Monday 29 February 2016

Neilus Aherne Wins Again

From a field of almost six humdred runners Neilus Aherne came home 1st O/60 in the Adare 10km yesterday. In a time of thirty nine minutes flat a time many half his age would love to achieve. Well done Neilus once again.

Ballycotton 10 UPDATE 

Just letting members know that as always Donie and Kathleen O'Connell will have their car/cars on the cliffs in Ballycotton for any members who want to leave their stuff there during the race. This has been the traditional meeting point for club members where we do our group photo's and warm ups and then avail of the safe storage of gear.

Sunday 28 February 2016



As always  the blog welcomes reports from any and all of our members. This can be race reports, training tips or whatever. So please feel free to submit to


A total of five hundred and fifteen runners took part in the race in the Marina on Sunday morning. It was one of those ideal days for running fresh, crisp and dry. Running on a new variation of the route in preparation for the John Buckley 5 Km it went off very smoothly. It was a day of PBs with new PBs by Ger McLean, Emer McLean, David Moynihan  and Gerard O'Reagan, Mike Cremin to name but some.. Maire Walsh took 2nd O/35 and Paul Spiteri, Eugene McCarthy and Gerard McLean took 2nd Grade B with their Clean Cork team. There was some great running all round and a great crowd of Midleton AC supporters as well turned out. Lets hope we have as good a day next weekend.

More PBs

Dereck Aherne and Paul Geary both had great runs and came home with PBs as well Dereck with 19.15 and Paul with 19.28. Well done lads

 Edwin with our youngest supporter

Saturday 27 February 2016


Thanks to all club members who came to training early last Monday week, to support clubmate Ger McLean as he launched the promotion of his upcoming attempt at a Guinness World Record at the Cork City marathon.

Ger McLean pictured with his wife Emer, sons Barra and Dinny, along with Eoghan Healy and John Kelleher of East Cork Rapid Response

Ger with clubmates from Midleton AC

Midleton A.C.'s Chariman, Tom Houlihan, received a special award from East Cork Athletic Division at their Awards' ceremony last Friday, February 19th.  Tommy has been with the club since its foundation 50 years ago, and remains actively involved as a coach with the Juvenile division, and Chairman of the overall club.  Well done Tommy!
Tom Houlihan, Midleton AC receiving his Award from Martin Drake at the East Cork Athletic Division Award ceremony

Founded in 1966, Midleton AC will celebrate its 50th anniversary later this year.

An open meeting will be held on Monday March 7th 8.30pm-9.30pm at MY PLACE in Midleton to form a sub committee to organise ways in which to celebrate this momentous occasion.

The more people that attend, the more ideas will be generated and together we can mark this significant milestone in style for members past, present & future.

Please spread the word - all welcome!

Tuesday 23 February 2016

Last Chance for a Blowout before Ballycotton 10

Fifty Years on the Run

In October 2016 Midleton AC will be in existence for fifty years. A committee is being set up to organise events etc  An open meeting of past and present members or other interested parties will be held on the 7th March at 8.30 pm in My Place, Midleton. This meeting is  to gather and discuss ideas to help mark this momentous occasion.
In the meantime anyone with ideas for fundraising or sponsorship please contact the blog  email or phone 0872403940.
2016 Ballintotis '4' Mile Road Race
The countdown is very much underway to this year’s Ballintotis ‘4’ Mile Road Race on Thursday April 21st, with another very large entry expected for the first big evening fixture of the season in Cork.
Registration will open for the race on 8am on Monday March 14th and participants can enter online at until midnight on Monday April 18th. Thereafter participants may also enter in person on either Wednesday April 20th at Ballintotis Community Centre or at the same venue on race day from 1pm onwards. It is important to note that those who avail of on line option must also collect their race number in Ballintotis Community Centre on either Wednesday 20th or Thursday 21stApril at the aforementioned times. Entry fee is €10 (plus administration fee if availing of the convenient on line entry).
This year’s race will feature a very attractive list of prizes with individual prizes going to the top 6 men and top 6 women across the line. There are also 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes in all categories and a host of spot prizes to be won. Both Castlemartyr Resort and Trabolgan Holiday Centre will sponsor the superb top prizes with Castlemartyr Resort offering a fantastic 1 year free membership of their magnificent Leisure Centre for the race winner and 1st female finisher. Trabolgan are again offering their highly attractive prizes of a weekend breaks for both runners up and family members. Once more we are delighted to announce that Kurki Sportswear and Market Green Shopping Centre have come on board as main sponsors.Thanks to the generous sponsorship of McCarthy & McGrath Auctioneers, Midleton each participant will also receive a free running buff.
The race is hosted annually as a fundraiser for the continued development and upkeep of the local Community Centre. It is a joint venture between Ballintotis Area Community Council and East Cork A.C with the help of Ballycotton Running Promotions. James McCarthy of the host club has a remarkable record in the event and will be bidding for a seven in a row triumph in this year’s race. Incidentally, again this year the Ballintotis ‘4’ will feature chip timing, with a timing mat located at both the start and the finish line.
After attracting a record entry of 1175 runners in 2015, it appears as if Ballintotis is set to again welcome a huge number of runners this year, for a race that has an 8pm start. For those who might fancy something a little less taxing, the traditional ‘4’ Mile Walk will as usual begin at 6.30pm. Again entry fee is 10 euro per person, but there is no line entry.
All queries concerning the Race and Walk should be directed to Race Directors -Sean Murphy and John Cashman on 086-8778182

Thursday 18 February 2016


Dungarvan 10k

Six of our members ran the Dungarvan 10k on Sunday in windy conditions - Fergal O'Meara, Trevor Condon, Ger O'Regan, Kevin Morrison and Esther Murphy and Amanda Cooney.  Esther who was 4th lady overall had a fine run and got 1st O/40 for her efforts - it is great to see her back after a prolonged injury last year.  Well done to all.

Book That Massage Now

Neilus Aherne all Ireland Champion is now taking booking for both pre and post Ballycotton 10 massages so the advice is book now to avoid disappointment. Special rates for all Midleton AC athletes. Neilus is at 0868438355

Cloyne 4Km

A total of two hundred and fifteen runners took part in the Cloyne 4Km on Sunday and as per usual we had a great crowd out from the club. Gerard McLean was our first man home coming sixth over all in a time of 14.48 closely followed two seconds later by Mike Cremin. This was a PB for Gerard and Edwin Cashman who is improving with every race also got a new PB.

Eileen Leahy was an easy winner of the ladies race and that means she has the overall title already in he bag. There was some fine running from all our athletes and it was really great to see Rod Scanlan continue to make progress after his long absence due to injury also to see Kathleen O'Connell back in action again. Please let me know re PBs etc

Carrigaline 5Mile

A great crowd turned out for the Carrigaline 5 Mile also on Sunday morning. We had two runners here Noel O'Regan who just used it as a training run and Christopher McCarthy who had a very fine run and was just one second off his target time so things are looking good for him to break that magic seventy in Ballycotton in two weeks time. 


East Cork Athletic Division Awards Night

Five of our members received an Annual Achievement Award 2015 tonight at the Midleton Park Hotel from the East Cork Athletic Division in recognition for their All-Ireland achievement during 2015.  They were Joan Hough, Anna Doris, Daniel Colbert, Neilus Aherne and John Cashman.  Well done to all.

Ballycotton 10 Party Time

Our annual "Post Ballycotton 10 Party" will take place as it has for numerous years now at 8pm in the Maple Lounge Main Street. All members are welcome even if you didn't run you are welcome to join in the celebrations and the drowning of sorrows. The Maple's always great finger food will be served.

Stewards Needed Urgently

As we may be holding the County Road Championships on the morning of St Patricks Day we are in urgent need to know if we will have enough stewards available to run the event safely. It will only take an hour of your time so PLEASE if you are not running and available to help let us know immediately also if you have any friend or family member that is willing to help. E mail or text 0872403940.

Envelope Packing

A big thank you to everyone who turned out to help with the envelope packing for the Ballycotton 10 on Thursday evening. We had the usual great crowd from our club and all was done and dusted by 8.15. Your numbers and programmes should arrive in the post in the next couple of days. Thanks again.

Races This Weekend

Two very popular local races take place this weekend. The first off is Cloyne on Sunday morning at 9.30am which is a 4Km This is followed at 11am by the Carrigaline 5Mile at 11am.See previous post.

Runs At The Weekend

There are several runs planned for the weekend around the Ballycotton 10 most seem to be planned for both 9am on Saturday and Sunday mornings. All members are welcome to join in and there will be a pace to suit everyone. See also previous post re Donie O'Connell.

Cloyne 4 Km Positions To Date After Three Races