Friday, 23 September 2016


Raffle Tickets will go on sale before training tomorrow night, Monday 26th Sep.
Please support!  €2 per ticket or €5 for a book of 3.

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50th Anniversary Raffle

1         Midleton Fitness - 4 week personal training package (Value €199)
2         Garryvoe Hotel - B&B for two people sharing
3         Puma men's tracksuit AND Craghoppers lady's fleece jacket
4         An adult's AND a child's O’Neills Cork jerseys
5         Core Health & Beauty €50 Voucher AND Sam McAuley Beauty Hamper
6         A set of 10 adult books AND Office Supplies €25 Voucher
7         Ballycotton Seafood €65 Voucher
8         Midleton Fitness - 1 month platinum membership
9         Sage Restaurant €30 Voucher AND Ballyseedy €25 Voucher
10       Breville Blend Active Blender
11       A set of 10 AND a set of 16 children’s books
12       A set of 10 AND a set of 16 children’s books
 Draw will take place on 21st October at 50th Anniversary Awards Night
 Tickets €2 each or Book of 3 for €5 – Permit Granted

Best regards,

Midleton AC

Anna Doris

Ladies Mini Marathon

Fantastic 8th place finish for Sinead Keavney and lots of fun by our other ladies.

We had a great result today in the Ladies Mini Marathon with an 8th place finish by Sinead Keavney despite being in doubt whether she would run or not due to a severe headcold. She persevered and had a great run.
Lots of our other ladies ran for fun and charity and it was great to see so many out there. Apologies to all that I missed but there was such a huge crowd there it was truly impossible to see everyone.

Berlin Marathon

We don't normally post things like this on the blog but I want to say a huge congratulations to Stephen Devereaux who most of you will know from the Tri N Run shop in Midleton. Steve broke the magic three hour barrier in Berlin this morning and I know very many of our club members are delighted for you Steve. Well done. and also to the amazing Claire McCarthy who got a new pb. Danny

Midleton Athletic Club 50th Anniversary Awards Ceremony

in celebration of the club's special anniversary, and recognition of the club's International representatives over the 50 years

Guest Speaker:  John Treacy, Chief Executive Officer, Irish Sports Council

Friday 21st October

Fota Island Resort

Meal served @ 7.30pm

Tickets:  €20.00 - Sold on a first-come first-served basis

Contact Maura Leahy on 086 1900 445

Bus from Midleton Park Hotel available on request - please book through Maura


Cross Country

The County novice and under 23 cross country championships take place on Sunday, 2 October in Conna.Anyone who has not won an individual medal in this event (novice) is eligible to compete.  It would be lovely to have Midleton AC teams competing that day.  Whether you have run cross country in the past, or would like to try it out for the first time, this will be a great event to run in.

Please let me know by next Monday, 26 September if you would like to enter.  Entries have to be made in advance
Sally Drennan

Important Notice's

Cork Women's Mini Marathon

Stewards are urgently needed for this event .Anyone available please contact Noreen Murphy at 0857157810 any help would be very much appreciated. I know many will be running but for those that are not this is your chance to give something back to your sport and support your fellow runners as well. So please if you are free call Noreen or just turn up at 12.15 to Kennedy Park (near the finish line).

 Wednesday Night Training Resumes with Changes

Our Wednesday evening training resumes next Wednesday with Edmond O'Sullivan but will commence at 6.30 sharp. So there will be a half hour session in the hall and them out for a run at seven. The new Couch 2 5Km starts at seven. There are a couple of places left on this as some that turned up were well able to run and it is designed for people just starting out. So once again please pass the word and of course we are always open to new members. Danny

50th Anniversary  Publication

The closing date for submissions is next Monday at 12 noon. You already have been e mailed a few weeks ago and thanks to those who have already sent in stuff. So please articles, memories and photo's are most welcome but "Just Do It" and don't say you weren't asked. It can be fifty words or five hundred or more its up to you.This is YOUR chance to be part of history. Email

Details of our very special celebration night and dinner with John Tracey as special guest speaker to follow very soon. So watch this space as tickets are on a first come first served basis.

Race Notification: Cork to Cobh

The next race on the Cork BHAA calendar is the Cork to Cobh 15 mile race on October 2. As always, we are taking postal registrations using the current application form (Word doc).  Pre-entries cost €15 but must be with us before September 25th. Entries on the day cost €20 and will be taken at Union Chandlery on Alfred St. Please note, there are no changing facilities at the start this year.
Cork to Cobh t-shirts
Free Cork to Cobh t-shirt provided to all finishers so you can brag about completing this iconic race.

Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Loop The Loop

Barry Williams does his first marathon. (report from Siobhan Murphy)

As pointed out at training tonight a belated congratulations to Barry Williams is well overdue on completion of his first marathon! He ran the the Glen of Aherlow, Loop de Loop last Saturday in 4 hrs 38 mins. A super time on such a challenging mountain run. Thankfully conditions were excellent on the day, the rain held off for the mountain runners, saving it instead for the Charleville half it would seem 😩. Mike Hallihan also ran a great race completing the half marathon at the Loop de Loop in 1 hr 55 mins. The photos were scarce but I did come across these 2. Well done to Barry & Mike, & to all the club runners in Charleville over the weekend 🏆.


Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Midleton AC on the Camino

Have T Shirt Will Travel

Picture shows Kathleen and Donie O'Connell with Margaret Barry out walking the Camino wearing the Midleton AC T Shirt. Maybe we should organise a T Shirt competition in its most exotic location ? Suggestions welcome.

Friday, 16 September 2016


Cork Women's Mini Marathon

Stewards are urgently needed for this event .Anyone available please contact Noreen Murphy at 0857157810 any help would be very much appreciated.

Charleville Half Marathon

Report from Charleville ( By Mark Walsh)

Many Great Performances in Charleville Half Marathon along with lots of PBs and some prizes.
It was a very successful outing on Sunday morning for the Midleton AC athletes who all impressed. Morgan O'Regan and Eugene McCarthy led the way home for the Club, with David Moynihan very close behind, posting a PB. Shane Foley continued to build towards Dublin marathon with a fine run (PB). Other impressive PBs from the lads included Fionnan O'Hadain - just over 88 mins - Derek Ahern,  Ger O'Regan and Mark O'Reilly. Fine runs also from Fergal O'Meara, Mark Walsh, Mick Murphy, Kevin Morrison and Alan Kelleher (PB). 
On the ladies side, Helen Gilroy had a fabulous run to take first prize in the O50 category, followed closely by Marie Gillman who took second in the same category. Great runs also from Esther Murphy, Amanda Cooney and Siobhan Hogan. 
All in all, on a very wet day in North Cork, all Midleton AC athletes represented themselves and the Club with distinction. 
Apologies if we have missed out on anyone or on any PB. Let us know.

East Cork Cross Country Championships

It was wet .It was miserable but definitely worth it. We saw some fantastic running from our club today when Sinead Keavney won the ladies closely followed by Anna Doris , Eileen Leahy and Christine Murphy. Sinead had a great race to win but due to the weather etc. one cannot blame the organisers for not having the team and other results to hand. We will report them when they are officially released .
 A very special thanks to young Frank O'Brien who was good enough to lend Sinead his Midleton AC singlet (as she had forgotten her own) in order to officially represent Midleton and win 1st lady. Rules are rules and of course it would not be the first time that an O'Brien singlet was first over the line.
Our men also had great runs and wonderful to see Paul Spiteri getting back on form with a powerful run also Neilus Aherne, Francis Maunsell, John Cashman and Mike Hallihan all having fine runs again here we hope to be in the medals when the results are released.

As always best of luck to all who are running this weekend especially to those doing the Half Marathon in Charleville where we have a fine crew going with many trying to see where their Dublin training is at. Also of course to our crew doing the East Cork Cross Country in Conna. Its only out the road and well worth giving it a go. Just look at those who did it last year and see how much they have improved all round this year. Details of directions t just head to Ballynoe go through the village and down the hill and it will be signposted from there give me a call if needed 0872403940.
The kids races start first so adults should be around 1pm but be sure to get there early as it always helps to walk the course etc.

C2 5K
Our Couch to 5Km starts next Wednesday at 7pm in the Community Centre. We have received a large number of enquiries about this so please continue to spread the word.

Monday, 12 September 2016

Cross Country Starts Next Sunday

Cross Country starts next Sunday, September 18th with the East Cork Championships in Conna/Ballynoe.  Directions and estimated starting times to follow on Friday.  It would appear that Juveniles start first at 11:30am, so it will probably be 1pm kick-off for adults.  This is a great event if you want to try cross-country for the first time, and if you are a seasoned cross-country athlete, to get your season started.  It is more low-key than the Counties and Munsters.  Pay at the gate - no need to pre-register!

We'd love to see as many of our members there - go on, try something new - you might surprise yourself - as many of have before!

Ladies Novice 4000m. Awards 1st-2nd-3rd Ind. 1st-2nd-3rd Teams (3 to score)
Ladies Masters o35 4000m.  Awards-1st-2nd-3rd Ind.  1st-2nd-3rd Teams (3 to score)
Ladies Masters o45 4000m.  Awards-1st-2nd-3rd Ind.  1st-2nd-3rd Teams (3 to score)

Men Novice 6000m. Awards 1st-2nd-3rd Ind. 1st-2nd-3rd Teams (4 to score)
Men Masters o35 6000m.  Awards-1st-2nd-3rd Ind.  1st-2nd-3rd Teams (4 to score)
Men Masters o45 6000m.  Awards-1st-2nd-3rd Ind.  1st-2nd-3rd Teams (4 to score)

Admission—Adults €5.00. Juveniles €2.00. All pay at entrance
Full Fixtures List
Sun Sep 18th, 11:00 - East Cork Division Cross-Country Championships – Day 1

Sun Oct 2nd, 12:00, Conna - Cork Athletics Novice Cross-Country Championships
Sun Oct 2nd, 12:00, Conna - Cork Athletics U23 Cross-Country Championships

Sun Oct 9th, 12:00, Carrigadrohid, West Muskerry - Cork Athletics County Junior Cross-Country Championships
Sun Oct 9th, 12:00, Carrigadrohid, West Muskerry - Cork Athletics County Senior Cross-Country Championships

Sun Oct 16th, 11:00, Abbottstown, Dublin - Athletics Ireland Autumn XC, inc Masters Trials (aka Gerry Farnan XC
 Sun Oct 16th 12.00 bFear Cork Athletics Intermediate Cross Country Championships)

Sun Oct 23rd,…… Carrig na bFear - Munster Athletics Novice Cross-Country Championships
Sun Oct 23rd,  Carrig na bFear - Munster U23 Cross-Country Championships

Sun Nov 6th, 1:00 - Cork Athletics Novice B Cross-Country Championships 
Sun Nov 6th, 12:00 - Cork Athletics Masters Cross-Country Championships
Sun Nov 6th, Carraig na bhFear, 11:30 - East Cork Cross-Country Championships - Day 2
Sat Nov 12th, Tolcross Park, Scotland - British & Irish Masters XC

Sun Nov 13th, Limerick Racecourse - Munster Athletics Senior Cross-Country Championships
Sun Nov 13th    Limerick Racecourse Munster Athletics Junior Cross country Championships 

Sun Nov 20th, 11:00, Waterford Venue - Munster Athletics Masters Cross-Country Championships

Sun Nov 27th, TBA - Athletics Ireland National Inter Club Cross country Championships
Sun Nov 27th, TBA - Athletics Ireland National Inter-Counties Cross-Country Championships

Sun Dec 4th,  Clare Venue - Munster Athletics Intermediate Cross-Country Championships

Sun Dec 11th, 11:00, Chia, Italy - SPAR European XC Championships

Sun Dec 11th, - Athletics Ireland National Novice Cross-Country Championships

Saturday, 10 September 2016


Our Couch to 5k (C 2 5K) programme will commence on Wednesday evening, September 21st, 7-8pm, at Midleton Community Centre. It is designed for people who have never run before or want to get back to running and fitness.
Depending on the demand and progress, Saturday morning sessions may be added plus programmes will be given for sessions outside of these for those interested in improving. It is hoped that the majority of participants in this programme will be able to run the Shanagarry 5k as a group by Christmas. So give yourself a Christmas present and be fit for Christmas.

In January participants are welcome and encouraged to also attend the Monday night session, under the expert guidance of coach and former Olympian  Donie Walsh (also coach to Rio Olympians, Lizzie Lee and Michelle Finn). This is optional as the Wednesday evening sessions will continue as programmed where participants will be guided towards running the Ballycotton 10 if they so wish - you will have automatic entry as a member of an official athletic club once you apply in time. 

There's no better value around - €50 for over 30 coached training sessions, from September to the end of January 2017, including insurance.  This programme, offered by a reputable and well established Athletics Club ("Midleton AC - 50 years on the Run 1966-2016"), offers the opportunity to those who enjoy running, to continue to do so, once the programme is complete.  Integration to the wider club membership is a seamless transition, and training continues for as long as you continue to run. “50 years on the run” proves our commitment to the people of Midleton and the wider East Cork area.

Midleton AC also has an active social side so getting to know like-minded people and making new friends is easy, and with members at all levels - there's always someone to go for a run with any day of the week. Trips away are organised regularly. You also have the option of purchasing club gear at a subsidised rate and to avail of a discount at Cork’s major running specialist shop. Also we have the facility to train indoors when there is rain and ice outside. Enquiries to email or 087-2403940.

Group Photo (If you want to be part of history)
Please do NOT forget that we have a group photo shoot tomorrow Monday at 6.30 latest at training in the Cricket Field. Pass the word and remind people PLEASE PLEASE PLEASEDanny

John Buckley Cork City 10 Mile

Claire Parker (Thanks Doug this is a classic.)


Well done to Midleton AC members, Noel O'Regan, Marc Dalton, and Sally Drennan who completed the Olympic distance triathlon in Cobh on Sunday.  On a very windy day, all three did so well and finished very strong on this 1500m swim, 40k cycle and 10k run.  Ger McLean did the 10k run leg of the relay.