Thursday, April 30, 2015

Tipperary...Results of the Morrisons BMW Run4Fun 4 mile - Wed 29th Apr 2015

A large crowd of 366 runners turned out for this years Morrisons BMW Run4Fun 4 mile race in Cahir on Wed 29th Apr 2015.

1    William Maunsell     Clonmel A C    Sen M    20:12
2    David Mansfield    Clonliffe Harriers    Sen M    20:22
3    Mark Darmody     Clonmel A C    M40    22:06
20    Dympna Ryan    Dundrum A C     Sen W    24:45
21    Aine Roche     Clonmel A C    Sen W    24:52
27    Mary Louise Ryan    Mooreabbey Milers A C    Sen W    25:20

The full results can be seen HERE

1) Cahir News have a gallery HERE 
2) Tipperary Photos have a gallery HERE

From Clonmel AC... The 3rd promotion of the Cahir RUN4FUN took place in good dry conditions where athletes at times had to contend with strong winds. Still despite the inclement weather 367 athletes competed and it was a great spectacle. The last 800m downhill was very much welcome and athletes made good use of the section to record some very fast and impressive times.

The race was a great tussle between David Mansfield (Clonliffe harriers0 and the eventual winner, William Maunsell (Clonmel) as they were stride for stride for the majority of the race. it was only over the final 800m that William edged in front and kept the pace going to come home a worthy winner in 20 mins 12 secs with David a further 10 secs adrift. The tussle for 3rd place changed a lot over the final 3k with Mark Darmody (Clonmel) coming through to finish 3rd and win the over 40 award in 22 mins 6 secs. Dermot Hayes of Dundrum was 2nd over 40 in 2:47. For the record Michael J Ryan (Dundrum) was 4th in 22:29, Jimmy Boland (Clonmel) 5th in 22:32 and Colin Bradshaw (Dundrum) 6th in 22:36.

The Ladies race was also very competitive as both Aine Roche (Clonmnel0 and the eventual winner Dympna Ryan (Dundrum) were stride for stride for most of the race and it was only on the final downhill stretch that Dymphna pulled away to win in 24 mins 45 secs with Aine next in 24 mins 52 secs. Then we had Mary Louise Ryan (Moore Abbey Milers) 3rd in 25:20 with Keeley Tideswell (Clonmel) 4th in 25:38. Mary Molloy (Carrick on Suir) came trough to finish 5th and was 1st over 35 in 26:25 with Ausra Mackeviciute (Cashel Running Club) 6th in 27:01 and Tracy Culleton (Rosegreen) 2nd over 35 in 27:06.

At the Presentation of the Prizes, Frank Lynch Chairman of Clonmel AC thanked the Garda, Red Cross and the many Club stewards who ensured the whole event was a great success. Gary Morrison of Morrison BMW Cahir also thanked the many people who helped in any way to make the event such a success and in particular all his staff for all their hard work over the past couple of days. He was also delighted to have Childline as the chosen Charity this year.

Then we had the Special draw where for every 12 athletes that crossed the finishing line one of them received a voucher and this was done by having Pre selected finishing positions drawn while the race was in progress. So the prizes were evenly distributed throughout the whole race and everyone had an equal chance of winning. This is the only event in Ireland that distributes the prizes in this way and the prizes varied from 100 Euros to 30 Euros. The Lucky winners were as follows: Dermot Hayes 7th, Brendan Kinnane 16th, Edmund Kinane 32nd, Eamonn Barrett 42nd, Grainne Wade 66th, Shelly Tobin 95th, Kevin Moloney 101st, Michael Halley 113th, Gloria Boles 126th, Gillian Prendergast 133rd, Mary Rose Kinane 141st, Claire O Dwyer 178th, Triona Dalton 196th, Carol Dowling 228th, Claire Ryan 244th, Louise O Keeffe 255th, Noreen Holmes 270th, Ailish O Keeffe 283rd, Joanne Reidy 285th, Orla Cashman 296th, Caroline Meaney 318th and Betty Elliott 331st.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Tipperary...Race notice for the Cahir Run4Fun 4 mile road race - Wed 29th Apr 2015

This 4 mile road race is coming up in Cahir, South Tipperary on Wednesday, the 29th Apr 2015...

With it being so close to the M8 motorway, it should attract runners from a wide catchment area.

Directions...Cahir is located in the south of Tipperary, just off the M8 motorway from Cork to Dublin...

If you are coming from the motorway, follow all the signs for Cahir. This will take you into the centre of the town and this T-junction shown below. Cahir Castle is about 300m to your left but you need to turn right here and drive up the hill. The start line is outside Morrisons Garage which you will see on the left.

Course......The 4 mile race takes in a loop to the south and west of the town...

Race HQ is Morrisons Garage with the race starting and finishing just outside.

You can see a full preview of the course with photos here...

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Kerry...Results of the Dingle 10k - Sat 25th Apr 2015

175 runners turned out for this 10k race in Dingle

1 TOMMY O'BRIEN    An riocht    M    37:02
3 Evan SCOTT        An riocht    M    37:35
12 Siobhan DALY        Gneeveguilla AC    F    42:50
21 SARAH DEVANE            F    45:29
22 Michelle NÍ CHONCHÚIR            F    45:36

The full results can be seen HERE

Tipperary...Results of the Faugheen 5k road race - Fri 24th Apr 2015

The first race in the Outfield Sports 3 Counties Challenge got underway in the village of Faugheen with a field of 162 runners.

Faugheen 5k Winners :
Senior Men : 1. David Mansfield (Garda AC) 15:28 2. Niall Sheil (St. Killians) 15:45 3. Noel Murphy (Waterford AC) 15:49
O/40 ; Martin Monaghan (Slaney Olympic) 16:32
O/45 ; PJ Guinan (West Waterford AC) 17:05
O/50 ; Brendan Cronin (Carrick AC) 18:47
O/55 ; Tom Moroney (West Waterford AC) 20:22
O/60 ; Joe Gough (West Waterford AC) 18:24
Team : Thurles Crokes AC (Patrick Hughes, John Fitzgibbon and John Treacy)

David Mansfield...winner of the 2015 Faugheen 5k race

Senior Ladies : 1. Siobhan O' Doherty (Borrisokane AC) 17:15 2. Claire Annan ( Clonmel AC) 18:28 3. Maedbh Savage (Waterford AC) 19:19
O/35 ; Joan Mahony (Waterford AC) 19:25
O/40 ; Siobhan McHugh (Clonmel AC) 19:29
O/45 ; Catherine Condon (West Waterford AC) 25:02
O/50 ; Maura O' Neill (Carrick AC) 23:05
O/55 ; Bernie Prendergast (West Waterford AC) 22:53
Team : Carrick AC ( Mary Molloy, Ann Cronin, Bernie Sexton)

Siobhan O'Doherty...winner of the 2015 Faugheen 5k race

The full results are available on the Carrick Road Runners website

1) John Murphy photography has a number of photos HERE

From the organisers......Bobby Fitzgerald Accounting Faugheen 5k

The 2015 Three Counties Challenge got off to a flying start on Friday evening when 163 runners lined up for the third annual Faugheen 5k. This race was once again kindly sponsored by Bobby Fitzgerald Accounting, Carrick-on-Suir. The series, which is now in its ninth year, takes in races over 5k to 10k in the three neighbouring counties of Tipperary, Waterford and Kilkenny.

Conditions were perfect as the runners set off from just outside the village on the fast, flat loop traditionally used for the 'Faugheen 50' motorcycle races. Right from the start it was David Mansfield (Garda AC) who led out the field. David maintained his strong pace to come home in a time of 15:28 and add to his recent victory in the Ballinroad 5k. In a close-run battle for the places, it was Niall Sheil (St. Killian's AC) who took the runner-up prize in a time of 15:45, just ahead of Waterford AC athlete, Noel Murphy (15:49). Carrick AC's top finisher in the men's race was Derek Walsh who clocked 17:41 in 21st place.

The ladies' race was won for the second consecutive year by Siobhan O' Doherty (Borrisokane AC) who came home in 17:15, just five seconds off the course record which she set last year. Second place went to Clonmel AC's Claire Annan in 18:28 and Maedbh Savage from Waterford AC took the third prize in 19:19. Mary Molloy was Carrick AC's first finisher in 19:40.

Congratulations to Stephanie Coffey and Thomas Kavanagh who both won a pair of New Balance running shoes in the post-race draw.

Carrick AC would like to thank all who helped to make this event such a resounding success. We are particularly grateful to Bobby Fitzgerald for the generous race sponsorship and to Alan Treacy of Outfield Sports for the continued sponsorship of the series.
Our friends in Carrick-on-Suir Red Cross were once again on hand to provide the vital medical and ambulance back-up and we are once again very grateful to Finola Walsh and the team for their assistance. A big thank you also to all of our race stewards who ensured the safety of all runners along the race route and to the Bartley family for providing parking facilities.
Thanks also to the many volunteers who helped with parking, registration and race results. The post-race refreshments and prize-giving in Flemings Bar were greatly enjoyed by all and thanks to Margaret Fleming for looking after everybody so well.

The second race in the series will be the O' Neill Pharmacy Tom Jordan Memorial road race over 5 miles in Portlaw on Friday, 8th May at the slightly later time of 7:30pm.

Photos : John Murphy Photography

The organisers have a gallery HERE

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Tipperary...Results of the Clonmel 6k road race - Wed 22nd Apr 2015

Morrison BMW 6K Road Race 4 Results - Wed 22nd 2015. Organised by Clonmel AC.      
Place    Athlete's Name    Team    Mins    Secs
1    Aaron O Donnell    Carrick Roadrunners    20    24
2    Jimmy Boland     Pulse Logistics    21    7
3    Declan Curley    Boston Scientific B    21    12
21    Dympna Ryan    The Five Counties    23    38
30    Gillian Prendergast    Got the Runs    24    19
31    Aine Roche    Aine Roche Strength and Conditioning    24    24

The full results can be seen HERE

1) Tipperary Photos have a gallery HERE

From the organisers....... The curtain came down on a very successful Morrison BMW Cahir sponsored 6k series last Wednesday night where athletes again had ideal warm weather to run in. Once again we had a fantastic entry of 285 athletes on the final night, a record entry for the final night of the series. The Club would like to thank all the team Captains who were brilliant in getting all their teams out to compete. The Format was Lucky Dip where athletes who finished in pre selected finishing positions won prizes and athletes could also wear watches. The six lucky winners were Larry Martin, Pat O Connor, Ailish Mansfield, David Hogan, Jason Walsh and Eddie Prendergast.

The race was won by Aaron O Donnell in 20 mins 24 secs while the 1st woman was Dymphna Ryan in 23 mins 38 secs.

At the Presentation of Prizes afterwards in Mulcahy's Gladstone Street, Club Chairman, Frank Lynch thanks everyone who helped to make the series such a success, people like Noel Lonergan of Colaiste Cheitinn, the Gardai and the Civil Defence as well as our many Club stewards and officials. He also thanked our sponsors Morrison BMW Cahir and in particular Gary Morrison for their sponsorship over the past four years. He also thanked Paul Mulcahy for providing Post race refreshments and music. Gary Morrison on behalf of the sponsors said they were delighted to be part of what is a very successful event. Indeed it was great to have such a large attendance at the Presentation of the Prizes and it was a very enjoyable night.

Our next big event is the Cahir RUN4Fun 4 miler on this coming Wednesday night in Cahir starting at 7.30pm and athletes can register from 6pm onwards at Morrison BMW Cahir showrooms.

Kerry - Results of the Kerryhead 5k & 10k fun run...Sun 19th Apr 2015

Kerry...Sun 19th (12 noon)...Kerryhead/Ballyheigue Family Resource Centre 5k & 10k fun run/walk

10km Times
1 Donal O Callaghan 34.47 1st overall/1st Male
2 Sean O'Sullivan 35.44 2nd Male
3 Stephen Young 38.2 3rd Male
6 Margaret Carlin 43.44 1st female
9 Ursula Barrett 46.2 2nd Female
11 Ann McGlynn 48.01 3rd Female

Results of the 5k & 10k HERE

Limerick...Results of the Newcastle West 5 mile road race - Fri 17th Apr 2015

This was part of the Feet on the Street Series in Limerick and was organised by West Limerick AC. For whatever reason, there were only 55 runners taking part which is very low for a race like this.

1    0:27:17    GUINA, Ger    West Limerick A C    Men
2    0:27:44    QUINN, Patrick    Ennis Track    Men
3    0:27:59    MC GUIRE, Darragh    Dooneen A C    Men
19    0:35:45    MAC DOMHNAILL, Carmel    West Limerick A C    Masters Women O50
20    0:35:51    MULCAHY, Jean    An Bru AC    Women
23    0:36:41    CLAVIN, Sheila    West Limerick A C    Women

The full results can be seen HERE

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Kerry...Results of the AIB Killarney - Wed 22nd Apr 2015

From the organisers.....(AIB) 5k Schools Fitness Challenge...On Wednesday 22nd of April, over 1000 students took part in the event on a beautiful day in the panoramic Killarney national park in the (AIB) 5k schools fitness challenge hosted by the (South/East Kerry Community Track Group) and St.Brendans College Killarney.

This event was in support of the micro track project on New Road Killarney which has just applied for a grant from sports capital funding.

Many thanks to our sponsor Aib bank and its staff for massive support

Dalys Supervalu Killarney refreshments
Paul Sherry Killarney outlet centre
Order of Malta
Killarney National Park
Deenagh Cottage for hospitality
Irish tv
Press and photographers
Marie Carroll O'Sullivan

Thanks to Colm Cooper and James o Donoghue (AIB) who played a starring role on the day with all students! The race was started by James O'Donoghue and Colm Cooper who are completely behind the community project and anticipating its construction!

The following is the list of participating schools and numbers -
Secondary Schools:
Scoil Phobail Bantry - 4
St Michael's College, Listowel - 11
Ballybunion - 1
Presentation Tralee - 16
Colaiste Ghobnatan, Baile Mhuirne, Co Chorcaigh - 24
Presentation Listowel - 72
St Pats, Castleisland - 43
St Brendan's Killarney - 340
Presentation Killarney - 169
Killarney Community College - 65

Primary Schools:
St Oliver's, Killarney - 60
Cullina NS - 8
Monastery Killarney - 54
Tiernaboul NS - 11
Scoil Bhride, Loreto - 2
Lissivigeen NS, Killarney - 88
Coolick NS - 1
Holy Cross Mercy - 56

Also participating were:
Killarney Youth Reach - 20
St John of God  10
Kerry Parents & Friends 10

In total 21 participating schools and groups

Individual winners -winning time 16.49

1. Darragh McElhinney - Bantry.                        1.  Caoimhe Harrington - Bantry
2. Darragh Browne - Ballybunion                       2.  Lucy McGrath - Pres Tralee
3. Eoghan McElhinney - Bantry.                         3.  Anna Clifford - Pres Killarney

1. Cian Lynch - Lissivigeen.                                1. Kerry Eager - Cullina
2.  Niall Carey - Cuillina.                                      2. Lola Eager - Cullina
3.  David O'Donoghue - Loreto.                          3. Marie Courtney - Lissivigeen

School Winners  -
Pres Listowel - Session with Joe o' Connor
Killarney Community College - Dr Michael Moloney

Lissivigeen and The Monastery both win sessions with Colm Cooper and James O'Donoghue


Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Tipperary notice - Faugheen 5km road race - Fri 25th Apr 2015

The 9th Annual 3 Counties Challenge gets underway on Friday, the 24th of April with the Faugheen 5k road race...a nice flat and fast 5k course in a rural setting.

Directions.......Faugheen is a very small village located to the North of the town of Carrick-on-Suir in S.Tipperary. It is located less than a mile off the R697 road which goes from Carrick-on-Suir to Kilkenny.

If you arrive in Carrick-on-Suir then follow the N24 road. In the centre of the town at the Garda station, take the R697 north. This will be signposted for Kilmaganny.

Keep the park on your right hand side. You then need to take the left at this junction below. Again, it's signposted for Kilmaganny.

From the junction above, it's 3.3 miles / 5.3 kms to the tun off for Faugheen. Look for the left hand turn which is on a wide sweeping bend to the right...

From here, it's about 1 km to Faugheen. Follow the directions for parking.

Entries on the night will be taken at the parish hall which is located next to the church...

Course....The race route is in the shape of a triangle. This is the same route as used by the famous Faugheen 50 Motor bike circuit...
As you can see from the map above, it's basically 1.5 loops of a circuit which is just over two miles in length. The start line is located about 0.9 miles from the village itself, ideal as part of the warm up for the race itself.

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

Post race refreshments and prize giving at Flemings Pub...

More info from the organisers Carrick Road Runners AC...Carrick on Suir A.C.’s 3 Counties Challenge has firmly established itself in the South East running calendar since its inception in 2007,and the 2015 version is now going into it's Ninth year!  One of the keys to their success has been the mix of good organisation, friendly atmosphere and good after race banter and grub - as well as really good road running courses!

So Friday 24th April will see the Third running of the Faugheen 5Km Road race, kindly sponsored by Bobby Fitzgerald Accountants. This flat course will be held on the famous Faugheen 50 Motor bike circuit in the pretty Tipperary village, and is quickly become a runner’s favourite due to its flat, fast course .

Due to another event in the Village this years Race start is at the early time of 7:00 p.m. and registration will start from 5:30 p.m and End at 6:45p.m..  Entry fee is €10.00, but you can enter the 5 Race Series on the night for €40.00, saving yourself 20% on the series.

Prize details are on the enclosed flyer and this year's co Series Sponsors, and New Balance have come together to have a draw at each race for a pair of Mens and Ladies New Balance Runners (RRP €135) -All non prizing winning participants will be entered.

Looking forward to meeting our Old,and New Running Friends .

Notice...Ballyhoura Mountain Marathon - Sat 2nd May 2015

This 26.2 mile mountain marathon takes place on Saturday the 2nd of May 2015 on the Ballyhoura Mountains on the Cork - Limerick border. The race starts and finishes in the town of Kilfinane and weaves it's way through narrow country roads and up forest trails as it takes in a large loop. Runners usually finish from 4-6 hours, and the walkers coming in anything up to 9 hours.

Saturday 2nd May@9:30am
Pre reg essential
Fully marked course
Showers and meal afterwards
Race T-shirt
Finishers mug

1. The first 200 entered will be accepted.
2. Please note that this year it is PRE ENTRY ONLY.
3. You MUST be a 2015 registered IMRA member to enter.
4. The will handle both the membership and the race registration (you can do this in the one transaction).

The entry fee is €35 and it costs €10 to register with the IMRA for the year.

To enter, go to...

Course Profile...

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Clare...Results of the Kilmurry-Ibrickane GAA 5k run - Sun 19th Apr 2015

Kilmurry Ibrickane Minor GAA Club 5k Road Race and Fun Walk in Quilty Co. Clare Sunday 19 April 2015.

1 16:29    JULIO CESAR F CASTRO,     Kilmurry Ibrickane/North ClareM
2 19:31    JIMMY DOWNES,     Kilmurry Ibrickane/North ClareM
3 19:47    AARON KELLY,     St Marys AC    M
7 21:36    LUCY FLANAGAN,     Kilmurry Ibrickane/North ClareF
11 22:16    AMY SEXTON,     Kilmurry Ibrickane/North ClareF
12 22:48    MAEVE FLANNERY,     Mountshannon    F 

Full results HERE

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

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Waterford...Results of the Butlerstown 4 mile - Fri 17th Apr 2015

1 HARTY Philip West Waterford A.C 39 Senior Male 20:09
2 POWER Trevor Waterford A.C 206 Senior Male 20:29
3 MURPHY Noel Waterford A.C 216 Senior Male 20:45
30 WALSH Adele St. Senans A.C 40 Ladies O/40 24:23
34 HORE Annaleigh Kilmore A.C 92 Senior Ladies 24:28
41 FORRISTAL Sally St Josephs A.C 107 Senior Ladies 24:52

The results can be seen on the West Waterford AC website

Tipperary...Results of the Clonmel 6k race - Wed 15th Apr 2015

There was a huge turnout for the 3rd race in the Morrison BMW 6k series in Clonmel with 316 runners taking part.

Clonmel...Morrison BMW 6K Road Race 3 Results  - 15th Apr 2015     

1    Aaron O Donnell    Carrick Roadrunners    20:31
2    Nigel O Flaherty    Clonmel Premier Physiotherapy    20:53
3    Joey Feery    Lifestyle Sports 1    20:58
15    Claire Annan    Individual    22:26
26    Dympna Ryan    The Five Counties    23:27
35    Siobhan McHugh    MSD Team 3    23:55

The full results can be seen HERE

From Clonmel AC...Great racing in Race 3 of the Morrison BMW Cahir sponsored 6k series
Race 3 of the Morrison BMW Cahir sponsored 6k road race series took place in very good weather conditions tonight and it was brilliant to see 316 athletes compete, a record entry for race 3 of this series. Once again the Club is indebted to Morrison BMW Cahir for their very generous sponsorship.

Competition was very keen throughout all the Divisions and the majority of the final placings were only decided tonight. Indeed great credit must go to all the team Captains for encouraging all their teams to compete and it was just brilliant. In the race itself Aaron O Donnell of the Carrick Road Runners was 1st in 20 mins 31 secs with Nigel O Flaherty (Clonmel Premier Physiotherapy) 2nd in 20 mins 53 secs and Joey Feery (Lifestyle) 3rd in 20 mins 58 secs. The top three women were Claire Annan 1st in 22 mins 26 secs, 2nd Dymphna Ryan (The 5 Counties) 23 mins 27 secs and 3rd Siobhain McHugh (MSD Team 3) in 23 mins 55 secs. At this stage the Club would like to thank Noel Lonergan of Colaiste Cheitinn for all his help, the Gardai and the Civil Defence for all their help and assistance and to our many stewards for helping to make the whole event such a success, a big thanks you.

The Presentation of Prizes will take place in Mulcahy's Gladstone Street from 9pm on next Wednesday night, April 22nd, where there will be food and music. A great night is guaranteed and the above mentioned teams will collect their hard earned prizes. The 4th race of this series takes place next Wednesday night at 7pm where athlete can collect their numbers at Colaiste Cheitinn from 6pm onwards. Athletes can wear their watches for this race as the race format is Lucky Dip. In this race we will have pre selected finishing positions and athletes who finish in these positions will win a prize and these prizes will also be presented in Mulcahy's Gladstone Street that night after 9pm.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Limerick...Results of the Jacinta O'Brien Plassey 10k - Sun 12th Apr 2015

A total of 256 turned out for this charity 10k in Limerick on Sunday the 12th of April 2015. This was down from the 386 of 2014.

1    33:57:00    160    Niall Shanahan
2    34:24:00    159    Declan Moore
3    37:59:00    316    Barry O'Donoghue
36    46:22:00    388    Juliette Frost
40    47:02:00    165    Eleanor Ryan
50    48:50:00    328    Anne Marie O'Flaherty

The full results can be seen HERE

Clare...Results of the Kilnaboy 10 mile road race - Sun 12th Apr 2015

There was a record turn out for this years Kilnaboy 10 mile road race in Co.Clare on Sunday the 12th of April 2015. The chart below shows the story....

The 10 mile race in Kilnaboy has a long history and for the best part of 15 years, the numbers were down around the 100 mark. Around 2005 to 2010, it was part of the Munster Ten-Mile Spring Classics Series and with some advertising, it reached a peak in 2009. After the demise of the series, the numbers fell away and truth be told, the race wasn't really advertised so the numbers dropped back down towards the 100 mark.

With the introduction of the new Run Clare Series in 2015, the race and the series was heavily promoted on Facebook and you can see the new record peak above.

These are the top 5 men and women...

1 Julio Cesar Castro    Kilmurry Ibrickane AC    M 54:46
2 JAMES LIDDANE    BMOH    M 55:22
3 JAMES MC INTYRE    BMOH     M40 55:41
4 Willie Devitt        Kilmurry Ibrickane AC    M 58:18
5 Kenneth O'Regan    Clonakilty Road Runners AC    M 58:50
25 Becky COUGHLAN    Ennis Track    F 1:05:47
33 SIOBHAN LENNON    Ennis Track     F45 1:08:18
42 MARY CAHILL        Ennis Track     F35 1:10:11
44 Fiona Kinsella        Kilmurry Ibrickane AC     F45 1:10:24
47 Orla Cronin        Raheny Shamrocks     F35 1:10:48

The full results can be seen HERE

1) Ennis Injury Clinic have a gallery HERE
2) There are 62 photos from James Sexton HERE


Looking through the results, some of the times seemed pretty slow. For example, the Great Island 10 mile in Cobh was also held on the same day. That race attracted an almost identical number of runners...528...and 74 broke 1h 10m. The Kilnaboy race had a field of 527 and had only 40 faster than 1h 10m. The course for the race in Cobh is certainly not any easier or faster than the Kilnaboy course.

I then checked out the paces in the 2015 Kilnaboy race and compared it to the previous peak in 2009. In 2009, very few runners ran slower than 1h 40m which is 10 minute/mile pace. The 2015 race by contrast had about 220 over 1h 40m...i.e. about 42% of the field.

Gender Breakdown.......In 2009, about 30% of the field were women. Things have changed in the last few years with more and more women running so it's pretty common now in most 10 mile races liek Dungarvan, Mallow and Ballycotton to have about 40% of the field made up of women.

In the 2015 Kilnaboy race, a whopping 63% of the field were women. As women are generally slower than men the times above are reflected in this. The question remains......where were all the men?

The 2009 race had 256 men while the 2015 race had 188.

Looking at the Running in Munster Facebook page, 58% of the followers are women. That is pretty typical for Facebook as more women are using it than men. Maybe it's because the Run Clare series was promoted on Facebook, it has resulted in a lot more women than men entering?

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Waterford...Results of the Splashworld 10k - Sun 12th Apr 2015

Splashworld 10k in Tramore, Co.Waterford. A total of 235 runners took part, almost the exact same as last year.

10 km

Place    Last NameFirst NameGun TimeChip Time    Pace    Category    Club
1    Murphy    Brian    33:41    5:25/M    Top Fin    carrick ac
2    Ogle    Paul    34:39    5:35/M    Top Fin    waterford tri
3    Lyons    Eoin    35:03    5:38/M    Top Fin    focus on fitness
20    Dowling    Donna    39:37    6:23/M    Top Fin    kch
21    Fitzgerald Ruth    39:46    6:24/M    Top Fin   
35    Quinlan    Janet    41:58    6:45/M    Top Fin    SRR

The full results can be seen HERE

Limerick...Results of the Ballysteen GAA 5k & 10k fun run - Sat 11th Apr 2015

Results of the Ballysteen GAA 5k & 10k fun run...Sat 11th Apr 2015...

Waterford...Results of the Ballinroad 5k road race - Fri 10th Apr 2015

There was a big turn out of 277 runners for this 5k road race in Waterford.

1 MANSFIELD David 151 Senior Male Garda A.C. 15:46
2 MURPHY Noel 83 Senior Male Waterford A.C 16:17
3 O DONNELL Aaron 111 Senior Male Carrick-on-Suir AC 16:19
42 FORRISTAL Sally 117 Senior Female St Josephs A.C 19:05
46 WALSH Corinna 54 Female O/40 West Waterford A.C 19:11
58 PRENDERGAST Sandra 9 Senior Female West Waterford A.C 20:00

Full results up on the West Waterford AC website.

1) West Waterford AC have loads of photos HERE

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Notice...Kingdom Come 10 miler & 5km, Castleisland Co.Kerry - Sun 17th May 2015

The annual 10 mile & 5km road race in Castleisland, Co.Kerry is coming up on Sunday the 17th of May...

Considering its location, it is sure to attract a lot of runners from Kerry, west Limerick and the general west Munster region. Castleisland is only a short distance from Killarney and Tralee and the race should be of particular interest to runners there.

This race is organised by An Ríocht Athletic Club, one of the major clubs in the county.

You can enter and find a lot more info on the race website...

It's worth mentioning also that money raised from the road race will be used for maintenance of the outdoor track in Castleisland. It is the ONLY 400 metre track in Kerry and is used by athletes from clubs in Kerry and west Limerick. If children are going to be involved in the sport then they need access to proper local facilities like this. Perhaps for that reason alone, this race is worth supporting.

Previews....A preview of the 10 mile course can be seen HERE  ....and the 5 km course HERE

From An Ríocht AC...An Riocht Lee Strand 10 mile and 5k...The fourth annual An Riocht Lee Strand 10 mile and 5k Road Race will this year be held on May 17th starting at 11am. Last year’s event was a huge success when seven hundred took part, creating an unrivalled atmosphere from start to finish with a great buzz as all participants finished on the track. Some of the people taking part will be experienced runners competing against each other and the clock, but the main body of participants will be those who will have their own personal goals, that may be improving on previous times for the event or conquering the distance for the first time. Either way, everybody is sure to have a great experience and will receive plenty of support from everyone.

We are delighted to announce Lee Strand as the official Kingdom Come 10 miler and 5k sponsors again this year!! Big thanks to them for their continuous support of the event.
Some info on this years race:
-Enter online at or at An Riocht Clubhouse
-Numbers can be collected at the following times
Fri May 15th 4pm-9.30pm
Sat May 16th 10am-6pm
Sun May 17th 9am-10.15am
-Mass Warm up on track at 10.30am
-10 miler and 5k will start at 11am
-Souvenir Medal for all finishers
-First 300 in the 10 miler receive official race souvenir sports bag
-Refreshments for all afterwards in the clubhouse

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Tipperary...Results of the Clonmel 6k race - Wed 8th Apr 2015

There was a huge turnout for the 2nd race in the Morrison BMW 6k series in Clonmel with 328 runners taking part.

Clonmel...Morrison BMW 6K Road Race 2 Results  - 8th Apr 2015           

Place    Athlete's Name    Team    Mins    Secs
1    Michael J Ryan    Individual    21    4
2    Nigel O Flaherty    Clonmel Premier Physiotherapy    21    4
3    Joey Feery    Lifestyle Sports 1    21    17
18    Claire Annan    Individual    23    15
24    Dympna Ryan    The Five Counties    23    38
33    Siobhan McHugh    MSD Team 3    24    9

The full results can be seen HERE

Report from Clonmel AC... Brilliant night’s racing again
The 2nd race of the Morrison BMW Cahir sponsored 6k road race series took place tonight in ideal summer like conditions, conditions that saw 328 athletes compete over this very familiar route. This was a brilliant entry and well done to all the Team Captains for getting so many athletes out to compete. Indeed it is a feature of this year’s series that the numbers have remained very constant. Such being the situation and the fantastic response we have got, that we have decided that for race 3 only, we will reward a team in each Division that records the lowest number of points and who finishes outside the top three of that Division, an Award, so all the teams in each Division have a opportunity to win such an Award. Everyone will have ran this route at least two times so everyone will have a fair idea of what time they can predict for the 3rd race. 

Back to the race and here we had a very good race with both Michael J Ryan and Nigel O Flaherty (Clonmel Premier Physiotherapy) finishing in same time of 21 misn 4 secs, with Michael getting the verdict on the line. Joey Feery (Lifestyle Sports) was 3rd in 21 mins 17 secs. The top three women were Claire Annan 23 mins 15 secs, Dymphna Ryan (The 5 Counties) 2nd in 23 mins 38 secs and Siobhain McHugh (MSD) 3rd in 24 mins 9 secs. In the team competitions it is very competitive in all seven Divisions, which is brilliant and Team Captains are reminded to get all their athletes out competing on the 3rd night as it is all to run for, nothing won yet. The Club would like to thank Noel Lonergan for all his help at the Vocational School, to the Garda and the Civil Defence as well as our many stewards for all their help in ensuring a very successful event. 

The 4th race on Wednesday 22nd April will be a Lucky Dip format. In this race athletes can wear the watches and prizes will be awarded to athletes who finish in pre selected finishing positions. Then later that night the Presentation of Prizes will take place in Mulcahy’s Gladstone Street Clonmel from 9.30pm onwards with food served at 9pm. 

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Races in Kerry...How many is too many??

Just a few years ago...maybe around 2008/9...there was a modest number of races in Kerry. Once one  race was over, it might be another fortnight or so before the next one would come around.

Consider the following. Over the Easter weekend, this was the choice of events for runners in Kerry without traveling too far.

Kerry...Fri 3rd (6:30pm)...Good Friday Run...€25...
Kerry...Sat 4th (9:30am)...Tralee 5k parkrun...€free...Tralee Town Park...
Kerry...Sat 4th (2pm)...Ballybunion Half-Marathon & 10k...€10k €26.75 / Half €53.50...
Kerry...Sat 4th (1pm)...Kenmare Bridge 1 mile, 5k & 10k...5k €15 / 10k €
Kerry...Sun 5th (9:30am)...Banna 4 mile...€?...
Cork...Mon 6th (2pm)...Boherbue to Kiskeam 4 mile road race...€ Cork...

Whatever about the physical ability of running several races in a few days, it is also very expensive.

Just looking at the results over the weekend, the numbers for Ballybunion, the Good Friday Run and Boherbue-Kiskeam were all down this year. It would seem as if the available pool of runners is being spread across an increasing number of events.

What conclusions can be drawn from this?
1) It's going to become more difficult for any event to grow and even staying at a steady number might be considered a success.
2) Any event with low numbers and high costs will probably be the first to go.


Analog 6k race in Limerick cancelled

Please note that the Analog 6km race in Raheen, Limerick City on Friday the 10th of April has now been cancelled.

Limerick...Fri 10th (7:30pm)...Analog Raheen 6km road race...€10...CANCELLED

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Kerry...Results of the Maurice Collins 4 mile in Banna - Sun 5th Apr 2015

1 Derek Griffin    21:43    1st Man
2 Sean O'Sullivan    21:49    2nd Man
3 Aidan Heavin    25:12     3rd Man
10 Margaret Carlin    26:32     1st Woman
15 Ursula Barrett    28:23     2nd Woman
27 Shannon Quill    32:42     3rd Woman


Tipperary...Results of the County Senior Road Championships - Sun 5th Apr 2015

The Tipperary County Senior Road Championships were held in Borrisokane on Sunday the 5th of April 2015.

County Tipperary Senior Men 10K Road Championships
1 Danny Smith Ballynonty 32 15
2 Denis Shanahan Thurles Crokes 32 53
3 Patrick Hughes Thurles Crokes 32 55

County Tipperary Senior Women 5K Road Championships
1 Siobhain O’ Doherty Borrisokane 17 20
2 Aine Roche Clonmel 18 57
3 Eileen McCullough Thurles Crokes 19 28

The full results can be seen HERE

Tipperary Athletics PRO Report

Waterford...Results of the Easter Bunny 5 mile run/walk - Sun 5th Apr 2015

Results from Easter Bunny 5mile Run/Walk 2015

1 TREVOR SWIFT         MS 27:25
2 BRIAN SWABY        WATERFORD AC     MS 28:12
3 Damian Bourke             MS 29:26
23 Mary Molloy        CARRICK ON SUIR AC     FS 33:33
24 Naomi Doonan        Ardnahoe Flyers     FS 33:35

The full results can be seen below

1) The organisers have a gallery HERE 

Results: Easter Bunny 5mile Run/Walk 2015 - 5Mile

Number of competitors: 189
Pos.    Name        Name
1.    Trevor Swift        27:25
2.    Brian Swaby    WATERFORD AC    28:12
3.    Damian Bourke        29:26
4.    Paul Wyse    WATERFORD TRI CLUB    29:48
5.    Pat Nolan    WATERFORD AC    29:52
6.    Colm Walsh    WATERFORD AC    30:24
7.    Ryan Macmanus    WATERFORD AC    30:26
8.    George O'grady        30:42
9.    John Guiry    WATERFORD AC    31:15
10.    Alan Kavanagh    WATERFORD AC    31:28
11.    Trevor Doonan    Ardnahoe Flyers    31:33
12.    Brendan Aspel        31:37
13.    Ray O'mahony    WATERFORD AC    32:15
14.    Eathan Anderson    United Striders AC    32:15
15.    Conor Shiels        32:22
16.    Donna Dunne    KILKENNY CITY HARRIERS    32:34
17.    Gary Whelan    WATERFORD AC    32:45
18.    Jim O'connor        32:58
19.    Mark Condon    WATERFORD AC    33:04
20.    Ed Battye    WATERFORD AC    33:15
21.    Eamonn Cashin    West Waterford AC    33:23
22.    Gerard Murphy    CARRICK ON SUIR AC    33:29
23.    Mary Molloy    CARRICK ON SUIR AC    33:33
24.    Naomi Doonan    Ardnahoe Flyers    33:35
25.    Jody Condon    WATERFORD AC    33:58
26.    Sinead Brannigan    WATERFORD AC    33:58
27.    Thomas Burns    WATERFORD AC    34:16
28.    Keith Maher    WATERFORD AC    34:21
29.    Neil O Sullivan        34:21
30.    John Byrne        34:31
31.    Dan Murphy        34:33
32.    Esther Murphy    MIDLETON AC    34:34
33.    Stephanie Johnson        34:40
34.    Seamus Ward    CARRICK ON SUIR AC    34:43
35.    Ivan Power        34:49
36.    John Tierney        34:50
37.    Jamie O Rourke    SATURDAY ROADRUNNERS    34:53
38.    Liz Nolan    FOCUS ON FITNESS    35:00
39.    Tony Corcoran    St Sav GAA    35:16
40.    Lorena Mooney    FOCUS ON FITNESS    35:21
41.    Claudia Lane    WATERFORD AC    35:40
42.    Thomas Caulfield    WATERFORD AC    35:40
43.    Jackie Mcgee        35:43
44.    Graham Quinlan    WATERFORD AC    35:48
45.    David Walsh    Portlaw    35:55
46.    John Wyse    WATERFORD TRI CLUB    35:56
47.    Kieran Laffain    VILLAGE WHELLERS    35:58
48.    Trevor Reilly        36:09
49.    Eamonn Ryan        36:17
50.    Barry Malone    WATERFORD AC    36:27
51.    Con Kelleher    WATERFORD AC    36:50
52.    Brian Murphy        36:50
53.    Jim Wyse    ST SAVIOURS    36:51
54.    Anna Dungan        37:15
55.    John Lacy        37:41
56.    Valerie O Callaghan    ST SENANS    37:45
57.    Emer O'brien    RIGHT4UFITNESS    37:46
58.    Tadgh Connolly    #    37:55
59.    Tony Keogh    Ferrybank Road Runners    38:10
60.    Liz Ryan        38:25
61.    Fiona Kelly    Ferrybank Road Runners    38:32
62.    John Kindlon        38:44
63.    Colm Heylin        38:59
64.    Maura O'neill    Carrick Road Runners    39:06
65.    John English        39:11
66.    Oliver O'brien        39:16
67.    Fiona Nevins        39:22
68.    Catherine Keating        39:22
69.    James Brennan        39:41
70.    Hilary O'connell        39:45
71.    John Foley    West Waterford AC    39:51
72.    Darren Foley    DB FITNESS    39:55
73.    Colin Barden        40:45
74.    Anna Duffin    WATERFORD AC    40:46
75.    David Coony    WATERFORD HUFFERS AN PUFFERS    40:46
76.    Cathal Duffin    WATERFORD AC    40:50
76.    Melanie Ward    RIGHT4UFITNESSFITNESS    40:50
78.    Thomas Phelan        40:51
79.    David Raher        40:55
80.    Glen Conway    CARRICK TRI CLUB    40:55
81.    Michael Walsh        41:01
82.    Ruth Hennebry    WATERFORD HUFFERS AN PUFFERS    41:10
83.    Michael Kearney        41:25
84.    Michael Mccarthy        41:26
85.    Eoin Swift        41:29
86.    Colm Dunne        41:30
87.    Mary O'neill        41:40
88.    Nicky Quinlan        42:06
89.    Greg Quinlan        42:13
90.    Shane Quinlan        42:18
91.    Karen Tompkins        42:20
92.    Nicky Jacob    Road Runners    42:23
93.    Julie Laffan        42:24
94.    Ann Kavanagh    WATERFORD AC    42:26
95.    Rosemary Stapleton    WATERFORD HUFFERS AN PUFFERS    42:27
96.    Dawn Cheasty        42:31
97.    Maurice Carmody        42:53
98.    Kathleen Kenneddy    WATERFORD AC    43:21
99.    Barry Murphy    WATERFORD AC    43:24
100.    Lisa Hayes    WATERFORD AC    43:49
101.    Catherine Vereker    Ferrybank Road Runners    43:53
102.    Stephen Toner        43:54
103.    Damien Mcdonald        44:02
104.    Lousie Condon        44:03
105.    Margarite Haley        44:03
106.    Paul Connolly    WATERFORD HUFFERS AN PUFFERS    44:06
107.    Eddie Fanning        44:08
108.    Thomas O Reilly        44:17
109.    Jamie Long        44:21
110.    Sam Batchelor        44:21
111.    Geraldine Nolan    RIGHT4UFITNESS    44:37
112.    Ingrid Arrruda        44:51
113.    Aisling O Brien        44:54
114.    Michelle O Kegan        44:54
115.    Paula Kavanagh    WATERFORD AC    44:59
116.    Gavin Tierney        45:00
117.    Enzo Mary        46:02
118.    Arnaud Mary        46:07
119.    Marie Grace    RIGHT4UFITNESS    46:23
120.    Liz Byrne    Balance Fitness    46:28
121.    John Stone        46:48
122.    Lynette Fagan        46:58
123.    Pat Mccarthy    St Josephs    47:11
124.    Siobhan Gavin        47:12
125.    Sandra Coffey    RIGHT4UFITNESS    47:26
126.    Maeve Kennealy    WATERFORD AC    47:30
127.    Sarah Burke    Ferrybank Road Runners    47:40
128.    Jayne O Byrne    Ferrybank Road Runners    47:40
129.    Aisling Simpson        47:47
130.    Stuart Simpson        47:47
131.    Niamh Morrissey        48:12
132.    Claire Murray        48:16
133.    Eilish Wheeler    RIGHT4UFITNESS    48:18
134.    Onagh Dunphy        48:19
135.    Liz Lenehan    HAPPY FEET RUNNING GROUP    48:31
136.    Niamh Larkin        48:37
137.    Bo Last        48:41
138.    Roseann O'neill        48:55
139.    Vicky Hanrahan        48:55
140.    Helena Faulkner    RIGHT4UFITNESS    49:01
141.    Emily Coyerford        49:27
142.    Susan Lennon        49:29
143.    Patrick Power        49:29
144.    William Power        49:31
145.    Lisa Dooley        49:33
146.    Caoimhe Connolly        49:56
147.    Charlie Laffan        50:04
148.    Ashley Swift        50:18
149.    Louise Kavanagh        50:19
150.    Antoinette Troy        50:19
151.    Siobhan Byrne    SPIRIT RUNNING CLUB    50:20
152.    Fiona Cooke    SPIRIT RUNNING CLUB    50:20
153.    Johann Flynn    SPIRIT RUNNING CLUB    50:20
154.    Joanne Kip        50:48
155.    Caroline O Donnell        50:48
156.    Emma Roche    TEAM ROCHE    50:54
157.    Snezane Torossou        51:27
158.    Georgine Lodge        51:32
159.    Deirdre Dalton    RIGHT4UFITNESS    51:36
160.    Ivan Cuddihy        51:52
161.    Fiona Laffan        52:01
162.    Inna Kuzmenko    RIGHT4UFITNESS    52:05
163.    Laura Cuddihy        52:06
164.    Ann O'brien        52:14
165.    John Barry    Waterford Road Runners    52:14
166.    Matteo Mary        52:21
167.    Joanne Whelan        52:33
168.    Ann-Marie Croke    TEAM ROCHE    52:42
169.    Andrea Walsh        52:45
169.    Heather Harris        52:45
171.    Sarah O'donnell    RIGHT4UFITNESS    52:46
172.    Denise Roche    TEAM ROCHE    52:47
173.    Amanda Nolan        52:55
173.    Trevor Collopy        52:55
175.    Eleanor Reade    RIGHT4UFITNESS    54:00
176.    Louise Prendegast        54:48
177.    Chirstina Ruane        54:48
178.    Fiona Fennelly        54:59
179.    Tara Fennelly        55:00
180.    Sorcha Aylward        55:32
181.    Donna Murphy        55:42
182.    Jenny Dempsey        56:50
183.    Laura Demosey        56:51
184.    Scott Hoban    MOUNT SION GAA    57:00
185.    Wayne Mitchell    SOUTHEND    57:13
186.    Muireann Duffin    WATERFORD AC    58:59
187.    Michael Duffin    WATERFORD AC    59:00
188.    Jessica Manning        59:33
189.    Lucy Mullan    

Clare..Results of the Tulla Comhaltas Cultural Centre 10k & 7k fun run - Mon 6 Apr 2015

Tulla Comhaltas Cultural Centre 10k & 7k fun run  in Tulla Co. Clare Monday 6 April 2015.



Sunday, April 5, 2015

Limerick...Results of the Destination Limerick 5 mile road race - Sun 5th Apr 2015

Destination Limerick 5 Mile April 5th, 2015...Limerick Racecourse

Organsied by Dooneen Athletic Club.

1 0:25:45 MINNOCK, Barry Rathfarnham
2 0:26:56 CESAR, Julio Kilmurry/Ibricken A C
3 0:27:37 MOORE, Declan Bilboa A C
14 31:04 HERHIR, Cushla Ennis Track A C
16 31:40 RYAN, Rosemary Dooneen A C 
35 36:05 HOLMES, Elaine

The full results can be seen HERE

Clare...Results of the Miltown Malbay 5k - Sun 5th Apr 2015

1 18:57    BEN WHELEHAN,     Kilmurry Ibrickane/North Clare    M
2 19:02    JOHN O MALLEY,     Kilmurry Ibrickane/North Clare    M
3 19:33    ZACK WHELEHAN,     Kilmurry Ibrickane/North Clare    M
6 20:48    AINE KEANE,     Kilmurry Ibrickane/North Clare    F
7 21:06    LUCY FLANAGAN,     Kilmurry Ibrickane/North Clare    F
9 22:01    EIMEAR KEANE,     Kilmurry Ibrickane/North Clare    F 

The full results can be seen HERE

Kerry...Results of the Kenmare 5k & 10k road race - Sat 4th Apr 2015

This year's Kenmare Bridge Run moved to Easter Weekend from the usual mid-February date and it seems to have been a success with record numbers attending.

The race was organised by Kenmare Athletic Club

Gilleece    Kevin    17:08.9
Whyte    Robert    18:32.9
Harrington    Chris    19:13.8
Downing    Eilish    405    5km    20:25.2
Mac Domhnaill    Carmel    409    5km    21:38.7
Daly    Cara    298    5km    24:52.2

MacDomhnaill    Fiachra    35:53.1
O’Connor    Kealan    38:14.4
Watkins    Dominic    38:28.3
Teahan    Karina    39:56.8
Nic Dhomhnaill    Sorcha    41:33.8
Nic Dhomhnaill    Ide    42:40.2

The full results can be seen HERE

1) Joe Murphy of Eagle AC has a gallery HERE (Facebook account required to view)

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Kerry...Results of the Ballybunion Half-Marathon, 10k & 5k - Sat 4th Apr 2015

The Ballybunion Half-Marathon was held on Saturday the 4th of April and attracted a field of 162 runners. There was a also the usual 10k which got the bulk of the runners with 348 taking part. There was also a new 5k which just 80 entrants.

This is a chart showing the numbers for the last few years.

As you can see, the current numbers are well down on the peak back in 2012. Even allowing for the fact that some of those who might have done the 10k opted instead for the 5k, the combined total is still down on last year. Not exactly sure why the constant drop year after year? Perhaps it's just a sign of there being so many events on the calendar?

1 David HANNAN        Ennis Track    M    20:25
2 Pearce Mooney        M    21:09
3 Neil Mulvihill        M    21:27
8 NIAMH MCKENNA    F    27:18
12 Emily Vial        F    28:14
14 EMMA MCCARTHY    F    30:01

1 Paul Gleeson        MS    31:51
2 Niall SHANAHAN    MS    33:10
3 Patrick OCONNOR    MS    35:05
17 Lisa GRIFFIN        FS    40:18
25 Selenia NOLAN        Fergus    F40    41:34
31 Linda FORDE        F    42:54

1 Donal White        MS    1:18:51
2 Martin CROWLEY    MS    1:21:58
3 David TOOMEY        MS    1:22:30
17 Teresa Murphy        FS    1:30:26
22 Clodagh McMann    FS    1:34:00
23 Valerie VAUGHAN    Cork Tri Club    FS    1:34:42

Precision Timing have the full results HERE