Friday 28 August 2009

Ballycotton 5 27/08/2009

Finishers in the Midleton AC team. Pace Race Race
Place Time Name Team Race Age Category min/mile No Place
1 0:28:16 O'REGAN, Noel Midleton AC M40 05:39.1 288 19
2 0:29:38 COONEY, Shane Midleton AC M 05:55.5 724 32
3 0:30:14 AHERNE, Neilus Midleton AC M50 06:02.7 22 44
4 0:31:50 CASHMAN, John Midleton AC M45 06:21.9 27 76
5 0:32:06 HORGAN, Dan Midleton AC M50 06:25.1 36 83
6 0:32:24 COONEY, Kevin Midleton AC M45 06:28.7 30 89
7 0:32:36 NOLAN, Michelle Midleton AC F35 06:31.1 202 93
8 0:32:43 MAHONEY, Trevor Midleton AC M 06:32.5 63 95
9 0:32:51 KELLY, Alan Midleton AC M 06:34.1 50 102
10 0:33:22 DRENNAN, Sally Midleton AC F40 06:40.3 205 119
11 0:33:36 HEALY, Brian Midleton AC M45 06:43.1 60 130
12 0:33:59 RAMSELL, Ned Midleton AC M 06:47.7 53 142
13 0:34:05 GEARY, Ann Midleton AC F 06:48.9 203 146
14 0:34:07 MURPHY, Mick Midleton AC M 06:49.3 317 147
15 0:34:49 O'NEILL, Vincent Midleton AC M40 06:57.7 295 174
16 0:35:01 O'MEARA, Fergal Midleton AC M40 07:00.1 90 186
17 0:35:32 NOLAN, Brian Midleton AC M 07:06.2 721 205
18 0:35:56 O'REILLY, Kevin Midleton AC M 07:11.0 77 219
19 0:36:33 O'CONNELL, John Midleton AC M 07:18.4 405 240
20 0:36:35 CAHILL, Breda Midleton AC F35 07:18.8 220 241
21 0:36:51 PERRY, Anne-Marie Midleton AC F35 07:22.0 219 254
22 0:36:54 MURPHY, Kieran Midleton AC M 07:22.6 313 257
23 0:37:00 O'SULLIVAN, Billy Midleton AC M 07:23.8 67 261
24 0:37:14 MORRISSON, Kevin Midleton AC M45 07:26.6 117 272
25 0:37:42 WILLIAMS, Adrian Midleton AC M45 07:32.2 894 287
26 0:37:49 MURPHY, Marie Midleton AC F 07:33.6 720 294
27 0:38:27 MCCARTHY, Danny Midleton AC M55 07:41.2 107 311
28 0:38:57 MURPHY, Christine Midleton AC F35 07:47.2 296 327
29 0:38:58 O'CONNELL, Donie Midleton AC M55 07:47.4 115 328
30 0:39:00 O'NEILL, Niall Midleton AC M40 07:47.8 59 330
31 0:39:56 KENNEDY, Yvonne Midleton AC F 07:59.0 234 363
32 0:39:59 O'KEEFFE, Mary Midleton AC F40 07:59.6 399 365
33 0:40:02 BARRY, Margaret Midleton AC F55 08:00.2 244 367
34 0:40:10 AHERNE, Deirdre Midleton AC F 08:01.8 233 374
35 0:40:36 SAVAGE, Ann Midleton AC F45 08:07.0 711 387
36 0:40:44 FLETCHER, Caroline Midleton AC F 08:08.6 245 389
37 0:42:02 HENNESSY, Elaine Midleton AC F50 08:24.2 241 409
38 0:42:12 ROHAN, Margaret Midleton AC F50 08:26.2 243 414
39 0:42:34 HALLAHAN, Olive Midleton AC F45 08:30.6 248 424
40 0:44:03 HEGARTY, Linda Midleton AC F35 08:48.4 723 445
41 0:44:25 O'DONOVAN, Anne-Marie Midleton AC F35 08:52.8 3442 452
42 0:45:34 JORDAN, Colm Midleton AC M 09:06.6 291 463
43 0:45:54 GRIFFIN, Billy Midleton AC M70 09:10.6 706 467
44 0:45:56 BEAUSANG, Margaret Midleton AC F50 09:11.0 712 469
45 0:46:20 MCCARTHY, Joan Midleton AC F50 09:15.8 257 475
46 0:47:04 MURPHY, Teresa Midleton AC F 09:24.6 238 481
47 0:47:54 O'LEARY, Clare Midleton AC F 09:34.6 258 484
48 0:49:43 MCMURTRY, Jim Midleton AC M60 09:56.4 168 490
49 0:51:31 KEANE, Mary Midleton AC F40 10:18.0 261 493
50 0:51:31 MCGRATH, Marie Midleton AC F35 10:18.0 262 494

There were 50 finishers in the Midleton AC team.

Sunday 23 August 2009

Midleton AC – Senior Section News

All Roads Lead To Ballycotton

In running terms the end of summer is usually signified when the Ballycotton Summer Series draws to its conclusion. This Thursday evening, like it or not, the calendar will reach August 27, the fourth Thursday in the month meaning that Dan McCarthy’s starting gun will sound at 7.30pm sharp in Ballycotton village.

This year’s series has broken all previous records in terms of participation levels and whilst it has been dominated up front by Sean McGrath (East Cork AC) and Rhona Lynch (Eagle), there have been some splendid times recorded by many athletes throughout the course of the summer months. Midleton AC has stood alone at top of the table in terms of numbers competing and as documented in previous columns many of our runners have made massive strides.

The lie of the land going into Race 4 sees a total of 36 club members (20 men and 16 ladies) having completed the three previous events. Allowing for holidays, work commitments, social engagements etc this represents a remarkable level of participation. In fact in the last race in Churchtown South no less than 49 of our club members participated, a figure which also reflected the massive increase in our membership during recent years.

The key factor has been the improvement made by many members over the popular distance during the course of the series with many of the relative newcomers making a great impression.

As for the famed tee shirts the chase is on for the top 50 men’s places and the top 15 ladies. The overall standings from a Midleton point of view show 6 club members in the men’s top 50 – Tom Cody 20th, Neilius Aherne 22nd, John Cashman 27th, Kevin Cooney 30th, Dan Horgan 36th and Alan Kelly 50th.

Just outside the 50 mark are a number of other club members who could well produce a big performance on the final night. In fact Ned Ramsell – 53rd, Niall O’Neill – 59th, Brian Healy – 60th, Trevor Mahoney 63rd, Ken Owens – 66th and Billy O’Sullivan – 67th all bettered their previous 5 mile time in Churchtown suggesting they could continue that trend this week.

Our ladies have a very strong hand behind run away leader Rhona Lynch. Michelle Nolan is 2nd, Ann Geary is 3rd and Sally Drennan is 5th, whilst Anne Marie Perry and Breda Cahill are lurking just outside the top 15 at present.

Remember the big race begins at 7.30pm sharp and with another record entry expected, probably in the region of 500, do get to the venue as early as possible. Car parks will again be in operation on the approach road to the village.


There is just one more evening fixture remaining on the BHAA calendar and that is the PTAA 5K in Togher on Wednesday next, beginning again at 7.30pm. A good entry is expected for one of the last 5K races of the year.

Race Action

The race action since our last bulletins included the Ardmore 5 Mile event, the inaugural road/wood race in Ballyhooly and the Army Navy 5K.

Last week’s Army Navy event topped the 300 mark and on a murky humid evening, we again had plenty of Midleton AC faces in the gathering. Noel O’Regan’s excellent 28:21 time over the testing course brought him home in 6th position overall, which meant he was the second Over 40 athlete to cross the line. Tom Cody collected his customary prize in the Over 50 category when coming home in second place whilst John O’Halloran ran another fine race to figure prominently in his category.

Sally Drennan again embellished her productive season with a great run which saw her finish third lady overall. Margaret Barry (2nd lady home Over 50), Com Jordan, Joan McCarthy, Donie O’Connell and Brian Healy were amongst the other club members in action on the night.


Just three days earlier, Sally Drennan again flew the club flag in the ’John Hartnett Classic Race’ in Ballyhooly. A modest entry of just under 60 took part in this the first year of the race. Sally’s impressive current form saw her again run a very solid race to finish as third lady, recording a time of 70:45 for the difficult course.

Ardmore ‘5’

Earlier on the same weekend Ardmore was the venue for the concluding race of the West Waterford AC Summer Series. The fixture attracted a record gathering with plenty of Cork runners, including a sizeable Midleton contingent. Sandis Bralitis set a new course record in winning the race, but quite a few of our representation who were making their debut in the race also enjoyed very creditable performances.

On the night in-form Noel O’Regan was again our leading light, crossing the line in the village in a time of 28:23 with Tom Cody next home in 30:35. Good runs were also enjoyed by Dan Horgan, Marie Murphy, Olive Hallahan, Karen Aherne, Joan McCarthy, Danny McCarthy, John O’Connell and the progressive Alan Kelly.

However, the real heroes of the night were Denis Kelleher and Michael Hanrahan. The Midleton duo sacrificed their own race to come to the rescue of an athlete from outside our club who had stopped in the middle of the race having felt unwell. The gesture was much appreciated by the athlete in question. So the guys deserve to take the plaudits as our stars of the week.

Mini Marathon

- A reminder to all our female members that the Mini Marathon takes place on the streets of Cork on Sunday September 27th. You can enter on line for this 4 mile event on

St Finbarr’s Half Marathon

Time is pushing on towards the Cork Half Marathon on September 13th. The race organised by St Finbarr’s AC starts and finishes in Blarney and takes in a tough climb into Grenagh village just before the half way mark. The following are the key race details issued by the organisers –

“This race will incorporate both the County and Munster Marathon Championships. Entry is €20 until September 5th, €25 on the day, details on
All registered Cork athletes will be automatically entered in the county championships (first 3 senior and first 3 masters) but athletes must enter separately for the Munster Championships - see for details”.

Cork To Cobh

A little further down the road and a little longer on the feet is the Cork to Cobh 15 Mile Race on Sunday October 4th. The BHAA have issued the following race details following the recent launch of this year’s race .
“Sports Supplies 'Cork to Cobh' 15 Mile Road Race -Sunday 4th October @ 9:30amEntry fee: €20 Late entries: (after 28th September) €25Late Entry Registration and Changing Facilities: The Montenotte Hotel, Montenotte from 7:30amRunning gear transferred to finish area in Cobh Town Centre.Goody bags and T-Shirts for all finishers.Contacts: Kevin Cummins (021 4292509 ) andMichael Dooley 087 9790806Entry form (in Word format) with further information -

Marathon Monday

It’s good to see plenty of interest in the Dublin Marathon this year. At present the total number of runners from our club with the event on their radar is in the region of 15.
Most runners are preparing with a long run at the weekend which is a central requirement of the big race preparation. If you are involved ask around at training regarding the various groups – it is always much easier to cover those long miles in company. A few of our crew are also heading for Berlin in September so their preparations will soon be reaching a peak.


Our usual summer training arrangements will continue until late September. Remember it’s Midleton CBS on Monday evenings from 6pm to 7pm where the emphasis is on speed work. Then on Tuesday club members assemble at Midleton Community Centre at 7pm for a run on the roads.
In late September it is the intention to have an Open Evening, with the emphasis on us all to welcome new members. It will also be an opportunity for the current members to meet and mingle outside of training or racing. The club’s winter training schedule will also be announced on that evening. Watch this space for further details in the weeks ahead.

Mailing List

Finally, a reminder if you wish to receive regular club notes and notes via the e mail please give John Cashman your e mail address. Since it’s inception a few months back close on 50 members have signed in to receive regular updates.

In the meantime “keep on running”.

Monday 10 August 2009

Midleton News 10/08/2009
Compiled by John Cashman

The vagaries of another Irish summer have brought contrasting conditions for many races over the past few weeks as the busy schedule pushes on before race action quietens down for a while.

August brings races in many corners of the county with a variety of distances providing plenty of options for those with differing ambitions. At present the 30th Dublin City Marathon is on the minds of a quite a few of our athletes who are progressing their training on a weekly basis, whilst others are concentrating on chasing fast times over the popular 5K distance.

Kinsale ‘5’

Our race review takes us initially west to Kinsale for the traditional Bank Holiday Weekend fixture. The rain clouds covered the county for hours before the race, but thankfully they had had just about passed by the 8pm start. Obviously the weather had a negative effect on the entry which was sub 200. Our Midleton AC contingent numbered 10 with Tom Cody’s 34th place finish securing the top Over 50 prize for him. Michelle Nolan was our leading lady in 32:17, whilst Denis Kelleher, Kieran Murphy, Brian Nolan, Danny McCarthy, Breda Cahill, Margaret Barry, Margaret Rohan and Joan McCarthy also enjoyed good outings on what is recognised as a fast course.

Novartis 5K

Good food always ensured big numbers at the Novartis 5K even before the running boom gathered momentum. On Wednesday of last week as Mark Hanrahan set a new course record, the entry soared to close on 500 for this popular BHAA fixture.

Making the headlines for Midleton AC were Noel O’Regan – first Over 40 in 17:20, Tom Cody 3rd Over 50 (19:16) and Sally Drennan 1st lady Over 40 (20:37). There were also lots of other good performances on the night including those delivered by Sean O’Sullivan, Kathleen O’Connell, Ann Savage, Fergal O’Meara, Ned Ramsell and Brian Healy.

Shanagarry 5K

Twenty seven club members made the short trip to Shanagarry last week for the 23rd running of the local Festival 5K. Quite a few of this crew were also in action in Ringaskiddy just twenty four hours earlier. As usual we had plenty of good performances by our athletes. Congratulations to Neilius Aherne, winner of the Over 50’s in a cracking time of 18:18. Neilius was followed home by colleagues Tom Cody and Dan Horgan.

Sally Drennan followed up her fine run just the previous evening by finishing second lady overall, whilst Breda Cahill took first Over 35 after coming home in sixth place overall. Anne Marie Perry in the Over 35’s, Mary O’Keeffe in the Over 40’s, Olive Hallihan in the Over 45’s, and the reliable trio of Margaret Barry, Elaine Hennessy and Margaret Rohan (Over 50’s) all finished in the top places to compete a great night for our ladies contingent.

Other noteworthy performances on the night came from Kevin O’Reilly, Billy O’Sullivan, John O’Connell, Danny McCarthy, Maura O’Doherty and Vincent Connolly.

Route To Crook’

Last Sunday evening the annual ‘Route To Crook’ 5 mile race was held in Crookhaven. Long distance travel plans were put into motion by two club members who made the journey west. Well done to Tom Cody – first Over 50 and 13th overall in a time of 31:38. Denis Kelleher on the recovery trail from injury also had a very fine run, coming home in 23rd position after clocking 33:51.

Ardmore ‘5’ Miler

With the ‘Streets of Cobh’ Road Race in Cobh not taking place this year, there should be a strong Midleton AC representation in Ardmore on this Friday evening August 14, for the conclusion of the ten race West Waterford AC Summer Series. This is a lively 5 mile course in scenic surroundings and generally it’s a race which attracts a sizeable entry. The HQ is at Ardmore GAA Club and note the start time is at 7.30pm.

Ballyhooly Race

‘The John Hartnett Challenge’ - a hill and road race takes place in Ballyhooly on Sunday next August 16, starting at 12.30pm. By what we here this is a tough test of stamina, but is certainly an ideal opportunity to test your progress if you a are looking towards a long race in the autumn or even the Dublin Marathon. Officially we believe the distance is just short of ten miles.

Army Navy 5 Miler

Next week, the Army/Navy ‘5’ Mile Race will be held at the usual Haulbowline Base. It’s the latest fixture on the very busy BHAA annual calendar and should again probably boast a record entry. The race starts and finishes at the Naval Base and in between visits Ringaskiddy village and also takes in a little of the Novartis 5K route. Note that with the fading light late in the evening, the race begins at 7.30pm.

Ballycotton Series

Just a brief reminder to all that the Ballycotton Summer Series concludes with Race 4 in Ballycotton on Thursday August 27th at 7.30pm.

Cork To Cobh Launch

The Cork BHAA committee invites BHAA members to the official launch of Sports Supplies "Cork to Cobh" 15 Mile Road Race.Venue: Mount Oval Pub, Mount Oval Village, Rochestown.Date: Friday 14th AugustTime: from 8:30pmComplimentary refreshments and finger food to accompany great music & craic.

Half Marathon

Meantime entry forms are now available fro the St Finbarr’s Cork Half Marathon, sponsored by John Buckley Sports which starts and finishes in Blarney on Sunday September 13th. Details are available by logging on to the St Finbarr’s AC web site.


Usual Midleton AC arrangements still continue until late September – Monday at 6pm – venue CBS Midleton Sports Grounds and then on Tuesday we have a run on the road beginning at 7pm from Midleton Community Centre.

- Until next time – “keep on running”.

Marathon News

A lot of our members are at present engaged in marathon training mostly with Dublin in mind. Many are doing it for the first time and below you will find a link that offers some excellent advice to both the experienced marathon runner and the first timer.

Saturday 8 August 2009

Shanagarry 5Km Thursday 6th August
Midleton AC achieved their usual success at the Shanagarry 5 Km on Thursday night.
Sally Drennan 2nd Lady, Breda Cahill 1st o/35, Olive Hallahan 1st o/45, Margaret Barry 1st o/50,Neilus Aherne 1ST o/50.
There was a total of ninety one runners a great crown for a race that got very little publicity making it a very pleasant evening with a great atmosphere.
Full results from

Thursday 6 August 2009

Novartis 5Km Wed 5TH Aug
A nice night for running saw the course record formally held by Midleton resident Noel Berkley broken by a superb run by Mark Hanrahan (many will know Mark as the young man working in John Buckley’s shop) in a time of 14.38.
Midleton runners had success on the night too with Noel O Regan coming back on form with 1ST o/40 and Tom Cody taking 3RD o/50.
Sally Drennan was our successful lady coming fourth lady overall in a superb run.
Refreshments after were up to the usual high standard of Novartis and the results were on hand very quickly. A new record was also achieved by the BHAA in having the results online so fast.Well done to all concerned
Full Results here

Tuesday 4 August 2009

The club president with the great Ron Hill who was guest of honour at our post Ballycotton 10 dinner in Waterrock House

Group of Midleton A.C. athletes relaxing before the Ballycotton 10

Upcoming Races

Novartis 5Km Wed. @8PM

This is a well established race over the popular Ringaskiddy circuit.It is noted for its excellent food and prizes and is always very well organised.They also present a T Shirt and this year there are five hundred T Shirts with 30 going to the stewards leaving 470 to the runners so one better be in the first 470 if one wants one.Also please come early as they are expecting huge numbers.

Shanagarry 5Km Thur. @ 8PM

This is the annual race that takes place with the Blue Jean Festival over the usual Shanagarry 5 Km course.There is usually a reasonable crowd here but with the increase in numbers in recent races it is expected there will be a bigger crowd than usual. This races is well worth supporting as the entry fee goes to charity.

Sunday 2 August 2009

KINSALE 5 31/07/2009
Midleton AC Results

34. Tom Cody, Midleton 30.16 1st O/50
55. Michelle Nolan, Midleton 32.17
83. Denis Kelleher, Midleton 34.43
86. Kieran Murphy, Midleton 34.55
98. Brian Nolan, Midleton 36.18
111. Danny McCarthy, Midleton 36.49
112. Breda Cahill, Midleton 36.55
148. Margaret Barry, Midleton 40.27
161. Margaret Rohan, Midleton 42.53
176. Joan McCarthy, Midleton 45.39

Ona day that was wet and windy ten of our athletes braved the elements to arrive in Kinsale and much to our delight the rain stopped and the wind died down just before the race. We had only one amongst the prizewinners that being Tom Cody.Michelle Nolan was seventh lady but there was prizes only for the first six ladies

Full Results