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Thursday, July 30, 2015

Results & Photos of the Cork BHAA Novartis 5k...Wed 29th July 2015

The conditions were almost ideal for this years Cork BHAA Novartis 5k with plenty of sunshine. There are loads of photos for this one :o) ....check out the links below.

1 John Meade M1 15:52 Joyce Wolfe Physio M-A-1
2 David Fox  16:05
3 Darren Molloy M2  16:10 Navy M-A-2
33 Karina Teehan 0/35H F1 19:03 Joyce Wolfe Physio
48 Jennifer Goggin F2  19:40 Novartis F-A-2
62 DENISE TWOHIG 0/40I F3 19:58 HSE F-A-1

The full results can be seen HERE

1) Kieran Minihabe has a gallery of photos HERE
2) Photos from Aoife & Majella Costello HERE
3) There are just over 200 photos from the roundabout at Shanbally up on the Running in Cork Facebook page.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

15 Year Old Ciara Neville wins Gold for Ireland in 100m sprint

Back in February of 2015, 15 year old Ciara Neville of Emerald AC in Limerick caused an upset when she won a Silver medal in the Senior womens race in the Irish National Indoor Championships.

This week, she was part of the Irish team at the European Youth Olympic Festival in Tbilisi, Georgia. On Monday, Ciara won her heat and semi-final in the Girls 100m with times of 11.90 and 11.92 seconds respectively. On Tuesday, she won the final in 12.01 seconds to take Gold for Ireland.

Race video. Ciara is in lane 6.

Medal ceremony...

Notice...MMRA Trail race, Corrin Hill...Wed 29th July 2015

For those who are interested in trail running, there is a race in Corrin Woods near Fermoy this evening Wednesday 29th of July. The distance is about 5kms.

From the MMRA...Corrin Hill Wednesday night. Reg between 7-7:45pm Race 8pm. Please bring your 2015 imra number. If you do not have one, it is €10 for membership & €5 for race. 

You'll find directions HERE

This video clip gives a flavour of what it's like...

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Notice...Coachford 5 mile road race - Fri 14th Aug 2015

This 5 mile road race to the west of Cork City is coming up on Friday the 14th of August 2015. Note the 7pm start.

This should be particular interest to anyone west of the city as there aren't that many races in this particular area.

The entry fee is €10 and proceeds from the race go towards local charities and Suicide Aware.

Preview......More info about the course including maps and photos can be seen HERE

Monday, July 27, 2015

Notice...Cobh 4 mile road race - Fri 14th Aug 2015

Ballymore Cobh AC are one of the fastest growing clubs in Cork and they have seen a huge increase in their membership over the last year or two. In 2014, they held a 3km road race in Cobh which is an unusual distance. This year, they are changing to a 4 mile course which should prove a lot more popular. The race is on Friday the 14th of August during the Cobh Regatta Weekend.

The race costs €10 to enter. You can enter on Thurs 13th in the local Community Centre between 7pm and 9pm. On the day, the race HQ will be in the local scout hall and entries will be taken from 5:30pm. You can also enter online beforehand HERE

The 4 mile route is pretty fast as it starts on high ground just to the north of the town and finishes near the square which is just above sea level.

From the organisers....Taking centre stage on the opening night of the Cobh People's Regatta Weekend, the Ballymore Cobh AC 4mile Road Race offers runners of all abilities the opportunity to get out and get active across a flat and fair course whilst soaking in the picturesque surroundings of the Great Island before being roared home by a hugely supportive crowd as you reach the finish line positioned in Cobh's busy town centre.

Entries for The Edge Sports Shop event are already proving very popular and registration can be completed by visiting

The club would like to put on record it's gratitude to the following businesses who continue to support our efforts of promoting athletics for all in Cobh and the surrounding areas.

The Edge Sports Shop
Cobh Peoples Regatta
Cork International Hotel
Credit Union Cobh
Doyle Group
Precision Timing

Preview......You can get more info about the course including maps, directions, photos, etc HERE

Winners of the Dripsey 5k Challenge...Sun 26th July 2015

1st Eric Curran in 18:54s
2nd Rory Maguire in 21:40
3rd John Dunphy in 22.45

1st Female Amy Looney in 27:16

Winner Eric Curran & Amy Looney...Winners of the Dripsey 5k Challenge...Sun 26th July 2015


Results of Round 6 of the John Buckley Sports Graded Track & Field League..Wed 22nd July 2015

The 6th round of the John Buckley Sports Graded Track & Field was held at the CIT track on Wednesday the 22nd of July 2015.

The results of this and previous rounds can be seen at

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Some other news items from the week...Sun 26th July 2015

Some other news items from the week...

1) Athletics Ireland back Seb Coe for IAAF President...Athletics Ireland

2) More than 1 in 10 athletes could be doping...BBC News

3) Interview with US athlete Bernard Lagat... The Guardian

Results of the Rebel Run4Fun 5k in Ballincollig...Sun 26th July 2015

A total of 123 runners turned out for the Rebel Run4Fun 5k Series in Ballincollig on Sunday 26th July 2015.

1    BUTLER    DAVID        18:59    6:07/M
2    HOBBS    ANDREW    19:14    6:12/M
3    O'DONOVAN    JOHN    19:45    6:22/M
9    SWEENEY    MARY    21:00    6:46/M
18    HOLLAND    SIOBHAN    22:24    7:13/M
24    VERLING    FIONA    23:20    7:31/M 

The full results can be seen HERE

1) There is an album from Mick Dooley of Eagle AC HERE
2) Graham Nudds has a gallery HERE 

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Paul Tierney from Cork wins 100 mile Ultra Mountain Race in England

Paul Tierney from Cork has just won the Lakeland 100 mile race in the UK. The route which covers a total of 105 miles (169kms) and has a total ascent of 6,856 metres (22,493ft) was won by Paul in a time of 20h 42m 07s. Just over 300 prople started the race.

Paul who was a former member of Eagle AC is now based in UK and represents Ambleside AC.

Results of the Courtmacsherry Ultra, Marathon, Half & 10k...Sat 25th July 2015

In 2014, the options for this event were a 10k, 18 miles and a 36 mile Ultra. The format was changed this year and a marathon and half-Marathon were included which had the effect that the 18 and 36 mile distances were down.

In the 36 mile event, the numbers dropped from 63 in 2014 to 49 this year. 69 runners opted to do the marathon.

The 18 mile event dropped to just 5 after 80 took part last year. 82 runners opted for the half instead.

101 took part in the 10k.

The full results can be seen HERE

Usain Bolt runs 9.87s in London Diamond League...

In the 100m final of the Diamond League Meet in London on Friday, Usain Bolt won in a time of 9.87 seconds.

In the heats, he recorded the exact same time but with a faster reaction time of 0.153 seconds. In the end, he had to work hard at the end to take the win with 5 athletes getting under 10 seconds.

The big question now is if he can beat Justin Gatlin in the World Championships in Beijing in August? Gatlin who has been banned twice for doping has run 9.74, 9.75, 9.75, 9.78 this year already.

Friday, July 24, 2015

Results of the Churchtown South 5 mile road race...Thurs 23rd July 2015

A total of 535 runners turned out for this years Churchtown South 5 mile road race, the 3rd race of 4 in the Ballycotton Summer Series. As you can see from the chart above, it is down on last year but is still more in line with the two proceeding years.

A notable feature of the results this year was that the first two men broke 25 minutes which is sub 5 minute mile pace. The last time the 25 minute barrier was broken on this course was way back in 1997.

1 24:27    CREECH, Ryan    Leevale AC    M    04:53.3
2 24:54    O'SHEA, Alan    Bantry AC    M    04:58.7
3 25:02    HARTY, Michael    East Cork AC    M    05:00.3
33 30:04    MACKEOWN, Rosaleen    Leevale AC    F40    06:00.7
57 31:39    SANTRY, Fiona    East Cork AC    F    06:19.7
65 31:57    CARROLL, Aoife    Mallow AC    F    06:23.3 

The full results can be seen HERE

John Robinson has compiled a list of the overall positions for those that did the first 3 races in the series. It can be seen HERE

1) Gearóid Ó Laoi has a gallery of photos HERE

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Visually impaired athlete Sinead Kane from Cork finishes 2nd in Belfast 12 hour Ultra

Last weekend (Fri 17th & Sat 18th July 2015), the Energia 12 and 24 Hour Race was held at the Mary Peter's track in Belfast. Both races started at 6:45pm on Friday evening with the 12 hour contestants finishing at 6:45am on Saturday morning. The 24 hour runners finished at 6:45pm on Saturday evening.

Sinead Kane with her guide runner John O'Regan
In the 12 hour race, Sinead Kane from Youghal, Co.Cork finished in second place with an hugely impressive total of 68.3 miles. That works out as 10m 32s minute mile pace which includes any stops.

To put that into context, it's the same as starting from Patrick Street in Cork City and running to O'Connell Street in Limerick City and then adding on another 8 miles.

Pace wise, it's the same as doing two 4:36 marathons back to back without a rest and then doing an extra 16 miles!

Apart from the physical fitness, it's obvious that to complete such a distance requires a huge amount of determination and mental discipline. You need to be able to run to what feels like the point of exhaustion and then beyond into the unknown.

These are some of the notable dates in Sinead's running career so far...
1) 2012...Starts running and completes first 10k
2) June 2014...Completes the Cork City Half-Marathon in 1h 49m
3) Oct 2014...Completes the Dublin City Marathon in 4h 01m. First visually impaired female runner to complete the Dublin City Marathon.
4) Feb 2015...Completes the Donadea 50k in 4h 52m. First Irish visually impaired runner to complete an Ultra-Marathon.
5) Mar 2015...Completes the Tralee Marathon in 3h 55m.
6) July 2015...2nd woman in the Belfast 12 hour. First visually impaired runner to take part in event.

Sinead's guide for the 12 hour race was John O'Regan who has represented Ireland on several occasions in International 24 hour races.

As locations go, it is a stunning location with the track hemmed in on two sides by a large embankment and surrounded by woodland.

As well as Sinead, there were a number of other runners from Cork in action there as well.

In the 12 hour race, John Hallahan of Leevale AC completed 53.7 miles.

In the 24 hours race, Eoin Keith who is originally from Cork finished in first place with 141.9 miles covered (228.4kms). Eddie Gallen was second with 222.566kms. Both Eoin and Eddie achieved the IAAF B standard of 220kms for a 24 hour race.

Other Cork runners in the results were Grellan McGrath of Eagle AC who completed 103.1 miles, his second time breaking the 100 mile barrier after winning the Connemara 100 mile back in 2013.

And finally but certainly not least, Jerry Forde completed 55.6 miles. He was the first wheelchair athlete to take part in the Belfast 24 hour race.

1) NI Running have 2 albums...#1 & #2

Notice...Conna 5km road race - Thurs 30th July 2015

Organised by St.Catherines Athletic Club, this 5 km road race is coming up in the village of Conna on Thursday, the 30th of July 2015.

The Race HQ is the local community centre which is on the main road through the village. This is one of the few 5 km races in this part of NE Cork and should be of interest to a lot of runners. One thing to note is the number of prizes on offer with the top 6 men and women getting something as opposed to the more usual 3.   

Course Preview.....A full preview with maps, directions and photos can be seen HERE 

The club has its own website as well...