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Friday, October 18, 2019

Entries to the 2020 Adare 10k open...

The Adare 10k in Co Limerick is coming up on Sunday the 23rd of February 2020 at 1pm.

This is one of the most popular races in Limerick and it sells out every year. It also attracts a large number of runners from Cork as well as Limerick, Tipperary and Clare.

Entries are now open. More info HERE

Update: 15th Oct... 350 places gone
Update: 16th Oct... Over 500 gone
Update: 17th Oct... Over 690 gone
Update: 18th Oct... 950 gone. Sold out!

Limit is 950

CPR course at the Glen parkrun - Sat 19th Oct 2019

Now that the Glen River parkrun have their own emergency defibrillator, they are starting to get volunteers trained up.

They have a few places for a CPR course on Saturday the 19th of October between 12 noon and 2pm.

If you are interested in attending then contact them via their website...

Talk by Kate Veale in Ballynoe - Fri 18th Oct 2019

This talk in the village of Ballnoe in NE Cork is coming up on Fri 18th Oct 2019. This is about 5kms to the south of Conna.

Ballynoe Community Council, in conjunction with St. Catherine’s Athletic Club, are privileged to host one of the country’s top athletes currently preparing to qualify and compete in the Tokyo Olympics 2020.

Kate Veale is an athlete with incredible achievements at the mere age of 25. Kate was a gold medal winner at U18 in the National cross country and went on to compete at European level in 2011. Her focus switched to racewalking, winning medals at the European Youths and Youth Olympics while still only in 4th year of secondary school in Dungarvan. Her meteoric rise came crashing down when she sustained a hip injury. The combination of youthful ambition, incredible talent meet with the harsh reality of serious injury and has lead Kate on a journey since of reaching the depths of despair physically and mentally. Thankfully she has found her strengths in dealing with such adversity and is back on course and is attempting to qualify for Tokyo 2020. Kate has spoken out on her own behalf on how horrific it can be to deal with the mental turmoil she endured. She published an article last March detailing her struggles, she certainly made an impact as she has since been in touch with athletes and non-athletes from all over the world who have identified with her honesty and vulnerability.

Kate Veale has so graciously accepted our invitation to come to Ballynoe on October 18th, and give a firsthand account of her career highs and her physical and mental lows and her new found insights into how to cope and deal with both. Hope you will come and join us in Ballynoe Hall on the evening of Friday the 18th October to hear Kate speak. This is part of Ballynoe Community Council’s Mental Health and Wellbeing initiative, in conjunction with St. Catherine’s Athletic Club.

Thursday, October 17, 2019

Notice: Eyeries 5 mile road race, West Cork - Sat 9th Nov 2019

The Eyeries 5 mile road race in West Cork is coming up on Sunday the 9th of November 2019.

The Beara Peninsula in West Cork is one of the most scenic parts of the country and an ideal backdrop for this road race in November. It might well suit any clubs or small groups who are looking for a day or weekend away.

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

Entries... The race starts at 2:30pm and it costs €12 on the day. You can also pre-enter online for €10.60 by going to this LINK

From the organisers.....EYERIES 5 MILE ROAD RACE...Now in it’s sixth year, the Eyeries 5 Mile Road Race is now established as a firm favourite in the West Cork running calendar. This stunning location, set on the Beara Peninsula punches well above its weight, attracting up to two-hundred entrants each year including a steady stream of runners from the city and county clubs.

With one of the largest selection of prizes it’s no wonder it has maintained it’s popularity. Category prizes from the junior’s boys and girls, F35 M40 and upwards plus a new course record bonus prize, brings the number of prizes to over sixty!

The Eyeries event, sponsored by Murphy’s SUPERVALU Castletownbere, is the final race of three in the new Beara A.C. Autumn Race series. The preceding races, in Allihies and Bere Island have whet the appetite of this small, but enthusiastic running community and they will be looking to finish off the event on a high note on Saturday 9 th November next, starting at 2:30pm.

Participants of all three events receive a Beara A.C. commemorative medal. Like the other races on the peninsula there is no shortage of scenery on the Wild Atlantic Way. As every runner knows, scenery can only mean some hills are involved. The course takes you through the colourful award-winning village on a tough uncompromising loop that saves its toughest hills for the fourth mile. A fast and spectacular finish on the flat and downhill into the village again with views over the north Beara coastline brings you to the end line.

Registration, prizegiving and post-race refreshments in the nearby village hall give this event a special atmosphere that keeps participants returning each year. If you haven’t ventured thus far it might be time you made your way to Eyeries to see what they’re all talking about.

€10.60 Online Pre-registration: click HERE

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


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

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

This short video of the race in 2014 gives a flavour of what it's like...

Beara Race Series....... The Eyeries race is also part of a new Beara AC 5 mile road race series as shown below.

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Notice: Rebel Run 10k & 5k in Cork City - Sun 20th Oct 2019

This 10 km & 5km road race is coming up in Bishopstown on Sunday, the 20th of October 2019 at 9:30am.

Please note that this is now SOLD OUT!

This is the dry fit top for the event...

Latest info below....

Rebel Run Update from the organisers....

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Notice: Cork BHAA HSE 5k in Tramore Valley Park in Cork City - Sun 3rd Nov 2019

The Cork BHAA are holding the HSE Cork Kerry Community Healthcare 5k in Tramore Valley Park in Cork City on Sunday the 3rd of November 2019.

As always, you enter on the morning of the race and it's €5 for BHAA registered runners and €10 for non-reg. Registration is in the park from 9.30am with the race starting at 11am.

While there is plenty of parking in the park, it might be an idea to carpool if at all possible.

Access by car is of course via the South Link Road. There is a pedestrian entrance from near Douglas Shopping Centre but it's a fair bit away.

The 5k course itself is basically two 2.5km loops...

There are no real hills to speak of and the surface is a compact gravel.

More info about the park at this LINK

Considering its central location and proximity to the South Rung Road, it should get a good turnout.

Monday, October 14, 2019

Irish results from the 2019 Chicago Marathon

As per usual, there was a big contingent of runners from Ireland at the 2019 Chicago Marathon.

The Irish women faster than 3h 45m and the Irish men faster than 3h 45m are shown below. You may have to click on the images to enlarge them.

As outlined in a previous post, Fionnuala McCormack from Wicklow ran a time of 2h 26m and was 10 minutes ahead of the first Irish man!

There are no clubs listed so it's kind of hard to see where everyone is from. Have a look and see if you recognise anyone.

Sunday, October 13, 2019

Fionnuala McCormack finishes 5th in Chicago Marathon in the 2nd fastest Irish time ever

In an amazing performance, Fionnuala McCormack from Wicklow finished 5th today in the Chicago Marathon in a time of 2h 26m 47s.

This was the second fastest time ever by an Irish woman for the distance and is a big improvement over her previous best time of 2h 31m 22s. Only Catherina McKiernan has run a faster time.

Irish women under 2h 35m for the marathon...
1 2:22:23 NR Catherina McKiernan 1 Amsterdam 1 Nov 1998
2 2:26:47 Fionnuala McCormack 5 Chicago 13 Oct 2019
3 2:28:07 Carey May 1 Osaka 27 Jan 1985
4 2:29:01 Sonia O'Sullivan 8    Flora    London 17 Apr 2005
5 2:32:51 Lizzie Lee 17 Berlin 27 Sep 2015
6 2:32:56 Regina Joyce-Bonney 7    Scottsdale AZ 4 Dec 1982
7 2:33:28 Nicola Duncan 1 London 13 Apr 2014
8 2:33:59 Marie Davenport 16 New York NY 6 Nov 2005
9 2:34:15 Sinead Diver 2 Melbourne 12 Oct 2014
10 2:34:19 Maria McCambridge 2 Dublin 27 Oct 2014
11 2:34:49 Monica Joyce 2 Sacramento CA 2 Dec 1984

Saturday, October 12, 2019

Results of the Bere Island 5 mile race - Sat 12th Oct 2019

The main man Jerry Forde on Bere Island in West Cork
From Beara AC.... A sunny and bright October afternoon on Bere Island and where else in the world would you want to be. Bere Islanders were delighted with the turn out of 94 runners on this new tough hilly course that heads deep (and up) into the island.

Andrew Butcher and Kevin Gleeson renewed their rivalry from Allihies three weeks ago but neither could match the pace of Owen Fletcher from Clonsilla, Dublin who covered this hilly course in 30m 33s after running a modest 25 minute in the local parkrun. 

1    0:30:33    FLETCHER, Owen    Clonsilla    MS    06:06.5    265
2    0:32:58    O'SULLIVAN, Andrew    Castletownbere    MS    06:35.5    119
3    0:34:48    GLEESON, Kevin    Castletownbere    MS    06:57.5    122
13    0:38:19    MURPHY, Nina    Beara AC    FS    07:39.6    107

15    0:39:56    ANDERSON, Helen    Clonakilty    F40    07:59.0    268
20    0:41:10    HURLEY, Maria    Bantry AC    F50    08:13.8    134

1) Joe and Anne Murphy has two galleries... Start ... near the finish

Full results with prize list below...

1    0:30:33    FLETCHER, Owen    Clonsilla    MS    06:06.5    265
2    0:32:58    O'SULLIVAN, Andrew    Castletownbere    MS    06:35.5    119
3    0:34:48    GLEESON, Kevin    Castletownbere    MS    06:57.5    122
4    0:34:54    CORNFORTH, Anthony    Beara AC    M50    06:58.7    46
5    0:35:01    MURPHY, Conor    Beara AC    M40    07:00.1    57
6    0:35:29    SMITH, Raymond    Kenmare AC    M50    07:05.6    261
7    0:36:54    MCCARTHY, David    Douglas Meet Train    MS    07:22.6    103
8    0:37:04    MURPHY, Ben    Beara AC    M40    07:24.6    138

Results of the Ballincollig 5k parkrun - Sat 12th Oct 2019

335 runners turned out for this weeks 5k parkrun in Ballincollig Regional Park.

1 Diarmaid NOLAN    18:36    SM30-34    M1
2 Keith SWEENEY    18:50    SM25-29    M2
3 Thomas NELSON    18:51    SM25-29    M3    Queens Triathlon Club
6 Carol FINN    19:16    SW30-34    F1
11 Riina KUUSELO    19:49    VW40-44    F2    Knowle and Dorridge Running Club
26 Anna KLIMEK    21:01    VW35-39    F3    Polish Runners Club Ireland

Full results

Results & Photos of the Glen River 5k parkrun - Sat 12th Oct 2019

86 runners turned out for this weeks 5k parkrun in the Glen in Cork City, a welcome increase after a decline in numbers for the last four weeks. This weekend is pretty quiet in terms of local races so that no doubt helped to boost the numbers a bit.

1 Florent CHEVALLIER    19:43    SM30-34    M1
2 Edward AHERN    20:00    SM20-24    M2
3 Richard BOURKE    20:50    VM40-44    M3    St Finbarrs AC
4 Anita LOCKE    20:58    SW30-34    F1
18 Gillian COTTER    24:48    VW45-49    F2    St Finbarrs AC
26 Catherine SHEEHAN    26:25    VW60-64    F3

Full results

1) The organisers have a gallery HERE

Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge breaks 2 hour marathon barrier

One year to the day after setting a new marathon record in Berlin, Eliud Kipchoge broke the 2 hour barrier for the marathon today in Vienna, Austria. The course was flat 9.6km sections in a shaded park.

Accompanied by a team of rotating pacers, Kipchoge crossed the finish line in 1h 59m 40s.

Kipchoge's last attempt at breaking the 2 hour barrier was back in 2017 when he ran 2h 00m 25s.

While this time won't be an official marathon record due to the team of pacers, Kipchoge still holds the official record of 2h 01m 39s which he set in Berlin in 2018.

Some of the high high pacers on his team were Bernard Lagat, Lopez Lomong, Matthew Centrowitz, Paul Chelimo, and the talented Norwegian siblings Henrik, Filip, and Jakob Ingebrigtsen.

Friday, October 11, 2019

Greenway from Waterford City to New Ross gets the Green light

The Waterford Greenway opened fully in March of 2017 and it has been hugely popular with walkers, cyclists and runners. The 46km path from Waterford City to Dungarvan has given an economic boost to the region and many other projects around the country are now trying to copy it.

Wexford County Council have just announced that they are going ahead with the development of a Greenway from Waterford City to New Ross. This 24km section which follows an old railway line is expected to open in the Autumn of 2021.

This is a very important development for a number of reasons.

1) Dungarvan to New Ross... It effectively extends the Waterford Greenway so that it now goes from Dungarvan in West Waterford to New Ross in Co.Wexford, a distance of roughly 75kms.

There is a gap of 5kms / 3 miles in Waterford City which might reduced in time by more walkways.

2) Barrow Way... One important feature of the new Greenway is that it goes beyond New Ross and crosses the River Barrow via an old rail bridge.

By getting to the east bank of the Barrow, the Greenway is only 15kms or so from St.Mullins and the end of Barrow Way.

The track along the Barrow Way starts at Lowtown, Co. Kildare and ends at St. Mullins, Co. Carlow covering a distance of 114 kilometres or 70 miles. The path takes in the towns of Monasterevin, Athy, Carlow, Leighlinbridge, Bagenalstown, Goresbridge, Graiguenamanagh and St Mullins.

You can seen now how things are beginning to join up. By extending the Barrow Way, there will be a walking and cycling trail from Lowtown in Kildare to Dungarvan in West Waterford, a distance of roughly 200kms.

3) Extension to Cork??...... In a few years time, there will a Greenway from Midleton to Youghal in East Cork. The obvious question is if there is a way to connect it to the Greenway in Dingarvan?

Many of the new Greenways follow old railway lines.

The map above shows the old line going from Dungarvan to Cappoquin, Lismore, Fermoy and Mallow. It may be feasible in the future to have a Greenway along this route.

In an ideal world, it would be great to have a new Greenway from Youghal going north to Lismore or Cappoquin along the banks of the Blackwater river to join a new Greenway there. It might be easier said than done though as it wouldn't follow a previous route or trail.

A more direct route from Youghal to Dungarvan would require a hillier route and again, there are no old railway routes to take advantage of.

We'll have to wait and see what happens but it's great to see all these new greenways popping up. In running terms, they provide a safe training environment and a nice alternative to public roads.

RIP: Cork runner Frankie Devlin

A bit of sad news this time about the death of Cork runner Frankie Devlin.

Frankie Devlin was a member of Midelton AC and used to be a regular at all of the local races in East Cork and West Waterford back in the 90's.

My own memory of Frankie from that time was that she always ran in her Midleton AC singlet and always seemed to have a smile on her face. I think she was in the F40 or F45 category at the time and as a handy runner, she often featured in the category prizes.

Details about the funeral arrangements on the RIP.IE website

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.

Notice: Bere Island 5 mile race - Sat 12th Oct 2019

This 5 mile road race on Bere Island in West Cork is coming up on Saturday the 12th of October 2019. In terms of location, it must be one of the most scenic spots in the county.

This is a brand new race on the calendar and takes place in the centre of the island.

Entries... The race starts at 2:30pm and it costs €12 on the day. You can also pre-enter online for €10.60 by going to this LINK

For more info, see below...