Saturday, January 31, 2015

Kerry...Results of the Killarney Winter Series 5k...1 of 4...Sat 31st Jan 2015

The first race of four in the Killarney Winter 5k series was held on Saturday the 31st of January 2015. Organised by Gneeveguilla AC, 116 runners took part on what was a chilly but sunny morning.

1 Tim O'Connor Snr M An Riocht AC 15:26
2 Donal Coffey M 35 Leevale AC 16:17
3 Simon Mangan Snr M Gneeveguilla AC 16:27
8 Shona Heaslip Snr F An Riocht AC AC 17:26
10 Maria McCarthy Snr F Farranfore Maine Valley AC 18:12
26 Caroline McCarthy F 45 Unattached 20:30

The full results can be seen HERE

More info on the Killarney Winter 5k series

Clare...Results of the Run Clare 5k Resolution Run - Sat 31st Jan 2015

Results of the Run Clare 5k Resolution Run, Lee's Road, Ennis.

1 Patrick Quinn M  16:22
2 Anthony Sharkey  M 16:43
3 Eoin Looney  M 16:47
40 Michelle O Mahoney  F  20:17
45 Rita Kierce  St Marys  F  20:26
47 Fiona Kinsella   Kilmurry Ibrickane North Clare F  20:32

The full results can be seen HERE

Looking ahead to the Dungarvan 10 mile road race...Sun 1st Feb 2015

The big race in Munster this weekend of course is the Dungarvan 10 mile road race. This sold out months ago and the entry list can be seen HERE

First off, the weather forecast looks pretty good.

There is a ridge of high pressure moving across the country so the winds that are here on Saturday will drop. It's likely to be sunny and dry. The wind should be a breeze from the north-west so it's going to feel very cold. Wind into your face when you're heading west in the early stages and near the finish. Maybe about 4-5 deg C and feeling cooler at the start line with a bit of wind chill.

It's probably the type of conditions where you could wear a singlet on its own but you'll be frozen at the start line. You'd get away with a dry fit top. Don't even think about wearing a jacket as you'll bake at the end of the race.

As for the course, it is largely the same as before except for the part near the town. The preview of the old route is here...

The organisers have put up a copy of the new route but it's not very clear. Here is the route near the town....

1) Because of road works, the start has moved closer about 400m to the east. This cuts out a small hill but that's a small issue coming so early in the race.

2) There is a sharp left bend at 400m. Runners on a road behave like a fluid in a pipe....any bends and it slows. Watch for congestion here.

3) See the red arrows. You head out the Cork road like before. Turn right and pass the 2 mile mark. This time, instead of running straight, you turn right and past the finish line. Then you head west and you're back on the usual route.

4) See blue arrows. In previous years, you stayed inside the hard shoulder of the main road all the way to the roundabout. This year, you turn off left instead as you approach the town. A slight diversion to make up the 10 miles.

Overall......Should be good conditions for a 10 mile race.The changes to the course shouldn't make much difference. Expect a fast time.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Tipperary...Results of the Moyne AC 5k race - Sun 25th Jan 2015

Over 200 people took part in the Moyne AC 5k Run/Walk on Sunday last in ideal weather conditions. The event was run as a fundraiser for the club who are currently in the process of redeveloping their outdoor track which will be of huge benefit to the many local people who currently use the facility for running and walking and which is indeed also enjoyed by many others in the wider hinterland not to mention the juvenile and senior athletes of the club.

1    Tony Reilly    Ballyroan/Abbeyleix    O/40    16.01
2    William Hughes    Thurles    Senior    16.02
3    John Fitzgibbon    Thurles    Senior    17.07
14    Grace McConnell    Ballyroan/Abbeyleix    Senior    18.58
16    Carmel Fitzgibbon    Thurles    Senior    19.17
17    Ailbe Cummins    Upperchurch    Senior    19.29

The full results can be seen HERE

Tipperary...Results of the Clonmel 4k race - Wed 28th Jan 2015

Race 3 Results of the Barlo Motor Group 4K Series
Clonmel A C 4K Road Race series - race 3 results        
Sponsored by Barlo Motor Group                  
Prize    Race format - Lucky Dip                  
Winners    Place    Name    4kTime    1st Lap    2nd lap
1 WILLIAM MAUNSELL       13:48         6:53         6:56
2 KEVIN MAUNSELL       13:49         6:54         6:56
3 JOEY FEERY       14:49         7:13         7:36
31 SUZANNE SHINE       17:46         8:46         9:00
40 ANGELA WALSH       18:28         9:06         9:23
43 MARIAN FLAHERTY       18:33         9:08         9:25

Full results HERE

Waterford...Results of the St.Pauls Parish 5 mile - Sun 25th Jan 2015

St Pauls Parish Frank Leahy St Pauls 5 Mile Run...January 25, 2015

5 Mile

1 POWER TREVOR 26:58    5:23/M    Top Fin    WAC
2 QUINLAN FRANK 26:58    5:23/M    Top Fin    WAC
3 KELLY EMMET 28:17    5:39/M    Top Fin    Waterford Tri Club
34 NOLAN KATE    32:28    6:29/M    Top Fin    Focus On Fitness
49 MURPHY JENNIFER     34:24     6:53/M    Top Fin    Focus On Fitness
51 QUINLAN JANET     34:37     6:55/M    Top Fin    Saturday Road Runners

Full results HERE

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Tipperary...Spring Running Sessions in Carrick-on-Suir...Every Tues evening

From Carrick-on-Suir AC....Carrick AC is pleased to announce a series of interval training sessions with fitness coach James Sullivan at the new track facility @ Sean Kelly Sports Centre in Carrick on Tuesday evenings (starting Tuesday 20th January) at 7:30 pm (Warm up from 7:15). 

These will continue throughout January and February, and will cater for runners at all levels, with special attention for novice and beginner runners. All (current members, past members and novice/beginner runners) are welcome.

              Also, we have changed our Facebook page to an open forum, and it can be found here for anyone who wants to keep up to date with our club events and 3 Counties Challenge:-

Carrick-on-Suir AC also have a website...

Monday, January 26, 2015

Notice...Killarney Winter 5k Series - Sat 31st Jan & Sat 7th, 14th, 21st Feb 2015

Gneeveguilla AC in Co.Kerry are holding their annual 5k series of races in Killarney in January and February. The first race starts on Saturday, the 31st of January while the remaining three are on Sat 7th, 14th & 21st of February 2015.

Each 5k race is on new 5k route which is probably one of the fastest in Co.Kerry. It has been accurately measured by Jones Counter. The series also has an athletics Ireland permit.

Each race starts at 11am sharp and costs just €6 to enter.

Prizes...To qualify for a prize, you must complete at least three out of the four races. After the 4th and final race, there will be refreshments and the series prizes will be given out. There are a substantial number of prizes which take the form of vouchers for local retail outlets in Killarney. One prize per person. In the event that someone wins a top 10 prize and a category prize then they will win the prize of greater value.

Directions & Preview...A full preview of the new course with directions and maps can be seen HERE

Overall........A stunning location for a race series. Nice fast accurate 5 km course in a park that most towns in Ireland would love to have. It costs just €6 to enter each race and is suitable for runners of all abilities...from serious to joggers. People come from all over the world to visit this location. If it's on your doorstep then make the most of it.

For more info on Gneeveguilla AC, visit their website...

Limerick...Photos of the Milford Hospice 10k - Sun 25th Jan 2015

This 10k charity race was held in Limerick on Sunday the 25th of January 2015. From what I understand, there was no chip timing and results were only taken for the first 3 men and women.

Barney McCullagh 33.45
Julio Cesar Castro 34.05
James Liddane 34.18
Carolyn Hayes 38.42
Cushla Hehir 39.29
Becky Coughlan 39.53

1) Keith Wiseman has a small number on Facebook (Account required to view)

Results of the Munster Senior & Masters Indoor Championships...Sun 18th Jan 2015

The Munster Senior & Masters Indoor Championships were held in Nenagh, Co.Tipperary on Sunday the 18th of January 2015.

The updated results of this competition can now be seen HERE

Munster Senior, Masters & Novice race now on 29th March

Just a quick note for club athletes out there. In previous years, the Munster Senior and Masters road championships were held on different days.

It has just been decided that they will be held on one day this year instead. This means that the Munster Senior, Masters & Novice Road Championships will be held in Kilmallock, Co.Limerick on Sunday the 29th of March over a distance of 4 miles.

The Senior & Novice which was originally supposed to have been held on the 15th will now be on the 29th of March instead.

Club members should ask their respective club secretary about entering. Keep an eye on the Munster Athletics website for more info.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Parkrun comes to Tralee...Sat 24th Jan 2015

On Saturday the 24th of January 2015, a brand new 5k parkrun is starting in Tralee, Co.Kerry. This is the 5th parkrun in Munster with the other four being Macroom, Clonakilty, Bere Is. in Co.Cork and Clarisford in Co.Clare.

The 5k course in Tralee is 3 laps of the local town park. As with all parkruns, it starts at 9:30am and will be on every Saturday morning from now on.

There is no entry fee. If you haven't done a parkrun before then go to this website to register and print out the bar code.
Update.....A total of 150 people took part in the first Tralee parkrun.

Tipperary...Results of the Clonmel 4k race - Wed 21st Jan 2015

141 runners turned out for this 4k race in Clonmel, Co.Tipperary.

1 Michael Ryan    SM    14:15
2 John Shanahan    SM    14:19
3 Aidan Cremins    SM    14:42
8 Siobhan McHugh    SW    15:59
11 Angela McCann    SW    16:09
33 Angela Walsh    SW    17:41

The full results can be seen HERE

From Clonmel AC......The 2nd race of the Clonmel AC 4K series sponsored by the Barlo Motor Group took place in ideal running conditions, dry and no breeze, a major improvement on last week's weather conditions where we had to cancel the event on Health and Safety grounds due to the very bad stormy weather. It was great to see 140 athletes compete and we had some great finishes. The race format was Lucky Dip and the athletes who finished in the Pre Selected finishing positions were as follows: Aidan Cremins 3rd in 14:42, Daniel Kennedy 19th in 16:42, Ivan Barlow 25th in 17:01, Brian Slattery 36th in 17:45, Noel Prendergast 46th in 18:17, John Roche 52nd in 18:36, Tony Duggan 71st in 19:44, Rebecca Cassin 85th in 21:03, Honor Goonan 99th in 22:25, Nicola Guiry 106th in 23:18, Noel Curran 122nd in 24:41, Louise Daly 133rd in 25:31 and Susan Laste 137th in 26:33. 

Last night's results were based on the Chipped times as we had a wave start with athletes going off at different intervals. For instance John Shanahan was the first athlete across the finishing line in 14 mins 19 secs but Michael Ryan who started 18 seconds behind him ran 14 mins 15 secs for the distance. 

The Club would like to thank the Barlo Motor group for sponsoring this year's series and the winner of the car for this week is Noel Curran. The Club would also like to thank the Brothers of Charity for the use of their carpark and the Civil Defence for looking after the First Aid. The Club would also like to thank the many stewards who ensured that the whole event was successfully managed.

The race that was cancelled last week has been re scheduled for Wednesday 25th February. On Wednesday 18th February we will have our 4K charity Run and this year the worthy Charity will be the Irish Pilgrimage Trust and this is a Charitable organisation who take approx 500 children with special needs to Lourdes for a week at Easter, a very worthy cause and well worth supporting on Wednesday 18th February as all monies donated on that night will go to this worthy cause.
The race format for next week will also be the Lucky Dip format and you could be the Lucky owner of a new car from the Barlo Motor Group for a week, all you have to do is come along next Wednesday and participate at your own pace and you will in with a chance of winning that lovely car for a week.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Waterford...Results of the Colligan Cup - Sun 18th Jan 2015

This unique race in Colligan Woods was based on runners guessing their finish times with no watches being allowed. A total of 130 people took part.

The results can be seen HERE

Kerry...Results of the Kenmare 5k fun run - Sun 18th Jan 2015

This small 5k fun run in Kenmare had a field of 44 runners.

16:58 Cosmas de BĂșrca  (Bandon)
19:04 Stephen O’Mahony (Roscarberry)
21:10  Conor Daly (Kenmare AC)
20:58 Mary O’Shea (Sneem)
23:48 Mags Healy
25:19 Majella Murphy (Kenmare AC)

The full results can be seen HERE

Kerry...Results of the Tralee Music Society 5k - Sun 18th Jan 2015

This new 5k fun run in Tralee attracted a field of 155 runners although with an entry fee of €16.50, it wasn't exactly cheap.

1    Michael O'REGAN 15:47     Senior  (1)    Male  (1)
2    Cillian TIERNEY 16:47 Under 18  (1)    Male  (2)
3    Tommy OBRIEN 17:15 Ages 40 - 44  (1)    Male  (3)
12    Sharon CAHILL 21:01 Ages 50-59  (1)    Female  (1)
13    Catherine O SULLIVAN 21:04 Senior  (1) Female  (2)
18    Fiona KAVANAGH 21:55 Ages 40 - 44  (1) Female  (3)

The full results can be seen HERE


Tipperary...Results of the Newcastle 5k road race - Sun 18th Jan 2015

A total of 179 runners took part in this 5k road race in Newcastle, Co.Tipperary.

1 Kevin Maunsell    Clonmel AC    SM    16    21   
2 Jimmy Boland    Clonmel AC    SM    17    06   
3 Mark Darmody    Clonmel AC    M40    17    13   
12 Aine Roche    Clonmel AC    SW    18    59    1st Woman
14 Angela McCann    Clonmel AC    W40    19    13    2nd Woman
15 Carmel Fitzgibbion    Thurles Crokes    SW    19    15    3rd Woman

 The full results can be seen HERE

From Clonmel AC......The first Open Road Race of 2015 in County Tipperary took place in Newcastle with the annual 5K road race. The race attracted an entry of 179 athletes which was great despite the very cold conditions of severe frost and icy roads early in the morning. The race started and soon Kevin Maunsell (Clonmel A C) went to the front and made every stride a winning one as he came home a very worthy and convincing winner in a new Course Record of 16 mins 21 secs, well inside last year's winning time of 16 mins 52 secs set by David Mansfield of Clonmel AC, brilliant running. Then we had Jimmy Boland (Clonmel AC) finishing 2nd in 17 mins 6 secs with Mark Darmody (Clonmel A C) finishing 3rd in 17 mins 13 secs. 

In the ladies race, we had Aine Roche (Clonmel AC) winning in 18 mins 59 secs with Angela McCann (Clonmel A C) 2nd in 19 mins 13 secs and Carmel Fitzgibbon (Thurles Crokes) 3rd in 19 mins 15 secs. 

The Master Men category winners were:1st over 40 John Browne (Clonmel A C) 19 mins 38 secs, 1st over 45 Conor Fleming (Clonmel A C) 18 mins 2 secs and 1st over 50 Billy Prout (Clonmel A C) 20 mins 23 secs. The Master Women category winners were: 1st over 35 Mary Molloy (Carrick on Suir) 20 mins 30 secs, 1st over 40 Siobhan McHugh (Clonmel AC) 19 mins 35 secs and 1st over 45 Anna Byrne (Clonmel AC) 22 mins 43 secs. 

The organising committee would like to thank everyone who helped to make this event such a great success, the scones and tea went down a treat afterwards in the Community Hall. The Committee would also like to thank the Civil Defence for looking after the First Aid.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Clonmel 4k race on Wed 14th Jan cancelled due to storm

From Clonmel AC....Tonight's 4K Road race is cancelled due to Health and Safety concerns, see you all in Newcastle on Sunday next, 5K Road race at 12 noon

Notice...Newcastle 5k road race, Tipperary - Sun 18th Jan 2015

This 5k road race is coming up in South Tipperary on Sunday the 18th of Jan at 2pm.

Newcastle is a small village to the south-west of Clonmel and can be accessed from a number of directions.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Kerry women take Munster Senior XC title.

At the Munster Senior Cross Country Championships in Waterford on Sunday 11th Jan 2015, the Kerry team dominated the field in the senior womens race to take all 3 podium positions. The winner was Shona Heaslip who represented Ireland in the U23 race at the European Cross Country Championships in Bulgaria last December.

1 Shona Heaslip An Riocht Kerry
2 Maria McCarthy Faranfore Main Valley Kerry
3 Niamh o Sulivan An Riocht Kerry

The Kerry ladies also took the county title by just one point.
Senior Women
County Team Points
Place County Positions Points
1 Kerry 1, 2, 3, 15...21
2 Clare 4, 5, 6, 7...22
3 Tiperary 8, 9, 1, 13...41

In the senior mens race, the Kerry team took county bronze.
Senior Men
County Team Points
Place County Positions Points
1 Tiperary 1, 2, 6, 8, 17, 26...60
2 Cork 4, 5, 9, 1, 18, 20...67
3 Kerry 7, 12, 15, 19, 21, 27...101

Photos from Waterford AC.
Photos from Farranfore Maine Valley AC

Full results on the Munster Athletics website

Friday, January 9, 2015

Tipperary...Results of the Clonmel 4k race - Wed 7th Jan 2015

There was a total of 138 finishers in the Clonmel 4k race on Wed 7th Jan 2015. This was the first race in the new year series.

1 William Maunsell    12:27
2 Michael Ryan    14:20
3 John Shanahan    14:32
11 Siobhan McHugh 16:27
12 Claire Annan    16:27
28 Yvonne O Connor 17:41

The full results can be seen HERE

From Clonmel AC........The Club's 4K Road Race series sponsored by the Barlo Motor Group got underway last Wednesday night. Despite a torrential downpour about 40 minutes before the start, there was a very good entry of 140 athletes and they witnessed a brilliant performance by William Maunsell. While the rain eased off with 20 to go, the athletes had to contend with a swirling wind also. Right from the start, William made his intentions known opening up a lead on the chasing pack inside the first 400m. He kept this tempo going and was full of running as he came under the gantry in 6 mins 16 secs for the 1st lap. He maintained that very strong pace all the way to the finish line to record a very impressive 12 mins 27 secs for the 2 lap course...fantastic running and what a performance. William also held the old record which he set on the 28th November 2012 and it has stood since at 12 mins 50 secs. Then we had Michael Ryan finishing 2nd in 14:20 with John Shanahan 3rd in 14:32.

The ladies race was also very competitive as very little separating Siobhan McHugh and Clare Annan at the end of the first lap, they were still stride for stride as they came into view along the finishing straight and they were both credited with the same time, a brilliant 16 mins 27 secs great running with Yvonne O Connor 3rd in 17:41.

The Race format last night was Lucky Dip and one of the Lucky winners would win the opportunity to drive a new Barlo Motor Group car for a week and that Lucky winner was Aine Hayes. Aine ran very well when finishing 123rd in 25 mins 24 secs. The other Prize winners were Lar Martin 7th 15:51, Michael Fitzgibbon 17th 16:59, Dan Egan 21st 17:16, Jimmy Lonergan 30th in 17:51, Billy O Grady 43rd 18:36, Graham Swanton 57th 19:36, Barry Kent 73rd 20:14, Noel Curran 88th 22:06, Johnny Casey 90th 22:10, Nicola O Gorman 97th 22:48, Colette Walsh 130th 26:42 and Shauna Condon Ryan 138th 29:51.
The race start was a staggered start so the results are done on net times, we will use this system for all the races.

The Race format next week will also be Lucky Dip. The Club would again like to thank the Barlo Motor Group for their very generous sponsorship, thanks also to the brothers of Charity for the use of their carpark, to the Civil Defence for the First Aid and to our many stewards who ensured that the whole event was a great success. We still need more stewards to come forward and help out with the remaining five races, so text Niall at 086 1660888.

From Clonmel AC...Pictured here is Aine Hayes collecting the keys of her new car – sponsored by Barlo Motor Group.
Aine won the use of a brand new Hyundai i20 for a week after being the lucky dip runner selected to be the prize winner for the free use of the new Hyundai for the week in the Clonmel AC New Year 4k Series.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Notice...Tipperary...Clonmel 4k race series - Jan & Feb 2015

 Clonmel AC are holding their usual New Year 4k Series on 5 evenings in January and February. There is no requirement to pre-register, just turn up on the night.

From Clonmel AC......The Clonmel AC 4K series sponsored by the Barlo Motor Group
This very popular 4k series gets underway Wed 7th Jan at 7pm. An ideal way to help you Get and Stay Fit for 2015 as this run over 2 laps caters for all levels.
Just a few notes to be aware of:
The race will start at 7pm, so come along early and enter as we are expecting a very good entry, close on 200 athletes. Entries will be taken from 6.15pm onwards.
All participants MUST wear a High Viz Reflective BIB, a bright Yellow top is NOT a Reflective High Viz, great investment, might save your life.
Please park in nearby car parks and jog to the Brothers of Charity Carpark for Race Registration.
Watches can be worn tomorrow night as the Race Format is Lucky Dip.
Headphones, IPods and MP3s are NOT ALLOWED. You must be able to hear the Marshals instructions and also be able to hear traffic coming from any directions.

For further enquiries please contact Niall at 086 1660888.

Preview...Directions, preview, maps, etc of the course can be seen HERE

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Kerry...Results of the Beaufort 10k road race - Thurs 1st Jan 2015

The Charles O'Shea Memorial 10k road race in Beaufort was held on the 1st of January 2015. Organised by the Star of the Laune Athletic Club, it attracted a field of 145 runners in what were vet and windy conditions.

1 Tim O Connor An Riocht M Senior  32:57
2 Donal O Callaghan An Riocht M Senior 33:50
3 Cian Murphy Iveragh M Senior  33:55
21 Karina Teahan St. Finbarrs F Senior  38:20
36 Deirdre Nagle Eagle AC F O35 40:20
38 Catriona Barry Farranfore F O40  40:33

The full results can be seen HERE

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Waterford...Results of the Baldyman 8k beach race in Tramore - Sun 28th Dec 2014

1    CUMMINS    DERMOT     29:25    5:55/M    Top Fin    West Waterford AC
2    MAUNSELL    KEVIN     29:32    5:57/M    Top Fin    Clonmel AC
3    FITZPATRICK    TOMAS     30:48    6:12/M    Top Fin   
15    MURRAY    ORNA     35:06    7:04/M    Top Fin    Ferrybank AC
43    SAVAGE    MEABH     38:21    7:43/M    Top Fin    Waterford AC
62    TIDESWELL     39:30    7:58/M    Top Fin    Clonmel AC

Full results

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Clare...Results of the Miltown Malbay 5k - Thurs 1st Jan 2015

Maggie Cullen / Miltown Malbay GAA Co. Clare 5k Fun Run/Walk Thursday 1 January 2015. 12:00Noon
1 17:49    WILLIE DEVITT,     Kilmurry Ibrickane North ClareM
2 19:00    DANNY HOWARD,     Kilmurry Ibrickane North ClareM
3 19:27    LIAM GRAY,     Kilmurry Ibrickane North ClareM
13 21:49    SUE GARRAHY,     Kilmurry Ibrickane North ClareF
17 22:12    LUCY FLANAGAN,     Kilmurry Ibrickane North ClareF
19 22:40    MAEVE FLANNERY,     Mountshannon    F

The full results can be seen HERE

1) A gallery from James Sexton HERE