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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Orla Barry from Ladysbridge wins silver at the Euro Paralympic Games

At the Paralympic European Championships in Swansea today, Orla Barry of Ireland won a silver medal in the discus.

Orla who is from Ladysbridge in East Cork and is a member of Leevale AC threw 28.13 metres in her second attempt to secure second place.

In 2012, Orla won a bronze at the Paralympic Games in London. In 2013, she set a new world record of 31.08m for her class at the World Championships in France and was later awarded the Cork City Sports Athlete of the Month award for June 2013.

There is a short video about Orla in this earlier post.

This new Silver medal adds to the impressive haul for the East Cork athlete.

Bio on IPC website.

Dry-Fit top for the Dingle Marathon...Sat 6th Sept 2014

The Dingle Marathon is coming up on Saturday the 6th of September and there are a choice of 3 courses...half (13.1 miles), full (26.2 miles) and ultra (50 miles).

This is the dry fit top that will be given out at the finish line...

The full and ultra will have different colours....see below. The main advantage of this particular top compared to others is the fact that it's long sleeved. The majority of dry fit tops given out at races are short sleeved which tend to be fine if worn in mild weather. In the middle of winter when it's a few degrees above zero, the long sleeve top comes into it's own. If you're out for a long run in cold weather, your arms generally aren't doing much work and your hands can get very cold. I know myself that during the Winter and Spring, all my long sleeve tops are in constant use whereas I have an assortment of short sleeve ones buried away in a drawer that I have never worn.

As a location, the whole Dingle peninsula is a stunning area especially for anyone who wants to make a weekend away out of it. One of the best websites to find out about local attractions and where to stay is

You can find out more about entries on the race website...

There is also more info including a preview of the course in this earlier post.

Results & photos of the Cork BHAA LeisureWorld 5 mile race in Ballincollig...Wed 20th Aug 2014

A total of 342 runners turned out for this years Cork BHAA LeisureWorld 5 mile road race in Ballincollig on Wednesday evening, the 20th of Aug 2014.

1 Chris Harrington M1  25:31 Chris Harrington Construction
2 John Meade M2  25:49 Joyce Wolfe Physio
3 Darren Molloy M3  26:20 Navy M-A-1
22 Martina Kiely F1  29:10 Dept of Ed
70 Tricia Bevan F2  32:50 HSE F-A-1
72 Denise Twohig 0/40I F3  32:53 HSE F-A-1

The full results can be seen HERE

1) Doug Minihane has a galley of 349 photos HERE
2) Kieran Minihane has a gallery of192 photos HERE

LeisureWorld website...

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Notice...Glounthaune Community 4 mile race - Wed 3rd Sept 2014

This brand new 4 mile road race is coming up in Glounthaune just to the east of Cork City on Wednesday 3rd of September.

As you can see from the race flyer above, it has an Athletics Ireland permit, has been accurately measured by Jones Counter and has chip timing.

Course Preview......Full directions with maps, photos, description can be seen HERE

Reminder...Cork BHAA LeisureWorld 5m race - Wed 20th Aug

Just a quick reminder that the Cork BHAA LeisureWorld 5 mile race is coming up this evening in Ballincollig at 7:30pm. This proved to be a popular race last year and with dry weather forecast, it should get a good crowd again this year.

More info  including maps, course preview etc available in this earlier post.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Results of the Rebel Run4Fun 5k race, Ballincollig - Sun 17th Aug 2014

The second 5k race in the Rebel Run4Fun series was in Ballincollig on Sunday the 17th of August and attracted a field of 147 runners. 

1 18:58 M 1st damien Mc Auiliffe
2 19:05 M 2nd Brian Harty
3 20:45 M 3rd John Twomey
7 20:20 F 1st Mary Sweeney
9 20:35 F 2nd Sandra Manning
10 20:53 F 3rd Caroline Kilty

The full results can be seen HERE

The third and final race in the series organised by the Cork Sports Partnership is on Sat 20th Sept.

Schedule for Irish athletes at the Youth Olympic Games in China - 20th-24th Aug 2014

A team of five Irish athletes are traveling to Nanjing in China for the Youth Olympic Games with the athletics programme starting on Wednesday the 20th of August.

L-R...Michaela Walsh, Roseanna McGuckian, Eoin Sheridan, Adam King & Louise Shanahan
This is the schedule for the 5 Irish athletes...
Louise Shanahan of Leevale AC - 800m
Wed 20th...Heat 1 @14:15 Irish time...Louise finishes 2nd in the 1st heat in a seasons best time of 2:09.58. As one of the fastest finishers, she goes through to the final.

Sat 23rd...Final A @14:45 Irish time.

Adam King of Iveragh AC - Hammer
Thurs 21st...Qualifying Round @13:15 Irish Time
Sun 24th...Final B @03:10 Irish time OR Final A @13:20 Irish time

Eoin Sheridan of North Westmeath AC - Discus...Eoin finished 12th in the qualifying round with a throw of 53.63m. His personal and seasons best was 58.44m. Eoin goes through to the B final.

Wed 20th...Qualifying Round @13:20 Irish time
Sat 23rd...Final B @ 03:15 Irish time

Michaela Walsh of Swinford AC - Shot Put
Thurs 21st...Qualifying Round @31:20 Irish time
Sun 24th...Final B @03:15 Irish time OR Final A @13:25 Irish time

Roseanna McGuckian of City of Lisburn AC - 200m
Fri 22nd...Heats @13:42 Irish time
Sun 24th...Final C @ 03:35 OR Final B @ 03:42 OR Final A @03:49

More information can be found at

Live coverage below...

Results of the MMRA Killeagh Woods Trail Race...Wed 13th Aug 2014

This trail race was held in Glenbower Woods near Killeagh on Wed 13th Aug 2014. That was the final race in the MMRA Summer Trail Series.

1 0:23:02 2325 Johnny O'Sullivan M40
2 0:24:00 2729 Kieran Lees M
3 0:24:18 2669 Nigel Sheehan M
15 0:28:40 2331 Eadaoin O'Neill F
17 0:29:57 2944 Maire O'Sullivan F40
20 0:31:29 2324 Catherine O'Sullivan F40

The full results can be seen HERE

Monday, August 18, 2014

Derval O'Rourke launches new book in Waterstones in Cork on Tues 9th Sept

Derval O'Rourke has been of the most successful Irish athletes of recent times. In her 12 years at international level, she has won several major medals...
  • Gold in the 60m hurdles at the World Indoor Championships in Moscow in 2006
  • Silver in the 100m hurdles in the European Championships in Gothenburg in 2006 and Barcelona in 2010.
  • Bronze in the 60m hurdles at the European Indoor Championships in Turin in 2009.

She also holds the Irish national records for 60m and 100m hurdles and has represented Ireland at the Olympics on three occasions.

She recently announced her retirement from athletics in June of 2014.

In September, Derval is releasing a new book titled 'Food for the Fast Lane: Recipes to Power Your Body and Mind'.
As you can see from the poster above, the book launch will be in Waterstones in Cork City on Tuesday the 9th of September.

Here is a little bit more about the book......
Want to enjoy delicious food that fuels your body, gives you energy and powers your performance? Derval O'Rourke is one of Ireland's greatest athletes. She likes to eat and train, not diet and exercise. After devising a nutritionally balanced training menu with peak performance in mind, she gained boundless energy and a better ability to focus, both on and off the track. Here she reveals the recipes that helped her reach her professional goals. Everything is intertwined. Cooking and eating well are vital for a happy, healthy life, and what you put into your body determines how you live and feel. So get ready to discover Derval's theory for yourself: goodness in = greatness out. Eat like an athlete; perform for your life.

16 year journey for Dutch athlete Susan Kuijken...From Dream to Bronze

Now that the 2014 European Athletic Championships in Zurich are over, I have a lot of links, results and interviews of the Irish performances in this post.

As you would expect, this championship generated its fair share of video clips on the net including post race interviews. The most popular are usually for the big names in athletics as they expressed their joy or frustration at their respective performances.

One however stood out for me and it was the post race interview with the Dutch athlete Susan Kuijken. For her, it was the realisation of a dream instilled in her by her junior coach at the age of 12 that one day she would win a medal at a major championship. Last Saturday aged 28, she finished third in the 5000m to win a European Bronze medal to finish that 16 year journey.

In the interview below, she gives an emotional account of what that medal means to her and how she realised her dream...

Notice...Midleton Run...Marathon, Half-Marathon, 10k & 5k - Sun 24th Aug 2014

 This charity event is coming up in Fota and Midleton on Sunday the 24th of August with the aim of raising some much needed funds for Breakthrough Cancer Research. There are four events to choose from...a 26.2 mile marathon run, a 13.1mile half-marathon run, a 10k run and a 5k run.

From the event organisers.......

• Race headquarters Midleton Park Hotel. Registration is available online at
• Registration and Race No Pick up is available on Saturday 23rd Midleton from 4:00pm to 9:00pm
• The organisers would appreciate if runners would use the overflow car park in Market Green Shopping Centre
• Post-Race refreshments available after all races.
• All participants will receive technical t-shirt and medal on completion. All proceeds go directly to the charity.
• Mile Markers for each race are colour coded to match race bibs.

• Cork...Sun 24th (7:00am) Starts Fota Island Resort Midleton marathon charity run €80.
• Please follow signs for race parking on arrival.
• Bag Drop Available, shuttle from Midleton to Fota available after race
• Midleton Rugby Club will make there Shower Facilities available to all runners

Half Marathon
• Cork...Sun 24th (9:00am) Starts Barryscourt Carrigtwohill (HALF WAY POINT OF THE FULL Marathon) Midleton half-marathon charity fun run €50
• Please Note No parking available at the start area. Parking will be Available in Carrigtwohill village and the GAA club
• Bag Drop Available, shuttle from Midleton to Carrigtwohill available after race
• Midleton Rugby Club will make there Shower Facilities available to all runners

• Cork...Sun 24th (10:00am) Starts Park Hotel Midleton 10k €25...
• The organisers would appreciate if runners would use the overflow carpark in Market Green Shopping Centre

• Cork...Sun 24th (10:30am) Church Lane Midleton 5k charity fun run...€20
• The organisers would appreciate if runners would use the overflow carpark in Market Green Shopping Centre

Irish mens team set a new national record again

The Irish mens 4 x 400m relay team at the European Athletic Championships were just superb. On the Saturday, the team broke the 22 year old national record of 3m 03.73s when they ran 3:03.57 to finish third in their heat.

On Sunday, they broke the Irish record again when they finished in 5th place in the final with a time of 3:01.67...a huge improvement of almost two seconds on their previous day.

The order they ran in and their splits were...
Sat 16th Aug...BrianGregan 45.86...Brian Murphy 46.75...Richard Morrissey 45.56...Thomas Barr 45.21...Time 3:03.57
Sun 16th Aug...Brian Gregan 45.7...Mark English 45.0...Richard Morrissey 45.44...Thomas Barr 45.31...Time 3:01.67

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Results of the Route2Crook 5 mile road race...Sun 17th Aug 2014

A total of 95 runners turned out for this scenic 5 mile road race in West Cork between Goleen and Crookhaven.

1 27:20    DULLEA, Michael    Skibbereen AC    M    05:27.9
2 29:15    HARRINGTON, Michael    Bantry AC    M40    05:50.9
3 30:00    BOUSE, Ciaran    Eagle AC    M    05:59.9
27 35:53    O'MAHONY, Denise    Dundrum South Dublin AC    F    07:10.4
35 38:36    DONNE, Sarah    Dundrum South Dublin AC    F    07:43.0
38 38:48    SHEEDY, Breeda    Midleton AC    F45    07:45.4

The full results can be seen HERE

Results of the Timoleague 10k fun run...Sat 16th Aug 2014

A total of 67 people took part in this 10k fun run in Timoleague on Saturday 16th Aug 2014

The results can be seen HERE

1) A small set of photos from Jess Leahy can be seen HERE

Results of the Dromahane Community Park 5 mile fun run/walk...Sat 16th Aug 2014

This fun run over approx 5 miles was held in Dromahane near Mallow on Saturday 16th Aug 2014.

The results are HERE