Google+ Running in Cork, Ireland: April 2018

Monday, April 30, 2018

Midleton 5 mile road race coming up on Thurs 3rd May 2018

The big race this week is of course the Midleton 5 miler on Thursday the 3rd of May 2018.

The host club Midleton AC held a launch night recently to help promote the race...

Key points...

1) You can enter online and it costs €10. Entries on the night cost €12.

2) There is a draw for a night in Garryvoe Hotel for anyone that pre-enters online.

More info on the race and course in the race notice...

From the organisers...
Midleton AC 5 Mile Race at 8pm Thursday 3rd May 2018
The 35th annual Joe Hourigan Memorial Midleton AC 5 Mile Road Race will take
place on Thursday 3rd May at 8pm. The event is run by Midleton AC members on a
voluntary basis to promote running in the community.

Notice...Courtmacsherry - Timoleague 10k road race - Fri 29th June 2018

This 10 km road race in West Cork is coming up on Friday the 29th of June 2018 at 8pm. In terms of flat fast 10k courses, this is about as fast as they get.

The race starts in the seaside town of Courtmacsherry, then follows the estuary road to Timoleague before doing a small loop and returning to Courtmacsherry again.

On a nice summers evening, it's a great spot for a race. Located just to the south of Bandon, it's well within the catchment area of a lot of runners including those in Cork City.

The entry fee is €15 and you can enter online HERE. On the Friday evening, entries will be in Courtmacsherry Hotel.

From the organisers......
Annual Courtmacsherry-Timoleague 10km Road Race (Athletics Ireland Licensed Event)

Officially measured, chip timed flat and fast course just 45 minutes from Cork city. The course runs along side the beautiful Courtmacsherry bay and if you want to set a personal best this is the course to do it on.

Prizes For Men, Women
Men & Women Over 35, 40, 45, 50, 55, 60,
Wheelchair Athlete and Team (4 to count)

Main Prizes:
Overall Men & Women 1st Place €100, 2nd Place €50, 3rd Place €30.
€100 bonus to winners if course record is broken.
Men: 31.38 Women: 35.25

Register online at or on the day at Courtmacsherry Hotel 5.30-7:30pm.

All online registered athletes enter a free draw for a €50 voucher for John Buckley Sports in Cork.

The facebook event page is

Entry €15

Followed by refreshments.

Preview......A full preview of the race with maps, directions, photos, etc can be seen HERE

Sunday, April 29, 2018

Results & Photos of the Cobh 10 mile... Sun 29th Apr 2018

Bue skies and sunshine were to the fore for this 10 miler in Cobh with Mick Clohisey doing a solo run to win by almost 5 minutes. Lizzie Lee was the first women home in 58:28.

1    Mick CLOHISEY    00:49:22 1    M (1)    MS (1)    Raheny Shamrock AC
2    Colin MERRITT    00:54:16 2    M (2)    MS (2)   
3    Jonathan MURPHY    00:57:09 1128    M (3)    MS (3)    Leevale AC
6    Lizzie LEE    00:58:28 4    F (1)    FS (1)    Leevale AC
9    Jill HODGINS    01:00:44 3    F (2)    F40 (1)    Leevale AC
30    Ann Marie HOLLAND    01:06:14    826    F (3)    F40 (2)    Youghal AC

Results HERE

Photos... (Updated Wed 2nd May @11am)
1) There will be 4 albums going up on the Running in Cork Facebook page
...a) 600m from the finish. 1st to 1h 17m
...b) 600m from the finish. 1:17 to 1:27
...c) 600m from the finish. 1:27 to 1:38
...d) 600m from the finish. 1:38 plus
2) Pat Walsh Running has a gallery HERE
3) Joe Murphy has several albums
...a) Up to 77 mins
...b) 77 to 90 mins
...c) 90 mins plus
4) Mick Dooley has a gallery HERE 

Notice…Heart of Allihies 5 Mile Run on the Wild Atlantic Way – Sat 23rd June 2018

This 5 mile road race on the Wild Atlantic Way is coming up in the village of Allihies on the Beara Peninsula on Saturday the 23rd of June 2018. In terms of location, it must be one of the most scenic spots in the county.

Not so long ago there were no races on the Beara Peninsula. Now, there are 3 really spectacular ones...Bere Island, Eyeries and now Allihies.

The village of Allihies with its multi-coloured houses is located in one of the most scenic parts of the country and for anyone traveling some distance, this would be an excellent excuse for a weekend away.

Additional info from the organisers....The Heart of Allihies Five Mile run, the five mile run on the end of the fabulous Beara Peninsula. All of the money made on this event go to the Allihies Community Centre.

Event details and schedule
The run is on the 23rd of June 2018 and starts at 14:00. The course takes in the spectacular Wild Atlantic Way with some lovely country roads.

Please make sure you arrive early enough to sort out your numbers etc. There are refreshments provided after the event. In the village there are two shops three pubs and plenty of places to stay should you wish to do so. 

Entry fee €10. 

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

This video below gives an idea of what the course is like...

Course preview......You'll find a preview of the course with maps, directions and photos HERE

For more information, go to the dedicated race website...

Saturday, April 28, 2018

Notice : Leevale Sports Day - Mon 7th May 2018

From Leevale AC... Entries are coming in fast for Leevale 2018, Senior programme which will be held on May 7th at CIT arena. Leevale Sports is one of the few meets catering for all track and field events and always comes up trumps for athletes seeking standards.

One again there is a full track programme, including sprint & 400m hurdles, youth & junior heights will be accommodated. The jumpers will have both high and long jump competitions and the vaulters can try and reach new heights.

This year there is a strong focus on a throwers fest, with a specially commissioned Brendan Coughlan perpetual trophy, available for the thrower of the meet.

The middle distance athletes can look forward to good competition and straight races. They can also finish the day with medley relay.

There are commissioned medals and cash prizes for all senior events.

To guarantee a place onto line at Leevale 2018, enter online now @ . And if you are seeking a standard, please note it in the comments, we will so our utmost to accommodate all requests.

Results & Photos of the Ballincollig 5k parkrun... Sat 28th Apr 2018

There was a big turnout for this weeks 5k parkrun in Ballincollig Regional Park with 333 runners taking part.

1    Darragh O'CONNOR    18:15    SM20-24 M1
2    Julien PASTEL    18:20    SM30-34  M2    Kinsale Tri Club
3    Neff MCGHIE    19:10    VM45-49  M3
9    Sorcha KEARNEY    19:55    VW40-44  F1    St Finbarrs AC
39    Rachel O'CALLAGHAN    22:15    VW40-44  F2
50    Olga O'SULLIVAN    22:38    VW40-44  F3    Eagle A.C.

Full results

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

Results of the Holy Family School 5k in Doneralie Park... Sat 28th Apr 2018

This 5k run in Doneraile Park on Sat 28th Apr 2018 attracted a smallish crowd of 71 runners.

1    Anthony Mannix    Leevale AC        16:42    SM    103
2    PJ Carey    Kilmallock AC        18:28    SM    140
3    Kevin Lenihan    Mooreabbey Milers        18:41    SM    107
16    Deirdre Cotter    Mallow AC        22:47    SF    112
20    Gwen O Regan    Dromahane Roadrunners        24:42    SF    171
23    Mary Murphy    Shandrum AC        24:53    SF    161


Sonia O'Sullivan completes her 100th 5k parkrun!

World Champion and Olympic Silver Medallist, Sonia O’Sullivan completed her 100th parkrun at Cabinteely parkrun on Saturday morning where Vhi hosted a special event to celebrate the achievement.

Sonia is a big supporter of 5k parkruns in the UK and Ireland and is a regular at the local parkrun near her home in Australia.

Friday, April 27, 2018

Notice : Clonakilty Trail Run - Sun 29th Apr 2018

The Munster Mountain Running Association are holding a 6.7km trail race near Clonakilty on Sunday the 29th of April 2018 at 11am.

From the organisers...
Race 1 of 18 of the Munster Summer League.
Starts in the woods and finishes on the beach - there aren't many races like this.
Adult race at 11:00 (€5 entry)
Juniors (10 - 16) race at 10:30 (€5 entry)
Kiddies (under 10 accompanied by adult) fun run at 10:30 (FREE)
Further info at:

Launch of the 2018 Cheetah Run in Fota Wildlife Park...

The 2018 Cheetah Run in Fota Wildlife Park was officially launched last Wednesday the 25th of May. It is coming up on Thursday the 17th of May with a 5k for those aged 16 and over and a one mile race for 11 to 15 year olds.

Entries open on Thursday the 3rd of May.

Eagle AC are organising this event in Fota Wildlife Park with sponsorship from John Buckley Sports, Brooks and Laya Healthcare.

Cork fireman Alex O’Shea was also on hand to help promote the race. Alex is currently planning to run 32 marathons in the 32 Irish counties in 16 days in September.

More info in this previous post.

Results of Colaiste 5K run/walk in Fermoy..Thurs 26th of April 2018

Results of Colaiste 5K run/walk in Fermoy on Thursday 26th of April 2018.

A total of 207 runners and walkers finished the annual Colaiste an Chraoibhin 5K in Fermoy.

1    Paul Hartnett             16.12
2    Mark Collins              17.08
3    James Murphy          17.18
19  Jennifer Goggin         20.04
22  Irene Eighan              20.28
28  Benvon Lyons            21.22

Placing    Name    Category    Timing
1    Paul Hartnett    Junior Male    16.12
2    Mark Collins    Adult Male    17.08
3    James Murphy    Adult Male    17.18
4    Gavin O'Flynn    Adult Male    18.00
5    Kealan O'Connor    Adult Male    18.12
6    Bryan Crowley    Adult Male    18.14
7    Noel Early    Adult Male    18.18
8    James Condon    Adult Male    18.29
9    Conor Bartley    Adult Male    18.32
10    Eddie O'Brien    Junior Male    18.45

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Results of the East Cork Road Championships in Ballynoe... Thurs 26th Apr 2018

East Cork Division Road Championships     Mens 5 Miles
    Thursday 26 April 2018. 7:30 pm
Provisional Results for All Competitors in finish order.    Pace    Race    Race
    Place    Time    Name    Team    Race Age Category    min/mile       
    1    0:26:18    MCGRATH, Sean    East Cork AC    M    05:15.5    915    1
    2    0:26:46    MCCARTHY, James    East Cork AC    M    05:21.1    943    2
    3    0:28:48    SHEEHAN, Nigel    Youghal AC    M    05:45.5    944    3
    4    0:29:37    O'SULLIVAN, Daire    Carraig na bhFear AC    MJ    05:55.3    926    4
    5    0:29:41    O'CONNOR, David    St. Catherines AC    M    05:56.1    919    5
    6    0:29:55    BEECHER, John    St. Catherines AC    M    05:58.9    904    6
    7    0:30:31    DALY, Joseph    Carraig na bhFear AC    MJ    06:06.1    929    7
    8    0:30:46    WALSH, William    Carraig na bhFear AC    M40    06:09.1    905    8
    9    0:31:08    O'REGAN, Morgan    Midleton AC    M40    06:13.5    922    9
    10    0:31:32    CARR, Allan    St. Catherines AC    M    06:18.3    920    10

Results & Photos of the Cork BHAA Styker 4 mile road race... Wed 25th Apr 2018

A whopping 619 runners took part in this years Cork BHAA Stryker 4 mile road race in Carrigtwohill on Wed 25th Apr 2018. 

1 Michael Corbett 0/45B 21:09 M-1 Musgrave
2 Darren Molloy 0/40A 21:12 M-2 Navy
3 Alfie Davis 0/40A 21:48 M-3 UCC
66 Claire Lambe F-1 26:41 Arup
93 Marie Condon F-2 27:28 HSE
106 Sheila Buckley 0/35H F-3 27:53 Midleton Town Council

The results are HERE but the times are now included.

1) There are 3 albums up on the Running in Cork Facebook page...
...a) Start of the race
...b) Near the 3.3-3.5 mile mark (first two-thirds of the field)
...c) Near the 3.3-3.5 mile mark
2) Michael Buckley has a gallery HERE

Happy Feet running club from Blarney

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Reminder : Cork BHAA Stryker 4 mile in Carrigtwohill - Wed 25th Apr 2018

Just a reminder that the Cork BHAA Stryker 4 mile race is coming up in Carrigtwohill on Wednesday the 25th of April 2018. Note the start time... 7:30pm.

More info in this previous post.

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Entries for the Cheetah Run in Fota Wildlife Park open Thurs 3rd May

The 2018 Cheetah Run in Fota Wildlife Park organised by Eagle AC is coming up on Thursday the 17th of May 2018 at 8pm. As well as there being the usual 5k race, there is also a one mile race for juveniles (11-15 year olds).

Please note that there is a limit of 900 entries for the 5k race. The lower age limit is 16 years old.

Entries for the 5k race open on Thursday the 3rd of May....450 places will be available at 10am with the remaining 450 opening at 7pm.

The entry link is on the Eagle AC website.


5k Course...Following the success of last two years, the same 5k route will be used again. This will take in all areas of the Wildlife Park including the new Asian Sanctuary.

The entry fee includes free access to the park for two adults and two children on the night. Access will be controlled on the night and will be open from 6:30pm.

There will also be a 20% discount voucher for John Buckley Sports. The savings on say a new pair of shoes would cover the entry fee. This must be used in the two weeks after the race.

Juvenile 1 Mile Race.....There is also a 1 mile race for juveniles this year (Ages 11, 12, 13, 14 & 15). This will take place before the 5k race at 7:15pm. The numbers will be limited to 100. Entries for this will open also on the 3rd of May in two batches...45 at 10am and 45 at 7pm. The one mile race has been measured accurately by Jones Counter, will be chip timed and all finishers will receive a medal. Please note that there are no prizes in the juvenile race. The entry fee is €8 including an online processing fee.

Artwork for the medal for the Juvenile race

As always, entrants can bring family members to either race. This includes free access to the wildlife park for the runner and family members. This normally costs €15.50 per adult, or €46 for a family of two adults and two children.

There is also a 20% discount voucher from John Buckley Sports.

Laya Healthcare is also a sponsor.... Laya provide Health Insurance, Life Insurance and Travel Insurance, Established in 1997 they are the second largest health insurance provider in Ireland with over half a million members.

Please note.....No buggies/baby strollers/ transfers....and no late entries.

The minimum age is 16 for the 5k race as per Athletics Ireland permit recommendations.

5k Race...There will be prizes for the first 5 men and women as well as the usual age categories. The exact number of prizes for the age categories will be determined after the online entries close with the aim of making each age category competitive.

I would seriously advise people that have an interest in doing this race to enter as soon as it opens. It really will sell out early. 

Updates about the race will be made available here and on the race page on the Eagle AC website.

Sponsor...John Buckley Sports is one of the race sponsors and is one of the main specialist running shops in Cork City. They have a wide stock of gear in the shop and on their

They have been in business since 1981 and it's fair to say that the shop is highly regarded by many of the runners on the local road race scene. They also have a app which you can download to your smartphone which gives a generous discount when using it.

Irish results from the 2018 London Marathon

The London Marathon was held last weekend, a huge event with over 40,000 finishers. Here are some of the Irish finishers under 6 hours and no doubt, there are a few Cork runners in there...

Place overall    Name    Club    Category    Half    Finish
12 » SCULLION, Stephen (IRL)         22     18-39     01:07:48     02:15:55 
3    » O'Hanlon, Gary (IRL)    Serpentine RC    40-44    1:08:46    2:21:14
865    » Lenihan, Brian (IRL)        18-39    1:25:53    2:57:40
963    » Faughnan, Dermot (IRL)        40-44    1:25:46    2:58:45
1229    » McCallion, Tommy (IRL)    Other    40-44    1:28:50    3:01:27
1422    » McCallion, Eddie (IRL)    Other    18-39    1:29:04    3:04:24
1503    » Fitzgerald, Karl (IRL)    Other    18-39    1:28:35    3:05:26
1575    » Guinness, Samuel (IRL)        18-39    1:25:53    3:06:18

Sonia O'Sullivan to run her 100th parkrun on Sat 28th Apr 2018

Press release : Join Sonia O’Sullivan at Cabinteely parkrun on Saturday 28th April 2018

Former World Champion and Olympic Silver Medallist, Sonia O’Sullivan will complete her 100th parkrun at the Cabinteely parkrun, Dublin 18 on Saturday, 28th April.

Vhi, Presenting Partner of parkrun, will host a special event to celebrate the achievement and is calling on walkers, joggers and runners of all ages and abilities to join Sonia and kickstart their weekend on a healthy note at the free 5km event.

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Results & Photos of the Great Railway Run... Sun 22nd Apr 2018

There was a record turnout for this years 25km Great Railway Run from Cork to Carrigaline with 363 finishers, a jump of almost 15% on last year! The 10k was also a new record, up 4.7% on last year.

The results are now available...

1    Alan O Shea    Bantry      1:24:43 SM    916
2    Alan O Brien    Carrigaline      1:26:28   SM    924
3    Michael Morgan    Cork      1:28:57  SM    860
5    Barry O Shea    Piltown      1:37:56   SM    95
6    Tim Twomey    Cork      1:38:26     SM    1014
4    Claire Gibbons-McCarthy    Bandon      1:33:03   SF    727
12    Sorcha Kearney    cork      1:44:20    F40    780
34    Kerrie Collins    cork      1:54:14   SF    644
41    Colette O Donoghue    Watergrasshill      1:56:48    SF    1046

1     Declan Power     Dublin 13         35:19     SM     287
2     Sebastian Mucke     Gaimersheim         37:54     SM     210
3     Garrett Casey     Cork         39:58     SM     39
7     Ailbhe McDaid     Cork         40:55     SF     356
16     Stephanie Johnson     Clonmel         45:15     SF     141
18     Jane Peetersoo     Cork City         45:27     SF     284

Photos to follow...(Updated Mon 23rd Apr 10pm)
1) There will be 8 albums up on the Running in Cork Facebook page
...a) Start & Near Blackrock Castle
...b) There are just over 500 finish line photos HERE
...c) There are some prize giving photos HERE
...d) 25k runners about 200m from the finish line (1:45 to 2:08)
...e) 200m from the finish line... 25k 2:08-2:24 / 10k 1st-0:51
...f) 200m from the finish line... 25k 2:24-2:35 / 10k 0:51-1:02
...g) 200m from the finish line... 25k 2:35 plus / 10k 1:02 plus
...h) Prizes (Close up)


Results of the Dromahane 5k...Sat 21st Apr 2018

This 5k run in Dromahane was held on Sat 21st of April 2018 with 143 taking part which was down 27% on last year. Results HERE

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Results & Photos of the Ballincollig 5k parkrun... Sat 21st Apr 2018

Just under 300 runners turned out for this weeks 5k parkrun in Ballincollig Regional Park on Sat 21st Apr 2018.

1 Denis BUCKLEY    18:01    JM15-17    74.93 %    M1
2 Piotr SPYT    18:52    VM35-39    71.82 %    M2    Polish Runners Club Ireland
3 Unknown                           
34 Rachel O'CALLAGHAN    22:32    VW40-44    69.82 %    F1
42 Olga O'SULLIVAN    22:52    VW40-44    66.91 %    F2    Eagle A.C.
50 Maria CALACO MULERO    23:13    SW20-24    63.75 %    F3

Full results

1) The organisers have a gallery HERE

Races coming up on Sunday the 22nd of April 2018

Here are some of the races coming up on Sunday the 22nd of April...

Cork...Sun 22nd (9:30am)... The Great Railway Run 25km from Cork to Carrigaline... €40... info...
Cork...Sun 22nd (11am)... The Great Railway Run 10km from Monkstown to Carrigaline... €30... info...

Kerry...Sun 22nd (10am)... Castleisland 10 mile road race... €20... Organised by An Ríocht AC... includes dry fit top... info...
Kerry...Sun 22nd (10am)... Castleisland 5km race... €10... Organised by An Ríocht AC...... info...

Friday, April 20, 2018

Reminder...Great Railway Run coming up on Sun 22nd Apr 2018

Just a reminder that the Great Railway Run is coming up on Sunday the 22nd of April and there is a choice of a 25k from Cork City to Carrigaline or a 10k from Monkstown.

From the organisers....Online registration for The Great Railway Run closes at 10pm (Saturday). All participants please note that race bib numbers can be collected in Phelans Pharmacy at the Kinsale road roundabout between 4 and 8pm tomorrow. New registrations will also be accepted there. NEW REGISTRATIONS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED ON SUNDAY.

Apr22 - The Great Railway Run 25k - Sun 9:30
Apr22 - The Great Railway Run 10K - Sun 11:00

More info in the race notice.

Notice...Cork BHAA Stryker 4 mile in Carrigtwohill - Wed 25th Apr 2018

This 4 mile race in Carrigtwohill in East Cork is coming up on Wednesday the 25th of April at 7:30pm. As with all Cork BHAA events, the entry fee is €5 for registered runners and €10 for non-registered.

Located just a few minutes drive from the Jack Lynch tunnel, this one is very close to Cork City and is easy to get to.

The race HQ is the local community centre and the race route takes in a loop to the north of Carrigtwohill. Note that the start line is a few hundred metres away so allow plenty of time to get there.

As BHAA races go, this one is noted for having some pretty good prizes and of course, there are loads on offer with the various categories and teams.

Course Preview........A full preview of the course can be seen HERE

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Results & Photos of the Ballintotis 4 mile road race...Thurs 19th Apr 2018

It seemed only appropriate that the warmest day of the year so far in 2018 also coincided with the first major race of the Summer road race season in Cork with a whopping 826 runners taking part. Conditions were almost perfect with some nice sunshine for the whole race, something we haven't seen a lot of of late.

It was also a big race for East Cork AC after two of their members took the respective titles. Michael Harty's time of 19:15 was also a new course record while Fiona Santry won the women's race for the first time.

1 Michael HARTY    00:19:15 512    M (1)    MS (1)    East Cork AC
2 Sergiu CIOBANU 00:19:22 654    M (2)    MS (2)    Clonliffe Harriers AC
3 James MCCARTHY 00:20:08 1    M (3)    MS (3)    East Cork AC
36 Fiona SANTRY    00:23:42 F (1)    FS (1)    East Cork AC
39 Ann GEARY    00:24:23 115    F (2)    F35 (1)    Midleton AC
61 Evelyn Cashman    00:25:06 671    F (3)    F45 (1)    Youghal AC

Full results HERE

Photos... (Updated 10pm Fri 20th Apr 2018)
1) There are 4 albums up on the Running in Cork Facebook page...
...a) Pre-race
...b) Start
...c) 1km from the finish
...d) Prizes
2) Michael Buckley has a gallery HERE
3) Dave O'Brien has a gallery HERE

Heads up on the 2018 Cheetah Run in Fota Wildlife Park

Just a quick heads up to say that the Cheetah Run 5k in Fota Wildlife Park is coming up on Thursday 17th of May 2018. Entries will open up two weeks in advance on Thursday the 3rd of May.

This one always sells out fast so keep an eye on it. More details to follow soon...

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Cork runners at the 2018 Boston Marathon

One of the most famous marathons in the world is of course in Boston and the 122nd edition was held last Monday the 16th of April 2018.

These are the runners from Cork who took part....

427    Smith, Mark    40    M    Cork         IRL    2:43:39
2554    O'Regan, Stephen    35    M    Cork    IRL    2:49:43
5544    Lyons, Alan    39    M    Cork         IRL    3:00:48
2079    Hogan, Aidan    44    M    Cork         IRL     3:06:03
1184    Cotter, Liam    52    M    Cork         IRL    3:11:34
426    Foley, Vivian    48    M    Cork         IRL    3:11:51
2567    O'Herlihy, Colin    47    M    Co. Cork    IRL     3:16:36
10422    O Donovan, Fergal    45    M    Co Cork    IRL     3:20:42
11322    Magner, Aidan    47    M    Cork         IRL     3:24:45
7144    Crowley, Ken    43    M    Cork         IRL     3:28:14
6607    Murphy, David    40    M    Cork Ireland     IRL    3:31:27
3094    Forde, Michael    38    M    Cork         IRL    3:34:38
6912    O Meara, Fergal    49    M    Midleton    IRL    3:35:55
20427    Gilroy, Helen    52    F    Cork         IRL    3:35:55
17802    Lynch, Liam    60    M    Co Cork         IRL    3:37:43
8741    Mclean, Gerard    47    M    Cork         IRL    3:39:18
19875    Walsh, Helen    43    F    Cork         IRL    3:39:41
19685    Crowley, Lisa    44    F    Cork         IRL     3:43:55
17764    Sheehan, Louise    44    F    Co. Cork    IRL     3:49:47

20837    Marshall, Ger    60    M    Cork         IRL     3:55:31
30392    Fitzgibbons, Sheila    51    F    Blarney     IRL    5:15:14
30471    Devlin, Killian    39    M    Midleton    IRL    5:30:29
30419    Butler, Patricia    38    F    Carrigaline    IRL    5:30:29

Final info for the Ballintotis 4 mile coming up Thurs 19th Apr 2018

The Summer season of road races kicks off with the Balllintotis 4 mile road race on Thursday the 19th of April 2018. After a long dark winter, the evening races will make a pleasant change from the weekend events.

The race is at 8pm and is chip timed. You can enter on the night but make sure to get there early because of the crowds.

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

Here is the final info from the organisers.......The big night is now almost upon us again with the ninth running of the Ballintotis '4' Mile Road race taking place on this Thursday April 19th.  A lot of work has been done over the past few months in preparation for what we hope will be another occasion to remember.

James McCarthy of the host club East Cork AC has won the event in all the previous  8 years and last year got the better of club mate Sean McGrath after a titanic struggle. The ladies honours 12 months ago went to  Irish International Claire McCarthy who has distinguished herself with some super performances in the green singlet since then.

The success of the Ballintotis event which was brought to the picturesque venue by East Cork A.C in 2010, is due to a number of factors. It's fair to say that the generous sponsorship and backing from the local business community has been a key component in it's rise and with this in mind, the local Ballintotis Race Committee wish to acknowledge again the continued backing of a number of their loyal major sponsors. 

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Results & Photos of the MMRA 7km race in Curragh Woods... Sun 15th Apr 2018

The Munster Mountain Running Association held a 7km race in Curragh Woods near Midleton last Sunday the 15th of April and there was a nice turnout of 73 runners.

There will be plenty more trail races like this coming up over the Summer months and they can make a nice change from running on the roads.

1 Tom Blackburn    608    M50    0:34:14 Mooreabbey Milers Limerick
2 Nigel Sheehan    2069    M    0:35:35 Youghal AC Cork
3 John Lynch    853    M40    0:35:56 Tracton AC Cork
12 Cherie Turner    89    F40    0:41:30 St. Finbarr's AC Cork
16 Sarah Fitzpatrick    549    F    0:42:40 Mooreabbey Milers Tipperary
17 Marie O'Shea    600    F40    0:42:46 MooreAbbey Milers Tipperary

Full results

1) Photos HERE and HERE 

Monday, April 16, 2018

Results of the Spike Island 5k...Sat 14th Apr 2018

This 5k on Spike Island was held on Saturday the 14th of April 2018 and the results are shown below...

1    173    Sean Twohig    20.05
2    163    Declan O Callaghan    21.06
3    16    Denis O Brien    21.23
7    60    Siobhan Holland    22.17
15    52    Katie Harte    23.44
16    12    Jessica Burke Walsh    24.07

Full results below...

Spotted at the road races... John Walshe of Ballycotton

Anyone who knows John Walshe of Ballycotton will know that he is a great supporter of local road races and 10-mile road races in particular. John was running last Sunday at the Killea 10 mile road race last Sunday in North Tipperary and someone snapped this photo as he crossed the finish line...

Borrisoleigh Track Attach had this piece on their Facebook page...."The word legend is often thrown around within sport but the man pictured here is a true legend of Irish running. It was great to see East Cork man John Walshe at the Killea Road Run where he completed the 10 mile race. "Mr Ballycotton" is a person and role model that all who are involved with organising any sport should aspire to emulate. The sport of road running would be in a far darker place if it wasn't for the efforts of John Walshe over the last 4 decades."

Online entries for the Ballintotis 4 mile close midnight Mon 16th Apr

The big race this week of course is the annual Ballintotis 4 mile in East Cork. This race and its predecessor the Castlemartyr 4 mile have a long history going back many years and are recognised as the official start of the evening road race season in Cork.

Please note that online entries for the Ballintotis 4 mile close at midnight on Monday 16th April.

Please log on to

Numbers and running buffs can be collected on Wednesday next from 5pm to 7pm OR on race day from 1pm at Ballintotis Community Centre.

You can also sign up for the race in Ballintotis from 5pm to 7pm on Wednesday and from 1pm to 7:45pm on race day.

Enquiries to Sean Murphy  086 8240094 // John Cashman 086 8778182

More info about the race in this race notice.

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Results of the Rathpeacon NS 4 mile... Sun 15th Apr 2018

A total of 214 runners turned out for this 4 mile race in Rathpeacon to the north of Cork City on Sunday the 15th of April 2018.

1    John MEADE    00:22:01    1735    M (1)    MS (1)
2    Mark WALSH    00:22:22    1707    M (2)    MS (2)
3    Damien KENNEDY    00:23:10    1767    M (3)    MS (3)
7    Sheila BUCKLEY    00:27:56    1710    F (1)    FS (1)
9    Pauline GRAINGA    00:28:46    1723    F (2)    FS (2)
11  Margaret TWOHIG    00:29:36    1770    F (3)    FS (3)

Full results HERE

Results of the Karen Fenton Memorial 5k race... Sun 15th Apr 2018

A whopping 694 runners turned out for the inaugural Karen Fenton Memorial 5k in Ballinora on Sunday the 15th of April 2018. After putting up the race notice a few weeks back, I could see that the post was getting a lot of hits but little did I suspect that the turnout would be so great.

Race numbers at the moment seem to be highly volatile with the recent Emer Casey 5k in Youghal dropping a massive 28%..the lowest number since 2010, the BHAA Gas Networks race down to its second lowest ever and now this one way up at almost 700 runners. One thing is for sure, you certainly can't take the numbers turning up at a race for granted.

1 Alan O'SHEA    00:15:48    9114    M (1)    MS (1)    Bantry AC
2 Kieran MCKEOWN    00:17:23    9201    M (2)    M40 (1)    Watergrasshill AC
3 David COMBER    00:17:36    9103    M (3)    MS (2)    Leevale AC
23 Rosaleen MACKEOWN    00:19:46    239    F (1)    F40 (1)    Leevale AC
26 Sorcha KEARNEY    00:20:05    767    F (2)    F40 (2)    St Finbarrs AC
37 Rachel CAREY    00:21:22    9108    F (3)    FS (1)

Full results HERE

Results of the Cork BHAA Gas Networks 5 mile...Sat 14th Apr 2018

A total of 320 runners turned out for Cork BHAA Gas Networks 5 mile race on Sat 14th Apr 2018 and unusually for a BHAA race, it was held on a Saturday evening. Comparing it to the other Gas Network races over the years, this one is the second lowest turnout ever and just 4 more than the inaugural race back in 2012.

Another unusual feature was the lack of faster women in the race. The first woman was in 98th place overall where as normally it would be around the 20 to 30 mark or at least it used to be. It seems that as times goes by, the number of faster women on the race circuit seems to be dropping off. Not sure why.

1    Alan O'Brien        M-1    00:25:49    McCarthy Insurance Group
2    Colin Merritt    0/45B    M-2    00:25:57    Army
3    Barry Donovan        M-3    00:26:07    Kerry Group
98    Marie Kissane    0/35H    F-1    00:35:04    Eli Lilly
120    Olga O'Sullivan    0/40I    F-2    00:36:38    Dell-EMC
127    Rachael O'Callaghan    0/40I    F-3    00:37:03    Cork Shops 

The full results are HERE

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Results of the Ballincollig 5k parkrun... Sat 14th Apr 2018

This weeks 5k parkrun in Ballincollig Regional Park attracted a field of 288 runners, down a bit on last weeek.

1    Unknown              M1                     
2    Richard MURPHY    18:46    SM25-29    68.74 %    M2
3    Clifford BROWNE    19:11    SM25-29    67.33 %    M3
28    Fiona VERLING    22:46    VW35-39    66.76 %    F1
36    Deirdre O'CALLAGHAN    23:19    VW45-49    69.48 %    F 2    Eagle A.C. 14   
39    Marie O'SHEA    23:22    VW40-44    65.48 %    F3

Full results

1) Joe Murphy has a gallery HERE

Friday, April 13, 2018

Irish results in the 2018 Manchester Marathon...

As well as Rotterdam and Rome, the Manchester Marathon was also held last weekend on Sunday the 8th of April 2018. This particular marathon has got a lot of bad publicity of late after it was found that the 26.2 mile course was actually short for a number of years due to a measuring error.

In the men's race, Mark Ryan from Dublin finished 3rd in a time of 2:25:40. In the women's event, Dolores Duffy of Watergrasshill AC finished 3rd female in the international section.

These are the Irish men under 3:10 and Irish women under 4 hours (Club only as there is no other way of finding them).

3 Mark RYAN    02:25:40 INT    2    SEN    Male    3    Rathfarnham WSAF, Dublin, Ireland
26 Kevin BAKER    02:37:45 SEN    15    SEN    Male    26    Mullingar Harriers (Westmeath, Ireland)
81 Michael BYRNE    02:44:26 SEN    50    SEN    Male    77    St Catherines Ac
86 Kent SWANN    02:44:55 SEN    54    SEN    Male    82    North Belfast Harriers
216 David CONWAY    02:54:31 SEN    137    SEN    Male    207    westport ac
252 John ROBINSON    02:55:48 V40    32    V40    Male    241    Ballymena Runners Ac
302 Mikey KEATING    02:57:20 V45    31    V45    Male    289    Galtee Runners
321 Liam LYONS    02:57:48 SEN    206    SEN    Male    307    Clonakilty Road Runners Ac
455 Derek CASEY    02:59:57 V40    66    V40    Male    436    AN BRU LIMERICK
465 Morgan O'REGAN    03:00:25 V40    69    V40    Male    446    Midleton AC
469 Loic GAREL    03:00:34 294    SEN    Male    450    Leevale ac

526 Ian O GORMAN    03:02:36 V50    25    V50    Male    506    Le cheile AC
548 Liam CURRAN    03:03:28    03:03:28 SEN    Male    527    Castlegar AC
600 Stephen MCELROY    03:04:57    03:04:57 92    V40    Male    575    ENNISKILLEN RUNNING CLUB
715 Shane GREENE    03:08:00    03:08:00 116    V40    Male    687    Clonmel Athletic Club
731 Michael BARTON    03:08:21 453    SEN    Male    702    Ballydrain Harriers

813 Dolores DUFFY    03:10:34  3    V50    Female    35    Watergrasshill Ac
2703 Mandy PRENDERGAST    03:41:31 52    V40    Female    282    Marathon Club Ireland
3194 Sinead O'MEARA    03:47:05 186    FSEN    Female    415    Borrisoleigh Track Attack
3949 Nessa GOGGIN    03:55:29 124    V40    Female    635    Watergrasshill A.C
4130 Mandy YAU-WILSON    03:57:03 124    V35    Female    691    County Antrim Harriers

Race website...

Notice : Cobh Junior 2km parkrun starts Sun 27th May 2018

It has just been announced that a new 2km parkrun for 4 to 14 year olds will be starting in the small park next to Carrignafoy College in Cobh on Sunday the 27th of May 2018.

This is a free event and parents can register their children here...

The course is roughly 4 laps of a 500m rectangular loop. The park is located high above the town and is shown in the map below...

This is what the park looks like from the road. Parents and guardians can stay somewhere central in the park and watch the children run around the course.