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Saturday, April 25, 2015

Results of the Doneraile Park 5k...Sat 25th Apr 2015

1 15:47    HARTY, Michael    EAST CORK AC    M    MS    00:05:05
2 16:55    BUTLER, Alan    MALLOW    M    MS    00:05:27
3 17:15    MOLONEY, Paul    MALLOW AC    M    M40    00:05:34
4 18:09    KILEY, Martina    ST. FINBARRS AC    F    FS    00:05:51
12 20:27    FALAHEE, Bridget    BOURKES ANGELS BRUFF    F    F50    00:06:36
30 22:12    COLLINS, Nuala    NORTH CORK AC    F    F35    00:07:10

The provisional results can be seen HERE

If there are any errors, let Denis Sheehan of Mallow AC know

dasheehan AT eircom DOT net

1) Klickapic Photography have a gallery HERE

Friday, April 24, 2015

Results of the Passage West Community 10k road race...Fri 24th Apr 2015

A total of 177 runners turned out for this years Passage West Community 10k road race. The weather conditions were more or less ideal and a huge contrast to the downpour in 2014.

1 OWEN CASEY        Leevale    M    MO    163    35:21
2 JAMES SLOWEY    ST FINBARRS    MO    181    38:21
3 DARA O'SULLIVAN            MO    54    39:54
28 Laura O'CALLAGHAN            FO    29    45:23
32 RACHAEL O CALLAGHAN        FO    150    45:28
56 Eileen O SULLIVAN            FO    195    48:52

The full results can be seen on the race website HERE

1) Derek Costello of Eagle AC has a gallery of photos HERE 
2) Kieran Minihane has a gallery of photos HERE 
3) Passage West GAA have a gallery of photos HERE

Proceeds from this years race will go towards the Cork City Hospitals Children's Club. During the year, they bring sick and deserving children from CUH, Mercy Hospital, St. Gabriel's and the Cork Deaf Association on numerous trips, as well as hosting many fun and exciting events.

Notice...Cheetah Run in Fota Wildlife Park - Thurs 14th May 2015

It's that time of year again! The Cheetah Run is coming up in Fota Wildlife Park on Thursday, the 14th of May. This is a 4 mile race which has been properly measured by Jones Counter and has an Athletics Ireland licence.

This is one of the most popular races in Cork and it's easy to see why. Not only is the race unique in that it is through a wildlife park but anyone entering can also bring family members along.

Last year, the field was limited to 900 runners and entries sold out in a few hours. It's very likely that there will be a similar level of demand this year. There will be chip timing again like last year.

Because of the high demand, the online entries in two batches, once in the morning and once in the evening to accommodate people at work and at home.

Entries....On Thursday the 30th of April, online entries will open at 10am. It will stay open until 450 places are filled. It seems very likely that based on last year, these 450 will sell out very fast. Once the first 450 entries are filled, entries will close. At 7pm that evening, entries will open again until the remaining 450 places sell out.

The entry fee for this years race is €12. This includes free access to the wildlife park for the runner and family members. This normally costs €14.30 per adult, or €44 for a family of two adults and two children.
Eagle AC member Annemarie Power with Olympic legend Sonia O'Sullivan

Please note.....No buggies/baby transfers....and no late entries.
They cannot cater for walkers, due to the overlap nature of the course.  The minimum age is 18 as per Athletics Ireland permit recommendations.

There will be prizes for the first 5 men and women as well as the usual age categories. The exact number of prizes for the age categories will be determined after the online entries close with the aim of making each age category competitive.

I would seriously advise people that have an interest in doing this race to enter as soon as it opens. It really will sell out early. 

Updates about the race will be made available here and on the race page on the Eagle AC website.

John Buckley Sports is one of the race sponsors and is one of the main specialist running shops in Cork City. They have a wide stock of gear in the shop and on their

They have been in business since 1981 and it's fair to say that the shop is highly regarded by many of the runners on the local road race scene. They also have a new app which you can download to your smartphone which gives a generous discount when using it.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Results of the East Cork Athletics Road Championships...Thurs 23rd Apr 2015

Numbers were up this year for the annual East Cork Road Championships held in Ballynoe.

Imokilly Oil/East Cork Division Road Championships, Ballynoe
Men 5-mile
Place    Time    Name    Team    Race Age Category    min/mile       
1 26:02    MCCARTHY, James    East Cork AC    M    05:12.3
2 26:04    MCGRATH, Sean    East Cork AC    M    05:12.7 
3 26:18    O'DONOGHUE, Tim    East Cork AC    M    05:15.5 
 Team (4 to score, outside of first three individuals):
1 Midleton AC (8, 10, 11, 12)            41
 2 Youghal AC (5, 15, 16, 18)             54
3 East Cork AC (7, 14, 19, 20)           60
Women 2000m
Place    Time    Name    Team    Race Age Category    min/mile       
1 07:16    CASHMAN, Evelyn    Youghal AC    F40    05:50.7
2 07:19    SANTRY, Fiona    East Cork AC    F    05:53.1
3 07:29    BUCKLEY, Sheila    Midleton AC    F    06:01.2

Team (3 to score, outside of first three individuals):
1 Midleton AC (4, 5, 11)                   20
2 St. Catherines  AC (7, 9, 13)          29
3 Youghal AC (12, 18, 20)                50

The full results can be seen HERE

Results of the Ballygiblin 5k race...Thurs 23rd Apr 2015

Results of the Ballygiblin 5k held near Mitchelstown in NE Cork

1    Stuart    MOLONEY    M40    MOOREABBEY MILERS    00:15:41
2    David    RYAN    M40    CLONMEL AC    00:16:04
3    Shane    SIMCOX    M40    MALLOW AC    00:16:47
17    Aine    ROCHE    FS    CLONMEL    00:19:17
18    Joan    ENNIS    F50    GRANGE FERMOY AC    00:19:21
27    Kealey    TIDESWELL    FS    CLONMEL AC    00:20:28

The full results can be seen HERE

Sports Medicine Journal critical of sugar in sports products

One of the most popular stories on the BBC News website today was one titled 'Exercise not key to obesity fight'. While the article might give the impression that it was about physical exercise not being of any benefit, the story is really about an editorial in the British Journal of Sports Medicine criticising the food industry.

What they are particularly critical of is the over-consumption of sugar and how prevalent it is in processed foods.

They even likened their tactics as "chillingly similar" to those of Big Tobacco on smoking and said celebratory endorsements of sugary drinks and the association of junk food and sport must end.

If you read through the BBC article and the associated editorial on the British Journal of Sports Medicine website then there is a very clear message.... Just because you exercise, it doesn't give you an excuse to completely ignore what you eat.

On the subject of carbo-loading, they say..."there are growing concerns that insulin-resistant athletes may be at risk of developing type 2 diabetes if they continue to eat very high-carbohydrate diets for decades since such diets worsen insulin resistance."

 Bottom your sugar intake regardless of how much you run.

East Cork Road Championships in Ballynoe...Thurs 23rd Apr 2015

Normally Championship races are confined to members of athletic clubs only. This one however is open to anyone who wishes to take part. The numbers taking part are usually small and the entry fee is usually very modest.

East Cork Road Championships........
Directions.........Take the N25 to Midleton and on the main street, take the turn off left (R627....This is signposted "Dungourney 10 ; Tallow 26"). After 9 kms, you reach Dungourney and keep going towards Tallow. Later you will pass Leahy's Open Farm and then you need to take a left at the next crossroads. This is signposted "Ballynoe 5 ; Conna 9". From there, it's a straight 5km run into Ballynoe. If you're coming from Fermoy direction, you most likely need to go via Conna. Note that Ballynoe is a fair distance from Midleton so plan your journey, and allow plenty of time to get there.

Registration...........Registration, changing, refreshments and results are at the "Ballynoe Community Centre".This is at the north end of the village, opposite the Church.

There are two events......1) The Ladies’ 2000m (7:30pm) and 2) The Men's 5 mile race (8pm).

Photos & Results of the Cork BHAA Stryker 4 mile race...Wed 22nd Apr 2015

This race organised by the Cork BHAA in Carrigtowhill was held on Wednesday the 22nd of Apr 2015.

1 John Meade M1 20:30 Joyce Wolfe Physio M-A-1
2 Eric Curran M2 20:33 UCC STUDENT
3 Micheal Bruton M3 21:19 GE Healthcare
19 Aoife Cooke F1 00:23:04 Apple
26 Martina Kiely F2 00:23:34 Dept of Ed F-A-2
37 Karina Teehan 0/35H F3 00:24:16 Joyce Wolfe Physio F-A-1

The results are now available HERE

1) Kieran Minihane has a gallery of photos HERE
2) Doug Minihane has a gallery of photos HERE
3) Mick Dooley of Eagle AC has a gallery of photos HERE

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Weather forecast for the Cork BHAA race this evening...Wed 22nd Apr

For anyone doing the Cork BHAA race in Carrigtwohill this evening, it looks as if it will be blue skies and sunshine. This is the view around 3pm.

Note that there is likely to be a strong easterly breeze which will probably make things feel a lot cooler.

As always, €5 for registered runner, €8 non-reg. The race starts at 7:30pm.

Cork City Marathon looking for volunteers...

The Cork City Marathon is easily the main running event in Cork for the year. As with all city marathons, it takes a huge level of organisation and it wouldn't be possible without the help of an army of volunteers.


Would you like to be part of one of Cork's biggest events? The Irish Examiner Cork City Marathon is looking for Stewards and Volunteers to be part of the 'Event Team' on race day Bank Holiday Monday - June 1st.

To apply please email

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Notice...Ballyhoura Mountain Marathon - Sat 2nd May 2015

This 26.2 mile mountain marathon takes place on Saturday the 2nd of May 2015 on the Ballyhoura Mountains on the Cork - Limerick border. The race starts and finishes in the town of Kilfinane and weaves it's way through narrow country roads and up forest trails as it takes in a large loop. Runners usually finish from 4-6 hours, and the walkers coming in anything up to 9 hours.

More info on the Running in Munster website.

Results of the MMRA Claragh Mtn Trail Race...Sun 19th Apr 2015

This trail race was held in Millstreet Co.Cork on Sun 19th Apr 2015.

1 Tim O Donoghue 2983 M 28.16
2 Tom Blackburn 2072 M/40 32.09
3 Martin Dineen 2986 M 33.02
12 Mary Louise Ryan 2972 F 38.47
14 Linda O Connor 1144 F 39.35
17 Ide Kelliher 2043 F/40 40.19

The full results can be seen HERE

1) The MMRA have galleries on their Facebook page....HERE and HERE

Results of the Dromahane 5k run...Sat 18th Apr 2015

This 5k run in aid of a local community park was held on Saturday the 18th of Apr 2015.

1    Tim O'Connor    16.36
2    Paul Moloney    18.06
3    Noel Daly    18.11
23    Rose Brennan    22.24
33    Orla Nolan    23.52
34    Anna Borkowska    24.01

The results can be seen HERE

Monday, April 20, 2015

Togher AC gets municipal grant of €3600

It was announced today that Togher Athletic Club has just received a grant of €3600 from the Ballincollig-Carrigaline Municipal Grant Scheme for 2015.

Applicant...Togher Athletic Club
Project...Cones, whistles, bibs, first aid band, treadmill and rower.  Track and field equipment.  
Cost of project...(€) 5,321
Allocation amt...(€) 3,600

I'm just highlighting the story here for other clubs to take note of and to consider. Perhaps they were not aware of these grants and they could apply for similar grants from the local authority next year?

Race launch for the Passage West Community 10k road race...

The Passage West Community 10k road race is coming up next Friday the 24th of April at 7:30pm.

There was a race recently at the local EuroSpar in the town and as you can see from the photo, numerous clubs within the town are helping out with this community event.

Proceeds from this years race go towards the Cork City Hospitals Children's Club. During the year, they bring sick and deserving children from CUH, Mercy Hospital, St. Gabriel's and the Cork Deaf Association on numerous trips, as well as hosting many fun and exciting events.

To enter and for more info, go to the race website...

Preview...A full preview of the 10 km course can be seen HERE

More info in this earlier post.