Tuesday 30 September 2014

County Masters Cross Country

Go For It.
The County Masters cross country championships take place in Conna on Sunday, October 12.  Anyone  (male or female) over the age of 35 is eligible to run in this.  If you would like to run, please contact Helen Gilroy on 086 2713072 by Friday, 3 October.

Again this is an ideal opportunity to try out cross country and run amongst friends. Remember cross country is very much a team event and everyone's effort counts. It also is highly recommended by leading athletes and coaches as a way of improving your running..

Directions etc

Venue location, Course map and related details for next Sunday's Cork AAI Novice, U-23 and Even Ages Cross Country Championships, in Carrigadrohid, hosted by West Muskerry AC:

Monday 29 September 2014

Welcome To The 22nd John Treacy Dungarvan 10 Mile Road Race

Entries Open October 1st
As and from Wednesday next October 1st entries will open for the 22nd Annual John Treacy Dungarvan 10 which will be held on Sunday February 1st 2015, with a start time of 1.30pm. West Waterford Athletic Club have announced details of the event which has established itself as a must run race on the Irish road running calendar with participants from all four corners of the country and beyond participating. The race has grown year on year and is a pre entry race which will close when 2.000 entries is reached. ( please note this race was full in a very short time last year ).
West Waterford Athletic Club is delighted with the support it receives from its sponsor for this event, we are fortunate to have the support of the local authorities, Glaxosmithkline, Dungarvan Shopping Centre, Glanbia, Tipperary Water, Flahavan’s, Déise Design, Go Dungarvan smarter travel, along with many other local businesses and individuals who are all giving valuable support helping to make the day a great occasion for the town of Dungarvan.The race also incorporates the popular John Treacy Club Challenge Cup for men’s and ladies teams which has proved to be hugely competitive. We will again be calling on all the athletic clubs of Ireland to take on the challenge in 2015 event.The John Treacy Dungrvan 10 bring’s together the ideal race combination of fun runners, joggers, club athletes and top class internationals who compete over a fast flat 10 mile course around the historic town of Dungarvan ,we look forward to welcoming you to our town on February 1st 2015. Don't be disappointed as many were last year get your entry in as soon as entries open October 1st.

John Treacy Club Challenge

The John Treacy Club Challenge is now a firmly established Competition Nationwide, previous winners of the men's team event include the host club West Waterford AC and Clonliffe Harriers AC and East Cork AC while Eagle A.C. Leevale AC and St.Finbarrs AC have been to the fore in the Ladies event. The current holders are East Cork AC in the men's with a combined finish time of 2.39.25 while St Finbarrs AC hold the ladies title with their finish time of 3.09.32 .

Sunday 28 September 2014

Moby Dick Sprint Triathlon

Reports just in of great results from this event in Youghal today. Sally Drennan had a superb result in coming 3rd Lady overall and equally Noel O'Regan was also superb in coming 1st O/45.
Sorry no photo's yet.
Ladies Mini Marathon

                                     Our crew was small here today as we had so many at Cork To Cobh but over ten thousand ran and young Eileen Leahy finished 19th overall and also was 1st Jnr. As always it was an amazing day to see so many out there raising funds for their various charities. Colette Barry had a fantastic run showing once again what she is really capable of. Totally proud of the Ex Beginners Crew who all had great runs.Well done All.

Cork to Cobh 

                                                              Some great running out there today over a tough course and also it was very warm most seemed to do very well and get the times they wanted whilst one or two had just "bad days". Quite a lot of the crew used it as a  training run and were heading out again this evening. Apologies to anyone whose photo I missed but hard to get everyone when people choose not to wear the club colours. Others just going too fast for the camera. (At least I got your back Mick Murphy). Our first man home was Rod Scanlan with a fine run and (led his team ALCON to 1ST Place in Grade C) and Margaret Jones was our first lady. Marie Gilman took 2nd O/50 and also scored with the Millipore team.

Friday 26 September 2014


Best Of Luck

Good luck to everyone running this weekend.The two big ones are Cork to Cobh (15miles) and the Ladies Mini Marathon (almost 4 ml). Safe running everyone.

Report From Andre Brodkorb on his Marathon Win.

Munster Mountain Running Association organised the inaugural Loop De Loop race on Saturday, 20 September around the stunningly beautiful area of the Glen of Aherlow. Three Midleton AC members participated, Maggie Chojan ran a great half-marathon in 2:01, André Brodkorb ran a marathon in 3:37.10h and Matt Chojan finished a serious ultra-marathon in 6:55h; all finished in the top ten. It was a fantastic course with great views of the Galtee mountains to the south and the green planes of county Tipperary to the north, mainly through a sunny autumn forest filled with birdsong. It involved a 430m climb for the half, 860m for the full and 1,300m for the ultra – respect Matt! The climbs were gentle and long but there were some very steep and technical drops – all the training on the steep slopes in Curragh woods with Stan, Declan, Helen, Sheila and all the others paid off! As usual, Matt gave it his all to the very end and was in severe pain after crossing the finish line, not surprising after running a serious mountain marathon a few weeks prior (with Maggie) and a flying Dingle-Half only two weeks ago. However, as serious athletes, the Chojans recovered fast and were all smiles for the rest of the day. As for myself, I cannot hide my excitement to have won my first small but serious race… hence the verbal diarrhoea. I didn’t have a race or pace plan but would have been happy with anything under 4 hours. However, I felt good and went for it. I stuck to my mantras: “Easy boy” uphill, “Smooooooth” on the straights and the occasional loud “Woohoo” that some of you may be familiar with! I passed the leader of the race, who was cramping, just before the half-way mark at 1:46h. I didn’t really believe I was in the lead for the rest of the race as there were always a number of (ulta-)runners ahead of me. I scraped the dreaded wall with my fingernails around mile 23 with the sticky mouth feel from all the gels and couldn’t stop panicking every time somebody passed me, only to notice their blue wristband, a sign for the half-marathon, and pushed as hard as I could for the 2 mile or so. I crossed the finish line with an almighty roar and was in a state of shock and disbelief to have won a “real race”. What followed can only be described as a blur: the adrenalin was pumping, I felt no pain but phoned and texted literally my entire phone book usually ending with the word “unbelievable”. Danny rang me a few minutes later and I gave him a mile-by-mile description of the race. He interrupted me at mile 6… “I think you are breaking up…”. Thank you all for the texts I have received since yesterday.
Altogether a happy day for me, Matt and Maggie.


Wednesday 24 September 2014

Cross Country Novice
The Cork County Novice cross country championships takes place on Sunday, 5 October in West Muskerry (time to be confirmed, but probably about 1.00 pm).  Entries must be sent in this week.  If you would like to run please contact Helen Gilroy, tel. 086 2713072 as soon as possible.
Well worth trying especially after our great runs last weekend. We can arrange to share lifts etc
From The Examiner "County Section"

You will need to click on the article to read it.

Tuesday 23 September 2014



Just a reminder that training is back in The Community Centre on Wednesday night next 24TH Sept. A new Beginners Group will start at 6pm with Vincent Connolly and Danny McCarthy.
The 7pm group will be with Edmond O'Sullivan as usual.

New members are welcome to both groups. Please spread the word.

Attention All Dublin Marathon Runners.

We have arranged for coach Donie Walsh to do a one to one talk session with any member that wants it.
This will discuss your training programme, projected target time and your tapering. This session will take place in the Community Centre from 6pm on Wed.Oct 1st. Each session will be approx. 20mins. So please contact the blog. mdtacinfo@gmail.com  to book what time suits you.

Sunday 21 September 2014


East Cork Cross Country

So delighted to be able to report some fantastic results here today from Castlelyons

Women's Results
Midleton AC won the Novice Ladies Team with Sally Drennan, Sheila Buckley and Helen Gilroy.

also Sally Drennan 1st O/45, Helen Gilroy 2nd O/45 and Joan Hough 3rd O/45 and Sally Drennan was also 2nd Novice. Eileen Leahy on her very first cross country race took 1st Jnr.

Our men also did brilliant
1St O/45 Team (Noel O'Regan, Fergal O'Meara, John Cashman ,Barry Williams and Paul Kearns)
2nd Novice Team ( Brian Harty, Ethan Hayes, Noel O'Regan and Rod Scanlon)
Brian Harty 3rd Novice
Noel O'Regan 2nd O/45
Fergal O'Meara 3rd O/45

So wonderful to see so many out there today working as a club and a team just proving what we are all about.
Onwards and upwards together as a club and a team.

Charleville Half Marathon

Sorry but no photos from here yet but reports say it was a fantastic day for running with Marie Gillman 2nd O/50 and Neilus Aherne 2nd O/55. Margaret Jones has a super run unbelievably knocking over 9 mins off her PB with a great run of 1.33.
Morgan O'Regan also had a great run. Whilst Peter Gunning went for a cruise and came home in 1.42.
Breda Sheedy had a great run also doing 1.42.22
And what a treat for Mike Cremin to have his new baby daughter to greet him on the finish line in a great time of 1.28.45
Denis Collins also had a great run knocking 4 mins off his pb with a great time 1:34:04 having ran a lot of the race assisted by Margaret Jones which shows what club running is all about.
Would anyone else please send me in your times etc mdtacinfo@gmail.com