Eagle AC Summer Series 2020 (Virtual Edition!)

As Damian outlined in last week’s email, next week sees the start of Eagle AC Summer Series 2020 ( Virtual Edition!)

There will be one 5 mile race each month for May, June, July and August. Members will have a 3 day window to complete each run:

Race 1: May 20-22
Race 2: June 17-19
Race 3: July 15-17
Race 4: August 19-21

Members can send details of their run each month ( eg. Garmin ,Strava screenshot) to Damian ( damiankenneally@hotmail.com), Mairead ( maireadlonergan@gmail.com) or Ruairi (ruairi@mercurysd.ie)

Members are asked to wear club gear if possible during their run and to please send on photos.

All those who complete all 4 runs will be entered into a draw for a range of spot prizes – vouchers etc. There will be various other spot prizes throughout the series also.

The emphasis on this series is on fun and the main idea is to get members out and feeling part of the Eagle AC community. No race times will be published. However, to track your own progress over the summer months, members may wish to run the same 5 mile route every month. Hopefully we’ll all be getting faster on each attempt!!

Of course, all those taking part should strictly adhere to current HSE guidelines at all times during their runs.

For those who do have a Strava account we have an Eagle AC group for those who wish to join. It’s open to all club members and is a great way for us to stay connected with each other during these times.

Window for the first run in the series starts next Wednesday 20th May so start getting the runners and Eagle gear ready!!

Member Profile: Dermot Slyne

Member of Eagle AC since : December 2015

How long have you been running and why did you take it up : Running since April 2012 , got my first Labrador dog Bumble in 2010 and started walking with her eventually leading to jogging between stops for a John Player Blue !

Favourite thing about running : Endorphins and feel good feeling after any run. Tuesday Track night Eagle AC , Doheny and Nesbitts after DCM

Favourite race distance to run. Marathon (because it’s not all about running ! )

What is your main goal for this year? Climb Carrauntoohil so I can find my way to run up it

Best race / most memorable race: ( First time going Sub 3 in DCM ’17, NYC marathon 2018 – Unreal race, atmosphere , course , the lot!

Something most people may not know about you : I’m on Strava!

Biggest Heroes : Growing up Roy Keane / Sonia O Sullivan . Now – Sonia O Sullivan!

Advice for someone taking up running : Over 40 – go easy , under 40- go easier, you’ve got time! Join a club or group for social running, miles fly by and add up far easier with company!

3 things you’d take with you to a desert island: Original answer – My wife Jacqueline , my two labs Bunch and Buffi and their Couch – non negotiable! Updated by Jacqueline to say my NB, Garmin and phone for Strava.

Eagle AC Charity Runs April 2020

With racing as we know postponed for the foreseeable future it was great to see club members taking part in a number of charity and virtual runs over the past number of weeks, all while complying with the HSE guidelines currently in place.

Daniel Luxton – Garden Run

A number of members took part in a 10k Garden Challenge on Easter Saturday, which saw them running laps of their gardens until they had completed the 10k distance! It was great to see a large number of other family members getting involved in the fun also! All who participated donated money to the very worthy Feed the Heroes cause. Former club member Jonathan Kenneally was the organiser of this event.

Siobhan Holland and her daughter completing the Garden 10k Challenge

Members have also been busy participating in the first 2 BHAA Virtual 5K races. The 1st race helped to raise money for the Irish Cancer Society, while last weeks race was in aid of Cystic Fibrosis Ireland. Lots of club members spotted in the top category positions – see below for full results! Well done to all!

BHAA Virtual 5k No. 1 – In aid of Irish Cancer Society

Pat O’Connor – 1st M50
Tom Fox – 1st M55
Noel O’Connor – 1st M60
Siobhan Holland – 1st F40
Frances O’Connor – 2nd F60

BHAA Virtual 5k No. 2 – In aid of Cystic Fibrosis Ireland

Richard Hawkins – 2nd M50
Thomas Fox – 1st M55
Denis Carroll – 1st M60
Joe Murphy – 3rd M60
Andrew O’Farrell – 1st M65
Tamara Lopez – 2nd F35
Siobhan Holland – 1st F40
Elaine Guinane – 2nd F40
Olga O’Sullivan – 3rd F40

Joe Murphy – 3rd M60 – BHAA Virtual Race No. 2
Olga O’Sullivan – 3rd F40 – BHAA Virtual Race No. 2

Eagle AC @ Duhallow 10 Mile, 8th March 2020

(Photos thanks to TMC Photography, Cork)

It was a very successful day in Newmarket for Eagle AC yesterday at the annual Duhallow 10 Miler. 13 members made the trip and ran the race in what were extremely changeable weather conditions – from sunshine to wind to hailstones to rain and everything in between!!

First mention must go to Sandra Manning who had a brilliant 3rd place finish in the ladies race when finishing in a time of 1.05.54.

First of the Eagle men home was Mike Forde who ran a great 1.01.33. Mikes time earned him a well deserved 3rd M40 category prize. Second home was Mark Murphy whose time of 1.02.25 was a huge 40 second PB! Tom Fox was 3rd Eagle home in a time of 1.03.20. Tom’s time earned him 2nd M55 place. There were also a large number of other category prizes on the day for Eagle athletes. Pat O’Connor (2nd M50), Mike McGrath ( 3rd M60), Richard Piotrowski (1st M70) , Siobhan Holland (1st F40) and Olga O’Sullivan (3rd F40) all picked up category prizes too, with Siobhan running a brilliant PB time of 1.11.16.

Well done to all Eagle AC athletes who took part on the day in what was by all accounts a very well organised and enjoyable event. ( minus the hailstones!)

Eagle AC Results , Duhallow 10 Miler 2020

17. Michael Forde 1.01.33 M40

24. Mark Murphy 1.02.25 M40

34. Tom Fox 1.03.20 M55

37. Pat O’Connor 1.03.55 M50

47. Darren Casey 1.05.49 M40

48. Sandra Manning 1.05.54 F35

86. Siobhan Holland 1.11.16 F40

104. Richard Piotrowski 1.12.45 M70

105. Mike McGrath 1.12.47 M60

128. Denis Carroll 1.15.13 M60

136. Olga O’Sullivan 1.16.21 F40

179. Brian Hegarty 1.20.00 MS

187. MT Brady 1.20.47 F45

Seville Marathon, February 2020

Incredible running by our 4 athletes who took part in the Seville Marathon on Sunday, 23rd February in what looked like very warm conditions! Huge congratulations to Vivian Foley who ran a 2.37.32 (PB), Derek O Keeffe a 2.40.32 (PB) Sean O Keeffe a 2.41.59 (PB) and Alan O’Brien a 2.43.46 !  A huge well done to Ronan Boland too whose hard work with the guys has clearly paid off in spades! Also to their training partner Mike Morgan of St. Finbarr’s who ran a brilliant 2.29.31.


Alan O’Brien, Mike Morgan, Vivian Foley. Sean O’Keeffe and Derek O’ Keeffe soaking up the sun after the race!

Kinsale 10 Mile, Sunday 23rd February 2020

Report by Ruairi Egan


Daniel, Dave, Darren and Pat after the race!

A good turnout of 14 Eagles took on the Kinsale 10 miler last Sunday morning, 23rd February. In just it’s second year, the race attracted nearly 800 runners. Some great times recorded on this fairly hilly course, well done to all who took part. Derek has plenty of photos up on the club Flickr page.
Well done to Pat, Daniel & Dave who lead home the Eagle challenge with Michelle Cheung flying the flag for the Eagle ladies.

Kinsale 2

Alan, Michelle, Jack, Sean and Martin!

Eagle AC Results
21.  1717  Pat O’ Connor  m Eagle ac  M50-54  01:02:52  +11:39  01:02:50
30.  1225  Daniel  Dransfield m  Eagle ac  M18-39 01:04:55  +13:42  01:04:52
37.  1776  David  O’Keeffe  m Eagle ac  M40-44  01:05:55 +14:42  01:05:52
41.  1083  Darren  Casey  m Eagle ac  M40-44  01:06:24 +15:11  01:06:21
44.  1162  Jason  Crosbie  m Eagle ac  M18-39  01:07:10 +15:57 0  1:07:04
86.  1751  Mike  O Connor  m Eagle ac  M18-39  01:11:32 +20:19  01:11:26
96.  1615  Jack  Murphy  m  Eagle a.c.  M18-39  01:12:24 +21:11  01:12:16
169.  1277  Ed  Fitzgerald  m Eagle ac  M45-49  01:16:01 +24:48  01:15:50
174.  1569  Niall  Mcsweeney  m  Eagle ac  M18-39  01:16:09  +24:56  01:15:50
240.  1089  Michelle Cheung  f  Eagle ac  F18-39 01:19:20  +28:07  01:19:12
258.  1769  Andrew  O’Farrell m  Eagle ac   M65-69  01:19:57  +28:44  01:19:47
293.  1486  Sean  Lucey  m  Eagle a.c.  M18-39  01:21:55 +30:42  01:21:46
310.  1683  Martin  O Leary  m  Eagle ac  M18-39  01:22:36  +31:23  01:22:14
321.  1333  Ken  Harte  m  Eagle  M50-54 01:22:59  +31:46  01:22:35

Eagle AC @ Munster Masters Indoors, 16th February 2020


Neil Kingston and Hugh McSweeney

Brilliant performances in Nenagh on the 16th February  when both Hugh McSweeney and Neil Kingston represented the club at the Munster Senior and Masters Indoors.

Hugh claimed double gold by winning both the M70 200m and 400m. When claiming victory in the 400m Hugh also ran a Munster Championship record!! An amazing achievement! To round off his day he also claimed 2nd place in the 60m!

Neil too had a very successful day when winning M45 Silver in both the 400m and 60m.

Congratulations to them both and thanks for representing the club so well.
Thanks very much to Neil for sending on the results as well as the great photo.

Eagle AC Results

Hugh McSweeney:
M70 400m 1st (Munster Championship Record!)
M70 200m 1st
M70 60m 2nd

Neil Kingston:
M45 400m 2nd
M45 60m 2nd

Eagle AC Awards Night for 2019

Eagle A.C. Awards Night for 2019

Thanks to all those who attended our annual Club Awards Night in the Old Oak on last Saturday night, 8th February. And a big thanks to Damian ,Grellan and Ed for the organising of the trophies and of the venue.

As Club Chairman Grellan said before announcing the award winners, the voting this year was extremely close and all nominees would have been very worthy winners of each award. The 2019 winners are listed below. Well done to the winners aswell as nominees, it was a very very successful year of running for the club!

Male Athlete of the Year – Alan O’Brien

Female Athlete of the Year – Mairead Lonergan

Most Improved Athlete – Ruairi Egan

Best Performance 10k and under- Vivian Foley

Best Performance Over 10k – Aoife Cooke (Dublin City Marathon)

Club Member of the Year – Derek Costello


Ruairi Egan – Winner of Most Improved Athlete for 2019. Being presented with his award by last years winner Donal Dowling and Club Chairman Grellan McGrath

The National Marathon medals were also given out last night – Well done Mark, Martin, Tom, Brian , Aoife, Sandra and Catherine!


Tom Fox, Martin Leahy, Brian McGuire – M50 National Marathon Gold Medal Winners.


Aoife Cooke and Catherine Murphy receiving their National Marathon Senior Bronze medals from Club Chairman Grellan McGrath

There was a presentation made to outgoing Chairman Colin O’Herlihy in recognition of the huge work he put in to his role as both Chairman and Registrar over the last number of years! Finally, thanks Derek for the photos! (And congrats on the award!!) Link to album here….. https://flic.kr/s/aHsmLhkiJi

Eagle AC @ National Masters XC 2020

Thanks very much to Ken Higgs for sending on the report below from the National Masters XC in Wicklow on Saturday. Well done to Ken, Richard, John and Pat! See below for link to overall results also.


Richard Hawkins, John Quigley Pat Twomey and Ken Higgs represented the club at the National Masters Cross Country Championships on Saturday. The event was held in the picturesque Avondale Forest Park in Rathrum, County Wicklow. Despite the advancing Storm Ciara, the weather remained dry but very windy, and the hilly course was very challenging. The full results have been posted on the Athletics Ireland and the Cork Athletics website. Three medals were won by club members, Ken Higgs won individual silver in the M70 category and Pat Twomey and Ken Higgs won bronze medals as scoring members in the third placed M65+ Cork County team.

Eagle AC @ Dungarvan 10 Mile 2020

Dungarvan team prize 2

Sandra and Aoife picking up the John Treacy Club Challenge Cup!

41 runners listed as Eagle AC members ran the annual John Treacy 10 Miler yesterday in Dungarvan. Co. Waterford. Despite quite windy conditions in parts there were numerous very impressive performances as well as plenty of pbs!

First word must of course go to Aoife Cooke who won the women’s race in a brilliant time of 54.23. This time beat the previous course record by nearly 2 minutes! An amazing run from Aoife and a very well deserved one after her last few weeks of training in Kenya.

Aoife’s training partners Mark Smith and Damian Kenneally also had brilliant runs. Mark finished 15th overall and 2nd M40 in 53.21 with Damian finishing just behind with a new PB of 53.59. There were category prizes also for Martin Leahy who was 2nd M55 and Richard Piotrowski who was 1st M70. Special mention must go to Martin who ran the course not once but twice yesterday- the first time as a warm up!!

Dungarvan Aoife

Aoife on her way to smashing the course record!

Second Eagle lady home was Sandra Manning who ran an almost 5 minute pb to finish in a time of 1.05.35! This result was enough to gain Sandra the 2nd F35 spot. Third Eagle lady home was Catherine Murphy in a time of 1.07.08. Aoife, Sandra and Catherine’s great runs ensured that the John Treacy Club Challenge Trophy for 2020 went to Eagle AC also!

There were numerous other very impressive performances on the day .There were plenty of PBs including to name just a few, ones for Martin Daly, Karen Bevan, Andrew McDonald, Ken Nyhan , Cian Quigley and Karen Kelleher. Mick Dooley ran a great race of 1.22.46, his first longer distance race in a number of months. Olivia Holmes ran a great sub 90 time also- great preparation for her upcoming spring marathon in Manchester.

Mick Dungarvan

Mick Dooley all set for the off!

Well done to all members who took part in yesterdays race. Bring on the next 10 Miler!

Dungarvan group after

Mairead, Karen, Catherine, Martin, Darren, Damian, Aoife, Karen, Richard and Martin after the race!


Eagle AC Results

Place Name Net Time Gross Time Bib Cat Sub Cat Club
15 Mark SMITH 00:53:21 00:53:21 3133 M (15) M40 (2) Eagle A.C.
23 Damian KENNEALLY 00:53:59 00:53:59 1984 M (23) MS (19) Eagle A.C.
25 Aoife COOKE 00:54:23 00:54:23 971 F (1) FS (1) Eagle A.C.
126 Michael FORDE 01:00:51 01:00:55 1641 M (123) M40 (35) Eagle A.C.
178 Brian MCGUIRE 01:02:50 01:02:56 1358 M (172) M50 (7) Eagle A.C.
190 Tom FOX 01:03:09 01:03:13 1657 M (184) M50 (9) Eagle A.C.
199 Mark MURPHY 01:03:26 01:03:31 2350 M (193) M40 (54) Eagle A.C.
208 Donal DOWLING 01:03:44 01:03:49 1480 M (202) M40 (56) Eagle A.C.
219 Pat O’CONNOR 01:04:11 01:04:11 1637 M (213) M50 (11) Eagle A.C.
222 Daniel DRANSFIELD 01:04:20 01:04:25 1089 M (216) MS (108) Eagle A.C.
245 Martin LEAHY 01:04:40 01:04:53 2056 M (237) M55 (2) Eagle A.C.
246 Dermot SLYNE 01:04:51 01:04:57 8608 M (238) M40 (67) Eagle A.C.
274 Sandra MANNING 01:05:35 01:05:45 2161 F (10) F35 (2) Eagle A.C.
309 Darren CASEY 01:06:53 01:06:58 1198 M (298) M40 (83) Eagle A.C.
317 Catherine MURPHY 01:07:08 01:07:13 2356 F (15) F40 (3) Eagle A.C.
338 Donal HANNIGAN 01:07:29 01:07:39 1461 M (320) M40 (87) Eagle A.C.
351 Jason CROSBIE 01:07:32 01:07:54 1363 M (332) MS (153) Eagle A.C.
368 Karen BEVAN 01:08:20 01:08:28 1054 F (22) F40 (6) Eagle A.C.
396 Martin DALY 01:08:48 01:08:56 1416 M (373) M45 (68) Eagle A.C.
572 Raymond HARRINGTON 01:12:35 01:12:56 1768 M (526) M40 (152) Eagle A.C.
595 Ken NYHAN 01:12:47 01:13:20 2451 M (545) M40 (156) Eagle A.C.
628 Denis CARROLL 01:13:41 01:13:51 1192 M (570) M60 (6) Eagle A.C.
646 Andrew MACDONALD 01:13:39 01:14:11 2135 M (587) MS (225) Eagle A.C.
667 Richard PIOTROSKI 01:14:18 01:14:37 1860 M (606) M70 (1) Eagle A.C.
681 Nora CORCORAN 01:13:57 01:14:48 1318 F (64) F40 (19) Eagle A.C.
692 Dan KELLEHER 01:14:30 01:14:55 1960 M (628) M40 (180) Eagle A.C.
696 Mairead LONERGAN 01:14:23 01:14:55 2085 F (68) F35 (18) Eagle A.C.
724 Noel O’CONNOR 01:14:47 01:15:15 2528 M (655) M60 (7) Eagle A.C.
747 Cian QUIGLEY 01:14:57 01:15:28 2834 M (673) MS (258) Eagle A.C.
814 David LYNCH 01:16:26 01:17:05 2107 M (724) M50 (64) Eagle A.C.
825 Jack MURPHY 01:16:21 01:17:16 2376 M (733) MS (275) Eagle A.C.
958 Eddie TRINDLE 01:18:45 01:19:19 1361 M (825) M40 (227) Eagle A.C.
1187 Damien GERAGHTY 01:22:18 01:23:08 1679 M (970) MS (334) Eagle A.C.
1188 Michael DOOLEY 01:22:46 01:23:08 1471 M (971) M50 (103) Eagle A.C.
1189 Brian HEGARTY 01:22:18 01:23:08 488 M (972) MS (335) Eagle A.C.
1330 Karen KELLEHER 01:23:54 01:24:59 1959 F (282) F40 (88) Eagle A.C.
1503 Lisa BOLAND 01:26:31 01:27:51 907 F (377) F50 (32) Eagle A.C.
1526 Frances O’CONNOR 01:27:20 01:28:13 2529 F (395) F60 (4) Eagle A.C.
1627 Michelle CHEUNG 01:28:54 01:29:49 1212 F (454) FS (69) Eagle A.C.
1665 Ian BRENNAN 01:29:00 01:30:26 1365 M (1189) M50 (137) Eagle A.C.
1680 Olivia HOLMES 01:29:42 01:30:33 3143 F (485) F40 (149) Eagle A.C.


Thanks to Derek Costello Photos for use of photos.