29 January 2013

Gneeveguilla 5K series - race 1

 St.Brendan's AC results from first race (of 4) from Gneeveguilla 5K in Killarney on 26 January 2013:

55 231 Ann McGlynn        St. Brendan's AC                  F50  23:48
66 220 Paudie Dineen      St. Brendan's AC                  M55 25:14
92 223 Catherine Bourke  St. Brendan's AC     Fit4LifeF F40  29:39

Full results HERE

Race no.2 in this series is on 2 February 2013.

28 January 2013

Road Races in Kerry, February 2013

Gneeveguilla AC 5K Winter Road Races
  2 February (Sat) race no.2
16 February (Sat) race no.3
23 February (Sat) race no.4
In The Demesne, Killarney

All races starts at 11am
Entry €5 per race
Athletes must do 3 legs of league to claim a prize
Contact: Tom Joe 0879339087

Killarney Lions Winter Running League
4 February (race no. 4, last race in series)
Race starts at 7pm
Entry €5 per race
For FB users
Hi-Viz vest/jackets required
Contact: William 0872803189

Kenmare Bridge 10K
9 February 2013 
Registration in Kenmare Community Center from 12:30pm
Race starts@2pm
Open to Walkers/Joggers
Entry €15

Including Juvenile 1 Mile Charity Fun Run for any one under 18 (Entry €5)
Race starts@1pm
Organized by KENMARE AC

Ballyheigue "10K By The Bay"
10K Road Race and 5K Fun Run/Walk
24 February 2013
Race starts@12pm from outside Ballyheigue Community Centre, Beach car park.
Registration from 10am
Entry: €10 for 10K & €5 for 5K

5K Fun Run/Walk
Fundraising event for Presentation Primary School Castleisland
24 February 2013
Run starts@11am
Registration in the School Hall from 9:30am
Entry €5
For FB users EVENT

Wild West Run - Trail 15 Miles
24 February 2013
Entry: €30/€37 with bus transfer from Kenmare to Mols Gap, restricted to 200 participants this year.
Race starts@11am from Mols Gap! and finishing 1 mile outside Kenmare.
For FB users EVENT

Change of route from last 2 years due to "significant deterioration of conditions at Killarney National Park" - better safe than sorry!

Full list of Road Races in Kerry in 2013 are HERE

27 January 2013

AAI Combined Events Indoor Championship 2013

First event in new AIT Indoor Stadium in Athlone produced some excellent results.
Well done to PJ Galvin of St.Brendan's AC for finishing in second place in Senior category in Combined Events with total of 2902 points, winning High Jump (1.94m).

22 January 2013



Registration for St. Brendan’s AC will take place: 

Tuesday 22nd January 2013 for the Fit 4 Life athletes.7.40-9pm
Wednesday 23rd January for the Juvenile athletes6-8.30pm

Each member registered with St. Brendan’s AC is covered from January 2013-December 2013. Registration form HERE.

The Fit4Life registration is €20, this money goes to Athletics Ireland for Insurance.
U9-U13 registration is €30, this covers insurance, Kerry Co. board affiliation & competition entry fees.
U14+ registration is €40, this covers insurance, Kerry Co. board affiliation,  competition entries & club running costs. 

Any queries please ask our registrar Deirdre on the night. 


Benefits of Membership of Athletics Ireland

1. Insurance
Athletics Ireland membership provides third party insurance cover for our members. This insurance covers you at training sessions organised by Athletics Ireland Affiliated Clubs.
2. Eligibility to Compete at National Championship Events
Only Athletics Ireland members are permitted to compete at our National Championships.
3. Development Incentives
Clubs Affiliated to Athletics Ireland can avail of coaching courses run by Athletics Ireland at a very reasonable rate. There is also an added incentive of equipment packs for clubs who are registered & have taken part in coaching programmes.
4. New Clubs
Athletics Ireland supports the establishment of new clubs both financially and practically by providing first year funding & courses.
5. Athlete Development
Athletics Ireland provided support for developing & promising athletes by running squad days, both Provincially & Nationally.
6. Competition
Athletics Ireland provides a comprehensive programme of competition for all age levels from Juvenile to Master

18 January 2013

Coaching workshops in January 2013

Please find details below re up coming workshops in January in the South West. For all workshops you simple come along on the day and pay €5 at registration. All workshops are open to athletes and coaches aged 11+.
- Wednesday 23rd January Sports Psychology Workshop at Cork IT 7-9pm. This takes place upstairs in the red brick building next to the athletics track stand. It will be run by Sports Psychologist Canice Kennedy and will cover the importance of Self Image in developing competition day confidence and improving concentration for competition day performance.
- Saturday 26th January Strength & Conditioning Workshop at Castleisland Track CoKerry 2-4pm. It will be run by S&C expert Joe O Connor. It will be a generic workshop tailored towards those in attendance with opportunities to ask questions and see demonstrations of certain excercises.

Steven Macklin
Regional Development Officer (Cork/Kerry/Limerick/Tipperary)
Athletics Ireland
Tel: 0876335565

17 January 2013

Tralee Marathon 2013 - 8 weeks to go!

Preparations for the first "The Kerry's Eye Tralee International Marathon" are in the advanced stages. 
All the information is
on the official Tralee Marathon website:
www.traleemarathon.com and 
on Facebook
There's still enough time to register and get some training done.

Below is some information that may be useful for runners and walkers and not covered on the official website. 

Routes for both Full and Half Marathon are confirmed and many local  runners are taking this opportunity to train on parts of the course.
The route for the Full Marathon will bring the participants from Tralee, starting at Wetlands (9:00am) to Ardfert (6miles/10K), Barrow (golf course)(10miles/16K), Churchill, Fenit (pier)(15miles/24K),Spa(19miles/30K) and Blennervillle, finishing back in Tralee.

First hill worth mentioning comes at mile 3 (just past Ballyroe Hotel) and after that you are just cruising for the next 3 miles all the way to Ardfert, home of St.Brendan's Athletics Club, first of many photo shoot opportunities. Left turn in Ardfert and flat road to the split section (approx.7.5miles)when Full Marathon participants will turn right to Barrow and Half Marathon participants will go straight ahead to Spa. 
Please pay attention to signs and marshals on route at this point!
 Just before Barrow, there will be approx. 3 miles in and out section and this may be the toughest challenge on course. To get to turn around point at Barrow golf course, you will have to ascent 60m in over 1.3km including approx. 300m (steep) hill at mile 10. Choice of running or walking this hill will depend on individual approach. View of the sea from top of the hill is spectacular (recommended as second photo opportunity).

On the way back from turn off point, there is a time to recover as the next 2 miles are down or flat before gradual climb to Churchill. The next (and the last) serious hill (approx. 500m) is at around half way point at 13 miles. Great spot to take a picture of Barrow hill across the bay.
Second half of the marathon should feel a bit easier, nice gradual descent (in and out section again) to Fenit pier (take picture of St.Brendans statue) and more or less flat road all the way to Tralee with small hill (at 18 miles) before Spa. There is last gradual climb, after mile 20 just before Tralee. Nothing worth  mentioning except for the fact that after 20 miles of running every little pile of rocks looks and might feel like Everest. From mile 22 all the way to finish line is down or flat, so if you have anything left in the tank, this will be the time to use it. 

You may want to have a quick pit stop to take a snap of Blennerville windmill before crossing the finish line and collecting your well deserved medal in Tralee.

Half Marathon route follow Full Marathon from Tralee to Ardfert but with starting point at High Street (9:20am) and splitting at 7.5miles from Full Marathon route going straight to Spa when both routes are joined again.
Good news is there are only 2 hills on the Half Marathon route: first at mile 3 (just past Ballyroe Hotel) and next after split from Full Marathon at 8 miles mark. Both hills are approx. 1km. 
It looks like there will be another split in Tralee town where Half Marathon participant's go directly to finish line and Full Marathon taking right turn to Blennerville before turning back to Tralee. 
Please pay attention to signs and marshals on route at this point!

Short summary:
Race is chip timed (Sports Timing.ie) with timing tag attached to bib.
Open for walkers.
Net time used - start counting when crossed start line not from the gun. 
Cut off time - 6 and half hours, no time will be recorded after 3:30pm.
Official County Kerry Half & Full Marathon Championships for members of athletics clubs in Kerry.
Water(Celtic Pure) stations will be placed every ca.3 miles (5K).

Sport gels (Squeezy) and Isotonic drinks on route.

Distance will be marked in miles, AAI permit granted.
Start time: Full - 9:00am, Half - 9:20am

No mp3/phone players allowed for safety reasons.

Entry: Half - 50, Full - 60

Closing date for on-line entry: 28 February 2013, no entry on the day.

Pacers for Full Marathon:3:00, 3:30, 4:00, 4:30, 5:00hrs

Will this be the new PB routes? Half Marathon most definitively. Full Marathon will be more challenging. What other people thinks? Leave you comment. 

14 January 2013

Kerry clubs membership in 2012

Athletics Ireland is delighted to announce that membership figures for the 2012 year have surpassed 42,000 members. This is a 19% increase over the 2011 figure of 35,490 members. 
Between the years 2007-2012, the membership has grown from 24,723 to 42,299 a 71% increase over the last five years. 
Below stats for Kerry.

10 January 2013

Open Juvenile Indoor in Nenagh

Nenagh Olympic A.C. are hosting an Open Juvenile Indoor Competition for athletes U/9 to U/12 on Saturday 19th January in Nenagh Indoor Stadium. Flat fee of €5 per person/athlete will be charged at the door. High Jump competition for U/12 Girls & Boys will start at 11.30am with Track Events commencing at 12 noon. See Timetable & details HERE.

08 January 2013

Christmas Break is over!

Training in Ardfert Community Centre will resume today, Tuesday, 8th January 2013 with Circuit training 
from 8-9:15pm (€2).
Beginners welcome! 

Juveniles training will resume on Wednesday,
 9th January 2013 in Ardfert Community Centre

Times:  6-7pm for 7 - 9 yr olds
           7-8pm for 10 - 12 yr olds

Cost:  €3 per child
          €4 for two children in a family

          €6 for three children in a family
and Cross Country on 12 January 2013 at Sandy Lane, Banna (1:30-2:30pm).

06 January 2013

Munster Junior/U23, Senior & Masters Indoor Championships 2013

The first Munster competition of the year took place on Sunday 6th January in Nenagh, Co. Tipperary. 
A few St. Brendan’s athletes competed on the day.  Here are the results: 
Peter O’ Brien   (Junior)       
1st –Shot (11.57m)
1st –Weight for Distance (7.64m)

PJ Galvin   (U23)                   
1st – 60m Hurdles (9.47)
2nd – 60m Sprint (7.48)
2nd – High Jump (1.90m)

Artur Nowak  (Masters M40) 2nd - High Jump (1.50m)
                                                2nd  Shot (8.47m)                   
                                                3rd – 800m (2.35)

Well done to all who competed & a thank you to Artur who drove the athletes up.

Full results HERE

05 January 2013

Blog milestone!

Today (5 January 2013) our blog site reached 40000 views since 21 July 2010.

We are hoping for another 10000 hits before our Annual Banna 10K Road Race 
on 4th August 2013.

04 January 2013

Beaufort 10K Road Race 2013

First road race of  2013. 
Traditionally taking place in Beaufort on 1st January is a 10K road race organized by Star of The Laune AC.
This year was the 25th annual race and all 139 participants received commemorative running tech-Tshirt in nice lime colour before the race and pint of milk at the finish line. 
A well organized event with juveniles races taking place at GAA field with trophy's and goodie bags for all kids. 

Top 3 Men:
1    Brian Murphy        Iveragh    M         00:33:22
2    Donal Coffey        Leevale    M         00:33:38
3    John Barrett         G/guilla      M        00:34:05

Top 3 Ladies:
18    Anna O'Neill        Doheny's         F    00:39:51
23    Catriona Barry    FFMV AC         F    00:40:48
25    Deirdre Nagle     Eagle, Cork      F    00:40:56

St.Brendan's AC results:
51  Artur Nowak         00:44:57
77  Pat Sheehy          00:49:32
90  Andrew Barrett    00:52:14
99  Paudie Dineen     00:54:26

Full results HERE