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Friday, August 28, 2015

Results of the Ballycotton 5 mile & Summer Series...Thurs 27th Aug 2015

A total of 522 runners took part in this years Ballycotton 5 mile road race, the fourth and final race in the Ballycotton Summer Series. The numbers were down on last year but were still the fourth highest ever.

1 24:10    HANRAHAN, Mark    Leevale AC    M    04:49.9
2 25:08    SHEAHAN, Colm    Leevale AC    M    05:01.5
3 25:20    NORMAN, Andy    Altrincham & District AC    M    05:03.9
37 29:47    O'CONNOR, Sinead    Leevale AC    F    05:57.3
41 29:55    MACKEOWN, Rosaleen    Leevale AC    F40    05:58.9
48 30:14    DEVLIN, Niamh    Dundrum South Dublin AC    F    06:02.7 

The full results can be seen HERE

1) Gearóid Ó Laoi has a gallery of just over 100 photos HERE

Winners of the 2015 Ballycotton 5 mile road race...Mark Hanrahan & Sinead O'Connor of Leevale AC

Summer Series..... A total of 201 men and 121 women completed the Ballycotton Summer Series. In terms of top t-shirts, 23.8% of men got a top 50 shirt while 24.8% of women got a top 30 one. Overall, the numbers were pretty even.

One interesting statistic. This year, it was easier for men to get into the top 50. The standard dropped from an average 6:26 min/mile pace down to 6:41 min/mile pace which is a huge drop. In basic terms, the number 50 finisher was five minutes slower than last year. For the women, it got slightly harder. The average page there to get into the top 30 went from 7:52 to 7:49 min/mile pace.

The overall results of the Summer Series can be seen HERE

Thanks to John Robinson for compiling the overall results which he does every year.

Michael Harty & Rosaleen of the 2015 Ballycotton Summer Series. Photo: Gearóid Ó Laoi

Video clips...Cameraman takes out Usain Bolt & BBC commentators respond to bias critism

After winning the 200m at the World Championships in Beijing, the Chinese camera man was following him around as he celebrated with the crowd. All was going well until he hit the barrier...

Bolt and camera man meet up again after the awards ceremony.

Following the 100m final, Justin Gatlin's agent complained about media bias. The BBC commentary team respond to those bias claims...

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Results of the Cill na Martra 5k...Tues 25th Aug 2015

The annual Cill na Marta 5k near Macroom was held on Tuesday the 25th of August and attracted a field of 220, a jump of 84% on the numbers for 2014.

1. Eugene Mc Carthy – Midleton AC    17:32
2. Cosmas De Búrca – Bandon AC    17:56
3. Liam Slattery – Mallow AC    18:08
11. Jacinta O’Connor - Unattached    20:32
19. Deirdre Harrington – Bantry AC    21:19
30. Geraldine O’Sullivan – Bantry AC    22:25

The full results can be seen HERE

Usain Bolt beats Gatlin again to win 200m Gold

The final of the mens 200m today saw a rematch between Usain Bolt and Justin Gatlin once again. With the two of them level at the 100m mar, Bolt used his long stride to pull away over the second 100m to take Gold.

1    Usain BOLT    JAM JAM        19.55    WL    0.147
2    Justin GATLIN    USA USA        19.74        0.161
3    Anaso JOBODWANA    RSA RSA    19.87    NR    0.154
4    Alonso EDWARD    PAN PAN        19.87    SB    0.170
5    Zharnel HUGHES    GBR GBR        20.02    PB    0.119
6    Ramil GULIYEV    TUR TUR            20.11        0.180
7    Femi OGUNODE    QAT QAT            20.27        0.198
8    Nickel ASHMEADE    JAM JAM    20.33        0.132

This was also Bolt's 10th Gold medal at World Championships.

Julius Yego of Kenya...from watching YouTube clips to World Championship Gold

One of the most amazing results to come out of the current World Championships in Beijing has been that of Julius Yego of Kenya winning Gold in the Javelin.

Growing up, he wasn't fast enough to be serious runner so opted for the javelin instead, a sport that is not normally associated with Kenya. With no-one to coach him, he started off watching video clips on YouTube on how to improve his technique.

Now aged 26, his throw of 92.72 metres last Wednesday won the Gold medal and was just 8cms shy of the World Championship record. From watching video clips on YouTube to Gold in about a decade.

Results of the Carraih na bhFear GAA 5k fun run & walk...Wed 26th Aug 2015

This 5k fun run & walk was organised by Carraig na bhFear GAA club and was held on Wed 26th Aug 2015.

1   John Meade    16:22    M
2   Matthew Collins    17:18    M
3   Sean O'Sullivan    17:32      M
10 Joan Ennis    19:23    F
24  Claire O'Donnell    21:25    F
26   Gwen Conroy 21:33    F

The full results can be seen HERE

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Top-Class Ballycotton John Walshe

John Walshe of Ballycotton has written the following piece on the upcoming Ballycotton 5 mile road race which is coming up on Thursday 27th Aug 2015.


When Ryan Creech ran 24:27 at Churchtown South last month, it was the fastest time in a Ballycotton Series race in almost 20 years. Although the Leevale athlete has now returned to university in the US, tomorrow night’s Ballycotton ‘5’ promises to be another high-class affair with a number of British runners expected to take part.

Also in the line-up will be Mark Hanrahan of Leevale, using the race as part of his final preparations for the Berlin Marathon in a month’s time. After running 34:40 for the tough seven miles at Donoughmore, Hanrahan could be on for a very fast time at Ballycotton and he will also have overall Series leader Michael Harty (who ran 24:59 on his own at Ballyandreen) to contend with.

Andy & Dave Norman
The overseas contingent is led by the Norman brothers – Dave and Andy – from the Altrincham & District club near Manchester. Sons of the famous Jeff Norman who ran the Montreal Olympic marathon in 1976, Dave has won the Manchester Marathon on two occasions (2012 and 2013) and has a best time of 2:18:34.

Last Sunday he finished third in the Rochdale Half-Marathon (just three seconds covered the first three), and has also clocked 14:52.22 for 5000m and 8:35.38 for 3000m on the track this summer. Brother Andy has a best of 14:06.99 for 5000m and ran 14:38.77 this year.

Also in the group is Simon Deakin from the Leeds City club who has PBs of 14:00.55 for 5000m and 24:38 for five miles and who finished this year’s London Marathon in 2:29:09. Another of the visitors, Nigel Stirk of Tipton Harriers, now in the M40 category, has a best of 24:47 for five miles.

Leon Foster and Mike Burrett (15:35.21 for 5000m this year), both from Leeds City, and Mick Hill (Tipton) make up the seven taking part and unfortunately two others in the group, Andy Parker and Ian Mitchell, are unable to run due to injury.

Mick Hill, who has ran the Ballycotton ’10’ in the past and who has connections in the Ballynoe area near Conna, is organising the trip to Ireland where they are also taking in visits to Limerick and Dublin as well as Cork.

Although women’s course record holder Lizzie Lee will not be running, her sister Rosaleen MacKeown will be going for a clean sweep in the Series, having improved her time each night since the first race at Ballyandreen.

And finally, a reminder once again that the race starts at 7.30pm and in view of traffic diversions which may apply in the area, people are asked to make a special effort to arrive early. The entry fee on the final night is €6 of which €1 is donated to charity, the chosen cause this year being Marymount University Hospital & Hospice.

Photos of the Rebel Run4Fun 5k in Fota...Sun 23rd Aug 2015

The third and final race in the Rebel Run4Fun 5k Series was held on the grounds of Fota House last Sunday the 23rd of August. Some 200 runners or so took part on a course that took in roads near the house and trails in the gardens.

The event was self timed so there are as far as I know no published results. You can find some photos on the Running in Cork Facebook page

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Notice...Ballycotton 5 mile road race - Thurs 27th Aug 2015

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 27th of August. One thing to note here and it catches people every year........the race starts at 7:30pm

Also note that there are road works on the road between Cloyne and Shanagarry so there might be some delays due to diversions. More info in this previous post.

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.

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

American athlete Molly Huddle loses Bronze medal on the finish line

One of the golden rules in athletics is to 'Run through the line', that is, push all the way to the finish line in a race and don't ease up until you cross it.

American athlete Molly Huddle learned that lesson the hard way when she started to celebrate finishing 3rd before she reached the line in the womens 10,000m at the World Championships in China. Her teammate Emily Infeld lunged at the line to finish in front of her.

1    Vivian Jepkemoi CHERUIYOT    KEN KEN    31:41.31   
2    Gelete BURKA    ETH ETH        31:41.77   
3    Emily INFELD    USA USA    31:43.49   
4    Molly HUDDLE    USA USA    31:43.58

Prior to this, Huddles best performances were 6th in the 5000m at the World Championships in 2013 and 11th in the 5000m at the 2012 Olympics. The unfortunate thing is that this opportunity to win a major medal like this may never happen again as these races are usually dominated by African athletes.

Monday, August 24, 2015

Notice...Loop de Loop Trail Race, Glen of Aherlow - Sat 19th Sept 2015

For anyone that is interested in a long distance trail race, the Loop de Loop Half-Marathon, full Marathon and Ultra-Marathon is coming up in the Glen of Ahlerlow on Saturday the 19th of Sept 2015.

More details HERE

Reminder...Clonakilty 10 mile & 5k coming up on Sun 30th Aug

The Autumn season of 10 mile and half-marathons is well under way and the next one up is the Clonakilty 10 next Sunday the 30th of August. As well as the 10 mile route, there is also a very flat 5k option.

A preview of the 10 mile course can be seen HERE

A preview of the 5k course can be seen HERE

You can pre-enter both races here...

...or on the morning of the race.

Irish results from the World Championships...Mon 24th Aug 2015

Four Irish athletes were in action in the IAAF World Championships in Beijing on Monday the 24th of August.

In the womens 3000m Steeplechase, there were 45 athletes spread out evenly over three heats. Of the three Irish athletes, Michelle Finn from Cork recorded the high finishing position while Sara Treacy had the fastest time.

Heat 1
9    477    Michelle FINN    IRL IRL    9:55.27

Heat 2
13    481    Sara Louise TREACY    IRL IRL    9:48.24

Heat 3
13    478    Kerry O'FLAHERTY    IRL IRL    10:05.10

The slowest losing time that qualified for the final was 9:30.23 so all three were some way off that.

Post race interview with Michelle Finn...

Post race interview with Sara Treacy...

Pictured just left of centre is Kerry Flaherty. The unfortunate athlete who took a dip was Rolanda Bell of Panama

In the womens pole vault, Tori Pena went out in the qualifying rounds. At 4m 15cm, she failed her first attempt but cleared on the second one. At 4m 30cms, she sailed over first time. At 4m 45cms, Tori failed on her three attempts. A total of 28 athletes took part in the competition and only those that cleared 4m 55cms went through to the final.

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Results of the Skibbereen 10k road race...Sun 23rd Aug 2015

After the rain of 2014, the weather conditions were a lot kinder on Sunday for this years Skibbereen 10k in West Cork.

1 34:37    O'SHEA, Alex    St. Finbarrs AC    M40    05:34.1
2 35:16    COLLINS, John    Skibbereen AC    M    05:40.4
3 36:40    COAKLEY, Michael    Skibbereen AC    M    05:53.9
18 42:05    MOORE, Niamh    UCC AC    F    06:46.2
30 44:06    RYAN, Clara    unatt/Skibbereen    F    07:05.7
33 45:11    HURLEY, Maria    Bantry AC    F50    07:16.2 

The full results can be seen HERE

Photos...(Face account required to view)
1) Pauline Hennessy has a gallery HERE

1) Skibbereen AC have a gallery of photos HERE 

Usain Bolt beat Gatlin to take World Championship 100m title

In what was probably the race of the year, Olympic champion and world record holder Usain Bolt went head to head with Justin Gatlin of the USA who has served two bans for doping. In what was billed as a battle between good and evil, Usain Bolt managed to take Gold in the final of the 100m at the World Championships in Beijing.

Race video...