Category: Racing & Athletics Articles & Reports

If Wicklow has a Round, why not South Kerry

Conor Murphy has come up with a novel idea. You may have heard of the Wicklow Round, a long distance run covering many of the peaks in County Wicklow. Conor has raised the possibility of having a South Kerry Round. Conor explans his idea below: It seems to me that with 102 mountains between the MacGillycuddy’s Reeks, Dunkerron, Purple and Mangerton ranges, South Kerry would be an ideal location for a tough high altitude route for walkers and runners. So was pondering a few options recently and Read more [...]

Irish Mountain Running Association 2013 Season Review

The IMRA season has already kicked off and ChampionsEverywhere have very kindly put together a preview of the 2013 season. For IMRA runners, the 2013 calendar may have been more hotly awaited than Christmas, so what did the committee have in store this year? Calendar facts and figures This years calendar currently appears trimmed down from 66 races in 2012 to 56 not counting trials and youth races. We expect that by the time the final Munster figures, the Mountain Rescue Benefit run and the end-of-season Read more [...]

Interview with Moire O’ Sullivan, author of ‘Mud, Sweat and Tears’

Before Christmas, we ran a review of the excellent book 'Mud, Sweat and Tears by Moire O' Sullivan. The book traces the author's amazing journey from novice to seasoned mountain runner and outlines her attempt of the infamous Wicklow Round. The book is a highly inspirational read and is recommended to anyone with even a passing interest in mountain running. With the IMRA season about to kick off, we caught up with Morie and she kindly answered a few questions: What was your first experience Read more [...]

Fagan and Murray take victory at Spar Great Ireland Run

Both home grown Martin Fagan and Scotland's Freya Murray scored impressive victories over 10 kilometres at the SPAR Great Ireland Run in Phoenix Park on Sunday afternoon. The Scot's finishing strength and time of 32 minutes 30 seconds saw her outpoint Jo Pavey who however was pleased with how easily she eased herself back into competitive action after a year when finishing runner up, with Benita Willis third. Murray who is quickly emerging as one of the country's up-and-coming stars was delighted Read more [...]

Mullingar athlete Mark Christie wins KBC Asset Management St. Patrick’s 5K festival road race

Dublin, Sunday, 14th March 2010....Mullingar athlete Mark Christie has won the KBC Asset Management St Patrick’s 5K Festival Road Race which took place in Dublin today.  The Mullingar Harriers AC runner completed the course in a new record time of 00:14:12, clipping 2 seconds off the previous course record. Second place went to Sean Connolly from Tallaght AC who finished in 00:14:39. He was followed in third and fourth place by Raheny Shamrocks AC runners Richie Corcoran and Mark Kirwan Read more [...]

Jason Reid takes 2nd Winter League race of the IMRA season

The 2nd race of the IMRA Winter League took place in Annacurra, County Wicklow today. The race followed a revised route covering 10.5km and taking in a loop of the unnamed hill to the west of Annacurra. A great turnout saw Jason Reid lead home the field of 172 runners in a time of 44:33. Peter O' Farrell of the Rathfarnham club took second place in 45:17 with Eoin Brady of UCD finishing third with a time of 47:08. Karen O' Hanlon of the Maynooth club came was the first lady home in a time of 51:18 Read more [...]

Running High – One man’s diary of the Everest Marathon

For most people, running a marathon is the ultimate physical and mental challenge. For others, making the long and strenuous trek at altitude to Everest Base camp represents the pinnacle of their physical achievements. Then there are the exception few who combine the two. Step up Marc Barrett who in December 2009 successfully completed the Everest Marathon. The Marathon is listed in the Guinness Book of Records as the highest marathon in the world. The start line is at Gorak Shep (5184m) close Read more [...]

32 Marathons, 32 Days, 32 Counties!

32 marathons in 32 days - that's the lofty challenge Gerry Duffy and Ken Whitelaw have set themselves. Staring on 2nd July, the pair are going to attempt to run an amazing 32 marathons in 32 consecutive days in the 32 counties of Ireland to raise funds for charity, a completely unique challenge never before tried in Ireland. The pair need your help in raising funds for Irish Autism Action, Autism NI and the Irish Cancer Society and want you to join them to run, jog or waddle either a full or half marathon. Read more [...]