Sunday, September 29, 2013

Sligo Coast to Coast 10 Mile Race Results

By Club PRO - Paul Deering 

The honours in the inaugural Coast to Coast ten mile road race from Strandhill to Rosses Point went to North Leitrim's Liam Feely in a very impressive 53.40. The County Sligo Road Race League winner proved just too strong for Sligo AC's Richard Gorman in second who can nevertheless be pleased with a pb of 53.54.

Indeed, the pleasant conditions resulted in many pbs for the distance for the 300 plus field and this will ensure the race becomes a permanent fixture on the local running calendar.

Dermot McDermott, more used to the track than long runs on the road, came home in third in 54.25. Lucy Brennan was second woman home in 63.20 with Sligo AC club mate Patricia Foy third in 66.01. Sligo AC had 15 finishers in the top 25 and there were wins in both the male and female categories.

Jonathan Hill and (57.42) and Ultan McNasser (59.29) also broke the hour mark. Seamus Somers took the over 40 honours in 56.59, Michael Clancy was second male over 50 in 66.31 and Enda Whelan was first over 60 in 72.12.

In the over 40 category Roseanne Mitchell claimed the honours in 70.42 with Sligo AC colleague, Deirdre Deering third in 72.52.

On Sunday next the club will be out in force again for the Grange 10k with the IT Sligo 5k on the following Saturday another date pencilled in.

The full results can be found here.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Upcoming Fixtures

County Sligo Fixtures


  • 27th - County Sligo Primary Schools Relay - IT Sligo
  • 29th - Sligo Coast to Coast 10 Mile - More info
  • 5th - County Sligo Primary Schools Cross Country and Walks - IT Sligo
  • 6th - Grange 10K - More info
  • 12th - IT Sligo Knocknarea Arena 5K - More info
  • 13th - Collooney 5K - More info
  • 19th - Coney Island Challenge 10K/10 Mile/Walk - More info
  • 20th - County Sligo Cross Country U10/U11/U12/U13/U14/U16/U18 - Sligo Racecourse
  • 24th - Oxfield 5K

Connacht Fixtures

  • 12th - Connacht Primary Schools Cross Country Senior/Novice/Intermediate/Master - Longford
  • 27th - Connacht Even Ages U12/U14/U16/U18 Senior/Novice/Intermediate/Master - Leitrim
  • 3rd - Connacht Uneven Ages U11/U13/U15/U17/U19 Senior/Novice/Intermediate/Master - Roscommon

Other Fixtures

  • 28th - Dublin Marathon

Monday, September 16, 2013

The Flatline Half-Marathon

The club's many marathoners were in action in Athlone at the week-end putting themselves to the test over the half distance. In hotter than expected conditions, Sligo AC had the second biggest club representation for the Flatline event.

The club's top nine male finishers all made it under 1.30 with the highest placed being Seamus Somers, an excellent 19th in 1.16.46. Lucy Brennan was first female over 50 in 1.27.56 while Mari Johnston, this year's female Road Race League winner, was 2nd over 40 in 1.29.25.

Second male home for the club was Michael O'Connell in 1.22.21 followed in third by Rory Kelly in 1.23.08. Fourth was Damien Kennedy in 1.23.31, fifth was Conal Sexton in 1.24.47, sixth- Declan Foley in 1.28.54, seventh- Paul Deering in 1.29.17, eighth-Nicky Davey in 1.29.50, ninth- Michael Clancy in 1.29.53 and tenth Conor Healy in 1.38.14.

The club's top ten female finishers were: Lucy Brennan (1.27.56), Mari Johnston (1.29.25), Roseanne Mitchell (1.34), Deirdre Deering (1.40.03), Linda Higgins (1.47.58), Fionnuala Silke (1.51.56), Pauline Henry (1.51.13),Vanessa Foley (1.54.28), Triona O'Dowd Hill (1.58.37), Aisling Gillen (1.59.10) and Sarah McCaffrey (1.59.25).

Full results are on Precision Timing.

The next big race on the calendar is the ten mile Coast to Coast challenge on September 29th which again will see the club out in full force. It will be an ideal preparation for the Dublin City Marathon or the upcoming cross country season. Enter here.

Friday, September 13, 2013

Introduction to Cross Country

Sligo AC will commence an introduction to Cross Country each Saturday from 11.30am to 12.30. This is designed for all ages from 8 years up.

Whether you wish to compete in Cross Country Competition or improve basic fitness all are welcome. Sessions will be divided into ability groups to suit all requirements. As Sessions will increase with each participants fitness, regular attendance is recommended.

Meeting place is Sligo Racecourse at 11.25am to commence 11.30am.

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Calry Parish 3 Mile Race

Heavy rain and a strong wind made far from ideal conditions for today's Calry Parish 3 mile race at The Mall.

Conor McCullagh took the honours 17.34 with Sligo AC's Patricia Foy following up her Harvest 5k victory with another win, being first woman home in 19.15. Sligo AC's Michael Casey was second overall (first male over 40) in 18.12 with club juvenile Thomas Delahunt third in 18.36 and also first junior male.

Michael Clancy was 5th in 18.50 (third male 040) with juveniles, Philip Hunter 7th (second junior male) in 19.14, Leo Doherty 10th in 19.29 (third junior male) and Keenan Deering 12th in 20.27 (fifth junior male). Martin Feeney was 13th in 20.31.

Roseanne Mitchell in 20.55 was first female over 40 (15th overall), Ashling Cawley was second senior woman in 21.32 and 19th overall.

Ciaran Donnellan was 20th in 21.46 with Orla Mulvihill 21st in 22.03 (first junior female) and Aoife Morris 22nd in 22.08 (second female juvenile) with Laura Joyce 27th overall and third female juvenile in 24.07.

Rose Young was 30th overall in 25.00. Giuila Davey was 34th overall in 25.53 (third senior woman).

More photos can be found here. Results here.

-Paul Deering Club PRO

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Harvest 5k Run

The Harvest 5k Run in Calry on Wednesday evening proved to be testing in heavy rain but a number of pbs were achieved.

The race was won by Ultan McNasser of Sligo AC in 16.43 with club mate David Kearins third in 17.30. Michael Casey was fourth in 18.08 and Karl Boyce fifth in 18.19.

It was a pb night for Fintan Whelan 18.49 (7th overall) and for juvenile Keenan Deering 20.08 (11th overall).

First woman home was Patricia Foy of Sligo AC in 19.01 (8th overall). Martin Feeney was 14th in 20.32. Ashling Cawley was third woman home in 21.18 while Enda Whelan was 22nd in 22.38.

Results can be found here.

Next up is the Calry Parish 3 mile run on Saturday at The Mall.

-Paul Deering Club PRO

Monday, September 2, 2013

Warriors Weekend

Congratulations to Emmett Dunleavy, runner up in the Warriors' Run in Strandhill on Saturday. A winner in 2011, Emmett came home in 54.06 which was quicker than his winning time of 55.16 two years ago. Emmett has proven to be a very consistent performer for the club over the gruelling test and we're sure he'll be back challenging for top spot again in 2014.

The club had upwards on 60 participants, both male and female and with the near ideal conditions and hard training paying off there were plenty of pbs. The club extends its very best wishes to all who competed, especially those who took part for the first time. Killian O'Connor was fourth in 58.53 and Seamus Somers was fifth in 58.55. Six time winner Lucy Brennan was the club's first woman home in 74.25 followed by Deirdre Deering in 80.56 and Fiona Fahey in 83.28

The full results are on Precision Timing.

Interestingly there were six married couples from the club who took part on Saturday: Jonathan and Triona Hill; Nicky and Guilia Davey; Ciaran and Ciara Donnellan, Joe and Aisling Davey, Pal and Fiona Gilmartin and Paul and Deirdre Deering. Will there be more for the Dublin marathon?

If the quads aren't too sore there's a 5k in Calry on Wednesday evening and on Saturday there's a three miler on The Mall.