Senior News

Notes September 23-18.

The inaugural Ballinameela 5k road race was held recently bringing the 12 race Intersport  Elverys /Asics summer series to an end for the 24th successive conclusion. We were delighted again this year that the numbers participating are holding steady as 110 runners entering the series for 2018. 
This year we extended the series to 12 races held between the months of April and August with a race nearly every two weeks. The series has something for all tastes from a variation of distances to venues as many different communities from the East to the West of the county are involved in hosting an event in their particular community, many of these races were held in association with some local organization or group from the particular community the race is held in and many thousands of Euros were donated from these events  to deserving local and national causes. To each and every one of the various race organizers locally in the 12 separate venues we visited in 2018, we say a huge thank you ,without your input into your particular race it wouldn't be possible to hold this series at all, of course all the 12 races also have individual sponsors and we must sincerely thank each and everyone one our 12 individual race sponsor's many who have been involved for over 26 years and more with our club.Under the stewardship of Gerry Cantwell,  our Road Racing Co-ordinator, all the committee worked tirelessly to give you, the runners, the best and most reasonable priced set of road races possible and you the runners are responding to our efforts by turning up in great numbers at a time when many events seem to have numbers dwindling . Along with all our various team of club officials and in conjunction with all the sponsors, communities involved and our many stewards the series went off without a hitch so once again we can't thank enough all our hardworking crew who operate the entries, results, prizes, website, weekly notes, Facebook etc and of course our outstanding outdoor staff who are in place hours before race time ensuring that the race course is safe and all procedures are in place. All of this work is appreciated by us all and by the runners who have come from all over the southeast to take part in these races.  Each year we are fortunate to have the co-operation of our local Gardai and of course the local stewards in each of the town's and village's that we visit you all deserve our heartfelt thanks as well. Last and by no means least a huge thank you to all the runners who entered the series this year, many old friends of ours and thankfully we also made many new friends this year, we hope you enjoyed your summer running with West Waterford athletic club and hopefully we will all have the health to do it all again for the 25th year in 2019.
For the second year in succession an East Cork AC athlete had his name inscribed on the Micheál O Hogain cup for 2018 as Kevin O'Leary was crowned the series winner. Kevin finished the series with a total of 11 points from his best counting 7 races. This was a really low score for the East Cork man who had had 3 wins and 4 2nd placing's. He recorded wins in Eas Na Rinne, Ballymacarbry 5 and The Marine climb , with 2nd placings in Ardmore, Clashmore, Dromana 5 and  GSK 5.Previous series winner Raivis Zakis was 2nd this year Raivis finished just two points behind our winner with 14 points. Raivis recorded two wins this year Ardmore 5 mile and Touraneena 5k. One of the clubs newest members Pat Hennessey finished up in 3rd place after some very good running over the summer months, Pat finished on 33 points with his best placing's were two 3rd's Ras Na Rinne 6 mile and Ballymacarbry. The inform James Whelan was the only athlete in the top 10 that ran all 12 races and he was rewarded with a 4th overall finishing place on 87 points.Alan Hogan who is back to his best this summer finished on 96 points for 5th,Ray Hahesy who has been in the top ten placing's for quite a number of years now finished on 99 points finished for 6th place that was just 3 points behind Alan Hogan.Jimmy Connors took 7th place on 136 points. He was followed by Yev Chizhikov  who finished on a total of 189 points. 9th place went to Joe Kelly who 191 points and Ted O'Leary on a tally of 202 points was our 10th placed man.
So as you can see West Waterford AC dominated the final table but the top spot for 2018 belonged to our friend from East Cork Kevin O'Leary.Well done to all prize-winners in the Intersport Elverys/Asics  Summer Series for 2018.
For the record the top ten was as follows and we also include the other men's divisional prize-winners:
1.Kevin O Leary 11
2.Raivis Zakis 14
3.Pat Hennessey 33
4.James Whelan 87
5.Alan Hogan 96
6.Ray Hahesy 99
7.Jimmy Connors 136
8.Yeveniy Chizhikov 189
9.Joe Kelly 191
10.Ted O'Leary 202
15th Anthony Dwyer 284       
20th Liam Clince 372                 
25th Donal O'Donoghue 437             
30th Noel Hogan 583      
The ladies Champion in the 2018 Intersport Elverys/Asics Summer Series after 12 races was a  lady who was claiming her very first overall series Kilkenny athletes Sally Forristal who runs with St Josephs AC lifted the beautiful Slateways perpetual trophy which was kindly donated to the club by the late Michael O'Riordan shortly before his untimely passing. Michael was a great supporter of our club and was a sad loss to all when he passed away, we thank his Son David who came along on the night to present Sally the winning lady with the beautiful crystal piece. Sally proved that she is one of the best female athlete's on the road running scene currently by winning our series and also just last weekend broke 3 hours for the Berlin marathon. Sally finished the series with a very low total of 8 points, she won 6 races and recording one 2nd place. Thurles Croke's AC Madeline Loughnane  had 3 race wins and four 2nd placing's to take the runners up spot giving her a total of 11 points, such was the good dept in the ladies series this year that Madeline's total on another year would have been good enough to take the series title. As we said this year's ladies competition was very strong with last year's series winner Kate Veale having to settle for third place this year, Kate finished on 19 points. Julie Kenneally Youghal AC on 27 points was 4th,Eveleen Drohan finished 5th with 45 points from club mate Sinead Ni Fhaolain who was 6th on 71 points. Brigid Coffey was 7th with 76 points and 8th position was filled this year by Debra Doherty with 88 points. Angeline Drennan and Sharon Nugent both finished with 95 points and on a count back Angeline was deemed to have finished 9th and Sharon 10th .Well done to all the ladies in this year’s series.
For the record here are the top 10 Ladies and also the divisional winners:
1.Sally Forristal 8
2.Madelaine Loughnane 11
3.Kate Veale 19
4.Julie Kenneally 27
5.Eveleen Drohan 45
6.Sinead Ní Fhaolain 71
7.Brigid Coffey  76
8.Debra Doherty 88
9.Angeline Drennan 95.
10.Sharon Nugent 95.
15.Kate Bullen 156
20.Paula Collins 226
25.Eveleen Beresford 276
30.Grainne Hallinan 401
The following athletes are to be congratulated as they ran the full 12 race programme in the 24th Annual Intersport Elverys /Asics  summer  series for 2018.It's a huge commitment to completed the full 12 race programmed with a race every other weekend from April to August and this year series saw  4 ladies this year Sharon Nugent, Debra Doherty, Mairead Flynn Eveleen Beresford. Looking at the men's it was 5 who ran all 12 this year, Kevin Casey, Donal O'Donoghue, Liam Clince, Martin Tobin, Conor Murray. Two athletes Donal O'Donoghue and Sharon Nugent completed the full programme also the previous year and that's some going never missing a race in two years. This gave us at gave us a total of 9 who complete the full series for 2017 well done to all who ran the 12 from 12.
West Waterford's Kate Veale was in action last Saturday at the 9th International Sprint Race Walking held in Hilversum, The Netherlands. The event was the annual race for the Benelux challenge cup and is held over 3 distances on the track , 1k,3k and 1.500 meters with an accumulation of your times over the 3 races, the fastest of course being the overall winner.
Kate won the overall ladies event after taking first in all three distances with good times of 1 k- 4.09.97 The 1.500 meters 6.23.42 and her 3 k time of 12.56.98 a new meet record for the distance the old mark stood at 13.19 by a Polish walker a few years back it was also the fastest time ever recorded by a female in the Netherlands over the 3.000 meter distance.She now prepares for her next walking event the Irish national 20k championships in St Anne's Park Raheny in December. next. We wish her well.
The final round of the Garveys Supervalu Autumn league which as postponed due to the weather last Thursday will now go ahead this coming Thursday at the earlier time of 6.30 pm. The league presentation will take place on the night also.
The club's 25th  annual Cross Country event of the year takes place on Sunday September 30th at St. Augustine's College with a 12 noon starting time. As in previous years the race is open to all and caters for all levels of runners from elite runners, club runners, fun runners and joggers, all are more than welcome. The overall winner will have his name inscribed on the James Hughes perpetual cup The race itself will see the men cover 5 laps of the Friary grounds (8k) and the ladies will cover 4k in total. There will be prizes on offer in the usual categories. The race also incorporates the county senior and Junior championships for men and women.
Planning a bit of cross country this autumn / winter ?
No matter what distance you are training for you will benefit from cross country running. Whether it’s a winter half marathon, John Treacy 10 mile race or something else entirely then you can easily incorporate a few races into your training. It will make you stronger mentally and physically and can be used as build up races for any distance. There is a misconception that you have to be ‘fast’ to run cross country. That is not true it’s open to everyone and we would encourage everyone to give it a shot. Like any road race there are people of all levels and abilities and all shapes and sizes. The only criteria that you need to meet is that you are a club member and you wear a club singlet for the races......those boxes are ticked !For cross country you compete individually and as part of a club team.To compete at Novice level you must not have won an individual or team medal at the national cross country championships for club or county at Novice level. Distances for Novice men are 6k and women 4k. Same rules apply at Intermediate level. Distances vary here with men running 8k and women 5k.For masters men run 7k and women 4k. In cross country you become a ‘master’ when you reach your 35th birthday.
Sunday September 30th at  11 am St. Augustine’s College Abbeyside.  Juvenile and 12 noon senior and junior- county even ages cross country championships and open senior and junior race for the James Hughes perpetual cup-incorporating the Waterford Senior and Junior championships.
Sunday October 7th at 11 am St. Augustine’s College Abbeyside Juvenile uneven age’s county cross country championships plus Novice men and women’s will start at 12 noon.
Sunday October 14th at 11 am St. Augustine’s College Abbeyside Juvenile B’s and at 12 noon Masters for men and ladies at 12 noon.
Sunday October 21st  Munster  Championships,  Even Ages, U23 and Novice. Beauford Co.Kerry.
November 11th Munster XC Championships Uneven Ages, and Senior. Waterford venue.
  November 18th: Munster Juvenile Inter-Club Cross Country Relays and  Masters Cross Country Championships Cork Venue.
 November 25TH: Irish life Health National Juvenile Even Age and Inter-Club Cross Country Championships, Senior and Junior, Abbottstown Dublin.
  December 2nd Munster Juvenile "B" and Intermediate and under 20 Cross Country Championships. Riverstick, Cork..
December 16th Irish Life Health National Juvenile Uneven Age and Novice Cross Country Championships, TBD
Now that the dust has settled on the Eurofins Greenway Half Marathon it’s time to look to our next race. As a club we are currently training for the following events:-
Final preparations for Autumn Marathons and Half Marathons 
Base training for the John Treacy 10 mile race 
Waterford Half Marathon
Run to improve – this group is ideal if you either want to get comfortable or faster over the 5k distance or if you want to step up to longer distances and train for the John Treacy 10 mile race.
We have a group and a workout to suit every ability and race distance. All you need to do is turn up on a Tuesday night and be ready to leave the Friary at 6.30pm. Cost is €3 per session. If you are not a club member you are more than welcome to come along and try a session with us before committing to club membership.Training within a group is always easier and you will try that little bit harder than you would running on your own which will bring better race results. There is a great social atmosphere within the groups and everyone is welcome no matter what ability or event you are training for.
 The clubs winter league which now enters its 25th year will begin in 6 week’s time.  This year the registration night will take place on the Wednesday October 31st.The following week the league will begin officially on November 7th.  On this particular night all those interested in taking part in the winter league are asked to come along and register to get their number. You will be issued with a number for a cost of €5. This number should be used every night that you run. We will have people on hand at the sports centre that will be available to answer any questions you may have and we will also explain the rules and regulations of the league as well as the two courses of the league .The first official night of the league will be the following week November 7th. For all those that won’t be able to make it to the sports centre on the first night of registration, you may register and get your number on the following night. In fact, it’s possible to join the winter league at any stage throughout the course of the league. The cost of the league is €5, this is a once -off payment for your number and then €2 for each night for West Waterford AC club members and €3 for non-members. Last year we introduced the ability to pay in full for the league ,a once off payment, which will save you money if you intend running the league each night. For club members you can pay 30 euro ( this includes the 5 euro once off  number payment) and for non members you can pay a once off payment of 40 euro which also includes the 5 euro number payment charge. This amount will cover you for the full duration of the league.
A good crowd of runners and walkers took part in last Wednesday evenings Kinsalebeg national school fun run and walk and the results were as follows.
The first 3 male finishers were 
1st Brian Landers Youghal AC 19.20
2nd Denis M Carthy East Cork AC 21.11
3rd Liam Budds West Waterford AC 21.18
1st Kate Veale West Waterford AC 19.13
2nd Ann Marie Holland Youghal AC 19.20
3rd Ann Dunford West Waterford AC 21.50
A small field participated last Saturday in  the Croppy boy run when 53 ran the 10k and a field of 82 ran the 5k route. Freddie Sittuk Raheny Shamrock AC won the men's race in a time of 33.40 and the ladies victor was Aisling Ferguson Waterford AC in 43.02,West Waterford's Onra Power was 2nd in the ladies over 50 prize with a time of 48.25 and Michael Coakley also ran a he completed the 10k in a time of 59.16, well done.
The Charleville half marathon was held last Sunday morning and a field of 1275 runners completed the course .Race winner this year was John Travers Donore Harriers AC in a time of 64.23 with Lizzie Lee St Finbarrs AC taking the ladies victory in 75.38. Ted O'Leary recorded a new personal best half time of 1.27.26,Mark Cliffe and Carthal Gleeson were in close quarters with Mark running 1.30.38 and Cathal just in behind in 1.30.38.Kevin Casey had a good run also with a time of 1.35.09 recorded.Well done all.
Ted O'Leary 1.27.26
Mark Cliffe 1.30.24
Cathal Gleeson 1.30.38
Kevin Casey 1.35.09
Club member Yuri Kinash was in action in England today at the The Jim Day memorial Pole Vaulting competition, which was held at the David Weir Leisure center London,Yuri vaulted a new personal best height of 4.71 which was the 2nd highest of the day with 100 vaulters taking part ,well done to him.
The Vadrafjord 5 mile road race was held last Sunday morning in the city and a field of 142 completed the event. The overall winner was Trevor Swift Waterford AC in a time of 27.34 and the first lady was Ruth Fitzgerald who finished 3rd overall in a time of 29.09,Our club had athletes competing on the day and first home was Jason Travers who had a great run taking 4th overall in a time of 30.0, also running well and finishing 2nd lady in 6th place overall was Kate Veale with a time of 31.32 Bernie Prendergast ran a time of 37.52 and Padraig Barron ran 39.40. 
West Waterford athletic club extend sincere sympathy to the family and friends of  John Lineen,Ashgrove, Rossmore, Kilmacthomas, who passed away recently.
I know that I may never get to my best run ever, that doesn’t mean it isn’t real.