Google+ Running in Cork, Ireland: 2019

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Training Programmes for the 2020 Dungarvan 10 mile...

Every year, I put together training programmes for groups of people training for the John Treacy 10 mile road race in Dungarvan.

If anyone is interested in following a programme tailored especially for a 10 mile race then here are the details...

a) Choice of 3 programmes based on training 3, 4 or 5 days a week.

b) Aimed at club & non-club runners who are targeting finish times between 65 and 95 mins.

c) The training programme is sent out by email every two weeks. There is email support if you have any questions about training or if you want to tweak the programme to suit your own schedule.

The programme starts on Monday the 18th of November and the cost is €30.

If you are interested then email johndesmondrunning AT gmail DOT com and outline how many days a week you want to train, your target time and some of your recent race times... 5k, 10mile, half-marathon.

Sunday, November 10, 2019

Notice: Great Glenville 4 mile road race - Sun 24th Nov 2019

The annual Glenville 4 mile road race is coming up on Sunday the 24th of November 2019 and it should be of particular interest considering its proximity to Cork City.

Update: 6th Nov 2019...Over half of the entries are now gone.

In terms of getting there, the village of Glenville is only 5 miles or 8 kms from Watergrasshill and the M8 motorway.

The race starts at 11:30am and the race HQ is the Glenville Primary School. The village is pretty small so the race HQ, start and finish point are all close by.

From the organisers... Nov 24th @ 11:30 , entry fee will be €10 online – Free Re-useable Mug for all online entries

The Great Glenville Run returns for 2019.

Winner of Best 4 Mile Road Race in 2018 as voted by the public on the Running in Cork blog, we are back bigger than ever. Don't miss out, enter today!!

Fast Route - Category Prizes - Prizes for Course Record Times - Green Event - Eco Mug for all Entrants - Post Race Refreshments

Pre-entry link...

Preview.......You'll find directions, maps and a course profile HERE

Notice: MMRA Ballyhoura Moonlight Marathon & Half-Marathon - Fri 10th Jan 2020

The Munster Mountain Running Association (MMRA) are holding a moonlight marathon and half-marathon on Friday the 19th of January 2020 in the Ballyhoura Mtns in Co.Limerick. This is a unique event and is a combination of road and trail running on quiet country road, forest trails and hillside paths.

As can be seen from the flyer, the full 26.2 mile marathon starts at 9pm while the half-marathon starts at 10pm.

Update: 10th Nov 2019 - More places for the Half-Marathon have now been added!

From the MMRA... This years Moonlight Marathon will start from Scoil Pol in Kilfinnane at 9pm. The challenge will follow the route of the summer event and last years Moonlight challenge. We hope for a full moon clear night. 

Entry will be €60 and will include fully marked route, aid stations, half way kitchen with tea, coffee & refreshments available. 

On finishing , challengers can enjoy hot showers and a full Irish Breakfast and also receive their race beanie, to keep the head cosy over the winter. 

Mandatory Kit: Waterproof jacket, gloves, headwear, headtorch and spare batteries, bottle with min 250ml capacity, some type of reflection top like a hi-viz vest or similar, foil blanket and mobile phone with event organizers number (given on night).

You can find more details about the event and entry HERE

Note that membership of the MMRA is required (€10 for 2020) but this also covers you for any of their other events that you want to do.

Saturday, November 09, 2019

Results & Photos of the Eyeries 5 mile road race - Sat 9th Nov 2019

There was a big jump in numbers for this years Eyeries 5 mile road race with 228 taking part, a 32% jump on last year!

From the organisers....  Great turn out today at the sixth annual Eyeries 5 Mile Road Race in Eyeries Beara, Co.Cork where up to 230 participated in this Murphy's SUPER-VALU Castletwonbere event. A sizeable contingent from far across the county including a gang from St.Finbarrs intent on bringing home some of the seventy prizes on offer and the host club Beara AC who finished off their series in style. 

Early morning downpours gave way to sunshine with a cool NW breeze. Alan O'Shea (Bantry AC) stole all the plaudits when he broke his own course record for a third victory at this event. Wining time of 25:21. Followed by last years winner Shane Harrington (East Cork) who was mightily pleased with his best time over this tough hilly course, of 28:14. A first timer from the 'Barrs Rory O'Sullivan who came third.

Better luck for the St.Finbarrs ladies, who traveled in numbers and took the first three ladies prizes with Orla Byrne (32:16) Anita Locke (34:49) and Irene Eighan (35:59) dominating.

In the Beara AC Race series, over three races; Andrew O'Sullivan of Castletownbere took first place, Kevin Gleeson second and Conor Murphy of host club Beara AC taking third. In the Ladies, top three finishers for the series another local girl, Nina Murphy of Beara AC was first, Helen Anderson (Clonakilty) 2nd and Maria Hurley Bantry. A real West Cork mash-up!

1) Joe Murphy has a gallery HERE
2) Anne Marie Cronin has a gallery HERE

Despite its remote location, the Eyeries race always manages to attract a reasonable number of runners, especially for a race in November. Many of the other races West Cork have declined in recent years.
Category results at the bottom of the post below...

Full results...
1    0:25:21    O'SHEA, ALAN    Bantry A.C.    M35    05:04.1    573    1
2    0:28:14    HARRINGTON, SHANE    East Cork A.C.    M35    05:38.7    189    2
3    0:28:44    O'SULLIVAN, RORY    St.Finbarr's A.C.    M40    05:44.7    445    3
4    0:29:34    O'BRIEN, JOHN    St.Finbarr's A.C.    M45    05:54.7    492    4
5    0:30:03    COLLINS, CONOR    Cork    M40    06:00.5    584    5
6    0:30:30    CRONIN, MARK    Bantry A.C.    MS    06:05.9    482    6
7    0:30:56    LONGAN, JOHN    St.Finbarr's A.C.    MS    06:11.1    347    7
8    0:31:03    MCCARTHY, PATRICK    Drimoleague    M45    06:12.5    129    8
9    0:31:14    O'SULLIVAN, ANDREW    Castletownbere    MS    06:14.7    352    9
10    0:31:42    GALLAGHER, PAUL    St.Finbarr's A.C.    M40    06:20.3    399    10
11    0:32:16    O'SULLIVAN, VINCENT    Eagle A.C.    M40    06:27.1    585    11
12    0:32:16    BYRNE, ORLA    St.Finbarr's A.C.    FS    06:27.1    344    12
13    0:32:28    GLEESON, KEVIN    Castletownbere    M35    06:29.5    355    13
14    0:32:29    MURPHY, CONOR    Beara A.C.    M45    06:29.7    358    14
15    0:33:39    GEOGHEGAN, STEPHEN    St.Finbarr's A.C.    M45    06:43.7    329    15
16    0:33:59    CORNFORTH, ANTHONY    Beara A.C.    M55    06:47.7    417    16
17    0:34:10    DOLLARD, JOHN    KILBRITTAN    M40    06:49.9    299    17
18    0:34:15    LYNCH, LIAM    Donoughmore A.C.    M60    06:50.9    320    18
19    0:34:39    WOODS, DERMOT    St.Finbarr's A.C.    M40    06:55.7    391    19
20    0:34:46    MINAHANE, CATHAL    Glengarriff    M40    06:57.1    354    20
21    0:34:49    LOCKE, ANITA    St.Finbarr's A.C.    F35    06:57.7    401    21
22    0:35:02    O'DRISCOLL, GARY    Castletownbere    MS    07:00.3    341    22
23    0:35:03    SMITH, RAYMOND    Tuosist    M55    07:00.5    312    23
24    0:35:25    WHITE, DAVID    Clonakilty Road Runners A.C.    M35    07:04.8    488    24
25    0:35:31    LIMRICK, LIAM    Rosscarbery Steam Runners A.C.    M40    07:06.0    360    25
26    0:35:42    MURPHY, BEN    Bere Island    M40    07:08.2    359    26
27    0:35:59    EIGHAN, IRENE    St.Finbarr's A.C.    F40    07:11.6    353    27
28    0:36:20    O'SULLIVAN, DONNACHA    Cahermore    M45    07:15.8    419    28
29    0:36:32    HAYES, WILLIE    St.Finbarr's A.C.    M60    07:18.2    465    29

Results & Photos of the Glen River 5k parkrun... Sat 9th Nov 2019

76 runners turned out for this weeks 5k parkrun in the Glen in Cork City.

1 Kieran O SULLIVAN Male VM45-49 St Finbarrs AC 19:41
2 Arno FRICKE Male SM25-29 20:35
3 Michael MURPHY Male VM60-64 St Finbarrs AC 20:38
12 Yvonne WALSH Female VW40-44 23:23
20 Rosarie LAPIERRE Female VW40-44 24:29
21 Aoife O'NEILL Female SW30-34 24:36

Full results

1) The organisers have a gallery HERE

Results of the Ballincollig 5k pakrun... Sat 9th Nov 2019

This weeks 5k parkrun in Ballincollig Regional Park got a turnout of 356, the highest number since mid-September.

1 Colm FITZGERALD Male SM20-24 St Finbarrs AC 17:19
2 Unknown
3 Paul KENNEDY Male VM35-39 Leevale AC 18:53
13 Jennifer GOGGIN WALSH Female VW35-39 Carraig na bhFear AC 19:38
26 Mairead PEREZ Female VW45-49 20:49
27 Anna KLIMEK Female VW35-39 Polish Runners Club Ireland 21:02

Full results

Marathon event in Sixmilebridge cancelled...

The annual marathon event in Sixmilebridge, Co.Clare was due to take place this year on Sunday the 17th of November. Due to the low number of entries, the event has now been cancelled.

More info...

Sign of the times?

Friday, November 08, 2019

Doping in sport: why it can't be stopped | The Economist

Interesting video released recently by The Economist highlighting the huge issue of doping in athletics and sport.

Notice: Eyeries 5 mile road race, West Cork - Sat 9th Nov 2019

The Eyeries 5 mile road race in West Cork is coming up on Sunday the 9th of November 2019.

The Beara Peninsula in West Cork is one of the most scenic parts of the country and an ideal backdrop for this road race in November. It might well suit any clubs or small groups who are looking for a day or weekend away.

On a nice sunny day, it's an absolutely stunning spot. The town of Castletownbere is only 4.5 miles away so there is plenty of accommodation on offer.

Entries... The race starts at 2:30pm and it costs €12 on the day. You can also pre-enter online for €10.60 by going to this LINK

From the organisers.....EYERIES 5 MILE ROAD RACE...Now in it’s sixth year, the Eyeries 5 Mile Road Race is now established as a firm favourite in the West Cork running calendar. This stunning location, set on the Beara Peninsula punches well above its weight, attracting up to two-hundred entrants each year including a steady stream of runners from the city and county clubs.

With one of the largest selection of prizes it’s no wonder it has maintained it’s popularity. Category prizes from the junior’s boys and girls, F35 M40 and upwards plus a new course record bonus prize, brings the number of prizes to over sixty!

The Eyeries event, sponsored by Murphy’s SUPERVALU Castletownbere, is the final race of three in the new Beara A.C. Autumn Race series. The preceding races, in Allihies and Bere Island have whet the appetite of this small, but enthusiastic running community and they will be looking to finish off the event on a high note on Saturday 9 th November next, starting at 2:30pm.

Participants of all three events receive a Beara A.C. commemorative medal. Like the other races on the peninsula there is no shortage of scenery on the Wild Atlantic Way. As every runner knows, scenery can only mean some hills are involved. The course takes you through the colourful award-winning village on a tough uncompromising loop that saves its toughest hills for the fourth mile. A fast and spectacular finish on the flat and downhill into the village again with views over the north Beara coastline brings you to the end line.

Registration, prizegiving and post-race refreshments in the nearby village hall give this event a special atmosphere that keeps participants returning each year. If you haven’t ventured thus far it might be time you made your way to Eyeries to see what they’re all talking about.

€10.60 Online Pre-registration: click HERE

Or Register on the Day: begins at 12 noon on the day in Eyeries Hall. €12.00 per person if registering on the day.


In November, this stunning part of West Cork can be very quiet and I'm sure they would appreciate all the support that they can get.

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

This short video of the race in 2014 gives a flavour of what it's like...

Beara Race Series....... The Eyeries race is also part of a new Beara AC 5 mile road race series as shown below.

Thursday, November 07, 2019

Cork runner Dan Sweeney does 90 laps of the Lough for charity!

This is probably a recent ultra run that you may not have heard about.

Dan Sweeney from Bishopstown recently completed a 100km ultra in Cork City. Dan took on the challenge of completing over 90 laps of the Lough in 24 hours. With the aid of his support team, he started at 9am on a Saturday morning and finishing at 9am on a Sunday.

When asked why the Lough as opposed to somewhere else, he said..."Everyone's asking me why I picked The Lough but it's purely for ease of my support team. It's just easier for everyone because I can have a set place for people to give me food. There are a certain amount of calories I want to consume every hour. Some people said I should have run from West Cork to the city but that would be so difficult for my support team to coordinate and the roads would be dangerous when it got dark so The Lough made the most sense."

Thanks to the sponsorship collected, Dan managed to raise much needed funds for Edel House, a homeless charity.

Wednesday, November 06, 2019

Update on Cork Runner Claire O'Brien in San Francisco...

 Back in September, I had a post up about how Cork runner Claire O'Brien was heading to San Francisco to live for a while.

It looks as if Claire has hit the ground running so to speak finishing first in the local 5k parkrun and finishing 3rd in the Golden Gate Half Marathon in San Francisco in a time of 1h 26m 45s.

New Van for West Waterford AC

James Veale (R) of West Waterford AC taking delivery of a new van for the club

I spotted this on Facebook during the week. How many clubs are so big that they need their own dedicated van for races?

While most clubs might organise one race in the year, West Waterford AC organise roughly one a week! This obviously takes a huge amount of work to keep the show on the road.

Their most popular race is of course the John Treacy 10 mile in Dungarvan which sold out last week with the 3,000 or so places going in a few hours.

Tuesday, November 05, 2019

Irish results from the 2019 New York City Marathon

The New Cork City Marathon was held last weekend and as always, it attracted a large contingent of Irish runners.

Doing a search for finishers from Cork City resulted in these names...

John Comerford M39 IRL BIB 3271 2:55:02
Jason Crosbie M33 IRL BIB 9525 3:35:53
Shane Kearney M40 IRL BIB 3380 3:36:54
Dean Fitzgerald M29 IRL BIB 28650 3:44:23
Julieanne Buckley F41 IRL 23124 3:46:19
Paul Twomey M38 IRL BIB 27069 3:49:33
Eimear Cotter F35 IRL BIB 35662 4:02:16
Jackie Cavanagh F55 IRL BIB 35699 4:08:20
Michael Keohane M42 IRL BIB 45649 4:11:22
Amelia Shorten F35 IRL BIB 26573 4:24:54
Mary de Barra F50 IRL BIB 43182 4:32:29
Kerry Constant M64 IRL BIB 42140 6:06:24
Conor Cavanagh M58 IRL BIB 61278 7:01:12
Carol Ahern F46 IRL BIB 71846 8:01:08

The Irish results can be seen HERE

Some stats...

a) Over 53,000 people finished the marathon

b) This might be of interest to anyone who ran the Dublin marathon recently. The average finish time in New York was 4h 23m for men and 4h 52m for women.

c) And for a piece of trivia : The oldest female runner who was 89 years old finished in a time of 5h 39m.... almost one hour ahead of the youngest female runner who was 18.

d) The breakdown of the ages is shown below. Notice how there women outnumber men in the 25-29 age category.

Monday, November 04, 2019

Notice: Run in the Dark in Cork City - Wed 13th Nov 2019

Following the success of last years Run in the Dark charity events, they will be repeated again this year in various cities like Dublin, Cork, Limerick and Galway. The date is Wednesday the 13th of November 2019.

Update 4th Nov 2019 :  Fewer than 200 places left now.

From the organisers... Run in the Dark Cork – Join us for a 5k or 10k run on Wednesday 13th November 2019
Run in the Dark Cork takes place on Wednesday the 13th of November at 9.00pm. Every November, as darkness sweeps the globe, thousands of people in 50 cities across the world will pull on their running shoes and red flashing armbands and hit the streets to Run in the Dark.
We know there are lots of running events out there, so why choose Run in the Dark?!

Apart from being a unique night run taking place in iconic locations around the world, there’s also an important cause fuelling this fundraising run. Run in the Dark is a global running movement helping to cure paralysis in our lifetime.

Run in the Dark is organised by the Mark Pollock Trust, named after blind Irish adventure athlete Mark Pollock. Unbroken by blindness in 1998, Mark Pollock suffered a catastrophic spinal cord injury in 2010 when he fell from a second story window that left him paralysed. As Mark strives to walk again, his most complex journey is ahead of him – to find a cure for paralysis.

By taking part in Run in the Dark you are enabling ground-breaking collaborations and research which could change the lives of millions of paralysed people around the world.

Every donation, every step, every study, moves us towards a cure for paralysis and enabling people to walk again.

Sign up HERE

Photos of the Cork BHAA HSE 5k in Tramore Valley Park - Sun 3rd Nov 2019

Early on this morning, the weather looked like it might be pretty grim for this race with persistent rain and drizzle. Perhaps it might have deterred a few from traveling but at about 10am, the rain stopped and the race at 11am was held in dry fine conditions.

I haven't been in the park for a few months but the council have done a fine job in marking out the km marks with permanent signs. It seems likely that more 5k race will be held there in the future.

One notable feature of this race can be seen in the photo above. Nearly all of the front runners were young men and this contrasts to the usual race which is usually men in their 30's and 40's.

375 runners took part.

1 Gavin O'Rourke M1 00:15:53 Eli Lilly
2 Tommy Connolly 00:15:56 Temp Reg
3 Fionn Harrington 00:15:59 Temp Reg
17 Carol Finn F1 00:18:36 Finn Physiotherapy
27 Fiona Everett 00:19:10 Temp Reg
31 Grainne O'Donnell 0/35H F2 00:19:21 Kumon Douglas

Full results

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

2) Derek Costello has four galleries
... Album 1 ... Album 2 ... Album 3 ... Album 4

Sunday, November 03, 2019

Notice: CIT Sports Seminar Series - Dec 2019 to Apr 2020

Following the success of last year, there will be another CIT Sports Seminar Series again this year.

Update Mon 4th Nov 2019: Please note that the schedule of the seminars has changed. The first one will now be the Nutrition and Performance one in December.

There are 6 events in total with one per month from Dec 2019 to Apr 2020.

Each one costs €10 or €50 for all six (€8 & €35 for students).

1) Dec 4th (Wed): Nutrition & Performance with Jonny Holland
2) Jan 15th (Wed): Rethinking Stress for Performance J O Connor
3) Feb 12th (Wed): Sleep and Performance with Giles Warrington
4) Mar 11th (Wed): Training Loads with Ian O Sullivan/Dr. P Francis
5) Apr 15th (Wed): Mental Health In Sport with Jessie Barr €10.00
6) May 6th (Wed): Sports Marketing with Paul Deasy

Venue: Room IT3, Library Building, C.I.T - 7:30pm

To book a place, go to the Cork Sports Partnership website.

West Cork Islands Run Series Concludes for 2019

On Sunday last October 27th the Whiddy Island 5k fun run took place concluding the West Cork Islands run series for 2019. Some photos HERE

Report from Cork Sports Partnership... The event was initially planned to coincide with the Sport Ireland European Week of Sport and the #BeActive Nights campaign but was cancelled due to poor weather conditions back in September!

Huge thanks due to Bantry basketball club and Tim O Leary of the Whiddy Island Ferry for organsing and ensuring a great event was had by all!

Events have now taken place across 5 Islands during 2019 with nearly 500 people taking part:

Bere Island Midsummer Run- 161
Cape Clear 5k- 101
The Do Run Run- Sherkin Island- 139
Heir Island 5k- 20
Whiddy Island 5k- 77

On behalf of Cork Sports Partnership, Sport Ireland and the West Cork Islands Sports hub we would like to thank all the Island communities, development workers, volunteers and local agencies for ensuring a successful series for 2019.

Looking forward to 2020 already

Saturday, November 02, 2019

Results & Photos of the Glen River 5k parkrun - Sat 2nd Nov 2019

62 turned out for this weeks 5k parkrun in the Glen in Cork City.

1 Kieran O'Sullivan
2 Brian LINEHAN Male VM55-59 20:37
3 Declan HEALY Male VM45-49 21:20
16 Helen ROCHE Female VW45-49 Wibbly Wobbly Wonders 25:10
18 Aoife O'NEILL Female SW30-34 25:49
21 Olive MCCARTHY Female VW45-49 Togher AC 26:27

Full results

1) The organisers have a gallery HERE

Notice: Cork BHAA HSE 5k in Tramore Valley Park in Cork City - Sun 3rd Nov 2019

The Cork BHAA are holding the HSE Cork Kerry Community Healthcare 5k in Tramore Valley Park in Cork City on Sunday the 3rd of November 2019.

As always, you enter on the morning of the race and it's €5 for BHAA registered runners and €10 for non-reg. Registration is in the park from 9.30am with the race starting at 11am.

Results & Photos of the Ballincollig 5k parkrun - Sat 2nd Nov 2019

282 runners turned out for this weeks 5k parkrun in Ballincollig Regional Park.

1 Chris DEVINE Male VM40-44 Newry City Runners 17:26
2 Nick HOGAN Male VM35-39 Sanctuary Runners 18:50
3 Tom SHEEHAN Male VM55-59 19:27
9 Mairead PEREZ Female VW45-49 21:18
11 Carol CURLEY Female VW40-44 21:21
17 Hana FASKA Female JW15-17 Sanctuary Runners 21:41

Full results

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

100th parkrun for Joanne Murphy

Visually impared runner Ross Gallagher completes 2019 Dublin Marathon

Visually impaired runner Ross Gallagher is a regular at a lot of the shorter races in Cork and Kerry. Last weekend in Dublin, he made a big jump by completing his first marathon in a time of 5h 45m.

He is pictured here with his guide Gaetan Meister.

Ross said afterwards he loved every minute of it and raised funds for the Child Vision charity in the process.

This is a list of races completed by Ross to date: 109 x 5 k races, 53 x ten k races, 45 x park runs, 12 x 4 miles, 9 x half marathon, 6 x ten milers, 4 x 5 miles, 3 x 6 k, 3 x beache races, 3 x one miles and one marathon.

Results of the Carrigaline Run the Line 5k - Sat 2nd Nov 2019

As per usual, there was a timed 5k on the Carrigaline to Crosshaven walkway on the first Saturday of the month.

It looks as if the numbers were down this time with the wet and windy weather.

Top 2 Bottom Malin to Mizen Run - 18th - 23rd Nov 2019

Dave Galbraith is doing a run from Malin Head in Donegal to Mizen Head in West Cork in November of 2019. See below.

I'm doing a run from Malin Head to Mizen next month in aid of the Irish Cancer Society over the course of 5 and a half days. 

Day 1 - 18th Nov - Malin to Omagh
Day 2 - 19th Nov - Omagh to Longford
Day 3 - 20th Nov - Longford to Nenagh
Day 4 - 21st Nov - Nenagh to Mallow
Day 5 - 22nd Nov - Mallow ro Bantry
Day 6 - 23rd Nov - Bantry to Mizen

My aim is to raise in the region of €10,000. If I complete the distance within my targeted time from I’ll be the 2nd fastest known time by an Irish person.

Friday, November 01, 2019

Dungarvan 10 mile entries open on Fri 1st Nov 2019

Please note that entries to the 2020 John Treacy Dungarvan 10 mile road race open on Friday the 1st of November 2019.

This is quite simply one of the best 10 milers in the country and all 3000 entries sold out in just a few hours.

Waiting List >>> Link for getting your name on the waiting list ...

Update Fri 1st Nov:
8:30am... Entries are now open.
11:00am... Entries closed.

In due course, West Waterford AC will probably release details about entry transfers and elite entries.

From West Waterford AC.... 29th ANNUAL JOHN TREACY DUNGARVAN 10 .
Welcome To The 29th John Treacy Dungarvan 10 Mile Road Race - Entries Open November 1st

As and from November 1st, entries will open for the 29th Annual John Treacy Dungarvan 10 which will be held on Sunday February 2nd 2020, with a start time of 1.30pm. West Waterford Athletic Club have announced details of the event which has established itself as a must run race on the Irish road running calendar with participants from all four corners of the country and beyond participating. The race has grown year on year and is a pre entry race which will close when 3,000 entries is reached. ( please note this race was full in a very short time last year ).

West Waterford Athletic Club is delighted with the support it receives from its sponsors for this event, we are fortunate to have the support of AIB Bank, Garveys Super-Valu, Tipperary Water, Flahavan's, Munster Signs & Print, Déise Design, along with many other local businesses and individuals who are all giving valuable support helping to make the day a great occasion for the town of Dungarvan. The race also incorporates the popular John Treacy Club Challenge Cup for men's and ladies teams which has proved to be hugely competitive. We will again be calling on all the athletic clubs of Ireland to take on the challenge in 2020. The John Treacy Dungarvan 10 brings together the ideal race combination of fun runners, joggers, club athletes and top class internationals who compete over a fast flat 10 mile course around the historic town of Dungarvan, we look forward to welcoming you to our town on February 2nd 2020. Don't be disappointed as many were last year get your entry in as soon as entries open November 1st.

John Treacy Club Challenge - The John Treacy Club Challenge is now a firmly established Competition Nationwide, previous winners of the men's team event include the host club West Waterford AC and Clonliffe Harriers AC and East Cork AC while Eagle A.C. Leevale AC and St.Finbarrs AC have been to the fore in the Ladies event. The current holders are Leevale AC in the men's with a combined finish time of 2.42.27 while St. Finbarrs AC hold the ladies title with their finish time of 3.16.53 Who will be the next club to take the title?

Thursday, October 31, 2019

Provisional results for the National Marathon Championships

The Dublin City Marathon also doubles up as the national marathon championships. The provisional results are now available HERE

Note the word 'provisional'! The individual category results are unlikely to change but the team results can change by quite a bit by the time everything is checked.

Stats from the 2019 Dublin City Marathon...

For the 2019 Dublin City Marathon, there were almost 18,000 finishers and 37% of them were women.

Barry Smyth has trawled through the data and put together an interesting set of stats about the event. You can read it HERE

One of the most interesting stats is the age profile of the finishers. As you can see above, there is a peak around 40 years old.

It's significant also just how few younger adults there are.

Lottery system announced for 2020 Dublin Marathon...

Post updated for revised entry conditions for 2017, 2018 & 2019 participants.

Post updated with the 'Good for Age' entry info for club runners. It is set at a level which will exclude the bulk of club runners who will have to go with the lottery option.

Update from the organisers (31st Oct 2019)... KBC Dublin Marathon, have made the decision to guarantee a race entry for anyone who has participated in one of the last three editions of the KBC Dublin Marathon namely, the 2017, 2018 or 2019 event. Eligible participants will be able to guarantee their place in the 2020 event provided they enter within 72 hours of receiving a unique URL enabling them to do so. The URL will be issued at 12 noon on Friday 1st November. 

From the organisers....The KBC Dublin Marathon race organisers have today announced that registration for the 2020 Dublin Marathon will occur through a lottery system instead of the first-come, first-served online process. This decision was made as a result of the increased demand for race entries. 

Jim Aughney Race Director said: “Many races that have more interested runners than they can accommodate have moved to a lottery registration system in recent years. Demand for the Dublin Marathon has never been greater, and we believe the lottery is the fairest system to offer all runners the same opportunity to participate.”

This change comes after registration demand for the 2019 edition of the marathon could not be met despite the addition of 2,500 places.

Entry to the 2020 KBC Dublin Marathon lottery will be open from the 1st November to 30th November 2019 ONLY. 

There will be a registration fee of €15 per lottery entry which will be fully refundable if the applicant is not successful and fully redeemable against entry fee if the applicant is successful. Registrants will learn their entry status via SMS and email between 3rd January to 10th January. Successful entrants will have until 31st January 2020 to redeem the offer.

Any initial places not redeemed by 31st January 2020 will be re-allocated by lottery to entrants who were not successful. The applicants will learn their entry status via SMS and email between the 4th February to 7th February 2020. These offers must be redeemed by 14th February 2020


Wednesday, October 30, 2019


... (John Walshe, The Echo, Tuesday October 29, 2019)

Marathon fever is in the air at the moment with the Dublin Marathon celebrating 40 years over the Bank Holiday Weekend. But for one Cork family, their marathon achievement came last month when a father, two sons and a daughter all completed the 26.2 miles of the Berlin Marathon.

Michael Dunne, 73, from Blarney is no stranger to the distance. He has 27 under his belt, 18 of them inside three hours. But on this occasion he was joined by sons Michael (junior) and Tadhg, and daughter Una (Nation).

Michael (junior), Michael (senior), Una and Tadhg Dunne at the Berlin Marathon.

Sitting in the front room of his home at Monacappa, Waterloo, Michael explains how it all came about: “It was Tadhg’s 40th birthday and he wanted to mark it in some significant way so he decided to run Berlin. When news spread, Una said to me ‘Dad, we can’t leave him over there on his own, I’m going to go – will you come as well?’ It was enough to get me thinking of running a marathon again and when I said it to Michael junior he was all for it.”

With an involvement in running going back all of 40 years, Michael Dunne has been an influential figure in the sport not only to his own family but to the St Finbarr’s club and to UCC where it all began. “I changed jobs from shift work to a day job and having had always an interest in fitness I started running. I used to go out in the evenings and run the half-mile out to what we called The Pond and back, and that’s where it started.”

Working as a general supervisor at UCC, it was the start of the running boom and a strong running culture was developing in the college. “You were interacting with people involved in all sports and I was part of a group that went out every day at lunchtime from the Maltings. You had people like Brendan O’Neill, Cathal O’Connell and Anthony Morrissey and then on a Thursday we would meet up with the John Buckley group which consisted of John, Ritchie Crowley, Pat Ryan, Derry O’Driscoll, along with Tim Goulding and Tim O’Donovan.”

Part of their training was up Kerry Pike and Cathal O’Connell – Cork’s most consistent marathoner of recent years – credits this as a fundamental part of his marathon development. Michael recalls on occasions the group was joined by Peter Maher, a two-time Canadian Olympian with a best marathon of 2:11:46: “The run was 10 miles and you learned very quickly. Peter was known as the ‘Big Dog’ and the saying was ‘if you can’t run with the Big Dog, you stay in the porch!'"

Michael ran the second Dublin Marathon in 1981 and achieved his fastest of 2:40:45 in 1989, a time which placed him 44th overall out of the 3,000 finishers. After joining St Finbarr’s AC, success followed, especially in the masters categories. “I was always competitive, whatever the category, and won the national marathon over-60 titles in both 2006 and 2007,” he recalls.

No doubt the sporting genes were always there as Michael is nephew of the late Mick Barry, the legendary bowl player. “I did a small bit of bowling myself, winning the county novice championship on one occasion,” he modestly says.

For Michael junior, along with his siblings, it was only natural to follow in his dad’s footsteps. “I suppose with me it was when the GAA finished. I played hurling and football with Blarney and it was at the Belgooly four-miler where we all used to go on St Stephen’s Day that I began.”

Now a Bandon-based Garda, Michael – also a member of St Finbarr’s - has 11 marathons to his credit with a best of 2:48. “I also won the Garda 10-mile road championship along with the cross-country in the Phoenix Park.” As well, he competed in the marathon on three occasions at the European Police Championships as part of the Irish team.

Due to work and family commitments, he hadn’t run a marathon for a number of years before Berlin. “This was a total experienced-ran marathon, a total bluff,” he explains. “The longest run I did was 18 miles so I knew I’d get to 30km easy enough but that in the last 10km the pressure would be on.” He still finished in a commendable time of 3:21 with the birthday boy, Tadhg, achieving his main objective of breaking four hours, his time of 3:58 an improvement of 10 minutes from Paris, his only other marathon.

Una, who had already run two Dublin marathons, ran with her father (who was hampered by a hamstring injury) with both crossing the line together in a chip time of 4:24. “It was an amazing marathon,” says Michael senior. “I had the St Finbarr’s singlet on and there were a few Cork supporters around the course shouting ‘come on the ‘Barr’s’ and I’d shout back ‘up the Rebels!”

Michael Dunne with his Berlin Marathon medal, pictured with wife May

Providing moral support were his wife May (mother of Michael and Una), another daughter Ann, and Tadhg’s wife and their four children. With such an entourage, finding somewhere to celebrate afterwards posed a problem. “We went to a couple of places and they were all full so Tadhg said to me, ‘did you ever hear of Five Guys Restaurant?’

“Well, he said it was Barack Obama favourite fast-food restaurant and around the corner was such a place, and in the Cork colours of red and white. We got the most beautiful beef burger, milkshake and chips I’ve ever had, so I must say that Barack Obama certainly knows his stuff!”

Waterford Half-Marathon Sells Out...

The annual Waterford Half-Marathon is one of the largest races in the SE of Ireland with some 2,500 runners. It is coming up this year on Saturday the 7th of December 2019.

As of this morning, it has now sold out.

Monday, October 28, 2019

Results & Photos of the 2019 Dublin City Marathon

A huge number of runners from all over Ireland descended on Dublin over the weekend for the annual marathon. Conditions for the event were almost perfect with cool conditions and autumn sunshine.

Dublin may not be the flattest of courses but it is held at a time of year when the conditions can be perfect. That can often result in a faster time than say running on a flat course on a hot day.

Irish men under 2:15...
Race Number Name Gender Pos Cat Cat Pos Club  Gun Time
25 Stephen Scullion Male 2 MS 2 CLONLIFFE HARRIERS A.C. 02:12:01 ...(€3,500 for winning national championships & €5,000 time bonus. If he had run 3 seconds faster, he would have got an extra €2,000!)
24 Mick Clohisey Male 6 MS 6 RAHENY SHAMROCK A.C. 02:13:19 ...(€2,500 for 2nd in  national championships & €4,000 time bonus.)
28 Hugh Armstrong Male 8 MS 8 BALLINA A.C. 02:14:22 ...(€1,500 for 3rd in  national championships & €3,500 time bonus.)

Irish men from Munster under 2:35...
30 David Mansfield Male     22     MS     17 CLONMEL A.C. 02:25:03 ...(€600 time bonus.)
63 Mark Smith Male     29     M40     2     EAGLE A.C. 02:27:44 ...(€400 time bonus.)
3233 Andrew Sheehan Male     40     MS     23 LEEVALE A.C. 02:30:19 ...(€175 time bonus.)
56 Michael Corbett Male     43     M40 8     ST. FINBARRS A.C.02:31:00 ...(€175 time bonus.)
869 Jeremy O' Donovan Male     47     M40     9 EAST CORK A.C. 02:32:23 ...(€125 time bonus.)
4191 Pj Scollard Male     48     M40     10 WATERFORD A.C. 02:32:24 ...(€125 time bonus.)
4477 Jimmy Boland     Male     57     M35     14     CLONMEL A.C. 02:34:35 ...(€100 time bonus.)

Irish women under 2:40... 
Race Number Name Gender Gender Pos Category Cat Pos Club Gun Time
120 Aoife Cooke Female 8 F-- 1 EAGLE A.C. 02:32:34... (€3,500 for winning national championships & €7,000 time bonus).
114 Ann-Marie McGlynn Female 9 F35 1 LETTERKENNY A.C. 02:32:54

(€2,500 for 2nd in national championships & €7,000 time bonus).
113 Gladys Ganiel     Female     11F40 1 NORTH BELFAST HARRIERS     02:36:42
(€1,500 for 3rd in national championships & €3,000 time bonus).
131 Caitriona Jennings Female 14F35 3 LETTERKENNY A.C. 02:37:57 ...(€2,750 time bonus).
 117 Breege Connolly Female 15 F40 2 CITY OF DERRY AC SPARTANS 02:38:28
...(€2,500 time bonus).

Irish women from Cork and Munster...or close :o)
132 Jill Hodgins Female 22 F40 4 LEEVALE A.C. 02:49:36 ...(€300 time bonus).
128 Niamh Clifford Female 24 FS 14 STAR OF THE LAUNE A.C. 02:50:53 ...(€200 time bonus).
4173 Linda Grogan Female 28 F35 5 DUNDRUM AC 02:54:29 ...(€150 time bonus). 
1543 Sally Forristal Female 30     FS 16 ST.JOSEPH'S A.C. 02:55:00 ...(€150 time bonus).
683 Emma Furey Female 31 FS 17 ST. L.O'TOOLE A.C. 02:55:03 ...(€150 time bonus). 
123 Angela McCann Female 32 F45 3 CLONMEL AC 02:55:23 ...(€150 time bonus). 
416 Adele Walsh Female     34 F40 7 ST.SENANS A.C. 02:55:39 ...(€150 time bonus). 
136 Shona Keane Female     38 F35 7 DOONEEN A.C. 02:56:36 ...(€125 time bonus). 
1544 Katie Hickson Female 43 F40 12 ST.FINBARRS A.C. CORK TRIATHLON CLUB 02:57:23 ...(€125 time bonus).
 4025 Niamh Cronin Female 44 F40 13 ST.FINBARRS A.C. 02:57:28 ...(€125 time bonus). 
118 Siobhan O' Doherty Female 55 FS 24 BORRISOKANE A.C. 02:59:55 ...(€100 time bonus).

Results: You can browse through the full results...

Photos... (Updated Wed 30th 10:24am)

1) Susan Parker Laste has a gallery HERE

2) Whooley Photographs has 3 albums... 336 photos ... 432 photos ... 361 photos

3) Lindie Naughton has a small gallery of the front runners HERE

4) Dublin City Marathon have 250 photos HERE

5) Nicola Kavanagh has a gallery HERE

6) Derek Costello has 4 albums... Album 1 ... Album 2 ... Album 3 ... Album 4

1) Rohan and Rion has three videos...

7 mins of the lead runners....

46 mins of video...

30 mins of video...

46 mins of video...

2) Divya's Diaries has a 1h 21m video below...

Post marathon blues..

Here's a video for all of you who ran in the marathon over the weekend 😉

Sunday, October 27, 2019

Cork runner Aoife Cooke wins national marathon title in Dublin

Aoife Cooke from Youghal ran an amazing time of 2h 32m 34s in the 2019 Dublin City Marathon to win the national title.

This was a 14 minute improvement for Aoife over her previous best time of 2:47:37 for the distance which she set two years ago.

In terms of Irish marathon rankings, Aoife moves from 55th place to 5th.

Ann-Marie McGlynn who finished just 20 seconds behind Aoife moves up the 7th place just behind  Lizzie Lee.

Irish women under 2h 35m for the marathon...
1 2:22:23 NR Catherina McKiernan 1 Amsterdam 1 Nov 1998
2 2:26:47 Fionnuala McCormack 5 Chicago 13 Oct 2019
3 2:28:07 Carey May 1 Osaka 27 Jan 1985
4 2:29:01 Sonia O'Sullivan 8    Flora    London 17 Apr 2005
5 2:32:34 Aoife Cooke   Dublin 27 Oct 2019
6 2:32:51 Lizzie Lee 17 Berlin 27 Sep 2015
7 2:32:54 Ann-Marie McGlynn 27 Oct 2019

8 2:32:56 Regina Joyce-Bonney 7    Scottsdale AZ 4 Dec 1982
9 2:33:28 Nicola Duncan 1 London 13 Apr 2014
10 2:33:59 Marie Davenport 16 New York NY 6 Nov 2005
11 2:34:15 Sinead Diver 2 Melbourne 12 Oct 2014
12 2:34:19 Maria McCambridge 2 Dublin 27 Oct 2014
13 2:34:49 Monica Joyce 2 Sacramento CA 2 Dec 1984

Results of the Bandon 5k - Sun 27th Oct 2019

This 5k in Bandon attracted a modest field of 99 runners.

1 Naoise O Flaitheartaigh Bandon AC 15:57    SM    61
2 Eric Curran    Leevale AC  15:58 SM    54
3 Sean McGrath    East Cork AC 15:58 SM    87
8 Michelle Finn    Leevale AC 17:21 SF    85
13 Carmel Crowley Bandon AC   20:15 F50    100
16 Linda O'Connor Carrigaline 20:42 F45    24

Full results

Irish results from the World 24 hour championships

The World 24 hour Championships in France were held this weekend and the Irish women have finish in 10th place with the Irish men in 17th.

See below for the Irish finishers.... Remember, 160kms is about 100 miles!

Women’s Results:
24th Amy Masner -219.548Km
29th Lorraine McMahon -215.668Km
67th Sinead Kane -185.848Km
132nd Louise Smart- 104.473Km

Men’s Results:
49th Eoin Keith - 223.123Km
54th Eddie Gallen - 220.141Km
100th Alex O’Shea - 198.377Km
172nd  Padraig Mullins - 131.311Km
188th Aidan Hogan - 107.455Km

Saturday, October 26, 2019

Team Ireland at the World 24 Hour Championships in France - Sat 26th-Sun 27th Oct 2019

The World 24 hour Championships are being held this weekend in Albi in France and there is a large Irish team taking part. The team with most of the support team are pictured above.

Not only that but half of the team are also from Cork! ...Pictured below.

You can follow the hourly updates live at this link...

Guest Post: GOING FOR THE MAGIC 40-IN-A-ROW... by John Walshe

Guest Post: GOING FOR THE MAGIC 40-IN-A-ROW (John Walshe)

For 13 dedicated runners, tomorrow’s KBC/Dublin Marathon will be a momentous occasion as they will be taking part in the iconic event for the 40th consecutive year.

A total of 1,420 runners finished the first Dublin City Marathon on October 27, 1980, but only this ‘bakers dozen’ remain who have taken part every year since. Seven are from Dublin and there is only one Munster representative, Seamus Cawley from Rathkeale in County Limerick.

He was just 21 years of age when he dipped under the magical three-hour barrier on that Bank Holiday Monday in 1980 with a time of 2:59:34.

He would go on to run 2:35:56 in 1984, knocking another half-minute off of that time 12 months later, and was comfortably inside three hours in the first 17 of his Dublin marathons. He also featured in the old Cork City Marathon, finishing in eight position in 2:35:46 in the last of that series which concluded in 1986.

His slowest time in Dublin was back in 2013 when he had to walk some of the way because of a tear in his knee, but he still finished in four hours and 22 minutes.

Last year, he recorded a commendable chip time of 3:37:06 – over 11 minutes faster than the year before - and although troubled by injury in recent months the 60-year-old Cawley, who runs for West Limerick AC, will be happy to get around again for a remarkable 40th time.


(Times from recent years are gun times)

1980: 2:59:34
1981: 2:42:43
1982: 2:55:33
1983: 2:37:04
1984: 2:35:56
1985: 2:35:24
1986: 2:41:41
1987: 2:40:19
1988: 2:40:43
1989: 2:48:32
1990: 2:49:18
1991: 2:39:57
1992: 2:39:45
1993: 2:42:47
1994: 2:50:00
1995: 2:52:43
1996: 2:56:10
1997: 3:33:04
1998: 2:58:32
1999: 2:53:41
2000: 2:56:40
2001: 2:53:54
2002: 2:58:32
2003: 3:02:17
2004: 3:06:22
2005: 3:02:49
2006: 3:05:47
2007: 3:05:00
2008: 3:10:58
2009: 3:19:09
2010: 3:19:51
2011: 3:26:34
2012: 3:28:49
2013: 4:22:01
2014: 3:40:21
2015: 3:31:04
2016: 3:35:19
2017: 3:49:25
2018: 3:37:56

Friday, October 25, 2019

Controversy as Blind runner Sinead Kane not selected for Irish Ultra team

The World 24-Hour Championships are coming up in France at the end of October and there is some controversy about the selection of the Irish team.

Sinead Kane from Youghal has less than 5% vision and cannot run without a guide runner. Even though she has run the qualifying standard, it was deemed that she could could not take part as a competitive entrant as she had 'assistance'.

The International Association of Ultra Runners (IAU) says Athletics Ireland was informed in July that it had the option of selecting Kane effectively as a "non-scoring" individual.

This story has been covered by the BBC News website and the Echo website in recent days.


Update Fri 25th Oct 2019: After taking legal action against the IAU, Sinead will now be representing Ireland at the World 24 hour championships in France this weekend.

Men’s Team - Aidan Hogan (Team Captain), Eddie Gallen, Padraig Mullins, Eoin Keith & Alex O'Shea

Women’s Team - Amy Masner, Yvonne Naughton, Sinéad Kane, Lorraine Mahon & Louise Smart

2020 Dingle Marathon is closed already...

It's interesting to see that the 2020 Dingle Marathon and Half-Marathon is closed already! This event which is held in September opened just a few weeks back and all the places have now sold.

Every year, it seems to sell out earlier and earlier. Not too long ago, it was still open until the Spring. Now it's back to October of the previous year.

As an event, it's different from the usual type of marathon or half-marathon. For example, the Charleville Half-Marathon is on around the same time but that is more of a race. People are running that one for a time or as part of their build up to Dublin.

Dingle is more of an event than a race. For many, it's part of a weekend away or a day out in what is one of the most scenic parts of the country.

I never did the half in Dingle but I did the full marathon several times. On a nice sunny day, it's a lovely scenic course albeit a little hilly. It's really nice to run on small narrow roads without any of the tourist buses or cars, especially around Slea Head. It should probably be no suprise that its' so popular.

Thursday, October 24, 2019

Weather Forecast for the 2019 Dublin City Marathon

The big event next weekend is of course the 2019 Dublin City Marathon on Sunday 27th October.

After a spell of heavy rain on Friday and early Saturday, high pressure will start to build across the country. By Sunday, the weather should be settled with clear skies, sunshine and light winds.

It's worth noting that the high pressure system will be bringing down cold air from the north and it will feel quite a bit colder than of late.

The temperature should be down around 6 deg C for the start of the marathon and it will struggle to get into double figures by the afternoon.

It is probably close to ideal conditions for running a marathon. It's nice and cool, it's dry and there should be loads of spectators out in the sunshine.

In terms of gear, if you're racing then wear just s singlet. If you want to get around then a short or long sleeve top should suffice. If you feel a bit chilly waiting at the start line then that's perfect.

There should be a light wind from the WNW but it's unlikely to be much of a factor.

I've run Dublin in weather conditions like this before and it's really doesn't get much better.

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

RIP - Tadhg Twomey of Kncknacurra AC and Bandon AC

Someone sent on a note to say that Tadgh Twomey of  Kncknacurra AC and Bandon AC had passed away.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam

More info on RIP.IE

Large quantity of Dublin Marathon clothing stolen

It looks as if a large quantity of hats and jackets intended for race stewards and volunteers for this weekend's Dublin Marathon have been stolen from a van in Dublin.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Raheny Garda Station on 01 6664300, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800-666-111 or any garda station.

Sunday, October 20, 2019

Results & Photos of the Rebel Run - Sun 20th Oct 2019

Members of Kanturk Road Runners at the 2019 Rebel Run
Weather conditions were almost perfect for this years Rebel Run in Cork City with 563 taking part in the 10k and 381 in the 5k.

1    Senior    Donal COAKLEY (#971)    00:33:28    00:33:28
2    Senior    Christopher MURNANE (#1134)    00:35:46    00:35:46
3    Open    Colm CAREY (#582)    00:36:05    00:36:05
1    Senior    Grainne O DONNELL (#1066)    00:39:08    00:39:08
2    Senior    Siobhan O LEARY (#366)    00:40:43    00:40:43
3    Over 40    Linda O CONNOR (#126)    00:42:36    00:42:36

1    Open    Sheldon KIRKWOOD (#492)    00:17:58    00:17:58
2    Over 40    David MAHONY (#1155)    00:18:30    00:18:30
3    Open    Damien O RIORDAN (#153)    00:19:18    00:19:18
1    Open    Noreen MACKEY (#726)    00:19:34    00:19:34
2    Open    Sharon HAYES (#728)    00:20:20    00:20:20
3    Junior    Hana FASKA (#708)    00:21:34    00:21:34

Full results

Photos... (Updated Tues 22nd Oct 10am)
1) There will be 7 albums going up on the Running in Cork Facebook page.
...a) Pre-race
...b) 5k finish (1st batch)
...c) 5k finish (2nd batch)
...d) 10k finish (also some 5k)
...e) 10k finish (2nd batch)
...f) 10k finish (3rd batch)
...g) 10k finish (4th batch)

2) Derek Costello has two albums around the 4 mile mark.
... Album 1 and Album 2

3) Mick Dooley has a few HERE

4) Joe and Anne Murphy have three galleries... Album 1 ... Album 2 ... Album 3 

5) The organisers have 200+ photos HERE

Donal '10 things I think about the Rebel Run' Coakley winning the 10k race
Togher AC on tour

Happy Feet, Happy Out
The Buttevant Girls

Celebrity endorsement for the 2020 event