31 March 2014

Banna Sand Dunes Orienteering results

Well done to all new comers to the orienteering event at Banna Sand Dunes on 23 March. Weather was excellent for most of the day and a few of our club members took part in this event.
It was a family outing for the O'Connors with dad Brian taking top spot (that't the big kid on the left) and most of the Nowak family not too far behind. Full results HERE.
Next event is on Easter Sunday at Inch Beach.

Road Races in Kerry, April 2014

6 April - Causeway Macra 5K Fun Run, Causeway@2pm NEW 2014!

6 April - Iasc Og Pre-School 5K & 10K (1K kids), Cromane@2pm (entry €10/fam€15)NEW!

12 April - Dingle Duathlon, Dingle@9am(std), 10am(sprint) (entry €45) NEW!

12 April - FOSSA 10K & 5K Family Run, 
Fossa@11am (entry €20 for 10K,€5 for 5K)NEW!

13 April - Kerry County Road Championships (AAI Clubs only), Killorglin@11am NEW!

13 April - Crohane Lake (Orienteering), Rossacroo-na-loo@11am

13 April - Home to Rome 5K, Castleisland@11am NEW 2014!

13 April - 5K Fun Run/Walk, Sneem@11:30pm (entry €10) NEW!

18 April - The Good Friday Run 5miles, Killarney@7pm (entry €20)

18-21 April -Cloghan Brandon Hill Walking Festival, Dingle NEW!

19 April - Ballybunion Half Marathon & 10K, Ballybunion@2pm (entry €40/€20)

19 April - Kids Fancy Dress Fun Run,Tralee Town Park@1pm, (entry €5) NEW!

20 April - Inch Sand Dunnes (Orienteering), Inch@11am

21 April - Classroom to 3K, Tralee

26 April - Dingle 10K & 5K, Dingle (entry €15/€9)

Full list of Road Races HERE.

30 March 2014


The Kerry Development Indoor Games for 2014 was held Sunday March 30th in Killarney and was hosted by Spa Muckross and Farranfore Maine Valley. There was a great turn out by all clubs and St Brendan's was no exception. Our athletes made our coaches very proud, performing well and coming away with 30 medals in total. Robert Monaghan performed exceptionally well winning 4 medals - 3 of which were gold and one bronze. Rebecca Falvey and Emma Woods also competed very well winning 3 medal each. Well done to all who took part medals or not and thank you to all the parents who came to Killarney and supported the athletes and coaches on the day!  

See below events our athletes  medaled in:

U9   Liam Og O Connor   3rd Sprint

 U10 Odhran Ferris            1st Speedbounce

 U11 Robert Monaghan     1st Sprint
                                          1st Speedbounce
                                          1st Long Jump
                                          3rd Shot putt

U9 Lilly Nowak  3rd Sprint
     Tara Burke     3rd Speedbounce
                            3rd Long Jump

U11 Emma Woods 1st Long Jump
                                2nd Shot putt
                                3rd Speedbounce

       Saidbh Morrison 1st Speedbounce

U12 Rebecca Falvey 1st Sprint
                                  2nd Long Jump



Boys U1O 3rd       Boys U11 2nd              Girls U12 1st
Odhran Ferris         Gearoid Walsh               Aoibhina Morrison
Donnacha Foley     Keith O Mahony            Eimear O Sullivan
Adam Mc Donagh Robert Monaghan           Rebecca Falvey
Tomas Walsh         Fiachra o Connor            Saidbh Morrison
Oscar Morrison      Donal O Sullivan            Daisy Nowak

More photos and video clips on our Facebook page HERE.

23 March 2014



Congratulations to Darragh Courtney the only St. Brendan’s AC club representative at the AAI Juvenile Indoor competition on the 22nd & 23rd March 2014 taking place at the national indoor arena in Athlone.  Darragh is U14 this year & he competed in both the high jump & 60m hurdles earning a silver medal in both competitions.  On Saturday he competed in the high jump, jumping 1.58m to take silver.  Next up on Sunday were the 60m hurdles.  Darragh won his heat comfortably gaining a spot in the final.  The final turned out to be closely contested with Darragh taking the silver & getting a pb of 9.8s in the process!  Well done Darragh on a great achievement over the weekend.   


On Friday night 21st March 2014 the Kerry County Awards took place in the Listowel Arms.  St. Brendan’s had two award winners in Kate O’ Shea & Darragh Courtney for their achievements in 2013.  An enjoyable night was had by all!  Congratulations Kate & Darragh

22 March 2014

Banna Sand Dunes 2014 - Orienteering event

Orienteering event on Banna Dunes this Sunday 23 March 2014 from 11am.
Orienteering is a mixed of walking/running and basic navigation skills. This can be done individually or as a team (family). Open to all ages. Entry: €7 adults, €3 kids.

Registration at Car park no.1, next to Banna Sea Rescue. Six courses available from Brown, the longest to Orange the shortest. Orange is simple at 2.4km, Red is 4.6km for runners but needs some navigation later in the course. Light green 4.4km is more technical as are the others. First timers should take orange.

18 March 2014

Tralee Marathon & Half Marathon 2014

Tralee International Half & Full Marathon - Year 2.
Routes for both distances were altered for the last few miles from last year but Barrow Hill stood firm, contrary to popular belief that Hurricane David flattened Barrow Hill.
It's still there and there is almost 400 witnesses from last Sunday that can confirm this fact.
For many runners The Kerries was a greater challenge, given that it's over 20 miles in to the race. 
Numbers of participants were down in Full distance for various reasons. Organisers will have to find out why so any feedback should help in the future as Tralee does offer great marathon routes and is well up with other marathons on offer in Kerry. 
On the other hand, Half Marathon had an increase in its number of participants,which is great to see. 

The first runner to cross the line in the Full marathon was Gary O'HANLON (1), in a time of  02:26:52. Second was  Banna 10K 2012 winner - Julio Cesar CASTRO (45), in  02:38:33 and third was An Riocht James DORAN (92)  02:45:27.
The first female runner home was Ann Marie HOLLAND (456),(winner of Banna 10K in 2012 & 2013) in 02:55:20, second was Col Conway (57) in 3:22:06 and third was Nora Barry (10) in 3:27:18.

In the half-marathon, the first runner over the line was  David MANSFIELD (1410) in 01:12:09. Second was Simon MANGAN (1846) in  01:14:28, and third was his Gneeveguilla AC clubmate  Robert PURCELL (1668), in  01:15:36.

The first female in the half-marathon was  Maria McCARTHY (1815) who ran the course in  01:22:09 .Deirdre NAGLE (1511) was second in a time of  01:27:20, and Caitriona BARRY (1019) was third, in  01:28:11 .

This event was also part of the County Marathon Championship. Derek Griffin, running for St Brenadan's AC, achieved a bronze medal. Congratulations to Derek on his great performance. 

Overall the Club was well represented in both  marathons with many PB's being achieved on the day. Special mention to Catherine Burke who ran a fine race in what was her first ever half marathon. 

St.Brendan's AC results:
FULL MARATHON MEN                                          FULL MARATHON WOMEN
Derek Griffin  (Sen) 2:59:20                              Ursula Barrett  (Sen)  4:16:42 PB
Tom Scanlon  (M45) 3:45:43 PB                           Kirstie Nowak (M40)  5:10:43 PB
Artur Nowak  (M40) 3:54:32 PB
Kieran Behan (M40) 4:08:49

HALF MARATHON MEN                                        HALF MARATHON WOMEN
David Moore      (Sen) 1:39:31                               Ann McGlynn      (F50)  1:45:22
William Griffin (M55)  1:40:27                               Catherine Burke (F45)  2:27:48 PB
Dermot Dillane (M45)  1:53:58
Paudie Dineen  (M55)  2:04:29

Results for Marathon HERE

16 March 2014

Road Race updates, part 3 - March 2014

Ballycotton 10Mile
This very popular 10 miles Road Race attracted a full field (capped at 3600 peoples) of runners.
St.Brendan's AC had William O'Riordan finishing overall in 391st position in a time of 1:09:02.
His time was also the 4th fastest in his age group.

Full results in M60 category HERE.
Results HERE.

15 March 2014

Road Race updates, part 2 - February 2014

Our New York based runner Kieran O'Mahony was in action at TOKYO MARATHON 2014.
In Tokyo’s second year as a World Marathon Major, more than 36,000 athletes crossed the start line on a cool, overcast day in Japan’s capital city. The conditions proved to be perfect for marathon racing, as Chumba bettered the men’s course record by more than a minute (previously 2:06:50 set by Kenya’s Dennis Kimetto last year), and Tsegaye carved more than three minutes off the women’s course record (previously 2:25:28 set by Ethiopia’s Atsede Habtamu in 2012).

Kieran ran very well, finishing in an excellent time of 3:14:06 - Boston Marathon qualifying time.

14 March 2014


St. Brendan's AC will hold their annual awards night at Ballyroe hotel on Saturday 22nd March 2014.  The awards ceremony will begin at 7pm followed by dinner at 7.30pm. 

Tickets are: €10 for children up to u13
                    €20 for u14+ and adults

All children & their parents are welcome to attend on the night, it is a fun night for parents & children & we'd like to see as many people as possible.

Please contact Orla 087-7985557 if you wish to book tickets.  These can be purchased at next week's training session.

08 March 2014

Road Races updates - January - March 2014

Weather was not very kind for Kerry this winter. It forced the cancellation or rescheduling of a few running events in January and February. 
But as always St.Brendan's AC was represented in most o thef running events in Kerry.
Beaufort 10K
First Road Race of the year took place in Beaufort for 26th annual 10K with 159 runners & walkers taking part. 
Event was organised by Star of The Laune AC.

Mens Top 3
1 James Doran An Riocht M Senior 00:33:28
2 Arthur Fitzgearld FFMV AC M Senior 00:34:43
3 Robert Purcell Gneeveguilla M O45 00:34:44

Womens Top 3
1 Maria McCarthy FFMV AC F Senior 00:37:46
2 Carol Finn Lee Vale F Senior 00:39:29
3 Catriona Barry FFMV AC F O40 00:39:36

Darragh Browne Listowel was first Junior 37:16
St.Brendan's AC results:
Artur Nowak (O40)    M  45:36
Pat Sheehy  (O55)    M  50:13
Paudie Dineen (O55) M  53:03

Full results HERE.

Gneeveguilla AC 5K Spring Series
Due to bad weather conditions, this year's series was reduced to 3 and we had Catherine Burke and Ann McGlynn taking part in some of these races.
Catherine Burke came second overall in Category Fit4Life in overall standing.
Results of final Race and overall standing HERE.

Tralee Valentines Weekend 10 Mile
First event this year organised by Run The Kingdom was 10 Miles on the streets of Tralee and around town. Over 600 people took part for this inaugural event, many of them will be back on 16 March for Half & Full Tralee International Marathon.

St.Brendan's AC results:
Derek Griffin  (Senior)   58:54
David Moore  (Senior) 1:08:40
Kieran Behan (M40)   1:18:57
Pat Sheehy      (M55) 1:20:42

Ann McGlynn     (F50) 1:18:40
Catherine Burke (F45) 1:44:31
Kirstie Nowak    (F40) 1:47:50

Full results HERE.
Wild West Run Trail Half Marathon 13.1M
This was the 4th year of running this event with 3rd different route. This time it  started and finished in Kenmare with the majority of the distance taking place on The Kerry Way trail (Old Kenmare Road).

Just over 100 brave souls made itnto the starting line of this very well organised and marshaled event. Where else will you find a former Mountain Running World Champion helping out at half way point? (John Lenihan)
Well done to WWR crew and Kenmare AC for delivering once again a top (very hard in places) running event.
After 3 years of domination by James Doran of An Riocht, it was another Kerryman that take first place - George McCarthy (FFMV AC).
St.Brendan's AC had Artur Nowak completing this course in 2:04:18 in 47th place.
Full results HERE.

02 March 2014



The Munster Indoors took place once again at the Olympic stadium in Nenagh, Co. Tipperary.  Unfortunately through injury there were only a few who attended the competition on the weekend of Saturday & Sunday March 1st & 2nd.

Darragh Courtney had a great weekend; he is now in the U14 category & competed in the 60m hurdles, shot putt, high jump & long jump. 

Darragh came 1st in the high jump with a jump of 1.61m equaling the Munster Indoor record.  He then came 2nd in the 60m hurdles with a pb of 9.97s.