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Friday, July 01, 2022

Friday Jigsaw: Glen River 5k parkrun - 25th June 2022

For this weeks online jigsaw, we have a 165-piece jigsaw of some runners before the start of the Glen River 5k parkrun.

You can find it HERE

Thursday, June 30, 2022

The 5k parkrun in Tramore Valley Park in Cork City restarts in 2022!

Update 30th June 2022: It now looks as if the 5k parkrun in Tramore Valley Park in Cork City will be restarting in late July or early August of 2022. A team of volunteers has been assembled and they are undergoing training at other local parkruns at the moment.

As with all parkruns, they'd be delighted to have more volunteers so send an email to tramorevalley AT parkrun DOT com if you want to help out.

Remember that once it restarts, it will be on every Saturday at 9:30am. 

The event website is...


Some good news! The 5k parkun in Tramore Valley Park in Cork City will be restarting in 2022.

This 5k parkrun started back in September of 2015 and just 15 events were held there. The final one in January of 2016 attracted a huge field of 533 runners thanks to the hype from Operation Transformation.

This in effect was the straw that broke the camels back as the park wasn't able to handle those numbers. The parkrun itself was fine but it was the sheer volume of cars that was the problem. With people unable to drive into the park, there were people running across the South Link Road to gain access and the City Council pulled the plug on safety grounds.

Now in 2022, things are different. 

1) There are now 5k parkruns in the Glen and in Ballincollig which weren't there back in 2016. That should help keep the numbers down.

2) The City Council have put in new pedestrian entrances from Douglas and from the Half-Moon Lane which will allow easier access.

What's next??? ...This is essentially a new 5k parkrun as previous team of volunteers have moved on to other things. 

A new team of volunteers will have to be put together and they'll probably have to get trained up at other parkrun events. All of this will take time.

I suspect it may well be the end of the Summer by the time it gets going but we'll have to wait and see. The main thing is that it is restarting.

If you want to help out with getting this event restarted then send an email to tramorevalley AT parkrun DOT com

Wednesday, June 29, 2022

Notice: Millstreet 5 mile road race - Fri 1st July July 2022

The Willie Neenan Memorial 5 mile road race is coming up in the town of Millstreet in NW Cork on Friday, the 1st of July at 8:15pm.

It's an area of the county where there isn't a huge number of races so it should be of interest to runners in both Cork and Kerry.

Entries...The entry fee is €10 if you pre-enter online HERE. There is also the option of buying the race t-shirt for just €5 if you want to. You can also enter on the day for €15. 

Cork runner Martina Kiely wins Moycarkey Coolcroo 5k in Tipperary - 17th June 2022

Catching up on some recent results... Martina Kiely of St Finbarr's AC in Cork was the first woman hime in the recent Moycarkey Coolcroo AC 5K in Littleton, Co Tipperary.

Results HERE 

Tuesday, June 28, 2022

Guest Post: Outrunning the Sun - A Final Year Medical Research Project Maebh Daly

My name is Maebh Daly and I am a fourth year Medical Student, and a member of athletics Irelands since 2008. I am currently working on my final year research project, titled “Outrunning the Sun”. This project will look at skin cancer risk, awareness and protection amongst Irish Athletes. 

Irish athletes possibly have an increased risk of skin cancer or at least skin cancer risk behaviour due to their levels of UV exposure training outdoors and their skin type. As yet this has not been quantified. Awareness of this might lead to strategies to mitigate this risk. This project hopes to quantify this risk, through use of a survey. I am lucky enough to be working with Dr. Jim Donovan, Chief Medical Officer of Sports Ireland, and Consultant Plastic Surgeon Mr. James Clover, who specialises in Melanoma Skin Cancer. This project has also been endorsed by the Irish Institute of Sport. 

Below, I have attached a link to the survey and the corresponding participant invitation and information leaflet.

Maebh Daly


Participant Invitation Letter (Online)
Study Title: “Outrunning the Sun”: An analysis of Skin Cancer Risk, Awareness and Protection amongst Irish Athletes

Press Release: Tracton Road Race An Inviting Prospect

Press Release from Tracton AC: Tracton Road Race An Inviting Prospect

Tracton AC's inaugural four-mile race looks set to attract many runners to Minane Bridge on Friday, July 15th, for the 8pm start. (Previous post HERE)

While the race gets underway from Kiely's Cross, the Tracton Arts and Community Centre acts as the HQ for the event, providing parking, registration, changing facilities and refreshments.

Club chairperson Norma Collins said, 'We are very excited about it. It's great to bring back something that was here before.'

'In organising the event, Norma added, 'We go to many races around the country, and it's great to be able to give something back to the athletic community.' Described by the club as a fast course, particularly in the second half of the race, it could provide many athletes with the opportunity to set a seasonal best.

Indeed, there could be a competitive element as the entrant’s battle it out for the prizes.

For those keener on setting a leisurely pace, the course, with its scenic views, is an attractive bonus for what should be an enjoyable race.

Registration for the chipped race is now open online at:, with a €15 fee.

Registration will also be available on the evening of the race for €20, with registration from 6.30pm to 7.30pm.

Pic - John Allen

With the club eyeing the prospect of making the race an annual event, Tracton AC is expected to mobilise its extensive membership to ensure its success.

Former club chairman Billy O'Mahony from Pet Essentials in Carrigaline has thrown his weight behind the initiative as the race's primary sponsor, but the club is also grateful for the local support it has received too.

The race is seen as a natural progression for a club that continues on incremental progress since it rebooted itself in 2012, helped by the input of club coach Ian Dorgan.

With over 200 members in its ranks, club chairperson Norma Collins said, 'Unlike other clubs, Tracton AC's numbers actually grew during the recent lockdowns,' with the juvenile club also going from strength to strength.

Now the club is taking another step on that journey as its four-mile road race promises to be one of the highlights of the road race calendar.

Monday, June 27, 2022

Training programme for the 2022 Dublin Marathon

The 2022 Dublin Marathon is coming up on Sunday the 30th of October 2022. It is 18-weeks from the 26th of June.

If anyone would like to optimise their training then I will be starting individualised training programmes. 

The programme is sent out every week by email and weekly feedback is required. That will determine what the programme is like for the following week.

The cost is €124 and it starts whenever you're ready. Obviously the sooner the better and it should be really start at the latest by the 10th of July which is 16-weeks.

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

Notice: Dromcollogher Carnival 4 mile road race, Co.Limerick - Mon 27th June 2022

This one may be of interest to any runners in the north of Cork. The annual Dromcollogher Carnival 4-mile road race is coming up on Monday the 27th of June 2022 at 8pm.

This is very much a good old fashioned traditional type of road race with a modest entry fee of €10.

No chip timing, no dry fit tops, no medals, no bling.... just a simple 4-mile road race that is manually timed with  accurate results with a cuppa afterwards.

More info HERE

Saturday, June 25, 2022

Results of the 5k parkruns in Cork - Sat 25th June 2022

Results of the 5k parkruns around the county on Saturday 25th June 2022

Ballincollig Regional Park: 242 this week, 227 last week. Long term average 296.

First 3 men & women...
1 Pablo HERRERA Male SM30-34 18:18
2 Trevor WOODS Male VM50-54 Cork Triathlon Club 18:24
3 Liam RYAN Male VM40-44 18:34
9 Gail MURRAY Female VW45-49 Belgooly AC 19:48
15 Nollaigh O'NEILL Female VW50-54 Leevale AC 20:29
22 Ella COLLINS Female JW15-17 21:18

Glen River: 65 this week, 58 last week. The long term average is 81.

First 3 men & women...
1 Willie WALSH Male VM45-49 Carraig na bhFear AC 19:00
2 Donal COLLINS Male VM45-49 Bweeng Trail Blazers 19:24
3 Henry MILWARD Male SM30-34 Midleton AC 20:07
23 Mags HASSETT Female VW45-49 Douglas Meet and Train 25:21
26 Eleanor RYAN Female SW30-34 26:17
27 Danielle Ó FLYNN Female VW35-39 26:20

Mallow Castle: 42 finishers this week, 51 last week. The long term average is 75.

First 3 men & women...
1 Paul WILLIAMSON Male VM40-44 Ballyfin AC 18:18
2 Andrzej CHOMICZ Male VM40-44 Mallow AC 19:34
3 Conor BARRETT Male JM11-14 21:06
12 Georgina ENDERSON Female VW40-44 Trilogy Triathlon Club 24:18
18 Ciara COLEMAN GEANEY Female SW25-29 27:22
20 Gillian GROEGER Female VW40-44 27:38

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 for the next 6-8 weeks due to building works at the Pobalscoil.

Youghal results... 

Macroom Desmense: 29 this week, 46 last week. Long term average is 53.

First 3 men & women...
1 Conor LUCEY Male VM35-39 18:59
2 Conor SHERIDAN Male SM30-34 East Coast Athletic Club 20:26
3 Rory MCELROY Male JM11-14 West Muskerry A.C. 21:23
7 Jennifer RING Female VW40-44 23:09
11 Clodagh MURRAY Female JW11-14 23:57
12 Katie PURCELL Female JW11-14 West Muskerry A.C. 23:58

Clonakilty: 23 finishers this week, 25 finishers last week. Long term average 37.

First 3 men & women...
1 Sean DINNEEN Male SM30-34 19:08
2 John HEFFERNAN Male VM45-49 21:34
3 Sam MCCOY Male SM30-34 22:32
7 Sandra WALSH Female VW50-54 25:00
9 Ciara RIDGE Female VW40-44 28:14
10 Karin CONNOLLY Female VW50-54 Bishopstown Orienteering Club 28:44

Glengarriff Woods: There were 41 finishers for this weeks 5k parkrun in Glengarriff Woods. It was 48  last week, long term average is 59.

Top 3 men & women...
1 Conor MURPHY Male VM45-49 Beara AC 19:12
2 Cathal MINEHANE Male VM40-44 21:02
3 Christopher WOODRUFF Male VM60-64 Headington RRC 21:25
8 Alice COPPINGER Female VW40-44 Bantry Athletic Club 23:33
14 Breda MCELHINNEY Female VW55-59 25:22
15 Marian MINEHANE Female VW35-39 26:08

Bere Island: 43 this week, 50 last week, long term average of 46. 

First 3 men & women...
1 Michelagh MURPHY Female SW18-19 22:55
4 Breeda O SULLIVAN Female VW55-59 Beara AC 24:23
6 Rosa SLOYAN Female JW10 26:52
2 Unknown 
3 Colin GLEESON Male VM70-74 Beara AC 24:10
5 Breandan MURPHY Male SM20-24 25:46

Castlehaven: 17 finishers this week in Rineen Woods. 23 last week. Long term average 29.

First 3 men & women...
1 Ciarán BOUSE Male VM40-44 Eagle A.C. 21:34
2 Tom HEATLEY Male SM25-29 22:37
4 Danny SMITH Male VM60-64 26:57
3 Abigail WHISTLER Female SW20-24 26:51
5 Rose MAGNER Female VW40-44 St Finbarrs AC 28:09
6 Dulcie WAGSTAFF Female SW25-29 28:22

Friday, June 24, 2022

Results of the Shandrum AC 4-mile road race - 24th June 2022

This years Shandrum AC 4-mile road race in north Cork was held on Friday the 24th of June 2022 with just 81 crossing the finish line.

The wet weather was probably a factor in the numbers falling off a cliff with a 47% reduction on the numbers for 2019. The entry fee had also increase from €12 to €15 and this may have also contributed to the drop.

Top 3 men & women...
1 Sean Doyle North Cork AC     19:31 SM 284 Course Record
2 Nick O'Donoghue East Cork AC     20:49 SM 637  
3 Donal Coffey Leevale AC     21:25 SM 278  
11 Nadine Forde Leevale AC     24:39 SF 286  
12 Annette O'Reilly Kilfinane AC     25:03 SF 489  
23 Eileen O'Keeffe Doneraile AC     27:21 SF 485  

Full results HERE

Results of the Courtmacsherry 10k - 24th June 2022

This years Courtmacsherry 10k was held on Friday the 24th of June 2022 on what was a damp evening.

A total of 246 runners crossed the finish line which is close to the 2018 & 2019 numbers but well down on the 300+ of a few years ago.

Top 3 men & women...
Pos Cat Name Gun Time Net Time
1 Sen Fionn Harrington (#223) 00:32:14 23:59:58
2 50-54 Vivian Foley (#181) 00:32:49
3 45-49 Jeremy OÆDonovan (#37) 00:33:04
Pos Cat Name Gun Time Net Time
1 Sen Hannah Steeds (#247) 00:36:37 23:38:00
2 50-54 Linda O'Sullivan (#309) 00:38:15
3 40-44 Aoife Mahony (#302) 00:38:21

Full results HERE

Guest Post: Dublin City Marathon 2022 or some Autumn Marathon

 ** #DCM22 or some Autumn Marathon **   

128 Days to go to DCM. 18 Weekend Long runs left at most. If you intend walking at some stage or walk / jog then best of luck with that. This advice is for those who stand at the start line and hope to complete the Marathon running. Anything can happen but at least give yourself a chance.

* Where are you in your training program.

June almost over so no time to waste now and get out on the road building the weekly miles. If you are going for it then give it your best shot and don’t have regrets at mile 16 in October and asking yourself why I didn’t do more training for it.

* Running shoes

Have you got a good pair of shoes fit for purpose. If not then go and buy them. You are asking for an injury without proper shoes. It isn’t the 26 miles in Dublin but the 100’s of miles between now and then. 

* Summer 

Hopefully we will get a spell of good weather so be prepared. Runs must still be done, so be ready to be flexible with early or late in the day. Yes you can be tough and run in the heat and the sun but all it will do is eat at your energy and reserves and remember it is not this training run but the next one and the one after to keep in mind.

* Water

You cannot go without lots of fuel. Most of us have reserves of energy strapped to our waist (love-handles) and they are just waiting to be used… But we need water to survive. Yes you can finish your 10mile+ run with no water and you survived. All you did was delayed your recovery by finishing more dehydrated than you should. This will slow down recovery and make the next run even harder. There are many theories and science on this.

PWR version -- 250ml every 5 miles at least. More in hot weather. So a 15ml run. Start with 250ml, 250ml more at 5, 250ml more at 10 and have a 500ml bottle at the finish and drink it.

How do you avoid Toilet Stops?

Drink loads day before. Drink very little before the run and then start sipping once you get going in Mile 1. What goes in will be used.

* Fuel

As you move into higher mileage on the long run it is good to try out ways of refueling the body. You might not need anything for a 12 mile run but now is the time to see what works for you. Gels, Jellies, Bars, Lucozade sweets, energy drinks, Tablets in the water. Loads of options and see what suits you best.

* Weekly long run

Weekly long run is still KEY run as you are training for a LONG RUN of 26miles. Hopefully you are 10+ and totals 20 -25 miles. No panic if not, but get your arse into gear right away. I think you should be somewhere between 10 – 13 miles at least as longest run to date and plan to get to a 14 or 15 once during July. Lots of programs have different ways of doing it and many are successful. I am just giving the PWR opinion.

* Hard / Easy

Not every day can be hard so let yourself do a few easy miles to balance.

Not every day can be easy so push yourself for a few miles to balance.

* Running Buddy 

Good to run with someone else or a group for the longer run. I know some like to run solo for head-space and that is perfect if it suits. Beauty of running with a group is that pace tends to be steadier. If you are having a weak moment then the group will carry on and it is up to you to dig in to hold on. Mile later could be someone else in same position. Agree pace before you start and agree to split along the way if you need to.

* Plan 

Start planning out your weekends and long run distance. These runs are vital and if Social / Domestic / Work / Holidays get in the way then be prepared for that. Take a calendar and write down the long runs and how they all fit in. It might surprise you how few weekends are left when you starting doing 10, 12, 15, 16, 18, 20 etc etc

* Help

There is a lot of help online, lots of training plans and ideas and support groups for encouragement. It is a big undertaking in terms of time, commitment and money. Give yourself every chance of succeeding and getting the best out of yourself and the day. Get help if you feel you need it and have someone else minding you to keep you on the right road and to help, encourage and advise. Any questions pls msg.

Have a lovely weekend.


Friday Jigsaw: Glen River 5k parkrun - 18th June 2022

For this weeks online jigsaw, we have a photo taken by Mick Dooley of some of the participants of the Glen River 5k parkrun on the 18th of June 2022.

The 192-piece jigsaw can be found HERE

Results of the Coolagown 10k - Thurs 23rd June 2022

This 10k road race near Fermoy was held on Thursday the 23rd of June 2022 and had 157 finishers. This year, the distance was changed to 10k as compared to 5k in the past.

As can be seen from the chart above, the 10k numbers are well down on the numbers before when 300 or so would take part in the 5k.

The entry fee this year was €15 as compared to €10 in more recent years.

Top 3 men & women...
 Bib # Last Name First Name M F Team Name Finishing Time GUN
97 Meade John Male St. Finbarr's AC M 40 00:33:18
19 Coakley Donal Male Leevale A.C Male 00:34:02
95 Mckeown Kieran Male Grange Fermoy Ac M 40 00:34:40
594 Eighan Irene Female St Finbarrs A/c Overall F 35 00:40:51
106 O Connor Linda Female Cork Tri Club F 45 00:41:10
103 Murray Lily Female Bride Rovers Overall Female 00:42:46

Full results HERE

Wednesday, June 22, 2022

Cork City Council announce plans for new bridge from Grange to the Tramore Valley Park

Update - 22nd June 2022... Work has now commenced on the new pedestrian bridge over the N40 South Rung Road in Cork City. This will connect the Tramore Valley Park to the Grange & Frankfield areas of the city.

The bridge is expected to be finished by the end of 2023. Hopefully by the time it is finished, the 5k parkrun in the park will have been up and running for a good while and this bridge will allow easier access for participants from Frankfield and Grange.


Feb 2022... Back at the end of January 2022, I had a post up about how the National Transport Authority (NTA) had allocated €4.3 million for the construction of a new bridge over the N40 South Ring Road in Cork City. This new bridge will connect the Tramore Valley Park to the Grange & Frankfield areas of the city.