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Thursday, March 23, 2017

Notice...Dromahane 5k run nr Mallow - Sat 8th Apr 2017

The annual Dromahane 5km race is coming on Saturday the 8th of April 2017 with a 6pm start. This race is slightly different from the norm in that it's a point to point 5k as opposed to a loop. Runners are taken by bus to the start line in Glantane 5kms away and they run back to Dromahane.

From the organisers Dromahane Roadrunners AC.....Sat 8th Apr 2017 @18:00

Dromahane Roadrunners are delighted to announce our 3nd annual 5K timed race from Glantane to Dromahane in aid of Dromahane Community park and Dromahane N.S.

Registration - Friday 7th Apr 19:30 to 21:30 Hickey's Bar, Dromahane.
                      - Saturday 16:00 to 17:30 Community Hall, Dromahane.

Entry....  €10 per person (over 16s only).

Prizes for 1st ,2nd & 3rd Men and Women €60 €40 €20 and also a prize of €50 for Men and Women for breaking the course record. The men's record is held by Tim O'Connor of An Ríocht AC and stands at 15:52. The Women's record is held by Carol Finn of Leevale and stands at 18:47.

Shuttle buses from Community Hall in Dromahane to the start in Glantane - with ample seating.

Refreshments after the race in Dromahane community hall.

You can find out more about the course at this LINK. It includes a course map, directions and a profile of the route including some photos.

Dromahane is just a few kms to the south-west of Mallow town and is easy to access from the N20 Cork-Limerick road.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Notice...Castleisland 10 miler & 5k - Sun 9th Apr 2017

The annual 10 mile road race in Castleisland in Co.Kerry is coming up on Sunday the 9th of April 2017. This might be of particular interest to runners in Kerry, NW Cork and Limerick.

There is also a 5k option if anyone fancies the shorter distance.

More info on the race website...

Results of the Courcey Rovers 10k Dawn Run...Fri Mar 2017

This was one of the more unusual runs on the calendar. Courcey Rovers held a 10k run on St.Patrick's Day at 6:15am in Ballinspittle near Kinsale. 55 people took part.

1. Liam Lyons 41:23
2. Ciaran Deasy 42:17
3. John Nyhan 46:06
1. Suzanne Foley 42:32
2. Mari Burke 47:08
3. Ann Barnford 47:47

The full results can be seen HERE

Results of the Shandrum NS 5k in Doneraile Park...Sat 18th March 2017

There are a steady stream of 5k's in Doneraile Park throughout the year and this one was organised on behalf of Shandrum National School and their local GAA club. A total of 147 people took part.

The race was slightly unusual in that the first person home was female as opposed to the usual male. Mei-Mei Cronin often features highly in the 5k races in Doneraile Park and has finished as the first woman in the past. This is I think the first time she has won a race outright.

1 Mei-Ming Cronin F 19:29
2 Ursula Bluett F 21:27
3 Deirdre Keane F 22:52
1 Cathal Boles M Shandrum AC 19:48
2 Cathal Twomey M Eagle AC 20:25
3 Richard Lombard M 20:39

The full results can be seen HERE

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Togher AC secure Council Grant of €1,200

Cork County Council recently announced the recipients of  just over €216,000 in grant funding to community groups all over the Ballincollig-Carrigaline Municipal District.

Under the section titled 'Amenity Fund', Togher Athletics Club managed to secure a grant of €1,200.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Results of the Rylane Community Park 4 mile fun run - Sun 19th March 2017

This low key 4 mile fun run in Rylane attracted 116 people...about 40 runners and the rest were walkers.

1    Sean O Sullivan    West Muskerry AC    SM        26:34    14
2    Dave Condon    Leevale AC    SM        27:03    6
3    Anthony Ahern    Rylane    SM        27:16    15
10    Alison Harrison    Coachford    SW        33:00    8
13    Laura Sexton    Rylane    SW        33:37    442
15    Deb O Donovan    Cork    SW        36:38    483

1) Joe Murphy of Eagle AC has a gallery HERE

Full results below...

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Results of the Lee Fields 4 mile road race...Sun 19th March 2017

The Lee Fields 4 mile road race in Cork City attracted a field of 289 runners this year on what was a dry overcast day. This is almost identical to late 2015 when 294 finished the race.

1 Tim O'CONNOR (374)     20:42     Male  (1)
2 Keith Lynch (559)     21:37     Male  (2)
3 Mark CRONIN (473)     21:49     Male  (3)
10 Carol Finn (724)     24:25     Female  (1)
32 Ali O Connor (848)     27:07     Female  (2)
35 Mary KELLEHER (440)     27:24     Female  (3)

Photos...(Updated Mon 20th at 2pm)
1) Derek Costello of Eagle AC has a gallery HERE
2) Photos near the finish line on the Running in Cork Facebook page... 1 (20:42-33:45) ... 2 (33:45 plus) ... 3 Presentation Photos ...
3) There is a gallery from Mick Dooley HERE

Full results below...

Results of the Cloyne 4k...Sun 19th March 2017

227 runners turned out for this 4k race in Clyne in East Cork.

1    0:12:47    MCGRATH, Sean    East Cork AC    M    05:08.5 
2    0:13:33    TIERNEY, Conor    East Cork AC    M    05:27.0
3    0:13:36    O'S-HOURIHAN, Josh    Leevale AC    M    05:28.2  
6    0:14:26    DAVOREN, Freda    Leevale AC    F    05:48.3
15    0:15:34    O'NEILL, Nollaigh    Leevale AC    F45    06:15.7 
25    0:16:11    KENNEALLY, Julie    Youghal AC    F    06:30.5

1) Pat Walsh Running has a gallery HERE

Full results below...

Saturday, March 18, 2017

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

There was a big drop in numbers for the 5k parkrun this week in Ballincollig Regional Park for some reason. A total of 220 people took part, down a third on last week. Usually the big drops are because of bad weather but this morning was fine. Perhaps it's because of the Lee Fields 4 mile race on Sunday or maybe people are away for the weekend? Or maybe there are a few sore heads after St.Patrick's Day :o)

1    Richard DOYLE    18:16    VM40-44    M1
2    Neilus HEALY    18:46    SM30-34    M2
3    Barry O'MAHONY    19:16    SM30-34    M3    Piranha TC
44    Suzanne TWOMEY    23:42    VW35-39    F1
47    Emma O'MAHONY    23:53    SW30-34    F2    Crusaders Athletic Club
48    Eilis CONSIDINE    24:01    VW35-39    F3

The results of the 40th edition can be seen HERE

Friday, March 17, 2017

Events this weekend...Sat 18th & Sun 19th March 2017

Lots to choose from this weekend. On Saturday, there are the usual 5k parkruns as well as a 5k in Doneraile Park. On Sunday, there is plenty to choose from including a 4 mile race at the Western side of Cork City.

5k Parkrun...Sat 18th (9:30am)...€free...various locations...  
Cork...Castle Demense, Macroom // Showgrounds, Clonakilty // Bere Island, Beara Peninsula) // Glengarriff // Castlehaven // Ballincollig Regional Park...
Waterford...Tramore // Limerick...University of Limerick & Newcastle West // Kerry...Killarney & Tralee // Clare...Kilrush & Clarisford // Tipperary...Templemore

Cork...Sat 18th (11am)...Shandrum NS & Juvenile GAA 5k fun run in Doneraile Park...€10...

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

Cork...Sun 19th (10:30am)...Lee Fields 4 mile road race in Cork City...€10 pre-entry / €15 on the day... Dry fit top for first 200 to register... info...

Waterford...Sun 19th (11am)... Dungarvan 10k road race... €8... Organised by West Waterford

Kerry...Sun 19th (12 noon)...Tiny Steps for Preemie Babies 5k/10k run/walk...€20...Top of Coom, Kilgarvan...

Cork...Sun 19th (2pm)...Rylane Community 4 mile fun run/walk... €12...

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Comparing the top 100 of the 2017 Ballycotton '10' to the 1987 top 100

Someone sent on the top 100 times of the 1987 Ballycotton '10' and it makes for an interesting comparison with the 2017 event.

Some key points...

1) In 2017, three men ran under 50 minutes. In 1987, it was fourteen.

2) The time for the 50th finisher in 2017 was 57m 45s. In 1987, the 50th person was 54m 08s.  The time for 50th place in 1987 would have finished in 16th place in 2017.

3) The time for the 100th finisher in 2017 was 59m 50s. In 1987, the 100th person was 56m 46s...roughly 3 minutes faster. The time for 100th place in 1987 would have finished in 42nd place in 2017.

As for why the times were so much faster back then? Basically, it mostly due to the fact that in 1987, most of those in the top 100 were young men who ran a lot. The age profile of the average runner now is older.

The 1987 results can be seen below...

Confusion over laps mars 3000m track race in Canada

This 3000m indoor track race was held in Canada last weekend. While the college runners should have run 15 laps of the 200m track, the counter went from “8” to “6” during the race. This in turn caused the final lap bell to sound 200 meters early. Skip to 3:15 in the video to see what they thought was the last lap.

Black and Shaffer started dueling for the win as Thibeault stayed behind in third place. Shaffer did not complete the race, while Black started back up again and finished fourth.

The organisers apologised for the mistake but the results will stand.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Entry list and stats for the Mallow 10 mile road race

The 2017 Mallow 10 mile road race is coming up on Sunday the 26th of March and the entry list has now been published. The links are up on the race website...

Club & Gender balance : As you can see from the chart below, about 55% of the entrants are members of a club. The percentage of women entered is 46% which is close to the 45.1% percentage that took part in the recent Dungarvan 10 mile road race.

Category breakdown: This is the breakdown of entries by age. Again, no major suprise with the bulk of runners aged 35 and over. The Senior category would be made up of those aged 20 to 34 and it's probably safe to say that the vast majority are probably in the 30-34 age bracket.

Just one curious point. Notice how there are more Over 40 women than O40 men? Back in February of this year, I put up the stats for the Dungarvan 10 mile road race and I noticed something similar. I thought it was just a one off thing but it's not. For whatever reason, there seems to be a peak in women in the 40-44 age category while the peak for the men is in the 35-39 age group. As to why there are so many women aged 40-44 running, I have no idea.

This is the breakdown of the entries by club (5 or more)
The host club Mallow AC take the top spot and are followed by Eagle AC with 42, Grange Fermoy AC with 32 and St.Finbarr's AC & Watergrasshill AC with 28.

For the latest info and updates, go to the race website...

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Notice...Ballintotis 4 mile road race in East Cork - Thurs 20th Apr 2017

After a long winter of dark evenings, it's time to look ahead to the upcoming summer season of evening road races. In Cork, the tradition has been that the Ballintotis 4 mile opens the summer season of evening races and the Ballycotton 5 at the end of August brings it to a close.

This year, the Ballintotis 4 mile will be held on Thursday the 20th of April 2017 at 8pm. Last year, they  managed to attract just over 1000 runners which is a huge number for an evening road race.

In 2015, they introduced chip timing to cope with the increasing numbers and they will be using it again this year. They will have timing mats at the start and finish line so everyone will get an accurate time.

Preview......You can see a preview of the course HERE

Online Entry...You can pre-enter the race here...

You can also enter on the evening of the race.

Please note there is no online entry for walkers, who register on the evening of the race in Ballintotis

Here is some info from the organisers...

2017 Ballintotis '4' Mile Road Race
Chip timing at start and finish will again be used for this year's race which takes place on Thursday April 20th. On line entry will be open from Tuesday March 14th until 12 midnight on Monday April 17th. Thereafter there will still be the opportunity to register at Race HQ in Ballintotis Community Centre. Registration will be open there from 5pm to 7pm on the evening prior to the race and again from 1pm onwards on race day Thursday April 20th. Entry fee is 10 euro (plus administration fee if availing of the convenient on line entry).

The race offers great value for money with a very attractive prize structure overall and a full list of category prizes as well as the opportunity to win one of the many spot prizes on offer. Castlemartyr Resort will again sponsor the top prize of a Years Membership of their Leisure Centre for the overall race winner and ladies winner. Trabolgan Holiday Village have again confirmed that they will sponsor a  Family Weekend Away for the both the race runner up and ladies runner up.

Further good news emerged when McCarthy & McGrath, Main Street Midleton announced they will again sponsor a souvenir for all who take part on the night. Thanks to this great gesture by Miah and the team, everybody who takes part will now receive a free running buff to commemorate the occasion. The organisers extend a sincere word of gratitude to Miah for again coming on board as sponsor of these very attractive running buffs.

Again there are several more opportunities to come on board as sponsors in various capacities. Please call 086-8778182 if you can help.

Canadian Ed Whitlock dies aged 86

Over the last decade or so, Ed Whitlock from Canada set a multitude of age related records. In 2003 when he was 72 years old, he ran a marathon in 2h 59m 10s. In 2016, he became the first person aged 80 and over to break 4 hours for the marathon.

He passed away on Monday from Prostate cancer aged 86.

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