Tuesday, 3 March 2015

From Ballycotton Running Promotions

 Race packages:
All 3,500+ race packages have now been posted out. Unfortunately, as the addresses given on a small number were incorrect, they were sent back to us. After making contact with most of those involved, the packages were again posted out to the correct addresses. Any runners who have not received their number by Friday must call to the Trouble Desk in the hall on Sunday morning (from 10am) for a new one. 

2) Transferring numbers:
Your race number is a bit like a plane tickets, each entry is personally registered to a specific named individual. Running in someone else’s number can have serious implications if the runner suffers a medical emergency – there have been cases where it has been difficult to identify or contact families of runners who have suffered potentially life-threatening conditions whilst using someone else’s race number. 

The accuracy of the results is also affected when runners are placed in the wrong age and sex category and it causes a lot of unnecessary hassle for organisers.

So the message is clear – if you can’t run, DON’T give your number to someone else. If you have already done so, get it back and destroy it. By signing the entry form, you have agreed not to transfer your race number – and anyone caught doing so will face the consequences.  

3) Water station:
This year, there will be only one water station which is situated at the halfway mark at Ballymaloe (on both sides of the road). Water will be in bottles and if runners wish to carry the bottles we would urge them to use the bins provided along the course to discard the empties.  

Amongst the reasons for moving the water station from 3M/7M was the congestion caused as the runners on the way back were meeting those on the way out. 

After finishing, bottled water, bananas and Mars Bars will be available just beyond the baggage area – not at the finish line. Also, we ask people not to be greedy and to leave enough for those finishing behind them.
From Ballycotton Running Promotions


With the race done n dusted it will be time to celebrate so Midleton AC have arranged to meet up in the Maple Lounge Main Street where the race can be re run and the club has arranged to have food available. We will be meeting from 8pm onwards. All members are welcome even if you didn't manage to run this year you will be welcome to share in the celebrations.Danny

Monday, 2 March 2015


Friday, 27 February 2015


Gas Networks Ireland 5Km

Despite the brutal weather Sunday morning a crowd of  five hundred and ninety seven ran.(Shows what a free t shirt will do). It was run in aid of the amazing Rebel Wheelers a cause which many of you will be familiar with from A Secret Millionaire a few seasons ago. Some of the little kids even followed the race in their wheelchairs.
We had a fine number of runners taking part in what was a grand morning after all the rain and wind and some of the crew had super runs. Our prize winners were John O'Halloran 2nd O/60 and the ever solid Margaret Jones 1st O/45. Harty Tax Consultants took 2nd prize in Grade A Teams comprising of Brian Harty, Declan Dorgan and Rod Scanlan. Rod who is just coming back after injury had a great run.


Midleton AC Goes Wild West

                            Some Midleton AC members headed to Kenmare this weekend to take part in the Wild West Trail 1/2 Marathon. This comprised of some of the Kerry Way and several rivers and hills to climb. We had the experienced trail runners Matt Chojan, John Carey and Jennifer Hayes alongside newcomers to the sport Helen Gilroy, Sheila Buckley and Mick Murphy. The weather added to the difficulties but all came home safe and sound and enjoyed the experience. Over three hundred took part in the annual event.

Don Ryan, Bernie Twomey and Catherine Terry.
The Three Musketeers who took part in the duathalon in Fota Island Resort on Sat. morning. (Thanks Mgt.Jones for the photo)

Whitegate 4 Mile

There was over seven hundred runners and walkers took part in this event Sat. morning in Whitegate for this very worthy cause. Delighted to report that we had a fine crew from the club supporting it. And whilst it was a Fun Run it was superbly organised and stewarded with a fine spread after. The people of Whitegate did their cause proud as always.

East Cork and District Sports Awards

At the inaugural East Cork and District Sports Awards (sponsored by Midleton Park Hotel) held on Thur 26th Feb. Midleton AC's Daniel Colbert won the Young Sports Star of The Year. As most of you will be aware Daniel won the U23 All Ireland 400h last year and this victory along with his already outstanding career to date  helped him achieve this great win. Congratulations Daniel once again you have done the club proud. The overall winner was Angela Walsh the dual All-Ireland Cork Ladies Football and Camogie star. A large group from the club attended the event in support of Daniel.


Races Upcoming This Weekend

There are two local races coming up this weekend a 4 Mile FUN Run in Whitegate at 11am Sat and a 5Km in The Marina (BHAA) on Sunday at 11am. There is a free T Shirt for the first 500 entries on Sunday so BE EARLY to make sure you get one if you are interested. Full details of both events on previous posts.

Wednesday, 25 February 2015


Claire will be at training tonight from  6.45-7.00 for the sale of club gear including singlet's for Ballycotton and for  anyone that needs to settle accounts too!

Friday, 20 February 2015


Another Weekend Of Top Class Results For Midleton AC

Cloyne 4Km

The first race of the day was Cloyne 4km at 9.30 am run in the worse conditions we have seen for a while. There was a total of one hundred and ninety five competed and we saw some fine runs. Our first Lady home was Eileen Leahy (16.42) who finished 3rd overall very closely followed in a great battle one second later by Vicki Cleary (16.43) who finished 4th overall our third lady home was Mary O'Keeffe (17.42) Our men also had good runs with Brian Harty(14.06) 5th overall ,Paul Spiteri (14.44) 10th overall and Mike Cremin (15.20) 16th overall.
Full Results https://sites.google.com/site/runninginireland/results-of-the-cloyne-commons-4k-race-sun-22nd-feb-2015

Adare 10Km

John Dunphy gave himself a fine workout when running a time of 44.13 in Adare 10Km today.

Mealagh Valley Ring 10 Mile

In a race that describes itself as Blood, Sweat and Tears and then add into the mix the wind and rain we had this morning you will get some idea of what this was like. Brutal is the word used to describe it. That did not daunt to mighty Midleton AC ladies who came home with fantastic results Sheila Buckley 2nd overall and Helen Gilroy 3rd overall. Well done ladies great to see ye getting back there.

Dungarvan 10Km

Saving the best result (highest finish) till last we had a winner here in Dungarvan this morning. Anna Doris also braved the wind and rain and was 1st Lady home. Over a tough course with a very strong headwind from mile two on she claimed another well deserved victory. Not leaving it all to the ladies Sean O'Sullivan took 1st O/45 with another great run and John Cashman also had a fine run.

Don't Forget Athletics On RTE

RTE2 to cover Highlights of this weekend's National Senior Indoor Championships. The event is being held on Sat 21st Feb & Sun 22nd Feb, in Athlone IT, Co. Westmeath. TV coverage on RTE 2, from 18:30 to 19:30 on Sunday 22nd.

AAI National Senior Indoor Championships 2015. Athline IT, Athlone, Co. Westmeath, Saturday and Sunday February 21st - 22nd 2015

We have at least three races this weekend where we will have runners competing. Starting nearest home we have Cloyne 4 Km at 9.30 on Sunday morning then we have a very nice 10Km in Dungarvan and then the tough ones a 10 Mile and a 5 Km in Melagh Valley near Bantry.We wish all our runners well.

Charity 4 mile Fun run/walk in Whitegate - Sat 28th Feb 2015

From the organisers.......On the 28th February there is a Run /Walk starting at Whitegate School 10am for walkers and 11am for runners. Martin Coleman was diagnosed with Motor Neuron Disease in April 2011. We need to raise 10,000 euro to enable us to purchase a Smartbox and software (SB Mounted) for Martin. The smartbox Tablet will give Martin back the ability to ring people, to go on the internet, to change the TV channel and work any infrared device. This is vital as this will enable Martin to keep up with the world.

In Association With East Cork A.C 
Chip Timing To Be Introduced In Ballintotis 


The countdown is underway to the 2015 Ballintotis 4 Mile Road Race which takes place on Thursday April 16th – 8pm. After last year’s very successful event which attracted 996 runners and was won for the fifth year in a row by James McCarthy of East Cork AC, another big entry is expected this time around. 

Chip timing at start and finish will be introduced this year and with it comes the opportunity to pre register.  On line entry will be open from Monday March 9th until 12 midnight on Monday April 13th. Thereafter there will still be the opportunity to register at Race HQ in Ballintotis Community Centre. Registration will be open there from 5.30pm to 7pm on the evening prior to the race and again from 1pm onwards on race day Thursday April 16th. Entry fee is 10 euro (plus administration fee if availing of the convenient on line entry) By logging on to www.ballintotis.com from March 9th and following the link to PRECISION TIMING, participants will be able to pre register and also find out the latest pre race news. 

This year’s race will again feature a very generous list of prizes with individual prizes to the top 6 men and women across the line. There also be 1st, 2nd and 3rd in all categories and a host of spot prizes to be won. Each participant in the race will also receive a souvenir of the occasion. 

Both Castlemartyr Resort and Trabolgan Holiday Centre have again confirmed that they will sponsor the top prizes. Castlemartyr Resort are offering 1 year free membership of their magnificent Leisure Centre for the race winner and leading lady with Trobolgan providing an extended weekend break for both runners up.

The Ballintotis 4 Mile Race is of course held in association with East Cork AC and with the assistance of Ballycotton Running Promotions.

All enquiries to Sean Murphy or John Cashman on 086-8778182

Tuesday, 17 February 2015


Donie o Connell is running the Ballycotton 10 course @ 9 am on Sat. 21st Feb.
Donie is one of the very few in the club who have run the Ballycotton 10 race over thirty times and his annual run around the course is always of benefit to everyone who does it. All levels are welcome to join him especially 8-9 min milers.
Everyone is welcome .   

Monday, 16 February 2015