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Monday, January 24, 2022

Cork runner Brian O'Shea raises €7,000 for Pieta House!

Cork runner Brian O'Shea (L) presenting a cheque for €7,000 to Darran Coyle Garde of Pieta House

Last year, I had a post up about how Cork runner Brian O'Shea was running a 5k every day in 2021 and was raising funds for the Pieta House charity.

Brian has been in touch to say that he completed a 5k for 366 days in a row which included the New Year's Day 5k parkrun in Ballincollig at the start of 2022.

Brian writes... "Delighted to present Darran Coyle Garde from Pieta in Cork with a cheque for €7,000 as a result of the 5k a day challenge I completed in 2021. "

Brian would like to thank the running community in Cork for all the support and donations.

Sunday, January 23, 2022

Results of the Cork BHAA FMC 6k road race in Little Island - 23rd Jan 2022

The first road race on the Cork BHAA calendar was held in Little Island on Sunday the 23rd of January 2022 with a reasonable turnout of 330 completing the 6km course.

However as the chart above shows, the numbers were well down on recent years. The last time the numbers were lower was way back in 2007.

Top 3 men & women...
 1 Gavin O'Rourke M1 18:35 Eli Lilly M-A-1
2 Jeremy O Donovan 0/40A M2 19:18 Eli Lilly M-A-1
3 Darragh Mulcahy 19:23 Temp Reg
17 Sinead O Connor 0/35H F1 20:39 Dept of Ed F-A-1
18 Martina Kiely 0/35H F2 20:44 Dept of Ed F-A-1
27 Sharon Rynne F3 21:55 Kepak

The full results are up on the Cork BHAA website HERE

Permission granted for new 400m athletics track in Carrigaline

Cork County Council has just granted planning permission to Carrigaline Rugby Football Club (RFC) and Carrigaline Athletics Club (AC) for a new multipurpose sports facility at Kilnagleary, Carrigaline.

The 6.3 hectare site will have a 400-metre athletics track as well as three standard size grass playing pitches.

Carrigaline currently has a population of about 16,000 and is one of the fastest growing towns in Cork. By the time this facility is completed, it may well be closer to 20,000.

This is one of several new athletic tracks planned for the county including one at Mallow (pop. 13,000) and Bandon (pop. 7,000).

Guest Post: 10 Mile Pat Walsh

 ** 10 Mile ** 🏃

It is coming into the season of Spring races and it is time for us to move on and tackle 2022.

Many of my crew and lots more runners around the country are training for 10 mile races, which are coming up soon and are very popular.

10 mile is an ideal distance this time of year and benefits are numerous.
* It helps build stamina and provides a solid block of training that can be built upon if you wish to go longer later this year.
* It gives strength and stamina to those who will go back to shorter races and fine tune their speed later in the spring.
* It is a reasonable distance and should be achievable for most runners without undue stress. Just be careful doing too much too soon if your training has slipped. 😢

🏃‍♀️ Experienced Runners
If you have 10 mile races done already and you have a goal time in mind then maybe this will help
Make your long run at least 10 miles each week. That way you have no fear of the distance and can concentrate on the pace of your run.
Try to get a few miles each week towards the end of the long run close to race pace and get used to feeling that pace.
You should be getting 20+ miles a week in total and 1 session to include speed work quicker that desired Min/ml pace of the race. 
One good tip I like is maybe 2 or 3 weeks before the race make the long run an 11 or 12 mile. That way the distance is well conquered and the body has got used to operating for a longer time than it will be on Race day. That can help shorten the 10 mile race.
First race of the Year, Golden Rule, … ‘Don’t kill yourself’.

🏃‍♀️ First Timers and returning runners
Forget the watch --- Just do it.
Don’t climb through the miles too quickly, you will get injured or sick. 
Give yourself enough time to prepare in some fashion that you can enjoy it. Delay the 10 mile until you are ready.
Paste on a smile, relax and be happy to finish the race
Plenty more races that you can then improve on.
If you training isn’t at the 10 mile yet then no panic, just add one mile each week to your long run until you get there.
Don’t forget to include some form of speed work each week. 
Don’t cram a 10mile the week before the race as you will only turn up tired and lacking energy. Take the week easy leading up to the race and just go out there and do it. 

Progression 👏
If you get the 10mile done, fair play. Look at pace and what went right and wrong. Put a plan in place to rectify any problems and just go on and do better next time. The Year is long ahead of you.
If you feel you are not ready for the 10mile and that it has come too soon in the Year, then do not despair. Patience in building to it, is better than the injury or burn-out from trying it too soon.
At the moment, I am taking on clients for 2022, so if you have some goal that you think I could help with then feel free to contact me.

This weekend ---- Get out, go for a run, enjoy it and be grateful that you can. You know it makes sense...

#pwr #keeponrunning

Saturday, January 22, 2022

Results of the 5k parkruns in Cork - Sat 22nd Jan 2022

Results of the 5k parkruns around the county on Saturday 22nd January 2022. The numbers seem similar to last week which was about 40% up on the previous week.

Ballincollig Regional Park: 402 this week, 400 last week. Long term average 298.

First 3 men & women...
1 Alan HAYNES Male VM35-39 17:24
2 Senan O REILLY Male JM15-17 17:37
3 Shane COONEY Male VM40-44 St Finbarrs AC 17:58
27 Rachel LEDWITH Female JW11-14 Belgooly AC 20:32
37 Deirbhile O'KEEFFE Female SW20-24 21:30
40 Mairead PEREZ Female VW45-49 21:38

Glen River: 100 this week, 102 last week. The long term average is 84.

First 3 men & women...
1 Conrad WATT Male SM30-34 Magnolia RR 18:01
2 Finbarr ODWYER Male VM45-49 Leevale AC 18:08
3 Cian MCCAFFERTY Male SM30-34 19:39
15 Niamh SHEEHAN Female SW30-34 Togher AC 22:56
17 Robyn MAHER Female JW11-14 Carraig na bhFear AC 23:17
21 Sandra WALSH Female VW50-54 24:02

Mallow Castle: 83 finishers this week, 114 last time. The long term average is 91.

First 3 men & women...
1 Tomás KIELY Male JM11-14 North Cork AC 18:32
2 Brian AHERN Male VM45-49 Bweeng Trail Blazers 18:44
4 Andrzej CHOMICZ Male VM40-44 Mallow AC 19:19
3 Ailbhe MCDAID Female VW35-39 18:52
15 Norah MCGLYNN Female JW15-17 23:13
19 Orla NOLAN Female VW50-54 Dromahane Roadrunners 23:31

Youghal: The Pobalscoil na Tríonóide 5k parkrun in Youghal got 109 this week, 135 for last week. The long term average is 77.

First 3 men & women...
1 Ciaran MCNAMEE Male SM18-19 17:21
2 Patrick TROY Male VM45-49 18:24
3 Henry MILWARD Male SM30-34 Midleton AC 18:31
4 Emma LANDERS Female JW15-17 18:43
5 Avril CASHMAN Female JW15-17 18:43
7 Alex CASHMAN Female JW15-17 20:09

Macroom Desmense: 80 this week, 53 last week. Long term average is 54.

First 3 men & women...
1 Conor LUCEY Male VM35-39 18:47
2 Jude MURPHY Male JM11-14 20:24
3 Finbarr KELLEHER Male VM35-39 20:35
12 Jennifer RING Female VW40-44 22:55
15 Lisa SHINE Female VW35-39 Crusaders Athletic Club 23:41
18 Aoife BARRY-MURPHY Female SW25-29 23:55

Clonakilty: 41 finishers this week, 40 finishers last week. Long term average 37.

First 3 men & women...
1 Carmel CROWLEY Female VW50-54 19:58
8 Sinead CROWLEY Female JW15-17 23:38
11 Grainne CROWLEY Female VW45-49 25:27
2 Jeremy MOLONEY Male SM30-34 20:54
3 Conor DOYLE Male SM30-34 21:41
4 Ciaràn O'LEARY Male JM10 21:55

Clonakilty results...

Glengarriff Woods: There were 108 finishers for this weeks 5k parkrun in Glengarriff Woods. Last week was 110, long term average is 58.

First 3 men & women... 
1 Hannah STEEDS Female SW25-29 Bristol and West AC 18:46 
11 Alice COPPINGER Female VW40-44 Bantry Athletic Club 23:10
12 Niamh CASEY Female VW35-39 23:25
2 Callum MCELHINNEY Male JM15-17 Bantry Athletic Club 19:57
3 Darragh COPPINGER Male JM11-14 20:44
4 Stephen O'SULLIVAN Male VM50-54 20:50

Bere Island: 26 this week, 12 last week, long term average of 46. 

First 3 men & women...
1 Olan MURPHY Male JM15-17 23:30
2 Colin GLEESON Male VM65-69 Beara AC 23:55
5 Breandan MURPHY Male SM18-19 25:14
3 Michelagh MURPHY Female JW15-17 24:12
4 Breeda O SULLIVAN Female VW55-59 Beara AC 24:33
6 Mags O NEILL Female VW45-49 Beara AC 26:43

Castlehaven: 28 finishers this week in Rineen Woods. 32 last week. Long term average 30.

First 3 men & women...
1 Eoin DALY Male SM30-34 21:17
2 Padraig COURTNEY Male VM40-44 Castlehaven GAA 22:05
3 Richie HARNEDY Male VM35-39 22:07
7 Niamh O'BRIEN Female SW30-34 23:49
9 Anne-Marie GREEN Female VW55-59 25:59
10 Danielle SHEEHY Female SW25-29 26:14

Friday, January 21, 2022

Training programme for the Limerick Half-Marathon & 6-mile in May

The Great Limerick Run Half-Marathon is coming up on Sunday the 1st of May 2022.

While there are plenty of generic 'one size fits all' plans about, many if not most are of little value. Every person is different and any proper training plan should be specific for each individual.

A 14-week training programme for the Limerick Half-Marathon starts on the 23rd of January 2022 and costs €79. 

A 12-week programme for those doing the 6-mile event starts of the 6th of February and cost €69. There is also the option of making it 14-weeks for €79 if someone wants a bit more time to get ready.

Each programme is sent out weekly and is tailored for each individual. Weekly feedback by email is required.

If interested, send an email to johndesmondrunning AT gmail DOT com

Friday Jigsaw: Glen River 5k parkrun - Jan 2022

For this weeks online jigsaw, we have a nice easy one from the Glen River 5k parkrun last weekend in Cork City. Photo by Mick Dooley.

You can find the 110-piece jigsaw HERE

Thursday, January 20, 2022

Running in Cork photos go viral on Facebook...

In the last few weeks, I have two photos which went viral on the Running in Cork Facebook page.

I took a photo of Olympic rowing Gold medalist Paul O'Donovan at the finish line of the Newmarket 5k on the 19th of December 2021. When I put the photo up on the Running in Cork Facebook page, it reached in excess of 235,000 people which is pretty amazing.

At the end of Togher 5k race, Mick Dooley took a photo of the first three women including Olympian Michelle Finn and sent it on to me. I then posted that on the Running in Cork Facebook page and it reached over 87,000 people!

I know there are loads of running related pages and groups on Facebook but many are a bit like bubbles, just reach a small number of the usual people and just get lost in the 'noise'.

I would hope that Facebook posts like those shown above reaches a much wider audience and makes a lot of people aware of the running scene in Cork.

Wednesday, January 19, 2022

Notice: IMRA Corrin Hill Trail Race nr Fermoy - Sun 23rd Jan 2022

The IMRA are holding a trail race on Sunday the 23rd of January 2022 at Corrin Hill to the south-west of Fermoy. This is a good introduction to trail running for anyone starting off.

Note that IMRA membership is required which costs €10 for the year.

More info on the IMRA website...

More info on the 2022 IMRA events HERE

Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Results & photos of the Ballyhoura Winter Moonlight Challenge - 14th Jan 2022

The IMRA Ballyhoura Winter Moonlight Challenge was held on Friday evening the 14th of January 2022 with an impressive 176 runners finishing the course. That's pretty amazing for a 28km trail race that was run in the dark in the middle of January.

Top 5 men & women...
1 Barry McEvoy 118 M 2:06:43 Laois
2 Raivis Zakis 652 M40 2:07:49 West Waterf... Waterford
3 Michael Lyons 497 M35 2:21:25 Grange Ferm... Cork
4 Paul Tierney (Tipp) 846 M40 2:24:35 GoTri Adven... Tipperary
5 Sam Hand 141 M 2:24:58 Kilmallock ... Limerick
13 Laura O Driscoll 731 F40 2:39:15 North East ... Louth
34 Michelle Nolan 186 F50 2:52:00 Cork
40 Elaine Collins 235 F 2:55:05 Cork
42 Roisin Howley 716 F 2:55:58 Clare
68 Cora Fenton 677 F50 3:08:27 Kilmallock ... Limerick

Full results HERE

1) The Irish Mountain Running Association has two galleries... Album 1 ... Album 2... 

Notice: Adare 10k in W Limerick - Sun 27th Feb 2022

The annual Adare 10k road race is coming up on Sunday the 27th of February 2022 at 1pm.

Organised by West Limerick AC, this is a hugely popular race and attracts a large field of about 700 runners, way beyond the usual 200 or so that most races get. It sells out every year.

Update 18th Jan 2022: This race has now sold out! It's really impressive to see such strong demand for this race with 1000 places filled. While many races struggle to attract runners, others are going from strength to strength.

The first batch of 600 went on sale on the 4th of November 2021 and filled out within days. The second batch of 400 went on sale on the 14th of January and sold out in about three days.

Saturday, January 15, 2022

Results of the 5k parkruns in Cork - Sat 15th Jan 2022

Results of the 5k parkruns around the county on Saturday 15th January 2022. The numbers were up around 40% on last week.

Ballincollig Regional Park: 400 this week, 302 last week. Long term average 298.

First 3 men & women...
1 Conrad WATT Male SM30-34 Magnolia RR 17:20
2 Shane COONEY Male VM40-44 St Finbarrs AC 18:29
3 Simon NOLAN Male VM35-39 18:36
24 Rachel LEDWITH Female JW11-14 20:33
30 Siobhan HOLLAND Female VW45-49 Eagle A.C. 21:07
38 Ella COLLINS Female JW15-17 21:36

Glen River: 102 this week, 77 last week. The long term average is 84.

First 3 men & women...
1 Cian MCCAFFERTY Male SM30-34 20:16
2 Cathal O'CONNELL Male VM55-59 St Finbarrs AC 20:35
4 Michael NAUGHTON Male VM50-54 Wibbly Wobbly Wonders 21:08
3 Anita LOCKE Female VW35-39 St Finbarrs AC 20:59
9 Celine TAUBMAN Female SW20-24 22:58
14 Sandra WALSH Female VW50-54 23:51

Mallow Castle: 114 finishers this week, 94 last time. The long term average is 89.

First 3 men & women...
1 Brian O'KEEFFE Male VM40-44 Kent AC 17:15
2 Darren COLEMAN Male SM30-34 17:19
3 Aidan MAHER Male JM15-17 Carraig na bhFear AC 17:49
8 Emma FLYNN Female JW11-14 North Cork AC 19:25
10 Isobel KELLEGHER Female JW15-17 20:01
14 Michaela FLYNN Female JW10 North Cork AC 20:30

Youghal: The Pobalscoil na Tríonóide 5k parkrun in Youghal got 135 this week, 75 for last week. The long term average is 72.

First 3 men & women...
1 Padraig MAHONY Male VM45-49 18:16
2 John MURPHY Male VM50-54 18:25
3 Patrick TROY Male VM45-49 18:29
15 Anne-Marie PEFFERS Female VW45-49 20:53
17 Chloe MCCARTHY Female JW10 Youghal AC 20:58
19 Caoimhe BOURKE Female JW11-14 21:17

Macroom Desmense: 80 this week, 53 last week. Long term average is 54.

First 3 men & women...
1 Conor LUCEY Male VM35-39 19:14
2 Jude MURPHY Male JM11-14 20:10
3 Finn YORE Male JM11-14 West Muskerry A.C. 20:16
13 Hannah MURPHY Female VW40-44 22:25
18 Jennifer RING Female VW40-44 23:08
27 Aoife BARRY-MURPHY Female SW25-29 24:06

Clonakilty: 40 finishers this week, 35 finishers last week. Long term average 37.

First 3 men & women...
1 Daniel DOLLARD Male JM11-14 19:18
2 Sam ORIORDAN Male JM15-17 Leevale AC 21:16
3 Tomás MARKEY Male JM15-17 22:35
15 Kathleen O REGAN Female VW35-39 25:53
16 Grainne CROWLEY Female VW45-49 25:55
18 Lucy CRONIN Female JW11-14 27:26

Glengarriff Woods: There were 110 finishers for this weeks 5k parkrun in Glengarriff Woods. Last week was 73, long term average is 58.

First 3 men & women... 
1 Connie O SHEA Male SM25-29 20:18
2 John BELCHER Male VM50-54 22:12
3 Danny MANNING Male VM45-49 22:18
4 Niamh O'BRIEN Female SW30-34 22:33
5 Niamh CASEY Female VW35-39 23:29
6 Maria HURLEY Female VW60-64 Bantry Athletic Club 23:39

Bere Island: 26 this week, 12 last week, long term average of 46. 

First 3 men & women...
1 Olan MURPHY Male JM15-17 22:46
2 Ciarán O'SULLIVAN Male VM50-54 23:08
3 Michelagh MURPHY Female JW15-17 24:31
6 Carol HURLEY Female VW50-54 Beara AC 25:55
7 Laura WALSH Female JW15-17 29:04
9 Edel MURPHY Female VW50-54 29:22

Castlehaven: 32 finishers this week in Rineen Woods. 19 last week. Long term average 30.

First 3 men & women...
1 Ruairi HOURIHANE Male SM30-34 20:55
2 Henry BROWNE Male VM40-44 21:03
3 Florence FITZGERALD Male SM30-34 21:58
4 Catherine AIREY Female SW25-29 Highgate Harriers 22:21
6 Emer COURTNEY Female VW35-39 24:51
11 Celine BUCKLEY Female VW50-54 Castlehaven GAA 29:27

Friday, January 14, 2022

Runner Eoin Keith from Cobh wins the 2022 Pennine Way Winter Spine Race

Eoin Keith from Cobh is one of the top Ultra runners in the country and he has just won the recent Montane Winter Spine race in England!

This is his 3rd Winter win and comes only half a year after winning the Summer Event, where he also set a new course record.

The race involves running the full 431km (268-mile) length of the Pennine Way national trail from Edale in Derbyshire to Kirk Yetholm in the Scottish Borders . The course has an overall ascent of 13,135m (43,093ft) and overall descent of 13,255m (43,487ft), with the highest point being Cross Fell at 892m (2,926ft).

While Keith set a new record with a time of 77hrs 34mins 52secs last Summer, the Winter event was much tougher and took 92 hours 42 minutes and 30 seconds.

Friday Jigsaw: Cork BHAA Cross Country - Jan 2022

For this weeks online jigsaw, we go back to last weekends Cork BHAA ESB Cross Country in Beaumont Park.

You can find the 187-piece jigsaw HERE

Photo by Joe Muphy

Thursday, January 13, 2022

Guest Post: RIP Ashling Pat Walsh

** RIP Ashling **

I don’t know Ashling Murphy but my heart is aching for the loss of a young girl out for a run. So many have been forced to run on their own the last 2 years. We have discovered Trails, Walkways, Beaches, quiet Country Roads and so many new and enjoyable areas to exercise. Ashling Murphy was killed while out for a run.

What happened is sad, sensless, without explanation or reason and all we can do is grieve the loss of a fallen runner. First rule of running, is to come home safely. This poor girl went for a run in daylight on a busy recreational walkway, happy that she was doing the best she could.

To her Family and friends, of which there are so many, I offer my condolonces. To those whose lives she touched may she be forever in your memory.

Words fail me.

My friends in Ballymore AC (Cobh) are holding a run in her honour at 4pm on Saturday afternoon from the Heritage Centre in Cobh. This is roughly the time of the assault. Just an easy mile or 2, dressed in black, in a dignified and thoughtful manner respecting the occasion. Feel free to join them or run your own run at the same time.

#pwr 😢💔💔🏴🏴