Summer Success

BHAA Garda 5k (5th July)

Congratulations to our athletes who ran the Cork BHAA Garda 5k in Mahon on Wednesday 5th July. Chris O’Reilly’s time was not counted as he was one of the three first runners sent the wrong way, however he still ran a great race. Well done also to Brian O’Callaghan, Helen Walsh (4th FO40), Adil Cahit Ansaroglu, Rachel O’Callaghan, Niamh Sheehan, Mary O’Halloran, Margaret Murphy, Yvonth Gough & Sheila O’Mahony.

Old Head of Kinsale (9th July)

What a beautiful day it was on Sunday 9th July for the Old Head of Kinsale 7km race. Congratulations to club mates who took part; Andrew Maher, who was 4th person over the line, Brian Maher (9th), Padraig O’Herlihy, Bernard Coleman, Valerie Hennessy with her son Cian and Kathryn Salter with her son Will. Great to see such participation by everyone in the summer races. Well done all.

BHAA Dell EMC 4 Mile Road Race (13th July)

On Thursday 13th July, 10 of our athletes completed the BHAA Dell EMC 4 Mile road race. Chris O’Reilly had a great race and was 7th person over the line (21:40). Congratulations to Brian Maher, Helen Walsh who was first female O40 and Rachel O’Callaghan who was 3rd female O40. Both Helen and Rachel are consistently placing in their categories in the BHAA races this year. Well done also to  Bernard Coleman, Padraig O’Herlihy, Mary O’Halloran, John O’Callaghan, Frank Linehan who was 2nd in the O65 category, Fergus O’Halloran and Margaret Murphy. See full results HERE

Margaret, Mary, Yvonne, John, Fergus, Padraig & Bernard at the Dell 4 Mile Road Race, 13th July 2017

Carrigtwohill 5k (19th July)

The Carrigtwohill Charity 5k took place on Wednesday 19th July. There were cooler temperatures in comparison to previous days, a welcome respite for the participants. Great running by Brian Maher, Robert Cahill (new club member), Frank Linehan, Colin McTaggart and Kevin Moore. Full results HERE.

Brian Maher at the Carrigtwohill 5k

Munster Mountain Running Association Rochestown Woods Trail Run (19th July)

This year 81 runners took part in the 5.6km trail race in Rochestown Woods near Cork City. Gavin Roche, Helen Walsh and Mary Beth Ryan took part. While familiar territory due to the Fit4Life group training in the woods on occasion, the route took a different direction their training runs. These races are challenging and exhilarating all at once, given the terrain. Congratulations to Gavin, Helen and Mary Beth for flying the Togher AC flag and for really good running.

Garryvoe 5k Road Race (21st July)

Padraig O’Herlihy was Togher AC’s sole representative the inaugural Garryvoe 5k road race on Friday 21st July. Padraig ran a personal best and super time of 22:48 despite the hilly route. Padraig’s training is going so well and his times are improving with each race. An inspiration to all Fit4Lifers he is!!

Run Killarney Half Marathon

Helen Walsh, Mary Beth Ryan and Robert Woulfe ran the Killarney half marathon on Saturday 22nd July. Helen Walsh ran a blinder in a time of 01:35:33 and was the 8th woman over the line and 3rd in the O40 category. Mary Beth Ryan also had a super race with a personal best of 01:46:57.  Robert had a fantastic run and completed the race in 01:56:17. Congratulations to you all.

Mary Beth Ryan & Helen Walsh at Run Killarney

Many more races to come over the rest of the summer. Keep running everyone! 🙂

Munster Juveniles take to the Podium

The Munster U14-U19 Outdoor Track & Field Championships took place over the weekend of Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th June 2017 in Cork Institute of Technology.

Chris O’Reilly had an excellent race taking first place in the U17 3000m in 9:19.92.  Pictured below is Chris as Munster Champion. Well done to Chris and to coach Steve Macklin.

Chris O’Reilly, Munster Champion, U17 3000m

In her second Munster Championships, Aisling O’Shaughnessy (U15) had a 7 second PB in the 2000m race walking competition. Aisling finished in a superb second place in 12:35.59. Congratulations to Aisling and coaches Frank Doherty and Dave O’Keeffe.

Aisling O’Shaughnessy (U15) in the 2000m race walking competition in which she won a silver medal.

Sean Fouhy is in cracking form and he had a fantastic second place finish in the U19 800m race. Sean finished in 2:07.28 supported by his coach Doc Doherty. Well done Sean and Doc.

Sean Fouhy (U19) Silver Medal in the 800m.

In the U18 Javelin Throw 700gr, Kevin Jelenak had a fantastic third place finish in 45.61m. Congratulations to Kevin and to his coach Denise Murphy.

Kevin Jelenak on the podium having won bronze in the Javelin Throw U18.

Sally Naughton was fourth in the U19 400m sprint under the guidance of Mr. John Hayes. Chris, Aisling, Sean, Kevin and Sally all qualify for the Nationals and we will be cheering them all on in their endeavours. Well done to all.

Matthew McCarthy had a very good race and ran a PB in the 800m and finished 6th, 2:11.09. Michael Cullinane and James Cuddigan ran in the U15 800m race. They had two solid races and came in 9th and 11th place. Conor Higgins took on the U16 200m sprint and placed 14th. Congratulations on your performances, everyone in Togher AC is very proud of you.

Full results are available on the Munster Athletics website HERE

Cork City Marathon 2017

If there was one occasion in the calendar year that gathers all senior club members together in numbers, it would be the annual Cork City Marathon. This year was no exception with 11 marathon, 19 half marathon and 20 relay team members registered to run for Togher AC on Sunday 4th June.

Full Marathon Runners & First Leg Relay Teams

Those who ran the full marathon were Steven Macklin, Seamus Sweeney, Barry Sheehan, Darren Hough, Patrick O’Connell, Rory McCarthy, Frank Linehan, Andrew Barrett, Yvonne Gough, Aisling Parkes & Amelie O’Brien. Pictured above are also the first leg relay team members Andrew Maher, Marianne Hasslette, Dan McCarthy & Colman McCarthy.

It was a great sight to see so many Togher AC singlets running, not least because the ladies were sporting their new singlets, which certainly past the test on the day. There were still many more members involved in the marathon relay teams running for their work places and for charities, credit to them also for their efforts in the race.

Half Marathon Runners

The Half Marathon runners for Togher AC were David Barrett, Cal McCarthy, Marjorie Lynch, Shirley Twomey, Yvonne Walsh, Mary Beth Ryan, Mary Clancy, Padraig O’Herlihy, Helen Walsh (pacer extraordinare), Bernard Coleman, Mary O’Halloran, Fergus O’Halloran, Fiona McTaggart, Mary Noonan, John O’Callaghan, Margaret Murphy, Gillian Murphy, Michael Dwane and Mairin O’Keeffe.

Everyone ran so well with incredible times by some, personal bests by others and with still more having ran their longest distance working up from zero not so long ago. We had three Fit4Life relay teams (supported by Cork Sports Partnership) and one competitive male team.

Fit4Life Relay Teams Leg 2. Miriam O’Donoghue, Valerie Hennessy & Noreen Murphy.

Our men did us proud by achieving a super 4th place in the relay team competition. Phenomenal running by the youngest team member, Andrew Maher, who ran the first leg,  and also from Brian O’Callaghan, Eric Browne, Dave O’Keeffe (who flew in from Scotland for the weekend) and Ian Tivy. A fantastic result and well deserved.

Three of the five man Relay Team who came 4th; Dave O’Keeffe, Eric Browne & Brian O’Callaghan. Missing are Andrew Maher & Ian Tivy.

Support is always great for Cork City Marathon and it is very much appreciated by the runners. Club members not running were out in force cheering and giving a welcomed boost along the way.

Fit4Life Relay Teams Leg 3. Claire Dunne, Jim O’Neill (Guest) & Louise Murphy.

Thanks to everyone who went to such efforts to support and also to Aidan and Kristine Hartnett who took photographs along the route.

Fit4Life Relay Teams Leg 4. Kate Hourihan, Barry O’Connell & Neasa de Burca (Guest).
Fit4Life Relay Teams Leg 5. Norma Kelleher & Mairéad O’Sullivan (Missing Liz Doyle).

Congratulations to everyone involved from the club, running for Togher AC or not, as the case may be in the relay teams, and especially also to coaches Frank Doherty, Doc Doherty and Denise Murphy. It was a super day for Cork city and well done to those who organised the event. Thank you to the stewards along the route who were so helpful, some of whom were also club members. The support and camaraderie in the city was touching and even overwhelming at times. Enjoy the slideshow of photographs below.

Turn the volume up loud 😉

Results and more photos are available on the Cork Running Blog HERE