Thursday, October 30, 2008

Kerry...'Kerry Autism Action' 4 Mile Road Race - Sun 2nd Nov (1pm)

The 'Kerry Autism Action' 4 mile road race in conuction with Kerry Autism Action. The race will take place on Sunday the 2nd November in Castleisland, Co.Kerry. All are welcome to enter and participants can walk, run or jog the course. A very attractive prize fund,fancy dress, novelty prizes and souvenir for all finishers, entry fee is €10 for adults and €5 for juniors. All proceeds go to Kerry Autism Action. For more details contact Mike Crean 087-2390200 (Kerry Autism Action) or Denny McSweeney (An Riocht A.C) 087-7995647. Sponsorship cards available form An Riocht Clubhouse 066-7142199 or members of Kerry Autism Action.
Race starts at 1pm.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Results of the Munster Novice & U23 Cross Country - Sun 19th Oct 2008

Munster Novice/U23 Cross Country Cross Country...Turnpike, Two Mile Borris....Sunday 19th October 2008. The results of these races are now available at

Tipperary...Intermediate Cross Country - Sun 12th Oct 2008

Tipperary Intermediate Cross Country race...Turnpike, Two Mile Borris
Sunday 12th October 2008. The results of this race are now available at

Tipperary...Nenagh 4 Mile Fun Run - Sun 26th Oct 2008

This 4 mile fun run attracted a very small field of 31 runners. No doubt, holding it on the day before the biggest Marathon in the country probably didn't help. By all accounts, it was a fast flat course with prizes for the first 2 men and lady runners. Hopefully, they will pick a different date next year and the numbers will increase. New races like this are always welcome as they help to increase participation in the sport in that part of the country.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Tipperary...Clonmel 4k Fun Run Series - Wed 22nd Oct (7pm)

Clonmel Athletic Club are holding a series of 4km and 2km fun runs at night in Clonmel. This 4k Fun Run Series started back on Wednesday 8th of October and it is on every Wednesday evening. The 3rd event is on Wednesday, the 22nd of October in Clonmel with the following events coming up on October 29th and on November 5th, 12th, 19th and 26th. The cost is 4 Euros per night. There will be an organised “Warm Up” session starting at 6.45pm each night. All participants must wear a reflective Bib. The route is – St Patrick’s Road onto the Bypass – down to Moangarriff Roundabout – up along the Waterford and back onto SilverSprings and back to St Patrick’s road. The race will consist of 1 lap (2K) and 2 laps (4K).

Monday, October 20, 2008

Tipperary/Kilkenny...Carrick-on-Suir AC Winter League begins Tuesday 21st October.

Carrick-on-Suir AC have announced the start of their third Super-Valu Winter League. The club has decided to stick with a similar formula as the past two years but there will be one or two changes to the format. As with last year there will be 2 distances choose from-the 2.5k and the 5k however only the 5k will count for the league. The 2.5k will be a Fit 4 Life style training run and will really act as stepping stone for those who wish to compete over the 5k distance.
The league will now take place over 12 weeks as opposed to 14. Once again the winners will be those who show the greatest improvement over the course of the league, not necessarily the fastest.

The registration night for this year’s Winter League took place at the Kildalton Agricultural College in Pilltown on Tuesday last, however runners can come along and register at any stage throughout the series. Entry fee is €3 for Athletics Ireland members and €5 for non Athletics Ireland members. This is another change from last year and it is hoped it will encourage runners to join the club and make a saving in the process. There is also a €5 number deposit which can be paid on each runner’s first night.
The league proper will start next Tuesday 21st October with registration from 6:30-6:50 p.m. and all runners off at 7 p.m. sharp.
As with last year the number one rule is ‘no bib-no run’ so please wear your reflective vest while running as it will be dark and the road is not closed.

Kerry...Results of the 'Lapping of the Lakes' 10k race, Killarney - Sat 18th Oct 2008

It looks like they got a nice turnout for this race in the Killarney National Park with around 150 runners taking part. What a stunning location for a race. On a sunny clear, it must be one of the most scenic courses anywhere in the country. Anyway, on to the category results...

Senior Men
1 Raivis Zakis, West Waterford 31:57
2 Cian Murphy, Iveragh 32:00
3 Michael Herlihy, North Cork 32:15
4 Donal O'Callaghan, Riocht 33:06
5 Donal Coffey,Millstreet 34:53
6 George Murray, East Cork 35:39

Senior Women
1 Jessica Hoskey, North Cork 38:10
2 Karin Teehan, Gneeveguilla 39:40
3 Ann Marie Costello, Gneeveguilla 40:38
4 Maureen Harrington, Riocht 42:56
5 Angie O'Sullivan, Riocht 43:17
6 Ellen Vitting, Kenmare 43:22

Junior Men - Kieran Mosi, Tralee Harriers
O/40 Men - John Barrett, Gneeveguilla
0/45 Men - Mike O'Shea, Iveragh
0/50 Men - Tim Horgan, Killarney
0/55 Men - Patrick O'Shea, Iveragh

Junior Lady - Simone McCarthy, Killarney
0/35 Women - Mary O'Connor, Riocht
0/40 Women - Caroline Murphy, Gneeveguilla

Race Report......
Irene Hartigan of UCC AC has very kindly submitted a race report on this event. Thanks Irene!!

A race in the Kingdom of Kerry
It all began on Saturday with registration in the old monastery building. Serious decisions had to made at registration as to whether you categorized yourself as a competitive runner, non-competetive runner or student. There were 50 runners in the competitive category in a 150 strong field. When crossing the county bounds to the Kingdom, the heavens opened but thankfully by the time the starting whistle was blown, the sun was shining leaving perfect running conditions.
From the start, the race was well organized with water provided at the start, 6k mark and at the finish. There were kilometer markers along the way and volunteers at every junction steering the competitors in the right direction. Slight confusion at one point was sorted when a fellow competitor roared from behind, 'tis straight on! It was a relatively flat and fast course, run mainly in the Killarney National Park taking in great scenery of the mountains, lakes and Ross Castle with an onshore breeze at the 4k mark. Runners were met with a long hill around the 8k mark. The race was pretty spread out by this stage with these gaps further widened by this long climb. The race finished back on the main road with a long straight finish with spectators encouraging runners to the line.
No traffic disruptions were caused except for a few of the pedigree herd of Kerry cows here and there on the course in the park! Although Kerry may have lost the All-Ireland final, the Kerry Stars certainly won today in organising a race enjoyed by one and all. There was a strong male contingent present from Cork however it was a West Wateford man who took the victory. Cork regained face in the ladies event with the winner coming from North Cork albeit, via Australia! Since the infancy of this 10k race there has been a shield for the male winner and this year for the first time, the female winner equally took home a shield! Overall, this was a good run so if ever in Killarney make sure to step it out in the National Park.........Irene Hartigan, UCC AC.
"Very good race and very good course - well done lads!!!......Anonymous"
"Really enjoyed the race. It was very well organised and the great route on largly traffic free roads provides some fantastic views of the lakes and mountains. I could not recommend this race highly enough. Absolutely brilliant......Don"

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Amsterdam - Results of the Marathon and Half Marathon

It seems like that a large contingent of runners from Munster made the trip to Amsterdam to do the Half Marathon and Full Marathon on Sunday, the 19th of October.

Full Marathon Results...
Bib....Name.......Town........Distance.........Chip Time........Clock Time
7053, Laurance Kennedy, Waterford, Marathon, 2:53:19, 2:53:33
2044, Trevor Mason, Waterford, Marathon, 2:58:58, 2:59:14
274, Jonathan Leniston, Killarney Kerry, Marathon, 3:00:27, 3:00:43
5538, Brett Lynam, County Waterford, Marathon, 3:03:09, 3:03:34
272, Brian Byrne, Waterford, Marathon, 3:08:13, 3:08:39
334, Garret Byrne, Dungarvan, Waterford, Marathon, 3:08:57, 3:09:22
7054, Gerard Cantwell, Waterford, Marathon, 3:14:08, 3:14:35,
16400, Angela Mc Evoy, Co Cork, Marathon, 3:21:08, 3:21:19
278, Simon Mangan, Killarney Kerry,Marathon, 3:22:25, 3:22:41
2321, Patrick Walsh, Cork, Marathon, 3:23:22, 3:25:15
16090, Ann Dunford, Waterford, Marathon, 3:25:45, 3:26:11
3903, Pat Dunford, Waterford, Marathon, 3:25:46, 3:26:11
4056, Fintan O Connell, Killarney Kerry, Marathon, 3:36:40, 3:37:34
5612, Robert Tate, Kerry, Marathon, 3:36:42, 3:37:34
4000, Grellan McGrath, Ballincollig Cork, Marathon, 3:45:10, 3:46:44
386, Barry Gannon, Cork, Marathon, 3:47:16, 3:49:20
751, Dave Hayes, Cork, Marathon, 3:54:40, 3:58:49
693, Charlie Gannon, Cork, Marathon, 4:00:33, 4:02:36
2341, Nicky Power, Waterford, Marathon, 4:14:34, 4:19:30
706, Adrian Duggan, Ballincollig Cork, Marathon, 4:29:39, 4:33:25
16464, Mary Murphy, Cork, Marathon, 4:39:40, 4:47:21
15284, Niamh Callanan, Cork, Marathon, 4:56:05, 5:03:29
15287, Noirin McCarthy, Cork, Marathon, 4:56:16, 5:03:40
15288, Ciara Lee, Cork, Marathon, 4:56:17, 5:03:40

Half Marathon Results....
20150, Austin Browne, Cork, Halve marathon, 1:20:44, 1:21:13
20166, Michael Dwyer, Waterford, Halve marathon, 1:23:04, 1:23:23
20164, Rhona Lynch, Cork, Halve marathon, 1:25:33, 1:26:01
20196, Nollaigh Hunter, Co Cork, Halve marathon, 1:27:53, 1:28:01
20231, Kenneth O'Donnell, Waterford, Halve marathon, 1:32:33, 1:33:56
20291, Tadhg Og Lynch, Cork, Halve marathon, 1:33:00, 1:33:29
20405, Anthony Dwyer, Dungarvan, Waterford, Halve marathon, 1:40:08, 1:41:31
22711, Albert Diggin, Co Cork, Halve marathon, 1:43:42, 1:45:57
22519, Marie Dwyer, Waterford, Halve marathon, 1:44:18, 1:45:40
20267, Siobhan Murphy, Cork, Halve marathon, 1:47:12, 1:48:09
27647, Patrick Browne, Waterford, Halve marathon, 1:48:42, 1:56:00
22756, Stephen Twomey, Cork, Halve marathon, 1:51:43, 1:56:05
22725, Niall Bradley, Cork, Halve marathon, 1:57:30, 1:59:44
22127, Ann Hanily, Limerick, Halve marathon, 2:13:34, 2:26:26

For anyone interested, you can do a full search of the results at THIS LINK and they give a very good breakdown of each 5 kms with a graph if you click on the persons name.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Kerry...'Lapping of the Lakes' 10k race - Killarney (2pm)

This charity event takes place next Saturday, the 18th of October at 2pm in Killarney. If the weather co-operates, this should be a stunning location for a race as it goes through the National Park with the mountains of Kerry as a backdrop.
Note that the registration and the race is on the Western side of the town of Killarney. If you are coming from Cork, the quickest route is probably to take the Northern bypass as if you were heading for Killorglin but turn in towards the town at the last roundabout. Look for the church spire and you can't go wrong.

(Old Monastry)

Details..........Saturday 18th of October - 10k 'Lapping of the Lakes' - through the National Park - race/walk on in Killarney in aid of the Kerry Stars Special Olympic club. Registration starts at 12 o'clock at the Old Monastery School, Port Road, Killarney. Entry fee is €10.00 and sponsorship cards are also available. 1st male/female home get a training grant of €400, 2nd €250, 3rd €150. Grants also awarded in the vetern categories as well. (o/35 women, o/40 men/women and so on). Further details can be got from Tom Tobin at 0872338575.

Waterford...'WLRFM Run for Life' 10 Mile Road Race - Sun 19th Oct (12 noon)

From what I understand, this is more of a fun run & charity fund raising event rather than the usual type of road race. The run is in aid of a new cancer support centre for Waterford and the South East. The main sponsor is WLRFM, the local radio station. You have the option of running the full 10 miles or you can enter as a relay team and run 5 miles each.

Entries.......They have a sponsorship form up which contains some details. You have until next Saturday, the 18th of Oct to register. Click HERE for more info.

Race Route.......They have a rough map of the route up HERE.

You can find some additional info on the WLRFM website.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Munster Novice Cross Country, Thurles, Tipperary - Sun 19th Oct

The Munster Novice Cross Country race takes place next Sunday, the 19th of October. The venue is near Two Mile Borris which is just off the N8 Cork Dublin road and to the East of Thurles. If you are interested in doing this race, you should contact the relevant official in your club asap.

The race location can be seen HERE.
Elsewhere, there 2 other road races coming up next weekend, one in Waterford and one in Kerry. More details tomorrow.

Waterford...Results of the 'Garvey's Supervalue' Cross Country - 12th Oct 2008

Looking at the photos of this event, it seems that the weather in West Waterford was certainly a lot brighter than for the Cross Country race in Cork. Reading the race report, it looks as if it was a very close race with Alan O'Shea and Sandis Bralitis neck and neck for most of it.

Ladies Race..............Corinna Walsh 14.50, Pauline Lamb 14.53, Diane Behan 15.37, Norma Wall 16.12, Ann Whelan 17.06, Brigid Coffey 17.44, Onra Power 20.20
Men’s Race..............Sandis Bralitis 24.39, Alan O’ Shea 24.41, James McCarthy 25.54, Raivis Zakis 26.11, Mick Kelly 26.13, Frank Halley 26.14, Paul Deegan 26.15, Rory Moloney 27.19, Frank Hayes 27.28, Eric Meade 27.50, Pat Ryan 28.02, Sean Stilwell 28.18, Kevin Kenneally 28.25, Aubray Storey 28.32, Denis McCarthy 28.38, Harry O’ Brien 28.58, Keith Radley 29.20, PJ Guinan 29.44, Des Feeney 30.15, Pat O’ Riordan 30.20, Tomas Mahoney 30.29, Michael Murphy 31.29, Colin Lyons 31.29, Connie Kelleher 32.08, Vincent Tutty 33.59, Michael Wade 34.06, John O’ Connor 34.33, Tom Byrne 35.01
Winners Senior: Corinna WalshOver 35: Brigid CoffeyOver 40: Ann Whelan
Men’s ResultsSenior: Sandis Bralitis, Over 35: Frank Hayes, Over 40: Paul Deegan, Over 45: Denis McCarthy, Over 50: Colin Lyons, Over 55: Connie Kelleher
A full race report can be found on the West Waterford AC website.
They also have 3 sets of photos. Set 1, Set 2 and Set 3.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Waterford...'Supervalue' Cross Country Race in Dungarvan - Sun 12th Oct (2:30pm)

Late Autumn is the usual time of year that the Cross Country season starts. In most events, the races are pre-entry only and you must be a member of a club to run. In Waterford on next Sunday, they have a cross country race that is open to everyone and you can enter on the day. If you have never done a cross country race before, you will find it is a different experience from running on the roads. First of all, the ground is a lot softer and it can be more tiring to run on. The second thing is that it can be slippy if it is wet. To do it, you should have special shoes with spikes but to be honest, if it's not wet, you could just wear a pair of old runners and be careful on the corners. Here are the details of the race next Sunday as supplied by James Veale of West Waterford AC.........

The Garveys SuperValue Cross Country Gallop takes place next Sunday October 14th in St.Augustines College with a 2.30 pm starting time. As previous years this event is open to all and caters for all levels of runners from elite runners, club runners, fun runners and joggers all are more than welcome, We have a 1 lap 2k run plus a 2 lap run (4km) or the 4 laps run (8km). There will be prizes on offer in all events and plenty of spots prizes too.This race is now in its 16th year and has seen some great battles over that time. An added bonus to the race is the fact that it incorporates the county senior championships for men and women and here too we hope to have the club well represented as we strive to retain both the Ladies and Men’s team titles won in 2007.Entries are expected from many of the surrounding counties as well as a huge local involvement. After a most satisfactory start in Kilmacow last Sunday week in the Ryan brothers shield competition between St.Senans AC and ourselves we have a commanding lead here and hopefully Sunday we can continue on the same vane by retaining that shield again for 2008. The Gallop has a starting time of 2.30 P.M. The Senior event will be preceded by a full County Juvenile programme for uneven ages, The organisers have tried to make this race attractive to everyone. From the elite Senior Men and Women who will take on the four laps to all joggers, fun runners will also be catered for in the either the 2 lap event or if you prefer the 1 lap event and there is many categories on the day with something for everyone thanks to the generosity of our sponsor Garveys SuperValue Dungarvan. The presentation of prizes will take place immediately after the race at the College grounds.

Monday, October 6, 2008

Limerick...Results of the 'Limerick Leader' Womens Mini-Marathon

Looks like they got around 3,000 entrants this year for the 'Limerick Leader' Womens Mini-Marathon on what was a lovely autumnal day. First Lady accross the line was Rosmary Ryan of Bilboa AC who also won the Munster Half Marathon in Blarney, Co. Cork just 3 weeks beforehand.

The Top 10 Finishers for this 7 km road race were as follows:
1. Rosemary Ryan 23:07
2. Carmel Crowley 24:26
3. Eimear Martin 24:42
4. Orla Drumm 24:52
5. Veronica Colleran 25:20
6. Jessamy Hoskin 25:27
7. Ann McPhail 25:28
8. Michelle Finn 26:17
9. Mary Sheehan 27:25
10. Carol Finn 27:45

Limerick Athletic Club were the driving force behind this event and they have a full set of results up on their website with times for the first 199 finishers.

Limerick AC also have a photo gallery of the event HERE.

Sport Limerick have a gallery of 154 photos HERE.