Friday 30 January 2015



Best of luck to all our members taking part in this race on Sunday. Be sure and have a look here  to see the slight changes they have made to the course.

1) Because of road works, the start has moved closer about 400m to the east. This cuts out a small hill but that's a small issue coming so early in the race.

2) There is a sharp left bend at 400m. Runners on a road behave like a fluid in a pipe....any bends and it slows. Watch for congestion here.

3) See the red arrows. You head out the Cork road like before. Turn right and pass the 2 mile mark. This time, instead of running straight, you turn right and past the finish line. Then you head west and you're back on the usual route.

4) See blue arrows. In previous years, you stayed inside the hard shoulder of the main road all the way to the roundabout. This year, you turn off right instead as you approach the town. A slight diversion to make up the 10 miles.

Congratulations Aideen

A big congratulations to club member Aideen Hallihan who received an Aspiring Athlete Award from the Cork County Board last Friday.

Picture shows Paddy Buckley Chairman Cork County Board, Aideen Hallihan and John Foley CEO Athletics Ireland.

Tuesday 27 January 2015


Monday 26 January 2015


Someone took a set of keys from training tonight by mistake.Please let me know if you have them and I will put you in touch with the owner Thanks Danny 0872403940

Thanks everyone problem solved.

The elite field of athletes for Sundays showdown is second to none and that's in both Ladies and Men's. The hard working race team have been working away behind the scenes in securing yet again many of the big name's on the Irish road racing scene for the event, and they are guaranteeing the public a race that will be a spectacular sight for those who come along to view it with what promises to be a battle royal for the top placing. We have not one but two international cross country athletes who performed admirably at the European cross in December in Bulgaria Mick Clohisey Raheny Shamrocks AC was the team captain for the championships and he is the current Irish national cross country champion . Mick is also the current national half marathon champions with a winning time of 65 minutes. Mark Hanrahan Leevale AC , also a member of the Irish cross country team in Bulgaria is participating, Mark is the current national 10k Irish champion won in a time of 30.44 ,he is the current Cork senior cross country champion. Galway's international athlete Garry Thornton is a sub 49 minute ten mile athlete, Gary has a marathon p.b. of 2.17 and has ran 63 minute for the half, That's quality. winner of the race in 2012 in a course record time of 49.25 Sean Hehir, a marathon pb of 2.17 and a half marathon best of 65 minutes. along with a host of excellent club athletes including James Mc Carthy of East Cork AC ,Micheal Mac Diarmada Clonliffe Harriers a 2.25 marathon runner. In the ladies race we have Siobhan O Doherty a winner of the ladies Dublin mini marathon Siobhan has a 10 mile pb of 57.32 a member of the Irish cross country team who took part in the European championships in December in Bulgaria she is the only lady to have won the Dungarvan 10 on 3 occasions when winning in 2010,2011 and 2014 .If the Ladies coarse record is to be broken it could very well fall to a 10 mile first timer as Irish international athlete Mary Cullen who is coached by Ray Treacy comes into the race with a superb 5 mile pb of 25.35,This will be Mary's first attempt over the 10 mile distance. The Sligo AC athlete is the Irish record holder over 3.000 meters , She was a 4th place finisher at the European cross country in 2008.

Friday 23 January 2015


National Indoor Bronze For Daniel Colbert

In Athlone today Sunday Daniel Colbert showed what a superb athlete he is in taking the bronze medal in the 400m U23 National Indoor Championships. Running solidly throughout he held off a strong challenge to take his well deserved medal.

URGENT!! Cork AAI Teams for AAI National Intermediate & Masters Cross Country Championships

                                    Palace Grounds, Tuam, Co. Galway, Sunday February 8th 2015

Can all Intermediate and Masters athletes intending to compete in the AAI National Intermediate or Masters Cross-Country Championships, in the Palace Grounds, Tuam, Co. Calway., on Sunday February 8th, please contact Cork AAI Team Manager, Noreen Murphy, 085-7157810, ASAP, so that teams can be finalised 

Teams must be entered by Tuesday next, January 27th.

Cork AAI County Board intends hiring a bus, but Noreen needs to kniow who is travelling, so that arrangements can be made wrt an appropriate size bus.

The intention is that the bus will depart from Patrick's Quay (at rear of Metropole), at 08:00am on Sunday Feb. 8th.

Cloyne 4Km

Another Win for a Midleton AC woman

Another huge crowd turned out Sunday morning for the Cloyne 4Km. A total of 281 competed on what was a lovely morning for a run.
It was great to see Helen Gilroy coming back into her own and making it a great start to the new year by coming 1st Lady (16.04). This was Helen's first race after a very nasty injury and she is only in the early stages of training. She was closely followed by the constantly improving Eileen Leahy(16.28) who was 2nd Lady and our next lady was Vicki Cleary (16.52) who finished a very close 4th lady with another fine run.
Our first man was the flying Paul Spiteri (14.48) finishing 11th overall and was closely followed by Mike Cremin (14.57) 14th overall. Next came John Dunphy 15.30 who is just getting back to full training also. Well done to all our members who took part. Full results

It Takes a Midleton AC woman to beat the Cats

Margaret Jones ventured up to Kilkenny on Sat morning to take part in het first ever Park Run on a fine frosty morning. Not knowing her opposition or the course very well being the wise woman she is she started near the back and was able to enjoy picking people off all the way. It was a three loop course with a fine hill to be repeated the three times. She was the 1st Lady (21mins) home and finished 10th overall out of a field of one hundred and seventy two. She achieved an age graded score of 76.23%. Now if we could only get our hurlers to do the same. Well done Margaret and there is no truth in the rumour that she was only showing off for her grandson Dylan who was there supporting her. 

Under 23 and Jnr All Ireland Indoors

Best of luck to Daniel Colbert who will be competing in the All Ireland u23 400m Indoor Championships in Athlone next Sunday.You can watch this live at where full timetable etc is available.

CLOYNE 4Km Sunday @ 9.30am

The third running of this race takes place on Sunday morning next. The organisers have asked people to come early in order to avoid a rush near the end. Between the first and second races over two hundred people are eligible so far for the t shirt so you can be sure there will be another huge crowd there.

Rod Scanlan made us aware of the below

To facilitate road works at the underpass of the N25, the Bailick Road in Midleton, Co. Cork will be closed to vehicular traffic on four separate weekends as follows:
8pm Friday 23/01/15 to 8pm Sunday 25/01/15
8pm Friday 30/01/15 to 8pm Sunday 01/02/15
8pm Friday 06/02/15 to 8pm Sunday 08/02/15


County Roads

We have again been asked as a club to organise the County Road Racing Championships. These will take place on St Patrick's Day March 17th at 11am.We want as many of our members as possible to take part and those not running to help with the organisation. The course will be the same as last year starting at the 1 mile mark on our own Midleton 5 and finishing in the usual spot. Please put the date in you diary.



The AGM (including juveniles) as previously stated will take place in the Two Mile Inn on Tue 27th @ 8pm.All welcome.

Membership is due for renewal before the end of Jan. and can be done at training any night or contact the blog ..for alternative arrangements. It can be paid in two instalments if desired. New members at all levels are always welcome.


Training continues under the guidance of supercoach Donie Walsh every Monday evening at the All Weather Pitch at the rear of Midleton College at 6pm. This is open to all members at all levels. Everyone who has tried it so far has benefited from it and Donie's advice is proving invaluable. So its there for you if you need it.


Wednesday 14 January 2015


FMC 4 Mile Little Island

Around five hundred and twenty runners took part in this race on Sunday morning. The start was delayed due to ice on the course and the organisers wanting it to be safe reverted back to the original 4 mile route instead of the planned 6km. This was the 33rd running of this race FMC being one of the first BHAA races in Cork.
We had a great crew out both running and supporting. A big thanks to all the supporters (too many to name) who came out some just doing their long runs and other there to support. Every cheer counts.
All our runners seemed to have good runs despite many being in the middle of hard training Our first man home was Brian Harty and our first lady was Anna Doris who finished 2nd Lady overall which was a great debut for Edmond's new BHAA team Midleton Town Council. Other prize winners from the club were Marie Gillman 1st O/50. Mary O'Keeffe 3rd O/45 and Joan McCarthy 3rd O/55. Our men also were in the prizes with John Cashman 3rd O/50 and John O'Halloran 3rd O/60. Danny

RACE FMC 6Km Little Island Sunday

NOTE Change of Course.

The next race on the Cork BHAA calendar is the FMC 6k race on Sunday January 18 at 11am. This is usually a 4 mile race but in the interest of safety we have adjusted the route of the race. The start and finish will be in approximately the same locations but the race will now go left into Eastgate Business Park, do a loop and come back out to the main road.
This is always a busy race so please come early to registration which opens at 9.30am at the Little Island Sports Hall. The start is still roughly a mile from registration.

Friday 9 January 2015



Membership for 2015 is now available and can be had at training any evening or contact the blog.
New members at whatever level are always welcome and there are great advantages of being in a club. You will train with other runners under the supervision and guidance of experience coaches who take everyone's level into account. You will be covered by AAI insurance at all club training sessions in the event of accident etc. and also at all AAI races and events.

Cross Country BHAA

A total of one hundred and eighty five runner took part in this race. It is the only cross country race on the BHAA calendar and was in danger of being dropped but with the huge crowd there today its future is secure. We had a fine crew out and all of them did very well. It is a very tough three loop course with a steep downhill over very rough surface and an even tougher uphill as can be seen from the photos.
Our first man home was Brian Harty who had a superb run and finished 12th overall. Our first lady was Marie Gillman who was 6th lady overall and took 2nd O/50 prize. Our other prize winners were John Cashman 3rd O/50 and Donie O'Connell 2nd O/60. It was also great to see John Dunphy back in action and running well whilst Michael McNamara and Paul Kearns again showed how well the have taken to cross country.

Two of our prize winners Donie and Marie.

Dance Classes

Some members of the club are involved in organising this event and asked for it to be posted. Sorry guys ladies only.Danny

Ballycotton 10 List Of Entries

The list of Ballycotton10 entries is now available at

Midleton AC is the club with the most entries once again. Please remember if for whatever reason you are entered and unable to run you have agreed NOT to give your number to someone else.

Cross Country

The annual BHAA cross country is on Sunday in Beaumount Park at 11am. This is slightly under 5km and is a three loop course. This is the ideal event if you want to try cross country for the first time.
Full details from 

Wednesday 7 January 2015

Message from Edmond O'Sullivan

Lost and Found

A pair of colourful hand made gloves and a scarf were left on Edmond's Bus after the Captain's Run on Christmas Eve. Please contact Edmond to reclaim same.

New BHAA Team Members Wanted.

Edmond is putting together a new BHAA team called
Midleton Municipal Council.

This is open to ALL members of Midleton AC (Male and Female). Membership of BHAA is only 10euro and this means you save 3euro at every BHAA race so its well worth being a member. 

Edmond will have forms at training for the next few weeks or you can contact him at 0868323267

Tuesday 6 January 2015


Happy new year to all our members!
We are now taking orders for club gear - singlets, hoodies & squad/Marley tops.  Please let Claire Fitzgerald know before training on this Wednesday, Jan 7th if you wish to purchase any club gear.
Singlets are €15 and hoodies and Squad/Marley tops will be €35 (price subsidised by the club).
This is the only order that Claire will be putting in this year, so be sure to let her know.  There is no obligation to purchase if you change your mind or if you try one on and it doesn't fit/suit, but we do need to get approximate numbers for the order.
Likewise, Claire can hold an item for you until Feb/Mar if you prefer to make a financial outlay then, but do get your order in now.
Claire will be at training this Wed evening before 7pm or if you can't make training, you can either reply to me at this email address or contact Claire
Best regards,
Anna Doris

Saturday 3 January 2015



Official Training starts back Monday evening at 6pm at the All Weather Pitch . Donie Walsh will be there from 5.45 so anyone with queries re training plans etc. please come early.

Training also recommences on Wednesday evening at 6pm and 7pm.
Please sign in at all training sessions.

Membership for 2015 will be available at all training sessions. Membership for the year is 70 Euro Please see previous posts and e mails for further information.

Club AGM (including Juvenile Section) will take place on 27th Jan in the Two Mile Inn @ 8.30. All welcome.

Don't forget to register with the Cork BHAA see

ESB X Country Jan 11

The only cross country race on the Cork BHAA calendar, this race traditionally takes place early on in the year. The course is 5k over 3 laps around the fields near Beaumont Quarry. This is a good way to start the year and is a good introduction to cross-country running.
Registration from 9.30am and refreshments afterwards at Cork Constitution Club House.


Almost 400 Euro was collected at the Captains Run on Xmas Eve and presented to Carrigtwohill St Vincent De Paul. A big thanks to all who contributed to this.

Thursday 1 January 2015


The Day Of The Diehards

The annual Bandon 5 mile took place new years day in very bad conditions. The morning started bad and continued that way with wind and rain all the way. We had some very brave souls out there and everyone acquitted themselves very well. Our first runner home was Eugene McCarthy in a time of 30.58 .Then came our first lady Anna Doris in 32.06 she had a fine run coming 5th Lady overall and 1st O/40 next came Francis Maunsell having another fine run in 32.42. These are fine time especially considering the conditions out there and that their is an uphill of over a mile from two to three. Donie O'Connell and Bernie Twomey both finished close together in just over the forty minute mark. For me the run of the day must go the Kathleen O'Connell who has not run this distance in over two years and made her comeback today with an injury free run and managing to break the fifty minute mark as well. Welcome back Kathleen its a great start to the new year.

Full results
TRAINING SESSION Sat 3rd Jan with John Dunphy

 Saturday 3rd Jan
Planning to do the 5 mile Midleton AC race route, 9.30 mile/pace to get back into it, let me know here 0879256862 (by txt) if you are interested  as I will  be travelling from the City, meet at Midleton Park Hotel Car Park 10am Sat 3rd Jan..