Google+ Running in Cork, Ireland: Results of the Ballycotton 5m road race...Thurs 22nd Aug 2013

Friday, August 23, 2013

Results of the Ballycotton 5m road race...Thurs 22nd Aug 2013

A record 539 runners took part in this years Ballycotton 5 mile road race, the last one in the Ballycotton Summer Series. The chart below shows the numbers over the years.

As you can see, there hasn't been any great increase in those running faster than 7 minute miles but the numbers that are slower have gone way up.

This years race was won by Sean McGrath of East Cork AC. In the womens race, Lizzie Lee of Leevale AC won in a new course record time of 27:33. Just to show how much Lizzie has improved over the last few years, these are her times.....2009 = 29:13, 2010 = 28:49, 2011 = 28:53 and 2012 = 28:36.

As well as a course record Lizzie Lee's 27:33 is now the equal fastest time by a woman in any of the four races in the Ballycotton Series over the years. She shares the distinction with one Sonia O'Sullivan from Shanagarry 2001!

1   25:51    MCGRATH, Sean    East Cork AC    M    05:10.1    1    1
2   25:57    HARTY, Michael    East Cork AC    M    05:11.3    2    2
3   26:47    MEADE, John    St. Finbarrs AC    M    05:21.3    3    3
12  27:33    LEE, Lizzie    Leevale AC    F    05:30.5    504    12
54  30:42    LEONARD, Helen    Leevale AC    F40    06:08.3    303    54
56   30:44    REGAN, Maura    Eagle AC    F35    06:08.7    301    56

The full results can be seen HERE

1) Gearoid O'Laoi has a large gallery HERE
2) Alan Bannon has a gallery HERE

Overall results of the Ballycotton Summer Series....
The winner of the mens section of the series was Sean McGrath of East Cork AC. His times for the four races were remarkably consistent...25:53, 25:46, 25:50 and 25:51.

The winner of the womens section was Maura Regan of Eagle AC. Maura's four times were 32:06, 31:43, 31:23 and 30:44. The time for the last race was a new personal best time for Maura by about 22 seconds.

For the men, the time cut off for the top 50 was an average of 32:38 which equals 6:32 per mile for each race.

For the women, the time cut off for the top 20 was an average of 38:00 which equals 7:36 per mile for each race.

The overall series results were compiled by John Robinson of Mallow AC and can be seen HERE


Anonymous said...

21 is down as pat barry should be pat maher

Anonymous said...

Well done to John Walshe and all at Ballycotton Running.. Great series of races again. Such well organised races every year. A big thank you to the organisers.

Anonymous said...

Cant agree more. A big shout out to the organisers.No rubbish attached to these races just great quality races with good quality runners and well organised every time.

Anonymous said...

Link to overall results not working lads

John Desmond said...

Just checked the link to the overall results....seems to be working fine. I can see people are visiting the page and looking at it.

Anonymous said...

the age profile is getting higher all the time so I assume it's the same runners all the time over the last few years running theseries but the times are getting slower

John Desmond said...

As for the rising times, I'm not so sure that it's due to people getting older.

It could probably be mainly due to...
1) More non-club runners taking part
2) More women taking part.
3) Rising perception that races are open to everyone and not just 'serious' athletes.

There tends to be a large turnover rate in races. While it might seem like the same faces are there from year to year, there are a lot of people coming and going from the sport all the time.

Peter F said...

- John Walsh is a legend, cant believe that the race is only about a fiver

- Great graph there john, really tells a story. And really illustrates where the growth in road running has come from: as you say non-club runners running less than 6-min/mile. Excellent graph, really interesting