Thursday, 11 February 2016


Ger McLean to Attempt Guinness World Record at Cork Marathon


You may be aware that one of our members, Ger Mc Lean has registered to complete this years Cork Marathon in full paramedic gear  (including regulation boots) in aid of the East Cork Rapid Response. He is also attempting to set a new Guinness World Record in the process.  

THIS MONDAY NIGHT 15TH @ 5:45pm Ger will be having a promotional photoshoot in full paramedic gear before Club training at the hockey pitch. There will be an East Cork Rapid Response Car and some local newspapers present also. It would be great if there was a group photo with club members to show support. If you can, just come along for 5:45pm. Throw on the Club vest and a pair of boots/shoes/ for a quick snap. 
Midleton AC AGM will take place on Tuesday, Feb 16th at 8pm in the Two Mile Inn.  This is the whole club AGM, Juvenile and Senior sections.  All members welcome.
Annual East Cork & District Sports Awards Black Tie Banquet at the Midleton Park Hotel

Best wishes to our club member, John Cashman who is attending the Annual East Cork & District Sports Awards Black Tie Banquet tonight, Friday, Feb 12th, at the Midleton Park hotel, where all 12 monthly winners will be present and the Overall Winner for 2015 will be announced.

John received the accolade for the month of February, for his contribution to Athletics.

At the time, Mr Sean O’Sullivan, the co-ordinator of the event, said that John was “an outstanding commentator, administrator, athlete and sports fanatic who has been involved in commentating for 96 & 103FM for many years now, regular covering everything from local GAA to Munster and All-Ireland finals.

“Living in the beautiful setting of Lougaderra with his wife Siobhan and children, John is also very much involved in athletics including the Ballycotton ‘10’,  Midleton AC, the Cork City Marathon and especially his own pet project, the Ballintotis road race which had over a thousand competitors last evening. He is indeed a worthy recipient of this award for the month of February.”

In reply, John said he very much appreciated the award, although he had kept the news of it quiet during the past week in view of other activities! Saying he could “eat and drink sport” the benefits gained in enjoyment and the contacts established over the years made it all worthwhile.

Going on to thank a number of people, John concluded by saying he was dedicating the award to Siobhan, Eoin, Darragh, along with his mother at home, “for putting up with Liverpool, athletics, hurling teams and all of that through the corridors of time.” 

Good luck to all our members who are racing this weekend.  As always, please email the blog at with any photos, reports, etc. Email ONLY PLEASE - no texts etc. Thanks. 

Events for w/e Sunday Feb 14th

Thurs Feb 11th, 12:30, Tramore Valley Park - Munster Schools Cross-Country Championships

Fri, Feb 12th, Athlone IT - Irish Universities Indoor Championships

Sat Feb 13th, Nenagh - Munster U9-U12 Indoor Championships - Day 1

Sun Feb 14th, The Palace Grounds, Tuam, Galway - GloHealth Inter-County Cross-Country Championships

Sun Feb 14th, Nenagh - Munster U9-U12 Indoor Championships - Day 2

Sun Feb 14th, 11:00, Mealagh Valley, Bantry - Mealagh Valley Ring 10M & 5k

Sun Feb 14th, 11:00, Kilworth - F.A.C.E. Fermoy 5k 

For more fixtures see

Tuesday, 9 February 2016


On Friday, January 29th, Cork Athletics honoured Cork athletes who had represented Ireland during 2015.  Midleton AC's Joan Hough was one such athlete.

Joan represented Ireland as a member of the ladies O/55 team in the British & Irish Masters Cross-Country International in Santry Demesne, Dublin on 14th November. In August 2015, Joan was a member of the O/45 cross-country team that won silver at the World Masters Athletics Championships in Lyon, France. In addition to the above achievements, Joan has been an outstanding coach to the juveniles in Midleton AC who have won numerous county, provincial and national medals.

Well done Joan - a truly well deserved award to a dedicated athlete and coach.  Your club is very proud of you!

 Pic - Joan Hough receiving her International Award from Peter Hanlon of Athletics Ireland. Also pictured is Bill Allen, Chairman of Cork County Board.

Monday, 8 February 2016


Thanks to Midleton & District News for this lovely article in their latest edition, by John Walshe:


Tuning in to C103 FM last Sunday week a few minutes before seven in the evening, the familiar tones of John Cashman announced that Neilus Aherne had taken the M60 title at the GloHealth Athletics Ireland National Masters Cross-Country, writes John Walshe.

The first thought was, ‘Neilus Aherne, over 60? – that can’t be right’. But yes, it was true as the Ladysbridge man had reached that milestone - now known as the ‘new 40’ – just five days before. With a bronze team medal from the M55 category at the previous year’s championship, the Midleton AC athlete travelled to Dundalk not knowing what to expect from his new age-group. “I suppose I would have been delighted with a medal of any description, so to win the gold I’m absolutely thrilled – I’m still pinching myself,” admitted the still-elated Neilus this past week.

With over 250 runners ranging in age from over-35 to over-75 in the 7km race, it was extremely difficult to know where you were in relation to those in your age-group. When the initial results were displayed, Neilus was placed in second position. “When the results were put up on wall, there was another runner ahead of me,” he explained. “Then someone said to me I’d won so I asked Paddy Buckley [Cork team manager] to double check and he arrived back out and said ‘you’re number one’, and shook my hand.”

With a time of 28:44, Neilus finished over a half-minute clear of Derry runner Gerry O’Doherty and he was one of only three Cork runners to win individual titles at the Louth venue, the others being Leevale athletes Tim Twomey (M35) and Carmel Parnell (F60). Although there is no M60 team contest at this level, Neilus’ brilliant performance can be put into perspective when you realise he was the first scorer on the Cork M50 team who finished in fifth position.  

In a long career which has seen the man from the ‘Bridge compete with distinction over a variety of distances, it all began at the age of 12 when he first joined the Youghal club, as he recalled a number of years ago. “I first started off with Youghal but then I went to boarding school to St Colman’s where the hurling took over. I played in a few Harty Cup games while there and when I finished college I played with Fr O’Neill’s, although we didn’t win a whole lot in those days.”

Neilus was in his early thirties before the attraction of running lured him back. He remembers his first marathon, the Cork event of over 30 years ago, for a rather special reason: “My brother Dick was one of the first from this area to run a marathon but sadly he died a year later so Michael Holland and myself decided to run the Cork and Dublin events in his memory that year,” he remembers. Five years ago, he ran both the Longford and Dublin marathons and in the latter achieved the ultimate ambition of any club runner when breaking the three-hour barrier, his chip time showing 2:59:55.

There is another marathon, however, that’s firmly etched in Neilus’ mind. It was the Olympic Games of Los Angeles in 1984 where John Treacy won a famous silver medal for Ireland. “I was working in Sydney on a pipeline at the time and we were listening to the radio commentary of the marathon. Robert de Castella was the great Australian hope but as we listened we heard how Jerry Kiernan and Treacy were moving up the field and when Treacy crossed the line in second place, I can tell you we weren’t long in coming out of the trench to celebrate.”

As that Cork Sports Sunday programme drew to a conclusion, presenter Rory Burke bowed out with a song that was certainly appropriate to the occasion – ‘The Winner Takes It All’ from Abba. For Neilus Aherne earlier that day around the playing fields of Dundalk IT, you could certainly say winning was never as sweet.

Thursday, 4 February 2016


BHAA - Janssen 6k

Well done to all who ran this morning in Little Island in the Janssen 6k.  Conditions were good, and the rain held off until the race was over.

Our prize-winners were:
Marie Gillman 1st o/50
Louise Barry 2nd o/35
Donie O'Connell 3rd o/65
Fergal O'Meara, Marc Dalton and Ger McLean were 2nd men's B team

It would seem that most that did the same race 3 weeks ago, improved today.  Shane Foley, following from his great run last weekend in Dungarvan, had another fine run finishing in 22:27.  Hot on his heels, 2 seconds later, was Morgan O'Regan.  Louise had a fine run knocking 20 seconds off the same course 3 weeks ago, as had Marie Gillman and both were in the prizes.  Edwin Cashman broke 24 minutes, getting himself a PB in 23:48.  Marc Dalton knocked over a minute off his time from 3 weeks ago, showing that his training is paying off - no doubt we'll be seeing further improvement as he returns to his full fitness.  David Moynihan too had an excellent run and a PB of 23:14.  Joan McCarthy also had a good run, over 30 secs faster than 3 weeks ago, as was Ger O'Regan.  Sean O'Sullivan had a fine run too, as he gallops back to his full form.  Well done also to new member Emer McLean, and to Ber Twomey and Mark O'Reilly.  And once again a big well done to Sheila Buckley!

If you ran this or any other race this weekend, please let us know at 

Thanks again to Joan McCarthy for the following photos:

Lizzie Lee wins Evening Echo Sports Star of the Year Award

Well done to Lizzie Lee (Leevale AC) and coach, Donie Walsh, on a well deserved Sports Star of the Year award on Friday night.  The photo above by Lizzie's dad, Gearoid O'Laoi, shows Donie with Michelle Finn (left) and Lizzie Lee (right).  Lizzie currently holds the fastest Olympic qualifying time for the marathon (2:23:51), which she ran in Berlin in September.  This is the 5th fastest Irish women's marathon time ever.

Good luck to all of our members running this weekend.  As always,
Any photo's reports etc please email the blog.
Email ONLY PLEASE no texts etc Thanks.

BHAA - Janssen 6k, Sunday Feb 7th  11am in Little Island.
This week's AAI events - see

Events for w/e Sunday Feb 7th

Sat Feb 6th, Athlone IT -
GloHealth National Indoor League final

Sat Feb 6th, 12:00, Blarney Golf Resort Hotel - Munster Athletics Annual Convention

Sat Feb 6th, 09:00, Clonakilty - Clonakilty Waterfront Marathon, Half-Marathon & 10k

Sun Feb 7th, 10:00, Ballincollig Regional Park - Ballincollig AC 3k

Sun Feb 7th, 11:00, Enniskeane - Munster Junior, Intermediate and Juvenile Inter-County XC Relay Championships

Sun Feb 7th, 12:00, Oldbridge, Drogheda - Ras na hEireann

Sun Feb 7th, 11:00, Athlone IT - Glohealth AAI Indoor Games

Sun Feb 7th, Kastamonu, Turkey - European Clubs Cross-Country

Ballymaloe Relish Fun Run - Sunday Feb 7th

Please note that this is not an AAI approved race, it is a fun run.  See poster below - you may have to pre-register....

We received this email from Ballymaloe:

Hi guys,

We are holding a 5k Lucky Run/Walk on Sunday the 7th of February in Ballymaloe House. This is a fun feel good day will offer the chance to learn about everything from Art Therapy, universal energy arts to kite surfing.  There will be nutritional advice from Rachel and Darina Allen among others and information on Dyslexia and much more.  Food stalls will be catering for visitors throughout the day and there will be plenty of stalls to browse for both shopping and learning. A day of inspiring talks (all talk entry included in ticket price) on everything to do with enhancing your lifestyle both mentally and physically. The Ballymaloe Good Living day objective is that visitors leave that evening with at least one new life enhancing idea or thought to carry forward in 2016 and always. It promises to be a nice fun feel good day out.

I have attached an image of our poster for the event and the link to register below. We would love if you could display it in your premises. Hope to see you there.

Amy O’Leary
Marketing Assistant
Ballymaloe Foods,
Little Island, Co.Cork.

Thursday, 28 January 2016



Provisional Results now out.  See for full results.  I have extracted Midleton AC results.  I notice some anomalies, so if you spot a discrepancy with your result, you might want to contact the organisers.

John Treacy Dungarvan 10 Mile 2015
Provisional Results - Midleton AC
Place Number Lastname Firstname Gender Category Team Time
107 1389 FOLEY Shane M Senior Midleton A.C 01:03:05
112 2325 MAUNSELL Francis M O/40 Midleton A.C 01:03:19
128 1314 MCCARTHY Eugene M O/45 Midleton A.C 01:03:53
193 832 DORIS ANNA F O/45 Midleton A.C 01:05:46
195 57 AHERNE Cornelius M O/60 Midleton A.C. 01:05:51
211 794 MCLEAN Gerard M O/45 Midleton A.C 01:06:14
227 582 CREMIN Mike M Senior Midleton A.C 01:06:43
244 1932 O'SULLIVAN Sean M O/45 Midleton A.C 01:07:12
248 982 RYAN Don M O/40 Midleton A.C 01:07:19
255 2514 CASHMAN John M O/50 Midleton A.C 01:07:26

269 44 O'MEARA Fergal M O/45 Midleton A.C. 01:07:47
282 438 HANNON Tim M Senior Midleton A.C 01:08:15
293 421 O HAODAIN Fionan M O/40 Midleton A.C 01:08:30
328 951 AHERN Derek M Senior Midleton A.C 01:09:05
400 1528 COTT Brian M O/40 Midleton A.C 01:10:41
401 38 DOWDALL Kris M O/40 Midleton A.C. 01:10:41
404 689 O'REGAN Ger M O/45 Midleton A.C 01:10:43
432 390 GILROY Helen F O/50 Midleton A.C 01:11:35
434 1547 MURPHY Mick M O/40 Midleton A.C 01:11:42
468 829 CONDON Trevor M Senior Midleton A.C 01:12:35
520 1246 MURPHY Esther F O/40 Midleton A.C 01:13:45
541 1816 O'DWYER Barry M O/40 Midleton A.C 01:14:21
628 638 FITZGERALD Yvonne F O/35 Midleton A.C 01:16:08
655 686 GILLMAN Marie F O/50 Midleton A.C 01:16:19
666 546 KIERANS Paul M O/50 Midleton A.C 01:16:28
752 361 MC CARTHY Arthur M O/40 Midleton A.C 01:18:18

823 558 MORAN Kevin M O/45 Midleton A.C 01:19:21
849 372 FOUHY Aoife F Senior Midleton A.C 01:19:50
888 2066 BRANSFIELD GILLIAN F O/35 Midleton A.C 01:20:33
893 2096 FLEMING Paul M O/40 Midleton A.C 01:20:38
908 724 O'REILLY Mark M O/45 Midleton A.C 01:20:55
921 914 PERRY AnnMarie F O/40 Midleton A.C 01:21:21
931 1360 DORGAN Niamh F O/40 Midleton A.C 01:21:35
985 900 MCGRATH Michelle F O/45 Midleton A.C 01:22:39
1018 1045 MURPHY Christine F O/45 Midleton A.C 01:23:15
1024 512 TWOMEY Bernadette F O/40 Midleton A.C 01:23:22
1056 1046 MCNAMARA Michael M O/60 Midleton A.C 01:23:50
1176 58 MC CARTHY Joseph M Senior Midleton A.C. 01:25:33
1235 862 SAVAGE Siobhan F O/40 Midleton A.C 01:26:32
1272 45 MORRISON Kevin M O/50 Midleton A.C. 01:27:10
1290 2565 BUCKLEY Sheila F Senior Midleton A.C 01:27:39
1313 1351 WATSON Karol M Senior Midleton A.C 01:28:27
1335 1947 O SULLIVAN Paula F O/40 Midleton A.C 01:29:26
1382 1132 COONEY Amanda F O/55 Midleton A.C 01:30:33
1388 1709 FITZGERALD Susan F O/45 Midleton A.C 01:30:36
1391 2236 MULCAHY Mags F O/50 Midleton A.C 01:30:39
1470 733 PARKER Claire F O/35 Midleton A.C 01:32:37

1521 555 O'GORMAN Shirley F O/40 Midleton A.C 01:34:13
1562 13 HOGAN Shevaun F O/40 Midleton A.C. 01:35:33
1646 762 AHERN Karen F Senior Midleton A.C 01:38:22
1763 2041 WALSH Mary F O/50 Midleton A.C 01:43:00
1764 1077 O'REGAN Louise F O/40 Midleton A.C 01:43:00

Message from West Waterford AC (Facebook page): 

Well done to each and everyone of today's finishers at the John Treacy Dungarvan 10.
A huge thank you to all our volunteers who spent months, days, weeks and today preparing for this event.Its a massive total voluntary effort by a huge number of people.
As like many events painstakingly organised by a club such as ours by all volunteers, sometimes not all goes to plan and today we were meet with a situation where our own club chip timing system gave us technical problems.
We will be working throughout the night to manually get out a set of results and the category and team results will follow as soon as we can possible have them .All prize winners will have their prizes posted to them during the week.
We thank you for your participation today and we hope you had an enjoyable day in Dungarvan and we certainly hope to have you back with us next year.
Thanks to everyone for your patience and understanding.

Well done to all our members, too numerous to mention individually, who ran the Dungarvan 10 mile race today.  Conditions could have been a lot worse.  There was a light drizzle at the start, which luckily didn't turn to heavy rain.  There was some wind in parts, but it was behind at parts also.  A lot of runners actually found it to be quite warm today, and anyone dressed for yesterday's weather may have suffered.

Official results won't be out for probably a few days, as the chip system broke down.  Only the top 10 men and top 6 women's prizes were announced.  Apparently, the organisers plan to go through video footage of the race finish, so it could be days before they compile full results, and team and category prizes.  Update (Mon): Category prizes now out - see below

In the meantime, it would be great if you would email the blog at with your photos, race report, including your time, whether you were pleased or disappointed, and don't be shy to let us know if you had a PB today.  In the meantime, I am working from memory, please do correct me if I get anyone's time wrong.  All times are approximate.

Some such PBs - Francis Maunsell clocking 63:20 (ish); Fionan OhAodain who continues in his PB streak, knocking over 5 minutes off his PB; Derek Ahern who had a fine run clocking 69:05; Paul Fleming, despite a stitch from mile 6 still PBed with a time of 80:13; Ger O'Regan posted a PB of 70:32; and Richard Power had a great run knocking 2 minutes off his previous best, clocking 82:41; also, Aoife Fouhy Evans had a fantastic run, knocking 2 minutes off her PB to clock 79 minutes.  

Shane Foley also had a mighty run finishing in hot pursuit of Francis, as had Eugene McCarthy.  Neilus Ahern, crowned All-Ireland champion only a week ago had a very strong run.  Don Ryan had a great run considering he is just back running in the past 4 weeks following a long lay-off injured.  Credit must surely go to Ger McLean, who despite battling flu during the week and pulling up around half-way, got himself back in the race to finish in a fine time of 66 mins, as did Mike Cremin. John Cashman, Fergal O'Meara and Sean O'Sullivan all had very solid runs on their way back to full fitness, finishing around the 67 min mark - watch these spaces, these men will be breaking records soon once they get fully back on track!  Edwin Cashman followed closely behind.  Brian Cott also finished well, and will no doubt continue to improve as he returns to full training.  Others who had good runs were Mick Murphy, Kris Dowdall, Barry O'Dwyer, Joseph McCarthy, Kevin Moran, Kevin Morrisson, Paul Kierans, Alan Morley, Karol Watson, Michael McNamara, Trevor Condon and David O'Sullivan (in no particular order).

Our ladies did us proud also.  Well done to Claire Parker, for whom this was her first 10 mile race, and she finished comfortably.  A great achievement Claire. Karen Knowles also made a super debut as did Shevaun Hogan aided by Vincent Connolly.  Anna Doris had a good run finishing around the 65 min mark.  It was great to see Helen Gilroy return to racing and she had a fine run. Esther Murphy finished around the 72 min mark which shows she too is well on the way back from her prolonged injury - great to see you running so well Esther!  Louise Barry and Yvonne Fitzgerald both had very good runs finishing around the 75 min mark, and were followed closely by Marie Gillman in 77 mins.  Breeda Sheedy finished strong breaking the 80 min mark, and was followed by Anne-Marie Perry.  Christine Murphy ran her first 10 miler in quite some time, showing what she will be capable of when in full training.  A big well done to Sheila Buckley.  Others who had good runs were Gillian Bransfield, Svetlana Creedon, Niamh Dorgan, Bernadette Twomey, Mary Walsh, Michelle McGrath, Susan Fitzgerald, Karen Ahern, Amanda Cooney, Siobhan Savage, Mags Mulcahy, Paula O'Sullivan, and Shirley O'Gorman (again in no particular order).

We had two prize winners as follows - well done ladies:

O/45 1st Anna Doris Midleton AC 65.46 
O/50 2nd Helen Gilroy Midleton AC 71.35 

More to follow!!  But for now, the photos will tell their own tale.  Thanks to Joan McCarthy for taking them.  Thanks also to our wonderful supporters, Donie and Kathleen O'Connell, Mark Walsh, Joan McCarthy, Margaret Barry and Alan Kelly to name but a few.


Thanks to Kathleen O'Connell for the following photos:


Full details at
Parkrun in Tramore Valley Park on Sat 30th Jan 2016 cancelled...…/parkrun-in-cork-city-on-s…

JOHN TREACY DUNGARVAN 10 MILE - Sunday, January 31st 1:30pm

If the number of entries are anything to go by, the race of most interest to our members this weekend surely has to be the John Treacy Dungarvan 10 mile race.  Midleton AC have 79 members registered to run, the third largest from any club in the country, and the largest from any club in Cork.  So, wishing all 79 of you a good run, and if you are injured and unable to run, or didn't register to run this time, you might consider coming along to support your fellow clubmates.  All of those running should have received your race number by now, so it's just a case of turning up at the start line.

Best of luck to all our athletes! 

For further information see
Doneraile Park, 11:00am, Saturday January 30th 2015

This may be of interest to anyone who would prefer a shorter distance:
2016 Doneraile Park 5km Race Series
5 x 5km races over 5 months
Race Dates:
1. Saturday 30th Jan - 11am - North Cork AC
2. Saturday 27th Feb - Baltydaniel NS Fundraiser
3. Saturday 2nd April - 11am - North Cork AC
4. Saturday 7th May - 11am - North Cork AC
5. Friday 3rd June - Dan Byrne Memorial 5km - Mallow AC

Due to the increased level of interest we will have to use Chip Timing - therefore the following are the adjusted entry fees;
Entry Fee:
€10 - Adult
€7 - Child
€15 - Family of 2
€20 - Family of 3

See for further information