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Friday, April 25, 2014

Results of the East Cork Road Championships...Thurs 24th Apr 2014

The East Cork Road Championships were held in the village of Ballynoe to the NE of Midleton on Thursday evening, the 24th of April 2014. In the mens 5 mile race, there were 44 finishers while in the shorter womens 2 kms race, 31 took part.

This is how the numbers compare to previous years...

Imokilly Oil/East Cork Road Championship, Ballynoe

WOMEN 2000m
#    Time    Name    Team    Race Age Category    min/mile       
1    7:34    GRANT, Karen    Midleton AC    F    06:05.2
2    7:38    DORIS, Anna    Midleton AC    F40    06:08.4
3    7:47    SANTRY, Fiona    East Cork AC    F    06:15.7

TEAM (3 to score, outside first 3)
1  Midleton AC 22...//...2  Youghal AC 36...//...3  St Catherines AC  48

MEN 5-Mile
#    Time    Name    Team    Race Age Category    min/mile       
1   26:45    MCCARTHY, James    East Cork AC    M    05:20.9
2   27:22    MCGRATH, Sean    East Cork AC    M    05:28.3
3   28:10    O'BRIEN, Kevin    East Cork AC    M    05:37.9

TEAM (4 to score outside first 3)
1  Youghal AC 42...//...2  East Cork AC 42...//...3  Midleton AC 51

The full results can be seen HERE

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Results of the Ring Rowing Club 5k fun run...Fri 11th Apr 2014

Ladies - 1st Eleanor Griffin - 21.51; 2nd Tracy Fleming-22.07; 3rd Grace Sheehan - 23.58; MENS - Alex O'Shea - 16.39; Paul Deane - 17.51; Garrett Lordan - 18.28; U16s girls - 1st Ciara Mae Deasy; 2nd Orla Deasy, 3rd Lizzie Kingston; U16s boys - Ruairi Couglan, Noel Creedon and Jack Conway;

Reminder...Passage West 10k race is on Fri 25th Apr

Just a reminder that the Passage West Community 10k road race is coming up on Friday evening the 25th of April at 7:30pm.

It's easy to think these 'races' just happen but behind the scenes there are weeks and months of preparation for just one evening. The various sporting clubs in the town have come together to host this race with the aim of raising funds for the Cork City Hospitals Children's Club.

Even groups that would not normally have no involvement in road races are helping out. For example only last night, the local tidy towns group were out cleaning up parts of the route that run through the town. The only thing that is needed now are for the runners to turn up and support this worthy cause.

The race has an Athletics Ireland permit and has been properly measured by Jones Counter.

More info in this earlier post.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Entries for the Samsung 10k Night Run extended until Friday 25th Apr

The organisers of the Sansung 10k Night Run in Cork City have extended the closing date for entries until Friday April 25th at 3pm.

This is a unique event in that the course is on closed roads on a Sunday evening in the heart of Cork City. The entry also includes a dry fit top as shown in the photo below of the race launch...

Cork Lord Mayor Catherine Clancy, Irish athlete Derval O'Rourke and Cork footballer Eoin Cadogan at the launch of the 2014 Samsung 10k Night Run in Cork

More info about the course in this previous post.

In comparison to most races, the entry fee is more expensive but most 10k races don't give out a long sleeved dry-fit top or have the associated costs of having a course through the heart of Cork City at night.

For more info and to enter, go to the race website...

This race has been run in Dublin for a number of years. This is the race video from 2013 which gives a taste of what it's like...

Notice...Midleton 5 mile road race - Thurs 1st May 2014

The start of May every year is associated with one of the most popular road races on the calendar...the Midleton 5 mile. The date for the race is Thursday, the 1st of May 2014 at 8pm.

Directions and Instructions...see the map below of Midleton.
a) Entries on the night will be taken at the GAA hall (€10). Entry desks will open at 5:30pm.

The GAA hall is located opposite the local train station. If you are coming from Cork City, then take the slip road for Midleton....

 ...then first left and onto the relief road going around to the west of the town...and at the next junction, turn right...over the rail lines....and then first left at The Session Bar. The GAA grounds are up this narrow road on the right.

b) Pre-entries...On Wednesday evening (30th Apr), you can pre-enter at the local Community Centre between 6pm and 7:15pm. This will allow you to collect your race number and avoid the entry queue on Thursday evening.
c) No Headphones!!... Due to insurance reasons, anyone found wearing them will be disqualified. Out of all the local races, you can expect it to be enforced here.
d) Travel to Midleton by Train....Considering that the GAA grounds are just across the road from the train station, this might be an option for anyone in Cork City wishing to travel down.
Depart Cork...Arrive Midleton (D 17:15...A 17:38), (D 17:45...A 18:09), (D 18:15...A 18:39)
Depart Midleton...Arrive Cork (D 21:45...A 22:08), (D 22:45...A 23:08).
e) Parking...As well as parking near the GAA grounds, they also have use of Hurleys Super Valu Overflow Car Park located just behind the Mill Wheel Bar on the Mill Road. This is just a few minutes walk from the GAA Pavilion.
f) Start.....The start line for the race is about 1km from the GAA hall. The finish line is about 1.5 kms.

From the organisers.....Like last year, we will have the use of the main hall in the GAA grounds which gives a lot more space for pre and post race activities. Please follow the advice of gardai and stewards at all times who will direct people to and from the Race HQ and the start. Allow plenty of time to get the start line, which is located approx 1 mile from HQ. As well this year Midleton Fitness Centre, situated just next to the start line have kindly offered us use of toilet facilities prior to the race.

Course....A full preview of the course with photos can be seen HERE

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Photos & Results of the Cork BHAA Styker 4 mile race...Tues 22nd Apr 2014

Results can be seen HERE

1) Kiernan Minihane has a gallery HERE

Notice...Emer Casey 10 km road race, Youghal - Sun 18th May 2014

This popular 10k road race in Youghal in East Cork is coming up on Sunday, the 18th of May 2014.

Here is some more info from the organisers...
Entry €15 before 1st May 2014
Entry €20 after 1st May 2014
Entry €30 for family of 2
Free Entry on completion of a Sponsorship Card
Free T-Shirt at registration
Prizes galore - top 3 men and women, Category Prizes for O40-065 for the men and O35-O60 for the ladies
Spot prizes
Superb after race refreshments
AAI Permit and Course properly measured by Jones Counter
Abundant support on route - great race, professionally organised and lots of fun.

All proceeds go towards the Emer Casey Foundation, a charity

Here is a small extract from their website which describes what the race and the fundraising is all about...
Ovarian cancer is the leading cause of death from gynaecological malignancy in the western world. The poor survival of ovarian cancer patients can be attributed to 1) lack of standardised screening test 2) late presentation of disease 3) high rate of recurrence 4) development of chemoresistance and 5) poorly understood disease biology.  

The Emer Casey Foundation is dedicated to providing funding to the DISCOVARY consortium to secure the best independent research to detect the early signs of Uterine/Ovarian cancer. It is also currently sponsoring three Phd Fellowship students, whose focus is in the areas of chemoresistance, cancer stem cells, circulating tumour cells and the body's immune response to cancer. The scientists have already identified a panel of proteins that can be identified in the blood of ovarian cancer patients. They have developed a near patient testing device to assess a patient's response to chemotherapy and are currently working on new ways to isolate circulating tumour cells in a patient's blood.

Pictured is Emer Casey Gynaecological Oncology Nurse Specialist Vickie Cleary with Sonia O'Sullivan at the recent Great Island 10 mile road race in Cobh. Sonia is the patron of the charity and Vickie is the nurse based on CUMH and being funded by the Emer Casey Foundation.

Race HQ on the day will be at Pobalscoil Na Trionóide which is just off the Youghal By-Pass so access won't be an issue. Considering the potential catchment area, it should attract a good sized crowd...

You can enter online HERE

If you want to post your entry in then you can print out this form.

You can also enter on the day.

Please note that there is a new course for 2014. Details to follow in later posts...

Monday, April 21, 2014

Results of the Boherbue to Kiskeam 4 mile road race - Mon 21st Apr 2014

A total of 120 runners turned out for this years Jack O'Keeffe 4 mile road race from Boherbue to Kiskeam in NW Cork.

1 19:43    MCCARTHY, James    East Cork AC    M    04:55.7
2 19:58    HARTY, Michael    East Cork AC    M    04:59.4
3 20:59    O'CONNELL, John    Leevale AC    M35    05:14.7
14 23:17    MCCARTHY, Maria    Farranfore-Maine Valley AC    F35    05:49.2
17 24:04    KIELY, Martina    St. Finbarrs AC    F    06:00.9
24 24:33    FINN, Carol    Leevale AC    F    06:08.1

The full results can be seen HERE

1) A slideshow of photos are linked from the Gneeveguilla AC website.

Results of the Clonakilty 4m & 10m road race...Mon 21st Apr 2014

The inaugural Clonakilty 4 mile and 10 mile road races were held on Easter Monday, the 21st of April 2014.

4 Mile
1 Rory O Sullivan        St Finbarrs     M 21:42
2 John COLLINS        Skibbereen AC     M 22:43
3  Ian Dorgan        St Finbarrs     M  23:22
6 Margaret Murphy             F 25:07
8 Anna O Neill        Doheny     F 25:57
9 Ronnie Barry        Bandon AC     F 26:10

10 Mile
1  Kevin Wilmot        Bandon AC  MS      1:00:35
2  Don Keohane        Eagle AC     M40  1:01:46
3 Ciaran Bouse        Eagle AC      MS  1:02:12
5 Carmel Crowley        Bandon AC  F     F40  1:03:52
30 Sandra WALSH          F40      1:14:43
34 Mags Murphy          F40  1:16:02

The full results can be seen HERE

1) Kieran Minihane has a gallery of photos HERE

Laura Crowe and Paul Robinson at Boston Mile Race...

As part of the build-up to the Boston Marathon, the Boston Athletic Association held an invitational mile for elite athletes last Saturday. In the womens race, Laura Crowe of An Ríocht AC finished in 5th place in a time of 4:46.1

1. Morgan Uceny (USA) 4:44.0
2. Heather Kampf (USA) 4:44.3
3. Brie Felnagle (USA) 4:44.8
4. Sara Hall (USA) 4:45.9
5. Laura Crowe (IRL) 4:46.1
6. Chelsea Reilly (USA) 4:46.6
7. Violah Lagat (KEN) 4:48.0

In the mens event, Paul Robinson of St.Coca's AC finished an impressive second place only to be out-kicked by the 2008 Olympic 1500m Silver medalist Nick Willis from New Zealand in what was a tactical race.

1. Nick Willis (NZL) 4:11.3
2. Paul Robinson (IRL) 4:12.0
3. Leo Manzano (USA) 4:13.3
4. Chris O’Hare (GBR) 4:13.6
5. De’Sean Turner (USA) 4:14.5
6. Rob Finnerty (USA) 4:15.2
7. Criag Miller (USA) 4:22.2

Irishman Neil Cusack won the Boston Marathon 40 years ago this weekend...

On this weekend 40 years ago in 1974, Neil Cusack from Limerick won the Boston Marathon, the  oldest and one of the most famous city marathons in the world in a time of 2:13:39.

With the 2014 Boston Marathon taking place on Monday the 21st of April, a number of publications have been looking back at that win 40 years ago.

In the Irish Examiner, Kieran Shannon has a very good interview with Neil Cusack and it can be seen HERE

In the Johnson City Press in Tennessee, Tony Casey has an article HERE

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Results of the Sheeps Head 10k race...Sat 19th Apr 2014

1 O'SHEA    ALEX     33:36     5:23/M
2 HARRINGTON    MICHAEL     36:10     5:47/M
3 COUGHLAN    DENIS     36:57     5:55/M
14 CLARKE    IMELDA     42:31     6:48/M
18 HARRINGTON    DEIRDRE     43:21     6:56/M
19 BARRY    LIZ     43:33     6:58/M

The full results can be seen HERE

Results of the Old Head of Kinsale 7km fun run...Sun 13th Apr 2014

This fun run & walk over approx 7 kms was held on the Old Head of Kinsale last Sunday. Results HERE

Friday, April 18, 2014

Runners life saved at Half Million Half Marathon in the Phoenix Park

The Half Million Half Marathon For Laura Lynn was held today in the Phoenix Park in Dublin and attracted a field of over 1400 runners. One of the runners...a 39 year old man with 3 children...however collapsed after suffering a cardiac arrest after finishing the race. Two Dublin Fire Brigade paramedics (one retired...Gerry Hilliard, one off-duty) who were also taking part in the race came to the man’s aid, and administered CPR. Members of the St. John’s Ambulance arrived and also provided assistance. The man’s pulse returned after he was treated with a defibrillator, and he was then taken to hospital.

A witness said..."Seen the man collapse after just finishing before him and the runner who tended to him definitely saved his life, the poor guy was going grey and Gerry (?) started CPR immediately and got him back, scarily close to a tragedy but well done to all who helped save him! "

He is currently being treated at St James’s Hospital, and is said to be making a good recovery this evening.

Video interview with Irish Ultra-Marathon runner Eoin Keith

Eoin Keith from Dublin is one of the leading Irish Ultra-Marathon runners. In this 11 minute clip, he talks about a year in which he became only the 4th person in history to run 300 miles in 3 days; and setting a new Irish 24-hr track record of 152 miles(245kms).