Wednesday, 29 February 2012

Ladies Shoes For SaleFor Sale

Brand new pair of ladies Asics Gel Nimbus 12, Euro size 39.5Bargain price of € 100.00These have never been worn, but I am selling them as I am trying a new style of running shoe, not that I'm giving up running (quite yet anyway!).

Contact: Sally Drennan, tel. 021 4883960 or 087 2265857


Wear Your Club Colours On Big Race Day
Singlets For Sale At Training –

- Sale of singlets tonight for the two sessions at 6 and 7. €15. All other club clothing will also be on sale.

Midleton Crew ‘HQ’ IN Ballycotton

Donie and Kathleen O’Connell’s car located near the Pitch & Putt Club has become something of a Midleton HQ on race days. Again this year there should be plenty of activity as members gather for their traditional pre race run around the Pitch & Putt course from 12.30pm onwards. Donie and Kathleen have kindly offered again to keep any surplus gear in their car for members to collect afterwards.

Athletes Keep Busy

Whilst most of us are focussed just on Sunday’s race, a number of our colleagues have been active on the race front. Denis Kelleher ran a superb 37.27 to finish 2nd Over 45 (16th overall) in the Dungarvan 10K on Sunday, whilst Neilus Aherne was also collecting silver as runner up in the Over 55’s in the Adare 10K, producing another top performance.

Meantime, Mary Toher is in the middle of a very busy schedule.
Mary completed the Brighton Half Marathon on Sunday 19 Feb - (8000 approx took part) She also looking forward to their full marathon coming up on April 15 (10,000 entered) and prior to that the Paddock Wood Half Marathon on April 1st. With Ballycotton on Sunday next Mary is certainly keeping the miles clocked up on both sides of the water.

Money Collection

Thanks to Helen Gilroy for collecting the weekly subscription on Wednesdays during February. Susan Fitzgerald has kindly offered to do collect on Wednesdays during March.

Monday, 27 February 2012

Ballycotton 2012

6 Days To Go

Another winter has passed by and unlike the last few years, the region’s huge running fraternity have had almost perfect weather conditions as many of them accelerated their preparation in advance the famous Ballycotton ‘10’ Mile Road Race. We are now just six days away from the 35th edition of what has grown to be Ireland’s best loved race over the classic distance. The back drop to this year’s race is similar to many in recent years, a near record entry and of course several hundred more people who missed the cut when the deadline dates arrived before Christmas.

Ballycotton quite simply will be at bursting point again on Sunday next. The highly professional organising committee, have again left no stone unturned as hours of preparation by a few of their most committed servants have now turned into days and nights. There has to be an entry limit such is the size of the task, the size of the village and the capacity of the secondary roads to cope with the volume of the traffic which will wind it’s way to this tremendous sporting and social occasion at the picturesque fishing village.

When the final deadline date was reached this year nearly 3,600 entrants were eligible to go to the start line on Sunday week (remember an extra 2 week period has been allowed in recent years for registered AAI members and also all who have completed the Summer Race Series in Ballycotton). Even allowing the expected drop out before the day, expectation is that the final finishing figure will push on in the direction of the record which was recorded in 2006 when 2,813 made it across the line.

The Great Race – 5 Year Landmarks

As we prepare to welcome the 35th winner on big race day, a ramble down memory lane brings us some interesting story lines.

31 In 1978

The first race in 1978 saw the by now famous 31 finishers, amongst them two who were to become ever presents in the Ballycotton 34 year story line, Willie O’Mahony and the face of the race, the legendary John Walshe. Richie Crowley took the honours on a day when 24 of the 31 broke sixty minutes. Such a high percentage reflected the top quality performers and graphically illustrates the changing trend as numbers soared in later years.. Of last year’s 2,384 finishers only 107 succeeded in achieving that notable feat.

Five Years On

Five years on from the inaugural race, 429 crossed the line, but remarkably just as 12 months ago the hour breakers numbered 107. International athlete Neil Cusack set a new standard for the distance of 48:01 whilst Catherine Hourihan of St Finbarr’s established a new ladies best of 61:08.

Kiernan Wins In 1987

By the time the tenth birthday candles appeared in 1987 the finishing numbers had stabilised. Another top name of Irish athletics, Jerry Kiernan led the field home in 48:06. It was a day when a biting easterly wind met the runners on their home ward journey but the work done earlier with the wind by 166 competitors saw them establish a new high for the under 60 minute category. Incidentally, the mighty Liam’O Brien who won in both 1980 and 1981 and came back to triumph again in 1988 and 1989 finished third., D.C.H produced the first three in the ladies race - -top honours going to Ailish Smyth in 57:07.

Griffin Makes History

A jump of a further five races to the 15th edition saw the second biggest number of finishers to that date, 862.The race belonged to John Griffin of St John’s who became the first runner to win the event on three successive years. His triumph in 48:17 saw him claim the crown by just 5 seconds from Jerry Kiernan after a great battle.

20 years of the famous race in 1997 was celebrated with the appearance of the world renowned John Ngugi. Apart from a new high of 1,101 the race saw a classic display by Noel Berkeley whilst in a tremendous ladies race, Marian Sutton edged out Cathy Shun by just 1 second as both ladies broke the existing ladies course record.

Quarter Century In 2002

Ten years ago when the race had reached it’s quarter century, legendary status on the athletics calendar had well and truly been reached. The interest level saw yet another new high of 1636 finishers on a day when a blustery wind and squally showers dominated the morning landscape. 2002 incredibly marked the sixth win in seven years for the amazing Noel Berkeley. It was once again ‘Berkley’s Ballycotton, what proved to be the final triumph in the most remarkable success story of the famed race.

5 Years Ago

So to race 30, in 2007, which saw Alan O’Shea of Bantry AC produce a well over due Cork win, whilst Pauline Curley made it back to back victories in the ladies race. Pre race weather forecasts were far from encouraging, but in keeping with the traditions of this remarkable sporting spectacle, an air of calm descended before race time and we had another near perfect Ballycotton day. 30 years on from the modest first race, 1943 collected their coveted Ballycotton race day mug.

Secret Of Success

But in the midst of all the number crunching, Ballycotton’s secret of success has remained the same. Here is a race whether for 31 or close on 3,000 is organised by runners for runners. It is the best value race on the circuit, it is unique, infectious and has swelled beyond anybody’s belief and ambitions. The core principles of success have stood the test of time through the decades. The race, the occasion, the day is without equal. Once you go there, you are hooked. Just look at the number of people who are running around the course over the next few days – they just can’t wait for the real event.

Sadly several of those who played active roles through the corridors of time have passed on to their eternal reward. Their memory will live on as no doubt this great race will for many years to come.
John Cashman

* article as per Midleton News February 22nd
Coffee Morning

A big thank you to all our members who attended the Fundraising Coffee Morning in Ballycotton last Sat morning and also to those who couldn't make it and still contributed.Again you did your club proud

Friday, 24 February 2012

Ballycotton 2012 Countdown
9 Days To Go

There are 2 opportunities this weekend for a ‘run out’ before Ballycotton as there is a 10K in Dungarvan on Sunday morning at 11am and a 10K in Adare at 2pm in the afternoon.

Alternatively if you are heading to Ballycotton, enjoy the run around the course and if you are there on Saturday morning, don’t forget the club get together at the Coffee Morning at The Inn By The Harbour from 11am.

Finally, I have a preview of the big race included on C103 during the ‘Cork’s Sports Sunday’ programme, which starts at 2pm on Sunday. Our colleagues Edmond O’Sullivan, along with Kathleen and Donie O’Connell are amongst those featured.
Group Run

There is a group run organised for club members and guests in Ballycotton @ 9am Sat Morning.
Most levels catered for including wheelchair (Jerry Forde has asked to join us)
Enquiries Danny 0872403940

Wednesday, 22 February 2012

Good Morning All

Ballycotton 2012
11 Days To Go

- Lots happening these days in the countdown to Ballycotton.


Remember to book you place/pay for Ballycotton post race Dinner at training this evening.
Post Ballycotton 10 Race Dinner Garryvoe Hotel @6.30
15 Euro for members
25 Euro non members
A bus will return to Midleton via Cloyne at 12 on the night Price 5 Euro
The bus must be booked and paid for in advance (no refunds)
There will be changing and shower facilities available for club members in the hotel after the race for those wishing to avail of them
Tickets must be bought in advance and will be available this week at training both Monday and Wed. nights
Places are limited and will be available on a first come basis .


Also Claire Fitzgerald has dropped me the following important message re club clothing -

Club Gear ON SALE THIS WEDNESDAY EVENING AT BOTH TRAINING SESSIONSTracksuits are €50T-shirts €15Hats. €. 5Raincoats. €25All gear is subsidised by the club.Singlets are due in at the end of this week and will be on sale next week (hopefully)!


Many of you are no doubt planning a pre race run in Ballycotton on Saturday morning - You might consider making a date at The Inn By The Harbour for an 'after run cuppa'. Maria Walsh (niece of John Walsh) a medical student at UCC is hosting a coffee morning in aid of a very good cause.
We had great fun and success with our pre marathon Breakfast so Lets make it a Pre Ballycotton Coffee A Coffee Morning, organised by local fourth-year UCC medical student Maria Walsh, will take place on Saturday next (February 25) at The Inn By the Harbour, Ballycotton, from 11am onwards. All funds raised will go to St Luke's Mission Hospital in Zambia, as part of the Surgeon Noonan Society fundraising. Surgeon Noonan Society is run by fourth year UCC medical students. This year they are travelling to hospitals in Zambia, Ghana, Malawi and Tanzania to carry out four-week placements. All money raised by the Surgeon Noonan Society goes to providing medical aid in the hospitals the students visit; they pay for all their own flights and living expenses while out there. St Luke's Mission Hospital is located in Mpanshya, Zambia. It was founded in 1964 and there are currently four doctors working in the hospital, along with nurses, midwives and other medical staff.

Looking further ahead don't forget to enter for the Mallow AC 10 miler on Monday March 19th and the Great Island 10 Miler in Cobh on Sunday April 15th - this race is in aid of the Irsih Cancer Society - please see race flyer attached.
John Cashman
Next Updates - Fri and Mon - please send any info re long runs to me by Thursday 8pm.

Tuesday, 21 February 2012

Last night (Monday) saw a gathering of over 30 people at the Ballycotton Community Centre where 3,600 race programmes, numbers/chip, pins and sponsorship cards were packed and organised for posting. It was a great gathering of athletes, friends and of course race organisers/committee.
Certainly it was a case of many hands making light work as the assembled force even had time to enjoy a cuppa' (not in a Ballycotton mug)
The Ballycotton committee wish to thank all those who came along and assisted on the night.
pics attached from Denis Kelleher
Thank You Thank You Thank You

A big thank you to all our members who came out tonight to Ballycotton to help pack the race number envelopes.You did our club proud.

We had our largest number ever there tonight ranging from some of our longest serving to some of our new recruits.Well done to all.

I am sorry to dissapoint you all but there is no truth in the rumour that you will get "a ten minute time bonus" for helping out.

Thanks again


Monday, 20 February 2012

Midleton AC Senior Section News Update
by Peter Gunning - Joint P.R.O

In Beaumont Park last Sunday week several of our athletes endured the mud, sweat and tears of the ESB cross-country challenge albeit heavier on the mud and lighter on both the sweat and tears. Once hosed down at the finish line Denis Kelleher and Stanislaw Bycheck emerged as our front running male pair while Maggie Chojan and Sally Drennan further enhanced their cross-country credentials on behalf of ladies. Ned Ramsell, Vincent O’Neill and Danny McCarthy also braved the conditions amongst a highly competitive 160 strong field.
Last Sunday saw the 24th running of the Tom Ryan Eagle AC 5 miler in Carrigaline. The Edge Sport sponsored event saw 446 athletes take to the line with 31 wearing the green and black hooped vests of Midleton AC. In a race won by Seánie McGrath it fell to Kevin Smith to lead our men home in a steady 29:03. Noel O’Regan, still recuperating from a succession of injuries looks to be returning to form in time for Ballycotton with a most respectable 29:21. Breathing down their vests however was a very strong club pack which included Kieran Mulachy, Neilus Aherne, Marc Dalton, Michael Dolphin, Fergal O’Meara and Mick Murphy. PB of the day went to new member, Niall McCarthy with a super 32:38 (watch this space guys!) with PRO of the day John Cashman a mere seven seconds in Niall’s slipstream. Morgan O’Regan ran a great 33.28 while John Carey, Francis Maunsell and Kevin Cooney were well pleased with their comfortable sub-7minute miling. Anna Doris led our ladies home in 34.05 with Sally Drennan second in 36.27. Susan Delaney, Helen Gilroy, Mary O’Keeffe and Margaret Jones all broke the 38 minute mark to average 7:30 miling which sets them all up nicely to PB in some style in Ballycotton. Sheila Buckley, Trish Murphy, Bernie Twomey, Caitlín O’Mahony, Joan McCarthy and Marion Cotter also enjoyed great runs on a beautiful morning in Carrigaline as did Kevin Morrison, Paul Geary, Donie O’Connell and Danny McCarthy. As these notes go to press all results are provisional but both Neilus and Sally took silver in their categories. Plus ca change!
Fergal O’Meara has informed this column that tickets for the post-Ballycotton dinner in Garryvoe Hotel are still available and he will be collecting money at training on both Monday and Wednesday nights. Tickets are €15 for members and €25 for partners, friends and groupies. There is a bus booked to bring us all home at midnight for an additional €5. As always this will be a wonderful night of celebration for our club. We particularly welcome those of you who are running Ballycotton for the first time to join us for a night of fun, laughter and song. That said booking is Brisk and numbers are limited so get in touch with Fergal asap.
Training continues each Monday (Midleton College 6pm) and Wednesday (Community Centre 6pm and 7pm). Various groups are meeting to trial the Ballycotton route at the weekend. Ask Edmund, Sally, Danny or John for details at training. Until next time .... Keep running!


Ballycotton '10' work night in Community Hall this MONDAY evening from 8pm onwards - help from any club members would be GREATLY appreciated in relation to programme packing etc. 3,600 programmes need to be put into envelopes. We really do need as many as possible to help bring husbands ,partners, children etc all welcome once they can pack an envelope. One hour would be a great help and its a good fun night also.

Also a reminder to contact our colleague, sports massage therapist Neilus Aherne re injury prevention/massage etc in advance of Ballycotton - call 086-8438355 for more information.

Sunday, 19 February 2012

FULL Results of the Carrigaline 5 The full results of the Eagle AC 5 Mile Race are now available on
Congrats to all our runners who took part (more to follow)


Our results so far

Anna Dorris 3 O/40
Sally Drennan 1St O/45

Neilus Aherne 2nd O/55

Well done to all the Midleton AC athletes who took part with many posting PBs

Thursday, 16 February 2012

Ballycotton 10

Ballycotton 10 is only around the corner and we know some members for whatever reason injury or lack of training etc wont be able to run.

We ask these members


give your number to someone else as this is


against the rules of the race and the club.

When entering Ballycotton 10 you signed you would abide by the rules of the race.

What you do as an individual is strictly up to you but your number carries the name of your club with it and we do not want the good name of our club brought into disrepute.

Ballycotton 10 operate a NAME & SHAME policy

Remember the race is filmed and there are public viewings after

Danny Mc Carthy Club Registrar

Wednesday, 15 February 2012


Eagle Carrigaline 5 Pre-Registration see
Use the form on the Eagle homepage to Pre-register for the 2012 Carrigaline 5, sponsored by The Edge Sports.

There is no fee payable on Pre-registering, just enter your details and Eagle AC will have them pre-loaded in it's Racemaster race management software. Skip the long queues and just pay and pickup your number!

Pre-Registration will remain open until Sat. Feb 18th, after which entries will only be taken on race day, Sunday February 19th, up to 10:40am.


Ballycotton 2012 Countdown


If you are considering doing a long run - ie 8,9,10,11 miles etc this weekend in preparation for Ballycotton, you might consider dropping us the details on e mail by 6pm on Thursday if you would like other club members to know about it. Don't forget to let me know approx pace, distance, time and venue. I have had a few enquiries from people who would like to link up with fellow club members.

Post Ballycotton 10 Race Dinner Garryvoe Hotel @6.30

15 Euro for members
25 Euro non members
A bus will return to Midleton via Cloyne at 12 on the night Price 5 Euro
The bus must be booked and paid for in advance (no refunds)
There will be changing and shower facilities available for club members in the hotel after the race for those wishing to avail of them
Tickets must be bought in advance and will be available this week at training on this WEDNESDAY
Places are limited and will be available on a first come basis .


The Ballycotton Committee wish to thank sincerely members of Midleton AC who helped on Monday evening last.

Remember we will need as many members as possible there next Monday night We must pack 3,600 envelopes.Even an hour would be of great help


Sunday, 12 February 2012


Well done to the crew that braved the Cross Country this morning In Beaumont Park and again we were in the prizes

Maggie Chojan 4th

Sally Drennan 1st o/45

Stanislaw Byczek 1St O/50


Wednesday, 8 February 2012

You are being warned Mallow 10 T Shirt available to the first 1000 entrants.Do it NOWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW .

Tuesday, 7 February 2012

Post Ballycotton 10 Race Dinner

Garryvoe Hotel @6.30


15 Euro for members

25 Euro non members

A bus will return to Midleton via Cloyne at 12 on the night Price 5 Euro

The bus must be booked and paid for in advance (no refunds)

There will be changing and shower facilities available for club members in the hotel after the race for those wishing to avail of them

Tickets must be bought in advance and will be available next week at training both Monday and Wed. nights

Places are limited and will be available on a first come basis .

Monday, 6 February 2012

Cross Country For Everyone
Give It A Go

Next Sun sees the annual BHAA cross country race take place in Beaumount Park Blackrock a small but beautiful city park. Its very easy to get to being near Mulgrave Park and Parc Ui Ring .This is an ideal race to try out cross country as it is in a non competitive atmosphere and great fun.The distance is short 5Km which most have run before and who knows cross country may suit you better than the road. You wont know until you try. Its only three times around a small park and it could change your life.
Remember most serious runners use cross country as a strength building exercise so it could also help you improve your times.Those training for Ballycotton 10 can easily do their long run on Saturday and do a gentle jog for 3.1 Miles at the cross country on Sunday.
Go on “Give It A Go” and see how you like it. If not come along and support and experience the fun.
Spikes are NOT required.


All members should be registered by now if you have not done so

please do so immediately. You are not insured to race or train if you are not registered.
Any member experiencing difficulty in paying the reg.fee can contact the registrar in strict confidence (Danny 0872403940) or any committee member and arrangements will be made to facilitate you. We do not want to lose you but we cannot have people training with us or running in the clubs name without being registered.

Friday, 3 February 2012

Best of luck to our athletes John Hennessy, Stan Byczek, Anna Doris and Sally Drennan who are all running on the Cork team in the National Masters cross country championships in Roscommon next Sunday.


*** You can still enter the Mallow 10 online at

Remember for €15 you get….

· Chip Timing

· Fast, flat course

· Tech T-shirt to first 1000 entrants

· 3 prizes in all age categories

· €3,000 prize fund

Further information at

***There is a talk on nutrition and fuelling your body, taking place at Midleton Park Hotel on Sunday evening - I have attached details on poster if people are interested.

***A big 'Thank You' to Sinead Buckley for collecting the subscription at 7pm Wednesday training during January. Helen Gilroy is on duty for February, whilst Collette Barry will collect on Mondays.
Outstanding membership fees are now overdue and should be paid to club registrar Danny McCarthy on Monday next.

***Finally on the subject of gratitude our colleague Bernie Twomey has the following message of thanks to the many club members who supported her recent fund raising venture
"I want to thank people for their donations for the Immunisation 4 Life Event and also those who attended on the night. Everyone was so kind from donating a bottle of champagne to unwanted clothes and I was really touched my the generosity of members. Altogether between the night and from donations my friend Hilary raised €2,300"

John Cashman

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