Friday, 18 July 2014


Fantastic Run By Daniel Colbert

                                                                   Running in his first National Senior 400 h Final today Daniel Colbert exceeded all expectations and finished a brilliant 4th place he was well placed to take the bronze until a slight mishap at the second last hurdle. This is a great result for a very young man of only twenty and rest assured that the Midleton AC  vest will be on the National Senior Podium next year. Remember that Daniel already won the National U23 title two weeks ago.
For those of you that missed it the race can be found on RTE Player on RTE2 at 6pm and Daniel's was the first race.
It was truly wonderful to see the Midleton AC's colours on national television and worn with
such class. May it be the first of many occasions.

Summer BBQ

Midleton Athletic Club invites you all to the club's summer event BBQ on Saturday 2nd August at 8pm at the Elm Tree - €10 for members and €15 for non members. 

Coeliacs and vegetarians are catered for, just make sure to let us know in advance.

Names and money will be taken next Monday from 6.15pm onwards from Claire and Bernie or after training from Colette.

This is a great social night and gives us time to mix with all our groups, meet new running colleagues, and kick off the runners - to party!
Midleton AC Social Committee
Club Singlets
New club singlets have arrived.  Claire will be at training this Monday night, July 21st, from 6:15pm if you wish to purchase one (€15).


Training will continue as usual with guest coach Donie Walsh in the Cricket Field on Mondays. Donie will be available from 6pm (before training) for individual consultations re your training plans, difficulties etc.
Everyone is encouraged to avail of this over the coming weeks.
All others are requested if possible to be there by 6.20 to start your warm up and be ready for training at 6.30.

Daniel Makes National Finals

                                                      The wonderful news has just come through that Midleton ACs Daniel Colbert will be running in the National Finals in the 400m H. tomorrow. This is a great achievement especially considering that he only just buried his close friend and uncle (see previous post). The final will be shown on on RTE tomorrow evening. Win, lose or draw Daniel we are extremely proud of you and wish you the very best. Racing in the final at such a young age and in such esteemed company (several internationals also running) will be a great experience for Daniel and for the club as it is many many years since we had someone in a National Senior Final..

Coming Soon
Cloyne Community Council






Wednesday 6th August 2014 @ 8pm

(Walk starting @ 6.30 pm)


All proceeds to Children’s Playground


Entry Fee:                    Run €10   Walk €5


Registration: Cloyne National School

“Chip Timing”



·     1st 4 Men
·     1st 4 Women
·     First 2 Men  O/40
·     First 2 Women  O/35
·     First 2 Men  O/45
·     First 2 Women  O/40
·     First  2 Men  O/50
·     First 2 Women  O/45
·     First  Man  O/55
·     First  Woman  O/50
·     First  Man  O/60
·     First  Woman O/55
·     First  Man  O/65
·     First  Woman O/60
·     First  Man  O/70
·     First  Woman  O/65
·     First Junior Man
·     First Junior Woman
·     First Wheelchair Athlete



Headphones Not Allowed

Accurately measured course & AA1 Permit Granted


Entries taken from 5pm

Refreshments and Spot Prizes after Race in the school


Contact: Margaret Twohig (087) 2094493


Donaghmore 7 Mile
"Take The Challenge "

                                                    Many Midleton AC members went there on Friday evening took the challenge and won. Our ladies were 4th,5th and 6th namely Helen Gilroy, Sheila Buckley and Margaret Jones and they also took FIRST TEAM in the Ladies.
                                   This is superb going and they each knocked about four minutes off last years times. Not only did these ladies do well but Deidre Aherne came home 2nd O/35  with some great running especially considering it was her first time doing the race and to top things off Margaret Twohig came 2nd O/45 which was particularly nice considering she went mainly to advertise her upcoming Cloyne 5km.  Ciara Baldwin doing it for the first time also had a great run.
                                         Sean O'Sullivan was our only male prize winner coming 2nd O/40 with a great run in this very competitive section. Veterans of the race Donie O'Connell and Danny McCarthy also had good runs.
                                                    This is one of the toughest runs around but is organised so very well with time callers at every mile and great prizes and a great spread after. Entry fee was only 10 Euro which included a dry fit T shirt. Some value for money. Full results are available on the Precision Timing website which means it was chip timing plus a Dry Fit T-shirt all for 10 Euro.

Best of luck to everyone running this weekend. The big one Friday is "Take The Challenge" the Donaghmore 7 which is one of the really tough ones around. I know we have several members going.
The other big one is the National Championships where we have Daniel Colbert competing. Daniel will be running under difficult circumstances as can be seen from previous post and we also wish him the very best of luck.

This won't apply to our members but some of it might be of interest.
 Weekend Races
Fri 18th July, 20:00, Donoughmore 7
Fri 18th July, 18:45, Fanahan McSweeny Open Sports, Araglin
Sat, 19th July, 09:00, Waterfront Ultra-MarathonCourtmacsherry
Sat, 19th July, 09:00, Waterfront Half-Ultra, Courtmacsherry
Sat, 19th July, 09:00, Waterfront 10k, Courtmacsherry
Sun, 20th July, 12:30, Banteer Show 5k
18-JulFri20:00Donoughmore 77MDonoughmoreDonoughmore ACNoYesJW
18-JulFri18:45Fanahan McSweeny Open SportsVarsAraglinFanahan McSweeny ACNoYesSports
19-JulSat09:30Parkrun (Macroom) - Free race5kMacroomVoluntaryNoNo???
19-JulSat09:30Parkrun (Clonakilty) - Free race5kClonakiltyVoluntaryNoNo???
19-JulSat09:00Waterfront Ultra-Marathon36MCourtmacsherryCommercialNoYes???
19-JulSat09:00Waterfront Half-Ultra18MCourtmacsherryCommercialNoYes???
19-JulSat09:00Waterfront 10k10kCourtmacsherryCommercialNoYes???
20-JulSun12:30Banteer Show 5k5kBanteerClubNoYes???
24-JulThurs20:00Churchtown South 55MChurchtown SouthClubNoYesJW
25-JulFriShannonvale 10k10kClonakilty??NoYes??
25-JulFri19:00West Cork Board Confined T&F League - Rd 3VarsBandonAAINoAAISports
26-JulSat09:30Parkrun (Macroom) - Free race5kMacroomVoluntaryNoNo???
26-JulSat09:30Parkrun (Clonakilty) - Free race5kClonakiltyVoluntaryNoNo???
27-JulSun10:00Cork Sports Partnership 5k - Race 15kBallincollig Regional ParkSports PartnershipNoYesPark


Thursday, 17 July 2014

Kilmurry 5Km

Great to see John Dunphy back in action when he did the Kilmurry 5Km in 20.13 and that's after an injury break for fourteen days. The race consisted of 3Km on the road and 2 Km trail run. Well done as always John.

Dan Donovan, a native of Ballyknock near Cloyne, was a member of the Midleton club in the 1970s where he competed in cross-country and in the few road races that took place at the time.

He was one of the 34 runners who took part in the first-ever Ballycotton road race, the five-mile event of August 11th, 1977.

Dan also played an instrumental role in the organisation of the early Ballycotton races. He, along with John Walshe, laid down the first-ever calibration course to be used for course measuring in Ireland, a fact alluded to in a recent article by John Quigley on the Cork Athletics website.

At a time when transport to races was scarce, Dan was always willing to drive his club colleagues to events even if he wasn’t competing himself, with some memorable trips to places like Loughrea, Tullamore and Maynooth fondly recalled by Midleton athletes of that era.

Dan was also an uncle of Daniel Colbert who is due to run in the All Ireland Senior 400 H at the weekend.

May he rest in peace.

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Carrigtwohill 5Km

                                                       The Carrigtwohill 5Km is without a doubt one of the best races on the calendar and is well deserving of the great support it gets. It would be very hard to find fault with any aspect of it and Paul Kearns and his great crew must be very proud of it and it continues to get better year by year,

                                                      We had a great crowd there tonight and again several people got PBs as well as most others having fine runs. Rayleen Dolphin and Collette Barry both cracked the twenty three minute barrier and continue to improve with every race Gillian Bransfield following very close behind also got a PB. by over 40 seconds. Colette Dalton had a great run and also got a new PB admittedly she was assisted by a very special “running buddy”. Paul Spiteri had another fine run showing he is really getting back to near his best. As usual we had our share of prize winners.

Well deserved smiles Gillian, Colette and Rayleen who all got PBs

Esther Murphy 1st O/40
Margaret Jones 2nd O/45
Marie Gillman 1st O/50
Martha McNamara 3rd O/50
John Cashman 2nd O/50
John O'Halloran 2nd O/60

Tuesday, 15 July 2014


Don't forget this race takes place on Wed.16th July. It is organised by some of our own members and is definitely one of the best races around. Well worth supporting so please do. Your enjoyment is guaranteed.

Monday, 14 July 2014


 A few shots of some of the people at training tonight in the Cricket Field with guest coach Donie Walsh photo's by John Dunphy

Thursday, 10 July 2014


Bere Island 5Km and 10kM

                                                            Several of our members went to Bere Island on Sat 12th to take part in what is becoming a very popular event on the Island. Some of them have family connections to the Island which makes it more interesting. The group that did the 5Km were Sarah Bermingham ,Helen Kenny, Paula O'Sullivan and Fiona Maguire. Whilst Martha and Michael McNamara did the 10Km doing fine times over this very uphill course. Martha did 51 min and Michael 54min. Well done all on what sounds a fantastic day out. Maybe we could think about it as a club day out for next year ?,

Helen, Sarah, Fiona and Paula on the island.

Graded Track and Field

Daniel Colbert again came 1st in the 400M in the Graded Track and Field League in the CIT  Thur. evening whilst Aideen Hallihan came first in both the Shot and Discus.Full results and tables available here,

Good Luck

                                                                                Best Of Luck to everyone running this weekend especially those doing the Bere Island Runs on Saturday including Michael McNamara, Martha McNamara, Sarah Bermingham, Helen Kenny, Paula O'Sullivan and crew also to those doing the Fit Magazine 5Km and 10Km (vastly overpriced) races in the Marina on Sunday.

Fermoy Aquathlon

                                          There was a swim/run (aquathlon) in Fermoy, with a 750m swim in the Blackwater followed by a 6 km run on Wed evening. Sally Drennan Ladies Captain was 2nd woman in a time of 40.52. Club members Susan Fitzgerald and Andre Brodkorb also took part.

Youghal 4Mile

                                                     This race took place on Thur night over the streets of Youghal with a three loop circuit. We as usual these days had a fine crew there all of whom had great runs. Paul Spiteri had a fantastic run (23.42) showing the results of his speed work taking off with 300 Mtrs to go and passing at least two or three in the process. He was followed by an equally good run by Eugene McCarthy in 23.46 who got 3rd O/40 prize. Next Came Don Ryan in 24,48 followed by close together Brian Cott and John Cashman 3rd O/50 then two seconds later came Mike Cremin and Dave Moloney also with fine runs. Neilus Aherne came home in 25.59 and got 2nd O/55. Kris Dowdall, Derek Ahern and Kevin Moran also had fine runs. Whilst Brendan Barry and Kevin Cooney finished close together in just over 30mins Its great to see Kevin Back after a long spell of injury. Brian Cott had a really great run getting a new PB by almost 30secs.

 Midleton AC group
 Eugene McCarthy 3rd O/40

Joan McCarthy 1st O/55
 John and Neilus showing their delight when the realised the presenter of prizes had changed

 John Cashman 3rd O/50
 Neilus Aherne 2nd O/55 (The two best looking Physio's in East Cork)
Esther Murphy 3rd O/40

                                                      Our first lady home was Esther Murphy who took 3rd O/40 she was followed by Susan Fitzgerald with a great run especially considering she did the Aquatalon in Fermoy the previous night. Joy Sexton , Sinead Ivers and Amanda Stavrou also had good runs as has Emer O'Doherty who managed to break the 36 for the first time. Joan Mc Carthy (Ist O/55) and Fiona Maguire also had good runs. The race was very well organised with excellent prizes and lots of Spot Prizes.

Finishers in the Midleton AC team.                                                                                      Pace     Race   Race

Place    Time    Name                                           Team                                  Race Age Category    min/mile    No    Place

      1   0:23:42  SPITERI, Paul                                 Midleton AC                         M                            05:55.4     136      12

      2   0:23:46  MCCARTHY, Eugene                         Midleton AC                         M40                         05:56.4       44      14

      3   0:24:58  RYAN, Don                                    Midleton AC                         M40                         06:14.4       87      27

      4   0:25:09  COTT, Brian                                   Midleton AC                         M                            06:17.1     107      31

      5   0:25:10  CASHMAN, John                             Midleton AC                         M50                         06:17.4       86      32

      6   0:25:27  CREMIN, Mike                                Midleton AC                         M                            06:21.6     135      34

      7   0:25:29  MOLONEY, Dave                             Midleton AC                         M                            06:22.1     208      35

      8   0:25:59  AHERNE, Neilus                              Midleton AC                         M55                         06:29.6     180      40

      9   0:27:17  O'NEILL, Phillip                               Midleton AC                         M                            06:49.1     197      57

     10   0:27:27  MURPHY, Esther                             Midleton AC                         F40                          06:51.6       56      61

     11   0:27:30  DOWDALL, Kris                              Midleton AC                         M40                         06:52.4     169      62

     12   0:27:39  AHERN, Derek                                Midleton AC                         M                            06:54.6     156      65

     13   0:28:56  MORAN, Kevin                                Midleton AC                         M45                         07:13.9       71      79

     14   0:30:22  BARRY, Brendan                             Midleton AC                         M50                         07:35.4       68     107

     15   0:30:25  COONEY, Kevin                               Midleton AC                         M50                         07:36.1     146     108         

     16   0:32:33  FITZGERALD, Susan                         Midleton AC                         F40                          08:08.1     209     136

     17   0:34:06  SEXTON, Joy                                  Midleton AC                         F                             08:31.4     113     148

     18   0:34:16  IVERS, Sinead                                Midleton AC                         F                             08:33.9     206     152

     19   0:34:23  STAVROU, Amanda                          Midleton AC                         F50                          08:35.6     145     154

     20   0:35:23  O'DOHERTY, Emer                           Midleton AC                         F                             08:50.6     166     164

     21   0:35:24  MCCARTHY, Danny                          Midleton AC                         M60                         08:50.9       47     165

     22   0:39:34  MCCARTHY, Joan                            Midleton AC                         F55                          09:53.4     138     204

     23   0:40:31  MAGUIRE, Fiona                             Midleton AC                         F40                          10:07.6     167     207


There were 23 finishers in the Midleton AC team.


12-Jul Sat 09:30 Parkrun (Macroom) - Free race 5k Macroom Voluntary No No ???
12-Jul Sat 09:30 Parkrun (Clonakilty) - Free race 5k Clonakilty Voluntary No No ???
12-Jul Sat 13:00 Bere Island Midsummer 10k 10k Bere Island Community No Yes BB
12-Jul Sat 13:00 Bere Island Midsummer 5k 5k Bere Island Community No Yes BB
13-Jul Sun 09:00 Fit Magazine 10k 10k Cork Commercial No Yes JQ
13-Jul Sun 09:15 Fit Magazine 5k 5k Cork Commercial No Yes JQ
15-Jul Tues 20:00 Streets of Fermoy 5km 5k Fermoy Community No Yes DF
16-Jul Wed 20:00 Barryscourt 5k 5k Barryscourt, Carrigtwohill East Cork AC No Yes JW
18-Jul Fri 20:00 Donoughmore 7 7M Donoughmore Donoughmore AC No Yes JW
18-Jul Fri 18:45 Fanahan McSweeny Open Sports Vars Araglin Fanahan McSweeny AC No Yes Sports
19-Jul Sat 09:30 Parkrun (Macroom) - Free race 5k Macroom Voluntary No No ???
19-Jul Sat 09:30 Parkrun (Clonakilty) - Free race 5k Clonakilty Voluntary No No ???