Google+ Running in Cork, Ireland: October 2022

Monday, October 31, 2022

Results & Photos of the 2022 Dublin City Marathon...

As always, there was a huge turnout for the Dublin City on Sunday the 30th of October with just over 15,000 crossing the finishing line.

One of the stand out performances was that of Courtney McGuire (#109) who was the first Irish woman home in an impressive time of 2h 32m 52s.

That time puts Courtney in 8th place on the Irish all time list and just one second behind Cork runner Lizzie Lee in 7th place with 2:32:51.

These are the top club runners from Cork & Munster...

Women - Sub 3h 10m (Gun Time - Chip Time)
109 Courtney Mc Guire Female 3 FS 3 CLONMEL A.C. 02:32:52 02:32:50 
3925 Aoife Mahony Female 22 F40 8 EAGLE A.C. 03:00:15
4828 Niamh Cronin Female 23 F45 3 ST. FINBARRS A.C.03:00:41 03:00:31
2955 Laura Rooney Female 27 F45 4 WATERGRASSHILL A.C.03:01:43 03:01:18
4018 Katie Hickson Female 38 F45 7 ST. FINBARRS A.C.03:04:24 03:04:14
3842 Lorna Wolfe Female 40 F35 9 LEEVALE A.C.03:04:36 03:04:23
4431 Catherine Murphy Female 56 F45 12 EAGLE A.C.03:09:16 03:09:05
2404 Selenia Nolan Culligan Female 60 F45 14 ENNIS TRACK A.C. 03:09:39 03:08:52
3705 Anne Marie Halpin Female 66 F45 16 CLONMEL A.C.03:10:16 03:09:23
3348 Irene Eighan Female 67 F40 20 ST. FINBARRS A.C.03:10:17 03:09:57

Men - Sub 2h 50m (Gun Time - Chip Time)

20 David Mansfield Male 11 M35 3 CLONMEL A.C.02:26:06 02:26:05
39 Paul Moloney Male 16 M40 3 MALLOW A.C. 02:28:33 02:28:32
55 Mark Smith Male 17 M45 2 EAGLE A.C. 02:30:07 02:30:06
52 Jeremy O' Donovan Male 19 M45 3 ST. FINBARRS A.C. 02:30:36 02:30:35
4837 Barry Donovan Male 27 MS 8 CORK TRACK CLUB 02:32:20 02:32:18
4890 Dermot Gorman Male 44 M40 13 CARRICK-ON-SUIR A.C. 02:35:36 02:35:35
3347 Karl Lenihan Male 47 M45 6 WEST LIMERICK A.C. 02:36:50 02:36:35
2349 Trevor Cummins Male 49 M40 17 BALLYMORE COBH A.C. 02:37:25 02:37:24
3650 Andy Goulding Male 58 M35 17 GRANGE/FERMOY A.C.  02:38:34 02:38:20
60 Vivian Foley Male 65 M50 1 EAGLE A.C. 02:39:22 70 02:39:19
1682 Fergus Nugent Male 66 M40 24 EAGLE A.C. 02:39:24 02:39:21
2722 Gary Walsh Male 82 M40 29 BWEENG TRAIL BLAZERS A.C. 02:40:45 02:40:42
4576 Dermot Ryan Male 96 M45 9 WEST WATERFORD A.C. 02:42:34 02:42:30
2350 Eoin Downing Male 108 MS 30 BALLYMORE COBH A.C. 02:43:53 02:43:43
58 Michael Morgan Male 121 M45 17 ST. FINBARRS A.C. 02:45:16 02:45:14
4658 John Murphy Male 143 M50 7 GRANGE/FERMOY A.C. 02:47:33 02:47:28
4279 Paul Fitzgerald Male 158 M40 55 LIMERICK A.C. 02:48:22 02:47:58
486 Sheldon Kirkwood Male 169 M35 35 CORK TRACK CLUB 02:49:09 02:48:56

Full results HERE

Photos... (Updated 1st Nov)

1) Joe Murphy has loads of photos
Album 1
Album 2
Album 3
Album 4

2) Coolbawn Cross Photography has a few photos HERE

3) Lindie Naughton has a gallery HERE

4) Mark Smyth has a gallery HERE

Top 3 Men in the National Championships (L-R) - 3rd Sean Hehir 2:24:19, 1st Martin Hoare 2:20:22 & 2nd Conor Gallagher 2:22:57

Top 3 Women in the National Championships (L-R) - 3rd Gladys Ganiel 2:42:17, 1st Courtney McGuire 2:32:52 & 2nd Ann-Marie McGlynn 2:33:47

Sunday, October 30, 2022

Photo of the 1984 Cork City Marathon...

This photo taken by Joe Healy is of the 1984 Cork City Marathon and the runners are turning onto the South Mall after coming down the Grand Parade.

Do you recognise anyone? Any names? Leave a comment.

John Walshe sent on the following info...

According to the race programme, the names of those identified in the photo include;

Seamus Casey (732) from Cobh, running with the Navy. Seamus is now very involved with the Cork BHAA and on that day in 1984 finished in 3:02:22.

John Moloney (473) from Waterford, finished in 3:10:28.

Robert Curtin (911) from Foxrock, Dublin, finished in 3:15:28.

John O'Kelly (654) from Glounthaune, finished in 3:18:55.

That was the controversial BLE Irish championship and Olympic trial where the late Jerry Kiernan was disqualified - full story and results elsewhere on your site.

SAFETY: The use of reflective running gear...

Now that the clocks have changed, it should go without saying that you should wear some sort of reflective gear when running at night. As you can see from the graphic above, even the colour of your clothing can make a big difference.

You'll notice that a lot of runners wear bright Yellow jackets when out running during the winter as they are the most visible.

The chart below is another example of roughly when runners become visible to drivers at night...

Saturday, October 29, 2022

Results of the 5k parkruns in Cork - Sat 29th October 2022

Results of the 5k parkruns around the county on Saturday 29th October 2022. Between the 10 events, there were around 574 participants.

Ballincollig Regional Park: 164 this week, cancelled last week. Long term average 291.

First 3 men & women...
1 Kieran MCKEOWN Male VM45-49 Watergrasshill AC 17:04
2 Craig HARRINGTON Male SM30-34 Togher AC 17:47
3 Cullen LYNCH Male SM25-29 Togher AC 18:07
5 Nollaigh O'NEILL Female VW50-54 Leevale AC 19:38
8 Gail MURRAY Female VW45-49 Belgooly AC 20:25
9 Ella COLLINS Female JW15-17 Bandon AC 20:27

Tramore Valley Park: 100 runners took part in this event. Last week was 160. The long term average is 158.

First 3 men & women...
1 Cormac O' KEEFFE Male VM35-39 18:23
2 Finbarr KELLEHER Male VM35-39 19:50
3 Mike O CONNOR Male VM40-44 Eagle A.C. 20:22
8 Elaine CARDIFF Female VW35-39 21:36
18 Susan CARDIFF Female SW30-34 23:34
21 Claire CURTIN Female VW35-39 23:56

Glen River: 39 this week, 67 last week. The long term average is 77.

First 3 men & women...
1 Timmy COLBERT Male JM15-17 20:33
2 Michael NAUGHTON Male VM50-54 Wibbly Wobbly Wonders 20:53
3 Brian LINEHAN Male VM55-59 21:24
9 Aoife TARRANT Female SW30-34 25:23
11 Edel KELLEHER Female VW50-54 25:50
12 Yan ZHANG Female VW35-39 Sanctuary Runners 26:09

Mallow Castle: 55 finishers this week, cancelled last week. The long term average is 68.

First 3 men & women...
1 Unknown  
2 Matt COUGHLAN Male VM40-44 Piranha TC 18:30
4 Colm SHEEHAN Male VM50-54 Mallow AC 18:49
3 Emma FLYNN Female JW11-14 North Cork AC 18:34
15 Ciara KIELY Female JW11-14 North Cork AC 22:26
21 Johannah MCSWEENEY Female JW10 24:08

Youghal: It's back! The Pobalscoil na Tríonóide 5k parkrun in Youghal got 37 this week, 0 for last week. The long term average is 66.

First 3 men & women...
1 Brendan LYNCH Male VM45-49 19:21
2 Micheal CRONIN Male SM30-34 19:30
3 James 0 MAHONY Male VM35-39 21:03
5 Éadaoin COLEMAN Female VW40-44 22:31
8 Stephanie ILSLEY Female VW60-64 22:50
9 Roisin RONAYNE Female VW45-49 23:27

Macroom Desmense: 48 this week, 50 last week. Long term average is 52.

First 3 men & women...
1 Henry BROWNE Male VM40-44 18:31
2 Conor LUCEY Male VM35-39 18:37
3 Jude MURPHY Male JM15-17 19:25
9 Margaret GALVIN Female SW30-34 22:49
16 Leah KEATING Female SW25-29 25:43
17 Carmel PURCELL Female VW45-49 West Muskerry A.C. 25:46

Clonakilty: 42 finishers this week, 27 finishers last week. Long term average 37.

First 3 men & women...
1 Sean DINNEEN Male SM30-34 17:51
2 Mícheál Ó SÉ Male VM40-44 19:49
3 Rían FITZGERALD Male JM11-14 21:14
11 Niamh O'BRIEN Female SW30-34 24:14
13 Helen O'LEARY Female VW60-64 25:57
15 Sandra WALSH Female VW50-54 26:40

Glengarriff Woods: There were 33 finishers for this weeks 5k parkrun in Glengarriff Woods. It was 72  last week, long term average is 58.

Top 3 men & women...
1 Cathal MINEHANE Male VM40-44 21:15
2 Danny MANNING Male VM45-49 21:57
3 Tim PEARCE Male SM30-34 Harfield Harriers AC 22:18
5 Niamh CASEY Female VW35-39 23:44
6 Marian MINEHANE Female VW40-44 25:00
10 Majella O' MAHONY Female VW35-39 26:16

Bere Island: 41 this week, 25 last week, long term average of 46. 

First 3 men & women...
1 Daniel HAZEL Male SM30-34 18:40
2 Unknown 
3 Damian ROONEY Male VM40-44 21:39
4 Michelagh MURPHY Female SW18-19 22:04
7 Hannah WILLIS Female SW25-29 23:54
8 Suzi OSBORN Female SW30-34 24:17

Castlehaven: 15 finishers this week in Rineen Woods. 7 last week. Long term average 29.

First 3 women & men...
1 Marc ASTON-O'DONOVAN Male VM45-49 21:42
2 Padraig COURTNEY Male VM40-44 Castlehaven GAA 25:20
4 Danny SMITH Male VM60-64 27:17
3 Emer COURTNEY Female VW35-39 25:28
5 Siobhan RYAN Female VW40-44 2018 Operation Transformation 29:55
7 Celine BUCKLEY Female VW50-54 Castlehaven GAA 31:39

Friday, October 28, 2022

New safe route for running between Douglas and Carrigaline???

Green - Existing or planned Greenways, Pink - New Active Travel Route?

Cork County Council issued a press release today (18-10-2022) outlining how work was about to begin from Carrs Hill to Rochestown preparing the route for the new M28 motorway.

"Work is due to begin shortly on clearing trees and invasive gorse from Carrs Hill to the Rochestown Slip Road at the Bloomfield interchange. This clearance and fencing work is needed to finalise the detailed design of the motorway, its interchanges and associated works."

The M28 motorway is scheduled to be completed by 2030. The motorway will be a key part of the road infrastructure in Cork, improving connectivity with key urban areas such as Carrigaline, while providing vital access to the Port of Cork facilities in Ringaskiddy. "

What was very interesting is that they also included the following... "Active Travel forms a strong feature of the new M28 scheme. Chief Executive of Cork County Council Tim Lucey added, "

At present, work is ongoing on extending the Ballybrack active travel travel route up to the existing N28 on Carr's Hill. The proposal is then to link that across to the Maryborough Hill which will open up more running routes for runners.

A new 'Active Travel' route if realised between Ballybrack and Carrigaline would make a huge difference for pedestrians, runners, cyclists & other users. The distance between Douglas and Carrigaline is only about 8kms but it is very dangerous at present with the level of traffic on the roads.

As for the route??? Alongside the new N28? Reduce the width of the existing N28 as it will no longer be the main route? The planned and existing Greenway routes are shown on the map in Green. Will it link up with those? Will it follow the new N28 down to the new Shannonpark interchange and then onto Carrigaline? Will it link up with the planned Greenway from Carrigaline to Passage West?

We'll have to see what they come up with.

They made no mention of removing the hill! 😜

Once of the big problems once you get near any urban area is that the roads can get dangerous for running. It's all very well running around Cork City or on Greenways but it can get boring doing the same run.

If this new 'Active Travel' route between Douglas and Carrigaline actually happens and is suitable for runners and not just cyclists then it will be open up a lot of areas for runners in both areas.

I've run on most of the roads in this area and the direct routes between Douglas and Carrigaline are one I wouldn't dare try, there just too dangerous. Hopefully Cork County Council will make this proposed 'Active Travel' route a reality.


1) See this previous post about the Ballybrack to Maryborough Hill project.

Notice: Adare 10k road race, Co. Limerick - Sun 26th Feb 2023

The annual Adare 10k road race is organised by West Limerick AC and is one of the most popular 10k races in Munster.

The next race is coming up on Sunday the 26th of February 2023 at 1pm. Note that this one sells out every year.

Update: 4th Nov 2022 - 920 of the 1000 places are now gone.
Update: 29th Oct 2022 - 500 of the 1000 places are now gone.

Entries......You can enter HERE

Friday Jigsaw: Rebel Run 10k start 2022

For this weeks online jigsaw, we have a photo by Mick Dooley of the start of the Rebel Run 10k last weekend.

This one has 247-pieces so it's a bit harder than usual.

You can find it HERE

Thursday, October 27, 2022

Guest Post: Dublin City Marathon - 10 Commandments to abide by on Race Day Pat Walsh

Dublin City Marathon - 10 Commandments to abide by on Race Day.

1. Come home safely. Your Number 1 priority.  You owe it to family, friends, organisers and fellow runners. Start it - finish it.

2. Enjoy yourself, Enjoy yourself, Enjoy yourself. You have trained hard and dreamed (or maybe a nightmare) so take it all in and have FUN. 

3. Wish those around you best of luck at the start. They are nervous too, so a smile, kind word can help the spirits. 

4. Take it handy early on. Take it handy early on. Take it handy early on. Did I say take it handy? 🐢

5. Thank the stewards, the Garda and the people at water stations. Without them, NO RACE ok 

6. Cheer and acknowledge the support around the course. They have come to help you and make the occasion the fantastic day that it is. 🤸‍♀️

7. Encourage fellow runners out the course. You might hit a bad spell at some stage. 

8. Congratulate all around you at the finish. They also have got there and are as fantastic as yourself. 

9. When posting the obligatory selfie, don’t forget to thank those who helped included training partners, and those at home who helped you get out every time and held the fort while you were missing. 

10. Hold off thoughts of planning the next one OR retirement for a few days at least. Just enjoy the evening. 🍾


Many thanks to all for support on my page. I LOVE writing these articles.

"But it's just the price I pay
Destiny is calling me
Open up my eager eyes
'Cause I'm Mr. Brightside" 


Now just go there and:

#BeFantastic #BeAwesome #DaysLikeThis


Wednesday, October 26, 2022

Guest Post: Fundraising in memory of the late Thomas Bubendorfer Grellan McGrath

Thomas Bubendorfer was well known to many in the running community and was the owner of the popular Diary of a Rubbish Marathon Runner blog. Cork runner Grellan McGrath is going to run the 2022 Dublin City Marathon in his memory and is raising funds for LauraLynn Ireland's Children's Hospice. You might consider making a donation...

On Sunday 30th October I will be running Dublin City Marathon in memory of my friend Thomas Bubendorfer, who was tragically struck and killed by a car while out for a morning run in Madrid on 6th September. 

I am using the event to fundraise for LauraLynn Ireland's Children's Hospice, which was one of Thomas's favourite charities. I would be grateful for any support you can give to this deserving charity. 

LauraLynn is the only children's hospice in the country. They provide specialised hospice care to children with life limiting conditions and their families from all across Ireland. They care for the whole family, allowing patients to be children and parents to be parents rather than full time carers.


5k parkrun in Youghal returns Sat 29th Oct 2022

The Pobalscoil na Tríonóide 5k parkrun in Youghal was put on hold back in June of 2022 due to some building works at the school.

After a break of some 19-weeks, the organisers say that it is now going to restart on Saturday the 29th of October 2022.

As with all 5k parkruns, it starts at 9:30am and is completely free.

More info on the event website...

Links to all of the 5k parkruns in Cork HERE

Guest Post: Dublin City Marathon Mile by Mile Pat Walsh

 **DCM Mile By Mile ** 

Pure repost from 2019. Nothing has changed. correct me if I am wrong. Was asked for it. Maybe I will cycle it 😃 I will add more about THE DAY, last few hours and post race stuff.

Mile by Mile guide.. If it helps 😃  🏃♀️🏃♂️

Mile 1 the “Shuffle Mile”. Nervous smiles all round but we are on the way. Be careful of tripping in the crowds and don’t do too much weaving in and out. RELAX. Don’t worry if you lose a few seconds.

Mile 2 has a downhill from Christchurch to the river and pace can pick up. Try to stay easy.

Mile 3 slight uphill through Stoneybatter and careful of footing at first water stop. Lots of bottles on the road.

Mile 4 can get narrow as you enter the Phoenix Park, so just relax and settle.

Mile 5 to 7 through the Park. Slight uphill all the way but lots of room on the road to relax and take it all in. Now we are motoring. The race has started. Shake out the shoulders to relieve tension and get to the #HAPPYPLACE.

Mile 7 at Castleknock is the first of the WELCOME villages. Great crowds, atmosphere. Now you know you are in a Big City Marathon. Take it all in.

Mile 8 has a nice downhill back into the Park and will be quick enough. Don’t go MAD. #PWR 

Mile 9 -10 is back in the Park with a few up and downs but nothing serious. Relax before you head out to the crowds again. 

Mile 11 has the first decent uphill where you run under the Motorway after Chapelizod. Take it easy and it will be gone in a few minutes. Lose time if you have to but don't fight it. Better to be running later

Mile 12 to 16 is back in town with crowds and water stations. Settle yourself. Analyse how you feel and what pace is comfortable. Take in the day and the crowds. Big cheers as you go over the Canal. They do help and lift the spirits. Passing halfway have a smile. On the way home.

Mile 16 to 19. Lovely area through Kimmage, Terenure, Rathgar,. Fairly flat. Great crowds and buzz. Keep the legs turning you are on the way home. Make sure to keep drinking and fuelling. Vital time coming up.* 

Mile 19 to 22 is Make or Break. * 😍😱😍😱 #PWR

Mile 19 to 20 Downhill first half of 19 and relax as nice pull out of Milltown for 2nd half of this mile. Just get up it handy and don't force it.

Mile 20 to 21 nice gentle downhill into Clonskeagh but take it easy and use it to relax focus and draw breath. You have come a long way. We will get home.

Mile 21 to 22 is the toughie and just get up that hill at any pace but keep moving.

Mile 22 to 23 has a nice downhill on Fosters Avenue that you can use to get Heart Rate back on track and steady yourself for home

Mile 23 to 24 is reasonably flat except for climb at UCD flyover where you cross the Road

Mile 24 to HOME. turn the corner at Merrion Shopping Centre. Focus, dig in.. It is straight from here to finish line. No twists or turns, No ups or downs. So 1 foot in front of the other and dream of glory.

“Go on Bull, ‘tis your field” 🏆💪🥉

To sum up the hills to watch --- Mile 10.5 to 11; Mile 19.5 to 20; and 21.5 to 22

Hope this helps…!!


Tuesday, October 25, 2022

New road in Little Island opens up new routes for running


This week, a major part of the Dunkettle Interchange project was completed with the opening of a western route into Little Island. This is shown in the map above going from B to C and is about 1km in length.

This is important from a running point of view because it opens up new routes for runners living in Mayfield, Tivoli, Glanmire, Riverstown, Glounthaune and of course, Little Island itself.

If we go back just a few years, there were no safe routes in this area for running without taking to the hills to avoid the traffic. Now, someone in say Glanmire can run on the flat down to the Dunkettle Roundabout... along the 'new' Greenway (A to B) to get to Bury's Bridge near the Gaelscoil... and now across the new western road into the Little Island and a new network of roads.

The photo below is an aerial view of point 'B' on the map near Bury's Bridge. 

You can see the new Greenway heading East towards Glounthaune under construction. 

'Structure 16' is the new pedestrian bridge over the railway line.

The image above is an aerial view looking south from point 'B' on the map... pretty much over the railway pedestrian bridge.

It shows the new walkway and cycle lane, the 'Northern Roundabout' and 'Structure 01' which is the new bridge over the N25.

At the top right, you can see part of the 'Southern Roundabout' and the road heading south into Little Island.

Comments... Donal O'Donoghue sent on the following... "Finally, two years later, this new pedestrian bridge has opened. It is simply parallel to the existing Burys' bridge over the Cork-Cobh railway, which is now exclusively for vehicles.

This new bridge can be used by pedestrians to access a new motorway-style bridge over the east-west N25 (Cork to Waterford). The south end of this new road is at a new roundabout, on the R623 - between BASF/Cognis/Henkel, and the Punch Industries site - near where the BHAA would start/finish their 5k route.

There is perhaps 1km of tarmac laid on the Glounthaune greenway, which reaches almost as far as the Island Gate pub/restaurant now.

This opens up the possibility of running a complete circuit race, from Little Island, on the R623, to Rockgrove on L3004 to North Esk, and over this new bridge/pathway."

In Conclusion: This is just another piece of the overall jigsaw in the new extensive network of Greenways and walkways around Cork City. Up to a few years ago, there was no safe flat route to walk or run east out of Cork City. Slowly but surely, that's changing now.

Addendum: See some photos of the route I took below. 

Adare 10k entries opening soon...

The Adare 10k in Co Limerick is one of the most popular 10k races in Munster and sells out every year.

The 2023 edition is coming up on Sunday the 26th of February and online entries will open in the next few weeks.

If you're interested then be sure to check for the opening dates for online entries to avoid disappointment.

Monday, October 24, 2022



East Cork athlete Michael Harty became the first Irishman over 40 to break 30 minutes for 10km when finishing in 10th place overall at the Leeds Abbey Dash on Sunday morning.

Harty’s time of 29:42 knocked 23 seconds off of the previous Irish record set by Brian Maher last June – a race in which Harty finished just one second behind the Kilkenny man with his previous fastest of 30:06.

The Leeds Abbey Dash, on an out and back course, is regarded as one of the fastest 10kms in the UK and attracted over 3.700 runners.

 Although he wasn’t the first M40 (Graham Rush ran 29:31 for fourth overall) the East Cork man was only 18 seconds behind the actual winner, Andrew Milligan, who recorded 29:24. Last year in the UK just three runners over 40 broke the 30-minute barrier for 10km and before today’s race just one British runner – international Chris Thompson – had run faster than Harty’s time.  

Cloyne-native Harty easily won his first Cork senior cross-title three weeks ago and now his thoughts turn to the national championships which take place at Rosapenna Golf Club, Donegal, in a month’s time.

There, places on the Irish team for the SPAR European Championships in Piemonte-La Mandria Park, just outside Turin, on Sunday December 11 will be up for grabs

Pic - Michael Harty on his way to victory at the recent Cork Senior Cross-Country Championships at Macroom. Picture: John Walshe

A list of previous guest posts from John Walshe can be seen HERE

Sunday, October 23, 2022

Results & Photos of the Rebel Run 5k & 10k - Sun 23rd Oct 2022

First place finish for Claire McCarthy in the 10k

There was the usual huge turnout for this years Rebel Run race with almost 700 runners taking part. In the Rebel Run 5k, there were 290 finishers with another 405 in the Rebel Run 10k

Pos Cat Name Club Gun Time Net Time
1 All Ages Sheldon KIRKWOOD (#1311) 00:17:52 00:17:52
2 All Ages Ian KAVANAGH (#1142) 00:18:17 00:18:17
3 All Ages Paul O DONOGHUE (#449) 00:18:28 00:18:28
Pos Cat Name Club Gun Time Net Time
1 All Ages Rosaleen MACKEOWN (#1033) 00:19:14 00:19:14
2 All Ages Suzanne FOLEY (#1291) 00:19:55 00:19:55
3 All Ages Lorraine MANNING (#1176) 00:20:38 00:10:25

5k results HERE

Pos Cat Name Club Gun Time Net Time
1 Sen Anthony MANNIX (#1297) 00:33:00 00:33:00
2 Sen Donal COAKLEY (#550) 00:33:10 00:33:10
3 40+ John MEADE (#1343) 00:33:12 00:33:12
Pos Cat Name Club Gun Time Net Time
1 40+ Claire MC CARTHY (#1356) 00:36:45 00:36:45
2 Sen Sharon RYNNE (#1285) 00:38:40 00:38:40
3 Sen Clara RYAN (#597) 00:39:19 00:39:18

10k results HERE

First 3 men in the Rebel Run 10k (L-R)... Donal Coakley 2nd, Anthony Mannix 1st & John Meade 3rd


1) There are 5 galleries on the Running in Cork Facebook page...
a) Rebel Run 5k - Album 1 of 2
b) Rebel Run 5k - Album 2 of 2
c) Rebel Run 10k - Album 1 of 3 (Some of the slower 5k runners in here as well)
d) Rebel Run 10k - Album 2 of 3
e) Rebel Run 10k - Album 3 of 3 

3) Mick Dooley has some galleries...
a) 5km start
b) 10km start
c) 5km finish
d) 10km finish

4) Joe Murphy has loads of photos as usual

First 3 women in the Rebel Run 10k (L-R)... Sharon Rynne 2nd, Claire McCarthy 1st & Clara Ryan 3rd

First 3 men in the Rebel Run 5k (L-R)... Ian Kavanagh 2nd, Sheldon Kirkwood 1st & Paul O'Donoghue 3rd

First 3 women in the Rebel Run 5k (L-R)... Suzanne Foley 2nd, Rosaleen MacKeown 1st & Lorraine Manning 3rd

Saturday, October 22, 2022

Green light given for Greenway between Waterford and Cork

This week, Minister for Transport, Eamon Ryan launched the Pathfinder Programme of 35 national  sustainable transport projects. One of those listed was what is called the 'Pathfinder Project' which will link with the Inter-Urban Demonstrator project connecting Waterford City and Cork City. 

Green Party TD for Waterford, Marc Ó Cathasaigh said in an interview... “But perhaps the most eye-catching element for me is the Inter-Urban Demonstrator Project between Waterford and Cork. This will leverage the success of our existing Greenway, filling in the gaps that exist between here and Cork City, most notably the section between Dungarvan and Youghal. Along with the proposed connection to the Blueway at Carrick-on-Suir, this holds out the prospect of Waterford City being at the core of a cycle network connecting Cork to Clonmel, Lismore to New Ross and all points between.

Analysis... There are some parts of the Greenway network already in use. The 46km section from Waterford City to Dungarvan is an amazing amenity for walkers, runners and cyclists. The section around Glounthaune in East Cork is completed and the adjacent sections are being worked on.

Likewise, the 21km or so stretch from Midleton to Youghal is under construction and will hopefully be open next year.

The section from Mallow to Fermoy to Lismore to Dungarvan is in the planning stage but that too will hopefully be rolled out.

The obvious gap in this new Cork-Waterford Greenway network is the section between Dungarvan and Youghal.

At least now, it has been given priority and will be funded which is a key part of the process.

How the Greenway gets from Dungarvan to Youghal is another question. There is no old railway line along the direct route and it's quite hilly with an elevation of about 160m above sea level in parts.

The other indirect route is to follow the Blackwater River from Youghal north to Lismore and then follow the new Greenway east to Dungarvan.

We'll have to wait and see what plans they come up with but it's great to see some progress on this.

Results of the 5k parkruns in Cork - Sat 22nd October 2022

The Mallow Castle and Ballincollig 5k parkruns were cancelled this week due to flooding. The Youghal parkrun might restart on the 29th of Oct.

Results of the 5k parkruns around the county on Saturday 22nd October 2022. Between the 7 events, there were around 420 participants.

Ballincollig Regional Park: 243 this week, 234 last week. Long term average 290.
First 3 men & women...
Ballincollig results... 

Tramore Valley Park: 160 runners took part in this event. Last week was 123. The long term average is 158.

First 3 men & women...
1 John COLLINS Male SM30-34 Skibbereen AC 16:54
2 Tobi GRAB Male VM45-49 Leevale AC 18:11
3 John O MAHONY Male VM45-49 St Finbarrs AC 18:17
23 Siobhan WALSH Female VW40-44 Carraig na bhFear AC 21:14
35 Meabh FERRITER Female SW30-34 22:52
36 Orla CROSBIE Female VW55-59 St Finbarrs AC 23:02

Glen River: 67 this week, 44 last week. The long term average is 77.

First 3 men & women...
1 David GIBSON Male VM40-44 20:09
2 Oisin VALLELY Male JM11-14 21:49
3 David LEVY Male VM35-39 Eagle A.C. 21:50
12 Sandra WALSH Female VW50-54 24:24
13 Niamh GIBSON Female VW40-44 24:46
16 Allie PHILLIPS Female JW11-14 26:10

Mallow Castle: 73 finishers this week, 48 last week. The long term average is 68.
First 3 men & women...
Mallow results... 

Youghal: The Pobalscoil na Tríonóide 5k parkrun in Youghal got 40 this week, 53 for last week. The long term average is 67.
First 3 men & women... This 5k parkrun is cancelled until the end of October 2022 due to building works at the Pobalscoil.
Youghal results...  - UPDATE - IT MIGHT RESTART ON THE 29TH

Macroom Desmense: 50 this week, 45 last week. Long term average is 52.

First 3 men & women...
1 Donal COLLINS Male VM45-49 Bweeng Trail Blazers 19:05
2 Jude MURPHY Male JM15-17 20:23
3 Unknown
12 Jennifer RING Female VW40-44 23:21
22 Julie O'SULLIVAN Female SW25-29 26:26
29 Sinead TWOMEY Female VW35-39 27:29

Clonakilty: 27 finishers this week, 42 finishers last week. Long term average 37.

First 3 men & women...
1 Sean DINNEEN Male SM30-34 17:50
2 Rían FITZGERALD Male JM11-14 21:13
3 Barry CRONIN Male VM45-49 21:34
8 Laura STOTT-ALLWORTHY Female VW35-39 Lincoln Wellington AC 25:05
9 Olivia ALLWORTHY Female JW10 25:06
10 Helen O'LEARY Female VW60-64 25:35

Glengarriff Woods: There were 72 finishers for this weeks 5k parkrun in Glengarriff Woods. It was 35  last week, long term average is 58.

Top 3 men & women...
1 Callum MCELHINNEY Male JM15-17 Bantry Athletic Club 19:08
2 Darragh COPPINGER Male JM11-14 19:19
3 Dan O LEARY Male VM35-39 20:26
5 Alice COPPINGER Female VW40-44 Bantry Athletic Club 22:50
7 Maria HURLEY Female VW60-64 Bantry Athletic Club 23:41
10 Niamh CASEY Female VW35-39 24:04

Bere Island: 25 this week, 21 last week, long term average of 46. 

First 3 men & women...
1 Ray SMITH Male VM55-59 Kenmare Athletics Club 20:27
5 Jocelyn DUFÉTEL Male VM45-49 Beara AC 25:31
6 Breandan MURPHY Male SM20-24 25:41
2 Michelagh MURPHY Female SW18-19 22:46
3 Laura JACKSON Female SW30-34 23:38
4 Breeda O SULLIVAN Female VW55-59 Beara AC 24:16

Castlehaven: 7 finishers this week in Rineen Woods. 14 last week. Long term average 29.

First 3 women & men...
1 Kieran SANTRY Male VM45-49 Ealing Eagles Running Club 23:37
5 Thomas DUFFY Male VM40-44 3D Triathlon Club 36:36
7 Alun REES Male VM65-69 38:12
2 Siobhan RYAN Female VW40-44 2018 Operation Transformation 30:09
3 Catherine BAILEY Female VW40-44 33:21
4 Marta SMOLEN Female VW40-44 3D Triathlon Club 35:06

Mallow Castle 5k parkrun cancelled - 22nd Oct 2022

Parts of the course for the Mallow Castle 5k parkrun are underwater and it has been cancelled.

Friday, October 21, 2022

Guest Post: Last Long Run Pat Walsh

 ** Last Long Run ** 

Few Do’s and Don’ts – The Practical bits to talk about this weekend on your last run.  

* You have enough hard training done and now relax. Know you have done what you could and now down to the day of the race. You have the knowledge, you gave it your best shot in training. Keep training away but nothing too hard but just to keep ticking over. Easy miles, recharge the batteries. 

* If you have missed some training or were late starting then tell yourself it is now too late anyway. Any hard effort now in an attempt to make up for lost ground is too late and you will not be recovered by the Marathon Day. Get there as fresh as you can. the end few miles might be hard but have the energy to conquer them. Take it easy, nothing to be gained killing yourself at this stage.

* Treat yourself after this run to a cuppa and something nice as a reward for the months of training.

* Build the energy levels. Trust that you have got the work in and all will be good on the day. Eat and sleep well this week. It is OK to be nervous but don’t let it bother you.

* Don’t overeat or indulge in too much sugary things. An extra few pounds of this will only make you feel sluggish. Add a little to main meals with quality food especially Protein.

* You cannot drink enough water Monday to Saturday.

* Be positive, look forward to the adventure, take it as a victory lap for all the hard runs. 

* Nervous energy is wasted energy. It is OK to be nervous but don't let it drain the body.... You are good enough. Many have gone before you and completed this run so why can’t you.. YES YOU CAN 

* Print off some motivational quotes and leave them scattered where you can see them. 

* Change your profile pic to something positive. Look back at your Garmin / Strava (whatever) and look at the amount of work and miles you have put in. 

* You will get there, the finish line will still be open and you get your medal and t-shirt. Pick a spot on the wall / mantlepiece for your medal.

* Advice: Be careful of where you take advice from. People mean well but too many conflicting opinions on what is best will only put your head in a tailspin and wreck you.  Someone's horror story will only give you nightmares. Someone boasting will make you feel inadequate.

* Before you do any training, exercise, class, cycle swim or even climb a mountain ask yourself this...... Will this help me to get around the Marathon? Will I use energy here that I will need and maybe not recover from? Is there a danger I will get injured? Should I just go to bed?

* Dream Big: Whether it is a little daydream or during sleep, visualise yourself crossing the finish line, arms in the air like you won the Olympics and a smile as wide as the River Liffey.

Have a nice weekend.


Friday Jigsaw: Defence Forces 5k - Oct 2022

For this weeks online jigsaw, we have a group photo taken by Adrian Foley at the Cork BHAA Defence Forces 5k in Halubowline last weekend.

This one has just 140-pieces so it's pretty easy.

You can find it HERE

Thursday, October 20, 2022

Guest Post: Memories Pat Walsh

 ** Memories **

One of the features of Facebook is Memories.

On this day in 2018 you wrote some fair rubbish and here it is...

On this day in 2019 you wrote an even greater pile of garbage..

I am messing. In those years I was training and running DCM and was writing articles to help the crew. These are now appearing as memories and they may be of benefit to some. You might have read them before or you are new to this and they may help.

I'm not running this year but hope to be there in a spectator capacity.

If there is a general consensus to republish a few of them before race day, I will. They are not original, just a repost of old ramblings. If you can't take anymore of me I understand that too. 😃 

I do promise to post articles for non-marathon people soon

It is only an effort to be relevant. I'm not selling promoting or trying to be anything. Thanks ❤️ I will annoy and bombard in equal measures next few days.. 


Wednesday, October 19, 2022

Ballymore Cobh AC donates €2,466 to Breakthrough Cancer Research

The Cobh 10-mile road race was held this year at the start of April and attracted a large field of runners... see previous post for results & photos. Every year, part of the proceeds of this race go to charity.

This week, the organisers of the race Ballymore Cobh AC donated a cheque for €2,466 to Breakthrough Cancer Research.

The next Sonia O'Sullivan Cobh 10-mile road race is scheduled to be held on the 2nd of April 2023.

Notice: IMRA Halloween Trail Races nr Kilworth - Sat 29th Oct 2022

The IMRA are organising two trail races for the evening of Saturday the 29th of October 2022 in Glensheskin Woods near Kilworth and Fermoy.

First off, there's a half-marathon which is more suited for experienced trail runners as it has 300m of ascent. For those wanting something a lot easier, there is a 5k. Needless to say, you're going to need a good headtorch for both events.

DESCRIPTION: Glensheshkin Woods Half Marathon
DATE: Saturday 29 October, 2022
TIME: 19:30
CLIMB (M):300
ENTRY CLOSES: 2022-10-28 18:00 
Online entry only for this race.

ORGANISERS INSTRUCTIONS: Glensheshkin Woods, Kilworth, Co Cork. Please carpool in Kilworth as only a limited amount of parking in woods. Marshals will help cars to park quite tightly. 3 races on the night: 6:30pm Kiddies Candy Run 800m. This is for u 10s accompanied. 7:30pm Halloween Half Marathon. 21km. 8pm Halloween Spooky 5km Kiddies Will receive a candy bag. Half Marathon and 5km will receive a Imra Halloween Beanie Hat, Hot Souo, Roll and Drink .

DESCRIPTION: Kilworth 5k, Gleneskin Woods
DATE: Saturday 29 October, 2022
TIME: 20:00
CLIMB (M): 100
RACE MARKING: Only major junctions marked - Only major junctions marked
ENTRY CLOSES: 2022-10-28 18:00:00

As with all IMRA events, annual membership costing €10 is required.