Google+ Running in Cork, Ireland

Saturday, May 26, 2018

Results & Photos of the 100th Ballincollig 5k parkrun... Sat 26th May 2018

The weekly 5k parkrun in Ballincollig Regional Park passed an important milestone this week with its 100th edition!  A total of 326 runners took part which is pretty mmuch in line with recent numbers. The long term average is 246 so this event is certainly getting more popular.

1 Tobi GRAB    18:03    VM40-44    M1    Leevale AC
2 Unknown                                   
3 Dermot COFFEY    18:40    VM35-39    M3
43 Maria MADIGAN    23:14    VW40-44    F1
50 Maria CALACO MULERO    23:26    SW25-29    F2
54 Suzanne TWOMEY    23:33    VW35-39    F3    

Full results

1) Joe Murphy has a gallery HERE

Notice...Twomey Family Remorial Weekend 4 mile in Meelin - Sun 10th June 2018

This 4 mile event is coming up in the village of Meelin in NW Cork on Sunday the 10th of June 2018. It starts at 2pm and will be chip timed.

The entry fee is €10 or €15 if you want the event dry fit top...

4 mile run - €10

4 mile run (+ Buff) - €15

4 mile run (+ T-shirt) - €15



Results of the Darrara & Ring Bay 5k & 10k race... Fri 25th May 2018

This event in Darrara & Ring Bay near Clonakilty attracted a crowd of 154 runners... 94 in the 5k race and 60 in the 10k.

1. Garrett Lordan – 1st Male Clonakilty Road Runners 17:49
2. Sean Allis Clonakilty 18:37
3. Sylwester Pabich Clonakilty 21:50
7. Sinead Crowley – 1st Female Clonakilty Road Runners 23:25
9. Anne Bamford Bandon AC 24:10
21. Phoebe Harger Schull 27:06

1. Conor Murray – 1st Male Clonakilty 39:24
3. Mike Coveney – 2nd Male Bandon 41:00
4. Thomas Neville Clonakilty Road Runners 41:50
2. Carmel Crowley – 1st Female Bandon AC 39:42
16. Sandra Walsh – 2nd Female Grenagh 46:40
21. Helen Anderson Clonakilty 49:12

Full results below....

Friday, May 25, 2018

Results of the John Hartnett 10k in Ballyhooly... Fri 25th May 2018

The annual John Hartnett 10k road race was held in Ballyhooly near Fermoy on Friday the 25th of May 2018. A total of 105 runners took part which while down on the record set in 2017, was still the second highest in the eight year history of this event.

Male positions 1-3
1    256 30:25  Kevin Maunsell    Clonmel Ac    M S
2    257 31:09 William Maunsell    Clonmel Ac    M S
3    271 35:21 Mark Collins    Grange Fermoy Ac     M S

Female positions 1-3
1    264 38:56 Ann Geary    Midleton Ac    F S
2    331  39:25 Tara Kennedy    Raheny Shamrocks    F 40
3    293  40:53 Adelle O'Connor    Eagle Ac    F 40

First 3 women...Ann Geary, Tara Kennedy & Ellen Lewis Hanley

1) The organisers have photos of the first 3 men and women receiving their prizes HERE

Full results below...

Ironman comes to Cork in June 2019

It was recently announced that a full Ironman Triathlon will be held in Youghal, Co.Cork on the 23rd of June 2019. Even though I don't have any interest in triathlons, I still know this is a big deal! :o)

The event will consist of a 3.8km swim, a two lap 180km cycle and a full marathon run of 42.2kms.

The marathon is described as a "flat four-lap run course through the centre of the historic town of Youghal, taking in Youghal Harbour and the famous Clock Gate Tower. Athletes will run under the arch of the Clock Gate Tower in the centre of town during each lap before finally running under the finishing arch in Market Square."

Priority entries open 24 May, while general registration opens on 5 June 2018. For more information go to
I presume there will be huge interest in this event and should be a big tourist boost for the East Cork town.

Races on Fri 25th May 2018

Looks like Friday the 25th of May will be a busy day for races. Here is choice of what is on...

Cork... Fri 25th (7:30pm)... John Hartnett 10k race in Ballyhooly... €10... Just west of Fermoy... info ...

Cork... Fri 25th (7:30pm)... Darrara & Ring Bay 10k & 5k ... €10 ... nr Clonakilty... info...

Limerick... Fri 25th (7:30pm)... Kilmallock 5 mile road race... €10...

Waterford...Fri 25th (7:30pm)...Touraneena 5k ...€7 pre-entry / €10 on the day...5th race in the InterSport Elverys/Asics Summer Series... info...

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Results of the Killeagh 4 mile road race... Thurs 24th May 2018

A nice sized crowd of 228 runners turned out for this years Killeagh 4 mile road race in East Cork on Thursday the 24th of May 2018.

1 Conor McCauley     Leevale AC         20:51     SM
2 Michael Corbet     St. Finbarrs         20:54     SM
3 Kevin Oleary     East Cork AC         20:56     SM
10 Sinead Kevany     Midleton AC         23:42     SF
23 Evelyn Cashman     Youghal AC         24:55     SF
25 Ann Marie Holland     Youghal AC         25:05     SF 

1) Dave O'Brien has a gallery HERE

Killeagh GAA 4 Mile Race Results below...

Last call for the 2018 Dublin City Marathon...

It looks as if the 2018 Dublin City Marathon will sell out very soon.

If you plan to do this event then enter asap.

The website is

Notice : Killeagh 4 mile road race - Thurs 24th May 2018

No Beast of Ballyandreen this evening but a nice 4 miler down in Killeagh instead. See the details below...


This is the third year of this 4 mile race and it's organised by Killeagh Community Healthy Clubs Project in association with Youghal AC. It will be held this year on Thursday the 24th of May 2018 at 8pm.

Considering that Killeagh is on the N25 Cork-Waterford road, the race should have a pretty big catchment area.

As you can see from the course map below, the race takes in a loop to the west of Killeagh. The race finishes at the entrance to the Killeagh GAA grounds which is the race HQ. There will also be changing and shower facilities here.

Note from the organisers.....The race HQ is in Killeagh GAA complex, where we will have registration on the morning of race. There are great facilities there for changing, showers and catering afterwards. There is plenty on parking at the GAA grounds and there is a walk way through an estate to the start line.

We are happy to have our new sponsor Niall Guerin of Niall Guerin construction, NGC, come on board this year.

The race has AAI permit and is accurately measured by Jones Counter and will be chip timed.

There are prizes in all the age categories including a prize for breaking the course record
and loads of spot prizes as well with a great spread afterwards. There are also showers and changing facilities available and there is a walk taking place at 10am.

A full preview of the course can be seen HERE

Killeagh Healthy Clubs Project is an initiative to promote health and well being for the Killeagh community and is organised by a combination of personal from Killeagh adult and juvenile GAA clubs, Inch Rovers Ladies Football Club and Killeagh Camogie Club. This group have a number of initiatives underway, walking groups, couch to 5k, healthy food demonstrations etc.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Results & Photos of the Cork BHAA John Buckley Sports 5k race... Tues 22nd May 2018

A huge crowd of 917 runners turned out for this years Cork BHAA John Buckley Sports 5k race in Cork City, up slightly on last year. It's great to see so many runners in what is probably one of the main 5k races in Munster. Certainly, the were plenty of club singlets from Kerry, Limerick and Tipperary mixed in among the Cork ones.

1 Sean MCGRATH (485)     Harty Tax Consulting     00:14:58
2 Niall SHANAHAN (51)     Dept of ed     00:15:00
3 David FOX (206)     Solarwinds     00:15:14
1 Claire MCCARTHY (191)     McCarthy Insurance Group     00:16:31
2 Aoife COOKE (112)     Simply Suits     00:16:57 
2 Grace LYNCH (556)         00:16:59

Full results on the chip timing website

Results on the Cork BHAA site

Photos...(Updated Wed 23rd May @4:20pm)
1) There are 4 albums up on the Running in Cork Facebook page...
... a) First lap
... b) 2nd lap. Roughly < 22min finish.
... c) 2nd lap. Roughly 22-27 min finish
... d) 2nd lap. Roughly 27 mins plus finish.

2) Gearóid Ó Laoi has a nice gallery HERE

Study shows children running one-mile a day improves their lives


Back in 2015, I had a post up about how a primary school in Scotland had introduced an exercise routine for their pupils where they ran/walked roughly a mile each day. The concept was soon copied by other schools in the UK.

A recent study has now shown that children who follow the daily exercise routine not only get leaner but also establish daily habits.

Naomi Brooks, a senior lecturer in sport at the University of Stirling said... “Children often learn about healthy eating and the benefits of physical activity at school, but the kids who are doing the Daily Mile aren’t just learning it in their minds; they are learning: ‘This is something I do every day, as part of my day, and this is how it makes me feel..’”

There are also other long-term consequences such as higher bone density which can be a health factor throughout their life.

According to an article in the Guardian.... "Late childhood and early adolescence are critical times for laying down bone, which reaches its peak density in our 20s, declining thereafter. The higher your bone density during youth, the lower your risk of fractures and osteoporosis in later life. The idea is that we try to put as much bone as possible ‘in the bank’ as youngsters. The mechanical stimulation of our body weight going through our bones, muscles and tendons when we jump up and down, stimulates our bone cells to grow and lay down new bone.”

The full article in the Guardian can be seen HERE

Notice...Cork BHAA John Buckley Sports 5k road race - Tues 22nd May 2018

The big race in Cork City this week is of course the Cork BHAA John Buckley Sports 5k on Tuesday. In contrast to the miserable wet weather on Monday, the forecast for today is for a nice sunny evening.

Update :  
a) Online entries closing Tuesday lunchtime. ( raffle confined to online entries for Nike Pegasus)
b) Entries taken on the night up to 7.30 at Pairc Ui Chaoimh.
c) Parking:  plenty parking in Pairc Ui Chaoimh Stadium and surrounding areas.
d) No parking on Monaghan road side of Stadium - Residential Area 

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.

Located near the Pairc Ui Chaoimh stadium, this is a flat and fast 5k course. The big change this year is that registration is in the newly refurbished Pairc Ui Chaoimh stadium... the first road race to have its HQ there! There is also plenty of parking in the area.

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 four 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.

Entries.....€5 for registered BHAA runners and €10 for non-reg. You can enter on the night OR you can enter beforehand if you want to avoid the queues. Your choices are to enter online by going to the John Buckley Sports website or you can call into the shop which is directly across from the Opera House in Cork City.

Pre-enter online for the John Buckley Sports 5k and you'll automatically be entered into a raffle to win a pair of Nike Pegasus runners.

In addition to the chip timing, there will be the usual post race refreshments back at Pairc Ui Chaoimh afterwards.

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

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

Monday, May 21, 2018

Notice...Glanmire GAA 4 mile road race - Sun 10th June 2018

This 4 mile road race is coming up on Sunday the 10th of June 2018 in Glanmire near Cork City.

Located just to the north-east of Cork City, it is within easy access for a lot of people. For anyone coming off the M8 motorway, just take exit 18.

Race entries will be taken at Glanmire GAA club which is right alongside the main road in Sallybrook.

Note that car parking will be in the Crestfield Shopping Centre near the finish line (and only a few hundred metres from the start) but that there will be no parking at the GAA hall (race HQ) 

The 4 mile route takes in a loop to the east of Glanmire. Both the start and finish points are only a short distance from the GAA grounds.

From the organisers...Brief Synopsis of Route....The route will begin at, the Brook Inn Glanmire and will continue along the main road south to Riverstown Cross (R639). Runners will then turn left and head towards the Sars pavilion and turn right to follow the old “New Line” road (Marwood Avenue). At the end of  this road they will turn right onto the “New Line road” (Copper Valley Vue) and continue up to “Toby Burkes Cross”. The route will then turn left up the hill where it meets the Knockraha/Blossom Grove road and then turns left and heads back down to meet “New Line” road at the junction with O'Connell Transport offices (Casey's Cross). The route turns right and heads to the roundabout at Brook Lodge where the runners will keep to the right of said roundabout,(The runners will then keep to the right hand side of the road until the completion of the race). and continue to Hazelwood Cross.

This year, we have t-shirts for the first 200 to pre-register.

Pre-entry......If you want to pre-enter this race then you can do so by visiting the Source Fitness website.

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

The race is sponsored by Source Fitness who are based in Silversprings in Tivoli.

From the Sponsor....Source Health & Fitness is one of the largest fitness centres in Munster and possesses a vast array of facilities. We have classes & activities to suit each individual need and fitness level. Classes include; Spinning, Aqua, Zumba, Circuits, Bootcamp, Yoga, Pilates, Metafit, BLTP, Sculpt & Tone, Toning, Abs, Line Dancing.

We pride ourselves on having the experience required to deliver top class instruction on all aspects of fitness. We believe we have something for all fitness levels and pride ourselves on being a professional and friendly centre where our member’s needs are our top priority. You will always get a good workout, no matter when you train!

Results of the 2018 Bay Run... 20th May 2018

 The lowest numbers ever turned out for this years Bay Run Half-Marathon in West Cork, down 18% on the numbers in 2017.

As you can see from the chart above, the numbers are way down on the time back around 2008 to 2012 when 800 plus used to take part in the half-marathon. These days, there is a lot more competition from other events.
The full results are HERE

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Results of the Blackwater 10 mile road race... Sun 20th May 2018

This years Blackwater 10 mile road race was held on Sunday the 20th of May 2018 with proceeds going towards the local national school and Breakthrough Cancer Research.

1    161    John Meade    00:56:28    Senior    1    Male    1
2    265    Eoin Sugrur    00:56:43    Over 40    1    Male    2
3    147    Cornelius Marshall    00:57:56    Over 40    2    Male    3
4    134    Garrett Lordan    00:58:51    Senior    2    Male    4
5    41    Mark Collins    00:59:27    Senior    3    Male    5
25    72    Joan Ennis    01:09:23    Over 50    1    Female    1
35    89    Linda Grogan    01:11:18    Senior    1    Female    2
37    194    Linda O'Connor    01:12:00    Over 40    1    Female    3
51    112    Josephine Kelleher    01:15:24    Over 40    2    Female    4
53    106    Stephanie Ilsley    01:15:42    Over 50    2    Female    5

Full results

Photos....(Updated 21st May 2018 @1pm)
1) There are 4 albums up on the Running in Cork Facebook page...
...a) Start
...b) One mile mark
...c) Finish ...under roughly 1:23
...d) Finish...over roughly 1:23 

2) Ger Broderick has a gallery of photos HERE

John Meade of St.Finbarr's AC retains his title