Thursday, 14 June 2012


Midleton AC Senior Section
by Peter Gunning

As the last of the blister pads are peeled away and the chaffing scars begin to fade, twenty of our athletes can now proudly add Cork City Marathon 2012 to their running cvs. Indeed it was day of both success and celebration not only for those aforementioned hardy souls but for the twenty-one Midleton AC members who ran the half-marathon and the too many to count who took part in the relay event.
Finishing in an outstanding 9thoverall out of 570 competing relay teams, Midleton AC International clocked a most impressive 2hr 48min. Led out by Maggie Chojan the team included Matt Chojan, Stanislaw Bychecz, Michal Reymer and Warsaw’s adopted son, Denis Kelleher. It was a tremendous achievement for our club to have a top ten finishing team and our heartiest congratulations are extended to the team otherwise known as Four Poles and a Pad.
It was another of our Polish members, Adam Duchnicz who led the marathon team home in a most creditable 3:07. Adam was a little disappointed not to dip the 3hr mark but has now set this target for Dublin in the autumn. Sub-3 hour veteran, Neilus Aherne found the going tough towards the latter stages of the race but finished nonetheless in a fine 3:13 while Francis Maunsell was delighted with his 3:25 virgin run. Don O’Callaghan was next man home in 3:29 while Peter Gunning and Mike Geary both ran comfortably in 3:42 and 3:45 respectively. With due respect to the wonderful Team Maggie Built, Teamwork of the Day Award must go to the Team Helen Trained, with Helen Gilroy, Sheila Buckley and Margaret Jones running together for the entire 26.2 miles before crossing the line hand in hand in hand in a terrific 3:49. Ladies, your club salutes you and three laurel wreathes await your crowns.  (Incidentally, Margaret had run a Triathlon the week previously in Athy!) Well done to Don Ryan for at last beating that 4 hr barrier with four minutes to spare.  To Catherine Carroll, Barry Aherne, Colette Barry, Brian McCarthy, Elaine O’Riordan, Mary Walsh, Ned Ramsell, David Burke, Olive Hallahan and Mary Toher , the club extends both congratulations and respect for completing the real deal of the day.
Our half-marathoners included several PBs and some stand-out performances. Darragh Canavan was pick of the pack with a solid 1 hr 22min run, which keeps his Dublin sub-3hr plan firmly on track. Michael Dolphin continues to perform on an upward ascent with a terrific 1:27 while Alan Kelly, despite a lack of training at this distance, finished in the Top 100 with a blistering 1:34. Mark Walsh shaved 20 seconds off his previous best to claim silver in the 0-50 in 1:35 while John Carey and Kevin Cooney followed in his slipstream in 1:36 and 1:37 respectively. Soon to be officially, nicknamed The First Lady, Michelle Kenny was again just that at 1:38 while half-marathon virgin, Catherine Terry was thrilled with her 1:47. Trish Murphy and Marie Murphy also broke 1:50 while there were also solid performances from Danny McCarthy, Ger O’Shaughnessy, Kay Furlong, Ronan McManus, Sinéad Buckley, Elaine Hennessy, Sinéad Ivers, Noreen Emerson, Claire Lane, Kenneth Lynch and Marion Cotter.
The John Buckley 5k held on the Thursday before the marathon saw a huge field take on this exceptionally fast but demanding course. Super running here from Kevin Smith 17:17. Darragh Canavan 17.19 and Marc Dalton 17:41. Denis Kelleher continues to exhibit increased acceleration at all distances running well within himself at 18:03 with both Stanislaw and John Cashman behind Denis, finishing comfortably under the 20 minute mark. Mary O’Keeffe, Susan Delaney and Kara O’Reilly were the first of our ladies in this BHAA organised event. Tom Cody and Fergal O’Meara headed to Kinneigh on marathon day to run the Round Tower 10k. Rumour has it that the marathoners had it easier as this was a course designed under the motto “what goes up must not necessarily come down”. Needless to say both men rose to the uphill challenge with Tom winning the 0-50 category and Fergal taking silver at 0-40.
On Friday we have the Murphy Memorial Inniscarra 4 Miler at 8pm.
Next Saturday 16th sees the Ballyclough Harbour 5k. Check the blog for further details of this and other races. Training continues at 6.30pm on Mondays in the CBS and at 7pm from the Community Centre on Tuesdays. Till the next time... keep on running!