Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Help Needed On Marathon Sunday For Marathon

As you know the Cork City marathon, half marathon and relay takes place this Sunday 4th. June.
All athletics clubs in Cork have been asked by the Cork County Athletics Board to provide stewards to help on the day.  Midleton AC already has some great volunteers who help every year, but if there is anyone else in a position to steward it would be greatly appreciated.
Please  either let me (Sally) know, or contact  Pat Walsh (Cork County Board AAI) who can be reached on 087 2354836 as soon as possible.
Thank you.
Best regards,
Midleton AC
John Buckley 5Km

The John Buckley 5Km took place Tuesday evening on the Marina circuit. Whilst many are preparing for the Cork Marathon, Half Marathon and Relays next Sunday there was a huge turnout of runners with a total of nine hundred and eighteen in all. There was a fine representation from Midleton AC there. Shane Fitzgerald Foley came home in a time of 18.01 making one  realize how important seconds are in running. Our  prize winners of the night were Marie Gillman who took 1st O/50 and our coach Edmond O'Sullivan who excels at these shorter distances where he took the highly competitive 1st O/55. A big congrats also to Ger O'Regan who got a PB of 19.15.
Special mention must go to Kelly Hurton from our C2 5K group who did her first race having been unable to make Ballintotis. when the rest made their debuts.

Full results available at


Results of Cork Athletics Graded Leagues 2017 - Round 2

Well done to club member Frank O'Brien who clocked 2.05.6 in the 800m at the graded Track and Field in CIT Track on Monday evening.

Monday, 29 May 2017

The Munster Masters Track and Field Championships take place on Sunday, 11 June in CIT.  If any Midleton AC members would like to compete, please let me know this week as the entry deadline is this Friday, 2 June.
The events which are most likely to be of interest are 1500m and 3000m, but there are also 100m, 200m, 400m, and 800m races.

Kind regards,
Sally Drennan

Thursday, 25 May 2017


Poland Calling

Club member Matt Chojan did a 46Km trail marathon in the Polish mountains in 5.57 with 2300m elevation gained in 26 degrees of heat in blazing sunshine on Saturday. He finished 70th of four hundred runners . His wife Maggie did the 28km race at her ease. Well done to both of them.

John Hartnett 1O Km

John Hartnett 10 Km took place in Belgooly on Friday evening and Amanda Cooney took 1st O/50.


Training Monday evening as usual but NO training Tuesday evening due to John Buckley 5Km.

Ballyandreen 5

Sinead Keavney 1st Lady, Helen Gilroy 1st O/50 (4th overall) sets a new course record and Midleton AC Ladies 1st Team

What a great night for our club with some fantastic running all round. Our ladies excelled themselves with an incredible run from Sinead Keavney knocking 1.17 off her PB to finish in a time of 30.10 leading the Midleton AC crew home and that includes the men. Helen Gilroy also had an incredible run finishing 4th overall and 1st O/50 where she set a new course record for her category. To crown it off then the two ladies along with Eileen Leahy took 1st Team for Midleton AC. The icing on the cake then was Louise Barry got 3rd O/35, Michelle McGrath 2nd O/45, Marie Gillman 2nd O/50 and Mary O'Keeffe 3rd O/50. Our men also had fine runs with Neilus Aherne coming 1st O/60. Well done all.
A special mention also for some other heroines from our club who stopped and gave up their times to help Gerry Forde when he fell out of his wheelchair around the two and a half mile mark. They easily lost three to four minutes off their time and also to the Ballintotis athletes who also gave up their times when they stopped to help. Ye all did your clubs proud.

 Thanks to Kathleen O'Connell for the above photos

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Pre Entry For Ballyandreen 5 Please Avail Of This

To ease the pressure on the night, entries for Thursday's Ballyandreen '5' will be taken on Wednesday evening from 6.00pm to 7.30pm at Market Green Shopping Centre, Midleton. The entry fee is just €5
Please use this facility if you can at all as it will be of great help to the organisers. Also if you are entering someone else make sure you know their date of birth if they have not run the series before................................ also their  Athletics Ireland Club if they have one.

Remember its the 4th Thursday of every month and NOT the last Thursday
Please Support Our Member
Shane Fitzgerald Foley

Fellow Clubmates, I, Shane Fitzgerald Foley am running the Cork Half Marathon next Sun 4th as a Childrens Leukaemia Lego Runner with Nigel Lucas (Leevale AC).  If you would like to sponsor us on this adventure to support the charity, please click on the gofundme link below. The Lego Runners and the CLA appreciate your support. The GOFUNDME page is an easy and safe way to donate to this fundraiser. Just get your card, click on the link above and give Nigel and Shane a push for the finish line. BE AWESOME!
The Midleton vest kept me going in our brutal training regime. Watch the serious graft we put in on one of the video links below. You might get a few tips*:) happy
Check out the video.

Best of luck to all the Midleton runners doing Cork or parts of it this year. We hope to see you, you  definitely wont miss us.

Thursday, 18 May 2017


Blackwater 10 Mile Fermoy

First O/40 for Margaret Jones

Fine running once again today from Margaret Jones and Bernie Twomey who did the Blackwater 10 Mile. On a course with a tough first five mile Margaret did 78min winning 1st O/40 prize and Bernie a prize winner in Kilcredan Friday night did 84 min. Well done ladies.

Two More from Riga


Another great night at the Kilcredan 5Km where we cleaned up in the prizes and had some great runs. Bernie Twomey 2nd O/40, Helen Gilroy 1st O/50 (5th overall), Jaon McCarthy 1st O/55, Kathleen O'Connell 2nd O/60. Whilst our men were ahead of the ladies for a change in the prize winning. Fergal O'Meara 2 nd O/45, Mick Murphy 3rd O/45, John Cashman 2nd O/50, Tom Cody 2nd O/60, Donie O'Connell 2ndO/65 and a very well done to Kathryn O'Connor ( C2 5K group)who ran her first official race tonight and acquitted herself in fine style.


Some very fine running from members here on Thursday evening with Sheila Buckley 3rd Lady home and lots of other prize winners. Maire Walsh 3rd O/35, Louise Barry 4th O/35, Mary O'Keeffe 1st O/50 , Breda Sheedy 2nd O/50. Whilst our only man Shane Fitzgerald Foley had a great run finishing 10th overall.


Guest article by John Walshe looking back at the 1992 Ladysbridge 5 mile road race (Results included) ...— with Neilus Aherne.

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

The Tail The Whale 5km Fun Run in Youghal Co Cork.

The run takes place on Saturday 3rd June 2017 at 7pm. 

Race HQ; Barry's Lane, Youghal

Registration from 5.30 pm on the day.

Route; Starting outside the Mall Arts Centre, going to the beach area and back, with the finish line under Youghal's iconic Clock Gate.

Entry is 10 euro and all proceeds are in aid of Community Radio Youghal.

Prizes on the night!

Entertainment afterwards at Barry's Lane.
Riga Marathon

Report from Christopher McCarthy

The 1st thing to know about Riga is that the weather is extremely changeable.  It was snowing heavily 4 days before the Marathon.  2 days after the Marathon there was a thunderstorm & torrential downpour.  Locals often appear to be dressed in too many layers for the current conditions as though they expect temperatures to plummet at any moment.

The Marathon itself took place in over 20C heat accompanied by beaming sunshine.  Conditions perfect for the crowds of spectators but brutally warm to run in & it got hotter & hotter as midday approached.  This took a huge toll on me in the last few kilometres.

It's a surprisingly big event.  Between a 6k, 10k, Half & Full there were over 25,000 participants from 70 countries.  There is beautiful scenery along the way with perhaps the highlight being the Freedom Monument - a 42 Metre high Statue commemorating independence & Latvian sovereignty which is the beating heart of the city.

I had no intentions of running a PB due to excessive work & college commitments & an injury picked up just before the Youghal 5k in April.  This allowed me to spend more time 'sightseeing' during the race.  There were drummers, cheerleaders & Latvian folk dancers lining busy sections of the route all adding to the experience.  In terms of architecture Riga has the largest number of Jugenstil buildings in the world.  These buildings closing in over cobbled streets often have a fairy tale quality. 

I registered for the race back in October 2016 & it cost €29.  In terms of value for money for full Marathons I don't believe there is a better deal available anywhere in the world.

This is on next Friday evening and is certainly well worth supporting . Its one of the best races around with a great course and an equally great spread after.

Monday, 15 May 2017


Training on Wednesday evening will NOW change to Tuesday at 6.30 at the Community Centre. ( only the day changes time and venue remain the same). This is to facilitate the Summer Racing season with races on so many Wednesday and Thursday evenings.

NB Remember that the Ballycotton Series of five miles are on the 4th Thursday of each month and NOT necessarily the last Thursday. Remember this when planning holidays and training plans.

Training on Monday evening will continue in the Cricket Field at 6pm. Anyone who misses Monday can get the training plans for the week by contacting Donie 0862092795 or Danny 0872403940.

 ps you should have got a text about this if you did not please text or ring Danny 0872403940

Friday, 12 May 2017


Half Marathon Weekend

Maybe we should call this Half Marathon Weekend with so many going on. First we have David Moynihan having a great run in Killarney with a time of 1.26.20 and that was after taking a wrong turn. A fine run indeed and he was injured two weeks ago.

Mark O'Reilly did the River Moy Half Marathon and whilst starting out hoping for a PB things did not go his way and rather than just plodding on he decided to hold back and help his sister get a PB which she did. Fair play Mark it is always nice to help others achieve a PB.

Sunday saw the Bay Run Half Marathon where we had fine runs from Esther Murphy and Amanda Cooney.

Kevin Smith also had another good run coming home in 90 Min showing his preparation for Dublin is well on track

Continuing with Half Marathons Margaret Jones headed to Castlecomer, Co Killkenny to do a 10 Mile and then decided to do the Half Marathon instead. It was one of the toughest courses she had ever ran and she has done a lot of courses. She is trilled with her time of 1.44.25 and delighted with the help from her grandson who ran the last couple of hundred meters with her.

Riga Marathon

Congrats to Christopher McCarthy who completed the Riga Marathon in around 3.55 in the blazing sunshine. Full report to follow later.

Some Photos From Pfizers

(THANKS TO Kathleen O'Connell for the photo's )


Best of luck to club member Christopher McCarthy who is doing the Riga Marathon in Latvia on Sunday. Report to follow.

Midleton 5 “Thank You” Night
9pm Saturday 13th May in The Maple
Finger food
Spot prize raffle for race volunteers
All race volunteers & Midleton AC members welcome

Our recent Midleton 5 race was a big success with huge participation and great feedback. The race could not take place without the help of volunteers and it certainly wouldn’t have been the success it was without the fantastic efforts of all on the night……be it stewarding, registration, packing bags, bringing food, serving food, cheering runners….it all counts.
As a very small token of appreciation compared with the effort put in, the race and club committees wish to invite all volunteers and members to pop into the Maple on Saturday night at 9pm, where there will be some finger food and a raffle for spot prizes.

Bantry to Ballina

Best of luck to all our members running this weekend. We have members doing the "Bay Run" Half Marathon and also a member doing a half in Ballina.
Lots of races coming up next week. A 5Km in Glanmire Tuesday Fota 5km on Thursday and Kilcredan 5km on Friday which is always a great run (free buff for all runners) with a great spread and prizes after.