Senior News

Notes May 19-19

Race 5 in this year's 25th Annual Intersport Elverys/Asics  summer series will quickly come around as on this coming Friday evening May 24th we head to Touraneena for the 24th annual 5k. The race starts in the village of Touraneena, just off the main Dungarvan to Clonmel Road at 7.30 p.m. Entries will be taken at the nearby PRIMARY SCHOOL and the race fee is 7 euro pre entry online and 10 euro on the night. The race is organisers by St Marys Primary school Touraneena and we are delighted with the community spirit in keeping this race alive and raising monies for the local primary school. Many walkers traditionally also take part in this event and a special presentation of the Ann Power memorial Shield is awarded each year to the walker who predicts nearest to their time how long it will take them to walk the course. Race entries will take place at the school this year as the community hall is unavailable. The race is open to all runners over the age of 16 years.
Course record:
Vanessa Molloy United Striders AC 17.41 (1997)
David McCarthy West Waterford AC 14.26 (2008)
The walk which is well established as part of the event in Touraneena will again be held this year. The winner will receive the Ann Power Memorial Trophy for their efforts.  It’s a walk with a slight difference too, as your task is to predict your finishing time and the person who finishes the nearest to that predicted time without of course going faster than that predicted time will be the 14th winner of the memorial shield which is in memory of one of the founder members of the race back in 1996 Ann Power. No watches are allowed of course, all are welcome so do come along and be part of the walk. The start time here is 6.45 pm sharp. Again as with the race all proceeds will be donated to St Mary's National school Touraneena .
Online entry for the 24th Annual Touraneena 5k is now open on active works or via West Waterford Athletic Club website !Cost is only €7.00. Numbers can be collected on the evening of race. It is of great help to us the race organisers if you can please enter online and it will save you time queuing on the night. It will also save you money as it will be 10 euro for entry on the night of race.
link to enter Touraneena 5k.
West Waterford Athletic Club are delighted to once again confirm dates and times for our Summer Series of Road Races which is now in its 25th year.  We would like to thank Intersport Elverys for their support over the past few years and of course Asics who have been a loyal sponsor also.
We are finding that many are now using our online pre entry to many of our races which is a huge help to the race organisers .This year our online entry will be 7 euro and if you wait to enter on the night of the race it will be 10 euro. Also we are continuing our online race series package which will cost you 40 euro. For 2019 we have a few announcements to make regarding the series and these are designed to enhance the enjoyment for all the runners and to make the Summer more interesting!  Going forward we hope to have more runners entered online as it really helps minimize the work load on the day of the run and it also means we can be more organized and thus means a better experience for all.With the view to achieving this we have decided to announce that we are going to commission a specially designed T-Shirt for those runners who meet the following criteria:
•Purchase the Summer Series Package online and complete 7 out of the 12 races. (Any 7)
•Enter online for at least 7 races and complete those 7 races (you must of course enter the Summer Series as well, this can be done online or at a race.)
•Run all 12 races (and enter the series).  This will be in addition to the prize you receive for doing all 12 races.
And finally if you meet any of the above criteria you will automatically qualify for a guaranteed, Non transferrable entry to the John Treacy Dungarvan 10 Mile race for 2020.
Terms and Conditions Apply and these are:
The entry fee for the John Treacy race will be €25 and you must be 18 on race day to take part.
Those who enter the Summer Series will this year have a personal number that they can use at any race (the 1 exception is Waterford to Tramore as we don’t take the entries).  Once you collect your number on the first night you will have that for the full 12 races.  Remember we have 7 races that are included in the package and they are as follows:  Ballinroad 5k 5th April, Ardmore 5 Mile, 10th May, Clashmore 5k, 7th June, Dromana 5 Mile 21st June, Ras Na Rinne, 28th June, Ballymac 5 Mile 19th July and the Marine Climb, 1st Aug.The races that have to be purchased separately (either online or on the night) are Butlerstown 4 Mile, 12th April, Waterford To Tramore, 27th April, Touraneena 5k, 24th May, G.S.K. 5 Mile 16th Aug and Ballinameela 5k 30th Aug.This 2019 season of Road Running will take us over to towns and villages all over Waterford and we look forward to meeting friends old and new over the course of the next few months.
Here is the link for the series package.
Next Tuesday’s training will have a different format to our regular sessions.
As you know we will be having a series of one mile challenges over the summer months. This is you against the clock not you against your training partners. However, we will be running in groups and will drive one another on.The first thing to remember is that we will NOT be meeting at the Friary. For these challenges the meeting point will be the GREENWAY CAR PARK in Ballinroad. Meeting time remains the same at 6.30pm. Please spread the word to anyone who might not be part of our groups.On the night you will need to register and decide which group you will run with;-Under 6 mins / 7 mins/ 8 mins/ 9 mins/10 mins etcThe fastest group will set off first with all other groups going off at 1 min intervals after that. It will be up to you to be on the start line at the right time.The group warm up will be as follows – dynamic exercises as normal – once you have registered you can work away to get these done. As it’s such a short distance make sure you do more than you normally would.As a group we will then jog down to the start which will be on the Clonea Road and do some strides / drills etc to prepare the body. If it takes your body longer than 10-15 mins to get fired up then come along a bit earlier and do a few miles once you register. We will time this and have someone calling a half way split so that you know how you are going but bring your watch so that you can do your own analysis afterwards. Cost €3.This WILL be a night where water is required so throw a bottle in the car for afterwards. TREATS AFTERWARDS
Over the summer months there will be 3 opportunities to test yourself;-
Tuesday 21st May
Tuesday 25th June
Tuesday 243rd July
How much can you improve within 3 months ?.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. 
The Ballymacoda 4 mile road race was held last Friday evening and  a good field of 219 completed the fast course. The overall winner was Brian Harty East Cork AC in a time of 21.54 and the ladies winner was provided by Youghal AC Evelyn Cashman 24.48 . The club had five athletes who made the trip to the east Cork venue and first home was Catherine Keogh in a time of 34.32,next was Patricia Daly with a time of 35.51,  Michael Coakley was our next finisher in 40.47 and Marie Moore ran a time of 41.20 while Noelle Conway recorded a time of 41.26.Well done to all our athletes.
The Lakes of Killarney marathon and half were held last Sunday and 4 club members participated. Over the full distance Ted O'Leary notched up another as he heads ever so close to his 100th with a time of 3.24,Mick Concannon also took on the full and he recorded a time of 4.04,Terri Gough was our only lady represented in the Kingdom and she clocked a time of 5.50. But we must give Kudos to Anthony Dwyer who cycled to Killarney Saturday evening ran the half marathon in a good time of 1.42 and yes you guessed it got on the bike and cycled back home Sunday afternoon. Well done to all.
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
The annual Splash world 10k was held last Friday evening in Tramore. A field of 159 completed the race and the overall winner was Liam Stack Ferrybank AC in a time of 34.44 with the ladies winner was Ruth Fitzgerald Waterford AC in an excellent time of 37.05 and she finished 6th overall in the race. Anthon Dwyer led the West Waterford AC contingent home in 42.56 and was followed by Martin Tobin 44.07 next was Mick Concannon with a time of 45.19 and Amy Whelan was just in after Mick in 45.29. Well done to all.
Running is real and relatively simple—but it ain't easy.