Senior News

Notes August 12-18

The SE2 sponsors Ailish Ni hAodha memorial Ballyduff 5 Mile road race took place last Friday evening and the weather wasperfect for this years event.A field of 100 runners and 30 walkers completed the undulating course which was well marked out and stewarded  by the organizers Tony Latham and his team of helpers.
 The race started at 7.30 from the community hall, with all the process from the night being donated to the upkeep of the community hall and Focus Ireland also receiving monies from the event.As the runners made their way out of the village to the musical sounds of top WLR Broadcaster John O'Shea our eventual race winner was well and truly on his way to claiming the Ailish Ni hAodha memorial cup even at this early stage of the race. Local athlete who runs with Waterford AC Trevor Power raced through the first mile in just under 5 minutes and laid the marker down without reply from any quarter , by the 2nd mile of the race Trevor was clear of the chasers, and he went on to cross the finish line in a time of 26.30 well clear of his team mate at Waterford AC Noel Murphy  who finished 2nd in 28.00 with Dean Rowe of Gowran AC in Kilkenny 28.1 John Guiry Saturday road runners was first over 40 in 31.50 and Ray Hahesy took the over 50 category with a time of 32.31 retain his crown which he has now won for the past three years, Craig O Brien Ferrybank AC was the first junior hole in 30.06.
1 Trevor Power Waterford A.C 26.30
2 Noel Murphy Waterford A.C.28.00
3 Dean Rowe Gowran A.C. 28.17
M 40 John Guiry Saturday Road Runners 31.50
M 50 Ray Hahesy West Waterford A.C. 32.31
M JN Craig O'Brien Ferrybank A.C 30.06
One of the finest road racers on the road racing scene at the moment is Madeline Loughnane of Thurles Crokes AC and she made the trip to Ballyduff last Friday evening from her Tipperary home a worth while trip as she won the race by a county mile clocking a time of 30.56 which is super running on this course,Gráinne Brennan Ind clocked a time of 33.18 to take the runners up slot and third place was filled by Naomi Doonan Saturday Road Runners 33.45. Benvon Lyons Ind was first over 40 in a time of 35.19,Benvon also won this category last year,and the over 50 prize winner was Onra Power West Waterford A.C. 38.33 and our first junior home was  Caoimhe Hassett Ind 47.27. Well done to all our prize winners.
1 Madeline Loughnane Thurles Crokes 30.56
2 Gráinne Brennan Ind 33.18
3 Naomi Doonan Saturday Road Runners 33.45
F 40 Benvon Lyons Ind 35.19
F 50 Onra Power West Waterford A.C. 38.33
F JN Caoimhe Hassett Ind 47.27
The second last race of the summer series is almost upon us when the eleventh  race of 12 will take place on Friday night  next August 18th  at 7.30 pm when the 18th Annual GlaxoSmithKline 5 will be held. If you haven't entered online already through our online entry system for the race you can do so on the night at the Dungarvan soccer club pavilion but registration will close at 6.45 sharp so please be down early. The entry fee on the night is 10 euro and the presentation of prizes along with refreshments will take place in the Soccer club pavilion after the race. The race proceeds this year will be donated to St. Johns special school Dungarvan , no need to remind anyone of the great and the invaluable work they do for the children of the town and surrounds who need their services so your support will be much appreciated on the night. The race will start at 7.30 sharp at the Kilrush estate. The  GSK course is regarded by many to be one of the fastest 5 milers in the country and one where most personal best 5 mile times have been recorded locally over the years. The course records currently for this course are held by Sandis Bralitis of West Waterford who in 2008 clocked 24.34. and the ladies course record holder is Sinead Cummins St Josephs AC who way back in 2004 set the ladies record of 29.20.This race is always superbly organised by the hard working race committee at GSK . A technical T shirt will be given to the first 250 entered, Changing and showers will also be available at the soccer club and it’s also where the refreshments will be provided after the race.
1st 5 men.
1st over 40-45-50-55-60 and 1st Junior
1st 5 Women
1st over 35-40-45-50-55 and 1st Junior
Prizes for the first GSK male and female runners and plenty of spots for non prize winners also.
As this is a SHARED SPACE (i.e the Greenway will be open to other users on the day) we respectfully request that all runners keep to the left of the path. Runners must be aware of bikes and oncoming Greenway users at all times. THIS IS A SHARED SPACE. KEEP LEFT AND PASS RIGHT. Please do not run any more than 2 abreast and leave room for others to pass. We cannot stress this strongly enough we do not want any accidents on the day and rules of the road will still apply to this route.
We will provide some pacers for this race but as it is a unique course and a shared space we will limit the pacers as we feel that pacers could potentially create too many large groups of runners which could cause a problem. To this end we have decided to go with pacers for the following times.
1 hour 30 min
1 hour 40 mins
1 hour 50 mins
2 hours
2 hours 10 mins
Pacers will be easily recognisable on the day as they will be holding balloons. We request that runners slot themselves in behind the pacer who they feel most comfortable with. The start will be narrow and to avoid accidents or tripping it is advisable to go behind the pacer that you can keep up with. This will ensure that the start is safe and secure for all. Remember you will be chip timed anyway so it doesn’t matter how long it takes you to cross the start line.
Thomas Barr (Ferrybank) created history by winning a brilliant bronze medal in the 400m hurdles in 48.31 seconds at the European Athletics Championships in Berlin last Thursday evening.Barr became the first Irish male sprinter to win an outdoor European medal in the 84 year history of the event.
 It was a truly world class race with favourite Karsten Warholm of Norway setting a national record of 47.64 as did Turkey’s Yasmani Copello who ran 47.81.It was really reminiscent of Rio with all the Irish flags and fans out there. It all came together and I was raring to go from the afternoon to get out there, said Barr afterwards. I really wanted that hardware and to join Ciara (Mageean) and Mark (English) with medals along with the greats like Sonia (O’Sullivan) and Derval (O’Rourke). I’m just so happy it came together and I’m really thankful to all my team.”It made Thomas Barr the tenth Irish athlete to win a medal at the European Championships.
Well done to club  member Yuri Kanash  who finished 2nd  in the Scottish national seniors pole vault at grangemouth stadium last Saturday.
In Berlin in Germany in two thousand and eighteen
The European Championships were there to be seen
Several hundreds of athletes were there for a week
Representing their countries and each a title to seek
And in there among them all was a great Irish star 
He hailed from The Déise his name Thomas Barr
Four hundred metres hurdles the run he would face
He was ranked number five going into the race
The top twelve ranked to semi finals went straight
With heats for the rest they'd then know their fate
Twelve from these heats to the semi finals would go
Joining up with the others for three semis in a row
From each semi final the first two would advance    
With the two fastest losers also given their chance 
For his semi final Thomas was drawn in lane five 
Could he get through to the final,could he survive
His semi final began and he started off very well 
As the race progressed he then seemed to dwell
Sensing the dangers he quickly increased his pace 
And comfortably qualified with a fine second place
Now into the final he was drawn out in lane eight
Against a World Class field he looked really great
The World Champion Warholm was the big name   
With Copella the European Champion also of fame
The final then started with Thomas up with the pace
At the final corner he was going well in third place
Then Vaiilant the Frenchman came up by his sides
And  went slightly in front for four or five strides
Thomas duly responded showing all his great fight
He regained the third spot with the finish now in sight
The World and European Champion both looking fine 
And that's how they finished as they crossed the line 
As Thomas went past the post his big smile told it all
He had won the bronze medal he was now walking tall
With his second best ever time his prize he had won
Just reward for dedication and the training he'd done
His  great deeds  in Berlin filled all Ireland with pride
On and off the track those great memories will abide
We now look to the future with a special Sporting Star
He's the pride of The Déise he's our own Thomas Barr.    
By Fintan Walsh
While most are in their slumber news has just filtered through that Paul Brunnock has just crossed the finish line at the Connemara 100 mile race. Paul recorded a new personal best time of 18 hrs .56 mins.25 secs finishing in joint 4th place overall. The Connemara 100 miles starts in clifden for one lap. Then out around the up and downs of Connemara and there are plenty of both .The last 3 miles are three 1 mile laps of the town  with the weather poor it make for difficult running conditions for the field of 35 starters when the event got under way st 6 am Saturday morning.1st place went to Thomas klimas.  2nd Andrew Darcy,  3rd Rec Briliantes and then 4th was Paul Brunnock and Anto Lee who happens to be the organiser of the donadea 50km.Paul ran this race in 2015 when he ran a time of 19.10 so it was a huge new PB for the Clonea Power school principle.
A huge congratulations to Paul and indeed his back up support team of Paddy,Liam and Sue who's help is invaluable in such an event .
Running is real and relatively simple—but it ain't easy.