Member of Eagle AC since: May 2019 ( since Derek persuaded me to join the friendliest club in Ireland!!)
How long have you been running? What made you take it up?: I started off running way back in 2001 when I first started working in Novartis and completed the annual 5km there and finished in last position just ahead of the ambulance!
Favourite thing about running: Headspace for me from home life and the friendly banter we have on our weekly runs or training sessions, love the people I meet through the club and the many races I have been to over the last 20 years
It was certainly a Dublin City Marathon weekend like no other this year with members having to complete the annual event virtually.
Congratulations to our many club members who took part over the weekend – there seems to have been plenty of members who took part in the 10k, half and full distances.
One of the stand out performances from the weekend has to have been Mike McGrath’s brilliant 3.23 marathon – Sunday’s run was Mike’s first marathon in 27 years! All of the lockdown training certainly paid off , with Mike pacing the race perfectly and running a huge negative split. Well done and congrats to Mike.
Another very impressive performance came from Robyn Dransfield who broke the 2 hour barrier for the Half marathon for the first time! Pacer Daniel seems to have done his job perfectly with a time of 1.59.44 for Robyn! 🙂
How long have you been running what made you take it up: I started on 8th January 2006 to train for a once in a lifetime marathon and kept going.
Favourite thing about running: The head space.
Favourite race distance to run: Anything that was long enough to require no speedwork and a picnic and short enough that I could tell my wife “see you tomorrow” – typically between 6 and 16 hours. Now I have more sense.
On any other year many of us would right now, be getting ready to toe the line at the Dublin City Marathon 2020. Unfortunately this year was to have other plans for us! However to mark the occasion we have gathered a few memories and photographs from members of their most memorable/enjoyable DCM moments. Thanks to all those who sent photos in. Hopefully normal service will resume in 2021 but for now these will have to do !
Despite the fact that organised races are very very few and far between these days, it has been great to see Eagle AC members still finding ways to motivate and challenge themselves over the past few months. This was especially evident this weekend with lots of members taking part in a number of virtual events and challenges.
It was brilliant to see the Eagle AC singlet back in action once again on Sunday, 6th September at the National Masters Track and Field Championships 2020 at Morton Stadium in Santry.
Eagle AC was represented by 5 athletes – Hugh McSweeney, Ken Higgs, Vivian Foley, Tom Fox and Richard Piotrowski. The 5 guys all put in brilliant performances and earned 4 National Titles between them for their efforts!
First in action on the day was Hugh McSweeney who claimed M70 Gold in the 200m event. Hugh ran a time of 31.12.
Next up was Ken Higgs in the 400m who, with a brilliant run of 1.10.30 won the M70 400m title.
Our last 3 competitors all took part in the 5000m event. Vivian and Tom took part in 4th 5k race while Richard was in the 5th. An amazing run of 16.42 for Vivian saw him claim a comprehensive victory in the M50 category. Tom, with a great run of 18.05 finished in 4th M55 position, very unlucky to miss out on a medal by just one place.
In the final race of the day Richard Piotrowski too had a comprehensive victory when running to M70 5k Gold. Richards time of 21.36 meant that he finished well over a minute ahead of his nearest competitors.
Well done to all our athletes who competed yesterday. It was brilliant to see the club being represented so well on the National stage. Winning a National Title is an amazing achievement – as a club, Eagle AC were delighted to see members hard work, training and dedication pay off in spades yesterday. Their performances will definitely serve to motivate and inspire the rest of us over the coming months! A mention to Competition Secretary Pat Murphy too who organised all of the Eagle AC entries etc. for the Championships. Thanks to Pat for all of the work involved in this.
The Eagle AC Summer Series 2020 (Virtual Edition!) drew to a close this week when the final race of this year’s series was held. Race No. 4 took place between Wednesday 19th – Friday 21st August and saw 63 members in total log an entry. This was a great number once again, especially when we weren’t so lucky with the weather this time around to say the least!
A special mention from this month’s entries must go to Tamara Lopez who managed to log her 5 miles whilst running around her garden! It was great to see Martin Daly back in action after a recent injury also, as well as Derek Costello who logged a brilliant 5 miles and is hopefully well on the road to recovery after a tough year of injuries. For the photos from Race 4 see the album here –https://www.flickr.com/photos/125872653@N04/sets/72157715606774967/
The club committed to donate at least €1 for each run logged throughout the series to Fota Wildlife Park. A GoFundMe page was also set up in order for members to make a voluntary donation to the cause if they so wished. Between the 4 races there were 293 runs logged. This, combined with the amount of €950 raised through our GoFundMe page translates to a total of €1,243 being raised by Eagle AC for Fota Wildlife Park. We would like to sincerely thank members who contributed so generously to this cause over the past few months. The money raised from the Summer Series will go directly towards the feeding bill and operational costs of the park.
This time around, we had two raffles to complete – one for all those who took part in Race 4 and one for all those who completed all 4 races in the Summer Series 2020. In total, we had 53 members who took part in all 4 races. A huge thanks to The Edge Sports who donated the prizes so generously for this series. Their generous sponsorship ensured that we could donate 100% of profits from the series to Fota Wildlife Park.
Race No. 4 Raffle Winners:
Dolores Casey – €20 voucher – The Edge Sports
Michelle Traynor – €15 voucher – The Edge Sports
Anne Murphy – €10 voucher – The Edge Sports
Andrew McDonald – €20 voucher – The Edge Sports
Ray Harrington – €10 voucher – The Edge Sports
Sean Lucey – €10 voucher – The Edge Sports
Geraldine Corcoran – €15 voucher – The Edge Sports
Mark Smith – €15 voucher – The Edge Sports
Donal Hannigan – €20 voucher – The Edge Sports
Overall Summer Series Winners:
Ken Nyhan – €20 voucher – The Edge Sports
Frank Cotter – €10 voucher – The Edge Sports
Derek Costello – €15 voucher – The Edge Sports
Ruairi O’Callaghan – €15 voucher – The Edge Sports
Gary Gibbons – €20 voucher – The Edge Sports
Karen Bevan – €15 voucher – The Edge Sports
Denis Looney – €20 voucher – The Edge Sports
Dermot Slyne – €10 voucher – The Edge Sports
Olga O’Sullivan – €20 voucher – The Edge Sports
Congratulations to all of the winners this time around.
Many thanks to all those who have put in lots of behind the scenes work to make this series happen over the past few months. Especially to Damian Kenneally who is the brainchild behind the Summer Series!! And to Ruairi Egan who organised all of the vouchers and photos for each race. A big thanks to Derek Costello also, for putting the Flickr albums together for every race and to Denis Looney who organised the GoFundMe page.
Finally, we would just like to say a huge thanks to all members who took part in the 2020 series in such great numbers . Hopefully it was a way to help keep members somewhat connected and motivated over the past few crazy months!
All that’s left to say is Roll on Eagle AC Summer Series 2021 – Hopefully a non-virtual event!!
Member of Eagle AC since : 2002 I think thanks to the great Joe Murphy !
How long have you been running? What made you take it up : I started running Cross Country ( because I couldn’t get on the School rugby team ! ) when I was about 14 but have been running consistently and competing in Road Races I’d say for over 40 years. 1st marathon was Dublin 1983 !
Favourite thing about running : The Buzz you get after a long run or speed session and being out in the fresh air !
Favourite race distance to run: Half Marathon
What is your main goal for this year: I haven’t run a Marathon since Dublin 1993 so as I was 60 last December I’ve decided to run the Gap of Dunloe Marathon, as my previous goal marathon, Manchester was cancelled in April.
Your best race/most memorable racing moment to date: Running 3.03 at the California Marathon in Sacramento CA on my birthday in Dec 1990 ( -7C at race start ) to qualify for 1991 Boston Marathon ( sub 3.05 required based on your Age )
Tell us something most people might not know about you : I also play golf ( Handicap 5 ) and won an All Ireland Medal playing for Muskerry in 2007.
Biggest heroes (sporting or non-sporting) : Steve Jobs (Apple Inc founder ), Ernie Els ( World Class Golfer ) , Tony Robbins ( Self Help Guru )
One bit of advice you would give to someone thinking of taking up running : Start slow and increase your mileage gradually , Think long term !– I always say “ it’s better to run 50 x 20 mile weeks rather than 20 x 50 mile weeks !
3 things you would take with you onto a desert island :
My coffee machine, i phone , and my running shoes of course !
The Eagle AC Summer Series 2020 (Virtual Edition) continued last week with Race No. 3 of the series taking place between Wednesday July 15th – Friday July 17th. 71 members logged their entries this time around – another great turn out.
With the travel restrictions removed there were a few runs recorded from a little further afield this time around – from Kerry to France to the Alps! This last location ensured that Tamara Lopez and Damien Helleboid won the spot prize for highest elevation run for Race No. 3! There was no beating an overall elevation of 538 metres!
As you all know, the club is donating at least €1 for each run logged throughout the series to Fota Wildlife Park. The Covid-19 crisis of course meant that the park had to close its gates for a prolonged period of time. A large portion of it’s income comes from daily visitors and this of course, has been hugely impacted over the last few months. The money raised from our Summer Series will go directly towards the feeding bill and operational costs of the park. Thanks to all who have contributed so generously to our GoFundMe page so far. Between both members and club donations we have currently raised almost €900 for the park. If anyone would still like to make a voluntary donation they can do so here …. https://gf.me/u/x86vm7 . The suggested ‘race fee’ is €5 but any amount, big or small is greatly appreciated.
So now onto the prize winners for those who entered Race 3. This month’s winners are :
Anne Murphy – €15 voucher – The Edge Sports
Michael Connern – €15 voucher – The Edge Sports
Ray Harrington – €20 voucher – The Edge Sports
Tom Fox – €20 voucher – The Edge Sports
There was a draw this time also for all those members who have donated to Fota Wildlife Park through our Go Fund Me page so far. The winner of this draw for this month was Mark O’Keeffe . Well done to Mark who has won a family day pass for Fota Wildlife Park.
As mentioned previously, the winners of our spot prize for highest elevation run were Tamara Lopez and Damien Helleboid with an elevation gain of 538 metres!
The winner of our spot prize for best animal themed photo for this race was a very tough call as there were a number of very strong entries!! Honourable mentions to Michael Connern who drew a picture of a horse on his Strava run route, to Ruairi O’Callaghan’s dog dressed up in his singlet, sunglasses and Garmin, and to Colin O Herlihy and his triathlon fish and cat team!! However, judges agreed that the winners for best animal themed photo this time around were Ber and Denis Looney and their dog, who looks extremely happy to be decked out in the Eagle AC gear!
Well done to all our winners– lots more prizes to be won in the last race in the series for anyone who hasn’t been lucky yet!
A huge thanks to both The Edge Sports Shop and Fota Wildlife Park for their very generous sponsorship of prizes for this entire series. It is really very much appreciated and ensures that we can donate 100% of profits from the series to Fota Wildlife Park.
The 4th and final race in the series will run from August 19th -21st and we hope that it will prove just as popular as the first 3 races. Thanks to all for their continued support of the event.