Thursday, December 29, 2022

Results & Photos of the Clonmel 4-mile road race - 26th Dec 2022

A total of 288 runners turned out for this years Clonmel 4-mile road race on St Stephens Day 2022.

Top 3 men & women...
 1 Peter Lynch Kilkenny City Harriers  18:37 SM 53
2 David McGlynn Waterford 18:49 SM 187
3 William Maunsell Clonmel AC  19:14 SM 253
12 Courtney McGuire Clonmel AC 22:02 SF 230
14 Layla Roebke Real Training 22:04 SF 110
19 Dymphna Ryan Dundrum AC 22:30 SF 172

Full results HERE


1) Clonmel AC have a gallery HERE

2) Paul Condon Photography has 3 galleries... a) Album 1 b) Album 2 & c) Album 3

Saturday, December 10, 2022

Notice: Dungarvan Charity Run - 26th Dec 2022

From West Waterford AC... "In association with The organizers Dungarvan GAA club We are delighted to be back in person with our Charity St Stephen's day run. 

This years chosen charity is Mercy Cancer Appeal. 

Please all come along to the Dungarvan GAA CLub grounds Clogherane  at 11am St Stephens morning and walk or run off all that turkey!! 

You can register online HERE or on the day. Look forward to seeing you all."

Thursday, December 8, 2022

Notice: Clonmel 4 mile road race in Tipperary - Mon 26th Dec 2022

The big race in Tipperary over the Christmas period is the annual 4 mile race in Clonmel on Monday the 26th of December 2022.

Entry link HERE

From the organisers Clonmel AC...MSD 4 Mile Festive Road Race

Preparations for this year’s event on St Stephen’s Day are going very well. This Club event is once again sponsored by MSD and we are very grateful for such sponsorship. 

The race starts at 12 noon and entries will be taken from 9.30 am onwards at Colaiste Cheitinn, the Mall. E91K2E2.

Last year we had over 300 athletes competing, this event caters for all levels of fitness. 

This year’s Prize list is as follows:
This year there will be Prizes for the following categories, Men: 1st 5 Men, 1st 0/40, 0/45, 0/50, 0/55 and 0/60. 
The list of Prizes for the Ladies is as follows: the 1st 5 Ladies, 1st 0/35, 0/40, 0/45, 0/50 and 0/60. 1st Junior Man and Woman under 18.

There will be a new Course record for 1st man 17 mins 45 secs and 1st woman 21 mins 32 secs. 

There will also be Post Race Refreshments in the Vocational School. This year’s event will be Chip timed by Premier Timing Systems. This event has an Athletics Ireland Race Permit.

The entry Fee is 15 Euros online at Enquiries to Niall at 086 1660888.

Maps and directions HERE


Wednesday, December 7, 2022

Results of the Waterford AC Half-Marathon - Sat 3rd Dec 2022

The Waterford AC Half-Marathon was held on Saturday the 3rd of December 2022 on what was a cool but dry day.

I had forgotten just how big this half marathon is. With almost 1900 runners taking part, it's one of the largest half-marathons in Munster and is certainly way bigger than the Waterford Viking Half-Marathon which had 676 finishers this year.

Why the big numbers? Maybe it's the time of year when there are fewer races? There aren't that many races in the South-East so this would be an attractive race for runners in Waterford, Kilkenny and Wexford. The entry price of €30 would certainly help as opposed to say €50-€60. Or maybe it's the Bobbly Hat! 

The exact number of finishers was 1894 finishers which is down 15% on the last outing in 2019. As can be seen from the chart above, the peak was back in 2018 and it declined the next year.

The post pandemic drop of 15% is pretty typical of a lot of races as quite a number of people have  stopped running or old habits have been broken. The unknown is whether it will continue its slide, stay static and grow again. I suspect the numbers will decline slowly in the years ahead but it will remain to be one of the most popular half-marathons.

Top 10 men & women...

1 Ryan CREECH 01:05:02 01:05:02 2472 M MS Leevale AC
2 Yared DERESE 01:05:49 01:05:50 2480 M M40 Carrick Aces AC
3 Sergiu CIOBANU 01:07:18 01:07:19 285 M MS Clonliffe Harriers
4 Tudor MOLDOVAN 01:09:16 01:09:17 1469 M MS Clonliffe Harriers
5 Conor MCCAULEY 01:09:16 01:09:17 1369 M MS Leevale AC
6 Tomas FITZPATRICK 01:11:40 01:11:41 702 M M40 Tallaght AC
7 Cillian O'LEARY 01:11:47 01:11:48 1787 M M40 Raheny Shamrock AC
8 Noel MURPHY 01:12:03 01:12:03 2549 M MS Waterford AC
9 Vivian FOLEY 01:12:20 01:12:21 2413 M M50 Eagle AC
10 Paul DORAN 01:12:31 01:12:32 569 M M40 United Striders
1 Aoife COOKE 01:12:58 01:12:58 2515 F F35 Eagle AC
2 Fiona KEHOE 01:19:31 01:19:31 1081 F F40 Kilmore AC
3 Aoife O'LEARY 01:21:31 01:21:32 1788 F F40 Sportsworld RC
4 Sally FORRISTAL 01:22:13 01:22:14 761 F FS St Joesphes AC
5 Catherine O'CONNOR 01:22:31 01:22:33 1694 F F45 Sli Cualann AC
6 Angela MCCANN 01:22:07 01:22:37 1345 F F50 Clonmel AC
7 Megan MCCARTHY 01:23:24 01:23:28 1366 F FS
8 Adele WALSH 01:23:50 01:24:09 2301 F F45 St Senans AC
9 Linda O'SULLIVAN 01:24:28 01:24:38 2471 F F50 Watergrashill AC
10 Elle O'DRISCOLL 01:24:52 01:25:08 1739 F FS Liffey Valley AC

Full results HERE

1) Waterford AC have a gallery HERE

Thursday, December 1, 2022

Dungarvan 10 mile entries open on Thurs 1st Dec 2022...

The John Treacy Dungarvan 10-mile road race will be held on Sunday the 5th of February 2023 and now is the time to look at some key dates. 

Thursday 1st December 2022: Entries open for athletic club members. You will need your AI membership number for this. The entry fee is €30 and there may be additional registration fees.

The entry link is via Event Master and it opens at 8am - Enter HERE

Thursday 8th December 2022: Entries open for everyone. The entry fee is again €30 but non-club runners will have to pay the new Athletics Ireland 'One-Day Licence' which costs an additional €2.

Entries will remain open until the limit of 3,750 is reached.


History & Analysis... The first thing is not to get in a panic about entering. In 2019, all 3,000 places were snapped up in 3-hours. 

In 2021, entries opened a week early for club runners with the non-club runners entering a week later. Even with that, it still took 27-hours to fill all 3,000 places.

This year, the numbers of entries has gone from 3,000 up to 3,750. Despite the impression some people might give, the vast majority of runners out there are not members of an athletics club.

As long as you're ready to enter on the morning of the 8th of December then you should have no problem getting in.

Training Programme: For anyone interested, I am currently running a training programme which started a few week ago. If anyone is interested in a shorter programme at a reduced price then let me know. We only have 9-weeks from the 4th of December so we don't have much time to work with. Info in this previous post HERE.

Statement from West Waterford AC... "31st annual John Treacy Dungarvan 10 Mile.

Club members online entry opens this Thursday 1st December. Race date Sunday 5th February 2023 11am start.

As and from December 1st entries will open for the 31st Annual John Treacy Dungarvan 10 which will be held on Sunday February 5th 2023, start time of

This race is a permitted A.A.I. event and once again this year we will open on Thursday 1st December to AI club members.  You just need your Life Membership number to enter.  Remaining places will then go on offer on the 8th December.

 The entry fee for this year’s race is €30. 

The race has grown year on year and is a pre-entry race which will close when 3,750 entries have been reached.

 All race numbers will be posted out the week prior to the event, and there will be strictly no entry on the day. 

The prize fund for 2023 is €6,000"


Wednesday, November 30, 2022

Notice: IMRA Glenageenty Trail Marathon, Half-Marathon & 10k in Co Kerry - Sat 10th Dec 2022

The Irish Mountain Running Association (IMRA) are holding their final event in Munster for 2022 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 10th of December... 

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

2) Trail Half-Marathon - 10am - 21.1 kms & 650m of ascent - €35 - Enter HERE

3) 9.1km Trail - 11:30am - 9.1kms & 318km of ascent - €25 - Enter HERE

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

Wednesday, November 23, 2022

Notice: 14th Annual Paddy Joe Curran Old Parish Turkey Trot 5 mile run in W Waterford - Sun 27th Nov 2022


On Sunday November 27th the 14th Annual Paddy Joe Curran Old Parish Turkey Trot 5 mile run and 4 mile walk will take place at the Marine Bar, Pulla, Dungarvan. This is about 5kms to the SW of Dungarvan on the N25 road to Youghal.

All proceeds from this year's event will go to Dungarvan Community hospital. The event is once again kindly sponsored by Cleanzone Technology Ltd of which were most grateful.  

The 4 mile walk will begin at 11 am, while the 5 mile run will get under way at 11.30.

Online entry is €10 and the link is here...

Tuesday, November 15, 2022

Results of the Brickey 5k - Sun 13th Nov 2022

83 runners turned out for this 5k near Dungarvan in Waterford.

Top 3 men & women...

1 SHEIL, Niall St Killians A.C, 0:16:52 Male 45 05:25.6
2 ZAKIS, Raivis West Waterford A.C. 0:17:01 Male 40 05:28.5
3 SPITERI, Paul Middleton A.C. 0:18:24 Male 40 05:55.2
7 VEALE, Kate West Waterford A.C. 0:19:22 Female Senior 06:13.9
13 SPITERI, Vicki Middleton A.C. 0:19:56 Female 35 06:24.8
18 CARTHY, Jackie Kilmore A.C 0:20:33 Female 50 06:36.7

Full results HERE

Tuesday, November 8, 2022

Training programme for the 2023 Dungarvan 10-mile road race

The 2023 Dungarvan 10-mile road race is coming up on Sunday the 5th of February 2023. It is 13-weeks from the 6th of November.

If anyone would like to optimise their training then I will be starting individualised training programmes. 

The programme is sent out every week by email and weekly feedback is required. That will determine what the programme is like for the following week.

The cost is €99 and it starts Monday 7th of November 2022. (There is a reduced rate for those who have trained with me before)

If anyone wants to train for a different event then send me an email and we can plan for that.

Send an email to johndesmondrunning AT gmail DOT com

Sunday, November 6, 2022

1000 places for the Adare 10k sell out in 8-days


West Limerick AC are the organisers of the Adare 10k road race and it is coming up on the 26th of February 2023.

The entries for this race went on sale on Friday the 27th of October and all 1,000 places sold out in just 8-days!

A lot of the road races locally have seen much lower numbers this year compared to those back in 2019 before the pandemic. It's encouraging to see such a strong demand for this race in 2023 which shows that races can be successful if the organisers can market them properly.

It's also a little unusual in that the high demand is usually for events like the 10-mile and the half-marathon. Maybe there should be more 10k races if the interest for this one is anything to go by?

1) Race notice HERE

Notice: Brickey 5k nr Dungarvan in Waterford - Sun 13th Nov 2022

This 5km race organised by West Waterford AC is coming up at the Brickey GAA grounds on Sunday the 13th of November 2022. For anyone familiar with the Dungarvan 10 course then the GAA grounds are near the 5 mile mark which is just to the west of the town.

From West Waterford AC... After a 2 year break the Murray's Pharmacy 5k is back for 2022 and what a course this is.  If  you're new to running and want to try the 5k distance for the first time or a seasoned runner who wants to check this progress this this route is for you.  

The race will have an 11am start and number pick up will be at the Brickey Rangers G.A.A. club (by kind permission) from 10am.

Murray's Pharmacy Brickey 5K - Sunday, November 13, 2022 - BRICKEY RANGERS GAA CLUB (X35 YP02)

You can enter online HERE which would help out (no extra charge). You can also enter on the day.

Friday, October 28, 2022

Notice: Adare 10k road race, Co. Limerick - Sun 26th Feb 2023

The annual Adare 10k road race is organised by West Limerick AC and is one of the most popular 10k races in Munster.

The next race is coming up on Sunday the 26th of February 2023 at 1pm. Note that this one sells out every year.

Update: 3rd Nov 2022 - 910 of the 1000 places are now gone.
Update: 29th Oct 2022 - 500 of the 1000 places are now gone.

Entries......You can enter HERE

Saturday, October 22, 2022

Adare 10k entries opening soon...

The Adare 10k in Co Limerick is one of the most popular 10k races in Munster and sells out every year.

The 2023 edition is coming up on Sunday the 26th of February and online entries will open in the next few weeks.

If you're interested then be sure to check for the opening dates for online entries to avoid disappointment.

Wednesday, September 7, 2022

Notice: Glen of Aherlow Trail Half-Marathon - Sat 24th Sept 2022

This trail half-marathon is coming up on Saturday the 24th of September 2022 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 €30 and an annual IMRA membership of €10 is required. 

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. 

There is also a dry fit top for all contestants.

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

Wednesday, August 17, 2022

Notice: IMRA Top of the Coom Trail Race - Sun 21st Aug 2022

This 11km trail race is coming up on the Cork-Kerry border to the SW of Macroom on Sunday the 21st of August 2022. Note the 11km distance and the 350m of ascent.



DATE: Sunday 21 August, 2022


CLIMB (M):350


RACE MARKING: Route fully marked - Route fully marked

ENTRY CLOSES: 2022-08-20 18:00:00

ENTRY COST: €7 for seniors, €5 for over 65s and under 18s

ROUTE DESCRIPTION: Nice fast course, Forrest trail, Bog road, and open Mountain.

GETTING THERE: Top of Coom Ireland's Highest Pub Coolnolhill, Kilgarvan, Co. Kerry, V93 EW90. From Cork, N22 through Macroom and Baile Mhuirne (Ballyvourney), turn left at the Mills Inn, take minor road through Cúil Aodha (Coolea), and continue uphill on this minor road as far as Top of Coom Pub. From Kerry, N22 from Killarney, turn right onto the R569 road to Kilgarvan and Kenmare, about 3km before Kilgarvan turn left over Morleys Bridge and continue uphill on this minor road as far as Top of Coom Pub.

ORGANISERS INSTRUCTIONS:TIME:12:00 (Adult race). 11:15 (Kids). 11.30 (Juniors). 

ENTRY DETAILS: Adults (16+) €7. Over 65s & juniors €5. Plus €10 one-off annual IMRA Membership fee. No cash payment accepted at race. Purchase race entry & membership online before race. Kids under 10 (accompanied) Free.

Entries & more info here...

Monday, August 1, 2022

Notice: West Waterford Greenway Half-Marathon - Sat 3rd Sept 2022

The Eurofins West Waterford Greenway Half-Marathon is coming up this year on Saturday the 3rd of September 2022 at 9am. This scenic half will certainly sell out so I would advise anyone that is interested to enter asap.

ENTRIES: You can enter the half-marathon HERE

From West Waterford AC.... On 3th September 2022 at 9am West Waterford Athletic Club will host our now annual Greenway Half Marathon.

Limited to 750 entries and entry fee is €35 online at

Entry fee inlcludes transport to the start line in Kilmacthomas and a dri fit tshirt !

Once again we are delighted to have local company Eurofins as our title sponsor for this unique event and we thank them for their commitment to this race and to our club. In conjunction with Waterford City and County Council this is a  13.1 mile race along the now famous old Waterford/Dungarvan Railway line.  

This fantastic amenity opened officially in 2017 and has already experienced visitors from all over the country and beyond. Users are amazed by this 47 km spectacular off-road cycling and walking trail along an old railway line between Waterford and Dungarvan.

As the map shows below, the half-marathon starts near Kilmacthomas and finishes in Dungarvan.

As it was an old railway line, the course is very slightly downhill overall and is certainly a LOT flatter than the average race on public roads.

Sunday, July 31, 2022

Clonmel & Killarney Half-Marathons Sell Out

Just a quick post to say that the Clonmel Half-Marathon and the Killarney Half-Marathon have sold out.

Wednesday, July 27, 2022

Notice: Run Killarney Half-Marathon & 10k - Sat 6th Aug 2022

Update 27th July 2022: There are less than 100 places left now for the Run Killarney Half-Marathon and 10k. Entries close regardless on the 29th of July.

The Run Killarney Half-Marathon and 10k is on this year on Saturday the 6th of August 2022.

This is very popular event with runners taking in the spectacular Killarney National Park.

The event website is...

The event includes a dry fit top and a medal.

The Half-Marathon will start at 8am while the 10k will start at 9:30am.

Tuesday, July 26, 2022

Notice: Clogheen 5km road race, Tipperary - Thurs 28th July 2022

This 5 km road race in South Tipperary is coming up on Thursday, the 28th of July 2022. Located centrally to the towns of Mitchelstown, Cahir and Clonmel, this race should be of interest to a lot of runners.

Against the backdrop of the Knockmealdown  Mountains, it's a lovely spot for a race.

From Clonmel AC... "The superb Clogheen 5K Road Race is back on the 28th July 
This very popular event is back on the Athletics calendar and this year there is a specially designed T Shirt for all participants in the 5k Run."

Course Preview...Maps, directions and a preview of the course can be seen HERE 

Wednesday, July 13, 2022

Notice: Clerihan 5 mile road race, Tipperary - Fri 15th July 2022

The Clerihan 5 mile Road Race is coming up on Friday evening, the 15th of July 2022 at 7:30pm in South Tipperary. Organised in association with Clonmel AC, there is also an optional 5k.

Clerihan is located about 4 miles / 6kms to the north-west of Clonmel on the R688 road to Cashel...

Preview.......A full description with maps, photos and a preview of the course can be seen HERE

Saturday, July 9, 2022

Limerick: Results of the Dromcollogher Festival 4 Mile Road Race - 27th June 2022

Dromcollogher Festival 4 Mile Road Race Monday 27 June 2022

A total of 81 runners turned out for this 4-mile road race in Co Limerick.

Aogán MacDomhnaill with the Christy Brosnan Perpetual Cup after winning the Dromcollogher Carnival four-mile road race on Monday evening. Pictured with him are parents Carmel and Mike.

Short report from John Walshe...


Mike won this historic race back in 1985 and was third M60 on Monday while Carmel finished first in the F60 category. In addition, two other members of the family – sisters Sorcha and Ide – finished second and third in the 5000m at Saturday’s 150th edition of the National T&F Championships in Morton Stadium, Santry.

All Men  
 1 0:21:16 AOGAN MAC DOMHNAILL,  West Limerick AC M  14 1
 2 0:21:29 KAROL LENIHAN,  West Limerick AC M  17 2
 3 0:21:46 KILLIAN LYNCH,  West Limerick AC M 2 3
M O/40 - 1 0:22:23 SHANE SCULLY,  Nenagh AC M O/40 38 4
M O/45 - 1 0:26:23 GARRY COLLINS,  Buttevant AC M O/45 36 16
M O/50 - 1 0:22:58 WILLIE O CONNOR,  Galtee Runners M O/50 20 7
M O/55 - 1 0:24:15 WILLIAM O DONOGHUE,  Mooreabbey Milers AC M O/55 8 10
M O/60 - 1 0:26:39 TONY MC MAHON,  Kilmallock M O/60 72 17

All Ladies  
 1 0:24:07 CAROL FINN,  Leevale AC F 32 9
 2 0:24:38 MARGARET MURPHY,  Mallow F  55 12
 3 0:24:54 BREDA GAFFNEY,  Mallow F  18 13
F O/40 - 1 0:35:22 SINEAD REIDY,  Ballingarry F O/40 67 66
F O/45 - 1 0:28:07 LISA FINN,  Mallow F O/45 16 27
F O/50 - 1 0:34:28 CATHERINE LYNCH,  North Cork A. C. F O/50 51 64
F O/55 - 1 0:37:36 CHRISTINA ORGAN,  Kilmurry Ibrickane/North Clare F O/55 34 75
F O/60 - 1 0:32:03 CARMEL MAC DOMHNAILL,  West Limerick AC F O/60 12 47

Results for All Competitors in finish order. 
 1 0:21:16 AOGAN MAC DOMHNAILL,  West Limerick AC M  14 1
 2 0:21:29 KAROL LENIHAN,  West Limerick AC M  17 2
 3 0:21:46 KILLIAN LYNCH,  West Limerick AC M 2 3
 4 0:22:23 SHANE SCULLY,  Nenagh AC M O/40 38 4
 5 0:22:33 SEAN STOKES,  Riocht AC M 3 5
 6 0:22:43 GARY SCULLY,  Nenagh AC M O/40 39 6
 7 0:22:58 WILLIE O CONNOR,  Galtee Runners M O/50 20 7
 8 0:23:52 MIKE O CONNOR,  West Limerick AC M 29 8
 9 0:24:07 CAROL FINN,  Leevale AC F 32 9
 10 0:24:15 WILLIAM O DONOGHUE,  Mooreabbey Milers AC M O/55 8 10
 11 0:24:28 AARON LYNCH,  West Limerick AC M 4 11
 12 0:24:38 MARGARET MURPHY,  Mallow F  55 12
 13 0:24:54 BREDA GAFFNEY,  Mallow F  18 13
 14 0:25:19 TADGH CAROLAN,  Mallow M 79 14
 15 0:25:36 JAMIE KELLY,  Exeter M 73 15
 16 0:26:23 GARRY COLLINS,  Buttevant AC M O/45 36 16
 17 0:26:39 TONY MC MAHON,  Kilmallock M O/60 72 17
 18 0:26:45 STEPHEN LYNCH,  Smiles For Miles M O/40 43 18
 19 0:27:16 GREG BROWNE,  Limerick M 75 19
 20 0:27:18 MARTIN LISTON,  West Limerick AC M 27 20
 21 0:27:29 KIERAN TWOMEY,  Mallow M O/55 48 21
 22 0:27:32 SHANE MORAN,  Shandrum AC M 76 22
 23 0:27:41 ED HANNON,  Kilmallock M 71 23
 24 0:27:52 MAURICE BUCKLEY,  North Cork A. C. M O/55 58 24
 25 0:27:53 LIAM BUCKLEY,  Broadford M O/40 5 25
 26 0:28:03 GILLIAN MURPHY,  Star of Laune F 10 26
 27 0:28:07 LISA FINN,  Mallow F O/45 16 27
 28 0:28:29 DERMOT O SULLIVAN,  Mallow M O/50 15 28
 29 0:28:33 DONNACHA BROSNAN,  Broadford M O/60 37 29
 30 0:28:49 BEN NOONAN,  Broadford M O/45 69 30
 31 0:28:58 SHANE QUILLE,  West Limerick AC M O/45 46 31
 32 0:28:59 JAMES BREEN,  Buttevant AC M O/40 35 32
 33 0:29:20 THOMAS DOWNEY,  Kilmeedy M 50 33
 34 0:29:44 DYLAN MURRAY O CONNOR,  Dromcolligher Limerick M 77 34
 35 0:29:51 LIAM POWER,  Feenit M 81 35
 36 0:29:52 MIKE MAC DOMHNAILL,  West Limerick AC M O/60 13 36
 37 0:29:58 MAURICE O MAHONEY,  Smiles For Miles M O/45 44 37
 38 0:29:59 ANDREW O HALLORAN,  Galbally M 57 38
 39 0:30:04 DAVID TUCKER,  Smiles For Miles M O/50 45 39
 40 0:30:17 DAN JOE GUINEY,  Duhallow M O/60 54 40
 41 0:30:18 DAMIAN ROCHE,  West Limerick AC M O/40 82 41
 42 0:30:30 MARTIN BROWN,  Broadford Limerick M O/40 70 42
 43 0:30:35 FINBAR MURPHY,  Duhallow M O/45 22 43
 44 0:31:08 RONAN SPRATT,  Buttevant AC M 26 44
 45 0:31:09 JIM RYAN,  Dromcolligher Limerick M 42 45
 46 0:31:20 JOHN HOLLAND,  Mallow M O/60 9 46
 47 0:32:03 CARMEL MAC DOMHNAILL,  West Limerick AC F O/60 12 47
 48 0:32:05 MIKE BOYCE,  Broadford Limerick M O/40 61 48
 49 0:32:25 MARY MURPHY,  Shandrum AC F O/60 66 49
 50 0:32:27 JOHN BARRETT,  West Limerick AC M O/60 64 50
 51 0:32:29 RICHARD LENIHAN,  West Limerick AC M O/60 49 51
 52 0:32:44 JOHNNY SEXTON,  Churchtown Road Runners M O/50 7 52
 53 0:33:39 MARY FOLAN RYAN,  West Limerick AC F O/45 53 53
 54 0:33:41 ELEANOR RYAN,  Galbally F 59 54
 55 0:33:50 BARRY MC CARTHY,  Freemount AC M O/55 30 55
 56 0:33:53 PAT HYNES,  Buttevant AC M O/50 1 56
 57 0:33:53 RICHARD STACK,  West Limerick AC M 74 57
 58 0:33:54 PAT SPRATT,  Buttevant AC M O/50 25 58
 59 0:33:55 CHRISTINA HARNETT,  West Limerick AC F O/45 6 59
 60 0:33:57 KEVIN O DONOGHUE,  West Limerick AC M O/40 23 60
 61 0:33:58 AIDAN TWOMEY,  Shandrum AC M O/45 65 61
 62 0:34:19 PAUL MORRISSEY,  Kilbreen M 56 62
 63 0:34:20 MAURA GOGGIN,  Liscarroll F 28 63
 64 0:34:28 CATHERINE LYNCH,  North Cork A. C. F O/50 51 64
 65 0:34:59 GRORGE SALTER,  Mallow M O/45 60 65
 66 0:35:22 SINEAD REIDY,  Ballingarry F O/40 67 66
 67 0:36:09 EVAN O CARROLL,  Limerick M 52 67
 68 0:36:13 JOHN WALSH,  Roadrunners Club M O/60 19 68
 69 0:36:17 JACK O CONNOR,  Dromcolligher Limerick M O/50 78 69
 70 0:36:22 CLIONA WOULFE,  Mallow F 41 70
 71 0:36:34 KIERAN O CONNOR,  Dromcolligher Limerick M O/50 63 71
 72 0:36:35 MARY MURPHY,  Mallow F O/60 62 72
 73 0:37:06 DEIRDRE ANGLIM,  West Limerick AC F O/40 47 73
 74 0:37:11 MALACHY MC CARTHY,  West Limerick AC M O/60 21 74
 75 0:37:36 CHRISTINA ORGAN,  Kilmurry Ibrickane/North Clare F O/55 34 75
 76 0:38:20 FIONA ROBERTS,  Freemount AC F O/55 31 76
 77 0:38:34 ANTIONETTE REIDY,  Limerick F O/40 24 77
 78 0:38:52 NIAMH HUMPHREYS,  West Limerick AC F O/45 68 78
 79 0:39:00 MAIREAD SHEEDY,  Mallow F O/40 40 79
 80 0:49:49 MICHAEL ENRIGHT,  Dromcolligher Limerick M O/55 33 80
 81 0:49:49 JOHN COLGAN,  Cork M O/60 80 81

Monday, July 4, 2022

Notice: Coillte 10k road race, Dundrum, Tipperary - Wed 6th July 2022

This popular 10k race in coming up in the village of Dundrum, Co.Tipperary on Wednesday the 6th of July 2022. In terms of fast 10k courses, this must surely be one of the fastest in Munster if not the country.

ENTRIES - You can enter online HERE

Entries close 11pm 4th July.


Dundrum is a small village just 9 miles / 15kms or so west of Cashel in the south of Tipperary...

Organised by Dundrum Athletic Club, this race is noted for being a flat fast course. As well of there being no hills, the course consists of multiple long straight sections rather than the more usual twists and turns. I've previewed many courses on this site but this one is really fast.

The map below shows where everything is. For spectators...note the points A, B and C. If you move between these points which are just over 100m apart you can see the athletes at approx. 0.25miles , 2.4miles, 3.2miles and again at 5.4miles.

Course Preview......The 10k course is essentially two laps of a 5k loop. A full preview of the course with maps, description, photos, etc can be seen HERE

Many races have different traditions. Some give out t-shirts, some mugs. In the case of the Coillte 10k, they give out a quality embroidered hand towel given to every finisher. and they have been doing this for over 20 years. Even on years where they had run out of towels on the night, they hand delivered them to these people in the following weeks.

The Tim Crowe Trophy is presented on the night to the first Tipperary Athlete in honour of his 24 national titles won in the early 1900s, who was from the village of Dundrum.

There is also a large spread of refreshments after race.

Useful links...
Updates on club Facebook page

and on the club Twitter page

Course Record Holders
Senior Men Daniel Gidumbanda Tanzania 1997 29:45,
O/40 Men John Kinsella Bilboa 2021 32:15
O/45 Men Kieran McKeown Watergrasshill 2021 33:39
O/50 Men Paul Moran Rathfarnham AC 2016 34:12,
O/55 Men Michael Hassett Killenaule 2015 35:15,
O/60 Men John Collins Leevale 2019 39:38
O/65 Men James O'Sullivan Tipperary Town 2021 40:31
O/70 Men Andrew Jeyes Ivanhoe 2018 44:04,
Junior Men 5k Darren Dunne Nenagh Olympic 2016 15:12,

Senior Women Lizzie Lee 2021 33:45,
O/40 Women Mary Sheehan Grange 2003 39:24,
O/45 Women Rosaleen MacKeown Leevale 2021 38:56,
O/50 Women Angela McCann Clonmel 2021 37:21,
O/55 Women Dorothy Ryan Country Club 2016 45:01,
O/60 Women Carmel MacDomhnaill West Limerick 2018 51:13,
O/65 Women Sally Jeyes Ivanhoe 2018 56:47,
Junior Women 5k Louise Stack Portloaise AC 2016 19:05,

Wheelchair Cillian Dunne Borrisokane 2019 28:20

5 Fastest Times

29:45 Daniel Gidumbanda  Tanzania 1997
30:19 Sergiu Ciobanu Clonliffe Harriers AC 2021
30:33 Evan Fitzgerald Clonmel AC 2021
30:39 Niall Shanahan An Bru AC 2021
30:47 Mick Clohisey Raheny Shamrocks AC 2021

33:45 Lizzie Lee Leevale AC 2021
34:28 Rosemary Ryan Bilboa 2003
34:43 Siobhan O’Doherty Borrisokane 2010
34:54 Rosemary Ryan Bilboa 2011
35:07 Siobhan O’Doherty Borrisokane 2012

List of Previous Winners
1986 John O'Halloran Tipp Town // Kathleen Maher Ballytrasna,
1987 John Fitzgerald Clonmel // Mary Lonergan Reenavana,
1988 Toddy Finn Raheny Shamrocks // Kay O'Sullivan Upperchurch,
1989 Bernard Feery Clonmel // Martina Dorney Thurles Crokes,
1990 Robert Costello Limerick // Kay O'Sullivan Upperchurch,
1991 Michael Hassett Thurles Crokes // Mary Sheehan East Cork,
1992 Robert Costello Limerick // Mary Sheehan East Cork,
1993 Michael Hassett St. Catherines // Mary Sheehan East Cork,
1994 Michael Hassett St. Catherines // Gaile Culleton Thurles Crokes,
1995 Michael Hassett St. Catherines // Marcella Moloney Tullamore Harriers,
1996 Michael Hassett St. Catherines // Siobhan McCormack Emerald A.C.,
1997 Daniel Gidumbanda Tanzania // Mary Sheehan Grange Fermoy,
1998 Michae1 Hassett St. Catherines // Mary Sheehan East Cork,
1999 Colm Burke St. Abbans // Mary Sheehan Grange Fermoy,
2000 William Harty K.C.K // Mary Sheehan Grange Fermoy,
2001 Robert Wade Waterford A.C // Mary Sheehan Grange Fermoy,
2002 Pat Byrne Tinryland // Mary Sheehan Grange Fermoy,
2003 Tom Carey Limerick A.C // Rosemary Ryan Bilboa,
2004 Mick Kelly Gowran A.C // Siobhan O'Doherty Borrisokane,
2005 Sandis Bralitis Ballynonty A.C // Siobhan O'Doherty Borrisokane,
2006 Tom Carey Limerick A.C // Rosemary Ryan Bilboa,
2007 Dermot Kearns West Limerick // Madeline Dorney Thurles Crokes,
2008 Jason Fahey Olympic Harriers // Rosemary Ryan Bilboa,
2009 Tommy Evans Gowran // Siobhan O'Doherty Borrisokane,
2010 Seamus Power Kilmurray Ibrickane // Siobhan O’Doherty Borrisokane,
2011 Kenneth Rogers St John’s // Rosemary Ryan Bilboa,
2012 Michael Shannon Kilnaboy // Siobhan O’Doherty Borrisokane,
2013 Chris Bracken Thurles Crokes // Siobhan O’Doherty Borrisokane.
2014 Kevin Moore Dundrum // Siobhan O’Doherty Borrisokane.
2015 Stephen Hunter St. Michaels // Siobhan O’Doherty Borrisokane.
2016 Declan Moore Bilboa AC // Siobhan O’Doherty Borrisokane.

2017 David Mansfield Clonliffe Harriers // Siobhan O’Doherty Borrisokane.
2018 Freddy Keron Sittuk Kenya // Siobhan O’Doherty Borrisokane.
2019 David Mansfield Clonmel AC // Siobhan O'Doherty Borrisokane AC
2020 Kevin Moore Dundrum AC // Dymphna Ryan Dundrum AC (Virtual)
2021 Sergiu Ciobanu Clonliffe Harriers AC  // Lizzie Lee Leevale AC

Wednesday, June 29, 2022

Tipperary: Results of the Moycarkey Coolcroo AC 5K & 10K - Fri 17th June 2022

Moycarkey Coolcroo AC 5K & 10K Results from Friday June 17th 2022

Martina Kiely - 1st woman in the 5k

5k - Top 3 men & women...

1 Dean Rowe Gowran AC Kilkenny 16:44 
2 Mathew Ryan Coldfields Tipp 18:13 
3 Patrick Roche Carrick On Suir AC 18:30 
1 Martina Kiely St Finbarr's AC Cork 17:33 
2 Paula Grant Portlaoise AC 18:20 
3 Niamh-Cunneen Nenagh Olympic AC 18:37 

Mossy Bracken - 1st man in the 10k

10k - Top 3 men & women...
1 Mossy Bracken 32:08
2 Stephen Hunter St.Abbans AC Co.Laois in 33:43
3 John Morrissey Castlecomer AC Co.Kilkenny in 34:03
1 Angela McCann Clonmel AC 39:06
2 Carmel Fitzgibbon Thurles Crokes AC 42:37
3 Niamh Ryan Dundrum AC 47:00

Results of both races below...

Monday, June 27, 2022

Notice: Dromcollogher Carnival 4 mile road race, Co.Limerick - Mon 27th June 2022

The annual Dromcollogher Carnival 4 mile road race is coming up on Monday evening, the 27th of June 2022 at 8pm...

As a race, it may not be as high profile as say those located closer to say Limerick or Cork City but it is an event with a lot of character and a long history. The race was originally started back in the time of the original running boom in the late 70's and early 80's by Christy Brosnan and Joe Quaid of North Cork AC. The original idea was for it to be part of the Dromcollogher Carnival which has been going since the 1940's and for the race to take place on Monday evening, a tradition that survives to this day.

In it's heyday, the race used to attract some of the top runners from all over Munster even though the prizes were always modest in comparison to other races at the time. On one occasion, Liam O'Brien from Cork won the race the day after winning the National 3000m steeplechase title! The triangle shaped course started and finished in the main square of the town much to the delight of the crowds. This did however mean that the race was in fact 'slightly' longer than the advertised 4 miles ;o)

One of the other unusual features of the race at the time was that the winner received a small porcelain figurine. One of the biggest employers at that time in the town was Irish Dresden, a German company which made high quality collectable porcelain items in the town which employed over 60 people, a huge number in what was and still is a rural area.

West Limerick AC are helping out with the organisation of the race and they are putting up a cup in memory of Christy Brosnan who unfortunately has now passed away. This replaces the old cup which was named after Marky O'Shea who used to run in the local races of the late 70's and early 80's barefoot, a long time before minimalist running and Vibram Five Fingers became all the rage ;o)

Getting there.....Dromcollogher is located to the west of Charleville near the Limerick - Cork border. If you are coming from say Limerick city then the easiest way is probably to head south towards Cork and turn off at Charleville and follow the directions for Newtownshandrum, Milford and Dromcollogher. If you are travelling north from Cork then turn off at Buttevant and go via Liscarroll.

As you enter the town from the east then you should see that the road forks into two where the central square is. Take the right here, drive a few hundred metres on what is a very straight road and you will pass the start line just opposite a service station. The GAA hall where the entries will be taken is just beyond this on the left.

Course Preview.......A full preview of the course with maps, directions, photos, etc can be seen HERE

Thursday, June 23, 2022

Press Release: 37th Coillte 10k Road Race Dundrum Wednesday 6th July 2022

From Dundrum AC... 37th Coillte 10k Road Race Dundrum Wednesday 6th July

Wednesday the 6th of July at 8pm the Coillte 10k Road Race in Dundrum Co Tipperary will be ran for 37th consecutive year by the local Dundrum Club. 

The club is delighted to have Coillte once again as our main sponsor. With Dundrum surrounded by trees and forest trails for running and walking developed by Coillte over the years it is appropriate that Coillte are
involved with us in the healthy sport of running. The Company’s managed forest trails around Dundrum and indeed around the Country are a haven for people to get out for a bit of fresh air and exercise never more appreciated than during the recent Covid lockdown. The semi state company has been involved in this race every year since it was set up in 1988 which is appreciated by the Dundrum club.

The race which also incorporates a 5K for juniors (age between 13years old on day of race and 19 years or under on 31/12/2022) is based around the Dundrum Community Centre Complex in the village where the club has its athletics facilities. 

The race has prizes in every category from Senior to over 70 years for both men and women. With the Master categories at the standard five-year intervals from Over 40 years plus, with a specially Embroidered Souvenir Hand Towel for all finishers. For Tipperary athletes there is the added incentive of the Tim Crowe Memorial trophy (kindly donated by Dominic Moore) for the first Tipperary athlete to finish the 10k.The present holder been Tipperary based athlete Sergiu Ciobanu
Clonliffe Harrier’s. 

This year the club has once again linked up with Niall O’Sullivan’s Premier Timing Systems for entries and result data to manage the ever-increasing numbers of runners every year. 

Entries are online via the link The club would appreciate if participants could enter at least a week or two before the race date. Early entry gives the organizers an idea of the number of embroidered dated towels required for all finishers plus the food requirements for the big spread afterwards. Also, it is a big help to Niall for him to get working on his system early.

The layout of the two-lap course makes it ideal for spectators to see the race and encourage the
athletes as the race progresses. One section of the course in the village allows viewing of the
race at four different locations by moving about one hundred meters.

For an excellent guided tour of the course road by road Google the Running in Munster Ireland

Michael Hassett St Catherines has the best number of men’s victories with six wins. While in the women’s race Siobhan O’Doherty Borrisokane is in a class of her own with twelve wins.

Kevin Moore is the only local club athlete to have won the race in its 36-year history achieved in 2014 plus his Virtual win in 2020. Dymphna Ryan also from the local club has had a hattrick of excellent second places between 2013 and 2015 plus her Virtual win in 2020.

Here are all the winners since the event first ran in 1986
1986 John O'Halloran Tipp Town, Kathleen Maher Ballytrasna, 
1987 John Fitzgerald Clonmel, Mary Lonergan Reenavana, 
1988 Toddy Finn Raheny Shamrocks, Kay O'Sullivan Upperchurch,  
1989 Bernard Feery Clonmel, Martina Dorney Thurles Crokes, 
1990 Robert Costello Limerick, Kay O'Sullivan Upperchurch, 
1991 Michael Hassett Thurles Crokes, Mary Sheehan East Cork, 
1992 Robert Costello Limerick, Mary Sheehan East Cork, 
1993 Michael Hassett St. Catherines, Mary Sheehan East Cork, 
1994 Michael Hassett St. Catherines, Gaile Culleton Thurles Crokes, 
1995 Michael Hassett St. Catherines, Marcella Moloney Tullamore Harriers, 
1996 Michael Hassett St. Catherines, Siobhan McCormack Emerald A.C., 
1997 Daniel Gidumbanda Tanzania, Mary Sheehan Grange Fermoy, 
1998 Michae1 Hassett St. Catherines, Mary Sheehan East Cork, 
1999 Colm Burke St. Abbans, Mary Sheehan Grange Fermoy, 
2000 William Harty K.C.K., Mary Sheehan Grange Fermoy,
2001 Robert Wade Waterford A.C., Mary Sheehan Grange Fermoy, 
2002 Pat Byrne Tinryland, Mary Sheehan Grange Fermoy, 
2003 Tom Carey Limerick A.C., Rosemary Ryan Bilboa, 
2004 Mick Kelly Gowran A.C., Siobhan O'Doherty Borrisokane, 
2005 Sandis Bralitis Ballynonty A.C., Siobhan O'Doherty Borrisokane, 
2006 Tom Carey Limerick A.C., Rosemary Ryan Bilboa, 
2007 Dermot Kearns West Limerick, Madeline Dorney Thurles Crokes, 
2008 Jason Fahey Olympic Harriers, Rosemary Ryan Bilboa, 
2009 Tommy Evans Gowran, Siobhan O'Doherty Borrisokane.
2010 Seamus Power Kilmurray Ibrickane, Siobhan O’Doherty Borrisokane. 
2011 Kenneth Rogers St John’s, Rosemary Ryan Bilboa. 
2012 Michael Shannon Kilnaboy, Siobhan O’Doherty Borrisokane. 
2013 Christopher Bracken Thurles Crokes, Siobhan O'Doherty Borrisokane. 
2014 Kevin Moore Dundrum, Siobhan O'Doherty Borrisokane. 
2015 Stephen Hunter St Michael’s, Siobhan O’Doherty Borrisokane.
2016 Declan Moore Bilboa, Siobhan O’Doherty Borrisokane. 
2017 David Mansfield Clonliffe Harriers, Siobhan O’Doherty Borrisokane.
2018 Freddy Keron Sittuk Kenya, Siobhan O’Doherty Borrisokane.
2019 David Mansfield Clonmel, Siobhan O’Doherty Borrisokane. 
2020 Virtual Kevin Moore Dundrum, Dymphna Ryan Dundrum.
2021 Sergiu Ciobanu Clonliffe Harriers, Lizzie Lee Leevale.