Athletics Notes

Mooreabbey Milers' Derrick Ryan and James Fletcher after the Youghal 5k last Thursday night.

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This year has been flying by so far and I would say that this is the first year ever that we had warm sunny weather each Friday night for our races. Finally the drought ended yesterday and Farmers all over the country got a little relief and hopefully the grass will start to grow again and take the pressure off them.

For most people this has been a really great summer but even for runners the heat isn’t ideal for racing, in fact some of the warm evenings make it hard to get in some solid training all most people are doing is maintenance work.

But more heat is expected and the best we can do is try to enjoy it and with Limerick and Cork both through to the All-Ireland semi-finals in two weeks’ time we might have some more rivalry’s surfacing.

While we are taking a break from races at the minute there are plenty of runs on all over the place the problem most of the time is that there are too many. Pick carefully what events you want to support and don’t end up at a race every night of the week, too much of a good thing can be bad for you as well.

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We have a 5km at the Country Club and a 5 mile in Churchtown. So a final chance to push yourself in a race over these distances and maybe a shot at a new PB. I have purchased some Buffs for the end of season and I will be giving them out at the Country Club and at the final race in Churchtown. Enjoy your racing and see you in a few weeks’ time.

Dooneen AC

Run Kilkee

Congratulations to Emer O’Mahony, who won the inaugural Run Kilkee Half-Marathon in 1:39:16 on Saturday. Next home was John Shier in 1:51:57, Eileen Reeves in 1:58:43, and Caroline Bradley in 2:22:50. There was also a 10K and Dooneen were represented by Robert Coll, who ran 57:46. Well done to everybody who took part.

Brandon Bay

Well done to Jean Costello, who ran a PB of 1:55:10 at the Brandon Bay Half-Marathon on Saturday. Dooneen were represented by Anthony Harty and AlyHogan O’Curry in the 10K, who finished in 41:28 and 1:05:36 respectively.

Irish Life Health National Juvenile Track & Field Championships

These championships were held over the weekend in Tullamore. Well done to Ella Dillon, who finished 9th in the U16 High Jump with a leap of 1.45m, and to Diro Lawal, who won his U17 100m heat in 11.29, going on to finish 4th in the final in 11.05.

Dooneen at the Racecourse

Dooneen at the Racecourse on August 26th is a unique opportunity to walk, trot, or gallop a 5K or the ‘Munster Mile’ in the stunning surroundings of Limerick Racecourse in conjunction with the Limerick Show.

Time to get training and fit for the summer now! Commemorative T-shirt for 1st 200 entrants in the 5K, commemorative medal for Munster Mile, chip timing, AAI permit, and Jones counter measured. Race entry includes free entry to Limerick Show. Guaranteed to be a great day out. Don’t this opportunity – enter online now on


– Limerick Country Club A.C. 5K, Friday August 17th, 7:30pm

– Curraghchase 10K, Sunday August 19th, 11am

– Dooneen at the Racecourse 5K & ‘Munster Mile’, Sunday August 26th, Limerick Racecourse, Patrickswell. Munster Mile starts at 12pm & 5K starts at 1pm.

Mooreabbey Milers

Kilworth Woods

The latest run in the MMRA Summer league was held in Kilworth Woods Co Cork last Wednesday. On what started out as a glorious sunny evening quickly changed as the first of the runners started to cross the finish line the grey clouds rolled in and down came the most welcome and refreshing shower of rain.

The evening kicked off with a kiddies and junior race at 7.30. This was followed by the senior race at 8.00pm. Out representing the club were Tom Blackburn, Patrick Holian, Kevin Lenihan, Willie O’Donoghue, Liam O’Donnell, Damien Holian, Patrick Hartigan, Mary Pyke, Patricia Ryan and Mandy Parslow.

Tom Blackburn finished 2nd overall and Patrick Holian was 1st male junior. Doing one better this week Patrick, Kevin, Willie and Liam finished 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th with just over a minute separating these four. RDs on the night was Lynda Hynes and Willie O’Donoghue and club helpers were Patricia Ryan, Patricia Blackburn, Grainne Blackburn, Mairead Hynes and Louise Rennie.

Youghal 5KM

Meanwhile in Youghal Co Cork James Fletcher and Derrick Ryan took part in the Youghal 5k last Thursday evening. James refreshed from his two half marathons whizzed around the course in 18.55 and Derrick just back to running polished the course off in under 25 minutes.

Clerihan 5 Mile

On Friday night Mary Pyke took part Clerihan 5 mile. Organised in association with Clonmel AC this is the 6th year of this race. This was a 5 mile loop which took in the south-west of the village. With various fast downhill sections on the course Mary finished well in the top half of the field.