Ballycotton, official results

Official and Final Ballycotton 10 results are now out...

The official and final results for this year's Ballycotton 10 are now out. They can be seen HERE

The organisers also issued the following statement...
The results are now on the website and show a total of 2,602 finishers, similar to last year. Sergiu Ciobanu’s time has been corrected to 49:18, a two second improvement on 2012. Also, after East Cork were originally declared the team winners, a check-back found that Raheny were first although both clubs finished on the same points total.

Maria McCambridge’s time of 55:01 was only 13 seconds outside the course record she set last year and she can now claim the two fastest times in a race which has been won in the past by likes of Sonia O’Sullivan, Marian Sutton and Karen MacLeod.

There was one category course best; Joan Coyle’s 81:29 knocking over two minutes from Catherine O’Regan’s F65 time.

Unfortunately, a small number of finishers don’t have a chip time but with all such timing systems a certain percentage aren't picked up at the start so therefore don't get a chip time, only a gun time. However, the gun time is always the one recognised for official purposes.

Anyone wishing to see their five-mile splits can do so on the Precision Timing website by just clicking on their name in the results.

Despite our warnings, a tiny minority still persist in transferring numbers – all we’ll say is that we have already been in touch with some of the culprits and further action may follow.

Finally, the traditional result booklet will be out after the weekend and anyone requesting a copy can do so from the contact in the race programme. The booklet will also be freely available at local races over the coming weeks..........Ballycotton Running Promotions

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Thanks to Dominic for the above article.

Weekend Results, Ballycotton and more

0n Sunday 3rd march we had 24 athletes take part in the Ballycotton 10. A large group of supporters also travelled down. Special thanks to Katie, Jamie and Calum for keeping us all on our toes. Conditions were cold with a strong headwind on the 2nd half of the race. Sergio Ciobanu, Clonliffe, won the mens race for the 3rd year in a row, in 49.17. Maria McCambridge, Letterkenny AC, retained the ladies title in 55.01. Sean Clifford retained the O/65 title, in a time of 69.18. The rest of results from our athletes were, Gary Condon,57.20, PB; Finbarr Kirwan,57.38; Joe Kelly, 63.48, Pb; Bill Stanley,64.22, Pb; Richard Kavanagh, 66.19; Robert Quinn, 66.42, PB; Suzanne Foot, 67.32,pb; Helen Barry,67.43, PB;Diarmuid Potts, 68.22,PB; Sean Clifford,69.18; Noelle Thorpe,73.02; Des O,Hare, 74.12, Pb; Leanne Geraghty,78.48, PB; Georgina Devlin,79.13, Pb; Denis Patterson,79.22; Mark Keirans, 79.45;  Jason O,Connor,81.29; Pat McCourt,83.11; Tony Brannigan,86.05; Grainne Cunningham,86.26; Emer Hynes, 86.28, Pb; Edel Woods, 89.08;  Andrea Murphy, 90.58, Pb; Siobhan Butler, 94.32, Pb; 

Above times are provisional, we will continue to update,as they become available.

Also over the weekend, in the Meath Half Marathon, Susan Dowd ran 1hr 51 50, a new pb, and Elaine Norton ran 2hr 02min20sec. Over in Galway, in the Kinvara Half Marathon, Joe Cawley, retuning from injury, ran 76.48, to finish 4th overall and win the O/40 prize. In the Debra Ireland, Wicklow Mountain Half Marathon, Dave Carragher, running his first half marathon, ran 2hr, 5min, over what is a very tough course. Well done to all the above.

1) John Hennessey has a small gallery of photos HERE
2) There is a slideshow of photos from Joe Murphy HERE (Updated)
3) As always, Gearoid O Laoi has some great photos HERE (Updated)
4) There is a slideshow of photos from Pat O'Driscoll HERE
5) Eoin Fegan has a large gallery of commercial photos HERE





Here is some information for those travelling to Ballycotton on Sunday.If you are not going, have a look anyway, it might encourage you to take part next year. John Desmond (who runs the excellent Running In Munster and Running in Cork blogs) has done an excellent job of putting together a write-up, which you can find here: course description. Directions and car-park information here too. Weather looks great for Sunday. (Thanks to Gary for above).

Niel, Valerie win in Rathdrum, Mary D,3rd in Kenmare.

On Thursday last, 21st Feb, the 2nd race in the Fit 4life series was held in Rathdrum. It was a 5k race, over a very tough 3 lap course. Niel Wiktorski took the mens race in 16.55 and Valerie Brown won the womens race in 19.34. Charlotte Stevens was 2nd O/50, in 23.20, and a new PB. This was the third time Charlotte has reduced her 5k pb since this race last year. We also had fine performances from Susan Dowd, 23.34, also a new Pb; Collette Mason, 24.43, another new Pb; Diane Doll, 26.10; Elaine Norton, 26.36.

In Kenmare, Co. Kerry, the Wild West Adventure Race (15ml trail) was held on sunday. Mary Dawson, fresh from her fine run in the Barcelona Half Marathon, finished 3rd in the womens race in a time of 2hrs.00.

Thursday training was again well attended last week, 2 groups, both doing 1k repeats. Great to see a couple of our elite runners, Mary and Lar, at training last week. This week we will be doing some hill work, 2 or 3 groups depending on numbers.

REMINDER, Wicklow Road Race C/Ships, 5k, Ashford, Wednesday 3rd April.

23 of our runners will be heading down to Ballycotton this weekend, we wish them all the best of luck.

ULTRA RUNNING; Nat 50k C/ship. Garda Cross country

The National 50k C/ships were held yesterday (16th feb), at Donarea Forest, Co. Kildare. The race was run over 10 x 5k laps, on a mainly gravel trail, which was very muddy in parts. 107 competitors set out, of which 91 completed the 50k course. The race was won by Barry Minnock of Rathfarnham, in a time of 3hr 05min 02 sec. The womens race was won by Olwyn Dunne, Crusaders, in a time of 4hr 00min 28sec. Ian McGrath finished 7th, 3hr 27min 13 sec, (5ksplits, 21.37;20.22;20.42;20.53;20.43;20.39;20.37;20.36;20.07;20.57) Gary Condon finished 8th in 3hr 27min 55, ( 21.37;20.23; 20.42;20.52;20.43;20.40;20.37;20.36;20.42;21.05). Dominic Horan finished in 56th place and 4th O/45 in a time of 4hr 39min 17sec. ( 24.25;23.13;22.58;22.43;22.41;22.55;23.46;25.30;39.37;51.28;) Well done to all, expecting a full report from Dominic soon.

       Another race held yesterday was the BHAA, Garda Cross Country. The mens race was run over 4 miles, Neil Wiktorski finished 5th in 23.20, Bernard Quinn finished in a time of 31.20. Full results on

                                                                         BARCELONA HALF MARATHON.

The Barcelona half marathon was held on Sunday 17th Feb. Mary Dawson put in a fine performance to finish in 1hr 32min 41sec.


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