Mark Hanrahan’s Blog

Mark’s Blog (Stability Shoes)

Whether you are a walker or an elite runner your shoes are a vital tool to help get you to where you want to be. With such a huge range of brands and types of shoes, I have narrowed down a selection of our biggest selling stability shoes to help you find the correct one Read More

Mark’s Running Blog (Road Racing Shoes)

The most important tool for any athlete is their shoes, whether it is track and field, road racing or just running. With such a large variety of shoes on the market it can be hard to determine which one is the right one for you for racing. I compiled a list of racing shoes to Read More

Mark’s Blog (National Cross Country Championships 2016)

Last Sunday I competed in the National Cross Country Championships and European Cross Country trials on the new purpose build course in Abbotstown, Dublin. Having not raced in a while and with a big block of Winter training behind me I was looking forward to getting out there. Perfect weather conditions and just the overall Read More

Mark’s Blog (Cork Senior Cross Country Championships 2016)

Last Sunday I won my 7th Cork Senior Cross Country title. My first one was back in 2005 in Ballymartle at the age of 20. Fellow Leevaler Tony O’Leary also won 7 in the 80’s. This was my first cross country race in 2 years as last year I was coming off my first marathon Read More

Mark’s Blog (Summer Races 2016)

After a tough day at the European Half Marathon Championships in Amsterdam where I disappointingly failed to finish I felt I needed something a bit shorter to get me back on track. I was in good shape leading into Amsterdam so I knew I could use that over the next few months. I did a Read More

Mark’s Blog (John Buckley 5K Results)

Last Tuesday the John Buckley 5K in association with the BHAA took place and with about 850 runners toeing the line it was a great success. The evening was amazing which led to some quick times. The first mile was fast in 4.36 so the group of 4 was on for a good pace from Read More

Mark’s Blog (John Buckley Sports 5k)

The John Buckley Sports 5k in association with the BHAA will be held this Tuesday 31st May 2016. The course has changed slightly this year but should still be a quick affair. The race starts at the usual point on Centre Park Road and takes the first left after about half a mile at the Read More

Mark’s Blog (Rotterdam Marathon)

Last weekend I completed my second marathon in Rotterdam. Preparation went very well and could feel that I had gained more strength this time from my ability to handle sessions and long runs at pace. I had also stayed injury free since the few hiccups after Berlin. We felt I was capable of at least Read More

Mark’s Blog (Ballycotton ’10’)

I raced the Ballycotton ’10’ last Sunday and although it was misty and cold I really enjoyed the buzz of this historic event. We travelled down together as a club and we were kindly looked after by a very generous Leevale family, who opened up their house to us on this wintery day. I couldn’t Read More

Ballycotton 10

On Sunday 6th of March at 1.30pm the running of the 39th Ballycotton 10 mile road race takes place in the scenic East Cork town of Ballycotton. The historic race is steeped in history, with some of Irelands greatest ever distance runners competing in the race over the years. Athletes such as Ray Treacy, Jerry Read More