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Friday, October 28, 2016

Looking ahead to the 2016 Dublin City Marathon

The big event nationally this weekend is of course is the Dublin City Marathon.

Weather forecast......The forecast for Sunday looks pretty good. The pressure is reasonably high and the worst of any potential rain on Sunday is on the West coast.

As marathon conditions go, it's pretty ideal. The temperature is likely to be in the low teens. The wind is likely to be very light and it will probably be somewhat overcast.

As for the course, Ian O'Riordan of the Irish Times has a preview of it here...

Live tracking...If you want to follow someone taking part then lave a look at this previous post.

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Irish Sports Report shows a decline in the number of people involved in sport

Sports Ireland have just recently released their annual activity report for 2015 and these are some of the key points...

a) 45% of the population participate regularly in sport.

b) Participation levels have declined for both genders (more for men than women).

c) Improving economic conditions and having less free time as a result may partially explain the declines in participation in sport.

d) Some sports participated in on an individual basis show increases in participation.

e) The proportion participating in team-based sports has declined.

 The term 'sport' and 'activity' used in the report is pretty wide as it includes things like walking, running, dancing, GAA, Soccer and so on.

 This 2015 study involved interviews with 8,540 respondents aged 16+.

In terms of improving economic conditions, the unemployment level was at 13.5% at the midpoint of the 2013 survey while it was at 8.9% for the mid-point of this one.

Most popular activity...

Personal exercise is a collection of different activities, most prominent of these are gym-based activities and classes. This remains the most popular sporting activity.

Running is now the second most popular form of sporting activity, just ahead of swimming which moves from 2nd to 3rd.

You'll notice some of the team based activities in decline...Soccer, Gaelic Football and Hurling/Camogie. The study found that 40.7% participated in a sport that is played on an individual basis with 9.1% participating in sport played on a team basis.  As the chart shows below, more and more people are doing their own thing in a time that suits their schedule.

Activity by Gender.....

The chart above shows the breakdown of each activity by gender. Notice that the number of men running has declined while the number of women running has remained much the same.

Findings......In terms of running, the report just highlights what we knew and suspected anyway i.e. we are gone past the peak of the running boom and numbers have dipped a bit. If the economy continues to improve and people get busier then we might expect to see the numbers running to decline a bit more.

The report does show however that activities that are short in duration and that people can fit into a busy schedule are the ones that are the most resilient. As such, the number of people running for exercise should do reasonably well.

The full report can be seen here...

ESB bans 'recreational jogging' at Moneypoint Power Station

The ESB power station at Moneypoint in Co.Clare is one of the largest in the country and is located on the shore of the Shannon Estuary. Recently, the ESB management at the site banned employees from running during their lunch breaks.

“As part of a careful review of site traffic management, we have asked all personnel on site to refrain from recreational jogging and walking during lunch breaks and free time. As one of Ireland’s largest power stations, Moneypoint is a live and busy workplace and activities such as these do not align with modern health and safety practices.”

In response, more than 50 employees at the power station staged a protest walk of two miles on the site in direct contravention of the ruling.

A local union official said...“A lot of people are employed here and many of them like to walk and run on the grounds during their break times, it is a health and well being issue for us. After the meeting on Thursday, 50 of us walked to the main gates and back on Friday lunchtime as a protest. The walk was done in defiance of the orders from management. I can’t see any way that people will stop walking and jogging at the site. We are doing it on our own time — it’s during our breaks. There hasn’t been an accident or any incident from someone walking or jogging on the site for 30 years.”

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Live Tracking for the 2016 Dublin City Marathon

If you know of anyone doing the Dublin City Marathon then you can track them on this link...

If want to follow club members then do a search under the club name.

This is a map of the course...

You can find a more detailed version of the map HERE

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Some stats on percentage of women and age profiles in the Dublin City Marathon

In the last week, there was an interesting article in the Irish Times which outlined some statistics which were put together by Barry Smyth, a professor of computer science at UCD.

Some of the key points were......

a) 46 per cent of finishers in 2000 were female. By 2015 that proportion had fallen to 30 per cent.

b) Young men doing their first marathon are the most likely ones to blow up and hit the wall! :o))

c) Marathon runners are getting older.

First off, here is one of the charts that Barry put together which highlights some of the points....

Percentage Women.....I had always assumed that the percentage of women taking part in marathons was lower in the past as more women seem to be running now than ever before. It was a bit of a suprise to see that the percentage was around 46% back in the year 2000.

Sometimes you can get strange results when the numbers are low but there were 7170 finishers that year which is hardly low. I wonder why the percentage of women was higher back then?

Finishers getting older.......This ties in a lot with the way club membership is going. The average runner now tends to be older than before. Back in the 80's, they were usually young men in their 20's and 30's. In the 2000's, they tended to be 30's and 40's and now, it is more late 30's and early 40's.

The chart above shows the percentage of finishers in the Dublin Marathon aged 40 and above is now over 50%. As you can see, the age profile really started to climb after 2012.

1) The Irish Times article can be seen HERE
2) Barry Smyth as his original article HERE. It contains a lot of other stats as well which you may find of interest.

Monday, October 24, 2016

Irish results from the European 24 hour championships in France

The European 24 hour championships were held in Albi in France last weekend on Sat 22nd and Sun 23rd Oct 2016. While there was just one woman on the Irish team, there was 5 in the men's event.

Amy Masner finished in 17th out of 77 contestants with just over 133 miles completed.

Pos.    Bib     Name Surname     Team     Laps     Last lap time     Total distance     Avg speed km/h
17     248     Masner Amy     IRELAND    194     23:53:13     215,310     8,97 km/h

In the men's 24 hour race, Eddie Gallen was the best of the Irish with about 144 miles covered. Aidan Hogan of Rising Sun AC in Cork was just behind Eddie with 138 miles which is pretty amazing considering it was just his second 24 hour race ever. His first one was last June in Belfast when he took Silver in the Irish 24 hour championships.

Pos.    Bib     Name     Surname     Team     Country Laps     Last lap time     Total distance     Avg speed km/h
25    56    Gallen    Edward        IRELAND    203    23:54:27    225,564        9,40 km/h
26    57    Hogan    Aidan        IRELAND    201    23:58:46    222,453        9,27 km/h
41    59    O'Loughlin Daragh    IRELAND    186    23:58:24    205,984        8,58 km/h
54    58    Keith    Eoin        IRELAND    178    20:39:54    196,835        8,20 km/h
75    60    O'Regan    John        IRELAND    146    19:22:47    161,443        6,73 km/h

The Irish men's team finished in a very respectable 9th out of 18 teams.

Another contestant of Irish interest was Thomas Bubendorfer of Star of the Laune AC in Kerry who was running for his native Austria.

63    1    Bubendorfer    Thomas    AUSTRIA    170    23:53:36    189,045    7,88 km/h

The full results can be downloaded as a zipped file HERE

Results of the Munster Novice Cross Country Championships...Sun 23rd Oct 2016

The Munster Novice Cross Country Championships were held near Carraig na bhFear in Cork on Sunday the 23rd of October. The numbers taking part were pretty good with 66 in the women's race and 88 on the men's.

However, when you drill down into the results and look at the inter-county competition, you'll see that a lot of counties are missing. In the mens novice race, there was no county team from Kerry, Waterford and Limerick...i.e. half of the counties in Munster. For the women's event, there was no teams from Waterford or Limerick.

The full results can be seen on the Munster Athletics website HERE

1) Joe Murphy of Eagle AC has a gallery of over 300 photos HERE

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Results of the Ballincollig 5k parkrun...Sat 22nd Oct 2016

With no major races on this weekend in Cork City, the 5k parkrun in Ballincollig saw a jump in numbers with 230 people taking part. This is the 4th highest number to date.

The dip last week may well have been to the Rebel Run in Bishopstown.

1    Conor DOLAN    16:36    SM30-34    M 1   
2    Paul SPITERI    17:59    VM35-39    M 2    Midleton AC
3    David MOYNIHAN    18:22    SM30-34    M 3    Midleton AC
23    Sophie FEARON    21:16    JW11-14    F 1
43    Maeve COTTER    22:35    VW35-39    F 2    Eagle A.C.
54    Hannah FALVEY    23:40    JW10    F 3 

The full results can be seen HERE

1) Joe Murphy has a gallery HERE

Friday, October 21, 2016

Athletes selected for the British & Irish Masters Cross Country Championships

Following on from the Open Cross Country event in Dublin last weekend, teams have been selected for the upcoming British & Irish Masters Cross Country Championships in Glasgow on the 9th of November.

Those selected were...(Cork athletes in Bold)...

Women 35...Ann Marie McGlynn, Michelle Kenny, Norah Newcombe Pieterse, Finola Diver...Reserves Denise Toner, Noreen Brouder
Women 40...Maria McCarthy, Adele Walsh, Mary Leech, Paula Grant...Reserves Karen Costello, Rosaleen MacKeown
Women 45...Jackie Carthy, Colette Touhy, Donna Evans, Annette Kealy...Reserves Emila Dan
Women 55...Mary Sweeney, Charlotte Stephens, Bridget Duffy, Sheelagh Jones
Women 60...Carmel Parnell, Christine Kennedy, Pauline Moran, Nuala Reilly...Reserves Maxine Jones, Mary Jennings
Women 65...Margaret Glavey, Phyllis Browne, Carol Lynch, Joan Coyle...Reserves Roisin Lynch
Women 70...Kathleen O'Brien, Pam Benson, Ann Woodlock, Evelyn McNellis

Men 35...Paddy Hamilton, Michael Harty, Emmett Dunleavy, Michael McMahon, Tim Twomey, Michael Herlihy...Reserves John Dunne, Stephen Hunter
Men 40...Ciaran Doherty, Frank Quinlan, Paul Buckley, Paul Fleming, Declan Reed, Ciaran Diviney...Reserves Richard Gorman, Ciaran McCarthy
Men 45...Stephen Duncan, Peter Matthews, Des Kennedy, Gerard Heery, Paul Blaney, Noel Marum...Reserves Frank Hayes, Ken Norgrove
Men 50...Aengus Burke, Pat Malone, Phelam Glynn, Mick Traynor, Pauric McKinney, Colm Burke...Reserves Paul Cowhie, Eddie Newman
Men 55...Tommy Payne, Jim Stafford, Mick Byrne, Martin McDonald...Reserves Pat O'Grady, Tom O'Connor
Men 60...Paul Elliott, Martin Kearney, Neilus Ahearne, Eddie Walsh...Reserves Billy Tyrrell, Francis Fleming
Men 65...J.J. Murphy, Martin McEvilly, John Todd, Pat O'Shea...Reserves Barry Potts, Tom Hunt
Men 70...Terry Mee, Pat Bonass, Pat Healy, Frank Reilly...Reserves Dick Mullins
Men 75...Mike Duggan, Tadgh Twoomey, Jim Bennett

Olympic Medal Presentation for Rob Heffernan on Thurs 3rd November

On Wednesday the 3rd November 2016 (7pm), Rob Heffernan will finally be presented with his London 2012 Olympic Bronze Medal in the Concert Hall, City Hall, Cork.

This follows on from the disqualification of a Russian athlete who was originally awarded Gold. See this previous post for more details...

The event will be hosted by the Lord Mayor of Cork Cllr Des Cahill and the medal will be presented by Acting President of the Olympic Council of Ireland William O’Brien.

Lord Mayor of Cork Cllr Des Cahill:
“ As Lord Mayor of Cork, I am honoured on behalf of the people of Cork to facilitate the Presentation of an Olympic Bronze Medal by the Olympic Council of Ireland  to one of our own Rob Heffernan, a proud Corkonian and a model and inspiration to the youth of today. It is only right and fitting that we recognise the tenacious efforts by Rob in representing his country on an international stage. We all take pride in his achieving this most coveted Olympic Bronze Medal and I look forward to welcoming you to City Hall on the 3rd November.”

Rob Heffernan: “This is always what I dreamt about, being presented with an Olympic Medal. It would of course have been wonderful to have received it in London but now to receive it on Irish soil in my home City of Cork, with my own family, friends, supporters on the 100 year anniversary of 1916, is a fitting and very special way for Irish people to celebrate Irish Olympic Sporting success”.

It will be a ticket only event and you can apply for tickets by forwarding your name, full address and contact telephone number to the following portal: . The first 400 applications will receive a ticket admitting two to the Presentation Ceremony.

Notice...Book signing of Derval O'Rourke's new book 'The Fit Foodie' on Sat 5th of Nov

Derval O'Rourke will be signing copies of her new book 'The Fit Foodie' in Waterstones in Cork City on Saturday the 5th of November 2016 from 3pm.

Description from Waterstones..."Derval believes that the secret to being your healthiest happiest self is to eat well and keep moving and her latest book The Fit Foodie is full of simple, delicious and totally doable recipes such as Laid-Back Lamb Tagine, Mediterranean Salmon and Spaghetti, Butternut and Bean Stew, Almond, Hazelnut and Pine Nut Bread and a stunning Chocolate Fondant Cake. Derval also shares smart and inspiring advice on how to get organised so that good food and exercise are a seamless part of your life. "

This is Derval's second book and follows on from the success of 'Food for the Fast Lane' which was released in 2014.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Notice...Ghostbusters 5k in Doneraile Park - Sat 29th Oct 2016

On the Saturday the 29th of October, there is a charity 5k in Doneraile Park in North Cork.

The entry fee is €10 and all proceeds go towards the Anchor Addiction Treatment Centre in Mallow.

More details on the event website...

Details of the route can be seen here...

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Notice...MMRA Halloween Run in Currabinny Woods - Thurs 27th Oct 2016

The Munster Mountain Running Association are holding a special themed Halloween Run in Currabinny Woods on Thursday the 27th of Oct 2016. This is open to adults and children alike.

The entry fee is €9 for MMRA members and €10 for non-members (incl €1 reg fee). Non-members will have to join before taking part. More info at

Note : Please note that you must pre-enter online and the closing date for entries is Sun 23rd Oct.

Currabinny Woods is about 9 miles south-east of Cork City. The approach road is nearly opposite the Novartis plant near Ringaskiddy.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Results of the Ardfield 5k...Sun 16th Oct 2016

There was a 55% drop in numbers for this years Ardfield 5k road race on Sunday the 16th of October 2016. As you can see from the chart above, the total number had stabilised just above 200 for the last two years but dropped dramatically this year.

1st Male - Padraig Sheehan - 17:55
2nd Male - Padraig Courtney - 18:56
3rd Male - Brian Harte - 19:46
Male Juvenile - Ben McShane
M40 - Mike Keohane
M45 - Brian Farrell
M50 - John Powell

1st Female - Eleanor Griffin - 21:10
2nd Female - Geraldine O'Sullivan - 21:44
3rd Female - Siobhan Courtney - 22:53
Female Juvenile - Leah Walsh
F40 - Kathryn O'Shea
F45 - Karine Buttimer
F50 - Noeleen Fitzpatrick.

The full results can be seen below...

1) The local playground group have a gallery HERE

85 year old Ed Whitlock sets new marathon record for age

At the Toronto marathon in Canada last Sunday, 85 year old Ed Whitlock set a new record for the 85-89 age group when he completed the 26.2 mile course in a time of 3h 56m 33s. This was over 30 minutes faster than the previous record of 4h 34m 55s which was set back in 2004.

This now adds to the multitude of age related records that he now holds over various distances. He is also no stranger to running fast times having completed a marathon in 2h 54m at the sprightly age of 73, a record which still stands to this day.

In an interview on Monday, he revealed a few interesting facts....

1) His running shoes are about 20 years old...."I wear them well past their due date. I'm not a fan of the current shoe design, and I have a small supply of this particular model of shoe."

2) Tough on the legs...."My legs are shot today. I seemed to be OK yesterday after the marathon, walking around and that sort of thing, but rigor mortis has set in now."

3) Planning for the next marathon...."It depends how my training goes. One never knows when one has run one's last race, and I'll keep running as long as I can."