Google+ Running in Cork, Ireland: 2021

Friday, July 23, 2021

Friday Jigsaw: Olympic Silver medalist John Treacy

This weeks online jigsaw is of 1984 Olympic Silver medalist John Treacy with race winner Mick Clohisey at the 2020 Dungarvan 10-mile road race. (Photo courtesy of Mick Dooley)

You can find the 266-piece jigsaw HERE

Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Notice: Atlantia Food Clinical Trials Athletic Study - Autumn 2021

Atlantia Food Clinical Trials in Cork are looking for local runners to take part in a study and successful applicants will be paid €900 for their time.

Details below....

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The inclusion criteria for this study include;

Male/female aged 25-45

Running 15-20km/week

1 to 4h of training per week, with maximum 1h of lower body heavy-load or resistance training

Willing to limit caffeine, smoking, and alcohol consumption during the entire study period with no more than 5 cigarettes per day and 1.5 or 2 drinks respectively for women and men. Also, alcohol consumption will not be allowed 24 hours prior to exercise-induced muscular damage.

Willing to refrain from training for 3 days before the first test, 5 days before each damage-inducing exercise and during each supplementation phase, including active recovery exercises such as swimming, cycling at low intensity, unusual distance walking (however such should be encouraged during the 14 days wash-out).

Willing to refrain the use of anti-inflammatory/pain reliever drugs such as paracetamol, NSAIDs, etc., during each supplementation phase, from 24 hours prior to 72 hours following the exercise induced muscular damage

Willing to refrain from 'recovery' treatments over the 72 hours following the damage inducing exercise such as: - Hydrotherapy - cold water immersion, hot water immersion, or contrast therapy (as well as Jacuzzis, Steam baths, or Saunas) - Massage - self, foam rolling, etc. - Stretching - Compression garments - Topical applications - Tiger Balm, Deep Heat etc.

The exclusion criteria for this trial;

Using omega-3-fatty acid, probiotic supplements, vitamins, minerals, or any dietary supplements (including botanicals), especially to maintain joint health 4 weeks prior to screening and during the entire study. Potential supplements include but are not limited to Beta-alanine, Creatine, HMB, Carnosine, Taurine, androstenedione, DHEA, Whey protein, or a pre-workout supplement. (thus, if participant is willing to stop taking these until the end of the study, they will be considered for the trial, given they are eligible).

Following any specific diet such as high-protein, vegetarian, vegan, etc

History of surgery or significant injury in joints or in the lower limb in the last six months prior to study enrolment, or an anticipated need for surgical or invasive procedure that will be performed during the study.

Participants near or in the peak of training for an athletic race (half or marathon, cycling tour or triathlon).

Please see below the details of each visit.

On completion of the study, participants will be reimbursed with €900.

Referral fees are given, and this will be a reimbursement of €20.

Interested individuals can apply via the following email – studies AT atlantiatrials DOT com


1) Atlantia Clinical Trials - Cork

Tuesday, July 20, 2021

Notice: Training Programmes for Autumn 2021

I now have a few places available for training programmes for the Autumn of 2021.

Whether you're a beginner, someone who just wants to get fitter or someone who wants to improve their race time from the 5k to the marathon, a plan can be tailored for you.

More info here...

Monday, July 19, 2021

Guest Post: 'We used to be giants' Pat Walsh

"We used to be giants"

When did we stop?
Just say the word and I'll be yours
You know I never forgot” -Dermot Kennedy

I know I haven’t been posting much recently and thanks to those who enquired about my well-being.
I’m ok but have had a few setbacks with injuries this year. Normally I just write about what I’m doing and the general mood, ambitions and aspirations of those around me.  As I have limited running these days, then sadly some of that inspiration is lacking.
I don’t want to post negative stuff, as I do like to inspire, help and encourage people. Better to say nothing at times, there is enough negativity elsewhere.

It is said that to lift people you must be strong and have some reserves that you can pass on to others. At the moment I am doing well to keep myself going. This is not a moan or a groan or an attempt for pity. 
I am healthy and well in general and my family are good.  I have enough to eat and a roof over my head. I have friends to share with.
I have rekindled my love of the bike. Thanks MissC

I got my few running miles this morning in the heat and happy to be out there. Thanks to my buddies for the company, chats and coffee. Lovely people to share the road with. It helped me to rediscover my mojo and get back on the main task of annoying you all.

So what is this post about?
It is to tell you that we all have down times, we all have a bad spell and we are human. If you think it is good all the time you are living in a fantasy world. 
We are over 500 days into this pandemic and there are a still a few twists and turns in the road, so keep the spirits up but accept it can’t be great all the time. 

Do the best you can and help those around you.
Reach out to others that may need help.
This will get better again and we can resume our lives in some fashion.
Nature is beautiful if we open our eyes to appreciate it.
Keep going through the hard times and it will come good again.
Smile as often as you can.

Oh ya…. And keep on running

“Hope is the thing with feathers
That perches in the soul
And sings the tune without the words
And never stops at all.” ― Emily Dickinson


Friday, July 16, 2021

Friday Jigsaw: Coachford 5-mile 2016

For this weeks online jigsaw, we go back to the finish line of the 2016 Coachford 5-mile road race and the first three women across the line.

This one has 300 pieces so it's a bit harder than usual.

Click HERE

Thursday, July 15, 2021

Guest Post: Dublin City Marathon 2021 Pat Walsh

** DCM21 **

Race cancelled for this year

Thought it might go ahead in some elite form but maybe the uncertainty is too great.

Plans will have to be made to entertain ourselves for the Year πŸƒπŸ₯°

Forget virtual, I need actual.....!!


**** updated when I read this in the Irish Times ****

makes you wonder πŸ€­πŸ€”

"The Boston Marathon, typically held in April and with over 30,000 runners from all over the world, announced plans for a limited 20,000-entry race on October 11th, as has New York (November 7th), Chicago (October 10th), Berlin (September 26th) and Tokyo (October 17th) The London Marathon, also traditionally held in April, is now set for October 3rd, the organisers there opening up 50,000 entries, most of which were decided by lottery, an increase of more than 7,000 on the previous finisher record."

RTE News link HERE

Tuesday, July 13, 2021

Kerry 1-mile race series: July 2021

Gneeveguilla AC are holding a series of low key 1-mile road races in Co. Kerry during the month of July 2021.

The venues are... July 7th Cullen ; July 14th Barradubh; July 21st Glenlara; July 28th Gneeveguilla 

Every Wednesday race is at 8.00 pm registration from 7.00 pm. The entry fee is €2.50

Notice: Youghal AC Virtual 5-mile race series - May, June, July & August 2021

Youghal AC are holding a virtual 5-mile race series this year on the third Thursday of May, June, July and August. This is similar to the old Ballycotton Summer Series which followed the same pattern.

From Youghal AC... ' Youghal AC are pleased to bring back the old 5 Mile Race Series popular among all runners in East Cork and beyond, starting on May 20 and then the 3rd Thursday of each month finishing on 19 August. All runners will receive a T shirt with all the race dates listed, cost for 4 races and T Shirt is €20.00

For any runner who only wants to run one or two of the races this can be arranged also at a cost of €5 per race with option to buy T-shirt.

Runners will be able to run their 5 miles each month between the Thursday and Sunday all results will have to be posted to by Sunday evening.

T-shirts will be posted out in batches by date registered the week before each race date. Register early to have your t-shirt for in time for all 4 races.'

Entries HERE

Monday, July 12, 2021

Guest Post: In the Year 2021... by Pat Walsh

** In the Year 2021 **

“Bless me father for I have sinned, I didn’t post on a Friday Morning” πŸ˜‡πŸ˜‡

but  but but in my defence I had a valid reason. 

Breaking a long-standing habit I got my long run completed early today. Thanks to my Companions AG, RC, and CMc for the chats and encouragement. The miles flew by. 

We did some group speed training last Wednesday Night and another normality has returned to my weekly routine.

The new spuds were dug as well this week and they are “balls of flour”.

I’m on a roll πŸ₯°πŸ€“

First half of this year wasn’t great but maybe the 2nd half can be better. 6 months gone, they are behind us and all we can do is focus on what is ahead of us.

The Delta variant is casting a cloud on predictions but we have more options opening to us and glad to see a few races coming into the calendar.

After my run today, delighted to see an email that Charleville Half will go ahead late September. Now I have a goal.. YES

If for some reason it is derailed then so be it, but I can focus on this for the next few months.


We have had a tough 16 months folks and it has taken its toll on all of us in different ways.

I regret I never learned to bake or play a musical instrument but I don’t regret that I have kept a decent level of fitness and can now drive on again.

I am no younger and must and make allowances for age and injuries but I can look forward to a starting line again and participating in some way or other. πŸ™ŒπŸ‘

Well done to all who have maintained fitness but don’t despair if you slipped. Just start tomorrow. Don’t put it off another day. 

Whatever regrets you may have they will multiply when you see your friends racing with race times and pics appearing. 

Have a good week. Get those running shoes on and get out that door.


Any suggestions about posts feel free to message me. You have had enough of my old “drive on” posts so anything practical I can contribute then please suggest.

#pwr #KeeponRunning

Saturday, July 10, 2021

Cork runners to the fore at Dundrum 10k - 7th July 2021

As the restrictions are gradually beginning to ease, some road races with limited numbers are beginning to start up again. The Dundrum 10k in Tipperary is one of the best 10k races in the country with a really flat and fast course.

This year, it was held on the 7th of July and due to the limit on numbers, it sold out very quickly. Three Cork runners finished in the top 5 in the women's section with Lizzie Lee finishing 1st, Claire McCarthy 2nd and Niamh Moore 4th.

There were a total of 146 finishers.

Place Athletes name Club Location Gun Time Category Bib
1 Sergiu Ciobanu Clonliffe Harriers AC     30:19 SM 19
2 Evan Fitzgerald Clonmel AC     30:33 SM 39
3 Niall Shanahan An Bru AC     30:39 SM 169
4 Mick Clohisey Raheny Shamrocks AC     30:47 SM 20
5 Colin Maher Ballyfin AC     31:15 SM 83
15 Lizzie Lee Leevale AC     33:45 SF 77
24 Claire McCarthy Leevale AC     35:37 SF 87
25 Ciara O Neill Clonmel AC     35:44 SF 138
29 Niamh Moore Leevale AC     36:22 SF 104
37 Dymphna Ryan Dundrum AC     37:19 SF 156

The full results can be found HERE

1) Susan Parker Laste has a gallery HERE
2) John Kenrick has a gallery HERE

Friday, July 09, 2021

Friday Jigsaw: Wibblies at the 2017 Glenville 4 mile

For this weeks online jigsaw, we go back to the start line of the Glenville 4 mile in 2017 and a photo of Wibbly Wobbly Wonders taken by Mick Dooley.

You can complete the 154-piece jigsaw HERE

Wednesday, July 07, 2021

2021 Dublin Marathon Cancelled...

As you can see from the image above, the organisers of the Dublin Marathon which was due to be held at the end of October 2021 have cancelled it.

Tuesday, July 06, 2021

Notice: Cork Sports Partnership: Sports Psychology Webinar - 4th August 2021

Cork Sports Partnership: Sports Psychology Webinar - 4th August 2021

Cork Sports Partnership are holding this online webinar on Wednesday the 4th of August 2021

"Right now we are slowly returning to normality with more events/competitions appearing on the calendar. All athletes are now trying to stay prepared physically. But what about the mental aspect of sport? This webinar will help all athletes & coaches with everything Sports Psychology related in these uncertain times."

Webinar Details
Title: Sports Psychology Webinar
Speaker: Dr Kate O' Keeffe
Date: Wednesday August 4th 
Time: 7pm
Duration: 1 hour
Email: Craig Harrington - charrington AT corksports DOT ie


Friday, July 02, 2021

Friday Jigsaw: Start of the Courtbrack 5k


For this weeks online jigsaw, we go back to the start of the Courtbrack 5k in 2017.

You can find the 192-piece jigsaw HERE

Thursday, July 01, 2021

Guest Post: Trivia - Ballycotton-10 June 2001 Pat Walsh

** Trivia ** - Ballycotton 10, 24th June 2001

20 Years ago last weekend. I'm getting old πŸ˜ƒ 

Foot and Mouth disease struck the country early in the year and the race was postponed for a few months.
Always run in March and penciled in for 11th that year.  It was unusual and very hot to run it in June.

763 finishers on the day and I do remember the medics were very busy as we were not used to distance runs in the heat.

The mugs were made in advance but the t-shirts were amended to reflect the new date. Unique to have this collection.

I do remember thinking that nothing like this will ever happen again to disrupt the whole country.

I am a very wise person. 🀩πŸ₯³

Wednesday, June 30, 2021

Results & Photos of the IMRA Corrin Hill Trail Race near Fermoy - Sun 27th June 2021

As we get back to some sort of normality, the Irish Mountain Running Association have been busy organising a series of trail races throughout the country.

On Sunday the 27th of June, they held a 6.5km trail race on Corrin Hill near Fermoy and it attracted 102 participants.

First three...

1 John Magner 919 M40 0:28:06 Watergrasshill AC Cork
2 Tom Lupton 898 M35 0:28:20 TT Racers Laois
3 James McIntyre 807 M45 0:28:25 Clare
22 Julie Mc Carthy 1379 F35 0:33:47 Limerick
27 Nessa Rochford 774 F45 0:34:56 Cork
34 Ashleigh Byrne O Brien 1144 F35 0:35:39 Grange Fermoy AC Cork

Full results...


Monday, June 28, 2021

12 year old girl from Belfast sets new 5k record for her age with a time of 16:27

Back in April of this year, I a post up about how 12-year old Emer McKee from Belfast had set a world record time for her age group with a time of 16 minutes 40 seconds.

At a 5k race in Lisburn last Sunday, Emer took 13 seconds off her record with a new time of 16m 27s!

The photo above shows Emer in the race with the 61-year old Tommy Hughes who finished in 16m 32s.

Friday, June 25, 2021

Friday Jigsaw: Barrs at the 2017 Donoughmore 7


For this weeks online jigsaw, we go back to 2017 and a photo of some St Finbarr's AC members at the start of the Donoughmore 7 mile.

You can find the 221 piece jigsaw HERE

Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Notice: IMRA Ballyhoura Moonlight Marathon & Half-Marathon - Fri 23rd July 2021

At last, a REAL event!! The Irish Mountain Running Association (IMRA) are holding a moonlight marathon and half-marathon on Friday the 23rd of July 2021 in the Ballyhoura Mountains 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.

Please note that numbers are limited. Entry includes special event t-shirts.

From the IMRA... "This years Moonlight Marathon will start from Scoil Pol in Kilfinnane at 9pm (Half-10pm). The challenge will follow the route of the summer event and last years Moonlight challenge. We hope for a full moon clear night. Moonlight Marathon Tee Shirts can be collected at registration. 

**** Please note : No transfers or Refunds. Entry will be €50 (Half €40) and will include fully marked route and aid stations. 

On finishing , challengers can enjoy hot showers and Breakfast roll with tea/coffee. 

Mandatory Kit: High Visibility Top (to be worn at all times) along with a flashing rearlight on bag/jacket. The High Visibility MUST be visible at all times so if you are wearing a raincoat bor pack it should be placed over that.!!!! No deviation from this folks, if not compliant, no race start. Waterproof jacket, gloves, headwear, headtorch and spare batteries, bottle with min 250ml capacity, foil blanket and mobile phone with event organizers number (given on night)."

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Ballyhoura Moonlight Marathon Challenge >> CLICK HERE

Ballyhoura Moonlight Half-Marathon Challenge >> CLICK HERE

Note that membership of the IMRA is required (€10 for 2021) but this also covers you for any of their other events that you want to do this year.

Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Irish actor Colin Farrell runs Brisbane Marathon in 3h 53m

Last weekend, the Irish actor Colin Farrell was spotted completing the Brisbane Marathon in Australia in a respectable time of 3 hours 53 minutes and 14 seconds. He finished 229th out of 683 finishers.

This was reportedly the first marathon for the 45-year old actor and the average pace works out as 8:54/mile or 5:32/km.

Sunday, June 20, 2021

Guest Post: Reasons to Run? Pat Walsh

 ** Reasons to run? **

It is time to move on folks. The future is looking better and they could be some decent races before long.

I was injured and my own plans for a decent Half  Marathon recently went a bit astray. No failure, just refocus, new plan and we will get it done for the August Bank Holiday.

After that I am certain we can aim for an ACTUAL race. Why not.

Watched the James Vincent Mc Morrow concert recently live from Dublin with a crowd of 500 at a trial event. It is a start, it is reason for optimism. It can only get better.

When will we see a controlled trial race. All other sports are getting there.

"Sometimes my hands they don't feel like my own

I need someone to love I need someone to hold" JVM

Get out there again. I love my Weekend Long run and now the group is growing again it is brilliant.

Remind yourself of why you run. Posted something similar last year and no harm to remind ourselves.

I run to see the Sun rise and the birds singing 🌞
I run so I can eat afterwards 🍳
I run as it gives me self-worth and importance πŸ˜‚
I run so my pants still fitsπŸ‘–
I run for the wonderful company πŸ™Œ
I run for the chance of a coffee ☕️
I run to escape πŸƒ‍♀️πŸƒ
I run so I have an excuse to do nothing for the rest of the day πŸ›‹
I run to feel alive πŸ‘
I run to chat and share life with people and I missed it when it was taken from us πŸ₯°
I run to find the best of nature  🧐
I run to find a few good photo opportunities πŸ“ΈπŸ“Έ
I run for my Garmin as it loves the road and clocking up the miles 🀣
I run so I can bore non-running people πŸ€“
I still run and hope to be back at races soon πŸ˜ƒ 

Time to get moving again. Have a good weekend.

Keep the faith and keep in touch. Keep looking for positive signs. They are out there. 


"I will not cave under you
For my heart is an unending tomb
I will not trouble your rest
For my heart is infinity blessed"


Friday, June 18, 2021

Friday Jigsaw: Start of the 2016 East Cork Harbour Marathon

This weeks 117-piece online jigsaw is from the start of the 2016 East Cork Harbour Marathon.

You can find it HERE

Jerry Forde wheelchair fund reaches target of €4770!

Good news! The GoFundMe page to raise the money for a new racing wheelchair for the main man Jerry Forde has reached the target of €4,770! As outlined in a previous post, Jerry's chair was written off in a recent accident.

When I put up the post on Tuesday, the fund was a €1400 so the donations really poured in over the following 48 hours before it closed on Thursday.

A big shout out as well to Proinnsias O'Keeffe for getting the ball rolling on this. This is more than just a fundraising drive as it needed someone to manage the project.

It's not just a case of raising the funds and picking a model out of a catalogue. The user must be measured and each chair has to be manufactured to the exact specifications.

Now that the funds are there, we will hopefully see Jerry in action soon again.

I'll be one of the first to know when he takes delivery because his Lordship will inform me that he wants to go on a training session! 

Beep, Beep, Beep!

Thursday, June 17, 2021

Fundraising campaign for new chair for Jerry Forde

Beep Beep Beep! Jerry Forde was involved in an accident recently and his racing wheelchair was pretty much written off.

While the main man is OK, several thousand Euro has to be raised for the purchase of a new chair.

There is a GOFUNDME page HERE

Cork runner Proinnsias O’Keeffe got the ball rolling on this and the donations are rolling in. If you can help out, it would be great.

His Lordship resting at Blackrock Castle

Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Results of the East Cork Road Championships - Tues 15th June 2021

The East Cork Road Championships were held in the village of Ballynoe on Tuesday the 15th of June 2021. There were 43 in the women's race and 71 in the men's race.

1 Jennifer Goggin Walsh Carraig na bhFear AC F 12.04
2 Jen Preston East Cork AC F 12.09
3 Sarah Treacy Watergrasshill AC F 12.15
1 Tim O'Donoghue East Cork AC M 25.26
2 Kevin O'Leary East Cork AC M 26.02
3 Frank O'Brien Midleton AC M 26.27

Full results below...

Women's Result

Place Race Number Name Club Category Time
1 510 Jennifer Goggin Walsh Carraig na bhFear AC F 12.04
2 515 Jen Preston East Cork AC F 12.09
3 564 Sarah Treacy Watergrasshill AC F 12.15
4 516 Norah O'Brien East Cork AC F 12.24
5 518 Andrea McNamara Midleton AC F 12.31
6 525 Eileen Leahy Midleton AC F 12.59
7 548 Sarah Mulcahy St. Catherines AC F 13.03

Monday, June 14, 2021



Karen MacLeod, a Scottish international runner who won both the Ballycotton ‘10’ and Ballycotton ‘5’ races back in the 1990s, died suddenly last week at the age of 63.

Karen MacLeod in the 1996 Olympic marathon in Atlanta

Although born in Tanzania, Karen grew up on the picturesque Isle of Skye off the north coast of Scotland. She didn’t start competitive running until the age of 24, having moved to Bath in England. Most of her best performances came when in the F35 age category, including her Ballycotton ‘10’ victory in 1996 when she set a course record of 55:34. The time would remain as the fourth fastest on the all-time list in the 40-year history of the race.

That same year of 1996 she qualified for the British Olympic team in the marathon where in the heat and humidity of Atlanta she finished 45th in 2:42:08. With a PB of 2:33:16 - which was set when finishing fourth at the Commonwealth Games in Canada in 1994 - Karen won international marathons in Bordeaux, Majorca and Seville. She also recorded personal bests of 33:17.88 (10,000m), 53:42 (10 miles) and 73:07 (half-marathon).

However her career was brought to an end in 1998 when she fell ill at the Boston Marathon. She was diagnosed as having Berger’s disease – a rare kidney problem – and she later had a kidney transplant from her sister Deborah. Just last November, as a act of gratitude to her sister, Karen teamed up with a number of top Scottish folk acts to raise funds for Highlands and Islands renal services through a charity album.

Many tributes have been paid to Karen on social media, including one from fellow international athlete Amanda Wright who wrote: “Devastated to read of the death of my great running friend and travelling partner. Beautiful person inside and out, you will be greatly missed, forever in my memories.”

Her kindness and concern was shown the year after her Ballycotton ‘10’ win and Olympic marathon when she was looking forward to returning to defend her title. When injury ruled her out she sent a two-page hand-written letter describing her disappointment, along with a card of good wishes from the Isle of Skye. 

She also mentioned the possibility of taking in one of the summer races and, true to her word, on an August evening in 1997 she turned up at Ballycotton where she again established another course record of 28:27 for the five miles.

Sadly, Karen MacLeod is the third Ballycotton ‘10’ winner to have died in the past 12 months following the passing of Pat Hooper (1979 winner) last October and Jerry Kiernan (1983 and 1987 winner) in January. Also deceased are Jim Dingwall (1985 winner) who passed away in 2005 and Ursula Noctor who died at the young age of 28 in 1993, just five years after winning the race.

May they all rest in peace.

Sunday, June 13, 2021

Guest Post: Sunday Thoughts... by Pat Walsh

 ** Sunday Thoughts **

Beautiful day and the mood is good.🀣

I have been critical of our leaders when I thought it was needed. In the interest of fair-play things are moving along nicely now.

Our boundaries are opening up and our ability to mingle is increasing so let us use this.😍

I love literature and the writings of Yeats Heaney and Kavanagh.

I sing along to all music and love well written lyrics.🎼

--- Come Fairies, take me out of this dull world, for I would ride with you upon the wind and dance upon the mountains like a flame! --

Sadly my current message is far more mundane and simple. No fancy writing, no hidden meanings. 

"Get off your arse and get out there". There is a world to be discovered. Have a lovely week. Summer has arrived (I hope) πŸ₯°

#pwr #bekind

Saturday, June 12, 2021

UK study finds a link between 'vigorous exercise' and Motor Neurone disease

RTE are carrying a news item on their website at present titled..."Motor neurone disease linked to 'vigorous exercise' - UK study"

It then goes on to clarify... "Frequent strenuous exercise increases the risk of developing motor neurone disease (MND) for those genetically predisposed to the illness"

No doubt a lot of the people will just read the headline and no further.

Friday, June 11, 2021

Friday Jigsaw: Mallow AC on Tour - Fota 2017

For this weeks jigsaw, we go back to 2017 and Mallow AC at the start of the Fota race.

You can find this 165-piece jigsaw HERE

Thursday, June 10, 2021

Guest Post: June Bank Holiday Pat Walsh

 ** June Bank Holiday ** πŸƒπŸƒ

We should have been running the streets of Cork last weekend but for the second year we have to miss it. Pity, as I did like the day out with the crew. And yes we did make a FULL Day out of it plus some of the night. I do miss the fun of the day and the huge numbers of people we met before, during and after the race. We will be back again. πŸ˜πŸ’ž

I have enough 'virtuals' done to keep me going for a while and would love a decent race. I am in good form mentally and not being too critical here but this intrigues me.

All the emphasis on return to sport is about spectators attending elite matches and events. Brilliant but, these were taking place anyway and it is only a few spectators get to see them. Elite sport has continued with only a few interruptions. I am happy for them and watching on TV has kept me sane.

Yes I would love a ticket for Cork V Limerick first round of the Hurling but I would also like to see a local Park run as a trial event. Maybe a few 5k’s around the country with limited entries and see how they get on. 

We know enough now to understand the importance of exercise for our overall health. We need to start events for ‘us’, the ordinary man. 50 people in June, 100 in July and growing as the country opens up. It will be hard to have nothing and go to a big 500+ event without some smaller trials. 

All online entry, staggered starts, no presentation of prizes, no after run grub or tea, bring your own water, move away immediately after race. Just see how we go and what we can do safely. 

This must happen first. The Government can give guidelines, but it is up to each individual sport to implement them safely. We learn, we grow, we move on. πŸƒ‍♀️πŸšΆπŸƒπŸšΆ‍♂️πŸƒ‍♂️

The powers that be in Athletics should be making greater efforts to start events off again for runners. Make a safe trial event, document what worked and didn’t. What can improve and what went OK. Publish findings and the whole country can learn.

Not a moan and I can live with the situation as it is, but just an opinion. πŸ€ͺπŸ€”

What to do next to help.

Get your buddies together again and start planning.

Who has gone missing and needs a helping hand and friendly voice to start them off again.

Staying within all guidelines, reach out to others to join you for a run. Somebody from another area or group and be free to make a return visit. Show off your own area.

The mornings and evening are long and bright, get your own gang into their cars and go somewhere different that you haven’t run for a while.

Find an old race route and run it. Imagine the glory of crossing the finish line. πŸ…

Have a time trial every few weeks. A 5k or a 4mile. Warm-up together, race hard at your pace, cool down together. See where your fitness is right now.

The possibilities are endless and only limited by imagination. Doing nothing isn't an option.

Good luck to anyone running this weekend, I hope the weather is good, the company great, the laughing infectious and the miles go gently by. If you have a Cork T-shirt from a previous race then put it on. 

Treat yourself to a cuppa and who knows in a few weeks we might be able for something stronger.

Feel free to post any Bank Holiday run pics on this page to cheer us all up. πŸ’žπŸƒ

Thanks for all kind comments and messages.

"Hope is the thing with feathers That perches in the soul And sings the tune without the words And never stops at all." Emily Dickinson

#pwr #keeponrunning

Tuesday, June 08, 2021

The Guardian Podcast: The danger and beauty of ultrarunning

In a recent 100km mountain race in China, 21 competitors died after a sudden change in the weather.

The sport of Ultra-Running has enjoyed huge growth worldwide in recent years going from 120,000 finishers in 2008 to over 600,000 finishers in 2018.

In this podcast, the Guardian looks at the sports of Ultra-Running... its attractions and its problems.

You can find the 30 minute podcast HERE

Cork Runner Michelle Finn secures Olympic Qualification

From Leevale AC... Michelle Finn has secured her place at this year’s Tokyo Olympic Games in the 3000M Steeplechase when the crossed the line in second place at Paavo Nurmi Games

A stunning new personal best of 9:29.25, knocks almost ten seconds off her previous PB and is within the Olympic Qualification Standard time of 9:30.00. Michelle’s time in Finland moves her up to second on the all-time Irish list, just over a second behind RoΓ­sΓ­n McGettigan’s 14 year old all-time Irish record.

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Monday, June 07, 2021

Guest Post: The Group Pat Walsh

** The Group **

“These people raised me 🎼

And I can't wait to go home” 

First effort this week at a collective run since the Christmas Holidays, all of 5 months ago and it was dreamlike. It has been such a weird, strange time.

It is such a wonderful feeling to be back among friends again. The sun came out to welcome us back. WE ARE BACK 🌀☀️

We are all different and what we need differs from person to person

Some found the solitude to be Ok and came to peace with it.

For the quiet introverted person it was a good time, without the need to be mixing with big gangs and being pulled from race to race among huge crowds.

Personally as an extroverted person, I found it difficult. I survived and I am mentally stronger but I would not like to repeat it. We changed with regulations and did what we could under the circumstances.

It was hard in the cold, wet months to just go out on your own. We had no goals and little motivation. Widening the limits and allowing you to run with 1 other was huge. For that I am eternally grateful to MissAG who had to put up with my moans, rants, silly opinions and other faults too many to mention since the start of the Year. Counselling can be organised 😍🀣

So we are now back with ‘The Gang’ and maybe easier to get out more often. Lots more ears to be moaning into but so many more friendly faces and voices that will lift us all again.


I interviewed myself…! I can do that, as I am weird. πŸ€ͺ

What are you training for?

I still have no idea and it isn’t too important. Live for the moment we are in.

What was the first group session like?

Christmas morning in a house full of children. The sound of voices and laughter was wonderful. There was a little bit of running done.

What will the emphasis be in the training session?

Just having a run, a laugh, a few miles, a getting to know one another again and get back to the friendship and support that we previously had.

Where will you do your training?

Somewhere nice and scenic where I feel part of nature

What will be the pace of the training runs?

Slow enough so that we can be having the chats

Should you be doing some speed training?

Yes is the answer, but if you have not done it for months then you do need to be careful and slowly introduce it again. The Physios of the world are already counting the money.

Will you ever get serious?

Hopefully never, but if a few races start coming along we might try to focus in on them.

Will there be coffee and buns?

You can chalk that one down. I dream of a long run and a big brekkie served to me afterwards 🍩☕️

How did you feel?

 “And I'm on my way 🎼

I still remember these old country lanes

When we did not know the answers

And I miss the way you make me feel, and it's real

When we watched the sunset over the castle on the hill”


We are on the way back from the abyss slowly but surely. It is time for optimism and hope. Thanks Ed for a few lyrics for this article.

Have a lovely week 😍

#pwr #survive21 #keeponrunning

Sunday, June 06, 2021

The Informal Virtual Cork City Half-Marathon - 5th June 2021


The Cork City Marathon and Half-Marathon would normally have been held on this Bank Holiday weekend if it wasn't for the pandemic. As the event is virtual this year, lots of Cork runners are out in the fine weather doing their own run.

A group of 15 or so local runners met up for their own informal virtual half-marathon on Saturday and used the Cork City to Passage West Greenway as well as local walkways. 

Joe Murphy has a gallery of photos HERE

Saturday, June 05, 2021

Online Jigsaw: Cork City Marathon Pacers - 2018


For this weeks online jigsaw, we go back to 2018 and a photo of the 3:15 pacers on the Blackrock Greenway during the Cork City Marathon.

The 117-piece jigsaw can be found HERE

Friday, June 04, 2021

Guest Post: The Next Steps... by Pat Walsh

 ** The Next Steps ** 

πŸƒ‍♀️ What is behind us can be assigned to the past and never to be changed. IT HAPPENED.

What happens next is important. The Nightmare is nearly over.

It is like starting a New Year again and this is a modified version of a post from a while back. Most New Year starts were mainly a physical one, where as this time there is a mental side to it too.

Mistakes were made, we got lazy, lacked motivation and consumed food and drink that maybe we should not have. It is understandable and OK and you were not alone.

It was easy to let the head and enthusiasm drop and I can get that. There was pressure on everyone with lots of worry, stress, anxiety that many of us just could not cope with.

My own head went a bit funny at times, lacking all the fun, life, social contacts that I had taken from me and wondering when I would see my family and friends again. Yes we could run but without all the FUN bits it wasn’t so easy to train.

If you want to make a fresh start and be ready to run races later in the Summer / Autumn now is the time to start. We have more freedom and can meet more people. It isn’t going to change overnight but it is getting better folks.

Simple tips

πŸƒ‍♀️ Dumb the rubbish 

You have no chance while you fuel yourself on these foodstuffs. You need some simple proper food to provide the energy to run. Once the house is clean, do not restock. If it isn’t in the house then you cannot eat it.

Forget some fancy detox, just ditch the rubbish… Simple as...

Lose a few pounds and you will run quicker. That is not in doubt. You will also feel better about yourself.

πŸƒ‍♀️ Get off the couch.

If you have made a start already then well done.  If not then just put on the gear and go out the door for a few easy miles. There is no magic formula, you will only get out what you put into it, so off your arse and move. Try to get more active generally and walk or cycle on in-between days. MOVE. It all helps

πŸƒ‍♀️ Plan your week

Make a weekly plan and stick to it. Share it with your friends and that will help motivate you to stick to it. Keep it simple. A few weeks of this = “A NEW YOU”.., Sample below and it does not have to be any more than this.

Easy Run Monday, 

Some speed work Wednesday, 

Long run Saturday. 

Zoom class of strength and stretching some morning or evening. Plenty good videos on YouTube.

Set some time aside alone to get the mental side sorted. This can be done while walking in a scenic location. Be positive and count your blessings. If you look you will find them.

πŸƒ‍♀️ Water

We have had some terrible amounts of tea, coffee, fizzies and alcohol. Do your body a favour and just get loads of water over next few weeks.

Benefits are so numerous, from weight-loss, rehydration, skin complexion, suppleness and many more that you should ask yourself … WHY NOT?

πŸƒ‍♀️ Strength 

Take a long term approach to strength work. Are you strong enough to get the results you want from running? A strong core helps leg strength and leg drive and keeps the body in best position for running. Few minutes a couple of times per week.

πŸƒ‍♀️ Flexibility🀸‍♀️🀸‍♂️

We need to keep the body flexible to prevent injury and some work on this is always required. Put it in the plan. You might be strong enough but you will always need flexibility work.

For strength and flexibility. Any issues won’t be fixed overnight but take time and patience. Also you can never stop and the older you get the more important they are. 

Note to self: I do need to read and remind myself of that a few times.


There will be races this year and after missing them so much for the last 14 months now is the time to get ready again. I don’t know where or when they will happen but they will.

Pick a target race sometime into the future. If it doesn’t happen then run it as a Virtual anyway.

Have a lovely weekend. Be good, be kind, be safe.

#pwr #keeponrunning #Survive21