Announcement: Reminder – Club away race acommodation

CTC_Logo_200_200This is just a reminder that club away race acommodation spots are filling up.  Please register early so as not to be disappointed.

Register for Schull accommodation

Register for HoTW, Kilkee accomodation (Single room)

Register for HoTW, Kilkee accomodation (Double room)

Track Session Wednesday April 27th

Athletics Track_UCCBack to repeat 400s this week, with the option of either 10 or 12 depending on fitness level.  Athletes should be noting their times over the different distances for comparison as  we repeat the distances.  Usual format for the session, warm up, dynamic stretch, strides and main set.  As usual the session starts at 7:00pm on the UCC track on the Mardyke.  Remember no parking inside(!).  There is space on the streets around plus in the car parks at the end of the Straight Road.  As usual St Finbarr’s have the track before us so respect their space if you arrive early for a warm up.  Just a small point but if you wear “racing flats” for either road races or triathlon, its a good idea to do the track session in these rather than heavier training shoes.



5-10 min easy run warmup

Dynamic stretch

5 x 60m strides

10/12 x 400m with approx 90s recovery jog

easy jog cool down

Summer Time Trials Starting Tuesday May 3rd

TT_June2_2015The summer time trials are back next week.
They will commence on Tuesday, 3rd May at 7pm sharp and will be held every Tuesday until the end of August.
The time trial route will be the usual one in Glounthane.
In June we will start the summer league, where time-trialists will be awarded points based on their performance at the time trials that they compete in over the season.
The first five or six time trials will not count towards league points so you can use these for practice.
If you are new to the club do not be intimidated, just come down and try it out.
It’s not a bike race, you can’t get dropped.
It’s a time trial, so its you against the course.
Its a good way to sharpen up you biking legs for the racing season and a good way meet other club members.
Your times will be recorded, so you can see how you are progressing as the season goes by.
If you want to make it into a brick session there is always somebody going for a run afterwards.
How to get there:
The starting point for the time trial is on the Glounthane road near the Cobh Cross roundabout.
Its between the roundabout and the Ballyseedy Garden Centre.
There is parking on a side road just down from the roundabout.
The time trial route:
The time trial route is an out and back route along the Glounthane road, covering about 13Km in total.
The starting point, as already mentioned, is near the Cobh Cross end of the Glounthane road.
The route heads back along the Glounthane road, in the direction of Cork city, to the roundabout at the end of the road.
The time-trialists will turn at the roundabout and head back again to Cobh Cross.
As usual we need three time keepers to take the times.
David Egan will be managing the timekeepers.
Please contact him by email: or
by text: 0879372402 and let him know when you are available to do timekeeping.
The time trials cannot be run without your support so please volunteer to help.

Club EGM April 28th 8:00pm Mardyke Arena (Hospitality Suite)

Just a brief reminder about the Extraordinary General Meeting in the Mardyke Arena at 8:00pm on Thursday 28th April.  The reason for the meeting is to introduce changes to the constitution, mainly a code of conduct particularly for the fact that we now have juniors in the club.  The committee know that people are busy with other commitments and training but we do need a quorum to approve these changes.  The EGM precedes a normal committee meeting  and should be finished before 8:30.  A clean version of the proposed constitution can be seen on the link below, the second document has “track changes” left in so that people can see the changes from the original.


CTC Constitution V5 28Apr2016

CTC Constitution V5 28Apr2016 (with TC)

Sunday cycle, Apr 24

CTC_Logo_200_200Decent forecast again for Sunday with some sun and moderate temperatures.  There will be a bit of a NW’erly breeze so it probably makes sense to head north.  Here are two suggested routes heading up into the Boggeraghs.  They’re hilly but have been shortened to reflect this.

Medium – 65km with 800m climbing

Long – 85km with 1200m climbing

Leaving City Hall @9am.

Interested in doing your first ever triathlon?

Are you a real beginner, someone who has never done any distance triathlon before?  If yes. there is an opportunity to get some specialized information and help with your first venture.  If you sign up for the “Lust for Life” triathlon which is specifically targeted at first timers Frances Buckley will put on a workshop specifically for this beginner group (if enough sign up to make it worth while).  Information on this sprint distance event can be seen here.  The race is on in Mullingar on July 9th. The workshop will be in the pool at Cobh probably on a Saturday afternoon.  Frances is a very experienced Triathlon Ireland coach and an accomplished triathlete.  The workshop will be similar to one recently put on by Frances for Triathlon Ireland.  So if you are a genuine newbie, that is someone who has never done a complete triathlon, and commit to “Lust for Life” contact Frances directly at

Track Session Wednesday April 20th

Athletics Track_UCCBig crowd on the track last week, great to see the numbers increasing all the time.  The weather promises to be even better this week with mild temperatures and a light breeze.  The session this week is 3 x 1600m (miles) or 2 x 1600m for some.  Recovery is a 400m easy jog between.  Same format for the evening as usual, warm-up, dynamic stretch, strides, main set and cool down.  Just a reminder that we got a warning from the “gate keeper” that we will not be allowed park in the Mardyke grounds from now on.  There is plenty of parking at the car parks by the Kingsley or by County Hall, just a short jog then to the Mardyke.  There is usually some parking on Mardyke Walk as well.  Session starts at 7:00pm



10 min easy jog

Dynamic Stretch

5 x 60m Strides

2/3 1600m with 400m recovery jog

Easy jog cool down


Summer Time Trials (Start Tuesday May 3rd)

TT_June2_2015It is coming to that time of year again, the CTC Summer Time Trials will begin as normal on the first Tuesday in May (3rd).  The format will be the same as other years.  The TTs start at 7:00pm sharp at the Carrigtohill end of the old Youghal Road just east of the Retail Park where the Ballyseedy Garden Centre is located.  There is no entry fee, the cost is that every who does the TTs is expected to do the timekeeping at least once during the season which runs from the first Tuesday in May until the end of August. Over the course of the season the TTs will incorporate a league for CTC club members, the league will run for 10 of the weeks.  The first few TTs will not be part of the league.  The TT course can be seen here.  Many members who take part in the event use the occasion to make it a “brick” session by going for a run immediately after the TT.  The usual run route is about 6.8km long and can be seen here.

The TTs have always be a very popular part of the CTC summer season but they cannot be run if people do not cooperate and help out with the timekeeping.  We have approximately 250 members in the club it should not be difficult to get enough people to help out (but it often is).  Dave Egan and Jane McGrath are again coordinating, very soon now appeals will be going out asking members to step up and put their names down for one or more of the Tuesday evenings.  Please help make their job a bit easier by committing to timekeeping as soon as possible.  Last year many people left it to the last minute to sign up, on occasion we had to threaten to cancel before we got time keepers.  Dave’s email address is . Only people who actually do time keep will be counted in the club league.  On the last evening there will be a social get together and prize giving.  The current course record holders are AJ Murphy at 18:17 and Katie Cooke holds the women’s record. Here’s to a great summer!!

Sunday Cycle with Beginners Cycle, 17 Apr

12039565_903467206396044_3540691929157600668_nFor a change the forecast is looking more appealing this weekend.  Though it may feel a little on the cool side initially, sun is expected and the forecast wind is classified as ‘breeze’.

There will be a beginner’s cycle this week, led by Ivan Kelleher and Jim Lehane.  Hopefully with the good weather there’ll be a strong turnout so I’ll provide three route options to suit all comers.  Ballyseedy is probably a good option for coffee stop.




Leaving City Hall @ 9am

Track Session Wednesday 13th April

Athletics Track_UCCGreat numbers out last week for the first session on the track in spite of the weather.  The forecast for this week looks a lot better, certainly warmer and less windy.  Stepping up from last week’s 400s to 800m repeats.  Option of either four or five 800s depending on level of fitness.  Same format as usual, easy warm up, dynamic stretch, 5 x 60m strides and then the main set.  Session starts at 7:00pm, remember St Finbarr’s have the track for the hour before us so respect their space if you arrive early for a longer warm up.  The session is suitable for all levels we have some of our podium members plus absolute beginners all welcome



Easy jog warm up

Dynamic stretch


4/5 x 800m with circa 90s recovery

5-10min easy jog cool down