Eagle AC Virtual Tommy Ryan Memorial Run 2021

UPDATE 9/2/21 : DUE TO THE BAD WEATHER FORECAST FOR THIS WEEKEND, THE RACE DIRECTORS HAVE DECIDED TO EXTEND THE WINDOW FOR ENTRIES UNTIL SUNDAY 21ST FEBRUARY. RUNS CAN NOW BE ENTERED FROM 11TH – 21ST FEBRUARY.

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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Eagle AC ’12 Runs of Christmas’ – Week 4 and Final Results

The Eagle AC ’12 Runs of Christmas’ Series for 2020 drew to a close over the weekend after a very successful ( and competitive!) 4th week of festivities.

The runs for Week 4 were:

#10.  Christmas 3’s:  Light up the roads or the track with some ‘Christmas Trees’ this week! Warm up, 3 mins to shine & 90 secs to recharge, repeat 5-6 times. (aim for 5k pace) 
#11. Making Progress to Christmas:
  Let’s build the excitement, this is a progression run over 10 miles/km’s; the only rule is the mile/km you are in must be faster than the run you just finished!
#12.Option 1 Mapping the way to Christmas:Plan your route & map out a Christmas image on your run.
#12. Option 2 Christmas Cheer: Get the family/friends out for a run walk cycle and make it festive. Wear your Christmas Jumper, Hat or Antlers! Send us a photo

Our Christmas 3’s run was perfect for our weekly track sessions at CIT – 3 minute repeats with 90 second recoveries. Lots of members got this run ticked off their list at CIT on either Tuesday or Thursday night.

Our Making Progress to Christmas run was completed mainly on the roads – participants had to complete a 10 mile/km run with each mile being faster than the last. Dermot Slyne kept a close eye on this one for us to make sure that all rules were being adhered to!! 🙂

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Eagle AC Member Profile: John Sheehan

Eagle AC Member Profile:


Name: John Sheehan

Member of Eagle AC since:  End 2015 – My old school mate Denis Looney roped me in. 

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

Since 2015. Well actually, I used to hate running and hadn’t done much sport for many years.  Then I was working away from home during the week (in Carlow) and enjoyed the free nights for a while  but started to get bored of trips to the pub (remember when they were open?).  I just laced up an old pair of runners one evening and started running.  The truth is when you start it can be tough, especially on your own.  I was talking to friends who ran and they recommended installing a running app on my phone and the rest is history, I caught the bug!  Being a competitive animal, although generally running on my own I am always racing against myself and the running apps are a great motivator.

Favourite thing about running:

Running helps to clear my head of any worries that I may have been carrying throughout the day.  It helps make me feel stress-free and I sleep better than before.  I also enjoy training for a specific event – it gives a purpose and discipline.  I never thought I would turn-down drink to be ready for a run the following morning!  Without question running has improved my physical and mental health and provides me with more energy.  I also enjoy the social element of running and the ball-hopping on something like Strava.  I now have some running friends that I might only meet once or twice a year but it is great to follow their progress.  I enjoy getting to the track when I can.  Now that I am mainly working from home I have more opportunity to get to the track so hopefully it will stay open. 

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Eagle AC ’12 Runs of Christmas’ – Week 3

The past week saw us well and truly over the halfway mark of  the 12 Runs of Christmas, and coincided nicely with the recent lifting of restrictions, opening up plenty of options for all the runs! 

Run number 7, ‘Destination Christmas Run’, saw the creative side of club members once again emerging, with a huge variety of runs and Christmas scenes from all corners of the county! Some managed to make their runs very much Christmas and ‘Eagle’ themed!

A very fashionably dressed Santa in Glenn Kenneally’s house!

Our most challenging session of the week, ‘2 Merry Minutes’ (8 x 2 mins hard, 2 mins easy) fitted in well with the reopening of CIT track and our first Tuesday night session in a while. The run could have been called ‘Frosty the Session’ however, as track attendees had to contend with a couple of slippy patches! Mission accomplished with everyone in one piece at the end, fortunately. 

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Eagle AC ’12 Runs of Christmas’ – Week 2

Our ’12 Runs of Christmas’ Series 2020 continued this week with Week 2 of the challenge taking place. Well over 50 members have logged runs in the series so far which is great to see.

As members have found out by now, each of the 12 runs over the month have a seasonal theme and incorporate a mixture of fun novelty runs and more serious interval/ tempo sessions!! On the menu for this week ( Monday 30th November to Sunday 6th December) were runs 4-6 ……

#4. Cruising towards Christmas:  It’s a Christmas Tempo; warm up for 2 miles- ‘Blitzen’ it for 1 minute on/off X 12 repeats, & cool down. Aim for 5-10k pace for your ‘Blitzen’ minute and cruise through your 1 min recovery.  

#5. Dashing through the Snow/ Baby it’s cold outside/ Rudolf the red-nosed ‘Raindeer’…. Can you see where I’m going with this one ? It’s a 10k run/ 5k walk to challenge the senses, snow/ice/wind/rain, when the going gets tough the tough get going! And of course they find a Christmas themed song to describe their run! 

#6. Festive Traditions: This one’s for you to choose; what run makes you happy, what route helps you to find your magic, what pace hits the pleasure zone? Run it, Share it & let us know your festive favourites!!

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Eagle AC Member Profile: Robyn Dransfield

Name: Robyn Dransfield

Member of Eagle AC since: January 2019

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

I have run my whole life but never considered myself to be a runner until recently. I never just went out for a run, it was always as a warm up for a sports training rather than the training itself. After having kids I started running because it was a quick and (somewhat) easy way to get in some exercise without going far from home or having to stick to a class timetable at the gym. My first target run was the Amsterdam 8km race in 2013. I loved the atmosphere and the rush of adrenaline at the start line and finishing in the Olympic stadium was pretty cool too. From there I was keen to work towards longer runs and quicker times. I have definitely caught the running bug!

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