31st July…Results of Ballincollig 5k, Ballynonty 10m, Shannonvale 10k, Ballinascarthy 10k & track 3k race

Some of the recent races that featured club members…

Ballincollig Run4Fun 5km : Congratulations to Sandra Manning, first lady home in the Ballincollig Park 5km held last Sunday the 27th of July. This was the first run in the Rebel Run4Fun 5k series in Ballincollig organised by the Cork Sports Partnership.

Sandra Manning...1st woman home in the Rebel Run4Fun 5k in Ballincollig

Sandra Manning…1st woman home in the Rebel Run4Fun 5k in Ballincollig

6 MANNING SANDRA 11 20:29 20:29 6:36/M Top Fin
8 TWOMEY CATHAL 82 21:07 21:06 6:49/M M
25 CORCORAN NORA 90 24:25 24:23 7:53/M F

Full results HERE

Ballynonty 10 mile : This 10 mile road race on Sunday 27th July was hosted by Ballynonty AC in Co.Tipperary. Every year, a number of Eagle athletes travel to this event and this year it was Gerard Down and John Desmond who made the trip. Gerard won the 2nd M55 prize.
38 1:09:06 DESMOND, John Eagle AC M50 06:54.5
45 1:13:18 DOWN, Gerard Eagle AC M55 07:19.7…2nd M55

Full results HERE

Gerard Down...2nd M55 in the Ballynonty 10m

Gerard Down…2nd M55 in the Ballynonty 10m

Shannonvale 10k : This 10k race near Clonakilty on Friday the 25th of July and there were two Eagle AC members. Mary Cotter came within two seconds of being first in the F50 category while Don Keohane was 4th overall.
Don Keohane Eagle AC M40 36:50
Mary Cotter Eagle AC F50 55:50…2nd F50

Full results HERE

Ballinascarthy 10k : This 10k race between Bandon and Clonakilty was held on Friday the 4th of July. Three Eagle members took part.
4th Don Keohane Eagle AC 36:56

Don Keohane...4th in the Ballinascarthy 10k

Don Keohane…4th in the Ballinascarthy 10k

24th Pat O’Connor Eagle AC 42:08
25th Neil MacKey Eagle AC 42:26

Full results HERE

Graded Track & Field League : The 6th leg of the Cork Graded Track & Field League was held at the CIT track on Monday the 28th of July. There were 3 Eagle AC members in the second 3000m race.
9 Damian Kenneally Eagle M 3000m 10:46.71
10 Pat O’ Connor Eagle M 3000m 11:09.13
13 John Quigley Eagle M 3000m 13:00.56

The full results of the meet can be seen HERE

26th July…Report on the Bere Island Midsummer Run by Mark Gallagher


The third annual Bere Island Midsummer run took place on Saturday 12th of July 2014 in West Cork. This year’s event was the most popular to date with 114 runners taking part in the 5k and 10k runs. Last year’s race took place in sweltering heat so returning runners were not put off by the cooler conditions…a light south westerly wind prevailed with a clearing mist.

murphferryMaking it to the start line is an event in itself, by catching the ferry from ‘The Pontoon’, three miles east of Castletownbere , we arrived at the eastern end of the island at Rerrin Village. The 25 minute journey across Berehaven is a chance to catch up with other runners and discuss race tactics, latest injuries or gloating Garth Brooks tales. Being a relative newcomer to the sport it’s a case of ears open and mouth shut to take in tips from those more experienced. Discussions quickly ‘cut to the chase’ and a most important subject was which events have the best post-race spread. There was a definite pattern correlating a great spread with a great race. My travelling companions highlighted Midleton’s great show which included a selection of cakes for coeliacs. A mental note was duly made. Races at the other end of the scale were outlined to this novice, but lets not dwell on those less bothered with putting on a good show.

On disembarkation, it is a short walk to the registration and start line. The entry fee was €20, with the proceeds going to Bere Island GAA Club. Given the remote location and effort required in accessing the island numbers are small in comparison to other races, but this adds to the warmer welcome. The course which consists of two 5km loops is ‘undulating’. An honest 10km, might be another way of putting it. I had been getting back into a routine following a family holiday in June which had little running and lots of beer and, yes you guessed, cake. My trek around the Island in last years heat was done in 54 minutes. It was tough and hilly. A recent check on a popular running calculator gave me a time of 47:33 on entering my recent 1:46 half marathon time. It seemed a bit optimistic, so I gave myself a generous target of sub-fifty minutes.


The 5k lap consists of a run out of approximately a mile and a half with three notable climbs. Nothing too serious, but there were few Mark_Gallagher_12july2014flat parts, you’re either up or down. The return to the village is slightly less hilly with a nice puff of wind to cool you down. Then there’s a long drag up to the army camp followed by a quick downhill into Rerrin village and you’re nearly at the startline again for another lap. The course is on small country roads of tar and chip. Not many potholes given the less trafficked roads. I was pleased with my pace and kept enough in the tank with two 7:40’s for the last two miles. My finishing time was 47:50. Shane Causkey (East Cork) finished first 38:26, a man with connections on the island, so they were claiming that one for themselves. Eagle’s Kevin Sievewright finished 4th with a 41:38 after Pat Coleman of Eyeries (40:56) and Tipperary man Pat Casey (40:57).

There was post race tea, biscuits and sandwiches. I will have to do more research to gauge the standard against other races. Our time on the island was all too short given the ferry departing for the mainland soon after the race, and away we went again. Races in this part of the county are few and far between, this being the most westerly. It’s a great opportunity to come and see this part of the world and a good time of the year.

Mark Gallagher, Eagle AC

a) Race results & photos…http://corkrunning.blogspot.ie/2014/07/results-of-bere-island-midsummer-runsat.html
b) Course Preview…http://munsterraceroutes.blogspot.ie/2013/01/cork027.html
c) Website for Bere Island…http://www.bereisland.net/

24th July…Churchtown South 5 mile

A total of 39 Eagle AC members took part in this years Churchtown South 5 mile road race, the third race in the Ballycotton Summer Series.

12 0:28:22 CREEDON, Daithi Eagle AC M 05:40.3 9 12
15 0:28:46 O’CALLAGHAN, John Eagle AC M40 05:45.1 13 15

John O'Callaghan...28:46

John O’Callaghan #13…28:46

38 0:30:35 COTTER, Paul Eagle AC M 06:06.9 39 38
40 0:30:39 LEHANE, Donnacha Eagle AC M 06:07.7 34 40
41 0:30:39 MULCAHY, Kieran Eagle AC M45 06:07.7 28 41
45 0:30:44 BOLAND, Ronan Eagle AC M50 06:08.7 603 45
47 0:30:50 O’HERLIHY, Colin Eagle AC M40 06:09.9 27 47
52 0:31:06 GLAVIN, Colm Eagle AC M40 06:13.1 50 52
69 0:31:53 SIEVEWRIGHT, Kevin Eagle AC M45 06:22.5 67 69
77 0:32:03 KENNEALLY, Damien Eagle AC M 06:24.5 60 77
81 0:32:10 O’CONNOR, Pat Eagle AC M45 06:25.9 681 81
86 0:32:23 GEARY, Kevin Eagle AC M 06:28.5 43 86
89 0:32:27 DESMOND, John Eagle AC M50 06:29.3 74 89
91 0:32:34 O’MAHONY, Roger Eagle AC M40 06:30.7 66 91
95 0:32:40 WATSON, Dave Eagle AC M 06:31.9 87 95
115 0:33:20 CARROLL, Denis Eagle AC M50 06:39.9 90 115
131 0:33:54 TWOMEY, Pat Eagle AC M60 06:46.7 534 131
166 0:34:51 GUINANE, Elaine Eagle AC F35 06:58.1 312 166
185 0:35:19 BYRD, Charlie Eagle AC M45 07:03.6 458 185

Charlie Byrd #458...35:19

Charlie Byrd #458…35:19

228 0:36:32 O’CONNOR, Kevin Eagle AC M40 07:18.2 643 228
230 0:36:35 TWOMEY, Cathal Eagle AC M 07:18.8 198 230
238 0:36:49 MCCARTHY, John Eagle AC M 07:21.6 173 238
244 0:36:56 QUIGLEY, John Eagle AC M60 07:23.0 182 244
252 0:37:04 COTTER, Frank Eagle AC M50 07:24.6 465 252
255 0:37:07 BOLAND, Lisa Eagle AC F45 07:25.2 327 255
259 0:37:18 CUSSEN, Linda Eagle AC F 07:27.4 316 259
263 0:37:22 GALLAGHER, Mark Eagle AC M40 07:28.2 189 263
278 0:37:50 KIRWAN, Ita Eagle AC F45 07:33.8 626 278
321 0:39:01 MCGRATH, Donal Eagle AC M50 07:48.0 213 321
331 0:39:25 KELLEHER, Donal Eagle AC M40 07:52.8 180 331

Donal Kelleher...39:25

Donal Kelleher #180…39:25

361 0:40:08 BRUTON, Patricia Eagle AC F45 08:01.4 340 361
373 0:40:41 O’DRISCOLL, Kevin Eagle AC M60 08:08.0 251 373
415 0:42:28 CORCORAN, Nora Eagle AC F35 08:29.4 364 415
416 0:42:38 BRUTON, Seamus Eagle AC M45 08:31.4 649 416
456 0:44:29 O’RIORDAN, Fiona Eagle AC F45 08:53.6 381 456
460 0:44:34 KEOHANE, Irene Eagle AC F40 08:54.6 390 460
478 0:45:27 SCANNELL, Paul Eagle AC M 09:05.2 169 478
562 0:51:54 BYRD, Kim Eagle AC F 10:22.6 632 562
563 0:51:55 BYRD, Thomas Eagle AC M55 10:22.8 633 563

Full results with overall positions and photos can be seen HERE

(Photos courtesy of Paudie Birmingham of Mallow AC)

22nd July…Results – Donoughmore 7m, Dingle Half, Run Killarney Marathon, Courtmacsherry Ultra, Banteer 5k

The last two weeks have been a case of feast or famine. Last week, we had relatively few results and in the last week, we had members in no less than 6 races.

Donoughmore 7 Mile: This was on Friday the 18th of July.  This tough 7 Mile race took place last Friday night and 10 club members took part, with several taking category prizes:

11 Daithi Creedon Eagle AC M M35 41:48…2nd M35
38 John Scannell Eagle AC M M45 48:03
39 Neil Mackay Eagle AC M M40 48:06
58 Pat Twomey Eagle AC M60 00:49:24…2nd M60
66 Tim McCarthy Eagle AC M M35 50:14
78 Adelle O’Connor Eagle AC F F40 51:53…1st F40
87 John McCarthy Eagle AC M M35 52:40
97 John Quigley Eagle AC M M60 53:18…3rd M60

Cathal Twomey...53:49

Cathal Twomey…53:49

103 Cathal Twomey Eagle AC M MS 53:49
168 Nora Corcoran Eagle AC F F35 1:00:08
199 Fiona O’Riordan Eagle AC F F45 1:03:34…3rd F45

Full results & photos can be seen HERE

Dingle Half-Marathon: This was on Saturday the 19th of July.  There was further Eagle victory at the opposite end of the country, with a first place finish for Aidan Thompson in the Dingle Half-Marathon held on Saturday. Aidan won the race in a time of 1:22:46

Keith Whyte Half-Ultra: This was on Saturday the 19th of July. And another podium finish! Congratulations to Eric Browne on his third-place finish in the 18 mile race in Courtmacsherry last Saturday. Eric Completed the race in a time of 2:04:02. John Dunleavy also took part in the same event and finished in 2:54:12

Eric Browne...3rd in the 18 mile race

Eric Browne…3rd in the 18 mile race

3 » Eric Browne Eagle AC M 237 (2:04:00) 2:04:02
58 » John Dunleavy Eagle AC M 243 (2:54:12) 2:54:12

Results & photos HERE

Run Killarney Marathon and Half Marathon: This was on Saturday the 19th of July. A large contingent of Eagles travelled West last weekend to take part in the Run Killarney Marathon and Half Marathon events, the majority of whom were undertaking pacing duties! In the Full Marathon, Damien Coleman paced the 3:30 group, while Jo Fearon did 4:30 duties.

Damien Coleman #1126 pacing 3h30m in the marathon

Damien Coleman #1126 pacing 3h30m in the marathon

20 Damien COLEMAN (1126) 03:29:30 03:29:30 Senior (12)
76 Joanne FEARON (1131) 04:29:42 04:29:30 Senior (7)

In the Half marathon, all but one of the pacers were from the club. We also had at least 7 other members taking part in the race (clubs not listed in results).

The 8 pacers at Molls Gap for the Half-Marathon start. With the exception of Mike Collins (#194) of BMOH AC in Clare, the rest of the pacing team was made up of Eagle AC members. Finbarr Lehane in his club singlet managed to get in on the shot as well :o)

The 8 pacers at Molls Gap for the Half-Marathon start. With the exception of Mike Collins (#194) of BMOH AC in Clare, the rest of the pacing team was made up of Eagle AC members. Finbarr Lehane in his club singlet managed to get in on the shot as well :o)

22 Norman KELLY (2118) 01:28:46 01:28:42 Ages 40-49 (3)
28 Alan O’BRIEN (187) 01:29:25 01:29:23 Senior (22) (Pacer)
29 Ronan BOLAND (188) 01:29:29 01:29:27 Ages 50-59 (2) (Pacer)
101 John DESMOND (189) 01:39:46 01:39:37 Ages 50-59 (7) (Pacer)
103 Roger O’MAHONY (190) 01:39:50 01:39:41 Ages 40-49 (18) (Pacer)
138 June O’ SHEA (2185) 01:43:11 01:43:02 Senior (12)
140 Finbarr LEHANE (2623) 01:43:15 01:43:06 Ages 40-49 (22)
154 Ita KIRWAN (2330) 01:44:36 01:43:53 Ages 40-49 (6)
228 Elaine GUINANE (191) 01:49:46 01:49:35 Senior (30) (Pacer)
229 Alan HACKETT (192) 01:49:46 01:49:35 Senior (132) (Pacer)
261 Tracy COTTER (2390) 01:51:57 01:51:46 Senior (40)
328 Claudia PIEPER-KELLY(2117)01:57:19 01:56:37 Senior (56)
395 Conn DONOVAN (193) 01:59:45 01:59:25 Senior (188) (Pacer)
565 Karen BEVAN (2427) 02:16:17 02:16:04 Senior (223)

Results & loads of photos HERE

Banteer 5km: This was on Sunday the 20th of July. Well done to Ciarán Bouse, who finished in 6th position in this 5km race in a time of 17:51
6 Ciaran BOUSE M Eagle AC 00:17:51

The full results can be seen HERE

19th July…Grellan McGrath wins Belfast 12 hour race


Eagle AC club member Grellan McGrath has just won the 12 hour race in Belfast. Starting at 6:45 pm on Friday evening (18th July 2014), Grellan completed 315 laps of the 400m Mary Peters track to complete a staggering 81.2 miles / 130.7 kms.



Race report from the organisers…..“Experienced marathoner Ger Copeland, a regular winner of the East of Ireland Marathon Series events, was the early pace setter in the men’s 12 hour race.  Undeterred by the quality field behind, Ger started fast and held a good pace; by the time four and a half hours had elapsed, he (Ger) had a 2.7 mile lead on Grellan McGrath and Aidan Blake, who had covered 30.3 miles (48.8k) and 28.5 miles (46k) respectively.  Unfortunately, Ger was forced to withdraw during the night because of injury, this left Grellan McGrath and Aidan Blake as front runners.  Both men kept up their consistent and steady pace throughout the night, with Grellan finishing on 130.3k (80.9 miles) and Aidan 124.9k (77.6 miles).  However, a winner could not be confirmed as Barry Thornton had chosen to run his 12 hours from 6.45am to 6.45pm, so was only starting as Grellan and Aidan were finishing.  Although he enjoyed a good run, Barry was unable to match the distances covered by Grellan McGrath (1st place) and Aidan Blake (2nd place) and after finishing on 121.1k (75.2 miles), he was forced to settle for 3rd place.”


Grellan is of course no stranger to winning Ultra races having won the Connemara 100 mile in 2013.

Running in the early hours of the morning on the Mary Paters track in Belfast

Running in the early hours of the morning on the Mary Peters track in Belfast

Presentation of the prizes

Lord Mayor of Belfast Nichola Mallon presenting the prizes


16th July…Fermoy 5k, Carrigtwohill 5k

Some recent results…

Streets of Fermoy 5k: Mike McGrath was our sole representative in this race.
22 0:20:00 MCGRATH, Michael Eagle AC M50 06:26.1

Full results HERE

Carrigtwohill 5km: Twelve Eagles took part in this popular 5km race in Carrigtwohill, with several taking category prizes.
12 Eric Browne M 17:54
32 Shane O’Shaughnessey M 18:56
58 Eugene O’Connor M45 19:58…2nd M45
78 Eddie Byrne M45 20:46
121 Adelle O’Connor F40 21:44.. 2nd F40
123 Paul Cotter M55 21:48

John McCarthy...22:21

John McCarthy…22:21….Photo: Graham Nudd

155 John McCarthy M 22:21
163 Michael Dooley M45 22:28

Frances O'Connor...1st in the F55 category

Frances O’Connor…1st in the F55 category

187 Frances O’Connor F55 23:01…1st F55
366 Patrica Kingston F 27:00
376 Ed Fitzgerald M40 27:10
423 Ann Hayes F55 28:12…3rd F55

Full results HERE

14th July…Youghal 4m, Bere Is. 10k, FIT 10k

Over the last week, a small number of members have been taking part in races.

Youghal 4 mile : This race in East Cork was on Thursday the 10th of July. The only club member taking part was Eddie Byrne.
51 26:36 BYRNE, Eddie Eagle AC M45 06:38.9

Bere Island Midsummer Run : Kevin Sievewright and Mark Gallagher took part in this very scenic 10k race on Bere Island in West Cork on Saturday the 12th of July. Kevin finished in 4th place out of a field of 111 runners.

Kevin Sievewright...4th in Bere Island

Kevin Sievewright…4th in Bere Island

4 Kevin Sievewright 41:38
18 Mark Gallagher 47:50

FIT Magazine 5k & 10k : These 5k & 10k races were held in Cork City on Sunday the 13th of July.

Derek Costello at the 3k mark in the FIT Magazine 10k

Derek Costello at the 3k mark in the FIT Magazine 10k

10k…62 Derek Costello Eagle AC M 45:37

5k…14 Tracy Cotter Eagle AC F 24:00

7th July…Eagle AC membership hits new peak

graph_upAt the end of June, Athletics Ireland recently released their membership figures as they stood at the start of that month. It now shows that Eagle Athletic Club has a record 178 members as compared to 162 members at the end of December 2013.

With several months in 2014 to go, there are likely to be more members joining once the summer is over and the long bright evenings come to an end. In terms of adult membership, the club is still one of the largest in Cork City and County.

3rd July…Corkbeg 4 mile race report

Race Report on the Corkbeg 4n… July 3rd 2014…..by Denis Looney

This 4 mile road race promoted by East Cork AC was held in and around the village of Whitegate in East Cork. The last time I ran it, the race was a 5 mile event over a different course. It’s a pretty low key affair with 120 to 130 runners with 8 Eagle AC members at this year’s event. Race HQ was the National school in Whitegate and as is typical with John Walshe and East Cork AC, entry was smooth and at €5 very good value. There was ample parking in the area.

The race start was about 800 metres from race HQ, of which 500 metres was up a fairly steep hill. This used to be part of mile 1 in one of the older 5 mile versions of the race. The weather was cloudy and relatively cool. Pretty good racing conditions.


The course itself runs in an anticlockwise direction in the hills behind Whitegate village. It is also a net downhill (see profile below). The course is run on open roads. With the exception of the last mile, most of them were out in the country with little traffic and not many white lines up the middle :o)


Mile 1 started with a climb for about 400 metres then falls away gently. You turned left after 1200 metres. At the 1 mile mark you climbed again and then it was downhill to 1.5 miles with a long uphill drag to the next left turn in Upper Aghada just before mile 2. From there it was downhill to a sharp left turn on the outskirts of Whitegate and a climb past the 3 mile mark. Then it was downhill to an even sharper right hand turn and then running downhill to Whitegate itself. A quick right and left and we were on the seafront running along the main road. There was a green in the village and a decent crowd cheering us on. From here there was under 800 metres of flat running, turn left off the main road, then left again into a small housing estate and onto the finish by the playground. These last 2 bends had quite a bit of gravel on the inside but didn’t cause any problems.

Afterwards Enable Ireland had a fund raising barbeque on the village green (thus the earlier crowds) where for a small donation we got a decent feed. In typical East Cork AC fashion, John Walshe was handing out full printed results by 9.15 with the prize giving concluded by 9.45.


Pat Twomey, Elaine Guinane, Paul Cotter & Denis Looney

14 24:27 COTTER, Paul Eagle AC M 06:06.6
18 24:59 O’CONNOR, Pat Eagle AC M45 06:14.6
28 25:54 MCCARTHY, Tim Eagle AC M 06:28.4
31 26:02 LOONEY, Denis Eagle AC M45 06:30.4
37 26:47 MANNING, Sandra Eagle AC F 06:41.6 …4th woman
42 27:08 TWOMEY, Pat Eagle AC M55 06:46.9
46 27:31 GUINANE, Elaine Eagle AC F35 06:52.6…1st F35
100 32:48 LOONEY, Bernadette Eagle AC F45 08:11.9 …2nd F45

The full results can be seen HERE