Google+ Running in Cork, Ireland: 2019

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Notice : Duhallow 10 mile road race in Newmarket - Sun 10th March 2019

Duhallow AC will be holding their annual 10 mile road race in Newmarket in North-West Cork on  Sunday the 10th of March 2019.

Online Entry Link...

This is the dry fit top and medal for the first 500...

This is the date that was traditionally used for the Ballycotton 10 mile road race.

There will be a dry fit top for the first 500 to register.

You can enter at this link...

The 10 mile route is an out and back course and it can be seen below. Parts of the course will be the same as the Newmarket 5k course which is held every December.

As can be seen above, there is a climb before the 4 mile mark but the last 3 miles are nice and fast.

The club website is

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Entry list for the 2019 Dungarvan 10 mile race

The list of entries for the 2019 Dungarvan 10 mile road race has just been released.


This is a breakdown of the larger clubs...

213 - West Waterford AC.... An amazing number considering a lot of their members will be tied up with the running of the race. They have more members entered for the race than most clubs have members! :o)
102 - Clonmel AC
87 - Mallow AC
74 - Midleton AC
59 - Eagle AC
59 - United Striders AC
57 - Watergrasshill AC
53 - Kilkenny City Harriers
53 - Youghal AC
47 - Ballymore Cobh AC
43 - St.Finbarr's AC
43 - Waterford AC
43 - Aghada RC
41 - St.Nicholas AC
38 - Bweeng Trail Blazers
38 - Grange Fermoy AC
37 - Ballintotis Fit4Life
34 - St.Catherine's AC
31 - Slaney Olympic AC (Wexford)
30 - Saturday Road Runners (Waterford)
27 - Togher AC
27 - Leevale AC
26 - Bridevale AC (Rathcormac)
23 - Happy Feet (Blarney)
21 - North Cork AC
19 - Waterford Tri Club

Monday, January 21, 2019

Poll for the best Half-Marathon in Munster in 2018

Thanks to everyone for the nominations.

Charleville Half-Marathon (Sept 2018)
Cork City Half-Marathon (June 2018)
Dingle Half-Marathon (Sept 2018)
Clonmel Half-Marathon (Aug 2018)
Clonakilty Half-Marathon (Dec 2018)
Run Killarney Half-Marathon (July 2018)
Cahir Half-Marathon (July 2018)
Rosscarbery Surf, Turf 'n' Tar Half-Marathon (May 2018)
Waterford AC Half-Marathon (Dec 2018)
Waterford Greenway Half-Marathon (Sept 2018)
East Cork Harbour Half-Marathon (Aug 2018)
The poll for the best Half-Marathon in Munster in 2018 is now open.

Visit this link to vote...

We'll close it at the end of the month.

Poll for the best 10 mile race in Munster in 2018

Thanks to everyone for the nominations.

John Treacy 10 mile road race in Dungarvan (Feb 2018)
Kingdom Come 10 mile in Castleisland (Apr 2018)
Mallow 10 mile (March 2018)
Duhallow 10 mile in Newmarket (Apr 2018)
Blackwater 10 mile in Clondulane nr Fermoy (May 2018)
John Buckley Sports 10 Miler in Cork City (Sept 2018)
Sonia O'Sullivan 10 mile in Cobh (Apr 2018)
Killarney 10 mile (Sept 2018)

The poll for the best 10 mile race in Munster in 2018 is now open.

Visit this link to vote...

We'll close it at the end of the month.

Poll for the best 10k race in Cork in 2018

Thanks to everyone for the nominations.

Courtmacsherry 10k (June 2018)
Rebel Run 10k (Oct 2018)
Thomas Kent 10k in Castlelyons (Nov 2018)
Crosshaven 10k (March 2018)
Cork BHAA UCC 10k (Apr 2018)
Bweeng 10k (May 2018)
East Cork Harbour Marathon 10k (Aug 2018)
Rosscarbery Surf, Turf 'n' Tar 10k (May 2018)
The poll for the best 10k race in Cork in 2018 is now open.

Visit this link to vote...

We'll close it at the end of the month.

Poll for the best 5 mile race in Cork in 2018

Thanks to everyone for the nominations.

Coachford 5 mile (July 2018)
Kinsale Regatta 5 mile (Aug 2018)
GR8KM in Mitchelstown (Aug 2018)
Millstreet 5 mile (June 2018)
Cork BHAA Army-Navy 5 mile (Oct 2018)
Midleton 5 mile (May 2018)
Carrigaline 5 mile (Feb 2018)
Churchtown 5 mile (Aug 2018)
Skibbereen 5 mile (Nov 2018)
The poll for the best 5 mile race in Cork in 2018 is now open.

Visit this link to vote...

We'll close it at the end of the month.

Poll for the best 4 mile race in Cork in 2018

Thanks to everyone for the nominations.

Ballintotis 4 mile (Apr 2018)
Lee Fields 4 mile (June 2018)
Killeagh 4 mile (May 2018)
Great Glenville 4 mile (Nov 2018)
Boherbue to Kiskeam 4 mile (Apr 2018)
Buttevant 4 mile (May 2018)
Inniscarra 4 mile (June 2018)
Rathcormac 4 mile (Aug 2018)
Belgooly 4 mile (Dec 2018)
Clonakilty 4 mile (Aug 2018)

The poll for the best 4 mile race in Cork in 2018 is now open.

Visit this link to vote...

We'll close it at the end of the month.

Sunday, January 20, 2019

Poll for the best 5k race in Cork in 2018

Thanks to everyone for the nominations.

Togher 5k (Dec 2018)
Newmarket 5k (Dec 2018)
Cork BHAA John Buckley Sports 5k (May 2018)
Carrigtwohill 5k (Barrycourt Castle) (July 2018)
Dan Byrne Memorial 5k in Doneraile Park (June 2018)
Doneraile AC 5k (June 2018)
Emer Casey 5k in Youghal (Apr 2018)
Youghal AC 5k (July 2018)
Bweeng 5k (May 2018)
Conna 5k (Aug 2018)
Shandrum AC 5k (Dec 2018)
St.Lukes Home 5k in Mahon (Sept 2018)
Coolagown 5k (June 2018)
Rosscarbery Steam Engine 5k (Oct 2018)
Banteer 5k (July 2018)
Cheetah Run 5k in Fota Wildlife Park (May 2018)
Cloyne 5k (July 2018)

The poll for the best 5k race in Cork in 2018 is now open.

Visit this link to vote...

We'll close it at the end of the month.

Results of the Cloyne Commons Challenge 4k - Sun 20th Jan 2019

Cloyne Commons Challenge 4k Series Race 3

1 0:12:50    O'BRIEN, Kevin    East Cork AC    M
2 0:13:02    MCKEOWN, Kieran    Watergrasshill AC    M40
3 0:13:14    O'SHEA, Barry    Midleton AC    M
16 0:14:34    SANTRY, Fiona    East Cork AC    F
27 0:15:13    O'BRIEN, Claire    Watergrasshill AC    F
35 0:16:17    O'NEILL, Nollaig    Leevale AC    F45

Full results below...

Cloyne Commons Challenge 4k Series Race3
Sunday 20 January 2019. 9:30 am
Results for All Competitors in finish order.    Pace    Race    Race
    Place    Time    Name    Team    Race Age Category    min/mile       
    1    0:12:50    O'BRIEN, Kevin    East Cork AC    M    :02:12.    922    1
    2    0:13:02    MCKEOWN, Kieran    Watergrasshill AC    M40    :22:39.    941    2
    3    0:13:14    O'SHEA, Barry    Midleton AC    M    :43:06.    276    3
    4    0:13:23    FLAITHEARTAIGH, Naoise    Bandon AC    MJ    :43:26.    950    4
    5    0:13:29    HARTY, Brian    East Cork AC    M    :23:40.    106    5
    6    0:13:33    SWORDS, Graham    East Cork AC    M    :50:29.    979    6
    7    0:13:36    HARRINGTON, Shane    East Cork AC    M    :10:36.    955    7
    8    0:13:45    INCE, Ken    Watergrasshill AC    M    :10:56.    130    8
    9    0:13:55    SHEEHAN, Nigel    Youghal AC    M    :17:58.    317    9
    10    0:13:59    CROWLEY, Tim    East Cork AC    M    :44:47.    63    10

Record numbers for 5k parkruns in Cork

A record 963 people took part in 5k parkruns in County Cork on Saturday the 19th of January 2019, breaking the previous record of 952 set the previous week. The first Saturday of the year attracted 829.

With the new Mallow 5k parkrun starting in February, the magic 1,000 mark should be broken on a regular basis.

Saturday, January 19, 2019

Big numbers again for the Ballincollig 5k parkrun - Sat 19th Jan 2019

A grand total of 478 people turned out for this weeks 5k parkrun in Ballincollig Regional Park. While that is down on the record 533 of last week, it's still the second highest ever.

1 Mark SMITH    16:41    VM40-44    M1 Eagle A.C.
2 Rory O' SULLIVAN 17:12    VM40-44    M2 St Finbarrs AC
3 Connor MC CRORY 18:31    VM35-39    M3
6 Martina KIELY    19:16    VW35-39    F1 St Finbarrs AC
46 Megan O'RIORDAN    22:13    SW25-29    F2
66 Elaine GUINANE    23:04    VW40-44    F3 Eagle A.C.


1) Joe Murphy has a gallery HERE

Record numbers for the Glen River 5k parkrun - Sat 19th Jan 2019

A record 151 runners turned out for this weeks 5k parkrun in the Glen on the north side of Cork City, a 38.5% jump on last weeks numbers.

1 Finbarr O'DWYER    17:38    VM45-49    M1 Leevale AC
2 Conrad DALY    19:32    SM30-34    M2
3 Conor KELLY    20:01    SM20-24    M3
19 Emer O'LEARY    22:56    VW35-39    F1
23 Lauren MURPHY    23:17    JW15-17    F2
24 Megan MURPHY    23:21    JW15-17    F3

Full results...

1) 15 photos from Mick Dooley HERE

Post race review of the Ballyhoura Midnight Challenge Half-Marathon

For some unknown reason, I signed up for this half-marathon back in November of 2018. Pretty soon all the available places for the half (~100) and the full (~200) were snapped up and it closed weeks ago. Last night, I found myself at the start line at 2:30am ready to trek around the trails and byroads of the Ballyhoura Mountains in Co.Limerick. This review is to give any readers a flavour of what it was like.

Why?... The first question I guess is why? Why do a trail half-marathon at 2:30am in the morning? I guess the main reason is that it was something different. If you've done a lot of half-marathon races then a lot of them are the same.... race... medal ... t-shirt. This is something different. It's a challenge event as opposed to a race. The objective was just to complete the course rather than fixate on some finish time.

Organisation... The event was orgainsed by the MMRA (Munster Mountain Running Association) and I have to say it was a well organised event. The full marathon started at midnight from Kinfinane while the half-marathon runners were taken by bus to the half way mark in the town land of Ballyorgan. The course was very well signposted and there were race stewards at critical junctions. Post race, there was a full Irish breakfast.

Friday, January 18, 2019

Guest Post : John O'Leary at 80... by John Walshe

 Cork runner John O'Leary has been a regular on the road race circuit for many years and is still going strong. John Walshe of Ballycotton wrote a very nice piece about him in a recent edition of the Evening Echo.

(By John Walshe, Cork Evening Echo 17/01/2019)

In recent weeks, a lot of publicity surrounded the Operation Transformation Nationwide Walks which took place throughout the country.

It’s a time of new resolutions as thousands literary put their best foot forward, as the many pictures in the press and social media portrayed – summed up by the tweet from one of the organisers, Karl Henry, which said: “All ages out moving, smiling and energized!” 

One man who was certainly doing that last Sunday was well-know Cork runner John O’Leary. Having celebrated his 80th birthday a month ago, John looks like rewriting the record books in the months ahead, if his performance in the FMC 5km (Cork BHAA) road race is anything to go by. 

But what is more remarkable is the way he went about it. As his regular lift to the race was unavailable, John walked the three miles from his home in Douglas to Kent Railway Station where he caught the train to Little Island. Stepping out again to walk to the race headquarters at the local community centre, he was lucky to acquire a lift from a fellow runner.

He then proceeded to run the 5km race, finishing in a time of 25:29 which meant he had a third of the 420-plus finishers in his wake. This was his best time over the distance since June 2017.

To put John’s time into perspective, the recent edition of Athletics Weekly magazine contained the UK Road Rankings for 2018. The fastest M80 over 5km was Edmond Simpson with a time of 24:51, just over a half-minute quicker.

The fastest M80 time over 10km last year in the UK was 56:21 by Jim Conagahan – a time already surpassed by John O’Leary who on New Year’s Day at Beaufort, near Killarney, recorded 53:13, over three minutes faster.  

John was in his thirties when he first took up running, as his initial sporting involvement was with Douglas Hall soccer club, both as a founder member and as a coach.

His first race was an international four-mile event at Loughrea back in 1977, and he remembers the first cross-country medal he won: “It was a County Novice ‘B’ race and one of my team-mates on the Leevale team that day was Marcus O’Sullivan, who would go on to win three World Indoor titles,” he recalled.

The following year, John ran the Shanagarry ‘5’ and so started an incredible sequence that saw him take part in a total of 154 consecutive races in the Ballycotton Summer Series. But not alone did he reach that colossal number, he also achieved first place in his age category in a staggering 123 of these events.

If anyone needed inspiration and encouragement for the year ahead, look no further than this remarkable 80-year-old for whom the word ‘legend’ is certainly merited.

Corkman Eoin Keith finishes 2nd in Britain's Toughest Ultra

One of the top Irish Ultra runners Eoin Keith has just finished 2nd in the Montane Spine Ultra, aptly described as Britain's more brutal race. The mountainous course runs some 430kms (268 miles) along the Pennine Way from Sheffield to the Scottish borders.

Eoin, who is from Cobh completed the mountainous course in 4 days,2 hours,18 minutes and 23 seconds which was the 3rd fastest time ever.

Eoin, the Irish 24-hr record holder will now take a well earned rest before starting training to try and regain his national 24-Hr title at Belfast 24 hour in the summer.

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Running in Cork Facebook page hits 15,000 Likes!

As well as this website, there is also the Running in Cork Facebook page which is one of the largest in Munster.

Recently, it passed the 15,000 'Likes' mark!

It's pretty amazing at times to see just how some news items take off. For example, the recent post about the new 5k parkrun coming up in Mallow was very popular reaching around 17,000 people on Facebook.

If you're on Facebook and you're not following it, then have a look here...

CIT Sports Seminar Series - Nov 2018 to Apr 2018

The Cork Institute of Technology in association with Cork Sports Partnership are organising a series of sports seminars which should be of interest to many people.

The third one is coming up on Wednesday the 23rd of January 2019...

This one for me is probably the best of the six talks. When I was doing the Athletic Ireland Level 2 coaching course in Athlone, Joe O'Connor was the person presenting the Strength & Conditioning module and he was excellent. Out of all the talks, this is the one I'd recommend the most.

Strength and conditioning tends to be something that gets overlooked by a lot of runners. This in addition to normal training can lead to better running economy and fewer injuries so it is well worth considering.

More info below...

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

The Wibblies are 5 years old!

The Wibbly Wobbly Wonders Running Club have just passed their 5th anniversary!

The club started back in January 2014 with an emphasis on beginners and have helped hundreds to take up running with their Couch to 5k programmes.

Based in Ballyvolane on the north side of Cork City, they cater for people of all abilities. If people just want to walk, they do that. If people want to jog a bit, they cater for them.

They also cater of course for runners and have a very active social scene which helps gel the club together.

5 years old and still going strong!

Results & Photos of the MMRA Corrin Hill Trail Race - Sun 13th Jan 2019

There was a big turnout of 167 runners for this years MMRA trail race on Corrin Hill near Fermoy.

1 Paul Tierney 918    M    0:26:52    MMRA Cork
2 Paul Minogue 22    M    0:28:44    Clonmel AC Tipperary
3 Paul Gallagher 905    M40    0:28:50    St Finbarr's AC Cork
28 Deirdre O'Gorman 866    F    0:33:22    Tipperary
29 Anita Locke 921    F    0:33:42    Kerry
31 Kealey Tideswell 610    F    0:33:54    Clonmel AC Tipperary


1) The MMRA have 9 galleries up on their Facebook page.

More info about the MMRA events in Cork and Munster HERE

Start video below...

Notice : The Great Railway Run 10km or 25km - Sun 28th Apr 2019

The annual Great Railway Run from Cork to Carrigaline will be held this year on Sunday the 28th of April 2019.

There is a choice of two distances.......a 25 km race starting at 9:30am from Cork City to Carrigaline and a 10 km race from Monkstown to Carrigaline starting at 11am.

The run will roughly follow the route of the old Cork, Blackrock and Passage Railway which ran from 1850 until 1932.

For a large part of the run, the route will follow the old railway line that skirts the shores of Cork Harbour. The big change this year is the finish. An extra section will be added in after Shanbally so that the race finishes at the Carrigaline Youth Centre.

          Before 28th Feb      Normal Price      After 21st Apr 2019


You can find details of the 2019 route HERE

More details on the event website.

Entries >> You can enter online HERE

€3000 in prize money sponsored by Phelans Pharamacy. Prizes will be awarded for best overall placings as well as for age categories. Strictly one prize per entrant. The Joe West perpetual trophy will be awarded to the fastest male and female in the 25K race. Cash prizes will be as follows:

Men Overall: 1st €300, 2nd €150, 3rd €100, 4th €50
Men Categories: Wheelchair, M40, M45, M50, M55, M60, M65 - 1st in each category €50
Women Overall: 1st €300, 2nd €150, 3rd €100, 4th €50
Women Categories: Wheelchair, M40, M45, M50, M55, M60, M65 - 1st in each category €50

Men Overall: 1st €150, 2nd €75, 3rd €50
Men Categories: Wheelchair, M40, M45, M50, M55, M60, M65 - 1st in each category €50
Women Overall: 1st €150, 2nd €75, 3rd €50
Women Categories: Wheelchair, M40, M45, M50, M55, M60, M65 - 1st in each category €50

Monday, January 14, 2019

Cork County Council approve plan for East Cork Greenway

Update : Mon 14th Jan 2019. Cork County Councillors have just approved plans for a new greenway route between the towns of Midleton and Youghal. The route which is just over 13 miles in length is along the old railway route which closed back in 1988.

Over 300 submissions have been received by the Council following a public consultation last year.

The most vocal opponents have been the local Green Party who want a separate greenway and want the rail line reopened.

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

The Council wwill now seek funds from the Government's €53m greenway fund, and to then lease the line from Irish Rail.

The greenway is estimated to cost between €10 to €15m. While it is unlikely to be the same tourist attraction as say the Waterford Greenway, it should still be very popular.

The projected cost of reopening the track is in the region of €150-170 million and that's not including operating losses which would be ongoing.

There is at present a lot of interest in various greenway projects around the county following the success of the new greenway in Waterford which attracted over quarter of a million visitors in its first year.

Big numbers for 5k parkruns in Cork last weekend... Sat 12th Jan 2019

A grand total of 952 people took part in 5k parkrun in the county of Cork last Saturday (12th Jan 2019). The chart above shows the breakdown for each of the parkruns for the last three weeks.

With its record numbers last week, Ballincollig is pretty much the flagship event with 533 taking part.

The Glen River parkrun on the north side of Cork City has lots of potential as it's close to where a lot of runners live. Last weekend, it got 109 and has plenty of potential to attract more.

The ones that caught my eye was the Glengarriff parkrun in West Cork. They had 70 participants in an area where the population is pretty low. It just goes to show that once a parkrun starts, people are willing to travel to it.

Add in the 400 odd from the 5k Cork BHAA race in Little Island on Sunday and the big numbers at the Corrin Hill trail race near Fermoy and somewhere in the region of 1,400 to 1,500 people took part in a running event last weekend.

Nominations open for the best races in Cork & Munster in 2018

Now that the new year has started, it's time to look back and consider what were the best races of 2018?

The categories are...

1) Best 5k race in Cork

2) Best 4 mile race in Cork

3) Best 5 mile race in Cork

4) Best 10k race in Cork

5) Best 10 mile race in Munster

6) Best Half-Marathon in Munster

The 10 mile and Half are for Munster as people tend to travel a lot further for longer races.

Leave a comment as to which is the best race in each category and why?


Sunday, January 13, 2019

Results of the Cork BHAA FMC 5k road race... Sun 13th Jan 2019

A grand total of 427 runners turned out for this years Cork BHAA FMC 5k road race in Little Island. It was a very mild sunny morning and it was hard to believe it was mid-January with the thermometer up around 10 deg C.

As you can see from the chart above, the numbers were up 8% this year so the BHAA have got 2019 off to a good start. I was looking at the Cork BHAA stats for 2018 and the numbers were down for a majority of their events last year.

1 Anthony Mannix M1 15:49 Dell-EMC M-A-3
2 Eric Curran M2 15:55 Heineken
3 Jeremy O Donovan 0/40A M3 15:59 Eli Lilly
18 Claire Mccarthy 17:06 Temp Reg
34 Niamh Moore F1 18:05 HSE F-A-1
43 Claire O'Brien F2 18:35 Dept of Ed F-A-2

Full results

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Results & Photos of the Glen River 5k parkrun... Sat 12th Jan 2019

This weeks 5k parkrun in the Glen Park on the north side of Cork City attracted a field of 109 runners on what was a lovely mild morning.

This was actually my first time ever being in the Glen Park itself. Considering its proximity to the northern ring road, the park was suprisingly quiet and early on a Saturday morning, the only people about were those walking dogs or going for a stroll. It really is a nice spot for a parkrun.

The Glen is kind of one of those parks where a lot of people might know where it is but wouldn't give it a second thought. If you're looking for something different, I'd encourage you to visit it and try it out the parkrun for yourself.

1 Gary GRANT 20:12 SM30-34 M1    Hyde Park Harriers
2 John KISSANE    20:21    VM50-54    M2 UCC Staff Athletics Club
3 Fergal BRENNAN 20:29    VM40-44    M3
18 Emer O'LEARY    23:32    VW35-39    F1
21 Eilis MANNION 23:51    VW40-44    F2
24 Eimear KENNEDY 24:30    SW30-34    F3

Full results

1) There are 2 albums up on the Running in Cork Facebook page...
...a) Start and 1st big lap
...b) Finish 

Waiting for the first finishers

Record numbers for the Ballincollig 5k parkrun - Sat 12th Jan 2019

An amazing 533 people turned out for this weeks 5k parkrun in Ballincollig Regional Park, breaking the previous record of 448 which was set on the 21st of Jan 2017. That particular one was in the middle of that years Operation Transformation programme where as this year, that TV programme is just starting.

500+ seems to be well ahead of this time last year so it probably down to a growing popularity of the parkrun rather than it swelling due to the TV programme.

That figure of 533 is also the exact same figure for the peak number for the Tramore Valley Park which was back on the 23rd of June 2016.

1 Shane KEARNEY    17:53    VM35-39    M1
2 Nick HOGAN    18:38    VM35-39    M2
4 John LONGAN    19:36    SM25-29    M3
3 Martina KIELY    19:07    VW35-39    F1 St Finbarrs AC
6 Ailbhe MCDAID    19:47    SW30-34    F2
21 Linda O SULLIVAN    21:03    VW45-49    F3

Full results

1) Colette Ryan has a gallery of photos HERE
2) Joe Murphy has a gallery HERE

Behind every successful parkrun is a team of volunteers

Friday, January 11, 2019

Tipp man Shane Mullaney completes 32 races in 32 counties dressed as Spiderman!

Tipperary man Shane Mullaney is a regular on the road race circuit and for 2018, he set himself the challenge of running 32 races in all 32 Irish counties in the year and do it dressed as Spiderman!

His first race was a 5k in Littleton in Tipperary in April and his final and 32nd race was in Antrim on the 22nd of December.

Donned out in his Spiderman outfit, he finished 1st on six occasions, finished 2nd three times and in 3rd place twice.

Shane has his own Facebook page for the challenge here...

Thursday, January 10, 2019

New 5k parkrun for Mallow in 2019

Update! The new 5k parkrun in Mallow will be starting on Saturday the 2nd of February 2019 at 9:30am.

Update eile! See the new course below...

Mallow Town 5k parkrun... This is the approx route. See the start in Green. You do a loop of the town park.......then west along the river bank...under the bridges and then north. This is an out and back section with a climb at the northerly end. Then it's back to the town more loop...and past the start line to the finish. Follow the arrows and it's pretty clear.

It is a mix of surfaces with tarmac, gravel and grass.

Being next to the River Blackwater, it may be subject to flooding at times so a few Saturdays are likely to be lost during the year.

The course was measured by John Holland of Mallow AC who measures a lot of the races courses in the North Cork area.

This will be the eight parkrun in the county.

Like all parkruns, it will be...
1) On an accurately measured 5k course.
2) Be on every Saturday at 9:30am.
3) Be completely free.

If you would like to be involved and help out with this free event then send an email to john.kissane (at) parkrun dot com & he'll put you in touch with the event director.

Wednesday, January 09, 2019

Cork runner Carol Finn wins Caherconlish 10k race

The annual Tom Walsh Memorial 10k race was held on Sunday the 6th of January 2019 in Caherconlish near Limerick City.

The first woman home was Cork runner Carol Finn of Leevale AC in a time of 38:51, just 14 seconds ahead of the second woman Hikka Kontro of Limerick AC.

Results & photos over on the Running in Munster site.

€200,000 allocated for walkway in Mallow

It was announced yesterday that a number of projects around the country are to get funds to promote tourism. One of these is a full €200,000 allocation to provide a walkway and cycleway in the grounds of Mallow Castle.

This will be of obvious benefit to runners and walkers in the area.

It is one of four Cork projects to benefit under the scheme, with €160,000 also allocated for the upgrade and repair of Béicín Foreshore Walk in Bantry. A further €158,035 was approved for the upgrade of walking trails from Dursey towards Charleville.

In Kerry, €103,798 has been approved for the restoration and maintenance works of walking trails in the MacGillycuddy Reeks. The funding comes just a day after the newly rebranded Reeks Region was named as one of the best places to visit in the world in 2019 by travel publication Rough Guides.


Tuesday, January 08, 2019

Ballincollig 5k parkrun continues to grow...

The chart above shows the numbers of finishers per week in all 131 of the 5k parkruns in Ballincollig Regional Park. They go from the first event in June of 2016 up to the last one of 2018 on the 29th of December.

At first glance, it's difficult to pick out any real trend as there is so much variability from week to week.

The one hard piece of data is the the average number per week is 267.

What I did was to break down the numbers and get an average number per event for every year. This is what the chart looks like..

As it clearly shows, the Ballincollig parkrun is growing and the average number has grown year after year. The numbers for 2018 are up 19% on those for 2017.

Tramore Valley Park on course to open Summer 2019

According to a piece in the Evening Echo, the Tramore Valley Park in Cork City is on course to open in the Summer of 2019.

The City Hall spokesperson said..."We are on course for a summer 2019 opening, we want it opened by early summer. We are reconfiguring the road entrance for people entering and exiting. The contractor is on site. The aim is to have it opened in May. 

On the way in we are segregating the traffic that is going to the recycling facility from those using the park. At the moment, there is one lane in and one lane out to the South Ring and we want to put a second lane that will allow two lanes out onto the road. It's overdue and we are very much looking to it opening."

Evening Echo Article here

800+ take part in 5k parkruns in Cork on the 1st Saturday of 2019

Perhaps it was all the new years resolutions but there was a bumper turn out for the 5k parkruns in Co Cork on the first Saturday of 2019. A grand total of 829 people took part which is pretty amazing for what are completely free events. That's up 35% on the previous week.

As the chart above shows, the Ballincollig parkrun accounts for over 50% of this with 430 turning up there alone.

As time goes on, the running scene is gradually changing. With the new 5k parkrun in Mallow starting soon, it looks as if more people will be doing parkruns in 2019.

Monday, January 07, 2019

Source Fitness Gym to reopen under new ownership

In the Summer of 2018, the Source Health & Fitness gym in Tivoli went into liquidation with debts of more than €660,000. The gym has now been purchased at a cost of €790,000 by McHugh Property Holdings and will be managed by Séamus Crowe, owner of two Galway gyms.

It is set to re-open in April following a major refurbishment.

In an interview with the Irish Examiner, Séamus Crowe said...“Once refurbishment starts, we would hope to be up and running within 12 weeks. As for the gym, we will be taking out 98% of the equipment and replacing it. It will be unrecognisable from what it was. If you walk in as an ex-member, you will see a huge improvement. Rates won’t be a million miles away from what they were, but we won’t be a budget gym.”


Notice : Carrigaline 5 mile road race - Sun 17th Feb 2019

Eagle AC are organising their annual 5 mile road race in Carrigaline on Sunday, the 17th of February 2019 at 11am.

While you can enter on the day of the race, you can also pre-enter from via the link below.

The pre-entry link is

Everyone who pre-enters will be put into a draw for a €30 One4All voucher.

The race is organised by Eagle AC, has an Athletics Ireland permit and has been accurately measured by Jones Counter. More info on the Eagle AC race page.

Location...The town of Carrigaline is only five miles south of the South Ring Road so it is within easy reach of Cork City. Race HQ is at the local community sports hall where runners can enter on the day. For those who pre-enter in advance, they can skip the queues there and pick up their numbers at the pre-entry desk.

The race is sponsored by The Edge Sports Shop

Route Preview.........A preview with maps, directions and details of the course can be seen HERE

Sunday, January 06, 2019

Results & Photos of the Cork BHAA ESB 5k Cross County... Sun 6th Jan 2019

The conditions were nice and dry for the annual Cork BHAA ESB 5k Cross Country race in Beaumont Park in Cork City on Sun 6th of Jan 2019. A total of 193 runners turned out which is down slightly on the 199 last year.

Cross Country in general has had a pretty poor 12 months in Cork. The slight drop in the Cork BHAA numbers contrasts sharply with the cross country events organised by the County Athletics Board which all dropped in 2018, some by up to 20 to 30%. The Cork BHAA events as shown in the chart above seem to be holding their own.

1 Michael Harrington 0/45B M-1 17:21 Harrington Upvc Ltd
2 Darren Molloy 0/40A M-2 17:29 Navy M-A-1
3 Michael Buckley 0/40A M-3 18:03 Joyce Wolfe Physiotherapy
24 Breda Gaffney 0/45J F-1 20:47 Dept of Social Protection
28 Jennifer Goggin Walsh 0/35H F-2 21:15 Novartis F-A-1
40 Joan Ennis 0/50K F-3 21:55 Avondhu MF

Full results

1) There are 3 albums up on the Running in Cork Facebook page...
...a) Start & 1st lap
...b) 2nd lap
...c) Finish

2) Joe Murphy has two galleries... One of the start........and the 1st & 2nd lap