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... https://eventmaster.ie/event/mMv3CyVFM8

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.

Entry on https://www.njuko.net/mooreabbey-10-mile

Friday, August 20, 2021

Notice: Glen of Aherlow Trail Half-Marathon - Sat 18th Sept 2021

This trail half-marathon is coming up on Saturday the 18th of September 2021 at 11am and it might be if interest to anyone looking for an event to enter. 

From a Cork point of view, this one is very easy to get to as it's just a case of going up the M8 as far as Mitchelstown and then heading for Galbally. It's shouldn't be more than an hours drive.

This 21.1km trail race is organised by the IMRA (Irish Mountain Running Association). Many of their races involve running up to the tops of mountains and back down again where as they one is more of an elevated trail run.

The route is shown below...

I've run this route before and it has some pretty spectacular views of the Galtees to the south and the Tipperary countryside to the north. Pretty much all of the course is elevated above the valley floor.

From what I remember, there is one section between 2.5 and 3.5 kms that is reasonably steep and might require people to walk. Other than that, the route undulates a bit and really isn't too demanding. It might be a different story if you're racing though! 

According to the event page, it has 300 metres of climbing and most of that will be in the first km and from 2.5 to 3.5kms.

The entry fee is €35 and an annual IMRA membership of €10 is required. There is also a special t-shirt for finishers...details soon.

Entries... See the event page HERE

If you want to try something different without jumping in at the deep end then I think most people should find this one interesting. 

50k... For the more hardy, there is also a 50km option starting at 8am which takes in a lot more of the trails. See HERE

View of the Galtees from the race route

Monday, August 16, 2021

Kerry: Results of the Kilgobnet 4 mile - Sun 15th Aug 2021

A total of 69 runners took part in this low key race organised by Star of the Laune AC in Kerry. There were 44 men and 25 women in the race.

First Name Last Name Reg No. TIME Category Club


Michelle Kenny 457 23.020 F40 Leevale AC
Níamh O Mahony 439 24.490 FJ An Ríocht
Niamh O'Sullivan 423 25.080 F55 An Riocht AC
Siobhán Daly 452 25.090 F40 An Ríocht
Andrea Bickerdike 421 26.020 FO Leevale ac
Mary O?shea 438 26.280 F35
Caroline Murphy 425 26.410 F55 Gneeveguilla Athletic Club
Vicky Lehane 447 27.500 F45
Doreen Moore 406 28.190 F40 MG Coaching
Vivian Juffs 432 28.250 F45 Star of the Laune AC
Meadhbh O'Sullivan 468 28.280 F0
Gillian Sohun 448 28.540 F50 Leevale ac
Majella Diskin 424 29.180 F65 RIOCHT AC
Denise Quilter 409 29.550 F35 Millstreet AC
Roisin Duffy 429 30.440 F35 STAR OF THE LAUNE
Sarah Creedon 473 31.070 F35 Milstreet
Cheryl Carmody 412 32.460 F35 Gneeveguilla ac
Siobhan Falvey 413 35.420 F45 Star of the Laune AC
Mary Mulcahy 418 35.550 F55 St Finbarrs
Anna Foley 427 36.430 F45 STAR OF THE LAUNE
Amanda Cooney 419 37.180 F60 Midleton AC
Theresa Nolan 458 40.390 F65
Mary Carey 442 41.550 F50 STAR OF THE LAUNE
Aoife Ross 466 42.550 F35
Noreen Sugrue 431 67.300 F45
Oisín Spillane 445 20.070 MJ Tralee Harriers
John Meade 422 20.080 M40 St. Finbarr's AC
Kieran McKeown 437 21.000 M45 Watergrasshill AC
Donal Coakley 411 21.050 M35 leevale a.c
Mark Cronin 453 22.270 M35 St. Finbarrs
Martin Dineen 416 22.310 M35
Chris Grayson 435 22.420 M50 Kerry Crusaders
Stephen Moore 405 22.430 M45 An Ríocht
David Buckley 436 22.800 M35 Watergrasshill AC
Niall Thomson 469 23.010 M45 SOTL
Brendan Caffrey 434 23.190 M35
Seamus Murphy 467 23.220 M50 Gneeveguilla ac
Pat Dunworth 404 24.430 M55 riocht
Gavin Quaine 461 25.060 M40 Watergrasshill AC
Luke Diggin 441 25.170 MJ STAR OF THE LAUNE
Diarmuid O Malley 465 25.290 M45
George O'Sullivan 455 25.320 M50 West Limerick AC
James Clifford 428 25.380 MJ Star of the Laune AC
Olivier Papin 443 26.070 M45 Star of the L
Stephen Griffin 414 26.310 M50 Star of the Laune AC
Enda Kiernan 446 26.400 M50 St Finbarrs AC
Mark Bickerdike 417 27.020 M55 Leevale ac
Alan Burton 408 27.080 M40 Millstreet AC
Seán Murphy 462 27.170 M45 Star of the Laune AC
Michael Mangan 420 28.120 M60 Star of the Laune AC
David Fahey 433 28.140 MO
Stephen Corkery 477 28.160 M45
Gerald Culhane 474 28.240 M45
Barry Reid 456 29.250 M45
Con Mulcahy 402 30.050 M50 West Limerick AC
Damien Quigg 464 30.260 M40 Star of the Laune AC
Karl Daly 454 32.250 M45
Paul Doogan 451 33.470 M40
Jim Tobin 472 34.150 M50
John Walshe 440 34.210 M70 ROAD RUNNERS CLUB
John McGillycuddy 470 35.100 M40
Humphrey Hickey 407 36.290 M45 Millstreet AC
Ross Gallagher 410 36.430 MO Park run Tralee
Denis McCaul 449 37.460 M45
Gerard Daly 426 39.040 M35
Michael Coakley 401 41.090 M55 West Waterford Athletic Club
Donie Sullivan 471 59.480 M50
Killian Sugrue 475 67.300 MJ
Tim Sugrue 476 67.300 M55