Thursday, 17 August 2017

Weekend Races 18th - 20th August 2017

Races This Weekend - 24 races so far, see below! Where are you Running?


Here's the list of running races on by county this coming weekend. If there are any that I've missed, just chat a message below and I'll update.


Galway Saturday Wild Air Run Galway Racecourse 5K (inflatable course)


Kildare Sunday Kildare Town FC Fun Run 5K
Louth Saturday Wilderness Festival Wild Run 10K
Wicklow Saturday Women's Adventure Race 24.5K (adventure race)
Sunday Brittas Bay Beach Run 5K 10K
Meath Friday Rathkenny AC 5K 5K
Carlow Sunday Amp it Up fun run 5K


Waterford Friday Summer Series, Dungarvan race 5Mile
Kerry Saturday Rás an Bhuailtín 7K 10K
Sunday Rose of Tralee 10k 10K
Tipperary Friday Moycarkey Coolcroo race 5K
Saturday Glen 5K 5K
Sunday Boston Scientific Half Marathon Half Marathon
Limerick Sunday Curraghchase 10k run 10K


Down Saturday Dambusters Race 5K 10K Half Marathon
Armagh Sunday Tandragee 10k 10K    
Southern Area Hospice 10k 10K    
Antrim Sunday Connswater 10K & 5K 5K 10K  
Tyrone Sunday Benburb 5 Mile Road Race 5Mile    
Friday Fivemiletown 5Mile 5Mile    
Donegal Sunday Donegal Marathon Half Marathon Marathon  
Friday The Quadrathon Challenge 4 x Half's 4 x Marathon's Ultra
Fermanagh Saturday Last One Standing Ultra    
Sunday Centra Run Together Pairs Event 5K    

Thursday, 10 August 2017

Weekend Races 11th - 13th August 2017

Races This Weekend - 26 races so far, see below! Where are you Running?


Here's the list of running races on by county this coming weekend. If there are any that I've missed, just chat a message below and I'll update.


Galway Saturday Streets of Galway 8K  
Connemara 100 Mile Challenge 100Mile  
Leitrim Sunday STOP Suicides run 5K 10K


Dublin Saturday Rock n Roll 5K 5K
Sunday Rock n Roll Half Marathon 10K Half Marathon
Kildare Saturday Donadea Forest race series 5K
Sunday Inflatable Colour Run
Carlow Sunday St Mullins GAA fun run 5K 10K


Cork Friday GR8KM 8K
Saturday East Cork Harbour Marathon 10K Half Marathon Marathon
Sunday Route 2 Crook 5Mile
Waterford Friday Eilish Ni Aodha Memorial run 5Mile
Kerry Saturday Wild Air Run Killarney Racecourse 5K (inflatable course)
Sunday St Brendans Park FC Run 5K
Tipperary Sunday Nenagh Olympic One Mile Road Race 1Mile
IMRA, Galtymore Mountain race 12K
Clare Saturday Ennis Track A.C. 5 Mile 5Mile
Limerick Saturday Wild Air Run Limerick Racecourse 5K (inflatable course)
Sunday Amp it Up fun run 5K


Down Saturday Lecale Way 10K 10K
Slieve Croob 10k Challenge 10K
Run Groomsport 10K Half Marathon
Derry Sunday Reach Running Club 1K / 5K 1K 5K
Antrim Sunday GymCo Feile 10K 10K
Friday Mallusk Harriers 5Mile run 5Mile
Monaghan Sunday Monaghan 10 5Mile 10Mile

Friday, 4 August 2017

JJ Reddy Danesfort Run

In this post I will be profiling the JJ Reddy Danesfort Run in Kilkenny. A remarkable event for such a small community, the run gets lots of votes from readers in our Annual Race of the Year Awards.


When you learn a bit about the history of how this race came to pass, you start to understand why it is so popular. The emphasis on quality and community that is part of the culture of this event stems from the man whom the race is named after, JJ Reddy.

From what I'm told, JJ was a bit of a legend in the community. He was a lifelong member and treasurer of Danesfort GAA club and worked tirelessly to help build a sports facility for generations to come. His untimely death in September 2011 left a huge void in the lives of the Reddy Family and the community of Danesfort. The first Danesfort 10k run took place in September 2011 just a week after his sudden passing.

All moneys raised from the event goes towards the development of a modern sports facility at Danesfort GAA, a cause so close to JJ's heart. So you can see how this race continues the legacy of JJ, and therefore the local community invest hugely in it. For that reason it has developed a real professional approach and has become highly regarded by runners.

About the Race

Expect 400+ runners for the 10K and 300+ runners for the Half Marathon. With a 5K on also (likely 300+, but could be more), then this event will get a decent turn out of over 1,000 runners. (They had 1,000 last year, and registrations are ahead compared to the same time last year).

More impressive about the race though, is that it also attracts some of the faster runners in the country, a good indication of quality and potential pace in the race. Have a look at the course records:

10K Male: 30:29 Seán Hehir
10K Female: 33:09 Fionnuala McCormack (Britton)
Half Male: 1:13:14 Brian Murphy
Half Female: 1:29:01 Donna Dunne

All finishers (half, 10K, 5K) get one of the really nice medals pictured above (I'm a sucker for a nice medal!). The Half Marathon runners also get the tech t-shirt above, with the 10K/5K guys having the option to buy this if they want.

There will also be chipped timing and pacers.

Course Profile

Half Marathon:
The half marathon course is essentially a large loop that comes back on itself at around 7.5 miles, then you follow a smaller loop. That means that your cover the section of the course from 0.8 miles to 3.7 miles a second time. So the short sharp climb you meet at mile 2, you get to see again at mile 9 (hurray!). Well, at least you'll know what's coming. But other than that, this looks like a pretty ok course, a couple of drags, but nothing to worry you really.

The 10K course goes along the smaller loop of the half above. So there's an early climb at just after 3K. Other than that it looks pretty fast.

The 5K is a straight out and back course, no turns, and no major climbs to worry about.

Added Support

If you register for the race, you will be invited to join a private running group called "JJ Reddy Run with the experts" where participants are offered free advice on Race preparation, nutrition and physical fitness and a forum to ask advice for from our three experts: Adele Walsh (Eat, Live, Train), John Kearns (JK Physical Therapy) and Jackie Varley  (Optimal Health).


Follow the link below to register online. Prices are now €35 for the half, €20 for the 10K, and €15 for the 5K (if you want it chipped). There'll be NO entries on the day (only for the 5K, non-chipped fun runners).


Thursday, 3 August 2017

Weekend Races 4th - 7th August 2017

Races This Weekend - 33 races so far, see below! Where are you Running?


Here's the list of running races on by county this coming weekend. If there are any that I've missed, just chat a message below and I'll update.


Galway Monday Garrafrauns Dunmore 6k 6K
Sligo Sunday Ballisodare United 5K 5K
Monday MS Union Challenge 5K 10K
Leitrim Saturday Glenfarne Run 5K 10K


Dublin Saturday Wild Air Run Marlay Park 5K (inflatable course)  
Sunday Irish Runner Paced Miles 1Mile (repeats)  
Monday DLR Bay 10K 10K  
Louth Friday Carlingford 5K 5K  
Offaly Friday Birr AC, 5K Run 5K  
Wexford Sunday Leo Carthy Fun Run 6K  
St Patricks GAA 5K Trail Run 5K (Trail)  
Meath Friday St Kieran's Festival, Carnaross Run 5K 10K
Sunday Duleek & District Road Race 10K  
Carlow Sunday Eist Cancer Support Centre fun run 5K 10K


Cork Friday Kilmacabea GAA fun run 5K
Conna 5K 5K
Saturday Rithigi Linn fun run 5K
Sunday Kilworth Festival 5K 5K
Waterford Friday Summer Series, Marine Climb race 6Mile
Kerry Friday Gneeveguilla AC, Gneeveguilla Road Race 1Mile
Sunday Run for The Bus 5K 10K
IMRA, Race on the Paps 9.7K (Trail)
Clare Saturday Dan O'Halloran Memorial Road Race 5K
Monday Lahinch Ocean View fun run 5K


Down Saturday Delamont 10K 10K
Friday Ards Lions Five Mile Challenge 5Mile
Derry Saturday More than a marathon Relay Marathon Half Marathon  "Marathon" (26.9Miles)
Sunday Remembering Dermott 5K 10K
Antrim Saturday Carnlough 5k 5K
Kells And Connor Charity Running Festival 5K 5Mile Half Marathon
Tyrone Friday Sperrin Harriers Stanley Reid Memorial 5Mile
Cavan Saturday Breffni 3 Province Challenge 5K 10K Half Marathon
Fermanagh Monday Tillys Rainbow Runs 3K 5K