Friday, 4 March 2011

Ballycotton Countdown
Almost There

Packing of the famous Ballycotton Race Day Mugs will take place at the Community Hall in Ballycotton from approx 7pm this Friday evening – please help out if you spare some time – it has become some what of a tradition and it is certainly appreciated by the organisers.

*Elite Field Update - courtesy of John Walshe Ballycotton Running Promotions


With the countdown really on, the elite end of this year’s Ballycotton ‘10 is now taking shape and it looks like there could be a cracker of a race on Sunday. The following are some of the names to look out for.

Back again this year is 2007 winner Alan O’Shea who is preparing for the Rotterdam Marathon next month. A recent half-marathon in Barcelona where he finished ninth in 66:03 was followed by a 30:45 10km in Enniscorthy, both of which shows the Bantry athlete to be in top form and on course to finally break the elusive 50 minute barrier for 10 miles.

Sergiu Ciobanu won the Cork City Marathon last June and also added the Connemara and Longford titles before winning the AAI National Marathon held in conjunction with the Dublin event. In his only appearance at Ballycotton in 2008 (when he was known as Sergiu Turea) he finished second to Vinny Mulvey in a time of 51:06.

Mick Clohisey was runner-up in Ballycotton twelve months ago, his 50:39 an improvement on the 51:02 he ran when finishing fourth the year before. Last Saturday, he took bronze in the National C-C to add to the silver he won in the National Half-Marathon last September.

Sean Hehir won the Munster C-C in his native Clare last month and had a fine ninth place last Saturday in the Nationals. A 24:31 for five miles at Raheny shows that he, too, could be close to 50 minutes on Sunday.

Cork-born Cillian O’Leary was third three years ago in Ballycotton and is part of a strong Raheny team who will be hoping to retain the team title they have won for the last three years.

And then, of course, there are the two local East Cork runners, Sean McGrath and James McCarthy. Second and third respectively in the Munster Senior behind Hehir, James turned the tables last week with his 17th in the Nationals ahead of Sean who finished 22nd. The latter had won the Carrigaline five-miler six days before in 25:21 and will be hoping to improve on his fifth position of the past two years.

Also hoping for a top 10 position will be Colin Merritt, Wieslaw Sosnowski, George Waugh, Philip Harty, Cian Murphy and no doubt a number of other outsiders.

Amongst the women, Lizzie Lee will certainly have plenty of home support as she strives to add the ten-mile crown to her two victories in the Ballycotton ‘5’ since she arrived on the scene less than two years ago. Although somewhat disappointed with her eight place performance on Saturday, a time of 28:40 for the tough Carrigaline five-miler the previous week indicates a time of around 58 minutes which should be good enough to win.

Angela McCann from Clonmel will be making her Ballycotton debut, although she is no stranger to the Cork scene having finished second in the marathon last June before winning both the Cork Half-Marathon and Cork to Cobh races in the autumn. She broke the hour (59:50) at Dungarvan a month ago and was also successful over 10km at the same venue last Sunday when winning in 36:43.

Catriona Jennings (Sportsworld) missed Ballycotton through injury last year so no doubt will be hoping to make up for that disappointment. Her clubmate, Lucy D’Arcy, is a regular Ballycotton visitor with a fourth and two fifth-place finishers over the last three years.

Niamh Roe and Ann-Marie Holland finished in the first 10 last year and will be trying to retain Eagle’s team award from 2010. There will also be a lot of local interest in the performances of Niamh Walsh (Youghal) and Michelle Nolan (Midleton) who have made considerable progress since last year’s race.

And of course we cannot forget the original Ballycotton ‘10’ winner, the evergreen Mary Sweeney. This year she has entered the new category of F50 and recorded 65:26 in Dungarvan last month and so looks set to run much faster than the 68:47 she ran all of 32 years ago here in Ballycotton.

*Unfortunately, some of our Midleton AC members who had intended have been force to withdraw due to injury - we wish you a speedy recovery.

For the record here is the official Midleton AC contingent which was originally entered.

We wish one and all the every best of luck, most especially those of you running the race for the first time.

Competitors in the Midleton AC team. (We have 115 official entries there may be a few others who were not in the club at the time of entry who have since joined)

And we wish to remind you all again that if you are not running please under NO circumstances give your number to someone else

Number Name Team Race Age Category
77 HEALY, Brian Midleton AC M45
135 BEAUSANG, Margaret Midleton AC F50
176 BARRY, Colette Midleton AC F
520 DAY, Brenda Midleton AC F35
539 MURPHY, Marie Midleton AC F
674 KELLEHER, Denis Midleton AC M45
705 KIERANS, Sile Midleton AC F40
706 KIERANS, Paul Midleton AC M45
708 GILROY, Helen Midleton AC F45
712 O'KEEFFE, Mary Midleton AC F45
884 MAUNSELL, Francis Midleton AC M
1068 CUSACK, Thomas Midleton AC M40
1260 O'DOHERTY, Maura Midleton AC F35
1317 BRACKEN, Sinead Midleton AC F
1392 MURPHY, Michael Midleton AC M
1538 JORDAN, Colm Midleton AC M
1653 SMIDDY, Phil Midleton AC F
1703 KENNEDY, Yvonne Midleton AC F
1848 CASEY, Tom Midleton AC M40
1882 MCPHERSON, Nicola Midleton AC F
1883 COONEY, Kevin Midleton AC M45
1987 IVERS, Sinead Midleton AC F
2035 HENNESSY, Elaine Midleton AC F50
2036 O'CONNOR, Barbara Midleton AC F35
2058 ROHAN, Margaret Midleton AC F50
2061 MULLANE, Philip Midleton AC M
2104 DALTON, Marc Midleton AC M
2134 CANAVAN, Darragh Midleton AC M
2151 MCGRATH, Marie Midleton AC F40
2168 O'CONNELL, Owen Midleton AC M
2210 COTTER, Marion Midleton AC F
2288 AHERNE, Deirdre Midleton AC F
2344 O'CONNOR, Camilla Midleton AC F40
2364 CONNOLLY, Vincent Midleton AC M50
2379 GEARY, Michelle Midleton AC F40
2431 MURPHY, Trish Midleton AC F40
2458 O'NEILL, Niall Midleton AC M40
2462 HICKEY, Denise Midleton AC F35
2505 DALY, Mary Midleton AC F
2527 WALSH, Mark Midleton AC M50
2528 WALSH, Mary B Midleton AC F45
2531 O'LEARY, Clare Midleton AC F
2536 RYAN, Elga Midleton AC F35
2537 BRENOCK, Catriona Midleton AC F35
2551 GEARY, Helen Midleton AC F40
2552 SMITH, Kevin Midleton AC M
2554 MCGRATH, Conor Midleton AC M
2598 EGAN, Colm Midleton AC M40
2600 MCCARTHY, Joan Midleton AC F50
2601 MCCARTHY, Danny Midleton AC M60
2602 TOHER, Mary Midleton AC F50
2628 O'SULLIVAN, Sean Midleton AC M40
2630 BARRY, Margaret Midleton AC F60
2632 STEELE, Frances Midleton AC M45
2633 FINN, Mia Midleton AC F
2672 MURPHY, Kieran Midleton AC M
2686 KELLY, Alan Midleton AC M40
2715 TWOMEY, Bernie Midleton AC F40
2730 O'FLAHERTY, Grainne Midleton AC F40
2733 CONWAY, Darragh Midleton AC M45
2734 O'REILLY, Kevin Midleton AC M45
2737 O'CONNELL, Michael Midleton AC M
2738 OWERS, Eric Midleton AC M
2742 MCCARTHY, Eugene Midleton AC M40
2750 HIGGINS, Carrie Midleton AC F
2756 PERRY, Anne-Marie Midleton AC F35
2758 TUFARO, Jennifer Midleton AC F35
2762 KENNEALLY, Brian Midleton AC M40
2766 CASHMAN, Mary Midleton AC F45
2768 DRENNAN, Sally Midleton AC F45
2774 WALSH, Michael Midleton AC M40
2785 O'HALLORAN, John Midleton AC M60
2789 HALLAHAN, Olive Midleton AC F45
2793 KELLEHER, Alan Midleton AC M45
2794 WILLIAMS, Adrian Midleton AC M45
2800 SAVAGE, Ann Midleton AC F45
2806 WATSON, Karol Midleton AC M
2816 AHERNE, Marian Midleton AC F40
2844 CAHILL, Breda Midleton AC F40
2846 O'SULLIVAN, Billy Midleton AC M
2849 O'CONNELL, Donie Midleton AC M60
2851 CAREY, John Midleton AC M40
2865 MULCAHY, Margaret Midleton AC F45
2868 FURLONG, Michael Midleton AC MJ
2895 MORRISON, Moira Midleton AC F40
2896 O'REGAN, Noel Midleton AC M40
2898 LOMASNEY, Lisa Midleton AC F40
2899 KEANE, Patsy Midleton AC M45
2900 HEGARTY, Linda Midleton AC F35
2915 AHERNE, Neilus Midleton AC M55
2937 BRODERICK, Donal Midleton AC M45
2938 MORRISON, Kevin Midleton AC M45
2939 O'MEARA, Fergal Midleton AC M40
2945 GUNNING, Peter Midleton AC M50
2955 DIXON, Mary Midleton AC F40
2961 MURPHY, Christine Midleton AC F40
2963 KEANE, Mary Midleton AC F40
2976 TROY, Deirdre Midleton AC F
3027 NOLAN, Brian Midleton AC M
3056 NOLAN, Derrick Midleton AC M
3072 NOLAN, Michelle Midleton AC F35
3084 ROBINSON, Sinead Midleton AC F35
3087 TWOHIG, Margaret Midleton AC F40
3090 MAGAN, Marie Midleton AC F40
3097 MAHONEY, Trevor Midleton AC M
3106 COONEY, Shane Midleton AC M
3121 RAMSELL, Ned Midleton AC M
3131 CASHMAN, John Midleton AC M45
3157 CODY, Thomas Midleton AC M55
3158 FITZGERALD, Claire Midleton AC F35
3172 MACROPOULOS, Patricia Midleton AC F
3176 CLEARY, Vicki Midleton AC F
3194 BOHAN, Sandra Midleton AC F35
3220 CREEDON, Helena Midleton AC F
3225 O'NEILL, Vincent Midleton AC M40
0000Mc Gregor Caitriona Midleton AC F45