What attracted me and 250 others to Ballincollig parkrun?

As part of Ballincollig’s parkrun, the club asked club member Mairead Aherne to write a few lines.

A year ago doing the Parkrun would have been something I thought I could never do – me running 5km?.....but now it’s turned into a passion and something I know I can’t do without. No matter what the weather or how tired I’m feeling before the run on an early damp wintry Saturday morning – it can’t come close to comparing to the afterglow effect your body feels for the entire day – it sets you up right, clears your head and gives you the energy to enjoy your weekend. Running is such a convenient way to keep fit – you can do it anywhere as long as you have your gear – and you can go out and run for as long or as short as you like…..but what’s extra special about the Park runs is that you get to do it with friends and they take place around Ireland in many different locations, so even if you’re going off for a weekend break somewhere you may still be able to get in your Parkrun fix – for example I often take part in the Malahide Parkrun when I visit my sister in Dublin.

I think it’s the simplicity of it & it’s free. Plus, it’s a great way of keeping fit.I also have gotten to know so many people from this event.
Just turn up 09.30 am at Ballincollig Park, a convenient location with ample parking.  Wonderful Volunteers and great signage along the route.  

The same 5km route every week, brings your own bar code race number and away we go!.The best ideas are often the "why didn't I think of that ones? . A few weeks ago I turned up one Saturday morning! It was mild.  My feet were cold even after the warm up. There were a few runners dotted around the grounds? Will this take off? I thought?

Then,15 minutes before in "Field of Dreams” style, they came, from all corners of the park.   250 People or so lined up.  The course is two loops with a small incline to negotiate.  Everyone runs well & tries to get a Personal Best. 

The pre-race announcements were clear and sufficient.  When you get used to the course, times will improve. Like Forrest Gump’s box of chocolates, the parkrun has something for every runner, whether a fast walk, jog, time trial, or PB (personal best)

It’s a Fun Free Enjoyable event. 

Juvenile Training

9 years +

Athletes of all abilities welcome.

Monday 6:30-7:30 PM CIT Athletics Track
Thursday 7-8pm Colásite Choilm

Ballincollig AC have the use of indoor and outdoor training facilities at Monday and Thursday training sessions. 

The club organise additional training sessions on Tuesdays for secondary school students.  This sessions is open to club members only. 

Training is suitable for athletes born 2007 and older.  Younger athletes are welcome to attend but must attend with guardian/parent.  

Workshops & Coaching Courses

Please confirm date & start time with workshop/course organiser.



The first date of the Cork County Athletics Board, Technical Coaching Sessions is the 30th Sept, 2-4pm CIT Athletics Track.  The meeting point is the equipment shed, opposite the main stand and each session costs €5. 

The sessions are open to athlete born 2008 & older for hurdles, shot put, high jump and 2007 & older for Discus, javelin and hammer.  

Beginners are welcome in the shot putt and hurdles.  Satuday 30th Sept,  14th Oct,  28th Oct,  11th Nov,  25th Nov & 9th Dec. 

New club members must be registered with the club prior to attending the training session.  Both Juvenile and senior/master athletes can attend the trianing sessions.

 Ballincollig AC Fit4Life

Fit4Life Winter Training Oct-Dec 2017
Tuesdays 7-8pm 
Meeting point Front Door of Supernova, Link Road, Ballincollig.
New members of all abilities are welcome to join, ring 087 1436121 (after 4pm)  
Additional Training sessions are organised through the clubs WhatsApp group

Club members meet at different locations during the week for runner led training session.  

Text/ring the club mobile 087 1436121 after 4pm if you are interested in finding out more info about club training.  New members are welcome to try 2 training sessions before joining.

Training session is suitable for beginners, joggers and runners.  New members are welcome to try two training sessions before joining.