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Portumna 100km/50km/Marathon a Great Success


The inaugural Portumna Marathon, 50km and 100km races were held under ideal conditions on the 26th of June 2010. UPDATED RESULTS!
A compact field of 38 athletes lined up for this first edition of the marathon race held entirely within the confines of Portumna Forest Park in the West of Ireland. Organisers expect the event to grow substantially over coming years. The marathon race was accompanied by events over 50km and 100km.

John Desmond from Cork won the men’s division of the marathon in a time of 3:04:34 and the first woman home was Ruthann Sheahan in 3:43:51. The marathon was staged over an enclosed 5km loop through mature woodland over good tarmac roads that were entirely traffic free.

 Mick Rice won the 50km in a blistering time of 3:24:39 and first woman comfortably home in a fantastic time of 4:17:35 was Deirdre Finn.

Justin McKeeverr ran an amazing race to complete 100km in an impressive time of 8:36:18.

Feedback from participants was almost uniformly positive after the completion of the race. John O’Connor, of local club Athenry AC said, “It was a beautiful race. It was so refreshing to be running through such a natural, uncluttered setting. The surroundings really added to the overall race experience. The race organisation was faultless, especially considering that it was the first running of the event, with electronic timing and first class support for the athletes. It’s certainly an event I can see growing substantially in years to come.”


Race organiser, Seb Locteau was well pleased with the first Portumna Marathon. “We’ve started with a small field this year but have concrete plans to make this a bigger and better event in years to come. For the first race we concentrated in getting all of the organisational details just perfect and we’re no confident that we can grow both the marathon and the ultramarathon races substantially over the next few years. We have a beautiful venue here that we believe will prove attractive to both competitive and recreational runners alike.”


Marathon Men


  1. John Desmond 3:04:34
  2. John O’Connor              3:12:01
  3. John Chapman              3:20:40


Marathon Women


  1. Ruthann Sheahan           3:43:51
  2. Aoife Crampton            3:58:24
  3. Sinead Bracken            4:12:03


50km Men


  1. Michael Rice                 3:24:39
  2. Declan Donnelly            4:16:59
  3. Tom Enright                  4:26:06


50km Women


  1. Deirdre Finn                 4:17:35
  2. Fionnuala O’Mara          5:17:24
  3. Yvonne Howard            6:17:33


100km Men


  1. Justin McKeever           8:36:18
  2. Jacek Latala                 9:17:10
  3. Niall O’Crualaoich          9:35:03

Full Results attached below and pictures can be found here