Google+ Running in Cork, Ireland: April 2024

Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Notice: The Great Railway Run 25km - Sun 21st Apr 2024





The annual Great Railway Run from Cork to Carrigaline will be held this year on Sunday the 21st of April 2024

The 25km run will start at 9:30am in Centre Park Road and the route skirts the shores of Cork Harbour. The race will finish in Carrigaline at the Lions Youth Centre on Church Road.

Update: 17th April 2024 - SOLD OUT!

Collection of old sports shoes in Carrigaline - 19th & 20th Apr 2024


This might be of interest for anyone who has unwanted running or sports shoes that are in good condition. Liam O'Connor sent on this information about a collection of old sports shoes in Carrigaline on the  19th & 20th Apr 2024.

Collection Days: This Friday 19th / Sat.20th April.

♻️♻️♻️Pre Owned Sports Shoes Needed♻️♻️♻️

"Our Shoes" is an appeal being held in #Carrigaline, organized by myself for a donation of quality, pre-loved trainers & sports shoes from families in Carrigaline and surrounding areas, which will be sent to kids in townships in Cape Town, South Africa. 

The first ‘In My Shoes’ campaign, held in Carrigaline , saw 1,000 pairs of shoes being shipped to impoverished children in South African townships and the appeal aims to double that achievement over the coming months.

This appeal is looking for used football boots and runners/trainers in good condition, for ages 4 to 16.

Tuesday, April 16, 2024

Race day info for the Ballintotis 4-mile race on Thurs 18th April 2024


The big evening race in Cork this week is the Ballintotis 4-mile near Castlemartyr. This one always gets a big crowd and this year will be no different.

Note the change in car parks below, everything now is to the east of the church.

You can still enter online HERE

From the organisers... It's been a busy few weeks in Ballintotis as the local committee advance plans for this year's 4 Mile Road Race, which is set to bring huge crowds to the picturesque venue this Thursday.  Bad weather has obviously hampered plans for a number of weeks, but once again the local community have come to the fore in various ways. 

This year, all participants are asked to please take special note of the traffic arrangements and the location of CAR PARKS, some of  which have changed from previous years,  In particular, motorists travelling from the Midleton direction, should be aware that their access point to the venue will for the most part of the evening,  be at the CASTLEMARTYR SIDE of Loughaderra Lake.  There is no right turn from the Main Road to Race HQ.


A special appeal is sent to everybody to please make a big effort to carpool and because of the large entry, please arrive early. Car parks will open at 5.30pm.

2024 will see the Ballintotis Race incorporate the County Road Championships for the first time ever, which will add an extra dimension to this huge sporting and social occasion

Some great action is expected in the race itself with many well known names in the line up.   Whilst the majority of entries have now been received online,  limited walk-in entries will also be taken from 1pm up until 7.30pm in Ballintotis on race day.  Number collection is available at the same time and entries/number collection is also open from 5pm to 8pm on Wednesday evening. 

We urge as many people as possible to make use of these extended times for number pick up.

Before all the race action at 8pm, it's a 6pm  start for the community walk, with refreshments served immediately afterwards for walkers on their return  to the Community Centre.

Runners will receive their buff once they cross the finish line, whilst refreshments as usual will be served in Ballintotis Community Centre.  Prize giving will take place in the marquess at the front of the Community Centre at approx 9.10pm.  

Looking forward to seeing you all in Ballintotis on Thursday evening.

Enquiries to 086-8778182

Monday, April 15, 2024

Notice: Ballintotis 4-mile road race - Thurs 18th April 2024


You know Summer is on the way when we start looking at evening road races and they don't get much bigger than the Ballintotis 4-mile near Castlemartyr in East Cork. It's coming up this year on Thursday 18th of April 2024 at 8pm.

Entries HERE

Info from the organisers... Ballintotis 4 Mile 2024

Update: 10th April... Course Record Bonus Announced For Ballintotis 4 Mile Race - With just over a week to go to the Ballintotis 4 Mile Road Race, the organisers have confirmed that there will be a course record bonus of 250 euro for the first man and lady to break the existing respective records.  

These are 19.11 set by Ryan Creech last year and 21.21 set by his Leevale colleague Lizzy Lee in 2016. Don't forget there are great individual prizes for the first six male and female runners across the line, first to third prizes in all age categories and team prizes (outside of first 6). 

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The 13th running of the Ballintotis 4 mile road race, hosted by Ballintotis Area Community Council and held in association with East Cork AC, will take place this year on Thursday April 18th (starting time 8pm.)   


Sunday, April 14, 2024

Results of the Run the Line 5k in Carrigaline - Sat 13th Apr 2024

This free timed 5k on the Carrigaline to Crosshaven walkway takes place on the first Saturday of every month. 

The April event was supposed to go ahead on the 6th of April 2024 but it had to be cancelled. 

It was announced during the week that the rescheduled April event would take place on the 13th but as can be seen from the low numbers, not many people saw this.

Results of the Bantry AC Flying 5-mile - Sun 14th Apr 2024


The inaugural Bantry AC Flying 5-mile was held on Sunday 14th Apr 2024 with 122 runners taking part.

Top 3 men & women...
 26 1 Danny MULLINS Bantry A.C. M 0:27:41 0:27:41  
90 2 Briain MADDEN Togher A.C. M 0:29:19 0:29:19  
109 3 Eoghan MC ELHINNEY Bantry A.C. M 0:29:58 0:29:58
108 11 Julie O BRIEN F40 0:33:27 0:33:27  
93 12 Carmel CROWLEY Bandon A.C. F50 0:33:34 0:33:34  
33 22 Hilje VEENSTRA F 0:38:04 0:38:05
 

Full results HERE

Photos...
1) Bantry AC has a gallery HERE

Saturday, April 13, 2024

Results of the 5k parkruns in Cork - Sat 13th Apr 2024



Results of the 5k parkruns around the county on Saturday 13th April 2024. Approximately 873  runners and walkers took part in the 10 events in Co Cork.

Report... After Storm Kathleen last week and the mass cancellations, the weather was a lot kinder this Saturday for the 5k parkruns in Co Cork. It was also one of the mildest Saturday so far this year with the thermometer at Cork Airport hitting 12 degrees at 9:30am this morning.

Tramore Valley hits 100... The 5k parkrun in Tramore Valley Park celebrated its 100th outing today!


This parkrun actually started way back on the 26th of September 2015 and it was hugely popular. There were 15 events before Cork City Council pulled the plug due to parking and access issues. After a long wait, it finally restarted on the 16th of July 2022 and they haven't looked back since.

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: 249 this week, cancelled last week.

First 3 men & women...
1 Michael O DONOGHUE Male VM45-49 18:51
2 Jj JORDAAN Male SM25-29 19:09
3 Niall O' LEARY Male VM50-54 UCC Staff Athletics Club 19:57
12 Deirdre HOPKINS Female VW40-44 Tuesday Tracks 22:00
19 Niamh HEALY Female SW25-29 22:33
20 Mairead PEREZ Female VW50-54 Eagle A.C. 22:47


Tramore Valley Park: 239 this week, cancelled last week.

First 3 men & women...
1 Alan O'SULLIVAN Male VM40-44 18:10
2 John RYAN Male SM30-34 19:18
3 Cormac WHOOLEY Male SM30-34 19:27
12 Maeve BUCKLEY Female VW50-54 20:57
13 Helen WALSH Female VW45-49 Togher AC 20:59
26 Deirdre WALLACE Female VW35-39 22:32


Glen River: 91 this week, cancelled last week.

First 3 men & women...
1 Alan SMITH Male SM30-34 Victoria Park Harriers & Tower Hamlets AC 19:06
2 Brendan MAGUIRE Male VM40-44 19:23
3 Colin MORRISON Male VM50-54 21:39
8 Misha PANKHANIA Female VW35-39 23:36
9 Sandra WALSH Female VW50-54 24:02
14 Mags HASSETT Female VW45-49 Douglas Meet and Train 24:40


Mallow Castle: 68 finishers this week, cancelled last week.

First 3 men & women...
1 Ruairi MANNING Male SM20-24 16:58
2 Robbie NEILL Male VM40-44 18:26
3 Unknown
7 Edel BUCKLEY Female VW35-39 Bweeng Trail Blazers 21:42
9 Marina SEYMOUR Female VW45-49 22:37
11 Denise TWOHIG Female VW50-54 St Finbarrs AC 23:13


Youghal (Pobalscoil ne Tríonóide) : 49 this week, cancelled last week.

First 3 men & women...
1 Noel EARLY Male VM40-44 St Catherines AC 18:54
2 Finbarr KELLEHER Male VM35-39 19:59
3 Chris O'CONNELL Male VM45-49 St Catherines AC 20:32
9 Claire MURPHY Female VW50-54 24:21
13 Donna SAVAGE Female VW35-39 25:10
16 Marie O ROURKE Female VW35-39 26:57


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

First 3 men & women...
1 Conor LUCEY Male VM35-39 18:15
2 Donal COLLINS Male VM45-49 Bweeng Trail Blazers 19:07
3 Richie FITZGERALD Male VM50-54 23:15
10 Carmel PURCELL Female VW45-49 West Muskerry A.C. 26:34
13 Lucy O Female VW35-39 26:37
14 Caroline O' DONNELL Female VW35-39 26:42


Clonakilty: 33 this week, cancelled last week.

First 3 men & women...
1 Niall O'CONNOR Male VM45-49 Ranelagh Harriers 20:38
2 Bryan GALLWEY Male VM40-44 20:49
3 Donal MCCORMACK Male VM40-44 21:02
10 Kathleen O REGAN Female VW35-39 25:19
15 Martha HICKEY Female VW50-54 30:02
16 Aoife WALSH Female JW11-14 30:04


Glengarriff Woods: 57 this week, cancelled last week.

Top 3 men & women...
1 Gavin O SULLIVAN Male SM20-24 19:33
2 Danny MANNING Male VM45-49 22:11
4 Cathal D'HONDT Male JM11-14 23:33
3 Emma O' SULLIVAN Female SW30-34 23:23
5 Alice COPPINGER Female VW45-49 Bantry Athletic Club 23:35
7 Lorraine O SULLIVAN Female VW45-49 23:52


Bere Island: 30 this week, cancelled last week. 

First 3 men & women... 
1 Michelagh MURPHY Female SW20-24 21:47
3 Laura O' SULLIVAN FENTON Female VW40-44 Beara AC 25:47
6 Mags O NEILL Female VW45-49 Beara AC 28:25
2 Bob HENNESSY Male VM50-54 23:06
4 Breandan MURPHY Male SM20-24 25:47
5 Anthony HOLMES Male VM50-54 27:51
 

Castlehaven (Rineen Woods): 15 finishers this week, cancelled last week.

First 3 women & men...
1 Ciarán BOUSE Male VM45-49 Eagle A.C. 20:34
2 Florence FITZGERALD Male SM30-34 21:21
3 Donncha OBRIEN Male VM45-49 23:44
7 Caroline RASSELL Female VW55-59 27:19
8 Sharon LEVIS Female VW40-44 27:23
13 Catherine BAILEY Female VW40-44 41:28


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

Guest Post: Cobh 10 mile ...by Pat Walsh

 ** Cobh 10 mile **

It’s hilly, get over it ’  was the message on the finishers mug and never was a truer word spoken.

It was also wild and windy. 

Passing Ballymore Church mile 4 at the top of the hill heading into a gale of wind it is a prayer and a miraculous medal I needed.

When I arrived in Cobh and parked neared the Heritage Centre the Annie Moore statue was pointing in the direction of home and not the start line. The waves were choppy in the Harbour and not a bit appealing to be running. Was it a subliminal message that I ignored?

Is stubbornness a bigger part of my make up rather than common sense?

Big Jessie or a Tough Man? Serious decision

I do jest. 

From the time we got to the start line the buzz started and the race was super. Brilliant organisation with hugs and welcomes. 

Sonia herself was there to smile and bless us all as we headed off into the hills. We couldn’t go wrong after that.

Thanks to everyone who said hello and shared a few miles with me.

We need perspective on these races. Every race cannot be flat and a PB. Sometimes a challenge completed can have its own sense of satisfaction.

There is a shared camaraderie in suffering on a hill together but getting over it. 

The smile, the sense of it didn’t beat us can be great. You do get to sense the most caring and sharing of runners as we are all in this together just to finish.

At least it didn’t rain today here, some minor God was minding us.


Please please don’t let this put anyone off from running the Cobh 10mile. It is a fantastic race on a scenic route that you will always be glad to have finished. The organisers are superb and some amount of work put into the preparation. I will be back Shane Meyler 😃

It does finish with a downhill last 400 metres.

The little touch for the late Aisling Murphy on Mile 4 is always a beautiful and poignant moment in the run.

#pwr

Friday, April 12, 2024

Friday Jigsaw: Cork BHAA PwC 5k - Apr 2024


For this weeks online jigsaw, we have a photo by Mick Dooley of a large group of runners at the recent Cork BHAA PwC 5k.

This one has 391-pieces so it's a bit tougher than usual but there are a lot of colours in it to help.

You can find it HERE

Thursday, April 11, 2024

Guest Post: FIFTY YEARS AGO – WHEN AN IRISHMAN WON THE BOSTON MARATHON ...by John Walshe

In this guest post, John Walshe looks back at the 50th anniversary of Neil Cusack winning the 1974 Boston Marathon with an additional piece about Bill Rodgers' win the following year.

FIFTY YEARS AGO – WHEN AN IRISHMAN WON THE BOSTON MARATHON

By John Walshe

This Monday, April 15th, sees the 128th Boston Marathon taking place. The date will also mark the exact 50th anniversary of a historic triumph by an Irishman on that celebrated 26.2-mile point-to-point route from Hopkinton to Copley Square.

Patriot’s Day - on which the marathon is traditionally held - in 1974 coincided with Easter Monday. On that fine April evening a brief announcement at the end of the nine o’clock news on the black-and-white television stated that an Irishman named Neil Cusack had won the famous Boston Marathon.

Neil Cusack winning the 1974 Boston Marathon in a time of 2:13:39.

Although only 22, the Limerick man was no stranger to Cork athletics fans. Two years before on a Sunday afternoon he had won a 10,000m road race (the acronym ‘10K’ hadn’t yet been invented) organised by the Midleton club on a six-lap course around the town.

That March Cusack had returned from East Tennessee State University where he was on scholarship to represent Ireland in the International Cross-Country at Cambridge. The marathon potential was already evident the previous December when, in his first attempt and a few days short of his 20th birthday, he won the Peach Bowl Marathon in Atlanta by almost seven minutes with a time of 2:16:18.

Later in that year of 1972 he would set an Irish 10,000m record of 28:45.8 in the heats at the Munich Olympics. Before leaving for Munich, he made another visit to Midleton where in a novel mid-week 10,000m road and track race he defeated locally-born Mike Keogh, back from the US for the Olympics.

On his return to the US in the autumn Cusack became the first Irishman (and one of only three in all) to win the prestigious NCAA Cross-Country. On that day at Houston he led an all-Irish team known as ‘The Irish Brigade’ to a second-place finish. The team consisted of himself, Eddie and PJ Leddy, Kevin Breen, Ray McBride and Frank Greally who would go on to create Irish Runner magazine.

Three of Ireland’s greatest athletes at the 1975 Tullamore road race: Neil Cusack, third; Eamonn Coghlan, first; John Treacy, second.


After a stellar indoor season in early 1974, Cusack arrived in Boston in top form, both physically and mentally. “I remember travelling up to Boston from Johnson City having my mind already set on winning the event,” he would relate to Greally in Irish Runner many years later.

I was young and confident and I had no fear of the distance or the opposition. I didn't put any limits on myself back then and running that first marathon in Atlanta gave me an insight into what it was like to tackle the distance," he said. "Going into Boston, I had no fear.

The night before, Cusack remembers sitting in his hotel room in the city sewing a shamrock crest to the string vest that he was going to wear. "Ron Hill, who had won Boston in 1970, had made the string vest a popular piece of running apparel for marathoners and I had my Dunnes Stores version with me in Boston.

That Patriot's Day, Cusack was on target for a 2:09 performance going up the infamous Heartbreak Hill between 18 and 21 miles but the pace found him out over the final miles. He still recorded the third-fastest performance over the iconic course as his 2:13:39 gave him almost a minute to spare over Tom Fleming in second (2:14:25) with Canadian Jerome Drayton taking third spot (2:15:40).

Nowadays the winner at Boston can expect to gain in the region of $150,000 in prize money, plus bonuses and expenses. But like Hill four years previous, all Cusack received was a medal, a laurel wreath and a bowl of stew. The big money in road racing was still a couple of years distant but Cusack’s class can be seen from his victory at the Newark Distance Run over 12 miles the following year.

There he defeated Bill Rodgers by 10 seconds in a time of 58:38. The following month Rodgers would win the first of his four Boston Marathon titles, setting an American and course record of 2:09:55, thus making him one of the first (and richest) superstars of the sport. A year or two later he had his own running store along with his own line of running apparel.

Cusack hit another high when he won the Dublin Marathon in 1981 in 2:13:58. He competed in two Olympics, 1972 and 1976, and represented Ireland in the World Cross-Country on 13 occasions. In the 1982 Ballycotton ’10’, the Limerick-man came home first of the 429 finishers in a course record of 48:01. He would run a second faster a year later when finishing third (48:00) behind Jerry Kiernan (47:04) and Ray Treacy (47:42).

For this year’s Boston Marathon Neil and his wife Imelda have been invited back to celebrate that day all of five decades ago. He has been given the special honour of being the official race starter for the event, which now boasts an entry of 45,000. 

* As a footnote (pardon the pun) to that famous victory, a glance at Cusack’s shoes shows he was wearing the Tiger (now Asics) Marathon racing flat, probably the most popular of the few racing shoes available at the time.


They had a simple blue nylon upper, stitched to a white rubber sole that was - compared to the ‘stacked’ shoes of today - only about a quarter-of-an inch thick, with maybe a half-inch under the heel. Looking at an advert in Athletics Weekly of the time, they retailed for around five or six pounds sterling in the UK, about €75 in today’s money.

In the early 1970s, Nike was just getting off the ground in the US and there is a fascinating story concerning Bill Rodgers’ victory in that Boston Marathon of 1975. An unemployed school teacher, he had returned to competition after a two year layoff and had surprised even his coach when finishing third the previous month at the World Cross-Country in Morocco. 

This impressive performance caught the attention of many in the running community, including Steve Prefontaine. ‘Pre’, as he was known, was then at the height of his running career. He had set every American record from 2000m to 10,000m, along with a fourth-place finish in the 5000m at the 1972 Munich Olympics.

Prefontaine was also an employee of an athletic shoe company started by his college coach, Bill Bowerman. That company was Nike. On April 9th, Steve Prefontaine wrote a letter to that relatively unknown, but up and coming runner named Bill Rodgers. The typed letter, hand-signed by Pre, went as follows:

Dear Bill,

First of all congratulations on a fine race in Rabat. You have really improved this last year and hopefully will continue to until the Olympic games.

The reason I'm writing is because Jeff Galloway told me you were interested in training in our shoes. I'm sending you a pair of Boston 73's and a training shoe. Any comments would be greatly appreciated. Just feel free to drop me a line and let me know what you think.

Wishing you continued success for 75.

Sincerely,

Steve Prefontaine

Because the shoes were a bit on the large size, Rodgers had to stop twice in the final few miles to tighten his laces, to the surprise and awe of the spectators and press. Despite this he still crossed the line first in an American record of 2:09:55.

The following month, on May 30th at the age of 23, Steve Prefontaine would tragically die in a car crash.

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Previous posts by John Walshe HERE

Results & Photos of the Cork BHAA PwC 5k - Wed 10th Apr 2024


There was another big turnout for the Cork BHAA PwC Anthony Reidy Memorial 5k in Cork City on Wed 10th of April 2024 with a total of 831 listed in the results. For a BHAA race on a damp evening, that's a lot and well above the usual BHAA races.

Looking at the stats, that is up about 38% on last year which is a big jump in numbers.

Top 3 men & women...

Pos Name Cat Prize Time Company Team
1 Denis Hegarty M-1 00:15:28 Hegarty Engineering & Design
2 Aidan Noone M-2 00:15:47 Dept of Ed M-A-1
3 James Hayes M-3 00:15:50 Dept of Ed M-A-1
14 Hannah Steeds F-1 00:16:55 Eli Lilly F-A-1
33 Carol Finn 0/35F F-2 00:17:36 Carol Finn Physical Therapy
34 Michelle Kenny 0/40F F-3 00:17:38 Dept of Ed

Full results HERE

Photos...

1) The Cork BHAA have a gallery HERE

Wednesday, April 10, 2024

Notice: The Cheetah Run 5k in Fota Wildlife Park - Thurs 16th May 2024


The Cheetah Run 5k in Fota Wildlife Park organised by Eagle AC is coming up on Thursday the 16th of May 2024 at 8pm. As well as there being the usual 5k race, there is also a one-mile race for juveniles (11-15 year olds).

Enter HERE

10th April - Update on entries... Demand is really strong this year, up nearly 20% on the same time last year which sold out a week early. Just over half of the 850 entries are now gone after just 3 days. For the Juvenile mile race, there are just 40 spaces left.

From Eagle AC... "We are delighted once again to announce that entries open for our Eagle A.C. Cheetah Run in Fota Wildlife Park, on Sunday 7th April 2024, at 9am. The Cheetah Run is always a hugely popular and fast selling event, so do book your places quickly to avoid disappointment!

Monday, April 08, 2024

Notice: Cork BHAA PwC Anthony Reidy Memorial 5k in Cork City - Wed 10th Apr 2024


The Cork BHAA PwC 5k in Cork City is coming up on Wednesday the 10th of April 2024 at 7:30pm.

This is always a very popular race and should get a good crowd again as it's centrally located in the heart of Cork City and about as flat a 5k course as you can get. It's also the first evening race of 2024 in Cork!

Sunday, April 07, 2024

Results & Photos of the Sonia O'Sullivan Cobh 10-mile road race - Sun 7th April 2024

First place finish for Tim O'Donoghue of East Cork AC

A record 828 runners completed this years Sonia O'Sullivan Cobh 10-mile road race, an increase of 7% on the numbers last year.

Top 5 men & women...

1 Tim O'DONOGHUE East Cork A.C. M MS 1012 51:37
2 Evan FITZGERALD M MS 1004 52:53
3 John DURCAN M MS 1003 (53:44) 53:44
4 David MAHON Galway City Harriers A.C. M MS 1008 53:46
5 Shane COLLINS Leevale A.C. M MS 1046 53:58
1 Michelle FINN Leevale A.C. F FS 4 57:08
2 Kealey TIDESWELL Clonmel A.C. F F40 1019 59:55
3 Catherine MURPHY Eagle A.C. F F45 479 1:04:29
4 Meghan MCCARTHY Kilkenny City Harriers A.C. F FS 409 1:05:21
5 Karen WALSH F F40 596 1:09:05

Full results HERE

Michelle Finn is the first woman home with a time of 57m 08s




Photos...

1) There are around 550 photos up on the Running in Cork Facebook page.

2) Mick Dooley has several galleries...

a) Start line b) Finish line 1 of 3 c) Finish line 2 of 3 d) Finish line 3 of 3

3) Joe Murphy has loads of photos as per usual...

a) Start 1 of 3 b) Start 2 of 3 c) Start 3 of 3

d) Finish 1 of 6 e) Finish 2 of 6 f) Finish 3 of 6 g) Finish 4 of 6 h) Finish 5 of 6 i) Finish 6 of 6

75-min pace group

Whoop...Whoop...

Did I leave the immersion on??

Are we there yet?

Togher on Tour...

Thumbs Up!

Battling the Breeze...

All smiles...

90 minutes in the bag...










Saturday, April 06, 2024

Guest Post: Wet Wet Wet ...by Pat Walsh

 ** Wet Wet Wet **

Once the name of a band from the 80’s / 90’s, now used to describe the weather in Ireland.

4 years ago at the start of Covid we spoke of the ‘new normal’ and what it consisted of. We could go nowhere but the weather was beautiful.

Now we can go anywhere we like but the ‘new normal’ is dodging showers of rain and puddles on the road. Your new best friend is a waterproof running jacket and drying out shoes is a regular occurrence.

As I write Storm Kathleen is about to hit our shores and another great weekend can be expected. Batten down the hatches, it will be windy.

I worry for race organisers as people will be reluctant to run in these conditions. A quick run from home and straight back to the shower could be acceptable but hanging around waiting for a start and then maybe a journey home cold and wet is not very appealing.

Also, if parking in a field is needed then this a complete no-no at the moment.

What can be done?

Don’t put yourself in harms way if it very bad. It isn’t fair on those who must use the roads to have to dodge around runners.

Try to watch for some kind of break in the weather to get the optimum running opportunity. It is raining a lot but it isn’t continuous.

Don’t be too hard on yourself if you are forced to miss a session. That is better than picking up a cold which could knock you back for a few weeks.

Short and fast, get it done and over with and back to dry clothing and a shower asap.
But we must persevere
What actual choice do we have
Quitting is not an option for me anyway
Like the storm we need to be careful and ride it out, but it will come good again.

We will get to Cork Marathon weekend where we will be sweating, burnt and looking back on all of this with a smile. 

The Inuits (Eskimos) have 50 words for snow.

I have just finished reading Manchán Magan's brilliant Irish Book ‘Thirty Two Words for Field’

Next Year I think I will publish:-

PWR 60 words for running in the rain

‘tis squally, ‘tis lashing, ‘tis spitting
‘twas bucketing out of the heavens
The heavens opened half way through
We got F***in soaked
Sunny South East my A*se
Puddle ahead and it could be deep
Please feel free to add your own to the collection. Local ones from different areas most appreciated
Earworm for the weekend. Sing it once and you will hum for the next few days
“ I feel it in my fingers
I feel it in my toes
Love is all around me
And so the feeling grows “ Wet Wet Wet

If you are running put a few stones in your pocket to stop you from blowing away.

Have a good weekend, stay safe. 
#pwr


Friday, April 05, 2024

Running in Cork Newsletter - 5th Apr 2024


Running in Cork Newsletter - 5th Apr 2024 - Storm Kathleen cancellations / races next week / Cork City 10 miler / race news...

Link... https://runningincork.substack.com/p/running-in-cork-newsletter-5th-april

Thursday, April 04, 2024

Kate Veale selected for Irish team for the World Team Racewalking Championships in Turkey


Athletics Ireland recently announced the Irish team for the World Race Walk Team Championships in Turkey. One of the novel features this year is the inclusion of a Mixed Relay Team.

The press release says..." ..it will be the first championships to stage the Marathon Race Walk Mixed Relay, and will serve as the primary qualification opportunity in that event ahead of this summer's Paris Olympics. The first 22 teams at the World Race Walk Team Championships Antalya 2024 shall automatically qualify for the Marathon Race Walk Mixed Relay event at the Olympic Games Paris 2024. Up to five of the first 22 teams can be a second team of the same country.

Finn Valley's Brendan Boyce and West Waterford's Kate Veale will spear-head Ireland's challenge for qualification in this event, having partnered to achieve a 3:11:48 performance in Raheny on December 17th last. "

Kate Veale writes... "Delighted to be selected for the World Team Racewalking Championships in the marathon mixed relay alongside 3 time Olympian Breandán O'Buadhaigh

We are currently 11th on World Rankings from our performance in December. Top 22 teams in Turkey will get an automatic Olympic spot. 

The last time we were together at these Championships was in 2012 in Russia. What a journey and story it has been since. Wishing @raymondoflynn could be with us. He has played a huge role in both our lives and will stay forever in our ❤️.

It’s always an honour to put on an Irish vest. We’re ready for war. I’ve learned from @brendanbound to love the misery. Bring it on. 💪🇮🇪

Thanks to everyone who has helped us, especially our  coaches @perskarlstrom and Robert Heffernan. It’s a team effort."

Tuesday, April 02, 2024

Updated Marathon list for Jerry Forde - Mar 2024


I recently updated Jerry Forde's list of marathons and it currently stands at an amazing 519!

You can see the full updated list on this website HERE

Monday, April 01, 2024

Guest Post: Happy Easter ...by Pat Walsh

 ** Happy Easter **

Happy New Year

Hope you are all having a lovely weekend. Sorry it took so long to post.

The picture was taken of the sky this evening at the back of my house at 7.15pm.
It sums up where I am and my feelings.

Half light, half dark… But
The sun is shining through and there is life, light and hope.
Summer and Winter captured as the change is happening.
"I've been upside down
I don't wanna be the right way round
Can't find paradise on the ground"... Oh Wonder.

I have always believed the 1st of April should be the start of the New Year.
Weather improving, evenings longer and more time to get out and be active.
Better chance of an improved diet as well. Who eats a salad in January when we need chocolate.
The pessimist would say it has been raining since last July and I can’t argue with that.
The optimist would say it can’t last forever and we are due a good spell of weather.

I would say that you must take control of your destiny. 

You cannot let other factors affect what you do.

So officially in '#pwr mode' we are starting again tomorrow. Get up, get out, be positive, new start, new ideas, leave the negative feelings and negative people behind you.
Before you go to bed tonight resolve to do something positive to get out of the house and run, walk, exercise.

Enter for some challenge to give yourself a goal. 
Contact a friend to exercise with you, and to keep you accountable.
Leave the couch and the excuses behind you and go for it.
Let the sun hit your legs and arms that have been hidden since last September and smile.
Hope you had a lovely Easter. I must finish my Chunky Kit Kat Egg.
#pwr