Google+ Running in Cork, Ireland: Looking back...Cork womens mini-marathon in 1986

Monday, September 26, 2011

Looking back...Cork womens mini-marathon in 1986

The Evening Echo Womens mini-marathon is 30 years old this year. This post looks back 25 years ago to the year 1986 when the mini-marathon was just 5 years old. At that time, it was run over a 10k course and was won by Yvonne Murray from Scotland, one of the leading European middle distance runners in the 80's and 90's.
She had just won the bronze in the 3000 metres in the European Championships in August in Stuttgart in what was then West Germany. Just one month later, she took part in the Cork Evening Echo Womens mini-marathon.
She would later go on to take bronze in the 3000m at the 1988 Olympics and win gold at 3000m at the 1990 European Championships and the 1993 World Indoor Championships.
A short race report with the times of the first 40 runners can be seen HERE
How many of those 40 names took part in the 2011 race?.............more info in the comments below.


Gearóid said...

Well John, number 27 in the 1986 run was Mrs.Mary Lee who's Lizzie Lee's mother. Mary took up running about 2 years before that at the age of 34 but had to quit shortly after because of injury. So the "dúchas" is there!
Garry Lee.

Gearóid said...

..and she came twelfth the following year when it was again won by Yvonne Murray, as far as I remember..

John Desmond said...

Update on those runners from 1986 from info sent to me by e-mail......

1st...Yvonne Murray – was Sonia O’Sullivan’s main rival when Sonia first hit the big time. In August 1994 Sonia defeated her in London when setting a European 3000m record of 8:21.64. A few weeks later, the result was the same at the European Championships in Helsinki.

3rd.....Christine Kennedy – originally from Galway and now living in California. She won the Dublin Marathon in 1990 and 1991. Also second in Ballycotton ‘10’ that year of 1986. In October 2010, Christine set an American F50 record of 2:51:40 and also won the F55 division at the 2011 Boston Marathon.

4th....Lucy O’Donohue – had won the Cork City Marathon three years before (1983) in 3:13:33, almost an hour faster than she ran the previous year.

7th – Carmel McCarthy, now Carmel Crowley of Bandon AC and finished fourth in the 2011 race...up 3 places!

8th – Eileen Prunty, a native of Midleton and now running for Clonmel AC in Tipperary. Also took part in the 2011 race and ran in all of the Ballycotton five-milers this summer.

14th – Marion Lyons, President of St Finbarr’s was involved in the organising the 2011 race.

21st – Mary Joyce-Curtin, from Killeagh. Her daughter, Joyce Curtin, is on scholarship in US.

24th – Carmel Lyons, now Carmel Parnell and finished eight in the 2011 race.

25th – Michelle Murphy, from Carrignavar is now a coach at Western Kentucky University. She won a few road races when back home at Christmas in recent years. Her mother is Noreen Murphy, former Chairperson of Cork Co Board and who was recording at the finish at the 2011 race.

27th - As Gearóid pointed out, Mary Lee finished in 27th place and is the mother of the 2011 winner, Lizzie Lee.

29th – Bernice Glavin, still running a number of marathons every year.

31st – Brid Murphy (Leevale). Would go on to be one of the top marathon runners in the country with a best of 2:43 in 1992 when she won the Irish championship.

34th – Caroline Healy, from Carrigaline, now lives in Boston where she has run the marathon on a few occasions. Took part in some Cork races last year when back here on holiday.

Tom Mooney said...

Yvonne Murray - Mooney fondly remembers the lead car announcer having a conversation with local spectators over the tannoy while the race was being run. Yvonne is very fond of Ireland and has visited on a number of occasions.