Mark Smith Wins East Cork Harbour Half Marathon

Mark Smith recorded his 2nd race win in a less than a week on Saturday morning! Mark won the East Cork Harbour Half Marathon in a time of 1.17.52.

Mark Smith Podium East Cork

Mark Smith, Eagle AC,  top of the podium!

Sean O’Keeffe  finished 4th with a time of 1.20.30. Impressive times from Mark and Sean on what was a very hilly course. Tom Fox was 2nd M50 across the line.  A number of club members were on pacing duty at the event  also – well done to Dermot Slyne, Ruairi Egan, Elaine Guinane, Helen Cronin , Mairead Lonergan, Ed Fitzgerald and Grellan McGrath.  Thanks to Conn O Donovan who organised and looked after the pacers on the day. All proceeds from this  event went to Marymount Hospice, a very worthy cause.

Helen, Conn, Colin

Eagle AC members Helen Cronin, Conn O’Donovan and Colin O’Herlihy before the East Cork Harbour Marathon 2018

Results: (Compiled by Ruairi Egan)

39 John SCANNELL  00:43:36  00:43:39  1206   M (34)   MS (28) Eagle AC

Half Marathon
1 Mark SMITH  01:17:52  01:17:52  685  M (1)  MS (1)  Eagle AC
4 Sean O’KEEFFE  01:20:30  01:20:30  49  M (4)  MS (4)  Eagle AC
22 Tom FOX  01:34:23  01:34:25  762  M (22) M50 (2)  Eagle AC
29 Colin O’HERLIHY  01:36:13  01:36:14  917  M (29) MS (27)  Eagle AC
45 Dermot SLYNE  01:39:29  01:39:33  884  M (44) MS (41) Eagle AC
76 Pat TWOMEY  01:45:36  01:45:38  896  M (70) M50 (5)  Eagle AC
117 Elaine GUINANE 01:49:46  01:49:57  767  F (21)   FS (18)  Eagle AC
118 Ruairi EGAN  01:49:57  01:49:57  752  M (97)  MS (85)   Eagle AC
142 Nora CORCORAN 01:52:39  01:53:05  531  F (27)  FS (24)   Eagle AC
200 Mairead LONERGAN 01:59:56 02:00:23  801  F (41)    FS (36)   Eagle AC
201 Helen CRONIN  01:59:57  02:00:24  732  F (42)  FS (37)   Eagle AC

Mark Smith Wins Castlelyons 4 Mile Road Race

All roads led to Castlelyons last night for the 4th race of the Eagle Summer Series 2018. There was another large Eagle representation at this 4 mile race with 30 members crossing the finishing line. Leading Eagle AC,  aswell as the rest of the field home was Mark Smith who won the race in a great time of 21.21.

Mark winning

Mark Smith, 1st place at Castlelyons 4 Miler 2018

Summer Series organiser Damian Kenneally wasn’t far behind, finishing in 21.38. He finished 3rd, claiming a well deserved podium spot .

Damian 3rd

Damian Kenneally finishing in 3rd place.

Colin Foley and Donal Dowling rounded out the top 10 finishing in 9th and 10th places respectively. Donal won 1st M40, when running 23.51, his first time running under the 24 minute mark.

Donal prize

Donal Dowling picking up prize for 1st M40

The club picked up a number of other category prizes. Darren Casey was 2nd M40, with Tom Fox picking up the prize for 1st M50. The Eagle Ladies were also well represented with Sandra Manning winning 2nd F35 and Elaine Guinane being 1st F40 home. A mention to Anne Lucey Murphy too who increased her normal race distance of 5k to 4 miles with ease finishing 2nd F60 in the race. A very enjoyable and successful night in Castlelyons for Eagle AC.

1. Mark Smith M40 Eagle AC 21.21
3. Damian Kenneally M Eagle AC 21.38
9. Colin Foley M Eagle AC 23.50
10. Donal Dowling M40 Eagle AC 23.51
11. Tom Fox M50 Eagle AC 23.58
15. Brian McGuire M45 Eagle AC 24.39
18. Colin O’Herlihy M45 Eagle AC 24.51
19. Darren Casey M40 Eagle AC 25.05
21. Dermot Slyne M40 Eagle AC 25.15
22. Jerome McCarthy M Eagle AC 25.17
38. Mike O’Connor M Eagle AC 26.23
39. Patrick Walsh M Eagle AC 26.24
40. John Dunphy M45 Eagle AC 26.31
44. Ruairi Egan M45 Eagle AC 26.52
45. Sandra Manning F35 Eagle AC 26.52
50. John Scannell M45 Eagle AC 27.16
53. Elaine Guinane F40 Eagle AC 27.36
62. John Swanton M Eagle AC 28.31
63. Ed Fitzgerald M45 Eagle AC 28.34
70. Ken Nyhan M40 Eagle AC 29.17
71. Mairead Lonergan F Eagle AC 29.21
77. Eddie Trindle M40 Eagle AC 30.00
78. Joe Murphy M60 Eagle AC 30.02
81. Paul Cotter M55 Eagle AC 30.17
87. Ita Kirwan F45 Eagle AC 30.49
93. Denis Looney M50 Eagle AC 31.34
101. Denise O’Brien F Eagle AC 32.19
129. Evan Twomey M40 Eagle AC 35.08
136. Ber Looney F45 Eagle AC 35.30
160. AnneLucey Murphy F60 Eagle AC 37.58

Castlelyons Group

Autumn Club Tempo Runs 2018

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To help club members in their preparations for the autumn marathons and half marathons the club is restarting tempo runs in Rochestown on Thursday evenings.  These sessions were a very popular and beneficial session last year. Each session typically starts with a warm up period, followed by a structured tempo session followed by a warm down.

These sessions are available to all club members. For information on club membership please see …

Member Profile : Paul Cotter


Eagle AC Member Profile:
Name: Paul Cotter

Member of Eagle AC since: November 2015.

How long have you been running what made you take it up: October 2010. Myself and a friend met after the funeral of a mutual school-friend and it prompted us to get healthier. We targeted the Ballycotton 10 of 2011 to give us a focus. I got hooked and have been running ever since.

Favourite thing about running: No matter how stressed out you are, everything always seems better after a run.

Favourite race distance to run: Like most club runners, I try my hand at all distances (I’ve ranged from 3k to marathon) but I have a soft spot for 10 milers as my first races were all over that distance.

What is your main goal for this year: Currently working towards either the St Finbarrs 10 miler or Charleville half marathon…depends on how training goes.

Your best race/most memorable racing moment to date: Finally breaking the 3 hour barrier at the London marathon of 2017 and being met by a big gang of family members (wife, kids, parents, sisters, brothers-in-law, nieces and nephews) to celebrate with after the finish line.

Tell us something most people might not know about you: Represented Cork and Munster in table tennis.

Biggest heroes (sporting or non-sporting): I was fortunate enough to know all 4 of my grandparents well, all of whom were inspirational in different ways.

One bit of advice you would give to someone thinking of taking up running: Get fitted for a decent pair of runners.

3 things you would take with you onto a desert island: A decent pair of runners, a Kindle loaded with books, enough food/drink to allow me to enjoy using the runners and Kindle.

Big turnout for Coachford 5 mile race…Thurs 12th July 2018


The 3rd race of the Eagle Summer Series took place in with a huge 38 Eagle AC members taking part in the Coachford 5 mile road race. Damian once again led the club home with a great 6th place finish. Great to see Viv’s name back in the race results also. Viv was 11th overall and 1st M45 home. There were a number of other category prize winners on the night. Mike was 1st M55, Lisa was 1st F50 and Ken was 1st M65.


Overall, a very successful and enjoyable night in Coachford last night for Eagle AC!… Karen Bevan

6 Damian Kenneally M Eagle A.C 0:27:41
11 Vivian Foley M45 Eagle AC 0:29:18 (1st M45)
12 Sean O’Keeffe M40 EAGLE AC 0:29:21
21 Ronan Boland M50 EAGLE AC 0:30:34
30 Mike McGrath M55 EAGLE AC 0:31:36 (1st M55)
40 Darren Casey M40 EAGLE AC 0:33:08
50 Jerome McCarthy M EAGLE A.C 0:33:41 Continue reading

Club training programmes for the 2018 Dublin City Marathon

Dublin-Marathon-Training-2018It’s that time of year to start training in earnest for the 2018 Dublin City Marathon. The club has several programmes on offer for members that wish to follow them…


Dublin Marathon – 4 Day ‘Easy’ Programme (Approx 30-40 miles per week)

Dublin Marathon – 4 Day Intermediate Programme (Approx 35-45 miles per week)

Dublin Marathon – 5 Day ‘Hard’ Programme (Approx 45-55 miles per week)


Members will be asked to complete a questionnaire and then will be advised on suitable paces for the programme they wish to follow. A training programme will be sent out to all participating members on a fortnightly basis.

The programmes can also be used with reduced mileage to target a half-marathon or similar distance in September or October.

The programme begins at the start of July 2018 and Eagle AC members are asked to sign up asap if they are interested.