All Roads Lead To Carrigtwohill
Carrigtwohill will be the focus of attention on this Wednesday evening, July
28th as the new 5K Road Race promises to be a great sporting and social
occasion. A number of our club members are involved in the organising and
helping in this event. Paul Kierans has been very much to the fore in
promoting this fixture, the headquarters for which is located in the
splendid grounds of Barryscourt Castle. It’s certainly going to be an
occasion for all the family as representatives from the O.P.W will also be
present to guide people around this famous land mark.
As for the race itself, action will begin at 8pm but participants are urged
to come along from 6.30p onwards, sign up and enjoy the atmosphere of what
is going to be an unique fixture.
Entry fee is 7 euro. All proceeds will go towards Carrigtwohill Community
Care, Meals On Wheels and C.A.S.A. The race is being organised with the
help and co-operation of Ballycotton Running Promotions and East Cork A.C.
- Now to what has happened already and a brief summary of the last few
The Ballycotton Series continued last Thursday and on what was an near
perfect evening for running there were again some excellent displays by our
athletes in various sectors of the field. John O’Connell who is running
superbly at the moment recorded a seasonal best for the 5 mile distance
whilst new comer Eric Owers also had a superb outing clocking 31:51. Brian
Nolan was another man in top form recording an eye catching 33:03 whilst
Patsy Keane continues to make major strides as emphasized by his 34:59
finish in Churchtown South.
Our leading lady Michelle Nolan has long term marathon plans with Dublin on
the radar but she is currently enjoying a glorious spell over the shorter
distances as reflected by breaking 31 minutes to consolidate her position
overall in the Summer Series.
Noel O’Regan led our 61 contingent home in 29:05, followed by Donal
Broderick in 30:20 and young David Murphy who is making a splendid
impression on the local running scene.
The concluding fixture in the Series is in Ballycotton on Thursday August
26th beginning at 7.30pm.
Unfortunately the entry in the new race in Ballinrostig on Sunday last wasn’t
as large as expected and it didn’t reflect the great preparatory work that
had been done by the local organisers in advance. From a Midleton club
point of view the results are notable for a number of reasons.
Top performer was John O’Connell following up his fine run in Churchtown by
negotiating this testing new course in 25:57. Next home was Peter Gunning
who is making steady progress back to top form, whilst it was great to see
Sean O’Sullivan back on the road after a long term injury. The popular
Ballymacoda resident crossed the line in 27:21. Ned Ramsell, Vincent O’Neill,
Donie O’Connell Danny Mc Carthy and Paul Kierans were amongst the men to
enjoy good outings.
Our ladies too were in good form – Marian Ahern, Anne Marie Perry, Deirdre
Aherne, Caroline Fletcher, Trish Murphy, Ann Savage, Camilla O’Connor ,Joan
Mc Carthy and Sile Kierans amongst those to enjoy steady performances.
On the day many of contingent which numbered 28 were on the honours list.
Well done to all! FULL RESULTS BELOW
Youghal – 4 Miler
A week earlier conditions were rather miserable but numbers were greater for
another new event by the coast, the Youghal ‘4’ Mile race. Here Kevin
Cooney, Philip Mullane and Marion Cotter were amongst our runners to turn in
good displays over a tough course on a day when Eric Owers was our first
runner home in an impressive time of 26:03 which meant he finished in a very
creditable 35th place overall.
As regards the honours Breda Cahill was our top lady and 6th overall,
Margaret Twohig in a splendid run of form was the leading lady Over 40 ,
another great achievement for Margaret who only joined our club last autumn.
Margaret’s Youghal performance was even more laudable when one considers
that less than 48 hours earlier she came home 3rd lady in the Over 40’s in
the Donoughmore ‘7’, in what was her first outing over the distance.
The Donoughmore race was notable for the fact that Midleton AC came home
with plenty of prizes. Outstanding displays came from amongst others Donal
Broderick, Neilus Aherne, Michelle Nolan (2nd lady overall), whilst our mens
team were third prize winners overall.
What’s Coming Up Next
After Wednesday in Carrigtwohill, there is a hectic programme as we lead in
to the Cork Half Marathon on Sunday September 12th.
Friday 30 – Kinsale 5 Mile – 8pm
Wed 4 – Novartis 5K – Ringaskiddy 8pm
Thur 5 – Shanagarry 5K (Provisional) – 8pm
Frid 6 – Mitchelstown 8K – 8pm
Fri 13 – Ardmore 5 Mile – 7.30pm
Sunday 15 – Ballyhooly 10 Mile – 12.30pm
Sun 15 – Route to Crook 5 Mile – Crookhaven – 4pm
Wed 18 – Army/Navy 5 Mile – Naval Base – 7.30pm
Thu 26 – Ballycotton 5 Mile – 7.30pm
Wed 1 – PTAA 5K – Togher – 7.30pm
Fri 3 – Liscarroll 10K – 7.30pm
Thu 9 – Cloyne 5K – 7.30pm
Sun 12 – Cork Half Marathon – Blarney – 11am
In the meantime – “keep on running”
MEANTIME, DON'T FORGET TO DROP ME A LINE IF YOU RECORD A PERSONAL BEST
TIME IN ANY OF THE UPCOMING RACES.
REMINDER The official launch of the Cork to Cobh (Sports Supplies) 15 Mile
will take place at the Mount Oval Bar & Restaurant, Mount Oval, Rochestown
on THIS EVENING 26th July at 8.30 pm. Everybody welcome.