Charleville Half Marathon 15th September 2019

Report by Ruairi Egan

As usual, the club was well represented by 28 members in Charleville on Sunday 15th September at the annual half marathon. 1,200 runners set out on a dry but pretty humid morning. There were quite a few PB’s set on the relatively flat course. Alan O’Brien was first home, recording another superb sub 70, with Mark Smith and Derek O’Keefe next over the line for the club. Sandra Manning led the ladies challenge with her first sub 90 half, well done to Sandra, with Michelle Traynor and Mairead Lonergan making up our top 3.
In the age categories, we had a win for Richard Piotrowski in the M70 and 3rd place for Andrew O’Farrell in the M65 section.

Alan Bateman, Tom Fox, Dermot Slyne and Mike Forde before the start.

Well done to all who took part.
8,  Alan O’BRIEN (#18) 01:09:11 01:09:09 Elite (8) Male  (8)
27. Mark SMITH (#676) 01:14:42  01:14:40 O40 (6) Male  (26)
49.  Sean O’KEEFFE (#479) 01:18:16 01:18:12 O40 (12) Male (48)
60.  Derek O’KEEFFE (#618) 01:19:31 01:19:26 O45 (5) Male  (59)
116. Michael FORDE (#897) 01:24:03 01:23:58 O40 (33) Male  (111)
139. Dermot SLYNE (#1259) 01:24:44 01:24:39 O40 (40) Male  (132)
147. Tom FOX (#493)  01:25:14 01:25:08 O50 (6) Male  (140)
154. Damian KENNEALLY (#68) 01:25:32 01:25:29 Open (51) Male  (147)
155. Vincent O SULLIVAN (#610) 01:25:45 01:25:40 O40 (48) Male  (148)
201. Alan BATEMAN (#232)  01:28:54 01:28:48 O45 (25) Male  (189)
206. Sandra MANNING (#490) 01:29:25 01:29:19 Open (4)  Female  (13)
218. Ruairi EGAN (#1398) 01:29:44 01:29:37 O50 (11) Male  (204)
252. Ian ROCHE (#1091) 01:31:52 01:31:42  O40 (70) Male  (233)
268. Finbarr LEHANE (#814)  01:32:41 01:32:35 O45 (35) Male  (246)
274. Glenn KENNEALLY (#818) 01:33:04 01:32:57 O40 (73) Male  (252)
294. Mike MCGRATH (#606)  01:33:45 01:33:38  O55 (6) Male  (269)
333. Richard PIOTROWSKI (#1280) 01:35:01 01:34:54 O70 (1)  Male  (304)
377. Mike O CONNOR (#545) 01:37:20 01:37:10 Open (131) Male  (343)
420. Michelle TRAYNOR (#1415) 01:39:14 01:39:03 O40 (10) Female  (47)
503. Ken NYHAN (#213) 01:42:26 01:42:09 O40 (119) Male  (445)
505. Mairead LONERGAN (#382) 01:42:34 01:42:20 Open (25) Female  (60)
509. Helen Cronin (#1640) 01:42:42 01:42:24 Open (26) Female  (61)
543. Andrew MACDONALD (#821) 01:43:44 01:43:25 Open (180)  Male  (470)
575. Eddie TRINDLE (#447)  01:44:42 01:44:27 O40 (133) Male  (494)
628. Cian QUIGLEY (#1500)  01:46:37 01:46:18  Open (209)  Male  (531)
701. Karen KELLEHER (#1436) 01:50:25  01:49:44  O40 (27)  Female  (122)
775. Andrew O’FARRELL (#543) 01:54:36 01:54:16  O65 (3)  Male  (620)
1033 Robyn DRANSFIELD (#357) 02:08:06  02:07:12  Open (130 )  Female  (303)

Rathcormac 4 Mile and Overall Summer Series Results 2019

Group rathcormac

Paul Cotter, Mike McGrath ( 1st M55) , Elaine Guinane and Mike Noonan

The Eagle AC Summer Series 2019 came to a close last Thursday night at the Rathcormac 4 Miler. Another great turnout with approx. 40 members taking part in the race.

First mention must go to Catherine Murphy who was 1st lady home on the night in a time of 25.51- her first race victory! Well done to Alan O Brien also who was 2nd M overall in a brilliant time of 19.53. There were a number of category prizes picked up by club members also – Michelle Traynor claimed first F35, Mark Smith 1st M35 and Mike McGrath, 1st M55. There were plenty of great runs and pbs by other members also. A mention to Daniel Luxton who ran his first official race for the club in his Eagle AC gear!


Alan O’Brien 2nd M

2. Alan O’Brien 19.53
4. Mark Smith M 20.50
18. Derek O’Keeffe M 23.54
20. Dermot Slyne M 24.15
23. Tom Fox M 24.26
28. Vincent O’Sullivan M 25.03
34. Mike McGrath M 25.44
38. Catherine Murphy F 25.51
39. Daniel Dransfield M 25.53
48. Finbarr Lehane M 26.18
49. Damian Kenneally M 26.18
54. James Quinlan M 26.29
56. Ray Harrington M 26.43
71. Richard Piotrowski M 27.20
72. Michelle Traynor F 27.24
80. Gary Gibbons M 27.40
92. Elaine Guinane F 28.03
93. Mark O’Keeffe M 28.03
96. Siobhan Holland F 28.09
98. Dermot Gallagher M 28.13
105. Cian Quigley M 28.43
108. Mairead Lonergan F 28.49
109. Denis Carroll M 28.55
113. Ken Nyhan M 29.10
125. Paul Cotter M 29.51
126. Michael Noonan M 29.57
130. Ken Higgs M 30.08
134. Olga O’Sullivan F 30.15
137. Michelle Cheung F 30.23
145. Denis Looney M 30.39
148. Marie Therese Brady F 30.43
155. Eddie Trindle M 31.16
164. Brian Hegarty M 31.31
173. Daniel Luxton M 31.55
190. Michael Dooley M 33.06
195. Dolores Gibbons F 33.17
228. Robyn Dransfield F 35.21
242. Jacqueline Slyne F 36.00
244. Evan Twomey M 36.02
245. Ber Looney F 36.04
Big group rathcormac

With the last race complete, the final standings for the series could be calculated! Claiming top spots this year were Catherine Murphy and Tom Fox , both of whom had very impressive performances throughout the entire series.

Tom prize

Tom Fox – Summer Series 2019 Overall winner

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Catherine Murphy – Summer Series 2019 Overall winner

Second overall were Karen Bevan and Brian McGuire, with Michelle Traynor and Daniel Dransfield claiming the 3rd spots. The male categories were won by Ray Harrington, Ruairi Egan , Ken Higgs and Richard Piotrowski with female category prizes going to Mairead Lonergan Elaine Guinane and Ber Looney. The prize for most improved times throughout the 2019 series went to Brian Hegarty. Great improvement Brian , well done!
On Saturday evening, prizes were presented to all winners. Plaques were also presented to all members who completed at least 4 of the 5 summer races. Thank you to Damian Kenneally for all of his work in both organising the series and in organising the very enjoyable awards night in the Old Oak.  See below for full results from the 2019 series.

Eagle AC Summer Series Results 2019

1st M – Tom Fox
2nd M – Brian McGuire
3rd M – Daniel Dransfield

1st F – Catherine Murphy
2nd F – Karen Bevan
3rd F – Michelle Traynor

1st M 40 – Ray Harrington
1st M 50 – Ruairi Egan
1st M 60 – Ken Higgs
1st M 70 – Richard Piotrowski

1st F 30 – Mairead Lonergan
1st F 40 – Elaine Guinane
1st F 50 – Ber Looney

Most Improved – Brian Hegarty

Photos thanks to Derek Costello

Eagle AC @ Kinsale 5 Mile, 2nd August 2019

Tom Kinsale

Tom Fox – 1st Eagle home and 1st M50

The 4th race of the Eagle Summer Series 2019 took place on Friday night in Kinsale at the Kinsale Regatta 5 Mile. There was another great turnout from the club with over 30 members taking part.

Tom Fox took the honours of being first Eagle home on the night, finishing in a time of 30.07. He was followed not too far behind by Dermot Slyne. Great to see Dermot back in the race results after a long layout with injury.

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Dermot Slyne and Brian McGuire

First Eagle lady home was Catherine Murphy who, when finishing in 32.42 also claimed a category win. Aswell as Catherine, Tom Fox and Mike McGrath also won their respective categories.

Catherine prize

Catherine Murphy – 1st F40

Mike prize

Mike McGrath – 1st M55

There were plenty of pbs recorded, too many to mention which is always a good sign!! It was also great to see a number of club members pacing fellow members on the night, helping them to achieve ( and surpass!) their targets. Well done all. Attention now turns to the final race of the series which is the Rathcormac 4 Mile on August 22nd.

Group kinsale

Count the Eagles!

Eagle AC Results
19. Tom Fox M50 30.07
22. Dermot Slyne M40 30.34
23. David O’Keeffe M40 30.54
25. Brian McGuire M50 31.01
30. Alan Bateman M40 31.45
36. Daniel Dransfield M 32.10
40. Ruairi Egan M50 32.34
41. Damian Kenneally M 32.38
42. Mark Smith M40 32.38
43. James Quinlan M40 32.39
46. Catherine Murphy F40 32.42
51. Mike McGrath M50 32.52
54. Karen Bevan F40 33.07
55. Glenn Kenneally M40 33.21
57. Ray Harrington M40 33.32
71. Elaine Guinane F40 34.39
74. Michelle Traynor F40 34.47
82. Siobhan Holland F40 35.09
87. Ken Nyhan M40 35.39
93. Mairead Lonergan F 35.44
101. Helen Cronin F 36.16
115. Michelle Cheung F 36.56
118. Paul Cotter M60 37.05
133. Ken Higgs M60 37.57
134. Eddie Trindle M40 38.03
148. Denis Looney M50 38.56
150. Andrew O’Farrell M60 39.02
166. Brian Hegarty M Eagle AC 40.05
188. Dolores Gibbons F40 41.55
226. John McCarthy M40 44:53
232. Robyn Dransfield F 45.12


(Photos thanks to Brian Kearney and John Quigley)

Karen Bevan wins Ardfield 10k 2019


Karen prize

Karen Bevan( and Lily!) at the prize giving

14 club members travelled to scenic West Cork on Friday evening for the annual Ardfield 10k Road Race.  Ardfield is located just outside Clonakilty.  It turned out to be well worth the trip for Karen Bevan who recorded her first race win at the event. Karen ran a great time of 43.22 on what was a challenging course. Also picking up a podium spot was Mark Smith, who claimed 2nd spot overall in a time of 34.50.

Mark start

Mark Smith in the leading pack

Well done to all club members who took part in what was a very enjoyable and well organised race. Eagle results are listed below.


Karen, Ruairi, Helen , Mairead, Mark and Eddie after the race

Gary Dolores

Gary and Dolores Gibbons


Eagle AC Results, Ardfield 10k

2. Mark Smith M 34.50
15. Dave O’Keeffe M 41.59
22. Karen Bevan F 43.22
23. Ruairi Egan M 43.23
25. David O’Callaghan M 44.24
28. Darren Casey M 44.44
29. Dermot Slyne M 44.22
40. Denis Carroll M 47.49
43. Ken Nyhan M 48.17
45. Mairead Lonergan F 48.29
46. Helen Cronin 48.29
55. Eddie Trindle M 51.00
69. Dolores Gibbons F 54.06
70. Gary Gibbons M 54.08

Alan O’Brien wins Killarney Half Marathon 2019

Killarney Alan

Alan O’Brien well clear of the field!

Congratulations to club member Alan O’ Brien who had a very impressive win at the Run Killarney Half Marathon last weekend. Alan won the race in a time of 1.09.13, well over 1 minute clear of the rest of the field. Fellow Cork runner Michael Morgan ( St. Finbarr’s) finished in 2nd spot with Eagle AC’s Vivian Foley finishing in 3rd place with a  time of 1.11.05. (PB!) Brilliant to see 2 Eagle members on the podium, well done!

Viv Killarney

Vivian Foley , 3rd overall 

Special mention to Mike McGrath also who was 1st M60 overall when finishing the race in 1.32.08.

Mike Killarney

Mike McGrath, 1st M60 

Well done to all other members who took part in the event, no club names are listed in the results. A number of members were on pacing duty for the day and they finished bang on target!! Well done all.

(Photos thanks to Run Killarney)


Coachford 5 Mile Race July 11th 2019

The third race of the Eagle AC Summer Series took place last Thursday in warm , dry conditions. A huge number of members participated with 42 members spotted in the results.

Group Photo Coachford

Evan, Denis, Robyn, Daniel, Alan, Catherine, Vince, Brian and Damian before the off!

Damian Kenneally was first Eagle home with a brilliant 50 second pb of 26.51. Catherine Murphy, continuing her great year was 6th overall with a time of 33.46.


Catherine Murphy – 1st Eagle lady home and 6th F overall.

There were also category prizes for Helen Cronin, Karen Bevan, Elaine Guinane, Pat O Connor and Richard Piotrowski.


Richard Piotrowski on his way to winning his category prize

The club also won the prize for largest club attendance at the race! Well done all and congrats to Coachford Family Festival on the organization of a great race for a very worthy cause.

The 4th race in the series is the Kinsale 5 Miler which takes place on Friday, 2nd August.

7. Damian Kenneally M 26.51
14. Fergus Nugent M40 28.45
29. Pat O’Connor M50 31.16
31. Vince O’Sullivan M40 31.45
33. Brian McGuire M50 31.48
37. Damian Geraghty M 31.59
50. Daniel Dransfield M 32.39
58. Alan Bateman M45 33.10
61. Ray Harrington M40 33.18
62. James Quinlan M40 33.24
63. Ruairi Egan M50 33.29
65. Darren Casey M40 33.44
66. Catherine Murphy F40 33.46
70. Finbarr Lehane M45 34.03
72. Mike McGrath M55 34.07
75. Glenn Kenneally M40 34.13
80. Karen Bevan F40 34.25
88. David O’Callaghan M50 34.57
92. Dermot Gallagher M45 35.04
95. Elaine Guinane F40 35.11
97. Michelle Traynor F40 35.29
103. Richard Piotrowski M70 35.48
124. Shane Murphy M 36.44
125. John Swanton M 36.44
126. Helen Cronin F35 36.45
128. Mark O’Keeffe M 36.56
131. Mairead Lonergan F 37.02
156. Paul Cotter M60 37.56
160. Marie Therese Brady F45 38.01
161. Denis Looney M50 38.03
169. Jack Murphy M 38.22
172. John Dunphy M50 38.33
173. Olga O’Sullivan F40 38.42
177. Ken Higgs M65 38.49
183. Michelle Cheung F 39.03
217. Brian Hegarty M 40.53
230. Mick Dooley M50 41.38
237. Andrew O’Farrell M65 41.57
260. Ber Looney F50 43.18
339. Robyn Dransfield F35 47.04
369. Evan Twomey M40 48.52
409. Derek Costello M50 50.35
Brian and Vince

Vince O’ Sullivan and Brian McGuire

Photos thanks to Derek Costello

Courtmacsherry 10k Road Race 2019

15 Eagle members made the trip to West Cork last Friday, 28th June to take part in the annual Courtmacsherry to Timoleague 10k.

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Alan O Brien had a brilliant run, winning the race comfortably in 31.58.

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Alan O’Brien 1st Overall

Aswell as Alan, a number of other club members also picked up prizes on the night. Richard Piotrowski was 1st M60 in a time of 43.21, David O Callaghan was 1st M50 with 43.39, and Derek Costello picked up a prize for 2nd M50 finishing in a time of 44.32.

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Richard Piotrowski , 1st M60

Well done to all members who took part. A great spot for a 10k race. The cakes afterwards were nearly worth the trip down alone! (See photo below for proof!)

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Derek Costello celebrating his category prize with some cake!

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Ber Looney on the way to the finish line!


1. Alan O’Brien 31.58 31.58 M 35 1 M 1
11. Fergus Nugent 35.47 35.47 M 40 4 M 11
13. Sean O’Keeffe 35.53 35.53 M 40 6 M 13
17. Derek O’Keeffe 36.33 36.32 M 40 7 M 17
47. Raymond Harrington 40.30 40.28 M 40 13 M 42
66. Richard Piotrowski 43.24 43.21 M 60 1 M 55
68. David O’Callaghan 43.39 43.37 M 50 1 M 56
82. Mairead Lonergan 44.31 44.29 SF 4 F 15
83. Derek Costello 44.32 44.29 M 50 2 M 68
122. Denis Looney 47.09 47.06 M 50 3 M 100
138. Jack Murphy 48.18 48.06 SM 26 M 113
139. Michelle Cheung 48.27 48.15 SF 7 F 26
178. Gary Gibbons 51.04 50.57 M 45 18 M 135
179. Dolores Gibbons 51.04 50.57 F 45 8 F 44
217. Ber Looney 54.44 54.35 F 50 6 F 68

Photos thanks to Ruairi Egan

Some new gear now available


Some new hoodies in stock on the web shop this month, as always use our discount code “EAGLE10” for 10% off !

Plenty of singlets in all sizes in stock in Cork at the moment, see Eddie or Ruairi at the track or email

Inniscarra 4 Miler, Friday 14th June 2019

The second race of the 2019 Eagle AC Summer Series took place last Friday evening, 14th June. The Inniscarra 4 Miler was the chosen race and there was a great Eagle AC turnout at the event.

Inniscarra group

Large Eagle AC turnout!

33 members in total took part in the race. The club claimed 2 podium spots with Mark Smith finishing in 2nd position overall in a time of 21.17 and Karen Bevan being 3rd lady to cross the line in a time of 27.25.

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Mark Smith , 2nd overall

inniscarra karen

Karen Bevan, 3rd overall


A large number of members claimed category prizes on the night too – Fergus Nugent ( 4th overall) , Donal Dowling (2nd M40) , Pat O’Connor ( 1st M50) , Tom Fox (2nd M50), Richard Piotrowski (1st M60) , Michelle Traynor (4th F overall) , Elaine Guinane ( 1st F40), Siobhan Holland ( 2nd F40) and Marie-Therese Brady (2nd F45)

inniscarra heading to race

Off to the start!

Well done to all members who took part on the night. A challenging course for sure! Attention now turns to the Coachford 5 Miler, the 3rd race in the series, which takes place on July 11th. It would be great to see another large club turnout at this race.

inniscarra start

Alan Bateman, Denis Looney, Karen Bevan, Ruairi Egan, Glenn Kenneally, Damian Kenneally and Derek Costello!

2 0:21:17 SMYTH, Mark Eagle AC M40 05:19.2
4 0:22:48 NUGENT, Fergus Eagle AC M40 05:41.9
7 0:23:59 DOWLING, Donal Eagle AC M40 05:59.6
8 0:24:33 O’CONNOR, Pat Eagle AC M50 06:08.1
9 0:24:42 FOX, Thomas Eagle AC M50 06:10.4
10 0:24:55 COTTER, Paul Eagle AC M40 06:13.6
13 0:25:36 MCGUIRE, Brian Eagle AC M50 06:23.9
18 0:26:11 BATEMAN, Alan Eagle AC M45 06:32.6
20 0:26:18 GERAGHTY, Damien Eagle AC M 06:34.4
23 0:26:43 HARRINGTON, Ray Eagle AC M40 06:40.6
28 0:27:10 EGAN, Ruari Eagle AC M50 06:47.4
30 0:27:25 BEVAN, Karen Eagle AC F40 06:51.1
31 0:27:26 KENNEALLY, Damien Eagle AC M 06:51.4
37 0:27:48 KENNEALLY, Glenn Eagle AC M40 06:56.9
39 0:27:59 LEHANE, Finbarr Eagle AC M45 06:59.6
40 0:28:06 TRAYNOR, Michelle Eagle AC F40 07:01.4
41 0:28:09 MURPHY, Jack Eagle AC M 07:02.1
42 0:28:14 COSTELLO, Derek Eagle AC M50 07:03.4
43 0:28:17 GIBBONS, Gary Eagle AC M45 07:04.1
49 0:28:59 GUINANE, Elaine Eagle AC F40 07:14.6
54 0:29:12 PIOTROWSKI, Richard Eagle AC M60 07:17.9
58 0:29:31 HOLLAND, Siobhan Eagle AC F40 07:22.6
67 0:30:10 MCDONALD, Andrew Eagle AC M 07:32.4
75 0:30:38 LOONEY, Denis Eagle AC M50 07:39.4
77 0:30:42 TRINDLE, Edward Eagle AC M40 07:40.4
78 0:30:49 LONERGAN, Mairead Eagle AC F 07:42.1
82 0:31:02 GALLAGHER, Dermot Eagle AC M45 07:45.4
86 0:31:23 BRADY, Marie-Therese Eagle AC F45 07:50.6
97 0:32:12 O’FARRELL, Andrew Eagle AC M60 08:02.9
104 0:32:46 DOOLEY, Michael Eagle AC M50 08:11.4
110 0:33:12 HEGARTY, Brian Eagle AC M 08:17.9
120 0:34:16 GIBBONS, Dolores Eagle AC F45 08:33.9
130 0:35:28 LOONEY, Bernadette Eagle AC F45 08:51.9

inniscarra 5 group pic

Andrew McDonald, Mark Smith, Donal Dowling, Siobhan Holland and Mick Dooley


(Photos thanks to Derek Costello and Mick Dooley)

Eagle AC @ Munster Masters Track and Field Championships 2019

Report by Neil Kingston

Munster Masters Track & Field Championships 2019


Eagle A.C. Medals:

Ken Higgs (M65): 1st 400m, 1st 800m, 2nd 1500m

Pat Murphy (M60): 2nd 1500m

Tom Fox (M50): 2nd 800m, 2nd 1500m

Neil Kingston (M45) 2nd 400m

Four members of Eagle AC travelled to Templemore on June 9th to compete in the Munster Masters Track and Field Championships. The track is similar to CIT and in the coming weeks they are spending €75,000 on resurfacing which is the next best thing to digging it up and completely replacing it. With an indoor track in Nenagh and the soon to be resurfaced track in Templemore, athletes in Tipperary have excellent facilities to train and compete all year round.

The 800m was first up for team Eagle, it seemed to take everyone by surprise as events were running slightly ahead of schedule. Ken and Tom did well to perform under the circumstances. Gold for Ken, silver for Tom. The next race on the Eagle programme was the 100m for Neil who had to turn on the after burners after a very hesitant start from the blocks. But making up lost ground in a 100m sprint is near on impossible so he was just edged out of the medals.  There was quite a wait for the next event and in the meantime the weather turned. A downpour leading up to and during the 400m made it difficult for Ken and Neil and the other competitors both for preparation and racing. No nonsense from Ken as usual, just doing the business. Neil was leading down the home straight but at the finish line the eventual winner threw himself over the line to snatch the gold by a fraction of a second. Exciting racing and a valuable lesson. So another gold for Ken and silver for Neil.

Fortunately the weather cleared for the final event which was the 1500m and Tom, Pat and Ken were all in the one race with the age groups mixed. All the Eagles ran smart steady races and produced fast finishing kicks to round out a great day for the club. Three more silvers. Ken deserves a special mention for competing in both the 400m and the 1500m as they were held only 25 minutes apart. While still getting his breath back from his exertions in the 400m he had to report to the check in area to sign in for the 1500m!

The performance of the day was by Tom Fox who bagged silvers in the 800m and 1500m. What was particularly impressive were his steady splits, strong finishes and the times he produced. Tom is coming to the middle distance events from the endurance end with no special speed work done. In fact Tom had won the men’s over 50 category prize in the Cork City half marathon just 7 days before. What a range. With some specific middle distance training Tom can definitely shave a few seconds off his times which will make him competitive for national medals.

Special message from Tom: “Competing in track races is not much different to the track work that members do on a weekly basis at CIT. The club would encourage members to check out results of the Cork County & Munster Track & Field Championships on line. There are many members who would be competitive at both levels and apart from the opportunity to win representative medals, track races  are good days out  with the feel -good factor of  being part of a team and cheering on fellow club members.”

Finally a special word of thanks to our competition secretary Pat Murphy for taking care of the entries as always.