International Field set for Charleville Half

The Charleville International Half-Marathon continues to grow in reputation each year with the competitive field it manages to put together. This year there are at least 10 elite runners entered with personal bests for the distance that are under 70 minutes which will make for a highly competitive race on the day. A number of international athletes will attend to take on some of Irelands top long distance runners. Athletes such as Paddy Hamilton (Antrim), Brian Maher (Kilkenny), Sergiu Ciobanu (Tipperary) and Martin Fagan (Westmeath) will take on athletes from Belgium and Uganda. On the women’s side Maria McCambridge will be making an attempt to break her course record of 73 minutes, while at the same time having to contend with the challenge of Barbara Sanchez (Dublin), Siobhan O’Doherty (Tipperary), Emma Murphy (Cork), Cathy McCourt (Antrim) and Ailish Malone (Dublin) who will all be aiming to better their own times on the super-quick course.

The Top 8 women from the 2013 Charleville International Half-Marathon

Fagan’s Positive Road to Redemption

The athlete who has the best personal best time alongside his name on the start-list is Martin Fagan who has been steadily re-finding the form that saw him run 60:57 in 2009 in the Hague for the distance. He will use the Charleville race to gauge his current form as he moves forward on what appears to be a positive road to redemption since returning from his doping ban earlier this year. It is unlikely that Fagan will have the same level of competition that he faced on the flatlands of Europe in Holland but there will be some strong competition coming from Belgium with 5 athletes coming across from the Punk Running Club. They will be led by their coach Rik Ceulemans who is a former 62min Belgian International half-marathoner himself and is hoping that his two strongest runners can get close to the 65min mark on the day.

Michiel Vanholst who will lead a group of 5 athletes from the Punk Running Club from Belgium in the Charleville International Half-Marathon




Ugandan Ssenyange Returns

Last year’s second place finisher, Ugandan Ismail Ssenyange, who goes by the nickname Cheetah Kipsmile because of his friendly nature, has made significant improvements in his form since he finished 2nd in Charleville last year clocking 64:57 in his current country of residence in Dubai. He will provide close competition for the current course record holder, Sergiu Ciobanu who has a personal best of 64:48. Ciobanu is in heavy marathon training again at the moment and will use Charleville in his build-up to an Autumn marathon.

Ugandan Ismail Ssenyange of Dubai Creek Striders who will return to compete at the Charleville International Half-Marathon this year

Entries Going Fast

Race organiser, Michael Herlihy of North Cork AC, says that entries are again up on last year’s and is asking runners not to leave it until the last minute to complete their entry. Online entries are available on and also there will be entries at the Charleville Park Hotel on the Saturday from 12pm to 6pm. No entries will be available on the day of the race but race packs can be collected on Saturday at the hotel between 12 and 9pm, and on Sunday at the start-finish area at St. Josephs Foundation on Bakers Rd. Charleville. The road race also serves as a Munster Half-Marathon Championship for Munster AAI members who have indicated that they want to participate in this event on their entry form. Email for any queries about the race.

The start of the 2013 Charleville International Half-Marathon hosted by North Cork AC