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Saturday, November 18, 2017

Results of the FitLive 5k at Cork Airport...Sat 18th Nov 2017

This commercial 5k at Cork Airport was organised by the Irish Independent Newspaper and was held in the early hours of Sat 18th Nov 2017.

The full results are up on the MyRunResults website.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Transfers for the Waterofrd Half-Marathon

The Waterford Half-Marathon is coming up on Saturday the 2nd of December and it sold out a few weeks back. However, they will allow transfers up until the 28th of November.

Someone contacted me looking for a transfer. If anyone isn't going then let me know and I'll pass on your details. Mail johndesmond247 AT gmail DOT com

Update : Fri 17th Nov @7:57pm
1) The original person has got an entry now.
2) Two more on offer however. Send me a mail to get the details.

Note...."Transfers after the 15th will result in the race pack going to the original participant so if you are transferring your number between the 16th and 28th you will need to arrange to pass the race pack on also. "

Transfer Link

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Results & Photos of the Run in the Dark 5k & 10k in Cork City...Wed 15th Nov 2017

Almost 1700 runners took part in the annual Run in the Dark race in Cork City on Wed 15th Nov 2017. It way pretty amazing to see what was a river of people running through the narrow streets of Cork City. The compact course also led to problems with lapping and congestion for the faster runners but it's hard to close roads in the heart of a busy city.

1    All Ages    Pat O' CONNOR (10863)    00:37:42
2    All Ages    Trevor CUMMINS (11117)    00:38:35
3    All Ages    John O' MAHONY (9223)    00:39:05
1    All Ages    Sabine KRIEBEL (11009)    00:42:25
2    All Ages    Kealey TIDESWELL (10810)    00:43:41
3    All Ages    Mary KELLEHER (9580)    00:43:28

10k results HERE

1    All Ages    Pablo GARCÝA PAREDES (11031)    00:17:38
2    All Ages    John HEAPHY (10701)    00:18:09
3    All Ages    John MORRIN (10024)    00:18:14
1    All Ages    Katie HICKSON (10903)    00:19:20
2    All Ages    Louise LONG (11011)    00:19:33
3    All Ages    Niamh WALSH (9723)    00:20:13

5k results HERE

1) There are a small number of photos on the Running in Cork Facebook page HERE
2) The Evening Echo has an article and video HERE 

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

New Duhallow AC 10 mile road race in Banteer in March of 2018

With the demise of the Ballycotton 10 mile road race, the question now arises if any other event will take its place? With that in mind, Duhallow AC are going to hold their own 10 mile road race in Banteer on the first Sunday in March of 2018.

Located about 10 miles west of Mallow, it's just off the N72 road to Killarney so access shouldn't be an issue.

It's likely that there will be several medium distance races in the Spring of 2018 to choose from and I'd guess a lot will depend on location or what people are looking for. Some will be flat and fast, others will be hilly.

With that in mind, I had a look at the new Banteer 10 mile course to see what it might be like. Please note that this is provisional!

The first two miles are in a loop near Banteer and are pretty flat. There have been plenty of short races on this loop in the past so a lot of people will be familiar with it.

From about 2 miles to 3 miles, there is a climb on the road heading south towards Nad. It turns off left then over Fr.Murphy's Bridge and climbs again onto the edge of the forestry on the lower slopes of Mount Hillary.

From 4 to 6 miles, the road is level and elevated which should give a nice view out over the valley of the Blackwater River.

After mile 6, you take a sharp left, head north away from Mount Hillary and down towards the river. This results in a steep enough drop.

If you look at the map again, you'll see that the course is near the meandering Blackwater River for the last 3 miles. i.e. If the river isn't flowing in a straight line then it suggests that the gradient is shallow. i.e. It's going to be flat enough for the last 3 miles which means a fast finish.

So overall? The hills come early which is good. It's more a case of just one hill rather than a succession of them. I suspect though that it will be a race you'd just have to do to really find out how fast it really is. Looks promising though!

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Notice...RNLI Reindeer Run in Fota House & Gardens... Sun 26th Nov 2017

This one might be of interest to anyone with young families or want to take part in a fun event while helping out the RNLI. There is a 5km & 10km Reindeer Run on the grounds of Fota House on Sunday the 26th of November 2017.

Sun 26th Nov ...
Race times
1K Santa Saunter starts at 10.30am
10K race starts at 11am
5K race starts at 12 noon

To enter, click HERE

Additional Info...This is the approx route for the event in Fota.

While the route isn't the exact same of the Rebel Run4Fun 5k which was held there before, much of it is the same. You can see some photos of that route HERE which should give you a good idea of what it's like.

From the RNLI...Derval backs RNLI Reindeer Run for fitness, fun and raising funds for a good cause

Cork athlete, broadcaster and self-confessed foodie, Derval O’Rourke, says the RNLI’s Reindeer Run is the perfect opportunity to get fit, have fun and raise funds for a good cause. Derval is the charity’s Ambassador for the popular annual family event, now in its sixth year and being held in Cork’s Fota Park on Sunday 26 November.

The three time Olympian and four time European medalist, launched the Reindeer Run at Crosshaven lifeboat station and was joined by Maeve Leonard and Vincent Fleming, volunteer lifeboat crew from Crosshaven RNLI, along with Alex Fegan (11) and Maggie O’Brien (12), who plan on running in the event at the end of the month.

Speaking at the launch Derval said, ‘It is a privilege to be back as the Ambassador for the Reindeer Run.  It is fantastic fundraising event for a charity close to my heart. My husband is heavily involved in sailing and I find it incredibly reassuring that the RNLI provides such a great service.’

‘This event is open to all ages and levels of fitness. If you are a beginner, my advice is to give it a go as it is a family friendly and fun event and it is a great opportunity to put your training in action. I will also be running the 5km on the day and hope to see lots of people there.’

Well known  journalist, broadcaster and sailor, Tom MacSweeney will be reprising his role as MC on the day, encouraging all finishers across the line.

Registration for the three events is now open online at and costs €20 for the 5K and €22 for the 10K. Children’s tickets start from €12.50 and a family ticket (two adults and two children) is €55. All participants in the 1K, 5K and 10K will receive an RNLI Reindeer Run t-shirt, a pair of antlers and a sticker for their car showing their support.

Derval’s website has helpful fitness and diet tips which are perfect for those taking part in the Reindeer Run.  They can be found at

Last year, RNLI lifeboats in Cork launched 173 times, bringing 209 people to safety. Across Ireland, there were 1,136 lifeboat launches and 1,649 people were rescued.

RNLI media contacts...For more information please contact Niamh Stephenson RNLI Public Relations Manager Tel: 087 1254 124 / 01 8900 460 email or Nuala McAloon RNLI Press Officer Tel: 087 6483547 email:

RNLI online...For more information on the RNLI please visit  News releases and other media resources, including RSS feeds, downloadable photos and video, are available at the RNLI Press Centre

Key facts about the RNLI...The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the Ireland and the UK. The RNLI operates 235 lifeboat stations around Ireland and the UK with 45 operational lifeboat stations in Ireland. The RNLI is independent of the Coast Guard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824 its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 140,000 lives.

Charity number in the Republic of Ireland 2000 3326 and registered in England and Wales (209603) and Scotland (SCO37736)

Reminder...Run in the Dark 5k & 10k is coming up on Wed 15th Nov 2017

Just a reminder that the Run in the Dark is coming up in Cork City on Wed 15th Nov 2017 with a 9pm start. There is a choice of a 5k or 10k to choose from.

From what I understand, the event was almost sold out as of yesterday so you might still get in if you're interested.

See this previous post for info.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Vacany for Retail Shop Manager at the Edge Sports in Cork City

If anyone is looking for a change of job, the Edge Sports Store in Cork City is looking for a retail shop manager.

Full details HERE

Tramore Valley Park to Open in 2018!!

At last some good news about the Tramore Valley Park! Cork City Council announced at the end of last week that it will open before the start of the Summer of 2018.

The City Council have now budgeted €50,000 towards the operation of the park which will allow it to open to the public. The whole project of developing the old dump into a grassland park has cost in the region of €40 million to date.

So what does it mean??....Once it opens, there are unlikely to be any races held there, nor are we likely to see a resumption of the 5k parkrun. The problem of limited parking on site will remain a problem with the Black Ash Park & Ride located on the opposite side of the busy South Link Road.

The only options in the short term might be events like cross country for schools where the participants are bused in. I guess small races where the pre-entries are limited to say 200 runners might be an option but open events like a parkrun where it's impossible to know in advance how many people are going to turn up will remain a problem.

But one step at a time. At least the park will be open. If the parkrun did ever resume then the Ballincollig 5k parkrun should take off some of the pressure but the uncertainty of numbers would still be there. If that problem can be solved then the parkrun is an option again.

In terms of training, it will allow runners in the South side of Cork City someplace to train away from traffic. The loop in the park is about 1.5 miles in length and there will be access points from Half-Moon Lane on the South Douglas Road and from the new path that runs alongside the South Ring Road towards Douglas Shopping Centre.

Bridge Over the South Ring Road.....It was also announced recently that some County Councilors approved the decision to send plans to the full Council for approval. This bridge which is shown in an artists impression below is likely to cost a substantial amount of money and it will probably be a good few years before it is completed. It would eventually link the Grange-Frankfield area to the Tramore Valley Park which would allow a lot of options for training and access.

It is shown in the map above as two yellow lines to show where it would be located.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Results & Photos of the Cork BHAA HSE 5k road race...Sun 12th Nov 2017

The annual Cork BHAA HSE 5k road race was held on Sunday the 12th of November with 228 runners taking part. As can be seen from the chart above, it's up somewhat on the two previous years. Perhaps the central venue in Mahon and the sunny weather made a difference?

Pos Name Cat Prize Time Company Team
1 Mark Hanrahan M1 00:14:51 John Buckley Sports
2 David Fox 00:16:06 Temp Reg
3 Matthew Murnane 00:16:14 Temp Reg
6 Laura Crowe F1 00:16:37 CIT F-B-1
15 Carol Finn F2 00:18:17 Carol Finn Physical Therapy
32 Jennifer Goggin Walsh 0/35H F3 00:19:20 Novartis

Full results HERE

Photos...(Updated Mon 13th Nov 9:15am)
1) There are 3 galleries on the Running in Cork Facebook page
...a) Start of the race
...b) Halfway mark
...c) Finish Line

Results of the Eyeries 5 mile road race...Sat 11th Nov 2017

175 runners and walkers turned out for this years Eyeries 5 mile road race on what turned out to be mild but wet day.

This race was organised by Beara AC, a new club based on the Beara Peninsula.

L-R...Paul O'Callaghan 4th, Nigel O'Sullivan 3rd & Shane Harrington 2nd

1    Alan    O'SHEA    M    Bantry AC    26:37
2    Shane    HARRINGTON    M    East Cork AC    28:54
3    Nigel    SHEEHAN    M    Youghal AC    29:41
12    Maura    O'REGAN    F35    Eagle AC    34:21
22    Rachel    O'SHEA    FS    West Muskerry AC    36:17
25    Alice    COPPINGER    F35    Bantry AC    36:38

Maura Regan of Eagle AC...1st woman

Full results below...

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Results & Photos of the Ballincollig 5k parkrun...Sat 11th Nov 2017

There was a good turn out of 287 runners for this weeks 5k parkrun in Ballincollig Regional Park on Sat 11th Oct 2017. As the chart shows, this is above the long term average of 253 per week.

1    Unknown                                   
2    Cathal KELLY    18:17    VM45-49    77.58 %    M    2        First Timer!    1   
3    Lance DOHERTY    18:31    VM40-44    74.26 %    M    3
13    Clare MC SWEENEY    21:09    SW30-34    69.98 %    F    1
25    Grainne EGAN    22:34    JW15-17    68.69 %    F    2    Leevale AC
29    Emer O'LEARY    22:59    VW35-39    65.05 %    F    3

Full results HERE

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

To end the post on a sad note...

There was a minutes silence before the run today as a mark of respect for the son of Joe and Anne Murphy who tragically passed away during the week. Joe and Anne have been part of the Cork running scene for many years and our thoughts are with them at this difficult time.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam

Friday, November 10, 2017

Events on Sat 11th & Sun 12th Nov 2017

There is no shortage of runs this weekend with events on both Saturday and Sunday.

On Saturday, we have the usual 5k parkruns as well as the annual Eyeries 5 mile road race in a stunning spot on the Beara Peninsula.

On Sunday, there are two races closer to Cork City.

5k Parkrun...Sat 11th (9:30am)...€free...various locations...  
Cork...Macroom, Clonakilty, Bere Is, Glengarriff, Castlehaven & Ballincollig...
Waterford...Tramore  Limerick...University of Limerick & Newcastle West  Kerry...Killarney, Tralee & Listowel  Clare...Ennis, Kilrush & Clarisford  Tipperary...Templemore & Clonmel

Cork...Sat 11th (2:30pm)...Eyeries 5 mile road race, West Cork...€10 online / €12 on the day... info...

Cork...Sun 12th (11am)...Thomas Kent Memorial 10k...€CLOSED... Castlelyons...
Cork...Sun 12th (11am)...Cork BHAA HSE 5k...€5 reg/€10 non-reg...Mahon...

Thursday, November 09, 2017

Notice...Great Glenville 4 mile race - Sun 26th Nov 2017

The annual Glenville 4 mile road race is coming up on Sunday the 26th of November 2017 and it should be of particular interest considering its proximity to Cork City.

In terms of getting there, the village of Glenville is only 5 miles or 8 kms from Watergrasshill and the M8 motorway.

The race starts at 11:30am and the race HQ is the Glenville Primary School. The village is pretty small so the race HQ, start and finish point are all close by.

Preview.......You'll find directions, maps and a course profile HERE

Wednesday, November 08, 2017

Some stats...Dublin Marathon V New York Marathon

In the last two weeks, we've had the Dublin and New York City marathons and it's interesting to compare some of the stats.

The 2017 New York City Marathon had a whopping 50,770 finishers this year. Dublin had about a third as much with 15,892.

In Dublin, 5,106 women crossed the finish line which was 32.7% of the field. As Irish marathons go, that's about normal. In New York, the percentage of women was much higher at 41.5%.

The chart below shows the breakdown of finishers in the New York City Marathon by age and gender. One thing that stands out is the high numbers of women under the age of 30. While there is no exact breakdown like this for the Dublin marathon, I suspect it may not be as high.

Barry Smyth of UCD has put together some stats of his own for the 2017 Dublin City HERE.

Some key points for the 2017 Dublin Marathon...
1) Some 4,000 people of the 20,000 total registered did not turn up or finish the Dublin Marathon. That represents 20%.

2) Approx 60% of the finishers are between the ages of 35–49. No big suprise there and on par with other events.

3) Looking at the chart on that site, the average finish time is roughly 4:00 to 4:05 for men and 4:20 to 4:25 for women. In New York, the average finish time for men is 4:25:14 and for women, it's 4:53:00. In other words, the finishing times in Dublin are about 20-25 mins faster.

Why? Congestion might be partially to blame or maybe the course is harder. I suspect though that a big reason is that the average American runner is just slower.

4) In Barry's stats, he found that club runners were roughly about 15 mins faster than non-club. That's probably no great suprise as you'd expect club runners to be a bit more serious about training.

There are plenty of other stats on that site so it's worth a look.

Tuesday, November 07, 2017

Sports Nutrition Talk at Pairc Ui Chaoimh...Mon 13th Nov 2017


Professional Irish Sporting Heroes & APC Microbiome Institute Collaborate for Cork Science Festival

A number of Ireland’s leading sports stars including World champion rower Mark O’Donovan and Ireland’s Basketball Ladies captain, Gráinne Dwyer, will be sharing their insights on the impact of nutrition on sport at a unique public event at Pairc Ui Chaoimh on Monday 13th November at 7pm as part of Cork Science Festival.