Friday, 24 October 2014


D Day Is Almost Here

D Day or Dublin Marathon Monday is almost upon us and we wish everyone running the very best and hope everyone gets the time they want or better. We have a mighty crew going up this year along with a fine crew of supporters plus the supporters who travel up on Monday morning to support their fellow club members and also to enjoy the occasion.
Our crew are at present

Ladies first! (8)
Claire Fitzgerald, Mags Jones, Louise Barry, Camilla O'Connor, Esther Murphy, Amanda Stavrou, Anna Doris, Niamh Dorgan

Derek Ahern, Don Ryan, Neilus Ahern, Alan Kelleher, Paul Geary, Brian Cott, Fionan OhAodain, Francis Maunsell, Aidan O'Herlihy , Peter Gunning, Kris Dowdall.


If there are any others please let us know or if any of the above are injured etc again please let me know

Many of us are staying in the Maldron in Cardiff Lane about ten mins from the finish so if any one wants to connect up with us after you will find us there.

Mmunster Novice Cross Country

This takes place on Sunday in Turnpike, Two Mile Borris, Tipperary and we have runners there also .Our ladies team of Helen Gilroy, Sheila Buckley Eileen Leahy and Sally Drennan will be doing their best to bring home medals .Our men are Brian Harty and Rod Scanlan who we also wish well.

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Cross Country

The Munster Intermediate Cross Country Championships takes place on Sunday, November 9 in Newmarket on Fergus, Co. Clare.

If you would be interested in running on the Midleton AC team please contact Helen Gilroy on 086 2713072 by Friday, 31st October.
Bandon 5kn Sunday 26th Oct at 2pm
 The 5k is being organised by Bandon AC.

Here is some more info...Deirdre O Reilly is the mother of two young girls and is herself the youngest child of Michael and the late Margaret O Reilly, 14 Convent Hill, Bandon. On December 22nd 2013 tragedy struck when Deirdre suffered a most severe stroke. She has since been in the care of the wonderful staff at Cork University Hospital.  The stroke has left her with paralysis on her right side and with an inability to communicate her feelings and needs. But through it all, 43-year-old Deirdre’s passion for life and her special character is still beaming through. Throughout her life she has displayed a generosity and an empathy for those she comes in contact with. This is demonstrated by the fact that she has been involved in raising over one million euro for most deserving causes. Her infectious laughter and sense of humour is still shining in spite of her inability to articulate her emotions and feelings. One can observe, when visiting her, that she wants to make people at ease. A smile and an attempted wink to break the ice. The goodwill and support which Deirdre and the family have received is heart-warming and encourages everyone to continue with the long road of rehabilitation.
Please note that the number of prizes are restricted as the purpose of the race is to raise as much as possible.

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Dublin Marathon

This may be of interest to those doing Dublin Marathon as its a new course this year. Its doing the rounds.

Miles 0 - 1.5: 
The start is the same as previous years, in that it gets going on Fitzwiliam place, then swings right onto leeson st. It’s a fast start and before we'd swing right at the end of leeson st and by Stephen’s green. But this year you keep going straight ahead all the way down Kevin st, through the lights and into the coombe.
Miles 1.5 - 3:
You turn right up Meath st and that’s a drag all the way to Thomas st. Its about 300 - 400m. Its not a big incline but that street is very narrow.......even more narrow with cars parked on the left hand side, so there could be some congestion. Then you turn right onto Thomas st and its a fastish section which gets even faster when you go down the hill at christchurch. At the end of this hill you go left along the quays.
So basically the first 3 miles are fast.
Miles 3 - 7:
At the end of the quays you turn right over the bridge, then left and straight ahead onto parkgate st. This is where a drag starts that goes from here to castleknock. From here to the phoenix monument its quite sharp(as far as drags go anyway) and then flattens out for a bit, but then as you hit the castleknock gate it goes up again. This is around the 10k mark and I have to say that stretch out of the park is the worst of the drags (so far). This section I think will cause a some problems for people in that tyring to maintain marathon pace will leave you fried.........but not straight away. And thats the devious thing about it, if you try to hold MP here you wont feel the bite until later, but it will take a bite. Best thing to do is to drop the pace back a few seconds per mile, let yourself be comfortable and tuck in behind a group let them do the work. And I have to mention the'll be in your face all the way up, for sure.
Miles 7 - 9:
You go left from castleknock onto college road, which surprise surprise, is another drag........but its a short one, about 200m. But I'd still hold back and not try to fly up it. But this is where the fun begins because theres a good mile of downhill. And its really fast........I know a lot of people say you should be careful on fast downhills but personally after the time you've lost on the 4 mile drag it makes sense to let rip. A bit. And being careful of course not to top yourself over a pothole. You swing left back into the park and this will be a bit of a shock to the legs after the speed of the down hill. But it doesnt last long because you swing right onto the upper glen road which is another fast section that goes as far as the Chapleizod gate.
Miles 9 -12.5
Out of the park and past Donore Harriers HQ, then you go left into the village and its fairly flat. The road surface though is in a jock so be careful.
And then theres the Hill up st lawerences road. Like the drag in the park its early enough in the race to be tmepted to just blast up it. But I'd advise against that. Again, death by a thousand cuts, that kind of thing. You blast up that hill now and I promise you it'll take a bit a few miles later. Personally I think the best thing to do is to slow right down and stroll up it.
Then youre onto sarsfield road which is flat, you go right under the bridge and theres another drag. This is a sneaky one because it doesnt look like much but again if you try to maintain Marathon pace here you'll put a dent in yourself. Then after that youre by kilmainham and swing right where theres (yet) another incline. Its short and sharp though. The section after this aorund the south circular road is a strange one. It always seems very quiet, like a ghost town.......but in the distance you can hear the rumble from dolphins barn. The road surface here is in an absolute heap and there seems to be a big camber(from right to left as you go towards Dolphins barn). Its flat but because of the dodgy surface and the camber, it always seems like a hard section to maintain MP.
Miles 12.5 - 15
When you turn right at dolphins barn theres always a massive crowd waiting and its actually awe inspiring(double if the weather is good). So You do get a lift from the crowd and you can find your pace quickening as a result, but its best to maintain your composure, not get caught up in things because this is actually a pretty tough stretch that goes on for over 2 miles. And you can be guaranteed that the wind will be in your face......even if it seems like theres no wind and everything is calm, there'll be a wind. In your face. So again, tuck in behind some man mountain and conserve your energy. Dont try to maintain marathon pace on this stretch, like the drag in the park, ease back a few seconds per mile(a good few seconds). Halfway point used to be outside superquinn but its now out side a chipper called Mona lisa.......classy.
Miles 15 - 17
Once you hit the walkinstown roundabout thats all the big energy zapping drags done and dusted. You turn left onto Cromwellforths road which is a long straight stretch thats more or less flat. Fortfield road at about 17 miles is a drag. Its not a very long section but I always find it hard to turn from the relative flatness of the previous section to the drag up this road, it can kind of bring you to a standstill. So best to take it handy and not try to flog the pace. Actually the next section at the back of Terenure college is deceptive, its not flat even though it might appear to be but anybody whos run the sportsworld race will know that its not an easy stretch.
Miles 17 - 20
You turn left onto the terenure road and thankfully this is a nice fast section. Actually from here to milltown is fast so this is the time to really go for it and take advantage of the downward drag.
Miles 20 - 22
Theres a hill in Milltown and personally I really hate this one. Its nothing major in the grand scheme of things but its sharp and at this stage of the race can take a bite. After that though its flat to downhill for a bit and then the hill at clonskeagh. Or to be more accurate, the series of hills and plateaus at closnkeagh, because you go up for a bit, it flattens, you go up again, it flattens and you go up again. Then its by the mosque and you turn left up roebuck road. Its flat enough but then at the end, just before you turn onto fosters avenue theres roebuck hill. This has been discussed before and for whatever reason its gained a rep as being the course bad boy. Its not really. Its sharp and it will put the hurt on you but its short and its over before you know it.
Miles 22 - 24
Fosters Ave. This is a very quick section and you can just let fly. 4miles to go and you gotta start emptying the tank here. Left and the end onto stilorgan dual carrigeway, still fast, then right over the UCD flyover and onto nutley lane. So 22- 24 is fast.
Miles 24 - finish
Left at the end of nutley lane and onto merrion row which is a long straight stretch. The road is wide and exposed and I personally hate this part. Up by the British embassy then the RDS, you swing right onto Shelbourne road. Another long stretch that’s fairly quick. 
The old course would have you continue on over the canal, but with the new course you swing left up haddington road. It’s a bit of a drag but nothing killer, and then you turn right onto Northumberland road. And from here it’s a long straight run to the finish. And it is long........
I have to say I prefer this finish to the old one. Before the hump at the canal and the stretch up Pearse st were pretty horrible. This way it seems to be over quicker.
And thats it. I was talking to a friend the other day who said that after a while everybody becomes an expert. I dont claim to be an expert but I'll say how I think this course could best be run and you can do with that information as you please.
I think you should start off easy, really be careful on the section from the pargate st all the way to castleknock, like don’t try and run marathon pace, slow it down. Ditto for crumlin road. I think a negative split of at least 2 minutes is the way to go, trying to run even splits on this course is nuts. Maybe the course profile doesn’t look so bad but there’s a profile and then there’ the real thing. Hold back on the hills, dont try to blast up them, you'll pay for that later on. Wait until the walkinstown roundabout to make a move, its about 11 miles to the finish from there which is perfect for negative splitting. Respect the hills, make hay on the quicker sections, run very comfortably over the first half and go for it after walkinstown. And especially go for it once you hit fosters ave, that’s 4 miles+ of Gold.

Sunday, 19 October 2014


How to describe today and the running by our athletes is really hard as each and every one of them excelled themselves.
 In the ladies event there was some amazing running with those that had run cross country before showing their experience Marie Gillman, Margaret Twohig and Martha McNamara whilst newcomers Catherine Terry, Rayleen Dolphin, Bernie Twomey and Lana Creedon were outstanding and proved vital parts of the team. Every one of them showing that they have great potential as cross country runners.
Our men also excelled with great running by all on board with Rod Scanlon ( no after effects of the honeymoon) our first man home followed by Declan Dorgan and Eugene Mc Carthy in a close finish with Andre Brodkorb. Michael Murphy ,Mike Cremin, Paul Kearns, Kevin Moran and the real vet. of the field (only a few days short of his 60th) Michael McNamara making a fantastic debut and picking off runners with every lap and an inspiration to everyone.
A huge part of the success must go to Helen Gilroy who organised the entries and the teams and to those that came and supported like Sally Drennan (who cycled from Midleton) , Joan McCarthy, Christine Gilroy, Louise Barry to name but a few. All played such an important part,


Midleton AC Men 4th team (losing out by only 2pts)

Midleton Ladies Silver Medals

Well done all on the ladies scoring team  were

Catherine Terry, Rayleen Dolphin, Marie Gillman and Martha McNamara followed by Margaret Twohig , Bernie Twomey,Lana Creedon.

Great running girls Your club is so very proud of you all.


Rebel Run

Christopher McCarthy ran 43:50 in the 10K Rebel Run this morning.  It was about 20 seconds slower than he  was hoping for but it's a tough course.  Miles 2 & 5 were tricky. Very well done Chris.

Friday, 17 October 2014


Adventure For Sinead

Sinead Ivers went off today and completed her first Adventure Race The "Skibbereen Scar Charity" event. She had a mighty run and even had time to admire the Hills Of Skibbereen whilst completing the course in around three and a half hours (exact times not in yet). Well done Sinead as always you did yourself and your club proud.


Helen has asked me to let all runners and supporters for tomorrows event know that those running Novice B that their races will be after 1.30.
Intermediate Race 1st then Juvenile Races and then Novice B.

Our Line Up For Next Sundays Cross Country In Castlelyons

Here is the list of our declared runners for next Sundays Novice B Championships in Castlelyons. Its only 15mins out the road so please come out and support your teams.
Some are doing it for their first time and need and deserve your support and you can still be home in time for late dinner.

Men ; Mike Cremin / Rod Scanlon / Mick Murphy / Eugene McCarthy / Andre Brodkorb / Declan Dorgan / Kevin Moran / Mark o Reilly / Michael McNamara/ Paul Kearns

Women: Mags Twohig / Catherine Terry / Bernie Twomey / Marie Gilman / Martha McNamara / Lana Creedon / Rayleen Dolphin

Great to see so many trying it for the first time.

Dublin City Marathon News

The route for this years Dublin City Marathon seems to have changed again from previous years. The course is pretty similar to that run over the last few years. The major change is at the start and finish. The start will be familiar to those that have run the race recently the change being that it will not travel down O'Connell Street due to Luas work but head up towards Christchurch and then head down the Quays towards Heuston Station before entering the Phoenix Park.The finish is completely new,with the race not heading up towards Trinity College but taking a left at Shelbourne Road and heading up Haddington Road before finishing at Merrion Square North. Anyone doing the race should familiarize themselves with these areas particularly with the meeting point locations if they intend to meet anyone after the race as one way systems will operate for runners and spectators. The organisers are advising anyone that wishes to collect a race number for someone else that they must have a letter giving them permission to do so. You will also require photo id to collect your own number. On the day you will be allowed join a later wave start but not an earlier one. The organisers say that only offical vehicles and bikes will be allowed on the course and my information is that this will be strictly enforced.
Video of new course at

VIP For Midleton AC Runners .
A good friend of our club Brian Healy is also on the organising committee of the marathon and he asked me to give his number to any Midleton AC athlete that might need it ie having number difficulties etc and to note that if you are collecting someone's number you must have a letter giving you permission to collect it .
Brian's number is 0872932752

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

AAI National Intercounty Championships 2014 - Team Selection

The first eight (8) men and women across the line at this year's Cork County Senior Cross Country Championships will be selected automatically for the respective Cork teams.  There will be four (4) "wild card" places available. The wild card places are primarily aimed at athletes who are either unable to compete in the County Championships, and/or are resident outside Cork.

Last year, Cork had both an 'A' and a 'B' team in the Nationals.  Cork will only be permitted enter one team this year, so competition for places is expeced to be "fierce"

Athletes who would like to be considered for a "wild card" place should contact Team Manager Noreen Murphy, 085-7157810

The County Senior takes place in Cork AAI's Riverstick grounds on Sunday November 2nd, while the AAI National Inter-County Championships take place on Sunday November 23rd.
Cork Teams for National Intercounties - Selection Procedure: