Google+ Running in Cork, Ireland: Results of the Ballyandreen 5 mile road race...Thurs 22nd May 2014

Friday, May 23, 2014

Results of the Ballyandreen 5 mile road race...Thurs 22nd May 2014

The first race of the 2014 Ballycotton Summer Series was held on Thursday the 22nd of May with the Ballyandreen 5 mile road race in East Cork. Conditions were more or less ideal....overcast, dry and cool. A total of 654 runners took part, a new record number for the event and up 6.7% on last year.

The graph above shows the dramatic rise in overall numbers since about 2008 yet the number of people breaking 7 minutes has been pretty steady. The thin red line has been sitting at zero since 2001 which is the last time someone broke the 25 minute barrier.

1 25:20    MCCARTHY, James    East Cork AC    M    05:03.9
2 25:32    HARTY, Michael    East Cork AC    M    05:06.3
3 25:57    O'SHEA, Alan    Bantry AC    M    05:11.3
53 31:13    GRANT, Karen    Midleton AC    F    06:14.5
71 31:55    NAGLE, Deirdre    Eagle AC    F35    06:22.9
90 32:23    LEONARD, Helen    Leevale AC    F40    06:28.5 

The full results can be seen HERE


Anonymous said...

Time for chip timing at this stage. I have been running the series for years and of course John and the gang do a amazing job but many runners are losing up to 40 seconds crossing the line which means the results are askew.I don't think paying the extra 5 quid for chip timing would upset people if results are 100 % accurate. If anything it would make a great race even greater.

Anonymous said...

Summer is here
Year in Year out they pull off the impossible and get this race run in a cul-de-sac with narrow road into village.
Fantastic race, tough route but a true classic. Nothing fancy in goodie bags, t-shirt or the now mandatory post-race spread.
Keep it simple, 5euro entry, start on time and get the results up soon after.
This race will be here when many others have gone.
To John Walshe and all the crew, Thank you.

Glenn said...

And another beautiful evening for running around Ballycotton, the earlier shower came and passed without any hassle.
Great organisation, beautiful views, it's hard to beat the Ballycotton Series.

Anonymous said...

Has there been a good increase in no. of runners getting under 30 minutes over the years? I see in the results there were thirty this year.

Anonymous said...

Great race. Good test. It's not called 'The Beast' for nothing. Thanks to all involved for a great night.

John Desmond said...

If you look at the orange line on the graph, you can see that it has hovered around the 30 mark since 2001.

Unknown said...

I lost my wedding ring last night before the race. I think it might have on the road or in the garden near the registration tent. If anybody found it, you might get in touch please? Great race.

Anonymous said...

Great graph, John. Good to see 176 runners ran 35 minutes or under this year, nothing wrong with that.

Anonymous said...

I agree with the various points here -great value and nice to do a race for a fiver!

However, I have to agree that with the delay in getting to the start line, that there are good grounds for chip-out and chip-in times. Someone who starts 10,20,30,40 yards behind others is not running the same race (so to speak!). You wouldn't see fellahs starting on a track with a big distance between them (that's what track races are for sez you!)!

Anyway, a BIG thank you to all the people who gave up their time measuring and marking the course, took the registrations and stewarded on the day -we'd be lost without you!

Anonymous said...

Great Race, cool setting and smooth organization. Chip timing or not, does not really matter!
If anyone could post some pics would be nice!

cathalhistory said...

have to agree with all the points. excellent race and nice and simple. i do think though chip timing would be a good idea. i reckon everybody's time would be more accurate if it was introduced. excellent race and very tough (but in a good way)

Anonymous said...

Hi all and thank you to the Ballycotton community for yet another great race.
Speaking as a man who since this time last year joined a club learned what a track/per minute mile/personal best how a garmin really works and how to take 4 mins off last years time even though my time was officially reported 40seconds slower taking me over a 30 second increment per minute mile IF IT AIN'T BROKE............

Murph said...

This was my first Ballyandreen, I really enjoyed the was off my 5 mile PB by 3mins but the hills might be the reason there! they were tough but great for toning the backside!!! deffo gonna try and do the series.. great sense of achievement.

Anonymous said...

It was my first time doing this race as well, while the race was a good test, I enjoyed it and the scenery was beautiful. Well done to the organisers and the volunteers for a wonderful evening and good spread aft wards.

Anonymous said...

Well done to Mr Walsh & Mr Hartnett and volunteers for organising a great night.

Anonymous said...

What a great race, real community-based and local event, small organisation, 5 euro, scenic route, country roads, friendly people and my favourite – a cuppa afterwards in a local’s kitchen overlooking the sea- how nice is that? Just keep it as it is. I can run with a chip on a satellite-measured route any other day!
For me the best race of the year. As John said in the earlier blog… if the term classic applies, then this is it. Well said!