Senior News

Notes March 11-18

30th ANNUAL MICHAEL ROCHE CARPETS SERIES.
 
 
 
 
 36th ANNUAL DEISE COLLEGE DUNGARVAN 10 K.
 
 
 
 
 Conditions were ideal for last Sunday's 36th annual Deise College sponsored Dungarvan 10k with no rain and no wind for the field of 120 who took part. Our thanks to all those runners who came along and supported this race one of the oldest races on the local athletic calendar. Once again the race this year was kindly sponsored by club member Alan and Caroline Ryan of Déise College, Dungarvan and we sincerely thank them for their ongoing sponsorship of the event,we also thank them for being available on the morning  to present the winner's with their prizes. Our thanks to all our club staff on duty on the day to Conor Norris, Jamie Mills and all our stewards out on the course a huge thanks. Our thanks also go to those who looked after the teas especially Jim and Sharon our head chiefs, the cuppa was very welcome by all the runners at the club house after the race. Thanks go to our admin team of Ann Dunford, Catriona Kiely,Sharon Duggan, Tony Ferncombe, Liam Crowe  who looked after the entries and results and finish line and Ann Dunford who once again looked after all the prizes, thanks to Liam O Donnell on van duty and our chairman Tom Leahy.Thanks to Dungarvan GAA club for the use of their Club house for the event and Tony Ryan who looked after us on the day, thanks to those who did the cleaning up after. Finally thanks again to our valued sponsor Déise College, Shandon, Dungarvan.
 
 
 
 
 ANDREW CONNICK WINS SEAMUS POWER MEMORIAL TROPHY.
 
 
 
 
 
The Deíse College sponsored 36th Annual Dungarvan 10k this year saw a field of 120 which was the same number of runners as last year's event. The race got under way at 11am from the industrial estate off the N25. From the gun one athletes broke clear of the field Andrew Connick Ferrybank AC, he lead from the start and he remained well out in front throughout the race crossing the finish line in a time of 32.37 to claim his first Dungarvan 10 k victory and become the 2018 winner of the Seamus Power memorial trophy. Andrews average pace was 5.14 per mile. Second man home was Waterford AC's Noel Murphy in a time of 34.48 ,the Waterford  athlete who had finished third in last year's race had to work hard to keep that position, as a fast finishing runner from the race host club West Waterford AC Anthony Flynn had his eye on claiming the runners up spot at one stage during the race, having to settle for third Anthony will be well pleased as he clocked a solid 35.00.Turning to the  masters where the 0/40 category victory went to James Whelan West Waterford A.C. breaking the 40 minute barrier with an excellent 39.44,great to see James among the prize winners as his great dedication to training is paying off, taking the over 45 category was Sean Dwyer  Who also broke the 40 minute barrier when running 39.58, Sean will be more than pleased with this run, the  0/50 winner was one of our regular friends from Youghal AC  Stephen Deveraux Youghal A.C.39.09 and the over 55 prizes was claimed by Ron Isley in a time of 43.43.First junior home having a great run to be under the 40 minutes was Cian O'Riordan West Waterford A.C. 39.32.West Waterford AC won the team prize with 4th Raivis Zakis, 13th Pat Fitzgerald 14th Allen Cullen on 31pts. The race was also the final race in this year’s Michael Roche Carpets series and a full report will appear in next week's notes. 
 
 
 
 
 
 Men results.
 
 
 
1st Andrew Connick Ferrybank A.C 32.37
 
2nd Noel Murphy Waterford A.C. 34.48
 
3rd Anthony Flynn West Waterford A.C. 35.00
 
 
 
 
1st O/40 James Whelan West Waterford A.C. 39.44
 
1st O/45 Sean Dwyer N/A 39.58
 
1st O/50 Stephen Deveraux Youghal A.C.39.09
 
1st o/55 Ron Isley N/A 43.43
 
 
1st Junior Cian O'Riordan West Waterford A.C. 39.32
Team
 
 
 
1st West Waterford A.C
 
 
 
4th Raivis Zakis, 13th Pat Fitzgerald 14th Allen Cullen.
 
 
 
 
 
 SALLY FORRISTAL TAKES HER 3rd VICTORY IN THE DEISE COLLEGE DUNGARVAN 10K.
 
 
 
 
 
Sally Forristal St. Josephs AC Kilkenny claimed her 3rd straight win in a row at last Sunday's Dèise college Dungarvan 10k.There was good field of ladies in the race and it turned out very similar to the Men's race up front as our ladies race winner from the gun broke clear of the field and was never in any danger  of not claiming her third victory in a row,Sally crossed the finish line in a time of 39.23 and she was the only lady on the day to break the 40 minute barrier. This was her fastest time over the three years also as in 2016 she clocked 39.46 and last year 39.43 so she is running consistently.Louise Morgan Ferrybank AC ran a time of 41.47 to take second place and Julie Kenneally Youghal AC was third here in 42.53. The category prizes were, over 35  went to Clodagh O'Mara Tramore A.C. in 47.23, the over 40 category went to  Eveleen Drohan West Waterford A.C. in. 46.50! Great to see Eveleen among the prizes here.Stephanie Johnson 44.18 took the over 45 section as she did in last year's race, Step was a minute faster this year, the other Stephanie, Isley 45.44 was the winner of the over 50 ladies prize,our first junior was Judith Campbell in 46.46 well done to her. West Waterford AC just like the men won the Ladies team award with the scoring team 10th Sharon Nugent 11th Claire Kennedy 12th Catriona Kiely 33 pts.
 
 
 
 
 
Ladies Results.
 
 
 
 
 1st Sally Forristal St Joseph's A.C 39.23
 
2nd Louise Morgan Ferrybank A.C 41.47
 
3rd Julie Kenneally Youghal A.C. 42.53
 
 
 
 
1st O/35 Clodagh O'Mara Tramore A.C. 47.23
 
1st /40 Eveleen Drohan West Waterford A.C. 46.50
 
1st O/45 Stephanie Johnson N/A 44.18
 
1st O/50 Stephanie Isley N/A. 45.44
 
1st Junior Judith Campbell N/A. 46.46
 
 
 
Team
 
 
West Waterford AC 
 
 
10th Sharon Nugent 11th Claire Kennedy 12th Catriona Kiely 33 pts.
 
 
 
 
 
 
JUDITH CAMPBELL WINS MIKEY ROCHE MEMORIAL TROPHY EVENT WHILE JAMES WHELAN TAKES THE DUNABBEY TROPHY.
 
 
 
 
 
 At this race every year, the Mikey Roche Memorial Trophy is presented to the first local lady finisher by the Power family of Mitchell St. in memory of last Uncle Mikey Roche and the winner for 2018 was Judith Campbell.Another trophy on offer was the Dunabbey trophy, which is presented to the first master to finish the race from the club and this year's winner was James Whelan.
 
 
 
 
 MICHAEL ROCHE CARPETS SERIES CONCLUDES WITH VICTORIES FOR ZAKIS AND DROHAN.
 
 
 
 
 
Last Sunday’s Dungarvan 10k was the final race in this year's Michael Roche carpets series and the overall winners of the series were Raivis Zakis and Eveleen Drohan both West Waterford AC . We will give a detailed report on this series in another issue of these papers.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 NEXT LEAGUE IS THE POPULAR MARK MASON  FINANCIAL SERVICES COLLIGAN LEAGUE.
 
 
 
 
 
 
The club’s next big local event is the 5 week Mark Mason’s Financial Services Colligan running league for beginners and regular runners and all are welcome once they are over 16 years of age. Last year in this league we added another extra night and was met with approval all round making it now a 5 week league. We would especially encourage newcomers to come along and join in this league in Colligan wood. For the complete beginner there is the option of doing two laps of the wood, beginning at the wooden bridge and finishing at the wooden bridge. This is 4km in distance or 2.5 miles so it might suit all those that ran the short route over the winter league plus this route is more or less completely on the flat. Another option is to take part in the 5-mile circuit; this is 3 and a half laps of the same flat circuit of the wood mentioned above. The final option is the 5 mile hill route which is one lap of the wood for starters and then up the first hill and down the hill and then across the road for the second hill and finishing in by the wood at the bridge. The entry fee for all runners is €2 each night. The overall winner of the league will receive the Veale family perpetual shield. The league will start on Thursday March 29th and continue for five Thursday evenings April 5th,12th,19th and 26th .Mass start each evening at 6.30 pm.
 
 
 
 
 
IRISH LIFE HEALTH MASTERS INDOORS.
 
 
 
 
 MEDALS GALORE FOR WEST WATERFORD AC ATHLETES AS JOE GOUGH SETS YET ANOTHER IRISH RECORD.
 
 
 
 
 The club had a good representation last weekend at the Irish Life Health national indoor masters which were held at the National indoor Arena Dublin.There were many fine performances by our athletes with plenty of medals making its way back Deise side.The days competition saw recent world record breaker over 800 meters Joe Gough competing in the over 65  category , a new age category for Joe this year, once again he showed his complete dominance  in Irish maters athletics at this age category when he recorded a triple gold medal winning performance over 3 distances the 200-400 and 800 meters. In the 800 Joe ran a time of 2.23.52.Shortly after this race Joe ran the 400 and here again he was to take gold in a time of 61.38 and finally in the shorter distance of 200 the Mitchell St man claimed his 3rd gold of the championships with a time of 28.18 setting a new national standard in his age category.The versatile Terri Gough competing in the over 70 with well over 100 marathons to her name showed that she can also compete at indoors track racing when she recorded a double gold and a double silver performance.She took silver in the 60 meters in a time of 14.25 and the same color medal in the 400 meters when she clocked a time of 2.04.5.Terri ran the 200 meters winning gold with a Time of 50.33 and she rounded off a great day for the Rathgormack lady when she clinched her 4th medal of the day and it was once again gold in the shot this time. Gregory Fitzgerald our joint club track and field coordinator over 45 was in action in the 400 meters finishing 7th in a time of 1.02.42.Paudie Barron also competed for the club over 40 and in the 200 meters he clocked a time of 27.77 for 9th place, in the 60 he was 10th with a time of 8.34.All in all another great day for our masters at national level.
 
 
 
 
CLUB MEMBERSHIP.
 
 
 
 
 The club membership is now due and can be paid at any of our club events. You can now pay your club membership online or you can also download our club membership form off our web site www.westwaterfordathletics.org and send it into us. Gerry Cantwell, Helvick, Ring  Dungarvan Co. Waterford  is the club registrar and he will also be available at all club events to accept your membership at a cost of 25 Euros. Each year, the Dungarvan 10K is the traditional cut off point for membership. This means that athletes will not feature on club teams unless they are current members of the club and with the summer series not too far away it’s time to sign up. Please note that membership with the club is for the calendar year and will cease on December 31st and it’s not 12 months from the date that you join.
 
 
 
 
 
PB OVER 20K FOR KATE VEALE IN SWITZERLAND RACE WALK.
 
 
 
 
Kate veale finished an excellent 10th in the senior ladies 20k walk at Lugano International race walking cup in Switzerland last Sunday morning.kate walker a PB for the distance of 1.45.06 to finish 10th overall.
 
 
 
 
ENTRIES FOR MUNSTER SENIOR ROAD CHAMPIONSHIPS.
 
 
 
 
 The club will be submitting teams for the Munster Senior, Masters and Novice road championships which are being held on Monday April 2nd  Castlelyons Co.Cork starting at 1 pm. If you are interested in running any of the above please contact road racing coordinator Gerry Cantwell on 086-3503571, entries close midnight Saturday March 25th and no entries accepted on day of competition.
 
 
 
 
 
ARE YOU INTERESTED IN THE ART OF SPRINTING.????
 
 
 
 
 How about having a go at track sprinting,
 
you might have a hidden talent !!!
 
If there is anyone of any age and of any ability who would like to practice some sprinting, there's an opportunity to be coached by an Athletics Ireland qualified sprints coach. Club committee member Gregory Fitzgerald is available on Saturday mornings at the track in the Waterford Regional Sports Center to guide and coach you. Only cost is 5.00 for the use of the track. Contact Gregory at 087-6445789.All levels catered for-why not give it a go. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 AGLISH FUN RUN/WALK EASTER MONDAY.
 
 
 
 
 The 6th annual Aglish fun run takes place on Easter Monday 2nd April 2018.10k run/5k run or 5 k walk. entry fee 7 euro or a donation. registration from 11 am. walk starts 11.30 run starts 11.45.refreshments afterwards in Aglish community hall. Numerous spot prizes. sponsorship cards available on request. All proceeds to Children's Hospital Crumlin.facebook This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. mobile 086-8474285
 
 
 
 
 RUNNING QUOTE.
 
 
Last is the slowest winner.