The beast is a mixed event that was run around the Wild Atlantic Way in Donegal from 2nd to 5th August. It runs a course of about 410km and they say it should take about 48hours, but don’t believe that! There are 4 in a team and all members of the team must be within visual and hearing distance of each other at all times as well as finish together. The winning team included none other than Rathfarnham WSAF AC’s Greg Byrne. He appears normal on the surface but at the moment he is running like the world is about to end. The team won in a time of 51:59:25 breaking the psychological 52hr barrier (I just made that up!). Greg was in great form afterwards having hogged the survival tent for his naps.

Well done to all who took part, I think!




A road trip all the way to Eoin McLoughlin’s home town of Dun Laoghaire produced some great Rathfarnham WSAF AC times on a tough hilly course at the DLR Bay 10k on Bank Holiday Monday August 6th! Shane O’Neill finished 4th in 33:08, David Scanlon 5th 33:16, Eoin McLoughlin 10th in 34:57, Turlough Conway 12th in 35:26, Donagh Powell 13th in 35:34, Shane Grehan 47th in 40:06 and Vanessa Sallier 6th in 44:22. Well done to everybody.

Full Results Here


A great performance by our men’s senior team in the National Senior Track and Field Championships 2018, Morton Stadium, Santry produced a team silver medal. Sean Hehir finished 7th in 30:23, Louis McCarthy 14th in 31:58 and Johnny Hughes 22nd in 34:32. Well done lads!  

Two Rathfarnham WSAF AC athletes under the coaching of Paul Flemming had excellent performances in their Saturday heats to qualify for Sunday’s finals, broadcast live on RTE TV. Lee Byrne in the 800m was 3rd in his heat in a time of 1:55.41 and Cillian Doherty was 5th in his 1500m heat in a time of 3:59.41. In the finals Lee was 8th in 1:54.41, only 0.1s off his PB and Cillian was 12th in  4:03.23. Clare Sullivan finished 11th in the 5000m and Ronan Kearns ran 2:04.96 in his 800m heat.



By Mike Long

The IMRA Wed night Leinster League concluded on 1 August and the winner was our own Rathfarnham WSAF AC’s Brian Furey. In fact he was actually uncatchable by the July 19th race! The League consists of 13 races. Your best 7 results count. Brian scored 2, 1, 3, 2, 3, 1, 3, 1, 1, 3. This is a very impressive and consistent performance over a period of 13 weeks. Brian's total was 11 points. Next in line was Rathfarnham WSAF AC's Barry Minnock. It was great to see Barry back on the hills. He totalled 18 points and interestingly beat Brian in the last race. Next Rathfarnham runner was Roisin Long in 35th place and 3rd Lady overall - followed by myself in 39th and 4th M50.

Three Rathfarnham runners have been selected for the World Mountain Running Championships to be held in Andorra in September: Eoin Flynn, Mark Ryan and Ruairi Long. See The Worlds involves a very challenging 12 km uphill only course. Ruairi was also selected for the British and Irish Junior Championshipss in Glendalough in September