Friday, 28 September 2018


Cork to Cobh 2018


This classic BHAA race is an all time favourite with many. Maybe its because its just a very simple old fashioned metric run from one place to another or possibly because its that time on the running calendar when the popular marathons are within spitting distance, who knows.

Our 14 Midleton AC athletes, who rocked up this morning for the 9am start were blessed with a perfect morning, crisp and bright, perfect autumnal weather. While we had a few rookies attempting their first C2C race, most were Dublin/New York/Frankfurt marathon bound and using this as a long run training session.

First to cross the 9 mile mark was Kevin Smith, very comfortable and taking it easy. A pace well within his race pace and not a bead of sweat on his brow. Kevin is looking physically very strong for Frankfurt in 4 weeks. Edwin Cashman passed the 9 mile mark high fiving and energised from the MAC crowd. Given that Edwin clocked 15 miles the previous day, he didn’t look like he was under any pressure.

Mick Murphy was next and looked like he was bursting to race but restrained himself. Mark O Reilly and Helen Gilroy for the second weekend running passed thereafter.  Its at these races when you know you are physically fit, when you can chat for 15 miles and these two did just that. Suffice to say, they enjoyed their long run from C2C, judging by the pictures. Dan Twohig was letting these two break the wind as he trotted comfortably just behind them.

Not in his Midleton singlet, Brian Cott nearly escaped our sights, but thankfully he alerted us just in time. Brian arrived at the finish line in 1’57, his longest run since the marathon 4 years ago!


Following two great performances in the Dingle and Dungarvan greenway halfs, Richard Power and Kevin Moran are peaking at just the right time. Again both laughed and chatted passing by.

Gillian Bransfield and Maurice Ring completed their first ever 15 miles and C2C today in 2’03 and 2’11 respectively. Gillian is in top form at the moment and completed a great run in the cross country last weekend. Evidence from today that Xcountry will really boast your running performance, both enjoyed their run.

Our final three ladies arrived, surprise surprise, together, Helen Sheehan, Mags Mulcahy and Paula O’Sullivan. They did Dublin last year and are destined again for the big smoke in under 4 weeks time. They looked confident and comfortable.

 Well done to all our supporters en route, a big clap of the back for helping these athletes along the route.



Training continues at the Cricket Field @ 6pm on Monday and we return to the 7pm in the Community Centre on next Wednesday. C25K continues at 6.30 in the Community Centre still a couple of places left. Info 0872403940 or email


Top Of The World ( well almost)

This is surely the highest point in the world that the Midleton AC colours have even been seen. Big congrats to club member Margaret Jones on reaching the summit of Kilimanjaro. We are all totally proud of you.

C2C Cork to Cobh

Well done to all who ran the Cork To Cobh (15 miler) today we will have more detailed results later. We had a mighty crew doing it and look at all the smiles which show that we are doing something right in training if people can smile like that in the middle of a fifteen miler.
We had such a huge crowd out there supporting as well. It made one proud to be part of such a great club also thanks to all our members who stewarded.
Without the stewards there could be no race and without supporters the times would not be as good. Please email/ text me PBs etc 0872403940 or Thanks to everyone who sent in photo's etc.

First Park Run

Ger O'Regan did his first Park Run in Killarney on Saturday.

Best of luck to all running this weekend especially the Cork 2 Cobh crew.

Cross Country

The County Novice Cross Country Championships takes place on Sunday, 7 October.  Entry deadline is Monday, 1 October.  If you would like to run there or have any questions about it, please let me know.

Kind regards
(087 2265857)

Wednesday, 26 September 2018

Cork 2 Cobh

We are extending online registration for Cork to Cobh until Thursday Sept 27 at 10pm. At this stage, any further entries will need to collect their bib on the morning of the race at our registration at Union Chandlery on Alfred Street near the starting line. Everybody registered for the race up to 8pm today (Sept 25) will have their bibs posted to them. If you don't get your bib my last post on Friday, please get in touch with us in advance of the race.

Enter Online (and pick up on the morning)

If you miss the Thursday deadline or just want to pay on the day, you can do so from 7.30am at Union Chandlery as above but the cost will be €20 instead of €15.

Tuesday, 25 September 2018

Cork to Cobh Updates

Stewards Needed
Presentation Of Medals

Pictures show Club Captain Claire Fitzgerald presenting the Cross Country Medals won on Sunday.

Sunday, 23 September 2018


Please Pass The word Around
Charleville Half Marathon
Charleville Half Marathon
Captain Claire Fitzgerald reporting
To some Midleton AC runners, this is the pinnacle of the summer training season and to others, a dress rehearsal for the October marathons (Dublin, Frankfurt & New York), being only weeks away.
Either way, it’s one to race, to assess the fitness situation.
The weekend weather could only be described as inclement, but to our 12 athletes that made the journey, the calm after the storm had definitely arrived.
Bright blue skies, enough sun to take the nip away and a sell-out race made this a recipe for what was to prove for MAC athletes, ‘a very good day at the office’.
Hats off to Charleville for great race organisation. 10am is a perfect start time, especially for those travelling from Midleton.
Our first man home was Derek Ahern, in 84! This popular MAC man is without doubt running out of his skin. Derek, being very measured and risk aware, is well on target for a very good Dublin marathon. Even the gentle breeze as we entered the last furlong didn’t knock Derek off his PB. Followed closely by Kevin Smith in ‘85 who exited North Cork as quickly as he entered it. Kevin is doing Frankfurt and should be quite pleased with his run today.
Don McDonald our Monaghan exile came home today with a PB of ’87, he looks like he is on target for Dublin. The Dungourney hills are becoming more appealing, judging by Don’s race time. Possibly our new Saturday runs?
Paul Geary ran a superb race in ’88, that Ramen protein meal on Friday paid off Paul!
Ger O'Regan ran in ’88, followed closely by the great Neilus Aherne in ’89, third man in his category. 
Storming home with a PB of 1’33, Mark O Reilly is physically in a very good place. This will give huge confidence to a very strong runner for Dublin in the coming weeks.
First MAC female was Claire Fitzgerald in 1’39 in her first ever positive spilt! Breda Kennelly had an absolute blinder home shortly after in 1’41, a PB. Breda’s fine performance aided and abeited by her cycling over the summer. Well done to Breda on all her races, both road and bike.
Marie Gillman the ladies chauffeur to Charleville came home in 1’48, happy to complete it and drive the motley crew home. Despite not too much training, another deserved Charleville medal for Marie.
We all cheered on Christine Murphy who arrived home next in 1’53. Only two weeks after a great John Buckley performance. Well done to Emer Mc Clean, wife of our member Ger Mc Clean who knocked a phenomenal 14 minutes off her PB. Ger ran with her throughout. Wouldn’t we all like a spouse like that.
Hats off to Sheila Bulman and Sheuvan Hogan who set their goal to run this race, doing very nicely, home in a time of 2’06. As always the two were in great form after the race with smiles all round.
It is heart warming to see those who have worked so hard get such good results.
A great performance overall and great reflection on a great club.


Full report to follow from our Captain Claire when she has recovered from a fantastic run of 1.39. Well done Captain Fantastic

East Cork Cross Country Day 1 
After a brilliant morning of running I am delighted to report we came home with medals once again. Sinead Keavney was 1st O/35 Gold and our Ladies team finished 3rd O/35 Bronze and our Men were 2nd O/45 Silver. Whilst it is not all about medals it was wonderful to see the support from the Juveniles supporting the Seniors and visa versa with the Seniors supporting the Juveniles and the Juniors. Great to see so many out there today whilst it was a pity it clashed with the Charleville Half where fantastic results are coming in from (Claire will report later) we had fantastic support and thanks to all who came out.
There was really great running from Eileen Leahy who is getting back to her top class and Gillian Bransfield who always excels at Cross Country whilst Sally Drennan was solid as always. Sinead Keavney coming back from injury did herself proud with a mighty run.
The men were something else under Edmond O'Sullivan's leadership they worked hard all the way and I was delighted to see them reap their just deserves with the Silver medals. Well done all and roll on East Corks Cross Country Day 2 in December. Danny



Ladies on Tour

Best of luck to all.