27 February 2013

Road Races in Kerry, March 2013

Killarney Lions Spring Running League
Please note change of dates and times: 
  2 March (race no.1) Saturday@11am 
  9 March (race no.2) Saturday@11am 
16 March (race no.3) Saturday@11am 
23 March (race no.4) Saturday@11am 
Entry €5 per race - distance 5K
For FB users
Contact: William 0872803189

Puck Warriors Duathlon
2 March in Killorglin@11am
5km run + 15km cycle + 5km run
Individual entry: €25 (+€5 ODL for non-TI members)
Relay (2 or 3) entry: €45 (+€5 ODL for non-TI members)

Tralee Rowing Club
10K Road Race & 5K Fun Run/Walk
3 March in Tralee@10am
Start and registration at Wetlands
10K Entry: €15 (on-line), €20 on the day
 5K Entry: €10 (on-line), €15 on the day
Contact: 0872997045
Charity 5K Fun Run
3 March in Currow@2pm
Entry: €10 (€5 for U13)
Registration in Currow Community Centre

The Kerry's Eye Tralee International Marathon
including Co.Kerry Full and Half Marathon Championships
16 March in Tralee
Start time:
Full 9:00am (entry €60)
Half 9:20am (entry €50)
For FB users

Valentia Island Duathlon
23 March in Valentia Island@10am
Registration on the day only in Chapeltown
5K & 10K Fundraising Run/Walk
including 1K children's run
24 March at Caragh Lake@2pm
Registration in Glounaguillagh National School
Entry: €10 for 5K and 10K (Family €15), €3 for 1K

5K with SPAR and RAY
25 March in Killarney@1pm
Entry: €5 (on-line)

The Good Friday Run - 5miles
29 March in Killarney@7pm
2 laps of route marked
Entry: €25 (on-line)
For FB users

Ballybunion Half Marathon and 10K
30 March in Ballybunion@2pm
Entry: Half Marathon - €50, 10K - €20

Tralee Marathon 2013 - entry deadline

28 February 2013 is the final date for entry to Tralee Marathon - Half (13.1m) and Full (26.2m). You can still register on-line.
Every Saturday and Sunday local roads between Tralee, Ardfert, Fenit and Spa are full of local runners with so many shades of hi-viz yellow, orange and red tops and jackets.

If You like some motivation, you may find it in this video:

Few other tips and running etiquette from www.runaddicts.net

The no-no’s of running

  • Lining up at the front of the race and then running slower than a baby can crawl.
  • Abruptly stopping during a race. Move to the side first!
  • Running without recovery days, and then complaining about getting injured.
  • Not returning greetings or simple nods when passing another runner.
  • Don’t bring your untrained dog to a race.
  • “I just started running. Can I run a marathon in 6 weeks?”
  • If you must spit or blow your nose please do so at the back of the pack.
  • Runners, don’t run WITH traffic. (Are you crazy?)
  • Don’t be a jerk when talking about your pace.
  • Cutting other runners off & slowing down.
  • Throwing drinks at the feet of the runners behind you.
    Act like a grown-up and throw it in the bin a few paces down the road.
  • Not paying attention to traffic or signals: It makes us all look bad.
  • Ignoring injuries and trying to ‘run through’ them.
  • If you use someone’s mp3-player / gps-tracker, recharge the batteries!
  • Don’t group-hog the entire road/trail width! Let others pass.
  • Being unaware of your surroundings. Does your music have to be that loud? Really?
  • Stopping IMMEDIATELY after the finish line. Keep going a few meters to get out of the way.
  • Don’t give advice without being asked. This holds true to most sports.
  • Bitching about what’s better: Minimal, barefoot or simple running shoes.
    Choose your own poison and enjoy yourself.
  • Not thanking the volunteers.
  • If you must, then at least look before you spit.
  • Don’t be an elitist *insert inappropriate word*. Whether people run 2 miles or 50 miles a week, they’re runners.
  • If the track is very busy, don’t run upstream.
  • If you have a bad case of the tummy demons, it’s nice to move to the back of the line as to not poison the rest of the group behind you.
  • Play nice. Follow the track rules, and don’t be arrogant when someone points out those rules. Crowded tracks need a set of standards to avoid injuries.
  • Don’t cheat races.
  • Inside lanes on tracks are for fast runners.
  • Don’t literally push people forward when the starting gun has fired.
  • Don’t complain about the workout of your group / partner.
  • If running with someone slower, don’t pressure them to speed up

26 February 2013

Wild West Run 2013

It was a busy weekend on roads and off-roads in Kerry. The longest race was taking place around Kenmare - WILD WEST RUN 2013. This year it was a 15miles race starting on  the road from Mols Gap, along Black Valley, with terrain changing from road to trail at Lord Brandon's Cottage. A bit of a climb to Ladies View and back on the trail all the way to Kenmare on the Old Kenmare Road.
A top class event with "superb course with breath-taking views" as described by one of 120 participants with good weather all day.

For the 3rd year in a row, James Doran from An Riocht AC won in time of 1:38:21. Simon Mangan took second spot (1:42:45) from his brother Stephen (1:42:46) making 1,2 and 3 for Kerry runners. 
In the Ladies section: 1.Fiona Devine 1:57:39, 2.Breeda Lynch 1:59:21, 3.Mary Dawson 2:01:44
St.Brendan's AC had Artur Nowak finishing in 50th position in time of 2:14:30.

Full results HERE
Gallery of pictures by Killian Walsh HERE 
and on Facebook by Beata Banatowska, SET2, SET3, SET4.

25 February 2013

Ballyheigue 10K By The Bay 2013

 A new record of over 150 participants took part in this annual fundraising event for Ballyheigue Family Resource Centre. 
There was a choice of 10km Race or 5km fun run/walk.
St.Brendan's AC was well represented in both 10K and 5K and it's good to see our Fit4Life group members taking on another challenge, using training and experience gained over the last few months.
 For our more experienced runners it was another training run in preparation for Tralee Half & Full Marathon 2013 in 3 weeks time.
Ann McGlynn had a very busy weekend when competing on Saturday in Gneeveguilla 5K series run and taking on the more challenging (hilly) 10K in Ballyheigue. This route is more similar to Tralee Half Marathon which she will be 
doing and training must be going well as she recorded a finish time 2min 30sec faster than last year for the same race.

Full Marathon hopeful, Pat Sheehy is also having a good season so far, finishing 1min faster from last years result.

Results of St.Brendan's AC from 10K race:
pos    time      no. 
25  00:48:03  359   ANN MCGLYNN
31  00:49:35  348   PAT SHEEHY
35  00:50:14  337   DERMOT DILLANE

 Full results of 10K HERE
 More pictures HERE

Gneeveguilla 5K series - race 4

Final 5K run in Gneeveguilla series on 23 February 2013 in Killarney.
Once again we did have St.Brendan's AC members competing:

pos  no.
69     (596)          Ann McGlynn        St. Brendan's AC    F50               00:23:15
77     (586)          Grace Starrett      St. Brendan's AC    F15               00:23:56
102   (545)          Catherine Burke    St. Brendan's AC    F40 Fit4Life F 00:28:26

As this was a final race in this years series, any one taking part in 3 out of 4 races was eligible for very generous category prices based on finishing time. Well done for St.Brendan's AC ladies in following categories: 
Female 50 

1 Ann McGlynn St. Brendan's AC

Female Fit4Life 

1 Catherine Burke St. Brendan's AC 

Youngest Female Finisher 

1 Grace Starrett St. Brendan's AC

Full results of race no.4 HERE
Overall categories winners HERE

24 February 2013


On a very cold weekend St. Brendan’s u14-u19 athletes took part in the Munster Indoors.  Whilst the outside may have been cold, inside the Nenagh Olympic arena was even colder!!  So with plenty of extra layers on to keep the muscles warm - & that was just the coaches!!  The athletes did well to take part & some were unlucky to place just outside the medal positions.

U19 Eoghan Courtney  1st  60m Hurdles
U17 Cian MacGarry  2nd Long Jump 5.88m
U14 Darragh Lowth  1st  800m

Well done to all the athletes who competed over the very cold weekend & a thank you to the coaches & parents who took them up.
Full results HERE

18 February 2013

Gneeveguilla 5K series - race 3

St.Brendan's AC results from race no.3 (of 4) from Gneeveguilla 5K in Killarney on 16 February 2013:
pos.  no.
62   (406)     David McElligot        St. Brendan's AC M40    0:22:46
67   (416)     Ann McGlynn           St. Brendan's AC F50     0:23:23
82   (420)    Grace Starrett          St. Brendan's AC U15F    0:24:27
105 (447)    Catherine Burke        St. Brendan's AC F40     0:29:31
110 (426)    Chris O'Shea            St. Brendan's AC F40     0:30:09

Full results HERE

13 February 2013



Training at An Ríocht track in Castleisland begins this coming Sunday 17th February 2013, for approximately twelve weeks.   It will depend on competitions during the year.
 A bus will depart from Ardfert Medical Centre at 3.15pm returning at 6.15pm.  We will collect in Tralee at the Statoil petrol station in Mounthawk at 3.25 pm returning at 6pm.
The cost is €5 pay as you go to cover the costs of both the track & the bus.
Any enquiries please contact Orla at the number below.


10 February 2013


In the brand new arena in Athlone, St. Brendan’s had two athletes competing.  Unfortunately through illness others were unable to attend.  However, both athletes medalled in their competitions. 

U23  PJ Galvin                     High Jump        2nd 1.90m 
       60mHurdles      2nd 9.20 (Pb) 

Junior     Peter O’ Brien     Weight for Distance    2nd  7.50m

Well done to them both!! 
Provisional results HERE.


The Munster Indoors took place over 9th & 10th February in a very cold Nenagh stadium!! But all of the athletes competing did very well with a few of them achieving personal bests.  Thank you to both the coaches & parents for travelling up over the weekend & helping out. 

U13     Kate O’ Shea  Shot Putt         3rd 8.02m (Pb)

            Ali Gardezi     High Jump       3rd 1.35(Pb)

            Darragh Courtney       60mHurdles    1st 10.39(Pb)
                                                Shot Putt         2nd 9.55m (Pb)

Darragh’s hurdles competition was a closely fought competition causing the judges to deliberate for 10minutes.  Eventually Darragh came out as the winner by one hundredth of a second, it was that close!!   
Provisional results HERE.     

05 February 2013

Gneeveguilla 5K series - race 2

 St.Brendan's AC results from second race (of 4) from Gneeveguilla 5K in Killarney on 2 February 2013:

84     Ann McGlynn           St. Brendan's AC   F50              23:22
96     Grace Starrett         St. Brendan's AC   F15              24:24
122   Catherine Burke      St. Brendan's AC   F40 Fit4Life    29:00

Full results HERE

03 February 2013

Awards Night 2013

A great crowd turned up to Ballyroe on the night where a great meal was enjoyed by all.  Shaz Malik was MC for the night & kept the crowd entertained with his anecdotes during the night.  Many of the highlights during 2012 included both Katie O’ Riordan & Eoghan Courtney representing Ireland at the International Schools in Kent, England.  Also Iarla Courtney & Cian MacGarry represented Ireland in Diagu in Korea during the year for the children’s games.  Here are some of the award winners from the night:

Best Overall MaleEoghan Courtney
Best Overall FemaleKatie O’ Riordan
Senior MenPJ Galvin
Most Improved MaleDarragh Courtney
Most Improved FemaleKate O’ Shea
Best Female Cross CountryCiara McCarthy
Best Male Cross CountryDarragh Lowth
Best New AthletesSadbh Lowth & Robert Monahan
Club Commitment AwardÚna Marley 

Other highlights included Darragh Lowth breaking the high jump Munster Indoor record.  Kate O’ Shea & Aaron Malik reached their first All-Ireland track & field competition with both of them achieving personal bests in the shot putt & ball throw respectively.  Darragh Courtney did very well & reached both the All-Ireland indoor & outdoor track & field competitions in both the high jump & shot putt, coming first in the high jump.
The new club chairperson Joanne Daffy thanked everyone for coming & commended the children on how well they all did.  She also announced that the juvenile club is now in its 25th
year & that we will hopefully have another successful year!!
More photos on our FB page