Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Results of the Ballyhoura Marathon & Half-Marathon - Fri 23rd July 2021


One of the more unusual events to be held last weekend was the IMRA Ballyhoura Moonlight Marathon and Half-Marathon on Friday the 23rd of July 2021.

The Marathon started at 9pm in Kilfinane in Co. Limerick and had 49 finishers.

Top 3 men & women...
# NAME NUMBER CAT TIME CLUB COUNTY
1 Derek Kiely 1157 M40 3:52:56 GoTri Adventure Limerick
2 Michael Costello 1260 M 4:04:35 Tipperary
3 Nick Hogan 1770 M40 4:20:05 Cork
19 Sheila Clavin 1240 F40 5:11:35 134% West Limerick AC Limerick
25 Caroline Reid 127 F45 5:37:50 145% Tara AC Meath
32 Anna Field 910 F 5:43:11 147% Crosshaven Tri Club Cork


The Half-Marathon started at 10pm from the same location and had 132 finishers.

Top 3 men & women...
NAME NUMBER CAT TIME CLUB COUNTY
1 Tom Blackburn 413 M55 1:50:43 Mooreabbey Milers Limerick
2 Liam Lynch 1531 M40 1:56:46 Limerick
3 Donal Collins 927 M45 1:57:36 Bweeng Trailblazers Cork
24 Laura Morrissey 887 F35 2:14:24 Cork
51 Orla Mcdonald 27 F 2:31:42 Templemore AC Tipperary
52 Christine Bergin 25 F45 2:31:48 Tipperary

 

Tuesday, July 13, 2021

Kerry 1-mile race series: July 2021

Gneeveguilla AC are holding a series of low key 1-mile road races in Co. Kerry during the month of July 2021.

The venues are... July 7th Cullen ; July 14th Barradubh; July 21st Glenlara; July 28th Gneeveguilla 

Every Wednesday race is at 8.00 pm registration from 7.00 pm. The entry fee is €2.50

Kerry: Results of the Cullen 1-mile road race - Wed 7th July 2021

 


Saturday, July 10, 2021

Tipperary: Results & photos of the Dundrum 10k - 7th July 2021


As the restrictions are gradually beginning to ease, some road races with limited numbers are beginning to start up again. The Dundrum 10k in Tipperary is one of the best 10k races in the country with a really flat and fast course.

This year, it was held on the 7th of July and due to the limit on numbers, it sold out very quickly. There were a total of 146 finishers.

Place Athletes name Club Location Gun Time Category Bib
1 Sergiu Ciobanu Clonliffe Harriers AC     30:19 SM 19
2 Evan Fitzgerald Clonmel AC     30:33 SM 39
3 Niall Shanahan An Bru AC     30:39 SM 169
4 Mick Clohisey Raheny Shamrocks AC     30:47 SM 20
5 Colin Maher Ballyfin AC     31:15 SM 83
15 Lizzie Lee Leevale AC     33:45 SF 77
24 Claire McCarthy Leevale AC     35:37 SF 87
25 Ciara O Neill Clonmel AC     35:44 SF 138
29 Niamh Moore Leevale AC     36:22 SF 104
37 Dymphna Ryan Dundrum AC     37:19 SF 156


The full results can be found HERE

Photos...
1) Susan Parker Laste has a gallery HERE
2) John Kenrick has a gallery HERE

Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Notice: IMRA Ballyhoura Moonlight Marathon & Half-Marathon - Fri 23rd July 2021


At last, a REAL event!! The Irish Mountain Running Association (IMRA) are holding a moonlight marathon and half-marathon on Friday the 23rd of July 2021 in the Ballyhoura Mountains in Co. Limerick.

This is a unique event and is a combination of road and trail running on quiet country road, forest trails and hillside paths.

As can be seen from the flyer, the full 26.2 mile Marathon starts at 9pm while the Half-Marathon starts at 10pm.

Please note that numbers are limited. Entry includes special event t-shirts.

From the IMRA... "This years Moonlight Marathon will start from Scoil Pol in Kilfinnane at 9pm (Half-10pm). The challenge will follow the route of the summer event and last years Moonlight challenge. We hope for a full moon clear night. Moonlight Marathon Tee Shirts can be collected at registration. 

**** Please note : No transfers or Refunds. Entry will be €50 (Half €40) and will include fully marked route and aid stations. 

On finishing , challengers can enjoy hot showers and Breakfast roll with tea/coffee. 

Mandatory Kit: High Visibility Top (to be worn at all times) along with a flashing rearlight on bag/jacket. The High Visibility MUST be visible at all times so if you are wearing a raincoat bor pack it should be placed over that.!!!! No deviation from this folks, if not compliant, no race start. Waterproof jacket, gloves, headwear, headtorch and spare batteries, bottle with min 250ml capacity, foil blanket and mobile phone with event organizers number (given on night)."

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ENTRIES

Ballyhoura Moonlight Marathon Challenge >> CLICK HERE

Ballyhoura Moonlight Half-Marathon Challenge >> CLICK HERE

Note that membership of the IMRA is required (€10 for 2021) but this also covers you for any of their other events that you want to do this year.

Thursday, January 7, 2021

12-Week Training Programme for 2021

For anyone interested, I will be running individually coached 12-week training programmes in the new year..


The programme is suitable for beginners, people that just want to improve their fitness and endurance or those who want to train for a specific event like say a 10-miler.

Please note that the programme is tailored for each individual person, it's not some sort of generic one-size fits all plan. The plan is dynamic in that it adapts according to the progress being made.

For it to be of value...

a) You'll have to answer questions initially so that a suitable programme can drawn up. This will be based on your current training and experience and how much time you have available. It's a plan designed to suit your life and work schedule as opposed to the other way around.

b) You'll also have to provide feedback every week and the plan will be based on this.


c) You really do have to follow the plan. There is no point dipping in and out of it or be off doing other things every weekend when you're supposed to be doing a long run. The plan can be adapted if training days are missed but they should be occasional.

The cost for the 12-weeks is €69.

If interested, email: johndesmondrunning AT gmail DOT com

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

The 2021 Dungarvan 10 mile road race is postponed

 

The next John Treacy Dungarvan 10 mile road race was due to be held on Sunday the 7th of February 2021. Unfortunately due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, it has had to be postponed.

This is one of the biggest events on the road race calendar and it was a focus for many training over the Winter period.

Here is a statement from the organisers...

 JOHN TREACY DUNGARVAN 10 POSTPONED.
It's that time of year when traditionaly we would be opening entries for the 2021 John Treacy Dungarvan 10 mile road race but alas the club race commitee have decided that due to the current covid pandemic situation, the race will not go ahead on the February date.

However it is hoped that a date later in the year might be possible if guidelines permit.
It is as disapointing for all of us as well as it is for you our many friends who come in your thousands to this race each year.

For now keep safe and keep running.!!!!

Tuesday, October 6, 2020

End of the road for Ballynonty AC

 

After 26 years in existence, Ballynonty AC in Co.Tipperary have finally pulled the plug. While the club was never a big one, it does show the problems that some of the smaller rural clubs are having.

Most of the older runners on the race circuit will have come across Ballynonty AC members at races over the years and the club will be remembered for holding a low key 10-mile road race every July which had its own following.

In a statement, Neilie Hall said..." It's with great sadness that I have to announce the end of Ballynonty AC as of the 1st of October 2020. We had some great times over the last 26 years but the runners and leaders have gone. I would like to thank everyone who helped out over years."

Monday, September 7, 2020

Results & Photos of the 2020 Kerry Way Ultra

 

The big running event this weekend in Munster was the annual Kerry Way Ultra. Contestants started the 200km course on Friday morning at 6am on the 4th of September and finished on the Saturday.

Most of the course is off road or on quiet country roads and it looks as if they got some nice weather for this years event for a change.

With most running events cancelled due to the COVID restrictions, this is one that could go ahead due to nature of the race. There are no issues with social distancing as most of the contestants end up being kms apart!

First woman home... Aoife Mundow completed the 200km course in 25h 26m. Photo: Valerie O'Sullivan

A total of 77 men and 4 women completed the 200km Ultra course.

Top 4...

Kerry Way Ultra Female
    118        Mundow, Aoife    25:26:49    Finish
    52        Enright, Sarah    29:35:49    Finish
    174        McNamee, Julie    33:08:03    Finish
    33        Costa, Jennifer    37:32:02    Finish

Kerry Way Ultra Male
    20        Byrne, Gavin    23:37:17    Finish
    94        Lane, Keith    24:01:18    Finish
    16        Buckley, Brian    24:32:13    Finish
    43        Delille, Remi    24:32:13    Finish

Full results

46 contestants had to retire which gives an indication of just how daunting a course this is.

Photos... 
1) Valerie O'Sullivan as always took to the hills to get some stunning shots.

Friday, July 17, 2020

Moycarkey Coolcroo race on the 28th of August 2020 cancelled


Just a note from Moycarkey Coolcroo AC to say that their road race on Friday the 28th of August 2020 has been cancelled.

Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Notice: Clashmore Virtual 5k - Fri 17th July 2020

Another virtual race but this one is free. Complete a 5k anytime this week and send your time to the organisers before midnight on Friday 17th of July.


From West Waterford AC...  INTERSPORT ELVERYS/ASICS SUMMER SERIES 2020 -The 18th Annual Old Still bar Clashmore 5k.

The final race in our virtual summer series!

This year would have seen the running of the 18th annual Clashmore 5k. In recent years, this race changed from a ‘challenging’ 5-mile race to a flat, fast 5km which has proven to be popular.

As with all our virtual races you can run it on any day or time during race week. We ask that all results are sent by midnight on Friday 17th July.


All are welcome to participate.

Friday, July 3, 2020

Notice: Dromana 5 mile Virtual Race - Fri 3rd July 2020

This virtual 5 mile race takes place on Friday the 3rd of July. Just run 5 miles, record your time and send it to the organsiers before midnight.


From West Waterford AC....  INTERSPORT ELVERYS RACE 4 DUNGARVAN LEADER DROMANA 5 MILE

The next and penultimate race in our virtual summer series is the Dungarvan Leader Dromana 5 mile on Friday 3rd July.

This would have been the 28th year of this extremely popular race run over the famous Dromana Drive from Villerstown to Cappoquin, this race is sponsored by the Dungarvan Leader.

As with all our virtual races you can run it on any day or time during race week. We ask that all results are sent by midnight on Friday 3rd July.

All are welcome to participate.

Thursday, June 18, 2020

Notice: Touraneena Virtual 5k - Fri 19th June 2020

 If anyone would like to take part in a free virtual 5k on Friday 19th of June 2020, see below...


From West Waterford AC.... RACE 3 VIRTUAL SUMMER SERIES TOURANEENA 5K 19TH JUNE 2020

Race 3 of our virtual summer series takes place this week. It is never too late to start and if you would like to join us for the Touraneena 5k race this is how it works.

During the week of the race we ask you to run the race distance at a time suitable to you. Please follow all HSE guidelines in relation to physical distancing and social responsibility. When you have done this please send on a picture of your watch or timing device to Irene Clark 086 8242348 showing the distance and time taken by midnight on the Friday of the race.

Spot prizes will be given out after each race.
There is no charge for participating in this race, but we would ask that you support our title sponsor Intersport Elverys either online or instore. We have had great support from them in the past and we would now like to return that support.

No results will be published as its ‘You’ against the clock giving a good honest effort to achieve your best performance on the day.


We look forward to welcoming everyone back to Dungarvan when it is safe to race again.

In the meantime, please join us for some virtual racing.

2020 Dungarvan Greenway Half-Marathon Cancelled...

Another causality of the COVID-19 pandemic.

From West Waterford AC...EUROFINS GREENWAY HALF MARATHON CANCELLED FOR 2020

Due to the current ongoing challenges with Covid 19 we have come to the decision to cancel our race for 2020.

Our priority is the health and safety of our athletes, volunteers and supporters and we cannot guarantee that with any certainty, at this time.

Training would be starting in the next few weeks, so we have taken the decision now before athletes start their race training.

As a club we would like to continue to offer our athletes and friends an opportunity to stay connected to us but apart via our Virtual Summer Series. Full details can be found on the clubs Facebook page.

We look forward to welcoming you all back to Dungarvan when it is safe to do so.

Friday, June 5, 2020

Ardmore Virtual 5 mile - Fri 5th June 2020

In the absence of any actual road races, maybe consider doing a virtual race...


From West Waterford AC... 
INTERSPORT ELVERYS SUMMER SERIES

RACE 2 VIRTUAL SUMMER SERIES ARDMORE 5 MILE
5TH JUNE 2020

Its never too late to start and if you would like to join us for the Ardmore 5 mile race this is how it works.

During the week of the race we ask you to run the race distance at a time suitable to you. The only rule is that you must stay within 5km of home as per the current HSE guidelines. When you have done this please send on a picture of your watch or timing device to Irene Clark 086 8242348 showing the distance and time taken by midnight on the Friday of the race. Spot prizes will be given out after each race.

No results will be published as its ‘You’ against the clock giving a good honest effort to achieve your best performance on the day.

We look forward to welcoming everyone back to Dungarvan when it is safe to race RACE 2 VIRTUAL SUMMER SERIES ARDMORE 5 MILE 5TH JUNE 2020

Well done to all our club members and friends who took part in the Ballinroad 5k. This was the first of our virtual summer series races and we are delighted that so many athletes supported it.
Its never too late to start and if you would like to join us for the Ardmore 5 mile race this is how it works.


During the week of the race we ask you to run the race distance at a time suitable to you. The only rule is that you must stay within 5km of home as per the current HSE guidelines. When you have done this please send on a picture of your watch or timing device to Irene Clark 086 8242348 showing the distance and time taken by midnight on the Friday of the race. Spot prizes will be given out after each race.


No results will be published as its ‘You’ against the clock giving a good honest effort to achieve your best performance on the day.
We look forward to welcoming everyone back to Dungarvan when it is safe to race again. In the meantime please join us for some virtual racing.

Thursday, June 4, 2020

2020 Limerick Marathon cancelled...


The list of cancelled events continue. The original Limerick Marathon was due to have been held on Sunday the 3rd of May 2020. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it was postponed until the 4th of October.

Now the organisers have followed in the footsteps of Cork and Dublin and cancelled the marathon until 2021.

Anyone who has entered will be automatically deferred to the 2021 date. If you want a refund then you must request it before midnight on the 7th of June 2020.

Monday, February 24, 2020

Limerick: Results of the Adare 10k - Sun 23rd Feb 2020



A grand total of 727 runners turned out for this years Adare 10k in Co.Limerick. This event sold out months in advance.

1    Kevin MAUNSELL 30:18    981    M    MS   
2    Rory O'CONNOR 30:39    846    M    MS    North Cork A.C.
3    Alan O'SHEA  30:45    887    M    MS    Bantry A.C.
21    Sorcha NIC DOMHNAILL 36:41    810    F    FS    Donore Harriers
24    Dymphna RYAN     00:37:11    00:7:13    393    F    FS    Dundrum A.C.

25    Siobhan O'DOHERTY 37:20    851    F    FS    Borrisokane A.C.

Full results

Photos...
1) Eamon Doody has three albums ... Album 1 ... Album 2 ... Album 3
2) The organisers have some prize presentation photos HERE

Sunday, February 16, 2020

Clare: Results of the Tommy Guilfoyle Memorial 4 mile race in Ennis - Sun 16th Feb 2020

Love to Run, Tommy Guilfoyle Memorial and the  Tracy Guilfoyle 4 Mile Road Race, Ennis,  Co Clare Sunday 16 February 2020.
Provisional Results for All Competitors in finish order.   
    1    0:21:12    RORY CHESSER,     Ennis Track AC    M    67    1
    2    0:23:18    RORY SEXTON,     Ennis Track AC    M    110    2
    3    0:23:45    JOHN HANNON,     B. M. O. H.    M    112    3
    4    0:24:34    SEAN CAHALANE COUPLE,     Kilmurry Ibrickane/North Clare    M    45    4
    5    0:25:28    MICHAEL MOYNIHAN,     Kilnaboy    M    96    5
    6    0:25:36    FINN KELLEHER,     Ennis Track AC    Junior Men    162    6
    7    0:25:47    BRIAN COMYNS,     Ennis    M    183    7
    8    0:26:08    JOHN O MALLEY,     Kilmurry Ibrickane/North Clare    M    165    8
    9    0:26:12    EAMON MORGAN,     Kilmurry Ibrickane/North Clare    M    23    9
    10    0:26:36    MARTIN LILLIS,     Love 2 Run Running Club    M    100    10
    11    0:26:45    SELENIA CULLIGAN  COUPLE,     Ennis Track AC    F    24    11
    12    0:26:51    TOM MICKS,     Ennis Track AC    M    80    12
    13    0:27:06    CORMAC DOWNES,     Clare Crusaders    M    167    13
    14    0:27:14    KEVIN SYNOTT,     Ennis Track AC    M    115    14
    15    0:27:17    PETER TONGE,     Ennis Track AC    M    127    15
    16    0:27:18    DYLAN MURPHY,     Newmarket On Fergus    M    161    16
    17    0:27:27    VERONICA COLLERAN COUPLE,     Ennis Track AC    F    42    17
    18    0:27:56    EOIN O NEILL,     Ennis    M    159    18
    19    0:28:01    FERGAL MAGILL,     Ballyea    M    191    19
    20    0:28:03    SONNACH GUILFOYLE,     Love 2 Run Running Club    M    114    20
    21    0:28:04    DARA DEVER,     Love 2 Run Running Club    M    136    21
    22    0:28:06    LISA MC GRATH,     Ennis Track AC    F    40    22
    23    0:28:09    JAKE O LOUGHLIN,     Heart Health And Fitness    Junior Men    54    23
    24    0:28:11    ANTHONY CULLIGAN  COUPLE,     Fergus AC    M    25    24

Friday, February 14, 2020

Notice: Kilmacthomas 4 mile in Co Waterford - Sun 16th Feb 2020



From West Waterford AC.... RACE 4 MICHAEL ROCHE CARPETS SERIES - 18TH ANNUAL KILMACTHOMAS 4 mile.

The 18th Annual Kilmacthomas 4 mile. This is race number 4  in the Michael Roche Carpets series. 


Entries will be taken at the community hall Kilmacthomas at the top of the town with the entry fee being 8 Euro pre reg on link below or 10 euro on race day

Shower facilities will also be available in this hall after the event for both men and women. Presentation of prizes will take place in the Community hall where refreshments will be available to all.

THIS IS THE FINAL RACE IN THE MICHAEL ROCHE CARPETS SERIES AND PRESENTATION OF PRIZES WILL TAKE PLACE FOR THIS SERIES ON THE DAY.


Online entries

Thursday, February 6, 2020

Notice: Kilsheelan 10 mile road race in Tipperary - Sun 8th March 2020

This 10 mile road race organised in association with Clonmel AC is coming up on Sunday the 8th of March 2020.

https://kilsheelan10mile.itsyourrace.com/register/

The race HQ is in the village of Kilsheelan which is located just east of Clonmel in South Tipperary.


The race HQ is at the local community centre pictured below. This is just off the road north from Kilsheelan.


Info from the organisers....
Date of Race: Sunday 8th March 2020
Race Length: 10 miles
Race starting time: 11am Kilsheelan village
Entry Fee: 20 euro plus online registration fee of €2.10
Entries.... https://Kilsheelan10mile.itsyourrace.com/register/
Entry Fee on the day will be €20.
Prize Money: €1,000
Refreshments afterwards

Special commemorative hat for all runners
All runners will be chip timed by Premier Timing Systems.


Course.... The course is slightly changed from 2019 as the start and finish lines are now much closer to the centre of Kilsheelan.



Description from the organisers... Start on R706 north of Railway Line, Kilsheelan village, take road to Ormond Stores junction with N76, cross straight over N76, and continue towards Ballypatrick village.  Turn left at Graigue Boreen Cross towards Killurney, pass Killurney National School and Community Hall, turn left at next junction on the R706 back towards the Ormond Stores, turn right at Coffey’s Corner towards Anner Castle, and back down to the N76, cross the N76 and down the slip road straight towards the N24, turn left here and back into Kilsheelan village on the footpath to finish in Kilsheelan village around Robinson’s Pub.


Water Stations... There will be 5 manned water stations at Ballyknockane, Graigue Boreen, Killurney School, Coffey’s Cross & Anner Castle. Water to be available at start of race and race finish.

Race Headquarters is Kplan Community Centre.  Registration and collection of race numbers will take place in community rooms.  Toilets and showers are available for use in the Community Centre.  


Profile.....There is one drag from about 2.5 to 3.5 miles but it's only an ascent of 80ft spread out over a mile.

Overall, it should be a pretty fast course.