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Saturday, February 25, 2017

Results of the Ballincollig 5k parkrun... Sat 25th Feb 2017

The numbers were down a bit this week for the 5k parkrun in Ballincollig with 299 taking part. This was no doubt due to the wet weather and as the chart shows, it is still well above the average turnout at the end of 2016.

1 Brian LINEHAN    19:19    VM50-54    M1
2 Tiernan MORRISSEY    19:26    JM11-14    M2 Leevale AC
3 Martin COLLIER    19:29    VM35-39    M3
22 Mary SWEENEY    21:23    VW55-59    F1 St Finbarrs AC
24 Elaine O' DONOGHUE    21:33    VW35-39    F2
34 Louise SHEEHAN    22:28    VW40-44    F3 Ballincollig Athletic Club

The results of the 37th edition of this Ballincollig 5k parkrun can be found HERE

Just on a further note....For anyone shopping in Tesco, you'll be familiar with the Blue tokens and how money is raised for community projects and charities. One of the fundraising efforts at the moment is for a defibrillator for the parkruns. I presume it refers to the Ballincollig one?

Friday, February 24, 2017

Races on the weekend of Sat 25th & Sun 26th Feb 2017

Another busy weekend with plenty to choose from. Just remember that the Cork BHAA race in Blackrock in Cork City on Sunday starts at 9am. Also the Adare 10k is full so don't waste a trip if you haven't entered already.

The weather forecast is for rain on Saturday. Sunday looks like it might be wet as well but it will probably get worse as the days goes on. It might well be the case that the early start for the BHAA race might be a blessing in disguise.

5k Parkrun...Sat 25th (9:30am)...€free...various locations...  
Cork...Castle Demense, Macroom // Showgrounds, Clonakilty // Bere Island, Beara Peninsula) // Glengarriff // Castlehaven // Ballincollig Regional Park...
Waterford...Tramore // Limerick...University of Limerick // Kerry...Killarney & Tralee // Clare...Kilrush & Clarisford // Tipperary...Templemore

Kerry...Sat 25th (11am)...Killarney Spring 5k Series...€6...Demense, Killarney....Organised by Gneeveguilla

Cork...Sat 25th (11am)...North Cork AC 5k in Doneraile Park...€10...

Cork...Sun 26th (9am)...Cork BHAA Gas Networks Ireland 5km...€5 reg/€10 pre-reg...Blackrock Village/Marina in Cork City... info ... Note the early start at 9am...

Limerick...Sun 26th (1pm)...Adare 10k road race...€20 online, €20 on the day... info... NOW CLOSED

Car Keys lost between Harty's Key and Blackrock Castle

Someone has lost their car keys between Harty's Quay and Blackrock Castle. ..."Has anyone found a car key running around by hartys quay/blackrock castle location on Thursday?"

Adare 10k on Sun 26th Feb now closed

The Adare 10k road race which is coming up on Sunday the 26th of February is now closed! There will be no entries on the day.

Last year, the race attracted a bumper field of 595 people and that was a jump of 19% on the figure for 2015. The limit this year was 850 entries.

Many of the races in Munster these days are past their peaks but this Adare race seems to be going from strength to strength.

More info about the race HERE

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Garmin Forerunner 10 Watch Found

Someone found a Garmin Forerunner 10 watch on the main road in Rathcormac recently. Going through the data on the watch, it looks as if the owner did a 4.31 mile run on the 29th of January which might tie in with the fun run that was in Glanmire that day?

Do you know of anyone who has lost a Garmin Forerunner 10 watch recently?

If you do, let me know and I'll pass on your details.

Notice...Lee Fields 4 mile road race - Sun 19th Mar 2017

The Lee Fields 4 mile road race is coming up in Cork City on Sunday the 19th of March 2017. This was held before in October 2015 so it has now changed to a Spring date.

The 4 mile route is the same as before...County Hall...Carrigrohane Straight...Inchigaggin Lane...Model Farm Rd...Dennehy's Cross...Victoria Cross. You can see a preview of the course HERE

You can pre-enter online HERE for €10.70 and there is a free technical top for the first 200 entrants. You can also enter on the morning of the race for €15 but obviously the tech tops might be gone at that stage.

As you can see in the flyer above, the race HQ is at the Kingsley Hotel.

The race is a partnership between HSE Drug & Alcohol Services, Cork Local and Southern Regional Drug & Alcohol Task Forces. We hope to encourage people to take part in Sunday morning activities. The Cork Local & Southern Regional Drug & Alcohol Task Force has responsibility for developing a strategic, locally based response to substance misuse in Cork City, Co. Cork and Kerry. Today, the Cork Local & Southern Regional Drug & Alcohol Task Force funds 47 projects. These projects are spread across local communities and voluntary agencies throughout the region to support individuals affected by substance misuse. All Drug Task Forces now have the responsibility of Alcohol added to their brief. We in the Task Force are highlighting this addition of alcohol by creating an event to support the “Hello Sunday Morning” initiative.

“Hello Sunday Morning” encourages individuals to look at changing the pattern of their drinking by taking a break from alcohol & incentivizing that break with goals e.g taking up running/exercise – further details

Details, photos  and rationale of event can be found on our website -

We are hoping you will support the upcoming not for profit event. Look forward to seeing you on the day.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Notice - Killeagh 4 mile road race...Sun 5th Mar 2017

This is the second year of this 4 mile race and it's organised by Killeagh Community Healthy Clubs Project in association with Youghal AC.

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

Killeagh Healthy Clubs Project is a new initiative to promote health and well being for the Killeagh community and is organised by a combination of personal from Killeagh adult and juvenile GAA clubs, Inch Rovers Ladies Football Club and Killeagh Camogie Club. This group have a number of initiatives underway, walking groups, couch to 5k, healthy food demonstrations etc.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Added Time Bonuses for the Ballycotton 10

From Ballycotton Running Promotions...ADDED TIME BONUSES FOR BALLYCOTTON ‘10’

This year, in an effort to raise the elite standard of the race and to celebrate the 40th annual event, there will be added time bonuses for the Ballycotton ‘10’ on March 12th.

Along with the usual first three prizes (€500, €300 and €200) for men and women and the course bonuses of €500 for a new record (men, Gary Staines 47:00; women, Maria McCambridge 54:20) the following bonuses will apply:

Men: If the winner, not breaking the course record, runs inside 48:30 there will be a bonus of €300. All other runners (outside of first three) breaking 50:00 will receive a bonus of €100 along with their prize.

Women: If the winner, not breaking the course record, runs inside 55:30 there will be a bonus of €300. All other women (outside of first three) breaking 58:00 will receive a bonus of €100 along with their prize.

Only one time bonus can apply for both men and women.

While the women’s course record has been improved three times by Maria McCambridge in the past five years, in contrast the men’s standard has shown little change. In the history of the race, 48:30 has been broken on a total of 29 occasions (including four times by Noel Berkeley).

Yet only two of those 29 times – Charles Kiplgat in 2004 and Dave Mitchinson in 2005 – has been set in the past 15 years so hopefully this year will see an improvement back to the standards of the past.

Midleton voted best 5 mile race in Cork in 2016

The poll for the best 5 mile road race in Cork in 2016 closed recently and the winner was the Mdleton 5 mile held last May. It got nearly 42% of the total vote which shows how popular a race it was.

The Carrigaline 5 mile race was the runner up in second place with 15% while the East Ferry 5 mile finished in 3rd with 11.8%, just ahead of the Millstreet 5 mile in 4th pace with 11%.

The Midleton 5 mile which was held in May 2016 got a record 654 finishers. Some part of that surge in numbers was no doubt due to the fact that Midleton AC were recording their 50th anniversary.

Thanks to everyone who took the time to vote.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Results of the Carrigaline 5 mile road race...Sun 19th Feb 2017

The annual Carrigaline 5 mile road race was held on Sunday the 19th of February 2017 on what turned out to be a nice mild Spring morning with the temperature up around 12 deg C. The numbers were up 11% this year with 419 runners taking part, the 3rd highest ever for the event.

Back in 2012/2013, things were different in that there was usually only one main event per day on. Fast forward to 2017 and we have multiple events on over the weekend...a parkrun in Ballincolllig with 383 runners, a 4k in Cloyne with about 200 and a trail race in North Cork. Any race that can hold its numbers at the moment is doing well so any race that manages to increase its numbers is doing really well.

1    26:17    HOEY, Mark    Leevale AC
2    26:26    DONOVAN, Barry    Leevale AC
3    26:37    O'BRIEN, Alan    Eagle AC
38    32:12    MURPHY PLANT, Una    Kinsale Tri    F45
46    32:26    PARNELL, Carmel    Leevale AC    F60
53    32:52    HEGARTY, Lisa    Leevale AC   

The full results can be found at

Photos.... (Updated Mon 20th Feb @8:15pm)
1) Pre-race photos up on the Running in Cork Facebook page
2) Joe Murphy of Eagle AC has a gallery HERE
3) Finish line photos... Up to 36:27
4) Finish line photos... 36:30 to 42:57
5) Finish line photos... 45:58 and above
6) Derek Costello of Eagle AC has 300+ photos HERE
7) Andy O'Rourke Photography has 3 galleries... Pre-Race ...  Presentation and Prizes ... Near the finish
8) Mick Dooley of Eagle AC has a gallery HERE

Remember that you can use the 15% discount voucher in The Edge Sports on any running related products.

Mark Hoey of Leevale AC...First man

Una Plant-Murphy of Kinsale Tri Club...1st woman
Photos : Joe Murphy of Eagle AC

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Notice...Cork BHAA Gas Networks Ireland 5k road race - Sun 26th Feb 2017

The annual Cork BHAA Gas Networks Ireland 5k road race is coming up next Sunday the 26th of February 2017 at 9am in Cork City.

Note the start time....It's 9am, not 11am. Entries open at 7:30am.

Please note that there is a change from previous years in that the Lee Rowing club will not be the race HQ. This year, the Cork Boat Club which is located in Blackrock village will be the race HQ and the course has been changed to account for this. It's still dead flat so it's as fast as ever.

The one issue however is parking. It is very limited near the Cork Boat Club and there is a Sunday market on at the same time.

Here is some information from the organisers..... The Gas Networks Ireland race takes place at a revised Marina 5k route this year. Registration is from 7.30am at Cork Boat Club in Blackrock village with the race starting at 9am up near Lee Rowing Club. Registration will close at 8.45am to allow runners get to the start which is approximately 1 mile from Cork Boat Club.

Parking limitations...There is very limited parking in the area surrounding Cork Boat Club. Additionally, there is a farmers market just outside later as well as construction works in Blackrock village. We are trialing a new route and venue for this race so we ask for co-operation in car-pooling/cycling to the venue where possible. The following areas are where you are likely to find parking but these will fill up early so it would be worth getting to registration as close to 8am as possible.

a) Car parks on far side of Blackrock Castle. These will fill up with early morning walkers if we have a fine morning
b) Parking near Shandon Boat Club where traditionally a lot of people would have parked for Marina 5k races. If you’ve car-pooled, the driver can drop off others who can register for them at Cork Boat Club and meet them at the start.
c) City side of Blackrock church. Meadow Grove Estate which is between Blackrock Village and Skehard Rd.

As always, the entry fee is €5 for registered runners and €10 for non-registered. I suggest you park your car and jog to the race HQ with the exact entry fee. From there, go to the start line.

Results of the Cloyne Commons 4k...Sun 19th Feb 2017

The 4th race in the Cloyne Commons 4k Series was held on Sunday the 19th of February 2017 in dry and mild conditions. A total of 244 people took part.

1    0:12:28    McGRATH, Sean    East Cork AC    M    05:00.8 
2    0:13:13    SHEEHAN, Nigel    Youghal AC    M    05:18.9
3    0:13:39    SPITERI, Paul    Midleton AC    M    05:29.4 
22    0:15:44    HUNTER, Nollaig    Leevale AC    F45    06:19.7
35    0:16:30    LEAHY, Eileen    Midleton AC    F    06:38.2
37    0:16:34    WATKINS, Terry    unatt/Kilworth    F    06:39.8

Full results below...

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Results & photos of the Ballincollig 5k parkrun...Sat 18th Feb 2017

A total of 383 people turned out for this weeks 5k parkrun in Ballincollig Regional Park, almost the same as last week.

1 Conor DOLAN    16:45    SM30-34    M1
2 Brian CARROLL    18:05    VM35-39    M2 Crusaders Athletic Club
3 Grattan O ROURKE    18:35    VM35-39
8 Emma DONLON    19:17    VW35-39    F1
22 Orla CROSBIE    21:08    VW45-49    F2    St Finbarrs AC   
26 Mary SWEENEY    21:28    VW55-59    F3    St Finbarrs AC

The full results can be seen HERE

1) Joe Murphy of Eagle AC has a gallery HERE

Friday, February 17, 2017

Races this weekend...Sat 18th & Sun 19th Feb 2017

The forecast is reasonable for the weekend but the rain will never be too far away. Here is what's on offer....

5k Parkrun...Sat 18th (9:30am)...€free...various locations...  
Cork...Castle Demense, Macroom // Showgrounds, Clonakilty // Bere Island, Beara Peninsula) // Glengarriff // Castlehaven // Ballincollig Regional Park...
Waterford...Tramore // Limerick...University of Limerick // Kerry...Killarney & Tralee // Clare...Kilrush & Clarisford // Tipperary...Templemore

Kerry...Sat 18th (11am)...Killarney Spring 5k Series...€6...Demense, Killarney....Organised by Gneeveguilla

Cork...Sun 19th (9:30am)...Cloyne Commons 4k...€5...

Cork...Sun 19th (11am)...Carrigaline 5 mile road race...€10... info...

Cork...Sun 19th (11am)...MMRA 7km trail race, Glenanaar...€10*... Near Kildorrery...€10 annual IMRA registration required... info...

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Notice...MMRA Glenanaar Trail Run - Sun 19th February 2017

As well as there being plenty of road races locally, the Munster Trail League offers the chance to try out trail running in the woods and hills right across the province.  The runs are suitable for all levels of ability and include a junior race for 10 – 16 year olds and a free non-competitive run (accompanied) for kids under 10.  

Race 3 of the league is the Glenanaar Trail Run just outside the North Cork village of Kildorrery.  It’s a 7k route which will be fully marked and which meanders through Glennanaar woods along the Canon Sheehan Loop. The adult race starts at 11:00 with the juniors and kiddies events at 10:30.

Registration will open at 10:00am and you must register before 10:45am to ensure the race starts on time.  For registration details and further information on the event, please visit the event page below.

Further details on this event:

Photos below...