Monday, 14 November 2011


Midleton AC Senior Section 14.11.11 BY Peter Gunning

This year's Dublin City Marathon saw a record entry of 14000 with 28 members
of our club taking on the 26 mile challenge. This column is proud to report
that all of our team hit the finishing tape in varying levels of
dehydration, elation and frustration! Some may have been more pleased than
others but on a day when blustering winds and heavy showers helped add to
the discomfort of wall-hitting, blister accumulation, nipple bleeds, oxygen
deficit and minds struggling with matter, personal pride gave way to
personal preservation. Indeed despite the difficult conditions there were
some outstanding displays. Personal bests were won by Adam Duchnicz. Fergal
O'Meara, Breda Cahill, Mark Walsh, Deirdre Aherne, Claire Fitzgerald
Mary B Walsh ,Sinead Kevany and Mary O'Mahony. But each of our team of twenty-eight deserve individual laurel
wreathes, so well done and take a bow, in no particular order: Mary Toher,
Denis Kelleher, Trish Murphy, Peter Gunning, Simon Thompson, Sinead Ivers,
Sinead Buckley, Helen Gilroy, Bernie Twomey, Susan Buckley Colette Barry,
Barry Aherne, Darragh Canavan, Shane Cooney, Margaret Jones,
Danny McCarthy, Rosarii Griffi, Marion Carroll, and Noreen Emerson
Off the road and into the mud, sweat and tears of the cross-country circuit
leads us to tales of more club success. Our ladies team of Orlaith Farmer,
Maggie Chojan, Anna Dorris and Susan Delaney recorded an historic silver
medal place in the Munster Novices in Newcastlewest while John Hennessey
picked up an individual silver at the Cork County Novices. Continuing on the
theme of prize-winning congratulations to Margaret Twohig on taking a first
in the O40 at the recent HSE BHAA event on the Marina where Denise Hickey
also scored taking silver in the O35. We had winners also in the Lisgoold
GAA 5k with Anne-Marie Perry, Margaret Jones, Mary O'Keeffe, Sylvia Pearson,
Dan Horgan and Stan Byczek all taking category prizes. Déaglán Ó Dorgáin
finished sixth overall in a PB 18:12 while Marie Murphy balanced this for
our ladies team with a 21:54 and a fourth placed overall.

LISGOOLD 5km Road Race, Co Cork

1 James McCarthy (East Cork) 15:57; 2 Roy Fahy (East Cork) 16:03; 3 Rory O'Sullivan
(St Finbarrs) 17:44; 4 Denis McCarthy (East Cork, M45) 18:01; 5 Cathal Kelly
(St Finbarrs) 18:08; 6 Declan Dorgan (Midleton) 18:12.
M40: 1 David O'Dwyer (East Cork) 18:18.
M50: 1 Stan Byczek (Midleton) 19:22.
M55: 1 Dan Horgan (Midleton) 21:23.
M60: 1 Maurice Tobin (Grange-Fermoy) 20:11.

Women: 1 Geraldine O'Shea (St Finbarrs, F40) 19:35; 2 Elaine Guinane (Eagle)
20:58; 3 Rachael O'Callaghan (St Finbarrs, F35) 21:22; 4 Marie Murphy
(Midleton) 21:54; 5 Eibhlin Cleary (East Cork) 21:57.
F35: Ann-Marie Perry (Midleton) 22:35.
F40: Mary Jones (Midleton) 22:38.
F45: Mary O'Keeffe (Midleton) 22:05..
F50: 1 Sylvia Pearson (Midleton) 27:32.
F55: 1 Maragret Barry (Midleton) 26:30.
****see pics from Maggie Chojan at

Members are asked to support the Mark in the Dark 5k/10k run on the Marina
circuit this Wednesday 16th November at 7.30pm. Four events are being held
simultaneously in Cork, Dublin, Belfast and Limerick to raise funds for Mark
Pollock. Mark is a blind ultra-athlete who was paralysed recently in a fall
from a bedroom window. There is an entry fee of ?25 for this event and more
information is available from Next Sunday 20th November
sees an interesting 6miler in Mount Oval. Entries are at the Mount Oval Bar
with proceeds to the Movember men's health appeal.
Training continues on Monday nights at 6pm (Midleton College) and Wednesdays
at 6pm/7pm.

The next BHAA events are:

Sunday November 20th @ 11am
Mount Oval Bar Movember 6 Mile Race
Entries & changing @ Mount Oval Bar, Mount Oval Village, Rochestown

BHAA AGM - Thursday 24th November @8pm
Venue - Orchard Bar Ballinlough
Nominations for Committee and Motions to reach the committee by Mon 17th

The BHAA are now accepting registrations for 2012


Till the next time .... keep on running