Google+ Running in Cork, Ireland: March 2024

Sunday, March 31, 2024

Cork 250 parkrun Club - Q1 2024


The parkrun organisation have a number of milestones from 25 to 500 parkruns. The thing about milestones is that they are open to everyone and anyone can aspire to reach a certain level.

A number of people have recently passed the 250 mark and it's a significant achievement as it takes at least five years to complete. At the end of 2023, I compiled a list of runners and volunteers in Co Cork who have passed the magic figure. Post HERE

As my first attempt, there were of course some omissions and thanks to all those who sent on updates and corrections.



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Cork 250 Rules... As with any list, there must be some sort of guideline or rules. The criteria I went with were simple...

  1. At least 100 of the 5k parkruns must be in Co Cork
  2. Only the information on the parkrun website counts
I'm sure there are plenty of people in Dublin and elsewhere who over 250 but this post is about the parkruns in Cork.

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Cork 250 parkrun Club - Q1 2024... Here is the updated list of people who have done 250 or more parkruns in Cork as of the end of March 2024...


The list has increased from 20 to 27 and as can be seen, the big hitters are regulars at the Bere Island and Macroom events. They're still just over 120 shy of the 500 milestone mark so the earliest anyone can reach that target is probably late 2026.

This is the list of volunteers who have 250 or more credits... 


Again, Bere Island is very much to the fore with the volunteer list. Volunteers are literally the glue that keep the parkruns going week after week... no volunteers - no parkruns.

Errors & Omissions... This edition should be a lot more comprehensive than the initial one three months ago. If you know of any runner of volunteer missing who might at 250 or more, leave a comment with their name and parkrun.

Link... More information about the 5k parkruns in Co Cork can be found HERE

Saturday, March 30, 2024

Results of the 5k parkruns in Cork - Sat 30th Mar 2024



Results of the 5k parkruns around the county on Saturday 30th March 2024. Approximately 1294  runners and walkers took part in the 10 events in Co Cork.

Report... Every week when I compile these results, it's always a case of totting up the numbers and seeing if the total got anywhere near 1000. This week, there were almost 1300 finishers across the ten 5k parkruns in Co Cork which is way up. No doubt the mild weather with mostly dry conditions helped a lot.

Glengarriff... Well done to Edel McGovern who completed her 100th 5k parkrun! 



92 out of the 100 have been at Glengarriff while the remaining 8 have been in Enniskillen. Edel's first parkrun was at Glengarriff on the 7th of April 2018.

Another runner hitting the century in Glengarriff was Mark O’Regan



This was only Mark's second outing at Glengarriff while he has done 41 at Ballincollig, 24 at St Annes in Dublin, 10 at the Glen River and the balance at 10 other venues. Mark's first parkrun was at St Anne's on the 16th of June 2018.

If I missed anyone who passed a notable milestone like 100, 200, 250 or above parkruns then let me know.

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Ballincollig Regional Park: 358 this week, 261 last week.

First 3 men & women...
1 Richard HOBSON Male VM35-39 St Finbarrs AC 17:57
2 Declan BARRY Male VM40-44 18:08
3 Paul KELLY Male VM45-49 St Finbarrs AC 18:20
9 Lucy O FLYNN Female SW18-19 19:28
26 Caroline AYTON Female VW40-44 21:38
33 Hannah MACKEY Female SW25-29 22:05


Tramore Valley Park: 244 this week, 209 last week.

First 3 men & women...
1 Fintan KERINS Male SM30-34 16:04
2 Briain MADDEN Male SM30-34 Togher AC 18:20
3 Loic GAREL Male VM40-44 St Finbarrs AC 18:55
6 Siobhan HOARE Female VW45-49 Togher AC 19:03
20 Jennifer CANTY Female VW40-44 21:37
21 Helen WALSH Female VW45-49 Togher AC 21:40


Glen River: 74this week, 92 last week.

First 3 men & women...
1 Ken INCE Male VM40-44 Eagle A.C. 17:59
2 Cathal O'CONNELL Male VM60-64 St Finbarrs AC 20:30
3 Paul CLEARY Male VM45-49 20:43
8 Irene EIGHAN Female VW40-44 St Finbarrs AC 21:55
20 Sandra WALSH Female VW50-54 25:23
21 Annicea MADINE Female VW50-54 25:31


Mallow Castle: 60 finishers this week, 90 last week.

First 3 men & women...
1 Eoin O' REGAN Male SM25-29 20:03
2 James O' NEILL Male VM40-44 20:23
3 Unknown
9 Marina SEYMOUR Female VW45-49 22:02
11 Edel BUCKLEY Female VW35-39 Bweeng Trail Blazers 22:22
13 Martina LYONS Female VW45-49 23:19


Youghal (Pobalscoil ne Tríonóide) : 91 this week, 68 last week.

First 3 men & women...
1 John ROSS Male SM30-34 Clapham Chasers RC 18:09
2 Fionn NEVILLE Male JM15-17 18:44
3 James 0 MAHONY Male VM35-39 19:10
10 Caroline GEARY Female VW45-49 21:36
13 Susan DINEEN Female VW40-44 22:26
17 Shannon SOTOK Female SW30-34 23:05


Macroom Castle Demense: 65 this week, 39 last week.

First 3 men & women...
1 Conor O'NEILL Male VM45-49 18:11
2 Conor LUCEY Male VM35-39 18:14
3 Henry BROWNE Male VM40-44 18:42
8 Carrie DESMOND Female VW40-44 23:45
13 Claire CURTIN Female VW35-39 West Muskerry A.C. 25:04
15 Caroline O DONNELL Female VW55-59 25:45


Clonakilty: 60 this week, 34 last week.

First 3 men & women...
1 Conor MC MANUS Male VM35-39 20:45
2 Rob BENTLEY Male SM30-34 20:58
3 Odhran MULCAHY Male SM18-19 21:37
10 Grainne MULCAHY Female SW20-24 24:27
13 Sarah CLONEY Female VW45-49 25:15
15 Leah MAC CURTAIN Female SW25-29 25:48


Glengarriff Woods: 91 this week, 61 last week.

Top 3 men & women...
1 Ian BROMLEY Male VM40-44 Heathfield RRC 20:44
2 Thomas OWENS Male VM45-49 Moynalty AC 20:56
3 Dan O LEARY Male VM35-39 21:43
5 Anne BROMLEY Female VW40-44 Heathfield RRC 22:31
20 Emily WALES Female VW40-44 24:47
23 Anita GRIMES Female VW55-59 25:21


Bere Island: 24 this week, 111 last week. 

First 3 men & women... 
1 Sean O'LEARY Male VM35-39 19:08
2 Gavin O SULLIVAN Male SM20-24 19:44
4 Luke HARRINGTON Male JM11-14 21:39
3 Michelagh MURPHY Female SW20-24 21:08
14 Laoise Ann O SULLIVAN Female JW11-14 24:15
17 Lorraine O SULLIVAN Female VW45-49 24:50
 

Castlehaven (Rineen Woods): 50 finishers this week, 23 last week.

First 3 women & men...
1 Florence FITZGERALD Male SM30-34 21:30
2 Ger O'TOOLE Male VM55-59 Blackrock AC 21:44
4 David LEONARD Male VM35-39 St Finbarrs AC 22:25
3 Kani HINSHELWOOD Female SW25-29 21:53
9 Oonagh MC CARTHY Female SW30-34 25:26
17 Sharon LEVIS Female VW40-44 27:22


For more information about the weekly 5k parkruns in Co Cork, go to this page HERE.

Running in Cork Newsletter - 29th March 2024

The Running in Cork Newsletter for the 29th of March 2024 is now up on the Substack site. 

Click HERE

Friday, March 29, 2024

Podium places for Cork runners in the Streets of Killarney 5-mile - Fri 29th Mar 2024

First place finish for Carol Finn

The inaugural Streets of Killarney 5-mile road race was held on Good Friday, the 29th of March 2024 with a total of 459 runners taking part. As races in Co Kerry go, that's quite a large turnout.

 Top 3 men & women...
1 Oisin SPILLANE 24:45 898 M MS Ennis Track Club
2 Gavin SWEENEY 25:29 897 M M40 Togher AC
3 Darragh O'LEARY 26:17 848 M MS Killarney Valley A.C.
1 Carol FINN 29:15 561 F FS Leevale A.C.
2 Pam O`DONOGHUE 30:41 912 F F40 West Muskerry A.C.
3 Niamh O'SULLIVAN 32:09 797 F F60 An Ríocht A.C.

Full results HERE

Podium place for Hannah Steeds at the Streets of Kilkenny 5k - 28th Mar 2024

One of the top 5k races at this time of year is the Streets of Kilkenny 5k which was held on Thursday evening 28th March 2024.

Hannah Steeds of Leevale AC finished on the podium with a second place finish in a field of 874 runners.

Cork runners under 17:00...

14 Darragh MULCAHY St. Finbarrs A.C. M 15:11  
24 Tony FORRISTAL East Cork A.C. M 15:27  
26 Mark WALSH Leevale A.C. M 15:28  
37 Adhamh O LEARY St. Finbarrs A.C. M 16:01  
79 Hannah STEEDS Leevale A.C. F 16:53

84 Andrew HOBBS Leevale A.C. M 17:00
124 Nadine FORDE Leevale A.C. F40 17:49

129 Niall LAWLER Togher A.C. M 17:52  

Full results HERE

Friday Jigsaw: Jerry Forde at the BHAA MTU 5k 2024


For this weeks online jigsaw, we have a photo of the main man Jerry Forde at the recent Cork BHAA MTU 5k.

This one has 150-pieces and you can find it HERE

Thursday, March 28, 2024

Parkrun volunteer in the UK reaches 1000 credits...


Last weekend in the UK, Nicki Clark had the honour of being the first ever parkrunner to reach the 1,000 volunteer milestone! 

As can been seen from the photo, it means there is a new milestone colour. 250 is green, 500 is blue and the new 1000 mark will be yellow.

I think the highest volunteer credit in Cork is still a bit shy of 400 and Bere Island leads the charge on that one.

Wednesday, March 27, 2024

The ongoing saga of the Mardyke athletics track - March 2024

 


Earlier this month on the 11th of March, UCC announced that they had to close the athetlics track due to safety concerns. 

They released this statement... "There are now over 15 full rips down to the underlying surface and perhaps up to 20 per cent of the track with large bubbles on it – which will lead to further tears. We were advised by Sports Lab to cut away all rips and bubbles but on looking further at this we all agreed that the scale of cutting would be too high to sustain our operations safely. We cannot allow students/staff and external users continue to use the tack in such conditions. "The underlying surface is very wet and slippery and cannot be repaired at this time. The scale of the repairs is such that the full track will probably need replacing in the right weather conditions.” 

All of this was reported in the Echo article HERE and it seems accurate. 


As can be seen from the photo above, the track layer is obviously losing its adhesion to the surface below and it likely to break up and become a trip hazard.

The track surface was laid in late 2011 so it's just over 12 years old. I would have thought it would have lasted longer than this but maybe not? Did the floods of 2009 have an impact on the moisture in the subsurface? Who knows.

That was fine until Dylan O'Connell of the Echo wrote this headline on the 12th of March in this Echo article...


Think about what the headline says... all of the adults and juveniles that are members of athletic clubs in Cork City and county can't train because the Mardyke track is closed! It's complete nonsense of course.

In terms of adults, the vast majority of the club members are runners and they don't go anywhere near the Mardyke track to train. Any runners that were using it can easily make alternative arrangements now that the evenings are getting longer.

On the 21st of March, the Claire Byrne show on RTE radio ran will the same incorrect headline... "Why thousands of athletes in Cork are without a running track to train on"

They refer to it as a 'running track' which it isn't. It's an athletics track which is an important distinction. The bulk of running is done on the weekend in the form of long slow runs on greenways, pathways and quiet country roads. An athletics track is used for short fast intervals by runners and they can find alternatives.

The adults that really need an athletics track to train are those involved in track events like sprints & middle distance e.g. 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m, 1500m. The truth is that the number of track & field senior athletes is very small but they still need some place to train.

The biggest losers in this will be the juvenile athletes. There should have been doing competitions on an athletics track for the summer and that's for club members as well as for schools competitions. In terms of disruption, the number of juveniles impacted may be large but nowhere near the 8,600 claimed.

Why the fibs? It's a good narrative to put out there to put pressure on politicians to get involved. 

Athletics Ireland... During the month, the CEO of Athletics Ireland Hamish Adams meet with UCC to discuss the situation and they released this statement. Maybe he just popped down from Dublin for a chat but I would assume the question of money and who is going to pay for a new surface came up. I'm sure UCC would be delighted if someone else paid for the new surface.

Irish Independent... It looked as if a week ago a solution had been found but Cathal Dennehy wrote this is the Irish Independent on Wed 27th March... "Hopes that the Mardyke track in Cork would be repaired and reopened in the coming months have been dashed after UCC confirmed that it will require a complete resurfacing, renbdering it out of action in the "short to medium term". The article also mentions that UCC are dealing with a claim from a user at the facility.

In conclusion...  There doesn't look like there is any easy solution. Looking at Google, the travel times from Cork City to the athletics track in Newcastle West in Co Limerick is 1h 15m so traveling there by bus might be an option for competitions?

Someone did mention to me how if you look at other sporting organisations like the GAA, FAI and a host of others, they all have their own facilities. In Cork, there is the farcical situation where the Cork Athletics Board have spent several hundred thousand Euros on a 'dedicated' cross country course out by Riverstick which sits idle for most of the year growing grass while there's not a single  athletics track in the city or county to use. You couldn't make it up.

Tuesday, March 26, 2024

Race News Update: Cobh 10m & Great Railway Run


Race news update - 26th March 2024: The Cobh 10 mile is now SOLD OUT. 

There are fewer than 100 places left for the Great Railway Run 25k from Cork City to Carrigaline... https://corkrunning.blogspot.com/2024/02/notice-great-railway-run-25km-sun-21st.html

Cork runners take top spots at IMRA race in Kerry -

First place finish for Carol Finn in Torc Woods trail race

The IMRA race last weekend was the 8k trail event in Torc Wood near Killarney last Sunday 24th March 2024. A total of 87 runners completed the course.

Top 3 men & women...
 1 Nick Hogan 838 M40 36:37 Cork
2 Conor McElroy 2077 M35 38:25 Killarney V... Kerry
3 Michael Furlong 2757 M 39:14 East Cork A... Cork
1 Carol Finn 899 F35 40:51 Cork
2 Michelle Kenny 742 F45 41:49 Leevale Cork
3 Faye O'Riordan 921 FJ 44:13 Carraig na ... Cork

Full results... https://imra.ie/events/results/id/2426/category/O/

Photos HERE

Sunday, March 24, 2024

Results & Photos of the Mallow 10-mile road race - Sun 24th March 2024


The annual Mallow 10-mile road race was held on Sunday the 24th of March 2024 on what was a damp day. A total of 1004 runners crossed the finish line which is down about 2% on last year.

Top 5 men & women... 
1 Peter SOMBA M MS 1250 (50:49) 50:49
2 Sean DOYLE Cork City A.C. M M35 1040 (50:49) 50:49
3 Conor MCCAULEY Leevale A.C. M M40 476 (52:33) 52:33
4 Paul MOLONEY Mallow A.C. M M40 1183 (52:41) 52:41
5 Shane COLLINS Leevale A.C. M M35 1153 (53:18) 53:18
27 Niamh MOORE Leevale A.C. F FS 337 (58:30) 58:30
30 Kealey TIDESWELL Clonmel A.C. F F40 472 (59:05) 59:08
95 Noémie LEDUC Grange Fermoy A.C. F FS 375 (1:04:00) 1:04:03
102 Niamh CRONIN St. Finbarrs A.C. F F45 408 (1:04:19) 1:04:22
107 Murna GRIFFIN O'MALLEY F F45 384 (1:04:17) 1:04:27

Full results HERE

Photos... (updated 25th Mar 6:15pm)

1) Joe Murphy has loads of photos as per usual on the way...

a) 1-mile mark ... Album 1 of 3 ... Album 2 of 3 ... Album 3 of 3 ...

b) 9-mile mark... Album 1 ... Album 2... Album 3... Album 4 ... Album 5... Album 6... Album 7... Album 8... Album 9... 


Saturday, March 23, 2024

Results of the 5k parkruns in Cork - Sat 23rd Mar 2024



Results of the 5k parkruns around the county on Saturday 23rd March 2024. Approximately 901  runners and walkers took part in the 10 events in Co Cork.

Report... As forecasted, the weather was a mixed bag for the 5k parkruns this morning with plenty of showers crossing over Co Cork. That however didn't stop all 10 parkruns in the county from going ahead. 

Glen River... The Glen River 5k parkrun celebrated it's 200th anniversary this weekend!

Clonakilty... Well done to Slarti Bartfast who completed his 300th 5k parkrun!

If I missed anyone who passed a notable milestone like 100, 200, 250 or above parkruns then let me know.

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Ballincollig Regional Park: 261 this week, cancelled last week.

First 3 men & women...
1 Unknown
2 Diarmuid O'SULLIVAN Male SM20-24 19:06
4 Unknown
3 Aoife COOKE Female VW35-39 19:20
11 Cherie TURNER Female VW50-54 St Finbarrs AC 21:47
19 Siobhan HOLLAND Female VW45-49 Eagle A.C. 22:09

Tramore Valley Park: 209 this week, 304 last week.

First 3 men & women...
1 Sean TWOHIG Male VM35-39 St Finbarrs AC 17:34
2 Briain MADDEN Male SM30-34 Togher AC 18:09
3 Seán RUSSELL Male SM20-24 18:16
5 Kathryn RAFFERTY Female VW35-39 19:05
15 Orlaith MURRAY Female JW15-17 21:49
24 Amy GOGGIN Female VW40-44 22:19


Glen River: 92 this week, 104 last week.

First 3 men & women...
1 Rian O LUASA Male SM18-19 Carraig na bhFear AC 19:36
2 John BROWNE Male VM40-44 20:22
3 Stephen CREEDON Male VM45-49 Mallow AC 21:04
13 Mary COTTER Female VW60-64 Tracton AC 25:07
19 Danielle Ó FLYNN Female VW40-44 25:42
28 Kate MORRISSEY Female VW35-39 26:44


Mallow Castle: 60 finishers this week, 90 last week.

First 3 men & women...
1 Tadhg CORRIGAN Male JM11-14 19:34
2 Unknown
3 Barry O CONNELL Male VM50-54 20:09
9 Maura GINTY Female VW40-44 Sportsworld 21:44
11 Norleen KENNY Female VW40-44 St Finbarrs AC 22:03
19 Muireann MURPHY Female JW11-14 25:21


Youghal (Pobalscoil ne Tríonóide) : 68 this week, 76 last week.

First 3 men & women...
1 Neil MOYNIHAN Male VM40-44 19:29
2 Shane GREENE Male VM40-44 20:47
3 Joe SALMON Male VM55-59 22:05
5 Caroline GEARY Female VW45-49 22:06
10 Claire MURPHY Female VW50-54 24:00
14 Cliona O'KEEFFE Female VW40-44 24:46


Macroom Castle Demense: 39 this week, 45 last week.

First 3 men & women...
1 Conor LUCEY Male VM35-39 18:22
2 Johnaton LYNCH Male VM35-39 23:12
3 Richie FITZGERALD Male VM50-54 23:46
7 Claire CURTIN Female VW35-39 West Muskerry A.C. 24:49
10 Sarah CUDDIHY Female SW18-19 26:19
11 Jenny O SHEA Female VW35-39 27:05


Clonakilty: 34 this week, cancelled last week.

First 3 men & women...
1 Barry CRONIN Male VM45-49 21:13
2 Cillian CRONIN Male JM15-17 23:08
3 Gerard WHELTON Male SM25-29 24:00
4 Sinéad HEALY Female VW50-54 Tralee parkrunners on Tour - TpoT 24:44
5 Sandra WALSH Female VW50-54 24:45
8 Sophia KINGSTON Female SW25-29 25:21


Glengarriff Woods: 91 this week, 61 last week.

Top 3 men & women...
1 Trevor MCGUIRK Male VM40-44 19:55
2 David EVES Male VM40-44 Kenmare Athletics Club 20:54
3 Dan O LEARY Male VM35-39 21:10
13 Niamh CASEY Female VW35-39 24:17
15 Maria HURLEY Female VW60-64 Bantry Athletic Club 24:44
19 Marian MINEHANE Female VW40-44 24:59


Bere Island: 24 this week, 111 last week. 

First 3 men & women... 
1 Michelagh MURPHY Female SW20-24 21:55
5 Orla MCCARTHY Female VW55-59 27:31
6 Mags O NEILL Female VW45-49 Beara AC 28:21
2 Jamie BUSHNELL Male VM35-39 Central Park Athletics 22:55
3 Luke MCNEILL Male JM11-14 24:56
4 Unknown 
 

Castlehaven (Rineen Woods): 23 finishers this week, 27 last week.

First 3 women & men...
1 Níall CROWLEY Male VM35-39 24:41
2 Unknown 
3 Unknown   
7 Sharon POULTER Female VW40-44 27:50
9 Frances LYNCH Female VW60-64 Sanctuary Runners 29:39
12 Maria CREGAN Female VW35-39 31:46

For more information about the weekly 5k parkruns in Co Cork, go to this page HERE.

Notice: Sonia O'Sullivan 10 mile race in Cobh - Sun 7th April 2024


This years Sonia O'Sullivan 10 mile in Cobh is coming up on Sunday the 7th of April 2024 with a 10:30am start.

Enter HERE

Update : 26th March 2024 - The Cobh 10-mile is now sold out!

Guest Post: The Equinox ...by Pat Walsh

 ** The Equinox **

As I write on the 21st March, we hit the stage of the year where sun-up / sun-down is equal. Throw in dawn before sunrise and evening after sunset and we are ahead in light available.

Time to be thinking about a change in ourselves and attitudes. 

The year and the weather chart a predictable course, sometimes the change needed is between our own two ears.

Time to be finding the summer gear and starting to consign the winter woolies to the cupboard. (It is Ireland so don’t go mad)

Time to looking forward to some short evening races locally.

Time to be getting serious about any plans for a big Autumn run and clocking up the mileage.

Time to challenge ourselves in many ways.

Lots of runners look for races with flat routes and fast times. I can understand it but I don’t agree.

A hilly route with lovely views will always be slower but maybe a better sense of satisfaction when you finish it. 

A PB over a distance only applies to a particular course. Allow yourself the leeway to be slower but more fulfilled. 

Chasing that actual PB forever can lead to disappointment, whereas just doing the best you can, on any given day is a far more rewarding way to run and live your life.

I speak from experience and my own situation as one who is aging and slowing down. My PB days are gone, but an age related good performance is always possible.

However I’m as happy with some of my own times now, as I was many years ago. It is relative to the here and now and the fact I still am doing something. 

How many sports allow you to still participate at my age..? Answer.. Very few. 

So forget the moans, the groans, the worries and anything else that holds you back.

Get out into the light and just be magnificent. Enjoy lacing the running shoes and know that you are an integral part of something good, regardless of your time or finishing position.

Lecture over. No run today. The sun is shining, I’m going cycling (total hypocrite)

#pwr

Friday, March 22, 2024

Friday Jigsaw: Tramore Valley Park 5k parkrun - March 2024


For this weeks online jigsaw, we have a photo from last Saturday's 5k parkrun in Tramore Valley Park.

This one has 209 pieces and you can find it HERE

Tuesday, March 19, 2024

Results & Photos of the IMRA Claragh Mtn 7km trail race - Sat 16th Mar 2024


The IMRA Claragh Mtn 7km trail race near Millstreet was held on Sunday 16th of March 2024 on what turned out to be a very wet day. A total of 54 runners took part in this event.

Top 3 men & women...
1 Finn Yore 2614 MJ 1 0:33:25 West Muskerry AC Cork
2 Henry Browne 616 M40 1 0:34:31 West Muskerry AC Cork
3 Cillian Fleming 833 M 1 0:34:48 Togher AC Cork
1 Kealey Tideswell 435 F40 1 0:38:57 Clonmel AC Tipperary
2 Carol Finn 899 F35 1 0:41:40 Cork
3 Faye ORiordan 921 FJ 1 0:41:50 Carraig na bhFear Cork

Full results HERE

Photos... IMRA have a gallery HERE

First 3 men

Sunday, March 17, 2024

Overall results of the Cloyne Commons 4k Winter Series - 2023-24

John Spelman of East Cork AC... Overall series winner

The Cloyne Commons 4K Winter Series from Nov 2023 to March 2024 was organised by the Cloyne District & Community Council.

Individual race results in the series...

These are the overall prize winners of the 4k series...

Top 3 men & women...

1 John Spelman - East Cork AC East Cork AC M 00:51:59
2 Keith Kelly - Youghal AC Youghal AC M45 00:53:25
4 Seamus McSweeney - St Nicholas AC St Nicholas AC M50 00:55:55
6 Rebecca McEvoy - St Finbarr's AC St Finbarr's AC F 00:59:18
17 Eileen Leahy - Midleton AC Midleton AC F 01:06:41
19 Marina Seymour - Grange Fermoy Grange Fermoy F45 01:08:15


Top male & female juniors...
3 Dinny McLean - Midleton AC Midleton AC MJ 00:55:31
15 Katie Hennessy - Midleton AC Midleton AC FJ 01:05:52

Overall series results - best time out of 4 races...

Pos Name Club Cat Races Overall Series Time
1 John Spelman - East Cork AC East Cork AC M 00:51:59
2 Keith Kelly - Youghal AC Youghal AC M45 00:53:25
3 Dinny McLean - Midleton AC Midleton AC MJ 00:55:31
4 Seamus McSweeney - St Nicholas AC St Nicholas AC M50 00:55:55
5 John O Donovan - Ballymore Cobh Ballymore Cobh M 00:56:39
6 Rebecca McEvoy - St Finbarr's AC St Finbarr's AC F 00:59:18
7 Paul Hunt - Cobh Tri Club Cobh Tri Club M 00:59:58
8 Martin Hennessy - East Cork AC East Cork AC M50 01:01:31
9 Thomas Hennessy - Midleton AC Midleton AC MJ 01:04:28
10 Bill O Keeffe - St Catherine's AC St Catherine's AC M55 01:04:55

Results of the Cloyne Commons 4k - Sun 17th Mar 2024

Rebecca McEvoy is the first woman home

The 5th and final race in the Cloyne Commons 4k Series was held on Sunday 17th March 2024.

Race #5 17th March 2024

Top 3 men & women...

1 1650 Adian Noone Leevale AC M 00:12:48
2 136 John Spelman East Cork AC M 00:13:06
3 66 Keith Kelly Youghal AC M45 00:13:13
11 77 Rebecca McEvoy St Finbarr's AC F 00:14:34
21 54 Katie Hennessy Midleton AC FJ 00:16:10
22 1595 Niamh O Connor East Cork AC F40 00:16:10

Full results below...

Place Race Number Name Club Category Time
1 1650 Adian Noone Leevale AC M 00:12:48
2 136 John Spelman East Cork AC M 00:13:06
3 66 Keith Kelly Youghal AC M45 00:13:13
4 1620 Andrew Hobbs Leevale M 00:13:22
5 85 Seamus McSweeney St Nicholas AC M50 00:13:42
6 1682 Peter Howie Ballymore Cobh M 00:13:45
7 108 John O Donovan Ballymore Cobh M 00:13:56
8 81 Dinny McLean Midleton AC MJ 00:14:04
9 1833 Oliver Smiddy East Cork AC M45 00:14:26
10 1635 Shane O Regan N/A M 00:14:30

Saturday, March 16, 2024

Results of the 5k parkruns in Cork - Sat 16th Mar 2024



Results of the 5k parkruns around the county on Saturday 16th March 2024. Approximately 818  runners and walkers took part in the 8 events in Co Cork.

Report... It was wet and damp for the 5k parkruns in Co Cork this week as a warm front crossed over the county. A total of 8 events were held with Ballincollig being cancelled due to rain and Clonakilty being cancelled due to the showgrounds being unavailable. 

Tramore Valley Park.. Well done to Kathleen Cahill who joins the Century Club with her 100th 5k parkrun at the Tramore Valley Park event this weekend!


Macroom... Sinead Twomey hits the 300 parkrun mark!



If I missed anyone who passed a notable milestone like 100, 200, 250 or above parkruns then let me know.

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Ballincollig Regional Park: 314 this week, 328 last week.

First 3 men & women... CANCELLED

Ballincollig results... 

Tramore Valley Park: 304 this week, 237 last week.

First 3 men & women...
1 Thomas HEISING Male SM30-34 18:06
2 Paul KELLY Male VM45-49 St Finbarrs AC 18:07
3 John MAGNER Male VM40-44 Watergrasshill AC 18:25
4 Nicole DINAN Female SW18-19 18:41
12 Siobhan HOARE Female VW45-49 19:43
16 Lauren DINAN Female JW15-17 20:04


Glen River: 104 this week, 70 last week.

First 3 men & women...
1 John MURPHY Male SM25-29 19:37
2 Cian HURLEY Male SM20-24 19:48
3 Richard BOURKE Male VM45-49 St Finbarrs AC 19:59
16 Sandra WALSH Female VW50-54 24:55
17 Karen O SULLIVAN Female SW25-29 24:58
20 Ciara HUTCHINSON Female SW20-24 25:14


Mallow Castle: 90 finishers this week, 60 last week.

First 3 men & women...
1 Aaron CAHILL Male VM35-39 18:45
2 Donal FALLON Male VM40-44 Mt. Hillary AC 19:35
3 Liam AHERNE Male VM40-44 Mallow Tri Club 19:43
10 Edel BUCKLEY Female VW35-39 Bweeng Trail Blazers 22:34
11 Siún NÍ CHONAILL Female JW11-14 22:34
16 Aoife O FLYNN Female VW35-39 23:34


Youghal (Pobalscoil ne Tríonóide) : 76 this week, 48 last week.

First 3 men & women...
1 James 0 MAHONY Male VM35-39 18:23
2 John MURPHY Male VM50-54 18:28
3 Noel EARLY Male VM40-44 St Catherines AC 20:32
6 Deirdre ANSBRO Female VW45-49 21:49
7 Éadaoin COLEMAN Female VW40-44 21:49
9 Áine COLLINS Female JW11-14 21:57


Macroom Castle Demense: 45 this week, 33 last week.

First 3 men & women...
1 Martin CANTY Male VM40-44 Melbourne Midday Milers 20:34
2 Matt MURPHY Male SM18-19 21:14
3 Eoin HOLLAND Male JM11-14 21:28
13 Colette DENNEHY Female VW50-54 25:28
15 Carmel PURCELL Female VW45-49 West Muskerry A.C. 25:50 
16 Caroline O DONNELL Female VW55-59 26:00


Clonakilty: 29 this week, 52 last week.

First 3 men & women... CANCELLED THIS WEEK
Clonakilty results... 

Glengarriff Woods: 73 this week, 78 last week.

Top 3 men & women...
1 Trevor MCGUIRK Male VM40-44 20:12
2 Maurice LAWTON Male VM50-54 Durrus Athletic Club 21:09
3 Cormac WHOOLEY Male SM30-34 21:37
5 Niamh O'KEEFFE Female SW25-29 23:00
8 Maria HURLEY Female VW60-64 Bantry Athletic Club 24:15
13 Fleur HINDLEY Female VW55-59 25:30


Bere Island: 111 this week, 43 last week. 

First 3 men & women... 
1 Michelagh MURPHY Female SW20-24 20:59
16 Tara HOLT Female VW50-54 Cutting-edge Athletes, Kingston 26:51
17 Claire MCCARTHY Female SW25-29 27:03
2 Paul HARRISON Male VM40-44 Team Yellow 21:07
3 Darren HESBROOK-EDWARDS Male VM50-54 Lawley Running Club 21:39
4 Sean CROWLEY Male VM45-49 22:38
   

Castlehaven (Rineen Woods): 27 finishers this week, 19 last week.

First 3 women & men...
1 Florence FITZGERALD Male SM30-34 21:18
2 Niall O'CONNOR Male VM45-49 Ranelagh Harriers 21:53
3 Declan RICE Male VM40-44 25:01
6 Sharon POULTER Female VW40-44 28:21
7 Frances LYNCH Female VW60-64 Sanctuary Runners 29:01
12 Celine BUCKLEY Female VW50-54 Castlehaven GAA 32:15


For more information about the weekly 5k parkruns in Co Cork, go to this page HERE.

Friday, March 15, 2024

Running in Cork Newsletter - 15th March 2024

 


Summary of Newsletter...
Weekend Weather:
Weekend events:
Parkrun News: Clonakilty / Clonmel / Bere Island
Race News: Cobh 10-mile 75% full / Belfast 24h / Help wanted for Cobh
In Other News: Traffic chaos in Derry / Running from Cape Town to London
Countdown Timer
Some of the posts on the Running in Cork blog over the last week:
Running events Cork & Kerry until 7th Apr 2024 
Frank O'Meara interview

The Running in Cork Newsletter for the 15th of March 2024 is up on Substack... https://open.substack.com/pub/runningincork/p/running-in-cork-newsletter-15th-march?r=2k5drd&utm_campaign=post&utm_medium=web&showWelcomeOnShare=true

Friday Jigsaw: Killeagh 4m start - Mar 2024


For this weeks online jigsaw, we have a photo of the start of the 2024 Killeagh 4-mile road race.

This one has 280 pieces and you can find it HERE

Thursday, March 14, 2024

Notice: Run Killarney Half-Marathon & 10k - Sat 8th June 2024


The annual Run Killarney Half-Marathon & 10k is coming up this year on Saturday the 8th of June 2024. This event is popular with a lot of runners as it's a scenic route and many use it as a weekend away in Killarney.

Entries and info on the event website... https://runkillarney.com/

The Half-Marathon starts at 8am while the 10k starts at 9:30am.

The video below gives a flavour of what the event and route is like...

The race entry includes an event medal as well as dry fit running tops... a long sleeved one for the half and a short sleeved one for the 10k.

Dry fit top for the Half-Marathon

Dry fit top for the 10k

Medal for both events


Wednesday, March 13, 2024

Notice: IMRA Claragh Mtn 7km Trail Race - Sat 16th Mar 2024


IMRA are holding their next trail race on Saturday 16th of March 2024 at 12 noon starting in the town of Millstreet in NW Cork.

When you're standing at the road junction at the west end of Millstreet, you can look up at Claragh Mtn and it's hard to imagine that a run up to the summit and back again is only 7kms. However, the 340m climb does compensate for the shorter distance.

This is a good event for anyone who has done a forest trail race already and would like to try a 'mountain event'. It should be noted that in terms of mountains, this one is really small, it's a good intro.

Enter here... https://www.imra.ie/events/view/id/2427


Details from IMRA....

COUNTY: Cork
DATE: Saturday 16th March, 2024
TIME: 12:00
CLIMB (M): 340
DISTANCE (KM): 7.00
RACE MARKING: Only major junctions marked - Only major junctions marked
GPS ALLOWED: Yes
LEAGUES: Whiskey In The Jar League 
MANDATORY KIT: Level B - Standard, Waterproof jacket, Hat or buff, Gloves, Whistle, Charged mobile phone with emergency number stored, Foil blanket, bivvy bag or equivalent, All runners must bring the above items to the race. The actual kit to be carried during the race will be finalised on the day, depending on conditions etc., and clearly advised at Registration.

You should also have the means to carry all the kit in case required.

Failure to have the required items may lead to you being denied entry to the race, or disqualification. Random checks may be carried out.

ENTRY CLOSES: Friday 15th March 2024, 18:00
ENTRY COST: €7 for seniors, €5 for over 65s and under 18s
ROUTE DESCRIPTION: The race begins on Claragh Rd (just opposite the carpark) heading south. After about 800m, take a sharp left onto a narrow road, and after another 600m, take a right turn onto a path going through the forest. This path zig-zags up through the forest, until you go over a stile on your left that exits the forest. You now follow the path keeping the forest to your right, until you go through a gate on to the open mountain. You are now on a narrow path that swings to the right and then takes you to the summit. Turn left at the summit, and head straight back down to intersect the uphill route and then follow your route back to the finish.
GETTING THERE: Millstreet, Co. Cork. Carpark and registration is opposite St. Patrick's Church on the main road going through the town (R582). OSI grid reference: W 268 902
ORGANISERS INSTRUCTIONS: Please note change of time. Main Race now starting at 12pm.
Short Course: 11:30 a.m. Kids Race (with parents) 11:15a.m.


Tuesday, March 12, 2024

Results & Photos of the IMRA Nagles Marathon & Half-Marathon - Sat 9th Mar 2024

First 3 women in the IMRA Nagles Marathon

The IMRA Nagles Marathon & Half-Marathon was held on Saturday 9th March 2024.

The full 42km event had a total of 1330m of ascent and had 32 finishers. There were 100 finishers in the 21km half which had 750m of ascent.

Marathon - Top 3 men & women...
 1 Nick Hogan 838 M40 3:57:26 Cork
2 Sam Hand 932 M35 4:05:07 Kilmallock ... Limerick
3 Peter Power 230 M45 4:20:47 GoTri Adven... Clare
1 Deirdre O Gorman 274 F35 4:38:25 Tipperary
2 Caroline O Sullivan 160 F50 6:08:16 Mt. Hilary ... Cork
3 Lisa Quirke Cashman 311 F45 6:09:09 Mt. Hilary ... Cork


Full results HERE

Photos HERE

Half-Marathon - Top 3 men & women...
1 Barry Hartnett 580 M40 1:44:54 Tipperary
2 Donatas Jocius 318 M35 1:49:30 Crusaders A... Dublin
3 Patrick Mullane 446 M40 1:54:07 Clare
1 Sarah Whelan 294 F40 2:23:34 Clonmel AC Tipperary
2 Anne Moore 2258 F45 2:29:31 West Waterf... Waterford
3 Edel Hennessy 876 F40 2:35:36 Kilfinane A... Limerick

Full results HERE

Full photos HERE