Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Kerry...Preview of the Beaufort 10km Road Race - Fri 1st Jan 2009 (2pm)

This 10 km road race take place in the small village of Beaufort which is just a few kms to the West of Killarney. The numbers are usually pretty small yet by all accounts, it is supposed to be a really nice race. The route is along nice quiet country roads with the mighty MacGillcuddys Reeks providing a backdrop to the south.

How to get there........if you are coming from the Cork direction, take the relief road around Killarney and take the N72 for Killorglin. After Fossa, pass the turn off left for Gap of Dunloe and take the next left.

See this link for a map.

A race flyer can be seen HERE.

Waterford...Results of the 'Baldy Man' Beach race - Sun 27th Dec 2009

This must have been one of the few races that actually went ahead and wasn't cancelled over the Christmas period. The race was in Tramore on the Waterford coast and attracted an impressive 261 entries.

The full results are HERE.

There are some photos of the event HERE.

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Kerry & Tipperary...Races on St.Stephens Day cancelled!!

Kerry..........Sat 10:15am.......I have received a text saying that the 4 mile road race today in Faranfore has been cancelled. There is no info yet as to whether it will be on at a later date.

Tipperary.......the 4 mile road race in Clonmel has been cancelled. The provisional new date for the race is now the 10th of Jan.....which is the date for the Mallow 10 race!

Friday, December 25, 2009

Races in Munster - 26th & 27th Dec 2009

Here is a selection of the road races in Munster just after Christmas Day...

Sat 26th...
Cork......there is a 4 mile race in Belgooly to the south of Cork city. This race starts at 12 noon and is likely to attract in excess of 500 runners.

Kerry......there is a 4 mile road race in Farranfore which is on the road between Killarney and Tralee. The race starts at 12 noon.

Tipperary........there is a 4 mile road race in Clonmel at 12 noon. There is a flyer for this race HERE.

Waterford.......there is a charity run in Dungarvan in the west of the county. Details are as follows....
"Dungarvan GAA Club St. Stephen's Day Charity Run at 11 am
Registrations at the Dungarvan GAA centre, off the N25 bypass.
No entry fee to the race but donations are greatly appreciated as all proceeds will be donated to charity.
Changing, showers and refreshments will be available at the centre where the race starts and finishes."

Limerick.....there is the county 10 mile senior road championships. No more info on this one. I presume it is for members of Limerick clubs only?

Sun 27th...
Waterford...there is the 'Balyman' beach run in the seaside town of Tramore to the south of Waterford city. This event starts at 11am.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

GOAL Mile at various locations in Munster...

The traditional GOAL Mile takes place on Christmas Day, the 25th of December at various locations throughout the province. Most of them are during the morning time. You just turn up, make a donation to GOAL and run your mile.

Here are the locations in Munster...

Cork...Ballydesmond...Meet in the Church Grounds...25th Dec. 11:30am
Cork...Bantry...The Square...25th Dec. 12.45pm
Cork...Cork IT, Bishopstown...25th Dec. 10am - 12.30pm
Cork...Mallow...Doneraile Park...25th Dec.10am - 12 noon
Cork...Ballynoe near Fermoy...Ballynoe, St Catherine's GAA...25th Dec. 11am - 12.30pm
Cork...Youghal...Tower Park...25th Dec. 11am - 12noon

Kerry...Castleisland...Castleisland Athletic Club...25th Dec 10am - 12pm
Kerry...Cahersiveen...South Kerry Sports Centre...25th Dec 10am - 11am
Kerry...Kenmare...Faungorth Activity Centre (on the Cork Road)...25th Dec 10am - 12pm
Kerry...Killarney...River Walk, Knockreer (Deeniagh Lodge)...25th Dec. 10:30am - 11.30am
Kerry...Killorglin...The Dragon's Den, Intermediate School...25th Dec. 11am - 12.30 pm
Kerry...Listowel...Town Park (Cow's Lawn)...25th Dec 11am - 12pm
Kerry...Sneem...Outside RC Church...25th Dec. noon
Kerry...Dingle...The Quay (Waterside Restaurant)...25th Dec 12:30
Kerry...Tralee...Kerins O’Rahillys Football pitch...25th Dec 10am – 11am

Clare...Ennis...Fairgreen (St Joseph's Hospital Side), Ennis...25th Dec. 11am - 12 noon

Limerick...Limerick...University of Limerick Athletics Track...25th Dec. 11am - 1pm

Tipperary...Carrick-on-Suir...Ormonde Castle...25th Dec. 11am
Tipperary...Clonmel...Knocklofty House Hotel...27th Dec. 12 noon
Tipperary...Fethard...Town Hall...25th Dec. 12noon
Tipperary...Thurles...Outside Sarsfield Sports Centre...20th Dec. 11am

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Races in Munster this weekend...Sat 19th & Sun 20th Dec 2009

With Christmas Day just around the corner, there are many road races available in Munster over the Christmas period. To start off with, here are the races happening this weekend...

19th Dec...Starting off with this weekend, there is a 10k fun run in Killarney, Co.Kerry on Saturday, the 19th of December at 2pm. More details on this website. Elsewhere in East Cork, there is the Shanagarry Christmas 5k. More details on the Running in Cork website.

20th Dec....There is the Newmarket to Kanturk 5 mile road race in North-West Cork. Again, more details on the Running in Cork website. Further east in Waterford, there is a 5 mile charity run in Pulla just to the south-west of Dungarvan. It is described as follows...."A 5 mile road race in aid of local charity. The race begins at the Marine Bar, Pulla, Ring at 11 am. Registrations and refreshments and the prize giving will also take place at the Marine Bar. The entry fee is €8. "

Monday, December 14, 2009

Kerry...Results of the 'Feet First' 5 km series

With the 4th and final race last Sunday, this popular 5 km race series in Kerry has come to a close. The overall positions are now available HERE.

Updated...Tues 15th Dec....22:40pm.....the results of the final 5 k race last Sunday (13th Dec) are now available HERE.

Report on the overall series by John Dunphy...
While the majority of our friends were running around the Marina on Sunday morning, a few Cork based athletes were getting ready at the start line for the final race in the Feet First 5k road race series. Mark McMahon and brother Connor from West Muskerry AC had all but secured a prize in their categories with some great performances in the first 3 races of the series. Going into the final race, both Mark and Connor looked in great form and really up for the challenge that lay ahead. They didn't disappoint with both athletes putting in a good run in under 18 minutes and securing second overall in the senior section for Mark and 1st place in the over 40 category for Connor. Well done guys!!

Others to impress were Billy O'Brien from An Riocht taking the senior title and Maureen Harrington also from An Riocht taking the Women's title with Mary O Connor also An Riocht taking second spot.

A big well done to Joe Murphy Eagle A.C.taking 2nd place over 50. Well done to all that took prize's in the series and all that took part. I'm sure that all of you enjoyed the races and the organizer's hope to run it again next year.

I must take time to congratulate Kathleen and the crew from Feet First in getting this series up and running and a big thank you to all that gave up their time to help out......especially the ladies after each race with the tea, soup and cakes!!

Overall they had great numbers at each race despite the terrible weather conditons. I hope everyone enjoyed as much as I did............John Dunphy, Eagle A.C.

Waterford...Results of the Waterford Half-Marathon - Sat 12th 2009

There was a huge turnout for this Half-Marathon in Waterford with well in excess of 900 runners taking part. Going on this, the numbers for the Dungarvan 10 mile at the end of January are likely to hit record numbers.

The full results are now available HERE.

There are some photos of the event here from the Munster Express Newspaper.

There is a searchable gallery of photos at the RacePix365 website.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Races in Munster this weekend...Sat 12th and Sun 13th Dec 2009

There are several races on offer this weekend with distances from 5 kms to a Half-Marathon (21 kms). (Updated Sat 12th)

Waterford........The main event this weekend is the Half-Marathon in Waterford which starts at 11am. There are still a limited number of entries on the day before 10am. This race starts in Waterford city and is mostly along the main rain from Waterford to Tramore. More information on the Waterford AC website.

Sunday...........there is a choice of 3 races.
Cork.......The Cork BHAA are holding a charity 4 mile run on the Marina in Cork City near Pairc Ui Choaimh. This race starts at 11am.

Kerry......There is the final race in the 'Feet First' 5 km race series. This starts at 11am in the western side of Killarney. You can find a flyer for the series at this LINK.

------->The overall positions after the first 3 races can be seen HERE.

Clare.......There is a charity 5 mile run in Killaloe in East Clare at the base of Lough Derg. Registration is at the local GAA club and the race starts at 12 noon. More details on this website.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Looking ahead to 2010...Ballybunion Half-Marathon

This is the first of a series of posts looking ahead to some new races coming up in Munster in 2010.
Ballybunion 10k and Half-Marathon...3rd April 2010
These are 2 new races for 2010 and are run around the scenic seaside town of Ballybunion in North Kerry. They could probably be best described as being run on a 'commercial basis' rather than the more usual races organised by running clubs.

For the 10k race, it costs €15 if you enter before Jan 1st and €20 if you enter after it.

For the Half-Marathon, it costs €40 if you enter before Jan 1st and €50 if you enter after it.
(Note that this does not include the online registration fees)

You can find a PDF map of the course HERE.

You can find more information about the races HERE.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Kerry...Results of the 'Feet First' 5k road race - Sun 6th Dec 2009

I'm not sure what happened at this race but there seems to have been some mix up around the 3k mark with some runners going the wrong way. Here is a message and the results from the organisers..........

"Well done to every one that took part today. We appreciate the large turnout again on a cold winter day! Because of the flooding over the last few weeks we used the 2nd course again today for safety reasons. Due to unfortunate events, the front runners took a short wrong turn after the 3k mark which lead to 2 runners withdrawing from the race. Up to ten runners were affected and we apologise for this. We look foward to seeing everyone out for our final race of the year next sunday at 11 am sharp."

The results are as follows:Race Number
Name Time Club
315Conor McMahon 18.00West Muskerry

312Tom Shanahan 18.02An Riocht
406Billy O Brien 18.15An Riocht
409Orla Drumm18.16UCC
405David Comber 18.18n/a
408Sean Maher 18.20East Cork AC
204Humphrey Murphy 18.22An Riocht
207Ray Wallace 18.24
426Patrick O Shea 18.26Iveragh
411Nick White 18.26Saffron Striders
Jonathan Leniston 18.31Gneeveguilla AC
302Mark Bickerdike 18.34Lee Vale
314Mark McMahon 18.39West Muskerry 18.37
311Tim Healy 18.38n/a
341Patrick Quill 18.39n/a
304Joe Murphy 18.47Eagle AC
351Mike O Shea 18.53Iveragh
233Thomas Bubendorfer18.57
305Mike McGrath 19.00Eagle AC
438Maureen Harrington 19.02An Riocht
432Tomas McCarthy 19.06n/a
421Niall Foley 19.14n/a
335John Dunphy 19.17Eagle AC
313Seamus Murphy 19.20Gneeveguilla AC
431Dave McBride 19.21An Riocht
316Dan McCarthy 19.23n/a
239John Barrett 19.25Gneeveguilla AC
369Michael Mangan 19.32Star Of The Laune
310Con O Brien 19.44n/a
336Padraig Regan 19.47Schull
308Michael McNeela 19.49Castlebar AC
306Hugh McKenzie 19.54Muckross RC
203Chris Slattery 19.55
325Barry McDermot19.59Dromahane
430Pat Murphy 20.03An Riocht
407Mary O Connor 20.05An Riocht
428Neupauer Frantisek20.06n/a
413Michael O Connor 20.13Farranfore Maine Valley
234Kenneth Hayes 20.19
320Matty Angland 20.22Gneeveguilla AC
318David Russell 20.27Gneeveguilla AC20.2
8338Brian O Kefffe 20.30n/a
214Tim O Leary 20.3
3440Owen Kelly 20.36n/a
317Kevin Ennis 20.40n/a
410Rebecca White 20.42Saffron Striders
352Brendan Connors 20.44Military Madness
213Brona Croke 20.57
215John O Leary 21.0
3371Tim Horgan 21.05n/a
367Tim McCarthy 21.07Killorglin
324Pakie O Riordan 21.10West Limerick AC
374kevin Smith 21.12n/a
420Patrick Lucey 21.13n/a
227Kathyrn Freeman 21.28
353Pat Chawke 21.30n/a
330fergal O Dowd 21.31n/a
401Jim Langan 21.34Tullamore Harriers
319John Walshe 21.39East Cork AC
229John Doona 21.43
301John F Walsh 21.49Cobh AC
228Brid Stack 21.51
237Martin O Neill 21.53
342Geraldine O Sullivan 21.58Bantry
333Mike Sandover 22.12Gneeveguilla AC
334Marie Harty 22.30n/a
209Tom Tehan 22.31
360Breda barrett 22.43Gneeveguilla AC
429Maria Moriarty 22.47Farranfore Maine Valley
347Niamh O Shea 22.57Gneeveguilla AC
226Michael Dineen 22.59
414Derry Doyle 23.01Muckross RC
303Mary Murphy 23.02St Finbarrs AC
216Mike Riordan 23.23
412Suzanne O Sullivan 23.27An Riocht
211Melanie Sandover 23.35
231Ann McGlynn 23.37
340Kevin Longeran 23.44n/a
439Lisa Staplebrook 23.48Kenmare Tri Club
223Daniel McMahon 24.02
225John Reen 24.07
329Niamh Cullinane 24.08n/a
224Timothy McCarthy 24.19
359Justin Bennett 24.24n/a24.27
327Jan Swiechowicz24.34n/a
326Brenda Doody 24.53Nisus
212Brian Crowke 25.14
348Michael Stack 25.34Gneeveguilla AC
403Eleanor Shanahan 25.43n/a
404John Glynn 25.44n/a
358Margaret O Leary 25.51Gneeveguilla AC
364Mary O Connor 25.52n/a
357Tommy Sheehan 25.20n/a26.33
436Siobhan Davies 26.35Fit For Life
232Mary Clifford 26.37
217Annette O Brien 26.40
230Liz Fenton 28.41
402Niamh O Shea 26.42Fit For Life
201Karen Lambe 26.44
221Jayne Kearney 26.45
415Caoimhe Doyle 26.53Muckross RC
346Michelle Byrne 26.55n/a
433Liz Downey 27.03Fit For Life 27.1327.22
365Martina O Neill 27.25Fit For Life
350Mike Lynch 27.48An Riocht
309Angela Tobin 27.58Macroom
417Aileen O Brien 28.07Fit For Life
370Mary Devane 28.22n/a
322Ian Burke 28.23n/a28.2428.28
355Aoife Cooper 28.34n/a
425Fiona O Neill 28.40n/a
368karen McCarthy 28.50Killorglin 28.5028.51
238Davina Griffin 28.52
435Fergal O Carroll 28.53n/a
328Brenda Ui Chathasaigh28.55Nisus 28.5
728.5828.59375Dorothy Daly 29.04Tralee Harriers
337Tomas O Sullivan 29.49n/a
418Nora Holland 29.51Fit For Life
356Aoife Daly 30.09n/a
349Abina O Sullivan 30.11An Riocht
354Deirdre o Callaghan 31.04n/a
343Marie O Sullivan 31.08Fit For Life
345Treasa Scanlon 31.10Fit For Life
202Connor Slattery 31.11
362Caroline Fogarty 31.25Gneeveguilla AC
235Sinead Lalor 31.35
236Tara Borst 31.41
205Tracey Coyne 32.06
210Brid Nolan 32.26
363Denise Fogarty 32.41Gneeveguilla AC
321Joanne Stoat 33.00n/a
422Eileen O Connell 33.25n/a
366Bernie McAuliffe 33.34n/a
427Caroline Lynch 33.34n/a
208Mary Conellan 33.3633.42
219Deirdre Coleman 35.55
218Caitriona Webb 36.12
220Michelle Creamer 36.29
373Mckella Daly 36.34n/a
372Ann Daly 36.59Gneeveguilla AC
331Niamh Cagney 37.01Muckross RC
416Alanna Grealy 38.14Muckross RC
339Alison Shaw 38.33n/a
437Ann O Donoghue 38.57Fit For Life
423Gabriel Dowling 39.09Nisus
419Nora Horgan 39.23Fit For Life
332Ellen Cagney 40.00Muckross RC
424Nora Flynn 40.04Fit For Life
306Leigh Huggard 41.15Muckross RC
307Neisha Clifton 41.15Muckross RC

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Races this weekend in Munster...Sun 6th Dec 2009

As far as I know, the only race this weekend in Munster is the Feet First 5k in Killarney, Kerry. You can find a flyer for the series at this LINK.

See below the message from the organisers....
Rescheduled Race
Due to flooding in the Killarney National Park Feet First have resheduled the 3rd race in the Mizuno 5k Road Series which was scheduled for the 22nd of November to the 13th of December. Our race on the 6th of December will go ahead as planned next sunday at 11 am sharp.
The organisers would like to thank everyone who has participated so far and look forward to seeing large numbers at our final two races this December. They promise that there will be plenty of hot soup and hot tea available afterwards to all participants.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Kerry...Results of the Killorglin 'Jingle Run' 10k - Sat 28th Nov 2009

A total of 186 people took part in this tough 10k run in Killorglin in Kerry on Saturday, the 28th of November 2009. The full results are now available HERE