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Marathon Advice - The Last Two Weeks

Cork Athletics Webmaster's Advice for the Final Two Weeks Before Your Marathon

 marathon advice last two weeks

 

Long Run & Speedwork

Long run two weeks before event: 15 max - EASY!!! pace.

DON'T be tempted to do any last minute long runs or strenuous speedwork in the last two weeks, but particularly in the final week. You CAN'T do too little....but you CAN do too much. The last two weeks are for tapering and building up glycogen stores in the body.

 

Do too much now and you'll blow your full potential!

 

Missed speed sessions or long runs, due to injury or illness? DON'T try to get it in at this stage. If you've missed a lot, maybe scale back on your expectations. If you've only missed a little, you'll probably be OK...just DON'T try to make up for lost training time now.

 

Mon/Tues of last week before event: Last speed work - light speed session, holding back, or 2 miles med/hard, but NOT all out.

 

Any heavy work in the last 10 days WILL do you damage. Its hard to do too little, but you can very easily do too much!!

 

Fluids

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For the last 10 days (before the event) or so, get plenty of fluids on board. Drink WATER often, several times a day - more than normal. By Fri/Sat week, you need literally to have to get up during the night to get rid of excess.

Excuse the detail: your aim (no pun intended) is light-straw coloured urine at all times (this is the acid test) [not uric acid <grin>]. If you drink a lot in one go, it will become clear but will return to "normal" after some time (12-24 hours) Proper hydration will keep it clear all the time.  Binge drinking water/fluids may flush out the electrolytes from your system, making fatigue and cramp more likely.  Drink little and often - allow your system to find its natural equilibrium.

 

Drink

runner drinking alcohol

Alcohol - will dehydrate you - go easy for the last 4 or 5 days, particularly last 2 days (too little
time to flush system & rehydrate fully).

 

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Soft drinks - too much will deplete your potassium levels.

Apparently even a 2% deficit in hydration levels will have a HUGE detrimental effect on performance.

 

Carbo Depletion/Loading

Depletion - cutting out/down on carbohydrate for 3-4 days - Probably not a good idea - tried it once. Current wisdom is against it.

CarboLoading

runner carbo loading

Definitely a good idea. Will be less effective if you don't hydrate AND get plenty of vitamin C on board. For the last 4 days or so get PLENTY of carbohydrates in - substitute carbos for protein.

Protein

protein meat

Burns dirty. Eat very little protein in last 24 to 36 hours, same goes for high fibre foods, otherwise you will probably need to stop for a (p)it stop in the first 10 miles or so.

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John Quigley, Cork Athletics Webmaster, has a Marathon best of 2:46:03, has run 26 Marathons in all, and has been running for over three decades.

Launch of Munster Regional Athletics Academy 2019

Munster Regional Athletics Academy 2019-2020

 

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Munster Regional Development Officers and Co-Ordinators are delighted to announce the launch of their rebranded Regional Athletics Academies, formerly known as the Munster Development & Performance Squads


The Regional Athletics Academies have been designed to promote a fun and friendly atmosphere among athletes, whereby the athletes can mix socially, learn athletics, and try new events. Athletics is largely an individual sport, so these events are important outside the competition environment.


Each region will have a 'Development Squad' and 'Regional Athletics Academy', and will run for 2 hours each, with the Development Squad session being the first each day.


There will be regional overnight camps organised for those who have been attending the individual academy days. This is open only to athletes who are in the Regional Athletics Academy. The Development Squad athletes are invited to come along to squad days. Closer to the time, Regional Co-ordinators will inform athletes regarding dates and venues.


Club coaches are encouraged to attend and observe. The squad coaches will be available to interact and answer queries from club coaches who may wish to attend.


Cost of the squad is €25 per athlete, to be paid online only. In exceptional circumstances, where athletes have missed the online registration deadline, they can pay €25 in cash, or €7 per session.


Goals of the Regional Athletics Academies


•    Supplement training that athletes already receive in their clubs. The Regional Academies work alongside the workshops of the National Event Coordinators.
•    Focus on the needs of athletes/coaches, with emphasis on executing the fundamentals to the highest level.
•    Help to maximise the potential of each athlete, with the aim of seeking continuous improvement.
•    The Squads will focus mainly on the technical aspects of each event.
•    Assist club coaches.

Athletes have been selected from the previous season's results (2019 age groups), from U16 - U19 age groups (top 4 in each event). All event groups are covered. All competitions including Cross-Country, Indoors, Combined Events, Schools and Track and field will be taken into consideration.


Academy VENUE

Nenagh Indoor Stadium

 

Dates

 Development SquadAthletics Academy
Saturday October 26th 11am - 1 pm 1pm-3pm
Saturday November 23rd 11am - 1 pm 1pm-3pm
Saturday December 14th 11am - 1 pm 1pm-3pm


Development Squad    Athletics Academy
Saturday 26th October 2019 11am - 1pm    1pm-3pm
Saturday 23rd November 2019 11am - 1pm    1pm-3pm
Saturday 14th December 2019 11am - 1pm    1pm-3pm


The Development Squad session will take place from 11am-1pm on each of the days, and is open to all athletes aged 12 years +

Athlete will receive a squad t-shirt, at the last session. Athletes must collect their t-shirts, or arrange to have it collected, to avoid postage costs.


The fee for the squad sessions is €5 per athlete, for each session day.

DayTimeEvents covered by the Development Squad:
Day 1 11am-1pm Sprints, Shot, Long Jump, Javelin, Pole Vault, Middle Distance and Walks
Day 2 11am-1pm Short Hurdles, High Jump, Pole Vault, Middle Distance and Walks
Day 3 11am-1pm Sprints, Shot, Long Jump, Javelin, Pole Vault, Middle Distance and Walks
NB: Development Group Walks will take place each day along with the Regional Academy Walks Squad, from 1pm to 3pm


Please check in at the venue from 10:30am each day

 

The Munster Athletics Academy takes place from 1pm to 3pm on each day, and is by invitation only (see athletes listed below). All events will be covered.


 

Development Coaches

CoachDiscipline
Kevin Cogley Sprints
Noelle Morrissey Short Hurdles
Pat Power Long Jump
Martin O'Grady High Jump
Dave Fratarolli Shot Putt
Brian Scanlon Javelin
Eamon Flanagan Pole Vault
Sean Finn Middle Distance

 

For more information , contact your regional co-ordinator: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


REGISTATION 

Please register via the Munster Registration Link, on or before Thursday 24th October



Cork Athletes invited to participate in the 2019 Munster Regional Athletics Academy:

Full Munster invitation Listing on Munster Athletics release (PDF File)

ForenameSurnameClub
Ben Donovan Abbey Striders AC
Rachel Lynch Ballincollig AC
Dylan Chambers Bandon AC
Tristan Chambers Bandon AC
Eadaoin Coady Bandon AC
Eabha Crowley Bandon AC
Jack Cullen Bandon AC
Max Hallahan Bandon AC
Ruairi Harrington Bandon AC
Stacey Komolafe Bandon AC
Ciara Lynch Bandon AC
Lauren McCourt Bandon AC
Diarmuid O'Connor Bandon AC
Niamh O'Donovan Bandon AC
Niamh Sugrue Bandon AC
Nicola Tuthill Bandon AC
Olivia Tuthill Bandon AC
Natalia Guerrero Bandon Grammer
Sarah Cooper Belgooly AC
Philip Halton Belgooly AC
Danny Kelly Belgooly AC
Adam Turner Belgooly AC
Glory Wenegieme Belgooly AC
Justin Equaibor Bishopstown CS
Natasha O'Keeffe Blarney Inniscara AC
Emma Akinkuolie Carraig na BhFear AC
Harry Buckley Carraig na BhFear AC
Aaron Callinan Carraig na BhFear AC
Emma Coffey Carraig na BhFear AC
Orla Coffey Carraig na BhFear AC
Sarah Constant Carraig na BhFear AC
Meabh Daly Carraig na BhFear AC
Alan Davis Carraig na BhFear AC
Ciaran Hurley Carraig na BhFear AC
David Maher Carraig na BhFear AC
Lily O'Riordan Carraig na BhFear AC
Martha Quain Carraig na BhFear AC
Michelle Ugwah Carraig na BhFear AC
Alan Kellegher Col Phobail Beanntrai
Maeve O'Neill Doheny AC
Ricky Carroll Fanahan McSweeney AC
Alex Ademola Leevale AC
Reece Ademola Leevale AC
Shane Aherne Leevale AC
Una Brice Leevale AC
Conor Callinan Leevale AC
Ava Cashman Leevale AC
Aisling Cassidy Leevale AC
Elena Collins Leevale AC
Colin Doyle Leevale AC
Ryan Duggan Leevale AC
James Ezeonu Leevale AC
Abby Fitzgerald Leevale AC
Vanessa Frawley Leevale AC
Ella Hurley Leevale AC
Marc Jones Leevale AC
James Kirkby Leevale AC
Jack McGrath Leevale AC
Conor Morey Leevale AC
Helen Moynihan Leevale AC
Katie Moynihan Leevale AC
Colin Murphy Leevale AC
Hannah Murphy Leevale AC
Sean Naughton Leevale AC
Ciara Neff Leevale AC
Harry Nevin Leevale AC
Padraig O'Callaghan Leevale AC
Brendan O'Donoghue Leevale AC
Ryan O'Leary Leevale AC
Ciara O'Mahony Leevale AC
Brenda Onoh Leevale AC
Orlaith Onoh Leevale AC
Jonah Osobase Leevale AC
Cathal Scanlon Leevale AC
Ella Scott Leevale AC
Wymin Sivakumar Leevale AC
Lucy May Sleeman Leevale AC
Holly Umeh Leevale AC
Emily Wall Leevale AC
Sarah Zia Buckley Leevale AC
Joe Ivory Liscarroll AC
Aoife O'Sullivan Liscarroll AC
Sophie Perrott Liscarroll AC
Amy Whelan Liscarroll AC
Blessing Alamu Carraig na bhFear AC
Emmanuel Alamu

Carraig na bhFear AC

Samuel Judd Midleton AC
Sean Kavanagh Midleton AC
Lia O'Brien Midleton AC
Sean O'Riordan Midleton AC
Leah Parker Midleton AC
Joseph Bamidele Nagle CC
Dean McCarthy Nagle CC
Donal Ojlekhude Nagle CC
Sean Frawley North Cork AC
Callum Keating North Cork AC
Megan Lenihan North Cork AC
Brian Lynch Old Abbey AC
Andrew Collins Skibbereen AC
Sarah Morrison St. Nicholas AC
James McCarthy West Muskerry AC
Kerry Barrett Youghal AC
Georgia Connon Youghal AC
Natasha Kilgannon Youghal AC
Liam O'Leary Youghal AC

CIT Athletics Seminar Series 2019 - 2020

CIT Athletics Seminar Series 2019-2020

Room IT3, Library Building, CIT

November to April


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CIT Sports Seminar Series


Tickets are €10 per seminar, or €50 when you purchase tickets to all 6 seminars

€8, or €35 for all 6 seminars, with a student ID

To register contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 0867700588 for more info

Register Online

 

 

Venue for all seminars: Room IT3, Library Building, CIT Bishopstown Campus

 

6th November 2019 - Sports Marketing

Paul Deasy - Commercial and Marketing Manager, Cork City FC



4th December 2019 - Nutrition and Performance

Jonny Holland - Performance Nutritionist Cork GAA; ex-Munster Rugby outhalf

 

15th January 2020 - Rethinking Stress for Performance

Joe O'Connor - Exercise Physiology & Pert Nutrition Lecturer, ITTralee


12 February 2020 - Sleep and Performance

Giles Warrington - Senior Lecturer in Sport & Exercise Physiology, UL



11th March 2020 - Training Loads

Ian O'Sullivan & Dr. Peter Francis, Doctoral Candidate, Leeds Beckett Uni


15th April 2020 - Mental Health in Sport

Jessie Barr, Sport Psychology Researcher, UL; Irish Olympian (London 2012)

 

Venue

CIT Track Location

CIT Track Location

 

 

 

Cork Athletics - Events Week Ending Sunday October 6th 2019

Registered Cork Athletics Races & Events for Week Ending Sunday October 6th 2019

 
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Saturday October 5th, 1pm, CIT Track - Cork Youth Development Initiative - CYDI Day 3 Saturday October 5th, 2:30pm, CIT Track - Cork Athletics Winter Coaching Series - Day 3 Saturday October 5th, 5pm, Rosscarbery - Rosscarbery Steam Engine 5k

Sunday October 6th, 12 noon, Knockardbane, Liscarroll - Cork Athletics Novice Junior Under 23 & Juvenile Even-Age Cross-Country Championships

 

 Weeks Summary:

w/e Sun October 6th - Coaching, Rosscarbery 5k and Cork Athletics County Novice Junior Under 23 & Juvenile Even-Age Cross-Country Championships

Cork Athletics Race Calendar

Cork Athletics Find Your Races

 

Comprehensive Calendar of Registered Athletics Ireland events in Cork

Results of Athletics Ireland Registered Events - April 2014 - May 2016 (on Old Cork Athletics website)

 

Results of Athletics Ireland Registered Events - May 2016 to date

 

 

Cork Events This Week

 

 

Wednesday October 2nd, 8am, CIT Track - Cork Athletics County Board Monthly Meeting

 

Saturday October 5th, 1pm, CIT Track - Cork Youth Development Initiative - CYDI Day 3

 

Saturday October 5th, 2:30pm, CIT Track - Cork Athletics Winter Coaching Series - Day 3

 

Saturday October 5th, 5pm, Rosscarbery - Rosscarbery Steam Engine 5k

 

Sunday October 6th, 12 noon, Knockardbane, Liscarroll - Cork Athletics Novice Junior Under 23 & Juvenile Even-Age Cross-Country Championships

 

 
International

September 27th - October 6th, Doha, Qatar - AAF World Championships

 

Online Registrations

The Following Upcoming Races currently have Online Entry or Online Registration open:
If your event is missing, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 
 

Rebel Run 5k & 10k, Bishopstown, Sunday 20th October - Early Bird Closes 4th October

 

Bandon AC's Donough Coughlan Memorial 5k, Sunday October 27th

Thomas Kent 10k, Sunday 10th November (Race Full - Entries Closed)

 

Skibbereen 10 Mile, Sunday November 24th

Skibbereen 5 Mile, Sunday November 24th

 

Newmarket 5k Classic, Sunday December 15th (500 Entry Limit)

 

 

Return of Cross Country Trophies

Return of Cross Country Trophies

 

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As you all know, the cross country season starts off again soon with the County Novice, Junior, U23, and Juvenile Even-Age championships coming up in Liscarroll on 6th October.

 

The County Board asks that ALL cross country trophies from last year be returned to the County Board, for the next County Board meeting, on Wednesday 2nd October. 

Cork Athletics - Events Week Ending Sunday September 29th 2019

Registered Cork Athletics Races & Events for Week Ending Sunday September 29th 2019

 
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Saturday September 28th - Strength and Conditioning Workshop - Exercise Technique and Application Saturday September 28th, 1pm, CIT Track - Cork Youth Development Initiative - CYDI Day 2 Saturday September 28th, 2:30pm, CIT Track - Cork Athletics Winter Coaching Series - Day 2 Sunday September 29th, 11:30am, Bandon - West Cork Division Cross-Country Championship Day 1

Sunday September 29th, 11:30am, Castlelyons - East Cork Division Cross-Country Championships - Day 1

Sunday September 29th, 12 noon - Avondhu Division Cross-Country Championships

 

 Weeks Summary:

w/e Sun September 29th - Coaching and Day 1 of the East and West Cork Divisional Cross-Country Championships

Cork Athletics Race Calendar

Cork Athletics Find Your Races

 

Comprehensive Calendar of Registered Athletics Ireland events in Cork

Results of Athletics Ireland Registered Events - April 2014 - May 2016 (on Old Cork Athletics website)

 

Results of Athletics Ireland Registered Events - May 2016 to date

 

 

Cork Events This Week

 

 

Saturday September 28th, 10am, Farranlea Road - Strength and Conditioning Workshop - Exercise Technique and Application

 

Saturday September 28th, 1pm, CIT Track - Cork Youth Development Initiative - CYDI Day 2

 

Saturday September 28th, 2:30pm, CIT Track - Cork Athletics Winter Coaching Series - Day 2

Sunday September 29th, 11:30am, Bandon - West Cork Division Cross-Country Championship Day 1

 

Sunday September 29th, 11:30am, Castlelyons - East Cork Division Cross-Country Championships - Day 1

 

 Sunday September 29th, 12 noon - Avondhu Division Cross-Country Championships


International

September 27th - October 6th, Doha, Qatar - AAF World Championships

 

Online Registrations

The Following Upcoming Races currently have Online Entry or Online Registration open:
If your event is missing, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 
 

Rebel Run 5k & 10k, Bishopstown, Sunday 20th October - Early Bird Closes 11th October

 

Bandon AC's Donough Coughlan Memorial 5k, Sunday October 27th

Thomas Kent 10k, Sunday 10th November (Race Full - Entries Closed)

 

Skibbereen 10 Mile, Sunday November 24th

 

Newmarket 5k Classic, Sunday December 15th (500 Entry Limit)

 

 

Cork Athletics - Events Week Ending Sunday October 20th 2019

Registered Cork Athletics Races & Events for Week Ending Sunday October 20th 2019

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Saturday October 19th, 1pm, CIT Track - Cork Youth Development Initiative - CYDI Day 4 Saturday October 19th, 2:30pm, CIT Track - Cork Athletics Winter Coaching Series - Day 4 2019 Sunday October 20th, 9:30am, CIT Track - Rebel Run 5k & 10k Road Races

Sunday October 20th, 11:30am, Limerick Racecourse - Munster Athletics Novice Under 23 and Juvenile Even-Age Cross-Country Championships

Sunday October 20th, 2pm, National Sports Campus, Abbottstown, DublinAutumn Open Cross Country Festival 2019

 

 Weeks Summary:

w/e Sun October 20th - Day 4 of Cork Youth Development Initiative - CYDI & Cork Athletics Winter Coaching Series, Rebel Run 5k & 10k, and Cross-Country: Munster Athletics Novice Under 23 and Juvenile Even-Age Chps and Autumn Open Cross Country Festival 2019 (Includes Trials for British and Irish Masters International)

Cork Athletics Race Calendar

Cork Athletics Find Your Races

 

Comprehensive Calendar of Registered Athletics Ireland events in Cork

Results of Athletics Ireland Registered Events - April 2014 - May 2016 (on Old Cork Athletics website)

 

Results of Athletics Ireland Registered Events - May 2016 to date

 

 

Cork Events This Week

 

Saturday October 19th, 1pm, CIT Track - Cork Youth Development Initiative - CYDI Day 4

 

Saturday October 19th, 2:30pm, CIT Track - Cork Athletics Winter Coaching Series - Day 4 2019

 

Sunday October 20th, 9:30am, CIT Track - Rebel Run 5k & 10k Road Races

 

Sunday October 20th, 11:30am, Limerick Racecourse - Munster Athletics Novice Under 23 and Juvenile Even-Age Cross-Country Championships

 

 

National

Sunday October 20th, 2pm, National Sports Campus, Abbottstown, DublinAutumn Open Cross Country Festival 2019
Includes Trials for British and Irish Masters International


 

Online Registrations

The Following Upcoming Races currently have Online Entry or Online Registration open:
If your event is missing, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Rebel Run 5k & 10k, Bishopstown, Sunday 20th October (Race Full - Entries Closed)

 

Bandon AC's Donough Coughlan Memorial 5k, Sunday October 27th

Eyeries 5, Saturday November 9th

 

Thomas Kent 10k, Sunday 10th November (Race Full - Entries Closed)

 

Skibbereen 10 Mile, Sunday November 24th

Skibbereen 5 Mile, Sunday November 24th

 

Newmarket 5k Classic, Sunday December 15th (500 Entry Limit)

 

Duhallow 10 Mile, Sundayn March 8th 2020

 

30 Years Ago - Liam O'Brien Wins Cork County Senior Cross-Country Championship – Guest Article by John Walshe

CROSS-COUNTRY VICTORY OF 30 YEARS AGO

Guest Article by John Walshe

 This article, by John Walshe appeared in The Echo, on Thursday October 10th 2019

 

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 Liam O'Brien of East Cork AC winning his first Cork County BLE Senior Cross-Country title at Dunmanway
Photo: Denis Minihane (Cork Examiner)

 

This coming Sunday at Carrigadrohid, near Macroom, Tim O’Donoghue will be hoping to retain the Cork County Senior Cross-Country crown he won so convincingly last year, at Carraig na bhFear.

His victory, 12 months ago, was the first by a member of the East Cork club since Donnacha O’Mahony won the last of his six titles, in 2003. Before that, you have to go back another six years to find the previous winner in the maroon colours, that being Garrett Barry in 1997.

It may come as a surprise to many to realise that the club’s most decorated athlete, who reigned supreme during the 1980s and 90s, has just one solitary Cork senior cross-country title to his name, and that came 30 years ago this winter.

They say good things come to those who wait, but for Liam O’Brien that wait lasted the best part of 10 years. Although somewhat underrated on a national scale, amongst his fellow athletes, the Ballinacurra native is regarded as one of the country’s most versatile and successful runners of his era.

Take any distance, from 400m on the track to 15 miles on the road, and O’Brien figures amongst the top finishers. With personal best ranging from a four-minute-mile (4:00.80) to 47:57 for 10 miles, very few could challenge him.

His greatest moment came in 1984, when he reached the semi-final of the 3000m steeplechase at the Los Angeles Olympics. That summer, to qualify, he achieved an Irish record of 8:27.24, at the Crystal Palace meet in London. Thirty-five years later, it’s still the second fastest on the Irish all-time list.

But it wasn’t for lack of effort that he failed to win the coveted Cork crown over the country, as, during the eight years from 1981 to 1988, he finished second on five occasions, and third in the other three.

The man who spoilt the show in seven of those championships was Tony O’Leary of Leevale. The other winner, in 1987, was Richard O’Flynn from Bandon. On that occasion O’Brien did finish ahead of the Leevale man, when taking silver.

Looking back on those years, O’Brien agrees that O’Leary was his main obstacle: “Yes, Tony was the main man; he was a better cross-country than me. Also, at that time of year I would have to work very hard, as my main focus was track and field. The form at cross-country wouldn’t be as good as I’d like.

“There was also one year I remember I was running a cross-country race in the UK, on a Saturday, and came back that night and turned out in the county the following day.”

And so, on to 1989, at Dunmanway, where the championships were decided over five flat laps that made up the 10km. O’Brien’s clubmate Tom Owens led a 10-man bunch through the first lap, and then another East Cork man, Bryan Meade, took over on the second circuit.

Leonard O’Regan of Leevale, back from scholarship at Louisiana State University, was second at this stage with O’Brien on his shoulder. Going into the penultimate lap, it was down to a two-man race. Although O’Regan tried on several occasions to get away, it came down to a sprint finish where there was only going to be one outcome – victory for the East Cork athlete by a margin of four seconds.

“Yes, it was a hard-earned victory, at that time of year I would always have to work hard,” O’Brien recalls. For good measure, East Cork easily won the six to score team award, with O’Brien backed up by John Kearney (third), Bryan Meade (fifth), Donnacha O’Mahony (seventh), Tom Owens (ninth) and Jerry Wallace (13th).

“Winning the county team title is one of the rare occasions, where in an individual sport the team title supersedes the individual title,” adds O’Brien, giving an indication of maybe where his priorities lay.

Although he would go on to add three more national steeplechase victories to the eight he had already won - plus a national masters cross-country title – the was one other local victory that is etched in the mind.  

On a chilly July evening in 1991, the Cork City Sports took place at the Mardyke. There wasn’t much to cheer about for the home fans until the final event of the night, the 5000m. This featured a number of top British runners along with most of the best of the Irish, including 36-year-old O’Brien.

As the large field was whittled down, just three contenders remained – O’Brien, the US based Noel Berkeley, and Noel Richardson from Limerick. As the pace increased and the lap times came down from 67 to 64, O’Brien bided his time, until the finishing straight, before outsprinting Berkeley to cross the line to a tumultuous reception.

The time of 13:52.72 may have been over 16 seconds outside his best of 13:36.19, achieved at the same venue four years before, but then, for Liam O’Brien, times never took on any real significance.

On almost every occasion, it was all about the win.

Addendum by Cork Athletics

liam o brien cork city sportsLiam O'Brien Technical Director of Cork City Sports International Athletics Meet

These days Liam O'Brien is still deeply immersed in the sport he loves so much; apart from being he driving force behind East Cork AC, Liam is Technical Director of Cork City Sports International Athletics Meet, and is passionate about schools athletics, where he is equally heavily involved. What does he do in his 'free time' ...if he finds any!! He is a keen orienteer and has competed abroad, including Sweden, where he makes an annual pilgrimage!
 


Related Articles

 

Liam O'Brien and The Ballyandreen 5 - Cork Athletics

 

Steeplechase Legends Meet at Antrim International

 

 

Cork Athletics - Events Week Ending Sunday October 13th 2019

Registered Cork Athletics Races & Events for Week Ending Sunday October 13th 2019

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Saturday October 12th, 2:30pm, Bere Island, West Cork - Bere Island 5 Mile Road Race

Sunday October 13th, 12 noon, Carrigadrohid, Macroom - Cork Athletics County Senior & Juvenile UnEven-Age Cross-Country Championships

 

 Weeks Summary:

w/e Sun October 13th - Bere Island 5 Mile Road Race, second race of the Beara AC 3 race series and the premier event in the Cork XC Calendar: Cork Athletics County Senior & Juvenile UnEven-Age Cross-Country Championships

Cork Athletics Race Calendar

Cork Athletics Find Your Races

 

Comprehensive Calendar of Registered Athletics Ireland events in Cork

Results of Athletics Ireland Registered Events - April 2014 - May 2016 (on Old Cork Athletics website)

 

Results of Athletics Ireland Registered Events - May 2016 to date

 

 

Cork Events This Week

 

Saturday October 12th, 2:30pm, Bere Island, West Cork - Bere Island 5 Mile Road Race

 

Sunday October 13th, 12 noon, Carrigadrohid, Macroom - Cork Athletics County Senior & Juvenile UnEven-Age Cross-Country Championships


 

Online Registrations

The Following Upcoming Races currently have Online Entry or Online Registration open:
If your event is missing, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 
Bere Island 5 Mile, Saturday October 12th

 

Rebel Run 5k & 10k, Bishopstown, Sunday 20th October (Race Full - Entries Closed)

 

Bandon AC's Donough Coughlan Memorial 5k, Sunday October 27th

Eyeries 5, Saturday November 9th

 

Thomas Kent 10k, Sunday 10th November (Race Full - Entries Closed)

 

Skibbereen 10 Mile, Sunday November 24th

Skibbereen 5 Mile, Sunday November 24th

 

Newmarket 5k Classic, Sunday December 15th (500 Entry Limit)

 

 

Cork Youth Development Initiative

The Cork Youth Development Youth Intiative session tomorrow Saturday 28th September.

Note that there will be no High Jump due to an AAI event in Athlone.

Cork City Sports Athlete of the Month August 2019 Aoife O'Sullivan

Aoife O'Sullivan is Cork City Sports Athlete of the Month for August 2019

River Lee Hotel

Wednesday September 25th 2019

 

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Aoife O'Sulllivan is Cork City Sports Athlete of the Month for August 2019

 


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The award was presented at a function at the River Lee hotel, on Wednesday September 25th 2019

 

The Cork City Sports Athlete of the Month Award is sponsored by 96FM/C103FM, The Echo, The River Lee, Cork Crystal and Leisureworld

 

Cork City Sports Homepage

 

Cork City Sports - Awards Archive

 

Cork Athletics Homepage

 

Cork Athletics Facebook Page

 

 

The Cork City Sports Athlete for the Month of August 2019 is Aoife O'Sullivan

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Cork City Sports Athlete of the Month - August 2019 - Award Citation

Aoife O'Sullivan (Liscarroll AC) is the Cork City Sports athlete for the month of August.

At the inaugural Youth Nations Cup, in Santry, Dublin, Aoife was one of only two Irish winners in the field events, against very strong English opposition.

Her winning height was 1.73m. Earlier in the summer, at the European Youth Olympics, in Baku, Ajerbaijan, Aoife jumped a height of 1.75m

 

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Earlier this year, at the Munster Junior T&F Championships, in Tempolemore, Aoife set a Personal Best, with a jump of 1.78m. This jump of 1.8m places her, as a 16 year old, fourth on the Irish Senior High Jump rankings for 2019, and equal 15th on te Irish All-Time standings

Echo Mini-Marathon Race Office Open Now

Echo Mini-Marathon Office is Open Now

Tesco, Wilton

Thursday, September 19th - Saturday September 21st

 

Enter 38th Echo Cork Women's Mini-Marathon

 

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Register online, then collect your number

Or register in person at the Mini Marathon Race Office, Tesco, Wilton Shopping Centre

The Race Office is located close to the entrance to Tesco

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Race Office Opening Times


Thursday 19th, 10am - 8pm (Race Entries ONLY)


Friday 20th, 10am - 4pm (Number Collection and Race entry)


Saturday 21st, 10am - 4pm (Number Collection and Race entry)

 

Tesco Wilton Location

 

Cork Athletics Mini-Marathon Event Page


Cork Athletics Race Information & FAQ Page

 

Echo Mini-Marathon Page

 

 

 

About Us

Cork Athletics County Board is a constituent member of Athletics Ireland. Cork Athletics is the governing body, administering athletics, track and field (T&F), cross-country (XC) and running in county Cork. The Board comprises elected representatives of constituent athletic clubs and running clubs. Cork County Board AAI organises Championship races and competition, including road, track & field (T&F) and Cross-country (XC), at junior, juvenile, senior and masters levels, and selects representation for the county. In addition, training and education is provided for coaches and officials. The Board also regulates the Athletics Ireland race/event permit (licence) process for county Cork.
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