Google+ Running in Cork, Ireland: 2021

Friday, October 22, 2021

Friday Jigsaw: Belfast 24-hour

For this weeks online jigsaw, we go back to last weekend and the top three men and women in the Belfast 24-hour ultra running event.

Photos courtesy of John O'Regan.

You can find the 209 piece jigsaw HERE

Thursday, October 21, 2021

Guest Post: Belfast 24-hour Alex O'Shea

The Belfast 24-hour is held every year in Victoria Park in East Belfast with contestants running on a 1-mile loop for 24 hours. It also doubles up as the Irish 24-hour championships. 2021 results HERE

In this guest post, Cork runner Alex O'Shea gives his account of the event.

Belfast 24-hour Alex O'Shea

Warning it's a long one. 

The National 24hr running Championships took place 16/17 October in Belfast. A new national record set. Congratulations Ed & team. I like many look forward to reading Eds account and was fortunate to witness his endeavour.

Some personal big mile stones reached with 33 people running over 100miles and a few people running personal bests in difficult conditions. First timers and veterans all rising to the challenge.
So many people 
So many amazing stories.

Athletes encouraging and supporting each other through the many highs and lows in what is 24hr ultra running. But as their are highs there are lows and many people withdrew for various reasons during the event. 

Wednesday, October 20, 2021

New 200m running track planned for Bweeng in Co Cork

In this post, we'll look at how three local clubs in a community are coming together to build a sports facility in Co Cork and could serve as an example for other projects in the county.

The village of Bweeng is located about 14kms to the south-west of the town of Mallow and has a population of just over 500. Despite the low population, the local athletics club... Bweeng Trail Blazers, the local soccer club and local GAA club are planning to build a sports facility which will include a 200m running track.

While some are obsessed with the need for 400m tracks, the reality is that a smaller 200m track will satisfy probably 90% of the needs of a juvenile athletics club. Children involved in athletics tend to concentrate on events like sprinting, hurdles, turbo javelin, shot put, high and long jump and all these can be catered for with a 200m track.

Here is a video about the project...

If you would like to support this project then they are selling tickets for a raffle with a very generous first prize.

For more information, go to

Notice: Online talk by coach Steve Macklin

As outlined in a previous post, Cork Sports Partnership are currently promoting their 'Celebrating Athletics in Cork Week 2021'.

They have sent on a poster for one of the talks which will be given by endurance running coach Steve Macklin. This will be given online by Zoom on Tues 26th Oct 2021 and it's free.

More info on the events and how to register on the Cork Sports Partnership website HERE

Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Results of the Irish 24-hour championships in Belfast - Sun 17th Oct 2021

The 2021 Belfast 24-hour race was held last weekend and this was also the Irish 24-hour championships.

There were 99 contestants in the 24 hour event with an impressive 33 going over the 100-mile mark.

The first man was Ed McGroarty who completed 256.57kms in the 24 hours which will be a new national record once confirmed. In a previous post, I had a report of how Ed had run from Mizen to Malin in a new record time last July.

From a Cork point of view, Aidan Hogan of Rising Sun AC put in another impressive performance to finish in second spot to take a national Silver medal.

Alex O'Shea of St Finbarrs AC finished in 5th place just three weeks after completing the 250km Spartathlon in Greece!

Thanks to John O'Regan for the following photos...

Belfast 24hr & Irish Championship - Men
1. Ed McGroarty (Lifford /Strabane AC) - 256.57Km (TBC as *NR)
2. Aidan Hogan (Rising Sun AC) -243.36Km
3. Keith Russell (Navan AC)- 232.67Km
* National Record

Belfast 24hr & Irish Championship - Women
1. Aoife Mundow (Drogheda & District AC) - 211.76Km
2. Lorraine McMahon (Wexford Marathon Club)- 206.81Km
3. Joanne Rice (Navan AC)- 186.9Km

Monday, October 18, 2021

Notice: Rebel Run 10k & 5k in Cork City - Sun 7th Nov 2021

The Rebel Run 5k & 10k is coming up on Sunday 7th November 2021 at MTU (a.k.a CIT) Bishopstown in Cork City. The 5k starts at 9.30am with the 10k starting at 9.45am. 

Entries HERE

This is a very popular event and is organised by Cork Sports Partnership, MTU Sports Department and Leisureworld. The numbers are limited this year so it is likely to sell out faster than usual. 

From Cork Sports Partnership... "The Cork Rebel Run first took place in October 2012 and has grown to become a popular event on the running calendar in Cork ever since. Organised by Cork Sports Partnership, MTU Sports Department/Athletics Club and Leisureworld Cork, the event has grown over the years to now host over 1000 participants annually.

The addition of the inclusive Rebel Run a Mile programme and a number of community Couch25Ks over the last few years ensures that people of all abilities and fitness levels are part of the Cork Rebel Run events. 

The Cork Rebel Run will take place on Sunday November 7th 2021. To ensure a safe and enjoyable return numbers are limited so early registration is advised."  

The event will have chip timing and there is also a dry fit top for all participants.

More info on the event website...

Entry Fee > 10k €20 // 5k €15

Courses...The 10k can be seen HERE

The 5k course starts with the 10k, takes in the walkway riverside behind CIT and finishes on the track as well. Approx 5k course HERE

Sunday, October 17, 2021

Guest Post: Be The Best You Can Pat Walsh

** Be The Best You Can**

A lot of long posts recently, (sorry) so I will try to be brief this week.馃ぃ

‘Be the best you can’….. could mean a lot of different things to many of us in running terms and it is important.
We all have different abilities and yes we can all improve.
Being realistic, some of us will never win a race, while others have that ability but maybe are not living up to it.
Finding out where you are and improving to your OWN potential is something we should aspire to. We owe it to ourselves.
Don't worry if some of your buddies are faster. Due to genetic make-up, strength, age, height and stride length we have our limitations and there will always be someone faster.

Domestically we might not have the time to train, but I question that sometimes as it can be a handy opt out.
How many have settled for the back of the field and the social side of it all. You can still have fun but the cuppa is nicer if you are a minute quicker.
On the flip side how many have the ideal make-up and do not push on further as they are comfortable coasting along without over stressing themselves.

We are only getting one shot at this so don’t waste your life on what other runners are doing. Just take a long hard look at yourself and see where can you go to just improve yourself and maximise your own potential.
May be a tough read on a Friday morning, but let it sink in and see where your thoughts and dreams may lie.

2022 is a bit away yet, but now is the time to dream and plan it.
Just think of the person you saw at a race one time, who came in well down the field but was ecstatic when they finished. Kissing, hugging, Laughing, Crying (all pre-covid)
What personal goal did they hit? 
What dream was fulfilled that day? 
How hard and for how long had they to work to achieve it?
It could be you.馃グ

'My Goal is not to be better than anyone else, but to be better than I used to be..'
Have a nice weekend, be kind, have fun and smile 馃槂

Saturday, October 16, 2021

Results of the Bere Island 5-mile road race - Sat 16th Oct 2021

A grand total of 72 runners turned out for this 5-mile road race on Bere Island in West Cork. The 2020 edition of this race was cancelled in 2020 and when it was held in October of 2019, it had 94 finishers so it's down around 23% this year.

Top 3 men & women...

1128 1 Conor Murphy Kenmare A.C. M40 0:32:23 0:32:23  
1121 2 Patrick Mc Carthy M50 0:32:43 0:32:43  
269 3 James Murphy Tara A.C. M40 0:33:15 0:33:15
1544 6 Deirdre O'Sullivan Beara A.C. F40 0:35:10 0:35:10  
277 9 Clare O Shea F 0:36:16 0:36:16  
1129 10 Nina Murphy F30 0:36:29 0:36:29

Full results HERE

1) Joe & Anne Murphy have a gallery HERE

And they're off!...start of the 2021 Bere Island 5-mile - Photo: Anne Murphy

Results of the 5k parkruns in Cork - Sat 16th Oct 2021

Results of this weeks eight 5k parkruns around the county...

Ballincollig Regional Park: The numbers were up 13% this week with 320 taking part and it's the first time they have gone above 300 since the parkruns restarted. 

First 3 men & women...
1 Unknown
2 Rory O' SULLIVAN Male VM40-44 St Finbarrs AC 17:15
3 Nick HOGAN Male VM40-44 Sanctuary Runners 17:39
13 Rosaleen MACKEOWN Female VW45-49 Leevale AC 19:22
16 Niamh CRONIN Female VW45-49 St Finbarrs AC 19:41 
18 Aoife MAHONY Female VW40-44 Cork Triathlon Club 19:44

Mallow Castle: 80 finishers this week, 84 last week. The average of the 5 events at Mallow Castle is 95.

First 3 men & women...
1 Donagh POWELL Male SM30-34 16:56
2 Tom谩s KIELY Male JM11-14 North Cork AC 18:22
3 Unknown
6 Gillian MURPHY Female SW30-34 Star of the Laune AC 20:26
17 Ciara KIELY Female JW10 North Cork AC 23:10
26 Davina CROWLEY Female VW40-44 24:40

Glen River: 69 took part this week, up 1 on the 68 of last week. The long term average is 87.

First 3 men & women...
1 Finbarr ODWYER Male VM45-49 Leevale AC 18:08
2 Henry MILWARD Male SM30-34 Midleton AC  18:40
3 Barry WALSH Male VM35-39 20:10
9 Anita LOCKE Female VW35-39 St Finbarrs AC 24:36
27 Imelda LYONS Female VW40-44 26:02
28 Aoife O'NEILL Female SW30-34 26:25

Macroom Desmense: 30 this week, down from the 42 of last week. Long term average is 54.

First 3 men & women...
1 Conor LUCEY Male VM35-39 18:38 
2 Unknown 
3 Simon FOLEY Male VM35-39 21:42
7 Noreen STEWART Female VW35-39 25:14
8 Leah BRADLEY Female JW11-14 26:09
12 Sinead TWOMEY Female VW35-39 27:16


First 3 men & women...

Clonakilty results... 

Castlehaven: 18 finishers, 23 last week, long term average 31.

First 3 men & women...
1 Ciar谩n BOUSE Male VM40-44 Eagle A.C. 21:40
2 Aidan HOLLAND Male VM35-39 25:26
3 Danny SMITH Male VM60-64 26:19
5 Celine BUCKLEY Female VW50-54 Castlehaven GAA 29:58
6 Siobhan RYAN Female VW40-44 2018 Operation Transformation 30:35
9 Catherine QUIGLEY Female VW60-64 Crosby Stormers 31:27

Bere Island: The numbers were up to 40 this week from last weeks 28. Perhaps it's due to the Bere Island 5 mile race in the afternoon? Long term average is 47.

First 3 men & women...
1 James LONG Male VM35-39 Cork Triathlon Club 20:11
2 Rade INIC Male VM45-49 Petts Wood Runners 21:20
3 Ray SMITH Male VM55-59 21:33
4 Mary FITZSIMONS Female VW55-59 Tralee parkrunners on Tour - TpoT 21:36
10 Clare MURPHY Female VW60-64 25:23
11 Madeleine ROLINSON-LORD Female SW25-29 25:30

Glengarriff Woods: After the cancellation due to flooding last week, 34 turned out this week. Long term average is 58.

First 3 men & women... 
1 Stephen O'SULLIVAN Male VM50-54 21:39
2 Dominic MANNING Male VM35-39 23:37
3 John BELCHER Male VM50-54 23:51
6 Stacey O SULLIVAN Female SW30-34 25:33
9 Chloe COPPINGER Female JW11-14 26:45 
10 Alice COPPINGER Female VW40-44 Bantry Athletic Club 26:45

IMRA Halloween Half-Marathon places head towards selling out

In a previous post, I had info about the IMRA Halloween Half-Marathon in Glensheskin Woods near Kilworth in NE Cork coming up on Saturday the 30th of October 2021.

There is an entry limit of 200 places on this event and as of now, there are about 50 40 30 18 7 6 5 4 2 1 left!!

ENTRY CLOSES:2021-10-16 23:59:00

It may not sell out yet but if you are thinking about it then you should really enter asap.

The IMRA link is HERE

Friday, October 15, 2021

Notice: Celebrating Athletics in Cork Week October 2021 ...from the Cork Sports Partnership

Cork Sports Partnership are teaming up with communities, athletics clubs & local instructors to roll out the first ever ‘Celebrating Athletics in Cork Week’.

By day, different clubs & communities will host FREE Little Athletics events for kids aged 6-12 & by night, we have a variety of informative workshops & webinars!

On Fri, 22nd Oct from 6-9pm in MTU Athletics Track, the first ever Teenage Track & Field Development Night will take place. This is aimed at teenagers who have an interest in T&F

For more information & registration on Little Athletics Events click here

For more information & registration on the informative webinars & workshops click here

For more information & registration on the Teenage Youth Development Session click here

Friday Jigsaw: Barrs at the 2017 Ballycotton 10 mile road race


For this weeks online jigsaw, we go back to the 2017 Ballycotton 10-mile road race and members of St. Finbarr's AC waiting for it to start.

You can find the 216 piece jigsaw HERE

Thursday, October 14, 2021

Notice: Run Killarney Half-Marathon & 10k - Sat 13th Nov 2021

The Run Killarney Half-Marathon and 10k is usually held every year in July but couldn't go ahead this year because of all the restrictions. Now that the restrictions have been eased, it will be held on Saturday 13th November 2021.

The event website is here...

The event includes a dry fit top and a medal.

The Half-Marathon has a start time of 8:30am while the 10k starts at 8:50am.

This will obviously be of interest to anyone who wants a weekend away in Killarney.

Half-Marathon: The start of the half has traditionally been up at Molls Gap with the competitors running down to the finish line outside the Gleneagle Hotel in Killarney.

While restrictions have eased, there would obviously be issues transporting a lot of people by bus up to the start line. As a result, the course is closer to the national park.

10k: The 10k follows the same route to the half except it turns around sooner.

Full details including how to enter can be found on the event website...

Results & photos of the IMRA trail race in Rochestown Woods - Sun 10th Oct 2021


A total of 78 runners turned out for this IMRA trail race in Rochestown Woods on Sunday 10th October 2021.

First 3 men & women...
1 Colm O Connor 2318 M35 0:32:36 Cork
2 Cathal Prior 1096 M45 0:33:31 Cork
3 Edward Ahern 2327 M 0:34:04 Cork
7 Kealey Tideswell 1485 F35 0:36:05 Clonmel AC Tipperary
20 Kate Jackman 296 F 0:39:47 Wexford
36 Grainne O'Callaghan 393 F 0:43:55 North Cork AC Limerick

1) There is a gallery on the IMRA website HERE

Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Is this the end of the road for the Irish Runner magazine???

I recently checked out the social media feeds for the Irish Runner magazine and I noticed that they have been inactive for months. From what I understand, the last print issue was in July of 2021 and subscribers were told that it was being 'made over' to make it better.

Ian O'Riordan who is the athletics journalist for the Irish Times wrote on Twitter this week that it has gone out of business...

The Irish Runner magazine was started by Frank Greally back in 1981 at the start of the running boom and it has been going for 40 years. It was taken over by Athletics Ireland about 10-15? years ago and in the last few years, it was outsourced to an outside company to produce. From what I hear, that outside company has now stopped publishing it.

Despite it being the official publication of Athletics Ireland, they have said nothing about its demise.

The Irish Runner magazine has played a huge role in the coverage of athletics and running in Ireland for four decades. 

It would be a shame to see it go without Athletics Ireland making an announcement about it and noting the part that Frank Greally and the magazine played in the promotion of the athletics and running in the country.

Update - Fri 15th Oct 2021: Athletics Ireland finally woke up and issued this statement today...

We'll have to wait and see what their 'multimedia strategy' might be. I know some people like to have a physical copy of a magazine in their hand to read rather than on a PC, tablet or phone. If they stop printing a physical magazine, will people pay for a digital product when so much information is already on Facebook and websites?

When I put up this post a few days ago, I thought it would generate more interest than it did. I really did get a sense of general indifference by many people to the fate of the Irish Runner magazine.

Youghal 5k parkrun to start on Saturday 23rd October 2021

The good news is that there is a new 5k parkrun starting in Youghal on Saturday the 23rd of October 2021 at 9:30am.

The venue is located just off the Youghal bypass which means easy access for runners from East Cork and West Waterford. It's not hard to imagine it attracting runners from Midleton to Dungarvan.

It will be called the Pobalscoil na Tr铆on贸ide parkrun which is the name of the local school.

As can be seen from the map above, the school is just a few hundred metres away from the slip roads on the Youghal bypass.

The course as shown on the parkrun website seems to be out and back with a large loop at the end. This seems to be 1.25kms in length so four laps of this circuit would make 5kms.

The course is described as such... "The course is 5000m (5k) long. This has been accurately measured by us with a professional measuring wheel. The course is at Pobalscoil na Tr铆on贸ide, Youghal. The course is run entirely on permanent paths. Some sections of the course may accumulate mud, leaves and puddles after rain. Dependent on availability, marshals will be at key sections of the course, or signs will be in place."

There seems to be a fall in the ground towards the northern end of the loop but the difference between the highest and lowest points of the course seems to be only about 8 metres so it shouldn't be an issue.

In conclusion... Prior to the Youghal parkrun, there was a large gap on the map with the nearest parkruns being in the Glen in Cork City, up in Clonmel or in the nature reserve in Waterford City. There are a lot of active runners in the East Cork / West Waterford regions and a free weekly 5k parkrun is likely to be a draw.

The course also looks idea for a 2km childrens parkrun but one step at a time 馃槈

The Pobalscoil na Tr铆on贸ide parkrun website is HERE

You can find a list of parkruns in Cork on my page HERE

Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Date for the 2022 Dungarvan 10-mile road race announced

Make a note in your diaries... the 2022 John Treacy 10-mile road race in Dungarvan is going to be on Sunday 6th February 2022.

This is quite simple one of the best 10-mile road races in the country and in the past, it has sold out in hours.

I'd expect it may take a bit longer to sell out this time but it will sell out.

The race is organised by West Waterford AC and they have said that the entry details will be announced in mid-November.

Virtual Boston Marathon on Bere Island!

Here's something you don't see every day. Well done to Cork runner Joanna Riddell who completed a virtual Boston marathon on Bere Island in West Cork over the weekend.

Her sister Helen Riddell wrote..." Her 6th virtual marathon on the island since 2020 and 16th marathon overall. The only time the #BostonMarathon had been run on an Irish island #Boston125"

Monday, October 11, 2021

Notice: Eyeries 5-mile road race in West Cork - Sat 6th Nov 2021

Aerial Photo Eyeries Village. Phot by Lorraine Crowley

It's back! The popular Eyeries 5 mile road race is coming up on Saturday the 6th of November 2021 in West Cork.

As can be seen from the photo above, it really is a stunning part of the country. Eyeries is a lovely little village full of brightly coloured houses and it's squeezed in between the mountains of the Beara Peninsula on one side and the Atlantic Ocean on the other.

It's no suprise that many clubs and groups use the Eyeries event as an excuse for an outing with a race thrown in for good measure.

This race was first established by Eyeries Running Promotions and has been carefully built up over the last few years. 

As you can see from the flyer above and the text below, there is a very substantial prize list which a lot of road races closer to Cork City would struggle to match.

St Finbarr's AC on tour to the Eyeries 5-mile road race ... photo by Anne-Marie Cronin

From the organisers... "Eyeries 5 Mile Road Race returns after a break last year. The course is the same, the time of year is the same and a well organised and safe event will hopefully be the same. In it’s seventh running, Eyeries 5 Mile has regularly attracted between 150 – 200 participants. 

Taking place at the end of the year it is a ideally placed for runners to draw a line under the running year and celebrate with one last bash at this classic distance. It is the last of four races in the ‘Beara A.C. Autumn 5 Mile Series’ which expanded this year to include Glengariff, Allihies, Bere Island and Eyeries. 

Competitors of all four races receive a commemorative medal as well as competing for the series 1st , 2nd and 3rd .

We have made a big effort with our great local sponsors to maintain a big prize list in Eyeries with all
categories having prizes for 1st , 2nd and 3rd places from Juniors all the way up to over 75’s. We have
learned from our devoted, returning runners that this large spread of prizes keeps our participant
numbers high and makes for a better occasion for all. 

We have added in no small way by increasing our podium prizes to the TOP 5 home in Male and Female. With prizes increased to €250, €150, €100, €75 and €50 respectively for 1st to 5th . 

New for this year is the inclusion of a Male Team, and Female Team Prizes Top 4 to score. Plus a Mixed Team Prize of six to score 3 Male and 3 Female. We want to promote the club team effort and these prizes will make for some interesting competition.

So make a date and book your spot in Eyeries on Saturday 6th November 2021 at 2:30pm.

* * *

If anyone is looking for accommodation in Eyeries then you check out this link...

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...

11 Irish runners finish the 2021 Marathon Des Sable Ultra Race

Wikipedia describes it as follows... "Marathon des Sables, or MdS, is a six-day, 251 km ultramarathon, which is approximately the distance of six regular marathons. The longest single stage is 91 km long. This multiday race is held every year in southern Morocco, in the Sahara Desert. It has been regarded as the toughest foot race on Earth."

This year, there were 753 registered runners with 352 finishing the grueling course.

753 Registered / 352 Finishers / 320 DNF (Did Not Finish) /81 DNS (Did Not Start)

An impressive 11 runners from Ireland completed this years race which was the 35th edition.

Marathon des Sables #ireland
Patrick Hamilton 44th
Daniel O’Mahony 70th - Crusaders AC, Dublin
Justin Kilduff 92nd 
Richard Phelan 106th - Crusaders AC, Dublin
Thomas Fitzgibbon 116th - Glanworth, Cork
Philip Oakley 134th - Cork
John McNamara 220th
William Toomes 236th
Andrew Lynch 269th
Joseph Delaney 314th
Shaun Hernon 371st

18 Registered from Ireland / 11 Finished /5 DNF / 2 DNS

I'm not sure how many are from Cork but anyone can let me know what county they're from then I'll update the post.

Thanks to John O'Regan for the above info.

Sunday, October 10, 2021

Parkrun is now 17 years old...

At the start of October, the parkrun organization celebrated it's 17th birthday!

According to the parkrun website, on Saturday 2 October 2004, 13 runners and five volunteers turned up to Bushy Park in Teddington, London, for a free, timed, 5k run, known then as the Bushy Park Time Trial.

"Paul and Joanne Sinton-Hewitt, Duncan Gaskell, Simon Hedger and Robin Drummond made up the volunteer team that day, with pen and paper used to record all the results, and washers from the local hardware store acting as finish tokens.

Fast forward 17 years and now many hundreds of thousands of finish times are processed each week, and more than half a million individual people have volunteered. There are events in more than 2,200 locations in 23 countries across the world."

The first 5k parkrun in Ireland started in Belfast in 2010 and the first one in Dublin was in Malahide in November 2012.

I think at the time I was writing on the blog about how it might come to Cork and sure enough, the first one started in Macroom in May of 2013. There are now eight 5k parkruns in Cork and the ninth will be starting in Youghal later this month.

5k parkruns in Cork with the month they started...

1) Castle Demense, Macroom - May 2013
2) Clonakilty - February 2014
3) Bere Island - August 2014
4) Glengarriff - January 2016
5) Castlehaven (Rineen Woods) - January 2016
6) Ballincollig (Regional Park) - June 2016
7) Glen River (Glen, Cork City) - November 2018
8) Mallow (Town Park / Castle) - February 2019
9) Youghal (Pobalscoil na Tr铆on贸ide) - October 2021

Impacts of parkruns: If we were to go back 20 or so years, there were really only two types of running events in Cork. There were the road races organised by the various Athletics Ireland affiliated clubs and those organised by the Cork BHAA.

The local 5k parkruns have been a huge success in attracting a lot of people who would consider club races to be 'too serious' and are afraid of finishing last. The core mantra of parkrun is participation rather than finishing first and winning prizes.

With regards to the impact of parkruns on organised road races, it's a bit of a double edged sword. On the one hand, the parkruns have got a lot more people out running and some might be tempted to try an organised road race at some stage. On the other hand, some might opt for a free 5k parkrun rather than pay an entry fee of €10-€20 to do a road race.

I know in Dublin about 10 years ago, an athletics club used to organise a road race series on a Saturday morning which used to generate funds for the club. Once several free 5k parkruns started up in their locality, it effectively killed their race series.

It's likely that we will see more 5k parkruns popping up as time goes on and it's likely their influence will grow rather than diminish. With entry fees of road races increasing, there is a real possibility that their popularity will diminish with more people opting for the free weekly parkrun instead.

Guest Post: Mental Health Pat Walsh


World Mental Health Day 10th October 2021

I didn’t post any insightful nuggets today, nor did I post any rubbish about running.

There is a reason and it is important.

I love running and all it does for my mental health. Without a good mental state we are lost, floundering and in no way capable of performing physically.

I beat this drum regularly, I have no qualifications but a passion to just help people every day and drag them out of any hole they may have fallen into.

We run and think times are important. 


Running is the important part, the time is just a reflection that you turned up. Don’t sweat the small stuff and be grateful you ran.

I have listened to some podcasts, radio programs this week and all were stressing the importance of connection, contact, fun, social, sharing and just being there for your mates or having mates that can help.

Us runners are lucky, as we do tend to share some secrets on the road that we would never talk with anyone else. What is said on the road stays on the road.

No buddy like a running buddy, share the pain in more ways than one.

I have great running friends and I am always thankful for that.馃槏

You are reading this on a social media platform and I am grateful that most who contribute a comment or a love on this page are kindred spirits who strive to do their best for themselves and all their friends. Social media can connect us but can be a bad forum if not used correctly. Be careful.

Lads it was a sh**e time last 2 years that was extra tough on us all so be extra kind to all from this day forth.


Hope everyone is ok and if not reach out.
Be kind to others.
If you can’t say something nice say nothing.
A smile to a stranger is a beautiful Irish trait.
A kind word to someone could be the difference between a good and bad day.

What will you do to help others.
Oh ya and keep on running


Saturday, October 09, 2021

Results of the 5k parkruns in Cork - Sat 9th Oct 2021

Results of this weeks eight 5k parkruns around the county...

Ballincollig Regional Park: The numbers were up a tiny bit this week with 283 taking part as opposed to 279 last week. It's still just below the of 300.

First 3 men & women...
1 Rory O' SULLIVAN Male VM40-44 St Finbarrs AC 17:33
2 Karl MITCHELL Male VM35-39 Leevale AC 18:22
3 Tony MCKEON Male SM30-34 18:33
25 Neasa N脤 LIATH脌IN Female VW35-39 20:59
43 Clodagh CREEDON Female VW40-44 22:26
45 Mary SWEENEY Female VW60-64 St Finbarrs AC 22:32

1) Joe Murphy has a gallery HERE

Mallow Castle: 84 finishers this week, 86 last week. The average of the 5 events at Mallow Castle is 98.

First 3 men & women...
1 David HAYES Male VM40-44 19:06
2 Unknown
3 Unknown
11 Denise TWOHIG Female VW45-49 St Finbarrs AC 21:40
13 Marie MONAGHAN Female VW35-39 21:57
22 Niamh SHEEHAN Female SW30-34 Togher AC 23:30

Glen River: 68 took part this week, down slightly on the 74 of last week. The long term average is 87.

1 Finbarr ODWYER Male VM45-49 Leevale AC 18:02
2 Andy GOULDING Male VM35-39 Watergrasshill AC 19:04
3 Loic GAREL Male VM40-44 19:10
21 Imelda LYONS Female VW40-44 25:32
27 Mags HASSETT Female VW45-49 26:46
31 Aoife O'NEILL Female SW30-34 27:10

Macroom Desmense: 42 this week, up from the 32 of last week. Long term average is 54.

First 3 men & women...

1 Padraig SHEAHAN Male VM55-59 Millstreet Athletic Club 20:17
2 Diarmuid HOLLAND Male VM45-49 20:43
3 Jeremy KELLEHER Male VM45-49 West Muskerry A.C. 20:54
15 Noreen STEWART Female VW35-39 25:04
17 Shireen ROUNTREE Female VW40-44 25:56
18 Julie MURRAY Female VW40-44 26:13

Clonakilty: Snap! 27 again this week. Long term average is 37.

First 3 men & women...
1 Niall O'CONNOR Male VM45-49 Ranelagh Harriers 20:43
2 Diarmuid 脫 S脷ILLEABH脕IN Male VM35-39 Sportsworld 21:35
3 Martin LYNCH Male VM55-59 Ballincollig Athletic Club 21:55
10 Grainne CROWLEY Female VW45-49 27:10
12 Karin CONNOLLY Female VW45-49 Bishopstown Orienteering Club 29:14
16 Mary CASEY Female VW35-39 30:28

Castlehaven: The first 3 finishers were women is this weeks 5k in Rineen Woods near Castlehaven. 23 finishers which is up from the 17 last week, long term average 31.

First 3 men & women...
1 Catherine AIREY Female SW25-29 Highgate Harriers 22:01
2 Caroline KELLY Female SW30-34 London City Athletics Club 23:25
3 Niamh O'BRIEN Female SW30-34 24:06
4 Florence FITZGERALD Male SM30-34 24:11
6 Mark SALTER-TOWNSHEND Male VM55-59 25:48
7 Noel CROWLEY Male SM30-34 26:20

Bere Island: It looks as if the girls rule the roost on Bere Island with them taking all three first places. I had to go down as #15 to find the 3rd male. 28 this week, 22 last week and the long term average is 47.

First 3 men & women...
1 Michelagh MURPHY Female JW15-17 24:00
2 Annie FITZSIMMONS Female SW30-34 24:01
3 Carol HURLEY Female VW50-54 Beara AC 25:29
5 Breandan MURPHY Male SM18-19 27:21
7 Ian BATES Male VM60-64 Dromore AC 28:39 
15 Tadhg HOBBS Male JM11-14 37:23


First 3 men & women... 
Glengarriff results... 

Friday, October 08, 2021

Notice: Run a virtual 5k / 10k for breast cancer awareness month - Oct 2021

The Marie Keating Foundation are holding a virtual 5k / 10k run to raise funds for breast cancer awareness and support services.

It costs €20 +online fees and you can enter HERE

You can walk, jog or run the distance on your own or with a friend. The main thing is that it raises funds for this charity.

Marie Keating Foundation Virtual 5/10k : 1 October 2021 - 31 October 2021

Note that there is a t-shirt included in the entry fee and there is the option of paying extra for a medal or even donating a bit more.

From the Marie Keating Foundation: Show your support for those affected by breast cancer by running, walking or jogging 5 or 10K in your local area this breast cancer awareness month.

Kindly supported by Pigsback, all funds raised from this challenge will go towards supporting our vital breast cancer awareness and support services year round.

Every year in Ireland, 3,704 people are diagnosed with breast cancer. For 23 years the Marie Keating Foundation has been there supporting men and women affected by breast cancer at every step of their journey. They also raise awareness of the importance of cancer prevention and early detection to ensure that more and more people come out the other side of treatment.

After the success of last year’s virtual run, the Marie Keating Foundation, kindly supported by,  are once again asking you to run, walk or jog your own 5/10K in your local area, and help to raise vital funds to support their life saving breast cancer awareness and support services.

Registration includes a Marie Keating Foundation/ T-shirt with the option to purchase a commemorative challenge medal to mark your achievement. To take part and help support those at every step of their breast cancer journey, please register below.

Registration will be open until the 31st of October. You can log your results up until the 6th of November and if you wish you can see how your time compares to others taking up the challenge.

Friday Jigsaw: Irish runners at the 2021 Spartathlon

Following on from Alex O'Shea's epic report on the 2021 Spartathlon 245km Ultra, it seemed appropriate to make a jigsaw for it!

The photo is of Irish runners Anthony Lee, Anne Jennings and Alex O'Shea who successfully completed this years event.

I've been a bit soft on you with some of the recent jigsaws so we'll make this one 304-pieces which is more of a challenge.

You can find the jigsaw HERE