Tuesday, 13 December 2011

Christmas is very much on the horizon and it’s very much a time for reflection with year’s end in sight. Our Annual Christmas Dinner attracted a large gathering on Saturday and a most enjoyable night was had as we dined and wined until the wee small hours. During the course of the evening our Annual Awards Ceremony took place and here there were a number of recipients as some new categories were introduced for the first time.

Topping the bill were the prestigious ‘ATHLETE OF THE YEAR’ accolades. Following a hugely successful year for many of our members, there were a host of candidates in the running but in the end few could quibble that the ultimate winners were most deserving of their overall awards.

Our congratulations are extended to




The other main award categories and winners were

Best Female Newcomer – Helen Gilroy

Best Male Newcomer – Barry Aherne

Most Improved Female Athlete – Breda Cahill

Most Improved Male Athlete – Fergal O’Meara and Adam Duchnicz (joint winners)

Many more outstanding candidates were mentioned in all categories having been nominated by their fellow club members.

There was also a further addition this year, with a number of presentations being made to other club members who excelled. These included the ladies cross country team of Anna Doris, Maggie Chojan, Susan Delaney and Orlaith Farmer who brought glory to the club with their medal winning success. John Hennessy was honoured on the back of a wonderful season which included a rare and treasured accomplishment of winning a National track medal. Also scaling the heights was Neilus Aherne who was also on podium following his medal winning performance in the National Half Marathon.

Our dedicated team captain Edmond O’Sullivan sends his sincere apologies for the over sight in not highlighting the outstanding feats of our quartet of John Hennessy, Noel O’Regan, Fergal O’Meara and Donal Broderick who came fourth in the Munster Road Championships held last March. Noel and John also won medals with Cork and again we sincerely congratulate the guys on their great success.

As they say ‘the bar has been raised’ again by the wonderful performances of our club colleagues in road, cross country and track events. Congrats to one and all.

By the way there is range of presentation photos from Saturday’s function to be seen on the Midleton AC blog whilst this week’s Midleton & District News will also carry photo coverage from the event (more pics will follow in the issue of January 11th)


Arrangements for club nights over the Christmas/New Year period are as follows.Training as usual up to an including Wednesday December 21st.

No training on Monday 26th, Wednesday 28th or Monday 2nd.

Training resumes as normal on Wednesday January 4th.


Sincere thanks to those who helped with the collection of money over the last few months. Now we need help for the months ahead. Let’s firstly look at January. Can you help for approx 15 minutes for the 4 sessions during this month? We are looking for people who can commit to either Monday 5.55pm to 6.15pm. Wednesday 5.55pm to 6.10pm. Wednesday 6.55pm to 7.10pm. Please fill in the chart at Wednesday training or contact any committee member.


Now to something new on Christmas Eve – from Edmond O’Sullivan

The captains handicap run will take place on Saturday December 24th at 12pm in Walshtown Wood. This is a 4 mile single circuit on track road through forestry. It will not be muddy. The slowest runners go off first and others are released on a phased basis in time order. Each runner must give an honest pace per mile at entry. Entry fee is €5 and ALL of this is going directly to Saint Vincent De Paul charity. There will be tea and cakes etc supplied after the race. Directions: go to East Cork golf club but do not turn right for the clubhouse – go straight on towards the Elfordstown mast. Stay on this road for about 3 miles. (at about 1.5 miles you come to a V where you bear right). You come to a T junction, turn right and then turn immediately left. After 2 miles you will come to the wood and watch for the first wood entrance on the right – Edmonds blue transit bus will be parked here. This is the start and finish point. The road is narrow so cars will have to park in other wood entrances up the road ( 3 in total, furthest 2 are ¼ mile away.)

We need 2 helpers – one for entries and another for finish times.

SO: come on, do your bit for charity before you hit the Christmas pud!



There are plenty of races to enjoy as always over the next few weeks. Here is a guide to what’s on and when over the holiday period.

Saturday Next December 17th – Shanagarry 5K Race – 12 noon

Sunday Next December 18th – Newmarket 5K – 1pm

Saturday December 24th – Midleton AC Members Captain’s Run – 12 noon – (see above)

Sunday December 25th – Goal Mile – at CIT and Ballynoe

Monday December 26th – Belgooly 4 Mile – 12 noon

Monday December 26th – Dungarvan 5 Mile – 11am

Sunday January 1st – Beaufort, Co Kerry 10K 2pm

Looking further ahead the first BHAA fixture is the FMC ‘4’ Mile in Little Island on Sunday January 21st – 11am. The Munster ‘10’ Mile Series starts in Dungarvan on the following Sunday (see below) whilst the first evening race of the season will again be the Ballintotis ‘4’ on Thursday April 19th.

Full fixture list to follow in New Year.


Sunday January 29th 1pm


The speed at which the entries are pouring in has escalated over the past week and as the event is a pre-entry race only we urge participants to get their entry in A.S.A.P.

Our early bird entry fee of €15 will close on this Friday 16th December at midnight and the final chance to enter will close on January 16th with no entries taken on race day!

You can enter on line with Active Europe ( a small charge applies) or download an entry form from the race website www.dungarvan10mile.org and post to the address on the form.

Best of luck with your training and hope to see you on the day.

Now let’s focus on the rescheduled Mallow ‘10’ miler which takes place in March.

This email is to all entrants/runners in last year’s Mallow 10.

This year our Race is on Bank Holiday Monday March 19th 2012

On line entry €15 Euro

Chip Timing

Fast, flat course

Tech T-shirt to first 1000 entrants

Click below for link to on line entry.


Thanks and regards

Denis Sheehan



Finally, this computer (and myself) are availing of the season of good will to take a break from e mail duties. If an occasion arises that a fixture is cancelled we will of course forward a mail, but outside of that it’s ‘shut down’ time.

A Happy and Peaceful Christmas/New Year is extended to one and all. See you at training and races over the next few weeks.