Sunday, April 26, 2015

Kerry...Results of the Dingle 10k - Sat 25th Apr 2015

175 runners turned out for this 10k race in Dingle

1 TOMMY O'BRIEN    An riocht    M    37:02
3 Evan SCOTT        An riocht    M    37:35
12 Siobhan DALY        Gneeveguilla AC    F    42:50
21 SARAH DEVANE            F    45:29
22 Michelle NÍ CHONCHÚIR            F    45:36

The full results can be seen HERE

Tipperary...Results of the Faugheen 5k road race - Fri 24th Apr 2015

The first race in the Outfield Sports 3 Counties Challenge got underway in the village of Faugheen with a field of 162 runners.

Faugheen 5k Winners :
Senior Men : 1. David Mansfield (Garda AC) 15:28 2. Niall Sheil (St. Killians) 15:45 3. Noel Murphy (Waterford AC) 15:49
O/40 ; Martin Monaghan (Slaney Olympic) 16:32
O/45 ; PJ Guinan (West Waterford AC) 17:05
O/50 ; Brendan Cronin (Carrick AC) 18:47
O/55 ; Tom Moroney (West Waterford AC) 20:22
O/60 ; Joe Gough (West Waterford AC) 18:24
Team : Thurles Crokes AC (Patrick Hughes, John Fitzgibbon and John Treacy)

David Mansfield...winner of the 2015 Faugheen 5k race

Senior Ladies : 1. Siobhan O' Doherty (Borrisokane AC) 17:15 2. Claire Annan ( Clonmel AC) 18:28 3. Maedbh Savage (Waterford AC) 19:19
O/35 ; Joan Mahony (Waterford AC) 19:25
O/40 ; Siobhan McHugh (Clonmel AC) 19:29
O/45 ; Catherine Condon (West Waterford AC) 25:02
O/50 ; Maura O' Neill (Carrick AC) 23:05
O/55 ; Bernie Prendergast (West Waterford AC) 22:53
Team : Carrick AC ( Mary Molloy, Ann Cronin, Bernie Sexton)

Siobhan O'Doherty...winner of the 2015 Faugheen 5k race

The full results are available on the Carrick Road Runners website

1) John Murphy photography has a number of photos HERE

From the organisers......Bobby Fitzgerald Accounting Faugheen 5k

The 2015 Three Counties Challenge got off to a flying start on Friday evening when 163 runners lined up for the third annual Faugheen 5k. This race was once again kindly sponsored by Bobby Fitzgerald Accounting, Carrick-on-Suir. The series, which is now in its ninth year, takes in races over 5k to 10k in the three neighbouring counties of Tipperary, Waterford and Kilkenny.

Conditions were perfect as the runners set off from just outside the village on the fast, flat loop traditionally used for the 'Faugheen 50' motorcycle races. Right from the start it was David Mansfield (Garda AC) who led out the field. David maintained his strong pace to come home in a time of 15:28 and add to his recent victory in the Ballinroad 5k. In a close-run battle for the places, it was Niall Sheil (St. Killian's AC) who took the runner-up prize in a time of 15:45, just ahead of Waterford AC athlete, Noel Murphy (15:49). Carrick AC's top finisher in the men's race was Derek Walsh who clocked 17:41 in 21st place.

The ladies' race was won for the second consecutive year by Siobhan O' Doherty (Borrisokane AC) who came home in 17:15, just five seconds off the course record which she set last year. Second place went to Clonmel AC's Claire Annan in 18:28 and Maedbh Savage from Waterford AC took the third prize in 19:19. Mary Molloy was Carrick AC's first finisher in 19:40.

Congratulations to Stephanie Coffey and Thomas Kavanagh who both won a pair of New Balance running shoes in the post-race draw.

Carrick AC would like to thank all who helped to make this event such a resounding success. We are particularly grateful to Bobby Fitzgerald for the generous race sponsorship and to Alan Treacy of Outfield Sports for the continued sponsorship of the series.
Our friends in Carrick-on-Suir Red Cross were once again on hand to provide the vital medical and ambulance back-up and we are once again very grateful to Finola Walsh and the team for their assistance. A big thank you also to all of our race stewards who ensured the safety of all runners along the race route and to the Bartley family for providing parking facilities.
Thanks also to the many volunteers who helped with parking, registration and race results. The post-race refreshments and prize-giving in Flemings Bar were greatly enjoyed by all and thanks to Margaret Fleming for looking after everybody so well.

The second race in the series will be the O' Neill Pharmacy Tom Jordan Memorial road race over 5 miles in Portlaw on Friday, 8th May at the slightly later time of 7:30pm.

Photos : John Murphy Photography

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Tipperary...Results of the Clonmel 6k road race - Wed 22nd Apr 2015

Morrison BMW 6K Road Race 4 Results - Wed 22nd 2015. Organised by Clonmel AC.      
Place    Athlete's Name    Team    Mins    Secs
1    Aaron O Donnell    Carrick Roadrunners    20    24
2    Jimmy Boland     Pulse Logistics    21    7
3    Declan Curley    Boston Scientific B    21    12
21    Dympna Ryan    The Five Counties    23    38
30    Gillian Prendergast    Got the Runs    24    19
31    Aine Roche    Aine Roche Strength and Conditioning    24    24

The full results can be seen HERE

1) Tipperary Photos have a gallery HERE

From the organisers....... The curtain came down on a very successful Morrison BMW Cahir sponsored 6k series last Wednesday night where athletes again had ideal warm weather to run in. Once again we had a fantastic entry of 285 athletes on the final night, a record entry for the final night of the series. The Club would like to thank all the team Captains who were brilliant in getting all their teams out to compete. The Format was Lucky Dip where athletes who finished in pre selected finishing positions won prizes and athletes could also wear watches. The six lucky winners were Larry Martin, Pat O Connor, Ailish Mansfield, David Hogan, Jason Walsh and Eddie Prendergast.

The race was won by Aaron O Donnell in 20 mins 24 secs while the 1st woman was Dymphna Ryan in 23 mins 38 secs.

At the Presentation of Prizes afterwards in Mulcahy's Gladstone Street, Club Chairman, Frank Lynch thanks everyone who helped to make the series such a success, people like Noel Lonergan of Colaiste Cheitinn, the Gardai and the Civil Defence as well as our many Club stewards and officials. He also thanked our sponsors Morrison BMW Cahir and in particular Gary Morrison for their sponsorship over the past four years. He also thanked Paul Mulcahy for providing Post race refreshments and music. Gary Morrison on behalf of the sponsors said they were delighted to be part of what is a very successful event. Indeed it was great to have such a large attendance at the Presentation of the Prizes and it was a very enjoyable night.

Our next big event is the Cahir RUN4Fun 4 miler on this coming Wednesday night in Cahir starting at 7.30pm and athletes can register from 6pm onwards at Morrison BMW Cahir showrooms.

Kerry - Results of the Kerryhead 5k & 10k fun run...Sun 19th Apr 2015

Kerry...Sun 19th (12 noon)...Kerryhead/Ballyheigue Family Resource Centre 5k & 10k fun run/walk

10km Times
1 Donal O Callaghan 34.47 1st overall/1st Male
2 Sean O'Sullivan 35.44 2nd Male
3 Stephen Young 38.2 3rd Male
6 Margaret Carlin 43.44 1st female
9 Ursula Barrett 46.2 2nd Female
11 Ann McGlynn 48.01 3rd Female

Results of the 5k & 10k HERE

Limerick...Results of the Newcastle West 5 mile road race - Fri 17th Apr 2015

This was part of the Feet on the Street Series in Limerick and was organised by West Limerick AC. For whatever reason, there were only 55 runners taking part which is very low for a race like this.

1    0:27:17    GUINA, Ger    West Limerick A C    Men
2    0:27:44    QUINN, Patrick    Ennis Track    Men
3    0:27:59    MC GUIRE, Darragh    Dooneen A C    Men
19    0:35:45    MAC DOMHNAILL, Carmel    West Limerick A C    Masters Women O50
20    0:35:51    MULCAHY, Jean    An Bru AC    Women
23    0:36:41    CLAVIN, Sheila    West Limerick A C    Women

The full results can be seen HERE

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Kerry...Results of the AIB Killarney - Wed 22nd Apr 2015

From the organisers.....(AIB) 5k Schools Fitness Challenge...On Wednesday 22nd of April, over 1000 students took part in the event on a beautiful day in the panoramic Killarney national park in the (AIB) 5k schools fitness challenge hosted by the (South/East Kerry Community Track Group) and St.Brendans College Killarney.

This event was in support of the micro track project on New Road Killarney which has just applied for a grant from sports capital funding.

Many thanks to our sponsor Aib bank and its staff for massive support

Dalys Supervalu Killarney refreshments
Paul Sherry Killarney outlet centre
Order of Malta
Killarney National Park
Deenagh Cottage for hospitality
Irish tv
Press and photographers
Marie Carroll O'Sullivan

Thanks to Colm Cooper and James o Donoghue (AIB) who played a starring role on the day with all students! The race was started by James O'Donoghue and Colm Cooper who are completely behind the community project and anticipating its construction!

The following is the list of participating schools and numbers -
Secondary Schools:
Scoil Phobail Bantry - 4
St Michael's College, Listowel - 11
Ballybunion - 1
Presentation Tralee - 16
Colaiste Ghobnatan, Baile Mhuirne, Co Chorcaigh - 24
Presentation Listowel - 72
St Pats, Castleisland - 43
St Brendan's Killarney - 340
Presentation Killarney - 169
Killarney Community College - 65

Primary Schools:
St Oliver's, Killarney - 60
Cullina NS - 8
Monastery Killarney - 54
Tiernaboul NS - 11
Scoil Bhride, Loreto - 2
Lissivigeen NS, Killarney - 88
Coolick NS - 1
Holy Cross Mercy - 56

Also participating were:
Killarney Youth Reach - 20
St John of God  10
Kerry Parents & Friends 10

In total 21 participating schools and groups

Individual winners -winning time 16.49

1. Darragh McElhinney - Bantry.                        1.  Caoimhe Harrington - Bantry
2. Darragh Browne - Ballybunion                       2.  Lucy McGrath - Pres Tralee
3. Eoghan McElhinney - Bantry.                         3.  Anna Clifford - Pres Killarney

1. Cian Lynch - Lissivigeen.                                1. Kerry Eager - Cullina
2.  Niall Carey - Cuillina.                                      2. Lola Eager - Cullina
3.  David O'Donoghue - Loreto.                          3. Marie Courtney - Lissivigeen

School Winners  -
Pres Listowel - Session with Joe o' Connor
Killarney Community College - Dr Michael Moloney

Lissivigeen and The Monastery both win sessions with Colm Cooper and James O'Donoghue


Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Tipperary notice - Faugheen 5km road race - Fri 25th Apr 2015

The 9th Annual 3 Counties Challenge gets underway on Friday, the 24th of April with the Faugheen 5k road race...a nice flat and fast 5k course in a rural setting.

Directions.......Faugheen is a very small village located to the North of the town of Carrick-on-Suir in S.Tipperary. It is located less than a mile off the R697 road which goes from Carrick-on-Suir to Kilkenny.

If you arrive in Carrick-on-Suir then follow the N24 road. In the centre of the town at the Garda station, take the R697 north. This will be signposted for Kilmaganny.

Keep the park on your right hand side. You then need to take the left at this junction below. Again, it's signposted for Kilmaganny.

From the junction above, it's 3.3 miles / 5.3 kms to the tun off for Faugheen. Look for the left hand turn which is on a wide sweeping bend to the right...

From here, it's about 1 km to Faugheen. Follow the directions for parking.

Entries on the night will be taken at the parish hall which is located next to the church...

Course....The race route is in the shape of a triangle. This is the same route as used by the famous Faugheen 50 Motor bike circuit...
As you can see from the map above, it's basically 1.5 loops of a circuit which is just over two miles in length. The start line is located about 0.9 miles from the village itself, ideal as part of the warm up for the race itself.

A full preview of the course with directions and photos can be seen HERE

Post race refreshments and prize giving at Flemings Pub...

More info from the organisers Carrick Road Runners AC...Carrick on Suir A.C.’s 3 Counties Challenge has firmly established itself in the South East running calendar since its inception in 2007,and the 2015 version is now going into it's Ninth year!  One of the keys to their success has been the mix of good organisation, friendly atmosphere and good after race banter and grub - as well as really good road running courses!

So Friday 24th April will see the Third running of the Faugheen 5Km Road race, kindly sponsored by Bobby Fitzgerald Accountants. This flat course will be held on the famous Faugheen 50 Motor bike circuit in the pretty Tipperary village, and is quickly become a runner’s favourite due to its flat, fast course .

Due to another event in the Village this years Race start is at the early time of 7:00 p.m. and registration will start from 5:30 p.m and End at 6:45p.m..  Entry fee is €10.00, but you can enter the 5 Race Series on the night for €40.00, saving yourself 20% on the series.

Prize details are on the enclosed flyer and this year's co Series Sponsors, and New Balance have come together to have a draw at each race for a pair of Mens and Ladies New Balance Runners (RRP €135) -All non prizing winning participants will be entered.

Looking forward to meeting our Old,and New Running Friends .

Notice...Ballyhoura Mountain Marathon - Sat 2nd May 2015

This 26.2 mile mountain marathon takes place on Saturday the 2nd of May 2015 on the Ballyhoura Mountains on the Cork - Limerick border. The race starts and finishes in the town of Kilfinane and weaves it's way through narrow country roads and up forest trails as it takes in a large loop. Runners usually finish from 4-6 hours, and the walkers coming in anything up to 9 hours.

Saturday 2nd May@9:30am
Pre reg essential
Fully marked course
Showers and meal afterwards
Race T-shirt
Finishers mug

1. The first 200 entered will be accepted.
2. Please note that this year it is PRE ENTRY ONLY.
3. You MUST be a 2015 registered IMRA member to enter.
4. The will handle both the membership and the race registration (you can do this in the one transaction).

The entry fee is €35 and it costs €10 to register with the IMRA for the year.

To enter, go to...

Course Profile...

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Clare...Results of the Kilmurry-Ibrickane GAA 5k run - Sun 19th Apr 2015

Kilmurry Ibrickane Minor GAA Club 5k Road Race and Fun Walk in Quilty Co. Clare Sunday 19 April 2015.

1 16:29    JULIO CESAR F CASTRO,     Kilmurry Ibrickane/North ClareM
2 19:31    JIMMY DOWNES,     Kilmurry Ibrickane/North ClareM
3 19:47    AARON KELLY,     St Marys AC    M
7 21:36    LUCY FLANAGAN,     Kilmurry Ibrickane/North ClareF
11 22:16    AMY SEXTON,     Kilmurry Ibrickane/North ClareF
12 22:48    MAEVE FLANNERY,     Mountshannon    F 

Full results HERE

1) A gallery of photos from James Sexton can be seen HERE

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Waterford...Results of the Butlerstown 4 mile - Fri 17th Apr 2015

1 HARTY Philip West Waterford A.C 39 Senior Male 20:09
2 POWER Trevor Waterford A.C 206 Senior Male 20:29
3 MURPHY Noel Waterford A.C 216 Senior Male 20:45
30 WALSH Adele St. Senans A.C 40 Ladies O/40 24:23
34 HORE Annaleigh Kilmore A.C 92 Senior Ladies 24:28
41 FORRISTAL Sally St Josephs A.C 107 Senior Ladies 24:52

The results can be seen on the West Waterford AC website

Tipperary...Results of the Clonmel 6k race - Wed 15th Apr 2015

There was a huge turnout for the 3rd race in the Morrison BMW 6k series in Clonmel with 316 runners taking part.

Clonmel...Morrison BMW 6K Road Race 3 Results  - 15th Apr 2015     

1    Aaron O Donnell    Carrick Roadrunners    20:31
2    Nigel O Flaherty    Clonmel Premier Physiotherapy    20:53
3    Joey Feery    Lifestyle Sports 1    20:58
15    Claire Annan    Individual    22:26
26    Dympna Ryan    The Five Counties    23:27
35    Siobhan McHugh    MSD Team 3    23:55

The full results can be seen HERE

From Clonmel AC...Great racing in Race 3 of the Morrison BMW Cahir sponsored 6k series
Race 3 of the Morrison BMW Cahir sponsored 6k road race series took place in very good weather conditions tonight and it was brilliant to see 316 athletes compete, a record entry for race 3 of this series. Once again the Club is indebted to Morrison BMW Cahir for their very generous sponsorship.

Competition was very keen throughout all the Divisions and the majority of the final placings were only decided tonight. Indeed great credit must go to all the team Captains for encouraging all their teams to compete and it was just brilliant. In the race itself Aaron O Donnell of the Carrick Road Runners was 1st in 20 mins 31 secs with Nigel O Flaherty (Clonmel Premier Physiotherapy) 2nd in 20 mins 53 secs and Joey Feery (Lifestyle) 3rd in 20 mins 58 secs. The top three women were Claire Annan 1st in 22 mins 26 secs, 2nd Dymphna Ryan (The 5 Counties) 23 mins 27 secs and 3rd Siobhain McHugh (MSD Team 3) in 23 mins 55 secs. At this stage the Club would like to thank Noel Lonergan of Colaiste Cheitinn for all his help, the Gardai and the Civil Defence for all their help and assistance and to our many stewards for helping to make the whole event such a success, a big thanks you.

The Presentation of Prizes will take place in Mulcahy's Gladstone Street from 9pm on next Wednesday night, April 22nd, where there will be food and music. A great night is guaranteed and the above mentioned teams will collect their hard earned prizes. The 4th race of this series takes place next Wednesday night at 7pm where athlete can collect their numbers at Colaiste Cheitinn from 6pm onwards. Athletes can wear their watches for this race as the race format is Lucky Dip. In this race we will have pre selected finishing positions and athletes who finish in these positions will win a prize and these prizes will also be presented in Mulcahy's Gladstone Street that night after 9pm.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Limerick...Results of the Jacinta O'Brien Plassey 10k - Sun 12th Apr 2015

A total of 256 turned out for this charity 10k in Limerick on Sunday the 12th of April 2015. This was down from the 386 of 2014.

1    33:57:00    160    Niall Shanahan
2    34:24:00    159    Declan Moore
3    37:59:00    316    Barry O'Donoghue
36    46:22:00    388    Juliette Frost
40    47:02:00    165    Eleanor Ryan
50    48:50:00    328    Anne Marie O'Flaherty

The full results can be seen HERE

Clare...Results of the Kilnaboy 10 mile road race - Sun 12th Apr 2015

There was a record turn out for this years Kilnaboy 10 mile road race in Co.Clare on Sunday the 12th of April 2015. The chart below shows the story....

The 10 mile race in Kilnaboy has a long history and for the best part of 15 years, the numbers were down around the 100 mark. Around 2005 to 2010, it was part of the Munster Ten-Mile Spring Classics Series and with some advertising, it reached a peak in 2009. After the demise of the series, the numbers fell away and truth be told, the race wasn't really advertised so the numbers dropped back down towards the 100 mark.

With the introduction of the new Run Clare Series in 2015, the race and the series was heavily promoted on Facebook and you can see the new record peak above.

These are the top 5 men and women...

1 Julio Cesar Castro    Kilmurry Ibrickane AC    M 54:46
2 JAMES LIDDANE    BMOH    M 55:22
3 JAMES MC INTYRE    BMOH     M40 55:41
4 Willie Devitt        Kilmurry Ibrickane AC    M 58:18
5 Kenneth O'Regan    Clonakilty Road Runners AC    M 58:50
25 Becky COUGHLAN    Ennis Track    F 1:05:47
33 SIOBHAN LENNON    Ennis Track     F45 1:08:18
42 MARY CAHILL        Ennis Track     F35 1:10:11
44 Fiona Kinsella        Kilmurry Ibrickane AC     F45 1:10:24
47 Orla Cronin        Raheny Shamrocks     F35 1:10:48

The full results can be seen HERE

1) Ennis Injury Clinic have a gallery HERE
2) There are 62 photos from James Sexton HERE


Looking through the results, some of the times seemed pretty slow. For example, the Great Island 10 mile in Cobh was also held on the same day. That race attracted an almost identical number of runners...528...and 74 broke 1h 10m. The Kilnaboy race had a field of 527 and had only 40 faster than 1h 10m. The course for the race in Cobh is certainly not any easier or faster than the Kilnaboy course.

I then checked out the paces in the 2015 Kilnaboy race and compared it to the previous peak in 2009. In 2009, very few runners ran slower than 1h 40m which is 10 minute/mile pace. The 2015 race by contrast had about 220 over 1h 40m...i.e. about 42% of the field.

Gender Breakdown.......In 2009, about 30% of the field were women. Things have changed in the last few years with more and more women running so it's pretty common now in most 10 mile races liek Dungarvan, Mallow and Ballycotton to have about 40% of the field made up of women.

In the 2015 Kilnaboy race, a whopping 63% of the field were women. As women are generally slower than men the times above are reflected in this. The question remains......where were all the men?

The 2009 race had 256 men while the 2015 race had 188.

Looking at the Running in Munster Facebook page, 58% of the followers are women. That is pretty typical for Facebook as more women are using it than men. Maybe it's because the Run Clare series was promoted on Facebook, it has resulted in a lot more women than men entering?

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Waterford...Results of the Splashworld 10k - Sun 12th Apr 2015

Splashworld 10k in Tramore, Co.Waterford. A total of 235 runners took part, almost the exact same as last year.

10 km

Place    Last NameFirst NameGun TimeChip Time    Pace    Category    Club
1    Murphy    Brian    33:41    5:25/M    Top Fin    carrick ac
2    Ogle    Paul    34:39    5:35/M    Top Fin    waterford tri
3    Lyons    Eoin    35:03    5:38/M    Top Fin    focus on fitness
20    Dowling    Donna    39:37    6:23/M    Top Fin    kch
21    Fitzgerald Ruth    39:46    6:24/M    Top Fin   
35    Quinlan    Janet    41:58    6:45/M    Top Fin    SRR

The full results can be seen HERE

Limerick...Results of the Ballysteen GAA 5k & 10k fun run - Sat 11th Apr 2015

Results of the Ballysteen GAA 5k & 10k fun run...Sat 11th Apr 2015...

Waterford...Results of the Ballinroad 5k road race - Fri 10th Apr 2015

There was a big turn out of 277 runners for this 5k road race in Waterford.

1 MANSFIELD David 151 Senior Male Garda A.C. 15:46
2 MURPHY Noel 83 Senior Male Waterford A.C 16:17
3 O DONNELL Aaron 111 Senior Male Carrick-on-Suir AC 16:19
42 FORRISTAL Sally 117 Senior Female St Josephs A.C 19:05
46 WALSH Corinna 54 Female O/40 West Waterford A.C 19:11
58 PRENDERGAST Sandra 9 Senior Female West Waterford A.C 20:00

Full results up on the West Waterford AC website.

1) West Waterford AC have loads of photos HERE

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Notice...Kingdom Come 10 miler & 5km, Castleisland Co.Kerry - Sun 17th May 2015

The annual 10 mile & 5km road race in Castleisland, Co.Kerry is coming up on Sunday the 17th of May...

Considering its location, it is sure to attract a lot of runners from Kerry, west Limerick and the general west Munster region. Castleisland is only a short distance from Killarney and Tralee and the race should be of particular interest to runners there.

This race is organised by An Ríocht Athletic Club, one of the major clubs in the county.

You can enter and find a lot more info on the race website...

It's worth mentioning also that money raised from the road race will be used for maintenance of the outdoor track in Castleisland. It is the ONLY 400 metre track in Kerry and is used by athletes from clubs in Kerry and west Limerick. If children are going to be involved in the sport then they need access to proper local facilities like this. Perhaps for that reason alone, this race is worth supporting.

Previews....A preview of the 10 mile course can be seen HERE  ....and the 5 km course HERE

From An Ríocht AC...An Riocht Lee Strand 10 mile and 5k...The fourth annual An Riocht Lee Strand 10 mile and 5k Road Race will this year be held on May 17th starting at 11am. Last year’s event was a huge success when seven hundred took part, creating an unrivalled atmosphere from start to finish with a great buzz as all participants finished on the track. Some of the people taking part will be experienced runners competing against each other and the clock, but the main body of participants will be those who will have their own personal goals, that may be improving on previous times for the event or conquering the distance for the first time. Either way, everybody is sure to have a great experience and will receive plenty of support from everyone.

We are delighted to announce Lee Strand as the official Kingdom Come 10 miler and 5k sponsors again this year!! Big thanks to them for their continuous support of the event.
Some info on this years race:
-Enter online at or at An Riocht Clubhouse
-Numbers can be collected at the following times
Fri May 15th 4pm-9.30pm
Sat May 16th 10am-6pm
Sun May 17th 9am-10.15am
-Mass Warm up on track at 10.30am
-10 miler and 5k will start at 11am
-Souvenir Medal for all finishers
-First 300 in the 10 miler receive official race souvenir sports bag
-Refreshments for all afterwards in the clubhouse

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Tipperary...Results of the Clonmel 6k race - Wed 8th Apr 2015

There was a huge turnout for the 2nd race in the Morrison BMW 6k series in Clonmel with 328 runners taking part.

Clonmel...Morrison BMW 6K Road Race 2 Results  - 8th Apr 2015           

Place    Athlete's Name    Team    Mins    Secs
1    Michael J Ryan    Individual    21    4
2    Nigel O Flaherty    Clonmel Premier Physiotherapy    21    4
3    Joey Feery    Lifestyle Sports 1    21    17
18    Claire Annan    Individual    23    15
24    Dympna Ryan    The Five Counties    23    38
33    Siobhan McHugh    MSD Team 3    24    9

The full results can be seen HERE

Report from Clonmel AC... Brilliant night’s racing again
The 2nd race of the Morrison BMW Cahir sponsored 6k road race series took place tonight in ideal summer like conditions, conditions that saw 328 athletes compete over this very familiar route. This was a brilliant entry and well done to all the Team Captains for getting so many athletes out to compete. Indeed it is a feature of this year’s series that the numbers have remained very constant. Such being the situation and the fantastic response we have got, that we have decided that for race 3 only, we will reward a team in each Division that records the lowest number of points and who finishes outside the top three of that Division, an Award, so all the teams in each Division have a opportunity to win such an Award. Everyone will have ran this route at least two times so everyone will have a fair idea of what time they can predict for the 3rd race. 

Back to the race and here we had a very good race with both Michael J Ryan and Nigel O Flaherty (Clonmel Premier Physiotherapy) finishing in same time of 21 misn 4 secs, with Michael getting the verdict on the line. Joey Feery (Lifestyle Sports) was 3rd in 21 mins 17 secs. The top three women were Claire Annan 23 mins 15 secs, Dymphna Ryan (The 5 Counties) 2nd in 23 mins 38 secs and Siobhain McHugh (MSD) 3rd in 24 mins 9 secs. In the team competitions it is very competitive in all seven Divisions, which is brilliant and Team Captains are reminded to get all their athletes out competing on the 3rd night as it is all to run for, nothing won yet. The Club would like to thank Noel Lonergan for all his help at the Vocational School, to the Garda and the Civil Defence as well as our many stewards for all their help in ensuring a very successful event. 

The 4th race on Wednesday 22nd April will be a Lucky Dip format. In this race athletes can wear the watches and prizes will be awarded to athletes who finish in pre selected finishing positions. Then later that night the Presentation of Prizes will take place in Mulcahy’s Gladstone Street Clonmel from 9.30pm onwards with food served at 9pm. 

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Races in Kerry...How many is too many??

Just a few years ago...maybe around 2008/9...there was a modest number of races in Kerry. Once one  race was over, it might be another fortnight or so before the next one would come around.

Consider the following. Over the Easter weekend, this was the choice of events for runners in Kerry without traveling too far.

Kerry...Fri 3rd (6:30pm)...Good Friday Run...€25...
Kerry...Sat 4th (9:30am)...Tralee 5k parkrun...€free...Tralee Town Park...
Kerry...Sat 4th (2pm)...Ballybunion Half-Marathon & 10k...€10k €26.75 / Half €53.50...
Kerry...Sat 4th (1pm)...Kenmare Bridge 1 mile, 5k & 10k...5k €15 / 10k €
Kerry...Sun 5th (9:30am)...Banna 4 mile...€?...
Cork...Mon 6th (2pm)...Boherbue to Kiskeam 4 mile road race...€ Cork...

Whatever about the physical ability of running several races in a few days, it is also very expensive.

Just looking at the results over the weekend, the numbers for Ballybunion, the Good Friday Run and Boherbue-Kiskeam were all down this year. It would seem as if the available pool of runners is being spread across an increasing number of events.

What conclusions can be drawn from this?
1) It's going to become more difficult for any event to grow and even staying at a steady number might be considered a success.
2) Any event with low numbers and high costs will probably be the first to go.


Analog 6k race in Limerick cancelled

Please note that the Analog 6km race in Raheen, Limerick City on Friday the 10th of April has now been cancelled.

Limerick...Fri 10th (7:30pm)...Analog Raheen 6km road race...€10...CANCELLED