Friday 31 October 2014


HSE 4 Mile Marina Sun 2nd November and Cross Country in Riverstick

 Supporter Of The Day Ryan Dalton

 Colette Dalton mother of the Supporter Of The Day
 Our oldest club member The great Billy Griffin
We had a great crew out for the HSE in the Marina Sunday morning. Over a very wet/watery course where one had to be careful of leaves and full of water potholes most did very well.I don't think we had any prize winners but it was great to see so many running well. Among those that ran were Eugene McCarthy, Mike Cremin, Paul Spiteri (pacer) Ian Kohler, Donie O'Connell, Christopher McCarthy, Brian Harty, Billy Grifffin,Sean O'Sullivan, and ladies were Kathleen O'Connell, Paula O'Sullivan Anne Marie O'Donovan, Colette Dalton and Sheila Buckley plus some more again sorry if I missed all the names.
Heading straight from there to the Cork AAI Grounds (a fantastic facility well worth a visit) in Riverstick saw some fantastic running in the Cork Senior Cross Country where our own Eileen Leahy finished 6th helping the Immokilly Team to get the Bronze position. This amazing young woman is showing such potential in her first year of serious running that she definitely is a lady to watch for the future.

 Eileen Leahy who competed in the County Cross Country
 The Start
The famous and amazing Frank Hayes with a few friends

Provisional Results of Dublin City Marathon

From John Quigley at

In No Particular order
But These are National Positions from AAI (Athletics Ireland) in a race of over 14.000 athletes approx

Ladies Seniors

Louise Barry 40th (2nd Cork Senior)

Female O/40

Anna Doris 6th
Esther Murphy 17th
Claire Fitzgerald 29th
Niamh Dorgan 83rd

Female O/45

Camilla O'Connor 21st O/45
Note our Margaret Jones will be very well up in this category when the final results come out but due to an  error (not the clubs as we entered her correctly) she is not listed as Midleton AC but this is being rectified by AAI.

Female O/50

Amanda Jane Stavrou 26th

Male O/40

Brain Cott 89th
Don Ryan 95th

Male 50

Alan Kelleher 93rd

Male O/55

Neilus Aherne 12th
Peter Gunning 23rd

These are just some of our amazing results. Thank you everyone who helped make this possible.

Another Win For Andre

Andre Brodkorb  managed to win last weekend’s Virginia Pumpkin Festival Charity Run. A small but lovely race, 5.5km trail with some small hills through the woods of Virginia Co. Cavan . Finishing time 20:56min. and then he went on to support the runners in the Dublin Marathon. Some athlete.

Park Run

John Dunphy Completed his 30th Park run 5k this Morning, Sat 1st Nov It took him 17 months to do it but he got there .Well done John Delighted you haven't abandoned the running shoes for the bike.

More Shots from Dublin Marathon

( Please keep them coming they are well deserved)

   (Thanks to Joe Murphy Eagle AC for these great photo's)
Change Of Venue
As from Monday next we will move training to the All Weather Pitch at the rear of Midleton College. Time will be 6pm -7pm and Donie Walsh will be in attendance as per usual to outline the various programmes and answer any queries.
 Any new members looking for directions there give me a txt or call 0872403940

Yes They did make the Irish Times and not the Sun

HSE 4Mile

After a quiet October, the next Cork BHAA race is the HSE 4 miler on next Sunday November 2 at 11am. This takes place down the Marina with registration at Lee Rowing Club open from 9.30am.

Cross Country

Best of luck on Sunday next to Eileen Leahy who will be running on Sunday in Riverstick in the County Senior Cross Country Championships. She will be running under Immokilly team flag.

Dates For the Diary


The annual Midleton AC Xmas Party will take place in Midleton Park Hotel on Fri 19th of December Full details shortly.

Birthday Party Time

Michael McNamara's 60th Birthday will take place in O'Neill's bar on the 8th of November from 8.30pm. All members of the athletic club are more than welcome to attend. Looking forward to seeing familiar faces there to celebrate with Michael who without a doubt is one of the most popular people in the club. And if you don't know Michael you know Martha she is the fast one but Michael will be passing her out shortly or so he says.

A Thanks You Letter From Brian Cott

Hi all,
The good news is I finished Dublin City Marathon on Monday 27th October and I am still walking! The better news for me is that thanks to all of you for your generosity, I have managed to raise a whopping €2,739.60 through the support of work colleagues, friends and fellow runners. Your support has been amazing, thank you all so much. For this I am truly grateful.
This money is going to be split 50:50 between 2 very worthy charities –
Special Olympics Ireland
Down Syndrome Ireland, Cork Branch.
Down to the race, I finished in a time of 3:14:54, which I am really delighted about. As Danny said I was surprised… it’s one thing to have a plan but it is another thing to pull it off, and take 52 minutes off my previous and only other marathon when I was 12 years younger! Nothing is easily got, and 26.2 miles is definitely not easy. But thankfully the training paid off… (thanks Donie for the advice – it paid not to start off too fast, Hal Higdon for the plan… I was following the same plan as Anna and even though we didn’t run together as we didn’t meet at the start, we finished just 6 seconds apart…). I didn’t hit the dreaded wall, but the last 2 miles were a particular struggle. The support of everyone along the route and fellow Midleton AC club members running and in particular those team members who travelled up to support was a huge boost. It really highlighted to me how great it is to be part of a team, in particular the Midleton AC team.
Special thanks to Danny for the new nickname, “Dark Horse”. And yes, the Midleton AC vest is the best thing ever, all the shouts of come on Midleton really did help.




Some have still offered support, so you can contact me directly or via web site,
Again, thank you all.

Tuesday 28 October 2014

Icing On The Cake
Midleton AC Ladies 3rd O/35 team in the National Marathon Championships
Extra Extra
Midleton AC Ladies came 3rd  O/35 team in the National Marathon Championships Our Ladies of Anna Doris , Esther Murphy and Margaret Jones were the three top finishers from our club and we are super proud of them as we are of ALL our runners and our supporters.

Some more great photos from Rayleen Dolphin


 Anyone else with photos, reports etc please send them in.
Midleton AC Ladies Make National News  RTE Television 6.01 and 9pm News Monday plus Irish Times on Tuesday.

What an absolutely amazing weekend we had some fantastic runs over the weekend from Tipperary, Cork and Dublin. Starting with the Cross Country our ladies did really well unfortunately not in the medals despite great runs and packing very well with Eileen Leahy, Sally Drennan, Sheila Buckley and Helen Gilroy all finishing within a few seconds of each other. Whilst with the  men  Brian Harty had a fine day and a strong run He was  running solo for the club whilst his brother Michael went on to win the overall event. As always when you start moving up a level the standards become higher and as always we rose to the occasion.
Whilst at the Lee Fields we had great runs and PBs from Paul Fleming 31.08 and Simon Fitzgerald also got a PB and Marian Aherne had a fine run of 29.59 whilst John Cashman and Mary O'Keeffe also had great runs. A total of 259 took part more details later of other runners if they come to hand.Please remember I am depending on you to send me in the details.

Dublin Marathon

                                                                  Some absolutely amazing runs reached a fitting climax when word started coming through that some of our ladies were on the 6.01 news yesterday evening then the 9 o Clock news and today Tuesday's Irish Times and whilst all this is very nice the important thing is the running and that was amazing from each and everyone from the club that took part.
                                                         Starting at the beginning but in no order of merit our first athlete home was Anna Doris with a superb run of 3.14.48 starting to do justice to her true talent (7th Lady o/40 and 41 st woman out of a total of 3782) and she was closely followed by an amazing run by the "Dark Horse" Brian Cott with 3.14.52 surprizing everyone including himself with such a great run. Don Ryan continues to get better by the day and again got a PB with 3.17 whilst Margaret Jones showed the powerful woman that she is struggled through every porta loo on the course with her illness and still managed 3.36.41. Louise Barry and Claire Fitzgerald our "Calendar Girls" both had great runs finishing very close together Whilst Camilla O'Connor running her first marathon had a superb run with 3.49. As I said this is in no order but Denis Collins had another great run with 3.41.22 and Francis Maunsell despite a great first half came home in 3.38.03 which I have no doubt will be put to rest next time out,
                                                       Niamh Dorgan did herself justice despite her recent injury with 4.05.37 whilst the ever solid Peter Gunning did 3.40.50 and like wise the great Neilus Aherne 3.19.20. Arthur McCarthy did what he intended and took revenge on last year and broke with comfort the four hour barrier 3.49.01 assisted by Gillian Murphy who had a brilliant run also,
                                                           Esther Murphy had as always a fine solid run with 3.32.40 and her buddy Amanda Stavoru showed the benefits of "warm weather training" and did 4.29.Whilst Chris Dowdall and Paul Geary had great runs with 3.53 and 4.22 respectively . Fionan OhAodain and Aidan O'Herlihy both had solid runs but will show their true talent next time out. Dereck Aherne had a good run also in 4.33 and Alan Kelleher despite struggling with severe cramps in his legs from nineteen on also had a mighty run

                                            Anon quote (but can be verified from one of our leading men)
 " A Midleton AC vest is the best thing ever" and along with that I say the Midleton AC supporters are the best supporters ever. Those that travelled up for the weekend and those that came up on the day Andre, Sandra, Deidre, Catherine, Ciara, Helen, Sheila, Rose x 2, Sally ,Barry, Mike, Rayleen, Mike Dolphin, Mick Murphy , John Carey  ++++++++ the list can go on and on.
 Every runner said "ye were brilliant and thanks" and every Cork club has come back to say thanks because we all know every shout, TXT ,cheer etc counts, So THANKS one and all. And the cry that seemed to come from all the runners was "Thank you Donie Walsh for the advice and support at training it certainly paid off.
I probably have left some few out as always but please let me know.
More details and photos later, Please send them in,

Anna says " Jezz Francis  I forgot my make up and here comes Mary Sweeney"
 Neilus smiling as always

 Denis Flying at 11.
Paul Geary cruising at 11.

 Bernie helping as always
 The great Stevie D from Youghal AC
 Too fast for the camera ever on Sports speed.
 I wanna PB or die.

 Where is the porta .

Denis says "where did that pain come from"
 Hi guys" step aside I am going to be on TV"
 Camilla and her new friends.
 Arthur with 500 to go.
 Niamh almost there.
Derek and The Magic Moments.
 Alan its all been worth it,
The  I can't believe it smile.
 Camilla "I have the medal to prove it"
 The Smile that made the News.

 Champers all the way.And well deserved.

 Don with his own fan club and the best supporters of the day.

Just before the dancing started . All photos beyond this point stay there.