Wednesday, 22 November 2017



Better late than never report on Midleton AC’s recent trip to Listowel and Killarney!

 

Report By Maire Walsh

 

 



Saturday 11th November was an early start for some members on a dark and damp morning with cars filling up at Lakeview, Ballyseedy and Cork with runners, the majority of whom cursed the 5.30am alarm along with whoever said it was a great idea.

"What? The race is in Listowel, I thought it was Killarney? How lon
g will that take?". Not long at all as it turned out, quick pit stop in Killarney and Tralee for fuel, before pitching up in Market Street Listowel for an efficient number pick up as it bucketed down with rain that had cleared by the time the new club singlets and the new old singlets, bought at a snip, were standing out in the rain at the start in Listowel racecourse. The gloom was quickly lifted by a local TD who happily posed with all comers for pictures, including the crew of "Living with Bernie" who squeezed him into a double header that day having completed the previous weeks episode with Sonia. He cleared half the crowd when a shotgun was fired into the sky to set off the half marathon, followed quickly by a second shot for the 10K which was literally done mid sentence with this scribe "whey are u from your shelf? ...hang on, I musht do dish....BANG.....Midleton AAA-SHEE, lovely, shure ye are all stone mad with dish running lark" and off he went again. Far from mad but where else would you get it?

First home in the 10K was Mags Jones, flying, 6th woman home and first in her category but a chip mixup meant that like many great Irish runners, she didn't get to stand on the podium on the day itself - but not a word of complaint. Next home were Karen and Máire, who yapped their way and had the greatest non sprint finish ever trying hard not to beat each other. We had two guests, Mark & Michael, who were going so fast at the finish they had to do it again for the photographer, followed by
Bernie Twomey who sprinted home to be ready for the pics with any celebs that might be hanging around. Shevaun Hogan flew in next with an eye-catching headband followed quickly by Annette Fitzgerald who looked very comfortable and then Sheila Bulman came next, running so fast that she wound back time. Like a good Fr Ted episode, Sheila Buckley wasn't able to make it, having to work all weekend to help people file their taxes last minute, and Máire took her 10K place and Sheila Bulman got her time - but the clock doesn't lie, so well done Sheila! 

In the half, we were down to one runner, as while those in Cork got up at 5.30am, an fear as Daingean(
Declan Dorgan)read the weather warning text and thought better of trying to run on the back of a night out. The one runner didn't disappoint, Helen Gilroy was star of the day, storming home as 2nd woman, getting a well deserved place on the podium and a nice little prize. We thought we might have the wine covered for dinner but then the boys had Conway for first try in Paddy Power and when they wouldn't spend their winnings for just filling out a slip, we couldn't harass Helen any more. It was a mighty run by Helen and she just continues to perform year in year out, rarely out of the prizes as well as being a fantastic supporter of club events and members. 

Before departing, amid the tea and the prizes and the shivering and the changes of clothing Bernie nabbed the famous Freddy Stuk for second episode of her new program. He won the Half in 73 mins, a training run for him on what he described as a 66/67 min course! For those who don't know, Freddy was 4th in the Dublin Marathon and ended up in the middle of an Irish athletics controversy where he was Irish champion then not. An absolute gent, and while one can question the rules that mean 6 months residency allow you to compete for the Irish title, he inadvertently broke his 6 months going home for 2 weeks to see his mother. He was in the words of all "lovely" although he did relay that his friends in Kenya think the Cork guys who come to train there do not speak English.

The trip back to Killarney had a lot more chat then the first trip of the day and it wasn't long before cars were parked and bodies checked in to the Avenue and a quick dash over the road for lunch in Hannigans. For the rest of the afternoon there was introductions, food, wine, pints, bets, shopping in the tidiest Penny's in Ireland before all magically appeared in their finery for dinner at 6pm the Avenue Hotel. 

It seems that Prosecco is a more favourable recovery than a protein shake for 10k runners and the crack was good at the table, as we devoured a great menu and the hours slipped by; and we managed to squeeze in the group photo before Sheila lost patience and subjected us to the soccer.

All in all, it was a great day and night, we got great value for money at the race and at a lovely hotel. We did this 4 years ago with race in Killarney and we'd approx 16 who stayed and 20 who ran. This year we'd similar numbers staying but less running. The dates didn't suit many but we have to celebrate those who came and it was a great group - all good fun and easy to deal with. A big shout out to the folks who were doing their first trip........there was plenty of advice shared along with plenty of nonsense and fun too. Until the next trip.......Keep running and having fun.




Tuesday, 21 November 2017

 
A Midleton AC hoodie was found at training last night. Will the owner please contact me 0872403940 Danny
 
Free talk on Strength & Conditioning for Athletes, Meeting Rooms, CIT Track, 8pm, Wednesday 22nd November.
On Wednesday night, Steven Macklin, High Performance Endurance Coach Athletics Ireland, will give a talk on the importance of S&C training for athletes, at 8pm sharp.
 
 
 
New Walking Club in Ballintotis  - First Walk This Saturday
 
Hot on the heels of the Quiz on Friday night comes the inaugural Ballintotis  Area Community Council Walking Club Get Together. It's a 2pm start from the Ballintotis Community Centre on this Saturday November 25th with the route taking walkers over the popular 4 mile road race lap. 

 It is anticipated that plenty of other scenic walks  in different locations will also on programme.  So come along on Saturday and see if you would like to part of this new club - if people wish to join there is the facility to pay the Annual Membership of just 10 euro on the day. 

 Hopefully we might also get what will be a historic first photo of the new group as they take their first steps. More information is available by calling Martin Hackett on 086-0890841
 

Friday, 17 November 2017

WEEKEND RUNAROUND


Midleton AC athletes as part of the Irish Squad(See below for details)



Four Races Three Venues One Day

Munster Masters Cross Country

Whilst we got no medals here today it is only right to say that all our athletes ran really well today in what were trying conditions underfoot. We had some very good individual  Cat. results with Sally Drennan 4th, Siobhan O'Leary 5th and Edmond O'Sullivan 5th also. Full detailed results plus more photos and videos will be available at https://www.corkathletics.org/latest-results/2017/65-november/726-munster-masters-and-juvenile-relay-cross-country-championships-2017.html

























BHAA 6Km

A total of two hundred and thirteen runners ran here today we had four from the club. Sheila Buckley, Joan McCarthy, Sean O'Sullivan and Brian Martin. All had fine runs with the two ladies winning prizes. Sheila Buckley with her second race in three days finish 3rd lady overall. Whilst Joan McCarthy fresh from her Dublin Marathon and running in her new category came 2nd O/60.











Cloyne 4Km

A huge crowd turned out once again this morning for the Cloyne 4Km where it was great to see a Midleton AC athlete win the men's race. Young Frank O'Brien had a comfortable win and our first lady home was Eileen Leahy who finished 3rd lady. An added attraction for the club this morning was some of our C2 5K group made their racing debuts and I am delighted to say that they all acquitted themselves very well, ably guided by Alan Kelleher. This group have only started in October and are flying.




























British and Irish Masters Cross Country

Gold for Neilus and Silver for Sinead





Results in from the British and Irish Masters Cross Country has Sinead Keavney finishing 17th overall and fifth Irish woman. Claire McCarthy was the overall winner and the three Irish girls ahead of Sinead were O/35 so Sinead came 2nd O/40 on Irish team. The Irish women's O/40 team took the Silver medals.
 Neilus had a brilliant last lap where he passed four or five athletes in his cat. helping his O/60 team take the Gold O/60 team prize.
This is a fantastic result for both our athletes and our club.

Cork Airport Midnight Run

A massive crowd of over seventeen hundred ran there where Sheila Buckley finished 3rd Lady and Edwin Cashman also had a fine run finishing 22nd. Anyone else that ran please send me your results if you would like to be listed mdtacinfo@gmail,com Danny

We are spoiled for races this weekend


There is also a BHAA 6 Km race in Littleisland at 11am (https://mail.google.com/mail/ca/u/0/#inbox/15fc982418712df6 }and then we have the Munster Masters Cross Country in Riverstick in the afternoon where we have male and female teams competing. 
They include  Barry Wlliams, Edmond O'Sulivan, Edwin Cashman, Derek Ahern, Mike Hallahan, Louise Barry, Siobhan O'Leary, Susan Fitzgerald and Sally Drennan

It's a big weekend for the club when we have two of our athletes competing for Ireland. We have Sinead Keavney and Neilus Aherne running in the British and Irish Masters Cross Country Championship in Derry on 18th November. We wish them the very best of luck and have no doubt they will do us proud.