Monday, December 23, 2013

Race notice...Clonmel 4 mile road race - Thurs 26th Dec 2013

From the organisers Clonmel AC...This event takes place in Clonmel on St Stephen’s Day at 12 noon. This race has grown in stature over the years and is now firmly fixed on everyone’s calendar over the festive season. This race over a good course caters for all levels of abilities and all ages.

This year’s Prize list is as follows: the winner will win 150 Euros. This year there will be Prizes for the following categories, Men: 1st 5 Men, 1st 2 0/40, 0/45, 0/50, 1st 0/55, 0/60, 0/65, 0/70 and 1st 2 Junior Men. The list of Prizes for the Ladies is as follows: the 1st 5 Senior Ladies,

1st 2 0/35, 0/40, 1st 0/45, 0/50 0/55 and 1st 2 Junior Ladies.

There will also be some great Spot Prizes for down the field finishers, so come along and participate in a great event. The Entry Fee is 10 Euros.

Last year’s race was a brilliant success with 397 athletes competing with the Club very well represented right throughout the race. The race was won by Sergiu Ciobanu of Clonliffe Harriers in 19 mins 17 secs with Kevin Maunsell (Clonmel) 2nd in 19 mins 33 secs, Sean Tobin of (Clonmel) 3rd in 19 mins 36 secs, William Maunsell (Clonmel) 4th in 20:03 and Michael Carey (Clonmel) 5th in 20:06.

The Ladies race was won by Angela McCann Clonmel in 23 mins 30 secs with Aine Roche (Clonmel AC) 2nd Suzanne Shine (Clonmel AC) in 27:53 with Claire Devitt (Dundrum) 5th  in 25:20 with Marie Fitzgibbon (Thurles Crokes) 3rd

This year’s race will start close to the Loreto Convent and proceeding down to Sir Thomas’s Bridge via the Coleville road and Kilganey. At Sir Thomas’s Bridge it will proceed over to Ferryhouse where the athletes will turn left at the Bulmers Roundabout and proceed back to Clonmel to finish close to Barlo Motors on the Davis road.

 The Vocational School at the Mall is the race headquarters and entries will be taken there from 10 am onwards. There will be post race refreshments after the race in the School. The Club would like to thank the South Tipperary Vocational Committee for the use of their fine facilities at the Mall. There will also be changing facilities available. This is an ideal run to cure the Christmas festivities and all levels of fitness will be catered for, walkers, joggers, fun runners and everyone are welcome to participate. Entries will be taken from 10 o clock onwards and we would ask as many local people as possible to come early and enter as it will help ease the rush as we get closer to 12 o clock. 

For further enquiries please contact Niall at 086 1660888. 

Maps and directions HERE

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Results of the Waterford Half-Marathon...Sun 1st Dec 2013

Place    Last Name    First Name Gun Time    Chip Time    Pace    Category    Club
1    Mac Mahon    Brian 1:06:37    1:06:37    5:05/M    SM    Clonliffe Harriers AC
2    O'Shea    Alan  1:06:44    1:06:44    5:06/M    SM    Bantry AC
3    O'Hanlon    Gary 1:07:40    1:07:40    5:10/M    SM   
18    Kelly    Elish 1:18:03    1:18:02    5:57/M    SF    Raheny Shamrocks
20    Curley    Pauline  1:18:17    1:18:16    5:59/M    F40  Tullamore Harriers
28    Hodgins    Jill 1:19:05    1:19:05    6:02/M    F35   

The full results can be seen HERE

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Kerry...Results of the Feet First Killarney 5k - Sat 30th Nov 2013

1 Cathal O Donovan        St Finbars AC MS (15:30)
2 Philip Harty        West Waterford AC MS (15:39)
3 Ed Murphy     MS (16:14)
28 Sinead Brody        Galway City Harriers FS (19:12)
29 Siobhan Daly        an riocht FS (19:13)
46 Barbara Podraza    FS (20:25)

The full results can be seen HERE

Friday, November 29, 2013

Report on the 2013 Ballyhoura Series by Tom Blackburn

It was fantastic to run in Doneraile on the first night back in late May with 459 runners and joggers. It was so well run and a credit to the organising club Mallow AC on the night, the beautiful weather didn’t hurt either.

This was a hard event to follow with only one race in June, the Angelsborough 10k...a brand new race on the calendar. This event was also very well run and the organisers were very professnal in the way they ran
their event, it was a pity it wasn’t better supported. This is where club races seem to do better.

The town of Millstreet in NW Cork and the Willie Neenan 10k was our next event. This also was so well run and for a first time event, it was very well supported. Great credit due to the organisers Millstreet AC.

The next event was Dromcollogher 4 mile in West Limerick. This is a race with a long history and is run in conjunction with the local festival. This was also a beautiful evening...almost too hot to run, a problem we usually don’t have in Ireland.

Back to Cork next one for the Kilworth 5mile road race. The temperatures also soared here and this two circuit course of Kilworth hill was very exposed with not a tree for shade in sight. With another race in Cork the night before, numbers were down a little on last year.

Staying in Cork, the Donoughmore 7 was next up. This was a very well established event with juvenile races and the like going on at the same time. This event has to be so well managed or it could be such a nightmare otherwise. The evening was roasting here also, the following day was the hottest day of the summer.

The last race in July was at the other side of the border in Limerick with the 7k in Kilteely, with a change of route from last year to a new venue. The committee thought they might lose a few with two unlicenced events on the same night so it was great to get the crowd that they did.

August was as busy as July with runs every Friday, the Kilmeedy festival 5 mile was next up. This was another well organised event, which didn’t get a great amount of runners but this is where local running clubs could perhaps attract a better field.

The Galtee runners GR8KM was the next run. Now these guys were very professional and all hands on deck all season long handing out fliers at every race. I was surprised this race didn’t break the 300 mark as it is an event on the rise.

Barely a week later we were back in Pallasgreen, Co.Limerick for a 10k. I thought this was a lovely course butI suppose when you run well on the night it is always a lovely course. The crowd was small enough here also, for such an easy place to find and so close to Limerick City!

The following Saturday night, the Galbally 5 mile race was run. This race in contrast to all the rest had torrential rain from the moment the run started. With the Gathering weekend on, mass in the Church, a Concert in the Community centre, and a race on there were people and cars everywhere, with the light fading and heavy rain as the evening darkened, we were happy with the numbers for a first running of the event.

The last run in the Limerick series in Emly was the 13k. This was a bold decision and even with the early start the light was fading fast but luckily with the aid of a great committee and pretty quite roads everything went off well. The numbers were small but this is a unique distance over a great course.

There were only two races left in Cork and Doneraile park was the venue for another 5k event with the Steeple 5k. It was a beautiful Saturday morning in Doneraile although the numbers were much smaller than the first race, the morning was lovely and the views, were fabulous.

The last run of the series was the Charleville International Half marathon on the Sunday morning with record numbers turning out to run the flattest half Marathon in Ireland. This was a fitting race to the end of the Series, so well organised and run on another beautiful sunny day.

This year’s series wasn’t perfect by any means. It is still a work in progress as road race series go and we will improve the series in 2014. The numbers in the Limerick side of the series were low, and this could be down to the fact that a lot of them were first time events. Another point to remember here is that some of these races were run as community events, and didn’t have clubs involved. I believe this could boost numbers, in the years ahead, clubs will need to get involved with existing races or promote new events. The length of the series I think is also an issue, rather than separate county series, maybe two series, one run in early summer on consecutive weeks, and another series a couple of weeks later with the same theme.

The emergence of unlicenced races is also playing havoc with our races, It is very hard to travel ten or fifteen miles to a race if a local community has an event on next door to you. We all want to support local, everyone wants to make the few euro. But for your own sake make sure the race is insured, as a runner AAI will not cover you if the race is not permitted. As a race organiser if your race is not insured,”YOU” the organiser are liable for any injuries.

The Ballyhoura series is well and truly over for 2013, I would like to thank everyone on behalf of Ballyhoura Active and myself, to everyone who took part in our series over the summer. It was a long series, from the 31st of May to the 22nd of September. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the clubs and community groups who ran races this year. It was a pleasure to work with you during the year, and I hope to be working with you in the new year. Also a big thank you to John Desmond for all his work over the year. His professionalism and for his very interesting blog which added that something special to the series. 

Tom Blackburn...Ballyhoura Series Co-Ordinator

Monday, November 25, 2013

Clare...Results of the Lissycasey 5k race - Sun 24th Nov 2013

Organised by Fergus AC

1 16:34    DAVID BREW,     St Johns    M
2 16:39    FINBAR O GRADY,     Kilmurry Ibrickane North Clare    M
3 16:43    MARTIN GLYNN,     Ennis Track    O/40
1 19:05    CLAIRE MADIGAN,     St Johns    F
2 19:14    SIOBHANN LENNON,     Ennis Track    F40
3 19:53    ZELMA POWER ,     Ennis Track    F 

The full results can be seen HERE

1) There are a number of photos by James Sexton HERE

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Kerry...Results of the Killorglin 5k & 10k fun run - Sat 23rd Nov 2013

These 5k and 10k fun runs were held in Killorglin, Co.Kerry on Saturday the 23rdof Nov. There were 75 in the 5k and 109 in the 10k.

1 Anthony Mannix             M 16:34
2 Don Culloty             M 19:29
3 Darren Maye             M  21:11
7 Rosemary Browne             F 22:22
8 Aine Cullory             F 22:54
10 Chloe Hawker             F 23:26

1 Tommy O'Brien             M 36:17
2 Billy O'Brien             M 36:18
3 Martin Dineen             M 37:59
30 Kathleen Ladden             F 45:50
31 Jessica McCarthy             F 46:25
33 Mary O'Shea             F 46:40

The full results can be seen HERE

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Kerry...Results of the Run the Gauntlet Half-Marathon - Sun 17th Nov 2013

This Half-Marathon was held at the Gap of Dunloe in Kerry on Sunday the 17th of Nov 2013. The numbers were down again slightly this year. 2011 = 110, 2012 = 103, 2013 = 93.

The full results can be seen HERE

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Clare...Results of the Eddie Murphy Memorial Marathon - Sun 17th Nov 2013

The Eddie Murphy Memorial Marathon was held in Sixmilebridge, Co.Clare on Sunday, the 17th of Nov 2013. There were a total of 140 finishers across the four races.

13.1 Mile Half-Marathon = 43
1 Paul    Fitzgerald    male    1:18:52
2 Shane    Scully    male    1:19:00
3 John    Hannon    male    1:20:40
12 Helen    O Hanlon    female    1:38:00
18 Carol     Arthur    female    1:53:20
22 Jane    reeves    female    1:55:08

26.2 mile Marathon = 58
1 Shane James    Whitty    male    2:55:48
2 Thomas    Klimas    male    2:57:39
4 Stu    Wilkie    male    3:17:45
3 Ruthann    Sheahan    female    3:10:00
11 Maria    Byrne    female    3:39:11
16 Marie    Chapman    female    3:47:17

30 Mile Ultra = 24
1 Mike Curley    Cunningham    male    3:19:29
2 Thomas    Bubendorfer    male    3:40:54
3 John    Kissane    male    3:48:14
5 Deirdre    Finn    female    4:03:34
12 Joanne    Fearon    female    4:19:59
13 Caroline    McLoughlin    female    4:28:50

52 Mile Ultra = 15
1 Padraig    Mullins    male    6:46:54
2 Don    Hannon    male    7:17:34
4 Billly    Holden    male    7:50:30
3 Col    Conway    female    7:38:12
6 Gillian    Cordner    female    8:18:51
7 Donna    McLoughlin    female    8:46:59

The results can be seen HERE

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Kerry...Results of the Killarney Feet First 5k - Sat 16th Nov 2013

1 Donal Coffey        Leevale      MS     16:11
2 James Collins              MJ     16:37
3 Robert Purcell        Gneeveguilla      M45     16:48
17 Siobhan Daly        Riocht      FS     19:14
20 Shelia Buckley        Midleton      FS     19:20
32 Helen Gilroy        Midleton      F45     19:57

The full results can be seen HERE

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Waterford...Results of the Brickey 5k road race - Sun 10th Nov 2013

1 SHEEHAN Colm M  Leevale 15:25
2 SHEIL Niall M  St. Killian's 15:47
3 ZAKIS Raivis M  West Waterford Athletic Club 16:46
10 O'DWYER Martina F  Carrick-on-Suir Athletic Club 18:03
14 MCCANN Angela F  Clonmel Athletic Club 18:38
17 WALSH Corinna F  West Waterford Athletic Club 19:02 

The full results can be seen HERE

1) West Waterford AC have galleries HERE and HERE

Colm Sheehan Leevale AC comes into win the 20th Annual R and S Roofing Brickey 5k last Sunday, hosted by West Waterford athletic club. This was race number 1 in the  Michael Roche carpets series.

Monday, November 11, 2013

Limerick...Results of the Shanagolden 5 mile road race - Sat 9th Nov 2013

1    Michael    Carmody    SM     00:25:54
2    Niall    O'Callaghan    SM     00:26:40
3    Dermott    Kearns    M40     00:28:06
5    Orla    Drumm    SF     00:28:53
14    Veronica    Colleran    F45     00:31:25
15    Ann    MacPhail    F40     00:31:54

The full results can be seen HERE

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Dungarvan 10 entries now closed

Entries to the 2014 Dungarvan 10 mile road race have now closed with the 2,000 available places being filled in just under 6 weeks. The only entries left are for elite athletes....(elite entries will be taken by post only after the closing date up to January 17th. The following times apply to elite entry: Men sub 55 minutes. Ladies sub 60 minutes. These times will have to be in the 3 years prior to race day. (Proof of these times may be required).

Just to show the growth in numbers and entries for this race, it's worth having a look at the last two years.

For the Dungarvan 10 race in January 2012, there was an entry limit of 1,500 places. Entries opened on 28th of October and closed on the 28th of December...i.e. two months or just under 9 entry rate of about 160 per week.

For the Dungarvan 10 race in January 2013, the entry limit had increased to 1,750 places. Entries opened earlier on the 1st of October 2012 and closed on the 3rd of December....i.e. About the same length of time but with an extra 250 places entry rate of about 190 per week.

This time, there has been a major change in the level of demand. The entries for the 2014 race opened on the 1st of October with a limit of 2,000 places. All entries went in about five and a half weeks which is roughly a demand of about 360 per week, about double what it was in previous years.

It wasn't that long ago that the organising club West Waterford AC were taking entries to the race on the day and were hoping to grow the event to 1,000 entries. How things have changed.

Kerry...Results of the Feet First 5k, Killarney - Sat 9th Nov 2013

1 Mark O Sullivan        Bandon AC MS  (15:50)     16:02
2 Ed Murphy MS (16:17)     16:17
3 Cian Murphy        Iveragh MS (16:21)     16:21
23 Siobhan Daly        An Riocht  FS (19:34)     19:34
37 Elaine O Keeffe     FS (20:44)     20:45
40 Maria Sheehan     FS (20:54)     20:58

The full results can be seen HERE

Friday, November 8, 2013

Less than 300 entries left for Dungarvan 10 race...

"Go Dungarvans" Johnny Brunnock...associate sponsors of the John Treacy Dungarvan 10 mile road race on January 26th 2014. Also pictured are John Treacy and Paschal Proctor, West Waterford athlete club vice chairman with the Go Electric car which will lead out the race leaders come race day.

There are now less than 300 places left. If you are interested in entering one of the best 10 mile road races in the country then do so asap.

More details in this earlier post.

Monday, November 4, 2013

Results of the Clare AAI Senior Cross Country Championships...Sun 3rd Nov 2013

Clare A.A.I Senior Cross Country at Cooraclare on 3/11/2013
Senior Ladies
1    Sharon Rynne            Kilmurry Ibrickane North Clare
2    Cushla Brid Hehir        Ennis Track (White Team)
3    Becky Coughlan        Ennis Track (White Team)
1    Ennis Track (White Team)        2,3,5,12    22pts
2    Ennis Track (Red Team)        4,6,7,8        25pts
3    Kilmurry Ibrickane North Clare    1,10,14,15    40pts

Senior Men
1    Michael Shannon        St Johns
2    Kenneth Rodgers        St Johns
3    Rory Chesser            Ennis Track
1    St Johns            1,2,4,6,9,17        39pts
2    Ennis Track            3,5,10,12,13,15    58pts
3    B.M.O.H            7,11,14,18,20,25    95pts
Senior B Teams
1    Kilmurry Ibrickane North Clare        16,21,22,29    88pts
2    West Clare Sports and Fitness Club        32,33,34,35    134pts

The full results can be seen HERE

Photos HERE

Friday, October 25, 2013

Event notice...John Treacy Dungarvan 10 mile road race - Sun 26th Jan 2014

Now as we head towards the end of 2013, it's time to look ahead to the Spring of 2014 and what lies ahead. This is the traditional season for 10 mile road races in Munster and the four big ones are Ballycotton, Dungarvan, Mallow and Cobh.

The first one up is the John Treacy Dungarvan 10 mile road race on Sunday the 26th of January 2014. This is for me one of the best road races in Munster and it attracts runners from all over the country. Please note there is an entry limit of 2,000 this year and it will almost certainly close well before race day. The entry fee is €20 and that includes a Nike dry-fit running top. It really is an excellent top and as good as you'd get in any race. The entries are flying in already so enter asap

Here is some details from the organising club West Waterford AC...

At a photo launch recently in the towns Walton Park, John Treacy along with race sponsors and club committee members, details were announced of the 23rd Annual John Treacy Dungarvan 10 Mile Road Race.

The event now in its 23rd year has established itself as a must run race on the Irish road running calendar with participants from all four corners of the country and beyond participating. The race has grown year on year and is a pre-entry race only with the close date January 13th for the January 26th 2014 race or when 2,000 entries is reached .Please note that race entries closed in a matter weeks last year leaving hundreds disappointed on not being able to participate.( please get your entry in immediately )

To stage such a big event of course requires good sponsors and we are fortunate to have the support of the local authorities, Go Dungarvan, GlaxoSmithKline, Dungarvan Shopping Centre, Glanbia, Optimum Nutrition, Tipperary Water, Flahavan’s, Nike Ireland along with many other local businesses and individuals who are all giving valuable support helping to make the day a great occasion for the town of Dungarvan.

Introduced to the event three years ago the John Treacy Club Challenge Cup for men’s and ladies teams is proving to be highly successful. We will again be calling on all the athletic clubs of Ireland to take on the challenge in the 2014 event.

The John Treacy Dungarvan 10 bring’s together the ideal race combination of fun runners, joggers, club athletes and top class internationals who compete over a fast flat 10 mile course around the historic town of Dungarvan as we all look forward to an even bigger and better event on January 26th  next.

All race and entry details can be found at

Postal entry forms HERE

Preview.....A full preview of the course with photos and directions can be seen HERE

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Clare...Results of the Bernie Meaney 5k, Kilmurry - Sun 20th Oct 2013

1 15:40 SEAN HEHIR,  Rathfarnham WSAF A. C. M
2 16:55 JAKE O REGAN,  St Johns M
3 16:59 JULIO CESEAR F CASTRO,  Kilmurry Ibrickane/North Clare M
16 19:56 VERONICA COLLERAN,  Ennis Track F
21 20:32 CUSHLA BRID HEHIR,  Ennis Track F
23 20:52 GRACE SHALLOO,  Ennis Track F

The full results can be seen HERE

1) There is a small gallery of photos from James Sexton HERE

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Kerry...Results of the Feet First 5k race in Killarney - Sat 19th Oct 2013

Results from Feet First Killarney 5k Winter Series Race 1...Sat 19th Oct 2013

Pl.    Name      Cat.     Result
1 Ed Murphy     MS (16:20)
2 Arthur Fitzgerald     MS (16:26)
3  Simon Mangan     MS (16:54)
20  Siobhan Daly     FS (19:09)
24  Catriona Barry     F40 (19:23)
40  Niamh Clifford     FJ (20:56)

The full results can be seen HERE

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Kerry...Results of the Tralee Ladies RFC 5k fun run - Mon 23rd Sept 2013

Just catching up on some old results. This one is from the Tralee Ladies Rugby Football Club 5k fun run on Monday 23rd Sept 2013...

Kerry...Results of the Carers Association 10k Charity fun run - Sun 13th Oct 2013

1    Arthur    Fitzgerald    0:34:10
2    Stephen    Griffin    0:34:18
3    Derek    Griffin    0:35:12
25    Elaine    O'Keeffe    0:44:09
29    Kathleen    Shannon    0:45:58
30    Fatima    O Connor    0:46:01 

The full results can be seen HERE

Clare...County Intermediate & U23 Cross Country Championships - Sun 13th Oct 2013

Clare A.A.I Intermediate Under 23 Cross Country Championships at Sixmilebridge on 13/10/2013
Intermediate Ladies
1    Grace Shaloo        Ennis Track (A)
2    Grace Eade        Ennis Track (A)
3    Siobhan Lennon    Ennis Track (A)

1    Ennis Track (A)        1,2,3,4        10 pts
2    Ennis Track (B)        6,7,9,10    32 pts

Intermediate Men
1    Kevin Mulcaire    Ennis Track
2    Kevin Chesser        Ennis Track
3    Julio Cesar Castro    Kil/Ibk Nth Clare

1    Ennis Track        1,2,6,12,14,15        50 pts
2    Kil/Ibk Nth Clare    3,8,9,13,17,20        70 pts
3    B.M.O.H        4,5,7,22,24,26        88 pts

The full results can be seen HERE

Photos.......There is a selection of photos HERE

Monday, October 14, 2013

Kerry...Results of the Brandon Mtn Marathon - Sat 12th Oct 2013

There were 4 events held.....a full mountain marathon...34 finishers, a mountain half-marathon...16 finishers, a half-marathon on roads...22 finishers and a shorter mini-marathon on roads...34 finishers.

The full results can be seen HERE

Video from Connor Pass...

Kerry...Results of the Valentia Half-Marathon - Sat

121 runners turned out for this half-marathon in Kerry (2011 = 171, 2012 = 205).

1 Ed MURPHY    01:18:47
2 Pat DUNWORTH    01:18:49
3 Denis EVERETT    01:25:18
12 Margaret ODRISCOLL    01:33:05
21 Rachael O CALLAGHAN    01:37:53
27 Deirdre OLEARY    01:43:26

The full results can be seen HERE

Tipperary...Results of the Nenagh 10k - Sun 13th Oct 2013

1    Tony    Fogarty    m    32:52
2    Killian    Callagh    m    33:09
3    Gary    Scully    m     33:16
5    Siobhan    Doherty    f    34:28
23    Mary    Gavin    f    42:29
25    Stephanie    Culligan    f     42:38

The full results can be seen HERE

Friday, October 11, 2013

Event notice...Half-Marathon, Marathon & Ultra-Marathons in Sixmilebridge, Co.Clare - Sun 17th Nov 2013

The Eddie Murphy Memorial Marathon is coming up in Sixmilebridge, Co.Clare on Sunday the 17th of November 2013. There are a number of events on offer...
a) Half-Marathon...13.1 miles
b) Marathon...26.2 miles
c) Ultra-Marathon...30 miles
d) Double Marathon...52.4 miles.

From BMOH AC, the organisers of the event...
Eddie Murphy Memorial...Entry fee will be €20 for Half Marathon, €30 Marathon, €35 for 30 Mile and €40 for Double Marathon with all money raised being given to Charity (Milford Hospice in Limerick)

4 races, Half Marathon, Marathon, 30 mile and Double Marathon, all run on same 1 mile lap of village

Double Marathon start will be 07:00, headlights and vizi vest will be compulsory
30 mile start will be 11:00
Marathon start will be 12:00
Half Marathon start will be 14.00

BMOH are proud hosts of the one of the most unique marathons in Europe which also includes Half marathon ,Marathon, 30 miles & Double marathon options all on the one mile loop with the infamous heart break hill to be tackled on each lap.

Due to tragic and Ultimately passing of Eddie Murphy , BMOH AC hold a multi marathon event each November in Sixmilebridge in Honor of Eddie which takes place on a unique one mile loop.

About Eddie Murphy: For those of us lucky enough to have known Eddie, he represented what endurance running is all about for many of us, Pushing towards new personal running goals while enjoying & making new friendships along the way.  Eddie, before his untimely Death in April, 2011, had completed over 45 marathons.The proceeds of the event are donated to Milford hospice in Limerick at the request of the Murphy family.

Entries.......You can enter online HERE

Preview........A full preview of the course with maps, directions, photos, etc can be seen HERE

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Waterford...Results of the Open Cross Country - Sun 6th Oct 2013

Donal Power presents the Ladies the winner Dympna Ryan Dundrum AC with her prize at the 21st Annual West Waterford athletic club open cross country race held last Sunday, 6th Oct 2013. Also shown is the mens winner Tim O'Donoghue of East Cork AC receiving the James Hughes perpetual cup

Report from West Waterford AC...21 years of cross country running was celebrated in style by our club last Sunday at the 21st Annual event held at St Augustine’s college the home of cross country running in these parts. Celebrating the 21st year of any event is a special occasion and to mark the day our club was delighted to accept a beautiful new perpetual cup donated to the race by Donal Power and the Power family of Abbeyside in honour of their grandfather James. West Waterford AC are honoured and privileged to have this beautiful trophy honouring such an outstanding athlete from another era and it’s a delightful tribute by the Power family to see fit in honouring their grandfather James Hughes who through the war years was a noted Irish international cross country runner who represented his county near and far during the very troubled times of the war. Our wish for the years going forward are that many a great battle will ensue on the battle fields of our cross country race when great athletes will make claim to have their name inscribed on the trophy. 

The 21st running of the race took place last Sunday in very mild conditions and all assembled were prepared to battle it out from the blast of Br Patricks starters whistle, two East Cork AC athletes and one from Riocht AC a club down in Castleisland  Co Kerry took the lead and after a very fast 1st lap one was to drop off the pace and by the second lap it was between Tim O’ Donoghue and James Doran of An Riocht as Sean McGrath had dropped back. From here on in it was a two man race and over the latter stages Tim O’ Donoghue stamped his authority on the race and on the final lap it was a certain that he would win which he did. James Doran was happy to claim second and Sean McGrath of East Cork held onto third place. It was nice to see that the prizes were spread out among different clubs and counties. Kenny Curran of Ballynonty AC Tipperary took the 0/40 prize, Ray Hahessy West Waterford AC claimed the 0/45 prize, Derek Nolan of Clonmel was happy to take the 0/50 prize and Con Kelleher of Waterford took the 0/60 prize. The first junior prize went to Liam Mulligan of KCK, well done to all.

Men’s Results
Tim O’ Donoghue                  East Cork       24.48
James Doran                          An Riocht       25.04
Sean McGrath                       East Cork       25.30
0/40 Kenny Curran                Ballynonty AC 25.57
0/45 Ray Hahessy                  WWAC           29.16
0/50 Derek Nolan                  Clonmel          28.39
0/60 Con Kelleher                  WAC               34.49
Junior Liam Mulligan            KCK               29.52

CLEAR VICTORY FOR DYMPNA  RYAN IN LADIES RACE....The number of female runners in the West Waterford AC cross country race has been on the rise and this year saw the biggest entry for this race in many years. We were delighted to see Dympna Ryan of Dundrum AC in the field, an athlete of particular of note who has been to the fore all around the country recently in top road and cross country events. From the gun over the 2 lap ladies distance Dympna was to add yet another victory to her extending list of achievements as she lead all the way over the two laps despite the best efforts of our own  West Waterford’s Corinna Walsh who has won this race on previous occasions, finishing 2nd Corinna had a great run and she had work really hard over the last lap especially as the very fast finishing Waterford AC athlete Suzanne Dullaghan was closing in on her but Corinna held on for a great second place with Suzanne on this occasion having to settle for third place. Suzanne’s team-mate Joan Mahony won the over 35 prize and the remainder of prizes were won by West Waterford athletes. Well done to Brigid Coffey who won the 0/40 and to Onra Power who claimed the 0/45 prize. Lucy O’Brien had a great run to win the junior prize, well done to all.

Dympna Ryan                        Dundrum         13.52
Corinna Walsh                       WWAC           14.33
Suzanne Dullaghan                WAC               14.54
0/35 Joan Mahony                 WAC               15.34
0/40 Brigid Coffey                  WWAC           18.17
0/45 Onra Power                    WWAC           19.12
Junior Lucy O’ Brien             WWAC           16.30

THANKS.....Firstly our sincere thanks to the Power family especially Donal Power, grandson of James Hughes who donated the magnificent trophy and thank’s all the Power family for this kind gesture and their attendance at the race Sunday. Once again our thanks to Br Patrick Lennon for laying out the course and to the College for the use of their facility to hold the race and to all the crew that helped with the race in anyway especially all our own club crew.
The full results can be seen HERE (Waiting on results)

Photos...A gallery of photos from West Waterford AC can be seen HERE

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Kerry...Results of the Castleisland Autumn 5k - Fri 4th Oct 2013

This was the 4th and final race in the very successful Castleisland Autumn 5k series and it has the largest turnout so far. After getting 207 in the first race, 177 in the second and 192 in the third, the final race attracted a field of 222 people. The series was organised by local club An Ríocht AC.

1 Ed Murphy 15:54
2 Arthur Fitzgerald 16:04
3 John Barrett 16:26
15 Maria Mc Carthy 17:52
17 Niamh O'Sullivan 17:58
28 Siobhán Daly Castleisland  19:17

The full results can be seen HERE

Limerick...Results of the Bruff Longboat Memorial 10k run - Sat 5th Oct 2013

A total of 63 people took part in this 10k run in Bruff, Co.Limerick.

1    Shane Simcox    Senior    Mallow Ac    34.50
2    Mike Cunningham    0/45    Mooreabbey Milers    36.49
3    John Kelly        Bilboa    38.12
6    Madeline Loughnane    Senior    Thurles Crokes    39.02
11    Martina Ryan    40    Thurles Crokes    43.39
22    Ber Moore        Kilmallock AC    49.57

The full results can be seen HERE

Friday, October 4, 2013

Irish athletes look for funding for the Rio Olympics in 2016

As anyone who follows Irish athletics will know, funding for individual athletes is always an issue. Every year, the Irish Sports Council give out grants but only the very top international athletes like Rob Heffernan can hope to get the maximum amount. For younger up and coming athletes, their grants, if any, are a lot smaller and money is always an issue. They have the dilemma of trying to do the training required to reach an international standard and still be able to support themselves.

An interesting development on the Internet in the last year or two has been the use of sites like Kickstarter whereby people are asked to fund various business ideas and projects. The concept is called 'crowd sourcing'.

With those two facts in mind, some of Ireland's up and coming stars are now looking for funding for the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Brother and sister Thomas and Jessie Barr from Waterford are top Irish hurdlers. Thomas put in some great performances in 2013 and came within five one-hundredths of a second of equaling the Irish 400m hurdles record. Jessie is the second fastest woman on the Irish all time list for the 400m hurdles.

This is their fundraising video...

This is the Barr's fundraising page.

Sarah Lavin from Limerick is just 19 years old and is already the 3rd fastest woman in the 100m hurdles on the Irish all time list.

This is her fundraising video...

This is Sarah's fundraising page

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Waterford...Open Cross Country Event - Sun 6th Oct 2013

In most cases, cross country races are open only to members of members of athletic clubs. This event in Dungarvan on Sunday the 6th of October is open to everyone who would like to compete.

Details from the organisers of the event...West Waterford AC........21st  ANNUAL WEST WATERFORD AC OPEN CROSS COUNTRY EVENT FOR THE JAMES HUGHES PERPETUAL CUP...The annual Open Cross Country event at St. Augustine’s College has a starting time of 2.00 pm. The race 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 to come along and have a run on the famed Friary course. The distances on the day will be 2 laps of the College grounds for the ladies which is 4km in total and the men’s event will see them cover 4 laps (8km).The usual prize catagories apply.Please note the presentation of prizes will take place immediately after the race at the College grounds.
This Cross Country race once again this year incorporates the County Senior and Junior cross country championships for men and women.

JAMES HUGHES PERPETUAL CUP PRESENTED TO WEST WATERFORD ATHLETIC CLUB OPEN CROSS COUNTRY RACE THIS SUNDAY.,,,Donal Power presents James Veale chairman of West Waterford athletic club with the James Hughes perpetual cup for cross country, also pictured are Kevin and Michael Power. James Hughes was their grandfather and was an Irish international cross country athlete. Donal gave a very indebt talk on his grandfather in association with the Waterford Museum Society in the Town hall theatre Dungarvan recently which was attended by members of the Museum society and local athletics enthusiasts. The cup will be awarded each year to the winner of the West Waterford AC open cross country race which is celebrating its 21st year this year. The race goes ahead at St Augustine's College on next Sunday October 6th at 2 pm where we hope to see the countries best cross country runners battle it out to make their own piece of history by being the first name inscribed on this magnificent trophy.Donal and members of the Power family will be along on the day of the race to present the winner with the cup. The event also incorporates the Waterford country senior under 18 and Junior county championship.

Directions and maps can be seen HERE

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Tipperary...Results of the Tipperary Womens 10k mini-marathon - Sun 29th Sept 2013

Just under 900 people took part in this 10k in Clonmel, Co.Tipperary.

Place    Last Name    First Name   Time   Pace/m    Region
1    O' DOHERTY    SIOBHAN 35:17    5:41/M    Tipperary
2    MC CANN    ANGELA 38:03     6:08/M    Tipperary
3    ANNAN    CLAIRE 38:18      6:10/M    Tipperary
4    AGAR    TERESA  39:07   6:18/M    Kilkenny
5    ROCHE    AINE  40:54     6:35/M    Sligo
6    TIDESWELL    KEALEY  41:23  6:40/M   
7    RICE    CATHERINA 43:04     6:56/M    Tipperary
8    CULLIGAN    STEPHANIE  43:41   7:02/M    Tipperary
9    THORPE    NOELLE   43:43   7:02/M    Kilkenny
10    O' KEEFFE    SANDRA  44:18   7:08/M    Tipperary

The full results can be seen HERE

Kerry...Results of the Castleisland Autumn 5k road race - Fri 27th Sept 2013

This was the 3rd race of 4 in the ongoing Castleisland Autumn 5 km series organised by An Ríocht AC and attracted an large field of 192. The last and final race is on the 4th of October.

1 Ed Murphy 494 SM 16:09
2 Arthur Fitzgerald 577 SM 16:18
3 David Kavanagh 496 JM 16:29
16 Niamh O Sullivan 541 SW 17:57
17 Maria Mc Carthy 429 SW 18:03
25 Siobhan Daly 420 SW 19:15

The full results can be seen HERE

Limerick...Results of the Southill 5 km road race - Fri 27th Sept 2013

There was a small turnout of just 54 runners for this race. Due to an error by the lead car, the final results show 9 completing a 3.5 k race and the rest doing the full 5 kms.

1 20:10 CUNNINGHAM, Mike Moreabbey Milers O40 Men
2 20:47 QUIRKE, Sean Bilboa A C Senior Men
3 20:54 O SULLIVAN, John Individual O40 Men
17 23:54 CARTY, Mary Individual O40 Women
18 24:14 FALAHEE, Bridget Individual Masters Women O50
23 26:23 SLAVIN MC NEIL, Mary Individual Senior Women

The results can be seen HERE

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Reminder about last two races in the Castleisland 5k series in Kerry

With two races already completed, there are now two left in the Castleisland 5k road race series. The entry fee is €5 for the next one on Friday 27th Sept with the last one at the start of October costing €10.

The series is organised by An Ríocht AC and registration for each race is at their club house at the track in Castleisland, Co.Kerry.

More info about the location of the track and the race route can be seen HERE

Monday, September 23, 2013

Tipperary...Results of the Templemore 4 mile Track & Trail race - Sun 15th Sept 2013

A total of 145 people turned out for this 4 mile track and trail run in Templemore, N.Tipperary.

1 Tony Fogarty Thurles Crokes AC Men 21.42
2 Conor Tierney East Cork AC Men 22.39
3 Andrew Smyth Coolquill AC Men 22.51
14 Marie Fitzgibbon Thurles Crokes AC Ladies 25.30
18 Eileen McCullagh Ladies 26.03
22 Claire Kelly Templemore AC Ladies 27.00

The full results can be seen HERE

Kerry...Results of the Tralee Ladies Rugby FC 5k fun run - Mon 16th Sept 2013

The results of this 5k fun run can be seen HERE

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Limerick...Results of the Westfest 10k run - Sun 15th Sept 2013

Just 67 people turned out for this 10k run/walk in Newcastlewest in Limerick.

1    Mike Cunningham    36:47
2    Denis Kearns    37:21
3    Mike Brosnahan    40:11
9    Loretta Duggan    45:29
12    Carmel McDomhaill    47:06
13    Carmel folan ryan    47:08

The full results can be seen HERE

Tipperary...Results of the Cashel 8 km fun run/walk - Sun 22nd Sept 2013

The Rock Run 22 September 2013 Cashel

1    Tony Fogarty (1st Adult Male) 26:58.1
2    Fintan Rice (2nd Adult Male) 28:22.3
3    Michael Ryan (3rd Adult Male) 28:49.1
8    Madeline Loughnane (1st Adult Female) 30:01.9
15    Carmel Fitzgibbon A/F (2nd Adult Female) 32:55.7
16    Eileen McCullagh A/F (3rd Adult Female) 33:05.1

The full results can be seen HERE

From the organisers.....We had a great day today in Cashel for the first ever “Rock Run” in aid of St John the Baptist BNS school. The weather gods were definitely smiling on us as the sun shone brightly throughout the event. 175 participants registered for the run/walk and included adults and young people of all ages. This created a fantastic atmosphere from start to finish.

A word of thanks to all the participants who performed so well, and to everybody connected with the school who helped out so willingly both today and for the past month. A huge effort was put in to the making the run as professional as possible, and everybody can be very proud of their efforts.

The tent at the end created a lovely ambience as people could stay behind for refreshments while enjoying spectacular views of both Hore Abbey and the Rock of Cashel.

Go raibh míle maith agaibh go léir. Hope to see you all next year le cúnamh Dé.

You can contact me at if you have any queries/comments re: the race. Or if you have pictures! I’d love to get some pictures for our website as we didn’t take many!

Waterford...Results of the Munster Express 10k fun run - Sun 15th Sept 2013

1    MURPHY    BRIAN    33:19    5:22/M    SM
2    POWER    TREVOR    33:35    5:24/M    SM
3    POWER    GRAHAM    34:56    5:38/M    SM
10    WALSH    ADELE    38:32    6:12/M    SF
11    FINN    SUSAN    38:39    6:13/M    SF
13    MALONE    SYLVIA    39:04    6:17/M    SF

The full results can be seen HERE

Kerry...Results of the Castleisland 5k road race - Fri 20th Sept 2013

A total of 177 people took part in the second race in the Castleisland 5k Autumn series.

1 John Barrett SM 16:25
2 Robert Purcell M40 16:44
3 Willie Reidy SM 16:53
12 Maria McCarthy SW 18:26
19 Siobhan Daly SW 19:18
24 Lorna Davey-Fitzgerald SW 19:58

The full results can be seen HERE

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Limerick...Results of the Analog 6k road race - Fri 20th Sept 2013

1 19:46    TOUHY, Niall    UL Athletic Club    Senior Men
2 20:26    CUNNINGHAM, Mike    Moreabbey Milers    Masters Men O40
3 20:48    QUIRKE, Sean    Bilboa A C    Senior Men
15 23:05    JOHNSON, Tracey    Dooneen A C    Senior Women
44 27:38    DONNELLY, Tracy    Dooneen A C    Senior Women

47 27:53    KEOGH, Finoula    Country Club A C    Masters Women O40

The full results can be seen HERE

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Presentation to West Waterford Athletic Club...Wed 18th Sept 2013

Donal Power presents James Veale chairman of West Waterford athletic club with the James Hughes perpetual cup for cross country. Also pictured are Kevin and Michael Power. James Hughes was their grandfather and was an Irish international cross country athlete. Donal gave a very in depth talk on his grandfather in association with the Waterford Museum Society in the Town hall theatre Dungarvan on Wednesday evening. This was attended by members of the Museum society and local athletics enthusiasts. The cup will be awarded each year to the winner of the West Waterford AC open  cross country race which is celebrating its 21st year this year. The race goes ahead at St Augustine's College on October 6th at 2 pm where Waterford counties best cross country runners battle it out to make their own piece of history by being the first name inscribed on this magnificent trophy. Donal and members of  the Power family will be along on race day to present the cup to the race winner.

From Donal O'Donoghue....Donal Power had a Powerpoint presentation of 77 slides shown via overhead projector, to an audience of about 60 people.

This was a very interesting talk that covered James Hughes life from his early years on the family farm, and running locally for clubs in Co Louth.
There was no blog covering races back then, so the most reliable records of the era were the many newspaper clippings he kept in his scrapbook, along with a few photos.

Circa 1911 James Hughes moved to Surrey, working for the Pearl Life Assurance company for most of the next 37 years, and joined the local Surrey Athletic club.

In early 1915 he took a break from Pearl, and joined the Royal Munster Fusiliers of the British Army, and was sent back to Ireland to his training at Fermoy and Mitchelstown. He was in the trenches of the Western Front during the 1916 Easter Rising, where the opposing Germans raised banners taunting the Irish soldiers. He fought at the Battle of the Somme, and in particular the Battle of Guillemont, 3–6 September, where his athletic career was cut short, which his right leg was seriously injured by shrapnel, and what remained had to be amputated.

After the war he continued to work for Pearl, until his retirement in 1948. He had married a lady Mary Kehoe from Waterford, but had to continue to work in Surrey while the family grew up in Ireland. He retired to Abbeyside where he passed away in 1961, but kept active throughout his life, despite his severe injury.

Several Great War campaign medals and one surviving Athletic medal, which were left to Donal Power, were on display, along with the new Trophy, which will be presented annually at the West Waterford Cross Country race. This 21th running of this race will take place on Sunday 6th October at St. Augustine’s College.

An interesting side note in this lecture is that Cross Country was an Olympic event in the early years, until an incident in 1924 Paris Olympics. The race was won by Paavo Nurmi, the "Flying Finn".
This was the era before Hydration was taken seriously. In 40C heat, many runners failed to finish. Some who did collapsed. Many hours after the race, Olympic officials and French Red Cross were still out searching the course for lost runners! As a result the Olympic Committee decided to drop Cross Country from the Games, and it has never been reinstated since. 

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Tipperary...Results of the Kilsheelan 10 km road race - Sun 14th Sept 2013

A total of 112 runners took part in this 10k race in Kilsheelan, Tipperary.

1    Fintan Rice    Fethard AC Men 0/45    36:28 
2    Martin Keane    Dundrum AC Men 0/40    36:44
3    Derek Nolan    Clonmel AC Men 0/50    37:40
5    Dymphna Ryan    Dundrum AC Senior Lady    38:52
10    Clare Annan    Carrick On Suir AC Senior Lady    41:10
19    Mary Molloy    Clonmel AC Lady 0/35    45:34

The full results can be seen HERE

Clare...Results of the East Clare 10k race, Kilkishen - Sat 14th Sept 2013

A total of 136 people took part in this race.

1 30:06 SEAN HEHIR,  Rathfarnham WSAF A. C. M
3 35:09 MARTIN GREALISH,  Ennis Track Club M
1 38:05 VERONICA COLLERAN,  Ennis Track Club F
2 40:58 GRACE SHALLOO,  Ennis Track Club F
3 42:58 IMOGAN COTTER,  Ennis Track Club F

The full results can be seen HERE

1) There are some photos of the race HERE

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Kerry...Results of the Dingle Marathon - Sat 7th Sept 2013

Just catching up on some more results. The Dingle Marathon was held on Saturday the 7th of Sept 2013 and attracted 1,869 runners in total...60 in the 50 mile Ultra-Marathon, 340 in the full Marathon and 1469 in the Half-Marathon. That's down somewhat on last year but is probably no great suprise considering the number of people that traveled from Cork to Dublin for the All-Ireland hurling final.

Maura Regan of Eagle AC...winner of the 2013 Dingle Half-Marathon

1 Eoin Sugrue 2:44:02
2 Pat Dunworth 2:47:30
3 Michal Rejmer 2:51:22
28 Aideen Shinners 3:19:38 
30 Jo Reeve 3:21:24
31 Fionnuala Desmond 3:22:1

1 Paul Stephenson     1:14:14   
2 John Meade 1:14:24   
3 Gary Hynes 1:17:05   
40  Maura Regan 1:30:15   
41 Suzanne Quinn     1:30:28
43 Gillian Cotter 1:30:42

50 Mile Ultra-Marathon...
1) Sean Brosnan, 6:38:54
2) Rory Campbell, 6:47:57
3) Daibhi O'Leary, 6:49:28
6) Amy Masner, 7:10:47
9) Col Conway, 7:25:32
14) Caroline Kelly, 7:42:45

Note that Amy Masner broke the Ultra course record (set in 2012) by 25 minutes (and Ruthann Sheahan's time in 2010 by 40 minutes).

The full results can be seen HERE

1) Dingle Photo have a gallery HERE
2) Dingle Peninsula have a gallery HERE
3) The organisers have their own gallery HERE

Kerry...Results of the Killarney 10km mini-marathon - Sat 25th Sept 2013

1 Niamh OSULLIVAN 50+  37:11
2 Siobhan DALY An Riocht     18-39  40:53
3 Mary OCONNOR 45+ 41:38
4 Orla GORMLEY Raheny Shamrocks     45+   42:11
5 Sheila CRONIN 18-39  43:42

The full results can be seen HERE

Friday, September 13, 2013

Limerick...Results of the Rathkeale 4 mile road race - Fri 13th Sept 2013

A small turnout of 63 runners took part in this 4 mile road race in Rathkeale, Co.Limerick.

1    21:02    TOUHY, Niall    U. L.  A C    Senior Men
2    21:05    DORAN, James    An Riocht    Senior Men
3    21:06    MURPHY, Cian    Iveragh AC    Senior Men
14    24:34    JOHNSON, Tracey    Dooneen A C    Senior Women
18    26:01    FITZGERALD, Noelle    West Limerick A C    Senior Women
22    27:54    BROUDER, Rita    West Limerick A C    Senior Women

The full results can be seen HERE