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Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Guest Post: MICK MOLLOY CELEBRATES HIS 81st BIRTHDAY... by John Walshe

In this guest post, John Walshe of Ballycotton writes about Mick Molloy who one of the best marathon runners in the country back in the 1970's. He also has the distinction of having set a new world record for 30 miles of 2h 44m 47s. That works out at about 5m 30s per mile pace for 30 miles!

(By John Walshe)                                       

This month sees one of Ireland’s legendary distance runners celebrating his 81st birthday. Mick Molloy was born on March 13th, 1938, and during the 1960s won three Irish marathon championships, along with titles at 10 miles, 15 miles and cross-country. He also represented his country in the marathon at both the 1968 Olympics and 1969 European Championships.

Molloy grew up beside Lough Corrib, four-and-a-half miles from Oughterard in County Galway. His first sporting involvement was with Gaelic Football but all that changed at the age of 18 when he ran his first cross-country race. In a full page feature in the Connacht Tribune last December, Molloy recalls that day: “My only mode of transport at the time was a bicycle and so after returning from Mass in Oughterard I headed to Dunmore (100 mile round trip) and lined up with 45 other runners, I finished in eight place.

Four years later, he won his first Galway senior cross-country over nine miles near Athenry. “I not only beat Willie Morris, the favourite, but won the race by over 300 yards,” he remembers. In 1966, on a wet and windy day at Dromoland Castle in Clare, he won the All-Ireland cross-country title and captained Galway to win the inter-county team event ahead of Cork.

Later the same year he transferred that winning form to the road with victory in the Irish Marathon at Banteer in 2:24:45. A second marathon title (2:22:52) followed two years later in his native Galway which qualified him for that year’s Olympic Games.

In the warm and altitude conditions of Mexico City, Molloy had to discard his shoes after 14 miles due to blisters but he gallantly carried on to finish 41st of the 74 starters in a time of 2:48:13.  Despite the setback of a serious ankle injury he was able to retain his national marathon title (2:22:32) the following year of 1969 and went on to finish a creditable 13th in 2:28:38 at the European Marathon in Athens.

Five years later, in September 1974, Molloy won the prestigious Berchem marathon in Belgium, but not without drama: “I was leading the race at 15 miles when the official car turned down a side road for petrol and I followed; not understanding the language, I lost about a minute-and-a-half and by the time I got back on the correct road I was back in eight place.”

He eventually caught the leaders at 21 miles and went on to win by over two minutes in 2:18:41, a time he would marginally improve to 2:18:22 (which remained his fastest) when finishing 12th the following year at Kosice. This was less than a minute behind Waldemar Cierpinski who would go on to become dual Olympic champion at Montreal (1976) and Moscow (1980).

67min finish for Cork runner Tim O'Donoghue at Reading Half-Marathon

The Reading Half-Marathon attracts a field of over 8,000 runners and it was held this year on the 17th of March.

Two members of East Cork AC managed to finish in the top 50... Tim O'Donoghue in 1h 07m 25s and Kevin O'Leary in 1h 10m 26s.

60     Tim O Donoghue     EAST CORK AC     15     01:07:25     15     01:07:25
62     Kevin O Leary     EAST CORK AC     35     01:10:26     35

Irish international runner Paul Pollock managed to finish 4th with a time of 1h 04m 27s

4     Paul     Pollock     1:04:27     1:04:27

Monday, March 18, 2019

Running the Streets of Cork City Centre - Strava Style

Who would have thought you could run 15 miles just by running around the centre of Cork City? Well, that's just what Cork runner Brian Buckley did this morning when he ran on every single road in the city centre of Cork City.

The big ones are obvious but there are loads of small little roads and alleyways.

Sunday, March 17, 2019

Results of the Cloyne 4k - Sun 17th March 2019

Cloyne Commons 4K Challenge Race 5
    Sunday 17 March 2019. 9:30 am
Provisional Results for All Competitors in finish order.    Pace    Race    Race
    Place    Time    Name    Team    Race Age Category    min/mile       
    1    0:13:14    BRUTON, Michael    Leevale AC    M    05:19.3    60    1
    2    0:13:40    HARTY, Brian    East Cork AC    M    05:29.8    394    2
    3    0:13:45    HENNESSY, John    East Cork AC    M45    05:31.8    110    3
    4    0:13:58    FINN, Jonathan    East Cork AC    M    05:37.0    74    4
    5    0:14:00    HANNON, Tim    Midleton AC    M    05:37.8    392    5
    6    0:14:03    UPTON, Simon    Youghal AC    MJ    05:39.1    79    6
    7    0:14:09    WALSH, Kieran    Unattached    M    05:41.5    129    7
    8    0:14:14    DOWING, Owen    Unattached    M45    05:43.5    33    8
    9    0:14:35    CREMIN, Mike    Unattached    M    05:51.9    333    9
    10    0:14:45    SMITH, Kevin    Midleton AC    M40    05:55.9    648    10
    11    0:14:50    LANDERS, Brian    Youghal AC    M45    05:58.0    470    11
    12    0:14:54    BRUTON, Pat    Unattached    M50    05:59.6    314    12
    13    0:14:57    BYRNE, Edmond    Togher AC    M45    06:00.8    62    13
    14    0:15:02    NOONE, Aiden    Unattached    M    06:02.8    64    14
    15    0:15:08    O'BRIEN, Claire    Watergrasshill AC    F    06:05.2    563    15
    16    0:15:10    NICHOLSON, Edmund    Youghal AC    M45    06:06.0    554    16
    17    0:15:20    MACKEY,  Noreen    Kilmurray Ibrickane Club    F    06:10.0    71    17
    18    0:15:26    BEAUANG, Kieran    Unattached    M    06:12.4    36    18
    19    0:15:30    LEDDY, Sheamus    Galway City Harries    M    06:14.0    8    19
    20    0:15:33    RYAN, Des    Unattached    M40    06:15.3    72    20
    21    0:15:36    O'NEILL, Nollaigh    Leevale AC    F45    06:16.5    78    21
    22    0:15:42    POMPHRETT, Eoin    Aghada RC    M45    06:18.9    631    22
    23    0:15:47    CRONIN, Tim    Unattached    M40    06:20.9    350    23
    24    0:15:48    MULCAHY, John    St Catherines AC    M    06:21.3    534    24

Saturday, March 16, 2019

Results of the Glen 5k parkrun - Sat 16th March 2019

51 hardy souls turned out in the rain for this weeks 5k parkrun in the Glen on Cork City's north side. As can be seen from the chart, this is the second lowest number to date.

1 Aidan NOONE    19:39 SM20-24 M1
2 Niall HYLAND    21:39 VM40-44 M2
3 Ranko PECIKOZIC    21:55 VM50-54 M3 
14 Sarah SLEVIN    24:50 SW25-29 F1
19 Susan O' SULLIVAN    26:26 SW25-29 F2
20 Eimear HARTE    26:59 VW40-44 F3


Results & Photos of the Ballincollig 5k parkrun - Sat 16th March 2019

The numbers were down this week for the 5k parkrun in Ballincollig Regional Park with 244 taking part on what was a pretty wet morning.

The first man home was none other than the race supremo (...and dancer) Rob Heffernan!

1 Robert HEFFERNAN    18:01    VM40-44    M1 Togher AC
2 Nick HOGAN    18:08    VM35-39    M2
3 Joe BOSONNET    18:13    JM15-17    M3 Leevale AC
8 Louise SHANAHAN    19:03    SW20-24    F1 Leevale AC
19 Riina KUUSELO    21:09    VW40-44    F2 Knowle and Dorridge Running Club
24 Anne O'DONOVAN    21:56    SW25-29    F3


1) Joe Murphy has a gallery HERE

Friday, March 15, 2019

Marathon trends 2014-2017 by age and gender

A huge study of marathon runners from 2014 to 2017 shows some interesting results. The data from over 3 million runners taking part in 784 marathons in 39 countries was used to compile the report.

Age Profile of Marathon Runners...

The chart above show the age profile of marathon runners. As you can see, the bulk are between the ages of 30 and 50 years old.

Finish times...
The world’s average finish time for men in a marathon in 2017 was 4h 15m 14s. The world's average finishing time for women was 4h 47m 15s.

Europeans were faster than Americans...
The average for a European man was 4h 04m 16s where as it was 4h 29m 10s in North America.

For women, the average finish time was 4h 33m 57s in Europe and 4h 52m 19s in North America.

This is the break down for Irish runners in the years 2014, 2015, 2016 & 2017
Irish Men - 4:09:39, 4:04:53, 4:07:07 & 4:06:23
Irish Women - 4:43:28, 4:37:43, 4:40:29 & 4:39:10

Gender Breakdown...

There is actually a pretty big difference between North America and Europe when it comes to the percentage of women running marathons.

In the US, 45% are women where as in Europe, it down at 25%.

The full report can be viewed here...

Cork County Council approve grant of €15,000 for lighting of running trail in Macroom

Cork County Council announced a list of grants recent which can be seen HERE

One of those listed was a grant of €15,000 to West Muskerry AC in Macroom for lighting for a running trail.

The overall cost of the project is  €85,546 and the club had applied for a grant of €25,000.

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Athletics Ireland release club membership stats for Feb 2019

Athletics Ireland have just released the membership stats for clubs as of the end of February 2019. Link HERE

Note that at this time of year, the figures often just reflect how good clubs are at getting the renewals back in rather than their real size.

Once we get to about start of May, things will begin to settle down and we can see the relative size of each club.

Notice : Ballintotis 4 mile road race - Wed 17th Apr 2019

After a long winter of dark evenings, it's time to look ahead to the upcoming summer season of evening road races. In Cork, the tradition was been that the Ballintotis 4 mile opens the summer season of evening races and the Ballycotton 5 at the end of August used to bring it to a close.

This year, the Ballintotis 4 mile will be held on Wednesday the 17th of April 2019 at 8pm.

Online Entry...You can pre-enter here...

You can also enter on the evening of the race. Please note there is no online entry for walkers, who register on the evening of the race in Ballintotis

Preview......You can see a preview of the course HERE

Info from the organisers below...

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Notice : Emer Casey 5k race in Youghal - Thurs 4th Apr 2019

The annual Emer Casey 5k road race in Youghal in East Cork is coming up this year on Thursday the 4th of April 2019...

Online Entry - You can pre-register at this LINK

Usually the first evening race in Cork is in mid-April when the sun sets about 8:32pm. With the Emer Casey 5k, it will be on in the town of Youghal so the street lighting will compensate as it gets dark earlier. On the 4th of April, the sun sets around 8:15pm.

With it's location near the county boundary, the race is sure to attract runners from both East Cork and West Waterford.

Cork runner Kevin O'Leary wins Dunhill-Fenor 10 mile

Last weekend was really busy with loads of races around Cork and Munster. There were no fewer than three 10-milers to choose from!

In Waterford, Cork runner Kevin O'Leary of East Cork AC took the title in the Dunhill-Fenor 10 mile winning in a time of 55m 44s.

1 O Leary     Kevin     298     55:44     5:34/M     Open     EAST CORK 

Results & Photos

Photo credit : Paul Murray

Monday, March 11, 2019

IAAF announce high qualification standards for the 2020 Olympics

The IAAF have recently announced the qualification standards for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. Based on this, it seems to suggest that most Irish athletes will fail to qualify.

An athlete can qualify for the 2020 Olympics in one of two ways: Achieve the entry standard OR  qualify by their IAAF world ranking position.

According to the IAAF....“The process is designed to achieve about 50% of the target numbers for each event through entry standards and the remaining 50% through the IAAF world ranking system.”

The qualification periods are from January 1, 2019, to May 31, 2020, for the marathon and 50km race walk; from January 1, 2019, to June 29, 2020, for the 10,000m, 20km race walk and combined events; and from May 1, 2019, to June 29, 2020, for all other events.

Very high standard
The most obvious thing about the standards is just how tough they are in comparison to those for the Olympics in Rio.

For example, the qualification standard for Rio for the women's 3000m Steeplechase was 9m 45s. Kerry O'Flaherty, Michelle Finn and Sara Treacy ran 9:42 to 9:44 at a race in Letterkenny in July 2015 to qualify. The new standard is 9m 30s.

The new qualifying times for Tokyo for the women in the marathon is 2h 29m 30s. The standard for Rio was 2h 42m.

The time for the marathon men has gone from 2h 17m down to 2h 11m 30s.

Unless someone qualifies through the ranking system, it seems likely that there will be a very small Irish athletics team in Tokyo.

1) BBC Northern Ireland Sport have an interesting article on it HERE

Photos of the Nagle Rice 5k in Doneraile Park - Sat 2nd Mar 2019

This 5k fundraiser in Doneraile Park was held on Saturday the 2nd of March 2019 on what turned out to be a very wet morning. There are some photos HERE

Sunday, March 10, 2019

Results & Photos of the Duhallow 10 mile in Newmarket - Sun 10th March 2019


There were 363 finishers in this 10 mile race in Newmarket in NW Cork.

1 Hiko TONOSA    00:52:19 456    M (1)    MS (1)    DSD AC
2 Kevin MUNSELL    00:55:11 982    M (2)    MS (2)    Clonmel AC
3 Michael MCMAHON    00:55:13 950    M (3)    MS (3)    Raheny Shamrock
4 Sean O'SULLIVAN    00:56:40 429    M (4)    M40 (1)    An Ríocht
6 Niall O'RIORDAN    00:57:01 984    M (5)    M40 (2)    An Bru
5 Aoife COOKE    00:56:45 197    F (1)    FS (1)    Youghal AC
9 Claire MCCARTHY    00:57:22 978    F (2)    F40 (1)    Leevale AC
13 Michelle FINN    00:57:58 940    F (3)    FS (2)    Leevale AC
19 Siobhan O'DOHERTY    01:00:13 28    F (4)    FS (3)    Borrosokane
48 Loraine BOLSTER    01:06:05 986    F (5)    F35 (1)    Mallow AC


Photos... (Updated Tues 12th March @11am)
1) TMC Photography has a small gallery HERE
2) Twomey Remorial Weekend have a gallery HERE