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Sunday, November 22, 2009

Cork City Sports Athletics award for the month of October 2009...
This piece of news came to light at the end of last week. John Walshe of Ballycotton Running Promotions was the recipient of the Cork City Sports Athletics award for the month of October. Anyone that takes part in the local races on a regular basis will know that John Walshe is involved in organising many of them as well as of course organising the hugely popular 'Ballycotton 10' every March.

Here is the clip from the AAI website...
It is surely safe to say that John ‘Mr. Ballycotton’ Walshe is as worthy a winner as any of the great athletes who have been honoured at this event in the past.
Speaking at the lunch reception in Jurys, Evening Echo Sports Editor John McHale told the gathering that in all his years as Editor he had not come across a more humble and obliging person as John Walshe.

John Walshe has been organising road races in and around his beloved Ballycotton for decades. As a race organiser he is regarded by everyone as an athletes man and no step is left unturned by him in his efforts to ensure that everything possible is done to make their racing experience the best ever.

John is probably best known throughout the length and breadth of Ireland as the organiser of the famous Ballycotton 10, a race that was there long before the running boom began, and a race that has grown in stature year after year, so much so that there are now entry limits, and that limit is reached within hours of the entry forms becoming available.

Evening Echo Editor John McHale was glowing in his address about John Walshe, as was Cork City Sports Chairman Dick Hodgins.

In reply John Walshe said he was honoured and humbled to be the recipient of this prestigious award, following in the footsteps of Derval O’Rourke in September and Olive Loughnane in August. He thanked everyone for the award as well as his family and friends who had supported him so well over the past 30 years.


John Dunphy said...

Hi John,

Would just like to say congratulations to John Walshe on recieving his award,A great achievement and well deserved and a big thank you to John for all his hard work and commitment to the local road running scene,

John Dunphy
Eagle Ac

Anonymous said...

Well done to John Walshe. The award couldn't have gone to a more deserving recipient!

John Quigley said...

On behalf of Eagle AC, I also want to reiterate John Dunphy's comments.

John Walshe has worked tirelessly for decades and has contributed to athletics in Cork, and beyond, to an unquantifiable degree.

His foresight in starting both the Ballycotton 10 and the Ballycotton Summer Series, events which have set the standards for others (to try) to follow, has led to athletics in Cork being the showpiece that it is.

Of course, being the modest and unassuming person that he is, John would be the first to say that his success is due to his many 'backroom' people. Nevertheless John's leadership is pivotal.

You're probably blushing mad and cursing me for this, John, but take a bow, you've merited this award, along with profound gratitude, admiration and respect from, dare I say, everyone in Cork athletics and (almost certainly) further afield.

John Quigley,
Eagle AC

Niamh said...

Well deserved John!!!No better person to recievce an award to show the appreciation of his commitment to the running scene here in cork..
Niamh Roe