Welcome to the official website of International race walker Brendan Boyce
Brendan Competing in the Olympic 50k walk outside Buckingham Palace.
Brendan Boyce is an Irish International athlete. He has recently competed in the Olympic Games in London where he produced a phenomenal performance in hot and humid condition to record a PB of almost 3 minutes to take 29th position in a time of 3:55:01. This represents a huge step forward for Brendan and his is now firmly fixed on performing strongly in Rio in 4 years time.
Brendan is now committed to training full time but will need help from sponsors to get him from year to year and progress towards Rio. With the rise of racewalking as the premium event in Irish Track and Field Brendan is being widely tipped as a medal prospect in 4 years time.
29th April 2013:
After an up and down start to 2013 Brendan has managed to set new figures over the 20km distance in the German city of Naumburg. The 44th edition of the international race walking meeting was won by New Zealand's Quentin Rew in 1:22:16 while Brendan crossed the line in 1:24:38, which knocked 1 min 19 secs off his previous best time from 2011.
11th August 2012:
Brendan produced a massive PB of almost 3 minutes in the Olympic 50km walk this morning to finish 29th in a race that was won in a new Olympic record. Brendan's time of 3:55:01 represented a 2min 52sec improvement on his performance from March this year. It was the 2nd best performance by an Irish athlete in the events history, with the first going to Robert Heffernan who finished a remarkable 4th in an Irish record of 3:37:54.
21st May 2012:
Athletics Ireland have made the official nominations of athlete's in the 50k walk and marathon's this afternoon. Brendan Boyce has been named along with Robert Heffernan and Colin Griffin to represent Ireland in the 50k walk on the 11th August at this summer Olympics in London.
14th May 2012:
Brendan has returned today from his first World Race Walking Cup which was held in Saransk, Russia. Brendan competed over the shorter Olympic distance of 20km and in tough conditions recorded his 3rd fastest time ever with 1:27:46, which was good enough for 64th. Also over the weekend Colin Griffin overcame the tough conditions in the 50km to secure his Olympic 'A' standard and will now join Brendan and Robert Heffernan on the 50k start-line in London on the 11th August.
25th March 2012:
Yesterday saw Brendan compete in the 50k walk at the European Permit meeting in Dudince, Slovakia. In a strong and confident performance on a unseasonably hot day Brendan produced a personal best time of 3:57:53 to knock 5 seconds of his time from 6 months ago and finish a magnificent 7th out of 93 starters. Other Irish athletes Colin Griffin and Jamie Costin both failed to make it to the finish line suffering DQ and DNF respectively.
27th January 2012:
Brendan has been nominated for the Donegal sports person of the year awards too be held in the Silver Tassie tonight Friday 27th January. Brendan is up for the award in athletics and will be up against some other great athletes including Mark English (Letterkenny AC), Mary McLoone (Tir Chonaill AC) and Teresa McGloin (Finn Valley AC). Unfortunately Brendan is unable to attend the awards to be hosted by special guest and RTE sports presenter Tony O'Donoghue. Brendan's brother Brian will be representing him at the awards.
18th January 2012:
Brendan has just returned from a successful 2 week training camp in Monte Gordo in Portugal. The purpose of the trip was to escape from the unpredictable and generally cold weather in Leeds and to focus on a consistent and sustained block of endurance work tailored towards the 50km in March. He was joined on the camp by team mates Colin Griffin and Laura Reynolds for the duration of the camp. Monte Gordo is the training ground for many walkers at this time of year and walkers from France, Finland, Poland, Tunisia and Portugal were all seen honing there skills on the roads and in the gym.
24th September 2011:
Brendan has achieved his main target for this season in making the qualifying standard for next years Olympics in London. He raced a well controlled and well executed 50km in the German town of Naumburg. He walked 3:57:58 which is well inside the A standard of 3:59:00 and is now ranked 55th in the world for the event:
18th August 2011:
Brendan pulled out an impressive performance today at the world university games in Shenzhen, China to finish 15th in a world class field. Times were down across the board but his time off 1:29:48 was impressive under the extreme conditions of 28 degrees and 80% humidity. Brendan started off conservatively and started to push on from 10km which he passed in 45:08 and was able to increase the pace to finish the 2nd 10k in 44:40. The results show that Brendan took some impressive scalps including one of the favored Russians and one of the Chinese home nations athletes:
26th June 2011:
At the Dublin Grand Prix of Race Walking today, Olive Loughnane finished an impressive second in 1.31.44 in the 20k walk to Liu Hong of China, who won in 1.29.44. Hong won the bronze medal behind Loughnane at the 2009 World Championships in Berlin. Jamy Amarilis Franco Nunez of Guatamala was third in 01:32:48.
Robert Heffernan who was looking for a victory had tounfortunately pull out at 6km as a precautionary measure due to a tight hamstring.