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Ballycotton 10 Entry List 2017

Ballycotton Running Promotions Publish Entry List for 40th Ballycotton 10


Sunday March 12th 2017


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Last week, Ballycotton Running Promotions published the list of entries for the 40th Ballycotton 10 on its website,  There are a record 4,061 athletes registered for the 2017 event, which will be held in the small east Cork fishing village of Ballycotton, on Sunday March 12th.

Just over 50%, at 2,110 athletes, or 51.97%, are members of athletic clubs, while the remmaining 1950 are unattached athletes from Ireland and abroad.  There were 2,000 places available to non-club athletes, with another 200 places available by postal registration.  

Club Entries

There are 167 clubs listed in total. Three clubs, Midleton ACSt. Finbarrs AC and Eagle AC have 100 or more athletes entered, while a further two, Ballintotis Fit4Life and Mallow AC are both just one short of 'the ton'.  All five of 'the 100 club' are Cork Clubs.


Midleton AC 120
St. Finbarrs AC 111
Eagle AC 101
Ballintotis Fit4Life 99
Mallow AC 99
Watergrasshill AC 74
Kilkenny City Harriers 57
Aghada Running Club 51
Slaney Olympic AC 50
Leevale AC 49
Ballymore-Cobh AC 46
Grange-Fermoy AC 44
Youghal AC 44
Waterford AC 42
St. Nicholas A.C. 41
Sportsworld A.C. 40
West Waterford AC 35
Celbridge AC 34
Clonmel AC 34
Newbridge AC 33
Tallaght AC 31
Crusaders AC 30
Galtee Runners AC 30
Rosscarbery Steam Runners 30
St Abbans A.C 27
An Bru A.C 25
Bandon A.C. 25
Togher A.C. 25
Sliabh Bhuide Rovers A.C. 24
Tracton AC 24
East Cork AC 22
Carrigtwohill AC 21
Donore Harriers 20
Portlaoise AC 19
Raheny Shamrock AC 19
Carrick-on-Suir A.C. 17
Donoughmore AC 17
Clonakilty Road Runners 15
Bweeng Trail Blazers 14
Churchtown Runners 14
Carraig na bhFear AC 13
Dundrum South Dublin AC 13
St. Catherines AC 13
Rathfarnham-WSAF AC 12
Buttevant R.C. 11
Galway City Harriers A.C. 11
Gowran A.C. 11
Limerick Country Club A.C. 11
Sli Cualann AC 11
Carrigaline Road Runners A.C. 10
Croghan AC 10
Dooneen A.C. 10
Kilfinane A.C. 10
Mooreabbey Milers A.C 10
West Limerick A.C. 10


Unattached Entries

There are 1950, or 48.03%, listed as unattached, from as near as Ballycotton itself, to Wisconsin, USA.   With such a high number of unattached athletes, perhaps diligent club officials, particularly in smaller clubs, might try to recruit new members from these listings!

Listing of Areas with 10 or more Unattached Entries

unatt/Cork 403
unatt/Dublin 109
unatt/Midleton 104
unatt/Glanmire 63
unatt/Waterford 58
unatt/Ballincollig 48
unatt/Blarney 46
unatt/Carrigaline 45
unatt/Bandon 39
unatt/Limerick 37
unatt/Kilkenny 36
unatt/Carrigtwohill 34
unatt/Cloyne 34
unatt/Kinsale 23
unatt/Ballinacurra 22
unatt/London 21
unatt/Cobh 19
unatt/Kildare 19
unatt/Clonakilty 18
unatt/Kerry 18
unatt/Ballycotton 17
unatt/Mallow 15
unatt/Shanagarry 15
unatt/Whitechurch 15
unatt/Crosshaven 14
unatt/Fermoy 14
unatt/Tipperary 14
unatt/Waterfall 14
unatt/Clonmel 12
unatt/Wexford 12
unatt/Passage West 11
unatt/Ballinhassig 10
unatt/Galway 10
unatt/Killarney 10
unatt/Naas 10

Christmas Greetings 2016 from Cork Athletics

Wishing All Athletes, Coaches, Parents, Admins, Supporters and Sponsors ....(Everyone!) a very Safe, Happy and Peaceful Christmas


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Cork Athletics wishes everyone involved in Athletics, from spectator to sponsor, athlete to venue provider, coach and official to parents, spouses and every individual who contributed to a great year, a very safe, happy and peaceful Christmas and New Year.


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Athletics Ireland Launch High Performance Indoor Endurance Initiative 2017

Athletics Ireland High Performance Indoor Endurance Initiative 2017


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Athletics Ireland has announced a new indoor endurance initiative which will focus on creating some high quality middle distance races for athletes aged 16+ of all levels.

Athletics Ireland High Performance Indoor Endurance Initiative 2017

 Jan 14th   National League Round 1
 AIT  800m Male 
 800m Female 
Jan 28th National League Round 2 AIT 800m Male 800m Female  1500m Male 
 1500m Female 
Feb 5th AAI Indoor Games  NIA Dublin 
800m Male 800m Female 1500m Male 1500m Female



Entry links will open, in due course, on the Athletics Ireland website, and close on the Wednesday night before each event. No entries allowed after this point. To be seeded correctly and in the appropriate race, full details should be entered online, or athletes may be placed in a lower standard race. Entry for the Jan 14th National League Round 1 800m races

Seeding & Startlists

Races will be seeded on the Thursday preceding each event, with startlists published on the Athletics Ireland website, and also emailed to all athletes & coaches. Some changes may need to be made on race day, to cover any late withdrawals etc.

Athletics Ireland would appreciate the support of all athletes & coaches in making sure that they communicate any withdrawals following registration. Any athlete who registers for an event, but does not intend racing should email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by close of entries on the Wednesday night before each event.


Athletics Ireland will endeavour to arrange a pacemaker for the “A” race only at each event, however this may not always be possible. Athletics Ireland would appreciate the support of athletes and coaches in helping us source pacemakers. If any athlete is interested in pacing can they please e mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ASAP.


Please forward this mail to all endurance athletes & coaches in your clubs.

Belgooly 4 Mile Road Race 2017 Pre-Registration

Belgooly AC Pre-Registration for Stephen's Day Race

The Huntsman Bar & Restaurant, Belgooly

19:00-20:00pm, Thursday Dec 22nd

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The Dick Copithorne Memorial Run - Belgooly Annual 4 Mile Road Race, takes place in Belgooly village at 12:00 noon, on St Stephen's Day, Monday December 26th 2016.  This event, organised and hosted by Belgooly AC, is one of the most popular events on the Cork road racing calendar, with some 850 to 1,000 participants turning out to burn off the calories from Christmas (over?)indulgence!  

To beat the queues, Belgooly are taking Pre-Registrations tomorrow, Thursday Dec 22nd,

in the Huntsman Bar & Restaurant, Belgooly, between 7 & 8pm. 


Belgooly 4 Weather Forecast

It's a bit far out yet, with five days to go, but indications are that conditions for this year's are going to be pretty good, with light winds, clear skies and temperature in the low teens ....what more could you ask for!

Headline Sponsors Irish Examiner Formally Launch Cork City Marathon 2017



09:00am, Sunday June 4th 2017


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Hopkins Communications Press Release


-Build your June Bank Holiday Weekend around the Cork City Marathon as organisers announce new race day of Sunday 4th June 2017-

Monday 19th December 2016: Swap your Sunday drive for a run, walk or jog as the 2017 Irish Examiner Cork City Marathon launched today with a new race date of Sunday 4th June announced. After a decade of participants marking the end of their June Bank Holiday weekend crossing the finish line of the Cork City Marathon, organisers have answered the requests from past and potential participants to move this iconic race to Sunday.

Speaking at the launch of the Irish Examiner Cork City Marathon, Race Director Jim O’Donovan commented on this exciting date change, “There is always great anticipation and buzz surrounding the launch of the Cork City Marathon but this year we cannot contain our excitement. We pride ourselves on constantly striving to build and develop the Cork City Marathon, ensuring that it is more than a marathon and instead one of the biggest Irish sporting events, open to everyone of all fitness levels and varying degrees of challenges. In previous years, we have welcomed the introduction of various innovative race categories, such as the Youth Challenge, to enable greater participation and this year is no different.

“Moving the traditional race day from Monday to Sunday allows more flexibility for visitors both nationally and internationally traveling to participate. Sunday also allows all participants an opportunity to celebrate their great accomplishment that evening, and gives athletes a day to rest and recover before heading back to their nine to five on Tuesday.”

With almost 10,000 participants last year and increased numbers expected in the Marathon, Half Marathon, Team Relay, Inter-Services Championships and Youth Challenge, the Irish Examiner Cork City Marathon has firmly secured its place on the Irish sporting calendar as one of the must-attend events of the year.  Over the years, the Irish Examiner Cork City Marathon has become more than a marathon, recognised for its inclusivity. It’s for runners, walkers, wheelchair athletes, fitness enthusiasts, and supporters. It is for those looking for a way to get fit, to set a new personal best, a way to raise money for a local charity or a fun day out with family and friends.

The marathon is a platform for outstanding achievements and unforgettable memories. No-one will forget the heart-warming scene as 80 year old couple Kay and Joe O’Regan crossed the line hand in hand last year, or as Damien Coleman, Blackrock GAA set a new Guinness World Record running the marathon while soloing a hurley and sliotar.

“I would encourage individuals of all ages, levels and abilities to get involved in the 2017 Irish Examiner Cork City Marathon. It will be a fantastic day in the city, and a great way for participants to take in the iconic Cork sights and sounds as they take to the streets. We’re calling on everyone, from first timers to professional athletes, to lace up your trainers and look forward to seeing you at the start and finish line!”, urged the Lord Mayor of Cork, Cllr. Des Cahill.

Now in its 11th year, the Irish Examiner Cork City Marathon is an internationally recognised marathon welcoming participants from home and abroad, with certification from the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF).  This marathon is a qualifying race for other marathons, such as the Boston City Marathon. The Irish Examiner Cork City Marathon is a City Council promoted event in partnership with Athletics Ireland, Cork Business Houses Athletics Association (BHAA), An Garda Síochána, Cork Education & Training Board, Voluntary First Aid & Medical bodies such as St. Johns Ambulance, Irish Red Cross, Order of Malta, Cork Fire Services and Civil Defence as well as local groups and communities.   

Start your New Year off on the right foot by setting the Irish Examiner Cork City Marathon as one of your 2017 goals, or give the perfect Christmas gift of entry to the running fanatic in your life. Remember, this is more than a marathon so entries are now open for the Marathon, Half Marathon, Team Relay, Inter-Services Championships and Youth Challenge. Register now or find out more information on the Irish Examiner Cork City Marathon 2017 online at For helpful training tips or to share your Irish Examiner Cork City Marathon journey follow them on Facebook and Instagram\corkcitymarathon or on Twitter @TheCorkMarathon #MoreThanAMarathon


About the Irish Examiner Cork City Marathon

The Irish Examiner Cork City Marathon was revived in 2007 after a break of 21 years. It reflected a growing interest or a rekindling of interest in road running that had peaked in the mid-1980s but had waned in the intervening years.  

One of the innovations in the Irish Examiner Cork City Marathon was the inclusion of a Team Relay challenge, with teams of between 2 and five members combining to cover the 26.2 mile distance. In 2013, a Youth Team Relay was introduced, providing an opportunity for young people between the ages of 16 and 18 to participate in what is one of the most challenging and rewarding sporting and personal achievements.


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Following on from Wednesday's announcement that the 2017 event is to be held on Sunday June 4th 2017, the event was formally launched today.

Feedback on the change has been overwhelmingly positive and, to date, over 30,000 people have been reached othrough the various Cork Athletics media sources. Let's hope that the goodwill translates into increased entries right across the range of events in the Cork City Marathon 'portfolio'.  There's only one thing for it!  Dig out the trainers and dust off the training plans. There are 'just' 169 days (24 weeks) to go.....Lots of time....New Year....New resolutions.....Lets lace up and Let Fly!!

There's still lots of background work to do.  Arrangements have to be made with lots of organisations, from churches of all denominations, Sports organisations, businesses, hospitals, emergency serices, transport, etc....the list is extensive.  Many things weren't an issue on Bank Holiday Monday, or maybe not as serious or as complex.  On the other hand, the Sunday move will reduce or eliminate other problems. Some old headaches solved ....some new ones will develop. 

For a long time now, there has been lots of pressure from the running community to change to a Sunday.  This pressure increased when last October's Dublin Marathon changed to a Sunday, after 35 years of Bank Holiday Mondays, with a massive increase in the numbers taking part.  Some of the interest in the 2016 Dublin Marathon arose from the 1916 Centenary factor, so it remains to be seen whether the 'Sunday Factor' will follow through again for Dublin, in 2017 - We certainly hope it will.  There's a great 'Buzz' around the place after this news. 

In the meantime, 'Cork' will come on Sunday June 4th 2017......Cork runs a good's AIMS registered, so is acceptable as a qualifier for all the big city marathons. Cork also has a great team relay event, along with related schools and services team challenges - really relays for schools and services.  It addition the Half-Marathon, introduced a couple of years ago, has increased it's numbers significantly. 

Roll on Marathon Sunday!
I'll Be There! Will YOU!

Cork City Marathon 2017 Launch

Cork City Marathon 2017 is on Sunday June 4th


09:00am, Sunday June 4th 2017

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Cork City Marathon Website

Cork City Marathon Facebook Page

The date of the 2017 Cork City Marathon was launched today, Wednesday December 14th, and, after months of wrangling with planning and logistics, the 2017 event is set for Sunday June 4th, breaking with the long-standing association with Bank Holiday Monday.

The formal launch is set for next week, the photo-shoot having taken place on Wed, Dec 14th.

Holding the event on a Sunday brings many new challenges to the organisers, but it is hoped that the change will bring new growth to the popular series, which includes the Cork City Marathon, and Cork City Marathon Relay, along with the growing popularity of the Cork City Half-Marathon.

The Marathon Route is likely to be largely the same, at least for the first half anyway.  Plans to eliminate the Jack Lynch Tunnel have been shelved, however changes in the second half of the course are still being explored.  One of the key points is to try to "flatten" the course.  It is also envisaged that the Half-Marathon start will change, particularly in light of the calamitous start to the 2016 'Half'

Enter Cork City Marathon 2017

On-line Entry - Marathon or Half-Marathon


'Early Bird' Entry Form (on Cork City Marathon website)

GOAL Mile CIT Track 2016

Photos and Video from Cork's 32nd Annual Goal Mile

CIT Track

Christmas Day, December 25th 2016


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Start of 5th GOAL Mile 2016


Joe and Anne Murphy's Facebook Album

75 Photos on Joe & Anne Murphy's Facebook album

Joe and Anne Murphy's Google+ Album

164 Photos on Joe & Anne Murphy's Facebook album



First GOAL Mile of 2016

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Lining up for First GOAL Mile of the Day

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GOAL Mile 2016 - First Mile from Webmaster - Cork Athletics on Vimeo.


Second GOAL Mile of 2016

GOAL Mile 2016 - Second Mile from Webmaster - Cork Athletics on Vimeo.

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Start of Second GOAL Mile of the Day


Fourth Goal Mile of 2016

GOAL Mile 2016 - Fourth Mile from Webmaster - Cork Athletics on Vimeo.


Fifth Goal Mile of 2016

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Leevale Group - Four Fastest in 5th GOAL Mile of the Day, including Louise Shanahan and Conor Walters, on right, who ran the fastest GOAL Mile of the Day (as of 11:30), in a time of 5:18

Christmas 2016 Weekend Weather and Races

Christmas Weekend Weather Forecast

Sunday December 25th - Tuesday December 28th

Predicted Rainfall Forecast

Christmas Day Weather 2016 Stephens Day Weather 2016 Tuesday December 28th Weather 2016
 09:00am, Christmas Day, Dec 25th  12:00 noon, St. Stephen's Day, Dec 26th 
12:00 noon, Tuesday Dec 27th 


In total contrast to last year's weather, this year looks like being almost completely dry. There is a risk of light rain on Christmas morning, for the GOAL Mile but St Stephen's Day, for the Belgooly 4, and similarly on Tuesday, for the Togher 5k.

Last year's awful weather resulted in a Christmas Day washout for the GOAL Mile, while the Belgooly 4 had to be cancelled due to impassible roads and another washout for the Togher 5k, so this year's conditions, largely dry, and an unseasonably warm 12 to 15C, will be welcomed by participants, organisers and spectators, alike.


St Stephen's Day 2016 - Last Year

JJ Hurleys Belgooly Photo

Last year's floods at Belgooly's Humpback Bridge, close to the finish line



Christmas Day Goal Miles

On Christmas Day this year, there are GOAL Miles in CIT, Doneraile Park and St. Catherine's GAA Club, Ballynoe. There is another GOAL Mile in Charleville on New Year's Day

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Don't just come along yourself...Bring your family & friends!

If you can't/won't/don't take part yourself, you can support/slag/catcall your friends.....and strangers.  

Festive wear, including 'Late Late' jumpers optional!



These are charity events.  All proceeds - 100% - will go to the GOAL charity.


Entry Fee

There is no entry fee - just pay what you like to enter. Please be generous.



There is no pre-entry.  Just turn up on the day.

Do I have to be a member of an Athletic Club?

Absolutely not!  This is open to EVERYONE!



Dick Copithorne Belgooly 4

12 Noon St Stephen's Day

Belgooly 4 Mile Road Race Flyer 2016


Togher AC 5k

13:00pm Tuesday December 27th

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Sports Capital Grant Scheme 2017 Now Open

The 2017 Sports Capital Programme Opens  on Monday 23 January 2017


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The 2017 Sports Capital Programme will be open for applications from 9am on Monday 23 January 2017

Cork Athletics Clubs and Divisions

Cork Athletics clubs and Divisions are advised to examine the scheme and consider making an application.  Unfortunately, for the most part, Capital Grant, means that Clubs and Divisions must have premises or grounds to best avail of these grants, and, sadly most clubs either rent or have use of another organistaions facilities.  

In spite of this, it would be unwise to ignore the Grant Scheme - you don't get what you don't ask for - "A silent priest never won a parish"

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Registered Cork Athletics Events Period Ending Sun Jan 1st 2017

Registered Events for Christmas Festive Period 2016

December 20th 2016 to January 1st 2017


Registered Events Period Ending Sun Jan 1st 2017


Sun Dec 25th, 10:00 - 12:30  - GOAL Mile - CIT Track

Sun Dec 25th, 10:00 - 12:00  - GOAL Mile - Doneraile Park

Sun Dec 25th, 11:30 - 12:00  - GOAL Mile - St Catherine's GAA Grounds

Sun Dec 25th ?, ??, GOAL Mile - Glanmire  - No GOAL Mile in Glanmire this year

Mon Dec 26th, 12:00  - Dick Copithorne Memorial Belgooly 4 Mile Road Race

Tues Dec 27th, 13:00  - Togher AC 5k Road Race 2016

Sat Dec 31st, 11:00  - Shandrum AC 5k Road Race

Sun Jan 1st, 13:00  - Donough Coughlan Memorial Bandon 5 Mile Road Race 2017


Lots of Registered Events to choose from over the Festive Season!


Christmas Day, Sunday Dec 25th

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On Christmas Day, there is the usual offering of GOAL Miles. The main Cork GOAL Mile is at CIT Track, where miles will be held, every 15 to 20 minutes,between 10:00am and 12:00 noon.  The other Cork Locations are Doneraile Park and St. Catherine's GAA Club in Conna.  There is also a GOAL Mile in Glanmire, however specific location and time are not yet to hand.


St Stephen's Day, Monday Dec 26th

Belgooly 4 Mile Road Race Flyer 2016

The traditional Post-Christmas 'burn-off' takes place at noon on St Stephen's Day.  This is an extremely popular event and is likely to attract 800 to 1,000 participants

Bank Holiday, Tuesday Dec 27th

Tuesday sees the Togher AC 5k, a relatively new event that is proving extremely popular

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New Year's Eve, Saturday Dec 31st

The inaugural Shandrum AC 5k takes place on New Year's Eve, in Newtownshandrum, in North Cork

Shandrum 5k Road Race Flyer 2016


New Year's Day, Sunday Jan 1st

Bandon AC's long-running Donough Coughlan Memorial 5 has been asignificant date on the Athletics calendar for many, many years and is sure to attract a large entry,  to end the Festive Season, and kick off 2017 in style

 Donough Coughlan Memorial 5 Mile Road Race Flyer 2017

Eight Young Cork Athletes Selected for New Year Internationals 2017

Eight Athletes from Six Clubs to Represent Ireland in January 2017


Antrim International Cross-Country

Greenmount, Antrim
Saturday January 14th 2017

Celtic International Cross-Country

Cardiff, Wales

Sunday January 22nd 2017


 Damian Madigan

North Cork AC's Damian Madigan


Eight Cork athletes, from six Cork clubs; Bandon AC, Leevale AC, North Cork AC, Togher AC, West Muskerry AC, Youghal AC, are set for the New Year Cross-Country Internationals in Antrim and Cardiff.  


Antrim International Cross-Country
Saturday January 14th

Antrim International - Full Irish Selections


Men Under 20
Damian Madigan, North Cork AC

Women Under 20
Laura Nicholson, Bandon AC


Celtic International Cross-Country
Sunday January 22nd 2017

Celtic International - Full Irish Selections


Men Under 17
Chris O'Reilly, Togher AC
Tommie Connolly, Leevale AC
Jake McCarthy, Youghal AC (Development Squad)


Men Under 20
Fearghal Curtin, Youghal AC
Charlie O'Donovan, Leevale AC


Women Under 20
Stephanie Cotter, West Muskerry AC (Development Squad)


Registered Cork Athletics Events Week Ending Sun Dec 18th 2016

Registered Events Week Ending Sunday December 18th 2016


Registered Events Week Ending Sun Dec 18th 2016


This Week:

Coaching Session

Race Walk Championship

Two Registered Road Races


Thurs Dec 15th, 6pm-7pm, CIT Track - Cork Athletics Weekly Middle Distance & Endurance Coaching Autumn 2016

The Final Session in the current series. A new series is planned for later in the New Year.

Sun Dec 18th, 09:30, Cloyne - Cloyne Commons 4k Road Race Series - Race 2 2016/17

Sun Dec 18th, 11am, CIT Track - Athletics Ireland National 30k Walks Championships

Sun Dec 18th, 1pm, Newmarket - Newmarket Christmas Classic 5k Road Race 2016


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