14:28    01:14:28    785    M (4)    MS (4)    West Waterford AC
5    Alan LEHANE    01:15:14    01:15:14    376    M (5)    MS (5)    St Finbarrs AC
15    Ruth FITZGERALD    01:21:58    01:21:58    788    F (1)    FS (1)    Waterford AC
28    Orla  TWOHEY    01:25:12    01:25:13    789    F (2)    F35 (1)    Grange Fermoy AC
33    Julie Kirwan    01:26:01    01:26:01    777    F (3)    F35 (2)    Slaney Olympic
45    Kate VEALE    01:28:20    01:28:21    770    F (4)    FS (2)    West Waterford AC
61    Ellen HANLEY    01:29:51    01:29:59    310    F (5)    F40 (1)    Grange Fermoy AC

The full results are here..

1) West Waterford AC have 6 galleries...
...a) Album 1 Prizes
...b) Album 2
...c) Album 3
...d) Album 4
...e) Album 5
...f) Album 6
2) DC Images has a gallery HERE 
3) John Troy has a gallery HERE

Athletics Ireland release entry list for 2018 National Marathon...

The 2018 Dublin City Marathon also doubles up as the Irish national marathon and Athletics Ireland have just released the entry list for club runners HERE.

Please note that there are a number of errors in it as it's the first draft. If you're missing then contact your club.

Friday, September 07, 2018

Marina power station to close...New walkway now possible?


There was a news item in the Evening Echo about how the ESB power station on the Marina is planned to close....

Once this happens, it does open up the possibility of a riverside walkway from the Marina into the centre of Cork City. This was mooted before but the power plant was directly in the way.

New Public Park in Haulbowline in Cork Harbour

Updated post about the works on Haulbowline Island...

Video from Cork County Council Sept 2018...

 More info below...

Opening of Tramore Valley Park delayed until 2019?

A few months back, I had a post up about how the Tramore Valley Park in Cork City was supposed to open in the Autumn of 2018.

I heard today that it's been moved back now to 2019 and going on previous announcements, I'd take that with a pinch of salt.

Just remember, some €40 million of public money has been spent on this site to date and it's still closed.

Updated... See the Evening Echo newspaper article dated Fri 7th Sept 2018.

Thursday, September 06, 2018

Results & Photos of the St.Luke's Home 5k... Thurs 6th Sept 2018

Wow!. A whopping 547 turned out for this years St.Luke's Home 5k in Mahon on Thursday 6th of Sept. As can be seen from the chart above, the numbers have grown every year since 2015. Something like 300 would be about right for an evening race in Cork City, getting 500+ is exceptional especially when numbers overall are in decline.

1    Niall SHANAHAN    00:15:11    00:15:11    5254    M (1)    MS (1)    An Bru AC
2    Eric CURRAN    00:15:45    00:15:45    5346    M (2)    MS (2)    Leevale AC
3    Mark WALSH    00:15:53    00:15:53    5827    M (3)    MS (3)   
10    Sinead O'CONNOR    00:17:14    00:17:14    5348    F (1)    FS (1)    Leevale AC
31    Rosaleen MACKEOWN    00:18:49    00:18:49    5156    F (2)    F35 (1)    Leevale AC
42    Jennifer MONTAGUE    00:19:21    00:19:21    5354    F (3)    F35 (2)   

Full results...

1) There are 3 albums up on the Running in Cork Facebook page...
...a) First half of the field around the half way mark.
...b) Second half of the field around the half way mark
...c) Prize giving

Start of the race from MyRunResults...

Niall Shanahan of An Brú AC... First man home

Sinéad O'Connor...First woman home

13% drop in numbers for this years Rock n Roll Half-Marathon in Dublin

The Rock n Roll Half-Marathon in Dublin is one of the biggest races in the country and is held in August every year. There is also a 10k and 5k held in conjunction with it and the whole event attracts a huge number of visitors to the capital.

It also doubles up as the National Half-Marathon and Athletics Ireland make a substantial amount of money from it every year. Looking at the recent balance sheets of the association, the proceeds from the Rock n Roll probably keeps the accounts in the black.

Following the most recent event, I had a look at the numbers for the Rock n Roll Haldlf to see how it was doing.

The answer is that the numbers were down 13% for the half-marathon this year compared to 2017. Between all three races, there were 1884 fewer finishers this year. If we take an average entry fee of say €30 then that's a drop of roughly €60k in revenue.

I had a look at the breakdown per event and per gender and nothing really stands out. It's not like there were fewer women running or people were switching to the shorter distances, it just seems to be a general drop across the board. Maybe a sign of the general decline in numbers?

The one caveat is that 2017 seems to have been a good year so the numbers are coming off a high. I tried to have a look at previous years but the organisers seem to delete old results.

Cork Fireman Alex O'Shea starts his 32 marathon challenge

Cork fireman Alex O'Shea started his quest last Saturday in Dingle to run 32 marathons in 16 days with one in each county of Ireland. After getting Kerry out of the way, he made his way then to Co.Limerick to complete his second marathon that day.

His schedule is shown below...

Alex is raising much needed funds for the Irish Guide Dogs.

For more info, visit the links below...
Facebook page...
Donation page...

There is also a special medal for those running with Alex in the marathons. See below...

Couch to 5k programme starts in Conna...

St.Catherine's AC have just started a new 9 week Couch to 5k programme in Conna. It's not too late if you want to join in. €30 for the programme.

See their website...

Wednesday, September 05, 2018

Notice...St.Luke's Home 5k road race, Mahon - Thurs 6th Sept 2018

This is the fourth year of this 5km race in race and it should prove to be a popular one again. The St.Luke's Home 5km run is on in Mahon on Thursday the 6th of September 2018 and it starts at 7pm.

Update : Wed 5th Sept.... The organisers have said that they have over 200 pre-entries to date, way ahead of last year. They ask that all participants arrive early and allow plenty of time to enter and to get to the start line which is a few hundred metres away. Runners can also avail of the off road parking in the Cork Camogie grounds which is just across the road from St.Luke's.

Here are some of the reasons why it should get a good turnout......
1) It is at a time of year when most of the mid-week evening races have stopped.
2) It is in Cork City with a huge number of runners within its catchment area.
3) Fast accurate 5km course.
4) 80% of it is on a quiet public walkway.
5) Finishers get a 20% discount voucher for John Buckley Sports which could easily result in savings in excess of the entry fee (valid until the end of Sept 2018).
6) All proceeds go to St.Lukes Home which is a registered charity.

From the organisers......

Prizes : 1st, 2nd, 3rd Male/Female (1st = European holiday sponsored by RCI)

1st in other categories (Male over 40, 50 & 60 and Female over 35, 45 & 55)
Wheelchair Athlete

Entry Fee: €10

Entry Includes: Timing Chip, On course water and refreshments, tea, coffee and sandwiches for all competitors at St. Luke’s Home after the race.
Goody bag to include, running buff, 20% Discount Voucher from John Buckley Sports, drink and snack.
Registration: MyRunResults or on the day between 2pm and 6.30pm at St. Luke’s Home. There will be a draw for a prize for all those that pre-enter.

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

For more info, go to... 

Tuesday, September 04, 2018

Couch to 5k starts in Ballyvolane starts Tues 4th Sept 2018

The Wibbly Wobbly Wonders are starting an 8 week Couch to 5k programme in Ballyvolane on Tues 4th Sept 2018.

Couch to 5k programme in Blarney - Starts Tues 11th Sept 2018

Happy Feet Running & Walking Club are holding a free 8 week Couch to 5k programme in Blarney and it starts on Tues 11th Sept 2018.

Monday, September 03, 2018

Dry Fit Top for the 2018 Charleville Half-Marathon...

The dry fit top for the 2018 Charleville Half-Marathon is shown above and is probably the nicest one to date.

Please note that this race is now almost sold out. You really do need to enter asap if you want to get in. As of weekend, they were down to the last 80 places and there are probably fewer now.

More info in this previous post.

If you are doing the 2018 Dublin City Marathon then there are two races that you might consider doing as part of the preparation.

1) The Charleville Half-Marathon. This is a fast half marathon which will give you an accurate time and tell you where you are in terms of fitness. You then double your time and add 10 to 20 minutes to get a reasonable target time for Dublin. How much you add is really dependent on each individual and there is no hard and fast rule. The old adage of double your half plus 10 mins is very crude and comes from a time when most runners were younger and faster.

If you can find another similar half then that will do as will but it must be a reasonably fast course. You could try a 10 miler but it's not as accurate a test for your marathon pace.

2) Cork to Cobh 15 mile. This is the race that you use to test your marathon pace. If you can run 15 miles at your target marathon pace then it gives you a good idea if it's right for Dublin.

Please note that this year, these two races are only one week apart.  If you do decide to do Charleville then run Cork to Cobh at any easy slow pace and use it as a training run. If you try to do a marathon paced 15 mile run just one week after a hard half then you run the risk of injury.

Photos of the Blarney Half-Marathon... Sun 2nd Sept 2018

This very low key half-marathon was held in Blarney on Sunday the 2nd of Sept 2018 with participants making a donation to Marymount Hospice. Entries were closed several days ago with most participants using it as a training run.

1) Joe Murphy has some photos HERE

Sunday, September 02, 2018

Spotted at the races... Jerry Forde

Jerry Forde in action at the Dingle Marathon last Saturday 1st Sept 2018...

Saturday, September 01, 2018

Results of the Elaine Lehane Memorial 5k in Doneraile Park... Sat 1st Sept 2018

289 runners turned out for this years Elaine Lehane Memorial 5k in Doneraile Park on Sat 1st Sept 2018.

1    409    0:16:42    FITZGERALD, Evan    CLONMEL AC    M    ADULT

3    417    0:18:04    MURPHY, Liam    LE CHEILE AC    M    ADULT
4    538    0:18:25    HEVER, Luke    NORTH CORK AC    M    ADULT
2    725    0:17:48    FINN, Michelle    LEEVALE AC    F    ADULT
8    456    0:18:58    TUOHY, Orla    GRANGE FERMOY AC    F    ADULT

10    613    0:19:31    O'CALLAGHAN, Grainne    NORTH CORK AC    F    ADULT

Full results below...

Results of the Valley Rovers 8k nr Inishannon... Fri 31st Aug 2018

About 120 runners and walkers turned out for this event near Inishannon on what turned out to be a wet misty evening.

1    173    Chris Murphy    27.26
2    234    Connor McCrory    29.44
3    219    Alan Ryan    30.18
15    197    Anne Bamford    35.57
22    214    Denise Kiely    38.57
24    231    Susan O Sullivan    39.04

Full results below..