Google+ Running in Cork, Ireland: 2018

Saturday, June 23, 2018

Runner in Canada detained for two weeks after crossing US broder by accident

French student Cedella Roman aged 19 was out running on a beach in Canada recently and accidentally crossed into the United States. When she turned around to run back, she was apprehended by two U.S. Border Patrol officers.

As can be seen from the photo below, the border isn't marked on the beach.

Instead of being escorted back to the border, she was instead imprisoned for two weeks in a detention centre 125 miles from the border. When asked about the ordeal, the student said...“An officer stopped me and started telling me I had crossed the border illegally. I told him I hadn’t done it on purpose, and that I didn’t understand what was happening. I said to myself, well I may have crossed the border but they’ll probably only give me a fine, or they’ll tell me to go back to Canada or they’ll give me a warning.”

Story on the Guardian website

Results of the Shandrum 4 mile... Fri 22nd June 2018

A total of 147 runners turned out for this 4 mile race in north Cork.

1     Michael Corbett     St Finbarrs AC         20:48     SM     211
2     Declan Guina     West Limerick AC         21:49     SM     231
3     Finbarr O'Dwyer     Leevale AC         21:53     SM     282
10     Martina Kiely     St Finbarrs AC         24:06     SF     716
23     Sinead Buckley     North Cork AC         26:24     SF     290
31     Annette O'Rielly     Kilfinane AC         27:30     SF     706

Results HERE

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Results of the Daniel Kingston 5k in Macroom... Thurs 21st June 2018

There was another huge turnout for this years Daniel Kingston 5k in Macroom with 590 taking part, pretty close to the number last year.

In the men's race, it was another win for Mark Walsh of Leevale AC after he won the Upper Glanmire 5k last Monday. In the women's race, Karina Murphy who won the Inniscarra 4 mile last week and took the title in Macroom this time.

1     Mark WALSH (660)     00:15:51     Ages 19-34  (1)     Male  (1)
2     Morgan Kennedy (111)     00:15:56     Ages 19-34  (2)     Male  (2)
3     Tim Oconnor (119)     00:16:06     Ages 35-44  (1)     Male  (3)
20     Karina Murphy (265)     00:19:37     Ages 35-44  (1)     Female  (1)
23     Helen Gilroy (109)     00:20:11     Ages 45-54  (1)     Female  (2)
30     Anne WOLFE (335)     00:20:42     Ages 45-54  (2)     Female  (3)

1) James O'Driscoll has a gallery of over 400 photos HERE

Full results below...

Sophie O'Sullivan selected to represent Ireland...

It was announced today that Sophie O'Sullivan, daughter of Sonia O'Sullivan has been selected to represent Ireland at the European U18 Championships in Hungary next month over 800m.

This will be her first outing in an Irish singlet.

That "Man jailed for using someone else's London marathon number" story...

There is a story doing the rounds on the media today with headlines like... "Man jailed for using someone else's London marathon number (Guardian)".

During the 2018 London Marathon last April, a runner named Jake Halliday lost his race number after taking off his shirt before the finish line. A homeless man named Stanislaw Skupian later crossed the finish line with the number and posed for photos.

At the time, there was a lot of noise in the media about the photo and whether Skupian found or stole the number and the fact that he had tried to claim that he had run the race.

Fast forward to today and a magistrate has sentenced him to 16 weeks in jail. According to the media sources, Skupian had pleaded guilty to fraud by false representation and to three unrelated counts of theft. 13 weeks are for the fraud and three weeks are for the theft offences.

London marathon chief executive, Nick Bitel also said the episode could be seen to damage the reputation and integrity of the race, regarded by him as one of the best organised in the world.

Man jailed for using someone else's London marathon number... Guardian
London Marathon cheat Stanislaw Skupian jailed for fraud... BBC

Notice...Courtbrack 5k nr Blarney - Thurs 28th June 2018

This is the second year of this particular race just outside Cork City.

As you can see from the map below, Courtbrack is just to the north-west of Blarney and only about 10 miles from Cork City.

Here are some details from the organisers...

⭐Race has an AAI permit.
⭐Course measured by Kevin Cummins
⭐Prizes for 1st 2nd 3rd M &F
⭐ Prizes for categories // F O35/40/45/50 1st and 2nd // M O40/45/50/55 1st and 2nd // Wheelchair 1st and 2nd.

Main sponsorship... Mardyke Arena UCC and Simply Suits



€10- ADULTS. Kids free. Walkers welcomed.  Post Race refreshments

You can find directions, maps and a preview with photos of the race route HERE

Update on the 5k parkrun in the Glen Park in Cork City

Back at the end of May 2018, I had a post up about the proposed new weekly 5k parkrun in the Glen in Cork City.

So far, a small team of about 10-11 people have expressed an interest in helping to get it up and running.

Cork Local Sports Partnership have organised a meeting at the Glen Resource Centre at 6:30pm on Wednesday June 27th 2018.

If you want to help out or even to find out more about it then try to attend this meeting.

The contact for this new proposed parkrun is John Kissane and you can contact John at  john DOT kissane AT parkrun DOT com

New page on the blog for John Walshe's articles...

Over the years, I have put quite a number of guest posts by John Walshe of Ballycotton up on the blog. There is a lot amount of information in those posts and I had links to them on the articles page before.

I have now set up a new page for John's articles on the site so that they are easier to find.

The page is here...

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

National Marathon in Portlaoise in 1986

This short video clip below is of the BLE National Marathon in Portlaoise in 1986 and some Cork runners were mentioned in it. Race stewards weren't in fashion back then ;o)

John Walshe of Ballycotton sent on this short report of the event...


The BLE (Irish) marathon championship of 1986 took place on the Saturday afternoon of April 13 from Portlaoise. It followed a triangular course made up of Portlaoise, Mountrath and Abbeyleix. The line-up of around 90 runners was the smallest field to contest the national championship in 10 years.

The leaders up to halfway were Roy Dooney, Kingston Mills and defending champion John O’Toole from nearby Tullamore. O’Toole dropped out before 20 miles, leaving Dooney and Mills to battle it out for the title. Dooney had run the Hiroshima Marathon in Japan the previous year in 2:14:38 and was therefore the favourite. However, on the road home from Abbeyleix, Mills made his move and Dooney couldn’t respond.

Video on the new walkway in Ballybrack Woods, Douglas...

Cork County Council have upgraded and extended the walkway in Ballybrack Woods in Douglas recently and they made a fine job of it. Even though it's reasonably short, some runners might want to try it as part of a route.

If anyone is not sure of where Ballybrack Woods is then check out the map below.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Results of the Upper Glanmire NS 5k... Mon 18th June 2018

Over 300 runners turned out for this year Upper Glanmire NS 5k which was held on Monday the 18th of June 2018. There turned out to be a very exciting finish to the men's race with Mark Walsh (#418) of Leevale AC just finishing ahead of John Meade of St.Finbarr's AC by less than a second.

One notable performance on the night was that of  Rebecca Kelleher who was the first female athlete home on the night! Rebecca is in 6th class in the school and is a member of Carrig na bhFear AC.

20:19 finish for Rebecca Kelleher in this years Upper Glanmire NS 5k

1. Mark Walsh - 15.52
2. John Meade - 15.53
3. Michael Corbett - 16.06
1. Linda O'Sullivan - 20.30
2. Irene Eighan - 20.46
3. Nicola O'Reilly - 23.31

Boys - Ruadhri Boyle - 19.26
Girls - Rebecca Kelleher - 20.19

1) The organisers have two galleries on Facebook...

Full results below...

Runner spotted on the M8 motorway in Cork!

This has been doing the rounds on social media today. Someone was spotted out running between cars on the M8 motorway near the Jack Lynch tunnel!

As cars queued at the traffic lights to head south, they were treated to some guy running down the middle of the M8 road. ....and he was wearing headphones! I don't know which is worse :o))

Seriously...whoever you are... there are nicer and safer places to go for a run.

Notice - Run Killarney Half-Marathon & 10k...Sat 28th July 2018

One of the biggest races in Kerry is the annual Killarney Half-Marathon & 10k and it's coming up on Saturday the 28th of July 2018.

The half marathon starts at Moll's Gap at 8:30am and follows one of the most scenic roads in the country to the finish line at the Gleneagle Hotel in Killarney. Participants in the half marathon will be taken by bus from Killarney to the start line at Moll's Gap.

The race website is HERE


The 10k starts at 10am and finishes at the Gleneagle Hotel and takes in a loop inside the national park near Muckross House.

Entry for each race includes...Customised finisher medal...Dry fit T-shirt...Chip timing... Prizes... Massage at finish line... Hot tubs... Post-race party... Officially measured course

Note that the road from Molls Gap to Killarney will be closed to traffic and it's the only time of the year that you can run on this busy road.

The video clip below gives a feel for what the course looks like...

For more info, go to the Run Killarney Website

Monday, June 18, 2018

Notice - Clonmel Half-Marathon, Tipperary ... Sun 26th Aug 2018

The Clonmel Half-Marathon is coming up on Sunday the 26th of August 2018 and there is an entry limit this year of 1,000 runners. Since it first started back in 2010, it has grown in popularity every year and if you are interested then you should enter as soon as possible.

This one is always popular with runners from Cork and is just a few miles off the M8 motorway.

The standard entry fee is €35 and that includes a dry fit top. The early entry fee before the 1st of July is €25.


Entry Fee:

€25 before the 1st of July 2018
€35 from 2nd July to 23rd August 2018
€45 on 24th & 25th August at race HQ

A €2.15 transaction fee applies to all online applications.

The race is being organised by Clonmel AC and they have plenty of information up on their website...

Great Railway Run donates €7815 to Carrigaline Lions Youth Centre

Following on from the success of the 2018 Great Railway Run with its record numbers, a donation of €7,815 has now been made to the local Lions club.

From the organisers...."The Great Railway Run 2018 present cheque to Carrigaline Lions Youth Centre.L-R John Doran Lions Club President, Conor Phelan Chairperson Great Railway Run Committee, An Tanaiste Simon Coveney, Sean Duggan & Pat OSullivan Youth Centre Committee. Photo: Adrian OHerlihy Photography

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Results & photos of the Lee Fields 4 mile road race... Sun 17th June 2018

A total of 236 runners turned out for this 4 mile road race in Cork City on what was an overcast but humid day for running. Former Cork City Marathon winner Cillian O'Leary took the men's title with half of the top top 10 men coming from Leevale AC.

The first woman home was Carol Flynn of Leevale AC with Mallow AC taking the other two podium spots.

1    Cillian O'LEARY    00:20:04    5890    Male (1)   
2    Eric CURRAN    00:20:25    5875    Male (2)   
3    Andrew SHEEHAN    00:21:03    5795    Male (3)    Leevale AC
29    Carol FINN    00:25:22    5833    Female (1)   
33    Lorraine BOLSTERTAVOLIERI    00:25:48    5515    Female (2)    Mallow AC
36    Sharon WOODS    00:26:07    5821    Female (3)    Mallow AC

Full results are up on the MyRunResults website

1) There are 267 photos near the finish line HERE

First 3 women

Results of the Ballyclough 5k... Sat 16th June 2018

128 runners took part in this years Ballyclough 5k race which was held on Saturday the 16th of June 2018. Note the women's race was won by 16 year old Emma Landers of Youghal AC in a fine time of 20m 12s! Well done Emma.

1        Jeromia Sheehan    Mt. Hillary AC    M    301    1 M        17:27
2        Kane Collins    UCD    M    017    2 M        17:31
3        David O'Connor    St. Finbarrs    M    032    3 M        18:01
16        Emma Landers    Youghal AC    F    016    1 F        20:12
23        Josephine Kelliher    Donoughmore    F    009    2 F        21:47
25        Mary Buckley    Donoughmore    F    008    3 F        21:55

Full results below...

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Cork runner Donal Coakley wins 10k race in Berlin

Following on from his second place finish in the Glanmire 4 mile last weekend, Cork runner Donal Coakley was in action this weekend in Berlin where he won a 10k race! The Lichtenauer Wasserlauf had 351 finishers with Donal taking the title with a time of 36:00.
1 246 Coakley, Donal M 30 1 Leevale A.C 36:00 min
2 230    Lamm, Martin M 45 1 Berlin 36:27 min
3 199    Menges, Bj√∂rn M 30 2 KRAFT Runners Berlin 36:51 m


Of course, no race would be complete with a '10 Things I Think About' report from Donal...

10 Things I Think About The 13. Lichtenauer Wasserlauf in Berlin... by Donal Coakley

Results of the MMRA trail race in Tracton Woods... Wed 6th June 2018

The results for this MMRA 7km trail race in Tracton Woods were a bit slow coming out but they're available now.

1 Brian Flannelly    811    M 0:29:45 Dooneen AC    Tipperary
2 Conrad Daly    1369    M 0:29:46 Cork Orient...    Cork
3 James Pittam    1671    M 0:32:22 Cork
17 Mags Dempsey    1200    F40 0:36:04 Tracton AC    Cork
18 Kealey Tideswell    815    F 0:36:07 Clonmel AC    Tipperary
23 Laura Flannelly    805    F 0:38:11 Tipperary

Full results here...

Friday, June 15, 2018

Results & Photos of the Inniscarra 4 mile road race... Fri 15th June 2018

A grand total of 157 runners turned out for this years Inniscarra 4 mile road race, down a fraction on the record set last year and the second highest ever.

1    0:21:00    O'LEARY, Cillian    Raheny Shamrock AC    M    05:14.9    635    1
2    0:22:17    LEHANE, Alan    St. Finbarrs AC    M    05:34.2    655    2
3    0:22:19    CRONIN, Mark    Leevale AC    M    05:34.7    624    3
26    0:26:26    MURPHY, Karina    St. Finbarrs AC    F    06:36.4    692    26
33    0:27:53    BEVAN, Karen    Eagle AC    F    06:58.1    667    33
36    0:28:05    MANNING, Sandra    Eagle AC    F    07:01.1    713    36

1) There are 3 albums up on the Running in Cork Facebook page.
...a) Pre-race and just after the first corner
...b) Near the 3 mile mark
...c) Prizes
2) Derek Costello has a gallery HERE
3) Mick Dooley has a gallery HERE 

Full results below... (Updated Sat 16th June @10:55am)

Inniscarra Community Centre
    Murphy Mermorial 4 Mile Road Race
    Friday 15 June 2018. 8:00 pm
Provisional Results for All Competitors in finish order.    Pace    Race    Race
    Place    Time    Name    Team    Race Age Category    min/mile       
1    0:21:00    O'LEARY, Cillian    Raheny Shamrock AC    M    05:14.9    635    1
    2    0:22:17    LEHANE, Alan    St. Finbarrs AC    M    05:34.2    655    2
    3    0:22:19    CRONIN, Mark    Leevale AC    M    05:34.7    624    3
    4    0:22:35    KENNEALLY, Damien    Eagle AC    M    05:38.7    634    4
    5    0:22:39    COLLINS, John    Skibbereen AC    M    05:39.7    651    5
    6    0:23:10    O'CALLAGHAN, Ruairi    Eagle AC    M    05:47.4    633    6
    7    0:23:12    O'DWYER, Finbarr    Leevale AC    M45    05:47.9    744    7
    8    0:23:22    BOUSE, Ciaran    Eagle AC    M    05:50.4    759    8
    9    0:23:26    MURPHY, Declan    unatt/    M    05:51.4    679    9
    10    0:23:35    CLERKIN, Gary    Grange-Fermoy AC    M45    05:53.7    716    10

A closer look at the Grant Thornton series of 5k races...

Following on from the recent Grant Thornton 5k in Cork and the follow up comments, I decided to have a closer look so that runners can get a better overview of the event and what it's all about.

The first Grant Thornton 5k started in the Dublin docklands back in 2012 and grew to over 4,500 finishers in 2015. Since then, the numbers have eased back a bit but it still gets over 4000 finishers. The 2018 edition will be in September of this year.

Grant Thornton 5k in Dublin

With an entry fee of €100 to €120 for a team of four, at least €100,000 is taken in race fees so it's not an insignificant amount of money.

Contrary to what some people might think, this isn't a charity event. A lot of events like this have what is termed a 'charity partner' and some of the proceeds go towards that charity. The Grant Thornton event is organised by Athletics Ireland and is their way of raising funds from the running boom. While there are hundreds of club races around the country, very little of the money generated finds its way back to Athletics Ireland in Dublin.

Traditionally, inter club races have been organised by Athletics Ireland registered clubs while inter firm road races have been organised by the Business Houses Athletic Association... the BHAA in Dublin and the Cork BHAA locally. The Grant Thornton 5k series is Athletics Ireland's version of inter-firm road races.

The purpose and ethos of their respective races are different and this can be seen in the entry fees.

The BHAA events are designed to have a reasonable entry fee (€5 reg / €10 non-reg), refreshments afterwards and a full prize structure with categories and teams. The Grant Thornton races cost around €20 to €25 per runner and are designed to raise as much money as possible.

In the BHAA events, it's the individual who is paying the entry fee where as with the Grant Thornton events, the company will probably be footing the bill in a lot of cases.

Following on from the success of the Dublin event, other  Grant Thornton 5k races have popped up as shown below...

A 5k was tried at the National Sports Centre in Dublin 2015 & 2016 but the numbers were poor. Probably good enough for a general race but not big enough to raise funds.

The Cork version began in 2015 and had 834 finishers that year. It has dipped a bit since and got 784 this year.

The Belfast version started in 2017 and got 562 runners. The 2018 race is coming up at the end of June.

A new Grant Thornton race was started in Galway this year and had 348 finishers.

Taken all together, the Grant Thornton series of 5k races in 2018 will probably generate in the region of €120,000 - €130,000 in entry fees. Once the costs of organising the event and the charity contribution are accounted for, the funds generated for Athletics Ireland will obviously be just a percentage of this.

It's probably fair to say that a lot of the entry fees paid by the corporate sector is 'new money' as such and would not have made its way into the running scene otherwise. These type of events won't appeal to everyone but they are now part of the overall running scene.

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Results & Photos of the Coolagown 5k road race... Thurs 14th June 2018

A grand total of 300 runners turned out for this years Coolagown 5k road race on Thursday the 14th of June 2018.

The numbers this year were down a bit on the record set last year but still well above the historical average.

Top 3...
1  John  Shine     M     Leevale AC   15:45
2 David  Ryan     M45     Clonmel AC   16:01
3 Kevin O'Leary     M     East Cork AC 16:11
17 Martina Kiely     F35     St Finbarrs 18:18
27  Ann Geary     F35     Midleton AC 18:55
47  Ellen Lewis Hanley     F40     Grange Fermoy AC  00:19:59

1) There are three galleries up on the Running in Cork Facebook page...
...a) Pre-race and at the first corner
...b) Near the finish
...c) Prizes

Full results below...

Results of the Kilmurry 5k run... Wed 13th July 2018

After winning the Cloughduv 5k last week, Joe Cunningham makes it two in a row to win this 5k race in Kilmurry near Lissarda.

111 Joe Cunningham 17.03 1
130 John O'Mahony 17.43 2
80 Cathal Prenderville 18.14 3
203 Maureen O'Brien U16 19.23 8
61 Margaret Murphy 19.43 10
72 Hilda Kenneally 23.4 37

Full results below...

Races on Thues 14th & Fri 15th June 2018...

Now that Storm Hector and the rain has pushed away to the north, here are some of the events coming up on Thursday and Friday...

Cork...Thurs 14th (8pm)... Coolagown 5km road race nr Fermoy... €10... Chip Timing... info...

Cork... Fri 15th (8pm)... Inniscarra 4 mile road race... €10... info...

Limerick...Fri 15th (8pm)... Ger Mullane Memorial 10k road race... 10k €15 / 5k option €10... Bilboa AC...
Tipperary...Fri 15th (8pm)... Michael Cahill 5k race...€12... Ballingarry...

Results of the Cork BHAA Merck 5k ... Wed 13th May 2018

A total of 343 runners turned out for this years Cork BHAA Merck 5k in Carrigtwohill on Wed 13th June 2018.

In contrast to previous years, the distance was changed from 6kms to 5kms. Did this help boost the numbers?? 6k is a bit of an odd distance where as a lot of people would know what time to expect from doing a 5k.

1 Mark Walsh M1 00:16:02 Dept of Ed
2 Colin Merritt 0/45B M2 00:16:04 Army
3 Christopher O'Reilly M3 00:16:21 Murphy Construction
45 Katie Hickson 0/40I F1 00:19:14 Glenside
67 Claire Lambe F2
69 Deirdre Ansbro 0/35H F3 00:19:59 Flanagan Print

The full results can be seen HERE

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Results of the Grant Thornton 5k in Cork City - Wed 13th June 2018

The Grant Thornton Corporate 5k was held in Cork City on Wed 13th June with 784 finishers, down a bit on last year. With an entry fee of €120 for a team of four, this commercial race certainly wasn't cheap with an average cost of €9.68 per mile.

You can find the results HERE

Latest stats for clubs in Cork...End of May 2018

At the start of June, Athleitcs Ireland released their membership stats for the end of May 2018. As outlined in this previous post, they showed some interesting national trends...

1) Growth in club membership seems to have stalled.
2) Continuing drop in the number of younger adults (aged under 35 yrs)
3) Drop in juvenile membership
4) Continued growth in the number of recreational runners aged 35+.

This was also reflected in the Cork figures with club membership (adults & children) declining by 2.1% in the last 12 months.

In this post, we'll look at the adult membership in Cork clubs and see how they are doing. These are the athletic clubs in Cork with more than 100 adult members (in either of the last two years)...

As can be seen from the chart above, the likes of Mallow AC are well up on the same time last year where as Leevale and Ballymore Cobh AC drop a good bit.

There are 14 clubs listed above and 6 are up while 8 are down. That's the thing about club membership in Cork, it's not that the main clubs are getting bigger rather that there are smaller regional clubs starting up with beginners programmes and they are the ones responsible for the overall rise in adult numbers.

These are the clubs with 50 to 100 adult members...

Doneraile and Mt.Hillary are new clubs with 97 and 53 members respectively.

These are the clubs with 20 to 50 members...

There's a big jump in numbers for Millstreet while Carrigtwohill is down. Beara AC are a new club in West Cork.

As always, these stats are for clubs registered with Athletics Ireland. There are a growing number of other running clubs who are doing their own thing.

You can find the stats for May 2018 up on the Athletics Ireland website.

Monday, June 11, 2018

Great video of the 2018 Cork City Marathon

Great video by Michael Meade which gives a flavour of what the 2018 Cork City Marathon was like...

Results & photos of the full, half & relay in this previous post HERE

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Results of the Twomey Remorial 4 mile in Meelin... Sun 10th June 2018

1 Tim O Connor     An Riocht AC         21:32     Male     535
2 Conor Lucey     Macroom         24:42     Male     346
3 Willie O'Connor     Galtee Runners         24:58     Male     545
5 Gillian Murphy     Star of the Laune         27:20     Female     548
14 Denise Quilter     Milstreet         28:54     Female     341
24 Margaret Jones    30:23     Female     351

Full results below...
Twomey Family Remorial 5K results               

Results & photos of the Glanmire 4 mile... Sun 10th June 2018

A grand total of 202 runners turned out for this years Glanmire 4 mile road race which was held on Sunday the 10th of June 2018.

1 John MEADE    00:21:49    417    M (1)    MS (1)    St Finbarrs AC
2 Donal COAKLEY    00:21:59    439    M (2)    MS (2)    Leevale AC
3 Barry O'SHEA    00:22:18    716    M (3)    MS (3)    Midleton AC
48 Seodhna YOUNG    00:29:07    313    F (1)    FS (1)   
53 Lisa CROWLEY    00:29:29    436    F (2)    F40 (1)    Watergrasshill AC
56 Jacinta KEOHANE    00:29:47    751    F (3)    F40 (2)    Carraignavar AC

Full results HERE

There were also 43 juvenile runners in their own chip timed 2 mile race.

1) There are 3 albums up on the Running in Cork Facebook page...
...a) Just after the start
...b) First batch of finish line photos
...c) Second batch of finish like photos

Donal Coakley of '10 things I think' fame has his own unique report on the Glanmire 4 mile below. Donal finished in second place today with his pink singlet and matching sunglasses! :o)

10 Things I Think About The Glanmire 4 Mile

1. Debadification

Saturday, June 09, 2018

Results & photos of the Ballincollig 5k parkrun... Sat 9th June 2018

A total of 298 turned out for this weeks 5k parkrun in Ballincollig Regional Park,

1    Adam DUCHNICZ    19:30    VM45-49 M1
2    Killian FORBES    19:35    VM35-39  M2
3    Trevor COLLINS    19:36    VM40-44  M3    VMware Running Club
16    Orla CROSBIE    21:31    VW50-54 F1    St Finbarrs AC
25    Maria CALACO MULERO    22:32    SW25-29  F2
44    Mairead PEREZ    23:46    VW45-49  F3

Results HERE

1) The organisers have a gallery HERE

Results of Doneraile 5k - Sat 9th June 2018

There was another 5k run in Doneraile Park today. Results up on the MyRunResults site.

Latest stats from Athletics Ireland shows membership growth stalling

For the first few months of any year, membership stats don't mean a whole lot as clubs are trying to get members to renew. After April or May however, the bulk of the membership for the year is in and some trends can be spotted.

Athletics Ireland have just released their stats for their membership at the end of May 2018 and they show several main points...

1) Growth in club membership seems to have stalled.

2) Continuing drop in the number of younger adults (aged under 35 yrs)

3) Drop in juvenile membership

4) Continued growth in the number of recreational runners aged 35+.

National membership stalling ......The chart below shows how the membership for Athletics Ireland has stopped growing....

The numbers for the end of May 2018 are actually slightly lower than May of 2017. This is the first decline in national membership for many years and suggests that the year end figure for 2018 should be around 60,000. Based on previous growth rates, Athletics Ireland had set a target of 70,000 members by the year 2020 which now looks increasingly unlikely.

Continued decline in adults aged under 35... The number of seniors (adults aged under 35) continues to drop and has been like this for a number of years.

Friday, June 08, 2018

Two of the races coming up on Sun 10th June...

Cork... Sun 10th (10:30am)... Glanmire GAA 4 mile road race... €10... T-Shirts for first 200 to register... info...

Cork... Sun 10th (1:30pm)... Twomey Family Remorial Weekend 4 mile ... €10... Meelin nr Newmarket in NW Cork... info...

Results of the Cloughduv 5k ...Thurs 7th June 2018

There was a large turnout of 390 for this years Cloughduv 5k which was held on Thurs 7th June 2018, up 6.6% on the numbers for last year.

The first man home was Joe Cunningham of St.Finbarr's AC with Carmel Crowley of Bandon AC taking the women's title.

1 00:16:17 218 JOE CUNNINGHAM
2 00:16:41 1 JONATHAN MURPHY
3 00:17:13 46 JOHN O'MAHONY
5 00:18:28 227 CARMEL CROWLEY
6 00:18:45 99 MARGARET MURPHY
15 00:20:44 68 SHEILA BUCKLEY

Full results below...

Notice...Inniscarra 4 mile road race - Fri 15th June 2018

This 4 mile road race in Inniscarra is coming up on Friday, the 15th of June 2018...

The race HQ is the GAA grounds in Ballyanly which is to the north-west of Cork City...

It may not be the easiest of courses but it's on nice quiet country roads. On a nice sunny summer evening, it's a lovely spot for a race. The ease of access and proximity to Cork City is another major plus.

Preview...More information on the course can be seen HERE

The organisers have more info below...

Thursday, June 07, 2018

Notice…Carrigtwohill 5km road race – Wed 18th July 2018

The Carrigtwohill 5km road race is coming up on Wednesday, the 18th of July 2018.

The venue for the race is Barryscourt Castle just to the south of the town of Carrigtwohill in East Cork. This race always attracts a large crowd every year and is bound to attract a large turnout this year again.

The race which starts at 8pm costs €10 to enter and all proceeds are going to charity. There is also a walk starting at 6:30pm and that costs €5 to enter. You can also enter online HERE

Course Preview........A full preview with directions, map and photos can be seen HERE 

For more info, go to the race website...

Cork runner Michael Haydon completes his 300th marathon!

Back in June of 2010, I had a post up about Cork runner Michael Haydon and how he had just completed his 100th marathon. That was a time when marathons were far and few between and it took him 11 years to reach the century mark.

Fast forward to the 2018 and Michael has now reached the 300 mark after completing the Cork City marathon!

This year, he ran it in support of the Westgate Foundation, Ballincollig who provide a wide range of important quality services and supports for older people in the community including Day-Care, Sheltered Housing, Meals-on-Wheels, Social, and Active Retired Club, Social Work, Counselling, and Transport.

Michael is shown pictured above wearing the number 300 along with some of the other marathon regulars.

Alan O'Brien...First Cork man home in the 2018 Cork City Marathon

One of the most notable performances in the 2018 Cork City Marathon was that of Alan O'Brien of Eagle AC who was the first Cork man home. Alan finished in 4th place overall in a time of 2h 26m 52s and was the first M35 home.

4 Alan O Brien (#115) EAGLE A.C. 02:26:52  O35  (1) Male  (4)

Alan also ran a new personal best time for the distance beating his previous best of 2h 28m 46s set on the much flatter Berlin Marathon course in September of 2017.

In a post race interview, Barry Drake of CRY104 caught up with Alan and spoke to him about the race. The audio piece also has clips from Mick Dooley of the BHAA who was involved in the organising of the event, Claire McCarthy, the winner of the Half-Marathon and several others.

Results & Photos of the 2018 Cork City Marathon...

Photo credit : Doug Minihane

Notice : Cloughduv 5k on Thurs 7th June 2018

This 5k is coming up in the village of Cloughduv on Thursday the 7th of June 2018 at 7:30pm. Located about 10kms west of Ballincollig, Cloughduv is just off the N22 Cork to Macroom road.

There will be refreshments after the race with results and times published later.