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Sunday, March 29, 2015

Results & Photos of the Cork BHAA UCC 10k road race...Sun 29th Mar 2015

The annual Cork BHAA UCC 10k road race was held on the Lee Road/Straight Road circuit on Sunday the 29th of March 2015.

1 Eric Curran M1 00:32:31 UCC Student
2 Chris Harrington M2 00:32:38 Chris Harrington Construction
3 John Meade M3 00:32:40 Joyce Wolfe Physio M-A-1
30 Karina Teehan 0/35H F1 00:38:38 Joyce Wolfe Physio
99 Mary Dennehy 0/35H F2 00:42:42 Murphys Rock F-A-1
106 Cloada McMarrow 00:43:01 Temp Reg

The full results are up on the Cork BHAA website HERE

1) Irene Hartigan of UCC has a gallery HERE

Photos...(Facebook account required to view)
1) Joe Murphy has a gallery of photos HERE

Results of the Cloyne Commons 4km road race...Sun 29th Mar 2015

A total of 175 runners turned out for this 4k race in Cloyne on Sunday the 29th of March 2015

1 13:47    SHEEHAN, Nigel    Youghal AC    M    05:32.6
2 13:53    MCKEOWN, Kieran    Watergrasshill AC    M40    05:35.0
3 14:00    O'KEEFFE, Marty    Youghal AC    M45    05:37.8
8 14:59    QUAID, Annette    Leevale AC    F35    06:01.6
18 16:28    GILROY, Helen    Midleton AC    F45    06:37.4
20 16:45    LEAHY, Eileen    Midleton AC    F    06:44.2

The full results can be seen HERE

Update : Someone asked about overall results for the series. There are none as the overall winners were worked out on a points system.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Results of the Baltydaniel NS 5k in Doneraile Park...Sat 28th Mar 2015

This 5k in Doneraile Park attracted a large field of runners, joggers and walkers.

1 17:11 GILEECE, Kevin 3D TRI CLUB M 00:05:33
2 17:15 BYRNE, Rob M 00:05:34
3 18:32 O'FLATHEARTAIGH, Naoise BANDON AC M 00:05:59
11 20:28 SWEENEY, Mary ST FINBARRS AC F 00:06:36
22 21:25 FOX, Maire 3D TRI CLUB F 00:06:55

30 22:16    FENTON, Cora        F    00:07:11

The full results can be seen HERE

1) North Cork AC have some photos HERE 
2) Klickapic Photography has loads HERE 

Video of the start of the race from North Cork AC...

Friday, March 27, 2015

Races in Cork this weekend...Sat 28th & Sun 29th Mar 2015

There are a number of races in Cork this weekend so there is plenty to choose from...

Cork...Sat 28th (9:30am)...Macroom 5k parkrun...€free...Castle Demense...
Cork...Sat 28th (9:30am)...Clonakilty 5k parkrun...€free...Showgrounds...
Cork...Sat 28th (9:30am)...Bere Island 5k parkrun...€free...Beara Peninsula...
Kerry...Sat 28th (9:30am)...Tralee 5k parkrun...€free...Tralee Town Park...CANCELLED
Cork...Sat 28th (11am)...Doneraile Park 5k race...€7...

Cork...Sun 29th (9:30am)...Cloyne Commons 4k...€4...
Cork...Sun 29th (11am)...Cork BHAA UCC 10k road race...€5 reg/€8 non-reg...Straight Rd/Lee Rd...
Cork...Sun 29th (11am)...Gaeilscoil de HÍde 5k fun run/walk...€7...

As always, there is a more complete list of events in Cork and Munster on the race calendar.

Cork City Marathon entries go up by €10 on the 31st of March

Just a reminder about the closing date for the early bird entries for the Cork City Marathon, Half-Marathon and Relay is the 31st of March.

After the 31st, the entry fees go up by €10. If you've decided to do one of the events then you should enter asap to avail of the cheapest prices.

The early bird prices are €65 for the marathon, €42 for the half and €97 for the relay.

More details about how to enter, previews of the course, etc in this earlier post.

Launch of the Munster Ladies Mini-Marthon in Mallow...

There was a race launch recently in the Corkman Newspaper offices for the Munster Ladies Mini-Marathon which is coming up on Sunday the 3rd of May in Mallow, N.Cork.

All proceeds from the event are going to the following charities...Cope Foundation, Irish Cancer Society, St.Josephs Foundation, Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association, Friends of Mallow Hospital and the Mercy Hospital. Promoted by Duhallow AC.

The course is a 7km loop which starts and finishes at Mallow GAA complex.

More info on the race website...

The Facebook page for the race is HERE

You can enter online at

Members of Duhallow AC at the recent launch

Athletics Ireland announce 2015 grants for Irish athletes...

Athletics Ireland has just released a list of athletes who qualify for grants from the Irish Sports Council for 2015.

The selected athletes are...
Robert Heffernan Podium (€40k)...(2014 = €40k, 2013 = €40k, 2012 = €40k).
Fionnuala Britton World Class (€20k)....(2014 = €20k, 2013 = €20k, 2012 = €20k)
Ciarán Ó Lionáird World Class (€20K)...(2014 = €12k, 2013 = €20k, 2012 = €20k).
Mark English World Class (€20K)...(2014 = €12k, 2013 = €0k, 2012 = €0k).
Paul Robinson World Class (€20K)...(2014 = €12k, 2013 = €0k, 2012 = €0k).
Thomas Barr World Class (€20k)...(2014 = €0k, 2013 = €0k, 2012 = €0k)
Brian Gregan International (€12K)...(2014 = €12k, 2013 = €12k, 2012 = €0k).
Laura Reynolds International (€12K)...(2014 = €12k, 2013 = €12k, 2012 = €0k).
Brendan Boyce International (€12K)...(2014 = €12k, 2013 = €12k, 2012 = €12k)
Alex Wright International (€12k)...(Recently declared for Ireland having represented Britain before).

Those who got grants in 2014 and will get nothing in 2015 are...Jessie Barr (400m hurdles), Rose-Anne Galligan (800m) and Derval O'Rourke (now retired).

In 2014, one person got €40k, one got €20k and nine got €12k.
In 2015, it's one €40k, five €20k and four €12k.

As you can see above, this is a marked increase with 5 now on €20k as opposed to just one last year.

Considering that Rob Heffernan is the current 50km race walking world champion, he was always guaranteed to get the maximum amount.
Fionnuala Britton won the European Cross Country Championhips in 2011 and 2012 as well as finishing 3rd in the European Indoor 3000m in Sweden in 2013. She also led the Irish team to a team Bronze at the European Cross Country Championships last December.
Ciarán Ó Lionáird was cut last year from €20k to €12k despite winning a bronze medal in the 3000m at the European Indoor Championships in March 2013. He now moves back up to €20k.
Mark English who won a Silver medal in the 800m at the recent European Indoor Championships moves up to €20k also.
2014 was a breakthrough year for both Paul Robinson and Thomas Barr as they improved their performance times significantly. They both move up to €20k.

One of those who got a grant for €12k was racewalker Brendan Boyce. At a recent 50k race in the Slovak Republic, he finished just behind Rob Heffernan for a new PB. If he can put in a performance like that in a major championships then he should be another one on track for an increase next year.

Previous posts...
2014 grants
2013 grants
2012 grants
2011 grants

Thursday, March 26, 2015

NIKE sponsor drugs cheat Justin Gatlin

Justin Gatlin of the USA is one of the world's top sprinters with a personal best of 9.77 seconds for 100m. He is however a controversial character having twice been banned for drug offences.....for amphetamines in 2001  and for testosterone in 2006.

The news that he has been given a sponsorship deal by NIKE has been greeted by dismay by many in the athletics community.

Paula Radcliffe in her twitter posted the following........“I am very disappointed to hear this news. I don’t believe it truly reflects the core values of the Nike that I am proud to represent, nor the integrity and the ideals of the people I work with on a daily basis.”

Athletics Weekly have an article on it HERE .....and they ask how can a company like NIKE sponsor a known drugs cheat like Gatlin and yet drop someone like Jo Pavey who won the 10000m at the European Championships last year aged 41.

Rob Heffernan moves one step closer to an Olympic Bronze medal

At the Olympics in London in August of 2012, Sergei Kirdyapkin won the Gold medal in the 50km walk. Rob Heffernan finished 4th in the same event.

Kirdyapkin was subsequently found to have been doping so the Russian Anti-Doping Agency RUSADA announced back in January of 2015 that he would be banned for three years and two months from 15.10.2012, with the cancellation of the results of the July 20, 2009 - September 20, 2009, June 29, 2010 - August 29, 2010 December 17, 2011 - June 11, 2012.

Needless to say, the Russians were cherry picking the ban dates so that he could keep his medals which is a farce.

It was announced yesterday that the IAAF...the governing body for international athletics...were not accepting this and they have filed an appeal with the Court of Arbitration (CAS) in Lausanne, Switzerland.

If that appeal is upheld then the Russian should be stripped of his Gold and Rob Heffernan will be upgraded to Bronze.

Sports journalist Ian O'Riordan has an article in the Irish Times about it HERE

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Marathon Club Ireland featured on Irish TV

Marathon Club Ireland (MCI) as the name suggest is a club for marathon runners in Ireland. They were established in 2010 and currently have about 200 members from all over the country.

There was a recent 24 minute long feature on Irish TV about the club and a recent marathon held in Westmeath.

Programme description........"This week’s Westmeath County Matters looks at the work of Marathon Club Ireland who recently held an event at Lilliput Adventure Centre outside Mullingar. We chat to the Chairperson and PRO of Marathon Club Ireland about how the club came about; We meet David and Sandra of Team Kerr, whose son is confined to a wheelchair, and they explain how marathons have become a family occasion with the purchase of a very special chair; Several runners aged from 68-78 talk to us about what marathons bring to their lives; and we speak with Eimear Hurley, who was a finalist in RTE’s ‘Fittest Family’, about her experiences in Lilliput."

If you have any interest in running marathons then I think you'll find it of interest. You find it HERE

Michal Kapral...The World's Fastest Joggler

I came across this story recently about a Canadian runner named Michal Kapral. His claim to fame is that he is the World's Fastest Joggler.........i.e. someone that runs while juggling three balls. His Guinness World Record time for this feat in the marathon is an amazing 2h 50m 12s!

Just imagine how hard that must be? First off, running a 2:50 marathon..........and then actually juggling three balls while running 6:30 min/mile pace! For the record, he only dropped it twice out of approx 32,000 catches over the 26.2 mile course.

He also holds the world record for 'Joggling' in the Half-Marathon. His time here was 1h 20m 40s.........or 6:10 min/mile pace!

Pretty amazing when you think about it.

You can see a clip of him in action below...

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Notice...Boherbue to Kiskeam 4 mile road race - Mon 6th Apr 2015

Looking ahead to some more races coming up in the near future, this one might be of interest to anyone west or north of Cork City, in Kerry or south and west Limerick. The Jack O'Keeffe 4 mile road race is in North-West Cork on Easter Monday, the 6th of April 2015.

This 4 mile road race starts in Boherbue and finishes in the village of Kiskeam. As you can see from the map below, it's a central location for a lot of people...

The race is being organised by Gneeveguilla AC, one of the largest athletic clubs in Kerry. The entry fee is €15 on the day and there is a huge array of prizes on offer. These are usually in the form of vouchers for a local co-op and are pretty generous.

There will be the usual refreshments of tea. coffee. sandwiches, etc afterwards as well.

A t-shirt will be given to all finishers.

Prizes :
First ten men
First ten females
1st 2 in each category
Female Over 35, 40, 45, 50, 60
Male Over 35, 40, 45, 50, 55, 60, 70
Junior U19, 17, 15

€4,000 in prizes, vouchers from Boherbue Co-Op .

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

Medal Holders from Kerry Signature Furniture

Someone sent me an e-mail about these this morning. A company called Kerry Signature Furniture is making wooden medal holders that might be of interest to someone who likes to display the medals they collect.

They can be personalised with name, date and time. The generic ones are €15 each and the personalised ones are €20. Shipping costs are €6.50.

Other than that, I don't really know anything about them or what the quality is like. For €20-25 though, it's not exactly a big investment.

If you're interested, see their website...

Monday, March 23, 2015

Reminder...Great Island 4m & 10m race, Cobh - Sun 12th April 2015

Now that the Mallow 10 mile is out of the way, the next big 10 mile race coming up in Cork is the Great Island 10 on Sunday the 12th of April 2015. There was a photo shoot recently in Fota with Rob Heffernan who was on hand to endorse the upcoming event.

From the organisers......We had great fun with sporting legend Rob Heffernan last Friday for our photocall in Fota and are delighted another one of Cork's Sports Stars are supporting our event on April 12th. ‘It’s fantastic to see a local running event go from strength to strength with runners from all over Ireland descending on the seaside town of Cobh for the 6th time this year, in what has become a major event on the running calendar in Cork, a great course, great challenge and all for a great cause’

As well as the usual 10 mile race, there is a properly measured 4 mile race this year as well which will suit runners and walkers who prefer the shorter distance.

More info including details on how to enter, course previews, etc in this race notice.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Results & Photos of the Mallow 10 mile road race - Sun 22nd Mar 2015

The weather conditions for the Mallow 10 this year were almost perfect...dry, mild with a very light wind. It may have been a little too warm at times early on with the sunshine but it clouded over later which made things a lot more comfortable.

This was also the first year of the 'new' course. In reality, it was much the same as previous years except the start and finish points had changed. This resulted in a short downhill start with an extra climb up from the river. Overall, I thought it didn't have much impact in terms of times and I think it was about as hard as last year. Some people have compared the course to Ballycotton and said it was easier? I thought overall, they're both about the same....some small hills but nothing much.

Top 10 men and women...

1 Martin Fagan        Mullingar Harriers    M 48:28
2 Mark Hanrahan        Leevale    M 49:53
3 Alan O Shea        Bantry AC    M 51:13
4 Trevor Power        Waterford AC    M 52:47
5 Colin Merritt        Carrig Na Bhfear    M 53:32
6 John Meade        St Finbarr's AC    M 54:19
7 Brian Murphy.        Iveragh AC    M 54:39
8 Brian Hegarty        Leevale AC    M 55:21
9 John O'connell            M 55:49
10 Michael Morgan        St Finbarrs    M 55:57

1 Michelle Finn        Leevale AC    F 56:29
2 Laoise Ní Thuama            F 1:02:50
3 Nollaigh O Neill        Leevale    F    F40 1:03:28
4 Anne Curley        Donore Harriers    F    F40 1:04:01
5 Carol Finn        Leevale ac    F 1:04:13
6 Angela Mccann        Clonmel    F    F40 1:04:22
7 Joan Ennis        Grange Fermoy    F    F50 1:05:35
8 Niamh Cronin        St. Finbarrs    F    F35 1:06:16
9 Adele Walsh        St. Senan's AC    F    F35 1:06:23
10 Clotilde Fitzgibbon        Grange Fermoy AC    F    F45 1:07:02

The results on the race website are here...

This is where the final official results will go once the corrections are done.

The provisional results can be seen on the Precision Timing website HERE
Contact them if you see any errors.
Update......Several people are shown with an English address which is an error. Precision Timing are working on this at present.

Photos...(Updated Mon 11pm)
1) Mick Dooley of Eagle AC has a gallery of 32 photos HERE
2) Kieran Minihane has a gallery of photos HERE 
3) Joe Murphy of Eagle AC has a gallery HERE
 and another near the 8.5 mile mark HERE and No.3 HERE

Photos on Facebook...Account required to view
1) Joe Murphy of Eagle AC has a video of the start of the race HERE