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Thursday, August 17, 2017

Clonmel Half-Marathon Now Closed!

Entries for the 2017 Clonmel Half-Marathon closed on Wednesday the 16th of August, the first time this race has ever sold out. If you haven't registered already, make sure you don't travel to Clonmel on Sunday looking to enter.

In 2016, they had 690 entries and that included people entering on the morning of the race. With the 800 limit, it's up 16% already and would probably be a good deal more if people could enter on the day.

This race is organised by Clonmel AC and they have grown it slowly but surely over the years. Here is a statement from Niall O'Sullivan of the club..."We are excited to announce the Boston Scientific Marathon is a sell out, with a grand total of 800 entrants! Registration is now officially closed, with no further entries taken online or on the weekend of the race!"

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Results of the Cork BHAA Musgraves 5k road race... Wed 16th Aug 2017

There was a really big turnout of 535 runners for this years Cork BHAA Musgraves 5k road race in Cork City, up a whopping 40% on last year. Despite the rain earlier in the day, it was dry for the race itself.

1 Sean Doyle 00:15:38 Temp Reg
2 Conor McCauley M-1 00:15:41 Apple M-B-2
3 John Meade M-2 00:15:43 Joyce Wolfe Physiotherapy
51 Michelle Kenny 0/35H F-1 00:18:01 Dept of Ed F-A-1
65 Niamh Allen 00:18:29 Temp Reg
69 Niamh Roe F-2 00:18:34 Dept of Ed 

The full results can be seen HERE

Notice...Clonakilty 10 mile & 4 mile race - Sun 27th Aug 2017

This is the 4th year of this particular race  and this year, it's on Sunday the 27th of August. It should be of interest to anyone looking for a 10 mile race in the Autumn.

The 10 mile race starts just on the edge of Clonakilty near the Model Railway Village. It's follows the waters edge for a while before taking in a loop in the countryside.

On the day registration is €25 for the 10 Mile and €15 for the 4 mile.  

>>Entries...You can pre-enter both races here...

There are dry fit tops for both the 10 mile and 4 mile. Participants will need to register online to guarantee this though.

Preview of the 4 mile course HERE

From the organisers......Clonakilty Road Runners AC are delighted to invite you to our 10 Mile and 4 mile Road Race which takes place on August Sunday 27th 2017 at 10am.

Our new 10mile course takes in some of the finest scenery in West Cork (which may include the odd small hill). Our end of summer event is perfectly placed in the calendar to put all that summer training to the test or perhaps to check your Dublin Marathon training progress!

We are also delighted to announce a new 4 Mile option which we hope we will appeal to all fitness levels - We are extending a very warm welcome to all beginners and walkers!

This is the 4th year of this event and has gone from strength to strength. Both the 10 Mile and 4 Mile routes are accurately measured and are approved by Athletics Ireland.  This is a well organised event that attracts all levels of runners. We look forward to seeing you on August 27th and giving you a great day of running in Wonderful West Cork.

The Race Starts on the beautiful Inchydoney Road and finishes at The Clonakilty Showgorunds. We hope you’ll join us for a cuppa and a few buns there afterwards!

Notice...Cork BHAA Musgrave Sports & Social 5k road race - Wed 16th August 2017

The Cork BHAA Musgrave Sports & Social 5k road race is coming up on Wednesday the 16th of August 2017 in Cork City. This race is on the exact same course as the John Buckley Sports 5k which was held at the end of May and is suitable for all types of runner...from the serious to the more casual. The entry fee is only €5 for Cork BHAA registered runners or €10 for non-reg runners.

Update : The forecast for the evening is for much better conditions with most of the rain gone at that stage.

Located near the Pairc Ui Chaoimh stadium, this is a flat and fast 5k course. Registration is at the Shandon Boat Club which is on the Marina, about 400m from Pairc Ui Chaoimh. There is plenty of parking in the area.

There will be the usual post race refreshments in the Shandon  Boat Club afterwards.

Preview.....A full preview of the course with photos can be seen HERE

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Usain Bolt tribute by Michael Johnson

Fewer than 40 places left now for the Clonmel Half-Marathon

As of today, there are now fewer than 40 places left for the Clonmel Half-Marathon on Sunday the 20th of August. This race is now in its 7th year and entries are well ahead of last year with 700+ entries so far.

If you are interested in doing it then make sure you enter soon. The entry fee goes up on the 18th if it hasn't sold out by then.

Update...Wed 16th less than 20 left. 

Guest Post : 10 Things I Think About Font Romeu (and Carraig na bhFear 5k) Donal Coakley

10 Things I Think Donal Coakley

In these guest posts, Donal Coakley of Leevale AC gives his own light-hearted perspective of some of the races that he has competed in. 

In this post, he gives his thoughts on Font Romeu in the French Pyrenees where a lot of athletes go to train at altitude.. 

10 Things I Think About Font Romeu (and Carraig na bhFear 5k)

1. Altitude
I think converting every house in the country into an altitude house would solve the obesity epidemic. You can eat relentless amounts of pain au raisins and almond croissants with no ill effects when living at altitude. Two dinners? No problem, in fact it would be dangerous not to. I'm sure a doughnut tax in Ireland could help fund such a project. If you want to eat more just turn up the altitude in your house. We'd have way more athletes to watch in the world championships too. It can't fail.

2. Breakfast
I think I'll miss breakfast in Font Romeu the most. I went to Cafe Le Joffre every morning for two coffees and two pain au raisins. On the last day I was a little late and thought all the pain au raisins would be gone. Thankfully my new friend Chloe had kept the last two pain au raisins especially for me. France is great.

Meeting about Macroom 5k parkrun on Tues 15th Aug 2017

If you have an interest in the 5k parkrun in Macroom or you live in the area, you might be interested in this meeting on Tuesday the 15th of August at 7:30pm.

All parkruns are run on a voluntary basis and they are always looking for people to help out.

Charleville Half-Marathon entries up over 50% on same time last year

Just a quick note to say that the entries for the 2017 Charleville Half-Marathon are currently up around the 850 mark and are over 50% up on the same time last year when it was 550.

The Charleville  Half-Marathon is one of the fastest half-marathons in Munster and the time you get there should give you a good guide as to what time might be realistic in the Dublin Marathon at the end of October.

More info about the Charleville Half-Marathon in this previous post.

Details about the dry fit top and medal will be out soon. Just remember that the entry fee goes up at the end of August so if you're interested, enter before then.

Provisional results for the National Half-Marathon

The provisional results for the National Half-Marathon are now available...

Please note that there are errors in it and not everyone is listed! Expect some changes in the final results.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Michael Harty of East Cork AC wins Rock n Roll 5k in Dublin

While the Rock n Roll Half-Marathon in Dublin was held on Sunday, the associated 5k race with 2,302 finishers was on the previous day, Saturday the 12th of August.  The winner of the race was Michael Harty of East Cork AC in a time of 15m 17s.

1    Michael HARTY    00:15:17.43
2    Eoin FLYNN    00:15:49.96
3    Efrem GIDEY    00:16:33.17

Top 10 finish for Rob Heffernan in 50k walk at World Championships

In what was his last World Championship, Rob Heffernan finished in an impressive 8th place in the 50k walk at the 2017 World Championships in London.

The other Irish interest in this race was Alex Wright who was disqualified for lifting as he tried to catch the leading group. He was going really well until he was clipped from behind which resulted in him having to stop to fix his shoe. Story on Irish Examiner.

Results of the Route 2 Crook 5 mile road race...Sun 13th Aug 2017

The annual Route 2 Crook 5 mile road race from Goleen to Crookhaven was held on Sunday the 13th of August 2017. There was a small drop in numbers this year with 102 taking part, down from the 116 of last year.

1    0:28:39    HARRINGTON, Michael    Durrus AC    M40    05:43.7
2    0:28:51    O'LEARY, Ian    Leevale AC    M45    05:46.1
3    0:30:00    LORDAN, Garrett    Clonakilty RR AC    M    05:59.9
10    0:31:59    MACKEOWN, Rosaleen    Leevale AC    F40    06:23.7    77    10
14    0:32:27    KEARNEY, Sorcha    St. Finbarrs AC    F40    06:29.3    82    14
20    0:34:50    WOLFE, Anne    St. Finbarrs AC    F45    06:57.9    49    20

Full results below...

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Results & Photos of the East Cork Harbour Marathon...Sat 12th Aug 2017

Conditions were almost ideal for this years East Cork Harbour Marathon, Half-Marathon & 10k on Sat 12th of Aug with almost dry conditions. There was a light shower at one stage but it didn't amount to much.

 There were 113 runners in the full marathon, 302 in the half - marathon and 402 in the 10k. This is reasonably close to last year when it was 103, 335 and 432.

1    Kevin O'BRIEN    00:33:17    00:33:17    1340    M (1)    MS (1)    East Cork AC
2    Tim TWOMEY    00:33:26    00:33:26    1449    M (2)    MS (2)    leevale ac
3    Kevin O'LEARY    00:33:37    00:33:37    1367    M (3)    MS (3)    East Cork AC
21    Jennifer WALSH    00:41:46    00:41:49    1424    F (1)    FS (1)    Ballymore Cobh AC
27    Kerrie COLLINS    00:43:31    00:43:36    1207    F (2)    FS (2)   
39    Kate RING    00:46:45    00:46:51    1391    F (3)    FS (3)   

1    Kenneth KELLEHER    01:19:37    01:19:37    838    M (1)    MS (1)    East Cork AC
2    Tadgh MORIARTY    01:23:42    01:23:46    758    M (2)    MS (2)   
3    Eoin O'SULLIVAN    01:25:40    01:25:41    782    M (3)    MS (3)   
8    Carmel CROWLEY    01:27:57    01:27:57    828    F (1)    FS (1)    Bandon AC
19    Kealey TIDESWELL    01:34:22    01:34:25    820    F (2)    FS (2)    Clonmel AC
36    Marlies THOMEN    01:38:09    01:38:13    819    F (3)    FS (3)  

1    Lawrence O'HARA    02:37:17    02:37:18    113    M (1)    MS (1)    Belfast
2    Denis KEANE    03:05:17    03:05:18    24    M (2)    MS (2)    Marathon Club Ireland
3    Chris HORGAN    03:08:15    03:08:16    88    M (3)    MS (3)    Cork
4    Rachel STOKES    03:10:37    03:10:39    121    F (1)    FS (1)    Kerry Crusaders
15    Mary SWEENEY    03:40:13    03:40:15    122    F (2)    F50 (1)    St Finbarr's AC
17    Lynda FAY    03:41:02    03:41:04    78    F (3)    FS (2)    Marathon Club Ireland

The full results are up on the MyRunResults website HERE

Photos... (Updated Sun 13th Aug @ 12:33pm)
1) There are two small galleries up on the Running in Cork Facebook page ... Marathon start ... Half-Marathon & Marathon finish
2) Pat Walsh Running has 93 photos HERE
3) There is a nice album of 93 photos from Mick Dooley HERE

10k start...

Friday, August 11, 2017

Results of the Carraig na bhFear 5k race...Wed 9th Aug 2017

There was another large turnout for this 5k road race in Carraig na bhFear on Wednesday the 9th of August with 286 taking part, a jump of 16.7% on the figure for 2016. This was a busy evening for races in Cork with a 5 mile race near Ringaskiddy on as well.

The winner of the men's race was John Meade who is just back from some altitude training in the French Pyrenees with Michelle Kenny taking the women's title.

1    524    John Meade    16.07    M
2    355    Michael Corbett    16.09    M
3    431    Tim Twomey    16.32    M
8    439    Michelle Kenny    18.06    F
18    360    Margaret Murphy    19.06    F
23    438    Joan Ennis    20.09    F

1) Carraig na bhFear GAA club has a gallery HERE

Full Results below...