29th Dec…Results over the Christmas period

As per usual, there was no shortage of races over the Christmas period and Eagle AC members were in most of them.

Belgooly 4 mile : In the annual Belgooly 4 mile race on St.Stephen’s Day, we had 28 members out with Mary Cotter and Frances O’Connor winning the F50 and F55 categories respectively.

806 VIVAN FOLEY EAGLE M40 21 23.19
834 PAT O’CONNOR EAGLE M45 34 2ND 45 24.07
805 COLIN O’HERLIHY EAGLE M40 44 25.09
749 NEIL MACKAY EAGLE M40 56 25.40
723 EDDIE BYRNE EAGLE M50 61 3RD 50 25.51
808 DENIS LOONEY EAGLE M45 99 27.06
752 CHRIS O’DONOVAN EAGLE M40 165 28.49
724 FRANK COTTER EAGLE M50 174 28.54
951 MICK DOOLEY EAGLE M45 198 29.35
819 JOHN QUIGLEY EAGLE M60 220 2ND 60 30.10
883 KEN WYNMAN EAGLE M45 232 30.22
146 MARY COTTER EAGLE F50 245 1ST 50 30.35
94 FRANCES O’CONNOR EAGLE F55 254 1ST 55 30.46
115 NOELLA CARROLL EAGLE F40 255 30.46
90 KAREN BEVAN EAGLE F35 278 31.22
801 AIDAN BUCKLEY EAGLE M50 324 32.23
59 NORA CORKERY EAGLE F35 330 32.33
868 LIAM RYAN EAGLE M45 379 34.09
246 IRENE KEOHANE EAGLE F40 420 35.05
867 JIM COSTELLO EAGLE M55 496 37.12
230 ANN HAYES EAGLE F55 503 3RD 55 37.20
847 DAVID CARROLL EAGLE M40 524 38.04

Farranfore 5k : Deirdre Nagle was the 4th woman home in this 5k race in Kerry on the 26th of December. There was a mistake on the day with the turn around point which resulted in the course being 5.65kms long. Deirdre’s approx time for 5k was 19:15.
42 21:45.3 487 Deirdre Nagle Eagle AC F O35

Kilworth 5k : In a 5k in Kilworth on the 26th, Eric Browne finished first in a time of 17:44

Carrigaline 5k & 10k : The annual Carrigaline Christmas 5k & 10k run was held on Saturday the 27th of December. There were no results for this event but some of those taking part were Colin O’Herlihy, Alan O’Brien, Mary Cotter, Ken Wyman and Elaine Guinane. Elaine was the first woman home in the 10k.

Elaine Guinane after winning the Carrigaline 10k

Elaine Guinane after winning the Carrigaline 10k

Togher 5k : This race in Cork City on Sunday the 28th of December attracted another large batch of Eagle AC members. Club names weren’t given for most of those taking part so it’s hard to pick out all the club members.

27 » John O’Callaghan M M40 255 17:52
28 » Ciaran Bouse M MS 103 17:55
37 » Ruairi O’Callaghan Eagle AC M 30 18:17
38 » Paul Cotter M MS 236 18:17
39 » Pat O’Connor Eagle AC M M45 102 18:21
56 » James Ryan M M45 323 19:36
65 » Denis Looney M M45 150 20:00
66 » Sandra Manning F FS 259 20:00…5th woman

Sandra Manning...4th woman home

Sandra Manning…5th woman home

78 » Patrick Walsh M MS 329 20:22
79 » Joe Murphy Eagle AC M M55 66 20:23
81 » Caroline Kilty F FS 250 20:26
85 » David O’Donovan M MS 171 20:35


David O’Donovan…20:35

96 » Paul Cotter M M55 134 21:00
104 » Mike McGrath M M55 120 21:21
108 » Richard Hawkins M M45 260 21:39
118 » Cathal Twomey M MS 75 22:13
180 » Bernadette Looney F F45 151 24:47
226 » Ann Hayes F F55 297 27:10

Some of the Eagle AC members after the race

Some of the Eagle AC members after the race

Cloyne Commons 4k : In this 4k race in East Cork on Sun 28th, Damien Kenneally finished an impressive 6th out of 218 finishers.
6    0:14:29    KENNEALLY, Damien    Eagle AC    M    05:49.5    304    6

Moore Abbey Milers One Mile Dash : This unique one mile road race in Tipperary was held on Sun 28th Dec and Derek O’Keeffe finished 8th out of 84 finishers.
8    DEREK O’KEEFE    EAGLE AC    M40    5:23.5

24thDec…Club Christmas Run

The club held its annual Christmas run on the 24th of December on what was a cold but sunny morning. As in previous years, the run tied in with Grellan McGrath’s run where he runs his age in miles on his birthday…only 49 miles this time!

Proceedings got under way at 4am in Ballincollig with Denis Looney and Alan Foley joining Grellan for the first two hours. Tim McCarthy and Sandra Manning then joined him at 7:45 for the long run into the city to meet the main club run starting at 9am.


Most club members then proceeded to run down the Marina into Blackrock and along the walkway in Mahon.


Some did the 5.9 mile loop while others joined Grellan on the run back in towards the city and turning back at various points along the way. A few continued on as far as Ballincollig and the end of the 49 mile run for Grellan…with an average pace of about 8:50 minutes per mile!


Grellan McGrath in blue after the completion of his 49 mile run

It’s probably safe to say that we’ll see a few more long runs from Grellan in 2015 ;o)

23rd Dec…Update on the 2014 Munster Half-Marathon Championships

MunsterAthletics1The Charleville Half-Marathon last September doubled up as the 2014 Munster Half-Marathon Championships. The clubs women’s senior team finished in second place on the day to secure silver.

Recently the full results were updated to show the teams also in the masters categories. Our men’s masters team finished in 3rd place to take bronze while our women’s masters team finished second to take silver.

The club has now taken delivery of the medals from the Munster Athletics Board and these will be presented at the club AGM in January.

2nd Senior team – Sandra Manning, Elaine Guinane, Adelle O’Connor.
2nd Masters Team – Adelle O’Connor, Frances O’Connor, Fiona O’Riordan.
3rd Masters Team – Don Keohane, Pat O’Connor, Kieran Mulcahy.

Well done to all concerned.

23rd Dec…Eagle AC ends the year with a record 192 members

Athletics Ireland released their year end membership figures yesterday for all the clubs in Ireland. Eagle AC now has a record 192 members which is up 18.5% on the 2013 figure (Previous year was up 11.7%).

In terms of adult membership, the club is now the 4th largest in Cork. The graph below shows how we compare to some of the other large clubs…


As can be seen, two years ago there was quite a variation in size between the largest clubs. Now at the end of 2014, there are five around the 200 mark. With the exception of Bandon AC, the club is also one of the fastest growing.

21st Dec…Results of the Shanagarry 5k & Newmarket 5k

The Christmas season of road races got under way this weekend with these two 5k road races.

Shanagarry Christmas 5k : A record 111 runners took part in this 5k race in East Cork on Saturday the 20th of December. We had two members taking part…
5 17:38 BOUSE, Ciaran Eagle AC M 05:40.4
27 19:42 SCANNELL, John Eagle AC M45 06:20.3

Newmarket 5k road race : 232 runners took part in this 5k road race in NW Cork on Sunday the 21st of December 2014. Organised by Duhallow AC, the race had 7 Eagle AC members listed in the results.
42 18:16 O’SULLIVAN, Sean Eagle AC M 05:52.6
65 19:27 MCCARTHY, Tim Eagle AC M 06:15.5
92 20:38 MURPHY, Joe Eagle AC M50 06:38.3
101 21:13 COTTER, Paul Eagle AC M50 06:49.6
105 21:26 FENNESSY, Kevin Eagle AC M 06:53.8
130 22:45 FENNESSY, Eleanor Eagle AC F 07:19.2
202 27:54 TWOHIG, Monica Eagle AC F50 08:58.6


16th Dec…Results of the Birdhill Half, Glenville 4m & CIT XC

Here is a round up of some recent results. There are a few races like the BHAA Turkey Trot and the Kinsale 5k Santa Dash where club names aren’t listed and it’s impossible to pull out all of the Eagle AC members.

Birdhill Half Marathon: Frances O Connor ran this half marathon in Limerick on Sun 7th Dec 2014. Over a tough course with quite a small field of just over 100 runners, Frances ran a time of 1:49:31
69 499 Frances O’Connor F O50 1:49:34 1:49:31


Glenville 4 Mile: This new race took place on Sunday 7th of Dec and a small group of Eagles took part (clubs were not listed in results so we may have had a few more)
14 » Tony Cambridge M MS 435 24:03
21 » Pat O’Connor M MS 653 25:22
38 » Alan Hackett M MS 573 26:54
55 » Mick Dooley M MS 319 27:57
56 » Paul Cotter M MS 193 27:57
131 » Eleanor Fennessy F FS 255 32:44

Alan Hackett finishing in 26:54

Alan Hackett finishing in 26:54

CIT Cross Country: Two members took part in this cross country event under floodlights, held last Friday night, December 12th.
21st 474 Denis Looney Eagle AC 19:24
30th 467 Ger Down Eagle AC 21:07

BHAA Turkey Trot: There were plenty of Eagles enjoying this festive race last Sunday. Well done to Alan Hackett who predicted his time to within ONE second of his actual finishing time and won the event! Alan predicted 26:20 and ran 26:19.

6th Dec…Results of the Waterford Half-Marathon

20 Eagle AC members made to trip to Waterford on Saturday 6th December for the annual half-marathon organised by Waterford AC. By all accounts, it was a well organised event with over 1500 runners taking part. There were many fine times set by the Eagle crew with several new PB’s in the mix. Both Elaine Guinane and Ronan Boland managed to get into the prizes with Elaine finishing 3rd F35 and Ronan 2nd M50.

27 Browne Eric 1:17:54 5:57/M SM Eagle AC
49 Boland Ronan 1:21:48 6:15/M M50 Eagle AC…2nd M50
57 O’Connor Pat 1:22:49 6:19/M M45 Eagle AC

Pat O'Connor finishing in an impressive time of 82:47, a big improvement on his previous best of 84:08

Pat O’Connor finishing in an impressive time of 82:47, a big improvement on his previous best of 84:08

101 Cotter Paul 1:24:54 6:29/M SM Eagle AC
102 Mulcahy Kieran 1:24:45 6:29/M M45 Eagle AC
187 O Sullivan Trevor 1:29:30 6:51/M M40 Eagle AC
238 Scannell John 1:31:36 7:00/M M45 Eagle AC
250 Guinane Elaine 1:31:53 7:02/M F35 Eagle AC…3rd F35

Elaine Guinane...3rd in the F35 category. She also managed a huge improvement in her PB jumping from 1:34:19 to 1:31:53...an improvement of 2:26!

Elaine Guinane…3rd in the F35 category. She also managed a huge improvement in her Half PB jumping from 1:34:19 to 1:31:53…an improvement of 2:26!

279 Looney Denis 1:33:35 7:10/M M45 Eagle AC
296 Lynch Tadhg Og 1:34:19 7:13/M M40 Eagle AC
391 Cussen Linda 1:37:51 7:30/M F35 Eagle AC
438 O Donovan David 1:38:57 7:35/M SM Eagle AC
578 McCarthy John 1:43:19 7:57/M SM Eagle AC
671 Dunleavy John 1:46:41 8:11/M M50 Eagle AC
661 Fennessy Kevin 1:46:06 8:10/M SM Eagle AC
715 Fennessy Eleanor 1:47:45 8:17/M F35 Eagle AC
717 Boyce Edwina 1:47:47 8:17/M SF Eagle AC
810 Carroll Noella 1:50:02 8:28/M F40 Eagle AC
815 Corcoran Nora 1:50:10 8:28/M F35 Eagle AC
860 O’ Leary Grace 1:52:09 8:37/M SF Eagle AC
852 Looney Bernadette 1:51:37 8:35/M F45 Eagle AC

6th Dec…Killian O’Connor wins Clonakilty 10k & other Eagle results in Clon

Well done to club member Killian O’Connor who won the Clonakilty 10k. Out of a field of 756 runners, Killian was the first home in a time of 36:20.

Killian O'Connor...winner of the 2014 Clonakilty 10k race

Killian O’Connor…winner of the 2014 Clonakilty 10k race

Other Eagle AC results in the 10k…
1 Killian OCONNOR Eagle AC M (36:20) 36:20…1st!!
4 Simone RODIGARI Eagle AC M (37:50) 37:50
13 Sean OSULLIVAN Eagle AC M (39:22) 39:26
104 Richard HAWKINS Eagle AC M40 (47:28) 47:31
126 Dympna CONNOLLY Eagle A.C. F (49:05) 49:09
414 Catriona HAWKINS Eagle AC F40 (59:18) 59:54

Catriona & Richard Hawkins...59:54 & 47:31 respectively in the 10k

Catriona & Richard Hawkins…59:54 & 47:31 respectively in the 10k

In the Half-Marathon, Sandra Manning was the 3rd woman while Alan O’Brien was 4th.
4 Alan OBRIEN Eagle A.C. M (1:17:33) 1:17:34
18 Vivian FOLEY Eagle AC M (1:25:05) 1:25:06
46 Damian KENNEALLY Eagle AC M (1:31:56) 1:32:06
51 Sandra MANNING Eagle AC F (1:32:48) 1:32:48…3rd woman
67 Gearoid OLEARY Eagle AC M (1:35:38) 1:35:42
68 Ruairi EGAN Eagle AC M40 (1:35:39) 1:35:44
202 Derek COSTELLO Eagle AC M40 (1:45:38) 1:45:54

29 Grellan MCGRATH Eagle AC M40 3:13:56
55 Neil MACKAY Eagle AC M40 (3:27:01) 3:27:04
148 Denis CARROLL Eagle AC M50 (3:48:03) 3:48:30
192 Charlie BYRD Eagle AC M50 (3:55:46) 3:55:48
266 Jane MC GRATH Eagle AC F50 (4:19:31) 4:19:59

5th Dec…Club membership renewals dues 1st Jan

Time_to_renewJust a reminder to all members that club membership expires at the end of December 2014 and renewals should be paid as soon as possible. The fee for membership of the club remains the same at €50 for an adult and €60 for a family. Members should check the weekly club e-mail for info on ways to renew.

Any new members who have joined since the 1st of September 2014 are covered until the end of 2015.

Anyone interested in joining the club for the first time can find more info on the club membership page. Membership for the year includes interval sessions at the CIT track on Tuesday and Thursday evenings as well as tempo and long runs at the weekends.  The fee also includes:

  • Entry to all AAI Championship Events
  • AAI registration
  • AAI insurance
  • Avail of club 2 week entry window to enter the Ballycotton  10

1st Dec…Record club turnout for Munster Masters XC

The Munster Masters Cross Country Championships were held this year in Watergrasshill, Co.Cork. With a venue just ‘up the road’ so to speak, the club made a concentrated effort to get as many as possible out for the event. On the day, the club had probably the largest turnout of any club in Munster with 23 members taking part…16 men and 7 women.


For the club, it was also a record attendance as we never had so many entered for a cross country race before.

The womens race was over a 4 km course with 66 runners taking part. Eagle AC made up about 10% of the field.


In the womens F35 category, Deirdre Nagle finished in second place to take a Munster Silver medal! She was also part of the Cork F35 team that took Gold.

Deirdre Nagle...Second F35 and part of the winning F35 Cork team.

Deirdre Nagle…Second F35 and part of the winning F35 Cork team.

Masters Women O35…2nd Deirdre Nagle Eagle Cork, 5th Elaine Guinane Eagle Cork, 11th Linda Cussen Eagle, 16th Nora Corcoran Eagle
Masters Women O40…16th Deirdre O Callaghan Eagle
Masters Women O45…13th Lisa Boland Eagle, 14th Ber Looney Eagle

Women O35 Team Club Team Points…4th Eagle 7, 2, 43, 50…122 pts
Women O35 Team County Team Points…1st Cork 3, 4, 7, 8…22 pts

Ruairi O'Callaghan, Eddie Byrne & Charlie Byrd

Ruairi O’Callaghan, Eddie Byrne & Charlie Byrd

In the mens race over a 7 km course, Eagle AC made up about 13% of the field of 182 runners.

Masters Men O35…10th Alan O Brien Eagle, 28th Sean O Sulivan Eagle, 32nd Ruairi O Callaghan Eagle
Masters Men O40…13th Vivian Foley Eagle, 38th Derek O Keffee Eagle, 47 Alan Foley Eagle
Masters Men O45…5th Don Keohane Eagle, 20th Grellan McGrath Eagle, 22nd Denis Looney Eagle, 25th Eddie Byrne Eagle, 29th Michael Dooley Eagle

Men O35 Club Team Points…7th Eagle 2, 31, 38, 60…151 pts

Masters Men O50…20th John Desmond Eagle Cork, 25th Charlie Byrd Eagle
Masters Men O55…12th Gerard Down Eagle, 13th Paul Cotter Eagle
Masters Men O60…4th John Quigley Eagle

Men O50 Club Team Points…8th Eagle 14, 161, 173…478 pts