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Saturday, May 21, 2022

Results of the Barry O'Sullivan Memorial 5k in Dromahane - 21st May 2022

 Results of the Barry O'Sullivan Memorial 5k in Dromahane - 21st May 2022

Top 3 men & women...

1 Alan O Shea     15:13     15:13 SM 356
2 Eric Curran Leevale AC     15:37     15:36 SM 59
3 Trevor Woodgate     17:25     17:22 SM 306
6 Martina Kiely     17:50     17:49 SF 393
11 Carol Finn     18:42     18:41 SF 386
15 Kathy Jean Horgan Casey     19:30     19:27 SF 330

Full results HERE

Results of the 5k parkruns in Cork - Sat 21st May 2022


Results of the 5k parkruns around the county on Saturday 21st May 2022

Ballincollig Regional Park: 287 this week, 270 last week. Long term average 297.

First 3 men & women...
1 Karl MITCHELL Male VM35-39 Leevale AC 18:07
2 Sean TWOHIG Male SM30-34 St Finbarrs AC 18:39
3 Alan O'SULLIVAN Male VM35-39 18:50
27 Mary SWEENEY Female VW60-64 St Finbarrs AC 21:49
32 Mairead PEREZ Female VW45-49 22:10
41 Regina COMBER Female VW35-39 Leevale AC 22:42


Glen River: 58 this week, 58 last week. The long term average is 82.

First 3 men & women...
1 Cian MCCAFFERTY Male SM30-34 19:50
2 Brendan MAGUIRE Male VM40-44 19:57
3 Michael NAUGHTON Male VM50-54 Wibbly Wobbly Wonders 21:39
8 Sandra WALSH Female VW50-54 23:42
12 Anna HOGAN Female VW45-49 UCC Staff Athletics Club 24:17
17 Bebhinn KELLEHER Female SW25-29 25:24


Mallow Castle: 48 finishers this week, 47 last week. The long term average is 77.

First 3 men & women...
1 Brian O'KEEFFE Male VM40-44 Buttevant RC 17:57
2 Andrzej CHOMICZ Male VM40-44 Mallow AC 19:33
3 Andrew O HALLORAN Male SM30-34 21:59
5 Eimile BROWNE Female JW11-14 22:56
6 Aine QUANE Female SW30-34 23:11
8 Eleanor RYAN Female SW30-34 24:43


Youghal: The Pobalscoil na Tríonóide 5k parkrun in Youghal got 54 this week, 34 for last week. The long term average is 68.

First 3 men & women...
1 Shane KEARNEY Male VM40-44 St Catherines AC 18:52
2 Shane GREENE Male VM35-39 21:28
3 Steven BATES Male VM40-44 21:53
6 Muirna WALSH Female VW45-49 22:48
7 Claire MURPHY Female VW50-54 22:57
9 Roisin RONAYNE Female VW45-49 23:06


Macroom Desmense: 37 this week, 37 last week. Long term average is 53.

First 3 men & women...
1 Jude MURPHY Male JM11-14 19:57
2 Padraig SHEAHAN Male VM55-59 Millstreet Athletic Club 20:12
3 Enda O'FLAHERTY Male VM40-44 21:45
10 Mary LUCEY Female VW35-39 25:24
12 Margaret KELLIHER Female VW65-69 26:08
13 Carmel PURCELL Female VW45-49 26:15


Clonakilty: 30 finishers this week, 21 finishers last week. Long term average 37.

First 3 men & women...
1 Mícheál Ó SÉ Male VM40-44 19:27
2 Ronan FOOLKES Male VM35-39 20:26
3 John SANTRY Male VM35-39 Dell EMC Running Club 22:05
11 Karina JONINA Female SW25-29 25:16
14 Katie HARTE Female SW30-34 Clonakilty Roadrunners AC 27:40
15 Karin CONNOLLY Female VW50-54 Bishopstown Orienteering Club 28:52


Glengarriff Woods: There were 54 finishers for this weeks 5k parkrun in Glengarriff Woods. It was 44  last week, long term average is 59.

First 3 men & women... 
1 Cathal MINEHANE Male VM40-44 20:53
2 Stephen O'SULLIVAN Male VM50-54 21:24
3 Cormac WHOOLEY Male SM30-34 21:29
11 Breda MCELHINNEY Female VW55-59 24:24
12 Fleur HINDLEY Female VW55-59 24:52
15 Jacquie O'SULLIVAN Female VW40-44 25:38


Bere Island: 35 this week, 33 last week, long term average of 46. 

First 3 men & women...
1 Jose CHAPA Male VM50-54 Sportsworld 22:38
2 Colin GLEESON Male VM70-74 Beara AC 23:07
3 G DUFFY Male VM50-54 23:22
4 Breeda O SULLIVAN Female VW55-59 Beara AC 23:47
6 Olive FOGARTY Female VW45-49 Sportsworld 24:36
8 Michele TIGHE Female VW40-44 26:38

Castlehaven: 21 finishers this week in Rineen Woods. 11 last week. Long term average 30.

First 3 men & women...
1 Ciarán BOUSE Male VM40-44 Eagle A.C. 21:06
2 Michael JESTON Male SM30-34 21:49
3 Conor SHERIDAN Male SM30-34 East Coast Athletic Club 22:55
5 Aoife O'SULLIVAN Female SW18-19 Bishopstown Orienteering Club 25:39
7 Niamh O'DRISCOLL Female SW25-29 27:49
8 Emma HORLER Female VW55-59 28:06

Guest Post: Running Strength ...by Pat Walsh

 ** Running Strength ** 

Rewrite of a post from a few years back. Hope it will be of help and maybe put you thinking. Thanks for so many kind comments last week about running and racing. 

We all need strength to keep us fit, healthy and active as runners, but how much do we need and what time should be spent on our strength training.

Strength training exercises will not only help you prevent injury, but it will also make you a stronger, faster, and more efficient runner. . 

* We need leg strength to power our legs to finish the run.
* We need leg strength to get up those hills that Races sometimes throw at us.
* We need core strength to keep our posture and perform as efficiently as possible.
* We need upper body strength to keep our arms working and the head erect for proper breathing and running form.

But how much do we need?

Runners need a different strength-training program than your standard gym plan. Instead of big single muscle exercises such as bicep curls, leg extensions, and bench presses, runners should focus on targeting the key muscles that will keep them balanced and moving forward.

Do we need a weekly (or twice weekly) Hour session in a Gym 

NO

Footballers play football, Body builders lift weights, Runners Run 

If you finish a race and your legs are just tired, some lactic acid in the muscles and a bit stiff the day after, then by and large you are ok. The running itself will help leg strength, some hill repeats also works wonders (ahhhh..!!) and some squats or lunges at home can help build the strength required.

If you die on hills but recover soon after then your cardio side is fine but you do need to work on leg strength. This should be planned out and put into a weekly program otherwise you will always dread the hilly routes. It can be sorted but you will have to be patient and give it time.

Regular leg work (3 times a week at home for 5 minutes) plus a weekly hill session (ahhhh again..!!) should do the trick.

We need core strength to maintain posture and form during a race. Some simple core exercises such as the Plank or one of the many that can be got from any yoga search can be done at home again a few times per week.

We all complain sometimes of aches in the shoulders and neck late into long runs and again these can be helped by some work at home. Shoulder Press, Press up or many others will help this area.

Doing forget to stretch this area as well as maybe tension or lack of flexibility could also be the problem.

* So 3 areas, legs, core and upper body can all be helped and improved by developing a 5 minute routine for each (total 15mins) and do this at home few times per week.


Squats or Lunges with an overhead dumbbell action are full body exercises that are much more beneficial. 

Try to be smart and do it on days when the running session isn’t too hard.

These exercises can be done at home a few times a week with little disruption to domestic life and give you more time for running. 

Examples for some simple exercises that can be done at home, just “google” them, and there is loads of help and advice available. No need for expensive equipment.

If you do feel you need some serious strength work then try to plan a few weeks where you are recovering from a previous race and nothing coming up in the next month or 2. 

Get the strength up and then a light maintenance routine will hold that gain.


Lifting a huge barbell in a chest press is of no use to a distance runner as the muscle gained has to be carried around the run. Far better to use body weight for press-ups or some light dumbbells for Chest-Fly or other exercises

Core work, and body weight exercises should be a consistent part of your training to ensure you stay strong and athletic. If you’re a runner who’s more likely to get hurt, 5-10 extra minutes of strength work will go a long way in keeping you healthy, consistent, and ultimately, faster. 

Runners Run. 

Have a nice weekend. 🏃‍♀️

#pwr #keeponrunning



Friday, May 20, 2022

Results of the John Hartnett 10k in Ballyhooly - Fri 20th May 2022

147 runners turned out for the John Hartnett 10k in Ballyhooly on Fri 20th May 2022

Top 3 men & women...
1 196 Hennesy Pat Male West waterford  00:32:47  00:32:46
2 200 Herlihy Michael Male north Cork  00:33:37  00:33:36
3 138 Longan John Male St. Finbarr's AC  00:35:49  00:35:47
12 158 Gaffney Breda Female Mallow ac  00:38:45  00:38:45
14 84 McLaughlin Róisín Female Grange Fermoy  00:39:47  00:39:46
17 114 Eighan Irene Female St Finbarr's AC  00:40:25  00:40:23

Overall Place (by chip time) Bib # Last Name First Name Sex Team Name Finishing Time Chip Time
1 196 Hennesy Pat Male West waterford 00:32:47 00:32:46
2 200 Herlihy Michael Male north Cork 00:33:37 00:33:36
3 138 Longan John Male St. Finbarr's AC 00:35:49 00:35:47
4 198 Greene David Male Grange Fermoy A.C. 00:36:23 00:36:23
5 130 Maher david Male Carrig na BhFear 00:36:37 00:36:35

Friday Jigsaw: Cheetah Run 2022


For this weeks online jigsaw, we have a photo from the Cheetah Run 5k at Fota Wildlife Park.

You can find the 204-piece jigsaw HERE

Thursday, May 19, 2022

Results & Photos of the Cheetah Run 5k in Fota Wildlife Park - 19th May 2022


A total of 712 runners turned out for this year's Cheetah Run 5k race in Fota Wildlife Park on what turned out to be a cool and windy evening in May.

Top 3 men & women...

1 Alan O'SHEA Bantry AC M M40 814 15:07
2 Sergiu CIOBANU Clonliffe Harriers M MS 483 15:18
3 Aidan NOONE Leevale AC M MS 733 16:02
18 Carol FINN Leevale AC F FS 540 17:49
22 Michelle KENNY Leevale AC F F40 632 18:06
25 Kealey TIDESWELL Clonmel AC F F35 869 18:25

Full results HERE

Photos to follow...

1) Mick Dooley has some pre-race photos HERE and some post race photos HERE

2) Joe Murphy has a large gallery HERE

3) Derek Costello as always has loads of photos...

pre start     https://flic.kr/s/aHBqjzQLkG

start            https://flic.kr/s/aHBqjzQLdE

3km part 1  https://flic.kr/s/aHBqjzQKmy

3 km part 2  https://flic.kr/s/aHBqjzQLuz

3km part 3    https://flic.kr/s/aHBqjzQMDH

3 km part 4   https://flic.kr/s/aHBqjzQLyT


First man - Alan O'Shea of Bantry AC

Top women (L-R) Carol Finn 1st, Sharon Rynne 4th, Michelle Kenny 2nd & Mary Sweeney 1st F60

Tuesday, May 17, 2022

Results & Photos of the Cork BHAA John Buckley Sports 5k - Tues 17th May 2022



This years Cork BHAA John Buckley Sports 5k race attracted a large field of 595 runners with participants coming from across Cork and Munster.

Top 3 men & women...
1 Niall SHANAHAN (#21) 00:14:42
2 Mark WALSH (#514) 00:15:16
3 Shane COLLINS (#35) 00:15:22
1 Sinead O'CONNOR (#37) 00:16:18
2 Carol FINN (#117) 00:17:38
3 Michelle KENNY (#492) 00:17:48

Chip timing results HERE

Cork BHAA results with categories HERE

Photos...

1) Joe Murphy has a gallery HERE

2) Some pre-race photos from Mick Dooley HERE

First 3 men (L-R)... Shane Collins 3rd, Niall Shanahan 1st & Mark Walsh 2nd - Photo by Mick Dooley

First woman - Sinead O'Connor. Photo by Mick Dooley

Don't forget to hold onto your race number as it entitles you to a 20% discount in John Buckley Sports.

Website... https://johnbuckleysports.com/

Notice : The Cheetah Run 5k in Fota Wildlife Park - Thurs 19th May 2022



The Cheetah Run 5k in Fota Wildlife Park organised by Eagle AC is coming up on Thursday the 19th of May 2022 at 8pm. As well as there being the usual 5k race, there is also a one-mile race for juveniles (11-15 year olds).

Update 19th May 2022: SOLD OUT! It literally went down to the wire but the last of the 900 places sold out late on the evening of the 18th of May. 

Update 14th April 2022: The 1-mile race for juveniles is now full. After just a week, more than half of the entries for the 5k race have now gone. If you're interested then enter asap.




Update 18th May 2022 - 8am... Fewer than 40 places left now.

Enter HERE

Info from the organisers... Eagle AC together with Fota Wildlife Park and with the co-operation of the OPW, are delighted to announce the return of the Eagle AC Cheetah Run 5km race for 2022.
We are very grateful to our sponsors John Buckley Sports & Brooks for helping to make this possible.

Monday, May 16, 2022

Notice: Ballymacoda 4 mile road race in East Cork - Fri 27th May 2022



The annual Ballymacoda 4 mile road race is coming up on Friday evening, the 27th of May 2022 at 8pm

The entry fee is €10 and you can enter on the day.

From the organisers... "Excitement is building as we prepare to make this years event as enjoyable as can be for all that will be in attendance. All proceeds go to Kilcredan national school which this year is celebrating 50 years.

The route is a flat course ideal for experienced runners who wish to get a PB or for new comers who are just starting out running, this course suits everyone. 

If the weather is good, refreshments and prize giving will be outdoors and there is a bonus if course record broken for both men and women."

Located near Ballymacoda in East Cork, this one is easy to access from the east via Youghal and from the west via Castlemartyr and Ladysbridge...


The course takes in a loop to the north-west of the GAA grounds and like the surrounding countryside is pretty flat. 


Looking at the photos of the long straight sections and the Ordnance Survey map, I think this is a very fast 4 mile course.

Preview...A full preview of the course with directions and photos can be seen HERE

Saturday, May 14, 2022

Results of the Surf Turf n Tar Half-Marathon & 10k in Rosscarbery - Sat 14th May 2022

The Surf Turn n Tar Half-Marathon & 10k made a return in 2022 with just over 600 runners taking part. 

In the half-marathon, there were 209 finishers which is the same as 2019. The numbers were down a bit in the 10k with 408 finishers compared to 525 in 2019.

Half-Marathon - top 3 men & women...
1 Deane Paul Clonakilty Road Runners   1:25:06 SM 659
2 O'Leary Conor Clonakilty 1:26:25 SM 843
3 Crowley Martin Killarney 1:28:00 SM 651
11 Walsh Karen Cork 1:36:58 SF 899
24 Perkins Emer Cork  1:43:25 SF 876
28 O'Donoghue Colette Watergrasshill AC   1:44:25 SF 817

Half-Marathon results

10k - top 3 men & women...
1 Alfie Davis Leevale AC     37:32 SM 128
2 Garret Lordan Clonakility Road Runners     37:52 SM 1483
3 Timmy Hawkins Carraig Na Bhfear AC     38:12 JM 204
16 Jane Peetersoo Cork     45:55 SF 512
23 Anna O'Neill Doheny AC     48:02 SF 470
25 Genevieve Collins Castletownbere     48:26 SF 1501

Results of the 5k parkruns in Cork - Sat 14th May 2022


Results of the 5k parkruns around the county on Saturday 14th May 2022

Ballincollig Regional Park: 270 this week, 239 last week. Long term average 298.

First 3 men & women...
1 Ronan HOARE Male VM35-39 17:44
2 Sean TWOHIG Male SM30-34 St Finbarrs AC 18:45
3 Pablo HERRERA Male SM30-34 19:12
16 Mary SWEENEY Female VW60-64 St Finbarrs AC 21:38
20 Mairead PEREZ Female VW45-49 21:57
27 Deirbhile O'KEEFFE Female SW25-29 Raheny Shamrock AC 22:17


Glen River: 58 this week, 53 last week. The long term average is 82.

First 3 men & women...
1 Henry MILWARD Male SM30-34 Midleton AC 19:19
2 Rian O LUASA Male JM15-17 Carraig na bhFear AC 21:28
3 Emmet POWER Male VM45-49 Balbriggan Roadrunners 21:42
18 Danielle Ó FLYNN Female VW35-39 25:35
19 Gisselle ESPINOZA Female SW30-34 25:51
21 Claire MCGONAGLE Female VW50-54 27:18


Mallow Castle: 47 finishers this week, 27 last week. The long term average is 78.

First 3 men & women...
1 Iain BUCKLEY Male JM11-14 18:58
3 Andrzej CHOMICZ Male VM40-44 Mallow AC 19:20
4 Jamie STONE Male SM30-34 20:18
2 Emma FLYNN Female JW11-14 North Cork AC 19:10
12 Fiona MCGUINNESS Female VW40-44 25:07
20 Deirdre MCDONNELL Female VW50-54 29:30


Youghal: The Pobalscoil na Tríonóide 5k parkrun in Youghal got 34 this week, 37 for last week. The long term average is 69.

First 3 men & women...
1 Paul KEARNEY Male VM35-39 Aghada Running Club 18:26
2 Ian MURPHY Male VM50-54 21:51
3 Bruno ZAMORA Male SM30-34 21:54
10 Claire MURPHY Female VW50-54 24:38
12 Saoirse KINSELLA Female JW10 25:56
14 Melanie KELLY Female VW60-64 26:28


Macroom Desmense: 37 this week, 35 last week. Long term average is 54.

First 3 men & women...
1 Conor LUCEY Male VM35-39 18:34
2 Simon NOLAN Male VM35-39 18:38
3 Jude MURPHY Male JM11-14 19:45
16 Mary LUCEY Female VW35-39 25:15
18 Lynda BRADLEY Female VW45-49 25:29
20 Jenny O SHEA Female SW30-34 26:37


Clonakilty: 21 finishers this week, 22 finishers last week. Long term average 37.

First 3 men & women...
1 Mícheál Ó SÉ Male VM40-44 18:51
2 Jeremy MOLONEY Male SM30-34 19:56
3 Niall O'CONNOR Male VM45-49 Ranelagh Harriers 20:57
8 Kathleen O REGAN Female VW35-39 25:16
11 Frances LYNCH Female VW55-59 Sanctuary Runners 27:02
14 Helen O'REGAN Female VW40-44 GoodGym 30:28


Glengarriff Woods: There were 44 finishers for this weeks 5k parkrun in Glengarriff Woods. It was 39  last week, long term average is 59.

First 3 men & women... 
1 Stephen O'SULLIVAN Male VM50-54 21:23
2 Ray SMITH Male VM55-59 Kenmare Athletics Club 21:47
3 Unknown 
13 Mary MINEHANE Female JW10 28:09
19 Lisa WHELAN Female VW55-59 32:11
22 Penelope O SULLIVAN Female JW10 33:31


Bere Island: 32 this week, 37 last week, long term average of 46. 

First 3 men & women...
1 Nathann THORNTON Male SM30-34 Vegan Runners 21:01
2 Ciarán O'SULLIVAN Male VM55-59 22:36
4 Peter MOORE Male SM25-29 23:59
3 Michelagh MURPHY Female SW18-19 22:55
5 Breeda O SULLIVAN Female VW55-59 Beara AC 24:17
8 Mags O NEILL Female VW45-49 Beara AC 26:05


Castlehaven: 11 finishers this week in Rineen Woods. 18 last week. Long term average 30.

First 3 men & women...
1 James WHITE Male VM35-39 24:19
2 John CASEY Male VM55-59 Togher AC 24:52
3 Danny SMITH Male VM60-64 27:19
4 Celine BUCKLEY Female VW50-54 Castlehaven GAA 28:42
6 Martha HALBERT Female VW35-39 33:35
7 Ciara BUCKLEY Female VW35-39 34:32

Results of the Buttevant 4-mile road race - Fri 13th May 2022

There was a big drop in numbers for this 4-mile road race with 173 taking part as compared to 302 back in May of 2019, a 43% reduction. 

2797 1 Andrew Sheehan Clonakilty Road Runners M 0:21:29
318 2 Jonathan Murphy Leevale A.C. M 0:21:54
365 3 Barry Twohig St. Finbarrs A.C. M40 0:22:07
283 14 Carol Finn Leevale A.C. F 0:23:45  
327 19 Linda O Connor F40 0:25:16  
337 25 Annette O Reilly Kilfinane A.C. F 0:25:58

Full results HERE 

Guest Post: Where have all the runners gone? ...by Pat Walsh

** Where have all the runners gone? **

Just a post wondering about a new trend emerging in local races.
3 quite big local races down by a third approx in numbers since the last full event in 2019. Some races that sold out in a day or 2 still have places available. What is happening or what has happened.

Like the rest of our lives, new patterns, new trends are emerging and we have to see where it all goes. It will take time. I can understand some of it. 

Runners stopped racing and have lost the habit.
Prices have increased to cover extra cost around hosting such as online entry and chip timing and other safety measures.
Some people are still slow and reluctant to meet in big crowds and that is a personal choice.
There are less people running.

Consequences
Clubs and charity will have limited profits and will have to question the reason for putting in huge effort organising and hosting the race in the future. These races were vital for fund raising.
We as runners will lose / forget the ability to race. If we don’t race how do we see exactly where our current fitness levels lie.

My thoughts 🤔
I think some runners have just got used to a lifestyle of meeting a few others for a run, then having a cuppa or a breakfast afterwards and are quite happy with that.
Give me a long Saturday morning run completed, Coffee and Eggs Benedict with the crew and it is as close to heaven as maybe I will ever get.

Prices have increased understandably and long term running multiple 5k to 5mile races locally at 15 to 20 euro per entry makes running an expensive hobby.

I saw 65euro+ for a half marathon recently. Madness

The fun is gone out of racing, when the after race mingling and socialising was prohibited last 2 years.

Running numbers have dropped considerably since 2019. We did great at start of covid but the poor performance of Athletics Ireland was of no help. People were looking for leadership and guidance and they were found wanting. I would love to see membership figures 2021 v 2019. Many ex-runners found new sports to interest them that they were able to continue with during the pandemic.


So I encourage you to race again.

I like a race every few weeks just to test myself. I was and still am a huge critic of over-racing and the damage it does but we have to test ourselves every so often.

The CRACK. Yes racing is hard but sharing the mile of a road with another who is suffering has helped me make many a friendship.

Where will you get good pics for your facebook page?
Support your local races. You will miss them if they are gone.

“I know we never been quite here before I wish I knew it when we lost it”…. Pink

7.30am in the morning I’m posting and heading out the door for a run . Like old times.

Have a lovely weekend. 😍
#PWR #Run

Friday, May 13, 2022

Friday Jigsaw: Glen River 5k parkrun - Sat 7th May 2022


For this weeks jigsaw, we have a photo that I took with Mick Dooley's phone at the Glen River 5k parkrun last weekend.

You can find the 204-piece online jigsaw HERE

West Waterford AC Road Race Series - May to July 2022

West Waterford AC are holding a series of road races which may be of interest to runners in East Cork.

There are six to choose from with distances ranging from 5k to 10k.

The entry fee for each race is €10.

More info HERE