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Saturday, May 27, 2017

Results of the Ballincollig 5k parkrun...Sat 27th May 2017

 There was roughly a 25% drop in numbers for this weeks 5k parkrun in Ballincollig Regional Park with 191 runners taking part. This was no doubt due to the wet weather although in reality, it had largely stopped by 9:30am. I guess the heavier rain around 8am probably turned some people off.

1 Donal HANNIGAN    19:44    VM40-44    M1    Dell EMC Running Club
2 Eoin MAC MAHON    19:59    SM25-29    M2   
3 Brendan TROY    20:09    VM40-44    M3    Cambridge Triathlon Club
22 Claire O' BRIEN    22:39    SW30-34    F1    Watergrasshill AC
27 Marie MURPHY    23:02    SW30-34    F2
28 Ann-Marie FEELY    23:11    VW40-44    F3    Naas AC

The results of the 50th edition can be seen HERE

1) The organisers have a gallery HERE

Results of Darrara 5k & 10k Run...Fri 26th May 2017

A total of 144 people turned out for the inaugural Darrara 5k & 10k run near Clonakilty on Friday the 26th of May 2017. As you can see from the times below, both  courses were a bit on the hilly side.
1. Brian O’Donovan    M    149    21:13    Ring Rowing Club
2. Conan O’Donovan    M    126    21:18    Clon Road Runners
3. Padraigh Griffen    M40    288    21:21    Clonakilty
9. Sinead Crowley    F    156    25:16    Clonakilty
16. Eileen Harrington    F    106    28:25    Butlerstown RC
17. Ellen Crowley    F    155    28:51    Clonakilty

1. Edward Casey    M    304    38:51    Clonakilty Road Runners
2. Conor Murray    M    306    40:19    Clonakilty
3. Damien O’Leary    M    319    40:49    Clonakilty
10. Ronnie Barry    F40    298    43:00    Barryroe
17. Eleanor Griffin    F    292    44:51    MSD
27. Norma Steward    F40    290    49:45    Clonakilty Road Runners

The full results can be seen below...

Photos to follow...

This event was organised by Darrara Community Centre and their website is

Friday, May 26, 2017

Results of the John Hartnett 10k in Ballyhooly...Fri 26th May 2017

Despite the misty damp weather, a record 128 runners turned out for this years John Hartnett 10k road race in Ballyhooly near Fermoy This was a huge 133% jump on last years figure of 55. I suspect that if it was a nice sunny evening, the numbers might have been even bigger.

1 35:21     Kieran  Lees     Moorabbey Milers M S
2 35:47     Conor Tierney     East Cork Ac     M 40
3 36:22     Kealan O'Connor Grange Fermoy Ac  M 40
23 41:02     Sharon Grant     Portlaoise     F S
24 41:08     Paula Grant     Portlaoise     F 40
39 44:15     Charlene Wiley     Galtee Runners     F S

The full results can be seen HERE

1) Mark Nyhan has a gallery HERE

Results & photos of the Ballyandreen 5 mile road race...Thurs 25th May 2017

A total of 616 runners took part in this years Ballyandreen 5 mile road race, the first of four in the Ballycotton Summer Series. While the numbers are down just six on last year, it was still the 3rd highest ever.

The thing about the Ballycotton Summer Series is that is it a very good bellwether for what the local race scene is like. Since 2012, the numbers for Ballyandreen have been up around the 600 mark and it's still as strong as ever. If the numbers at other races are dropping, it's because there are too many many events.

1    0:25:03    O'SHEA, Alan    Bantry AC    M    05:00.5
2    0:25:16    O'DONOGHUE, Tim    East Cork AC    M    05:03.1
3    0:25:23    MCGRATH, Sean    East Cork AC    M    05:04.5 
28    0:30:10    KEVANY, Sinead    Midleton AC    F40    06:01.9
51    0:31:33    LEONARD, Helen    Leevale AC    F45    06:18.5
68    0:32:14    MCKEOWN, Rosaleen    Leevale AC    F40    06:26.7

Full results below...

1) There are a small number of photos on the Running in Cork Facebook page

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Notice...Twomey Family Remorial Weekend 4 mile in Meelin - Sun 11th June 2017

This 4 mile event is coming up in the village of Meelin in NW Cork on Sunday the 11th of June 2017. It starts at 2pm and will be chip timed.

The entry fee is €10 or €15 if you want the event dry fit top...


Draw for Nike Pegasus Shoes for pre-entries to John Buckley Sports 5k race

From John Buckley Sports....Pre-enter online for the John Buckley Sports 5k (May 30th Marina course) and you'll automatically be entered into a raffle to win a pair of Nike Pegasus runners.You can enter here

More info about the race in this previous post...

Races in Cork & Munster...Thurs 25th & Fri 26th May 2017

There are a few races to choose from on Thursday and Friday...

Cork...Thurs 25th (8pm)...Ballyandreen 5 mile road race... €5... info...  Race 1 of 4 in the Ballycotton Summer Series...

...Thurs 25th (8pm)...Walls of Fethard 6km road race...€?...

Cork...Fri 26th (7:15pm)...John Hartnett 10km road race... €10... Ballyhooly nr Fermoy

Cork...Fri 26th (7:30pm)...Darrara & Ring Bay 10k Country & Coastal Run...€10... info...
Cork...Fri 26th (7:30pm)...Darrara 5k Country Run/Walk...€7... info...

Waterford...Fri 26th (7:30pm)...Touraneena 5k race...€5 pre-entry/€8 on the night...Race 5 of 11 in the West Waterford AC race series...

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Notice...Courtmacsherry - Timoleague 10k road race - Fri 30th June 2017

This 10 km road race in West Cork is coming up on Friday the 30th of June 2017 at 8pm. In terms of flat fast 10k courses, this is about as fast as they get.

The race starts in the seaside town of Courtmacsherry, then follows the estuary road to Timoleague before doing a small loop and returning to Courtmacsherry again.

On a nice summers evening, it's a great spot for a race. Located just to the south of Bandon, it's well within the catchment area of a lot of runners including those in Cork City.

The entry fee is €15 and you can enter online HERE. On the Friday evening, entries will be in Courtmacsherry Hotel.

From the organisers......
Annual Courtmacsherry-Timoleague 10km Road Race (Athletics Ireland Licensed Event)

Officially measured, chip timed flat and fast course just 45 minutes from Cork city. The course runs along side the beautiful Courtmacsherry bay and if you want to set a personal best this is the course to do it on.

Prizes For Men, Women
Men & Women Over 35, 40, 45, 50, 55, 60,
Wheelchair Athlete and Team (4 to count)

Main Prizes:
Overall Men & Women 1st Place €100, 2nd Place €50, 3rd Place €30.
€100 bonus to winners if course record is broken.
Men: 31.38 Women: 35.25

Register online at
or on the day at Courtmacsherry Hotel 5.30-7:30pm.

All online registered athletes enter a free draw for a €50 voucher for John Buckley Sports in Cork.

Entry €15
email for more info. Followed by refreshments.

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


There will be a one hour radio documentary at the end of May on Community Radio Youghal about the Ballycotton 10 mile road race.

Details from Community Radio Youghal......

THE BALLYCOTTON ‘10’; THE BEST ROAD RACE IN THE COUNTRY  is a one hour documentary which explores and celebrates 40 years of the prestigious road race in East Cork.

From having a little over thirty runners at the inaugural running in 1978, to attracting thousands year in year out nowadays, the growth of the Ballycotton ‘10’ has been extraordinary. A ‘Classic Race at a Classic Distance’, its March date has become one of the standout days in the entire athletics – even sporting - calendar year.

In this special feature documentary, the history, appeal, and status of the Ballycotton ‘10’ will be explored. Many great stories, which have emerged over the last 40 years, will be told, with input from race winners, organisers, athletics enthusiasts, local heroes and national icons.

Funded by the BAI, the documentary is presented and produced by Jordan McCarthy, edited by Tom Maher and the sound engineer is Thomas O’Keeffe.

The programme airs Sunday 28th May @ 6pm on Community
Radio Youghal / CRY104fm.

It will be repeated on Wednesday 31st May @ 7.30 pm.

A Community Radio Youghal production (2017).

Community Radio Youghal can be heard in East Cork and West Waterford on 104.0MHz.

It can also be heard online at

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Results of the Analeentha NS 5k in Doneraile Park...Sat 29th Apr 2017

This 5k in Doneraile Park on the 29th of April 2017 had a small field of 72 runners and it was organised by Analeentha National School Parents Association.

1 Eoin Healy    18.59
2 Luke Hever    19.41
4 Colm Walshe    20.36
3 Mei Ning Cronin    19.51
6 Katherine O'Mahony    20.49
10 Breeda O'Sullivan    23.20

Full results below...

Notice...Ballyandreen 5 mile road race - Thurs 25th May 2017

The Ballycotton 5 mile Summer Series starts at 8pm on Thursday evening with the Ballyandreen 5 mile road race in East Cork. This is the first of the 4 races in the series and there is a special plaque for anyone who goes on to complete all 4 races. In addition, there are Top finisher T-shirts for the top 50 men and top 30 women in the series when it concludes in August.

Location / Getting there......this piece is for the new runners. Ballyandreen is located a few kms to the west of Ballycotton. If you don't know that area then follow these directions...

Take the main road to Ballycotton in East Cork. It is well signposted from Midleton. Just as you enter the village, you will see an old church on your right....

Take the right here and drive up the hill. Keep going for about 2 kms and you will get to a crossroads where you will be directed to a parking area by the race stewards. It's very simple, you can't get lost.

1) The entry fee is €5. Try and bring the exact amount as it helps speed things up.
2) If you are new, they will need a few details from you like your age, club or area where you live, etc.
3) The location for entries is in a small yard just off the road. Depending on which field they use for parking, this can be 300-600 metres from the parking area.

Time.......The thing about Ballyandreen is that things are spread out a bit. Depending on which field they use on the night, parking can be 300-600 metres from the registration point and it's about another 200 metres down to the start line.

The best option and the one that would really help the organisers would be to arrive early....say before 7pm. You have loads of time then to wander down to enter...head back up to your car.....get changed.....and then head down to the start line.

Where people get caught every year is that they arrive at say takes about 8 minutes to walk down to the registration point.......big queue.......then they are in a mad rush to get back up to the car, get changed and get back down to the start on time.

So get there early or if you can't help arriving late, then get changed beforehand and jog down to the registration with the €5 entry fee in your hand.

Course...........The start point is near the registration point. The initial half mile has a good bit of uphill running it with a downhill section near the 1 mile mark. After that it's not too bad although there is a very steep downhill section near the 2 mile mark, almost too steep to really run on properly. Then it's out onto the main road and head west towards the 3 mile mark. The 4th mile is without doubt the hardest. There is a bit of a drag just after the 3 mile mark but you are soon running downhill again.

However, just after 3.5 miles, you take a sharp left and the 'Beast of Ballyandreen' welcomes you!!
Panoramic view from the top of the 'Beast'....high above the valley floor....
...although at this stage, you'll probably be half-dead and unlikely to notice

It basically is a 500 metre slog up a tough 'little' hill. You'll be glad to see the 4 mile mark because after that, the last mile is a complete contrast. After an initial flat stage, you soon start running downhill, through the crossroads, past where the race started and all the ways towards the finish near the coast for what will probably be your fastest mile.

Overall........A 5 mile road race in the quiet countryside of East Cork. If the term classic applies, then this is it.

Additional info from the organisers.... 
BALLYANDREEN ‘5’ – Thursday night

Entry fee is €5 and people can collect their number when they enter which will facilitate both runners and organisers as it is expected to be extremely busy on race night.

We will be taking entries on Wednesday evening at Market Green in Midleton from 6pm to 7.30pm.

On Thursday evening, entries will be taken as usual in Ballyandreen from 6pm onwards and once again runners are urged to arrive as early as possible. Also, if possible, to have the correct fee (€5) which helps to speed things up.

Parking will be in the usual farmers’ field which will be signposted. As cattle will be using this field in the days after the race, we would ask that people don’t leave any rubbish (water bottles, etc) when they leave. For the same reason, we would appreciate if other events would not distribute flyers on car windscreens as they can also be a nuisance to collect afterwards.

- Ballycotton Running Promotions

Monday, May 22, 2017

Notice...Millstreet 5 mile road race - Fri 30th June 2017

The Willie Neenan Memorial 5 mile road race is coming up in the town of Millstreet in NW Cork on Friday, the 30th of June at 8:15pm.

It's an area of the county where there isn't a huge number of races so it should be of interest to runners in both Cork and Kerry.

In 2017, there will also be a dry fit top for all finishers...

The entry fee is €10.70 if you pre-enter online HERE. You can also enter on the day for €15. Race HQ is the GAA community hall which is directly across from the church at the western end of the town.

Organised by Millstreet AC, the course has been accurately measured by Jones Counter and has an Athletics Ireland licence.

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

Notice...Coolagown 5k road race nr Fermoy - Thurs 15th June 2017

This 5km road race near Fermoy in NE Cork is coming up on Thursday the 15th of June 2017...

Organised by St.Nicholas AC, the venue for the race is the small village of Coolagown which is just a few miles east of Fermoy.

From the organisers.....Coolagown is a small rural village in the north of County Cork. As its name suggests , the village has a long association with smithing. Over the years , Coolagown became famous for its  horses and there are several well-known stud farms here. In recent times it has become very well known in Tidy Town circles for its relatively rapid rise in the competition and for a near-unrivalled consistency in high achievements in the upper echelons of the competition. The village has had a 9-year run of Gold Medals as well as a number of other prizes and awards including Entente Florale and Greening Communities.

The 5K run takes place in one of the prettiest villages in Ireland, a village beautifully maintained and a showpiece in how a rural community works together to achieve a wonderful result.  

For anybody walking the 5k this will officially commence from the start line at 6:30pm sharp: adults are 5 euro and children are free. 

Coolagown 5K is well known for its generous refreshments after the Race, provided by Kilmagner National School Parents Association.

Course Preview......You can find a full preview of the course with maps, details, photos HERE

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Results & Photos of the Blackwater 10 mile road race...Sun 21st May 2017

Despite the threat of wet weather, the rain held off for the 3rd annual Blackwater 10 mile road race in Clondulane near Fermoy. A total of 318 people took part which is up 26% on last year.

The first man home was John Meade of St.Finbarr's AC who has now made it three in a row.

1 374 John Meade Male Senior 00:55:00
2 197 Eoin Sugrue Male Over 40 00:55:42
3 485 David Richardson Male Senior 00:58:29
43 442 Patricia O'Brien Female Senior 01:09:37
48 314 Ellen Hanley Female Over 40 01:10:34
62 180 Charlene Wiley Female Senior 01:11:36

The full results are up on the race website

Photos...  (Updated Tues 23rd May @11:53am)
1) There are 4 albums on the Running in Cork Facebook page...
...a) Start of the race
...b) One mile mark
...c) Finish 55:00 to 1:21:41
...d) Finish 1:21:41 to 1:55:09

2) Gerard O'Sullivan has a large gallery HERE
3) Ger Broderick has a gallery HERE 

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Notice...John Harnett 10k road race in Ballyhooly - Fri 26th May 2017

This 10k road race is coming up in Ballyhooly near Fermoy on Friday, the 26th of May 2017 at 7:15pm.

Registration and Parking at GAA pitch, approx 200m from start line. Refreshments and presentation of prizes in the Community Hall after the race.

Ballyhooly is located just 9 kms west of Fermoy on the N72 road to Mallow. Considering that it's reasonably close to the M8 motorway, it's within easy access.

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