LAC’s Hosey and deBarra perform brilliantly at Munster School’s Cross Country

February 15, 2015 in Cross Country Results, Results by Brian O'Connor

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LIMERICK ATHLETIC CLUB’S Rachel Hosey and Sadhbh deBarra each put in a fabulous effort at the GloHealth Munster Schools Cross Country held on Thursday February 12, 2015 at Cork Institute of Technology.

01 Rachel North MunstersRachel following her Gold medal win at the North Munster’s


LAC’s Rachel Hosey represented her school – Castletroy College – in the Minor Girls category. The race, run over 2,000metres, was anticipated to be one of the most challenging for these young athletes to emerge with medals from.

It emerged to be just that and a mere eighteen seconds separated the top ten finishers. In one of the closest races to ever have been staged in Munster which included an almost photo finish ending between the podium spots, Rachel finished in seventh position despite posting a most impressive time of 6mins 55secs.

Sadhbh at Munster Schools XC 13 Feb 2014 at CITSadhbh at Munster School’s XC 2014


In the Intermediate Girls Category over 3,000metres and representing Laurel Hill Coláiste- LAC’s Sadhbh deBarra lined up among Munster’s strongest athletes for their age. Sadhbh posted a healthy time of 13mins 40secs and was unlucky not to be placed higher up the ranks.

These two young LAC athletes are gaining immense experience of competing at the uppermost level of their age-groups and from the field of participants at this particular event many commentators are optimistic that Limerick and Irish athletics clubs will produce many champions over the coming decade.

Congratulations to Rachel and Sadhbh from the entire LAC community, we are proud of you.

Masters Munster Cross Country championships in Watergrasshill, Cork

December 1, 2014 in Cross Country Meeting, Cross Country Results by Brian O'Connor

Limerick AC Results: Masters Munster Cross Country championships in Watergrasshill, Cork (subject to updates on club placements clarification)

Masters women: F40 Sandra Ryan (Women’s Captain) 17th
Masters Men:Keith Daly 29th Joe Coffey 35th Keith Ryan 37th Vincent OBrien 48th Brian O Sullivan 75th Pat O Riordan 113th & Tony O Donovan 114th Ray McInerney 129th M35 Brian O Sullivan 32nd M40 Keith Daly 9th Joe Coffey 12th Vincent O Brien 19th Ray McInerney 42nd M45 Keith Ryan 5th Pat O Riordan 15th Tony O Donovan 16th M35
Limerick AC 6th with 149 points
Well done from all at Limerick AC

LAC’s Rachel best in Limerick and in Munster’s top ten following Nationals

November 25, 2014 in Cross Country Meeting, Cross Country Results, Results by Brian O'Connor

Rachel Hosey

LIMERICK Athletic Club’s Rachel Hosey is Limerick’s number one U14 Girl in cross country running for 2014.

She also secured the position as one of Munster’s top ten juvenile cross country athletes following her fantastic performance at the Glo Health Even Age Inter County Cross Country Championships held at Dundalk IT on Sunday November 23, 2014.

Rachel ran an impressive race across the course, she was challenged throughout, yet remaining calm and collected she held her position to finish in the first third of athletes from across the island of Ireland.

Of the almost 150 juvenile athletes who qualified for this national event by their placing positions at county and provincial level, Rachel’s consistent performance ensured that she is the top cross country athlete of her age to emerge from Limerick and her achievements have placed her among Munster’s top ten.  This included a silver medal at the Munster Juvenile 3000m on October 26 which earned LAC an elusive podium finish for the category.

Limerick Athletic Club wish to congratulate Rachel on her successful cross country season and the entire community of LAC athletes and coaches are immensely proud of the deserving accolades awarded to her during 2014.


Turner gold and team silver at senior men’s cross country

November 17, 2014 in Cross Country Meeting, Cross Country Results, Results by Brian O'Connor

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by Brian O’Connor

LIMERICK AC athlete Colm Turner took gold at the Senior Men’s, Limerick County Athletics Board’s final event of the cross country season at University of Limerick, Sunday, November 16, 2014.

The ten kilometre race was run with ideal atmospheric conditions – cold and dry – while underfoot conditions proved more difficult varying from sticky in large parts to firm in places. The athletes found the short steep hill trickier to negotiate as the laps increased. Thirteen LAC athletes lined out in the 40 strong field.

Turner’s race was described as a master class in maximising use of strength, endurance, tact and perseverance over difficult terrain, LAC Coach PJ O’Rourke said: “Colm was 20 metres behind West Limerick’s Niall O’Callaghan for the first three kilometres or so. He fought back and took command of the race at the four kilometre mark and managed to stretch his lead over the next six kilometres crossing the line almost 150 metres ahead of O’Callaghan. Bilbao’s Declan Moore held third position throughout.”

Limerick AC’s Paul Fitzgerald, Martin Doody and Mark Guerin came home in sixth, seventh and eight respectively and with those positions LAC amassed a total of 22 points in the team event, narrowly missing out to West Limerick’s 20 points. LAC would like to congratulate West Limerick AC on their team’s success.

Limerick AC athletes Joe Coffey, Keith Ryan and Vincent O’Brien finished just outside of the points while Dave Beary, Keith Daly and Mike Lynch followed up in quick succession with Brian O’Sullivan, Tony O’Donovan and Pat O’Riordan forming the final batch of LAC runners to cross the finish line leaving one quarter of the field behind them.

In the senior women’s race, West Limerick AC’s Caroline Hayes took gold from Dooneen’s Tracey Roche Johnson and following closely into bronze position was Noelle Fitzgerald from West Limerick AC who also won the team event.

The event was hosted by Limerick Athletic Club, who provided volunteers, marshals and stewards. Limerick County Athletics Board has expressed its gratitude to Daniel Gallagher, Pat O’Riordan, Ray McInerney, Gwynne Ryan and PJ O’Rourke who laid out the course and assisted at the event. LAC vice-chairman Tom Foley was thanked in absentia by the board for the “much appreciated tea and sandwiches” which followed.



UL compete in National Inter Varsities Cross Country Championships

March 9, 2014 in Cross Country Results by Pat Murphy


UL competed in National Inter Varsities Cross Country Championships at Cork IT on Sat. 08 March 2014 .
Top 3 Results and UL Results below :
1  John Coghlan (OYD) DCU 26:49.00
2  Ben Thistlewood UCC 27:09.00
3  John Travers AIT 27:12.00
19  Jake O’Regan UL 29:03.00
27  Niall McCormack UL 29:40.00
39  Gary Cantwell UL 30:29.00
40  Peter Fennell UL 30:32.00
42  Brian Campion UL 30:38.00
49  Peadar Harvey UL 31:03.00
52  Kevin Moore (OYD) UL 31:13.00
56  Rory Kavanagh (OYD) UL 31:35.00
72  Denis Finn UL 32:44.00
75  Colin Maher UL 33:14.00
85  Robin Gremmel UL 35:20.00
Team Event
1st  DCU Placings 1 10 11 13 16 17 Total 68
2nd UCD Placings 7 8 12 14 15 18 Total 74
3rd  AIT Placings  3 5 6 22 35 51 Total 122
5th  UL  Placings 19 27 39 40 42 49 Total  216
1  Maria O’Sullivan TCD 19:23.00
2  Becky Woods TCD 19:30.00
3  Ellie Hartnett UCD 19:48.00
9    Amy O’Donoghue UL 20:34.00
14  Grace Lynch UL 21:00.00
31  Rosie Hynes UL 22:40.00
60  Laura Wallpole UL 27:38.00
Team Event
1st   TCD Placings  1 2 8 10 Total 21
2nd  DCU Placings  6 7 11 15 Total 39
3rd   UCC Placings  4 5 17 23  Total 49
5th   UL Placings 9 14 31 60  Total 114
Full Results available on link below
Well done to All from Limerick AC