Wednesday, 30 September 2009

Our Open Evening proved a great success with a very large gathering in attendance. Thanks to all who helped in any way in organising and catering for the event.

Also please note that as a result our Open Evening an additional training session for beginners will now take place from 6pm to 7pm each Wednesday under the guidance of Vincent Connolly. If you know anybody interested who was not present at our Open Evening, please inform them that this training will begin on Wednesday next at Midleton Community Centre.

TRAINING This evening marks the official launch of our winter training schedule for the senior section of the club. Our arrangements from now until late spring are as follows.
MONDAY (with the exception of Bank Holidays and December 28th) 6pm to 7pm at Midleton College All Weather Facility. WEDNESDAY 7pm to 8pm here at Midleton Community Centre (with the exception of December 23rd and 30th). The subscription per session is 3 euro per person to cover the cost of hire/lights etc. Please have the 3 Euro ready and give it along with your name to Stuart O Sullivan who has kindly agreed to help us collect for this season.

MEMBERSHIP Annual sub’ costs just 30 euro (Jan to Dec). Potential new members are requested to contribute 20 euro to cover rest of current year, after initial 2 sessions if they wish to continue

INJURY PREVENTION Our own club member Neilius Aherne, Sports/Holistic Therapist is available for any advice on injury prevention and treatment. Neilius may be contacted on 086-8438355 for appointment and advice.
COMMUNICATION The club has a non interactive blog now in operation. Check out for all the latest club news. E mail contact is You may also have regular club news, updates and results sent directly to you via our club e mail service. Please give your e mail address to PRO John Cashman to avail of this service or e mail the above address.. Regular club news bulletins also feature on Midleton & District News. Telephone enquiries regarding the club may be directed to Danny McCarthy on 087-2403940











*They may be some additions to the above list. A full guide to a busy beginning to the 2010 season will be distributed in the near future.

Tuesday, 29 September 2009

Next Cork BHAA Event:
Sports Supplies 'Cork to Cobh' 15 Mile Road Race Sunday 4th October @ 9:30am
Race starts at Summerhill North (near Coliseum Corner)Entry: €25
Entry Registration and Changing Facilities: The Montenotte Hotel, Montenotte from 7:30am Entries will also be taken over the phone by the contacts listed below - race numbers to be collected at The Montenotte Hotel on Sunday morning.
Gear bags will be transported from The Montenotte Hotel to Cobh, to be picked up by participants after the race.Tee shirt and goodie bag to all finishers.Trains leave Cobh for Cork at 12:25pm , 13:35pm , 14:50pm and 16:25pmSee for official timetable
Appeal for Stewards:
Cork BHAA urgently require volunteers to assist with stewarding the race.
If you or your family (over 18s) are available to help out on Sunday next please contact Chief Steward Timmy Murray at 086 1091782 as soon as possible.Contacts: Kevin Cummins (021 4292509 ) and Michael Dooley 087 9790806

Sunday, 27 September 2009

The First Three Midleton AC Ladies Breda Cahill, Anne Marie Perry and Christine Murphy

Well Done To All Our Ladies


The Mini Marathon

Wednesday, 23 September 2009

The Boys In Berlin

A photo shot attached of our boys in Berlin at last Sunday's marathon - well done guys on your performances on a very warm day.

Picture features Fergal O Meara and Tom Cody along with Richard Archer.

Monday, 21 September 2009


New Members Welcome
The club’s winter training programme will be launched next Wednesday evening at Midleton Community Centre when we will host an Open Evening between 7pm and 8pm. It’s an opportunity for all current club members to come together and reflect on a busy season of running and also look ahead to what is in store.

The occasion will afford many of us the opportunity to meet in a ‘non training/non race’ set up. It will also give the chance for potential new members to come along and find out more about the events and happenings associated with Midleton AC. Please ensure to tell your friends, family members or work colleagues who may be interested in becoming involved with the club. Everybody will be welcome.

We will have full details of upcoming races, training times etc. Refreshments will also be served on the night and examples of the benifits of massage will be given by Neilus Aherne.

Training On Monday

In the meantime please note that our regular Monday training has already switched towards winter mode as sessions now take place at Midleton College All Weather surface. This facility is located just off the Dungourney Road as you travel past the end of Connolly Street. The time is as before - 6pm to 7pm.

Race Action

Race action is currently more orientated towards the longer distances, with the Cork Half Marathon behind us and Cork to Cobh ‘15’ miler ahead of us. Furthermore it now appears as if Midleton AC could have as many as 22 athletes wearing the club singlet when the 30th running of the Dublin City Marathon takes place on October 26th.

If you haven’t already entered and you intend participating please note that the closing date of October 5 is fast approaching. You can enter on line by logging on to the Dublin Marathon site. The Midleton AC committee may also still have hard copy application forms.

It’s pretty much the same advice regarding the Sports Supplies Cork to Cobh ‘15’ Mile race on Sunday week, October 4th. Advance entry helps the organisers considerably but it is also of great benefit to us all. The race HQ is at The Montenotte Hotel and it is likely to a very busy place on the morning of the event. So help yourself by logging on to the Cork BHAA web site and getting your entry form in the post to Kevin Cummins without delay.

The Cork to Cobh is a timely test of stamina for athletes and given favourable weather conditions it can be a very scenic and enjoyable run. The race begins at 9am and remember, there is a regular train service back to Kent Station afterwards. Current indications suggest that our club will have a very large entry on the day.

Half Marathon In Blarney

There is some thing about mentioning the words marathon and Cork in the same sentence that seems to roll the clouds way and bring out warm sunshine. Certainly conditions were quite sapping at last Sunday week’s Cork Half Marathon where another huge gathering of 550 took part. In total our club had 26 finishers with stories galore to be told afterwards and some outstanding personal best times being posted.

Noel O’Regan continues to make a major impression on the clock chalking up an eye catching 1:19:39 to bring him home 22nd in the race. Neilius Aherne continues to roll back the years – his 1:21:52 representing another outstanding performance which saw him take home the 2nd prize in the Over 50 category. It was also great to Sean ‘O Sullivan and Marc Dalton back in race mode and both had fine performances on the day. Michael Murphy and Vincent O’Neill could also be very pleased with their excellent outings. Our top lady was the ever progressive Breda Cahill who continued her Dublin countdown with a 1:42:38 finish, just ahead of training colleague Ann Marie Perry.

Good runs were also enjoyed ion the day by Shane Cooney, John Cashman,Kieran Murphy, Mark Walsh, Simon Thompson, Adrian Williams, Marie Murphy, Vincent Connolly, Christine Murphy, Margaret Rohan, Margaret Barry, Kevin Morrisson, Ann Savage, Deirdre Aherne, Mary Walsh, Linda Hegarty, Clare O’Leary, Danny McCarthy, Joan McCarthy and Mary Toher who was completing the course just 24 hours after competing in the full Dingle Marathon.

Marathon Adventures

Already a number of our other athletes have been in marathon action this autumn. Denis Kelleher followed up his venture in Longford by heading for the aforementioned Dingle event where he posted 4:13:56 to complete a very satisfying few weeks. Undaunted by the thought of more Denis headed to Kilkenny (that footballing strong hold) just last Sunday where the marble city hosted a Half Marathon. Here the Midleton club man clocked

At the same time in warmer temperatures both Fergal O’Meara and Tom Cody were familiarising themselves with German hospitality as they took part in the Berlin Marathon. Well done to the lads who had to deal with really warm conditions as they covered the 26.2 miles. Tom came home in just over 3 and a half hours whilst Fergal crossed the line just inside the 4 hour mark (chip times)

Mini Marathon

It’s ladies day on Sunday next as the Evening Echo Mini Marathon takes place. A very large contingent of our club runners is set to participate and we extend every good wish to each of them. A special race office is open until Thursday at Debenhams in the city centre to deal with all enquiries and entries.

Wedding Bells

- A quick word from the social pages to congratulate two of our members who both were in the spotlight last week. In county Carlow Rachael Meally tied the knot whilst nearer to home in Dungourney Maura O’Doherty was also walking up the aisle. We extend every good wish to both Rachael and Maura and their respective husbands.

Final Reminder

We leave you with a final reminder to keep Wednesday next September 30th in the diary.

In the meantime - “Keep on running” !

Wednesday, 16 September 2009


Please Remind Your Club Colleagues and Friends regarding the following TWO UPCOMING DATES -



Meet and Mingle
On September 30th our club will host an Open Evening, with the emphasis on us all to welcome new members and get to know each other a little better as well. It will also be a great 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. Join us from 7pm to 8pm at Midleton Community Centre. Light Refreshments served.

Tuesday, 15 September 2009


Start – 1pm
Venue: Bawnavouta, Kinsale
(Opposite Kinsale RFC)
Junior Men: 4,000 m
Junior Women: 3,000 m
Girls Distances Boys Distances
8 200m 8 200m
10 600m 10 600m
12 1000m 12 1000m
14 1200m 14 1500m
16 2000m 16 3000m
Juvenile Prizes: Under 8 races – novelty prizes
First 6 individuals and first 3 teams in Under 10 12 14 16 races
Teams to consist of 3 athletes.
Junior Prizes: First 3 individuals – monetary prize.
Contact: Joan Allen – Secretary - Riverstick/Kinsale AC
021 4771618 or 086 6003141
Admission: Adults € 3.00 – Children € 2.00

Sunday, 13 September 2009

St Finbarr's Athletics Club
John Buckley Sports/Cork Half-Marathon
Sunday 13 September 2009. 11:00 am

Finishers in the Midleton AC team. Pace Race Race
Place Time Name Team Race Age Category min/mile No Place
1 1:19:39 O'REGAN, Noel Midleton AC M40 06:04.7 53 22
2 1:21:52 AHERNE, Neilus Midleton AC M50 06:14.8 522 30
3 1:29:12 CASHMAN, John Midleton AC M45 06:48.4 310 78
4 1:30:02 COONEY, Shane Midleton AC M 06:52.2 513 88
5 1:32:41 O'SULLIVAN, Sean Midleton AC M35 07:04.4 494 109
6 1:34:40 DALTON, Marc Midleton AC M 07:13.5 289 133
7 1:36:44 MURPHY, Michael Midleton AC M35 07:22.9 314 159
8 1:38:11 O'NEILL, Vincent Midleton AC M40 07:29.6 54 175
9 1:42:38 CAHILL, Breda Midleton AC F35 07:49.9 34 235
10 1:44:35 PERRY, Anne-Marie Midleton AC F35 07:58.9 35 260
11 1:45:57 MURPHY, Kieran Midleton AC M 08:05.1 186 284
12 1:47:21 WALSH, Mark Midleton AC M45 08:11.5 281 307
13 1:48:24 THOMPSON, Simon Midleton AC M40 08:16.3 539 322
14 1:49:44 WILLIAMS, Adrian Midleton AC M 08:22.5 434 333
15 1:49:46 MURPHY, Marie Midleton AC F 08:22.6 91 334
16 1:51:05 CONNOLLY, Vincent Midleton AC M50 08:28.6 302 352
17 1:52:58 MURPHY, Christine Midleton AC F40 08:37.3 202 369
18 1:54:39 ROHAN, Margaret Midleton AC F50 08:45.0 56 394
19 1:56:02 BARRY, Margaret Midleton AC F55 08:51.3 36 407
20 1:56:34 MORRISON, Kevin Midleton AC M45 08:53.7 527 410
21 1:59:41 SAVAGE, Ann Midleton AC F45 09:08.0 250 445
22 2:01:25 AHERNE, Deirdre Midleton AC F 09:16.0 288 451
23 2:06:40 WALSH, Mary Midleton AC F45 09:40.0 280 483
24 2:13:15 HEGARTY, Linda Midleton AC F35 10:10.1 141 516
25 2:15:46 O'LEARY, Clare Midleton AC F 10:21.7 263 524
26 2:17:32 MCCARTHY, Joan Midleton AC F50 10:29.8 26 526
27 2:17:33 MCCARTHY, Danny Midleton AC M55 10:29.8 27 527
28 3:12:44 TOHER, Mary Midleton AC F50 14:42.5 491 549There were 28 finishers in the Midleton AC team

Monday, 7 September 2009

Well Done To All
Our three most successful ladies in the Ballycotton 5 series who all featured in the individual and overall prizewinners and also got first ladies team. Doing the club proud as usual.Not forgetting all our other ladies many of whom achieved PBs in the series and also those who successfully completed the series for the first time.

Midleton Athletic Club
Senior Section News

After a hectic summer of action, the race scene is certainly calming down at this stage with the main focus now the long distance events over the next few months. Dublin, Berlin and Dingle will have marathon representation from our club, whilst the Cork to Cobh ‘15’ mile race on October 4th is sure to attract plenty of local interest.

Cork Half Marathon

Before that all eyes will be on Blarney next Sunday where the John Buckley Sports sponsored St Finabarr’s AC promoted Cork Half Marathon will take place.

This event is an ideal preparatory race for either the Cork to Cobh challenge or indeed forthcoming marathon endeavours. To date it appears that there has been a large number of entries received, but if you haven’t managed to get your entry form away in the post, entries (25 euro) will be taken up until 10.15am on Sunday next.

The race has an 11am start and headquarters is just adjacent to the line at Blarney GAA Club. As for the course it’s a flat start and finish with the tricky part coming just before the mid way point where a tough hill awaits on the approach to Grenagh village. But what goes up must come down and after the descent it’s pretty much a flat run all the way home. A souvenir medallion is up for grabs for all finishers.

Berlin Bound

Fergal O Meara, Tom Cody and Richard Archer will all fly the local flag in the forthcoming Berlin Marathon, where the course is reported to be one of the best on the European scene. We wish the lads every success and no doubt they will enjoy the occasion and the weekend.

Dingle In The Diary

Dingle on Saturday next is in Denis Kelleher’s diary. Denis remarkably goes into another marathon following a summer of very restricted training due to injury. However, he knows what is ahead as only last Saturday week, he defied his own race predictions when completing the Longford Marathon in 4 hours 19 minutes. A date in Dublin on the last weekend in October is also on the agenda. No doubt Denis will be taking it ‘handy’ on what looks a tough challenge in West Kerry.

Dublin Marathon

It’s also 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 to 20.
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.

Weekend Away

By all accounts a great weekend was enjoyed by those who travelled to Mayo for the club’s ‘weekend away’. It was by what we hear a hugely active few days co-ordinated by Edmond O’Sullivan and local native Maire Marshall. Apart from participating in the Claremorris ‘5’ mile event, there was a hectic social schedule by day and by night! As for the race action, the event was of high quality and was won by the highly regarded Gerry Ryan. Good performances were enjoyed by all our visiting group.


Last Wednesday saw the final evening fixture on the Cork BHAA calendar take place in Togher. The PTAA 5K again saw a big turn out from our club. Well done to Dan Horgan and Kathleen O’Connell who were amongst the category prize winners.

Ballycotton Series Concludes

The curtain came down on the most successful ever Ballycotton Summer Series when the final race took place in the village on August 27. Appropriately the rain clouds blew away to leave Ballycotton looking it’s brilliant best as over 500 runners set an all time record for any race in the series.

Our high flying ladies trio of Michelle Nolan, Sally Drennan and Anne Geary took the club headlines on the night when winning the ladies team prize. Some more familiar names were again making the by now familiar journey on the prize path with Noel O’Regan, Neilius Aherne, Michelle Nolan, Sally Drennan, Elaine Hennessy, Margaret Rohan and Margaret Barry all taking the plaudits for their individual achievements.

At the end of the 4 race series we had Neilius Aherne, John Cashman, Dan Horgan and Alan Kelly making it into the Top 50 and thus collecting the souvineer tee shirts. Ned Ramsell, Trevor Moloney, Brian Healy, Billy O’Sullivan, Niall O’Neill, Kevin O’Reilly, Fergal O’Meara, Danny McCarthy, Kevin Morrisson and Jim McMurtry also completed all four races, showing some great form in the process during the course of the summer months.

Our ladies were always to the fore at the top of the overall individual table with Michelle Nolan 2nd, Ann Geary 4th and Sally Drennan 5th all enjoying a very consistent summer on the roads. Well done also to the following all of whom completed the series, recording some impressive times in the process – Breda Cahill, Anne Marie Perry, Deidere Aherne, Yvonne Kennedy, Elaine Hennessy, Margaret Barry, Margaret Rohan, Caroline Fletcher, Theresa Murphy, Joan McCarthy, Olive Hallahan, Claire O’Leary, Marie McGrath and Mary Keane.

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

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 -


Remember it’s Midleton CBS on Monday evening from 6pm to 7pm where the emphasis is on speed work. These sessions will conclude on Monday next September 14th with training changing to Midleton College All Weather Pitch from Monday September 21st onwards. On Tuesday club members assemble for the next few weeks at Midleton Community Centre at 7pm for a run on the roads.

On September 30th 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.

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”.