Cobh 10 Mile
Morning races have proved popular for the running fraternity and with this sell out race , sunshine, conditions were just ideal for a great 2018 Cobh 10.
What a race field! two Olympians Mick Clohessy and Lizzie Lee.
This undulating course didn’t deter over 20 Midleton athletes from participating.
Plenty of support along the way was just what our club athletes needed as tempatures got sticky from 10 am onwards.
First person was Kevin Smith who ran very comfortably and 4th in his competitive M40 category. Neilus followed within a minute and clocked first place in M60. Where Neilus finds the energy for the chat enroute, I’ll never know!
Derek Ahern arrived very quickly after. Derek is hopping off the roads at the moment. His Ballynoe pre race tempo last Thursday proved a recipe for success based on todays performace.
Don Mc Donald zoomed by only minutes after Derek running at a very steady pace.
The Boston marathon duo, Helen Gilroy and Mick Murphy were close after Don. What a season they are having. From the freezing conditions of the US to the sunny temps of Cobh, they must have inbuilt climate control. Well done guys you are both hardy runners, ready for anything. Helen bagged a second place in her category too.
Brian Cott, Paul Geary and Declan O Callaghan ran great times coming in in 72/73/74 mins.
Breeda Sheedy, another current ‘grasshopper’on the roads was on the crest of her East county medal win from Ballynoe. Breeda got third in her category and finished looking very comfortable.
Marie Gilman and Maurice Ring crossed the line well under 80.
Hats off to Martha Mc Namara, despite being plagued by injury had a terrific race. It must be the endorphines from the birth of her second grandchild.
(Keeva – a former club member, congrats to all the Mc Namara's).
Katherine O Connor completed it in 1’27 with Michael Mc Namara next home in just over 1’30.
Shelia Buckley ‘buddy paced’ her husband and as usual glided by in great form, after a great Stryker 4 win last Wednesday. Well done Shelia.
Alan Morley completed the race despite a niggling back in a good time of 1’31. Well done Alan, its great to see you back.
With her lipstick in tact, Amanda Cooney cruised home in 1’35. Given that its Amanda’s third race this week, she is definetly our top club competitor.
Amanda, gimme a M, gimme an I, D,LE,T,O,N.
Margaret Jones followed Amanda leading a crowd on their training run in prep for the Cork marathon. We’ll be there to shout her on in June.
Mark Fuller, one of our newest members came home in 1’35. Great to see you him there and with the gang after. Special mention to James Long who had a great run and was in the Midleton top 5.
And after all the hard work is done .Time for tea.
Thanks to Bernie Twomey and Sarah Jane Flaherty for the extra photos.
Important Message From Our Club Captain
the Waterworks Road which is the first mile and the final 600m of our race requires a bit of hard work to clean it up. The Council cannot clean it as it is owned by Irish Water. Therefore it is up to US, the club members to muck in and get it ready for our race on Thursday.
Help needed by anyone available with a brush on Wednesday at 8pm. Meeting at the Gaelscoil side. Don’t forget “ No man/club is an island”.
Looking forward to seeing you and BYOB.
Best of luck to all racing this weekend. Please keep us posted with your results and reports firstname.lastname@example.org
Fantastic Results in the East Cork Road Racing Championships for our club.
A great night for Midleton AC in Ballynoe tonight where once again our members excelled themselves. Our Ladies team ran over a 3 Km course and our team of Eileen Leahy, Sally Drennan and Breda Sheedy took the Bronze medals. They were ably assisted by team mates Claire Fitzgerald, Gillian Bransfield, Claire Parker, Karen Knowles and Joan McCarthy. As Captain Claire Fitzgerald says "A really competitive field of athletes out there tonight so medals were well earned and deserved".
Our men's team of Morgan O'Regan, Ger O'Regan (both recently completed the Manchester Marathon), Derek Aherne and David Cody also had great runs and came away with the Bronze Medals also. They were also assisted by Declan Dorgan who whilst having a great run got a twinge in his hamstring and did the sensible thing and stopped. Many of the runners here tonight got their first senior medals with the club and hopefully they will be the first of many. Next year is the 40th running of the event so expect great celebrations. Well done to all who ran and to all who supported and to Club Captain Claire Fitzgerald who has been encouraging members to run here for the past number of weeks.