Monday, 27 June 2011

Just a reminder that we are collecting a deposit of €20 for all members who are going to Wexford on the club trip Fri 9th/Sat 10th Sept. Please give your name and deposit to a member of the social committee at training to secure your place.

Places on the bus may be limited so please sign up ASAP.
Also priority for seats on the bus will go to 1. Club members 2. Partner/wife/husband 3. Guest/Child over 18.

Please also make note of a date for the planned end of summer BBQ - Saturday 27th August. This will be a fun day out for families and will involve some games/food/criac. The venue is Midleton Rugby Club. More details to follow
Midleton Athletic Club – Senior Section News

By Peter Gunning - Joint P.R.O
Seventy-seven club members lined up for the second of the Ballycotton 5 Summer Series in Shanagarry last Thursday night. At a recent committee meeting the question of ethos arose with the thorny question of performance versus participation exercising the minds of club officials. On Thursday night this debate was answered.

We participated in numbers and we delivered on performance. John Hennessy, fresh from an O-40 second place in the 1500m at the Dublin Invitation track event, sauntered home unrivalled to claim first 0-40 in 28:31 and fifteenth place overall. Kevin Smith and Marc Dalton once again broke the thirty minute mark with Darragh Canavan and Adam Duchnicz just outside. It’s getting a little repetitive at this stage, but yes you’ve guessed it, Fergal O’Meara pbeed at 32:00. Prize winners on the night included Tom Cody who was first O-55 the ever-improving Mark Walsh who finished third O-50. Club captain Sally Drennan took sliver in the O-45 with Mary O’Keeffe one step below her on the podium.

Breda Cahill continued her astonishing season with a bronze in the O-40. Our first female athlete home was Anne Geary in 33:54. Great to see Anna Doris back and chipping her times down en route to pb territory. Super running too on the night from seven-minute miler Michelle Cashman. Sean O’Sullivan, John Cashman, Barry Aherne and Elaine Hennessy impressed as did Eugene McCarthy who should be well-placed to receive a top-50 place when the series ends in Ballycotton in August. With so many of our athletes among the 550 finishers this column would need a much larger word count to mention all.

However, this week we especially congratulate a number of our newest members from Vincent Connolly’s training group who ran their first ever race in Shanagarry.

Sean O’Sullivan won his first master’s prize in the Ballyclough 5k. Sean finished eight overall in a creditable 19:35 with clubmate and triathlete John O’Connell one pace ahead in 19:21. Lovely to see former club captain Danny McCarthy picking up a first prize in the O-60 category his second in two nights having won also in Clashmore 5 mile in a race run over a very challenging course. John O’Connell also ran an excellent race in the Dunmanway/Timoleague 10K coming home in fifteenth place overall in 40:45.

Club captain Edmiund O’Sullivan is taking the role-modelling aspect of his position most seriously being under no small amount of pressure from his female counterpart and rarely off the podium, Sally Drennan. On a wet night in Glamire recently, Edmund ran a superb 25:23 to ensure that the club won all three O-45 category prizes. Stan Byczek in 24:51 and John Cashman in 24:58 made it a one, two, three for Midleton AC in the Source and Fitness BHAA 4-mile event. Breda Cahill, Sally Drennan and Mary O’Keeffe were also among the prize-winners while Matt Chojan, Adam Duchnicz, Karol Watson, Anne-Marie Perry, Anna Doris, Danny McCarthy and Donie O’Connell kept the Midleton AC flag flying proudly.

Training continues on Monday in the CBS at 6pm and from the Community Centre on Tuesday at 6pm and 7pm.


A very busy fixture list lies ahead beginning in Macroom on this Thursday with the Daniel Kingston Memorial 5K. We received the following information from the organisers.

“On the 10th of February 2009 Daniel Kingston sadly passed away after a long battle with Hodgkin's Lymphoma aged only 25 years. Daniel grew up with his parents, Vincent & Julien, and four sisters Fiona, Catherine, Juliet and Claire in Macroom. Throughout his life he had a keen interest in participating and watching sports. He was a keen footballer with Macroom GAA, a strong swimmer and runner and in the last few years he developed an interest in yoga and pilates.

The 5 km race on Thursday is part of the BHAA (BusinessHouses Athletic Association) calendar. Runners and walkers are encouraged to participate as a way of remembering Daniel in his hometown. The race will start in the Square at 8 p.m. – last registrations at 7.45 p.m. Many prizes for teams and age groups. Refreshments will be provided afterwards. Entry fee €5 and €8. It is the aim of our family to make it an annual event in Macroom”.

Fixture List

Daniel Kingston Memorial 5k: Macroom, Thursday 30th June @ 8pm

Ballinascarthy 10k. Friday 1st July @8pm (Proceeds to COPE Foundation)

EMC 5K in Ovens – Wednesday July 6th – 8pm

Corkbeg 5 Mile - new course in Whitegate on Thurday July 7 – 8pm

Dungarvan - 5 mile on Friday July 8 – 8pm

Kilworth Army Camp 5 Mile – Sunday July 10th - 12 noon

IPS Garda 5K (Cork BHAA) on Marina circuit – Wednesday July 13 – 8pm

Carrigtwohill 5K – Wednesday July 20 – 8pm

Cork City Sports On Saturday Next

The following events will take place at the 60th Cork City Sports International Track & Field Meeting on Saturday 2nd of July at the Cork Institute of Technology Athletic Stadium, Bishopstown, Cork:

MEN: 100m, 200m, 400m, 1500m, 3000m, 400mH, High Jump, Long Jump, Pole vault, 1500m(Junior)WOMEN: 100m, 400m, 1500m, 100mH, High Jump, Long Jump, Hammer3k Walk (Men and Women)
This year's Sports will include a Juvenile 300m Gala, a series of underage 300m races for boys and girls in all age groups U9-U16. The Gala will precede the senior international programme, commencing at 12 noon. All juvenile athletes are welcome to take part, and must enter online.

Go dtí an chéad am eile, coimeád ag rith!

Friday, 24 June 2011

Ballycotton Summer Road Race Series 2011
Thursday 23 June 2011. 8:00pm

Finishers in the Midleton AC team. Pace Race Race
Place Time Name Team Race Age Category min/mile No Place
1 0:28:31 HENNESSY, John Midleton AC M40 05:42.1 692 12
2 0:29:06 SMITH, Kevin Midleton AC M 05:49.1 24 17
3 0:29:20 DALTON, Marc Midleton AC M 05:51.9 15 24
4 0:30:15 CANAVAN, Darragh Midleton AC M 06:02.9 346 40
5 0:30:24 DUCHNICZ, Adam Midleton AC M 06:04.7 46 45
6 0:31:47 O'CONNELL, John Midleton AC M 06:21.3 74 73
7 0:31:58 O'SULLIVAN, Sean Midleton AC M40 06:23.5 93 77
8 0:31:58 CASHMAN, John Midleton AC M45 06:23.5 81 78
9 0:32:00 O'MEARA, Fergal Midleton AC M40 06:23.9 65 79
10 0:32:09 MCCARTHY, Eugene Midleton AC M40 06:25.7 94 84
11 0:32:13 CODY, Thomas Midleton AC M55 06:26.5 72 87
12 0:32:14 FURLONG, Michael Midleton AC MJ 06:26.7 58 89
13 0:32:37 AHERNE, Neilus Midleton AC M55 06:31.3 531 101
14 0:32:44 O'CONNELL, Owen Midleton AC M 06:32.7 646 104
15 0:33:05 MURPHY, Michael Midleton AC M40 06:36.9 99 109
16 0:33:41 KELLY, Alan Midleton AC M40 06:44.1 98 125
17 0:33:54 GEARY, Ann Midleton AC F 06:46.7 360 132
18 0:34:07 DRENNAN, Sally Midleton AC F45 06:49.3 362 144
19 0:34:19 EGAN, Colm Midleton AC M40 06:51.7 132 155
20 0:34:25 WATSON, Karol Midleton AC M 06:52.9 155 157
21 0:34:28 WALSH, Mark Midleton AC M50 06:53.5 144 158
22 0:34:55 CAHILL, Breda Midleton AC F40 06:58.9 364 180
23 0:35:08 CASHMAN, Michele Midleton AC F40 07:01.5 694 186
24 0:35:23 O'NEILL, Vincent Midleton AC M45 07:04.4 755 192
25 0:35:49 BOYLE, Jim Midleton AC M40 07:09.6 193 203
26 0:35:56 FITZGERALD, Claire Midleton AC F35 07:11.0 541 206
27 0:36:13 O'KEEFFE, Mary Midleton AC F45 07:14.4 373 214
28 0:36:36 DORIS, Anna Midleton AC F40 07:19.0 376 231
29 0:36:43 CAREY, John Midleton AC M40 07:20.4 163 238
30 0:36:51 KENNEALLY, Michael Midleton AC M40 07:22.0 196 243
31 0:37:39 AHERN, Barry Midleton AC M 07:31.6 251 268
32 0:37:39 MCCARTHY, Danny Midleton AC M60 07:31.6 273 269
33 0:37:43 MURPHY, Marie Midleton AC F 07:32.4 371 271
34 0:37:46 RAMSELL, Ned Midleton AC M40 07:33.0 256 273
35 0:38:04 MAUNSELL, Francis Midleton AC M 07:36.6 244 280
36 0:38:16 O'CONNELL, Donie Midleton AC M60 07:39.0 253 289
37 0:38:32 BOHAN, Sandra Midleton AC F35 07:42.2 540 294
38 0:38:37 DELANEY, Susan Midleton AC F 07:43.2 655 297
39 0:38:47 MURPHY, Christine Midleton AC F40 07:45.2 647 301
40 0:39:07 PERRY, Anne-Marie Midleton AC F35 07:49.2 390 314
41 0:39:56 JONES, Margaret Midleton AC F 07:59.0 415 331
42 0:40:07 MURPHY, Trish Midleton AC F40 08:01.2 399 336
43 0:41:16 MCPHERSON, Nicola Midleton AC F 08:15.0 431 361
44 0:42:32 HENNESSY, Elaine Midleton AC F50 08:30.2 414 382
45 0:42:33 TWOHIG, Margaret Midleton AC F40 08:30.4 419 383
46 0:43:22 HARRINGTON, Ann Midleton AC F 08:40.2 439 396
47 0:43:50 BARRY, Colette Midleton AC F 08:45.8 433 403
48 0:43:56 FITZGERALD, Noreen Midleton AC F 08:47.0 743 406
49 0:44:00 GILROY, Helen Midleton AC F45 08:47.8 451 408
50 0:44:02 IVERS, Sinead Midleton AC F 08:48.2 442 409
51 0:44:37 SEXTON, Joy Midleton AC F 08:55.2 465 418
52 0:45:02 HIGGINS, Carrie Midleton AC F 09:00.2 440 425
53 0:45:09 SEXTON, Donna Midleton AC F 09:01.6 463 427
54 0:45:27 HEGARTY, Linda Midleton AC F35 09:05.2 447 432
55 0:45:31 MCGRATH, Michelle Midleton AC F40 09:06.0 641 434
56 0:45:38 WALSH, Mary Midleton AC F45 09:07.4 453 435
57 0:45:53 EMERSON, Noreen Midleton AC F45 09:10.4 454 439
58 0:46:15 MORRISON, Moira Midleton AC F40 09:14.8 432 442
59 0:46:21 ROHAN, Margaret Midleton AC F50 09:16.0 458 444
60 0:47:11 KEANE, Mary Midleton AC F40 09:26.0 466 448
61 0:48:22 MCGRATH, Marie Midleton AC F40 09:40.2 474 465
62 0:48:25 SINCLAIR, Margaret Midleton AC F35 09:40.8 661 468
63 0:48:26 STEELE, Frances Midleton AC F45 09:41.0 742 469
64 0:48:50 BUCKLEY, Sinead Midleton AC F 09:45.8 468 471
65 0:48:53 O'CONNOR, Barbara Midleton AC F35 09:46.4 467 472
66 0:48:59 SAVAGE, Nora Midleton AC F45 09:47.6 741 474
67 0:49:15 JORDAN, Colm Midleton AC M 09:50.8 339 478
68 0:49:21 O'LEARY, Clare Midleton AC F 09:52.0 487 479
69 0:49:44 MCMURTRY, Jim Midleton AC M65 09:56.6 335 480
70 0:49:46 CASHMAN, Melissa Midleton AC F40 09:57.0 480 482
71 0:49:47 SLOANE, Susanne Midleton AC F 09:57.2 688 483
72 0:50:05 O'MAHONY, Mary Midleton AC F 10:00.8 481 485
73 0:51:12 CANAVAN, Catriona Midleton AC F 10:14.2 689 491
74 0:51:13 CONNOLLY, Vincent Midleton AC M55 10:14.4 523 492
75 0:52:23 O'FLAHERTY, Grainne Midleton AC F40 10:28.4 749 496
76 1:01:47 CARROLL, Marion Midleton AC F 12:21.2 693 508
77 1:01:47 GRIFFIN, Rosarie Midleton AC F 12:21.2 679 509
There were 77 finishers in the Midleton AC team.

Thursday, 23 June 2011



Athletics – John Cashman

All roads lead to Shanagarry on this Thursday evening where an entry in the region of 500 runners is expected for race 2 in the Ballycotton Running Promotions Summer ‘5’ Mile Series.

The traditional mid summer date offers competitors a chance to gauge their form at a time when the running calendar is packed with races at various corners of the county. Many ‘regulars’ see the Ballycotton Series as the ultimate target for the season and throughout the field there is plenty of competition guaranteed in the various age categories in both mens and ladies.

Last month saw Roy Fahy of East Cork AC lead home the massed ranks in the series opening fixture at Ballyandreen where the former Cork City Marathon winner recorded a time of 26:53 leaving him 31 seconds clear of second placed John Meade of St Finbarr’s AC with Liam Slattery of Mallow AC running a fine race to finish third in 28:42. A notable feature was the performance of leading lady Claire McCarthy of St Finbarr’s AC who clocked 29;02 to finish in eight place.

The perception amongst many leaving the scenic coastal venue in late May was that the toughest of the 4 races was now behind them, however closer examination indicates that this may not be the case. Although famous for it’s very steep hill after the 3 mile mark, Ballyandreen also offers a considerable amount of down hill running. In fact, Thursday’s imminent fixture in Shanagarry which features a steady climb from Garryvoe after mile 1 has according to the statistics proved to be more difficult.

The last three winners of the Ballyandreen ‘5’ also won the Shanagarry ‘5’ four weeks later and all three recorded a slower winning time on a Shanagarry course that also contains a demanding uphill challenge late on.

In 2008 Ravis Zakis clocked 26:15 in Ballyandreen, but added 7 seconds to this time in Shanagarry. A year on Sean McGrath stopped the watch at 26:08 in Ballyandreen but it took him 21 seconds more to complete the course in Shanagarry. Last year James McCarthy broke the Ballyandreen tape in 25:16, - 12 seconds faster than in race 2 in Shanagarry.

Additional credence to the theory is given when one checks the finishing times further back the field. The target times of sub 30 minutes and sub 35 minutes were also reached by a greater number of runners in Ballyandreen than in Shanagarry.

So the warning signs are there for those expecting to automatically to move on an upward spiral after waving goodbye to Ballyandreen hills. Consequently those who beat their Ballyandreen time can leave Shanagarry this week content in the knowledge that their form is on an upward curve.

Thursday’s race begins at 8pm from Shanagarry village and will take the runners in the direction of Garryvoe before facing the aforementioned steady climb which eventually leads to a left hand. This sees the commencement of a stretch of scenic countryside offering picturesque views of Ballycotton in the distance. The concluding mile includes an ‘up and down’ section which takes the runners past the famous Ballymaloe Cookery School before the concluding their journey back in Shanagarry village.

Race headquarters is located at Russell Rovers GAA pitch, where the organising committee will be at the ready to take entries from 6pm onwards. With 580 runners taking to the road in Glanmire last week, indications suggest that the entry desks will be extremely busy – thus a timely reminder to ‘arrive early’ has been issued by Ballycotton Running Promotions. Participants are also asked to follow the advise of the stewards in relation to parking.

Twenty fours later on Friday evening, the road action moves to west to the Courtmacsherry 10K race. With the third Cork County Board graded track and field fixture of the season going ahead on this Wednesday at CIT and Tracton Athletic Club hosting their sports day on Sunday next there is wide variety of events to chose from on the local athletics diary.

Tuesday, 14 June 2011


The Chi Running workshop will take place on 17 September at the CBS,
Midleton. The full cost per person is €110.00, but the club is
subsidising it by € 20.00, so the cost will be € 90.00 per person.
In order to be able to confirm numbers I am looking for payment of
€50 or the full amount by the end of June and the remaining payment
by 15 August. I am usually at training on Monday nights, otherwise
please give the payment to Danny McCarthy, marked with my name and
Chi Running.
Sally Drennan
Tel. 087 2265858

13.06.11Midleton Ac Senior Section(by Peter Gunning)

Marathon fever hit Cork weekend and several of our members succumbed to the bug as they lined up for the full, half and relay events. Among the more noteworthy were the performances of Trish Murphy and Margaret Jones. In their first attempt at the 26 mile distance, Trish crossed the line in 3:56 with Margaret just two minutes behind her in 3:38. Mary O’Mahony smashed her pb by an incredible 40 minutes with Mary B Walsh cruising across the line to sub 4:30 yet again. Shirley Garde was just over the five hour mark rubbing shoulders with Olympic legend Sonia O’Sullivan as she sauntered into Patrick Street. Marathon specialist Mary Toher was also pleased with her solid showing in the day’s main event. Peter Gunning improved on his Rotterdam performance in April finishing in 3:43 while his colleague, Ned Ramsell was pleased to cross the line in 4:27 having hit the dreaded wall at 16 miles.

Triathlete, Colm Egan chalked up yet another pb in the half marathon as did Dublin bound Claire Fitzgerald, Sandra Bohan and Deirdre Aherne. Fiona Cashman, Elaine and Yvonne Kennedy all performed well in this event for which the organisers are to be congratulated. Both the timing and the routing ensured that there was a streamlined finish in the city centre. With a limited entry of 1000 this will surely prove an attractive proposition for distance runners in June 2012.

Mick Murphy, Tom Cody, John Hennessy, Darragh Canavan and Kevin Smith finished sixth out of the 750 teams entered in the relay event with a 2:42 finishing time. Stan Byczek, Sean O’Sullivan, Matt and Maggie Chojan made up a team that was well placed at the top end of the leader board. On a day where conditions were almost perfect for long distance running it was great to see so many Midleton AC vests running into Patrick Street to the sound of John Cashman’s voice booming across the second city. To all who competed your club salutes you.

Less gruelling yet still challenging was the John Buckley 5km road race held in the Marina recently. It is a sure sign of summer when Captain O’Sullivan issues the boarding passes and loads up the bus en route to this long distance sprint. Indeed Captain O’Sullivan led by example with a two year best of 18:56. Far ahead of him and the rest of the Midleton Ac contingent however was this year’s athlete of the year Marc Dalton who broke 17mins to record a 16:58 pb at this distance. Darragh Canavan, Adam Duchnicz, Matt Chojan, Fergal O’Meara all subbed 19min with Flan again scoring a personal best at 18:51. Rumour has it the man is learning to fly. Tom Cody continues to defy medical science with a category-prize winning 19:03 while John Cashman and Owen O’Connell and Maggie Chojan all comfortably finished under 20 mins. John Carey, Ned Ramsell, Barry Aherne, Donie O’Connell and Danny McCarthy were all well-satisfied with their sold night’s running. Among the too many too mention ladies Breda Cahill’s 20.28 was yet another pb. Helen Geary had a great run along with Margaret Jones, Yvonne Kennedy and Kathleen O’Connell.

The season is now truly hotting up with new races vying with traditional events for room on the calendar. We look forward most to seeing as many members as possible in Shanagarry on Thursday 23rd at 8pm for the second in the Ballycotton 5 mile series and at other events listed below.

Upcoming Races
Tues 14th June @ 8pm Grandons 4mile Road Race. BHAA

Friday 17th June @8pm Clashmore 5m

Friday 17th June @8pm Bilboa 10k

Friday 17th June @8pm Inniscarra 4mile

Daturday 18th June Ballyclough 5km @ 8pm

Sunday 19th June @11am Dunmanway 10k

Thursday 23rd @ 8pm Shanagarry 5m

Friday 24th @ 8pm Dromana 5m

Friday 1st July @ 8pm Ballinascarthy 10k

The annual Road Race organised jointly by Glanmire Juvenile Football Club and the Cork BHAA takes place on this Tuesday evening beginning at 8pm.
Runners should note that the event this year will be over a distance of

4 miles

- entries will be taken at the GAA Club House in Sallybrook, Glanmire from 6.30pm onwards.

Sunday, 12 June 2011

Club members Rosarii and Marian who completed the Dublin Mini Marathon in aid of Action Lesotho .Well done ladies

Friday, 10 June 2011

Change Of Distance

5Ml now becomes 4Ml

Please note that the Source Health & Fitness Glanmire Road Race will be over
4 miles and not 5 miles as previously notified and advertised.
Our apologies for the short notice.

Source Health & Fitness “Glanmire 4 Mile Road Race”
Date & Time: 14th June 8.00 pm
Venue: Glanmire, Co. Cork
Contact: Brian Lotty 087 9836103

Cork BHAA Committee

Tuesday, 7 June 2011

Firstly a sincere word of congratulations to all who took part in Monday's Cork City Marathon. It was of course a very special day for those who covered the 26.2 mile distance for the first time. Our joint P.R.O Peter Gunning was was among the 'marathon veterans' and he will review the action in our next club news update at the weekend.

In the meantime, here's just a brief outline of race dates -

No action this week, so a big gathering is expected when the local scene resumes in Glanmire next week. As you can see there is a host of races on the weekend after next.

Tuesday June 14th - Glanmire 4 Mile - 8pm
Friday June 17th - Clashmore 5 Mile - 8pm
Friday June 17th - Bilboa (county Limerick) 10K - 8pm
Friday June 17th - Inniscarra 4 Mile - 8pm (this race was previously held in November as a BHAA race)
Saturday June 18th - Ballyclough 5K - time to be confirmed
Sunday June19th - Dunmanway 10K - 11am
Thursday June 23rd - Shanagarry 5 Mile - 8pm
Friday June 24th - Dromana 5 Mile (county Waterford) - 8pm
Friday June 24th - Courtmacsherry 10K - time to be confirmed
Thursday June 30th - Daniel Kingston Memorial 5K - Macroom - 8pm (see below)
Friday July 1st - Ballinscarthy 10K - 8pm

Message from organisers of Daniel Kingston Memorial 5K

Given the huge numbers (740 people) that came to run in Macroom in memory of Daniel last year, I am pleased to announce the second Daniel Kingston Memorial 5KM Race.

Registration - Closes at 7:45 PM on the 30th June (Macroom Sports Complex).
Price - €5 for BHAA members and €8 for non BHAA members
Refreshments - served in Macroom Sports complex afterwards

Please circulate this note on to anyone who might have an interest in coming along.
Well done to all who participated in the Cork MARATHON below is the link for some online photos of Midleton AC athletes

Thursday, 2 June 2011

The club is delighted to see that one of our Midleton AC lady members was chosen to model the new Cork Marathon tops.