Club Notes…Fri 21st July 2017

eagle_notes2Results from the Eagle AC newsletter…Karen Bevan (Newsletter Editor)

Hope you are all keeping well and running well.

A note of thanks sent in this week from John Dunphy ; ‘The Currabinny woods sessions are fantastic and a good turnout by members, pass on a big thank you to John Desmond and Ed Fitz for putting these on for the club”.

Always nice to hear positive feedback on events organised by the club.

This week brings the 3rd of the Ballycotton Summer series 5 milers in Churchtown south, which is one of our club targeted races, we also have plenty of Eagle’s running and pacing in the Killarney Half Marathon and 10K this Saturday, along with plenty of summer evening races to choose from, best of luck to all involved!

If you are running in any of the smaller summer races with no club results listed please do send on your results so that they can be included in the weekly email.

Enjoy the summer running and racing.

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Niamh McCarthy wins Silver at Para Athletics World Championships


Congratulations to club member Niamh McCarthy who has just won a Silver medal in the F41 Discus at the 2017 Para Athletics World Championships in London! Back in 2015, Niamh who is from Carrigaline won a Bronze medal in the same event in Doha.

As can be seen from the results below, Niamh effectively secured the Silver medal with her first attempt.


Report on the Paralympics Ireland website HERE

RTE News report HERE

Member Profile: Deirdre O’Callaghan

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Name: Deirdre O'Callaghan

Member of Eagle AC since: 2009

How long have you been running what made you take it up: 10 years. I returned to Cork after many years in Dublin and joined the "meet and train" group led by John Quigley as a way to get fit and make friends!  The friendships are still going strong and the "meet and train" girls and I have coffee together every Saturday morning!!

Favourite thing about running: Every run is an adventure. And none more so than the Eagle AC Cork to Kinsale run 2015 with John Desmond!!

Favourite race distance to run: 5 miles.

What is your main goal for this year: Complete the Ballycotton summer series, improving as I go!!

Your best race/most memorable racing moment to date: Lots of memorable moments – crossing the finish line of the Cork marathon in 2008 with the girls, is a standout. Best race is Churchtown South 5 mile 2015.

Tell us something most people might not know about you: I bake (and eat) sourdough bread. The sourdough starter or wild yeast, needs to be fed and watered daily. So it has to be entrusted to somebody reliable if I'm going on holidays!

Biggest heroes (sporting or non-sporting): Surgeons. Especially neurosurgeons. And the O'Donovan brothers.

One bit of advice you would give to someone thinking of taking up running: Train to your heart rate.

Other hobbies outside of running: Singing with my choir, gym, swimming and bread baking!

3 things you would take with you onto a desert island: A hammock, sunscreen and my kindle. I'd have to hope somebody would mind the yeast till I got back!

Club member Laurence Courtney in English Channel Relay Swim

The Myrtleville Selkies English Channel relay team: Brenda Sisk, Harry Casey, Ann Smyth, Marie Watson, Laurence Courtney, and John Kiely.

Spotted in the news during the week. Club member Laurence Courtney is part of six member team who will attempt a relay crossing of the English Channel on Friday. Named the ‘Myrtleville Selkies’, they will be swimming at least double the length of the 35km-wide channel, as the currents force participants to swim from side to side as the tide ebbs and flows. Full story here…