Friday, December 31, 2021

Notice: IMRA Ballyhoura Winter Trail Challenge Marathon - 14th Jan 2022

The Munster branch of IMRA (Irish Mountain Running Association) are holding a full marathon in the Ballyhoura mountains on the Friday the 14th of January 2022. Not only will this be held in the middle of Winter but it will also be held in the dark!


DESCRIPTION: Ballyhoura Winter Trail Challenge
COUNTY: Limerick
DATE: Friday 14 January, 2022
CLIMB (M): 900
DISTANCE (KM): 26.00
RACE MARKING: Route fully marked - Route fully marked
ENTRY CLOSES: 2022-01-07 23:59:00
GETTING THERE: Scoil Pol, Kilfinane, Co Limerick

As with all IMRA events, annual membership costing €10 for 2022 is required.

ORGANISERS INSTRUCTIONS: Registration will take place at Scoil Pol in Kilfinnane Co Limerick from 5:30pm on Friday 14th January. Entry online only. Complete an lovely 26km course taking in many of the local woodlands and also topping out over Seefin Mountain. 

There will be a cut off point at the check point approx 15km into the course. Those not getting here on the time (tbd) will not be allowed up over the mountain section. Marshals will man the route at sections along the way. The Checkpoint will have water etc and food depending on the weather at the time but defo jellies, biscuits etc. 

Mandatory Kit is: Rain jacket, full vizi vest, headlamp with spare batteries, mobile phone charged and volume on loud, face covering.

PRIZEGIVING LOCATION: On finishing, finishers will receive a souvenir Beanie and a hot roll with tea/coffee.

Wednesday, December 29, 2021

Tipperary: Results of the Clonmel 4 mile road race - 26th Dec 2021

This years Clonmel 4 mile road race had a total of 318 finishers, a drop of about 30% on the last race in 2019. As can be seen from the chart above, it's the lowest number for at least 11 years.

Top 3 men & women...
 1 Shay McEvoy Kilkenny  18:44 SM 218
2 David McCarthy West Waterford AC  18:48 SM 207
3 Kevin Moore Dundrum AC  18:59 SM 247
16 Dymphna Ryan Dundrum AC  21:56 SF 370
21 Ciara O Neill Clonmel AC  23:13 SF 318
25 Angela McCann Clonmel AC  23:28 SF 206

The full results are up on the Premier Timing Systems website HERE

Kerry: Results of the Farranfore 5k - 26th Dec 2021

This years Farrranfore 5k on St Stephen's Day attracted a field of 301 runners. While this is down 6% on the number for the last outing in December of 2019, it's still only a small drop and a good number of runners for a 5k race in Co Kerry.

First 3 men & women...
1 15:13 Oisin Spillane M Sen Tralee Harriers
2 15:58 Derek Griffin M Sen 
3 16:02 Aogán MacDomhnaill M Sen West Limerick AC
1 16:05 Michelle Finn F Sen Leevale AC
2 16:19 Sorcha Ní Dhomhnaill F Sen Donore Harriers
3 17:20 Niamh O'Mahony F Sen An Ríocht

Results HERE

First 3 women (L-R) 2nd Sorcha Ní Dhomhnaill, 1st Michelle Finn, 3rd Niamh O'Mahony

Friday, December 24, 2021

Running events over the Christmas period - 25th Dec 2021 to 2nd Jan 2022

I updated the race calendar over the last few days and there are a huge number of running events in Cork and Munster... parkruns, GOAL miles, road race, charity runs and so on. No matter where you live in Munster, there is probably some event nearby.

Check out the race calendar HERE

Wednesday, December 8, 2021

Waterford: Photos of the Old Parish 5 mile Turkey Trot - Sun 5th Dec 2021

The 12th annual Paddy Joe Curran Old Parish Turkey Trot 5 mile was held on Sunday the 5th of December 21st 2021 in West Waterford. A total of €3810 was raised for charity.

Top 3 men...

1st Adam O’Connor United Striders AC 27.35 
2nd Raivis Zakis West Waterford AC 27.53
3rd John O'Rourke IND 28.10

Top 3 women...

1st Elaine Horgan Clonmel AC 33.53 
2nd Liz Nyhan West Waterford AC 34.09
3rd Beth O’Connor United Striders AC 36.03

1) James Veale of West Waterford AC has 300+ photos HERE

Wednesday, December 1, 2021

Notice: Old Parish Turkey Trot 5 mile in Waterford - Sun 5th Dec 2021

The annual Paddy Joe Curran Memorial Turkey Trot 5 mile will beheld in West Waterford on Sunday the 5th of December 2021 at 12 noon.

13th Annual Paddy Joe Curran Turkey Trot (An tSean Phobail) in Association with West Waterford Athletic Club.  All proceeds to Solas Cancer Support Centre Waterford.

100% of funds raised goes to Solas Cancer Support Centre.

There will be prizes for the first 3 men and women and these will be presented at the finish line.  

Sponsors   Cleanzone Technology Ltd

Entries HERE

The race HQ is at the Marine Bar which is a few kms from Dungarvan on the Dungarvan to Youghal road.

Tuesday, November 30, 2021

Dungarvan 10 mile entries open on Wed 1st Dec 2021...

The John Treacy Dungarvan 10-mile road race will be held at the start of February next year and now is the time to look at some key dates. Note that there is a limit of 3000 entries and the entry fee is €30.

Reminder: Dungarvan 10 entries open 7am Wed 1st Dec.

Online ticket sales available between December 1st, 2021 at 7am

Entries -

For the latest links & info, check out the race page on the West Waterford AC website HERE

1) Wednesday 24th November 2021: Entries will open up ONLY to members of athletics clubs for one-week.

Back in 2019, the entries opened for everyone at the same time and all 3000 places sold out in about 3 hours.

2) Wednesday 1st December 2021: Entries will open up for EVERYONE until all 3000 places are gone.

The big unknown here is how many places will be available for non-club runners after a week.

3) Sunday 6th February 2022: Race day. Note the earlier start time of 11am as opposed to the traditional 1:30pm. 

Analysis: As outlined already, the big unknown in all this is how many of the 3000 entries will club runners take? 

Friday, November 26, 2021

Kerry: Results of the Hardman Gap of Dunloe Half-Marathon & Marathon - Sun 21st Nov 2021

The Hardman Gap of Dunloe Marathon & Half-Marathon was held on Sunday the 21st of November 2021 with a total of 175 runners taking part... 63 in the full marathon & 112 in the half-marathon.

While the numbers are quite small for a distance event, the races were held on an out and back course so the gaps between runners may not have been so obvious.

This event was last held in February of 2019 when 120 took part. While the half numbers this time are down a bit, the overall numbers are well up.

Half Marathon

Top 3 men & women...
1 Senior John CRONIN (#222) 01:25:38
2 Senior Colm DALY (#225) 01:26:20
3 O40 William LYNCH (#277) 01:29:15
1 O40 Karen BEVAN (#207) 01:39:17
2 O40 Miriam BEASLEY (#206) 01:42:14
3 O40 Gina GRIFFIN (#250) 01:45:29

Half-Marathon results HERE


Top 3 men & women...
1 Senior Derek GRIFFIN (#1) 02:38:46
2 O40 Philip DINNEEN (#17) 03:05:59
3 Senior Maurice KELTER (#38) 03:15:25
1 O40 Andrea CULLEN (#14) 03:57:48
2 O40 Paula WRIGHT (#77) 04:04:08
3 O40 Lilly O’DEA (#63) 04:11:38

Full marathon results HERE

Sunday, November 21, 2021

Waterford: Results of the Beat the Train 10-mile for DSI - Sat 20th Nov 2021

Saturday 20th November 2021: A total of 282 runners took part in this years Beat the Train for Down Syndrome Ireland 10-mile. The photo above shows the start of the race on the Waterford Greenway in Kilmeaden.

Top 3 men & women...
1. Doran, Paul United Striders AC 54:16  
2. Murphy, Noel Waterford AC 54:41  
3. Roche, Warren Ferrybank 55:55
1. 277 Fitzgearld, Ruth 58:02  
2. 32 Sullivan, Emer Carrigtwohill AC 1:02:45  
3. 127 Sullivan, Linda Watergrasshill AC 1:04:54

Full results HERE

Tuesday, November 16, 2021

Notice: IMRA Glenageenty Trail Half-Marathon & Marathon in Co Kerry - Sat 11th Dec 2021

The Irish Mountain Running Association (IMRA) are holding their final event in Munster for 2021 at the Glanageenty Woods in Co. Kerry. This is just north of the main road between Castleisland and Tralee.

There are a choice of three trail courses on Saturday the 11th of December... 

1) Trail Marathon -8:30am - 42.2 kms & 1300m of ascent - limit of 100 entries - €45 - Enter HERE

2) Trail Half-Marathon - 9:30am - 21.1 kms & 650m of ascent - limit of 150 entries - €35 - Enter HERE

3) 9.1km Trail - 10:30am - 9.1kms & 318km of ascent - limit of 140 entries - €25 - Enter HERE

As with all IMRA events, annual membership costing €10 is required.

Saturday, November 13, 2021

Kerry: Results of the Run Killarney Half-Marathon & 10k - Sat 13th Nov 2021

First 3 women in the 2021 Run Killarney Half-Marathon

The Run Killarney Half-Marathon & 10k was held on Saturday the 13th of November 2021 and attracted a field of almost 1200 runners.

In the Half-Marathon event, there were 624 finishers. In the men's race, the first three were from Cork while the winner of the women's race was Hannah Steeds who won the Eyeries 5-mile race in West Cork only a week earlier.

Half marathon

Pos Cat Name Gun Time 
1 All Ages Vivian FOLEY (#2152) 01:12:09 
2 All Ages Michael MORGAN (#1915) 01:13:26 
3 All Ages Alan O'BRIEN (#2522) 01:15:33 
Pos Cat Name Gun Time 
1 All Ages Hannah STEEDS (#1594) 01:20:41 
2 All Ages Sarah FLANAGAN (#2246) 01:27:18 
3 All Ages LINDA O Sullivan (#2022) 01:27:30 

Half-Marathon results HERE 

First 3 men in the 2021 Run Killarney Half-Marathon


Pos Cat Name Gun Time 
1 All Ages Gavin O'ROURKE (#919) 00:31:29 
2 All Ages Mike NEVILLE (#230) 00:36:26 
3 All Ages Thomas MORAN (#551) 00:36:55 
Pos Cat Name Gun Time 
1 All Ages Ann MACPHAIL (#971) 00:40:39 
2 All Ages Siobhan DALY (#953) 00:40:57 
3 All Ages Catherine O SULLIVAN (#561) 00:41:27 

10k results HERE 


1) Andy O'Rourke has a number of galleries... Album 1 ... Album 2 ... Album 3 ... Album 4 ... Album 5 ...

Monday, October 25, 2021

Kerry: Results of the Tralee Half-Marathon - Sun 24th Oct 2021

This was the third of the half-marathons in Co Kerry this Bank Holiday weekend and attracted a modest field of 199 finishers.

First 3 men & women...
1 Derek Griffin 340 M MS 01:13:27 01:13:27
2 Denis Hegarty 341 M MS 01:15:20 01:15:20
3 Andrew Nevin 335 M MS 01:19:50 01:19:50
17 Benvon Lyons 349 F1 F40 01:28:46 01:28:43
19 Linda O Sullivan 344 F2 F50 01:29:06 01:29:03
34 Clare Coleman 586 F3 FS 01:32:32 01:32:23

Full results HERE

Kerry: Results of the Valentia Half-Marathon & 10k - 23rd Oct 2021

With three half-marathons going ahead over the Bank Holiday weekend in County Kerry, it looks as if the event  on Valentia Island was the one that got squeezed. 

There were just 57 finishers in the half-marathon with an even smaller 26 finishers in the 10k.

Half-Marathon - Top 3 men & women...
1 40-44 Nick HOGAN (#28) 01:20:31
2 40-44 Barry MURRAY (#52) 01:24:37
3 40-44 John COMERFORD (#7) 01:25:03
1 45-49 Vivian JUFFS (#29) 01:46:39
2 Senior Nuala O'HARE (#60) 01:49:26
3 50-54 Ita KIRWAN (#35) 01:49:46

Half results HERE

10km - Top 3 men & women...Note that the first two women finished ahead of the first man.
1 Senior Jonathan KENNEALLY (#109) 00:40:49
2 50-54 Sean MURPHY (#128) 00:45:32
3 45-49 Wayne YOUNG (#129) 00:46:42
1 Senior Lisa HEGARTY (#131) 00:40:05
2 45-49 Aoife CARBERRY (#101) 00:40:23
3 45-49 Carmela MOREY (#118) 00:51:55

10k results HERE

Kerry: Results of the Brandon Bay Half-Marathon, 10k & 5k - Sat 23rd Oct 2021

The 2021 Brandon Bay Beach Race went ahead on the Dingle Peninsula on Saturday the 23rd of October with 564 runners taking part.

Top 3 men & women in the Half-Marathon with 151 finishers...
1 Mike SHEEHY 01:18:50 01:18:53 146 M West Limerick AC
2 Paul DOOLAN 01:20:10 01:20:15 173 M ""
3 Adam MOSS 01:22:37 01:22:39 8106 M ""
10 Lean NI CHIOBHAIN 01:27:35 01:27:40 406 F Crusaders AC
43 Elizabeth HOBBS 01:37:20 01:37:24 183 F ""
46 Suzanne HERLIHY 01:38:43 01:38:50 181 F ""

Top 3 men & women in the 10k event with 232 finishers...
1 Ross MCDOWELL 00:36:53 00:36:56 1625 M ""
2 Antonio DIAZ URBIETA 00:37:09 00:37:10 1036 M Atletismo Ria de Foz
3 Aidan CAHILL 00:37:22 00:37:24 1077 M Farranfore
15 Erica WALLACE 00:42:15 00:42:16 53 F ""
16 Kirsten HERPE 00:42:24 00:42:24 1610 F Annadale Striders
17 Jane PEETERSOO 00:42:28 00:42:28 1126 F ""

Top 3 men & women in the 5k event with 181 finishers...
1 James DALY 00:19:27 00:19:28 5716 M ""
2 Jim FANNING 00:21:57 00:22:04 5731 M ""
3 Florence LAWLOR 00:22:05 00:22:05 5646 M ""
5 Orla MCCANN 00:22:45 00:22:46 5575 F ""
10 Mary FOLAN-RYAN 00:23:09 00:23:19 5621 F West Limerick AC
18 Grainne CURTIN 00:25:20 00:25:25 5558 F ""

The full results of all three races are up on the MyRunResults website HERE

Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Waterford: Results of the Butlerstown 5k road race - Sun 17th Oct 2021

With road races now reappearing on the calendar, the Butlerstown 5k was held on Sunday the 17th of October 2021. There were a total of 128 finishers.

Report from the Waterford County PRO... Butlerstown 5 KM a great success.

160 competed in the SE2 sponsored Butlerstown 5 Km Road Race  on Sunday morning last and up front  it was dominated by three young members of Waterford AC, Harry Colbert ,Matteo Mary and Aidan Burke, From the gun Colbert took the field along and with a half or mile or so to go he put daylight between Matteo Mary and himself but Mary came with a renewed effort late on to join Colbert close home but Harry just  shaded it at the line winning in a time of 14 minutes 40.9 seconds  with Mary second in 14.41.3. and  Burke back in third on 14.57.2 and with five prizes the 4th and 5th athletes home were David Mahon Slaney Olympic 15.17,7 and Pat Hennessy West Waterford in 15.29.7. 

Ruth Fitzgerald also Waterford AC won the ladies section in 16.49.2  with her clubmate Ruth Heery second  in 17.13.7. and Kate Veale West Waterford was third in 18.34.01.the 4h and 5th prize winners were Emer Mc Glynn Waterford in 18.38.8 and Louise Morgan Ferrybank 19.23.2  

Spot prizes were also distributed down the line.A  sincere thank you from the organisers to the Gardai whose presence at these events  around our County is very much appreciated, sponsors, the stewards from Waterford AC and Butlerstown GAA and Butlerstown GAA Committee for providing their facility and all involved in the organisation prior to and on the day led by Vinnie Codd .

County PRO


Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Notice: Run Killarney Half-Marathon & 10k - Sat 13th Nov 2021

The Run Killarney Half-Marathon and 10k is usually held every year in July but couldn't go ahead this year because of all the restrictions. Now that the restrictions have been eased, it will be held on Saturday 13th November 2021.

The event website is here...

The event includes a dry fit top and a medal.

The Half-Marathon has a start time of 8:30am while the 10k starts at 8:50am.

This will obviously be of interest to anyone who wants a weekend away in Killarney.

Half-Marathon: The start of the half has traditionally been up at Molls Gap with the competitors running down to the finish line outside the Gleneagle Hotel in Killarney.

While restrictions have eased, there would obviously be issues transporting a lot of people by bus up to the start line. As a result, the course is closer to the national park.

10k: The 10k follows the same route to the half except it turns around sooner.

Full details including how to enter can be found on the event website...

Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Notice: Dungarvan Winter League in West Waterford - Wed 10th Nov 2021 to 2nd Feb 2022

From West Waterford AC...

Entry for the league...

Event Description: We are back! The Fordes Daybreak Winter League will once again take place from the Sports Centre, Quanns Dungarvan for 11 Wednesday nights commencing on Wed 10th November 2021.  We will continue for 6 nights before Christmas bringing  us up to Wednesday 15th December.

After Christmas we will return  on Wednesday the 5th January and continue for 5 nights with our final night on the 2nd February.

We hope you will join us again for this annual event and if you haven't been with us before we guarantee you won't be disappointed.  It's an 11 week challenge that can maintain your fitness over the winter and start 2022 on a high note.

This is the "long" route which is 5.2 miles around the streets of Dungarvan. There are a few very important rules and they are not optional.

No High Vis, No Run.  We will not allow any runner take part who doesnt wear a high vis.  No exceptions.  It has to be a high vis not a lumionous tshirt.

No watches allowed.  This is a very strict rule of this event. We will publish your time asap after the run. Your aim each week will be to run the time you ran the week before or if possible a little faster.

Stewards must be obeyed at all times.  Your participation in this event is an indicator of your compliance with this rule.

Rules of the road apply. You must run on the footpath at all times when available and only cross the road at designated points where stewards will direct you.


Our mission is to introduce as many people as possible to running/jogging.  We don't care how fast or slow you are we just want you to enjoy the league and see the benefits of running for yourself.  

Fordes Daybreak Winter League - Wednesday, November 10, 2021 - Dungarvan Sports Centre

Tuesday, October 5, 2021

Results of the West Waterford Open Cross Country - Sun 3rd Oct 2021


1 Matteo Mary Waterford AC 25.15
2 Pat Hennessy West Waterford AC 25.33
3 Jake Bagge Ferrybank AC 26.02
4 Callum Hurley Ferrybank AC 26.10
5 Craig O'Brien Ferrybank AC 26.20
6 Andrew Connick Ferrybank AC 26.43
7 Ben Keane Waterford AC 27.04
8 Frank Quinlan Waterford AC 27.28
9 James O'Shea Ferrybank AC 27.36
10 Marc Flavin West Waterford AC 27.51
11 Jamie Mcarty Ferrybank AC 28.27
12 Padraig Healy West Waterford AC 28.33
13 Mossie Keogh West Waterford AC 29.53
14 Mark langford Waterford AC 30.29
15 Gerard O'Reilly West Waterford AC 30.33
16 Des Feeney West Waterford AC 30.59
17 James Whelan West Waterford AC 31.08
18 Pascal Hally Waterford AC 31.29
19 Yevgeniy Chizikov West Waterford AC 31.34
20 Louis O'Carroll Ferrybank AC 31.43
21 Kealan Doherty Ferrybank AC 32.33
22 Michael Dunford West Waterford AC 33.00
23 Liam Fitzgerald West Waterford AC 33.12
24 Ray Hahessy West Waterford AC 33.15
25 Ian McHardy Waterford AC 33.21
26 Conor Murray West Waterford AC 33.27
27 Oliver Ryan Waterford AC 38.25

1 Ferrybank 
  Jake Bagge 
  Callum Hurley 
  Craig O'Brien 
  Andrew Connick 

2 Waterford AC 
  Matteo Mary 
  Ben Keane 
  Frank Quinlan 
  Jamie McCarty 

3 West Waterford AC 
  Pat Hennessy 
  Marc Flavin 
  Padraig Healy 
  Mossie Keogh 

Age Categories 
O/35 Des Feeney West Waterford AC 
O/40 Frank Quinlan Waterford AC 
O/50 Gerard O'Reilly West Waterford AC
1 Ruth Heery Waterford AC 14.16
2 Emer McGlynn Waterford AC 14.49
3 Aisling Ferguson Waterford AC 15.04
4 Kelly Fitzgerald West Waterford AC 15.05
5 Louise Morgan Ferrybank AC 15.08
6 Emily Goff Ferrybank AC 15.17
7 Sylvia Malone Waterford AC 15.26
8 Orna Murray Ferrybank AC 15.29
9 Liz Nyhan West Waterford AC 16.00
10 Isabelle Cummins Ferrybank AC 16.11
11 Emily Frisby Ferrybank AC 16.16
12 Laura Flavin West Waterford AC 16.58
13 Sinead Ni Fhaolain West Waterford AC 18.18
14 Aisling Cusack West Waterford AC 19.14
15 Onra power West Waterford AC 19.56

1 Waterford AC 
  Ruth Heery 
  Emer McGlynn 
  Aisling Ferguson 
  Sylvia Malone 

2 Ferrybank 
  Louise Morgan 
  Emily Goff 
  Orna Murray 
  Isabelle Cummins 

3 West Waterford AC 
  Kelly Fitzgerald 
  Liz Nyhan 
  Laura Flavin 
  Sinead Ni Fhaolain 

Age Categories 
O/35 Sinead Ni Fhaolain West Waterford AC
O/40 Louise Morgan  Ferrybank AC
O/45 Sylvia Malone Waterford AC 
O/50 Onra Power West waterford AC

Thursday, September 30, 2021

Notice: West Waterford Open Cross Country - Sun 3rd Oct 2021

West Waterford AC are organising an open cross event in Dungarvan on Sunday the 3rd of October 2021 which means anyone can enter. Entries close on Friday evening.

Entries HERE

The club's 27th annual Cross Country event of the year takes place on Sunday October 3rd at St. Augustine's College with a 12 noon starting time. As we gather momentum on the comeback trail to a full programme of events after the Covid period it is and will be great to be getting back to what we love doing best running and as in previous years this race is open to all and caters for all levels of runners from elite runners, club runners, fun runners and joggers, all are more than welcome. The overall winner will have his name inscribed on the James Hughes perpetual cup. The race itself will see the men cover 4 laps of the Friary grounds (8k) and the ladies will cover 4k or 2 laps in total. There will be prizes on offer in the usual categories. The race also incorporates the county senior championships for men and women.
Open race prizes.
1st 3 men-1st over 35-40-50-60
1st 3 Ladies-1st over 35-40-45-50
All competing must enter online at the link...

Tuesday, September 28, 2021

Waterford: Results of the Bunny 5-mile race - Sun 26th Sept 2021

 A total of 95 runners turned out for this charity 5-mile race in Waterford City on Sunday 26th Sept 2021.

Results... Page 1...

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Saturday, September 25, 2021

Kerry: Results of the Tralee Marathon - Sat 25th Sept 2021

There were a total of 135 finishers for the Tralee Marathon on Saturday the 25th of September 2021. 

First 3 men & women...
1 Donnacha Cassidy 381 M MS 03:02:49
2 Paul Doolan 628 M MS 03:06:29
3 William Quill 614 M MS 03:10:11
9 Dolores Duffy 379 F1 Watergrasshill ac F50 03:24:29 
19 Alice Rogers 160 F2 FS 03:30:01
22 Pauline Grainger 621 F3 FS 03:34:03

Full results HERE

Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Kerry: Results of the Riocht AC 5k in Castleisland - Fri 17th Sept 2021

 A total of 91 runners took part in the third race of three in the Riocht AC 5k Autumn series on Friday 17th September 2021 in Castleisland, Kerry.

From An Ríocht AC...📣 Coillte 5k Grand Finale Results & Race Report 

There was an International feel to the final 5k of the series with Chilean runner Laura Acuna Vidal cruising home in 17minutes 53 seconds to applause from her travelling support. She was followed home by Mallow’s Lorraine Bolster and the ever consistent Sharon Woods.

In the men’s race, it was great to see a travelling contingent of top runners from Cork, Limerick and Tipperary, we hope it was worth the trip, and it was Nenagh man Gary Scully who ran the second fast time of the series in 16:07 followed home by Kieran McKeown and An Riocht’s Tim O’Connor.

There were plenty of great performances throughout the field including Dermot Dineen who had a blistering finish down the track running 17:37 and knocking over a minute of his previous time, and masters athlete Richard Piotrowski who defies his age running a staggering 21:50. A special mention to the running family the MacDomhnaill’s – Aislinn was first women in the first race, and Mike, Aogán and Carmel have all won in their age categories – maybe we’ll see them on Ireland’s Fittest Family!

The overall standings are calculated from each runners best 2 runs, and it was a clean sweep for An Riocht athletes in the men’s competition – well done to Oisin, Tim and Donal. The women’s overall was a close affair with An Riocht’s Niamh O’Sullivan just getting the better of Mallow’s Sharon Woods followed by Mariosa O Callaghan.

Well done to all our Masters category winners showing us all that age is just a number! - Denise Quilter, Doreen Moore, Siobhan Falvey, Siobhan Kearney, Caroline Murphy, Joan Hough, Aogán Mac Domhnaill, Dermot Dineen, Diarmuid O Malley, Robert Purcell, Pat Dunworth, Kevin Griffin and Mike Mac Domhnaill.

It's great to see our junior athletes taking on the 5k distance, well done to our overall winners - David Keane, Cian Spillane, Dawid  Balas, Ella Murphy, Saoirse Tomkins, Chloe Barrett, Tiernan Lynch, Kieran Keane, Jay Reynolds, Hazel Murphy, Robyn Cahill and Freya Dale.

And finally, a big hand to the winner of the Wheelchair Category, Ger Daly, and to Ross Gallagher in the Visually Impaired category, you are inspirations to the rest of us!

Thanks to everyone who participated and we’ll be back next year! We will post out prizes over the next few weeks, and remember that a beautiful finishers medal featuring our two-tone athletics track is available to anyone who ran or stewarded in ANY of the races throughout the series – just drop in An Riocht and inquire at the desk or email

Thanks to our main sponsors Coillte who champion the outdoors, the great signs from, water from Supervalu, milk from Lee Strand and bars from Nature Valley and All Real Nutrition.

And finally thanks to the Red Cross, An Garda Siochana, our Photographers Barbara and Mariusz Podraza and all our volunteers from An Riocht A.C. who gave up their time to make this a big success.

Photo Gallery click here ... 

Monday, September 20, 2021

Results & Photos of the IMRA Glen of Aherlow Trail Half-Marathon - Sat 18th Sept 2021

The main running event in Munster last weekend was the IMRA Glen of Aherlow Trail Half-Marathon on Saturday the 18th of September 2021 which attracted a field of 130 runners. Tom Blackburn was the first man home while the first woman finished in second place overall.

Top 5 men & women...
1 Tom Blackburn 413 M55 1:40:08 Mooreabbey Milers Limerick
3 Conor Murphy 195 M45 1:43:29 Cork and Kerry Trail Runners Kerry
4 Gearoid Kennedy 2151 M40 1:44:23
5 Peter Kehoe 1524 M45 1:45:13 Roscommon
6 Sam Hand 529 M 1:45:40  Limerick
2 Sophie Daly 902 F 1:42:41 Kerry
29 Trish Dorgan 1125 F40 1:58:47 Cork
40 Miriam Beasley 361 F45 2:01:35 Star of the Laune AC Kerry
43 Aoife Courtney 2070 F 2:04:55 Mooreabbey Milers Tipperary
46 Cora Fenton 1590 F50 2:06:29 Kilmallock AC Limerick

The full results are HERE

1) The organisers have a number of galleries... START... GALLERY 2 ... GALLERY 3 ... GALLERY 4 ... GALLERY 5

Sunday, September 19, 2021

Current advice on carpooling while travelling to races - Sept 2021

Mountaineering Ireland is the national association for hillwalking clubs in Ireland and they recently got some guidelines from Sport Ireland about travelling and carpooling for their members. The guidelines for walkers would obviously apply to any runners travelling or car pooling as well. 

The advice is as follows:

  • In line with the return of public and private transport participants may wish to return to the use of carpooling.
  • Private transport carrying those not yet vaccinated or of mixed immunity should be aware of the higher risk.
  • The use of appropriate face coverings is recommended.
  • If carpooling, consider use of a pod system in which the same participants pool together for all activities.

For clubs that utilise private coaches etc. the advice is as follows:

  1. While Public transport is operating at full capacity, Private Coach Tour activity is limited at 75% capacity with protective measures.
  2. Sporting Organisations organising transport to/from events should implement private Coach Tour capacities (75%).
  3. Protective measures such as physical distancing, mask wearing etc. should also be implemented.
Advice from Sport Northern Ireland for clubs, members and all other participants in Northern Ireland is as follows:

  • When sharing transport e.g., private car when travelling to and from venues, it is important to maintain a flow of clean air through the vehicle. Ideally by opening windows back and front.

Sunday, September 12, 2021

Kerry: Results & Photos of the Tralee 10k - Sat 11th Sept 2021

A total of 118 runners turned out for this years Tralee 10k race which was held on Saturday the 11th of September 2021.

First 3 men & women...
1 Mark Walsh 146 M MS 00:33:13
2 Derek Griffin 98 M MS 00:33:57
3 Garrett Lordan 110 M M40 00:34:50
21 Clare Coleman 72 F1 FS 00:41:45
30 Rachel Leane 177 F2 F40 00:43:36
42 Mary O Connell 151 F3 F40 00:46:29

Full results HERE

1) Barry Fitzgerald has some nice photos HERE

Thursday, September 9, 2021

Notice: Bunny Run Charity 5-mile in Waterford City - Sun 26th Sept 2021

Every year, the Bunny Run 5-mile charity run is held in Waterford City at Easter and it raises much needed funds for the Children’s Health Foundation Crumlin.

The recent easing of restriction will now allow it to be held on Sunday the 26th of September 2021 at 11am at the Waterford Regional Sports Centre.

The entry fee is €20 and this includes a t-shirt.

Limited to 200 runner only entrants.

You can enter HERE

Sunday, September 5, 2021

Waterford: Results of the Ballinameela 5k - Sun 5th Sept 2021

The Ballinameela 5k was the first race of the year for West Waterford AC and it attracted a field of 98 runners.

1 MARY, Matteo Waterford A.C. Male Senior 0:15:26 04:57.9
2 HENNESSY, Pat West Waterford A.C. Male Senior 0:15:45 05:04.1
3 MURPHY, Noel Waterford A.C. Male Senior 0:15:51 05:06.0

11 HEERY, Ruth Waterford A.C. Female Senior 0:17:32 05:38.5
17 HOLMES, Lucy West Waterford A.C. Female Senior 0:18:56 06:05.5
18 FITZGERALD, Kelly West Waterford A.C. Female Senior 0:19:05 06:08.4

The full results are HERE

1) West Waterford AC have a nice gallery of photos HERE

Kerry: Results of the Riocht AC 5k in Castleisland - Fri 3rd Sept 2021

A total of 69 runners took part in the second race of three in the Riocht AC 5k Autumn series on Friday 3rd September 2021 in Castleisland, Kerry. 

From An Ríocht AC...


The 2nd race of the Coillte 5k Series was another fine night for running, with 69 runners taking to the start line, and it was a very big night for rising An Riocht star Oisin Murray who won the men's race and broke 16 minutes for the first time with a blistering 15:56 ! He was followed in by Maurice Feehan, Donal Leahy and Donal O Kelly who all broke 17 minutes.

An Riocht's Niamh O'Sullivan won the women's race in 19:05 followed by Sharon Woods (19:20) and Caroline Murphy (20:23) with all 3 improving on their times from last week.

Big mention to the very talented 13 yr old Tiernan Lynch who finished a stunning 11th overall in a time of 18:31, the future is bright for Tiernan! And great to see more young stars in action this week and running well - David Keane, Kieran Keane, Ella Murphy, Jay Reynolds and Chloe Barrett.

It was great to see so many runners improving their times from last week, that's what the series is all about - so take a breather for a week and we'll go again on the 17th September for the final race - see you then! 

Again thanks to our main sponsors Coillte and to Supervalu for providing the water, to Lee Strand for the milk and to for the excellent signs. Finally a big thankyou to all who volunteered or helped in any way, we couldn't do it without you! 

Registration for the final race (Friday 17th Sept) will open again from next week, and remember it's your best 2 times that count towards the prizes.

Steve & Colm (..the Race Directors)

Thursday, September 2, 2021

Notice: IMRA Autumn Trail Series in Cork, Tipperary & Limerick - Sept & Oct 2021

The Irish Mountain Running Association (IMRA) are holding an Autumn series of races which might be of interest to many runners. There are two in September and two in October and they are spread over counties Cork, Tipperary and Limerick.

Each one costs €7 to enter and an annual IMRA membership costing €10 is required.


 Tipperary ... Sun 5th Sept (11am)... IMRA Glengarra Woods (500m ascent 8km) trail race ...€7 ... info...

Cork... Sun 12th (11am)... IMRA Curragh Woods (220m ascent 7km) trail race ...€7 

 Limerick ... Sun 3rd Oct (11am)... IMRA Canon Sheehan Loop, Glenanaar Forest (130m ascent 8km) trail race ...€7

Cork... Sun 10th Oct (11am)... IMRA Garryduff Woods, Rochestown (180m ascent 5.6km) trail race ...€7


While many of the IMRA events involve running up and down mountains, the trail runs are much gentler affairs. They're an ideal introduction to trail running without jumping in the deep end of a mountain race.

For insurance purposes, you will need to carry certain items like a jacket with you. Check out the info in the links above for each race.

Entry is pre-entry only.

Tuesday, August 31, 2021

Some 5k parkruns can return on the 11th of September 2021

parkrun Ireland is the parent body for 5k parkruns in Ireland and in the last few days, they announced that some parkruns can return on the 11th of September.

"With current government guidelines in Ireland allowing for gatherings of up to 500 people in open spaces such as parks, we are delighted to be able to announce that some 5k events in Ireland will restart from Saturday 11 September."

They are currently in contact with the local organising teams of 48 5k events around the country about restarting. More 5k parkruns are likely to restart in the weeks that follow.

They also announced that all children aged 11-14 will be able to record a walk, jog or run at all junior parkrun events in Ireland from Sunday 12 September.

At the moment, it looks as if the 5k parkruns in Macroom and Mallow will be restarting on the 11th of September.

The 5k parkruns in Waterford City (nature reserve), Tralee and Clonmel are also restarting on that date.

Monday, August 30, 2021

Kerry: Results of the Riocht AC 5k in Castleisland - Fri 27th Aug 2021

A total of 85 runners took part in the first race of three in the Riocht AC 5k Autumn series on Friday 27th August 2021 in Castleisland, Kerry. 

1) Barbara Podraza has a nice gallery HERE

Limerick: Results of the Mooreabbey Milers 10-mile road race - Sun 29th Aug 2021

A respectable 172 runners turned out for the inaugural Mooreabbey Milers 10-mile road race in the village of Galbally, Co.Limerick on Sunday the 29th of August 2021. Looking through the results, there was a large number of runners from Cork taking part.

The men's race was won by Conor McCauley from Leevale AC in Cork in a time of 52m 27s.

The first woman was Angela McCann from Clonmel AC in a time of 61m 37s. Angela is a former winners of the Cork City Marathon.

Top 5 men & women...

1 Conor McCauley Leevale AC SM     52:27     52:27
2 John Kinsella Bilboa AC SM     52:52     52:52
3 Pat Hennessy West Waterford AC SM     53:16     53:16
4 John Shine Leevale AC SM     54:26     54:26
5 Michael McMahon North Cork AC M40     54:45     54:45
27 Angela McCann Clonmel AC SF   1:01:37
33 Jennifer Montague Leevale AC SF   1:03:46
36 Becky Coughlan Ennis Track AC SF   1:04:38
49 Linda O Connor Carrigaline AC F40   1:07:31
50 Linda Grogan Dundrum AC SF   1:08:03

The full results can be seen below.

1) Mooreabbey Milers AC have two galleries... Album 1 and Album 2

Mooreabbey Milers 10 Mile Road Race

Place Athletes name Club Category Gun Time Chip Time
1 Conor McCauley Leevale AC SM     52:27     52:27
2 John Kinsella Bilboa AC SM     52:52     52:52
3 Pat Hennessy West Waterford AC SM     53:16     53:16
4 John Shine Leevale AC SM     54:26     54:26
5 Michael McMahon North Cork AC M40     54:45     54:45
6 Jeremy O Donovan St Finbarrs AC M40     54:50     54:49
7 Michael Morgan St Finbarrs AC M40     54:58     54:57
8 Ian O Halloran Derg AC SM     55:35     55:33
9 Donal Coakley Leevale AC SM     57:52     57:52
10 Fergus Nugent Eagle AC M40     58:10     58:08

Thursday, August 26, 2021

Waterford: Ballinameela 5k open to all runners on Thurs 26th Aug 2021...

The Ballinameela 5k in Co.Waterford takes place on Sunday September 5th 2021 at 10am. Limited to 200 runners and ONLINE ENTRY ONLY. STRICTLY NO ENTRIES ON THE DAY.

Up to now, entries were restricted to West Waterford AC member but from the 26th of August, entries are open to everyone.

Event Description: "We are holding our first road race of 2021 in Ballinameela, a fast flat course very popular with all past participants. No transferring of entries.  Please note due to Covid there will be no changing facilities. 

Prizes for first 5 male and female finishers with plenty of spots for the rest of the field.

Come along and enjoy the run and the chance to test yourself over this super course once again. We appeal to runners  not to congregate in groups at the finish line  and to leave the venue as soon as possible. Thank you in advance for your co-operation."

Entry link...

Sunday, August 22, 2021

Notice: Mooreabbey 10-mile road race - Sun 29th Aug 2021

This might be of interest to anyone looking for a 10-mile race to do. The inaugural Mooreabbey 10-mile road race takes place in the village of Galbally on Sunday the 29th of August 2021.

This is about an hours drive from Cork City... up the M8, turn off for Mitchelstown and then follow the R662 for Galbally. The race start in Co. Tipperary with most of the route in Co. Limerick.

From the organisers...


The Mooreabbey inaugural 10 mile will take place on Sunday the 29th of August at 11am amist the foothills of the Galtee mountains. 

Our little cracker will start on the Tipperary side of the village at the infamous ruins of the Mooreabbey before meandering it's way over the border to Limerick to complete the course. 

Prizes for the top 3 men and women and 1st male and female O/40, O/50, O/60, O/70. 
Number collection will be in the community field on the morning of race from 9am to 10.30am. 
Entries are selling fast so this is your last chance to grab that most coveted entry. All for only €25.

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