Carb loading at the London Marathon…

A retrospective look at the London Marathon…by John Desmond

After putting up the results of the three guys at the London Marathon, I noticed that Alan O’Brien’s time seem to be down a bit. I was following his live tracker during the race and he was on target for about a 2:50 marathon early on. I knew Alan wasn’t going for a PB but doing London more for the sense of occasion.

I thought perhaps Alan might have been feeling the pace a bit but no, our 2014 ‘Athlete of the Year’ had other ideas as I found out today.


Yip…that’s him having a pint of beer at the halfway mark! …….and then ran the second half to finish in 2:54:29!!

So if someone tells you in future that they were taking ‘High Fives’ during a marathon, don’t assume it’s the gels they’re talking about ;o)

Results from the Wexford Half-Marathon…Sun 26th Apr 2015

We had two members in this half-marathon in Wexford with John McCarthy and Tim McCarthy making the journey.

Place Name Surname M/F Cat Club Chip Time
72 Tim McCarthy M Sen Eagle AC 1:31:46
167 John McCarthy m Sen EAGLE A.C 1:41:04


Tim McCarthy & John McCarthy

Conditions on the day were quite tough with a strong breeze to contend with. The course itself certainly wasn’t flat with an ascent of 200 or so feet to contend with.


Tim McCarthy’s time of 1:31:46 was a new PB for him and comes just a month after running a PB of 3:29:23 in the Barcelona Marathon back in mid-March.

Back in September of 2013, Tim ran his previous PB for the half with a time of 1:41:05 in Charleville so he has come a long way in the last 18 months.

Results of the Passage West Community 10k…Fri 24th Apr 2015

Four members took part in this years Passage West Community 10k road race on Friday the 24th of April.


Well done to Deirdre O’Callaghan who managed to get into the prizes by winning the F40 category.

Full results

Deirdre O'Callaghan...1st in the F40 category with Joe Murphy before the race

Deirdre O’Callaghan…1st in the F40 category with Joe Murphy before the race

Deirdre O'Callaghan, Paul Cotter & Eddie Byrne before the race

Deirdre O’Callaghan, Paul Cotter & Eddie Byrne before the race

Race report
Passage West 10 KM…by Paul Cotter
Five Eagles took part in this race last week. Eddie Byrne had one of his best runs ever to finish in seventh position in a time of 41:44. Joe Murphy was next, coming in in 16th in 44:23, closely followed by Denis Carroll in 17th position in a time of 44:27. I was next in 44th position in 47:14 and our remaining competitor was Deirdre O’Callaghan in 59th position in a time of 49:41 to come in as fourth woman in an excellent run.

Despite the forecast the weather was warm and sunny. At 177 runners the field was disappointing and well down on previous years, despite the proceeds going to the Cork City Hospitals Childrens Club. This is a pity as this race is extremely well stewarded with lots of volunteers guaranteeing the safety of the racers all along the course. Again, the grub spread in the GAA club was excellent. I wonder if the problem is the hill. The course goes three miles out from Passage along the railway walk and then up what is a very severe hill to the heights above Passage before a fast last mile downhill. The total ascent is around 450 feet and this is really a savage hill. Perhaps the organizers should consider a five km or four mile course, perhaps and out and back between Passage and Rafeen? In any case well done to all concerned. Thanks to Derek Costello of Eagle for the photos.

Notice…2015 Cheetah Run in Fota Wildlife Park – Thurs 15th May 2015

The club is pleased to announce that entries to the 2015 Cheetah Run 4 mile race in Fota Wildlife Park will open on Thursday the 30th of April… In 2014, all of the 900 entries were sold out online on the day. This year, we will be following the same format again in order to accommodate people at work and at home, 450 entries will be made available from 10am and 450 from 7pm on Thursday the 30th of April. More details on our race page for the event.


Results of the Great Railway Run…Sun 19th Apr 2015

The Great Railway Run was held this year in warm and sunny conditions and the club had 14 members taking part as far as we can tell.

In the 25km race which started in Cork City and finished in Carrigaline, Eric Browne took one of the podium spots when he finished in 3rd place. Frances O’Connor and Betty McKenzie finished 2nd and 3rd respectively in the O50 age category.


Eric Browne (R)…3rd in the Great Railway Run 25k race from Cork City to Carrigaline

25km…Cork to Carrigaline
3 Eric BROWNE 1:36:44 Open (2) Male (3)
37 Elaine GUINANE 1:52:00 Open (2) Female (5)
45 Ruairi EGAN 1:55:05 Ages 40-49 (17) Male (40)


Ruaira Egan in the 25k

52 Martin O LEARY 1:55:53 Open (25) Male (46)
89 June O’SHEA (210) 02:03:37 02:03:33 Open (6) Female (14)
142 Patrick O GORMAN 2:12:27 Ages 40-49 (41) Male (116)
143 Frances O’CONNOR 2:12:17 Ages 50-59 (2) Female (27)
147 Betty MCKENZIE 2:13:51 Ages 50-59 (3) Female (28)

In the 10km race from Monkstown to Carrigaline, John O’Callaghan took another podium spot with a second place finish. Bernadette Lee was 1st in the Over 40 category.
2 John O’Callaghan 38:16 Ages 40-49 (1) Male (2)
18 Cathal TWOMEY 45:37 Open (10) Male (15)
21 Bernadette LEE 46:03 Ages 40-49 (2) Female (4)…1st F40

In the 5km race from Shanbally to Carrigaline, Paul Cotter finished in 4th place overall.


Paul Cotter…4th in the 5k race

4 Paul Cotter 17:58 All Ages (4) Male (4)
9 Patrick Walsh 19:33 All Ages (9) Male (9)
32 Ann Hayes 27:42 All Ages (9) Female (9)


Photos courtesy of Doug & Kieran Minihane

Results of the Ballintotis 4 mile race…Thurs 16th Apr 2015

The first evening race of the Summer kicked off in style with a record number of over 1700 runners at the 2015 Ballintotis 4 mile road race. The club had 19 members taking part…

11 Alan OBRIEN Eagle AC M (21:44) 21:44
31 John OCALLAGHAN Eagle AC M40 (23:23) 23:24
35 Donnacha LEHANE Eagle AC MO (23:31) 23:32
46 Pat OCONNOR Eagle AC M45 (24:08) 24:08
53 Damien KENNEALLY Eagle AC MO (24:17) 24:20
73 Damien MALONE Eagle AC MO (24:52) 24:57
76 Neil MACKAY Eagle AC M40 (24:56) 24:59
112 Jonathan KENNEALLY Eagle AC MO (25:54) 25:59
114 Richard PIOTOWSKI Eagle AC M65 (26:01) 26:03…1st M65
117 Denis CARROLL Eagle AC M55 (26:03) 26:07…3rd M55
142 Pat TWOMEY Eagle AC M60 (26:30) 26:34…2nd M60
283 Frank COTTER Eagle AC M50 (28:43) 29:02
285 Bernadette LEE Eagle AC F40 (29:03) 29:03
292 John MCCARTHY Eagle AC MO (28:57) 29:15
453 Tracy COTTER Eagle AC FO (31:17) 31:56
621 Irene KEOHANE Eagle AC F40 (33:52) 34:46
667 Nora CORCORAN Eagle AC F35 (34:29) 35:22
894 Anne HAYES Eagle AC F55 (38:59) 38:59
934 Margot PHELAN Eagle AC F45 (38:25) 39:55