National 5 Miler and East Cork T&F Day 2:
In the last 2 weeks there have been two championships that we have competed in. The National 5 Miler and the East Cork T&F Day 2 in Conna. In the National 5 Miler in Phoneix Park, Brian Harty went in the search of a sub 28 minute clocking. Brian has been in great form the past couple of months and went out confidently in a 5.14 mile. The Phoneix Park is notoriously hilly however and the 2nd mile was directly into a stiff breeze. Brian battled valiantly and finished in a new PB of 28.06. The sub 28 will have to now done on home soil in Cork! Unfortunately the East Cork T&F Day 2 results are not up yet. I will add these later in the week when available.
Random Road Racing:
There were a few road races going on. Kevin O'Brien was 2nd in the Grant Thornton 5k in the city in 15.40, Stephen on his quest to follow Donal into the sub 17 club knocked on the door once again and ran just over the barrier in 17.07. Michelle continued her breakthrough season with another PB, running 20.20 for 10th lady overall. Denis was our sole runner in Coolagown and was 74th in 22.07. Donal and Eadaoin headed to North Cork again in search of prize money. Donal ran an excellent 22.39 for 6th overall and a sick Eadaoin ran 27.56 for 4th lady.
The only track race in the last few weeks was Frank who finished 2nd in 2.00:24 for an 800m in the Thomond Games in UL
John Buckley Graded League - June 28th; CIT (800m and 1500m)
National League Rd 2 - June 30th; AIT
Robbie Steele Corkbeg 4 Mile - July 4th, Whitegate
Very little racing the past week. Tim, Kevin and Frank did venture up to Leixslip on Saurday in the hope of a few cheeky mid season fast times, the wind had other ideas unfortunately. Also Lavinia made the trip to North Cork for the 10k in Doneraile Park.
Firstly in Leixslip - Tim ran a very controlled race in the 3000m B race. After 2000m Tim was in 6th overall but closed very strong and moved up to 3rd with a big move on the last lap to finish with 9.44. Interestingly his last three 3000m's have been 9.43, 9.43 and 9.44.
Kevin and Frank did battle on the track for a third time this season. With Kevin prevailing in the Leevale 3k and Frank getting revenge in the Graded League 800m this shaped up to be a very competitive battle over 1500m. Frank on the very inside of lane 1 started strong with the gale force wind at his back and settled in comfortably behind the 61 second pacemaker. However eventual race winner Mitchell Byrne, Rathfarnham AC, pulled away in the 2nd lap leaving Frank leading the pack into the wind on the home straight through 700m. Kevin was watching and waiting at the back of the lead group as the race settled. The passed through the 800m in 2.05 with Tim Crowley in his unmissable compression socks shouting out encouragement and times. At this stage Frank and Kevin were in 5th and 6th and into the home straight for the penultimate time Frank was again taking the brute force of the wind. Kevin not making the same mistakes as the 800m 2 weeks ago bided his time.
With 300m to go Kevin made his move, passed Frank and then spent the next 50 seconds waiting for Frank to unleash his trademark kick and come flying past. That did not happen this day and Kevin hung on for 5th in 4.05 with Frank in 7th in 4.09. Again a lot of credit has to go to the organising of these races. They run like clockwork and really give another dimension to track racing.
Doneraile 10k - Lavinia ran a solid 56.03 in a 10k on a very hilly course in Doneraile Park and no doubt had a great day out.
- National 5 Mile Champs - June 15th; Phoneix Park (Brian Harty)
- John Buckley Graded League - June 28th; CIT
- National League Rd 2 - June 30th; AIT
- Robbie Steele Corkbeg 4 Mile - July 4th, Whitegate
The below have ordered the limited edition East Cork jackets. If you also want one please let me know ASAP as I have already made the order and only have a small bit of time to update it. This is the final ordering of this style of top.
Donogh, Stephen, Lavinia, Graham, Donal, Niall, Jonathon, Annalise
Cork Marathon, Half and Relay success
Although it is not a championship race the Cork Marathon weekend is a big one on the calendar. With the relay numbers included there are close to 10,000 people taking part.
This year we had considerable success across all races! Fiona who has finished 3rd and 2nd the last two years finally reached the top of the podium and won the Half Marathon in a new PB of 83.17 and more importantly €500 to be spent on a badly needed new pair or racers.
Tim who has been keeping a low profile of late has obviously still been getting the miles in. He ran an excellent race to finish 2nd overall in the marathon in 2.25:52 and in the process beat 2:15 marathoner Sergio Ciobanu. Tim went through halfway in 71.30 and despite a few hallucinations in the last few miles held strong to hold his pace and finish comfortably clear of Sergio in the end.
Kevin O'Leary was our next man home and was 6th overall in a very commendable 2.33:53. Kevin who is targeting Berlin later on in the year was using Cork as a tester as he has ran 3 track races in the last month alone, and is still hoping to set a few more PB's over the shorter distances this summer.
Niall Murphy was making his debut marathon for East Cork and finished in 41st overall in 3.04:31. Training showed Niall was in much better shape than and will be back for more after a few weeks of recovery.
We had mens and a womens relay teams this year also. Our men were 4th overall in 2.34:37, although crucially they did not beat Tim and Kevin to the finish line. So some work will have to be done this winter to make sure this never happens again. Interesting Leevale who won the relay team title only passed out Tim with 2 miles to go, which again shows what a strong run he ran.
Our womens team also had an excellent run for 4th All-female team in 3.19:06. This was 30th overall out of nearly 650 teams. Well done all.
East Cork T&F Day 1:
Results are not up yet for the East Corks that were on Bank Holiday Monday in CIT. Tim Crowley has however reliably informed me he did indeed win the mens Senior 1500m in 4.35 with Frank Hayes in 2nd. Further details will be later in the week when results come out.
Special Mention - Frank O'Brien:
East Cork AC would like to congratulate training squad member Franko on his excellent Senior School 2k steeple victory in Tullamore on Saturday. In a very exciting race Frank showed excellent steepling technique over the water jump to stay in touch with the leaders in the middle part of the race and then showed a clean pair of heels to Daniel Stone of Belvedere College over the final 400m. Franks time of 6.01 is a PB of 13 seconds and puts him in position to realistically eye up a 9.15 3k time for the European U-20 Championships in Sweden in July.