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:







Cork, Cobh & Cross Country

Cross Country season kicked off in Riverstick today, Sunday 1st October, with the Cork Athletics Novice Under 23 and Juvenile even-age Cross Country Championships. This weeks rain caused the underfoot conditions to be somewhat slippery. Togher AC held their own however, with some fine performances. There were juveniles and seniors who ran their first cross country races, so well done to them for surviving this very muddy introduction.

An outstanding performance by Evan Byrne who won the novice men’s race and the U23 men’s race. Evan was leader in our senior men’s team who snatched 2nd place. Congratulations to Evan, to Ian Tivy (5th), Dave Barrett (11th) and Jeff Casey (17th) for this super achievement. Well done also to Craig Harrington, Mike Colohan and Barry Sheehan for very strong performances in the novice men’s race.


The novice women’s team had an great 4th place finish, with impressive performances by Eimear O’Brien (13th), Rachel O’Callaghan (19th), Marjorie Lynch (24th), Marianne O’Connell (30th) and Shirley Twomey (34th).

The under 18 girls were 3rd team in their race. Congratulations to Megan O’Regan, Katie Olden, Fiona Byrne and Savni Kajlar for giving it their all.

Sean O’Connell was our sole representative in the U16 boys race and he had a fine 8th place finish. Well done Sean. The under 16 girls team were 1st and congratulations to Robin Farraher, Katie McSweeney, Aoibheann McSweeney and Jennifer Daly for their efforts in the race.

Congratulations to Cian Twomey our U14 year old representative; U12 boys, Tadhg Howe, Cael Cogan, Lorcan de Burca, Jack Hegarty and Peter Mullane; U12 girls Anna Fitzgerald and Edel O’Sullivan; U10 boys Darren O’Connell and Shane O’Shaughnessy and Kate McCarthy (U10 girls) who did us proud out there today. Fantastic achievement to compete in this challenging discipline.

Thank you to coaches Mr. Hayes, Frank Doherty. Doc Doherty and Aidan Hartnett for their hard work, to volunteers and parents involved in Little Athletics.

Full results HERE

BHAA Cork to Cobh 15 Mile Road Race

The annual Cork to Cobh 15 mile road race took place also on Sunday 1st October. Some Togher AC members who took part used this as their training run in preparation for Budapest, Dublin and Tenerife Marathons. For others, it was their first time running fifteen miles, in a bid to extend their distance above half marathon.

Tony Kelleher, in his usual style ran a superb race, winning his category (O45) and coming 7th place overall.


Congratulations to Tony O’Sullivan (1:46), Patrick O’Mahony, Mary O’Halloran, Yvonne Walsh, John O’Callaghan, Mags Murphy, Claire Dunne, Mary Noonan and Michelle Nelson who all put in trojan work to complete the run. Thank you to coaches Frank Doherty, Doc Doherty, to the organisers and volunteers involved in the day.

See results and photos as they are posted HERE

0-5k, 9 Week Beginner Training Programme – Starts October 24th!

Join us for our beginner training programme that will bring you from 0 to 5k over the course of 9 weeks.

Leaders will support you every step of the way! We will train together on Tuesday evenings and the programme will consist of two more training sessions, so three in total each week.

Participants can join forces  in smaller groups if it suits for the second and third training sessions, as it’s always easier to train in a group.

The cost is €30 and it covers membership of Togher AC for 2017, insurance with Athletics Ireland and entry into the Togher AC 5k on 31st December! You can pay online on our membership page, please select the ‘0-5k Oct 2017’ option HERE

Contact Claire at clairecdunne@gmail.com or 086 8241504 to sign up.