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Fingal-Dublin 2020 cancelled

European Athletics confirmed the cancellation of the 2020 edition of the SPAR European Cross Country Championships that was due to take place in Dublin, Ireland, on 13 December. [Read more…]

Ireland to Host Euro 2020 Cross Country

Athletics Ireland has secured the hosting of the European Cross Country Championships for the second time. Members of the bid committee presented to the European Athletics Council in Budapest and emerged as winners. [Read more…]

Connemarathon 2016 held in tough conditions

connemarathon ireland

The Connemarathon 2016, held its fifteenth edition of their events, consisting of a half marathon, full marathon and 39.3 mile ultra marathon all on Sunday April 10th. The day proved an enormous success with runners coming in from 29 countries to participate in what is widely known as a magical running experience.   [Read more…]

Eleven weeks to 2016 Connemarathon

connemarathon 2016

There is less than eleven weeks to go until the 2016 Connemarathon where 3,000 participants will descend on the region in the west of Ireland and we are hoping to have representation from 29 countries again this year on Sunday, 10th April. [Read more…]

Connemara International Marathon set for April 2016

connemara marathon

Set in the wild west of Ireland, the Connemara International Marathon is widely regarded as one of the world’s most spectacular events. While taking in the most breath-taking scenery that Ireland has to offer, runners and walkers will enjoy an internationally orientated day in the heart of the Wild AtlanticWay. [Read more…]

Dublin Marathon journey by Gillian

dublin city marathon start

Dublin City Marathon 2014 – The weather building up to this event did not bode well.  Friday, Saturday and Sunday was a mixture of sun, rain, cloud and worst of all wind – with speeds exceeding 35mph. Weather reports on Sunday suggested we were in for a dull cloudy day with wind speed 25-35MPH for the Marathon. This would mean that we would get a head wind on mile 13 -15 and a tailwind from mile 22 onwards. With that in mind, I packed my race bag, put my number on my race top and went to sleep early Sunday evening and awoke to the sound of howling wind outside my window. [Read more…]

Connemara International prepares 2015 Marathon

connemara marathon

The Connemara International Marathon is one of the world’s most scenic events, set in the dramatic scenery of the west of Ireland. 2015 will mark its fourteenth year in running, growing in numbers each year from 73 runners to our sell out point, in excess of 3,000 runners. The event will take place this year on Sunday April 12th. [Read more…]

Athlone 3/4 Marathon by Gillian

Athlone 3/4 Marathon

With a slight nip in the air and my bags packed, I began my journey to Glasson Golf Club and the start line of the Athlone 3/4Marathon.  After a nice relaxing car journey down to Glasson and the car parked up, I made my way to Race HQ. I was to collect my race number and to tuck into a freshly backed scone with melted butter and strawberry jam, and of course a cup tea.  Stomach full and number attached, all I now had to do was to relax until 10.45 when we were to be summoned to the car park for a pre-race briefing. Then it was on down to the start line. [Read more…]

Athlone 3/4 Marathon 2014 Success

athlone 3/4 marathon 2014

The County Westmeath dished up a successful and inspiring Athlone 3/4 Marathon on the 5th October 2014. With the weather playing its part, 800 runners enjoyed the dry and sunny conditions, with a cooling breeze over the course to assure a pleasant running experience was achieved.

O’Hanlan wins in Record Time

Upfront, there was a strong dual between Gary O’Hanlon of Clonliffe and Barry Minnock of Ratherham. The two had met previously in 2012, when Minnock came out trumps, however on this occasion O’Hanlon was able to pull away after 10km. The Clonliffe athlete pulled away steadily over the course to achieve a new course record in a time of 1:45:12, with Minnock almost 5 minutes behind in 1:49:54. Liam Feely in 3rd, made good progress over the latter stages of the race to close to within 3 seconds of the 2nd placed finisher.

For the victor, O’Hanlon, this was his 3rd win at the Athlone 3/4 Marathon event and on this occasion the new course record was icing on top of the cake.

Women’s Winner – Fiona Stack

Fiona Stack of Shamrock AC proved too strong for her opposition, winning in a decent time of 2:09:15, ahead of Angela McCann from Clonmel AC. McCann had made a race of it, and Stack had judged her race to perfection to claim the top rung on the podium. Teresa Agar of St Abbans ran strongly for 3rd place.

Final Preparation for Dublin Marathon

In common with most of the participants the prize winners were generally using the event as a final long run preparation event for the Dublin or New York marathon events in the coming weeks.

Final Word from race Director

Race Director Paul Mahon was pleased with the large attendance and admitted that the weather could not have been better on the day.

“The scenic location and and luxurious changing facilities at the Glasson Golf Hotel, along with complimentary massage post race were universally well received by all participants.”

Athlone 3/4 Marathon Results 2014


Place     Bib     Surname     Name     Sex     Cat     Club     Q 1     Q 2     Q 3     Race Time     Chip Time
1     575     O’Hanlon     Gary     M     V 40     Clonliffe     0:35:04     0:34:27     0:35:41     1:45:12     1:45:12
2     502     Minnock     Barry     M     Sen     Rathfarnham     0:35:07     0:35:43     0:39:03     1:49:55     1:49:54
3     220     Feely     Liam     M     Sen     North Leitrim AC     0:36:34     0:36:03     0:37:20     1:49:57     1:49:57


1 690     Stack     Fiona    F    Sen    Raheny Shamrock AC    0:45:37    0:41:12    0:42:26     2:09:17    2:09:15
2 442     McCann     Angela     F     V 40     Clonmel AC     0:44:01     0:43:32     0:45:20     2:12:57     2:12:53
3 799     Agar     Teresa     F     Sen     St Abbans     0:45:57     0:43:26     0:44:41     2:14:28     2:14:04

Record year for Dingle Marathon 2014

dingle marathon 2014

The Dingle Marathon run under bright and sunny conditions on the 7th September 2014, was a resounding success for the 1800 plus entrants of the distances ranging from half marathon to marathon and inclusive of the ultra distance of 80 km. [Read more…]