Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Pre Entry For Ballyandreen 5 Please Avail Of This

To ease the pressure on the night, entries for Thursday's Ballyandreen '5' will be taken on Wednesday evening from 6.00pm to 7.30pm at Market Green Shopping Centre, Midleton. The entry fee is just €5
Please use this facility if you can at all as it will be of great help to the organisers. Also if you are entering someone else make sure you know their date of birth if they have not run the series before................................ also their  Athletics Ireland Club if they have one.

Remember its the 4th Thursday of every month and NOT the last Thursday
Please Support Our Member
Shane Fitzgerald Foley

Fellow Clubmates, I, Shane Fitzgerald Foley am running the Cork Half Marathon next Sun 4th as a Childrens Leukaemia Lego Runner with Nigel Lucas (Leevale AC).  If you would like to sponsor us on this adventure to support the charity, please click on the gofundme link below. The Lego Runners and the CLA appreciate your support. The GOFUNDME page https://www.gofundme.com/legorunners is an easy and safe way to donate to this fundraiser. Just get your card, click on the link above and give Nigel and Shane a push for the finish line. BE AWESOME!
The Midleton vest kept me going in our brutal training regime. Watch the serious graft we put in on one of the video links below. You might get a few tips*:) happy
Check out the video.

Best of luck to all the Midleton runners doing Cork or parts of it this year. We hope to see you, you  definitely wont miss us.

Thursday, 18 May 2017


Blackwater 10 Mile Fermoy

First O/40 for Margaret Jones

Fine running once again today from Margaret Jones and Bernie Twomey who did the Blackwater 10 Mile. On a course with a tough first five mile Margaret did 78min winning 1st O/40 prize and Bernie a prize winner in Kilcredan Friday night did 84 min. Well done ladies.

Two More from Riga


Another great night at the Kilcredan 5Km where we cleaned up in the prizes and had some great runs. Bernie Twomey 2nd O/40, Helen Gilroy 1st O/50 (5th overall), Jaon McCarthy 1st O/55, Kathleen O'Connell 2nd O/60. Whilst our men were ahead of the ladies for a change in the prize winning. Fergal O'Meara 2 nd O/45, Mick Murphy 3rd O/45, John Cashman 2nd O/50, Tom Cody 2nd O/60, Donie O'Connell 2ndO/65 and a very well done to Kathryn O'Connor ( C2 5K group)who ran her first official race tonight and acquitted herself in fine style.


Some very fine running from members here on Thursday evening with Sheila Buckley 3rd Lady home and lots of other prize winners. Maire Walsh 3rd O/35, Louise Barry 4th O/35, Mary O'Keeffe 1st O/50 , Breda Sheedy 2nd O/50. Whilst our only man Shane Fitzgerald Foley had a great run finishing 10th overall.


Guest article by John Walshe looking back at the 1992 Ladysbridge 5 mile road race (Results included) ... http://corkrunning.blogspot.com/2017/05/guest-articleladysbridge-race-recalled.html— with Neilus Aherne.

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

The Tail The Whale 5km Fun Run in Youghal Co Cork.

The run takes place on Saturday 3rd June 2017 at 7pm. 

Race HQ; Barry's Lane, Youghal

Registration from 5.30 pm on the day.

Route; Starting outside the Mall Arts Centre, going to the beach area and back, with the finish line under Youghal's iconic Clock Gate.

Entry is 10 euro and all proceeds are in aid of Community Radio Youghal.

Prizes on the night!

Entertainment afterwards at Barry's Lane.
Riga Marathon

Report from Christopher McCarthy

The 1st thing to know about Riga is that the weather is extremely changeable.  It was snowing heavily 4 days before the Marathon.  2 days after the Marathon there was a thunderstorm & torrential downpour.  Locals often appear to be dressed in too many layers for the current conditions as though they expect temperatures to plummet at any moment.

The Marathon itself took place in over 20C heat accompanied by beaming sunshine.  Conditions perfect for the crowds of spectators but brutally warm to run in & it got hotter & hotter as midday approached.  This took a huge toll on me in the last few kilometres.

It's a surprisingly big event.  Between a 6k, 10k, Half & Full there were over 25,000 participants from 70 countries.  There is beautiful scenery along the way with perhaps the highlight being the Freedom Monument - a 42 Metre high Statue commemorating independence & Latvian sovereignty which is the beating heart of the city.

I had no intentions of running a PB due to excessive work & college commitments & an injury picked up just before the Youghal 5k in April.  This allowed me to spend more time 'sightseeing' during the race.  There were drummers, cheerleaders & Latvian folk dancers lining busy sections of the route all adding to the experience.  In terms of architecture Riga has the largest number of Jugenstil buildings in the world.  These buildings closing in over cobbled streets often have a fairy tale quality. 

I registered for the race back in October 2016 & it cost €29.  In terms of value for money for full Marathons I don't believe there is a better deal available anywhere in the world.

This is on next Friday evening and is certainly well worth supporting . Its one of the best races around with a great course and an equally great spread after.