Senior News

Notes June 09-19

Last Friday evening we were in the village of Clashmore for our 17th annual Old Still bar sponsored event, Last year we changed the Clashmore race from 5 miles to 5k and it was met with great approval so we have stayed with this 5k course again this year and once again the race was well supported, Indeed with a field of 159 finishers it was one of the largest turnout of runners ever at a Clashmore race over those 17 years. Weather conditions were pretty good with a slight breeze but a bit cool for the time of year however we did get through the nights racing without any shower of rain which was good. The event was race number 6 in the 25th Annual Intersport Elverys/Asics summer series for 2019 and like all our events we rely on voluntary help from the local community in the various parts of the county we visit and as usual the organisers and helpers on the night in Clashmore were second to none, we sincerely thank all in Clashmore for this ongoing support and help each year. To our loyal sponsors the Salmon and Troy families of the Old Still Bar, our thanks especially to Mary Anne Troy who presented the winners with their prize, thank you.  to all the stewards organised by Kay and Ann Ledingham . Race entries were taken at the Old Still Bar courtesy of our race sponsor. A huge thanks also the staff of the Old Still for the great amount of food and the teas after the race. Our sincere thanks to all the members of the Ledingham family who were present to award the winner with the Edmund Ledingham memorial cup. Thanks also to Clashmore/Kinsalebeg GAA club for providing the use of their dressing rooms and showers, a gesture which was very much appreciated. To our own club race crew, another flawless job efficiently done, and as usual they had everything under control with the entries and at the finishing line and of course our crew out on the course, Jamie, Conor and John on traffic management and Liam on van duty for their efforts for this and every race. Thanks to all who came along to support the race ,it's great to see the numbers increase again in this Calshmore event.
James Ledingham Kilkenny City Harriers AC who claimed victory last year was back among his family and friend in Clashmore to try and retain his crown but a fine athlete from Clonmel AC David Mansfield also had his sights set on winning this race,  a race which he was running for the first time but of course David has won many previously organised West Waterford races in the past. The two broke from a group of six at the 1k point as the race passed the premises of our sponsor the Old Still bar and they stayed together all the way to the turning point of the course which was at the 3k mark, shortly after the turn and approaching the 4k,Mansfield upped the tempo breaking clear of the Ledingham and as they headed down the village to the finish line David crossed it alone to claim the victory with a time of 15.44 20 second ahead of James, a fair and h9onest battle among tow fine athletes with the best man on the night declared the winner, well done to both on a great race, as a result David was presented with the Edmund Ledingham Memorial Cup which was presented by the Ledingham family in memory of the Late Edmund who was very involved in this race before his untimely passing some years ago. Third man past the finish post was Raivis Zakis West Waterfrod AC, Raivis ran a time of 16.42, 12 seconds faster than his finishing time from last year when he also finished 3rd on that occasion.The 0/40 winner was West Waterford  AC's Alan Cullen 18.37,a solid run by Alan, The over 45 went to visiting athlete John Murphy Grange/Fermoy AC 17.37, another great friend of our races won the over 50 Richard O'Gorman Clonmel A.C. 19.46.while  Ray Hahessy West Waterford AC 19.18 took the over 55 category, as he once again dominates his age category just like he did over 50.First over 60 was Anthony Dwyer West Waterford AC in 21.10, winning this category for the 2nd year in succession Anthony was also 20 seconds faster this year, and our first junior was also winning this category for the 2nd year in a row as his father Anthony did in his category, Tony Dwyer  West Waterford AC  in 21.28 which was a huge improvement on last year's 22.46.Well done to all prize winners.
Prize Winners
1st David Mansfield Clonmel A.C. 15.44
2nd James Ledingham Kilkenny City Harriers 16.04
3rd Raivis Zakis West Waterford AC 16.42
O/40 Alan Cullen West Waterford AC 18.37
O/45 John Murphy Grange/Fermoy 17.37
O/50 Richard O'Gorman Clonmel A.C. 19.46
O/55 Ray Hahessy West Waterford AC 19.18
O/60 Anthony Dwyer West Waterford AC 21.10
Junior Tony Dwyer West Waterford AC 21.28
In the Ladies race in Clashmore last Friday evening, victory went to an athlete from the host club West Waterford AC and all were delighted to see Natalie Sheehan crowned the ladies winner her first Series victory ever, and for sure it will not be her last. Natalie worked hard on the course for her victory catching long time leader on the road and 2nd home on the night Ferrybank's Louise Morgan, on the turn with 2k still to run Louise was ahead of Natalie and with a really gutsy run for home Natalie caught and passed Louise for her first win, crossing the line back in the village in 19.47 with Louise coming home shortly after in 20.02 with Elaine Horgan Clonmel AC 3rd in 21.00,so Natalie was the only Female athlete to break the magic 20 minute mark on the night.The host club West Waterford AC dominated the category prizes on the night with the over 35 going to Debra Doherty West Waterford AC 21.57, fresh from her recent Marathon exploits, over 40 Eveleen Drohan who was winning this category for the second year in succession running a time of 21.30 which was 20 seconds faster than her same category winning time last year, just like Eveleen our winner in the over 45 section was also reclaiming her success form last year Brigid Coffey 23.04 and again she was 8 seconds faster this year, our over 50 winner came from our neighbouring club Youghal AC Eithne Sheehan 23.51,with the Over 55 winner again from West Waterford AC when Phil Carroll took the honours in a time of 26.49. A Special mention to the group from Dungarvan GAA club's spring into summer 5k running group many who were completing their first 5k race in Clashmore last Friday evening, keep up the great work . Well done to all the Ladies.
1st Natalie Sheehan West Waterford AC 19.47
2nd Louise Morgan Ferrybank A.C. 20.02
3rd Elaine Horgan Clonmel A.C. 21.00
O/35 Debra Doherty West Waterford AC 21.57
O/40 Eveleen Drohan West Waterford A.C. 21.30
O/45 Brigid Coffey West Waterford AC 23.04
O/50 Eithne Sheehan Youghal A.C. 23.51
O/55 Phil Carroll West Waterford A.C. 26.49
Junior Olivia Curran Ind 32.30
Now in its 27th year this very popular race will once again uses the same course over the fabulous Dromana Drive from Villerstown to Cappoquin, this race is kindly sponsored again this year by the Nagle family of the Dungarvan Leader. The race takes place on Friday June 21st at 7.30 PM. The winning athlete receives the Michael C. Nagle Memorial Trophy. Entries will be taken in the community hall in  Villerstown with the presentation of prizes at Danny Flynn's Bar Cappoquin. This is a great course and a great race. Entry fee 7 Euro pre registration and its 10 euro on race night. Race open to all over 16 years of age on race day.Prizes-1st 5 men and women and 1st two men's and 1st two ladies team of 3 outside ind prize winners plus plenty spots.
 It wasn't an ideal night for running in the Friary grounds for round 1 of the 6 week Minnie Fit4life running league last Wednesday evening. Damp conditions greeted the runners as they got ready for week 1 of the league. The Friary grounds this time of year is always at its best from a running point of view, it's nice and forgiving underfoot for us all after a tough few months on the roads of the town over the winter months it always great to be back on grass for a few runs during the week. Our club and the local population in general are so lucky to have the use of such a facility right on our door step and we as a club are so fortunate to have the use of it for our Juvenile training and indeed for the many senior club leagues held there over the year. The distance's for the Minnie's league give a great choice to runners as you can run 1, 2, 3, or 4 laps so something for all levels. (A lap of the Friary is approx. 2 km or 1.2 miles). The turnout on the night was brilliant with a great crowd taking part. This league has always proved very popular and is one where many newcomers come along have a go for the first time; the league caters for all levels of runners, from the well-seasoned runner through to the complete beginner. The fee each night is €2 and water is provided for all runners at the finish. The league itself gets underway at 7p.m. and registration will begin from 6.30 onwards at the club van. The league is on again next Wednesday and will continue on Wednesdays for the remainder of the league. The dates for the league are: Wednesday June 12th 19th, 26th and July 3rd and 10th. After last week there are five nights remaining so you still have plenty of time to join. You don't have to run every night of the league, just come along whenever you can. Pretty soon, we will have division tables in place for each of the laps and it's your best 5 nights out of the 6 nights that will determine your overall score at the end. Thanks once again to the O'Brien family of Minnie's for coming on-board again this year as sponsors. Please support our sponsor when appropriate.
 One Lap League.
First home was Eamon Cashin in 8.12 followed by Aidan Mansfield in 8.16. Next was Aishling Hourigan in 10.24 followed by Michelle Power (12.15) and Niamh Ryan (16.49). Well done to all the runners that took part in the one lap league.
Two Lap League.
The two lap league had a mixture of new faces as well as regulars and all did really well with more to come no doubt. First home was Pat Dunford in 19.05 followed by Onra Power in 19.44. Next in was league regular Michael Moynihan in 20.02 followed by Brain Harris (20.36). Next was our second lady, Sarah Duffy (21.10) followed by Annette Cullen (21.13). Others to record good times included Marie Keating (22.02), Patricia Walsh (26.54) and Ann O’Donovan (28.35). 
 Three Lap League.
 Yevgeniy Chizikov led home the 3 lappers in 24.37. He was followed by Jenny Noctor in 30.26. In third was Hazel Crowley in 31.13 just 3 days after her great run in the Cork Marathon. We look forward to hearing more about all the three lap runners over the coming weeks.
Four Lap League.
Well done to all 19 runners that took part in the 4 lap league. First home was Tom Leahy in 33.28. Next was Michael Callaghan in 34.19 just ahead of Tom Nyhan in 34.39. Tom was followed by Liam Fitzgerald (35.23) with Ray Hahessy and Sean Dwyer both running 35.37. 1st lady was Angeline Drennan in 37.41 with Ann Dunford next in 38.41, with Gillian Whelan third lady on the night in 39.11. Well done to all and best of luck for the remainder of the league. 
 Thanks to the St Augustine’s College for permitting the league to be held on their grounds ,Many thanks to our ongoing league sponsor Pat O'Brien of Minnie's Bar Abbeyside, and of course to all the crew who helped with the smooth running of the league especially Ray, Shirley, James and Ann. Thanks so much.
Remaining dates for the Minnie’s Running League:
Wednesday  June 12th
Wednesday June 19th
Wednesday June 26th
Wednesday July 03th
Wednesday July 10th
The second opportunity of the year to test yourself over the mile distance is coming up on 25th June. This is all about having fun, doing something different, experiencing running faster and getting involved no matter how fast or slow you run –covering the distance in YOUR best time.
How much can you improve on last month? This is a great personal challenge and will fine tune your fitness, help you get faster and stay motivated during the holiday period. Prizes will be awarded to those who can run the fastest and to those who improve their times the most over the 3 nights. All welcome over 16 years of age.
The club had three athletes taking part in last Sunday's Wexford marathon. Ted O'Leary was completing his 99th with just one to go now for his 100th which all going to plan will be at the upcoming  Waterford Marathon. Ted also ran Cork last week where he finished 3rd over 50 in3.18.31. In Wexford Sunday last Ted ran a time of 3.20.45. Also in action notching up another was Mick Concannon, Mick ran a time of 3.56,and a lady who has more marathons run than the two mentioned above Terri Gough completed the course in a time of 5.57,don't know how these three do it, Well done to ye.
The little south 4 mile road race was held last Sunday and the overall winner was Mick Clohesey Raheny Shamrocks AC in a time of 19.15. Raivis Zakis was 2nd here in a time of 20.54 his fastest time over this distance in 6 years.
Running doesn't have to be monotonous if you put a little imagination into your step.