25 December 2013

Trail and mountain running

If you ever consider trail or mountain running, one thing you may want to invest in, is a  good pair of running shoes. Specifically design to get good grip on rocky, wet, muddy or slippery surface it will keep you safe and injury free on the road and trail.
Below is a list of some brands and models of shoes rated by Skyrunning organisation.

24 December 2013

Season's Greetings

from all in St.Brendan's AC

Wishing all of our members, young and old, a very happy Christmas and best wishes for 2014. 

03 December 2013


St. Brendan's AC registration will take place Wednesday 4th December 2013.

Venue: Ardfert community centre (front room)
Time: 6-7.30pm

Cost: €25 for children u9-u13
          Rate for families with three children u13 €70

         €40 for athletes u14+
         Athletes born in 2001 now qualify as u14 for the coming year 2014

Included in this fee is insurance with Athletics Ireland, Kerry Co. board affliation & competition entry fees. 

Any further queries please speak to club registrar Deirdre on the night.

Download Form for Juveniles HERE 

Download Form for Adults HERE

25 November 2013

Puck Warriors 5K & 10K Road Race

Puck Warriors 5K & 10K.
Chilly Saturday morning attracted large number of runners and walkers for this annual event in Killorglin with 2 distances to choose from - 5K and 10K.
St.Brendan's AC have 2 athletes taking part in 10K:
Tom Scanlon - 45:23
Pat Sheehy   - 50:09

Results Click HERE.

24 November 2013


The county squads have been rescheduled to begin Saturday 7th December 2013.  This session is open to athletes who are u14 & upwards in the 2014 season. 

Venue:   An Ríocht, Castleisland
Time:  11am-1pm
Cost:   €5 per athlete

Coaches & Events:
Sprints:     Tomas Griffen & Michael Godley

Throws:    Jerry Horgan & Alan O' Connor

Long & Triple Jump:  Marie Godley

Middle Distance:   Niamh O' Sullivan

Any Level 1 coaches who wish to assist are welcome.

20 November 2013

Weekend 16-17 November 2013 races results

South Kerry was a hub of activity last weekend with St.Brendan's AC members taking part in Feet First 5K series of races and the Half Marathon at the Gap of Dunloe. Results and pictures below.
Saturday, 16 November:
Feet First Mizuno 5K Winter series, race 3:
Ann McGlynn         23:03 (2nd in age group category)
Catherine Burke   28:34 (9th in age group category)
Full results HERE.

Sunday, 17 November

Run The Gauntlet Half Marathon
It was a good day for Derek Griffin, claiming victory on this very challenging route. Over 90 runners/walkers took part, battling for different colour finisher T-shirt ( RED - sub 1:45 hrs, black sub 2:00hrs and WHITE survivor) where hill running, climbing and free fall running skills are essential. Well deserved win for Derek as he lead from the start, setting a very fast pace and improving his own result from last year by 5min (finishing second overall in 2012). Congratulation to St.Brendan's AC athletes with one red and 2 black T-shirts for collection. 
Derek finishing time -1:22:59 (1st overall)

Ursula Barrett 1:58:39 (2nd in age group category)

Artur Nowak  1:47:06 (31st overall)
Full results HERE.
Gallery of photos on FB page IrishFit HERE and St.Brendan's AC HERE.

12 November 2013

Weekend 9-10 November 2013 races results

St.Brendan's AC athletes in action.

Saturday 9th November 2013.
Race 2 of Feet First Mizuno 5K series results:
Derek Griffin 17:16 (9th overall)
Catherine Burke 28:36

Full results HERE.

Shanagolden(Co.Limerick) 5 mile Road Race result:
John Lynch 31:04 (new PB)
Full results HERE.

Sunday 10th November 2013.
Orienteering - Glanageenty, Kingdom League No.3
Orange 13 controls:
Artur Nowak 23:38 (1st)
Full results HERE.

11 November 2013


Venue: An Ríocht
Date: Sunday 17th Nov 2013
Time: 11am - 1pm
Events: Middle distance, sprints, long jump, triple jump, shot & discus
Cost: €5 per athlete

This session is open to athletes who will be u14 in the 2014 season.  Any athlete who wishes to participate in more than one event can split their sessions, as it is hoped to hold 4 training days in total.  Also anyone interested in multi events should attend.
Any enquiries please call Brendan Cullen 087-2874184

09 November 2013



8th November 2013

A new committee was elected for the year 2013-2014:
President: Patrick O’ Riordan
Chairperson: Joanne Daffy
Vice-Chairperson: Chris O’ Shea
Secretary: Orla Fitzgerald
Treasurer: Shaz Malik
Assistant Treasurer: Blánaid Walsh
Registrar: Deirdre Courtney
PRO: Chris O’ Shea & Josephine O’ Riordan
Child Protection Officer: Antoinette O’ Mahony
Co. Board Delegates: Shaz Malik & Brendan Courtney
Head Coach: David McElligott
Coaches: Mary Marley, Artur Nowak, Chris O’ Shea, Shaz Malik, David Moore & Orla Fitzgerald
Fundraising Chairperson: Liam Marley
Committee: Breda Shanahan, Mags Hussey & TJ McCarthy
St. Brendan’s A.C. AGM was held on Friday 8th November 2013.  Chairperson Joanne Daffy thanked everyone for coming & said it was great to see some new faces.  Joanne thanked the outgoing committee members & commended them for the work they had done over the previous three years.  A thank you was extended to Liam & Mary Marley & Shaz Malik for their hard work each year in organising the Banna run.  Joanne reminded people that it is a voluntary committee & it would be great if more parents could get involved to help out. 

07 November 2013

Annual General Meeting 2013

St.Brendan's AC AGM will take place in Cul Mhuire, Church Street, Ardfert on 8th of November at 8:00pm.
Please contact Orla at 0877985557 or orlafz@gmail.com for more informations.

31 October 2013

Road Races in Kerry, November 2013

St.Finian's NS Waterville Fundraiser 5K (4 races)
Sunday,   3 November 2013, race 1
Sunday, 10 November 2013, race 2
Waterville Community Centre @12:00pm
Entry: €5 for U16, €10 Adults
FB Event page HERE.


Killarney Lions Club Winter League 5K (4 races)
Monday,   4 November 2013, race 1
Monday, 11 November 2013, race 2
Monday, 18 November 2013, race 3
Monday, 25 November 2013, race 4
All races start at 7:00pm
Hi-viz clothing essential.
FB Event page HERE.


Feet First Mizuno 5K series 
Saturday,   9 November 2013, race 2
Saturday, 16 November 2013, race 3
Saturday, 30 November 2013, race 4
(entry €7 on-line/€8 on the day)
FB Event page HERE.

Sunday, 10 November 2013
Kingdom League No.3
Glanageenty, Ballymacelligott @11:00am

Retro Run for Jigsaw Kerry
Fundraising event
Saturday, 16 November 2013
Tralee IT, North Campus @11:00am
Entry: €5
FB Event page HERE.

Run The Gauntlet Half Marathon
Sunday, 17 November 2013
Gap of Dunloe @9:00am
Entry: €50
FB group page HERE.

Puck Warriors 5K & 10K
Saturday, 23 November 2013
Killorglin @11:00am
Entry: €10
FB Event page HERE.

30 October 2013

Dublin City Marathon 2013

Well done to all Kerry runners, especially the two from St Brendan's AC on their completion of Dublin City Marathon 2013.

This was an exceptional race for Derek, setting a new club record for  Marathon distance, making it a hat trick for him in 2013 after improving on club previous records for 10 miles and Half Marathon. 
Derek Griffin   2:57:42 (chip time 2:57:39) - 250 overall 

It was a day to remember for Ursula Barrett, taking on the 26.2 miles distance for the very first time and finishing in with a very respectable time, fundraising for Barretstown in the process.
Ursula Barrett  4:40:17 (chip time 4:37:48)

Another runner from our club was Pat Sheehy finishing in 4:20:43, placed 133rd in M55 category!. 

Full results HERE.

23 October 2013

Feet First Mizuno 5K series, race 1.

Feet First 5K Winter series took place in Killarney on Saturday last 19th October 2013. Race 1 of the four races had 246 runners & walkers.

St.Brendan’s AC duo of Ann McGlynn and Catherine Burke did very well in this event with Ann producing new PB of 22:39.
Full results HERE.

22 October 2013



Couch to 5km

Monday 4th November 2013
Time: 7.30pm
Venue: Na Gaeil car park, Tralee

Tuesday 5th November 2013
Time: 8-9.15pm
Venue: Ardfert Community Centre

Thursday 7th November 2013
Time: 7.30pm
Venue: Na Gaeil car park, Tralee

Please contact: Orla Fitzgerald at 087-7985557 with any queries.
For established runners or any budding walkers out there please check the St. Brendan’s AC blog: www.stbrendansac.blogspot.com  

14 October 2013

Weekend action 12-13 October 2013

Another busy weekend of action for St.Brendan's AC members, which saw athletes taking part in 4 events over Saturday & Sunday. 

Brandon Mountain Marathon

First on the starting line on Saturday morning was Artur Nowak, taking part in the first mountain marathon in Dingle. With Mount Brandon in the first half and  then the Conor Pass to conquer and time limits in place, it was hard going. All of the 34 runners finishing Full Marathon managed to complete course in under the  9hrs time limit. Conditions on Brandon peak were challenging with low visibility in places, making navigating rocky trail that much more difficult.
Artur Nowak finished in time of 5:33.14 in 18th position overall.

Few short clips from mountain stages on our FB page HERE.
Results HERE.

Valentia Half Marathon

Second event on a busy Saturday took place in south Kerry on Valentia Island.
We had Pat Sheehy and Tom Scanlon representing St.Brendan's AC in the annual half marathon and both runners did very well on the scenic but difficult half marathon. 
Pat Sheehy clocked 1:50.45 in 50th overall position and 2nd in over 55 age group category and  shortly after we had Tom Scanlon in time of 1:53.35 in 61st overall.
Results HERE

Tralee Carers Association 10K
Annual Tralee Carers Association road race/walk had its starting line and route changed from usual. Well over 200 people ran through the streets of Tralee in this fundraising event.
A large number of St.Brendan's AC athletes took part and participation rather then results was the main objective of this fundraising effort.
Well done to all St.Brendan's members in supporting this good cause.
Full results HERE.

Derek Griffin                             Ann McGlynn
Cormac Leen                             Chris O'Shea
David McElligott                        Catherine Burke
John O'Shea                              Sarah Daly
Dermot Dillane
Pat Sheehy
Kieran Behan
Gallery of photos on our FB page HERE

Nenagh 10K

The Inaugural Nenagh.ie 10k took place last Sunday, 13th October. A larger than anticipated crowd of over 330 participants took part in the event both running and walking. The event was run in Aid of Áras Mhuire Day Care Centre, Nenagh.
St.Brendan's AC was represented by John Lynch, who travelled all the way to Tipperary in pursuit of a fast course to break the 40min goal he set himself for this year.
Congratulation to John who managed to finish in 39:09 in 11th position overall.
Results HERE

10 October 2013

Killarney Adventure Race & The Human Race

Helly Hansen Killarney Adventure Race 2013
On Saturday 5th of October a group of adventure enthusiasts ( or "you must be mad") from all over Ireland and beyond, arrived in Killarney for the annual Killarney Adventure Race 2013. 
A well established race which is growing in numbers every year. If you do it once, you want to come back to do it faster, if this is your first time you want to know "what all the fuss is about". With a choice of 3 different distance races and Relay options,  in one of the best locations in Ireland for this type of race, over 1800 people (most of them clinically sane) started from The Gap of Dunloe (59K & 69K route) or The Gleneagle Hotel (27K).
 A sunny day with temperature around 20*C, it was the perfect setting to try to finish in one piece and enjoy the day of running, hiking, cycling, kayaking, running, hiking, cycling .....

St.Brendan's AC was represented by Artur Nowak in 69K distance, finishing in 5h35min. A major improvement on KAR 2012.
Gallery of photos HERE.
Results HERE.

The Human Race
University of Limerick grounds was the venue for The Human Race consisting of a run on one of 3 distances: 10K, Half Marathon and 30K.
We had 2 athletes from St.Brendan's AC - John Lynch in 10K - 40:43 (9th overall) and Ursula Barrett in 30K - 2:47.04 (16th in women's category) as the long training run for Dublin City Marathon.

Full results from 10K HERE.
Full results from 30K HERE.

06 October 2013

County Cross Country Championships 2013 - Even Ages

The cross country season opener in Kerry took place in Killarney on Sunday 6th October   where the "even age" category and "novice"  men and women started the autumn/winter season.
St.Brendan's AC had Sabdh Lowth & Daisy Nowak in Girls U10 category, placed overall in the  middle of the highest number of entrants for any race of the day. Well over 30 girls ran the 1000m distance. 
Well done to both girls on a fine performance after only a couple of weeks of training.

Dara Lowth was representing our club in Boys U14 category finishing in 4th (3000m) and Cormac Leen in Boys U18 (4000m), also just outside medal position in 4th place. 

Great day of running in well organised and run on schedule event.
Full results HERE.
Some photos on our FB page HERE.
Next weekend is the turn for "uneven" age in Firies.

29 September 2013

Road Races in Kerry, October 2013

4 October 2013, Friday
5K An Riocht Autumn Series,Race 4, 
Castleisland @7pm
Entry for final race is €10

5 October 2013, Saturday
Killarney Adventure Race, Gap Of Dunloe 
(wave start from 7:00am)
(entry €85)

 5 Oct - Duagh Tidy Towns 10K, Duagh@12:00pm (entry €15, kids free)
 6 Oct - Dynamite 5K Fun Run, Duagh@1pm (entry €10, kids free)

12 October 2013, Saturday
Valentia Island Half Marathon, Knightstown@12pm (entry €20)
FB Event page

12 October 2013, Saturday
Brandon Mountain Marathon & Half Marathon (road&trail)
Dingle@8:45am NEW 2013!
Conor Pass Half Marathon (road)
Cloghane@10am NEW 2013!
Conor Pass 8K (road) @10:30am NEW 2013!
(entry €68/€50)

13 Oct - Kerry 10K, Tralee, CDP Car park@12:00pm (entry €15)

19 October 2013, Saturday
Feet First 5K, Race 1
(entry €7 on-line/€8 on the day)

26 October 2013, Saturday 
Hell Mountain Run Kerry Challenge (10K), 
Portmagee@11am (entry €30) NEW 2013!
FB Event page

26 October 2013, Saturday
Humpty Dumpty Duathlon 
40K Cycling + 6K Run, Individual & Relay
Kenmare@12pm (entry €40)

27 Oct - 5K/10K Fundraising Road Race, Ballyduff@11am NEW 2013!