Weekend Roundup…A Race for All Runners

Great weekend all round with Togher athletes young and not so young, seasoned and new runners out on track, road, trail and park runs.

Saidhbh, Dilly, Joshua and Cathal at the Munster U9-12 Championships in Nenagh. 4th Feb, 2017
James Traynor at the Munster Indoor Championships

Our Little Athletes did us proud in Nenagh at the Munster Indoor Juvenile Championships (U9-12) on Saturday 4th February. Congratulations to Saidhbh, Dilly, Joshua, Cathal and James and well done to parents and coaches for making it all happen. Results will be up soon on the Munster Athletics website HERE


Louise Murphy, Padraig O’Herlihy and Bernard Coleman ran the Park Run in Ballincollig yesterday, Saturday 4th February, with Padraig and Bernard running personal bests. Having started in our 0-5k group in October last, these guys are doing superb running times. Well done to coach Louise for keeping them on track 🙂

Bernard and Padraig at the Ballincollig Park Run. 4th Feb, 2017.

Brian Russell, Helen Walsh, Louise Murphy and Claire Dunne ran the Irish Mountain Runners Association (IMRA) trail run in Clonakilty this morning. What a tough but beautiful run, it took in everything, forest, hill, road and beach! See HERE for further details about IMRA.


Louise, Brian, Helen and Claire at the IMRA Clonakilty Trail Run. 5th Feb, 2017
At lunchtime on Sunday 5th February, 16 of our members took to the streets of Dungarvan for the John Treacy 10 mile road race. Tony Kelleher came in second place in the 045 category, showing super form and starting off the season in style. Our mens team were 8th in the Open Team category, which is a fantastic result in this very competitive race. Well done Dave O’Keeffe, Eric Browne and Brian O’Callaghan who made up this team. Dave and Brian had massive personal bests, so watch out for them in the year ahead. While the Togher AC John Treacy team (Dave, Tony and Eric) technically came in 4th place, unfortunately the rules mean that Tony, receiving an individual prize, cannot be counted. In any case, we are very proud of such fine performances.


Brian, Tony, Dave and Eric at the Dungarvan 10 mile Road Race. 5th Feb, 2017
Congratulations to Andrew and Brian Maher (with a new personal best), Aidan Hartnett ( with a new personal best), Patrick O’Regan, Patrick O’Mahony, Rory McCarthy, Frank Linehan, Rachel O’Callaghan, Mary Noonan and Maeve O’Shaughnessy who all had great runs in Dungarvan and did us proud wearing the Togher AC singlets. Congratulations to coaches Frank and Doc Doherty for their support in preparation for the event.


Eric, Dave, Tony, Patrick, Aidan, Patrick & Mary at Dungarvan today.
Well done also to our Fit4Life very new members Yvonne Gough, Mary O’Halloran and Margaret Murphy who ran the 10 miles in great times. Looks like it was a great day out.


Yvonne, Mary and Margaret (and husbands) at the Dungarvan 10.
A well earned cup of tea in Dungarvan
See HERE for the Dungarvan 10 results and the Cork Running Blog for links to photos.


Finally, in the National Athletics Association of Ireland Indoor Games on Sunday 5th in Dublin, Evan Byrne ran an superb personal best 3000m in 8.38 and Chris O Reilly in 9.08. This is an incredible achievement and so admirable given the hard work it takes to get to this level. We are so proud of our young athletes and congratulations to coach Steve Macklin. See HERE.


Evan and Chris with their training group of other young endurance athletes at the AAI Indoor Games. Feb, 2017
Well done all, time to put your feet up on this beautiful evening. 🙂

Business backs 27th December 5k Race for Positive Mental Health

Togher AC & Cork Mental Health Foundation are delighted to welcome the support of local businesses for their 5k road race on 27th December. Main sponsor, Ryan’s SuperValu Togher, are  kindly giving their support for the second year and are sponsoring the prizes. Centra in Togher generously donate the water and bananas. Titan Experience are kindly giving the club cereal bars for the participants.

This year each participant who runs the 5k race will receive a ‘Togher AC, 50 Years on the Run’ technical t-shirt. The t-shirt is in the club colours, green and white. To sign up online for the 5k race and secure your t-shirt (to be collected on the day with race number), go to https://www.iregister.ie/v2/events/togher-5k-2016/

Togher AC, 50 Years on the Run Technical T-shirt


The organisers are appreciative of sponsorship from Rembrandts, Hair and Beauty Salon; Kiely Solicitors; Davy Financial Services; The Lough Credit Union; Cork Meat Company; Barry Sheehan Painter & Decorator; Barties Pizzeria and Sigma Homes for their generous sponsorship of the technical t-shirts.

They would also like to pay tribute to Right Price Tiles for sponsoring the ambulance on the day of the race. See the photographs below of Aidan Hartnett receiving cheques from the t-shirt and ambulance sponsors.

Rembrandts, Hair & Beauty Salon
Kiely Solicitors
DAVY Financial Services
DAVY Financial Services
The Lough Credit Union
The Lough Credit Union
Cork Meat Company
Cork Meat Company
Barry Sheehan Painter & Decorator
Barry Sheehan Painter & Decorator
Barties Pizzeria
Barties Pizzeria
Sigma Homes
Sigma Homes
Right Price Tiles sponsoring the ambulance on the day of the road race
Right Price Tiles sponsoring the ambulance on the day of the road race

Togher AC and Cork Mental Health Association would like to sincerely thank sponsors for their generous support for such a good cause. Without  it, the road race would not be possible.

Rob Walks Tall with Olympic Bronze

Robert Heffernan received his Olympic Bronze Medal in an emotional ceremony in Cork City Hall last Thursday 3rd November. The packed house was bursting with pride and in awe of the man who in both character and achievements has won the hearts of Cork and Ireland.


Some of our club members were privileged to witness Rob receive his medal. It was a proud moment for us to be associated with such an incredible athlete and to see the Togher AC singlet feature so vividly in the slideshow highlighting Rob’s career.


Mr Hayes, longstanding Togher AC member and Rob’s first coach, was amongst a panel who spoke about Rob’s early days in athletics. Stories were shared about Rob also from friends that included world champions and fellow Olympic medalists. Those who entertained the crowd with stories gave us a glimpse of how and why Rob is the success that he is and understand better his determination, hard work, likeability and warm nature. His wife and coach, Marian is of course a huge part of his success.


The Bronze Olympic Medal for the 50km race walk was presented to Rob four years after the 2012 London Olympics where he came in fourth place, following a superb race on the day there. Russian, Sergey Kirdyapkin was stripped of his Olympic title in March 2016 for a doping violation, allowing Rob to take his rightful place on the podium.


Given the circumstances, Rob accepted his medal graciously and actually saw that not winning the medal in 2012 meant that he worked harder to prepare for the World Championships in Moscow in 2013. This led him to ultimately become the World 50km Champion at this event. It was clear that Rob was thrilled to be presented with the medal in Cork city and this was certainly a unique moment in our history, an Olympic medal being awarded on Irish soil for the first and possibly only time.

3 November 2016; Race walker Robert Heffernan is presented with the 2012 London Olympic Men's 50km Race Walk Bronze Medal at City Hall in Cork. A result of decisions in relation to six Russian athletes including racewalker Sergey Kirdyapkin who won the Gold Medal at the Olympic Games in London in 2012 smashing the 50km World Record Heffernan who finished fourth in the same race has been retrospectively awarded a Bronze following Kirdyapkin’s disqualification. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

On the same night, Rob launched his autobiography ‘Walking Tall’. It details Rob’s journey to being European Champion, World Champion and now Olympic Champion. No doubt in due course there will be a sequel as we hope Rob’s career has much more joy to bring us all! Congratulations from everyone in Togher AC to Rob and Marian on this well deserved and phenomenal achievement.