A poem by club member Patsy Keane delivered on our Xmas night out
Psychology for Beginners by Patsy Keane – Midleton A.C.
When I sat down to write this poem My tortured mind began to roam. To the bottom of the hill in the Ballycotton 10, Up and down, and up again.
When I came to Cork from Ballinasloe, Ballycotton back then was the place to go. For drink and craic and fine cuisine, The expansive ocean, picture the scene.
But that’s all gone !
After much persuasion from Mary Jo, I finally conceded I had to go. With gear bag packed, I looked the biz, The lycra shorts and my high viz.
The beginner’s class between six and seven, Might seem to you to be mana from heaven. Vincent Connolly, he had the plan, The ladies all thought he was an army man.
Left, Right, Left, Right, Left, Right.
The competitive instincts are still intact, Though your body thinks your minds half cracked. You promise to run times you couldn’t run, When you were half your age or 21.
You check the list for the last 5K, And promise that you will beat him or her next day. Next time around, you slaughter their time, And wait patiently for them on the winning line. Only to find out to your dismay, That him or her didn’t run that day!
If you have an injury or a health concern, You pay a visit to Neilus Ahearne. With a rubb a dubb dubb, or a straightened hand, Neilus will sort out your IT band.
He’ll explain the intricacies of referral pain, And in no time at all have you back in the game. Neilus the guru, the medical sage, Whatever the problem- it’s never age.
His list of clients are a sorry lot, Whose ailing bodies have gone to pot!
On the roads of East Cork, you’ll meet Kathleen and Donie, That man’s made of steel, he’s built like a pony. And Danny; and Breda; and Margaret and Joan, These are the people who will keep you going.
Last year’s winner, he hailed from Derry, But we’ve got our own Ann Marie Perry, Her mantra will put your head in a spin, You’ll only get out what you put in.
One thing’s for certain as you all know, I couldn’t mention everyone in my little show. And so we’ll meet you on March 6th As we jostle for position on route 66. And make our way to Ballymaloe gate And tackle that hill that we all hate.
Happy in the knowledge that we’re nearly home. As we see in the distance, the lighthouse dome.
Place Time Name Team Race Age Category min/mile 1 0:16:52 MCGRATH, Sean East Cork AC M 05:25.6 321 1 2 0:17:06 CASEY, Eoin Midleton AC MJ 05:30.1 351 2 3 0:17:25 MURPHY, David Midleton AC MJ 05:36.2 354 3 4 0:17:30 MEADE, Eric East Cork AC M40 05:37.8 302 4 5 0:17:37 HENNESSY, John Midleton AC M40 05:40.1 334 5 6 0:18:00 MCCARTHY, Denis East Cork AC M45 05:47.5 179 6 7 0:18:52 CAHILL, Maurice Youghal AC M 06:04.2 340 7 8 0:19:42 DESMOND, John Eagle AC M45 06:20.3 364 8 9 0:19:46 O'CONNELL, Owen Midleton AC M 06:21.6 371 9 10 0:19:52 O'CONNELL, John Midleton AC M 06:23.5 312 10 11 0:20:12 CLEARY, Paul East Cork AC M 06:30.0 320 11 12 0:20:35 GUNNING, Peter Midleton AC M50 06:37.4 332 12 13 0:20:48 COONEY, Kevin Midleton AC M45 06:41.6 309 13 14 0:21:13 O'SULLIVAN, Billy Midleton AC M 06:49.6 350 14 15 0:21:56 RAMSELL, Ned Midleton AC M 07:03.4 296 15 16 0:22:05 O'LEARY, Ted West Waterford AC M40 07:06.3 324 16 17 0:22:15 WALSHE, John East Cork AC M55 07:09.6 301 17 18 0:22:55 KIERANS, Paul Midleton AC M45 07:22.4 297 18 19 0:23:14 CLEARY, Eibhlin East Cork AC F 07:28.5 303 19 20 0:23:48 O'DONOGHUE, Donal unatt/Little Island M40 07:39.5 365 20 21 0:26:59 CONNOLLY, Vincent Midleton AC M50 08:40.9 366 21 22 0:27:17 HEALY, Brian Midleton AC M45 08:46.7 367 22 23 0:27:22 O'CONNELL, Donie Midleton AC M60 08:48.4 355 23 24 0:27:39 MULLANE, Philip Midleton AC M 08:53.8 310 24 25 0:27:43 JORDAN, Colm Midleton AC M 08:55.1 293 25 26 0:28:08 KELLEHER, Alan Midleton AC M45 09:03.2 341 26 27 0:28:09 MCCARTHY, Danny Midleton AC M60 09:03.5 344 27
Training for tonight is cancelled as the all weather pitch is out. Anyone going on the grass in the CBS please note the road to the CBS is closed at present due to ice but you can still walk up. At present Wed night training is still going ahead but keep an eye on the Blog. Shanagarry 5km Is now rescheduled for 12.30 on Christmas Eve.Please try and support this local event as they expect the numbers to be down due to the change of date and it is in aid of GOAL.
Wednesday December 15th – training as usual Monday December 20th – training as usual Wednesday December 22 – training as usual Monday December 27th – no training Wednesday December 29th – no training Monday January 3rd – Bank Holiday - no training Wednesday January 5th – training resumes as usual
Fixtures - contact numbers included for local organisers
Saturday December 18th – Shanagarry Christmas 5K – 12.30pm Sunday December 19th – Newmarket to Kanturk – 5 Mile – 2pm – 086-8050821 Saturday December 25th – Goal Mile (see below for more information) Sunday December 26th – Belgooly 4 Mile – 12 noon – 086-8411193 Sunday January 2nd – Bandon 5 Mile – 1pm – 087-6501649 Tuesday January 4th – East Cork 3K – Race 5 – 7.30pm Sunday January 9th Munster Series – Mallow 10 Mile – 12.30pm – 087-2461515 Saturday January 15th – Waterford City Half Marathon – 12 noon – 086-0879790 Sunday January 23rd – FMC 4 Mile Race – Little Island – 11am – 021-4292509 Sunday January 23rd – Colligan Cup- 5 Mile – Dungarvan – 2pm – 086-8184762 Tuesday January 25th – East Cork 3K – Race 6 – 7.30pm Sunday January 30th – Munster Series – Dungarvan 10 Mile – 1pm – 086-8184762 Sunday February 13th – BHAA Cross Country – Beaumount – 11am – 087-9790806 Tuesday February 15th – East Cork 3K – Race 7 – 7.30pm Sunday February 20th – Carrigaline 5 Mile – 11am – 087-6261178 Sunday February 27th – ESB – Fota Island Hotel 5K – 11am – 086-1091782 Sunday March 6th – 34th Ballycotton 10 Mile – 1.30pm
Goal Mile The Goal Mile has become very much part of the Christmas Day ritual for many runners. This year there are a number of options where you can participate locally. In total there will be seven participating venues in Cork. The most adjacent are – Cork IT 10am to 12.30pm. Ballynoe – 11am to 12.30pm and Youghal at Tower Park 11am to 12 noon. Remember to keep a daily check on the Midleton AC blog www.midletonathleticclub.blogspot.com for regular updates throughout the week.
2 Eoin Casey Midleton AC 9.39 4 David Murphy Midleton AC 9.42 9 Marc Dalton Midleton AC 10.29 12 Darragh Canavan Midleton AC 10.39 17 Stan Byczek Midleton AC 10.53 22 Owen O'Connell Midleton AC 11.09 23 Michael Furlong Midleton AC 11.11 35 Billy O'Sullivan Midleton AC 11.46 38 Kevin O'Reilly Midleton AC 11.49 47 Colm Egan Midleton AC 12.07 48 John Cashman Midleton AC 12.08 50 Joan Hough Midleton AC 12.31 52 Brian Kenneally Midleton AC 12.44 60 Susan Delaney Midleton AC 12.59 66 Deirdre Aherne Midleton AC 13.16 71 Caroline Fletcher Midleton AC 13.36 74 Darragh Thompson Midleton AC 13.39 78 Mary O'Keeffe Midleton AC 13.49 79 Trish Murphy Midleton AC 14.07 80 Camilla O'Connor Midleton AC 14.08 83 Danny McCarthy Midleton AC 14.13 84 Yvonne Kennedy Midleton AC 14.16 85 Elga Ryan Midleton AC 14.17 86 Philip O'Mullane Midleton AC 14.17 89 Francis Maunsell Midleton AC 14.25 91 Elaine Hennessy Midleton AC 14.26 92 Donie O'Connell Midleton AC 14.29 93 Denise Hickey Midleton AC 14.31 96 Vicki Cleary Midleton AC 14.52 97 Margaret Twohig Midleton AC 14.52 102 Marie Magann Midleton AC 15.08 109 Mags Mulcahy Midleton AC 15.57 110 Eoin Cashman Midleton AC 16.02 111 Sinead Ivers Midleton AC 16.08 120 Marie McGrath Midleton AC 16.59 123 Vincent O'Neill Midleton AC 17.06 125 Joan McCarthy Midleton AC 17.12 130 Jim McMurtry Midleton AC 17.37 131 Catriona Brennock Midleton AC 17.52 133 Helen Gilroy Midleton AC 17.57 134 Colette Barry Midleton AC 18.15 136 Mary Dixon Midleton AC 18.35 137 Mary Daly Midleton AC 18.46 138 Siobhan Browne Midleton AC 18.49 139 Karen Morrissey Midleton AC 18.53 140 Mary Cashman Midleton AC 19.02 141 Mary Toher Midleton AC 20.29
A very special well done to our ladies who did it for the first time an d DONT forget Shanagarry 5km next Saturday @12.30 Entry Fee 3 Euro in aid of SIMON so donations are most welcome
1 Noel Berkeley DSD AC 9.30 2 Eoin Casey Midleton AC 9.39 3 Robert Patterson St Finbarrs 9.40 4 David Murphy Midleton AC 9.42 5 Alan O'Reilly CIT AC 9.45 6 Mark Bickerdyke Leevale AC 10.00 7 Eric Meade East Cork AC 10.15 8 Denis McCarthy East Cork AC 10.23 9 Marc Dalton Midleton AC 10.29 10 Leslie Coughlan Midleton CBS 10.35 11 John Lynch East Cork AC 10.38 12 Darragh Canavan Midleton AC 10.39 13 Ronan Power Cork 10.43 14 Jonathan Finn Carrigtwohill 10.45 15 Ian O'Sullivan East Cork AC 10.46 16 Brian Kavanagh Little Island 10.48 17 Stan Byczek Midleton AC 10.53 18 Phillip O'Neill Midleton 10.57 19 Brian O'Connor Grange Fermoy AC 10.58 20 David Nyhan Cork 11.04 21 Coran Swayne Midleton GAA 11.07 22 Owen O'Connell Midleton AC 11.09 23 Michael Furlong Midleton AC 11.11 24 Niamh Walsh Youghal AC 11.13 25 Justin Costigan Midleton 11.24 26 Stephen Murphy Midleton CBS 11.26 27 Aidan O'Reilly Midleton 11.32 28 Patrick Dunlea Midleton GAA 11.38 29 Cillian Lynch Midleton CBS 11.38 30 Trevor Collins Naas AC 11.39 31 Pat Fogarty ESB 11.41 32 Damien Cotter Castlemartyr 11.42 33 Cian McParland Cobh 11.43 34 Paul Cleary East Cork AC 11.45 35 Billy O'Sullivan Midleton AC 11.46 36 Denis O'Sullivan Midleton 11.47 37 Emmet Foley Whitegate 11.48 38 Kevin O'Reilly Midleton AC 11.49 39 AJ Murphy Ballinacurra 11.50 40 Helen Leonard Rathfarnham WSAF 11.52 41 Brian Parkinson East Cork AC 11.53 42 Andrew Murphy Midleton CBS 11.55 43 Roger O'Mahony Glounthaune 11.56 44 Aisling Moran UCC AC 11.57 45 Maurice Tobin Grange Fermoy AC 12.05 46 Pat O'Neill Whitegate 12.07 47 Colm Egan Midleton AC 12.07 48 John Cashman Midleton AC 12.08 49 Paul Spiteri Midleton 12.28 50 Joan Hough Midleton AC 12.31 51 Kieran Murphy Cork 12.42 52 Brian Kenneally Midleton AC 12.44 53 Declan Kearney Aghada GAA 12.46 54 Jimmy Murray Rising Sun AC 12.48 55 Dave Barry Midleton 12.54 56 Sean Murphy Ballintotis 12.56 57 Mary Histon-de Barra Rising Sun AC 12.57 58 John Walshe East Cork AC 12.58 59 Aidan O'Herlihy Whitegate 12.59 60 Susan Delaney Midleton AC 12.59 61 Simon Fitzgerald Glounthaune 13.06 62 Tim McCarthy Carrigtwohill 13.11 63 Elaine O'Donoghue Riverstick Kinsale AC 13.12 64 Matt Chojan Cork 13.13 65 Pat Walsh Midleton GAA 13.15 66 Deirdre Aherne Midleton AC 13.16 67 David Fleming Midleton 13.17 68 Dermot Cashman Carrigtwohill 13.18 69 Dave Smith Midleton 13.24 70 David O'Sullivan Lisgoold 13.26 71 Caroline Fletcher Midleton AC 13.36 72 Ted O'Leary West Waterford AC 13.36 73 Finbarr Lyons Midleton 13.39 74 Darragh Thompson Midleton AC 13.39 75 Michael Travers Glounthaune 13.46 76 Leo O'Donovan Ballinacurra 13.47 77 Padraig O'Regan Ladysbridge 13.48 78 Mary O'Keeffe Midleton AC 13.49 79 Trish Murphy Midleton AC 14.07 80 Camilla O'Connor Midleton AC 14.08 81 Alison McCarthy St Finbarrs 14.10 82 Shirley Coleman Youghal 14.13 83 Danny McCarthy Midleton AC 14.13 84 Yvonne Kennedy Midleton AC 14.16 85 Elga Ryan Midleton AC 14.17 86 Philip O'Mullane Midleton AC 14.17 87 Liam Morrissey Saleen 14.18 88 Batt Kearney Leevale AC 14.20 89 Francis Maunsell Midleton AC 14.25 90 Donal O'Donoghue Little Island 14.26 91 Elaine Hennessy Midleton AC 14.26 92 Donie O'Connell Midleton AC 14.29 93 Denise Hickey Midleton AC 14.31 94 Rebecca O'Sullivan UCC AC 14.33 95 Vincent Murray Glanmire 14.49 96 Vicki Cleary Midleton AC 14.52 97 Margaret Twohig Midleton AC 14.52 98 Patrick Cotter Tower 14.57 99 Paul Cahill Cloyne 15.01 100 Ciara McGrath Cloyne 15.06 101 Rachel Carey Youghal AC 15.06 102 Marie Magann Midleton AC 15.08 103 Lisa Collins Cork 15.09 104 Mary Mulcahy St Finbarrs 15.10 105 Helena Creedon Midleton 15.36 106 Michael Cahill Cloyne 15.44 107 Liam Wall Whitegate 15.47 East Cork AC 3Km Winter Series Race 4 14/12/10 108 Grace Hamilton Midleton 15.53 109 Mags Mulcahy Midleton AC 15.57 110 Eoin Cashman Midleton AC 16.02 111 Sinead Ivers Midleton AC 16.08 112 Therese O'Donovan Cobh 16.11 113 Jim Curtin East Cork AC 16.17 114 Aideen McGrath Cloyne 16.23 115 Aine McGrath Cloyne 16.33 116 John Corcoran Ballynoe 16.37 117 Lochlann McCarthy Midleton 16.40 118 Colin Reilly Whitegate 16.41 119 Billy Caball Cork 16.46 120 Marie McGrath Midleton AC 16.59 121 Katie Nolan Youghal AC 17.02 122 Ben O'Neill Midleton 17.05 123 Vincent O'Neill Midleton AC 17.06 124 Fiona O'Mahony Midleton 17.09 125 Joan McCarthy Midleton AC 17.12 126 Linda Watson Midleton 17.13 127 Sarah O'Mahony Midleton 17.15 128 Margaret O'Connell Cobh 17.16 129 Dick O'Brien Castlelyons 17.36 130 Jim McMurtry Midleton AC 17.37 131 Catriona Brennock Midleton AC 17.52 132 Jake Holmes Cloyne 17.56 133 Helen Gilroy Midleton AC 17.57 134 Colette Barry Midleton AC 18.15 135 Donna Sexton Midleton 18.30 136 Mary Dixon Midleton AC 18.35 137 Mary Daly Midleton AC 18.46 138 Siobhan Browne Midleton AC 18.49 139 Karen Morrissey Midleton AC 18.53 140 Mary Cashman Midleton AC 19.02 141 Mary Toher Midleton AC 20.29
Senior Section News It’s that time of year again to extend the compliments of the season to all associated with our club and their family members. 2010 seems to have zoomed by at pace and here we are already glancing to what lies ahead in what promises to be another hectic year of activity. 2010 saw a number of new races intorduced to the local fixture list, some of which attracted a huge number of entries. It was also a year which saw Midleton athletes break new ground is terms of prizes collected and times recorded. Our club membership soared again and many who have joined our club in the past 12 months have gone on to make huge progress in a very short space of time.
Big Race Line Up
There is something for everybody over the next few months on the race scene. Those who wish to cover a shorter distance mid week or those who wish to tackle the Munster 10 Mile Series, beginning in Mallow on January 9. (Please take note of the specific entry details for each of the races which is outlined later n this report.)
Add in the usual mix of seasonal fixtures in Shanagarry, Newmarket, Belgooly and Bandon along with the traditional Goal Mile on Christmas Day and it appears as if the winter running schedule is almost as busy as the summer schedule. Because of the uncertainty with weather which we experienced recently and indeed during the months of January and February this year, the advice is if in any doubt make sure to check if the race is going ahead before you make your journey. A list of contact numbers is in most cases included below which give direct access to the respective race organisers.
Remember also to keep a daily check on the Midleton AC blog www.midletonathleticclub.blogspot.com for regular updates throughout the week.
Fixtures Tuesday December 14th - East Cork 3K - Race 4 - 7.30pm
Saturday December 18th – Shanagarry Christmas 5K – 12.30pm
Sunday December 19th – Newmarket to Kanturk – 5 Mile – 2pm – 086-8050821
Saturday December 25th – Goal Mile (see below for more information)
Sunday February 27th – ESB – Fota Island Hotel 5K – 11am – 086-1091782
Sunday March 6th – 34th Ballycotton 10 Mile – 1.30pm
10 Mile Series Updates
Remember the final cup off point of Thursday December 16th for all club runners wishing to run in Ballycotton is now almost upon us. The initial 2,500 entry cut off point was reached three days after the forms became available – all of these entries are now posted on the Ballycotton Running Promotions web site.
Race 1 in the John Buckley Sports Munster Series is in Mallow on Sunday January 9 (12.30pm). Whilst entries will be taken in advance or on the day for this race, it is certainly easier for all concerned to log on to the Mallow AC web site and enter in advance. This year will have pacers for various target times whilst chip timing will also be used.
The organisers of Race 2 in Dungarvan on Sunday January 30th have stressed that they will only accept pre entries. It costs 15 euro before this coming Friday December 17th or 20 euro before the final cut off point of January 17th. More info is available on the West Waterford AC web site
The Goal Mile has become very much part of the Christmas Day ritual for many runners. This year there are a number of options where you can participate locally.
In total there will be seven participating venues in Cork. The most adjacent are – Cork IT 10am to 12.30pm. Ballynoe – 11am to 12.30pm and Youghal at Tower Park 11am to 12 noon.
Seasonal Fixtures - Just a quick word about some of the more immediate seasonal fixtures. The Ballycotton Running Promotions team organise the Shanagarry 5K which is a low key event over the same course as the Festival 5K back in August. Just drop along to St Colman’s Boxing Club to register on Saturday next. The race begins at 12.30pm. By the way if you can bring along a seasonal spot prize it would be appreciated.
Then on Sunday next the Duhallow A.C promoted Newmarket to Kanturk 5 Miler will begin at 2pm. Entries will be taken at Hourigans High Street Bar in Newmarket and there will be lots of prizes in all categories. There is also a non competitive walk commencing at 1.30pm. Donie Shine of the organising committee told me on Sunday last that there will be a prize for each finisher. All proceeds go towards the Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association.
Belgooly should see a huge gathering on St Stephen’s Day for the noon start in the Dick Copithorne Memorial over 4 miles. Given any luck with favourable weather numbers could stretch to 500. Give yourself plenty of time in advance.
In some of the earlier fixture guides the Bandon 5 miler may have been listed as a mid week event just after Christmas. Note the race will be on Sunday January 2nd.
Sign Up With The BHAA
The first BHAA race of the New Year will be in Little Island – the FMC 4 Miler on Sunday January 23rd. Please note all membership of the BHAA will be due from January 1. In order to be in contention for prizes on day 1, runners will need to registered in advance of race day. Kevin Cummins is the key link – just log on to the Cork BHAA web site for more information.
Looking Back – Annual Dinner
After all that looking ahead it’s now time to look back and pay tribute to Midleton Park Hotel who proved to be great hosts as our club dined and wined at our Christmas Dinner. A huge gathering was present and it was great to see many of our new members joining many of our regulars. At the end of a superb meal, presentations were made to Margaret Twohig (Most Improved Female Athlete), John Carey (Most Improved Male Athlete), Deirdre Aherne (Female Athlete of the Year) and Marc Dalton (Male Athlete of the Year).
Tributes and words of praise were directed to all our competitors who took such an active part in the running year, with many achieving personal best times and several collecting individual prizes on a regular basis.
Ladies team captain Sally Drennan had special words of praise for Michelle Nolan who climaxed her fantastic season with a splendid run in the Dublin City Marathon in late October.
One of our members Patsy Keane brought his own special touch to the evening when reciting his poem centring on the famous Ballycotton ‘10’ and featuring our own club. Well done Patsy!
- A word of thanks to all in the social committee for the efforts in organising the night’s function. Here’s hoping for another great running year in 2011.
New Sports Shop
A new sports shop for all runners will open in Midleton soon. ‘Run and Tri’ will soon open its doors at The Square, Coach Horse Lane. The proprietors have offered a club discount to Midleton AC and will indeed will visit us at training at Midleton Community Centre (7pm) on this Wednesday.
Mention of training, with the holiday season approaching please note our training arrangements for the forthcoming weeks.
Wednesday December 15th - training as usual
Monday December 20th – training as usual
Wednesday December 22 – training as usual
Monday December 27th – no training
Wednesday December 29th – no training
Monday January 3rd – Bank Holiday - no training
Wednesday January 5th – training resumes as usual
At this stage a big 'thank you' is extended especially to Edmond and Vincent and all of who helped with training during 2010.
Many club runners will of course continue their own training over the next few weeks, so ask around at training and get into some group training during the holiday season.
Kevin Excells in Clonakilty
Great to see Kevin Smith back in action after injury and back to his best. Kevin had a brilliant run in last Saturday's 10K in Clonakilty coming home in second place overall, another significant land mark in his excellent season. Meantime in Marathon action – we say congratulations to Mary Toher who ran the inaugural Clonakilty Marathon and to both Denis Kelleher and Shirley Garde who took part in the Half Marathon. The Half Marathon in Waterford was postponed.
Well Done Ned
A special word of congratulations to Ned Ramsell who received a special award on Sudnay last when he completed 5 years as an ever present in all BHAA races. During that time the Carrigtwohill man has picked up a number of prizes but last Sunday's award is one which very few runners in the county might ever match. Well done Ned! Over 200 runners took part in the Cork Simon Charity Run on Sunday. (no results have yet come to hand)
Cork City Marathon
The introduction of a Half Marathon will give a new look to next year’s Cork City Marathon, which was launched recently. One other significant change sees the Marathon begin a half hour earlier at 8.30am.
Finally, as this our bulletin of the year, may I take this opportunity to wish all our members a very Happy Christmas and a Peaceful New Year. Please note that race news and results will be sent to members via the e mail service over the next few weeks. Our next review will come following the Mallow ‘10’ on Sunday January 9.
Next Sunday sees the annual BHAA Turkey Trot (4 mile)in aid of Simon and we recomment all our members take part in this great cause.It is a run with a difference in which everyone has a chance of winning from the fastest to the slowest.
The winner is the person who predicts their time exactly or to the nearest second so everyone has a chance of winning.
It takes place at the Lee Rowing club at the Marina at 11 am but be early as there is always a huge crowd and bring a SPOTPRIZE as they want to have a prize for everyone.
It is a mostly flat level course and so is suitable for everyone including beginners as many walk or run n walk.
Entry is 5 Euro or by donation so please give as much as you can.
REMINDER BALLYCOTTON '10' 2011 - DON'T MISS DEADLINE DAY SEND YOUR ENTRY FORM TODAY =================================
The 2011 Cork City Marathon was launced this week - now is the time to plan ahead !
Ireland’s greatest track and field athlete, and our Chef de Mission for the 2012 London Olympics, Sonia O’Sullivan, swapped sunny Australia for wintery Cork this week to launch the 2011 Bord Gåis Energy Cork City Marathon. Organised by Cork City Council, with Bord Gáis Energy as the title sponsor, this year’s event sees two firsts: the introduction of an official half marathon and IAAF-certified measuring of the course. Heading into its fifth year, the ‘marathon for everyone’ continues the tradition of being as open as possible with the addition of a half marathon for the first time. Combined with the existing relay race, it means more people than ever will take part in the event on the 6th June.
Cork Lord Mayor Cllr Michael O’Connell said the event has established itself as a major weekend in the Irish sports calendar. “The marathon, combined with the annual traditional rowing race, Ocean to City, taking place on Saturday the 4th of June, will see Cork become Ireland’s sporting capital for the June Bank Holiday Weekend.
The people of Cork have taken the race to their hearts and we’re looking forward to record entries and record support for 2011. With the addition of the half marathon, and the continuation of the 50% discount for those in receipt of benefit, the Cork City event is the most accessible in Ireland.”
John Mullins, Chief Executive of Bord Gáis said: “We’re delighted with the introduction of the half marathon in 2011. The marathon is all about volunteers, runners raising money for charities of their choice and people achieving personal ambitions. The day itself is a fantastic experience that gets bigger and better every year. It is also a tremendous boost for business in the region and showcases the city at its best to runners and their families from all over the globe.”
Bord Gáis Energy Cork City Marathon Ambassador Sonia O’Sullivan said: "the event has improved and expanded every year since its re-introduction in 2007 after a 21-year lapse. IAAF certification is another major boost for the event and puts it firmly in the top bracket of marathons around the world. This will be my fourth return for the marathon. Last year I did fifteen miles of the course and even though the weather was at its worst, the experience was all the more memorable for it. I’m looking forward to running again in 2011 and encouraging others to join me in doing so.”
City Manager Tim Lucey said: “As a committed runner myself, I’m delighted that Cork City Council will again organise and host this event and that Bord Gáis Energy have continued as the title sponsor. I am particularly pleased with the continued growth of the City Marathon and with the introduction of a half marathon. The success of the race is down to the support of a number of partners, not least Bord Gáis Energy. We also rely on the support of the Athletics Association of Ireland, the Cork Business Houses Athletics Association, the Gardaí, the Defence Forces, the Health Services Executive and almost 400 volunteers on the day.
"It’s a day when people push themselves to the limit," continued Tim. "Having run the marathon in 2010, I experienced the tremendous support from the people of Cork, which makes a huge difference for the runners. As the event continues to grow, that support will be needed more than ever."
The organisers are awaiting payment for a number of pre booked tickets in advance of Saturday's Dinner. Those who have booked tickets but havenot paidare asked to call Marc Dalton on 087-2388326 by 4pm on Thursday to confirm if they still wish to attend. You can pay on the night but please confirm you are attending
As numbers are limited please make this call if you have not paid.
If no confirmation is received by Thursday at 4pm we will assume that you are not attending.
Formed in 1966 Midleton Athletic Club is one of the few clubs in the Cork area that has both a juvenile section and a senior section as well. This blog will deal with the senior section. The senior section has a wide variety of members ranging from members in mid seventies to just out of juvenile. It is proud to boast that two of our members represented Ireland in the Olympic Games. Whilst most members nowadays seem to favour road running over the complete variety of distances from 3Km to marathon and beyond also X Country and track and field as well. There is an active social side to the club. Anyone wishing to join is welcome to try out for a session before committing to the club. The club trains on Mondays from 6pm in the Midleton College Cricket Field and on Wednesdays @ 6.30 we meet for indoor and outdoor training with Edmond O'Sullivan at Midleton Community Centre A Couch 2 5Km group also meet there on Wednesdays. Other group runs are organised amongst members during the week. New members are welcome anytime.
Contact Senior Section enquiries email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 086-1931338
(For information on Juvenile Section please ring 086-7904199)