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Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Notice: Douglas Credit Union Charity 5k in Tramore Valley Park - Sun 9th Oct 2022


The third Douglas Credit Union Charity 5k is coming up in Tramore Valley Park in Cork City on Sunday the 9th of October 2022 at 11am.

The entry fee is €15 + an online fee of €1.05 and all proceeds from this event go to two deserving charities, Cork Cancer Care Centre and Feileacain

ENTER HERE


You can also enter on the morning of the event.

There will be prizes for top 3 men and women along with spot prizes for those taking part.

Runners, joggers, walkers and buggies are all welcome.

This is a chip timed race through popupraces.ie

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 is a small hill near the recycling centre but it really doesn't amount to much. The course is a mix of a compact gravel surface and tarmac and I'd consider it a reasonably fast course.

More info about the park at this LINK

Proceeds from this event goes to two charities...


Cork Cancer Care Centre... "Voluntary cancer support centre for all those touched by cancer, their families and friends."

Féileacáin... "Féileacáin is a not for profit organisation that provides support to anyone affected by the death of a baby during or after pregnancy."

Tuesday, September 27, 2022

New marathon record set in Berlin by Eliud Kipchoge - Sun 25th Sept 2022

Last week, I had a post up about whether Eliud Kipchoge of Kenya could break his own marathon record of 2:01:39 in the 2022 Berlin Marathon?


Sure enough, he duly delivered last Sunday with an amazing time of 2h 01m 09s which was 30 seconds faster than his previous record set in Berlin in 2018.

The new record works out as an average pace of 4:37 per mile (2:52/km) for 26.2 miles which is just crazy.

The problem when reading media reports about new records is that it can often be difficult to know how much of an improvement a new record is. Is a 29-second improvement a lot? How much were the previous records broken by?

With that in mind, I put together a chart showing the progression of the marathon record since the year 2000.


After the 2002 record was set in London, the next six records were broken by these amounts... 43s, 29s, 27s, 21s, 15s & 25s... an average of 27-seconds. In this regard, the improvement by 30-seconds this year is a similar to the amount that the record was broken in previous years.

The major outlier recently though was Kipchoge's record of 2:01:39 in 2018 which was a huge improvement of 78-seconds on Kimetto's record of 2:02:57 set in 2014. 

The one major change in the last few years has been the advances in running shoe technology with inbuilt levers returning more energy to the athlete when the foot hits the ground. It very likely that this accounts for a lot of  the huge improvement of 78-seconds in 2018.

Is a sub 2-hour record possible??? The new marathon record of 2:01:09 is still 69-seconds away from the 2-hour barrier. Without some sort of game changing shoe tech, it's a huge gap to bridge.

On the 12th of October 2019 in Vienna, Kipchoge ran 1:59:40 for the INEOS 1:59 Challenge. This involved running 4.4 laps of the Hauptallee, a tree-lined avenue picked as the location because of its long, flat straight sections and its protection from the wind.

The effort did not count as an official new world record under IAAF rules due to several factors...

a) It was not an open event.
b) Kipchoge was handed fluids by his support team throughout.
c) The run featured a pace car.
d) Kipchoge had a team of 41 pacemakers, featuring some of the best middle and long-distance runners. 

It's worth noting that all of the marathon records since 2003 have been set in Berlin. In 2019, two Ethiopian athletes ran 2:02:48 and 2:01:41 in Berlin so it's seem to be the marathon of choice for the fastest times.

In November of this year, Kipchoge will be 38-years old and is probably close to the end of his running career. If someone does eventually break 2-hours then I suspect it will be someone younger and a really exceptional athlete.

It's possible that the marathon record in an open race may never reach two hours. The aerodynamic drag at these speeds is a major factor which may be the ultimate stumbling block.

Berlin Video... This video from Total Running Productions gives an overview of Kipchoge's race last Sunday.

5k parkrun in Youghal restarts on Saturday the 8th October 2022

The Pobalscoil na Tríonóide 5k parkrun in Youghal was put on hold back in June of 2022 due to some building works at the school.

After a break of some 16-weeks, the organisers have announced that it will restart on Saturday the 8th of October 2022!

As with all 5k parkruns, it starts at 9:30am and is completely free.

More info on the event website... https://www.parkrun.ie/pobalscoilnatrionoide/

Links to all of the 5k parkruns in Cork HERE

Monday, September 26, 2022

Cork BHAA Janssen 6k race rescheduled for Sun 2nd Oct 2022

The Cork BHAA Janssen 6k road race in Little Island was scheduled for the 11th of September 2022 but it had to be cancelled due to an Orange weather warning and heavy rain.

It will now go ahead on Sunday the 2nd of October 2022 at 11am.

 Registration is at the Janssen offices across the road from the Community Hall in Little Island. As per usual, race entry costs €5 for registered runners and €10 for non-registered.

These are the remaining Cork BHAA races for 2022...

Sun 2nd Oct: Janssen 6k @ Little Island
Sun 16th Oct: Defence Forces 5k @ Ringaskiddy
Sun 20th Nov: Cork Mental Health 5k (Martin Lawlor Memorial) @ Little Island
Sun 11th Dec: Cork Simon Turkey Trot @ Blackrock

Sunday, September 25, 2022

Results & Photos of the Charleville Half-Marathon - Sun 25th Sept 2022

Jonathan Escalante-Phillips wins the 2022 Charleville Half-Marathon in a time of 1h 06m 21s, just ahead of Sergiu Ciobanu of Clonliffe Harriers

Conditions were pretty much ideal for this years Charleville Half-Marathon with overcast skies, cool temperatures and a light breeze.

Top 10 men & women...

1 Jonathan ESCALANTE-PHILLIPS 01:06:21 01:06:21 6 M MS
2 Sergiu CIOBANU 01:06:24 01:06:24 3 M MS Clonliffe Harriers A.C.
3 Josh O'SULLIVAN-HOURIHAN 01:07:04 01:07:04 730 M MS Donore Harriers
4 Mick CLOHISEY 01:07:57 01:07:57 1 M MS Raheny Shamrock A.C.
5 Sean DOYLE 01:09:26 01:09:26 5 M MS North Cork A.C.
6 John MCKEOGH 01:10:26 01:10:26 513 M MS
7 Jeremy O'DONOVAN 01:10:54 01:10:54 652 M M45 St. Finbarrs A.C.
8 John MEADE 01:11:38 01:11:38 982 M M40 St. Finbarrs A.C.
9 Myles GIBBONS 01:11:52 01:11:52 908 M M45 Sliabh Bhuide Rovers A.C.
10 Dermot GORMAN 01:12:36 01:12:36 909 M M40 Carrick-on-Suir A.C.
21 Shona HEASLIP 01:15:04 01:15:04 8 F FS An Ríocht A.C.
58 Niamh MOORE 01:20:37 01:20:39 551 F FS Leevale A.C.
86 Lorna WOLFE 01:23:26 01:23:26 867 F FS Leevale A.C.
91 Aoife MAHONY 01:24:03 01:24:04 477 F F40 Eagle A.C.
93 Neasa DE BURCA 01:24:10 01:24:11 190 F F45 Galway City Harriers A.C.
94 Niamh CRONIN 01:24:11 01:24:15 167 F F45 St. Finbarrs A.C.
95 Amy POLLMANN-DAAMEN 01:24:20 01:24:20 744 F FS An Ríocht A.C.
106 Caroline HASSETT 01:24:38 01:24:43 310 F F40 Templemore A.C.
108 Joyce WOLFE 01:24:44 01:24:44 868 F F40 Leevale A.C.
122 Deirdre GIBBONS 01:26:08 01:26:08 281 F F40 Galway City Harriers A.C.

Shona Heaslip of An Ríoocht AC in Kerry was the first woman home in a time of 75m 04s

Full results HERE

Photos...

1) There are lots of photos on the Running in Cork Facebook page...


2) Mick Dooley has a nice album HERE

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Start of the 2022 Charleville Half-Marathon


Saturday, September 24, 2022

Results of the 5k parkruns in Cork - Sat 24th September 2022


Results of the 5k parkruns around the county on Saturday 24th September 2022. Between the 9 events, there were around 562 participants.

Ballincollig Regional Park: 255 this week, 195 last week. Long term average 292.

First 3 men & women...
1 Anthony MANNIX Male SM30-34 16:25
2 Seán O CONNELL Male SM20-24 16:34
3 Stephen O' DONOGHUE Male VM45-49 18:44
12 Nollaigh O'NEILL Female VW50-54 Leevale AC 19:57
24 Marjorie O'CONNELL Female VW40-44 21:36
33 Mary SWEENEY Female VW60-64 St Finbarrs AC 22:03


Tramore Valley Park: 97 runners took part in this event. Last week was 89. The long term average is 165 and is likely to drop gradually over the next few weeks.

First 3 men & women...
1 Paul CASHMAN Male VM40-44 Watergrasshill AC 17:01
2 John HERLIHY Male VM40-44 17:29
3 Tony MC KEON Male SM30-34 18:45
4 Ailbhe MCDAID Female VW35-39 19:37
27 Elaine SEXTON Female VW35-39 24:18
28 Sheila CAULFIELD Female VW35-39 24:24


Glen River: 53 this week, 41 last week. The long term average is 78.

First 3 men & women...
1 Cathal O'CONNELL Male VM55-59 St Finbarrs AC 20:32
2 John KISSANE Male VM55-59 UCC Staff Athletics Club 21:49
3 Jamie SAUNDERS Male SM30-34 St Finbarrs AC 22:00
13 Sandra WALSH Female VW50-54 24:49
15 Yan ZHANG Female VW35-39 Sanctuary Runners 26:05
16 Catherine DEENIHAN Female VW50-54 UCC Staff Athletics Club 26:18


Mallow Castle: 60 finishers this week, 54 last week. The long term average is 69.

First 3 men & women...
1 Darren COLEMAN Male SM30-34 16:51
2 Tomás KIELY Male JM11-14 North Cork AC 17:58
3 Kevin CLANCY Male SM18-19 18:18
6 Emma FLYNN Female JW11-14 North Cork AC 19:39
8 Michaela FLYNN Female JW11-14 North Cork AC 21:11
13 Ciara KIELY Female JW11-14 North Cork AC 23:03


Youghal: The Pobalscoil na Tríonóide 5k parkrun in Youghal got 40 this week, 53 for last week. The long term average is 67.
First 3 men & women... This 5k parkrun is cancelled until the end of September 2022 due to building works at the Pobalscoil.
Youghal results... 

Macroom Desmense: 28 this week, 43 last week. Long term average is 53.

First 3 men & women...
1 Conor LUCEY Male VM35-39 18:47
2 Jude MURPHY Male JM15-17 19:48
3 Ciaran SLATTERY Male VM35-39 19:53
11 Julie O'SULLIVAN Female SW25-29 24:49
14 Carmel PURCELL Female VW45-49 West Muskerry A.C. 26:12
18 Sinead TWOMEY Female VW35-39 29:04


Clonakilty: 38 finishers this week, 34 finishers last week. Long term average 37.

First 3 men & women...
1 Sean DINNEEN Male SM30-34 17:55
2 Mícheál Ó SÉ Male VM40-44 18:46
3 Finbarr KELLEHER Male VM35-39 20:00
10 Niamh O'BRIEN Female SW30-34 23:30
16 Helen MCHUGH Female SW30-34 27:12
18 Danielle MCCARTHY Female SW30-34 27:23


Glengarriff Woods: There were 40 finishers for this weeks 5k parkrun in Glengarriff Woods. It was 54  last week, long term average is 59.

Top 3 men & women...
1 Michael MCENERY Male VM45-49 Raheny Shamrock AC 19:57
2 Danny MANNING Male VM45-49 21:44
3 Stephen O'SULLIVAN Male VM50-54 22:57
5 Niamh CASEY Female VW35-39 23:46
8 Fleur HINDLEY Female VW55-59 25:21
11 Majella O' MAHONY Female VW35-39 25:57


Bere Island: 22 this week, 31 last week, long term average of 46. 

First 3 men & women...
1 Michelagh MURPHY Female SW18-19 22:44
3 Breeda O SULLIVAN Female VW55-59 Beara AC 24:08
5 Joanne SULLIVAN Female VW50-54 26:44
2 Colin GLEESON Male VM70-74 Beara AC 23:08
4 Breandan MURPHY Male SM20-24 26:00
9 John WALSH Male VM50-54 Beara AC 29:32


Castlehaven: 30 finishers this week in Rineen Woods. 21 last week. Long term average 29.

First 3 women & men...
1 Florence FITZGERALD Male SM30-34 21:55
2 Brian MCCARTHY Male VM35-39 22:50
3 Kieran SANTRY Male VM45-49 Ealing Eagles Running Club 23:10
7 Deirdre MCCARTHY Female VW40-44 Manchester Tri Club 25:52
11 Siobhan RYAN Female VW40-44 2018 Operation Transformation 29:51
13 Sophie SANTRY Female VW35-39 Ealing Eagles Running Club 32:14

Guest Post: The Toughest ...by Pat Walsh

 ** The Toughest ** 

For those training for the Marathon in Dublin or any Autumn Marathon, these are the tough few weeks. Mileage is high so legs are sore, you are feeling tired and energy levels are low. This is the toughest period of the training and please note, you are not alone in your thoughts.

Your non-running family and friends are getting fed up with you. So what you ran 20 miles..! Next time tell them it was 32Km. That will give them something to think about.

Anything good worth achieving in life is never easy. It takes courage, resilience, mental strength and never say die attitude to get over the line. If it was simple and handy everyone would do it. They don’t….It is hard, it is normal to doubt yourself, but you are fantastic. The harder you work the happier you will be when you reach your goal. 

Look where you are:- 16,18, 20 miles done. You could only have dreamed of that a few months ago.This is where the Marathon is won or lost. Putting in the work now and the day itself can be a victory lap.

How do you help yourself?

* Only a few hard weeks left and then you will cut back and taper, This feeling of tiredness won’t go on forever.. (The Taper brings its own unique form of mental madness…!!)

* Rest rest and more rest. Allow your body to recover. Absolutely vital.

* Eat well, your car won’t run on an empty tank why do you think you can run 20 miles without proper fuel. The 2 days before a long run are key to a good run. Don’t forget recovery and drinking eating starts the minute you finish and replace all the lost energy and nutrients.

* Surround yourself with positive people and enforce and “No Moaning” rule on group runs. Yes I can do this.

* Read some books, articles on inspirational people and what motivated them. Dream BIG


* Simple one and we overlook it.—Look at others around you who have successfully done this and ask yourself / tell yourself. Are as good as any of them?  and Yes you can do it as well. 

* Don’t overthink it. Just get the next run done and keep telling yourself you can do another one. 2 to 3 weeks to go is time to focus on the Full, for the moment it is the next day that counts. 

* Don’t kill yourself completing a long run. Slow if you have to, it is more important to complete it than kill yourself and find an energy deficit for the next few weeks.

* Think of those who would love to be with you but for one reason or another they cannot . Do it for them. 

* Don’t go too hard midweek and don’t be afraid to skip a session if you are really tired or sore.

Late September is a tough time but come through this well and you will be so happy with yourself. Have a good long run and a lovely weekend.

"When the going gets tough, the tough get going,"

#pwr #keeponrunning

Friday, September 23, 2022

Rob Heffernan establishes new athletics club in Cork City - Sept 2022


World race walking champion and five time Olympian Rob Heffernan has established a new athletics club called Cork City AC.

This is their mission statement...

Cork City Ac Mission Statement: To provide coaching in all athletics disciplines in a positive & nurturing environment to prepare our members for competition. 

Whilst always taking care to look after the whole person & their physical & mental well being through athletics encompassing team spirit & morale in success & adversity.

To inspire and motivate all members, regardless of age or ability, to develop skills of athleticism, whether for fun or to compete to their optimum level . To promote athletics as a fundamental necessity for life, recognizing it as the foundation for all sports.


They are currently active on Instagram if you want to follow them there. 

Rob is today doing some cross country training with students of Beaumont Girls NS. 

Other than that, I have no info. As you can see, the club was only established this month so they will no doubt release more details in due course.

Friday Jigsaw: Winning the 2022 Echo Women's Mini-Marathon


For this weeks online jigsaw, we have a photo I took last Sunday of Sinéad O'Connor winning the 2022 Echo Women's Mini-Marathon.

This one is a bit tougher than usual with 272-pieces.

You can find the jigsaw HERE

Thursday, September 22, 2022

Notice: Rebel Run 10k & 5k in Cork City - Sun 23rd Oct 2022


The Rebel Run 5k & 10k is coming up on Sunday 23rd October 2022 at MTU (a.k.a CIT) Bishopstown in Cork City. The 5k starts at 9.30am with the 10k starting at 9.45am. 

Entries HERE

This is a very popular event and is organised by Cork Sports Partnership, MTU Sports Department and Leisureworld. The numbers are limited this year so it is likely to sell out faster than usual. 

From Cork Sports Partnership... "🏃 Cork Rebel Run celebrates its 10th Anniversary 🏃

👏 Cork Sports Partnership, LeisureWorld Bishopstown & Munster Technological University Cork are once again coordinating the Cork Rebel Run which will take place on Sun, 23rd Oct!

👏 Starting at Munster Technological University, both 5k & 10k routes take in the Curraheen Riverwalk & finishing on the state-of-the-art Athletics Track in MTU. Each participant will receive a goody bag which includes a special edition 10th year anniversary t-shirt & water bottle as well as other goodies. You can also expect lots of encouragement and a fun atmosphere throughout the day!

🎟 You can find out more information & register for the event at the link below: www.corksports.ie/cork-rebel-run/

🏃‍♀️ Participants now have the opportunity to receive their race number by post (Deadline for postage 16th Oct)

👇 Alternatively you can pick up your race pack in MTU Athletics Stadium at the following times:

✅ Tues 18th to Fri 21st Oct: 5.30-7.30pm

✅ Sat 22nd Oct: 10am-12pm 

👉 No number pickup on the morning of the race!

Cork Sports Partnership, LeisureWorld Bishopstown & Munster Technological University Cork
are once again coordinating the Cork Rebel Run which will take place on Sun, 23rd Oct 2022
Starting at Munster Technological University, both 5k & 10k routes take in the Curraheen 
Riverwalk & finishing on the state-of-the-art Athletics Track in MTU. 

Each participant will receive a goody bag which includes a special edition 10th year 
anniversary t-shirt & water bottle as well as other goodies.

🎟 You can find out more information & register for the event at the link below: www.corksports.ie/cork-rebel-run/ "  


The event will have chip timing and there is also a special dry fit top and water bottle for all participants.

More info on the event website... https://www.corksports.ie/cork-rebel-run/

Entry Fee > 10k €26.50 // 5k €21.20

Courses...The 10k can be seen HERE

The 5k course starts with the 10k, takes in the walkway riverside behind CIT and finishes on the track as well. Approx 5k course HERE

At the launch of the Cork Rebel Run 2022 were from Left – Right; Ciaran Geaney Leisureworld, Darren Harris & Joe Devlin Boston Scientific, Frank Fitzgerald Cork City Council, Mark McManus Leisureworld, Craig Harrington- Cork Sports Partnership & MTU and Claire Hurley Cork Sports Partnership. Photo: Arnolda Stankaitiene

Notice: Cloyne Commons Winter 4k Series - Nov 2022 to Mar 2023

 


Cloyne Community Council in association with East Cork AC are organising their Cloyne Commons Challenge 4k Winter Series over the next few months.

The five dates are...

Sunday 20th November 2022

Sunday 11th December 2022

Sunday 8th January 2023

Sunday 12th February 2023

Sunday 12th March 2023

Each race starts at 9:30am and you just turn up on the morning and pay the €5 entry fee.

Note that this is a very flat 4km course mostly on quiet country roads.

Wednesday, September 21, 2022

Will a new marathon record be set in Berlin next Sunday??


Back in September of 2018, Eliud Kipchoge of Kenya won the Berlin Marathon in a time of 2:01:39. This was a new world record for the marathon, breaking the previous world record by 1 minute and 18 seconds (2:02:57).

On the 12th of October 2019 in Vienna, Kipchoge ran 1:59:40 for the INEOS 1:59 Challenge. This involved running 4.4 laps of the Hauptallee, a tree-lined avenue picked as the location because of its long, flat straight sections and its protection from the wind.

The effort did not count as an official new world record under IAAF rules due to several factors...

a) It was not an open event.
b) Kipchoge was handed fluids by his support team throughout.
c) The run featured a pace car.
d) Kipchoge had a team of 41 pacemakers, featuring some of the best middle and long-distance runners. 

With the Berlin marathon coming up next Sunday, Kipchoge has given a few hints that he may try to break his marathon record again.

This short 8-minute video below from Total Running Productions gives a good preview of Kipchoge's recent times and history of his records.

Notice: Run 165kms for the Mercy Hospital Foundation in October 2022


If anyone is interested in a challenge for October, the Mercy Hospital Foundation have a 165km running challenge.

Info from Mercy Hospital Foundation Cork...1st October - 31st October 2022

Could you Walk or Run 165Km for The Mercy in October? Help us make a difference for patients under the care of the Mercy.

It’s a tough challenge, but it’ll help The Mercy University Hospital Foundation provide vital care, while keeping you healthy too!

It takes 30 seconds to register. Create your fundraiser with the click of a button. It doesn’t matter how you do it. Whether you are getting your steps in outdoors or running on the spot at home. 

We have set a challenge of walking or running 165km in the month of October. 

By joining the Mercy “Walk or Run 165Km” Challenge, YOU will be making an incredible difference.

 You will be making a difference to the lives of those living with a cancer diagnosis under the care of the Mercy. Why not for fun create some friendly competition with friends, family & other group members? Compete against each other to see who covers the most distance daily.

Website link... https://www.mercyhospitalfoundation.ie/event/walk-or-run-165km/

Tuesday, September 20, 2022

Results of the IMRA Canon Sheehan Loop Trail Race in Glenanaar Forest in N Cork - 18th Sept 2022


This 14km trail race organised by the IMRA was held in Glenanaar Woods at the base of the Ballyhouras on the Cork-Limerick border on Sunday 18th September 2022.

Top 3 men & women...

1 Nick Hogan 272 M40 1:03:47 Cork
2 Seán Quirke 138 M40 1:03:50 Bilboa AC Limerick
3 Ray O Connell 488 M40 1:05:46 Togher AC Cork
7 Kealey Tideswell 307 F35 1:08:41 Clonmel AC Tipperary
20 Mary Louise Ryan 64 F40 1:16:01 Mooreabbey Milers Tipperary
25 Ide Kelleher 400 F50 1:18:11 Mallow AC Cork

Results HERE

Notice: Charleville Half-Marathon - Sun 25th Sept 2022


Entries close Tues 20th Sept 2022

The Charleville Half-Marathon is coming up on Sunday, the 25th of September 2022 at 10am and it is widely recognised as being one of the fastest courses in the country.

Entries HERE