Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Results of the Ballyhoura Marathon & Half-Marathon - Fri 23rd July 2021

One of the more unusual events to be held last weekend was the IMRA Ballyhoura Moonlight Marathon and Half-Marathon on Friday the 23rd of July 2021.

The Marathon started at 9pm in Kilfinane in Co. Limerick and had 49 finishers.

Top 3 men & women...
1 Derek Kiely 1157 M40 3:52:56 GoTri Adventure Limerick
2 Michael Costello 1260 M 4:04:35 Tipperary
3 Nick Hogan 1770 M40 4:20:05 Cork
19 Sheila Clavin 1240 F40 5:11:35 134% West Limerick AC Limerick
25 Caroline Reid 127 F45 5:37:50 145% Tara AC Meath
32 Anna Field 910 F 5:43:11 147% Crosshaven Tri Club Cork

The Half-Marathon started at 10pm from the same location and had 132 finishers.

Top 3 men & women...
1 Tom Blackburn 413 M55 1:50:43 Mooreabbey Milers Limerick
2 Liam Lynch 1531 M40 1:56:46 Limerick
3 Donal Collins 927 M45 1:57:36 Bweeng Trailblazers Cork
24 Laura Morrissey 887 F35 2:14:24 Cork
51 Orla Mcdonald 27 F 2:31:42 Templemore AC Tipperary
52 Christine Bergin 25 F45 2:31:48 Tipperary


Tuesday, July 13, 2021

Kerry 1-mile race series: July 2021

Gneeveguilla AC are holding a series of low key 1-mile road races in Co. Kerry during the month of July 2021.

The venues are... July 7th Cullen ; July 14th Barradubh; July 21st Glenlara; July 28th Gneeveguilla 

Every Wednesday race is at 8.00 pm registration from 7.00 pm. The entry fee is €2.50

Kerry: Results of the Cullen 1-mile road race - Wed 7th July 2021


Saturday, July 10, 2021

Tipperary: Results & photos of the Dundrum 10k - 7th July 2021

As the restrictions are gradually beginning to ease, some road races with limited numbers are beginning to start up again. The Dundrum 10k in Tipperary is one of the best 10k races in the country with a really flat and fast course.

This year, it was held on the 7th of July and due to the limit on numbers, it sold out very quickly. There were a total of 146 finishers.

Place Athletes name Club Location Gun Time Category Bib
1 Sergiu Ciobanu Clonliffe Harriers AC     30:19 SM 19
2 Evan Fitzgerald Clonmel AC     30:33 SM 39
3 Niall Shanahan An Bru AC     30:39 SM 169
4 Mick Clohisey Raheny Shamrocks AC     30:47 SM 20
5 Colin Maher Ballyfin AC     31:15 SM 83
15 Lizzie Lee Leevale AC     33:45 SF 77
24 Claire McCarthy Leevale AC     35:37 SF 87
25 Ciara O Neill Clonmel AC     35:44 SF 138
29 Niamh Moore Leevale AC     36:22 SF 104
37 Dymphna Ryan Dundrum AC     37:19 SF 156

The full results can be found HERE

1) Susan Parker Laste has a gallery HERE
2) John Kenrick has a gallery HERE

Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Notice: IMRA Ballyhoura Moonlight Marathon & Half-Marathon - Fri 23rd July 2021

At last, a REAL event!! The Irish Mountain Running Association (IMRA) are holding a moonlight marathon and half-marathon on Friday the 23rd of July 2021 in the Ballyhoura Mountains in Co. Limerick.

This is a unique event and is a combination of road and trail running on quiet country road, forest trails and hillside paths.

As can be seen from the flyer, the full 26.2 mile Marathon starts at 9pm while the Half-Marathon starts at 10pm.

Please note that numbers are limited. Entry includes special event t-shirts.

From the IMRA... "This years Moonlight Marathon will start from Scoil Pol in Kilfinnane at 9pm (Half-10pm). The challenge will follow the route of the summer event and last years Moonlight challenge. We hope for a full moon clear night. Moonlight Marathon Tee Shirts can be collected at registration. 

**** Please note : No transfers or Refunds. Entry will be €50 (Half €40) and will include fully marked route and aid stations. 

On finishing , challengers can enjoy hot showers and Breakfast roll with tea/coffee. 

Mandatory Kit: High Visibility Top (to be worn at all times) along with a flashing rearlight on bag/jacket. The High Visibility MUST be visible at all times so if you are wearing a raincoat bor pack it should be placed over that.!!!! No deviation from this folks, if not compliant, no race start. Waterproof jacket, gloves, headwear, headtorch and spare batteries, bottle with min 250ml capacity, foil blanket and mobile phone with event organizers number (given on night)."

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Ballyhoura Moonlight Marathon Challenge >> CLICK HERE

Ballyhoura Moonlight Half-Marathon Challenge >> CLICK HERE

Note that membership of the IMRA is required (€10 for 2021) but this also covers you for any of their other events that you want to do this year.

Thursday, January 7, 2021

12-Week Training Programme for 2021

For anyone interested, I will be running individually coached 12-week training programmes in the new year..

The programme is suitable for beginners, people that just want to improve their fitness and endurance or those who want to train for a specific event like say a 10-miler.

Please note that the programme is tailored for each individual person, it's not some sort of generic one-size fits all plan. The plan is dynamic in that it adapts according to the progress being made.

For it to be of value...

a) You'll have to answer questions initially so that a suitable programme can drawn up. This will be based on your current training and experience and how much time you have available. It's a plan designed to suit your life and work schedule as opposed to the other way around.

b) You'll also have to provide feedback every week and the plan will be based on this.

c) You really do have to follow the plan. There is no point dipping in and out of it or be off doing other things every weekend when you're supposed to be doing a long run. The plan can be adapted if training days are missed but they should be occasional.

The cost for the 12-weeks is €69.

If interested, email: johndesmondrunning AT gmail DOT com