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.

DESCRIPTION: Top Of Coom

COUNTY: Kerry

DATE: Sunday 21 August, 2022

TIME:12:00

CLIMB (M):350

DISTANCE (KM):11.00

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... https://imra.ie/events/details/id/2234/

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 Eventmaster.ie

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... https://runkillarney.com/

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...

KEEPING IT IN THE FAMILY

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 https://www.facebook.com/DundrumAthleticClub

and on the club Twitter page https://twitter.com/DundrumAC



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

Male
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

Female
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
2022...

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 itsyourrace.com. 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
Website

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.

Wednesday, June 22, 2022

Notice: IMRA Galtees Half-Marathon - Sat 25th June 2022


The IMRA Galtee Half-Marathon is coming up on Saturday the 25th of June 2022.

DESCRIPTION: Galtees Half Marathon
COUNTY: Limerick
DATE: Saturday 25 June, 2022
TIME: 11:00CLIMB (M):1107
DISTANCE (KM):21.10EVENT DIFFICULTY:10 (Extreme) - Extreme, >1,000M ascent or > 30Km
RACE MARKING: Route fully marked - Route fully marked
GPS ALLOWED: Yes
LEAGUES: Munster Half-Marathon League 
ENTRY CLOSES: 022-06-24 18:00:00
ENTRY COST: €25


The route map is shown above. It is quite challenging and is more suited for experienced trail runners. 

It goes over the top of the Galtees from Galtybeg to Lyracappul and there are some incredible views in all directions.

As always, annual membership of IMRA (€10) is required.

Tuesday, June 14, 2022

Notice: Moycarkey Coolcroo 5km & 10k race, Tipperary - Fri 17th June 2022

It's back! The Moycarkey Coolcroo AC 5km & 10km road race in Littleton, Co.Tipperary is coming up on Friday the 17th of June 2022.



Registration will be in the Littleton Community Centre with the start and finish lines close by.



From Moycarkey Coolcroo AC.... Moycarkey Coolcroo AC will be hosting its 5k & 10k road races in Littleton on Friday 17th of June 2022 @7:30pm. The cost is is €10 for the 5k & €15 for the 10k.

Both Races start at the same time @ 7:30pm and both starts are a short distance from race registration & there is parking at the Moycarkey Borris Community & Sports Center Littleton to the left of the Church of Ireland, 


The 5k start line is 100m or so ahead of the 10k start line. Please note that children must be accompanied by an adult in the Family 5k Walk/Run, This will be our first race back since our last race in 2019.

Refreshments afterwards next to the community sports centre.

Preview.......A preview of the 5k route with maps and photos can be seen HERE



The club's website is http://moycarkeycoolcrooac.com

As can be seen from the map below, the village of Littleton is just off the M8 motorway so it's easy to get to.


Clothing Collection: We also have a Clothing Collection fundraiser(Clean, used clothing, shoes, belts & bedding are all acceptable - excluding - duvets, pillows and cushions.) the day after if people coming

to the race they might have some old clothes that they need to offload.

All monies raised go back into club development of our club field which is beside the Community Center when you get your registration, 

It was a dilapidated field which we have been renovating the last few years which we now own and are in hopes of building an Olympic standard Track by the year 2027 but we need help funding which the races and clothing collection will help immensely.

Friday, June 10, 2022

Notice: Clonmel Half-Marathon - Sun 28th August 2022


It's back! The 2022 edition of the Boston Scientific Clonmel Half-Marathon in Co Tipperary will be held on Sunday the 28th of August at 10am.

This race is organised by Clonmel AC and they have  a new route this year. Info to follow...

There is a dry fit top and a medal for the first 500 to enter.

The entry fee is €35 before the 1st of July and it's €45 from the 1st of July to the 15th of August. Online registration only.

Entries HERE


Race HQ is Gaelcholaiste Cheitinn, The Mall Clonmel, post code E91 K2E2

All race numbers will be Posted out before the event so this base will be used for after race and there will be refreshments etc


Race start is about 1 km from here on the Old Waterford road as the normal base at the LIT Complex on the by pass is not available this year.

Members of Clonmel AC at the launch of the 2022 Boston Scientific Half-Marathon

More info to follow...

Thursday, June 9, 2022

Notice: Dromana 5-mile road race - Fri 10th June 2022


As part of their 2022 Summer Series, West Waterford AC are holding their Dromana 5-mile road race on Friday the 10th of June 2022.

The race starts at 7:30am and the entry fee is €10.

You can enter online HERE




Notes from West Waterford AC... 
BUS TO RACE START - Please note those taking the bus to the race start in Villierstown from Cappoquin , the bus will be leaving from the GAA pitch are at 6.15 sharp. Race start at 7.30 pm.

ONLINE ENTRY FOR DROMANA  5 NOW OPEN.

You can register online for the Dromana 5 now at the link below for 10 euro.

https://eventmaster.ie/event/L89GHp3H76

Wednesday, June 8, 2022

Notice: Mary Doyle Memorial 5k in New Inn, Tipperary - Sat 11th June 2022


The Mary Doyle Memorial 5k road race in New Inn, Tipperary is coming up on Saturday the 11th of June 2022 at 7:30.

The entry fee is €10 and you can enter on the night.

This race is being promoted by Clonmel AC... "The Mary Doyle Memorial 5K Road Race takes place on Saturday night 11 th June , at 7.30pm. 

Registration will take place in the Rockwell Rovers complex from 6.30pm onwards. 

Entry fee is 10 Euros for athletes and 5 Euro for walkers entries  taken on the night.

Chip Timing will be provided by Premier Timing Systems."


The village of New Inn is located very close to the M8 motorway so getting there shouldn't be a problem. 

If you're coming on the M8 from the North then take Exit 9 which is just to the south of Cashel. If you're coming on the M8 from the South then take Exit 10 near Cahir.


The race HQ is at the Rockwell Rovers grounds which are about 300m to the north of the crossroads in New Inn on the R639 road to Cashel.

Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Notice: IMRA Coillte Trail League - May to Oct 2022


The Irish Mountain Running Association (IMRA) are holding a series of trail races in various woods in counties Cork, Limerick and Tipperary from May to October 2022.

These are easier than the usual type of IMRA mountain race and would make for a good introduction to trail running for experienced runners.

IMRA membership for 2022 is required (€10) for insurance purposes.

There are 8 races in the trail league and they are...

1) Cork... Sun 29th May 2022... IMRA Curragh Woods 8km... €7... 

2) Cork... Sun 12th June 2022... IMRA Kilworth Wood 7km... €7... 

3) Limerick... Sun 10th July 2022... IMRA Keeper Hill 6km... €7... 

4) Tipperary... Sun 24th July 2022... IMRA Sliabhnamuck 7km... €7... 

5) Cork... Sun 31st July 2022... IMRA Garryduff Woods 7km... €7... 

6) Tipperary... Sun 28th August 2022... IMRA Scarragh Woods 7km... €7... 

7) Limerick... Sat 17th September 2022... IMRA Cannon Sheehan 14km... €7... 

8) Cork... Sun 2nd October 2022... IMRA Curraghbinny Woods 5km... €7... 

For more info and to enter, go to https://imra.ie/events/