Ballycotton “10”- A Sad Farewell

We bid a sad farewell to the classic race, run by classy people. Like our own ethos, it was a race set up by runners for runners. It was the standout race for us to be associated with. Using a simple formula of runners first and all else second, they set up an unrivalled race. Read More

Mark’s Blog (Rose of Tralee 10km)

After nearly 9 months of no racing due to a few set backs, I finally got a bit of uninterrupted and solid training in. So last Sunday, August 20th, I took a trip down to Kerry to race in the Rose of Tralee 10km. It was a wet and windy start to the morning but Read More

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

Mark’s Blog (Waterford Half Marathon)

Last Saturday week I completed my 4th half marathon of my running career and I am noticing each one is getting easier both physically and mentally as I keep getting stronger. ‘Waterford Half Marathon’ was scheduled in early December 2015 but was cancelled due to the floods. This may have been a blessing for me Read More

Mark’s Blog (Berlin Marathon 2015)

Two weeks have passed since my first marathon in Berlin. Here is a recap of how it went. The morning of the race was cool and crisp, perfect racing conditions. I was up at 5am, had my usual breakfast and headed to the start line at 7.30am on the bus with the other athletes. I Read More

Mark’s Blog (One Week Countdown)

One week to go and I am making sure all the boxes will be ticked before the start of the Berlin Marathon on the 27th September 2015. Training: I have done the 120 mile weeks incident free and I am well into my taper now so the most important box will be ticked on the Read More

Mark’s Blog (‘Ballycotton 5’)

The ‘Ballycotton 5′ is steeped in tradition and with winners throughout the years such as Liam O’ Brien, Donie Walsh, Ray Treacy and Marcus O’ Sullivan, to name a few, I was looking forward to testing myself in this historic race. Throughout the years my season would usually be finished by the end of August Read More

Mark’s Blog (Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon)

Last Sunday I ran the Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon which doubled up as the Athletics Ireland National Championships. This was the second one of my career. An early start of 8.30 meant a 5am alarm but I had booked a hotel close to the start line so used the distance to get there as Read More

Guest Blogger Laura Crowe (Nike Zoom Victory 2 Track Spikes)

Mark won’t need his track spikes for a while with his marathon training so he asked me to help him out with this week’s blog on the “Nike Zoom Victory 2” track spikes. I have been a big fan of Nike spikes right back as far as my community games days, 20 years ago, in Read More

Mark’s Blog (Nike Pegasus 32)

I have been lucky enough to get my hands on the newly released Nike Pegasus 32 and took them out on my 20 mile progression run this morning. As a previous Nike Pegasus wearer and fan, I was interested in trying these out. This neutral cushioned shoe just keeps getter lighter at 9.7 oz and Read More

Mark’s Blog (John Buckley Sports 5k result)

    Over 900 runners turned out on a beautiful mild evening for Corks super flat and fast ‘John Buckley 5k’ in association with the BHAA. The atmosphere was fantastic from early on before the 8pm start and as I jogged around on my warm up I had a feeling it was going to be Read More

Mark’s Blog (John Buckley Sports 5k)

Preparations for the John Buckley Sports 5k which takes place on Tuesday the 26th May 2015, are well under way. This is probably the flattest and fastest 5k course in Cork. The start is on the Centre Park Road. You then run down about half a mile and at the roundabout take a sharp left Read More

Mark’s Blog (Nike Zoom Elite 7s)

For the last six weeks I have been trying out the new Nike Zoom Elite 7s. I have been averaging 100 miles a week, including 3 intense sessions and 20 mile long runs. The Elites 7s have best of both worlds. They are light enough to do tempo, hill and track sessions and substantial enough Read More

Mark’s Blog (Marathon Training part 2)

Outside of your long run you should have at least two key sessions. Hill sessions This usually consisting of 20 to 40 minutes of up hill running. Finding a good gradient hill and running for between 60 seconds and 3 minutes up the hill. Make sure it’s not too steep and concentrate on your form Read More

Mark’s Blog (Marathon Training part 1)

The long run is such a crucial part of a distance runners training. It plays such a large part in the success or failure of the race. When training for the marathon, there are two types of long runs. First of all, the long steady run. In this run you simply go out for a Read More

Mark’s Blog (Mallow 10)

On Sunday 22nd of March I ran my second 10 miler of the year “Mallow 10”. It was a perfect day for racing, sunny with a light breeze. In this race I had the company of the Garmin 620 GPS watch. I normally don’t wear a GPS watch training or racing but since getting this Read More

Mark’s Blog(Bath Half Marathon)

On Sunday the 1st of March I ran my first half Marathon in Bath, just outside Bristol. It was a very cold and windy morning, which was to be expected for this time of the year. I have been gearing my training towards this for the last few months, and in preparation I got myself Read More

Mark’s Blog

  Hi, my name is Mark and I am a long distance runner working for John Buckley Sports in Cork city. I will be writing a blog about training and also I will be trying out and reviewing different running products.  Next week I will be reviewing the Nike Zoom Streak 5 racing shoe. Also if Read More