West Limerick A.C. Club Notes 26/2/2020


West Limerick AC Adare 10K:

For many the highlight of the athletics calendar is the annual West Limerick A.C. Adare 10k.  After many months of organising the 26th Adare 10k took place last Sunday and was a huge success.  Even the weather was kind, bringing some welcome sunshine to the runners and volunteers.

For those who like numbers, here are a few:  The race sold out in less than five days in October. We had 950 runners register. There were an exact split of 475 women and 475 men. Of those, we had 727 finishers of the race on the day.

In that mix we had Irish International and Olympic athletes. We had people trying their first 10km race. There were people from clubs all over the country and people who are not part of any club.

Kevin Maunsell set a new course record of 30:18 and Sorcha Nic Dhomhnaill won the women’s race for a second time in 36:40. The standard was exceptionally high, with the top 56 finishers under 40 minutes. 

Some Results:

1st Man:   Kevin Maunsell 30:18

2nd Man:   Rory O’Connor 30:39 (North Cork AC)

3rd Man:   Alan O’Shea 30:45 (Bantry AC)

1st Woman:   Sorcha Nic Dhomhnaill 36:40 (Donore Harriers)

2nd Woman: Dympna Ryan 37:11 (Dundrum AC)

3rd Woman:  Siobhan O’Doherty 37:19 (Borrisokane AC)

1st Man West Limerick AC.  Retained the Willie Costello Cup: Declan Guina (33:11)

1st Woman West Limerick AC.  Winner of Corn na mBan: Fiona Bourke (44:13) 

Female Junior Winner West Limerick AC: Kate Downes (53:00)

Well done to all the runners and a huge thank you to our sponsors and almost 60 volunteers. This event depends entirely on your generosity. The club gets such great support from its members and friends of the club. Without them and the race sponsors this event simply would not happen.  We would also like to thank members of the gardai and red cross who provided professional support on the day. And finally a word of thanks to the local residents and race supporters.

Thank you all sincerely.

Now that the Adare 10K is over for 2020, West Limerick AC is on a high and hugely excited about hosting the County 4 Mile Championship race on March 15th.

Fiona Bourke 1st Lady for West Limerick AC in a time of 44:13 and winner of Corn na mBan 

Declan Guina 1st Man for West Limerick AC in a time of 33:11

Declan Guina being presented with the Willie Costello cup by Kevin O’Donoghue, Chairman of West Limerick AC

Female Junior Winner West Limerick AC: Kate Downes 

1st Man in Adare 10K was Kevin Maunsell in 30:18

1st Lady in Adare 10k Sorcha Nic Dhomhnaill in a time of 36:40 

Some of the West Limerick AC Fit4Life members at the Adare 10K

Patricia Collins, Mary Ita O’Connor, John Barrett, Mary Healy and Sinead Walsh trailblazing in Adare 

Rachel Kenrick O’Connor and Derek Kenrick at the Adare 10K

Some of our youngest and best volunteers testing the podium – Amy Lenihan, Katie Lenihan and Sarah Kennedy

Some of our knowledgeable race marshals for the Adare 10K

Caitriona Lenihan, Eimear Bourke, Amy Lenihan and Suzanne Kennedy preparing for the arrival of hungry runners at the Adare 10k

1st Man Kevin Maunsell, 2nd Man Rory O’Connor (North Cork AC) and 3rd Man Alan O’Shea (Bantry AC) at Adare 10K

1st Woman Sorcha Nic Dhomhnaill (Donore Harriers) and 2nd Woman Dympna Ryan (Dundrum AC) with Kevin O’Donoghue of West Limerick AC

Munster Indoor Championships 2020:

Munster Athletics Juvenile U12 to U19 Championships took place on Sat 22nd Feb in Nenagh. The club had 5 juvenile members competing.  

U12 60m sprint

Andrea Carr was the only club member in this age category to compete.  There were 73 children in the race across 9 heats, Time 12:01 seconds, winning time 8:68 seconds.  

U13 60m sprint

We had two club members in this race, Aideen Reidy and Evelyn Fitzgerald. Both ran an excellent race, with times of 10:25 sec and 10:53 sec respectively. There were 45 runners across 6 heats, winning time was 8:73 sec.  

U17 60m sprint

Ciara Reidy, 13 runners in this race across 2 heats, Ciara did a time of 9:58 sec, winning time 8:06 sec. Well done to Ciara.

U16 800m

Maria Cagney ran a brilliant 800m track race, she ran it in 2:31:17, and came fourth missing third place by less than a second.  Third place winner was 2:30:69. The club are very proud of Maria, she ran brilliantly. The winning first place time was 2:29.31.  

U17 200m

Ciara Reidy also ran this race after her 60m.  There were 14 in this race and 4 in the final. Ciara’s time was 32:75.  The winning first place time was 26:56.

U13 600m

Evelyn Fitzgerald was in third place for the first 300m of her heat and had a phenomenal start.  This distance is a challenge and pace is the key. The longer distance really suits Evelyn and she is very comfortable with it.  She’s completed the race in a time of 2:04.17  

There were 36 runners across 3 heats.  Winning first place time was 1:50.88.  

Well done to the juvenile members that took part.  While the Munster events are at a very high level, they are a fantastic opportunity to improve and gain confidence. 

Andrea Carr, Aideen Reidy, Evelyn Fitzgerald and Ciara Reidy at the Munster Indoor Championships on Sat 22nd Feb

Maria Cagney at the Munster Indoor Championships on Sat 22nd Feb

7 of our juveniles competed in the final day of the Munster championships today in Nenagh.

U13 60m sprint hurdles

First off was Aideen Reidy U13 60m sprint hurdles.  Her second day at the track this weekend and she cleared every hurdle, a great achievement for Aideen. She did really well in a time of 12:45. There were 21 children in this race across 3 heats, winning time was 10:12.  She then went on to compete in U13 long jump. A super performance all weekend from Aideen.

U12 Long Jump

Andrea Carr also had a second day at the track this weekend with U12 long jump.  She did great and really enjoyed the long jump.

U13 60m Sprint  

3 heats, 22 participants , Tristan Kirwan completed the sprint in a time of  9:27 and Garvan Lyons in 10:37,  winning time was 7:89, exceptionally high standard with the course record broken. Well done to Tristan and Garvan. It was Garvan first event and he did super.

U13 600m

2 heats 19 participants, 1:45:36 was the winning time.  Tristan Kirwan  and Garvan Lyons completed this event . Garvan ran a strong 600m.  He kept his position and pace throughout with perfect technique for his first track race he was cautious and he was right to pace it to get used to this distance, his time was 2:03:66. Tristan Kirwan gave his usual brilliant performance to start but unfortunately felt a little unwell after 300m and pulled back but he still finished the race which is admirable.  Well done Tristan. 

U14 60m Sprint

4 heats, 39 participants, winning time 7:79.  Josh Cummins and Jack Adams completed the sprint in  9:49  and 9:61 respectively.  

U14 800m

2 heats, 22 participants,  Winning time 2:22:16,  Josh Cummins  and Jack Adams back on the track again.  Josh completed it in 2:55:36 and Jack in 3:02:34, great running from the 2 boys, a tough distance so well done to them both.

U18 60 m and U18 200 m

Conor Goulding joined the club earlier this year and is our oldest juvenile competitor and we are delighted to have someone representing the club in the U18 category at Munster level so a big thanks to Conor for his effort today in 60m and 200m. There were 9 participants in the U18 200m , winning time was 23:49, Conor completed it in 34:52.

7 Participants in the U18 60m , winning time was 7.22 , Conor ran the sprint in 9:32

Conor took the events in his stride and gave it his all.  We look forward to seeing him racing again in 2020.

That is the end of the Munster juvenile championships.  The club want to thank the children for their efforts, patience and commitment. It was remarkable the level of representation we had over the 3 days. Also, a big thanks to the parents, the sisters and th brothers who supported the runners.  The green and white was prevalent in Nenagh this year and the club are very grateful.  Lots more events in 2020 we are only starting!

Tristan Kirwan and Garvan Lyons at the Munster Indoor Championships on Sun. 23rd Feb

Andrea Carr, Garvan Lyons, Jack Adams, Josh Cummins, Aideen Reidy and Conor Goulding at the Munster Indoor Championships on Sun. 23rd Feb

2020 Membership

Reminder:  All members need to complete and sign a hard copy membership form in addition to the on-line registration.  If outstanding please submit to one of the committee members so that you/your child can complete in upcoming events.  See website for details: www.westlimerickac.ie

All memberships will be processed online through the Athletics Ireland website. Club membership runs from Jan 1st until Dec 31st.

Adult Membership:

Adult (over 18) membership is open and is €35.

Any person taking part in training organised by the club must be a club member. This includes group interval training and Fit4Life training.

Juvenile Membership:

Juvenile membership for 2020 is now closed as we have reached capacity. There is a waiting list in place should places become available in the appropriate age category.

We wish our athletes of all ages the best of luck as they represent and compete for the club in the year ahead.

West Limerick AC Training

Our club training takes place every Tuesday night.  Juveniles from 6pm to 7pm, Adults from 7pm to 8pm, both at the Newcastle West GAA All Weather pitch. 

The Fit4Life section of the club meet every Tuesday and Thursday at 7pm outside the Courtney Boys School in Newcastle West.

New Website Live

Our new website is now live.  Check it out: www.westlimerickac.ie

Upcoming permit/Championship races:

March 1st: Munster 4 Mile, Waterford

March 15th: County 4 Mile, Dromcollogher

May 5th: Great Limerick Run, incorporating Munster Half and Full Marathon

*If race organisers wish to add a permit race to our list please let us know


Want to Join The Club?

Adult Membership is currently open. If you have been a member of a different Athletics Club in the past 3 years a Transfer Form is required. Please contact us and we will assist with the transfer.