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.

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