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Monday, June 27, 2022

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.

Notice: Galtee Half-Marathon - Sat 25th July 2022

For anymore who fancies a challenge, the IMRA Galtee Half-Marathon is coming up on Saturday the 25th of June 2022. 

The routes takes in many of the highest peaks in the Galtees and is suitable for experienced trail runners.

As with all IMRA events, annual membership (€10) is required.

More info HERE

Tuesday, June 21, 2022

Notice: Tracton 4-mile road race - Fri 15th July 2022

A new race! Tracton AC are holding their inaugural Tracton 4-mile road race on Friday the 21st of July 2022 at 8pm.

You can pre-enter online HERE

Info from Tracton AC... "We are delighted to announce the staging of the first 4-mile road race by Tracton AC in beautiful Minane Bridge (near Carrigaline, and 20km south of Cork city). Join us on Friday 15 July at 8pm for a mid-summer’s evening race, along scenic country roads and skirting the stunning south Cork coastline. Delicious refreshments and prize giving will follow at Tracton Art and Community Centre. For those seeking further activity, the option of a post-race dip is only a stone’s throw away at Robert’s Cove or Rocky Bay.

Enter now at:

Entry fee is €15 online, or €20 on the evening of the race. All race entries before 1 July will also be entered into a prize draw. 

The race is a chip timed, professionally measured course, with permit from Athletics Ireland (licence no: 22/114). All age 16+ are eligible to run, and there will be cash prizes for all main categories, very kindly sponsored by Pet Essentials in Carrigaline."

As can be seen from the map above, the race takes place just to the south of Minane Bridge which in turn is just over 7kms to the south of Carrigaline.

It's very easy to get to... just go through the centre of Carrigaline and keep going straight. Follow the signposts for Minane Bridge and Robert's Cove.

It's been a long time since there were any road races in this part of the county. I remember taking part once in what I think was a 5-mile race from Ballyfeard to Robert's Cove but that was many moons ago. Over the years, I've done a lot of training runs on the roads near here and it's a nice quiet spot for a run with the occasional sea view.

The map of the course is shown above which is loop to the south of Minane Bridge. The 4-mile course is undulating on quiet country roads with the start and finish points near this crossroads.

The race HQ is at the Tracton Arts & Community Centre which is about 200m to the south of Minane Bridge.

Race HQ

There is a 1km walk from the Community Centre up to the crossroads and the start / finish line.

A profile of the course can be seen below...

Relive 'Tracton AC 4 mile race route'

Trivia... Just after the 2-mile mark, there is a lovely view of the East Cork coastline and if you look carefully, you can spot Ballycotton Island with the lighthouse in the distance.

Overall... A nice 4-mile race on quiet country roads near the south coast and a 35 minute drive from Cork City.

Sunday, June 19, 2022

Photos of the Down Syndrome Centre Cork 21km Charity Run / Walk - Sun 19th June 2022

A nice mix of runners and walkers assembled at the park in Haulbowline in Cork Harbour this morning to undertake the 21km charity challenge to Pairc Ui Chaoimh in Cork City.

Racewalking World Champion and Olympic medalist Rob Heffernan was on hand to start the event.

The event was organised by the Down Syndrome Centre Cork and was non-competitive i.e. not timed.

In terms of the weather, it felt a bit more like March than June with a cool northerly breeze which the participants had into their face for most of the route. On the plus side, it was dry and the cool breeze was probably welcome at some points.

There seemed to be plenty of stewards at the start and out along the route at the various road junctions. There was also plenty of food and drinks stations at various intervals.

And they're off!... Pairc Ui Chaoimh, here we come...

There's something novel about starting a run out in Cork Harbour and finishing it 21kms later up in Cork City. 

Running events don't have to be all about times, positions and prizes. There is plenty of room for charity events where the satisfaction comes from just completing the distance for a good cause.


1) There are a small number of photos up on the Running in Cork Facebook page HERE 

Results & Photos of the Donoughmore 7-mile - Thurs 16th June 2022

The Donoughmore 7-mile road race was held last Thursday the 16th of June 2022 with 184 runners taking part. That is 23% down on the figure for the last race which was held back in 2019.

As can be seen from the chart above, that is the lowest number since at least 2007 and the first time it has dipped under 200 in that time. The most recent peak was in 2017 when 282 runners crossed the finish line.

 It raises the bigger question of whether the race numbers will ever return to their old peaks? I think some people expect that post pandemic, the numbers will gradually rise again and they'll be back up again at higher levels. I'm not so sure.

I know that some people are not attending club races just because of the high entry fees. 5k parkruns are free and the Cork BHAA races are €5 for registered runners. The gap in entry fees between these events and the club races seems to be getting larger and larger.

That might be a debate for another post.

Top 3 men & women...

1 Donal Coakley M SM Leevale A.C 0:38:27 522 
3 Barry Twohig M M40 St. Finbarrs 0:39:01 646 
4 Kieran Mckeown M M45 Grange Fermoy AC 0:39:23 571 
2 Aoife Cooke F F35 Eagle AC 0:38:34 649 
12 Claire McCarthy F F45 Leevale A.C 0:43:19 645
16 Linda O'Sullivan F F50 Watergrasshill A.C 0:43:56 596

1) Mick Dooley has a gallery HERE

Full results below...

Saturday, June 18, 2022

Results of the 5k parkruns in Cork - Sat 18th June 2022

Results of the 5k parkruns around the county on Saturday 18th June 2022

Ballincollig Regional Park: 227 this week, 237 last week. Long term average 297.

First 3 men & women...
1 Liam RYAN Male VM40-44 17:20
2 Andy GOULDING Male VM35-39 17:29
3 John HERLIHY Male VM40-44 17:30
10 Nollaigh O'NEILL Female VW50-54 Leevale AC 20:20
16 Sarah TREACY Female SW30-34Watergrasshill AC 21:04
23 Mary SWEENEY Female VW60-64 St Finbarrs AC 22:01

Glen River: 58 this week, 69 last week. The long term average is 81.

First 3 men & women...
1 Jp TREACY Male VM35-39 19:43
2 Richard BOURKE Male VM40-44 St Finbarrs AC 20:44
3 Rian O LUASA Male JM15-17 Carraig na bhFear AC 20:49
5 Rhona DEMPSEY Female VW40-44 22:26
6 Niamh SHEEHAN Female SW30-34 Togher AC 22:31
20 Anna STAINKE Female SW30-34 Rebel PT 26:20

Mallow Castle: 51 finishers this week, 45 last week. The long term average is 76.

First 3 men & women...
1 Tonto KELLY MURPHY Male VM35-39 19:14
4 Kieran TWOMEY Male VM55-59 21:00
6 Andrew O HALLORAN Male SM30-34 22:34
2 Emma FLYNN Female JW11-14 North Cork AC 19:28
3 Michaela FLYNN Female JW11-14 North Cork AC 20:58
5 Anna LUCEY O'SULLIVAN Female JW10 22:30

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...
1 Ciaran O MATHUNA Male SM20-24 18:43
2 Padraig MAHONY Male VM45-49 18:44
3 Tomas MAHONY Male VM50-54 West Waterford AC 21:31
8 Kellie FAUL Female VW35-39 24:01
9 Claire MURPHY Female VW50-54 24:07
12 Catherine CLANCY Female VW55-59 24:48

Macroom Desmense: 46 this week, 31 last week. Long term average is 53.

First 3 men & women...
1 Conor LUCEY Male VM35-39 18:33
2 Henry BROWNE Male VM40-44 18:46
3 Jude MURPHY Male JM11-14 19:01
10 Brid MEAGHER Female VW40-44 24:55
11 Chloe LEHANE Female JW11-14 25:09
12 Mary LUCEY Female VW35-39 25:15

Clonakilty: 25 finishers this week, 38 finishers last week. Long term average 37.

First 3 men & women...
1 Mícheál Ó SÉ Male VM40-44 19:44
2 Andrew COLLINS Male SM20-24 Skibbereen AC 23:17
3 Declan RICE Male VM40-44 23:33
7 Sandra WALSH Female VW50-54 24:29
10 Lucy CRONIN Female JW11-14 29:06
13 Grace O'BRIEN Female SW20-24 34:29

Glengarriff Woods: There were 48 finishers for this weeks 5k parkrun in Glengarriff Woods. It was 80  last week, long term average is 59.

Top 3 men & women...
1 Callum MCELHINNEY Male JM15-17 Bantry Athletic Club 20:04
2 Cathal MINEHANE Male VM40-44 21:22
3 Danny MANNING Male VM45-49 21:31
8 Maria HURLEY Female VW60-64 Bantry Athletic Club 24:04
10 Aoife O'SULLIVAN Female SW18-19 Bishopstown Orienteering Club 24:11
13 Deirdre O'BRIEN Female VW45-49 Bantry Athletic Club 26:16

Bere Island: 50 this week, 31 last week, long term average of 46. 

First 3 men & women...
1 Hannah STEEDS Female SW25-29 Bristol and West AC 18:55
4 Michelagh MURPHY Female SW18-19 22:57
8 Catherine BARRY Female VW50-54 25:16
2 Billy MORIARTY Male JM11-14 St Brendan's AC Ardfert 21:02
3 Garry MORIARTY Male VM45-49 21:31
5 Colin GLEESON Male VM70-74 Beara AC 22:58

Castlehaven: 23 finishers this week in Rineen Woods. 20 last week. Long term average 30.

First 3 men & women...
1 Catherine AIREY Female SW25-29 Highgate Harriers 23:50
8 Mary COTTER Female VW55-59 30:10
9 Aimee DUNNE Female SW25-29 Forget The Gym 30:35
2 Aidan HOLLAND Male VM35-39 24:40
3 Michael WILSON Male VM50-54 26:22
4 Danny SMITH Male VM60-64 27:10

Friday, June 17, 2022

Results of the Cloughduv GAA 5k - Thurs 16th June 2022

Johnathon Murphy & Ella Collins - respective winners of the 2022 Cloughduv 5k

A total of 319 people took part in this year's Cloughduv 5k on Thursday 16th June 2022.

Proceeds from this 5k race went towards the Irish Red Cross and the Ukraine Appeal.

Top 3 men & women...
1 Johnathon Murphy 16:49
2 Tim Mahony 18:20
3 Brendan O'Leary 18:34
1 Ella Collins 20:47
2 Niamh Cronin 21:19
3 Karen O'Callaghan 22:10

Full results below...

 Bib# Name Time
51 Johnathon Murphy 16:49
56 Tim Mahony 18:20
347 Brendan O'Leary 18:34
240 Davin Jennings 19:15
247 Diarmuid O Donoghue 20:06
264 Adrian O'Connor 20:09
22 Rory McEllroy 20:11
168 Ciaran Slattery 20:13
230 Ella Collins 20:47
38 Brian Harte 20:51
278 Brian Downey 20:53
106 Tadgh Flynn 20:56

Friday Jigsaw: BHAA Musgrave 5k 2022

For this weeks online jigsaw, we have a photo from Derek Costello of the start of the 2022 Cork BHAA Musgraves 5k in Cork City.

There are a lot of colours in this photo so we'll make it a small but harder than usual with 320 pieces.

You can find it HERE