Wednesday, 18 September 2019

Cross Country News

Call for Stewards & Assistance for Mini-Marathon, Sunday next, Septermber 22nd

Next Sunday's Mini-Marathon is THE *MAJOR* source of funding for Cork Athletics County Board.

Without the proceeds of the Mini-Marathon, the Board could not afford any subvention at National Cross-Country Championships. Nor would it be possible to fund Sports Equipment Grants, Safety Equipment Grants (especially Defibrillators), Aspiring Athlete Awards, International Athlete Awards, etc....the list is extensive.
We are not in the business of making money, BUT, the funding from the Mini-Marathon is, literally, our life-blood and is absolutely vital to ALL our activities.

The Board is still seeking volunteer stewards & assistance to help out on Sunday. It will take just a few hours of your time.
So...Please help on Sunday. With an 8,000 entry limit, we are looking at our biggest entry for several years, so will need all help we can get.

Friday, 13 September 2019


Midleton AC serving the people of Midleton and East Cork for over fifty years.

Come and join us and see the difference being in an Athletic Club makes.

Charleville Half Marathon

Reports in from Charleville show that everyone was very happy with their runs.

The Medal Collector

The amazing Amanda Cooney was not just content to run the Greenway yesterday. This morning she headed to the Charleville Half and the completed that adding another medal to her vast collection.


Great Results From Kilkenny Half Marathon

Máire Walsh had a great run in the Kilkenny Half Marathon on Saturday. Starting at 12 noon in the soaring heat Máire finished 3rd Lady overall whilst Margaret Jones using the race as  preparation for Dublin finished 7th Lady and then went on to run another five miles.
Eugene McCarthy ran the 10 km and how wonderful it is to see him back in action after his recent lay off. Well done all.

Fantastic Results Greenway Half Marathon

Fantastic results are coming in from our crew in the Greenway Half Marathon in Dungarvan. Sheila Buckley 1st O/35, Louise Barry 3rd O/35, Christine Murphy 2nd O/50 and looking very good in her new category whilst Esther Murphy was 4th O/45 and Amanda Cooney 4th O/55. All the others returned very good times also.

Thanks to Declan Dorgan and Louise Barry for the photo's

Wishing everyone the very best in the two half marathons this weekend. We have the Greenway on Saturday and Charleville on Sunday.

Don't forget we have our Open Night on Wednesday @7 pm in the Community Centre and we hope to see as many of you there as possible. We really do need you all to give up a half an hour to welcome new members and you can also train on the night as well. There will be a draw for new members for free membership So please spread the word.

C2 5K started last Wednesday with a great crowd there is still a chance to join so just come along at 6.30 to the Community Centre on Wednesday. First session is free.

Monday, 9 September 2019

Club Weekend Away Trip.....
Céide fields 10k/half marathon weekend 12/13th October in Ballycastle Co Mayo is hotting up. 5 members booked so far. My contact in Ballycastle AC will hold a block of 20 registrations for Midleton AC only up to September 22nd.....after that there is no guaranteed places to be had. So come on folks - Sort out your diaries and book in asap. This will be a fun weekend with a number of activities thrown in for the bit of craic......but right now I need members to commit to going so text me on 086/8323267

Midleton AC on tour out west......


Thursday Training

Training will resume with Edmond next Thursday evening at 9pm Meet outside the Co Op Stores Market Green.

Thursday, 5 September 2019


TRAINING back as per usual in Community Centre on Wednesday evening @ 7pm. and Market Green on Mondays @6pm

County Masters Medal For Esther Murphy

Results just out from the County Championship 10 Mile Road race (incorporated in the John Buckley 10 Mile) have our own Esther Murphy 3rd in the Ladies Master Category. This is a great achievement and a wonderful result. Well done Esther. 
This competition was confined to Athletics Ireland clubs only.

Sheila Buckley 3rd Lady

Sheila Buckley had another fine run when she came 3rd Lady home in the Elaine Lehane Memorial 5Km in Donerail Park on Saturday morning. Over two hundred runners took part and the event was well organised by Mallow AC as always.

Cross Country Season is back!

The full list of County and Munster cross country races is available on the Cork athletics website.  Not wanting to bombard anyone with more information than they need, I have picked out some of the races most likely to be of interest.

Saturday, 21 September  Cork Athletics winter league    Riverstick

Sunday, 29 September    East Cork Cross Country         TBA

Sunday, 6 October               County Novice                           Churchtown

Sunday, 13 October              County Senior                           West Muskerry

Sunday, 20 October              Munster Novice                          Limerick

Sunday, 3 November              County Masters/Novice B         St. Nicholas AC

Sunday, 17 November     Munster Masters                         Kerry

Sunday, 8 December              East Cork Novice                                TBA

The winter league race on 21 September in Riverstick and the East Cork Cross Country on 29 September are both ideal races as an introduction to cross country.  Just turn up on the day for each of these races.

The other races all have an entry date 10 days in advance.  I will send reminders of the upcoming races, but would ask anyone planning on running them to kindly make sure that they inform me by the deadline I give at the latest.  I cannot otherwise guarantee their entry being processed.

I hope we will have good numbers turning out again this year.  Cross country is tough, but fun!  And everyone from beginner to elite athlete will see an improvement in their running after a season of cross country running.

If you have any questions about cross country give me a call on 087 2265857 or ask anyone at training who has done it and they will be happy to persuade you to try!

Dingle Marathon and Half Marathon

We had three athletes in Dingle today Kevin Moran and Richard Power who both acquitted themselves very well in the Half and Declan Dorgan who did the full and kept his record of having done every Dingle to date intact. Report to follow.

Dingle Marathon 2019. Report by Declan Dorgan

Another Dingle marathon, done and dusted. Weather conditions were perfect this morning as 3,000+ people made their way to the start line down by the marina in Dingle town. The majority of runners were doing the stunning half marathon course with less than 800 runners opting for the more challenging full marathon route.
The atmosphere before the race was excellent, a large crowd of supporters played no small part ensuring a party like atmosphere around Dingle and the bright sky and warm weather also helped.
The half marathon was once again spectacular with Slea Head, the Blasket Islands, an Dún Mhór and the various beaches majestic in the sunshine, with the Skelligs also clearly visible in the distance.
As you approach the downhill towards the finish of the half however it all changes! The pace inevitably quickens and those of us doing the full are left questioning our life decisions as the crowds of happy finishers cross the finish line and (presumably) converge on the most westerly bar in Europe, Kruger Kavanaghs! As we continue on our (not so) merry way, you imagine the finishers of the half enjoying a pint bottle of bulmers with ice, as they look out over the Great Blasket Island, listening to loud music, thinking how fortunate they are that they settled for the half!
Although still scenic, the second half of the Dingle marathon is not as picturesque as the first. You’ll still pass Ballyferritor and the places where Ryan’s Daughter and the latest Star Wars film was set and recorded, but there aren’t any remnants of these films still to be seen.
The second half is arguably more challenging than the first and is famous for the hill between mile 22 and 23. That hill is very tough but it’s followed by a similar descent and then the final two miles into Dingle.
It was a beautiful morning and the race went off without any problems. The full was tough as it always is, but it was a lovely day out.
Huge congratulations to Kevin and Richard on their very impressive runs. I’ll have a before I book it again next year but I’m fairly sure I’ll book it again tomorrow!

Kerry Way Ultra Light 60 Km

We done to Mick Murphy who completed the Kerry Way Ultra Light today Yes only 60 Km.

St Luke's 5 Km

Over five hundred and twenty runners took part in the St Luke's 5Km on Thursday evening. On what was a beautiful evening for running all our crew fared very well. Morgan O'Regan was our first man home clocking just under 18 min but not as yet appearing on the official results. Christopher McCarthy was just over the 19min that he was hoping to break. Vicky Spiteri had another great run finishing 6th Lady over all. Others who had fine runs were David Cody, Chris Dowdall, Ian Kohler, Joan Hough, Amanda Cooney and Joan McCarthy. Being a fundraiser for the home prizes were a bit sparse on the ground which is understandable being such a good cause.

Monday, 2 September 2019



Thursday, 29 August 2019


TRAINING Will be in Market Green on Monday evening @ 6pm

John Buckley 10 Mile and Cork County 10 Mile Championships

Some of our crew racing on Saturday evening. Early results show Sheila Buckley 1st O/35 and also 1st O/35 in Cork County Championships whilst Esther Murphy appears 2nd in Cork County Championships.
 Cork County 10 Mile Championships were held as part of this race but confined to members of Athletic Ireland athletic clubs and not unregistered individuals or Private running clubs. 
Our first man home was Brendan Curtin in 67.47 followed by Dave Cody in 70.56 whilst Esther Murphy was our first lady home followed by Sheila Buckley. Well done to all our crew that ran.More details to follow.

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