Monday, 27 March 2017


Counting Down -  To The Ballintotis 4 MIle Road Race On Thursday April 20th

It's is recognised as one of the biggest races of it's kind in Ireland - the Ballinttois '4' Mile Road Race and it's very much part of the early summer fixture list here in East Cork.

This year's race will take place on Thursday April 20th (8pm) and is again expected to attract a very large entry. In fact entries via the online option are steadily being received and that option remains open to participants until Monday April 17th. Thereafter, entry desks will be open from  5pm to 7pm on the evening prior to the  race and then again on race day from 1pm onwards at Ballintotis Community Centre.
The success of the event which was brought to the picturesque venue by East Cork A.C in 2010, is due to a number of factors. It's fair to say that the generous sponsorship and backing from the local business community has been a key component in it's rise and with this in mind, the local Ballintotis Race Committee wish to acknowledge again the continued backing of a number of their loyal major sponsors.
Sincere thanks to main sponsors Castlemarty Resort, Trabolgan Holiday Centre, Garryvoe Hotel, McCarthy & McGrath Auctioneers, Ballintotis Fit 4Life Club, Market Green Shopping Centre, Michael Kennedy Plant & Agri and Eurocom Technologies for their sponsorship of this year's event.
As  usual all proceeds from the race will go towards and development of Ballintotis Community Centre.

In advance of this year's race,a trial run around the course for members of local clubs will take place on Tuesday April 11th at 7pm..

 In the meantime for those wishing to find out more details about the race or indeed to contribute to the race sponsorship fund/donate a prize - please call 086-8778182.

Remember this year's race will  again by chipped timed, with a mat at both the start and finish lines, whilst those who may prefer to walk rather than run are pointed in the direction  of the non competitive walk  which begins at 6.30pm.  Entry fee on the day for the run or walk costs 10 euro with all participants receiving a free buff, courtesy of McCarthy & McGrath Auctioneers. Refreshments will be served afterwards with loads of spot prizes to be won together with the usual overall and category race prizes

So please join us in Ballintotis on April 20th - for the race that was voted "Best 4 Miler in Cork" in 2016.

Miah McGrath of McCarthy & McGrath Ltd Auctioneers Midleton presents a sponsorship cheque to John Cashman Ballintotis Race committee at this year's race launch.  Included are members of the organising committee Tom O'Neill, Michael Ryan, Jean O'Gorman, Kevin Cronin - Chairman B.A.C.C and Ger Broderick.


Martin Drake and Tim Twomey of the East Cork Athletics Division join sponsors and members of the organising committee on the start line ahead of the Ballintotis 4 MIle Road Race which takes place on Thursday April 20th. On line entry is now open at

Friday, 24 March 2017


Running On Holidays

Olympia Half Marathon - Maire 4th lady home and 1st in age category, great running on hot hilly course. I was called up for the 3rd lady prize but they wouldn't hand it over - eventually had to settle for 3rd in my age category. Words to the wise - half marathons and holidays do not mix. (report Eugene McCarthy)

Mallow 10

Some thrived in it some died in it but the heat today played a major part in todays race.
Mostly times were down in Mallow today with a winning time of over fifty three minutes where it was wonderful to see local East Cork man Michael Harty have a great victory.
We luckily had some fine runs from the club with Sinead Keavney having a great run to break the sixty five minute barrier and run faster that she did in Ballycotton finishing 5th overall and 1st O/40. Our first man home was Kevin Smith who continues to improve with every race and he was closely followed by Fionan O' hAodin who suffered a little from the heat. Well done to all who ran and apologies to anyone whose photo I missed.


Update from coach Edmond O'Sullivan

 The clocks go forward this Saturday so training can move outdoors on next Wednesday 29th. Venue ( Community Centre) and time ( 6.30 to 7.30) remains the same but we will not be using the hall.
There will be a warm up run followed by basic stretches before we head off in groups. The indoor winter strength and conditioning work is done so now we can concentrate on pace-runs/hills/fartlek/intervals/recovery runs. So spread the word amongst your training/run partners and build this club training session into your spring/summer training programme”.

Thursday, 16 March 2017


New Members Welcome

Now that Ballycotton 10 is over people are wondering how to improve their times etc for the upcoming Summer season. The very best way is to join an athletic club.
There you will receive a proper training schedule and great advice. There is no better local club than Midleton AC with its experienced and professional coaches we are happy to advise athletes of all levels from the very fast to the slow and all stages in between. Give us a call at 0872403940  or e mail There is no better value around.

Cloyne 4km

Eileen Leahy Retains Her Title For The 3rd Time.

Eileen Leahy defended her title to win Cloyne 4K series. This is Eileen's third title in Cloyne having won all series since the beginning. Paul Spiteri came 3rd overall in the series. A good morning for running although a bit blustery. Louise Barry took the action photos as did Shane Fitzgerald Foley. Other photos and report thanks to Kathleen O'Connell.

Park Run News

A great win today for Francis Maunsell who came first in todays Park Run in Tralee whilst Edmond O'Sullivan came 9th in the same event.

Nearer to home in Ballincollig Park Run Matt Chojan showed he is getting back on form in finishing 7th in 20.01.

County Roads

A great Day All Round For The Club

Thanks to Kathleen O'Connell for the above photos
On a lovely morning for running the Cork County Road Racing Championships took place in Castlelyons at 10am on the morning of St Patricks Day. These races are confined to Athletic Ireland Clubs and are always of great interest to athletes.
We took Silver in the NOVICE Ladies  with Helen Gilroy, Sheila Buckley, Esther Murphy and Louise Barry. Whilst Helen Gilroy also took Silver in the Ladies O/50 and Sally Drennan took Bronze in the same Cat.. Amanda Cooney took Bronze in the O/55 cat. and Kathleen O'Connell also took bronze in the O/60.

Results just in our Ladies O/45 Team took GOLD with Helen Gilroy, Sally Drennan and Margaret Jones.

Our men were also in the prizes with Club Vice Captain Mark Walsh taking GOLD in the O/55 and Donie O'Connell taking Bronze in the O/65.
There were several PBs with Edwin Cashman well smashing the twenty four minute barrier for the first time and Mark O'Reilly also PBing showing he is well on track for his Manchester Marathon next month. So a great day all round for the club.


The first race of the weekend is the Cork County Road Championships in Castlelyons. We have about twenty runners going there and we would love some supporters. Its on at 10 am so you have plenty time for parades later. Remember if running you MUST wear your club colours.

Then on Sunday we have the very popular Cloyne 4 km where we hope to pick up some more prizes.
The final race of the 2017 series will take place on Sunday next, March 19th at 9.30am.
Tee-shirts for all who will have completed at least 4 out of the five races will be given out after the race. They will not be available before race start.
Harty's bar & restaurant will provide teas, coffee and biscuits after the race and overall series prizes will also be presented at this time