5k Road Race Awash with Support

It may have been a day for ducks, but the participants, volunteers and supporters at our annual 5k road race truly demonstrated their commitment to the sport. 575 runners took to the streets around Togher on New Year’s Eve, 31st December 2017, running their hearts out. Our Competitions Secretary, Tony Kelleher, did some number crunching; the analysis of the 5k results over the last five years can be found at the end of this post.

Thank you

Togher AC would like to thank every one of the 575 runners and also those who registered online before the race and who could not make it on the day itself. Proceeds from the road race, are split equally between our partner charity Cork Mental Health Foundation & Housing Association and our club. This year each organisation will receive €4167 each in proceeds from the race. We are thrilled with this outcome and will ensure our share of the money goes to good use towards general club running costs.

We appreciate the continued support of our main sponsor, Ryans of Togher SuperValu and to all of our Technical Top Sponsors who are; Rembrandts Hair, Beauty and Nail Salon; Kiely Solicitors; KPMG; Barry Sheehan Paintors and Decorators; The Lough Credit Union; Donatellos; Lee Motorcycles; Centra Togher and Moynihans Pharmacy. No doubt the log sleeve top will be worn by many in the months to come.

Click on each photo below

  • Road Race Launch at Ryan's of Togher, SuperValu Road Race Launch at Ryan's of Togher, SuperValu
  • The Lough Credit Union The Lough Credit Union
  • Lee Motorcycles Lee Motorcycles
  • Kiely Solicitors Kiely Solicitors
  • Donatellos Donatellos
  • Barry Sheehan Painters & Decorators Barry Sheehan Painters & Decorators
  • Rembrandts Hair, Beauty & Nail Salon Rembrandts Hair, Beauty & Nail Salon


Thank you to our superb organising committee, especially two men who are the main organisers of the event, Aidan Hartnett, the incredible man who pulls it all together and Brendan McCarthy, from Cork Mental Health, who oversees the technical side of things.

Thank you to the amazing volunteers who helped prepare for the event and on the day, including our Little Athletes; Cork Mental Health employees and volunteers; Togher Community Association, especially Niall McCarthy; and Togher Boys School, especially Pat; the Guards and St. John’s Ambulance personnel. Thank you also to the photographers, who do trojan work for us all at each and every race through the year. 

Results & Photographs

View a selection of photos on our FB page HERE

Congratulations to the 2017 winners:
1 David Fox (SM) 15:56 – Leevale AC
2 Eric Curran (SM) 16:07 – Leevale AC
3 Mark Walsh (SM) 16:14 – Leevale AC

17 Aoife Cooke (SF) 17:14 – Youghal AC
23 Anna Reddin (SF) 17:27 – Crusaders AC
30 Siobhra O’Flaherty (F40) 17:47

And to the category winners:
10 Kieran McKeown (M40) 16:43 – Watergrasshill AC
7 Michael Harrington (M45) 16:37 – Durras AC
46 Ken Devine (M50) 17:22 – St. Finbarrs AC
122 Stephen Chrysanthou (M55) 20:46 – Eagle AC
58 Michael Murphy (M60) 18:55 – St. Finbarrs AC
272 John Walshe (M65) 24:23
119 Richard Piotrowski (M70) 20:42 – Eagle AC

52 Teresa Murphy (F40) 18:47
168 Stephanie Johnson (F45) 22:07
166 Lisa Boland (F50) 22:03 – Eagle AC
234 Joan Hough (F55) 23:34 – Midleton AC
106 Carmel Parnell (F60) 20:19 – Leevale AC
484 Mary Linehan (F65) 30:28

Full results and photos on: Cork Athletics and Cork Running Blog

Road Race Statistics

Total finishers Togher 5k

  • 2013: 288
  • 2014: 321
  • 2015: 289
  • 2016: 433
  • 2017: 575

Male Winners

  • 2013: Cathal O’Donovan, St Finbarrs, 15:15 (CR)
  • 2014: Sergiu Ciobanu, Clonliffe Harriers, 15:17
  • 2015: Mark O’Sullivan, Bandon, 16:09
  • 2016: James McCarthy, East Cork, 15:26
  • 2017: David Fox, Leevale, 15:56

Female Winners

  • 2013: Niamh Roe, St Finbarrs, 17:40
  • 2014: Teresa Doherty, Finn Valley, 16:42
  • 2015: Lizzie Lee, Leevale, 16:40
  • 2016: Shona Heaslip, An Riocht, 16:27(CR)
  • 2017: Aoife Cooke, Youghal, 17:14

See the detailed results for each year on the following excel spreadsheets: