Friday, 31 October 2014


Yes They did make the Irish Times and not the Sun

HSE 4Mile

After a quiet October, the next Cork BHAA race is the HSE 4 miler on next Sunday November 2 at 11am. This takes place down the Marina with registration at Lee Rowing Club open from 9.30am.

Cross Country

Best of luck on Sunday next to Eileen Leahy who will be running on Sunday in Riverstick in the County Senior Cross Country Championships. She will be running under Immokilly team flag.

Dates For the Diary


The annual Midleton AC Xmas Party will take place in Midleton Park Hotel on Fri 19th of December Full details shortly.

Birthday Party Time

Michael McNamara's 60th Birthday will take place in O'Neill's bar on the 8th of November from 8.30pm. All members of the athletic club are more than welcome to attend. Looking forward to seeing familiar faces there to celebrate with Michael who without a doubt is one of the most popular people in the club. And if you don't know Michael you know Martha she is the fast one but Michael will be passing her out shortly or so he says.

A Thanks You Letter From Brian Cott

Hi all,
The good news is I finished Dublin City Marathon on Monday 27th October and I am still walking! The better news for me is that thanks to all of you for your generosity, I have managed to raise a whopping €2,739.60 through the support of work colleagues, friends and fellow runners. Your support has been amazing, thank you all so much. For this I am truly grateful.
This money is going to be split 50:50 between 2 very worthy charities –
Special Olympics Ireland
Down Syndrome Ireland, Cork Branch.
Down to the race, I finished in a time of 3:14:54, which I am really delighted about. As Danny said I was surprised… it’s one thing to have a plan but it is another thing to pull it off, and take 52 minutes off my previous and only other marathon when I was 12 years younger! Nothing is easily got, and 26.2 miles is definitely not easy. But thankfully the training paid off… (thanks Donie for the advice – it paid not to start off too fast, Hal Higdon for the plan… I was following the same plan as Anna and even though we didn’t run together as we didn’t meet at the start, we finished just 6 seconds apart…). I didn’t hit the dreaded wall, but the last 2 miles were a particular struggle. The support of everyone along the route and fellow Midleton AC club members running and in particular those team members who travelled up to support was a huge boost. It really highlighted to me how great it is to be part of a team, in particular the Midleton AC team.
Special thanks to Danny for the new nickname, “Dark Horse”. And yes, the Midleton AC vest is the best thing ever, all the shouts of come on Midleton really did help.
Again, thank you all.

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Club Training Signing In

                                                              It has come to our attention that some people are not signing in at training. This is happening on a continuous basis by the same people despite notices and requests from our trainers.

This is showing a complete disregard for club and AAI rules. It is putting your fellow athletes at risk of not being covered by insurance along with yourself.
(When signing your membership form you agreed to abide by club rules.)

This behaviour will no longer be tolerated by the club. We are not prepared to put club members or our volunteer trainers/coaches at risk.
 It really is not fair to expect  club members  to train with someone who is not insured and that is what is being done by people deliberately not signing in..

If those NOT signing in have ideological reasons, difficulty in writing or whatever reasons for not signing in please contact any committee member or trainer immediately because as from now on unless you sign in please do not expect to be allowed in to train with your fellow members.

We are no longer prepared to put up with this deliberate flaunting of club rules or you putting your fellow club members at risk of not being covered by insurance.

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Icing On The Cake
Midleton AC Ladies 3rd O/35 team in the National Marathon Championships
Extra Extra
Midleton AC Ladies came 3rd  O/35 team in the National Marathon Championships Our Ladies of Anna Doris , Esther Murphy and Margaret Jones were the three top finishers from our club and we are super proud of them as we are of ALL our runners and our supporters.

Some more great photos from Rayleen Dolphin


 Anyone else with photos, reports etc please send them in.
Midleton AC Ladies Make National News  RTE Television 6.01 and 9pm News Monday plus Irish Times on Tuesday.

What an absolutely amazing weekend we had some fantastic runs over the weekend from Tipperary, Cork and Dublin. Starting with the Cross Country our ladies did really well unfortunately not in the medals despite great runs and packing very well with Eileen Leahy, Sally Drennan, Sheila Buckley and Helen Gilroy all finishing within a few seconds of each other. Whilst with the  men  Brian Harty had a fine day and a strong run He was  running solo for the club whilst his brother Michael went on to win the overall event. As always when you start moving up a level the standards become higher and as always we rose to the occasion.
Whilst at the Lee Fields we had great runs and PBs from Paul Fleming 31.08 and Simon Fitzgerald also got a PB and Marian Aherne had a fine run of 29.59 whilst John Cashman and Mary O'Keeffe also had great runs. A total of 259 took part more details later of other runners if they come to hand.Please remember I am depending on you to send me in the details.

Dublin Marathon

                                                                  Some absolutely amazing runs reached a fitting climax when word started coming through that some of our ladies were on the 6.01 news yesterday evening then the 9 o Clock news and today Tuesday's Irish Times and whilst all this is very nice the important thing is the running and that was amazing from each and everyone from the club that took part.
                                                         Starting at the beginning but in no order of merit our first athlete home was Anna Doris with a superb run of 3.14.48 starting to do justice to her true talent (7th Lady o/40 and 41 st woman out of a total of 3782) and she was closely followed by an amazing run by the "Dark Horse" Brian Cott with 3.14.52 surprizing everyone including himself with such a great run. Don Ryan continues to get better by the day and again got a PB with 3.17 whilst Margaret Jones showed the powerful woman that she is struggled through every porta loo on the course with her illness and still managed 3.36.41. Louise Barry and Claire Fitzgerald our "Calendar Girls" both had great runs finishing very close together Whilst Camilla O'Connor running her first marathon had a superb run with 3.49. As I said this is in no order but Denis Collins had another great run with 3.41.22 and Francis Maunsell despite a great first half came home in 3.38.03 which I have no doubt will be put to rest next time out,
                                                       Niamh Dorgan did herself justice despite her recent injury with 4.05.37 whilst the ever solid Peter Gunning did 3.40.50 and like wise the great Neilus Aherne 3.19.20. Arthur McCarthy did what he intended and took revenge on last year and broke with comfort the four hour barrier 3.49.01 assisted by Gillian Murphy who had a brilliant run also,
                                                           Esther Murphy had as always a fine solid run with 3.32.40 and her buddy Amanda Stavoru showed the benefits of "warm weather training" and did 4.29.Whilst Chris Dowdall and Paul Geary had great runs with 3.53 and 4.22 respectively . Fionan OhAodain and Aidan O'Herlihy both had solid runs but will show their true talent next time out. Dereck Aherne had a good run also in 4.33 and Alan Kelleher despite struggling with severe cramps in his legs from nineteen on also had a mighty run

                                            Anon quote (but can be verified from one of our leading men)
 " A Midleton AC vest is the best thing ever" and along with that I say the Midleton AC supporters are the best supporters ever. Those that travelled up for the weekend and those that came up on the day Andre, Sandra, Deidre, Catherine, Ciara, Helen, Sheila, Rose x 2, Sally ,Barry, Mike, Rayleen, Mike Dolphin, Mick Murphy , John Carey  ++++++++ the list can go on and on.
 Every runner said "ye were brilliant and thanks" and every Cork club has come back to say thanks because we all know every shout, TXT ,cheer etc counts, So THANKS one and all. And the cry that seemed to come from all the runners was "Thank you Donie Walsh for the advice and support at training it certainly paid off.
I probably have left some few out as always but please let me know.
More details and photos later, Please send them in,

Anna says " Jezz Francis  I forgot my make up and here comes Mary Sweeney"
 Neilus smiling as always

 Denis Flying at 11.
Paul Geary cruising at 11.

 Bernie helping as always
 The great Stevie D from Youghal AC
 Too fast for the camera ever on Sports speed.
 I wanna PB or die.

 Where is the porta .

Denis says "where did that pain come from"
 Hi guys" step aside I am going to be on TV"
 Camilla and her new friends.
 Arthur with 500 to go.
 Niamh almost there.
Derek and The Magic Moments.
 Alan its all been worth it,
The  I can't believe it smile.
 Camilla "I have the medal to prove it"
 The Smile that made the News.

 Champers all the way.And well deserved.

 Don with his own fan club and the best supporters of the day.

Just before the dancing started . All photos beyond this point stay there.

Friday, 24 October 2014


Reminder 1
To all those travelling tomorrow remember the clocks go back an hour tonight.

Reminder 2

Please let me know what races/events you take part in. I am more than happy to publish your reports or give details of your races etc.. But there are over two hundred members in the club and I cannot possibly know what races everyone is doing. Your fellow club members are interested ( going from the amazing number of hits the blog gets every week) in what you are doing so please don't be shy and let the blog. know

Reminder 3

There will be no official training on Monday evening and from the following Monday 3rd November we will be returning to the Hockey Field at the rear of Midleton College at 6pm. More details later.

D Day Is Almost Here

D Day or Dublin Marathon Monday is almost upon us and we wish everyone running the very best and hope everyone gets the time they want or better. We have a mighty crew going up this year along with a fine crew of supporters plus the supporters who travel up on Monday morning to support their fellow club members and also to enjoy the occasion.
Our crew are at present

Ladies first! (8)
Claire Fitzgerald, Mags Jones, Louise Barry, Camilla O'Connor, Esther Murphy, Amanda Stavrou, Anna Doris, Niamh Dorgan

Derek Ahern, Don Ryan, Neilus Ahern, Alan Kelleher, Paul Geary, Brian Cott, Fionan OhAodain, Francis Maunsell, Aidan O'Herlihy , Peter Gunning, Kris Dowdall. Denis Collins.


If there are any others please let us know or if any of the above are injured etc again please let me know

Many of us are staying in the Maldron in Cardiff Lane about ten mins from the finish so if any one wants to connect up with us after you will find us there.

Mmunster Novice Cross Country

This takes place on Sunday in Turnpike, Two Mile Borris, Tipperary and we have runners there also .Our ladies team of Helen Gilroy, Sheila Buckley Eileen Leahy and Sally Drennan will be doing their best to bring home medals .Our men are Brian Harty and Rod Scanlan who we also wish well.

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Cross Country

The Munster Intermediate Cross Country Championships takes place on Sunday, November 9 in Newmarket on Fergus, Co. Clare.

If you would be interested in running on the Midleton AC team please contact Helen Gilroy on 086 2713072 by Friday, 31st October.
Bandon 5kn Sunday 26th Oct at 2pm
 The 5k is being organised by Bandon AC.

Here is some more info...Deirdre O Reilly is the mother of two young girls and is herself the youngest child of Michael and the late Margaret O Reilly, 14 Convent Hill, Bandon. On December 22nd 2013 tragedy struck when Deirdre suffered a most severe stroke. She has since been in the care of the wonderful staff at Cork University Hospital.  The stroke has left her with paralysis on her right side and with an inability to communicate her feelings and needs. But through it all, 43-year-old Deirdre’s passion for life and her special character is still beaming through. Throughout her life she has displayed a generosity and an empathy for those she comes in contact with. This is demonstrated by the fact that she has been involved in raising over one million euro for most deserving causes. Her infectious laughter and sense of humour is still shining in spite of her inability to articulate her emotions and feelings. One can observe, when visiting her, that she wants to make people at ease. A smile and an attempted wink to break the ice. The goodwill and support which Deirdre and the family have received is heart-warming and encourages everyone to continue with the long road of rehabilitation.
Please note that the number of prizes are restricted as the purpose of the race is to raise as much as possible.

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Dublin Marathon

This may be of interest to those doing Dublin Marathon as its a new course this year. Its doing the rounds.

Miles 0 - 1.5: 
The start is the same as previous years, in that it gets going on Fitzwiliam place, then swings right onto leeson st. It’s a fast start and before we'd swing right at the end of leeson st and by Stephen’s green. But this year you keep going straight ahead all the way down Kevin st, through the lights and into the coombe.
Miles 1.5 - 3:
You turn right up Meath st and that’s a drag all the way to Thomas st. Its about 300 - 400m. Its not a big incline but that street is very narrow.......even more narrow with cars parked on the left hand side, so there could be some congestion. Then you turn right onto Thomas st and its a fastish section which gets even faster when you go down the hill at christchurch. At the end of this hill you go left along the quays.
So basically the first 3 miles are fast.
Miles 3 - 7:
At the end of the quays you turn right over the bridge, then left and straight ahead onto parkgate st. This is where a drag starts that goes from here to castleknock. From here to the phoenix monument its quite sharp(as far as drags go anyway) and then flattens out for a bit, but then as you hit the castleknock gate it goes up again. This is around the 10k mark and I have to say that stretch out of the park is the worst of the drags (so far). This section I think will cause a some problems for people in that tyring to maintain marathon pace will leave you fried.........but not straight away. And thats the devious thing about it, if you try to hold MP here you wont feel the bite until later, but it will take a bite. Best thing to do is to drop the pace back a few seconds per mile, let yourself be comfortable and tuck in behind a group let them do the work. And I have to mention the'll be in your face all the way up, for sure.
Miles 7 - 9:
You go left from castleknock onto college road, which surprise surprise, is another drag........but its a short one, about 200m. But I'd still hold back and not try to fly up it. But this is where the fun begins because theres a good mile of downhill. And its really fast........I know a lot of people say you should be careful on fast downhills but personally after the time you've lost on the 4 mile drag it makes sense to let rip. A bit. And being careful of course not to top yourself over a pothole. You swing left back into the park and this will be a bit of a shock to the legs after the speed of the down hill. But it doesnt last long because you swing right onto the upper glen road which is another fast section that goes as far as the Chapleizod gate.
Miles 9 -12.5
Out of the park and past Donore Harriers HQ, then you go left into the village and its fairly flat. The road surface though is in a jock so be careful.
And then theres the Hill up st lawerences road. Like the drag in the park its early enough in the race to be tmepted to just blast up it. But I'd advise against that. Again, death by a thousand cuts, that kind of thing. You blast up that hill now and I promise you it'll take a bit a few miles later. Personally I think the best thing to do is to slow right down and stroll up it.
Then youre onto sarsfield road which is flat, you go right under the bridge and theres another drag. This is a sneaky one because it doesnt look like much but again if you try to maintain Marathon pace here you'll put a dent in yourself. Then after that youre by kilmainham and swing right where theres (yet) another incline. Its short and sharp though. The section after this aorund the south circular road is a strange one. It always seems very quiet, like a ghost town.......but in the distance you can hear the rumble from dolphins barn. The road surface here is in an absolute heap and there seems to be a big camber(from right to left as you go towards Dolphins barn). Its flat but because of the dodgy surface and the camber, it always seems like a hard section to maintain MP.
Miles 12.5 - 15
When you turn right at dolphins barn theres always a massive crowd waiting and its actually awe inspiring(double if the weather is good). So You do get a lift from the crowd and you can find your pace quickening as a result, but its best to maintain your composure, not get caught up in things because this is actually a pretty tough stretch that goes on for over 2 miles. And you can be guaranteed that the wind will be in your face......even if it seems like theres no wind and everything is calm, there'll be a wind. In your face. So again, tuck in behind some man mountain and conserve your energy. Dont try to maintain marathon pace on this stretch, like the drag in the park, ease back a few seconds per mile(a good few seconds). Halfway point used to be outside superquinn but its now out side a chipper called Mona lisa.......classy.
Miles 15 - 17
Once you hit the walkinstown roundabout thats all the big energy zapping drags done and dusted. You turn left onto Cromwellforths road which is a long straight stretch thats more or less flat. Fortfield road at about 17 miles is a drag. Its not a very long section but I always find it hard to turn from the relative flatness of the previous section to the drag up this road, it can kind of bring you to a standstill. So best to take it handy and not try to flog the pace. Actually the next section at the back of Terenure college is deceptive, its not flat even though it might appear to be but anybody whos run the sportsworld race will know that its not an easy stretch.
Miles 17 - 20
You turn left onto the terenure road and thankfully this is a nice fast section. Actually from here to milltown is fast so this is the time to really go for it and take advantage of the downward drag.
Miles 20 - 22
Theres a hill in Milltown and personally I really hate this one. Its nothing major in the grand scheme of things but its sharp and at this stage of the race can take a bite. After that though its flat to downhill for a bit and then the hill at clonskeagh. Or to be more accurate, the series of hills and plateaus at closnkeagh, because you go up for a bit, it flattens, you go up again, it flattens and you go up again. Then its by the mosque and you turn left up roebuck road. Its flat enough but then at the end, just before you turn onto fosters avenue theres roebuck hill. This has been discussed before and for whatever reason its gained a rep as being the course bad boy. Its not really. Its sharp and it will put the hurt on you but its short and its over before you know it.
Miles 22 - 24
Fosters Ave. This is a very quick section and you can just let fly. 4miles to go and you gotta start emptying the tank here. Left and the end onto stilorgan dual carrigeway, still fast, then right over the UCD flyover and onto nutley lane. So 22- 24 is fast.
Miles 24 - finish
Left at the end of nutley lane and onto merrion row which is a long straight stretch. The road is wide and exposed and I personally hate this part. Up by the British embassy then the RDS, you swing right onto Shelbourne road. Another long stretch that’s fairly quick. 
The old course would have you continue on over the canal, but with the new course you swing left up haddington road. It’s a bit of a drag but nothing killer, and then you turn right onto Northumberland road. And from here it’s a long straight run to the finish. And it is long........
I have to say I prefer this finish to the old one. Before the hump at the canal and the stretch up Pearse st were pretty horrible. This way it seems to be over quicker.
And thats it. I was talking to a friend the other day who said that after a while everybody becomes an expert. I dont claim to be an expert but I'll say how I think this course could best be run and you can do with that information as you please.
I think you should start off easy, really be careful on the section from the pargate st all the way to castleknock, like don’t try and run marathon pace, slow it down. Ditto for crumlin road. I think a negative split of at least 2 minutes is the way to go, trying to run even splits on this course is nuts. Maybe the course profile doesn’t look so bad but there’s a profile and then there’ the real thing. Hold back on the hills, dont try to blast up them, you'll pay for that later on. Wait until the walkinstown roundabout to make a move, its about 11 miles to the finish from there which is perfect for negative splitting. Respect the hills, make hay on the quicker sections, run very comfortably over the first half and go for it after walkinstown. And especially go for it once you hit fosters ave, that’s 4 miles+ of Gold.