Eagle AC Member Profile : Michelle Cheung

Name: Michelle Cheung

Member of Eagle AC since:

Back in January 2019 when I was already beginning to enjoy running, I discussed with my friend Jack Murphy about us joining a club in Cork together. We naturally picked Eagle due to its great reputation and our good friend Sean Lucey was already an active member who spoke highly of the club. We tried out a few sessions and loved it. Soon after we took the plunge of signing up.

How long have you been running and  what made you take it up:

I started running in the early summer of 2018. I initially took up running because I wanted to lose some weight and I was also looking to improve my overall fitness. I was already going to the gym religiously but I thought regular running would be a good addition since it was cardio based. I first started running regularly with a group in work during lunch breaks and this is where it all began. Soon after I got addicted and needed my regular fix!

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Eagle AC Member Profile: Pat Twomey

Name: Pat Twomey

Member of Eagle AC since: 

At the invitation of Joe Murphy and John Quigley I joined Eagle AC in 2000. At the time I was a member of Belgooly AC but as they didn’t have a Master’s team and Eagle AC were putting one together I decided to jump ship and become an Eagle AC runner.

How long have you been running and what made you take it up:

I took up running in March 1994 mainly to lose the extra weight I had put on after quitting smoking the year before. After running on my own for a few weeks I met the Carrigohane (Straight Rd) Road runners who did a long run every Sunday out around Ballincollig and the back Lee Road. They introduced me to road racing and in October that year I did my first marathon and was hooked!

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Eagle AC Member Profile: Mark Smith

Name:  Mark Smith

Member of Eagle AC since:

June 2017

How long have you been running and  what made you take it up:

I first took up running after work and relocations (and age) restricted my ability to train and play soccer regularly.  It was just as a means to stay fit, but no more than 15 miles a week.  I took up more serious running after the death of my son, Callum, who passed away at 6 weeks old from a rare genetic disorder.  Running became an outlet for me where I could think and try to come to terms with what had happened.  I know I broke down a lot during that time, both physically and mentally.  I decided to run a marathon in his memory and completed the Cork marathon ~6 months later for Féileacáin, a baby loss awareness charity.  I have been running ever since.

Favourite thing about running:

Two things stand out.  The freedom that comes with it.  You can go whenever you have time, where you want and for as long as you want.  You get the freedom to think clearly, away from computer screens and other distractions.  I also like the fact that all runners are equal, if you don’t train and put in the hard work you will be found out in a race.  No matter your ability there is always an opportunity to do better than what you have done before.

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Eagle AC Tommy Ryan Memorial Virtual 5 Miler – Race Results and Report

A race report from Race Directors Ruairi Egan and Tracy Cotter:

A final report for you all on the Eagle AC Virtual Tommy Ryan Memorial 5 Miler which ran for the past 11 days.Firstly, a huge thanks to everyone who took part in and/or donated to the event. As usual, there was great support from both the Eagle AC membership as well as the wider Cork running community.

We are delighted to say that we have ended up raising a lot more money for our two charities (Carrigaline Meals on Wheels and Carrigaline Foróige) than we expected initially! We had 85 donators to the GoFundMe page, raising €1,370 altogether which is a brilliant amount! 100% of this money will be donated to our 2 chosen charities.

There were 70 entries to our virtual race in total which was a fantastic turnout also! (Because of the large number of race entries the club committee purchased some extra vouchers for spot prizes to be raffled between all entrants.)

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Entry Window Extended for Eagle AC Virtual Tommy Ryan Memorial 5 Miler 2021

Due to the bad weather forecast for the coming weekend, and in the interest of all participants, the Race Directors have decided to extend the window for race entries for the Virtual Tommy Ryan Memorial 5 Miler until Sunday 21st February. Runs can now be logged from Thursday 11th February to Sunday 21st February.

All other race details remain the same and can be found here…


Eagle AC Virtual Tommy Ryan Memorial Run 2021


At this time of year we would normally be making the final preparations for our annual club race – The Tommy Ryan Memorial 5 Miler in Carrigaline. Of course, this year, the event will be unable to proceed in the traditional way. 

As a club, we would still like to do something to honour this event and to help out the 2 local Carrigaline charities who normally benefit from the race – Carrigaline Meals on Wheels and Carrigaline Foróíge. 
As a result, we are going to hold a virtual version of the race this year. 100% of all monies raised will go to the two charities. All runners are invited to take part! Here’s how it will work…..

From Thursday 11th February to Sunday 14th of February, we are inviting runners to take part by completing a 5 mile run or walk and by then donating to our GoFundMe page which can be found here….. https://gofund.me/0a48f24d

(We would suggest a minimum entry fee of €5 but all monies received would be greatly appreciated.)

Once you have completed your run and have made your donation we would ask entrants to enter their details – race time etc at this link …. https://forms.gle/U7DVKEtW87BrreUq9

A virtual leaderboard will then be compiled and regularly updated between Thursday and Sunday of next week using entries received. We will have 2 John Buckley Sports vouchers up for grabs for the fastest female and fastest male times entered! This is just a bit of an extra incentive to add a bit of a competitive element to the proceedings! – any course, route etc will be accepted so pick a nice flat one for yourself! 🙂 

There will also be a number of other vouchers ( One4All, LIDL etc.) up for grabs. ALL entrants who have donated to the GoFundMe page will be in with a chance of winning one of these vouchers. We will hold a raffle on Sunday evening once all entries have been submitted.

If anyone would like to enter but not submit their race times etc that is absolutely fine – just send us an email with your name to eagleac5mile@gmail.com and we will enter you into the draw. Familes, walkers, cyclists etc all very welcome to enter also! If you have any photos from your run we would love to see them too – just send them to either our club Facebook page,to Ruairi, Tracy, Karen or Mairead, or email them to eagleac5mile@gmail.com. We will share these on our Facebook page over the weekend. 

Of course, it goes without saying that all current HSE guidelines should be strictly adhered to when completing your 5 mile run. Your route should be within a 5km radius of your home and entrants should either run solo, with their household members or with just one other person from another household within their 5k zone.  Please be very aware of those around you at all times and keep at least a 2 metre distance away from others. If possible, it might be an idea to run on quieter routes or at quieter times of the day.

We hope to see as many people as possible take part in next weekend’s events. It’s a win win! – You’ll be getting exercise, donating to charity and giving yourself a chance of winning a prize, all at the same time!! 

Eagle AC Member Profile: Aoife Cooke

Our latest member profile is from our new Ladies Captain for 2021 , Aoife Cooke!

Member of Eagle AC since: October 2019

How long have you been running and  what made you take it up:

I started at the age of 11 when a club started in Ballincollig. My aunt Mary Sweeney was the reason I took it up. After watching her going out running every day when I was young I wanted to be just like her 🙂

Favourite thing about running:

The people. I have met the best people through running, and the support and sense of community amongst runners is wonderful

Can you remember the first Eagle AC member(s) you ran with:  Damian Kenneally 

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Eagle AC Member Profile: Glenn Kenneally

Member of Eagle AC since: July 2015

How long have you been running and what made you take it up:

I used to love running as a kid and I was a member of a local running club from the age of 8 to about 18, running in lots of different events such as cross country, steeple chase and 4 x 400m relays. In my mid 30’s and about 4 stone overweight I slowly got back into doing short runs and eventually trained to enter my first Ballycotton 10 in 2009.

Favourite thing about running:

I love the buzz I get from running a PB and hopefully we’ll get back to races at some stage this year. I just love the feeling of being fit and that feeling I get when I’m cruising along at a pace which used to feel hard but now feels easy, and it feels like you could keep going and going.

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