Senior News

Notes March 18-18

The 2017/18 Michael Roche Carpets Series has now come to an end after 5 very enjoyable races. We began in November with the Murray’s Pharmacy sponsored Brickey 4 mile road race.  This year's race was the 24th annual Brickey Run and the proceeds this year went to the local Brickey juvenile GAA club. Always a most enjoyable race  with victory on the day going to Andrew Connick Ferrybank AC and Lizzie Lee Leevale AC.Up next was the Paddy Joe Curran memorial 5 Mile road race once again kindly sponsored by CleanZone Technologies.  Padraig Healy and the committee in the Pulla area as always pulled out all the stops here and organised a fantastic day’s racing at the Marine where Christy and Helen looked after us once again and all monies raised were donated to the Solas Center. Raivis Zakis was the winner here while Kate Veale  won the ladies race. The series continued into January 2018 with the annual Kiely Monumental sponsored Colligan Cup which is a “predict your time” race and this year the title went to Brigid Coffey West Waterford AC , who took the shield for the ladies event also. Thanks to David Kiely here one of the clubs  longest serving sponsor's . Next up in the Series was in February with the new look O' Reilly traditional Butchers Kilmacthomas 4 mile race which included the Waterford Greenway as part of the course, this race saw 200 runners line up  in one of the fastest flattest 4 mile courses in the South East.  Thanks to Pa O'Reilly and al the Kilmac crew who ensured we had a super day’s racing with all proceeds here going to local group Kilmacthomas Cardiac first responder scheme. Sean Mc Grath East Cork AC took another victory in the Series while Lorna Davy Fitzgerald Mallow AC took the ladies crown. The final race in the series was in March when we held the Deise College 10k. The winners here were Andrew Connick Ferrybank AC and Sally Forristal St. Josephs AC for the 3rd year in succession. Our thanks to Alan and Caroline Ryan of Déise college for this ongoing sponsorship here.  Thanks to everyone in Dungarvan G.A.A. club for allowing us the use of their fantastic facilities for staging this race. The race series was well supported in all of the 5 events and we thank all who participated, we also must thank our overall sponsor for the 24th year in succession Michael and Bridget Roche and family of Michael Roche Carpets, plus of course the 5 individual race sponsors of each race also. The numbers held steady again this year in the series all helping in raising a fantastic amount of money for local clubs and charities in the process, as all our races donate to some charitable organisation. Thanks to Ann Dunford who looked after the series tables once again. Just to note also that had an entry fee of only €2 to the series, keeping it a nominal entry fee and with 4 out of a possible 5 races required to feature on the final tables it gave everyone a chance to miss out on one race and still figure in the battle for honours. Thanks to all who supported this series again this year.
 Having previously won this race series Ballinroad's Raivis Zakis once again  took the Michael Roche Carpets race series for 2017/18. Raivis finished on a total of 16 points with your best finishing position from 4 races of a possible 5 to count. Raivis was 3rd in Brickey 4, 1st in the Turkey Trot,8th in Kilmac 5 and 4th in the Dungarvan 10k. He also ran the Colligan cup finishing there with 11 points which of course was his worse results so this is eliminated giving him a total of 16 points from his best 4 of 5 races results. The runner up this year was Anthony Flynn on 22 points, Anthony is without doubt one of the clubs most improved athletes these past few months, he was 9th in the Brickey,3rd in the Turkey Trot, 7th in Kilmac and a great run last week gave him 3rd again in Dungarvan 10k.Ray Hahesy was 3rd overall on 86 points. 
Division 2 this year was won James Whelan, his win in this division was fairly decisive as he finished with 64 points, James's best place finish in the series was 8th in last week's Dungarvan 10k. Second in this division was Mark Cliffe and Mark finished on 130 points from his best 4 races.
Having completed all 5 races in the series Tom Hogan was a clear winner of division 3 this year, dropping his worse results in the Colligan cup with his best 4 to count Tom finished on 132 points, Tom incidentally was 3rd in this same division in last year's series. Liam Kavanagh took the runners up spot with 207 points.
Truly making a brilliant come back to running after he was knocked for six last year was our winner of division 4 Michael Tutty. Michael finished with 245 points after he completed all 5 races in the series again like everyone else Michael's best 4 were to count. Michael Deegan was to take the runner up spot here on 365 points. Well done to all our winners in this year's series, and thanks to everyone who supported it also.
As has happened in the past our winner in the Ladies section came from division 2, as with this competition it's the lowest score from 4 out of the 5 races and with the divisions unlocked a runner could and did end up with the least points coming from division 2 to take the title, Eveleen ran all 5 races in the series but her worse results was 84th in the Colligan cup which of course was dropped, she finished 11th in the Brickey 4, 5th in the Turkey Trot, 11th in the Kilmacthomas 4 and 8th in the Dungarvan 10k giving her a total of 35 points. Brigid Coffey who was in division 1 finished 2nd overall in the series with 50 points, 13th in the Brickey 4, she had a great memorable 1st place in the Colligan cup, finished 21st in Kilmac and 15th in the Dungarvan 10k giving her a total of 53.Last years overall winner Kate Veale finished 3rd overall on 53 points. 
This year the division 2 title went to another great club supporter of all our events Onra Power,Onra ran all 5 races and her best 4 from the 5 were, 16th in the Brickey 4, 9th in the Turkey Trot, 26th in Kilmacthomas 4 and finally the recent Dungarvan 10k was finished 14th giving her an overall tally of 65 points.
In division 3 Katie Bullen proved to be the best here when she fini9shed on 93 points , again Katie ran all 5 races with her best to count, Brickey 4 she was 21st, Turkey Trot 19th, Kilmac 4 36th and the Dungarvan 10k she finished with 17th points giving her an overall total of 93 points, Rose Power was our runner up in this division on 124 points. Well done all the ladies who entered and ran the series this year.
Congratulations to all the prize-winners for 2017/18 and of course a big thank you to our Series sponsors Michael, Bridget and the Roche family of Michael Roche Carpets, Fair Lane Dungarvan.  Michael has been well known in Dungarvan running circles. Michael, Bridget, Donncha and Fearghal were present at the Dungarvan G.A.A. Club grounds for the presentation of prizes and as always we are extremely grateful to all the Roche family for their support of local athletics.
The club’s next big local event is the 5 week Mark Mason’s Financial Services Colligan running league for beginners and regular runners and all are welcome once they are over 16 years of age. Last year in this league we added another extra night and was met with approval all round making it now a 5 week league. We would especially encourage newcomers to come along and join in this league in Colligan wood. For the complete beginner there is the option of doing two laps of the wood, beginning at the wooden bridge and finishing at the wooden bridge. This is 4km in distance or 2.5 miles so it might suit all those that ran the short route over the winter league plus this route is more or less completely on the flat. Another option is to take part in the 5-mile circuit; this is 3 and a half laps of the same flat circuit of the wood mentioned above. The final option is the 5 mile hill route which is one lap of the wood for starters and then up the first hill and down the hill and then across the road for the second hill and finishing in by the wood at the bridge. The entry fee for all runners is €2 each night. The overall winner of the league will receive the Veale family perpetual shield. The league will start on Thursday  March 29th and continue for five  Thursday evenings April 5th,12th,19th and 26th .Mass start each evening at 6.30 pm.
 The 6th annual Aglish fun run takes place on Easter Monday 2nd April 2018.10k run/5k run or 5 k walk. entry fee 7 euro or a donation. registration from 11 am. walk starts 11.30 run starts 11.45.refreshments afterwards in Aglish community hall. Numerous spot prizes. sponsorship cards available on request. All proceeds to Children's Hospital Crumlin. facebook This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. mobile 086-8474285
 The club will be submitting teams for the Munster Senior, Masters and Novice road championships which are being held on Monday April 2nd  Castlelyons Co. Cork starting at 1 pm. If you are interested in running any of the above please contact road racing coordinator Gerry Cantwell on 086-3503571, entries close midnight Saturday March 25th and no entries accepted on day of competition.
Best wishes to club member Joe Gough who is off in Madrid this week  to take part in the European Masters indoors. Joe's racing gets underway today Wednesday morning at 9.20 with the heats of the 800.The final is Thursday at 6.30 pm. Friday morning at 10.20 is the final of the 1500 which Joe is also entered in and the relays are on Saturday . Best of luck Joe.
Tallow Co. Waterford community council are holding a 5k on Easter Saturday 31st march at 11 am ,prizes for first 3 men and women, and first juvenile male and female also many more spots, entry fee 5 euro. registration at St Patricks Hall in the town with all monies raised for the upkeep of the ramp Boreen walkway, refreshments in hall after race.
Onra Power was the clubs soul representative at the St. Patrick's day Ardfinnan 10k, Onra completed the course in a time of 54.09.
Nothing helps clear my mind like the solitude of quiet country roads.