Google+ Running in Cork, Ireland: Grellan McGrath from Cork wins Connemara 100 mile race

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Grellan McGrath from Cork wins Connemara 100 mile race

The Connemara 100 mile is the longest road race in Ireland and it is held in August every year. The statistics associated with the 100 mile race are just mind boggling...
a) Runners starting at 6am on Saturday morning and running roughly 17 to 27 hours
b) Burning roughly 10,000 calories
c) Running the equivalent of Cork to almost Portlaoise
d) Total ascent of about 1040 metres...the equivalent of starting at sea level and running 100 miles to the top of Carrauntoohill...the highest mountain in Ireland.

The winner of this years race which was held last weekend was Grellan McGrath of Eagle AC in Cork in a time of 16 hours 22 mins and 8 seconds. That works out as an average pace of 9m 49s per mile.
Grellan McGrath...63 miles done...only 37 miles to go...Photo : Iain Shaw of Athenry AC
Thomas Bubendorfer of Star of the Laune AC in Kerry was 2nd in 16:41:49 while Polish national Maciej Sawicki who I think lives near Fermoy was 3rd in 17:20:50.

Grellan McGrath 16:22:08
Thomas Bubendorfer 16:41:49
Maciej Sawicki: 17:20:50
Noel O Keeffe: 17:21:04

The winner of the womens race was Aoife O'Donnell from Laois in 23:46:58. Aoife's mum who was crewing for her is originally from North Cork so we'll claim that one as well ;o)

Also a special mention of three other runners from Cork who completed the 100 miles...Pat O'Keeffe 25:21:10, John Ryan 27:14:03and Mick Corcoran ??:??:??


Barry said...

Seriously impressive work by both Grellan and Thomas,

Having only done the ultra (39miles) in Connemara and having found that hard going I can only imagine the rest,

Fantastic going by the both of them,

Anonymous said...

Both Thomas and Grellans impending race reports are well worth checking out. Massive respect to all runners in Connemara, a lot of marathon runners might talk as if they could do a 100 mile race but its a special breed who do it.

Anonymous said...

Hi John.
You are correct, Maciej lives in Fermoy and runs with Grange-Fermoy AC. Really nice guy as well. Well done to everyone who completed the race. 100 miles is a monumental distance to even contemplate running. Hats off to all of you. Think I'll stick to my 5 milers...

Anonymous said...

Amazing achievement it has to be said great dedication required.Mick Corcoran finished in
26:34:04. And raised over 2000 for suicide aware.
Again congratulations to all involved