Friday, 20 October 2017


Best of luck to everyone running this weekend. We have the Rebel Run at home and three of our athletes are travelling to Dublin to in in the Autumn Open Cross Country Festival at which they hope to get places on the Irish Teams. They are Sally Drennan , Sinead Keavney and Neilus Aherne. The very best of luck to all and safe travelling. Whilst very many of our crew are in their taper for Dublin we also wish them a safe wind down and hopefully no last minute injuries.

Don't forget to order your new Midleton AC top. Please text Bernie at 0872311688

A reminder that the entries for Dungarvan 10 open on the
1st November. As there will be an extra large number trying to enter due to the demise of the Ballycotton 10 be sure and get in early. Traditionally West Waterford AC allow transfer of numbers in this race once they are informed of it so there is no way you can lose out once you are in.
Ballycotton 10
and another one here on Marathon training.

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Tops and Training

No shortage of models for the new tops.
Below a few shots of a section of the crew at training on Wednesday evening. New members are always welcome and can try out a session for free any Monday or Wednesday evening. All levels catered for enquiries or 0872403940

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

New Tops Available Tomorrow Evening

Our new tops will be available at training 7pm tomorrow evening. There is only a limited number available so please be early and bring the correct amount which is 25Euro. You can also text Bernie @ 0872311688 to pre order if you wish.


She will be selling a limited number of the old tops for 5 euro each

Due to the cancellation of training Monday anyone (especially marathon people and people with target races) that want to discuss their training programme and /or get updates please feel free to contact Donie @ 0862092795

Sunday, 15 October 2017



Training has been cancelled for Monday evening due to the adverse weather forecast. Danny

Cross Country

The County Intermediate Cross Country Championships took place on Sunday organised superbly by Carrignavar AC. We had two athletes competing in the men's race. Derek Aherne and Don McDonald who both ran really well finishing in that order. This is there first season competing in this event and already the improvement in their running is very evident. Well done guys. The day itself was wet and miserable so well done to all our supporters who came out as well. The race was won by Mark Walsh son of our head coach Donie.

Mark Walsh winner of the men's race.


Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Cross Country Updates

The next cross country races are as follows:
15 October - County intermediate in Glenville at 12.00 pm (see Carraig na bhFear AC wwebsite for directions)
22 October - Munster novice and under 23 - Co. Clare
5 November - County masters and novice B

Anyone who would like to run in the intermediate on Sunday, please let me know by tomorrow.

Entries for the Munster novice and under 23 have to be in by Monday, 16 October.  Kindly let me know by this Sunday, 15 October if you would like to run there.

Although we are unlikely to have teams for the races on 15 and 22 October, I would definitely hope to have men's and women's teams in the masters, hopefully in both age categories, so please consider running in this one!

If there are any questions on the above, feel free to contact me by return email or on 087 2265857.

Kind regards,

Lads as Sally says above we definitely should have lots of members doing the Masters and the Novice B on the 5th Dec. It is an ideal opportunity to try cross country for the first time and its also a week after Dublin Marathon so one should be suitably recovered for a short race. Do please consider it as we would not advise anyone to do something they are not ready for but the vast majority of members would be well able for these races. Danny

Thursday, 5 October 2017


County Senior Cross Country

A great days racing in Conna on Sunday morning for the County Senior Cross Country where in the women's race we had Sinead Keavney who ran a very fine race to finish fifth .The race was won by Olympian Michelle Finn.
In the mens race 10Km we had three runners who again all ran in fine style with Neilus Aherne and Don MDonald playing cat and mouse with there positions with Neilus winning out in the end to be our first man home closely followed by Don and Dereck Aherne. The race was won by Mark Hanrahan of Leevale. Well done all including our usual bunch of loyal supporters.

Christopher McCarthy's Memories of Ballycotton


For me the real tragedy here is the loss of the Summer Series.
Since I ran my 1st Summer Series Race (Ballyandreen 2013) I was hooked, never missed a race in the series & would have continued for years to come.
I absolutely loved it & have so many glorious memories.
Ballyandreen – The testing, undulating course rolling into Ballycotton at the 2 Mile Mark before the middle stretch out towards ‘The Beast’, reaching the top gasping for air before putting every ounce of energy into the last mile descent back towards the finish overlooking the cliffs.  A wonderful race on a really classic course & probably my favourite race every year.
Shanagarry – Laps around the GAA pitch to warm up.  Trying to work my way up towards Top 50 on the overall leaderboard.  The hill from 2.5 – 3.5 miles always felt like it would never end, then a little rest for the steep descent before launching back into the last hill on tired legs towards the finish under the canopy of trees.
Churchtown South – A race I initially disliked but grew to love after a couple of good performances.  2 laps around the village with great support, when you see the small hill for the 2nd time you know there’s not long to go.  Overall positions in the Series begin to take shape.  You know what you have to do in 4 or 5 weeks’ time in Ballycotton.
Ballycotton – Remember that the race starts at 7:30.  Try not to go too fast in the 1st mile.  Take a little breather after the 1 mile mark for the slight incline.  Keep the pressure up for the rest of the 1st half.  The 2nd half of the race was often a case of just hanging in there giving everything towards the finish back in the town to hold onto my place or pick up a place if possible.  Cross the finish line gasping for air knowing that the Summer of racing is over for another year.  Pick up a well-deserved plaque & if you are lucky / have trained hard all Summer – pick up a Top 50 T Shirt.
Of my 5 campaigns I will most fondly remember 2016 when I received my first only Top 50 T Shirt.  Attached is the photo which you took yourself.
All that’s left to do is display our gratitude for John Walsh and his fantastic Ballycotton Running Promotions team and to always cherish our memories of Ireland’s oldest and best road running series.

Galway Half Marathon

Amanda Cooney had another fine run today when she ran the Galway Half Marathon in 2.05. Well done Amanda looking good for Dublin.


It is with tears in my eyes I write this post to inform you all that the Ballycotton 10 is no more and also the Ballycotton Summer Series is gone also. It is hard to believe as it has played such a part of our lives for so long and every new runner one meets it seems to be their ambition to run the Ballycotton 10. Having trained literally hundreds  and hundreds of runners to run it and seeing the smiles on their faces having accomplished it was always so rewarding.

My prize possessions my first Ballycotton mug from 1983 and the last one 2017 the rest are in the attic. It is the 1983 one that is really special to me as it is "The Mug You Must Not Wash" there was a fault in the firing of the mugs and if you washed it the crest comes off. I do not know of any other intact 1983 mug so when they open the Ballycotton 10 museum I will donate it.

One can only thank John Walsh, Tommy Hartnett, Jim McMurty and the whole Ballycotton Running Promotions Crew for their dedication and hard work down all the years and the pleasure they have given to us athletes. Thank you all so much. Danny

 Full statement from Ballycotton Running Promotions

Memories Are Made Of This

Well worth looking at just to see all the Midleton AC vests.

If anyone has any memories that they would like to share no matter how short or long please send them in to


Cross Country

Best of luck to our runners  Sinead Keavney, Neilus Aherne, Derek Aherne and Don McDonald running in the County Senior's on Sunday. Do please consider coming out to support them. Its only twenty minutes out the road in Conna starting with the ladies at twelve noon.