Clonakilty Road Runners AC
Clonakilty Road Runners AC is an athletics club based in Clonakilty in west Cork. We began running together in 2010, and we have grown to become one of the most successful athletics clubs in the region. Catering for male and female athletes of all abilities, we have a membership of over 120, mixed almost evenly between juveniles and adults.
Achievements in 2014
The results throughout the year of our members have been fantastic. From our first time first place runners, our team coming first in the Courtmacsherry 10k, through to our achievement at being the top club in Cork in the National Marathon championships, we are consistently punching above our weight.
We have had runners wearing our colours in all corners of the country, in fact all corners of the world, one of our athletes even wearing the green and red while having the honour of being the flag bearer for Ireland at the New York Marathon.
Manchester is soon to be invaded by Clonakilty Road Runners, a large contingent already signed up for Manchester Marathon on 19th April next.
One of our growth areas as a club has been the involvement of our members in the various championship races. Cross country was well attended this year. In all we attended 10 team events. The return? We were first as noted in the Courtmachserry 10k, Second in the West Cork XC championships, 6th in the Cork Senior Men’s cross country and 9th in the National Marathon Championships. This 9th place meant we were the highest placed Cork club in the National championships, ahead of the traditional powerhouses of Cork Athletics. This achievement was the result of many great performers among our 26 strong contingent on the day, chief among them Kenneth O Regan with a superb time of 2 hours and 40 minutes, a time which meant he was 8th in Ireland in 2014.
We are also heavily involved in the creation and running of the very popular parkrun initiative in Clonakilty. This is a free timed 5k run / walk held every Saturday morning at the Showgrounds in Clonakilty. The target for this initiative is getting the local community fit and active in a pleasant social environment. It is open to all levels and has been very well supported by the public since its inception in January of 2014. This was made possible by collaborating with the Show Grounds Society and the Cork Sports Partnership.

We successfully created and organized our own championship race in Clonakilty on Easter Monday in 2014. Huge participation and great community spirit meant that this event was supported by the running community throughout Ireland and was very well received.
One of our most significant achievements throughout the year has been our growth in the Juvenile club. Each Friday evening, we have over 50 children of all ages participating in organized athletic games at our training bases. In winter, this takes place at the convent grounds in Clonakilty and in summer at the Showgrounds.