Tuesday, 31 May 2011

Race TUESDAY there will be no official training tonight




Please arrive very early as a large crowd will attend this very popular race

Monday, 30 May 2011

Midleton AC Senior Section 30.05.11

by Peter Gunning - Joint P.R.O

The fourth week in May heralds the arrival of the Ballycotton 5 Mile Road race series. Last week in Ballyandreen the first of the four races took place with 73 of the 500 finishers wearing the white, green and black of Midleton AC. Marc Dalton in 29:41 led our men’s team home with both Kevin Smith 30:14 and Adam Duchnicz 31:07 already well-placed on the leader board. Ann Geary 34:21 again continues to impress finishing just ahead of club captain Sally Drennan. Breda Cahill finished in a very creditable 35:00 with Marian Aherne chasing her down in 35:46. Michael Furlong came in at 31:48 to finish as fourth junior. Next race in this series takes place in Shanagarry on Thursday 23rd June.

The focus this fortnight is on the Cork City Marathon which takes place on Monday next 6th June Peter Gunning hopes to build on his Rotterdam experience as he lines up for the main event with both Mary B Walsh and Ned Ramsell. Several club members will also compete in both the half-marathon and in the team relays. Among them is triathlete, Colm Egan who will take on the 13.1 miles alongside Claire Fitzgerald, Sandra Bohan and Yvonne Kennedy. Surely the prize for the best named relay team must go to that Midleton AC foursome, Ann Savage, Mags Mulcahy, Barbara O’Connor and Mary Jo Keane who will run under the banner “Guess Who’s the Granny!” Ladies, we can’t! Give us a clue... ! Good luck to all involved in the race and please email your own marathon stories to John for inclusion on the blog.

Speaking of marathons, gremlins prevented the publication of the last set of notes which had included a tribute to Sean O’Sullivan who clocked 3:36 in Boston. Sean has now run in four of the five world majors with solid previous runs in New York, Chicago and Boston. London is calling in 2012 for Sean to complete the quintet. Another well-merited bouquet goes to the quiet man from the north, Jim Boyle who broke 3:30 for the first time in the nearer to home but equally challenging Limerick Marathon. Gentlemen take a bow and accept the admiration of your running colleagues.

Take a bow also ultra-marathon man, Denis Kelleher who ran in this year’s Newry City Marathon and to Mary Toher who tackled the gruelling Burren Marathon on 21st May. Keep the applause going for Tom Cody and Capt. Edmund O’Sullivan who led our prize winners at the recent Eagle AC Cheetah Run in Fota where Elga Ryan was one of many of our runners who posted a four mile pb. Thankfully all are runners returned home fully-limbed.

Next BHAA event is on Tuesday 31st May on the Marina, the John Buckley 5km. Meanwhile training continues each Monday 6pm at the CBS and Tuesday from the community centre, 6pm and 7pm.

Until the next time .... coimead ag rith!

Message From Fergal O'Meara - Social Committee

The Social Club are organising the away trip 2011 to Wexford this year. There is a 10k race close to Wexford town on Sat evening the 10th September. Check it out on www.kilmore10k.com. We have been in contact with The Maldron Hotel in Wexford and they have reserved twin rooms for us for Friday 9th & Saturday 10th September. This hotel is a good option as they have full leisure facilities inc a swimming pool.
They can offer us 2 x nights B&B including an evening meal on one of the nights for €89 per person sharing. The evening meal is 3 courses with 3/4 choices on each course. Also full use of the leisure facilities and they have live entertainment on the Fri and Sat nights in the bar. Fairly good value!

We will start collecting names and deposits over the next few weeks and more details on travel and club subsidy to follow.

Press Release RE Ballyhoura Series - Starts On Friday

Doneraile Debut for 2011 Ballyhoura Active Series of Runs & Walks

Last year over a thousand people participated in the seven events in this series which took place during the summer and autumn months. This year it is hoped that this number will increase significantly given the positive reviews that all the events got. The series of road runs and walks are specifically targeted at increasing participation in the Ballyhoura region because in the past number of years, despite an overall increase in these types of events nationally, there was a noticeable decrease in events taking place in rural areas such as Ballyhoura.

Ballyhoura Fáilte in association with local athletic clubs have helped organise this series to increase the level of publicity for these events and to give all the events a collective boost being part of a series such as this. This year there are nine events spread across the four months from June to September. The first event is a 5km through the quiet scenic surroundings of Doneraile Park which takes place on June 3rd at 8pm. It will provide a great kick start to what will be a great variety of events in different communities across the region.

The nature of all the events except the half-marathon is that they are accessible to most with a basic level of fitness and the entry fee is usually small. Even the half-marathon has a relay event so teams of people can cover the distance over four legs of 5km or other variations of the distance. There is always a nice friendly atmosphere at each of the races and the post-race refreshments/prize-giving.

This is a great way for anyone who wants to try out running or walking an event for the first time to get a taste for the sport and what’s involved. It is also a chance to meet with people from the local athletic club and see about joining them to improve your running abilities. For those who are intimated and afraid of finishing last or being too slow, then they should be aware that most of the races are organised to cater for walkers and beginner runners, so they should not worry in this regard.

The Doneraile 5km race is probably the ideal easy start to the series since it is within the enclosed traffic free surroundings of the park and it is run over a mixture of tarmac and trail surfaces. It is only 5 Euro to enter on the evening at Nagle Rice Secondary School who has kindly allowed the use of their facilities. It is recommended that people arrive early, at least an hour before the 8pm start to get parking, which will be outside the entrance to the park and to get entered. The race this year is named the Dan Byrne Memorial 5km by Mallow AC in memory of one of their members who passed away last year. All proceeds will be donated to charity.

The following is a list of all the races in the Ballyhoura ACTIVE series of Road races and walks;

Friday 3rd June 8pm – Doneraile Park Dan Byrne Memorial 5km Trail Race - Mallow AC

Friday 17th June 8pm – Ger Mullane Memorial Bilboa 10k – Bilboa AC

Monday 4th July 8pm - Dromcollogher Festival 4 mile Road Race - West Limerick AC

Sunday 10th July 12pm - Kilworth Army Camp 5 mile Road Race - Grange Fermoy AC

Friday 5th August 8pm - GR8KM Road Race Mitchelstown - Galtee Runners AC

Saturday 13th August 7pm – Kilteely Festival 5 mile Road Race – Kilteely CC & Bilboa AC

Friday 26th August 7pm – Kilfinane Festival 5 mile road race – Kilfinane AC

Friday 2nd September 7pm - Liscarroll Tom Fitzpatrick Memorial 10km Road Race - Liscarroll AC

Sunday 18th September 10am – Charleville Half-Marathon & HM Relay(4x5km) – North Cork AC

Anyone who completes 5 of the first 8 races will receive a high quality technical t-shirt. For further updates on the series go to; www.ballyhouracountry.com/events or contact Michael Herlihy Ballyhoura Fáilte Outdoor Recreation Officer; Email; mherlihy@ballyhoura.org Phone; 086 3168954 or contact him on the Ballyhoura ACTIVE facebook page.

Friday, 27 May 2011


The Cork County Junior, Senior and Masters T&F championships scheduled
for this Sunday have been cancelled. details are available on
Ballycotton Summer Road Race Series 2011
Thursday 26 May 2011. 8:00pm

Finishers in the Midleton AC team. Pace Race Race
Place Time Name Team Race Age Category min/mile No Place
1 0:29:41 DALTON, Marc Midleton AC M 05:56.1 316 16
2 0:30:14 SMITH, Kevin Midleton AC M 06:02.7 408 25
3 0:31:07 DUCHNICZ, Adam Midleton AC M 06:13.3 411 48
4 0:31:48 FURLONG, Michael Midleton AC MJ 06:21.5 55 61
5 0:32:05 O'MEARA, Fergal Midleton AC M40 06:24.9 398 68
6 0:32:10 MULCAHY, Kieran Midleton AC M40 06:25.9 202 72
7 0:32:19 CODY, Thomas Midleton AC M55 06:27.7 182 78
8 0:32:31 O'CONNELL, John Midleton AC M 06:30.1 449 80
9 0:32:41 CASHMAN, John Midleton AC M45 06:32.1 38 87
10 0:33:05 O'SULLIVAN, Sean Midleton AC M40 06:36.9 25 100
11 0:33:08 MCCARTHY, Eugene Midleton AC M40 06:37.5 455 101
12 0:33:12 KELLY, Alan Midleton AC M40 06:38.3 478 105
13 0:33:15 MURPHY, Mick Midleton AC M40 06:38.9 361 106
14 0:34:21 GEARY, Ann Midleton AC F 06:52.1 169 136
15 0:34:30 EGAN, Colm Midleton AC M40 06:53.9 193 143
16 0:34:42 DRENNAN, Sally Midleton AC F45 06:56.3 319 148
17 0:34:58 WALSH, Mark Midleton AC M50 06:59.5 355 157
18 0:35:00 CAHILL, Breda Midleton AC F40 06:59.9 728 159
19 0:35:24 WATSON, Karol Midleton AC M 07:04.6 375 170
20 0:35:45 CAREY, John Midleton AC M40 07:08.8 105 180
21 0:35:46 AHERNE, Marian Midleton AC F40 07:09.0 228 181
22 0:36:38 MURPHY, Marie Midleton AC F 07:19.4 272 211
23 0:36:42 O'KEEFFE, Mary Midleton AC F45 07:20.2 276 215
24 0:36:44 BOYLE, Jim Midleton AC M40 07:20.6 94 216
25 0:36:50 KENNEALLY, Michael Midleton AC M40 07:21.8 56 219
26 0:37:01 MORRISON, Kevin Midleton AC M45 07:24.0 399 226
27 0:37:21 DORRIS, Anna Midleton AC F40 07:28.0 410 238
28 0:37:58 AHERNE, Deirdre Midleton AC F 07:35.4 95 257
29 0:38:16 O'SULLIVAN, Billy Midleton AC M 07:39.0 176 268
30 0:38:29 MAUNSELL, Francis Midleton AC M 07:41.6 326 279
31 0:38:49 AHERN, Barry Midleton AC M 07:45.6 328 289
32 0:38:54 O'CONNELL, Donie Midleton AC M60 07:46.6 29 291
33 0:39:06 PERRY, Anne-Marie Midleton AC F35 07:49.0 727 294
34 0:39:10 RAMSELL, Ned Midleton AC M40 07:49.8 730 297
35 0:39:11 HEALY, Brian Midleton AC M45 07:50.0 12 298
36 0:40:01 MCCARTHY, Danny Midleton AC M60 08:00.0 171 318
37 0:40:41 HICKEY, Denise Midleton AC F35 08:08.0 6 330
38 0:40:46 MURPHY, Trish Midleton AC F40 08:09.0 415 331
39 0:41:09 AHERNE, Brendan Midleton AC M40 08:13.6 229 340
40 0:41:41 RYAN, Elga Midleton AC F35 08:20.0 362 354
41 0:41:52 HENNESSY, Elaine Midleton AC F50 08:22.2 206 361
42 0:41:58 JONES, Margaret Midleton AC F 08:23.4 422 362
43 0:42:09 TWOMEY, Bernie Midleton AC F40 08:25.6 151 365
44 0:42:31 TWOHIG, Margaret Midleton AC F40 08:30.0 5 372
45 0:42:39 KENNEDY, Yvonne Midleton AC F 08:31.6 259 376
46 0:42:59 BARRY, Margaret Midleton AC F60 08:35.6 258 384
47 0:43:14 O'DOHERTY, Maura Midleton AC F35 08:38.6 192 387
48 0:43:43 MCPHERSON, Nicola Midleton AC F 08:44.4 394 394
49 0:43:44 MORRISON, Moira Midleton AC F40 08:44.6 420 395
50 0:43:45 BARRY, Colette Midleton AC F 08:44.8 434 396
51 0:44:09 HARRINGTON, Ann Midleton AC F 08:49.6 424 405
52 0:44:19 HIGGINS, Carrie Midleton AC F 08:51.6 368 407
53 0:44:25 BUCKLEY, Susan Midleton AC F 08:52.8 423 409
54 0:44:31 IVERS, Sinead Midleton AC F 08:54.0 329 410
55 0:44:58 HEGARTY, Linda Midleton AC F35 08:59.4 351 415
56 0:45:39 GILROY, Helen Midleton AC F45 09:07.6 214 420
57 0:45:41 WALSH, Mary Midleton AC F45 09:08.0 448 422
58 0:45:42 EMERSON, Noreen Midleton AC F45 09:08.2 451 423
59 0:46:14 MULCAHY, Margaret Midleton AC F45 09:14.6 320 427
60 0:46:15 ROHAN, Margaret Midleton AC F50 09:14.8 170 428
61 0:46:37 FITZGERALD, Susan Midleton AC F 09:19.2 356 433
62 0:46:47 SEXTON, Donna Midleton AC F 09:21.2 435 436
63 0:46:48 SEXTON, Joy Midleton AC F 09:21.4 433 438
64 0:47:08 O'CONNOR, Barbara Midleton AC F35 09:25.4 205 440
65 0:47:08 KEANE, Mary Midleton AC F40 09:25.4 210 441
66 0:47:42 BUCKLEY, Sinead Midleton AC F 09:32.2 74 444
67 0:47:56 O'LOMASNEY, Lisa Midleton AC F40 09:35.0 112 447
68 0:48:35 MCGRATH, Marie Midleton AC F40 09:42.8 325 455
69 0:49:56 CASHMAN, Melissa Midleton AC F40 09:59.0 215 464
70 0:50:23 O'MAHONY, Mary Midleton AC F 10:04.4 241 465
71 0:53:07 MCMURTRY, Jim Midleton AC M65 10:37.2 3 471
72 0:53:34 O'LEARY, Clare Midleton AC F 10:42.6 47 473
73 1:00:51 TOHER, Mary Midleton AC F50 12:10.0 83 479
There were 73 finishers in the Midleton AC team.

Thursday, 26 May 2011

Summer Series Gets Under Way

Athletics – John Cashman

(Evening Echo Wed May 25th)

The summer season of road running is certainly here when one mentions the word Ballyandreen. This Thursday evening the picturesque coastal village in East Cork will become a hive of activity as Ballycotton Running Promotions host the opening 5 mile fixture in what is widely regarded as Ireland’s original road race series. Then on the fourth Thursday in June, July and August action follows at Shanagarry, Churchtown South and Ballycotton respectively.

Calling on statistics to highlight the current boom has become an almost weekly pass time for those involved in the sport and when it comes to the Ballycotton Summer Series, the surge of activity on the roads is even more evident.

Four years ago when Alan O’Shea clocked an impressive 25:05 to break the tape, there were 237 runners behind him. Just 12 months ago when the race was won by James McCarthy of East Cork AC, the entry desks had checked in 521 runners. The figure represented an increase of 110 on the previous year, 243 on the 2008 race and 283 on the aforementioned 2007 event. With that in mind, it is reasonable to assume that even a cautious prediction for this week’s race surpasses 500.

The figure is further solidified when one considers almost 800 pre entered competitors took part in last week’s Eagle AC ‘4’ miler at Fota Wild Life Park, although this venue had obviously a considerable novelty factor.

All told hosting a race such as the Ballyandreen fixture is now a major undertaking. Although the Ballycotton Running Promotions team are in a class of their own when it comes to such events, the success of their task is nevertheless very much dependant on the co operation of the runners. Because of the tight confines of the venue, all athletes are urged to make a very special effort to arrive early. Entries will be taken from 6pm.

Defending champion James McCarthy is likely to line up again this year as he bids to embellish his highly impressive winning streak which saw him take first place in both Ballintotis and Midleton in recent weeks. He also produced a superb display to finish in fifth place in the Ballycotton ‘10’ back in March. Incidentally, last year’s ladies winner in Ballyandreen Lizzie Lee from Leevale AC went on to be crowned the ‘10’ mile winner in Ballycotton earlier this year.

The respective times of all competitors from this week’s race will be carried forward to race 2 in Shanagarry next month, with overall prizes on offer at the end of the series for the leading men and ladies. There will also be a coveted ‘Top 50’ t shirt for the leading 50 men at the end of the summer whilst the feats of the top 15 ladies will be similarly recognised. Finally all those who complete all 4 races will also receive a souvenir plaque in recognition of their efforts.

A reminder that in these days of increased prices, the entry fee for the first three races remains at a very modest 5 euro. The 6 entry fee for the final fixture will see a donation of 1 euro from each participant to a local charity.

*Summer Series Race Dates – May 26th Ballyandreen (8pm), June 23rd Shanagarry (8pm), July 28 Churchtown South (8pm), August 25 Ballycotton (7.30pm)

Wednesday, 25 May 2011


A very large entry is expected, thus the organisers would greatly appreciate any extra help available re

- registration at entry desks
- recording at finish line
-stewarding around the course

If you are not running and would like to help or know somebody who might help, please drop me an email back by Thursday morning

If you are running, please arrive early - entries taken from 6pm.

John Cashman

Tuesday, 24 May 2011


for six weeks only.

Our club colleague and team mate Noel O'Regan is at present recovering from an operation.(Dont worry he will be back faster than ever) but in the meantime he is in need of a stationary exercise bike for about six weeks or so.This is something that people have sitting around and not using so any club member or anyone that knows of where we could get one please give Danny a ring at 0872403940.

We guarantee it will be returned in the condition we get it.

Collection can be arranged.
Congratulations to Kevin Cooney and Nicola McPherson of Midleton AC

who both enjoyed fine performances at the Edinburgh Half Marathon on Sunday -
For those of you who don't know the father and daughter combination ran the race in honour of Mary (Kevin's wife/Nicola's mother) who passed away last year.

Remember we can still help Kevin and Nicola in their efforts to raise funds for Marymount Hospice and the Mercy Hospital.

How you can help ==

** Call - Kevin...087 9735347 Nicola...086 4056119

**Or drop in to 26 Roselawn Ballinacurra

**Donations can also be made on either of our Facebook pages on " Mycharity.ie"
go to www.mycharity.ie/event/fatheranddaughter

Cork City Marathon

The Cork City Marathon is just 2 weeks away - are you involved in any part of the race??
Let us know over the next few days - (individual or team relay)

Sunday, 22 May 2011

Emer Casey 10 Km

The Edinburgh Half Marathon

Well done to all the Midleton AC crew who supported this very well organised race today in aid of a very good cause. As usual the club did very well with the prizes.

Clair Fitzgerald 2nd O/35

Sally Drennan 1St O/45

ALSO OUR LADIES TEAM ( Susan,Yvonne,Bernie & Susie)



Danny Mc Carthy 1St O/60


Kevin had a superb run in just over 90mins

and Nicola just slightly over 2 Hrs

well done to them they did us proud

Saturday, 21 May 2011

From the County Board

Cork County Jnr, Snr, Masters T&F on Sunday 29 May in the CIT Track Cork.
Guests are welcome but most be registered proof of registration may be
requested. Entries on the day accepted up to 11.30 for field events
and 1pm for track events. Electronic timing will be used.

www.corkathletics.org is offline for some reason. programme, entry
form in excel & pdf attached. Please distribute the programme to
anybody interested.

Postal entries to Mary Meagher, 3 Whitethorn Drive, Station Rd.
Blarney, Co. Cork
Email entries to corkaaicompsec@gmail.com


Friday, 20 May 2011



Father and Daughter

Kevin Cooney & Nicola McPherson

Will be running

The Edinburgh Half Marathon

On Sunday 22nd May 2011

In aid of

Friends of Marymount Hospice


St Therese’s Oncololgy Ward, Mercy Hospital

All funds raised will be divided equally between Marymount and the Mercy

How you can help ==

** Call - Kevin...0879735347 Nicola...0864056119

**Or drop in to 26 Roselawn Ballinacurra

**Donations can also be made on either of our Facebook pages on " Mycharity.ie"
go to www.mycharity.ie/event/fatheranddaughter

Thursday, 19 May 2011

Chi Running Workshop

The following is some detailed information from Catherina McKiernan about the way she runs the Chi running workshops. We are thinking about a Saturday in September. If you are interested please contact Sally Drennan - thedrennans@eircom.net or tel. 021 4883960, 087 2265857

The workshop starts at 10am and finishes at 5pm and the cost is 110 euro per person. There are 15 people per workshop.

The day is all about learning to run efficiently, to reduce impact on the body and to prevent or clear up running related injuries. It is suitable for anyone who wishes to learn to run with an easy efficient style. I video tape everyone at the start of the workshop to see their style of running. Then we go inside and practice the Chirunning form focuses through a series of drills and exercises. Posture is the most important part of good running form. The beauty of learning Chirunning is that you can practice the focuses in everyday life so that they become a familiar occurance. Then we do another drill of learning to lean the whole body forward from the ankles so that we are working with gravity in our favour as opposed to using our legs to push us forward while we run. This takes an immense amount of pressure of your legs. The next drill is to learn to keep our lower legs nice and relaxed to prevent all lower leg injuries like shin splints, calf strains etc. Then I show the group the correct arm swing and explain the best mechanics for running up and down hills.

After we have practiced the drills which takes about two hours, we go out for a nice easy relaxed 20 minute practice run, where I talk the group through one focus at a time and this gives people the opportunity to get the feel of running more efficiently and with good mechanics.

The next part of the workshop is to analysis the video-tape. This is a great learning tool. Everyone has a good understanding of the whole concept at this stage and I advise what people need to practice to improve their running form. One or two changes can make a big difference and help people greatly with their running. We have a questions and answers session, where I answer a wide variety of running related questions about training, diet, footwear, breathing technique etc.

We finish off the day with another short run, and I run along with each person at different stages and make sure everyone is going home happy knowing what they need to practice. I conduct these workshops all year round and I update my website on a regular basis with new dates.


I have made enquiries about Catherina McKiernan's Chi running
workshops. A couple of years ago she came and did a workshop for the
club. Several people would be interested in it being held again.
The cost is € 110 per person and the workshops cater for 15 people.

It is possible that there would even be enough interest
for two workshops???


Please let Sally know your thoughts.

Please pass on this message by word of mouth or phone as not everyone reads their e mails

Wednesday, 18 May 2011


Letter from Eagle AC

Hi All,

We are currently entering everyone's details into Racemaster. Our data team was busily inputting until nearly midnight last night and the previous. There is still a small number to be inputted. Once we have these (expected this evening), we will mail an alphabetically order list to you.

You should note your own race number and bring this with you on Thursday night. if you forget it, or can't access your email/whatever, there will be similar lists in Fota, so don't panic.

There is NO RACE ENTRY on the night, so all desks will be dealing with pre-registered. We are planning to have 4 desks for number pick-up, based on numbers, i.e. 0-250, 251-500, 501-750 and 751-1000. (there are blocks of approx 200 unused numbers)

There will be people there to answer any queries and a trouble desk.

There will be approx 800 people lining up at the start. Please do not line up nearer the start line than your own personal expected time/pace warrants. While the start area can cater for the numbers, the road itself is narrow relative to the total entry. In addition there are animals and birds wandering around the course. These animals and birds are unpredictable but will, in general, keep out of your way. The other unpredictables re the participants - ple4ase look out for your fellow competitor.

Headphones are NOT permitted in Fota Wildlife Park at any time. Headphomes are ABSOLUTELY PROHIBITED in this race - we'll set the cheetahs on you!

If you are aware of anyone who is hoping to enter on the night, please tell them that there will

NO ENTRIES on the night - no exceptions!

John Quigley
Chairman, Eagle AC

Tuesday, 17 May 2011

Health & Well-being

Friday 2th. May 2011

7.30pm Doors open, Starts 8.00pm – 9.00pm

Midleton Park Hotel
Midleton, Co Cork

*Why nutrition is the cornerstone of good health*
*Combating the effects of exercise induced Oxidative Stress*
* Maximising lean mass & reducing body fat*
* The importance of fruits & vegetables in the daily diet*
* Nutritional health vs. aerobic health*
(The difference between “Health” and “Fitness

Special Guest Speaker,

Dave O’Brien

International speaker on health
38 Marathons, Over 400 Races Worldwide
’95 Gay Byrne Survival Show
’97 Seven Highest Peaks in Ireland 23Hrs.28Mins
’98 Marathon de Sables- Sahara Desert
2000 Marathon de Sables- Sahara Desert 086 2558993
2002 RTE Treasure Island
2010 – Four x 250K Deserts. Atacama - Chile, Gobi - China, Sahara - Egypt and Antarctica YOU MAY BE FIT BUT ARE YOU HEALTHY ?


Dave O’Brien is an extraordinary person with a unique perspective on exercise, nutrition and health. Empowering people to take more ownership and responsibility of their health and that of their families. Learn what he has to share with us based on his remarkable career.
For more info , or to book a place for the Midleton talk please text Fr Liam Kelleher 087-8516984 or email: liamkelleher44@hotmail.com or Eric McCarthy 086-8035615 ericduke@eircom.net

Complimentary Invitation

Fuelling Your Body For Repair
You are Cordially Invited to a Free Health Presentation in:

The Midleton Park Hotel, Midleton, Co. Cork
Friday 20th May at 8pm

Guest Speaker Dave O Brien, G Global Endurance Desert Runner

In 2010 Dave became one of only a handful of people in the world, the first Irishman ever and the oldest person on the planet to complete the “4 Deserts” Grand Slam. To do this Dave successfully completed the infamous, Hottest, Coldest, Driest and Windiest Deserts in the world. Each Desert 250 Kilometers, carrying everything on his back to survive. The Atacama Desert in Chile, The Gobi Desert in China, The Sahara Desert in Egypt and finally, the "Last Desert" in Antarctica , all in one year, in fact in a 38 week period.

You are welcome to bring guests, further tickets available from:
Fr Liam Kelleher txt 087-8516984 or email liamkelleher44@hotmail.com
Or Eric McCarthy 086-8035615 or email ericduke@eircom.net

Monday, 16 May 2011

Midleton Runs

by Peter Gunning

Not even the torrential rain could dampen the enthusiasm of the 401 hardy souls who finished this year’s Joe Hourigan Five Mile Road Race. The record number of entrants included a staggering eighty from our own club. James McCarthy, East Cork AC was first across the tape in 25:30 with two former winners of the Cork City Marathon, Michael Herlihy and Roy Fahy in hot pursuit. Rhona Lynch, Eagle AC in 30.03 was the first lady finisher with Niamh Walsh, Leevale in second place in 30.50. Our first athlete was the ever impressive John Hennessy who followed his third place in the 3000m at the Cork Masters Track and Field Championships to finish here in 9th position overall in 28.53 and taking 1st place in the 0-40 category. Marc Dalton , Daragh Canavan and Adam Duchnicz were all well-placed. Anne Geary 34.19 and Breda Cahill with a 34.28 pb led our ladies home with category prize winning performances from Sally Drennan, Joan Hough, Mary O’Keeffe and Margaret Barry. This was a night however for shared pride in a club that has promoted one of the leading races on the IAA calendar. Great credit is due to race director, John Cashman for ensuring that every detail was addressed with this massive undertaking accomplished without a hitch. Indeed having already brought over six hundred runners to the Ballintotis 4 miler the week before (including 94 with Midelton AC vests!) John is building quite a reputation in race directing. Mile buíochas, John. Credit also to Mr Beginners, Vincent Connolly who must take great personal satisfaction in seeing his protégés chalking up pbs with every new race. It is lovely to see so many new faces not only at training but also at competitions.
Bouquets this month are awarded to two of our members for two wonderful individual achievements. Seán O’Sullivan bounced back from a recurring leg injury to take the line at the recent unofficial world record-breaking Boston Marathon. While Mr Mutai won the event in a staggering 2hrs 3min, Seán followed him home in 3:26. Our globe-trotting Seán has now competed in four of the recognised five marathon majors with London calling to fill the quintet. Meanwhile as Seán was chasing down Mutai in Boston, Jim Boyle headed to the Limerick Marathon where he broke the magic 3:30 for the first time. This was a terrific run for our man from the north. Gentlemen, we salute you both.
Several of our athletes ran the BHAA Pfizer 6 mile road race in Ringaskiddy last week. Fergal O’Meara yet again posted a pb (is there any stopping Flan??) with solid running too from Tom Cody (2nd 0-55), Marc Dalton (8th overall),Donie O’ Connell, Barry Aherne, Declan Dorgan, John Cashman, Peter Gunning, Danny McCarthy, Stan Byczek, Helen Geary, Denise Hickey and Sinéad Buckley
Details of the Bandon Half Marathon were not available before going to press but both Tom Cody and Danny McCarthy performed well on a very inhospitable course. Full details will be posted on the blog as soon as they are made available.
Promoting the Midleton AC colours internationally in next Sunday’s Edinburgh Half-Marathon will be club members Kevin Cooney and his daughter Nicola. Kevin has been in sparkling form in recent weeks improving his times with every race. He and Nicola are dedicating their Edinburgh run to the memory of their beloved, Mary. They hope to raise money for both Marymount Hospice and the St Therese’s Oncology Ward in the Mercy Hospital. Kevin will gratefully accept sponsorship and can be contacted at 087 9735347.
Dates for your diary this fortnight include:
• Thursday 19th May @8pm The Cheetah Run, 4 mile race organised by Eagle AC in Fota Wildlife Park. (No cheetahs need apply)
• Sunday 22nd May @1.30pm The Emer Casey Memorial 10km Road Race. Youghal.
• Monday 23rd @7pm. At C.I.T. track 200m 3000m, Long Jump and Shot Putt. (all adult categories)
• Thursday 26th May @8pm. The first of the Ballycotton 5 mile series in Ballyandreen.
• Tuesday 31st May @8pm. The BHAA John Buckley 5km Road Race, Marina.
Monday 6pm CBS all abilities.
Tuesday from Community Centre Car Park. 6pm beginners with coach Vincent Connolly, 7pm all others with coach Edmund O’Sullivan.
Saturday 6pm from hotel car park.
Coimead ag rith!

Saturday, 14 May 2011


Father and Daughter

Kevin Cooney & Nicola McPherson

Will be running

The Edinburgh Half Marathon

On Sunday 22nd May 2011

In aid of

Friends of Marymount Hospice


St Therese’s Oncololgy Ward, Mercy Hospital

All funds raised will be divided equally between Marymount and the Mercy

How you can help ==

** Call - Kevin...0879735347 Nicola...0864056119

**Or drop in to 26 Roselawn Ballinacurra

**Donations can also be made on either of our Facebook pages on " Mycharity.ie"
go to www.mycharity.ie/event/fatheranddaughter
Cork Graded Track and Field Meetings 2011
A programme of 6 graded meetings is planned for athletes male and female over 17 years old on the day
of the competion on the dates hereunder. (Shot, Discus,Hammer and 56lb throw are for over 18 year on the day)
Track events will if necessary be divided into separate races on the basis of performance, which could involve
mixed races. Although entries will be accepted on the day, clubs are to be asked to obtain commitment
to the events in which they plan to compete and forward lists to the board.
The entry / admission fee per meeting is to be €5. Each athlete is to receive a performance certificate.
It is intended to have electronic timing at each meeting
Date Day Venue Time Events
23rd May 2011 Monday CIT Track 7.00 p.m. 200m 3000m Long Jump Shot 4X400m Relay
56lb dist Cork Co. Ch
10th June 2011 Friday CIT Track 7.00 p.m. 100m 800m High Jump Discus 4X200m Relay
22nd June 2011 Wednesday CIT Track 7.00 p.m. 400m 1500m Triple Jump Javelin Pole Vault
9th July 2011 Saturday CIT Track 2.30 p.m. 100m 800m Long Jump Shot 4 X 100m Relay
200m 5000m High Jump 56lb dist. 400m Hurdles
19th July 2011 Tuesday CIT Track 7.00 p.m. 400m 2000m High Jump Hammer Medly Relay
StpleCh (last event) (2X200, 400, 800)
11th August 2011 Thursday CIT Track 7.00 p.m. 100m 800m Long Jump Javelin High Hurdles
Pole Vault

Please contact Marc Dalton if interested

Thursday, 12 May 2011

Midleton AC Athletes before the Rotterdam Marathon

Wednesday, 11 May 2011

Race Diary


Pfizer’s 6 Mile Race – Ringaskiddy – 8pm

HQ – Pfizer’s Sports & Social Club

Saturday Next May 14th

- Bandon Half Marathon and 10K

- Half Marathon begins at `9.30am and 10K at 10am

- See www.bandonhalfmarathon.com for full info

Sunday Next May 15th

- Rising Sun AC Straight Mile – Ballinhassig – 7pm

Thursday May 18th

- ‘Cheetah Run’ 4 Mile Race at Fota – Entry Limited to 800

- - Entry Desk at this evening’s Pfizers Race or call 087-6261178 or see www.eagleac.net

Sunday May 22nd

- Emer Casey Memorial 10K Road Race – Youghal 1.30pm

- Info on 024-92143 or 087-9854887

Thursday May 26th

- Ballycotton ‘5’ Mile Summer Series – Race 1 – Ballyandreen – 8pm

Tuesday May 31st

- John Buckley Sports 5K – Marina, Cork City – 8pm


*Cork City Marathon Relay Entry Date Extended Until Monday Next.

A black flat baking tray was left at GAA Pavilion after our race on Thursday – does anybody own it?

Does anybody still have Hi Viz jackets since race – if so please return to Edmond O’Sullivan at training.


John Cashman

Saturday, 7 May 2011


Please note that we will return to Midleton CBS Field on this Monday 9th May for summer training.

However, please note the following restriction for a brief period -

--As the track is fairly worn at the moment, the owners want us to use only the perimeter of the field until there is less usage of the track/the grass grows a bit more..


Monday, CBS field, 6pm, all abilities. €2 collected.
Tuesday Community Centre car-park, beginners 6pm, others 7pm. €2 collected until July.
Saturday, 6pm, 30 min run from Hotel Leisure Centre car park. No €.


***All outstanding Hi-Viz Jackets should be returned to Edmond O’Sullivan at training.

***Someone brought in sandwiches on Thursday night in a large plastic box with a clip on lid. Sally Drennan has the box and am looking for an owner.


Edmond and Sally

Team Captains

----- Original Message -----
From: Stephen Devereaux
To: John Cashman
Sent: Friday, May 06, 2011 10:20 PM
Subject: Re: Fw: MIDLETON AC

Hi John;

Great night again last night - great crowd and what always stands out is the ultimate team spirit. We wish to express our thanks to Midleton AC for your support. Please let your colleagues know that we are very appreciative and will assist you with sponsorship wherever we can in the future.


Many thanks
Richella/ Stephen

Friday, 6 May 2011

Club treasurer Kevin Smith presenting a cheque for 800 Euro to Midleton Meals On Wheels proceeds from our race. This is an annual occurance where we donate funds from our race to a local deserving cause.
Joe Hourigan Memorial
Thursday 5 May 2011. 8:00pm

Finishers in the Midleton AC team. Pace Race Race

Place Time Name Team Race Age Category min/mile No Place
1 0:28:53 HENNESSY, John Midleton AC M40 05:46.5 278 9
2 0:29:24 DALTON, Marc Midleton AC M 05:52.7 108 15
3 0:30:37 CANAVAN, Darragh Midleton AC M 06:07.3 201 32
4 0:31:13 DUCHNICZ, Adam Midleton AC M 06:14.5 153 38
5 0:31:53 CHOJAN, Matt Midleton AC M 06:22.5 164 51
6 0:31:54 FURLONG, Michael Midleton AC MJ 06:22.7 957 52
7 0:31:56 O'CONNELL, John Midleton AC M 06:23.1 985 53
8 0:32:17 MULCAHY, Kieran Midleton AC M40 06:27.3 345 57
9 0:32:18 DORGAN, Declan Midleton AC M 06:27.5 252 58
10 0:32:19 O'MEARA, Fergal Midleton AC M40 06:27.7 137 59
11 0:32:21 MURPHY, Michael Midleton AC M 06:28.1 117 62
12 0:32:28 O'SULLIVAN, Sean Midleton AC M40 06:29.5 138 67
13 0:32:36 COONEY, Kevin Midleton AC M45 06:31.1 112 69
14 0:33:00 MCCARTHY, Eugene Midleton AC M40 06:35.9 499 78
15 0:33:01 KELLY, Alan Midleton AC M40 06:36.1 384 79
16 0:33:02 O'SULLIVAN, Edmond Midleton AC M45 06:36.3 107 80
17 0:34:00 BYCZEK, Stanislaw Midleton AC M45 06:47.9 368 97
18 0:34:04 GUNNING, Peter Midleton AC M50 06:48.7 269 105
19 0:34:05 EGAN, Colm Midleton AC M40 06:48.9 255 107
20 0:34:07 O'CONNELL, Owen Midleton AC M 06:49.3 952 109
21 0:34:10 WALSH, Mark Midleton AC M50 06:49.9 199 111
22 0:34:17 WALSH, Michael Midleton AC M40 06:51.3 111 113
23 0:34:19 GEARY, Ann Midleton AC F 06:51.7 293 115
24 0:34:27 WATSON, Karol Midleton AC M 06:53.3 938 121
25 0:34:28 CAHILL, Breda Midleton AC F40 06:53.5 194 122
26 0:34:45 DRENNAN, Sally Midleton AC F45 06:56.9 127 130
27 0:35:05 HORGAN, Dan Midleton AC M55 07:00.9 116 143
28 0:35:18 O'NEILL, Vincent Midleton AC M40 07:03.4 113 149
29 0:35:28 CAREY, John Midleton AC M40 07:05.4 332 152
30 0:36:02 AHERNE, Marian Midleton AC F40 07:12.2 172 161
31 0:36:06 HOUGH, Joan Midleton AC F50 07:13.0 106 163
32 0:36:13 MCCARTHY, Niall Midleton AC M 07:14.4 390 167
33 0:36:28 KENNEALLY, Michael Midleton AC M40 07:17.4 281 173
34 0:36:39 MURPHY, Kieran Midleton AC M 07:19.6 287 177
35 0:36:46 O'KEEFFE, Mary Midleton AC F45 07:21.0 155 179
36 0:37:00 THOMPSON, Simon Midleton AC M45 07:23.8 154 187
37 0:37:05 AHERNE, Barry Midleton AC M 07:24.8 189 192
38 0:37:06 O'CONNELL, Donie Midleton AC M60 07:25.0 254 194
39 0:37:52 PERRY, Anne-Marie Midleton AC F 07:34.2 196 211
40 0:37:53 DORIS, Anna Midleton AC F40 07:34.4 220 212
41 0:38:44 MAUNSELL, Francis Midleton AC M 07:44.6 381 228
42 0:39:05 RYAN, Karl Midleton AC M 07:48.8 509 240
43 0:39:08 KIERANS, Paul Midleton AC M45 07:49.4 147 245
44 0:39:12 BUCKLEY, Roisin Midleton AC F 07:50.2 304 247
45 0:39:17 KENNEDY, Yvonne Midleton AC F 07:51.2 145 253
46 0:39:18 MURPHY, Christine Midleton AC F40 07:51.4 101 254
47 0:39:46 MCCARTHY, Danny Midleton AC M60 07:57.0 105 263
48 0:40:37 CONNOLLY, Vincent Midleton AC M55 08:07.2 143 282
49 0:40:39 TWOHIG, Margaret Midleton AC F40 08:07.6 104 283
50 0:41:27 SAVAGE, Ann Midleton AC F45 08:17.2 115 296
51 0:42:08 MORRISSON, Moira Midleton AC F 08:25.4 348 304
52 0:42:21 HENNESSY, Elaine Midleton AC F50 08:28.0 123 306
53 0:42:46 MULLANE, Philip Midleton AC M 08:33.0 202 311
54 0:42:49 BARRY, Margaret Midleton AC F60 08:33.6 193 313
55 0:43:52 O'BRIEN, Judy Midleton AC F 08:46.2 943 325
56 0:43:53 AHERNE, Jane Midleton AC F 08:46.4 921 326
57 0:43:55 CLEARY, Vicki Midleton AC F 08:46.8 114 327
58 0:43:57 GILROY, Helen Midleton AC F45 08:47.2 177 329
59 0:43:58 BARRY, Colette Midleton AC F 08:47.4 175 330
60 0:44:24 IVERS, Sinead Midleton AC F 08:52.6 176 333
61 0:44:31 CASHMAN, Fiona Midleton AC F 08:54.0 600 335
62 0:44:33 EMERSON, Noreen Midleton AC F45 08:54.4 937 336
63 0:44:44 O'DOHERTY, Maura Midleton AC F 08:56.6 136 338
64 0:44:46 HEGARTY, Linda Midleton AC F 08:57.0 149 340
65 0:45:34 NORMOYLE, Catherina Midleton AC F 09:06.6 167 344
66 0:46:21 WALSH, Mary Midleton AC F45 09:16.0 200 351
67 0:46:58 KEANE, Mary Midleton AC F40 09:23.4 321 356
68 0:47:00 BUCKLEY, Susan Midleton AC F 09:23.8 306 357
69 0:47:21 O'CONNOR, Barbara Midleton AC F 09:28.0 179 358
70 0:47:25 SEXTON, Joy Midleton AC F 09:28.8 294 359
71 0:47:28 MCGRATH, Marie Midleton AC F40 09:29.4 297 361
72 0:47:29 GRIFFIN, Billy Midleton AC M65 09:29.6 215 362
73 0:47:38 O'LEARY, Clare Midleton AC F 09:31.4 125 364
74 0:48:16 BUCKLEY, Sinead Midleton AC F 09:39.0 282 369
75 0:48:28 SEXTON, Donna Midleton AC F 09:41.4 295 376
76 0:48:59 CASHMAN, Melissa Midleton AC F40 09:47.6 311 381
77 0:49:00 BRODERICK, Josephine Midleton AC F40 09:47.8 312 382
78 0:49:41 BAYLOR, Lauren Midleton AC M 09:56.0 307 387
79 0:50:56 MORRISSEY, Karen Midleton AC F 10:11.0 234 389
80 0:50:57 SINCLAIR, Margaret Midleton AC F 10:11.2 217 390

There were 80 finishers in the Midleton AC team. The were many more who like the true clubmates they are worked tirelessly to make the night such a success.The biggest crowd since 1985.
Hi All

Just a brief word of thanks to all of you who played a part in making last evening’s Midleton ‘5’ one of the most successful in the 28 year history of the race. Despite the inclement weather the event proved a memorable occasion attracting a massive entry of just over 400 competitors.

At the risk of omitting somebody in a list of individual ‘thank you’ notes, I’ve chosen the safer bet. Well done to all of you who played such an important role in both the build up to the race and on the night itself.

The support which our club gives on a regular basis to other events, allied to the efforts of our club members was reflected in the attendance last evening. Numbers have soared from below 200 just a few years back to hitting 400 in 2011.

From now let’s forget all about stewards, tea bags, road signs, car parks, prizes etc etc and enjoy the summer of running, content in the knowledge that this year’s race has concluded satisfactorily.

Thnaks Again.


John Cashman

Thursday, 5 May 2011


Due to the unexpected very high entry some runners did not receive a souvenir t shirt at the recent Ballintotis ‘4’ Mile Race.

The committee recorded the relevant details of these runners and the additional t shirts may be collected at this evening’s Midleton ‘5’ race between 6.45pm and 7.30pm (outside GAA Pavilion)

This evening’s race begins at 8pm.



Good Morning All

- Just a brief few reminders to club members.

1 - Stewards are asked to report to Edmond O’Sullivan inside GAA Pitch at 6pm. If you have a bicycle it would also be very handy. (An umbrella might also be of use)

If you are available to steward and have not yet contacted Edmond, or will be not available until later than 6pm please text or call him on -086-8323267.

2 – All members are encouraged to bring a plate of sandwiches or cakes etc.

3 – Remember if are you competing, please try to arrive early – as the entry desks are likely to get very busy from approx 7.10pm onwards.

4 – We have the use of Hurley’s Super Valu new Car Park as an additional parking facility, located just behind the Mill Wheel Bar.

5 – Finally continue to ‘spread the word’ about this evening’s race and of course whether helping of competing – ‘enjoy the occasion’


John Cashman

Monday, 2 May 2011



Here is a reminder of what you can do

* Encourage your friends, your work colleagues and your extended family to participate on Thursday.

* Edmond O’Sullivan is co-ordinating stewarding for the race. Is there somebody you know that can spare some time to help us on Thursday– a family member, friend, work colleague or maybe somebody from another sports club?

If so please send text to Edmond with details -086-8323267 as soon as possible - list being compiled on Tuesday.

* We will also have a draw for spot prizes on the night of the race – if you can acquire a prize please bring it on on race night.

* Finally, Midleton AC has developed a reputation for the best after race food in the county. As usual we would ask each of our club members to bring a plate of sandwiches or some cakes if possible.
Also please pass on this info on to your clubmates and friends as not everyone is on (or reads) e mail

Thanking You

John Cashman Race Director +