31 August 2014

Road Races in Kerry, September 2014

5 Sept - An Riocht 5K Series, Castleisland@7pm (€5)
5/6 Sept - Kerry Way Ultra 200K, Killarney@6am (entry €100)
  6 Sept - Dingle Half/Full/Ultra Marathon, Dingle@9:00am
12 Sept - An Riocht 5K Series, Castleisland@7pm (€10)
13 Sept - Asdee GAA HM & 10K, Asdee@1pm (€30/€20)
14 Sept - Rinn na gCros (Orienteering),Kenmare@11am
20 Sept - Dingle Triathlon & Duathlon, Dingle (€52.50/€47.25)
20 Sept - Dawn Women Mini Marathon 10K, Killarney@11am (entry €26.75)
27 Sept - Killarney 10 Mile, Killarney@1:30pm (entry €21.50)
27 Sept - Seven Frogs Triathlon, Maharees 
28 Sept - Rossbeigh Sand Dunes (Orienteering),Glenbeigh@11am

28 August 2014

St.Brendan's AC at Banna 10K & 5K

This year our annual fundraiser Banna 10K & 5K had its biggest number of club runners participating so far in any running events. As Banna 10K Road Race only allows for over 18's to take part,  the 5K Fun Run is getting bigger each year and it's great to see some of our younger members enjoying the non competitive side of running, so different from Track running and Cross Country races.
Thanks again for all club members who helped on the day.

St.Brendan's AC "lucky 13" members in 10K Road Race:
David Moore                 42:41
Artur Nowak                 43:15
Ursula Barrett               45:52
Dariusz Odwazny          46:47
Ann McGlynn                48:19
Thomas Redmond         49:09
Kieran Behan               52:14
Dermot Dillane             52:15
Joan Reil                     53:36
Eileen Leen                 57:16
Kirstie Nowak              57:49
Pat Sheehy                  58:44
Catherine Burke           63:16

St.Brendan's AC members in 5K Fun Run:
Shannon Quill, Lauren O'Grady, Riadh Malik, Lilly Nowak, Bernice O,Sullivan, Sally O'Mahony, Yvonne Quill, Brendan O'Sullivan, Rachael O'Sullivan, Sinead O'Mahony.

20 August 2014


Kerry Athletics are forming a sub-committee to support athletes in the development of their athletic career over the course of a three year program. The committee is made up of senior athletes and coaches.

The sub-committee is organising an information night for all club athletes from the ages of 15yrs up to Senior level. This will be held on Tuesday 26th August @ 8pm inFarranfore Community Hall. We would encourage all athletes to attend.

Squad Objectives:

Target athletes in the age group 15 – Senior level who have committed to Athletics as one of their main sports.
Support such athletes in the development of their athletic career over the course of a three year programme.
Support their own personal development
Create a “team” environment rather than “individual” participation in Munster & National championships.
Develop a core group of athletes that train together and are identified as part of a Kerry Athletics Team

The Program involves:

Completion of an application form to determine the current suitability of the athlete to the program.
- Initial Team Building exercise
- Physical fitness assessment
- Weekly / Monthly Training Sessions with specialised coaches to include
- Training Programmes on specific events
 -Advice with regard to Nutrition, Avoiding and Dealing with Injury, Sports Psychology
- Assistance with writing Personal Development Plan
- Maintenance of a Training Diary
- National Competition
- Commitment to Representing Kerry in Munster & National Competitions
This will form part of an ongoing development strategy.

10 August 2014


Athletics Ireland
Congratulations to St. Brendan’s Masters Athlete Artur Nowak.  Artur was competing in AAI National Masters in Tullamore, Co. Offaly in dreadful conditions where competition was suspended for up to an hour.  However, this did not deter Artur & he went on to win a silver medal in the javelin competition!  Well done Artur.

Few photos HERE.

09 August 2014

Tralee 100K Ultra 2014

The Inaugural Tralee 100K Ultra took place on Saturday, 3rd August 2014.
First ultra in Kerry at this distance attracted 42 runners and one wheel chair athlete, well known all over Ireland - Jerry Forde. 

Starting in Tralee Wetlands, the runners made their way to Ardfert, Ballyheigue, Causeway, Kerryhead, Ballyheigue again, Banna (running 5K of the famous by now "Banna 10K"!), Barrow (Including Barrow Hill), Churchill, Fenit (switchback at the pier), Tralee, Blennerville and finish outside Brandon Hotel in Tralee.

At the first 10K in Ardfert it was the very experienced Irish International ultra runner John O'Regan (Energia 24hrs winner in 2011) and Tom Foley from Tralee who set the early pace with Brian Redmond from Castlemaine (winner of Brandon Mountain Marathon in 2013)  and Dublin based, Polish runner Jacek Latala (second place finish in Portumna 100K in 2011) folllowing a couple of  minutes later with the rest of the field spread out, trying to preserve energy for hours of running/walking ahead.

St.Brendan's AC's only entrant to this run was Tom Scanlon from Causeway. Tom set a very even pace from the start and kept this up for all the race. He got  big cheers coming through Ardfert and Causeway.

At the 40K mark around Kerryhead the lead was still held by John O'Regan with Brian Redmond and Jacek Latala in pursuit but Tom Foley opted for a more sustainable pace. Just a few places behind leader and keeping good pace were the leading 2 women Jayne Angilley and Amy Masner with Gillian Cordner not too far behind, surely feeling the effort she put in just 2 weeks ago in Energia 24Hrs race in Belfast.

Around 70K mark just before Barrow the race had a change of leader, with Jacek Latala building up over 15min lead over John & Brian. His lead was reduced when Jacek had an unscheduled (over 1.5K) detour around Barrow Golf course as there was no signed turn around point for runners at that time. From that point his advantage grew by each kilometre with John O'Reagan's (2014 AAI National Champion (joint) in Energia 24hrs) exploits in Belfast leaving him short of fresh legs for this event. It was just 2 weeks previously when he covered 227.2K in the 24hrs race.
Brian Redmond also had disruption in his training due to an injury a couple months ago and it would be playing catch up for the rest of the day, trying to stay close to John O'Regan.
Tom Scanlon's tactics of maintaining a constant pace played dividends and he was on target to finish well under the15hrs cut off time and start passing some runners.

From around 90K mark, Jacek Latala increased his pace to run 4:55min/km for the last 10K to build a huge time advantage of over half an hour over the next runner. His relentless pace over the whole distance proved to be the decisive factor and even warm conditions on the day didn't hamper his race and preparation for SPARTATHLON  (ultra race from Athens to Sparta - 246km, at the end of September).
After 8hrs and 40min first Tralee 100K Ultra Marathon had its first winner - Jacek Latala.
Second person over the finish line was John O'Regan and just 2min behind Brian Redmond.
Forth person overall was also the first female - Jayne Angilley in 9hrs 46min, with Amy Masner finishing just under 10hrs in second position and Gillian Cordner completing the top 3.

Tom Scanlon had a strong second half of this race, moving up in overall standing and finishing in 28th position in a time of 14:13:30. Congratulations to Tom on this achievement and in the process, setting up a brand new St.Brendan's AC record for 100K distance.

This was a great event to have in Tralee and North Kerry and should attract a few more entrants in years to come. Standard set by the winner will be difficult to break but also is worth to mention the fact that all participants except one finished this event within the  time limit. 
Well done to runners and their crews for putting long day of work and organisers and volunteers for giving time to help with smooth running of this event. 

Position Name Time Gender Gender (Pos)
1 Jacek Latala 8h 40m 43s Male 1
2 John O Regan 9h 20m 39s Male 2
3 Brian Redmond 9h 22m 39s Male 3
4 Jayne Angilley 9h 46m 28s Female 1
5 Ed McGroat 9h 57m 43s Male 4
6 Amy Masner 9hr 59m 36s Female 2
7 Gillian Cordner 11h 05m 48s Female 3
8 Don Hillard 11h 9m 16s Male 5
9 Gary Connolly 11h 14m 00 Male 6
10 Nick Liddane 11h 23m 17s Male 7
11 Tim Crowley 11h 23m 32s Male 8
12 Tom Shanahan 11h 23m 58s Male 9
13 Marie Chapman 11h 30m 57s Female 4
14 Noel Guilfoyle 11h 48m 00 Male 10
15 Gavin Dillion 11h 54m 00 Male 11
16 Terence O Connor 11h 58m 48s Male 12
17 Pat Quinn 12h 28m 15s Male 13
18 Aidan Swords 12h 49m 00 Male 14
19 Noel Roche 13h 5m 47s Male 15
20 Marylin O Shea 13h 9m 37s Female 5
21 Elma McGelligot 13h 18m 45s Female 6
22 Martina Crean 13h 18m 46s Female 7
23 William Brick 13h 25m 39s Male 16
24 Noreen McCarthy 13h 33m 02s Female 8
25 Tom Foley 13h 46m 06s Male 17
26 Derek Mackessy 13h 58m 25s Male 18
27 JJ O Connell 14h 12m 27s Male 19
28 Tom Scanlon 14h 13m 30s Male 20
29 Brian O Se 14h 16m 01s Male 21
30 Hazel Wharton 14h 17m 38s Female 9
31 Catriona O Sullivan 14h 20m 12s Female 10
32 Jim McNeice 14h 25m 10s Male 22
33 Patricia Hannon 14h 25m 11s Female 11
34 Ted Moynihan 14h 32m 05s Male 23
35 Tom O Sullivan 14h 32m 17s Male 24
36 Martin Lilley 14h 34m 43s Male 25
37 David Quirke 14h 41m 11s Male 26
38 Gretta Quirke 14h 41m 12s Female 12
39 Conor Cusack 14h 47m 15s Male 27
40 Andrew Holder 14h 51m 01s Male 28
41 Randall Wharton 14h 59m 52s Male 29
42 Ann O Shea  14h 59m 55s Female 13
43 Gerry Forde 15h 23m 21s Male 43
DNF Alan Murphy Male

06 August 2014

Kilgobnet 4mile 2014

The 25th Kilgobnet 4mile Run/Walk took place at 8 pm. on Friday evening, 1st August. This is a good warm up to a busy weekend of road races which includes the Annascaul 5/10k road race and  of course the Banna 10K and 5K event. There were 80 participants and this was made up of club athletes, Fit for Life groups, walkers and children. 

Top 3 Men:
1. Simon Mangan 21:36                  (GG AC)
2. Connor Kissane  21:38                           .
3. Robert Purcell Jnr 22:03                (GG AC)
Top 3 Women:
1. Maria McCarthy 23:44                 (FFMV AC)
2. Niamh Clifford 25:46 (Star of The Laune AC)
3. Alison Kirwan 25:55 (Star of The Laune AC)

Mens 0/40 Roland Eager 22:58, 
0/45 John Kissane 24:16, 
0/50 Ger Ladden 23:31, 
0/55 Mike Mangan 25:22
Womens 0/40 Vivian Juffs 29:08, 
0/45 Mgt Foley 35:42, 
O/50Debora Doyle 37:00

St. Brendan's AC had two participants: Artur Nowak (finishing in 17th place overall with a time of 26:03) and Kirstie Nowak (finishing in 55th position with a time of 34:48). Given the fact that this was a fundraiser event for two charities, there were generous prizes for top three male and female and then a prize for each age category. Route was not too difficult, a few ups and downs but overall an enjoyable run. 
Full results HERE.
Map below (distance in km)

02 August 2014

Banna 10K & 5K 2014 - briefing notes

Start time: 9:30am for both 10K & 5K.
There will be a number of walkers for 10K distance, starting at 9:00am.
Registration opens from 8:00am at Car Park 1, closing at 9:15am.
Parking available next to registration.
Starting line for both 10K & 5K is approx. 400m from registration place so it can be used for warm up walk/jog.
10K Road Race distance is restricted to over 18 only! (AAI permit).
5K Fun Run is available to all.

For safety reasons we advise not to wear headphones/mp3 players as main roads will be open for traffic. Marshall's will be posted at every junction.

Toilets will be available and are located at Finish line 100m from Registration.
There will be 2 Water stations for 10K route, located at approx. 4Km and 7Km marks and one water station on 5K route - all with small bottles. There will be bins located shortly after each water station so please respect environment and dispose of empty bottles in bins/bags provided.
Weather forecast looks good for early morning, with temperature between 15-16 *C.

10K  map

5K  map

Prize & trophy ceremony @11:15am
Race will be chiped timed and results will be available on 
sportstiming.ie and 
http://stbrendansac.blogspot.ie/ (including photos).

Maps for both routes HERE.
Facebook event page HERE.
Results from previous years HERE.

Contact: bannarun@gmail.com or stbrendansac@gmail.com or Facebook