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Sunday, February 19, 2017

Notice...Cork BHAA Gas Networks Ireland 5k road race - Sun 26th Feb 2017

The annual Cork BHAA Gas Networks Ireland 5k road race is coming up next Sunday the 26th of February 2017 at 9am in Cork City.

Update : The start time has now been moved back to 9am. Entries open at 7:30am.

Please note that there is a change from previous years in that the Lee Rowing club will not be the race HQ. This year, the Cork Boat Club which is located in Blackrock village will be the race HQ and the course has been changed to account for this. It's still dead flat so it's as fast as ever.

The one issue however is parking. It is very limited near the Cork Boat Club and there is a Sunday market on at the same time.

Here is some information from the organisers..... The Gas Networks Ireland race takes place at a revised Marina 5k route this year. Registration is from 7.30am at Cork Boat Club in Blackrock village with the race starting at 9am up near Lee Rowing Club. Registration will close at 8.45am to allow runners get to the start which is approximately 1 mile from Cork Boat Club.

Parking limitations...There is very limited parking in the area surrounding Cork Boat Club. Additionally, there is a farmers market just outside as well as construction works in Blackrock village. We are trialing a new route and venue for this race so we ask for co-operation in car-pooling/cycling to the venue where possible. The following areas are where you are likely to find parking but these will fill up early so it would be worth getting to registration as close to 8am as possible.

a) Car parks on far side of Blackrock Castle. These will fill up with early morning walkers if we have a fine morning
b) Parking near Shandon Boat Club where traditionally a lot of people would have parked for Marina 5k races. If you’ve car-pooled, the driver can drop off others who can register for them at Cork Boat Club and meet them at the start.
c) City side of Blackrock church. Meadow Grove Estate which is between Blackrock Village and Skehard Rd.

As always, the entry fee is €5 for registered runners and €10 for non-registered. I suggest you park your car and jog to the race HQ with the exact entry fee. From there, go to the start line.

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

The 4th race in the Cloyne Commons 4k Series was held on Sunday the 19th of February 2017 in dry and mild conditions. A total of 244 people took part.

1    0:12:28    McGRATH, Sean    East Cork AC    M    05:00.8 
2    0:13:13    SHEEHAN, Nigel    Youghal AC    M    05:18.9
3    0:13:39    SPITERI, Paul    Midleton AC    M    05:29.4 
22    0:15:44    HUNTER, Nollaig    Leevale AC    F45    06:19.7
35    0:16:30    LEAHY, Eileen    Midleton AC    F    06:38.2
37    0:16:34    WATKINS, Terry    unatt/Kilworth    F    06:39.8

Full results below...

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Results & photos of the Ballincollig 5k parkrun...Sat 18th Feb 2017

A total of 383 people turned out for this weeks 5k parkrun in Ballincollig Regional Park, almost the same as last week.

1 Conor DOLAN    16:45    SM30-34    M1
2 Brian CARROLL    18:05    VM35-39    M2 Crusaders Athletic Club
3 Grattan O ROURKE    18:35    VM35-39
8 Emma DONLON    19:17    VW35-39    F1
22 Orla CROSBIE    21:08    VW45-49    F2    St Finbarrs AC   
26 Mary SWEENEY    21:28    VW55-59    F3    St Finbarrs AC

The full results can be seen HERE

1) Joe Murphy of Eagle AC has a gallery HERE

Friday, February 17, 2017

Races this weekend...Sat 18th & Sun 19th Feb 2017

The forecast is reasonable for the weekend but the rain will never be too far away. Here is what's on offer....

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 // Kerry...Killarney & Tralee // Clare...Kilrush & Clarisford // Tipperary...Templemore

Kerry...Sat 18th (11am)...Killarney Spring 5k Series...€6...Demense, Killarney....Organised by Gneeveguilla

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

Cork...Sun 19th (11am)...Carrigaline 5 mile road race...€10... info...

Cork...Sun 19th (11am)...MMRA 7km trail race, Glenanaar...€10*... Near Kildorrery...€10 annual IMRA registration required... info...

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Notice...MMRA Glenanaar Trail Run - Sun 19th February 2017

As well as there being plenty of road races locally, the Munster Trail League offers the chance to try out trail running in the woods and hills right across the province.  The runs are suitable for all levels of ability and include a junior race for 10 – 16 year olds and a free non-competitive run (accompanied) for kids under 10.  

Race 3 of the league is the Glenanaar Trail Run just outside the North Cork village of Kildorrery.  It’s a 7k route which will be fully marked and which meanders through Glennanaar woods along the Canon Sheehan Loop. The adult race starts at 11:00 with the juniors and kiddies events at 10:30.

Registration will open at 10:00am and you must register before 10:45am to ensure the race starts on time.  For registration details and further information on the event, please visit the event page below.

Further details on this event:

Photos below...

800m track runner clobbered by pole vault

This video has been doing the rounds on the net over the last week. It shows the finish of an 800m indoor track race with the obvious clear favourite gearing up to take the win at the last bend.....until a freak accident occurs.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Pre-entries for the Carriglaine 5 mile road race now open

Just a reminder that the annual Carrigaline 5 mile road race organised by Eagle AC is coming up next Sunday the 19th of February 2017 at 11am.

The entry fee on the morning of the race is €10 and entries will be open from just before 10am. You can also pre-enter if you want to skip the queues and you'll be entered into a draw for a €30 voucher.

More details in this previous post.

Michael Harty of East Cork AC wins National Master Cross Country title

The Athletics Ireland Masters Cross Country Championships were held on Sunday the 12th of February in Waterford IT. The winner of the mens race was Michael Harty of East Cork AC.

255 23:24 1 Michael Harty East Cork A.C. East Cork A.C.
408 23:50 2 Tim O'Connor An Riocht A.C. An Riocht A.C.
260 23:55 3 Tim Twomey Leevale A.C. Leevale A.C.
112 14:51 1 Rosemary Ryan Dooneen A.C. Dooneen A.C.
48 15:02 2 Sara Doohan Corran A.C.
72 15:04 3 Barbara Cleary Donore Harriers Donore Harriers

The full results are up on the Athletics Ireland website

1) West Waterford AC have a gallery HERE

Photo courtesy of John Cashman

Monday, February 13, 2017

Results of the Kilmacsimon 10k & 6k...Sun 12th Feb 2017

This 10k in Kilmacsimon near Innishannon was held on Sunday the 12th of February 2017 and attracted roughly 130 people.

1    Grzegorz Sienicki    540    0:38:34
2    Ciaran Bouse    552    0:39:39
3    Barrie Kenny    568    0:41:23
1    Sinead O'Regan    595    0:47:04
2    Anne Bamford    526    0:47:45
3    Marie Threse Brady    525    0:48:33

1) The organisers have a gallery HERE

The full results can be seen below...

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Results of the FACE 5k in Kilworth...Sun 12th Feb 2017

The annual FACE 5k was held in Kilworth on Sunday the 12th of February 2017 in cold, dry and windy conditions.

Pos No. Time Name Club G Cat
1 16:02.0 CURRAN, Eric LEEVALE M MS
2 16:42.0 SHEEHAN, Nigel YOUGHAL M MS
11 18:54.0 FINN, Carol LEEVALE F FS
20 19:49.0 BRUTON, Jessica LEEVALE F FS
24 20:08.0 LEWIS HANLEY, Ellen GRANGE FERMOY AC F F40   

The provisional results can be seen on the race website.

1) Gerard O'Sullivan has 3 albums... #1 ... #2 ... #3
2) Ger Broderick has a gallery HERE 

Results of the Ballincollig 5k parkrun... Sat 11th Feb 2017

 The numbers took a jump back up this week with 385 taking part in the 5k parkrun in Ballincollig Regional Park. Last week, the Dungarvan 10 mile was on and the rain before 9:30am probably turned a good number off.

1 Shane O'CALLAGHAN    18:50    VM35-39    M1
2 Richard O' SULLIVAN    19:02    SM25-29    M2
3 Brian LOORAM    19:04    SM20-24    M3    Clonmel Athletic Club
27 Sorcha CROWLEY    21:56    SW30-34    F1
32 Dawn LYNCH    22:08    SW25-29    F2
44 Karen CREED    22:45    VW50-54    F3

The results of the 35th edition can be seen HERE

1) Joe Murphy of Eagle AC has a gallery HERE

Saturday, February 11, 2017

John Cussen of Old Abbey AC...RIP

A bit of sad news. I heard today that John Cussen of Old Abbey AC has passed away. He was 89 years old.

L-R...John Hayes, Jimmy Murray, John Cussen & John O'Driscoll

He is pictured here back in 2014 at the Old Abbey 5k road race. He was a founding member of Old Abbey Athletic Club.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam


Friday, February 10, 2017

Events on this weekend...Sat 11th & Sun 12th Feb 2017

Here are some of the events on this weekend...

5k Parkrun...Sat 11th (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 // Kerry...Killarney & Tralee // Clare...Kilrush & Clarisford // Tipperary...Templemore

Kerry...Sat 11th (11am)...Killarney Spring 5k Series...€6...Demense, Killarney....Organised by Gneeveguilla

Waterford...Sat 11th (12 noon)...Anne Valley 5 Mile Challenge...€10...Dunhill...

Cork...Sun 12th (11am)...FACE 5k, Kilworth...€10...Popular 5k charity race in

Cork...Sun 12th (11am)...Castletownroche National School 5k fun run/walk...€10...Doneraile Park...

Waterford...Sun 12th (11am )...Kilmacthomas 5 mile...€8 ... Organised by West Waterford

Cork...Sun 12th (11:30am)...Kilmacsimon Rowing Club 10km & 6km...€10...(Walk €5)... info...

Cork...Sun 12th (12 noon)...St.Val's Ladies Football Club 5k fun run/walk...€?...Kilmurry...

Some stats for the 2017 Dungarvan 10 mile road race

The annual Dungarvan 10 mile road race in Co.Waterford is one of the biggest races on the calendar and attracts a huge number of runners from Cork. The chart below shows the clubs who had more than 20 members in the results...

Some points...

1) As expected, the host club West Waterford AC has the highest number of finishers. At the end of 2016, the club had 326 adult members and they had 134 finishers, 41% of their membership.

2) The Red dots shows just how clubs from Cork are some of the biggest in the event. In most races, it's usually local clubs who are the largest. In this case, four clubs from Cork and one from Tipperary had more finishers than Waterford AC who might have been expected to be the second largest.

3) Looking through the rest of the results with clubs less than 20 members, the pattern is the same...mostly from Cork. It's probably safe to assume that the bulk of the non-club runners are from Cork as well. In many ways, it's almost like a Cork race that was held in Co.Waterford ;o)

4) The catchment area for the Dungarvan 10 mile road race is about 100kms or 60 miles. The vast majority of the runners are within this distance. Relatively few travel from Dublin or elsewhere in the country.

Gender balance.........This is a breakdown of men and women...

Usually, the percentage of women in a 10 miler / half-marathon is about 40-42 %. The figure of 45.1% is probably a bit higher than usual. It is certainly a big change from say 10-15 years ago when the figure might have been down around 30%.

Male numbers........This is a breakdown of the men....

One interesting thing to note here is that there is no M35 category like in the women. If there were then you'd probably see that the bulk of the Senior Men (MS) shown above are aged 35 and over.

Female numbers.....This is a breakdown of the female numbers.

As you can see, the number of F35 women is almost the same as the number of F40 women. It's probable that most of the Senior Women (FS) are most likely in the 30-34 age category. This would follow the membership stats for most adults in athletic clubs i.e. the vast majority are aged 30 and above with relatively few people in their 20's running.

Results and links to thousands of photos can be found in this previous post.

Here are some of the numbers for the smaller clubs......

Thursday, February 09, 2017

Reminder...FACE 5k in Kilworth coming up next Sunday 12th Feb 2017

Just a reminder that the big race in NE Cork next Sunday the 12th of February is the FACE 5k in Kilworth. This is always a popular event and attracts a large crowd. Proceeds from the race go towards FACE (Fermoy Action Children's Education) which helps children with special needs. They always have a huge array of prizes thanks to the generosity of local businesses.

Cork...Sun 12th (11am)...FACE 5k, Kilworth...€10...Popular 5k charity race in

More info in this previous post.