Archive for June, 2012

Ballycotton 5 Series after 2 races.

Friday, June 29th, 2012

For those of you who ran the 2 races so far here are the standings and results to date:

Name Club Cat Ballyandreen Shanagarry Overall Time
2 MEADE, John St. Finbarrs AC M 00:26:54 00:27:10 00:54:04
6 PATTERSON, Robert St. Finbarrs AC M 00:28:30 00:28:20 00:56:50
8 DEVINE, Ken St. Finbarrs AC M45 00:28:30 00:28:54 00:57:24
9 ARCHER, Tony St. Finbarrs AC M45 00:28:37 00:28:59 00:57:36
21 CURTIN, Martin St. Finbarrs AC M 00:29:51 00:29:47 00:59:38
25 HOULIHAN, Michael St. Finbarrs AC M 00:30:28 00:30:03 01:00:31
50 SARGENT, Fergal St. Finbarrs AC M 00:31:47 00:32:03 01:03:50
90 MCEVOY, Eamonn St. Finbarrs AC M55 00:35:29 00:33:11 01:08:40
99 O’NEILL, Trevor St. Finbarrs AC M 00:34:58 00:34:56 01:09:54
194 MURPHY, Austin St. Finbarrs AC M60 00:40:36 00:40:35 01:21:11
222 MANNING, Denis St. Finbarrs AC M40 00:44:20 00:45:37 01:29:57
8 HARTIGAN, Irene St. Finbarrs AC F 00:35:24 00:35:04 01:10:28
16 EIGHAN, Irene St. Finbarrs AC F 00:37:45 00:36:33 01:14:18
21 KELLY, Kathleen St. Finbarrs AC F35 00:38:06 00:38:30 01:16:36
28 CREEDON, Hilary St. Finbarrs AC F35 00:40:25 00:38:40 01:19:05
41 STAVROU, Amanda St. Finbarrs AC F50 00:41:40 00:41:42 01:23:22
46 MULCAHY, Mary St. Finbarrs AC F50 00:41:41 00:42:43 01:24:24
92 MCKENNA, Rita St. Finbarrs AC F40 00:47:12 00:46:04 01:33:16

Well done everyone! Best of luck in the next two!

Three times a lady – Ode to London 2012

Thursday, June 28th, 2012

The 1908 Olympic Games diverted to London when Rome came under financial pressure following the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 1906. The European Stability Mechanism was unable to stabilise Vesuvius and the only course of action was a full bailout (from Italy). In contrast, Britannia was very much in the black, its coffers flush with the proceeds of its global (pink) property portfolio. And so, London was a shoe-in alternative; Rome would have to wait until 1960. A purpose build 68,000-seat stadium costing £40,000 was built in ten months at White City. The Games ran over a six-month period from April 27th to October 31st. The 1908 London Games were not only the longest in Olympics history, but almost certainly the wettest and perhaps the most contentious.

War played havoc with the Olympic schedule in the first half of the 20th Century. The 1916 Berlin Games were cancelled due to The Great War. The 1920 games were awarded as a mark of respect to war ravaged Belgium. Berlin was host in 1936 but the games were hijacked by the Nazi state propaganda machine. Tokyo was the host for 1940, but Imperial Japan invaded China in 1938 and the Tokyo authorities cancelled all construction  work. Helsinki was chosen as alternative, but the Soviet Union invaded Finland in 1939. Under threat of a wider war, the 1940 Games were eventually shelved. London was awarded the 1944 Games, but World War Two intervened. In 1946, post-war London was confirmed as host city for the 1948 Olympics. Despite boycotts and political tensions, the games have thankfully kept to schedule ever since.

The 1948 Games were organised in a climate of severe austerity. War ravaged London was still subject to food rationing and bomb damage had left the city with a severe shortage of accommodation and facilities. Improvisation was the order of the day. By adding a temporary running track, Wembley Stadium was converted to an Olympic Stadium. Government and military facilities were requisitioned to accommodate visiting athletes and media. Nevertheless, with only two years of advance preparation, London managed to pull off a memorable Games conducted in the true spirit of amateur athletics.

How quickly time has passed since the 1995 IOC Session in Singapore, when a shortlist of five candidate cities was considered for the 2012 Games. Paris was seen as the favourite to secure the nomination. Moscow, New York and Madrid where eliminated in successive ballots. After the fourth ballot, the bid headed by former Olympic champion Sebastian Coe and then Mayor of London Ken Livingstone was declared the winner by four votes. There followed scenes of unbridled joy in London and abject despair in Paris. For the second time since Waterloo, a diminutive French leader had lost out to a rather eccentric Londoner of tenuous Irish ancestry. I imagine one of London’s main railway terminals will soon be renamed Singapore. C’est la vie mes amis! As of 2012, London will be the first city to have hosted three Olympic Games. The Games of the XXX Olympiad, aka London 2012, are scheduled to run from July 27th to August 12th. For those of you who couldn’t give a XXXX about London 2012, expect some serious disruption to your Corrie and Eastenders schedules.

The Olympic torch relay is scheduled to last 70 days covering a distance of about 8,000 miles. The torch bearer selection process was announced in 2011 and experienced some initial teething problems. This guy didn’t make it through the selection process. He was quickly apprehended by police and despatched to the nearest branch of Specsavers.

In a break with IOC protocol, London announced that the torch relay would follow up its visit to Northern Ireland with a visit to Southern Éire. In May of 2011, her majesty Queen Elizabeth II was despatched to the Republican heartland to check out suitable routes for the relay. Following a tour of the capital’s most salubrious watering holes, the Dublin leg of the torch relay was granted the royal seal of approval.

4th John Buckley Sports Graded T&F Meeting 2012

Wednesday, June 20th, 2012

The fourth John Buckley Sports Graded T&F Meeting of 2012 starts on Friday, June 22nd, 7.30pm at the CIT Track. The centre piece of this meeting is the 3000m event. This Friday sees the last of the evening meetings. The second half of the graded league will move to a Sunday afternoon time slot offering a more extensive schedule of track and field events.

These are graded meetings open to people of all levels of ability from any club. It should be a fun night out for all. Entry is €5.00 on the night. Do as much or as little as you like!

Cathal O’Donovan wins Dunmanway 10km

Sunday, June 17th, 2012

Congratulations to Cathal O’Donovan who delighted a home crowd by winning the Dunmanway 10km this morning – exciting sprint finish and all!. Competitive field with Barry Donovan 2nd. Angela McCann broke the course record, Annemarie Holland 2nd. Well done Cathal!.

3rd John Buckley Sports Graded T&F Meeting 2012

Tuesday, June 5th, 2012

The busy athletics calendar continues to roll on. For those of you with any energy left after an exhilarating Marathon weekend, the third of the John Buckley Sports Graded T&F Meetings of 2012 starts on Wednesday, June 6th, 7.30pm at the CIT Track. The centre piece of this meet is the 1,500m, or metric mile event. If you’re in need of some excitement, the 4×400m Relays always provide for a thrilling spectacle.

These are graded meetings open to people of all levels of ability from any club. Entry is €5.00 on the night. Do as much or as little as you like!

Cork Marathon 4th June, 2012

Tuesday, June 5th, 2012

It was a very warm day with strong winds at times (especially coming back into town on the last 3 miles) but there were still some fantastic performances with Orla Crosbie producing a fantastic run to finish in 3.17 and Trevor O Neill finally breaking the 3.30 barrier (with a bit to spare) to finish in 3.28. Cathal O Connell (fresh from his 15th place finish 4 weeks ago in Belfast) was 8th on the day in 2.36 and it was great to see Liam Cotter back in action with a great run in 2.53. Martin Curtin and Gerry Cronin also put in brilliant runs to finish in 2.59 and break the magical 3 hour barrier. Well sone to all! Here are the full provisional results:
Pos First Name Surname Country / Club Finish Chiptime Firsthalf SecondHalf
8 588 Cathal O’Connell Marathon Male St Finbarr’s AC 02:36:59 02:36:55 01:17:56 01:19:04
22 1007 Liam Cotter Marathon Male St Finbarr’s AC 02:53:29 02:53:26 01:25:30 01:28:00
41 651 Martin Curtin Marathon Male St Finbarr’s AC 02:59:29 02:59:19 01:29:42 01:29:47
42 800 Gerry Cronin Marathon Male St Finbarr’s AC 02:59:33 02:59:29 01:28:35 01:30:59
88 337 Mary Sweeney Marathon Fem St Finbarr’s AC 03:11:42 03:11:36 01:35:08 01:36:34
98 1141 Col Conway Marathon Fem St Finbarr’s AC 03:12:52 03:12:40 01:33:14 01:39:39
134 340 Orla Crosbie Marathon Fem St Finbarr’s AC 03:17:23 03:17:07 01:39:10 01:38:13
235 975 Trevor O’Neill Marathon Mal St Finbarr’s AC 03:29:02 03:28:32 01:39:22 01:49:40
265 1267 Clodagh McMorrow Marathon Fem St Finbarr’s AC 03:30:42 03:30:11 01:40:00 01:50:42
280 361 Catherine Power Marathon Fem St Finbarr’s AC 03:32:33 03:31:45 01:44:56 01:47:38
319 291 Eddie Barry Marathon Mal St Finbarr’s AC 03:37:50 03:37:21 01:39:54 01:57:56
446 1437 Tony O’Brien Marathon Mal St Finbarr’s AC 03:46:37 03:45:58 01:45:36 02:01:01
475 347 Paul Harrington Marathon Mal St Finbarr’s AC 03:49:08 03:48:34 01:45:02 02:04:07
477 568 Tom Murray Marathon Mal St Finbarr’s AC 03:49:20 03:48:52 01:44:10 02:05:11
485 959 Aiden Henry Marathon Mal St Finbarr’s AC 03:49:48 03:49:19 01:38:59 02:10:50

Well done everyone!

Cork Half Marathon 4th June, 2012

Tuesday, June 5th, 2012

Congrats to John Meade and Emma Murphy who both finished second in the half marathon yesterday. Brilliant performances by both of them on a very warm day. Here are the provisional results of all our club members who ran the Half:
Pos Bib Firstname Lastname Race Gender Club Age Finish
2 3389 John Meade Half Mal St Finbarr’s AC 32 01:12:37
9 3553 Paul Gallagher Half Mal St Finbarr’s AC 33 01:16:15
10 3575 Cornelius Marshall Half Male St Finbarr’s AC 36 01:16:18
11 3693 Rory O’Sullivan Half Mal St Finbarr’s AC 01:17:48
14 3668 Cathal Kelly Half Mal St Finbarr’s AC 40 01:19:34
20 3692 Emma Murphy Half Fem St Finbarr’s AC 28 01:22:27
23 3426 Declan Murphy Half Mal St Finbarr’s AC 34 01:23:24
26 3689 Brian Murphy Half Mal St Finbarr’s AC 39 01:24:23
46 2497 Eoin Field Half Mal St Finbarr’s AC 38 01:29:00
48 3210 Eamonn Carroll Half Mal St Finbarr’s AC 48 01:29:09
51 3242 Martin O’Reilly Half Mal St Finbarr’s AC 38 01:29:29
64 3644 Dave O’Regan Half Mal St Finbarr’s AC 44 01:30:39
65 3137 Der Moloney Half Mal St Finbarr’s AC 44 01:30:39
75 3279 Esther Murphy Half Mal St Finbarr’s AC 38 01:32:27
81 2656 Niamh Cronin Half Fem St Finbarr’s AC 36 01:32:49
85 2516 John Fitzgerald Half Mal St Finbarr’s AC 34 01:33:34
88 2562 Anne Wolfe Half Fem St Finbarr’s AC 40 01:33:49
205 3764 Ann Donnelly Half Fem St Finbarr’s AC 51 01:41:53
284 2781 Aoife Mahony Half Fem St Finbarr’s AC 31 01:45:53
451 2519 Siobhan Healy Half Fem St Finbarr’s AC 34 01:51:09
468 3758 Frank Downey Half Mal Saint Finbarrs 48 01:51:39

Well done everyone!

Cork City Marathon (Mystery Tour) Mon 04-Jun-2012

Saturday, June 2nd, 2012

Roll up, roll up for the Marathon Mystery Tour, step right this way

Roll up, roll up for the Mystery Tour
Roll up, roll up for the Mystery Tour
Roll up, THAT’S AN INVITATION, roll up for the Mystery Tour
Roll up, TO MAKE A RESERVATION, roll up for the Mystery Tour
The Marathon Mystery Tour is waiting to take you away
Waiting to take you away