Monday, 30 April 2012

Midleton AC Senior Section 30th April 2012
The Midleton 5 Mile Joe Hourigan Memorial takes place this Thursday night at 8pm with registration in the GAA club from 5pm and an 8pm start on Dwyer’s Road. This event has mushroomed over the past few years to become one of the biggest five-milers on the road-racing calendar with over 600 athletes expected to finish. The course is excellent. Virtually traffic-free, relatively flat and with a super sprint-enticing final 600metres, PB chasers may very easily be rewarded.
Once again race director, John Cashman together with club captains Sally, Edmund and the ever-diligent organising committee literally have left no stone unturned (as this column goes to press, our friends in the council are busy pouring tarmac into potholes on the course). The large team of stewards will guarantee the safety of all runners on the night while back at race HQ in the GAA club the catering crew will ensure refuelling before prizes are presented to both the front runners and the randomly selected. Pre-registration will take place in the Community Centre from 6-7pm on Tuesday. We would encourage members to avail of this opportunity to beat the queue and collect your bibs in advance.
Apart from the organising of our annual race it has been a hectic few weeks on the running circuit with members representing the club in a variety of events both long and short, local and international. On 15th April Mary Toher added yet another completed marathon to her bulging CV donning the Midleton AC vest in Brighton. Meanwhile on the same day, Peter Gunning showed signs of a return to more expected form in running a comfortable and even-paced 3:36 in Rotterdam. A week later, Peter’s training partner Seán O’Sullivan ran a superb 3:17 in London. Wonderful running in London too by  Rosari Griffin  whowiped 35 minutes off her recorded time last year. Further afield in Kracow one of our Polish colleagues, Stanislaw Bychecz equalled Seán’s 3:17 wearing his AAI endorsed Midleton AC colours. Stan, we salute both your modesty and your talent. Unfortunately Declan Ó Dorgáin failed to complete the Paris Marathon having sustained a broken foot at the start of the race. No doubt Declan will be back minus the cast very soon to chase a sub 3:20 in Dublin in the autumn. While we congratulate all our above mentioned marathoners, this column’s  laurel wreathe must go to Seán O’Sullivan, not only for the excellence of his run but for his joining that elite band of marathoners who have completed the world’s recognised five majors, Berlin, New York, Chicago, Boston and London.
Following on the theme of star performances, Denis Kelleher’s growing reputation as a Midleton master on the ascent was further enhanced with a third place overall in recent Stride by the Tide in Redbarn. Also successful at the seaside event were Donie O’Connell and Danny McCarthy who took gold and silver respectively in the O-60 category, Christine Murphy, first O-40, Joan Hough first O-50, Eugene McCarthy first O-40. John Cashman had a terrific run also on this demanding surface with  “I was only jogging” Neilus Aherne taking bronze in the O-55.
With the buckets and spades tucked away for another year it was off to Ballynoe last Thursday night for the annual East Cork Road Racing championships. In the ladies’ 2k event Sheila Buckley picked up a well-deserved bronze. Following closely in Sheila’s slipstream, Claire Fitzgerald, Margaret Jones, and Helen Gilroy took gold in the team event with Susan Delaney and Trish Murphy narrowly missing out. In the men’s gruelling  5 miler which included Everest times five, Darragh Canavan won silver in 29.19 with John Hennessy four seconds behind taking bronze. Kevin Smith led the Midleton AC team home to take silver with Marc Dalton, Tom Cody and Denis Kelleher joining him on the second rung of the podium. Well done to all who braved the elements and represented the club on one of the most demanding courses on the road-racing circuit.
On the busy calendar of events over the past two weeks one race stands out both for the participation of our members and for the incomparable local community spirit. Overseen by our own John Cashman, the Ballintotis 4-miler attracted over 700 athletes (110 from our own club) to the picturesque lakeside course. The race itself was an exciting affair witnessing superb running from several of our members. Special mention must go once again to Darragh Canavan and John Hennessy who both subbed 23mins. Kevin Smith, Marc Dalton and Kieran Mulcahy  all came home under 24 min while Mick Dolphin, Neilus Aherne, Morgan O’Regan, Brian Cott and Emmet Ronan all ran close to the six minute average mile mark. Michelle Kenny, Claire Fitzgerald, Sheila Buckley, Helen Gilroy, Kara Reilly and Joan Hough were amongst the too many to mention of our ladies who did us proud. Well done again to John and his team for providing us with a terrific local race and for designing a course which is ideal for marathon preparation.
Training continues on Monday nights 6.30pm in the CBS field and on Tuesday’s at 7pm meeting at the community centre. Until next time ...bígi ag rith ...keep on running!
Also please note -
 The Chi running workshop which was to have taken place on June 16 will now
 not be taking place until September.  If you are interested in taking part
 please contact Sally, tel. 087 2265857 or
Entries for The Cheetah Run, organised by Eagle AC and sponsored by John Buckley Sports, and held in Fota Wildlife Park and the grounds of Fota House, will open for on-line entries on Run Ireland tomorrow, May 1st. 
   Sponsors of The Cheetah Run

There is a limit of 800 entries again this year. 

Last year, the event sold out well before race day and, due to huge interest in the event, we’re expecting this year’s race to sell out very quickly. 
Don’t be disappointed! Once the 800 limit is passed, that’s it! No more entries.....even for elites!
A regular (daily, at least) update on entry numbers will be posted on the Eagle AC website.
John Quigley
Chairman, Eagle AC

Just 3 Days TO GO >>>>>>>>
Joe Hourigan Memorial Midleton ‘5’ – Thursday Next

*REMINDER  a special entry desk will open before training on

We STILL require plenty of stewards this year to oversee the big race – do you know somebody who can help.
Text Edmond O’Sullivan the details on 086-8323267. Edmond’s blue bus will be parked inside main gates of GAA club from 5pm onwards for early arrivals and will be the assembly point for all stewards and helpers. We do not expect a need for a large number of stewards until after 6.30pm. However a few early arrivals would be greatly appreciated.

 We ask all club members to please bring at least one sliced pan of sandwiches to help cater for the expected large entry. More details on food from Margaret Twohig 087-2094493.

 Away from the race, a reminder that the CIT track is being hired by our club from 7.30am to 8.30am each Saturday morning for the next few weeks. Please call Marc Dalton for more information   0872388326

 Finally, Kevin Smith is one of our members who doing fantastic work with the juvenile section of our club. Kevin has volunteered to doing stewarding duty on DAY 2 of the County Juvenile Championships at CIT on Sunday week May 13th.  However, we do need a volunteer for Day 1 on Sunday next – would somebody be able to assist in this matter?  Please call Kevin for more details on 087 9716372.

John C

Saturday, 28 April 2012

Race Entries Next Tuesday

We will have an entry desk set up at the Community Center between 6-7 so we can take entries from as many club members as possible .It is not confined to club members so please pass the word around to anyone you know who might be interested.We are doing this to try and avoid long queues on Thur night next so please enter Tue evening or get someone to do it for you.
Thanks Danny

Friday, 27 April 2012

CIT Track
Just to confirm the CIT Track will be available on Saturday Morning for 7.30 -8.30 for the next Three Weeks Further details will follow  Any queries please contact Marc Dalton at 0872388326
And whilst I am online let me extent a very special thank you to our youngest supporter last night at the East Cork Road Racing Championships young Ryan Dalton (4 months) who supported both his Mam and Dad in the Ladies and Mens Races. I think Marc and Colette have the right idea start them young.

Thursday, 26 April 2012

East Cork Road Racing Championships
A big well done to everyone who came to Ballynoe tonight especially all the ladies making it a record number again.We had great success with Sheila Buckley taking 3rd Bronze Medal and our ladies team Clair Fitzgerald, Margaret Jones and Helen Gilroy taking First Team.This is great running from a team consisting of people training for a marathon to come out and run this grueling 2 Km course.Thanks ladies for doing your club proud again also all the other ladies who came out and ran.Also those who came to support.
Our men also did great with Darragh Canavan (29.19) taking Silver and John Hennessy(29.23) taking bronze
Our men also got 2nd Team Kevin Smith,Marc Dalton,Denis Kelleher and Tom Cody.
Lost in the mists of time we won this race in its first running in 1980 with Pat White in a time of 25.18 yes 32 years ago and 25.18 and the following year 1981 we won it with Liam O'Brien then running with Midleton AC in a time 0f 25.38. So its great for the club to be back amongst the individual prizewinners again.

Imokilly Oil/East Road Road Championships, Ballynoe
MEN 5-Mile
Thursday 26 April 2012. 7:30pm

Place    Time    Name                                           Team                                  Race Age Category     min/mile              
      1   0:28:17  HAYES, Frank                                 East Cork AC                        M40                         05:39.3    3373        1
      2   0:29:19  CANAVAN, Darragh                         Midleton AC                         M                            05:51.7    3374        2
      3   0:29:23  HENNESSY, John                             Midleton AC                         M40                         05:52.5    3395        3
      4   0:29:38  CURTIN, Noel                                Youghal AC                          M45                         05:55.5    3367        4
      5   0:29:46  WALSH, Joe                                   Youghal AC                          M                            05:57.1    3387        5
      6   0:29:51  MEADE, Eric                                   East Cork AC                        M45                         05:58.1    3380        6
      7   0:30:12  O'CARROLL, Frank                           East Cork AC                        M                            06:02.3    3366        7
      8   0:30:26  SMITH, Kevin                                 Midleton AC                         M                            06:05.1    3392        8
      9   0:30:50  O'DWYER, David                             East Cork AC                        M40                         06:09.9    3381        9
     10   0:31:02  DALTON, Marc                                Midleton AC                         M                            06:12.3    3365      10
     11   0:31:07  MCCARTHY, Denis                           East Cork AC                        M45                         06:13.3    3362      11
     12   0:31:13  BYRNE, Mike                                  St. Catherines AC                   M                            06:14.5    3393      12
     13   0:31:19  KELLEHER, Denis                            Midleton AC                         M45                         06:15.7    3388      13
     14   0:31:40  HAYES, Kevin                                 St. Catherines AC                   M                            06:19.9    3371      14
     15   0:32:05  CODY, Tom                                    Midleton AC                         M55                         06:24.9    3390      15
     16   0:32:12  O'CONNOR, Brian                            Grange-Fermoy AC                 M                            06:26.3    3382      16
     17   0:33:39  CASHMAN, John                             Midleton AC                         M45                         06:43.7    3396      17
     18   0:33:47  GRIFFIN, John                                Grange-Fermoy AC                 M40                         06:45.3    3379      18
     19   0:34:29  MAUNSELL, Francis                         Midleton AC                         M                            06:53.7    3399      19
     20   0:34:39  O'KEEFFE, Bill                                 St. Catherines AC                   M40                         06:55.7        1      20
     21   0:34:44  WALSH, Mark                                 Midleton AC                         M50                         06:56.7    3389      21
     22   0:34:58  LANDERS, Brian                              Youghal AC                          M                            06:59.5    3377      22
     23   0:34:59  HORGAN, Dan                                Midleton AC                         M55                         06:59.7    3391      23
     24   0:35:06  GOULDING, Donal                          Navy AC                              M45                         07:01.1    3369      24
     25   0:35:09  AHERNE, Barry                               Midleton AC                         M                            07:01.7    3372      25
     26   0:35:11  BULMAN, George                            Youghal AC                          M50                         07:02.1    3375      26
     27   0:35:31  CAREY, John                                  Midleton AC                         M45                         07:06.0    3378      27
     28   0:35:40  O'REGAN, Eddie                              Youghal AC                          M50                         07:07.8    3376      28
     29   0:35:50  HANRAHAN, Michael                        Navy AC                              M                            07:09.8    3383      29
     30   0:35:51  MURPHY, Patrick                             Navy AC                              M45                         07:10.0    3368      30
     31   0:36:58  CONNOLLY, John                            Eagle AC                             M45                         07:23.4    3394      31
     32   0:37:01  TOBIN, Maurice                              Grange-Fermoy AC                 M60                         07:24.0    3385      32
     33   0:37:39  O'DONOGHUE, Donal                       unatt/Little Island                  M45                         07:31.6    3397      33
     34   0:40:14  WALSHE, John                                East Cork AC                        M60                         08:02.6    3363      34
     35   0:40:36  KEARNEY, Bartholomew                    Leevale AC                           M50                         08:07.0    3386      35
     36   0:41:25  MCCARTHY, Danny                          Midleton AC                         M60                         08:16.8    3364      36
     37   0:45:46  BARRY, Aidan                                 St. Catherines AC                   M40                         09:09.0    3370      37
     38   0:47:03  O'MAHONY, William                         Youghal AC                          M65                         09:24.4    3384      38

                             TEAM:     1   East Cork AC                       33
                                           2   Midleton AC                          46
                                         3   Youghal AC                             57

Imokilly Oil/East Road Road Championships, Ballynoe
WOMEN 2000m
Thursday 26 April 2012. 7:15pm

Place    Time    Name                                           Team                                  Race Age Category     min/mile              
      1   0:07:44  O'NEILL, Eadaoin                            East Cork AC                        F                             06:13.2     683        1
      2   0:07:49  AHERNE, Maeve                              Carraig na bhFear AC              FJ                            06:17.3     445        2
      3   0:07:58  HAYES, Laura                                 St. Catherines AC                   FJ                            06:24.5     768       
      3   0:08:10  BUCKLEY, Sheila                             Midleton AC                         F                             06:34.2     448       
      5   0:08:15  FITZGERALD, Claire                         Midleton AC                         F35                          06:38.2     686        5
      6   0:08:19  JONES, Margaret                             Midleton AC                         F40                          06:41.4     447        6
      7   0:08:22  FORREST, Janet                              Carraig na bhFear AC              F40                          06:43.8     444        7
      8   0:08:26  GILROY, Helen                               Midleton AC                         F45                          06:47.0     763        8
      9   0:08:27  DELANEY, Susan                             Midleton AC                         F                             06:47.8     450        9
     10   0:08:37  MURPHY, Trish                               Midleton AC                         F40                          06:55.9     770      10
     11   0:08:40  FITZGERALD, Annette                       St. Catherines AC                   F                             06:58.3     766      11
     12   0:08:42  KENNEDY, Yvonne                           Midleton AC                         F                             06:59.9     769      12
     13   0:08:54  CARR, Lorraine                               East Cork AC                        F                             07:09.6     684      13
     14   0:08:56  HOUGH, Joan                                Midleton AC                         F50                          07:11.2     690      14
     15   0:09:04  PERRY, Anne-Marie                          Midleton AC                         F40                          07:17.6     765      15
     16   0:09:09  MURPHY, Christine                          Midleton AC                         F40                          07:21.6     687      16
     17   0:09:28  HURLEY, Cliona                              Carraig na bhFear AC              F35                          07:36.9     446      17
     18   0:09:29  FITZGERALD, Elaine                         St. Catherines AC                   F35                          07:37.7     767      18
     19   0:09:30  FITZGERALD, Susan                         Midleton AC                         F                             07:38.5     685      19
     20   0:09:34  TWOHIG, Margaret                          Midleton AC                         F45                          07:41.7     764      20
     21   0:09:36  O'BRIEN, Deirdre                            St. Catherines AC                   F35                          07:43.3     771      21
     22   0:09:38  BUCKLEY, Sinead                            Midleton AC                         F                             07:45.0     762      22
     23   0:09:48  DALY, Lisa                                    St. Catherines AC                   F                             07:53.0     776      23
     24   0:09:50  O'RIORDAN, Kate                            St. Catherines AC                   F                             07:54.6     777      24
     25   0:09:51  DALY, Trish                                   unatt/Ballintotis                    F                             07:55.4     689      25
     26   0:09:59  O'KEEFFE, Joanne                            St. Catherines AC                   F                             08:01.9     781      26
     27   0:10:00  COTTER, Catherine                          St. Catherines AC                   F                             08:02.7     778      27
     28   0:10:01  O'BRIEN, Sarah                               Youghal AC                                 F                                   08:03.5      774        28
     29   0:10:02  CUNNINGHAM, Linda                       Youghal AC                          F35                          08:04.3     772      29
     30   0:10:04  PEARSON, Sylvia                             Midleton AC                         F50                          08:05.9     758      30
     31   0:10:08  SINCLAIR, Margaret                         Midleton AC                         F                             08:09.1     761      31
     32   0:10:12  FITZGERALD, Margaret                     St. Catherines AC                   F                             08:12.3     779      32
     33   0:10:27  SAVAGE, Nora                                Midleton AC                         F45                          08:24.4     760      33
     34   0:10:55  WIGGINS-SAVAGE, Michelle               Midleton AC                         F35                          08:46.9     759      34
     35   0:11:05  O'KEEFFE, Therese                           St. Catherines AC                   F35                          08:54.9     780      35
     36   0:11:23  MCCARTHY, Joan                            Midleton AC                         F50                          09:09.4     449      36
     37   0:11:46  O'CONNOR, Claire                           Midleton AC                         F40                          09:27.9     688      37
     38   0:12:06  FITZGERALD, Deirdre                       Youghal AC                          F                             09:44.0     773      38
     39   0:12:14  O'CONNELL, Nuala                          St. Catherines AC                   F40                          09:50.5     775      39
     40   0:13:24  DALTON, Colette                            Midleton AC                         F                             10:46.8     682      40

                            TEAM:      1  Midleton AC                         19
                                           2  St. Catherines AC                  50

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