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Death of Dan McCarthy - East Cork Athletics Division

Dan McCarthy R.I.P. - Condolences

April 28th 2020


dan mccarthyDan McCarthy, R.I.P.

The Officers and Officials of Cork Athletics County Board extend their condolences and deepest sympathy to the McCarthy family, Tommy, John and Denis, and his grandchildren, Eoin Corcoran, Gráinne, Sinéad, Colm, Eamonn, Dearbhaile and Jack on the death, following a short illness, of our esteemed colleague Dan McCarthy, former Chairman and Life President of East Cork Athletics Division, and Club President of St. Catherine's AC.

 

Dan's lifetime contribution to athletics leaves a lasting legacy

 
Notice on RIP.ie

The death has occurred of Dan McCarthy,
Newtown, Ballynoe, Cork
    

Dan McCarthy

Former Chairman of The east Cork Athletics Board, Former Vice Chairman of The Cork County Athletics Board, President of St. Catherine's Athletic Club, Life Long Member of St. Catherine's GAA club.

Beloved husband of the late Kathleen and father of the late Lena Corcoran. Sadly missed by his sons Denis, John and Tommy, daughters in law Caitriona and Amanda, son in law John and his partner Siobhain, brothers Con and John, sister in law Eileen, grandchildren Eoin, Gráinne, Sinéad, Colm, Eamonn, Dearbhaile and Jack, nephews, nieces, relatives and friends.

May Dan rest in peace

For those we love don't go away,

they walk beside us every day.

Dan is to be buried with his beloved Kathleen and family members in the local cemetery in Ballynoe in a private funeral due to government advice regarding public gatherings. Please leave a personal message in the Condolences section.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis

Ní bheidh a leithéid ann arís

 

 

Athlete Transfer Listings March 2020

Athletics Ireland Transfer Applications March 2020

 

Transfer Window Closed


The Spring Transfer Window closed on March 24th.  Transfer forms may be submitted at any time, but will not be dealt with until the next Transfer Window closes, on August 24th 2020.


Forty five (45) athlete transfers are pending approval approved by Cork Athletics County Board. Forty two (42) transfers are between Cork clubs, while three more were either 'out of county', or into a Cork club,  transfers.  There may be other Inter-County transfers in the process of being approved by other Counties, but that have not yet been presented to Cork Athletics

 Special Approval Process Applying During Covid-19 Restrictions

Transfers are normally approved at meetings of Cork Athletics County Board, in April and September each year. However, due to Covid-19, and resulting HSE restrictions, no County Board meting was held this month.

As a result of these special circumstances, Transfers will be dealt with in the following manner, for this occasion only (however a similar system may be necessary for the August Transfers, if circumstances do not change significantly in the meantime)


Issues, if any, with these Pending Transfers must them be brought to the attention of This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 0861713500, Cork County Board Registrar, by Friday next, April 24th

 

 

Please bring this Notice to the attention of your Club Registrar

 

Pending Inter-Club Transfers

AthleteOutgoing ClubIncoming Club
Chris McGrath Aghada RC East Cork AC
Mary O'Mahoney Ballintotis Fit4Life Youghal AC
Tom O'Riordan Ballymore-Cobh AC Watergrasshill AC
Scott Gibson Bandon AC Leevale AC
Jane Buckley Bandon AC Leevale AC
Catriona Hawkins Belgooly AC Carraig na bhFear AC
Philip O'Brien Belgooly AC Togher AC
Emer Mulcahy Blarney / Inniscarra AC Leevale AC
Thomas O'Shea Buttevant Road Runners Doneraile AC
Isabelle O'Shea Carrigaline Road Runners Grange-Fermoy AC
Ronan O'Shea Carrigaline Road Runners Grange-Fermoy AC
Tomas Geary Carrigaline Road Runners Tracton AC
Lorraine Pendlebury Clonakilty Road Runners Ballymore-Cobh AC
Theresa Tierney-Bugler Cork Mental Health ac Courcey's AC
Eva Leahy Durrus AC Bantry AC
Adelle O'Connor Eagle AC Belgooly AC
Richard Hawkins Eagle AC Carraig na bhFear AC
John Quigley Eagle AC St Finbarr's AC
Derry Casey Eagle AC West Muskerry
Tim Crowley East Cork AC Leevale AC
Mark Pyne Grange-Fermoy AC St Catherines
Mary Philpott Grange-Fermoy AC Togher AC
Tara Keville Leevale AC Belgooly AC
Andrew Sheehan Leevale AC Clonakilty Road Runners
Christopher Murphy Leevale AC Riverstick / Kinsale AC
Matthew McCarthy Leevale AC Riverstick / Kinsale AC
Lucy McCarthy Leevale AC Riverstick / Kinsale AC
Loic Garel Leevale AC St Finbarr's AC
Mark Cronin Leevale AC St Finbarr's AC
Ultan McCarthy Leevale AC Togher AC
Killian McCarthy Leevale AC Togher AC
Rachel Ledwith Leevale AC Belgooly AC
Nathan Joseph Midleton AC Carraig na bhFear AC
Joel Joseph Midleton AC Carraig na bhFear AC
Eoin Quirke Midleton AC Carraig na bhFear AC
Eabha O'Brien Midleton AC Leevale AC
Lia O'Brien Midleton AC Leevale AC
Siofra O'Brien Midleton AC Leevale AC
Eadaoin Ni Mheadhra Midleton AC Leevale AC
Sinead Farrell St Finbarr's AC Togher AC
John Goggin Tracton AC Eagle AC
John Cronin West Muskerry St Finbarr's AC


Pending Incoming Inter-Club Transfers

There was just one outgoing transfer

AthleteOutgoing ClubIncoming Club
David McEvoy Leevale AC Crusaders AC

 

Pending Inter-County Transfers

There are two (2) Incoming inter-county transfers. One transfer is for both Club and county, while the other is club only. There may be other Inter-county transfers coming into Cork, that the Cork Registrar has not yet received from the outgoing county

AthleteOutgoing ClubIncoming Club
Una O'Farrell Civil Service AC Eagle AC (Inter-Club Only)
Kamila Jakubowska-Switaj Polish Running Club Fota Island Running Club

Ballycotton Summer Series 1987 - Final Overall Positions

Ballycotton 5 Mile Summer Series 1987

 

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Organised and hosted by Ballycotton Running Promotions

 

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The NIKE / CMP Ballycotton Summer Series Series 1987

The 1987 Ballycotton 5 Mile Summer Series saw the introduction of the famous and coveted Ballycotton 5 Top-50 'Brag Shirts'. The series was sponsored by NIKE and CMP Dairies. At the time, NIKE were a major sponsor of races and events.

The NIKE was growing at the time, with quite a bit of competition. Sadly, for race organisers, NIKE have grown so big that the company no longer sees the need to advertise by way of race/event sponsorship, except, perhaps, at the very highest level. The other sponsor, CMP Dairies, may not be familiar, as a race sponsor, to most people these days, but it was in a very competitive marketing duel with Dawn Dairies, based in White's Cross. Dawn were big sponsors of Basketball in Cork. Another distinctive aspect of the CMP sponsorship was the highly visible CMP milk floats, providing milk and yoghurt, after the finish line, at each of the series events.

CMP's connection with the race was through it's Managing Director, Derry O'Driscoll, a member of St. Finbarr's AC, Derry was a leading Masters (or Vets - Veterans, as the category was refererred to then) athlete at the time, regularly churning out 2:30 marathons, like a metronome, at a steady 5:45 miling. Derry features in 25th position, in the 1987 Ballyandreen 5, running 27:01, in the M45 category.


While the provision of commemorative t-shirts for race finishers was not unheard of at the time, the "Top 50" t-shirt, for the Ballycotton Summer Series was innovative, and, no doubt, helped raise both interest and participant standards.

While the Top 50 shirts are renowned, however, in 1987, there were three groups: Top 40 Men, Top 10 Vets (Masters to you and me, these days!), and Top 15 Women. A few years later, the Top 40 Men and Top 15 Vets categories were amalgamated to become the Top 50, as remained, until the final series in 2017.

ballycotton series top 50 shirt 1987 front

ballycotton series top 50 shirt 1987 back
1987 Top 40 Mens T-Shirt (Front) 1987 Top 40 Mens T-Shirt (Back)

 

The 1987 Ballycotton 5 Mile Summer Series - A Personal Perspective

Before the 1987 Series, I had only run in one of the Series races, since taking up competitive running, in 1984. That was Churchtown South, in 1986.

The Ballycotton Summer Series had always carried a 'Prestige' reputation, given the high standards at the front of the races. However the t-shirt at stage added increased interest, and gave club runners, like myself, something extra to aim at.

 

Thirty three years later, I have few memories from that year's series, except for the first tace and the jockeying for position in the overall standings, particularly in the third race, and especially so in the final race.

 

Ballyandreen

Three runners, Liam O'Brien, Brian Meade and Tony O'Leary, broke the 25 minute barrier.  As usual, Liam won - at that stage, NOBODY else had ever won the Ballyandreen 5. Afaicr, Liam won Ballyandreen 15 consecutive times.

I learnt a valuable lesson in that race. I was targeting a sub-30 minutes finish, and all was going smoothly, until 400m to go. Going down the short, sharp, drop, by Hartnett's house, my car keys 'went flying' from my pocket [Lesson: DON'T run with keys in your pocket! Doh!!]. Rather than risk being unable to find them after the race - it's a long walk back to Cork! - I stopped and scoured the undergrowth until I found them. The incident cost me approx. valuable 50 seconds. I've never run with keys in my pocket since that day.  I ended with a time of 30:49, in 81st place. After stripping out the first 10 Vets and the two Women who finished ahead of me, I was in 69th place after race 1 - 29 places off the t-shirts.

 

Shanagarry

Tony O'Leary, Leevale AC, won in 24:44, with East Cork's Brian Meade second in 24:59. Mary Sweeney, in the Youghal AC colours, won the women's race, in 29:22. In my own case, the 30 minute barrier was broken, by the tinyiest margin - 29:59, for 57th place.

 

Churchtown South

Churchtown South saw 5 athletes go sub-25 minutes: Liam O'Brien, Brian Meade, Ricky Burke, Pat Heffernan and Seamus Hartnett, while Eileen Prunty won the women's event, on 28:22, and was the onlu woman to break 30. I dropped to 70th place 30:08 in Churchtown South.

 
Ballycotton

Dungarvan AC's Tony Ryan took the honours, winning in 24:21. He was followed by 5 others, who also went sub-25; Pat Beausang (St Finbarr's AC), Leonard O'Regan (Leevale AC), Ricky Burke (St Finbarr's AC), Eamonn McEvoy (St Finbarr's AC) and C O'Connor (Bandon AC). Mary Sweeney (Youghal AC) again took the women's honours, in 29:47. I had my best run of the series, 29:24, but dropped back to 77th place - I was down to 'squeaky bum time', to quote former a Man U manager, waiting to see if I might squeeze into the Top 40 men, and merit one of the coveted t-shirts.

You'll probably recall the animated 'buzz' that always enveloped the school hall in Ballycotton, after the final series race.  The chat with friends, colleaguesand rivals, while waiting for the results to be posted on the wall. "How did you get on?" "Well done", and the like, with tales of joy and woe exchanged....and "Did you make it...?", referring to the t-shirt stakes.  The "GC", referring to the Tour de France standings, were a source of much discussion throughout the summer months, and, indeed, right into September, after the dust had settled on the Summer Series.

Then the results would be posted on the wall, beside the 'tea hatch', with everyone on top of each other, (no social distance issues then!) milling around, trying to see their official time, where they finished, who was ahead and/or behind, how others had done. For those chasing GC positions, there were 'seat of the pants' calculations on position: Who was on the list after three races, but hadn't run tonight?, along with working out position changes for peers and competitors.

After all the prizes were presented - and there were many, with prizes for the Ballycotton 5 itself, and the Overall Series prizes.  Then came the t-shirts, with each recipient being called up, to much acclaim, in order of the listing after the third race - this was done simply to make life easier for the organisers - however the last few were called in order of overall series finish time...the questions in my mind were... Had I miscalculated the times? Did I miss someone ahead of me? 

I don't remember whether it was John Walshe or Tommy Hartnett who was calling the names, but the 40th, and final, men's name was called ... "John Quigley, 2:00:30"  I still have, and covet, all my Ballycotton Summer Series t-shirts, a reminder of past 'glory' (it was, for me...LOL) and of the wonderful memories.

 

Thanks to all the Ballycotton 10 Mile and Series organisers, and associates, for everything you did over the 40 years!  You made an positive and important contribution to athletics in Cork, and Ireland, and, perhaps, more importantly, brought joy and happiness to many, many people. Take a bow.

...and can we have an encore...??? March would be nice!



...And....on the drive home afterwards, John O'Leary would remark.... "It won't be long until we're back here again...sure it's only six months 'till March!"

Happy Days!!


Where are they now?

Series winner, Pat Beausang, St. Finbarr's AC, emigrated to Scotland where he practiced medicine. He became a noted Triathlete there. Sadly, he was diagnosed with leukaemia, and after a short illness, passed away in August 2009.

Denis McCarthy, in 3rd place, is still a regular at most races in Cork

Seamus Hartnett, East Cork AC, 4th, was involved in the Ballycotton events, until they finished.


Gerry Cantwell, Dungarvan AC, 6th, is still heavily involved with West Waterford AC (formed from a number of local clubs, including Dungarvan AC), and is an Athletics Ireland National Grade measurer.

Tommy Hartnett, East Cork AC, 10th, still races from time to time, and is heavily involved in the Cloyne 5k, and the Cloyne Commons 4k series.

Tommy Ryan, Eagle AC, 19th, died tragically several years later, and is remembered in the Eagle AC Tommy Ryan Memorial Carrigaline 5, each february.

John Walshe, East Cork AC, 21st. What can one say about this modest man who has contributed in so many way to athletics, and society in general.  His contribution has been absolutely immense.

Donie Shine, Fermoy & District Harriers, 23rd, is one of the driving forces behind Duhallow AC, and its associated races, including the Duhallow 10 and the Newmarket 5k Classic.

Tom (Brian), O'Flynn, Leevale AC, 26th is another no longer with us. Brian died in the past few years, following a long battle with Cancer

Joe Murphy, Eagle AC, 27th, is another regularly seen at races. Along with his wife Anne, is a prolific photographer at road races.

The evergreen John O'Leary, Leevale AC, 33rd, now in his 80's, still competes, with many half, even quarter, his age trailing in his wake.

Another evergreen Leevale man is Batt Kearney, 34th, who seems to go in every race going!

Jim McMurtry, East Cork AC, in 35th place, is another still regularly seen at races.

36th was Willie Cronin, East Cork AC. Willie had emigrated to USA many years ago, and was 9 times winner of the 'Bay to Breakers' race in San Francisco. Willie passed away several years ago.

Eric Meade, East Cork AC, 38th, is another man still competing at a relatively high level.

Mary Sweeney, Youghal AC, 39th, is still a noted and respected runner, regularly featuring in the prizes.

John Quigley, Leevale AC, 41st, is author of this piece, still competes, and is Webmaster with Cork Athletics County Board. He is also a World Athletics (formerly IAAF) / AIMS International Grade A Measurer.

Dick O'Brien, St. Nicholas AC, 43rd, is still onvolved with his club. He is also the composer of the Ballycotton 10 song.

Liam Doherty, Eagle AC, 45th, now coaches with St. Finbarr's AC

Willie O'Mahony, Youghal AC, 58th, has been an officer with East Cork Athletics Division, for many years

Brid Murphy, Leevale AC, 64th, went on to win the Athletics Ireland National Marathon Championship three times: 1992, 1993 and 1996

Tom Houlihan, Midleton AC, 72nd, is still involved with the club

Dick Barry, Cobh, 87th, is another who succumbed to Cancer, several years ago, as did Mary Cooney, Midleton AC, 94th.

Kathleen O'Brien, Ballynoe, 96th, now runs with St. Catherine's AC and has represented Ireland, at Masters leve, many times

 
With respects to those whom, undoubtably, I've overlooked, and remembering the many runners from 1987 who are no longer with us.

 

1987 Race Series Results

Ballyandreen 5 - Thursday May 27th 1987

 

Shanagarry 5 - Thursday June 25th 1987

 

Churchtown South 5 - Thursday July 23rd 1987

 

Ballycotton 5 - Thursday August 27th 1987

 

Ballycotton Summer Series 1987 - Overall Final Positions

PosForenameSurnameCatClubOverall TimeNotes
1 Pat Beausang M St.Finbarrs AC 1:40:21  
2 Ricky Burke M St.Finbarrs AC 1:41:03  
3 Denis McCarthy M East Cork AC 1:41:28  
4 Seamus Hartnett M East Cork AC 1:41:33  
5 Der O'Riordan M Leevale AC 1:42:06  
6 Gerry Cantwell M Dungarvan AC 1:45:29  
7 John O'Callaghan M Leevale AC 1:45:39 1st Jun
8 Pat Ryan M St.Finbarrs AC 1:46:12  
9 Michael Griffin M St Nicholas AC 1:46:27  
10 Tom Hartnett M East Cork AC 1:46:31  
11 Fred Walsh M Youghal AC 1:47:46 1st Vet
12 George Walsh M Youghal AC 1:48:10 2nd Vet
13 Frank Cashman M East Cork AC 1:49:09  
14 Brendan Foley M East Cork AC 1:49:38  
15 Thomas Murphy M St.Finbarrs AC 1:49:46  
16 Barry Moran M East Cork AC 1:50:12  
17 Jack O'Callaghan M Leevale AC 1:50:25 3rd Vet
18 Sonny Whelan M Youghal AC 1:50:29  
19 Tom Ryan M Eagle TC 1:50:31  
20 Jack O'Leary M St.Finbarrs AC 1:50:44 4th Vet
21 John Walshe M East Cork AC 1:51:00  
22 Jerry Murphy M Leevale AC 1:51:20  
23 Donie Shine M Fermoy & District Hrs. 1:51:25  
24 Patrick O'Connor M East Cork AC 1:51:48 2nd Jun
25 John Mason M Dungarvan AC 1:51:55  
26 Tom O'Flynn M Leevale AC 1:52:13  
27 Joe Murphy M Eagle TC 1:52:22  
28 Eddie Mullane M Belgooly AC 1:52:23 5th Vet
29 George Spicer M Cork 1:53:38 6th Vet
30 Jim Curtin M East Cork AC 1:53:39 7th Vet
31 Tom Fitzgerald M Youghal AC 1:53:40  
32 Tom Walsh M Premier AC 1:54:23  
33 John O'Leary M Leevale AC 1:54:29 8th Vet
34 Batt Kearney M Leevale AC 1:54:40  
35 Jim McMurtry M Midleton AC 1:55:31 9th Vet
36 Willie Cronin M East Cork AC 1:55:37 10th Vet
37 Joe Copithorne M Belgooly AC 1:56:08  
38 Eric Meade M East Cork AC 1:57:19  
39 Mary Sweeney M Youghal AC 1:58:25 1st Lady
40 Pat O'Sullivan M St.Finbarrs AC 1:59:56  
41 John Quigley M Leevale AC 2:00:30  
42 Liam Cooper M Youghal AC 2:01:16  
43 Dick O'Brien M St.Nicholas AC 2:01:43 11th Vet
44 Nicholas Casey M Tramore AC 2:02:06  
45 Liam Doherty M Eagle TC 2:02:10  
46 Ted Twomey M Eagle TC 2:02:13 12th Vet
47 John Heaphy M Youghal 2:02:19  
48 John Murphy M St.Finbarrs AC 2:02:35  
49 Jerry Linehan M Togher AC 2:02:35  
50 Edwin O'Riordan M Cork Health Club 2:03:32  
51 Patrick Delaney M Dungarvan AC 2:03:35  
52 Tim Sheehan M Fermoy & District Hrs. 2:03:53  
53 Paul Keating M Dungarvan AC 2:04:25  
54 Maurice Kidney M Cobh 2:04:31  
55 James Tate M19 Churchtown South AC 2:06:02 3rd Jun
56 Robert Mulcahy M40 Waterford 2:06:00 13th Vet
57 Kevin Cooney M Midleton 2:06:43  
58 Willie O'Mahony M40 Youghal AC 2:07:35 14th Vet
59 Rose Crockett F St.Finbarrs AC 2:07:50 2nd Lady
60 Kathleen Connors F35 Dungarvan AC 2:08:13 3rd Lady
61 Charlie O'Neill M Youghal AC 2:08:44  
62 Paddy O'Callaghan M50 St.Finbarrs A.C 2:08:54 15th Vet
63 Eddie Lehane N19 Fermoy & District H 2:09:17 4th Jun
64 Brid Murphy F Leevale AC 2:09:24 4th Lady
65 Donie O'Connell M Midleton AC 2:11:21  
66 William Moriarty M St.Nicholas AC 2:13:31  
67 Dermot Bates M47 Naval Service 2:13:42 16th Vet
68 Pat Duggan M40 Midleton AC 2:14:41 17th Vet
69 Billy Griffin M45 Midleton AC 2:15:29 18th Vet
70 Helen Casey F East Cork AC 2:17:14 5th Lady
71 Barty Murphy M Youghal AC 2:17:15  
72 Tom Houlihan M40 Midleton AC 2:17:46 19th Vet
73 Barry Ahern M19 Ballinacurra 2:18:18 5th Jun
74 Mary Sheehan M Fermoy & District H 2:18:22 6th Lady
75 Neil Rush M19 Midleton AC 2:19:03 6th Jun
76 Fintan Lawlor M Youghal 2:19:08  
77 Ian O'Leary M19 St.Finbarrs AC 2:19:50 7th, Jun
78 Michael O'Connell M Youghal 2:19:58  
79 Sean Cooney M Midleton 2:20:27  
80 Jim Stevenson M Cobh 2:21:II  
81 Jerry Martin M St.Nicholas AC 2:21:28  
82 John Forde M55 Leewale AC 2:23:05 20th Vet
83 Teresa O'Neill F25 East Cork AC 2:24:05 7th Lady
84 Don Hennessy M Youghal AC 2:24:27  
85 Kenneth Ryan NM19 Ballyandreen 2:26:07 8th Jun
86 Mick Lehane M Cork 2:26:49  
87 Dick Barry M Cobh 2:29:45  
88 Michael Murray M Macroom 2:32:36  
89 Michael Lehane M Carrigtwohill 2:32:44  
90 Eddie McSweeney M Cork 2:34:09  
91 John Brosnan M Youghal 2:35:16  
92 Fintan Harte M40 Cobh 2:36:43 21st Vet
93 Pat Goold M40 East Cork AC 2:43:38 22nd Vet
94 Mary Cooney F Midleton AC 2:43:49 8th Lady
95 Michael Crotty M40 Youghal AC 2:46:46 23rd Vet
96 Kathleen O'Brien F Ballynoe 2:48:02 9th Lady
97 Pat O'Brien M40 Ballynoe 2:48:02 24th Vet
98 Sheila O'Callaghan F Leevale AC 2:56:14 10th Lady
99 Elaine Moran F East Cork AC 2:59:53 11th Lady

 

Images - Official Final Overall Standings

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Overall Final Positions 1987 - Page 1

 

ballycotton 5 series 1987 final positions page 2Overall Final Positions 1987 - Page 2

Pioneering Women of Cross-Country - Guest Article by John Walshe

52 YEARS AGO - Cork's Women's Team Win All Ireland XC Title


rice sisters 2019 cork athletics awards night "The Flying Rices"

This article, by John Walshe, appeared in The Echo, on Friday April 10th 2020


 rice sisters cork 1968

PIONEERING WOMEN OF CROSS-COUNTRY

Over the past three decades this country has more than held its own on the world athletics stage, in producing medallists at the highest level, of course most notably our own Sonia O’Sullivan, who graced the world scene for so many years.

Half a century ago, it was a totally different world, as was recalled at the recent Cork Athletics Board International Awards Night, which took place at the Kingsley Hotel. Over the past number of years, through the efforts of Ballinascarthy-man Liam Fleming, a Cork men’s team of the past have received awards, but on this occasion a historic occasion for women also received due recognition.

representatives of cork womens xc team 1968

Cork's All-Ireland Winning XC Team of 1968

“These athletes shouldn’t be forgotten, as they were the first winners of a women’s All-Ireland, and were indeed pioneers of the sport,” said Liam, a man who has written a number of books on past champions.

That NACAI All-Ireland cross-country championship of 1968 took place at Dromoland, in Clare, at the end of March. Not alone did Cork easily win the first-ever women’s title, they also provided the first two finishers, with Imelda Rice taking the title ahead of her sister Angela, with a third sister, Teresa, also a member of the team.

They were known as the ‘Flying Rices’, from Tracton Athletic Club, and, for all three, it was an emotional reunion to meet up and swap stories with their team-mates, Ann Leahy and Mary O’Donoghue, in recalling that famous victory of over 50 years ago. The sixth member of the team, Sheila Leahy, has sadly passed away, but was represented on the night.

Teresa (now Walsh), who lives near Ballinhassig, recalled how it all began: “We were originally from Araglen, near Fermoy, and my father and mother, who had six in the family, then moved to Belgooly, where they farmed. My father wasn’t well and died at the age of 63, however my mother was a tower of strength but we had to work hard.

“I was the third in the family, and my father had sport in his DNA – he believed it was very important his children were involved, and it certainly set all three of us up for life.

“We went to school in Belgooly, and, subsequently, to the Convent of Mercy in Kinsale. I suppose we started with the school sports, and then the late Tom Brady, from Tracton Athletic Club, got us involved. When we started competing, for the first seven or eight races, there was no separating the three of us - it was first, second and third all the way. That’s how we got the name ‘The Flying Rices’.

“We got good home support and travelled to such places as Wicklow, Galway, Tipperary and Dublin – all over the country. We used to go in Vincent Kiely’s bus, and sometimes four of five or us would pile into the back of Tom Brady’s car.”

Facilities and gear were non-existent, Teresa recalls. “We had no proper shoes, only rubber dollies for running on the road and around the fields at home, over ditches, streams and everything. We were also warned to make sure, if we were wearing shorts, to wear long shorts!”

Local Sunday sports meetings on grass, which included cycling, were hugely popular at the time, and Teresa has also the distinction of winning the first-ever Cork County cycle championship on the track. “We used to do all the sports, sometimes, instead of medals, they’d give you sets of ware, knife sets, clocks and the like as prizes.”

Between them, the three Rice sisters won a total of 20 All-Ireland medals, including 12 gold. Uniquely, all three also ended up as nurses. “Our involvement with athletics was brief and short, as I went to Crumlin in 1969, before I came back to the North Infirmary, and when that closed down, I ended up at St Finbarr’s. Imelda was a public health nurse, while Agnes worked in the South Infirmary,” says Teresa.  

“We were delighted to be honoured, because we had put a lot of work into it. When we see all the women taking part today, it’s absolutely phenomenal what improvements have come, and it’s well justified,” concludes the woman, who along with her Cork cross-country colleagues, played a pivotal role in the recognition of female participation in sport all of a half-century ago.

 

 


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50 Years Ago - When John Buckley Beat The Olympic Champion

 

40 Years Ago - Jerry Murphy Wins Munster Marathon Championship

 

Aoife Cooke Runs 55:17 in Mallow 10 2019

 

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Aidan Hogan - Ultra-Athlete

 

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Cork to Cobh 40 Years Ago

 

Unique National Double for McGraths

 

Dick Hooper Speaks at St Finbarrs AC Function

 

 

John Hartnett’s 1970 win in International Cross-Country Championship in Vichy

JOHN HARTNETT’S VICTORY OF 50 YEARS AGO

This article, by John Walshe, appeared in The Echo, on Saturday April 4th 2020

 john hartnett 1971

L to R: Mike Keogh, John Hartnett, Donie Walsh

2nd row L to R: Greg Fredericks, Bob Wheeler, on Hartnett’s right shoulder, and Marty Liquori

 

Fifty years ago, on the day after Dana had won the hearts of a nation, when winning the Eurovision with her ‘All Kinds of Everything’, there was another historic Irish victory, this time achieved on the fields of Vichy in France.

There, at the International Cross-Country Championship, Corkman John Hartnett became the first Irish athlete since Tim Smythe, 39 years before, to win a major international title over the country.

medals 1970 international cross country championships vichyMedals - 1970 International Cross-Country Championship

junior mens results 1970 international cross country championships vichyFirst 25 Results - 1970 International Cross-Country Championship

While Smythe’s finest hour came at Baldoyle Racecourse, as a senior, Hartnett fulfilled the tremendous promise he had shown the year before, in Scotland, where he had finished fourth junior, when taking gold in the same grade.      

John Hartnett hailed from Gurteen, near Ballyhooly. At the age of 14, he joined Kildinan AC, and had his first success, at U16 level, when winning the Cork cross-country championship, at Bandon. When Kildinan disbanded, he joined the nearby Grange club, with whom he won the Cork and Munster U18 titles in 1968, along with finishing fourth at the Irish championship, at Mallow Racecourse.    

The following year of 1969, two Irish championships, at both junior and intermediate level, came his way, culminating in the brilliant fourth-place at Clydebank, where he led the Irish team to the silver medals, in a race won by future world record holder Dave Bedford.

But that winter - after an impressive start to the season in November, which saw him winning the opening race of the Cork senior league - he was plagued with injuries. With the All-Ireland junior championship fixed for Fermoy in February, the pressure on Hartnett to deliver before his home crowd was huge.

The hot favourite was Dan Murphy from Tralee, who had won five of his six previous races, the only defeat coming in the San Sebastian International, along with Eddie Leddy from Leitrim, and 16-year-old London exile Bill Curtin. However, Hartnett certainly answered his critics when leaving the field of 140 in his wake over the undulating four mile course.

Dublin’s Tom Gregan set a cracking pace, with Hartnett and Leddy right on his shoulder, and the trio were joined after a mile by Murphy, who had suffered a fall early on. When Hartnett applied the pressure, only Leddy could respond, and then the Grange man opened up a significant gap, which saw him home in a time of 21:04, 20 seconds to the good over Leddy, with Murphy third, another 15 seconds in arrears.  

The 1970 International Cross-Country Championships were one of the last before the event was given official IAAF World Championship status in 1973. Winner of the senior race at Vichy was England’s Mike Tagg, who defeated three-time champion Gaston Roelants from Belgium, with another English runner, Trevor Wright in third. Best of the Irish was Sean O’Sullivan, in 35th, one place ahead of Pat Gilsenan.

Hartnett’s main opposition in the junior race came from Jack Lane of England, but the Ballyhooly man was well up to the task, and to the delight of the small Irish attendance, crossed the line with eight seconds to spare over Lane, with Eric De Beck of Belgium – who would win the senior race in 1974 – well back in third.

This time, the Irish team were well out of the medals, as Murphy, in 20th, and Leddy, in 23rd, combined with Hartnett to total 44 points for fifth, 10 behind Italy who took bronze.  

Following that famous victory of 1970, Hartnett gained an athletics scholarship to Villanova University. Two years later, he established an Irish 5,000m record of 13:43.0, and the same year competed for Ireland, at the Munich Olympics.

Under the guidance of legendary Villanova coach Jumbo Elliott, Hartnett went on to break Ronnie Delany’s Irish mile record, with a time of 3:54.7, in 1973, and the following year, on a memorable night at the Cork City Sports, on the old Mardyke grass track, ran the mile in 3:56.3.

On the indoor circuit in 1974, he was in brilliant form. On a Saturday night in January, at the Knights of Columbus Games in New York, he ran the fifth fastest time on record for two miles, when covering the 22 indoor laps in 8:26.6.

He finished almost eight seconds ahead of Grant McLaren from Canada (8:34.4), with another Irishman, Neil Cusack, third in 8:37.2. Cusack would go on, three months later, to win the Boston Marathon, in an Irish record of 2:13:39.

Hartnett’s dominance on the boards of North America continued the following month, at the Maple Leaf Indoor Games, in Toronto, where, before a packed attendance of over 16,000 fans, he ran the first sub-four-minute indoor mile witnessed in Canada.

His 3:59.6 was achieved ahead of a glittering field, which included the current and future Olympic 1,500m champions, Pekka Vasala of Finland, and John Walker from New Zealand.

He finished off the season by winning the NCAA indoor two-mile championship, in a meet record of 8:33.6, and added the IC4A title over the same distance, in a similar time of 8:33.2.



Other Guest Articles by John Walshe

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Youghal AC's London Emer Casey 10k Exploits

 

30 Years Ago - Liam O'Brien Wins Cork County Senior Cross-Country Championship

 

50 Years Ago - When John Buckley Beat The Olympic Champion

 

40 Years Ago - Jerry Murphy Wins Munster Marathon Championship

 

Aoife Cooke Runs 55:17 in Mallow 10 2019

 

Munster Cross-Country of 1989

 

Steeplechase Legends Meet at Antrim International

 

Aidan Hogan - Ultra-Athlete

 

RUNNING FOR BETTER

 

Cork to Cobh 40 Years Ago

 

Unique National Double for McGraths

 

Dick Hooper Speaks at St Finbarrs AC Function

 

 

St Finbarrs AC's Cork 800 8km Recalled

St Finbarr’s AC Cork 800 Road Race 1985

Ballyphehane, Cork

Sunday March 3rd 1985

 

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Back in the summer of 1986, St Finbarr’s AC staged a series of five four-mile road races around the city, at locations such venues as the Marina, Farranree and Ballyvolane. This was almost certainly to celebrate the club’s 35th anniversary, having been formed in 1951.

The previous year, 1985, on Sunday March 3rd, the club held a one-off race over an advertised distance of 8km. It may have been an unusual distance at the time, but was a tie-in with the Cork 800 celebrations of that year of 1985. Cork 800 was a year-long celebration of the 800th of the granting of the City's Charter, in 1185.

Race HQ was on Bandon Road, and the route was around the Ballyphehane area, finishing in Leafdale, opposite the Hawthorn Bar.

Two ‘Barr’s athletes, Joe Hartnett and Ricky Burke, dominated the race up front, with Joe prevailing by just one second, in a time if 23:41.

Given that the first 12 finishers were all under 25 minutes, the actual distance of 8km is have been a little ‘suspect’, due to stewarding issues torawds then end of the race – and, of course,this was long before the Jones Counter became the acceptable method of measurement!

Held a week before the Ballycotton ‘10’, the total of 216 finishers was impressive and as can be seen there are a lot of familiar names among the attached results.

 
Commentary by John Quigley:
Unfortunately I don't have my old records to hand - They're deep in the 'black hole', in the rear of my garage! This was something like my 5th or 6th competitive race. I remember little of the conditions on the day, except that it was overcast, but dry, and temperature was fine...whatever that was <grin>

The race went pretty ok, until the late stages. I don't remember (must be getting old!) most of the route Afaicr, we came up Pearse Road, and turned left, onto Togher Road, and immediate right, into Brookfield Park....and then the fun started.  At the next junction...No Steward!, so I turned right, onto Brookfield Park, towards what appeared to be the finishing line...Only to be flagged back by the finish line personnel. We were approaching the finish from the wrong side. We should have gone straight thro the previous junction and on to St Joseph's Park and then right into Leafdale and on to the finish. The 'detour' cost me an estimated 45 secs. 


Coming up towards the Lough, I had broken away from a large, loose pack, so when the stewards at the finish line waved us back, we all turned and I found myself at the back of the pack that I had previously left in my wake! 

A couple of years ago, I was talking to a prominent Barr's figure about the event, and he chuckled at the memory of the event, saying that the steward at the final turn, in St Joseph's Park, was meant to send people the long way around the Park, but instead had directed runners along the short leg.  However, he hadn't realised that the steward at the previous turn had gone awol.  We both had a good laugh over the 'trials and tribulations' of trying to organise road races - There's always a problem, and, afterwards, you resolve to never let that particular one happen again....but the next year always brings new problems! LOL


After reminiscing about the race, we agreed that everyone went home safely...always the number aim of any event!


I never saw the results until John Walshe mailed them to me in the past few days....some 35 years later! ..and I'm not even in the results!   In the absence of my notes, I reckon I must be in 111th or 112th place - 32:13/32:14. Still I enjoyed the race. It will probably come as something of a shock to many these days, but, back in the 80's, and even into the early 90's, it wasn't unusual for a race not to produce any results at all. With the exception of a few events, like the Ballycotton Series and 10 Mile, along with BHAA races, if you were lucky, you might have got, several weeks later, a many-times-photocopied set of handwritten results. Nowdays, people complain if the results aren't available within a couple of hours - Remember ...I had to wait 35 years for the results of this race ...only to find my name is missing! LOL

 

Results of St Finbarr's AC's Cork 800 8k 1985

PosAthleteClubTime
1 JOE HARTNETT ST. FINBARR'S AC 00:23:41
2 RICKI BURKE ST. FINBARR'S AC 00:23:42
3 PAT DUFFY AJAX AC 00:24:02
4 MICHAEL KELLEHER INDIVIDUAL 00:24:05
5 DEREK COONEY ST. FINBARR'S AC 00:24:07
6 ERIC BERGIN LEEVALE AC 00:24:08
7 Denis McCarthy YOUGHAL AC 00:24:13
8 JOHN BUCKLEY ST. FINBARR'S AC 00:24:27
9 MICHAEL CAREY LEEVALE AC 00:24:38
10 OWEN FITZGERALD TOGHER AC 00:24:50
11 JIM MORAN MALLOW AC 00:24:50
12 GENE MEALY LEEVALE AC 00:24:50
13 TIM GOULDING LEEVALE AC 00:25:09
14 PAT KERRIGAN MALLOW AC 00:25:13
15 SHANE HENNESSY LEEVALE AC 00:25:13
16 ERIC CROCKETT ST. FINBARR'S AC 00:25:13
17 TONY WILSON LEEVALE AC 00:25:15
18 TERRY O'DEA ST. FINBARR'S AC 00:25:32
19 TIM DONOVAN LEEVALE AC 00:25:33
20 JOHN O'LEARY LEEVALE AC 00:25:50
21 COLM TWOHIG GLOUNTHAUNE AC 00:25:52
22 DERRY O'DRISCOLL ST. FINBARR'S AC 00:25:59
23 GEORGE WALSH YOUGHAL AC 00:26:02
24 TOM RIORDAN TOGHER AC 00:26:04
25 JOHN WALSHE MIDLETON AC 00:26:11
26 PAT DUGGAN ST. FINBARR'S AC 00:26:12
27 R. PURCELL U.C.C. AC 00:26:15
28 ANDY NEENAN MALLOW AC 00:26:21
29 STEPHEN GIBBONS ST. FINBARR'S AC 00:26:23
30 IAN HARPUR BANDON AC 00:26:34
31 JOE HOLDEN INDIVIDUAL 00:26:43
32 SEAN O'NEILL INDIVIDUAL 00:27:03
33 MICHAEL PERROTT LEEVALE AC 00:27:05
34 TED LINEHAN CARRIGALINE 00:27:12
35 GER O'SULLIVAN ST. FINBARR'S AC 00:27:12
36 DAVE OLDEN ST. FINBARR'S AC 00:27:19
37 FRANK O'MAHONEY LEEVALE AC 00:27:19
38 BATT KEARNEY LEEVALE AC 00:27:35
39 G. CRISPIE U.C.C. AC 00:27:38
40 THOMAS KELLY ST. ALBAN'S 00:27:39
41 FIONA McMURROUGH ST. ENDA'S 00:27:42
42 JOHN MURPHY INDIVIDUAL 00:27:42
43 WILLIE FITZGERALD LEEVALE AC 00:27:43
44 J. O'CALLAGHAN LEEVALE AC 00:27:43
45 PAT MURPHY INDIVIDUAL 00:27:44
46 EDDIE NOONAN INDIVIDUAL 00:27:53
47 DENIS HEGARTY INDIVIDUAL 00:27:59
48 ALEX CROWLEY TOGHER AC 00:28:17
49 FRANK LINEHAN CARRIGALINE 00:28:18
50 AIDAN BUCKLEY LEEVALE AC 00:28:19
51 JOHN HEGARTY ST. FINBARR'S AC 00:28:21
52 WILLIE GRIFFIN MIDLETON 00:28:21
53 P. HEGARTY INDIVIDUAL 00:28:22
54 CHRISTY HENNESSY INDIVIDUAL 00:28:23
55 LUKE PHILPOTT INDIVIDUAL 00:28:24
56 JOHN MORRISSON INDIVIDUAL 00:28:28
57 KIERAN COMISKEY ST. FINBARR'S AC 00:28:40
58 CHRISTY MURPHY ST. FINBARR'S AC 00:28:40
59 BERNARD KELLY INDIVIDUAL 00:28:42
60 N. BROWN CARRAIG NA BHFEAR 00:28:48
61 JOAN HOUGH ST. FINBARR'S AC 00:28:51
62 GERRY MOHALLY CORK ROAD RUNNERS 00:28:52
63 DERRY CANTY ST. FINBARR'S AC 00:28:54
64 PAT CROWLEY INDIVIDUAL 00:29:00
65 GERARD WALSH MIDLETON #VALUE!
66 ALAN CASSIDY ST. FINBARR'S AC 00:29:06
67 DERRY O'CONNOR BANTEER 00:29:09
68 CON O'BRIEN BANTEER 00:29:12
69 PADDY GUYES INDIVIDUAL 00:29:14
70 JOHN MURPHY ST. FINBARR'S AC 00:29:16
71 PAT MOYTER MIDLETON 00:29:24
72 MICHAEL HALLISSEY INDIVIDUAL 00:29:26
73 MANUS McCOLGAN INDIVIDUAL 00:29:32
74 HELEN CASEY MIDLETON 00:29:33
75 JOHN AHERN MIDLETON 00:29:37
76 ROSE CROCKETT ST. FINBARR'S AC 00:29:44
77 NOEL BOYLE INDIVIDUAL 00:29:45
78 VICTOR FENNELL SHANDON BOAT CLUB 00:29:46
79 J. CARROLL INDIVIDUAL 00:29:48
80 JOHN MAHER INDIVIDUAL 00:30:04
81 B. HEGARTY INDIVIDUAL 00:30:07
82 JOE TULLY CARRIGALINE 00:30:08
83 WILLIE DONOVAN ST. FINBARR'S AC 00:30:27
84 ROY CUMMINS INDIVIDUAL 00:30:32
85 R. O'CALLAGHAN INDIVIDUAL 00:30:35
86 P. O'BRIEN INDIVIDUAL 00:30:41
87 NEAL HEAPHY INDIVIDUAL 00:30:43
88 D. RYAN INDIVIDUAL 00:30:44
89 ANTHONY O'LEARY INDIVIDUAL 00:30:44
90 TRIONA KELLY LEEVALE AC 00:30:52
91 NIALL CURRAN INDIVIDUAL 00:30:55
92 TOMAS O'NEILL INDIVIDUAL 00:31:03
93 P. SWEENEY ST. FINBARR'S AC 00:31:09
94 T. BURKE INDIVIDUAL 00:31:15
95 GERRY CADOGAN ST. FINBARR'S AC 00:31:19
96 HELEN GEANEY LEEVALE AC 00:31:22
97 LIAM MURRAY TELECOM EIREANN 00:31:27
98     00:31:34
99 J.J. CASEY INDIVIDUAL 00:31:39
100 DECLAN HOGAN TELECOM EIREANN 00:31:41
101 M. MURPHY MALLOW 00:31:43
102 PAT DALY ST. FINBARR'S AC 00:31:43
103 K. 0'CALLAGHAN CARRAIG NA BHFEAR 00:31:47
104 JOY MURPHY LEEVALE AC 00:31:47
105 VALERIE VAUGHAN BLARNEY AC 00:31:49
106 S. O'CEALLEACHAIN LEEVALE AC 00:31:50
107 NEAL GALVIN INDIVIDUAL 00:31:55
108 D. CARROLL INDIVIDUAL 00:31:56
109 JIM CORBETT INDIVIDUAL 00:32:03
110 JOHN REIDY INDIVIDUAL 00:32:08
111 -   00:32:13
112 -   00:32:14
113 PAT O'MEARY INDIVIDUAL 00:33:17
114 D. O'CALLAGHAN LEEVALE AC 00:33:19
115 B. BOOHIG INDIVIDUAL 00:33:20
116 JOHN MULCAHY INDIVIDUAL 00:33:21
117 EILEEN ALLEN TOGHER 00:33:22
118 J. 0'MARA GLOUNTHAUNE 00:33:23
119 E. NOONAN INDIVIDUAL 00:33:25
120 ANN O'LEARY BLARNEY 00:33:26
121 PATRICK CURRAN INDIVIDUAL 00:33:27
122 C. TWOMEY INDIVIDUAL 00:33:28
123 M. FLEMING LEEVALE AC 00:33:34
124 PAT BRENNAN ST. FINBARR'S AC 00:33:36
125 JOAN MULLANE LEEVALE AC 00:33:41
126 JEFF O'CALLAGHAN INDIVIDUAL 00:33:43
127 ANGELA WAGNER ST. FINBARR'S AC 00:34:00
128 RAYMOND MAGNER ST. FINBARR'S AC 00:34:14
129 ROSE DUNNE MIDLETON AC 00:34:23
130 NEAL O'SULLIVAN INDIVIDUAL 00:34:26
131 JOHN CRUISE INDIVIDUAL 00:34:38
132 danny McCarthy TELECOM EIREANN 00:34:45
133 M. FINNEGAN INDIVIDUAL 00:34:52
134 REGINA BURTON ST. FINBARR'S AC 00:34:38
135 FINBARR HEGARTY ST. FINBARR'S AC 00:34:58
136 PATRICIA O'CALLAGHAN ST. FINBARR'S AC 00:35:06
137 W. HURLEY INDIVIDUAL 00:35:07
138 V. CROWLEY INDIVIDUAL 00:35:15
139 MARION SCIVEN ST. FINBARR'S AC 00:35:16
140 M. CLIFFORD INDIVIDUAL 00:35:17
141 D. CURRAN INDIVIDUAL 00:35:30
142 C .KIELY LEEVALE AC 00:35:36
143 CAROLINE HEALY CARRIGALINE 00:35:45
144 JACKIE COONEY CARRIGALINE 00:36:04
145 TOM WALL INDIVIDUAL 00:36:06
146 JOHN FORDE LEEVALE AC 00:36:06
147 DAVID TRINDLE INDIVIDUAL 00:36:12
148 M. DOCHERTY INDIVIDUAL 00:36:18
149 GER. HERLIHY INDIVIDUAL 00:36:20
150 CYRIL O'MAHONY INDIVIDUAL 00:36:22
151 PAULA JONES BLARNEY AC 00:36:37
152 TESS MURPHY INDIVIDUAL 00:36:46
153 BERNADETTE BRENNAN INDIVIDUAL 00:38:05
154 MAY O'REGAN ST. FINBARR'S AC 00:38:07
155 ANN LENIHAN BLARNEY AC 00:38:08
156 JOHN DOWNEY INDIVIDUAL 00:38:14
157 L. HAMPER INDIVIDUAL 00:38:15
158 DEREK CARROLL INDIVIDUAL 00:38:30
159 R. BARRY INDIVIDUAL 00:38:36
160 B. McCLEARY INDIVIDUAL 00:38:37
161 MARY SCULLY INDIVIDUAL 00:38:41
162 GERALDINE CADOGAN ST. FINBARR'S AC 00:38:47
163 R. EVANS INDIVIDUAL 00:38:57
164 MARY MURRAY ST. FINBARR'S AC 00:39:00
165 ANN HAYES INDIVIDUAL 00:39:01
166 OLIVIA LENIHAN CARRIGALINE 00:39:18
167 ANGELA TOBIN MACROOM 00:39:46
168 FRANK CREEDON INDIVIDUAL 00:39:47
169 0. O'LEARY INDIVIDUAL 00:39:49
170 J.E. CAMPBELL CRICKET CLUB 00:39:57
171 T. FINN INDIVIDUAL 00:40:01
172 V. FINN INDIVIDUAL 00:40:06
173 BETTY 0'RIORDAN INDIVIDUAL 00:40:07
174     00:40:09
175 KATHLEEN QUINN ST. FINBARR'S AC 00:40:17
176 CARMEL HUDSON ST. FINBARR'S AC 00:40:17
177 J. GIBBONS ST. FINBARR'S AC 00:40:43
178 CARMEL FORDE ST. FINBARR'S AC 00:40:55
179 JO BRADFORD RIVERSTICK 00:41:07
180 B. RUXTON INDIVIDUAL 00:41:30
181 PAT MURRAY INDIVIDUAL 00:41:31
182 MARGARET McCORMACK LEEVALE AC 00:41:33
183 JOHN BALDWIN LEEVALE AC 00:41:35
184 PATRICK TIMMONS APPLE 00:41:35
185 A. NORBERG ST. FINBARR'S AC 00:41:46
186     00:41:49
187 MARGARET O'CONNELL ST. FINBARR 'S AC 00:42:01
188     00:42:04
189 FINBARR 0'CALLAGHAN INDIVIDUAL 00:42:46
190 CARMEL COLMAN LEEVALE AC 00:42:46
191 EILEEN STACK ST. FINBARR'S AC 00:43:11
192 MARY KEARNEY INDIVIDUAL 00:43:26
193 BRIAN TWOMEY ST. FINBARR'S AC 00:43:27
194 SALLY KEATING LEEVALE AC 00:43:28
195 MARY HINCHION INDIVIDUAL 00:43:51
196 J. CARMEL INDIVIDUAL 00:43:54
197 FIDELMA ASHMAN ST. FINBARR'S AC 00:43:56
198 ELIZABETH MOORE LEEVALE AC 00:43:56
199 RITA O'DONOGHUE LEEVALE AC 00:44:00
200 HELEN HARRINGTON INDIVIDUAL 00:44:06
201 LAURA MURPHY INDIVIDUAL 00:44:07
202 ANNE FORDE ST. FINBARR'S AC 00:44:13
203 C. O'NEILL INDIVIDUAL 00:44:16
204 MARIAN MURPHY ST. FINBARR'S AC 00:44:16
205 MARY FOLEY INDIVIDUAL 00:44:56
206     00:45:19
207 G. TAMORY INDIVIDUAL 00:45:53
208 ITA LUTRELL INDIVIDUAL 00:46:02
209 CATHY KELLY INDIVIDUAL 00:46:06
210 KEVIN BUCKLEY ST. FINBARR'S AC 00:46:15
211 JOAN HAYES INDIVIDUAL 00:46:24
212 MARIE O'MAHONEY INDIVIDUAL 00:46:25
213 HEIEN TWOMEY ST. FINBARR'S AC 00:46:26
214 DOREEN FOLEY ST. FINBARR'S AC 00:47:05
215 MARY CROWLEY ST. FINBARR'S AC 00:47:06
216 MARGARET FIELD INDIVIDUAL 00:47:07

 

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Cross-Country Back in the Day – When Men Were Men

Now That's What You Call Cross Country!

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Water Jump - East Cork Cross-Country League, October 1972

The picture above illustrates how far cross-country has moved on from 'yesteryear'. These days, it is doubtful, with all the Health & Safety rules, risk assessments, etc, if cross-country would be staged over such obstacles and terrain. These obstacles certainly made things 'interesting', for both athlete and spectator. No doubt the press photographer, (John?) Sheehan of Cork's Evening Echo, chose the location because of likely 'photo opportunities'

John Walshe writes: "Liam O’Brien took many water jumps and barriers in his stride during a long steeplechase career, which brought him 11 national titles, and Olympic representation. However, it’s unlikely he encountered anything quite like the obstacle in this picture from an East Cork Cross-Country League, held at Carrigtwohill, back in October 1972.

A few days before his 18th birthday, Liam is pictured, in the Midleton colours, at the very bottom of the dyke in the novice/senior race. This was won by Tim Greene, of the Ballymore-Cobh club, from Albert de Cogan, Midleton AC, and Donal Duggan, Carraig na bhFear AC"


Other 'Interesting' Cross-Country Events from the Past

John Walshe's piece made me think about a few 'scary' Cross-Country moments I've come across:

Munster Intermediate and Masters Cross-Country, Kilworth, 1999
The 1999 Munster Intermediate andMasters XC was run over the old Army grounds at Kilworth, with changing in the defunct camp - I don't recall there being any running water, except that running down the road, and there certainly were no hot showers.  The course was on the western side of the camp, adjacent to what is now the M8 motorway. I don't remember how many laps we had, but the meet was held in heavy rain. 

Down at the bottom of the course, well away from prying eyes was a dump area, with heaps of all manner of debris, from domestic waste to building materials, with deep, water-filled, ruts, clearly from large Shawnee-Poole type heavy machinery. Not knowing what was under the water, nor how deep the ruts were, we all had to hurdle these obstacle.  I don't think anyone was injured that day....but I was livid that athletes were put in danger.  Some time later the Dept. of Defence lost a presecution, brought forward by the EPA, for running an illegal dump on the site.

BHAA Cross-Country, Curraheen (Sometime around 2000)
For several years, Cork BHAA ran very popular Cross-Country events on grounds adjacent to the former ESB Sports and Social Club, in Curraheen, Cork.

The grounds were, at the best of times, soft and boggy. In wet weather, it quickly became waterlogged. Running thjrough the grounds was a, generally placid, stream.  On this particular Sunday morning, it was raining torrentially, but that didn't stop any of the 150, or so, hardy souls - we all knew that there were hot showers in the Sports Club, followed by the usual tea/coffee, sandwiches and cream buns (carbo-loading!) ...or the bar, if you needed some thing stronger!

As start time approached, the rain became heavier and heavier, with water lodging on the course, eventually forming virtual 'lakes'. Water level in the stream rose rapidly.  Before we started, we had a briefing about the course, water, the bit thro the stream, and off we squelched.

The first lap was fairly OK, without much bother, or so it seemed, getting across the stream. Water level in the stream had risen sharply, with heavy run-off from the surrounding hills, and the torrent and the pounding that both banks were receiving was taking its toll, so on the second lap, the river jump was, between slip, trips, or just hesitation by those ahead, a matter of luck whether you made it across, or maybe not.

On the third and final lap, the gentle stream was now a, reletive, raging torrent, and the banks at the crossing point were 'gone', so everyone had to ford it. However one enterprising individual, decided to go 'off course', and attempt to jump the stream a few metres to one side. Things didn't work out sop well for him. He made it across, but, as he landed, the bank underneath gave way completely, and he fell backward, into the deluge, and washing him downstream. Unfortunately for him, good Samaritans were on a day off, and everyone continued on their way. I don't know how he fared afterwards...but there were no reports afterwards of anyone missing, so, preseumably everyone went home safely!

Meantime, further ahead, I was running my own race, looking out whenever I could, for my peers. During the race, I was 'going well' despite conditions, and had been pleased to get well ahead of Tadgh Crowley, among others.  However the finish section was through what was now a lake, and everyone ahead of me was skirting this - I think we were all worried about what was under the water, and how deep it was.  The detour probably added another 30/40/50 metres to the course. While out on the curve around 'the lake', I looked to my left and, charging through 'the lake', taking the 'racing line' was the said Tadgh Crowley, with a grossly exaggerated knee lift.  He had set out the course the previous day, so knew what was what.

We had a good laugh afterwards - In our personal duel, he had snatched victory from the jaws of defeat.


 

 

 


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30 Years Ago - Liam O'Brien Wins Cork County Senior Cross-Country Championship

 

50 Years Ago - When John Buckley Beat The Olympic Champion

 

40 Years Ago - Jerry Murphy Wins Munster Marathon Championship

 

Aoife Cooke Runs 55:17 in Mallow 10 2019

 

Munster Cross-Country of 1989

 

Steeplechase Legends Meet at Antrim International

 

Aidan Hogan - Ultra-Athlete

 

RUNNING FOR BETTER

 

Cork to Cobh 40 Years Ago

 

Unique National Double for McGraths

 

Dick Hooper Speaks at St Finbarrs AC Function

 

 

Pending Athlete Transfers - March 2020

Notice Re: Transfer Approval Process March 2020

 

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Notice of Transfer Approval Process which will apply to March 2020 Transfers

Transfers are normally approved at meetings of Cork Athletics County Board, in April and September each year.

However, due to Covid-19, and resulting HSE restrictions, no County Board meting was held this month.

The Board Officers have held a meeting, via Zoom, but no transfers were discussed. It has since been agreed, by the Board Officers, that, in light of the very special circumstances pertaining at present, Transfers will be dealt with in the following manner, for this occasion only (however a similar system may be necessary for the August Transfers, if circumstances do not change significantly in the meantime):

The list of pending Transfers will be posted on the Cork Athletics Website on Monday next, April 20th


Issues, if any, with these Pending Transfers must them be brought to the attention of This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 0861713500, Cork County Board Registrar, by Friday next, April 24th.

Please bring this Notice to the attention of your Club Registrar

Cork Athletics Newsletter January-March 2020

Cork Athletics Newsletter

 

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Newsletter, Issue 3 - January - March 2020 

 

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Cork City Sports Postponed to July 2021

Covid-19 Results in 69th Cork City Sports being postponed to 2021

 

 cork city sports postponed until 2021

 

Sad to report that this year's 69th Cork City Sports has become another of the growing list of Prime events that have been postponed due to Covid-19. Cork City Sports is Ireland's Premier Track & Field Meet, with European Athletics status. Indeed, European Athletics had been in discussions with Cork City Sports, with a view to upgrading the sports. An imoportant element in that would have been the re-laying and upgrading of the CIT track. Hopefully the economic fallout following the Covid-19 pandemic will not adversely affect the CIT Track developments.


Events like Cork City Sports always carry a long lead time, with planning and scheduling going on all year round, so events like the pandemic create absolute havoc for meet organisers.  Yet, when all else is considered, event dates can be moved, admittedly with much difficulty, but athlete availability hard to pin down, a nightmare at the best of times, is currently impossible. Even if the pandemic were to be over by July, many questions would remain; Can athletes travel?; How does the date tie-in with other Meets?; How does Meet Sponsorship hold up in the altered economic environment. Such are the questions that must have been faced by the Cork City Sports Committee.

So....for the 2021 event, hopefully CIT Track relaying and upgrading will have been completed, and the 2021 Cork City Sports will be the biggest and best yet.

 

Cork City Sports Press Release

cork city sports postponement press release april 2020

 


"Due to the ongoing situation with Coronavirus, Cork City Sports committee has made the decision to postpone the 2020 International Sports Meet which was due to be held in the CIT Arena on Tuesday July 7th until July 2021. Given the unprecedented developments around the world with the Covid-19 pandemic, the committee believes that this is the correct decision under difficult circumstances.


Chairman Tony O'Connell states “the decision was taken to protect the health of the athletes and everyone involved, and to support the containment of the COVID-19 virus. He goes on to “thank our loyal sponsors for their support and understating and looks forward to next year’s meet which will still be held in an Olympic year.”

Meet Director Joe Hartnett added, “We were very much looking forward this year’s meet, but the priority has to be to keep participants and spectators safe. We had a spectacular event in 2019 and we are in no doubt that 2021 will be the best yet”.

The 2021 BAM Cork City Sports International T&F Meet will be held in early July, the exact date will be confirmed at the earliest possible time."

Donal Murnane PRO

31st Ballycotton 10 - March 2008

Vinny Mulvey Wins 31st Ballycotton 10

Sunday March 9th 2008

 
ballycotton 10 start finish line

Ballycotton Running Promotion's Report on the 2008 Race

Despite a severe weather warning for later in the day, conditions wereas ideal as onecould hope for as 2,202 runners–the second biggest in history–brought the total finishers toan incredible 31,585. Vinny Mulvey made it two wins in three years as he crossed the line in atime of 50:37 while Rosemary Ryan deprived Pauline Curley of her hat-trick, the winning timeof 56:48 being the 11th fastest on the all-time list.


Irish Examiner Preview

VINNY MULVEY, Raheny Shamrocks AC, the winner two years ago when he also won the national senior cross-country title, will go to the line as the favourite when the phenomenon that is the “Ballycotton 10” gets under way on Sunday.

This year the event which continues to astonish, has attracted 3,100 entries, a hundred-fold increase on the 31 runners who faced the starter for the inaugural event, on March 12, 1978. Denis Manning, Dan Kennedy, Michael Murphy, John O’Leary, Batt Kearney, Willie O’Mahony and John Walshe — have entered again this year.

Vinny Mulvey should lead the mammoth field back into Ballycotton, at the end of the magical 10 miles that continues to captivate runners from as far away as the United States.

He claimed the title on his first visit two years ago, in 49:03 and, if consistency is the criterium, he is set for his second win.

Last Saturday he finished third in the national inter-club cross-country championships in Belfast. Before that, he won the Leinster title, and he could hardly have been more impressive when he won his own club’s “Raheny 5”, in 23:37, and he has an added incentive this year, when he leads a strong Raheny team hoping to win the team title, 29 years after they last won it.

Included on the team is Cork-born Cillian O’Leary, who was 14th last year, and, since then, has been runner-up in the national novice and intermediate cross-country championships. He won the Belgooly four-mile road race, on St Stephen’s day, and was 14th in the national senior cross-country championships, in Belfast last week. His clubmate is likely to figure at the front.

Last year Alan O’Shea, Bantry AC, became the first Corkman to win the race since Liam O’Brien in 1988, before going on to win the revived Cork City Marathon, and, if he has recovered from injury, will be wearing No 1.

Raivis Zakis (West Waterford) who was eighth last year won a lot of races around Munster since then and, after a bout of ‘flu, was back to his best in Dungarvan last Sunday with a pb of 31:34 for 10k.

Sergiu Turea, Clonliffe Harriers AC, won a 10-miler in Dungarvan, in 50:18, last month, ninth in the national cross-country championships, and won the AAI national half marathon title last year, so he will be a big contender.

Pauline Curley, Tullamore Harriers AC, has won the women’s title for the past two years, and she will be favourite. But Rosemary Ryan, Bilboa AC, former national cross-country champion, is preparing for the San Diego Marathon, in June, where she hopes to achieve the Olympic qualifying standard (2:37), and she will know the course.

 

Run Ireland Race Report

2008:Despite a severe weather warning for later in the day, conditions were as ideal as one could hope for, as 2,202 runners – the second biggest in history – brought the total finishers to an incredible 31,585. Vinny Mulvey made it two wins in three years, as he crossed the line in a time of 50:37, while Rosemary Ryan deprived Pauline Curley of her hat-trick, the winning time of 56:48, being the 11th fastest on the all-time list.


Irish Examiner Report: Brendan Mooney

Brendan Mooney reported in the Irish Examiner: Ballycotton win buoys Mulvey (Brendan Mooney, Irish Examiner) VINNY MULVEY, Raheny Shamrocks AC, raced to a solo and very satisfying victory, in yesterday’s Ballycotton ‘10’, and then confirmed what more than 3,000 entrants proclaimed: that this is the best 10-miler in these islands.


The diminutive Dubliner who has national inter-club and inter-counties cross-country titles on his CV and finished third in the nationals in Belfast the previous week, had almost half a minute to spare over Sergiu Turea, the Moldovan who runs for Clonliffe Harriers, with his clubmate Cillian O’Leary, another 15 seconds back in third place.

Alan O’Shea, Bantry AC, who last year became the first Corkman in 19 years to win the title, finished fifth.

This was Mulvey’s day, and, if there was one little disappointment, it was the time of 50:37, which was well outside the 49:03 he ran, when he won the race, on his first attempt, two years ago.

“It was very windy our there, particularly over the first five and a half miles,” he said. “It was just breaking my heart. It was slowing me down.

“Two years ago, I was hitting 4:50 miles, but when I got to five miles, averaging 5:03 today, I knew it was going to be a long day and, added to that, I was very tired from last week’s race in Belfast. The conditions were bad up there. It was the toughest course I have ever run, and I don’t think I have fully recovered from that yet.”

Despite that fact, he applied all the pressure that took himself, Alan O’Shea and John Eves, DSD AC, away from the field, with a 4:50 first mile, and then he swept into an early lead, at the two mile mark.

When he hit half way, at Ballymaloe, in 25:15, with a lead of more than 200m, he was not going to be caught on the run back into Ballycotton.

“The support and the atmosphere along the way is a such a big help. It is a great event,” he said. “I had heard about the tradition, and all that, but when I came down here two years ago and saw the setting, the view, and the people from all over the world, it was even more than I expected. They are chasing personal bests, and running for charities — it is a amazing race.”

He said he may run the Streets of Dublin 5, on St Patrick’s Day, and, after that, it will be the world cross-country championships in Edinburgh, at the end of the month.

Rosemary Ryan, Bilboa AC, broke clear of the field early on, to win the women’s title on her second attempt — she was runner-up to her then training partner, Valerie Vaughan, first time around.

This time she won in 56:48 from two-time winner and champion, Pauline Curley, Tullamore Harriers AC, 58:51, with Louise Cavanagh, UCC AC, third, 60:56.

The former national cross-country champion, who finished 24th overall in yesterday’s race, is currently preparing for an early summer marathon.

“I am very quite fit at the moment, and today I would have liked to have run a very fast time but I thought it better to just race rather than chase a fast time,” she said. “Whenever I have gone for a fast time on the track — looking at the clock — I have always just missed it by a hair’s breadth.

“I am going to do another marathon — probably in June — and there is a race in San Diego about that time, but I have not booked anything yet.

“I am not thinking about the qualifying time for the Olympic Marathon, but if it comes, I will be very happy with it. But if I went out aiming for 2:37, I would probably run 3:37.01. So I will go out to run my best race, improve on my best time, and anything else will be a huge bonus for me.”

Pauline Curley has her sights on another Dublin Marathon victory but yesterday she was just happy to get around the course.

“It has been a bad year for me so far — I have been sick quite a bit — but I hope this is the turning point,” she said.

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Covid 19 and Long Runs or Long Periods in Public

Long Distance Running / Long Periods


Cease and Desist!

riverstick grounds covid 19

 
Page Updated 9pm Thursday April 9th - UCC Statement regarding Trespassers at UCC Farm and Mardyke Track

Gardai have been notified that UCC Farm and Mardyke Track are CLOSED and anyone on these facilities is TRESPASSING


Cork Athletics County Board, along with Athletics Ireland, is aware that a very small minority of members are continuing to exercise for long periods and/or long distances, with some travelling relatively long distances to their exercise locations, in contravention of HSE guidelines

 

The overwhelming majority of Athletics Ireland members have been conforming to HSE guidelines to exercise within 2km of their homes, for BRIEF periods

"exercise briefly by yourself, or with children from your family, and only within 2 kilometers of your home, keeping 2 metres distance from other people"

 

However a minority have been either flouting, or 'bending' them. "...exercise briefly by yourself, or with children from your family, and only within 2 kilometres of your home, keeping 2 metres distance from other people" does NOT mean that you may run around the circumference, or run many multiples.


Yesterday, in a phone conversation, Hamish Adams, CEO, Athletics Ireland, and Cork Athletics agreed that both "take a dim view" of those who continue to breach the HSE guidelines, and a "zero tolerance" approach is warranted. Furthermore it was agreed that those who breach the HSE guidelines may be open to a charge of "bringing the sport into disrepute"

 

Mr. Adams said that Athletics Ireland had already told a number of high profile athletes, who had continued to train in groups, or breach HSE guidelines, to stop.


Cork Athletics Grounds

Cork Athletics is aware that the Riverstick grounds have been used by a minority of persons. These grounds have been closed to all persons. Following a virtual County Board Officers meeting last night, it was decided to remove the club locks on the gate to the Riverstick grounds. The grounds are now locked and out of bounds to all persons. In addition, the Gardai have been informed.  

In addition Cork Athletics is aware of members entering closed tracks, grounds and premises, without permission or authority. This MUST NOT happen!

 

The Farm – UCC Sports Ground, Curraheen

ucc farm closed april 2020

 

"It has been brought to our attention that there are still people using the Farm, UCC Sports Grounds in Curraheen for training. Many of whom are travelling from well beyond the 2km restrictions currently in place.

As per the Governments directive the University and all its sites were closed on March 12th until further notice. Therefore the grounds in both the Mardyke and Curraheen are CLOSED until the University re-opens. Please DO NOT use the facility while it remains closed, if you do you are trespassing.

The Gardaí have been notified of the continuous breach in government and HSE guidelines and will be forced to act on anyone found to be trespassing on the grounds.  Our frontline workers have enough to be doing in these difficult times, so we would appreciate your cooperation on this matter.

We all need to play our part in this matter in order to help safeguard others. The rising figures are a constant reminder that this is a very serious matter.

Please STAY HOME and STAY SAFE

Kind regards,

UCC Department of Sport & Physical Activity"

 

ALL Atheltics Activity Suspended

Athletics Ireland issued the following decree, on March 24th: "... from midnight tonight All organised indoor and outdoor events of any size are not to take place".


This Government decision means that no Athletics Ireland  activity, whether Provinces, County Boards, Clubs or affiliates may operate in ANY capacity. Therefore Athletics Ireland insurance cover for Provinces, County Boards, Clubs and individuals is NOT operational during this period.


Cork Athletics County Board has been notified, by Athletics Ireland, that insurance cover has been suspended for the duration of this closed period, therefore NO training activity, or meeting, held has insurance cover.

 

1 Million Diagnosed with Covid-19 - 1,000,000


We are all in this together, with the overwhelming majority 'battening down' and helping safeguard everyone.  Thousands of front-line personnel, along with many, many more in various other positions, are putting their health, and lives, on the line for the good of us all. They deserve all our help and respect. So please, please, help them!

 

Sometime this evening, Thursday April 2nd, the number of people, worldwide, who have been diagnosed with Covid-19 will exceed 1 million, with 50,000 dead. In Ireland, almost 3,850 have been diagnosed, with 98 deaths to date. Those figures are a stark reminder that this is an extremely serious matter!  Please, please abide by the spirit of the HSE guidelines.

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