On October 4th the scoring Novice men's team of John Hennessy, Shane Harrington, Conor Tierney and Jonathon Finn placed 4th on a wet and windy day in White's cross. A week later on an undulating course in Carrigadrohid the senior teams were in action. Michael Harty went head to head on the final lap with eventual winner Ben Thistlewood to take 2nd with Tim O Donoghue a distant 3rd, James McCarthy 11th and Sean McGrath 17th despite multiple attempts by the St John's ambulance crew at removing him from the race over concerns for his health. The team finished second, 11 points adrift of a weakened leevale team. Down to Conna next on November 1st where the masters men team achieved what the senior team could not by beating Leevale to win the county over 35 mens team title. The scoring four were Frank Hayes 4th, Roy Fahy 5th, John Hennessy 6th and Conor Tierney 8th. To Beaufort a week later for the Munster Senior cross country championship where a determined Michael Harty led the team home to victory again earning himself the Cork City Sports Athlete of the month award for November in the process. Tim O Donoghue came through on the last lap to take 2nd with James McCarthy and Sean McGrath 7th and 17th respectively. Harty continued his winning streak the following week at the British and Irish Masters International in Santry by taking the M35 crown 12 seconds ahead of his nearest rival. Frank Hayes maintained his good record at these championships by finishing 14th in the M45 category. Back in Santry next for the National Inter Club championships having switched places with the Inter Counties to boost its appeal. This proved a success with 160 individuals and 20 teams represented in the men's field. On the usual 2km Santry demense circuit the senior mens team performed admirably to finish 6th with 116 points, 69 points adrift of winners Clonliffe Harriers. But the team left Santry with their heads held high as two East Cork athletes overtook Leevale's second scorer in the closing stages to deny their county rivals that elusive All Ireland victory they are more than capable of achieving. Tim O Donoghue finished 11th , Michael Harty 12th, James McCarthy 29th, Sean McGrath 64th. Hopes are still alive, however slim they may be, that some year soon East Cork can achieve a top 3 finish in these championships. To Cappawhite in Tipperary next for the Munster Masters where Michael Harty lined out for the 4th consecutive weekend to take both individual and team honours. Frank Hayes in 10th, Conor Tierney 16th and John Hennessy in 26th completed the winning team. At the Novice All Ireland Championships in November we had two representatives in the mens with Conor Tierney finishing 70th and Shane Harrington in 116th. In the women's East Cork finished 9th team with Fiona Santy 16th, Eadaoin O Neill 63rd, Niamh O Connor 64th and Eibhlin Clearly in 87th. A fifty percent improvement by Fiona at the Intermediate All Irelands saw her take an impressive 8th place. At the same Dundalk IT venue Shane Harrington led the over 35 masters team to 12th place with a commendable performance to finish 69th, with John Hennessy 70th, Frank Hayes 87th and Conor Tierney 103rd. Fiona Santry took the spoils at the Munster Intermediates on the 7th February in Enniskeane with Eadaoin finishing 6th. The over 35 mens team were just edged out by Leevale for the victory yet their teamwork could not be faulted with Shane Harrington, John Hennessy, Conor Tierney and Martin Hennessy packing well to finished 7th, 8th, 9th and 10th respectively.
2016 Road Racing Season
The 2016 road race season began in earnest with the 39th installment of the Ballycotton 10 on a cold damp Sunday in March. This classic race at a classic distance always attracts huge interest with 2250 partaking this year. No doubt what entices runners back year after year is the guarantee of a supremely well organized event for exceptional value. That or the waft of chips at the one km mark. East Cork AC athletes in particular have a special affinity with the race with 22 of our 25 members lining out. No other club can boast an 88% participation rate. Indeed the race has close ties with the club with our own Johnny Walsh co coordinating proceedings with the assistance of 4 time winner Liam O Brien. At the business end of the field Mark Hanrahan split the leading pack at the 3 mile mark with Michael Harty and multiple cross country champion Joe Sweeney from DSD on the chase with Tim O Donoghue trailing in 4thand James McCarthy in 6th. It was to remain this way to the finish with Harty taking 3rd in 50 flat agonizingly close to the elusive 50 minute barrier yet content with his 3 minute personal best. After a few months of below par performances O Donoghue discovered form in the last hour to claim 4th in 50:25 with McCarthy 6th in 51:29 and Sean McGrath inside the top ten with 9th in 53:15. With this distraction out of the way we headed to Castlelyons for some proper racing in the form of the county road championships novice and masters. The most notable performance being Frank Haye’s over 40 victory. Three weeks later we were in Kilnaboy for the Munster roads where Harty and McCarthy fought hard to take 2nd and 3rd respectively to Sean Hehir. Tim O Donoghe travelled to the Cardiff half marathon on the 26th March in typical east cork ac low budget fashion sharing a shabby hostel dorm with two stag parties. After losing sight of Mo Farah shortly after the start, O Donoghue maintained a consistent pace to finish 7th club runner in 66:58 in suitably dire conditions and in the process reluctantly taking the east cork ac half marathon record from club stalward Denis McCarthy. On April 17th in Raheny the club finished 6th in the senior men’s road relay with McCarthy, former Junior Schools 1500m champion Diarmaid Collins, Harty and O Donoghue over a minute outside the top three. In the masters Conor Tierney, Frank Hayes and Shane Harrington managed 11th place. The evening race season kicked off on the 21st April with James McCarthy proving he is the king of Ballintotis with a 7th straight victory and a course record to boot. Harty and McCarthy went head to head until the last mile where the former 400m hurdle specialist shifted gears and accelerated down the N25 to finish in 19:23 much to the delight of his adoring fans. The prestigious Ballycotton summer race series saw Sean McGrath take podium position in the mens with Fiona Santry claiming second in the women’s ahead of local rival Sinead Kevaney. The O’ Brien tutelage clearly paying dividends.
At the National Track&Field C/ship held in Santry we had two athletes competing in the Men's 5000m. James McCarthy finished in 12th position and was closely followed by Michael Harty in 16th place.
The National Half Marathon C/ship were held in Dublin on 2nd August on a course from the City centre to the Phoenix Park. Tim O Donoghue had a fine run finishing in 9th place with a time of 68.22
The National Master Track and Field C/ship were held in Tullamore on Sunday 27th July. Denis McCarthy was unlucky to just miss out on a national medal when finishing in 4th place in the 0/50 5000m race. In the 0/45 category Frank Hayes became National Champions when winnimg the race in a time of 16.16.
Our annual Corkbeg 4 mile road race was held this year on Thursday July 2nd. This year it was held in conjunction with the local community as a memorial race for the late Robbie Steele. Compare to other years our numbers were well up with over 500 taking part. The full results can be viewed on Cork Athletics website: http://www.corkathletics.org/Race%20Results/2015/July-2015/Corkbeg-4-Mile-Road-Race-Results-July-2015.html
The Munster Masters and Senior C/ships were held in Templemore on Sunday 28th June. In the Men's 5km James McCarthy finished in 2nd position. In the Master's 3km there were victories by Frank Hayes in the 0/45 category and Denis McCarthy in the 0/50 category.
The County Master C/ship were held in CIT on Sunday May 31st. East Cork were very successful in the 3000m event with Frank O Carroll winning the 0/35 category, David O Dwyer winning the 0/40 category, Frank Hayes winning the 0/45 category and Denis McCarthy winning the 0/50 Category.In the Javelin Competion Andreas Pulman won the 0/40 category with a best throw of 40.10m
The East Cork Road C/ships were again held on the usual Ballynoe circuit on the Thursday 27th April. In the women's race, over 2km, Fiona Santry finished in 2nd position with Eadaoin O Neill in 6th place. In the Men's race, over 5 miles, James McCarthy finished in 1st place with Sean McGrath in 2nd place and Tim O Donoghue In 3rd position. The East Cork team finished in third position with scoring memebers being Shane Harrington 7th, David O Dwyer 14th, Eric Meade 19th and Denis McCarthy 20th. Also competing on the day were Phil McGrath and John Walshe.
Our annual Ballintotis 4 mile road race was held on 16th April and it was another successful event with over 1000 runners taking part. It was promoted in conjuction with the local Ballintotis Community Council. Full results can be viewed on Precision Timing website: http://www.racetimer.se/en/race/show/2566?layout=precision_timing
The Munster Novice Senior and Master Road C/ship were held in Kilmallock on Sunday 29th March, which was a very windy blustry day and made the last mile very difficult to run against the strong winds. In the Novice Women's race Fiona Santry finished in 7th place and Eadaoin O Neill in 15th place. Fiona was part of the Cork team that finished third in the inter county competition in both the Novice and Senior sections. In the Men's race James McCarthy finished in 1st place closely followed by Sean McGrath in 2nd, Tim O Donoghue in 6th place, Nick O Donoghue in 22nd place and Shane Harrington in 42nd place. This gave the team 1st position in the team competiton. James, Sean and Tim were also part of the Cork team which won gold in the inter county competition. In the Master's section Denis McCarthy finished in 5th place in the 0/50 category
The County Novice and Master Road C/ship were held in Midleton on Tuesday 17th March. The race took place on our familiar wednesday night run route but in the opposite direction. In the Novice women Fiona Santry finished in 4th place with Eadaoin O Neill in 11th place and Eibhlin Cleary in 34th position. In the Men's race Shane Harrington finished in 31st place. In the Master's races David O Dwyer finished 15 in the 0/40 race, Eric Meade was 3rd in the 0/45 race, Denis McCarthy won the 0/50 category and John Walshe was 6th in the 0/60 category.
The Ballycotton 10 was held this year on Sunday 8th March. East Cork were well represented on the day with many athletes competing in the race. Proudly where the club colours on the day were Eibhlin Cleary, Paul Cleary, Shane Harrington, Kenneth Kelleher, Denis McCarthy, James McCarthy, Sean McGrath, Frank O Carroll, Nick O Donoghue, Tim O Donoghue, David O Dwyer and John Walshe. With James finishing in 5th, Tim in 6h and Sean in 9th the lads won the team competition. Below is the updated list of East Cork athletes that have ran sub 60 minutes in the Ballycotton 10 Mile Road Race over the years.
47.58 Liam O Brien 1988 49.59 Gerry Wallace 1988 50.02 Donnacha O Mahony 1996 50.19 John Kearney 1996 50.52 Garreth Barry 1995 51.05 Bryan Meade 1988 51.10 Tim O'Donoghue 2014 51.11 James Mc Carthy 2012 51.32 Denis Mc Carthy 1986 51.32 Martin Drake 1991 51.53 Sean Mc Grath 2009 51.54 Eric Bergin 1990 52.07 Fergus Meade 2009 52.30 Roy Fahy 2005 52.40 Tom Owens 1989 52.48 Seamus Hartnett 1986 53.08 Michael Harty 2014 53.25 Eric Meade 2000 53.57 Chris O Brien 1991 54.08 Paul Mulholland 1986 54.08 Frank Cashman 1991 54.37 Diarmuid Collins 2014 55.02 Kenneth Kelleher 2015 55.03 David Daly 1990 55.15 Seamus Casey 1990 55.18 Padraig O Gorman 1992 55.21 Freddie Walsh 1992 55.22 George Walsh 1990 55.28 Roy Collins(U19) 1987 55.31 Kevin O'Brien 2014 55.32 Tommy Hartnett 1993 56.09 Brendan Foley 1987 56.14 Frank O Carroll2015 56.21 Patrick O Connor(U19) 1988 56.31 Ray Foley 1988 56.35 Brian Hegarty 2009 56.52 Ian O Sullivan 1996 56.56 John Walshe 1988 57.02 Willie Cronin 1987 57.14 Ronnie Wilkinson 1989 57.18 Jim Curtin 1987 57.25 Tim Twomey 1995 57.27 Vincent Downing 1990 58.40 Conor Tierney 2011 58.58 Tim Mahony 2006 59.01 Tom Walsh(U19) 1987 59.07 Pat Moyter 1992 59.09 John Hennessy 2014 59.18 Alan O Reilly 2010 59.20 John Lynch 2012 59.25 Moss Kearney(U19) 1989 59.30 Pat Smith 2006 59.42 Frank Hayes 2007 59.43 Emmet Hennessy 2014 59.52 David O Dwyer 2008 59.56 Barry Moran 1987
The National Masters and Intermediate championships were held in Tuam, Co.Galway on Sunday 8th. Unfortunately we had only three athletes in the men's intermediate and were short one to complete a team. However on the day there was fine performances by Michael Harty in 8th place, Kenneth Kelleher in 19th place and David O Dwyer in 65th place. Michael and Kenneth were part of the Cork team that finished second in the Inter county competition. In the women's race we had two athletes competing with Fiona Santry 23rd and Eadaoin O Neill 35th.
The Munster indoor Championships were held in Nenagh on Sunday 18th. We had just one athlete competing where Frank O Carroll finished in 5th place in the M35 3000m
The Munster Senior Cross Country was held on the grounds of WIT on sunday 11th, on what was a testing course with some good flat running but then also with a long steep hill. The East Cork men's team reclaimed the team title for another year. They were led home by Michael Harty in 4th with James Mc Carthy in 5th, Sean McGrath in 9th and Kenneth Kelleher in 11th. Also competing for East Cork on the day were Frank Hayes and John Hennessy. All Six athletes were part of the Cork team which finished second in the inter county competition.
National Novice Cross Country Championships - 7th Dec
These were held on familiar grounds in Santry Demense, Dublin.
In the women's race East Cork AC were represented by Fiona Santry, Eadaoin O'Neill, Eibhlin Cleary and Michelle Ahern.
Michael Harty (4th) and Kenneth Kelleher (31st) were scoring members of the Cork team who took home gold medals on the day. Also competing for East Cork AC were John Hennessy and David O'Dwyer.
Munster Masters Cross Country Championships - 30th Nov
Watergrasshill was the venue for these championships hosted by Carrig na bhfear AC. In the men's race, Kenneth Kelleher finished 4th overall and 4th in the O/35 category. Frank Hayes was next man home for East Cork AC and won the O/45 category. Also competing on the day were John Hennessy, David O'Dwyer and Eric Meade. The club team finished in 5th place with Kenneth and Frank scoring members of the Cork team that won the Inter County competition.
National Inter County Cross Country Championships - 23rd Nov
These championships were held in the grounds of Dundalk IT. We had just one athlete competing on the day. Michael Harty finished in 27th place overall. He was part of the Cork team that won silver medals in the Inter County competition.
Home Countries Cross Country - 22nd Nov
Our own Frank Hayes represented Ireland in these championships which were held in Nottingham, England. He was 12th overall in the O/45 Men's race and was also part of the Irish team who brought home silver medals.
Munster Intermediate Cross Country Championships - 9th Nov
Newmarket on Fergus was the venue for these championships where East Cork AC had a women's team competing. Fiona Santry finished in 7th position with Eadaoin O'Neill in 17th, Eibhlin Cleary in 26th and Michelle Ahern in 28th. The team finished in 5th place. Fiona was also a member of the Cork team that finished in 3rd place.
Michael Harty was our only competitor in the men's race finishing in 2nd place.
County Senior Cross Country Championships - 2nd Nov
These championships were held on the Cork AAI grounds in Riverstick. For the first time in many years East Cork AC had a men's and women's team competing. In the women's race the team were led home by Emma Leahy, with Fiona Santry, Eadaoin O'Neill and Eibhlin Cleary following. The team finished in 3rd place.
In the Men's race, the team finished in 2nd place, they were led home by Michael Harty in 5th place with James McCarthy 6th, Kenneth Kelleher 13th and Frank Hayes 19th. John Hennessy also competed on the day finishing in 26th position.
Munster Novice Cross Country Championships - 26th Oct
These championships were held in Turnpike, Co Tipperary. We had just three athletes competing in the women's race, Emma Leahy, Eadaoin O Neill and Michelle Ahern. Emma finishing in 9th place was a scoring member of the Cork team that won the Inter County Competition. Michael Harty continued his good form yet again by winning the men's race. He also led Cork to the Inter County team title.
Cork Intermediate & Novice B Cross Country Championships - 19th Oct
These championships were held in Castlelyons and hosted by St.Nicholas AC. In the women's race Fiona Santry won the individual title and led the team to second place in the team competition. The team comprised of Fiona, Eadaoin O Neill, Eibhlin Cleary and Michelle Ahern. In the men's race Michael Harty continued his good form by winning the men's race. David O'Dwyer was our only other competitor in the race. Jonathan Finn competed in the Novice B race.
Cork County Masters Cross Country Championships- 12th Oct
These championships were held in Conna, on the land of one of our own,Frank Hayes. In the Men's race Kenneth Kelleher finished 3rd in the 0/35 category, with Tim Mahony in 11th and Conor Tierney in 12th. In the 0/45 category there was a 1-2-3 for East Cork AC with Frank Hayes, Donnacha O Mahony and Eric Meade 1st 2nd and 3rd respectively. The East Cork AC team won the team competition with 36 points, consisiting of Kenneth, Frank, Donnacha and Eric.
Cork County Novice Cross Country Championships - 5th Oct
The Cork County Novice Cross Country Championships were held in Carrigadrohid. After a long gap it was great to see East Cork AC fielding a women's team in the Novice race. Running their first race together the 5 women were surprised but also delighted to win the Novice team title. The team consisted of Fiona Santry, Emma Leahy, Eadaoin O Neill, Eibhlin Cleary and Michelle Ahern. Fiona also won an individual medal finishing in 3rd place overall.
In the Men's Novice race the team were unlucky to just finish outside the podium positions in 4th place. The team consisted of Michael Harty, John Hennessy, Conor Tierney, Jonathan Finn and David O Dwyer. However it was a good race for Michael who finished in 1st position overall.
East Cork Novice & Masters Cross Country - 21st Sept
These Championships were held in glorious sunshine in Castlelyons on Sunday last. For the 1st time, in a few years, East Cork AC fielded a Women's team. The team comprised of Fiona Santry, who was an impressive winner on the day, Eadaoin O'Neill and Eibhlin Cleary who had a great battle throughout the race with Eibhlin finishing just ahead of Eadaoin.
In the Men's race, the field was led home by Michael Harty who had a very powerful run. There was a great battle for the minor places with Frank Hayes 2nd, John Hennessy 3rd, Roy Fahy 4th, Conor Tierney 5th. These four were part of the Master's team which won the 0/35 team competition. Also competing on the day were Shane Harrington, Jonathan Finn and Denis McCarthy.
The club AGM will take place at Midleton CBS after training (8:15pm) on Wednesday October 1st. The agenda will include a report on last year's AGM, reports from the secretary/treasurer/membership officer along with a chairman's address. It would be nice to elect some new officers this year.
If anyone wishes to propose a motion or would like a particular issue discussed it would help to have a draft of the topic a few days before the AGM.
To more practical matters the regular Saturday morning hill session at Walshtown Wood commences this Saturday (Sept 20th) at 10am. On the following Wednesday the usual run reverts back to assembly at Midleton CBS (7pm sharp departure). The Thursday interval session location has yet to be finalized. But will be dealt with as a matter of urgency over the next week or so.
Finally the first of the cross country fixtures takes place in Castlelyons next Sunday 12:20pm start approx. This is the East Cork novice and masters championship. There is no need to pre enter. Just pay €4 at the gate and declare your category at the start line.
Anyone interested in running any of the County and Munster XC championships should let me know at least a week in advance. All these fixtures require pre entry. The full fixture list can be found on the Cork County Board web site http://www.corkathletics.org/
National Masters Track & Field Championships - Aug 10th
In the Men's O/45 category in the 5000m, Frank Hayes finished in 1st position. Well done to Frank who won a National Masters Track and Field gold medal in his category. Also competing on the day was Denis McCarthy who finished 7th in the O/50 category.
Corkbeg 4' Mile Road Race - July 3rd
Our annual Corkbeg 4' Mile road race was held in Whitegate with 123 competitors. Making history on the night was Fiona Santry, who became the 1st East Cork AC female athlete to win the women's race in the history of the 4' mile race. Well done Fiona. In the Men's race, Kevin O'Brien finished second and Roy Fahy finished 3rd. Also competing on the night were Frank Hayes, David O'Dwyer, Phil McGrath and John Walshe.
County Senior Track & Field Championships - July 3rd
In another race on the C.I.T. track, this time the Men's 1500m, James McCarthy finished well to win the race. Also on the night, Tim O'Donoghue finished in 5th place.
National Senior Track & Field Championships - July 20th
Two athletes made the trip to Santry Stadium, Dublin to compete in the 5000m. The race was divided in to two events with James McCarthy finishing in 8th position in his race and Kevin O'Brien achieving a new P.B. in his race of 15.39.
Cork City Marathon Relay - June 2nd
East Cork AC team of Kevin O'Brien, Sean McGrath, Michael Harty, Tim O'Donoghue and James McCarthy retained their Cork City Marathon Relay title in impressive style.
Munster Senior Masters Track & Field - June 15th
In the Men's senior 5000m, James McCarthy finished in 1st place and Tim O'Donoghue finished in 3rd place with Kevin O'Brien in 9th place. In the Masters 1500m, Conor Tierney finished in 2nd place in the O/35 race. In the Masters 3000m, Frank Hayes was 1st and Eric Meade was 4th in the O/45 race. Also Denis McCarthy was 2nd in the O/50 race.
I.M.R.A. Carrauntoohil Race - May 31st
We in East Cork AC don't usually report of Mountain races but this was one we could not ignore. Two of our athletes ran the tough route up and down Carrauntoohil, proudly displaying the East Cork AC colours. Kevin O'Brien ran just outside the hour and a half mark to finish in an impressive 6th position and Tim O'Donoghue once again won this race in a new course record time of 75.16 - and even made the front page of the following Mondays Irish Examiner!
National 10km Road Championships - Apr 6th
These championships were held in the Phoenix Park, Dublin on a testing course. East Cork AC had a team competing in the event with Tim O'Donoghue finishing in 7th position, James McCarthy 11th, Michael Harty 19th and Diarmuid Collins 30th. The team competition was based on a total of each athletes finishing time and unfortunately the team were just beaten for the bronze medal by 11 seconds.
Ballintotis 4' Mile Road Race - Apr 16th
Ballintotis 4' Mile road race is held in conjuction with East Cork AC each year and this was the 5th year of the race. There was yet again a large turnout on the night with 996 competitors completing the race. East Cork AC had a good turnout on the night with 18 athletes representing the club. James McCarthy continued his success in this race with a 5th consecutive win over the 4 miles. With Tim O'Donoghue in 3rd and Michael Harty in 4th, East Cork AC also took home the team prize.
Imokilly Oil East Cork Road Championships - Apr 24th
Yet again these championships were held on a tough course in the village of Ballynoe. In the women's 2km race, Fiona Santry claimed a bronze medal. Also competing was Eibhlin Cleary finishing in 8th position.
In the men's race we had 9 athletes competing, with James McCarthy, Sean McGrath and Kevin O'Brien claiming the 1st, 2nd and 3rd medals respectively. With the 1st three finishers excluded from the team competition, the East Cork team consisted of John Hennessy (4th), Tim Mahony (6th), David O'Dwyer (12th) and Denis McCarthy (20th). The team finished in 2nd place, just missing out on the gold medals on count back. Phil McGrath and John Walshe were the other East Cork athletes competing on the night.
County Novice and Masters Road Championships - Mar 2nd
These road championships were held in Midleton on a very familiar route for East Cork AC athletes - a reverse of our Wednesday night run! The Novice and Masters races were combined on the day and East Cork AC had 9 athletes competing. The Novice Men's team finished in 3rd place and was made up of John Hennessy, Tim Mahony, Emmet Hennessy and David McCarthy. The Masters Men's team also finished in 3rd place and were made up of John Hennessy, Tim Mahony, Eric Meade, and David O'Dwyer. In the individual categories, John Hennessy was 3rd in the Men's O/40, Eric Meade was 1st in the Men's O/45, and Denis McCarthy was 2nd in the Men's O/50.
National Senior Men's Inter Club Cross Country Championships - Mar 2nd
The club was well represented in Dundalk, Co. Louth with Tim O'Donoghue (8th), James McCarthy (9th), Diarmuid Collins (33rd), Kevin O'Brien (34th), Sean McGrath (43rd) and Kenneth Kelleher (44th) competing. The team finished in 5th place.
The 37th Ballycotton 10 Mile Road Race - Mar 9th 2014
In dull, overcast conditions, East Cork AC were led home by Tim O'Donoghue who finished in 3rd position. James McCarthy was close behind in 4th and Michael Harty finished in 8th position. This impressive team result achieved 1st in the team prize for the top 3. Also wearing the club colours on the day were: Diarmuid Collins, Sean McGrath, Kevin O'Brien, Kenneth Kelleher, Frank O'Carroll, John Hennessy, Emmet Hennessy, Eric Meade, Conor Tierney, David O'Dwyer, Paul Cleary, Denis McCarthy, Fiona Santry, Phil McGrath, Eibhlin Cleary, John Walshe, Samantha O'Keeffe and Sean O'Keeffe.
Below is the updated list of East Cork athletes that have ran sub 60 minutes in the Ballycotton 10 Mile Road Race over the years.
47.58 Liam O Brien 1988 49.59 Gerry Wallace 1988 50.02 Donnacha O Mahony 1996 50.19 John Kearney 1996 50.52 Garreth Barry 1995 51.05 Bryan Meade 1988 51.10 Tim O'Donoghue 2014 51.11 James Mc Carthy 2012 51.32 Denis Mc Carthy 1986 51.32 Martin Drake 1991 51.53 Sean Mc Grath 2009 51.54 Eric Bergin 1990 52.07 Fergus Meade 2009 52.30 Roy Fahy 2005 52.40 Tom Owens 1989 52.48 Seamus Hartnett 1986 53.08 Michael Harty 2014 53.25 Eric Meade 2000 53.57 Chris O Brien 1991 54.08 Paul Mulholland 1986 54.08 Frank Cashman 1991 54.37 Diarmuid Collins 2014 55.03 David Daly 1990 55.15 Seamus Casey 1990 55.18 Padraig O Gorman 1992 55.21 Freddie Walsh 1992 55.22 George Walsh 1990 55.28 Roy Collins(U19) 1987 55.31 Kevin O'Brien 2014 55.32 Tommy Hartnett 1993 55.58 Kenneth Kelleher 2014 56.09 Brendan Foley 1987 56.21 Patrick O Connor(U19) 1988 56.31 Ray Foley 1988 56.35 Brian Hegarty 2009 56.49 Frank O Carroll 2012 56.52 Ian O Sullivan 1996 56.56 John Walshe 1988 57.02 Willie Cronin 1987 57.14 Ronnie Wilkinson 1989 57.18 Jim Curtin 1987 57.25 Tim Twomey 1995 57.27 Vincent Downing 1990 58.40 Conor Tierney 2011 58.58 Tim Mahony 2006 59.01 Tom Walsh(U19) 1987 59.07 Pat Moyter 1992 59.09 John Hennessy 2014 59.18 Alan O Reilly 2010 59.20 John Lynch 2012 59.25 Moss Kearney(U19) 1989 59.30 Pat Smith 2006 59.42 Frank Hayes 2007 59.43 Emmet Hennessy 2014 59.52 David O Dwyer 2008 59.56 Barry Moran 1987
Munster Master Road Championships - Mar 16th
East Cork had a strong turnout in Kilnaboy, Co. Clare for this race with Conor Tierney leading the the club home in 7th position. Closely followed by John Hennessy in 8th, Eric Meade in 15th, and Denis McCarthy in 40th. This gave them a points total of 70 to win the team prize. Denis McCarthy was also part of the Cork O/50 team who finished in 2nd position. John Hennessy was second in his category, O/40.
Munster Senior Road Championships - Mar 30th
In a high quality Munster Senior Road race, James McCarthy retained the title in a time of 19.33 in Dungarvan, Co. Waterford. This was the 5th consecutive win at these championships for James. Tim O'Donoghue claimed the bronze medal on the day with Michael Harty also having a good run in 8th position. Unfortunately we did have a 4th man competing on the day so did not qualify for a team event.
National Intermediate and Masters Cross Country - Feb 23rd 2014
Dunboyne, Co. Meath In the Men's Masters race, Denis McCarthy was part of the Cork O/50 team that finished in 2nd position in the Inter County result.
East Cork AC had one athlete compete in the Intermediate Women's race, Fiona Santry ended her cross country season well by finishing in 25th position.
The Intermediate Men's race turned out to be a very successful race for the club with Tim O'Donoghue finishing an impressive second, followed by Kevin O'Brien (13th), Diarmuid Collins (16th) and Kenneth Kelleher (17th). This result achieved 2nd in the team prize. These 4 East Cork athletes and Frank Hayes (29th) were part of the Cork team who finished second in the Inter County competition. Two other East Cork athletes competed on the day, Conor Tierney and John Hennessy.
Munster Junior and Senior Cross Country Championships - Jan 12th 2014
In Cashel, Co. Tipperary, in what can only be described as miserable conditions the East Cork team regained the team title in Men's Senior race. The team consisted of James McCarthy (2nd), Tim O'Donoghue (3rd), Sean McGrath (6th) and Kevin O'Brien (12th). Kenneth Kelleher (13th) and Frank Hayes (29th) also participated on the day. James, Tim and Sean were also part of the victorious Cork Team who won the Munster Inter County title.
East Cork had 2 athletes participating in the indoor championships in Nenagh, Co. Tipperary. Sean ran an impressive race but unfortunately was beaten close to the line, and finished in 2nd position. In the Masters race Denis McCarthy won the O/50 category.
Munster Star Awards 2013 - Jan 25th 2014
The awards were held in The Tower Hotel, Waterford which saw Tim O'Donoghue receive a award for his achievements in Cross Country and Road races in 2013. Well done Tim.