The John Buckley Sports Cork Half-Marathon promoted by St Finbarr's has certainly stood the test of time, the 24th annual event taking place at Blarney on Sunday.
A brilliant front-running performance by Alan O'Shea saw the Bantry doctor first across the line in 1:06.59.
After disposing of the early challenge of Philip Harty – recent winner of the Longford Half-Marathon – O'Shea continued to increase his lead and finished with almost two minutes in hand over Harty (1:08.52).
A great battle for third saw Cathal O'Connell of the promoting club, now in the M50 category, belie his age when getting away from Ruairi O'Donnell over the last 100m to finish nine seconds ahead in 1:22.05.
Emma Murphy, also St Finbarr's, retained her women's title after early leader Carmel Crowley from Bandon faded dramatically on the return journey of the out-and-back course.
Murphy, like men's winner O'Shea, is aiming for October's Dublin Marathon, and her 1:22.09 was three seconds faster than last year.
Her clubmate Ann-Marie Holland took second in 1:22.55 with Martina O'Dwyer from Carrick-on-Suir third in 1:24.07 as Crowley eventually struggled home fourth in 1:25.34.
O'SULLIVAN SPINS IN TO SURPRISE RUNNERS AT GREENVILLE 5K
One of the last evening races of the season, the Greenville 5k, took place in aid of the Cork Association for Autism at Carrigtwohill, attracting around 236 runners
There was a surprise guest to add to the occasion as Sonia O'Sullivan, out for a spin on her bike, turned up at the start and duly obliged by sending the runners on their way.
Mark Hanrahan of Leevale was an unopposed winner, coming home in 14.57.
After missing the latter part of the track season due to injury, Hanrahan was pleased with his run.
"The first mile and last mile were very tough. I now hope to get ready for the cross-country season with the Europeans in December the main aim," he said.
Michelle Kenny of Midleton took the honours in the women's race in 19.14. Roisin Ronayne and Orla Hallahan at the Green-ville 5k. John Walshe
In a summer of celebrated accomplishments by Cork athletes, three who experienced success at a high level were recently honoured with Cork City Sports Athletic Person of the Months Awards.
Ray Walsh, a pupil at Davis College in Mallow, received the May award for winning the Intermediate Boys 100m and 200m at the Aviva/Munster Schools T&F Championships in respective times of 11.03 and 22.66. Ray is a member of the Abbey Striders club where he is coached by Chris O'Regan.
Orla Barry received the June honour for setting an unofficial world record in the F57 category discus at the pre-World IPC meeting at Lyon with a throw of 30.71m.
At the actual IPC World Championships, the Leevale athlete improved her best throw to 31.08m. This won her the silver in the F57/58 grouping as well as setting another world record in her own F57 category.
The July award went to Louise Shanahan, also of Leevale, who took 800m gold at the European Youth Olympics Games in Utrecht, Holland. The 16-year-old came with a late run to claim first in a PB of 2:08.75.
SIGN UP FOR HISTORIC RETURN OF STEEPLE RACE IN DONERAILE
THIS COMING SATURDAY, A RATHER UNUSUAL RACE TAKES PLACE IN DONERAILE, NORTH CORK.
Borrowing from its history as the location of the first-ever steeplechase, the Doneraile SteepleRace 5k will be run between the two local churches and respective steeples – although on this occasion, participants will be glad to hear there are no jumps involved.
In addition to taking in the town, the course will also pass through some of the landmark features of Doneraile Park.
Organised by Awbeg AC, it starts at 11am and entries will be taken at the Protestant Church up to 10.45am. The fee is just €5 with an additional €5 for the barbecue that follows.
There are cash prizes and further details can be had from Brian Stack at 086 2506932.