Monday 30 November 2009

Ballycotton 10

Its that time of year again when the mad rush for "Ballycotton 10 Entry Forms" begins.

Remember one of the advantages of being a member of a club is that you have almost TWO weeks to get the form in.The closing date for receipt of entries is Dec 15 TH for AAI club members. Be sure to give it good time to get there at least two days.
and just make sure you put Midleton AC on the form. As errors cannot be corrected later.

Forms will be available at training Monday night and also at training on Wed Night.
Any club member wanting forms outside of those times can contact Danny at 0872403940.

Senior Section News

Races Galore On The Horizon

The running fixture list is top heavy with events over the next month with a host of attractions to keep us all busy. There are races near and far over short and long distance with plenty for everybody regardless of their state of fitness at this time of the year. Of course, the Midleton AC Christmas Dinner is just one of the many local seasonal social attractions which could lead to distraction in terms of any planned training schedules.

Christmas Dinner

The aforementioned Dinner will take place at Garryvoe Hotel on Friday week, December 11th (7.30pm). It has become traditional that club members convene for a pre- festive meal and of course in recent years with the many new members that have come on board it’s great to see the gathering getting bigger each year. Remember to give your name and money to either Michelle Nolan or Sally Drennan at training on Wednesday or by Monday next. The cost per club member is 35 euro and 40 for non members. Advance payment is required for this function.

Cross Country

The cancellation of the Inniscarra ‘4’ Mile Road Race left something of a void on the local road calendar, but there has been plenty of action in the stamina sapping cross country scene. Well done to Mary Toher who was recently on the honours list as silver medallist in the County Masters Championships. Mary along with club colleagues Noel O’Regan and Joan Hough we also selected on the Cork team for last weekend’s Munster Masters which took place in Tipperary. Of course the European Championships in Dublin are the big upcoming attraction on the national cross country scene, whilst locally the Munster Senior and Junior Championships will be held in Carraig na bhFear on Sunday January 17th.

Road Action

Now to return to the road action and after this week’s 3K in Midleton, the month of December is certainly packed with action. There is a Half Marathon organised by Waterford AC taking place in Waterford city on Saturday week, December 12th. The course is the same as was used for the National Championships in 2008 and will take the runners to Tramore and back. Already a very sizeable entry has been received for the event, but one can enter until 10am on the day of the race. Action gets under way an hour later.

Twenty four hours later the Cork Simon Run, organised by Cork BHAA will take place in Cork, in the vicinity of the Marina area. It’s a novel event in that you predict your time in advance and run without the aid of a watch. Finishing close to your predicted time is the target. All proceeds towards go the Simon Community.

On the following weekend we have the Shanagarry 5K on Saturday at 12.30pm (note new time) and the Newmarket to Kanturk ‘4’ miler, on Sunday at 2pm. The next East Cork 3K Race then enters the equation on the following Tuesday December 22nd.
- So, to Christmas Day and the Goal Mile. Local venues this year again include the Cork IT Track and the Youghal AC training grounds.

A quick glance thereafter to what follows immediately after Christmas Day. The sat nav’s are likely to be pointing towards Belgooly on St Stephen’s Day where the local ‘4’ mile race has it’s traditional 12 noon start. All records were broken for this event last year. Next on the list is the Bandon ‘5’ Mile Race at 11am on Monday 28th December, with the Beaufort 10K offering a trip across the county bounds on New Year’s Day. We will preview all those races in greater detail in our next column nearer to Christmas.

New Fixture List

Interestingly the fixture list for 2010 is now almost complete and a sneak preview shows a number of new additions to the calendar. Apart from mid summer events in both Macroom and Dunmanway, there is also a new 10 Mile Race listed for Cobh in early May and a 4 miler in Little Island on March 7, organised by Janssen and the Cork BHAA.

It will in fact be very bust start to the New Year with the Mallow ‘10’ taking place at 12.30pm on Sunday 10th. The organisers are taking pre entries for this race, with more information currently available on the Mallow AC web site. The second leg of the Munster Series is in Dungarvan three weeks later and this event is by entry onl this year. Take a look at the West Waterford AC web site for more information. In between these two longer events there is the FMC ‘4’ Mile Race in Little Island on Sunday 24th and later that day the Colligan Cup in Dungarvan, a race won previously by our own Kathleen O’Connell.

Off the roads one other fixture of note is the Munster Indoor Senior, Junior and Masters Championships on Sunday January 3rd.

Training Arrangements

- MONDAY (with the exception of December 28th) 6pm to 7pm at Midleton College All Weather Facility. WEDNESDAY 7pm to 8pm at Midleton Community Centre (with the exception of December 23rd and 30th). The beginner’s sessions will also continue at 6pm each Wednesday.



Until next time – ‘keep on running’.

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