Eagle AC Member Profile: Donal Dowling

Name: Donal Dowling

Member of Eagle AC since: 2015

How long have you been running and what made you take it up:

I actually did a lot of running between the ages of 9-14yrs. Back in South Kilkenny where I grew up, my uncle was heavily involved in a local running club called St Joseph’s AC. Club still very active. It was pretty much a case of my parents throwing us into a car twice a week and dumping us in a field nearby to support the cause. My memory was it being all cross country running in bare feet across many fields in Kilkenny and Leinster. During my time at the club I never ever ran with runners on. Funny how times change. I gave it up because the local underage GAA team, I was part of, was successful so running took the hit. Only took running back up really as a past time when I was in Australia during the 2000s and then later in 2013 back in Ireland when my ankles and legs gave in playing other sports.

Favourite thing about running:

I can pretty much zone out when running and relax the mind. Have a tendency to slot into a pace and just stay at that.

Can you remember the first Eagle AC member(s) you ran with:

Yes I spoke to David O Donovan at the track on the first night when I arrived. I had competed in 3 marathons by that time between 2013 late 2014 and happened to mention to David that I wanted to run faster marathons. He pretty much said the club would get me there so I was all enthusiastic until I did the speed session with him. It nearly killed me. Speed training was a new concept for me then.

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’26 on the 26th’ Marathon

Congratulations to Helen Cronin and Michelle Traynor who completed their ‘26 on the 26th’ Marathon on Saturday morning!

The girls are two of the clubs strongest and most consistent runners who never miss a Saturday long run! Their lockdown training around the hills of Waterfall paid off on Saturday when they effortlessly pulled off a 3.41 marathon cheered on by club mates and family members.

This was Helens sixth marathon and Michelle’s first. Michelle has frequently insisted over the last couple of years that she would never run a marathon – But we knew that Helen would convince her eventually! Well done girls!

Eagle AC Race Results June 2021

See below for a round up of some recent Eagle AC race results taken from Karen’s weekly email. It’s great to see results starting to roll in again!

Virtual Cheetah Run 2021

1 Damian KENNEALLY 00:17:02 M MS Eagle AC

3 Trevor O’DONOVAN 00:17:49 M M40 Eagle AC
4 Ken INCE 00:18:01 M MS Eagle AC
7 Tom FOX 00:19:03 M M55 EAGLE AC
15 Ian ROCHE 00:19:57 M M40 Eagle AC
17 Finbarr LEHANE 00:20:28 M M50 Eagle AC
18 Jason CROSBIE 00:20:46 M FS Eagle AC
19 Damien HELLEBOID 00:21:03 M MS Eagle AC
24 Mike O CONNOR 00:21:34 M M40 Eagle AC
26 Cian QUIGLEY 00:21:58 M M40 Eagle AC
28 Denis CARROLL 00:22:31 M M60 Eagle AC 0
30 Andrew MACDONALD 00:23:10 M M40 Eagle AC
38 Brian HEGARTY 00:24:04 M MS Eagle AC
41 Frank COTTER 00:25:03 M M60 Eagle AC
44 Gary GIBBONS 00:25:39 M M45 Eagle AC
51 Tamara LOPEZ 00:26:15 F FS Eagle AC
58 Geraldine CORCORAN 00:27:22 F F45 Eagle AC
66 Colette COTTER 00:28:25 F F45 Eagle AC
71 Derek COSTELLO 00:29:08 M M50 Eagle AC
103 Nora CORCORAN 00:40:00 F F40 Eagle AC
107 Olga O’SULLIVAN 00:41:47 F F40 Eagle AC
110 Michelle CHEUNG 00:42:02 F FS Eagle AC

Bweeng Trail 20th June 2021

Congratulations to our Eagle AC members who got to run in a real race last weekend. Grellan, Olga & Sean took on the trails in Bweeng and with some great results below too. 

57    Grellan McGrath  712  M55  0:53:21 138% Eagle AC  Cork

69    Olga OSullivan  711  F40  0:54:37 141% Eagle AC  Cork

78    Sean Lucey  872   M  0:56:42 147% Eagle AC  Cork

Thoroughbred Run Kildare Half Marathon June 21st

Congratulations to Trevor O’Donovan who ran a big PB in Kildare last Sunday. Trevor finished 12th overall with a superb time of 1:22:15

12. Trevor O’Donovan M Eagle AC chip 1:22:15 Gun 1:22:16

Tralee Marathon 50k – 20th June

Congratulations to Siobhan Holland who ran a fantastic Ultra marathon in Kerry last weekend.  Siobhan finished second lady and 6th overall. Super running by Siobhan as always.   

GUN TIME  04:30:48  Chip time 04:30:45  Finished 50.0 KM  Speed 11.08 km/h  Pace 05:25 min/km

Eagle AC Virtual Cheetah Run 2021 Results

Now that the dust has settled on the 2021 Virtual Cheetah Run, we are delighted to announce that the event has raised an impressive total of €4,540 of much needed funds for Fota Wildlife Park!


This amount was raised through both entry fees as well as extra donations from race entrants.


A massive THANK YOU from all at Eagle AC to those who supported the event. It was great to see over 400 entries – from individuals, families and even a few school classes!


A big thanks to all who publicised the run, especially to Jarlath Regan and Sonia O’Sullivan from ‘Irishman Running Abroad’ podcast. The guys gave the event a mention on their super podcast, as well as running a Strava event supporting the race with their listeners.


Thanks also to Ronan Wogan of myrunresults.ie for organising the entries, merchandise and results for us. The results can be viewed here:https://www.myrunresults.com/events/fota_cheetah_virtual_run/4107/results


Well done to our 2021 race winners – Damian Kenneally ( 17.02) and Trish Hegarty ( 18.55)


Finally, while it’s great that our virtual event has gone so well, nothing beats the real thing! All things going well, we can’t wait to host Cheetah Run 2022 back at Fota Wildlife Park!


Ruairi Egan and Tracy Cotter

(Race Directors)

One Week to Go until Virtual Fota Cheetah Run 2021

With just over a week to go until our Virtual Fota Cheetah Run 2021 have you signed up yet?!

Remember that 100% of all race entry fees will go directly to Fota Wildlife Park.

To register for the run please visit…https://www.myrunresults.com/…/fota…/4107/details

Adult , child and family entry options available.

Some great race merchandise such as t shirts, buffs and medals available for purchase during registration also.

We are delighted that the race has been chosen by Jarlath Regan and Sonia O’Sullivan as the next event for their ‘Irishman Running Abroad’ Strava group.

Jarlath and Sonia host a very entertaining weekly podcast during which they discuss all things running – from motivation to nutrition to injury and everything in between! They are both signed up and ready to go for next week’s event!

For more race info please visit the Eagle AC website here….https://eagleac.net/…/eagle-ac-virtual-fota-cheetah…/

(Photos thanks to Darragh Kane)

Eagle AC Member Profile: Joe Murphy

Eagle AC Member Profile:

Name: Joe Murphy

Member of Eagle AC since: January 1983

How long have you been running and what made you take it up: Cork Road Championships were on in Blarney on December 26th 1982. I was not joined a club so they would not give me a number. I met Fred Gilbert – it was my lucky day! He gave me a number from Eagle so that I could run!

Favourite thing about running: My favourite thing about running is racing which I miss at the moment

Can you remember the first Eagle AC member(s) you ran with:   I ran with Michael Doherty, Declan Gilbert and Martin Crowley.

Favourite Cork race and why:  It has to be Ballycotton!

Ultimate/Overall running goal:  My goal is to try and get back to running better times.

Tell us something most people might not know about you:  I was a scratch pitch and putt player.

Biggest heroes (sporting or non-sporting): Sonia O Sullivan or Padraig Harrington

One bit of advice you would give to someone thinking of taking up running: Join a club – you will get great support like I did!

IF you could go on a run with one elite athlete (at your pace!) who would it be and what would you ask them:

Mo Farrah – I would ask if he wants any advice about his marathon running! Ha ha!

Eagle AC Virtual Fota Cheetah Run 2021

Eagle AC are delighted to announce the launch of the ‘Virtual Fota Cheetah Run’ 2021 !

The race will take place from the 7th – 13th June.

As you may know, in May of each year, Eagle AC usually organizes the Cheetah Run in Fota Wildlife Park ,Cork. Since its inception, it has been one of the most popular races in the Cork area and is a sell out every year. Covering a distance of 5km, this is the only race of its kind in Europe, with participants running on the paths through the park. There are normally plenty of furry spectators also – everything from ostriches to wallabies to of course, the cheetahs!

Every year the funds raised from the Cheetah Run are used to support the park’s core objectives of research and conservation.

Unfortunately it is not possible to hold the race in 2021 due to Covid restrictions. So we have decided to go virtual instead! We are hoping that our 2021 race will help raise some much needed funds for Fota Wildlife Park.

The park is a charitable status organisation which is completely self-financing. It relies entirely on gate receipts and membership fees for its income. Of course, Covid 19 meant that the park had to close to the public for much of both 2020 and 2021. Even when they were allowed to open, visitor numbers were restricted. Obviously, this had a huge impact on finances. The operational running costs alone at Fota are approximately €380,000 a month. During the closures, feeding and veterinary care for the 135 species of animals had to continue – the animals in the park received the same excellent level of care as always, regardless of whether the park was open or closed.

The money raised from entries to the Virtual Fota Cheetah Run will go directly to the park.

For this year’s event, we have partnered with MyRunResults. There are a number of different race options available – something for everyone we hope! There is..

– A 5k adult race

– A 1 mile race for juveniles (U16)

– A family entry option ( 2 adults and 2 children)

As well as race entry there is also the option to purchase a variety of bespoke race merchandise – medals, t shirts and running buffs, the choice is yours! An optional, additional donation to Fota can also be made during the registration process.

All entry details and information re the race can be found at …..https://www.myrunresults.com/…/fota…/4107/details

Hopefully we will be back running the trails around Fota in May 2022, but for this year, we hope that you all enjoy our virtual edition! And that we manage to raise some much needed funds for Fota together in the process!

Aoife Cooke Runs Olympic Qualifying Time

Eagle AC would like to send huge congratulations to club member Aoife Cooke on her outstanding performance today at the Run Cheshire Marathon.

Aoife’s winning time of 2.28.36 is nearly a full minute under the Olympic qualification standard and places her 4th on the all time Irish female marathon list – one place ahead of none other than Sonia O’Sullivan! Aoife led from the start of today’s race and consistently ran 5.35 – 5.40 pace for the entire 26.2 miles.

Aoife’s time knocks a full 4 minutes off her previous PB, which she ran at the  2019 Dublin City Marathon, on her way to becoming National Champion.

We have all seen the massive amount of training that Aoife has put in to achieving her Olympic qualification goal over the last few years. Her dedication and commitment has been truly inspiring for her fellow club members. Though (unfortunately!) we all can’t run a 2.28 marathon like she can, Aoife pushes the rest of us to dream big and to achieve our goals also.

A word too for Aoife’s training ‘crew’ who had to watch nervously from home this morning instead of joining Aoife at the race. The guys have logged many hard training miles with Aoife over the last year or more, and know first hand the effort she has put in to achieving her goal today. In fact, we heard poor Damian hasn’t slept since Friday with all the nerves and excitement!!

From the race live stream, it seemed like most of the Cork running community were cheering Aoife on this morning. This just goes to show how popular Aoife is on the Cork running scene – always modest, friendly and encouraging to her fellow runners, no matter what their running level may be.

We couldn’t be prouder to call Aoife an Eagle AC member and we wish her continued success with her training over the coming months.

Enjoy the very well earned celebrations first though Aoife. Coach Stazza will surely give you a day or two off!!

Finish for Aoife in 2.28.36!
1st and 2nd Lady Home
Damian kicking off the celebrations!!!

Marathon and ultra marathon training on Bere Island

Johanna Riddell is a member of Eagle since July 2020
She is originally from London and is now living on Bere Island.

 
Started running at school around 13 years of age mostly cross country and absolutely loved it and probably the only time I  “broke tape”, just the vast openness, fresh air and muck. Move onwards to 2015 and decided to try the Bere Island Parkrun out out, really enjoyed it and soon my love of running returned not to mention I was so eager to get out the door on 1st January that I cooked the turkey upside down!
Had to take break from running that year due to tearing my meniscus and after keyhole surgery in November 2105, where the surgeon also discovered I  had osteoarthritis of same knee, surgeon said no more running – I just won’t tell him what I’ve ran since ha ha.


So, I decided to enter my first marathon  being the Dublin marathon in 2016 due to the year that was in it. I also signed up to the San Francisco marathon and after running the 10K in Galway on the day of my cousins wedding, sure enough I signed up to the Galway marathon, so three marathons signed up before I even ran one!


The iconic San Francisco marathon in 2017 was spectacular, amazing views and unrivaled atmosphere from start to finish. The highlight was an early start to the marathon around 5am and running over the Golden Gate Bridge was amazing. I decided after that year to enter the Connemara 64K Ultra, a challenge more than anything and it was tough no doubt about it and the hill from the west at the end was brutal, but just being out on the roads winding around Connemara was breathtaking I just loved it me and the outdoors for hours so I say my distance is the longer as it clears the head for sure and the people you run with are just brilliant.


Fast forward to the famous year in history 2020 – lockdown! So when you are in lockdown on an island 10k x 3k, I just carried on training for the marathons London, Berlin an New York but were canceled later on due to the pandemic. I also hired a run coach and fine tuned my running it certainly is paying off. I was the first to complete a marathon on the island being the London virtual and three more after that  and then the Donadea 50K ultra, again first to complete the distance on the island, fairly hard as the island isn’t flat by any means but delighted to get under 5 hours. Also into double digits of marathons since 2016.


I have met a great bunch of runners in Cork and through the club itself, great community, support and encouragement. 
Run a busy acupuncture clinic in Castletownbere  – Beara Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine, plus after each run it’s great to self treat.
Also waiting to do a 13,000 ft parachute jump for the last two years but the weather wasn’t playing ball everytime we went to Offaly,  so hopefully soon I will get complete that.