Achill Half Marathon

  •   The Achill Half Marathon and 10k took place on Saturday last with more than 1,300 runners from a record 22 different countries taking part in the event. The early morning mist cleared by the start of the race to bring almost perfect racing conditions.

    The Half Marathon was won by David Murray in a time of 1 hr 16 mins and 23 seconds just 29 seconds ahead of Christopher Peck who finished second. In a hard fought battle for second place he edged out Patrick Lyons by a mere 2 seconds.

    The ladies race was won by Catherine Thornton with a time of 1 hr 32 mins and 36 seconds, almost 3 mins ahead of Charlotte Kearney in second and Yvette Leahy in third.

    The 10 k was won by Ray Hynes with a time of 33 mins 39 seconds, Sam France was second with 35 mins 57 secs and Joseph McDermott was third in a time of 36 mins 43 secs.

    The ladies 10K was won by Clare Sullivan with a fantastic time of 39 mins and 7 seconds which also placed her 6th overall. Adrienne Jordan was second but also in the overall top 10 with a time of 40 mins 59 secs. Caroline Crowley crossed the line in 43 mins and 14 seconds to secure third place.

    The oldest competitor to complete the Half Marathon was Thomas Kelly of Pollagh, Achill. Thomas has completed several races since reaching 80 years of age a few years ago and amazingly knocked 10 mins of his personal best since becoming an octogenarian.


  • 1300 competitors will take part tomorrow morning in the Achill Half Marathon and the 10km race.

    The annual event attracts huge numbers annually, and Achill today is already a buzz with visitors and competitors. The Half Marathon gets underway at 10.30am and the 10k at 11.15am from the beach at Keel.

    Emmet Callaghan of the Achill Half Marathon told Midwest News today that there is already great excitement ahead of the big event

  • The Achill Half Marathon and 10K attracts up to 1,200 participants annually. Keeping these runners hydrated required approximately 12,500 bottles of water at refreshment stations along the route. Keen to reduce the negative impact of large events on the environment, and the Achill Half Marathon committee teamed up with local secondary school, Colaiste Pobal Acla, for an alternative initiative to mark #climatestrike day. 

    The students competed in a 6k race, and rather than using single use plastic bottles, they were offered filtered water served in reusable cups

    With the help of, the reusable cups will be collected, steam cleaned and reused at other events around the country. Eliminating 12,500 plastic bottles from the Achill Half Marathon is just the start. The organisers hope that other events will follow suit and ultimately remove millions of bottles annually from such events.

    Earlier this year, the Achill Half Marathon was voted Ireland’s Most Scenic Route and the message from the students was that they want to do their utmost to look after it.

    This year’s race takes place on 6th July.



    The Achill Half Marathon has been named the Best Half Marathon and Most Scenic Route by Run Ireland today.

    The national awards honour the various events that fall under the remit of Run Ireland each year and the Achill Half Marathon has scooped two awards in the scheme.

    Sean Molloy of Achill Tourism told Midwest Sport that it is a huge accolade for all involved.

    Best 5k: Darkness into Light
    Best 5 Mile/8k: Clontarf 5 Mile
    Best 10k: Womens Mini Marathon
    Best 10 Mile: Irish Runner 10 Mile
    Best Half Marathon: Achill Half Marathon
    Best Full Marathon: Dublin Marathon
    Best Ultra Marathon: Connemara 100
    Best Triathlon/Duathlon: Ironman 70.3 Dun Laoghaire
    Best OCR Event: Hell and Back
    Most Scenic Route: Achill Marathon