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Saturday, April 22, 2017

Results of the North Cork AC 5k in Doneraile Park...Sat 22nd Apr 2017

There seems to have been a fairly big drop in numbers for this one with 122 runners taking part. Back in February, North Cork AC organised two 5 k races in Doneraile Park and they got 143 and 242 respectively. The same race in April of 2016 got 190 so the numbers are down by about a third this year.

As for why the big drop, the most likely reason is just the glut of 5k's being held in the park. There seem to be several a month there at the moment.

1 Bjorn Downes Mooreabbey Milers AC    17:10 SM
2 PJ Carey Kilmallock AC    17:30 SM
3 David Hanlon Limerick AC    17:40 SM
7 Mei Ming Cronin Mallow    18:59 SW
12 Brigita Lukste North Cork AC 20:26 SW
27 Niamh Buckley Mallow    23:02 SW

The full results can be seen HERE

Blackrock Amenity Walkway Closed 18th Apr to 22nd May 2017

Back in February of 2016, I had a post up about plans to improve access to the Blackrock Amenity Walkway in Cork City.

Work has now commenced on this and the section of walkway shown above will be closed from the 18th of April to the 22nd of May 2017.

Anyone running this section will have to take a detour on the footpath by Mahon Point and the CSO office. I'd guess it might add on about an extra 800m.

Friday, April 21, 2017

East Cork & District Sports Awards recognise the Ballycotton 10 Mile Road Race

The East Cork & District Sports Awards were held in Midleton Park Hotel on Friday the 21st of April and this year, they recognised the Ballycotton 10 Mile Road Race team for their contribution to sport.

Anyone who is familiar with the Ballycotton 10 race will know that it is a huge logistical event and takes an enormous amount of work. For an successful event that is run on a non-profit basis, it's great to see their efforts being recognised by the local community.

Notice...Cork BHAA Stryker 4 mile in Carrigtwohill - Wed 26th Apr 2017

This 4 mile race in Carrigtwohill in East Cork is coming up on Wednesday the 26th of April at 7:30pm. As with all Cork BHAA events, the entry fee is €5 for registered runners and €10 for non-registered.

Located just a few minutes drive from the Jack Lynch tunnel, this one is very close to Cork City and is easy to get to.

The race HQ is the local community centre and the race route takes in a loop to the north of Carrigtwohill. Note that the start line is a few hundred metres away so allow plenty of time to get there.

As BHAA races go, this one is noted for having some pretty good prizes and of course, there are loads on offer with the various categories and teams.

To help raise funds for the Cork University Hospital Children's Unit, they will also be selling tickets on the night for a prize raffle. Details below.

Reminder...The Great Railway Run 5km, 10km or 25km - Sun 23rd Apr 2017

The big race in Cork this weekend is of course the Great Railway Run on Sunday the 23rd of April 2017. There is a choice of three distances.......a 25 km race starting at 9:30am from Cork City to Carrigaline, a 10 km race from Monkstown to Carrigaline starting at 11am or a 5 km run/walk from Ringaskiddy to Carrigaline starting at 11:45am.

The run will roughly follow the route of the old Cork, Blackrock and Passage Railway which ran from 1850 until 1932. For a large part of the run, the route will follow the old railway line that skirts the shores of Cork Harbour.

Route Change...Please note that there is a slight change to the route this year in that there is a short out and back section near Shanbally.

You can find details of the 2017 route HERE

More details on the event website.

Latest info... New Entries for 10K and 25K events will NOT be accepted on race day. 5K runners will be able to enter on race day.
Bib numbers can be collected on April 22nd from 4pm to 8pm at Phelans Pharmacy, Kinsale Road Roundabout or at the starting area on April 23rd. Late entries for all events will also be accepted on April 22nd.

Results of the Banteer Community Creche 5k...Thurs 20th Apr 2017

This 5k in Banteer in NW Cork in aid of the Community Creche was held on Thursday the 20th of April 2017. A total of 76 people took part. 

16:03 Tim O'Connor An Riocht
16:40 Eoin Surgue
17:20 Maurice Feehan Gneeveguilla AC
20:02 Mei-Meng Cronin
21:29 Niamh Hartnett
22:18 Susan Looney Duhallow AC

Full results below...

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Results & photos of the Ballintotis 4 mile road race...Thurs 20th Apr 2017

Just under 900 runners turned out for this years Ballintotis 4 mile road race in East Cork. This is often seen as the official start of the evening road races for the Summer. It was also pretty obvious why this was voted the best 4 mile road race in Cork in 2016. From the car parks to the catering, it was obvious to see the level of effort that was put in.

Both the men's and women's races were keenly contested with the winners only being decided in the closing stages.

1 James MCCARTHY 19:55 M (1) MO (1) East Cork AC
2 Sean MCGRATH 19:55 M (2) MO (2) East Cork AC
3 Eric CURRAN 20:45 M (3) MO (3) Leevale AC
9 Claire GIBBONS-MCCARTHY 21:31 F (1) F40 (1) Leevale AC
10 Aoife COOKE 21:38 F (2) FO (1) Youghal AC
40 Niamh ROE 23:31 F (3) FO (2) Leevale AC

The full results can be seen HERE

If there are any errors or omissions, please contact MyRunResults.

First woman home...Claire McCarthy of Leevale AC

1) Andy O'Rourke Photography has 3 albums... #1 ... #2 ... #3
2) Mick Dooley has a gallery HERE
3) There are a number of galleries up on the Running in Cork Facebook page...
a) Pre-Race
b) Just after start
c) Approx 3.1 miles
d) Post race & prizes

More video & photos below

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Final instructions for the Ballintotis 4 mile road race... Thurs 20th Apr 2017

One of the most popular races on the calendar is the Ballintotis 4 mile road race. Coming in mid-April, it's usually seen as the official start of the summer season of road races.

Here is some info from the organisers...

Car Parks...
There are three main Car Parks for runners and walkers.

Car Park A is located on the Main Road at the Ballintotis Junction on the Midleton side of Loughaderra Lake.

Car Park B is located on the side road, just off the N25 on the Castlemartyr side of the Lake.

Car Park C is located adjacent to the Community Centre just behind the Church.

Car Parks may be prioritised to cater    for traffic flow - please follow the instructions of    gardai and stewards. In relation to the Car    Parks on race route – cars  will not be allowed    exit until all runners have passed. -

Boston Marathon's first woman finisher Kathrine Switzer competes 50 years later


Back in 1967, the Boston Marathon was an all male event and women weren't allowed to compete. A then 20 year old Katherine Switzer entered using only her initials K. V. Switzer and ran. The iconic photo above shows the moment the official, Jock Semple, tried to remove the number and force Ms Switzer from the course. She finished the race in an unofficial time of 4h 20m.

Fifty years on, aged 70, Katherine Switzer ran the 2017 Boston Marathon wearing the same race number '261' that she wore all those years ago. This time, she wasn't alone as she was joined by more than 12,300 women who started the race. Her finish time was 4h 44m...pretty good considering she's 70!

Katherine Switzer...the first woman to enter and run the Boston Marathon

Launch of Cheetah Run in Fota Wildlife Park

The annual Cheetah Run, held at Fota Wildlife Park, was launched on Tuesday by Cork Paralympian medallist and discus record holder, Niamh McCarthy.

The 5k race will take place on Thursday May 18th and online registration through the Eagle Athletic Club website will open on Wednesday May 3rd. There will also be a one mile race for juvenile runners.

Due to its popularity, the registration usually sells out within a few hours and the race is limited to 900 adults and 100 juveniles in total.

Registration opens on the May 3 in two blocks at 10.00 am and at 7.00pm, costing €15 per adult runner and €8 per juvenile and entry is strictly on-line at

The Cheetah Run adult race commences at 8 pm and the juvenile race starts at 7.15pm on Thursday May 18. Each runner can bring a maximum of four visitors along with them free of charge to watch the race, each runner will receive four wristbands at registration on race night.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017



Last Sunday week Richard Piotrowski, who now lives near Macroom and runs with the Eagle club in Cork, won the M70 title at the British Masters 10km road championships which took place at Gravesend in Kent.

A regular winner in the M65 (and M60) category on the Cork running scene over the past few years, Richard recently moved up to the M70 grade and his 43:08 over a difficult course and in warm conditions in Gravesend gave him the gold medal.

The report in last week’s edition of Athletics Weekly stated: “Back in the early 1970s Dick Piotrowski was one of the Reading AC senior team taking major team medals on road and country and here was an M70 victor in 43:08, half a minute clear of Peter Giles.”

That report was written by regular AW contributor Martin Duff, a team-mate of Richard on those Reading teams. Piotrowski also ran with the famous Belgrave Harriers and as well was an accomplished performer on the track, especially in the 3000m steeplechase.

As the accompanying result sheet shows (see below), the late 1960s/early 1970s was a golden age in distance running. The race in question – the Bracknell ‘5’ – was just an ordinary club event held in August each year. Although only 108 runners took part, as can be seen the first 12 broke 25 minutes with 82 of the 108 under the half-hour.

Richard finished sixth on that occasion in 24:27 and three seconds behind him was John Bryant, a newspaper editor who would go on many years later to write the story of the London Marathon titled ‘The History of the Greatest Race On Earth’.

In 12th position, and the last under 25 minutes, came Mick Woods of Aldershot, Farnham & District. A former Irish international marathoner, Woods is better known today as the coach to a host of British internationals such as Olympian Steph Twell, European cross-country champion Emelia G√≥recka, and Jonny Hay, one of the top British hopes in next Sunday’s London Marathon.

The Athletics Weekly edition of April 3rd, 1971, has a report and picture of the Reading AC team after winning the Crawley eight-stage 36 miles road relay. Running the anchor leg of just short of three miles that day was Richard (Dick) Piotrowski who brought his team home to victory with the fastest stage time of 14:51.

To make the pages of that historic and august publication exactly 46 years later with another winning performance is quite an achievement – and there’s no doubt we’ll be seeing the name of Richard Piotrowski appear with frequency on both Irish and British results over the coming months.

Irish results from the 2017 Boston Marathon

The 2017 Boston Marathon was held on Monday the 17th of April and just over 30,000 people completed the famous 26.2 mile course. There were 177 Irish runners listed in the results and they are shown below.

If anyone knows of any runners from Cork in there, let me know and I'll highlight them.

Results of the Dromina NS 5k in Doneraile Park...Sat 15th Apr 2017

The Domina National School 5k was held in Doneraile Park in North Cork on Saturday the 15th of April 2017 and 133 people took part.

Well done to Mei Ming Cronin who won the race outright finishing ahead of all the men! Mei often features in the top 3 women in the 5k races in Doneraile Park.

1    222    Mei Ming Cronnin        19.12
12    212    Michelle Kelleher    Dromina    24.26
13    220    Mary Murphy    Shandrum AC    25.04

2    133    David Kilmartin    North Cork AC    19.18
3    130    Colm Walsh    Cork    19.48
4    139    Adrian O Sullivan    Freemount    20.50

Full results below...

Monday, April 17, 2017

Results of the Boherbue to Kiskeam 4 mile race...Mon 17th Apr 2017

A total of 122 runners turned out on Easter Monday the 17th of April for the annual Boherbue to Kiskeam 4 mile road race. This race is organised by Gneeveguilla AC and always has a large number of category prizes on offer.

As can be seen from the chart above, the numbers are up a fraction on last year which is a plus. Any race that isn't losing numbers at the moment is doing well.

1 19:18    CIOBANU, Sergiu    Clonliffe Harriers    M    04:49.4
2 19:54    MCCARTHY, James    East Cork AC    M    04:58.4
3 19:58    O'SHEA, Alan    Bantry AC    M35    04:59.4
16 23:37 FINN, Carol    Leevale AC    F    05:54.1
28 25:31 CAHILL, Sharon    Riocht AC    F50    06:22.6
31 25:55 WOODS, Sharon    Mallow AC    F40    06:28.6

The full results are up on the Gneeveguilla AC website

1) Gneeveguilla AC have several photo galleries... Race 1 ...  Race 2 ... Race 3 ... Presentation 1 ... Presentation 2 ...

The man who catches Marathon cheats...

While the vast majority of marathon runners are honest, there are a few who will cheat and fabricate faster times. This can be done by cutting out sections of the 26.2 mile course or by giving the race number to someone who can run a lot faster...often called a 'bib mule'.

While timing mats out along the course can catch people who take short cuts and photos can catch bib mules, the sheer number of runners can make it difficult to catch cheaters.

Cue Cindy. According to online results, she has never broken 2 hours for a half-marathon yet she 'finished' the 2016 New York City Marathon in 2016 in a time of 3:17:29. This also gave her a Boston Marathon qualifying time.

After the race, she posted this on social media...

All very well except there is a guy who runs a website called and he check through suspicious results and time. Post about Cindy. The guy above on the right is shown wearing Cindy's number so she was well and truly caught.

Looking through that website, it would suggest that just over 1% of the entire field for the Boston Marathon may have cheated to get there. This is way way higher than the 0.01% that the organisers suggest.

The full story is also up on the BBC News website.