Dundrum AC Notes – April 4th

The Munster Senior, Novice and Masters Road Championship was held in Killnaboy, Co Clare on Sunday the 3rd of April. The conditions remained dry and warm for both the men’s and ladies races which were both held over 4 miles on what a challenging course with gradual inclines. We had 8 athletes make the trip and who ran fantastically and brought home a string of Munster Medals.

In the Ladies race we had only one athlete take part. Laura Armstrong ran a strong race finishing in a PB time of 27:22. She placed 20th in the Senior race and 22nd in the Novice. She was 5th Senior and 6th Novice home for the County missing out on the team of 4.

In the Men’s race Kevin Moore ran an absolutely blinder to become the Munster Novice Champion in a time of 21:04 holding off fellow County man Denis Shanahan.  Huge congratulations on this achievement! He also placed really well as 9th in the Senior race. Next home was Martin Keane in 22:35, 19th Novice, 29th Senior and 10th O/35; next we had Gareth McGlinchey making his debut in these Championships and making a PB time of 22:37, 20th Novice, 30th Senior, 11th O/35; Dermot Hayes in 23:03, 25th Novice, 36th Senior, 5th O/45; Donal Keane in 24:10, 38th Novice, 50th Senior, 7th O/40; Michael Moore in 25:16, 50th Novice, 62nd Senior, 8th O/50; PJ Holmes in 28:00, 70th Novice, 82nd Senior, 22nd O/35. For the record PJ is in fact in the O/55 and due to a technical error was entered into the O/35.

With these great performances many Munster Inter Club and County Medals were won. In the Novice Dundrum AC won Gold in the Munster Inter Club with Kevin, Martin, Gareth and Dermot on the team. They had the same points as Ennis Track AC, however our 4th athlete Dermot finished before theirs. Kevin, Martin and Gareth were also on the County Team of 6 who won Silver in the Munster Inter County. Martin, Gareth, Dermot and Donal also won Bronze in the O/35 Munster Inter Club. Martin, Gareth and Dermot were also on the County Team of 6 who won Silver in the O/35 Munster Inter County.
Well done to all a fantastic day of running for the club.

The Morrison BMW Cahir 6k Race 1 was held on Wednesday the 30th March in Clonmel. This is a predict your own time race that is ran without any timing device. It is a team event with 5 to a team with the Top 3 most accurate predictions being taken into account. It’s a nice race where you can race to your best ability or take it easy. Out of our club athletes 10 took part and they are entered over 4 teams Division 1 O’Gormans Bakery are on 6 pts. Division 2 Where’s the finish, Fantastic 5, and The Speed Merchants are all on 57 pts. In brackets are the team of the athlete or if they ran as an individual also in brackets is their predicted time. Some have a lot of work to do with their predictions and perhaps underestimated themselves! Results: 5th Martin Keane (The Speed Merchants) 22:24 (23:00), 8th Michael Ryan (O’Gormans Bakery) 22:43 (22:45), 13th Donal Keane (Individual) 23:04 (23:00), 24th Gareth McGlinchey (Where’s the finish) 23:59 (24:00), 65th Noel Casey (Where’s the finish) 26:15 (27:00), 78th Laura Armstrong (Fantastic 5) 26:32 (27:30), 79th Linda Grogan (O’Gormans Bakery) 26:33 (27:30), 81st PJ Holmes  (Where’s the finish) 26:40 (27:45), 83rd Teresa O’Connor  (Individual) 26:42 (29:00), 93rd Martha Quirke (Individual) 27:05 (30:00).


We had two athletes take part in the Killea 10 mile on Sunday the 3rd of April. Teresa O’Connor was first home for the club in 45th in 1:16:54and was the 9th Lady, Martha Quirke was 46th in 1:17:08 and was 10th Lady. Well done ladies.

Fit4Life is off to a great start. Great to see so many people out and improving every week. Fit4Life continues on Monday and Thursday nights at 7pm, Scout Hall, Dundrum. All levels catered for.

COUNTY SENIOR ROAD CHAMPIONSHIP The next Championship outing is the County Senior Road Race which is being hosted by ourselves Dundrum AC on Sunday the 17th of April in Dundrum. The Ladies will race over 5km and the Men over 10km.

The Brendan Kinnane 5k in memory of our dear friend and fellow athlete will be hosted on Wednesday the 4th of May at 8pm in Dundrum. It is €10 entry and is chip timed. Suitable for all levels walk, jog or run on this course that is flat and  perfect for anybody after a 5k PB. The launch of the race was held on Saturday  the 2nd of April in the Duck Pond, Dundrum. The Duck Pond is a great facility where our athletes train and where Brendan would of also trained. Ballydoyle Racing, Brendans former employers have sponsored a trophy for the winner of the race. There will also be cash prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd Men and Women and also for 1st in the usual Over Categories.


Top Photo: The Brendan Kinnane 5k Memorial Race Launch. Back row, left – right: Karen Ryan, Linda Grogan, Gareth McGlinchey, Willie O’Dwyer, Anne Kenrick, Eamonn Morrissey, Dymphna Ryan, Michael J Ryan, Dermot Hayes, Gerry Hayes, Michael Moore. Front row, left – right: Micheàl Ryan, Aine Jackson, Tomàs Jackson, Michael Ryan and Shona Ryan.

Bottom Photo: Dundrum AC at the Munster Novice, Senior and Master Road Championships. Back row, left – right: Donal Keane, PJ Holmes, Martin Keane, Kevin Moore (Munster Novice Champion), Michael Moore. Front row, left – right: Dermot Hayes, Gareth McGlinchey and Laura Armstrong.