08 August 2022

Come Back to Banna, Susan!

 


Susan Glennon, winner of the Energywise Ireland Banna Run women's 10K for the second year in a row on Sunday, July 31st running with her father, Matthew with 100m to go in the run. Now read her story.
Come Back to Banna, Susan!
A Tribute to Susan and the Amazing Glennon Family
By David Kissane
The winner of the women’s Energywise Ireland Banna Run 10K was today relaxing in Banna. Enjoying quietly the after-glow of the locally choreographed 12th annual event.
Susan Glennon of Mullingar Harriers AC is a 21 year old primary teacher who has just graduated from St Pat’s and comes from a family deeply-rooted in athletics. She was the first woman over the MyRunResults finish line near the Banna Beach Sea Rescue HQ yesterday, clocking a fast time of 41:40 as she passed the radar.
Susan looked most comfortable in the field of the 237 participants who lined up for the 10K and 5K as the sun came out and the previous day’s rain went into the sandy soil of Ardfert. She sailed smoothly past the Casement Monument just after 9.30am, past the wild and beautiful inlet of Carrahane, past Rathoneen Castle and on by the rath where Roger Casement found shelter in 1916, past the Land League house and through the magical Ardfert Village on to Banna Beach Resort and home to huge applause at the new finish near the Banna Sea Rescue HQ. Then a cup of tea near that HQ, kindly lent by the Sea Rescue for the morning, a chat with fellow competitors and then Susan was presented with the Chris O’Shea Memorial Shield. The shield commemorates a St Brendan’s AC officer and coach who passed away at a young age in 2019 and her sister, Mary was present to present the shield. These moments often make an event.
The amazing point about Susan’s inspiring run yesterday was that she was winning the Chris O’Shea Shield for the second year in a row. She also won the Banna 10K last year when the Shield was first on offer and was therefore the inaugural Chris O’Shea Shield winner.
So what’s the attraction to the Banna Run for the primary school teacher?
“Well, we have a holiday chalet at the Banna Beach resort!” she says and the family has been staying there for many years.
And the Banna Run thing is a family affair too for the Glennons. Incidentally, they are one of the largest families in Ireland. “There are twelve of us!” Susan calmly says. Did you say twelve? “Yes, I have six brothers and I am one of four sisters, and Mum and Dad. That’s twelve!”
The youngest is nine and the oldest is twenty seven. Susan is fourth in the family.
Yesterday Susan’s Dad and coach, Matthew, a founder member of Coralstown Kinnegad AC in Westmeath, ran the 10K with her and they both finished close to each other. Dad was in fact a second behind Susan. A coaching skill. Obviously a good Dad also! But while father and daughter were leaving Ardfert Village on the road home to Banna in that 10K heading west, brother Matthew (there are two Matthews in the family), was fighting it out with Darragh O’Leary of Killarney Valley AC in the out-and-back 5K heading east. And that titanic struggle was decided only on the line as both contoured their potential on the day. Matthew nodded over the MyRunResults ground-saddle and was given the verdict by the technology…both athletes timed at 16:14, delighting the huge crowd that witnessed the event in the last-day-of-July sunshine.
And that’s not the full story. Another brother Andrew, also a member of Mullingar Harriers AC, finished fourth in the 5K in the fast time of 18:32. Awsomesauce!
When Susan crossed the line in the 10K a short time later, the Glennons could quietly celebrate the unique success. A Glennon Banna Run success.
Susan trains six days a week and her ambition is to reduce her times over 5K (pb is 18:30) and the 10K (pb of 39:40). She has been lucky not to have been injured too often and the last time she had an issue was two years ago when shin splints and a stress fracture side-lined her for a while. She didn’t like that! Hindsight that provides insight.
She will start her primary teaching career in St Mary’s Primary School in Mullingar in September. Why teaching? “My mother is a retired teacher and a load of my aunts and uncles were teachers too!” If you hear about St Mary’s athletes doing well in the next few years, then you will know why.
The Glennons love Banna and North Kerry. Part of the hidden Ireland. There’s no need to travel beyond Banna Strand for that heavenly beach experience but a trip to Ballyheigue and Ballybunion is an option if required. “And there are more races in Kerry than in Westmeath!” Susan affirms. She warmed up for this weekend’s Banna Run by taking on the Ballyheigue Half of the Head and the Brandon Bay beach runs recently.
Take a bow Kerry race organisers. Deep and wise are the Kingdom’s race-planners.
What run has she got the most satisfaction from in her life? Without thinking too long, Susan says “The Banna Run!” Why? Sure the start of the Run is only five minutes down the road from their chalet in Banna Beach Resort! No long travel on the day and after the race the whole family can hop into the water in the Blue Flag beach and recover in the Atlantic waves. Perfect!
Susan Glennon has articulated the core raison d’etre of the Banna Run: family, people, the course, the location, the strand, the atmosphere and the after-run cuppa.
When all twelve members of the family go for a run together next Christmas, they may be thinking of a sunny July day near Banna Strand. A day everything rhymed. A day borrowed from family dreams. Frantic days for the organisers of the Banna Run who may be thinking of the family too and saying…
Come back to Banna again Susan and all the Glennons. Go for three-in-a-row! Beidh fáilte romhaibh!

18 June 2022

Banna Run 10K/5K - 2022 INFO

 


St Brendan’s AC will host the Energywise Ireland Banna Run 2022 5/10K road race on Sunday 31st July in Banna, Ardfert, Co. Kerry
St Brendan’s AC is a vibrant club in the rural North Kerry area, the club caters for athletes of all ages from juveniles through to masters. The club has a proud history with many club, county and national medals won throughout the years at all age levels. However it’s not all about the medals, it’s also about keeping fit, being healthy, providing a social outlet and encouraging participation. Relatively flat route, great for a PB and all finishers will get a bespoke medal. Tasty home cooked treats will be available after.
The event is being sponsored by Energywise Ireland
The price of the event is as follows:
10k - €22.50
5k - €12
Juvenile 5K Entry (13 -19yrs) - €7

Limited number of entries available on Sunday morning from 8:00 - 8:30am.
Option to purchase event t-shirt.
The men's winner of the 10K race will be presented with the Tom O'Riordan Perpetual Shield.
The women's winner of the 10K race will be presented with the Chris O'Shea Memorial Shield.
Both routes are AAI certified and this is an AAI permitted road race. Chip timing will be provided by myrunresults.com

Parking available at Finish Line location V92 AXN6 and Banna Beach.

09 June 2022

Munster Senior & Masters Track & Field Championships - Cork, May/June 2022

 A very successful Munster Masters Championships for our club athletes over two weekends in May and June.

First bunch of medals came curtesy of race walkers on 29 May in MTU track in Cork


Serena Griffin (W35) 3km - Gold medal

Denis Foley (M45) 5km - Gold medal

David Kissane (M65) 5km - Gold medal

Moira Horgan (W50) 3km - Gold medal

Tina O Connell (W45) 3km - Gold medal




Full results HERE.

On the same date Artur Nowak (M50) won gold medal in multievents (100m, long jump, shot putt, 1500m) with total of 2047 points.



Full results HERE.

More success came the following week, on 6 June at the same MTU Cork track were our club was represented by Ursula Barrett, David Kissane, David Butler and Artur Nowak.

Ursula Barrett (W45):100m - Silver medal, 200m - Gold medal (CBP), long jump - Gold medal


David Kissane (M65): 200M - Silver medal, discus - Bronze medal


David Butler (M40): WTD(56lbs) - Silver medal, shot putt - Silver medal


Artur Nowak (M50): high jump - Gold medal, javelin - Silver medal, shot putt - Bronze medal

                                   Full results HERE.

26 May 2022

St.Brendan's AC Primary Schools' Sports 2022 - Area Final Results

 


St. Brendan's AC - 2022 Primary Schools' Sports - Area Final Results

 

 

Class

Name

School

1st Class

 

 

 

Girls 60m

 

 

1st

Saoirse Russell

Treasa Naofa, Kilflynn

2nd

Emma Joy

Baile An Chrosaigh, Ballyduff

3rd

Ella Hogan

Mainistir O dTorna, Abbeydorney

 

Girls - 300m

 

 

1st

Saorise Russell

Treasa Naofa, Kilflynn

2nd

Roísín Diggin

Treasa Naofa, Kilflynn

3rd

Nessa Carney

Cill Lúraigh, Causeway

 

Boys - 60m

 

 

1st

Iarla McKenna

Cill Lúraigh, Causeway

2nd

Luke Mc Cann

Spá NS

3rd

Jack Sheehy

Sliabh a Mhadra, Ballyduff

 

Boys 300m

 

 

1st

Luke Mc Cann

Spá NS

2nd

Iarla McKenna

Cill Lúraigh, Causeway

3rd

Owen Gilligan

Spá NS

 

2nd Class

 

 

Girls  -

60m

 

1st

Lacie Boylan

Scoil Náisiúnta Árd Fhearta

2nd

Gráinne Donegan

Scoil Chríost Rí, Drumacurra

3rd

Saoirse Reen

Spá NS

 

Girls - 300m

 

 

1st

Gráinne Donegan

Drumnacurra

2nd

Saoirse Reen

Spá NS

3rd

Fia Mc Elligott

Spá NS

 

Boys 60m

 

 

1st

Cody Mc Kenna

Treasa Naofa, Kilflynn

2nd

Fionn Mc Carthy

Scoil Náisiúnta Árd Fhearta

3rd

Luke Doherty

Spá NS

 

Boys - 300m

 

 

1st

Aaron Keating

Spá NS

2nd

Fionn Mc Carthy

Scoil Náisiúnta Árd Fhearta

3rd

Garrett Lovett

Spá NS


3rd Class

 

Girls  

 

80m

 

1st

Hanna Riordan

Spá NS

2nd

Siabh O Donnell

Spá NS

3rd

Chloe Stephenson

Spá NS

 

Girls - 500m

 

 

1st

Hanna Redicon

Spá NS

2nd

Chloe Stephenson

Spá NS

3rd

Lauren Godley

Scoil Naomh Erc., Glenderry

 

Boys 80m

 

 

1st

Tadhg Gilligan

Spá NS

2nd

William Duggan

Scoil Naomh Erc., Glenderry

3rd

Darragh Flahive

Scoil Naomh Erc., Glenderry

 

Boys 500m

 

 

1st

William Duggan

Scoil Naomh Erc., Glenderry

2nd

Tadhg Gilligan

Spá NS

3rd

Darragh Flahive

Scoil Naomh Erc., Glenderry

 

4th Class

 

 

Girls  

100m

 

1st

Clodagh Buckley

Spá NS

2nd

Tia Falvey

Treasa Naofa, Kilflynn

3rd

Ruby Boyle

Sliabh a Mhadra

 

Girls 500m

 

 

1st

Tia Falvey

Treasa Naofa, Kilflynn

2nd

Clodagh Buckley

Spá NS

3rd

Muireann Wiseman

Scoil Náisiúnta Árd Fhearta

Boys 100m

 

 

1st

Zac Kearney

Spá NS

2nd

Daniel O Leary

Cill Lúraigh, Causeway

3rd

Simon Russell

Treasa Naofa, Kilflynn


Boys 500m

 

 

1st

Eamonn Óg Mc

Spá NS

2nd

Simon Russell

Treasa Naofa, Kilflynn

3rd

Cian Slattery

Spá NS


5th Class

 

Girls  

 

100m

 

1st

Aoibhinn O Driscoll

Scoil Naomh Erc., Kilmoyley

2nd

Saibh Dowling

Spá NS

3rd

Louise Gaynor

Spá NS

 

Girls - 600m

 

 

1st

Evie O Sullivan

Spá NS

2nd

Aoibhinn O Driscoll

Scoil Naomh Erc., Kilmoyley

3rd

Sadhbh Dowling

Spá NS

 

Boys 100m

 

 

1st

Stephen Harty

Scoil Naomh Erc., Glenderry

2nd

Conor O Sullivan

Scoil Náisiúnta Árd Fhearta

3rd

Jamie Parker

Fenit

 

Boys 600m

 

 

1st

Stephen Harty

Scoil Naomh Erc., Glenderry

2nd

Cameron Quirke

Spá NS

3rd

Declan Pierse

Fenit

 

6th Class

 

 

Girls  

100m

 

1st

Ashlyn Falvey

Treasa Naofa, Kilflynn

2nd

Emma Gaynor

Spá NS

3rd

Eilisha Hanafin

Spá NS

 

600m

 

 

1st

Emma Gaynor

Spá NS

2nd

Elisha Hannafin

Spá NS

3rd

Abbie Crowley

Spá NS

 

6th Class

Boys 100m

 

 

1st

Dara Harty

Spá NS

2nd

Billy Naughton

Spá NS

3rd

Kevin Horgan

Scoil Naomh Erc., Glenderry NS


600m

 

 

1st

Dara Harty

Spá NS

2nd

Billy Naughton

Spá NS

3rd

Luke O Carroll

Spá NS


Turbo Javelin 2nd and 3rd Classes

 

Girls

 

 

1st

Keely Flaherty

Scoil Náisiúnta Árd Fhearta

2nd

Lacie Boylan

Scoil Náisiúnta Árd Fhearta

3rd

Erin Roche

Scoil Náisiúnta Árd Fhearta

 

Boys

 

 

1st

Seán Collins

Bouleenshere

2nd

Oran Flaherty

Spá NS

3rd

Adam O Leary

Cill Lúraigh, Causeway

 

Shot Put

6th Class

 

Girls

 

 

1st

Abbey Crowley

Spá NS

2nd

Ashlyn Falvey

Treasa Naofa, Kilflynn

3rd

Alicia Hanafin

Spá NS

 

Boys

 

 

1st

Luke O Carroll

Spá NS

2nd

Dara Harty

Spá NS

3rd

Danny Gazi

Spá NS

 

Long Jump

Girls

 

 

1st

Aoibinn O Driscoll

Scoil Naomh Erc., Kilmoyley

2nd

Maddison O Connor

Scoil Naomh Erc., Kilmoyley

3rd

Kelly Flaherty

Scoil Naomh Erc., Kilmoyley

 

Boys

 

 

1st

Conor O Sullivan

Scoil Náisiúnta Árd Fhearta

2nd

Stephen Harty

Scoil Naomh Erc., Glenderry

3rd

Evan Neary

Scoil Náisiúnta Árd Fhearta



 
Relay Teams 

1st/2nd Classes

GIRLS                        

1. Ardfert

2.Spa

3. Kilflynn

BOYS

1.Spa

2. Kilflynn

3. Causeway

3rd/4th Classes

GIRLS 

1. Spa

2. Kilflynn

3. Glenderry

BOYS

1. Spa

2. Glenderry

3. Kilflynn

5th/6th Classes

GIRLS 

1. Spa

2. Kilmoyley

3. Ardfert

BOYS

1. Spa

2. Glenderry

3. Kilflynn