On Tuesday evening a large number of our club members gathered to clean up the Service Road where our race will finish. Others went and put up signs and others went and delivered leaflets to the houses on the route. Sincere thanks to everyone who helped.
Some of our Midleton AC members and friends who helped out with the Big Clean.
We need your help on Tuesday night cleaning the road, installing signs and leaflet dropping.
Please bring brushes and shovels if you have to hand.
All members are encouraged to help out.
Meeting at Market Green at 7pm.
Look forward to seeing you all there.
Mt Hillary 5 Mile
Well done to club member Nelius Aherne who once again won 1st O/60 in the Mt Hillary 5 Mile Sunday morning.
Railway Run 25K
Sheila Buckley 4th Lady overall.
(Thanks to Máre Walsh for the pics)
Best of luck to all running this weekend. We have Christopher McCarthy doing the Madrid Marathon and several others doing the Railway Run. Don't forget to advertise our own race and remember we need lots of sandwiches etc. on Thursday evening.
Ballynoe: From The Back Of The Field
(Report from Mike Dorney)
The start line for the men’s race is
about half a mile out from the village so you are nicely warmed up after
jogging out to it. Now, some days you arrive at the start line feeling
pretty good and some days you arrive feeling a little out of your
league. (The important part is that you arrive at the start line.)
At Ballynoe, I felt both. Even the run back into the village
has its ups and downs before beginning the four triangular laps. Two
sides are gently downhill and then a sharp left to begin the climb back up to
the village for the first of four times. It’s a very tough but
strangely enjoyable course. As always, the Midleton AC supporters
and the ladies who had completed their race were out in force cheering us up
the hill. Again and again.
It is quite a struggle and doesn’t get
any easier but as Edmond says, “Get your recovery in while you
run”. Then something special happened. I was about half
way through my last lap (and the only runner still on the course) heading
towards the bottom of the hill when I found a line of Midleton ladies spread
across the road running towards me, demonstrating everything that is positive
about out club.
They’d come back to help me out and climb the hill for the
last time with me. Truly inspirational. They cheered,
coached (“short steps”, “swing your elbows”) and encouraged me up the final
hill when without them I might have given into the temptation to
walk. Instead my fifth mile was 15 seconds faster than my fourth due
to their overwhelming club spirit.
I finally made it to the finish
line and collected my hard-earned mug that I feel was a true team effort. It
must have been an amazing sight to see the last competitor labouring up the
hill surrounded by a group of smiling, laughing and cheering club
mates. Thanks again to you all ladies. And for all the
right reasons, it’s not a race that I’ll forget anytime soon.
We had a fantastic night in Ballynoe last night at the East Cork Road Championships where our ladies came away with individual Silver for Tamzin Muldowney and Bronze for our Ladies Team of Eileen Leahy, Allana Drennan and Caroline Geary.
Tamzin who has just moved up to the Junior ranks this year was running her first ever road race and what a success she made of it. Running a brilliant race from the start she held her position solidly and wound up taking a very well deserved silver.
Our ladies team packed well together and pushed all the way and worked really well to take the bronze medals. Remember in these races individual medal winners do not count on teams.
All our men ran well over a tough and gruelling course and for me one of the highlights of the night was seeing Mike Dorney being surrounded by his ten or twelve cheerleaders (as he called them) coming up that hill for the fourth time.
It epitomised what a wonderful Team Spirit this club has and there we definitely won Gold. Bye the way we also had loads of fun.
It was great to come away with medals especially on the 40th running of the championships.
Well done all and a huge thank you for coming out and supporting YOUR club.
Tamzin Muldowney wins Silver
Ladies Team of Eileen Leahy, Alanna Drennan and Caroline Geary win Bronze
Formed in 1966 Midleton Athletic Club is one of the few clubs in the Cork area that has both a juvenile section and a senior section as well. This blog will deal with the senior section. The senior section has a wide variety of members ranging from members in mid seventies to just out of juvenile. It is proud to boast that two of our members represented Ireland in the Olympic Games. Whilst most members nowadays seem to favour road running over the complete variety of distances from 3Km to marathon and beyond also X Country and track and field as well. There is an active social side to the club. Anyone wishing to join is welcome to try out for a session before committing to the club. The club trains on Mondays from 6pm in the Midleton College All Weather Cricket Field and on Wednesdays @ 6.30 meeting at the Community Centre also on Thursday's at the Co Op Market Green at 9pm. Other group runs are organised amongst members during the week. New members are welcome anytime. Phone 0872403940
Contact Senior Section enquiries email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 0872403940
(For information on Juvenile Section please ring 0830767876