Big turnout for the club talk on Wed 8th Nov!


The club had a large turnout of about 30 members for our two part talk and workshop in Cork City on Wednesday the 8th of November.

The evening started off with a very informative talk by Jennifer O’Callaghan about nutrition specific to endurance running. With the high physical demands of training and racing, there was plenty of good advice from Jennifer for members to take on board.


After a short break for tea & coffee, the second part of the evening was a practical demonstration of Strength & Conditioning for endurance runners by Kieran McKeown and Aoife Cooke.


Strength and Conditioning is probably one aspect of training that a lot of runners neglect and our brief to Kieran was to come up with a simple programme that our members could do at home without any specialised equipment.


With due credit to Kieran and Aoife, they came up a well prepared graphical programme which was demonstrated on the night and which has been sent out to all those who took part.


Our thanks to Jennifer, Kieran and Aoife for a very informative evening. We hope to hold some more talks in the Spring of 2018.


Eagle AC trip to Eyeries 5mile race…Sat 11th Nov 2017

Eyeries-5-Mile-2017-advert-250pix-highThe Eyeries 5 mile road race takes place on Saturday 11th November 2017 at 2.30pm and Eagle AC are organising a coach to take us to the race.

Last year over 20 ‘Eagles’ travelled to Eyeries and a fantastic time was had by all (see report by Vivian Foley here). The coach will leave the Viscount Bar in Bishopstown at 10.15am.. and will arrive in Eyeries in plenty of time for the start of the race.

Following the race there will be ample time for something to eat and some light refreshments before we settle down to watch the Ireland vs Denmark soccer match and then we will depart Eyeries by coach at 10.00pm arriving back at the Viscount Bar for approximately 12.30am.

Travel arrangements are also available for those not interested in the match and wishing to return earlier.

One of the main organisers of the Eyeries 5 mile race is our own Mark Gallagher and he assures us that a great day will be had by all in this most beautiful, wild and picturesque village located on the Beara peninsula. The cost for Eagle AC members is just €10 and this will include the race entry, bus, match tickets and even some light refreshments after the race.

To book your seat please contact Pat Twomey at ptwomey152 AT gmail DOT com before October 31st.

As places will be limited please book your seat early!!

More info on the race HERE


Member Profile : Ber Lee


Name: Ber Lee

Member of Eagle AC since: 2015

How long have you been running what made you take it up: I started running in 2012 because I decided to go back to work full time and I needed an activity flexible enough to fit in with that plan.

Favourite thing about running: I love the fact that you can run anytime and anywhere. All you need is a good pair of runners.

Favourite race distance to run: 5K. Short & Sweet 😉

What is your main goal for this year: To get stronger and faster.

Your best race/most memorable racing moment to date: This year I took part in the relay event in the Cork City Marathon and I loved every second of it. The atmosphere was fantastic both on and off the course with support coming from everywhere. I didn’t want it to end. To anyone who hasn’t yet tried the relay, it’s a great way to be part of a fantastic event if you’re not quite ready for the half or full.

Tell us something most people might not know about you: I was once a competitive Irish dancer.

Biggest heroes (sporting or non-sporting): Mo Farah. I just love to watch him race.

One bit of advice you would give to someone thinking of taking up running: Run with a friend. You’ll keep showing up and before you know it kilometers will turn to miles. Also start building your core strength , the stronger your core the less likely you are to get injured.

Other hobbies outside of running: Going to the Gym .

3 things you would take with you onto a desert island: That’s easy. My Husband and 2 kids.

Race report on the 2017 Berlin Marathon…by Donal Dowling

Berlin 2017 – The graft, elation and leaving thoughts of where is the End Game! …by Donal Dowling


As I sat last Saturday morning in the hotel lobby waiting for fellow Eagle Ronan Boland to go for a jog, I opened a magazine which was lying on the table and as I flicked through it I came across a nice quote from a famous Surfer Maya Gabeira who set the world record in 2009 for surfing the biggest ever wave by a female athletic. It went “Not cracking under pressure is the most essential thing in Sport. When the time comes, pressure can’t stop you; instead it makes you rise above what you thought possible”.

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Alan O’Brien runs 2:28 marathon in Berlin



Well done to club member Alan O’Brien who broke 2h 30m for the first time in the Berlin Marathon last Sunday! His time of 2h 28m 46s was the 5th fastest Irish performance in the German capital on the day.

Alan’s previous best was 2h 33m 31s in Dublin in 2016 so his Berlin time is almost a 5-minute improvement!


Alan was just part of a strong Eagle AC team that traveled to Berlin for the race with no fewer than 5 going sub 2h 50m.

Place number Name ac club Finish
100 33296 O’Brien, Alan (IRL) M35 Eagle AC 02:28:46
299 19439 Foley, Vivien (IRL) M45 Eagle AC 02:39:03
426 13920 Boland, Ronan (IRL) M50 Eagle AC 02:42:47
511 33469 O’Keefe, Sean (IRL) M40 Eagle AC 02:45:12
683 23274 Hill, Frank (IRL) M50 Eagle AC 02:48:55
2449 17655 Dowling, Donal (IRL) M40 Eagle AC 03:07:57
3841 37233 Ryan, Michael (IRL) M50 Eagle AC 03:17:55

As can be seen from the photo below, quite a number of runners from Cork were in Berlin for this marathon.


The day before the big race. Photo credit : Lisa Boland

Niamh McCarthy selected for Irish team for IPC Athletics European Championships


It was announced earlier today that club member Niamh McCarthy will be part of an Irish team of nine selected to take part in the Para-Athletics European Championships which will take place in Grosseto, Italy from June 10th to June 17th.

Irish Team for 2016 IPC Athletics European Championships:

Noelle Lenihan (Charleville, Co. Cork), F38 class. Event: Discus F37/38
Orla Barry (Ladysbridge, Co. Cork), F57 class. Event: Discus F57/58
Niamh McCarthy (Carrigaline, Co. Cork), F41 class. Event: Discus F40/41
Greta Streimikyte (Swords, Co. Dublin), T13 class. Event: 1500m T12/13
Deirdre Mongan (originally from Milltown, Co. Galway now living in Newcastle, Co. Down), F53 class. Event: Shot put F53/54
Paul Keogan T37 class. Event: 400m T37
Lorraine Regan (Kilcormac, Co. Offaly), F56 class. Event: Javelin F55/56
Conor McIlveen (Derry, Co. Derry), F38 class. Events: 800m T37/38 and the 1,500m T37/38
Heather Jameson (Garristown, Co. Dublin), F37 class. Event: Long Jump F37

Niamh who is from Carrigaline in Cork competes in the F41 Discus category and won a bronze medal at the 2015 IPC World Championships in Doha.


Report on the 2015 Liverpool Half-Marathon…by Denis Looney

DenisAccidental tourists or the Liverpool Half Marathon Race report…by Denis Looney

Three Eagles, Elaine Guinane, Ruari O’Callaghan and Denis Looney traveled to Liverpool on Saturday March 28 for the city’s half marathon on the following day. Elaine brought her better half Javier along for the experience and because he had visited Liverpool a few times in the past. We arrived in a very windy Liverpool on Saturday morning. Ruari, whose brother Liam lives in Liverpool and thus has knowledge of the city, was a bit concerned as the last 4 miles of the race were on the promenade and into this wind.

We checked into our hotel and walked the 1K to the start/finish area. Not much to see of the race on Saturday but it’s right in the heart of Liverpool docks with museums, the Liverpool Arena, the Tate and Liver building. Apparently it’s a World Heritage site, so we soaked up a bit of culture for the afternoon.

On Sunday morning we awoke to a grey wet day. Lots of surface water but the cold was just bearable and yahoo, no wind 🙂 . Elaine and I went to the start a bit early as my number hadn’t arrived in the post. The rain was persistent but not heavy, however it was now beginning to feel cold, about 8 degrees. In fairness the race started almost bang on time, with myself and Elaine in position between the 1.30 and 1.40 pacers saying we’d settle for 1.35. Ruari was up ahead with the elites as he was targeting sub 1.25. The starting chute was narrow but that meant we were running at race pace right after crossing the start line.


1st mile for the 5,000 competitors was flat on a wide city street. The biggest climb of the day was over a 400m stretch just after the 1 mile mark. Then it was a slight downhill to mile 2 through residential areas with a slight climb at mile 3 into Sefton Park (a much bigger version of Beaumont Park where the BHAA XC takes place). Miles 4 to 7 took us through Sefton Park, on fairly flat tarmac roads. Between mile 6 and 6.5 we had an out and back view of slower runners entering the park at their mile 4. Just before mile 8 we went through a pedestrian underpass and emerged in another area of covered parkland called Otterspool. The tarmac paths were a bit broken up but other than a few pools of standing water and mud from the persistent rain, no major issues.


Just before the 9 mile mark we had a slight climb before hitting the 4 mile promenade section running north west with the Mersey on our left hand side. It was here you could truly appreciate how a wind off the Mersey (it’s a big piece of water at this point 🙂 ) could play havoc with your pace. From mile 9 to 10 it was dead flat and dead straight. From mile 10 to the finish it was still flat but we had a series of 90 degree turns as the promenade snaked in and out (right, left, left, right) which could break any rhythm you might have going. Over mile 11 and 12 the surface changed to man-made paving slabs and cobblestone (all very new but not the best road racing surface). You also had to contend with decorative obstacles (viewing seats, ships mooring bollards, 20 foot decorative anchors) all handily marked with barber tape. After the 11 mile mark we were back on the Marina, through a small business park, past the Liverpool arena and onto a cobbled section for the last mile or so.

Elaien & Denis at Lime St. Station

Elaien & Denis at Lime St. Station

Given the weather there were decent crowds at the finish and at the major junctions. Well stocked and manned water stations at mile 3, 6, 9 and 12, a medal and good quality dri-fit. Plus I finished well enough up the field to not have to queue for the free massage afterwards. Times – Ruari 68th overall, 1:21.28. Elaine 4th F35, 22nd lady home 1:31:29, me 1:31:52. PBs all round. Ruari’s brother Liam, in only his second race ever, a very impressive 1:38:51, must be in the genes. Perhaps we should set up a Liverpool branch of Eagle AC.

Ruairi at one of Liverpool's most famous roads

Ruairi at one of Liverpool’s most famous roads

If you want to see the conditions, overhead and underfoot, the organisers have a clip on YouTube. Elaine makes an appearance in the Eagle colours around 1:35 to 1:40 on the LHS.

So why have the words Accidental tourists in the title. Well, after the race we were sitting in a city centre restaurant at 12.30 having lunch before departing for Liverpool airport. The gloss was taken off our excellent morning’s running when we got a text from Ireland’s largest airline telling us our 3 pm flight was cancelled. Turns out the high winds in Cork meant the plane never came across that morning. Phones out and Wi-Fi on.

Elaine & Ruairi during the race

Elaine & Ruairi during the race

Next flight we could get from Liverpool with Ireland largest airline was 6 days later. Yeah, right.
Change of tactics. I got a flight back that night and Elaine and Javier decided to extend their stay to the following morning. (Ruari was already coming back the following day). Problem was we had to make a quick dash to Manchester Airport by train for the flights home. So we saw a lot of North Western England by foot, taxi, train and plane in the space of 30 hours……………….

Would I go back again? Sure thing, if (for multiple reasons) I could be guaranteed that there would be no wind on either side of the Irish Sea.


Official results and three PB’s to boot from the 2015 Liverpool Half-Marathon…
ELAINE GUINANE Female F35+ 4 EAGLE AC 1:31:29
DENIS LOONEY Male M45+ 29 EAGLE AC 1:31:52