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Thursday, July 24, 2014

100 Seconds to Beat the World: The David Rudisha Story

This is the story of the 800m Olympic champion David Rudisha who is coached by Br.Colm O'Connell from Mallow. It was shown recently on BBC4.

Watch it sooner rather than later as it may disappear off YouTube..

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Opinions on this years Rock N Roll Half-Marathon in Dublin in August??

Prior to 2013, the National Half-Marathon used to be held in different locations around the country. Last year, it was held in conjunction with the Rock n Roll Half-Marathon in Dublin in August. Despite misgivings by some people, it seemed on the whole to go pretty well but it was obvious that a lot of people from outside Leinster didn't bother with it.

This year, it is on the 4th of August with an 8:30am start. Race numbers and race packs must be picked up at the RDS the day before, much the same as for the Dublin City Marathon. The net result is that if you are from outside the greater Dublin area then you'll have to stay in the city over night before the race.

The course has changed this year as well with the start near the docklands and the finish in the Phoenix Park. Overall, the course has a net gain in height.

The following message was sent to me by a reader of the blog....
Athletics Ireland are offering clubs a chance to win €1,000 in the up coming national half marathon in August if the club enters 10 athletes.

This tells me that they are really struggling to get club athletes to sign up for this years event and in turn reduced revenue.

The reason I feel club athletes are not supporting this national event this year is because of the totally change of the course from last year. they are taking over half of the race via the Park over very hilly terrain. It makes no since in having such a course as a national championship. Athletics Ireland should pull back from the R and R event and organise the National Half Championship themselves.

I would like a discussion on this John via comments or some kind of poll.

Seamus...sub 73min HM

Do you agree with Seamus? Is the course too hilly? Or is it just too expensive a trip for just a half-marathon?

Notice...Shannonvale 10k road race - Fri 25th July 2014

This 10k road race is coming up on Friday evening at 7:30pm near Clonakilty in West Cork. In previous years (pre-2013), it was a fun run but now under the auspices of Clonakilty Road Runners AC, it has been measured properly and has an Athletics Ireland licence.

Shannonvale is located just a few kms to the north of Clonakilty and just 1km to the west of the N71 Bandon to Clonakilty road...

If you are traveling from the direction of Bandon then turn right at the West Cork Business and Technology Park.

From the organisers...Register at Phairs Pub from 6PM for €10.  Race starts at 7:30pm. Mostly flat with a few minor climbs, down hill finish.  Course measured and Athletics Ireland permitted. 

Course Preview....A preview of the course with maps, directions and photos can be seen HERE

Notice...Churchtown South 5 mile road race - Thurs 24th July 2014

The 3rd race of 4 in the Ballycotton Summer Series is coming up on Thursday evening with the Churchtown South 5 mile road race at 8pm. As always for these races, a large crowd is expected so try to arrive early if you are going....say between 7 and 7:20pm.

Some info from the organisers.......People who have ran the first two races in the Summer Series (Ballyandreen and Shanagarry) are automatically entered for tonight’s race. The numbers are in alphabetical order and can be seen at THIS LINK  - It would help if people could find their number in advance and ask for it at one of the entry desks. 

Again, it would be appreciated if people had the correct fee of €5 ready to speed up the process. Entries will open from 6pm onwards with the race starting at 8pm. For new people on the night (who haven’t run the two races), there will be a separate entry desk as normal – entry fee again €5.

With the huge increase in participants, the start of races now poses its own problems. For safety reasons, we urge people to line up in accordance with their ability. Unless you are running under 30 minutes you have no business at the front – the race is over five miles and there will be plenty of opportunity to move up after the initial rush, so pace yourself accordingly. It goes without saying that headphones should not be worn at any stage.....Ballycotton Running Promotions

These are the overall positions for men and women after the first two races. Remember, there are top 50 men and top 30 women t-shirts at the end of the series. Click HERE

A preview of the course with maps, directions and photos can be seen HERE

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Talk for Beginners in Mahers Sports on Wed 23rd July postponed

From the Cork Sports Partnership......The information evening due to be held in The Runners Loft Mahers Sports tomorrow evening July 23rd has been rescheduled for Wednesday September 10th. We apologise for any inconvenience caused. Further details will be posted/emailed closer to the time. Please contact the Sports Partnership with any queries 021 4665083. Thank you!!

Grellan McGrath from Cork wins Belfast 12 hour race

The Energia 12 and 24 hour race was held at the Mary Peters track in Belfast last weekend, the 18th and 19th of July. Starting at 7am on Saturday morning, contestants had to run multiple laps of the 400m track with the 12 hour runners finishing at 7pm on Saturday evening and the 24 hour runners finishing on Sunday morning.

Grellan McGrath of Eagle AC in Cork won the 12 hour race when he completed 315 laps which is equal to 80.97 miles or 130.3kms.

Grellan, who lives in Ballincollig is no stranger to Ultra races having won the Connemara 100 mile back in July 2013.

More details can be seen on the Eagle AC website.

Results & photos of the Run Killarney Marathon, Half-Marathon & 10k...Sat 19th July 2014

The Run Killarney Marathon was held last Saturday in Kerry and it was probably the best year yet for the event. Between the full marathon, half-marathon and 10k, over 1500 people took part.

Photos and results are up on the Running in Munster website.

100 Seconds to Beat the World: The David Rudisha Story...BBC4 Tues July 22 10pm

David Rudisha from Kenya is the world record holder at 800m and is the current Olympic champion.

His coach is Brother Colm O'Connell who is originally from Mallow in North Cork. After the Olympics, he visited Mallow with his coach in October of 2012.

The film "100 Seconds to Beat the World: The David Rudisha Story" will be shown on BBC Four on Tuesday, July 22 at 10pm.

More info on the film can be seen on the Irish Examiner website.

Another article on the Independent newspaper website (UK)

Results of the Athletics Ireland Senior Track & Field Chapionships...Sat 19th & Sun 20th July 2014

The national senior track and field championships were held in Santry, Dublin last weekend. These are some of the highlights with an emphasis on athletes from Cork.

Womens 800m....This was more of a tactical race with a slow first lap with the winning time at 2m 09s instead of the more usual 2:03-2:05. This suited Louise Shanahan from Cork who at just 17 years of age managed to get a bronze medal in a  national senior race.
17 year old Louise Shanahan #380 from Cork takes bronze in a senior race
800m SEN Women...
1 KIRK Katie Queens Univ 2:09.01
2 GALLIGAN Roseanne Newbridge A.C. 2:09.14
3 SHANAHAN Louise Leevale A.C. 2:11.05   

Video of 800m race...

5K Walk SEN Women...
1 BURKE Sinead        St. Coca's A.C.        25:17.86   
2 WHELAN, Lauren     Leevale A.C.        25:42.73   
3 COLLINS Rebecca     North Down AC        26:36.67    

Michelle Finn from Cork takes silver in the 3000m steeplechase
3000m Steeplechase...
1    1    393    TREACY Sara        Dunboyne A.C.        9:59.75   
2    2    384    FINN Michelle        Leevale A.C.        10:29.62   
3    3    156    COYNE Jessica        Dooneen A.C.        11:08.24    

Barry Healy and Patricia Curtin of Youghal AC
Javelin (600g) SEN Women....
FITZGIBBON Anita        Dundrum South Dublin A.C.     48.62
CURTIN Patricia        Youghal A.C.     41.61
MCDONALD, Olivia    St Peters A.C.     40.22

Weight for Height (35lb) U23 Men...
MC SWEENEY Patrick        Bandon A.C.    4.70
KENNY Michael        Kildare A.C.        4.10    

Weight For Distance (56lb SEN Men)...
HEALY Barry        Youghal A.C.        7.86
BREATHNACH Sean        Galway City Harriers A.C.        7.78
MCEVOY Niall        Crusaders A.C.        7.08

Weight for Height (56lb) SEN Men...
HEALY Barry        Youghal A.C.        4.30
RYAN Peter        Nenagh Olympic A.C.    4.10        
BREATHNACH Sean    Galway City Harriers A.C.    3.50

10K Walk SEN Men...
1    6    529    WRIGHT, Alex        Leevale A.C.        42:09.79   
2    4    370    HICKEY Luke        Leevale A.C.        43:19.52   
3    3    355    TREANOR James        Shercock A.C.        43:23.71

Long Jump SEN Men...
HEALY Sam        Leevale A.C.        7.25
HOWARD Shane        Bandon A.C.        7.16
TOBIN David        Trim A.C.        7.05

Shane Howard of Bandon AC...silver in the long jump

400m Hurdles SEN Women...
1 MC MAHON Christine    Ballymena & Antrim A.C.        57.73   
2 NEVILLE Jess        Leevale A.C.        1:03.91   
3 O'ROURKE Grace    Dundrum South Dublin A.C.        1:10.51

Womens 100m...In this race, there was a dead heat with both Phil Healy of Bandon AC and Amy Foster of City of Lisburn AC finishing in 11.49 seconds. This was an excellent performance by the Bandon athlete who improved on her previous personal best of 11.53 and is now joint 4th on the Irish all time list. Considering that Phil is still only 19 years old, the Irish national record of 11.40 may well be on borrowed time.

100m SEN Women, W=+0.5...
1 FOSTER Amy        City of Lisburn AC        11.49   
1 HEALY Phil        Bandon A.C.        11.49   
3 PROPER Kelly        Ferrybank A.C.        11.62   
Joint first in the womens 100m...Phil Healy of Bandon AC & Amy Foster of City of Lisburn AC
Video of womens 100m...

Womens 1500m........In this race, it really was all about Ciara Mageean. Back in 2011 aged 19, she set a new national junior record in the 1500m of 4m 07.45s which was the 5th fastest time on the all time list. Then she was out of action for a long time with an injury and only started running again in March of this year. Just four months later, she wins a national title. Coached by Jerry Kiernan, she is going to making headlines in the years ahead.

1500m SEN Women
1    7    113    MAGEEAN Ciara        U.C.D. A.C.        4:15.35   
2    4    458    BRITTON Fionnuala        Kilcoole A.C.        4:18.33   
3    6    252    O'FLAHERTY Kerry        Newcastle & District AC        4:18.77    

Womens 1500m race...

Mens 1500m....There was an extra edge to this race as only three athletes can be sent to the European Championships in August but four had run the qualifying time. After surgery to his achilles back in 2013, Ciarán Ó Lionáird from Toons Bridge near Macroom showed some of his old sparkle to win a national title.

1500m SEN Men
1    6    369    Ó LIONÁIRD Ciarán    Leevale A.C.        3:43.85   
2    8    272    ROBINSON Paul        St. Coca's A.C.        3:44.16   
3    9    421    TRAVERS John        Donore Harriers        3:45.00   
4    5    151    MCCARTHY David        West Waterford A.C.        3:45.64   
5    7    13    EVERARD Eoin        Kilkenny City Harriers A.C.        3:45.65

Video of 1500m race...

4x400m SEN Women
1 LEEVALE A.C.        3:52.74   
2 RAHENY SHAMROCK A.C.    3:56.41   
3 FINGALLIANS A,C,    4:07.58

Video.......The highlights can be seen on the RTE Player service until the 9th of August.

Results......The full results can be seen HERE 

1) Kieran Carlin has plenty of photos on the Finn Valley AC Facebook page. Saturday and Sunday.
2) Sportsfile have images HERE

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Results of the MMRA Curragh Woods Trail Race...Wed 16th July 2014

This trail race in Curragh Woods on Wed 16th July was organised by the Munster Mountain Running Association.

 1 23.05 Tom Blackburn M40
2 23.31 James McIntyre M40
3 24.36 Kieran Lees M
15 27.53 Mags Dempsey F 1st Female
29 34.23 Miriam Crowley F
34 35.50 Maire O'Sullivan F40

The full results can be seen HERE

Results of the Dromina 5k fun run/walk...Sun 20th July 2014

218 people took part in this 5k fun run/walk in Dromina, North Cork.

1    18.05    JJ Cremin   
2    19.27    Shane Larkin   
3    19.39    Mike Cremin   
10    21.38    Carol Fahey    1st lady
17    24.16    Mairead Lordan    1st Junior Girl
18    24.30    Silvia Hassett    

The results of this fun run over approx 5 kms can be seen HERE

Results of the Kilmurry 5k fun run...Thurs 17th July 2014

This fun run over approx 5 kms attracted a field of 222 people.

1 Martin Harrington 17:40
2 Chris Murnane 17:42
3 Alan Lehane 18:11
18 Jacinta O’ Connor 20:30
19 Caoimhe Harrington 20:35
36 Sophie Harrington 22:40

The results are shown HERE

Photo credit : Denis Kelleher

Results of the Banteer Show 5k...Sun 20th July 2014

Just 44 runners took part in this 5k race in Banteer

1     Tim    O'CONNOR    M    Riocht AC 15:48
2     Anthony    MANNIX    M    Duhallow AC 15:55
3     Eoin    SUGRUE    M40    unatt/Banteer 17:18
20  Jackie    MCAULIFFE    F    unatt/Newmnarket 22:24
26   Orla    NOLAN    F40    unatt/Lombardson 23:27
30   Emily    LINEHAN    FJ    North Cork AC 26:17

The full results can be seen HERE

Sarah McCormack wins Snowdon Mountain race, Tim O'Donoghue finishes 3rd

The annual Snowdon Mountain race was held last Saturday the 19th of July 2014. This was the 39th running of this prestigious race up and down the highest mountain in Wales.

The womens race was won by Sarah McCormack of Clonliffe Harriers in a time of 55m 21s.

Only one week earlier, Sarah had finished 17th at the European Mountain Running Championships in France. She was also part of the Irish team that won gold at the European Cross Country Championships back in 2012.

In the mens race, Tim O'Donoghue of East Cork AC finished in 3rd place. Tim is a regular on the local road race circuit here in Cork and often features in the top 3 of many races.

At the half way point at the summit of Snowdon, Tim was in 6th place having set off at a more conservative pace...

This obviously paid off in the second half as he moved up the field to finish in 3rd place.

Photo Credit : Paul Tierney

Results of the Keith Whyte Ultra, Half-Ultra & 10k - Sat 19th July 2014

The Keith Whyte 36 mile Ultra-Marathon was held on Saturday the 19th of February in Courtmacsherry, West Cork.

A total of 63 runners took part in the full Ultra distance of 36 miles, up from the 49 in the inaugural event in 2013.

36 Mile Ultra
1 Vasiliy Neumerzhitskiy Ireland Marathon Club M 4:35:56...(7:40 per mile)
2 Brian Ankers  100 Marathon Club    M 4:53:31
3 Stephen Tabb  Defence forces    M 4:54:51
5 Col Conway  F 5:02:00....(8:23 per mile)
9 Mandy Cooke  F 5:39:02
25 Anne Jennings F  6:19:10

In the 18 mile Half-Ultra, there were 80 taking part.
1 Christopher Murnane  St Finbarrs    M 1:55:55...(6:26 per mile)
2 Shane O'Rourke  Bandon AC    M 2:03:12
3 Eric Browne  Eagle AC    M 2:04:02
12 Lucy Darcy  Precision Timing    F  2:16:35...(7:35 per mile)
24 Lynda Fay  St.Abbans    F 2:26:26
26 Sandra Walsh F 2:28:07

1 Ronan Wogan        Precision Timing    M 36:33
2 Ian Martin,            M 39:06
3 Frank Landy        Clare crusaders    M 41:48
5 Ronnie Barry        Bandon AC    F 42:42
17 Catherine Clancy        St catherine    F 48:42
23 Noreen Crowley,            F 50:29

The full results can be seen HERE

Photos...(Updated Mon 21st July @10am)
1) Martin Kelleher has a small gallery on Facebook HERE
2) The organisers have a gallery of 430 photos HERE and 64 photos HERE