Senior News

Notes April 07-19

The 25th annual Intersport Elevrys/Asics summer series got off to the proverbial flyer last Friday evening with the staging of 6th annual MTS Broadband sponsored Ballinroad 5k,the first race in what we hope will be yet another great Intersport Elverys/Asics summer series for 2019.The club were delighted to once again be involved in the event with proceeds going towards the local Ballinroad AFC who are currently undertaking a huge club grounds development with the building of new dressing rooms and other ground improvements which will enhance the community facilities in the Ballinroad area for the generations to come.Both clubs put in a great amount of work pre race for the event and this paid dividends as a huge field of 255 runners and close on 100 walkers took part in reasonably good weather  least there was no rain but it was quite cold .The prize structure for the race saw prizes awarded to the top 5 men and women and then we presented 50 spots to everyone else in the race its encouraging for us to see that the athletes are supporting our efforts as we always try to give good value races which cater for all levels, a well marshalled safe course, results posted ASAP and most important a friendly cuppa after. Our sincere thanks to all who helped with the race especially our series sponsor Intersport Elverys / Asics and our race sponsor Jamie Moroney of M T S Broadband for supporting our club event. To all our stewards who once again did a terrific job on the night, To Conor, Jamie  and crew on traffic management duty another splendid job, to our registrars and timing personnel, finishing area team to those who looked after the Tea's etc.To Liam O Donnell and our chairman Tom Leahy on van duty, John and David Coleman of DC Images for their brilliant snaps.To all at Ballinroad soccer club a big thanks and well done to you on your efforts, keep up the great work the club is doing for the Ballinroad community. Thanks to Ballinroad hall committee for the use of St Laurence's hall. Finally a special mention to the clubs Lets Run group a  big well done to each and everyone one of you whatever your goal was we hope you achieved it, keep up the good work and we hope to see you throughout the Summer running more of the Intersport Elverys/Asics summer series.
After a tight battle on the night, Andrew Connick of Ferrybank was a deserving winner last Friday evening in race 1 of the Intersport Elverys/Asics summer series 2019,the MTS Broadband Ballinroad 5k. On the night he secured victory over last year’s winner Noe Murphy by 14 seconds with local West Waterford AC athlete Cian O’Riordan a further 6 seconds behind in third. Raivis Zakis also of West Waterford AC was 4thwith Mark McKenna of Waterford AC 5th.From the gun a group of 4 took to the head of affairs and it was only after the mid-way point of the race after the turnaround at Clonea Beach that Andrew made his move and split the group to end up a decisive winner. To show the quality of this year’s race, Noel Murphy’s time in finishing second, 15.45, was 30 seconds faster than his winning time last year and in fact all the top 4 ran faster than last year’s winning time.  Up and coming youngster Cian O'Riordan West Waterford AC who finished third was almost a minute faster than the time he ran last year. This was a brilliant performance from Cian who is really starting to make his mark now on the road racing scene. Well done to all who ran with many super performances and pbs recorded on this fast flat course.
1. Andrew Connick  Ferrybank 15.31
2. Noel Murphy Waterford AC 15.45
3. Cian O’Riordan West Waterford AC 15.51
4. Raivis Zakis West Waterford AC 16.21
5. Mark McKenna Waterford
If ever a race was synonyms with one athlete well the Ballinroad 5k certainly is to Sally Forristal of St. Joseph’s AC Kilkenny as she notched up her 5th consecutive win last Friday evening having previously took the title in 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018 and now for the 5th time 2019. Last year she set a new course record of 18.03 and last Friday she ran the same time 18.03 keeping the ladies standard at this race at a very high level. One of the countries most talented Youngsters is Lucy Holmes of West Waterford AC and it was great to see her run her first series race in Ballinroad after a successful cross country season behind her Lucy was an excellent second in 18.14 and she really made Sally battle all the way for her win. Madeline Loughnane of Thurles Crokes AC was third in 19.03. Madeline was runner up in last years summer series behind Sally. Aine Roche of Clonmel AC was fourth in 19.49 just ahead of 5th placed Isobel Cummins of Ferrybank AC who ran 20.03. Well done to all our female competitors in Ballinroad we hope to see you throughout the summer running more of the Intersport Elverys/Asics summer series.
1. Sally Forristal St. Josephs 18.03
2. Lucy Holmes West Waterford AC 18.14
3. Madeline Loughnane Thurles Crokes 19.03
4. Aine Roche Clonmel AC 19.49
5. Isabel Cummins Ferrybank 20.03
On Friday April 12th we have race number two in this year’s Intersport Elverys/Asics summer series, the SE2 sponsored Butlerstown 4 mile road race starting at 7.00 p.m. This race is a very popular event in the series especially since the race distance changed a few years back from 10k to 4 miles which is a distance that is achievable to all. Entries will be taken at the Butlerstown GAA centre . The centre will also be used for parking and of course changing and shower facilities will also be at the centre. All proceeds from the race will be donated to between the Waterford Alzheimer's Society and Butlerstown GAA club. The Butlerstown race is always well supported with another big turnout expected this year . The new bypass road circuit will be used for the race course . Presentation of prizes and refreshments will be available at the Holy Cross bar.
Prize categories are:
1st 3 Male 1st over 0/40, 45, 50, 55, 60 and 1st Junior.
1st 3 Female 1st over 35, 40, 45, 50 60 and 1st Junior.
Entry for the Butlerstown 4 mile road race is now open .Its 7 euro online and 10 if you wait until race night.
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.
Colligan wood was the venue for round 2 last Wednesday evening of the Mason Mortgages and Financial Services Colligan Spring League and despite the inclement cold weather numbers were increased from round one . This week we had a brilliant turn out of 93 runners toe the line with  21 in the 2 lap distance while 13 runners completed the 3 ½ laps covering 5 miles and for the tough 5 mile hill route we had 59 athletes leave the wooden bridge. This league will take place for 3 more nights, (Thursday 10th, 17th and 24th April). You can join in, just come along to the wooden bridge in the beautiful Colligan wood around 6 pm and if you need some advice about which course to run just ask at the club van.
Tony Dwyer made it 2 wins from 2 this week as he covered the 2 laps of Colligan in 20.36, a 31 second improvement on his first week’s efforts.  Good to see Pat Dunford out and about at the league last week and Pat covered the 2 laps in 21.00.Kate Moloney lead the ladies around last week here and she recorded a great time of 22.11 with Onra Power next just 3 seconds behind in 22.14 this was well over a minute improvement this week for Onra. Father and Son Brian and Aaron Fahy ran 23.22 respectively well done to them. Well done to all 21 participants in the 2 lap league and keep up the efforts for the next 3 weeks.
This week we had 11 taking on the 5 mile flat route and they were led home by Michael Ryan and no better man on the flat either. Michael ran a time of 22.15 but it wasn't all his own way for much of the run as David Towey kept close contact for almost all of the run, David finished just in behind with a time of 32.48.Debra Doherty and Linda Foley were our first ladies home here and they ran together recording a time of 39.37.Tom Mansfield was another to break the 40 minute barrier last week Tom clocked a solid 39.38 and Lorraine Dixon finished in 48.40, well done to out 5 mile flat participants.
We had a great entry of 61 runners taking on the hills of  Colligan last week and first home on the night was one of top young juniors Conor Mullanney who showed that it's hard to beat youth when it comes to running as the youngster clocked an impressive time of 31.51,this was one of the fastest times recorded for this league in quite a while, so very well done to you Conor. Colum Ryan was 2nd man home with a time of 32.39 and 3rd past the post last week was Mossie Keogh who posted 33.00.Speaking of great up and coming young juniors, well our first lady home last week is another of the clubs up and coming stars as Lucy Holmes filled that position and title  in 37.54.Leonora Kiely was 2nd lady last week and she also had a good run when breaking the 40 minute mark with 39.21.Linda Bradfield and Patricia Mulcahy kept good company last week and ran together as did mother and daughter Siobhan and Niamh O'Mahony.  Well done to all who took on this tough course you all did brilliantly.
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.  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 team of Ray,Shirley, Sharon, Gerry, Fiona, Michael  and Tom for all their help on the night also.  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.
A large contingent of Junior and senior walkers were at the European permit race walking international match held in the town of Podebrady Czech Republic today Saturday.Now in its 87th year this event is regarded as one of the best European permit meets on the race walking calendar and this reflected in the quality of the fields participating.The weather was idea for race walking a balmy 15 degrees and no winds.In the Senior Ladies there was a West Waterford AC interest as Kate Veale was competing. Kate  finished 26th in a time of 1.44.37 from the field of 45 starters.Kate's preparation the two weeks prior to the race were anything but ideal as she had been hindered by a recurring hip injury however she was determined to race and did well to get through the event.
The annual Emer Casey 5k was held in Youghal last evening and a field of 370 competed with the proceeds donated to the Emer Casey foundation.The race winner on the night was James Mc Carthy East Cork AC with a time of 15.16 and the First Lady home was Youghal AC local girl Aoife Cooke in 16.52.Ray Hahesy was the first West Waterford AC finisher in 18.49 and Liz Nyhan lead home our ladies in 19.28. The following are the full list of club finishers. 
Ray Hahesy 18.49
Liz Nyhan 19.28
Tony Dwyer 21.13
Anthony Dwyer 21.26
Patrick Power 22.47
Linda Foley 23.55
Hazel Crowley 23.44
Alice Fitzgerald 23.56
Onra Power  25.16
Lee Martin 25.30
Michael Coakley 27.33
Thonasrn Baruf 32.13
Well done to club member Garret Byrne on his 3.03.14 posting at Rotterdam marathon last Sunday morning.
Well done last Sunday to club members who travelled over the water to run the Manchester marathon,first home as Trevor Mason in a very solid run bumpy the Call Ui man 3.21.15,one of the clubs fit4life coaches who outs in a great amount of work is Claire Kennedy and she had a brilliant run when clocking 3.43.01,how close can you come Sharon Higgins was clocked at 4.00.08 so close the 4 hour mark for Sharon but none the less a great performance.Club Committee member Fiona Ormonde can be well pleased with her run also she posted a time of 4.04.35.Well done to all.
COBH 10.
The club had a good turn out last Sunday at the Cobh 10 mile road race who were among the field of 629 who ran on the day. The overall winner in a course record and also the fastest 10 mile time for some years in Ireland Sean Tobin Clonmel Ac in a fast time of 48.34 and equally the ladies winning time was also a course record when Leevale's Michelle Finn took victory in 57.26 for 7th position overall,the following were the club results and well done to all.
Rose Kinsella 01:24:25 
Catriona Kiely 01:25:10 
Cait Verling 01:25:37 
Patricia Daly 01:32:37 
Linda Garcia 01:35:07  
Olivia Reilly 01:35:09 
Michael Coakley 01:37:50 
Thomas Burke 01:50:28 
Well done to our club members who were on pacing duty also both Pacing for for 90 minutes 
Maria White 01:29:13 
Eamonn Cahin 01:29:58 
West Waterford athletic club extends sincere sympathy to the families and friends of Michael Lennon,Donnycarney Dublin and Liz Martin Broadmedow,Swords Co.Dublin and Keith Kenneally Ballinroad who passed to their eternal reward last week, May they rest in peace.
I've run distances that have put me through as much pain as any nonprofessional runner can experience and can honestly say no mile was ever more difficult, more painful, or more unlikely than my first.