Google+ Running in Cork, Ireland: 2019

Monday, June 17, 2019

Results of the Ballyclough 5k - Sat 15th June 2019

This 5k in Ballyclough in NW Cork was held on Saturday the 15th of June 2019 and had a field of 68 runners.

Ballyclough 5K 2019                

Name    Bib     Club    CAT    Time
Timmy Hennessy    563    N/A    M    18.36
Patrick O'Keefe    510    Mt Hillary    M40    18.55
Tom Sheehan    559    N/a    M    19.11
Mary Ann Murphy    536    Mt Hillary    F    21.56
Deirdre Cotter    539    Mallow AC    F40    22.50

Sarah Creedon    522    Millstreet    F    23.01

Ballyclough 5K 2019                

Saturday, June 15, 2019

Ballincollig parkrun celebrates its 3rd birthday!

The very first 5k parkrun in Ballincollig Regional Park was held on the 18th of June 2016 and has now been going for three years. 

As can be seen from the chart above, it has been held every week with the exception of a few. Just looking, I can spot the gaps due to Ophelia and the Beast from the East!

The chart also shows that it has been doing very well in 2019 getting roughly 300 per week.

Here are the results and photos for this week...

1 Nick HOGAN    18:04    VM35-39    M1
2 Tom SHEEHAN    19:05    VM55-59    M2
3 James CALLANAN    19:27    VM50-54    M3
4 Carol FINN    19:41    SW30-34 F1
38 Gillian COTTER    23:02    VW45-49  F2 St Finbarrs AC
52 Carrie DESMOND    23:38    VW35-39  F3


1) Colette Ryan has a gallery HERE

Friday, June 14, 2019

Results of the Inniscarra 4 mile race - Fri 14th June 2019

 There was a record turnout for this years Inniscarra 4 mile race with 202 finishers. If the 21 walkers are taken out then there are 181 runners, a new record as can be seen from the chart above.

It's been a busy two days for races in Cork with a see-saw pattern to the numbers. The Belle of Ballincollig was up 7%, Coolagown was down 9% and Inniscarra was up 17%.

1    0:20:56    SWEENEY, Gavin    Togher AC    M    05:13.9    833    1
2    0:21:17    SMYTH, Mark    Eagle AC    M40    05:19.2    824    2
3    0:22:44    DOYLE, Adam    Unattached    M    05:40.9    825    3
19    0:26:12    CRONIN, Niamh    St. Finbarrs AC    F40    06:32.9    867    19
29    0:27:12    O'CONNOR, Linda    Unattached    F40    06:47.9    930    29
30    0:27:25    BEVAN, Karen    Eagle AC    F40    06:51.1    876    30

1) Mick Dooley has some photos HERE

Results below...

Notice : Inniscarra 4 mile road race - Fri 14th June 2019

This 4 mile road race in Inniscarra is coming up on Friday, the 14th of June 2019...

The race HQ is the GAA grounds in Ballyanly which is to the north-west of Cork City...

It may not be the easiest of courses but it's on nice quiet country roads. On a nice sunny summer evening, it's a lovely spot for a race. The ease of access and proximity to Cork City is another major plus.

Preview...More information on the course can be seen HERE

The organisers have more info below...

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Results of the Belle of Ballincollig 5k - Thurs 13th June 2019

A grand total of 207 runners turned out for this years Belle of Ballincollig 5k race on what was a cool evening for mid-June. This is up 7% on the numbers for last year.

Andrew Sheehan won the mens race while Carmel Crowley made it two in a row after winning the Cloughduv 5k just last week.

1    Andrew Sheehan    Leevale AC        16:09        16:09    SM    69
2    Eoghan McElhinney             16:30        16:30    SM    25
3    Donal Coffey    Leevale AC        16:46        16:46    M40    76
19    Carmel Crowley             19:05        19:05    F50    9
27    Niamh Roe    Leevale        19:33        19:32    SF    63
28    Lorna Wolfe    Leevale AC        19:34        19:32    SF    124


Results of the Twomey Remorial 4 mile in Meelin - Sun 9th June 2019

This low key 4 miler race took place in Meelin in NW Cork on Sunday the 9th of June 2019.

1 Robert Purcell    Gneeveguilla        22:58 SM    649
2 Patrick Roche    Carrick on Suir        23:34 SM    370
3 Aaron O'Keeffe    Duhallow AC        24:12 SM    686
6 Lisa Hegarty    Leevale        25:38 SF    679
18 Denise Quilter    Millstreet AC        28:32 SF    756
23 Caroline O'Sullivan    Banteer        29:06 SF    367


Notice : Belle of Ballincollig 5k - Thurs 13th June 2019

This 5k race is coming up in the town of Ballincollig on Thursday the 13th of June 2019 and should be of interest to a lot of people.

Entries will be taken in the Ballincollig GAA Club from 6:30pm on the evening with the race starting at 8pm. Refreshments and prizes afterwards in the GAA Pavilion.

Entries... You can also enter online HERE

From the organisers....
“ Thursday 13th June sees the running of the 7th Annual

5K Village Run as part of the Belle of Ballincollig Festival.

The Race begins at the GAA Club and the route is around the northern part of the town. This year on-line registration is available as well as registration in the Club from 6 30 pm on the night . In addition Chip Timing will make this one of the most professionally organised events in County Cork this year. “

Route in Ballincollig....

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

You can also click on the map below for a closer look of the route...

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Results of the Grant Thornton 5k in Cork City - Wed 12th June 2019

1 Liam BRADY    PUNCH Consulting Engineers  M INDV    834    15:06
2 Kevin O'BRIEN    Avery Dennison  M INDV    281    15:40
3 John MEADE    FehilyTimoney&Co M INDV    513    15:53
16 Dymphna RYAN    AIB  F INDV    237    18:16
17 Aisling BYRNE O'Mahony Pike F INDV    800    18:22
21 Sorcha KEARNEY FehilyTimoney&Co Fehily  F INDV    515    18:33


Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Notice: East Cork Harbour Marathon, Half-Marathon & 10k - Sat 10th Aug 2019

This event up coming up on Saturday the 10th of August 2019...and there is a choice of a full 26.2 mile marathon, a 13.1 mile half-marathon and 10km race (6.2m).

This is the fourth year of this event and based on the success of the first three years, it should get a good turnout again.

The entry link is

The race HQ is at Aghada GAA club which is near Rostellan on the Midleton-Whitegate road.

For more info on the three races and on how to enter...

Go to

From the organisers.... Since our inaugural event in 2016 we have set out to create the best possible running experience available to athletes in this country. Through a mixture of hard work and the dedication of a large voluntary team we have succeeded in firmly establishing ourselves on the annual racing calendar. We were recently honoured to be awarded ‘Best 10K race in Ireland 2018’ in the Running in Ireland Awards.

Thus far, we have held three sellout events and have raised over €24,500 for Marymount Hospice in addition to €38,000 for other local voluntary community initiatives.

The event is a true celebration of family and community in East Cork with over 300 volunteers of all ages helping on the day. Over 1000 athletes take part annually with a free BBQ and family fun day awaiting participants at the finish line.

One of the themes of this year's event is "Go Green With ECHM". It is an environmental awareness campaign whereby we are placing a strong emphasis on recycling, reducing waste and introducing renewable energy solutions with electric cars leading out the athletes. We are also hoping to introduce non-plastic solutions to hydrate the athletes as seen in the recent London Marathon ( This is proving to be a very popular initiative with our other partner sponsors and the athletes themselves with an unprecedented demand for entries this year.

We are busy planning for this year's event which will be held on Saturday 10th August 2019! We are depending on the generosity of our sponsors in order to build on the success of the event and to help us in achieving our goal of becoming the best running event in the country. To help us in this goal we are delighted to have Cork 96FM on board as our official media partners again this year.


The map below shows the full marathon route. It starts near Rostellan Woods and between miles 3 and 8, it takes in a lovely stretch by East Ferry. After 10 miles, it's most out on quiet country roads with some nice coastal views from miles 14-22. For the last few miles, you are looking over the harbour.

The half-marathon route is on nice quiet country roads to the south-east of Aghada...

The 10k course is out and back...

Promo video...

Another video here...

Monday, June 10, 2019

Mallow AC Summer Programme for 18-24 years olds

From Mallow AC...Mallow Athletic Club are launching a new Summer programme for 18 to 24 year olds who are back in Mallow for the summer.

This initiative is open to all fitness levels whether you want to get fitter, get faster or just give it a try for a few months.

If you know someone or you are interested please refer to the posters below for more information and contact details.

Enjoy the summer!

Clive Aherne

Club chairman

Website -

Saturday, June 08, 2019

Results of the Doneraile 10k race - Sat 8th June 2019

There was a big turn out for the inaugural Doneraile 10k race with 311 taking part!

In recent times, there seems to have been a glut of 5k races in Doneraile park but this new 10k seems to be a popular choice.

1 Donal COAKLEY Leevale A.C. 35:04 Senior (1) Male  (1)
2 Anthony SHEERIN unattached 37:44  Senior (2) Male  (2)
3 Patrick O KEEFFE MT.HILLARY 39:07 O45 (1) Male  (3)
7 Kealey TIDESWELL unattached 40:35 O35 (1) Female  (1)
14 Fiona MCCARTHY unattached 42:23 O40 (1) Female  (2)
39 Zita ANSBRO BALLINTOTIS FIT4LIFE 46:01 O35 (2) Female  (3)


Results & Photos of the Ballincollig 5k parkrun - Sat 8th June 2019

The numbers were back up again this week for the 5k parkrun in Ballincollig with 375 taking part.

 1 Nick HOGAN    17:59    VM35-39    74.79 %    M1
2 Shane COONEY    18:09    VM40-44    75.76 %    M2    St Finbarrs AC
3 Diarmaid NOLAN    18:29    SM25-29    M3
8 Claire O' BRIEN    19:26    SW30-34    F1    Watergrasshill AC
13 Rachel SMITH    19:54    SW20-24    F2
22 Helen WALSH    20:48    VW40-44    F3    Togher AC


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

Coach to the Stars Pat Walsh with Colette Ryan and Claire O'Brien. Photo: Joe Murphy

Friday, June 07, 2019

Notice : Doneraile 10k race - Sat 8th June 2019

This brand new 10k organised by Doneraile AC is coming up on Saturday the 8th of June 2019...

Located just to the NE of Mallow, it can be easily accessed from the N20 or M8.

From Doneraile AC....Doneraile AC are hosting a 10km trail/road race on Saturday June 8th at 11.00am. 

Entries are now open and you can register by clicking here...

No registration available on the day

This race will have plenty of variety as it will take in the scenic countryside & will also take in parts of the beautiful Doneraile Park. This route is guaranteed to be very enjoyable as the route has a mixture of flat,  a few inclines & a few downhills. 

Each participant receives a T.Shirt and will be presented with a finishers medal on completing the race. 

The race has an Athletics Ireland Permit, the course is accurately measured and chip timing will be provided by Sports Timing. 

This is an over 18’s event. 

Number collection will be available on Friday June 7th from 5.30pm - 7.30pm and on Saturday June 8th from 9.00am - 10.30am in Doneraile Community Hall. 

Participants can collect their t.shirt when collecting their number. Prize giving and refreshments will be available after the event in the Community Hall. We look forward to welcoming you all to Doneraile on the day. 

Doneraile 10km Race Day Instructions

Results of the Cloughduv 5k - Thurs 6th June 2019

Almost 400 turned out for this 5k in Cloughduv to the west of Ballincollig on what was a cool but dry evening.

The numbers were almost identical to last year with just two extra! The winners of the race were also the same with Joe Cunningham and Carmel Crowley retaining their respective titles.

1 16:02 152 Joe Cunningham
2 16:59 11 John O'Mahony
3 17:05 231 Dave Morgan
8 18:39 185 Carmel Crowley
9 18:53 402 Margaret Murphy
15 19:58 304 Helen Gilroy

From the organisers Cloughduv Hurling Club... Almost 400 participants took part in this years event on a lovely evening . Cloughduv Hurling & Camogie Clubs would like to thank all the participants for their support once again. Also to the many volunteers who helped make the event the great success it is  - THANK YOU.

A big thank you also to our loyal sponsors Ross Oil, Farnanes & Roadstone Castlemore.

link to club facebook page for photos...

Full results below...
Place Time number

Thursday, June 06, 2019

Notice : Cloughduv 5k on Thurs 6th June 2019

This 5k is coming up in the village of Cloughduv on Thursday the 6th of June 2019 at 7:30pm. Located about 10kms west of Ballincollig, Cloughduv is just off the N22 Cork to Macroom road.

There will be refreshments after the race with results and times published later.

Notice : Daniel Kingston Memorial 5k, Macroom - Thurs 20th June 2019

This 5k charity run is coming up in Macroom on Thursday evening the 20th of June 2019 at 8pm.

Proceeds from the event go towards Cork Cancer Support House.

You can enter on the evening for €10...registration desk open from 5:30PM. The event will be chip timed. Race HQ is at the Macroom Sports Complex which is just inside the Macroom castle gates on the left.

Please note that there is limited parking there. Follow the race stewards instructions on the night on where to park.

Course Preview.........A full preview with maps, directions, photos, etc can be seen HERE

From the organisers.....The race starts at the beginning of the town from the Cork side by Macroom Motors. The 5 km route takes you through the town and looping through the countryside and back to town with the finish in the town centre.  This is the 8th year of the race which has grown from strength to strength in the last few years.  Register on the evening of the event at Macroom Sports Complex (€10). 

Loads of prizes across a range of age categories. All surplus funds are donated to Cork ARC Cancer support house. Plenty of refreshments also.

Support this great event and the excellent work by Cork Arc Cancer Support

New Junior parkrun starting in Ballincollig soon

The group pictured above completed the Sports Ireland Child Protection Course recently in preparation for the new Junior 2km parkrun which will be starting in Ballincollig Regional Park soon.

It will be held every Sunday morning at 9:30am and is open to juveniles aged from 4 to 14 years old.

This will be the second Junior parkrun in Cork. The first one started in Cobh just over a year ago and has been getting good numbers every week.

Update : The start date will be Sunday the 30th of June 2019.

Wednesday, June 05, 2019


In this guest post, John Walshe of Ballycotton looks at the transition of Eddie Dunbar from school athletics to professional cyclist.


Now that Tramore Valley Park has opened to the public, it’s worth recalling one of the first events that was held on the old landfill site on the Kinsale Road.

Back in November 2011 an introductory schools’ cross-country took place organised by Liam O’Brien in conjunction with Athletics Ireland, the Cork County Board, the South Munster Schools Association and Cork IT.

Amongst the winners that day was 15-year-old Eddie Dunbar representing Coláiste Treasa from Kanturk who was first in the 2nd/3rd Year boys’ race.

Roll on seven-and-a-half years and the Banteer native is now a professional cyclist with the crack Team Ineos, formerly known as Team Sky. Two weeks ago he finished third on Stage 12 of the Giro d’Italia (Tour of Italy), the second most prestigious cycle race in the world. Earlier in the month he also gained third place overall in the Tour de Yorkshire.

Seen here proudly displaying his medal from that winter’s day in 2011, like Rob Heffernan who the park’s 2.5km walkway is named after, maybe someday Dunbar too will join an illustrious group of Irish sporting icons who have venues, parks and squares named in their honour.

Sunday, June 02, 2019

Results & Photos of the Cork City Marathon - Sun 2nd June 2019

Conditions were pretty good for this years Cork City Marathon with dry conditions and a strong westerly breeze.

It was great to see Angela McCann return to win the 2019 Marathon, a race she won a good few years back.

Anglea McCann...winner of the 2019 Cork City Marathon. Photo: Gearóid Ó Laoi

Full Marathon...
1 Gary OHANLON (#942)     Clonliffe Harriers AC     02:21:42     Male  (1)... €1,000
2 Tim O DONOGHUE (#297)     East cork ac     02:25:52     Male  (2)... €900
3 Sergiu CIOBANU (#724)     Clonliffe Harriers AC     02:28:26     Male  (3)... €800
4 Pawel KOSEK (#1149)     N/A     02:32:02     Senior (1)     Male  (4)... €700
5 Kieran LITTLE (#1042)     Crusaders AC     02:32:13     3034 (2)     Male  (5)... €600
6 Kevin O LEARY (#432)     East cork ac     02:33:53     Senior (2)     Male  (6)... €500
7 Michael CORBETT (#447)     St Finbarr's AC     02:37:44     Male  (7)... €400
8 Donal COAKLEY (#289)     Leevale AC     02:40:10     Male  (8)... €300
9 Alan LEHANE (#671)     St Finbarr's AC     02:43:09     Male  (9)... €200
10 Vivian FOLEY (#106)     Eagle AC     02:44:21     Male  (10) ... €100
39 Angela MC CANN (#592)     Clonmel AC     03:02:53 Female  (1) ...€1,000
49 Nollaigh O'NEILL (#81)     Leevale AC     03:07:56 Female  (2) ...€900
52 Megan ARMITAGE (#889)     N/A     03:08:31 Female  (3)
64 Jana ROSS (#259)         03:11:45 Female  (4) ...€700
 79 Deirdre ANSBRO (#313)     Youghal AC     03:15:31 Female  (5) ...€600 
89 Mary O'LEARY (#705)   03:17:54 Female  (6)...€500 
90 Anna KLIMEK (#926)     N/A     03:18:30  Female  (7)...€400 
93 Fiona DUKELOW (#760)     Sanctuary Runners     03:18:49  Female  (8)...€300 
96 Clara RYAN (#372)         03:19:24 Female  (9)...€200 
129 Louise O'BRIEN (#314)     Youghal AC     03:26:41 Female  (10) ...€100

1 Gavin SWEENEY (#3406) Togher AC     01:09:04 Male  (1) ...€500
2 Cillian O'LEARY (#4732) Raheny Shamrock AC     01:09:29 Male  (2) ...€250
3 Freddy KERON (#4202)     Raheeny AC     01:11:03 Male  (3) ...€200
4 Jason KELLY (#2058)     01:12:34     01:12:30 Male  (4) ...€150
5 Jeremy O DONOVAN (#2072) St Finbarr's AC     01:13:57 Male  (5) ...€100
27 Fiona SANTRY (#2958) East cork ac     01:23:17 Female  (1) ...€500
41 Sorcha KEARNEY (#2617) St Finbarr's AC     01:25:26 Female  (2) ...€250
49 Andrea BICKERDIKE (#3948)Leevale AC     01:26:58 Female  (3) ...€200
51 Sharon DUNLEA (#2085)01:27:10     01:26:55 Female  (4) ...€150
58 Orla BYRNE (#2962)     N/A     01:27:42 Female  (5) ...€100

Results... The results are HERE

Marathon Man Minihane with the main man Jerry Forde before the start of his 450th Marathon!

Photos... (Updated Tues 4th June 7pm)
1) Photos from Derek Costello of the full marathon... Mile 1 ... Mile 3

2) Doug Minihane, brother of Marathon Man Minihane has a few galleries...
...a) The first one is near Blackrock Castle (Up to 3:30 finishers)
...b) Second lot from Blackrock Castle are 3:30 plus finishers

Doug has them up on Flickr as well...

3) Joe Murphy has four galleries
...Part 1 ... Part 2 ... Finish 1 ... Finish 2

4) Whooley Photographs has four albums
...Album 1 ... Album 2 ... Album 3 ... Album 4

Video from John Kissane of the full marathon Mile 1...

Saturday, June 01, 2019

Jerry Forde heading for his 450th Marathon in Cork!

The main man Jerry Forde is going for his 450th Marathon in Cork on Sunday the 2nd of June 2019!

I updated his list of marathons during the week on his website...

Weather forecast for the 2019 Cork City Marathon

Earlier in the week, there was a lot of uncertainty about when the rain would arrive on Sunday. It now looks as the rain front will pass through during the very early hours of Sunday morning. By the time of the start of the full marathon and half-marathon, it should be overcast and dry.

The temperature is likely to be in the low to mid teens so running in just a singlet is recommended. No layers or jackets.

There may be more sunshine in the afternoon so that may be an issue for those out on the course for a long time.

The main issue is likely to be the wind. It will be from the west and will likely feel pretty strong in places.

The map above shows where is a headwind and where it may be a tailwind.

It may feel exceptionally warm from the Straight Road back into the city as the wind is behind the runners and loses it's cooling effect.

As forecasts go, it could be a lot worse.

Willy Wobbly Wonders warm up for the 2019 Cork City Marathon

The pictures says it all... 19 for the full marathon, 40 for the half-marathon and 50 in the relay. Going on that basis, the Wibbly Wobbly Wonders are probably the largest running club in Cork at the moment.

If you see them in their distinctive Blue shirts, be sure to give them a cheer and a 'W'!

Friday, May 31, 2019

Results of the Dan Byrne Memorial 5k in Doneraile Park - Fri 31st May 2019

Pos   Bib    Time    Name    Club    G    Cat
1    229    0:17:37    FEEHAN, Maurice    GNEEVEGUILA AC    m    S
2    313    0:18:32    MEEHAN, John    NORTH CORK AC    m    40
3    254    0:18:50    MCCARTHY, John Paul    KILMALLOCK AC    m    S
4    269    0:18:52    FINN, Carol    LEEVALE    f    S
5    267    0:19:02    GAFFNEY, Breda    MALLOW AC    f    45
6    341    0:19:05    O'CONNOR, Willie    GALTEE RUNNERS    m    50
7    238    0:19:15    COLLINS, Donal    BWEENG AC    m    40
8    256    0:19:20    O'CONNELL, Maurice    KILAVULLEN    m    40
9    253    0:19:20    DUANE, Donie    KILMALLOCK AC    m    45
10    261    0:19:30    O'CONNOR, Kieran    NORTH CORK AC    m    55
11    249    0:19:37    COLLINS, John    LEEVALE    m    60
12    317    0:19:41    TIDESWELL, Keeley    CLONMEL AC    f    35
13    339    0:19:51    O'CALLAGHAN, Sean    NORTH CORK AC    m    J
14    331    0:19:55    MORAN, Shane    NEWTOWNSHANDRUM    m    S
15    263    0:20:11    BUCKLEY, Sinead    NORTH CORK AC    f    S
16    291    0:20:16    LAVERY, Conor    MALLOW AC    m    J
17    255    0:20:18    MCMAHON, Tony    KILMALLOCK AC    m    60
18    340    0:20:24    O'CALLAGHAN, Donal    KILAVULLEN    m    40
19    310    0:20:42    O'SULLIVAN, Dermot    MALLOW AC    m    45
20    262    0:20:55    BUCKLEY, Maurice    NORTH CORK AC    m    55
21    304    0:21:05    BROWN, John    NA MALLOW    m    S
22    346    0:21:14    TWOMEY, Kieran    MALLOW AC    m    50
23    337    0:21:37    FITZPATRICK, Billy    MALLOW AC    m    J
24    240    0:21:38    MCAULIFFE, Stephen    MT HILLARY AC    m    55
25    348    0:21:39    O'FLYNN, Derek    MALLOW AC    m    S
26    233    0:21:44    MURPHY, Caroline    GNEEVEGUILA AC    f    50
27    307    0:21:46    O'GORMAN, Ciaran    GALTEE RUNNERS    m    S
28    234    0:21:48    O'SULLIVAN, Adrian    FREEMOUNT    m    50
29    354    0:21:51    CASEY, Liam    CLONMEL AC    m    50
30    235    0:22:21    CREAN, Shane    MALLOW AC    m    40
31    293    0:22:26    LAVERY, Emer    MALLOW AC    f    J
32    257    0:22:27    HAYES, Willie    ST FINBARRS    m    60
33    256    0:22:27    O'CONNELL, Maurice    KILAVULLEN    m    40
34    274    0:22:32    BREEN, James    BUTTEVANT AC    m    40
35    295    0:22:35    DUANE, Jack    BUTTEVANT AC    m    45
36    301    0:22:42    BROWN, Tom    TRALEE    m    60
37    283    0:22:55    O'BRIEN, Max    MALLOW AC    m    J
38    237    0:23:08    MURRAY, Kate    WEST LIMERICK AC    f    35
39    258    0:23:25    MURPHY, Pat    EAGLE AC    m    60
40    236    0:23:33    CROTTY, Paul     WEST LIMERICK AC    m    40
41    252    0:23:34    MCCARTHY, Deirdre    NORTH CORK AC    f    45
42    204    0:23:49    O REGAN, Kevin    C25K MALLOW AC    M    50
43    311    0:23:52    CARMODY, Cheryl    GNEEVEGUILA AC    f    35
44    302    0:23:52    MELLERICK, Brian    KILMALLOCK AC    m    40
45    314    0:23:53    DAVERN, Denis    GALTEE RUNNERS    m    50
46    342    0:24:03    O'DONOGHUE, Caroline    ST AILBIES    m    45
47    296    0:24:04    FENTON, Cora    KILMALLOCK AC    f    45
48    273    0:24:10    REYNOLDS, Mike    KILMALLOCK AC    m    60
49    351    0:24:18    CASEY, Alan    CLONMEL AC    m    J
50    276    0:24:21    NAGLE, Donough    MALLOW AC    m    J
51    324    0:24:24    FLYNN, Eileen    DONERAILE AC    f    35
52    332    0:24:34    FINNEGAN, John    BALLYCLOUGH    m    40
53    300    0:24:35    MURPHY, Mary    NA MALLOW    f    55
54    312    0:24:46    DAVERN, Eamonn    BALLYHEA    m    40
55    243    0:24:47    FLYNN, John    MALLOW AC    m    50
56    347    0:24:49    O'FLYNN, Aoife    MALLOW AC    f    S
57    202    0:24:56    FLAHERTY, Trevor    C25K MALLOW AC    M    45
58    ####################    0:24:56    0    0    0    0
59    290    0:24:57    LAVERY, Siobhan    MALLOW AC    f    50
60    266    0:25:04    HEA, Dermot    MALLOW AC    m    45
61    308    0:25:07    COOPER, Sally    NORTH CORK AC    f    J
62    309    0:25:15    AHERNE, Ed    BUTTEVANT AC    m    50
63    277    0:25:37    RYAN, Michael    BANSHA     m    S
64    284    0:25:40    O'BRIEN, Brendan    MALLOW AC    m    40
65    299    0:25:49    GYVES, Paddy    MALLOW AC    m    70
66    350    0:25:58    BRENNAN, Eilish    MALLOW AC    f    45
67    349    0:25:59    DORGAN, Clare    MALLOW AC    f    35
68    318    0:26:08    TIDESWELL, Julie    CLONMEL AC    f    50
69    278    0:26:11    WALSH, James    BANSHA     m    40
70    244    0:26:12    BUNCE, John    MALLOW AC    m    45
71    260    0:26:29    BRADY, John    NORTH CORK AC    m    60
72    338    0:26:37    MORRISSEY, Martina    BUTTEVANT AC    f    40
73    322    0:27:25    O'CONNELL, James    KILLARNEY    m    40
74    329    0:27:46    DALY, Ann    JOLLY JOGGERS    f    40
75    298    0:27:59    O'SULLIVAN, John    C25K MALLOW AC    m    S
76    303    0:28:05    DALY, Deirdre    BUTTEVANT AC    f    S
77    305    0:28:18    MCREDMOND, Michael    NA MALLOW    m    S
78    292    0:28:27    LAVERY, Niamh    MALLOW AC    f    J
79    259    0:28:33    GALLAGHER, John    KILDORRERY    m    45
80    319    0:28:45    FITZGERALD, Austin    BUTTEVANT AC    m    S
81    230    0:28:53    CASEY, Joanne    BUTTEVANT AC    f    S
82    294    0:28:53    DINEEN, Marie    BUTTEVANT AC    f    45
83    355    0:29:13    HANNON, Colm    KILAVULLEN    m    J
84    344    0:29:14    BLACKBURN, Yvonne    MOOREABBEY MILERS    f    S
85    242    0:29:15    COAKLEY, Michael    WEST WATERFORD AC    m    55
86    251    0:29:18    POWELL, Liz    MALLOW AC    f    55
87    205    0:29:20    MURPHY, Una     C25K MALLOW AC    F    45
88    208    0:29:24    MCCARTHY, Geraldine    C25K MALLOW AC    F    35
89    288    0:29:27    MURPHY, Breda    MALLOW AC    f    50
90    352    0:29:28    CASEY, Lily    CLONMEL AC    f    J
91    245    0:29:32    DARMODY, Theresa    MALLOW AC    f    40
92    353    0:30:02    CASEY, Rosie    CLONMEL AC    f    35
93    327    0:30:04    HANNON, Ger    DONERAILE AC    m    S
94    323    0:30:12    NI A, Maire    NA MALLOW    f    55
95    336    0:30:19    FITZPATRICK, Marie    LISCARROLL    f    50
96    201    0:30:20    O DONOVAN, Adrian    C25K MALLOW AC    M    40
97    223    0:30:43    BROSNAN, Noreen     C25K MALLOW AC    F    50
98    270    0:30:53    SEXTON, Patricia    MALLOW AC    f    50
99    271    0:30:54    BROSNAN, Bernard    MALLOW AC    m    50
100    333    0:30:56    HANNON, Fiona    DONERAILE AC    f    40
101    275    0:30:57    O'KEEFFE, Stephen    GLANMIRE    m    S
102    206    0:31:07    O RIORDAN, Vivienne    C25K MALLOW AC    F    35
103    228    0:31:12    O KEEFFE, Seamus    C25K MALLOW AC    M    45
104    241    0:31:15    GAFFNEY, Peter    MALLOW AC    m    65
105    315    0:31:36    LYNCH, Gillian    KILAVULLEN    f    40
106    330    0:31:49    GULLY, Catherine     JOLLY JOGGERS    f    45
107    289    0:32:00    KEANE, Michelle    MALLOW AC    f    S
108    225    0:32:03    REID, Valerie    C25K MALLOW AC    F    40
109    272    0:32:05    HEALY, Ger    LISCARROLL    m    40
110    343    0:32:09    RYAN, Hilary    BUTTEVANT AC    f    35
111    320    0:32:11    LEAHY, Michael    MALLOW AC    m    55
112    306    0:32:15    HOWARD, Neasa    MALLOW AC    f    40
113    334    0:32:18    WALSH, Aine    DONERAILE AC    f    40
114    285    0:32:22    FLYNN, James    KILAVULLEN    m    45
115    297    0:32:23    O'BRIEN, Breda    MALLOW AC    f    45
116    286    0:32:24    CAHILL, Maura    CASTLETOWN    f    40
117    321    0:32:44    O'BRIEN, Joanne    MALLOW AC    f    45
118    220    0:32:47    CARROLL, Pauline    C25K MALLOW AC    F    55
119    221    0:32:50    BRENNAN, Deirdra    C25K MALLOW AC    F    S
120    280    0:33:09    COTTER, Lisa    C25K MALLOW AC    f    35
121    207    0:33:19    FOLEY, Neadín    C25K MALLOW AC    F    S
122    227    0:33:21    GRANT, Peter    C25K MALLOW AC    M    60
123    250    0:33:26    FOLEY, Shauna    NORTH CORK AC    f    35
124    ####################    0:33:53    0    0    0    0
125    217    0:33:55    SHEEHAN, Catherine     C25K MALLOW AC    F    45
126    216    0:33:55    LEHANE, Mary    C25K MALLOW AC    F    55
127    ####################    0:33:57    0    0    0    0
128    282    0:34:16    COATES, Danielle    C25K MALLOW AC    f    S
129    215    0:34:20    CROWLEY, Liam    C25K MALLOW AC    M    S
130    214    0:35:56    MAGNER, Sarah     C25K MALLOW AC    F    35
131    218    0:36:10    CRONIN, Kay     C25K MALLOW AC    F    50
132    231    0:36:11    SHEEHAN, Lisa    DONERAILE AC    f    S
133    232    0:36:12    SEXTON, Catherine     DONERAILE AC    f    S
134    325    0:36:17    SHANAHAN, Lorna    DONERAILE AC    f    S
135    326    0:36:17    CAREY, Carina    DONERAILE AC    f    S
136    316    0:36:31    O'KEEFFE, Tricia    KILAVULLEN    f    35
137    328    0:36:56    MORRISSEY, Sandra    BUTTEVANT AC    f    35
138    222    0:37:32    O SULLIVAN, Catherine     C25K MALLOW AC    F    50
139    224    0:37:35    CUMMINS, Alice     C25K MALLOW AC    F    45
140    287    0:37:36    CUMMINS, Paul    MALLOW AC    m    45
141    211    0:37:55    O LEARY, Caitriona    C25K MALLOW AC    F    35
142    281    0:38:25    BYRNE, Maeve    C25K MALLOW AC    f    S
143    210    0:38:50    CONWAY, Breeda    C25K MALLOW AC    F    55
144    219    0:38:50    WALSH, Mary    C25K MALLOW AC    F    55
145    226    0:39:57    O SULLIVAN, Norah     C25K MALLOW AC    F    60
146    ####################    0:40:02    0    0    0    0
147    209    0:42:10    FOLEY, Aisling    C25K MALLOW AC    F    S
148    ####################    0:42:11    0    0    0    0
149    248    0:42:13    NOONAN, Sophie    FITNESS SOLUTIONS    f    J
150    203    0:43:34    SWEENEY, Julie    C25K MALLOW AC    F    35
151    246    0:44:49    SULLIVAN, Katie    FITNESS SOLUTIONS    f    J
152    247    0:44:50    O'BRIEN, Lilly    FITNESS SOLUTIONS    f    J
153    213    0:45:22    MAGNER, Gertude    C25K MALLOW AC    F    65
154    212    0:45:28    MAGNER, John    C25K MALLOW AC    M    65
155    239    0:45:41    LEHANE, Niall    MALLOW AC    m    45

Shannonvale 10k cancelled

Please note that the Shannonvale 10k near Clonakilty has been cancelled this year due to insurance concerns.

Preview of the Cork City Marathon route

Preview... Now with the Cork City Marathon coming up next Sunday, have a look at these previews below to see what the various parts of the course are like.

1) Marathon...HERE

2) Marathon Relay...
a) Leg 1 of 5 can be seen HERE
b) Leg 2 of 5 can be seen HERE
c) Leg 3 of 5 can be seen HERE
d) Leg 4 of 5 can be seen HERE
e) Leg 5 of 5 can be seen HERE

If you are doing the half-marathon, then most of that route is covered in relay legs 4 and 5 above.

Notice : Dan Byrne Memorial 5k in Doneraile Park - Fri 31st May 2019

This 5k race in Doneraile Park in North Cork is always a popular one with runners. Organised by Mallow AC, it is a lovely setting for a race. While it's described as a trail race, it is in reality mostly on narrow roads and paths within Doneraile Park. It would be wrong to think that it's some sort of cross country race or that you need to run through mud or long grass.

The start time is 7pm and registration starts in Nagle Rice school from 5.30pm.  It costs €10 to enter with a family offer of 2 adults and 2 kids for €20

Thursday, May 30, 2019

Road Closures for the 2019 Cork City Marathon

The road closures and times are similar to previous years.

From the organisers...Full list of road closures and travel advice Sun 2nd June 2019

Travel Advice: There will be major traffic restrictions throughout the city on race day but the general advice is to use the city’s Ring and Link roads when possible. You can drive into the city centre, but allow plenty of time to get to your start line. Contra-flows will operate in the Jack Lynch Tunnel, on the South Ring Road to Mahon and on the South City Link.

The Park & Ride service from the Black Ash centre, on the South City Link (N27), into the city centre will operate every 10 minutes from 07.30 to 19.15. The service costs €5 for the day. Participants and spectators are urged to use this facility and leave your car outside the city centre. The bus will bring you into the centre, a minute’s walk from the City Hall.

ROAD RE-OPENING SCHEDULE (times are approximate)

Please note the Marathon (8.30am) and Half Marathon (10.15am) start times.

Road closures begin at 5.30am on St Patrick’s Street and adjoining streets. All other closures are put in place from 7.30am.

Road closures below...

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Notice : MMRA Mushera Mtn Race - Wed 29th May 2019

The Munster Mountain Running Association are organising a trail race on Musheramore Mtn to the north of Macroom on Wednesday the 29th of May 2019.

The entry fee is €7 and membership of the MMRA is required (€10 per annum).

Full details on their website...

The race HQ is at the entrance to the Millstreet Country Park.

Note that this has a 500m ascent which is pretty demanding.

Monday, May 27, 2019

Results of the Firmount NS 6k - Sun 26th May 2019

Mags Murphy...First woman in the 2019 Firmount 6k
Just over 100 turned out for this 6k race in Donoughmore to the NW of Cork City.

1    Declan Murphy    23.34    1st Mens
2    David Buckley    24.16    2nd Mens
4    Mark Bulman    25    3rd Mens
3    Mags Murphy    24.22    1st Woman
9    Breda McGinn    26.58    2nd Woman
10    Mary Buckley    27.2    3rd Woman

1) The organisers have some photos HERE

Full results below...

Results & Photos of the Kanturk 5k race - Sun 26th May 2019

Carol Finn...winner of the Kanturk 5k
Nearly 60 runners turned out for this low key 5k race held in Kanturk on Sunday the 26th of May 2019.

1st Female Carol Finn
2nd Female Mairead O'Keeffe
3rd Female Caroline O Sullivan

1st Male Patrick O Connor
2nd Male John Cronin
3rd Male John Mc Loughlin

1) The organisers have two galleries... Album 1 and Album 2

Results below...

Cobh Junior parkrun is one year old

The first Junior parkrun in Cobh was held on Sunday the 27th of May 2018 and is one year old today!

This free 2k run for 4 to 14 year olds takes place every Sunday morning at 9:30am.

The numbers for the last year are shown below....

 They seemed to have dropped off a bit of late and the average for the year is 85.

See statement below from the organisers...

Saturday, May 25, 2019

Results of the Ballincollig 5k parkrun - Sat 25th May 2019

There was another big turn out for this weeks 5k parkrun in Ballincollig Regional Park with 382 taking part. Just look at the chart above and see how it has grown since the summer of 2016 when it was at about the 200 mark.

1 Nick HOGAN    18:17    VM35-39    M1
2 Unknown
3 Shane O'CALLAGHAN    18:35    VM35-39    M3
8 Claire O' BRIEN    19:54    SW30-34   F1    Watergrasshill AC
14 Anna KLIMEK    20:29    VW35-39    F2    Polish Runners Club Ireland
43 Maeve COTTER    22:52    VW40-44    F3


1) Colette Ryan has a gallery HERE

Friday, May 24, 2019

Tipp athlete Aimee Hayde breaks Sonia O'Sullivan's 32 year old schools record for 800m


Someone sent this piece on to me.

From the Nenagh Guardian...."Aimee Hayde enhanced further her status as a rising star of Irish athletics by breaking a 32 year old record set by legend Sonia O'Sullivan at the Irish Life Health Munster Schools Track & Field Championships in Cork IT last weekend.

The Newport AC athlete, representing St Mary's Secondary School Newport won the intermediate girls 800m on Saturday in a time of 2.07.74, which was also a European Youth Olympics qualification mark.

Her time was also over three seconds faster than the Munster schools record of 2.10.09 set by Sonia O'Sullivan in 1987. "

Piece on Nenagh Guardian website...

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Tramore Valley Park opens to the public!

Finally! After many false dawns, the Tramore Valley Park in Cork City has opened to the public.

It will now be open 7 days a week from 8:30am.

I understand that several hundred car park spaces have also been added which surely makes the return of the weekly 5k parkrun much more likely.

The one serious issue is the lack of access from Half Moon Lane off the South Douglas Road. This is an obvious access point for a lot of people living in that area and not everyone can or will drive there.

With the Half Moon entrance closed, it is more likely that people will try to access the park by running across the South Link Road while the traffic light are red.

The entrance from Douglas is by the Gaeilscoil on what is a noisy but safe tarmac walkway.

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Results & Photos of the Cork BHAA John Buckley Sports 5k - Tues 21st May 2019

There were big numbers out in force for this years John Buckley Sports 5k in Cork City with 958 taking part. As can be seen from the chart above, that is the third year in a row that the numbers have increased.

One of the unique things about the numbers are just how many fast runners there were. A total of 221 finished under 20 minutes which is pretty amazing.

Pos     Cat     Name     Time
1     Senior     Niall SHANAHAN (#190)     00:14:51
2     Senior     Paul MOLONEY (#236)     00:15:11
3     Senior     Alan O'BRIEN (#206)     00:15:20
30 Grace LYNCH (#520) 16:52 Temp Reg (1) Female  (1) 31
82 Niamh MOORE (#352)     HSE 18:08 Senior (1)     Female  (2) 84
105 Carmel CROWLEY (#117) Stockhealth 18:33 0/50K (1) Female  (3) 111

Full results


1) There are 4 galleries up on the Running in Cork Facebook page
...a) Album 1
...b) Album 2
...c) Album 3
...d) Album 4

2) Joe Murphy has a gallery HERE

20% Discount Vouchers......As per last year, John Buckley Sports will give a 20% discount to all finishers in the race. Just hang on to your race number and present it in the shop to avail of the 20% discount. It will apply to any purchases in their shop which is across from the Opera House in the heart of Cork City. Needless to say, the amount you save with the discount may well exceed the race entry so they are well worth getting. Note that the discount is not restricted to just one item. When you are using it, you can buy several products at the one time and get 20% off the lot. There is also no expiry date on the race number discount so you can use it anytime.


Monday, May 20, 2019

Results of the Bay Run Half-Marathon & 10k - Sun 19th May 2019

 Another race from the weekend....I almost forgot about this one! :o)

The annual Bay Run Half-Marathon in Bantry was on this year on Sunday the 19th of May 2019. As can be seen from the chart above, this was one of the main half-marathons on the calendar a few years ago when it got well over a thousand runners.

Since 2011, the numbers have been in decline and this year was the lowest ever dropping below 400 for the first time between the two races.

1 Alan O'SHEA (#231)     01:11:41
2 Conor DOLAN (#47)     01:19:14
3 Michael BYRNE (#17)     01:22:35
1 Hannah STEEDS (#189) 01:32:15
2 Sarah HARTNETT (#75) 01:36:59
3 Esther MURPHY (#130) 01:38:12

Half-Marathon results

1 Denis COUGHLAN (#1197) 00:34:56
2 John NEVILLE (#1233)     00:37:32
3 Patrick MCCARTHY (#1107)     00:38:50
21 Heather COLLINS (#1013)     00:47:19
24 Sharon O REILLY (#1142)     00:47:46
30 Marian MINEHANE (#1116)     00:50:10

10k results

Tramore Valley Park to open on Wed 22nd of May 2019

Update Mon 20th May 2019... This is a photo taken last week of the works under way at the Tramore Valley Park in preparation for the opening on Wednesday the 22nd of May 2019.

 Over on the left in the background is the existing car park. Note however in the foreground all the new car park spaces.

Are there enough to cater for a return of the weekly 5k parkrun???


After many false dawns, it finally looks as if the Tramore Valley Park is about to open! It will be
officially opened by Lord Mayor Mick Finn on Wednesday May 22nd 2019.

The City Council will also name the new 2.5 km looped walkway in the park after Rob Heffernan.

As you can see from the photo above, a new outdoor gym has been constructed and it is now ready for use.

Will the parkrun return? The last time the 5k parkrun was in Tramore Valley Park, there was none in Ballincollig and the Glen. With those up and running, that is going to limit the numbers at Tramore Valley Park if it makes a return.

As for when? Maybe they'll want to see what the usage of the park is like first on a Saturday morning before deciding. Surely though it's only a matter of time?

Sunday, May 19, 2019

Notice : Cork BHAA John Buckley Sports 5k road race - Tues 21st May 2019

The annual John Buckley Sports 5k road race is one of the most popular races in Cork City and always attracts a large crowd. Organised in conjunction with the Cork BHAA, this race is suitable for all types of runner...from the serious to the more casual runner. The entry fee is only €5 for Cork BHAA registered runners or €10 for non-reg runners.

You can pre-enter this race by entering HERE

You can also enter on the night but it really helps if you pre-enter so that they can have everything ready.

Please note that the race HQ is at the LEE ROWING CLUB near the Pairc Ui Chaoimh stadium.

There will also be a draw for a free pair of NIKE Air Pegasus shoes for anyone who pre-enters!

Online entries will close around lunch time on Tuesday. Entries on the night close at 7:30pm so that they have time to input all the data.

New Course! ... There is a new 5k course this year and I think it's an improvement on the old one.

The old course was basically two laps of the Centre Park Road and Monaghan Road. With the new course, the race starts on the Marina...up Centre Park Road... back down Monaghan Road and the finish is at the side of Pairc Uí Chaoimh.

The new course should also cause less disruption as the start and finish points are no longer on the Centre Park Road. Once the runners go past, the Gardaí can open the road again.

In terms of times, there should be no difference. It's still a flat and fast 5k course.

20% Discount Vouchers......As per last year, John Buckley Sports will be giving out 20% discount to all finishers in the race. Just hang on to your race number and present it in the shop to avail of the 20% discount. It will apply to any purchases in their shop which is across from the Opera House in the heart of Cork City. Needless to say, the amount you save with the discount may well exceed the race entry so they are well worth getting. Note that the discount is not restricted to just one item. When you are using it, you can buy several products at the one time and get 20% off the lot. There is also no expiry date on the race number discount so you can use it anytime.

Chip Timing........For the last five years, they have been using chip timing at this race and it has been very successful. In previous years, there have been problems with too many runners finishing at the same time filling up the finishing chutes. With the introduction of chip timing, that problem has now been eliminated. All you need to do on the night is to cross the finish queues.

You can also pre-enter at the John Buckley Sports shop which is across the river from the Opera House.

In addition to the chip timing, there will be the usual post race refreshments back at Lee Rowing Club afterwards.

More race info below in a more detailed flyer...