Google+ Running in Cork, Ireland: November 2018

Wednesday, November 21, 2018


In this guest post, John Walshe looks back on the career of Tony Simmons who was one of the top runners in the UK back in the 1970's. The article also recounts how in one race, Tony Simmons ran a huge negative split and still won the race. Food for thought?


The programme for this year’s Cork City Sports contained an article on the meeting of 1978 which took place, for the one and only time, at Páirc Uí Chaoimh. The reason for the move being that the Mardyke was in the process of changing to an all-weather surface while the CIT arena had yet to be developed.

Steve Ovett, then in the early years of a famous career that would bring Olympic medals and world records, was the main attraction. The previous year at the Mardyke, Ovett had defeated Eamonn Coghlan over one mile, 3:59.1 to 4:00.8, before going on to Midleton the following night where he beat John Treacy over 5000m.

Conditions at Páirc Uí Chaoimh on that July evening weren’t conducive to spectacular times with a blustery wind and a grass track that lacked the manicured surface of the Mardyke. Over the final lap of the mile, the famous Ovett kick came into play and the 22-year-old was untroubled when winning in one of his slowest ever times of 4:08.3.

Another visiting runner who tasted success that night was Tony Simmons in the 5000m. After Neil Cusack led for the opening mile, Simmons took over and built up a big lead over favourite Gerry Deegan. The Luton runner crossed the line almost one hundred metres clear, just scraping inside 14 minutes with his time of 13:59.4.

Tony Simmons was one of a number of top-class British distance runners who performed with distinction on all surfaces during the 1970s and his career was certainly marked by longevity and consistency. Born in the town of Maesteg in Wales on October 6th, 1948, in 1963 he established a world best mile time for a 14-year-old of 4:29.5. Some 25 years later, aged 40, he was still capable of running 23:51 for five miles on the road.

In the years between, he would post impressive PBs of 13:21.2 for 5000m and 27:43.59 for the 10,000m and compete at Olympic, European and Commonwealth level. At the 1974 European Championships in Rome, he was narrowly beaten (four-hundreds of a second) by Manfred Kuschmann of East Germany in the 10,000m.

Two years later he finished fourth over the same distance at the Montreal Olympics. After winning his heat in a swift 28:01.8 three days before, Simmons’ time in the final of 27:56.4 was just 1.4 seconds behind Brendan Foster’s bronze – the only British medal won in track and field at that Olympiad. Simmons later admitted he hung back to avoid carrying one of the chasing pack to within range of Foster.

But it was the year of 1975 that Tony Simmons achieved what every English runner strived for in those days – victory in the iconic nine-mile National Cross-Country. The fact that it was held over his home course at Luton made it all the more sweeter, as he moved away from Bernie Ford with a half mile to go to add his name to an illustrious roll of honour.

His diminutive build – standing 1.70/5’ 7” tall and weighing 56kg/124lb – seemed ideally suited to the marathon and later that summer it looked like he was on for a fast time at the AAA championship at Stoke-on-Trent when opening up a lead of almost two minutes after 15 miles. However, after succumbing to the dreaded cramps in his hamstrings at 22 miles his race was at an end and he was forced to drop out.

So when 1978 came around, Simmons was again prepared to have another crack at the classic distance. But it was a few build-up races to the marathon that caught the imagination, one in particular which certainly could be described as ‘remarkable’, as the title to this article suggests.

Twenty miles was a popular distance back in the day before the half-marathon came into vogue, seen as the ideal stepping-stone from the 10,000m (and 10-mile) to the full marathon. The most famous race over the distance was the Finchley ‘20’ in April, usually acting as the Inter-Counties championships. Held over a four-lap course at Ruislip in West London, it had a chequered history with the course record of 1:39:01 having been set by Bill Adcocks in 1972.

First held in 1933, the race had an unbroken sequence and even World War 2 failed it to halt its progress. It was ironical, then, that this year’s event last March succumbed to the Artic weather that prevailed and for the first time in 85 years it failed to go ahead.

With the AAA Marathon scheduled for Sandback in Cheshire on May 7th, Simmons felt he needed to do a ‘20’ in preparation but only decided to do the Finchley race an hour before the afternoon start on Saturday April 15th. His coach at the time, Harry Wilson (who also advised Ovett) told him not to run, so a compromise was reached. Simmons would run the first half at a ‘training pace’ and then he could race the second 10 miles. And that is exactly how it turned out.

At the end of the first lap, Simmons was back in 76th place. His time of 27:30 put him two minutes and 20 seconds behind the leading group headed by former winner Harry Leeming, the second fastest-ever over the course with his 1:39:18. Over the next five miles Bill Padgett went into a narrow lead over Dave Clarke, passing the halfway mark in 50:27. Simmons at this stage was three minutes in arrears, his 53:35 moving him up to 41st place.

Simmons switched into overdrive on lap three, picking off the runners one by one and the result of his 24:19 lap was that he was now in fifth, one minute and 45 seconds behind leader Clarke. With about two miles to go, Simmons passed Clarke and strode home an untroubled winner by 57 seconds in a time of 1:41:55. Negative splits may be the way to run, but Simmons’ 10-mile clockings of 53:35 and 48:20 certainly took it to a new level!

On the three-lap course at Sandbach, Simmons finally proved that he could run a fast marathon when taking the AAA title in 2:12:33, then the sixth fastest on the all-time British list. On June 24th, 10 days before he ran in Cork, he set what was then considered a world best time for the half-marathon when he ran 62:47 at Welwyn Garden City.

However, at the European Championships that September in Prague, Simmons could only manage 2:15:31 for 13th place, well behind Leonid Moiseyev of the USSR who won in 2:11:58. Maybe, like a lot of runners before and since, the marathon distance just wasn’t for him.

But, as he proved over a long and brilliant career and especially during that spring and summer of 1978, from the roads of Ruislip and Sandbach to the playing field of Páirc Uí Chaoimh, Tony Simmons was certainly one remarkable athlete.

John Walshe's full index of articles can be seen here...

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Major flooding at the 2018 Venice Marathon

The next time you encounter a few pools of water out on a race course, spare a thought for those taking part in this years marathon in Venice when parts of the course were under water!

With heavy rains and high tides, participants found themselves having to run through ankle deep water in the final few miles. The leading man and woman who were on target for 2:09 and 2:26 finishes respectively ended up with 2:13:13 and 2:31:30.

CIT Sports Seminar Series - Nov 2018 to Apr 2018

The Cork Institute of Technology in association with Cork Sports Partnership are organising a series of sports seminars which should be of interest to many people.

The first one is coming up on Wednesday the 21st of November 2018...

Monday, November 19, 2018

Cork runners medal at the British & Irish Masters Cross County Championships

A number of runners from Cork won individual and team medals at the British & Irish Masters Cross Country Championships which were on in Swansea over the weekend.

Full results...

1) There is a small gallery of photos of runners from Cork here.

Some of the medal winners from Cork are shown in BOLD below...

Lizzie Lee sets new course record to win Stook 10 mile

Following on from winning the national Marathon title in Dublin at the end of October, Cork runner Lizzie Lee was back in action on Sunday at the Stook 10 mile in Kilkenny.

In a modest sized field of 289 runners, Lizzie broke the old course record  by 3 mins to finish in 1h 00m 37s. If that time looks a bit slow then it's because it was a really tough course!

1. 60:37 Lizzie Lee Leevale Athletic Club
2. 64:24 Isobel Oakes (unattached)
3. 67:58 Grace Reilly Portlaoise A.C.

Just three men finished ahead of Lizzie in this race organised by Gowran AC.

Stook 10 mile photos...

Stook 10 mile results...

Notice : Great Glenville 4 mile race - Sun 25th Nov 2018

The annual Glenville 4 mile road race is coming up on Sunday the 25th of November 2018 and it should be of particular interest considering its proximity to Cork City.

In terms of getting there, the village of Glenville is only 5 miles or 8 kms from Watergrasshill and the M8 motorway.

The race starts at 11:30am and the race HQ is the Glenville Primary School. The village is pretty small so the race HQ, start and finish point are all close by.

Preview.......You'll find directions, maps and a course profile HERE

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Results of the Skibbereen 10 mile & 5 mile race - Sun 18th Nov 2018

This was the first year of this new 10 mile road race in Skibbereen and the numbers were pretty modest. In the 10 mile race, there were just 86 finishers which is low enough while there were 83 finishers in the 5 mile.

Going back a few years, the number of finishers in races in West Cork was pretty good but it really seems to have dropped off of late.

10 mile
1 Denis Lyons     St Finbarrs AC       1:00:06     SM
2 John Collins     Drinagh   1:01:08     Sm
3 Pavel Hensirouski     Clonakilty       1:01:31 sm
25 Deirdre McCarthy     Rosscarbery       1:15:17 sf
28 Dympna McSweeney     Dunmanway       1:16:43 sf
29 Julie O'Brien     Ballydehob       1:16:56 sf

Skibbereen 10 mile results...

Skibbereen 5 mile results...

Looks like there was a bit of a mix up in the 5 mile. See message below from Denis McCaul.

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

Cloyne Commons Challenge 4K Series Race 1... Sunday 18 November 2018. 9:30 am

1 0:13:03 O'RIORDAN, Niall An Brú M40 05:14.9
2 0:13:14 O'SHEA, Barry Midleton AC M 05:19.3
3 0:13:25 KELLEHER, Kenneth East Cork AC M 05:23.8
22 0:15:28 O'BRIEN, Claire Watergrasshill AC F 06:13.2
35 0:16:48 LEAHY, Eileen Midleton AC F 06:45.4
53 0:17:53 KELLY, Christine Aghada RC F 07:11.6

Provisional Results for All Competitors in finish order. Pace Race Race
Place Time Name Team Race Age Category min/mile
1 0:13:03 O'RIORDAN, Niall An Brú M40 05:14.9 5 1
2 0:13:14 O'SHEA, Barry Midleton AC M 05:19.3 118 2
3 0:13:25 KELLEHER, Kenneth East Cork AC M 05:23.8 25 3
4 0:13:28 O'DWYER, Finbarr Leevale AC M45 05:25.0 267 4
5 0:13:45 SHEEHAN, Nigel Youghal AC M 05:31.8 194 5
6 0:13:50 SHEEHAN, Kieran Watergrasshill AC M 05:33.8 94 6
7 0:14:08 INCE, Ken Watergrasshill AC M 05:41.1 23 7
8 0:14:10 HANNON, Tim Midleton AC M 05:41.9 114 8
9 0:14:16 CROWLEY, Tim East Cork AC M 05:44.3 97 9
10 0:14:33 CREMIN, Mike Unattached M 05:51.1 115 10
11 0:14:35 O'SULLIVAN, Ray Aghada RC M 05:51.9 106 11
12 0:14:42 COLLINS, Trevor Naas AC M40 05:54.7 242 12
13 0:14:52 WALL, Donogh East Cork AC M 05:58.8 257 13
14 0:14:57 MALONE, John Youghal AC M45 06:00.8 69 14
15 0:15:06 AHERN, Derek Midleton AC M40 06:04.4 14 15

Cities turning their backs on hosting Olympic Games

There is an interesting article on the BBC new website about how the Olympic Games is in trouble as fewer cities seem willing to pay the cost of hosting them.

Olympic Games: Why cities are snubbing the 'greatest show on Earth'

Notice : Duhallow 10 mile road race in Newmarket - Sun 10th March 2019

Duhallow AC will be holding their annual 10 mile road race in Newmarket in North-West Cork on  Sunday the 10th of March 2019.

This is the date that was traditionally used for the Ballycotton 10 mile road race.

There will be a dry fit top for the first 500 to register.

You can enter at this link...

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

Over 10,000 entries sold already for the 2019 Dublin City Marathon

Sun 18th Nov 2018... Now 13,300 gone
Wed 14th Nov 2018... Now 12,500 gone.
Wed 7th Nov 2018... Now 10,000 gone.
Sat 3rd Nov 2018... 7,000 gone.

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

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

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

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

The entry link is

Saturday, November 17, 2018

New resurfaced athletics track in Limerick

I came across this photo showing the newly refurbished athletics track at the University of Limerick.

The surface of the old track was in a pretty poor condition and the new blue one should make it one of the best in the country.

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

 There was another big turn out for this weeks 5k parkrun in Ballincollig Regional Park with 357 taking part. That's well above the average for 2018 which is 293 so far. The average since it started is 266.

With the new 5k parkrun starting in the Glen next week, I wonder how the numbers in Ballincollig will fare?

1 Damien GERAGHTY    18:57    SM30-34    68.87 %    M1    Sportsworld
2 Unknown
3 Alan O'SULLIVAN    19:17    VM35-39    68.37 %    M3
39 Anna KLIMEK    21:59    VW35-39    68.01 %    F1
43 Olga O'SULLIVAN    22:11    VW40-44    69.35 %    F2    Eagle A.C.
70 Gillian FLYNN    23:30    VW35-39    64.40 %    F3


1) Collette Ryan has a gallery on Google Photos
2) Joe Murphy has a gallery on Facebook (Album 1)
 with a second one here (Album 2)

Friday, November 16, 2018

Friday Fun : Delayed Flight Training

Friday Fun : Delayed Flight Training

Notice : Cloyne Commons 4k Series - Nov 2018 to Mar 2019

This 4k series in Cloyne in East Cork will be held every month from November 2018 to March 2019.

Each one only costs €5 to enter.

4k is a bit of an odd distance but it's a good distance to gauge your fitness. As you train over the Winter months, you can do a comparison between your times to see how you are progressing.

Entries on the morning of each race.

Article in Evening Echo appeals for volunteers for Junior parkrun in Ballincollig

There was a short article in today's Evening Echo about the proposed new Junior 2k parkrun in Ballincollig. Link HERE

Approval given for 9th parkrun in Belfast

Just a quick bit of news. Belfast’s 9th parkrun route will be in the grounds of Stranmillis College.

Belfast by population is just over twice the size of Cork. At present, there is one in Ballincollig and a new one starting in the Glen on the 24th of November. If Belfast can accommodate nine, then that suggests that there is probably scope for two more in Cork City.

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Launch of the 2018 Togher AC 5k road race

Members of Togher AC were out in force for the launch of their 5k road race which is coming up on Sun 30th Dec 2018.

Pictured at the launch of the Togher AC 2018 Road Race by the Lord Mayor in City Hall last night are (l to r) Frank Doherty, Chairperson of Togher AC, Brendan McCarthy, Cork Mental Health Foundation, Lord Mayor Mick Finn, Jason O'Callaghan of Ryans Supervalu Togher and Aidan Hartnett, Secretary of Togher AC.

All proceeds from the road will go to Cork Mental Health Foundation and Togher AC and Ryan's Supervalu Togher are the main sponsors of the event.

More info in the race notice...

Results of the Run in the Dark in Cork City... Wed 14th Nov 2018


Almost 1500 runners took to the streets of Cork City last night for the annual Run in the Dark charity race.

1     All Ages     Daniel FIELDHOUSE (10007)         00:37:10
2     All Ages     Nick HOGAN (10800)         00:37:49
3     All Ages     Niall HURLEY (10622)         00:39:02
1     All Ages     Sinead O SULLIVAN (10733)         00:43:07
2     All Ages     Mary KELLEHER (9762)         00:43:22
3     All Ages     Goretti GUILFOYLE (9706)         00:44:44

1     All Ages     Eric CURRAN (9904)         00:16:00
2     All Ages     Shane COONEY (10698)         00:17:48
3     All Ages     Clive KERRISK (10987)         00:18:19
1     All Ages     Alison DONNELLY (10999)         00:21:16
2     All Ages     Louise HAYES (10415)         00:21:28
3     All Ages     Clodagh CREEDON (9236)         00:22:00

All the results can be seen here...

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

BBC Article & Podcast on the Secrets of Endurance Athletes

The BBC had a programme recently on BBC Radio 4 about endurance running. This got turned into a podcast and was also the basis of an article that appeared on the BBC website.

Much of the material covers the 246km road race called the Spartathlon in Greece and how grueling it is. It covers the three main parameters of performance... VO2 max, lactate threshold and running economy.

There's also a great link to a story about some Japanese Buddhist monks who run 1,000 marathons in 1,000 days on the road to enlightenment!

One of the most shocking findings was that the blood samples of those who completed the Spartahlon looked similar to those of people close to death.

It should be of interest to anyone with an interest in marathons or ultra running and is well worth a read and listen.

Podcast (26 mins)...


Weather Forecast for the Run in the Dark - Wed 14th Nov 2018

The forecast for the Run in the Dark event in Cork this evening is pretty reasonable.

Rain..... The computer models predict that there will be a 20% chance of rain. If it does rain then it's likely to be more of a drizzle than a heavy downpour. Although the rain is unlikely to be far away, it may well stay dry.

Wind..... There will be a strong southerly breeze coming in from the Atlantic although that should be reduced a lot in amongst the buildings of Cork City.

Temperature..... About 13 deg C. Very mild for an evening in mid-November.

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

New Junior parkruns started in 2018

After putting up a post a few days back about the good numbers taking part in the weekly Cobh Junior 2km parkrun, I had a look to see what other ones exist.

I had heard about the Junior parkrun in Tralee and that seems to be doing very well. It started in December of 2016 and its long term average is 121 per week!

Think about that for a second. That's an average of 121 children and teenagers aged between 4 and 14 years old who are out getting some exercise at 9:30am every Sunday morning. And it's all free!

What I hadn't realised was that two new Junior parkruns started in September of this year.

In Limerick, there is a new Junior parkrun in Shelbourne Park and it is getting an average of 77 per week .

In Wexford, there is a new Junior parkrun at the Irish National Heritage Park in Ferrycarrig and it is getting an average of 73 per week.

Just have a look at the map above and see the number of Junior parkruns in Dublin. And yet Cobh is currently the only one in Cork. Surely there is scope for a Junior parkrun in Cork City?

Run in the Dark Cork looking for volunteers

From the organisers... We are looking for volunteers to steward the Cork Run In The Dark on Wednesday 14th Nov. If you are available to support this worthy cause, come along to the Clarion Hotel on Lapps Quay at 7:30pm

Every November, as darkness sweeps the globe, thousands of people from over 50 cities will pull on their running shoes and red flashing armbands and hit the streets to Run in the Dark.
Join The Mark Pollock Trust and thousands of fellow runners in Cork to Run in the Dark on the 14th November 2018 and support our ongoing research to find a cure for paralysis in our lifetime.

There is the option of running a 5k or 10k distance and if trainers are a little dusty you can even walk the 5k route!

The Cork event will leave from Patrick Street at 9.00pm on 14th November 2018.
Every donation, every step, every study, moves us towards a cure for paralysis and enabling people to walk again.

Monday, November 12, 2018

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

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

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

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

The pre-entry link is

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

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

Civic Reception for Fireman Alex O'Shea who raised €30,000

Back in September of 2018, Cork Firefighter Alex O'Shea ran 32 marathons in the 32 Irish counties in just 16 days. He raised over €30,000 for the Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind as a result.

A civic reception was held in City Hall in Alex's honour recent to mark this achievement.

In the video below, Colm O'Sullivan of 96FM is chatting to Alex and Lord Mayor Cllr Mick Finn.

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Another look at the Cobh Junior parkrun... Nov 2018

The 25th edition of the Cobh Junior 2k parkrun was held on Sunday the 11th of November 2018 and attracted a field of 96.

As can be seen from the chart above, it's been doing quiet nicely with an average of 94 per week. To date, a total of 437 teenagers and children have taken part in this free weekly event in Cobh.

Considering the course is 4 laps of a small park, there must be plenty of scope for other Junior parkruns in Cork?

If you are interested in trying out the Cobh Junior parkrun with your kids then remember that..

1) It's free
2) It's on at 9:30am every Sunday morning

For more info, go to

Saturday, November 10, 2018

Aidan Hogan of Rising Sun AC named Irish Ultra Distance Runner of the Year for 2018

This just in! Aidan Hogan has been named as the Irish Ultra Distance Runner of the year.  Thanks to Jimmy Murray, Sec. Rising Sun AC for the update.

Results of the Eyeries 5 mile road race - Sat 10th Nov 2018

173 runners turned out for this years Eyeries 5 mile road race on the Beara peninsula. This is almost identical to last year when they got 175.

1 HARRINGTON, Shane    East Cork A.C.        0:29:19
2 CASEY, Eddie    Clonakilty Road Runners A.C.        0:30:21
3 O'CALLAGHAN, PAUL    Leevale A.C.        0:30:29
6    O'SHEA, Rachel    West Muskerry A.C.        0:33:51
16 O'SULLIVAN, Deirdre    Beara A.C.    F35    0:36:03
19 COPPINGER, ALICE    Bantry A.C.    F40    0:36:45

This race was organised by Beara AC. They have a report down below the results.

Photos...(Updated Sun 11th Nov @5:27pm)
1) Sinead Mulcahy has a number of finish line photos.
...a) Album 1
...b) Album 2
...c) Album 3
...d) Album 4

Results for All Competitors in finish order.               
1    HARRINGTON, Shane    East Cork A.C.        0:29:19
2    CASEY, Eddie    Clonakilty Road Runners A.C.        0:30:21
3    O'CALLAGHAN, PAUL    Leevale A.C.        0:30:29
4    MURPHY, CONOR    Beara A.C.    M40    0:32:23
5    O'SULLIVAN, STEPHEN    Bantry A.C.    M45    0:33:23
6    O'SHEA, Rachel    West Muskerry A.C.        0:33:51
7    SMITH, RAY    Tuosist    M50    0:34:01

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

After the miserable wet conditions last week, the numbers bounced back this week with 353 taking part!

1 Finbarr ODWYER 17:19    VM45-49    M1    Leevale AC
2 Rowan DALY 18:06    SM18-19    M2    St Albans AC
3 Noel EARLY 18:46    VM35-39    M3
16 Ruth DERVAN    20:11    SW30-34    F1    Clapham Pioneers
64 Sarah MCCARTHY 23:57    SW30-34    F2
65 Terri WATKINS 23:59    VW40-44    F3


1) Collette Ryan has a gallery HERE

Friday, November 09, 2018

Update on the 'Glen River parkrun' in Cork City...

Back in May of 2018, I had a post up about a new proposed 5k parkrun on the north side of Cork City.

Meetings were held, the level of support was assessed and now a core group of about 12-13 has been established. An event director has also been appointed for this new 5k parkrun.

The new event will also be formally called the "Glen River parkrun".

Update Thurs 23rd Oct 2018 : The word is that the new Glen River parkrun will be starting at on Saturday the 24th of November 2018. Subject to confirmation of course but the wheels are turning.

Update Fri 9th Nov 2018 : Thanks to the information supplied by John Kissane, I have put together a map of the new 5k course in the Glen in Cork City.

See the map below. The small loop with the Orange arrows is approx 1km. The larger loop with the Yellow arrows is approx 2kms.

The 5k course starts with the short 1km loop (orange) followed by two of the large 2km loops (yellow). You will pass the start/finish line area twice before finishing there.

The course has a small hill on the western most end... on the left of the map where you turn around. Obviously, this small hill has to be completed twice.

The whole area is very sheltered which will be good on windy days.

The new website for this new 5k parkrun is

Like all 5k parkruns, it will be on every Saturday morning at 9:30am and is completely free. I'm sure they will be looking for volunteers as well so if you can help out from time to time, let the organisers know. It's all pretty easy stuff and hundreds of people volunteer every week around the country.

More info as it becomes available.

Notice...Eyeries 5 mile road race, West Cork - Sat 10th Nov 2018

This is the 5th year of the Eyeries 5 mile road race and follows on the success of the previous four years. The Beara Peninsula in West Cork is one of the most scenic parts of the country and an ideal backdrop for this road race in November. It might well suit any clubs or small groups who are looking for a day or weekend away.

On a nice sunny day, it's an absolutely stunning spot. The town of Castletownbere is only 4.5 miles away so there is plenty of accommodation on offer.

From the organisers.....EYERIES 5 MILE ROAD RACE...A scenic course with some challenging hills starting and ending in the village - this year's race Saturday 10th November 2.30pm

The Eyeries 5 Mile Road Race takes place every November, two weeks after the Dublin Marathon. It is organised by Beara A.C. - an enthusiastic group of runners who delight in putting on a great show for competitors who come from near and far to participate. The challenging course begins and ends in the village and is a great test to even the toughest of runners. This year will be the 5th Eyeries 5 Mile Road Race.

€10.00 Online Pre-registration: To pre-register online (for only €10.00) click HERE

Or Register on the Day: begins at 12 noon on the day in Eyeries Hall. €12.00 per person if registering on the day.

In November, this stunning part of West Cork can be very quiet and I'm sure they would appreciate all the support that they can get.

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

More info about the race the locality at

Short video of the race in 2014...

Thursday, November 08, 2018

Notice : Togher 5k road race - Sun 30th Dec 2018

The annual Togher 5k is coming up over the Christmas period on Sunday the 30th of December at 1pm.

This is always a popular race and is one of the biggest in Cork over Christmas. As 5k courses go, this one is pretty fast and it's mostly around quiet housing estates.

Entries...The online entry fee is €15 and includes a long sleeve dry fit top. You can enter online HERE

Entries on the day also cost €15. All proceeds from the event go towards Togher AC and Cork Mental Health Foundation.

Course Preview...Full details on the course with directions, maps, photos, preview, etc can be seen HERE

From the organisers....Following on from the success of our event last year we are back this year with kind sponsorship from Ryans of Togher SuperValu. We are delighted to be running this event again in association with Cork Mental Health Foundation and Housing Association. All funds raised will go to support this great organisation and Togher AC.

Togher AC website...

We look forward to welcoming you all during the festive period on December 30th :-)

The course has been properly measured by Jones Counter.

Study shows 22% of Irish 9 year olds overweight

A new study called 'Growing up in Ireland' has found that 22% of Irish 9 year old are overweight. Furthermore, it was found that 5% were in the obese category.

Key stats...

1) 78% of nine-year-olds were not overweight; 17% were overweight and 5% were obese.

2) Girls were more likely than boys to be overweight/obese (23% vs. 21%);

3) 32% of children in the lowest income group were overweight or obese compared to 14% in the highest income group;

4) Only one-quarter of nine-year-olds reported being physically active for at least 60 minutes every single day — the World Health Organisation recommended level of activity for children;

5) The rate of meeting this recommended level is higher for boys than girls (28% vs. 22%);

6) 26% of those in the highest-income category were physically active on five to six days per week, compared to only 20% in the lowest-income category.

Full info in the Irish Examiner.

Tuesday, November 06, 2018

Talk on Gut Health for Performance - Pairc Ui Chaoimh - Mon 12th Nov 2018

There is a talk titled "Spilling the Guts on Performance" coming up in Pairc Ui Chaoimh on Monday the 12th of November 2018. This might be of interest to any sports enthusiast.

Spilling the Guts on Performance – sports stars Cian Bohane (rugby), Amy O’Connor (camogie and soccer) and Shane Kingston (hurling) will be participating in Cork Science Festival’s public forum on Gut Health, Fitness and Performance organised by APC Microbiome in Pairc ui Chaoimh on 12th November.

Press Release......
APC Microbiome Ireland to Host Public Event on Gut Health for Performance as part of Cork Science Festival 2018

You don’t put diesel into a petrol engine. So whatever sport you enjoy, it is important to understand the science of nutrition to optimise your body’s performance and health.

Ireland’s leading gut health institute, APC Microbiome Ireland, is hosting a public forum “Spilling the Guts on Performance” as part of Cork Science Week on 12 November in Pairc Ui Chaoimh, Cork.  Through a unique line up of expert speakers, including scientists, a nutritionists and leading sports stars, the event will explain how to enhance fitness, performance and health through exercise and diet.

Estonian President runs New York Marathon with Secret Service agents

Not something you see every day. Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid completed the New York City marathon last weekend flanked by two US Secret Service agents.

The 48 year old had completed four half-marathons in preparation for the event and completed the 26.2 mile course in a respectable 4h 02m 40s.

The two secret service agents were seasoned runners themselves with 56 and 28 marathons completed. On this occasion, not only were they carry gels but they also had to carry protective and communication equipment.

One of the agents who is targeting the Philadelphia Marathon on November 18 said...“Running a marathon two weeks before a target race isn’t something you should do, but this was too good of an opportunity to pass up, and I knew I wouldn’t be running at a pace where I would wreck my chances of doing well at Philly. I figured it could work out where I could do my job and run in one of the great marathons in the world.”

Sunday, November 04, 2018

Record numbers turn out for Cork BHAA HSE 5k in Little Island

This years Cork BHAA HSE 5k in Little Island was held on Sunday the 4th of November 2018 and attracted a total of 347 runners. This represents a pretty massive 52% jump in numbers compared to last year.

As you can see from the chart, this is a record number for the HSE race!

It is also in marked contrast to the previous BHAA race in the Naval base in Haulbowline in October which had just 180 finishers.

1 David Fox M1 00:15:55 Solarwinds
2 Andrew Sheehan M2 00:16:08 Eli Lilly M-A-2
3 Abdi Mohamed 00:16:15 Temp Reg
13 Aoife Cooke F1 00:17:24  Simply Suits
30 Allanah Neff 00:18:29 Temp Reg
33 Dymphna Ryan 0/35H F2 00:18:45 AIB

Full results

Photos... (Updated Wed 7th Nov 9:15am)
1) There are two albums up on the Running in Cork Facebook page
...a) Finish 18:45 to 27:14
...b) Finish 27:14 and over
2) Kieran McKeown has two small galleries
...a) Part 1 here
...b) Part 2 here
3) Colm has some photos of the prizes HERE

Record numbers for the start of the 2018 Cork BHAA HSE 5k race
Members of the Wibbly Wobbly Wonders running club out in numbers for the HSE 5k

Saturday, November 03, 2018

All-time Cork Top Ten Marathon List... by John Walshe

John Walshe has compiled an all-time Cork top ten marathon list for men and women (Cork born athletes only).


2:10:54     Mark Carroll (Leevale), New York, 2003
2:15:03     Sean Healy (Leevale), Nigeria, 1971
2:15:21     Donie Walsh (Leevale), Athlone, 1972
2:18:45     Martin McCarthy (Leevale), Berlin, 2003
2:19:05     Sean O’Flynn (Leevale), Virginia, 1982
2:19:35     Alan O'Shea (Bantry AC), Cannes (FRA), 2011   
2:19:43     Tony O’Leary (Leevale), Dublin, 1988
2:19:46     Dick Hodgins (Leevale), Galway, 1975
2:19:52     Mark Hanrahan (Leevale), Rotterdam, 2016
2:20:23     Mick Walsh (Leevale), Cork, 1983

2:29:01    Sonia O’Sullivan (Ballymore-Cobh), London, 2005
2:32:51    Lizzie Lee (Leevale), Berlin, 2015
2:38:00    Claire McCarthy (Leevale), Berlin 2016
2:43:00    Brid Murphy (Leevale), Dublin, 1992
2:46:37    Aoife Cooke (Youghal), Amsterdam, 2017
2:46:58    Jill Hodgins (Leevale), Seville, 2012
2:47:56    Valerie Vaughan (Blarney-Inniscarra), London, 2004
2:50:16    Emma Murphy (St Finbarrs), Rotterdam, 2014
2:50:22    Nollaig Hunter (Leevale), Cork, 2014
2:50:28    Joyce Curtin-Miller (East Cork), Houston, 2016

Jerry Forde out of action for 6 weeks

If any of you are wondering why Jerry Forde and his wheelchair are missing from the local races then it's because he has a broken elbow! Jerry took a fall at home recently but he is on the mend now.

The good news is that he should be out and about in 4 to 6 weeks.

I spoke to Jerry earlier this evening and I have now updated his website with the marathons he did in 2018. His grand total now stands at an amazing 437 marathons!

Almost certainly, he has probably completed more marathons as a wheelchair athlete than anyone in the world.

The full list can be seen here...