Friday, 29 October 2010

County Senior & Junior Cross Country Championships, Cloyne

The venue is reached by taking the main road from Midleton to Ballycotton (R629). As you approach Cloyne the course is immediately on the right. Under no circumstances are vehicles to be parked along this stretch of roadway. Parking for athletes and spectators is at the GAA grounds in the middle of Cloyne. From the car park follow signs to the course which is about a 200m away. First race starts at 1pm

Sunday BHAA Race Marina -11AM
Monday - training under lights at Midleton College All Weather - 6pm
Tuesday - East Cork 3K Race 2 - 7.30pm
Wednesday - Training as usual at Midleton Community Centre

Wednesday, 27 October 2010


Next Fixtures / Events:

H.S.E. 4 Mile Road Race
Date: Sunday October 31, 2010
Time: 11:00am (last entries 10:45am)
Venue: Lee Rowing Club, Marina
* Please arrive early for registration *

and you can still be back in time to support the Cross Country in Cloyne at 1 PM You do not have to run but it is fun also to go and support and see whats its like.

Cork B.H.A.A. Annual General Meeting 2010
Date: Thursday November 11th, 2010
Time: 8:00pm
Venue: The Orchard Bar, Ballinlough, Cork
'Nominations to Committee' and 'Motions' for this AGM have to be received by
the committee by 8th November.
A single AGM Nominations / Motions form exists which can be downloaded in
Word and .PDF formats at -

Tuesday, 26 October 2010

Some of the Midleton AC crew before leaving the hotel for the start of the marathon.If you think they are smiling now you should see the smiles later.
News just in
Nolan Takes Silver
Very special congratulations to Michelle Nolan who took SILVER MEDAL in her category in yesterdays National Marathon in Dublin and was also the FIRST Cork woman to finish the race.

Deirdre Aherne, Neilus Aherne, Sinead Bracken,Adam Duchnicz ,Noreen Emerson, Peter Gunning, Denis Kelleher, Mick Murphy, Michelle Nolan, Anne McCarthy, Danny McCarthy, Joan McCarthy, Vincent O’Neill, Nell Roche, Mary Toher, Mary B. Walshe and Mark Walshe.

There was great reason for celebrations for many of our athletes who achieved their goal times or completed their very first marathon.

Our club contingent was led home by our first male Neilus Aherne in just under 3 hours and Michelle Nolan our first female in just over 3 hours - both produced outstanding performances.
More on the race to follow in general news bulletin.

See results section for details of all Midleton Competitors.
A free pull out including a complete results service is available with Tuesday's Irish Independent and a write up by John Walsh in tonights Evening Echo.

Saturday, 23 October 2010


I have had a number of enquiries from people about cross country
recently, so I hope the following information is of use. Generally,
I would say that for anyone who has never tried cross country, it is
now a little too late in the season to start because of the structure
of the race calendar. It starts with the East Corks and then County
novice championships and as the season progresses the standard of
races goes up. However, there is a BHAA cross country race some time
in February (has been in the past anyway) which is a good opportunity
for anyone to try out cross country.

Senior County Cross Country Championships - Sunday, 31 October in
Cloyne at 1200 pm -
This race will have a relatively small number of participants, the
course will be tough and the standard will be high. I am not sure of
the distances, but at least 5 km for women and 8 km for men. I would
not recommend this as a starting point for anybody, but anyone who
has done some cross country could give it a go. However, if you are
interested in finding out what cross country is all about, why not
come along to watch this race. It is local and you can get an idea
of what a cross country race is like.

Munster Intermediate Cross Country Championships - Sunday, 7 November
in Charleville
As there is a much larger entry in the Munster championships the
range of ability is broader, so this would be a better race for
newcomers to cross country, but it is intermediate, so the distances
are longer than novice, eg. 4 km for women and not sure for men, but
more than 6 km.

County Intermediate Cross Country Championships - Sunday, 14
November, in Carrignavar at 12.30 pm
Smaller field than the Munster equivalent the previous week.

Munster Masters Cross Country Championships - Sunday, 21 November in
This is open to anyone over 35 years of age. It would be great if we
could get a team or two to take part in this one, although I know it
coincides with the Lanzarote trip which is a pity.

If anyone is interested in entering any of the above races please let
me know. Entries have to be in on the Wednesday before the event for
the county events and on the Friday ten days before the event in the
case of the Munster events.

Sally Drennan
Tel. 021 4883960, 087 2265857

Friday, 22 October 2010

31st Dublin Marathon – Monday Next

– Good Luck To Our Members On The Big Day

Deirdre Aherne, Neilus Aherne, Noreen Emerson, Peter Gunning, Denis Kelleher, Mick Murphy, Michelle Nolan, Anne McCarthy, Danny McCarthy, Joan McCarthy, Vincent O’Neill, Nell Roche, Mary Toher, Mary B. Walshe and Mark Walshe.

Our club colleague Brian Healy is part of the organising team and has kindly offered to help any of our participants if they need any information or assistance over the weekend in Dublin.

Brian may be contacted on 087 2932 752

The Dublin Marathon web site should be well up to speed by early afternoon with results.

Remember there will be no club training on Monday next due to the Bank Holiday. On Wednesday although the Community Centre is unavailable, it has been decided to assemble outside of the Centre at 7pm and then go on our usual training run.This is for the people who normally attend the 7-8 session and DONT FORGET your luminous vests.

Remember there is 10K race in Bandon at 2pm on Sunday next, whilst the next East Cork A.C. Race is on Tuesday November 2nd.



Thursday, 21 October 2010

Margaret Twohig presenting a cheque for 4004 Euro to the Cystic Fibrosis form her funraising race in Cloyne last Sept..Margaret who joined the club last year organised the race off her own bat . Doing trojan work herself and managing to bring together numerous organisations to help including Midleton AC and East Cork AC working together to make this hugely successful event happen.Well done Margaret and all who supported her and the event. A very enjoyable night was organised in Harty's of Cloyne to make the presentation attended by many from the club.

Wednesday, 20 October 2010

We have been asked to bring to your attention that training on Wed.night is between 6 and 8 pm.. We are required to vacate the hall by 8.10 to facilate incoming groups or to enable management to close up the hall.
We cannot be responsible for any members in or seeking to get into the hall after that time.

Monday, 18 October 2010

Dublin Marathon

Let’s begin with good wishes to all our runners heading for Dublin on Monday next to take part in the 31st Marathon to be held in the capital city. A lot of tough weeks of training have been put in by a dedicated group of athletes, many of whom have had this race as their main focus since early summer.

Dublin on Marathon day is a special place, with a special atmosphere. The first priority is to enjoy the occasion, the build up and the race itself. After that it’s a case of getting home safely and achieving the target time or better has to be seen as the icing on the cake.

Our contingent for the 2010 race has a mix of regulars, newcomers and dare we say veterans when it comes to the marathon distance. At the time of going to press this appears to be our line up for big race day –
Deirdre Aherne, Neilus Aherne, Noreen Emerson, Peter Gunning, Denis Kelleher, Mick Murphy, Michelle Nolan, Anne McCarthy, Danny McCarthy, Joan McCarthy, Vincent O’Neill, Nell Roche, Mary Toher, Mary B. Walshe and Mark Walshe.

Incidentally Michelle Nolan is running the Marathon in aid of the Chernobyl Children’s Project. Local Carrigtwohill man Pat O’Sullivan will be driving a truck to Chernobyl in the near future. If you would like to sponsor Michelle in aid of this very worthy cause, she would be delighted to hear from you.

Cork To Cobh Successes

There were many great displays by our athletes at the Cork to Cobh Race earlier this month with some athletes figuring in the overall prize list and others recording personal best times. Congrats are extended to Sally Drennan who won the Over 40 category, and to both Sandra Bohan and Deirdre Aherne who combined to take second place in the ladies AA1 team event. Members of the Midleton News ladies team also performed very well to finish in 4th place in the BHAA team rankings.

Next BHAA Fixture

Sunday week, October 31st offers runners the chance to round off the autumn season by taking part in the HSE 4 Mile Race on the Marina Road Circuit in Cork. This Cork BHAA fixture has it’s HQ at the Lee Rowing Club (same as John Buckley and IPS/Garda races) . Race time is 11am.

3K Series

The East Cork AC 3K Series got off the ground for another winter with a strong Midleton AC contingent involved in the action last week. The new surface on the main road has certainly made running there a more attractive proposition and this may have helped many competitors to record fast times.

Our top man Marc Dalton is certainly ‘burning’ it up at the moment, as reflected by his eye catching 10:29 finishing time. Behind him Darragh Canavan 10:51, Owen O’Connell 10:58, John O’Connell 11:11, Eric Owers 11:14, Adam Duchnicz 11:23, Billy O’Sullivan 11:39 and Kevin O’Reilly 11:59 all enjoyed great performances.
As for our ladies Sally Drennan finished runner up in 12:26 whilst Joan Hough in 4th and Claire Fitzgerald in 6th also excelled.
A further feature of the results was the very solid showings by some of our relative newcomers.

Next race in this very enjoyable series is on Tuesday November 2nd – 7.30pm.


Overall it is obviously going to be a quieter time on the road scene with the advent of winter. However, there a number of regular races which take place between now and Christmas that we will keep you posted on. One new addition is on Sunday next October 24th in Bandon where the local Gael Scoil have combined with Bandon A.C to promote a 10K Race at 2pm.

Already some of our runners are beginning to look at winter training with a view to the Munster 10 Mile Series early next year. At this stage dates have been confirmed for the two opening fixtures. Mallow kicks off the Series on Sunday January 9th with the West Waterford AC 10 miler in Dungarvan on Sunday January 30th. Meantime for those of you looking to creep over the 10 mile mark at this time of year there is the Waterford AC Half Marathon at 11am on Saturday December 11th.


Again this season it’s great to see the influx of new members under the guidance of Vincent Connolly from 6pm to 7pm each Wednesday. A number of new recruits have also joined the 7pm to 8pm session. We extend a very warm welcome to all our new members.

All members should note that there will be no training next week. Due to the Bank Holiday Monday (25th) and the unavailability of the Community Centre on Wednesday (27th) there will be NO TRAINING on these nights. Training will resume as usual on Monday November 1st.
Training takes place as usual this week.

Cross Country

Great progress has been made on the cross country scene by many of our athletes. It’s very encouraging to see the Midleton AC colours back on the scene again. On Sunday at the provincial Novice Championships at Carrigadrohid, Adam Duchnicz, Stanislaw Byczek and Conor McGrath all performed well over a testing hilly course.

A week earlier we had a big contingent at the County Novice/Masters Championships in Carraig na bhFear. Here over the 6000 meters distance Marc Dalton, Eric Owers and Adam Duchnicz led our crew home. Other good performances were produced by Stanislaw Byczek, John O’Connell, Kevin O’Reilly, Mike Hallahan, Conor McGrath and Ned Ramsell.

In the corresponding ladies race at Carraig na bhFear Sally Drennan won the Over 40 category with another excellent run whilst Joan Hough took the bronze medal in the Over 50’s. Good performances were also produced by Susan Delaney and Rose Barrett.
The next big cross country event is on our door step as the County Senior Championships will take place in Cloyne on Sunday week October 31st.

Christmas Party

Our social committee have made great progress in organising our Christmas Party Night. This year we are heading to Midleton Park Hotel on Saturday December 4th. The cost of subsidised ticket for club members is 20 euro and 39 euro for non members. This includes a three course meal, music and entertainment. All payments should be made at training to Fergal O’Meara or Marc Dalton

Trip To Lanzarote

Close on thirty members are now on countdown for the club tour which is only a few weeks away. Again the people in the social committee have done great work in organising the event. We wish everybody well on their travels.

Midleton AC Blog and E Mail Service

Check for all the latest club news.
E mail contact is
You may also have regular club news, updates and results sent directly to you via our club e mail service. Please give your e mail address to PRO John Cashman to avail of this service. Telephone enquiries regarding the club may be directed to Danny on 087-2403940.
Also a reminder to keep an eye to the Club Notice Board at training each Wednesday night for further updates etc.

Marc Dalton has been good enough to set up a Flicker Acct. for the club and has uploaded some photos he took at the Cork -Cobh race hey can be accessed

Anyone that has photos that they want put online please e mail them to the club at or contact Marc at training and he will arrange it for you. It would be a good idea to save the address to your browser as he hopes to update it regularly.

Wear Your Club Colours With Pride

Please note a large range of new Midleton A.C. clothing will be on sale at training on this Wednesday at the following subsidised prices for club members. Tracksuits €50 Raincoats €25 Beanie hats €5 Tshirts €15 and Singlets €15.

Until next time ‘keep on running’

Friday, 15 October 2010

Congratulations and Best Wishes to Sally Drennan of Midleton AC who has been selected on the Cork team for next Sunday's Munster Novice Cross Country Championships which will be held in Carrigadrohid.

The full Cork Ladies Novice Team is -
Novice Women

Davina Fenton, St Finbarrs AC

Sally McCarthy, UCC AC

Ann-Marie Hayes, East Cork AC

Annie Svensson, UCC AC

Eibhlín Cleary, East Cork AC

Maura O’ Regan, Eagle AC

Clothilde Fitzgibbon, Grange Fermoy AC

Gillian Cotter, St Finbarrs AC

Sally Drennan, Midleton AC

Amy Wolfe, Leevale AC

Carol Finn, Leevale AC

Tuesday, 12 October 2010

East Cork 3Km Results Of Midleton AC Runners 12/10/10

11 Mark Dalton Midleton AC 10.24
15 Darragh Canavan Midleton AC 10.51
18 Owen O'Connell Midleton AC 10.58
21 John O'Connell Midleton AC 11.11
22 Eric Owers Midleton AC 11.14
23 Adam Duchnicz Midleton AC 11.23
24 Michael Furlong Midleton AC 11.27
25 Stan Byczek Midleton AC 11.30
29 Billy O'Sullivan Midleton AC 11.39
35 Kevin O'Reilly Midleton AC 11.59
45 Sally Drennan Midleton AC 12.26
48 Joan Hough Midleton AC 12.44
52 Claire Fitzgerald Midleton AC 13.06
57 Marie Murphy Midleton AC 13.16
61 Paul Kierans Midleton AC 13.30
65 Caroline Fletcher Midleton AC 13.44
66 Brian Kenneally Midleton AC 13.45
68 Trish Murphy Midleton AC 13.48
69 Vincent Connolly Midleton AC 13.55
73 Mary O'Keeffe Midleton AC 14.08
74 Dara Thompson Midleton AC 14.11
75 Simon Thompson Midleton AC 14.12
77 Camilla O'Connor Midleton AC 14.19
84 Vincent O'Neill Midleton AC 14.38
85 Elga Ryan Midleton AC 14.39
86 Elaine Hennessy Midleton AC 14.40

87 Donie O'Connell Midleton AC 14.44
89 Philip O'Mullane Midleton AC 14.50
90 Yvonne Kennedy Midleton AC 14.53
94 Margaret Twohig Midleton AC 15.20
96 Marie Magan Midleton AC 15.30
100 Catriona McGregor Midleton AC 15.49
106 Jim McMurtry Midleton AC 16.32
107 Margaret Beausang Midleton AC 16.37
108 Marion Cotter Midleton AC 16.48
110 Joan McCarthy Midleton AC 17.14
111 Mags Mulcahy Midleton AC 17.15
115 Barbara O'Connor Midleton AC 17.32
117 Danny McCarthy Midleton AC 18.37
118 Alan Kelleher Midleton AC 18.38
123 Mary Toher Midleton AC 20.21

Full results on East Cork ac website
Midleton AC
Christmas Party

Midleton Park Hotel

Sat 4th Dec @ 8pm

3 Course meal for €20 (Club Subsidized) €39 for non club members

Music & Entertainment on the Night

All Payments can be made at training to:

Fergal O Meara or Marc Dalton.

Any questions please ask any member of the social
Please Note
Numbers are limited so please book early to avoid disappointment.
East Cork AC 3K Winter Series
Starts This Tuesday October 12th @ 7.30pm
Venue - Bailick Road Circuit -
Registration at the bottom of the Dark Road
between Midleton and Ballinacurra.

This is the first of a seven race series which takes place every third Tuesday from now until March.If you manage to complete at least FIVE of the seven races you will receive a long sleeved top.

Monday, 11 October 2010

Photos Online

Marc Dalton has been good enough to set up a Flicker Acct. for the club and has uploaded some photos he took at the Cork -Cobh race and also from yesterdays Cross Country they can be accessed at

Anyone that has photos that they want put online please e mail them to the club at or contact Marc at training and he will arrange it for you. It would be a good idea to save the address to your browser as he hopes to update it regularly.

Monday, 4 October 2010

Message from SALLY DRENNAN re Cross Country

We now have a team of novice men for the county cross country
championships in Carrignavar on 10 October. We are short one male,
age 35 or older to make a masters' team! Anyone out there willing to
give it a go? If so, please contact Sally Drennan by tomorrow
(Monday) on 087 2265857 or with your name,
date of birth and AAI annual membership number.

Sunday, 3 October 2010

Some of the MidletonAC runners and helpers at the Cork - Cobh 15 mile race today.