Midleton Athletic Club Senior Section by PETER GUNNING
The last race in the Ballycotton 5 Summer series took place in the picturesque fishing village last Thursday night with 494 athletes going to post. Amongst them were 72 from Midleton AC. Iron Man AJ Murphy continues his remarkable life beginning at 45 ascent into the higher echelons of the local racing circuit with an outstanding 28:29 finishing in 13th place overall and first in his vet category. Darragh Canavan was a hot nine seconds behind AJ’s still-smouldering heels. It was great also to see Noel O’Regan breaking the 30 minutes mark as his recuperation continues. Our ladies too performed heroically with Sheila Buckley, Helen Gilroy and Breda Cahill again to the fore at the female business end of things. Congratulations to the those been there, done that and now proudly wearing the T-Shirt finishers who have now joined those elite bands ofTop-50 men and Top -20 women. Take a twirl Darragh 9th, Adam Duchnicz 17th, Mike Dolphin 22nd , Kieran Mulcahy 23rd, Tom Cody 26th, Emmett Ronan 33rd, Fergal O’Meara 41st , Francis Maunsell 43rd, Sheila Buckley 9th , Helen Gilroy 10th , Susan Delaney 12th Breda Cahill 16th and Mary O’Keeffe 17th. Well done to all our athletes who collected trophies for completing the challenge of this four-race series which signals the advent of autumnal longer distances.
Indeed the calendar for the next few weeks is loaded with opportunity for those athletes preparing for or considering to participate in the Dublin City Marathon on Monday 29th October.
Wed Aug 29 - Leisureworld 5 Mile – Ballincollig – 7.30pm
Fri Aug 31 - Liscarroll 10km, 7pm
Fri Aug 31 - Inch 5K Fun Run
Wed Sept 05 - Greenville House 5K, Carrigtwohill – 7.30pm
Sun Sep 09 - Cork Half Marathon – Blarney – 11am
Sun Sep 16 - Ladies Mini Marathon, Cork City – 1pm
Sun Sep 23 - Charleville Half Marathon – 10am
Sat Sep 29 Doneraile 5K (to be confirmed)
Sun Sep 30 Skibbereen 10K (to be confirmed)
Sun Oct 07 - Cork to Cobh 15 Mile – 9.30am
For the more adventurous of you who would like to take your running off the roads, onto mountains and through bogs, rivers and streams you might want to follow the lead of Maggie and Matt Chojan who recently competed in the Mangeton Munster Mountain Running Race. In conditions that could only be described as gruelling Matt came home in 14th with Maggie ten places behind him. At least we think it was them, hard to tell caked in clay.
Training continues on Mondays 6.30 CBS and Tuesdays at 7pm at the Community Centre. Anyone wishing to organise marathon long ones send an email to John. Until then keep on running.