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"