Google+ Running in Cork, Ireland: Results of the Old Abbey 5 km road race...Sun 30th June 2013

Monday, July 01, 2013

Results of the Old Abbey 5 km road race...Sun 30th June 2013

Sixty years ago back in 1953, Old Abbey Athletic Club was formed and in it's first year, it held a road race between Waterfall and Goggins Hill. To commemorate it's 60th anniversary of it's founding, the club held a 5 km road race this year over much the same route.

Starting just to the north of Waterfall, a total of 84 runners ran the 5 km route to Goggins Hill on what could easily be described as a challenging course with plenty of drags. The first man home was Michael Harty of East Cork AC in a time of 16:44. The womens race was won by Rebecca McEvoy of St.Finbarr's AC for her first ever win on the road.

 First three ladies in the Old Abbey AC Waterfall to Goggins Hill 5km pictured with Ted Geary, the winner of a similar race over the same course 60 years ago. (From left) Rebecca McEvoy (St Finbarr's), first - Rebecca attended Goggins Hill NS where the race finished; Mary O'Keeffe (Midleton), second - Mary is a niece of Ted Geary; Margaret Shaughnessy (Duhallow), third....Photo courtesy of John Walshe

1    16:44    HARTY, Michael    East Cork AC    M   5:23.0
2    19:50    HOGAN, Aidan    Rising Sun AC    M35  6:22.9 
3    20:13    MCEVOY, Eamonn    St. Finbarrs AC    M55  6:30.3
27    24:17    MCEVOY, Rebecca    St. Finbarrs AC    F   7:48.8
30    24:25    O'KEEFFE, Mary    Midleton AC    F45  7:51.4
36    25:11    O'SHAUGHNESSY, Margaret    Duhallow AC    F35  8:06.2

The full results can be seen HERE

1) Doug Minihane has a small gallery of photos HERE

Runners pass under Abbey Bridge, part of the old Cork to Bandon railway line which closed in 1961...some eight years after the original race....Photo courtesy of Doug Minihane


Anonymous said...

Great race last night, very enjoyable. Well stewarded and well supported. Terrific to have some of the runners present who ran the original race 60 years ago. Very tough course though, not a place to even think about PB's!

Anonymous said...

That was one hell of a hill for the final mile. I've done a good few 5k's and this one was by far the toughest. Great atmosphere at it and a brilliant spread afterwards, will be back next yr to try and better my time. Thanks to all involved.

Anonymous said...

For a first eventer this was a great show, pity that more of the regular running fraternity did not support it but as the runners had to be transported to the start the number was manageable. Tough dangerous course but totally safe with stewards all along the way, I know that the pre race work was huge as it was their first time organising a road race and it was imperative that the race be over the original course, their is a loop 5 km course there as well and the club should give cosideration to this next year as it would cut down a pile of the work. Fantastic to see Ted Geary present one of the Geary brothers of Cobh who were top distance men in the 50s, also present were John Cussen and Sean Spillane two of the club founders from 1952. Good on ya the Abbey.

Anonymous said...

very hard 5k I thought it was a great road race laid out very well .