Sunday, June 30, 2013

Tipperary...Results of the Champion Kiely 5 km road race, Ballyneale...Fri 28th June 2013

Race report from Clonmel AC...The Champion Kiely 5k Road race took place last Friday night with over 200 participants taking part. After the race started, a group of three dictated the pace with Brian Maher (Kilkenny City Harries), Sergio Ciobanu (Clonliffe Harriers) and Thomas Hayes of Kilkenny City Harriers. Eventually it was down to two after 2k with Brian and Sergio at the front. As they entered the village with a Km to go, Brian edged in front and made every stride a winning one to come home a very worthy winner in a new course record of 14 mins 38 secs, beating the old mark of 14 mins 48 secs by Andrew Ledwith. This time by Andrew was also broken by Sergio who finished in a brilliant time of 14 mins 44 secs, two brilliant performances from two talented athletes. Then we had Thomas Hayes of (KCK) also running very well when 3rd in 15 mins 22 secs. Shane Mullaney of Thurles Cores was 4th in 16:17.while Tony Fogarty of Thurles Crokes was 5th in 16:35.

The ladies race was won by Angela McCann of Clonmel in 17 mins 59 secs with Aine Roche of Clonmel 2nd in 19 mins 2 secs. Marie Fitzgibbon of Thurles Crokes was 3rd in 19 mins 51 secs with Martina Ryan of Thurles Crokes 4th in 20 mins 32 secs.

 1  MAHER, Brian KCH Men Senior  14:38 Ist Senior Man
2  CIOBANU, Sergiu Clonliffe Harriers Men Senior  14:44 2nd Senior Man
3  HAYES, Thomas KCH Men Senior  15:22 3rd Senior Man
22  MCCANN, Angela Clonmel AC Ladies over 40 17:59 1st Senior Lady
36  ROCHE, Aine Clonmel AC Ladies Senior  19:02 2nd Senior Lady
48  Fitzgibbon, Marie Thurles Croke AC Ladies Senior  19:51 3rd Senior Lady

The full results can be seen HERE

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Results of the Waterford Viking Marathon...Sat 29th June 2013

The 2nd Waterford Viking Marathon was held on Saturday, the 29th of June 2013 in what were pretty much ideal conditions. The weather at 9am for the start was overcast if a little humid with just a gentle breeze. By the time the sunshine had arrived, most of the Half-Marathon runners were finished while the full Marathon runners had to contend with the heat near Tramore on the coast and at the later stages back in the city.

As events go, it was well organised but a major issue this year was the fact that the course for both the Half and Full Marathon was too long. At the very start of the race, all of the runners did an out and back section along the quay in the centre of the city. Although the course was measured properly, the city council had an extra 150 metres or so of barriers put up which resulted in everyone running about 300 metres or 0.2 of a mile extra.

As soon as everyone ran through the 'real' one mile mark (where all the GPS watches started beeping) and then passed the actual sign 300m, it was a sign that something was amiss. When the following miles were out as well, a pattern began to form which showed that all of the mile markers were 0.2 miles out.

The problem at this stage was that most people didn't know about the mistake, just that the mile markers seemed wrong.  I don't think most people actually realised then that the course would be actually too long in the end.

Did it actually matter? For those who just wanted to 'get around' and complete their first half or full Marathon then probably not. For anyone going for a target time, it obviously did. Not only did they have to run an extra 0.2 miles but the fact that mile markers were out really didn't help.

Other than the distance error, the event was very well organised. Some of the good and bad points were...

1) Plenty of well stocked water stations with small bottles. Loads of gels on offer. Better than most other events.
2) Lots of the roads were closed and there was plenty of room for the runners, much better than say the Limerick Marathon in this respect.
3) The point where the Marathon and Half-Marathon fields divided was excellent. Well sign posted and runners notified well in advance...much better than the Cork Marathon.
4) Finish area on the track at the Regional Sports Centre was excellent. Plenty of space for people to sit down on the grass pitch afterwards with no shortage of water and bananas.
5) Tramore. Nice running along the waterfront with views of the ocean.

1) Should have been better segregation of runners near the industrial estate in Tramore to allow more space for faster runners returning. As it was, runners going in opposite directions had to find their own space.

Overall.......Other than the distance error...and it was a major error, it was a well organised event. Some things need to be fine tuned but it was very positive overall. The problem however is that people tend to remember the mistakes more than the good points. In 2012, it was the dumb idea of having mile markers that said how many miles to go rather rather than how many miles actually completed which is the norm. In 2013, the course was 0.2 miles too long. The problem is that there are no shortage of events out there and people have plenty to choose from. Waterford people will always support their own event but if they want to attract people from outside the area, then the event needs to be seen as being run properly. It would be a shame if the distance mistake completely overshadowed all of the positives of the event as it has the potential to be regarded as a really excellent event..

Comments........What was your own impression? Click on 'comment' link below.

Some stats...The numbers in the full Marathon were down by about one third this year, no doubt mainly due to the novelty of the first Marathon in Waterford in 2012. On the other hand, there has been a large increase in numbers in the Half-Marathon which were up 54%.

1 Gary O Hanlon     Clonliffe Harriers      MS    5     (2:28:05)     2:28:05
2 George Waugh     Bandon      MS    3     (2:36:37)     2:36:37
3 Frank Quinlan     Waterford AC     MS    2     (2:49:12)     2:49:12
4 Pauline Curley     Tullamore Harriers     FS    1     (2:49:39)     2:49:39
5 David Mansfield     Clonmel AC     MS    314     (2:57:00)     2:57:10
1 Pauline Curley     Tullamore Harriers     FS    1     (2:49:39)     2:49:39
2  Ann Marie Holland     St Finbarrs AC     F35    243     (2:59:36)     2:59:37
3 Ann Marie O Grady     Kch     FS    390     (3:19:46)     3:19:46
4 Esther Murphy     St Finbarrs AC     F40    369     (3:24:19)     3:24:21
5 Caroline Kelly     marathon club ireland      F45    267     (3:28:15)     3:28:17


The full results of the Marathon can be seen HERE

The full results of the Half-Marathon can be seen HERE

Photos...(Updated Sun 30th @8pm)
1) John Coleman has 4 galleries...No.1...No.2...No.3...No.4...
2) The organisers have a gallery of photos HERE 
3) St.Josephs AC have a small gallery HERE

Limerick...Results of the Ballysteen GAA 10k fun run...Sat 29th June 2013

A total of 48 people took part in this 10k fun run organised by Ballysteen GAA club.

1    Carmody, Michael    34.53    Limerick AC    M
2    Fitzgerald, Paul    35.29        M
3    Cremin, JJ    39.01    Dromina, Co. Cork    M
8    Lynch, Breda    40.59    West Limerick AC    F
22    Buckley, Maria    48.38    Askeaton    F
23    Hanley, Catherine    49.38    Askeaton    F

The full results can be seen HERE

1) Ballysteen GAA have their own photo gallery HERE

Friday, June 28, 2013

Limerick...Results of the Anglesboro 10k road race - Fri 28th June 2013

On a busy night with several other races in the province, the inaugural Anglesboro 10 km road race attracted a field of 85 runners.

Place Time Name Team Race Age Category 
1 35:59 LINEHAN, Adrian Duhallow A C Senior Men
2 38:33 DEVINE, Luke North cork AC
3 40:07 O MEARA, Richard Galtee Runners Senior Men
13 45:36 KENNEDY, Eileen Galtee Runners Senior Women
14 46:27 MAC DOMHAILL, Carmel West Limerick A C Women O/55
21 47:34 BLACKBURN, Patricia Moreabbey Milers Women O/45

The full results can be seen HERE

Reminder...Anglesboro 10k road race...Fri 28th June 2013

Just a reminder that the Anglesboro 10 km road race in SE Limerick takes place on Friday evening, the 28th of June at 8pm.

This is the first race of seven in the 2013 Ballyhoura Limerick Series.

Race flyer and info in an earlier post.

Directions and maps HERE

Clare...Results of the Kildysart 5k fun run - Thurs 27th June 2013

Kildysart National School 5k Fun Run / Walk in Kildysart Thursday 27 June 2013. 7:30 pm

1 17:31 SEAMUS POWER,  Kilmurry Ibrickane/North Clare M 
2 18:07 JOHN MURPHY,  Ennis Track Club M
3 18:45 PAT MORRISSEY,  Ennis Track Club M
1 21:16 SUSAN GRIFFIN,  Ballyea F
2 21:49 AILBHE MORRISSEY,  Ennis Track Club F
3 23:17 ANNE MARIE DOYLE,  Doonbeg F

The full results can be seen HERE

1) A small gallery of photos by James Sexton HERE

Event notice...Cork City Sports - Tues 2nd July 2013

The biggest athletics event in Cork for the year is coming up next Tuesday evening with the 62nd International Cork City Sports at CIT in Bishopstown.

For anyone who has any interest in athletics, it really is well worth attending. It isn't every day you get to see the top Irish athletes compete against an international field and if you're in Cork, it's on your doorstep.

If you are coming from outside Cork and you are not sure where exactly the CIT track is then you can see a map HERE...just zoom in and out.

Schedule of events...
Start Time
Track Events...Sponsor
5:30 PM    Juvenile 300m Events     Cork County Board AAI
6:30 PM    400m Hurdles Men     Cork County Council
6:40 PM    400m Women     AON Hewitt
6:50 PM    400m  Men     DPS Engineering
7:00 PM    3000m Women     Irish Sports Council
7:20 PM    100m Women     Centra
7:30 PM    100m Men     SuperValu
7:40 PM    3000m Walk     LeisureWorld
8:00 PM    100m Hurdles Women     Maher Sports
8:10 PM    1 Mile Men     Cork Airport
8:20 PM    800m Women     Henry Ford & Son Ltd.
8:30 PM    3000m Men     Cork City Council
8:40 PM     1 Mile Junior Men     Barrys Tea

Field Events
6:00 PM    Hammer Women     Cork Education and Training Board
6:30 PM    High Jump Women     Johnson & Perrott Ltd
6:30 PM    Pole Vault Men     Athletics Ireland
6:30 PM    Long Jump Men     FDC Financial Services
7:45 PM    High Jump Men     FMC
7:45 PM    Long Jump Women     Cross Hire Ltd

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Notice...Old Abbey 5 km road race, Waterfall, Cork - Sun 30th June 2013

This 5k road race takes place to the south-west of Cork City on Sunday, the 30th of June at 7pm.

The 5 km route for the race goes from Waterfall to Goggins Hill. As can be seen from the map, the race is only a few miles to the South-West of Cork City.

The registration is in Goggins Hill with a bus taking runners to the start line in Waterfall.

The easiest way to get to Goggins Hill from the city is via Waterfall....

The turn off for Waterfall is about 300m north of the Bandon Road Roundabout. If you are coming from the direction of CUH then take the right at the fork in the road...

About 2.5 miles beyond Waterfall, you take a left at a crossroads. Gogginshill National School is just a short distance down this road on the right.

More to follow...

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Clare...Results of the Clare 10k - Sat 22nd June 2013

A total of 814 people took part in this year's Clare 10k in Ennis on Saturday, the 22nd of June 2013

Pl.    Name    YOB    Club/City/Country    Cat.
1    Sean HEHIR        Rathfarnham WSAF AC     MO 29:54
2    Michael SHANNON        St. Johns AC     MO 31:21
3    Kenneth RODGERS    MO 31:22
4    Jake O'Regan     MO 32:22
5    Jude McEntee    M 32:47
6    James LIDDANE     BMOH AC     M     MO 33:07
7    Fergal SMITHWICK     Marian AC     M     MO 33:17
8    Darrragh LYNCH      Ennis Track     M     MJ 33:27
9    Fintan Hyland     M     M40 33:29
10    Patrick Quinn   M     MO 33:32
1    Veronica COLLERAN        Ennis Track     F     F45 37:57
2    Tracey GUILFOYLE        Riverlodge Running Club     F     F45 39:50
3    Mary SWEENEY        St Finbarrs AC     F50 40:00
4    Siobhan Lennon    F45 40:08
5    Zelma Power    FO 40:41
6    Rita KIERCE        St. Marys    F50 41:01
7    Becky Coughlan    FO 41:08
8    Breeda LYNCH        West Limerick AC    F35 41:47
9    Muireann OSHEA        Marion AC    FJ 41:56
10    Helen OHANLON        Ennis Track AC     F45 42:55

The full results can be seen HERE

1) A gallery of photos from James Sexton can be seen HERE

Monday, June 24, 2013

Race notice...Run Killarney Marathon, Half-Marathon and 10k - Sat 20th July 2013

Since it's inception, this event has evolved from year on year. At first, it was just the 15 mile 'Maxi-Marathon'. Over time, a Half-Marathon event was added and this year, a full Marathon option has been included.

The Marathon and the 13.1 mile Half-Marathon will start at 8:00am near Moll's Gap on the Kenmare road. The shorter 10k race will start near Muckross House in the park at 11am.

Entry for each race includes...Closed roads, Customised finisher medal, Technical T-shirt, Chip timing, Prizes, Massage at finish line, Hot and cold tubs & showers, Free post race party and BBQ, Officially measured course, Fully Marshalled route with water stops and medical safety cover throughout.

Full/Half Course description.......The race starts at about 800 feet above sea level near Moll's Gap. Initially it's flat but as you approach the Gap itself, the road starts to drop and you have a stunning view across to the Macgillycuddy's Reeks and the highest mountains in Ireland.

From here the road continues to drop as you run with lakes and mountains as a backdrop for the race..... Past Lady's View......Looking down on the Upper Lakes......and eventually you turn off into Killarney National Park near the entrance to Torc Waterfall.

The Half-Marathon then proceeds past Muckross House to the finish while the full Marathon continues on to take in another 13.1 miles in the northern part of the park before returning to the finish line.

As you can see from the maps above, there is a lot of downhill running in the first few miles. The 10k course takes in a shorter loop starting and finishing near the park.

The video clip below gives a feel for what the course looks like...

More info on the Run Killarney Website

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Kerry...Results of the Tralee Summer Solstice 10k fun run - Sat 22nd June 2013

There was a small turn out of just 83 runners for this 10k fun run in Tralee with only three breaking 40 minutes.

 Results of the Tralee Summer Solstice 10k fun run...Sat 22nd June 2013
1  Stephen GRIFFIN    36:11    All Ages    Male    1         16.6 km/h
2  Derek GRIFFIN    37:47    All Ages    Male    2    St Brendans    15.9 km/h
3 Jason GAVIN    39:09    All Ages    Male    3         15.3 km/h
10    1 Sharon CAHILL    44:43    All Ages    Female
12    2  Tammy CURTIN    46:25    All Ages    Female
14    3 Michelle COUNIHAN    48:40    All Ages    Female

The full results can be found HERE

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Early bird deadline for FIT Magazine 10k race in Cork extended to June 30th

The deadline for cheaper early bird entries to the FIT Magazine City Series 10k race in Cork has now been extended to the 30th of June. The race itself is in the Blackrock area of Cork city on Sunday, the 21st of July.

For more info on the race, see this earlier post.

Limerick...Results of the Kilfinane 5 mile road race - Fri 21st June 2013

Kilfinane AC 5 Mile Road Race Results June 21st 2013

Michael Nolan Carmody    M    Limerick AC    26:11
Declan Moore      M    Bilboa AC   26:53
David Richardson       M    West Limerick AC    26:57
Carol Finn    F    LeeVale AC    31:02
Caroline Conroy    F    West Limerick    33:23
Clotilde Fitzgibbon       F    Grange/Fermoy AC    33:38

The full results can be seen HERE

1) Dooneen AC have a gallery of photos HERE

Waterford...Results of the Dromana 5 mile road race - Fri 21st June 2013

Despite the rain, this year's Dromana 5 mile road race attracted a field of 152 runners, an increase of about 12% on last year's figure of 136. This was the 7th race of 10 in the ongoing Ger Wyley Sports/SKINS race series.

First 3 home in the 21st Annual Dungarvan Leader Dromana 5 mile road race l-r 2nd Micheal Lyons Grange/Fermoy AC. 1st Raivis Zakis West Waterford AC and 3rd Allen Whitaker UCC AC

Raivis Zakis             West Waterford AC    25.58
Michael Lyons         Grange/Fermoy AC    26.33
Allen Whittaker         UCC AC        27.02
Conor Tierney         East Cork AC         27.06
Paul Callaglyer        UCC    AC        27.17
Team Prizes...
West Waterford AC-A...John Leahy, Nicky Connolly and Alan Cullen
West Waterford AC- B...Andrew Leary, Ray Hahessy and Trevor Mason

Ladies Results
Nollaig O’ Neill         Leevale AC        30.44
Sinead Mansfield                                  31.52
Corinna Walsh         West Waterford AC    32.16
Gillian Cotter             UCC    AC        32.43
Irene Hartigan            UCC    AC        34.37
Ladies Teams
West Waterford AC-A...Karen Ryan, Josie Ui Chuirrin and Orla O’ Mahoney
West Waterford AC-B...Sharon Higgins, Andrea Gaffney and Anne Massey

The full results can be seen HERE

Trevor Mason presents the Mason family cup to the first Lady finisher Nollaig Hunter in the 21st Annual Dungarvan Leader Dromana 5. Also pictured are race sponsors Linda and Colm Nagle.
1) West Waterford AC have loads of photos HERE

Friday, June 21, 2013

Tipperary...Results of the Dave Fogarty 4 mile road race - Thurs 20th June 2013

About 180 runners and walkers took part in this year's Dave Fogarty 4 mile road race in Thurles, Co.Tipperary, about the same number as 2012.
Place    Athlete's Name    Club    Category    Mins    Secs    Awards
1    Pat Byrne    Tinryland    Men 0/40    20:51    1st Man
2    Kevin Moore    Dundrum A C     Senior Men    21:31    2nd Man
3    Mark Gleeson    Nenagh Olympic    Men 0/45    21:35    3rd Man
5    Siobhain O'Doherty    Borrisokane    Senior Lady    22:23    1st Lady
10    Dympna Ryan    Dundrum A C     Senior Lady    23:28    2nd Lady
15    Margaret Danagher    Templemore A C    Senior Lady    24:19    3rd Lady

The full results can be seen HERE

Weather Forecast for Munster...Fri 21st to Sun 23rd June 2013

Friday...Mainly dry at first on Friday with rain arriving from the west this afternoon in the western counties and in the eastern counties by this evening.

Saturday...Unsettled day with lots of shower as a low pressure system crosses over the north of the country. Rain heavier further north. 14 to 16 deg. Feeling cool for mid-June.

Sunday...Munster will see the best of the weather. Mainly dry with with the risk of showers. North-westerly winds will keep the temperatures in the mid teens.

Next week.......Signs that some more settled dryer weather might be on the way. Fingers crossed!

Clare...Results of the Ruan NS 6k fun run...Thurs 20th June 2013

Scoil Mhuire National School Ruan 6k Fun Run/Walk Thursday 20 June 2013. 7:00 pm

1 23:49 JAMES RALEIGH,  Kilnaboy A. C. M
2 23:59 KARL MAHONEY,  Ruan M
3 24:23 BRENDAN MULCAIR,  Galway M
24 28:31 NIAMH NI MHUIRI,  Ruan F
28 29:05 ROSIE MC MAHON,  Ballynacally Meet and Train F
30 29:08 MAURA BARRY,  Ruan F

The full results can be seen HERE

Thomas F Kiely...Olympic Champion 1904

Thomas Francis Kiely was born in 1869 in Ballyneale near the small town of Carrickon-Siur, County Tipperary, to a farming family. Being 6 ft. 2 inches (1:88 metres) tall, and weighing between 13 and 14 stone (82.5 - 88 kg), he started to compete in athletics at the age of 19, and excelled as a weight-thrower, jumper, and hurdler, By 1892, Kiely proved his ability by first winning the All-round Championship of Ireland, and a month later he won no less than seven national titles at the GAA Championships, beating among others Dan Shanahan (the world record holder) in the hop, step and jump, with a mark of 49 feet 7 inches (15.02 metres), a distance which was not exceeded in Olympic competition until 1924.

Over a long career, he won at least seventy (70) Irish and British championships and set world records for the 56 lb. weight and hammer throws - he was the first man to throw the hammer more than 160 feet (48.8 metres). Kiely won the (English) AAA hammer championship for five of the six years 1897 - 1902, losing only in 1900 to the great John Flanagan.

By the time of the Third Olympic Games in St.Louis in 1904, Kiely was 34 years of age, but was still the dominant all-round athlete in Ireland. He received an invitation to compete in St. Louis from the Irish-American Athletic Club and this invitation was widely reported in Irish newspapers. This came to the notice of the AAA, who offered to pay all his expenses if he competed as a member of the United Kingdom team. As an Irish nationalist, Tom Kiely declined both those offers and said that he would compete “for Tipperary and Ireland”. He sold some of the many prizes he had won and raised the fare.

In St. Louis, Kiely won the All-round event, a precursor of the decathlon with ten events held on one day, which happened to be Independence Day in the United States (July 4th, 1904).

After a long and active life, and having raised a family of three sons and five daughters, Thomas F. Kiely died in 1951.

(Excerpts from an article by Séamus Ware, 1999)

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Upcoming event...The Champion Kiely 5k road race, Ballyneale, Tipperary - Fri 28th June 2013

This 5 km road race is coming up in Ballyneale, South Tipperary on Friday, the 28th of June 2013 at 7:30pm.

Location...Ballyneale is about 3 miles / 5 kms to the north-west of Carrick-on-Suir.
If you are coming from Clonmel then take the N24 for Carrick-on-Suir. Look for the turn off left about 4 kms east of Kilsheelan.
From Carrick-on-Suir, take the R696 and look for the turn off left.

The village is well sign posted from the N24, N76 and R696 roads. Unusually however, the signs on the N76 and R696 refer to it as 'Ballyneill' while the sign posts on the N24 say 'Ballyneale'. Either way, it's one and the same village.

Ballyneale itself is a very small village consisting of a church, pub, school and several houses.

From the organisers.....Race registration will be from 6pm at the school. Parking is available at the community sports field, 800 metres from the school. The race starts 200 metres from the school and includes one full circuit of the village and finishing at the community sports field. Tea and refreshments will be served at the sportsfield.

The course itself is mostly flat and fast and is run mostly on quiet country roads. The elevation changes by only a few metres over it's length so there are essentially no real hills or drags. As 5k races go, this would be considered to be one of the fastest.

Reminder...Kilfinane 5 mile road race coming up on Friday, 21st of June

This 5 mile road race in Kilfinane in SE Limerick is coming up on Friday, the 21st of June at 7:30pm.

More details in an earlier post.

A full preview of the course with photos is now available HERE

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Race notice...Anglesboro 10k road race - Fri 28th June 2013

The first race in the Ballyhoura Limerick Road Race Series gets underway on Friday, the 28th of June with the Anglesboro 10k road race.

Located in the SE of Co.Limerick, this race is only about 6 miles or 10 kms to the north of Mitchelstown and is within easy access...

From the organisers......Athletics....There is a long and proud tradition of athletics in the 20 mile radius of the Galtee Mountains and in particular around Anglesboro. John Flanagan from the Martinstown Kilmallock area broke his own world record in the Olympic Games in London and was presented with a gold medal in 1908 as an American hammer thrower in the early days of Olympic Games. Also from the area was James J.Fahy (1880-1958) from Corderry, Galbally who in 1923 set a world record in the three standing jumps. He was known at the time as the Irish Kangaroo and his record remains unbroken to this day (40ft-3ins). He was a grand-uncle of the Race Series organiser Tom Blackburn from Galbally.

When the GAA was founded in 1884, it dealt with athletic events (track and field) as well.  In the very first year of the Association, there were only eight clubs affiliated to the Limerick County Board with Anglesboro being one of the first eight clubs. Pat McGrath from Lackendarra, Anglesboro, was a member of that club and he became the first Limerick man to win an all Ireland medal when he won the high jump and long jump at the all Ireland finals which were held in Tramore, Co. Waterford on 5th October 1885. He retained the high jump title in 1886 and was one of the Limerick delegates to the GAA annual congress in 1886 but little else is known about him. Another young man from Lackendarra, Anglesboro was J.J. Keane who gave a lifetime to the GAA and Athletics in particular. He left Anglesboro in 1880 and went to work in Dublin. In 1900, he was the All Ireland 120 yds Champion and helped found the N.A.C.A. (National Athletics and Cycling Association). He became it's president in the early 1920’s and was Ireland’s representative in the International Olympic Committee until 1952.  In the early 1920’s, he almost single handed got Ireland into the I.O.C. (International Olympic Committee). There was fierce opposition from America and Great Britain who were afraid that they would lose their Irish Athletes.

Sports always played a part in the life of Anglesboro with an Annual Sports Day held there every year until the mid 1960’s. These sports drew athletes from far and near. The commenced with a donkey derby from Annaslinga Cross to Anglesboro and also a cycle race from Mitchelstown to Anglesboro. They would also run a road race from Annaslinga to Anglesboro. These sports events were run by either the Liam Lynch Pipe Band of the Anglesboro Football Club. The day would finish with a dance held in the Club which was the highlight of the year. The Club is now Seamus and Mary Gordon’s home.  

Sports events are still a big part of Anglesboro where we have a walking group, cycle club, Community Games Committee.  There are cups named in memory of 10 sporting legends of the parish. There are two J.J. Keane Memorial Perpetual Cups which are presented to Premier County Under21 Football winners and 10k Road Race.  Anglesboro Community Council in conjunction with the Walking Club have succeeded in getting on the Ballyhoura 10k Road Race Series where the J.J. Keane Memorial Perpetual Cup will be presented to the first runner across the finish line on June 28th 2013.

More info about the race closer to the event...

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Waterford Race notice...Dromana 5 mile road race - Fri 21st June 2013

The 21st Annual Dromana 5 mile road race takes place this coming Friday, June 21st at 8 pm in West Waterford. The race will start in the village of Villierstown and finish in the town of Cappoquin.

The Dungarvan Leader Dromana 5 is organised by West Waterford AC and is the 7th race of 10 in the Ger Wyley Sports/SKINS summer series. This is the last opportunity to enter this race series as entries close on Friday evening in Dromana.

Please note that this is a point to point race. A bus will depart Cappoquin from the GAA club grounds at 7 pm sharp to bring runners to Villierstown where the entries will be taken in the local community hall.

The entry fee is €5. Presentation of prizes is at Danny Flynn's Bar of Cappoquin.
There is a bonus of €100 to anyone breaking the course record...........Course record: Pauline Lambe 29.20 (2010) , John Treacy 23.49 (1999) .

Course....The race starts in the village of Villerstown itself. Initially, the going is easy but soon, the road begins to climb through a wooded section until it reaches the highest point around the 1.5 mile mark. After that, it drops down on the other side and then, it's reasonably flat for most of the way until there is a pull up to the finish line in Cappoquin.

One of the most unusual features of the course is of course Dromana Gate......

Described as follows........"A Hindu Gothic gate dating from around 1830. The gate was originally built from wood and papier mache to greet the owner of the Dromana Estate, Henry Villiers-Stuart and his wife, Theresia Pauline Ott of Vienna, on returning from their honeymoon in 1826. The couple were so enchanted with the gate it was reconstructed in stone in later years.

The gate structure was restored by the Irish Georgian Society in the 1960s and again by the Waterford County Council in 1990. The bridge over the Finisk River was replaced in 1971."

Photos of it HERE

The 5 mile course is also famous for the fact that it was the route used by the Irish Olympic Silver medalist John Treacy in his youth when he used to run from school in Cappoquin to his home in Villierstown. Those early years of training would pay off with an Olympic Silver medal in 1984 by finishing second in the Marathon.

Overall.......A road race in a lovely scenic and quiet part of West Waterford. Nice quiet country roads with plenty of flat fast sections.

Monday, June 17, 2013

Event notice...FIT Magazine 10k road race, Cork City - Sun 21st July 2013

Following on from the success of the FIT Magazine City Series 10k race in Phoenix Park in Dublin, the next one is in Cork City on Sunday, the 21st of July 2013...

Here are some details from the organisers. Note that the prices change on the 21st of June and the entry fee includes a dry fit top.

The Essential 10k in Cork this Summer!
The FIT Magazine City Series 10km is back and ready to take the fun to the Rebel County! Fresh from a super fun day in the Phoenix Park, the City Series will be bringing our race down to Cork on July 21st.

We’re delighted to teaming up Breast Cancer Ireland as our partner for the event and want all you to join in with us. All participants who take part in the race in Cork on behalf of Breast Cancer Ireland can be assured that funds raised will go towards supporting a designated Breast Research Nurse based at Cork University Hospital.

Early bird tickets are available for €20! Don’t forget to avail of this offer soon as prices change from June 21st. Better yet if you’re part of a club, make sure to avail of our exclusive club offer! Read all about it here

We’ll be jam-packing our goody bag again so expect a technical t-shirt, a copy of FIT Magazine, the Sunday Independent and much more. Not to mention there’ll be spot prizes on the day and €3000 in prizes for the top 3 males and females.

So join in this July in Cork and get FIT with us! For more information on the event or to sign up, check out the link below!
Sign-Up Now ->

The race will start and finish on the Centre Park Road. The route goes down the Marina....past Blackrock Castle and onto the walkway by the waterfront. It then returns on the old railway track back to the finish line on Centre Park Road.

For anyone coming from outside Cork then see the map below...

The start and finish line is literally just a few hundred metres from the Pairc Ui Chaoimh GAA stadium which is in turn is about a mile or so east of the city centre.

In terms of difficulty, the course itself would be considered very fast. There is a small hill around the 1.5 mile mark before Blackrock Castle and a short sharp pull at 4 miles where the footbridge crosses the South Ring Road. Otherwise, the vast majority of the course is flat and fast. About 40% of the course is on public roads while the remaining 60% is on quiet walkways.

If you are interested then enter as soon as possible to avail of the cheaper entry.

If there are a number of you are from the same athletics club then you make sure you avail of the special club offer......either 20 entries for €300 or if you're a smaller club 10 entries for €150.

This race has an Athletics Ireland licence and has been accurately measured by Jones Counter. Chip timing will also be used.

Clare...Results of the Shannon 5k fun run - Fri 14th June 2013

62 turned out for this new 5k fun run in Shannon Co.Clare

Position Number Time Name Club Category
1  15:52 Rory Sexton Gotri M20-24
2  16:36 Mairtin Grealesh Ennis track M30-34
3  17:09 Mark Jeffers GoTri M30-34
15  19:41 Andree Walkin GoTri F30-34
16  19:54 Becky Coughlan Ennis Track F30-34
23  21:13 Sarah Boland GoTri F35-39

The full results can be seen HERE

Waterford...Results of the Fenor 15 km fun run - Sun 16th June 2013

173 runners took part in this 15k in Waterford...

Place     Name         Gun Time     Pace    Category    Club
1    QUINLAN    FRANK    51:39   5:33/M    SM    Waterford AC
2    POWER    TREVOR      53:32   5:45/M    SM    Waterford AC
3    COOPER    CONAILL  54:45   5:52/M    SM    Slaney Olympic Club
43    MAHONY    JOAN   1:05:42    7:03/M    SF    Waterford AC
45    MURPHY    ESTHER   1:06:15  7:07/M    F40    St Finbarrs
51    NI CHEARBHAILL    DEIRDRE    1:08:13  7:19/M    SF    Crusaders

The full results can be seen HERE

Kerry...Results of the Kerryhead Half-Marathon - Sun 16th June 2013

A total of 124 took part in this Half-Marathon in NW Kerry

1    Ed Murphy    1:16:41    Male
2    Simon Mangan    1:17:20    Male
3    Derek GRIFFIN    1:25:29    Male
7    Aideen Shinners    1:32:23    Female
8    Caitriona BARRY    1:33:00    Female
12    Orla CROSBIE    1:34:40    Female

The full results can be found HERE

Limerick...Results of the Newcastle West Rovers 5 mile fun run - Sun 16th June 2013

A total of 81 runners took part in this 5 mile fun run in Newcastle West in Co.Limerick

Pl.    Name    YOB    Club/City/Country    Cat.    Result
1    Aogán MacDomhnaill             MO    27:54
2    Ian Kelly        West Limerick AC     MO    29:11
3    Frank Landy        Ennis Track     MO    29:35
11    Caroline Conroy        West Limerick AC     FO    34:00
17    Carmel MacDomhnaill             F50    35:41
21    Rita Brouder             F     36:23

The full results are HERE

Tipperary...Results of the Ballingarry 5k road race - Fri 14th June 2013

A total of 73 people took part in the Michael Cahill 5k road race in Ballingarry on Friday, the 14th of June 2013.

Michael Cahill 5K Road Race 14th June 2013
Winners No Position Athlete's Name Club/ Area Category Mins Secs
1 BYRNE, Pat Tinryland AC Men Over 40 15:39
2 RYAN, David Clonmel AC Men over 40 16:00
3 MULLANEY, Shane Thurles Crokes AC Men Senior 16:23
23 ROCHE, Aine Clonmel AC Women Senior 19:03
32 MCCULLAGH, Eileen Thurles Crokes AC Women Senior 20:14
39 MOLLOY, Mary Clonmel AC Women Senior 20:58

The full results can be seen HERE

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Limerick...Results of the Bilboa 10k road race - Fri 14th June 2013

There seems to have been a big drop in numbers for this particular race this year. In 2012, it had 246 finishers. This year, it's down to 116.

Ger Mullane Memorial Bilboa 10K

Friday 14 June 2013. 7:00 pm
Place Time Name Team Race Age Category 
1  33:36 CESAR, Julio Kilmallock A C O35 Men
2  34:20 MOORE, Declan Bilboa A C
3  34:57 LINEHAN, Adrian Duhallow A C O35 Men
50  43:36 MASON, Mairead O35 Women
54  44:49 CORCORAN, Jean O35 Women
60  45:22 BERKERY, Eileen O35 Women

The full results can be seen HERE

Friday, June 14, 2013

Waterford...Results of the Clashmore 5 mile road race - Fri 14th June 2013

A total of 138 runners turned out for the 2013 Clashmore 5 mile road race, the 6th race of 10 in the Ger Wyley Sports / SKINS summer series. This figure was up about 37% on last year's figure of 101 runners.


Men’s Results
Michael Lyons     Grange-Fermoy         27.31
Kevin Kenneally    West Waterford         28.33
Sean Caulfield        St. Senan’s AC        29.11
0/40 Peter Duggan         St. Joseph’s AC    29.51
0/45 Ray Hahessy        West Waterford     30.53
0/50 Walter Keane        Waterford         30.48
0/55 Neilus Ahearne        Midleton        32.32
Junior Richard Stilwell                30.47

Ladies Results
Angela McCann            Clonmel         31.15
Sinead Mansfield                        32.25
Corinna Walsh            West Waterford     33.13
0/35 Anne-Marie Hayes        St. Catherine’s     35.32
0/40 Claudia Lane Mary        Waterford         34.45
0/45 Libby McGinn Murphy        West Waterford     38.11
0/50 Gabrielle Blair            Waterford         37.05

The full results can be seen HERE