Wednesday 30 October 2013

Sad News

On a sadder note, Ricki Savage from England who took part in the Dublin City Marathon last Monday has passed away. The 27 year old had just finished the race in 3 hours and 10 minutes and was taking part to raise funds for the British Heart Foundation. He unfortunately suffered a heart attack at the finish line and was rushed to hospital.

The president of Thanet Roadrunners Athletic Club said..."We were told earlier this afternoon that he hasn’t pulled through and we’re all devastated at the club. It was his first marathon but he was a very competent runner and he had done long distances before that. The paramedics worked on him for over 40 minutes before getting him to hospital. We’d like to express our gratitude for their work and for doing all they could.”


(Ricki Savage's charity page... 

Ricki was staying in the same hotel as most of us the Maldron and we probably even passed him there.Joan Mc Carthy met his mate who had dropped out at the 9 mile mark in the lift as he was rushing to St Vincent's Hospital to see how Ricki was.Little did he know at the time. RIP
Midleton AC O/50 Men Take Gold
This really is a result from last week but is only just out. The Midleton AC team of  Stan Byczek, Neilus Aherne and Edmond O'Sullivan came 1st in the O/50 Cat. whilst Stan was 3rd O/50 and Neilus 2nd O/55.This is like the ladies fantastic news for the club and great praise must go to everyone who have helped both male and female to make these results happen.

Midleton Girls Take BRONZE in the MUNSTER NOVICE

Great news that I have just in - Midleton girls were third in the Munster novice!  Michelle Kenny was 2nd,Lady, Karen Grant 3rd Lady and Sheila Buckley and Trish Murphy both ran very well to make up the team and to put Midleton AC into third position.  Michelle and Karen also got GOLD as they both scored on the winning Cork team.

Sean O'Sullivan and Dave Motherway both ran well as individuals and finished strongly together.  Well done to them for making the effort to run even without a team.

We are still awaiting full results of the county masters well over a week ago!


Tuesday 29 October 2013


One For All And All for Everyone

                                                What a weekend! Amazing from start to finish.There is something about a marathon that makes this club special. The sheer quality of our runners and the unique quality of our supporters really does make this club special. We had members, their families, friends , boyfriends, girlfriends ,partners etc. etc.  travel up especially for the weekend whilst others got up at the crack of dawn and drove to Dublin that morning to be there to support. Some hired bikes and got taxis to travel around the course to cheer on our members and not only our members but everyone else as well. Some came prepared to run and helped greatly by running and pacing people for a few miles. No to mention the boyfriends/partners who appeared out of nowhere and caused people to think they were having visions.  I have been getting e- mails, texts and facebook messages all day thanking our members for their support and not only from other Cork clubs but from Kerry and elsewhere. But we also must thank the other clubs whose members supported us especially Leevale ( Helen Niamh, Aine & Co. ye were amazing!)
 Youghal AC ( Steve you seemed to be everywhere) Eagle AC (Joe for the photo's) and everyone else as well.
As for the race itself the conditions were not at all as bad as expected and most of our runners did great. I will not post the overall results and splits etc. as some members do not like this when it comes to marathons but they are available already online (see corkrunning) for those that want them. Suffice to say we had some great runs, amazing runs from people like Magic Margaret Jones ( either her 4th or 5th marathon within the year) Mary B Walsh ( 4th within the year) and the amazing Mary Toher ( God knows how many within the year).
                                                      Our first man home was Adam Dubchez who despite feeling unwell had a magnificent run but unfortunately did not crack the three hour mark yet ( no doubt he will before long). Our first lady home was Anna Doris who had another great run.This being only her second marathon she came 11th overall in her category and 8th in her cat in the Nationals and within the top 50 women overall. Our O/35 team Anna Doris, Mgt Jones & Christine Murphy came 10th in the Nationals.
                                                                       The sheer delight in the face of Catherine Terry doing her first and doing so well and almost wanting to do another asap would have made the journey to Dublin worthwhile in itself.Colette Barry achieving the potential she always showed and Bernie Twomey solid as always had a fine run. Eucharia Savage,Mary O'Keeffe and Ann Harrington doing their first and delighted with themselves as they should be.Christine Murphy had an excellent run and appeared very comfortable all the way and got a new PB. Kara Reilly had a superb run and once again got a new PB. Carmel Deane had a good run but found the going tough in places as it surely was.
                                                 Alan Kelleher ( running for ARC House sponsorship still open) and fighting severe cramp to make it home but did so in style. Our second man home Ardre Brodkorb had a great run as had John McCaughley who ran solid as a rock throughout .Declan Dorgan showed how a little bit of extra training can bring you on when he had a great improvement on his recent Dingle marathon.Michael Geary had a great run finishing well under the four hour mark. New member Arthur Mc Carthy had a very fine run finishing just ahead of Gerard O'Shaughnessy who was closely follow by Brian Mc Carthy putting another one behind him.

 This could go on for pages but let me say as a club we are proud of each and every one of you. Your support for each other and for other runners was an example to all.
More details , stats etc available as I said on Running In Cork site and as the great Emil Zatopec once said the marathon only begins at twenty miles and sometimes that is also where it ends. So the stats. are always worth studying.


Thursday 24 October 2013


First off a piece of information for all Club members running the marathon.Brian Healy (club member) is part of the organising committee od the marathon and as per usual he has allowed us advertise his number in case any of of members run into any bother .Brian's number is 0872932752 and as always do not hesitate to contact him if in trouble with the marathon. Thanks Brian.
There is a good video of the course on the running in Cork blog.

Don't forget also that this is the National Marathon Championships and be sure to enter at the AAI desk that will be upstairs at the Expo. where you collect your number also the BHAA usually have a desk . You can enter these for free and its always worth doing. I well remember being surprised with a BHAA cat. prize several months later .We have had several members take medals in these events in the recent past  one of those being the great Margaret Barry who got many medals there over the yearsand will hopefully be back there again soon .

For those who have not run it before or want to familiarize themselves again we usually take a walk/run down to the start and finish areas on the Sunday evening around 6.30/ 7 ish.(We can sort this on the day) . This is also good for those supporting as they can then arrange exactly where to meet people.There is no point in saying I will see you around the finish as there will be hundreds/thousands there its best pick a specific spot to meet at.

Everyone in well into their tapering (hopefully) at this stage and rumour has it that even Magic Jones has taken a day off and got a massage and her hair done to boot.

Now the very best of luck to everyone running and we hope everyone gets the times they have trained for and always remember "RESPECT THE DISTANCE" and stick to your selected pace no matter how good you feel in the early stages. Wear your club colours with pride and you will find when you most need it someone shouting "Come On Midleton .AC You are Doing Great" . There will be a large group of supporters travelling up from the club both for the weekend and on the day so safe travelling to everyone,
I have not named any of the individuals running in case I leave people out and cause offence but if people want to e mail me names and numbers so people can check their progress online I will be happy to put them up.

On a sad note Don O'Callaghan informed me today that the man he saw getting a heart attack at mile 25 last Sun in Amsterdam died today. A Frenchman of only 45 RIP.Puts things in perspective.


Wednesday 23 October 2013

Road Running/Endurance Workshop

Hi all. Just a final reminder for tomorrow night. 
Road Running/Endurance Workshop at the Hibernian Hotel, Mallow
Time 7-9pm. 
Open to all athletes and coaches aged 16+ and cost is €5 payable on the night at registration 6.45-7pm. The workshop will focus on training for 5km-Marathon with emphasis on tempo/threshold training also and sample training ideas.
No need to dress in sports gear. This will be a sit down workshop. 


Monday 21 October 2013

Cork ARC Cancer Support House

Club member Alan Kelleher is running the Dublin City Marathon next Monday 28th Oct in aid of the above and asks for support for this very worthy cause from all club members.
A sponsoshipr card will be available at training tonight Monday and also at Wed training.
Anyone who cannot make training can e mail their sponsorship to

Cross Country Update

Resultsjust in has our NOVICE B Team taking the bronze medals.
Paul Spiteri,David Motherway,Mike Cremin and Aidan O'Herlihy

Well done lads its great to have some more medals for the cluB
( see report below from Sally)


Friday 18 October 2013



News in from Amsterdam has Louise Barry doing a fantastic run and getting a time of 3.54.29 which is great running especially considering this is her first marathon.She says everything went right and it was a great day for running and she loved every minute of it. Well done Louise you again did yourself and your club proud.
Don O'Callaghan also had a fantastic run returning a time of 3.18 (approx) Don was going great until his watch packed up at mile 6 and was without it from then on which is very hard if you are used to having one he was also upset by seeing another runner get a heart attack at mile 25 Don who  despite not getting his aspired time  still had a great run and like Louise did himself and his club proud.

Cross Country Report

In the Masters race the Midleton team were led home by Adam Duchnicz, closely followed by Stan Byczek.  Next was Se├ín O'Sullivan, carrying a hamstring injury, but it certainly didn't seem to affect his running.  Neilus Aherne and Edmond O'Sullivan then came in strongly to complete the over 50's team which we are hopeful won a medal (still awaiting full results).  Following Edmond were Fergal O'Meara, James Moore and John Carey.  These were all great runs over a challenging 7000 m race (1000 m longer than expected) Sorry lads!

Sadly, we didn't have a team in the women's masters.  Our two individual runners did themselves proud.  Joanne Mahony, running her first cross country race ever finished well up the field (top 12-15 I think) smiling and with plenty still left in the tank.  Trish Murphy who is becoming a consistent and dependable cross country runner had another very good run.

Later on our Novice B team took to the field.  Paul Spiteri had a fantastic run and was first Midleton man home in 8th place overall.  He was followed by Dave Motherway, Mike Cremin and Aidan O'Herlihy.  There was strong competition in this race and we are still awaiting full results.

Congratulations to all our runners, many of whom were running their first cross country race this afternoon.  Several people commented during the afternoon on the great numbers of Midleton runners in every race.  It is also encouraging that all the newcomers agreed that while cross country is challenging it is enjoyable and they would do it again.


Amsterdam Bound 

Two of our athletes will be flying the Midleton AC colours this weekend in Amsterdam. They are Louise Barry who will be making here marathon debut and Don O'Callaghan. We really wish them both the very best and hope they get the times they want and that the weather is better than here at the moment

Cross Country
We also wish the best to all our cross country runners this weekend and hope the weather improves for you as well. 

Book Of The Week recommended  by Matt Chojan

It is hard to believe but there are still few folks who haven't read this one yet!
Are you ready for reading marathon because it is hard to stop ones you get first few pages.
Just a great story and very well written.
This book will change your thinking about running.
Enjoy Matt

As always the blog. is OPEN to all suggestions , ideas,reports etc from club members.
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Tuesday 15 October 2013

We Need One Lady O/35

Our ladies over 35 team need one more runner for Sunday's cross country
Please consider!  It's great training and really good experience..
Sally needs to enter the team today, so if there's any chance you will join the team, please let her know on 087 2265857.
PS Sally has a pair of spikes (size 5.5) if needed...

Best regards


Midleton AC

All we are asking is one ,two or three ladies who can run around a field a few times you DON'T have to be fast or very fast or anything like that.We need you to be part of the team Yes part of the team. You can bring a friend and run together and its only out the road in Conna.
Running cross country will really bring you on as an athlete and most athletes avail of it as part of their training so this is a chance to try it out and see how it suits you. Don't worry there will be lots of girls from all over the county doing the same thing and I guarantee you won't be the last.

This Is Your Chance
Your Club Needs You

The following are the teams for this Sunday's cross country in Conna:

Men's Novice B
Mike Cremin
Paul Spiteri
James Moore
David Motherway

Men's Masters over 35 team
Sean O'Sullivan
Adam Duchnicz
Fergal O'Meara

Men's Masters over 50 team
Neilus Aherne
Edmond O'Sullivan
Stanislaw Byczek

Women Masters over 35 team
Helen Gilroy
Joan Hough
Trish Murphy
Joanne Mahony

Please let me know immediately if I have left somebody off who should be/would like to be on any of the above teams.  We are short one runner in the men's over 35 team.  Please consider it.  It would be a great training run as well as an opportunity to represent the club.We can enter as many as want to run.


Sunday 13 October 2013


Valentia Half Marathon

We had one runner here John Dunphy who did a great time of 1.29.32 over a very tough course.The first 5 km were very tough and up and down after that with the last 5Km fairly level.

Intermediate Cross Country
Michelle Wins Again

Michelle Kenny had another fantastic win today when she won the County Intermediate Ladies Championship adding another title to her growing list of titles.

Rod Scanlon was out again today too competing here in the Intermediate Cross Country where he finished a very credible 19th overall in a time of 31.25 for the 8Km course.A very tough and hilly course with 5 big loops. Well done Rod.

Cross Country News

The County novice B cross country championships take place on Sunday, 20 October in Conna in conjunction with the Masters.

This is for any athletes who are eligible for the county novice A and must not have won a medal in any cross country championship event in the current season at any level. Previous individual novice B medal winners are also excluded.

I am currently looking for athletes who would like to be entered in either of the above (over the age of 35 for the masters).

The masters races will start with the women at 12.00 pm, followed by the men shortly afterwards.  The novice B is at 2.00 pm.  Nobody seems to  be sure of the distances, but they are about 3000m and 6000m for women and men respectively in both masters and novice.

Please contact me if you are interested. Entries will be sent in on Monday.

Thank you. Sally 

Wednesday 9 October 2013


Can you assist??????

Hear is my info.

Name: Amanda Crotty
From: Youghal
Club: Leevale and Paralympics Ireland
Event: 800m/1500m
Achievements to date: Represented my country at the world paralympic games in Lyon 2013

My Story
I am a visually impaired who has a passion for athletics. I train full time 7days a week. I have being in athletics most of my youth but as i got older my sight got worse and i now need the aid of a running partner to run alongside me to be my eyes and to let me run with more confidence. I have very big ambitions in my athletic career. I have European champs coming up next year (2014) in Swansea, and with me ranked 4th in Europe i am excited and how this comp will go. Long term focus is on the next World Champs in 2015 and then all roads lead to Rio in 2016 for the Paralympic Games.

Hear is where your help comes in. I am looking for runners that can assist me in my running. All runners. Just even to run with me for 40/60min run. I would really like company for my long runs. I can run in my local field at home, but having assistance makes me run more relaxed. I do appeal to people that no you will not trip me up, and no i have not fallen (not much anyway). You do not have to be a fast track runner. I do understand that a lot of runners out there have there own training, and with myself getting better and better i am finding it hard for people to train with me and do there own. Even one day a week would be great our even if a group of friends could plan a rota between them.

Any help welcomed.

Typical Training Week
Monday: 30min easy/45 evening run steady
Tuesday: 30min tempo run (6.40 pace)
Wednesday: 30min morning/45 evening run
Thursday: Circuit
Friday: 30min tempo
Saturday: 30min morning run/45min evening run
Sunday: 90min Long run (7.30/8min pace)

I am willing to travel where the guide is once there is a safe place to run.

Contact: 02490067 our 0874120379 and email
Cork 2 Cobh 15 Mile Road Race

Some images of the Cork to Cobh race thanks to the great Joe Murphy Eagle AC for the photos.Great to see so many Midleton AC vests. Anyone else that wants to send in images please do so. e mail More photo's by our own Aidan O'Herlihy on our Facebook page


Monday 7 October 2013



County Masters Cross Country -  20 October in Conna at 12.00 pm

The age for the above competition is now over 35 which opens it up to many more members than would have been eligible in the past.  Please let me know if you are over 35 (men and women) and would like to enter.  We hope to field strong teams in the men's and women's events this year.

As usual, entries have to be made in advance and I would appreciate hearing from you as soon as possible.  Even if you're not sure if you can make it, let me know and I can put your name down.  We pay per team and not individual.

Hi All, 
                                  Next Sunday, 13 October the Cork county intermediate cross country takes place in Carrigadrohid.  If anyone would like to be entered for this race, please let me know immediately.  Entries have to be in by Tuesday.

The next event after that is the County masters on 20 October (probably in Conna).  We hope to have both men's and women's teams at this event so please contact me if you are interested.
Thank you and well done again to all those who competed in Carrignavar.  (See Danny's report for full impressive details).

087 2265857

Sunday 6 October 2013

Cross Country Championships in Carrignavar

Friday 4 October 2013


Cross Country

                                                 Today Sunday saw some really great running from both our men and women especially. First home was Michelle Kenny running a very intelligent race in her pacing and tactics and taking 1ST lady for her effort she was followed by Karen Grant who also had a great run and took 3rd Lady Then came Sheila Buckley running even better than usual  followed by Trish Murphy. Trish who bravely stepped into the breach at the last minute to make up the team deserves huge credit for her effort as without her the girls would not have got 2nd team overall. Which is a fantastic result seeing as we were missing two of our team regulars Helen and Sally both unfortunately out due to injury. So that left the ladies with individual Gold and Bronze and Silver team.

Our men whilst finishing outside the prizes also had great runs.This was the first cross country season for most of them and they should all be really proud of their achievements.Our first man home was Paul Spiteri followed by Shea Coffee then Rod Scanlon and Adam Duchnicz . The others who made up the team were David Motherway, James Moore and John Carey. There was only seconds between our first four and they packed really well. The course was tough with a fine uphill combined with the rain made it a real cross country day. Well done all each of you did your club proud.

Cork To Cobh 15 Mile

                                                                We had a very large number taking part in this race today and whilst most were delighted to see the heat of yesterday disappear people were not so delighted to see the rain which was quite heavy at times.Everyone appears to have had very good runs and all were doing well when they passed me and reports from the finish seem to bear that out. The only prize winner reported in so far is Anna Doris who had a great run whilst using it as a training run only she manages to finish in the top ten and get 1st Lady O/40 (and a PB).
                                                                  John Dunphy recently returned to the club appears to be our first man home with a very fine run.Lots out there today got PB's including Christine Murphy and several of the other ladies.Colette Barry, Bernie Twomey, Mary B Walsh, Alan Kelleher all had solid runs looking good  for Dublin at the end of the month. With Don O'Callahan and Louise Barry well on track for Amsterdam and Don Ryan looking great for New York . Apologies to those omitted  from the report (please send in the details).
We must all agree that it is one of the finest races around such good value for money 10 Euro and a great T Shirt, well stewarded ,with good prizes, no better value.I have seen it get better year by year and great credit must go to Cork BHAA for making it so good.No wonder people travel from all over the country and we are lucky to have it on our doorstep.
                                                          Two people I must single out as they are both inspirational that is Joseph Fouhy and Fionan O'hAodin who both finished just over the 2.10 mark.These two guys joined only this time last year totally unfit and overweight and now they are flying An example of just what can be done when one puts their minds to it.Well done guys ye along with the others have again done the Dev. Squad proud.
All other reports are welcome please  to 


Killarney Adventure Race long route 69km results:

Matt Chojan 4:44:30 in 30th position (370 finishers for 69km)
Maggie Chojan 6:01:24 in 235th position

Good luck to everyone racing this weekend and there is plenty to choose from.First oof we have Matt Chojan who is doing the Killarney Adventure Race tomorrow and then Sunday we have lots doing the Cork To Cobh 15 mile followed by the Cross Country in Carrignavar.
There is also Open Cross Country in Dungarvan (ie anyone can run No Pre. entry etc) see West Waterford website.
NB Anyone running the cross country on Sunday be sure to wear your club singlet or else you wont be allowed run as this is a championship race so club colour's MUST be worn.


Subject: Ballycotton 10 mile training group

Kevin Smith has sent out  a draft weekly training plan for week beginning Monday 04th November .
He was hoping those interested could meet up as a group for a coffee and a chat Sunday week 13/10 in the Midleton Park Hotel at 11am to discuss and finalise 10 mile training plan ?

Any queries please contact Kevin at or 087 9716372, or Mike Dolphin at or 087-2257418


Thursday 3 October 2013


A date for your diary our Christmas night out is on Saturday, December 21st at The Midleton Park Hotel.
Full details later.


Wednesday 2 October 2013


Just a reminder that from next Monday 7th training will move from the CBS field to the All Weather Pitch in Midleton College Start time the same 6pm. Fee 2 euro
Also Mardyke Track training will start the same night and same time (fee 2 euro) so all of you who expressed interest should have heard from Anna by now with the details.
You must be registered with the club (or with AAI) to train at these sessions No exceptions due to insurance .


Tuesday 1 October 2013


Entries opening online Oct 1st at 11am. The race is Jan 26th.
The entries for this race filled up very quickly last year so don't say you have not been warned.
For those having difficulty Fergal O'Meara very kindly contacted the blog. to say you can sign up at