THE Munster Half Marathon, which was held in conjunction with the St. Finbarr's promotion in Blarney on Sunday last, attracted a field of over 500 competitors.
Former winner Donal O'Callaghan (An Ríocht) finished ninth in a time of 1hr 17min. His club mate Willie Reidy placed 14th overall and 2nd O.40 in 1hr 19min. George McCarthy (F/fore M/valley) was 21st in 1hr 21min and 3rd O.40.
Tim O' Connor (An Ríocht) 27th in 1hr 23min, Ted Feehan (Gneeveguilla) was 2nd O.70 in a time of 1hr 55min and Frances O' Sullivan Byrne (An Ríocht) was a medallist in the Masters O.55 section in 2hrs 07min.
The Cross-Country season kicks off in the Demesne Killarney on Sunday October 7 when Gneeveguilla host the County EvenAge (U.10,12,14,16 and 18) championships as well as the Novice races for men and women.
FIXTURES October 14 County Intermediate Masters and UnevenAge Championships, Kenmare. October 21 Munster Novice, Under 23 and Even-Age Championships. Beaufort. COACHING September 15 Assistant Coaching Course. An Ríocht. September 29 A Munster Squad Cross-Country session will take place at Banna Beach Co. Kerry. This is open to all endurance athletes in Munster that have achieved the following criteria: 1 2012 ages U.14 (born 1999) U.20 (born 1993) 2 Have finished top 20 in a Munster 'A' Cross-Country Championships in 2011 or 2012 in school or club championships. 3 Have finished top 5 in a Munster 'A' Outdoor T&F Championship distance event (800m/1500m/3000m/5000m/Steeplechase) All athletes are encouraged to attend and also their personal coaches.
Athletes should meet at Banna Beach Car Park (about 1km past Banna Beach Hotel) at 10.30 sharp for registration and bring €5 with them. Athletes should also bring training gear, warm clothes, towel and swimming gear. One of our guest coaches for the day will be legendary Irish coach Br. John Dooley.
The timetable for the day is as follows: 10.30am Registration Banna Beach Car Park 10.45am Athletes split into various groups 11am Warm up 11.30am Start of session on beach (Mixture of steady state running and sand dune work 12.30 pm Warm down 1pm Talk in Banna Beach Hotel 1.45pm Finish October 3 Throws workshop at An Ríocht from 7pm to 9pm For information on above Courses contact Steven Macklin on 0876335565 or Steven @athleticsireland.ie