19th Oct…Eagle take Silver at Cross Country Novice B Championships

Following on from the success of the Eagle AC teams in the Cork Cross Country Masters Championships last weekend in Conna, this week the club was in action at the Novice ‘B’ championships. The venue was just up the road in Castlelyons and there was a sizeable team from the club present. In almost ideal conditions, the mens team secured second place to finish just behind St.Finbarrs.


5 Eric Browne Eagle
10 Simone Rodgari Eagle
16 Damian Kenneally Eagle
37 Tim McCarthy Eagle
45 Charlie Byrd Eagle
52 Gerard Down Eagle
53 Mick Dooley Eagle
58 Finbarr O’Connell Eagle

1 St. Finbarr’s 1, 2, 22, 39…64
2 Eagle 5, 10, 16, 37…68
3 Leevale 8, 18, 19, 26…71
4 Midleton 9, 17, 23, 24…73
5 St. Catherine’s 7, 13, 20, 55…95
6 Clonakilty 3, 6, 36, 54…99
7 Riverstick Kinsale 11, 32, 38, 41…122
8 Carrigtwohill 12, 30, 31, 65…138
9 Carrig na Bhfear 4, 42, 49, 50…145

19th Oct…Results of the Rebel Run 10k & Killarney 5k

Rebel Run 10k : The LeisureWorld Rebel Run 10k race was held in Bishopstown on Sunday the 19th of October 2014. We had a small number of members taking part with Ed Fitgerald acting as a 1 hour pacer for a small group.


16 O’CONNOR PAT 39:06 6:18/M M40
29 O’CALLAGHAN DAVID 41:05 6:37/M M40
398 FITZGERALD ED 59:51 59:30 9:38/M M40

Feet First 5k : On Saturday the 18th of October, the first race in the Feet First Winter Series was held in Killarney, Co.Kerry. We had 4 members taking part with the husband and wife team of Eugene and Adelle O’Connor finishing second in the M45 and F40 categories respectively.


7 Gearoid O’Leary MS 17:54
15 Eugene O’Connor M45 19:52
27 Joe Murphy M50 20:41
37 Adelle O Connor F40 21:42

17th Oct…Report on the Kaiser Mountain Marathon in Austria – by Gerard Down

The Kaiser Mountain Marathon takes place in and around the ski resort of Soll, Austria in the first week of October as part of the Tour of Tyrol 3 day running festival. Essentially it is a marathon of two distinct phases with the course in the first half going along the valley floor and passing through the nearby towns of Scheffau and Ellmau before ascending into the mountains.

The first 3 miles contain a number of short hills with runners then descending to the lowest elevation of 650 metres at about the six mile point. The course then progresses along the valley floor,over six miles, to the starting point of the first serious climb before the 13 mile mark with runners climbing from 700 metres to 1555 metres over 6 miles.The course then descends rapidly to a low point of about`1250 metres leaving a climb of nearly 600 metres in less than a mile. The last mile is the most challenging phase with runners essentially reduced to a walk to reach the finish line at 1,829 metres. Return to race HQ is by ski lifts.

The terrain encountered varies widely with tarmac paths along the valley floor, mountain roads leading to narrow rutted trails and steep grass slopes on the upper sections. Visually, it is quite a beautiful course with some breathtaking views on the middle and upper sections.
The weather was wonderful with bright sunny skies, no winds and, most importantly, a dry course.. The organisation was also great with more water/fuel stations than in any marathon I have previously run in including having soup and small sandwiches at the higher stations. Total number of participants was 498 drawn from over 20 countries.


One of the more memorable moments of the race came at the 18 mile point when the course literally went through one of the mountain restaurants with the diners inside clapping and cheering. Other than the high profiles marathons such as Zermatt in Switzerland which attracts thousands, numbers of around four to six hundred participants seems typical of mountain marathons and runners are predominantly male.

This was my second attempt at running this marathon with my first in 2011 when I travelled there carrying injuries. On the race morning the top of the mountain was snowed in with heavy rain on the lower section and the race itself was diverted away from the top half. After a short run, I decided to withdraw and, in retrospect, it seems like the right decision.

With a reduction in flights from Cork airport, travelling to races in Germany and Austria is becoming more difficult and this case, I travelled via Shannon to Memmingen (Munich) and onwards to Soll by train and bus.

Time…5 hours 20 mins…16th out of 39 competitors in the over 55 category and position was 229 out of 389 male competitors or out of 489 competitors in total.

Gerard Down, Eagle AC

13th Oct…Medals galore at the Cork Masters Cross Country

The Cork Masters Cross Country Championships were held near the town of Conna in NE Cork on Sunday the 12th of October 2014.  In total, the club had 13 members taking part…4 in the womens event and the balance of 9 in the mens.

Deirdre Nagle, Elaine Guinane, Adelle O'Connor & Deirdre O'Callaghan

Deirdre Nagle, Elaine Guinane, Adelle O’Connor & Deirdre O’Callaghan

In the womens masters race, the F35 team of Deirdre Nagle, Elaine Guinane, Adelle O’Connor and Deirdre O’Callaghan finished in 3rd place to take bronze. Deirdre Nagle also won an individual bronze in the F35 category.

In the mens M35 team category, our team of Don Keohane, Sean O’Sullivan, Kieran Mulcahy, Eddie Byrne and Mick Dooley finished 5th.

In the mens M50 team category, our team of John Desmond, Pat Twomey, Joe Murphy and John Quigley finished 2nd to take silver. Pat Twomey and Joe Murphy both won individual silver medals in the M60 and M55 categories respectively.

The full results can be found on the Cork Athletics County Board website.

10th Oct…Number of club runs – June to August 2014

run6As well as being one of the largest athletic clubs in Cork City, it’s probably safe to say that Eagle AC organise more training runs than most other clubs. To help illustrate this, Gerard Down has kindly gone back through all of the club e-mails for the summer and compiled the list below which shows all of the club runs between June and August 2014. It amounts to an impressive 58 in total and that doesn’t include any track sessions at CIT on Tuesday or Thursday evenings or other informal smaller runs that members organise themselves.

The review period which comes after the Cork City Marathon was probably no busier than any other time of the year. Taking the year as a whole, the club probably organises somewhere between 200 to 250 training runs per annum.

Total weekend runs June, July, August = 58

Breakdown of run per day…
Runs Fridays …3
Runs Sat …32
Runs Sun …22
Runs Mon …1
Total 58

Starting times of runs
6.00 am …4
7.00 am …4
8.00 am …15
8.15 am …1
8.30 am …14
8.45 am …3
9.00 am …13
9.30 am …1
9.45 am …1
10.00 am …1
11.00 am …1
Total runs 58

Types of runs & pace
Pace per mile…Distance…No’ Runs
7.40 …18 miles …1
7.40 …15 miles …9
7.40 …14 miles …3
7.40 …12 miles …1

8.00 …20 miles …1

8.20 …15 miles …1

8.30 …18 miles …2
8.30 …14 miles …9
8.30 …12 miles …3
8.30 …11.5 miles …5
8.30 …10 miles …1

9.00 …11 miles …2

9.15 …11 miles …2

9.30 …14 miles …2
9.30 …12 miles …1
9.30 …10 miles …4

Tempo runs 40 mins 11

Total runs 58

8th Oct…Eagle AC now 3rd largest club in Cork based on adult membership

Athletics Ireland released some stats today showing the various membership numbers for all the athletic clubs in Ireland. Eagle AC had 189 members at the end of October 2014 which is a record membership for the club. The club has grown by 17% since the end of 2013 and there are still 3 months left on the calendar.


As can be seen from the chart above, the club has grown steadily for the last few years…from 115 at the end of 2011 to 189 now. Based on the number of adult members, the club is now the third largest in Co.Cork.

1st Oct…Results for the last week…North Mon 5k, Killarney 10m & Cork to Cobh

Vivian Foley & Kieran Mulcahy at the Cork to Cobh race

Vivian Foley & Kieran Mulcahy at the Cork to Cobh race

Eagle AC results for the last week :

North Mon 5k: The annual North Mon Past Pupils Union 5k was held last Saturday the 24th of October. Ciarán Bouse was the third man home on the night.
3 Ciaran Bouse Eagle 35 m 18.04 3rd men

Killarney 10 mile race: The inaugural Killarney 10 mile race was held last Saturday the 27th of September. We had two members in it…
33 Norman KELLY (307) 01:09:16 01:09:14 Ages 40-44 (5) Male (32)
148 Claudia PIEPER KELLY (423) 01:30:54 01:30:43 Ages 18-39 (25) Female (44)

Cork BHAA Cork to Cobh 15 mile : The big race last weekend was of course the Cork to Cobh 15 mile race organised by the Cork BHAA. A large number of members took part judging from all the Eagle singlets shown in the race photos. As the club names are not given in the results, it’s impossible to pick out all the members that took part but you can see plenty of members in the photo galleries.

There were at least 4 members in the prizes…Pat Twomey 1st M60, Ronan Boland 1st M50, Frances O’Connor 1st F55 and Elaine Guinane 3rd F35.

There is a small gallery of photos on the club Facebook page.
Denis Looney took a set as well and these can be seen here.