Report from Joe Roche…Eagle AC held its second Annual Awards Presentation at L’atitude 51 Wine Cafe on March 9th 2014. A large crowd was in attendance on the night and it was great to see all the athletes present for their awards. Club members also used the occasion to celebrate their efforts earlier that day in the Ballycotton 10.
MC for the occasion was Joe Roche, and club Chairman John Quigley opened proceedings with a brief address. All winning athletes received a perpetual trophy which were presented to them by fellow club members, Fiona O Riordan, Caroline Kilty, John Quigley & Wieslaw Sosnowski.
Our club awards are unique in that all nominations for each award comes from our members and the winners are selected by members through their votes. i.e. no selection committees etc. Even though this is only the second year of our awards, the level of interest from members was huge.
Athlete of the Year 2013: The award went to Grellan McGrath.
Grellan won the Connemara 100 mile race in August 2013, he posted pb’s over the distances of 5k (17:57), 10k (37:52), Marathon 2:54:35 (15th June), 2:56:01 (3rd June) and of course a pb over 100 Miles – 16:22:08. Grellan ran 15 marathons and 2 Ultra Marathons during the calendar year. Grellan fought off stiff competition from the other 6 Nominees.
• Maura Regan
• Eric Brown
• Joanne Fearon
• Nora Corcoran
• John Desmond
• Paul McCotter
Most Improved Athlete 2013: The award went to Eric Browne.
(L) Fiona O’Riordan presenting the Eagle AC Athlete of the Year award to Grellan McGrath. (R) Eric Browne receiving the 2013 Most improved Eagle AC athlete award from the 2012 recipient Caroline Kilty
Eric made a very noticeable improvement in the latter half of 2013, and what made it all the more impressive was the fact that he improved on some already impressive times, for instance earlier today Eric improved his 10 mile race time from 61:40 to 58: 40, Eric had a 2nd place finish in the Great Railway Run 25km race. At the rate he’s going could Eric possibly put his hand up next year to retain this award.
There were 13 other nominees in this category, which speaks volumes for the work being done by our club training committee and our volunteer coaches / mentors who are always on hand to help members with their training needs.
• Donacha Lehane
• Keith Sexton
• John O Callaghan
• Alan Hackett
• Ciaran Bouse
• Daithi Creedon
• Lisa Boland
• Sean O Sullivan
• Maura Regan
• Elaine Guinane
• Edwin Sutton
• Alan O Brien
• Ronan Boland
Performance of the Year 2013: The award once again went to Grellan McGrath for winning the Connemara 100 mile Ultra Marathon. Grellan took time to thank his support team on the day, namely club members John Desmond & Denis Looney.
We had 9 other nominees in this category, this was always going to be a tight one. Some impressive performances here.
• Maura Regan (Overall winner of the 2013 Ballycotton Summer Series)
• Ken Mulcahy (His performance in the Cork City Marathon, where he overcame distance and demons)
• Vivian Foley (Mallow 10, finally broke the 60 minute barrier)
• Jo Fearon (12 marathons, in 12 consecutive days, on a treadmill and all for charity :o)
• Eric Brown (His performance in the Waterford Half Marathon 77:00)
• Ronan Boland (Dublin Marathon, 2:56:15, negative split, over 50)
• Ita Kirwan (2nd lady in her debut Ultra Marathon in Donegal)
• Deirdre Arrigan (Dungarvan 10, finally breaking 70 minute barrier)
• Keith Sexton (Dublin Marathon 3:08:19 debut)
Club Person of the Year 2013: The award was won by the only member to retain their award, Elaine Guinane.
(L) Eagle AC club chairman John Quigley presenting the Athletic Performance of the Year Award for 2013 to Grellan McGrath for winning the Connemara 100. (R) Wieslaw Sosnowski presenting Elaine Guinane with the Club Person of the Year award
Running a successful athletics club takes a lot of dedicated members, and we in Eagle AC are very lucky to have many such members. But this evening, our membership had the unenviable task of choosing one, and once again they chose Elaine, a very worthy and popular winner. Elaine is a prominent club officer and sits on several sub committees, but she is probably best known for her weekly email, which has by now become a staple in our weekly training plans.
There was another 7 nominees in this category, and there are many more members who work away in the background who may yet challenge for this award.
• Denis Looney
• Pat Murphy
• Joe Roche
• Timmy McCarthy
• John Desmond
• John O Callaghan
• John Quigley
Many thanks to all involved in organising the very successful and enjoyable awards night.