Google+ Running in Cork, Ireland: 2017

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Physical Education to be introduced as a Leaving Certificate subject

It was announced recently that Physical Education is to be introduced as a Leaving Certificate subject in Ireland. Initially it will be rolled out in about 50 schools from September of 2018 with the intention that there will be exams for it in the leaving certificate in the future.

The course will cover a number of sports and there is also an athletics module included...

In a world dominated by GAA, Soccer and Rugby, this may well be the first time any teenager has been exposed to athletics.

The course does of course cover a lot of other sports and covers much more than just physical activity.

Strand 1: Towards optimum performance...
Topic 1: Learning and improving skill and technique
Topic 2: Physical and psychological demands of performance
Topic 3: Structures, strategies, roles and conventions
Topic 4: Planning for optimum performance

Strand 2: Contemporary issues in physical activity
Topic 5: Promoting physical activity
Topic 6: Ethics and fair play
Topic 7: Physical activity and inclusion
Topic 8: Technology, media and sport
Topic 9: Gender and physical activity
Topic 10: Business and enterprise in physical activity and sport, Physical activity areas, Adventure activities, Aquatics, Artistic and aesthetic movement, Athletics, Games, Personal exercise and fitness activities

Sport is now a big business and a lot of people work in the industry. It's conceivable that at some future date, this leaving cert course will be a prerequisite to get into certain 3rd level courses and jobs.

More info below...

1) RTE News...Mon 11th Dec 2017... PE to be introduced as Leaving Cert examination subject
2) RTE News...Mon 11th Dec 2017... How will Leaving Certificate Physical Education work?
3) Curriculum

Monday, December 11, 2017

Photos of the Millstreet Christmas Jumper Run 5k...Sat 9th Dec 2017

This charity 5k in Millstreet was held on Saturday the 9th of December.

TMC Photography Cork has a gallery HERE

Killian Devlin from Ballinacurra Villagers AC completes his 100th Marathon!

Well done to Killian Devlin from Ballinacurra who completed his 100th marathon in Clonakilty last Saturday!

Born to Run...Video from Sligo

An nice video from athletics coach Dermott McDermott in Sligo highlighting the benefits of running...

Saturday, December 09, 2017

Results of the Ballincollig 5k parkrun...Sat 9th Dec 2017

1 Rory O' SULLIVAN    16:50    VM40-44    M1    St Finbarrs AC
2 Denis BUCKLEY    18:54    JM15-17    M2
3 Tobi GRAB    20:02    VM40-44    M3
15 Kate MARTIN    21:43    SW30-34    F1    Raheny Shamrock AC
20 Mary SWEENEY    22:09    VW55-59    F2    St Finbarrs AC
22 Rachel ORMROD    22:14    VW40-44    F3    Raheny Shamrock AC

Results of the Clonakilty Marathon, Half-Marathon & 10k...Sat 9th Dec 2017

1 Chris GRAYSON    02:54:59    M (1)    MS (1)    Kerry Crusaders
2 Cathal O'REILLY    02:55:58    M (2)    MS (2)    Loughrea AC
3 Denis KEANE    02:57:59    M (3)    MS (3)    MCI
25 Dolores DUFFY    03:14:35    F (1)    F50 (1)    Watergrasshill AC/ MCI
30 Jean LUCEY    03:18:18    F (2)    FS (1)  
32 Annabelle STEARNS    03:18:43    F (3)    FS (2)

2 Niall SHEIL    01:15:04    M (1)    M40 (1)   
3 Garrett LORDAN    01:18:54    M (2)    MS (1)    Clonakilty Road Runners AC
4 Liam RYAN    01:19:38    M (3)    M40 (2)   
30 Ellen HANLEY    01:31:35    F (2)    F40 (1)   
44 Kana AKIMOTO    01:34:57    F (3)    FS (2)    North East Runners
51 Elaine DEASY    01:35:22    F (4)    FS (3)   

1 Cathal O'DONNABHAIN    00:34:35    M (1)    (1)   
2 Declan GUINA    00:34:58    M (2)    MS (1)    West Limerick AC
3 Iain WYCHERLEY    00:35:54    M (3)    MS (2)   
9 Carmel CROWLEY    00:39:32    F (1)    F40 (1)   
20 Ronnie BARRY    00:42:54    F (2)    (6)    Bandon AC
26 Anna O'NEILL    00:43:54    F (3)    (7)

The full results can be seen on the MyRunResults website.

Friday, December 08, 2017

Guest Post...An Irish One-Two Over The Country - by John Walshe


With the European championships dominating the weekend’s activities, this might be an opportune moment to recall a memorable Irish cross-country one-two that took place exactly 39 years ago, on Saturday December 9th, 1978.

Before the arrival of the Euro Cross, a number of invitational cross-country events highlighted the pre-Christmas period. Two of the most prestigious took place in England, at Gateshead in November and the IAC (International Athletes’ Club) promotion at Crystal Palace in December.

Although the fields were mainly of a domestic nature apart from a sprinkling of Europeans, such was the dominance of British runners at the time that the standard was always of the highest. For the 1978 event, the IAC had secured the appearance of the reigning World Champion, Ireland’s John Treacy who was somewhat of a surprise winner of the title the previous March at Bellahouston Park in Glasgow. But on that fine December afternoon Treacy had to settle for second best, not alone to a fellow Irishman but to one from his very own county of Waterford.

Gerry Deegan’s athletics career was somewhat understandably overshadowed by his more famous Deise colleague but it too was of the highest quality. In 1977, at the age of 20, he won the first of his five Irish C-C titles and he followed the route of Treacy by taking up an athletics scholarship at Providence College, although he only spent two years in the US.

While there, he had a number of outstanding performances including a third place finish at the 1977 NCAA C-C in Spokane. On that day, Treacy took the silver medal behind multi-world-record holder Henry Rono from Kenya. Deegan also won the NCAA indoor two-mile title the following spring before claiming a credible 14th place finish at Glasgow in the wake of Treacy’s victory.

Six twisting laps made up the 8580m of firm going around the Crystal Palace venue on that December Saturday and a large group were in contention for the early circuits. It wasn’t until the fourth lap that the first decisive move was made when Deegan, Treacy and Steve Jones opened up a 15m gap on the chasing pack which included Mike McLeod, Tony Simmons, Dave Black, Steve Kenyon and the Belgium Grillaert.

A tremendous scrap ensued among the three leaders before Jones seized the initiative at the start of the final circuit. The Irish pair passed Jones on an uphill stretch but the Welshman wasn’t finished yet and retook the lead. With Deegan losing a few metres, the race looked to be between Jones and Treacy with the latter judging it to perfection by taking Jones at the last turn prior to the run-in.

But he reckoned without Deegan who produced a storming finish to cross the line, arms aloft in delight, ten metres to the good. The closeness of the finish can be seen from the times: Deegan 26:16, Treacy 26:17, Jones 26:18 while Simmons made up considerable ground to take fourth in 26:20.

The significance of that victory can be seen from the pedigree of those left in Deegan’s wake. Steve Jones was already a formidable competitor on all surfaces but his greatest days lay ahead. Six years later he set a world marathon best of 2:08:05 in Chicago, won London the following spring and then reduced his time to 2:07:13 in Chicago which, 32 years later, still remains the British record.

Tony Simmons was after finishing fourth two years before in the 1976 Olympic 10,000m, had a best of 27:43.59 for the distance and that year of 1978 could also claim a marathon time of 2:12:33.

Dave Black was ranked sixth in the world in the 10,000m for 1978 with a time of 27:36.3 while Mike McLeod – who had won the Gateshead cross-country – would go on to be a medallist at the 1984 Olympics in the same event.

Rounding off the top dozen that day at Crystal Palace was another Irishman, one Eamonn Coghlan. Showing that cross-country is no detriment to track success, two months later Coghlan set a world indoor mile record of 3:52.6 at San Diego (which he would later improve to 3:49.78) along with winning the European indoor 1500m title.

Of course that spring of 1979 will forever be associated with John Treacy’s second World C-C victory at a rain soaked Limerick Racecourse before an ecstatic home following. But, while Gerry Deegan had been a second ahead of Treacy at Crystal Palace, this time he was all of a minute-and-a-half in arrears. However, he did have the consolation of being the third scorer on the Irish team who memorably took the silver medals behind England.

For the record, the following are the Irish placings on that never-to-be-forgotten March day in Limerick: John Treacy, 1st; Danny McDaid, 11th; Gerry Deegan, 43rd; Mick O’Shea, 46th; Donie Walsh, 47th; Tony O’Brien, 50th.

Video on the IAU 24HR World Championships in Belfast

The 2017 24 Hour World Championships were held last July in Belfast with teams from all over the world competing.

It also doubled up as the Irish 24 hour championships with Eoin Keith from Cobh setting a new national record to take Gold.

A new video of the event is now available. See below....

Thursday, December 07, 2017

Donie Walsh Receives European Athletics Coaching Award

Leevale AC coach Donie Walsh was presented with an European Athletics Coaching Award recently at the Athletics Ireland Annual Awards.

Donie is one of the top endurance coaches in the country and has been coaching some of the top Irish international athletes for years. At present, he coaches Cork athletes Lizzie Lee and Claire McCarthy amongst others at Leevale AC.

Wednesday, December 06, 2017

Athletics Ireland release club membership stats for the end of Nov 2017

Athletics Ireland have just released the membership stats as of the end of November 2017. As we approach the end of the year, growth in club membership really slows down as most people just wait until January and join for a complete year.

In terms of adult membership in clubs in Cork, Leevale AC are now the largest club in Cork with 244 members jumping ahead of Mallow AC (235) who were the largest club in 2016.

The chart below shows the 15 Cork athletic clubs with 100 or more members, up from 12 at the end of 2016.

The chart below shows the smaller clubs with between 20 and 100 adult members...

As always, numbers aren't everything. Some clubs like East Cork AC are more involved in the serious side of running and their numbers are small as a result. The charts above just show the relative sizes of each club, not how good or bad they are.

The charts also don't show non-AAI clubs like Happy Feet and the Wibbly Wobbly Wonders who are very successful with their own programmes. There are also plenty of other running groups with no affiliation.

While the overall view of adult membership in clubs is positive, there are some areas of concern when you dig into the stats. For example, the number of adults in Cork athletic clubs is up 5% on this time last year. However, the number of Senior members (i.e. adults aged 34 and below) is down 3.1%.

And this isn't a new phenomenon. Every year for the last few years, adult membership has been getting older and older.

The full figures for all the clubs in the country can be seen on the Athletics Ireland website.

Tuesday, December 05, 2017

Mallow 10 mile race next year will be on Sun 25th March 2018

Mallow AC have just announced that their annual Mallow 10 mile road race will be held on Sunday the 25th of March 2018.

With the ending of the Ballycotton '10', a lot of race organisers will be looking to attract runners to their event instead. Currently, the top 10 mile race in Munster is without doubt the Dungarvan 10 which sold out in just 4 hours a few weeks back.

In terms of an established race with a reasonable course for times, the Mallow 10 mile is probably next. It shouldn't sell out as fast as Dungarvan but you need to keep an eye out for the entries when they do open.

Details to be announced soon.

The race website is

Monday, December 04, 2017

Advert : Food Trial for anyone with Osteoarthritis of the Knee

A few months back, I had a post up about a probiotic study from a local company in Cork. The same company Atlantia Food Clinical Trials are now looking for anyone who suffers from Osteoarthritis of the Knee. See the details below.....

My name is Niamh Bateman and I am one of the project managers in Atlantia. If you have not heard of us before, Atlantia Food Clinical Trials Ltd is an Independent clinical research organisation that spun out of the Alimentary Pharmabiotic Centre (APC) in University College Cork, ( All of our studies have been approved by the Cork Research Ethics Committee (UCC) and subjects taking part are reimbursed for their time.

Currently, we are conducting a food trial under Consultant Rheumatologist Michael Molloy. We are focused on patients with osteoarthritis of the knee, diagnosed at least one year ago. The product being tested is a raspberry leaf extract, consumed over a 12-week period.

As this health condition is somewhat under-diagnosed, we are finding recruitment challenging. The reason I am writing to you today is to ask if you would consider sharing this information with your club/friends/family. 

The study would involve consuming the raspberry leaf extract over 12 weeks, where each subject would have 3 visits with us in Atlantia. Each visit would involve a health check on each visit, blood tests, questionnaires and exercises to evaluate the degree of pain, stiffness and effect the Osteoarthritis has on daily living. Each subject will receive 200euro plus a Lenovo tablet as compensation for their time and any travel expenses incurred and hopefully the relief symptoms of osteoarthritis.

My number is 0871648153 if you have any more questions or know of someone with Osteoarthritis to pass my number to.

Looking forward to hearing from you!

Irish athlete Paul Robinson runs 4:17 mile in Antarctica

Paul Robinson is one of the fastest Irish runners over the mile distance with a personal best of 3min 54.77sec. Recently, he was part of a project to set a new mile record on the continent of Antarctica which he did in 4min 17.9sec in minus 20 deg C!

After the run, he said...“I definitely think I could go faster but it would need a very groomed, hard surface that just didn’t absorb your energy. On the snow, that’s going to be very hard to do.
In perfect conditions, running a sub-four minute mile is still a great achievement. There are very few athletes who have actually done it on a track. I know how hard it is when conditions are ideal so I knew there was no chance running [a sub-four minute mile] on snow. But I gave it my best effort, and I’m proud of getting anywhere close to four minutes, especially as I was slipping and sliding and even thought I was going to fall over at one stage.”

Additional Info...
1) The 42 Article 

Sunday, December 03, 2017

Results & Photos of the Waterford Half-Marathon...Sat 2nd Dec 2017

The big race in Munster this weekend was of course the Waterford Half-Marathon. This was held on Saturday the 2nd of December and attracted a huge field of 2,172 runners.

This race seems to get more popular every year and is now a target race for many runners at the end of the year. What it perhaps surprising is just how many runners from Cork make the journey down to Waterford City.

In terms of local and non-Cork clubs, West Waterford seemed to have been the largest with 56 members. The host club Waterford AC had 47, Slaney Olympic AC in Wexford had 35, Clonmel AC had 37, Kilkenny City Harriers had 27, Carrick on Suir AC had 14 and Ferrybank AC had 12.

If you look at those numbers and then compare them to the one below, you'll see how important it is to attract runners from Cork for any event.

Youghal AC 38, Ballintotis Fit4Life 36, Watergrasshill AC 33, Midleton AC 32, Mallow AC 31, Grange/Fermoy AC 29, Eagle AC 29, Aghada AC 29, Bweeng Trail Blazers 26, Ballymore Cobh AC 26, Carrigtwohill AC 16, St.Nicholas AC 14, Togher AC 12, Galtee Runners AC 12, Wibbly Wobbly Wonders 11, Rosscarbery Steam Runners 8, St.Catherine's AC 8, St.Finbarr's AC 8, Dromahane Road Runners 5,  Leevale AC 5, East Cork AC 2, Bantry AC 1, Cork Mental Health 1, Dulhallow AC 1!

And for every club runner from Cork, there are probably another few Cork runners who aren't members of a club. According to the organisers, nearly 30% of all entrants were from Cork.

1 Hamilton     Paddy     1:06:27 5:04/M     Slieve Gullion Runners       
2 Ciobanu     Sergiu     1:06:34 5:05/M     Clonliffe Harriers A.C.       
3 Hayes     Thomas     1:06:43 5:05/M     Kilkenny City Harriers A.C.
31 McCambridge     Maria     1:17:45 5:56/M     Dundrum South Dublin A.C.       
60 Kehoe     Fiona     1:21:16 6:12/M     Kilmore A.C.       
65 Carthy     Jackie     1:21:41 6:14/M     Kilmore A.C.

Full results

Category Results

Teams...Men Raheny Shamrock AC, Women Kilmore AC.

Photos...(Updated 5th Dec)
1) Race Face has 1000+ pics HERE
2) John Troy has a gallery HERE
3) Joe Murphy has a gallery HERE
4) Ger Broderick has a gallery HERE 

Results of the Ballinacurra 4 mile run...Sun 3rd Dec 2017

This 4 miler got a small turnout of just 69 people on Sun 3rd Dec 2017. Unusually for such a small event, it was chip timed as well.

1 Kevin O'BRIEN    20:36  M (1)    MS (1)    East Cork AC
2 Nigel SHEEHAN   22:45 M (2)    MS (2)    Youghal AC
4 Denis KELLEHER    25:07  M (3)    M50 (1)   
3 Fiona SANTRY   23:30 F (1)    FS (1)    East Cork AC
9 Andrea MCNAMARA  27:11   F (2)    FS (2)    Sport World
11 Sheila BUCKLEY  28:05  F (3)    FS (3)    Midleton AC

Full results

Mark Hanrahan from Cork wins 5k race in Phoenix Park in Dublin

The annual Jingle Bells 5k race organised by Donore Harriers in the Phoenix Park in Dublin was held on Saturday the 2nd of Dec 2017 and attracted a large field of 1062 runners. The race was also unusual in that it had a pretty high quality field with 23% of the field running sub 20 minutes and 72 runners under 17 minutes.

The first man home was Mark Hanrahan of Leevale AC in Cork with a time of 14m 13s...that's 4:34 per mile!

The first woman home was Fionnuala McCormack who was 11 seconds ahead of Laura Crowe of An Ríocht AC in 2nd place.

1.Mark Hanrahan Senior Male Leevale AC 0:14:13
2. Danny Mooney Senior Male Letterkenny AC 0:14:30
3. Garry Campbell Male U20 Dunleer AC 0:14:31
36. Fionnula McCormack Senior Female Kilcoole AC 0:16:00
40. Laura Crowe Senior Female An Riocht AC 0:16:11
67. Siobhan O'Doherty Senior Female Borrisokane 0:16:52

The full results are HERE

Another performance to note was that of Mark Buckley of North Cork AC who finished in 16th place in a time of 15:24.

Saturday, December 02, 2017

Results & Photos of the Ballincollig 5k parkrun...Sat 2nd Dec 2017

A total of 268 turned out for this weeks 5k parkrun in Ballincollig, more or less in line with recent numbers.

1    Eoin O KEEFFE    17:14    SM30-34    M1    St Finbarrs AC
2    Shane COONEY    18:04    VM35-39    M2    Brothers Pearse AC
3    Éanna CREEDON    18:29    SM25-29    M3
53    Olga O'SULLIVAN    23:17    VW40-44    F1    Dell EMC Running Club
55    Eilis MANNION    23:20    VW40-44    F2
56    Louise Lynch O'KEEFFE    23:22    VW50-54    F3

Full results

1) The organisers have a small gallery of photos HERE

Friday, December 01, 2017

Cork Council Council to put plans for new East Cork Greenway on display soon

In a recent article in the Evening Echo, it was announced that proposed plans for the new Greenway on the former railway line from Youghal to Midleton.

Clare Cronin, project manager for Cork County Council said...“The drawings will go on display in the coming weeks. Anecdotally, we have been getting a lot of support but quite often we don’t hear the positives as part of the consultation process. So we would encourage people in support of the process to make sure their voices are heard. We want this to be a flagship project for east Cork. The greenways have proved very successful and they open up areas along the way that aren’t open now. Villages like Castlemartyr and Mogeely would benefit, the spin-off would be massive for tourism in the area. The Youghal track is owned by Irish Rail and they are agreeable for us to make the application. If we are successful, the intention will be to take a long-term lease or licence from them to develop and manage the greenway. Cork County council are very keen to secure a large-scale greenway project for the county, having seen how successful they have been elsewhere. Initially, a number of options were looked at, including the one to Kinsale but that old railway line is predominantly in private ownership. For that reason, the council has decided to focus on projects where the land is in public ownership.”

The new Greenway in Waterford which opened earlier this year has been a huge success with large numbers of people walking, running and cycling on it. It has also given a welcome boost to existing businesses like hotels and cafes as well as enabling the establishment of some new cycle hire firms.

The one big difference with the new proposed Greenway in East Cork is that the Greater Cork Metropolitan area is on its doorstep with a population of 400,000 people. If the Waterford one is popular, just imagine what the East Cork one will be like.

As you might imagine, the whole process is likely to take some time. Public consultations, planning, getting funding and then eventual all takes time but at least the ball is rolling.

The Evening Echo article is HERE

Thursday, November 30, 2017

€280k Awarded in Sports Grant for Running & Athletic Projects in Cork

The Government announced a total of €56m in sports grants today with a huge number of clubs and sports around the country benefiting.

Minister Shane Ross said at the announcement: "This is a great day for Irish sport. When we originally invited applications under the scheme, we had just €30m to allocate and the record level of applications would have left a large number of good projects unsupported and many clubs disappointed. Happily, following the conclusion of budget discussions, I was delighted to secure the required additional resources to enable me to allocate €56m in total to local sports clubs and organisations throughout the country. The net result of this is that we are able to provide financial assistance towards over 1,700 different projects all over the country."

The full list of successful applicants for each county is HERE

€280,500 has been allocated to athletic clubs and running related projects in Cork.

These are as follows...

Cork - Leevale Athletic Club - Leevale AC - High Performance Centre - €105,000 (Used for roof repairs to their High Performance Centre and additional equipment)

Cork - Cork Education and Training Board - Carrignafoy Community College & Ballymore-Cobh Athletic Club - €84,500

Cork - Rathcormac Community Council - Rathcormac Walking/Jogging Track - €61,500

Cork - Youghal Athletic Club - Phase One Tower Park Development - €18,000

Cork - Togher Athletic Club - Non Personal Sports Equipment - €11,500

The amounts awarded this year are in contrast to a few years ago when hardly any Cork athletic clubs applied.

One thing to note here is that these are capital grants. Many if not most athletic and running clubs don't have their own grounds or premises and from what I understand, cannot apply for a capital grant as a result.

These are the sports that got more than €100k...

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Notice...Newmarket 5km road race - Sun 17th Dec 2017

This popular 5 km road race is coming up in the town of Newmarket in North-West Cork on Sunday the 17th of December. This is a fast 5k course and gets a good turnout every year.

The race HQ is at the High Street Bar (see preview). As you can see from the race flyer above, there are lots of generous prizes on offer.

The online pre-entry fee is €12.10 or you can pay €15 on the day.

The pre-entry link is

Course Preview...Lots more info including directions, photos, course details, etc can be seen HERE

This race is organised by Duhallow Athletic Club. More info on their website...

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Notice...Togher 5k road race - Sun 31st Dec 2017

The annual Togher 5k is coming up over the Christmas period on Sunday the 31st of December at 1pm.

This is always a popular race and is one of the biggest in Cork over Christmas. As 5k courses go, this one is pretty fast and it's mostly around quiet housing estates.

Here is a promo video of the race from Togher AC...

Course Preview...Full details on the course with directions, maps, photos, preview, etc can be seen HERE

Entries...The online entry fee is €15 and includes a long sleeve dry fit top. You can enter online HERE

Entries on the day also cost €15. All proceeds from the event go towards Togher AC and Cork Mental Health Foundation.

From the organisers....Following on from the success of our event last year we are back this year with kind sponsorship from Ryans of Togher SuperValu. We are delighted to be running this event again in association with Cork Mental Health Foundation and Housing Association. All funds raised will go to support this great organisation and Togher AC.

This years event has special meaning with Togher AC celebrating 50 years in the community. There will be a long sleeve T-shirt for all entrants and a junior race for younger competitors.

More info on the Togher AC website...

We look forward to welcoming you all during the festive period on December 31st :-)

The course has been properly measured by Jones Counter.

Cork runners Michelle Finn and Lizzie Lee selected for Irish Cross Country Team

Following on from their 3rd and 4th place finish at the Senior Cross Country Championships in Dublin last Sunday, Cork runners Michelle Finn (#98) and Lizzie Lee (#81) have been selected for the Irish Cross Country Team. The European Cross Country Championships will take place in the Slovak Republic in December.

Announcing the team, Athletics Ireland High Performance Director Paul McNamara said: "The European Cross Country championships are of critical importance to Irish endurance running. We have an outstanding tradition at ‘Euro Cross’ and we are certainly looking to build on that in the 2017 edition of the event. Athletes have been selected based on their preparedness to compete with the best in Europe and this team travels intent on adding to recent successes."

Team Selections
Senior Women
Shona Heaslip (An Riocht A.C.), Kerry O'Flaherty (Newcastle & District A.C.), Michelle Finn (Leevale A.C.), Lizzie Lee (Leevale A.C.), Fionnuala Ross (Armagh A.C), Fionnuala McCormack (Kilcoole A.C.)

Senior Men 
Paul Pollock (Annadale Striders A.C.), Kevin Dooney (Raheny Shamrock A.C.), Hugh Armstrong (Ballina A.C.), John Travers (Donore Harriers A.C.), Sean Tobin (Clonmel A.C.), Kevin Maunsell (Clonmel A.C.)

Under-20 Women
Laura Nicholson (Bandon A.C.), Stephanie Cotter (West Muskerry A.C.), Jodie McCann (Dundrum South Dublin A.C.), Fian Sweeney (Dublin City Harriers A.C.), Sophie Murphy (Dundrum South Dublin A.C.), Fiona Everard (Bandon A.C.)

Under-20 Men
Craig McMeechan (North Down A.C.), Brian Fay (Raheny Shamrock A.C.), Charlie O'Donovan (Leevale A.C.), Fearghal Curtin (Youghal A.C.), James Edgar (City of Lisburn A.C.), Darragh McElhinney (Bantry A.C.)

Under-23 Women
Bethanie Murray (Dundrum South Dublin A.C.)

Under-23 Men
Tom O’Keeffe (Kilkenny City Harriers), Eoin Strutt (Raheny Shamrock A.C.)

Photo: Gearóid Ó Laoi

Monday, November 27, 2017

Shona Heaslip wins National Senior Cross Country Title & Leevale AC secure team win

The National Cross Country Championships were held in Abbotstown, Dublin on Sunday the 26th of November.

In the Senior women's race, Shona Heaslip of An Ríocht AC in Kerry broke away from a group of four in the last lap to take the national title.

Great photo from Gearóid Ó Laoi showing Shona Heaslip on her way to winning the 2017 National Senior Cross Country Championship title

In the women's team event, Michelle Finn's 3rd and Lizzie Lee's 4th place finishes helped Leevale AC secure the Gold. Claire McCarthy and Sinead O'Connor were the other scoring members of the team.

28:31 1 Shona  Heaslip An Riocht A.C. An Riocht A.C. (A)
28:38 2 Kerry O'Flaherty  Newcastle & District AC Newcastle & District AC
28:44 3 Michelle Finn Leevale A.C.  Leevale A.C. (A)
28:51 4 Lizzie Lee  Leevale A.C.  Leevale A.C. (A)
29:16 7 Laura  Crowe An Riocht A.C. An Riocht A.C. (A)
29:43 10 Claire McCarthy Leevale A.C. Leevale A.C. (A)
30:25 18 Sinead O'Connor Leevale A.C. Leevale A.C. (A)

Club Team Points Place Club Positions Points
1 Leevale A.C. (A) 3, 4, 10, 18...35 pts
2 Dundrum South Dublin A.C. (A) 9, 11, 12, 14...46 pts
3 An Riocht A.C. (A) 1, 7, 50, 54...112 pts

Photo from Leevale AC of their Gold medal team
The same four Leevale athletes of course also represented Cork in the inter-county competition to take Gold there as well.

Full results of the women's race

In the men's competition, Mark Hanrahan of Leevale AC finished 6th while the East Cork AC team finished in 7th place, just ahead of Leevale AC in 8th.

Full results of the men's race

1) Kieran Carlin of Finn Valley AC has 529 photos HERE
2) Athletics Ireland have a small gallery HERE
3) Gearóid Ó Laoi has a few photos of the start of the women's race HERE

Video & Photos of the RNLI Reindeer Run in Fota...Sun 26th Nov 2017

The annual RNLI Reindeer Run was held this year on Sunday the 26th of November and there were 250 runners between both the 5k and 10k events.

Video of the event...

1) Crosshaven RNLI have some photos HERE and HERE

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Results & Photos of the Great Glenville 4 mile road race...Sun 26th Nov 2017

A record 265 runners took part in this years Great Glenville 4 mile road race on Sunday the 26th of November 2017. This race was organised by Watergrasshill AC in association with Glenville GAA.

1 O'Shea    Alan    Male    Bantry AC    19:39.77
2 Curran    Eric    Male    Leevale   20:23.84
3 Mansfield    David    Male    Clonliffe Harriers  20:43.07
1 Hegarty Lisa   Female   Leevale      23:46.01
2  O' Brien Claire  Female  Watergrasshill AC   25:51.00
3  Ennis Joan  Female  Grange Fermoy   F 50    26:24.58

Photos... (Updated Tues 10:20am)
1) There are 4 galleries on the Running in Cork Facebook page
...a) Pre-race & start
...b) Runners at about 3.8 miles
...c) Photos from Mick Dooley
...d) Prize giving photos
2) Glenville GAA club has a gallery HERE 

Full results below....

John & Ray Treacy Co-Chair Famous Manchester Race

The fourth Thursday of November is known as Thanksgiving Day across the United States of America and is also the date of the Manchester Road Race, one of the oldest races in the world.

The annual 4.748 mile race draws huge crowds and has been won on the past by Ireland's John Treacy. This year, both John and his brother Ray are co-chairing the event. There is an interesting interview and article on the Hartford Courant website HERE

There were 11282 finishers in 2017. 

Additional info...
2) Race website

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Photos of the Joseph Murphy Fundraising 5k in Doneraile Park...Sat 25th Nov 2017

This 5k fundraiser was held in Doneraile Park on Saturday the 25th of November.

Photos HERE

Message from Joe & Anne Murphy... We would like to say a big thank you sincerely to Brian Ahern and Bweeng Trail Blazers and all the volunteers for without Brian there would be no run. Thanks to the runners and the walkers, and all the people who supported the run, with spot prizes.and their generosity. Thank you all again for everything.

Results & Photos of the Ballincollig 5k parkrun...Sat 25th Nov 2017

A total of 279 runners turned out for this weeks 5k parkrun in Ballincollig Regional Park which is coincidentally the exact same as the very first parkrun here back in June of 2016.

As can be seen from the chart above, the numbers are doing pretty well at the moment and are just shy of 300 most weeks.

1 Aidan Robert CAHILL    18:00    JM11-14    M1 Colchester & Tendring AC
2 Lance DOHERTY    18:33    VM40-44    M2
3 Denis BUCKLEY    18:41    JM15-17    M3
37 Brigita LUKSTE    22:42    VW35-39    F1
42 Marie O'SHEA    23:10    VW40-44    F2
49 Olga O'SULLIVAN    23:28    VW40-44    F3 Dell EMC Running Club

Full results

1) The organisers have a small gallery HERE
2) Proinnsias O'Keeffe has a gallery HERE 

Friday, November 24, 2017

Events coming up on Sat 25th & Sun 26th Nov 2017

5k Parkrun...Sat 25th (9:30am)...€free...various locations...  
Cork...Macroom, Clonakilty, Bere Is, Glengarriff, Castlehaven & Ballincollig...
Waterford...Tramore  Limerick...University of Limerick & Newcastle West  Kerry...Killarney, Tralee & Listowel  Clare...Ennis, Kilrush & Clarisford  Tipperary...Templemore & Clonmel Kilkenny...Kilkenny Castle Wexford...New Ross & Johnstown

Cork...Sat 25th (12 noon)...Joseph Murphy Fundraiser 5k...€donation...Doneraile Park... info...

Cork...Sun 26th (10am)...Sean Hurley Memorial Fun 6km Run/Walk...€10...Ballinhassig...

Cork...Sun 26th (11:30am)...Great Glenville 4 mile race...€ Watergrasshill... info...

Cork...Sun 26th (11am)...RNLI Reindeer Run 5k in Fota House & Gardens...€various... info...
Cork...Sun 26th (12 noon)...RNLI Reindeer Run 10k in Fota House & Gardens...€various... info...

Waterford...Sun 26th (12 noon)...Joe Curran Memorial 5 mile Turkey Trot... €8...

John Treacy winning his second World Cross Country Gold in 1979

This appeared on the RTE Sport Twitter feed last night...

Was John Treacy winning second successive cross-country gold in Limerick in '79 that's decade's finest moment?

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Charity Run for the Cork Deaf Association at the CIT track on Fri 24th Nov 2017

From Kevin Donovan...I am doing a 32 lap run at CIT athletics track to recognize the 32 county running challenge that I did earlier in the year. I will be carrying a different flag on each lap to represent the county I ran earlier in the year. 

I will have deaf pupils from Bishopstown Community School and St Columba's Primary School, Douglas to run a few laps with me. There be a music through the speakers as well, so anyone who wants to watch is more than welcome.

Sponsorship cards will be around for anyone who wants to donate before, during or after the event.
The run will take place between 1pm and 3pm on Friday the 24th of November 2017. It is for Cork Deaf Association and Irish Deaf Society.

My links are as follows for the day to day updates for anyone who wishes to donate for the post of each race in the challenge

Wheelchair athlete Jerry Forde passes the 400 Marathon mark!!

Well done to Jerry Forde who recently passed the 400 marathon mark! Jerry did his first marathon back in 1992 and hit the 100 mark 14 years later in 2006. He passed the 200 mark in 2011, the 300 mark in 2014 and now the 400 mark in 2017.

I updated Jerry's website during the week and you can see the full list there...

Update on the Great Glenville 4 mile road race coming up on Sun 26th Nov 2017

The Glenville 4 mile race near Watergrasshill is coming up on Sunday the 26th of November.

Here is an update from the organisers......

Pre Race Registration for The Great Glenville Run is now live.....
How does it work??
You click on the link below, enter all you details, BUT there is NO payment taken!!
You are only uploading your information so as to speed things up on race morning. You will collect your Race number at the Pre Registration table in Glenville National School where you will pay your entry fee of €10.

SO........if you upload your details, and cannot make it on the day, that is fine, there is no cost incurred.

We would encourage as many people as possible to Pre-Register for this event to aid with the smooth "running" of the event.

Quicker registration / Less Errors / Quicker turnaround for results

More info about the race in this previous post.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Athletics Ireland membership hits 60,000 but target in doubt

Athletics Ireland recently announced that the number of members in the association reached the 60,000 mark for the first time on Thursday the 16th of November 2017.

They also stated the following......"One of our main strategic priorities for 2016 - 2020 is to continue to grow our membership to 70,000 by 2020. By achieving 60,000 members we have already achieved the 2017 target set out in our strategic plan."

I was wondering if this claim was true so I examined it closer.

At the end of 2016, Athletics Ireland added an extra 179 members in the month of December. If the last month of 2017 is much the same and I add say 200 to the 60,000 figure then I come up with a projected membership figure of 60,200 for the end of December 2017.

Athletics Ireland claim that they are on target to reach 70,000 by 2020 but I calculate that they would need to be at 61,000 by the end of 2017 to achieve that.

You can see this in the chart above. The dark green graph showing the figure of 60,200 is in line with the growth of previous years. The 70,000 target graph in light green would require a much higher rate of growth.

Based on this, the current membership is about 800 behind what is in the plan and if that growth stays the same (800 x 4 years) then the membership figure at the end of 2020 is likely to be around 67,000, not 70,000.

However despite that, it's still a positive news story for Athletics Ireland as its membership grows. The more members it has, the more financially secure it is. It would be a different story if the membership was dropping. As long as they don't have spending plans based on having 70,000 members in three years time then it shouldn't matter too much.

However, if you dig into the stats it's not all rosy. All of that growth in membership is coming from Juveniles and from Masters i.e. those aged 35 and above. The number of senior members i.e. aged from 20 to 34 is in decline.

The chart above shows the status of Senior membership at the end of October 2017. With just two months to go, it's 731 behind the number at the end of 2016 and it's very unlikely that many senior members will be added by years end.

The important thing here is that the vast majority of the masters membership would be categorised as recreational runners. It's very likely that a large percentage of the senior membership are probably in the 28-34 age bracket and are also recreational runners. This implies that the number of senior athletes in the 20-27 age bracket must be really dropping.

This obviously has a big implication for the numbers involved in actual traditional athletic events like track and field. It's from this pool that athletes aged in their early to mid 20's that are likely to represent Ireland at the Olympics and major championships.

Notice...Joseph Murphy Fundraiser 5k in Doneraile Park - Sat 25th Nov 2017

This 5k in Doneraile Park in North Cork is coming up on Saturday the 25th of November 2017 at 12 noon. It will be on the usual 5k course which is accurately measured.

The event will be untimed as all proceeds go towards the costs of bringing Joseph home to Ireland for burial.

Funeral arrangements on

Details below....

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Delhi Half-Marathon goes ahead despite smog levels at dangerous levels

More than 30,000 runners took part in the Delhi Half-Marathon last Sunday despite having to put up with air pollution so bad that it was in fact at eight times the World Health Organization’s safe maximum.

It was probably no suprise that many runners complained of a burning sensation in their eyes along with dry throats and running noses due to the high amount of particulates in the air.

The Indian Medical Association had asked the Delhi High Court to postpone the event, but were told organisers had taken proper precautions with the course being sprayed to keep dust levels down.

Delhi is ranked one of the world’s most polluted capitals.

An Alaskan Mile

Up to recently, the four-minute mile was never run outdoors in Alaska. In September of 2017, eight top milers gathered in Alaska to set that right. This is their story....

Monday, November 20, 2017

Breege Connolly runs European Championship qualifying time in Valencia Marathon

Irish Olympic Marathon runner Breege Connolly set a new personal best time of 2h 37m 26s in the Valencia Marathon on Sunday, a three second improvement on her previous best.

Breege finished 12th woman overall and the first masters athlete in Valencia, passing through the 10K mark in a time of 36.55. 

More importantly, she achieved the Qualifying Mark of sub 2:38 required for the the 2018 European Championships in Berlin.

With Ireland being able to field six athletes for the marathon, it's very likely that Breege has booked her ticket.

Results of the Valley Rovers Camogie Club 7k...Sun 19th Nov 2017

This 7k organised by Valley Rover Camogie Club in Brinny near Inishannon was organised on Sunday the 19th of November. It turned out to be a really busy day for races in Cork.

Results of the Valley Rovers Camogie Club 7k
1 David Craig 24:53
2 Liam Lyons 25:37
3 John O'Mahony 26:15
1 Jean Humphries 31:19
2 Helen O'Sullivan 31:27
3 Pauline Callan 31:36

Full results below...

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Results & Photos of the Munster Masters Cross Country...Sun 19th Nov 2017

The Munster Masters Cross Country was held near Riverstick on Sunday the 19th of November. Gearóid O Laoi has about 1300 high quality photos of the men's and women's race HERE

The results are up on the Munster Athletics website.

Men ... Women 

Results of the Cloyne Commons 4k race...Sun 19th Nov 2017

On what was a busy Sunday morning, 247 runners turned out for this 4k in Cloyne in East Cork.

The winner of the men's race was Frank O'Brien, son of Liam O'Brien of East Cork AC who was a top Irish runner back in the 80's when he represented Ireland in the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics in the Steeplechase.

Following in his father's footsteps, this was Franks first win on the roads. Frank also won the South Munster Schools and Munster Schools Intermediate Boys steeplechase this year before finishing fourth in the All-Ireland Schools.

1 0:13:11 O'BRIEN, Frank Midleton AC MJ 05:18.1
2 0:13:18 SHEEHAN, Nigel Youghal AC M 05:21.0   
3 0:13:19 MCKEOWN, Kieran Watergrasshill AC M40    05:21.4
19    0:15:23 O'BRIEN, Claire    Watergrasshill AC    F    06:11.2
29    0:16:19 WALSH, Niamh    East Cork AC    F    06:33.8
36    0:16:53 LEAHY, Eileen    Midleton AC    F    06:47.4

Full results below...

1) Cloyne Community Council have a gallery HERE

Results of the Cork BHAA 6km road race in Little Island...Sun 19th Nov 2017

213 runners turned out for this Cork BHAA 6km road race in Little Island on Sun 19th Nov 2017, down 24% on last year which is a fair drop. 

1 John Collins M1 00:19:30 DMP M-A-1
2 John Shine 00:19:37 Temp Reg
3 Ian Tivey M2 00:19:56 DMP M-A-1
41 Laura Rooney 0/40I F1 00:24:45 Merck Millipore F-A-1
48 Linda O Connor 0/40I F2 00:25:01 Musgrave
75 Sheila Buckley 0/35H F3 00:26:36 Midleton Town Council

Full results

Claire McCarthy wins International Masters Cross Country Race in Derry

The British & Irish Masters Cross Country was held on Saturday the 18th of November and this year, it was in Co.Derry. In the women's race, Claire McCarthy from Cork was first home and led the Irish F40 team to a Silver medal.

1    4005    Claire McCarthy    F40    Ireland    22:36
17    4007    Sinead Kevany    F40    Ireland    23:33
21    4008    Karen Costello    F40    Ireland    23:40

Sinead Kevany of Midleton AC was also part of the team.

Full results HERE

1) Kieran Carlin of Finn Valley AC in Donegal has an album of 600+ photos HERE

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Results of the Ballincollig 5k parkrun...Sat 18th Nov 2017

A total of 267 runners turned out for this weeks 5k parkrun in Ballincollig Regional Park on Saturday the 18th of November. Considering there was a 5k run in Cork Airport in the early hours of Saturday morning and there are plenty of races on Sunday, it remarkable how resilient the numbers are. I would have thought that there would have been a significant drop in numbers but that doesn't seem to be the case.

1 Aidan MULLINS    17:23    SM30-34    M1    Bantry Athletic Club
2 Eoin O KEEFFE    17:32    SM30-34    M2    St Finbarrs AC   
3 Lance DOHERTY    18:32    VM40-44    M3
27 Rachel O'CALLAGHAN    22:03    VW40-44    F1
43 Zoe CONWAY    23:08    JW11-14    F2    Belgooly AC
44 Marie O'SHEA    23:10    VW40-44    F3

Full results

1) The organisers have a gallery HERE

Races coming up on Sunday 19th Nov 2017

Plenty here to choose from on Sunday 19th November 2017...

Cork...Sun 19th (9:30am)...Cloyne Commons 4k..€5...

Cork...Sun 19th (11am)...Cork BHAA 6k...€5 reg/€10 non-reg...Little Island...

Cork...Sun 19th (12 noon)...Valley Rovers Camogie Club 7k...€10...Brinny GAA Grounds near Inishannon... info...

Results of the FitLive 5k at Cork Airport...Sat 18th Nov 2017

This commercial 5k at Cork Airport was organised by the Irish Independent Newspaper and was held in the early hours of Sat 18th Nov 2017.

The full results are up on the MyRunResults website.

Just a quick stat. 52% of the field were over 30 minutes as opposed to say 12% in the John Buckley 5k in the city during the summer. A lot of people in the airport race were probably not the usual regulars on the local race circuit.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Transfers for the Waterofrd Half-Marathon

The Waterford Half-Marathon is coming up on Saturday the 2nd of December and it sold out a few weeks back. However, they will allow transfers up until the 28th of November.

Someone contacted me looking for a transfer. If anyone isn't going then let me know and I'll pass on your details. Mail johndesmond247 AT gmail DOT com

Update : Sat 18th Nov @6:17pm
1) The original person has got an entry now.
2) Two more on offer however. Send me a mail to get the details....Gone

A few people have offered their entries and I have passed there on to people looking. If anyone wants to transfer their entry, let me know.

Note...."Transfers after the 15th will result in the race pack going to the original participant so if you are transferring your number between the 16th and 28th you will need to arrange to pass the race pack on also. "

Transfer Link

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Results & Photos of the Run in the Dark 5k & 10k in Cork City...Wed 15th Nov 2017

Almost 1700 runners took part in the annual Run in the Dark race in Cork City on Wed 15th Nov 2017. It way pretty amazing to see what was a river of people running through the narrow streets of Cork City. The compact course also led to problems with lapping and congestion for the faster runners but it's hard to close roads in the heart of a busy city.

1    All Ages    Pat O' CONNOR (10863)    00:37:42
2    All Ages    Trevor CUMMINS (11117)    00:38:35
3    All Ages    John O' MAHONY (9223)    00:39:05
1    All Ages    Sabine KRIEBEL (11009)    00:42:25
2    All Ages    Kealey TIDESWELL (10810)    00:43:41
3    All Ages    Mary KELLEHER (9580)    00:43:28

10k results HERE

1    All Ages    Pablo GARCÝA PAREDES (11031)    00:17:38
2    All Ages    John HEAPHY (10701)    00:18:09
3    All Ages    John MORRIN (10024)    00:18:14
1    All Ages    Katie HICKSON (10903)    00:19:20
2    All Ages    Louise LONG (11011)    00:19:33
3    All Ages    Niamh WALSH (9723)    00:20:13

5k results HERE

1) There are a small number of photos on the Running in Cork Facebook page HERE
2) The Evening Echo has an article and video HERE 

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

New Duhallow AC 10 mile road race in Banteer in March of 2018

With the demise of the Ballycotton 10 mile road race, the question now arises if any other event will take its place? With that in mind, Duhallow AC are going to hold their own 10 mile road race in Banteer on the first Sunday in March of 2018.

Located about 10 miles west of Mallow, it's just off the N72 road to Killarney so access shouldn't be an issue.

It's likely that there will be several medium distance races in the Spring of 2018 to choose from and I'd guess a lot will depend on location or what people are looking for. Some will be flat and fast, others will be hilly.

With that in mind, I had a look at the new Banteer 10 mile course to see what it might be like. Please note that this is provisional!

The first two miles are in a loop near Banteer and are pretty flat. There have been plenty of short races on this loop in the past so a lot of people will be familiar with it.

From about 2 miles to 3 miles, there is a climb on the road heading south towards Nad. It turns off left then over Fr.Murphy's Bridge and climbs again onto the edge of the forestry on the lower slopes of Mount Hillary.

From 4 to 6 miles, the road is level and elevated which should give a nice view out over the valley of the Blackwater River.

After mile 6, you take a sharp left, head north away from Mount Hillary and down towards the river. This results in a steep enough drop.

If you look at the map again, you'll see that the course is near the meandering Blackwater River for the last 3 miles. i.e. If the river isn't flowing in a straight line then it suggests that the gradient is shallow. i.e. It's going to be flat enough for the last 3 miles which means a fast finish.

So overall? The hills come early which is good. It's more a case of just one hill rather than a succession of them. I suspect though that it will be a race you'd just have to do to really find out how fast it really is. Looks promising though!