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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Notice...Glounthaune 4 mile road race - Wed 7th Sept 2016

This 4 mile road race is coming up in Glounthaune just to the east of Cork City on Wednesday 7th of September 2016.

As you can see from the race flyer above, it has an Athletics Ireland permit, has been accurately measured by Jones Counter and has chip timing.

From the organisers.....The Glounthaune Community Association wish to announce the Fitzpatrick's GCA 4-Mile Run Wednesday 7th September 2016 at 7pm.

Parking will be provided at Craig's Field beside, the Community Centre and also at the Glounthaune and Little Island train stations.

The Fitzpatrick's GCA 4 Mile Run - Registration at the new Church Centre from 5:00pm on the day Wednesday 7th September 2016 - opposite the church.

Male and female changing rooms and toilets will be available at the Community Centre in the village.

AAI Permit Approved - Course Measured - Chip Timing by Premier Timing...Entry Fee: Race €10 - ...Category Prizes for first 3 - Spot Prizes...Excellent post race refreshments will be served in The Great O'Neill along with the presentation of prizes.

All proceeds go to the Glounthaune Community...For more information please contact:
021 - 4510470 from 10:00am - 2:00pm Mon - Fri

Course Preview......Full directions with maps, photos, description can be seen HERE

Notice...Kinsale 5 mile road race - Sun 4th Sept 2016

This 5 mile road race is coming up in Kinsale on Sunday, the 4th of September at 11am. The course has been measured properly by a Jones Counter and it has an Athletics Ireland licence.

Registration for the race is at the grounds of Kinsale Rugby Club which is just to the east of the town. The race starts from here and takes in a loop to the north of Kinsale before a long gradual downhill to near sea level and a finish on the main quay in the town.

There is a shuttle bus service after the race to take runners and walkers the two miles back to the rugby clubhouse.

There is a free guided scenic 2 mile walk as well for families from the clubhouse to the finish line where they can then watch the runners come in.

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

Dry fit top for the Clonakilty 10 mile & 5k next Sunday 28th Aug

This is the dry fit top for the Clonakilty 10 mile & 5k which is coming up on Sunday the 28th of August. As running tops go, it looks pretty good.

The 'model' is Ronan Wogan of MyRunResults who will be looking after the chip timing and results next Sunday.

For more info on the race and to enter, go to

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

From Sports Ireland...What happens during an athlete drug test?

A new video from Sports Ireland showing how athletes are tested.

Notice...Ballycotton 5 mile road race - Thurs 25th Aug 2016

The Ballycotton 5 mile road race is the last race of four in the Ballycotton Summer Series and it's coming up on evening Thursday, the 25th of August. One thing to note here and it catches people every year........the race starts at 7:30pm

Registration is at the local national school. The distance from the main parking area to the registration is about 800 metres (10 min walk). From the registration area to the start line is about 200 metres. So if you consider parking.....walking to the registration.....the queue to enter.....walk back to the car......walk back to the start........and the 7:30pm start, you can see how people get caught out.

Entries.......If you are under any pressure for time, then get changed first.....carry the entry fee of €6 in your hand.....and go straight to the start line after you register. Please note that it speeds things up a lot if you have the exact entry fee ready. €1 of each entry fee is going to a designated charity.

If you did the first 3 races then you'll find your race number HERE

The overall positions with times after 3 races can be seen HERE

Please note that the race is open to everyone. You do not need to have run in any of the previous races to enter this one. Just turn up with €6.

Post Race...If you have completed all 4 of the summer series......Ballyandreen, Shanagarry, Churchtown South and Ballycotton, you will be given a souvenier plaque.

Back inside the school, there will be tea and biscuits as well as the prize giving. The special series t-shirts for the top 50 men and top 30 women in the overall series will be handed out there.

Preview....More details on the course with maps and photos can be seen HERE

Monday, August 22, 2016

Results of the Irish Masters Track & Field Championships...Sun 21st Aug 2016

The Irish Masters Track & Field Championships were held in Tullamore on Sunday the 21st of August and there were a good number from Cork in the medals. These are some from the track events...

100m Master Men
CORR John Leevale A.C.     1st M45     11.92    
O'DONOVAN Con Rising Sun A.C. 2nd M70     14.75

3000m Master Women
KENNY Michelle     Leevale A.C.     1st W35 10:29.96    

3 km Walk Master Women   
CASHMAN Evelyn     Youghal A.C.     2nd W45 17:19.57    

200m Master Men
DENNEHY Brendan Rising Sun A.C. 2nd M65 28.92    
O'DONOVAN Con     Rising Sun A.C. 2nd M70 32.72    

800m Masters
HEALY Ann-Marie St. Finbarrs A.C. 1st W45 2:31.14    
COUGHLAN Denis     St. Finbarrs A.C. 1st M35 2:03.00    
MURPHY Michael     St. Finbarrs A.C. 3rd M55 2:30.04    
KIELY Michael     Rising Sun A.C. 1st M70 3:12.94    

5000m Master Men

MCEVOY Eamonn     St. Finbarrs A.C. 1st M60 18:11.14
AHERNE Neilus     Midleton A.C.     2nd M60 18:46.83    

400m Masters
HEALY Ann-Marie St. Finbarrs A.C. 1st W45 1:06.99
LYONS Marion     St. Finbarrs A.C. 1st W60 92.55    

KIELY Michael     Rising Sun A.C. 3rd M70 77.66    

1500m Masters
KENNY Michelle     Leevale A.C.     2nd W35 4:52.66
CASHMAN Evelyn     Youghal A.C.     1st W45 5:20.23    

COUGHLAN Denis     St. Finbarrs A.C. 2nd M35 4:09.24    
MURPHY Michael     St. Finbarrs A.C. 3rd M55 4:56.86    
KIELY Michael     Rising Sun A.C. 2nd M70 6:35.68

There were several more in the Field events as well. The full results can be seen HERE

Irish results at the Olympic Mens Marathon in Rio

In the Men's Olympic Marathon on Sunday, Paul Pollock was the first Irish man home in 32nd position in a time of 2:16:24. Kevin Seaward was 64th with 2:20:06 while Mick Clohisey who was suffering from a virus finished 3rd in 2:26:34.

These were the qualifying times posted before the Olympics...Seaward (2:14:52), Clohisey (2:15:10), Pollock (2:15:38).

There was some controversy prior in the selection process in that Sergiu Ciobanu had posted a faster time of 2:15:14 which would have been 3rd fastest. Paul Pollock was picked instead based his recent half-marathon times and the Rio result seems to justify his selection for the team.

At the front of the field, the title was won by Eliud Kipchoge of Kenya.

Gamen Rupp of the USA took the Bronze to add to the 10,000m Silver medal which he won at the 2012 London Games. It perhaps dispels the notion that an athlete has to be from East Africa to win a medal in distance running.

Back in 1984, John Treacy won a Silver medal in the Olympic Marathon with a time of 2:09:56 in what was a very hot day in Los Angeles. As you can see above, that was faster than Rupp's time yesterday.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Results of the Skibbereen 10k road race...Sun 21st Aug 2016

A total of 66 runners turned out for this years Skibbereen 10k road race on Sunday the 21st Aug 2016. This represents a drop of 44% on the number for 2015. As you can seen from the chart above, it was also down on previous wet years.

1    0:32:53    O'SHEA, Alan    Bantry AC    M    05:17.4   
2    0:34:08    COLLINS, John    Skibbereen AC    M    05:29.5
3    0:36:49    SHEEHAN, Padraig    Clonakilty RR AC    M    05:55.4   
8    0:40:15    MACKEOWN, Rosaleen    Leevale AC    F40    06:28.5   
11    0:42:00    BARRY, Ronnie    Bandon AC    F40    06:45.4
14    0:42:49    COUGHLAN, Aoife    unatt/Skibbereen    F    06:53.3    

The full results can be seen HERE

Irish trio of Paul Pollock, Kevin Seaward and Mick Clohisey in the Olympic Marathon at 1:30pm Irish time

The Irish trio of Paul Pollock, Kevin Seaward and Mick Clohisey are in action in the Olympic Marathon at 1:30pm Irish time. Updates with splits...

Results & photos of the Ballincollig 5k parkrun...Sat 20th Aug 2016

The 10th parkrun in Ballincollig Regional Park attracted 203 runners which is very much in line with other weeks.

1 Martin CURTIN 18:01 VM35-39 M 1 St Finbarrs AC
2 Niall O'CALLAGHAN 19:17 VM40-44 M 2 Leevale AC
3 Michael COLOHAN 19:20 SM30-34 M
34 Marianne HUTCHINSON 23:45 VW35-39 F South Melbourne AC
41 Nora CORCORAN 24:34 VW35-39 F 2 Eagle A.C.
42 Elaine SEXTON 24:47 SW30-34 F 3

The full results can be seen HERE

1) Joe Murphy of Eagle AC has a gallery HERE
2) Jennie Collopy has a gallery HERE

Start of the 10th 5k parkrun in Ballincollig Regional Park. Photo : Joe Murphy

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Results & photos of the East Cork Harbour Marathon, Half-Marathon & 10k...Sat 20th Aug 2016

About 860 runners turned out for the inaugural  East Cork Marathon, Half-Marathon & 10k on Saturday the 0th of August 2016. The breakdown per event was as follows...

Full 26.2 mile marathon...94

I was running in the Half-Marathon and it was certainly a challenging course. Only the last few miles of the race were flat while the first 9 miles seemed to be a constant mix of uphill or downhill running. As courses go, I thought it was a nice course mostly on quiet country roads but it wouldn't be a one for running personal best times.

Weather wise, it was certainly a lot dryer than what had been forecast. I'd imagine that on a nice sunny day, it would be a very nice route for a half.

In terms of numbers, they were pretty good. It's always going to be hard to get big numbers for a full marathon but 335 for a half and 431 for a 10k is pretty respectable for an event in rural East Cork.

1 Raivis ZAKIS  02:51:46 M (1)M35 (1) West Waterford AC
2 Chris HORGAN 03:06:19  M (2)MO (1)
3 Denis KEANE 03:09:01  M (3)MO (2) Marathon Club Ireland -
6 Rachel STOKES 03:20:07 F (1)F35 (1)Kerry Crusaders
10 Mary SWEENEY 03:31:029 F (2)F55 (1)St Finbarrs AC
35 Michelle BURKE 04:04:08 F (3)F35 (2)Pacer 4.00

1 Philip HEARTY 01:15:52 M (1)M35 (1) West Waterford AC
2 Christopher MURNANE 01:21:22 M (2)MO (1) St Finbarrs
3 Paddy KAVANAGH 01:27:00 M (3)MO (2)
18 Sharon WOODS 01:36:42 F (1)F40 (1) Mallow AC
28 Esther MURPHY 01:39:46 F (2)F40 (2) Midleton AC
42 June O'SHEA 01:43:11 F (3)F35 (1)

1 Conor GOLDEN 00:37:34 M (1)MO (1) Leevale AC
2 Michael DOLPHIN 00:37:38 M (2)M35 (1) Leevale AC
3 Kealan O'CONNOR 00:37:49 M (3)M40 (1) Grange Fermoy AC
10 Emma LEAHY 00:41:0200:41:08 F (1) FO (1)
13 Jennifer GOGGIN - WALSH 00:42:11 F (2)FO (2) Ballymore Cobh AC
20 Clodagh MCMORROW 00:43:06 F (3)FO (3) Wellness Centre Apple  

The full results can be seen on the MyRunResults website.

Photos...Updated Thurs 9am
1) There is a small gallery up on the Running in Cork Facebook page HERE
2) Mike O'Grady Photography has a number of galleries....... Album 1 , Album 2
 Album 3 , Album 4 , Album 5 , Album 6     
3) Donal O'Regan has a gallery HERE

1) From the organisers...


Results & photos of the Inchigeelagh 5km fun run...Fri 19th Aug 2016

About 120 people took part in this years Inchigeelagh 5km fun run & walk on Friday the 19th of August 2016.

16.44    1    Joe Cunningham
17.51    2    Eugene Mc Carthy
18.34    3    Paudie Horgan
20.41    11    Clodagh Galvin   
21.33    17    Jacinta O'Connor
23.21    24    Martha Hickey

The full results can be seen HERE

1) The organisers have a small album HERE

Friday, August 19, 2016

Results of the Liscarroll 10k race...Fri 19th Aug 2016

114 runners turned out for this race in Liscarroll in North Cork.

1 34:50    SHANAHAN, Niall    unatt/Limerick    M    05:36.2
2 34:59    SUGRUE, Eoin    unatt/Banteer    M40    05:37.7
3 35:17    FEEHAN, Maurice    Gneeveguilla AC    M    05:40.6
27 41:34    CARROLL, Aoife    Mallow AC    F35    06:41.2
30 41:49    O'LEARY, Mary    unatt/Castletownroche    F50    06:43.7
32 42:30    LUKSTE, Brigita    North Cork AC    F    06:50.3 

The full results can be seen HERE

Results of the Coachford 5 mile road race...Fri 19th Aug 2016

It looked as if the windy and wet weather conditions during the day might get the better of  the races in the evening but in the end, 195 turned out for the annual Coachford 5 mile road race. This compares to 226 last year.

1  Tim Twomey (363)     00:27:28     Senior (1)  Male  (1)
2  Alan O'Brien (190)     00:27:32     Senior (2) Male  (2)
3  Finbarr O'Dwyer (265)     00:28:04     Senior (3) Male  (3)
9  Martina Kiely (482)     00:30:01  Senior (1)  Female  (1)
18 Karina Murphy (173)     00:33:00  Senior (2)  Female  (2)
40 Sinead Buckley (267)     00:35:13  Senior (3)  Female  (3)

The full results can be seen HERE

1) There are a small number of photos from Mick Dooley HERE

First 3 women...Sinead Buckley 3rd, Martina Kiely 1st & Karina Murphy 2nd

First 3 men...Alan O'Brien 2nd, Tim Twomey 1st & Finbarr O'Dwyer 3rd

Rob Heffernan finishes 6th in Olympic 50k final

Rob Heffernan finished 6th in the final of the 50km race walk in Rio on Friday the 19th of August. At the half way mark, Rob looked as if he might be in the mix for a medal but muscle cramp in the second half forced him out of the back of the leading group.

At first, it looked as if he finished 6th but a Japanese athlete who was in 3rd place was subsequently disqualified after he had been found to obstruct a Canadian competitor. After another appeal, the Japanese athlete was reinstated so Rob was 6th.

The second Irish athlete was Brendan Boyce who finished in 19th position with a time of 3h 53m 59s. This top 20 finish is an improvement on his performance at the London Olympics where he finished in 27th place in a time of 3h 55m 01s.

The third Irish athlete Alex Wright had to pull out after 30km, perhaps a sign that he hadn't fully recovered from the 20k race last weekend.