5th Place Finish for Aoife Cooke at National Senior XC

A very impressive 5th place performance for Aoife Cooke at the National Senior XC in Dublin today . A highly competitive race in which no less than 5 former Olympians were included.

Well done to Aoife, whose performance must have put her well in contention for a European XC spot. A big congrats also to fellow Cork woman, Michelle Finn who claimed victory in the race and earned herself an automatic qualifying spot.

For full results see – https://www.myrunresults.com/…/irish_life…/4258/results

Eagle AC @ Cork County Novice Masters XC 2021

It was a very successful day for the Eagle AC Men’s team at last weekend’s Cork County Novice Masters Cross Country Championships. The event was hosted by St Catherines AC in Dungourney.

Damian Kenneally lead the team home with a 5th place finish overall and Gold in the M35 category. The M35 team won 3rd place with Damian Kenneally, John Goggin, Ken Ince & Mark Smith in scoring positions here.

The M65 team finished in an impressive 2nd place with Ken Higgs, Pat Murphy and Joe Murphy making up the team. Other athletes involved today included Finbarr Lehane, John Sheehan, Donal Dowling, Raymond Harrington, Grellan McGrath and Andrew O’Farrell.

Congratulations to all who ran. It’s fantastic to see Eagle AC so well represented.

Race Win for Damian Kenneally at Blarney Half Marathon

A super morning for Eagle AC members at the Blarney Half Marathon today!


Despite the miserable running conditions there were some excellent performances, which included a race win, podium spots and 3 members in the Top 10!


Huge congrats to Damian Kenneally on his race win with a super time of 1.12.28. Very very well deserved.


Damian’s training partners Mark Smith and Ken Ince weren’t too far behind finishing in 3rd and 7th spots respectively with times of 1.15 and 1.17.


Some very impressive category placings this morning also – Tom Fox ,Brian McGuire and Pat O’Connor finishing 2nd,3rd and 4th M50, with Mike McGrath and Denis Carroll claiming the 1st and 2nd M60 spots.


Well done to all!

No club names were listed in the results so please let us know if we have missed any members.


(Photos thanks to Joe Anne photos )

1. Damian Kenneally 1.12.28

3. Mark Smith 1.15.11

7. Ken Ince 1.17.28

24. Tom Fox 1.25.55 ( 2nd M50)

25. Brian McGuire 1.25.58 ( 3rd M50)

28. Pat O’Connor 1.26.59

51. Mike McGrath 1.33.47 (1st M60)

76. Denis Carroll 1.38.16 (2nd M60)

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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