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Sunday, March 18, 2018

Cloyne 4k cancelled due to snow

Unfortunately due snow on the course, the organizers have to cancel this mornings 4k race in Cloyne.

Rescheduled date will be published later.

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Results & Photos of the Ballincollig 5k parkrun... Sat 17th March 2018

After the rain last week, the numbers were back up again to normal levels on St.Patrick's Day with 346 runners taking part in the 5k parkrun in Ballincollig Regional Park.

1 Denis BUCKLEY    18:17    JM15-17    M1
2 Alex BOYNTON    18:25    SM30-34    M2
3 Piotr SPYT    19:10    VM35-39    M3
36 Louise SHEEHAN    22:19    VW40-44    F1    Ballincollig Athletic Club
37 Marta RZEPKA    22:27    VW35-39    F2    Polish Runners Club Ireland
49 Maria CALACO MULERO    22:55    SW20-24    F3

Full results HERE

1) The organisers have a gallery HERE

Friday, March 16, 2018

Notice...Lee Fields 4 mile road race - Sun 18th March 2018

Please note that the organisers have cancelled the Lee Fields 4 mile road race on Sunday the 18th of March due to the adverse weather conditions forecast.

They are planning to hold it on a future date once this can be organised.

The annual Lee Fields 4 mile road race is coming up in Cork City on Sunday the 18th of March 2018. Note the start time of 10:30am.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Results of the MMRA trail race in Ballinboola in N Cork...Sun 11th March 2018

A total of 80 runners took part in this 7km trail race near Charleville in North Cork on Sunday the 11th of March 2018. 

1 Stuart Moloney M 44:05 Mooreabbey ...    Tipperary
2 George McCarthy M40 45:10 Farranfore ...    Kerry
3 Barry Hartnett M 46:26 Moorabbey M...    Tipperary
25 Marie O'Shea F40 55:39 MooreAbbey ...    Tipperary
31 Sarah Fitzpatrick F 56:49 Mooreabbey ...    Tipperary
34 Siobhan McNamara F 0:58:23 Dublin

Full results

The next event on the MMRA calendar is a 7km trail race near Millstreet in Cork on Sunday 18th March 2018.. This is the sixth race in the Munster Mountain Running Association Winter-Spring League 2018.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Notice : MMRA 7km trail run on Claragh Mtn nr Millstreet - Sun 18th March 2018

The next event on the MMRA calendar is a 7km trail race near Millstreet in Cork. This is the sixth race in the Munster Mountain Running Association Winter-Spring League 2018.

It's probably one of easiest in terms of mountain runs and is a good introduction. It is however tougher than the usual trail races that take place in the various woods. In terms of hills races in Cork, this one could justifiably be called a classic as it has a long history.

One of the unusual aspects of the race is that it starts in the town of Millstreet. From there, you look up at Claragh and it's hard to imagine that you'll be doing a race that will take you to the summit and back. It's also hard to imagine that it is only 7kms but it is.

This 7km trail race is organised by the Munster Mountain Running Association and here is some info from them.....

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Notice...Blackwater 10 mile road race nr Fermoy - Sun 20th May 2018

This is the fourth year of this 10 mile road race in the village of Clondulane, just east of Fermoy in Co.Cork. It is coming up this year on Sunday the 20th of May 2018.

The entry fee is €25 and is inclusive of all charges. It also includes a dry fit top.

Entries >>> You can enter HERE

All proceeds go towards the charity Breakthrough Cancer Research and the local national school.

All of the information is on the race website...

2018 Course.....

The route is shown above and it's the same as 2017. The race takes in a loop of Clodulane first before heading up the N72. It takes in the village of Coolagown before returning back the same route to Clondulane.

The profile is shown below.

Please note that the 6th of May 2018 is the closing date for the dry fit tops as they need to be ordered.

Monday, March 12, 2018

Notice...Ballintotis 4 mile road race in East Cork - Thurs 19th Apr 2018

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 Thursday the 19th of April 2018 at 8pm. Last year, they  managed to attract almost 900 runners which is a huge number for an evening road race.

They will have timing mats at the start and finish line so everyone will get an accurate time.

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

Online Entry...You can pre-enter the race 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

Here is some info from the organisers...

2018 Ballintotis '4' Mile Road Race
The race committee are delighted to welcome Ahern's Centra on board as one the main sponsors of the event. Simon Ahern of Ahern's Centra Castlemarty, Killeagh and Carrigtwohill will take over sponsorship of the by now coveted Ballintotis Running Buff, which will given to each participant on the night. We extend a sincere word of thanks to Simon and his team for his very valued backing of the event

Again this year's race offers great value for money with a very attractive prize structure overall and a full list of category prizes in all age groups (1st 2nd and 3rd) as well as the opportunity to win one of the many spot prizes on offer. Castlemartyr Resort will again sponsor the top prize which this year is a Weekend Away for 2 people for both the male and female winners. Trabolgan Holiday Village have again confirmed that they will sponsor a  Family Weekend Away or Mid Week stay for the both the race runner up and ladies runner up.  

Once more Garryvoe Hotel Leisure Centre have come on board with a magnificent prize for the third runners home, in the shape of six months membership to their superb facility.  Market Green Shopping Centre and Ballintotis Fit4Life Club have also been confirmed as amongst the other main race sponsors.

The Ballintotis 4 Mile Road Race is held each year in association with East Cork A.C and regularly attracts in the region of 1,000 runners - looking forward to seeing you all again by the Lakeside on April 19th!

All enquiries to Race Directors

Sean Murphy  086 8240094
John Cashman 086 8778182

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Results of the Crosshaven 10k run...Sun 11th Mar 2018

This 10k run in Crosshaven was held on Sunday the 11th of March and had 164 runners. The results are up on the Sports Timing website. There was also a 5k run.

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Results of the Ballincollig 5k parkrun... Sat 10th March 2018

248 turned out for this weeks 5k parkrun in Ballincollig Regional Park on what was a damp wet morning which probably explains the drop in numbers. It was a big change from a week ago when it was cancelled due to all the snow that was out there.

1 Paddy WALSH    17:51    SM25-29    M1
2 Martin CURTIN    18:06    VM40-44    M2    St Finbarrs AC
3 Kevin SMITH    18:46    VM40-44    M3    Midleton AC
33 Eilis FOX    22:12    VW45-49    72.22 %    F1    2018 Operation Transformation
48 Olga O'SULLIVAN    22:57    VW40-44    F2    Dell EMC Running Club
50 Fiona VERLING    23:00    VW35-39    F3

The full results of the 89th edition are HERE

1) The organisers have a gallery HERE
2) Joe Murphy has a gallery HERE

Friday, March 09, 2018

Notice : MMRA Ballinaboola10km trail race in North Cork - Sun 11th March 2018

This is the fifth race of the 2018 Munster Winter/Spring League, of which there are 10 races across Munster on Sunday mornings between January and April. Complete 4/10 runs in the league for a finisher's prize.

The Ballinaboola event is few a few kms south-east of Charleville in North Cork.

From the Munster Mountain Running Association...Another new route, this time in Ballinaboola on the Cork/Limerick border just outside Ballyhea. Entry is €5 (cash entry on the day) but you must pay a one-off annual registration fee of €10 online to be eligible to enter.

More info on the race and how to register at

The junior route starts and finishes near the forest car park. It climbs up forest road, before a flat mucky section and a fast downhill. Juniors:

The senior route is 10k in distance, has an elevation gain of 280m and starts about 1km from the carpark. It goes up and over the summit of Carron mountain with a mixture of forest roads and mucky paths, and a few short steep sections. Seniors:

Getting There: Ballinaboola, Ballyhea, Co. Cork
To get there from the N20 between Limerick and Cork, turn off at Ballyhea by the church. The forest entrance is on the right after about 3.5km, and then 1km up the forest road to the carpark.

Parking is limited, so please make every effort to carpool.

This is the fifth race of the 2018 Munster Winter/Spring League, of which there are 10 races across Munster on Sunday mornings between January and April.

For a full list of races, check out Complete 4/10 runs in the league for a finisher's prize.

Notice...Boherbue to Kiskeam 4 mile road race in NW Cork - Mon 2nd Apr 2018

Looking ahead to some more races coming up in the near future, this one might be of interest to anyone west or north of Cork City, in Kerry or south and west Limerick. The Boherbue to Kiskeam 4 mile road race in NW Cork is coming up on Easter Monday, the 2nd of April 2018.

This 4 mile road race starts in Boherbue and finishes in the village of Kiskeam. As you can see from the map below, it's a central location for a lot of people in N.Cork, W.Limerick & E.Kerry...

The race is being organised by Gneeveguilla AC, one of the largest athletic clubs in Kerry. The entry fee is €20 on the day and there is a huge array of prizes on offer. These are usually in the form of vouchers for a local co-op and are pretty generous.

There will be the usual refreshments of tea. coffee. sandwiches, etc afterwards as well.

Preview.......A full preview of the course with directions, maps, photos, etc can be seen HERE

Thursday, March 08, 2018

Ballycotton 10m voted best 10m race in Munster in 2017

Maybe it was out of a sense of nostalgia but the poll for the best 10 mile road race in Munster in 2017 saw the Ballcotton '10' come out on top! It was certainly a race with a distinguished history and will be missed by many runners.

Notice : Duhallow AC 10 mile road race in Newmarket - Sun 8th April 2018

Please note that the new Duhallow AC 10 mile road race in Newmarket has been rescheduled for Sunday the 8th of April 2018.

The race costs €30 to enter and there will be a dry fit top for the first 700 to register.

You can enter here...

The 10 mile route is an out and back course and it can be seen below. Parts of the course will be the same as the Newmarket 5k course which is held every December.

As can be seen above, there is a climb before the 4 mile mark but the last 3 miles are nice and fast.

The club website is

Wednesday, March 07, 2018

Dungarvan 10k coming up on Sun 11th March 2018

Any runners that take part in the annual Dungarvan 10 mile road might be interested to know that the 10k version is coming up on Sunday the 11th of March 2018.

Organised again by West Waterford AC, this is a nice fast 10k and it follows much of the same route as the 10 miler.

The entry fee is only €8 online or €10 on the day.

More info HERE...

Tuesday, March 06, 2018

Off The Ball interview with 3 times Gold medalist Marcus O'Sullivan

There was an interesting interview recently from the Off The Ball team when they spoke with Marcus O'Sullivan. A Cork native and now head coach of Villanova University, Marcus has the distinction of having taken part in four summer Olympic Games, won three gold medals at the World Indoor Championships over 1500m and run a total of 101 sub-4 minute miles!