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Saturday, October 25, 2014

Reminder...Race in Cork this weekend - Lee Fields 4m and Bandon 5k

Just a reminder that there are two races in Cork this weekend.

First off on Sunday morning, there is the Lee Fields 4 mile race by the county hall in Cork City. This starts at 10:30am and all the details including a course preview can be seen in this earlier post.

Then on Sunday afternoon at 2:30pm, there is the Dierdre O'Reilly 5k race in Bandon. Full details including maps, directions and a course preview can be seen in this earlier post.

Final thoughts for the 2014 Dublin Marathon.....

Thousands of runners from all over Ireland will be descending on the capital next Monday for the Dublin City Marathon. As you go around the various running websites, there is no shortage of advice and tips like these below...

This year, the course has changed due to some road works. I had a video of the course in this earlier post. Another good video appeared on the Irish Times website during the week. Ian O'Riordan is a sports journalist who writes an athletics article for the Irish Times every Saturday and in the video, he explains the key points of this years course in three and a half minutes.

The current weather forecast looks pretty reasonable. This is the forecast from Met Eireann...."There's likely to be a lot of dry weather and just a few showers with some brighter spells coming through. South to Southwest winds will remain fresh to strong and blustery and it will be mild with highest temperatures between 14 and 17 degrees."

As you can see from the chart above, there is a weather front out in the Atlantic but it shouldn't arrive until Monday evening/night. In the morning, the temperature is likely to be in the low teens so that's fine. The only issue might be the winds which are from the west.

I've paced loads of marathons at this stage and there is a common theme to all of them...a lot of people run too fast too early. It's 26.2 miles. Respect the distance and set yourself a realistic target and stick to that target. If you are working hard at 10 miles then there is a pretty good chance you'll be walking by 20. The best times are achieved by running at a steady consistent pace for the whole race. Going easy early on will pay off after the 20 mile mark when the legs start to get tired.

After the marathon, I'll stick up some links for photo galleries here so hopefully you might spot yourself. Enjoy!

Friday, October 24, 2014

Notice...CIT Floodlit Cross Country, Bishopstown - Fri 12th Dec 2014

Most of the cross country races on the calendar are inter club only and are not open to non-club runners. For this unique event on the CIT grounds on Friday evening the 12th of December 2014, anyone can take part.

 As you can see on the photo above, the course is on very short grass so it's not the usual type of cross country race with hills and mud. As such, people do not need spikes or any type of special shoes to take part and you can wear your usual runners if you want to.

The race starts at 7pm on Friday 12th of December around the CIT GAA pitches.

5k for the men and 3k for women.

Entry fee of €5 with proceeds to Make a wish Foundation and CIT AC.

Registration will take pace upstairs in the main GAA stand, on the side furthest away from the college.

Refreshments provided afterwards.

Directions can be found HERE

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Notice...Eyeries 5 mile road race, West Cork - Sat 8th Nov 2014

The Beara Peninsula in West Cork is one of those areas that has been until recently completely devoid of road races. Perhaps it's not so suprising considering the low population density but it is in stark contrast to other areas of the county where there seems to be a glut of events.

This particular one is brand new on the race calendar and it looks pretty stunning.

As courses go, it probably isn't the fastest as there are a number of hills but what a location for a race! On a nice sunny day, it would be absolutely stunning.

From the organisers.....Eyeries, on the Beara Peninsula, will host its first five mile road race on Saturday 8th 2014. The race will start at 2:30pm. This is the inaugural running of this event and the organisers are hoping for a good turnout for their first race. The event is sponsored by Murphys SuperValu Castletownbere and The Edge. The entry fee for the race is €10 and registration is available on All profits from the race will be donated to the construction of the new Eyeries Playground.

Eyeries Hall in the village is Race HQ where registration and collection of race numbers will take place as well as post-race refreshments and prizes. Parking will be available within walking distance of Race HQ and the village. 

Eyeries Running Promotions are organising this race to bring quality road racing to Beara. Following the example set by neighbours in Bere Island, it is hoped that this will be the first of many more races in the area. The committee have engaged with Bantry AC and Athletics Association of Ireland to organise this race. The course has been measured and certified to AAI & IAAF standards and the AAI Race Permit has been granted. It is open to all levels of runners and walkers.

The Prizes are: €100 - 1st, , €75 – 2nd  and €50 - 3rd  (Male and Female)
€40 voucher for The Edge Sports – 1st  Male & Female in the following categories: over-40, over 50 and over 60. Lots of other prizes on the day.
Please support this worthwhile event.

In terms of location, Eyeries is of course quite a distance for a lot of people. It might make a good excuse for some to make a weekend of it in the area. In November, this stunning part of West Cork can be very quiet and I'm sure they would appreciate all the support that they can get.

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

Facebook.....The organisers also have their own Facebook account. Just send them a 'friend' request if you are on Facebook already.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Notice...Run in the Dark 5k/10k...Wed 12th Nov 2014

Following the success of last years Run in the Dark charity events, they will be repeated again this year in the cities of Dublin, Cork, Belfast, London and Manchester.

The Cork event last year attracted around 1,900 people and it looks likely that a similar number will want to take part in this unique event around the streets of the city at night this year as well.

You can enter this race on the event website...

The only big change this year is that the runners will be avoiding Paul Street and will be using a section of the quays instead.

More details in later posts..

Monday, October 20, 2014

Notice...Deirdre OReilly 5k run, Bandon - Sun 26th Oct 2014

 This new 5k is coming up in Bandon on Sunday the 26th of October 2014 at 2pm. The purpose of the event is to raise funds for the treatment of Deirdre O'Reilly who had a severe stroke at the end of 2013.

 The 5k is being organised by Bandon AC.

Here is some more info...Deirdre O Reilly is the mother of two young girls and is herself the youngest child of Michael and the late Margaret O Reilly, 14 Convent Hill, Bandon. On December 22nd 2013 tragedy struck when Deirdre suffered a most severe stroke. She has since been in the care of the wonderful staff at Cork University Hospital.  The stroke has left her with paralysis on her right side and with an inability to communicate her feelings and needs. But through it all, 43-year-old Deirdre’s passion for life and her special character is still beaming through. Throughout her life she has displayed a generosity and an empathy for those she comes in contact with. This is demonstrated by the fact that she has been involved in raising over one million euro for most deserving causes. Her infectious laughter and sense of humour is still shining in spite of her inability to articulate her emotions and feelings. One can observe, when visiting her, that she wants to make people at ease. A smile and an attempted wink to break the ice. The goodwill and support which Deirdre and the family have received is heart-warming and encourages everyone to continue with the long road of rehabilitation.

You can find out more about the charity HERE

Please note that the number of prizes are restricted as the purpose of the race is to raise as much as possible.

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

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Results of the Cork AAI Intermediate & Novice B Cross Country Championships...Sun 19th Oct 2014

Cork Athletics Board Cork  Cross Country Championship in Castlelyons, NE Cork

Top 3 mens in the Cork Intermediate Cross Country...Michael Dullea 2nd, Michael Harty 1st & Owen Casey 3rd
Intermediate  Men...1 Michael Harty, East Cork AC), 2 Michael Dullea, Skibbreen AC, 3 Owen Casey, Leevale AC
Team...Leevale AC (Owen Casey, Anthony Mannix, Andrew Sheehan, Conor McKaulley)  22pts, 2nd St.Finbarrs AC 45pts, 3rd Mallow 51pts

Top 3 women in the Intermediate XC...L-R Fiona Santry 2nd, Niamh Allen 1st & Ronnie Barry 3rd

Intermediate Women 1 Niamh Allen, UCC AC, 2 Fiona Santry, East Cork AC, 3 Ronnie Barry,   Bandon AC

Mallow AC ladies team retain their Intermediate title
Teams...1st Mallow AC (Lorna Davy, Noreen Hurley ,Aoifa Carroll, Mairead Mulcahy) 22pts, 2nd East Cork AC 34 pts  

Novice “B” Men...1 Ian Dorgan (St.Finbarrs), 2 Dennis O’Driscoll (St Finbarrs AC), 3 Paul Deane, Clonakilty Road Runners AC
Teams....1st St. Finbarr's AC 64pts, 2nd Eagle AC  68pts, 3rd Leevale AC 71pts

Novice “B” Women...1st Ruth Mellerick, Youghal AC, 2nd Mary FitzGerald, Carrig Na bhFear AC, 3rd Edel O.Connell, Carrig na Bhfearr AC
Teams...1st Carrig Na BhFearr AC 22pts, 2 Midleton AC 47pts, 3rd St.Catherine's AC 73pts

The full results are available on the Cork AAI website

1) Mick Dooley of Eagle AC has some team photos HERE

Some other running news items from the week...Sat 11th - Sat 18th Oct 2014

Some news stories from the net over the last week...Sat 11th - Sat 18th Oct 2014

Landing on the forefoot or your heel? the debate continues...Guardian...
Gatlin doesn't make last 3 for IAAF awards :o) ...Guardian...
Drugs cheat Justin Gatlin defends award nomination...Guardian...
Winner of marathon in Argentina nearly thrown off course...Guardian...
Euro 10000m champion Jo Pavey on the role of volunteers in sport...Guardian...
Winter Coaching Series returns to CIT in Cork...Athletics Ireland...
Sensitivity to gluten could be affecting your performance...Athletics Weekly...
National doping agencies need more funding...Guardian...
New study shows high-load strength training helps short term treatment of plantar fasciitis...Running Physio... 

Results of the Rebel Run 10k...Sun 19th Oct 2014

A total of 484 runners turned out for this years Rebel Run 10k road race in Bishopstown in Cork City.

1    THISTLEWOOD    BEN 32:07    5:10/M    Top Fin   
2    MEADE    JOHN 32:21    5:13/M    Top Fin   
3    O' DONOVAN    CATHAL 32:22    5:13/M    Top Fin   
15 O'DONNELL    GRAINNE 39:00    6:17/M    Top Fin   
19  NI THUAMA    LAOISE 39:35     6:22/M    Top Fin   
33  CROSBIE    ORLA 41:22 6:40/M    Top Fin   

The full results can be seen HERE

(Please Note: Results were withheld for the following bib numbers: 225, 258, 495, 513, 578, 618, 734, 743 due to the wearing of headphones. Please contact for queries )

Photos...(Updated 21st Oct @2pm)
1) Joe Murphy of Eagle AC as a gallery of photos HERE
2) Mick Dooley of Eagle AC has a gallery of some groups HERE
3) Jorge Ruiz Villasante has a gallery HERE 

Friday, October 17, 2014

Sponsored post...Katie Taylor and Paul O’Connell appear in first of What Drives You video series for Toyota

Sponsored post...Toyota Ireland has released the first in a series of videos featuring exclusive footage of Ireland’s leading sports personalities and Toyota ambassadors exploring what drives them. It offers the viewer an intimate glimpse into a day with Olympic boxer Katie Taylor and Ireland rugby captain Paul O’Connell.

The two sporting legends try to spend a day in each others boots, with Paul sparring with some promising young boxers from Katie’s gym, and Katie learning how to kick and pass on the pitch with Paul and a team of talented youth rugby players. The pair ask each other searching questions about their respective disciplines, their training regimes and about what drives them. To experience more of what drives you, head over to the microsite at

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Route for the 2014 Dublin City Marathon...

The route for this years Dublin City Marathon seems to have changed again from previous years. Have a look at the video below....

Additional info from Brian Healy...The course is pretty similar to that run over the last few years. The major change is at the start and finish. The start will be familiar to those that have run the race recently the change being that it will not travel down O'Connell Street due to Luas work but head up towards Christchurch and then head down the Quays towards Heuston Station before entering the Phoenix Park.The finish is completely new,with the race not heading up towards Trinity College but taking a left at Shelbourne Road and heading up Haddington Road before finishing at Merrion Square North. Anyone doing the race should familiarize themselves with these areas particularly with the meeting point locations if they intend to meet anyone after the race as one way systems will operate for runners and spectators. The organisers are advising anyone that wishes to collect a race number for someone else that they must have a letter giving them permission to do so. You will also require photo id to collect your own number. On the day you will be allowed join a later wave start but not an earlier one. The organisers say that only offical vehicles and bikes will be allowed on the course and my information is that this will be strictly enforced.

What’s Your Fitness Age???

There was an article in the New York Times yesterday that asked the question...What's your fitness age? It was in response to a recent study that suggested that a persons 'fitness age' may predict risk of early death better than some traditional risk factors like being overweight, having high cholesterol levels or blood pressure, and smoking.

The study which was published in June in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise was based on questionnaires given to 55,000 Norwegian adults in the 1980s which were then correlated more recently with death records.

According to the article. your 'fitness age' can be determined primarily by your VO2max...a measure of your body's ability to take in and utilize oxygen.

You can find the article on the New York Times website.

An online calculator to estimate your fitness age can be found at

Training advice from Sean Kelly...

Cycling or running, the advice is the same :o)

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Half-Marathon Entry Fees...How much is too much???

Over the last few days, I came across this article about the price of half-marathons in the US. The author was praising the face that a low key local half-marathon cost only $35 (~€28) to enter. She made a comparison to the local Philadelphia Half-Marathon which cost $125 (~€99).

There is of course a huge difference between some half-marathons. In the ones shown in the article, one was low key and staffed by volunteers. The other one was in a major city and a huge number of people needed to be paid for their services.

In an Irish context, there is a similar difference. You can't compare the cost of organising a half-marathon on quiet country roads to say one in a city where you need to close roads and have an army of volunteers at all the road junctions.

In general, the upper price of half marathons in Ireland has tended to be about €50 max. Recently however, it seems to be on the move upwards.

Over the last few days, I noticed that the Connemara marathon has a new website. This is a very successful event which comprises a half-marathon (13.1m), full marathon (26.2) and an ultra marathon (39.3m), is held in early April every year and seems to sell out well in advance.

I noticed however that the entry fee for the half-marathon is €70! I know that it includes a bus transfer to take people to the start line and all the usual things like dry fit tops, etc but €70?!?!

I have done the ultra up there twice and it certainly is a scenic and quiet course. I can understand why an ultra might cost €70.....the numbers are small and the course is a very big loop. But €70 for a half does sound excessive.

So my question much are you prepared to pay to enter a half-marathon? What is the maximum? Is it a case that say the €70 entry fee for a half is just part of a good weekend away? What is acceptable and what is too much?

How long is it before people start paying US prices of €100 to enter a half-marathon?

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Video...Mountain Running with Anton Krupicka

I came across this video for the trail runners out there. It's 7 minutes long and as far as I can see, it was shot during the UTMB race around Mont Blanc. Most of the scenes are from Chamonix in the French Alps.