Blackrock A.C. Belfast Marathon and National Marathon Championships – Weekly Round-Up

Blackrock A.C. Belfast Marathon and National Marathon Championships – Weekly Round-Up

The Marathon season is in full swing and some Blackrock A.C. members travelled to Belfast this weekend to take part in the Belfast Marathon and National Marathon Championships.

Belfast Marathon and National Marathon Championships

The 2021 Belfast marathon, incorporating the National Championship, took place on October 3rd, 2021. Among the 5000+ participants were 12 members of Blackrock A.C. and all performed really well on the hilly course with some amazing times.  Congratulations to everyone. We await the national marathon results.


1Fergus Collins2.45.45
2Colm Cunningham2.56.57
3Mark  Kilcoyne3.23.37
4Grainne Grennan3.38.26
5Seamus Mac Giolla Phádraig 3.42.25 (pb)
6Arik Warshager3.48.35
7Patricia O’Neill4.01.10
8James  Curran4.07.39
9Jamie Kennedy 4.14.22
10Dermot Hughes4.19.38
11James Dowling4.28.55
12Bryan Sheils



Well done to Kevin O’Hagan who completed his 100 parkrun milestone today in Cabinteely with almost 20 taking part from the club and a win by Ted. Please ensure you include Blackrock A.C. on your profile if you are a member. 

Galway Bay Marathon 2021

Congratulations to Gerry for finishing the Galway Bay Marathon in 3.45 on Saturday in perfectly sunny conditions.

Fit4life Virtual Event – 10km Challenge

From now until the end of the October, we are going to continue the series and have a 10km virtual challenge. Just log a 10km each week for any of your runs or even enter an average over a longer run.  This is a good opportunity to do a weekly tempo run with a recommended pace of half marathon pace or a 10km race time +5 minutes. You can log your results here: 10km Virtual run

Upcoming Events

The following are some other races recommenced for Blackrock A.C. members:

9th October 2021Wicklow Hospice Marathon and Half MarathonWebsite
17th October 2021Spar Autumn Open Cross-Country, Abbotstown
17th & 18th October 2021Great Pink Virtual runWebsite
24th October 2021Thoroughbred Marathon KildareWebsite
23rd – 25th October 2021Dublin Virtual MarathonWebsite
31st October 2021Dublin Senior Cross Country, location TBCWebsite
19th & 20th November 2021Mountain Trail Running Festival – various trail runs, 10k to 100k (!)Website
20th November 2021Run The Line (13k and 26k mountain run, Glencullen)Website
27th November 2021Clonakilty Waterfront Marathon (Half and Full)Website
27th November 2021Clontarf 5 mile and Half MarathonWebsite
9th January 2022Dublin Masters Cross Country, location TBC
12th February 2022Donadea 50k (back in the forest!)
20th February 2022Seville marathonWebsite
24th April 2022Connemarathon 2022Website

Check out or for other races coming up soon.

Blackrock A.C. Tip of the week

Running easy days after hard training days (tempo run, long run) can help prolong your running career. Also, the last run before and the first run after a long run or a race should be easy. Easy runs should be at talking pace and not necessarily be slow runs.  Tempo runs which are faster but not flat out can really help improve your running.

Training Reminder

Training continues as normal this week.  Anyone who had not completed the Covid-19 survey can do so at the following link (Covid19 form link). If anyone is not feeling well in any way or injured you should not come to training. For those currently on trial, if you want to join the club, you can do so below:

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