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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

Results & Photos of the Carrigaline 5-mile road race - Sun 18th Feb 2024

First place finish for John Meade in the 2024 Carrigaline 5-mile road race

The annual Carrigaline 5-mile road race was held on Sunday 18th February 2024 with a total of 300 runners crossing the finish line.

Top 3 men & women...

1 John MEADE 26:50 906 M M40 St. Finbarrs A.C.
2 Adam DOYLE 27:25 847 M  M35 Eagle A.C.
3 Sean TWOHIG 27:34 5087 M M35 St. Finbarrs A.C.
1 Hannah STEEDS 28:48 1000 F FS Leevale A.C.
2 Breda GAFFNEY 31:12 856 F F50 Mallow A.C.
3 Lisa CROWLEY 33:16 497 F F50 Watergrasshill A.C.

Full results HERE

Hannah Steeds of Leevale AC was the first women home

Photos ...

1) There are 232 photos up on the Running in Cork Facebook page.

a) Album 1 of 3 b) Album 2 of 3 c) Album 3 of 3

2) Mick Dooley has some start line photos HERE and some finish line photos HERE

3) As per usual, Joe Murphy has loads of photos...

a) Pre race b) Start c) Race 1 of 4 d) Race 2 of 4 e) Race 3 of 4  f) Race 4 of 4

4) MyRunResults have some finish line photos HERE

Saturday, February 17, 2024

Notice: Carrigaline 5 mile road race - Sun 18th Feb 2024

Eagle AC are organising their annual 5 mile road race in Carrigaline on Sunday, the 18th of February 2024 at 11am.

Update 17th Feb 2024: The organisers have announced that they will be taking entries on the morning before the race.

The entry link is here...

Results of the 5k parkruns in Cork - Sat 17th Feb 2024

Results of the 5k parkruns around the county on Saturday 17th February 2024. Approximately 580  runners and walkers took part in the 9 events in Co Cork.

Report... It looks as if the rain arrived early in Cork on Saturday and it was a damp affair for most of the 5k parkruns in the county. Looking at the numbers, they are well down on last week.

Glengarriff... This event had to be cancelled due to flooding on the course.


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


Ballincollig Regional Park: 189 this week, 363 last week.

First 3 men & women...
1 Barry MEADE Male VM40-44 18:03
2 Unknown
3 Diarmuid O'SULLIVAN Male SM20-24 19:38
5 Niamh CRONIN Female VW45-49 St Finbarrs AC 20:06
31 Deborah O Female VW45-49 24:10
42 Liz O'DONOVAN Female VW40-44 Cambridge and Coleridge AC 25:07

Tramore Valley Park: 142 this week, 204 last week.

First 3 men & women...
1 Conrad WATT Male VM35-39 Magnolia RR 17:05
2 Kevin SMITH Male VM50-54 Swindon Harriers 18:29
3 Jason CROWLEY Male VM40-44 St Finbarrs AC 19:01
10 Daniela WRIGHT Female VW45-49 21:08
23 Louise O'RIORDAN Female SW30-34 Crusaders Athletic Club 22:52
25 Orla CROSBIE Female VW55-59 St Finbarrs AC 22:55

Glen River: 57 this week, 76 last week.

First 3 men & women...
1 Ken INCE Male VM40-44 Eagle A.C. 17:59
2 Niall O'CONNOR Male VM45-49 Ranelagh Harriers 21:01
3 Richard BOURKE Male VM45-49 St Finbarrs AC 21:19
4 Siobhan HOLLAND Female VW45-49 Eagle A.C. 21:50
15 Susan BUCKLEY Female SW30-34 24:26
18 Mags HASSETT Female VW45-49 Douglas Meet and Train 24:55

Mallow Castle: 44 finishers this week, 95 last week.

First 3 men & women...
1 Cormac WHOOLEY Male SM30-34 20:30
2 Barry MORRISSEY Male SM30-34 20:52
3 Billy LENIHAN Male VM55-59 21:52
8 Máire MCKENNA Female VW45-49 23:28
10 Michele COE-O'BRIEN Female VW60-64 24:09
22 Mary MURPHY Female VW60-64 Mallow AC 26:42

Youghal (Pobalscoil ne Tríonóide) : 47 this week, 72 last week.

First 3 men & women...
1 James 0 MAHONY Male VM35-39 18:48
2 John MALONE Male VM50-54 19:21
3 Maurice WALSH Male VM40-44 19:41
10 Éadaoin COLEMAN Female VW40-44 22:05
17 Sarah GREGSON Female VW40-44 Warrington Hockey Club 23:40
19 Claire MURPHY Female VW50-54 25:07

Macroom Castle Demense: 36 this week, 46 last week.

First 3 men & women...
1 Danny MANNING Male VM45-49 21:25
2 Matt MURPHY Male SM18-19 21:37
3 Kieran TWOMEY Male VM55-59 21:55
4 Jennifer RING Female VW40-44 22:59
8 Claire CURTIN Female VW35-39 West Muskerry A.C. 24:37
11 Jenny O SHEA Female VW35-39 26:12

Clonakilty: 21 this week, 37 last week.

First 3 men & women...
1 Mícheál Ó SÉ Male VM40-44 19:12
2 David HICKEY Male VM40-44 21:08
3 Declan RICE Male VM40-44 23:08
5 Sandra WALSH Female VW50-54 25:17
6 Kathleen O REGAN Female VW35-39 26:13
11 Niamh RYAN Female VW40-44 29:37

Glengarriff Woods: 92 this week, 79 last week.

Top 3 men & women... CANCELLED

Glengarriff results... 

Bere Island: 26 this week, 24 last week. 

First 3 men & women... 
1 Michelagh MURPHY Female SW20-24 22:41
2 Breeda O SULLIVAN Female VW55-59 Beara AC 24:37
4 Laoise Ann O SULLIVAN Female JW11-14 26:30
3 Breandan MURPHY Male SM20-24 25:09
7 Unknown
9 Barry O'DRISCOLL Male VM50-54 Finch Coasters 28:38

Castlehaven (Rineen Woods): 21 finishers this week, 16 last week.

First 3 women & men...
1 Florence FITZGERALD Male SM30-34 21:05
2 Thomas OWENS Male VM45-49 Moynalty AC 21:27
4 John O'MAHONY Male SM25-29 25:43
3 Sharon LEVIS Female VW40-44 25:41
11 Sharon POULTER Female VW40-44 28:40
15 Frances LYNCH Female VW60-64 Sanctuary Runners 31:35

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

Guest Post: Running, Racing, Participating Pat Walsh

 ** Running, Racing, Participating **

Recently I attended my first parkrun in over 4 years and followed that with my first BHAA 5k in about the same length of time.

Why did that happen that I fell away?

Covid in 2020 changed a lot of things for us all and I just got out of the habit of going along. My fault and my fault alone as I just never mustered the drive or enthusiasm to get going again. I had been taking part in the big 10mile races and half-marathons but totally neglected my local – on my doorstep – runs.

2024 I resolved to fix this. The parkrun was lovely. Such a good atmosphere. Nice people, no pressure, no one really cared about times. I had lovely company CO’B. You can be anonymous if you want to. There was buggies and dogs and walkers and smiles and encouragement. There was no prizes, no fuss. I can be certain this applies to all parkruns in the country. Oh yes and it is FREE to enter. The organisation is superb.

The BHAA 5K in Little Island last Sunday was equally enjoyable. The day was good, the welcome was friendly, the runners were in great mood.

“Good to see you, best of luck.
Take it handy, it is early in the Year yet.
Lovely morning in February for the shorts and t-shirt.”

The race itself was ok. Game face on with a smile and just do the best you can. Thanks AG for the company.


“Fair play, well done.
Great to be finished.
Looking forward to the next one.
Are you going for a cuppa?”

No one mentioned times. These are pressures we put on ourselves when in fact no one else really cares. Fellow runners will support you whether good or bad so why then do so many people not run due to worries and anxieties. 

I attended these races, I didn’t kill myself racing. I enjoyed myself and the occasion. I lived in the moment, in the day. In fact each race was a PB for the day I ran, as that particular day will never occur again. There will be other runs and races but each day is unique and special.

We love the City and Big Town races with thousands of people that cost a fortune. There is fun and enjoyment locally in low key races that cost very little or you can run free. 

Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated


Friday, February 16, 2024

Running in Cork Newsletter - 16th February 2024

Running in Cork Newsletter - 16th February 2024

Looking through the results of the last week, the one that really stood out for me was the IMRA Slí Chorcaí events. If we were to go back 10 years ago, the IMRA events were to be honest pretty boring. Run up the side of a mountain and run back down again. Some are still in that format and some still like those but they have limited appeal. In the last decade, IMRA have introduced a much wider range of events.

These include more trail runs in woods which makes it more attractive to people wishing to try them out to see what they're like. They introduced trail runs at night and I remember well doing a half-marathon in the Ballyhouras passing farmhouses at 2 o'clock in the morning. The recent Slí Chorcaí event was another example of a novel event with the participants starting in Ballyvourney and ending up near Drimoleague in West Cork. There are plenty of events like this in the UK that get big numbers and I'm sure with these type of events in West Cork could get even greater numbers if more people found out about them.

I also added quite a few events to the race calendar yesterday as more and more 2024 events are starting to appear. There are a noticeable albeit small number of road races that have opted out of getting a Athletics Ireland permit and avoiding their €2 'one-day licence'.

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Weekend Weather: For the second weekend in a row, we have two contrasting days again. On Saturday, a weather front will cross the country resulting quite a bit of rain. The question is what time will it arrive and different computer models give slightly different results. The rain is coming in from the west and it's likely that the parkrun on Bere Island will be a wet affair while the one in Youghal might be dry. Again, it depends on the time the rain arrives and the further east the parkrun is, the better. Other than the parkruns, there are a few events up the country with rain probably hitting the 5-mile in Lisdoonvarna while the other events in Leinster will probably be dry.

For Sunday, the rain should have passed and we should have a ridge of high pressure keeping things dry. Other than some surface water on the roads, it should be dry for the day.

Weekend events: Other than the parkruns on Saturday, there is a 5-miler in Lisdoonvarna and a big Operation Transformation 5k in the Phoenix Park. Locally, the main running events are on the Sunday. The main one in Cork is the Carrigaline 5-mile organised by Eagle AC at 11am. In Cloyne, there is 4k at 9:30am. In north Cork, there is an IMRA trail race in Rahan Woods near Mallow while there is also a 5k run in Doneraile Park.

There is a selection of events on offer elsewhere as well. As always, see the event calendar...

Parkrun News:

Clashduv Junior parkrun cancelled: The 2km Junior parkrun at Clashduv which was due to be held on Sunday 18th of February has had to be cancelled due to a lack of volunteers. This is I believe due to the fast that some of the regulars are missing due to the mid-term break. It's just a reminder that all parkruns need a large pool of volunteers that be called on rather than having to depend on the same few people week after week.

Parkrun stats: In last weeks Newsletter, I mentioned how the parkrun organisation had removed some of the stats from their website. This has caused a bit of a storm in the UK and the Guardian had a article on how a right-wing think thank was trying to get the parkrun organisation defunded. See HERE

Tramore Valley Park: The Irish Guide Dogs will be at Tramore Valley parkrun on Saturday 17th Feb 2024. The organisers write.. "If you have a green T-shirt you might like to wear it to show support for the charity"

New parkruns in the pipeline: For those of you way beyond the borders of the real capital, there are two new 5k parkruns starting soon. One is in Bettytown in Co Meath and the other one is in Tubbercurry, Co Sligo.

Last weekend: Last week at parkrun in Ireland, there were...139 events & 15,147 walkers, joggers, runners and volunteers.

Race News:

Kinsale 10m: The organisers of the Kinsale 10-mile road race have announced that their race which is on the 25th of February has now sold out.

Belfast Marathon: The 2024 Belfast City Marathon is coming up on Sunday 5th May and the organisers are reporting that there are only 150 places left for the marathon.

Achill Half nearly full: The Achill Half-Marathon & 10k will be held this year on Saturday 6th July 2024. Despite the fact that it's still five months away, the organisers have said that all of the entries are nearly gone.

Calendar update... I added a number of events to the calendar over the last few days. There's plenty to choose from if you're willing to travel. See

In Other News:

New Galway Trailrunning Group: In terms of trail races nationally in Ireland, the majority are in Munster and Leinster. One obvious omission every year is the lack of events in Connaught which is surprising considering all the mountains in Connemara. A new trail running group has now been established in Galway and that should help establish the sport more in this region.

Kenyan marathon world record holder Kelvin Kiptum dies in road accident: BBC News

Six simple tips for healthier joints from the experts: The Guardian

Midleton Greenway to open reminder: The first section of the Midleton to Youghal Greenway is supposed to open on Thursday 7th of March 2024. The section is question goes from Midleton to Mogeely and is about 8kms in length which is pretty significant.

Half-Marathons in Ireland: I was hoping to send out a list of some of the upcoming half-marathons in Ireland to the Newsletter subscribers this week but I ran out of time. At the moment, I can see that there are 80 on the island and there will be no doubt be a few more popping up in the second half of the year.

Training Programmes: I'll have training programmes for the Cork Half-Marathon starting soon. Options are 16-weeks from the 12th of February and 14-weeks from the 26th of February. More info ...

Couch to 5k... I'll be introducing an easy online Couch to 5k programme soon for anyone who wants to start off and get running for the Summer.

Training Programmes: I'll have a 14-week one to one training programme for the Cork Half-Marathon starting on the 26th of February. More info ...

Couch to 5k... I'll be introducing an easy online Couch to 5k programme soon for anyone who wants to start off and get running for the Summer.

Countdown Timer...

Limerick Marathon - 5th May 2024 - 11 weeks

Cork Marathon - 2nd June 2024 - 15 weeks

Waterford Marathon - 23rd June 2024 - 18 weeks

Some of the posts on the Running in Cork blog over the last week:

Guest Post: Report on the Great Island Cross Cup... by Trevor Cummins...

Notice: IMRA Rahan Woods 9km trail race nr Mallow -- Sun 18th Feb 2024...

Results & Photos of the IMRA Slí Chorcaí Ultra Trail Race - Sat 10th Feb 2024...

Notice: Banteer 5 mile road race - Sun 10th March 2024...

Notice: Carrigaline 5 mile road race - Sun 18th Feb 2024...

Results of the Cork BHAA Janssen 5k - Sun 11th Feb 2024...

Results of the 5k parkruns in Cork - Sat 10th Feb 2024...

And finally...

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Friday Jigsaw: Dungarvan 10m 2024 Group

For this weeks online jigsaw, we have a photo of a group of  runners taken just after the start of the 2024 Dungarvan  10-mile road race.

You can find the 176-piece jigsaw HERE

Wednesday, February 14, 2024

Guest Post: Report on the Great Island Cross Cup... by Trevor Cummins

The inaugural Great Island Cross Cup got off to a flying start when held in Cuskinny Court, Cobh, on Wednesday, February 7th 2024.

All six of the Cork Harbour island based primary schools were represented on a day where many of the 250 participants were enjoying their first experience of cross country running. 

Notice: IMRA Rahan Woods 9km trail race nr Mallow -- Sun 18th Feb 2024

IMRA are holding a 9.2km trail race at Rahan Woods near Mallow on Sunday 18th Feb 2024 at 11am.

Rahan Woods is about 6kms east of the town of Mallow in N Cork.

As IMRA trail events go, this one is pretty reasonable and would suit anyone who can comfortably run 10-miles on the road.

Event entry...

 Rahan Woods


DATE: Sunday 18th February, 2024
TIME: 11:00
CLIMB (M): 250
RACE MARKING: Only major junctions marked - Only major junctions marked
LEAGUES: Coillte Winter/Spring Trail League, Munster 
MANDATORY KIT: Level A - Basic - Showerproof, windproof jacket
ENTRY CLOSES: Saturday 17th February 2024, 18:00
ENTRY COST:€7 for seniors, €5 for over 65s and under 18s

Tuesday, February 13, 2024

Results & Photos of the IMRA Slí Chorcaí Ultra Trail Race - Sat 10th Feb 2024

One of the more unusual running events last weekend was the IMRA Slí Chorcaí Trail Ultra and Half-Marathon. The full Ultra was an incredible 71.5km from Ballyvourney to Drimoleague in West Cork. It sounds like a long distance to drive let alone run on mountain & forest trails and country roads across West Cork.

The were a few refuelling stops along the way and the photo above shows some Ultra runners at Gougane Barra.

In the ultra, there were 77 finishers... 70 men & 7 women. As you can see from the finish times below, this was a real endurance event.

Top 3 men & women...
1 Enda Cloake 231 M 1 6:14:00 Slaney Olym... Wexford
2 Barry McEvoy 1255 M35 1 6:33:30 Laois
3 Gavin Byrne 283 M35 2 6:53:17 Dublin
1 Lianne van Dijk 1386 F 1 7:45:00 Kerry
2 Deirdre O Gorman 274 F35 1 7:56:30 Tipperary
3 Kristen O'Sullivan 943 F35 2 8:05:30 Beara AC Cork

The Half-Marathon option was 23.5kms in length and went from Kealkill to Drimoleague and crossed some mountainous terrain. There were 88 finishers... 61 men & 27 women.

First 3 women in the Half (L-R)... Irene Eighan (2nd), Anita Locke (1st) & Sorcha Kearney (3rd)

Top 3 men & women...
1 Nick Hogan 838 M40 1 1:58:45 Cork
2 Henry Browne 616 M40 2 1:59:43 West Musker... Cork
3 Paul Kennedy 1524 M35 1 2:03:46 West Waterf... Waterford
1 Anita Locke 364 F40 1 2:20:33 St. Finbar'... Kerry
2 Irene Eighan 1834 F45 1 2:20:52 St. Finbar'... Cork
3 Sorcha Kearney 229 F45 2 2:24:18 St. Finbar'... Cork

1) Graham Meikle has a gallery HERE
2) IMRA have a gallery HERE