Archive for September, 2013

Upcoming Cross Country events for October 2013

Monday, September 30th, 2013

As the nights shorten and the Road Race calendar draws to a close, the focus shifts to the upcoming cross country season. As per usual, the club intends to compete vigorously for the top prizes at this and other Cross Country events throughout Winter and Spring. The question isn’t “what are we going to do,” the question is “what aren’t we going to do?”  As in previous years, the new season opens on October 6th with the County Novice at the now familiar setting of Carraig na bhFear.

Cross Country menu for October 2013

I’m sure you’re all chomping at the bit in anticipation of the new XC season. I’m really looking forward to it. Well, what I mean to say is I’m looking forward to you guys looking forward. I’d love to join you, but I anticipate a stomach cramp in the next few days. My palms feel sweaty even as I write. I know what you’re thinking. Why should I get to do whatever I want, whenever I want? Why should everything work out for me? What makes me so goddamn special? I should point out to members that “Envy” is among the deadliest of the seven deadly sins. OK, so I don’t play by the rules. If I did, I’d be in the gym right now. Cross country moves pretty fast. If you don’t go with the flow, you could get left behind and I’d hate for that to happen to any of you. And don’t worry about the mileage. Whatever mileage we put on, we’ll take it off. We’ll drive home backwards!

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John Buckley Cork Half Marathon 2013 – Full Results

Monday, September 9th, 2013

Cork Half Marathon Race Pacers - Target 1h:30m

Cork Half Marathon 2013 – Results

Cork Half Marathon 2013 – Categories

On behalf of St.Finbarr’s A.C., many thanks to all the runners who supported this year’s Cork Half Marathon. Alan O’Shea of Bantry A.C. was our race winner with a very impressive time of 1:07. O’Shea was pushed hard in the early stages by Philip Harty of West Waterford, but by the finish the Bantry man had 2mins to spare over Harty. For the BARRS men, the ever consistent Cathal O’Connell was third overall in a time of 1:12. The club’s remaining top five men included Alex O’Shea (1:13), Dennis Lyons (1:18), the ever improving David Butler (1:21) and Kalman Vari (1:22). Just outside the top five, the trio of Garrett Casey, Tim Forde and Martin O’Reilly recorded very respectable times of 1:25+.

Race Winners - Alan O'Shea (Bantry A.C.), Emma Murphy (St.Finbarr's A.C.)

For the BARRS ladies, Emma Murphy successfully defended her Cork Half Marathon title with a repeat time of 1:22. Ann Marie Holland (1:22+) was second overall 3mins up on last year. The club’s remaining top five ladies included the evergreen Mary Sweeney (1:28), Marie Murphy (1:29) and Orla Crosbie (1:30). Clodagh McMarrow (1:31) and Collette Holland (1:33) were other notable finishers for the ladies.

*** Well Done Stewards, Pacers & Helpers ***

“Just a short note to thank everybody in the Club who helped out with the pre-race & post –race organising, stewarding, and pacing of the event and for helping to make the race such a success for the Club and an enjoyable experience for the participants. In  particular, I’d like to thank our main sponsor John Buckley Sports for their continued support of our race. A big thanks also to Supervalu for their support this year”.

Well done on a great day’s work,
Ken Devine (Race Director)