Senior News

Notes February 10-19

 It was a perfect night for running as the runners gathered for the 13th and final week of the 2018/2019 Fordes Daybreak winter league. As is customary for the last night of the league, it was a mass start with all the runners heading off together. League sponsor, Kevin Forde of Fordes Daybreak was on hand to get the runners under way as  another big crowd made their way out Fr Twomey's for the last time. We would also like to thank our team of helpers and stewards without whom we wouldn't be able to hold our leagues. This section of the league specifically has first timers and beginners in mind and is a manageable distance for most as it covers 2.4 miles in total and it was great to see the huge improvements made by many of our runners over the 13 weeks. First on the night was Caroline O'Brien in 22.01. Next was Helen Cummins in 22.16 (over 2 minutes faster than last week). Third went to Vikki Mulhall in 20.03. In 4th and 5th were Melissa Lanigan in 21.38 and Conor Phelan in 15.03. Great times and improvements were recorded by many. including Marcella Scanlan (22.11), James Fennell (17.29), Christopher Phelan (16.17), Pat O'Connell (22.42) and Natasha Dee (21.46) who all knocked off nearly a minute. Others to record good times included Marie Aherne (19.40) and Loran Murphy (22.08).Fastest time on the night was recorded by Gavin Whelan in 14.02 followed by David Towey in 14.43.. Fastest lady was Lisa McGrath (16.29) followed by Brigid Coffey (17.30).When done to all our runners and thanks to all our stewards. Overall tables and results will appear in our next notes.
The traditional mass start was once again in operation in the final round of the Fordes Daybreak winter league and when our sponsor Kevin Forde blew the whistle for the start of the final run in the current league it was hell for leather out of the blocks as the runners headed for the village of Abbeyside at full tilt, always on the final night especially for those still in contention for prizes it's a full on sprint as every place picked up out on the course can mean the difference between success or the runners up spot. Some of our top finishers on the night were Onra Power 41.22,Tony Ferncombe 36.14, Mark Shalloe 32.38,Lynn O'Riordan 49.59 and Micheál Gee 39.52,The fastest runner on the night was Raivis Zakis who posted a time of 29.38. Well done to all who ran the final night and indeed all of the 13 weeks of the league. The presentation of prizes took place in Minnes on 8th February and a full report of all the winners will appear in the notes over the coming weeks. Also well done to all our runners and hopefully you will now continue the habit and we might see you at some of our other leagues and races over the spring and summer.Full league report and final tables will appear in another addition.
For the 2017/18 Forde's Daybreak Winter League we have been fortunate enough to have received associate sponsorship from our friends in Top Oil, our own Kevin Casey and James O Sullivan have come on board to generously sponsor 2 €20 vouchers, one for the short route and one for the long route each week.  We decided the best way to allocate the vouchers was to pick the 50th finisher in each route every week and to date we have 6 winners and they are:
week 1 winners were short route Sinead O'Rourke. long route- David Traynor.
week 2 winners were short route-Brid Whyte long route- Denis Ryan.
week 3 winners were short route- Karen Coleman - Long Route-Ted O Leary.
week 4 winners were short route -Eoghan O'Neill - long route-Jack Ahearn
week 5 winners were short route- Collette Whyte-Veale Long route-Michael Dee
week 6 winners were short route Cheyenne Tobin  Long route- Colm Bennett
week 7 winners were short route Michael Power- Long Route-Sean Ryan
week 8 winners were short route Mary Morrissey-Long Route-Pat Morrissey
week 9 winners were short route Patrick Ryan -long route-Catriona Kiely
week 10 winners were short route Aisling Hourigan -Long route-Linda Foley
week 11 winners were short route Carol Tobin -Long route- Michael Ahearn
week 12 winners were short route Sean Breathnach -Long route -Gerard Reilly
week 13 winners were short course Mary O'Keeffe  -Long course Jordan O'Rourke
Changed last year from a 5 mile course to a new 4 mile course and taking in a good part of the beautiful Greenway facility this race also brought a new sponsor on board when O'Reillys Traditional butchers Kilmacthomas came on board. We again this year are delighted that O'Reillys will continue their sponsorship of the race our sincere thanks to Pa and the O'Reilly family for their willingness to get involved last year and again this years with this event. The same local charity as last year will also be the benefactors  from the race this year as the local group Kilmacthomas Cardiac First Responder Scheme who are 24-7 in the area on call for all emergency's will benefit from this year's race once more, a great local organisation who will put our monies raised to very good use. We are looking forward to seeing all our old friends out supporting this event and we hope to have many new friends come along also. The race will be held on Sunday February 17th at 11 am, and registration will be at the Community hall as will the presentation  of prizes and the cuppa. Online entry is 8 euro and race entry on the day is 10 euro, so get your entries in now at the link below.
The categories are as follows:
MEN-1st 2nd and 3rd, 1st over 40, 45, 50 and 55
LADIES- 1st 2nd and 3rd, 1st over 35, 40, 45 and 50
 The final race in the Michael Roche carpets series, the Déise College Dungarvan 10K will take place on Sunday March 10th at 11a.m. Now in its 37th year and one of the oldest races on the local road running calendar the Déise College Dungarvan 10k is always one of the more popular races. The club is delighted that Déise College and its proprietors Caroline and Alan Ryan are continuing their sponsorship for this race. The race will also see a number of perpetual trophies being presented. We have the Seamus Power Memorial Trophy to the first male finisher and the Mikey Roche Memorial Trophy for the first local female finisher. We will be using the fast canal circuit as we have used now for the past couple of years for this race with the race headquarters at the Dungarvann GAA club pavilion  which is where the presentation of prizes for the race and for the overall series will also take place. The race will start and finish in the same place as always at the Industrial Estate just off the N25, with just a short jog to and from the Dungarvan GAA club grounds for the runner's.
The club membership is now due and can be paid at any of our club events. You can now pay your club membership online or you can also download our club membership form off our web site and send it into us. Gerry Cantwell, Helvick, Ring  Dungarvan Co. Waterford  is the club registrar and he will also be available at all club events to accept your membership at a cost of 25 Euros. Each year, the Dungarvan 10K is the traditional cut off point for membership. This means that athletes will not feature on club teams unless they are current members of the club and with the summer series not too far away it’s time to sign up. Please note that membership with the club is for the calendar year and will cease on December 31st and it’s not 12 months from the date that you join.
The 7th annual Aglish fun run takes place on Easter Monday 22n April  2017.10k run/5k run or 5 k walk.entry fee 7 euro or a donation. registration from 11 am. event starts at 11.30 .refreshments afterwards in Aglish community hall. Numerous spot prizes. sponsorship cards available on request. All proceeds to Children's Hospital Crumlin. Support club committee member Liam O'Donnell with his annual fundraiser for this worthy cause.
West Waterford athletic club extend sincere sympathy to the family and friends of Mrs June Pope, Cork, and Paddy Fitzgerald, Emmett St Dungarvan and Jack Dempsey Youghal who passed to their eternal reward last week, May they Rest In Peace.
Congratulations to club member Paul Brunnock on his brilliant run at the national  Donadea 50 km . Paul posted a time of 4.22.33
You couldn't imagine that it could get any better for Joe Gough  after a year of in creditable achievements both on and off the running track. With European and World titles plus world records achieved in 2018 Joe was recently awarded the best masters Middle distance master athlete of the year which was an in creditable honour for the former Mitchell St man, but then the icing on the cake came last Friday when he was contacted by the world athletics body to be told that he was being awarded the World Masters middle distance athlete of the year for 2018. Joe has done it all there is no higher accolade that he could possible achieve in masters athletics after the year he had in 2018. Joe just last week received a honorary life member presentation from his club West Waterford AC. The Owning man isn't one to rest on his laurels as we all know and he  is currently back training for the indoor season where you be assured his name will be flashing once more across our computer screens. Congratulations from all in the club Joe and from all in the wider athletics family.
The Munster indoor championships were held over last weekend and the club had athletes in action, on Saturday the walks were held and here Kate Veale retained her senior crown when she walked to take gold in the 3.000 meters with a time of 13.57.At time of going to press the other results are not yet posted.
The Annevalley 5 was held last Saturday and the club was well represented at the event, our first runner home was Andy Fleet in 5th place overall, the following ran on the day. 
Andy Fleet 29.38
Ray Hahesy 33.20
Ruari Cusack 36.04
Onra Power 40.39
Patricia Daly 42.22
Aisling Cusack 42.37
Deirdre Clancy 55.36
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