Google+ Running in Cork, Ireland: 2019

Friday, May 24, 2019

Tipp athlete Aimee Hayde breaks Sonia O'Sullivan's 32 year old schools record for 800m


Someone sent this piece on to me.

From the Nenagh Guardian...."Aimee Hayde enhanced further her status as a rising star of Irish athletics by breaking a 32 year old record set by legend Sonia O'Sullivan at the Irish Life Health Munster Schools Track & Field Championships in Cork IT last weekend.

The Newport AC athlete, representing St Mary's Secondary School Newport won the intermediate girls 800m on Saturday in a time of 2.07.74, which was also a European Youth Olympics qualification mark.

Her time was also over three seconds faster than the Munster schools record of 2.10.09 set by Sonia O'Sullivan in 1987. "

Piece on Nenagh Guardian website...

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Notice : Belle of Ballincollig 5k - Thurs 13th June 2019

This 5k race is coming up in the town of Ballincollig on Thursday the 13th of June 2019 and should be of interest to a lot of people.

Entries will be taken in the Ballincollig GAA Club from 6:30pm on the evening with the race starting at 8pm. Refreshments and prizes afterwards in the GAA Pavilion.

Entries... You can also enter online HERE

From the organisers....
“ Thursday 13th June sees the running of the 7th Annual

5K Village Run as part of the Belle of Ballincollig Festival.

The Race begins at the GAA Club and the route is around the northern part of the town. This year on-line registration is available as well as registration in the Club from 6 30 pm on the night . In addition Chip Timing will make this one of the most professionally organised events in County Cork this year. “

Route in Ballincollig....

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

You can also click on the map below for a closer look of the route...

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Tramore Valley Park opens to the public!

Finally! After many false dawns, the Tramore Valley Park in Cork City has opened to the public.

It will now be open 7 days a week from 8:30am.

I understand that several hundred car park spaces have also been added which surely makes the return of the weekly 5k parkrun much more likely.

The one serious issue is the lack of access from Half Moon Lane off the South Douglas Road. This is an obvious access point for a lot of people living in that area and not everyone can or will drive there.

With the Half Moon entrance closed, it is more likely that people will try to access the park by running across the South Link Road while the traffic light are red.

The entrance from Douglas is by the Gaeilscoil on what is a noisy but safe tarmac walkway.

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Results & Photos of the Cork BHAA John Buckley Sports 5k - Tues 21st May 2019

There were big numbers out in force for this years John Buckley Sports 5k in Cork City with 958 taking part. As can be seen from the chart above, that is the third year in a row that the numbers have increased.

One of the unique things about the numbers are just how many fast runners there were. A total of 221 finished under 20 minutes which is pretty amazing.

Pos     Cat     Name     Time
1     Senior     Niall SHANAHAN (#190)     00:14:51
2     Senior     Paul MOLONEY (#236)     00:15:11
3     Senior     Alan O'BRIEN (#206)     00:15:20
30 Grace LYNCH (#520) 16:52 Temp Reg (1) Female  (1) 31
82 Niamh MOORE (#352)     HSE 18:08 Senior (1)     Female  (2) 84
105 Carmel CROWLEY (#117) Stockhealth 18:33 0/50K (1) Female  (3) 111

Full results


1) There are 4 galleries up on the Running in Cork Facebook page
...a) Album 1
...b) Album 2
...c) Album 3
...d) Album 4

2) Joe Murphy has a gallery HERE

20% Discount Vouchers......As per last year, John Buckley Sports will give a 20% discount to all finishers in the race. Just hang on to your race number and present it in the shop to avail of the 20% discount. It will apply to any purchases in their shop which is across from the Opera House in the heart of Cork City. Needless to say, the amount you save with the discount may well exceed the race entry so they are well worth getting. Note that the discount is not restricted to just one item. When you are using it, you can buy several products at the one time and get 20% off the lot. There is also no expiry date on the race number discount so you can use it anytime.


Monday, May 20, 2019

Results of the Bay Run Half-Marathon & 10k - Sun 19th May 2019

 Another race from the weekend....I almost forgot about this one! :o)

The annual Bay Run Half-Marathon in Bantry was on this year on Sunday the 19th of May 2019. As can be seen from the chart above, this was one of the main half-marathons on the calendar a few years ago when it got well over a thousand runners.

Since 2011, the numbers have been in decline and this year was the lowest ever dropping below 400 for the first time between the two races.

1 Alan O'SHEA (#231)     01:11:41
2 Conor DOLAN (#47)     01:19:14
3 Michael BYRNE (#17)     01:22:35
1 Hannah STEEDS (#189) 01:32:15
2 Sarah HARTNETT (#75) 01:36:59
3 Esther MURPHY (#130) 01:38:12

Half-Marathon results

1 Denis COUGHLAN (#1197) 00:34:56
2 John NEVILLE (#1233)     00:37:32
3 Patrick MCCARTHY (#1107)     00:38:50
21 Heather COLLINS (#1013)     00:47:19
24 Sharon O REILLY (#1142)     00:47:46
30 Marian MINEHANE (#1116)     00:50:10

10k results

Tramore Valley Park to open on Wed 22nd of May 2019

Update Mon 20th May 2019... This is a photo taken last week of the works under way at the Tramore Valley Park in preparation for the opening on Wednesday the 22nd of May 2019.

 Over on the left in the background is the existing car park. Note however in the foreground all the new car park spaces.

Are there enough to cater for a return of the weekly 5k parkrun???


After many false dawns, it finally looks as if the Tramore Valley Park is about to open! It will be
officially opened by Lord Mayor Mick Finn on Wednesday May 22nd 2019.

The City Council will also name the new 2.5 km looped walkway in the park after Rob Heffernan.

As you can see from the photo above, a new outdoor gym has been constructed and it is now ready for use.

Will the parkrun return? The last time the 5k parkrun was in Tramore Valley Park, there was none in Ballincollig and the Glen. With those up and running, that is going to limit the numbers at Tramore Valley Park if it makes a return.

As for when? Maybe they'll want to see what the usage of the park is like first on a Saturday morning before deciding. Surely though it's only a matter of time?

Sunday, May 19, 2019

Notice : Cork BHAA John Buckley Sports 5k road race - Tues 21st May 2019

The annual John Buckley Sports 5k road race is one of the most popular races in Cork City and always attracts a large crowd. Organised in conjunction with the Cork BHAA, this race is suitable for all types of runner...from the serious to the more casual runner. The entry fee is only €5 for Cork BHAA registered runners or €10 for non-reg runners.

You can pre-enter this race by entering HERE

You can also enter on the night but it really helps if you pre-enter so that they can have everything ready.

Please note that the race HQ is at the LEE ROWING CLUB near the Pairc Ui Chaoimh stadium.

There will also be a draw for a free pair of NIKE Air Pegasus shoes for anyone who pre-enters!

Online entries will close around lunch time on Tuesday. Entries on the night close at 7:30pm so that they have time to input all the data.

New Course! ... There is a new 5k course this year and I think it's an improvement on the old one.

The old course was basically two laps of the Centre Park Road and Monaghan Road. With the new course, the race starts on the Marina...up Centre Park Road... back down Monaghan Road and the finish is at the side of Pairc Uí Chaoimh.

The new course should also cause less disruption as the start and finish points are no longer on the Centre Park Road. Once the runners go past, the Gardaí can open the road again.

In terms of times, there should be no difference. It's still a flat and fast 5k course.

20% Discount Vouchers......As per last year, John Buckley Sports will be giving out 20% discount to all finishers in the race. Just hang on to your race number and present it in the shop to avail of the 20% discount. It will apply to any purchases in their shop which is across from the Opera House in the heart of Cork City. Needless to say, the amount you save with the discount may well exceed the race entry so they are well worth getting. Note that the discount is not restricted to just one item. When you are using it, you can buy several products at the one time and get 20% off the lot. There is also no expiry date on the race number discount so you can use it anytime.

Chip Timing........For the last five years, they have been using chip timing at this race and it has been very successful. In previous years, there have been problems with too many runners finishing at the same time filling up the finishing chutes. With the introduction of chip timing, that problem has now been eliminated. All you need to do on the night is to cross the finish queues.

You can also pre-enter at the John Buckley Sports shop which is across the river from the Opera House.

In addition to the chip timing, there will be the usual post race refreshments back at Lee Rowing Club afterwards.

More race info below in a more detailed flyer...

Saturday, May 18, 2019

Results of the Surf, Turf n Tar Half-Marathon & 10k in Rosscarbery - Sat 18th May 2019

1     Paul Deane     Cork   1:23:59     M40     748
2     David Craig     Innishannon    1:28:04     M40     738
3     Philip Dinneen     Ladysbridge    1:28:48     M35     757
9     Courtney Garvey     Ventry    1:17:38     SF     781
11     Riina Kuuselo     Turner's Cross      1:36:09     F35     828
12     Sinead O Regan     Rosscarbery     1:36:34     SF     918

Half results

1     Alfie Davis     Cork         39:32         39:31     M40     116
2     Padraig Sheehan     Clonakilty         39:59         39:14     SM     520
3     Billy O Brien     Skibbereen         40:12         40:09     M40     358
14     Jo Hurley     London         43:49         43:48     SF     225
17     Eimear O Brien     Ballinhassig         45:24         45:17     SF     363
24     Anna O Neill     Dunmanway         46:59         46:58     F50     449

10k results

Results & Photos of the Ballincollig 5k parkrun - Sat 18th May 2019

356 turned out for this weeks 5k parkrun in Ballincollig Regional Park, up slightly on last week.

The average number for 2018 was 289 so it is well ahead of that.

1 Shane O'CALLAGHAN    18:40    VM35-39    M1
2 Ronan FENN    19:01    SM20-24    M2
3 Alan HYNES    19:16    VM45-49    M3    Sportsworld
9 Nollaigh O'NEILL    19:39    VW45-49    F1    Leevale AC
45 Anna DELANEY    22:31    VW45-49    F2    Sportsworld        
49 Maria MADIGAN    22:42    VW40-44    F3


1) Colette Ryan has a gallery HERE

Friday, May 17, 2019

Results of the Ballymacoda 4 mile - Fri 17th May 2019

A grand total of 219 turned out for this 4 mile race in East Cork.

2455    Brian Harty    East Cork AC    MS    21.54
2402    Shane Harrington    East Cork AC    MS    21.56
2628    James Mar    NA    MS    22.18
2476    Evelyn Cashman    Youghal Ac    F45    24.48
2397    Noreen Mackey    North Clare AC    FS    25.00
2395    Ruth Millerick    Youghal Ac    F40    26.12

Full results below...

Results of the Buttevant 4 mile - Fri 17th May 2019

1 Sean Doyle    North Cork AC    M 19:50   
2 Gavin Sweeney    Togher AC    M 20:14   
3 Brian Conroy    Clane AC    M 21:24
13 Carol Finn    Leevale AC    F 24:25   
15 Sorcha Kearney    St Finbarrs AC    F40 24:30   
41 Eadaoin O'Neill    East Cork AC    F 26:32 


Thursday, May 16, 2019

Results of the Cheetah Run 5k in Fota Wildlife Park - Thurs 16th May 2019

Breda Gaffney of Mallow AC wins the 2019 Cheetah Run 5k in Fota Wildlife Park. ...Photo: Joe Murphy

Conditions were dry and mild for this years Cheetah Run 5k in Fota Wildlife Park despite the prediction of rain by Met Eireann.

1 Alan O'SHEA    00:15:44  792    M (1)    MS (1)    Bantry A.C.
2 Kieran MCKEOWN    00:16:22  659    M (2)    M40 (1)    Watergrasshill A.C.
3 James GRUFFERTY    00:16:59  117    M (3)    MS (2)    Leevale A.C.
23 Breda GAFFNEY    00:19:11  520    F (1)    F45 (1)    Mallow A.C.
31 Jennifer GOGGIN WALSH    00:19:42  114   F (2)    F35 (1)    Carraig na bhFear A.C.
32 Niamh CRONIN    00:19:43   68    F (3)    F40 (1)    St Finbarrs A.C.


Photos...(Update Fri 17th May @ 22:10)
1) Joe Murphy has three albums ... Album 1 ... Album 2 ... Album 3
2) Derek Costello has a gallery HERE

Notice : Dan Byrne Memorial 5k in Doneraile Park - Fri 31st May 2019

This 5k race in Doneraile Park in North Cork is always a popular one with runners. Organised by Mallow AC, it is a lovely setting for a race. While it's described as a trail race, it is in reality mostly on narrow roads and paths within Doneraile Park. It would be wrong to think that it's some sort of cross country race or that you need to run through mud or long grass.

The start time is 7pm and registration starts in Nagle Rice school from 5.30pm.  It costs €10 to enter with a family offer of 2 adults and 2 kids for €20

Notice : Ballymacoda 4 mile road race in East Cork - Fri 17th May 2019

The annual Ballymacoda 4 mile road race is coming up on Friday evening, the 17th of May 2019 at 8pm. Note that there is a free running buff for all finishers.

All proceeds from the race this year will go towards 8-year old Ella Demsey who is a local girl undergoing medical treatment at the moment. More info is this previous post.

Located near Ballymacoda in East Cork, this one is easy to access from the east via Youghal and from the west via Castlemartyr and Ladysbridge...

The course takes in a loop to the north-west of the GAA grounds and like the surrounding countryside is pretty flat. One big change from the Kilcredan road is that the whole race is now on quiet roads where as the 5k used part of the R633.

Looking at the photos of the long straight sections and the Ordnance Survey map, I think this should be a very fast 4 mile course.

There will be showers available to use in the sports field hall changing rooms after the race.

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

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Notice: Millstreet 5 mile road race - Fri 28th June 2019

The Willie Neenan Memorial 5 mile road race is coming up in the town of Millstreet in NW Cork on Friday, the 28th of June at 8:15pm.

It's an area of the county where there isn't a huge number of races so it should be of interest to runners in both Cork and Kerry.

There will also be a dry fit top for all finishers...

Entries...The entry fee is €11.05 if you pre-enter online HERE. You can also enter on the day for €15. Race HQ is the GAA community hall which is directly across from the church at the western end of the town.

Organised by Millstreet AC, the course has been accurately measured by Jones Counter and has an Athletics Ireland licence.

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

Monday, May 13, 2019

Results & Photos of the Glen River 5k parkrun - Sat 11th May 2019

Just 49 runners turned out for this 5k parkrun in the Glen despite the fine weather.

1 Sean DOWLING    18:06    VM40-44    M1    Leevale AC
2 Aidan NOONE    18:40    SM20-24    M2
3 Simon SORENSEN    19:03    SM30-34    M3    St Finbarrs AC
23 Niamh SHEEHAN    26:59    SW30-34    F1
25 Claire MCGONAGLE    27:51    VW50-54    F2
27 Nassreen ABDULLAH    28:15    SW25-29    F3


Photos to follow...
1) Small gallery of photos from Mick Dooley HERE
2) The organisers have a gallery HERE 

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Results of the Bweeng 5k - Sun 12th May 2019

1 Hiko TONOSA    00:14:32 608    M (1)    MS (1)    Dundrum South Dublin A.C.
2 Paul MOLONEY    00:15:04 606    M (2)    MS (2)    Mallow A.C.
3 Rory CHESSER    00:15:12 605    M (3)    MS (3)    Ennis Track
10 Michelle FINN    00:16:15 761    F (1)    FS (1)    Leevale A.C.
17 Aoife COOKE    00:17:15 714    F (2)    FS (2)    Youghal A.C.
22 Martina KIELY    00:17:55 607    F (3)    F35 (1)    St Finbarrs A.C.


1) Photos by Mick Dooley HERE
2) Joe Murphy has 3 galleries Album 1 , Album 2 and Album 3

Saturday, May 11, 2019

Guest post : MUNSTER MARATHON OF 1979... by John Walshe

MUNSTER MARATHON OF 1979... By John Walshe (The Echo, 11/05/2019)

There is no doubt only a tiny percentage of runners experience the elation of crossing the line first in a marathon. To win on your birthday then is a much rarer occurrence but one such man who did so 40 years ago this weekend is Jerry Murphy from Douglas.

The occasion was the Munster championship which took place from the town of Rathkeale in Co Limerick on Sunday May 13, 1979. Four decades ago marathons, indeed road races in general, were a long way from what we know today.

A field of 30 to 40 runners was considered a good turnout and in all probability you could have entered that championship on the day for an entry fee of maybe 50 pence – a long way from the €65-€75 that would be asked of nowadays.  

A Munster marathon had been held intermittently during the 1970s and Murphy had already one victory under his belt, along with a best time of 2:24:33 achieved when finishing sixth in the Irish (BLE) National Marathon at Galway four years before.

Promoted by the Southern Region Council and held in glorious sunshine, the course in Rathkeale was typical of the day in that it was simply 13 miles out and back. The outward journey was into a fresh headwind and amongst the leading group were two Limerick men, Neil Cusack (Boston Marathon winner of 1974) and Robert Costelloe. However, both were using the race as a training run and would make their exit at halfway.

A more recent photo of Jerry Murphy with his haul of medals and trophies
The early leader was Paul Mulholland from Midleton who reached five miles in 28:35, just ahead of Davie Browne from Waterford. Mulholland had run 2:33:59 two years before at the BLE Marathon in Loughrea and was the pioneer of marathon running in the east Cork region.

At 11 miles, Mulholland began to drop back and this left Murphy and his Leevale team-mate Liam Horgan in control. In any race there comes a moment where the contest is won or lost and, 40 years on, Murphy still recalls where the decisive point came that day: “At 17 miles, Liam started really pushing the pace. At around the 19 mile mark, I turned to him to say I wasn’t feeling great and to go ahead. When I turned, he looked straight at me and said ‘Jerry, continue on and I’ll try and follow’.”

At the finish, Murphy’s winning margin was almost three minutes as he not alone celebrated victory but his 29th birthday in style, crossing the line in a time of 2:28:47. Horgan – who sadly passed away in 2013 after a lifetime of Leevale service - survived an attack of cramp to hold on for second in 2:31:44 with Mayo-man Michael Joyce taking third in 2:39:16 in front of his St Finbarr’s colleague Flor O’Leary (2:40:17).

Willie Hayes, then of Reenavanna Harriers but a ‘Barr’s man now for many years, finished fifth in 2:40:23 ahead  of Gerry Walsh from the Doheny club in Dunmanway (2:44:27).

The following year, Murphy, Joyce and Hayes travelled to New York for one of the first marathons to take place around the five boroughs of the Big Apple. With all three wearing Discover Ireland singlets, Murphy finished in a time of 2:31:44 with Hayes close behind on 2:31:58 and Joyce – a well-known Cork solicitor these days - recording a personal best of 2:38:05.

“It was after that New York Marathon I feel my problems began,” Murphy recalls. “I didn’t realise at the time but I had diabetes and it wasn’t discovered until 20 years later. I was also unaware at the time that I was celiac as well.”

A mainstay of many a winning Leevale cross-country team, he also has the unique distinction of having competed in over 30 Cork senior championships over the country.

With both Leevale and St Finbarr’s having two runners in the top four, the Munster team race came down to the third scorer and although Donal Burke’s 13th place gave the ‘Barr’s 20 points, John O’Leary in 15th spot gave Leevale the title by a margin of just two points.

Although no veterans (or masters nowadays) were acknowledged, O’Leary would have qualified at the time as he had turned 40 the previous December. Remarkably, then, that four decades later the near-neighbour of Jerry Murphy is still competing - 10 days ago he returned a time of just over 42 minutes for five miles at Midleton.

He too vividly recalls that warm Sunday around the roads of Rathkeale in what was his second marathon: “I knocked around 35 minutes off of my first. I remember it was a boiling hot day and I was wearing a cap from the sun and it blew of after a few miles. There were two or three of us together and I wouldn’t stop but didn’t one of them go back and pick it up, a lovely fellow whoever he was.” 

Just 22 runners, all men, finished that day. Although there was speculation that Jean Folan - one of the pioneering Irishwomen at the marathon distance and who would win the Ballycotton ’10’ the following March – was going to run, it was not to be.

Of course that year of 1980 all things utterly changed with the first running of the Dublin City Marathon and long distance running would no longer be a solitary male pursuit carried out on the lonely Irish roads.        

Munster Marathon 1979 results
1 J Murphy (Leevale) 2:28:47; 2 L Horgan (Leevale) 2:31:44; 3 M Joyce (St Finbarrs) 2:39:16; 4 F O’Leary (St Finbarrs) 2:40:17; 5 W Hayes (Reenavanna) 2:40:23; 6 G Walsh (Doheny) 2:44:27; 7 G Ryan (Premier) 2:48:11; 8 J Carroll (Tipperary Town) 2:49:58; 9 P O’Regan (Limerick) 2:50:55; 10 S O’Toole (Premier) 2:55:55; 11 P Carmody (St Johns) 2:56:08; 12 J Walshe (Midleton) 2:57:45; 13 D Burke (St Finbarrs) 2:58:35; 14 M Minogue (Tulla) 3:01:12; 15 J O’Leary (Leevale) 3:02:15.

Results of the Ballincollig 5k parkrun - Sat 11th May 2019

The numbers were down to 341 for this weeks 5k parkrun in Ballincollig Regional Park.

1 Finbarr ODWYER    16:59    VM45-49    M1    Leevale AC
2 Diarmaid NOLAN    18:16    SM25-29    M2
3 Shane O'CALLAGHAN    18:40    VM35-39    M3
9 Nollaigh O'NEILL    19:34    VW45-49    F1    Leevale AC
31 Siobhan HOLLAND    22:06    VW40-44    F2    Eagle A.C.
41 Maria MADIGAN    22:29    VW40-44    F3


1) Colette Ryan has a gallery HERE

Thursday, May 09, 2019

New riverside path proposed for Ballincollig Regional Park

9th May 2019... Update on the new riverside walkway in Ballincollig.

From Cork County Council....Last week marked the final contract signing by Cork County Council for improvement works to Ballincollig Regional Park.

Works on the project, carried out by Sole Sports & Leisure Ltd., will link the Regional Park to the 20 acre amenity lands at Fionn Laoi. The development will open a section of the park behind the former heritage centre to the public and create a 1km riverside walk and cycleway. It is anticipated that the work will start on the 20th of May and be completed in July.

This is one of the final projects to be completed by Cork County Council in the park since its acquisition in 1977. Usage of the park, which had formerly been a gunpowder mills, has seen a huge increase in recent years, with over 660,000 visitors for 2018.

In addition to the walkway project, Cork County Council will be planting hundreds of additional trees and developing wildflower meadows and picnic areas.

The park will be transferred to Cork City Council on the 1st of June 2019 for future maintenance.

Wednesday, May 08, 2019

Results of the Cork BHAA Pfizers 6 mile road race - Wed 8th May 2019

After a damp start to the day, conditions were dry for the start of this years Cork BHAA Pfizers 6 mile road race on Wednesday the 8th of May 2019. For an evening in May, it was pretty chilly with the temperature down at 9 deg C and a strong breeze.

A total of 311 runners turned out for the race.

1 Alan O'Shea M1 00:31:55 Mercy Hospital
2 Colin Merritt 0/45B M2 00:32:09 Army M-B-2
3 Kieran McKeown 0/40A M3 00:32:33 Kieran McKeown Fitness
28 Andrea Bickerdike F1 00:38:53 CIT F-A-2
30 Claire O'Brien F2 00:38:59 Dept of Ed F-A-1
35 Noreen Mackey F3 00:39:12 Irving Oil


1) Joe Murphy has three galleries on Facebook... Album 1 .... Album 2 ... Album 3

Results of the Spike Island 5k - Sat 4th May 2019

This 5k race on Spike Island was originally scheduled for a date in April but it had to be cancelled due to high winds. The rescheduled race was held on Saturday the 4th of May and around 130 took part.

Results below...

SPIKE ISLAND 5KM - 04/05/19        
Aidan O'Mahony    423    18:04
Declan Dorgan    471    19:18
TJ Hegarty    186    19.24
Carol Curley    424    20.35
David O'Keeffe    409    20.4
Ton Moore    149    20.49
Michael Young    194    20.54
John Browne    486    21.05
David Leonard    101    21.1
Alan Murry    55    21.31
Ivan Braidot    201    21.41
Greg Jur    442    21.43
Lukasz Spiewok    480    21.44
Eoin Craven    406    21.48
Niall Kelly    448    21.51
Shane Mulcahy    410    21.54
Conor Murphy    430    21.58
Michael O'Donovan    413    22.05
Siobhan Holland    483    22.13
Jim Walsh    500    23.13
Caroline Horgan    196    23.15
Alan Leonardi    453    23.39
Colin Murphy    54    23.48

Notice : Cork BHAA Pfizers 6 mile road race - Wed 8th May 2019

The next race on the Cork BHAA calendar is the Pfizers 6 mile road race near Ringaskiddy on Wednesday the 8th of May 2019.

Given its proximity to Cork City and Carrigaline, it should attract a good bit of interest.

Directions.......It's very easy to find. From the South Ring Road in Cork City, follow all of the signs for Ringakiddy. As you get closer, you come to the small village of Shanbally.

Follow the signs for Rinaskiddy...straight through the roundabout...and 500m later, take a left...signposted 'Raffeen Creek Sports Club'. Follow the stewards directions on the night on where to park which will probably be next to the playing fields.

Entries, post race refreshments and prize giving will be at the Pfizers club house.

Entries......As with all Cork BHAA events, the race entry will be €5 for registered runners and €10 for non-registered. It's probably best to be there from say 7:00pm to 7:20pm so that you can enter in plenty of time.

This year the course is on its traditional route.

From the organisers...

· 37th anniversary of long running BHAA race

Here’s a list of prizes –

·        The top 4 men and women

·        Men’s category 1st, 2nd & 3rd  in 0/40 0/45 0/50 0/55 0/60 0/65 & 1st & 2nd in 0/70

·        Women’s category 1st, 2nd & 3rd  in 0/35 0/40 0/45 0/50 0/55 & 1st & 2nd in 0/60 + 1st 0/65

·        To mark 50th anniversary of Pfizer in Ireland, there will be a prize for the 50th male & female finisher

· A challenging course, with plenty of climbs and descents

· Legendary post-race refreshments afterwards

Overall.......A longstanding race which is popular with a lot of runners. Parts of the course are challenging yet you should still post a reasonable time. The post race refreshments put on by the staff of Pfizers are second to none and there's a pretty good chance you will eat more calories than you burn off by running the race! ;o).

A race with a long history. Recommended.

Tuesday, May 07, 2019

Update on the Ballymacoda 4 mile race on Friday the 17th of May 2019

Please note this race for your diaries. All proceeds from this years Ballymacoda 4 mile road race will be going towards the treatment of Ella Dempsey.

If you can help out this special little girl then this 4 miler in East Cork is on Friday the 17th of May 2019. More details to follow but you can see some info from the organisers and Ella's family below.


From the organisers....BALLYMACODA 4 MILE ROAD RACE


On Friday, May 17th at 8pm the Ballymacoda 4 mile will be held in the sports field at Ahavine,
Ballymacoda, Co Cork.

We invite all members of the community to come out and walk or run our race as all of the proceeds
will be donated to Ella's treatment fund.

All children who complete the walk will get a medal and there is also a free draw for a €300 Irish
Ferries voucher that all walkers will be entered into.

Runners on the night will get a free running buff. There will also be plenty of after race

We hope to see you all in Ballymacoda on May 17th .

Please read Ella’s story below, we would like to thank Ella’s mum and Dad for sending us their

This is our amazing daughter Ella, she is 8 years old and loves to be dancing, singing, playing
Camogie, soccer and horse riding! She’s such a bubbly little person.

Summer 2018 was back and forth to the hospital with pains in her hip, which progressed to a lump
and unfortunately like so many, was misdiagnosed with growing pains!

It wasn’t till she was reeling in pain and rushed to hospital in an ambulance and after scans that she
was diagnosed with Ewing Sarcoma.

It’s hard to explain the feeling that goes through you when you’re told this life changing news,
September was a blur, the initial aim was to control the pain, it was horrific being by her side and
unable to do anything, thankfully after a dose of chemo the lump shrunk enough to relieve her
sciatic nerve.

Here we are now just about to start round 14 of 18, about to head to Germany for Proton therapy
and finish with surgery in Birmingham.

Ella has been through so much and still has a lot to do but she keeps smiling, cracking jokes and
making us all laugh!

Her two brothers Josh and Sean are brilliant at keeping her laughing too.

We take each day as it comes, making sure we are having as much fun as possible along the way, her
nurses and doctors at Crumlin and The Mercy are incredible, they make hospital trips a fun
experience as best they can.

At the beginning of treatment, we were told there will be chemo, radiotherapy and surgery.
When we were told that we could travel to Germany for proton therapy we grabbed it with both
hands. In the coming weeks Ella will be traveling to Germany to begin her treatment.

Thank you so much,

Tony & Amy, Josh Sean and Ella Dempsey

Monday, May 06, 2019

Results & Photos of the Great Limerick Run Marathon & Half-Marathon - Sun 5th May 2019

The main event in Munster over the Bank Holiday weekend was the Great Limerick Run with thousands taking part in the marathon, half-marathon and 6 mile races.

There were 776 finishers in the marathon this year which is up 7% on last year.

The results of the top 10 men are shown below. The prizes for the first three men and women was €1000, €750 and €500 respectively.

The organisers also gave performance bonuses to Irish athletes for breaking certain times. Sergiu Ciobanu got an additional €1,000 for breaking 2:21 while Peter Mooney got an extra €100 for breaking 2:30.

The performance bonuses for women were awarded at sub 2:50 times. The first woman home was just under 3 hours.

1218 Sergiu Ciobanu Male 1 M35+  1 CLONLIFFE HARRIERS A.C. 02:20:26
516 Peter Mooney     Male 2 M35+   2 02:29:54
970 Christopher Murphy Male 3  M35+ 3 LEEVALE A.C.     02:37:25
607 Joey Feery     Male     4  MOPEN 1 CLONMEL A.C.  02:40:59
1296 Andy Finan Male     5 M35+     4 SLIGO A.C. 02:41:14
752 Philip Niland Male     6 M35+     5 CELBRIDGE A.C. 02:46:18
754 Rory Mooney Male     7 M35+     6 02:46:52
735 Scott Mc Cann Male 8     M35+ 7 02:47:44
1223 Kevin Ward Male     9 M45+     1 LONGFORD A.C. 02:47:55
577 Rob O Brien Male 10 M35+     8 CELBRIDGE A.C. 02:48:35
540 Elaine Walsh Female 1 F35+     1 GALWAY CITY HARRIERS A.C. 02:59:56 42
536 Neasa De Burca     Female     2 F35+     2 GALWAY CITY HARRIERS A.C. 03:00:24 44
517 Joan Flynn     Female     3     F35+ 3     MULLINGAR HARRIERS A.C. 03:02:18 46

897 Jan Corcoran     Female     4 F35+     4 LE CHEILE A.C. 03:04:47 58
582 Kate O Malley     Female     5 FOPEN 1  03:05:51 62
520 Grace Kennedy     Female     6 FOPEN 2     DONORE HARRIERS  03:06:18
1389 Kaitlyn Kiernan Bartolone     Female     7 FOPEN     3  03:06:23
568 Lisa Hughes     Female     8 F45+     1     LE CHEILE A.C.  03:13:54
1348 Danielle Dilworth     Female     9 FOPEN 4  03:24:29     117
599 Louise Mulhare     Female     10 FOPEN 5  03:25:17     124

Marathon results...

 In the half-marathon, there were 2185 finishers which is up over 10% on last year.

There were also several Cork runners in the top three...

3404 Peter Somba Male 1 M35+ 1  01:06:24 ... €600
2438 David Mansfield Male 2 MOPEN 1 CLONMEL A.C. 01:07:19 ... €300
3319 Alan O Brien Male     3 M35+     2 EAGLE A.C. 01:08:55 ... €150
2716 Siobhan O Doherty    Female  Borrisokane AC 1 FOPEN 1 01:18:39 ... €600
3507 Claire Mc Carthy Female 2 F35+ 1 LEEVALE A.C.01:20:50 ... €300
2255 Sorcha Kearney Female 3 F35+ 2 ST. FINBARRS A.C. 01:23:18 .. €150

Half-Marathon results...

There were 5427 finishers in the 6 mile race which is up almost 29% on last year.


1) Ilovelimerick has three albums... album 1... album 2 ... album 3

Sunday, May 05, 2019

Belfast Marathon Runners End Up Doing an Extra 0.3 Miles

The 2019 Belfast City Marathon was changed this year to a Sunday fixture which resulted in a 60% jump in numbers. The event wasn't without its problems though as the course was found to be 0.3 miles or almost 470 metres too long.

The organisers blamed the lead car and human error and Belfast City Marathon organisers have apologised after admitting that Sunday's course was 0.3 miles longer than it should have been.

A new route was introduced this year in the hope that people could run faster times.

The course measurer John Glover in his defence was quoted as saying that runners had been taken off the measured route twice which resulted in an extra 469 metre.

A statement from Belfast Marathon chairman David Seaton blamed "human error".

The race organisers that the they were in the "process of adjusting runners' times to reflect the correct distance". This is unlikely to fix the problem though and may well just compound it.

Event chairman David Seaton in a statement said..."I can understand if you have been aiming for a sub three-hour marathon time and because of the mistake you have ended up being just outside three hours on the clock, that you are going to be annoyed.

It's a hiccup that we obviously could have done without. But I don't think it should overshadow what was a very successful day with the numbers up significantly because of the new Sunday date.

People have been coming up to us congratulating us on the day and saying it was a great event with the spectator number also well up on previous years."

Saturday, May 04, 2019

Results of the Glen River 5k parkrun - Sat 4th May 2019

There was a modest turnout of 64 runners for this weeks 5k parkrun in the Glen on the north side of Cork City.

After this parkrun started back in November of 2018, it looked as if it might get around 100 runners a week. As can be seen from the chart above, it's down around 60-70 per week at the moment which is a bit suprising considering the number of people living within say a mile of the park.

1 Jordan BELEFFI    16:31    SM25-29    M1
2 Steve FORSYTH    18:10    VM35-39    M2    Prestatyn RC
3 Richard MURPHY    18:55    SM25-29    M3
20 Helen ROCHE    24:09    VW45-49    F1    Wibbly Wobbly Wonders
23 Rachel O'CALLAGHAN    24:21    VW45-49    F2
30 Laura BRADISH    25:26    VW35-39    F3


1) The organisers have a gallery HERE

Results of the Run the Line 5k in Carrigaline - Sat 4th May 2019

This free timed 5k was held on the walkway between Carrigaline and Crosshaven.

Results of the Ballincollig 5k parkrun - Sat 4th May 2019

There was a big turn out for this weeks 5k parkrun in Ballincollig Regional Park with 482 taking part. As can be seen from the chart above, this was only the 12th time in the last 16 months that the numbers have been above the 400 mark.

1 Cian MCCAFFERTY    18:11    SM30-34    M1
2 Martina KIELY    18:12    VW35-39    F1 St Finbarrs AC
3 Diarmaid NOLAN    18:22    SM25-29    M2
4 Shane O'CALLAGHAN    18:34    VM35-39    M3
13 Rachel SMITH    19:30    SW20-24    F2
41 Aine CROTTY    21:32    SW25-29    F3    KPMG Running Club 


1) Joe Murphy has a gallery HERE

Friday, May 03, 2019


KEITARO BIDS FAREWELL ... by John Walshe of Ballycotton

Keitaro Ado from Osaka in Japan has been a familiar figure on the Cork running scene for the past three-and-a-half years. Sadly, however, he has to say goodbye as he returns to his native land this coming week.

A participant in events of all distances, he was also a regular at the Ballincollig parkrun every Saturday morning where he had a PB of 21:34. With a beaming smile for all he encountered on his travels, he will be missed by those who got to know him.

At the Midleton race on Thursday night, Keitaro was made a presentation and best wishes were extended to him with the hope that he might return in the future to participate in some of the many races that he enriched by his presence.  

Picture show Louise Barry making a presentation to Keitaro along with Midleton club officers Danny McCarthy, Marc Dalton and Gillian Bransfield.

Thursday, May 02, 2019

Results of the Midleton 5 mile road race - Thurs 2nd May 2019

There was a big turn out for this years Midleton 5 mile road race with 566 runners taking part. 


1     SM     Niall SHANAHAN (#195)     an bru ac     00:25:17
2     SM     Kevin O LEARY (#279)     EAST CORK A.C.     00:25:52
3     SM     James MCCARTHY (#545)     EAST CORK A.C.     00:26:16
1     SW     Fiona SANTRY (#1)     EAST CORK A.C.     00:29:44
2     SW     Andrea Bickerdike (#556)     Leevale A.C.     00:31:32
3     SW     Irene GORMAN (#202)     Crusaders AC     00:31:38


1) Gallery up on the Running in Cork Facebook page but the quality isn't great. Click HERE
2) Michael Buckley has a gallery HERE 

Wednesday, May 01, 2019

IRISH 10-MILE RANKINGS 2019 John Walshe

IRISH 10-MILE RANKINGS 2019... by John Walshe

Last year an Irish 10-mile ranking list was compiled for men and women, giving all performances under 55:00 (men) and 65:00 (women). As most of the 10-mile races takes place in the spring months, this year were are publishing an interim list up to the end of April.

Already, the leading marks of Sean Tobin (48:34) and Aoife Cooke (55:17) are faster than last year’s overall times of 48:41 (Kevin Seward) and 56:47 (Laura O’Shaughnessy). In 2018, eight performance under 60:00 were achieved by women which has already been equalled this year. A similar number of men broke 50:00 last year, although only four have done so this spring.

It will be interesting to see if last year’s respective totals under the standards of 55:00 (81) and 65:00 (47) will be surpassed come the end of December.

As usual, any additions or amendments to the published lists can be sent to John Walshe at: jowalshe AT eircom DOT net

48:34    Sean Tobin (Clonmel)    Cobh    Apr 7
49:21    Sergiu Ciobanu (Clonliffe)    Mallow     Mar 24
49:36    Kevin Maunsell (Clonmel)    Dungarvan    Feb 3
49:53    David Flynn (Clonliffe)    Dungarvan     Feb 3
50:02    Thomas Flynn (Tallaght)    Dungarvan    Feb 3
50:06    Cillian O’Leary (Raheny)    Dungarvan    Feb 3

Notice : Midleton 5 mile road race - Thurs 2nd May 2019

The annual Midleton 5 mile road race is coming up this year on Thursday the 2nd of May 2019 at 8pm. This is organised by Midleton AC and is always a popular race with runners in Cork.

Weather update : Please note that a weather front with rain is likely to pass over Cork at around 4 to 6pm. The forecast is from dry conditions at 8pm.

Chip Timed, Free goodie bag for all entries. Online Entry fee €10.

Race entry fee on the night is also €10.


All those who pre-enter will be put into a draw for a free nights stay at the Kinsale Hotel & Spa.

BK5k near Cashel on Wed 1st May 2019

This might be of interest for anyone looking for a 5k race this evening. The BK5k is in Dundrum near Cashel and is a flat fast course.

More info HERE

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

The joys of running a marathon dressed as Big Ben

UK elite runner Hayley Carruthers crawls over finish line for 2h 33m time in London Marathon

One of the most memorable sights in the 2019 London Marathon was that of UK elite runner Hayley Carruthers crawling over the line to finish in a time of 2h 33m 59s.

The 26 year old who works in the NHS ran the first half of the race way too fast and had to give everything just to get to the finish line. It was also a three minute PB!

In a post race interview with BBC Radio 1, she said......"We started too fast and I got carried away with the excitement of being in the elite race and all the excitement of London really. We ran the first half far too quickly and it just ended up being a survival fest.

I started counting my steps and my head was gone, I think I lost sight in one eye. My legs felt like lead and I felt sick. It gradually got worse and worse.

To get to 20 miles and think I've still got another 10km to go - I genuinely didn't think I could finish.

It's the hardest thing I've ever had to do. I just couldn't lift my legs at all and I just couldn't move. It was just petrifying."

Sunday, April 28, 2019

Results & Photos of the Great Railway Run - Sun 28th April 2019

Claire McCarthy of Leevale AC on her way to winning the 2019 Great Railway Run from Cork City to Carrigaline

Conditions were mostly overcast and warm for this years Great Railway Run on Sunday the 28th of April. There were 297 finishers in the 10k and 434 in the 25k.

The results are below.

1    Alan O Brien    Carrigaline        34:07    SM    292
2    Ian O Leary    Cork        37:35    M50    302
3    Derek O Keeffe    Cork        37:53    M40    112
11    Linda O Connor    Carrigaline        42:53    F40    278
13    Alice O Connor    Cashel        43:06    SF    295
14    Fionnuala Desmond    Douglas        43:22    F50    197

10k results

1    Ronan McMahon           1:31:58      1:32:02    SM    474
2    Sean Ahern    Killeagh      1:34:09      1:34:10    M40    739
3    John O Brien    Cork      1:34:34      1:34:35    M45    649
4    Kevin Gilleece    Dublin 15      1:38:16      1:38:14    SM    822
5    Tony Cambridge    Carrigaline      1:40:03      1:40:03    M50    763
7    Clare Mc Carthy    Ballinhassig      1:42:02      1:42:03    F40    466
16    Una MurphyPlant    Kinsale      1:48:41      1:48:41    F45    917
25    Laura Rooney    Cork      1:50:28      1:50:22    F40    972
26    Deirdre Ansbro    Youghal      1:50:48      1:50:46    F40    505
32    Lorna Wolfe    Cork      1:52:17      1:52:15    SF    736

25km results

1) There are 5 albums up on the Running in Cork Facebook page...
...a) Album 1
...b) Album 2
...c) Album 3
...d) Album 4
...e) Album 5

2) Loads of photos from Adrian O'Herlihy Photography on the way
...a) 25k start in Cork City
...b) 25k - Old railway bridge over Douglas estuary
...c) 25k - Near Harty's Quay
...d) Finish line - Album 1 of 5
...e) Finish line - Album 2 of 5
...f) Finish line - Album 3 of 5
...g) Finish line - Album 4 of 5
...h) Finish line - Album 5 of 5
...i) Prizes

3) Derek Costello has a gallery HERE


Saturday, April 27, 2019

Results & Photos of the Glen River 5k parkrun... Sat 27th Apr 2019

The numbers were down a bit this week for the 5k parkrun in the Glen with 54 taking part.

1 Richard BOURKE    18:50    VM40-44    M1    St Finbarrs AC
2 Aidan NOONE    19:11    SM20-24    M2
3 Fergal BRENNAN    19:49    VM40-44    M3
16 Nan KEARNEY    24:55    VW40-44    F1    Sanctuary Runners
18 Niamh SHEEHAN    25:46    SW30-34    F2
23 Aisling HOLMES    27:46    SW30-34    F3


1) The organisers have a gallery HERE

Results & Photos of the Ballincollig 5k parkrun - Sat 27th Apr 2019

A total of 276 runners turned out for this weeks 5k parkrun in Ballincollig Regional Park in what were bright and breezy conditions.  As can be seen from the chart, that is well down on last week.

1 Conor DOLAN    17:04    VM35-39    M1
2 Finbarr ODWYER    17:09    VM45-49    M2    Leevale AC
3 Joe BOSONNET    17:58    JM15-17    M3    Sanctuary Runners
12 Rachel SMITH    19:42    SW20-24    F1
26 Anne O'DONOVAN    21:18    SW25-29    F2
43 Mary SWEENEY    22:23    VW55-59    F3 St Finbarrs AC


1) The organisers have a gallery HERE