Saturday, November 30, 2019



Some weeks ago we were made aware of the commencement of road works on the Lacken Road at mile 7 of our half marathon route. We have been engaged with Waterford City & County Council since and although the road is closed to the public our plan had still been that the route could be run as normal. Unfortunately now due to circumstances outside of our control this is not possible. Following meetings with An Garda Siochana and Waterford City & County Council they have supported us in devising an alternative route. We understand this is short notice but we were however conscious we wanted to avoid a postponement or cancellation of the event especially for the many participants travelling from outside the county. Our sincere thanks to the team that have helped us find a solution. We will now continue to work with An Garda Siochana and Waterford City & County Council to make the necessary adjustments to our health and safety plan.

Link to the route:

High level route description as follows:
Starting at the back of WIT Arena (close to our regular starting point)
Turning left down Oliver’s Hill and left on to the Western Link road
The next 6 miles remain unchanged from previous years
After completing the 1.5 mile out and back section on the Western Link road we turn left onto the Old Kilmeadan Road
Turning right into the IDA industrial estate after 1.3 miles
Exiting the industrial estate after 1.7 miles onto the cork road and turning down witches lane
Entering Ballybeg drive towards the Waterford City Fire Station
Turing right on to Kilbarry Road towards the outer ring road
Turning right on to the Outer Ring Road for 1.4 miles
Turning left at the Butlerstown Roundabout towards Kilmeadan for 1.1 miles
Turning on to Tramore Crossroad and continuing on to the Old Kilmeadan road back towards WIT Arena for the remaining 2.6 miles
Race packs and transfers
An post received all race packs this week and they now should have started to arrive. If you have not received your race pack before next Wednesday 27th please let us know. If you transferred your number after Monday the 25th the pack will already have been sent to you so you must make arrangements to get the pack to the new participant. Transfers will remain open until Tuesday 3rd. After this giving your number to someone else is strictly prohibited.

Waterford AC Half Marathon Organising Committee

Monday, November 25, 2019

Notice: Run Rudolph Run 5k in Castleisland, Kerry - Sun 1st Dec 2019

This Christmas 5 km race is coming up in Castleisland, Co.Kerry on Sunday the 1st of December 2019 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 1st 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. 

Adult registration on the day €15. Children €5.


Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Waterford: Results of the Old Parish Turkey Trot - Sun 17th Nov 2019

There was a turnout of 124 runners for this years Old Parish Turkey Trot 5 mile near Dungarvan in West Waterford.

1ST MAN Raivis Zakis West Waterford A.C. 27.07.
2ND MAN Anthony Flynn    West Waterford A.C. 27.48
3RD MAN John O'Rourke    Ferrybank A.C.   27.53
1ST LADY Kealy Tideswell    West Waterford A.C. 34.12
2ND LADY Phyllis Flynn Stragglers A.C.    34.42
3RD LADY Stephanie Johnson Ind 35.13

The full results are HERE

a) West Waterford AC have a gallery HERE

Top 3 women in the 2019 Old Parish race (L-R) ... Phyllis Flynn (2nd), Stephanie Johnson (3rd) & Kealy Tideswell (1st)

Friday, November 15, 2019

Notice: Old Parish Turkey Trot 5 mile in Waterford - Sun 17th Nov 2019

This 5 mile race near Dungarvan in W Waterford is coming up on Sun 17th Nov 2019...

From the organisers.... On Sunday November 17th the 10th Annual Paddy Joe Curran Old Parish Turkey Trot 5 mile run and 4 mile walk will take place at the Marine Bar, Pulla, Dungarvan. The 4 mile walk will begin at 11 am, while the 5 mile run will get under way at 12 noon. Entry fee 8 euro/donation.

The walk will commence at 11am.

More info on the West Waterford AC website

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Training Programmes for the 2020 Dungarvan 10 mile...

Every year, I put together training programmes for groups of people training for the John Treacy 10 mile road race in Dungarvan.

If anyone is interested in following a programme tailored especially for a 10 mile race then here are the details...

a) Choice of 3 programmes based on training 3, 4 or 5 days a week.

b) Aimed at club & non-club runners who are targeting finish times between 65 and 95 mins.

c) The training programme is sent out by email every two weeks. There is email support if you have any questions about training or if you want to tweak the programme to suit your own schedule.

The programme starts on Monday the 18th of November and the cost is €30.

If you are interested then email johndesmondrunning AT gmail DOT com and outline how many days a week you want to train, your target time and some of your recent race times... 5k, 10mile, half-marathon.

Saturday, November 9, 2019

Clare: Sixmilebridge Marathon event cancelled

Every year in November, a race series is held in the village in Sixmilebridge. Co Clare and it usually consists of a half-marathon, a full marathon and an ultra marathon. It consisted of multiple loops on a one-mile circuit in the village.

Perhaps it's just a sign of the times but it has been cancelled this year due to lack of interest.

On the 1st of November, the organisers said it was 'filling up fast'?!?! Then on the 5th, it was announced that they might have to cancel it. And finally on the 9th of November, it was cancelled.

It had been due to take place on the 17th of November.

From the BMOH Facebook page....

1 Nov... Registration is filling up fast, every year we have let’s request from people looking for a place, we are limited to 200 participant, please book early to avoid disappointment....

5 Nov... Hi Everyone, Registration numbers are well down this year, if numbers do not significantly increase before Friday November 8th, We will unfortunately need to CANCEL this years event which we do not want to do, so if you are planning to run but have not registered yet , please do so before Friday. Thanks BMOH AC Committee

9 Nov 2019.... 2019 Bridge Loops CANCELLED. we are disappointed to inform all Athletes who have registered that this years event is cancelled due to low numbers. Apart from turning it into a loss making event for the Club, we also felt the low numbers would take from the atmosphere that is always created around the course when we have 200 people running. The Club will look to host some form of running event in 2020 to help bring top class runners back into our village. Again, we are very sorry to share this unfortunate news this evening. BMOH AC Commitee

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Notice: Clonmel 4k Series - Every Wed 30th Oct to 27th Nov 2019

Clonmel AC are organising a series of 4 km races every Wednesday evening from the 30th of October to the 27th of November 2019.

Some notes from Clonmel AC....O'Reilly Total Health Pharmacy 4K Series
This popular series of races gets underway at 7pm, outside the Brothers of Charity carpark, Race Headquarters, St Patrick’s Road, Silversprings, Clonmel. The dates of this year’s races are Wednesday 30th October 6th, 13th, 20th and 27th of November. 

The Club is very grateful to Barry Horgan for such generous sponsorship. This series of races caters for all levels of fitness and an ideal opportunity to keep fit and stay fit until the end of November. The entry fee for each race is 4 Euros and there will be a special prize for all participants that compete in three out of the first four races. There will also be an opportunity to win among the prizes each night, a very generous hamper, well worth entering for alone.

We have three rules that have to be strictly adhered to: 

Rule One: No High Viz, No Run, a bright yellow top is not a High Viz. 
Rule Two: Obey the stewards at all times, they are there for your safety as well as everyone else and they give of their time voluntarily. 
Rule Three: No Headphones.

Registration will take place at the Brothers of Charity carpark on St Patrick’s Road from 6.15pm onwards and we are indeed very grateful to the Brothers of Charity for the use of their carpark. We advise people to come early and enter as we are expecting a big entry. We will also have a special Hamper prize raffled off from all the race numbers handed in at the finish each night, so make sure to hand back you race number to give yourself a chance of winning this wonderful prize.

For further enquiries please contact Niall at 086 1660888.

Also go to

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

Sunday, November 3, 2019

Sports First Aid Course in Limerick City - Sat 16th Nov 2019

This Sports First Aid course is coming up in the South Court Hotel in Limerick City on Saturday the 16th of November 2019.

The course runs from 9:30am to 4:30pm, costs €45 and is organised by Limerick Sports Partnership.

More info HERE

Clare: Results of the Bernie Meaney Memorial 5k - Sun 3rd Nov 2019

The 44th Annual St Marys & Bernie Meaney Memorial 5k Road
Race in Kilmurry Mc Mahon, Co Clare Sunday 3 November 2019.
1:00 pm
Provisional Results for All Competitors in finish order. Race Race
1 0:16:02 KENNETH RODGERS, St Johns AC M 383 1
2 0:16:03 DAMIAN LANDERS, Ennis Track AC M 357 2
3 0:18:18 DERMOT GALVIN, St Johns AC M 494 3
4 0:18:22 KEITH LYNCH, St Marys AC M 354 4
5 0:18:35 DAVID LYONS, Ennis Track AC M 374 5
6 0:18:52 ALAN CONSIDINE, Kilmurry Ibrickane/North Clare M 478 6
7 0:19:00 FERGAL GROGAN, St Marys AC M O/40 394 7
8 0:19:03 MICHAEL HEHIR, South Galway AC M O/45 356 8
9 0:19:08 DEREK LYNCH, Fergus AC M 487 9
10 0:19:19 BRIAN EGAN, St Johns AC M 365 10
11 0:19:33 KIERAN DILLON, St Marys AC M O/45 353 11
12 0:19:36 BILLY MC KENNA, Ennis Track AC M 613 12
13 0:20:05 JOHN CAHILL, St Johns AC M O/50 395 13
14 0:20:07 GERARD DUNNE, St Johns AC M U/16 387 14
15 0:20:09 SEAMUS FOUDY, Ennis Track AC M 390 15
16 0:20:22 BRIAN WALLACE, St Marys AC M U/16 605 16
17 0:20:24 ANNE MARIE CONNELLAN, Ennis Track AC F 362 17
18 0:20:26 JOHN O MALLEY, Kilmurry Ibrickane/North Clare M O/45 373 18
19 0:20:29 DAVID CORRY, St Marys AC M 128 19
20 0:20:34 EAMONN MORGAN, Kilmurry Ibrickane/North Clare M O/45 389 20
21 0:20:38 JOHN CONROY, Ennis Track AC M O/45 484 21
22 0:20:43 LAURA EGAN, St Johns AC F 496 22
23 0:20:56 GER KEANE, St Johns AC M O/45 127 23
24 0:20:58 EAMON DUNNE, Kilmurry Ibrickane/North Clare M 198 24
25 0:21:14 JAMES KENNY, Kilmurry Ibrickane/North Clare M O/60 483 25
26 0:21:15 MIKE CLUNE, Ennis Track AC M O/55 361 26
27 0:21:23 AARON KELLY, St Marys AC M 477 27
28 0:21:32 MARYANNE MURRAY, St Cronans AC F 355 28
29 0:21:33 JOHN KEOGH, St Marys AC M O/40 469 29
30 0:21:36 RITA KIERCE, St Marys AC F 470 30