Sunday, 24 September 2023


East Cork Senior and Masters  Cross Country Championships  

We Have Some Trojan Women In Our Club

I could not be prouder of the five amazing women from our club that went out today and raced in some of the worst conditions I have ever experienced at a cross country race. 

We had Eileen Leahy, Louise Barry, Meadhbh Collins, Loveness Hegarty and Sinead O'Driscoll ( who togged out as some were late arriving). They did us proud and we got medals but due to the conditions the results won't be out for a while. Special mention to Catherine Carroll who was also prepared to tog out if needed.


All that hard work paid off when we WON GOLD for the Senior Ladies and Gold for our Ladies O/35 TEAM.

We had ONE MAN  the ever dependable Neilus Aherne. Neilus who finished 4th O/45 and as always 1st O/65. Well done Neilus our sole male representative. No our men were not afraid of the wind and rain but most of our regulars are injured unfortunately.

She made me promise not to take her photo

Berlin Marathon

We had two runners here today and both acquitted themselves very well despite the very warm conditions. Mark Cronin finished in 3.25.37 and Tony Murray who finished in 3.38.47. Well done guys .

More photos to follow.

Tuesday, 19 September 2023

Cross Country 

 The venue for next Sunday's XC hosted by Carraig na bhFear AC is Ballinahina, White's Cross, Nearest Eircode: T23 AY86.

Many thanks again to St. Catherines AC for hosting last Sunday's event.

and a selection of photos can be seen on the East Cork Division Facebook page.

Kind Regards


This really is the ideal opportunity to try cross country in a friendly way. Ye are mostly masters out there so you would be running with people your own age and category. So why not give it a go and see if you like it. If you run cross country this year it is guaranteed your times will improve on the road or track next year. Danny 

Saturday, 16 September 2023


Ladies Mini Marathon 5KM

The Ladies Mini Marathon incorporating the Women's County 5KM Championships took place over a new route around the Marina. It was a tough uncomfortable course by most accounts.

We saw some really great running from Vicki Spiteri who finished 12th overall ( out of 3,000) and she took 1st O/35. There was also some great running from Nathalie O'Connell who is only getting back to race fitness as is Loveness Hegarty who also ran the cross country yesterday. Updates and photos of any others who ran are very welcome. Well done all.

Boston Scientific Half Marathon

We had one runners here on Saturday Amanda Cooney who clocked 2.21.00 in very tough conditions. Well done Amanda.

Cross Country report from Sally Drennan

 The cross country season kicked off today with Day 1 of the East Cork Championships, which was the women's and men's novice races.  It was a very well-organised day, run by St. Catherine's.  Thanks also to John Hennessy and Mike Dorney for their hard work on behalf of the East Cork Athletics Board.  Considering the amount of rain which fell in the past couple of days, the course was also in remarkably good condition.

Our women's team was led home by Eileen Leahy, followed by Sally Drennan, Christine Murphy and Loveness Hegarty.  Very disappointingly for Meadhbh she had car trouble and by the time she made it to the field the women's race had just started! Our team finished in third place and considering most of us are far from full fitness it was a good result.

Unfortunately Ger O'Regan was our only representative in the men's race.  He ran a very good race in a very competitive field.

Next week, Day 2 which incorporates the Men's and Women's Senior and masters races takes place on Sunday, 24 September in Carrignavar.

Tuesday, 12 September 2023

Lap Of The Map

I got this via email. I don't know if anyone is interested .If you are you can make direct contact yourself Danny 

John O'Callaghan <>

Mon, Sep 11, 11:28 PM (17 hours ago)

to me

Hi there,

 I am looking to drum up some support for a Friend of mine that is currently over 900km into his Lap Of The Map Challenge.

  Liam Cox from Leitrim started his Challenge 17 days ago in Carrick On Shannon and headed north and clockwise around the coast of Ireland 🇮🇪 Liam is doing this as a challenge for himself but also has pledged any funds collected to “North West Stop” for Suicide Prevention .

Help and support along the route would be much appreciated. 

Support Runners , Media Coverage , Recovery sessions , Donations ect.. 

  If this is something that any of your members could support it would be much appreciated.. I am originally from Midleton and my family are from Youghal / Gortroe / Midleton areas .. If interested drop me a line and I can set up contact .




John o Callaghan 


Sunday, 10 September 2023



Nowadays anyone can download a programme from the internet and follow it BUT is it designed with your individual needs in mind.

We don’t mind how old you are, how slow you are etc. etc.  we take your individual needs into account and gear your training to suit your needs and abilities .

 We have vastly experienced coaches who have put thousands of runners through their hands and are well capable of helping you achieve your goals. Make that move now and sign up for a C2 5K with a difference and see what a difference it can make for you. Enquiries or 0872403940

Starting Wed 13th at 6.30pm

Charleville Half Marathon

The before and after photos (Thanks to Bernie)

This took place on Sunday morning in very humid conditions

Mark Cronin was our first man home in 1.31.52 showing he is in great condition for his upcoming Berlin Marathon. He was followed by David Curtin 1.53.35, Martha McNamara 2.00.21, Marie Gillman 2.00.26, Bernie Twomey 2.12.59, Fionan O'hAodain 2.12.59 and Amanda Cooney 2.20.00 Well done all.

Cross Country

We had three runners at the St Finbarr's AC Open Cross Country today Meadhbh Campbell, John Cashman and Barry Drennan and all ran extremely well It was Meadbh's first race post baby and she brought her support crew with her.

The Dates / Details for the East Cork Athletics Division XC's are:


Saturday 16th September: Uneven Age & Novice XC, hosted by st. Catherines AC, Venue: Monagown, Conna. 






Additional Information & Map:



Sunday 24th September: Even Ages, Junior, Senior and Masters XC, hosted by Carraig na bhFear AC, Venue details will follow.



Club Training

The new club season kicks off in earnest next week…..the club provides members with TWO official training session per week, there are lots of other training sessions with various What's App Groups



Monday @ 6pm - Speed Training with Donie assisted by Danny in the Cricket Field. This is speed training, in groups, which should be used to improve your race pace in the build up to your target race. This is suitable for all levels as it is designed by time rather than distance so no one is left out. Donie is also available to give individual programmes if required. Currently we are doing hills to prepare for the cross country and the longer distance races that are coming up.


We will move to the All Weather Hockey Pitch on 2nd Oct at 6pm


Wednesday @ 6.30pm – two groups “Couch to 5k” AND “all-others”, meet up at the main shop entrance to the Co-Op Stores in Market Green. 


This NEW TIME  of 6.30 is in response to a popular demand for an earlier start to training.



The "all others" group warm up and limber/stretch for 15 minutes before heading  off for  group runs at various suitable paces and distances. This will be let by Edmond.

This is a nice social run and is where most of you started and made friends. We encourage you to do the same for others who have joined since and need to be made feel welcome. . The “all others” group will do hill/pace/fartlek/interval training, all vitally important to complement your speed work AND to offer varied training with your running colleagues. 


The C2 5K is a new group starting up and is strictly for beginners or those returning to running after a long absence. It is led by Amanda, Caroline and Danny and is where many of our new members start. Please PASS THE WORD to anyone you think might be interested.

New members are always welcome and can try out a session or two to see if it suits them.

What's App Group

We have a club What's App Group MAC Runner Beans which most of you are on. Anyone wishing to be added to it just text 0872403940 with your name. 

Registered members only please.



Saturday, 2 September 2023



Report from Siobhan Murphy

The well established West Waterford Greenway Half Marathon started shortly after 9am this morning. Our crew of 4, plus one Dublin visitor had an early start. Like clockwork we were shuttled to Kilmacthomas & bags dropped off. The weather hinted heat so the sunglasses were on & Sun screen applied. We were off! As a first timer on the route I had underestimated the hills & long drags, so much for preparation. The tunnel was certainly a novel experience, no lights had us stepping, literally into the unknown. The atmosphere was superb & as the sun shone down it drew the crowds as we neared Dungarvan. A great race, great crowd & well organised. Our first lady home was Christine Murphy followed soon after by Claire Fitz & Fiona (the visitor!) & then Linda & myself. Susan (Ironman)Fitzgerald also had another fine run. It's one for the calendar, I'll certainly be back.

Dingle Half and Full Marathon

Dingle early morning before the start

We had three runners in Dingle Breda Sheedy and Richard Power did the half with great success and Declan Dorgan did the full in 4 hours despite injury to keep his record of every Dingle so for intact.

The Best Little Coffee Dock In The East
Whilst some were running the roads of Waterford and Kerry others went to the best coffee dock in East Cork

Ballincollig Park Run

Big well done to Kevin Smith who came 1st here on Saturday

Wednesday, 30 August 2023

Cork Mental Health 5Km

Great to see such a crowd out supporting this race. We had a great crew there and once again came away with several prizes. 

We were 1st Team Grade C with Ger O'Regan, John Cashman and Neilus Aherne

Our first lady home was Sinead Falvey who continues to improve with every race and again getting a PB and taking 2nd O/40 prize.

Our first man home was Darren Aherne taking 3rd O/40

Out other prize winners were John Cashman 3rd O/55, Edmond O'Sullivan 2nd O/60 and Neilus Aherne 1st O/65.