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Notes February 04-18.

27th ANNUAL JOHN TREACY DUNGARVAN 10 MILE ROAD RACE A HUGE SUCCESS.
 
 
 
 
 
RECORD FIELD ON THE STREETS OF DUNGARVAN.
 
 
 
 
 
 Last Sunday saw the largest field of road runners ever taking part in a 10 mile road race in Waterford when 2.200 finishers crossed the finish line in the 27th Annual John Treacy Dungarvan 10. This was our largest field to date talking part in what has become a must run 10 miler of the Irish road racing calendar. And hi were we blessed with the weather or what, the early morning frost made way for the sun and by the 1.30 starting time the town and surrounding country side was in splendid condition for all the runners who registered for this year's event. An undertaking of this magnitude needs a huge amount of help and goodwill and this Dungarvan and surrounding areas has in abundance as it seemed that the whole community were out to lend their support. All your help was really and truly appreciated and every person no matter what their role was at the event your help made the day what it was, a superb day for our club and town. Former Olympian and World Cross Country Champion and Honorary Life member of West Waterford AC, John Treacy got the race underway from the Youghal Road just on the button of 1.30 pm . It was a sight to behold as the huge field made its way on the short 1 mile town loop before heading for the country. The race itself served up some tremendous battles and there were many personal best ran by all accounts.  This year once again for the 3rd year we had the services of Myrunresults a professional chip timing company, this took a lot of pressure off our timing crew and we thank myrunresults for their professionalism and having the results out is the fastest time imaginable. West Waterford athletic club were fortunate also once again this year to have on board our race associate sponsors. Flahavans, Nike Ireland, Intersport Elverys, Glanbia, Garveys Supervalu Dungarvan, Allied Irish Bank Dungarvan, Country Stores Dungarvan, George Colbert Motors Waterford,Kevin Forde Daybreak Dungarvan ,Munster Sign and Print. Paul Ormonde of Irish Pride Bread, Avonmore Dairies,Nissan Dungarvan. along with a host of other local businesses who supported the event in so many ways. To Waterford city and county council, Josephine Mc Grath and all the  staff  for their invaluable help ensuring that the course was in top order for the race we are most grateful. To all the staff at Dungarvan Sports Centre Danny,Theresa  and Gerry which was our race headquarters this year again, a big thanks.To Dungarvan boxing club for the use of their club pavilion and Rory O'Mahony their man on duty our deepest thanks go to them for all his help. Thanks Gerry Power in the Fusion centre and the no name club and Dungarvan scouts for the use of the Fusion centre. A very special thanks to our super catering crew of which there were too many to mention, it was our largest catering undertaking ever and like always the crew under the guidance of Gerry Cantwell did a super job, to everyone involved a sincere thank you. Thanks to all who provided all the food for the runners it was just a super response to our call for help in this department, the array of food on offer was second to none so many thanks. Thanks to Shirley who looked after the stewards and helpers in her special cafe upstairs. To all who donated to and helped to pack the goodie bags on Saturday. Thanks also go to Liam Lannen for the use of his transport trailer. Thanks to Conor Lannen country stores for the use of his van and Pat Dunford, Paul Duggan  for all their help with the clean up. Thanks to Jim Fleming, Michael Dunford,John Foley and their start line and finish line crew they did brilliant all weekend. To our top notch P.A men Tom Scanlon and Barry Drake who both did  brilliant, there are no better.  To Liam O Donnell on lead car .Dirk Baumann and his crew for their superb sound system and music. A big thanks to those who looked after the water stations and for the great job they did in cleaning up the litter after. A special thanks to all at our own Juvenile club who rowed in superbly all weekend also, thanks to all. A very special mention to three people who we simply couldn’t operate without, for their work with the traffic management and practical help leading up to race day and on the day itself and that's Conor Norris, John Mc Grath  and Jamie Mills, many thanks lads. Thanks to our friends at  Tried and Tested Triathlon club for all their help along with Dungarvan Cycling club for all their invaluable assistance also. To our split time callers and mile markers out on the course and those who looked after the clocks also, especially our friends in Carrick AC for the use of their clock.  We must extend our sincere thanks to all at Dungarvan Garda Station and Superintendent Michael Leacy for their continued support with this and all our events, the Garda role is vital to the success of this race and they are always most helpful and understanding in their dealings with us. Thanks to the Order of Malta from Tramore for their professionalism and for making the trip to Dungarvan for the event. Thanks also to all the community centres and all those that gave the use of their burco’s and teapots, etc.There are many other people to thank for their help on the day especially all the many stewards out on the course whom without we couldn't possibly have held the event at all, Motor bike out riders and our friends at DCC also and of course Karen Ryan who had the unenviable tasked of coordinating the whole stewarding operation for the day, Karen you did brilliant as you usually do, you defiantly have made this task your own going forward. Thanks to all our pacers under the watchful eye of Tony Ferncombe.  Finally, a huge thank you to the lady who's hand is on the overall controls, Ann Dunford our overall race director, Ann goes about her business in a quiet and discrete manner, but for sure, efficiency is her middle name as nothing is left unplanned by her. To all I have forgotten to thank we do say a big thanks and well done to you all- roll on 2019.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 3.500  EURO DONATED TO MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS BY RUNNERS OF THE DUNGARVAN 10.
 
 
 
 
 
 For the 4th year this year we donated monies from the race to a charity.  Multiple Sclerosis Ireland  was the chosen charity for 2018 and we were delighted that you the runners through your generous donated  3.500 euro to this most worthy charity who do great work all over the country. On behalf of the organisation a group came along on Sunday and were presented with the cheque on behalf of all the runners who donated to the cause .Our thanks to local organisers here Tomas and Bríd Ní Cahdla An Rinne and our thanks to Liam and Ben Mc Carthy of the Southern branch who came along on the day to accept the cheque.
 
 
 
 
 
 CLONMELS KEVIN MAUNSELL A CLASS APART.
 
 
 
Running his very first Dungarvan 10 Clonmel AC athlete Kevin Maunsell stole the show here last Sunday as he proved to be a class apart once he broke clear of the chasers just after the 4 mile mark.The Tipperary man who was the leading Irish performer at Decembers European Cross country in Slovakia having finished 5th in the national cross country in Abbotstown the previous week also won his own Clonmel half marathon in 2017 and of course no stranger to us here in West Waterford AC as he won our open cross country held in October and has also in the past won a few of our summer series events including the Ballymac 5 last year. From John Treacy's start signal he raced into a lead along with last year's winner Alan O'Shea Bantry AC and Emmet Dunleavy Sligo AC and Clonliffe Harriers AC's David Flynn and East Cork's James Mc Carthy. This group were together for the first couple of miles until Munsell broke clear after a very fast mile 3 to 4,Kevin stayed away on his own for the remaining 6 miles to claim his first victory in this race, a delighted winner said after he was thrilled to be winning his first John Tracy Dungarvan 10 and hoped to be back next year to defend his title and possible run even a faster time on what he described as an excellent 10 mile course .Kevin crossed the finish line in 49.27,a great battle ensued for the runner up spot but here this position belonged to the Clonliffe man as David Flynn finishing in 49.47 had enough in the tank in the end to break clear of the chasing pack ,third home was Emmett Dunleavy Sligo who run a personal best 10 mile time of 50.04 with last year's winner Alan O'Shea Bantry AC having to settle for 4th this year in 51.35 and James McCrathy East Cork AC was 5th in 52.17.There was a big mix of clubs from all over the country filling the category prizes and team prizes which are all listed and all in all it’s great to see athletes from clubs far and near compete, well done to one and all, see you all in 2019! 
 
 
 
 
 
 27th Annual John Treacy Dungarvan 10.
 
 
 
 
MENS RESULTS
 
 
 
 
1. KEVIN MAUNSELL CLONMEL. A.C 49.27
2. DAVID FLYNN SKETCHERS CLONLIFFE HARRIERS 49.47
3. EMMETT DUNLEAVY SLIGO A.C 50.04
4. ALAN O'SHEA BANTRY A.C. 51.35
5. JAMES MC CARTHY EAST CORK A.C. 52.17
6. MIKE CARMODY AN BRÚ A.C. 52.56
7. COLIN MERRITT IND 53.17
8. MARK HOEY LEEVALE A.C. 53.21
9. TREVOR POWER WATERFORD A.C. 53.42
10. MICHAEL MORGAN ST FINBARR'S A.C. 53.57
 
 
 
 
 
 
MALE CATEGORIES
 
 
 
 
MALE 40 1ST JEREMY O'DONOVAN ELI LILLY A.C. 54.32
MALE 40 2ND FERGAL WHITTY DONORE HARRIERS A.C.54.55
MALE 45 1ST JOE CUNNINGHAM ST FINBARRS A.C 55.11
MALE 45 2ND VIVIAN FOLEY EAGLE A.C. 56.26
MALE 50 1ST COLM BURKE ST. ABBANS A.C 55.25
MALE 50 2ND TERRY MURPHY BALLYMORE COBH A.C. 58.42
MALE 55 1ST AMBROSE HEAGNEY IND 65.53
MALE 55 2ND DENIS CRONIN MALLOW A.C. 68.26
MALE 60 1ST P.J. HOLMES DUNDRUM A.C. 62.44
MALE 60 2ND NEILUS HEARNE MIDLETON AC 66.27
MALE 65 1ST JOE GOUGH WEST WATERFORD A.C.64.30
MALE 65 2ND ANDREW O'FARRELL EAGLE A.C. 79.00
MALE 70 1ST RICHARD PEOTROWSKI EAGLE A.C. 69.40
MALE 70 2ND BERNARD SISK IND 89.34
MALE JUNIOR BILL FITZGERALD IND 64.18
 
 
 
WHEELCHAIR CATEGORY GERRY FORDE
 
 
 
 
MENS TEAM
 
 
1ST LEEVALE A.C. 53 POINTS
ANDREW SHEEHAN, MARK WALSH, BRIAN KEARNEY, 11, 18,24
 
2ND ST FINBARR'S A.C. 72 POINTS
JOHN MEADE, RORY O'SULLIVAN, MOHAMED WAHBI, 12,21,40
 
3RD WEST WATERFORD A.C. 95 POINTS
ANTHONY FLYNN,DERMOT RYAN,ALAN KINSELLA 26,35,36
 
 
 
 
 
 
LAURA O'SHAUGHNESSY CLAIMS THE LADIES HONOURS AT JOHN TREACY DUNGARVAN 10 MILE.
 
 
 
 
 
 Laura O'Shaughnessy (Dundrum South Dublin AC)  was the well deserved 2018 ladies champion of the John Treacy Dungarvan 10 mile road race. This was Laura's first time winning the event having started out this years race as one of the hot favourites. Laura was a deserving winner and had 1 minute and 12 seconds sto spare over her nearest rival when clocking a super winning time of 56.47 to finish an excellent 33th overall. In second was Siobhan O'Doherty (Borrisokane AC) in 57.59. Siobhan is a former multiple winner of the event and it is great to see her running so well. In third was Ruth Fitzgerald (Waterford AC) in 60.33 followed in fourth by Fiona Santry (East Cork AC)  in 60.51. In Fifth was Adele Walsh (St. Senas AC) in 62.15. Adele finished 6th last year and is the only one of last years top 6 to also finish in th top 6 this year. The top 6 rounded out by Sorcha Kearney (St. Finbarrs AC) in 62.26. It was geat to see clubs from 5 different counties represented in the top 6 showing the widespread appeal of the race. The age categories were as keenly contested as ever and it was brilliant to see so many Ladies taking on the 10 mile distance, whatever your time or position we are sure that everyone enjoyed the day and the experience and we hope to see you all back in 2019! Well done to everyone.
 
 
 
 
 
 
LADIES RESULTS
 
 
 
 
1. LAURA O'SHAUGHNESSY DUNDRUM SOUTH DUBLIN A.C. 56.47
2. SIOBHAIN O'DOHERTY BORRISOKANE A.C. 57.59
3. RUTH FITZGERALD WATERFORD A.C. 60.33
4. FIONA SANTRY EAST CORK A.C. 60.51
5. ADELE WALSH ST SENANS A.C. 62.15
6. SORCHA KEARNEY ST FINBARR'S A.C. 62.26
 
 
 
 
LADIES CATEGORY.
 
 
 
 
FEMALE 35 1ST ANN GEARY MIDLETON A.C. 64.32
FEMALE 35 2ND MAURA REGAN EAGLE A.C. 67.50
FEMALE 40 1ST MARIA MC CARTHY FARANFORE MAINE VALLEY A.C. 63.49
FEMALE 40 2ND KATIE HICKSON CORK TRI CLUB 64.20
FEMALE 45 1ST CAIT CAULFIELD WATERFORD A.C. 68.43
FEMALE 45 2ND CIARA SHORTHALL NAAS A.C. 68.45
FEMALE 50 1ST DELORES DUFFY WATERGRASSHILL A.C. 65.47
FEMALE 50 2ND ORLA O'ROURKE BALLYMORE COBH A.C. 67.40
FEMALE 55 1ST SIOBHAIN KENNEDY FOCUS ON FITNESS 68.27
FEMALE 55 2ND THERESA BARNETT IND 73.08
FEMALE 60 1ST BETTY O'RIORDAN IND 87.08
FEMALE 60 2ND MARION LYONS ST FINBARRS AC 88.00
FEMALE 65 1ST TERRY GOUGH WEST WATERFORD A.C 1.55.44
FEMALE 65 2ND MAGGIE DUNNE GRANGE FERMOY A.C. 2.02.25
FEMALE JUNIOR EIMEAR DALY IND 1.37.15
 
 
 
 
 
LADIES TEAM
 
 
 
 
1ST WATERGRASSHILL A.C.55 POINTS
CLAIRE O'BRIEN, LAURA ROONEY, COLLETTE O'DONOGHUE, 10,18,27.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 JOHN TREACY INTER CLUB CHALLENGE.
 
 
 
 
The John Treacy Inter Club Challenge for men and women is decided by your fist 3 club runners across the finish line counting all categories. This year's men's winners were Leevale AC Mark Hoey,Andrew Sheehan and Mark Walsh a total time of 2.42.28. The Women title for 2018 goes to St.Finbarrs AC Sorcha Kearney, Niamh Cronin and Ann Wolfe  A total team time of 3.16.54, well done to both clubs.
 
 
 
 
 JOHN TREACY TEAM CHALLENGE
 
 
 
MENS TEAM
 
 
LEEVALE A.C. 2.42.28
MARK HOEY, ANDREW SHEEHAN, MARK WALSH
 
 
LADIES TEAM
 
 
 
ST FINBARR'S A.C.3.16.54
SORCHA KEARNEY, NIAMH CRONIN, ANN WOLFE.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 DEIRDRE CLANCY WINS SPECIAL PRIZE SPONSORED BY AIB.
 
 
 
 
 
Our friends at Allied Irish Bank came on board as associate sponsors for the 2nd year in 2018 and we thank all concerned for this kind gesture, one very lucky winner received a cheque to the value of  150 euro ,this was drawn among all finishers at the prize presentation in the sports hall and the lucky winner was Deirdre Clancy. Our thanks to branch manager George Walsh and Nuala Hogan of AIB Dungarvan or their kind sponsorship and for their attendance to present the winner with her cheque.
 
 
 
 
 
 
  KATE VEALE 2ND IN MILLROSE GAMES MILE.
 
 
 
 
Kate Veale finished an excellent 2nd last Saturday at the famed 111th Millrose games which was held at the Armory, New York City. The race held over the mile distance was also the American indoor championships for 2018.Held to a packed house the winner was multiple America record holder over almost all race walking distances Maria Michta Coffey, of Polish decent Maria has competed at 2 Olympic games and was the defending champion going into the race, Three athletes got away from the gun two Americans Taylor Edwert, Coffey and Kate, these three stayed tightly together for the first 5 laps of the 8 before the champion made the deceive move, breaking clear of the other two as she increased the pace she drew further away, crossing the finish line in 6.35 to claim her 4th Millrose games 1 mile walk victory. But what a battle for the runner up spot between Kate and Taylor Edwert Southwest Ohio Track Club, the two were neck to neck throughout and at the line just a second separated them with Kate just getting the nod in 6.44.17 and Ewert was clocked on the line at 6.45.68.Kate clocked 6.17.68 passing the 1.500 meters mark and this was the 2nd fastest ever by an Irish female over this distance, The fastest was Laura Reynolds from 2011 at the Irish Universities championships when she clocked a time of  6.17.04.
 
 
 
1.Maria Michta-Coffey Oiselle/Walk USA 6:35.77
 
2.Kate Veale West Waterford AC 6:44.17
 
3.Taylor Ewert Southwest Ohio Track Club 6:45.68
 
4.Lauren Harris Marist College 6:52.55
 
5.Katie Burnett USA 7:06.15
 
6.Melissa Moeller USA 7:10.06
 
7.Chelsea Conway Shore AC 7:23.70
 
8.Katie Miale Marist College 7:29.33
 
9.Kayla Shapiro Walk USA 7:39.46
 
10.Katie Michta Walk USA 7:43.71
 
 
 
 
 
FORDE'S DAYBREAK WINTER LEAGUE.
 
 
 
 
JUST ONE ROUND REMAINING.
 
 
Round 12 of this year's Forde's Daybreak Winter League last week witnessed probably the coldest night to date as it was a bitterly cold for our second last round ,please take note that this week we will be having the traditional mass start so please make sure to be down for the 6.50 pm start. Once again points were hard  fought  for last week as the league now nears conclusion every point counts on the very tight league tables. For those of us not in the hunt for overall league prizes we will still be rewarded with a hat will be awarded to all runners that complete 9 nights in the league. First home last week was Nicky Donovan in 41.18 and he was followed by Gareth Pope with a time of 38.30 ,Helene Hayes was next in 51.47. That man Alan Kinsella was pushing the boundaries once again last week when he recorded a very fast 30.05 the quickest runner on the night. There is just the one night left but anything could happen as some of the divisions are still quite tight as you can see from below. Alice Fitzgerald still leads going into the final round with Paul Mc Grath hot on her heels and Michelle Finnegan is also in there with a shout in 3rd place. There have been a few division changes form last week also and there's still a few twists and turns before the winners will be declared here also. Don't forget mass start this week at 6.50 and may the best Man or Woman win.!!!
 
 
 
 
 
1.Alice Fitzgerald 1978
2. Paul Mcgrath 1925
3. Michelle Finnegan 1878
4. Cathal Gleeson 1870
5. Kevin Casey 1839
6. Patrick Power 1836
7. Onra Power 1802
8.Richie Fitzgerald 1798
9. Vincent Tutty 1779
10.Joe O Rourke 1755
 
 
 
Division 2 Molly Fitzgerald 1703
Division 3 Linda Bradfield 1591
Division 4 Geraldine Lacey 1535
Division 5 Colm Bennett 1424
Division 6 Donal O'Donoghue 1346
Division 7 Lorena Mooney 1347
Division 8 Philip Walsh 1105
Division 9 Martina Walsh 1194
Division 10 Michael Tutty 1006
 
 
 
 
 
LONG ROUTE TEAM COMPETITION.
 
 
 
 
 
On the Long route team competition, the leaders still are "Here we go again" (Linda Bradfield, Onra Power and Michelle Finnegan) on 419 points. They have once again extended their league having been the lowest scoring team last week for the third week in a row with just 42 pts and they now look to have an unassailable lead of over 200. Remaining in 2nd are Whatever" (Kevin Casey, Cathal Gleeson and David McNally on 622. Staying in third are "Bobs Angels" (Eamon Curran, Sinead Moore and Denise Nugent) on 830. In Fourth place are "Happy Feet" (Catriona Lee, Carol Pope and Geraldine Barry) on 868 and fifth place goes to  "What about us" (Helene Hayes, Irene Dee and Deirdre Hahessy) on a total of 968.
 
 
 
 
 
 
"TOP OIL" ASSOCIATE WINTER LEAGUE SPONSORS.
 
 
 
 
 
For the 2017/18 Forde's Daybreak Winter League we have been fortunate enough to have received associate sponsorship from our friends in Top Oil, our own Kevin Casey and James O Sullivan have come on board to generously sponsor 2 €20 vouchers, one for the short route and one for the long route each week.  We decided the best way to allocate the vouchers was to pick the 50th finisher in each route every week and to date we have 6 winners and they are:
 
 
 
 
 
week 1 winners were short route Sinead O'Rourke. long route- David Traynor.
week 2 winners were short route-Brid Whyte long route- Denis Ryan.
week 3 winners were short route- Karen Coleman - Long Route-Ted O Leary.
week 4 winners were short route -Eoghan O'Neill - long route-Jack Ahearn
week 5 winners were short route- Collette Whyte-Veale Long route-Michael Dee
week 6 winners were short route Cheyenne Tobin  Long route- Colm Bennett
week 7 winners were short route Michael Power- Long Route-Sean Ryan
week 8 winners were short route Mary Morrissey-Long Route-Pat Morrissey
week 9 winners were short route Patrick Ryan -long route-Catriona Kiely
week 10 winners were short route Aisling Hourigan -Long route-Linda Foley
week 11 winners were short route Carol Tobin -Long route- Michael Ahearn
 
 
 
 
 
 
SHORT ROUTE RUNNERS BRAVE THE COLD ON SECOND LAST NGHT OF WINTER LEAGUE
 
 
 
 
 
Once again we had cold, blustery and damp conditions for week 12 of the Fordes Daybreak winter league. Once again a great crowrid of 47 took part on the night with some excellent times once again recorded. First on the night was Emma Hogan in 23.55 followed by John Foley in 22.23. John was followed by Nickey McKenna in 20.47 with Criostoir Kenneally doing his overall chances in harm when finishing 4th on 20.12. Mairead Murphy was 5th on 19.34. Others to record good runs on the night included Fiona O'Riordan (25.02), Ciara McKenna (21.25), Roisin Feeney (19.54), Sinead O'Rourke (21.03) and Ann o'Donovan (24.33). When done to all our runners and thanks to all our stewards. There are now just 1 weeks left (7th February). As this is the last night, there will be a mass start with all runners starting together. Also remember that the Winter League Prize Giving will take place in Minnies on Friday 9th February at 8pm.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 SHORT ROUTE OVERALL
 
 
 
 
 It's still all to play for in the overall league with just 4 points spliting the top 2. Kelly Shalloe on 1002 pts will take a 4 pt lead over Kelly Cantwell into the final week with  Criostior Kenneally in third also in contention on stays third on 985  points (just 17 points behind). 
 
 
 
 
The current top 5 is:
 
Kelly Shalloe           1002
Kelly Cantwell          998
Criostoir Kenneally   985
Ann O'Donovan         908
Jonathan Regan       906
 
 
 
 
 Division 2 - Tracy Grant           873
Division 3 - Fiona O'Riordan     765
Division 4 - John Foley             630
Division 5 - Sinead O'Rourke    563
 
 
 
 
 
SHORT ROUTE TEAM COMPETITION.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 "The Shalloes" (Kelly Shalloe, Tracy Grant and Mary Whyte) reman in the lead on 311 points extending their lead over second place, "the Road Liners" (Michael Coakley, Conor O'Neill and Martin Sandford) on a total of 354. In third place are "The Crockers" (Jennifer O'Riordan, Fiona O'Riordan and Jason O'Riordan) on 393.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
MASS START FOR FINAL ROUND OF WINTER LEAGUE.
 
 
 
 
 
Keeping with tradition we will have a mass start for both the short and long course this Wednesday night for the final round of the league. The short course runners will start first at 6.50 pm and the long course runners immediately after this.
 
 
 
 
LISA HOULIHAN WINS POLE VAULT AT ATHLETICS IRELAND INDOOR GAMES.
 
 
 
 
Well done to Lisa Houlihan who made a welcome return to competition at the Athletics Ireland indoor games held in Abbotstown last Sunday, Lisa vaulted 3.05 to win the senior ladies pole vault,at the same competition young Micheal Power was 5th with a time of 8.27.01 in the senior men's 3.000 meters, these were two fine performances from both athletes
 
 
 
 
SYMPATHY.
 
 
 
 
West Waterford athletic club extend sincere sympathy to the family and friends of Patrick Landers Bridge House, Aglish, Cappoquin, and Fran Hyslop 2 Mc Carthy Ville Abbeyside who passed to their eternal reward's last week, may they rest in peace.
 
 
 
 
MICK RUNS WIND FARM MARATHON.
 
 
 
 
Mick Concannon ran a time of 4.01 to complete last Saturdays MCI Mount Lucas marathon in Co.Offaly .The race was held on the Board Na Mona wind farm and try to its name it was windy, well done Mick.
 
 
 
 
RUNNING QUOTE.
 
 
 
 
I have always sensed the exhilaration and independence of being self-propelled.