Friday, 27 February 2015


Gas Networks Ireland 5Km

Despite the brutal weather Sunday morning a crowd of  five hundred and ninety seven ran.(Shows what a free t shirt will do). It was run in aid of the amazing Rebel Wheelers a cause which many of you will be familiar with from A Secret Millionaire a few seasons ago. Some of the little kids even followed the race in their wheelchairs.
We had a fine number of runners taking part in what was a grand morning after all the rain and wind and some of the crew had super runs. Our prize winners were John O'Halloran 2nd O/60 and the ever solid Margaret Jones 1st O/45. Harty Tax Consultants took 2nd prize in Grade A Teams comprising of Brian Harty, Declan Dorgan and Rod Scanlan. Rod who is just coming back after injury had a great run.


Midleton AC Goes Wild West

                            Some Midleton AC members headed to Kenmare this weekend to take part in the Wild West Trail 1/2 Marathon. This comprised of some of the Kerry Way and several rivers and hills to climb. We had the experienced trail runners Matt Chojan, John Carey and Jennifer Hayes alongside newcomers to the sport Helen Gilroy, Sheila Buckley and Mick Murphy. The weather added to the difficulties but all came home safe and sound and enjoyed the experience. Over three hundred took part in the annual event.

Don Ryan, Bernie Twomey and Catherine Terry.
The Three Musketeers who took part in the duathalon in Fota Island Resort on Sat. morning. (Thanks Mgt.Jones for the photo)

Whitegate 4 Mile

There was over seven hundred runners and walkers took part in this event Sat. morning in Whitegate for this very worthy cause. Delighted to report that we had a fine crew from the club supporting it. And whilst it was a Fun Run it was superbly organised and stewarded with a fine spread after. The people of Whitegate did their cause proud as always.

East Cork and District Sports Awards

At the inaugural East Cork and District Sports Awards (sponsored by Midleton Park Hotel) held on Thur 26th Feb. Midleton AC's Daniel Colbert won the Young Sports Star of The Year. As most of you will be aware Daniel won the U23 All Ireland 400h last year and this victory along with his already outstanding career to date  helped him achieve this great win. Congratulations Daniel once again you have done the club proud. The overall winner was Angela Walsh the dual All-Ireland Cork Ladies Football and Camogie star. A large group from the club attended the event in support of Daniel.


Races Upcoming This Weekend

There are two local races coming up this weekend a 4 Mile FUN Run in Whitegate at 11am Sat and a 5Km in The Marina (BHAA) on Sunday at 11am. There is a free T Shirt for the first 500 entries on Sunday so BE EARLY to make sure you get one if you are interested. Full details of both events on previous posts.

Wednesday, 25 February 2015


Claire will be at training tonight from  6.45-7.00 for the sale of club gear including singlet's for Ballycotton and for  anyone that needs to settle accounts too!

Friday, 20 February 2015


Another Weekend Of Top Class Results For Midleton AC

Cloyne 4Km

The first race of the day was Cloyne 4km at 9.30 am run in the worse conditions we have seen for a while. There was a total of one hundred and ninety five competed and we saw some fine runs. Our first Lady home was Eileen Leahy (16.42) who finished 3rd overall very closely followed in a great battle one second later by Vicki Cleary (16.43) who finished 4th overall our third lady home was Mary O'Keeffe (17.42) Our men also had good runs with Brian Harty(14.06) 5th overall ,Paul Spiteri (14.44) 10th overall and Mike Cremin (15.20) 16th overall.
Full Results

Adare 10Km

John Dunphy gave himself a fine workout when running a time of 44.13 in Adare 10Km today.

Mealagh Valley Ring 10 Mile

In a race that describes itself as Blood, Sweat and Tears and then add into the mix the wind and rain we had this morning you will get some idea of what this was like. Brutal is the word used to describe it. That did not daunt to mighty Midleton AC ladies who came home with fantastic results Sheila Buckley 2nd overall and Helen Gilroy 3rd overall. Well done ladies great to see ye getting back there.

Dungarvan 10Km

Saving the best result (highest finish) till last we had a winner here in Dungarvan this morning. Anna Doris also braved the wind and rain and was 1st Lady home. Over a tough course with a very strong headwind from mile two on she claimed another well deserved victory. Not leaving it all to the ladies Sean O'Sullivan took 1st O/45 with another great run and John Cashman also had a fine run.

Don't Forget Athletics On RTE

RTE2 to cover Highlights of this weekend's National Senior Indoor Championships. The event is being held on Sat 21st Feb & Sun 22nd Feb, in Athlone IT, Co. Westmeath. TV coverage on RTE 2, from 18:30 to 19:30 on Sunday 22nd.

AAI National Senior Indoor Championships 2015. Athline IT, Athlone, Co. Westmeath, Saturday and Sunday February 21st - 22nd 2015

We have at least three races this weekend where we will have runners competing. Starting nearest home we have Cloyne 4 Km at 9.30 on Sunday morning then we have a very nice 10Km in Dungarvan and then the tough ones a 10 Mile and a 5 Km in Melagh Valley near Bantry.We wish all our runners well.

Charity 4 mile Fun run/walk in Whitegate - Sat 28th Feb 2015

From the organisers.......On the 28th February there is a Run /Walk starting at Whitegate School 10am for walkers and 11am for runners. Martin Coleman was diagnosed with Motor Neuron Disease in April 2011. We need to raise 10,000 euro to enable us to purchase a Smartbox and software (SB Mounted) for Martin. The smartbox Tablet will give Martin back the ability to ring people, to go on the internet, to change the TV channel and work any infrared device. This is vital as this will enable Martin to keep up with the world.

In Association With East Cork A.C 
Chip Timing To Be Introduced In Ballintotis 


The countdown is underway to the 2015 Ballintotis 4 Mile Road Race which takes place on Thursday April 16th – 8pm. After last year’s very successful event which attracted 996 runners and was won for the fifth year in a row by James McCarthy of East Cork AC, another big entry is expected this time around. 

Chip timing at start and finish will be introduced this year and with it comes the opportunity to pre register.  On line entry will be open from Monday March 9th until 12 midnight on Monday April 13th. Thereafter there will still be the opportunity to register at Race HQ in Ballintotis Community Centre. Registration will be open there from 5.30pm to 7pm on the evening prior to the race and again from 1pm onwards on race day Thursday April 16th. Entry fee is 10 euro (plus administration fee if availing of the convenient on line entry) By logging on to from March 9th and following the link to PRECISION TIMING, participants will be able to pre register and also find out the latest pre race news. 

This year’s race will again feature a very generous list of prizes with individual prizes to the top 6 men and women across the line. There also be 1st, 2nd and 3rd in all categories and a host of spot prizes to be won. Each participant in the race will also receive a souvenir of the occasion. 

Both Castlemartyr Resort and Trabolgan Holiday Centre have again confirmed that they will sponsor the top prizes. Castlemartyr Resort are offering 1 year free membership of their magnificent Leisure Centre for the race winner and leading lady with Trobolgan providing an extended weekend break for both runners up.

The Ballintotis 4 Mile Race is of course held in association with East Cork AC and with the assistance of Ballycotton Running Promotions.

All enquiries to Sean Murphy or John Cashman on 086-8778182

Tuesday, 17 February 2015


Donie o Connell is running the Ballycotton 10 course @ 9 am on Sat. 21st Feb.
Donie is one of the very few in the club who have run the Ballycotton 10 race over thirty times and his annual run around the course is always of benefit to everyone who does it. All levels are welcome to join him especially 8-9 min milers.
Everyone is welcome .   

Monday, 16 February 2015


Thursday, 12 February 2015


Ballycotton 10 Envelope Packing

As a club for many years now we have assisted Ballycotton Running Promotions with the packing of the envelopes with the race numbers etc. We will be doing this again on Thur night next at 7.30 in the CBS school hall. As many as possible of our members are requested to turn up to help. It will only take an hour or so. Any queries please give me a call 0872403940 Danny

FACE 5Km Kilworth

Three hundred runners took part in this race in Kilworth on Sunday. We had one runner there Mary O'Keeffe who won 1st O/40 and finished eight lady overall in a time of 22.13 Well done Mary reat to see you back in action. Full results

Carrigaline 5

Sunday saw a fine crowd at the Carrigaline 5 and as always we had a great crew out there. There was some fine running to be seen with Alan O'Shea taking the men's prize and a tie for the ladies first. This is one of the toughest courses around and a great tester for Ballycotton and it was great to see our beginners group do so well. We had one prize winner there today Fergal O'Meara who took 3rd O/45 in fine style and great to see him running so well. Also it was nice to see so many who had not being racing for a while back including John Dunphy, Kevin Morrison and Catherine Terry. One has to mention Christopher McCarthy who ran the race this morning in 33.50 before heading back out to do again two and a half more times as part of his training for the Barcelona Marathon in April also Paul Fleming had a great run getting a PB by over two minutes which is no mean feat on this course.
Also a big thank you to all our supporters who appeared to be everywhere cheering the crew on.

Notice from Ballycotton Running Promotions 

One of the (some would say many) idiosyncrasies associated with the Ballycotton ‘10’ is the fixation of running the ten-mile course prior to race day. For the past number of years, once Christmas has passed the local roads witness an influx of lyra-clad fluorescent-wearing individuals on a daily basis, sometimes alone and sometimes as part of a group that resemble the total number who ran the first race back in 1978. 

While we on the organising committee are at a loss to explain this compulsion - maybe we are too close to the action - we would like to emphasise two important points now that race day is drawing near:

1) In view of the ever-increasing traffic on the one road into and out of the village, would people please exercise great care as they run, especially if in groups.

2) In recent days, we have received the following from the local Development Group regarding discarded bottles on the route which people might also note:   

Ballycotton Development Ltd had their AGM in December.  Following on from that there was a meeting in January in which a Tidy Town Working Group was formed.  The mission/objective of this Tidy Town Working Group is about having pride in our community. 

In light of the upcoming Ballycotton ‘10’ and very conscious of runners training over the route these remaining few weeks, we would appreciate if attention could be brought to all runners that any bottles they take with them on the route, that they dispose of same properly and in an environmental friendly manner. This will also go a long way to supporting the Tidy Town Working Group in their endeavour to keep our village litter free.  

We understand that on race day, litter controls will be put in place - however, our request is really in the build up to the race itself.  

Your Club Needs You n Yours

As you all are aware we will be holding the County Road Racing Championships in Midleton on the 17th March at 11am. The headquarters will be Midleton Park Hotel and the 4 mile races (Ladies and Gents separate races) will take place over our usual circuit starting at the 1 Mile mark at Castle Lands and finishing at the usual finish.
We need as many from the club as possible to help with the stewarding on the roads and finish etc. I know a lot will want to run the races but will those not running please make themselves available to help or anyone with friends, partners adult children etc.
We need to know as soon as possible who we have available so please e mail the blog or text Noel at 0861704072 as soon as you can. It will only be for an hour or two at most. Thanks Danny

Two Races one at 11 and one at 12.

The two major races this weekend are Kilworth and Carrigaline both well worth supporting and both with AAI permits..


Gentle Reminder

Just a reminder to anyone entered the Ballycotton10 and unfortunately unable to run. You are NOT ALLOWED to transfer or give your number to anyone else. When entering the race your signed the entry form agreeing not to do this. It can cause serious confusion for the organisers and bring our club into disrepute . Ballycotton 10 have operated a name and shame policy in the past so please don't risk being named and shamed.

Friday, 6 February 2015


Intervarsities Indoor

Report in the Aideen Hallahan came 6th in AIT last Friday. She was competing for CIT and threw10.27 meters. Well done Aideen.

Midleton AC today.

Cork Ladies Win Gold

Picture shows the Cork O/50 Gold Medal winning team with Midleton ACs Joan Hough. Well done Cork and Joan we are super proud of you. Joan finished 5th in her category which is great running as the four ahead of her were on the O/55 team that won the British and Irish Masters in Nov.2014.. She was also 2nd scorer on the Cork Team  and finished 65th of one hundred and forty finishers from O/35 up.

Cork Men Win Bronze

The Cork Men's O/50 Team took the Bronze Medals in The All Ireland Masters Cross Country today Sunday with Neilus Aherne second Cork scorer and John Cashman third Cork scorer. Well done guys we are super proud of ye too.
Over a very nice and fast course but with freezing fog all day the three Midleton AC crew did brilliantly

Win, Win, Win and Win Again.
Midleton AC Ladies sweep the boards.

                                                  What a fantastic series of wins we had on Sunday at the Eddie Hennessy Memorial 6Km race in Little Island. Anna Doris showed the form she has been promising for some time and came home 1st Lady. Louise Barry had another great run and came home 3rd O/35 to claim her first prize ever to huge applause. Not to be out done Bernie Twomey claimed her first win ever in taking 1st O/40 follow by two ladies well used to the podium Margaret Jones took 1st O/45 and Marie Gillman took 2nd O/50 and she also won a team prize and to crown things off got a PB as did several others.
                               The the newly organised team by Edmond O'Sullivan Midleton Town Council took 1st Team with Anna Doris and Helen Leonard (2nd Lady overall) this again was the first win for the new team. On the mens side we had one prize winner with John O'Halloran  taking 2nd O/60.
                                          We had a fine crew out from the club including some supporters. There was a total of four hundred and forty two ran making it a new record for the race. The new 6km course proved very popular and the event was as always very well organised. Of course we have come to expect nothing less with Midleton ACs good friend Denise Twohig as one of the main organisers. Well done all and congrats on all the PBs.

 Some of the crew from Midleton AC.
 Anna Doris 1st Lady
 Helen Leonard 2nd Lady
 Anna and Helen 1st Team with MTC
 Louise Barry 3rd O/35 collecting her first prize in a race.
 Bernie Twomey 1st O/40 collecting her first 1st
 Margaret Jones 1st O/45
Marie Gillman 2nd O/50

Post Ballycotton 10 Night Out

Following the success of last years Ballycotton 10 night out we will again be meeting up this year in the Maple Lounge for the race post mortem. The club will be providing sandwiches and finger food. All members are most welcome even if they have not ran the race.

Upcoming Carrigaline 5mile

This is always a good one to do in preparation for Ballycotton. A good tough course and always well organised by Eagle AC

Membership Now Due

A reminder that membership is now due.(See below message from AAI). If you have any bother paying why not avail of our instalments method. Several members have availed of this already and remember its a lot safer to be insured when racing and training.

AAI Releases Registration Figures for January
Clubs are reminded that unregistered athletes are NOT covered by AAI insurance and are also NOT eligible for competition

AAI Registration Figures for Cork Clubs, January 2015

Cross Country

The very best of luck to the Cork Team and our three members Joan Hough , John Cashman and Neilus Aherne in Tuam on Sunday. See previous post.

Janssen 6Km on Sunday

The next race on the BHAA calendar is the Janssen 6km in Little Island next Sunday.It will take place over the new route in the interests of safety.Registeration is from 9.30am at the Little Island Sports Hall. All proceeds go to Marymount Hospice.