Friday, 21 March 2014


MALLOW 10 Mile
                                                                Sunday saw ideal conditions for the Mallow 10 which as always suited some and didn't suit others its a strange course like that. It should be much faster than Ballycotton and yet it only works for some.
                                                              We had some fine runs out there today with several PBs and two prize winners. Neilus Aherne had a superb run of 63.19 and got 2nd O/55 whilst Anna Doris (despite little or no warm up) also had a great run of 65.45 finishing 2nd O/40 and both had better times than Ballycotton.

                                    Helen Gilroy had a brilliant run along with her personal pace maker Mike Dolphin she finished in 68 mins (her own watch has her faster than this). What is amazing here is that prior to the race Mike said he would bring her home in 68 and that is exactly what he did to the second. Mike will be in huge demand after this. Sean O Sullivan also helped along the way with the work and got a time of 67.43 himself. It is a new PB for Helen by over a min. and is a great boost to her for the fore coming Boston Marathon. Speaking of which Margaret Jones who was supposed to be having an easy training run after doing 22 miles on Thur. finished today in 73.38.

                                                Well done also to John Dunphy who did a great job as 95 min. official pacer, Another couple of club runners who had brilliant runs and worked well together helping and pushing each other all the way were Louise Barry and Fionan O'hAodain who both got PBs and finished in 76.56 both well up on their Ballycotton times.

Others who had fine runs were Mike Cremin 66.37, Don Ryan 66.44, Denise Hickey 79.35 (PB), Kevin Moran 79.19, James McMurtry 79.52, Bernie Twomey 81.39. Matt Chojan has an excellent run also.

                                                         Others who had good runs were Aoife Fouhy, Michael McNamara (PB), Martha McNamara, Trish Cody, Danny Mc Carthy Apologies to anyone I have omitted . Not forgetting our great club supporters who travelled down especially to support us Aoife Jones, Donie and Kathleen O'Connell and Joan McCarthy.
                                                         The event was very well organised with loads of stewards which were needed as a lot of the roads were still open to traffic. Well done Mallow AC on another great event.

Samsung 10 km Night Race 
in Cork City
on Sunday 27 April at 9.00 pm.

Here is a great opportunity to help your club!

The Cork County Board is looking for a large number of stewards to assist at the above event.  The bonus for clubs is that for every steward a club puts forward the County Board pays € 30.00 to that athletics club.

This year Midleton AC plan to buy a defibrillator with club funds if possible.  The cost of this is also being heavily subsidised by the County Board, but if we can provide a good number of stewards for the above race we should be in a position to avail of the subsidy and buy the defibrillator this year while the offer stands. This is something badly needed by the club and could save a members life.

If you would like to play your part in this important development please give your name by return email. (   It would involve a couple of hours work on the night and attendance at a meeting at the CIT on the Wednesday prior to the race.  
 It is not a big commitment, but would make a big difference!

Best regards,
Sally and Noel

The big run this weekend is the Mallow 10 mile and as always we wish all our members doing it the very best. It is a very different course to the Ballycotton 10 and is much more level and will not have the narrow start. It is not any faster than Ballycotton so do not be expecting a faster time. The main spot to gain time there is between 2 and 3 1/2 where you have a very nice incline downhill and at that stage you should be well warmed up. Also look out for the finish as you have the full length of the town park to do. One man who wont have any bother there is John Dunphy who is acting again as a 95 min pacer. Best of luck to all.