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Friday, January 12, 2024

Running in Cork Newsletter - 12th January 2024

Running in Cork Newsletter - 12th January 2024

It's time to try something new! I was putting snippets of news into a monthly 'News Bites' post but this soon moved down the page out of view. This new weekly Newsletter post will replace this and I plan to post this every Friday.

If anyone has any snippets of news then leave them in the comments and I'll use them next week.

Weekend Weather: A high pressure system out in the Atlantic is going to control the weather in Ireland this weekend with a northerly breeze keeping the temperatures well down in single figures of about 2-6 degrees. There is plenty of cloud over Cork overnight so that should reduce the risk of ice and frost. All of the 5k parkruns will probably go ahead but check before you travel.

Weekend events:

Skibbereen 5k... Skibbereen Rowing Club are a 5k fun run on Sunday 14th January at 11am. Entry fee €10.

IMRA Corrrin Hill Trail Race... IMRA are holding a 9.2km trail race on Corrin Hill near Fermoy on Sunday 14th. Info HERE 

Tom Walsh 10k in Limerick... This one is on Sunday 14th Jan but has now sold out.

Trail  race near Dungarvan... West Waterford AC are holding a 5-mile trail race at Colligan Woods near Dungarvan on Sunday 14th. For this one, there are no watches and you must predict your time in advance. Info HERE 

There is a selection of events on offer elsewhere as well. See the event calendar...

Parkrun News:

New 5k parkrun in Waterford... There used to be a 5k parkun in Waterford City but it was cancelled a lot of times due to no fault of the organisers. A new 5k parkrun has now been established at the SETU Arena West Campus at Carriganore which is a lot better. The inaugural event was held last weekend and got 295 which is a big number for Waterford. Considering it's located on the edge of Waterford City, this one should be a big success. 👍

New junior 2k in Haulbowline... The inaugural event was supposed to be on the 6th of January but like so many other parkruns that weekend, it had to be cancelled due to ice on the course. The plan now is to go ahead on Sunday 14th Jan. This should be of interest to parents in the Carrigaline, Ringaskiddy, Monkstown & Passage West catchment area who want an event for their 4-14 year olds.

Some Race News:

Stook 10m... For anyone interested in a 10-mile race in Kilkenny, the organisers of the Stook 10-mile have just announced a new date for their event. It will now be on the 3rd of March. The original date was for later in the month.

New Killarney 5m... When I was updating the calendar recently, I came across a new 5-mile road race in Killarney. It's called the Streets of Killarney 5-mile and it's coming up on Friday evening 29th of March. The entry fee is €25. There used to be a popular 5k series in Killarney a few years ago so we'll have to see if this one catches on.

Rosscarbery Surf n Turf changes date... The Rosscarbery Surf Turf n Tar Half-Marathon & 10k have now changed the date of their event to Saturday 27th April. This new date is just a day before the Bandon 5k which isn't great timing. There are few enough running events in West Cork without having both on the same weekend.

Dungarvan 10m Elites... While entries for the upcoming John Treacy Dungarvan 10-mile road race sold out a few week ago, West Waterford AC have now announced that they will be taking elite entries. They write "Elite entries will be accepted up to Friday 26 th  January 2024. The standards set down are Men 55 minutes and Ladies 60 Minutes. These times must have been posted within the last 2 years. Proof of these qualifying times may be required. For Elite entry, please contact James Veale at info AT westwaterfordathletics DOT org 

Connemara 100-mile to restrict entries... Due to increasing popularity of the Connemara 100-mile, they are now restricting it to 25-participants. The organisers write "There is a major change to the Connemara 100 entry system for 2024.

Due to the popularity of the event we are regularly seeing up to 50 people on the starting line and as each participant is required to have a crew vehicle with them at all times, the roads are becoming increasingly congested. We have decided for 2024 to strictly limit the number of participants to just 25. The fairest way we can make the selection is in two ways. 20 places will be available on a random selection from the waiting list. And 5 additional places will be kept aside for the people on the waiting list who have run the event most. The waiting list system for the 2024 event will be open until January 29th and the field will be announced on February 1st. If we receive any withdrawals the next waiting list selection will be given a place. Because of this limit, we have also decided, in order to keep the event viable, to increase the entry fee to €150." 

Trivia... The sister of Karl Marx was a runner apparently! 😂

Some of the posts on the Running in Cork blog over the last week:

Cork 250 parkrun Club - Q4 2023 -

Training programme for the 2024 Cork City Half-Marathon -

2023 sees an increase in the number of visitors to the blog -

Haulbowline Junior parkrun to start Sun 14th Jan 2024 -

Results of the Cork BHAA ESB 5k cross country - Sun 7th Jan 2024 -

Notice: IMRA Corrin Hill 9.2km Trail Race - Sun 14th Jan 2024 -

Results of the Run the Line 5k in Carrigaline - Sat 6th Jan 2024 -

Results of the 5k parkruns in Cork - Sat 6th Jan 2024 -

Guest Post: What does the New Year hold for you Pat Walsh -

And finally...

If anyone wants to see previous editions of the News Bites, see this page...

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