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Sunday, February 25, 2024

Results & Photos of the Kinsale 10-mile road race - Sun 25th Feb 2024

First place finish for Tim O'Donoghue of East Cork AC

Conditions were wet and windy for this years Kinsale 10-mile road race with 927 runners crossing the finish line. I would assume quite a number of runners may have given this race a skip because of the rain so the 17% increase in numbers this year is all the more impressive.

Top 5 men & women...

Bib Pos. Name Club AG Chip Time Gun Time  
1220 1 Tim O DONOGHUE East Cork A.C. M 0:52:05 0:52:05  
340 2 Evan FITZGERALD M 0:52:57 0:52:57  
138 3 Sergiu CIOBANU Clonliffe Harriers A.C. M40 0:53:38 0:53:39  
1171 4 Mark WALSH Leevale A.C. M 0:55:13 0:55:13  
587 5 Kristaps LIEPINS Watergrasshill A.C. M 0:56:42 0:56:43
1221 29 Aoife COOKE Eagle ac F 1:03:31 1:03:33  
753 31 Catherine MURPHY Eagle A.C. F45 1:03:33 1:03:38  
371 38 Breda GAFFNEY Mallow A.C. F50 1:04:56 1:04:59  
348 51 Aoibhin FLATLEY Swinford A.C. F 1:06:17 1:06:19
212 56 Niamh CRONIN St. Finbarrs A.C. F45 1:06:47 1:06:50

Full results HERE


1) Joe Murphy has loads of photos on the way...

a) Pre-race b) Mile 1 c) 

2) Mick Dooley braved the elements to take the following photos...

a) Start b) Post race photos c) Top finishers 

3) Siobhan Russell has a few photos HERE

First place finish for Aoife Cooke of Eagle AC

10-things I think about running in the rain

... and they're off

Cork runner Alex O'Shea finishes first in Lapland 230km Ultra race - 24th Feb 2024

Cork runner Alex O'Shea is no stranger to ultra running events and during the week, he was taking part in a 5-day Ultra event in the Lapland area in the far north of Sweden. The 230km event took place in temperatures well below freezing in a landscape described as snowfields & Artic tundra.

On Saturday (24-02-2024), Alex completed the 5th and final leg to take first place and completed the 230km course in 32h 31m.

Top 10 finishers...

Name Gender Bib Overall Time Overall Position Gender Position
Alex O’Shea Male 32:31:00 1 1
George Bath Male 34:38:00 2 2
Juan Fernandez Catalina Male 35:56:00 3 3
Jonathan Harman Male 36:19:00 4 4
Bert Gossey Male 38:26:00 5 5
Tarryn Gordon-Bennett Female 39:09:00 6 1
Andre Erasmus Male 39:14:00 7 6
Daryl Green Male 39:37:00 8 7
Jules Bardwell Male 42:13:00 9 8
Nick Denoon-Stevens Male 42:25:00 10 9

Full results HERE

Saturday, February 24, 2024

Results of the 5k parkruns in Cork - Sat 24th Feb 2024

Results of the 5k parkruns around the county on Saturday 24th February 2024. Approximately 1029  runners and walkers took part in the 10 events in Co Cork.

Report... It was a lovely Spring morning for this weeks 5k parkruns in Co Cork with blue skies and sunshine. Even though it was 6 deg C in the shade, it felt a few degrees warmer in the morning sunshine.

There was a big jump in numbers this week with over 1000 runners and walkers making the most of the weather.

Pobalscoil na Tríonóide parkrun... The Pobalscoil na Tríonóide parkrun in Youghal celebrated its 100th event today! The  oranisers report... "A record 142 finishers at Pobalscoil Na Trionoide for Event #100, eclipsing the 135 ways back in January 2022 when Park Run was in its infancy in Youghal. 1,214 finishers have completed close on 30,000km around the 4-loop course, cheered on by the 69 volunteers over a two-year period. The average finishing time being 29:17."

Macroom... Well done to Shay O'Donovan who completed his 250th 5k parkrun in Macroom this morning!

Out of the 250 event, Shay completed 201 at Macroom.

If I missed anyone who passed a notable milestone like 100, 200, 250 or above parkruns then let me know.


Ballincollig Regional Park: 287 this week, 189 last week.

First 3 men & women...
1 Alan O'SULLIVAN Male VM40-44 18:40
2 Eoghan CORMICAN Male SM30-34 18:52
4 Loic GAREL Male VM40-44 St Finbarrs AC 19:29
3 Nollaigh O'NEILL Female VW50-54 19:13
19 Aoife COOKE Female VW35-39 21:06
21 Clodagh CREEDON Female VW40-44 St Finbarrs AC 21:35

Tramore Valley Park: 241 this week, 142 last week.

First 3 men & women...
1 Rory O' SULLIVAN Male VM45-49 St Finbarrs AC 18:32
2 Brendan MAGUIRE Male VM40-44 19:07
3 Paul CLEARY Male VM45-49 19:17
11 Edel MARTYN Female VW45-49 21:00
15 Clare MADDEN Female VW40-44 Togher AC 21:33
36 Cherie TURNER Female VW50-54 St Finbarrs AC 22:53 

Glen River: 81 this week, 57 last week.

First 3 men & women...
1 Seamus LEDDY Male VM45-49 Abbey Runners Leeds 21:07
2 Neil MURPHY Male VM40-44 St Finbarrs AC 21:22
3 Michael MURPHY Male VM65-69 St Finbarrs AC 21:34
14 Aoife O'NEILL Female VW35-39 25:34
18 Karen O SULLIVAN Female SW25-29 26:42
23 Ciara YOUNG Female SW25-29 27:28

Mallow Castle: 79 finishers this week, 44 last week.

First 3 men & women...
1 John COSGRAVE Male SM25-29 20:09
2 Donal FALLON Male VM40-44 Mt. Hillary AC 20:23
4 John BROWNE Male VM40-44 20:43
3 Katarzyna GELGER Female VW40-44 20:31
13 Marina SEYMOUR Female VW45-49 22:11
22 Alice HYNES Female SW20-24 24:07

Youghal (Pobalscoil ne Tríonóide) : 141 this week, 47 last week.

First 3 men & women...
1 Unknown  
2 Noel EARLY Male VM40-44 St Catherines AC 19:07
3 Thomas O NEILL Male VM35-39 19:31
10 Susan DINEEN Female VW40-44 22:06
19 Shannon SOTOK Female SW30-34 23:20
20 Saoirse KINSELLA Female JW11-14 23:32

Macroom Castle Demense: 53 this week, 36 last week.

First 3 men & women...
1 Conor LUCEY Male VM35-39 18:22
2 Matt MURPHY Male SM18-19 22:10
3 Rory MCELROY Male JM15-17 West Muskerry A.C. 22:50
7 Claire CURTIN Female VW35-39m West Muskerry A.C. 23:59
10 Noreen STEWART Female VW40-44 24:59
12 Carmel PURCELL Female VW45-49 West Muskerry A.C. 26:10

Clonakilty: 31 this week, 21 last week.

First 3 men & women...
1 Barry CRONIN Male VM45-49 21:09
2 Mejdi NCIRI Male VM35-39 21:54
3 Declan RICE Male VM40-44 22:39
5 Eileen MCCARTHY Female VW55-59 Galway City Harriers 24:16
7 Sandra WALSH Female VW50-54 24:51
9 Sophia KINGSTON Female SW25-29 26:49

Glengarriff Woods: 65 this week, cancelled last week.

Top 3 men & women...
1 Trevor MCGUIRK Male VM40-44 19:49
2 Darragh COPPINGER Male JM15-17 21:28
3 Danny MANNING Male VM45-49 22:19
6 Hilje LABUSCHAGNE Female VW35-39 24:41
12 Fleur HINDLEY Female VW55-59 25:56
15 Shauna BUTTIMER Female SW30-34 26:40

Bere Island: 31 this week, 23 last week. 

First 3 men & women... 
1 Michelagh MURPHY Female SW20-24 22:20
3 Breeda O SULLIVAN Female VW55-59 Beara AC 24:47
4 Farah B Female VW60-64 25:50
2 Breandan MURPHY Male SM20-24 24:13
6 Unknown  
8 Ned MURPHY Male VM60-64 27:34

Castlehaven (Rineen Woods): 20 finishers this week, 21 last week.

First 3 women & men...
1 Ciarán BOUSE Male VM45-49 Eagle A.C. 20:50
2 Florence FITZGERALD Male SM30-34 21:50
3 Padraig COURTNEY Male VM40-44 25:14
6 Sharon POULTER Female VW40-44 28:57
7 Frances LYNCH Female VW60-64 Sanctuary Runners 29:18
10 Rachel COYLE Female SW25-29 31:07

For more information about the weekly 5k parkruns in Co Cork, go to this page HERE.

Guest Post: The Greatest Post never written Pat Walsh

 ** The Greatest Post never written **

The plan was simple. 

The collective wisdom of the best sporting coaches of the last 50 years. 

The melodic inspiration of Sia and the Lyrics of her songs that help us move. 

The evocative descriptions of nature from the great Patrick Kavanagh that mean so much as we run the roads.

Marry them all together and I will get something special.

Crank up the laptop and get writing, this is the one.

Sports Journalist of the Year beckons. A guest spot of the RTE panel for the Olympics awaits, push over a bit there Rob and Sonia…

And then....‘Happy Hour -Two Cocktails for the price of one’ was all I could hear.

I woke from my slumber on a sun-bed in Lanzarote.

A vision in a dream was all it was. 

‘Could I revive within me her symphony and song’

Alas, The great post was never written but the aperol spritz wasn’t too bad in fairness as a consolation. 

I could claim I’m on a warm weather training camp in preparation for some major sporting occasion but my Mother told me don’t tell lies. Sun, sand, sea, some jogging, some scoops, some relaxation.

I do promise to get back to some proper posts next week.

Have a lovely weekend and I will do my best to enjoy myself.

#pwr #KublaKhan #KeepOnRunning

Friday, February 23, 2024

Running in Cork Newsletter - 23rd Feb 2024

Summary of Newsletter...
Weekend Weather:
Weekend events:
Parkrun News:
Race News: Banteer 5-mile / Cork BHAA MTU 5k / Kerry Way Ultra Accommodation / Belfast Marathon sells out / Naas 10-mile sells out / Help wanted for Cobh
In Other News: John Brady RIP / Midleton Greenway to open reminder / Half-Marathons in Ireland
Training Programmes:
Countdown Timer
Some of the posts on the Running in Cork blog over the last week:
Tralee 10-mile numbers
All Ireland Half-Marathon Calendar

Running in Cork Newsletter on Substack - 23rd Feb 2024...

Friday Jigsaw: Carrigaline 5m - Feb 2024

For this weeks online jigsaw, we have a photo of John Meade and Hannah Steeds, the winners of the 2024 Carrigaline 5-mile road race.

This one is for the jigsaw aficionados as it has 450 pieces. You can find it HERE

Thursday, February 22, 2024

Cork runner Ryan Creech runs 2h 12m marathon in Seville - Feb 2024

At the Seville marathon in Spain on Sunday 18th Feb 2024, Cork runner Ryan Creech managed to finish the 42.2km course in an impressive time of 2h 12m 28s.

That time is an improvement of 35-seconds on the time of 2:13:03 that he set at the same event in 2023. 

Ryan's time keeps him in 11th spot on the all time Irish performance list...

1 2:09:49 Stephen Scullion London 4 Oct 2020
2 2:09:56 John Treacy Los Angeles CA 12 Aug 1984
3 2:10:09 Kevin Seaward Sevilla 23 Feb 2020
4 2:10:25 Paul Pollock Valencia 1 Dec 2019
5 2:10:54 Mark Carroll New York NY 3 Nov 2002
6 2:11:30 John Woods Wexford 24 Apr 1988
7 2:12:19 Dick Hooper Wexford 24 Apr 1988
8 2:12:20 Jerry Kiernan Los Angeles CA 12 Aug 1984
9 2:12:21 Louis Kenny Huntsville TX 13 Dec 1980
10 2:12:26 Hugh Armstrong Sevilla 23 Feb 2020
11 2:12:28 Ryan Creech Sevilla 18 Feb 2024
12 2:13:06 Danny McDaid Limerick 11 Apr 1976
13 2:13:19 Mick Clohisey Dublin 27 Oct 2019
14 2:13:25 Roy Dooney Duluth MN 20 Jun 1992
15 2:13:55 Kingston Mills Berlin 28 Sep 1986
15 2:13:55 Mark Kenneally Amsterdam 16 Oct 2011
17 2:13:59 Tommy Hughes Marrakech 12 Jan 1992
18 2:14:06 Martin Fagan Dubai 18 Jan 2008
19 2:14:42 John Griffin London 21 Apr 1991
20 2:14:43 Ryan Forsyth Dublin 29 Oct 2023

Notice: IMRA Nagle Trail Half-Marathon & Marathon - Sat 9th Mar 2024

IMRA are organising two long distance trail races on the Nagle Mountains in Co Cork on Saturday 9th March 2024.


DATE: Saturday 9th March, 2024
TIME: 11:00
CLIMB (M): 750
RACE MARKING: Route fully marked - Route fully marked
LEAGUES: Munster Half-Marathon League 
MANDATORY KIT: Level B - Standard, Waterproof jacket, Hat or buff, Gloves, Whistle, Charged mobile phone with emergency number stored, Foil blanket, bivvy bag or equivalent
All runners must bring the above items to the race. The actual kit to be carried during the race will be finalised on the day, depending on conditions etc., and clearly advised at Registration. You should also have the means to carry all the kit in case required. Failure to have the required items may lead to you being denied entry to the race, or disqualification. Random checks may be carried out.
ENTRY CLOSES: Saturday 2nd March 2024, 23:59
ENTRY COST :€20 (Annual membership of IMRA required)
GETTING THERE: Killavullen GAA Club, Killavullen, Co. Cork


DESCRIPTION: Nagles Marathon
DATE: Saturday 9th March, 2024
TIME: 09:00
CLIMB (M): 1330
DISTANCE (KM): 42.10
RACE MARKING: Only major junctions marked - Only major junctions marked
MANDATORY KIT: Level C - Advanced. Waterproof jacket with integrated hood and taped seams, Hat or buff, Gloves, Whistle, Charged mobile phone with emergency number stored, Foil blanket, bivvy bag or equivalent, Waterproof full leg cover
Means to carry a minimum of 500 mL water, Emergency food, Map of route/area, Compass
All runners must bring the above items to the race. The actual kit to be carried during the race will be finalised on the day, depending on conditions etc., and clearly advised at Registration. You should also have the means to carry all the kit in case required. Failure to have the required items may lead to you being denied entry to the race, or disqualification. Random checks may be carried out.
ENTRY CLOSES:Saturday 2nd March 2024, 23:59
GETTING THERE: Killavullen GAA Club, Killavullen, Co. Cork

Training programme for the 2024 Cork City Half-Marathon

The Cork City Marathon is coming up on Sunday 2nd June 2024. I have a standard 14-week training programme starting on the 26th of February which costs €105. 

If anyone feels that they need more time to prepare then there are longer options shown above.

The weekly programme is tailored for each individual and requires weekly feedback by email. It's suitable for anyone looking to do their first marathon or for someone who wants to improve their times.

If interested, send an email to johndesmondrunning AT gmail DOT com

If anyone is interested in training for any other race then you can find details on the coaching page...

Wednesday, February 21, 2024


The one and only Beau Miles is as much a storyteller as a runner. In the final episode, he completes the  220km run through the mountains between two old gold mining towns in the heart of Victoria, Australia.


Tuesday, February 20, 2024

Notice: The Great Railway Run 25km - Sun 21st Apr 2024

The annual Great Railway Run from Cork to Carrigaline will be held this year on Sunday the 21st of April 2024

The 25km run will start at 9:30am in Centre Park Road and the route skirts the shores of Cork Harbour. The race will finish in Carrigaline at the Lions Youth Centre on Church Road.

Entries: You can enter online HERE

Route... The run will roughly follow the route of the old Cork, Blackrock and Passage Railway which ran from 1850 until 1932. For a large part of the run, the route will follow the old railway line that skirts the shores of Cork Harbour. 

The route shown below is approximate for the moment as some changes may be needed due to roadworks on the Marina section.

More details on the event website.

There are two things that stand out for me about this event.

1) Point to Point... Most race routes take the form of some sort of loop where the start and finish points are near each other. This is one of the very few that goes from point to point. There's something special about starting an event in Cork City and ending up down in Carrigaline.

2) Prep for the Cork City Marathon... The Great Railway Run comes 6-weeks before the Cork City Marathon and it's a good opportunity to try out your planned marathon pace. Do a short warm up before the event and then run the 25kms are your marathon pace. You should be reasonably comfortable by the time you get to the finish line. If not, you might need to revise your plans. It's also a great training session as part of your marathon preparation.

25K Prizes...
€3000 in prize money sponsored by Phelans Pharamacy. Prizes will be awarded for best overall placings as well as for age categories. Strictly one prize per entrant. The Joe West perpetual trophy will be awarded to the fastest male and female in the 25K race. Cash prizes will be as follows:

Men Overall: 1st €500, 2nd €250, 3rd €120, 4th €75
Men Categories: Wheelchair, M40, M45, M50, M55, M60, M65 - 1st in each category €50

Women Overall: 1st €500, 2nd €250, 3rd €125, 4th €75
Women Categories: Wheelchair, W40, W45, W50, W55, W60, W65 - 1st in each category €50

The prize giving will be held after the race at approximately 12:45pm in the Carrigaline Lions Youth Centre on Church Road.

Guest Post: Gold for Kate Veale in National Indoor Championships... by James Veale


At the national senior indoor championships last weekend at the Abbottstown arena in Dublin, Kate Veale made it 7 from 7 on the bounce in the 3,000 metres walk when took her 7th national indoors senior title.

Women 3,000m Walk
1 Kate VEALE   West Waterford A.C. 12:27.82         
2 Aisling LANE Mullingar Harriers A.C. 14:21.57       
3 Ciara WILSON BOWEN Dundrum South Dublin A.C. 14:39.53

Her time of 12m 27.82s was a 13 second PB indoors and now moves her to 2nd in the all-time Irish list behind Gillian O Sullivan with Olive Loughnane now 3rd after being overtaken by Kate. That time also ranks her 4th in the world indoor fastest times of 2024. 

We wish Kate the very best this weekend as she travels to Spain for the national Spanish championship in Zaragoza on Sunday. 

Results of the IMRA Rahan Woods 9km Trail Race - Sun 18th Feb 2024

This IMRA 9.2km trail race was held in Rahan Woods to the east of Mallow and attracted a field of 133 runners. 

Top 3 men & women...

1 Barry Twohig 893 M45 34:52 St. Finbar's AC Cork
2 Barry Hartnett 580 M40 36:12 Tipperary
3 Nick Hogan 838 M40 37:46 Cork
1 Kealey Tideswell 435 F40 40:23 Clonmel AC Tipperary
2 Carol Finn 899 F35 40:57 Cork
3 Sarah Whelan 294 F40 47:07 Clonmel AC Tipperary

Full results HERE

Sunday, February 18, 2024

Results of the North Cork AC 5k in Doneraile Park - Sun 18th Feb 2024

This 5k in Doneraile Park on Sun 18th Feb 2024 had 172 participants.

Top 3 men & women... 

Place Athletes Name Club Time Category Bib
1 Donal Coakley Leevale AC     16:45 SM 564
2 Kieran Mc Keown Grange/Fermoy AC     17:08 SM 717
3 Stephen Crowley Grange/Fermoy AC     17:19 SM 802
10 Michaela Flynn North Cork AC     20:05 SF 664
24 Ada O Flaherty     22:26 SF 747
27 Edel Buckley Bweeng Trail Blazers AC     22:37 SF 486

Full results HERE

Results of the Cloyne Commons 4k - Sun 18th Feb 2024

First 3 women in the Cloyne Commons 4k (L-R)... Rebecca McEvoy 1st, Vicki Spiteri 2nd & Katie Hennessy 3rd

The fourth race in the Cloyne Commons 4k Series was held on Sunday 18th Feb 2024 on what was a busy day with multiple events taking place.

Top 3 men & women...
1 1970 John Spelman East Cork AC M 12:51
2 1468 Trevor Cummins Ballymore Cobh M40 13:06
3 1478 Donal Giltinan East Cork AC M40 13:10
9 1847 Rebecca McEvoy St Finbarr's AC F 14:36
14 1581 Vicki Spiteri Midleton AC F35 15:39
20 1774 Katie Hennessy Midleton AC FJ 16:06

1) Sharon Murray has several galleries... 

Full results below...

 Place Race Number Name Club Category Time
1 1970 John Spelman East Cork AC M 12:51
2 1468 Trevor Cummins Ballymore Cobh M40 13:06
3 1478 Donal Giltinan East Cork AC M40 13:10
4 1401 Cian Kelly St Finbarr's AC M 13:32
5 1769 Michael Furlong East Cork AC M 13:33
6 1476 Eoin Downing Ballymore Cobh M 13:52
7 1860 Seamus McSweeney St Nicholas AC M50 13:59
8 1489 Oliver Smiddy East Cork AC M45 14:22
9 1847 Rebecca McEvoy St Finbarr's AC F 14:36
10 1788 Paul Hunt Cobh Tri Club M 14:59