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Friday, February 12, 2016

Live coverage of the Irish University Track & Field Championships...Fri 12th Feb 2016

For anyone interested in some athletics action, the Irish Universities Track & Field Indoor Championships will be held in Athlone on Friday the 12th of February. The live online coverage starts at 10am.

A programme of events can be seen HERE

Cork City parkrun on Sat 13th Feb 2016 cancelled...

There is still no green light for the resumption of the Tramore Valley Park parkrun in Cork City.

Here is a statement from the organisers......"There will be no parkrun at Tramore Valley on Sat 13th February. We have concrete proposals with the City Council for some extra parking outside of the park itself which are being investigated by their health & safety consultant but this won't be complete in time for us to hold an event next Sat."

The map below helps to explain the current situation.
1) The Black Ash Park & Ride is at the other side of the South Ring Road and there is no pedestrian access to the Tramore Valley Park from it.
2) There is limited parking in the park. If more than 250 people or so turn up and no special measures are taken then the car park there reaches capacity.
3) There is a pedestrian entrance from the Half-Moon Lane. If a parking area can be found near there then people can park there and access the park that way. The 1km run in and out would be just a warm up and cool down for most runners.


Thursday, February 11, 2016

Notice - Killeagh 4 mile road race...Sun 13th Mar 2016

This is a brand new 4 mile race and it's organised by Killeagh GAA club in association with Youghal AC. There used to be a road race in Killeagh many moons ago and this is a welcome addition to the calendar.

Considering that Killeagh is on the N25 Cork-Waterford road, the race should have a pretty big catchment area.

As you can see from the course map below, the race takes in a loop to the west of Killeagh. The race finishes at the entrance to the Killeagh GAA grounds which is the race HQ. There will also be changing and shower facilities here.

Note from the organisers.....The race HQ is in Killeagh GAA complex, where we will have registration on the morning of race. There are great facilities there for changing, showers and catering afterwards. There is plenty on parking at the GAA grounds and there is a walk way through an estate to the start line. We will have the race chipped timed as well.

A full preview of the course can be seen HERE

Multinational firm Nestlé to end IAAF sponsorship

Following on from the decision of Adidas to end their sponsorship of the IAAF last month, Nestlé dealt another blow to the governing body for athletics when they announced yesterday that they will be ending their sponsorship of the IAAF Kids' Athletic programme.

In a statement Nestlé said: “We have decided to end our partnership with the IAAF Kids programme with immediate effect. This is our decision given the negative public perception regarding corruption allegations and doping in sport against the IAAF. We believe that this could adversely affect our reputation and image and therefore have terminated the existing contract."

Not only is Nestlé removing their sponsorship but they are also asking the IAAF to to remove all Nestlé branding from the IAAF website as they want to avoid any association with the organisation.

In response, the IAAF President Seb Coe said that they were..."Angered and dismayed by today's kids' athletics announcement. We will not accept it. It's the kids who will suffer.". He said nothing about about the endemic corruption within the IAAF.

For any company to pull out of sponsorship in an Olympic year speaks volumes. The sponsorship deal with Nestlé is understood to have been in the region of $1 million per year.

More info...Guardian

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Mallow 10 entries pass the 1000 mark...limit of 1750 applies.

The next big 10 mile race in Cork after the Ballycotton '10' is the Mallow '10' on Sunday the 20th of March. There is a limit of 1750 entries for this one and they just passed the 1000 mark last weekend.

Make sure you enter asap.

Course preview.......You can see an updated preview HERE

Race website......There is more info about the race on the dedicated race website

Entries........You can enter online HERE

Tuesday, February 09, 2016

Top Irish sprinter Phil Healy from Cork sets new national record

Joan & Phil Healy
At a national league meeting in Athlone last Saturday, Phil Healy of Bandon AC ran 7.25 seconds in the Indoor 60m race to set a new Irish Under 23 record. Phil who is from Ballineen in West Cork is still only 21 years old and is already one of Ireland top female sprinters. Her time of 7.35 seconds moves her up into joint 4th on the all time Irish list.

Athlone. Women 60m. 6th Feb 2016
1 Phil Healy Bandon A.C. 7.35
2 Joan Healy Bandon A.C. 7.41

3 Sarah Kate Lacey Kilkenny City Harriers A.C. 7.85
4 Louise Kiernan Fingallians 7.97
5 Margaret Caldbeck Kilkenny City Harriers A.C. 8.06
6 Cara Brennan Donore Harriers  8.16
7 Carol Kearney Lucan Harriers A.C. 9.22
8 Edith Coakley Lucan Harriers A.C. 9.23

60m Irish Women Indoors All time list
1 7.30 Anna Boyle Birmingham    3 Mar 2007
2 7.32 Ailis McSweeney Belfast 20 Feb 2011
2 7.32 Amy Foster    Athlone    16 Feb 2014
4 7.35 Claire Brady     Belfast    7 Feb 2010
4 7.35 Phil Healy Athlone 6 Feb 2016
6 7.36 Emily Maher Belfast 19 Feb 2006
7 7.38 Michelle Carroll Birmingham 27 Feb 1993
7 7.38 Kelly Proper     Athlone    22 Feb 2015
9 7.41 Joan Healy    Athlone    6 Feb 2016
10 7.43 Sarah Reilly Birmingham 12 Jan 2002

Phil's sister Joan Healy also recorded a personal best of 7.47 seconds in the same race and moves up into 9th on the all time Irish indoor list.

On the Sunday, the Healy sisters were in action again in the AAI Indoor Games. In the 60m, both were fractionally slower with only Amy Foster managing to post a faster time on the day.
60m SEN  Women  Time :11:42 ..Athlone 7th Feb 2016
1 FOSTER Amy                   7.38           
2 HEALY Phil                   7.43           
3 HEALY Joan                   7.47           

4 NEVILLE Ciara                7.56           
5 MURRAY  Sarah                7.67           
6 LAVIN Sarah                  7.68           
7 MCCARTHY Sarah               7.71           
8 FREEMAN Ara                  7.85   

Phil was back in action in the afternoon and won the 200m race in a new personal best time of 23.74 seconds. That's two PB's in two days! That performance now moves her up into 4th on the Irish 200m Indoor all time list.

200m  All time Irish indoor list

1 23.17 Ciara Sheehy Birmingham 2 Mar 2003
2 23.27 Kelly Proper Athlone    22 Feb 2015
3 23.30 Sarah Reilly Birmingham    13 Jan 2002
4 23.74    Phil Healy Athlone    7 Feb 2016
5 23.82     Steffi Creaner    Athlone    6 Feb 2015

The results of both competitions can be found on the Leevale AC website... National League on Sat HERE ..... AAI Games on Sun HERE

Results & photos of the MMRA Clonakilty 6km trail race...Sun 7th Feb 2016

Despite the wet and wild conditions, a total of 82 runners turned out for this 6km trail race on Sunday the 7th of February 2016. Organised by the Munster Mountain Running Association in Castlefreke Woods near Clonakilty, this was a welcome jump up from the 60 in Feb 2015.

As you can see from the photos above and below, it's a pretty unique race. It's starts in Castlefreke Woods and takes in Long Strand with the waves from the Atlantic pounding on the beach. I'd imagine that on a nice crisp sunny day, it would be even more spectacular.

1    Ben Mangan    M    0:27:01    Setanta    Wicklow
2    Tom Blackburn    M50    0:27:08    Mooreabbey Milers AC Limerick
3    Mike Cunningham    M50    0:27:52    Mooreabbey Milers AC    Limerick
19    Ronnie Barry        F40      31:37        Bandon AC        Cork
30    Marie O'Shea    F40    0:33:29    MooreAbbey Milers AC    Tipperary
34    Mary Louise Ryan    F    0:35:11    Mooreabbey Milers AC    Tipperary

The full results can be seen HERE

The next race on the MMRA calendar is on Mount Hillary near Banteer on Sunday the 13th of March 2016.

1) The MMRA have three galleries.....In the woods....Beach 1....Beach 2.....

Monday, February 08, 2016

Ciara Mageean sets new Irish 1500m record in Germany

One of Ireland's rising track stars Ciara Mageean broke the Irish Indoor 1500m record in a race in Karlsruhe, Germany last Saturday the 6th of Feb 2016.

Ciara who is aged just 23 years old finished third in the race in a time of 4m 08.66 seconds, over two seconds ahead of the previous 16 year old record of 4m 11.06s which was set by Sinéad Evans in New York in Jan 2000.

After showing some great promise a few years back, she has been plagued in recent years by injuries. Coached by former Olympic marathon runner Jerry Kiernan, she is now back to showing her true form with her new PB an improvement by a massive 9 seconds! Her time now qualifies her for the IAAF World Indoor Championships in Oregon in March and already has a qualifying time for the Olympics in Rio.

1500 m Indoors...Times for the Top 10 Irish Women
1 4:08.66    NR Ciara Mageean    Karlsruhe    6 Feb 2016
2 4:11.06    NR Sinéad Evans    New York NY    8 Jan 2000
3 4:11.27    Sonia O'Sullivan    Lisboa    10 Mar 2001
4 4:11.31    Roísín McGettigan    Reebok    Boston MA 7 Feb 2009
5 4:12.50     Geraldine Hendricken Belfast 16 Feb 2003
6 4:12.72     Rose-Anne Galligan Valencia 27 Feb 2010
7 4:13.16     Claire Tarplee Stockholm    21 Feb 2013
8 4:13.96     Fionnuala McCormack Athlone 17 Feb 2013
9 4:14.2     Mary Purcell Sindelfingen     2 Mar 1980
10 4:14.63   Kelly Neely Belfast     7 Feb 2010

The video clip below shows Ciara in the 1500m race in Karlruhe.....she is on the inside in the red shorts...

As you can see, she gets a bit boxed in the final stages but comes through strongly in the end to take third.

Sunday, February 07, 2016

Poor turnout for the Munster Intermediate Cross Country Championships in Enniskeane...Sun 7th Feb 2016

The Munster Athletics Intermediate Cross Country Championships were held in Enniskeane in West Cork on Sunday the 7th of February 2016. The numbers taking part however were very poor.

In the Intermediate mens race, there were just 18 men taking part. There were three club teams all from Cork and not one full team from any other county. Cork was the only county to field a full team and obviously won Gold.

1 Darren Molloy Leevale Cork
2 Donal Coakley Leevale Cork
3 Kevin Moore Dundrum Tipperary

1 Leevale 1, 2, 12, 17...32 pts
2 East Cork 7, 8, 9, 10...34 pts
3 St.Finbarr's 5, 13, 14, 18...50 pts

1 Cork 1, 2, 5, 7, 8, 9...32 pts

In the Intermediate Womens race, the numbers were even lower with just 9 present. The only club to field a team was An Riocht AC from Co.Kerry. Despite the fact that the event was held in Co.Cork, not one club from Cork managed to field a team. Think about that for a second...the race is in Cork, only four women from Cork take part in it and there are no Cork clubs in the team results.

1 Fiona Santry East Cork Cork
2 Sharon Cahill An Riocht Kerry
3 Niamh Clifford Star of the Laune Kerry

1 An Riocht 2, 7, 8, 9...26 pts

1 Cork 1, 4, 5, 6...16 pts
2 Kerry 2, 3, 7, 8...20  pts

The Junior men was even worse with just two present...two...from all of Munster. The only positive numbers were from the Junior Women who managed 18.

It's a bit like the cross country season was over a few months ago and someone forgot to tell the organisers.

The full results can be seen HERE

Results & photos of the Cork BHAA Janssen 6km road race...Sun 7th Feb 2016

The Cork BHAA Janssen 6km race was held in Little Island on Sunday the 7th of February and attracted a field of 342 runners. That's down 23% on the 2015 figure of 441. The last BHAA race in January was down by a similar amount...i.e. 23%. Have we gone past the peak in race numbers?.....or was it just the damp morning? ...or too many races?... Clonakilty yesterday?

1 James McCarthy M1 00:18:40 McCarthys
2 Sean McGrath M2 00:19:07 Harty Tax Consulting
3 Tim Twomey M3 00:19:37 Platnium Performance Clinic
40 Joan Ennis 0/50K F1 00:23:27 Avondhu MF F-B-2
73 Ali O'Connor F2 00:24:52 O'Connor
77 Orla O Rourke 0/45J F3 00:24:57 Keen on Sport F-A-1

The full results can be seen HERE

1) Kieran Minihane has a gallery of photos HERE

Saturday, February 06, 2016

Results of the Clonakilty Marathon, Half-Marathon & 10k...Sat 6th Feb 2016

The rescheduled Clonakilty Marathon  was held on Saturday the 6th of February in damp conditions. As you can see, the numbers were well down on previous years and seems to be a trend.

It's possible the drop is partially due to the fact it was rescheduled friom the start of December 2015 but the entries had been reopened as well so that may not have been such a big factor. Still though, there were just over 1300 runners on the day so it's not a small number. There were 262 in the full marathon, 476 in the half-marathon and 576 in the 10k.

1 Garrett LORDAN IE     Clonakilty Road Runners     Male     38:16    
2 Jerome OBRIEN     IE     Male     39:10    
3 Jeremy AHERN         Male     39:38
1  Anna ONEILL     IE     Doheny AC     Female     42:00    
2 Grainne OCALLAGHAN     IE         Female     43:16    
3 Aoife COUGHLAN     IE         Female     45:32


1 Sergui CIOBANU     Clonliffe Harriers     Male     MS     1:15:28    
2 Dermot GORMAN     IE     Raheny Shamrock AC     Male     MS     1:20:30    
3 Billy OBRIEN     IE     An Riocht     Male     M40         1:21:58
1 Karen WALSH         Female     FS         1:34:38    
2 Maria CAREY     IE     Ennis Track AC     Female     FS         1:35:41    
3 Mary SWEENEY     IE     St Finbarrs AC     Female     F50     1:36:03


1 Gary OHANLON         Run Hub     Male     M40         2:48:15    
2 Eddie GARRY     IE     St Finbarrs AC     Male     MS     2:58:02    
3 Lyall GUINEY     IE     Athenry AC     Male     MS     3:03:42
1 Dolores DUFFY     IE     Marathon Club Ireland     Female     F40         3:26:22    
2 Sorcha KEARNEY     IE         Female     F40         3:27:32    
3 Rachel STOKES     IE     Kerry Crusaders     Female     FS     3:36:36 

The full results can be seen HERE

Even though there were over 1300 runners taking part, a lot of the usual clubs were absent while others had a larger presence. There are some people listed under the wrong club but these are some of the clubs taking part in the 3 events...Marathon Club Ireland 81, Born to Run Tralee 36, Clonakilty Road Runners AC 32, Rosscarbery Steam Runners AC 27, St.Finbarr's AC 24, Bandon AC 16, Wibbly Wobbly Wonders 9, Kerry Crusaders 9, Eagle AC 9, Watergrasshill AC 8, Mallow AC 7,

Photos.....(Updated Tues 9th Feb)
1) The organisers have some photos HERE
    & 330 photos HERE  
2) Ronan Wogan has a gallery HERE and another one HERE   

Some runs this weekend in Cork...Sun 7th Feb 2016

The weather forecast for this weekend isn't great with plenty if rain forecast for Saturday and Sunday. 

On Saturday, the rescheduled Clonakilty Marathon is on and it looks as if the weather isn't much better from the time it was cancelled.

On Sunday, there are a few events. There is a 3k run in the Regional Park in Ballincollig but note that this is a low key event, there are no results. The Cork BHAA have a 6k race in Little Island....just remember that it's now €10 for non-reg. For those of you into trail running, there is a 6km run near Long Strand near the coast by Clonakilty. See links below. The forecast is for dryer weather in the morning with the late afternoon especially wet.

Cork...Sun 7th (10am)...Ballincollig Regional Park 3km fun run...€3...(No Results)...
Cork...Sun 7th (11am)...Cork BHAA Janssen 6k race...€5 reg runners/€10 non-reg...Little Island...
Cork...Sun 7th (1pm)...MMRA Clonakilty 6km Trail Race...€5 (€10 annual MMRA fee)...Munster Sunday League...

Cork...Sun 7th (?)...Munster Intermediate Cross Country Championships...€club only...Enniskeane, West Cork...

Friday, February 05, 2016

Lizzie Lee wins the Evening Echo Sports Star of the Year Award

At a ceremony today in Cork City, Lizzie Lee of Leevale AC was awarded the Evening Echo Sports Star of the Year.

In 2015, Lizzie had a spectacular year. In September she ran the 5th fastest time ever by an Irish woman when she ran 2 :32:51 in the Berlin Marathon. At the moment, she has the fastest qualifying time of all the Irish women for the Olympics in Rio.

In December, she was part of the Irish Cross Country team that won Bronze in the European Cross Country Championships.

All going well, she should be one of three Irish women heading to the Olympic Marathon in Rio to represent Ireland.

The awards ceremony was sponsored by Newbridge Silverware. Photos from Lizzie's dad Gearóid O Laoi HERE (Facebook account required to view)

After the ceremony, Lizzie and her coach Donie Walsh were interviewed by Red FM. Interview (Sat 6th Feb 2016)  HERE ...47:30 to 52:40

Cork BHAA increase non-reg entry fees by €2

For a very long time, the race entry fees for Cork BHAA races were €5 for registered runners and €8 for non-registered.

They have now made some changes. The entry fee for registered Cork BHAA runners remains at €5 but the non-reg entry fee increases by €2 to €10. This brings the entry fee in line with a lot of other races on the calendar.

Video clip from West Waterford AC about the club and the recent Dungarvan 10 race