Google+ Running in Cork, Ireland: August 2019

Saturday, August 31, 2019

Results & Photos of the John Buckley Sports 10 miler in Cork City - Sat 31st Aug 2019

In contrast to the previous two years, conditions were nice and sunny for the 2019 John Buckley Sports 10 miler in Cork City.

10 Mile - Top 10 men and women
1204    1    Hiko Tonosa    DSD    M    0:49:57    0:49:57    
5435    2    Jonathan Escalante-Phillips    Cambridge & Coleridge    M    0:50:09    0:50:09    
1051    3    Tim O Donoghue    East Cork A.C.    M    0:50:41    0:50:41    
1076    4    Kevin O Leary    East Cork A.C.    M    0:51:53    0:51:53    
1236    5    John Shine    Leevale A.C.    M    0:52:23    0:52:23    
6181    6    Gavin Sweeney    Togher A.C.    M35    0:53:12    0:53:12    
548    7    Michael Morgan    St. Finbarrs A.C.    M40    0:53:15    0:53:15    
551    8    Vivian Foley    Eagle A.C.    M45    0:53:37    0:53:38    
158    9    Joe Cunningham    St. Finbarrs A.C.    M45    0:53:41    0:53:42    
623    10    Donal Coakley    Leevale A.C.    M    0:54:24    0:54:24
1240    17    Aoife Cooke         F    0:57:21
806    30    Jill Hodgins    Leevale A.C.    F40    0:59:26
6998    36    Angela McCann    Clonmel A.C.    F45    0:59:38
12    63    Claire O Brien    Watergrasshill A.C.    F    1:04:06
1112    84    Linda O Sullivan    Watergrasshill A.C.    F45    1:05:17    1:05:23    
878    132    Anita Locke    St. Finbarrs A.C.    F    1:08:31    1:08:38    
568    142    Karen Bevan    Eagle A.C.    F40    1:08:54    1:09:02    
23    144    Niamh Aspell    Leevale A.C.    F    1:08:57    1:09:06    
590    177    Mary Buckley    Donoughmore A.C.    F50    1:11:11    1:11:17    
17    179    Susan McGrath         F45    1:11:15    1:11:33

Full results HERE

Photos... (Updated 1:32pm Sun 1st Sept)
1) There are 4 albums up on the Running in Cork Facebook page
... Album 1 - First to approx 1h 12m
... Album 2 - Approx 1h 12m to 1h 23m
... Album 3 - Approx 1h 23m to 1h 34m
... Album 4 - Approx 1h 34m plus

2) Joe Murphy has a gallery HERE

3) Mick Dooley has a small gallery HERE

4) Derek Costello has 4 albums...
... Part 1 of 4 
... Part 2 of 4 
... Part 3 of 4 
... Part 4 of 4 

First place finish for Aoife Cooke

Couch to 5k programmes in Sept 2019 in Blarney, Ballyvolane, Midleton & Ballinacurra

There are four running clubs organising Couch to 5k programmes starting in September 2019. These are in Blarney, Ballyvolane in Cork City, Ballinacurra near Midleton and in Midleton itself.

These clubs have helped plenty of people get into running so they are suitable for anyone starting off.

Details below......(look them up on Facebook for more info)

1) Ballyvolane - Starting Tues 3rd Sept 2019 - FREE - Club : Wibbly Wobbly Wonders.

Results & Photos of the Ballincollig 5k parkrun - Sat 31st Aug 2019

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

1 Colm FITZGERALD    17:52    SM20-24    M1
2 Connor MC CRORY    18:42    VM35-39    M2
3 Joe BOSONNET    18:46    JM15-17    M3 Sanctuary Runners
20 Mairead PEREZ    21:33    VW45-49    F1
33 Lorraine O SULLIVAN    22:45    VW40-44    F2
42 Karen SCULLY    23:14    VW40-44    F3

Full results

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

Friday, August 30, 2019

Preview of the John Buckley Sports 10 miler in Cork City - Sat 31st Aug 2019

I've had a number of messages asking for details of the new route for this years John Buckley Sports 10 mile in Cork City.

The start this year will be on the Centre Park Road and it will finish by Kennedy Park on Monahan Road.

The course can be broken up into two parts. The first part is the 2.4 mile loop shown below in pink arrows...

Once you cross the start line again, you then head off down the Marina... past Blackrock Castle ... onto the Mahon walk and then back to the finish by Kennedy Park.

You'll find an updated and more comprehensive review of the course here...

Weather Forecast...... There is heavy rain expected early Saturday morning but it is supposed to be pretty dry by the evening. There will be a possibility of some pools of water out along the course (e.g. Atlantic Pond) but it shouldn't be too much of an issue.

There is a strong breeze from the North-West but there will be a lot of shelter in the old railway cutting when it is a headwind. Might be a factor in the last mile.

The last two years were wet affairs so this year looks a lot better.

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Results & photos of the Clonmel Half-Marathon - Sun 25th Aug 2019

The big race in Munster last weekend was of course the annual Clonmel Half-Marathon with a large contingent of runners from Cork taking part.

Links to results and photo galleries HERE

Notice : Charleville Half-Marathon - Sun 15th Sept 2019

The Charleville Half-Marathon is coming up on Sunday, the 15th of September 2019 at 10am and it is widely recognised as being one of the fastest courses in the country.

This is also an ideal race for anyone preparing for the Dublin City Marathon as it should give you a good guide as to what your target pace for Dublin should be.

Note there is a limit of 1600 entries and it sold out in 2016, 2017 and 2018.

Update 27th Aug 2019 : Please note that there are less than 100 places left now! The entry is €40 until midnight 27th of August. Enter asap interested.

Update 28th Aug 2019 : Well that didn't take long. The last 90 were snapped up yesterday.

The entry fee is €40 until the 27th of August and then it's €45 until the 10th of September.


No Race Day entry available.

2hr 30min time limit due to organisational and safety constraints. No Transfers, No refunds, No deferrals are allowed due to organisational and insurance constraints.

Dry fit top for the 2019 Charleville Half-Marathon

2019 finishers medal

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

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Sunday, August 25, 2019

Results of the West Muskerry AC Trail Race - Sun 25th Aug 2019

The inaugural West Muskerry AC Trail Race in Millstreet Country Park attracted a total of 130 runners, a pretty reasonable number for a trail race out in the mountains north of Macroom.

There were 83 finishers in the 5k while there were 47 in the 10k.

1    Paul Duggan    St. Finbarrs AC    M50 19:05   
2    martin crowley         M 19:27   
3    Stephen Coller         M 20:31
14    Gemma O Mahony    Dohenys Ac    Jnr F 22:38   
33    Lucia Duarte    West Muskerry AC    Jnr F 25:19   
36    Emily Cronin    West Muskerry AC    Jnr F 25:56

1    Darren Burke    An Riocht AC    M 42:41   
2    Henry Browne    West Muskerry AC    M 43:22   
3    John Cronin         M 43:59   
21    Karena McCarthy    West Muskerry AC    F 57:06   
22    SARAH Creedon    Millstreet AC    F 57:15   
25    Ann Kelleher         F 58:22     

Full results

Saturday, August 24, 2019

Results & Photos of the Glen River 5k parkrun - Sat 24th Aug 2019

It's great to see the numbers back up to the 100 mark for this weeks 5k parkrun in the Glen in Cork City, the first time it has been this high in six months!

As the only 5k parkrun on the north side of Cork City, it really should be getting at least 100 every week. As the photo shows below, the Glen is a nice spot for a run on a quiet Saturday morning.

1    Daniel SULLIVAN    17:52    SM30-34    M1
2    Stephen KELLEHER    18:36    SM30-34    M2   
3    Martin KENNEDY    19:31    VM45-49    M3   
11    Jennifer GOGGIN WALSH    21:06    VW35-39    F1    Carraig na bhFear AC   
36    Aoife O' CONNELL    25:57    SW30-34    F2    Crystal Palace Fun Runners
40    Margaret FINDLEY    27:02    VW50-54    F3

Full Results:

1) The organisers have a gallery HERE

Results & Photos of the Ballincollig 5k parkrun - Sat 24th Aug 2019

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

1 Nick HOGAN 17:34    VM35-39    M1
2 Colm FITZGERALD 17:49    SM20-24   M2
3 Unknown
13 Riina KUUSELO 20:18    VW40-44    F1    Knowle and Dorridge Running Club
30 Mary SWEENEY    21:26    VW55-59    F2    St Finbarrs AC
33 Mairead PEREZ 21:37    VW45-49    F3 

Full results

1) Colette Ryan has a gallery HERE

Notice : West Muskerry 5k & 10k Trail Races - Sun 25th Aug 2019

 This new event to the north of Macroom is coming up on Sunday the 25th of August 2019...

Updated... scroll down to see plenty of photos of the course.

From the organisers...Races organised by West Muskerry A.C. All proceeds to the club. Our aim is to provide great value races in a beautiful place. Family friendly with a free kids race.

5K Trail Race: fast flat course on forest trail, entirely in scenic Millstreet Country Park

10K Trail Race: challenging course with 300m of ascent and descent through a variety of terrain in Millstreet Country Park.

1.5k Kids race taking place after the 5k Race.

Start times & entry prices
11:30am for 5k, entry price only €10*
13:00 for 10k, entry price only €10*
12:30 1.5k kids race (FREE)
*excl. online booking fee. Entry fee for both 5k and 10k together is €15.00.

Fully marked courses on established trails in park, road shoes would be fine

Walkers welcome
Post Race refreshments in the park centre afterwards.

Entry link HERE

Please note that you can enter on the day also!

Directions...See below...

Results of the Churchtown 5 mile - Fri 23rd Aug 2019

This 5 mile race in Churchtown in north Cork was held on Friday the 23rd of August 2019.

There were 173 finishers in this race which just pipped last years numbers to set a new record.

1 Niall Shanahan     An Bru AC 25:58 M35 705
2 Gary Scully     Nenagh         27:40 M35     797
3 Jeremiah Sheehan     Lismire 28:32     SM 857
6 Niamh Moore     Leevale AC 30:59 SF     706
34 Mary Buckley     Donoughmore AC     35:18 F50     493
41 Amy Daly     Donoughmore AC     35:56 SF     755

Full results

1) Eamon Doody has a gallery HERE

Thursday, August 22, 2019

Results of the Rathcormac 4 mile road race - Thurs 22nd Aug 2019

There was a record number of finishers for this years Rathcormac 4 mile road race with 365 crossing the finish line, up over 18% on last year.

Top 3 men & women...
350    Maunsell    Kevin    Male    Clonmel AC     00:19:18
394    O'Brien    Alan    Male    Eagle AC     00:19:53
170    Corbett    Michael    Male    St Finbarrs     00:20:39
66    Murphy    Catherine    Female    Eagle A.C     00:25:51
1    Kelly    Linda    Female    Unattached     00:26:44
38    Ennis    Joan    Female    Grange-Fermoy A.C     00:27:05

1) Derek Costello has three galleries
...start  part 1 of 3
...finish part 2 of 3
...finish part 3 of 3

Start of the 2019 Rathcormac 4 mile race (Photo: Derek Costello)

Full Results below...(Chip timed by the Race Timing Guy)
Bib #     Last Name     First Name    M/F     Team Name     Finishing Time
350    Maunsell    Kevin    Male    Clonmel AC     00:19:18
394    O'Brien    Alan    Male    Eagle AC     00:19:53
170    Corbett    Michael    Male    St Finbarrs     00:20:39
362    Smith    Mark    Male    Eagle AC     00:20:50
329    Scully    Gary    Male    Nenagh AC     00:21:35
424    Hennessy    Pat    Male    West Waterford AC     00:22:05
125    Treacy    Liam    Male    Watergrasshill A.C     00:22:08
146    O'Flaitheartaigh    Naoise    Male    Bandon AC     00:22:29

Notice : Churchtown 5 mile road race - Fri 23rd Aug 2019

The Churchtown 5 mile road race in North Cork is coming up on Friday the 23rd of August 2019 at 7pm.

Organised by Churchtown Road Runners AC, this race is just 4kms off the N20 Cork-Limerick road so it's pretty easy to get to.

From the organisers.....The Churchtown 5 Mile race takes place once again on Friday 23rd August 2019 at 7pm. Our main sponsor is once again AV Pound. Registration for the event takes place in the Community Hall from 5pm to 6.45pm. 

Entries are once again only €10. 

Parking for the event is at Churchtown GAA Complex, where there are changing and shower facilities also.

The race starts and finishes outside the GAA Complex. The start of the race is a fast downhill section through the village of Churchtown, passing the Market House, Community Hall and Boss Murphy's pub. Just after passing Boss Murphy's, the route takes a 90 degree left turn, passing the statue erected in memory of one of Churchtown's most famous sons, Vincent O Brien. The rest of the first mile from here is flat. Just as you pass the 1 mile mark, you meet the first hill of the route, on Windmill Hill. To your right the old ruins of a windmill still stand. This hill is then following by a slight downhill and from here to the halfway point it is predominantly downhill. At the halfway point there is a water stop. There is then a slight drag up to the 3 mile mark. From the 3 mile mark, you have a fast downhill section before the biggest hill section leading up to mile 4. While this hill is a challenge, you are well rewarded in the last mile section, which is a very fast mile. The start of the last mile is a very fast downhill section, which then levels out before your last short hill brings you to a half mile from the finish line. As you pass Egmont Agri on your right, the course once again turns to a slight down hill, with the last 300m a very fast downhill section. Tea, coffee and refreshments will be supplied in the Community Centre prior to prize giving. 

We have over €1600 in prize money up for grabs with a wide variety of age category prizes also. Once again this year we have an added €100 to the winning prize if the course record is broken. The male record was set by Niall Shanahan of An Bru AC in 2018 with a time of 25:41. The female record was set by Rosemary Ryan of Dooneen AC in 2017 with a time of 30:13.

We continue our male and female team prizes again this year. Last year our winners of the Burton and Egmont Perpetual Shields were Mooreabbey Milers AC (male) and North Cork AC (female) teams. The top 3 male and female finishers from a club count towards team prizes. No mixed teams. Open to all AAI registered clubs.

This year we have teamed up with Homeless Help and Support, Cork as a charity partner. We will be hosting a "recycle centre" for your old runners. If you have an old pair of running shoes at homes still in wearable condition, bring them along on the night and you will be entered into a draw for a new pair of runners and gait analysis to the value of €150, kindly sponsored by Fitness Solutions, Mallow.

Directions.... The village of Churchtown is just 4kms west of the N20 Cork-Limerick road in north Cork.

The road junction on the N20 next to the railway crossing is shown below. It is about 5.6kms north of Buttevant and 8kms south of Charleville.

The race HQ is at the Churchtown Community Centre....

There is parking at the GAA grounds which is just 200m from the community centre. The start and finish points of the race are outside the GAA grounds.

Notice : Valley Rovers Camogie Club 7km run nr Innishannon - Fri 23rd Aug 2019

This 7km run near Innishannon is coming up on Friday the 23rd of August 2019 at 7pm and the entry fee is €10.

The race HQ is at the Valley Rover GAA grounds which are to the north-west of Innishannon. Coming from Cork City, the easiest way to get there is to turn off at Halfway for Crossbarry. Keep going straight and at the crossroads where the Schering Plough plant is located, take a left. The GAA grounds are up this road.

The organisers have said it will be timed and a full list of results will be published afterwards.

Preview......A preview of the 7km course can be seen HERE

Video of Tramore Valley Park entrance

Came across this short video from Cork County Council showing the new entrance to the Tramore Valley Park from Douglas...

No Courtbrack 5k in 2019

Just a short note to say that there will be no Courtbrack 5k in 2019.

The old community hall has been demolished and they are in the process of building a new one.

The plan is for the race to be back on the calendar in 2020 with the new hall as race HQ.

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Free Running Injury Prevention Talk in Cork - Thurs 29th Aug 2019

The organisers of the Dublin City Marathon are organising a free running injury prevention talk in Cork City on Thursday the 29th of August 2019. This is organised in association with KBC, the sponsor of the 2019 Dublin Marathon.

See the message below from race director Jim Aughney...

KBC Dublin Marathon Running Injury Prevention talk with Platinum Pilates

Venue: KBC Lapps Quay Hub - upstairs

Date: Aug 29th at 6pm registration and light refreshments. Talk 6.30- 7.30pm 29th

Cost: This is free event open to all, not just KBC customers. People will be asked to register in advance by emailing or calling the hub. Max 65 attendees.

Topic: Whether you are training for the KBC Dublin Marathon or a Couch to 5km check out a Running Injury Prevention talk by Ben Doyle, Clinical Lead Physiotherapist with Platinum Pilates.  This is free event open to all on Aug 29th at 6pm to 7.30pm 29th August. Simply register by emailing or calling the hub.

Jim Aughney
Race Director,
KBC Dublin Marathon
Sunday 27th October 2019

Results & Photos of the Carraig na bhFear 5k road race - Tues 20th Aug 2019

This 5k race organised by Carraig na bhFear GAA attracted a record field of 353 runners this year.

1    Kieran McKeown    16.05    Male
2    Nathan O'Leary    16.21    Male
3    Evan Fitzgerald    16.28    Male
12    Claire O'Brien    18.58    Female
19    Linda O'Sullivan    19.27    Female
43    Louise Murphy    20.59    Female

The full results are up on the Carraig na bhFear GAA website.

1) M Lee Media have some photos HERE
2) Mick Dooley has some photos HERE 

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Lights on Carrigaline to Crosshaven Walkway Vandalised

The Evening Echo had a story yesterday about how 88 solar powered lights on the Carrigaline to Crosshaven walkway had been vandalised on Wednesday the 14th of August. Each one was drilled out and destroyed as a result.

These lights between Kilnageary and Leary's Cross had only been installed last month in July.

The article goes on to say that the 88 of them were installed by a contractor so it must have cost several thousand Euro. The Council have now said that these won't be replaced.

The type of light is shown below. They are specially designed to put out light sideways to illuminate the surface of the path but not upwards. This is to prevent them interfering with wildlife which needs dark areas at night.

The full article can be seen on the Evening Echo website.

Monday, August 19, 2019

Races coming up in Cork over the next few days...

Loads of running events in Cork to chose from over the next few days....

Cork... Tues 20th (7:30pm)... Carraig na bhFear 5k road race... €10... info...

Cork... Thurs 22nd (7:30pm)... Rathcormac 4 mile... €10... nr Fermoy... info...

Cork... Fri 23rd (7pm)... Churchtown 5 mile... €10... just 4kms off the N20 Cork-Limerick road ... info...

Cork... Fri 23rd (7pm)... Valley Rovers Camogie Club 7k run... €10... nr Innishannon... info...

Sat 24th (9:30am)... 5k parkruns - Various locations - Free
Cork - Ballincollig, Glen River, Mallow, Macroom, Clonakilty, Rineen Woods, Glengarriff Woods, Bear Is /// Limerick - University of Limerick, Newcastle West, Mungret /// Kerry - Killarney, Tralee, Listowel, Inch /// Clare - Ennis, Kilrush, Clarisford /// Tipperary - Clonmel, Templemore /// Waterford - Tramore /// Kilkenny - Kilkenny Castle /// Carlow - Carlow town /// Wexford - New Ross, Gorey, Johnstown ///

Cork... Sat 24th (2:45pm)... Sherkin Island Do Run Run... €10... Choice of 8k, 6k & 4k... Ferry from Baltimore, West Cork... 

Sun 25th (9:30am)... 2k Junior parkruns - Various locations - Free
Cork - Cobh, Ballincollig /// Limerick - Shelbourne Park /// Kerry - Tralee /// Wexford - Heritage Park /// Tipperary - Burgess, Nenagh ///

Cork... Sun 25th (11:30am)... West Muskerry AC 5km Trail Race... €10... Millstreet Country Park to the N of Macroom... info...
Cork... Sun 25th (13:30am)... West Muskerry AC 1.5km Trail Race for kids... €free... info...
Cork... Sun 25th (1pm)... West Muskerry AC 10km Trail Race... €10... Millstreet Country Park to the N of Macroom... info...

Cork... Sun 25th (12 noon)... Ray of Sunshine 5k fun run/walk... €10... Charity event in Tramore Valley Park...

Sunday, August 18, 2019

Notice : West Waterford Greenway Half-Marathon - Sat 14th Sept 2019

The 3rd West Waterford Greenway Half-Marathon is coming up this year on Saturday the 14th of September 2019 at 9am.

Update... Please note that this has now sold out!

From West Waterford AC.... Entries are now closed but if you wish to apply as an elite runner please send your information to info AT westwaterfordathletics DOT org stating your name, date of birth, club and fastest time and location for either half marathon or 10 mile race ran in the last 3 years. Half Marathon time: Under 1.20 for men (1.30 for women) 10 Mile Time: Under 60 mins for men (65 for women)

Saturday, August 17, 2019

Results & Photos of the Glen River 5k parkrun - Sat 17th Aug 2019

The numbers for the 5k parkrun in the Glen were back up again this week with 85 taking part.

From the organisers....This week 85 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 31 were first timers and 14 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 12 different clubs took part. The event was made possible by 14 volunteers.

1 Ronan HOARE    18:49    SM30-34    M1    Mornington Chasers
2 Loic GAREL    20:08    VM35-39    M2
3 Arno FRICKE    20:09    SM25-29    M3
13 Imelda LYONS    23:36    VW40-44    F1
19 Norma CONNOLLY    24:10    SW25-29    F2    Carraig na bhFear AC
24 Aoife O'NEILL    25:07    SW30-34    F3


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



At last night’s GSK 5-Mile road race in Dungarvan, the penultimate event in the Intersport Elverys/Asics Summer Series, a special presentation was made to Jim Veale to mark his many years stewarding at West Waterford events.

Jim – father of James, a man so associated with athletics not only locally but on an international level – has been involved with the club since its formation back in 1994. He is an ever-regular at all the local races and in particular at the club’s famous Winter League which takes in 13 Wednesday nights from October to February.

Whatever the winter weather, be it hail, rain or snow, Jim has be there in his fluorescent jacket making sure the runners make their way in safety around the streets of Dungarvan. He is seen here receiving his presentation from Gerry Cantwell, another loyal servant and athlete with the West Waterford club over the years.


A list of John Walshe's guest posts can be seen on this page.

Friday, August 16, 2019

Inchigeela Festival 5k Cancelled

Please note that the Inchigeelagh Festival 5k which was supposed to be held on Fri 16th of Aug 2019 has been cancelled.

Running in Cork Facebook page now has 16,000 Followers

16,000 Facebook Followers....... The Running in Cork Facebook page continues to grow and now has over 16,000 followers!

If you're on Facebook and you aren't following then you can find it HERE

Race calendar passes 1 million pageviews....... Another milestone reached earlier this year was when the race calendar passed the one million pageviews mark! That's broken down into roughly 700,000 pageviews of the calendar on the Running in Cork site and 300,000 pageviews of the identical calendar on the Running in Munster site.

Now just to clarify, that doesn't mean 1 million people have looked at the calendar! If you were to look at the calendar say once a day then you would generate 365 pageviews in a year.

Still though, one million pageviews is still pretty huge for a race calendar covering just the southern nine counties of Ireland.

Thursday, August 15, 2019

A look at the numbers for the East Cork Harbour Marathon

I recently had a look at the numbers taking part in the East Cork Harbour Marathon and put together this chart shown above.

As you can see, the numbers for the Marathon have been steady at around the 100 mark for the last few years.

The Half-Marathon had a record turn out this year which was up 8 on last year.

The one that's really taking off though is the 10k. This has jumped 55% in the last two years.

You can find the results and photos for the 2019 event at this previous post.

Forecast for good weather next week...

At the moment, the Jet Stream is right above us and it's dragging in a constant stream of low pressure systems from the Atlantic. The net result is that it's a bit hit or miss as to whether it's going to be wet or dry for any particular race or running event.

The long term forecast however is for a high pressure system to be the dominant feature over the country towards the second half of next week (22nd Aug on). This doesn't automatically mean it will be sunny but it should result in dry conditions.

There are loads of races to choose from next week. Have a look at the race calendar HERE

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Notice : Rathcormac 4 mile road race - Thurs 22nd Aug 2019

This 4 mile road race in Rathcormac is coming up on Thursday the 22nd of August 2019.

Results of the Cork BHAA Musgraves 5k - Tues 13th Aug 2019

There were a grand total of 478 finishers for this years Cork BHAA Musgraves 5k road race.

As can be seen from the chart above, the numbers seem to jump around quite a lot from year to year. It may possibly be due to what other races are on the same week? This week, there is hardly anything on locally where as next week, there seems to be loads.

1 Alan O'Shea M1 00:15:10 Mercy Hospital
2 Alan O'Brien M2 00:15:14 McCarthy Insurance Group
3 Joe Cunningham 0/45B M3 00:15:18 Eli Lilly
46 Carol Finn F1 00:18:01 Finn Physiotherapy
58 Claire O'Brien F2 00:18:30 Dept of Ed F-A-1
63 Niamh Roe F3 00:18:49 Dept of Ed

Full results

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Five ways to look after your joints

There was an article in the Guardian newspaper recently with some tips on how to look after your joints. This is perhaps all the more important if you are running and training on a regular basis.

Some of the key points outlined were...

1) Maintain a healthy weight
For every 0.5kg (1lb) lost, we reduce the weight going through the knee joint at each step by 2kg (4.5lb).

2) Exercise
A common misconception is that people think exercise will aggravate joint pain but strengthening the muscles around joints is important. Body weight exercises such as squats and lunges, and light dumbbell exercises such as bicep curls are recommended.

3) Vary your routine
They recommend a mixture of impact and non-impact cardio for good bone density and strength training (ensuring guidance is sought for correct technique). They also warn against over-stretching: “It can take the joint past its natural physiological range, which can cause damage to the joint and surrounding structures.”

4) Eat a Mediterranean diet
A diet high in fruit, vegetables, wholegrains and nuts can help protect your joints. They recommend a Mediterranean-style diet, high in monounsaturated fats such as olive or rapeseed oil, with plenty of fruit, vegetables, wholegrains, nuts and seeds as well as one to two servings of oily fish each week.

5) Practice good posture
Maintaining good posture is key to preventing joint issues and especially your back. It is also important to wear the correct, supportive footwear for exercises and activity.

The full article can be seen HERE

2019 Inch Festival 5k cancelled

Someone was asking me about the Inch Festival 5k race in Mount Uniacke near Killeagh in East Cork and whether it was on this year. I checked with the organisers who confirmed that it wasn't.

As can be seen from the chart above, it peaked in 2016 but went into decline over the next two years.

There does seem to be a define contraction in the number of races now on the calendar. So far in 2019, we have seen the Blackwater 10 mile, Clonakilty 10 mile, Shannonvale 10k and Carrigtwohill 5k races go and there are probably a few more that don't spring to mind.

On the Cork BHAA front, the Merck and CPO races were cancelled.

Will there be more in 2020?

Monday, August 12, 2019

Notice : Carraig na bhFear 5km road race - Tues 20th Aug 2019

This 5km road race in Carraig na bhFear is coming up on Tuesday the 20th of August 2019 at 7:30pm.

The race is organised with the assistance of Carraig na bhFear AC and results will be published after the race.

From the organisers.... Carraig na bhFear GAA are hosting a fundraising 5k run in Carraig na bhFear on Tues 20th August at 7:30pm. Admission is €10 and a Family of 4 for €30. Registration begins at 6:30pm at the Primary School on the night. You can run, walk or crawl around the course as you please and it promises to be a great night of fun and chat. Tea, Coffee and refreshments will be available for all afterwards in the school.

Carraig na bhFear is just 10kms to the north of Cork City so this one should be of interest to a lot of runners.

Facebook event page

Preview.......Directions and a course preview can be seen here...