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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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Article by John Walshe, with additional commentary by John Quigley

 

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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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