Wednesday, 28 December 2016

Races around New Years

Races This NEW YEARS -  16 races so far! Where are you Running?




Here's the list of running races on by county this coming weekend. If there are any that I've missed, just chat a message below and I'll update.

Nominations for "Races of the Year" Open Now



Connaught

Mayo
Saturday 31st - Garymore GAA - 5K

Sunday 1st - Westport Leisure Park Resolution Run - 5K


Leinster
Laois
Sunday 1st - Run Killenard - 6K

Kildare
Sunday 1st - Caragh New Years Day Run - 5K / 10K


Munster

Clare
Friday 30th - Fanore Burren - 5K / 10K

Cork
Saturday 31st - Shandrum AC fun run - 5K

Sunday 1st - Bandon - 5Mile

Tipperary
Sunday 1st - Burgess Duharra Camogie Club fun run - 5K

Kerry
Sunday 1st - Charles O'Shea Memorial - 5K / 10K

Limerick
Saturday 31st - Mooreabbey Milers AC One Mile Dash - 1Mile

Sunday 1st - Limerick Country Club road race - 5Mile

Waterford
Sunday 1st - Irish Kidney Association Sponsored Run - 8K / 10K


Ulster
Antrim
Tuesday 2nd - Belfast New Year Run - 5K / 10K

Tuesday 2nd - Ballymena AC, Race over the Glens - 10K (Trail Race)

Armagh
Friday 30th - Fergal Caraher Memorial, Cullyhanna - 10K

Tyrone
Saturday 31st - Loughmacrory - 5Mile


Thursday, 22 December 2016

Races around Christmas

Races This CHRISTMAS -  38 races so far! Where are you Running?



Here's the list of running races on by county this coming weekend. If there are any that I've missed, just chat a message below and I'll update.

Nominations for "Races of the Year" Open Shortly, keep an eye on the Blog / Social Media



Connaught

Mayo
Monday 26th - Ardagh GAA - 5K

Monday 26th - Manulla FC - 4Mile

Galway
Monday 26th - Fields of Athenry - 10K

Monday 26th - Pieta House Wren Run - 3K / 6K

Monday 26th - Great Eyrecourt Mud Run - 5K (Adventure Race)

Sligo
Monday 26th - West Sligo Run - 10K

Roscommon
Moday 26th - Four Roads Camogie Club Run - 5K

Leinster
Wicklow
Monday 26th - Streets of Wicklow - 5K

Longford
Monday 26th - Shane Brennan - 5K

Tuesday 27th - Ardagh Challenge - 5K / 10Mile

Dublin
Tuesday 27th - Santry, ERP Christmas Cracker - 5K

Wednesday 28th - Sutton Fat Turkey Run - 10K

Westmeath
Sunday 25th - Kinnegad GAA track run - 5K 

Tuesday 27th - Coole, Carers Road Race - 5K / 10K

Kilkenny
Monday 26th - St.Joseph's AC Pink Rock - 10K

Monday 26th - Stoneyford FC - 5K

Wednesday 28th - Tullaroan AC, Run off the Pudding - 5K / 10K

Munster

Clare
Monday 26th - Killanena, Dromindoora NS - 5K / 10K

Monday 26th - Kilrush Turkey Run - 5K

Tuesday 27th - Ennis, Christmas Cracker - 5K

Tuesday 27th - Burren Charity Challenge - 5K / 10K / Duathlon

Cork
Monday 26th - Charleville Tidy Towns - 8K

Monday 26th - Kilworth GAA - 5K

Monday 26th - Belgooly - 4Mile

Monday 26th - Kilcorney National School Fun Run

Tuesday 27th - Togher AC Road Race - 5K

Tuesday 27th - Boherbue Fun Run - 5K

Tipperary
Monday 26th - Clonmel - 4Mile

Kerry
Monday 26th - Farranfore - 5K

Limerick
Monday 26th - Caherdavin - 10K


Ulster
Armagh
Tuesday 27th - Poyntzpass, Run for Raff - 5K / 10K

Tyrone
Monday 26th - Greencastle Road Race - 5Mile

Monday 26th - Western Building Systems Brocagh Bay - 5K / 10K

Cavan
Monday 26th - Cavan Charity Christmas Dash - 5K

Monday 26th - Turkey Trot - 7K / 10K

Derry
Tuesday 27th - Eglinton Trail Run

Down
Monday 26th - Burren Townlands - 6Mile / 12Mile

Tuesday 27th - Castlewellan FC, Christmas Cracker

Tuesday, 13 December 2016

Weekend Races 16th - 18th Dec 2016

Races This Weekend -  10 races so far! Where are you Running?



Here's the list of running races on by county this coming weekend. If there are any that I've missed, just chat a message below and I'll update.


Connaught

Mayo
Sunday 18th - Ballina, Santa Run - 5K

Roscommon
Sunday 18th - Canicross Ireland, Connaught Meet, Lough Key Forest Park - Dog Running


Leinster
Wicklow
Saturday 17th - Avoca Santa Dash - 5K / 10K

Louth
Sunday 18th - Drogheda & District AC - 5K


Munster

Cork
Sunday 18th - Duhallow AC, Newmarket - 5K

Sunday 18th - Cloyne Commons - 4K

Sunday 18th - Castlelyons Turkey Trot - 5K



Ulster
Armagh
Sunday 18th - Race around the Lake - 7Mile

Down
Saturday 17th - Run Forest Run, Kilbroney - 10K

Sunday 18th - Cavehill Run - 5Mile (Trail Run)

Tuesday, 6 December 2016

Weekend Races 9th - 11th Dec 2016

Races This Weekend -  19 races so far! Where are you Running?




                                                                                                                               

FEATURE RACE - BALLYROAN 10 MILE

This week the feature race of the weekend is the Ballyroan AC 10 mile (and 5K) event in Laois.


I've always been unashamedly biased when I see a race that offers some nice "bling", see pic above. But the Ballyroan Athletic Club also have a good track record of putting together well run events, and good courses. This Saturday they have the following on offer:

  • Over €2,000 in prizes
  • Team prizes
  • AAI approved
  • Chip Timing
  • Free tshirt and medal for first 500 entries
  • Fab refreshments post race (I believe this has been a pretty good spread in the past, another 'draw' for me!!)
The organisers have told me that they will expect to have some spaces available on the day, if you get there by 10am to register. But I would recommend registering online in advance, particularly if you plan on travelling to the race





                                                                                                                                


Here's the list of running races on by county this coming weekend. If there are any that I've missed, just chat a message below and I'll update.


Connaught

Galway
Sunday 11th - Santa Dash - 5K / 10K

Sligo
Sunday 11th - St John's FC, Turkey Trot - 4K


Leinster
Laois
Saturday 10th - Ballyroan AC - 5K / 10Mile

Wicklow 
Saturday 10th - Sugarloaf Trail Race - 10K

Dublin
Saturday 10th - Aware Christmas Run - 5K / 10K

Sunday 11th - Swords CFR Santa Run - 5K / 10K

Kilkenny
Sunday 11th - Santa Run, Kilkenny Castle - 5K

Kildare
Sunday 10th - KTRTC, 12K's of Christmas - 6K / 12K


Munster

Cork
Saturday 10th - Mallow Macra Santa Dash - 5K

Sunday 11th - Glantane - 5K (and kids race)

Sunday 11th - Cork BHAA Turkey Trot - 4Mile

Kerry
Sunday 11th - Tralee Santa Fun Run - 5K


Ulster
Armagh
Sunday 11th - Crossmaglen Rangers, Santa Fun Run - 5K

Tyrone
Saturday 10th - Rudolph Run, Eskra - 10K

Saturday 10th - Sperrin Harriers Winter League, Davagh Forest - 10K

Sunday 11th - Runher Parkanaur Forest Park - 5K / 10K

Sunday 11th - Run for SVP, Cookstown - 5Mile / 10Mile

Down
Saturday 10th - Hillsborough Santa Run - 5K / 10K

Sunday 11th - Crossgar Santa Run - 5K / 10K

Thursday, 1 December 2016

Weekend Races 2nd - 4th Dec 2016

Races This Weekend -  19 races so far! Where are you Running?





Here's the list of running races on by county this coming weekend. If there are any that I've missed, just chat a message below and I'll update.


Connaught

Mayo
Sunday 4th - Ballina AC, Beleek Woods - 10K

Leitrim
Sunday 4th - Kiltoghert Turkey Trot - 5K


Leinster
Louth
Saturday 3rd - Wild Goose Chase - 5K / 10K

Dublin
Saturday 3rd - Donore Harriers, Jingle Bells Fun Run - 5K

Sunday 4th - RNLI Reindeer Run, Marlay Park - 1K / 5K / 10K

Sunday 4th - Santa Dash, Dublin - 5K / 10K

Carlow
Sunday 4th - CRYS Jingle Bells Jog - 5K

Kilkenny
Sunday 4th - Deen Celtic AFC, Santa Dash - 5K


Munster

Tipperary
Sunday 4th - Fit4Life Templemore Christmas Cracker - 5K

Sunday 4th - Birdhill Turkey Run - 5K / 10K / Half Marathon

Limerick
Sunday 4th - Limerick Sports Partnership Blanket - 5K

Cork
Saturday 3rd - Run Clonakilty - 10K / Half Marathon / Marathon

Sunday 4th - Rive Fitness, Santa Run - 5K

Waterford
Sunday 3rd - Waterford Half Marathon


Ulster
Donegal
Sunday 4th - Letterkenny AC, Turkey Trot - 5K

Antrim
Saturday 3rd - Malcom Cup - Cross Country Meet

Armagh
Saturday 3rd - Run Forest Run, Loughgall - 5K / 10K

Down
Sunday 4th - Ballygalget, Santa Run - 5K / 10K

Sunday 4th - East Down AC, The Griddle Fun Run - 5K / 10K

Thursday, 24 November 2016

Weekend Races 25th - 27th Nov 2016

Races This Weekend -  14 races so far! Where are you Running?





Here's the list of running races on by county this coming weekend. If there are any that I've missed, just chat a message below and I'll update.


Connaught

Galway
Sunday 27th - Santa Dash - 5K / 10K

Sunday 27th - South Galway AC, BDN - 10K

Roscommon 
Sunday 27th - Ballyfarnon Fun Run - 6.5K 

Leinster
Dublin
Saturday 26th - Run The Line - 13K / 26K (mountain run)

Kildare
Sunday 27th - Kilcullen AFC Fun Run - 5K

Kilkenny
Sunday 27th - Stook - 10Mile


Munster
Kerry
Saturday 26th - Puck Warriors, Jingle Run - 5K / 10K

Cork
Saturday 26th - Donal Ahern Memorial - 5K

Sunday 27th - RNLI Reindeer Run, Fota - 5K / 10K

Sunday 27th - Watergrasshill AC, Glenville - 4Mile

Waterford
Sunday 27th - Old Parish, Turkey Trot - 5 Mile


Ulster
Monaghan
Sunday 27th - Supervalu, Blayney - 5K

Down
Sunday 27th - Home Start, Santa - 10K

Derry
Sunday 27th - Learmount Forest Trail Run - 4.5Mile (Trail)

Wednesday, 16 November 2016

Weekend Races 18th - 20th Nov 2016

Races This Weekend -  16 races so far! Where are you Running?





Here's the list of running races on by county this coming weekend. If there are any that I've missed, just chat a message below and I'll update.


Connaught

Galway
Saturday 19th - Aughrim Macra Road Race - 5K / 10K

Saturday 19th - Corrib AC, Run like the Wind - 8K

Sunday 20th - Leenane - 5Mile

Mayo
Sunday 20th - Hollymount Road Race - 3K / 6K / 10K

Leinster
Dublin
Saturday 19th - Clontarf Races - 5Mile / Half Marathon

Kildare
Saturday 19th - Aquired Brain Injury, Clane - 10K

Laois
Sunday 20th - Portarlington, Gingerbread Run - 10K / Half Marathon

Kilkenny
Sunday 20th - Alzheimer Society fun run - 5K


Munster
Clare
Sunday 20th - Eddie Murphy Memorial Run - Half / Full / Ultra / Double Marathons

Kerry
Sunday 20th - Run the Gaunlet - Half Marathon

Cork
Sunday 20th - RNLI, Liss Ard Estate Reindeer Run - 1K / 5K / 10K

Sunday 20th - Cloyne Commons - 4K

Sunday 20th - Cork BHAA, Little Island - 5K


Ulster
Tyrone
Saturday 19th - Run Forest Run, Drum Manor - 5K / 10K

Antrim
Sunday 20th - Belfast Tandems Series, Run 2 - 5K

Down
Saturday 19th - Running 4 Rescue, Annalong - 4Mile

Tuesday, 8 November 2016

Weekend Races 11th - 13th Nov 2016

Races This Weekend -  13 races so far! Where are you Running?




Here's the list of running races on by county this coming weekend. If there are any that I've missed, just chat a message below and I'll update.


Connaught

Mayo
Saturday 12th / Sunday 13th - Belleek Marathon Challenge - Relay Marathon / Half Marathon / Marathon

Leinster
Dublin
Sunday 13th - Remembrance Run - 5K

Sunday 13th - Gonzaga College Fun Run - 10K

Longford
Sunday 13th - Derrycassan Woods - 5K / 10K

Wexford
Sunday 13th - Raven Run, Curracloe - 5K
Raven Run in Curracloe is now cancelled due to low numbers. However, the organisers are doing a free group run at the Point of the Raven. This was a charity fundraiser, so for the free run, you can donate to Wexford Marine Watch - this is optional.


Munster
Kerry
Saturday 12th - Kerry Crusaders, Listowel - Half Marathon / 10K

Limerick
Saturday 12th - Ballyhoura Active Duathlon - 6K run / 6K cycle

Cork
Saturday 12th - Eyeries road race - 5Mile

Sunday 13th - Thomas Kent Memorial, Castlelyons - 10K

Sunday 13th - Cork BHAA HSE, Ballinhassig - 4Mile


Ulster
Antrim
Friday 13th - Centra Run Together Pairs Event - 5K

Armagh
Sunday 13th - King of Gullion - 10K

Down
Saturday 12th - Tollymore Trail Marathon Events - 10K / Half / Full / Ultra Marathon (Trail)


Wednesday, 2 November 2016

Weekend Races 4th - 6th Nov 2016

Races This Weekend -  16 races so far! Where are you Running?




Here's the list of running races on by county this coming weekend. If there are any that I've missed, just chat a message below and I'll update.


Connaught

Galway
Saturday 5th - Turf Warrior Challenge - 8K / 10K (adventure race)

Saturday 5th - Run for Mary - 5K

Sunday 6th - Corofin Winning Ways - 8K


Leinster
Dublin
Saturday 5th - Mo Run - 5K / 10K

Sunday 6th - Brain Tumour Ireland - 5K / 10K

Wicklow
Saturday 5th - Glendalough Trail Race - 15.5K / 10.8K (Trail)

Kildare
Sunday 6th - Nunney GAA - 5K / 10K 

Munster
Kerry
Saturday 5th - Rás an Oireachtais - 5K

Clare
Saturday 5th - Shannon Town Utd AFC - 5K / 10K

Cork
Sunday 6th - Valley Rovers Camogie Club - 7K


Ulster

Antrim
Saturday 5th - McConnel Shield, Ballyclare - 3Mile / 5Mile

Saturday 5th - Run Forest Run Minnowburn - 5K / 10K

Sunday 6th - Mo Run - 5K / 10K

Sunday 6th - Decathlon Running Series - 10K

Armagh
Sunday 6th - Forkhill GAA Run - 5K / 10K

Tyrone
Sunday 6th - Get to Muck - 5K (adventure race)

Tuesday, 25 October 2016

Weekend Races 28th - 30th Oct 2016

Races This Weekend -  13 races so far! Where are you Running?




                                                                                                                               

FEATURE RACE - SSE Airtricity Dublin City Marathon

This week the feature race of the weekend is the Dublin City Marathon.


There's not much more to say about the Dublin Marathon that's not already well covered online, voted our marathon of the year on this website for 2015. Best of luck to the near 20,000 runners taking part.

For anyone else who has dreams of running it, keep in mind the growth in popularity now. The Dublin marathon is one of the top marathons in Europe, and soon we might see a ballot system introduced. But for now, get out there and cheer everyone on!



                                                                                                                                

Here's the list of running races on by county this coming weekend. If there are any that I've missed, just chat a message below and I'll update.


Connaught

Roscommon
Sunday 30th - Croghan Charity Run - 5K / 10K

Sligo
Sunday 30th - Zombie Run - 5K


Leinster
Dublin
Sunday 30th - SSE Airtricity Dublin City Marathon - Marathon (Winner of Marathon of the Year)

Sunday 30th - Malahide Castle, Run for your Lives - 5K (Adventure Race)

Laois
Sunday 30th - Coolrain Family Run - 6K


Munster
Clare
Saturday 29th - Halloween Howler, Ennis - 5K

Limerick
Sunday 30th - Cook Medical, Women's Mini Marathon  - 10K

Cork
Saturday 29th - Ghostbusters charity run - 5K


Ulster
Fermanagh
Friday 28th - Spooktacular Run, Enniskillen - 5K

Antrim
Friday 28th - Monster Dash - 1Mile / 5K

Armagh
Saturday 29th - Conquer the Cairn - 5Mile (Trail Race)

Down
Saturday 29th - Moira Monster Dash - 5K / 10K

Sunday 30th - Running Scared, Belfast - 2K / 10K


Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Weekend Races 21st - 23rd Oct 2016

Races This Weekend -  15 races so far! Where are you Running?




                                                                                                                               

FEATURE RACE - Belfast Telegraph, RunHer - 10K / 5K

This week the feature race of the weekend is the Belfast Telegraph, RunHer Titanic 10K / 5K event in Belfast.


The Runher returns to Titanic Quarter on Sunday 23rd October 2016 with 5k and 10k events. There is a new 10k route which is flat, fast and fun.




                                                                                                                                

Here's the list of running races on by county this coming weekend. If there are any that I've missed, just chat a message below and I'll update.


Connaught

N/A


Leinster
Dublin
Friday 21st - Dublin Disco Run - 5K

Wicklow
Saturday 22nd - Wicklow Hospice Marathon - Half Marathon / Full Marathon

Longford
Saturday 22nd - October MudFest - 6K / 10K (adventure race)

Wexford
Sunday 23rd - Lake Region Charity Run - 4Mile

Meath
Sunday 23rd - Longwood Village - 5K / 10K

Kilkenny
Saturday 22nd - Reign of Terror - 5K (adventure race)

Sunday 23rd - St. Brigids College, Callan, Fun Run - 5K / 10K


Munster
Limerick
Saturday 22nd - Dromtrasna Challenge - 10K

Kerry
Saturday 22nd - Killarney Glow Neon Run

Tipperary
Sunday 23rd - Clonmel, Buggy Brigade Fun Run - 5K


Ulster
Fermanagh
Saturday 22nd - Orchard Farm FC, Tempo - 5K / 10K

Donegal
Sunday 23rd - New Mills - 10K

Cavan
Sunday 23rd - Shercock AC - 5K /10K

Down
Sunday 23rd - Belfast Telegraph Runher - 5K / 10K

Derry
Sunday 23rd - St Colmcilles, Spooky Sprint - 1Mile / 5K

Tuesday, 11 October 2016

Weekend Races 14th - 16th Oct 2016

Races This Weekend -  18 races so far! Where are you Running?




                                                                                                                               

FEATURE RACE - Leisureworld Rebel Run - 10K / 5K

This week the feature race of the weekend is the Leisureword Rebel Run 10K / 5K event in Bishopstown, Cork.


This is the 5th year that this event is being run. It will be a popular event, as it is on a fast route and there is a dry fit top for the 10K finishers. There are no entries on the day, but you can enter via the link below.


                                                                                                                                

Here's the list of running races on by county this coming weekend. If there are any that I've missed, just chat a message below and I'll update.


Connaught

Galway
Friday 14th - Croi Galway Night Run - 5K

Sunday 16th - North East Galway - 10K

Sligo
Saturday 15th - Coney Island Challenge - 15K / 10K


Leinster
Louth
Sunday 16th - Glenmore AC, Kearney and McBride - 5K

Meath
Sunday 16th - Meath/Dublin border run - 5K / 10K

Kilkenny
Sunday 16th - Graigue-Ballycallan AC family fun run - 5K / 10K

Carlow
Sunday 16th - Carlow Rugby Run - 2K / 5K / 10K


Munster
Kerry
Sunday 16th - Churchill GAA fun run - 6K

Cork
Saturday 15th - Skibbereen Charity Adventure Race - Adventure Race

Sunday 16th - Leisureworld Rebel Run - 10K / 5K

Clare
Sunday 16th - Bernie Meaney Memorial Run - 5K


Ulster
Monaghan
Sunday 16th - Ballybay - 5Mile

Fermanagh
Sunday 16th - Run for Oisin - 10K / 5K

Antrim
Saturday 16th - Centra Run Together Pairs Event

Down
Saturday 15th - Red High School, Downpatrick - 10K

Sunday 16th - King of Gullion, Newry - 10K

Tyrone
Sunday 15th - Loughshore Run - 5K / 10K / Half Marathon

Derry
Saturday 15th - Earhart Flying 5k - 5K


Monday, 3 October 2016

Weekend Races 7th - 9th Oct 2016

Races This Weekend -  29 races so far! Where are you Running?




                                                                                                                               

FEATURE RACE - Marie Keating / Pigsback.com 5K / 10K

This week the feature race of the weekend is the Marie Keating, Pigsback.com 10K / 5K event in the Phoneix Park.


The Pigsback 5k/10k Run in aid of the Marie Keating Foundation is back again! Registration starts at 8am - the race will begin at 10am and follow the Operation Transformation route. Its chip timed, there will be loads of prizes and all proceeds go to the Marie Keating Foundation!



                                                                                                                                

Here's the list of running races on by county this coming weekend. If there are any that I've missed, just chat a message below and I'll update.


Connaught

Galway
Saturday 8th - Moycullen Harvest Run - 5K

Saturday 8th - Rás Chonamara - 10K

Sunday 9th - Madra Doggy Dash - 5K

Roscommon
Sunday 9th - Tarmonbarry - Half Marathon / 8K

Mayo
Sunday 9th - Breaffy - 10K



Leinster
Meath
Sunday 9th - Irish 3/4 Marathon, Enfield - 3/4 Marathon

Wicklow
Saturday 8th - Glendalough AC, Run the Ridge - 20K / 8K (trail run)

Wexford
Sunday 9th - Ferns Half Marathon

Sunday 9th - Bunscoil Loreto - 5K

Dublin
Sunday 9th - Marie Keating Road Race - 5K / 10K

Kilkenny
Sunday 9th - Threecastles Hill and Back - 5K / 10K

Kildare
Saturday 8th - Donadea Forest - 10K

Saturday 8th - Kill GAA, Colour Run - 5K

Carlow
Sunday 9th - Tullow Community School - 5K / 10K


Munster
Kerry
Friday 7th - Kerry Airport Runway - 5K

Saturday 8th - Valentia Island - Half Marathon / 10K

Limerick
Sunday 9th - St Michaels Rowing Club - 10K / 5K

Cork
Saturday 8th - Bernie Young Memorial Run - 6K

Sunday 9th - Cork Woodland Race - 5K (trail run)

Sunday 9th - Cork City FC - 5K


Ulster
Fermanagh
Sunday 9th - Teemore GFC - Half Marathon / 10K / 5K

Antrim
Saturday 8th - Toomebridge, St Oliver Plunketts School Run -

Down
Saturday 8th - Gr8 Dundrum Run - 8Miles

Sunday 9th - Ceathrun Gaeltachta, Belfast - 10K

Armagh
Sunday 9th - Armagh Adidas 10 Mile Road Race - 10Mile / 4Mile

Tyrone
Saturday 8th - Badoney Ladies GFC - 5K

Sunday 9th - Dungannon Clarkes Town Run - 5K

Derry
Sunday 9th - The Jungle Zombie Run - 5K

Sunday 9th - Live Life Lisa Orsi Foundation - 5K

Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Dublin Half Marathon

With over 9,000 entrants this year, the SSE Airtricity Dublin Half Marathon is the largest half marathon in Ireland and one of the largest races in the country. Therefore it is interesting to take a look at the changing patterns in the race over the past 10 years, as it's a good representation of how running in the country has developed.

The Numbers

It'll be no surprise to learn that the number of entrants to the Half Marathon have grown steadily over the years. So too have the number of finishers, as displayed below. Actually when you look at 2015 and 2016, it would seem that popularity has increased even further:




Finishing Times

Are we getting slower? Probably not, although the average finishing time (based on chip timing) is a lot longer than 2007, this is most likely down to the fact that the 2,454 finishers in 2007 were probably closer to elite runners (running wasn't as popular). Whereas the increase in numbers up to this year has probably added more "casual runners" (like myself), hence the average times increase, see below:



Running Groups / Clubs - do they help?

This is not an exact science, but I thought it would be interesting to take a look at the performance of people who run in a club or running group against those that do not. There is a natural expectation that the average times of those in running clubs would be faster, because most, if not all, the elites will be members of clubs. At the same time, this balances out, as some of the running groups are targeted at first time runners looking to finish, rather than chasing a time.

  • 2016
    • Average Time of non-affiliated runners: 02:00:11
    • Average Time of affiliated runners: 01:55:35
  • 2015
    • Average Time of non-affiliated runners: 01:58:24
    • Average Time of affiliated runners: 01:53:25
In both years the runners associated with clubs or groups are on average 5 minutes faster than those that are not.

Male versus Female Runners

The increase in the number of finishers over the past 10 years has been heavily driven by more women entering the race. In 2007, 32% of the total finishers were women (just under 800). In 2016, 41% of the total finishers were women (just under 2,900).


Finishers from Groups and Clubs

Finally, for a bit of fun, here's the list of the running groups and clubs with the most amount of finishers this year. I'm not going to compare times here, because really that would be done as a team event, so a bit unfair to retrospectively do it. Here are the top participant clubs/groups:

Top 10 Athletics Clubs

Top 3 Running Groups

Monday, 26 September 2016

Weekend Races 30th Sep - 2nd Oct 2016

Races This Weekend -  20 races so far! Where are you Running?



                                                                                                                               

FEATURE RACE - CORK TO COBH

This week the feature race of the weekend is the long running Cork BHAA road race, the Cork to Cobh 15 Mile.


The route comes out from Cork via the Lower Glanmire Road, taking in the scenic coastal route to Cobh Harbour. It's a pretty flat course, with a hill climb into Cobh, and then a lovely run downhill to the finish in Cobh Town. Entries, just €15 are available via the link below, or a limited amount for €20 on the morning.



                                                                                                                                

Here's the list of running races on by county this coming weekend. If there are any that I've missed, just chat a message below and I'll update.


Connaught

Galway
Saturday 1st - Run Galway Bay - 10K / Half Marathon / Marathon

Sligo
Friday 30th - Ballymote Firefly - Night Mile / Team 5K


Leinster
Dublin
Saturday 1st - Simon Fun Run - 5Mile

Kilkenny
Sunday 2nd - Run Conahy - 5K/10K

Longford
Sunday 2nd - Lough Ree Monster Road Race - 4Mile / 10K

Carlow
Saturday 1st - Newtown NS Fun Run - 5K

Sunday 2nd - Hacketstown NS, Break for the Border - 5K / 10K

Meath
Sunday 2nd - Boyne Valley Pink Ribbon Run - 10K


Munster
Kerry
Saturday 1st - Spin South West, Sandstorm - 5K (adventure race)

Limerick
Saturday 1st - Carebright 10K

Cork
Friday 30th - VHI Lust for Life - 5K

Saturday 1st - Rosscarbey Steam Engine - 5K

Sunday 2nd - Cork to Cobh - 15Mile

Waterford
Sunday 2nd - West Waterford AC - Open Cross Country

Tipperary
Sunday 2nd - Canicross Ireland National & Provincial Championships - Dog Running


Ulster
Armagh
Saturday 1st - Run for Austism, H.A.N.D. - 10Mile / Half Marathon

Monaghan
Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd - Monaghan Phoenix AC - Half Marathon / Full Marathon / Back to Back Marathons

Tyrone
Saturday 1st - Jog around the Bog - 10K

Saturday 1st - St Enda's, Omagh Road Race - 5Mile

Derry
Sunday 2nd - Marty Gallagher - 5K