Sunday, 4 October 2015

Cross Country News

Congratulations to all those who ran in the County Novice cross country!
Next important cross country deadlines

11 October - County Senior - West Muskerry (5km for women, 10 km for men) - entry deadline Tuesday, 6 October

18 October - County intermediate and county novice B - entry deadline Wednesday, 14 October

Anyone who would like to enter in these races must let me know by the above deadlines at the latest.  Turning up on the day without pre-entry is not possible.  

A word of warning for those who are not aware, the standard in the senior race (11 Oct) is high so it will be a long, fast race!

The county intermediate and novice B both take place on the same day. (18 Oct).  Anyone who has never won a cross country medal (team or individual) is eligible to compete in the novice B race.

Looking forward to hearing from you!

Sally Drennan
087 2265857

Thursday, 1 October 2015


Congratulations John

Big congratulations to John Carey who completed the Ironman in Barcelona today Details at

New Members

New members are welcome anytime. Beginner Sessions are on Wednesday evening at 6pm in the Community Centre (Gaelscoil) and all others at 7pm or at the Cricket Field on Mondays at 6pm. Best value around by far and all training is covered by AAI insurance. Further information 0872403940 or e mail

Cork to Cobh 15 Mile.

Cork to Cobh took place at 9.30 on Sunday morning and it was a fine morning for running. We had a fine strong crew out with many just using it as a training run for upcoming races in Amsterdam and Dublin. We had some fine results with Louise Barry and Marie Gillman getting PBs as did Michael McNamara who had a fantastic run with a PB by seven minutes.  Debutants Siobhan Savage, Helen Sheehan and Margaret Mulcahy doing it for the first time had excellent runs.
In the prizes once again was Marie Gillman who took 1st O/50 and also got a team prize. Well done all and please send in any photo's or reports to

Cross Country in Carrignavar
After Cork to Cobh a quick spin to Carrignavar to catch to Cross Country where we saw some great running as well. The ladies race was 4Km and a 12 noon start. Our first lady home with a much improved run was Eileen Leahy who won silver with 2nd U/23 and our ladies team finished 5th overall. Sally Drennan was next with her usual powerful cross country running. She was followed by Gillian Bransfield doing her first cross country race and was a revelation with a very strong run looking like she had been doing it for years. Emer Hayes had a very fine and again much improved run whilst Margaret Twohig showed she is a natural at cross country with her usual solid run.
Our men also gave a fine performance with Brian Harty returning to fine form as was Rod Scanlan just back from injury giving his all with a great run. It was great to see Marc Dalton back in the Midleton AC vest and having a good run showing he is well on his way to getting back to his real racing form. Our two newcomers Gerard McLean and David Moynihan had very good runs and both who had never run cross country before showed huge potential. Barry Williams and Paul Kearns had fine runs also with Barry engaged in a thrilling sprint for the line to gain that extra position for the club. Full results to follow later.


Thanks to Margaret Twohig and Joan McCarthy for the extra photo's
Midleton AC Ladies Team 1st  (GOLD)in Munster Half Marathon Championships in Charleville.

The brilliant news just in is that our ladies team have won gold in the Munster Half Marathon Championships which were held in conjunction with the Charleville Half Marathon. The winning team consisted of Anna Doris 6th, Deidre Aherne 15th and Marie Gillman 19th won by a comfortable twelve points from West Waterford with West Limerick a further six points behind them. This is a fantastic achievement for the ladies and the club. We are so proud of you ladies Well done.

Best of luck to everyone running this weekend as Sunday sees two major events with the Cork to Cobh at nine in the morning followed by the Cross Country later in the morning. So please if you are not running come out and support your fellow club members.

Details of Sunday's Cross Country at White's Cross .Just head up Dublin Hill and its not very far and will be signposted. Start 12 noon Be there early.

Ironman In Barcelona
Very best of luck to John Carey in Barcelona where he will be doing an Ironman on Sunday next. With a 4Km swim, 180K cycle and a Full marathon.We will keep you posted.


Helen Gilroy receiving her prize at the Killarney 10 Mile
John Tracey 10 Mile
Now Open For Entries
Run with a legend in the beautiful town of Dungarvan, Co Waterford in one of the flattest 10 mile courses in the country.
 John Treacy Olympic Silver medalist and World Cross Country Champion will start the event and indeed participate as well.
So if you are looking for a top quality event with a Nike tech t-shirt for all finishers, a packed goody bag and chip timing then this is the event for you. 

Event details and schedule

Race packs will be posted to all participants in advance of the event.  Just turn up to the start line and you are ready to soak up the atmosphere before competing in one of the fastest flattest 10 mile courses around.  
At the finish line remember to  remove your race number and pick up your Nike tech t-shirt and famous Dungarvan 10 "Goody Bag".
Post match refreshments and prizegiving will take place in the Race Headquarters at Dungarvan Sports Centre approx. 800 m from the finish line.  

Friday, 25 September 2015


Thanks to Rod Scanlan for another great poster. Please copy and distribute.


Our Wednesday evening sessions resume next Wednesday with the Beginners Session at 6pm in the Community Centre and all others at 7pm.
New members welcome at both sessions. Please pass the word.

100Km Cycle

Picture shows just a few of the Midleton AC crew who completed the 100Km cycle in aid of Pieta House and suicide awareness on Sunday.

Report from Rod Scanlan
A massive thanks & well done to everyone involved in the 5k adventure race in Oldcourt woods in Rochestown in aid of Scoil Nioclais this morning. It was one of the best organised races I've ran in. Cork Woodland Race
My first ever trail race and I have to say the toughest race I have ever done. Could bearly manage to walk up one of the hills which is a first for me in a race. At least so did the leaders. Finishing in 5th place was a bonus. 3.5k of the 5k was uphill with a climb of 258ft in race profile below. 24:40 for 5K says it all. (7mins slower than my PB on the road)
On completing the race we were handed a banana, oaty flapjack, homemade cookie and bottle of water with tea/coffee and a large selection of homemade sandwiches and cakes in the Garryduff Sports Complex. All this for €10. I shall be signing up to this again next year. Well done to Barry Williams and all the other Mid AC runners Michael Hallahan finished 10th and Barry Williams 15th.

PS Rod was too modest to mention that he came 5th himself. Danny

Moby Dick

Well done to Sally Drennan who did the Triathlon in Youghal yesterday where she finished 4th Lady and 1st O/50. Any others who took part please let me know.

Women's Mini Marathon

A huge crowd as per usual turned out for the Evening Echo Mini Marathon in Cork today. There was a brilliant run by Eileen Leahy who finished 12th overall and just outside the prizewinners. This was a big move up of five or six places so hopefully next year she will be in there with the prizes.The whole organisation of the event seemed to be very good this year especially with the separation of walkers and runners.

Berlin Marathon
Congratulations Lizzie Lee

A huge congrats to Lizzie Lee (coached by our own Donie Walsh) on her success in Berlin Marathon on Sunday. She finished in 2.32.50 becoming the fifth fastest Irish woman ever in a marathon.

Tramore Valley parkrun # 1 - 26/09/2015


A fine run by John Dunphy in the Tramore Valley Park Run on Saturday where he finished in 5th place in a time of 18.30.A total of three hundred and forty five took part in what was the first event. This is definitely going to grow.

Ladies Mini Marathon News

Cork Women's Mini-Marathon - Late entries will be taken, tomorrow morning, between 10am and 12 noon, on Victoria Road.
Last Call for Stewards!
Cork Athletics volunteers have been busy today, setting up the start and finish areas for tomorrow's 34th Evening Echo Mini-Marathon.
We are still short volunteers to steward and record tomorrow. If you are available, please come along to the Monaghan Road area for 12 noon tomorrow. It will only take a couple of hours of your time, is very rewarding and, in particular, you will be helping thousands of people raise priceless funds for their chosen charities,
So...Tomorrow at 12, at Monaghan Road...See You There!

Killarney 10 Mile

Over a very tough route which was a mixture of sharp hills and very long drags .There were only three flat miles with the rest being very challenging and when Helen Gilroy describes a course as challenging you can be sure that in reality it was a very tough course.
The results as such were not as good as the lads wished but under the circumstances they did very well. Helen (69min) finished 4th Lady overall and 1st Lady in her category whilst Fergal O'Meara did 67min and Mick Murphy did 71min. All looking good for Dublin in October.

Lots of activity this weekend .So best of luck to Helen, Mick and Fergal who have an early start for the Killarney 10 Mile in the morning and also to any ladies doing the mini marathon on Sunday and remember its no quite four miles so don't leave it too late to kick for home. To Rod who is doing the 5Km in Rochestown Woods on Sunday.

Thursday, 24 September 2015

Women's Mini Marathon On Sunday Next

Cork Womens Mini-Marathon - The Entry Desk in Debenhams Closes at 7pm on Thursday September 24th
Race info on Cork Athletics website, including Rapid action video overview of course:

Wednesday, 23 September 2015


A big thank you to everyone who turned up Wednesday evening for our Open Night. A big welcome also to all the new members who signed up and to those who are coming along next week to the start of our sessions. A special thanks to all our speakers Donie, Delores and Tim from Midleton Park Wellness Centre, Aisling, Sally and of course MC john Cashman. Also a special thank you to Alan Kelleher who took over the catering at short notice and did an excellent job.
Remember sessions start back next Wed at 6pm for beginners and new members are always welcome and you can try the first session free to see if it suits your requirements.
The 7pm session on Wed next is for those who have experience of running at whatever level as all levels are catered for. Again you can have the first session free.
Also anyone who wants to try our Monday night sessions in the Cricket Field are more than welcome. These sessions are at 6pm .

Some of the large crowd who attended the Open Night. Remember its never too late to start.We are the best value around and we do it for the love of running.

The county novice and under 23 cross country championships take place on Sunday, 4 October in Carrignavar.  The closing date for entries is this Friday, 25 September.
Anyone who would like to run in this event on the Midleton AC team should please contact Sally Drennan as soon as possible.  Full details will be available nearer the date, but if you have any questions, feel free to contact Sally.

087 2265857