Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Notice...Dromcollogher Carnival 4 mile road race, Co.Limerick - Mon 4th July 2016

The annual Dromcollogher Carnival 4 mile road race is coming up on Monday evening, the 4th of July at 8pm...

As a race, it may not be as high profile as say those located closer to say Limerick or Cork City but it is an event with a lot of character and a long history. The race was originally started back in the time of the original running boom in the late 70's and early 80's by Christy Brosnan and Joe Quaid of North Cork AC. The original idea was for it to be part of the Dromcollogher Carnival which has been going since the 1940's and for the race to take place on Monday evening, a tradition that survives to this day.

In it's heyday, the race used to attract some of the top runners from all over Munster even though the prizes were always modest in comparison to other races at the time. On one occasion, Liam O'Brien from Cork won the race the day after winning the National 3000m steeplechase title! The triangle shaped course started and finished in the main square of the town much to the delight of the crowds. This did however mean that the race was in fact 'slightly' longer than the advertised 4 miles ;o)

One of the other unusual features of the race at the time was that the winner received a small porcelain figurine. One of the biggest employers at that time in the town was Irish Dresden, a German company which made high quality collectable porcelain items in the town which employed over 60 people, a huge number in what was and still is a rural area.

West Limerick AC are helping out with the organisation of the race and they are putting up a cup in memory of Christy Brosnan who unfortunately has now passed away. This replaces the old cup which was named after Marky O'Shea who used to run in the local races of the late 70's and early 80's barefoot, a long time before minimalist running and Vibram Five Fingers became all the rage ;o)

Getting there.....Dromcollogher is located to the west of Charleville near the Limerick - Cork border. If you are coming from say Limerick city then the easiest way is probably to head south towards Cork and turn off at Charleville and follow the directions for Newtownshandrum, Milford and Dromcollogher. If you are travelling north from Cork then turn off at Buttevant and go via Liscarroll.

As you enter the town from the east then you should see that the road forks into two where the central square is. Take the right here, drive a few hundred metres on what is a very straight road and you will pass the start line just opposite a service station. The GAA hall where the entries will be taken is just beyond this on the left.

Course Preview.......A full preview of the course with maps, directions, photos, etc can be seen HERE

Notice...Ballynonty 10 mile road race, Tipperary - Sun 31st July 2016

This 10 mile road race is coming up on Sunday the 31st of July 2016 at 11am. It could probably be best described as a 'back to basics, no frills' 10 mile road race.

There is no chip timing, no dry fit tops, no medals, no online entries, no early bird entry, no late bird entry, no goodie bags or any of the other stuff. Just a good quality old fashioned 10 mile road race over an accurately measured course for a very modest price with a great spread afterwards.

The village of Ballynonty is in South Tipperary and is just a few miles off the M8 motorway.

The race is organised by Ballynonty AC who have a website HERE.

Course Preview....A full preview of the course with maps, profile, directions, photos, etc can be seen HERE

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Notice...Gneeveguilla AC One Mile Summer Series in Cork & Kerry - June & July 2016

Gneeveguilla AC have recently announced their one mile race series for the months of June and July in Co.Kerry...

Two of the races are in Co.Cork while the remaining three are in Co.Kerry. With the exception of the race in Fossa, the remainder are close to the Cork-Kerry border.

There is a special page for the series on the Gneeveuilla AC website.

Monday, June 20, 2016

Results of the Shannon Airport 5km & 7.5km Runway run...Fri 17th June 2016

The annual Shannon Airport Runway Run in Co.Clare was held on Friday night the 17th of June 2016. While the headline in the Clare Herald stated '2,500 take part in midnight runway event', the actual results show a very different story. There were two races with 1209 taking part in the main 5km event with another 463 in the 7.5km run. This gives a combined total of 1672 runners and walker which is still a pretty big number for an event in Co.Clare but nowhere near what the newspaper claimed. In 2015, 1620 took part.

Note that the times are approx as the course may have been a bit short.


Notice - Clonmel Half-Marathon, Tipperary - Sun 14th Aug 2016

The Clonmel Half-Marathon is coming up on Sunday the 14th of August 2016 and there is an entry limit of 800 runners. Since it first started back in 2010, it has grown in popularity every year and if you are interested then you should enter as soon as possible.

The standard entry fee is €35 and that includes a dry fit top.(note that it's €25 up until the 31st of July)

Here is a note from Clonmel AC.......Clonmel AC are delighted to have Boston Scientific as our main sponsors for the 7th consecutive year. This year's race is limited to 800 entrants, so enter early to avoid disappointment! This Half Marathon is ideal preparation for the Dublin City Marathon, just 10 weeks before! Any money raised will go towards the Clonmel AC development fund.

Entry Fee:
€25 until 31st July 2016
€35 from 1st to 12th August 2016
€40 on 13th & 14th August at race HQ  

A €1.95 transaction fee applies to all online applications.
This year's race is limited to 800 entrants, so enter early to avoid disappointment!

Option of Online Registration or Postal Entries. If you have any queries, please contact Niall at 086 1660888.

The race website is

Members of Clonmel AC with staff of Boston Scientific at the recent race launch

Notice...Coillte 10k road race, Dundrum, Tipperary - Wed 6th July 2016

This popular 10k race in coming up in the village of Dundrum, Co.Tipperary on Wednesday the 6th of July 2016. In terms of fast 10k courses, this must surely be one of the fastest in Munster if not the country.

Dundrum is a small village just 9 miles or so west of Cashel in the south of Tipperary...

Organised by Dundrum Athletic Club, this race is noted for being a flat fast course. As well of there being no hills, the course consists of multiple long straight sections rather than the more usual twists and turns. I've previewed many courses on this site but this one is really fast.

Entries......The entry fee is €15 on the night.

The map below shows where everything is. For spectators...note the points A, B and C. If you move between these points which are just over 100m apart you can see the athletes at approx. 0.25miles , 2.4miles, 3.2miles and again at 5.4miles.

Course Preview......The 10k course is essentially two laps of a 5k loop. A full preview of the course with maps, description, photos, etc can be seen HERE

Many races have different traditions. Some give out t-shirts, some mugs. In the case of the Coillte 10k, they give out a quality embroidered hand towel given to every finisher. and they have been doing this for over 20 years. Even on years where they had run out of towels on the night, they hand delivered them to these people in the following weeks.

The Tim Crowe Trophy is presented on the night to the first Tipperary Athlete in honour of his 24 national titles won in the early 1900s, who was from the village of Dundrum.

Useful links...

Updates on club Facebook page

and on the club Twitter page

Course Record Holders
Senior Men Daniel Gidumbanda Tanzania 1997 29:45,
O/40 Men Gerard Mullane Limerick 1996 32:41,
O/45 Men Eugene Moynihan Marian 2004 34:24,
O/50 Men Myles McHugh Clonmel 1996 35:18,
O/55 Men Michael Hassett Killenaule 2015 35:15,
O/60 Men Billy O’Neill St. Abbans  2008 40:36,
Junior Men 5k Jason Fahy Olympic Harriers 2004 15:20,

Senior Women Rosemary Ryan Bilboa 2003 34:28,
O/35 Women Angela McCann Clonmel 2008 39:08,
O/40 Women Mary Sheehan Grange 2003 39:24,
O/45 Women Martina Ryan Thurles Crokes 2014 42:55,
O/50 Women Rita Kierce St. Marys Clare 2012 42:29,
Junior Women 5k Siobhan O'Doherty Clodagh Harriers 2001 19:08,

Wheelchair Jerry Forde Blarney 2003 42:38.

5 Fastest Times

29:45 Daniel Gidumbanda  Tanzania 1997
30:51 Pat Bryne Tinryland 2002
30:58 Tom Carey Limerick A.C. 2006
31:21 Tommy Evans Gowran 2009
31:22 Seamus Power Kilmurray Ibrickane 2010

34:28 Rosemary Ryan Bilboa 2003
34:43 Siobhan O’Doherty Borrisokane 2010
34:54 Rosemary Ryan Bilboa 2011
35:07 Siobhan O’Doherty Borrisokane 2012
35:14 Siobhan O’Doherty Borrisokane 2014

List of Previous Winners
1986 John O'Halloran Tipp Town, Kathleen Maher Ballytrasna,
1987 John Fitzgerald Clonmel, Mary Lonergan Reenavana,
1988 Toddy Finn Raheny Shamrocks, Kay O'Sullivan Upperchurch,
1989 Bernard Feery Clonmel, Martina Dorney Thurles Crokes,
1990 Robert Costello Limerick, Kay O'Sullivan Upperchurch,
1991 Michael Hassett Thurles Crokes, Mary Sheehan East Cork,
1992 Robert Costello Limerick, Mary Sheehan East Cork,
1993 Michael Hassett St. Catherines, Mary Sheehan East Cork,
1994 Michael Hassett St. Catherines, Gaile Culleton Thurles Crokes,
1995 Michael Hassett St. Catherines, Marcella Moloney Tullamore Harriers,
1996 Michael Hassett St. Catherines, Siobhan McCormack Emerald A.C.,
1997 Daniel Gidumbanda Tanzania, Mary Sheehan Grange Fermoy,
1998 Michae1 Hassett St. Catherines, Mary Sheehan East Cork,
1999 Colm Burke St. Abbans, Mary Sheehan Grange Fermoy,
2000 William Harty K.C.K., Mary Sheehan Grange Fermoy,
2001 Robert Wade Waterford A.C., Mary Sheehan Grange Fermoy,
2002 Pat Byrne Tinryland, Mary Sheehan Grange Fermoy,
2003 Tom Carey Limerick A.C., Rosemary Ryan Bilboa,
2004 Mick Kelly Gowran A.C., Siobhan O'Doherty Borrisokane,
2005 Sandis Bralitis Ballynonty A.C., Siobhan O'Doherty Borrisokane,
2006 Tom Carey Limerick A.C., Rosemary Ryan Bilboa,
2007 Dermot Kearns West Limerick, Madeline Dorney Thurles Crokes,
2008 Jason Fahey Olympic Harriers, Rosemary Ryan Bilboa,
2009 Tommy Evans Gowran, Siobhan O'Doherty Borrisokane,
2010 Seamus Power Kilmurray Ibrickane, Siobhan O’Doherty Borrisokane,
2011 Kenneth Rogers St John’s, Rosemary Ryan Bilboa,
2012 Michael Shannon Kilnaboy, Siobhan O’Doherty Borrisokane,
2013 Chris Bracken Thurles Crokes, Siobhan O’Doherty Borrisokane.
2014 Kevin Moore Dundrum, Siobhan O’Doherty Borrisokane.

2015 Stephen Hunter St. Michaels, Siobhan O’Doherty Borrisokane.

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Limerick...Results of the Tournafulla 5k & 10k Windfarm Races - Sat 18th June 2016

This was a pretty unique event in that it is the only race in Munster that takes place on a working wind farm.

bib    firstname    lastname    city    state    timeofficial    gender
1183    John    O Connell        00:37:59    M
1177    Karl    Lenihan            00:38:19    M
1191    Martin    Lyons            00:39:22    M
1161    Ciara    Woulfe            00:47:23    F
1186    Paula    Wright            00:51:38    F
1188    Tara    Carr            00:52:55    F

171    Ben    Begley            00:22:29    M
194    John    Barrett            00:24:10    M
163    Cian    Caffrey            00:25:57    M
172    Elaine    O Keefe            00:22:44    F
177    Katie    Daly            00:27:38    F
173    Aimee    Lyons            00:28:17    F

The full results can be seen HERE

Waterford...Results of the Dromana 5 mile road race - Fri 17th June 2016

A total of 170 runners turned out for this years Dromana 5 mile road race on Friday the 17th of June 2016, a jump of 7.6% on last years figure of 158.

This was race number 7 in the Ger Wyley Sports/Skins summer series for 2016.

Individual Men’s Winners
1st Philip Harty West Waterford AC 25.51 
2nd Damian Murphy West Waterford AC 26.54
3rd Frank Quinlan Waterford AC 27.02
4th Brian Byrne West Waterford AC 27.43
5th Danny Smith Ballynonty AC 27.50
Men’s Teams
Team 1 – West Waterford AC ...Kevin Kenneally, Mark Rowe, Mossie Keogh 26 points
Team 2 – West Waterford AC ...Anthony Flynn, Dermot O’Donovan, Ray Hahessy 40 points

Individual Women’s Winners
1st Maebh Fenton Dooneen AC 32.47
2nd Sandra Prendergast West Waterford AC 33.24
3rd Muriel Cummins N/A 34.13
4th Mary Molloy Carrick on Suir AC 34.30
5th Stephanie Ilsley N/A 35.30

Ladies’ Teams
Team 1 – West Waterford AC ...Kate Veale, Diana Chizhikova, Angeline Drennan 24 points
Team 2 – West Waterford AC ...Catriona Lee, Sinead Moore, Josie Ui Chuirrin 52 points

The full results can be seen HERE

1) West Waterford AC have a gallery of photos HERE 

Limerick...Results of the Ger Mullane Memorial 5k & 10k, Bilboa - Fri 17th June 2016

The big change this year was the inclusion of a 5k race in additional to the traditional 10k one. It probably took a few runners from the 10k race but probably attracted a few more that wouldn't have done the 10k anyway.

The chart below shows the breakdown in numbers. There were 107 in the 10k, down from 117 last year. 34 turned out for the new 5k which helped to boost the overall total to 141.

As you can see, there was a big drop in numbers in 2013 and it has never really recovered. With a €15 entry fee for the 10k and €10 for the 5k, perhaps the price is putting off some runners?

Limerick...Results of the Bilboa 5k & 10k - Fri 17th June 2016

1 Declan Moore         Bilboa AC     32:36
2 Martin Doody         Limerick AC    32:47
3 Keith Lynch         BMOH AC    34:50
1 Laura Buckley         Dunboyne    40:03
2 Mairead Bradshaw    Bilboa AC    42:57
3 Ailbhe Healy        West Limerick AC    43:50

The full results can be seen HERE

1) Bilboa AC have a gallery of photos HERE

Limerick...Results of the Na Piarsaigh GAA 10k - Sun 12th June 2016

90 runners turned out for this small 10k race in Limerick City.

Pos     Bib     Name     Time     ±     Over 40     M/F
1.     605     Martin Doody     00:32:50.7     00:00:00.0         M
2.     557     James Doran     00:32:54.9     00:00:04.2         M
3.     617     Colm Turner     00:35:34.0     00:02:43.3         M
9.     633     Carol Finn     00:40:04.6     00:07:13.9         F
21.     635     Liz Gilover     00:45:05.6     00:12:14.9         F
22.     602     Jane O'Leary     00:45:12.6     00:12:21.9         F

The full results can be seen HERE

1) Na Piarsaigh GAA club have a gallery of photos HERE

Tipperary...Results of the Dave Fogarty 4 mile road race - Thurs 16th June 2016

For whatever reason, the numbers were well down this year for the Dave Fogarty 4 mile road race in Thurles, Co.Tipperary. The race which is organised by Thurles Crokes AC had 102 finishers which as you can see from the chart is down on the 179 and 177 of 2012 and 2013.

Considering that Thurles has a population of 8000 people, it really should be getting more than 102 runners taking part.

Men's Results
1st Kevin Moore 21:30
2nd Dennis Shanahan 21:43
3rd John Fitzgibbon 21:51
4th Jimmy Boland 22:04
5th Paddy Cummins 22:23
1st O/35 John Shanahan 23:02, 2nd O/35 John Fogarty 24:05
1st O/40 Pat Corbett 24:50, 2nd O/40 Pat Butler 25:38
1st O/45 Noel Marum 22:50, 2nd O/45 Dermot Hayes 23:10
1st O/50 Michael Moore 25:41
1st O/55 Tommy Moloney 25:56
1st O/60 Matt Alexander 26:52
1st 0/65 Eamon Crowley 34:26
1st O/70 Michael Dundon 33:47
1st Junior man Sean Phillips 27:27, 2nd Junior Man Jerry Hayes 27:49
Women results
1st Aine Roche 25:30
2nd Linda Grogan 25:55
3rd Ann Marie Boland 26:32
4th Louisa Condon 27:24
5th Dymphna Ryan 27:51
1st O/35 Sharon Kiely 31 :23, 2nd O/35 Aishling Ely 32:50
1st O/40 Michelle Doherty 28:36, 2nd O/40 Paula Mills 28:57
1st O/45 Catherine Dunne 35:23, 2nd O/45 Helena Mawe 36:18
1st O/50 Anna Byrne 29:51
1st O/60 Hillary Collins 34:21

The full results can be seen HERE

1) Dundrum AC have a gallery HERE
2) Thurles Crokes AC have a number of photos...Top 5 men & women...Category Prizes - Men - Women...
3) Noel Dundon has a numbers of photos...HERE and HERE 

Tipperary...Results of the New Inn Festival 5k - Sat 11th June 2016

A large crowd of 252 runners turned out for this 5km road race in New Inn.

1    Michael J Ryan    Dundrum AC    17:04    SM
2    Paddy Cummins    Moycarkey Coolcroo AC        17:20    SM
3    Colm Ryan    Clonmel AC        17:25    SM
12    Rachel Corcoran    New Inn            19:22    G16
19    Linda Grogan    Dundrum AC    19:54    SW
20    Ann Marie Boland    Clonmel AC    19:57    SW 

The full results can be seen HERE

Waterford...Results of the Clashmore 5 mile road race - Fri 10th June 2016

119 runners turned out for this 5 mile road race in West Waterford.

Prize Winners
1st         Danny Smith    Ballynonty AC             27:24
2nd        Kevin Kenneally  West Waterford AC      28:51
3rd        Anthony Flynn    West Waterford AC      29:14
M/40    Alan Cullen    West Waterford AC      31:25
M/45    Yevginiy Chizhikov  West Waterford AC      31:24
M/50    Ray Hahessy    West Waterford AC      30:58
M/55     Ron Ilsley                          N/A                34:01
1st        Mary Molloy    Carrick‐on‐Suir AC        34:41
2nd  Laura Flavin    West Waterford AC      35:22
3rd  Stephanie Ilsley   N/A                                   35:43
F/35  Diana Chizhikova   West Waterford AC      37:36
F/40  Karen Ryan    West Waterford AC      37:43
F/45  Brigid Coffey    West Waterford AC      39:17
F/50  Alice Fitzgerald    West Waterford AC      40:33 

The full results can be seen HERE

1) West Waterford AC have a gallery HERE

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Kerry...Results of the Kerryhead Half-Marathon & 10k - Sat 11th June 2016

224 runners in total turned out for this years Half on the Head / Kerryhead Half-Marathon & 10k, a drop of 9% on last years figures. While the numbers in the 10k were up 4.6%, the numbers in the half dropped by 19.6%.

1     93     Ian     Kelly     West Limerick Ac     00:36:58     M
2     1084     Donal     Mcgoldrick     Cavan Triathlon Club     00:38:44     M
3     85     Luke     Switzer     Irish Defence Forces     00:39:20     M
15     131     Margaret     Maguire         00:47:30     F
16     125     Bridget     Daly         00:47:32     F
19     55     Eva     Nugent         00:49:00     F

1     1106     Derek     Griffin         01:16:02     M     29
2     1121     Patrick     O Connor         01:20:38     M     40
3     1096     Martin     Crowley     Killarney Valley Ac     01:22:00     M     33
10     1150     Michelle     O Regan         01:37:48     F     38
18     1054     Maggie     Carlin     St Brendans Ac     01:41:48     F     53
32     1148     Mary     O Connell     01:47:25     F     43

The full results can be seen HERE

Limerick...Results of the Kilfinane 4 mile road race - Fri 10th June 2016

176 runners turned out for this years Kilfinane 4 mile road race on Friday the 10th of June, up one on last year. The chart below shows the numbers over the years (changed from 5m to 4m in 2015)

 As you can see, the numbers are down a bit on 2012/2013 but still pretty good.

1    Declan Moore    Bilboa AC        20:42    Senior Men    238
2    Paul Moloney    Mallow AC        21:28    Senior Men    202
3    John Kinsella    Bilboa AC        22:17    Senior Men    329
11    Carol Finn    Leevale        24:16    Senior Women    320
26    Fiona Boyce    North Cork AC        26:16    Senior Women    221
44    Jean Mulcahy    An Bru AC        27:25    Senior Women    313

The full results can be seen HERE

1) Kilfinane AC have a gallery on their Facebook page HERE

Waterford...Results of the Faithlegg Golf Course 5 mile run - Wed 8th June 2016

Another race, another drop. 110 runners turned out for this years Faithlegg Golf Course 5 mile run, down 36% on last years number of 172.

1    Quinlan    Frank    58    27:28    27:28    5:29/M    Top Fin    WAC
2    Murphy    Noel    84    28:09    28:09    5:38/M    Top Fin    WATERFORD AC
3    Swaby    Brian    46    28:27    28:27    5:41/M    Top Fin    WATERFORD AC
24    MacPhail    Ann    68    34:47    34:47    6:57/M    Top Fin    DOONEEN
28    Molloy    Mary    83    35:41    35:39    7:08/M    Top Fin    CARRICK
30    Brazil    Jacinta    86    36:07    36:07    7:13/M    Top Fin    SATURDAY ROAD RUNNERS

The full results can be seen HERE

Tipperary...Results of the Moyne 5k & 10k - Mon 6th June 2016

The overall numbers for this years 5k & 10k road races organised by Moyne AC were down by 35% on last year. In total, there were 176 runners between the two races, down from 273 last year.

This can be broken down as 101 in the 10k (154 in 2015) and 75 in the 5k (119 last year). The weather was fine so that wasn't a factor for the drop. It just seems to follow a recent pattern where the race numbers are down. The obvious reason is that there are too many races on the calendar but perhaps as the economy picks up, people are finding it harder to find the time? The entry fee of €15 probably didn't help either.

Still though, 176 runners for two races in a rural area of N.Tipperary isn't a bad number.

1    Kevin Moore    Dundrum AC    34.46
2    Paddy Cummins    Moycarkey-Coolcroo AC    36.07
3    John Treacy    Thurles Crokes    36.11
14    Kealey Tideswell    Clonmel AC    41.43
17    Phil Ryan    Ballynonty    42.42
24    Louisa Condon    Thurles Crokes    45.59

1    Sean McDaid    St. Brigid's AC    17.50
2    Mark Cummins    Rahealty    19.30
3    Tom Butler    Clonmel AC    19.41
5    Ciara Cummins    Nenagh Olympic    20.23
7    Louise Fogarty    Moyne AC    21.31
11    Lisa Quinlan    Moyne AC    23.11

The full results can be seen HERE

Moyne AC have their own short report HERE

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Tipperary...Results of the Michael Cahill 5k race, Ballingarry - Fri 10th June 2016

The annual Michael Cahill 5k race in Ballingarry was organised by Coolquill AC and was held on Friday the 10th of June 2016. A total of 83 runners took part this year, well down on the 144 last year. The 42% drop is most likely due to just the sheer number of events now on the calendar.

1    Kevin Moore    Dundrum A/c    16.11   
2    Mick Traynor    Raheny Shamrocks    16.22   
3    Jimmy Boland    Clonmel A/c    16.54   
19    Lorna Davey Fitzgerald    Mallow A/c    19.21    1st Lady
22    Aine Roche    Clonmel A/c    19.27    2nd Lady
26    Phil Ryan    Ballynonty A/c    20.11    3rd Lady

The full results can be seen HERE

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Clare...Results of the Lough Derg 10k & 5k Tuamgraney Community 5k & 10k...Sat 4th June 2016

A total of 98 runners and walkers turned out for the 5k and 10k in Tuamgalway, Co.Clare. There were 57 taking part in the 10k with another 41 in the 5k.

1    372    J.J Cremin    1    Male    00:37:22
2    391    Viv Moloney    2    Male    00:38:02
3    297    James Kenny    3    Male    00:39:26
9    375    Maeve Flannery    1    Female    00:46:06
15    323    Deirdre Collins    2    Female    00:49:56
18    286    Sinead O Brien    3    Female    00:52:06

The full results can be seen HERE

Clare...Results of the Clarecastle Daycare 10k run - Sat 4th June 2016

Just 54 runners took part in the 10k run in Clarecastle, Co.Clare on Saturday the 4th of June 2016.

1    Brian Murphy    Male    00:35:13
2   John Murphy    Male    00:40:05
4    John O'Gorman    Male    00:41:31
3    Veronica Colleran    Female    00:40:57
5    Maeve Hoey    Female    00:42:50
7   Ruairi Concannon    Female    00:43:06

The full results can be seen HERE