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Thursday, January 18, 2018

Poll for best 5k race in Cork in 2017 now open

The poll for best 5km race in Cork in 2017 is now open.

These were the nominations....

Togher 5k (Dec 2017)
Newmarket 5k (Dec 2017)
Kilcredan 5km (May 2017)
John Buckley Sports 5k (May 2017)
Cloyne 5k (Aug 2017)
Carrigtwohill 5k (Barrycourt Castle) (July 2017)
Daniel Kingston 5k in Macroom (June 2017)
Carrig na bhFear 5k (Aug 2017)
Emer Casey 5k in Youghal (Apr 2017)
Youghal AC 5k (July 2017)
Bweeng 5k (May 2017)
Conna 5k (Aug 2017)
Shandrum AC 5k (Dec 2017)

You can vote here....

The polls will close at the end of January.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Poll for best 4 mile race in Cork in 2017 now open

The poll for best 4 mile race in Cork in 2017 is now open.

These were the nominations....

4 mile
Ballintotis 4 mile (Apr 2017)
Carriganima 4 mile (Sept 2017)
Killeagh 4 mile (Mar 2017)
Clonakilty 4 mile (Aug 2017)
Rathcormac 4 mile (Aug 2017)
Cty Masters 4 mile in Castlelyons (Mar 2017)

You can vote here....

The polls will close at the end of January.

Monday, January 15, 2018

Results & Photos of the MMRA Corrin Hill Trail Race...Sun 14th Jan 2018

Not so long ago, the MMRA trail races used to attract somewhere in the region of 30 to 50 runners per event. 30 seemed to be the norm and it was 50 on a good day.

Contrast that to the numbers on Corrin Hill near Fermoy last Sunday the 14th of January when a whopping 198 runners took part! Even the numbers last year were a record with 141 taking part. This year was up 40% on that.

The attraction of trail races is that it offers something different. It's not like you're putting your name down to run up and down a mountain and it's not that far removed from doing say the usual type of road race.

There are 9 more events left in the MMRA Winter-Spring Series. Info HERE

1    Mark Nolan    821    M    0:27:24    Kerry
2    Andrew Fleet    405    M    0:27:50    West Waterford AC    Waterford
3    Sean Quirke    776    M40    0:27:58    Bilboa A/C    Limerick
22    Emma Donlon    634    F    0:32:04    MSB   
56    Marie O'Shea    600    F40    0:36:15    MooreAbbey Milers AC    Tipperary
59    Kealey Tideswell    815    F    0:36:33    Clonmel AC    Tipperary

Full results

Check out the start below. It takes quite a while for all the runners to stream past.

1) The MMRA have a number of galleries... 1 ... 2 ... 3 ... 4 ... 5 ... 6 ... 7 ... 8 ...

Brian Buckley has a video below...

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Results of the Cork BHAA FMC 6k...Sun 14th Jan 2018

After a decline for two years, the numbers were back up again this year for the Cork BHAA FMC 6k race in Little Island.

Pos Name Cat Prize Time Company Team
1 Alan O'Brien M1 00:19:06 McCarthy Insurance Group
2 Jeremy O Donovan 0/40A M2 00:19:18 Eli Lilly
3 John Meade M3 00:19:29 Joyce Wolfe Physiotherapy
12 Claire McCarthy 0/40I F1 00:20:45 McCarthy Insurance Group
58 Breda Gaffney 0/45J F2 00:22:27 Dept 0f Social Protection
61 Ellen Hanley 0/40I F3 00:23:34 Avondhu

Full results

1) Joe Murphy has a gallery HERE

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Ballincollig 5k parkrun cancelled due to flooding

Unfortunately, all of the rain got the better of this weeks 5k parkrun in Ballincollig Regional Park.  The heavy rain last Wednesday waterlogged the ground and the 14 hours of rain on Friday then had no place to go.

Here is a message from the organisers..."Results are not available for the Ballincollig parkrun as we had to cancel the event due to severe flooding on one section of the course. We would like to thank everyone for their understanding with our decision to cancel due to health and safety reasons. We would especially like to thank the many volunteers who were present from 8.30-10 am as they prepared for the event and then remained on as many people ran alternative routes. It is our understanding that the Operation Transformation walk scheduled to take place at the CIT was also cancelled due to flooding. We hope to see everyone out in force next week.

Kind regards...Maretta Brennan (Event Director)"

Friday, January 12, 2018

Notice...MMRA Corrin Hill Trail Run - Sun 14th January 2018

This is the first race of the 2018 Munster Winter/Spring League, of which there are 10 races across Munster on Sunday mornings between January and April. Complete 4/10 runs in the league for a finisher's prize.

From the Munster Mountain Running Association...This is a lovely course through Corrin Woods just outside Fermoy and is an ideal introduction to trail running for newcomers so why not come and give it a go.

You can bring the whole family to Corrin because there will be an adult race, a junior race (age 10 - 16) and an accompanied kiddies run (under 10) and there will be tea and sandwiches for everyone afterwards.

Adults:        Starts at 11:00         ENTRY €5
Juniors:     Starts at 10:30         ENTRY €5
Kiddies:     Starts at 10:30         ENTRY FREE

The run will be fully marked with a 5.7km distance and 150m in climb for the adult race. 

The Juniors race is approx 2km with 60m of climb.

The kiddies race is 1km and the child must be accompanied by an adult

In order to be eligible to run, please note that your ONE-OFF ANNUAL REGISTRATION FEE(€10) MUST BE PAID ONLINE IN ADVANCE. This applies to adults and juniors. U10s do not need to be registered.

You can sign-in for the run between 10:00am and 10:45am to ensure the adult race starts on time. Juniors should sign in before 10:20.

For more information, go to 

The entrance to the woods is just off the M8, about 5 minutes on the Cork side of Fermoy.  See Google Maps Link or location map below:

This is the first race of the 2018 Munster Winter/Spring League, of which there are 10 races across Munster on Sunday mornings between January and April.

For a full list of races, check out Complete 4/10 runs in the league for a finisher's prize.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

MMRA Winter / Spring League in Munster - Jan to Apr 2018

The Munster Mountain Running Association (MMRA) will be hold a series of 10 trail races from January to April 2018 throughout the province. For anyone new to trail running, this is a good way to start as it's not as hard as the mountain races which are held later on in the year.

As the poster above shows, there are 10 races in the league and you only need to complete 4 to qualify for a league finisher's prize.

The first run is in Corrin Hill, Fermoy on Sun 14 January and there will be 9 others across the province between January and April 2018.

Please note, you must purchase annual IMRA membership online for €10 to take part in any of the MMRA events. Once this annual €10 fee is paid, all of the races in the series cost just €5 each.

You will not be able to run if you turn up at your first race without having purchased online registration.

Munster Winter/Spring League 2018

10 races...Best 4 races to score
Date    Time    Venue/Event            Code    Climb    Dist.    Diff.
Sun Jan 14    11:00 AM    Corrin Hill    CHW    260m    6.60km    6
Sun Jan 28    11:00 AM    Cratloe Woods    CTO    160m    9.30km    4
Sun Feb 11    11:00 AM    Tralee-Tonevane    TRA    200m    8.00km    5
Sun Feb 18    11:00 AM    Crohaun        CRN    300m    6.00km    6
Sun Mar 11    11:00 AM    Ballinaboola    BAL    300m    10.00km    6
Sun Mar 18    11:00 AM    Claragh Mtn    CMN    340m    7.00km    6
Sun Mar 25    11:00 AM    Glanageenty    GR    400m    9.50km    6
Sun Apr 8    11:00 AM    Slievenamon    SVN    570m    8.00km    7
Sun Apr 15    11:00 AM    Curragh Woods    CRW    220m    7.00km    6
Sun Apr 22    11:00 AM    Silvermines    SIL    230m    7.40km    6

Guest Post : BLAST FROM THE PAST – BALLYCOTTON ‘10’ 1985... by John Walshe

BLAST FROM THE PAST – BALLYCOTTON ‘10’ John Walshe of Ballcotton

This picture - courtesy of Pat Moore, formerly of Nike – was taken by Fr Liam Kelleher and shows the top eight finishers from the Ballycotton ‘10’ of 1985.

The winner was Jim Dingwall from the City of Hull AC in a time of 48:05. Tragically, 20 years after his victory, the Scottish international (who had a marathon best of 2:11:44) died at the age of 56 after a long battle with cancer.

All eight were inside 50 minutes and finished in the following order (left to right): Jim Dingwall, 1st, 48:05; Dick Hooper, 2nd, 48:16; Robert Costelloe, 3rd, 48:36; John Lenihan, 4th, 49:07; Liam O’Brien, 5th, 49:23; Noel Harvey, 6th, 49:56; Peter Maher, 7th, 49:57; Tony Ryan, 8th, 49:58.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

End of the road for the FACE 5k in KIlworth

One of the more popular 5k races in Cork for the last few years has been the FACE 5k in Kilworth. It was held in mid-February every year and the numbers for the last few years were 299 in 2015, 333 in 2016 and 321 in 2017.

Unfortunately the charity behind the race, F.A.C.E. (Fermoy Action Children's Education) is no longer in operation as of the 31st December 2017.

FACE was set up by Tom Flynn eight years and the race was organised first back in 2014. While it's easy to take race numbers for granted, Tom and the team from FACE put in a huge amount of work to prepare for the annual race. Looking at the list of sponsors every year, it's obvious to see how much work went into the race and why the race was so successful.

If you want to see any of the previous results, have a look at the FACE 5k website...

Statement from FACE below...

Tuesday, January 09, 2018

65 Year Old Woman from Wicklow Begins Run Around Ireland

For more info, see below...


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Adare 10k passes the 600 mark

This might be of interest to runners in North Cork, Limerick or N Kerry. The entries for the Adare 10k have now passed the 600 mark

Last year the 850 was reached just before race day at the end of February. At the moment, it looks are if that limit may be reached earlier this year.

More info on the race HERE

45-64 year olds can reverse heart risk with exercise regime

A recent study published in the journal Circulation has shown that that sedentary people aged from 45 to 64 can reduce the risk of heart failure with a regime of exercise. To achieve this, the researcher recommend doing aerobic exercises four to five times a week for a two year period.

In the study, it was found that a group doing aerobic exercises showed "an 18% improvement in their maximum oxygen intake during exercise and a more than 25% improvement in "plasticity" in the left ventricular muscle of the heart - both markers of a healthier heart."

The participants in the study followed a regime which is pretty similar to what many runners do already.

30-minute sessions with a warm-up and cool-down.
a) One high-intensity aerobic session with intervals at 95% of max heart rate.
b) Two or three days a week of moderate intensity exercise
c) Strength & Conditioning session
d) At least one long session of aerobic exercise a week

The full story can be seen on the BBC News website

Sunday, January 07, 2018

Results of the Cork BHAA ESB Cross Country 5k...Sun 7th Jan 2018

The 2018 Cork BHAA season of races got off to a good start with 199 runners turning out for the ESB Cross Country 5k in Beaumont Park in Cork City.

While the numbers might seem low compared to a usual road race, it's good going to get nearly 200 people to run on an off road course at the start of January. It's possibly a sign that more runners are now willing to try trail and off road races that they might have in the past.

It might be worth reminding people that the MMRA will be starting their own series of trail races very soon. More details in a few days.

1 Michael Harrington 0/45B M1 00:18:03 Harrington Upvc Ltd
2 Tim Twomey 00:18:18 Temp Reg
3 Sean Dowling 00:18:21 Temp Reg
25 Breda Gaffney 0/45J F1 00:21:17 Dept 0f Social Welfare
29 Ide Donovan 0/45J F2 00:21:58 HSE F-A-1
34 Colette O'Donoghue 0/35H F3 00:22:09 Goldstar Telecom

Full results

1) Paula Mulcahy has a gallery HERE
2) Joe Murphy has a gallery HERE

Saturday, January 06, 2018

Ciara Mageean wins 5k race in Manchester

Irish international athlete Ciara Mageean was in action on Saturday in Manchester when she won a local 5k race outright in a time of 16m 31s. There was a total of 84 runners in the race.

Ciara is now training with the New Balance team in England have made a change from Dublin a few months back.

Sunflowers 5k, 6 Janury 2018; Race 99
Position Name Time  Club Gender Gender position
1 Ciara Mageean 16:31 New Balance Manchester F1
2 Tim Hartley 16:42 Wigan Harriers M1
3 Ashley Crawford 17:52 M2
4 Louise Rudd 18:28 Stockport Harriers F2
5 Rob Fletcher 19:02 Mersey Tri M3
6 Alaina Beacall 19:04 F3

Full results

Results of the Ballincollig 5k parkrun...Sat 6th Jan 2018

The 5k parkrun in Ballincollig got off to a flying start for 2018 with 363 runners turning out on Sat 6th Jan. While there was a parkrun there on New Year's Day, this was the first proper one of the year.

The numbers coincidentally are almost the exact same as last year when 361 turned out for the first event of 2017.
1 Damian KENNEALLY    18:16    VM35-39    M1    Eagle A.C.
2 Unknown                                   
3 Colm FITZGERALD    18:34    SM20-24    M3
54 Diane DUFFY    22:29    VW35-39    F1
58 Marie O'SHEA    22:45    VW40-44    F2
69 Louise Lynch O'KEEFFE    23:28    VW50-54    F3

Full results

1) The organisers have a gallery HERE
2) Joe Murphy has a gallery HERE