Podium places for Eagle members in the Great Railway Run 5k


The annual Great Railway Run was held on Sunday the 23rd of April. There were three races…a 25km from Cork to Carrigaline, a 10km from Monkstown to Carrigaline and a 5k from Ringaskiddy to Carrigaline.

In the 5k, the club have two members in the top 3 in both the men’s and women’s results. Cathal Twomey finished 3rd in the men’s race while Mairead Lonergan was the first woman home.

1 Graham Nudds Cork 19:53 SM
2 Mark Kells Wexford 20:57 SM
3 Cathal Twomey Eagle AC Blarney 21:11 SM
6 Mairead Lonergan Eagle AC Cork 23:25 SW
9 Katie Harte Clonakilty 25:38 SW
10 Emma Riordan Heineken 25:58 SW

Results & photos


Paralympian silver medallist Niamh McCarthy launches 2017 Cheetah Run at Fota


The annual Cheetah Run, held at Fota Wildlife Park, has been launched on Tuesday by Cork Paralympian medallist and discus record holder, Niamh McCarthy.

The Cheetah Run, a race run over 5 kilometres for adults and now also a one-mile race for younger runners, will take place on Thursday May 18 and online registration through the Eagle Athletic Club website will open on May 3.

Any proceeds to Fota Wildlife Park, a non-profit organisation, made from the race will be donated to conservation projects such as re-introduction programmes for White-tailed eagle to the Golan Heights in the Middle East and European Bison to Poland and Romania.

The Cheetah Run is one of the most unique races in Ireland which starts and finishes in the Wildlife Park giving runners a chance to run past the giraffes, Asian Lions, Sumatran Tigers and of course cheetahs, the race also passes the historic Fota House and Gardens.

Sean McKeown, Director of Fota Wildlife Park said: “The Park is delighted to host the annual Cheetah Run again this year. Thanks to the funding we raise each year from the race we have been able to contribute to many conservation projects like the re-introduction programmes for White-tailed eagle. In fact, an eagle from Fota Wildlife Park was released to the Golan Heights in 2013 and subsequently bred there last year.”

Denis Looney Race Director of Eagle Athletic Club said: “We are delighted to be able to invite Eagle AC member, Silver medallist at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games and European record holder in F41 Women’s Discus, Niamh McCarthy, here today to launch the 2017 Cheetah Run and Cheetah Mile.

“Last year we started a new one-mile course for juveniles between 11 to 15 years old as we wanted to open the event to younger age groups. We are very happy to be able to continue that this year thanks to our sponsors Laya Healthcare, John Buckley Sports and Brooks Running.”

Due to its popularity, the registration usually sells out within a few hours and the race is limited to 900 adults and 100 juveniles in total.

Registration opens on the May 3 in two blocks at 10.00 am and at 7.00pm, costing €15 per adult runner and €8 per juvenile and entry is strictly on-line at http://www.eagleac.net.

The Cheetah Run adult race commences at 8 pm and the juvenile race starts at 7.15pm on Thursday May 18. Each runner can bring a maximum of four visitors along with them free of charge to watch the race, each runner will receive four wristbands at registration on race night.


Richard Piotrowski wins British M70 10k title


Well done to club member Richard Piotrowski who the British M70 10k title last weekend. The British Masters 10k road race was held on Sunday the 9th April at Gravesend in Kent.

Conditions for the race by all accounts were very warm with the temperature up around 22 to 23 deg C. Richard managed to secure the M70 title in a time of 43m 08s on what was a very hilly course.

The second and third men in the M70 categories were 33 seconds and 3 minutes behind respectively.

The 10k course was made up of four 2.5km loops and Richard went through the 5k mark in 21:02.

New 5 mile training plan starting soon

Cork-City-MarathonThe club will be rolling out a 5-mile training plan for the track shortly which will tie in nicely with the Ballycotton Summer series, the Cork City Marathon relay or any of the short Summer races.

More details by e-mail to club members.

If any non-members are interested in joining the club then just come along to the CIT track on Tuesday evenings just before 7pm.

Member Profile : Tracy Cotter

Eagle AC Member Profile:

Name: Tracy Cotter

Member of Eagle AC since: 2013

How long have you been running what made you take it up: I took up running early in 2012, I had tried a few times before but could never manage to get past 5k.

Favourite thing about running: I love the adventures it brings and the people you get to meet along the way.

Favourite race distance to run: Half Marathon (at the moment….)

What is your main goal for this year: I want to train well for and complete my first 50k Ultra in Portumna in June.

Your best race/most memorable racing moment to date: My most memorable race was the Dublin City Marathon in Oct ’16 (PB – 3:49). My first marathon in Dublin ‘15 was difficult (I know they’re not supposed to be easy) and I went into last year’s marathon to confirm that marathons were not for me and to leave it there. It was a completely different story on the day. I absolutely loved it from start to finish. That ruined my plans to leave marathons behind me!

Tell us something most people might not know about you: I’m a twin. No, we’re not identical and I’m older by 5 minutes.

Biggest heroes (sporting or non-sporting): Sonia O Sullivan – She has some great sporting achievements. I’ve attended a few of her talks and I like her style – she tells it like it is.

One bit of advice you would give to someone thinking of taking up running: Take it easy and enjoy it. Don’t try to rush the speed part, you’ll only get injured!

Other hobbies outside of running: Going to the gym, eating out and watching tv if I can get a chance!

3 things you would take with you onto a desert island: A boat and two oars.

Mallow 10 mile results…Sun 26th Mar 2017

The club had 24 members in action at this year’s Mallow 10 mile road race on Sunday the 26th of March.


Fourth place finish for Alan O’Brien

4 Alan O’BRIEN 55:07 M (4) MS (4) Eagle AC
20 Ruairi O’CALLAGHAN 1:00:30 M (18) MS (12) Eagle AC
25 Ronan BOLAND 1:01:30 M (23) M50 (3) Eagle AC…3rd M50
32 Frank HILL 1:03:08 M (30) M50 (4) Eagle AC
41 Vivian FOLEY 1:02:39 M (38) M45 (5) Eagle AC
59 Colin O’HERLIHY 1:05:44 M (54) M45 (10) Eagle AC
82 Paul COTTER 1:08:00 M (75) M40 (22) Eagle AC
112 Denis CARROLL 1:09:23 M (103) M55 (2) Eagle AC…2nd M55
113 David O’KEEFFE 1:09:37 M (104) MS (46) Eagle AC
130 Annemarie POWER 1:10:12 F (12) F40 (3) Eagle AC…3rd F40


Ann Marie Power & Daithi Creedon

144 Mark GALLAGHER 1:11:14 M (131) M40 (33) Eagle AC
155 John O’SULLIVAN 1:12:22 M (141) MS (63) Eagle AC
158 John DESMOND 1:12:39 M (144) M50 (12) Eagle AC
219 Charlie BYRD 1:15:32 M (197) M50 (19) Eagle AC
255 Daithi CREEDON 1:17:38 M (225) M40 (48) Eagle AC
265 Andrew KELLY 1:17:48 M (232) MS (104) Eagle AC
274 Geraldine CORCORAN 1:18:24 F (35) F40 (13) Eagle AC
292 Gregg MOORE 1:17:48 M (256) M45 (51) Eagle AC
308 Sean LUCEY 1:19:20 M (268) MS (118) Eagle AC
338 David MCCANN 1:20:37 M (292) MS (128) Eagle AC
344 John DUNPHY 1:21:22 M (295) M45 (58) Eagle AC
360 Grace O’LEARY 1:21:40 F (55) F35 (15) Eagle AC
463 Derek COSTELLO 1:26:19 M (361) M45 (68) Eagle AC
559 Ian GEARY 1:30:06 M (401) M45 (75) Eagle AC

The club finished in 2nd place in the team prizes…
2nd Eagle AC (684 points)
Ruairi O’CALLAGHAN (20)
Frank HILL (32)
Geraldine CORCORAN (273)
Grace O’LEARY (359)



County Roads & Other recent results…Thurs 23rd Mar 2017

County Road Championships 17.03.2017…Great results from the County Roads Championships on St Patrick’s day. A very exciting finish saw Alan O’ Brien the second man home on the day. Ronan Boland & Richard Piotrowski both took 1st positions in their age category, while Joe Murphy took 2nd place in his category. Eagle AC also featured in the team results with the Men’s M50 team in first position, and the Eagle Ladies Novice team finishing in 4th position.

Novice/ Masters Ladies
14/17 Elaine Guinane F40 Eagle A.C. 0:27:39
18/21 Ber Lee F40 Eagle A.C. 0:28:18
25/28 Adelle O’Connor F45 Eagle A.C. 0:28:58
26/29 Karen Bevan F35 Eagle A.C. 0:28:59
36/39 Tracy Cotter F35 Eagle A.C. 0:30:12
46 Ber Looney F45 Eagle A.C. 0:32:11

Ladies Team Results
Ladies novice team: Eagle 4th Place 14, 18, 25, 26 (83)
Masters Women’s team: Eagle 6th Place 17, 21, 28, 29 (95)


Novice Men
23 Damian Kenneally M Eagle 0:23:00
36 Colin Foley M Eagle 0:24:18

Masters Men
2 Alan O’Brien M35 Eagle A.C. 00:20:48 – 2nd Overall finisher!
20 Sean O’Keeffe M35 Eagle A.C. 00:23:08
29 Ronan Boland M50 Eagle A.C. 00:23:59 – 1st M50
38 Colin O’Herlihy M45 Eagle A.C. 00:24:42
51 Grellan McGrath M50 Eagle A.C. 00:26:01
58 Eugene O’Connor M45 Eagle A.C. 00:26:36
63 Joe Murphy M60 Eagle A.C. 00:26:52-2nd M60
69 Richard Piotrowski M65 Eagle A.C. 00:27:00 -1st M65
76 Charlie Byrd M50 Eagle A.C. 00:28:03
87 Andrew O’Farrell M60 Eagle A.C. 00:28:11
91 Paul Cotter M55 Eagle A.C. 00:30:33
94 John Quigley M60 Eagle A.C. 00:31:39

Men’s Team Results
Eagle AC took 1st place in the Masters Men’s M50 team; Ronan Boland, Grellan McGrath
& Joe Murphy(143)
Masters Men’s M35 team: Eagle 7th Place (118)

Saturday 18th March
Shandrum N.S. 5K
This 5k was held in Doneraile Park. Well done to Cathal Twomey, who placed 2nd overall in the results.
2. Cathal Twomey M 20.25 M 2

Parkrun Results – Saturday 18th March 2017

21. Conor O’Brien 21.34 VM 40-44 M 21 (New PB!)
24. Andrew Kelly 21.45 VM 35-39 M 24

Castle Demense, Macroom
11. Richard Piotrowski 24.04 VM 65-69 M 11

Noosa – nr Brisbane, Australia
Pat Twomey has been in action at a recent parkrun on the Sunshine Coast.
14 Pat TWOMEY 22:58 VM65-69 M13 Eagle A.C. First Timer!

Sunday 19th March
Lee Fields 4 Mile Road Race
This race, held in Cork City on Sunday morning attracted a field of 289 runners.The race was a partnership between the HSE Drug & Alcohol Services, Cork Local and Southern Regional Drug & Alcohol Task Forces for their ‘Hello Sunday Morning’ Campaign.
13. John Dunphy 24.45 M 13
42. John O’Sullivan 00:27:44 M 39
46. Charlie Byrd 28.05 M 43
55 David McCann 28:38 M 51
56. Maeve Cotter 28.40 F 5
60. David O Callaghan 28:53 M 53
82. Alan Foley 30.14 M 70
89. John McCarthy 30.56 M 76
97. Pat Murphy 00:31:42 M 82
114. Sean Lucey 32.42 M 91

Rylane Community Park 4 Mile
Joe Murphy back in action again and 8th man home, well done Joe
8. Joe Murphy Eagle AC SM 31.21

AON Mullingar Half Marathon 17.03.2017
Well done to Ed Fitz. who traveled to Mullingar for the Half Marathon on Patrick’s Day. Great running Ed, who we all know is fond of a half marathon!
319 Ed Fitzgerald 01.42.18 01.42.51 430 M(281) M40 (102)
Tralee International Half Marathon 18.03.2017
Well Done also to Paul Cotter who headed the opposite direction to the wonderful County Kerry and Tralee International Half Marathon. Fantastic running.
9 Paul COTTER 01:27:38 01:27:40 540 M(9) M40 (4) Eagle AC

Parkrun Results – Saturday 11th March 2017

Well done to Maeve Cotter, first lady home at last Saturday’s Parkrun.

5. John Dunphy 19.30 VM 45-49 M 5
21. Maeve Cotter 22.38 VW 35-39 F 1
50. Michael Dooley 24.29 VM 50-54 M 46
129. Hugh McSweeney 28.27 VM 70-74 M 89

Castle Demense, Macroom
Joe Murphy 22.19 VM 60-64 M 5