Senior News

Notes April 19-19

Round 4 of the Mark Mason Financial Colligan Spring League took place last Wednesday evening in the beautiful surround of Colligan wood on what was a perfect evening for running.  The league which ends this Wednesday evening which will be the 5th round. To be included in the tables you need to run 4 out of the 5 nights. As this in the last night of the league please note that the league prizes will be awarded and presented by our sponsor Mark Mason straight after the league finish. A total of  14 runners completed the 2 laps, We had 12 who ran the 5 mile flat course which is 3 ½ laps of the wood and road and finally 46 took on the challenging 5 mile hill route – this gave us a great crowd of 72 runners on the night. The final round will get underway at 6.30pm and we will provide some much needed Garrynageragh spring water at the finish line and its worth turning up for that alone.!!!
The 2 lappers were led home this week, indeed for the 3rd week in a row by a young lady Kate Mullany and just like her brother Conor  who spearheaded the 5 mile hill run again this week Kate ran her fastest time to date when she sprinted past the finish clock after completing her 2 laps with the clock stopping at 21.41. Regular Colligan participant Gerry Cummins was back again this week to take the runner up spot in a time of 22.39 while mother to Kate and Conor mentioned above Jean Mullany was our 3rd finisher on the 2 lap course when she clocked a time of 23.33.Well done last week also to Noelle Nolan  who comfortably dipped under 3028 minute mark when recording a time of 27.43 and to Lorna Murphy who smashed the 30 minute barrier with a time of 29.30.Well done to everyone who completed the 2 lap league again this week and keep up your efforts for the final week where we expect to see more personal best times.
Similar to Kate Mullany in the 2 Lap league, Michael Ryan looks to be in control of the 5 Mile Flat league for 2019 as for the 3rd week in a row he finished first after the 3 ½ laps of Colligan wood were completed. Michael's time in week 4 was 31.32, his fastest to date and behind Michael again this week was David Towey in a time of 33.01.Yev Chizhikov was our 3rd finisher on the night with a time of 35.59.Other performances of note were Tom Mansfield who broke the 40 minute mark with a solid time of 39.26 and Debra Doherty on her final run before her London marathon exploits ran a time of 39.38 and Irene Dee and Claire Cosgrave kept each other's good company crossing the line together, well done to all our 5 mile on the flat course runners.  
Running his 2nd round of the league last week was Conor Mullany and he clocked the fastest time of the league to date when he clipped around the hills of Colligan wood in an impressive 31.01.Conor was followed home by Mossie Keogh in 32.40.Mossie looks likly to retain his title of Colligan king of the hills for 2019 as Conor won't have the required 4 rounds completed and if Mossie runs this week he will have the 4 done thus retaining his crown in fact Mossie if he wins this year will be making it 3 in a row as he was champion in 2017 and 2018 also. Another to impress at this year's league is Dermot Gough  and he finished 3rd last week in 33.40. James Whelan is coming back into good form as he clocked a great time of 33.55 last week. Eoghan Moloney no stranger to the hills was our 5th man home in 35.02.Turning to our ladies last week Lucy Holmes showed all why she is one of the very best athletes in her age in the country as she took the two big hills in Colligan all in her stride clocking a great time of 35.54. Johnny Burkin broke the 40 minutes last week with a posting of 39.54 and Hazel Crowley dipped under the 45 minute barrier when clocking a  time of 44.27. Dipping under the 50 minutes last week was Mark Lenihan with 49.35 and very well done to companions at the league Linda Bradfield and Patricia Mulcahy who ran side by side enjoying every step of the beautiful facility we have in Colligan wood..
This is a 5 week league and the rules of the league are that you have to run 4 weeks to appear on the league tables and of course these must be in the same distance .i.e. 4 weeks of the 2 lap and not 1 week 2 laps and the next week hills.  There are separate men’s and ladies tables with divisions of 5.  The divisions are now locked after week 4 and are up on the club website.  Mark Mason of Mason Mortgages and Financial Services has kindly sponsored this league once again this year and the prize giving will take place after the conclusion of the league in Colligan this Wednesday night.
As always we are indebted to our steward’s and finish line helpers. Tom, Fiona, Sharon, Ray and Shirley. Thanks to our sponsor Mark who participates each week. Once again a special thanks of course to Coillte who give us permission to hold this league and without whose co-operation this league and of course the Colligan Cup would not take place each year.
24th Annual An Tobar Bar Ardmore 5 mile.
Race number 4 in the INTERSPORT ELVERYS/ASICS SUMMER SERIES 2019.This race is in its 24th year and is sponsored by An Tobar Bar in Ardmore. There will be prizes for men's, ladies and individual as well as the 12 Star Sign categories. Entries will be taken at the Ardmore G.A.A. Club Pavilion. The entry fee is 7 euro pre online entry or 10 euro on race day ; Race starts at 7.30 pm.
Race open to all over 16 years of age on race day.
There were 106 athletes completed last Friday evening's Faugheen 5k ,race one in the Outfield sports Carrick AC race series. The overall race winner on the night was David Mansfield Clonmel AC  in a time of 15.11 with the ladies title going to another Clonmel AC athlete Angela Mc Cann in 18.15.Alan Hogan was the first West Waterford finisher, and he was also our fist finisher in last year's race, however it's the difference in his time last week which reads for a massive improvement when he posted 16.55 almost a minute faster than last year's effort finishing 8th overall, well done Alan. Walter Drohan was another who put in a brilliant run  finishing 15th in 18.17. Shortly in after Walter war Ray Hahesy with a time of 18.49 and world double gold medallist Joe Gough next in 19.06,well done to all who travelled and the following were the West Waterford AC times recorded.
Alan Hogan 16.55
Walter Drohan 18.17
Ray Hahesy 18.49
Joe Gough 19.06
Tom Hogan 19.38
Johnny Burkin 21.04
Bernie Prendergast 23.08
Sinead O'Faolain 23.36 
Margaret Whelan 26.33
Marie Keating 26.44
Michael Coakley 26.49
Jurate Curran 29.13
Tramore Athletic Club together with Splashworld are organizing the Splashworld 10K road race this year. The event will take place at 7pm on Friday the 17th of May. The course is flat and fast. Completing two circuits of downtown Tramore.Proceeds from this event will be going towards developing facilities for use by Tramore Athletic Club.10K runners will be chip timed. Athletes are encouraged to register online prior to race day. Online Entry at totaltiming will cost 12 Euro +admin. Numbers and Chips can be collected on the day of the race at Splashworld. Registration on the night will be open between 4:30pm to 7:00pm. 10k Entry Fees on the day is €15.The 10k Race numbers and chips will be given out to people at registration at Splashworld. People can avail of the Splashworld Changing Rooms prior to events and can use the pool free of charge following the event.
A large field of 1240 complete last Wednesday evenings Ballintotis 4 mile road race. Now in its 10th year both winners on the night were provided by local East Cork AC with Kevin O'Brian  in 20.13 the overall winner and club mate Fiona Santry in 23.26 took the ladies title. West Waterford AC had a large turnout of athletes participating and the following were then times recorded.
Joe Salmon 26.51
John Fennell 30.23
Linda Foley 30.42
Thomas Coleman 30.45
Sinéad Ní Fhaolain 31.03
Rose Kinsella 31.34
Cait Verling 31.52
Aisling Cusack 33.08
Onra Power 33.26
Patricia Daly 34.20
Linda Guilly 34.46
Lee Martin 34.59
Caroline Crinnion 37.10
Michael Coakley 38.26
Tommy Lenihan 39.03
Martin Lemass 41.27
Johnette Cummins 41.28
Marie Moore 42.46
Noelle Conway 42.48
Thomas Burke 42.40
Deirdre Clancy 43.06
Congratulations to our three club members who completed the Tralee Marathon this morning. Ted O'Leary once again pulled a super 3.20.50 after doing back to back marathons last weekend,Caroline Russell will be more than pleased with her run completing the course in 4.56.30 and Terri Gough was out third finished with a time of 5.43.23.
Anybody can be a runner... We were meant to move. We were meant to run. It's the easiest sport.