Tuesday 1 March 2011

Ballycotton Countdown
5 Days To Go

Midleton AC Ballycotton Post Race Dinner – 6.30pm on Sunday at Midleton Park Hotel. Pre- booking and payment (15 euro) to Edmond O’Sullivan at training on Wednesday next.

Partners/Supporters/Fans are welcome cost 21Euro

Alternatively call Edmond on 086-8323267

Stewards required for Ballycotton ‘10’ 2011 ==== DO YOU KNOW SOMEBODY THAT CAN HELP ON SUNDAY NEXT????
While most people involved in athletics, probably want to be on the start line of Ballycotton ‘10’ on Sunday March 6th at 1.30pm. This we know is not possible for many reasons, but you can still be involved from a different perspective. As everyone knows, all events require quite a bit of organising, both before the event and on the day of the event.
We at Ballycotton Running Promotions would like to welcome all non-participants to come and help out in the smooth running of this great event. We will require stewards for various positions before, during and after the race, so feel free to volunteer. If interested, please contact Tom Hartnett at 086-2386390

We also need as many club members as possible to help with bag packing on Fri Night next.You need not be running to get involved and have your first taste of this truely great occasion come along fri. night at 7.30 (onwards) and even an hour will help.The more we have the quicker we finish.Enquiries Danny 0872403940

Memories - 2010 - Sun Shine And Surprises In Ballycotton

On a glorious spring afternoon Ballycotton’s famous ‘10’ Mile Road Race produced an unlikely winner in Greg Roberts from City Of Derry AC. A first timer over the course and distance, the northerner hit the front mid way through before eventually crossing the line in 50:39 to leave him with 22 seconds breathing space over closest pursuer Mick Clohisey (Raheny Shamrock AC).

The surprise element was also replicated in the ladies race as another first time visitor, Barbara Sanchez of Raheny edged home ahead of Siobhan O’Doherty from Borrisokane AC. Defending champion Pauline Curley bidding for her fourth Ballycotton success in five years was forced to settle for fourth behind Cork’s Clare Gibbons McCarthy who triumphed in 2005.

A different conclusion might however have resulted at the head of the field overall had Alan O’Shea of Bantry AC not suffered an injury when looking in a strong position just after the mid way point. The 2007 winner had moved to the head of affairs when passing the 6 mile mark in 29:48. But that set back changed the complexion of his race and although he resumed after a brief stop his challenge for glory had been halted and he eventually finished with fifteen runners ahead of him.
With temperatures hitting the mid teens and a strengthening breeze, it was a day for sun cream and shades as over 2,500 runners departed from the start line to a picture postcard backdrop.