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Notes November 19-17

ZAKIS AND VEALE WINNERS AT 9TH ANNUAL CLEANZONE TECHNOLOGY LTD PADDY JOE CURRAN MEMORIAL TURKEY TROT AS €3465 RAISED IN  AID OF SOLAS CENTRE.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The 9th annual Old Parish Turkey Trot took place last Sunday morning. Conditions were a bit damp and foggy but at least there was no cold for the runners and walkers as they left on  the scenic course at 12 noon. Sincere thanks go to all the crew who were out early in the morning looking after the course for the walkers and runners and especially to all the stewards who manned the course during the event.  A total of 150 runners and 140 walkers took part which was testament to the hard work put in by the race committee at the Marine headed up by Padraig Healy. Once again the local community came out in force to support this local event so it's a very well done to one and all. At the prize giving after the race  Padraig spoke on behalf of the organising committee thanking all and before the presentation took place a  moment's reflection was witnessed by all present as our heartfelt thoughts and prayers are with club member Éamonn Cashin and the Cashin family on the passing of Philip Cashin the previous day. The generosity of the runners, walkers and locals and the  sponsorship acquired meant that €3,465 was raised for the Solas Centre which is a very worthy local charity that provides essential help for those effected by cancer and their families. Everyone involved should be very proud to have raised such a huge amount for this most worthy charity. Claire Shannon spoke on behalf of the Solas Centre at the prize presentation and  told us a little of that organisation and the great work they do. She also thanked everyone for supporting the event.  The overall race winner and recipient of the Paddy Joe Curran Perpetual Cup was Raivis Zakis of West Waterford AC in an excellent 26.46 on what is one of the more difficult 5 mile races in the area. He was presented with the cup by J.J. Curran, brother of the late Paddy Joe. In second place was Dzintars Klava West Waterford AC in 27.20 followed closely in third by Anthony Flynn West Waterford AC in a time of 28.29.This was the 3rd time Raivis has won this race over the 9 years of its existence. In the ladies race, the honours went to the inform Kate Veale of West Waterford AC in 31.12 a huge improvement from her win time here last year when she ran 32.43,this was Kate's 3rd year in a row winning this race. In 2nd was Tara Rattigan Sports World AC in 34.59 followed in third by Laura Flavin West Waterford AC in a time of 35.07 AC.The race was a huge success thanks to the contribution to all involved, the local stewards, John on the van, Conor and Jamie for looking after the course layout and to Breda, Ray, Mary Rose, Catriona and Liam who looked after the entries and the finishing times. A sincere word of thanks must go to our hosts Helen and Christy O’ Neill who provided the hot refreshments and food for all the runners and they made sure that we were all well looked after, thanks so much. The race organisers would like to sincerely thank Ger Duhig and Johnny Curran of Clean zone Technology Ltd for their generous sponsorship of the race and also O'Mahony Business Advisors, Venture clothing, The Marine Bar, Munster Signs and Print,  McGrath's News Agent, Murray’s Care plus pharmacy, Kevin Forde of Daybreak Shop/ Topaz Garage,  Country Store Fruit and Veg, Seanachie Pub and Kitchen and Tommy Kiely Car Sales. Finally again to the great committee effort at the Marine a very well done all.
 
 
 
 
 
9TH ANNUAL PADDY JOE CURRAN TURKEY TROT.
 
 
 
 
1st Raivis Zakis West Waterford AC 26.46
2nd Dzintars Klava West Waterford AC 27.20
3rd Anthony Flynn West Waterford AC 28.29
 
 
 
 
 
1st Kate Veale West Waterford AC 31.12
2nd Tara Rattigan Sports World AC 34.59
3rd Laura Flavin West Waterford AC 35.07
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
24th ANNUAL FORDE'S DAYBREAK WINTER LEAGUE.
 
 
 
 
 
The numbers registering for the club's 24th Annual Forde's Daybreak winter league are ever increasing with another 40 coming along for the first time and registering last Wednesday evening. The league completed its 2nd round last week and luckily enough the weather man looked after us once again as it was ideal. It was and is great to see so many new faces running the league and each and every one of you are all very welcome, but do remember to let your friends know that if they have any thoughts of giving the league ago that we have plenty room for them so why not come along and give it a try, you can start any night you wish and run at whatever pace you feel able to run at. You have two distances to choose from, there’s the short route 2.5 miles or the longer 5.2 course. We will give you all the help we can to reach your goals. By now, you will have an understanding of how the league works. Runners go off in groups according to their times from the previous week and the ultimate goal is to try and pass as many people as possible while at the same time not to have too many pass you out!! Thanks to all the runners for obeying the rules of the winter league. We are sure that you will appreciate that with the huge volume of runners at the sport’s centre and out on the roads that your co-operation is vital for the smooth running and the safety of the runners. The clock starts at 6.50 p.m sharp each night but for your first night aim to be there around 6.30 in order to get registered with a number. We have been fortunate so far with the weather for the first two nights  so fingers crossed for another good night tonight. See you on the GREENWAY.!!!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
LONG COURSE RUNNERS IN GREAT FORM ON WEEK 2. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Round 2 of the 201/18 24th Annual Forde's Daybreak winter league saw another large turnout of runners last Wednesday evening at Dungarvan Sports Centre. The winter league will continue for 11 more nights 5 before Christmas and 6 after Christmas with a 2 week break over the festive season. A crowd of 180 took on the 5.2 mile long course last Wednesday evening in good dry condition. This week there were 35 newly registered runners on the long route which shows the popularity of the league. First home on the league last week was a Sean Stilwell in a fast time of 37.26 followed by Alan Lyons in 37.40 with Sean Ryan 3rd home in 38.07.The fastest runner on the night was Colligan's Alan Kinsella in 29.31 and he now becomes the first runner to break the 30 m minute mark for the long course in this year league, very well done to him. The leading ladies last week were Denise Conway who came home first lady in 41.29 she was followed by Catriona Lee 46.32 and third lady home last week was Rosarie Kealy in a time of 45.10.Well done to everyone who took part and to anyone who hasn’t joined the league yet, why not come along any Wednesday night and join you'll be glad you made the move.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
NUMBERS INCRESE FOR WEEK 2 ON THE SHORT COURSE.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Week 2 on the short route was the perfect night for good times as the runners headed out on the 2.5 mile run, There was a great number out again last Wednesday when 118 runners completed the course, and all are to congratulated as most are trying out the league for the very first time, Once again this week we had more new faces with 10 more runners than we had for week 1. We hope this year's league will prove to be very exciting in the coming weeks with so many new faces joining up to take on the challenge, this section of the league which specifically for first timers and beginners in mind is a manageable distance for most as it covers 2.5 miles in total.   For week 2 the handicap system will kicked in, so after registering make sure to check you off time on the sheets posted on the wall. First home on the night was Gary Collins in a quick time of 14.45 followed closely by Kieran Wilcok in 14.46 with Col Bennet next in 18.49.  First lady was a former short course winner, Kelly Cantwell in 22.42. Kelly Shalloe had a massive improvement on the night when running 18.46 (down from 22.05 in week 1). Tracy Grant had a great run when knocking 4 minutes off her time when recording 22.46. Other to record good times were Jonathan Regan and Rob Wall (both 17.27), Ciara McKenna 23.28, Philip Cowman (20.42) and Orla Quinlan (23.45) .Interestingly, 77 of out 118 or 65%  of our runners were ladies so the ladies are very much to the fore on the short route ! Well done to each and every runner who that took part and remember there is a long way to go and aim to slowly improve. It is important to feel comfortable during the run and as you are coming near the finish line you can increase the pace and finish your run with a push. Just a quick reminder to all our runners to be careful out on the course and obey the stewards at all times. For safety, high vis must be worn. Also the rules of the league prohibit the wearing of watches. Anyone not wearing high vis or that is caught wearing a watch won't be included in the results. Best of luck to all tonight and why not bring as friend along.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
WHAT TO DO AT THE WINTER LEAGUE
 
 
 
 
 
1. REGISTER IN HALL. (weekly fee of €2 for club members and €3 for non-members )
 
2. LEAVE YOUR WATCH AND KEYS IN THE BOX-(WATCHES ARE NOT ALLOWED)
 
3. GET YOUR STARTING TIME ON THE SHEETS ON THE WALL.
 
4. KEEP AN EYE ON THE CLOCK IN THE HALL- WHEN YOUR TIME IS CLOSE GO OUT TO THE FRONT DOOR
 
5.WHEN YOUR STARTING TIME APPEARS ON THE CLOCK OUTSIDE THE FRONT DOOR YOU HEAD OFF
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6. SUBTRACT YOUR STARTING TIME FROM THE TIME THAT’S ON THE CLOCK WHEN YOU CROSS THE FINISH LINE  TO GET YOUR ACTUAL TIME
 
7. ONLY PARK IN DESIGNATED AREAS AND NOT WHERE THE CONES ARE.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
REFLECTIVE BIBS.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 It is a condition of the winter league that all runners wear reflective bibs or jackets. Some runners are wearing luminous bibs which are not reflective which means that you are not visible to traffic. Each bib must have reflective strips on it. Those not wearing reflective gear are compromising their own safety and will not be covered by insurance so please get a reflective bib.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
STARTING TIMES FOR TONIGHT.
 
 
 
 
There will be 1 minute interval between each group of runners tonight. Your starting time tonight will be based on the slowest time last week which means that the fastest person last week will be the last to head off tonight and the last people to head off will be trying to catch as many people as they can and those that headed off first will be trying not to get caught by those behind them. Please leave at your allocated time which will be posted in the hall. First runners off at 6.50 pm.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
LAST CHANCE TO ENTER WINTER LEAGUE TEAM COMPETITION.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The winter league will also include a team competition. Teams will be comprised of 3 members and can be all male, all female or mixed. The scoring will be based on the positions of the two best placed members on the team on each night of the league from the normal winter league results. There is no extra charge to register a team. Once you are registered for the winter league, you will be eligible to go on a team. All members of the team need to be registered to run the same course in the league. Anyone who is interested in going on a team, but is new to the league or doesn’t know people to go on a team with, can leave their name and we will help to find a team for them. All teams must be registered before week 5 of the league (i.e. before 25th November 2017). To register a team, email your team name and the 3 members’ names and winter league numbers to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
 
 
 
 
 
 
"TOP OIL" ASSOCIATE WINTER LEAGUE SPONSORS.
 
 
 
 
 
This week we are delight to welcome on board Top Oil to the Winter league as associate sponsors. Our thanks to club member Kevin Casey and James O'Sullivan of Top Oil for their kind sponsorship of the prize. There will be 2 prizes on offer each week one of the short course and one of the long course runners and the 50th person to finish the two leagues each week will be awarded a prize courtesy of Top Oil. Winners are asked to pick up their prize when registering the following week. If a runner wins a prize on a given week they are omitted for the rest of the league from this competition and the prize will be awarded to the next finisher.
 
 
 
 
week 1 winners were short route Sinead O'Rourke. long route- David Traynor.
week 2 winners were short route-Brid Whyte long route- Denis Ryan.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
MUNSTER MASTERS CROSS COUNTRY GOLD FOR WEST WATERFORD MENS TEAM.
 
 
 
 
 
Congratulations to our masters over 50 cross country team of Martin Tobin, Michael Dunford, Ray Hahesy and Joe Gough who took Munster gold club team at the championships held in Riverstick Cork last Sunday. Joe also took the silver individual medal in the over 60 category.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
CLUB MEMBERSHIP 2018.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The club membership for 2018 is now open and  can now be paid to club registrar Gerry Cantwell. Members can also pay their membership any night at the winter league or at any West Waterford race. We operate the calendar year for membership, so it’s January to December in a given year. The membership stays unchanged at 25 euro.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
ENTRY TO MICHAEL ROCHE CARPETS SERIES.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
A reminder to all that entry to the Michael Roche carpets race series is still open, with two races now completed there are still 3 races remaining, Colligan cup, Kilmacthomas 5 and Dungarvan 10k. all these remaining races are after christmas, the series is just 2 euro to enter and your best 4 races from  the 5 will count for scoring in the series.
 
 
 
 
 
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING.
 
 
 
 
 
 
The senior club's 24th annual general meeting will take place on Thursday December 7th at 8.30 pm in Minnies bar. Abbeyside.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
NEW BEGINNER / IMPROVER RUN GROUP .
 
 
 
 
 
 
It’s not too late to join us and if you work shifts the flexibility is there to switch between the lunch and evening groups on alternate weeks.If you struggle to run alone and enjoy a group atmosphere and the social side of running then this group is for you. You decide how much you want to push yourself to become a stronger and faster runner. This group will help improve your speed and technique with a different emphasis every week. You will receive a structured training plan to either improve your 5k time or increase the distance you currently run as well as online support, if that is what you want.So whether you can run 5k in 30 mins and want to improve that time or are happy with the time and want to just enjoy running in a group this is ideal for you. To book your spot contact Irene Clark on 086 8242348 or Claire Kennedy on 087 911 6997.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
CLUB TRAINING FOR JOHN TREACY DUNGARVAN 10.
 
 
 
 
 
Club training for the John Treacy 10mile race has started and it’s not too late to join us.  For the winter we change our base for registration to the coffee shop in Eurospar who have very kindly allowed us the use of the facility. Registration is from 610pm and as we have no indoor facility to warm up in please have your warm up done so that we can hit the road at 6.30pm sharp. We will do a long running warm up but have your dynamic stretching done before you arrive. If you are not a club member you are more than welcome to come along and try a session before committing to club membership. If you join now your membership covers you until the end of 2018. A nominal fee of €3 applies per session. The club training plan commences this week and is free of charge to club members who regularly attend weekly training sessions and will be on our dedicated Facebook page – West Waterford AC meet & train – please request to join if you are not already a member.
 
 
 
 
 
MICK CONCANNON ON MARATHON TRAIL.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Mick Concannon continues his marathon odyssey with another notched up last Saturday in Kildare where he ran the 5 loops of the Curragh Plains on a very wet and muddy course Mick completed the 26.2 miles in 4.15.
 
 
 
 
 
KATE VEALE WINS BEAT THE TRAIN 10 MILE.
 
 
 
 
 
The club had a good number of athletes taking part in last Saturdays beat the train 10 mile race on the Waterford greenway. The event was held to raise monies for Down Syndrome Ireland and held along the Kilmeaden section of the Greenway on an out and back course. The race overall winner on the day was Waterford Frank Quinlan in a time of 57.01 with just 3 runners breaking the hour mark for the run. The ladies winner was West Waterford's Kate Veale in a time of 66.48 giving her 16th place overall from the field of 212 finishers. The clubs highest placed finisher in the race was Jason Travers who finished 11th overall in 63.10,excellent running by Jason and our 2nd lady home was Katie Bullen in 82.28. Well done to all who took part.
 
 
 
 
 
Jason Travers 63.10
Kate Veale 66.48
Stephen O'Reilly 75.32
Emilio Moya Rosa 78.45
Katie Bullen 82.28
Paschal Proctor 87.36
Andrea Gaffney 87.41
Linda Garcia 95.32
Caroline Russell 95.31
Theresa Hickey 106.45
Ciara Duffin 108.27
Tricia Cullinane 108.27
 
 
 
SYMPATHY.
 
 
 
 
West Waterford athletic club extend sincere sympathy to the families and friends of Philip Cashin Clonmore,The Burgery,Abbeyside and Mrs Alice Power Ballylemon, Cappagh Co. Waterford who passed to their eternal reward recently, May they both rest in peace.
 
 
 
 
 
RUNNING QUOTE.
 
 
 
 
The drive to improve comes from within.