. . . . . . The Ballintotis Community Centre has now been built adjacent to the local Church. Well done to everyone involved and those who contributed in any way. Fundraising events supporting the centre's build and upkeep will continue through 2013 . . . . . . . . . .
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Ballintotis '4' Mile Road Race

The 5th running of the Ballintotis 4 Mile Road Race was staged in glorious weather on 16/4/14.

Full report and results soon. In the meantime click on the image below to see a gallery of images from the event.

The Race Video has just been completed. Thanks to camera operators, Olan O'Brien, Ursula Barry, Josie Knowles, Martin Preston, Pa O'Mahony and Noreen Knowles and thanks to Olan for the final edit.

Running in Cork Blogpost - All the Results here - Photos by Doug Minihane here - Photos by Kieran Minihane here


McCarthy makes it 5-in-a-row as
Ballintotis Race Attracts A Record Breaking 996 Runners

New ground was broken on the roads of Cork last week as the Ballintotis 4 Miler created a record for a mid week Road Race in Cork. A massive number of runners – 996 crossed the finish line on a glorious spring evening that brought the crowds out in their droves to take part and watch this great sporting spectacle.

The new high for the race, was not only the biggest ever number of runners recorded at a mid week Road Race in Cork but firmly establishes the race as arguably the biggest 4 Mile Race in Munster. Close on 150 people had walked the 4 Mile Route , beginning at 6.30pm brining the total participation to well in excess of 1,100, the figure representing huge participation from all over the county. Clearly Ballintotis is very much on the map and this event has won the hearts of many as a “must do” springtime activity.

James McCarthy of East Cork AC was again the impressive winner making it 5 wins in a row at the venue and capping his superb night with a course record breaking run of 19.31. Ladysbridge resident Ann Marie Holland who runs with St Finbarr’s AC and is one of the main driving forces behind the forthcoming Kilcredan 5K was the ladies winner, continuing her rich vein of recent form. Both winners receive 1 year free membership of the magnificent Castlemartyr Resort Leisure Centre.

Overall, it was a night to remember for all who enjoyed the wonderful atmosphere at an event that is organised by the industrious local committee in conjunction with East Cork AC and with the help of Ballycotton Running Promotions. Well done to all in the local community who made such a huge effort in so many ways to ensure the success of the race. Without their co-operation it would not be possible to host a sporting occasion of such magnitude.


Ballintotis '4' Launch

Photo shows Brian Herlihy of Castlemartyr Resort sponsors of the main prize
- of 1 year free Membership of Castleamrtyr Resort Leisure Centre for both 1st Male and 1st Female

Included are Liam O'Brien from East Cork AC (the promoting club), James McCarthy winner of the race
for the last 4 years, John, Cashman, Sean Murphy and Jean O'Gorman of the race committee.

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All photos courtesy of John Walshe



Fit4Life News

The green light has been given for the start of the HSE Fleet Feet Walking Group in Ballintotis. This group will assemble in the Community Centre between 7.45pm and 8.45pm each Wednesday for a 10 week period, beginning Wednesday January 15th. Again please spread the word to anybody who you feel might be interested as the programme is being promoted to highlight walking as a fun event. More details to follow or from Deirdre Carr locally.

Ballintotois Fit4Life Club
Enjoy End Of Summer BBQ at Castlemartyr Resort

Despite only being officially formed in February of this year, Ballintotis Fit4Life Club has already over 100 members. On Friday evening last at Castlemartyr Resort Golf Club, following a busy few months of training and racing, this thriving group enjoyed an end of summer BBQ.

A large number of club members and partners were in attendance at what transpired to be a most enjoyable occasion. This week it’s time to put the running shoes back on as the club hosts it’s regular Thursday evening gathering from 7pm at Ballintotis Community Centre.

Meantime following the success of last week’s social venture, plans are already afoot for a pre-Christmas get together, whilst it’s also anticipated that a St Stephen’s Day Club Relay Run will also take place. So overall, busy times for one of Cork’s largest new running clubs.

Thanks to all who supported and organised the event.

Martin Is World Champion

Martin Enright hit the headlines on the world stage last week, when winning the
Mr Universe Body Building Final in the United States.

The Ballinascartha man had put in some tremendous training for the event and got his just rewards when capturing the gold medal in the process defeating the competition favourite, who had 6 major ttiles to his credit.

A night of celebration took place on Friday last at O’Neill’s Bar in Midleton to welcome home Martin.

Congrats Martin from all in Ballintotis!

Above left: Martin's mother Liz and sister Denise celebrate with the new Champion of the World.
Above right: Martin celebrates after the medal presentation.



Declan Wins All Ireland In Croke Park

Ballintotis was represented in Croke Park on All Ireland Sunday in the shape of Declan Kelly whose superb hurling skills saw him crowned All Ireland Freestyle Hurling Skills Champion 2013.

Declan entered the nationwide competition earlier this summer and his you tube video soon captured the imagination of the judging panel. Eventually hurling superstars Ollie Canning and Lar Corbett were called in to narrow the field down to the last 6, from which the 3 top performers were brought to Croke Park on All Ireland Sunday.


Declan looked to be one of the coolest guys on the hallowed turf as he demonstrated his skills in front of 82,000 fans. Eventually a massive Cork roar went up when Declan’ name and video flashed up in lights on the giant screen as overall winner. So he left Croke Park as All Ireland champion and the prize of a trip to China with the All Stars to follow. This is a massive success story for Declan, for Kiltha Og and for Ballintotis. Well done again Declan.

Ballintotis Hall is for Hire

History is made in Wimbledon
and Andy Murray wins as well

CJ makes her winning leap

A Ballintotis family made history in Wimbledon last week when they became the first from the area to attend at the Wimbledon Mens' Singles Final as guests of the All England Club. The family dog, CJ, was instrumental in the story as it was her leap that made it all happen.

Enjoying the 2013 Championship on TV, Lisa Cooney decided to enter the on-line photographic competition, Wimbledon's 'Shot of the Day'.

As the theme for the day was 'Rackets', Lisa made a fence out of four tennis rackets and thought she might capture the family dog, CJ, jumping it. CJ duly obliged and Lisa expertly captured the shot on her phone just at the right moment. The photo was submitted and, not alone won the competition that day, but was adjudged the overall winner in the 'Shot of the Tournament' competition as well! And the prize - an all expenses paid trip for two to the Mens' Singles Final - wow!

Ok, so Lisa was definitely on the plane but who was going to take the second seat? Some felt that CJ deserved it but she felt herself that it might be a bit warm in Centre Court for her so she decided to stay at home and watch it on the telly with her paws up. Seeing as the rackets in the shot were Lisa's brother James's, the entitlement was his and off both went and had a fantastic time at Wimbledon. And what a year to be there with Andy Murray winning the final, beating Novak Djokovic in straight sets, to become the first British winner of the title in 77years.

Well done Lisa and CJ (and Andy)!!

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Ballintotis Fit4Life

After Just 6 Months In Existence - Ballintotis Fit4Life Make It To The Top 10
(Incidentally since the records were taken we have now more than 10 more new members)

The bar chart below shows a breakdown of the size of the athletic clubs in Cork at the end of July 2013. As in previous charts, it shows adult membership only.......i.e. those that are most likely to be taking part in some sort of road racing or similar events. While some clubs are more track and field orientated, the majority are involved in some sort of road running so that a comparison can be made between the size of the clubs. The stats are for the 11 months between August 2012 and July 2013.

1st...Midleton AC continue to show strong growth year on year and stay as the largest club in Cork. With 255 adult members, they are up 11% on last year.
2nd...St.Finbarr's AC based in Cork City remain in 2nd spot with 183 adult members, unchanged from last year.
3rd...Youghal AC jump from 9th to 3rd with a large influx of adult members this year. From what I understand, they have a very successful beginners programme which is introducing a lot of new members to the club. It also underlines how vibrant the running scene is in the East Cork area.
4th...Leevale AC is different from most of the other clubs in that a lot of their adult members would be involved in track and field rather than road races. They also have a significant number of juveniles so they would have quite a few adults involved in coaching them. They are up 35% on last last year with 154 adult members and jump from 7th to 4th place.
5th....Eagle AC based in Cork City showed a modest increase of 6% in numbers in the last year.
6th...Bandon AC stay largely unchanged at 135 adult members.
7th...Mallow AC in N.Cork is another club making steady progress. From 58 members in 2011 and 95 in 2012, they are now up 20% to 114.
8th...Bantry AC drop from 3rd to 8th place as they have lost nearly half of their adult members in the last year. The current membership of 84 contrasts with the 171 that they had two years ago when they had a successful beginners programme.
9th...Galtee Runners AC after a slight drop last year are up by 65% in 2013.
10th...Ballintotis Fit4Life are a new group that have registered with Athletics Ireland. They jump straight in at 10th position with 80 members.

Ballintotis Fit4Life
take on the Cork City Marathon

John Cashman hands over the wrist band to Louise Knowles after
completing the first leg of the relay race in the recent Cork City Marathon

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Sonia is the Darling of Ballintotis
as a Record Entry completes the
2013 Ballintotis '4' Mile Road Race

Sonia O'Sullivan chats with John Cashman prior to running the 2013 Ballintotis '4' Mile Race

The presence of Olympic Silver Medalist, Sonia O'Sullivan, was the icing on the cake at Ballintotis on Thursday 18/4/13 as 835 participants, including the Cobh woman, completed the fourth annual Ballintotis '4' Mile Road Race. Earlier in the evening, over 120 walkers completed the course.

The huge community effort to make this an event to remember was evident everywhere around the area. As the buzz increased in intensity throughout the evening, it was clear from the volume of people pouring in that the entry would be as good as last year's 737 if not better but the 835 entry surpassed all expectations.

For the fourth year in a row the men's winner was Ballincurrig's James McCarthy of East Cork AC who crossed the line in 19.43. Second was Tim O Donoghue, also of East Cork AC in 20.08. In third place was Gavin Sweeney (unattched) in 20:25.

The women's winner was Rhona Lynch of Eagle AC in 24:45, second was Michelle Kenny, Midleton AC in 24:58 and third was Helen Leonard, Leevale AC in 25:02.

The huge crowd were treated to refreshments in the newly completed Community Hall where the catering staff reported filling over 800 cups of tea and coffee!!

Sonia O'Sullivan presented the prizes, posed for hundreds of photos and chatted to all and sundry, seemingly having time for everyone. She praised the high standard of organisation that had gone into the race and declared her delight and enjoyment at taking part. Such was the impact she made in the short few hours she was in the area, it is fair to say that Sonia has now been well and truly adopted by the people of the Ballintotis Area and has an open invitation to return as often as she can.

Race Video

Cameras: Ursula Barry, James Cooney, Mark Dolphin, Josie Knowles, Olan O'Brien and Martin Preston.
Video Editing: Olan O'Brien

Click here for full Race Report
Click here for photos - Volume I by Tim Troy

Click here for photos - Volume II by Denis O'Flynn
Click here for all the Results.
Click here for Race report on corkrunning.blogspot.ie


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Fit4Life Launches The Ballintotis 4-Mile Road Race 2013

Ballintotis Fit4Life club launch The Ballintotis 4-Mile Road Race 2013

It’s all systems go for this year’s Ballintotis ‘4’ Mile Road Race after the newly formed Ballintotis Fit4Life Club officially launched the event at a function in the Community Centre recently.

The big race on Thursday April 18th (8pm) is just 4 weeks away and excitement is already building in the area in advance of what promises to be a great social and sporting occasion. The usual top array of prizes are again on offer for the overall winners, with both the first man and first lady each receiving an extended weekend break at Trabolgan Holiday Centre. Castlemartyr Resort Hotel, Garryvoe Hotel and the Quality Hotel Clonakilty have also come on board this year to feature on the overall prize list. There will also be a huge array of category prizes and spot prizes up for grabs.

This year’s race was given a major boost when Ray and Susan Fitzgerald along with Tony Mulcahy and John Walshe of A.C.S Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Midleton were announced as joint t-shirt sponsors. This means that all participants will again leave Ballintotis with a souvenir t-shirt, thanks the generous sponsorship of the aforementioned.

Co-sponsors of this year's Ballintotis '4' t-shirts, John Walshe and Tony Mulcahy of A.C.S Air Conditioning and Refrigeration
and Susan and Ray Fitzgerald, make a presentation of this year's t-shirts to Seanie Murphy and John Cashman, Race Directors.

A huge word of thanks is also extended to the many other sponsors who have given their backing to what is recognised as one of the most popular road races in the county. Special words of appreciation are extended to Michael Kennedy Agricultural Contractor, Miah McGrath of McCarthy & McGrath Auctioneers, Tri ‘N’ Run Midleton, Pfizer Ireland, Eurocom Technologies, The Creamery Bar Mogeely and East Cork Oil Ltd.

Of course, the race is as always a joint promotion with East Cork A.C and with Ballycotton Running Promotions also kindly assisting, there is wide involvement by two very respected athletics groups.

It’s appropriate that the newly formed Fit4Life Club should have the honour of launching the race as during the past 6 months a group of runners under the banner of Ballintotis Runners & Joggers have met each Thursday night, contributing €1 each per night as a means of building up funds for this year’s race. The club has recently been formed as an official structure under A.A.I and last week’s function was also the confirmation of their new status.

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Tuesday Club 10th Anniversary ------------ Community Dinner 2011 ----------------- Lap of the Lake 2011

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Minister Phil Hogan T.D. unveils Foundation Stone

Minister Phil Hogan,T.D., Minister for Environment, Community and Local Government, unveiled the foundation stone for the new Ballintotis Community Centre on Friday July 8th last. Monsignor E. Goold P.P., Midleton performed the blessing while local dignitaries, TDs, County Councillors, SECAD Board and Executives, Muintir Na Tire Representative, Cork County Council executives and sponsors who have provided funding were all in attendance. The members of the Ballintotis Sciath na Scoil hurling panel were also in attendance and proudly displayed the Sciath na Scoil cup, which they recently won at Pairc Ui Ring, to the large gathering.
The new community centre which will be located near to the Church in Ballintotis will provide a much needed centre for the local community catering for all. The main contractor is HG Construction Ltd. from Watergrasshill. The building is expected to be complete by this December. The Community Council arranged light refreshments following the enjoyable and memorable afternoon on the shore of Lough Aderra Lake.

More photos soon.

SECAD support Community Centre with €150,000.00

Ryan Howard, CEO of South East Cork Area Development and Donal Kelleher, Chairman Ballintotis Area Community Council Ltd.
sign € 150,000 contract.
South East Cork Area Development (SECAD) have signed a contract with Ballintotis Area Community Council for the provision of grant aid in the amount of € 150,000 to support the construction of a new community centre , total value € 325, 000 at Ballintotis, Midleton. SECAD, located in Midleton, provide a wide range of support to local community groups and local enterprises over a wide geographical area spanning across East Cork to Ballincollig, Carrigaline and Douglas.

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What it's all in aid of:

proposed Ballintotis Area Community CentreCheck out progress of the build here

Past Fundraising Events: Greyhound Race 2010 ¦ Vintage Run - 2010 ¦ Ballintotis 4-Mile Road Race ¦ Liam Lawton Concert