Wednesday 31 March 2021

Club AGM

A very successful AGM of the club was held on Tuesday evening 29th March with a large attendance via Zoom.

 Full reports were given by all relevant officers and the following were appointed for 2021.

Club Chairperson Declan Dorgan

Club Secretary Mike Dorney

Club Treasurer Joan Hough

Club Register Danny McCarthy

Child Welfare Officer Tom Houlihan

The Senior and Juvenile Sub Committees were previously appointed and ratified at the AGM.


Tuesday 30 March 2021

"Keeping The Midleton 5 Alive" 

and other Races just for our members only.

Some great news of some races organised by your club for you as a member of Midleton AC. All races will be organised in accordance with the HSE Regulations in force at the time of racing.


Saturday 27 March 2021

East Cork News Feature On Billy Griffin

Be sure to get your free copy. Article thanks to John Walsh


News The club will be organising a new series of races for its members very shortly. 

"Keep The Midleton 5 Alive"

Don't forget the club AGM takes place next Tuesday evening. You will be getting an e mail invitation early next week.

Friday 26 March 2021

         World Athletics Museum 

World Athletics have launched a Virtual Museum which is a really innovative and 

interesting way of exploring the history of our sport through an online platform.

 The coaches & athletes in your clubs will certainly find it interesting if you could 

please share. The website is here, with a quick sign-up required: and there are more details below.


Virtual Museum

World Athletics has announced the launch of a 3D virtual museum of athletics, 

bringing a new level of innovation and creative technologies to the world of sport.

Known as MOWA, the Museum of World Athletics™ is the first sports museum to

 be established solely in the digital world.

It offers visitors an interactive journey through the history of athletics and the sport’s

 flagship World Athletics Championships, highlighting many of the legends of the


The museum gives visitors a unique online experience, highlighting key athletics 

champions from each continent, and celebrating each edition of the World Athletics 

Championships, through realistic interactive content, including items donated by the athletes which help to tell the story of the sport.

Among the exhibits are items owned by many of the greatest athletes in history, 

including Paavo Nurmi, Jesse Owens, Fanny Blankers-Koen, Irena Szewinska, 

Carl Lewis, Marie-Jose Perec, Jan Zelezny, Allyson Felix and Usain Bolt.

World Athletics President Sebastian Coe said MOWA was the perfect platform to

 showcase the extensive heritage of athletics, a foundation sport and the No.1 

Olympic sport.

“We are delighted to be the first international sport federation to bring a 3D virtual

 sports museum to a global audience,” Coe said. “Through MOWA, sport and 

museums fans from around the world will, without the geographical limitations of a

 physical location, be able to discover the fascinating history of athletics, and the

 amazing achievements of our athletes. It is particularly exciting to launch this 

project at a time when the pandemic has limited the ability of fans to attend sporting

 events or visit museums in person.

“Athletics is the most accessible and diverse sport in the world and we were keen

 for the museum to reflect that by making the platform accessible to everyone, 

no matter where you are and what device you use.”

This post is thanks to Mike Dorney any member that wants to write something for

the blog. orhas an interesting post we would be delighted to hear from you. Just


Tuesday 23 March 2021

WEBINAR with  Ciarán ó Lionáird

A wonderful evening was had last evening when the club hosted a webinar with Ciarán ó Lionáird . Organised by Marc Dalton the whole event ran very smoothly whilst talking with Ciarán live from his new home Los Angeles. He spoke of his history and ambitions, offered advice on training etc. in his own magnificent style and before we knew it ninety minutes had passed. 

It was great also to see such a fine representation from our Juvenile Section in attendance. A huge thank you to Ciarán for his words and advice and also to Marc for hosting and organising.

Sunday 21 March 2021

ZOOM with 

O'Lionáird the Burning Man

 of the track.

Tomorrow evening the club has a Zoom meeting organized by Marc Dalton with Ciaran O'Lionard at 8pm.

All members should have received a link via email.

If not let me know asap 0872403940

More info here 


Friday 19 March 2021


The club wishes to extend its sincere sympathy to club members Barrie and Sally Drennan and family on the death of Barrie’s mother.

May she rest in peace.  Ar dheis Dé go raibh a hanam

Sunday 14 March 2021

Exciting Announcement Thanks Again To Marc 

 Your chance to chat with one of Ireland finest athletes.

Early years

Ciaran grew up just outside Macroom, County Cork, Ireland. He attended De La Salle College, Macroom, where he was an Irish Schools 1500 metre champion.[6] Ciaran first took up running at age 7 with West Muskerry AC,[7] but at age 12 joined Leevale to become coached by Der O'Donovan. It was at Leevale that Ciaran improved his times and ran an Irish Youths indoor record of 3:50 at age 16.[8] He went on to win a bronze medal at the European Youth Olympic Festival in Lignano in 2005 as well as taking 10th place in the World Youth Championships, both over the metric mile.[9]


In 2006, having finished school, Ciaran decided to take up a scholarship at the University of Michigan under Coach Ron Warhurst where he earned Academic All-Big Ten Conference three years in 2006, 2007 and 2008.[10] After numerous season-ending injuries (osteitis pubis, L5 disc herniation, hip bursitis) he decided to transfer to Florida State University in 2009. A recurrence of Ciaran’s back disc injury in 2010 led to 6 months on the sidelines and with surgery imminent, he thought his running career might well be over.[11] However, he battled through a summer of intense therapy and came back in the Autumn of 2010 to become All American at the NCAA Men's Division I Cross Country Championship.[12]

Post College

At the 2011 IAAF World Championships in Daegu, Ciaran qualified through a tactical first round[13] - tactical meaning slower than qualifying time of 3:36 pace for early part of the race where strategy of moving faster in latter parts of the race can be used to improve finish order. Ciaran ran 3:36 in the semi-final to qualify for the IAAF World championship final in his first Major Championship appearance.[14] In the final of 2011 World Championships in Athletics – Men's 1500 metres, he placed 10th.[15] Ciaran O'Lionaird of Ireland ran 3:50.12 at 2012 IAAF World Indoor Championships – Men's 1500 metres and placed 22nd. The 2011 World Championship provided him with valuable experience ahead of the London Olympics in 2012.[16] Ciaran did not advance to semi-final at Athletics at the 2012 Summer Olympics – Men's 1500 metres.[17] Ciarán O'Lionáird of Ireland ran 7:50.40 at 2013 European Athletics Indoor Championships – Men's 3000 metres earned a bronze medal. Ciarán Ó Lionáird ran 3:39.79 at 2014 European Athletics Championships – Men's 1500 metres to advance to the final.

 He is now back training and Tokyo is calling.

Sunday 7 March 2021


Late addition to the T Shirt presentation shows very popular club member Astrid Micheel  modelling her T Shirt in Portugal in the sunshine. Astrid completed some of her races out there where she has recently moved whilst still keeping her club membership.

Friday 5 March 2021

Down Memory Lane

Some photo's from ten and more years ago of some of the Midleton AC athletes before the great Ballycotton 10 which should have been on next Sunday but sadly finished in 2017. Some faces gone and some thankfully still around. Gone but never forgotten.


Tuesday 2 March 2021

T Shirt Presentations

The T Shirts for the Virtual 5Km were presented last evening in Market Green. Below are some shots of some happy runners who received their T Shirts. Sorry I could not include everyone.

Once again a Big Thank You to Marc Dalton who organised the collection in a very safe and efficient manner as always.

A Special Mention  must be made for club member Billy Griffin who received his on Tuesday which was his birthday. Billy was 83 today and was already out for his training run. The whole club wishes to thank him for his dedication and inspiration over the many years he has run with us and wish him a very HAPPY BIRTHDAY BILLY and many more years of great running. You truly are an inspiration.

The great and inspirational Billy Griffin receives his T Shirt on his 83rd Birthday

Club Gear Available

Below is the Club Gear that is currently available.

Jackets 50Euro and Singlet 25Euro All gear is subsidized by the club Please contact Bernie if you require any 0872311688.