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Sunday, February 01, 2015

Irish team finish 2nd in relay race at US Armory in New York

A very strong Irish team finished an impressive second last night in the Men's Distance Medley Relay  race at the Armory Track in New York. The Irish team for the 4 legs in order were.....1200m Declan Murray.....400m Brian Gregan......800m Mark English....1600m Ciarán Ó Lionáird.

Some excellent performances with a second place finish which was inside the old world record.

The race video is excellent. You can see it HERE

Armory Track Invitaitonal 2015
Place    Team    Time                       
1 United States of America
M Centrowitz (2:49.47), M Berry (46.40), E Sowinski (1:47.60), P Casey (3:56.48)    9:19.93

2    Ireland
D Murray (2:53.17), B Gregan (47.40), M English (1:46.59), C O'Lionaird (3:58.23)    9:25.37

3    NJ-NY TC
M Rutt (2:52.62), S Lumax (47.75), B Scheetz (1:48.61), K Merber (3:58.20)    9:27.16
4    Kenya
J Mutai (2:54.33), C Nkanata (48.87), A Kipketer (1:51.69), L Lalang (3:52.33)    9:27.21
5    Columbia
B Fish (2:53.43), C Hammond (48.92), C Claflin (1:50.29), S Haik (4:02.39)    9:35.02
6    Duke
N McClafferty (2:52.05), C Hawkins (48.88), J Burton (1:51.91), B Schoepfer (4:03.63)    9:36.47
7    Mississippi
C Engels (2:55.60), D Morgan (47.72), H Sherrer (1:51.66), R Domanic (4:05.54)    9:40.51
8    Princeton
L Brahm (2:54.99), R Mennin (48.93), N Kauppila (1:53.00), B Paternostro (4:04.67)    9:41.58

Post race interview when Cathal Dennehy of the Jumping the Gun crew caught up with the Irish team...


Saturday, January 31, 2015

Results of the Doneraile Park 5k...Sat 31st Jan 2015

There was a big turn out for this 5k run in Doneraile Park with 16 getting in under 20 minutes.

1 16:55 VALATKA, Edd KILFINANE AC MJ 05:27
2 16:57 KELLEHER, Tony TOGHER AC M45 05:28
3 17:16 COAKLEY, Donal TOGHER AC MS 05:34
22 20:58 BLUETT, Ursula NORTH CORK AC FJ 06:46
43 22:55 TAYLOR, Caoimhe NORTH CORK AC FJ 07:24
49 23:12 GOGGIN, Maura LISCARROLL AC FS 07:29

These are the provisional results HERE

Looking ahead to the Dungarvan 10 mile road race...Sun 1st Feb 2015

The big race in Munster this weekend of course is the Dungarvan 10 mile road race. This sold out months ago and the entry list can be seen HERE

First off, the weather forecast looks pretty good.

There is a ridge of high pressure moving across the country so the winds that are here on Saturday will drop. It's likely to be sunny and dry. The wind should be a breeze from the north-west so it's going to feel very cold. Wind into your face when you're heading west in the early stages and near the finish. Maybe about 4-5 deg C and feeling cooler at the start line with a bit of wind chill.

It's probably the type of conditions where you could wear a singlet on its own but you'll be frozen at the start line. You'd get away with a dry fit top. Don't even think about wearing a jacket as you'll bake at the end of the race.

As for the course, it is largely the same as before except for the part near the town. The preview of the old route is here...

The organisers have put up a copy of the new route but it's not very clear. Here is the route near the town....

1) Because of road works, the start has moved closer about 400m to the east. This cuts out a small hill but that's a small issue coming so early in the race.

2) There is a sharp left bend at 400m. Runners on a road behave like a fluid in a pipe....any bends and it slows. Watch for congestion here.

3) See the red arrows. You head out the Cork road like before. Turn right and pass the 2 mile mark. This time, instead of running straight, you turn right and past the finish line. Then you head west and you're back on the usual route.

4) See blue arrows. In previous years, you stayed inside the hard shoulder of the main road all the way to the roundabout. This year, you turn off left instead as you approach the town. A slight diversion to make up the 10 miles.

Overall......Should be good conditions for a 10 mile race.The changes to the course shouldn't make much difference. Expect a fast time.

Friday, January 30, 2015

Notice...Mealagh Valley 10 mile road race - Sun 22nd Feb 2015

This 10 mile road race is coming up in the Mealagh Valley near Bantry in West Cork on Sunday the 22nd of February 2015. Organised by Bantry AC, it has been measured accurately by Jones Counter and has an Athletics Ireland licence.

It's probably best described as a small but well organised 10 mile race in a small secluded valley near Bantry in West Cork. It's not one for setting personal best times but it's in a nice quiet location.

Funds raised from the race go towards The Mealagh Valley Community and the Build4Life Cystic Fibrosis charity.

You can pre-enter HERE for €15 or on the day for €20.

Preview...You can see a preview of the route with maps, directions, photos, etc HERE

5 k Fun Run......For those who may find the thought of a hilly 10 mile race too tough then there is also a 5 km fun run on offer for runners, joggers and walkers.

The race now has a new website. All the info is there including maps, directions, past results, etc. Visit

Killarney 5k series starts Sat 31st Jan 2015

For anyone in Kerry or interested in traveling, there is a 5k series starting in Killarney on Saturday the 31st of January. Organised by Gneeveguilla AC, they are using a brand new course which is even flatter than before so it should result in faster times. Set in Killarney National Park, it is of course a stunning location for a race.

More info on the Gneeveguilla AC website.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Mallow 10 entries close 29th Jan & the Mallow Buff...

As of noon on Thursday the 29th of January, there were only about 5 entries left out of 1500 for the Mallow 10 mile road race. Those last few are likely to go today and if not, entries will be closed off at the end of the day anyway.

As shown in this earlier post, the number of entries have been coming in at a steady 30 a day for the last month. The date that it closed is almost identical to last year except that this year, there were an extra 300 places on offer so the level of interest was up again this year.

For those that have entered, the organisers will be putting up an entry list next week so that any errors can be picked up on and corrected.

All finishers this year will receive a buff...

The last time they gave out a buff was at the Mallow 10 in 2013. You can see the various uses it can be put to below but one of the most useful is to use it as a neck scarf on a really cold day when you're out for a long run.

Red FM interview with Ciarán Ó Lionáird

Ciarán Ó Lionáird from Cork is one of the countries top middle distance runners. In 2013, he won a bronze in the 3000m at the European Indoor Championships in Sweden.

Last weekend, the Cork radio station Red FM caught up with Ciarán for a chat about his training and his immediate plans.

The interview starts at 30:00 and lasts until 44:00

You can hear it HERE

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Highlights of the Athletics Ireland Junior & U23 Indoor Championships...Sun 25th Jan 2015

The Athletics Ireland National Junior & U23 Indoor Championships were held in Athlone last Sunday the 25th of January.

Full results

The video coverage with a guide to times can be seen below.....

00:10...Junior Women 60m final
00:14...Open 60m for women. Phil Healy of Bandon AC was disqualified for a false start in an earlier 60m race. In this open race, she clocked 7.41 seconds...her 3rd fastest time over 60m and just five one-hundredths off her PB of 7.36.
00:18...Junior Men 60m final
00:27...U23 men 60m final
00:48...Junior & U23 women's 3000m race walk. An impressive 14 started in this race, a big change from a few years back when the fields were tiny.
01:12...Junior & U23 men's 3000m race walk. Luke Hickey of Leevale AC in Cork was a comfortable winner here.
01:31...Junior men 1500m
01:42...Open men 1500m
01:48...Open women 1500m. Maria McCambridge taking to the track for a change.
01:58...Junior women 200m heats
02:17...U23 women 200m final. 20 year old Phil Healy of Bandon AC dominated this one winning in a new PB time of  24:21 which moves her up to 8th on the Irish all time list.
02:20...Junior men 200m heats
02:26...Interview with Phil Healy

02:52...U23 men 200m heats
03:05...Junior women 800m final. In a tactical race, Louise Shanahan of Leevale AC in Cork won Gold with an impressive kick from about 80m out.
03:11...U23 women 800m final. Katie Kirk who looks likely to declare for Ireland was the winner here.
03:24...Junior men 800m heats
03:39...U23 men 800m final
03:46...Junior women 60m hurdles final
03:57...U23 women 60m hurdles final. Sarah Lavin was the clear winner in a time of 8:65s.
04:03...Junior men 60m hurdles final. Sam Healy of Leevale AC stole the show with a new junior national record of 7.89s.

04:10...U23 men Hurdles.
04:18...Junior women 200m final
04:25...Junior men 200m final
04:28...U23 men 200m
04:32...Junior men 800m
04:37...Junior women 400m
04:43...Junior men 400m final
04:47...U23 men 400m

Notice...MMRA Clonakilty Trail Race - Sun 8th Feb 2015

As well as there been plenty of road races locally, the Munster Mountain Running Association have their own series of trail races on various hills and mountains in the province.

Here is some information from them about their second race of 2015....Race number 2 of 6 in the Munster Sunday League.

From the MMRA....Clonakilty Trail race...The next MMRA race will be held on Sunday 8th February 2015 at 1pm in Castlefreke Woods outside Clonakilty. This trail race takes place on relatively gentle terrain and is a great introduction to trail running for any newcomers.

Course Description: The race starts at the forest barrier in the car park and follows the forest trail up towards an old ‘Wart Well’. The trail then descends through the woods and follows a route to an old lodge. From here we take the Lake Walk through the woods which brings us to the Sand Dunes and on to beautiful Long Strand. From here runners can choose their own path through a 1km beach run and exit Long Strand and climb up to the High Cross. From here it is a gentle decent to the forest barrier and Finish Line.  The distance is approximately 6km and the grade is relatively easy.

Please be aware that ALL participants MUST purchase IMRA membership for 2015 and cost is €10 per person for the 2015 calendar year. Please note this is a separate one-off yearly payment, in addition to race cost. Please download the membership form, print and bring filled out form to race. You will be then assigned your 2015 IMRA number on the day. This number is to be kept and used in all subsequent 2015 races. Cost of the race is €5. There will be tea and sandwiches at the finish line.

An important rule change that has been introduced for your own safety and for the safety of others is that, as of the start of January 2015, it is MANDATORY to carry a rain jacket for ALL IMRA races. PLEASE note that under our new national rules, you cannot be allowed to race officially without this ... no exceptions. Marshals will check that the rain jacket is carried for the duration of the race. 

Note that all those taking part must be registered with the MMRA. This costs €10 for the year. More info HERE

Full directions with maps can be seen HERE

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Notice...FACE 5k road race, Kilworth - Sun 15th Feb 2015

Fermoy Action Children's Education (FACE) is a charity whose aim is to help children with learning difficulties. After organising a 5k fun run/walk last year, they are holding a proper 5k road race this year in Kilworth near Fermoy. The course has been accurately measured by Jones Counter and the race has an Athletics Ireland permit.

The race also has its own website where you can find out more about the charity as well as maps, prizes and directions.....

You can also find a more detailed preview of the course HERE

Lizzie Lee of Leevale AC wins Raheny 5 mile in 26:34

The Raheny 5 mile race in Dublin was held last Sunday the 25th of January and had a huge field of over 2500 runners.

One exceptional performance on the day was that of Lizzie Lee from Cork who won the women's race in a time of 26:34. This works out to be an impressive 5:19 min/mile pace and was I believe about a minute ahead of her previous best.

If you look at the results of various 5 mile road races, you tend to see a pattern with the times of the top women.
29:xx would be considered a handy time. Fast enough to win a lot of the smaller races.
28:xx is pretty good. Fast enough to win nearly all but the largest races.
27:xx is getting exceptional. Likely to win nearly all races and at a level where wearing an Irish singlet at some level like cross country might be possible.
26:xx is exceptional. There just aren't that many women in the country running 26:xx times for 5 miles.

Just to put Lizzie's time in perspective, here is some info that John Walshe of Ballycotton sent on to me about the records in the Ballycotton Summer Series courses. While they're not as fast as Raheny, it really shows just how fast 26:34 is...

Ballyandreen '5' - 27:51, Christine McNamara 1997 (USA - best marathon of 2:33)

Shanagarry '5' - 27:33, Sonia O'Sullivan 2001

Churchtown South '5' - 27:45, Louise Cavanagh 2000

Ballycotton '5' - 27:33, Lizzie Lee 2013

It's probably fair to say that since Lizzie has returned to competitive racing after having a baby in 2014, she has definitely moved up a gear.

1    MARTIN    FAGAN    0:23:36
2    MICK    CLOHISEY    0:23:44
3    CONOR    DOONEY    0:24:11
4    SCOTT    RANKIN    0:24:16
5    SEAN    HEHIR    0:24:30
27    LIZZIE    LEE    0:26:34
44    ANN-MARIE    MCGLYNN    0:27:12
48    ORLA    DRUMM    0:27:23
52    CATHERINA    MCKIERNAN    0:27:41
57    MICHELLE    FINN    0:27:57

Full results HERE

1) Eoin Fegan has over a 1000 photos HERE

Photo credit : Gearóid Ó Laoi

Monday, January 26, 2015

Kick of the Week...10 Year Old Nathan Sheehy

If you're going to kick at the end of a race then you may as well do it in style. This video clip has been doing the rounds on the net and it shows 10 year Nathan Sheehy winning an U12 600m in Athlone at the start of January.

Munster Senior, Masters & Novice race now on 29th March

Just a quick note for club athletes out there. In previous years, the Munster Senior and Masters road championships were held on different days.

It has just been decided that they will be held on one day this year instead. This means that the Munster Senior, Masters & Novice Road Championships will be held in Kilmallock, Co.Limerick on Sunday the 29th of March over a distance of 4 miles.

The Senior & Novice which was originally supposed to have been held on the 15th will now be on the 29th of March instead.

Club members should ask their respective club secretary about entering. Keep an eye on the Munster Athletics website for more info.

A quick look at Mallow 10 entries

As of Sunday night (25th Jan), there were about 100 entries left for the Mallow 10 mile road race. The limit this year is 1500 entries, up from the 1200 of 2014.

This got me thinking about what the natural limit of an race like the Mallow 10. How many would it get if it was left open until the 6th of March and there was no limit on numbers?

Time for a graph! This definitely comes under the category of useless info but what harm :o)

I plotted the number of entries against various dates. One obvious point is that the graph suffers somewhat from a lack of data but it does show the general trend. Over the last month, the entries have been coming in at about 30 a day...i.e. 900 entries in 30 days.

Going on that basis, the last 100 should be gone by next Wednesday or Thursday unless there is a last minute surge.

As for the natural limit? I would suspect that if it were to stay open, it would probably slow to 20 a day and then to 10 a day over time. Say an average 15 a day by about 30 days is 450. That's gives an natural limit of about 1900-2000 entries. That's only speculation of course as we'll never find out.

If you're interested in entering then do it now. More info in this race notice.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Results of the Cloyne 4k...Sun 25th Jan 2015

1 13:07    MCGRATH, Sean    East Cork AC    M    05:16.5
2 13:46    MALONE, John    Youghal AC    M40    05:32.2
3 13:53    SHEEHAN, Nigel    unatt/Mogeely    M    05:35.0
34 16:04    GILROY, Helen    Midleton AC    F45    06:27.7
38 16:28    LEAHY, Eileen    Midleton AC    F    06:37.4
39 16:29    O'NEILL, Eadaoin    East Cork AC    F    06:37.8

The full results can be seen HERE    (Updated 5pm)

1) Kieran Minihane has a gallery HERE