Friday, October 20, 2023

Notice: Clonmel 4 mile road race in Tipperary - Tues 26th Dec 2023

The big race in Tipperary over the Christmas period is the annual 4 mile race in Clonmel on Tuesday the 26th of December 2023.

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 annual MSD 4mile road race will be held on St. Stephens Day the 26th December, race start is 12 midday. 

Closing date for entries will be 23rd December at midnight. Race bibs can be collected on the morning of the race from 10 to 11-30 at Gaelcholáiste ChĂ©itinn E91K2E2. 

Last year we had just under 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 3 Men, 1st O/40, O/50, O/60 and O/70. 
The list of Prizes for the Ladies is as follows: the 1st 3 Ladies, 1st O/40, O/50, O/60 and O/70. 1st Junior Man and Woman under 18.

There will be a prize for setting a new Course record : 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 

Maps and directions HERE


Wednesday, October 11, 2023

Training programme for the 2024 Dungarvan 10-mile road race

The Dungarvan 10-mile road race is coming up on Sunday the 4th of February 2024.

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

The standard one is 14-weeks and starts on the 30th of October 2023 - Cost €105. 

If someone feels like they would need a bit longer than I'll be starting a 16-week programme on the 16th of October 2023 - Cost €120.

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.

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

Send emails to... johndesmondrunning AT gmail DOT com

A list of training programmes for 2024 can be seen HERE

Friday, October 6, 2023

Notice: Dungarvan Winter League - Nov 2023 to Jan 2024

West Waterford AC are organising their popular Winter League again this year in Dungarvan and here are the key points...

1) You register online for the full league and then you collect your number on Wed 8th Nov 2023.

2) There is a choice of two distances... 2.4 miles (3.9kms) OR 5.2 miles (8.4kms)

3) The runs are on the following dates at 6:30pm...

Wed 15th Nov 2023
Wed 22nd Nov 2023
Wed 29th Nov 2023
Wed 6th Dec 2023
Wed 13th Dec 2023
Wed 20th Dec 2023

Wed 3rd Jan 2024
Wed 10th Jan 2024
Wed 17th Jan 2024
Wed 24th Jan 2024
Wed 31st Jan 2024


The Fordes Daybreak Winter League will once again take place from the Sports Centre, Quanns Dungarvan for 11 Wednesday nights commencing on Wed 15th November.  We will continue for 6 nights before Christmas bringing  us up to Wednesday 20th December.

After Christmas we will return  on Wednesday the 3rd January and continue for 5 nights with our final night on the 31st January.

Number pick up will take place at the Sports Centre Dungarvan on Wednesday 8th November at 6.30pm or on first night of the league from 6.15pm.

We hope you will join us again for this annual event and if you haven't been with us before we guarantee you won't be disappointed.  It's an 11 week challenge that can maintain your fitness over the winter and start 2024 on a high note.

As usual there are 2 options to chose from.  The first is the "long" route which is 5.2 miles while the second choice is the "short" route and the distance here is approx 2.5 miles.  Both routes start and finish at the Sports Centre, Quanns.  There are a few very important rules and they are not optional.

No High Vis, No Run.  We will not allow any runner take part who doesn't wear a high vis.  No exceptions.  It has to be a high vis not a luemenous t-shirt.

No watches allowed or No Headphones.

 This is a very strict rule of this event. We will publish your time asap after the run. Your aim each week will be to run the time you ran the week before or if possible a little faster.

Stewards must be obeyed at all times.  Your participation in this event is an indicator of your compliance with this rule.

Rules of the road apply. You must run on the footpath at all times when available and only cross the road at designated points where stewards will direct you.


Our mission is to introduce as many people as possible to running/jogging.  We don't care how fast or slow you are we just want you to enjoy the league and see the benefits of running for yourself. 


Notice: Murray's Pharmacy Brickey 5K nr Dungarvan - Sun 12th Nov 2023

West Waterford are organising the Murray's Pharmacy Brickey 5K on Sunday 12th November 2023 at 11am. Entry is €10.

Race HQ is at the Brickey Ranger GAA club which is about 4kms west of Dungarvan in Co Waterford.

Entry link...

From the organisers... "Event Description: 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 your progress this is the route 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.

This race is a must do and great preparation for your first night of the Winter League the following week.

We would like to thank Liz Murray of Murray's Pharmacy for her kind sponsorship and all proceeds of this race will be divided between Glenbeg and Carriglea National Schools."