Google+ Running in Cork, Ireland: Cork Easter Weekend Garden Runs - Fri 10th to Mon 13th April 2020

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Cork Easter Weekend Garden Runs - Fri 10th to Mon 13th April 2020

Thanks to everyone who took part in the Cork Easter Garden Run. Pat Walsh kindly donated €100 to two charities chosen from two runners.

Ann Bogan did the run in aid of Cork Penny Dinners and Eilis Mannion did it for Marymount Hospice.

List of garden runs below...

With the 2km lock down in force due to the COVID-19 epidemic, a number of runners in Cork are doing runs in their garden this Easter weekend.

Brian and Eilish Ahern are planning to run a half-marathon in their garden in Bweeng on Easter Monday and are raising funds for Mental Health Ireland.

There are several people in Conna planning to run 10k's in their garden on Easter Saturday and raise funds for Feed the Heroes.

Anyone else interested in doing a run in their garden? Anything from 1km and up?

Do it for your chosen charity or just for fun. Get the kids involved.

The only rules are that it must be at home in your garden and it must be during the Easter weekend from Good Friday to Easter Monday.

Send on details of your run with any photos to johndesmond247 AT gmail DOT com and I'll stick them up on the blog and Facebook.

You can also leave your photos in the comments section of this Facebook post.

Update Thurs 9th April 2020: Pat Walsh Running has very kindly offered two donations of €50 to charity. Just submit your photo of your run in your garden and we will pick out two. Pat will then donate €50 to a charity of your choice!

Updated Mon 13th April 2020 at 11pm - see below...

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Well done to Jim Tobin of Durrus AC who has marked out a course in his  garden and is doing a mile a day!

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Thanks to Eilis Mannion of Blarney Inniscarra AC in sending this on....  "We have set up a GoFundMe page for Marymount Hospice in memory of Mary Meagher. We are encouraging all club members to run around their garden and send us on photos and videos and to make small donation to Marymount... "

They did a combined half-marathon in a time of 1h 35m!

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Claire Dineen of Ballintotis Fit4Life ran a 5k in 30 minutes at her home in East Cork...

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Well done to Jane Anne O'Sullivan who ran 7.5kms around her house! ..."100 laps of our house....7.5km. Not great for going very fast but super for mental stamina😁"

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13-year old Peter Burke did 100 laps of his house and is on target for raising a whopping €1,500 for the Mercy Hospital! Donation Link

In a media interview, his dad David said... "He was hoping to get a fiver off ten family members to bring the total up to €50. That was his original plan but then my daughters put it up on social media and it took off.

He was exhausted. He's fit enough as he plays soccer with Douglas Hall and he's used to running around pitches but not for that kind of distance. I think it was 100 laps of the house, it took him about 40 minutes.

It was fair going as the day was getting warmer as he was getting through it.

We had a few chairs and put up Cork GAA and Cork City flags around the roof. A couple of neighbours were shouting at him over the wall and stuff too, there was a good atmosphere.

He also had music blaring so people walking past stopped to see what was going on."

Story on Cork Beo website

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 As you can see from the moon in the sky and the dew on the grass, Conor O'Callaghan was up bright and early on Saturday morning to complete a 5k run in his garden.

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Siobhan Holland managed to run 10k in her garden with some help from her kids in hot conditions.

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Austin Murphy from Riverstown did 30 mins in his garden... “It’s Being  Hard Days Night... Running for all frontline staff, 30 mins around my garden”.

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Well done to Regina McNamara who did multiple loops in her garden to complete a 5k.

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A Cuchulainn moment as Pat Walsh ups the stakes with a hurley and sliotar for his garden run!

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Giuseppe Salvini completed 100 laps of his garden to complete his 5k.

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Sean Hennessy did multiple loops to get in his 5k run.... "5k in a small garden is a lot of laps!!
Happy Easter everyone! #StayHomeSaveLives"

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Alan Looby did 10k in a wet Castlelyons on Sunday morning... "Did the 10km trot around the garden this morning to show support for the great work being done by the healthcare staff and caregivers in the country. I run with St Nicholas A.C. out here in Castlelyons."

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Liam Lewis ran 10k in his garden on a wet and chilly Sunday morning.... "Garden run from this morning, 50 laps of the most convoluted 200m circuit ever...The more observant viewer will also notice snow on the Galtees this morning.!"

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Tim McCarthy did multiple laps of his house in Carrigtwohill on Saturday with some help from his support crew to do the full 10k distance.

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Ann Bogan did a 5k in her garden in Carrigaline in aid of Cork Penny Dinners... "I did a 5km garden run in aid of Cork Penny Dinners in Carrigaline on Saturday morning. Bit of a change from Run the Line! Thanks to Carrigaline AC Members for supporting. Donations can be made at

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Patrick and Michelle O'Keeffe with their daughters Clara and Isabelle of Mt Hillary AC did a combined Half-Marathon around their house. Their baton was wooden spoon with a watch attached.

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Not quite Cork but close enough. Sandra Busteed took a well earned break after doing 10k in her back garden on Monday in Mucklagh, Co. Offaly. ..."250 laps! Good flat course with water station every 40m 😆 " ...

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Chris O'Connell passed on a link for some of the runs done in Conna...

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Thank you to all the above, & others, for absolutely inspirational efforts. This oul guy, with own running problems, usually takes heart from watching Eliud Kipchoge et al doing great things on world stage, but these garden runs are lifting me to a new high. Thank you all & well done. I look forward to crossing paths with you great people at future races/events.