Club Notes for October 2018

200-pix-news-resultsClub Notes & News for October 2018

[eagleAC] Eagle AC weekly club email 25.10.2018

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Evening all

Congratulations this week to Pat O’ Connor on a great performance in Amsterdam a great result, and Ruairi has the details below for you so I won’t spoil the surprise! Great stuff Pat!

The very best of luck to all our fantastic Eagle AC runners heading to the Dublin city marathon this Sunday! The long training plans have come to an end and it’s time to put all of those plans into action and make to most of your time on the roads of Dublin, we hope everyone has a great day out and you reach your planned targets.

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Eagle AC at Dublin City Marathon 2018

Report by Ruairi Egan.

Post DCM discussions at Doheny & Nesbitts!

The big event last weekend was of course the Dublin City Marathon. 24 Eagles made it to the start line and a word of commiseration to the other 5 members originally entered who didn’t make it this year.

Before Dublin start

All wrapped up before the start!

Leading in the Eagle challenge this year was Viv Foley in a brilliant 02:42, followed by club captain Damian smashing through the 3 hr barrier for the first time going all the way to down to 02:50.



Four more made it home under the 3 hour mark. Donal Dowling with a massive PB outing of 2:53, Ruairi O’Callaghan 02:55, Tom Fox 02:59 (first sub 3 for Tom) and Padraic Maher with some nice pacing for 02:59:54.

Donal Dublin

Huge PB for Donal Dowling. 2.53

First lady this year was Karen Bevan with a fantastic PB run of 03:26, well done Karen! Catherine Murphy (PB), Helen Cronin (PB), Mairead Lonergan (PB) and Dolores Gibbons (PB)  the others in our top 5 lady finishers, super running all. Congratulations also to Catherine McCarthy on completing her first marathon.

Karen Dublin

First sub 3.30 marathon for Karen Bevan.

Plenty of war stories were exchanged afterwards in Doheny & Nesbitts, along with the usual “Never again” promises which are probably already forgotten. Well done to all, everyone got around safely and some great times with plenty of PBs as well.

John Dublin

John Swanton post race with his well earned silverware.

(Photo credits to Kieran Carlin and John Quigley)

Full details:

Place Name From Cat. Place in cat. Chip time Finish time

133 Vivian Foley Eagle A.c. M45 10 02:42:47 02:42:58

257 Damian Kenneally Eagle A.c. M35 71 02:50:08 02:50:19

339 Donal Dowling Eagle A.c. M40 74 02:53:04 02:53:15

414 Ruairi O’ Callaghan Eagle A.c. M40 93 02:55:22 02:55:34

636 Tom Fox Eagle A.c. M50 23 02:59:10 02:59:26

721 Padraic Maher Eagle A.c. MS 210 02:59:54 03:01:14

807 Brian McGuire Eagle A.c. M45 101 03:04:06 03:04:17

1536 John Sheehan Eagle A.c. M45 239 03:18:02 03:18:49

1681 Ken Mulcahy Eagle A.c. M50 82 03:18:59 03:19:59

2159 Karen Bevan Eagle A.c. F40 41 03:26:04 03:27:45

3856 Catherine Murphy Eagle A.c. F40 102 03:37:10 03:52:20

4182 Helen Cronin Eagle A.c. F35 103 03:40:16 03:55:25

4310 Mairead Lonergan Eagle A.c. FS 140 03:41:52 03:57:01

5281 Dolores Gibbons Eagle A.c. F45 137 03:49:53 04:06:45

6927 Patrick Walsh Eagle A.c. MS 1183 03:52:09 04:23:03

7187 John Swanton Eagle A.c. M35 1311 03:53:22 04:25:42

5824 Andrew O’Farrell Eagle AC M65 7089 03:54:42

4400 Ruairi Egan Eagle A.c. M45 713 03:56:22 03:58:02

6292 Ian Roche Eagle A.c. M40 1290 03:58:36 04:15:40

8661 Michael Noonan Eagle A.c. M35 1499 04:08:30 04:38:53

6050 Damien Malone Eagle A.c. M35 1149 04:11:44 04:13:42

9496 Catherine McCarthy Eagle A.c. F45 410 04:16:04 04:47:38

10573 Andrew MacDonald Eagle AC M35 04:27:53


Anne-Marie Power completes World Championship Ironman in Hawaii

Congratulations to club member Anne Marie Power who completed the Ironman World Championship in Hawaii over the weekend.


Anne-Marie’s time for the full Ironman was 11 hours 18 mins and 09 seconds. The time is broken down as follows…

Race Summary
2.4 mile Swim 01:10:26
112 mile Bike 05:37:52
26.2 mile Run 04:18:52
Overall 11:18:09

Anne-Marie described the conditions as hot and humid which made the final leg especially tough.


Club Notes for Sept 2018

200-pix-news-resultsClub news and results for September 2018.

[eagleAC] Eagle AC Weekly Club Email 27.09.2018

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Evening all

Hope the week so going ok so far, it’s almost Friday anyway!

Well done to all the Eagles in Charleville last weekend with some brilliant running on the day. I know many were also using the run as a build up to the Dublin Marathon, in 30 days, so hope it went to plan. Thanks to Ruairi for the results on this below.

This weekend brings the ever popular Cork to Cobh 15 miler. The race starts at 9 am on the lower Glanmire road outside St Patrick’s Church and if anyone has not done it before and would like to, you can sign up for this one on the morning the race at the Union Chandlery from 7.30am , for €20. There are always plenty of Eagles running this race so plenty of company to be found.

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Berlin Marathon 2018 Trip Report by Derek O’Keeffe

After Gate

Getting to the start line of a marathon is always risky. It’s usually some sort of injury or illness that stops people getting there. But for some of us, it was so much bad luck it was almost like a sign telling us not to go. Mairead Lonergan’s flight was overbooked, leaving her stranded in Amsterdam. There were rumours of sabotage by fellow passengers Ian Roche and Derek Costello but these were later proven to be false. Luckily Mairead was allowed to board literally seconds before they shut the door. For me, my flight was cancelled, and I needed to stay in Paris for one night. By the way, if anyone needs to stay in the Novotel hotel in CDG airport, do not get the shuttle-bus! Turns out it’s a totally different hotel, with the same name, literally miles from the airport. Google Maps is useful for discovering these mistakes after you have made them. Derek Costello also had some bad luck, suffering 2 hamstring tears just a week earlier. After arriving in Berlin he also discovered that when a menu says Jam-Pizza It really is jam, and not ham. Strawberry jam on an authentic thin crust base with cheese, anchovies and olives is risky business the day before a marathon.


Ian and Derek eventually arrive in Berlin!

Eventually, after making it to Berlin on Saturday, it was straight to the expo for me to get my number. In and out job, no messing about. I didn’t stay there long as I was in search of coffee and chocolate cake. A bunch of us met for a carb loaded pasta lunch and then went to a cafe owned by Karen Bevan’s mother’s cousin. It’s a kind of 70’s retro style cafe, undiscovered by hipsters. The kind of place where you can have an excellent coffee and cake without the bearded men in skinny jeans. I highly recommend the Russian chocolate and pear cake.


Schnittichen on Grobeerenstrabe, Karen’s relative’s cafe

I read somewhere that Berliners don’t eat bratwurst, It’s just the tourists and marathon runners that eat them. But if Berliners don’t support the bratwurst industry, they sure make up for it in support for their home marathon. The crowds along the course were something else. There is nowhere along the course that is not packed with supporters. Things that stand out in my memory of the race was an old lady with a clacker about mile 23 shouting ‘new world record’ causing a standing-wave of cheering by all the passing runners. Another memory I have is a group of locals in an apartment balcony over the course with a massive sound system so loud, their neighbour’s ears must still be ringing.

There were some impressive runs by Eagle AC and other Cork runners on the day. Mark Smith running a PB of 2:32, not far behind Mike Morgan (St Finbarrs) who knocked out a 2:30PB. Vivian Foley ran an incredible time of 2:41 after coming back only recently from injury. Vivian did get beaten very badly by his rival Donal Coakley (Leevale) though, who ran a PB of 2:38. This rivalry goes back to 12 months ago from when Donal got badly beaten by Vivian.

Karen Bevan and Lisa Boland ran a close race, just 12 seconds apart, both finishing in 3:31. Derek Costello, coming into the race with 2 hamstring tears and a stomach full of the jam-pizza, amazingly finishing in 3:57. Mairead Lonergan, who I believe also ate the performance enabling jam-pizza ran a great 3:47.


Derek, Lisa and Mairead resting their legs at the finish line.

Another couple of heroes I have the pleasure to train with, Sean O Keeffe and David Craig (Bandon AC) knocked out solid PBs of 2:42 each.

Ian Roche ran a strong time of 3:37, a good way off his PB but will remain fresh for Dublin in a few weeks.  A couple of us had not such good races. Ronan Boland who was in fantastic shape, unfortunately had to pull out due to a hamstring injury. My own race didn’t go according to plan with me bailing out at 32K with another sore hamstring. I chatted with Alan O’Brien for a bit and he convinced me to get going again and finished what felt like my toughest marathon. Eluid Kipchoge (not Cork) ran a solid 2:01, breaking the world record. It looks like this record may stand for some time so it was a privilege to take part in this historic race.


Eliud Kipchoge (Not Cork) on his way to setting a new world record of 2.01.39.

After the race we gathered by the Brandenburg Gate near the finish line. Drinking Erdinger and eating bratwurst in the sun like real marathon runners, we swapped stories of the race and swore never-again.


Eagles in official marathon jackets. Sales of these from the merchandise shop were directly correlated to sales from the Erdinger truck.


Trampolines – An excellent way to recover tired legs

From here a few of us went to Brlo Brewhouse. Made from old shipping containers with an outdoor deck-chair seating area it’s the perfect place to chill out over a beer with some food. There is even a kids play-sand-pit which would have been perfect for Olympic style long-jump attempts, if we could just get our turn. As I sat in the deck-chair in the last of the evening sun, I thought to myself, we did it, we made it. It felt great. The day reminded me of a quote by Hunter S Thompson – [It was a classic affirmation of everything right and true and decent in the national character. It was a gross, physical salute to the fantastic possibilities of life in this country-but only for those with true grit. And we were chock full of that.]




Derek trying his best to recruit Eliud to Eagle AC  just before the flight home.

Results from the 2018 Berlin Marathon

Well done to all the Eagle AC members who posted some fine times in this years Berlin Marathon.


Smith, Mark (GBR) M40 Eagle AC 02:32:49
Foley, Vivian (IRL) M45 Eagle Athletics Club 02:41:25
O’Keeffe, Sean (IRL) M40 Eagle Ac 02:42:30
Okeeffe, Derek (IRL) M40 Eagle Ac 02:59:12
Boland, Lisa (IRL) W50 Eagle Ac 03:31:17
Bevan, Karen (IRL) W40 Eagle Ac 03:31:29
Roche, Ian (IRL) M40 Eagle A C 03:37:30
Lonergan, Mairead (IRL) W30 Eagle AC 03:47:20
Costello, Derek (IRL) M50 Eagle Ac 03:57:52

They were part of a large contingent of runners from Cork who made the journey to the German capital.

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Get ready for winter

As the weather starts to change, why not take a fresh look at our club gear
web-store where some new items have been added this week –

Ron Hill jackets:


Track tops:


As well as the existing variety of long sleeve tops and hoodies:


And as always, our members 10% discount code remains ‘EAGLE10’. I will have some samples of the new items at next week’s track session, 25/09.