Google+ Running in Cork, Ireland: June 2018

Saturday, June 30, 2018

Results of the Inch Festival 5k in Mount Uniacke... Fri 29th June 2018

A total of 92 runners turned out for this years Inch Festival 5k in Mount Uniake near Killagh. As can be seen from the chart above, there has been quite a drop in numbers since 2016.

It mirrors a number of other races recently that have shown drops as there seems to be a definite softening in race numbers. Any race that can maintain its numbers at the moment is doing well.

Inch Festival         Prize Winners
Mount Uniacke 5km Road Race
June 29th 2018
1st     Aoife Cooke    Youghal AC    18.1O
2nd     Kate Vaele    West Waterford    19.28
3rd     Evelyn Cashman    Youghal AC    1959
1st O / 35    Jenny Leetch    St Nicks AC    23.44
2nd 0 / 35     Edel Fitzgerald    UnAttached    26.33
1st O / 40    Trish Rochford    Cork Garda AC    23.57
1st O / 45    Avril Crowley    UnAttached     25.02
1st O / 50     Sally Drennan    Midleton AC    23.15
1st O / 55      Steph Isley     UnAttached    21.37
1st O / 60     Joan McCarthy    Midleton AC    32.2
1st Junior     Emma Landers     UnAttached     20.44
Men     Name     Club     Time
1st     Kevin O' Leary    East  Cork AC    16.4O
2nd     Jonathan Murphy     Leevale    17.14
3rd     Patrick Roche     Carrig An Suir    17.51
1st O / 40    Sean Ahern    Youghal AC    18.51
2nd 0 / 40     Ken Crowley    Watergrasshill AC     19.2O
1st O / 45    Ger O Regan     Midleton AC    20.3O
1st O / 50    John Cashman    Midleton AC    20.43
1st O / 55     Denis McCarthy     East Cork AC    21.OO
1st O / 60      Joe Gough    West Waterford    19.38
1st O / 65    John O' Leary    Leevale    26.04
1st Junior     Ciaran McNamee    Youghal    18.06
Total No of Runners 92        

Full results

Friday, June 29, 2018

Results of the Willie Neenan 5 mile race in Millstreet... Fri 29th June 2018

A record 180 runners turned out for this years Willie Neenan 5 mile road race in Millstreet on Fri 29th June 2018. This 18% jump is in contrast to the overall trend in race numbers which are easing back on previous years.

The race was organised by Millstreet AC who have help build up this race over the last few years.

1 Conor McCauley     Leevale AC         26:05     SM     295
2 John Shine     Leevale AC         26:26     SM     382
3 Tim O Connor     An Riocht AC         26:57     SM     570 
5 Lizzie Lee     Leevale AC         27:42     SF     286
7 Sinead O Connor     Leevale AC         29:17     SF     332
11 Martina Kiely     St. Finbarrs AC         30:37     SF     284

Photos...(Updated 1st July)
1) TMC Photography has a nice gallery HERE
2) Gearóid Ó Laoi has a gallery HERE
3) Reelgirls Fishtoo has a gallery HERE 

Updated 30th June 11am
Place     Athletes Name     Club     Gun Time     Division     Bib
1     Conor McCauley     Leevale AC         26:05     SM     295
2     John Shine     Leevale AC         26:26     SM     382
3     Tim O Connor     An Riocht AC         26:57     SM     570
4     Anthony Mannix     Leevale AC         27:09     SM     355
5     Lizzie Lee     Leevale AC         27:42     SF     286

Results of the Courtmacsherry 10k... Fri 29th June 2018

263 runners turned out for this years Courtmacsherry 10k race on what was a lovely sunny evening.

1     Andrew SHEEHAN (446)     Leevale A.C.     00:32:45     Senior  (1)     Male  (1)
2     Jeremy O'DONOVAN (888)     St Finbarrs AC     00:34:04     Ages 40-44  (1)     Male  (2)
3     Michael MORGAN (598)     St Finbarrs AC     00:34:11     Ages 40-44  (2)     Male  (3)
20     Carmel CROWLEY (414)     Bandon AC     00:38:23     Ages 45-49  (1)     Female  (1)
26     Sorcha KEARNEY (840)     St Finbarrs AC     00:39:22     Ages 40-44  (1)     Female  (2)
47     Fiona MCCARTHY (858)         00:41:44     Ages 40-44  (2)     Female  (3)

1) Courtmacsherry Rowning Club have a gallery of photos HERE

Full results...
1     Andrew SHEEHAN (446)     Leevale A.C.     00:32:45     Senior  (1)     Male  (1)
2     Jeremy O'DONOVAN (888)     St Finbarrs AC     00:34:04     Ages 40-44  (1)     Male  (2)
3     Michael MORGAN (598)     St Finbarrs AC     00:34:11     Ages 40-44  (2)     Male  (3)
4     Cathal OCONNELL (445)     St Finbarrs AC     00:35:00     Ages 55-59  (1)     Male  (4)
5     Padraig SHEEHAN (907)     Crusaders AC     00:35:17     Senior  (2)     Male  (5)
6     Joe KELLEHER (842)     St Finbarrs AC     00:35:33     Ages 45-49  (1)     Male  (6)
7     Sean OKEEFFE (436)     Eagle A.C.     00:35:42     Ages 40-44  (3)     Male  (7)
8     Martin CURTIN (580)     St Finbarrs AC     00:35:56     Ages 40-44  (4)     Male  (8)
9     Shane COONEY (424)     St Finbarrs AC     00:36:43     Ages 40-44  (5)     Male  (9)
10     Chris MURNANE (863)         00:36:49     Senior  (3)     Male  (10)

Notice...Gneeveguilla AC One-Mile race series in Cork & Kerry - July & August 2018

This might be of interest to anyone in NW Cork or Kerry. Gneeveguilla AC are holding their annual One Mile road race series again this year and it starts on Wednesday the 4th of July 2018 at 8pm. Three of the races are in Co.Kerry while two are in Co.Cork.

Full detail on the club website...

Full marathon in Waterford cancelled due to hot weather

The organisers of the Viking Waterford Marathon have decided to cancel the full 26.2 mile marathon on Saturday due to the current spell of hot weather. The forecast is for temperatures of about 24 degrees at noon with 20 deg expected at the start.

Those who had entered the full are being given an option of doing the 13.1 mile half-marathon instead, deferring it to next year or getting a refund.

Roughly 400 runners complete the Viking Marathon every year.

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Results & photos of the Courtbrack 5k - 28th June 2018

150 runners turned out for this 5k race in Courtbrack near Blarney on what was a very warm Summers evening.

512    Michael Corbett    42    M    St. Finbarr's    16:12:00    1
513    Naoise O'Flaitheartaigh    17    M    Bandon    16:40:00    2
530    Donal Coakley    32    M    Leevale    16:41:00    3
552    Sinead Kevany    41    F    Midleton    18:24:00    9
579    Margaret Murphy    37    F    Mallow    19:40:00    13
545    Emma Bicherdine    18    F    Leevale    20:20:00    16

1) There is a small gallery of photos from Mick Dooley up on the Running in Cork Facebook page HERE
2) Joe Murphy has a gallery HERE

Full results below with category results at the end...

Bib Number    Name    Age    Gender    Club - if applicable    Time (h:mm:ss)    Position
512    Michael Corbett    42    M    St. Finbarr's    16:12:00    1
513    Naoise O'Flaitheartaigh    17    M    Bandon    16:40:00    2
530    Donal Coakley    32    M    Leevale    16:41:00    3

Cahir Half-Marathon entries close Sat 30th June...

For anyone that is interested in doing the Cahir Half-Marathon, the entries close on Sat 30th June.


Supergirl Dolores & Team raise €4270 for CUH charity

Earlier this month, I had a post up about how local runner Dolores Duffy had set a new Guinness World record in the 2018 Cork City Marathon.

One of the aims of this record attempt was to raise funds for the CUH charity. Pictured above is Dolores with the relay team Excite which is composed of runners from CIT. Between all their efforts, a total of €4,270 has now been donated.

Results & photos of the Cork BHAA VMWare 5k in Ballincollig... Wed 28th June 2018

A grand total of 320 runners turned out for this years Cork BHAA VMWare 5k in Ballincollig on Wednesday the 27th of June 2018. 

1 Kevin O'Leary M1 00:16:01 Harty Tax Consulting
2 Alfie Davis 0/40A M2 00:16:04 UCC M-A-1
3 Rory O'Sullivan 0/40A M3 00:16:10 Musgrave
15 Aoife Cooke F1 00:17:54 Simply Suits
40 Rosaleen Mackeown 0/40I F2 00:19:03 Run with Ros
43 Breda Gaffney 0/45J F3 00:19:29 Dept 0f Social Protection

Full results HERE

1) Derek Costello has a gallery HERE
2) Joe Murphy has a gallery HERE

Looking at the numbers, it's interesting to look at the trend and see if the local free 5k parkrun on Saturday mornings has had any impact.

As can be seen from the chart below, the numbers are down 14% this year but they were down in 2016 as well before bouncing back. The local 5k parkrun started in June of 2016.

The Belle of Ballincollig 5k is in the same area and the numbers for that one are down about a third on the peak of 302 back in 2015. The BHAA races cost €5 for registered runners where as the Belle one was €10 I think.

Interesting to see how the two races differ.

Races coming up on Thurs 28th & Fri 29th June 2018

There are plenty of races to choose from over the next day or two and the ones of interest will probably depend on where you live.

Waterford... Thurs 28th (7pm)... Knockanore 4 mile run/walk... €10... NW of Youghal in West Waterford... info...

Cork... Thurs 28th (8pm)... Courtbrack 5k race... €10...nw of Tower / Blarney... info...

Limerick... Fri 29th (8pm)... Bruff 5 mile road race... €12...

Cork... Fri 29th (8pm)... Courtmacsherry 10k road race... €15... info...

Cork... Fri 29th (8pm)... Inch Festival 5k... €8...

Cork...Fri 29th (8:15pm)... Millstreet 5 mile race... €10 online / €15 on the night... includes t-shirt... info...

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Notice…Bere Island Midsummer Run – Sat 14th July 2018

This is quite probably one of the most spectacular spots for a road race in Cork if not the country. Bere Island on a fine day is an amazing spot with the backdrop of Bantry Bay and the Beara Peninsula.

There are plenty of races that are cheaper to enter but none are in such a scenic location. If you are thinking of going then it would really worth considering making a day of it rather than just going for  the race itself.

The races take place in Rerrin village at the eastern end of the island. There are two car and passenger ferries servicing the island...Bere Island Ferries and Murphy's Ferry.

You can pre-enter online HERE or on the day at the GAA grounds.The entry fee includes a dry fit top.

Full results with times will be available online afterwards.

Course Preview.....A full preview of the course with directions, maps and photos can be seen HERE.

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

This excellent video below shows the 5km loop...

Monday, June 25, 2018

GPs in the UK are encouraged to 'prescribe' parkruns to patients

In 2017, parkrun UK had a report that said that hundreds of healthcare practicioners were recommending the wide-ranging benefits of active lifestyles to health and well-being to their patients. A new initiative launched in collaboration with the Royal College of General Practitioners now aims to build on this by increasing awareness among more GPs and all practice staff of local parkruns.

It is hoped that the initiative could see thousands of patients being “prescribed” outdoor physical activity by their GP rather than medication. GP practices will be encouraged to develop closer links with their local parkrun to become certified “parkrun practices”, with healthcare practitioners signposting patients and carers to the events, particularly those who are the least active and have long-term health conditions.

Dr Simon Tobin, a GP from Southport, Merseyside, described the concept as a ...“win-win situation for my patients and the NHS. Almost every day I invite my patients to come to parkrun and I’ve had successes with people with anxiety, depression, diabetes and heart disease as well as those who want to improve their blood pressure or get fitter. My patients are healthier, happier and on fewer medications, and the NHS saves a fortune on unnecessary drugs and dealing with their side-effects.”

Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard, chairwoman of the Royal College of GPs, said ... “Small, often simple, lifestyle changes can have a really positive impact on our health and well-being, so anything that encourages patients to live better and move more is a good thing. Parkrun is a diverse, fun and free way of getting our patients up and moving about, and empowering them to make basic lifestyle changes in the best interests of their long-term health and well-being.”

More info on the UK  parkrun blog...

Results & Photos of the Ballincollig 5k parkrun... Sat 23rd June 2018

The 104th edition of the weekly 5k parkrun in Ballincollig Regional Park was held on Saturday the 23rd of June 2018. A total of 294 runners turned out in the sunny conditions for the 5k run which comes just one week after the 2nd anniversary.

As can be seen from the chart above, the numbers are still very healthy with a long term average of 265 runners per week. At the end of 2016, the average was 219. The average for 2017 was 243 so you can see that the numbers so far for 2018 are pushing that two year average upwards.

1 Tobi GRAB    18:19    VM40-44 M1    Leevale AC
2 Lance DOHERTY    18:22    VM40-44 M2    St Finbarrs AC
3 Bryan CROWLEY    18:28    VM45-49 M3    Watergrasshill AC
21 Orla CROSBIE    21:20    VW50-54 F1    St Finbarrs AC
37 Maria CALACO MULERO    22:17    SW25-29 F2
55 Lauren Lucy CROWLEY    23:16    SW25-29 F3

Full results

1) Joe Murphy has a gallery HERE

First place finish for Tobi Grab (left)... Photo:Joe Murphy

New surface for athletics track in Limerick

This might be of interest to any readers in the Limerick region. The athletics track at the University of Limerick is in the process of being resurfaced at the moment.. As can be seen from the photo above, the old surface is nearly gone now and the new track will be put down soon.

Sunday, June 24, 2018

Cork runner Aidan Hogan wins Irish 24 hour championships in Belfast

Aidan Hogan, a local runner from Cork won this years 24 hour championships in Belfast after completing an amazing 151 miles!

Eoin Keith pictured above in orange is from Cobh and finished second this year with 148 miles.

Irish 24 hour National Championship Results 2018.  Male.
1st- Aidan Hogan: Rising Sun AC ...243.59k/ 151.3 miles
2nd- Eoin Keith: Sportsworld ...238.78K / 148.4 miles
3rd- Mark Walker - Marathon Club of Ireland. ...234.9131k / 146 miles

Results of the Shannonvale 10k - Fri 22nd June 2018

The Shannonvale 10k near Clonakilty was held this year on Friday the 22nd of June on what turned out to be a nice sunny evening. The numbers were down a bit this year with 114 taking part and it seems to match a pattern of a gentle decline in numbers that we are seeing at many races of late.

1    437    Andrew    Sheehan    M    Open    0:32:24    LEEVALE AC
2    409    John    Collins    M    Open    0:34:37    SKIBEREEN AC
3    428    Garreth    Lordan    M    Open    0:35:24    CLONAKILTY RR
8    456    Carmel    Crowley    F    Over 40    0:37:50    BANDON AC
38    417    Anne B    Bamford    F    Over 40    0:44:31    BANDON
39    452    Ellen    Ahern    F    Over 40    0:44:54    ROSSCARBERY SR

Full results below...

Saturday, June 23, 2018

Results of the Allihies 5 mile race... Sat 23rd June 2018

1     Nigel Sheehan     Youghal AC         30:08     SM     477
2     Dermot Slyme     Eagle AC         33:40     M40     464
3     Colm Sheehan     Mallow         34:44     M40     460
10     Helen Anderson     Clonakilty         41:34     W40     490
11     Breda O Sullivan     Beara AC         41:35     W60     474
15     Eimear Kennedy     Douglas         43:45     SW     485

1) Seahorse Photography has a gallery HERE

Allihies 5 Mile Race Results                
Position     Athletes NameName     Club     Gun Time     Division     Bib
1     Nigel Sheehan     Youghal AC         30:08     SM     477
2     Dermot Slyme     Eagle AC         33:40     M40     464
3     Colm Sheehan     Mallow         34:44     M40     460

Cahir Half-Marathon coming up on Sat 7th July 2018

The Cahir Half-Marathon in South Tipperary is coming up on Saturday the 7th of July 2018 and should be of interest to a lot of runners. Located just off the M8 motorway, it's a very easy venue to get to.

Note entry fee goes up 24th June!

Entries... The half-marathon costs €30 to enter and you can enter online HERE

There is also a relay option for a team of two people and this costs €40.

Please note that the closing date for entries at the current price is Sunday 24th June. After this date the entry fees will increase so make sure to register in time. Final closing date will be Saturday, 30th June. You will not be able to enter on the day.

Each participant of the event (Half marathon and Relay) will receive their very own Cahir Half Marathon & Relay buff. Colour and logo shown below....

From the organisers....On Saturday, July 7th 2018 at 2pm the Cahir Half Marathon and Team Relay will once again take a picturesque tour of 13.1 miles of the delights of Cahir town and the surrounding countryside in Co. Tipperary.  In the fourth year of the event, Mooreabbey Milers A.C. are delighted to welcome you to this historical town.

The ever popular Half Marathon event is on the same lovely route as last year. A lovely flat course with an overall height gain of only 70 metres. It is the perfect course for your first half marathon or for those seasoned runners who are looking to get a new PB.  It is also a perfect race for those training for any marathons in Autumn 2018.

For the second year running, we will again have the extremely popular Relay event.  This proved to be a huge hit last year!  Two team mates each run 6.5 miles, with the clock ticking it will be a joint effort to get their best possible time.

This year proceeds from the race will be used to support the wonderful work of South Tipperary Hospice Movement and also Aspect Autism Day Support which is based in Cahir.

Runner in Canada detained for two weeks after crossing US border 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

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...