The Return of the Big City Marathons!

Its been great to see the return of the big city marathons over the past number of weeks. And also great to see Eagle AC so well represented at many of them!

The month started with Tom Fox , Brian McGuire and Vivian Foley heading to the German capital for the Berlin Marathon.

Ray Harrington followed soon after when he took on the task of 26.2 miles around Rome.

The beginning of October saw Karen Bevan and Ruairi Egan heading to London with Siobhan Holland completing this race virtually around the roads of Ballincollig.

Finally, Dave O’ Keeffe, Catherine Murphy, Darren Casey and Gary Gibbons decided to take on the Belfast Marathon. The Belfast race also doubled up as the National Championships for 2021.

Some superb results and performances from our members at these races! Well done to all and we hope that the recoveries are going well!

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Eagle AC @ National Masters Track and Field 2021

A super day for Eagle AC at the National Masters Track and Field Championships in Santry yesterday. We had 4 athletes competing – Ken Higgs, Vivian Foley, Hugh McSweeney and Fergus Nugent. The guys managed to secure 6 medals between them , 5 of them gold!

See below for a report on the day from Ken Higgs. Thanks very much to Ken for taking the time to write this up.

NATIONAL MASTERS TRACK /FIELD CHAMPIONSHIP 2021

This year’s championship was held on Sunday September 5th at Morton Stadium, Santry, Dublin. It attracted over 800 athletes, with each athlete permitted to enter a maximum of 2 events. Despite the forecast of rain, the weather remained very sunny and warm throughout the day but with a persistent cross wind blowing across the track.

Eagle AC was represented by 4 athletes – Vivian Foley, Fergus Nugent, Ken Higgs and Hugh McSweeney – Once again it was a golden day for the club!

RESULTSVivian Foley – M50, 1500m, Gold (4.31.91); M50, 5000m Gold (15.39.42).

Fergus Nugent – M40, 5000m, 5th (17.06.59)

Ken Higgs – M70, 400m Gold (1.12.52): M70 800, Gold (2.53.92)

Hugh McSweeney – M75, 100m, Gold (15.38); M75 , 200m Silver

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Eagle AC Recent Race Results

It’s great to see race results starting to roll in again. See below for some recent results from Eagle AC members.

19th August

Rathcormac 4 Miler

Well done to club members Pat O’Connor and Ray Harrington who took part in the Rathcormac 4 Miler on the 19th August. Both had great races with Pat running a time of 24.56 and Ray a 27.39.

20th August

Churchtown 5 Mile

Great to see so many familiar names in the results of the Churchtown 5 Miler in North Cork on 20th August.

Some great performances all round including an impressive top 10 finish and 2nd M40 for John Goggin. 

Well done to all who took part. Apologies if we have missed anyone as club names were not listed in the results. Let us know if we have and we will add them in.

John Goggin 29.01 (2nd M40)

Jason O Mahony 34.11

Grellan McGrath 35.21

Siobhan Holland 35.50 (1st F45)

Dermot Gallagher 36.32

Mike McGrath 36.46

John Dunphy 36.53

Denis Carroll 37.46

Marie Therese Brady 40.07 

Mick Dooley 43.52

Joe Murphy 44.17

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Eagle AC Member Profile : Finbarr Lehane

Name: Finbarr Lehane

Member of Eagle AC since:

I joined Eagle in 2012 – I googled running clubs in Cork and Eagle came up as a “Friendly running club” so I asked Mike McGrath as I knew he was a member and he highly recommended it. (Thanks Mike!)

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

I hadn’t done any running of note before joining Eagle A.C. I was 41 when I joined so my fitness wasn’t great at that stage. I had been a member of gyms for a while but didn’t really get a great kick out of that..What really gave me the bug was the first time we ran Run in The Dark for Mark Pollock- at that time it was down on Centre Park Road! It was either 2 laps or 4 laps (5 or 10k) I did 3 laps!!! After that my buddy in work said we would do the Ballycotton 10 and off we went!! Clueless.com of course, telling everyone who would listen that I was running the Ballycotton 10.

Favourite thing about running:

Lots of things really but I really enjoy the company of clubmates on long runs particularly! You find out all sorts about people on a long run!! Happy to say I have made some really good friends with a number of clubmates. You know who you are!

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

Well the first time I arrived at the track in CIT, Lisa Boland ran with me for the warm up so she obviously saw the “what am I doing here look” and took me under her wing!

Favourite Cork race and why:

That’s a tough one- it’s a toss-up between Cork to Cobh or Dublin City Marathon – both great races- but I’d say the Cork to Cobh is the one..it comes at a perfect time of the year when you are in good shape (if you are training for DCM)- the walk up the hill to the hall is a killer though!!

Ultimate/Overall running goal:

To be able to keep running !! I tend not to take my running overly seriously, I always want to do my best and run faster times but my goal is to be able to enjoy it for as long as I can. I would love to run a few more marathons – maybe a repeat of the Upton Marathon in March with my good buddy Ruairi Egan and maybe a few more?

Most memorable/funniest running moment to date:

Well if anyone saw me the last few hundred metres of Dublin in 2019 they would laugh…I was like a guy after 10 pints!!! (not funny at the time but memorable!)

Tell us something most people might not know about you:

Well…..most people know I am an identical twin (Ron the handsome fecker!) The other thing that people definitely won’t know is that once I won an X-factor competition in work where I sang “Addicted to Love” – During my memorable half drunken routine I went into the audience where the CEO was and did a twirl or two. The same CEO later ended up in jail but that’s a WHOLE different story !!!

Biggest heroes (sporting or non-sporting):

Biggest sporting hero I think would be Jimmy Barry-Murphy .

Non-sporting her would be my brother Padraig.

One bit of advice you would give to someone thinking of taking up running:

First bit of advice is to join a club! The help and encouragement you get is fantastic. You will find your own pace eventually. Set a goal, running without a goal is such a waste so have a goal, have a plan…and most importantly enjoy it- it’s a pastime not a job. Another piece of advice is to listen to your body. If you have a niggle, rest and don’t run. Maybe as you get older you get wiser.

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

I was lucky enough to run with Sonia O’Sullivan in December 2019 in the Albert Park Run Melbourne but I didn’t really ask her anything!!

So if I had another opportunity I would run with Mo Farah and ask him what the story is like…with the Quorn and the other wonderful stuff !!

Olympic Marathon Aoife Cooke – 7th August 2021

Congratulations to our OLYMPIAN Aoife Cooke !!

We couldn’t have been prouder to see Aoife don the Irish singlet on Friday night and make her Olympic debut. A truly incredible achievement!

In absolutely brutal running conditions in Sapporo though, it unfortunately was just not to be Aoife’s day.

We know that this is just the start of Aoife’s international marathon running journey and that there are many, MANY brighter days to come for her!

Well done Aoife, all at Eagle AC and the wider Cork and Irish running communities are so proud of you and all that you have achieved to date. Your progress, training and dedication over the past couple of years have been inspirational.

This is just the beginning!!

Eagle AC @ Munster Masters Track and Field Championships 2021

See below for a great report written by Ken Higgs on how our 4 athletes – Ken Higgs, Vivian Foley, Hugh McSweeney and Richard Piotrowski fared at the Munster Masters Track and Field Championships in Templemore on Saturday 31st July.

Many thanks to Ken for writing this report up for us. As you will read below, it was a hugely successful day for the guys with no less than 7 gold medals secured between them all!

GOLDEN DAY FOR EAGLE AC AT TEMPLEMORE

Vivian Foley, Ken Higgs, Hugh McSweeney and Richard Piotrowski represented the club at the Munster Masters Track and Field Championship at Templemore on Saturday 31st July. Despite the very warm and humid conditions it turned out to be a highly successful day as they won all their age category events and claimed seven gold medals!

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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)