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Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Results & photos of the Cork BHAA John Buckley Sports 5k road race...Tues 31st May 2016

A total of 839 runners turned out for this years Cork BHAA John Buckley Sports 5k road race in Cork City on Tues 31st May 2016. Conditions were up around 20 deg C for what is one of the biggest 5k races on the calendar.

1 Mark Hanrahan 00:14:33 John Buckley Sports
2 Benjamin Thistlewood 00:15:01  Temp Reg
3 James McCarthy 00:15:08 McCarthys
36 Sinead O'Connor 00:16:54 Dept of Ed
46 Emma Murphy 00:17:13 Murphy
54 Martina Kiely 00:17:24 Dept of Ed

The full results can be seen HERE

Photos to follow.....

Also remember to hang on to your race number! This will entitle you to a 20% discount off anything purchased in John Buckley Sports.

Results of the Whitechurch Macra 5k...Sun 29th May 2016

Roughly 100 runners and walkers turned out for this 5k run in Whitechurch on Sunday the 29th of May 2016.

1. Damian Kenneally 18:10
2. Kieran Lynch 20:23
3. Trevor Harrington 20:48
1. Valerie Wolfe
2. ???
3. ???

The full results can be seen HERE

Preview of the 2016 Cork City Marathon

Now with the Cork City Marathon coming up next Monday, have a look at these previews below to see what the various parts of the course are like.

Course Previews...If you want to see what the route for the Cork City Marathon looks like then watch this 13 minute video put together by Rob O'Farrell...(There are some minor changes for 2016 but essentially this is the route).

1) Marathon...HERE
2) Half-Marathon (13.1 miles)... A preview of the Half-Marathon course with maps and photos can be seen HERE
3) Marathon Relay...
a) Leg 1 of 5 can be seen HERE
b) Leg 2 of 5 can be seen HERE
c) Leg 3 of 5 can be seen HERE
d) Leg 4 of 5 can be seen HERE
e) Leg 5 of 5 can be seen HERE

John Buckley Sports 5k coming up this evening...Tues 31st May 2016

Blue skies and sunshine for this evenings BHAA John Buckley Sports 5k in Cork City...

Photo taken at 4:10pm ;o)

Notice...Coolagown 5k road race nr Fermoy - Thurs 16th June 2016

This 5km road race in NE Cork is coming up on Thursday the 16th of June 2016...

Organised by St.Nicholas AC, the venue for the race is the small village of Coolagown which is just a few miles east of Fermoy.

From the organisers.....Coolagown is a small rural village in the north of County Cork. As its name suggests , the village has a long association with smithing. Over the years , Coolagown became famous for its  horses and there are several well-known stud farms here. In recent times it has become very well known in Tidy Town circles for its relatively rapid rise in the competition and for a near-unrivalled consistency in high achievements in the upper echelons of the competition. The village has had a 7-year run of Gold Medals as well as a number of other prizes and awards including Entente Florale and Greening Communities.

The 5K run takes place in one of the prettiest villages in Ireland, a village beautifully maintained and a showpiece in how a rural community works together to achieve a wonderful result.  

For anybody walking the 5k this will officially commence from the start line at 6:30pm sharp: adults are 5 euro and children are free. All adult walkers will receive a ticket for refreshments afterwards and all children will receive a ticket for a free goody bag after the walk.

Entries can also be done online via Paypal to save queuing on race night...details to follow.

Course Preview......You can find a full preview of the course with maps, details, photos HERE

Monday, May 30, 2016

Results of the Watergrasshill AC 5k fun run...Sun 29th May 2015

This 5k fun run organised by Watergrasshill AC attracted a field of 92 runners.

1 Bryan Crowley 17.45
2 Aaron Hornibrook 19.11
3 David Yelverton 19.39
5 Jennifer Goggin Walsh 20.07
18 Betty Cahill 24.09
20 Ciara Keohane 24.44

The full results can be seen HERE

Reminder...Cork BHAA John Buckley Sports 5k coming up on Tues 31st May 2016

Just a reminder for the Cork BHAA John Buckley Sports 5k in Cork City on Tues 31st May 2016. This is one of the fastest 5k courses in Cork and always attracts a huge crowd. The entry fee will also get you 20% off all products in John Buckley Sports.

More info incl maps, photos & updated preview in this previous post.

Just one point of interest. There is a slight change on the course this year in that the finish line will be near the start line. i.e. You do two loops and then finish just beyond where the race started.

The course was recently remeasured so it's spot on. One point though. It was measured on the road! If you run on the footpath then you're taking a short cut and cheating.

Closer look at the 2016 Cork City Half-Marathon

With only a few days to go, it's time to have a closer look at the route for the Cork City Half-Marathon next Monday the 6th of June.

The route starts near Kennedy Park, about 800m from the City Hall. From there, the runners will take in a small loop by Albert Road before heading down Monahan Road to the Atlantic Pond. Around the 1.9 mile mark, the course will merge with the full marathon course.

Timing.....One important issue is of course the start times and when the two fields will merge. The half starts at 10:45am while the full starts at 9am. The fields will merge at roughly the 2 mile mark for the half and the 15 mile mark for the full.

The times below show the two fields merging. Note that this is based on both races starting exactly on time.

6 min per mile...1:18 half-marathon < > 7:48 min per mile...3:24 full marathon
7 min per mile...1:32 half-marathon < > 7:56 min per mile...3:28 full marathon
8 min per mile...1:45 half-marathon < > 8:04 min per mile...3:31 full marathon
9 min per mile...1:58 half-marathon < > 8:12 min per mile...3:35 full marathon
10 min per mile...2:11 half-marathon < > 8:20 min per mile...3:38 full marathon

Scenarios.......(if the races start on time!)
a) If you are doing a fast half marathon...say sub 1:30...then you are going to come out ahead of most of the marathon runners. You should have a pretty clear route for the rest of the race.
b) If you are doing say a 1:45 half then you will merge with runners in the marathon doing roughly the same pace.
c) If you are doing say a 2 hour plus half then you will be still ahead of most of the marathon field but they will be running much faster than you.
d) If you are doing the full marathon and are targeting say 3:45 or slower then you will have a lot of half-marathon runners ahead of you.

While the Marina itself is narrow enough for the two to merge, there should be plenty of room on the Centre Park Road and the South Link Road for the fields to thin out.

Preview.......The full preview of the Half-Marathon course can be seen HERE

New page listing clubs and running groups

Over the course of a year, I get a lot of e-mails and messages asking for advice on clubs to join and people asking if there is anything in their area. I have now put together a page listing most of the athletic clubs and running groups in Cork.

Course announced for the new Ballincollig 5k parkrun

There will be a new 5km parkrun starting the Ballincollig Regional Park on Saturday the 18th of June. With the cancellation of the weekly parkrun in Tramore Valley Park in Cork City, this one should prove to be very popular.

When it was first announced, there was some debate about parking and what the route might be? Well, this is it...

As you can see, it's not starting from the West end or the East end of the park but rather in the middle where the allotments are located. The course goes clockwise and consists of two loops.

Parking is available in the Lidl car park as well near the local school and church.

The course is very flat and level so it should be a fast one!

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Notice...Glanmire GAA 4 mile road race - Wed 15th June 2016

This 4 mile road race is coming up on Wednesday the 15th of June in Glanmire near Cork City.

Located just to the north-east of Cork City, it is within easy access for a lot of people. For anyone coming off the M8 motorway, just take exit 18.

Race entries will be taken at Glanmire GAA club which is right alongside the main road in Sallybrook...

The 4 mile route takes in a loop to the east of Glanmire. Both the start and finish points are only a short distance from the GAA grounds.

From the organisers...Brief Synopsis of Route....The route will begin at, the Brook Inn Glanmire and will continue along the main road west to Riverstown Cross (R639). Runners will then turn left and head towards the Sars pavilion and turn right to follow the old “New Line” road (Marwood Avenue). At the end of  this road they will turn right onto the “New Line road” (Copper Valley Vue) and continue up to “Toby Burkes Cross”. The route will then turn left up the hill where it meets the Knochraha/Blosomgrove road and then turns left and heads back down to meet “New Line” road at the junction with O Connell Transport offices (Caseys Cross). The route turns right and heads to the roundabout at Brooklodge where the runners will keep to the right of said roundabout,(The runners will then keep to the right hand side of the road until the completion of the race). and continue to Hazelwood Cross.

All proceeds are going to the local suicide awareness group 'SAFE'

Pre-entry......If you want to pre-enter this race then you can do so HERE.

(There are dry fit t-shirts for the first 200 to register)

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

The race is sponsored by Source Fitness who are based in Silversprings in Tivoli.

From the Sponsor....Source Health & Fitness is one of the largest fitness centres in Munster and possesses a vast array of facilities. We have classes & activities to suit each individual need and fitness level. Classes include; Spinning, Aqua, Zumba, Circuits, Bootcamp, Yoga, Pilates, Metafit, BLTP, Sculpt & Tone, Toning, Abs, Line Dancing.

We pride ourselves on having the experience required to deliver top class instruction on all aspects of fitness. We believe we have something for all fitness levels and pride ourselves on being a professional and friendly centre where our member’s needs are our top priority. You will always get a good workout, no matter when you train!

Notice...East Ferry 5 mile road race in East Cork - Fri 10th June 2016

In terms of race courses, this must be one of the nicest in Cork. Located just south of Midleton in East Cork, this is just a short drive from Cork City.

I've used this area for training runs in the past and it really is a lovely location. I think a lot of people drive south of Midleton on the road to Whitegate unaware of what a stunning spot East Ferry is. On a sunny summers evening, there is no better spot for a race.

The race HQ is at the local national school. It has an Athletics Ireland permit and has been measured properly by Jones Counter. After the race, there will be the usual refreshments.

This year, they will have chip timing and unfortunately due to insurance restrictions, it's over 16's only

Preview......Have a look at the preview for the course...

You'll get a good idea from the photos of what a nice location it is.

Notice...Dunmanway 10k road race in West Cork - Sun 19th June 2016

This 10k road race is coming up in Dunmanway in the heart of West Cork on Sunday, the 19th of June 2016 at 11am. This is one of the largest races in the region and has also been voted the best 10k race in Cork in the past.

The online entry fee for the race is €12 which includes chip timing. The entry fee on the day is €15. Organised by local club Doheny AC, the 10k course has been accurately measured by Jones Counter and has an AAI licence.

Considering the number of runners within the immediate catchment area and the fact that it's only a 45-50 minute drive from Cork City, the organisers hope that this year's race will be as successful as previous years.

You can pre-register by entering online HERE.

Info on the race website...

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

Friday, May 27, 2016

Results of the Ballyandreen 5 mile road race...Thurs 26th May 2016

A total of 622 runners turned out for this years Ballyandreen 5 mile road race, the first of four in the 2016 Ballycotton Summer Series. That is the second highest number ever and just 32 shy of the record.

In terms of AAI clubs taking part, these were the main ones...Midleton AC 70, Ballintotis Fit4Life 46, Eagle AC 29, Ballymore-Cobh AC 22, Mallow AC 21, Watergrasshill AC 20, Youghal AC 19, St.Finbarr's AC 18, East Cork AC 16, St.Catherines AC 14, Carrigtwohill AC 12 & St.Nicholas AC 10.

The chart above shows the total number per year plus the numbers breaking 30 mins, 35 mins and 40 mins.

1     0:24:46        HARTY, Michael    East Cork AC    M    04:57.1
2     0:26:51        MCGRATH, Sean    East Cork AC    M    05:22.1
3     0:27:09        CORBETT, Michael    St. Finbarrs AC    M40    05:25.7
22    0:29:10    COOKE, Aoife    Youghal AC    F    05:49.9
53     0:31:21    SANTRY, Fiona    East Cork AC    F    06:16.1
55     0:31:33    MACKEOWN, Rosaleen    Leevale AC    F40    06:18.5

The full results can be seen HERE

1) Jonathan Kenneally of Eagle AC has a large gallery HERE

Aoife Cooke of Youghal AC...First woman home
Michael Harty of East Cork AC takes an early lead. Photo : Jonathan Kenneally

Start of the race...

Thursday, May 26, 2016

An Irishman Abroad interview with Rob Heffernan

In this podcast, Jarlath Regan catches up with Rob Heffernan as he prepares for this 5th Olympics in Rio....

.......(Adverts from 30:00 to 34:00 if you want to skip those)