Google+ Running in Cork, Ireland: September 2017

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Results & Photos of the Ballincollig 5k parkrun...Sat 30th Sept 2017

There was a big jump in numbers for this weks 5k parkrun in Ballincollig Regional Park with 370 people taking part. As can be seen from the chart above, this was the highest since the boost from Operation Transformation back in at the start of the year.

From what I understand, this weeks jump was largely due to a VHI promotion.

1 Rory O' SULLIVAN    17:14    VM40-44    M1    St Finbarrs AC
2 Michael BUCKLEY    17:55    VM40-44    M2
4 Unknown   
3 Emma MURPHY    18:40    SW30-34    F1
9 Orlaith MURPHY    19:53    JW11-14    F2
27 Mary SWEENEY    21:57    VW55-59    F3    St Finbarrs AC

The full results are HERE

1) The organisers have a gallery HERE
2) Joe Murphy has a gallery HERE

Updated Club entry list for the 2017 Dublin City Marathon...

Athletics Ireland have just released the club entry list for the 2017 Dublin City Marathon.

Updated 29th Sept...It can be viewed HERE

The breakdown of entry by clubs in Cork is as follows...

Abbey Striders 54???...Some of the runners seem to be Dublin based so most likely an error.

Eagle AC 50, Grange Fermoy AC 38, St.Finbarr's AC 36, Watergrasshill AC 33, Mallow AC 25,

Midleton AC 19, Clonakilty Road Runners 17, Rosscarbery Steam Runners 17, North Cork AC 15, Aghada 14, Bweeng Trailblazers 13, Ballintotis Fit4Life 13, Youghal AC 12, Donoughmore AC 11,  Carraig na bhFear 11, Ballymore Cobh 10,

Carrigtwohill 8,  Leevale AC 7,  Galtee Runners 7, Bandon AC 6, St.Catherines AC 6, Tracton AC 6, Dromahane RR 4, Bantry AC 3, Togher AC 3,  Carrigaline RR 3, Fota Island RC 2, Old Abbey AC 2, St.Nicholas AC 2, Duhallow AC 2, Riverstick/Kinsale 1.

Note from the Athletics Ireand website : If you have entered the Dublin Marathon and your name does not appear on the National Marathon Championships List, please contact competition AT athleticsireland DOT ie to be included in the Results of the National Championships.

Friday, September 29, 2017

Photos of the CBS Primary 5k run in Mitchelstown...Thurs 28th Sept 2017

The annual CBS Primary 5k in Mitchelstown was held in really wet conditions on Thursday the 28th of September 2017.

Gerard O'Sullivan was an hand to take some photos and they can be seen HERE

Looking ahead to the Cork BHAA Cork to Cobh 15 mile road race...Sun 1st Oct 2017

The main race in Cork this weekend is the annual Cork BHAA Cork to Cobh 15 mile road race on Sunday, the 1st of October. Note that the Montenette Hotel will not be in use for this race.

Entries on the day cost €20 and will be taken at Union Chandlery on Alfred St. There are no changing facilities. They will transport gear bags from there to the finish line in Cobh.

The race starts at 9:30am.

In 2017, race HQ is on Alfred St

Course...Starting at St.Patricks Church, you run past the railway station and towards the Dunkettle roundabout....up over the flyover by the tunnel......then taking a left and onto the old road which passes Glounthaune church.Then onwards towards the main roundabout before Carrigtwohill and then take the bridge over the main road and head towards Fota, Belvelly bridge and on into Cobh. The finish is close to the main square in the centre of Cobh. Overall, there are a few small hills but nothing major, just one pull at 12 miles near the old IFI plant and another smaller one before 14 miles.

Overall, it is pretty flat for the first ten miles or so with the hardest sections coming in the last five.

Transport......Please note that you have to make your own way back to Cork City.
Options - You probably have a few options in terms of transport...
1) Two cars...take 2 cars to Cobh, leave one in Cobh and drive up to Cork
2) Train...Note that there are maintenance works on the line so there will be no trains running. There WILL however be a replacement bus service.

The train timetable shows it will leave the train station in Cobh for Cork City at 12:30, 1:30, 3:00 and 4:30 pm depending on long you want to stay around after the race. This may vary with the replacement bus service. They said to expect delays.

Pace......If you are going for a specific time in the Dublin City Marathon in four weeks time, then it's an ideal chance to test your target marathon pace. Say your target for Dublin is 3h 30m.....then you could run Cork to Cobh at 8 min per mile pace. If you arrive in Cobh and you're comfortable then 3h 30m is a realistic target. If you're exhausted after 15 miles at that pace then you should think about a more realistic target. If you add in a warm up of a few miles beforehand then all the better. It will give you a more accurate appraisal.

Race.....Just remember that the last third is the hardest. Over the years, many people get to the Belvelly Bridge by Fota tired and then struggle over the last 5 miles. Going slightly slower in the early stages will pay off in the later stages in this race. Avoid going off too fast at the start.

Weather........(Updated Sat 30th Sept @12noon).....The forecast is a bit hit and miss. It might be dry but the rain is never too far away. Temp in the low teens. Expect a pretty reasonable south-westerly breeze. This will be behind the runners for most of the race but it may be an issue in exposed areas between the bridge near Fota to the old IFI plant (miles 10 to 12).

Addendum : 
Train Notice
Bus Transfers between Cork/Cobh 29th September to 2nd October
Customers using our services from Cork to Cobh should be aware of alterations to our services between these dates. Due to planned engineering works, bus transfers will be in operation between Cork/Cobh in both directions as follows;
Sunday 1st October - 08.00 hrs to 23.00 hrs.
Mobility Impaired passengers are advised to contact us in advance of travel. Customers are advised that delays of up to 25 minutes may occur.

Iarnród Éireann Irish Rail apologises for the inconvenience caused.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Notice...Rebel Run 10k & 5k in Cork City - Sun 22nd Oct 2017

This 10 km & 5km road race is coming up in Bishopstown on Sunday, the 22nd of October 2017 at 9:30am.

This is going to be of interest to a lot of people for a number of reasons.....
1) There aren't that many 10k races really on the calendar. Loads of 5k and 5 mile races but fast 10k courses are a bit thin on the ground.
2) In Bishopstown in Cork City so it is central to a lot of people.
3) Dry-fit top included in the early entry fee for both the 5k and 10k.

Early Bird entry fee:
Cork Rebel Run 10K - €15 (includes souviner t-shirt, goody bag, chip timing, bib number)
Rebel Run 4 Fun 5K - €10 (includes souviner t-shirt goody bag, chip timing, bib number)

Early bird offer closes on midnight October 8th.

Late entry fees:
Cork Rebel Run 10K- €20
Rebel Run 4 Fun 5k - €15

The Cork Rebel Run will take place on Sunday October 22nd 2017 @ 9.30am

ENTRIES >>> You can enter online HERE

Update 10th Oct...Fewer than 50 places left now. 

Update 11th Oct...NOW CLOSED

From Cork Sports Partnership...Cork Sports Partnership recently launched the 2017 Rebel Run at the CIT Athletics Track with new sponsors Cork City Council and Cork County Council. The Cork Rebel Run will take place on Sunday October 22nd 2017 from CIT in Bishopstown.

Cork Sports Partnership along with event partners LeisureWorld Bishopstown and Cork Institute of Technology - CIT are delighted to have both Cork City Council and Cork County Council on board for 2017 and look forward to working with them in the lead up to the event.

Speaking of the launch, Lord Mayor Cllr Tony Fitzgerald said he “is delighted that Cork City Council is supporting the Rebel Run and encouraging increased levels of physical activity, which may even lead to participating in the Cork City Marathon next June.” Similarly “Deputy Chief Executive of Cork County Council, Declan Daly, mentioned how happy the Council is to again be a part of The Cork Rebel Run. “The positive impact physical activity of any kind has on mental health and wellbeing at all ages is hugely significant and it is an area that Cork County Council is concentrating on more and more".

The 2017 event promises to be a great experience, with the course being accurately measured by Jones counter, chip timing for all runners, a scenic rolling course & goody bags including your 2017 Cork Rebel Run T-shirt. The 10K event also has a huge array of prizes up for grabs on the day, and will prove attractive to runners of all levels and abilities. Participant spot prizes will also be given to the 5K participants. The organising partners of Cork Sports Partnership, Leisureworld and CIT with the assistance of the An Garda Síochána and Athletics Ireland hope that friends & family will come along on the day, cheering from the grandstand to support the runners in the final straight.

Online registration is currently open and an Early Bird offer is available until October 1st- so register today and get your training under way! For details of the event and how to enter go to #RebelRun

The closing date for ONLINE enteries is Midnight Thursday 19th October 2017- or when the maximum number of participants is reached i.e 800. There will be NO registration facility on the morning of the event.

Courses......There are some changes but the basic loop of the 10k is still the same as before and can be seen HERE

The 5k course starts with the 10k, takes in the walkway riverside behind CIT and finishes on the track as well. Approx 5k course HERE

The race is organised is association by Cork Sports Partnership and their race website is HERE 

Stephen Scully (Recreation and Amenity Dept, Cork City Councill) Mai O Leary (CIT Sports Department) Kristine Meenaghan (Cork Sports Partnership) Claire Hurley (Cork Sports Partnership) Aoife Twohig (Leisureworld) Anthony Buckley (Physical Activity and Wellbeing Officer, Cork County Council)

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Defibrillator in Ballyvolane saves man's life...

First off, this news item is a little dated but still worth mentioning all the same. Back in March of 2016, I had a post up about the Wibbly Wobbly Wonders Running Group and how they were fundraising €6,000 for a new defibrillator. The funds were duly raised and a brand new defibrillator was installed on the wall of Fox & Hounds bar in Ballvolane, close to where the club trains.

In June of 2017, the very same unit was used to save a man's life.

If anyone is interested in doing a Sports First Aid course which include defibrillator training, then Cork Sports Partnership are organising three in the near future. The first one is in Bishopstown next Saturday, the 30th of September. This might be of interest to any clubs looking to train up some of their members.

Click HERE for more details.

More progress on the Midleton to Youghal Greenway...

Back in late 2016, I had a post up about how Iarnród Éireann were proposing to abandon the old Midleton to Youghal railway line due to maintenance costs. This raised the possibility of it being turned into a Greenway.

At the East Cork Municipality meeting for councilors last week, formal approval was given for the proposed Midleton to Youghal Greenway plan to go forward for public consultation. This should appear over the next few weeks.

The success of the recent Waterford Greenway has certainly given a boost to a lot of other Greenway projects around the country with many communities are now asking if it can be replicated in their own areas. The Waterford Greenway seems to be very popular and there was a good article recently in the Irish Independent about it HERE.

If you consider that the Waterford Greenway runs between Waterford City (pop 53,000) and Dungarvan (pop 8,000), imagine what the new East Cork Greenway might be like with the Greater Cork Metropolitan area on its doorstep with a population of some 400,000? How many people are likely to use it for walking, cycling or running at the weekend? How many cafés would benefit? Bike hire shops? Hotels and B&B's? Imagine what the economic return would be on a new Greenway that is low maintenance and all for a projected cost of €6 million.

The biggest objections to the Greenway project are likely to come from people who wish to see the return of the old rail link from Midleton to Youghal. When the railway was extended from Glounthaune to Carrigtwohill and Midleton back in 2009, it cost in the region of €130 million for the 10km line. What would it cost now for a 22km rail link from Midleton to Youghal? €200 million? €300 million? Would any government seriously spend that kind of money considering that building relief roads around places like Castlemartyr and Killeagh would probably have a much bigger impact.

After the recent meeting, a local East Cork politician Cllr Mary Linehan Foley said “If we don’t take this Greenway project, there’s nothing going to happen to the railway between Youghal and Midleton. It’s never going to reopen as a railway line.”

And I suspect she is probably correct. If the rail objectors get their way, the old line is just going to sit there unused for another 40 years. Invest €6 million now and the whole East Cork region will get a financial boost for the foreseeable future.

Will we see the East Cork Greenway Half-Marathon sometime in 2023?

1) East Cork Journal article

John Robinson...parkrunner of the month for Sept 2017

After every race in the Ballycotton Summer Series, John Robinson of Mallow AC works out the overall positions for everyone. He has done this for many years and provides a invaluable service to the running community.

While John's racing days might be behind him, he has found a new lease of life with his running by taking part in 5k parkruns. He was recently nominated as parkrunner of the month for the Tralee parkrun and the article is HERE

National Geographic programme on the Sub 2-Hour Marathon attempt

National Geographic recently released this fascinating video about the 2017 attempt at running a marathon in under two hours. The 55 minute programme follows three world class athletes as they prepare for the attempt. The performance of Eliud Kipochoge in particular. is pretty amazing.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

FitWalk Gathering in Douglas, Cork City...Sun 1st Oct

For any beginners out there or anyone who just wants to start an exercise regime. Cork Sports Partnership are holding a fitWalk Gathering in Nemo Rangers GAA club in Cork City on Sunday the 1st of October as part of theie Cork Walking Week.

From Cork Sports Partnership...As part of Cork Walking Week we are hosting a fitWALK Gathering in Nemo Rangers GAA club on Sunday Oct 1st between 3pm & 5pm.

What we hope to do during the session is showcase a number of fitWALK activities such as the fleetfeet programme, Nordic walking and other walking opportunities available in Cork currently.  We have invited Rob Heffernan along to the session to meet and greet with people, and hopefully he will showcase a race-walking activity also. Not only is Rob Heffernan an Olympic Hero in race-walking but he is a fantastic advocate for promoting participation in sport, exercise and physical activity in Cork.

Cork Sports Partnership is delighted that Rob has taken time out of his busy schedule to attend our event, and further promote walking as a fantastic way to get active!  He has done extensive work in schools, clubs and communities to promote the importance of being physically active and we hope that he will highlight some of these achievements on Sunday next Oct 1st.

Pre-Registration Only- you can register HERE

We will take registrations up until Friday Sept 29th.

Open Night for Midleton AC on Wed 27th Sept 2017

Midelton AC are holding an open night on Wed 27th Sept 2017 for anyone in the area interested in seeing what the club has to offer.

The meeting place will be at My Place on the Mill Road.

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Results & Photos of the Evening Echo Women's mini-marathon...Sun 24th Sept 2017

As always, there was a huge turnout for the annual Evening Echo Women's mini-marathon with just over 6100 finishers. The race was won by Laura Crowe of An Ríocht AC in a close contest with Michelle Finn.

First eight...
1 Laura Crowe An Ríocht AC
2 Michelle Finn Leevale AC
3 Michelle Kenny Leevale AC
4 Rosemary Ryan Dooneen AC
5 Sinead Kevany Midleton AC
6 Niamh Roe Leevale AC
7 Rosaleen MacKeown Leevale AC
8 Carol Finn Leevale AC

Results >> The full results are up on the MyRunResults website

Photos...(Updated Mon 25th Sept 2:20pm)
1) There will be several albums going up on the Running in Cork Facebook page
...a) Just after the start
...b) Finish - 1 of 7
...c) Finish  - 2 of 7
...d) Finish  - 3 of 7
...e) Finish  - 4 of 7
...f) Finish  - 5 of 7
...g) Finish  - 6 of 7
...h) Finish  - 7 of 7
2) Photos from Mick Dooley
3) Photos from Doug Minihane
4) Photos from Ger Broderick 

Irish results from the 2017 Berlin Marathon...

Some great times were recorded by Irish runners in this years Berlin Marathon. See below

place    number    Name    ac    club    Brutto    Finish
20    25    » Seaward, Kevin (IRL)    M30    St Malachy's AC    2:15:50    2:15:50
41    116    » O'Hanlon, Gary (IRL)    M40    Clonliffe Harriers    2:19:25    2:19:25
79    133    » O'Shea, Alan (IRL)    M35    Bantry Ac    2:27:29    2:27:29
87    33489    » O'Leary, Cillian (IRL)    M35    Raheny Shamrock Ac    2:28:26    2:28:21
100    33296    » O'Brien, Alan (IRL)    M35    Eagle AC    2:28:53    2:28:46
148    59469    » O'Kelly, Brian (IRL)    M30    Crusaders A C    2:33:08    2:32:58
154    33263    » O Riordan, Niall (IRL)    M35        2:33:15    2:33:10
155    31943    » Morgan, Michael (IRL)    M40    St Finbarr Ac Cork    2:33:17    2:33:11
178    18481    » Ennis, Pauric (IRL)    MH    Tullamore Harriers A C    2:34:38    2:34:31
205    17602    » Doran, James (IRL)    M30    An Riocht Ac    2:35:37    2:35:30
206    33735    » O'Toole, Paddy (IRL)    M40    Westport Ac    2:36:00    2:35:32
209    23862    » Horan, Mark (IRL)    M35    Celbridge    2:35:47    2:35:40

244    28510    » Lehane, Alan (IRL)    M35    St Finbarrs    2:37:09    2:36:57
14    F30    » Graham, Laura (IRL)    W30    Mourne runners    2:37:05    2:37:05
267    16411    » Cross, Rob (IRL)    M40    Crusaders Ac    2:37:56    2:37:46

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Results & Photos of the Ballincollig 5k parkrun ...Sat 23rd Sept 2017

There was a pretty reasonable turnout for this weeks 5k parkrun in Ballincollig Regional Park with 233 people taking part. I would have thought that there might have been a bigger drop with the Women's mini-marathon on tomorrow but that doesn't seem to have been the case.

1 Unknown                                   
2 Brian LINEHAN    19:23    VM50-54    M2   
3 Fearghal DESMOND    19:26    JM11-14    M3    Leevale AC
21 Geraldine O SHEA    21:44    VW45-49    F1    St Finbarrs AC
42 Colette O DONOGHUE    22:52    VW35-39    F2    Watergrasshill AC
49 Samantha DOTT    23:18    VW45-49    F3   


1) Mick Dooley has 12 photos HERE

Traffic Chaos at the 2017 Dublin Half-Marathon

The Half-Marathon in Dublin this year moved from the Phoenix Park near the city centre out to Donabate in North County Dublin and the result seems to have been traffic carnage on the M1. The race was originally planned to start at 9am and had to be postponed as runners couldn't get to the start line.

The runners finally got underway at 10am. However, some runners turned back such was the volume of traffic. The race had 9,200 entries.

The organisers issued this statement....“On behalf of the wider team, our race director Jim Aughney would like to extend his sincere apologies for the Dublin Half Marathon today. A full traffic management review will be underway with all stakeholders present,”.

Friday, September 22, 2017

Results of the Banteer 5k...Thurs 21st Sept 2017

This 5k race organised by Duhallow AC was held on Thursday the 21st of September 2017 and had a field of just over 100 runners. 

1st Man Eoin Sugre 16.42
2nd Man Eddie Dunbar 16.58
3rd Man Martin Lyons West Limerick 18.08
1st Woman Martina Kiely St. Finbarrs18.22
2nd Woman Niamh Hartnett 21.03
3rd Woman Gillian Murphy Star of the Laune 21.40

1st Juvenile Arron O Keeffe 19.25

The full results can be seen HERE

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Man runs marathon in 2:44 in a thee-piece suit!

25-year-old Matthew Whitaker set a new Guinness World Record recently when he completed the Sydney Running Festival Marathon in a time of 2h 44m 29s in a three-piece suit! The Guinness rules require that the marathon must be completed by the person wearing a vest, jacket, pants and tie. The top button has to remain done up, but running shoes are allowed.

After the race, Whitaker said..."It seemed like a bit of fun. The first half was fine, but the last 15-20 kilometres were really, really horrible. It was a wool three-piece suit and it was one size too big so the pants weren't too restrictive. I think the three different layers caught up with me by the end of it. I was expecting the pants to be pretty horrible, but the top half was worse in the end."

The previous record of 2h 58m was set by Joe Elliott back in 2013.

Radio Kerry Podcast on parkruns

There was a recent podcast on the Radio Kerry website about the 5k parkruns in the county and how there is now funding for a new location if one is found.

The podcast might be of interest to anyone involved in parkruns or might be interested in trying to set one up in their own area.

The 14 minute podcast can be heard HERE

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Jerry Forde nearly at 400 marathons & a request for help

During the last week, I updated Jerry Forde's list of marathons on his website and he is now very close to the 400 mark!

Jerry's website...

As a wheelchair athlete, Jerry probably has more marathons completed than anyone else in the world. One of the biggest problems at the moment though is just keeping track of what he has completed and what can be verified for record purposes.

For example, his current listing on the 100 Marathon Club in the UK is way out of date. A new list of verified marathons must be submitted but this requires quite a bit of work.

If anyone would be willing to help out Jerry on an ongoing basis, please let me know. Someone would need to familiar with the various marathon websites, the rules of the various marathon clubs and the ability to generate and maintain a proper verified record of all the marathons. The work doesn't have to be done in one block, just something that can be worked on over time.

If you can help, my contact details are on Jerry's website HERE

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Notice...Run in the Dark in Cork City - Wed 15th Nov 2017

Following the success of last years Run in the Dark charity events, they will be repeated again this year in the cities of Dublin, Cork, Belfast, London and Manchester. The date is Wednesday the 15th of November 2017.

From the organisers... Run in the Dark Cork - 5k and 10k Option
This November, join the global running event – Run in the Dark – taking over Cork city centre on
Wednesday 15th November.  Run or walk 5km or run 10km starting at Patrick St at 9pm. Each
participant receives a run number, official time, flashing armband, goody bag at the finish line, and
an official race certificate. Prepaid teams of 5 or more get their spaces reserved, free postage and
packing, and the team leader gets a long-sleeve tech top.

As darkness falls around the world, 25,000 people in 50 cities around the world will Run in the Dark
together to help fast-track a cure for paralysis. Run in the Dark is the main fundraiser of the Mark
Pollock Trust, whose mission is to fast-track a cure for paralysis by creating global collaborations and
funding ground breaking scientific research. This year, by raising €500,000, Run in the Dark will help
to fund more global collaborations and multi-subject research trials. Every €30 raised covers one day
of clinical research fees.

Why Run in the Dark?
There is no cure for paralysis, or any meaningful therapies for millions of people around the world
with spinal cord injury. But the Mark Pollock Trust aims to change this reality by finding and
connecting people around the world to fast-track a cure for paralysis. The Mark Pollock Trust’s main
fundraiser – the Run in the Dark – plays a vital part in funding this mission.

Sign up now at

The Cork event last year attracted around 2,600 people and it looks likely that a similar number will want to take part in this unique event around the streets of the city at night this year as well.

Copenhagen Half-Marathon cancelled after downpour

The annual Copenhagen half-marathon was held last weekend with some 20,000 runners taking part. It started innocently enough at 11:15am with clear skies and a temperature of about 14 deg C.

However during the race, the weather changed completely with a torrential downpour with lightning, rain, hail and snow. At the finish line, the timing mats were being washed away...

At roughly 1:30pm, the race was cancelled with the organisers issuing the following statement...“Due to thunderstorms, lightning strikes, massive hail and flooding in the starting and finish area and on parts of the course, the CPH Half was discontinued for the safety of all runners and spectators at 1:30 p.m.”.

There were also reports that a runner, a photographer and a race volunteer were hit by lightning. As you can see from the videos below, it really was something else...

Guest Post : 10 Things I Think About Pacing The Charleville Half Donal Coakley

10 Things I Think Donal Coakley

In these guest posts, Donal Coakley of Leevale AC gives his own light-hearted perspective of some of the races that he has competed in. 

In this post, he gives his thoughts on pacing the Charleville Half-Marathon

10 Things I Think About Pacing The Charleville Half Marathon

1. Something borrowed, something red, something mouldy.
I think the reason JEP (Jonathan Escalante-Phillips) ran so fast is because he was wearing my exclusive Gilead Nike singlet, a "clean" pair of Michael Herlihy's shorts and my used blister proof socks. I'm probably going to have to retire the singlet because it ain't ever running a sub 70 half on my shoulders.

2. Ownabwee Honey
I now know that the secret to a 68 minute half marathon is half a bottle of SuperValu's cheapest honey in the 12 hours before a race. That and a few nespressos. Rice cakes seem to be beneficial too.

3. Food Doping
I think the day before a half marathon should include mainly/entirely Italian food. Paninis, Italian hot chocolate, blackberry crostata from Italee for lunch and Novocento pizza for dinner. Novocento must add clenbuterol to the parma ham, I think it's one of the extras.

Donal Coakley, David Comber and Jonathan Escalante-Phillips

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Results & Photos of the Charleville Half-Marathon...Sun 17th Sept 2017

A record 1133 runners turned out for this years Charleville Half-Marathon on what were ideal running conditions. After an early morning fog, the sun eventually made an appearance but it was near the end of the race.

Rob Heffernan, Jonathan Escalante-Philips 2nd, John Travers 1st & Michael Carmody 3rd

Top 10 men & women...
1 John TRAVERS (11)    Donore Harriers AC    01:07:42 open  (1)    Male  (1)
2 Jonathan ESCALANTE-PHILLIPS (10)    Cambridge and Coleridge    01:08:16 open  (2)    Male  (2)
3 Michael CARMODY (12)    An Brú AC    01:10:07 open  (3)    Male  (3)
4 Michael MCMAHON (782)    RAHENY SHAMROCK    01:10:33 open  (4)    Male  (4)
5 Michael CORBETT (262)    St.Finbarrs AC    01:11:16 O40  (1)    Male  (5)
6 Rory O'CONNOR (16)    North Cork Ac    01:11:34 open  (5)    Male  (6)
7 Mark SMITH (1845)    EAGLE AC    01:11:56 open  (6)    Male  (7)
8 Malcolm MC DONNELL (737)    Mullingar Harriers A C    01:12:21 O40  (2)    Male  (8)
9 Eoin SUGRUE (1852)        01:12:28 O40  (3)    Male  (9)
10 John MEADE (15)    St. Finbarrs Ac    01:12:33 open  (7)    Male  (10)
17 Laura SHAUGHNESSY (1)    Dsd Ac    01:13:59 open  (1)    Female  (1)
55 Aoife COOKE (2)    YOUGHAL AC    01:19:18 open  (2)    Female  (2)
59 Grace LYNCH (5)    Iveragh AC    01:19:25 open  (3)    Female  (3)
68 Jane-Ann MEEHAN (3)    Athenry Ac    01:20:10 open  (4)    Female  (4)
87 Sinead WHITELAW (4)    Mullingar Harriers    01:22:40 open  (5)    Female  (5)
157 Linda GROGAN (481)    Dundrum Ac    01:26:34 open  (6)    Female  (6)
166 Joan FLYNN (425)    Mullingar Harriers    01:27:02 open  (7)    Female  (7)
176 Grainne O'CALLAGHAN (1623)    North Cork Ac    01:27:13 open  (8)    Female  (8)
181 Niamh CRONIN (296)    ST. FINBARRS A.C.    01:27:26 O40  (1)    Female  (9)
187 Joan ENNIS (387)    Grange/fermoy Ac    01:27:43 O50  (1)    

The full results can be seen HERE

Photos... (Updated Thurs 21st Sept 8:40am)
1) There are 2 galleries up on the Running in Cork Facebook page
...a) Groups
...b) Prize giving
2) Kevin O'Connor has a number of galleries...
...a) Pre-Race
...b) Finish line Album 1
3) Mick Dooley has some group photos HERE
4) Alan Noonan has a gallery HERE
5) John Harold has a number of galleries...
...a) Reg & Start line
...b) Finish line 1
...c) Finish line 2
...d) Finish line 3
...e) Finish line 4
6) Ger Broderick has a gallery HERE 


Results of the East Cork Cross Country Championships...Sun 17th Sept 2017


Kevin O'Brien 3rd, Michael Harty 1st & Sean McGrath 3rd. Photo: Danny McCarthy

1   Michael Harty        East Cork     M35  19:50
2   Kevin O’Brien        East Cork    M     20:45
3   Sean McGrath        East Cork     M35   21:12
1   Fiona Santry         East Cork      F     15:56
2   Ruth Millerick         Youghal      F35   16:46
3  Ann-Marie Holland        Youghal    F35        17:01 

Weather Forecast for the 2017 Charleville Half-Marathon

Over the last few days, there has been no shortage of high winds and showers but it looks as if things will have calmed down nicely for the weekend.

 Update : Sun 7:30am...Sunny in Cork City and fog in Charleville. It should have burnt off by 10am so expect nice sunny conditions...hopefully!

A ridge of high pressure will be over the country for the weekend and the weather for the Charleville Half-Marathon on Sunday is likely to be broken sunshine. It's going to be dry with the temperature in the mid teens. The winds are likely to be a very light and won't be a factor.

Considering the race starts at 10am, it may be cooler then with the temperature down around 10-12 deg. With the sunshine however, it may well feel quite warm especially in the second half of the race.

In terms of gear, a singlet or a short sleeve top will suffice. If you feel slightly cold standing at the start then that's about right.

For anyone doing the Glen of Aherlow races on Saturday, the weather is similar except there is a chance of showers and there will be a northerly breeze.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Free Couch to 5k in Blarney starting Tues 26th Sept 2017

The Happy Feet Running Group are starting a FREE 8 week Couch to 5k Programme for beginners in Blarney on Tuesday the 26th of September 2017.

If you have any questions, their contact details are HERE

Results of the Ballincollig 5k parkrun...Sat 16th Sept 2017

250 turned out for this weeks 5k parkrun in Ballincollig Regional Park on Sat 16th of Sept 2017. As the chart shows above, it has been pretty consistent for the last few months with the numbers in the region of 200-270 every week. The low dips tend to coincide with wet weather which is understandable.

1 Tobi GRAB    18:07    VM40-44    M1 Leevale AC
2 John LYNCH    18:19    VM35-39    M2 Tracton AC
3 Tony O'HALLORAN    18:44    VM55-59    M3 Dundrum South Dublin Athletic Club
31 Claire OBRIEN    22:21    VW35-39    F1
32 Louise SHEEHAN    22:29    VW40-44    F2 Ballincollig Athletic Club
37 Samantha DOTT    22:45    VW45-49    F3


1) The organisers have a gallery HERE

Friday, September 15, 2017

Results of the MMRA Nagles Trail Race...Sun 3rd Sept 2017

This 19km trail race organised by the Munster Mountain Running Association was held in the Nagles Mountains near Ballyhooly on Sunday the 3rd of Sept 2017. The results only came out in the last few days.

1 Seán Harte    2197    M    1:36:57    North Cork ...    Waterford
2 Michael O'Donoghue    318    M    Dooneen AC    Limerick
3 Thomas Walsh    2266    M50    1:39:00    BMOH   
21 Niamh Hartnett    2196    F    1:53:50        Cork
23 Ide Kelleher    2063    F40    1:54:10    Mallow AC    Cork
27 Marie O'Shea    2092    F40    1:55:45    MooreAbbey Milers    Tipperary

Full results...

The route was described as follows..."A point to point race from Ballyhooly to Killavullen across the Nagles mountains with some changes to the route from previous years. The route covers approx. 19km with about 650m of elevation gain."

After the Loop de Loop event in the Glen of Aherlow on Saturday, the trail season winds down. The one event left is a night time trail run in Currabinny Woods on Thurs 26th October 2017.

Macroom 5k parkrun cancelled on Sat 16th & Sat 30th Sept 2017

Just a note to say that the 5k parkrun in the Castle Demense in Macroom will not be going ahead on Saturday the 16th and 30th of September 2017.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Irish Results from the 2017 Great North Run

The Great North Run in Newcastle, England is the world's largest half-marathon and this year it was held on Saturday the 9th of September 2017 with a record 43,127 finishers.

The finishers listed under Ireland are shown below. Those from Cork & Munster are in bold.

STEPHEN SCULLION    10    Clonliffe Harriers A.C.    14    01:05:52    Gun Time
EOGHAN JOSEPH TOTTEN    30    Oxford University AC    19    01:07:21    Gun Time
David Murray    649    Tullamore Harriers Athletic Club    73    01:15:17    Chip Time
Jimmy Boland    756    Clonmel A.C.    86    01:16:56    Chip Time
Paul O Reilly    35199         163    01:19:46    Chip Time
Danny Murphy    3293    An Riocht A.C.    445    01:26:05    Chip Time
Paul Breen    2211         462    01:26:26    Chip Time
Brian Maher    820    Slaney Olympic A.C.    519    01:27:09    Chip Time
John Murray    3447    St. Coca's A.C.    643    01:28:19    Chip Time
Aidan McKenna    2541    Letterkenny A.C.    645    01:28:19    Chip Time
David Gleeson    2417         713    01:28:48    Chip Time
Ciaran O'Connor    1386         839    01:29:43    Chip Time
James O Connor    3826    Slaney Olympic A.C.    935    01:30:27    Chip Time
Derek Keeley    5340         1022    01:31:09    Chip Time
Rob Asher    1028    Blackrock A.C. (Dublin)    1091    01:31:44    Chip Time
Ciara Brady    3357         1113    01:31:51    Chip Time
Orla O Rourke    463    Ballymore Cobh A.C.    1153    01:32:12    Chip Time

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Charleville Half-Marathon now closed as it reaches 1400 limit

The 2017 Charleville Half-Marathon has now closed with the last of the 1400 entries going on Wednesday the 13th of September.

It's interesting to see how it compares to previous years. In 2015, there were 930 entries. In 2016, it sold out for the first time ever with the limit of 1100 being reached on Monday the 12th of September. This year, they had an extra 300 places and the limit was reached on the Wednesday before the race.

In the current climate with the sheer number of events, any race is doing well just to maintain their numbers. For the Charleville race to gain an extra 27% is pretty good and is testament to the hard work being put in by North Cork AC.

Race notice HERE

Course Preview......You can see a preview of the course HERE

6 Week Fitness Challenge in Cork City for Irish Heart Foundation

Press Release : MOTION LEISURE CLUB AT THE MONTENOTTE HOTEL launch free 6 week fitness challenge for Irish Heart Foundation (Sponsorship required)

Motion Leisure CLUB at the Montenotte Hotel Trainers Ian and Abbie with Irish Heart Foundation’s Regional Manager, Anne Riordan at the launch of Big Heart Fit Camp in Cork this week.

Motion Leisure Club at the Montenotte Hotel has teamed up with the Irish Heart Foundation, for a six week health and fitness challenge to help the people of Cork to improve their health - and raise funds to support the Irish Heart Foundation’s vital community services.

Ian McLoughlin, Motion Leisure Club’s Manager, said: “We are really excited to have joined forces with the Irish Heart Foundation.  The charity has a very active health promotion team, encouraging people of all ages to adopt a healthier lifestyle, so this is a perfect fit for us.”

Sonia O'Sullivan awarded Honorary Doctorate at Dublin City University

On Tuesday, Sonia O'Sullivan was awarded an honourary doctorate at Dublin City University.

Irish Examiner
Irish Times

Kenya’s marathon stars in Europe | DW Documentary

This German documentary which was just released follows the journey of two Kenyan athletes as they try to win races in Europe. It gives a good insight into the competition they face from fellow Africans and what role the agent plays.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

2017 Wild Atlantic Way race in Castletownbere cancelled...

The Wild Atlantic Way 10k race in Castletownbere, West Cork was last held in September of 2016 and it was planned to hold another one this year. The organisers announced today that it has been deferred until 2018.

From the organisers.... 

The 2017 Wild Atlantic Way Run - Castletownbere will not take place this year due to Unforeseen Circumstances. It was proposed to introduce a new Route for this Year's event, but this could not be finalised in time for our proposed date...
The Event will return again in 2018 and we would like to Thank You all for the support we received over the last two years. Please spread the word and stay tuned for further updates in the next 12 months...

Garryvoe 5k race raises €1810 for National Rehabilitation Hospital

The inaugural Garryvoe 5k road race was held back in late July and managed to raise €1810 for charity despite the wet weather.

The race was sponsored by Garryvoe Hotel and they sent on this message for all those who took part..."With your involvement, we had an extremely successful evening with all proceeds going to an amazing charity, the National Rehabilitation Hospital in Dun Laoghaire.  The total amount raised on the night was €1810.

We would very much like to make this an annual road race, and we look forward to attracting even more walkers and runners next year. "

Monday, September 11, 2017

Tramore Valley Park opening extended to Autumn 2018

In response to a query from local councilor Kieran McCarthy, the Chief Executive of Cork City Council responded that the Tramore Valley Park will open no sooner than the Autumn of 2018.

As can be seen from the letter above, the key part of the response is "Should the necessary finances be available, the intention is to open the park on a phased basis from late summer/early autumn 2018'

It is expected that the Tramore Valley Park would have operational costs of €50,000-€60,000 per annum

Dry fit top for the Charleville Half-Marathon

This is the dry fit top that will be given out at the Charleville Half-Marathon which is coming up next Sunday the 17th of September 2017.

There are now fewer than 90 of the 1400 places left! If you're interested, register asap.

More info in this earlier post.

Photos of the 6k Blue Balloon Fun Run & Walk Sun in Cork City...Sun 10th Sept 2017

The 6km Blue Balloon Fun Run & Walk organised by Cork Association for Autism was held on the Mahon-Blackrock walkway in Cork City on Sunday the 10th of September 2017.

Doug Minihane was on hand to take some photos. Album HERE

Results & Photos of the Ballincollig 5k parkrun...Sat 9th Sept 2017

229 people turned out for the 65th edition of the Ballincollig 5k parkrun on Saturday 9th Sept 2017.

1    Morgan O'REGAN    18:45    VM40-44    M1    Midleton AC
2    Unknown                                   
3    Conrad DALY    19:23    SM30-34    M3
21    Mary SWEENEY    22:08    VW55-59    F1    St Finbarrs AC
23    Caitriona LEAHY    22:14    VW40-44    F2
43    Marie O'SHEA    23:39    VW35-39    F3


1) The organisers have a gallery HERE
2) Joe Murphy has a gallery HERE 

Just a note on the photo above which was taken by Olga O'Sullivan. As the sign says, they are looking for volunteers to help out every week for this free event.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Results of the St.Peters Ladies Football Club 4 mile road race...Sat 9th Sept 2017

About 90 runners and walkers took part in this 4 miler in Rockchapel in North-West Cork on Saturday 9th Sept 2017.


Saturday, September 09, 2017

Results & Photos of the John Buckley Sports Cork City 10 Miler...Sat 9th Sept 2017

A large crowd of 554 runners turned out for this years John Buckley Sports 10 Miler road race, up 8.6% on the 510 of 2016.

1 Senior     Mark Hanrahan (1)     00:49:39
2 Senior     Colin Merrit (582)     00:54:08
3 Senior     John Meade (6)     00:55:10
1 O40     Sorcha Kearney (563)     01:04:53
2 Senior Female     Joan Ennis (147)     01:07:32
3 Senior Female     Ellen Hanley (193)     01:08:15 

The results are here...

(Updated Mon 11th Sept)

Photos...(Updated Tues 12th Sept @7:26pm)
1) There are 6 albums on the Running in Cork Facebook page
...a) Pre-Race
...b) Race Start
...c) ~6.3 miles 50 to 74 mins
...d) ~6.3 miles 74 to 87 mins
...e) ~6.3 miles 87 mins+
...f) Post race & Prizes
2) Adrian Foley has some lovely photos near the 9 mile mark on the walkway
...a) Sub 81 mins (138 photos)
...b) 81 mins plus (136 photos)
3) Joe Murphy of Eagle AC has a gallery HERE and some finish line photos HERE

More on the way

Friday, September 08, 2017

Reminder...Cork City 10 miler on Sat 9th Sept 2017

Weather Update : There is a north-westerly air flow over the country so it's likely to feel a bit cooler than of late with temperatures in the low teens. It will probably be dry so it's looking pretty good.

As for the wind, there is likely to be a strong breeze but it's unlikely to be a major factor. On the exposed stretch near the waterfront walkway in Mahon (miles 6 to 7.5), the wind will be into the runners back.

On the homeward stretch, it will be a headwind but there will be a lot of protection inside the railway cutting from miles 8 to 9.5.

Overall...thumbs up for the weather. Suggest you wear just a singlet or short sleeve dry fit top. It'll be cool but not cold.


Just a reminder. The John Buckley Sports Cork City 10 Miler is coming on Saturday the 9th of September at 6pm. You can enter on the day of the race in Shandon Boat Club up until 5:45pm.

More info in this previous post.

The race website is

The dry fit top for the 2017 race is shown below...

John Buckley of John Buckley Sports & race director Paul Gallagher of St.Finbarr's AC displaying the dry fit top for the 2017 Cork City 10 Miler