Wednesday 28 November 2012

Ballycotton 10 Entry Procedures

To all Midleton AC members and other nosey parkers who read this blog (we know you do) the only section you need to refer to is in red below but please pass on the rest to friends who are NON AAI runners

Midleton AC members PLEASE DO NOT ENTER BEFORE THE 5TH Dec. because if you do you will be depriving someone else of a place in the race.
You have from the 5th to the 18th to enter and are guaranteed entry if you apply withen those dates.

Entry Procedure for the 2013 Ballycotton '10' Road Race...


The following is the entry procedure for next year’s Ballycotton ’10’, to take place on Sunday March 3rd. Numbers are limited as usual but for 2013 there will a combination of postal and online entries as follows:

1) As in previous years, anyone wishing to obtain an entry form can do so by sending an SAE anytime during the month of November to: Ballycotton Running Promotions, Ballycotton, Co. Cork (don’t forget to enclose a large envelope with the correct postage).

2) All such forms applied for will be posted out on Friday November 30th, to arrive by Monday December 3rd/Tuesday December 4th. All returned postal entries (on official forms only – no photocopies) will be accepted up to and including Wednesday December 5th.

3) These will then be processed and put up on the website, hopefully in a day or two. Then, at a specific time which will be announced in advance, online entries will open and remain open until the figure of 2,500 has been reached – this will be a combination of postal and online entries.

4) After the limit has been reached, a PDF copy of the entry form will go up on the website and also in the usual shops and outlets – this is only for AAI club members and those who ran the four races in the Ballycotton Summer Series 2012. All these postal entries will be accepted up until Tuesday December 18th

5) As usual, a limited number of elite entries will be available nearer the date.

So, to sum up –

(a) If you want to enter in the traditional way, send an SAE during this month of November.

(b) If you wish to enter online, check the website on December 6th.

(c) If you’re an AAI club member (or ran Summer Series) you may ignore the above two methods and just post in an entry to arrive by December 18th.

Sunday 25 November 2012

Weekend Roundup

Word in from Lanzorete is that everyone ran well but no great times due to the heat and more especially the wind which was very strong ( well thats what they tell me No mention of partying etc) but just to prove it tour guest Sean McGrath East Cork did 33.53 (slow for Sean) and came second.
Just to make people realise how good we have things here Sean got 30 Euro for coming second overall after paying 25 Euro to enter the race.

Ballinacurra 5 Mile

Things were much different in Ballinacurra where they did themselves proud with a very well organised race, great prizes (but not enough) and a superb spread of food afterwards plus hot showers etc.
Despite a miserable wet and windy morning there was seventy five runners and we were well represented with both senior and what was wonderful to see some juvenile runners also.
There only prize winner from the club was Anna Doris who came second overall with a superb finish over the last 800 mtrs..
Other runners who had great runs were Mike Dolphin 30.10 and Adam Duchnicz 30.56 both just back from the Dublin Marathon and Owen O'Connell 32.57 straight out after working all night.
Others who ran with great runs in the wind and rain were Brian Cott, John Cashman,Shane Gannon,Stanislaw Byczek,Paul Kearns, Rose Herlihy,Tara O'Keeffe,Linda Hegarty,Ann Harrington,Mary Keane, Colm Jordan, Emer Hayes and Reyes Hevia many of these runners would have been placed in their categories if their were prizes.

Well done to all and most especially to Ballinacurra GAA who really excelled themselves in their organisation of the event.
Hopefully it will become an annual event on the road racing calender and get the support it deserves.

Thursday 22 November 2012

Yes! Thats Our Peter

For those fans of FIT Magazine (free with the Independent on Thursdays) that is our club member
Peter Gunning who reviewed the four books in this weeks issue.Well done Peter.

Tuesday 20 November 2012


Further Success For Our Ladies

News just in is that our ladies masters team came 3rd last Sunday in Millstreet this follows on from their earlier success posted below the masters team was Anna Doris, Sally Drennan, Helen Gilroy and Trish Murphy.
Also Anna Doris 3rd O/40 and Helen Gilroy 3rd O/45.

This means that all our ladies who ran last Sunday were in the medals.
Really well done ladies.
Midleton News 18/11/2012

Munster Champions

On Monday evening last, our Munster Champions were honoured with their medals and cup. Over 50 members turned up for training to congratulate the winning ladies team. Orlaith Farmer, Michelle Kenny, Anna Doris and Sally Drennan were kitted out head to toe in Midleton AC apparel. Both Orlaith and Michelle had double honours having secured a medal with the cork team also.

Well done again girls on a remarkable achievement.

Lanzarote Trip 2012

As we come in to the last few weeks of the season the, 15 of the clubs seasoned pro’s head off to the bi-annual training camp in Club La Santa Lanzarote. This is our second time going to this location for winter training without the rain. I’m sure all will comply with the no alcohol or partying ritual. It’s a great trip to kick back and relax after along hard year of competitive training and racing. The majority of the group will run in the 10k race on Sunday 25th in Club La Santa. It should be a good trip and all will be revealed in next week’s report. Enjoy it lads.

Run In the Dark

Plenty of Midleton AC athlete’s turned up to support the great cause in the Run in the dark 5k and 10k race last Wednesday. It proved to be a huge success both in Cork and Dublin with over 1100 competing in Cork. Lots of people were worried about tight streets at night, but from all comments it worked out to plan in the end without any mishaps.

Cork BHAA 6 Mile

Mount Oval Bar 6 Mile Road Race BHAA

Darragh Canavan 3rd Place

Kieran Mulcahy 2nd O/40

John O'Halloran 1st O/60

Mary O'Keeffe 1st O/45

Joan Mc Carthy 2nd O/50

Others who had good runs on this very hilly six miler were Marie Murphy and Danny Mc Carthy.

Cross Country Results

Great results again from our ladies on what was one of the worst days for running cold,wet and windy on what was also a tough hilly course.

Leevale 1st Midleton 2nd St Finbarrs 3rd

also Orlagh Farmer came 2nd overall with some realy brilliant running and Sally Drennan 1st o/45

The ladies were Orlagh Farmer,Michelle Kenny,Anna Doris and Sally Drennan also running for the team were Helen Gilroy and Trish Murphy making their cross country debuts and what a baptism they got on the worst day so far for racing this year.Well done to ye all girls ye did us proud again.

Unfortunately our men were out of luck this time but team captain Noel O'Regan says they deserve a medal for even finishing under the appalling conditions. Well done guys.

Christmas Party Saturday 8th December

Reports from the organising committee, there are very little places left for the Christmas party so book ASAP to avoid disappointment. The girls to contact are below:

Colette Barry:

Bernie Twomey:


Ballinacurra 5 miler this Sunday 25th at 11:30 Ballinacurra GAA

Sun 25th Nov (11am)...RNLI Reindeer 10k Fun Run...€22...

Sun 25th Nov (12 noon)...Castlefreke 5k Fun Run/Walk...


Next Sunday at 11.30 the first Ballinacurra 5 Mile Race takes place.
Headquarters is Ballinacurra GAA complex.
The race is over a course that most of us have often run in training and is well worth supporting.

Sunday 18 November 2012


Cross Country Millstreet

Great results again from our ladies on what was one of the worst days for running cold,wet and windy on what was also a tough hilly course.
Leevale 1st Midleton 2nd  St Finbarrs 3rd

also Orlagh Farmer came 2nd overall with some realy brilliant running and Sally Drennan 1st o/45

The ladies were Orlagh Farmer,Michelle Kenny,Anna Doris and Sally Drennan also running for the team were Helen Gilroy and Trish Murphy making their cross country debuts and what a baptism they got on the worst day so far for racing this year.Well done to ye all girls ye did us proud again.

Unfortunately our men were out of luck this time but team captain Noel O'Regan says they deserve a medal for even finishing under the appalling conditions. Well done guys.

Mount Oval Bar 6 Mile Road Race BHAA

Darragh Canavan 3rd Place

Kieran Mulcahy 2nd O/40

John O'Halloran 1st O/60

Mary O'Keeffe 1st O/45

Joan Mc Carthy 2nd O/50

Others who had good runs on this very hilly six miler were Marie Murphyand Danny Mc Carthy.

Wednesday 14 November 2012


A form to fill in your nominations for the Annual Awards which will be held on the Christmas party on Saturday December 8th. HAS BEEN SENT TO MEMBERS BY E MAIL.
Pleasem contact Marc if you have not received one

Please fill in who you think is the worthy winner for each category and send me back your responses asap.

Also this weekends Cross Country Championships is for Intermediate and Masters. We though it was just masters but now it has an Intermediate level also.

Please come out and support your club by running, at the moment the men and women are looking for more to fill up teams.

Contact Noel O Regan on :0861704072 / Sally Drennan on 0872265857
Midleton News Update: 12/11/2012

Munster Intermediate Cross Country:

Today was truly great a day for Midleton AC.

Well done to our girls who won Gold in the Munster Intermediate Cross Country in Waterford. Orlaigh Farmer was 2nd followed by Michelle Kenny in 6th and Anna Doris 7th. Ladies Captain Sally Drennan was the fourth of our ladies home. It seems to be every week now that we are congratulating these girls. It is a great achievement by all, week in week out they produced the goods and now they have a cup to show for it. Well done again Ladies. Hopefully we will have a photo of the Gold wining team during the week with their new cup.

Also Orlaigh and Michelle were on the Cork Team which also won on the day. It’s a great achievement to represent your County and win, Well Done.

Lisgoold 5k

On a lovely morning for a run, Lisgoold GAA held their annual 5k run/Fun run. The first home for Midleton was Marc Dalton in 17:27 followed by John Hennessy in 17:47 who won the 0/45 category. Nigel Carroll running in his local race ran home in 18:14 followed closely by Declan Dorgan and Kieran Mulcahy. Francis Maunsell fresh off his PB in Dublin was next. Well done to Stan Byzeck who was 1st 0/50

Good performances were had by Eugene McCarthy, Killian Looney and Simon Fitzgerald.

It proved to be a great day out for Sheila Buckley as she was 2nd overall. She is having a great year already and plenty more to come from this girl in 2013. Also having a good day was Mary O Keeffe who was 1ST 0/45 and Sylvia Pearson was 2nd 0/50.

Also running were Aidan O Herlihy, Paul Kierans, Yvonne Kennedy, Colette McCarthy, Colm Jordan, Joan McCarthy, Danny McCarthy and Louise Falvey.

Well done Helen Gilroy who was 1st lady in work road race 11k

Master’s Cross Country

After great performances and winning lots of medals in cross country this year, we are looking for people to run in the master cross country on Sunday the 18th in Millstreet. If you are over 35 and interested in running please get in contact with Sally Drennan or Noel O Regan.

Midleton AC Christmas Party 2012

• Date: Saturday December 8th

• Time: 8pm

• Venue: Midleton Park Hotel (Garden Suite)

• Meal: 3 course meal with tea / coffee

• €15 for members / €25 for partners (members are subsidised by club)

• DJ and entertainment on the night

• Club Annual Awards held on night

Limited Places available so be sure to book early!

Contact the girls to place your booking:

Colette Barry:

Bernie Twomey:

Your place is not booked unless full payment is received 90 places available.

Tuesday 13 November 2012

Presentation Of The Munster Cup at training last night
more photos by Marc at

of course Orlagh Farmer the youngest member of the team is well used to holding cups having already won the All Ireland Ladies Football Final with Cork earlier this year.

Picture of the girls in the Cork colours.

Sunday 11 November 2012

Our Girls Are The Best In Munster

Well done to Orlagh Farmer, Michelle Kenny ,Anna Doris and Sally Drennan who won the Munster title for OUR Club today.
Orlagh and Michelle also got Gold with Cork

Well done girls your club is very proud of you.

Marc will have full details of all todays events shortly

Presentation of Cup and medals tomorrow night at training.



Thursday 8 November 2012

East Cork AC + Lisgoold GAA Present

The Fourth Annual

5km Road Race
11th Nov @11am


Top 3 Male

Top 3 Female

1stMale (Junior & Over 40/45/50/55/60)

1stFemale (Junior & Over 35/40/45/50/55)

(Second Place in Cats above will be added if more than 5 Athletes per group attend on the day)

1st Lisgoold GAA Member

1st Wheelchair

Spot Prizes

Fun Runners and Walkers Welcome

Entry Fee €5

Registration at Lisgoold Community Centre from 10.00am

Light refreshments served afterwards in Community Centre

Measured Course

AAI Permit Granted

Wednesday 7 November 2012


Membership is NOW closed for the 2012 season.
We advised several weeks ago that it was closing last Wed 31st Oct.
So PLEASE DO NOT bring people along ( or come along) wanting ro registar for 2012.
 Refusal does unfortunately  cause offence in some cases.

 We will announce when registration for 2013 will commence.
Please note also that we will not be taking beginners (raw) you will be required
to be able to run a few miles at least.

Also from now on people will be given ONE trial session before deciding to join the club.
(This is due to people abusing the two sessions that we previously allowed.)

Danny (Registar)

Please pass on this information to anyone you may think  interested in joining.

Tuesday 6 November 2012

Cro9ss Country Masters

Hi All,

                    A message from our Cross Country Captains Sally Drennan / Noel O Regan

Cross Country Master's race on the Sun the 18th November. It Takes place in Millstreet at 1pm

The age cat group is 35-50 for Vets and over 50 team upwards.Individuals are from 35 upwards. Anbody interested email Noel or Sally .Men mail Noel    and
Ladies mail Sally:

Please come along and try it out.

The club has had great sucess over the last 2 years with this. Medals are there to be won.

Monday 5 November 2012

Midleton News: 4-11-2012

Dublin Marathon 2012:

Low temperature and cloudy skies with a little wind set up almost perfect conditions for the 33rd Dublin Marathon. In a field of 12,165 our club was very well represented with seasoned campaigners to first timers. It’s safe to say we had one of the biggest represented clubs from Cork and probably the best supported. Thanks to our club members who braved the cold weather to give up a day of their long weekend to make the big trip up to Dublin and support the athletes. It was very much appreciated. There were supporters on nearly all major junctions along the course, some made to 3-4 destinations. It can be said some of our supporters covered more ground than the runners themselves.

Well done to AJ Murphy who was our 1st man home with a fantastic time of 2:46 to be 101st place overall. It proves all the early morning runs and hard work and Trish Murphy’s cooking are shining through. Our second man over the line was Marc Dalton in 2:50 to record a super time. Breaking the 3hr barrier for his first time was Adam Duchnicz in a tremendous 2:58. After many close attempts to break 3 hrs, John Hennessy finally broke his duck to record 2:59. To have 4 members under 3hrs is fantastic achievement for the club.

On his maiden trip to the capital Mike Dolphin came in a fantastic 3:05 for his first marathon. Francis Maunsell was our next man home to record a PB of 3:09. Although it was a PB of 3:14 Darragh Canavan was hoping to come in a little bit better before suffering cramp along the route. Similar fate happened upon Emmett Ronin as he pulled up with a stitch along the way, yet still recording a PB of 3:16. Toe to toe on the start line with his brother, Kieran Mulchay came in 3:16, followed by Denis Kelleher who posted a PB of 3:09 to wrap up a successful year on the running scene.

Mark Walsh was next home in 3:26, at one stage it looked like Mark wasn’t going to make the start with a calf problem. Thankfully Mark ran with his injury and it stayed at bay for the entire race, well done Mark.

Our ladies had a great outing with 3 of them breaking the 3:30 for the first time. Our First Lady was Margaret Jones who seems to love this distance as she finished her 3rd marathon of the year in 3:27 to record a PB. Margaret seems to be an addict to this distance as she hopes to do back to back marathons in 2 days next year. Another girl enjoying a great season is Sheila Buckley who set a new PB in 3:27. One of our seasoned campaigners Deirdre Aherne was next home in 3:28 to record another PB. Don O Callaghan was next up with a super 3:32.

Helen Gilroy who is having a fantastic year on the road ran 3:35 to rack up another PB. Owen O Connell ran a fantastic 3:39 to finish the season is style. Peter Gunning was next home in 3:42 to add another marathon to his growing no of attempts, following Peter was Barry Aherne in 3:47 just ahead of Brian McCarthy in 3:48. He was followed by Denise Hickey who ran her first marathon in a super time of 3:54, It seems all the daning at the Ceili last week didn’t do this lady any harm. Colette McCarthy attempted the distance for the first time to record 3:54 alongside partner Eugene McCarthy. Eugene admitted he was hanging in there for the last few miles as Colette wanted to power home. They say behind every great man stands a great woman,Ger O'Shaughnessy did a very credible 3.57 and  Trish Murphy wife of AJ showed it’s not just AJ that can produce the goods. Trish ran 3:58 to break the 4hrs for the 1st time and to wrap up a great day for the Murphy household. Sinead Buckley experiencing her first marathon ran a fantastic time to follow groom to be Barry home in 4:07.

Noreen Emerson was next home in 4:08 for a great time over the 26.2 course. It seems to be a day of stories of first timers, next was Michelle Buckley in 4:09 followed closely by training partner Aoife Fouhy in 4:09. It was a great day for both girls. Next home was Mary B Walsh in 4:10 to record a PB by over 11 mins well done Mary on completing another Husband and wife combination. Next up was Bernie Twomey followed by 1st timer Ronan McManus in 4:20.

Danny McCarthy and first timer Alan Kelleher ran the whole way together. Well done Alan, and to Danny for helping Alan make the big step up to the marathon. Mia McGrath was next home in 5hrs .
Lads I could have missed 1 or 2 along the way as I had no exact figure of how many ran. If I missed you I am sorry. Let me know and I can report it.

It was a fantastic day out for all athletes as PB’S seemed to be the magic word spoken after it was all over. Our 1st timers came up trumps with some fantastic times also.

And to all of those that didn’t get a PB or the time they planned there is always next year.

Bandon 10K

A few of our members turned up for 2nd year of the Bandon 10k.

Michelle Kenny won again as her year gets better and better. The inform girl of 2012 notched up yet another win. There is no stopping this girl at the moment. Well done Michelle. The following day she was running around the streets of Dublin cheering on all the marathon runners.

Declan Dorgan was our leading man home to show he is coming back into some form recently.

Yvonne Sheehan was next home to continue her good performances of late.

Cork BHAA HSE 4Mile

News just in Noel O Regan won the O/45 category. Well done Noel.

These are the only results to report as full results should be out in a few days.

Senior Cross Country / Senior East Cork Championships

It proved to be another fantastic day out for our ladies who won the Senior East Cork Championships in Carrignavar. Michelle Kenny led our team home followed by Orlagh Farmer, Anna Dorris and Sally Drennan. Well Done ladies, more medals for the club. This year has been a huge success for the club on the cross country side.


Sun 11th (11am)...Lisgoold 5k road race...€5 (only out the road so lets support our neighbours)

Sun 11th (12:30pm)...Great Railway 25k Fun Run...€45

Sun 18th (11am)...Cork BHAA Movember 6 mile road race...€5/€8.

Sun 25th (11am)...RNLI Reindeer 10k Fun Run...€22

Sun 25th (12 noon)...Castlefreke 5k Fun Run/Walk

Sunday 4 November 2012


Well done to Noel O'Regan who won 1st o/45 in todays HSE 4mile in the Marina

also a huge well done to Michelle Kenny,Orlagh Farmer,Anna Doris and Sally Drennan who won the East Cork senior championships today.

Thursday 1 November 2012

Midleton AC

20:21 (3 hours ago)

to undisclosed recipients

Hi All ,

A quick reminder about the marathon after party on Friday 2nd November in Mogeely at 8pm.

A 40 seater bus will be leaving Midleton at 8pm and drop back later on. The bus leaves the market car park by supervalue.

All members are welcome to come along and join in the fun.

If people cant make it for 8 and get a lift down , there will be room on the bus coming back.

Drop me a mail if your going on the bus.

See you all tomorrow night. Marc