Thursday, 29 October 2015


Eileen Leahy Selected For Cork Senior Team

Twenty Six Cork Athletes Selected Munster Senior Cross-Country Championships 2015

                    Beaufort, Killarney, Sunday November 8th 2015

Twelve women and fourteen men, from eight clubs have been selected to represent Cork at the Munster Senior Cross-Country Championships, in Beaufort, Killarney, on Sunday November 8th.  
Congratulations to club member Eileen Leahy on being selected for the Cork Senior team .Eileen who runs u23 is one of the youngest athletes to be selected.

HSE 4Mile Marina

We had some great results from the HSE 4Mile in the Marina on Sunday morning with a fine run by John Dunphy taking 1st O/45 in a time of 24.00 and Donie O'Connell taking 2nd O/65.
Our ladies were really outstanding with Louise Barry taking 3rd place overall and Bernie Twomey taking 2nd O/40 .The two ladies Louise and Bernie also took 1st place with Midleton Town Council in the team prizes. Joan McCarthy also had a fine run narrowly missing out on a prize. Its great to see Camilla O'Connor back in action and running so well. Chris McCarthy did an excellent 26.25 which is a fine time so soon after a marathon.Well done all.

Cross Country Masters in Conna

Great Results for the Club

A Conna Cross Country Morning
 Gillian Bransfield wearing her Silver Team medal she won in Macroom and presented in Conna today. Don't worry Aoife, Anne Marie and Margaret we have your medals for you too.

Neilus going for the GOLD which he won.

Some really fine running from our crew at the Cork County Masters in Conna on Sunday afternoon saw our ladies take Gold in the O/50 with Joan Hough, Marie Gillman and Sally Drennan making up the team. Gillian Bransfield had a very fine and tactical run but unfortunately did not have a team.
Our men also had some great runs. Neilus Aherne had a powerful run especially as can be seen from his finishing photo (above)where he was competing hard for a medal he was followed and helped all the way by Gerard McLean who runs in a different category but also had a powerful run and finish. Edmond O'Sullivan has taken to cross country like a duck to water and gets stronger and stronger as the race progresses. Newcomer to the event Ger O'Regan gets better with every race as does Barry Williams and Paul Kearns.

In the final results just in.

Neilus Aherne 1st O/55
Midleton AC O/50 Team 3rd

Marie Gillman 1st O/50
Sally Drennan 2nd O/50
Joan Hough 1st O/55
Midleton AC 1ST O/50 Team

Ghostbusters 5KM Eileen Leahy Wins

In the Ghostbusters 5Km on Saturday morning Eileen Leahy had a fantastic win in 20.41 whilst her Midleton AC clubmate Mike Cremin also had a great run finishing in 7th position in a time of  18.57. Well done to both athletes.


For the present we intend to continue with our Monday evening sessions in the Cricket Field under lights and under Donie's guidance.

Post Marathon Recap.

The club will be meeting up in the Maple at 9pm Friday evening for a post marathon session. See previous post.All members welcome.

HSE Nov 1

This is a 4 mile road race which takes place around Monahan Rd and Centre Park Road with the start on the Marina near Pairc Ui Chaoimh and the finish line near Shandon Boat Club.
Details at


The County masters cross country championships take place this Sunday at 12.00 pm in Conna.  The directions on the Cork county athletics website are as follows, although I think from Midleton it makes more sense to go straight to Conna via Dungourney.

From Cork: Take the M8 motorway, come off at exit 17, Watergrasshill, and continue, on the R639, towards Rathcormac.  You can also go through the toll and take Exit 16 Rathcormac, joining the R639, as above.

Either way, continue on R639 until you come to the crossroads at Bridgeland East, approx. half mile on the Cork side of Rathcormac. The route is likely to  be signposted from here.  Turn right here, onto the R626.  Shortly after turning right, take the first left, onto the R628, continue several miles. Continue straight through Conna village, and on for approx. 1.5 miles.

The adult races will be first, starting with the women's race.  Please, as always, allow enough time to get your number, warm up etc. Don't forget to wear your club singlet and it's a good idea to bring pins for the number.

Good luck to all those running - Joan Hough, Emer Hayes, Marie Gillman, Gilllian Bransfield, Sally Drennan, Neilus Aherne, Barry Williams, Paul Kierans, Ger O'Regan and Edmond O'Sullivan ++++


One of the many advantages of being a registered AAI club member is you have plenty of time and ways of entering. This extended time limited does not apply to just any group calling itself a club they must be AAI affiliated as is Midleton AC.

Entry Procedure for the 2016 Ballycotton 10 Mile Road Race

Ballycotton Running Promotions have just released the entry procedure for the 2016 Ballycotton 10 mile road race. It remains much the same as previous years except that it is now even easier for club runners, Summer Series runners and overseas runners to enter online. They also have the option of posting in their entries in a one week window. See below...



The following is the entry procedure for next year’s Ballycotton ’10’ which will take place on Sunday March 6th. Once again, numbers are limited and there will be a combination of online and postal entries, as follows:

1) Online entries will open on Tuesday December 8th at 2pm, when the first 1,000 will be accepted. At 8pm the same evening a further 1,000 will be accepted, making an initial online total of 2,000.  

2) For Athletics Ireland and Athletics Northern Ireland affiliated members plus those who ran the four races in the Ballycotton Summer Series 2015, along with those living overseas, an additional online facility will open onWednesday December 9th at 10am until midnight on Friday December 11th.

3) Postal entries: A PDF copy of the entry form will be published on the Ballycotton website on the evening ofFriday December 11th, and will also be available in the usual local outlets. 
All club and Summer Series entrants (see above) and overseas will be accepted by post up to and includingThursday December 17th.The first 200 non-club entries to arrive by post will be also be added to the above.

4) As usual, a limited number of elite entries will be available nearer the date.  

Entry fee for the 2016 race is again €15 (plus booking fee of €1.05, if entering online).


So what does that all mean? If you are interested then pay attention to the dates! The online entries will probably fill up in a day.

If you are not a member of an athletics club, did not do the four Ballycotton Summer Series races and are not overseas then you need to make sure you enter online on Tuesday 8th December. Based on previous years then you should get in ok but you need to be online and be prepared to wait so that you can enter your details.

Wednesday, 28 October 2015

Midleton AC Post Marathon Celebrations
Now the race is done and dusted its time for the club to celebrate and relive the marathon. We will be meeting in The Maple,Main Street on Friday night next from 9pm on. All members are encouraged and welcome to attend even if you didn't run. Finger food etc will be provided.
Marathon Monday A Day Of Agony and Ecstasy
It really was a day of highs and lows, agony and ecstasy for our athletes out there doing the marathon. Bitter disappointment for those that had to drop out or did not achieve the times that they had worked so hard for. There are no excuses being offered every single one of our members out there gave it their all and for quite a few it paid off. Several people had superb runs .Eugene McCarthy our first man home in a time of 3.01 just outside breaking the magic three hour mark. Don Ryan, Mick Murphy, Helen Gilroy ,Deidre Aherne, Claire Fitzgerald all getting PBs. whilst Mark Walsh had the great run he promised and knocked over ten mins off his PB. and then we had the great results of our first timers Michelle McGrath, Susan Fitzgerald, Paul Fleming, Richard Power. All our other runners had great runs too and maybe not PBs but you cannot get a PB everyday. One of the best runs of the day was Anna Doris who was one of those who got PBs with a time of 3.11.14 finishing 38th female and 3rd in her cat. which is amazing considering she was beaten by two former Olympians.
The one thing that came across to me today was how much we have improved and come together as a club. Runners were not satisfied with PBs they wanted better and no doubt will get them. Also what a fantastic supporters club we had up there. People travelling up for the day and the weekend just to cheer on or run with their club mates also they way they cheered on other Cork clubs .I have been getting compliments on the clubs behalf since the race finished on the quality of our supporters.
So well done each and everyone who ran and supported also once again you have done your club proud.
Word just in has Anna Doris taking the BRONZE Medal in the National Championships O/45
1 Sonia O Sullivan F45 03:03:39 Ballymore Cobh A.C.
2 Karen Lavelle F45 03:06:08 Star of the Sea A.C.
3 Anna Doris F45 03:11:35 Midleton A.C.
 Louise on her bike supporting

We made the Papers and the News

Once again we made the papers this time its the Mirror as someone said its a bit of a comedown from the Irish Times with Louise and Claire last year. But Claire is there for the second year running. So she must have that special something that attracts the photographers.
Then we had Peter Gunning on the TG4 Nuacht with his cupla focail.


Eileen Leahy once again had a great run at the weekend coming third in the U23 Cross Country and winning the Bronze Medal .She also won Gold with The Cork Team.
Meanwhile John Dunphy did a great 23.56 in the Lee Fields 4Mile on Sunday. Well done John.