Eagle AC Member Profile : Sandra Manning

Name: Sandra Manning

Member of Eagle AC since: 2014 (I think!)

How long have you been running? What made you take it up?: Started athletics when I was 7 (have several county, Munster and All Ireland sprint medals) but gave it up again mid teens and took it up again after I had my first baby when I gave up hockey. 

Favourite thing about running: Head space from work, kids, life in general. I always feel better after I’ve been for a run. Usually if I’m running in the morning I’d have my day and work schedule organised in my head by the time I get back. Also love being part of a club; heading out on long runs the miles would fly by as the company is great.

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Eagle AC Member Profile: Siobhan Holland

Eagle AC Member Profile

Name: Siobhan Holland

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

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Virtual Dublin City Marathon 2020

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.

3.23 Marathon for Mike McGrath!

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! 🙂 

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Eagle AC Member Profile: Grellan McGrath

Eagle AC Member Profile:

Name: Grellan McGrath

Member of Eagle AC since: 2007

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.

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Dublin City Marathon Memories

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 !

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Busy Weekend for Eagle AC Members – 12th/13th September

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.

Jason, Darren, Catherine, Damian, Mark, Ruairi and Karen at the start of The Cork 50k!
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Eagle AC @ National Masters Track and Field Championships 2020

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.

Eagle AC Summer Series – Race 4 – 19th – 21st August

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.

Denis Carroll

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

Ray needs a rest after taking part in all 4 races!!

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!!

Donal Hannigan

Ber and Denis Looney

Eagle AC Member Profile: Mike McGrath

Eagle AC Member Profile:

Name : Mike McGrath

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 !