31st Mar 2014…Weekend results…Cork BHAA UCC 10k

A number of Eagle AC members took part in the annual Cork BHAA UCC 10k road race on Sunday the 30th of March 2014. This was held on the usual Lee Road / Straight Road circuit.

Those in the prizes were…
Rhona Lynch…Second woman home overall and first registered woman….51 Rhona Lynch 0/35 39:47 GE Healthcare
Kieran Mulcahy…Third in the M45 category…43 Kieran Mulcahy 0/45 39:37 ADAPT IT
Eleanor Fennessy finished 3rd in the F35 category…186 Eleanor Fennessy 0/35 46:07 Novartis

Eleanor Fennessey of Eagle AC...3rd F35...with Ken Devine of UCC. Photo : Irene Hartigan

Eleanor Fennessy of Eagle AC…3rd F35…with Ken Devine of UCC. Photo : Irene Hartigan

Denis Carroll was 3rd in the F50 section…72 Denis Carroll 0/50 40:55 BLARNEY WOOLEN MILLS
Fidelma Kirwan was third F45…222 Fidelma Kirwan 0/45 47:19 Kirwans
Frances O’Connor was first F55…233 Frances O’Connor 0/55 47:48 Dept of Ed

24 Mar 2014…Eagle AC awards night

Joe_RocheReport 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

(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 for 2013 to Grellan McGrath for winning the Connemara 100. (R) Wieslaw Sosnowski presenting Elaine Guinane with the Club Person of the Year award

(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.

…Joe Roche

23rd Mar 2014…Weekend results…Mallow 10 mile & Wicklow Way Ultra

Sun 23rd of March 2014…A total of 28 Eagle AC members took part in this year’s Mallow 10 mile road race and many fine times were posted included some personal bests!

Pl. Name Club/City/Country Cat Net Gross
21 Wieslaw SOSNOWSKI Eagle AC M40 (56:52) 0:56:52
27 Alan O’BRIEN Eagle AC M (58:02) 0:58:02
37 Eric BROWNE Eagle AC M (59:18) 0:59:18
41 Daithi CREEDON Eagle AC M (59:25) 0:59:28
44 Killian O’CONNOR Eagle AC M (59:32) 0:59:34
50 Derek O’KEEFFE Eagle AC M (59:41) 0:59:41…PB!
59 Tony CAMBRIDGE Eagle AC M45 (1:00:25) 1:00:30
70 Colin O’HERLIHY Eagle AC M40 (1:01:44) 1:01:46
73 Ronan BOLAND Eagle AC M50 (1:01:51) 1:01:54
77 Kieran MULCAHY Eagle AC M45 (1:02:23) 1:02:27
79 Gearoid O’LEARY Eagle AC M (1:02:35) 1:02:35
81 Ken MULCAHY Eagle AC M45 (1:02:35) 1:02:40

Twins Ken & Kieran Mulcahy of Eagle AC...Pic : Doug Minihane

Twins Ken & Kieran Mulcahy of Eagle AC…Pic : Doug Minihane

103 Keith SEXTON Eagle AC M45 (1:04:39) 1:04:44…PB!
109 Pat O’CONNOR Eagle AC M45 (1:04:49) 1:04:54
141 Denis CARROLL Eagle AC M50 (1:06:24) 1:06:35
210 Denis LOONEY Eagle AC M45 (1:09:24) 1:09:37…PB!
228 John DESMOND Eagle AC Pacer 70 M45 (1:09:46) 1:09:57
236 Mike MCGRATH Eagle AC M50 (1:10:20) 1:10:26
252 Charlie BYRD Eagle AC M45 (1:10:48) 1:10:58
272 Elaine GUINANE F35 (1:11:48) 1:12:03

Elaine Guinane heading towards the finish line

Elaine Guinane heading towards the finish line

343 Frank COTTER Eagle AC M50 (1:14:21) 1:14:38
409 Eleanor FENNESSY Eagle AC F35 (1:16:51) 1:17:11
423 Pat KING Eagle AC M40 (1:17:11) 1:17:35
432 Kevin FENNESSY Eagle AC M (1:17:29) 1:17:59
527 Mark GALLAGHER Eagle AC M40 (1:21:31) 1:22:03
580 Sunita CORCORAN Eagle AC F40 (1:23:59) 1:24:24
671 Bernadette LOONEY Eagle AC F40 (1:28:24) 1:29:08
907 Maura REGAN Eagle AC F35 (1:42:31) 1:43:16

Eagle AC members Alan O'Brien, Pat King, John McCarthy & Ronan Boland...Pic : Mick Dooley

Eagle AC members Alan O’Brien, Pat King, John McCarthy & Ronan Boland…Pic : Mick Dooley

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Sat 22nd Mar 2014…Two Eagle AC members took part in the IMRA 50 km Wicklow Way Ultra. Paul Tierney finished 2nd and Grellan McGrath 9th out of 121 finishers.

2 Paul Tierney M 4h 18m 10s (258:10) Eagle AC
9 Grellan McGrath M40 4h 58m 30s (298:30) Eagle AC

Grellan McGrath with the usual blood splattered legs descending for one of the many peaks on the Wicklow Way Ultra

Grellan McGrath with the usual blood splattered legs descending a trail on the Wicklow Way Ultra

20th Mar 2014…Recovery drink for less than €1

derek_o_keeffeRecovery drink for less than €1…by Derek O’Keeffe

Here is a recipe for a recovery drink I regularly make. It costs a lot less than fancy recovery drinks that you can buy in sports shops and contains about the same amount of carbs and protein.

I’ve been using it all this year after long runs, track sessions or long cycles. Its easy to make and contains just milk, skimmed milk powder and a banana. You can substitute the banana for milkshake powder or ice cream, but a simple banana is healthier.

Experts say that you should take in carbs and protein as quickly as possible after exercise to speed recovery (within 30 minutes of stopping). The exact amount depends on which expert you listen to and how many calories you have burned etc. Protein is important to repair and build muscles. This may be important for beginners as the muscles and connective tissues around joints are building up. They need protein to do this and this may even help in preventing injuries.

milkshake

Put 400 – 500ml of milk in a blender.

Add 2 desert spoons of skim milk powder.

Add 1 bananna.

Add some ice cubes.

Switch on the blender to make the milk shake. Easy!!

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17 Mar 2014…Eagle AC results in the Ballinhassig 4 mile road race

Eagle_resultsA total of 22 Eagle AC members took part in the annual 4 mile road race organised by Rising Sun AC in Ballinhassig.

5 0:21:23 SOSNOWSKI, Wieslaw Eagle AC M40 05:20.7…1st M40
11 0:23:31 BOUSE, Ciaran Eagle AC M 05:52.7
16 0:23:58 O’HERLIHY, Colin Eagle AC M40 05:59.4…3rd M40
26 0:25:32 O’CONNOR, Pat Eagle AC M45 06:22.9
36 0:26:13 MURPHY, Pat Eagle AC M55 06:33.1…3rd M55
37 0:26:13 POWER, Patrick Eagle AC M40 06:33.1
49 0:27:18 RYAN, James Eagle AC M45 06:49.4
51 0:27:35 DOWN, Gerard Eagle AC M55 06:53.6
59 0:28:02 O’FLYNN, Ted Eagle AC M50 07:00.4
73 0:29:21 QUIGLEY, John Eagle AC M60 07:20.1
82 0:29:47 KIRWAN, Fidelma Eagle AC F45 07:26.6…1st F45
87 0:30:01 O’CONNOR, Frances Eagle AC F50 07:30.1…3rd F50
92 0:30:26 O’CONNOR, Gerry Eagle AC M55 07:36.4
93 0:30:34 BRUTON, Patricia Eagle AC F45 07:38.4…3rd F45
106 0:31:15 BRUTON, Seamus Eagle AC M45 07:48.6
110 0:31:41 PHELAN, Kevin Eagle AC M40 07:55.1
114 0:31:49 BEVAN, Karen Eagle AC F 07:57.1
123 0:32:38 CORCORAN, Sunita Eagle AC F40 08:09.4
148 0:34:24 MCKENZIE, Betty Eagle AC F50 08:35.9
151 0:34:53 LINEHAN, Ted Eagle AC M60 08:43.1
157 0:35:35 HORNIBROOK, Eilish Eagle AC F40 08:53.6
160 0:36:07 DUFFY, Sarah Eagle AC F 09:01.6

17 Mar 2014…Eagle AC results from the Tralee Marathon & Barcelona Marathon

The Tralee Half and full Marathon was held on Sunday the 16th of March and the club had two members taking part.

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In the Half-Marathon, Deirdre Nagle (#1511) was the second women home in a time of 1:27:20 (397 women finishers).

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In the full marathon, Linda Cussen (#72) was the 8th woman home in a time of 3:40:15 (120 women finishers).

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Well done to Ann Cashman who completed the Barcelona Marathon in 3h 48m 16s in warm conditions.

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