Podium places for Eagle members in the Great Railway Run 5k


The annual Great Railway Run was held on Sunday the 23rd of April. There were three races…a 25km from Cork to Carrigaline, a 10km from Monkstown to Carrigaline and a 5k from Ringaskiddy to Carrigaline.

In the 5k, the club have two members in the top 3 in both the men’s and women’s results. Cathal Twomey finished 3rd in the men’s race while Mairead Lonergan was the first woman home.

1 Graham Nudds Cork 19:53 SM
2 Mark Kells Wexford 20:57 SM
3 Cathal Twomey Eagle AC Blarney 21:11 SM
6 Mairead Lonergan Eagle AC Cork 23:25 SW
9 Katie Harte Clonakilty 25:38 SW
10 Emma Riordan Heineken 25:58 SW

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Paralympian silver medallist Niamh McCarthy launches 2017 Cheetah Run at Fota


The annual Cheetah Run, held at Fota Wildlife Park, has been launched on Tuesday by Cork Paralympian medallist and discus record holder, Niamh McCarthy.

The Cheetah Run, a race run over 5 kilometres for adults and now also a one-mile race for younger runners, will take place on Thursday May 18 and online registration through the Eagle Athletic Club website will open on May 3.

Any proceeds to Fota Wildlife Park, a non-profit organisation, made from the race will be donated to conservation projects such as re-introduction programmes for White-tailed eagle to the Golan Heights in the Middle East and European Bison to Poland and Romania.

The Cheetah Run is one of the most unique races in Ireland which starts and finishes in the Wildlife Park giving runners a chance to run past the giraffes, Asian Lions, Sumatran Tigers and of course cheetahs, the race also passes the historic Fota House and Gardens.

Sean McKeown, Director of Fota Wildlife Park said: “The Park is delighted to host the annual Cheetah Run again this year. Thanks to the funding we raise each year from the race we have been able to contribute to many conservation projects like the re-introduction programmes for White-tailed eagle. In fact, an eagle from Fota Wildlife Park was released to the Golan Heights in 2013 and subsequently bred there last year.”

Denis Looney Race Director of Eagle Athletic Club said: “We are delighted to be able to invite Eagle AC member, Silver medallist at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games and European record holder in F41 Women’s Discus, Niamh McCarthy, here today to launch the 2017 Cheetah Run and Cheetah Mile.

“Last year we started a new one-mile course for juveniles between 11 to 15 years old as we wanted to open the event to younger age groups. We are very happy to be able to continue that this year thanks to our sponsors Laya Healthcare, John Buckley Sports and Brooks Running.”

Due to its popularity, the registration usually sells out within a few hours and the race is limited to 900 adults and 100 juveniles in total.

Registration opens on the May 3 in two blocks at 10.00 am and at 7.00pm, costing €15 per adult runner and €8 per juvenile and entry is strictly on-line at http://www.eagleac.net.

The Cheetah Run adult race commences at 8 pm and the juvenile race starts at 7.15pm on Thursday May 18. Each runner can bring a maximum of four visitors along with them free of charge to watch the race, each runner will receive four wristbands at registration on race night.


Richard Piotrowski wins British M70 10k title


Well done to club member Richard Piotrowski who the British M70 10k title last weekend. The British Masters 10k road race was held on Sunday the 9th April at Gravesend in Kent.

Conditions for the race by all accounts were very warm with the temperature up around 22 to 23 deg C. Richard managed to secure the M70 title in a time of 43m 08s on what was a very hilly course.

The second and third men in the M70 categories were 33 seconds and 3 minutes behind respectively.

The 10k course was made up of four 2.5km loops and Richard went through the 5k mark in 21:02.

New 5 mile training plan starting soon

Cork-City-MarathonThe club will be rolling out a 5-mile training plan for the track shortly which will tie in nicely with the Ballycotton Summer series, the Cork City Marathon relay or any of the short Summer races.

More details by e-mail to club members.

If any non-members are interested in joining the club then just come along to the CIT track on Tuesday evenings just before 7pm.