Tuesday, 21 February 2017



The poll for the best 5 mile road race in Cork in 2016 closed recently and the winner was the Mdleton 5 mile held last May. It got nearly 42% of the total vote which shows how popular a race it was.

The Carrigaline 5 mile race was the runner up in second place with 15% while the East Ferry 5 mile finished in 3rd with 11.8%, just ahead of the Millstreet 5 mile in 4th pace with 11%.

The Midleton 5 mile which 
was held in May 2016 got a record 654 finishers. Some part of that surge in numbers was no doubt due to the fact that Midleton AC were recording their 50th anniversary.

Thanks to everyone who took the time to vote.
Apologies for this very late report on Barry's run held on Saturday Feb 11th last. 
This 72km trail run was a first for both Barry and the organisers of the Slí Gaeltacht Mhuscraí Ultra. The race began at 8.15 am in Kealkill west Cork & finished in Millstreet following the flight of O'Sullivan Beara. 
Conditions were good in that it was dry but the cold was fairly severe, dropping well below zero on some of the mountains. A race of endurance for sure. As I tracked my big brother I thought this race would never end! I received a few snap chats of the spectacular scenery & witnessed the perilous rocky paths underfoot. Darkness fell & as I enjoyed a Saturday night glass of wine, Barry was still moving. An inadvertent meander in the wrong direction cost him an additional 6km plus time...precious time. He finally can home in just under 12hours, happy &  in his own words "wrecked!". 

The photos were scarce but this one does hightlight the beauty that is west Cork least we forget what's on our doorstep!

Report from Siobhan Murphy

Friday, 17 February 2017


Ballycotton 10 Envelope Packing

The packing of Ballycotton 10 envelopes with numbers, pins etc. takes place next Thursday starting  at 6pm but you can come anytime after that and you will be welcome Every pair of hands helps, this race just doesn't happen so please play your part in making it happen. Packing takes place in Midleton CBS. Splease lend a hand even for a half hour. The more we have the quicker the job gets done. Thanks Danny

Carrigaline 5 Mile

We had around five runners here today with fine runs from Christopher McCarthy and Kevin Morrison whilst Fergal O'Meara took 2nd O/45 prize. Joan McCarthy and Sandra O'Connor also had good runs.

Cloyne 4Km

Lots of members out in Cloyne Sunday morning where Paul Spiteri finished once again in 3rd male and Eileen Leahy in 2nd Female

Two fantastic local races this weekend and do not forget you can pre enter Carrigaline in case you are in a hurry and want to do the two of them.


Donie O'Connell a man with huge experience of this race is organising his annual pre Ballycotton 10 practice run next Saturday 25th Feb. @ 9am. This is geared to those wanting to do between 8.30 --- 9.30 pm pace. All are welcome .

County Roads Championships

The next championship event on the calendar is the Cork Athletics County Road Championships which will be held on Friday, March 17 at 10.00 am in Castlelyons.
This is a 4 mile road race with a separate race for men and women, with each race incorporating novice and masters categories.  This means that everyone in the club is eligible to compete, unless there is anyone under 35 who has already been placed in the top three in a previous road county championships.
Castlelyons is a very short journey and the race is short and early so please try to support your club by competing.  A small group from Midleton AC competed last year and won several medals.  Let's see if we can improve on that this year.
Entries have to be made in advance.  So please let me know if you would like to be entered.

Kind regards,

Please Do Not Forget

The club (Juvenile and Senior) will be holding its AGM in the two Mile Inn on Thursday next 23rd Feb @ 7.30pm also Ballycotton 10 envelope packing takes place the same evening starting at 6pm.Even a half hour helping with the packing would be of great help. Info 0872403940. Thanks Danny

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Cross Country Season Draws To A Close
Report by Sally Drennan

Last weekend saw the 2016/17 cross country season draw to a close as far as Midleton AC athletes are concerned, so I thought it would be worth taking a quick look back at the successful season that the club has had.

Every year a few brave club members take the plunge and run their first cross country race.  I'm happy to say that the majority of these athletes enjoy it and go on to run many more races, bringing honour and glory to themselves and their club, at the same time reaping huge training benefits themselves.  This year Louise Barry ran her first cross country race and enjoyed it so much that she ran every race she could and encouraged other members to try it too.  Claire Parker had a couple of great runs and did exceptionally well for her for her first season at it, unfortunately picking up an injury towards the end of the season which prevented her from taking part in the last few races.  This was also the case for Karen Davis who had also enjoyed her first cross country season.  Breeda Sheedy and Maire Walsh also took up the challenge this year for the first time. 


We also had a number of men who had their first cross country outings.  Particular congratulations to David Moynihan, Mark O'Reilly,  Edwin Cashman, Ger O'Regan, Brian Cott and Ronan Mc Manus all who were competing for the first time this year.


It was good to see Orlagh Farmer making a strong comeback to running after a few years concentrating on football.  She was second in the East Cork senior and ran strongly in the national novice before football commitments took priority again, but we hope to see Orlagh as part of our teams in the coming years.


The first county event of the season was the novice where Sinead Kevany won first place individually and led the team of Eileen Leahy, Louise Barry and Christine Murphy into second place.


A few weeks later Sinead went on to comfortably win the Munster novice and scored on the Cork team which came second.  One of our younger members, Eileen Leahy scored on the winning Cork team at the Munster under 23's and just missed out on an individual medal.

Then came the county masters.  Once again Sinead won the county masters, taking 1st over 35. In the county masters Louise won her first individual cross country medal with 3rd place over 35. This was a really well deserved win which Louise was thrilled with. We are getting used to expecting good things from our mens over 50's team and we weren't disappointed, as the team of Edmond, John Cashman and Paul Kierans won the bronze medal with Edmond placing 3rd over 50.

The next race was the Munster masters in Dungarvan.  Here, true to form Joan Hough won 1st over 55 and scored on the third placed Cork team. Neilus Aherne won 1st over 60 in the Munster masters and was 1st to score on the Cork team.

Sinead and Orlagh then both represented the club at the national novice in Dundalk.

Neilus started this season on the high that he finished last season.  At the Autumn Open cross country he qualified to run for Ireland in the British and Irish masters cross country in Scotland. There he was the  2nd Irish man over 60 to score on the Irish team which won gold.


In the final race of the season on a bitterly cold day in Waterford IT last Sunday, the club was represented by three teams and two individuals.  The over 35 women's team on the day was made up of Sinead Kevany, Louise Barry, Maire Walsh and Gillian Bransfield.  Sinead had a fantastic run winning a gold medal with the Cork team and just missing out by 1 point on a bronze individual medal.  Particular congratulations and thanks to Maire for bravely running her first ever cross country race at the all-Ireland masters and thereby ensuring that we had a team.  Unfortunately we didn't quite have an over 50 women's team, but Joan ran a great race to score on the Cork gold medal winning team, followed home by Marie Gillman and Sally Drennan.  As usual Neilus led our men's over 50 team which also included John Cashman, Edmond O'Sullivan and Paul Kierans.  They all ran very well on an exceptionally tough course, and John and Edmond did well to get there due to injuries which have hampered their training in recent months.  Once again Neilus won a national individual medal, this time bronze,  as well as scoring on the 3rd placed Cork team. In addition to these teams, we had two individual runners.  Edwin Cashman and Francis Maunsell both ran very strong races and we hope that they too will have a team next year.


If I have left anyone out or failed to mention any achievements, please accept my apologies and let me know so I can update the records.


Well done to one and all.  I  hope that this will inspire even more of you to run cross country for the club next year.

Friday, 10 February 2017



The annual packing of envelopes for the Ballycotton 10 will take place on Thursday 23rd Feb commencing at 6pm in the CBS hall. Traditionally Midleton AC have always assisted in this so hopefully we will see as many as possible there to help. This also applies to retired or injured members every little bit helps and the more we have the quicker the job gets done. Even if you can only spare a half hour you will be most welcome at any time.

Kilworth 5Km

We had two runners here Sunday at this very popular race. Ger O'Regan who finished 29th in 20.22 and Mary O'Keeffe who won 1st O/50.

Cross Country

Gold for Sinead and Joan plus two Bronze for Neilus

On a very cold and windy  Sunday afternoon our crew did us proud at the National Cross Country Championships in Waterford CIT. Sinead Keavney had another brilliant run taking GOLD with the Cork team and narrowly missing out on an individual bronze when coming 4th O/35 whilst Joan Hough also took GOLD with the O/50 Cork Team adding to her vast collection of medals whilst the great Neilus Aherne really gave it his all in taking a bronze individual medal.
All our runners had great runs with very fine performances from Louise Barry, Maire Walsh, Gillian Bransfield, Marie Gillman, and Sally Drennan.
Our men also had great runs with Edwin Cashman,Edmond O'Sullivan, Francis Maunsell, John Cashman and Paul Kearns. There were some spectacular finishes especially from Neilus Aherne and Edwin Cashman who passed two or three in the finishing straight. A big thank you to all our runners and supporters for a great day.

Best of luck to all our crew running in the National Cross Country Championships in Waterford this Sunday and those who are venturing to Kilworth and elsewhere.

 This is a great race and well worth supporting as Eagle AC are always great supporters of our Midleton 5 race. Also it is the traditional race to run before Ballycotton 10 as its a nice challenging course with a few hills and lets you know where you are at and helps you guide your pace for the big one.