Monday 8 March 2010

Senior Section News
Ballycotton Beckons

On Sunday week Ballycotton will play host to the country’s most loved ‘10’ Mile Road Race for the 33rd time. The occasion, the atmosphere, the thrill of taking part, the satisfaction of watching family and friends compete makes this race the high point of the year for the majority of club runners.
Our proximity to the venue gives Midleton AC members a special insight into the big day. Unlike the thousands that travel from far and wide many of us view the fishing village in its normal state on several other occasions during the year. The fact that many of our club members who will line up on Sunday week will have covered the course at least once in the weeks building up to the big day ensures that extra familiarity with the bends, the drags, the gentle down hills and the challenging finish.

With a record number of over 100 entrants from our club Midleton AC again not surprisingly leads the way in terms of club participation. Between now and the big day we will have further preview items on our blog and on the mail service, so keep a check as race day comes nearer. Don’t forget to also keep a regular check on John Desmond’s Cork Running blog for his excellent lead up to the big race.
Enjoy the day whether you are running or watching and if you have not already got to cover the famous 10 miles, there should be plenty of local groups on the road over the coming Saturday or Sunday. Keep an eye to the blog or enquire at training on Wednesday.
Finally, remember our colleague Neilus Aherne Sports/Holistic Therapist is the man to contact for any advice on injury prevention and treatment over the next few weeks. In the countdown to Ballycotton, it’s important to have the legs in tip top shape - Neilius may be contacted on 086-8438355 for appointment and advice. Book now for pre and post race massage to avoid dissapointment.

Post Race Meal
Our newly formed Social Committee report plenty of talk about the club’s post race meal on Sunday 21st at Water Rock House. At this stage we would appeal to those members (and their partners) who intend to be present to please give their name and money to any committee member at training as soon as possible. Edmond O’Sullivan, Kay Furlong, Kevin Smith, Margaret Barry, Margaret Beausang or Fergal O’Meara are the key contacts. Remember it’s 15 euro for fully paid members and 19 euro for partners.

Carrigaline ‘5’
In Carrigaline on Sunday week last the Tommy Ryan Memorial event provided a timely prep’ race for those wishing to sharpen up ahead of Ballycotton. There were plenty of prizes heading back to our club with inform athletes Michelle Nolan (3rd overall) and Neilus Aherne (1st Over 50) enhancing their respective recent form lines.
Eslewhere Breda Cahill and Anne Marie Perry both had great runs in the Over 35’s whilst newcomer Anne McCarthy and Mary O’Keeffe had excellent runs in the Over 40’s. Elaine Hennessy O/50 and Kathleen O’Connell O/55 can also look back at their trip to Carrigaline with satisfaction, having posted good times. Congrats to all our prize winners and the well done to the rest of our crew who competed in what is always a tough test.

Janssen ‘4’

A cool breeze greeted visitors to Little Island on Sunday for the first running of the Eddie Hennessy Memorial ‘4’ Miler, which was organised and promoted by the Cork BHAA in association with Janssen employees. In total close on 350 runners took part over the same course as was used for the FMC ‘4’ in January.

The full list of results is not available but it was great to see many some of the clubs newest members taking part in the event. At this point outside of the prize winners we are not in a position to identify individual times etc, but within the prize winners Noel O’Regan was amongst the headline makers running a personal best for the distance just a day after running a 20 mile training run in the lead up to the Rotterdam Marathon next month. Noel was top man overall in the Over 40’s, in a category where Donal Broderick posted another excellent time.

Michelle Nolan made it two third place finishes in eight days when following race winner Rhona Lynch and runner up Anne McPhail across the line. Sally Drennan made a great return to action after recent injury to finish second Over 40, Margaret Rohan and Kathleen O’Connell doing likewise in their respective categories to complete a great day for the ladies.

In the mens categories Neilus Aherne scooped another prize finishing just behind winner Michael Murphy, thus continuing his outstanding early season form.
(We will have the full results available later this week).

Munster Championships

Tony Kelleher the County Board P.R.O has been in touch regarding the forthcoming Munster Road Championships and asked us to bring the following notice to the attention of all club members.
“Any athletes wishing to be considered for selection on Cork teams for the Munster Senior and Novice Road Championships in Ballyea, near Ennis on Sunday next March 14th please contact County Team Managers, Donie Walsh at 086-2092795 (Men) or Aine Murphy at 085-1223885 (Women) asap. Athletes wishing to be considered for selection on Cork teams for the Munster Masters Road Championships in Rathkeale, Co. Limerick on Sunday, March 28th next should also contact the team managers”

Paddy Desmond Memorial

St Patricks Day

The annual Paddy Desmond Memorial ‘4’ Mile Race will take place with an 11am start on St Patrick’s Day. It’s the annual highlight for Rising Sun AC and is based in Ballinhassig. Last year nearly 200 runners took part with many of our members making the journey for what was a most enjoyable event. Entries will be taken from 10am and all can be assured of a warm welcome from Jimmy Murray and his club colleagues.

Fixture Summary

Sun Mar 28 – Munster Masters Road Championships – Limerick
Sun April 4 – Belgooly 4 Mile Race – to be confirmed
Sun April 11 – Kilnaboy, Co Clare 10 Mile Race – 1.45pm
Sun April 11 – Cork BHAA – UCC 10K – 11am
Fri April 16 – Marine Climb 6 Mile– Dungarvan – 7pm
Sun April 18 - Great Island 10 Mile – Cobh – 11am
Thu April 22 – East Cork AC/Ballintotas Community Council 4 Mile – 8pm
Fri April 23 – Butlerstown, Co Waterford – 10K – 7.30pm
Mon April 26 – Cork BHAA – Stride By The Tide 4 Mile – Redbarn – 8pm

John Treacy Race

Looking further ahead into the month of May, across the county bounds plans are already been put in motion for the John Treacy ’10 Mile Classic. The organisers here have sent us the following details regarding this year’s race.

“Entry is now open for the 2010 John Treacy Classic which will take place once again in Villierstown, Co. Waterford on Sunday 16th May.

Runners/Jogger and Walkers can choose from the 10 Mile Road Race, 5k Fun Run/Walk and the all new 1k Fun Run/ Walk.Closing date for online and postal entry is Friday 7th May 2010-so don’t delay, enter today! For full race information and entry details please log onto ; E-mail: or call (058) 21169”

Midleton ‘5’

Of course the most important date for all Midleton AC members is the date of our own race – The Joe Hourigan Memorial ‘5’ Mile Race on Thursday May 6th – 8pm. A meeting will be held later this month to put plans in motion and we will looking for everybody to play their part in what is always a great social and sporting occasion. So, at this point the best advice is to make in your diary and start encouraging friends, family and work colleagues to take part and help make this year’s the most successful ever Midlleton ‘5’. Lets all work together.

Club Book

- Great to see that Jim McMurtry is making superb progress with the impressive pictorial history book of Midleton AC. This publication features photos old and new of adults and juveniles and will make a great souvenir for anybody associated with our club. Well done to Jim on his efforts – a launch date will be announced in the not too distant future.

Congrats Mark

Congrats to our colleague Marc Dalton and his bride who were married recently – the greeting comes to you both from all your friends and colleagues at Midleton AC.

Club Contact

- Finally, a reminder to new members who have forwarded their e mail address to us over the past few weeks. Unfortunately I was a little unsure of one or two contact details. If you get this email and have not previously responded, we would appreciate if you do same. Thanks in advance for your co-operation.
Remember to keep up to date with all the latest Midleton AC news by checking out our up to the minute club blog – if you have not already found it just check for all the latest club news.
E mail contact is
Telephone enquiries regarding the club may be directed to Danny McCarthy on 087-2403940

Until next time keep on running!

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