Friday, March 31, 2017

Hat, medal & bag for Castleisland 10m & 5k participants

The Castleisland 10 mile & 5k road race is coming up in Co.Kerry on Sunday the 9th of April 2017. The races are being organised by An Ríocht AC and proceeds from the event will go towards the resurfacing of its 400m athletics track, the only one of its kind in Kerry.

The race website is

They recently announced the following.....

All 10 mile finishers will get a souvenir hat....

 Finishers in the 10 mile & 5k will get a medal...

Finishers in the 5k will get a kit bag...

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Limerick...Results of the Gerry O'Connor Memorial 10k in Cappagh - Sun 26th Mar 2017

62 people turned out for this years Gerry O'Connor Memorial 10k in Cappagh, Co.Limerick on Sunday the 26th of March 2017. This was well down on the 98 of 2016.

1 Karl Lenihan 37:13
2 Sean o Sullivan 39:17
3 Eamon Hanley 39:44
6 Ann Mc Phail 42:03
19 Dympna Lawlor 48:00
29 Elisa o Donovan 50:41

Full results below...

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Notice...Castleisland 10 mile race & 5k run - Sun 9th Apr 2017

The annual 10 mile road race & 5km run in Castleisland, Co.Kerry is coming up on Sunday the 9th of April 2017...

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

Limerick...Results of the Castleconnell 10k race - Sun 12th March 2017

A total of 247 runners took part in this year's Castleconnell 10k road race in Co.Limerick on Sunday the 12th of March 2017. As you can see from the chart, the numbers are up a bit on last year and seem near that 250-270 average over the last few years.

1. 564 Julio Cesar Castro m 00:33:52
2. 768 Colm Turner m 00:36:08
3. 539 Ger O Sullivan m 00:36:27
4. 794 Sinead Lynch w 00:37:12
11. 857 Ann Macphail w 00:41:48
12. 872 Kealey Tideswell w 00:42:13 

The full results can be seen HERE

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Waterford... Results of the Dungarvan 10k - Sun 19th March 2017

120 runners turned out for this 10k race in Dungarvan organised by West Waterford AC.

Men’s Results
1st David Masefield Clonliffe Harriers AC 31.52
2nd Damien Murphy West Waterford  AC 32.51
3rd Noel Murphy Waterford AC 33.41
Over 40 Colm Costello Brothers Pearce AC 35.53
Over 45 Yev Chizhikov West Waterford AC 39.45
Over 50 Ray Hahesy West Waterford AC 39.16
Over 55 Gerry Cantwell West Waterford AC 41.47
Junior Shane O'Riordan West Waterford AC 38.45
Team Men West Waterford AC Anthony Flynn, Mossie Keogh and  Kevin Kennelly. 22 pts.
Ladies Results
1st Sally Forristal St.Joseph's AC 37.59
2nd Kate Veale West Waterford AC 41.21
3rd Sinead Brannigan Waterford AC 42.32
Over 35 Louise Morgan Ferrybank AC  43.36
Over 40 Angeline Drennan West Waterford AC 48.40
Over 45 Stephanie Johnson IND 45.13
Over 50 Onra Power West Waterford AC 51.53
Junior. Grainne Lane IND 59.40
Team Women West Waterford AC Laura Flavin, Catherine Lee and Sharon Nugent 186 points. 

The full results can be seen HERE

1) West Waterford AC have a gallery of photos HERE


Saturday, March 18, 2017

Results of the Tralee Marathon...Sat 18th March 2017

The annual Tralee Marathon in Co.Kerry was held on Saturday the 18th of March 2017 on  what was a dry overcast day. As you can see from the chart above, the numbers were down again this year with the full marathon down 13% to 201 and the half-marathon down 28% to 277. This was off-set somewhat by a new 5k and 10k race which got 105 and 122 respectively.

There is probably a question mark over the long term viability of the full marathon as it's a lot of effort for just 200 runners. It's certainly a long way from 2013 when the two events attracted in excess of 1200 runners.

Full marathon...
1 Aidan HOGAN 03:03:15 M40 (1) Rising Sun A.C /MCI
2 Denis KEANE 03:03:16 MS (1) Marathon Club Ireland
3 Feilim BORLAND 03:08:23 MS (2)
9 Rachel STOKES 03:13:41 FS (1) Kerry Crusaders
15 Ellen HANLEY03:20:59 F40 (1) Grange Fermoy AC
21 Caroline MCLOUGHLIN 03:27:18 FS (2)

1 Derek GRIFFIN 01:15:24 MS (1) Tralee Harriers
2 Brian LENIHAN0 1:19:25 MS (2)
3 Tim FRANCONY 01:21:25 MS (3)Crusaders AC
11 Deirdre NAGLE 01:28:09 FS (1) Farranfore Maine Valley
14 Michelle O'REGAN 01:28:45 FS (2)
19 Dolores DUFFY 01:31:39 F45 (1) Watergrasshill AC

The full results can be seen HERE

Kerry...Results of the Tralee Valentine's 10 mile road race - Sun 12th Feb 2017

Just catching up on some other recent results. The annual Valentine's 10 mile road race in Tralee was held on Sunday the 12th of February and attracted a field of 314 runners. While that's pretty reasonable as 10 mile races go in Kerry, it is over 28% down on last year which isn't great.

1    Derek GRIFFIN (103)    00:57:38    00:57:37    Senior  (1)    Male  (1)
2    Ian KELLY (137)    00:59:48    00:59:47    Senior  (2)    Male  (2)
3    Don HAYES (115)    01:01:50    01:01:49    Senior  (3)    Male  (3)
7    Deirdre NAGLE (187)    01:05:19    01:05:18    Senior  (1)    Female  (1)
10    Michelle OREGAN (227)    01:06:39    01:06:38    Senior  (2)    Female  (2)
11    Dolores DUFFY (76)    01:06:45    01:06:43    Ages 40-49  (1)    Female  (3)

Full results below...

Clare...Results of the Hurley Hoey 10k - Sat 11th March 2017

342 people took part in this years Hurley Hoey 10k race in Gurteen, Co.Clare, a drop of 9% on last year.

1 33:47    KEITH LYNCH,     B. M. O. H.    M
2 34:43    BRIAN MURPHY,     Ennis Track AC    M
3 35:18    SEAN HANLY,     Galway City Harriers AC    M
1 38:50    IMOGEN COTTER,     Ennis Track AC    F
2 40:02    LORNA DAVEY FITZGERALD,     Mallow    F
3 42:32    ANNE MARIE CONNELLAN,     Ennis Track AC    F 

Full results below...

Limerick...Results of the Croom Gets Moving 10k - Fri 17th March 2017

This 10k race in Croom Co.Limerick on St.Patrick's Day attracted a small crowd of 58 people.

1 Colm Turner 1 male Limerick AC 00:36:41
2 Stephen Lavin 2 male 00:40:11
3 Paul O Connell 3 male Limerick tri club 00:40:53
9 Martina Reidy 1 female 00:45:53
12 Dympna Lawlor 2 female West Limerick AC 00:47:29
13 Claire Knight 3 female Dooneen 00:47:37 

Full results below...

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Notice...Clonmel AC 6km Road Race Series...Wed 22nd & 29th March & Wed 5th, 12th & 19th April 2017

Clonmel AC 6K Road Race Series...The Club is once again promoting the Clonmel A C 6K Road Race Series sponsored by Morrison Mini, Cahir. The Club would like to thank Morrison Motors of Cahir and especially Gary Morrison for their very generous sponsorship.

This year the races gets underway on Wednesday 22nd March at 6.15pm SHARP with a practice run over the route while the event itself gets underway on Wednesday 29th March and 5th,12th and 19th of April. On Wednesday 19th of April the race format will be “lucky dip” based on pre selected finishing positions.

For the Practice run on Wednesday 22nd March, athletes can wear their watches. They must also wear a High Viz. This year due to the large number of enquires we will have a Mass start, all athletes off together at 6:15pm Sharp due to the falling as the clocks don't go back until the following Sunday. So please note for this race - NO HIGH REFLECTIVE BIB - NO RUN. We have to impose that rule for everyone's safety, NO EXCEPTIONS.

We would ask all athletes to refrain from blocking up the entrance to LIDL and keep the main road free to traffic prior to each race.

Colaiste Cheitinn, the Mall is the race headquarters for each race and numbers can be collected there from 5.30 pm on the 22nd March (6:15pm start) and from 5.45pm on all the other nights with a 7pm start.

Now is the time to be organising your team of five athletes with the best three performances (athletes who are closest to their Predictions) to count each night.

The three races on March 29th and April 5th and 12th will see athletes predict their time each night when they enter and collect their number. They must then run the course without a watch or IPods.

If an athlete is caught wearing a watch or IPod, their team will be penalised.

This sort of competition allows every athlete to set their own pace and regardless of where they finish in the race they can all help their team to win the competition.

This is an event where you the athlete set the target, you decide every night what your finishing time is and then you have to run as close to that time to help your team. For instance you could predict 30 mins for the 6k and then run the race in 30 mins 1 second and you score one point for your team. Then you have another athlete on your team who predicts his finishing time as 21 mins and runs the race in 21 mins 31 secs, he score 31 points for the team. The three athletes that score the lowest points will count on your team, it is not based on your finishing position it is based on your time and what you predicted.

Last year's event was a brilliant success with 72 teams competing, which saw 334 athletes compete the 1st night, 336 athletes the 2nd night and 319 athletes the 3rd night. This event caters for all levels and last year we had athletes running the 6k from 20 mins 22 secs to 42 mins.

The Lucky Dip will take place on Wednesday 19th April.

The Presentation of Prizes will take place in Mulcahy's; Gladstone Street on Wednesday 19th April at 9.30pm where refreshments and music will be provided this was a brilliant night last year.

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

The route can be seen at

Notice...Dungarvan 10k in Waterford - Sun 19th Mar 2017

This 10k race in Dungarvan is coming up on Sunday the 19th of March 2017 and is organised by West Waterford AC.

The entry fee is €8 and the race HQ is at the Dungarvan GAA grounds.




The 35th annual Déise College Dungarvan 10k, race number 5 of 5 in the Michael Roche Carpets series will be held this coming Sunday March 19th at 11 AM. Our sincere thanks to Déise College, Shandon, Dungarvan who once again are our sponsors this year. We especially thank Alan and Caroline Ryan for their continued sponsorship of this event. The Déise college Dungarvan 10k road race gets under way at 11 a.m. with the race headquarters at Dungarvan GAA club pavilion Clogherane. The race entries will be taken at the centre from 9.30 a.m., changing and shower facilities will be provided at the centre and teas will be available after the race. The prize presentation will also be held in the centre. As already mentioned this race is the final race in the Michael Roche carpets spring series and Michael will be on hand to present the winners of the series and the various divisional winners with their prizes.


The Seamus Power memorial shield will be presented to the overall race winner; the current holder from last year is William Maunsell Clonmel AC . A trophy will also be awarded to the first local lady finisher on Sunday also donated by the Power family in memory of their uncle Mikey Roche. The current holder of this trophy is Kate Veale West Waterford AC. The friends of West Waterford Dunabbey perpetual trophy will be awarded to the first local master to finish; this trophy was awarded to Des Feeney last year. It is expected that all the 3 athletes above will be in Sunday field hoping to retain these trophies.


The following are the race categories for Sunday’s race.

Men’s 1st 3 seniors, 1st Junior, 1st over 40, 45, 50 and 55

Team event- 1st Senior Men’s team outside individual prize winners

1st 3 Ladies, 1st Junior, First over 35, 40, 45 and 50 and 1st Ladies team outside individual prize winners

Monday, March 6, 2017

Notice...MMRA Silvermines 7km trail run, Co.Tipperary - Sun 12th Mar 2017

From the Munster Mountain Running Association.......If you’re looking for an alternative to road racing, the Munster Trail League offers the chance to try out trail running in the woods and hills right across the province.  The runs are suitable for all levels of ability and include a junior race for 10 – 16 year olds and a free non-competitive run (accompanied) for kids under 10.

Race #4 in the series is in the North Tipperary village of Silvermines, just off the M7 between Limerick (30 minutes) and Nenagh (15 minutes).

The route is 7.4k on a mixture of forest roads and single track starting at the entrance to Knockanroe Forest Recreation Area and will be fully marked and marshalled. The adult race starts at 11:00 with the juniors and kiddies events kicking off at 10:30.

If the weather is favourable, the scenery isn’t too bad either.

Registration will open at 10:00am and you must register before 10:45am to ensure the race starts on time.  For registration details and further information on the event, please visit the event page below.

Further Details on this event:

More info on the other events in the league here...

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Notice...Kenmare Bridge Run 5k & 10k road race - Sat 15th Apr 2017

The annual Kenmare Bridge Run 5km & 10 km road race in Co.Kerry is coming up on Saturday the 15th of April 2017 at 12:30pm.

As always, the race headquarters is at the local community centre...

This is a map of the two courses.....

Transport will be provided for anyone doing the 5k to take them from the Community Centre to the start line at the Sheen Falls Lodge. Most runners would probably use this section as a warm up for the race itself as the distance is only around 1.4 miles / 2kms.

You can enter on the day of the race from 10:30am.

Organised by Kenmare AC

Preview...A preview of the 10 km course can be seen HERE

A preview of the 5k course can be seen HERE