Saturday, June 30, 2018

Limerick : Results of the Briff 5 mile - Fri 30th June 2018

The annual Bruff 5 mile road race was held on Friday the 29th of June 2018 and 131 runners took part. That's a 25% reduction on 2017 and as can be seen from the chart above, there has been a big drop since 2016.

Perhaps another sign that the running boom is beginning to fizzle out a bit?

Full results HERE

Friday, June 29, 2018

Notice...Gneeveguilla AC One-Mile race series in Kerry - July & August 2018

Gneeveguilla AC are holding their annual One Mile road race series in Kerry again this year and it starts on Wednesday the 4th of July 2018 at 8pm.

Full detail on the club website...

Full marathon in Waterford cancelled due to hot weather...

The organisers of the Viking Waterford Marathon have decided to cancel the full 26.2 mile marathon on Saturday due to the current spell of hot weather. The forecast is for temperatures of about 24 degrees at noon with 20 deg expected at the start.

Those who had entered the full are being given an option of doing the 13.1 mile half-marathon instead, deferring it to next year or getting a refund.

Roughly 400 runners complete the Viking Marathon every year.

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Entries to the Cahir Half-Marathon close Sat 30th June 2018

Last call for the Cahir Half-Marathon. Entries close on Sat 30th June....

Tipperary : Results of the Borrisoleigh Track Attack 5k - Wed 27th June 2018

A total of 210 runners turned out for this years Borrisoleigh Track Attack 5K in Tipperary on what was a warm sunny evening. While the numbers for a 5k race in Tipperary are pretty good, they are still down 24% on the 277 of 2017 (251 in 2016).

Maybe a sign that the running boom is beginning to splutter?

Borrisoleigh Track Attack 5K Race Results

Place     Athletes Name     Club     Gun Time     Division     Bib
1     Sean Tobin     Clonmel AC         14:22     SM     4
2     Freddy Keron Sittuk     Raheny Shamrocks AC         14:42     SM     23
3     James Ledingham     Kilkenny City Harriers         15:36     SM     19
13     Madeline Loughnane     Thurles Crokes AC         18:17     SF     50
16     Laura Tobin     Clonmel AC         18:33     SF     3
27     Grace Reilly     Portlaoise AC         19:02     SF     94

Full results

Waterford : Results of the Ballyduff Upper 5k - Wed 27th June 2018

On what is a very busy week for road races, this 5k in Ballyduff Upper in West Waterford got just 37 runners.

Ballyduff Lower 5K results                
Position     Athletes name     Club     Gun Time     Division     Bib
1     David Ryan     Clonmel AC         16:51     Male     252
2     Willie O Connor     Galtee Runners         19:11     Male     254
3     Ted o Leary     West Waterford         20:37     Male     258
4     Kenneth Geary               21:14     Male     234
5     Colin Keane               21:36     Male     248
6     Sean Kennedy               22:33     Male     251
7     Emilio Moya Rosa               22:45     Male     247
8     Paul Mc Guinness     St Catherines         23:11     Male     239
9     Lucy O BRIEN               23:46     Female     257
10     Georgina Cunningham     St Catherines         25:19     Female     253
11     Emmet Stuart     Lismore         25:26     Male     175
12     Conor Hickey               25:37     Male     231
13     John Walshe     East Cork Ac         26:47     Male     240
14     Shane Bolger               26:50     Male     219
15     Maeve Hickey               26:51     Female     243
16     Molly Kenneally               26:53     Female     238
17     Sarah Kenneally               27:00     Female     246
18     Barry Collins     St NICHOLAS         27:40     Male     249
19     Kevin Wilkinson     Tourin         28:03     Male     235
20     Paddy Kearney               28:35     Male     270

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Notice : West Waterford Greenway Half-Marathon - Sat 8th Sept 2018

The 2nd West Waterford Greenway Half-Marathon is coming up this year on Saturday the 8th of September 2018 at 9am. When this new half-marathon opened last year, it sold out in just 2 day!

There is a limit of 750 entries this year and it will open on Monday the 2nd of July at 9am.

The new Greenway which runs from Waterford City to Dungarvan follows the route of the old railway line and opened in 2017. With a combination of mountain and coastal views, it has been really popular with walkers, runners and cyclists.

This Greenway goes from Kilmacthomas to Dungarvan going across several viaducts and through the 400 metre long Ballyvoile tunnel. This video below gives a flavour of what the greenway is like.

This is likely to fill up fast so don't delay entering if you are interested.

This race is organised by West Waterford AC and they have all the info up on their website HERE 

Some info about the Greenway HERE

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Clare : Results of the Kildysart NS 5k - Tues 19th June 2018

Kildysart National School 5k Road Race/Walk in Kildysart Co Clare Tuesday 19 June 2018. 7:00 pm

Provisional Results for All Competitors in finish order. Race Race
1 0:19:27 KIERAN DILLON, St Marys AC M 3021 1
2 0:21:01 COLIN GARRY, Kildysart M 881 2
3 0:21:12 DAVID CORRY, St Marys AC M 3022 3
4 0:22:50 JOE KEANE, Kildysart M 2826 4
5 0:23:07 MICHAEL O CONNOR, Kildysart M 873 5
6 0:23:29 FERGAL MC GRATH, Ennis Track AC M 3007 6
7 0:23:50 COLETTE CORRY, St Marys AC F 2825 7
8 0:26:08 OISIN GARRY, Kildysart Junior Men 847 8
9 0:28:01 FIONN CONNELLY, Kildysart Junior Men 861 9
10 0:28:02 DIARMUID GARRY, Kildysart Junior Men 849 10
11 0:28:02 EMMA DRISCOLL, Quin F 2869 11
12 0:28:59 TRACEY KEANE, Kildysart F 2992 12

13 0:29:01 CLODAGH O CONNOR, Kildysart Junior ladies 874 13
14 0:29:20 CONOR NEENAN, Kildysart Junior Men 856 14
15 0:29:24 SEAN PENDER, Kildysart Junior Men 3003 15

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Notice - Run Killarney Half-Marathon & 10k...Sat 28th July 2018

One of the biggest races in Kerry is the annual Killarney Half-Marathon & 10k and it's coming up on Saturday the 28th of July 2018.

The half marathon starts at Moll's Gap at 8:30am and follows one of the most scenic roads in the country to the finish line at the Gleneagle Hotel in Killarney. Participants in the half marathon will be taken by bus from Killarney to the start line at Moll's Gap.

The race website is HERE


The 10k starts at 10am and finishes at the Gleneagle Hotel and takes in a loop inside the national park near Muckross House.

Entry for each race includes...Customised finisher medal...Dry fit T-shirt...Chip timing... Prizes... Massage at finish line... Hot tubs... Post-race party... Officially measured course

Note that the road from Molls Gap to Killarney will be closed to traffic and it's the only time of the year that you can run on this busy road.

The video clip below gives a feel for what the course looks like...

For more info, go to the Run Killarney Website

Limerick : Results of the Kilfinane 4 mile - Fri 8th June 2018

Fair drop in numbers for this race in Co.Limerick since 2016 for whatever reason.

1 Declan Moore     Bilboa AC 20:30     SM     363
2 John Hartnett     An Bru AC 22:26     SM     367
3 PJ Carey     Kilmallock AC 22:46     SM     411
14 Brigita Lukste     North Cork AC 25:22     SF     372
27 Ursula Bluett     North Cork AC 26:44     SF     424
28 Laura McCarthy Armstrong     Dundrum AC 27:28     SF     516

Chip timing results

Limercik... Results of the Bilboa AC 10k & 5k - Fri 15th June 2018

It's always interesting to look at the numbers for a race like this which has been going for a number of years to see if there are any trends. This year, the 10k dropped to 96 finishers which is the lowest since at least 2007 (not sure what year the race started?). The 5k was also down with 34 finishers.

It seems to follow a trend of other races in Munster as the number are dropping gradually. It's hard to know what the exact reason is but there does seem to be a drop off in adults under the age of 35 coming into the sport.

449 32.14 1 Declan Moore Bilboa AC Men
404 34.24 2 John Kinsella Bilboa AC Men
490 34.58 3 Paul Fitzgerald Limerick AC Men
479 46.24 37 Brid Quirke Dundrum AC Women
433 47.27 44 Helen Meehan Bilboa AC Masters Women O40
467 49.07 49 Marie O'Mahony Unattached Masters Women O40


Results of the 10k and 5k below...

Limerick : 12 week Couch to 5k course starting in Newcastle West on 19th June 2018

A 12 week Couch to 5k course is starting in Newcastle West on 19th June 2018. Don't worry if you miss the first day but you should sign up asap if interested.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Notice...Dromcollogher Carnival 4 mile road race, Co.Limerick - Mon 2nd July 2018

The annual Dromcollogher Carnival 4 mile road race is coming up on Monday evening, the 2nd of July 2018 at 8pm...

As a race, it may not be as high profile as say those located closer to say Limerick or Cork City but it is an event with a lot of character and a long history. The race was originally started back in the time of the original running boom in the late 70's and early 80's by Christy Brosnan and Joe Quaid of North Cork AC. The original idea was for it to be part of the Dromcollogher Carnival which has been going since the 1940's and for the race to take place on Monday evening, a tradition that survives to this day.

In it's heyday, the race used to attract some of the top runners from all over Munster even though the prizes were always modest in comparison to other races at the time. On one occasion, Liam O'Brien from Cork won the race the day after winning the National 3000m steeplechase title! The triangle shaped course started and finished in the main square of the town much to the delight of the crowds. This did however mean that the race was in fact 'slightly' longer than the advertised 4 miles ;o)

One of the other unusual features of the race at the time was that the winner received a small porcelain figurine. One of the biggest employers at that time in the town was Irish Dresden, a German company which made high quality collectable porcelain items in the town which employed over 60 people, a huge number in what was and still is a rural area.

West Limerick AC are helping out with the organisation of the race and they are putting up a cup in memory of Christy Brosnan who unfortunately has now passed away. This replaces the old cup which was named after Marky O'Shea who used to run in the local races of the late 70's and early 80's barefoot, a long time before minimalist running and Vibram Five Fingers became all the rage ;o)

Getting there.....Dromcollogher is located to the west of Charleville near the Limerick - Cork border. If you are coming from say Limerick city then the easiest way is probably to head south towards Cork and turn off at Charleville and follow the directions for Newtownshandrum, Milford and Dromcollogher. If you are travelling north from Cork then turn off at Buttevant and go via Liscarroll.

As you enter the town from the east then you should see that the road forks into two where the central square is. Take the right here, drive a few hundred metres on what is a very straight road and you will pass the start line just opposite a service station. The GAA hall where the entries will be taken is just beyond this on the left.

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

Monday, June 11, 2018

Notice: Coillte 10k road race, Dundrum, Tipperary - Wed 4th July 2018

This popular 10k race in coming up in the village of Dundrum, Co.Tipperary on Wednesday the 4th of July 2018. In terms of fast 10k courses, this must surely be one of the fastest in Munster if not the country.

Dundrum is a small village just 9 miles or so west of Cashel in the south of Tipperary...

Organised by Dundrum Athletic Club, this race is noted for being a flat fast course. As well of there being no hills, the course consists of multiple long straight sections rather than the more usual twists and turns. I've previewed many courses on this site but this one is really fast.

Entries......The entry fee is €15 on the night.

The map below shows where everything is. For spectators...note the points A, B and C. If you move between these points which are just over 100m apart you can see the athletes at approx. 0.25miles , 2.4miles, 3.2miles and again at 5.4miles.

Course Preview......The 10k course is essentially two laps of a 5k loop. A full preview of the course with maps, description, photos, etc can be seen HERE

Many races have different traditions. Some give out t-shirts, some mugs. In the case of the Coillte 10k, they give out a quality embroidered hand towel given to every finisher. and they have been doing this for over 20 years. Even on years where they had run out of towels on the night, they hand delivered them to these people in the following weeks.

The Tim Crowe Trophy is presented on the night to the first Tipperary Athlete in honour of his 24 national titles won in the early 1900s, who was from the village of Dundrum.

Useful links...
Updates on club Facebook page

and on the club Twitter page

Course Record Holders
Senior Men Daniel Gidumbanda Tanzania 1997 29:45,
O/40 Men Gerard Mullane Limerick 1996 32:41,
O/45 Men Tony Reidy Portlaoise 2017 33:45
O/50 Men Paul Moran Rathfarnham AC 2016 34:12,
O/55 Men Michael Hassett Killenaule 2015 35:15,
O/60 Men James Sullivan Tipperary Town 2017 39:55,
Junior Men 5k Darren Dunne Nenagh Olympic 2016 15:12,
Senior Women Rosemary Ryan Bilboa 2003 34:28,
O/35 Women Angela Mc Cann Clonmel 2008 39:08,
O/40 Women Mary Sheehan Grange 2003 39:24,
O/45 Women Siobhan McHugh Clonmel 2017 42:34,
O/50 Women Rita Kierce St. Marys Clare 2012 42:29,
Junior Women 5k Louise Stack Portloaise AC 2016 19:05,

Wheelchair Jerry Ford Blarney 2003 42:38.

5 Fastest Times

29:45 Daniel Gidumbanda  Tanzania 1997
30:51 Pat Bryne Tinryland 2002
30:58 Tom Carey Limerick A.C. 2006
31:21 Tommy Evans Gowran 2009
31:22 Seamus Power Kilmurray Ibrickane 2010

34:28 Rosemary Ryan Bilboa 2003
34:43 Siobhan O’Doherty Borrisokane 2010
34:54 Rosemary Ryan Bilboa 2011
35:07 Siobhan O’Doherty Borrisokane 2012
35:14 Siobhan O’Doherty Borrisokane 2014

List of Previous WinnersList of Previous Winners
1986 John O'Halloran Tipp Town, Kathleen Maher Ballytrasna,
1987 John Fitzgerald Clonmel, Mary Lonergan Reenavana,
1988 Toddy Finn Raheny Shamrocks, Kay O'Sullivan Upperchurch,
1989 Bernard Feery Clonmel, Martina Dorney Thurles Crokes,
1990 Robert Costello Limerick, Kay O'Sullivan Upperchurch,
1991 Michael Hassett Thurles Crokes, Mary Sheehan East Cork,
1992 Robert Costello Limerick, Mary Sheehan East Cork,
1993 Michael Hassett St. Catherines, Mary Sheehan East Cork,
1994 Michael Hassett St. Catherines, Gaile Culleton Thurles Crokes,
1995 Michael Hassett St. Catherines, Marcella Moloney Tullamore Harriers,
1996 Michael Hassett St. Catherines, Siobhan McCormack Emerald A.C.,
1997 Daniel Gidumbanda Tanzania, Mary Sheehan Grange Fermoy,
1998 Michae1 Hassett St. Catherines, Mary Sheehan East Cork,
1999 Colm Burke St. Abbans, Mary Sheehan Grange Fermoy,
2000 William Harty K.C.K., Mary Sheehan Grange Fermoy,
2001 Robert Wade Waterford A.C., Mary Sheehan Grange Fermoy,
2002 Pat Byrne Tinryland, Mary Sheehan Grange Fermoy,
2003 Tom Carey Limerick A.C., Rosemary Ryan Bilboa,
2004 Mick Kelly Gowran A.C., Siobhan O'Doherty Borrisokane,
2005 Sandis Bralitis Ballynonty A.C., Siobhan O'Doherty Borrisokane,
2006 Tom Carey Limerick A.C., Rosemary Ryan Bilboa,
2007 Dermot Kearns West Limerick, Madeline Dorney Thurles Crokes,
2008 Jason Fahey Olympic Harriers, Rosemary Ryan Bilboa,
2009 Tommy Evans Gowran, Siobhan O'Doherty Borrisokane,
2010 Seamus Power Kilmurray Ibrickane, Siobhan O’Doherty Borrisokane,
2011 Kenneth Rogers St John’s, Rosemary Ryan Bilboa,
2012 Michael Shannon Kilnaboy, Siobhan O’Doherty Borrisokane,
2013 Chris Bracken Thurles Crokes, Siobhan O’Doherty Borrisokane.
2014 Kevin Moore Dundrum, Siobhan O’Doherty Borrisokane.
2015 Stephen Hunter St. Michaels, Siobhan O’Doherty Borrisokane.
2016 Declan Moore Bilboa AC, Siobhan O’Doherty Borrisokane.

2017 David Mansfield Clonliffe Harriers, Siobhan O’Doherty Borrisokane.

Additional info from Dundrum AC...

Medal for the Cahir Half-Marathon coming up on Sat 7th July 2018

The organisers of the Cahir Half-Marathon have sent on some photos of the medal which will be given out to all finishers this year. Entries are open until the 30th of June.

More info in this earlier post.

Friday, June 1, 2018

Clare : Results of the Ruan NS 6k - Thurs 31st May 2018

Scoil Mhuire Ruan National School 6k in Ruan Co. Clare Thursday 31 May 2018. 7:00 pm
Results for All Competitors in finish order.    Race    Race
1    0:25:01    PHILIP RYAN,     Ruan    M    196    1
2    0:25:32    FRANCIS MC MAHON,     Kilnaboy    M    181    2
3    0:26:03    AODAN O LACHTNAIN,     Ruan Camogie Club    Junior Men    29    3
4    0:26:06    AIDAN LAWTON,     Ruan Camogie Club    M    27    4
5    0:26:13    SINEAD HEAGNEY,     Ruan    F    231    5
    6    0:26:40    RYAN POWER,     Ruan    Junior Men    207    6
    7    0:26:56    DERMOT MORAN,     Toonagh    M    199    7
    8    0:27:03    KRISTIN SSTEIGERWARD,     Ruan    Junior Men    165    8
    9    0:27:04    FRANKIE LYONS,     Ruan    Junior Ladies    21    9
    10    0:27:21    JASON POWER,     Ruan    M    208    10
    11    0:27:26    MAIRE DONOHUE,     Kilmurry Ibrickane/North Clare    F    184    11
    12    0:28:27    ANNA STEIGEIWARD,     Ruan    Junior Ladies    164    12
    13    0:29:22    NATASHA WYNNE,     Ruan Scots    M    786    13
    14    0:29:23    NIAMH NI MHUIRI,     Ruan Camogie Club    F    26    14
    15    0:29:23    PAT KEEGAN,     Dylsart    M    185    15