Friday 27 November 2015


Munster Masters Cross Country
Medals Galore for Midleton AC

In Cappawhite Co Tipperary the Munster Master Cross Country Championships took place on Sunday. Described as brave ,courageous ,foolhardy and plain mad by various commentators our crews both male and female did our club proud. As can be seen from the photographs the conditions were simply very bad. This did now deter the Midleton AC teams and everyone acquitted themselves very well.

Fantastic results just in for the Midleton AC teams, Anna Doris took individual  bronze with 3rd O/45 whilst Sally Drennan narrowly missed out on a medal with 4th O/50 and Joan Hough once again showed her class in taking Gold with 1st O/55.
The Midleton AC 0/45 team took Silver with Anna, Joan and Sally scoring whilst Anna Doris also took Gold with the Cork team.
Our men  also did fantastic with Neilus Aherne taking Siver with 2nd O/55 and our men’s team O/50 taking Bronze with Neilus Aherne, Edmond O’Sullivan and John Cashman scoring. Whilst Neilus also took Bronze with the Cork O/50 team.So all in all it was well worth getting muddy for. Well done all.

Great Glenville Run 4 Miles

In what can only be described as terrible conditions of wind and rain the Great Glenville Run took place for the second time on Sunday morning. There was a fine crowd considering the conditions and we as expected had a few there.John Dunphy had a good run in 26.31 taking 2nd O/45 whilst Fionan O'hAodain got himself a new PB by over a minute in 27.17 which is some going on a morning like this. Edwin Cashman who continues to improve with every race did 26.51 and Alan Morley also had an excellent run.

Update on Broomfield Premises

Members may be aware that the Club was recently approached about our possible interest in leasing a small community building in Broomfield with a view to using it for Club-related activities. As a result, a sub-committee was set up to investigate the opportunity, gather the relevant information and report back to the main committee with its findings. This was done and all information was presented, reviewed and discussed at our committee meeting on Nov 25th. The outcome of these discussions was a decision not to proceed with the lease. In general, it was felt that the benefits of such a building to the Club were limited and that the effort and resources needed to manage the premises could not be justified at this point. The committee agreed that the resources and energy of Club members should focus on opportunities to enhance the overall training and athletic facilities available to members into the future.

Christmas Party

As most of you will be aware the Xmas Party takes place in Rosie's on Sat 5th Dec Cost 5 Euro. Please give your names to Danny or Alan at training Monday or Wednesday evening. If you cannot make training please email as we need to know the approx. numbers for the restaurant.
Please if at all possible pay in advance as this avoids the hassel of collecting money on the night

Munster Masters Cross Country

The Munster Master Cross Country takes place in Cappawhite Co Tipperary on Sunday next and the best of luck to all our runners.
Men: John Cashman, Neilus Aherne, Edmond O'Sullivan and Gerard McLean
Women: Anna Doris, Marie Gillman, Joan Hough and Sally Drennan.

Club Gear

Will anyone with monies outstanding for club gear please arrange to make payment to Claire or Anna at training next week as we wish to balance end of year accounts. Thanks.

Race Information

Chip Timing will be provided by Sports Timing
Prizes for Individual & Age Categories.
And not forgetting the very popular spread afterwards....

Registration and View from Start Line

Registration is at the Handball Alley in Glenville Village
Registration fee: €10

Message from Helen Leonard
Banna Weekend

Hey, the Leevale annual Banna weekend is the Fri 9th-Sun11th January. Please let Donie or myself and Danny know if you want to go. 70euro for bus and accommodation or 45euro for accommodation only, the sand dunes are's a great weekend and it would be great to see a few Midleton runners there too..The leisure facilities are great too if you fancy a bit of downtime at the pool and or the jacuzzi..ill see ye all at the Xmas party in Rosie's..if ye have any queries just let me know.

We are currently organising a public science event on sport and nutrition in Teagasc Moorepark, which may be of interest to some members.
We have a few interesting GAA, rugby, jockey guests/speakers but also from an athletics and running point of view, namely:
Nial Moyna, Ireland’s leading sports physiologist based in DCU, also known from RTE’s Operation Transformation. At one of our last meetings I was moaning about my Dublin marathon experience and he casually mentioned that he ran a 2h16min marathon in Pittsburgh a few decades ago.
Joanne Fearon – Cork’s most prominent ultra-runner and triathlete. Her achievements include several iron(wo)men, Marathon des Sables, Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc, a solo 601 km run from Malin head to Mizen  and more recently the current Guinness World record holder for the fastest time (male or female) to run 10 marathons on a treadmill, which she completed as the 12 charity marathons of Christmas (she got used to run treadmills after the birth of her second child). Joanne also confessed to me that she beat the 12-hour run world record at an unofficial (24h) event – amazing.

Public Forum at Teagasc Moorpark

Wednesday, 9th
December 2015
Teagasc Food Research Centre, Moorepark,
Fermoy, Cork
Healthy Living through Nutrition & Sport
Learn how to combine food and exercise to enhance health and fitness by listening to Professor Niall Moyna from RTEs Operation Transformation and Dr Sharon Madigan, a performance nutritionist to elite Irish athletes, in addition to an open discussion with a panel of sports personalities (see Programme below).
To ensure we can cater for demand we would appreciate if you registered via the link below.
Light refreshments from 19.00, proceedings start at 19.30 sharp
Welcome and Introduction
Dr.Tom Beresford, Teagasc Food Research Centre, Moorepark
‘Biology of Fitness’ covering a discussion on food, fitness and diets
Dr. Niall Moyna, School of Health and Human Performance from DCU 
Introducing nutritional concepts to Children and Adolescents
Dr. Sharon Madigan, DBSM Health Centre of Excellence
What does all of this have to do with Teagasc?
Dr. Paul Cotter, Teagasc Food Research Centre, Moorepark
Facilitated discussion with presenters and panel of sports personalities including:
  • Tomás O’Shea – Gaelic Football
  • Mike Ross – Rugby
  • Joanne Fearon – Athletics
  • Mark Collins – Gaelic Football
  • Davy Russell – Jockey
  • Ashling Hutchings – Gaelic Football & Rugby
  • Tomás Clancy – Gaelic Football & Hurling
View the stands highlighting Teagasc and UCC expertise in the area of Food for Health and meet the scientists involved in this research.
For further information email
or contact Niamh O’Brien at 025 42313 or visit Teagasc on facebook.

Tuesday 24 November 2015

All Ireland Winner


Well done Diarmuid on a fantastic achievement yesterday coming home in 1st place at the GloHealth Inter Clubs Cross Country Championships in Santry. 
And to the u12 team who all ran superbly to finish in 6th position overall - a superb team performance.
There were many other outstanding performances on the day from Midelton AC athletes
I know I don't normally put our juvenile achievements on this blog. but we are all the one club and we are all very proud of this amazing young man. Congratulations Diarmuid and to all your team mates and to all our juveniles who ran. Danny
Seniors might note that hidden modestly as always in the background  is coach Joan Hough without whose guidance none of these great results would happen.

Friday 20 November 2015


Lust For Life

Well done to all who did this event this morning early and a special well done to some Midleton AC ladies who did both Cloyne and this race as well.

Aileen Hennessy reports " What an amazing Lust For Life run on Cork Airport runway at 1am this morning, Athmosphere was electric with a capacity of over 1500 runners and walkers of all abilities. Bressie was there to cheer us on and had a few words with me at the 4 Km mark. It was very well organised and a big thank you to Cork Airport staff and St Finbarr's AC.A great night not to be forgotten."

TRAINING CHANGE on Monday Nights

Hi all,
Monday night training will return to Midleton College hockey pitch from this coming Monday (Nov 23rd), at the same time 6-7pm.  Whereas we had hoped to stay on the grass at the Cricket field until Christmas, it proved too soggy for use last Monday.Please bring a high-viz vest as Donie may set a session out on the road for those training for longer distances.
 Best Regard

Hopefully most will have got the above e mail from Anna but as not every member is on e mail or reads the blog. PLEASE pass on the word of the change. Thanks Danny


A great crowd of around two hundred and forty turned out  on Sunday for the start of the Cloyne series. As always our club supported the event in great numbers and as is the norm there the event was really well organised showing once again what a great community spirit exists in Cloyne.

Our first man home was Brian Harty who came 2nd male overall and the first lady home was Eileen Leahy who was never under threat and cruised to an easy win not so for Aoife Fouhy who ran a very strong race to hold off any challenge to finish 3rd lady. The highlight of the morning for me was to see Martha McNamara and Kathleen O’Connell start their comebacks. Both ladies have been out for some time and its great to see them starting back.
A big thank you also to Ballycotton Running Promotions who produced such excellent and timely results with only Athletics Ireland clubs listed as is proper in Athletics Ireland approved races. 

Please Note:
A watch was found after race. If you are the owner, please contact Breda at 087-2749498

Cloyne Community Council/Cloyne GAA

                                                                                           CLOYNE COMMONS CHALLENGE '4K' (Race 1)

                                                                                                                     Sunday 22 November 2015. 9:30am


Finishers in the Midleton AC team.                                                                                                                   Pace       Race    Race

Place     Time     Name                                                         Team                                             Race Age Category     min/mile     No     Place

        1    0:14:00  HARTY, Brian                                            Midleton AC                                 M                                      05:37.8       900          2

        2    0:14:35  FOLEY, Shane                                            Midleton AC                                 M                                      05:51.9       142          4

        3    0:14:41  CREMIN, Mike                                           Midleton AC                                 M                                      05:54.3       119          7

        4    0:14:50  MAUNSELL, Francis                                  Midleton AC                                 M40                                  05:58.0       288          8

        5    0:14:53  MCLEAN, Gerard                                      Midleton AC                                 M40                                  05:59.2       924          9

        6    0:15:34  CASHMAN, Edwin                                     Midleton AC                                 M                                      06:15.7         15        17

        7    0:15:49  MOYNIHAN, David                                   Midleton AC                                 M                                      06:21.7         92        21

        8    0:16:02  AHERNE, Neilus                                        Midleton AC                                 M55                                  06:26.9         80        22

        9    0:16:05  O'DWYER, Barry                                        Midleton AC                                 M40                                  06:28.1       895        23

      10    0:16:13  O'HAODAIN, Fionan                                 Midleton AC                                 M40                                  06:31.3       170        25

      11    0:16:21  O'REGAN, Ger                                           Midleton AC                                 M45                                  06:34.6         61        26

      12    0:16:22  LEAHY, Eileen                                           Midleton AC                                 F                                       06:35.0       886        27

      13    0:16:32  CONDON, Trevor                                      Midleton AC                                 M                                      06:39.0       851        30

      14    0:16:42  GEARY, Paul                                              Midleton AC                                 M                                      06:43.0       296        32

      15    0:16:46  HALLIHAN, Mike                                      Midleton AC                                 M45                                  06:44.6       767        33

      16    0:16:49  CASHMAN, John                                       Midleton AC                                 M50                                  06:45.8         62        34

      17    0:17:03  WILLIAMS, Barry                                      Midleton AC                                 M50                                  06:51.5     1000        38

      18    0:17:50  MCSWEENEY, Kevin                                  Midleton AC                                 M                                      07:10.4       859        47

      19    0:17:51  CULLEN, Mark                                          Midleton AC                                 M45                                  07:10.8         83        48

      20    0:17:55  FOUHY, Aoife                                           Midleton AC                                 F                                       07:12.4         53        52

      21    0:18:00  O'REILLY, Mark                                         Midleton AC                                 M45                                  07:14.4       915        54

      22    0:18:02  FLEMING, Paul                                          Midleton AC                                 M40                                  07:15.2       939        55

      23    0:18:30  PERRY, Anne-Marie                                   Midleton AC                                 F40                                   07:26.5         44        63

      24    0:19:07  TWOMEY, Bernie                                       Midleton AC                                 F40                                   07:41.3         47        75

      25    0:19:18  MORAN, Kevin                                          Midleton AC                                 M45                                  07:45.8       969        81

      26    0:19:43  PARKER, Claire                                         Midleton AC                                 F35                                   07:55.8         19        87

      27    0:19:45  O'CONNELL, Donie                                   Midleton AC                                 M65                                  07:56.6       783        89

      28    0:19:48  POWER, Richard                                       Midleton AC                                 M                                      07:57.8       300        91

      29    0:19:57  KENNEDY, Yvonne                                    Midleton AC                                 F35                                   08:01.4       691        98

      30    0:19:59  KNOWLES, Karen                                      Midleton AC                                 F                                       08:02.3         20      100

      31    0:20:02  MURPHY, Siobhan                                    Midleton AC                                 F40                                   08:03.5       992      101

      32    0:20:11  TWOHIG, Margaret                                  Midleton AC                                 F45                                   08:07.1         57      103

      33    0:20:19  O'GORMAN, Shirley                                  Midleton AC                                 F40                                   08:10.3         11      109

      34    0:20:26  MCNAMARA, Michael                               Midleton AC                                 M60                                  08:13.1       845      114

      35    0:21:07  CROTTY, Keva                                           Midleton AC                                 F                                       08:29.6       383      126

      36    0:21:52  O'CONNELL, Marie                                   Midleton AC                                 F                                       08:47.7       768      143

      37    0:22:30  BARRY, Margaret                                      Midleton AC                                 F65                                   09:03.0         46      158

      38    0:23:20  HARTE, Jim                                               Midleton AC                                 M50                                  09:23.1       765      174

      39    0:25:22  MCNAMARA, Martha                                Midleton AC                                 F55                                   10:12.2       846      201

      40    0:25:31  MORONEY, Mike                                       Midleton AC                                 M                                      10:15.8       962      205

      41    0:26:05  WALSH, Laurie                                          Midleton AC                                 F50                                   10:29.5       875      211

      42    0:27:33  GRIFFIN, Billy                                           Midleton AC                                 M75                                  11:04.9       154      225

      43    0:27:34  MCMURTRY, Jim                                       Midleton AC                                 M65                                  11:05.3       153      226

      44    0:34:45  O'CONNELL, Kathleen                              Midleton AC                                 F60                                   13:58.6       945      243


There were 44 finishers in the Midleton AC team.





Irish Independent - A Lust For Life Runway 5k - Cork Airport, Midnight, Saturday/Sunday April 21st/22nd

This Athletics Ireland registered event has sold out, with 1,700 places filled. Participant instructions, from the event organisers, have been added to Cork Athletics article.

As there are no supporters allowed at the above please if you have any photo's or reports send them to the blog.

Also seeing as its sold out and you want a run why not support this.

Midleton AC Athletes Selected for Cork Teams

Cappawhite, Tipperary, Sunday November 29th 2015

Big congratulations to the following athletes who have been selected for Cork teams in the up coming Munster Masters.
 Ladies O/45 Anna Doris, Marie Gillman, Joan Hough, Sally Drennan
Men O/50 Edmond O'Sullivan. Neilus Aherne.
Midleton ACs Eileen Leahy has been selected for the Cork Team for Athletics Ireland National Novice Cross Country Championships, Sun December 6th, St. Augustine's College, Dungarvan.
Twenty four athletes, from eleven clubs, have been selected to represent Cork in next month's Athletics Ireland National Novice Cross County Championships


Best wishes for a great and safe trip to all the Midleton AC athletes who have just travelled to Lanzarote for our annual warm weather training camp.