Senior News

Notes May 12-19

The 24th Annual An Tobar sponsored Ardmore 5 mile road race was held last Friday evening. The weather was nice for the race with little or no wind which can sometimes be a feature at the seaside town event.The race was race Number 4 in the Intersport elverys/asics summer series and a great field of 205 runners took part over the 2 lap course around the beautiful village of Ardmore. This was the 2nd largest field of runner ever in the 24 year history of the race and the largest field in quite a few years.We are once again this year we are especially thankful to  Ken Pallister of “An Tobar” in the village who sponsored the race and he and his staff ensured that all the runners were well cared for with plenty of food and refreshments afterwards. As is the norm in Ardmore Michael Hennessey and his big team of stewards and helpers had everything working like clockwork on the night. Ardmore always sets a very high standard of race organisation each and every years and all at our club are very thankful to the Ardmore race organisers under Michael's stewardship for there efforts.The GAA club in Ardmore have also been great supporters of this race over many years and have always put their facilities at our disposal for the race each year, we thank all at Ardmore GAA club for this . Our thanks  to Tony Ryan along with son's Eamon and Sean who came to the race and presented the first man home with the Veronica Ryan memorial cup. Likewise our thanks to Matt Faherty who was present on the night to present the Noel Faherty memorial cup to the winning lady .Special thanks to our entire club crew for another flawless effort on the night, as usual they were  as efficient as ever with the entries and the finishing times and results. Thanks also to Conor and John for their help and work on the night and to Liam in the club van duty. See you all in Touraneena Friday week.
The 2019 winner of the An Tobar Ardmore 5 last Friday evening was local athlete Raivis Zakis West Waterford AC. Raivis was making a bit of history for himself this year as he claimed back to back Ardmore titles having won the race in 2018 and went on to retain his crown last Friday evening with one of his fastest times for this race finishing in 26.18. Raivis had just 5 days earlier ran a brilliant 2.34 at the Belfast marathon finishing 9th overall so he rounded off a great week's running in Ardmore last Friday evening. From the gun Raivios broke clear with another previous Ardmore 5 race winner form 2 years ago Brian Murphy Carrick AC, this pair stayed together through 3 miles but as they approached the 4 mile mark Raivis upped the tempo to draw away from the Tipperary man finishing well clear after the two lap course was completed ,Brian who its great to see getting back to his full fitness after many months off injured last year crossed the line 2nd in 26.35 with Tony Fogarty Templemore AC catching long time 3rd man on the course Fkadu Fedebe before the finish line to take 3rd in 27.15.The category prize’s on offer for the Ardmore race is different to other races as in order to spread the prizes around prizes are awarded to the top three men and then the first man home in each of the star signs so in total 15 prizes were awarded in the men’s section.
Men's Prize Winners
1st Raivis Zakis, West Waterford AC 26.18
2nd Brian Murphy, Carrick On Suir AC 26.35
3rd Tony Fogarty, Templemore AC 27.15
Aquarius Sean Stilwell
Pisces Michael Ahern
Aries Danny Smith
Taurus Michael Byrne
Gemini Derek Walsh
Cancer Brendan Hickey
Leo Fkadu Kedebe
Virgo James Maher
Libra Mark Langford
Scorpio Ray Hahesy
Sagittarius Dzintars Klava
Capricorn Peter Duggan
The Ladies race just like the men's gave us the same winning result form 2018 as St. Josephs AC athlete Sally Forristal proved too strong for the field when she took a gun to tape victory a carbon copy of last year's winning performance. Sally recorded a excellent time of 30.06 just outside her winning time of last year but none the less a very convincing victory for the south Kilkenny woman.It was great to see two West Waterford AC ladies fill 2nd and 3rd placing's in the ladies race last Friday evening Natalie Sheehan and Kelly Fitzgerald had only a whisper between the two of them at the finish line with Natalie just holding off Kelly with time of 33.01 and 33.05 respectively. Well done to you both keep up the great work.Prizes were awarded to the first lady in each of the 12 zodiac star signs and the winners are as follows:
 Women's Prize Winners
1st Sally Forristal, St Josephs AC 30.06
2nd Natalie Sheehan, West Waterford AC 33.01
3rd Kelly Fitzgerald, West Waterford AC 33.05
Aquarius Fiona Ormonde
Pisces Catherine Clancy
Aries Linda Foley
Taurus Yvonne Fitzgerald
Gemini Elaine Horgan
Cancer Roisin Ronayne
Leo Eveleen Drohan
Virgo Stephanie Ilsley
Libra Simone Power
Scorpio Tara Ni Reachtagain
Sagittarius Margaret Jones
Capricorn Sandra Flynn
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.
Race 5 in this year's 25th Annual Intersport Elverys/Asics  summer series will quickly come around as on 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.
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
The summer series of races is now well underway which can only mean one thing.......Marathon / Half Marathon training will be starting very soon.
Training is open to all club members and if you are not yet a club member you can come along and try a session before joining the club. For the summer we meet at the Friary for a warm up at 6.30pm. Cost per session is €3. As always please respect the Friary grounds and park in a designated space, enter by the roundabout and use the exit past the school entrance. We would like to continue the positive relationship we have built up over the years with St Augustine’s so full co-operation will be very much appreciated. All info on club training sessions will be on the West Waterford Ac meet & train facebook page as well as training plans etc. If you are not already a member please request to join as it’s our primary method of communication for everything related to training. Club training plans will also be posted here. This group is open to all club members who regularly attend training sessions.
Tick Tock Tick Tock....can you hear the sound of the Marathon / Half Marathon Clock?????
It is now ONLY 18 weeks until the Eurofins Greenway Half Marathon and 24 weeks to Dublin City Marathon. Following on from the success of our previous long distance training groups we will once again be turning our attention to the longer distance races.
Do you want to improve on past performances?
Is this your first half marathon / marathon?
Are you ‘stuck in a rut’ with your usual marathon plan?
Would you like to train with a group of motivated, like minded individuals?
If the answer is yes to the above questions then why not come and join the West Waterford AC marathon group. We are now the 4th largest Masters athletic club in the country and the largest masters club in Munster a statistic that we can be justifiably proud of. As well as being one of the largest we are also one of the most progressive clubs in the country and in 2018 were voted the Athletics Ireland Development Club of the Year.
This is how it will work........
Ongoing – Pre marathon Club Training is happening now to establish a good solid base before marathon training starts. 
W/c 24th June – 12week Half Marathon Club Programme commences
w/c 8th July – 16 week Marathon Club Programme commences.
On a Tuesday evening our club training session takes place which is integral to the overall marathon / half marathon training plan. As a regular member of our training group you will be able to avail of our weekly club training plan which you can tailor to suit your own individual needs and lifestyle.We also have a closed Facebook group specifically for regular members of our group where you can ask questions, share experiences, arrange group runs and just talk running. 
If you are not a member of our club you are more than welcome to come along and participate in one of our Tuesday night sessions before you commit to joining the club. For €25 it is the best investment in your health and fitness that you will make this year.. If you have any specific questions on our club training programme contact Irene on the above number or just turn up at the Hockey Pitch at 6.30pm to try a club session.
The Munster Masters track and field championships will be held in Templemore Co.Tipperary on Sunday June 9th.If competing your entry must be send in through the club ,please contact Gregory Fitzgerald 087 6445789  or Michael Dunford 087 9228887 ,no entry's on day of competition.
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