Tuesday, August 19, 2014

News about athletics in Kerry...

Three items of interest about athletics in Kerry.....

1) 17 year old Adam King from Ballinskelligs is a member of Iveragh AC and is one of the up and coming stars in the hammer. There was a good article on him in the Irish Examiner on Tues 19th Aug and you can see it HERE.

2) Adam is also part of a 5 strong Irish team going to the Youth Olympics in Nanjing, China. You can find more info here... http://corkrunning.blogspot.ie/2014/08/schedule-for-irish-athletes-at-youth.html

3) From Kerry Athletics.....Kerry Athletics are forming a sub-committee to support athletes in the development of their athletic career over the course of a three year program. The committee is made up of senior athletes and coaches.

The sub-committee is organising an information night for all club athletes from the ages of 15yrs up to Senior level. This will be held on Tuesday 26th August @ 8pm in Farranfore Community Hall. We would encourage all athletes to attend.

Overview: Squad Objectives:

  • Target athletes in the age group 15 – Senior level who have committed to Athletics as one of their main sports.
  • Support such athletes in the development of their athletic career over the course of a three year programme.
  • Support their own personal development
  • Create a “team” environment rather than “individual” participation in Munster & National championships.
  • Develop a core group of athletes that train together and are identified as part of a Kerry Athletics Team

The Program involves:

  • Completion of an application form to determine the current suitability of the athlete to the program.
  • Initial Team Building exercise
  • Physical fitness assessment
  • Weekly / Monthly Training Sessions with specialised coaches to include
  • Training Programmes on specific events
  • Advice with regard to Nutrition, Avoiding and Dealing with Injury, Sports Psychology
  • Assistance with writing Personal Development Plan
  • Maintenance of a Training Diary
  • National Competition
  • Commitment to Representing Kerry in Munster & National Competitions
  • This will form part of an ongoing development strategy.

Event notice...Dingle Half and full Marathon - Sat 6th Sept 2014

As the summer comes to an end, there is no shortage of Half-Marathons coming up on the race calendar. One of the most scenic is the Dingle Half-Marathon in the far west of Kerry. Starting in Dingle, the route goes through Ventry before making it's way around Slea Head to the finish line in Dunquin. Those doing the full return to Dingle to complete the 26.2 mile loop. Considering that the roads by Slea Head are closed then it really is one of the most spectacular events in the country.


Both the full and half marathon start at 9AM from Strand St. in Dingle town.

All runners receive: chip timing, packs sent to your door (ROI only), quality finishers top, quality medal, goody bag, music & entertainment, after party, reduced entry to following year.

Pacers as follows for Dingle: Half: 1.30, 1.45, 2.00, 2.15 /// Full: 3.30, 3.45, 4.00, 4.15



Please note that entries close on the 28th of August. To enter and for more info, go to http://www.dinglemarathon.ie/

You can see more info about the half-marathon and full marathon courses HERE


Kerry...Results of the Rose of Tralee 10k - Sun 17th Aug 2014

A total of 857 runners took part in this 10k in Tralee, N.Kerry. Almost 59% of the field were women compared the more usual 40% or so in other races around the country.

1    Mark HANRAHAN 31:29 Senior 18-39  (1)    Male  (1)
2    Michael HARTY 32:43 Senior 18-39  (2)    Male  (2)
3    Donal O'CALLAGHAN 34:58 Senior 18-39  (3)    Male  (3)
15    Michelle FINN 37:49 Senior 18-39  (1)    Female  (1)
17    Niamh O SULLIVAN 38:05 Senior 18-39  (2)    Female  (2)
24    Annameria COSTELLOE 38:51 Senior 18-39  (3)    Female  (3)


The full results can be seen HERE

Monday, August 18, 2014

Kerry...Results of Rás an Bhuailtín - Sat 16th Aug 2014

64 runners took part in this 10k in Ballyferriter on the Dingle Peninsula.

1 Aouh O Cuirrain MS 36:49
2 Peadar O Cathasaigh MS 37:17
3 Aidan Mc Carthy MS 38:59
5 Veronica Colleran FS 40:26
14 Fionnoula Ui Desmond FS 45:49
18 Aoife NiSheaghdha FS 46:52


The full results can be seen HERE

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Limerick...Results of the Curraghchase 10k - Sun 17th Aug 2014

There was a huge turnout of 632 for this years 10k in Curraghchase National Park in Co.Limerick, a jump of over double the numbers of last year. The chart shows the numbers in the last 3 years.....from 377 in 2012, down to 296 in 2013 and a big jump up to 632 in 2014.

As races go in Limerick, 632 is way above the norm.

1 Declan Moore male  34:15
2  Paul Gleeson male  35:53
3  Shawn Quirke male  36:36
15 Maria Carey female  42:11
25 Aideen Shinners female  43:30
29 Sharon Cleere female  44:06


The full results can be seen HERE

Tipperary...Results of the Clonmel Half-Marathon - Sun 17th Aug 2014


A record 547 runners took part in this years Boston Scientific Clonmel Half-Marathon, up from the 503 of last year.

1 Philip Harty West Waterford AC SM     01:10:14 1st Man
2 Tim O'Donoghue East Cork AC SM     01:11:49 2nd Man
3 David Mansfield Clonmel AC SM     01:12:07 3rd Man
18 Emma Murphy St.Finbarrs AC SF     01:21:27 1st Lady
39 Madeline Loughnane Thurles Crokes AC SF     01:24:32 2nd Lady
52 Angela McCann Clonmel AC F40     01:26:19 3rd Lady


The full results can be seen HERE

Photos...
1) Clonmel AC have a number of galleries on their Facebook page...
a) 25 from the start line.
b) 144 from the 6 mile mark
c) 74 from the finish

Race report from Clonmel AC......Boston Scientific Half Marathon race report
Philip Harty wins Boston Scientific Half Marathon convincingly
The 5th running of the Boston Scientific Half marathon took place last Sunday in very good conditions with the race attracting a record of 547 finishers. Right from the start a small group dictated the pace that included Raivis Zakis (West Waterford), the defending winner Colin Merritt (Cork), David Ryan (Clonmel) and the eventual winner Philip Harty (West Waterford). This group were still together at 3 miles and then on the run to the 6 mile mark Philip Harty increased the pace and soon put daylight between himself and the rest of the field with a great display of front running. Philip maintained this pace all the way along the Wood road and all the way down the Bypass he was full of running to come home a very convincing winner in 70 mins 14 secs, a brilliant performance and just two secs off the course record set by David McCarthy in 2012 of 70 mins 12 secs. He becomes the 3rd West Waterford athlete to win this event in the past 5 years. 


In the Master categories the winners were: 1st over 40 Colin Merritt (Cork) in 72:21 with David Ryan (Clonmel) 2nd in 76:43. Ken Devine (St Finbarr’s) was 1st 0/45 in 79:26 with Anthony O Brien (Leamlara) 2nd in 80:36. Bernard Feery (Fethard) was 1st over 50 in 86:37 with Liam Kavanagh (West Waterford) 2nd in 90:51. Tommy Halpin (Ballynonty) was 1st over 55 in 85:15 with Larry Kennedy (Waterford A C) 2nd in 91:16. 


In the Ladies race we also had a very competitive event with Emma Murphy (St Finbarr’s) running very well to win in 81 mins 25 secs when 18th overall. Madeline Loughnane (Thurles Crokes) also ran very well when 2nd woman in 84 mins 29 secs. Then we had our own Angela McCann running another great race when 3rd woman in 86:16. Teresa Aga (St Abban’s) also ran very well when 4th woman in 88:27 with Sally Forrestal 5th woman in 88:34. 


The 1st woman over 35 was Sharon Woods (Mallow) in 93:30 with Suzanne Shine Clonmel 2nd in 96:56.The 1st woman over 40 was Gillian Cotter (Cork) with Siobhain McHugh (Clonmel) 2nd in 91:39. The 1st Woman over 45 was Jacinta Brazil (Waterford A C) in 95:06 with Martina Ryan (Thurles Crokes) 2nd in 96:14.The 1st woman over 50 was Mary Mulcahy (St Finbarr’s) with 2nd in 109:02 with Anne Dwyer (Limerick) 111:52. 


This year’s event proved our most successful venture ever with over 540 athletes participating and it was great to see so many finishing in good spirits and many well able to put in a final surge up the finishing straight. Organising such a massive event entailed a lot of hard work and the Club is indebted to everyone who helped in any way to make this event such a success. We received brilliant assistance from both the Gardai and the Civil Defence who along with our 100 stewards ensured that the whole event was well managed. Thanks to everyone who helped especially all our Ladies who made sure that there was plenty of Post race refreshments for everyone and well down to all our catering Staff who ensured everyone were well catered for. The Club would also like to thank our main sponsors, Boston Scientific for all their help and assistance. Also thanks to our other sponsors like Glanbia, Powerade, River Rock, Stable Diet, Tipperary Spring Water, Barlo Motors and the Borough Council. 


The Club is also indebted to the LIT Campus Clonmel for the use of their fabulous facilities for our Race Headquarters and to Terence Feenan who gave us such great help and assistance. We would also like to thank Clonmel Og for the Toilet and Showers facilities which were very much appreciated by everyone and to Maher Plant Hire for the use of the generator at such short notice. Our sincere thanks to Fran Mulcahy and her colleagues at South Tipperary Physio Clinic they were busy after the race and we thank them for their assistance. The Club is also indebted to Clonmel Waste who gave us tremendous help and assistance in clearing up all the Recycling rubbish after such an event.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Notice...Open X-Country, Newcastlewest, Limerick - Sun 31st Aug 2014

With the cross country season coming up in late Autumn, West Limerick AC are organising an event which should appeal to club athletes in training as well as those who have never tried X-Country before.


From the organisers...West Limerick AC...The Demesne is a parkland so the races will be run on short grass.  The Fit4Life event will be a flat course on short grass within the park.

Both Open events will include some hills, and will cross two bridges, all also within the park.

All three events are open to everyone, non-club runners are very welcome. The event is AAI permitted.

We are hoping that it will give those new to athletics a taste of what cross country running is about and may attract more athletes to competing in Co. Championships in time. For the more experienced we hope it will be a good pre-season run for anyone targeting upcoming cross country championships.


The race HQ is the  local community centre. Detailed directions on how to get there can be seen HERE

Monday, August 11, 2014

Notice...Cill na Marta 5k Run & Walk, West Cork - Wed 20th Aug 2014

This 5k run & walk is coming up in the village of Cill na Martra near Macroom on Wednesday 20th of August 2014.


The easiest way to get there is to take the turn off at the Mons Bar on the N22 Cork to Killarney road.

Mons Bar is about 5 miles from Macroom and it's 1.8 miles from there to Cill na Martra. The Prince August factory in the village is well signposted from the main road.

Registration is at the local GAA club. Prizes are €50, €30 & €20 for male and female 1,2 & 3.

Course Preview........A more detailed view of the course with maps, directions and photos can be seen HERE

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Clare...Results of the Kilmurry-Sixmilebridge 10k - Fri 8th Aug 2014

A total of 149 runners took part in this 10k race.

1 34:18    JULIO CESEAR F CASTRO,     Kilmurry Ibrickane/North Clare M
2 34:41    KEITH LYNCH,     B. M. O. H    M
3 35:29    PAUL FITZGERALD,     Limerick A. C.    M
1 40:34    SHARON RYNNE,     Kilmurry Ibrickane/North Clare F
2 40:56    CUSHLA BRID HEHIR,     Ennis Track Club    F
3 42:52    MICHELLE O HALLORAN GUERIN, Quin    F


The full results can be seen HERE

Waterford...Results of the Island 5k - Sun 10th Aug 2014

232 turned out for this 5k near Waterford City.

1    MURPHY BRIAN   16:44  5:24/M
2    QUINLAN FRANK 17:03   5:30/M
4    O'SULLIVAN  BRIAN 19:08  6:10/M
3    SISSON EMILY  17:05  5:31/M
12  MCGUINNESS VALERIE 20:29 6:36/M   
20  JOHNSON STEPHANIE 21:17  6:52/M    F35   


The full results are HERE

Club athletes from Munster in the National Half-Marathon in Dublin...Mon 4th Aug 2014

The Rock 'n' Roll Half-Marathon in Dublin on the 4th of August also doubled up as the Athletics Ireland Half-Marathon Championships this year again. Some 6,500 or so runners took part.

Listed below are the various athletes from clubs in Munster who took part and their respective category position.

8 15090 01:12:23 Michael Herlihy North Cork A.C. Sen Men
9 15093 01:13:27 Tim Twomey Leevale A.C. Sen Men
12 15092 01:13:56 Chris Harrington Leevale A.C. Sen Men
13 15096 01:14:26 Owen Casey Leevale A.C. Sen Men
14 1013 01:14:40 David Mansfield Clonmel A.C. Sen Men
24 1027 01:17:39 Geoffrey Casey Togher A.C. Sen Men
27 1063 01:19:58 John Fitzgibbon Thurles Crokes A.C. Sen Men
41 1082 01:24:15 David O'Keeffe Togher A.C. Sen Men
42 15015 01:24:46 David Lyons Ennis Track A.C. Sen Men
47 1070 01:25:23 David Butler St. Finbarrs A.C. Sen Men
57 2037 01:30:17 John Dooley Thurles Crokes A.C. Sen Men
58 2020 01:30:36 Eoin O'Sullivan Togher A.C. Sen Men

4 15102 01:15:05 John O'Connell Leevale A.C. MM 35-39

21 1045 01:25:23 John Shanahan Dundrum A.C. MM 35-39
23 15016 01:25:40 John Maloney Ennis Track A.C. MM 35-39
32 15031 01:31:19 Jason Moloney Ennis Track A.C. MM 35-39

59 2090 01:43:57 Patrick Buckley Mallow A.C. MM 35-39
67 3051 01:53:43 Tom O Riordan Ballymore Cobh A.C. MM 35-39
76 15017 01:59:35 Tom Leahy West Waterford A.C. MM 35-39

3 15105 01:19:25 Finbarre O'Dwyer Leevale A.C. MM40-44
28 1101 01:30:21 Damian Gannon Celbridge A.C. MM40-44
29 1152 01:31:09 Eoin Murray Clonliffe Harriers A.C. MM40-44

5 1048 01:21:37 Liam Cotter St. Finbarrs A.C. MM45-49
12 15019 01:29:32 John Murphy Ennis Track A.C. MM45-49
21 1121 01:37:31 Keith Sexton Eagle A.C. MM45-49
54 3080 02:03:36 Conor Blackwell West Waterford A.C. MM45-49

13 2032 01:32:57 Alison Kirwan Star of the Laune A.C. Sen Women
14 1134 01:34:01 Carmel Fitzgibbon Thurles Crokes A.C. Sen Women
27 2105 01:41:34 Sinead Brannigan Waterford A.C. Sen Women
37 3053 01:49:04 Lyndsey Dooley Thurles Crokes A.C. Sen Women
38 4025 01:49:11 Sinead O Meara Thurles Crokes A.C. Sen Women
68 4020 02:03:57 Michelle Maher Thurles Crokes A.C. Sen Women
80 10002 02:12:58 Rebecca Cassin Clonmel A.C. Sen Women
81 9030 02:12:58 Sheena Mullins Clonmel A.C. Sen Women
82 9017 02:12:58 Catherine Crotty Clonmel A.C. Sen Women

4 2022 01:33:37 Sharon Woods Mallow A.C. MW35-39
64 15084 02:08:37 Una Mulligan West Waterford A.C. MW35-39
87 11006 02:25:20 Siobhan Roche Clonmel A.C. MW35-39
92 11016 02:32:22 Emily O'Regan Clonmel A.C. MW35-39
94 13005 02:36:37 Trish Hayes Mallow A.C. MW35-39

96 14004 02:44:17 Siobhan Rossiter Drogheda & District A.C. MW35-39
97 14002 02:44:52 Jacinta Kenneally Drogheda & District A.C. MW35-39
98 12013 02:48:05 Alison Brown Drogheda & District A.C. MW35-39
99 11026 02:48:34 Belinda Clifford Drogheda & District A.C. MW35-39

1 15107 01:24:11 Angela McCann Clonmel A.C. MW40-44
35 4016 01:55:25 Judy Kelly Waterford A.C. MW40-44
40 3003 01:56:42 Dolores Gibbons Bandon A.C. MW40-44
51 6034 02:01:12 Catriona Kiely West Waterford A.C. MW40-44
58 9006 02:06:41 Lisa Hayes Waterford A.C. MW40-44

6 2095 01:42:40 Sharon Flynn Waterford A.C. MW45-49
22 10001 01:56:03 Lizzie Ryan Clonmel A.C. MW45-49
30 6047 02:00:14 Mary-Clare Healy Grange/Fermoy A.C. MW45-49
41 7032 02:12:38 Betty Ryan Waterford A.C. MW45-49

6 15073 01:55:39 Mary Mulcahy St. Finbarrs A.C. MW50-54

2 15038 01:41:46 Mary Jennings Waterford A.C. MW55-59

1 11019 02:25:09 Terri Gough West Waterford A.C. MW65-69
2 9005 02:26:25 Maggie Dunne Grange/Fermoy A.C. MW65-69


Full club results......Indiv Men.......Indiv Women.......Mens Team.......Womens Team

Video highlights from Irish SportsNet...


Waterford...Results of the Marine Climb 6m race - Fri 8th Aug 2014

131 turned out for this years race organised by West Waterford AC

MARINE CLIMB 6m race
Men’s Results
Philip Harty West Waterford AC 34.47
Raivis Zakis West Waterford AC 35.18
John Leahy West Waterford AC 36.56
0/40 Dermot Ryan West Waterford AC 36.57
0/45 Jim Baldwin Waterford AC 38.30
0/50 Declan Flynn South London Harriers AC 39.36
0/55 Gerry Cantwell West Waterford 42.10
Junior Liam Reilly West Waterford AC 40.35
Ladies Results
Mary Molloy IND 42.59
Hannah Mai Flynn South London Harriers AC 43.31
Phyllis Flynn Stragglers 44.20
0/35 Mary Dyer West Waterford AC AC 48.45
0/40 Brigid Coffey West Waterford AC 49.07
0/45 Andrea Gaffney West Waterford 53.02
0/50 Eileen Heffernan IND 49.22


The full results can be seen HERE

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Clare...Results of the Kildysart 5k road race - Mon 4th Aug 2014

71 runners took part in the 9th Annual Dermot Power Memorial 5k Road Race in Kildysart, Co. Clare on Monday 4 August 2014.

1 17:41    WILLIE DEVITT,     Kilmurry Ibrickane North Clare M
2 18:28    SEAMUS POWER,     Kilmurry Ibrickane North Clare M
3 18:53    PATRICK ENRIGHT,     Sportsworld A. C.    M
16 22:54    ELAINE SHANNON,     Kilmurry Ibrickane North Clare F
18 25:06    CATHERINE CARMODY,     Clare Crusaders    F
19 26:02    OLIVIA GARRY,     Kildysart    F


The full results can be seen HERE

Kerry...Results of the Fossa One Mile race - Fri 8th Aug 2014

57 runners turned out for this one mile road race in Fossa organised by Gneeveguilla AC.

1 Robert Purcell Jnr Gneeveguilla AC Snr M 04:34
2 Darragh Browne Lios Tuathall AC Jnr M 04:39
3 Arthur Fitzgerald Farranfore Maine Valley AC Snr M 04:44
9 Carol Finn Leevale AC Snr F 04:59
16 Siobhan Daly An Riocht AC Snr F 05:25
17 Niamh Clifford Star of the Laune AC SnrF 05:36


The full results are up on the Gneeveguilla AC website.

Friday, August 8, 2014

Kerry...Photos of the Ballinskelligs Charity 3 Beach Run - Sun 27th July 2014

144 photos from this charity run can now be seen HERE

Kerry...Results of the Kilgobnet 4 mile road race...Fri 1st Aug 2014

A small crowd of 80 runners took part in the Kilgobnet 4 mile road race...Fri 1st Aug 2014. The race was hosted by Star of the Laune AC.

Place    Name    Number    Club    Time
1    Simon Mangan    532    Gneeveguillia AC    21:36  
2    Connor Kissane    520    Killarney    21:38
3    Robert Purcell Jnr    504    Gneeveguillia AC    22:03
7    Maria McCarthy    524    FF/MV    23:44  
16    Niamh Clifford    568    Star of the Laune      25:46
17    Alison Kirwan    536    Star of the Laune    25:55


Full results HERE

Kerry...Results of the Banna 5k & 10k race - Sun 3rd Aug 2014

BANNA ROAD RACE 5k
1    Patrick Peters (631)    00:18:08    00:17:56    All Ages  (1)    Male  (1)
2    Constant HUISZOON (537)    00:18:56    00:18:44    All Ages  (2)    Male  (2)
3    Francis Maunsell (586)    00:19:55    00:19:42    All Ages  (3)    Male  (3)
26    Helen TANSLEY (551)    00:24:16    00:24:01    All Ages  (1)    Female  (1)
28    Sarah BURKE (545)    00:24:33    00:24:18    All Ages  (2)    Female  (2)
30    Kate SPRING (552)    00:24:49    00:24:34    All Ages  (3)    Female  (3)


BANNA ROAD RACE 10k
1    Donal O'CALLAGHAN (21)    00:34:12    00:33:58    All Ages  (1)    Male  (1)
2    Michael O'REGAN (50)    00:34:34    00:34:20    All Ages  (2)    Male  (2)
3    Simon Mangan (160)    00:35:54    00:35:42    All Ages  (3)    Male  (3)
5    Maria Mccarthy (133)    00:37:59    00:37:45    All Ages  (1)    Female  (1)
6    Ann Marie Holland (141)    00:38:37    00:38:23    All Ages  (2)    Female  (2)
13    Sharon Cahill (130)    00:42:25    00:42:12    All Ages  (3)    Female  (3)


The full results can be seen HERE

Kerry...Results of the Annascaul Fun Runs - Sat 2nd Aug 2014

The results can be seen HERE

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Gneeveguilla AC finish 5th at National League Track & Field Final in Tullamore



The Gneeveguilla AC womens team finished a very credible 5th at the Division 1 National League Final in Tullamore on Sunday the 3rd of August 2014. This was the first time that the club had qualified for the competition. Between all of the mens and womens teams at the event, Gneeveguilla AC was the only club from Kerry and one of the few from Munster. Full report of the National League Final in Tullamore with results and photos now up on the club website.


Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Notice...Killarney 10 mile road race - Sat 27th Sept 2014

One quick look at the race calendar shows a multitude of races with many being held for many different reasons. This one however is special. The objective of this race is to raise funds for a new athletics track in Killarney.


At the moment, the only athletics track in Kerry is the full size 400m track at the grounds of An Ríocht AC in Castleisland. It's an excellent facility and is used for all the major track & field competitions in Kerry.

It is however a 15 mile trip from Killarney. The distance in itself isn't an issue when it's for the likes of say an occasional competition but driving children there back and forth twice a week is another issue. What is required is a local facility in Killarney that is easy for people in the town and surrounding area to access.

What is proposed is the development of a 200m micro track and a floodlit all weather pitch area which will be situated on grounds leased from the St. Brendan's Trust (St. Brendan's College Killarney).

The track will have 4 lanes and have a tartan surface. While it will be measured correctly...i.e. 200m in lane 1, the track will not be a standard 200m track like say the indoor track in Athlone IT. The gradient from lane 1 to 4 will be much reduced as the track will also be used by athletes with special needs. In terms of training however it is excellent for juveniles and adults.

One special feature will be the straight section that you can see at the top. This is about 120m long and will be properly measured, marked and certified. This will facilitate all sprint events such as say the 100m, womens 100m hurdles and mens 110m hurdles. They also have plans for a long jump area as well as a facilities for pole vault, high jump, shot putt and a throwing cage.

The initiative is being supported by three local clubs as well...Spa Muckross AC, Gneeveguilla AC and Kenmare AC...

One might ask why didn't they opt for a full size 400m track but the amount of land required and the costs involved would be in a completely different league. This new facility will suit the training needs of most of the local athletes be they seniors or juveniles.

As a project, I don't see why it couldn't be replicated elsewhere around the country? It is something a lot of other athletic clubs might consider.

So, back to the race! :o)

It is on Saturday the 27th of September with a 1.30pm start.
The entry fee is €20 plus 1.50 process online.
For that there is the race, a medal, a dry fit top, chip timing and the usual prizes including spots.


The course takes in a loop to the north-west of the town as well as inside the park itself.

More on the course later.

For more info and to enter, go to the race website... http://killarney10mile.com/index.html

From the organisers.....
KILLARNEY'S first micro-athletic running track is poised to become a reality. The facility, which will feature four lanes and an astro-turf football pitch, is to be built in the grounds of St Brendan's College.

A special fundraising 10-mile road race around Killarney town is to take place on Saturday, September 27, and is expected to attract a host of elite athletes.

"People of all abilities, elite and recreational athletes, joggers and walkers are invited," said Jerh Griffin of the organising committee.

Race walking world record holder and Minish native Gillian O'Sullivan will start the race and former world mountain running champion John Linehan will present the medals.

"We are excited at the prospect of this race being an annual event to support the students and the community in this race as they jointly seek to create a mini style university approach to physical education in a sustainable way," added Jerh.