27 July 2013

Road Races in Kerry, August 2013

Banna 10K Road Race & 5K Fun Run
Sunday, 4 August 2013
Banna, Ardfert@9:30am
Entry: 10K - 20 (incl. goodie bag & medal)
           5K - 10 (incl. finisher medal)
Registration on the day from 8:00am
                                     FB Event page HERE.

Kilgobnet 4 Mile Road Race
Friday, 2 August 2013

Pole To Pole Road Race
10K & 5K Fun Run
Saturday, 3 August 2013
Entry: 10K - 20, 5K - 10
Registration open from 7-9am
Actual race distance for 10K is 10.35K, 5K is 5.5K
FB Event page HERE

5K Fun Run/Jog/Walk
Sunday, 11 August 2013
Entry: 5K - €10
Registration open from 12pm
Part of Knocknagoshel Harvest Festival
Info: Michael Murphy 086 1929558

Tri Kingdome Come FENIT 2013
Sprint & Try-A-Tri distance
Saturday, 17 August 2013
Entry: Sprint - €50, Try-A-Tri - €40
Relay options in both distances
FB Event page HERE

Ras an Bhuailtin 10K 
Saturday, 17 August 2013
Entry: 10K - 20

The Rose of Tralee International 10K
Sunday, 18 August 2013
Entry: 10K - 20
Places limited to 1000 peoples 
Unofficial FB Event page HERE 

HARDMAN Iron Distance Triathlon
Iron & Olimpic Distances
Saturday, 24 August 2013

Milltown Mini Marathon
10K Road Race
Sunday, 25 August 2013

Kerryhead Triathlon
Saturday, 31 August 2013
Entry: €40
FB Event page HERE

Sive Triathlon
Saturday, 31 August 2013
Entry: €35 (40)

Sliabh Luachra 10K Family Run
Saturday, 31 August 2013
Entry: €10 ind., €20 Family

15 July 2013

Hot weather tips for runners

8 Hydration Myths Busted

At its basic level, hydration is simple. Feel thirsty after a run? Drink something. Heading into an epic meeting? Bring along a water bottle. Despite this simplicity, there's an ocean of misleading information out there that leaves runners confused. Eight glasses a day, or not? Drink before you're thirsty, or only when thirst hits? Does coffee really dehydrate you? Knowing the answers is vital, since hydration is key to your performance. "Water is necessary for every metabolic process in your body," says Penny L. Wilson, Ph.D., R.D.N., a dietitian at Houston's Memorial Hermann Ironman Sports Medicine Institute. "It transports nutrients to your cells and takes waste away from them. It's like oil in a car." We dove below the surface of some myths to uncover the facts and make the truth about hydration as crystal clear as the water you drink.

Myth: Drink eight glasses of water a day.
Truth: You do need a healthy dose of hydration daily, but how much is an individual thing. "The eight glasses a day is totally arbitrary," says Susan Yeargin, Ph.D., assistant professor of athletic training at the University of South Carolina. "Everybody, especially athletes, has different needs." The Institute of Medicine guidelines are more specific, recommending 91 ounces per day for women and 120 for men. But the institute notes that "the vast majority of healthy people adequately meet their hydration needs by letting thirst be their guide."

Myth: Pee clear to be hydrated.
Truth: Clear urine is a bit excessive. "As long as it is a pale yellow, like lemonade, you're hydrated," says Yeargin. If it's completely clear, it just means you're full to the brim; what's going in is coming out. On the other hand, if your pee is the color of apple juice or darker, or particularly smelly, you need to drink up.

Myth: Caffeine dehydrates you.
Truth: While caffeine provides a performance-boosting edge, it also acts as a diuretic, right? Not exactly. "Recent research shows that caffeine doses between 250 and 300 milligrams—about two cups of coffee—will minimally increase urine output for about three hours after consuming it," says Yeargin, "But the research also shows that exercise seems to negate those effects. If you run within one to two hours of drinking coffee, you don't pee more." Most likely, during exercise, blood flow shifts toward your muscles and away from your kidneys, so urine output isn't affected, Yeargin explains. In addition, if you always have a latte in the morning or a soda at lunch, your body is acclimated to the caffeine, so its effect, on both your physiology and performance, is minimal.

Myth: Thirst isn't a good hydration tool.
Truth: Thirst is definitely a very strong predictor of hydration needs—and some experts would argue it's the only one you need. "Our thirst mechanism is pretty accurate," says Yeargin. "But it's always a good idea to have some other methods to ensure you're hydrated." Knowing your sweat rate is one way to track your needs, particularly for long runs, says Doug Casa, Ph.D., professor of kinesiology at the University of Connecticut and COO of the Korey Stringer Institute. To calculate your sweat rate, weigh yourself naked before and after an hour run. Keep track of how many ounces you consume during the run and factor that into your calculation postrun. Every pound you lose translates to about 16 ounces of fluid. "Your goal isn't to match your sweat rate," says Casa, "but you should try to get as close as is comfortably possible. For some runners, that may mean replacing two-thirds of the fluid they sweat during the run." He adds that you shouldn't try to consume more fluids than you've lost.

Myth: Pure water is best for hydration.
Truth: Although water is a great way to hydrate, it may not be the best choice in all situations. For an easy, hour-long run on a coolish day, sipping water is fine. But if you're running 10 miles on an August morning and are a salty sweater (you have white salt streaks on your face or clothes postrun), you need to ingest some sodium as well. "Salt helps you retain water," says Yeargin. "You're less likely to pee it out." A sports drink, such as Gatorade, and water enhanced with electrolytes, like Nuun, are good options; taking high-dose salt tabs before a run is less so. "There's no way to 'preload' with sodium to negate sodium loss," says Yeargin. "You just pee out anything you don't use."

Myth: You can't drink too much.
Truth: "You absolutely can drink too much," says Casa, "and it can be deadly." Too much water can cause symptomatic hyponatremia, a condition where the sodium levels in the blood become dangerously low. Although Casa estimates that fewer than one percent of marathoners develop symptomatic hyponatremia, certain groups are more prone to it, including smaller runners; those who finish marathons in more than four hours; and those who do a significant amount of walking and running in cooler weather (when your sweat rate isn't as intense as it is on warm days). "For recreational runners, the best way to prevent hyponatremia is to listen to your thirst," says Casa.

Myth: Drinking lots of water is a good way to "detox."
Truth: "There is no evidence that excess water makes your body more clean," says Dr. Stanley Goldfarb, M.D., a professor of medicine in the Renal, Electrolyte, and Hypertension Division at the University of Pennsylvania's Perelman School of Medicine. "If anything, drinking too much water can slightly impair the ability of the kidneys to filter blood." He adds that the only people who should drink more water with a focus on their kidneys are those who have had kidney stones.

Myth: Staying hydrated eliminates your risk of heat stroke.
Truth: Heat stroke is a life-threatening condition where your body temperature rises above 104°F. Dehydration can make you more prone to it. "People who are dehydrated are hotter," says Casa. In fact, in a study published in the Journal of Athletic Training, Casa determined that for every one percent of body mass lost through sweat, your body temperature increases by half a degree, "which makes hydration hugely important for preventing heat stroke," he says. But there are still a number of other factors that play a role. Body size, exercise intensity, fitness level, and age as well as humidity and air temperature can affect who does or doesn't develop heat stroke, says Casa. Certainly staying hydrated is a good call and can reduce your risk, but paying attention to the whole picture is a better predictor.

14 July 2013


Munster Athletics
DEVELOPMENT GAMES 2013                                 

The development games were held at An Ríocht track in Castleisland for the first time today Sun 14th July 2013.  Thank you to all of the children’s parents who came on the day. 


U10     Ronan Pearce              2nd 500m
                                                3rd Long Jump 3.50m

U11     Breanndán Walsh        2nd Long Jump 3.82m 

            Rebecca Falvey           2nd 60m Sprint 

U12     Ciara McCarthy          1st 600m 

U13     Kate O’ Shea              1st Shot Putt 8.88m

U14     Lauren O’ Grady        1st Shot Putt 8.56m

            Riadh Malik                2nd Shot Putt 8.13m

Well done to all the athletes who competed on the day.  Also a thank you to Shaz Malik who helped officiate on the day.   

07 July 2013


AAI Logo - Click to go Home      

Over a lovely Sat 6th & Sun 7th July 2013 in Tullamore, Co. Offaly, our St. Brendan's athletes brought home two medals.

These medals were brought home by the two males in the u19 category.

u19   Eoghan Courtney   3rd    400m hurdles

u19   Michael Grimes     3rd     triple jump

Well done to all who competed on this very busy sporting weekend.

05 July 2013


AAI Logo - Click to go Home

This coming weekend  6th & 7th July sees the beginning of the AAI National competition in Tullamore, Co. Offaly.  St. Brendan's AC has four athletes competing this weekend & 1 athlete competing on the 21st July which will be the final weekend of competition.

Darragh Courtney u13 in the 60m hurdles & long jump, Katie O' Riordan u19 in the pole vault, Michael Grimes u19 in the pole vault & triple jump, Eoghan Courtney u19 in the 400m hurdles & to Riadh Malik u14 who in a few weeks will compete in the shot putt.

Best of luck to all the athletes involved!!

02 July 2013

Kilmoyley 5K (3Miler) - results

First Kilmoyly 3Miler (5K) took place on Sunday, 30 June 2013. It was a great success for all Kilmoyley and Tidy Town committee who organized this event.
We have over 20 athletes from St.Brendan's AC in this local race with many enjoying race experience for the very first time. Collection of photos from this event on our FB page HERE.

If there are some results or names missing, please let us know and we can contact organisers.   

Winners in Men category:
1.John Barrett (GG) - 16:50
2.Derek Griffin (St.Brendan's AC) - 17:40
3.Chris Grayson (An Riocht) - 18:08

Winners in Women category:
1.AnnaMeria Costello (GG)
2.Catriona Barry (FFMV)
3.Mary O'Connor (An Riocht)

St.Brendan's AC Women:
Ursula Barrett            (1408) 23:08
Ann McGlynn              (1217) 23:28
Josie Daly                 (1421) 24:51
Mags Hussey              (1418) 25:17
Joan Reil Burke         (1258) 25:38
Antoinette O'Mahony  (1925) 27:31
Noreen Leen             (1464) 27:33
Catherine Burke        (1269) 28:37
Chris O'Shea             (1426) 29:16
Kirstie Nowak           (1278) 29:19
Breda Daly                (1422) 32:23
Peggy McGrath          (1425) 33:16

St.Brendan's AC Men:
Derek Griffin            (1281) 17:40
Artur Nowak             (1280) 19:46
Tommy Redmond      (1472) 21:58
David McElligott        (1431) 22:16
Johnny Jeffers          (1451) 22:21
Pat Sheehy               (1932) 23:54
Paudie Dineen
John O'Shea             (1436) 28:17
Shaz Malik                (1444) 36:21

Full results HERE.

Next on: BANNA 10K Road Race and 5K Fun Run 
on 4th August

01 July 2013

BANNA 10K - only 5 weeks away

New addition this year to our annual BANNA 10K is the introduction of a 5K Fun Run.
More details to follow.