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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Trial for the Irish team for the European Mountain Running Championships - 8th Apr 2018

This might be of interest to some of the faster runners out there who aspire to wearing an Irish singlet. The Irish Mountain Running Association are holding their trials for the Irish team on Sunday the 8th of April with a 10km trail race on Slievenamon near Clonmel. The selected team will represent Ireland at the European Mountain Running Championships in July 2018.

The event is also the 8th race in the MMRA Munster Winter/Spring 2018 League so it's open to everyone. More info HERE

Calendar passes 600k pageviews

I just noticed this morning that the race calendar on the Running in Cork blog has just passed 600,000 page views! There is a copy of this kept on the Running in Munster blog and that's up to almost 274,000.

It started off many moons ago as a 'Cork only' race calendar but it soon became obvious that this was of little benefit. People in east Cork are interested in Waterford races, north Cork runners want to know about Limerick events and so on.

It now covers races roughly south of a line stretching from the the north of Clare to the north of Wexford taking in all the Munster counties as well as Kilkenny, Carlow and Wexford. This allows runners in Cork, Kerry, Limerick and Waterford a way of keeping track of events in their own and adjoining counties.

I need to spend a bit of time on it though as a good few races have popped up since my last major update. As always, the calendar is at

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Rathcormac 4 mile voted best 4 mile race in Cork in 2017

Well done to the organisers of the Rathcormac 4 mile road race whose race was voted the best 4 mile race in Cork in 2017. This was the first year of this particular race which was held last August.

Togher 5k voted best 5k in Cork in 2017

The polls for the best 5k race in Cork in 2017 closed  recently and thanks to everyone who took the time to vote. The Togher AC 5k race at Christmas got almost 40% of the vote and came out on top again after winning in 2016 as well.

The Bweeng 5k race finished 2nd while the Conna 5k race which is a real community affair finished 3rd.

Togher AC have grown their 5k race from scratch and the numbers have grown over the years. It has now overtaken the Belgooly race to become the most popular race in Cork over the festive period.

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Results & Photos of the Carrigaline 5 mile road race... Sun 18th Feb 2018

A total of 317 runners turned out for this years Carrigaline 5 mile road race organised by Eagle AC.

1    FOX, David    Leevale AC        0:26:17    209    1
2    SHEEHAN, Andrew    Leevale AC        0:26:25    99    2
3    CORBETT, Michael    St. Finbarrs AC    M40    0:26:34    300    3
21    MOORE, Niamh    Cork Varsity        0:31:00    111    21
26    GEARY, Ann    Midleton AC    F35    0:31:43    30    26
29    HICKSON, Katie    Cork tri    F40    0:31:53    43    29

Team Prizes...
Men... Leevale AC 1st, Eagle AC 2nd
Women... Togher AC 1st, Midleton AC 2nd

Category results

Full results HERE

Photos...(Updated Mon 19th Feb @9:36pm)
There are two galleries up on the Running in Cork Facebook page
...a) Pre-race & Start
...b) Finish 
2) There is a gallery of the prizes up on the Eagle AC Facebook page
3) Derek Costello of Eagle AC has a gallery HERE
4) Mick Dooley of Eagle AC has a gallery HERE
5) Joe Murphy of Eagle AC has a gallery HERE 

Results of the Cloyne Commons 4k race - Sun 18th Feb 2018

The 4th race in the Cloyne Commons Challenge 4K Series was held on Sunday 18 February 2018 with 200 runners taking part.   

Place    Time    Name    Team    Category
1    0:13:13    O'BRIEN, Frank    Midleton AC    MJ
2    0:13:22    O'DWYER, Finbarr    Leevale AC    M45
3    0:13:24    SHEEHAN, Nigel    Youghal AC    M
4    0:13:38    MCKEOWN, Kieran    Watergrasshill AC    M40
5    0:14:00    SWORDS, Graham    Unattached    M
6    0:14:11    INCE, Ken    Watergrasshill AC    M
7    0:14:38    COLEMAN, Brendan    Youghal AC    M40
8    0:14:39    TIERNEY, Conor    East Cork AC    M40
9    0:14:40    SMITH, Kevin    Midleton AC    M40
10    0:14:41    O'SULLIVAN, Ray    Aghada RC    M
11    0:14:43    CASHMAN, Paul    Unattached    M
12    0:14:45    HANNON, Tim    Midleton AC    M
13    0:14:57    PENDER, Stephen    Ballymore Cobh AC    M
14    0:14:58    NICHOLSON, Edmund    Youghal AC    M45
15    0:15:00    GEARY, Gerard    Unattached    M
16    0:15:02    COLLINS, Trevor    Unattached    M40
17    0:15:05    BEAUSANG, Thomas    Ballintotis Fit4Life    M45
18    0:15:21    CRONIN, Tim    Unattached    M40
19    0:15:22    MEYLER, Shane    Ballymore Cobh AC    M40
20    0:15:25    QUINLAN, Ian    Carrigtwohill AC    M
21    0:15:29    KEARNEY, Paul    Aghada RC    M
22    0:15:31    COLEMAN, Ciaran    Youghal AC    M40
23    0:16:00    GEARY, John    Unattached    M
24    0:16:04    AHERN, Derek    Midleton AC    M
25    0:16:12    TWOMEY, Bill    Unattached    M
26    0:16:13    AHERNE, Deirdre    Midleton AC    F35
27    0:16:14    MAUNSELL, Francis    Midleton AC    M45
28    0:16:15    RYAN, Stephen    Ballymore Cobh AC    M45
29    0:16:16    HORGAN, Trevor    Unattached    M40
30    0:16:17    MCCARTHY, Denis    East Cork AC    M55
31    0:16:27    O'REGAN, Ger    Midleton AC    M45
32    0:16:35    RYAN, Des    Unattached    M40
33    0:16:38    MCGRATH, Conor    Unattached    M
34    0:16:48    MULLANE, Conor    Unattached    M40
35    0:16:52    O'BRIEN, Michael    Aghada RC    M
36    0:16:54    SPILLANE, William    Unattached    M
37    0:16:55    LEAHY, Eileen    Midleton AC    F
38    0:17:00    O'CALLAGHAN, Shane    Unattached    M
39    0:17:03    O'CALLAGHAN, Declan    Unattached    M
40    0:17:05    MURPHY, Se├ín    Ballintotis Fit4Life    M45
41    0:17:06    O'SHEA, Colm    Unattached    M45
42    0:17:07    MCGRATH, Robert    Unattached    M
43    0:17:08    JUR, Greg    Unattached    M
44    0:17:11    NICHOLSON, Patrick    Youghal AC    MJ
45    0:17:14    KELLY, Christine    Aghada RC    F

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Results of the Ballincollig 5k parkrun... Sat 17th Feb 2018

A total of 338 runners turned out for this weeks 5k parkrun in Ballincollig Regional Park on what turned out to be a frosty and foggy Saturday morning. As the chart shows above, it's about the same as last week.

1 Brian KINSELLA    16:43    SM30-34    M1 Willowfield Harriers
2 Cornelius MARSHALL    17:36    VM40-44    M2 St Finbarrs AC
3 Denis BUCKLEY    18:27    JM15-17    M3
7 Rosaleen MACKEOWN    19:35    VW40-44    F1 Leevale AC
41 Fiona VERLING    22:38    VW35-39    F2
42 Aoife MAHONY    22:39    VW35-39    F3 Cork Triathlon Club

The full results are HERE

1) Joe Murphy has a gallery HERE

Friday, February 16, 2018

Notice - Killeagh 4 mile road race...Sun 4th Mar 2018

This is the third year of this 4 mile race and it's organised by Killeagh Community Healthy Clubs Project in association with Youghal AC. It will be held on Sunday the 4th of March 2018 at 11am.

Considering that Killeagh is on the N25 Cork-Waterford road, the race should have a pretty big catchment area.

As you can see from the course map below, the race takes in a loop to the west of Killeagh. The race finishes at the entrance to the Killeagh GAA grounds which is the race HQ. There will also be changing and shower facilities here.

Note from the organisers.....The race HQ is in Killeagh GAA complex, where we will have registration on the morning of race. There are great facilities there for changing, showers and catering afterwards. There is plenty on parking at the GAA grounds and there is a walk way through an estate to the start line.

We are happy to have our new sponsor Niall Guerin of Niall Guerin construction, NGC, come on board this year.

The race has AAI permit and is accurately measured by Jones Counter and will be chip timed.

There are prizes in all the age categories including a prize for breaking the course record
and loads of spot prizes as well with a great spread afterwards. There are also showers and changing facilities available and there is a walk taking place at 10am.

A full preview of the course can be seen HERE

Killeagh Healthy Clubs Project is an initiative to promote health and well being for the Killeagh community and is organised by a combination of personal from Killeagh adult and juvenile GAA clubs, Inch Rovers Ladies Football Club and Killeagh Camogie Club. This group have a number of initiatives underway, walking groups, couch to 5k, healthy food demonstrations etc.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Notice...Lee Fields 4 mile road race - Sun 18th March 2018

The annual Lee Fields 4 mile road race is coming up in Cork City on Sunday the 18th of March 2018. Note the start time of 10:30am.

The 4 mile route is the same as before...County Hall...Carrigrohane Straight...Inchigaggin Lane...Model Farm Rd...Dennehy's Cross...Victoria Cross. You can see a preview of the course HERE

You can pre-enter online HERE for €10.70 and there is a free technical top for the first 200 entrants. You can also enter on the morning of the race for €15 but obviously the tech tops might be gone at that stage.

As you can see in the flyer above, the race HQ is at the Kingsley Hotel.

The Cork Local Drug & Alcohol Task Force, the Southern Regional Drug & Alcohol Task Force and the Health Service Executive have partnered to organise a 4 Mile Road Race on Sunday 18th March, headquarter at The Kingsley Hotel, Cork.

HSE Drug & Alcohol Services, Cork Local & Southern Regional Drug & Local Task Force has responsibility for developing a strategic, locally based response to substance misuse in Cork, Co. Cork and Kerry. We have drug & alcohol services located in local communities, towns and voluntary agencies throughout the region to support individuals affected by substance misuse. Drug Task Forces now have the responsibility of Alcohol added to their brief. We hope to highlight this addition of alcohol by organising this event to support the “Hello Sunday Morning” initiative.

“Hello Sunday Morning” encourages individuals to look at changing the pattern of their drinking by taking a break from alcohol & incentivising that break with goals e.g taking up running/exercise – further details

We are hoping you will support the upcoming not for profit event. Look forward to seeing you on the day.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Notice...Carrigaline 5 mile road race - Sun 18th February 2018

The big race next weekend is the 5 mile road race organised by Eagle AC in Carrigaline on Sunday, the 18th of February 2018 at 11am.

Please note that there is a change of route this year. The road north from Coolmore Cross is closed due to ongoing works.

The new course is much the same as the old one except that the start and finish point will have to be moved to account for the diversion around the road works. The start is pretty much the same distance from the race HQ while the finish line will be 0.8 of a mile away.

The new course has been accurately measured by Kevin Cummins of the Cork BHAA so it's an accurate 5 miles.


While you can enter on the day of the race, you can also pre-enter from via the link below.

The pre-entry link is

All those who pre-enter will be put into a draw for a €30 One4all voucher.

The race is organised by Eagle AC, has an Athletics Ireland permit and has been accurately measured by Jones Counter. More info on the Eagle AC race page.

Location...The town of Carrigaline is only five miles south of the South Ring Road so it is within easy reach of Cork City. Race HQ is at the local community sports hall where runners can enter on the day. For those who pre-enter in advance, they can skip the queues there and pick up their numbers at the pre-entry desk.

The race is co-sponsored by The Edge Sports Shop

Route Preview.........A preview with maps, directions and details of the course can be seen HERE
 (Note... this is for the 2017 course. See the map above for the actual course although much of the course is the same). 

Monday, February 12, 2018

Lizzie Lee from Cork runs PB to qualify for the World Half-Marathon Championships


Lizzie Lee of Leevale AC ran a new personal best time of 73:23 over the weekend in the Barcelona Hlaf-Marathon to qualify for the World Half-Marathon Championships in Valencia at the end of March. This was an improvement of 4 seconds for the 37 year-old Cork athlete who joins her club mate Claire McCarthy who qualified in Swansea last Summer.

Full results

Results & Photos of the Cork BHAA Janssen 6k race in Little Island...Sun 11th Feb 2018

There was a small recovery in numbers this year for the Cork BHAA Janssen 6k race in Little Island after two years of decline.

1 Mark Cronin M1 00:20:02 Musgrave M-A-3
2 Christopher Murphy M2 00:20:08 Navy M-A-1
3 Ian Tivy M3 00:20:15 D'Cork Barbering Company
31 Katie Hickson 0/40I F1 00:23:13 Glenside Env
44 Ellen Hanley 0/40I F2 00:23:51 Avondhu MF
55 Colette O' Donoghue 0/35H F3 00:24:29 Goldstar Telecom

Full results

1) Derek Costello has a gallery HERE


Sunday, February 11, 2018

East Cork AC win National Intermediate Cross Country Championships

The Athletics Ireland National Intermediate Cross Country Championships were held this year in Galway on Sunday the 11th of February 2018. In the men's team competition, East Cork AC finished in first place to take the national title!

Place Club Positions Points
1 East Cork A.C. 1, 11, 20, 23 ...55 pts
2 Celbridge A.C. 14, 15, 17, 18 ...64 pts
3 North Sligo A.C. 3, 16, 22, 49 ...90 pts

Not only did the club take the title but Michael Harty (#207) of East Cork AC finished in 1st place to win the National Intermediate title.

The East Cork AC members taking part were....
207 30:39 1 Michael Harty East Cork A.C. East Cork A.C. Cork
208 32:30 11 Kevin O Brien East Cork A.C. East Cork A.C. Cork
205 34:05 20 Nick O'Donoghue East Cork A.C. East Cork A.C.
210 34:17 23 Brian Harty East Cork A.C. East Cork A.C. Cork
211 35:03 31 Frank Hayes East Cork A.C. East Cork A.C. Cork
206 35:09 33 Shane Harrington East Cork A.C. East Cork A.C. Cork
275 36:03 42 Diarmaid Collins East Cork A.C. East Cork A.C. Cork

Full results at

Photo courtesy of Nick O'Donoghue of East Cork AC.

Results of the Kilmacsimon 10k & 6k - Sun 11th Feb 2018

About 100 people turned out for this years Kilmacsimon Rowing Club 10k & 6k on Sunday the 11th of February 2018. With the temperature just a few degrees above zero, it was certainly a cold day for a race.

Full results below...

 Kilmacsimon Fun Run 2018        
 10k - Men        
 Position     Name    Time
 1     Barry O'Shea    0:36:12
 2     Kevin Wilmot    0:36:46
 3     Dermot Sylyne    0:38:18
 4     Paul Kennedy    0:40:07
 5     Pat O'Connor    0:40:59
 6     Dara O'Sullivan    0:41:17
 7     Declan O'Sullivan    0:41:18
 8     Conor O'Sullivan    0:43:20
 9     John Santry    0:44:38
 10     Beezer Dowling    0:47:12

Results & Photos of the Ballincollig 5k parkrun... Sat 10th Feb 2018

A total of 342 people turned out for the 5k parkrun in Ballincollig Regional Park on Saturday the 10th of February 2018. It was a drop on the previous two weeks but still well above average.

1 Paul Pio O'CALLAGHAN    17:59    VM35-39 M1 Pulse Triathlon Club
2 Denis BUCKLEY    18:21    JM15-17 M2
3 Noel EARLY    19:43    VM35-39 M3
28 Geraldine O SHEA    22:24    VW45-49 F1 St Finbarrs AC
35 Aoife MAHONY    22:36    VW35-39 F2    Cork Triathlon Club
39 Olga O'SULLIVAN    22:40    VW40-44 F3 Dell EMC Running Club

Full results

1) The organisers have a gallery HERE
2) Joe Murphy has a gallery HERE