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Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Entry list for the 2019 Dungarvan 10 mile race


The list of entries for the 2019 Dungarvan 10 mile road race has just been released.

Link...

This is a breakdown of the larger clubs...

213 - West Waterford AC.... An amazing number considering a lot of their members will be tied up with the running of the race. They have more members entered for the race than most clubs have members! :o)
102 - Clonmel AC
87 - Mallow AC
74 - Midleton AC
59 - Eagle AC
59 - United Striders AC
57 - Watergrasshill AC
53 - Kilkenny City Harriers
53 - Youghal AC
47 - Ballymore Cobh AC
43 - St.Finbarr's AC
43 - Waterford AC
43 - Aghada RC
41 - St.Nicholas AC
38 - Bweeng Trail Blazers
38 - Grange Fermoy AC
37 - Ballintotis Fit4Life
34 - St.Catherine's AC
31 - Slaney Olympic AC (Wexford)
30 - Saturday Road Runners (Waterford)
27 - Togher AC
27 - Leevale AC
26 - Bridevale AC (Rathcormac)
23 - Happy Feet (Blarney)
21 - North Cork AC
19 - Waterford Tri Club

Monday, January 21, 2019

Poll for the best Half-Marathon in Munster in 2018



Thanks to everyone for the nominations.

Charleville Half-Marathon (Sept 2018)
Cork City Half-Marathon (June 2018)
Dingle Half-Marathon (Sept 2018)
Clonmel Half-Marathon (Aug 2018)
Clonakilty Half-Marathon (Dec 2018)
Run Killarney Half-Marathon (July 2018)
Cahir Half-Marathon (July 2018)
Rosscarbery Surf, Turf 'n' Tar Half-Marathon (May 2018)
Waterford AC Half-Marathon (Dec 2018)
Waterford Greenway Half-Marathon (Sept 2018)
East Cork Harbour Half-Marathon (Aug 2018)
The poll for the best Half-Marathon in Munster in 2018 is now open.

Visit this link to vote... https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CPC7MSZ

We'll close it at the end of the month.

Poll for the best 10 mile race in Munster in 2018



Thanks to everyone for the nominations.

John Treacy 10 mile road race in Dungarvan (Feb 2018)
Kingdom Come 10 mile in Castleisland (Apr 2018)
Mallow 10 mile (March 2018)
Duhallow 10 mile in Newmarket (Apr 2018)
Blackwater 10 mile in Clondulane nr Fermoy (May 2018)
John Buckley Sports 10 Miler in Cork City (Sept 2018)
Sonia O'Sullivan 10 mile in Cobh (Apr 2018)
Killarney 10 mile (Sept 2018)

The poll for the best 10 mile race in Munster in 2018 is now open.

Visit this link to vote... https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2HFSQM9

We'll close it at the end of the month.

Poll for the best 10k race in Cork in 2018



Thanks to everyone for the nominations.

Courtmacsherry 10k (June 2018)
Rebel Run 10k (Oct 2018)
Thomas Kent 10k in Castlelyons (Nov 2018)
Crosshaven 10k (March 2018)
Cork BHAA UCC 10k (Apr 2018)
Bweeng 10k (May 2018)
East Cork Harbour Marathon 10k (Aug 2018)
Rosscarbery Surf, Turf 'n' Tar 10k (May 2018)
The poll for the best 10k race in Cork in 2018 is now open.

Visit this link to vote... https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/YM3N2WG

We'll close it at the end of the month.

Poll for the best 5 mile race in Cork in 2018



Thanks to everyone for the nominations.

Coachford 5 mile (July 2018)
Kinsale Regatta 5 mile (Aug 2018)
GR8KM in Mitchelstown (Aug 2018)
Millstreet 5 mile (June 2018)
Cork BHAA Army-Navy 5 mile (Oct 2018)
Midleton 5 mile (May 2018)
Carrigaline 5 mile (Feb 2018)
Churchtown 5 mile (Aug 2018)
Skibbereen 5 mile (Nov 2018)
The poll for the best 5 mile race in Cork in 2018 is now open.

Visit this link to vote... https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/DLJB6W9

We'll close it at the end of the month.

Poll for the best 4 mile race in Cork in 2018



Thanks to everyone for the nominations.

Ballintotis 4 mile (Apr 2018)
Lee Fields 4 mile (June 2018)
Killeagh 4 mile (May 2018)
Great Glenville 4 mile (Nov 2018)
Boherbue to Kiskeam 4 mile (Apr 2018)
Buttevant 4 mile (May 2018)
Inniscarra 4 mile (June 2018)
Rathcormac 4 mile (Aug 2018)
Belgooly 4 mile (Dec 2018)
Clonakilty 4 mile (Aug 2018)

The poll for the best 4 mile race in Cork in 2018 is now open.

Visit this link to vote... https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/7S72ZVD

We'll close it at the end of the month.

Sunday, January 20, 2019

Poll for the best 5k race in Cork in 2018

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/5ZFWDGS

Thanks to everyone for the nominations.

Togher 5k (Dec 2018)
Newmarket 5k (Dec 2018)
Cork BHAA John Buckley Sports 5k (May 2018)
Carrigtwohill 5k (Barrycourt Castle) (July 2018)
Dan Byrne Memorial 5k in Doneraile Park (June 2018)
Doneraile AC 5k (June 2018)
Emer Casey 5k in Youghal (Apr 2018)
Youghal AC 5k (July 2018)
Bweeng 5k (May 2018)
Conna 5k (Aug 2018)
Shandrum AC 5k (Dec 2018)
St.Lukes Home 5k in Mahon (Sept 2018)
Coolagown 5k (June 2018)
Rosscarbery Steam Engine 5k (Oct 2018)
Banteer 5k (July 2018)
Cheetah Run 5k in Fota Wildlife Park (May 2018)
Cloyne 5k (July 2018)

The poll for the best 5k race in Cork in 2018 is now open.

Visit this link to vote... https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/5ZFWDGS

We'll close it at the end of the month.





Results of the Cloyne Commons Challenge 4k - Sun 20th Jan 2019

Cloyne Commons Challenge 4k Series Race 3

1 0:12:50    O'BRIEN, Kevin    East Cork AC    M
2 0:13:02    MCKEOWN, Kieran    Watergrasshill AC    M40
3 0:13:14    O'SHEA, Barry    Midleton AC    M
16 0:14:34    SANTRY, Fiona    East Cork AC    F
27 0:15:13    O'BRIEN, Claire    Watergrasshill AC    F
35 0:16:17    O'NEILL, Nollaig    Leevale AC    F45


Full results below...

Cloyne Commons Challenge 4k Series Race3
Sunday 20 January 2019. 9:30 am
Results for All Competitors in finish order.    Pace    Race    Race
    Place    Time    Name    Team    Race Age Category    min/mile       
    1    0:12:50    O'BRIEN, Kevin    East Cork AC    M    :02:12.    922    1
    2    0:13:02    MCKEOWN, Kieran    Watergrasshill AC    M40    :22:39.    941    2
    3    0:13:14    O'SHEA, Barry    Midleton AC    M    :43:06.    276    3
    4    0:13:23    FLAITHEARTAIGH, Naoise    Bandon AC    MJ    :43:26.    950    4
    5    0:13:29    HARTY, Brian    East Cork AC    M    :23:40.    106    5
    6    0:13:33    SWORDS, Graham    East Cork AC    M    :50:29.    979    6
    7    0:13:36    HARRINGTON, Shane    East Cork AC    M    :10:36.    955    7
    8    0:13:45    INCE, Ken    Watergrasshill AC    M    :10:56.    130    8
    9    0:13:55    SHEEHAN, Nigel    Youghal AC    M    :17:58.    317    9
    10    0:13:59    CROWLEY, Tim    East Cork AC    M    :44:47.    63    10

Record numbers for 5k parkruns in Cork




A record 963 people took part in 5k parkruns in County Cork on Saturday the 19th of January 2019, breaking the previous record of 952 set the previous week. The first Saturday of the year attracted 829.

With the new Mallow 5k parkrun starting in February, the magic 1,000 mark should be broken on a regular basis.

Saturday, January 19, 2019

Big numbers again for the Ballincollig 5k parkrun - Sat 19th Jan 2019



A grand total of 478 people turned out for this weeks 5k parkrun in Ballincollig Regional Park. While that is down on the record 533 of last week, it's still the second highest ever.

1 Mark SMITH    16:41    VM40-44    M1 Eagle A.C.
2 Rory O' SULLIVAN 17:12    VM40-44    M2 St Finbarrs AC
3 Connor MC CRORY 18:31    VM35-39    M3
6 Martina KIELY    19:16    VW35-39    F1 St Finbarrs AC
46 Megan O'RIORDAN    22:13    SW25-29    F2
66 Elaine GUINANE    23:04    VW40-44    F3 Eagle A.C.


Results... http://www.parkrun.ie/ballincollig/results/weeklyresults/?runSeqNumber=135


Photos...
1) Joe Murphy has a gallery HERE

Record numbers for the Glen River 5k parkrun - Sat 19th Jan 2019


A record 151 runners turned out for this weeks 5k parkrun in the Glen on the north side of Cork City, a 38.5% jump on last weeks numbers.


1 Finbarr O'DWYER    17:38    VM45-49    M1 Leevale AC
2 Conrad DALY    19:32    SM30-34    M2
3 Conor KELLY    20:01    SM20-24    M3
19 Emer O'LEARY    22:56    VW35-39    F1
23 Lauren MURPHY    23:17    JW15-17    F2
24 Megan MURPHY    23:21    JW15-17    F3


Full results... http://www.parkrun.ie/glenriver/results/weeklyresults/?runSeqNumber=9

Photos...
1) 15 photos from Mick Dooley HERE

Post race review of the Ballyhoura Midnight Challenge Half-Marathon


For some unknown reason, I signed up for this half-marathon back in November of 2018. Pretty soon all the available places for the half (~100) and the full (~200) were snapped up and it closed weeks ago. Last night, I found myself at the start line at 2:30am ready to trek around the trails and byroads of the Ballyhoura Mountains in Co.Limerick. This review is to give any readers a flavour of what it was like.

Why?... The first question I guess is why? Why do a trail half-marathon at 2:30am in the morning? I guess the main reason is that it was something different. If you've done a lot of half-marathon races then a lot of them are the same.... race... medal ... t-shirt. This is something different. It's a challenge event as opposed to a race. The objective was just to complete the course rather than fixate on some finish time.

Organisation... The event was orgainsed by the MMRA (Munster Mountain Running Association) and I have to say it was a well organised event. The full marathon started at midnight from Kinfinane while the half-marathon runners were taken by bus to the half way mark in the town land of Ballyorgan. The course was very well signposted and there were race stewards at critical junctions. Post race, there was a full Irish breakfast.

Friday, January 18, 2019

Guest Post : John O'Leary at 80... by John Walshe

 Cork runner John O'Leary has been a regular on the road race circuit for many years and is still going strong. John Walshe of Ballycotton wrote a very nice piece about him in a recent edition of the Evening Echo.

JOHN O’LEARY AT 80
(By John Walshe, Cork Evening Echo 17/01/2019)

In recent weeks, a lot of publicity surrounded the Operation Transformation Nationwide Walks which took place throughout the country.

It’s a time of new resolutions as thousands literary put their best foot forward, as the many pictures in the press and social media portrayed – summed up by the tweet from one of the organisers, Karl Henry, which said: “All ages out moving, smiling and energized!” 

One man who was certainly doing that last Sunday was well-know Cork runner John O’Leary. Having celebrated his 80th birthday a month ago, John looks like rewriting the record books in the months ahead, if his performance in the FMC 5km (Cork BHAA) road race is anything to go by. 

But what is more remarkable is the way he went about it. As his regular lift to the race was unavailable, John walked the three miles from his home in Douglas to Kent Railway Station where he caught the train to Little Island. Stepping out again to walk to the race headquarters at the local community centre, he was lucky to acquire a lift from a fellow runner.



He then proceeded to run the 5km race, finishing in a time of 25:29 which meant he had a third of the 420-plus finishers in his wake. This was his best time over the distance since June 2017.

To put John’s time into perspective, the recent edition of Athletics Weekly magazine contained the UK Road Rankings for 2018. The fastest M80 over 5km was Edmond Simpson with a time of 24:51, just over a half-minute quicker.

The fastest M80 time over 10km last year in the UK was 56:21 by Jim Conagahan – a time already surpassed by John O’Leary who on New Year’s Day at Beaufort, near Killarney, recorded 53:13, over three minutes faster.  

John was in his thirties when he first took up running, as his initial sporting involvement was with Douglas Hall soccer club, both as a founder member and as a coach.

His first race was an international four-mile event at Loughrea back in 1977, and he remembers the first cross-country medal he won: “It was a County Novice ‘B’ race and one of my team-mates on the Leevale team that day was Marcus O’Sullivan, who would go on to win three World Indoor titles,” he recalled.

The following year, John ran the Shanagarry ‘5’ and so started an incredible sequence that saw him take part in a total of 154 consecutive races in the Ballycotton Summer Series. But not alone did he reach that colossal number, he also achieved first place in his age category in a staggering 123 of these events.

If anyone needed inspiration and encouragement for the year ahead, look no further than this remarkable 80-year-old for whom the word ‘legend’ is certainly merited.

Corkman Eoin Keith finishes 2nd in Britain's Toughest Ultra


One of the top Irish Ultra runners Eoin Keith has just finished 2nd in the Montane Spine Ultra, aptly described as Britain's more brutal race. The mountainous course runs some 430kms (268 miles) along the Pennine Way from Sheffield to the Scottish borders.

Eoin, who is from Cobh completed the mountainous course in 4 days,2 hours,18 minutes and 23 seconds which was the 3rd fastest time ever.


Eoin, the Irish 24-hr record holder will now take a well earned rest before starting training to try and regain his national 24-Hr title at Belfast 24 hour in the summer.

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Running in Cork Facebook page hits 15,000 Likes!

As well as this website, there is also the Running in Cork Facebook page which is one of the largest in Munster.

Recently, it passed the 15,000 'Likes' mark!

It's pretty amazing at times to see just how some news items take off. For example, the recent post about the new 5k parkrun coming up in Mallow was very popular reaching around 17,000 people on Facebook.

If you're on Facebook and you're not following it, then have a look here... https://www.facebook.com/Running-in-Cork-179702618707109/