22nd Feb…Podium & Category prizes for Eagle AC at the Mealagh Valley 10 mile

The annual Mealagh Valley 10 mile road race organsied by Bantry AC was held on Sunday the 22nd of February 2015. Despite the wind and rain, a total of 11 members made the trip to West Cork with 4 getting into the prizes.


Well done to Elaine Guinane who won the women’s race in a time of 1:12:34 on a challenging course! This was Elaine’s second race win outright having won a 5k race in Bandon last November but a first over the longer 10 mile distance.

Also getting into the prizes was Deirdre O’Callaghan who finished 1st F40 and won her first category prize ever!


Deirdre O’Callaghan (L)…1st F40

Mary Cotter took home the 1st F50 prize while Joe Murphy picked up 1st M55.

Sunday 22 February 2015. 11:00am

Place Time Name Team Race Age Category min/mile
5 1:04:05 BOUSE, Ciaran Eagle AC M 06:24.4
8 1:07:29 LEHANE, Donnacha Eagle AC M 06:44.8
19 1:12:34 GUINANE, Elaine Eagle AC F35 07:15.3…1st woman
24 1:14:02 MURPHY, Joe Eagle AC M55 07:24.1 …1st M55
32 1:15:54 BYRD, Charlie Eagle AC M50 07:35.3
40 1:19:55 O’KEEFFE, Pat Eagle AC M45 07:59.4
46 1:21:01 SPEIGHT, David Eagle AC M40 08:06.0
47 1:21:02 O’CALLAGHAN, Deirdre Eagle AC F40 08:06.1…1st F40
50 1:22:19 GALLAGHER, Mark Eagle AC M40 08:13.8
52 1:22:49 COTTER, Mary Eagle AC F50 08:16.8 …1st F50
59 1:25:07 KIRWAN, Ita Eagle AC F45 08:30.6

The full results can be seen on the race website… http://mealaghvalley.wordpress.com/results/2015-results/

Results of the 2015 Carrigaline 5 mile road race…Sun 15th Feb 2015

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Despite the threat of rain, conditions were almost perfect for this years Carrigaline 5 mile road race. Thanks to everyone who took part. We had 379 finishers this year, up 24% on the 305 of 2015.

The winner of the mens race was Alan O’Shea of Bantry AC while in the womens race, we had a dead heat between Laoise Ni Thuama and Helen Leonard.

1 0:25:07 O’SHEA, Alan Bantry AC
2 0:25:56 MCGRATH, Sean East Cork AC
3 0:27:24 SHEEHAN, Andrew Leevale AC
1 0:31:20 NITHUAMA, Laoise
1 0:31:20 LEONARD, Helen Leevale AC F40
3 0:31:28 O’NEILL, Nollaig Leevale AC F40

The full results can be seen here… http://eagleac.net/race-carrigaline-5-mile/2015-results/

The first mens team home was Eagle AC who retain their title…

Vanessa Clarke, General Manager of  Pepsico Carrigaline and Pat Twomey, Chairman of Eagle AC presenting the prize for the winning mens team to Eagle AC

Vanessa Clarke, General Manager of Pepsico Carrigaline and Pat Twomey, Chairman of Eagle AC presenting the prize for the winning mens team to Eagle AC

The first womens team was Bandon AC…

Vanessa Clarke, General Manager of  Pepsico Carrigaline and Pat Twomey, Chairman of Eagle AC presenting the prize for the winning womens team to Bandon AC

Vanessa Clarke, General Manager of Pepsico Carrigaline and Pat Twomey, Chairman of Eagle AC presenting the prize for the winning womens team to Bandon AC

One of the aims of the race is to contribute to charities in the local community. This year with the increased numbers, we donated €800 compared to €650 last year.


Vanessa Clarke, General Manager of Pepsico Carrigaline and Pat Twomey, Chairman of Eagle AC presenting a cheque for €400 to Deirdre Nagle of Carrigaline Youth Drugs Initiative

Vanessa Clarke, General Manager of  Pepsico Carrigaline and Pat Twomey, Chairman of Eagle AC presenting a cheque for €400 to Bobbie Lambe of Carrigaline Meals-on-Wheels

Vanessa Clarke, General Manager of Pepsico Carrigaline and Pat Twomey, Chairman of Eagle AC presenting a cheque for €400 to Bobbie Lambe of Carrigaline Meals-on-Wheels

All participants in the race received a discount voucher from the Edge Sports Shop, a sponsor of the race. These should be used before the end of September 2015.


2nd Feb…Weekend results…Dungarvan 10, Killarney 5k, Doneraile 5k

Dungarvan 10 mile : The first big 10 mile race of the Spring was on last Sunday the 1st of February 2015 with the Dungarvan 10 mile road race. We had 17 members taking part with several recording new personal best times over the distance.

60 Browne Eric MALE Eagle AC Senior 0:59:45 0:05:58
82 O Leary Gearoid MALE Eagle Ac SENIOR 1:01:20 0:06:08

Gearoid O'Leary...61:20

Gearoid O’Leary…61:20

137 O’Herlihy Colin MALE Eagle AC O/40 1:03:43 0:06:22
180 Geary Kevin MALE Eagle AC SENIOR 1:05:07 0:06:31
284 Guinane Elaine FEMALE Eagle AC O/35 1:08:33 0:06:51
313 Sexton Keith MALE Eagle AC O/45 1:09:11 0:06:55
368 Egan Ruairi MALE Eagle AC O/45 1:10:01 0:07:00
391 Byrd Charley MALE Eagle A.C. O/50 1:10:54 0:07:05
520 Fennessy Kevin MALE Eagle A.C. SENIOR 1:14:03 0:07:24

Gearoid O'Leary...61:20

Kevin Fennessy…1:14:03

702 Fennessy Eleanor FEMALE Eagle A.C. O/35 1:18:05 0:07:48
768 Cotter Frank MALE Eagle AC O/50 1:19:19 0:07:56
784 Courtney Laurence MALE Eagle A.C. O/50 1:19:28 0:07:57
801 Scannell John MALE Eagle A.C. O/45 1:19:44 0:07:58
938 Mc Grath Donal MALE Eagle A.C. O/50 1:23:25 0:08:20
1106 Mc Grath Jane FEMALE Eagle A.C. O/50 1:28:16 0:08:50
1154 O Riordan Fiona FEMALE Eagle A.C. O/45 1:29:22 0:08:56
1200 Keohane Irene FEMALE Eagle O/40 1:30:20 0:09:02

Post race...Gearoid O'Leary, Elaine Guinane & Ruairi Egan

Post race after setting new 10 mile personal bests…Gearoid O’Leary, Elaine Guinane & Ruairi Egan

Killarney 5k : We had one member in the first race of the Killarney Winter 5k series.
9 Ciarán Bouse M 35 Eagle AC 17:50

Doneraile Park 5k : We had one member taking part in this 5k in Doneraile Park on Saturday the 31st of January.
31 21:56 HARRINGTON, Ray EAGLE AC MS 00:07:05

25th Jan…Results of the Cloyne 4k & other races

Cloyne Commons 4k : This 4k race was held on Sunday the 25th of Jan 2015 and we had four members in it including Jonathan Kenneally who has just joined the club!

Damian Kenneally in the early stages

Damian Kenneally in the early stages

5 14:04 BROWNE, Eric Eagle AC M 05:39.5
9 14:36 KENNEALLY, Damien Eagle AC M 05:52.3
15 15:00 O’CONNOR, Pat Eagle AC M45 06:02.0
20 15:20 KENNEALLY, Jonathan Eagle AC M 06:10.0

Jonathon Kenneally...first race in Eagle AC colours

Jonathon Kenneally…first race in Eagle AC colours

There were also two mountain races that members were involved in last weekend.

Austin Browne took part in the Art O’Neill Challenge, an arduous 55k night run which starts at Dublin Castle at midnight and finishes in Glenmalure Valley in Co.Wicklow. Austin finished the course in 8 hours 10 minutes.

42 227 Ultra Austin Browne 8:10:03

Also in action a bit closer to home was Linda Cussen who completed her first mountain race. Linda was the 5th woman home in the IMRA Ballyhoura race over an 8km route.

37 Linda Cussen F 0:48:52 Eagle AC Cork

19th Jan…Report of the 2015 Munster Indoor Championships


A re-introduction to the Munster Masters Indoors…..by John Desmond

The Munster Senior & Masters Indoor Championships are held in January every year in Nenagh, Co.Tipperary. The 200m indoor track there is the only one of its kind in Munster and was at one stage, the only one in the country and hosted the national championships for several years.

Looking through the results for the last 13 years, the club has only taken part in these championships on a few occasions. The largest number that ever took part in the last decade was back in 2008 when Pat Murphy, Dave Muldowney, Ann-Marie Healy and Dave Hogan made the journey to Nenagh.

With that in mind, an effort was made this year to have the club represented at the championships in some capacity. It was more of a case of the club ‘flying the flag’ so to speak than going there to win anything.

Both James Ryan and myself set off from Cork at about 8am on Sunday the 18th of January for the journey north to Nenagh. After a 2 hour drive, we located the ‘stadium’ pretty easily but without checking Google Streetview earlier, I think it would be simple to just drive past it as the entrance is very inconspicuous.

I had heard about the ‘shed’ for several years and I was expecting something extremely basic. From the outside, it looks like a farm building but inside, there was a 4 lane 200m indoor track.


While the facility is somewhat dated and is nothing like the new world class indoor track in Athlone, it is still the only indoor track in Munster. I couldn’t help thinking while I was looking at some of the events as to why wasn’t there something similar like this in Cork?

After watching several events and warming up, it was time for James Ryan to fly the flag for the club first in one of the masters 3000m races. James posted a time of 11:31 to take a bronze medal in the M45 category…our first Munster indoor medal in about 7 years! :o)

James Ryan

James Ryan…Munster M45 Bronze

I was up next going head to head with the M50’s in another 3000m race. Although my time of 11:08 would have got me silver in 2014, it was only good enough for 7th on this occasion.


3 events…2 medals

As the old saying goes…In for a penny, in for a pound. With that in mind, I had put my name in for the Shot Putt as well. As I waited in the Shot Putt area for the previous competition to finish, I could see I had entered another realm of athletics. For most of the competitors there and judging by their size, this was their preferred discipline whereas for me as someone who runs long distance races, I was a bit like a duck out of water.

As we got ready for the next competition to begin, one of the officials asked me ‘What do you usually throw?’. Throw??…..Do I tell him my first throw will also be a PB? ;o) …..eventually I told him that I was more used to the long distance running events….a bit like I had just wandered in here by mistake and I was lost.

How it's supposed to be done

How it’s supposed to be done

After frantically trying to remember everything I had been taught on the Athletics Ireland level 1 coaching course, I managed to get the 6kg shot out of the circle on 4 occasions which was an achievement in itself. In the end, it was enough for a Bronze medal in the M50 category.

3 James Ryan Eagle AC M45 11.31.87…3rd M45
7 John Desmond Eagle AC M50 11.08.04

Shot Putt…
3 John Desmond Eagle AC M50 6.49 m…3rd M50

Overall, a successful day out and a re-introduction to the Munster Indoor Championships for the club with two Bronze  medals to show for it. One thing that it re-enforced to me was that it’s all about trying new things and taking part. Instead of doing some 5k race for the umpteenth time, there are plenty of other options if people would only give them a go. Hopefully, it might be the start of more club participation in future track and field events.

17th Jan…AGM report

Eagle_logo2The club AGM was held this year in the Imperial Hotel in Cork City on Wednesday the 14th of January 2015. In previous years, it had been held in the red building in CIT but due to the increasing membership, the club decided to make the switch this year. With tea, coffee and sandwiches on offer, it also made for a much more social occasion.

The meeting opened with vice chairman Joe Roche recounting the highlights of 2014. In his address, Joe highlighted the increased participation in championship events and how this lay at the core of what being in an athletics club is all about. He noted that the club had shown a marked participation in such events in 2014 and encouraged more members to take part in championship races in 2015.

He also made a request to members to become more involved in the running of the club. In the past, the club has depended on too few people and it would assist greatly if more members would take on some roles, no matter how small.

After the various other reports and motions were dealt with, the clubs officers for 2015 were elected with our new chairman being Pat Twomey. A full list can be seen here… http://eagleac.net/club-officials/

The AGM concluded with our new chairman presenting the medals for the 2014 Munster Half-Marathon Championship to various members.


Photos : (L-R) Club chairman Pat Twomey presenting medals to Pat O’Connor, Adelle O’Connor and Elaine Guinane.

Pat O’Connor was part of the mens masters team that took bronze. Adelle won two medals…a silver for the senior womens team and a silver for the womens masters team. Elaine won a silver in the womens senior team.

2nd Senior team – Sandra Manning, Elaine Guinane, Adelle O’Connor.
2nd Masters Team – Adelle O’Connor, Frances O’Connor, Fiona O’Riordan.
3rd Masters Team – Don Keohane, Pat O’Connor, Kieran Mulcahy.