Google+ Running in Cork, Ireland: February 2022

Sunday, February 27, 2022

Results of the Kinsale 10 mile - Sun 27th Feb 2022


540 runners turned out for this years 10 mile race in Kinsale, a drop of 25% on the numbers back in February 2020.

Top 5 men & women...

1. 1265 Tudor Moldovan m Clonlife harriers M18-39 3:22 00:53:49  
2. 1306 Jeremy O donovan m St finbarr’s M40-44 3:25 00:54:27  
3. 1268 Michael Morgan m St finbars ac M45-49 3:25 00:54:37  
4. 1139 Kevin Gilleece m Eagle ac M40-44 3:33 00:56:48  
5. 1246 Sean Mcdermott m M18-39 3:36 00:57:27
13. 1266 Jennifer Montague f Leevale F18-39 3:50 01:01:10
32. 1286 Catherine Murphy f Eagle ac F45-49 4:06 01:05:27
39. 838 Jean Lucey f F18-39 4:09 01:06:19
42. 1304 Linda O connor f Cork tri club F45-49 4:12 01:06:57  
45. 1172 Kathy jean Horgan casey f F45-49 4:14 01:07:44

Provisional results HERE


Results of the 'Let's get sights for Ellie' 5k in Doneraile Park - 27th Feb 2022


A total of 162 runners turned out for this charity 5k in Doneraile Park in North Cork.

1 Donal Coakley Leevale AC 16:27 SM 20
2 Alfie Davis Leevale AC 17:12 SM 188
3 James Grufferty Leevale AC 17:16 SM 58
7 Kealey Tideswell Clonmel AC 18:55 SF 167
9 Emma Flynn North Cork AC 19:14 JF 49
11 Aibhe McDaid 19:38 SF 164


Full results HERE

Photos...
1) North Cork AC have a gallery of photos HERE

Saturday, February 26, 2022

Results of the 5k parkruns in Cork - Sat 26th Feb 2022


Results of the 5k parkruns around the county on Saturday 26th February 2022

Ballincollig Regional Park: 220 this week, 230 last week. Long term average 299.

First 3 men & women...
1 Eoin O KEEFFE Male VM35-39 St Finbarrs AC 17:28
2 Grzegorz SIENICKI Male VM35-39 17:52
3 Fergal SARGENT Male VM40-44 St Finbarrs AC 18:30
18 Gail MURRAY Female VW40-44 Belgooly AC 20:45
19 Nollaigh O'NEILL Female VW50-54 Leevale AC 20:49
22 Niamh CRONIN Female VW45-49 St Finbarrs AC 21:06


Glen River: 74 this week, 57 last week. The long term average is 83.

First 3 men & women...
1 Finbarr ODWYER Male VM45-49 Leevale AC 18:50
2 Richard BOURKE Male VM40-44 St Finbarrs AC 18:59
3 Aidan MAHER Male JM15-17 Carraig na bhFear AC 19:04
12 Niamh SHEEHAN Female SW30-34 Togher AC 23:24
13 Gabrielle STACK Female SW30-34 Sanctuary Runners 23:33
15 Sandra WALSH Female VW50-54 24:36


Mallow Castle: 55 finishers this week, 52 last week. The long term average is 89.

First 3 men & women...
1 Iain BUCKLEY Male JM11-14 18:49
2 Andrzej CHOMICZ Male VM40-44 Mallow AC 19:16
3 Kieran TWOMEY Male VM55-59 21:10
8 Nicole O'CALLAGHAN Female JW10 23:35
11 Margaret CRONIN Female VW40-44 Bweeng Trail Blazers 23:55
12 Aine QUANE Female SW30-34 23:56


Youghal: The Pobalscoil na Tríonóide 5k parkrun in Youghal got 68 this week, 69 for last week. The long term average is 77.

First 3 men & women...
1 Henry MILWARD Male SM30-34 Midleton AC 18:20
2 Ben O'SULLIVAN Male JM15-17 18:45
3 Padraig MAHONY Male VM45-49 18:54
11 Éadaoin COLEMAN Female VW40-44 23:03
12 Lucy BARRY Female SW30-34 23:26
13 Muirna WALSH Female VW45-49 23:32


Macroom Desmense: 59 this week, 45 last week. Long term average is 54.

First 3 men & women...
1 Finbarr KELLEHER Male VM35-39 20:54
2 Martin CANTY Male VM40-44 Melbourne Midday Milers 21:34
3 Rafal SZULHAN Male VM45-49 22:03
14 Claire Mary TWOMEY Female VW35-39 24:58
18 Chloe LEHANE Female JW11-14 25:33
19 Mary LUCEY Female VW35-39 25:56

Clonakilty: 30 finishers this week, 29 finishers last week. Long term average 37.

First 3 men & women...
1 Mícheál Ó SÉ Male VM40-44 19:40
2 Niall O'CONNOR Male VM45-49 Ranelagh Harriers 21:05
3 Conor SMITH Male SM20-24 21:43
4 Anna O'NEILL Female VW50-54 22:29
5 Niamh O'BRIEN Female SW30-34 22:43
10 Meg HOLLAND Female SW25-29 24:54


Glengarriff Woods: There were 74 finishers for this weeks 5k parkrun in Glengarriff Woods. It was cancelled for the two previous weeks, long term average is 59.

First 3 men & women... 
1 Danny MANNING Male VM45-49 21:24
2 Stephen O'SULLIVAN Male VM50-54 21:29
3 Cathal MINEHANE Male VM40-44 22:11
6 Ciara TIERNEY Female SW30-34 Tralee Triathlon Club 23:06
9 Niamh CASEY Female VW35-39 24:15
10 Anita GRIMES Female VW55-59 24:27


Bere Island: 54 this week, 26 last week, long term average of 46. 

First 3 men & women...
1 Stephen CROWLEY Male SM30-34 19:47
2 Ray SMITH Male VM55-59 21:32
3 Garry HILLIARD Male VM45-49 21:39
6 Michelagh MURPHY Female SW18-19 23:54
8 Breeda O SULLIVAN Female VW55-59 Beara AC 24:29
10 Clare MURPHY Female VW60-64 26:15


Castlehaven: 19 finishers this week in Rineen Woods. 22 last week. Long term average 30.

First 3 men & women...
1 Florence FITZGERALD Male SM30-34 21:47
3 John CASEY Male VM55-59 Togher AC 23:38
6 Peter MACHIN Male VM50-54 Long Eaton RC 25:37
2 Catherine AIREY Female SW25-29 Highgate Harriers 22:14
4 Fiona SHINE Female VW35-39 Crusaders Athletic Club 25:29
5 Lisa SHINE Female VW35-39 Crusaders Athletic Club 25:33

Guest Post: Time & Patience ...by Pat Walsh

 ** Time and Patience **

I had promised not to post much, as I would be too busy enjoying life and then 3 storms in 1 week and I’m spending lots of time on the couch. Dudley, Eunice and Franklin are likes characters in a cartoon instead of wind, rain, hail and snow.

We are free to move around again but who wants to go out in this weather. 

So what must we do to improve?

There is no quick fix. It takes Time and Patience to develop your fitness.

Adjust your lifestyle so that running is part of daily, weekly routine and not just "Go Mad" until next Goal and then stop....!

If running is part of your life then missing a few days now and then, due to weather isn’t too bad. Relax and go easy on yourself

The relationship between intensity and results is not linear--

Training harder will not always help you improve. Sustainable, lasting results take time to build. Anyone can crush themselves for several weeks and watch their conditioning increase. But can they keep this up for months? For years? Of course not. The physio will be busy.

There is no need to exert yourself more than the minimum amount required to see positive adaptations. The key is to find the sweet spot between overtraining and under-training, which requires careful monitoring and management.


So think about what you want to do and how to get there.  Continuous training allowing for rest periods is the only way forward.

Now time for Netflix and find a good film. Have a good weekend and keep on running. 🏃🏃‍♀️ Keep in touch and thanks for all the lovely messages I get. 😍

#pwr

Friday, February 25, 2022

14-week Training programme for the 2022 Cork City Half-Marathon


The Cork City Half-Marathon will be held on Sunday the 5th of June 2022. I will be starting an 14-week training programme for the full marathon on the 28th of February and the cost is €79.

The programme is sent out weekly and is tailored for each individual. Weekly feedback by email is required.

If interested, send an email to johndesmondrunning AT gmail DOT com

Friday Jigsaw: First 3 men in the 2022 Carrigaline 5 mile


The Carrigaline 5 mile was held last Sunday with almost 300 runners taking part on what was a very wet morning.

This weeks 165-piece online jigsaw is of the first 3 men in the race.

You can find it HERE

Thursday, February 24, 2022

Notice: IMRA Knockmealdown Half-Marathon - Sat 12th March 2022

The Irish Mountain Running Association are organising this event on Saturday the 12th of March 2022.

Note that it is quite demanding and only suitable for experienced runners. Membership of IMRA required.

DESCRIPTION: Knockmealdowns Half Marathon
COUNTY: Waterford
DATE: Saturday 12 March, 2022
TIME: 11:00
CLIMB (M): 1112
DISTANCE (KM):24.00
EVENT DIFFICULTY:10 (Extreme)
RACE MARKING: Only major junctions marked
GPS ALLOWED: Yes
ENTRY CLOSES:2022-02-27 23:59:00

Entry details HERE

Wednesday, February 23, 2022

Notice: 5k trail race in Doneraile Park (Let's Get Sights For Ellie) - Sun 27th Feb 2022


This 5km Trail Race in Doneraile Park nearr Mallow is organised by North Cork AC and it will be held on Sunday 27th February 2022 at 11am. The race is a fundraiser for "Let's Get Sights For Ellie".

Ellie Cusack is an 11 year old girl from Co. Limerick that has been diagnosed with multiple meningioma tumours and is on a mission to see the world before sadly she loses her sight. This a fundraiser to help with her treatment and to help her see some sights in the world.

Online Entry here at this link:- https://northcorkac.ie/coaching-2/

Collect your race bib number at the start line of the race from 10am on Feb. 27th. All are welcome to Run, Jog or walk the event, whatever your ability.

Email; northcorkac AT gmail DOT com if you have any questions.

Note some of the surfaces are rough trail surfaces.

The link to the fundraiser is here:- https://www.facebook.com/letsgetsightsforellie 

or the GoFundMe Page is here:- https://gofund.me/921986dc 

Tuesday, February 22, 2022

Results & Photos of the IMRA Trail Race in Rahan Woods - Sun 20th Feb 2022


Despite the wind and rain, a total of 128 hardy souls turned out for this IMRA 8.5km trail race in Rahan Woods near Mallow. 

First 3 men & women...
1 John Kinsella 1441 M40 32:40 Bilboa AC Limerick
2 Barry McEvoy 118 M 33:10 Laois
3 Nick Hogan 272 M40 34:25 Cork
11 Roisin Howley 716 F 38:24 Clare
15 Breda Gaffney 1015 F50 38:44 Mallow AC Cork
26 Carol Finn 565 F 41:18 Cork

Full results HERE

Photos HERE

It wasn't that long ago that an IMRA race like this would have got 50 on a good day and 30 on a wet day.

Sunday, February 20, 2022

Results of the Carrigaline 5 mile road race - Sun 20th Feb 2022

It was a damp morning for a road race with the light drizzle eventually turning into driving rain. Not a day for fast times.

Entries for this 5 mile race in Carrigaline hit the 400 mark but it looks as if the inclement weather deterred a good few with a total of 278 runners crossing the finish line. This is down slightly on the 295 finishers back in 2019.

Top 5 men & women...

1 Michael HARTY East Cork AC M40 8017 25:30
2 Paul MOLONEY Mallow AC M40 8015 25:34
3 John MEADE St Finbarrs AC M40 1740 26:46
4 Damian KENNEALLY Eagle AC M35 1351 27:19
5 Donncha KIELY Traction AC M35 1611 27:52
23 Emma MURPHY F35 8045 31:11
25 Linda O'SULLIVAN Watergrasshill AC F F50 1595 31:36
31 Aoife MAHONY Eagle AC F40 1406 32:01
39 Linda O'CONNOR F45 1360 32:42
54 Gwen CONROY Watergrasshill AC F45 1630 34:02

The full results are up on the MyRunResults website HERE.

Photos...
1)
Joe & Anne Murphy have a large gallery
Part 1 - Start & ~1m mark HERE
Part 2 - ~4m mark HERE

2) Derek Costello has a large number of galleries...
...Start HERE
...25 - 30 mins HERE
...30 - 35 mins HERE
...35 - 40 mins HERE
...40 - 45 mins HERE
...45 - 50 mins HERE
...50 mins plus HERE

3) Mick Dooley has two galleries...
...Pre race photos HERE
...Finish line photos HERE

First 3 women (L-R) Linda O'Sullivan 2nd, Emma Murphy 1st & Aoife Mahony 3rd

First 3 men in the Carrigaline 5 mile (L-R) Paul Moloney 2nd, Michael Harty 1st & John Meade 3rd


Saturday, February 19, 2022

Guest Post: Run for your Health ...by Pat Walsh

 **   Run for your Health  **


You’ve probably heard it said that exercise is medicine. 

Well, it’s not just a saying; it’s the truth. There’s a raft of scientific evidence that proves that regular exercise (150 minutes per week, which is about 30 minutes five times per week)—and running in particular—has health benefits that extend well beyond any pill a doctor could prescribe. 

Studies have shown that running can help prevent obesity, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, some cancers, and a host of other unpleasant conditions. 

What’s more, scientists have shown that running also vastly improves the quality of your emotional and mental life, and even helps you live longer. 

Now what do you think of that....😍


I hope to post some more articles on general health and mental benefits of running. I do think we must look more at flexibility and mobility as just run, run, run is not the answer to long term fitness and ability to live life.

I also would like to help take away the 'pressure of the watch' and just focus on participating and enjoying it. Of course we have the elite and good runners who train hard with clear goals and I admire and support them.

But there is also a huge group out there who are just happy to run and we should be proud of ourselves any time we complete a race.

I ran John Treacy 10 mile last week and it was an enjoyable run. Met loads of runners for the first time in 2 years, had a few laughs and chats with beautiful people. 

The actual fact that it was my slowest ever time in this race is immaterial. I entered, I ran, I finished, I smiled. I'm alive.

Learn to love running again🥰😘😍

#pwr

Results of the 5k parkruns in Cork - Sat 19th Feb 2022


Results of the 5k parkruns around the county on Saturday 19th February 2022. The numbers overall seem a bit down which was probably due to the damp weather.

Ballincollig Regional Park: 230 this week, 310 last week. Long term average 299.

First 3 men & women...
1 Grzegorz SIENICKI Male VM35-39 18:28
2 James FITZPATRICK Male SM25-29 19:23
3 Niall O' LEARY Male VM45-49 UCC Staff Athletics Club 19:24
12 Nollaigh O'NEILL Female VW50-54 Leevale AC 21:01
20 Katie HICKSON Female VW40-44 21:36
23 Mary SWEENEY Female VW60-64 St Finbarrs AC 21:59


Glen River: 57 this week, 63 last week. The long term average is 84.

First 3 men & women...
1 Cian MCCAFFERTY Male SM30-34 19:56
2 Danny FINN Male SM30-34 20:16
3 Finbarr KELLEHER Male VM35-39 20:51
13 Gabrielle STACK Female SW30-34 Sanctuary Runners 24:11
15 Maeve HIGGINS Female VW55-59 24:26
17 Sandra WALSH Female VW50-54 24:39


Mallow Castle: 52 finishers this week, 65 last week. The long term average is 91.

First 3 men & women...
1 Tomás KIELY Male JM11-14 North Cork AC 18:06
2 Iain BUCKLEY Male JM11-14 18:18
3 Kevin CLANCY Male SM18-19 18:29
10 Ciara KIELY Female JW10 North Cork AC 22:04
17 Nicole O'CALLAGHAN Female JW10 24:01
18 Aine QUANE Female SW30-34 24:02


Youghal: The Pobalscoil na Tríonóide 5k parkrun in Youghal got 69 this week, 45 for last week. The long term average is 78.

First 3 men & women...
1 Aaron KENNY Male SM30-34 Blackrock AC 18:06
2 Ryan COADY Male SM25-29 18:17
3 Shane KEARNEY Male VM40-44 Laya Healthcare 18:53
9 Caroline GEARY Female VW40-44 21:40
19 Nuala MURPHY Female VW40-44 23:27
21 Trish ROCHFORD Female VW40-44 24:07


Macroom Desmense: 59 this week, 45 last week. Long term average is 54.

First 3 men & women...
1 Conor LUCEY Male VM35-39 18:53
2 Diarmuid HOLLAND Male VM45-49 20:24
3 Enda O'FLAHERTY Male VM40-44 20:27
12 Jennifer RING Female VW40-44 23:25
14 Marion COAKLEY Female SW20-24 23:42
16 Noreen STEWART Female VW35-39 24:32


Clonakilty: 29 finishers this week, 39 finishers last week. Long term average 37.

First 3 men & women...
1 Chris HAYES Male VM35-39 21:43
2 Shane WINTERS Male JM10 22:16
3 Barry CRONIN Male VM40-44 22:52
10 Grainne MULCAHY Female SW20-24 26:10
12 Lucy CRONIN Female JW11-14 27:00
15 Karin CONNOLLY Female VW50-54 Bishopstown Orienteering Club 29:44


Glengarriff Woods: There were 101 finishers for this weeks 5k parkrun in Glengarriff Woods. Last week was 108, long term average is 59.

CANCELLED due to flooding on the course for the second week in a row.

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

Bere Island: 26 this week, 41 last week, long term average of 46. 

First 3 men & women...
1 Pat SHEEHAN Male VM60-64 Kenmare Tri Club 22:02
2 Adrian J.P. BYRNE Male VM65-69 23:56
4 Breandan MURPHY Male SM18-19 25:02
3 Michelagh MURPHY Female SW18-19 24:17
5 Carol HURLEY Female VW50-54 Beara AC 26:22
6 Mags O NEILL Female VW45-49 Beara AC 27:09


Castlehaven: 22 finishers this week in Rineen Woods. 19 last week. Long term average 30.

First 3 men & women...
1 Eoin DALY Male SM30-34 21:53
2 Florence FITZGERALD Male SM30-34 22:07
3 Donnacha MC CARTHY Male VM35-39 23:03
4 Catherine AIREY Female SW25-29 Highgate Harriers 23:15
7 Danielle SHEEHY Female SW25-29 26:37
9 Sharon LEVIS Female VW40-44 27:41

Friday, February 18, 2022

Sports grants for clubs in Cork - Feb 2022


In the last week, the Government announced sports grants with €144 million for more than 1,900 clubs and schools around the country to develop sports facilities and purchase sports equipment.. It is the country's largest ever Sports Capital & Equipment Programme distribution.

Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, Catherine Martin described it as "a great day for sport.

It has been a tough two years for many sports clubs but the pandemic really demonstrated the importance of sport for our collective well-being.

The grants we are announcing today will significantly improve sports facilities in every county. There is a huge variety of different sports covered and I was particularly pleased that the scoring system placed an even greater emphasis on female participation.

Over 30 sports and activities are represented, ranging from competitive, track and field games right through to walking."

These are the grants for some of the sports clubs in Cork. It is welcome to see various GAA clubs develop community walkways which of course can also be used for short runs.

In small towns and villages, it can be a challenge to find someplace safe to run on a dark evening in the Winter.

The announcement includes major grants for athletics tracks in Bandon, Carrigaline & Mallow.

Ballydesmond GAA club Walk Way Upgrade Works Gaelic Games 54,363
Bandon Athletic Club Outdoor 6/8 lane athletics track & field facility Athletics 290,000
Banteer Community Sportsfield Ltd Walks /jogging track development at Banteer Multi-sport 80,000
Barryroe GAA Walking Path around Perimeter of Club Grounds Gaelic Games 80,964
Carraig na bhFear GAA Club Extension of Exercise track to 1 km Gaelic Games 36,500
Carrigaline Rugby Football Club New Carrigaline Rugby & Athletics Club facility Rugby 149,000
Ballinhassig Fitness Trail Multi-sport 21,000
Mallow Community Running Track and Sports Ground Multi-sport 150,000
Grange Fermoy AC Storage Shed and Long Jump Runway Athletics 5,595
Kilbrin GAA Club Walkway around pitch and upgrade of facilities. Gaelic Games 124,575
Newmarket GAA Club Lighting walk/running track for local Community. Gaelic Games 40,237
Tracton GAA LED flood lights on main pitch and walkway project Gaelic Games 150,000
Uibh Laoire GAA Uibh Laoire community walkway Gaelic Games 18,000
West Muskerry Athletic Club 4 Lane 120m Sprint Track Athletics 50,027

Friday Jigsaw: BHAA race in Little Island - Feb 2022


The Cork BHAA held a 6km road race in Little Island on Sunday the 13th of February 2022. 

This weeks online jigsaw is of the first 3 women in the race (L-R) Carol Finn (2nd), Shona Heaslip (1st) and Linda O'Connor (3rd).

You can find the 187-piece jigsaw HERE

Thursday, February 17, 2022

A look at the numbers at the Natinal Masters Cross Country last Sunday...

The 2022 Athletics Ireland National Masters Cross Country Championships were held in Castlelyons last Sunday the 13th of February. Someone suggested that this was the reason the numbers at the Cork BHAA race were down so I had a look at the numbers.

The 2019 Championships were held in Dundalk, the 2020 Championships were held in Wicklow in February before the pandemic kicked off and this year was in Castlelyons in Cork.



As can be seen from the chart above, the numbers were down this year but not excessively so. It's likely that the further the championships move away from the greater Dublin area then the numbers are always likely to drop.


The chart above shows the clubs and counties as shown in the results. 

To make up a team, four club members need to finish. For an all-Ireland competition, the number of clubs able to actually field a team is surprising small. 

To make up a county team, six men or four women are required. As can be seen from the graphic, just four counties were able to field an O35 men's team which makes it pretty much uncompetitive.

For an athletics organization where 83% of the adult membership is aged 35 and over, that's a very low number. It seems as if a small number of counties have any interest in cross country events.

For example, it's not unreasonable to expect the host county and all of the nearby counties to field a county team for what is a national championships. 

For the men's O35 team event, there was a team from Cork and Limerick but none from Kerry, Clare, Tipperary or Waterford.

For the women's O35 team event, there was a team from Cork, Clare and Tipperary but none from Kerry or Waterford.

As for the drop in the BHAA numbers at Little Island, it's likely the cross country race had some impact but it wouldn't have been responsible for all of it. Just like all those other counties, the vast majority of runners in Cork have little or no interest in cross country events.

The results of the cross country championships can be viewed on the MyRunResults website.

Wednesday, February 16, 2022

Notice: Mallow 10 mile road race - Sun 20th March 2022


The Mallow 10 mile road race is coming up on Sunday the 20th of March 2022 at 12:30pm. 

There will be a lot of demand for this race and it will certainly sell out. Outside of the Dungarvan 10, this is probably the second most popular 10 miler in Munster.

Entry link HERE

From Mallow AC... "The Mallow AC 10 Mile Race which will be held on Sunday March 20th 2022, with a start time of 12:30 pm.  Mallow AC are delighted to announce details of the event which has established itself as a must run race on the Irish road running calendar with participants from all over Ireland participating.

Entries are limited to the first 2000 and online entries are available through EventMaster...  https://eventmaster.ie/event/qMWlSP7SQq "

Updated info will appear here and on the race website... https://mallowtenmile.wordpress.com/

Update 16th Feb 2022: Co-Op Superstores have come onboard as a title sponsor.

Co-Op Superstore... "We’re back on board as title sponsors of the Mallow 10 mile road race. This is a high-profile event in the Munster region and will take place this year on Sunday 20th of March 2022.  With this race having to be cancelled in 2020 and held virtually in 2021, we’re looking forward to welcoming over 2000 runners from all over Ireland back to Mallow for what will be a hugely competitive race!"


Mallow AC Chairperson, Catriona Ryan commented “We’re thrilled to have Co-Op Superstores back with us as title sponsors of the Mallow 10 Mile Road Race for 2022. We’re expecting almost 2000 runners to Mallow on Sunday 20th March and are looking forward to welcoming them to the town for what will be a big community event

Pat Daly, Store Manager Co-Op Superstores Mallow said; “We are delighted to be back on board as title sponsors of the Mallow 10 Mile Road Race in 2022. Dairygold, through our Nutritional Campus and retail store as well as through our local Members are deeply associated with Mallow. It’s great to have athletes from all over Ireland coming back to Mallow following a lengthy break from these sort of sporting events as a result of COVID-19 restrictions.  We’re thrilled to support this highly positive event through our sponsorship and staff participation and we’re looking forward to being part of it on the day.

Tuesday, February 15, 2022

Results & Photos of the National 50k Championships - Sat 12th Feb 2022

The annual Donadea 50km was held last Saturday, the 12th of February and as always, it doubled up as the Irish National 50k Championships.

National 50k champions Sean Hehir & Sorcha Loughnane

There were a total of 261 finishers in the race which is impressive considering the distance is about 30 miles.

These were the top 3 men & women...

1. 7 Sean Hehir M Metro St Brigids 2:56:04  
2. 4 Gary Ohanlon M45 Clonliffe Harriers 3:00:55  
3. 225 Raivis Zakis M40 West Waterford A.C. 3:11:11  
5. 312 Sorcha Loughnane F45 Donore Harriers 3:20:33  
16. 304 Deirdre Martin F Carrick on shannon AC 3:40:59  
19. 2 Laura Driscoll F45  3:44:54

 Full results... https://www.popupraces.ie/race/donadea50k-2022/

The most impressive performance was probably that of Sorcha Loughnane who was less than a minute outside the 50k national record which was set by Olympian Catriona Jennings. Sorcha also went through the marathon mark in a time of 2h 46m which was 6 minutes faster than her previous marathon best time.

These are just some of the finishers from Cork and Munster who were listed in the results...

3. 225 Raivis Zakis M40 West Waterford A.C. 10 3:11:11
41. 14 Aidan Hogan M40 Rising Sun 4:00:11  
53. 252 Fozzy Forristal M45 Kerry Crusaders 4:07:30  
54. 57 Niall Bennis M Dooneen AC 4:08:08  
66. 239 Eddie Butt M40 Cork Triathlon Club 4:19:02  
67. 5 Mike Kissane M40 Kerry Crusaders 4:19:18  
68. 62 Alan O Connor M45 Cork Triathlon Club 4:19:56  
81. 92 Liam Lynch M60 Donoughmore AC 4:26:27  
150. 133 Alan Doyle M50 West Waterford A.C. 4:48:26  
190. 165 Kevin Broughton M45 Bilbo_ AC 5:13:59  

Raivis Zakis of West Waterford AC who finished in 3rd place in the 50k also ran the Dungarvan 10 mile the previous Sunday where he posted a time of 56m 51s.

Liam Lynch of Donoughmore AC... 2nd M60

Photos...
1) Sweaty Snaps has several hundred photos HERE

Monday, February 14, 2022

Notice: IMRA Rahan Woods Trail Race nr Mallow - Sun 20th Feb 2022



The IMRA are holding a trail race on Sunday the 20th of February 2022 at Rahan Woods to the east of Mallow in N Cork. 

The distance is 8.5kms with 250m of ascent which makes it modestly hard but anyone who can do a 10k road race should be well able for it.

Note that IMRA membership is required which costs €10 for the year.

More info on the IMRA website... https://imra.ie/events/view/id/2216

DESCRIPTION:Mallow AC Trail
COUNTY:Cork
DATE:Sunday 20 February, 2022
TIME: 11:00 AM
CLIMB (M):250
DISTANCE (KM): 8.50
ENTRY CLOSES:2022-02-19 18:00:00
ENTRY COST:€7 for seniors, €5 for over 65s and under 18s
Online entry only for this race.

More info on the 2022 IMRA events HERE


To get there, note that Rahan Woods is to the south of the L1223 road from the bridge in Mallow to Kilavullen.

Sunday, February 13, 2022

Results of the Cork BHAA 6k race in Little Island - Sun 13th Feb 2022

First 3 women (L-R) - Carol Finn 2nd, Shona Heaslip 1st & Linda O'Connor 3rd. Photo: Mick Dooley

This 6k road race which was organised by the Cork BHAA in Little Island attracted a field of 203 runners. As BHAA races go, this is pretty small compared to the usual 352 they got in 2018 and 2019.

Top 3 men & women...

Pos Name Cat Prize Time Company Team
1 Eric Curran M-1 00:19:31 Merck
2 Kristaps Liepins M-2 00:19:37 Stryker
4 Kenneth Kelleher 0/40A M-3 00:19:48 Irish Distillers
3 Shona Heaslip F-1 00:19:43 Tralee Physical Therapy F
10 Carol Finn F-2 00:22:48 Carol Finn Physical Therapy
18 Linda O Connor 0/45J F-3 00:23:46 Musgrave

Full results HERE

Saturday, February 12, 2022

Notice: Carrigaline 5 mile road race - Sun 20th Feb 2022



Eagle AC are organising their annual 5 mile road race in Carrigaline on Sunday, the 20th of February 2022 at 11am.

UPDATE: Entries close at 10am on Monday 14th February.

The entry link is here... https://register.enthuse.com/ps/event/Carrigaline5Mile2022

From the organisers.... Eagle AC is delighted to announce the return of the 33rd annual Tommy Ryan Memorial 5 Miler in Carrigaline on February 20th 2022 at 11am.

The race will take place over the usual course. It’s a great route – some ups & some downs but overall, an excellent race! 

Results of the 5k parkruns in Cork - Sat 12th Feb 2022


Results of the 5k parkruns around the county on Saturday 12th February 2022. The numbers overall seem a bit down which was probably due to the damp weather.

Ballincollig Regional Park: 310 this week, 350 last week. Long term average 299.

First 3 men & women...
1 Liam RYAN Male VM40-44 18:30
2 Diarmaid NOLAN Male SM30-34 18:51
3 Patrick O'DWYER Male SM25-29 19:22
17 Nollaigh O'NEILL Female VW50-54 Leevale AC 20:55
27 Niamh CRONIN Female VW45-49 St Finbarrs AC 21:50
28 Mairead PEREZ Female VW45-49 21:51


Glen River: 63 this week, 74 last week. The long term average is 84.

First 3 men & women...
1 Patrick BOWDEN Male VM40-44 18:46
2 Unknown  
3 Joe COFFEY Male VM50-54 20:10
4 Siobhan WALSH Female VW40-44 Carraig na bhFear AC 22:39
13 Mags HASSETT Female VW45-49 26:15
17 Yan ZHANG Female SW30-34 Sanctuary Runners 27:03


Mallow Castle: 65 finishers this week, 108 last week. The long term average is 92.

First 3 men & women...
1 Tomás KIELY Male JM11-14 North Cork AC 18:42
2 Andrzej CHOMICZ Male VM40-44 Mallow AC 19:01
3 David O'CONNOR Male VM55-59 19:47
6 Ciara KIELY Female JW10 North Cork AC 22:11
9 Elaine O'CALLAGHAN Female VW35-39 23:13
14 Claire CURTIN Female VW35-39 White Rock Runners 24:15


Youghal: The Pobalscoil na Tríonóide 5k parkrun in Youghal got 45 this week, 75 for last week. The long term average is 80.

First 3 men & women...
1 Micheal CRONIN Male SM30-34 20:51
2 Eoin COYNE Male SM30-34 21:38
3 Ian MURPHY Male VM50-54 22:07
4 Éadaoin COLEMAN Female VW40-44 22:12
6 Nuala MURPHY Female VW40-44 23:55
8 Claire MURPHY Female VW45-49 24:20


Macroom Desmense: 45 this week, 60 last week. Long term average is 54.

First 3 men & women...
1 Sean DINEEN Male SM25-29 Cork Triathlon Club 18:45
2 Conor LUCEY Male VM35-39 18:45
3 Eamonn O'KEEFFE Male VM40-44 Millstreet Athletic Club 21:25
10 Noreen STEWART Female VW35-39 24:26
17 Caroline O DONNELL Female VW50-54 26:37
18 Sinead TWOMEY Female VW35-39 26:41


Clonakilty: 39 finishers this week, 30 finishers last week. Long term average 37.

First 3 men & women...
1 Craig O BRIEN Male SM30-34 19:25
2 Mícheál Ó SÉ Male VM40-44 19:33
3 Chris HAYES Male VM35-39 Castlehaven GAA 20:29
7 Niamh O'BRIEN Female SW30-34 22:35
12 Sandra WALSH Female VW50-54 24:08
14 Majella O' MAHONY Female VW35-39 25:33


Glengarriff Woods: There were 101 finishers for this weeks 5k parkrun in Glengarriff Woods. Last week was 108, long term average is 59.

CANCELLED due to flooding on the course.

First 3 men & women... 

Glengarriff results... 

Bere Island: 41 this week, 26 last week, long term average of 46. 

First 3 men & women...
1 Luke JOHNSON Male SM25-29 21:30
2 Shane MCSWEENEY Male SM25-29 22:31
3 Noel DOWNES Male VM45-49 22:55
4 Michelagh MURPHY Female SW18-19 24:07
10 Carol HURLEY Female VW50-54 Beara AC 27:05
12 Laura WALSH Female JW15-17 28:36


Castlehaven: 19 finishers this week in Rineen Woods. 20 last week. Long term average 30.

First 3 men & women...
1 Emer COURTNEY Female VW35-39 23:55
3 Sharon LEVIS Female VW40-44 25:38
4 Danielle SHEEHY Female SW25-29 26:11
2 Noel GEANEY Male VM60-64 24:51
5 Michael WILSON Male VM50-54 26:42
8 Mark HOGAN Male VM50-54 28:46

Friday, February 11, 2022

Friday Jigsaw: Winner of the 2022 Dungarvan 10-mile road race


For this weeks online jigsaw, e go back to last Sunday and the moment that the winner of the race, Hugh Armstrong of Ballina AC crossed the finished line.

You can find the 165-piece jigsaw HERE

Thursday, February 10, 2022

Press release: Stryker installs defibrillators along County Cork cycleway

Press Release: Stryker installs defibrillators along County Cork cycleway. 

Note: This 'cycleway' from Carrigtwohill to the Dunkettle roundabout will be a great asset for walkers and runners as well.


Stryker is showing heart this Valentine’s Weekend 

Investment of more than €70,000 provides life-saving equipment along a newly-opened County Cork cycleway in partnership with Cork County Council

10th February 2022, Cork: Stryker, one of the world’s leading medical technology companies, together with Cork County Council is delivering life-saving defibrillators to the local community in Carrigtwohill and Glounthaune, Co Cork. The newly opened section of the cycleway, which was constructed with the support of Stryker, provides the ideal location for defibrillators. The several-kilometre stretch of cycleway which is already being utilised, will see numbers accessing the amenity increase as the cyclelink expands across Cork County over the coming months. With the support of Cork County Council, Stryker will initially install three defibrillators with more to be installed as the cycleway expands.


AEDs (Automated External Defibrillators) dramatically increase the chance of a person surviving in the event of suffering from a sudden cardiac arrest by delivering a shock to the heart which can help it to resume its normal rhythm. Stryker-designed and manufactured AEDs have been delivered to other communities across the country as part of the company’s community outreach to make this life-saving equipment more accessible.

Wednesday, February 09, 2022

Cork City Council announce plans for new bridge from Grange to the Tramore Valley Park

Back at the end of January 2022, I had a post up about how the National Transport Authority (NTA) had allocated €4.3 million for the construction of a new bridge over the N40 South Ring Road in Cork City. This new bridge will connect the Tramore Valley Park to the Grange & Frankfield areas of the city.

At the start of this week, Cork City Council issued a press release about the new route. In this post, we'll have a look at that in more detail.


There was a photo with the press release giving an artists impression of what the bridge might look like. I've enlarged this a bit and added in some text to explain where everything is.

On the left, you'll notice that they have a ramp and steps for the access to the bridge.

The text for the press release reads... " Work is to begin on a pedestrian and cycle path and new bridge which will provide a safe, sustainable and alternative travel route between Grange and Tramore Valley Park and onwards to Douglas and the city centre.

Funded by the National Transport Authority (NTA), the kilometre-long pathway, which includes the construction of a new bridge over the N40 South Ring Road, will provide connectivity between Grange/Frankfield and the southern suburbs and will support residents, students and commuters to opt for active travel and thereby reduce traffic congestion. 

The four metre wide pathway will also support people with mobility needs and will include environmentally sensitive public lighting."

As with a lot of press releases, it was heavy on waffle and text but not really good at explaining clearly what it entails.

First up, here is a map showing the proposed route from Frankfield to Half-Moon Lane...


We'll start at the top and work down.

The Orange part is Half-Moon Lane which connects the Tramore Valley Park to the South Douglas Road. I covered this in a previous post.

The Red part is an existing path within Tramore Valley Park. There is a gate at the bottom of this which is locked during hours of darkness.

The Green is the new bridge. Note how it crosses to the existing path to Douglas in Yellow and this is outside the park. It suggests that this route to Douglas will be open 24/7 while the park will close at night.

The Pink part is the section through a wooded area and it comes out almost opposite Frankfield Church. The path follows the path of a stream so the entrance is at the lowest part of the road here.

The route shown above from the entrance by Frankfield Church to the Half-Moon Lane / South Douglas Road junction is 2.3 kms.

This is the route of the section from Frankfield to the new bridge in more detail...


This section certainly isn't flat! There is a 40 metre drop from the road in Frankfield down to the new bridge. It curves a bit to lessen the gradient but it's still a climb.

The press release continues... "In recent months, pedestrian and cycle access to the 160 acre Tramore Valley Park was further improved following the upgrade of the junction at Half Moon Lane and South Douglas Road.

It is expected that works will be completed in early 2023."

This might seem like just a bridge but it's a big deal for anyone living in this area. It opens up a completely new route for walkers, cyclists and runners alike.

Sunday, February 06, 2022

Results & Photos of the Dungarvan 10 mile road race - Sun 6th Feb 2022

The big race in Munster this weekend was of course the John Treacy Dungarvan 10-mile road race with over 2,400 runners taking part.

Lead group near the 1-mile mark


In the women's race, Aoife Cooke from Youghal set a new course record with a time of 54m 19s.




Top 10 men & women...
1 Hugh ARMSTRONG 00:48:51 00:48:51 3119 M MS Ballina A.C.
2 Conor DUFFY 00:49:31 00:49:31 3117 M MS Glasbugh Harriers
3 Tim O'DONOGHUE 00:49:45 00:49:45 470 M MS East Cork A.C.
4 David MANSFIELD 00:50:06 00:50:06 3116 M MS Clonmel A.C.
5 David MCCARTHY 00:50:41 00:50:41 332 M MS West Waterford A.C.
6 Ger FORDE 00:50:52 00:50:52 3121 M MS Kilkenny City Harriers A.C.
7 Conor MCCAULEY 00:51:58 00:51:58 3115 M MS Leevale A.C.
8 Kane COLLINS 00:52:27 00:52:27 446 M MS Donore Harriers
9 John KINSELLA 00:52:28 00:52:28 3142 M MS Bilboa A.C.
10 Pat HENNESSY 00:52:55 00:52:55 3118 M MS West Waterford A.C.
14 Aoife COOKE 00:54:19 00:54:19 3132 F F35 Eagle A.C.
59 Ruth FITZGERALD 00:58:10 00:58:10 1157 F FS Waterford A.C.
65 Siobhan O'DOHERTY 00:58:44 00:58:44 1201 F F35 Borrisokane A.C.
70 Courtney MCGUIRE 00:58:58 00:58:58 1415 F FS Clonmel A.C.
88 Hannah STEEDS 00:59:30 00:59:30 1112 F FS Clonmel A.C.
158 Niamh DEVLIN 01:02:06 01:02:06 1231 F F35 Dundrum South Dublin A.C.
163 Angela MCCANN 01:02:14 01:02:18 1429 F F50 Clonmel A.C.
181 Linda O'SULLIVAN 01:02:48 01:02:53 1327 F F50 Watergrasshill A.C.
220 Julie KIRWAN 01:03:54 01:04:02 2130 F F40
250 Tara KENNEDY 01:04:48 01:04:49 1286 F F45 Raheny Shamrocks A.C.

Full results HERE

Photos...

1) There will be a large number of galleries going up on the Running in Cork Facebook page.
...a) A few pre-race photos HERE
...b) 1-mile mark - First half of the field HERE
...c) 1-mile mark - Second half of the field HERE
...d) Finish - 1st to 1h 01m HERE
...e) Finish - 1h 01m to 1h 07m HERE
...f) Finish - 1h 07m to 1h 12m HERE
...g) Finish - 1h 12m to 1h 18m HERE
...h) Finish - 1h 18m to 1h 21m HERE
...i) Finish - 1h 21m to 1h 26m HERE
...j) Finish - 1h 26m to 1h 30m HERE
...k) Finish - 1h 30m to 1h 35m HERE
...l) Finish - 1h 35m to 1h 40m HERE
...m) Finish - 1h 40m to 2h 08m HERE 

All eyes on Hugh Armstrong of Ballina AC as he crosses the finish line


2) DC Images Waterford has loads of nice photos.
...a) 270+ pre-race HERE
...b) 140+ race start HERE
...c) 180+ finish line HERE

3) John Troy has a large gallery HERE

4) Mick Dooley has a small gallery HERE

5) Derek Costello has a number of galleries
...a) Pre-race HERE
...b) Start HERE
...c) Mile 1 HERE
...d) Mile 3 pt1 HERE
...e) Mile 3 pt2 HERE
...f) Finish pt1 of 5 HERE
...f) Finish pt2 of 5 HERE
...f) Finish pt3 of 5 HERE
...f) Finish pt4 of 5 HERE
...f) Finish pt5 of 5 HERE

Aoife Cooke of Eagle AC crosses the finish line to take the women's title


Video...
a) Ritheoiri BAC has a a video below...


Categories & Teams...
Over 40: 1st Jeremy O’Donovan St.Finbarrs AC 53:08 // 2nd  Alan O’Brien Eagle AC 5.49    
Over 45: 1st Tony Harty Killarney Valley AC 55.59 // 2nd Fergal Whitty Donore Harriers AC 57.32
Over 50: 1st Vivien Foley Eagle AC 54.24 // 2nd John O’Brien IND 58.48
Over 55: 1st Willie O’Donoghue IND 62.17 // 2nd David Long ASPTT Lille Metropole 65.00
Over 60: 1st Cyrus Kavanagh Croghan AC 66.48 // 2nd Liam Lynch Donoughmore AC 67.49
Over 65: 1st Neil Holland Mallow AC 72.45 // 2nd Oliver Kearney Duhallow AC 77.22
Over 70: 1st Richard Piotroski  Eagle AC // 72.49 2nd Christopher O’Driscoll Wibbly Wobblers 93.16
Over 75: 1st Michael Dunne snr St.Finbarrs AC 84.29 // 2nd Nelius O’Leary Belgooly AC 99.28

MEN’S TEAM
1st: Leevale AC 59 points... 7 Conor McCauley, 13 Donal Coakley, 39 Jonathan Murphy  
2nd: West Waterford AC 74 points... 10 Pat Hennessey, 30 Marc Flavin, 34 Raivis Zakis
3rd: Waterford AC 113... 17 Noel Murphy, 36 Adam Porter, 60 Frank Quinlan

LADIES CATEGORY WINNERS.
Over 35: 1st Lorna Wolfe Leevale AC 1:06:47, 2nd Jean Lucy IND 1:07:12
Over 40: 1st Julie Kirwan IND 1:03:54, 2nd Joyce Wolfe IND 1:05:05
Over 45: 1st Tara Kennedy Raheny Shamrocks AC 1:04:48, 2nd Catherine Murphy Eagle AC 1:04:51
Over 50: 1st Angela McCann Clonmel AC 1:02:14, 2nd Linda O’Sullivan Watergrasshill AC 1:02:48
Over 55: 1st Orla O’Rourke Ballymore Cobh AC 1:09:24, 2nd Siobhan Kennedy UND 1:10:25
Over 60: 1st Mary Sweeney St Finbarrs AC 1:12:33, 2nd Ann Fitzgerald Waterford AC 1:15:34
Over 65: 1st Maragret Power Carrick On Suir AC 1:26:349, 2nd Betty O’Riordan N/A 1:32:20

LADIES TEAM: 
1st Watergrasshill AC – 96 points 22 Gwen Conroy, 24 Lisa Crowley, 50 Aileen O’Mahony
2nd Clonmel AC - 110 points 34 Anne Marie HALPIN, 37 Elaine HORGAN, 39 Ailish MANSFIELD       
3rd West Waterford AC - 146 points 26 Liz Nyhan, 52 Gillian McNamara, 68 Ciara Burke

JOHN TREACY TEAM CHALLENGE WINNERS 2022.

MENS TEAM: West Waterford AC – 2:39:36 - David Mc Carthy 50:41, Pat Hennessey  52:55, Marc Flavin  56:40
LADIES TEAM: Clonmel  AC – 3:00:02 - Courtney McGuire 58.58, Hannah Steeds 59.30, Angela Mc Cann 62.14