Thursday, October 30, 2014

Screening of Unbreakable : The Mark Pollock story...Nov 2014

No doubt many of you may be aware of Mark Pollock and the Run in the Dark events which are held throughout Ireland every November.

4 November 2014 – ENNIS – Glór with Q&A
4 November 2014 – LIMERICK – Omniplex with Q&A
11 November 2014 – DINGLE – Phoenix Cinema
14th - 20th November 2014 – CORK – Gate Cinema, Douglas, Cork.

Info here:
Unbreakable: The Mark Pollock Story...The film follows the almost unbelievable tragedies that life has thrown at Mark and his resolve to move beyond them. Unbroken by blindness at 22, Mark was a Commonwealth Games medal winner and competed in ultra endurance races across deserts, mountains, and the polar ice caps and ten years after losing his sight he became the first blind person to race to the South Pole, a race that allowed him to finally put the demons of blindness behind him. But then, just four weeks from the day of his planned wedding to fiancée Simone, a fall 25 feet from a second story window left Mark near death and paralysed from the waist down.

Directed by Ross Whitaker (When Ali Came to Ireland; Saviours), this moving, fascinating film brings the audience to Mark’s bedside in the acute ward of a spinal hospital; blind, now paralysed and broken. The close friendship between Mark and the filmmaker has produced a delicate, deeply personal, intimate film. Six years in the making it tells the story of Mark’s eventual rehabilitation and his mission to find and connect people worldwide to fast track a cure for paralysis, a mission which gives the audience a glimpse of the frontiers of robotics and medical science.

Unbreakable: The Mark Pollock Story was produced with the participation of the Irish Film Board / Bord Scannán na hÉireann, RTÉ and Rehab.


Monday, October 27, 2014

Results of the Munster Novice Cross Country Championships...Sun 26th Oct 2014

The Munster Juvenile Even Age, U/23 & Novice Cross Country Championships were held in Two Mile Boris on Sunday the 26th of October 2014.

In the Novice Mens competition, Michael Harty of East Cork AC was the winner. Leevale AC were the first club and Cork won the Inter-County competition....
1 Michael Harty East Cork Cork,  2 Kevin Cheser Enis Track Clare, 3 Damien Burke Kilmihil Clare

1 Leevale 9, 12, 13, 14...48
2 Enis Track 2, 16, 20, 30...68
3 Kilmury Ibrickane/N.Clare 5, 2, 25, 57...109

1 Cork 1, 6, 9, 1, 12, 13...52
2 Clare 2, 3, 5, 16, 20, 22...68
3 Tiperary 7, 10, 19, 23, 27, 34...120

In the Munster Womens Novice Cross Country Championships, Shona Heaslip of An Ríocht AC was the winner. Ennis Track AC won the team competition and Cork won the Inter-County competition....
1 Shona Heaslip An Riocht Kery...2 ANNA CROOKS Ennis Track Clare...3 Niamh Allen U.C.C.

1 Ennis Track 2, 1, 18, 31...62
2 Leevale 6, 13, 17, 35...71
3 Mallow 16, 21, 24, 27...88

1 Cork 4, 6, 7, 9...26
2 Kerry 1, 8, 14, 22...45
3 Clare 2, 1, 18, 19...50

The full results can be seen on the Munster Athletics website HERE 
1) The Tipperary Athletics Board have a small number of photos HERE

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Clare...Results of the St.Mary's 5k race in Kilmurry - Sun 19th Oct 2014

A total of 141 runners turned out for the 40th annual St.Mary's 5k road race in Kilmurry, Co.Clare

1 15:12 MARK HANRAHAN, Leevale A.C.    M
2 15:52 SEAN HEHIR, Rathfarnham WSAF    M
3 16:43 JULIO CESAR F CASTRO,  Kilmurry Ibrickane/North Clare M40
5 17:24 LAURA CROWE, Riocht A.C.  F
26 21:10 EMMA MC MAHON, St  Marys  Junior Ladies
31 21:19 MICHELLE OMAHONEY, Kilmurry Ibrickane/North Clare F50 

The full results can be seen HERE

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Kerry...Results of the Feet First Winter 5k - Sat 18th Oct 2014

168 runners turnedout for the first race in the Feet First Winter 5k series in Killarney.

1 Ger Guina MS 17:03
2 Tommy O Brien MS 17:07
3 Conor Kissane        Farranfore Maine Valley MS 17:10
22 Caroline Mc Carthy F40 20:37
33 Mary Barrett FS     21:22
35 Cathrine Fagen F45 21:32

The full results can be seen HERE

Friday, October 17, 2014

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The two sporting legends try to spend a day in each others boots, with Paul sparring with some promising young boxers from Katie’s gym, and Katie learning how to kick and pass on the pitch with Paul and a team of talented youth rugby players. The pair ask each other searching questions about their respective disciplines, their training regimes and about what drives them. To experience more of what drives you, head over to the microsite at

Monday, October 13, 2014

Clare...Results of the Clare AAI Intermediate & Uneven Age Juvenile X-Country - Sun 12th Oct 2014

Intermediate Ladies
1 Anna Crooks Ennis Track White
2 Imogen Cotter Ennis Track White
3 Jackie O Connor Ennis Track Red

1 Ennis Track White 1,2,4,7 14pts
2 Ennis Track Red 3,5,9,10 27pts
3 Kil/Ibk North Clare 6,8,13,14 41pts

Under 23 Ladies
1 Imogen Cotter Ennis Track,
2 Niamh Markham Ennis Track,
3 Ailbhe Morrissey Ennis Track,

Intermediate Men
1 Damien Burke Kilmihil,
2 Julio Caesar Castro Kil/Ibk North Clare,
3 Jake O Regan St Johns,

1 Ennis Track 5,8,9,10,13,16 61pts
2 Kil/Ibk North Clare 2,4,6,19,21,24 76pts
3 St Johns, 3,7,12,15,17,23 77pts

Under 23 Men,
1 Damien Burke Kilmihil.

The full results can be seen HERE

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Kerry...Results of the Kerry 10k mini-marathon, Tralee - Sun 12th Oct 2014

147 people took part in this 10k race in Tralee, Co.Kerry on Sunday 12th Oct 2014.

1 Micheal OREGAN     M 33:02
2 Derek Griffin         M 36:14
3 Chris Grayson         M 36:51
13 Siobhan Daly         F 41:34
21 Elaine O Keefe         F 43:38
25 Cathrine O Shea    F 46:01

The full results can be seen HERE

Friday, October 10, 2014

Notice...Rathmore 4 mile run/walk, Co.Kerry - Sun 19th Oct 2014

Rathmore Ladies GAA are holding a 4 mile run/walk on Sunday the 19th of October at 1pm. Organised in association with Gneeveguilla AC, it will start and finish at Rathmore GAA grounds which are to the south-west of Rathmore in Co.Kerry.

Maps and directions can be found HERE

Monday, October 6, 2014

Waterford...Results of the Solas 10 mile run - Sun 5th Oct 2014

Over 800 runners and walkers took part in this 10 mile run in Waterford.

1 POWER TREVOR 54:10 5:25/M    Top Fin   
2 MURPHY NOEL 55:28 5:33/M    Top Fin   
3 QUINLAN FRANK 57:47 5:47/M    Top Fin   
11 FORRISTAL SALLY 1:05:29 6:33/M    Top Fin    St. Joseph's Fit 4 Life
20 O'DONOVAN ELAINE 1:07:59 6:48/M    Top Fin    St. Joseph's Fit 4 Life
22 NOLAN KATE 1:08:40 6:52/M    Top Fin    Focus On Fitness

The full results can be seen HERE

Kerry...Results of the Red Cross 10k, Tralee - Sun 5th Oct 2014

128 took part in this 10k in Tralee, Co.Kerry

1 Michael O'REGAN 33:22 Senior  (1)    Male  (1)
2 Tony FOGERTY 35:51 Senior  (2)    Male  (2)
3 Arther FITZGERALD 37:14 Senior  (3)    Male  (3)
9 Siobhan DALY 42:38 Senior  (1)    Female  (1)   
18 Bernie O'MAHONY 47:02 Ages 45 - 49  (1)    Female  (2)
19 Anne KELLIHER :47:10 Senior  (2)    Female  (3)

The full results can be seen HERE

Limerick...Results of the St.Michaels Rowing Club 10k race - Sun 5th Oct 2014

172 turned out for this 10k race in Limerick City...Sun 5th Oct 2014

1 Julio Cesar Castro Kilmurry Ibrickane North Clare AC MS  32:40
2  Matthew Horrigan Rathfarnham AC     MS 32:54
3 Keith Lynch     MS 33:44
6 Orla Drumm     Crusaders     FS 35:48
8 Singa Jennings     FS 36:15
16 Tracey Johnson     Dooneen A.C.     FS 39:41

The full results can be seen HERE

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Kerry...Results of the Valentia Half-Marathon - Sat 4th Oct 2014

Around 60 people turned out for this half-marathon on Valentia Island in Co.Kerry.

1 Damien FOLEY 1:23:57 Senior  (1)    Male  (1)
2 Aidan MCCARTHY 1:24:44 Senior  (2)    Male  (2)
3 Gearoid MACGEARAILT 1:25:35 Senior  (3)    Male  (3)
9 Caitriona BARRY 1:31:07 Ages 40 - 44  (1)    Female  (1)
14 Mary O'SHEA 1:36:18 Senior Female  (1)    Female  (2)
21 Miriam LYNE 01:39:21 Ages 35 - 39  (1)    Female  (3)

The full results can be seen HERE

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Clare...Results of the Miltown Malbay NS 5k - Sat 4th Oct 2014

1 16:29    THOMAS GARRAHY,     Kilmurry Ibrickane/North Clare M
2 19:53    CORMAC MURRAY,     Miltown Malbay M
3 21:46    PADRAIC MURRAY,     Miltown Malbay Junior Men
1 22:08    SUE GARRAHY,     Kilmurry Ibrickane/North Clare F
2 22:38    MARIE NEYLON,     Miltown N. S. F
3 25:16    GERALDINE MC CAW,     Miltown Malbay F 

The full results can be seen HERE

Athletics Ireland announce who has transferred between clubs

Athletics Ireland has just published a list showing who has transferred between clubs. You can see it here...

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Tipperary...Results of the Tipperary Womens 10k mini-marathon - Sun 28th Sept 2014

768 people turned out for this years Tipperary Womens 10k mini-marathon in Thurles on Sunday 28th Sept 2014.

No.    Place    Name    City    Gun Time    Chip Time    Pace
1    SIOBHAN O DOHERTY    TEMPLEDERRY       36:53 05:57
2    CARMEL FITZGIBBON    THURLES       40:03 06:28
3    DYMPHNA RYAN    TIPPERARY TOWN       40:21 06:30
4    LINDA GROGAN    CASHEL       40:41 06:34
5    SUZANNE FOOT    DUBLIN       40:53 06:36
6    AINE ROCHE    CAHIR       41:11 06:39
7    STEPHANIE JOHNSON    LISRONAGH       44:00 07:06
8    SIOBHAN BUTLER    DUBLIN       45:38 07:22
9    LAURA CAREY    CASHEL       45:49 07:23
10    CARMEL MURRAY    OFFALY       46:15 07:27

The full results can be seen HERE

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Kerry...Couch to 5k starts in Castleisland 7th October

From the organisers...An Ríocht AC........Couch to 5K returns to An Ríocht Athletic Track on Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 7pm. The start date is October 7th. at 7pm.

A Walkers club option has also been added this season and is designed for people who want to exercise but have no aspirations to become a ‘jogger. This is a no pressure exercise group that lends itself to being a great social outlet. By getting out on the track on Tuesday and Thursdays you will be part of a real feel good atmosphere with music to help you on your way.

Couch to 5k is aimed at those who, in the past, perished at the thought of physical movement of any kind. Its aim is to transform those who struggled to move much more than from couch to fridge into regular exercisers with an ability to jog or even jog and walk 5k.

Everybody works at their own pace and with such the crowd that descends on An Ríocht for the session, one will always have someone beside them working at the same pace as themselves.

Another unique aspect of couch to 5k at An Ríocht is that everyone, literally from 8 to 80 is taking to the track at the same time. This would be hard to do in any other setting or sport but children and teenagers are joining the parents and grandparents for the session, which is fantastic to see!

Some people find that it is easier on the body to walk on the track under the safety of flood-lighting, some find that the buzz of mass participation keeps them going, others are pushed by the music but undoubtedly there is a great energy around An Ríocht from 7pm on Tuesdays and Thursday!

For those of you who have already completed a 5k or can run for 20 minutes without needing a break this is for you! The 5k-10k training group aims to get you to break through that 5k barrier. With a mixture of proven techniques including distance, intervals, hills and strength work this should be a challenging yet thoroughly enjoyable experience.

Training will end coming up to Christmas with a Charity Run, the proceeds of which will go to St. James Hospital Dublin in memory of the late Donal Curtin of Knocknagoshel.

The cost per night is just €2.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Clare...Results of the Scariff 5k & 10k - Sun 28th Sept 2014

1 34:09    JULIO CESAR F CASTRO,     Kilmurry Ibrickane/North Clare
2 34:45    COLM TURNER,     Limerick A. C.    M 
3 34:56    DECLAN  MOORE,     Bilboa A. C.    M 
4 34:59    VIVIAN MOLONEY,     Scariff    M 
5 37:28    CHRIS JUEKEN,     tuamgraney    M
6 37:32    PATRICK HANRAHAN,     Ballinasloe    M 
1 41:19    IMOGEN COTTER,     Ennis Track Club A. C.    F
2 42:51    MICHELLE O HALLORAN GUERIN,     Quin    F
3 46:32    MAEVE FLANNERY,     Mountshannon    F
4 47:34    JOAN CROTTY 10K WALK,     Scariff    F
5 48:17    MICHELLE MC NAMARA,     tuamgraney    F  
6 49:53    ANNA MC HELLINNEY,     Ogonnelloe    F 

The full results can be seen HERE

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Kerry...Results of the Killarney 10 Mile Road Race - Sat 27th Sept 2014

A total of 271 runners turned out for the inaugural Killarney 10 mile race in Kerry on Sat 27th Sept 2014. Proceeds from this event will go towards the development of a 200m athletics track in Killarney which will then be used by the local clubs.

1    Michael HERLIHY 53:08 Ages 18-39  (1)    Male  (1)
2    Phillip HARTY 53:39 Ages 18-39  (2)    Male  (2)
3    Tim OCONNOR 54:48 Ages 18-39  (3)    Male  (3)
4    Danny SMITH 56:45 Ages 18-39  (4)    Male  (4)
5    Stephen GRIFFIN 58:47 Ages 40-44  (1)    Male  (5)
29    Lucy BRENNAN 1:07:12 Ages 50+  (1)    Female  (1)
39    Denise CASEY 1:12:19 Ages 40-44  (1)    Female  (2)
41    Alison KIRWAN 1:12:54 Ages 18-39  (1)    Female  (3)
42    Kerry MONAHAN-GAUGHAN 1:13:09 Ages 50+  (2)    Female  (4)
48    Elaine OKEEFFE 1:14:37    Ages 18-39  (2)    Female  (5)

The full results can be seen HERE

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Medical Plan now required for all AAI approved races...

For those members of athletic clubs who are involved in organising road races...."Going forward Athletics Ireland will require a Medical Plan to accompany a Permit Application."

The relevant form can be seen on the Munster Athletics website.

Notice...Gneeveguilla 5k run, Kerry - Sun 28th Sept 2014

This 5k in the small village of Gneeveguilla in Co.Kerry and is organised in association with Gneeveguilla AC with the aim of raising funds for the local national school.

Event details: Gneeveguilla N.S. 5k - Run, Jog, Walk, Family Fun Run
Sunday 28th September @ 1pm
Registration open at 11.30am
AAI permit granted
In association with Gneeveguilla Athletic Club
Headquarters & registration in Gneeveguilla GAA Hall

More info on the Gneeveguilla AC website.