Google+ Running in Cork, Ireland

Saturday, October 06, 2007

Results of the Poll...' What is your preferred distance for a road race? '
This poll got 54 votes and thanks to everyone who took the time to vote. Originally, I was going to include 'No preference' as an option but I thought that too many people might click that and it does'nt really provide any relevant info. I wanted visitors to the blog to make a choice and provide some feedback.

Results - So, lets look at the results. With 54 votes and with most of the visitors to this blog coming from Ireland, I would think that it is a big enough sample to indicate the preferences of 'local/Irish' runners. So, here are the main points...
a) The most popular distance was 5 miles. Only one person picked 4 miles strangely enough. I assume that most people here went for the shorter option of 5 kms or the longer option of 5 miles.
b) I thought it was unusual that 31% went for the 10 km option even though there are very few 10k races locally. The BHAA UCC 10k is the only one that springs to mind. Perhaps some of the non-Cork visitors picked this one?
c) I was a bit suprised to see that so few picked the 5km option. I thought that this would have been one of the most popular.
d) Some basic stats from the poll...
67% of runners (i.e. two thirds) prefer races that are about 5 to 6.25 miles in lenght.
82% of runners prefer distances of 5 miles and over.

My own vote - By the way, my own vote was for the 10 mile option. For me, all of the races between 5k and 10 km are much the same. The courses are different of course, but the way I run each race is much the same.
But with a 10 mile race, it's different. Some people start too fast, some too slow and positions change all the time. It's a fine balancing act between how fast you can run and how far you have to run. For me, the long races (10 miles +) are something special.

Conclusion - Before the poll, I would have expected a lot more people to have picked the shorter options but that didn't turn out to be the case. Most runners seem to prefer the medium to longer distances. About 10 years ago, there seemed to be a glut of 5k races. More recently however, especially with the success of the Cork City Marathon and big numbers at the Ballycotton 10, Munster Spring Classic 10 mile series, Cork Half Marathon and Cork to Cobh race, the trend now seems to be going in the other direction. So, maybe the poll results aren't so suprising after all.

and finally...there is a new poll now on the right hand side of this page. The poll question is...How long have been you been running on a consistent basis? Just click and vote !


Anonymous said...

I think the result shows there might be an interest in having more 10k races in cork

John Dunphy said...

Hi john your poll was interesting good to see people voting for it. i like to run every race no matter what the distance as i only took up running back in april this year and started to enter road races early june onwards id say im very consistent i have 19 races completed since early june and thats the truth ive being lucky that i have had no injuries to date agree with the other comment made 10k races would be nice to mix it up a bit.

John Dunphy

keving said...

Interesting stats from poll. great website by the way, have used it all through summer, only got back into running myself back in Feb.

I ran the Galway Bay 10 mile last sat, which was my first 10-miler! Would be interested to see how anyone else that ran it found course/organistation. Kevin.

John Dunphy said...

Hi john Just to answer back to kevin's question on the galway bay 10.

Hi kevin i thought it was more of a footpath race than a road race kept ducking and diving between people out walking never saw mile markers asked stewards a few times what mile i was at they had no idea,and for the finish when did you ever see yourself having to stop near the finish line to get passed a brick wall about 3 feet high do you remember the small gap in the wall then run on to the finish every thing else was very good though results are out on the galway bay 10 website now.

John Dunphy

keving said...

Hi John,

On jd's comments on race in Galway. I think 75% of race was spent running on footpaths/concrete, and my legs felt every bit of it. Stewarding of race was poor at times, especially where at one stage we had to run through 3 roundabouts in a row up a hill, while fighting with traffic.

That brick wall at end was a disaster, how did crowds at end get through that tiny gap I don't know, I might have jumped it, if I wasn't so tired ;)

The race was for a good cause but I wouldn't be too eager to run it again next year, maybe a 10-miler added later in year down south would be a good idea?