30 September 2014

Circuit Training Fit4Life - Autumn 2014

Circuit Training starting on Tuesday, 7th October 2014 from 8-9:15pm in Ardfert Community Centre.
2Euro per session to cover hall rental. 
Benefits of Circuit Training (cross training):
"Simply stated, aerobic fitness develops faster than the muscular system (i.e. tendons, muscles, ligaments, and bones). For example, you may be able to hammer out a long run or a tempo run at 8 minutes per mile and not feel aerobically taxed, but your hips aren’t yet strong enough to handle the stress of the pace or volume of the run and your IT band becomes inflamed.
This experience is very common for runners who get injuries such as recurring shin splints or other persistent aches and pains when they first start running. Their aerobic fitness is allowing them to continue to increase the distance of their runs because they no longer feel winded at the end of each run; their shin muscles, however, haven’t adapted to the increased pounding caused by the increase in volume and they quickly become injured.
Therefore, it’s important that new runners and injury-prone athletes include ancillary routines, such as general strength training, into their weekly training plans to speed the development of the muscular system. In doing so, you’ll improve the strength and resiliency of your muscles, tendons, ligaments and bones and enable the muscular system to keep up with your aerobic developments.
What is holding you back from running more mileage and faster workouts each week? It isn't your aerobic system, but rather your body’s lack of resiliency toward increased mileage and harder, longer workouts.

If you seem to get injured every time you build mileage or try to maintain harder training for more than a week or two, I guarantee your aerobic system isn’t the problem. Rather, you've lost (or in some cases, never had) your athleticism, meaning your muscles, tendons, and ligaments aren’t as supple, flexible or as injury resistant as they once were. By developing general strength, you’ll improve your athleticism, be less injury prone and better able to handle a greater volume of training.

27 September 2014


Venue:  Kate Brown's, Ardfert
Time:    8.30pm
Date:     Thursday, 2nd October 2014

St. Brendan's AC will hold their annual AGM next Thursday.  Everyone is welcome to attend.

25 September 2014

New "COUCH TO 5K" group starting - 2014

Couch to 5km
Starting on the dates below:

Monday 29th September 2014
Time: 8.00pm
Venue: Na Gaeil car park, Tralee

Thursday 2nd October 2014
Time: 8.00pm
Venue: Na Gaeil car park, Tralee

Saturday 4th October 2014
Time: 1.30pm
Venue: Sandy Lane, Banna

Please contact: Chris O'Shea at 087-6399326 or stbrendansac@gmail.com with any queries.
8-10 weeks course, 3 days a week - Mondays, Thursdays & Saturdays

For All Abilities

There is progression from Walking to Jogging to Running.
No previous experience is needed.

Group Training

Let’s face it’s not easy to lead a healthy life and exercise. Knowing that there are others meeting to train will makes that bit harder to find an excuse not to go and it will motivate you to pull on your gear and get going. 
Having someone running/walking right beside you will keep you moving and can push you a little harder than you might do on your own.
Research also shows that people who train in a group are more likely stick with it.


When you train in a group it can definitely be a more fun experience.
It offers the opportunity to make new acquaintances or to catch-up with friends.
The fitter you get the more talking you can do while you train!


When you stick with a well-planned program, you will get the results and start to feel fitter and healthier.
It can also ensure that you get fit enough to take on your first 5km challenge or to push onto a 10km or to make the leap to a 10 mile and beyond!


A qualified St.Brendan's AC Fit4Life leader, who has been trained by Athletics Ireland’s Coaching Team, sets out the training schedules suitable for your needs.
By working with a knowledgeable coach your sessions will change/evolve as you progress, preventing hitting a plateau and boredom.
You will also receive on-going support and guidance.

24 September 2014

Killarney Mini Marathon 2014

Another edition of this highly popular race event took place in great weather conditions on Saturday, 20 September 2014.
Among the large number of cross dressers, doughnut lovers and ice cream connoisseurs, were quite a few runners tackling the 10K distance or, new for this year, 5K fun run/walk.

From start to finish there was a great atmosphere at this event. This included walking to the start line behind some very talented bagpipers (who later participated in the race). There were many ladies participating in their first 5/10K race and there was great encouragement to these from all corners, hopefully ensuring that it was only the first of many races for them.  

This was a well organised event. With an entry price of €25 which included a very stylish and good quality pink t-shirt, unusual and attractive finishers medal, doughnuts and Murphy's icecream, it was certainly good value.  There was excellent marshaling on the route, with signs erected at various points offering words of encouragement to the runners. There was even a couch at around the 7K mark offering Dawn Milk!

As usual, St. Brendan's AC was well represented in both races,  with the first finisher of the 5K being the Club's very own Shannon Quill. Another club member who completed the 5K was Joan Reil Burke, opting for walk this time.

The 10K saw Ursula Barrett finishing in 16 position overall (highest club place) with Ann McGlynn following close behind. Other club members to complete the 10K were Mags Hussey, Kirstie Nowak, Eileen Leen, Noreen Leen, Catherine Burke, Nora Falvey & Yvonne Quill.

Most of these ladies have been training over the summer months with the Club Fit4Life running group and it was great to see them doing themselves proud and getting good, well earned results on Saturday. 
Full results of 10K HERE  and 5K HERE.
Photo gallery on our FB page HERE.

16 September 2014

An Riocht Autumn 5K series 2014

Riocht 5K series consisted of 3 races on 3 consecutive Friday evenings in Castleisland.
There were a few St.Brendan's AC members taking part in these  well organised events.
Race 1 - 29 August 2014:
Pos.       Name                  Time
31.  Artur Nowak               20:32
44. Dariusz Odwazny         22:15
52. Tom Scanlon               23:26
75. Kirstie Nowak              26:30
Full results HERE.

Race 2 - 5 Septembert 2014:
Pos.       Name                  Time
37. Tom Scanlon               21:12
42. Ursula Barret               21:33
53. Dariusz Odwazny         22:29
Full results HERE.

Race 3 -  12 Septembert 2014:
Pos.       Name                  Time
39.  Tom Scanlon               20:54
51.   Dariusz Odwazny        21:53
123. Kirstie Nowak            27:14
Full results HERE.

Good to see Tom Scanlon back to training and racing after his epic Tralee 100K Ultra race in August. Well done to Dariusz & Kirstie to take part in this race having taken part in Dingle Half and Full Marathon in the middle of the series.

Cross Country training for 2014/2015 season

Our Cross Country training session will start this Sunday, 21 September 2014 at 11am in our usual place - Sandy Lane, Banna. First 2 session will be on Sundays (21st & 28th September) and from October we will be back to Saturday 1:30 - 2:30pm time, starting on 4th October 2014.
It's only 2 weeks until first XC competition in Killarney for Even Age Juveniles (U10, U12, U14, U16,U18 Boys & Girls) & Novice Men & Women.
FB page event HERE.
Uneven Age Juveniles (U9, U11, U13, U15, U17) plus Intermediate & Masters competition is on 12 October in Kenmare.

10 September 2014

Dingle Half & Full Marathon 2014

Close to 2000 people took part in this year's The Kerryman Dingle Half/Full/Ultra Marathon making it still one of the biggest and best running events in Kerry. As usual it was a professionally oganised event, with a quality finishers top and medal. One of the main advantages over some other marathons is the posting of race numbers to participants home addresses a number of days before the race, thus cutting out the need of number collection beforehand. This enables people to arrive fully ready literally 5 minutes before the start.
Again this year all routes were well marshaled where needed and water and aid stations were well stocked, this included energy gels, sports drinks, bananas and jelly beans in various places on the routes.

Weather as in the past few years was very kind for early September, which made for almost perfect conditions for endurance event. This combine with various types of entertainment provided by bands, solo musicians and even bag piper made the whole experience of running in spectacular location so much more appealing.
Ultra 50 miles - 42 finishers,
Full 26.2 miles - 326 finishers
Half 13.1 miles - 1454 finishers

Winners in all categories:
Ultra 50 miles Men: 
1. Jan UZIK                                                                    M35  6:07:14 
2. James SLOWEY (St Finbarrs AC)                           M35  6:23:25 
3. Thomas BUBENDORFER (Star of the Laune A.C.) M40 6:54:01 
Ultra 50 miles Women:
1. Simone DURRY                                             F35 7:23:51
2. Catherine GUTHRIE                                      F40 9:05:01
3. Lillian DEEGAN                                            F35 9:12:49

Full Marathon Men:
1. Gary OHANLON                                            M 2:29:59
2. Eoin SUGRUE                                               M 2:44:26
3. Sean MURPHY  (Trim AC)                            M40 2:50:55 

Full Marathon Women:
1. Orna DILWORTH (Sportsworld AC)                 F 3:13:56
2. Sally FORRISTAL (St. Josephs AC)                  F 3:19:03
3. Lean NI CHIOBHAIN (Chiltern Harriers)           F 3:26:53

Half Marathon Men:
1.John MEADE (St.Finbarr's AC)                        M 1:14:51
2. Ciaran CARR (Newbridge AC)                       M 1:16:57
3. Paul OCONNELL (Sportsworld AC)              M35 1:19:18 
Half Marathon Women:
1. Gillian COTTER (St.Finbarr's AC)                F40 1:29:12
2. Laoise NITHUAMA                                        F 1:29:27
3. Aoife QUIGLEY (Crusaders AC)                      F 1:29:36

St.Brendan's AC was again represented in both Full & Half Marathons:
Full Marathon:
115. Artur Nowak    3:59:06
250. Kirstie Nowak  4:56:50

Half Marathon:
202.   Dariusz Odwazny  1:45:24
327.   Pat Sheehy          1:51:32
1178. Catherine Burke   2:31:51

Full results HERE.
Photos HERE.

02 September 2014

Cross Country season fixtures for 2014/2015

Cross Country training squad starting on Saturday Sept.6th @ 11am in Tralee Sports Complex ( Pitches).This open to all county club athletes from U16 to U 23 who wish to compete in this seasons cross country championships.
Cost €5 per athlete.
Coach is Niamh O Sullivan

Cross Country Dates for Kerry & Munster Championships
NOTE: All county XC competitions will start with U18 Senior / Master women

Sunday 5th October: Killarney Demense 11am Start. 

County XC Juvenile even age (U10, 12, 14, 16 ,18) Boys & Girls.
Novice Men and Women

Sunday 12th October: Venue Kenmare 
11am Start.
County XC Juvenile uneven age (U9, 11, 13, 15, 17, 19) Boys & Girls.
Intermediate Men and Women
Masters Men and Women

Sunday 26th October: Munster XC Turnpike, Two Mile Borris, Co. Tipperary.
Juvenile even age (U10, 12, 14, 16 ,18) Boys & Girls.
U23 Men & Women
Novice Men and Women

Sunday 9th November: Munster XC, Clare
Juvenile Uneven Age
Intermediate Men and Women

Sunday 16th November: Currow 11am start. County XC
Juvenile uneven age Relays Boys & Girls.
Senior Men and Women

Sunday 14th December: Killarney Demense 11am Start. County XC
Juvenile even age Relays Boys & Girls - Selection of county teams for Munster Juv. Relays,

01 September 2014

Rose of Tralee 10K 2014

Second edition of this popular race took place on Sunday 17 August 2014. Judging by the increased number of runners, this event is well marketed and the nice summer weather this year added to a great experience.

Men results:
1. Mark Hanrahan (Leevale AC)               31:29
2. Michael Harty (East Cork AC)              32:42
3. Donal O'Callaghan (An Riocht AC)        34:56

 Women results:
1. Michelle Finn                                      37:48
2. Niamh O'Sullivan (An Riocht AC)           38:04
3. Annameria Costelloe (Gneeveguilla AC) 38:50

St.Brendan's AC results:
8. Derek Griffin           36:24
103. Ursula Barrett        45:38
111. Dariusz Odwazny    46:17
135. William Griffin       47:19
141. Ann McGlynn           47:29
208. Pat Sheehy             50:20
520. Catherine Burke       61:17
 Brian Lucid                       ???
Full Results HERE.