Senior News

Notes April 14-19

Last Friday evening saw the second race of the Intersport Elverys/Asics summer series take place with the 37th annual Butlerstown 4 mile road race. Conditions were ideal for the race with just a slight breeze for the field to contend with but all in all it was an excellent evening for the race which saw a huge entry of  257 runners. Similar to the Ballinroad race the previous week where numbers were similar making for a superb start to this year's summer series, so well done to all who are supporting our events. Once again our race organiser in Butlerstown Vinny Codd and his team did a superb job which made for an enjoyable evenings running for all. Our thanks to all the helpers on the day which included our own Conor and Jamie who do Trojan work in road safety and traffic management as well as all the stewards who manned the various junctions on route a big thanks. Thanks to the Gardai for their invaluable assistance on the night also. To Ann who looked after all the pre reg's online for the race , and that's said thanks to all the runners who registered online it is a big help to the race organisers on the night .Our thanks to Shirley, Fiona, Brian, Ann,Breda,Irene, Liam ,Catriona, Ray and Tom  for all their assistance once again with entries and results and sorting out the prizes and winners. The entries on the night were taken at the Holy Cross Bar while the presentation of prizes also took place at the Holy Cross Bar which we sincerely thank the management and staff there, and many thanks to the Ladies who provided us all with a great cuppa and bite to eat after the race. Our thanks to main sponsor's SE2 and who was on hand to present the winners with their prize, with a special thank you to David Forristal of SE2 for his participation and encouraging words on behalf of the sponsor at the presentation of prizes. There were many associate sponsors also last Friday evening and we thank them all for their generosity. Thanks to Fintan Walsh on PA and finally to Vinnie Codd and all involved in Butlerstown with organizing the race this year .Monies raised were donated to Butlerstown GAA club and Waterford Alzheimer's Society.
Local resident Trevor Power showed his neighbours who came along to watch and indeed run the race that he is back in seriously good shape heading into the summer racing season with a gun to tape win on his home turf around the roads of Butlerstown last Friday evening. Trevor crossed the finish line at Butlerstown GAA grounds in a time of 21.06 some 39 seconds ahead of the 2nd placed athlete Raivis Zakis West Waterford AC 21.45,Raivis had to pull out all the stops as a group of 5 were still together going out on the final lap, the West Waterford man finished 3rd in last race race. Tony Fogarty Templemore AC was a welcome visitor and he put up a great performance to finish 3dr form that group when he crossed the line just 7 seconds behind Raivis in 21.52 ,Dean Rowe Gowran AC was next a further 7 seconds back in 21.59. Alan O'Connor United Striders AC took the over 40 category in 22.24 , the over 45 section was claimed by James Whelan West Waterford AC in 24.21. The winner of the over 50 category was Patrick Bookle St.Josephs AC with a time of 24.14.Ray Hahesy last year won his 4th year over 50 crown in this race in a row and last week he had slipped into a new age category over 55 and yes his winning sequence continues as in his new age category he took the over 55 prize in 24.16, finally the junior men's prize was claimed by young Evan Marshall Waterford AC in 23.33,a super run from young Evan , Well done to all our prize winners.
1 Trevor Power Waterford A.C. 21.06
2 Raivis Zakis West Waterford A.C. 21.45
3 Tony Fogarty Templemore A.C. 21.52
4 Dean Rowe Gowran A.C 21.59
M 40 Alan O'Connor United Striders A.C. 22.24
M 45 James Whelan West Waterford A.C. 24.21
M 50 Patrick Bookle St Josephs A.C. 24.14
M 55 Ray Hahesy West Waterford A.C. 24.16
M JN Evan Marshall Waterford A.C. 23.33
It took a course record effort for Irish international cross country athlete Siobháin O'Doherty Borrisokane AC to claim victory in the lades race last Friday evening. In a  start studded ladies line up which included 4 previous winner of this race, Siobháin called on all her experience to race clear early on setting a blistering pace from the gun and not taking any chances as she coming home some 33 seconds clear of our winner from 2018 Sally Forristal St. Josephs AC who claimed 2nd in 23.40,Sally not alone won the race last year but she also set a course record of 23.46 and despite running faster this year had to settle for runner up as Siobhain also claimed her course record on the night. Finishing 3rd this year was Kimore's Jackie Carty a position she also filed in 2018 Jackie will be fairly pleased I'm sure with her performance as this year she ran a time of 23.44 just 4 seconds off that runner up spot but she improved on her time of 2018 when she clocked a time of 24.28.Madeline Loughnane Thurles Crokes 25.05 was our 4th lady home. Madeline won quite a number of last year's summer series race sand will do likewise this year I'm sure again. All the above times on any given 4 mile road race might be good enough to take a race victory over the distance such was the quality of last Friday evenings ladies field, but we have to salute our winner Siobháin O'Doherty on her 23.07 and a new course record. In the categories prizes the over 35 winner was Caitriona Fenneally Adeles Fitness with a superb time of 25.42. There was  a great performance also by Joan Mahoney Waterford A.C. to take the ladies over 40 prize in a time of 26.36.The over 45 winner was Maria Griffin St Josephs A.C. 27.08. The over 50 category went to another St Josephs A.C. athlete in Francis Mullally 28.48 and our final ladies prize was for Juniors and here Molly Hutchinson Ferrybank A.C. won in a time of 26.17. Well done to all the our ladies winners on the night.
1 Siobhain O'Doherty Borrisokane A.C. 23.07
2 Sally Forristal St Josephs A.C. 23.40
3 Jackie Carthy Kilmore A.C. 23.44
4 Madeline Loughnane Thurles Crokes A.C. 25.05
F 35 Caitriona Fennelly Adeles Fitness 25.42
F 40 Joan Mahoney Waterford A.C. 26.36
F 45 Maria Griffin St Josephs A.C. 27.08
F 50 Frances Mullally St Josephs A.C. 28.48
F JN Molly Hutchinson Ferrybank A.C. 26.17
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 workload on the day of the run and it also means we can be more organised and this 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 3 and one of the oldest road race’s in the country the Bluewall Waterford to Tramore 7.5 mile event takes place on Saturday April 27th .The race starts at Waterford's new Viking Triangle in Waterford city and goes out the Tramore road to finish in Tramore outside Splashworld. Showers, refreshments, and prize giving will be in the GAA centre in Tramore after. Registration will be available on and on the day entries are between 5:45 and 6:45. This race has really grown in popularity with another big turnout expected for this year's race, we urge all athletes to please register online to ease queues on the night. Again Bluewall Technologies have come onboard as main sponsor for the 8th year. Changing and shower facilities plus refreshments and prize-giving will take place in the Tramore GAA clubhouse after the race. The usual array of prizes will be on offer.
Course record Pauline Lambe Tullamore Harriers A.C. 44.03 (2010) Sandis Bralitis West Waterford AC 36.44 (2010)
To register for the Waterford to Tramore race go into Waterford AC web site attached below. Its 10 euro pre registration and 15 euro on the race night.
Friday May 10th.
24th Annual An Tobar Bar Ardmore 5 mile.
Race number 4 in the INTERSPORT ELVERYS/ASICS SUMMER SERIES 2019.This race is in its 24th year and is sponsored by An Tobar Bar in Ardmore. There will be prizes for men's, ladies and individual as well as the 12 Star Sign categories. Entries will be taken at the Ardmore G.A.A. Club Pavilion. The entry fee is 7 euro pre online entry or 10 euro on race day ; Race starts at 7.30 pm.
Race open to all over 16 years of age on race day. Online entry open now.
Round 3 of the Mark Mason Financial Services Colligan Spring League took place last Wednesday evening in the beautiful surround of Colligan wood on what was, once again, a perfect evening for running.  The league starts each night at 6.30. The league is held over 5 nights and to be included in the tables you need to run 4 out of the 5 nights league will continue for the next 2 Wednesday evenings ( April 17th and finally April 24th) so no excuses folks why not come along and give it a go for yourself if you missed the first few evening, you can still join, just come  to the club van at the wooden bridge around 6.15  and we will get you started. for 2 more nights.
Tony Dwyer lead home the 2 lap runners for the second week in succession , its noticeable to see that many are getting faster as the weeks progress, Tony covered the 2 laps of Colligan in 20.01 and was 35 seconds faster that his effort last week so he can be well pleased with that, Pat Dunford was next in 21.08 showing his keeping good and fit after a recent trip to warm weather training. Gerry Cummins was next with a time of 22.38 this was Gerry's fastest run in the league so far knocking 11 seconds off last week's time. Kate Mullaney lead home the ladies with a time of 22.11 just 2 seconds ahead of Onra Power 22.14,a total of 21 ran the 2 laps last week which included our sponsor Mark Mason, well done to all keep up the efforts for the next 2 weeks.
This week we had 13 taking on the 5 mile flat route and they were led home for the 2nd week in secession by Micahel Ryan. Michael knocked off 28 seconds off his time from the previous week. David Towey was next and he ran a time of 32.47 taking a second off last week's time that's consistent running by David. Yev Chizhikov was next with a time of 35.55.first of the ladies home last week was London marathon bound Debra Doherty 38.23 she was well inside her previous weeks time, Debra was never better fitness wise and is looking forward to London knowing that she has the work done, we wish her well. Our 2nd lady home last week was the double act of Nicola Moroney and Carol Walsh who both ran and crossed the lone together in a time of 41.06,wel done ladies.
 We had a great entry of 54 runners taking on the trail run in Colligan this week and first home on the night and back running very well was Mossie Keogh in 32.40 which was 23 seconds faster than of last week. He was followed by Dermot Gough our friend from Clogheen who recently joined us in Colligan for the Wednesday evening league and Dermot ran a time of 33.38.Hot on his heels was James Whelan who clocked a time of 33.47,James has dropped his times in all 3 weeks of the league so far.Lucy Holmes once again as she did last week lead our ladies home with a time of 36.48 which was almost a minute faster than her effort the previous week. Leonora Kiely is also in great running shape and is running her fastest times ever in this league in Colligan she ran 38.36 which is excellent. Ann Dunford was our 3rd lady home with a time of 41.42,Ann has also improved week on week over the 3 rounds of the league so keep up the good work Ann.Well done to all who took on this tough course  - no doubt you will see the benefits of this tough running as the year goes on.
This is a 5 week league and the rules of the league are that you have to run 4 out of the 5 weeks to appear on the league tables and of course these must be in the same distance .i.e. 4 weeks of the 2 lap and not 1 week 2 laps and the next week hills.  There are separate men’s and ladies tables with divisions of 5.  There will be movement between divisions from weeks 1 to 4 but after week 4 we will lock the tables so whatever division you are in after week 4 you will stay there for week 5. The tables are now taking shape and are on the Club website.  Mark Mason of Mason Mortgages and Financial Services has kindly sponsored this league once again this year and the prize giving will take place on the final night of the league in Colligan wood.
Thank you once again this week to our finish line team Shirley and Ray and our stewards Gerry, Fiona and Michael. Of course we are indebted to our loyal band of stewards who stand in each week to help out and keep us safe on the road.  We really do appreciate it lads.  Finally thanks of course to Coillte who give us permission to hold this league and without whose co-operation this league and of course the Colligan Cup would not take place each year.
Very well done this morning to Paul Brunnock who completed the Connemara Ultra 39.3 miles of unspoilt but undulating West of Ireland country side. Paul ran a time of great time of 5.46. Congratulations also to his brother Paddy who completed the full marathon in  4.05.
The weekend was a busy one for club members and there was none busier than Ted O'Leary who completed back to back marathons in Limerick on Saturday and Sunday. The MCI event was held in UL and on Saturday Ted posted a time of 3.30.29 then on a wet and windy Sunday he clocked a time of 3.42.04.Brilliant running Ted.
The Knockmealdown half marathon was held yesterday Saturday and West Waterford athletes took part. This event is regarded as one of the toughest in the IMRA calendar with 3.330 meters of climbing involved its classified as 10 and extreme in hill running events. Eamon Cashin, Maria White and Cèline Turminel were three who managed to completed the event which was also hampered by difficult winds across the mountain. Well done.
Your toughness is made up of equal parts persistence and experience. You don't so much outrun your opponents as outlast and outsmart them, and the toughest opponent of all is the one inside your head.