Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Notice...Castleisland 10 mile race & 5k run - Sun 9th Apr 2017

The annual 10 mile road race & 5km run in Castleisland, Co.Kerry is coming up on Sunday the 9th of April 2017...

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

Limerick...Results of the Castleconnell 10k race - Sun 12th March 2017

A total of 247 runners took part in this year's Castleconnell 10k road race in Co.Limerick on Sunday the 12th of March 2017. As you can see from the chart, the numbers are up a bit on last year and seem near that 250-270 average over the last few years.

1. 564 Julio Cesar Castro m 00:33:52
2. 768 Colm Turner m 00:36:08
3. 539 Ger O Sullivan m 00:36:27
4. 794 Sinead Lynch w 00:37:12
11. 857 Ann Macphail w 00:41:48
12. 872 Kealey Tideswell w 00:42:13 

The full results can be seen HERE

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Waterford... Results of the Dungarvan 10k - Sun 19th March 2017

120 runners turned out for this 10k race in Dungarvan organised by West Waterford AC.

Men’s Results
1st David Masefield Clonliffe Harriers AC 31.52
2nd Damien Murphy West Waterford  AC 32.51
3rd Noel Murphy Waterford AC 33.41
Over 40 Colm Costello Brothers Pearce AC 35.53
Over 45 Yev Chizhikov West Waterford AC 39.45
Over 50 Ray Hahesy West Waterford AC 39.16
Over 55 Gerry Cantwell West Waterford AC 41.47
Junior Shane O'Riordan West Waterford AC 38.45
Team Men West Waterford AC Anthony Flynn, Mossie Keogh and  Kevin Kennelly. 22 pts.
Ladies Results
1st Sally Forristal St.Joseph's AC 37.59
2nd Kate Veale West Waterford AC 41.21
3rd Sinead Brannigan Waterford AC 42.32
Over 35 Louise Morgan Ferrybank AC  43.36
Over 40 Angeline Drennan West Waterford AC 48.40
Over 45 Stephanie Johnson IND 45.13
Over 50 Onra Power West Waterford AC 51.53
Junior. Grainne Lane IND 59.40
Team Women West Waterford AC Laura Flavin, Catherine Lee and Sharon Nugent 186 points. 

The full results can be seen HERE

1) West Waterford AC have a gallery of photos HERE


Saturday, March 18, 2017

Results of the Tralee Marathon...Sat 18th March 2017

The annual Tralee Marathon in Co.Kerry was held on Saturday the 18th of March 2017 on  what was a dry overcast day. As you can see from the chart above, the numbers were down again this year with the full marathon down 13% to 201 and the half-marathon down 28% to 277. This was off-set somewhat by a new 5k and 10k race which got 105 and 122 respectively.

There is probably a question mark over the long term viability of the full marathon as it's a lot of effort for just 200 runners. It's certainly a long way from 2013 when the two events attracted in excess of 1200 runners.

Full marathon...
1 Aidan HOGAN 03:03:15 M40 (1) Rising Sun A.C /MCI
2 Denis KEANE 03:03:16 MS (1) Marathon Club Ireland
3 Feilim BORLAND 03:08:23 MS (2)
9 Rachel STOKES 03:13:41 FS (1) Kerry Crusaders
15 Ellen HANLEY03:20:59 F40 (1) Grange Fermoy AC
21 Caroline MCLOUGHLIN 03:27:18 FS (2)

1 Derek GRIFFIN 01:15:24 MS (1) Tralee Harriers
2 Brian LENIHAN0 1:19:25 MS (2)
3 Tim FRANCONY 01:21:25 MS (3)Crusaders AC
11 Deirdre NAGLE 01:28:09 FS (1) Farranfore Maine Valley
14 Michelle O'REGAN 01:28:45 FS (2)
19 Dolores DUFFY 01:31:39 F45 (1) Watergrasshill AC

The full results can be seen HERE

Kerry...Results of the Tralee Valentine's 10 mile road race - Sun 12th Feb 2017

Just catching up on some other recent results. The annual Valentine's 10 mile road race in Tralee was held on Sunday the 12th of February and attracted a field of 314 runners. While that's pretty reasonable as 10 mile races go in Kerry, it is over 28% down on last year which isn't great.

1    Derek GRIFFIN (103)    00:57:38    00:57:37    Senior  (1)    Male  (1)
2    Ian KELLY (137)    00:59:48    00:59:47    Senior  (2)    Male  (2)
3    Don HAYES (115)    01:01:50    01:01:49    Senior  (3)    Male  (3)
7    Deirdre NAGLE (187)    01:05:19    01:05:18    Senior  (1)    Female  (1)
10    Michelle OREGAN (227)    01:06:39    01:06:38    Senior  (2)    Female  (2)
11    Dolores DUFFY (76)    01:06:45    01:06:43    Ages 40-49  (1)    Female  (3)

Full results below...

Clare...Results of the Hurley Hoey 10k - Sat 11th March 2017

342 people took part in this years Hurley Hoey 10k race in Gurteen, Co.Clare, a drop of 9% on last year.

1 33:47    KEITH LYNCH,     B. M. O. H.    M
2 34:43    BRIAN MURPHY,     Ennis Track AC    M
3 35:18    SEAN HANLY,     Galway City Harriers AC    M
1 38:50    IMOGEN COTTER,     Ennis Track AC    F
2 40:02    LORNA DAVEY FITZGERALD,     Mallow    F
3 42:32    ANNE MARIE CONNELLAN,     Ennis Track AC    F 

Full results below...

Limerick...Results of the Croom Gets Moving 10k - Fri 17th March 2017

This 10k race in Croom Co.Limerick on St.Patrick's Day attracted a small crowd of 58 people.

1 Colm Turner 1 male Limerick AC 00:36:41
2 Stephen Lavin 2 male 00:40:11
3 Paul O Connell 3 male Limerick tri club 00:40:53
9 Martina Reidy 1 female 00:45:53
12 Dympna Lawlor 2 female West Limerick AC 00:47:29
13 Claire Knight 3 female Dooneen 00:47:37 

Full results below...

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Notice...Clonmel AC 6km Road Race Series...Wed 22nd & 29th March & Wed 5th, 12th & 19th April 2017

Clonmel AC 6K Road Race Series...The Club is once again promoting the Clonmel A C 6K Road Race Series sponsored by Morrison Mini, Cahir. The Club would like to thank Morrison Motors of Cahir and especially Gary Morrison for their very generous sponsorship.

This year the races gets underway on Wednesday 22nd March at 6.15pm SHARP with a practice run over the route while the event itself gets underway on Wednesday 29th March and 5th,12th and 19th of April. On Wednesday 19th of April the race format will be “lucky dip” based on pre selected finishing positions.

For the Practice run on Wednesday 22nd March, athletes can wear their watches. They must also wear a High Viz. This year due to the large number of enquires we will have a Mass start, all athletes off together at 6:15pm Sharp due to the falling as the clocks don't go back until the following Sunday. So please note for this race - NO HIGH REFLECTIVE BIB - NO RUN. We have to impose that rule for everyone's safety, NO EXCEPTIONS.

We would ask all athletes to refrain from blocking up the entrance to LIDL and keep the main road free to traffic prior to each race.

Colaiste Cheitinn, the Mall is the race headquarters for each race and numbers can be collected there from 5.30 pm on the 22nd March (6:15pm start) and from 5.45pm on all the other nights with a 7pm start.

Now is the time to be organising your team of five athletes with the best three performances (athletes who are closest to their Predictions) to count each night.

The three races on March 29th and April 5th and 12th will see athletes predict their time each night when they enter and collect their number. They must then run the course without a watch or IPods.

If an athlete is caught wearing a watch or IPod, their team will be penalised.

This sort of competition allows every athlete to set their own pace and regardless of where they finish in the race they can all help their team to win the competition.

This is an event where you the athlete set the target, you decide every night what your finishing time is and then you have to run as close to that time to help your team. For instance you could predict 30 mins for the 6k and then run the race in 30 mins 1 second and you score one point for your team. Then you have another athlete on your team who predicts his finishing time as 21 mins and runs the race in 21 mins 31 secs, he score 31 points for the team. The three athletes that score the lowest points will count on your team, it is not based on your finishing position it is based on your time and what you predicted.

Last year's event was a brilliant success with 72 teams competing, which saw 334 athletes compete the 1st night, 336 athletes the 2nd night and 319 athletes the 3rd night. This event caters for all levels and last year we had athletes running the 6k from 20 mins 22 secs to 42 mins.

The Lucky Dip will take place on Wednesday 19th April.

The Presentation of Prizes will take place in Mulcahy's; Gladstone Street on Wednesday 19th April at 9.30pm where refreshments and music will be provided this was a brilliant night last year.

For further details please contact Niall O Sullivan at 086 1660888.

The route can be seen at

Notice...Dungarvan 10k in Waterford - Sun 19th Mar 2017

This 10k race in Dungarvan is coming up on Sunday the 19th of March 2017 and is organised by West Waterford AC.

The entry fee is €8 and the race HQ is at the Dungarvan GAA grounds.




The 35th annual Déise College Dungarvan 10k, race number 5 of 5 in the Michael Roche Carpets series will be held this coming Sunday March 19th at 11 AM. Our sincere thanks to Déise College, Shandon, Dungarvan who once again are our sponsors this year. We especially thank Alan and Caroline Ryan for their continued sponsorship of this event. The Déise college Dungarvan 10k road race gets under way at 11 a.m. with the race headquarters at Dungarvan GAA club pavilion Clogherane. The race entries will be taken at the centre from 9.30 a.m., changing and shower facilities will be provided at the centre and teas will be available after the race. The prize presentation will also be held in the centre. As already mentioned this race is the final race in the Michael Roche carpets spring series and Michael will be on hand to present the winners of the series and the various divisional winners with their prizes.


The Seamus Power memorial shield will be presented to the overall race winner; the current holder from last year is William Maunsell Clonmel AC . A trophy will also be awarded to the first local lady finisher on Sunday also donated by the Power family in memory of their uncle Mikey Roche. The current holder of this trophy is Kate Veale West Waterford AC. The friends of West Waterford Dunabbey perpetual trophy will be awarded to the first local master to finish; this trophy was awarded to Des Feeney last year. It is expected that all the 3 athletes above will be in Sunday field hoping to retain these trophies.


The following are the race categories for Sunday’s race.

Men’s 1st 3 seniors, 1st Junior, 1st over 40, 45, 50 and 55

Team event- 1st Senior Men’s team outside individual prize winners

1st 3 Ladies, 1st Junior, First over 35, 40, 45 and 50 and 1st Ladies team outside individual prize winners

Monday, March 6, 2017

Notice...MMRA Silvermines 7km trail run, Co.Tipperary - Sun 12th Mar 2017

From the Munster Mountain Running Association.......If you’re looking for an alternative to road racing, the Munster Trail League offers the chance to try out trail running in the woods and hills right across the province.  The runs are suitable for all levels of ability and include a junior race for 10 – 16 year olds and a free non-competitive run (accompanied) for kids under 10.

Race #4 in the series is in the North Tipperary village of Silvermines, just off the M7 between Limerick (30 minutes) and Nenagh (15 minutes).

The route is 7.4k on a mixture of forest roads and single track starting at the entrance to Knockanroe Forest Recreation Area and will be fully marked and marshalled. The adult race starts at 11:00 with the juniors and kiddies events kicking off at 10:30.

If the weather is favourable, the scenery isn’t too bad either.

Registration will open at 10:00am and you must register before 10:45am to ensure the race starts on time.  For registration details and further information on the event, please visit the event page below.

Further Details on this event:

More info on the other events in the league here...

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Notice...Kenmare Bridge Run 5k & 10k road race - Sat 15th Apr 2017

The annual Kenmare Bridge Run 5km & 10 km road race in Co.Kerry is coming up on Saturday the 15th of April 2017 at 12:30pm.

As always, the race headquarters is at the local community centre...

This is a map of the two courses.....

Transport will be provided for anyone doing the 5k to take them from the Community Centre to the start line at the Sheen Falls Lodge. Most runners would probably use this section as a warm up for the race itself as the distance is only around 1.4 miles / 2kms.

You can enter on the day of the race from 10:30am.

Organised by Kenmare AC

Preview...A preview of the 10 km course can be seen HERE

A preview of the 5k course can be seen HERE

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Results & photos of the Adare 10k in Co.Limerick...Sun 26th Feb 2017

This year's Adare 10k road race in Co.Limerick a record crowd of 726 runners, a jump of 22% on the 2016 figure. While many of the races in Munster have seen their peaks a few years back, this one continues to grow and is now one of the main 10k races in the province. The race was organised by West Limerick AC.

The winner of the mens race was Michael Harty of East Cork AC who set a new course record.

1 Michael Harty MS East Cork A.C. 00:30:59
2 Sean Hehir MS Rathfarnham W.S.A.F. A.C. 00:31:12
3 Andrew Connick MS Ferrybank A.C. 00:31:46
38 Sorcha Mac Domhnaill FS Donore Harriers 00:38:37
39 Carolyn Maria Hayes FS West Limerick A.C. 00:38:40
42 Caitriona Farrell FS An Bru A.C 00:39:00

The womens race was much close with only 3 seconds separating the first two.

The full results can be seen HERE

Some of the clubs with 10 or more members were....
Mallow AC...27, West Limerick AC 25, Dooneen AC 23, Bweeng Trailblazers 19, An Brú AC 16,  Kilfinane AC 12, St.Nicholas AC 11.

1) Bweeng Trailblazers AC have a gallery of 200+ photos HERE
2) Bryan Harnett has a gallery HERE


Monday, February 27, 2017

Overall results of the Killarney 5k Spring Series…2017

Overall results of the Killarney 5k Spring Series…2017

The 2017 Killarney Spring 5k Series came to successful conclusion with the 4th and final race on Saturday the 25th of February. The top 3 men and women in the 4th and final race were…

229 Tim O’Connor An Riocht AC SnrM 0:15:38
235 Sean O’Sullivan An Riocht AC M35 0:16:35
211 Shane Simcox Mallow AC M40 0:16:44
213 Shona Heaslip An Riocht AC SnrF 0:16:56
249 Marie McCarthy FFMV AC F40 0:18:14
265 Siobhan Daly Gneeveguilla AC F35 0:19:02

The results of the 4th race and the overall series can be seen ..

Friday, February 24, 2017

Adare 10k now closed

The Adare 10k road race which is coming up on Sunday the 26th of February is now closed! There will be no entries on the day.

Last year, the race attracted a bumper field of 595 people and that was a jump of 19% on the figure for 2015. The limit set for the race this year was 850.

Many of the races in Munster these days are past their peaks but this Adare race seems to be going from strength to strength.

More info about the race HERE

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Notice...Kilmacthomas 5 mile road race, Waterford - Sun 12th Feb 2017

The annual Kilmacthomas 5 mile road race will be held on Sunday the 12th of February 2017 at 11am.

As you can see from the race flyer above, it is being organised by West Waterford AC and only costs €8 to enter.

The village of Kilmacthomas is just off the N25 road and is roughly half way between Dungarvan and Waterford City.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Notice...Adare 10k road race, Co.Limerick - Sun 26th Feb 2017

The annual Adare 10k road race is coming up on Sunday the 26th of February 2017 at 1pm. Organised by West Limerick AC, this is always a popular race and attracts a large field of about 500 runners, way beyond the usual 200 or so most races get.

Please note that the entries have already passed the 500 mark so all the t-shirts are gone.

Update Fri 24th Feb... NOW CLOSED

From the organisers......The 2017 edition of the Adare 10k will take place on Sunday February 26th at 1pm. Entry to the race is limited to 850 entries *.  Every finisher will receive a medal. 

Entry fee is €20 plus booking fee online. Entry in person on Saturday or Sunday of the race weekend is €25 for the chip timed run or €10 for the non competitive walk.

Registration will take place in the Adare village hall on Saturday 25th from 2pm to 5pm and on Sunday from 10am to 12.30pm. There will be no entries after 12.30pm as the race will start at 1pm sharp.

There will be Individual, Category and team prizes presented in the Village Hall after as well as tea/coffee and food for all race participants.

You can register online HERE

Walkers can enter on the weekend for €10 and get a medal only, but not chip timing or t shirt.

Course.....The 10k course starts and finishes in Adare and takes in a loop to to the north-west.

Course Preview.....You can find maps, directions, photos and a preview of the course at...

* Update : 11th Feb 2017
Adare 10k Update 11-2-2017


Following a recent meeting of the organizing committee we have had to reduce the entry number of Adare 10k to 850 entrants for health and safety reasons. This is to ensure that everyone who enters has a safe enjoyable race. Should we reach this number we will be unable to let anyone else register.

As of this morning we have 550 people registered online.

The 2017 edition of the Adare 10k will take place on Sunday February 26th at 1pm. Entry to the race is now limited to 850 entries.  Every finisher will receive a medal.

Entry fee is €20 plus booking fee online. Entry in person on Saturday or Sunday of the race weekend is €25 for the chip timed run or €10 for the non competitive walk.

Registration will take place in the Adare village hall on Saturday 25th from 2pm to 5pm and on Sunday from 10am to 12.30pm. There will be no entries after 12.30pm as the race will start at 1pm sharp. This is necessary to have all data entered and correct for race day information.

There will be Individual, Category and team prizes presented in the Village Hall after as well as tea/coffee and food for all race participants.

We look forward to welcoming you all to Adare in two weeks time.

Adare 10k organising committee
West Limerick Ac

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Results of the Killarney 5k race...Sat 4th Feb 2017

The first race of four in the Killarney Spring 5k Series was held on Saturday the 4th of February 2017.

Position    Name    Club    Category    Time
1 Tim O'Connor    An Riocht AC    SnrM    15:55
3 Sean O'Sullivan An Riocht AC    M35    16:35
4 Shane Simcox    Mallow AC    M40    16:49
2 Shona Heaslip    An Riocht AC    SnrF    16:30
11 Sinead Tangney    Sportsworld AC    SnrF    18:21
12 Marie McCarthy    FFMV AC    F40    18:22

The full results can be seen HERE

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Notice...Killarney Winter 5k Series - Sat 6th, 13th, 20th & 27th Feb 2016

Gneeveguilla AC in Co.Kerry are holding their annual 5k series of races in Killarney in February 2017. The first race starts on Saturday the 4th of February with the remaining three races on the 11th, 18th & 25th of February 2017.

Each 5k race is on a route which is probably one of the fastest in Co.Kerry. It has been accurately measured by Jones Counter. The series also has an Athletics Ireland permit.

Each race starts at 11am sharp and costs just €6 to enter.

Prizes...To qualify for a prize, you must complete at least three out of the four races. After the 4th and final race, there will be refreshments and the series prizes will be given out. There are a substantial number of prizes which take the form of vouchers for local retail outlets in Killarney. One prize per person. In the event that someone wins a top 10 prize and a category prize then they will win the prize of greater value.

Directions & Preview...A full preview of the new course with directions and maps can be seen HERE

Overall........A stunning location for a race series. Nice fast accurate 5 km course in a park that most towns in Ireland would love to have. It costs just €6 to enter each race and is suitable for runners of all abilities...from serious to joggers. People come from all over the world to visit this location. If it's on your doorstep then make the most of it.

For more info on Gneeveguilla AC, visit their website...

Friday, January 13, 2017

Notice...29th Annual Colligan Cup race in West Waterford - Sun 15th Jan 2017

From the organisers..........


The 29th Annual Kiely Monumental Colligan cup takes place in Colligan wood. This unique event will of course use as it has for the past 29 years the Timing handicap system, What makes the handicap timing system so appealing to all levels of runner’s and joggers is the fact that every participant no matter what their level of fitness, have exactly the same chance of winning. All it takes is for you to know to the second exactly how long it will take you to cover 5 miles of the Colligan wood circuit. The Colligan cup is race 3 in the Michael Roche Carpet Series, Entry to the race itself is 8 Euro. Adult 5 mile starts at 12 noon and the Juvenile Colligan shield starts at 11 A.M.
The race is organised by West Waterford AC.
Directions.....Colligan Wood is located about 6 kms or 3.5 miles North-West of the town of Dungarvan in West Waterford.

From the Kilrush Roundabout on the ring road around Dungarvan, take the R672 for Clonmel. After about 3 kms, take the road right at the Master McGrath Monument (see photo below). After about 2 kms, take the next right (see photo) and then drive about another km on a narrow road to the car park for Colligan Wood (see photo).

Coming from Dungarvan, take the right at the Master McGrath Monument

Coming from Dungarvan, take right turn on the bend for Colligan Wood

Car Park for Colligan Wood

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Clare...Results of the Maigh NS 5k & 10k - Sun 8th Jan 2017

109 people took part between the two races. 

1    0:20:47    GARRY TWOMEY,     Kilmurry Ibrickane/North ClareM 5k
2    0:21:10    CILLIAN ROUINE,     Lahinch    M 5k
3    0:21:25    GARY RUSH,     Kilmurry Ibrickane/North ClareM 5k
5    0:22:32    AINE KEANE,     Kilmurry Ibrickane/North Clare    F 5k
6    0:22:54    EIMEAR KEANE,     Kilmurry Ibrickane/North Clare    F 5k
7    0:23:11    DYMPNA O DWYER,     Kilmurry Ibrickane/North Clare    F 5k 

31    0:35:54    THOMAS GARRAHY,     Kilmurry Ibrickane/North Clare    M 10k    847    31
36    0:38:06    JOHN O MALLEY,     Kilmurry Ibrickane/North Clare    M 10k    848    36
41    0:40:45    LIAM SHANNON,     Kilmurry Ibrickane/North Clare    M 10k    855    41
59    0:46:22    MAGS TWOMEY,     Kilmurry Ibrickane/North Clare    F 10k    888    59
85    1:03:00    SILE O LOUGHLIN,     Kilmurry Ibrickane/North Clare    F 10k    35    85
86    1:03:00    ROISIN SHANNON,     Kilmurry Ibrickane/North Clare    F 10k    36    86

The combined results are below...