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.

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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.