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Sunday, October 04, 2015

Results & Photos of the BHAA Cork to Cobh 15 mile race...Sun 4th Oct 2015

A total of 696 runners turned out for this years BHAA Cork to Cobh 15 mile road race, a drop of 6.5% on last year.

As to why the drop? Maybe it was down to the price increase of €5 this year? Maybe the fact it was 3 weeks out from the Dublin Marathon as opposed to 4 weeks last year? It's hard to say. As the chart shows above, the numbers running sub 9 min per mile pace held up while the main drop was in those running over 9 min per mile pace. As for why???

Conditions for the race were pretty ok. Mainly overcast but the strong easterly headwind made things a bit difficult earlier on.

1 David Mansfield M1 01:21:10 CLONMEL CO. TIPP.
2 COLIN MERRITT 0/40A M2 01:22:45 Army M-B-2
3 John Meade M3 01:23:39 Joyce Wolfe Physio
35 Ann Marie Holland 0/40I F1 01:37:59 Janssen
39 Una Plant 0/45J F2 01:38:32 Kinsale
89 Mary Sweeney 0/55L F301:45:26 Fit4Life F-A-1

The full results can be seen HERE

1) Kieran Minihane has a gallery of photos HERE
2) There are 300+ photos on the Running in Cork Facebook page HERE
3) Paul Condon Photography has a gallery HERE
4) Susan Parker Laste has a gallery HERE
5) Joe Murphy of Eagle AC has a gallery HERE 

 More to follow...

Leevale AC & Youghal AC take titles at Cork County Novice Cross Country Championships

The Cork County Novice Cross Country Championships were held in Carrig na bhFear on Sunday the 4th of Oct 2015.

In the Novice mens race, Leevale AC took the title with two of their men finishing 1st and 3rd.
Novice Men
1Donal Coakley (Leevale)
2 Luther Matthias (Cork Varsity).
3 Donal Molloy (Leevale).

1 Leevale (Donal Coakley, Donal Molloy, Michael Roper, Tom Kennefeck).

In the Novice womens event, Yougal AC took the team title with Aoife Cooke also winning an individual Gold.

Novice Women
1 Aoife Cooke (Youghal),
2 Andrea Beckerdyke (Leevale),
3 Niamh Moore ( Cork Varsity).

1 Youghal (Aoife Cooke, Evlin Cashman, Ruth Mellereck, Julie Kennelly. 2nd St.Finbarrs AC, 3rd Cork Varsity.

The full results are up on the Cork Athletics website HERE.

Notice...Ardfield 5k & 10k road race - Sun 11th Oct 2015

The village of Ardfield is located just to the south of Clonakilty in West Cork and is a lovely part of the county. The roads in general are relatively quiet and there are extensive views out over the West Cork countryside and coastline.

Next Sunday the 11th of October, there is a 5 km and 10 km road race in the village. Both courses have been accurately measured by Jones Counter and the event has an Athletics Ireland licence.

The village of Ardfield is just 6 kms to the south of Clonakilty...

Registration for the race is at Mountain House which is just to the south of Ardfield. You can register on the Saturday between 5pm and 7pm or on the morning of the race from 11am. The 5k costs €10 and the 10k costs €15.

The races start at 12 noon.

5k......A full preview of the 5 km race with maps, directions and photos can be seen HERE

10k......A preview with maps, directions and photos can be seen HERE

From the race organisers...Following on from the success of last year’s event, the Ardfield Rathbarry Playground Group are getting ready for this years Ardfield Road Run on October 11th 2015.  The run consists of both a 5Km and 10Km and all levels of fitness are welcome – as the logo goes ‘Walk It, Run It, Race It’. Both are very enjoyable courses that start and finish in Ardfield village and take in spectacular views from Inchydoney to the Galley Head with the last 3km of both courses being the same adding greatly to the occasion.

This year the event has an AAI permit and will be chip timed. The race is ideal timing for athletes competing in the Dublin City marathon and for anyone preparing for the local Clonakilty Waterfront marathons being held in December.

Registration will take place at the Mountain House, Ardfield on Saturday 10th October from 5pm till 7pm and on the day from 11am.  The race begins at 12 noon.  The entry fee is €10 for the 5K and €15 for the 10K.  Post race refreshments will be served in the local GAA complex. Further details can be found on the Ardfield Rathbarry Playground Group Facebook page. A fun and challenging afternoon is guaranteed by the organisers - whatever the weather!

Saturday, October 03, 2015

Results of the Rosscarbery Steam Engine 5k fun run...Sat 3rd Oct 2015

157 runners and walkers took part in this 5k fun run in Rosscarbery in West Cork.

1 John Collins Skibbereen AC 16:39
2 Michael Coakley Skibbereen AC 17:28
3 Michael Devine 17:37
15 Ronnie Barry Bandon AC 20:50
19 Geraldine O'Sullivan Bantry AC 21:39
23 Imelda Neville Clonakilty 22:22

The results can be seen HERE

Photos...(Facebook account required to view)
1) Fiona Calnan has a small album HERE

Results & Photos of the Tramore Valley 5k parkrun...Sat 3rd Oct 2015

This was the second week of the new 5k parkrun in Tramore Valley Park in Cork City and 238 people took part. That's down from the 347 of last week but that's to be expected as the novelty factor begins to wear off and it becomes an established event every Saturday morning. I'd guess maybe long term it might settle around the 150 mark every week but we'll have to wait and see.

1 Ronan DUGGAN    16:45    SM25-29    M    1       
2 Steven MACKLIN    17:08    SM30-34    M    2    Togher AC
3 Keith LEE    17:49    SM30-34    M    3    Cork Triathlon Club   
13 Annmarie BURNS    20:10    SW30-34    F    1
24 Brid NORMOYLE    21:38    VW35-39 F    2
25 Catherine REDMOND    21:39    VW40-44    F    3

The full results can be seen HERE

1) Derek Costello of Eagle AC has a gallery of photos HERE
2) There are 300+ photos on the Running in Cork Facebook page HERE
3) Kieran Minihane has a gallery HERE

The last time I was in the new park was back in the Spring of 2013 so it was interesting to see what had changed in that time.

In 2013, the park still had that 'raw' look about it. The old dump had just been capped and a layer of soil placed on top. The grassland and soil was still very soft and it was obvious it had just still new. There was also in places a smell of the old dump so it was obvious what it was used for before.

Fast forward to the Autumn of 2015 and some things have changed and some things are still the same. There is some additional infrastructure put in and the roads are basically as they were. It is now essentially a grassland park and there is nothing really in the way of landscaping or shrubs. There was no hint of any unpleasant smells and it was largely quiet except for the area near the South Ring Road where there was a lot of traffic noise.

The most obvious attraction of the place is that fact it is slap bang in the middle of the south side of Cork City. With access from the South Link Road, it is probably driving wise very close to a lot of people. There is plenty of parking on site so it is very easy to pop in every Saturday morning, do the parkrun on a route with no traffic and drive home.

 In a future post, I'll have some photos of the park and the route. If you haven't tried it yet, just go to the parkrun website, register, print out your bar code and bring it along. It's on every Saturday morning at 9:30am.

Friday, October 02, 2015

Looking ahead to the Cork BHAA Cork to Cobh 15 mile road race...Sun 4th Oct 2015

The main race in Cork this weekend is the annual Cork BHAA Cork to Cobh 15 mile road race on Sunday, the 4th of October. There have been some changes from last year in that the pre-entry price went from €10 to €15 and there is a cotton t-shirt instead of a dry fit top. Other than that, things are much the same.

Entries on the day will be taken at the Montenotte Hotel and the fee is €20. They will transport gear bags from there to the finish line in Cobh....just look for the tags in the hall and the van outside.

The race starts at 9:30am.

Course...Starting at St.Patricks Church, you run past the railway station and towards the Dunkettle roundabout....up over the flyover by the tunnel......then taking a left and onto the old road which passes Glounthaune church.Then onwards towards the main roundabout before Carrigtwohill and then take the bridge over the main road and head towards Fota, Belvelly bridge and on into Cobh. The finish is close to the main square in the centre of Cobh. Overall, there are a few small hills but nothing major, just one pull at 12 miles near the old IFI plant and another smaller one before 14 miles.

Overall, it is pretty flat for the first ten miles or so with the hardest sections coming in the last five.

Transport......Please note that you have to make your own way back to Cork City.
Options - You probably have a few options in terms of transport...
1) Two cars...take 2 cars to Cobh, leave one in Cobh and drive up to Cork
2) Train...The train will leave the train station in Cobh for Cork City at 12:30, 1:30, 3:00 and 4:30 pm depending on long you want to stay around after the race. The fee is €5.50 (2015 price).

Pace......If you are going for a specific time in the Dublin City Marathon in four weeks time, then it's an ideal chance to test your target marathon pace. Say your target for Dublin is 3h 30m.....then you could run Cork to Cobh at 8 min per mile pace. If you arrive in Cobh and you're comfortable then 3h 30m is a realistic target. If you're exhausted after 15 miles at that pace then you should think about a more realistic target. If you add in a warm up of a few miles beforehand then all the better. It will give you a more accurate appraisal.

Race.....Just remember that the last third is the hardest. Over the years, many people get to the Belvelly Bridge by Fota tired and then struggle over the last 5 miles. Going slightly slower in the early stages will pay off in the later stages in this race. Even effort always gets the best results.

Weather........(Updated Fri 11pm).....The forecast is that it will be cloudy and dry with a strong south-easterly breeze. Temp in the low teens. There is rain forecast but it shouldn't be in until the afternoon. The main issue however will be the strong breeze which will feel like a headwind for much of the race.

Thursday, October 01, 2015

Notice...Lee Fields 4 mile road race - Sun 25th Oct 2015

The Lee Fields 4 mile road race is coming up in Cork City on Sunday the 25th of October 2015.

Last year, the 4 mile route took in the Carrigrohane Straight...Inchigaggin Lace...Model Farm Rd...Dennehy's Cross...Victoria Cross. You can see a preview of the course HERE

This year, the course will be slightly different but basically it follows a lot of the same loop. More info when things are finalised.

You can pre-enter online HERE for €11.50 and there is a free technical top for the first 200 entrants. You can also enter on the morning of the race for €15 but obviously the tech tops might be gone at that stage.

As you can see in the flyer above, the race HQ is at the Kingsley Hotel.

The race is a partnership between HSE Drug & Alcohol Services, Cork Local and Southern Regional Drug & Alcohol Task Forces. We hope to encourage people to take part in Sunday morning activities. The Cork Local & Southern Regional Drug & Alcohol Task Force has responsibility for developing a strategic, locally based response to substance misuse in Cork City, Co. Cork and Kerry. Today, the Cork Local & Southern Regional Drug & Alcohol Task Force funds 47 projects. These projects are spread across local communities and voluntary agencies throughout the region to support individuals affected by substance misuse. All Drug Task Forces now have the responsibility of Alcohol added to their brief. We in the Task Force are highlighting this addition of alcohol by creating an event to support the “Hello Sunday Morning” initiative.

“Hello Sunday Morning” encourages individuals to look at changing the pattern of their drinking by taking a break from alcohol & incentivizing that break with goals e.g taking up running/exercise – further details

We are also aiming to highlight to the general public all the services available across Cork City, the County & Kerry regarding substance misuse as part of our drug & alcohol awareness month...

We are hoping you will support the upcoming not for profit event. Look forward to seeing you on the day.

Results of the Rathpeacon NS 5k fun run/walk...Sun 20th Sept 2015

This 5k fun run was organised by Rathpeacon National School on the north side of Cork City. By all accounts, it was a very tough course and the weather wasn't the best either.

1 Danian Kenneally Eagle AC 19:03
2 Dave Condon 20:24
3 Kieran Grean 20:40
1 Mary Dennehy 22:52
2 Geraldine Barrett 23:48
3 Margaret Twohig 23:49

The full results can be seen HERE

Notice...Dungarvan 10 mile road race - Sun 31st Jan 2016

Now as we head towards the end of 2015, it's time to look ahead to the Spring of 2016 and what lies ahead. This is the traditional season for 10 mile road races in Munster and the four big ones are Ballycotton, Dungarvan, Mallow and Cobh.

The first one up is the John Treacy Dungarvan 10 mile road race on Sunday the 31st of January 2016. This is one of the best road races in Munster and it attracts runners from all over the country. Please note there is an entry limit of 2,500 this year and it will almost certainly close well before race day. The entry fee is €25 and that includes a Nike dry-fit running top. It really is an excellent top and better than most you'd get in any race.

If you are interested in doing this race then I would strongly urge you to enter as soon as possible. While it doesn't sell out as fast as the Ballycotton 10 race, it does sell out earlier every year. Decide if you're doing it and enter.

Here are some details from the organising club West Waterford AC...Entries are now open for the 25th Annual John Treacy Dungarvan 10 which will be held on Sunday January 31st 2016. West Waterford Athletic Club have announced details of the event which has established itself as a must run race on the Irish road running calendar with participants from all four corners of the country and beyond participating. The race has grown year on year and is a pre entry race which will close when 2,500 entries is reached. (please note this race was full in a very short time last year).

West Waterford Athletic Club is delighted with the support it receives from its sponsor for this event. We are fortunate to have the support of the local authorities, Glaxosmithkline, Tipperary Water, Flahavan’s, Déise Design, Go Dungarvan smarter travel, Nike,Ger Wyley Sports  along with many other local businesses and individuals who are all giving valuable support helping to make the day a great occasion for the town of Dungarvan. The race also incorporates the popular John Treacy Club Challenge Cup for men’s and ladies teams which has proved to be hugely competitive. We will again be calling on all the athletic clubs of Ireland to take on the challenge in the 2016 event.

The John Treacy Dungrvan 10 brings together the ideal race combination of fun runners, joggers, club athletes and top class internationals who compete over a fast flat 10 mile course around the historic town of Dungarvan ,we look forward to welcoming you to our town on January 31st 2016. Don't be disappointed as many were last year get your entry in soon.

All race details can be found at

You can also enter here...

The full race flyer with entry form can be found HERE

Preview.....A full preview of the course with photos and directions can be seen HERE 

Athletics Ireland announce recent club transfers...Sept 2015

Athletics Ireland have just announced the latest round of club transfers.

You can see them HERE

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Scottish Primary School is starting a running revolution to tackle childhood obesity

Over the last few months, there have been several newspaper articles highlighting the obesity problem in Ireland.

Irish Examiner...Teenagers going under the knife for obesity problems

Irish Examiner...Rise in the number of unfit applicants for the Irish Army (Men have to be able to run a mile in 11.5 minutes and women in 13 minutes.)

In the UK, there are similar problems with obesity in adults and children. Some of the stats for the UK are pretty shocking in that 10% of children are obese at age 4-5 and I presume it's probably similar in Ireland.

In Scotland...a country not noted for lean primary school in Stirling is doing something to tackle the problem. Every day at St.Ninians, each of the students must do a 'daily mile'. This includes the youngest children and none of the children in the school are overweight despite the fact it is rising elsewhere in the UK.

Elaine Wyllie, headteacher of St Ninians, said: “I get at least two emails a day from other schools and local authorities asking how we do it. The thought of children across the country running every day because of something we’ve done is phenomenal. It’s a commonsense approach to children’s fitness, which is free and easy. The most important thing is that the children really enjoy it, otherwise you couldn’t sustain it. They come back in bright-eyed and rosy-cheeked, how children used to look. It’s joyous to see.”

Similar programmes are being rolled out in London and in other parts of Scotland and England.

Are there similar programmes in Ireland???

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Kenyan wins Berlin Marathon in 2:04 with his insoles hanging out

One of the big talking points this week across the various running media sites is how Eliud Kipchoge from Kenya won the Berlin Marathon last weekend in a time of 2 hours and 4 minutes despite the fact that the insoles of his shoes came loose from as early as the one mile mark.

These are the six fastest marathon times on record eligible courses.

Fastest Marathoners on Record-Eligible Course: Men
Dennis Kimetto (Kenya)    2:02:57    Berlin, 2014
Emmanuel Mutai (Kenya)    2:03:13    Berlin, 2014
Wilson Kipsang (Kenya)    2:03:23    Berlin, 2013
Patrick Makau (Kenya)    2:03:38    Berlin, 2011
Haile Gebrselassie (Ethiopia)    2:03:59    Berlin, 2008
Eliud Kipchoge (Kenya)    2:04:00    Berlin, 2015

The question that everyone is asking is how fast could Kipchoge have run if he didn't have problems with his shoes? Would he have broken the world record which was 63 seconds faster? After the race, he said...“There are blisters on the left foot and my big toe is cut, with lots of blood”...which certainly suggests that it must have had an impact on his finish time.

As for the shoe, it would seem that it was a special type of prototype racing flat from Nike. Even though it had been 'tested' beforehand, the insoles weren't glued properly and the Kipchoge's powerful forefoot striking and paw-back motion caused the insole to fail and be pushed backwards as early as the first mile. Considering how early it failed, it certainly sounds as if it wasn't tested properly and should have been picked up prior to the race in a short training run.

Monday, September 28, 2015

Results & Photos of the 5km Cork Woodland Race...Sun 27th Sept 2015

This event was held in Oldcourt Woods near Rochestown on Sunday the 27th of September. It was split up into two events with 54 adults going in the 5km trail race at 9:30am while a larger number of kids and parents went off at 11am.

It's a stunning location for a race but as anyone who completed the 5k course will testify, it is very tough.

1    Eric    Wolfe    M     22'56"   
2    John    Lynch    M   Tracton AC    23'09" 
3    Jim    Murphy    M40    112    23'32"   
22    Maura    Regan    F    Eagle AC    28'15"   
24    Colette    O'Donoghue    F    Watergrasshill AC    29'13"   
28    Imelda    Lyons    F         31'01

The full results can be seen HERE

1) There is a gallery on the Running in Cork Facebook page HERE
2) The organisers have a gallery of the adults race HERE and the family run HERE 

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Results & photos of the Evening Echo Womens Mini-Marathon...Sun 27th Sept 2015

As per usual, thousands of women took part in this years Evening Echo Womens mini-marathon in Cork City. The conditions were almost ideal with some occasional sunshine and a gentle breeze.

They usually don't record the finish times of the runners and print out the list of finishers in the Evening Echo during the week with some photos. There will be a lot available online.

The winner was Michelle Finn of Leevale AC who was well ahead of the rest of the field.

1 Michelle Finn (Leevale) 21:26;
2 Martina Kiely (St Finbarrs) 22:10;
3 Aoife Cooke (Youghal) 22:19;
4 Sinead O’Connor (Leevale) 22:38;
5 Niamh Moore (UCC AC) 23:35;
6 Niamh Roe (Leevale) 23:39;
7 Carol Finn (Leevale) 24:00;
8 Carmel Parnell (Leevale, F60) 24:23;
9 Mary Sweeney (St Finbarrs, F55) 25:11;
10 Jacinta O’Connor (unatt) 25:20.
11 Anna O'Neill (Doheny) 25:26
12 Eileen Leahy (Midleton AC) 26:29
13 Mary Dennehy (Wibbly Wobbly Wonders) 26:36
14 Eimear Tagney 26:44
15 Therese Hegarty 26:45
16 Marie Murray 26:53
17 Emma O'Neill 27:19
18 Eadaoin O'Neill (East Cork AC) 27:25
19 Jill McCarthy 27:36
20 Louise McGrath (UCC) 28:13

Photos....(Updated 11:30pm)
1) There are 586 photos up on the Running in Cork Facebook page.
2) Kieran Minihane has a gallery HERE
3) Joe Murphy of Eagle AC has a gallery on the club's Facebook page
4) Mick Dooley of Eagle AC has a small gallery HERE

1) Start line video from the Evening Echo...

The Evening Echo have a short event video here...

Lizzie Lee from Cork qualifies for the Rio Olympics after running 2:32 in Berlin Marathon

Lizzie Lee of Leevale AC ran an amazing time of 2:32:51 in the Berlin Marathon on Sunday the 27th of September. Lizzie's previous best was 2:38:09 which she set back in Berlin in Sept 2013 so this is a huge jump.

18     F31     » Lee, Elizabeth (IRL)     W35     Leevale AC         02:32:51     02:32:51 

Lizzie's time of 2:32:51 is the 5th fastest time for an Irish woman which is pretty amazing. To put it into perspective, that's about 5:50 per mile for 26.2 miles.

1    2:22:23    Catriona McKiernan    Amsterdam    1 Nov 1998
2    2:28:07    Carey May        Osaka    27 Jan 1985
3    2:29:01    Sonia O'Sullivan    Flora    London    17 Apr 2005
4    2:31:46    Fionnuala Britton    Zürich    16 Aug 2014
5    2:32:51     Lizzie Lee        Berlin    27 Sep 2015
6    2:32:56    Regina Joyce-Bonney    Scottsdale AZ    4 Dec 1982
7    2:33:28    Nicola Duncan    London    13 Apr 2014
8    2:33:59    Marie Davenport    New York NY    6 Nov 2005
9    2:34:15    Sinead Diver    Melbourne    12 Oct 2014
10    2:34:19    Maria McCambridge    Dublin    27 Oct 2014
11    2:34:49    Monica Joyce        Sacramento CA    2 Dec 1984

The qualifying standard for the Marathon in the 2016 Olympics in Rio is 2:42. The problem with qualifying though is that Ireland can only send three athletes for the women's marathon. For the 2012 Olympics in London, four had the qualifying time but only three could go. It may well happen again that more than three will qualify for Rio but Lizzie's time of 2:32:51 is just over 9 minutes inside the standard. That should mean that Lizzie is almost certain to go to Rio.

Post race intervew...

In the mens event, four got inside the 2:17 qualifying standard.

21     Seaward, Kevin (IRL)     M30     St Malachy's AC         02:14:52     02:14:52 
24     Ciobuna, Sergiu (IRL)     MH                 02:15:14     02:15:14
29     Clohisey, Michael (IRL)     MH     Raheny Shamrock         02:15:35     02:15:35
30     Pollock, Paul (IRL)     MH     Annadale Striders         02:15:38     02:15:38

39     Thornton, Gary (IRL)     M35                 02:17:19     02:17:19 
41     Hehir, Sean (IRL)     M30     Rathfarnham Wsaf Ac     02:17:48     02:17:48
48     Kirwan, Mark (IRL)     M30     Raheny Shamrock Ac     02:19:30     02:19:30
54     Murray, Gary (IRL)     M35     Clonliffe Harriers         02:21:09     02:21:09
55     Hanrahan, Mark (IRL)     M30                 02:21:13     02:21:13
60     Fitzpatrick, Thomas (IRL)     M30     Tallaght AC         02:22:18     02:22:18
96     Hoare, Martin (IRL)     MH     Celbridge Ac         02:26:49     02:26:42
106     Murphy, Brian (IRL)     M30     Iverragh             02:27:05     02:26:59
107     Reed, Declan (IRL)     M40     City Of Derry Spart...     02:27:16     02:27:08