Archive for May, 2013

The Cork City Marathon 2013 – all 26.5 plus miles ?

Thursday, May 30th, 2013

The Cork City Marathon Route 2013

I’ve always regarded the CCM as a tough gig. The course is physically and psychologically tough, especially in the second half.  Then there’s the time of year – a mid-summer Marathon with the strong likelihood of high temperatures and worst of all the high humidity that’s characteristic of this part of the island. Not to mention the fact that it’s a wrong way around Marathon. Yes, after a mile circuit of the city centre, the course changes direction from anti-clockwise to clockwise. Anyone who’s run Dublin will appreciate the difference.  I’m not sure I wouldn’t prefer a trip out to the Ballincollig roundabout and a full traversal of the Straight Road to running around Mahon in circles and going nowhere fast. And don’t mention that seafront section and the subterranean railway line. Perhaps a few decades of the Rosary might suffice until one makes it back to the Marina and civilisation. Anyway, I imagine if it were not for traffic considerations and time constraints on the Lee Tunnel, we’d all be turning left and not right at the North Gate Bridge. What I never considered was the possibility that the course might incorporate some bonus mileage as appears to be the case. No matter how hard I tried – and I did try hard – I couldn’t squeeze this Marathon Route into the standard 26.2 miles.

Cork City Marathon 2013 – Route Map

Just a few short weeks ago, we were all running around in multiple layers of clothing, battling wind, rain and biting cold. We waited for the easterly wind to abate, but it just swung around to the northwest and every long run throughout April and May was real test of endurance. I waited for better weather to head out to the Farm, but favourable conditions never materialised and I didn’t see any point in going head to head with the wind. And so, for the first time ever, I eschewed the Farm completely. Time will tell whether this was a wise policy or not.

For hundreds, if not thousands of runners this will be a week of high anxiety as the training winds down. The anxiety will reach fever pitch on Sunday, when they have to take the day off. People will be sitting at home berating themselves like Oskar Schindler, “I could’ve done more, I should’ve done more, a mile here, a mile there”, all to no avail of course. They’ll all have done their best and when Monday comes around they’ll be on line to reap the rewards of their efforts.

As for me, I’m tempted to grab a bicycle and measure that course for myself. The only thing is – I don’t want to end up a banner headline on the Evening Echo; “BARRS man arrested cycling through Lee Tunnel – in a contra flow direction”. Not to worry, when I explain my motives, I’m sure the Gardaí will exercise discretion in my favour. I’d be shattered if they didn’t!

John Buckley Sports 5K Race, Tue 28-May-2013, 8pm

Monday, May 27th, 2013

The annual John Buckley Sports 5K Road Race takes place on Tuesday, May 28th at 8pm. This is a flat, fast course around the Marina and usually attracts a huge field of entries. The race is run under BHAA rules. As per usual, registration and post race refreshments will be in the Lee Rowing club.  Entries will be taken on the night up to 7.30pm – €5.00 for BHAA Registered members (€8.00 for Non-Registered).

This year’s race will feature Chip Timing and all finishers will receive a 20% discount voucher for the John Buckley Sports shop. If you want to avoid queuing on the night, you can pre-register online at,

If any club members are available to help out, please contact John Buckley Sports at 021-4508830.

Munster Senior & Masters T&F Champs 2013, CIT Cork

Tuesday, May 21st, 2013

The Munster Senior & Masters T&F Championships 2013 take place on Sunday, June 2nd at the CIT Track from 9.30am. Unfortunately, that’s the day before the Cork City Marathon. For those not involved in the Marathon, here’s a perfect opportunity to engage in T&F competition on home turf. For those running in the Marathon relays, especially the Seniors, a double day at the races should present no difficulty at all. Indeed, a good workout on the Sunday would be ideal preparation for the Relays.

Programme of Events

This is a AAI event, so participants will be required to wear the club singlet. No entries or changes of entries on the day of competition. Participating athletes must be AAI registered club members for 2013. Please text or email your entries to 0860226895 or no later than Friday, May 24th.

2nd John Buckley Sports Graded T&F Meeting 2013

Monday, May 20th, 2013

The second John Buckley Sports Graded T&F Meeting of 2013 is on Monday, May 20th at 7.30pm at the CIT track. The graded league will also incorporate the Cork County Junior & Senior T&F Championships 2013 with county medals on offer. This evening’s menu includes a 3000m (7½ laps of the track) test for middle distance runners, while the relay should see quartets of runners post some very impressive mile times. These are graded meetings open to people of all levels of ability from any club. Entry is €5.00 covering all events.

1st John Buckley Sports Graded T&F Meeting 2013

Monday, May 13th, 2013

Just to remind everyone that the 6pm training session on Wednesday May 15th is replaced by the first of the John Buckley Sports Graded T&F Meetings of 2013, starting at 7.30pm. These meetings are the brain child of club coach Fergus O’Donovan, who came up with the original idea in 2010. Since then the graded meetings have grown in popularity year on year no doubt helped by generous sponsorship from John Buckley Sports. Club members are encouraged to attend the graded meeting as a substitute for the regular training session.

A series of eight meetings is planned for Athletes male and female over 17 years on the day of the competition; the Shot, Discus, Hammer and 56lb Weights are limited to athletes over 18. Track events will, if necessary, be divided into separate races on the basis of performance, which could involve mixed races. The graded league will also incorporate the Cork County Junior & Senior T&F Championships 2013 with county medals on offer. These meetings are open to athletes of all levels of ability. Feel free to enter as many events as you like. Each graded meeting features a middle distance race of some description or another, so there’s sure to be something of interest for everyone. What about the relays? They always make for great fun and excitement.

Can’t find a babysitter? Bring the kids along too. There’s lots of available seating in the stand offering a great view of the track. Entry is normally  €5.00 per meeting. However, as these meetings also incorporate Cork County T&F Championship events, entry is free for club members on the opening night.