Report on National Indoor Masters Track and Field Championships, 10th March 2019

Report written by Neil Kingston

Three Eagles represented the club at the National Indoor Masters Track and Field Championships in Athone on Sunday and came away with five medals – 2 gold, 1 silver and 2 bronze.

Results summary:

Hugh McSweeney – M70 1st 60m 9.29; 200m 1st 31.27
Ken Higgs – M65 200m 3rd 31.58; 400m 2nd 1:09.65; 800m 4th 2:56.71
Neil Kingston – M45 400m 4th 58.17; 800m 3rd 2:11.67


Neil Kingston, Hugh McSweeney and Ken Higgs

When you arrive inside the arena in Athlone you can see the venue is
top class, when you run on the track you can tell why such fast
times are being run there so it was a great experience to race on it.
I wonder what times my childhood hero Eamonn Coghlan the “Chairman of
the Boards” himself would have run for the mile on a track like that.

First of the Eagles to go on the day, Hugh looked the part as he got
himself set in the blocks for the 60. After pushing his main rival
right to the line for the Munster title in Nenagh recently the rematch
was on and the tension was high. As we so often see in the Olympics
and Diamond League, and especially in the 60m indoor competitions,
every millisecond counts in the short sprints and a good start from
the blocks is essential. The atmosphere in the arena was one of high
drama as Hugh’s rival false started and was disqualified.

At the ripe young age of 69, Ken ran his age in seconds the 400 and took the silver medal. He didn’t believe me when I told him that this is quite an extraordinary
achievement so well done Ken. Think about it, how many 50 years olds
can run 50 seconds or 80 year olds can run 80 seconds? See more here

For myself, this was another great learning experience in my second
year racing track and first time racing an 800 indoors. While I didn’t
match my medal haul from the national outdoors in Tullamore last
August I was more than happy to run 2 PBs on the day. There was some
drama in my own events as there was a question over residency and
eligibility for national medals of another runner. So having finished
in 4th and 5th place in the 800m and 400m races, I ended up being
bumped up a position in both races, and I have the 800m bronze to
prove it!

I ran a half marathon in December and a 60m sprint in February so in the last
few months I have experienced almost the full range of distances….for
me there is nothing that compares with racing the 400 and 800 indoors,
apart from the 400 and 800 outdoors 🙂 I definitely think the short
sprints are a lot of fun… if you are more of the endurance type and
fancy trying something just a little shorter and quicker than a 5k,
I’d imagine it would be a great experience to run a 3k on the boards
without having to contend with wind, rain and cold!

So that’s the end of the indoor season on the domestic front and
Hugh’s two wins put him clearly top of the club medals table this
year. Hugh still has the World Championships to look forward to in
Poland later this month! Best of luck to you there Hugh, no doubt
you’ll don the Irish vest with pride.

M50 Silver for Eagle AC at Munster Road Championships

Six Eagle AC members headed to Dundrum, Co Tipperary last weekend for the Munster Road Championships. Tony Cambridge, John Sheehan, Tom Fox, John Dunphy, Andrew O’ Farrell and Denis Looney all took on the 4 mile route in what were wet and cold conditions.


Andrew O’Farrell, John Sheehan, Tony Cambridge, Tom Fox and Denis Looney (John Dunphy must be taking the photo!)

The club finished 2nd M50 team on the day. A brilliant result which earned them Munster silver medals! The scoring members were Tony (4th M50) , John Sheehan ( 7th M50) and Tom ( 9th M50) . Tony and John also were scoring members of the Cork team which claimed 2nd M50 County team.

Andrew O’Farrell had a great run also, finishing 2nd M65, just a week before he takes on the Barcelona Marathon!

Well done to all who took part and represented the club on the day. Great results!

  1. Tony Cambridge (4th M50)
  2. John Sheehan  (7th M50)
  3. Tom Fox (9th M50)
  4. John Dunphy (12th M50)
  5. Andrew O’Farrell (2nd M65)
  6. Denis Looney (13th M50)

(Thanks to Niall Moran and Denis Looney for photographs of the day)

Tough Conditions

Heading home after a job well done!

Eagle AC at Kinsale 10 Mile, 24th February 2019

Report by Ruairi Egan


Vivian Foley was first Eagle home.

This new race took place in Kinsale last Sunday and was well supported by Eagle AC. On a tough (& slightly long) course, some strong times were recorded, along with 2 category wins. As in Dungarvan recently, Viv led home the men’s challenge and Catherine the ladies, with Catherine taking 1st F40 and Pat O’Connor picking up the M50 crown.

Well done to everyone who took part, details below:

13 Vivian Foley M45 Eagle ac 00:58:25 00:58:24

26 Sean O’Keeffe M40 Eagle ac 01:00:13 01:00:12

37 Donal Dowling M40 Eagle ac 01:03:04 01:03:03

38 Pat O’ Connor M50 Eagle ac 01:03:30 01:03:30

43 Darren Casey M40 Eagle ac 01:04:09 01:04:07

50 Daniel Dransfield M 01:06:22 01:06:20

61 David O’Keeffe M40 Eagle ac 01:07:27 01:07:24

73 Catherine Murphy F40 Eagle ac 01:08:24 01:08:21

114 Finbarr Lehane M45 Eagle ac 01:12:42 01:12:29

125 Gregg Moore M45 Eagle ac 01:13:30 01:13:30

141 Chris Bristow M Eagle Ac 01:14:06 01:13:47

149 Martin Daly M45 Eagle ac 01:14:30 01:14:26

158 Dermot Gallagher M45 Eagle ac 01:14:41 01:14:26

221 Andrew O’Farrell M65 Eagle ac 01:18:17 01:18:09

230 Ken Nyhan M40 Eagle ac 01:18:49 01:18:29

274 Ken Harte M50 Eagle 01:21:06 01:21:06

313 Sean Lucey M Eagle ac 01:23:29 01:23:07

321 Ita Kirwan F50 Eagle ac 01:23:50 01:23:50

564 Robyn Dransfield F 01:40:19 01:40:11


Finbarr Lehane…..smiling….as usual!

Barcelona Half Marathon Trip Report February 2019 by Elaine Guinane

Report by Elaine Guinane

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View from the Expo

A trip to Barcelona seems to have become something of an annual tradition in Eagle AC, with groups travelling there over the last four or five years to take part in either the full marathon (March) or the Half marathon (Mid-February). The common factors of all these trips are Tim McCarthy and Damian Kenneally. Tim and Damian were part of a group that did the full marathon in 2015 and 2016, and went to the half marathon there last year. As the saying goes, three time is a trend, so it was no surprise that the lads started looking for willing victims to partake in the 2019 E-Dreams Mitja-Maraton (Half Marathon) on Sunday Feb. 10th. Many were quickly on board, and in total 13 of us ran, with several others coming along to support and enjoy a weekend away.

The cosmpolitan capital of Catalonia, Barcelona is colourful, eclectic, cultural and, perhaps best of all given the storm we left behind on the Friday we left Dublin, sunny. Inevitably with such a big group travelling, there were many variations on flight routes and travel arrangements. Those of us who chose to go to Dublin on the Friday and fly directly to Barcelona certainly drew the short straw, as Storm Eric hit and caused many hours of delay to all flights. This aside, we eventually all got there at various hours of the night and early morning, relieved that it was a Sunday race, giving us time to recover, acclimatise and soak in the surroundings on the Saturday.
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Results of Eagle AC Tommy Ryan Memorial Carrigaline 5 Mile Road Race 2019

The annual Eagle AC Tommy Ryan Memorial  5 Mile Road Race was held in Carrigaline on Sunday, 17th February.

Please see below for provisional results. A total of 295 runners took part.

Pos Name Category Gender Club Time
1 Sergiu CIOBANU Ages 35-39 Male Clonliffe Harriers 00:25:09
2 Tim O’ DONOGHUE u35 Male EAST CORK A.C. 00:25:27
3 Sean FITZPATRICK u35 Male 00:25:58
4 Mark WALSH u35 Male LEEVALE A.C. 00:26:44
5 Michael CORBETT Ages 40-44 Male ST. FINBARRS A.C. 00:27:05
6 Kieran MCKEOWN Ages 40-44 Male Watergrasshill A.C. 00:27:16
7 Rory O’ SULLIVAN Ages 40-44 Male ST. FINBARRS A.C. 00:27:27
8 Barry O’Shea u35 Male Midleton A.C. 00:28:07
9 Claire Mccarthy Ages 40-44 Female LEEVALE A.C. 00:28:14
10 Cathal O’ CONNELL Ages 56-60 Male ST. FINBARRS A.C. 00:28:16
11 Danny SMITH Ages 40-44 Male 00:28:28
12 John GOGGIN Ages 35-39 Male TRACTON A.C. 00:28:50
13 John O Brien Ages 45-49 Male ST. FINBARRS A.C. 00:28:55
14 Padraig Sheehan Ages 35-39 Male ST. FINBARRS A.C. 00:29:20
15 Ian O’ LEARY Ages 51-55 Male LEEVALE A.C. 00:29:57
16 Gary CLERKIN Ages 45-49 Male GRANGE/FERMOY A.C. 00:30:09
17 Noel Early Ages 35-39 Male St. CatherineÆs A.C. 00:30:38
18 Donal GILTINAN Ages 35-39 Male 00:30:40
19 David O’ LEARY Ages 35-39 Male 00:30:58
20 Tony CAMBRIDGE Ages 51-55 Male EAGLE A.C. 00:30:59
21 Niamh MOORE u35 Female LEEVALE A.C. 00:31:10
22 John TWOMEY Ages 40-44 Male Clonakilty Road Runners AC 00:31:16
23 Tom Fox Ages 51-55 Male EAGLE A.C. 00:31:16
24 James Naughton Ages 45-49 Male cork triathlon club 00:31:41
25 Michael MULCAHY Ages 40-44 Male 00:31:42
26 Joe COFFEY Ages 45-49 Male 00:31:44
27 Ann Geary Ages 40-44 Female Midleton A.C. 00:31:50
28 Peadar LUCEY Ages 40-44 Male MALLOW A.C. 00:32:01
29 Bryan GALLWEY Ages 35-39 Male Clonakilty Road Runners AC 00:32:11
30 Patrick Daly Ages 40-44 Male MALLOW A.C. 00:32:13

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Chicago Marathon 2018 and Six Stars Report

By Mark Smith


 I completed my first run longer than 6 miles back in January 2012 when I decided to start training for the Cork marathon, which was to be both my first marathon and first road race.  Up until that point I had only been doing a few runs at lunchtime, totalling no more than 20 miles a week.  Fast forward to June and I crossed the finish line on St. Patrick’s Street in a time of 2:59:27, which is where it all began.  Stupidly I thought I already had the measure of the marathon.

The next few years were a bit chequered, marked by injuries (due to poor training) and marginal improvements to my marathon times (dropped to 2:48:23 in London 2016).  I cramped up at the end of most marathons and at least once I swore never again and genuinely believed it.  In a moment of madness I tried for an entry to the 2017 Tokyo marathon as a “semi-elite overseas athlete”.  With only the 200 fastest runners accepted per year I really never expected to get in and I was shocked/delighted to get the acceptance email.

Around the same time I learned about the Six Star Finisher medal for completing all the World Marathon Majors.  With automatic qualification for Tokyo in the bag I tried for qualification to New York and also got accepted.  It was pretty much at this point that I decided to try and do them all, although I don’t think I truly realised what lay ahead.

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New York Marathon 2018 Report by Dermot Slyne

By Dermot Slyne

Well with a bit of prompting from Mairead in the Eagle PR department I used my time on the plane back to write a bit of a report on the New York marathon. First a small bit of background (assignment no. 2 from Mairead!) for those who don’t know me. (The Sunday morning crew can go straight to the New York report!)


Dermot with his well earned NYC 2018 Marathon medal!

I started running in April 2012 after spending the previous 18 months reacquainting myself with fresh air thanks to getting my first Labrador dog called Bumble. We did a 5 mile walk most days and one day we ran between two telephone poles, Bumble was fine, I was in bits. Next day we did two telephone poles and six months later I ran DCM12 as my first ever race of any description. Continue reading