What We Are Really All About ??
Whilst some of us were looking for missing shoes and more of us were in Ballinacurra one of our members was out winning a SILVER medal in the MUNSTER Intermediates coming 6th and scoring for the Cork team Well done Siobhan O'Leary We once again are so proud of you.
Where are you Cinderella ???
Word has it that the "Club Person Of The Year" is missing her shoe and she needs it for the "Cross Country" next weekend. Any help in locating is much appreciated.
Photo thanks to club captain Claire Fitzgerald
Ho Ho Ho It's Party Time
Our annual Christmas Party and Awards Night took place in the Pepperstack on Saturday. An amazing night was had with fantastic food and entertainment. Some very deserving awards were given out (all decided democratically) "Athletes Of The Year" went to Sally Drennan and Neilus Aherne ( this was selected by the number of championship races ran on behalf of the club) whilst very deservedly Louise Barry was voted "Club Person Of The Year". Lots of other fun awards went to Edwin Cashman "Supporter Of The Year" and Derek Aherne "Driver Of The Year" whilst Joan McCarthy was given a "Special Achievement Award" for her Dublin Marathon run. The Social Committee did a fantastic job in organising the night which was surely one of our best nights ever with a huge crowd ( the biggest in years) all committed to bringing Midleton AC upwards and onwards.
We had two runners here this morning Sheila Buckley 3rd Lady and Mary O'Keeffe but we also had supporter's of the year Edwin and Louis Cashman and club person of the year Louise Barry and crew.
Reports starting to drift in on great times in Waterford Half Marathon.
On a beautiful December morning conditions were just about perfect for running. We had a fantastic turnout of at least 25 club members for this end-of-year half marathon. We had many excellent performances on this nice, but challenging course. On her first ever 13.1 miler, our international athlete Sinead Kevany ran a blistering race to finish 5th lady overall. Tim Hannon posted a very impressive PB performance, as did Mick Murphy and there may have been others. A special mention for the great support from Edwin Cashman who seemed to turn up everywhere on the course. Well done to WAC for organising a great event and 'HATS' off to all who represented our club today - an ideal warmer-up for the Christmas party. Report from Mark Walsh
An early start on the road at 7.45 got us into WIT grounds for 9am. It was perfect conditions for the WAC half, cool and sunny and no wind.
All credit goes to WAC for another superbly organised race. Midleton AC members arrived in force and thankfully, so too did Christine Murphy!
Sinead Kevany was the first Midleton athlete to arrive home finishing 5th overall female athlete in a time of 1'24.A remarkable debut in this longer event.
Tim Hannon was our first male home in a PB ( by 8 minutes!) In 1'25, Mike Cremin trailed Tim in a time of 1'26. Mick Murphy had an outstanding race 1'28 (beating last years time).Ger O’Regan followed in 1'31
Helen Gilroy was our next female home in 1'32. Francis Maunsell happily trotted at the start, at the three mile mark he went into turbo and the dust rose from the road. He galloped home in 1'34. Sean O’ Sullivan was next to arrive through the gantry in 1'36, as John Cashman followed in close pursuit in 1'37 with David Cody hot on his tails in 1'38. Brian Cott as usual romped home in 1'37, just 4 weeks after starting training again. Never underestimate the phenomenon of Brian.
Ester "I loves me county" Murphy edged home slightly ahead of the Midleton AC calendar girls Yvonne, Mags Jones and Louise all in 1'41. Claire fitz finally arrived over the line in 1'44 with Coach Mark Walsh. In fact Mark got Youghal AC/ Galtee runners over the line too in a last mile of 7'12.
Breeda Sheedy was just ahead of Colin Garde in 1'46. Well done also to Maurice Ring in 1'48.
Cool as a breeze, Christine Murphy's late lie in earned her a time of 1'51. Well done to Alan Morley who crossed the line in 1'53.
Sprint of the day goes to Siobhan Murphy who passed at least 8 runners up the final furlong in a deserved 1'54.
Katherine Connor, another County native and relative new member in 2017 is proving herself, beating her last half by 2 mins. A strong runner with a lot of potential, I've no doubt will be smashing these times in the future. Bernie Twomey’s recent injuries didn't stop her performing in a time of 2'03. Bernie has the full array of WAC hats, I think at this stage.
Michael MC Namara another runner who is a collector of these sought after hats, waved and smiled coming in 2'04. Well done to one of our newest members Mark Fuller who followed after Michael in 2'05.
The happiest finishers in a time of 2'14, judging by their photo smiles were Karen Knowles and Claire Parker.
Mary B Walsh finished very strong in 2'23. Hampered by a persistent foot injury, this is a great feat.
Our final athlete was Caroline Cashman in 2'23. Caroline put in a Trojan effort for the last mile and her brother and club are exceptionally proud of performance.
Well done all.
We don't know how Edwin did it, but he managed to be at every crucial part on this course. THANK YOU EDWIN.
Apologies for any errors or omissions!
Report from Senior Club Captain Claire Fitzgerald
Don't forget our Christmas Party is on tonight .A few place still available.