Saturday, May 31, 2014

Friday, May 30, 2014

Clare...Results of the Sixmilebridge 10k road race - Fri 30th May 2014

A total of 255 runners took part in this 10k race, down 20% on last years figure of 319.

1 30:43    SERGIU CIOBANU,     Clonliffe Harriers    M
2 31:41    SEAN HEHIR,     Rathfarnham WSAF AC    M
3 32:52    JAKE O REGAN,     St Johns    M
1 38:40    ANNA CROOKS,     Ennis Track    F
2 41:39    GRACE SHALLOO,     Ennis Track    F 
3 42:52    LIZ GLOVER,     Limerick    F   

The full results can be seen HERE

1) There is a gallery of photos from James Sexton HERE 
2) Kilmurry dot com have a gallery HERE

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Tipperary...Results of the Poulmucka 5k & 8k road race - Fri 23rd May 2014

These two road races were held in Poulmucka, Co.Tipperary on Friday the 23rd of May. The 5k race had a field of 100 runners which was the same as last year. The main event however was the 8k race which attracted a field of 251 runners, a jump of 43% on last year.

Place    Athlete's Name    Club    Cat    Mins    Secs    Awards
1    David Ryan    Clonmel A C    M40    26:27    1st Man
2    Patrick Hughes    Thurles Crokes A C    SM    26:43    2nd Man
3    Tony Fogarty    Templemore A C    SM    27:32    3rd Man
4    Catherina McKiernan    Annalee A C    SW    27:37    1st Woman
7    Siobhain O Doherty    Borrisokane    SW    27:54    2nd Woman
22    Martina O Dwyer    Carrick on Suir A C    F35    29:32    3rd Woman

The full results for both races can be seen HERE

1) Clonmel AC have an album of photos HERE

Report from the organisers Clonmel AC......The Poulmucka 5K and 8K Road race took place last night in good running conditions which attracted a record of 350 athletes for both events. Competition was keen and the 8K was won by David Ryan of Clonmel in 26 mins 27 secs with Patrick Hughes (Thurles Crokes) 2nd in 26 mins 43 secs with Tony Fogarty (Templemore) 3rd 27:32 and Jimmy Boland (Clonmel) 4th in 27:41. In the Master men's race the Category winners were: 0/35 Patrick Roche (Carrick on Suir) 28:03 and Dermot Logue (Coolquill) 28:17, 0/40 Declan Curley (Clonmel) 28:10 and Paudie O Connor (Clonmel) 29:54, 0/45 Pat O Sullivan (Carrick on Suir) 27:58 and Niall O Ceallaigh (Clonmel) 29:18, 0/50 Derek Nolan (Clonmel) 29:09, 0/55 Mick Delahunty (Templemore) 32:10 and 0/60 Leslie Smyth (Coolquill) 33:53. The Junior Men's award was won by Adam Daly (Thurles Crokes) in 35:28.
Former Irish international athlete Catherina McKiernan 1st, Siobhan O'Doherty of Borrisokane AC 2nd

Competition was even keener in the Woman's race with Catherina McKiernan winning in 27 mins 37 secs with Siobhain O Doherty (Borrisokane) 2nd in 27:54 and Martina O Dwyer (Carrick on Suir) 3rd 29:32 with Clare Annan (Carrick on Suir) 4th in 29:53. Catherine was 4th overall. In the Master Women's competition here are the category winners:0/35 Elaine Walley (Ballymacarbry) 36:42 and Aine Doocey (Fethard) 38:19, 0/40 Ann Maher (Clonmel) 37: 10 and Diane Behan (Waterford) 37:25, 0/45 Martina Ryan (Thurles Crokes) 33:48 and Mary Moloney (Thurles Crokes) 36:01, 0/50 Eileen Hynes (Clonmel) 38 mins and 0/55 Hazel Galloway (Clonmel) in 42:38. The Junior Woman's prize was won by Emma Durand (Clonmel) in 36:16.

In the Team event the Men's event was won by the Dundrum team of Martin Keane, Michael J Ryan, Michael Ryan and Donal Keane. The Thurles Crokes team of Liam Shanahan, John Fitzgibbon, Shane Mullaney and Jim Moloney were 2nd. The Clonmel team of Conor Morkan, Nigel O Flaherty, Eoin McGrath and Neil Fox were 3rd with the Clonmel team of Larry Martin, William Larkin, Fergal O Callaghan and John Browne was 4th. The winning Women's team was Aine Roche, Kealey Tideswell, Yvonne O Connor and Anna Byrne. The Clonmel team of Angela Walsh, Sheila Perry, Orla Durand and Donna Nagle were 2nd.

The organisers would like to thank the Ladies committee who provided such beautiful food for the Post race Refreshments. They would also like to thank everyone who helped in any way to make this event such a brilliant success.

The 5k event was 'Predict your Finishing Time' and then run the race without a watch and it proved a great success. The prizes can be collected by contacting Andy at 086 3609110, they can also be collected at the Fethard 4Mile event which takes place on next Thursday in Fethard at 8pm. The Prize winners were: Zoe Fitzgibbon, Margaret Widger, Helen Gillman, Catherine O Gorman, Liam McGill, Lena Ryan, Deborah Ryan, Nicola Ryan, Heather Keating, Rhona Boyle, Sinead McGill, Melissa Condon, Trish Donnelly, Kevin Keating, Louise Burke, Deirbhila McKiernan, Shane Fitzgibbon, Paula Dwan, Tommy Keating and James Tobin

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Waterford...Results of the Ardmore 5 mile road race - Fri 23rd May 2014

1st Trevor Power Waterford AC 25.56
2nd Kevin Kenneally West Waterford AC 27.52
3rd Tom Bennett IND 28.12
1st Sineade Mansfield West Waterford AC 30.10
2nd Sally Forristall St.Josephs AC 32.31
3rd Helen Quinn IND 33.02

Full results HERE

Limerick...Results of the Kilmallock 5 mile road race - Fri 23rd May 2014

In 2012, this race attracted a field of 69 runners. In 2013, it increased slightly to 77. In 2014, it became part of the Ballyhoura Limerick Series and the numbers surged to an impressive 244 finishers! In terms of races numbers in Limerick, that is well above normal.

1 25:59    CARMODY, Michael    Limerick A C    Senior Men
2 26:31    TURNER, Colm    Limerick Tri Club    Senior Men
3 26:38    CESAR, Julio    Kilmurry/Ibricken A C    Senior Men
18 29:45    FINN, Carol    Leevale A C    Senior Women
29 30:36    RYAN, Dymphna    Dundrum A C    Senior Women
45 31:56    FITZGERALD DAVEY, Lorna    Mallow AC    Senior Women

The full results can be found HERE

This is a series of video clips from Michael Herlihy as he runs the race...

Friday, May 23, 2014

Tipperary...Notice for the Deadmans 5 mile road race, Carrick on Suir - Fri 6th June 2014

The third race of five in the Three Counties Challenge is coming up on Friday, the 6th of June with the Deadman's 5 mile in Carrick-on-Suir in S.Tipperary.

From the organisers......The 3 Counties Challenge moves back to County Tipperary for Race 3 in the series, the Carraig Hotel "Deadman's 5" mile road race on Friday 6th June @ 7:30 sharp. This race, now in it's 9th year, starts at the picturesque Ormonde Castle in Carrick on Suir, and goes through the center of the town before taking in a loop of the famous Deadman's Boreen, finishing on a lovely long straight stretch at the back of the Town Park , 5 Miles in total. It is mostly flat, with a short drag in the middle, but mile 4 on is slightly downhill, so a good time is possible.

More details from the organisers.......
Registration takes place at the Carrick Swan GAA Hall (behind the Garda Barracks) from 6:00 p.m. Please note the race must start on time at 7:30 as part of the route goes over a railway crossing, so Registration will close at 7:10. Entry fee is €10.00

There will be changing and shower facilities after the race in the Club Hall, and also after race refreshments will be in the hall this year.

Course Map...

 The 5 mile course starts and finishes in the town and takes in a loop to the north.

Closer look at the town section...

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

Monday, May 19, 2014

Race notice...Kilmallock 5 mile road race - Fri 23rd May 2014

The Kilmallock 5 mile road race is coming up on Friday the 23rd of May 2014 and its the second race on the Ballyhoura Limerick Race Series. This is a brand new race and is being organised by Kilmallock AC.

Details....Registration from 6pm at Deebert House hotel...Race Starts 7.30 Sharp...Prizes for 1st 2nd 3rd male and Female...1st O40 O50 O60 Male and prizes and refreshments after.

Notes from series organiser Tom Blackburn....This Friday night Kilmallock AC will hold their first event as a newly formed running club, this is a club with a deep history in running. But for a couple of years the club disbanded and fell by the way, and it looked like it was gone forever. This year however it has been reformed, and with some help from Mike Reynolds and Tony Mc Mahon, who ran with the older club,and with the guidance of of a new committee led by their chairperson Simon Reynolds Kilmallock AC is back and at 7.30 pm Friday night 23rd of May Kilmallock AC will hold a 5 mile road race from the  Deebert  Hotel in Kilmallock. The club hope to have Jim Hogan on the night to start the race, Jim has been ill of late, but to anyone who knows the great Jim Hogan this will be a special treat.This promises to be a really good run as 4 miles of the course is the same as the Charleville half marathon, so it will be flat and fast. So get your racing flats on for Kilmallock on Friday night and start your weekend with a Ballyhoura Active series race .

Reg from 6pm in the Deebert Hotel Kilmallock. Tea/refreshments and prizes in the Deebert Hotel after.

From Kilmallock AC...It is with great honour that Kilmallock A.C. have Jim Hogan, the 1966 Gold Medal European Marathon Champion sounding the gun on the night to start the race. Jim, originally from Athlacca was born on 28th May 1933 and began his very successful running career at the age of 19. Jim now resides in Maria Gorettie Nursing Home in Kilmallock. What makes Jim Hogans achievements even greater is that he did all this while running bare footed

Location of Deebert House Hotel, start and finish points in Kilmallock...

Preview.....Having looked at the course, it certainly looks like a fast one. Full preview with maps and photos HERE

Race notice...Poulmucka 8 km road race, Tipperary - Fri 23rd May 2014

This 8 km road race organised in conjunction with Clonmel AC is coming up on Friday, the 23rd of May at 7:30pm.

Poulmucka is located in South Tipperary, about 5 miles to the north-west of Clonmel...

From the N24 road running from Cahir to Clonmel, look for the turn off for Newinn and Cashel (R687)...
Turn off 2.2 miles from the roundabout on the western side of Clonmel
Poulmucka is located on the R687, about 2.4 miles from the junction above.

The village itself is no more than a pub and a few houses...

Course....The 8 km route takes in a triangular loop to the north-west of Poulmucka...

There are also some hills along the route with the most serious climb around 2.5 miles / 4 kms...

A full preview of the 8 km course with photos can be seen HERE

For the 5k fun run, runners will be brought out to the 3k mark and they run to the finish with both races going off the same time.

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Limerick...Result of the Mungret 10k race - Sun 18th May 2014

1    Sergiu    Ciobanu    MO    00:31:05    00:31:04
2    Niall     McCormack    MO    00:33:10    00:33:10
3    Julio    Cesar   MO    00:33:16    00:33:16
11    Margaret    Danagher   FO    00:37:54    00:37:53
13    Dympna    Ryan   FO    00:38:22    00:38:22
18    Veronica    Colleran    F40    00:39:22    00:39:21

The results can be seen HERE

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Kerry...Lakes of Killarney Marathon & Half-Marathon - Sat 17th May 2014

The numbers were much the same as last year. The marathon dropped from 110 to 84 and the half increased from 172 to 199.

1    Gary OHANLON (106)     02:38:22     02:38:22     Senior  (1)     Male  (1)
2    Fozzy FORRISTAL (79)     02:57:53     02:57:51     Senior  (2)     Male  (2)

3    Aodh O CURRAIN (87)     03:00:19     03:00:19     Senior  (3)     Male  (3)
13    Col CONWAY (78)     03:27:08     03:27:06     Ages 40 - 49  (1)     Female  (1)
28    Dolores DUFFY (52)     03:46:24     03:46:10     Ages 40 - 49  (2)     Female  (2)
43    Deirdre O' HALLORAN (48)     04:06:24     04:06:10     Senior  (1)     Female  (3)

1    Simon Mangan (802)     01:16:29     01:16:29     Senior  (1)     Male  (1)
2    Tony HARTY (701)     01:17:25     01:17:23     Senior  (2)     Male  (2)
3    Tom BENNETT (634)     01:20:09     01:20:09     Senior  (3)     Male  (3)
22    Alison KIRWAN (749)     01:35:17     01:35:14     Senior  (1)     Female  (1)
25    Mary KEALY (621)     01:36:00     01:35:54     Ages 40 - 49  (1)     Female  (2)
35    Kana Akimoto (808)     01:39:51     01:39:46     Senior  (2)     Female  (3)

The full results are HERE

Limerick...Results of the Galbally 5 mile road race - Fri 16th May 2014

The Ballyhoura Limerick Race Series got off to a good start on Friday the 16th of May with 198 runners turning out for the Galbally 5 mile road race. This represents a 43% increase on last years figure of 138.

1 Stuart Moloney Mooreabbey Milers A C Senior Men 26:58
2 Declan Moore Bilboa A C Senior Men 27:22
3 Eoin Sugrue Unattached Men 0/40 27:50
1st Lady Aine Roche Clonmel A C Senior Women 32:36
2nd Lady Amy Ryan Mooreabbey Milers A C Senior Women 33:11
3rd Lady Charlene Whiley Galtee Runners A C Senior Women 33:11

The full results can be seen HERE

Report from Tom Blackburn of Mooreabbey Milers....Friday Night in Galbally saw a large crowd of runners gathering for the Mooreabbey Milers AC 5 mile road race. This was the second race in the Ballyhoura Active series and the first race in county Limerick. With 198 runners on the night, we were up 60 runners on last years race. There was a great buzz in the village as the race headed out the Tipperary road at 7.30 pm sharp. It was a beautiful evening and everyone was in good form. Local man Stuart Moloney from Mooreabbey Milers AC was an impressive winner in a time of 26.58, The course itself isn’t the fastest but he didn’t have it all his own way being chased hard by Declan Moore from Bilboa AC.

Tea, sandwiches and cakes were provided in the community center after, everyone ate their fill and went home happy after a lovely evening. 

I would Like to thank everyone for supporting us on the night, this was a great start to our series and we hope that you will support the rest of the races in the series. We would like to thank our sponsors and all those who volunteered on the night. 

Friday, May 16, 2014

Clare...Results of the Lees Road 5k, Ennis - Thurs 15th May 2014

1 16:41 SEAMUS POWER, Kilmurry Ibrickane North Clare M40
2 17:00 PAUL DALY, St Johns M35
3 17:30 MIKE CUNNINGHAM, Mooreabbey Milers M45
24 19:32 SHARON RYNNE, Kilmurry Ibrickane North Clare F
30 20:03 SIOBHAN LENNON, Ennis Track F40
37 20:36 TRACY GUILFOYLE, Kilnaboy A.C. F

The full results can be seen HERE

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

Monday, May 12, 2014

Tipperary...Results of the Annerville 10k road race, Clonmel - Sun 11th May 2014

A large turnout of 354 runners turned out for this years Annerville 10k road race in Clonmel.

1    Sergiou Ciobanu    Clonliffe Harriers    Senior Men    32:19    1st Man
2    Niall McCormack    Clonmel A C    Senior Men    33:30    2nd Man
3    Danny Smyth    Ballynonty A C    Senior Men    33:39    3rd Man
18    Marie McCarthy    Farrenfore Maine Valley    F 35    37:16    1st Lady
21    Angela McCann    Clonmel A C    F 40    37:33    2nd Lady
30    Dympna Ryan    Dundrum A C    Senior Women    38:15    3rd Lady

The full results can be seen HERE

1) Tipperary Photos have a small gallery HERE

Report from the organisers Clonmel AC.....Sunshine greeted the 350 plus athletes who participated in the Annerville 10K in Clonmel. There was a great buzz of excitement around the Race Headquarters at the Vocational School, the Mall from 1pm onwards. Even the slight drizzle that can at 1.45pm didn't deter the enthusiasm. Right on cue the athletes assembled at the starting line and proceedings got underway just after 2pm. 

Right from the start the early pace was dictated by Niall McCormack of Clonmel and the winner Sergio Ciobanu of Clonliffe Harriers. These two went at a good pace reaching 2K in 6 mins 6 secs and 4K in 12 mins 32 secs. At this stage Sergio had a slight lead over Niall while the chasing pack was led by Danny Smith (Ballynonty), Shane Mullaney (Thurles Crokes) and David Ryan (Clonmel). As they reached Bulmers Roundabout Sergio had a good lead and was full of running as he reached 6K in 19 mins 16 secs and 8K in 12 mins 48 secs. He kept that pace going all the way to win in 32 mins 19 secs brilliant running in conditions that were sunny but blustery. Then we had Niall McCormack also running very well when holding off a later determined bid by Danny Smith to finish 2nd in 33 mins 30 secs with Danny 9 secs adrift, great running. Then we had David Ryan (Clonmel) winning the over 40 in 34 mins 10 secs with Declan Curley (Clonmel) 2nd over 40 in 35:10. Kevin Moore (Dundrum) was 4th Senior man in 34:57 with Dermot Logue (Coolquill) finishing 5th Senior man in 36:06, just edging out his club mate John Russell. Conor Fleming and Niall O Ceallaigh made it a Clonmel 1, 2 in the over 45 when finishing in 36:55 and 37:54. Derek Noland (Clonmel) won the over 50 award in 38:18 with Bernard Feery (Fethard) 2nd in 40:16. Tom Halpin (Ballynonty) won the over 55 award in 39 mins with Jack Alexander (Coolquill) 2nd in 41:35. Joe Gough (Waterford) got a very warm reception as double World Champion when he received his prize as 1st over 60 when running very well to win in 37 mins 49 secs, having also won last Friday night in Piltown. Eddie Cahalane (Coolquill) won the over 65 award when running well to finish in 48 mins 5 secs.

Maria McCarthy (Farrenfore Maine Valley) took up the early pace and ran very well to win a great race in her home town when finishing strongly in 37 mins 16 secs, great performance. Then we had Angela McCann (Clonmel) also running very well when 2nd in 37 mins 33 secs with Dymphna Ryan (Dundrum) 3rd in 38 mins 15 secs. Madeline Loughnane (Thurles Crokes) also ran well when finishing 4th Senior Lady in 39:03 with Kealey Tideswell (Clonmel) 5th Senior Lady in 41:37. Edel Roche of Clonmel won the Ladies over 35 award in 42:41 with Catherine Rice of Clonmel 2nd in 44:42. Yvonne O Connor and Orla Durand made it a Clonmel 1, 2 in the Ladies over category when finishing in 47:51 and 48:13 respectively. Martina Ryan (Thurles Crokes) won the Ladies over 45 award in 43:38 with Anna Byrne (Clonmel) 2nd in 46:39. Mary Mulcahy (St Finbarr's) won the Ladies over 50 in 49:05 and Hazel Galloway (Clonmel) won the Ladies over 55 in 54:37.

This year's event was a brilliant success and it was great to see many of our 6k athletes moving up and running so well in the 10K, brilliant performances. The Club Chairman, Frank Lynch, at the Presentation of the Prizes thanked the Gardai and the Civil Defence, all the stewards and all who helped with Registration and Recording for ensuring that the whole event went smoothly. He also thanked the South Tipperary Vocational Committee for the use of their fine facilities as the Race Headquarters. He also paid a special tribute to our Ladies committee who ensured that everyone was well catered for at the Post Race Refreshments, which was appreciated by everyone.

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Limerick...Results of the MMRA Doon Hill race - Sun 11th May 2014

Doon Hill Results
1 2594 Mike Cunninham 41.34
2 2582 Tom Blackburn 42.31
3 2614 Mark Murray 46.46
4 2927 Sean Harte 46.49
5 2729 Kieran Lees 47.43
6 2820 Ger Griffin 48.17
7 2532 Brian Buckley 48.50
8 2567 Mike Sheehy 49.10
9 2931 John Hannon 49.58
10 2823 James Burke 50.06
11 2928 Sean Quirke 50.37
12 2602 Mike Hannihan 50.46
13 2929 John Foley 51.22
14 2685 Ide Kelleher 52.19
15 2504 Damien Holian 53.23
16 2726 Kevin Wilkonson 53.27
17 2541 Steve Harvey 53.29
18 2830 Sean O'Neill 53.34
19 1715 Ed Hogan 54.10
20 2932 John Shanahan 54.13
21 2930 Barry Williams 54.20
22 2933 Mary Louise Ryan 54.23
23 2843 Niamh Hartnett 55.45

24 2734 Thomas Lees 56.03
25 2593 Deirdre Finn 58.52
26 2720 Mary Finn 60.29
27 2559 Barry O'Brien 61.08
28 2616 Vivian O'Gorman 62.18
29 2728 Ted Feehan 65.51
30 2915 Michael Mackessy 69.51
31 2913 Robert Moloney 69.52
32 2717 Denis Allen 74.40
33 2737 Cuan O'Hogán 78.43

Clare...Results of the Clonlara 5 mile road race - Sun 11th May 2014

1 27:00    MICHAEL CARMODY,     Ind.    M
2 27:25    JAMES LIDDANE,     B.M.O.H.     M
3 28:27    DERMOT KEARNS,     Dooneen    M
1 33:08    LAURA COLLINS,     Limerick A.C.    F
2 33:35    ANNA MAC PHAIL,     Dooneen    F
3 36:21    CARMEL MC DOMHNAILL,     West Limerick    F

The full results can be seen HERE

1) There are some photos by James Sexton HERE

Kerry...Results of the Castleisland 5k & 10 mile road race - Sun 11th May 2014

These two races were organised by An Ríocht AC who are based in Castleisland, Co.Kerry. The 5k race attracted the larger field of 326 runners while there were 150 in the 10 mile event.

10 mile
1 Tim O’Connor
2 Simon Mangan
3 Pat Dunworth
1 Catriona Barry
2 Alison Kirwan
3 Michelle Hoare

O40 MEN...1 Gerard O’Sullivan, 2 Verners Tess, 3 Willie Reidy
O50 MEN...1 Gerard Ladden, 2 Willie Guiney, 3    Eamonn Groves   
O40 WOMEN...1 Eileen Egan, 2 Miriam Beasley, 3 Suzanne O’Sullivan
O50 WOMEN...1 Geraldine O’Sullivan, 2 Ann Mc Glynn, 3 Catherine Mc Carthy

1 David Comber
2 Arthur Fitzgerald
3 Michael O’Regan
1    Michelle Kenny
2    Niamh O’Sullivan
3    Siobhan Daly

O40 MEN...1 Fred Browne, 2 P.J. Fitzgerald
O50 MEN...1 Matt O’Sullivan    , 2 Michael Dineen   
O60 MEN...1 Mike Bowler, 2 Ger Power   
O40 WOMEN...1 Aine Culloty, 2 Geraldine Histon
O50 WOMEN...1 Norín Uí Cathasaigh, 2 Anne O’Sullivan

JUNIOR MEN...1 Gavin Dillon, 2 Cian O’Brien, 3 John O’Connor   
JUNIOR WOMEN...1 Kayla Whooley, 2 Ava Kelliher, 3 Ellie Daly    

The full results can be seen HERE

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Waterford...Results of the Portlaw 5 mile road race - Fri 9th May 2014

This was the second race of five in the ongoing Outfield Sports 3 Counties Challenge and attracted a field of 169 runners.

 1 0:26:44 MURPHY, Noel Waterford AC Senior Men 05:21.2
 2 0:26:55 COGHLAN, Alban Crusaders AC Senior Men 05:23.4
 3 0:27:15 SWABY, Brian Waterford AC Senior Men 05:27.4
 22 0:30:58 McCANN, Angela Clonmel AC Ladies Over 40 06:12.1 
 25 0:31:12 FORRISTAL, Sally St Josephs Senior Ladies 06:14.9
 34 0:31:57 POWER, Orla Senior Ladies 06:23.9

The full results can be seen HERE

1) John Coleman has a gallery on his Facebook page (Facebook account required to view)

Race report from Carrick Road Runners...O' Neill Pharmacy Tom Jordan Memorial Portlaw 5-miles
The second race of the 2014 Three Counties Challenge saw 170 runners line up for the O' Neill Pharmacy Tom Jordan Memorial 5-mile road race in Portlaw, County Waterford on Friday evening last. This was the sixth running of this very popular race and the second year in which it has formed part of the five-race series organised by Carrick-on-Suir AC. The forecast heavy rain did not materialise and runners enjoyed very good conditions over the new race route.
The race was started by West Waterford AC's Joe Gough, who has won numerous European Masters' titles and two World silver medals as well as holding the world O/60 record for 800m. Not only did Joe start the race but he also competed, finishing in twelfth place overall and winning the O/60 first prize.
Victory in this year's men's race went to Noel Murphy (Waterford AC) in 26:44.Noel saw off the challenge of Carrick-on-Suir native and Crusaders AC runner, Alban Coghlan who was runner-up in a time of 26:55 with Brian Swaby (Waterford AC) taking third in 27:15. First finisher from Carrick AC was Pat O' Sullivan in fourth place overall and first in the O/45 category.
The ladies' race was won by Clonmel AC runner, Angela McCann, fresh from her second-place finish at the Limerick City Marathon over the Bank Holiday . Angela finished in 30:58 with Sally Forristal (St. Josephs AC) in second and Orla Power in third. First lady finisher from Carrick AC was Emer O' Brien (37:04).
Carrick AC would like to thank all who helped make this year's event such a great success. Thanks to O' Neill Pharmacy, Portlaw for the generous race sponsorship and to Alan Treacy of Outfiel Sports, Carrick-on-Suir for the continued overall series sponsorship.
The Portlaw Red Cross team once again pulled out all the stops with their superb race organisation. It has been through the dedication and hard work of Brian Nugent and his Red Cross colleagues that the race has become so well-established on the race calendar.
A big thank-you to all of the race stewards who ensured the safety of all runners and to all who helped with race registration, timing, results and post-race refreshments at the Forge Bar.
The series moves back to County Tipperary next for the 'Deadman's 5' in Carrick-on-Suir on Friday, June 6th at 7:30pm.
O' Neill Pharmacy Tom Jordan Winners:
Senior Men : 1. Noel Murphy (Waterford AC) 26:44 2. Alban Coghlan (Crusaders AC) 26:55 3. Brian Swaby (Waterford AC) 27:15
O/40: Martin Kirwan (unattached) 29:05
O/45 : Pat O' Sullivan (Carrick AC) 27:57
O/50 : Derek Nolan (Clonmel AC) 29:30
O/55 : Tom Moroney (West Waterford AC) 33:35
O/60 : Joe Gough (West Waterford AC) 29:24
Junior : Reese Kelly (Waterford AC) 35:04
Team: Carrick AC (Patrick Roche, Aaron O' Donnell and Michael O' Sullivan)
Senior Ladies:
1. Angela McCann (Clonmel AC) 30:58 2. Sally Forristal (St. Josephs AC) 31:12 3. Orla Power (unattached) 31:57
O/35 : Joan Mahony (Waterford AC) 32:04
O/40 : Claudia Mary Lane (Waterford AC) 36:09
O/45: Anna Byrne (Clonmel AC) 36:18
O/50 : Gabrielle Blair (Waterford AC) 36:20
O/55 : Assumpta Whelan (unattached) 42:29
Junior : Ciara Burke 37:56
Team: West Waterford AC (Sandra Prendergast, Niamh O' Donovan, Bernie Prendergast)

Clare...Results of the Michael Egan 4 mile road race - Fri 9th May 2014

This 4 mile road race in Quilty attracted a small field of 73 runners. Organised by Kilmurry Ibrickane/North Clare AC.

1 20:09    KENNETH RODGERS,     St Johns    M
2 20:12    JAKE O REGAN,     St Johns    M
3 21:32    JULIO CESAR F CASTRO,     Kilmurry Ibrickane North Clare    M
1 22:30    BARBARA CLEARY,     Donore Harriers    F
2 25:35    VERONICA  COLLERAN,     Ennis Track    F
3 25:38    SIOBHAN LENNON,     Ennis Track    F40

The results of the race can be seen HERE

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

Friday, May 9, 2014

Races this weekend in Munster...Fri 9th - Sun 11th May 2014

There are no shortage of race this weekend in Munster with distances of 5 miles to 10 miles on offer.

On Friday evening the 9th of May (7:30pm), the Ballyhoura Cork Race Series gets underway with the Kilworth Camp 5 mile organised by Grange-Fermoy AC. Located between Fermoy and Mitchelstown and just off the M8 motorway, this should be of interest to runners from a wide catchment area. More details in this earlier post.

Also on Friday evening (7:30pm), the Three Counties Challenge continues with the second race in its series with the Portlaw 5 mile in Waterford. This is located just to the north-west of Waterford city and should be of interest to runners from Waterford, Killkenny and Tipperary. More info in this post.

On Sunday the 11th of May, there is one of largest 10 mile road races organised by An Ríocht AC in Castleisland 10 mile road race starts at 11am and you can enter on the morning of the race. More info in this post.
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Also on Sunday the 11th, there is the Annerville 10k road race in Clonmel, Co.Tipperary. Organised by Clonmel AC, this always gets a good turn out. More info in this post.

That's just some of the races on offer this weekend in Munster. All are organised by athletic clubs, have an Athletics Ireland permit and have been accurately measured by Jones counter.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Race notice...Galbally 5 mile road race, SE Limerick - Fri 16th May 2014

The 1st race of 6 in the Ballyhoura Limerick Race Series is coming up on Friday, the 16th of May 2014 with the Galbally 5 mile road race in SE Limerick. This race has an Athletics Ireland licence and the course has been accurately measured by Jone Counter.

From the organisers....The Ballyhoura Active Series kicks off its Limerick road race section with the Mooreabbey Milers AC 5 mile road race in Galbally on Friday 16th May at 7.30 pm. Registration is in the community centre from 6.00 pm. Walkers, Runners and Joggers welcome. The race entry is €10 and there are prizes in all age categories.

There will be tea and refreshments also in the community centre after the race. this is a lovely 5 mile course which heads out of Galbally on the Tipperary road for a mile and a quarter, then turns left onto quiet country roads around Duntrileague this road brings you to a four cross road just after the 3 mile marker, where you meet the Galbally, Garryspillane road, turn left here and when you get around the next bend it is all downhill to the finish in Galbally Village.

Your support is appreciated.

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

Waterford Race notice...Portlaw 5 mile road race - Fri 9th May 2014

The second race in the 3 Counties Challenge is on next Friday, the 9th of May 2014 with the Tom Jordan Portlaw 5 mile road race in Co.Waterford...

Note from the organisers......The sixth annual O' Neill Pharmacy Tom Jordan Memorial 5-mile road race will be held in Portlaw on this Friday evening, May 9th, at 7:30pm. This very popular race is the second in this year's Three Counties Challenge which got underway in Faugheen two weeks ago. The brand new route for this year's race is very fast and flat and runners will have a great opportunity to clock a fast time for the distance. Last year's event was won by Sergiu Ciobanu from Clonliffe Harriers in 24:43 and Dymphna Ryan from Dundrum took the ladies' race in 29:26. There was a great turnout of 245 runners in 2013 and a big entry is again expected on Friday.

The entry fee for the race is €10 and registration will take place in the Heritage Centre, Portlaw, from 6pm. It is worth noting that all runners who complete four of the five races in this series will receive a Ron Hill voucher for use at Outfield Sports, Carrick-on-Suir. There will be team prizes for both men and ladies as well as all the usual category prizes.

Prize-giving and post-race refreshments will be at the Forge Bar where all are assured of a warm welcome from Brian Nugent and the Portlaw Red Cross team. If you are looking for an enjoyable run over a fast five-mile course then Portlaw is the place to be this Friday! For further information contact Alan (051-641826) or Mark (086-1608165).

For further information see or the Carrick Roadrunners Facebook page.

Located in Portlaw in Co.Waterford, this race should be of interest to runners from a wide catchment area...

...especially those in Waterford City which is only 14 miles / 22 kms away. Note that Portlaw is located just west of the R680 road which runs from Waterford City to Carrick-on-Suir...

Directions.......If you are coming from the North / Carrick-on-Suir side then look out for the turn right. You then keep following this road into the town....keep going straight...and you'll end up at the roundabout near the registration point.

If it's from the South / Waterford City side then take the left...

...and then you'll come to a T-junction where you turn right.....cross the bridge......and then take the first left.....

This will take you to the roundabout which is located at the western side of the town.

If you are coming from West Waterford then take the N25 east as far as Carroll's Cross Road, Ballyshonock........turn left at the old red/orange thatched cottage, which is signposted "L4022 Portlaw". The large QK Cold Storage plant is on the opposite side of the road. This road takes a shorter route to Portlaw.

There are a few places that you need to take note of...

1) Entries will be taken at the Heritage / Resource Centre which is located next to the roundabout.
2) Post race refreshments and prize giving is at the Forge Inn which is only about 600 metres away from the roundabout.

Please note that map below shows the course for 2013. There will be a new course in 2014 due to road closures. However, note the positions of the Heritage Centre for entries and the Forge Inn for post race refreshments.

Some of the key locations for the race are shown below...(Ignore the directions for the start line which is from 2013)
Entries taken at the Heritage Centre at the western side of the roundabout
Post race refreshments at the Forge Inn.

Mile Dash Challenge...Farranfore, Co.Kerry - Tues 6th May 2014

On the 6th of May 1954, Roger Bannister broke the 4 minute mile for the very first time. To commemorate the 60th anniversary, Farranfore Maine-Valley AC are holding a series of one mile races on Tuesday evening the 6th of May 2014.

RACE COURSE…The race will be on the old road which runs parallel to the main N22 Tralee to Killarney road. This is a very quiet road with only access for local home owners. The finish line will be just before you enter the 4PARK BUSINESS CENTER, which is also the registration point where there is ample parking available. So you must walk approx.. 1mile to the starting point. This makes a good opportunity to warm up before the race. Please allow ample time to get to the starting point.

ENTRY FEE….Entry Fee is just €5 for Senior & Masters, All Juvenile U18 compete for Free

PRIZES….Each participant will receive a certificate for completing the 1Mile to commemorate 60th anniversary of the sub 4min. mile race. The top 3 winners in each category will receive a cash prize and a commemorative plaque to mark the occasion.

Clare...Results of the Whitegate 10k fun run - Mon 5th May 2014

57 people took part in the Dinny Ryan 10k fun run with another 70 or so in the untimed 5k fun run.

1 35:35    ADRIAN LENIHAN,     Duhallow   
2 37:46    RAYMOND CAHILL,     Mountshannon
3 40:13    JAMES KENNY,     Kilmurry Ibrickane North Clare M45
1 44:52    ANNE MURRAY,     South Galway A.C.    F45
2 45:09    CARMEL MC DOMHNAILL,     West Limerick    F45
3 51:17    MICHELLE MC NAMARA,     Tuamgraney    All Ladies

The results are HERE

Monday, May 5, 2014

Limerick...Result of the Ballyhoura Mountain Marathon - Sat 3rd May 2014

There were 107 finishers in this years Ballyhoura Mountain Marathon.

Hennessy, Adrian M 3.16.39
Sugrue, Eoin M40 3.18.09
Thomas Blackburn M40 3.26.53
Harrison, Kate F  4.25.54
Conway, Col F40 4.26.25
Finn, Mary F50  4.35.12

The full results can be seen HERE

1) Kieran Minihane has a gallery of photos HERE

Kerry...Results of the Tralee Rotary 10k - Mon 5th May 2014

113 people took part in this 10k in Tralee, Co.Kerry.

1 Gary Condon 34:50 , 2 Michael O'REGAN 34:53 , 3 Derek Griffin 37:05 
24 Sharon Cahill 43:36  , 31 Holly CLARKE 44:59 , 34 Mary Barrett  45:47

The full results can be seen HERE

Waterford...Results of the Waterford to Tramore 7.5 mile race - Sat 3rd May 2014

A total of 408 runners turned out for this years Waterford to Tramore 7.5 mile road race, a drop of about 20% on the 499 in 2013.

1    TREVOR    POWER    39:39    5:17/M    Top Fin    Waterford AC
2    MURPHY    NOEL    42:30    5:40/M    Top Fin    Waterford AC
3    EMMET    KIELY    42:46    5:42/M    Top Fin    W TRI
22    MARTINA    O'DWYER    46:42    6:14/M    Top Fin    Ck on Suir
25    FINN    SUSAN    47:33    6:20/M    Top Fin   
28    FORRISTAL    SALLY    48:32    6:28/M    Top Fin    St. Josephs AC

The full results can be seen HERE

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Limerick...Results of the Limerick Marathon - Sun 4th May 2014

Looking at the numbers and comparing them to last year, it seems as if every event attracted roughly the same numbers. In 2013, there were 684 in the full marathon and this year that was down slightly to 675. The Half-Marathon was also slightly down from 1836 in 2013 to 1811 this year. The 6 mile event again attracted a huge 5696 people, up slightly from the 5665 of last year. In the relay event, there were 46 teams, down from the 55 of last year.

The full marathon are HERE
The half-marathon are HERE
The 6 mile event are HERE

1) Dooneen AC have galleries HERE and HERE
2) Clonmel AC have 88 photos HERE
3) The organisers have some on their Tumblr account HERE

Did you take part in any of the races? Thoughts & comments???

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Notice...Dingle Womens 10k Mini-Marathon - Sat 17th May 2014

The Dingle Womens Mini-Marathon is coming up on Saturday the 17th of May 2014 at 2pm. This is a 'Not for profit event' race supporting a local school Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne, The Saoirse Foundation - Liam's Lodge Project charity & The National Breast Cancer Research Institute.

The 10k course starts and finishes in Dingle and takes in a loop to the west of the town.

More info on the race website...

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

Friday, May 2, 2014

Clare...Results of the Mullaghmore 4 mile race, Kilnaboy - Fri 2nd May 2014

Kilnaboy School Mullaghmore 4 mile race
1 Ambrose Heagney Kilnaboy A.C 24.07
2 James Raleigh Kilnaboy A.C 24.44
3 Pat Morrissey Ennis Track 24.49
4 John Conroy Ennis Track 25.06
5 Siobhan Lennon Ennis Track 25.48
6 Douglas Hurley Kilnaboy A.C 26.04
7 James Sexton Kil/Ibk Nth Clare 26.30
8 Tracy Guilfoyle Kilnaboy A.C 26.55
9 Michael Naughton Riverlodge M&T 26.57
10 Helen Mc Namara Daly Clarecastle 28.16
11 Declan Fitzgerald Kilnaboy A.C 28.23
12 Ailbhe Morrissey Ennis Track 28.52
13 Eugene Moroney Clarecastle 30.02
14 Rosie Mc Mahon Ballynacally M&T 30.21
15 Brian Corbett Corofin 30.27
16 Dave Henry Kilnaboy A.C 30.58
17 Barbra Henry Kilnaboy A.C 31.27
18 Gerard Connors Corofin 32.50
19 Siobhan Kelleher Corofin 33.08
20 Catherine Pender St Marys 33.46
21 Aisling Henry Kilnaboy A.C 34.18
22 Antoinette Meehan Kilnaboy A.C 35.02
23 Tommy O Doherty Kilnaboy A.C 35.02
24 Ela Kelly Kilnaboy A.C 36.40
25 Sinead Slattery Kilnaboy A.C 37.03
26 Michelle Davoren Kilnaboy A.C 38.01
27 Rita Keehan Tulla 38.04
28 Sarah O Connell Corofin 38.28
29 Shane Meehan Kilnaboy 39.23
30 Colin Fitzgerald Kilnaboy 39.23
31 Rachel O Donoghue Kilnaboy 39.52
32 Aebfhinn O Donoghue Kilnaboy 50.00
33 Caitriona Henry Kilnaboy 50.00
34 Grainne Henry Kilnaboy 50.00
35 Sean Henry Kilnaboy 50.00
36 Sue Harrisson Kilnaboy 50.00
37 Hannah Fitzgerald Kilnaboy 50.00

Notice...Annerville 10k road race, Clonmel - Sun 11th May 2014

Located in South Tipperary, this 10 km road race should be of interest to a lot of runners.

From the organisers Clonmel AC.......The Annerville 10K Road Race......This very popular sporting event takes place on Sunday, 11th May, in Clonmel at 2pm. The entry fee is 10 Euros. Entries will be taken at the Clonmel Vocational School, the Mall from 10 am onwards. The course has been officially measured by the Jones Counter and has an AAI permit.

This year the organising committee has put together a great array of prizes that will include many Spot Prizes for down the field finishers. There will also be post race refreshments served in the Clonmel Vocational School.

This year the array of Prizes is as follows: 150 Euros for the 1st Man and 1st Lady, 1st 5 Senior Men’s, 1st 2 Master Men 0/40, 0/45, 0/50 and 0/55 1st 0/60 and 0/65. 1st 5 Senior Ladies, Master Ladies – 1st 2 0/35, 0/40, 0/45 and 0/50.

For further enquiries please contact Niall O Sullivan at 086 1660888.

Directions, maps and a full course preview with photos can be seen HERE