Senior News

Notes May 26-19

Race 5 of the Intersport Elverys/Asics  summer series was held last Friday evening when we all headed to the beautiful village of Touraneena to host the 24th annual Touraneena 5k road race. Once again the runners and walkers turnout in big numbers for the event which was held in aid of the local St. Marys Primary school in the village. The weather as it always seems to be in Touraneena,was good for the evenings activities a beautiful balmy evening which helped bring out the runners and walkers in abundance with an entry of 186 runners and over 100 walkers participating on the night.This year the community hall was not available to us due to voting for the local elections so we had the use of the School for registration and presentation .The organising of the event was once again in the hands of the St Marys primary school Touraneena under their principle Thomas Cronin who did a brilliant job leaving no stone unturned in their efforts, all at the school and all those associated with the event can take a bow on a job very well done, it was all hands on deck so to all involved a huge thank you. Good sponsors are always key in the success of any event of this type and once again this year we were fortunate to have huge support from Conor Lannen of Dungarvan country stores who sponsored the famed strawberries which are a great treat for us after this race each year, also a big thank you to O' Grady Brothers Agricultural Contractors,  Tom and Nuala Dunne of Dunne's bar and Post Office Touraneena , Johnny Mc Grath of Beary's Cross Stores and also the Power family for their kindness and John Morrisson Engineering plus the practical sponsorship from Matt Houlihan of Graphic print and sign.A very special thanks to long time race helper Laurence Mc Carthy along with a great band of other locals too numerous to mention who once again this year came up trumps. Our thanks to the Civil Defence under Raymond Cowming, we were in professional hands when called upon.A sincere thank you to all those involved with the catering we look forward so much to that treat of Strawberries and Ice cream. Thanks to all the stewards at the various junctions and at the start and finish of the race and thanks also to our own crew on van duty and those for looking after the entries and results, efficient  as usual. Sincere thanks to school principle Tòmas Cronin who spoke at the presentation thanking all involved and to Kay Ward and Mary Tobin for their invaluable help with organising the event. Next year will be the 25th edition of this great race and we hope we will be back in Touraneen to celebrate it in style. See you all for race 6 The Old Still Bar Clashmore 5 Friday June 07th.
The weather was perfect for our annual trip for the 24th time to the village of Touraneena last Friday evening ,the 5k got under way at 7.30 sharp and from the gun the race quickly became a two man battle for  the top  honours for 2019, as  Raivis Zakis West Waterford AC and Waterford AC's Noel Murphy after less than a kilometre had put a distance into their chaser Fkadu Kedebe. Last year's race winner Raivis and the very much inform Noel quickly passed through the 1k mark in 3.10. As the pair shared the front pacing going through the 2k on the  slight incline onto the main Clonmel/Dungarvan road whey slowed slightly to of 3.20.On the main road section Raivis upped the pace testing Noel and at one staged looked like he was drawing away from the Dunhill native, but the teak rough Murphy stuck to his guns and stayed on the shoulder of Zakis and they were back together as they went through the 3k mark a much faster 3.05.Passing 4K in another split of 3.03 the fastest of the race it was hard to predict who was going to win as they were locked shoulder to shoulder.As the pair took the right hand turn for home on the sharp downhill section 800 meters from the finish line Noel opened up a slight advantage which he was to hold to the line in the Village. Noel was timed at 15.55, one of the fastest winning times in this race for a few years with Raivis timed at 15.58,this was his fastest 5k since 2013, incidentally when Raivis won this race last year his winning time was 16.15,so its goes to show the effort from the two lads last Friday evening. Jamie Mc Carthy Waterford AC came through very strongly in the latter part of the race to claim 3rd in 16.57. The 0/40 category victory went to Keith O'Brien Clonmel A.C. in an excellent 18.21The winner of the over 45 category was James Whelan West Waterford A.C. with a fine performance 18.24 . The over 50 category went to long time supporter of all our events John Cashman Midleton A.C. in 20.16. First man over 55  was Ray Hahesy West Waterford A.C. 18.54 who dominated the over 50 category for quite a number of years and will probably do likewise in his new age category. The over 60 category went to another lifelong friend of the clubs Neilus Ahearne Midleton A.C. in a time of 19.48.1st Junior was Young West Waterford athlete Tony Dwyer in a time of 21.03,Tony also won this category last year. Winner of the prize for first local male runner to finish this year went to Colm Ryan who was winning this competition for the 3rd year in succession. so well done to him. Well done to all our prize winners.
Men's Winners.
1st  Noel Murphy Waterford A.C. 15.55
2nd  Raivis Zakis West Waterford A.C. 15.58
3rd Jamie Mc Carthy Waterford A.C. 16.57
M 40 Keith O'Brien Clonmel A.C. 18.21
M 45 James Whelan West Waterford A.C. 18.24
M 50 John Cashman Midleton A.C. 20.16
M 55 Ray Hahesy West Waterford A.C. 18.54
M 60 Neilus Ahearne Midleton A.C. 19.48
M JN Tony Dwyer West Waterford A.C. 21.03
1ST Local Colm Ryan Touraneena R.R. 17.31
The ladies race was for the second year in a row won by Sally Forristal St.Josephs AC. Sally is so far this year and indeed last year also winning most of the West Waterford AC organised races which she participates in, an extremely capable athlete Sally is improving year on year and last Friday evening she clocked a time of 18.25 which was 14 seconds faster than her winning time of 2018. It was encouraging to see one our West Waterford's rising stars Lucy Holmes come along for the race and she showed us what a great talent she is and is going to be in the future finishing 2nd in her first Touraneena 5k ever with a time of 18.34 which was also inside the winning time of last year, a special well done to Lucy.3rd home was another great supporter form a great club in Tipperary Thurles Crokes AC Madeline Loughnane who clocked time of 18.52, Madeline was 2nd here last year also. The category prizes saw Elaine Horgan Clonmel AC win the over 35 in 21.17, Mary Jane Enright Ind was the first over 40 lady home in an excellent 21.03,the over 45 prize was won by Brigid Coffey West Waterford AC with a time of 23.19.For the 5th time in a row as she also won this category in 2015 2016 2017 and 2018 Onra Power West Waterford AC was the victor over 50 in a time of 23.44 a brilliant achievement well done Onra.The winner of the over 55 category was  Bernie Sexton Carrick On Suir A.C. in 26.17.Olivia Curran Ind won the first Junior prize in 34.36. The first local lady finisher for this year was Nessa O'Dwyer 22.21, well done to all our lady prize winners and runners on the night. It was great to see that the local Touraneena road runners were out in force in their orange shirts and a great credit to those involved in promoting running in the village.
Ladies Results.
1st Sally Forristal St Josephs A.C. 18.25
2nd Lucy Holmes West Waterford A.C. 18.34
3rd Madeline Loughnane Thurles Crokes A.C. 18.52
F 35 Elaine Horgan Clonmel A.C. 21.17
F 40 Mary Jane Enright Ind 21.03
F 45 Brigid Coffey West Waterford A.C. 23.19
F 50 Onra Power West Waterford A.C. 24.50
F55 Bernie Sexton Carrick On Suir A.C. 26.17
F JN Olivia Curran Ind 34.26
1st Local Nessa O'Dwyer Touraneena R.R 22.21
The walk which was got under way from the school just like the 5k race saw one of the largest crowd's ever with well over 100 local children and adults taking part in the event which was being held for the 14th year in memory of one of the founders of the race the late Anne Power. As with other years the event was held in the fun predict your time for the distance style which means that the walker who completed the course closet to his or her predicted time was the winner and this year this accolade went to youngster Jack Cummins  Who now has the distinction of having his name inscribed  on the trophy along with previous winners of the walk, John Michael Fitzpatrick, Mike Kearns, Valerie Power, Yvonne Sheehan, Bernie Gleeson, Conor Tobin, Ailbhe Foley, Emma Whelan and Joey Connors. Michelle Power. Marcella Tobin,Tony Power and last year's winner Anna Whelan  The second placed walker on the night was Rhona Drohan and Isabelle Lawlor was 3rd .Well done to so many of the locals who supported the walk it was great to see such a great crowd. Our thanks to the Power family for their ongoing support of this event. Our thanks Marie Power and Kay Ware and all of the organisers of the walk on the night
The deadline for entering the summer series is fast approaching. Entry to the series will close after the Dromana race which is June 21st.  Entry to the series is separate to the races; it costs 5 Euros and can be paid at any of the races up to and including the Dromana race. You must do 7 races of the series and you will get a 30 euro voucher and if you can run all 12 races in the series a very special prize will be awarded to all who achieve this goal.
Next race in the series is the Old Still Bar Clashmore 5k on Friday June 07th at 7.30 pm. The 6th race of the series and the half way point also. This race which traditionally has been a 5 miler was changed to a 5k last year which was met you approval by all as it's a very fast course.  Online entries are now open and we ask all runners to please help us out by entering online if at all possible, or we will take your entry at the Old Still Bar from 6.30 onwards and it’s also the venue for the refreshments and prize-giving after the race. The entry fee is the only €7 if you enter online or you can enter on race evening for 10 euro, There will be prizes in the usual categories.
The Minnie’s Bar sponsored Running fit4life league which will be held in St Augustine’s College (by kind permission) starting on Wednesday June 5th continuing for six more Wednesday evenings after that finishing on 10th July. This league we hope should see a big turnout as the league always proved to be a most popular and successful league and it’s absolutely ideal for newcomers and for those that have only recently taken up running as well as our regular seasoned runners. The beauty of this league is the choice and the variety on offer. It’s held in the grounds of the Friary College and runners can opt for one, two, three or four laps of the grounds. Each lap is 1.2 miles and so depending on your ability you choose whichever is most suitable for you. It’s also possible to change as some people may start the league running one lap and after a few weeks they may be capable of running more and so can change to the two or three lap course and it’s not unheard of for some people to go from one lap and to finish the league running four laps. We will keep you updated over the coming weeks with more information on the league but for now pencil in Wednesday night, June 5th the first night of the league. The league begins at 7 pm each night and the entry fee each night is just 2 Euros. All those over the age of 14 are very welcome to come along. For further details on this league and all club activities log onto Or catch us on face book.
Dates for the Minnie’s Running League:
Thursday June 5th
Thursday June 12th
Thursday June 19th
Thursday June 26th
Thursday July 03th
Thursday July 10th
 Our first “1 Mile Challenge” took place last Tuesday evening last and a great crowd of 44 runners took up the Challenge. It is a different task to take on than the usual road races over longer distances as while it is much shorter, the intensity is much higher. It really is a perfect test of speed and endurance. Over the summer, we are holding 3 “1 Mile Challenge’s” and it  will allow those taking part a reference to see how their training going. The next one will take place on 25th June with the third and final one taking place on 23rd July. The runners assembled at the Greenway car park in Ballinroad and following a warm-up headed to the start on the Clonea Road. The runners are then set off in groups at intervals so that runners with similar targets head off together. The fastest runner on the night was Dzintars Klava in a speedy  4.57 – breaking the 5 minute barrier. Next was Alan Cullen in an impressive 5.27 Alan was followed by Gerard Reilly in 5.45. Our first lady, Natalie Sheehan was just 1 second behind in 5.46. Second lady was Kelly Fitzgerald in 6.10 with Linda Foley next in 6.31 .Excellent runs were recorded by many runners including Kevin Ryan (5.50), Tom Hogan (6.02), Sharon Higgins (7.21), Catriona Kiely (7.43) Emma Lavin (7.55) and Lisa Mulhall (8.28). Also many thanks to our crew on the night, Irene, Claire. James, Ray, Tom and Jim and also to the ladies who provided some lovely goodies for everyone taking part
Well done to club member Ted O Leary on his most recent marathon effort as he gets closer.. to the magic 100. Ted last Saturday morning  completed his 97 marathon finishing 7th overall and 1st in the M50 category with a time of 3.30.32 in the hilly lap of the gap in Wicklow .
The Conna man is almost there.
Congratulations to club member Micheál Power on a brilliant run last Saturday evening in Belgium at the highly contested International Flanders athletics meeting which had a jam packed field in every distance of Europe's best. Micheal was running heat 3 of the 5.000 meters along with three fellow Irish athletes, Darragh Mceihinney, Pierre Mulchan and Kevin Dooney  who were all in the same event. Mceihinney finished a brilliant 2nd behind Mortier Jenne Belgian who clocked 13.49.28 with the Irish man in second running a time over the 5.000 meter distance of   13.54.10. this was a new Irish under 20 record also and he was the first teenager ever to break 14 minutes for the distance.Micheál also had  brilliant run with a new Personal best 14.04.19 smashing his previous best for 5.000 meters and finishing 14th from the large field of  starters. Murchan ran 14.06.29 for 17th and Dooney 14.19.66 to finish 26th.At the meet also John Travers Raheny Shamrocks clocked 13.28.86   in heat one to finish 6th this was the fastest time by an Irish man in over 8 years for the distance, congratulations to all the super Irish performances and to coach the junior athletes coach West Waterford's  David Mc Carthy on the great strides being made.
Don't judge your running by your speed.