21 December 2016

Training for multievents group

Wednesday training for multievents group (U10 - U13) finished now in Ballyheigue. 
Next session will be on Thursday, 29 December in Castleisland from 11-12:30.
After this session coaches will make decision who will compete in Munster Indoor CE Championships on 7/8 January as per Munster Athletics rules - athletes should be technically proficient and competent to compete in each event and also registered for 2017.

18 December 2016

Juveniles U13+ training - last session of 2016:

Juveniles U13+ training - last session of 2016:
Tuesday, 20 December at Ardfert Community Hall:7-8pm. This will resume on Tuesday, 10 January 2017 (€2).
Thursday, 22 December at Ardfert National School: 6:30-7:30pm (running) - weather permitted. 
Bring an old towel for ground work!
This will resume on Tuesday, 12 January 2017.
Tuesday and Thursday will be our training days for U13+ until March 2017.

09 December 2016

Munster Juvenile Indoor Competitions 2017

Junior Men & U23 Men + Juvenile Girls Pentathlon INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS 
Saturday, 7 January 2017 @10:30am
Venue: Nenagh Indoor Stadium 
Schedule of events HERE.

Junior Women & U23 + Juvenile Boys Pentathlon INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS 
Sunday, 8 January 2017 @10:30am 
Venue: Nenagh Indoor Stadium 
Schedule of events HERE.


Munster Juvenile Inter-Club Indoor Relays
Sunday 22nd January 2017, Time: 11am 
Venue: Nenagh Indoor Stadium 
Closing Date: Midnight on Wednesday 18th January 2017. All Entries Online 

Girls U/10 4x 100m 
Boys U/10 4 x 100m 
Girls U/12 4 x 100m 
Boys U/12 4 x 100m 
Girls U/14 4 x 200m 
Boys U/14 4 x 200m 
Girls U/16 4 x 200m 
Boys U/16 4 x 200m 
Girls U/18 4 x 200m 
Boys U/18 4 x 200m

Girls U/9 4x100m
Boys U/9 4 x 100m
Girls U/11 4 x 100m 
Boys U/11 4 x 100m 
Girls U/13 4 x 100m 
Boys U/13 4 x 100m 
Girls U/15 4 x 200m 
Boys U/15 4 x 200m 
Girls U/17 4 x 200m 
Boys U/17 4 x 200m 
Girls U/19 4 x 200m 
Boys U/19 4 x 200m 

All Munster Indoor fixtures links HERE.

13 November 2016

Munster Uneven Juveniles and Senior Cross Country Championships 2016

 A big number of juveniles athletes took part in Munster Uneven Cross Country Championships in Limerick. Course was set inside Limerick Racecourse and as with any good cross country traditions it had up hills and down hills, grass and gravel, water and plenty of mud...., mud..., mud....

St.Brendan's AC had 2 girls in U11 and U13 and one competitor in Senior race.
First of our athletes was Lilly Nowak in Girls U11 contesting 1500m distance in one of the biggest races by numbers competing of the day. Lilly did very well in this race with only small amount of cross country training.

In Girls U13 representing St.Brendan's AC was Daisy Nowak, tackling 2500m ( most of it in one shoe as the other got stuck in the mud), moving up the field as the race progressed and a longer distance is where her strength is.

Last race of the day was the Senior 10000m race and our club was represented by Artur Nowak. For all these athletes it was a new experience in cross country running at this level.

Juveniles results HERE.
Senior results HERE.

09 November 2016

Indoor Training in Ballyheigue

Training for athletes preparing and competing in Indoor Munster and National competitions (individual and relays) will commence on Wednesday, 9th November 2016 in Ballyheigue Community Centre from 7-8pm (November & December).
This training is for registered club members only. First Indoor competition is on 22 January 2017 - Intercounty Relays.
Please contact club secretary (0877985557) for more info about training or club membership.

03 November 2016

AAI National Marathon Championships 2016

Dublin City Marathon was the venue for AAI National Marathon Championships 2016 and it had the biggest number to date registered and participated with 16800 finishers.

St.Brendan's AC had Margaret Carlin and Cathy Quilter in women's category and David Butler, Gerald Carroll, Seamus Falvey and David Kissane in men's category.

All our club athletes finished the 26.2 mile distance while our club also had a men's team (team of 4 with 3 to score) placed 161 out of 265 teams.

Results HERE.

24 October 2016

Kerry Seniors & Juveniles Cross Country Relays

Kerry juveniles cross country relays for U10,U12,U14,U16 Boys and Girls , 30 October 2016 in Cahirciveen. Teams of 4 plus 1 sub, distance 4 x 500m for all ages.
U10 born 2007/8
U12 born 2005/6
U14 born 2003/4
U16 born 2001/2

Also Kerry Seniors Cross Country championships on the same day.
Please contact club secretary if interested in going (0877985557).

23 October 2016

Munster Juvenile Even Age Cross Country 2016

Another weekend of cross country competition took place in Co.Cork on Sunday, 23 October 2016. This was the first Munster competition of the season and the glorious weather conditions brought a hugh number of athletes in Juveniles and Novice/U23 categories.
St.Brendan's AC had 5 juveniles in Boys U10 category competing as individual and as a team for club and Kerry: Aaron Horgan, Zach Walshe, Eoghan O'Flaherty, Matthew O'Sullivan and Darragh O'Flaherty.

Following on from gold medal performance in Kerry U10 competition, our group of runners put in some great effort when battling with well over 150 other boys in this age category (1000m distance). 

With the huge numbers on the starting line it was a sprint from the start and trying to settle into a rhythm and not trip over. Our boys finished in positions: 31, 32, 93, 111 and 142.
Well done to all 5 boys, especially Matthew and Darragh who stepped up from U9 category to made a St.Brendan's AC team for the Munster competition, finishing in 8th place.
Aaron and Zach also placed for Kerry team in 5th place.
Thanks to all the parents who travelled and supported our athletes on the day and for commitments to help them to fulfil their full potential.
Results HERE and video HERE.

18 October 2016

Edinburgh Marathon Festival 2017

The Edinburgh Marathon Festival is now in its 15th year and takes place on Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th May 2017. This ever-growing festival of running is now a major event in the Scottish sporting calendar. Starting in Edinburgh, the course heads out through East Lothian offering stunning views and an unforgettable running experience.

The marathon route is one of the fastest in the UK making that that elusive personal best a distinct possibility! Edinburgh Marathon joined the world's elite road races in 2012 by becoming the first marathon in Scotland to be officially recognised by the IAAF, the athletics governing body. The IAAF bronze label puts the race among the top 75 in the world making it a pivotal part of the sporting calendar for runners.

The Edinburgh Marathon Festival is the UK’s largest running festival and it’s right on your doorstep! The full weekend of events attracts around 30,000 runners, with thousands more lining the course to support. There are 9 races on offer over two days including the marathon, half marathon, team relay, 10k, 5k and junior races. There really is something for everyone, so why not make the most of the Bank Holiday weekend.

Find out more at www.edinburghmarathon.com

15 October 2016

St.Brendan's AC AGM 2016


St.Brendan's AC Annual General Meeting will take place on Wednesday, 26 October 2016 at 8:00pm in Cul Mhuire, Ardfert.

Strength & Conditioning (Circuit) training for Adults - Autumn 2016

Strength & Conditioning (Circuit) training is back for Autumn & Winter months.
Start date: Tuesday, 18th October 2016 at 8:00pm - 9:15pm
Venue: Ardfert Community Centre
Cost: €2 per session
Suitable for adults and teens over 16 years old.

Circuit training is a convenient way to exercise. It maximises the total exercise volume (number of sets, repetitions, and amount of weight) completed in a period of time. Exercises are completed in a row, and therefore, the time spent exercising is condensed. Separate cardiovascular training is not necessary. All body parts are trained in one session, and therefore, exercisers do not need to work out everyday.
Due to the lack of rest that circuit training demands, exercisers maintain elevated heart rates for the entire period of exercise. The combination of weight training and increased cardiovascular effort makes circuit training a beneficial type of cross training.

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.

14 October 2016

Strenght & Conditioning training for Juveniles U13 - U18

Juveniles Strength & Conditioning training for U13 - U18 will start on Tuesday, 18 October 2016 in Ardfert Community Centre with Orla and Artur.

Each session will be 1hr and based on circuit training (with and without additional equipment) from 7-8pm and is €2 to cover hall.
For more information please contact via club secretary 0877985557.

09 October 2016

Kerry Cross Country Championships - Day 2

Second event of the 2016/2017 cross country season took place on Sunday, 
9 October 2016 in Firies, organised by FFMV AC. Weather conditions were very good for this time of the year with sun shining all day long.

This week it was the turn of juveniles uneven ages, Intermediate and Masters athletes.
Day started with Intermediate and Masters Women race over 4500m distance and our club had Linda O'Sullivan (Intermediate), Yvonne Quill and Cathy Quilter (both in Masters O35),Moira Horgan and Kirstie Nowak (both in Masters O45). This was the biggest turnout in cross country event in recent club history and means that St.Brendan's AC had 2 teams competing - Intermediate: Linda, Cathy, Moira, Kirstie & Yvonne and
Masters: Moira, Cathy, Yvonne & Kirstie.

As the rules of Masters categories changed regarding age in Kerry, we have to wait for official results in individual and team placing based on new structure for Masters (O35-44, O45-54, O55-64, O65+). Great performance by all the ladies (some of them did 10K in Killarney the day before!) and the few slips on the course is just part of the fun! Cross country running is not easy and has a huge benefit for overall performance in any other running events.

Juveniles competition started with U9 categories.
St.Brendan's AC was represented in Boys U9 by Matthew O'Sullivan and Kevin Horgan, our youngest athlete on the day in his cross country debut. Both boys did very well with Matthew earning bronze medal, finishing 4th (medals awarded for top 6 in cross country competitions) and Kevin in excellent top 10 position.

Next on the starting line was our team of U11 girls who unfortunately missed official start and had to chase main group almost 1 minute behind from the start line. Despite this early mishap all 4 girls finished the race and deserve big applause for their determination and team spirit to finish this race with smiles on their faces. This was also the first ever cross country race for 3 of the girls from the team: sisters Caragh & Caoilionn Kenny O'Sullivan and Ellie O'Connor. 4th runner on this team, Lilly Nowak was more experienced and managed to move up the field over the 1500m and finished in remarkable 6th place and earned a medal in the process.

After Girls U11 it was turn of Boys U11 and we have one newcomer in cross country running - Jamie O'Sullivan who put a great effort on the day. Aaron Horgan and Zach Walshe stepped up into U11 category and produced another top 10 finish with Aaron placing 5th and Zach in 7th position.

In Girls U13 category we had Daisy Nowak tackling 2500m distance and finishing in a respectable 10th place, getting stronger as the race progressed. Longer distances are definitely more suited to this young athlete.

Our only competitor in Boys U13 was Rian Kenny O'Sullivan also in his first cross country event at the same distance of 2500m. He paced himself very well to finish in comfortable middle of the field position.

Our last juvenile athlete on the day was very experienced (at this stage) Eimear O'Sullivan in Girls U15 category (running a year out of her age which is currently u14). From the very start this was group of 3 runners including Eimear. Girls were running distance of 3500m and our club athlete repeated her result from previous week to finish in 3rd place and a  huge distance ahead of next runner.

Last event of the day was men's Intermediate and Masters race over 7000m.
There were some puzzled faces at the start with Masters age categories changes made in lead up to this competition (O35, O45, O55, O65+).    
This was not made clear before competition started and caused a lot of confusion among participants at the finish line.

St.Brendan's AC welcomed back past member David Kissane from a long break. Together with Pat Sheehy and Artur Nowak, they made up St.Brendan's AC team - another novelty for our club in cross country competition. Both David and Pat stepped up the distance to compete in 7000m race to score for the team - they only had to finish 5000m in they own age category. Not only did they finish the race but managed to finish in medal positions with David getting silver and Pat in bronze medal position, just a few seconds behind in O55 age category. Third team member - Artur Nowak also finished in medal position, finishing 3rd in the debated and confusing O45 age category.

Few pictures from Cross Country competition on our FB page HERE

02 October 2016

Kerry Cross Country Championships - Day 1

First event of the 2016/2017 cross country season took place on Sunday, 2 October 2016 in Killarney, in excellent weather and ground conditions.
St.Brendan's AC had boys and girls competing in even age categories, some of them year out of age.

The first race for our athletes and the most attended was Boys U10 race at 1000m distance. We had Matthew O'Sullivan, Zach Walshe, Aaron Horgan and Darragh O'Flaherty. Aaron took the lead midway through the race and held on to win despite the very best efforts from a Killarney Valley runner to pass him several times. There was more good news at the finish line as Zach Walshe finished very strong to take 3rd place and bronze medal. Great weekend for Zach, who just day before set another PB in Tralee Parkrun (5K).
Thanks to an outstanding performance from Matthew (just outside top 6) and Darragh - St.Brendan's AC were declared team winners!

Next at the start line was Lilly Nowak competing in Girls U12 category. Lilly had a good race, finishing in the middle of the pack and she was happy with her effort competing out of her age.

In Boys U12 we had Tom O'Flaherty competing over 2000m distance and it was another good performance from our young athlete who ran a very comfortable first lap to up the tempo on the second lap and move a lot of places at the finish line. It's good to see some of the training effort being put to good practice.

In the last race of the day with St.Brendan's AC athletes, Girls U14 we had Eimear O'Sullivan and Daisy Nowak taking part over 3000m distance. Very fast first lap was set by Star Of The Laune AC runner with Eimear in second place while Daisy competing in out of age category was running at her comfortable pace for first 2 laps. On the last lap FFMV AC athlete took the second spot from Eimear to eventually win this race on sprint finish in the last 100m. 

Eimear finished in excellent 3rd position and Daisy in few places below, passing a good few runners on the last lap.

Unfortunately, we had no one representing St.Brendan's AC in any of the older age categories (U16, U18, U23) or adults in Novice category. We are hoping for better turn out next week for Intermediate and Masters competition. 
Few pictures from Cross Country competition on our FB page HERE.

12 September 2016

Farranfore/Maine Valley AC Open Sports 2016

Well done to our juveniles athletes competing in FFMV AC Open Sports event on Sunday, 11 September in Farranfore.
St.Brendan's AC was represented by Aaron, Kevin, Peter, Darragh, Matthew, Eoin & Tom in sprints, distance running, long jump and turbo javelin.

More photos on our Facebook page HERE.

02 September 2016

AAI National Master Track & Field Championships 2016

On Sunday 21 August 2016 AAI Masters Track & Field Championships took place in Tullamore.

St.Brendan's AC came home with 4 national medals. 2 Gold by Ursula Barrett in W40 Long Jump and 200m and 2 silver medals won by Patrick O'Riordan in M60 High Jump and Long Jump.

Ursula had an excellent day at the competition, improving on last year's performance at this level.
Great to see our club's founding member and current club president Patrick O'Riordan back competing at national level.

Full results HERE.

31 August 2016

Cross Country training - September 2016

Cross Country juveniles training for all age groups starting on Sunday, 4th September 2016 at 12:00 - 1:00pm - Walnut Grove sports field. €2 per session.
New members welcome to attend.

Schedule for September/October:
4th September - Cross Country training, Walnut Grove, Ardfert
11th September - FFMV Open Sports Day, Farranfore
18th September - Cross Country training, Walnut Grove, Ardfert
25th September - Cross Country training, Walnut Grove, Ardfert
2nd October - Competition:Kerry Cross County Even ages (U10, U12, U14, U16, U18) U23 & Novice, Killarney
9th October - Competition:Kerry Cross County Uneven ages (U9, U11, U13, U15, U17), Intermediate & Masters, venue TBD
23rd October - Competition: Munster Even ages (U10, U12, U14, U16, U18) U23 & Novice
30th October - Competition:Senior, Juniors and Juveniles Relays 4 x 500m (U10, U12, U14, U16)

31 July 2016


St. Brendan’s AC had another successful race on 31st July 2016 for their seventh annual Banna 10km and 5km fun run.   300 athletes ran in ideal running conditions with many enjoying the flat route and scenic views of Banna and the surrounding Ardfert area.  
The first man home in the 10km and winner of the Tom O’ Riordan perpetual trophy was Patrick O’ Connor from Cork.  However he faced stiff competition from second place runner Phelim Glynn, Dunboyne who came in three hundreth’s of a second to take take second place.  In the women’s 10km local female Anna-Meria Costelloe from Kilmoyley & running with St. Brendan’s AC came home in first position with Maggie Carlin also from St. Brendan’s AC, taking second place. 
In the men’s 5km Ardfert local Diarmuid O’ Connor came home in 18.17 with Peter Jackson from St. Brendan’s AC taking second place. 
In the ladies 5km Niamh O’ Sullivan, An Ríocht AC won in a fantastic time of 19.15 with Elke Wolf from Germany taking second place.  

Thank you to the St. Brendan’s Fit4Life group who provided all the wonderful food, teas & coffee.  It was a welcome sign after the race was over.  
Thank you to the many volunteers along the route who gave up their time to steward. 
Thank you to Centra & Maguires & Co. in Ardfert, Louis Byrne, Spar, Tralee, and The Market Stall, Castleisand.  
Looking forward to seeing as many competitors at next year’s competition. 
It was great to see so much local support for the race including club president Patrick O’ Riordan who ran with his grandson Gary.

10km Men                     1st      Patrick O’ Connor         34.55
                                      2nd     Phelim Glynn                 34.58
                                      3rd      John Barrett                   36.08

          Women                1st      Anna-Meria Costelloe    42.32
                                        2nd     Maggie Carlin                 44.07
                                        3rd      Suzanne Neilan               44.45

5km Men                       1st      Diarmuid O’ Connor     18.17
                                      2nd     Peter Jackson                 18.28                                                                                   3rd    Cathal Fitzgibbon           18.41

          Women                1st      Niamh O’ Sullivan         19.15
                                      2nd     Elke Wolf                        20.23
                                      3rd      Sasha Brent                    20.27

Male O40                      1st Robert Purcell
Female O40                  1st Elaine O' Keeffe

Male O50                     1st John Kenny
Female O50                 1st Eileen Dardis

Local Male                          1st Diarmuid O' Connor
Local Female                      1st Anna-Meria Costelloe

Looking forward to seeing as many competitors at next year’s competition.  Full results www.premiertimingsystems.ie:
5K results HERE
10K results HERE.
Gallery of photos HERE.

30 July 2016

July 2016 - news & updates

2 July 2016 - Parkrun Tralee #74
Zach Walshe, Daisy Nowak (new PB!), Artur Nowak, Yvonne Quill
IrishTV video HERE.
Full results HERE.

2 July 2016 - Ballina MCI Marathon
Cathy Quilter

4 July 2016 - Sea To Summit, Ballyheigue
Margaret Carlin - 1st Female, 
Padraig O'Regan - 2nd Male, Artur Nowak - 3rd Male, Gerard Carroll, Seamus Falvey, Pat Sheehy, James Pierse

7 July 2016 - Humphrey Murphy 5K & 10K, Castleisland
10K - Pat Sheehy, Padraig O'Regan
5K - Ursula Barrett, Linda O'Sullivan, Shannon Quill, Kirstie Nowak, Yvonne Quill, Csilla Vamossy, Mags Hussey, Norma O'Dowd, David Butler 

Full results HERE.

8 July 2016 - King Of The Beach, Ballyheigue
Anna Meria Costello - 1st Female (Queen Of The Beach), Shannon Quill - 2nd Female
Matthew O'Sullivan - 1st Boy U16 (Prince Of The Beach), Padraig O'Regan - 3rd Male, Pat Sheehy, David Butler, Artur Nowak

9 July - Tralee MCI Marathon B2B, Day 1
Moira Horgan, Tina Curtin

9 July 2016 - Parkrun Tralee #75
Zach Walshe, Pat Sheehy, David Butler, Irene Butler
Full results HERE.

10 July 2016 - Tralee MCI Marathon B2B, Day 2
Moira Horgan, Cathy Quilter, Margaret Carlin

16 July 2016 - Brandon Bay Half Marathon & 10K
Half Marathon: Pat Sheehy
10K: Linda O'Sullivan, Csilla Vamossy, Gerard Carroll, Padraig O'Regan

Full results HERE.

16 July 2016 - Parkrun Tralee #76
Zach Walshe, Peter Jackson, Ruairi Walshe, Irene Butler

Full results HERE.

23 July 2016 - Parkrun Tralee #77
Zach Walshe, Martin Butler, Ruairi Walshe

Full results HERE.

23 July 2016 - Run Killarney Half Marathon & 10K
Half Marathon: Catherine Burke, Margaret Carlin, Gerrard Pierse, Artur Nowak (new PB!)
10K: Irene Butler, Mags Hussey, Kirstie Nowak, Susan Daly, Linda O'Sullivan, Norma O'Dowd, Yvonne Quill, David Butler (as a guide).

Full results HERE.
Gallery of photos HERE.

23 July 2016 - Night Run Budapest
Csilla Vamossy

Results HERE.

30 July 2016 - Parkrun Tralee #78
Zach Walshe (new PB!), Peter Jackson, Pat Sheehy, Ruairi Walshe (new PB!), Yvonne Quill

Full results HERE.

30 July 2016 - Landers Tri Kingdom Come Triathlon
Sprint distance:
Mary Dillane, Gerrard Pierse, Artur Nowak

Full results HERE.