The Ballintotis 4 mile was held last night in a stunning evening of weather and racing. Michael and Fiona made it an East Cork double by winning the mens and womens titles. Michael running a course record 19.15 and taking a big scalp in beating the Ballycotton 10 multiple time champion Sergio Ciobanu and 8 time in a row Ballintotis winner James McCarthy. Fiona was the first East Cork woman to ever win the race despite being denied the glory of breaking the finishing linetape. She ran a storming 23.42.
We had 10 runners in total with James 3rd in 20.08, Kevin O'Brien 6th in 20.31 (PB), Kevin O'Leary of 20.52 (PB) in 11th, Conor Tierney 43rd in 24.34, Eadaoin O'Neill 4th lady home in 26.41, Denis McCarthy 104th in 26.41 also, Phil McGrath 27.40 and John Walshe 365th in 32.26.
The race ran like clockwork. Parking was a breeze, there was plenty of volunteers helping people out, results were up quick, food was plentiful, prize giving was well done with the stage and it was complete on time which is excellent for people travelling a distance home and it was good to see all the prize winners staying to accept their prize. Everyone involved in the organising of the race should be proud, your efforts are much appreciated.
Plenty of races to choose from this weekend, most stayed local and went for the fast circuit in Youghal town center for the Emer Casey 5km. This wasn't enough for Kevin O'Leary though and he proceeded to run in a 4 mile Butlerstown Friday night and the BHAA Gas Works 5 mile on Saturday completing a unique hat trick.
Emer Casey 5k: Kevin took out 2nd position overall behind Andrew Sheehan of Leevale in a SB of 16.10. Eric Meade followed home in 18.13, Denis was agonizingly close to a Sub 20 getting 20.00 flat, a few more strides incorporated into training should sort that out. Eadaoin was out one and only lady and she secured a top 10 spot in 20.26 despite feeling very unwell at the finish. Phil McGrath was back in action for the first time since Galway and ran a very promising 20.48. The ever reliable John Walshe finished in 24.39.
Butlerstown 4 Mile: Kevin duplicated his 2nd position form the night before here again , finishing in 21.15. Victory was snatched from him though due to the appearance of the National 5k track champion Conor Dooney who romped home in 19.11 (maybe something to be said for that track stuff :) ).
BHAA Gas Works 5 mile: On at the unusual time of 6.30pm on Saturday evening the Gas Works 5 mile was still well attended. Kevin acquitted himself very well here on his third race in as many days in a swift 26.45 on what must surely be tired legs to say the least. This got him home in 9th place and first "Harty Tax Consultants" man home.
It was a very busy weekend of racing. All the signs are there that the summer season has begun. Plenty of road races to choose from and wet and cold Track and Field.
The East Cork Track and Field was the championship race of the weekend. Numbers were low in the Senior races but the juveniles more than made up for that. We had four athletes competing Kevin O'Brien, Frank Hayes and Denis McCarthy finished 1st, 2nd and 4th respectively in the 5000m. Kevin backed up in the 800m later and was 4th overall. Eadaoin O'Neill raced her first track race since 2013 and was involved in a tactical battle in the first lap, where she made the first move from the bunch with 500m to go, finishing 5th overall and 1st Senior woman home.
James, Kevin O'L and Fiona were all out racing again but not all doing the classic distance this week for a change. Paul Cleary also raced. Kevin was 3rd in Ballinroad 5km near Dungarvan on Friday night setting himself up for another Waterford Summer series attack this year. James got back to winning ways taking out the BHAA UCC 10km on Sunday morning in bad weather, it was good to see Paul back too finishing in the top 20. Fiona ran her 3rd 10 miler of the year in a last minute decision and took out another podium position, finishing 2nd woman and 19th overall.
The Munster Road Championships were held in Castlelyons yesterday in damp and dreary conditions. The women were up first with Fiona Santry and Eadaoin O Neill representing the club over the 4 mile route. Fiona took individual bronze, closing on Michelle Kenny all the way to the line. She was also part of the winning Cork team in the senior event. Feeling a little under the weather, Eadaoin fought her way around the course crossing the line in a respectable 19th place (14th in novice). Sean McGrath continued his rich vein of form to take the senior title for the second consecutive time. Sean looked unusually comfortable as he crossed the line ahead of Master’s rival Niall Shanahan. After losing contact with the leaders at the halfway stage, James McCarthy held off the challenge of Kenny Rogers to take the bronze. With a step down in distance Kevin O Leary dug deep in the final stages to hold off the fast finishing Mark Walsh finishing in 12th. Frank Hayes rounded out the scoring team in 24th with the club finishing 2nd to Leevale. Competing in the Masters event within the same race, Eric Meade finished 27th (4th over 50) and Denis McCarthy came home in 49th (4th over 55)