Monday, 27 April 2015

The Joey Hannan Memorial triathlon

Several of our members were at this in various categories at the weekend including Miah McGrath and Arthur McCarthy. Camilla O'Connor took part in Tri a tri and wound up coming 5th in her category. Well done Camilla its great to see you doing so well after your injury.


Any other results please send them in to the blog. I would be only delighted to post them



Every year the Limerick Triathlon Club organise a Triathlon on the grounds of UL in memory of fellow triathlete, friend & club member Joey Hannan. Joey was a true athlete, an elite before his time and one of 8 kids in his family. Each year this event is well supported by his siblings, nieces and nephews and his mum.
Every Year the race is run from the grounds of UL thanks to the excellent staff and caretakers of the Grounds the facilities are excellent.  We run try-a-Tri/Novice, Junior Tri, Sprint & Olympic events in the same day.
All races have a pool swim meaning that this race can run early in the Triathlon Calendar. It also means that you will not need to wear a wet-suit. The Bike and Run courses are relatively flat and well Marshalled, also making the race fast but safe and largely un-intimidating for the Newer triathlete.

Thursday, 23 April 2015


Midleton Athletic Club

Joe Hourigan Memorial 5 Mile Road Race

(AAI Permit Granted)

Thurs. 7th May 2015 @ 8pm

(Changing Facilities & Entries in Midleton Community Ctr.)

PRIZES 1ST, 2ND, 3RD Ladies and Gents

Gents 1st & 2nd M40, M45, M50; 1st M55, M60, M65 & Jnr.

Ladies 1st & 2nd F35, F40, F45; 1st F50, F55, F60 & Jnr.

1St Wheelchair             (One Prize Per Athlete)

Entry FEE 10 Euro

 (A Donation From Each Entry Will Go To “MY PLACE”, Midleton)


HEADPHONES Are NOT Allowed In This Race

(Anyone found wearing them will be Disqualified)

Enquiries 087-2403940


Midleton Community Centre

Passage West Community 10Km

We had two runners here tonight Declan Dorgan (yes the same man that won a gold medal last night. There is only one) who again ran a great time of 50.50 and Sandra O'Connor who is really progressing and did 61.36. Full results

If you want to run this race take note NOW and remember the entry date.
 Eagle AC is pleased to announce that entries to the 2015 Cheetah Run 4 mile race in Fota Wildlife Park will open on Thursday the 30th of April… In 2014, all of the 900 entries were sold out online on the day. This year, we will be following the same format again in order to accommodate people at work and at home, 450 entries will be made available from 10am and 450 from 7pm on Thursday the 30th of April. More details on our race page for the event

Gaelscoil Mhainistir na Corann 5k fun run/walk...€10 @12noon

Don't forget this is on Sunday and if you cannot run they would be delighted with any help with stewarding etc. so please run or help if you can.

Cork...Fri 24th (7:30pm)...Passage West Community 10k road race...€12...Proceeds going to Cork City Hospitals Childrens

Cork...Sat 25th (9:30am)...Macroom 5k parkrun...€free...Castle Demense...
Cork...Sat 25th (9:30am)...Clonakilty 5k parkrun...€free...Showgrounds...
Cork...Sat 25th (9:30am)...Bere Island 5k parkrun...€free...Beara Peninsula...
Cork...Sat 25th (11am)...Doneraile Park 5k race...€7...
Cork...Sun 26th (12 noon)...Gaelscoil Mhainistir na Corann 5k fun run/walk...€10...Midleton...

Cork...Wed 29th (7pm)...Crosshaven 8km road race...€

Kilkenny...Wed 29th (7:30pm)...Kilkenny Road Race Series 5 miles...€8...
Cork...Thurs 30th (7:30pm)...Colaiste an Chraoibhin 5k fun run/walk...€6 pre-reg/€8 on night...Fermoy...
Cork...Thurs 30th (7:30pm)...Clonpriest 5km road race...€10...East

Graded Track and Field

Coming up shortly full details
These events are well worth trying and anyone needing advice etc can contact our coach Donie Walsh at 0862092795 and he will be happy to help.

East Cork Road Racing Championships

Double Gold For Midleton AC Teams

On a fantastic night of running our teams came home victorious with both Ladies and Men's Teams taking Gold Medals. The Ladies were the first off in a race of 2Km. packing well together they held their positions until near the finish where they were left only battling with each other for places. Our first lady home and winner of an individual bronze medal was Sheila Buckley and how very well deserving of it she is. Its wonderful to see the hard work starting to pay off. She was followed two seconds later by Anna Doris who led the Ladies Team to victory follow six seconds later by Eileen Leahy showing she is well suited to the shorter distance. The third scoring member of the team was Esther Murphy staying solid and holding her place well. All our ladies ran extremely well and did their club proud. Gillian Bransfield who ran fantastic on the hill had a great battle with Louise Barry with Louise holding on by one second. Only one sad event in that unfortunately Helen Gilroy's hamstring acted up in the first fifty meters. Speedy recovery hopefully Helen.

 Sheila Buckley Bronze Medal Winner
 Esther, Eileen and Anna Gold Medal winners With Martin Drake Chairman of East Cork Board
Declan, Andre, Brain and Paul Gold Medal Winners.
Our Men's Team did fantastic as well. Led home by Brian Harty in a great run of 30.24 followed by a brilliant run by Paul Spiteri who finished in 30.39. Paul who made a mad dash from work to make the race in time was well deserving of his medal. Followed five seconds later (30.44) by Declan Dorgan who did Paris Marathon only two weeks ago whilst four seconds later came Andre Brodkorb. He was closely followed again four seconds later by Rod Scanlan 30.52 whose legs were bound to be tired after his victory last weekend. All our others had powerful runs as well. So well done guys and girls a job very well done. We are extremely proud of you all.

 Margaret and Gillian with the "famous hill" in the background.

 Yipeeeee!!!! We Got The GOLD

Wednesday, 22 April 2015


This race took place in ideal conditions on Wednesday evening and attracted its usual huge crowd. Once again it proved to be one of the best organised races around. We had some fine runs there with a few PBs thrown in and of course we had some prize winners as well. Noel O'Regan took 2nd O/45 with a fine run showing his comeback is going to plan also Don Ryan who is also just back from injury had a very good run.
Our ladies were also in the prizes and to a huge cheer Helen Sheehan took 3rd O/45 and as this was Helen's first ever prize for running it was a special occasion. A lady who is well used to prizes at this stage even though she is in a tough category is Marie Gillman who took 1st O/50 with another fine run. Well done to everyone who ran and a big thanks to those who came to support us.

Monday, 20 April 2015

East Cork Road Racing Championships

This event takes place on Thursday evening in the beautiful village of Ballynoe about twenty mins. from Midleton .Out the Dungourney Road beyond Leahy's Farm and turn left and you are there.

Traditionally we always do well here and we need you to help us keep up that tradition. Last year our men's team took bronze and our Ladies took Gold Team and Gold and Silver individuals.

The Ladies race is only 2Km and there is no one too slow everyone is welcome to take part and support the club. Start time is 7.30
The Men's race is 5 Miles and start at 8pm
Please come and run and if you can't run please come and support as your support will be greatly appreciated.

Friday, 17 April 2015


The Manchester Flyers

Peter, Margaret and Fergal. Kevin is missing but he is just gone to order the celebration drinks.

Word just in from Manchester has once again some great results for the club. Fergal O'Meara a fantastic 3.06 and like wise Peter Gunning 3.13 whilst Margaret Jones continues with her PBs in 3.18. Our fourth runner Kevin Morrison did great also with 3.56 keeping under the 4 hour barrier.
Margaret Jones was well on for 3.15 but her calves went at mile twenty two. It was a very flat course which doesn't suit her calves very well but either way she ran a fantastic time and got another PB.
Peter went out as advised by Donie Walsh to keep a steady 7.30 and he stuck to that all the way varying only by a few seconds. He did even splits all the way. He had a tough mile 24 where he was 7.45 but had it in reserve then. Not a PB which is 3.10 but as he says that was ten years ago but definitely his most satisfying ever.
Fergal's comment is a classic. Hash Tag "trustindonie" which I think says it all. Hopefully we will have some photos later and more info.

Great Railway Run

This was not an easy run on Sunday with the heat that was out there but Fionan O'hAodain had a fine run and got a PB. The last four miles were very tough with the temp. at its highest but he came home in 2.04.51. Kevin Moran also had a fine run and was well pleased with his time. Helen Gilroy and Sheila Buckley just used it as a training run and did 7.30 all the way.

This Man Is On Fire
1st In His First

Not only did he knock almost a minute off his PB last Thursday evening in Ballintotis but Rod Scanlan headed off this morning for Clonakilty Park Run. Not only was it his first Park Run ever but Rod made sure to mark the occasion by coming 1st home. Great running Rod and well deserved.

Date For The Diary


What was no doubt a hectic week culminated in fitting fashion on Friday afternoon last when Ballintotis native and Midleton athlete John Cashman was honoured with the East Cork & District Sports Awards, sponsored by Midleton Park Hotel, for the month of February.

At the function in the Midleton Park, John received the accolade along with the Midleton Rugby Club who were the January winners of the popular monthly awards gathering.

Mr Sean O’Sullivan, the co-ordinator of the event, said that John was “an outstanding commentator, administrator, athlete and sports fanatic who has been involved in commentating for 96 & 103FM for many years now, regular covering everything from local GAA to Munster and All-Ireland finals.

“Living in the beautiful setting of Lougaderra with his wife Siobhan and children, John is also very much involved in athletics including the Ballycotton ‘10’,  Midleton AC, the Cork City Marathon and especially his own pet project, the Ballintotis road race which had over a thousand competitors last evening. He is indeed a worthy recipient of this award for the month of February.”

In reply, John said he very much appreciated the award, although he had kept the news of it quiet during the past week in view of other activities! Saying he could “eat and drink sport” the benefits gained in enjoyment and the contacts established over the years made it all worthwhile.

Going on to thank a number of people, John concluded by saying he was dedicating the award to Siobhan, Eoin, Darragh, along with his mother at home, “for putting up with Liverpool, athletics, hurling teams and all of that through the corridors of time.”

Best of luck to everyone running this weekend. I know we have some doing the Great Railway Run and various Park Runs..

East Cork Road Racing Championships

Please keep in mind when planning this week schedule that the East Cork Road Racing Championships take place in Ballynoe next Thur evening. The ladies race is at 7.30 and is 2Km and the men's at 8pm and is 5miles. We want as many as possible to come here everyone is capable of running it and it deserves support.We want to bring home some medals. The race is confined to the clubs from the East Cork Division. Its only 20mins out the road from Midleton.

Manchester Marathon Bound

We have four runners heading for the Manchester Marathon this weekend. Fergal O'Meara , Kevin Morrison and Peter Gunning allh of whom are in great shape and we sincerely hope the get the results they deserve. We have one lady Margaret Jones who we also wish well and who also has been doing so great running of late.

Ballintotis 4 Mile

A huge crowd of 1171 turned out for the Ballintotis 4 Mile on Thursday evening. The organisers must be complimented on organising such a superb event and the stewarding was so good that some of the main organisers managed to run the race as well. This is a real credit to the community of Ballintotis. Well done all.

Spot all the Midleton AC tops.
And no Sonia did not finish ahead of Sheila.

Full provisional results are available here and whilst a doing a quick  check after there seemed to be PBs all over the place .Paul Spiteri, Vicki Cleary, Christopher McCarthy, are amongst those but the list goes on and on .(Send in more details please). Gillian Bransfield set herself a target time and not only achieved that but got a PB as well. One result that deserves a special mention is Rod Scanlan who knocked 47 secs off his PB in running a time of 23.47. The ever consistent Donie O'Connell got 3rd prize in his new cat. O/65 and club captain Noel O'Regan took 2nd O/45.The ever solid Neilus Aherne not to be outdone took 2nd O/55. 
Whilst our ladies had Anna Doris 1st O/45 and Helen Gilroy 3rd O/45. (Helen was just pipped for 2nd by Sonia.) whilst Yvonne Fitzgerald picked up her first 1st in taking 1st O/35. May it be the first of many Yvonne and Kara Reilly on home turf took 2nd O/40 also Breeda Sheedy took 1st O/50 and Margaret Barry 2nd O/65. A personal highlight of the night for me was to see the great Tom Cody back in action and running his first race in almost twelve months.

Thanks to Claire Fitzgerald and friends for the photos.