Sunday, May 29, 2011

Tipperary...Results of the Fethard 4 mile road race - Fri 28th May 2011

A total of 78 runners turned out for this 4 mile road race in Fethard, SE Tipperary.

The results can be seen HERE

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Tipperary...Results of the Newport 10k - Sun 22nd May 2011

On Sunday 22nd May, 120 runners took part in the 2nd Annual Newport 10k Road race. The competition was very strong with runners from clubs such as West Limerick, Limerick, Thurles Croakes, Country Club, Dooneen , Dundrum, Thurles Croakes,Moy Carkey, Eagle, Clare Crusaiders, Roscrea, Limerick tri club amongst others.
First across the line was Michael Carmody of Limerick AC. Michael had no trouble breaking the course record by over 2 mins 11 secs and set the new record of 32.37. Followed in second place was Newport’s own Mike Yelverton and in 3rd position was Shane Mullaney of Thurles Croakes.
First home in the ladies category was Rosemary Ryan in a time of 35.36. Dympna Ryan came in second and in third position was Deirdre Finn.

Full results HERE

Monday, May 23, 2011

Angela McCann of Clonmel AC wins the Half-Marathon in the European Masters Championships

On Sunday the 15th of May, Angela McCann of Clonmel AC won the F40 category in the Half-Marathon in the European Masters Road Championships in Thionville in North-East France. Angela, who was a recent winner of the Limerick City Half-Marthon in April ran the 21.1 km course in a personal best time of 79:36.

From Clonmel AC.......Thionville in North-East France was the venue last weekend for the European Masters Road Championships. In the Half Marathon Angela McCann was making her debut in these Championships. Angela had targeted this race over the past couple of months and all her training was geared for this one event. Her preparations for the 13.1 miles were ideal as she competed in the Dungarvan 10 miler last January where she ran 59 mins 50 secs. Then in March she ran 59 mins 19 secs for the famous Ballycotton 10 mile. In April she turned her attention to the All Ireland Masters Ladies 10k title which she won convincingly in the Phoenix Park in 37 mins 27secs where conditions were demanding. In early May she won the Ladies Half Marathon in Limerick in 81 mins 11 secs.  Angela won the European Masters Half-Marathon in a time of 79 mins 36 secs......what a way to win a European title than with a Personal Best.

In some of the other categories, Tracy Guilfoyle of Kilnaboy AC finished 3rd in the F45 section in 89:12.

In the mens race, Michael Byrne finished 2nd in the M50 category in 73:39 while Patrick O'Shea ran 81:10 to take the M60 bronze.

The full results can be seen HERE

Wexford...Results of the Wexford Half-Marathon - Sun 22nd May 2011

Looks like the numbers were down a bit this year........442 finishers as opposed to 540 in 2010.

Full results HERE

Kerry...Results of the Killarney Lions 10k - Sun 22nd May 2011

Just over 200 runners in this one. Results HERE

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Kate Veale takes Bronze in the European Cup of Race Walking

Kate Veale of West Waterford AC and representing Ireland finished 3rd in the Junior Womens 10km European Cup of Race Walking Competition in Olhao in Potugal on Saturday, the 21st of May 2011.

Kate who is 17 years old recorded a time of 46:32 for the distance.

From the race website....
Veale clawed back the 23-second deficit on Liudmyla Olianovska – who clearly got carried away by the success of her Ukrainian Junior men – bronze belonged to Ireland.
Veale was a delighted medallist and paid tribute to the man who got her there.

In an after race interview, Kate said..."My inspiration is my coach and clubmate Jamie Costin. He’s been to the Olympics four times, and made sure I peaked just right,” she said.
“The key was not to go off too fast, and it worked. I'm suprised and very happy. It's fabulous to be here, in the track, competing with the best of the world. And have this score is even better.
I was 4th in the last youth championships, but i always thought it was a bit soon to try to win a medal in this championships. Fortunately, all went well.

I really enjoyed the venue and the track. It is a bit hot, but i think i have better scores with this kind of weather. Portugal is a very nice place to be, and i will always remember this race."

Full Results HERE

From the European Athletics Website.......
The athlete from West Waterford AC club defeated some top quality opposition when finishing in third place in hot conditions in the Algarve town this weekend, placing ahead of capable walkers from Italy, Germany, Britain, the Ukraine and one of the three highly favoured Russian team members.
I am surprised but delighted with my performance. It’s fabulous to be here competing against the best in the world, and even sweeter to win a medal. It was very warm but the venue was great and so was the circuit,” said Veale.
Veale now plans to continue her international progression and aim to compete in the European Athletics Junior Championships in Tallinn in July and the World Youth Championships in Lille this summer.

Tipperary - Results of the Poulmucka 8km road race...Fri 20th May 2011

The Poulmucka 8k Road Race took place on Fri 20th May 2011 in Poulmucka, which is situated on the main Clonmel to New inn Road. There was a great race up front with a number of athletes in contention throughout the race. in the end it came down to a sprint finish between David Waters of Carrick on Suir and the eventual winner, Declan Doherty of Thurles Crokes. Declan won  in 27 mins 43 secs with David 3 seconds adrift. Tommy Falconer of Carrick on Suir was 3rd in 27 mins 59 secs. Siobhain O Doherty of Borrisokane was 4th overall in 28 mins 4 secs and was a convincing winner of the Ladies race. Margaret Danagher of Templemore was 2nd in 28 mins 56 secs with Angela McCann 3rd in 29 mins 54 secs...............(Source....Clonmel AC)

Poulmucka 8K Road Race  20th May 2011 
Place Name Club Category Mins Secs
1 Declan Doherty Thurles Crokes Master Men 0/40 27 43
2 David Waters Carrick on Suir Senior Men 27 46
3 Tommy Falconer Carrick on Suir Senior Men 27 59
4 Siobhain O Doherty Borrisokane Senior Ladies 28 4
5 Mike Cunningham Bilboa Master Men 0/45 28 7
6 Michael Ryan Dundrum Senior Men 28 26
7 Patrick Roche Carrick on Suir Senior Men 28 36
8 Brendan Delaney Roscrea Master Men 0/45 28 40
9 Margaret Danagher Templemore Senior Ladies 28 56
10 Eoin McGrath Clonmel Athletic Club Senior Men 29 3
11 Pat Cormack Ballynonty Master Men 0/35 29 15
12 Paudie Coen Dundrum Senior Men 29 25
13 Pat Nolan Waterford Master Men 0/35 29 26
14 Joe Gough West Waterford Master Men 0/55 29 32
15 Conor Fleming Clonmel Athletic Club Master Men 0/40 29 37
16 Gavin Lynch Roscrea Senior Men 29 51
17 Ger O Loughlin Clonmel Athletic Club Master Men 0/40 29 53
18 Angela McCann Clonmel Athletic Club Senior Ladies 29 54
19 Kevin Shelly Ballynonty Master Men 0/35 29 55
20 Dermot Logue Coolquill Master Men 0/35 29 56
21 Brendan Ahearne Kilsheelan Master Men 0/50 30 3
22 Gary Grant Clonmel Athletic Club Senior Men 30 19
23 Eoin Fanning Ballynonty Senior Men 30 22
24 Peter Furlong Clonmel Athletic Club Senior Men 30 26
25 Cian Cronin Coolquill Senior Men 30 32
26 Niall O Ceallaigh Clonmel Athletic Club Master Men 0/40 30 37
27 Sebastian Boisson Clonmel Master Men 0/40 30 39
28 Brendan Cronin Carrick on Suir Master Men 0/50 30 45
29 Tommy Cahill Clonmel Athletic Club Master Men 0/55 30 53
30 Brian Long Clonmel Athletic Club Senior Men 30 56
31 Corneilius McFadden Carrick on Suir Master Men 0/45 30 57
32 Liam Casey Clonmel Athletic Club Master Men 0/40 31 3
33 Nigel O'Flaherty Clonmel Athletic Club Master Men 0/35 31 8
34 Billy Phillips Thurles Crokes Master Men 0/35 31 21
35 David Foley Clonmel Senior Men 31 22
36 Austin Ryan Thurles Crokes Master Men 0/35 31 24
37 Tadhg Vaughan Coolquill Master Men 0/45 31 29
38 Jim McCormack Ballynonty Master Men 0/50 31 32
39 Martina O Dwyer Carrick on Suir Senior Ladies 31 32
40 Jim Moloney Thurles Crokes Master Men 0/45 31 34
41 Aine Roche Clonmel Athletic Club Senior Ladies 31 42
42 Franny Lafford Clonmel Athletic Club Master Men 0/45 31 59
43 Barry Horgan Clonmel Athletic Club Senior Men 32 15
44 John Brown Clonmel Senior Men 32 38
45 Clare Annan Carrick on Suir Senior Ladies 32 41
46 Conor Morkan Clonmel Athletic Club Senior Men 32 42
47 Noel Gilman Clonmel  Master Men 0/40 32 44
48 James Denn Fethard Senior Men 32 46
49 Paddy Kerwick Carrick on Suir Senior Men 32 47
Poulmucka 8K Road Race  20th May 2011 
Place Name Club Category Mins Secs
50 Ray O'Riordan Thurles Crokes Senior Men 32 51
51 Neilie Hall Ballynonty Master Men 0/45 33 6
52 Jack Butler Clonmel Junior Men 33 11
53 Ned O Brien Clonmel Athletic Club Master Men 0/55 33 13
54 Michael Mockler Fethard Senior Men 33 15
55 Kieran Fahey Clonmel Master Men 0/40 33 21
56 Benny Condon Kilsheelan Master Men 0/35 33 24
57 John Tobin Clonmel Athletic Club Senior Men 33 27
58 Kevin Condon Kilsheelan Senior Men 33 38
59 Sean Cummins Poulmucka Senior Men 33 39
60 Billy Prout Fethard Master Men 0/50 33 40
61 Ted O Leary West Waterford Master Men 0/40 33 46
62 Benny Hahessy Kilsheelan Senior Men 33 48
62 Diarmuid Foley Powerstown Senior Men 33 50
63 Anthony Landers Clonmel Athletic Club Master Men 0/40 33 53
64 Sean Buckley Clonmel Athletic Club Senior Men 33 55
65 Raymond Burke Clonmel Senior Men 34 8
66 Billy O Grady Clonmel Master Men 0/50 34 9
67 James O'Brien Clonmel Athletic Club Senior Men 34 13
68 Gerry O Neill Clonmel Senior Men 34 23
69 Elaine O Brien Clonmel Athletic Club Senior Ladies 34 26
70 Alan O Shea Clonmel Athletic Club Senior Men 34 35
71 Tom Power Drangan Master Men 0/35 34 36
72 Gordon Collins Carrick on Suir Master Men 0/35 34 38
73 Clare kelly Roscrea Master Ladies 0/35 34 39
74 Niall McCarthy Clonmel Athletic Club Master Men 0/35 34 40
75 Andrew Galloway Coolquill Master Men 0/45 34 43
76 Karen Ryan Dundrum Senior Ladies 34 49
77 Andrew Downey Carrick on Suir Senior Men 34 52
78 Elaine Barry Waterford Master Ladies 0/40 34 55
79 Jacinta Power Waterford Master Ladies 0/35 34 58
80 John O'Meara Carrick on Suir Master Men 0/40 35 7
81 Edmond Kinane Grange Fermoy Master Men 0/40 35 26
82 Darren Kirby Cahir Senior Men 35 40
83 Noel O'Gorman Cahir Senior Men 35 48
84 Paudie Hyland Cahir Senior Men 35 52
85 Con Corbett Thurles Crokes Master Men 0/50 35 53
86 Liam Fleming Clonmel Senior Men 35 54
87 Donal O'Donoghue Little island Master Men 0/40 35 59
88 Teresa Cunningham Carrick on Suir Master Ladies 0/40 36 1
89 Nanette O Connell Carrick on Suir Senior Ladies 36 14
90 Gints Plautis Clonmel Athletic Club Master Men 0/35 36 18
91 Eamonn O'Meara Carrick on Suir Master Men 0/45 36 19
92 Tommy Brown Carrick on Suir Master Men 0/50 36 20
93 Noel Prendergast Clonmel Athletic Club Master Men 0/40 36 33
94 Adrian Lonergan Clonmel Athletic Club Senior Men 36 39
95 Johnny Higgins Clonmel Athletic Club Junior Men 36 46
96 Michael Freaney Clonmel Master Men 0/40 36 50
97 Gabrielle Blair Waterford Master Ladies 0/40 36 54
Poulmucka 8K Road Race  20th May 2011 
Place Name Club Category Mins Secs
98 Martin O Reilly Clonmel  Senior Men 36 58
99 Johnny Campbell Clonmel Master Men 0/45 37 2
100 Marian Malik Cahir Senior Men 37 2
101 Alan Aherne Clonmel Master Men 0/35 37 6
102 Jimmy Butler Ballynonty Senior Men 37 13
103 Paul O Donnell Carrick on Suir Senior Men 37 18
104 Donna Nagle Clonmel Athletic Club Senior Ladies 37 35
105 Joe Grinsell Clonmel Athletic Club Master Men 0/60 37 37
106 T J Comerford Rosegreen Senior Men 37 39
107 Rosie Casey Clonmel Athletic Club Senior Ladies 37 45
108 Bernie Prendergast West Waterford Master Ladies 0/50 37 47
109 Diarmuid O Keeffe Clonmel Master Men 0/40 37 52
110 Sean O Donovan Carrick on Suir Master Men 0/50 37 58
111 Miriam O'Gorman Clonmel Athletic Club Master Ladies 0/40 38 2
112 Maura Lawlor Waterford Master Ladies 0/45 38 3
113 Kevin Corcoran Clonmel Senior Men 38 5
114 Eileen Hynes Clonmel Athletic Club Master Ladies 0/50 38 15
115 David O Shea Carrick on Suir Senior Men 38 26
116 Anne Cronin Carrick on Suir Master Ladies 0/45 38 44
117 Noel O'Neill Clonmel  Master Men 0/35 38 45
118 Shane Redmond Clonmel Athletic Club Master Men 0/40 38 47
119 Roseanne Kiely Clonmel Junior Ladies 38 47
120 Noel Higgins Clonmel Athletic Club Master Men 0/40 39 5
121 Philip Fahey Clonmel Athletic Club Master Men 0/55 39 10
122 Brian Connolly Kilsheelan Senior Men 39 13
123 Michael McCarthy Clonmel Master Men 0/50 39 19
124 T J O Loughlin Clonmel Athletic Club Master Men 0/60 39 46
125 Orna Power West Waterford Master Ladies 0/45 39 49
126 David Conway Powerstown Senior Men 40 6
127 Tom Barry Clonmel   Master Men 0/45 40 31
128 Anike Rohessen Cahir Master Ladies 0/35 41 37
129 Linda Garcia Clonmel Master Ladies 0/35 41 37
130 Hazel Galloway Clonmel Athletic Club Master Ladies 0/50 46 17
131 Alan Hayes Clonmel Senior Men 46 12
132 Pierce Purcell Clonmel Athletic Club Master Men 0/60 53 10

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Monday, May 16, 2011

Honory Life Membership of West Waterford AC for John Treacy

l-r Pascal Proctor West Waterford AC, Clare Walsh West Waterford AC, John Treacy, James Veale West Waterford AC and Cllr Paddy O'Callaghan mayor of county Waterford.

The annual John Treacy festival was held in John's home village of Villierstown Co Waterford over last weekend and the main events of the weekend were the two fun runs, the 1K and the 5K.  John Treacy himself took part and was accompanied by numerous young children on the 1K loop. Between the finish of the 1k and the start of the 5k a presentation was made to the legendary John Treacy when West Waterford Athletic Club presented John with honorary life membership which was a fitting tribute in recognition of his world class achievements.

James Veale spoke to the crowd present of John’s World Cross Country wins in 1978 and 1979 and his Olympic silver medal win in the marathon in Los Angeles in 1984.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Cork...Entries for the Cheetah Rin in Fota now open

This unique 4 mile race in Fota Wildlife Park is coming up on Thursday, the 19th of May at 8pm. This year, the organising club Eagle AC are taking pre-entries and the numbers are limited to the first 800. The closing date for pre-entries is Monday, the 15th of May.

More details on the Running in Cork website.

Monday, May 9, 2011

Tipperary...Results of the Annerville 10k road race - Sun 8th May 2011

This popular 10 km road race in Clonmel attracted around 300 people. The winner of the mens race was Sandis Bralitis of West Waterford AC in a time of 31:51, over 2 minutes ahead of his nearest rival. The ladies race was won by Siobhain O'Doherty of Borrisokane in a time of 35:52.

The results can now be found HERE

A selection of photos from Tipperaryphotos can be found HERE

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Waterford.....Waterford to Tramore 7.5 mile road race - Sat 7th May 2011

The annual Waterford to Tramore 7.5 mile road race starts this evening at 7pm from in Waterford City at The Mall. €12 to enter. See last years preview for details.

Friday, May 6, 2011

Darkness into Light Charity Runs...Sat 7th May 2011

The suicide prevention charity Pieta House are holding a series of runs around Munster at dawn on Saturday morning, the 7th of May 2011.

There are events in Limerick City, Ennis, Killarney and Cork

Please note...they start at 4:30 am!

Monday, May 2, 2011

The Great Limerick Run - Sun 1st May 2011

Liz Hussey of West Limerick AC winning the womens race
 in the 2011 Limerick City Marathon

Some 6,600 people took part in the Great Limerick Run on Sunday, the 1st of May on what was a bright fine day.

Some 750 athletes took part in the full marathon, which was won by Freddie Keron Sittuk, from Kenya, followed by his compatriot Liezan Kimutai. Moldovan Sergui Ciobanu, a Cahir, Co Tipperary, resident for the past two years, came third.

The women’s marathon was won by Liz Hussey, from Monaleen in Limerick, followed by Maria McCarthy from Kerry, and Deirdre Flynn, also from Limerick.

Outside of the Marathon event, somewhere around 1500? took part in the Half-Marathon while the 6 mile run attracted several thousand.

Start of the 2011 Limerick Marathon

Having run this as a Marathon pacer in 2010, I was back again as a 3:45 pacer again this year so I was able to make a direct comparison. These are some of my own observations...
  • There seemed to be more stewards this year. Last year I remember running through the University Campus and if it wasn't for the fact that there was some runners ahead, it wasn't obvious what the actual Marathon route was. Much better this year.
  • The Marathon route was too narrow early on, roughly around the 4 mile mark when the runners were expected to run inside half of one lane with cones as a barrier. More often than not, the cones were a trip hazard. If the organisers / city council want this event to grow and attract numbers then they will have to make the route wider.
  • The route was better than last year. No jumping up and down off really narrow choke points. There seemed to be plenty of small hills, especially early on although I'm not sure if it is possible to get a flat route in Limerick. I certainly wouldn't say Limerick is a flat fast course but I don't know if it is any slower or harder than say Cork or Dublin.
  • From where I was, there was no shortage of water and gels. Some small points...the volunteers handed out some of the bottles with the tops probably makes perfect sense from their point of view....hand the runner an open bottle of water ready to drink........the reality though is that you can't run with an open bottle and drink slowly from it over the next few miles. Minor detail but it makes a difference. fairness, you could have OD'ed on then ;o) I never saw so many gels given out at any city Marathon. Full marks on this.
  • Medals......personally, I have no interest in them but it's an issue to some. They gave the same medal for the Marathon, the Half-Marathon and 6 mile. Some might feel that there should be a special medal for the Marathon. I'm not sure if it's a big issue though.
  • T-Shirts......cotton as opposed to a dry fit top......same one for all 3 events as opposed to a special Marathon top. Considering that this was only the 2nd year of this event, perhaps this will change in future.
  • Mile Markers......some of the mile markers were out.....way out! I think the 10 mile mark was out by around several hundred metres. Not really acceptable......put the markers in the right spot.
  • My main memories of the Limerick Marathon are.......the old Georgian buildings in the heart of the city.....those huge flag posts by the University of Limerick with the banners waving in the wind.....the out and back section around 6-8 miles where you could watch the front runners of the Marathon......running across the bridge in the University campus.....the church where the bells were ringing out as the runners went past.......and the finsh line with the crowds.
Overall, the Limerick Marathon seemed to have been this year what it should have been last year. It got slated by a lot of people in 2010 for a lot of mistakes and it's very easy for an event to get a bad name. It's seems to me that the 2011 event made up for a lot of the failings of last year. As one of the main Irish cities, Limerick has been crying out for a big event of this nature for years. For a city that gets a lot of bad press, the Great Limerick Run really shows Limerick in a postive light. It has the potential to attract a lot of foreign runners and tourists to the city especially when it coincides with a weekend festival.

That was my own experience, you own may be different? Did you run the Marathon? Half-Marathon? or 6 mile run? What did you think? How did it compare to last year? Click on the comment link below and give your opinion.

1) There is a small gallery of photos of the Half-Marathon by Sean Ryan HERE

2) Another selection by John Garrett HERE

3) Commercial photos HERE

Results......The Irish Times are a major sponsor of this event. The full results will appear in a special supplement with the paper on Tuesday, the 3rd of May.

In the meantime, you can search HERE for your individual time

Start of the 6 mile run...