Tuesday, 25 October 2016

Dublin Marathon

Later in the week I will be listing all our entries for the Dublin City Marathon plus our entries on the same day for the Frankfurt Marathon.

Whilst looking at the entries for Dublin there is an Eileen Albanese entered as Midleton AC. This lady is not and has not been a member of Midleton AC and whilst we ALWAYS welcome new members no matter what their level in this case it is important to point out.

This race the Dublin City Marathon is also the National  Marathon Championships and having someone running as a club member could easily cause confusion in the results. We have regularly won medals in this race in the past but it is open ONLY to registered AAI members.

Whilst I know this is no doubt a genuine mistake but in order to avoid confusion and the embarrassment of having to return medals/alter results etc. can anyone that knows this lady ask her to change her entry to her correct club if she is a member of a club.

In most races this would not make much of a difference but in a Championship Race it can cause a lot of confusion.
Thanks Danny

Monday, 24 October 2016


Yes you Can Do It. Go for it NOW
Give it a try. You will never regret it.

The cross country season is well underway now and we have had some fantastic results so far.  Well done to all who have taken part.  The next competition on the calendar is:
Cork County Novice B and Masters Cross country championships on 6 November in Carrignavar.

To be eligible for novice B an athlete must not have won a medal in any cross country championship event in the current season at any level. Previous individual novice B medal winners are also excluded.
Everyone over the age of 35 on the day of the race is eligible to run in the masters.

These will be run as two separate races, so it is only possible to run in either the Novice B or the Masters.  For those who are eligible to run in both races, a decision about which to be entered in will be made based on the numbers of athletes we have available for each team.  Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions on the above.
Could I ask anyone who would like to run in either of the above races to kindly contact me by this Thursday, 27 October as I will be away next weekend and have to get the entry in before then.
Best regards,

The following were the winners in the Juvenile raffle;

1st. Jack Mc Grath
2nd. Michael Tattin
3rd. Laura Twomey
4th. John Connolly 
5th. Mark O'Riordan
6th. Sebastian Adamski
7th. Dermot Lomasney
8th. Breda Walsh
9th. Michael Hynes
10th. Mary Sweeney
11th. The Geraghty Family
12th. Justine Cooney

Friday, 21 October 2016



What a weekend for our club. We have our 50th Anniversary Party and then to top things off Sinead Keavney powers to victory in the Munster Novice Championship and led home the Cork team to take silver also. Eileen Leahy had a very powerful run here finishing 4th U23  and its great to see her getting back on form and once again she took GOLD with the Cork U23 team. Louise Barry and Claire Parker both had great runs especially considering its their first season at cross country. They will be truly flying next year.
Our men too had fine runs with Francis Maunsell showing that he is in great shape for the marathon next Sunday followed by Edwin Cashman, Mike Hallahan and Mark O'Reilly.
Well done all.

Ballincollig Park Run

Great results again today.

2    Paul SPITERI    17:59    VM35-39    M 2    Midleton AC

3    David MOYNIHAN    18:22    SM30-34    M 3    Midleton AC

Also David O'Sullivan 22nd in 21.11 plus Morgan O'Regan 26th in 21.27 and Shane Fitzgerald Foley 27th in 21.27
Anniversary Dinner

A fantastic night was had in Fota Hotel last night where around two hundred and fifty members past and present came together to celebrate the fifty years of the club. John Cashman did his usual brilliant job as MC and the publication was launched along with a presentation of medals to all Midleton AC athletes who have represented Ireland. These included our two Olympians Liam O'Brien and Mike Keogh who travelled all the way from USA for the occasion, and current members Joan Hough and Orlagh Farmer. It was wonderful to meet some of the original founding committee and most especially Jim Leahy who had done so much for the club down the years. Special medals had been minted for the occasion and luckily we got a few extra because as John Cashman said on the night "Neilus Aherne will be due one shortly and he doubted that Neilus would be around for the one hundred year celebrations so he better get in there this year".
The full colour publication which has one hundred pages on the history of the club covering all the decades costs only 10 euro.
It will be available at training Monday and Wednesday and also in the local shops etc. Anyone who has difficulty in obtaining one or is away etc can order from e mail mdtacinfo@gmail.com Please order asap as they were selling fast last night and they will be sold out shortly. It's your club - it's your history!

Addendum - Danny, as you know, writes this blog, and is too modest and humble to report that he too received an award last night - a special Outstanding Contribution award

Total Shock

Danny McCarthy is Vice-Chairperson of the club, and also Registrar, PRO and Blogger, and Coach.  He was also an active parent in the juvenile section when his three sons were members.  In 2009, he received the one and only ever awarded "Athlete of the Decade" award.

Danny gives so generously of his time - rarely missing a training session - greeting new members, encouraging existing ones, he is "the wise man", the "go-to" person, the fountain of knowledge.

He is seen at almost every race, and often more 
than one in the same day - cheering on our members, creating valuable memories with his photographs, collecting prizes, and blogging each race before members have time to get home.

He coaches the "beginners" (now Couch to 5k-ers) and can be seen out rain, hail or shine encouraging them as they build up their miles, and even when injured himself, cycles alongside them.

He has paced many a runner in races from 5k to a marathon - so many of our members who would never have dreamed of running a marathon have done so due to his encouragement. 

Danny has literally and figuratively weathered many a storm in Midleton AC and I'm sure you will all agree that our club is stronger and better because of him.

Congratulations Danny on this well deserved recognition of your long-serving and Outstanding Contribution to our club.

Its Party Time

Tonight sees the launch of our 50th Anniversary Publication and presentation of awards to our international athletes in Fota Hotel (you can still try for tickets as there may have been cancellations (see previous posts for details)

Magic Bus

The bus for those wishing to avail of it (its free) will leave Tesco overflow (gravel) car park at 6.50pm and returns from Fota Hotel at 11.30pm.

Cross Country

Wishing all those running in Carrignavar on Sunday the very best.
Anyone not running please come out and support.