Google+ Running in Cork, Ireland: 2019

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Guest Post: MICK MOLLOY CELEBRATES HIS 81st BIRTHDAY... by John Walshe

In this guest post, John Walshe of Ballycotton writes about Mick Molloy who one of the best marathon runners in the country back in the 1970's. He also has the distinction of having set a new world record for 30 miles of 2h 44m 47s. That works out at about 5m 30s per mile pace for 30 miles!

(By John Walshe)                                       

This month sees one of Ireland’s legendary distance runners celebrating his 81st birthday. Mick Molloy was born on March 13th, 1938, and during the 1960s won three Irish marathon championships, along with titles at 10 miles, 15 miles and cross-country. He also represented his country in the marathon at both the 1968 Olympics and 1969 European Championships.

Molloy grew up beside Lough Corrib, four-and-a-half miles from Oughterard in County Galway. His first sporting involvement was with Gaelic Football but all that changed at the age of 18 when he ran his first cross-country race. In a full page feature in the Connacht Tribune last December, Molloy recalls that day: “My only mode of transport at the time was a bicycle and so after returning from Mass in Oughterard I headed to Dunmore (100 mile round trip) and lined up with 45 other runners, I finished in eight place.

Four years later, he won his first Galway senior cross-country over nine miles near Athenry. “I not only beat Willie Morris, the favourite, but won the race by over 300 yards,” he remembers. In 1966, on a wet and windy day at Dromoland Castle in Clare, he won the All-Ireland cross-country title and captained Galway to win the inter-county team event ahead of Cork.

Later the same year he transferred that winning form to the road with victory in the Irish Marathon at Banteer in 2:24:45. A second marathon title (2:22:52) followed two years later in his native Galway which qualified him for that year’s Olympic Games.

In the warm and altitude conditions of Mexico City, Molloy had to discard his shoes after 14 miles due to blisters but he gallantly carried on to finish 41st of the 74 starters in a time of 2:48:13.  Despite the setback of a serious ankle injury he was able to retain his national marathon title (2:22:32) the following year of 1969 and went on to finish a creditable 13th in 2:28:38 at the European Marathon in Athens.

Five years later, in September 1974, Molloy won the prestigious Berchem marathon in Belgium, but not without drama: “I was leading the race at 15 miles when the official car turned down a side road for petrol and I followed; not understanding the language, I lost about a minute-and-a-half and by the time I got back on the correct road I was back in eight place.”

He eventually caught the leaders at 21 miles and went on to win by over two minutes in 2:18:41, a time he would marginally improve to 2:18:22 (which remained his fastest) when finishing 12th the following year at Kosice. This was less than a minute behind Waldemar Cierpinski who would go on to become dual Olympic champion at Montreal (1976) and Moscow (1980).

67min finish for Cork runner Tim O'Donoghue at Reading Half-Marathon

The Reading Half-Marathon attracts a field of over 8,000 runners and it was held this year on the 17th of March.

Two members of East Cork AC managed to finish in the top 50... Tim O'Donoghue in 1h 07m 25s and Kevin O'Leary in 1h 10m 26s.

60     Tim O Donoghue     EAST CORK AC     15     01:07:25     15     01:07:25
62     Kevin O Leary     EAST CORK AC     35     01:10:26     35

Irish international runner Paul Pollock managed to finish 4th with a time of 1h 04m 27s

4     Paul     Pollock     1:04:27     1:04:27

Monday, March 18, 2019

Running the Streets of Cork City Centre - Strava Style

Who would have thought you could run 15 miles just by running around the centre of Cork City? Well, that's just what Cork runner Brian Buckley did this morning when he ran on every single road in the city centre of Cork City.

The big ones are obvious but there are loads of small little roads and alleyways.

Sunday, March 17, 2019

Results of the Cloyne 4k - Sun 17th March 2019

Cloyne Commons 4K Challenge Race 5
    Sunday 17 March 2019. 9:30 am
Provisional Results for All Competitors in finish order.    Pace    Race    Race
    Place    Time    Name    Team    Race Age Category    min/mile       
    1    0:13:14    BRUTON, Michael    Leevale AC    M    05:19.3    60    1
    2    0:13:40    HARTY, Brian    East Cork AC    M    05:29.8    394    2
    3    0:13:45    HENNESSY, John    East Cork AC    M45    05:31.8    110    3
    4    0:13:58    FINN, Jonathan    East Cork AC    M    05:37.0    74    4
    5    0:14:00    HANNON, Tim    Midleton AC    M    05:37.8    392    5
    6    0:14:03    UPTON, Simon    Youghal AC    MJ    05:39.1    79    6
    7    0:14:09    WALSH, Kieran    Unattached    M    05:41.5    129    7
    8    0:14:14    DOWING, Owen    Unattached    M45    05:43.5    33    8
    9    0:14:35    CREMIN, Mike    Unattached    M    05:51.9    333    9
    10    0:14:45    SMITH, Kevin    Midleton AC    M40    05:55.9    648    10
    11    0:14:50    LANDERS, Brian    Youghal AC    M45    05:58.0    470    11
    12    0:14:54    BRUTON, Pat    Unattached    M50    05:59.6    314    12
    13    0:14:57    BYRNE, Edmond    Togher AC    M45    06:00.8    62    13
    14    0:15:02    NOONE, Aiden    Unattached    M    06:02.8    64    14
    15    0:15:08    O'BRIEN, Claire    Watergrasshill AC    F    06:05.2    563    15
    16    0:15:10    NICHOLSON, Edmund    Youghal AC    M45    06:06.0    554    16
    17    0:15:20    MACKEY,  Noreen    Kilmurray Ibrickane Club    F    06:10.0    71    17
    18    0:15:26    BEAUANG, Kieran    Unattached    M    06:12.4    36    18
    19    0:15:30    LEDDY, Sheamus    Galway City Harries    M    06:14.0    8    19
    20    0:15:33    RYAN, Des    Unattached    M40    06:15.3    72    20
    21    0:15:36    O'NEILL, Nollaigh    Leevale AC    F45    06:16.5    78    21
    22    0:15:42    POMPHRETT, Eoin    Aghada RC    M45    06:18.9    631    22
    23    0:15:47    CRONIN, Tim    Unattached    M40    06:20.9    350    23
    24    0:15:48    MULCAHY, John    St Catherines AC    M    06:21.3    534    24

Saturday, March 16, 2019

Results of the Glen 5k parkrun - Sat 16th March 2019

51 hardy souls turned out in the rain for this weeks 5k parkrun in the Glen on Cork City's north side. As can be seen from the chart, this is the second lowest number to date.

1 Aidan NOONE    19:39 SM20-24 M1
2 Niall HYLAND    21:39 VM40-44 M2
3 Ranko PECIKOZIC    21:55 VM50-54 M3 
14 Sarah SLEVIN    24:50 SW25-29 F1
19 Susan O' SULLIVAN    26:26 SW25-29 F2
20 Eimear HARTE    26:59 VW40-44 F3


Results & Photos of the Ballincollig 5k parkrun - Sat 16th March 2019

The numbers were down this week for the 5k parkrun in Ballincollig Regional Park with 244 taking part on what was a pretty wet morning.

The first man home was none other than the race supremo (...and dancer) Rob Heffernan!

1 Robert HEFFERNAN    18:01    VM40-44    M1 Togher AC
2 Nick HOGAN    18:08    VM35-39    M2
3 Joe BOSONNET    18:13    JM15-17    M3 Leevale AC
8 Louise SHANAHAN    19:03    SW20-24    F1 Leevale AC
19 Riina KUUSELO    21:09    VW40-44    F2 Knowle and Dorridge Running Club
24 Anne O'DONOVAN    21:56    SW25-29    F3


1) Joe Murphy has a gallery HERE

Friday, March 15, 2019

Marathon trends 2014-2017 by age and gender

A huge study of marathon runners from 2014 to 2017 shows some interesting results. The data from over 3 million runners taking part in 784 marathons in 39 countries was used to compile the report.

Age Profile of Marathon Runners...

The chart above show the age profile of marathon runners. As you can see, the bulk are between the ages of 30 and 50 years old.

Finish times...
The world’s average finish time for men in a marathon in 2017 was 4h 15m 14s. The world's average finishing time for women was 4h 47m 15s.

Europeans were faster than Americans...
The average for a European man was 4h 04m 16s where as it was 4h 29m 10s in North America.

For women, the average finish time was 4h 33m 57s in Europe and 4h 52m 19s in North America.

This is the break down for Irish runners in the years 2014, 2015, 2016 & 2017
Irish Men - 4:09:39, 4:04:53, 4:07:07 & 4:06:23
Irish Women - 4:43:28, 4:37:43, 4:40:29 & 4:39:10

Gender Breakdown...

There is actually a pretty big difference between North America and Europe when it comes to the percentage of women running marathons.

In the US, 45% are women where as in Europe, it down at 25%.

The full report can be viewed here...

Cork County Council approve grant of €15,000 for lighting of running trail in Macroom

Cork County Council announced a list of grants recent which can be seen HERE

One of those listed was a grant of €15,000 to West Muskerry AC in Macroom for lighting for a running trail.

The overall cost of the project is  €85,546 and the club had applied for a grant of €25,000.

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Athletics Ireland release club membership stats for Feb 2019

Athletics Ireland have just released the membership stats for clubs as of the end of February 2019. Link HERE

Note that at this time of year, the figures often just reflect how good clubs are at getting the renewals back in rather than their real size.

Once we get to about start of May, things will begin to settle down and we can see the relative size of each club.

Notice : Ballintotis 4 mile road race - Wed 17th Apr 2019

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

This year, the Ballintotis 4 mile will be held on Wednesday the 17th of April 2019 at 8pm.

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

You can also enter on the evening of the race. Please note there is no online entry for walkers, who register on the evening of the race in Ballintotis

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

Info from the organisers below...

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Notice : Emer Casey 5k race in Youghal - Thurs 4th Apr 2019

The annual Emer Casey 5k road race in Youghal in East Cork is coming up this year on Thursday the 4th of April 2019...

Online Entry - You can pre-register at this LINK

Usually the first evening race in Cork is in mid-April when the sun sets about 8:32pm. With the Emer Casey 5k, it will be on in the town of Youghal so the street lighting will compensate as it gets dark earlier. On the 4th of April, the sun sets around 8:15pm.

With it's location near the county boundary, the race is sure to attract runners from both East Cork and West Waterford.

Cork runner Kevin O'Leary wins Dunhill-Fenor 10 mile

Last weekend was really busy with loads of races around Cork and Munster. There were no fewer than three 10-milers to choose from!

In Waterford, Cork runner Kevin O'Leary of East Cork AC took the title in the Dunhill-Fenor 10 mile winning in a time of 55m 44s.

1 O Leary     Kevin     298     55:44     5:34/M     Open     EAST CORK 

Results & Photos

Photo credit : Paul Murray

Monday, March 11, 2019

IAAF announce high qualification standards for the 2020 Olympics

The IAAF have recently announced the qualification standards for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. Based on this, it seems to suggest that most Irish athletes will fail to qualify.

An athlete can qualify for the 2020 Olympics in one of two ways: Achieve the entry standard OR  qualify by their IAAF world ranking position.

According to the IAAF....“The process is designed to achieve about 50% of the target numbers for each event through entry standards and the remaining 50% through the IAAF world ranking system.”

The qualification periods are from January 1, 2019, to May 31, 2020, for the marathon and 50km race walk; from January 1, 2019, to June 29, 2020, for the 10,000m, 20km race walk and combined events; and from May 1, 2019, to June 29, 2020, for all other events.

Very high standard
The most obvious thing about the standards is just how tough they are in comparison to those for the Olympics in Rio.

For example, the qualification standard for Rio for the women's 3000m Steeplechase was 9m 45s. Kerry O'Flaherty, Michelle Finn and Sara Treacy ran 9:42 to 9:44 at a race in Letterkenny in July 2015 to qualify. The new standard is 9m 30s.

The new qualifying times for Tokyo for the women in the marathon is 2h 29m 30s. The standard for Rio was 2h 42m.

The time for the marathon men has gone from 2h 17m down to 2h 11m 30s.

Unless someone qualifies through the ranking system, it seems likely that there will be a very small Irish athletics team in Tokyo.

1) BBC Northern Ireland Sport have an interesting article on it HERE

Photos of the Nagle Rice 5k in Doneraile Park - Sat 2nd Mar 2019

This 5k fundraiser in Doneraile Park was held on Saturday the 2nd of March 2019 on what turned out to be a very wet morning. There are some photos HERE

Sunday, March 10, 2019

Results & Photos of the Duhallow 10 mile in Newmarket - Sun 10th March 2019


There were 363 finishers in this 10 mile race in Newmarket in NW Cork.

1 Hiko TONOSA    00:52:19 456    M (1)    MS (1)    DSD AC
2 Kevin MUNSELL    00:55:11 982    M (2)    MS (2)    Clonmel AC
3 Michael MCMAHON    00:55:13 950    M (3)    MS (3)    Raheny Shamrock
4 Sean O'SULLIVAN    00:56:40 429    M (4)    M40 (1)    An Ríocht
6 Niall O'RIORDAN    00:57:01 984    M (5)    M40 (2)    An Bru
5 Aoife COOKE    00:56:45 197    F (1)    FS (1)    Youghal AC
9 Claire MCCARTHY    00:57:22 978    F (2)    F40 (1)    Leevale AC
13 Michelle FINN    00:57:58 940    F (3)    FS (2)    Leevale AC
19 Siobhan O'DOHERTY    01:00:13 28    F (4)    FS (3)    Borrosokane
48 Loraine BOLSTER    01:06:05 986    F (5)    F35 (1)    Mallow AC


Photos... (Updated Tues 12th March @11am)
1) TMC Photography has a small gallery HERE
2) Twomey Remorial Weekend have a gallery HERE

Results of the Killeagh 4 mile road race - Sun 10th March 2019

A grand total of 267 runners turned out for this years Killeagh 4 mile road race on what was a sunny but windy morning. This is up 16% on last year which is pretty good considering there were races in Crosshaven, Dungarvan and Newmarket.

Well done as well to the small army of Wibblies who ran the race as part of their Couch to 5k programme!

173    McCarthy    James    Male    East Cork AC    0:21:11
23    Eric    Curran    Male    Leevale AC   0:21:46
210    John    Collins    Male    Skibbereen AC    0:22:10
81    Fiona    Santry    Female    East Cork AC    0:24:08
58    Ann    Geary    Female    Midleton AC    0:25:17
34    Holland    Ann-Marie    Female    Youghal AC    0:25:55

Photos... (updated Mon 11th Mar)
1) There will be 3 albums going up on the Running in Cork Facebook page.
...a) Pre-race and start
...b) Near the finish. Facebook mangled the original album so I had to break it up into two. Album 2a and Album 2b
...c) Prizes

Full results below...Updated Sun 10th 8:22pm

Results of the Crosshaven 10k & 5k - Sun 10th March 2019

There was a total of 352 finishers for this years Crosshaven 10k & 5k road race, a new record and up an impressive 28% on last year! As can be seen from the chart above, the previous peak was back in 2015.

1     O40     Jeremy O'DONOVAN (170)     00:34:55     00:34:55
2     SENIOR     Trevor CUMMINS (179)     00:36:05     00:36:04
3     O45     Wieslaw SOSNOWSKI (286)     00:36:18     00:36:17
1     O45     Gillian SOHUN (42)     00:44:48     00:44:46
2     SENIOR     Jane PETERS (189)     00:44:59     00:44:51
3     O45     Helen O'CALLAGHAN (198)     00:45:55     00:45:52

1     O45     Ed BYRNE (518)     00:19:30
2     SENIOR     James CONNOLLY (631)     00:19:34
3     SENIOR     David SHERIDAN (578)     00:19:56
1     O40     Rosaleen MACKEOWN (634)     00:20:00
2     O40     Linda O CONNOR (509)     00:21:09
3     O40     Maeve HURLEY (545)     00:23:13


1) Siobhan Russell has a gallery HERE

Saturday, March 09, 2019

Cork runner Lizzie Lee sets new national 5k parkrun record

Cork runner Lizzie Lee finished the local 5k parkrun in Westport, Co Mayo today (09-mar-19) in a time of 16m 48s. This sets a new national 5k parkrun record for a woman as it broke the old record of 16:51 by three seconds!

1 Lizzie LEE    16:48    VW35-39    F1 Leevale AC
10 Laura LANGAN    21:46    VW35-39    F2 Westport AC
12 Laura GIBBONS    21:58    SW30-34    F3

2 Alan KELLY    16:49    VM35-39    M1 Ballina A.C.
3 Hugh O MALLEY    18:27    SM30-34    M2 Pulse Triathlon Club
4 Sean O'BOYLE    19:25    VM40-44    M3 Westport Triathlon Club

Results & Photos of the Mallow Town 5k parkrun - Sun 9th Mar 2019

After the initial surge in numbers, the numbers are beginning to settle down for the 5k parkrun in Mallow. It may have been down a bit this week with the 10 miler in Newmarket coming up on Sunday.

1 Dara O SULLIVAN    21:08    VM35-39    M1
2 Kevin O CALLAGHAN    21:32    VM35-39    M2    Dromahane Roadrunners
3 Doug SADLEIR    21:43    VM35-39    M3
11 Eimear LAVERY    23:17    JW11-14    F1
15 Orla NOLAN    23:33    VW45-49    F2    Dromahane Roadrunners
20 Siobhan LAVERY    25:43    VW50-54    F3


1) The organisers have a gallery HERE

Results & Photos of the Glen River 5k parkrun - Sat 9th Mar 2019

  89 turned out for this weeks 5k parkrun in the Glen on the north side of Cork City.

1 Tobi GRAB    19:12    VM40-44    M1 Leevale AC
2 Don KEOHANE    19:19    VM50-54    M2 Eagle A.C.
3 Brian LINEHAN    20:02    VM55-59    M3
21 Rachel O'CALLAGHAN    23:28    VW45-49    F1
27 Ashley GEARY    24:07    SW30-34    F2
28 Eimear KENNEDY    24:32    SW30-34    F3


1) The organisers have a gallery HERE

Results & Photos of the Ballincollig 5k parkrun - Sat 9th Mar 2019

With the dry conditions this week, the numbers were back up with 394 turning out for the 5k parkrun in Ballincollig Regional Park. That's a pretty good figure considering the glut of races coming up on Sunday.

1 Garrett LORDAN    17:27    VM35-39    M1    Clonakilty Roadrunners AC
2 Nick HOGAN    17:45    VM35-39    M2
3 James GOOD    18:03    SM20-24    M3
38 Mary SWEENEY    22:44    VW55-59    F1    St Finbarrs AC
39 Aideen KEHOE    22:45    SW30-34    F2
47 Maria MADIGAN    23:07    VW40-44    F3


1) Colette Ryan has a gallery HERE
2) Joe Murphy has a gallery HERE
3) Gearóid Ó Laoi has a large gallery HERE

Friday, March 08, 2019

New parkrun signs for Ballincollig Regional Park

Due to the popularity of the ongoing weekly 5k parkrun in Ballincollig and a new Junior parkrun on the way, Cork County Council will be putting in these new signs in the Regional Park soon.

The lap markers should be particularly helpful for runners to gauge if they are ahead or behind previous runs.

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 fifth one is coming up on Wednesday the 12th of March 2019...

UPDATE : PLEASE NOTE THE CHANGE OF VENUE - It will now be held upstairs in the red bricked building at the CIT track.

 More info below...

Running events - Sat 9th and Sun 10th March 2019

In contrast to last weekend, everyone and anyone seems to be holding a race on the 10th of March. It might be something for race organisers to consider, the first weekend of March is pretty free of fixtures.

The weather forecast for the weekend is reasonable although the rain will never be too far away. At worst, it should amount to just passing showers.

As well as all the usual 5k parkruns on the Saturday, there are a few to choose from on Sunday.

The Crosshaven 10k race is full. In East Cork, there is a 4 miler in Killeagh. If you want to do a 10 miler then there is one in Newmarket or one up near Clonmel.

Sat 9th (9:30am)... 5k parkruns - Various locations - Free
Cork - Ballincollig, Glen River, Mallow, Macroom, Clonakilty, Rineen Woods, Glengarriff Woods, Bear Is /// Limerick - University of Limerick, Newcastle West, Mungret /// Kerry - Killarney, Tralee, Listowel, Inch /// Clare - Ennis, Kilrush, Clarisford /// Tipperary - Clonmel, Templemore /// Waterford - Tramore /// Kilkenny - Kilkenny Castle /// Carlow - Carlow town /// Wexford - New Ross, Gorey, Johnstown ///

Waterford... Sat 9th (10am)... Dunhill/Fenor 10 mile... €15... in aid of CMRF Crumlin...
Cork... Sat 9th (11am)... Mitchelstown Operation Transformation 5k walk/run... €?...

Kerry... Sat 9th (11:30am)... Rathmore to Rathmore 4k... €10... Organised by Gneeveguilla AC... info...

Sun 10th (9:30am)... 2k Junior parkruns - Various locations - Free
Cork - Cobh /// Limerick - Shelbourne Park /// Kerry - Tralee /// Wexford - Heritage Park ///

Kerry... Sun 10th (11am)... Killarney 10k... €25...

Waterford... Sun 10th (11am)... Deise College Dungarvan 10k... €10... organised by West Waterford AC...

Cork... Sun 10th (11am)... Killeagh 4 mile road race... €10... info...

Cork... Sun 10th (11:30am)... Crosshaven 10k & 5k road race... 10k €20 / 5k €15... info... FULL

Tipperary... Sun 10th (11am)... Kilsheelan 10 mile... €22.10... nr Clonmel... info...

Waterford... Sun 10th (1pm)... 5k fun run in aid of Sanies Trust... €10... Modeligo, West Waterford...

Cork... Sun 10th (1:30pm)... Duhallow 10 mile road race... €30... Newmarket, NW Cork... Organised by Duhallow AC... includes dry fit

Thursday, March 07, 2019

Official Launch of the 2019 Mallow 10 mile road race

The Mallow '10' is the largest 10 mile road race in Cork with a sold out field of 2000 runners. They recently had their official race launch.

Press release: Dairygold’s Co-Op Superstores have been announced as the title sponsors for this year’s Mallow 10 Mile Road Race, taking place on Sunday 24th of March. The sold-out race, hosted by Mallow Athletics Club, is a hugely popular race fixture in Munster with locals and non-locals alike, with an expected 2000 athletes registered to take part.

Mallow AC Chairperson, Clive Aherne commented “This is the 31st annual running of the Mallow 10 Mile Road Race and we are delighted to welcome Co-Op Superstores on board as our new title sponsor for 2019. This race is going to be our biggest to date with a sold-out field of 2000 runners. We look forward to welcoming all runners to Mallow on 24th of March for what will be a big community event.” 

John O’Carroll, Head of Retail at Dairygold said “We are delighted to be on board as title sponsors of the Mallow 10 Mile Road Race 2019. Dairygold, through our nutritionals campus, offices and retail store on Park Road, as well as through our farmer members in the wider community is deeply associated with Mallow. We’re thrilled to support this highly positive event and through our colleagues participating, we’re looking forward to being part of it on the day.” 

Wednesday, March 06, 2019

Membership of Cork athletic clubs is getting older

One of the most dramatic changes in the composition of athletic clubs in Cork and Ireland over the last few years has been the adult age profile.

Most members of the public would probably assume that adult members of athletic clubs are in their 20's and early 30's. The reality is the exact opposite with relatively few adults in their 20's and the vast majority aged between 35 and 50.

In terms of membership of an athletics club, a Senior is aged from 20 to 34 where as a Master is aged 35 and over.

The age profile of four large Cork clubs illustrates how the adult membership profile has gotten much older of late.

All four would be considered to be large clubs involved mainly in running and road races as opposed to the traditional track and field.

Over the last six years, the change has been dramatic as younger adults in their 20's are generally not attracted to running as a sport.

The membership of St Finbarr's AC typifies this. This club based in Cork City usually had a younger membership than most clubs and back as recently as 2014, roughly one third of its members were Seniors. As of the end of 2018, the club has the same age profile as the rest which is up around 90%.

Just to highlight how dramatic a change that is, consider that in 2014 one in three of its adult members were aged 34 or below. As of the end of 2018, that is now one in ten.

Changing Senior Profile

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.

Update : 26th Feb 2019... Now 120 places left.

Online Entry Link...

Tuesday, March 05, 2019

Notice : Crosshaven 10k & 5k race - Sun 10th March 2019

Update Tues 5th March 2019 : Please note the Crosshaven 10k and 5k race is full! All 200 places in the Children's race are gone as well.

Notice : Killeagh 4 mile road race - Sun 10th March 2019

This is the 4th year of this 4 mile race and it's organised by Killeagh Community Healthy Clubs Project in association with Youghal AC. It will be held this year on Sunday the 10th of March 2019 at 11am.

Monday, March 04, 2019

Cork runner Kevin Donovan plans to run a mile at every GAA pitch in the county! - 5th Apr to 22nd Jun 2019


Back in 2017, Cork runner Kevin Donovan took on the challenge of running a race in each one of 32 Irish counties and raising funds for the Irish Deaf Society (IDS) and Cork Deaf Association (CDA) in the process.

This year, he is going to take on a new challenge and will run a mile at every one of the GAA pitches in the county of Cork!

Cork GAA Mile Challenge


Location of all the GAA pitches in Cork

Kevin will start on Friday the 5th of April 2019 and plans to finish on Saturday the 22nd of June 2019.

If you want to join Kevin and support him, keep an eye on his Facebook page to confirm he will be at a GAA pitch near you.

The provisional schedule is shown below.

Sunday, March 03, 2019

Ciara Mageean & Mark English win Bronze medals at Euro Indoor Championships

Two of Ireland's best athletes won Bronze medals at the European Indoor Athletic Championships in Glasgow.

Ciara Mageean finished 3rd in the women's 1500m final.

Mark English finished 3rd in the men's 800m final.

Ballintotis Fit4Life mark Ballycotton '10' anniversary

The annual Ballycotton '10' was usually held on the second Sunday of March every year before it came to an end in 2017.

Members of Ballintotis Fit4Life were out in force on Sunday the 3rd of March 2019 to keep the tradition of running the 10 mile route alive. Looks like it was a bit wet!

There are now a multitude of races on the second Sunday of March where as the first Sunday of the month was very quiet.

Cobh Sisters complete World Marathon Major Series

Congratulations to Cobh sisters Orla O'Rourke and Kathryn Carruthers who have just completed the Tokyo marathon to complete the World's 6 Major Marathons! Orla who is a member of Ballymore-Cobh AC also ran a personal best time of 3h 14m.

The Series Qualifying Races are: Tokyo Marathon. Boston Marathon. Virgin Money London Marathon. BMW BERLIN-MARATHON. Bank of America Chicago Marathon. TCS New York City Marathon.

Photos : Andy O'Rourke

Latest update on the Haulbowline Island works

Update 3rd March: This video below about the transformation of Haulbowline Island was put up on YouTube a few weeks back. As can be seen from the screenshot above taken in December, the island is beginning to turn Green as the grass grows and a substantial number of trees have been planted.

The provisional plan is to open in May of 2019.

Saturday, March 02, 2019

Wild Atlantic Run in Ballinspittle CANCELLED

Please note that this 10k in Ballinspittle that was supposed to be on Sunday the 3rd of March has been cancelled. It will now be on Monday the 18th of March.

Results of the Mallow 5k parkrun - Sat 2nd Mar 2019

There was a drop on numbers this week with 75 taking part in the 5k parkrun in Mallow.

1 Unknown               
3 Gerard MCAULIFFE    20:58    VM35-39    M2
4 Bernard O'NEILL    22:16    VM35-39    M3                   
2 Carol FINN    20:47    SW30-34    F1
10 Eimear LAVERY    24:15    JW11-14    F2
14 Siobhan LAVERY    24:53    VW50-54    F3


Results & Photos of the Ballincollig 5k parkrun - Sat 2nd Mar 2019

There was a drop in numbers this week for the 5k parkrun in Ballincollig Regional Park with 261 taking part. No doubt the wet and windy weather put some people off.

1 Finbarr ODWYER    17:40    VM45-49    M1    Leevale AC
2 Sean UNDERWOOD    19:27    SM25-29    M2
3 Shane MINEHANE    19:32    VM35-39    M3
5 Nollaigh O'NEILL    19:47    VW45-49    F1    Leevale AC
26 Siobhan HOLLAND    21:45    VW40-44    F2    St Finbarrs AC
33 Trish HEGARTY    22:33    SW30-34    F3


1) Collette Ryan has a gallery HERE
2) Joe Murphy has a gallery HERE

Results & Photos of the Glen River 5k parkrun - Sat 2nd Mar 2019

The 15th edition of the 5k parkrun in the Glen on the north side of Cork City was held on Saturday the 2nd of March 2019. With the wild and windy conditions, there was a drop down to 61 this week.

After 15 events, a total of 603 registered runners and walkers have taken part and the average per week is 101.

1 Tobi GRAB    20:00    VM40-44    M1    Leevale AC
2 Fergal BRENNAN    20:19    VM40-44    M2
3 Liam MURPHY    20:29    VM50-54    M3    Watergrasshill AC
14 Rachel O'CALLAGHAN    23:46    VW45-49    F1
18 Pamela BARRY    24:35    VW40-44    F2    Aghada Running Club
20 Lauren MURPHY    25:05    JW15-17    F3


1) The organisers have a small gallery HERE
 and another one HERE 

Results of the Run the Line 5k in Carrigaline - Sat 2nd March 2019

28 runners turned out for this timed 5k on the Carrigaline to Crosshaven walkway.

The next one is on again on the first Saturday of April.

Friday, March 01, 2019

UCC announce plans for new sports park at Farm


It was announced some time ago that the UCC Farm in Curraheen was going to be developed into a science and technology park. Now UCC have announced that a new sports park will be integrated into it.

The plan is to have a 1,800m running track, a 1,300m inner walk, grass and synthetic playing pitches and a synthetic hockey pitch, along with 297 parking spaces.

Previous posts about the development HERE

1) Evening Echo

New riverside path proposed for Ballincollig Regional Park

Update 1st March 2019 : I put up this post originally in December of 2016. It was announced recently that Cork County Council have a closing date of March 26th 2019 for tenders and they hope to appoint a contractor within three weeks of that date.

Dec 2016
While the Tramore Valley Park in Cork City is lying idle, things are really starting to happen at the Ballincollig Regional Park. It was announced recently that a new riverside walkway is to be developed.

The map below shows the location of the current 5k parkrun which is towards the Western side of the Regional Park. The Purple line shows the location of the new proposed walk next to the river.

This is a significant development in that it is a new access point for the park. It will also give runners more options for more routes and it should be a nice route alongside the river.

 This is the route shown below. Note that there will be no access from Willowfield estate. The fence there will be retained and the access point will be from a new 20 acre park under development further to the east.

At present, there is a rough path alongside the river further west but it requires jumping across stones to get over a stream. The new pathway and bridges will allow easier access to this section as well. I presume that in time, it will be surfaced properly like the rest of the paths.

These are the plans from Cork County Council. The Brown points are new bridges.