Thursday, December 31, 2015

Tipperary...Results of the Clonmel 4 mile road race - Sat 26th Dec 2015

Despite the wet weather, an impressive 414 runners turned out for the annual 4 mile road race in Clonmel on St.Stephen's Day.

1    MAHER BRIAN        19:03    KCH    SM
2    MAUNSELL KEVIN        19:04    CLONMEL A C     SM
17    ODOHERTY SIOBHAN        22:14    BORRISOKANE    SW
35    ANNAN CLAIRE        23:31    CLONMEL A C    SW
50    FORRISAL SALLY        24:32    ST JOSEPHS    SW

The full results can be seen HERE

Photos from Paul Condon Photography HERE

Report from Clonmel AC.......
Brian Maher wins Classic MSD Be Well 4 mile race
The MSD Be Well 4 mile Classic took place on St Stephen’s Day in good running conditions, mild, no wind and light rain to keep the body cool throughout the route. The route had to be changed due to a funeral.  There was a fantastic entry of 414 athletes and spectators were treated to some great performances. 

Right from the start a group of three made their intentions known and they were Kevin Maunsell of Clonmel AC, Sergio Ciobanu of Clonliffe Harriers AC, previous winner of this race in 2009 (19:10) and 2012 (19:17) and the eventual winner Brian Maher of Kilkenny City Harriers AC who also won this race in 2004 (19:31), 2006 (18:54) and 2007 (19:04), a talented group. Kevin set the pace after Silversprings Roundabout with the other two athletes in his slip stream. They stayed this way stride for stride all the way around the route and just after Hotel Minella with approx 400m to go Sergio was leading going into the final bend with the other two athletes in hot pursuit and each athlete giving it everything as they were hopping off the ground. In the final surge for the line Brian edged clear with Kevin 2nd and Sergio 3rd, brilliant performances and a fantastic spectacle to watch especially over the final 200m as they came over the crest of the final hill and brilliant to see three talented athletes giving it everything in the pursuit of victory. For the record Brian Maher won in 19 mins 3 secs with Kevin Maunsell 2nd in 19 mins 4 secs and Sergio Ciobanu 3rd in 19 mins 7 secs, brilliant performances all round. 

Then we had Patrick Lynch (KCK) winning the Junior Men’s race with a brilliant run when 4th overall in 19 mins 52 secs, a talent to keep an eye on. Brian McMahon (Clonliffe Harriers) was 4th Senior man in 20:12 while James Ledingham (West Waterford) was 5th Senior man in 20:19. The Maters Men awards were won by the following athletes:
1st 0/40 Nigel O Flaherty (Clonmel AC) 22:08, 2nd 0/40 Brian Long (Clonmel AC) 22:57, 1st 0/45 William O Dwyer (Dundrum AC) 22:17, 2nd 0/45 Dermot Hayes (Dundrum AC) 23:02, 1st 0/50 Tom Blackburn (Mooreabbey Milers AC) 22:18, 2nd 0/50 Denis Kelleher (Leevale AC) 24:09, Tommy Moloney (Thurles Crokes AC) who won the first running of this event in 1988 in 19 mins 16 secs showed he can still mix it with the best when winning the over 55 award in 25:14, 1st 0/60 Tommy Cahill (Clonmel AC) 26:18, 1st 0/65 Eamonn Crowley (Clonmel AC) 32:33, 1st 0/70 Myles McHugh (Clonmel AC) 34:09 and Zach Anderson (Clonmel) was 2nd Junior in 23:05. 

Competition was also very good in the Women’s race and here we had Siobhan O Doherty (Borrioskane AC) running a brilliant race when winning in 22 mins 14 secs and Siobhan has been a great supporter of this race over the years as she won it on a number of occasions like in 2006 (23 mins), 2008(22:56), 2011 (22:55), 2013 (21:50) and last year in 22 mins 17 secs. Claire Annan (Clonmel AC) was 2nd in 23 mins 31 secs with Sally Forrestal (St Joseph’s) 3rd in 24:32, Aine Roche Clonmel AC) 4th in 25:06 and Anne Marie Boland (Clonmel AC) 5th in 25:54. The various Master Women’s Awards were won by the following athletes:1st 0/35 Dymphna Ryan (Dundrum AC) 27:03, 2nd 0/35 Tracy Culleton (Ballynonty AC) 27:20, 1st 0/40 Siobhan McHugh (Clonmel AC) 27:17, 2nd 0/40 Michelle Doherty (Cahir Meet and Train) 29:30, 1st 0/45 Anna Byrne (Clonmel AC) 27:41, 2nd 0/45 Sheila Perry (Clonmel AC) 28:08,1st 0/50 Julie Tideswell (Clonmel AC) 30:29,1st 0/55 Olive Heffernan (Cahir) 35:47 and 1st 0/60 Hazel Stapleton (Clonmel) 40:34. The Junior Women’s award was won by Lucy O Donnell (Clonmel) in 31:12 with Michelle McMeel (Clonmel Boxing Club) 2nd in 34:14. 

This year’s event was a brilliant success and the Club would like to thank MSD for sponsoring the event, the Gardai and the Civil Defence for all their help and the Vocational School for the use of their fine facilities for our Race Headquarters. The Club would also like to thank our many volunteers who helped with the entries, post race refreshments, marking the course, marshalling the route and the water stations as well as organising the Start and Finish areas and the Spot prizes, your help ensured the success of the event. 

At the Presentation of Prizes the Club honoured 12 athletes who competed in the first promotion of this event in 1988 and who are still enjoying their running and many of them ran the route again this year. The athletes were Tommy Moloney (Thurles Crokes AC), Bernard Feery (Fethard AC), Jim Fleming and John Foley (West Waterford),Liam Fleming, Tom Halley as well as the Clonmel AC members Tommy Cahill, Ned O Brien, Eamonn Crowley, Pierce Purcell, John Laste and Myles McHugh.

Monday, December 28, 2015

Clare...Results of the Christmas Cracker 5k, Ennis - Sun 27th Dec 2015

87 turned out for this 5k race on Lees Road in Ennis on  Sunday 27 December 2015

1 16:01    PATRICK CASSIDY,     Glaslough Harriers AC    M
2 16:19    NIALL SHANAHAN,     Limerick    M
3 17:42    SCOTT WATSON,     Hyde Park Harriers    M
8 21:07    KAREN HARTIGAN,     Team Jason    F
11 22:16    SUZANNE SCANLON,     Ind.    F
12 22:18    KAROLINE O SULLIVAN ,     Sporstworld AC    F 

The full results can be seen HERE

Sunday, December 27, 2015

Waterford...Results of the Baldyman 8k Beach Race - Sun 27th Dec 2015

A total of 277 people turned out for this 8k race in Tramore, Co.Waterford. This was down just over 4% on the 2014 figure but up slightly on 2013.

1    JENNINGS    EMMET    31:17    6:17/M    Dundrum South AC
2    MURPHY    BRIAN    31:29    6:20/M    Carrick on suir
3    CUMMINS    DERMOT    32:20    6:30/M    West Waterford AC
24    MURRAY    ORNA    37:59    7:39/M    Murray AC
40    MALLEY    MARIA    39:27    7:58/M   
48    KIRWAN    AINE    40:36    8:10/M    Thomastown ac

The full results can be seen HERE

Clare...Results of the Miltown Malbay 5k run - Sat 26th Dec 2015

Just over 200 runners and walkers turned out for this 5k in Miltown Malbay.

1 15:24    SEAN HEHIR ,     Rathfarnham WSAF AC    M
2 17:09    THOMAS GARRAHY,     Kilmurry Ibrickane/North ClareM
3 18:14    JIMMY DOWNES,     Kilmurry Ibrickane/North ClareM
10 19:40    NOREEN MACKEY,     Drogheda And District A C    F
12 19:42    AISLING KELLY,     St Johns AC    F
15 20:19    RITA KIERSE,     St Marys AC    F 

The full results can be seen HERE

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Notice...Clonmel 4 mile road race - Sat 26th Dec 2015

From the organisers Clonmel AC...Preparations are going well for this year's race which once again takes place on St Stephen's Day at 12 noon. This year's event is sponsored by MSD and we are very grateful for such sponsorship. This race has grown in stature over the years and is now firmly fixed on everyone calendar over the festive season. This race over a good course caters for all levels of abilities and all ages.

This year's Prize list is as follows:

The winner of the race will receive 150 Euros. This year there will be Prizes for the following categories, Men: 1st 5 Men, 1st 2 0/40, 0/45, 0/50, 1st 0/55, 0/60, 0/65, 0/70 and 0/75 plus 1st 2 Junior Men. The list of Prizes for the Ladies is as follows: the 1st 5 Senior Ladies, 1st 2 0/35, 0/40, 0/45, 1st 0/50 0/55 and 0/60 plus 1st 2 Junior Ladies.

There will also be some great Spot Prizes for down the field finishers to be won, so come along and participate in a great Sporting event. This is an ideal event to raise funds for local charities.

There will also be Post Race Refreshments in the Vocational School. This year's event will be Chip timed by Premier Timing Systems.

Entries will be taken at the Vocational School, the Mall from 10 am onwards. We would ask all local participants to come early and enter as we are expecting over 500 to participate in this year's event. This year's race will start at the Loreto Convent and the athletes will proceed down to Sir Thomas's Bridge and back to Barlo Motors via the Waterford road. The entry Fee is 10 Euros.

Maps and directions HERE


Monday, December 21, 2015

Waterford...Results & Photos of the Old Parish 5 mile Turkey Trot - Sun 13th Dec 2015

The annual Old Parish 5 mile Turkey Trot was held on Sunday the 13th of December 2015 in Waterford. Organised in conjunction with West Waterford AC, the event attracted 145 runners.

1 HARTY Philip M 72 Senior West Waterford A.C. 00:25:56
2 ZAKIS Raivis M 71 Senior West Waterford A.C. 00:26:50
3 QUINLAN Frank M 106 O/40 Waterford A.C. 00:27:01
24 VEALE Kate F 132 Senior West Waterford A.C. 00:32:50
35 PRENDERGAST Sandra F 101 Senior West Waterford A.C. 00:34:48
39 RHATIGAN Tara F 73 Senior Sportsworld A.C. 00:35:08 

The full results can be seen HERE

1) There is a gallery of photos up on the West Waterford AC website HERE

From the organisers....  Old Parish 5 mile Turkey Trot


The 7th annual Old Parish Turkey Trot took place last Sunday morning. Conditions were ideal. The previous days rain and wind had given way to a fine mild morning. Sincere thanks go to all the crew who were out early in the morning checking the course and ensuring that it was safe for all the runners and especially to all the stewards who manned the course. A total of 150 runners and around 70 walkers took part which was testament to the hard work put in by the race committee & West Waterford Athletics Club.

The generosity of the runners, walkers and locals and the sponsorship acquired meant that €3510 was raised for CUAN HOUSE House Cancer Support Centre for West Waterford and East Cork in Youghal which is a worthy local charity that provides support to cancer suffers and their families. Everyone involved should be very pround to have raised such a huge amount for an important local charity.

Therese O'Connell spoke on behalf of Cuan House at the prize presentation and told us a little of that organisation and the great work they do. She also thanked everyone for supporting the event.
The organisers of the race sincerely thanked and acknowledged the support of all involved. The late Paddy Joe Curran who got this race underway 7 years ago would have been thrilled to see the support on the day. As a way of remembering Paddy Joe, who was our club president for years, his family donated a cup in his memory which is presented to the winner of this race every year.

The overall race winner and receipent of the Paddy Joe Curran Perpetual Cup was Philip Harty of West Waterford AC in an excellent 25.52 on what is the more difficult 5 mile races in the area. In second place was last years winner, Raivis Zakis, also of West Waterford AC in 26.55 with Frank Quinlan of Waterford AC 3rd in 27.03. Philip's mile splits show the up and down nature if the course. Mile 1 - 4.54, Mile 2 - 5.27, Mile 3 - 5.23, Mile 4 - 5.19 and Mile 5 4.47.

In the ladies victory went to the in form Kate Veale of West Waterford AC in 32.51. In 2nd was Sandra Prendergast also of West Waterford AC in 34.48. 3rd place went to Tara Rhatigan of Sportsworld, Terenure.

The race was a huge success thanks to the contribution to all involved.

Friday, December 18, 2015

Tipperary - Results of the TRYS Jingle Bells 5k...Sun 13th Dec 2015

It seems that just 33 people turned out for the Tipperary Regional Youth Service Jingle Bell Jog 5k on Sunday the 13th of December 2015. Maybe a case of just too many events on?

TRYS Jingle Bells 5K Results        
Position    Athlete's Name    Time    Division    Bib #
1    FITZGIBBON JOHN        18:04    SM    1590
2    DOOLEY JOHN        19:02    SM    1598
3    MURPHY MICHAEL        21:26    JM    1608
4    SHANAHAN BILL        21:29    JM    1606
5    BAK MARIUSZ        21:35    SM    1597
6    FITZGIBBON NUALA        21:39    JW    1603
7    O'GORMAN BREANA        22:18    JW    1604
8    FITZGIBBON ZOE        22:18    JW    1602

9    STOKES IOBHAR        23:41    JM    1587
10    FITZGERALD MARY        23:42    SW    1596
11    FOGARTY EMMET        24:30    JM    1595
12    FAMILY QUINN        25:21    Family    1609
13    HARROD ANN        25:42    SW    1607
14    ENGLISH LOUISE        25:45    SW    1593
15    COONEY PAUL        25:52    SM    1601
16    COOKE JEAN        26:37    SW    1581
17    FOGARTY DAVID        26:40    SM    1594
18    SHANAHAN LINDA        27:45    SW    1605
19    KENNEDY BRID        28:44    SW    1613
20    COOKE SARAH        28:45    SW    1611
21    WADE JOSEPHINE        31:48    SW    1591
22    NI ALLUIN ODHARNATITH        31:49    SW    1592
23    DEVANEY SHEILA        31:54    SW    1600
24    KINANE MARIE        32:17    JF    1586
25    STANLEY SANDRA        35:33    SW    1588
26    FAMILY KEATING        38:25    Family    1589
27    FAMILY MCCARTHY        43:56    Family    1599
28    GAYSON DANIELLE        48:53    JF    1583
29    PATTERSON KEALA        48:54    JF    1584
30    JACKMAN MARIAN        49:35    SW    1585
31    RYAN OLIVIA        49:36    SW    1582
32    COOKE MAY        49:46    SW    1612
33    FARRELL CORA        49:53    SW    1610

Kerry...Results of the Ger Daly Fundraiser 5k in Killarney - Sun 6th Dec 2015

This 5k race in Killarney was held on Sunday the 6th of December with the aim of raising funds for a proper racing wheelchair for Ger Daly, a regular at the local races. A total of 164 people took part and the race was based on people predicting their finish time and running without watches.

1 Tony Harty – 16.46
2. Simon Mangan -16.45
3. Tim Crowley – 17.27
1 . Brenda Lynch – 18.58
2. Siobhan Daly – 19.09
3. Kerry Eagar – 21.35

The full results with runners listed by time can be seen HERE

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Kerry...Results of the Run Rudolph Run 5k in Castleisland - Sun 13th Dec 2015

On a day where there were three separate Christmas themed 5k runs in Kerry at the same time, this one in Castleisland organised by An Ríocht AC attracted a field of 95 runners.

1 Tim O'Connor 16.04
2 Sean O'Sullivan 16.29
3 Patrick O'Connor 16.51
4 Carol Finn 19.20
7 Sharon Cahill 20.02
11 Mary O'Connor 21.03

The full results can be seen HERE

1) The Maine Valley Post have a few photos HERE

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Tipperary...Results & Photos of the Birdhill Half-Marathon, 10k & 5k - Sun 6th Dec 2015

Despite the heavy rain and winds on the Saturday, there was a welcome lull in the weather on Sunday the 6th of December for this event. A total of 425 people took part...133 in the Half, 174 in the 10k and 118 in the 5k. Overall, the numbers are down about 22% on the 2014 figures when there was 112 in the half, 253 in the 10k, 177 in the 5k and 543 overall.

Madeiline Loughnane of Thurles Crokes AC...winner of the Half-Marathon

Place    Bib    Name    Gender    Cat    Race Time    Chip Time
1    368    Paul Fitzgerald    M    SEN    1:15:56    1:15:56
2    696    Mark Guerin    m    SEN    1:19:58    1:19:58
3    669    Dermot Kearns    m    o40    1:20:20    1:20:20
15    366    Madeline Loughnane    F    SEN    1:27:15    1:27:15
33    675    Deirdre Finn    f    o40    1:35:48    1:35:47
34    668    Loretto Duggan    f    o40    1:36:25    1:36:24

Place    Bib    Name    Grnder    Cat    Race Time
1    312    Damien Landers    M    SEN    0:32:58
2    542    Declan Moore    m    SEN    0:33:18
3    557    Bernard McCullagh    m    SEN    0:33:53
13    271    Ann MacPhail    F    O40    0:40:12
14    581    Catriona Farrell    f    SEN    0:40:18
25    564    Mary Gavin    f    O40    0:43:12

Place    Bib    Name    Gender    Race Time    Chip Time
1    433    Jack Curtin    m    0:17:56    0:17:56
2    219    Gary Madden    M    0:19:34    0:19:33
3    436    Tadhg O'Callaghan    m    0:19:45    0:19:43
10    467    Jean Mulcahy    f    0:21:50    0:21:48
13    466    Yvonne Casey    f    0:22:26    0:22:23
15    227    Lorraine Horan    F    0:23:03    0:23:02

The full results can be seen HERE

1) Amanda Lee has a nice gallery HERE

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Tipperary...Results of the Fit4Life Templemore Christmas Cracker 5k - Sun 6th Dec 2015

109 turned out for this 5k organised by Fit4Life Templemore in Co.Tipperary.

1 William Hughes 16:09
2 Liam Shanahan 16:39
3 Gavin Lynch 16:42
26 Mary Fitzgerald 22:09
31 Kelly Cummins 22:50
32 Mary Ryan 22:55

The full results can be seen HERE

Friday, December 11, 2015

Inaugural parkrun in Limerick cancelled...Sat 12th Dec 2015

CANCELLATION: Limerick parkrun
Unfortunately due to health and safety concerns with ongoing flooding on our parkrun route I have to cancel our parkrun on Saturday.
Even if the water subsides it will not drop sufficiently to clear the pathway and make it safe for runners / walkers.
I know this is disappointing for everyone but we have to consider the safety of all involved.
Please help share with your friends so we don't have people travelling unnecessarily. Stay tuned for further updates.
Deirdre O'Brien
Limerick parkrun Event Director

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Waterford Half-Marathon rescheduled to Sat 9th Jan 2016

Due to the storm on Saturday the 5th of December, the Waterford Half-Marathon has now been rescheduled to Saturday the 9th of January 2016.

Info from the organisers......Update on Rescheduled date, refunds, and new registrations. Participants who are already registered and can participate on January 9th:

You need only keep your race number and timing chip safe and turn up with them on the day.

Participants who are already registered but unable to participate on January 9th:

Waterford AC is happy to offer you a full refund. As the original date was a sell out and in an effort to try recoup some of the costs of postponing the event we would like to reopen the sale of the any refunded places. For this reason we are asking that all refund requests be completed by DECEMBER 19th. You can request a refund by completing the form at the following link: If possible we are also asking anybody unable to attend to post their race pack back to:
Kieran O’Mahony,
66 Williamstown Park,

New participants looking to sign up for January 9th:

As our original date on December 5th was a sell-out we must wait and see how many refunds are requested before offering additional places for January 9th. The closing date to apply for refunds is December 19th. Once all refund requests have been received, we will send registration invites to the people that placed their name on the waiting list. This will be handled on a first come first served basis by email on December 20th. Please note that adding your name to the waiting list does not guarantee you a place. To add your name to the waiting list please visit the following link and click join the waiting list:

Given the Christmas period and tight timeframes we will not be able to post race packs to new participants so we will arrange for collection on the morning of the event.

The race website is

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Notice...Run Rudolph Run 5k, Castleisland, Co.Kerry - Sun 13th Dec 2015

This Christmas 5 km race is coming up in Caslteisland, Co.Kerry on Sunday the 13th of December 2015 at 11am.

The event is organised by An Ríocht AC and registration is at their clubhouse at the track in Castleisland.

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

From the organisers.... Run Rudolph Run 5k
This year the Run Rudolph Run 5k will be held on Sunday December 13th and we are hoping it will be bigger and better than ever. This is going to be a fantastically Christmassy, family orientated, fun event not focusing on the competitive element at all. It’s €10 to enter and €5 for primary school children. Get the whole gang out to walk, jog or run their way round! Register at the clubhouse or online at

This year the Rudolph Run is the finale to 'Snowed In' at Riocht. All profits will go towards the resurfacing of our athletics track.

Snowed In @ An Riocht
In association with the Maine Valley Post

The Snowed In Experience
Friday December 11th and Saturday December 12th

Have a Christmas experience to remember at An Riocht this December as it is transformed into a winter wonderland on this one weekend.  The kids and kids at heart can come and meet Mrs. Clause, Santa and his elves as they prepare for their busiest night of the year.
Take in the atmosphere, hear some Christmas tales told by Mrs. Clause, watch the busy elves in their workshop and have a chat with the man himself as you are guided around in the magical tour.
There will also be a variety of Christmas Markets on show for adults to browse making it an extremely family friendly event.
This is not to be missed and early booking is advisable, you can book at the clubhouse or online at
Adults: Free
Toddlers (0-2): Free
Children 2+: €10

Membership Mega Deal: Thursday December 10th
Half Price membership saving you €200 on this one very special day only!! Signing up for this offer on December 10th will give you full membership for the whole of 2016. It’s a ridiculously good deal as membership works out at €3.80 per week. As well as this members can avail of:
•       Regular programme updates
•       Free Morning Classes Mon, Tue, Wed and Thursday at 10am and Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7am
•       Reduced rates for all other classes and weight loss programmes: depending on what sessions you go for discounts range from 10% to 50%
•       You are a full track and leisure suite member for the 12 months also

It’s a great gift to give yourself or alternatively get it in gift voucher form as a Christmas present for someone special.

(You must be 16 or over to avail of this offer)

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Clare...Results of the Eddie Murphy Memorial Half-Marathon, Marathon & Ultra...Sixmilebridge - Sun 15th Nov 2015

Just catching up on some recent results. The annual Eddie Murphy Memorial Marathon was held in Sixmilebridge, Co.Clare on Sunday the 15th of November and as always, there were a number of distances on offer.

Although numbers have to be limited due to the nature of the one mile course, there was no shortage of runners this year with about 39% more taking part this year.

This was the number of finishers in each event...
Half-marathon...48 finishers (29 in 2014).
Marathon...85 finishers (52 in 2014).
30 Mile... 23 finishers (26 in 2014).
52 Mile....11 finishers (13 in 2014).

A total of 32 people took part in the full marathon on the Saturday with 13 of those doing the marathon on Sunday as well.

The full results can be found HERE

If you are interested in doing a unique marathon then keep an eye out for this one next November.