Senior News

Notes September 16-18

GARVEYS SUPERVALU AUTUMN LEAGUE WEEK 4.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The fourth round of the Garveys Autumn League took place  last Thursday Night in St. Augustine’s College (by kind permission) and as usual, the Friary was in perfect condition for running. We are blessed to be able to use such a fantastic facility for some of our leagues and as a club we are most thankful. Once again, as we have been each night of this league, we had near perfect running conditions and as has been the case each week some super times were recorded. Next week (19th September) is the last week of this league and presentation of prizes will take place immediately after the league. To be included in the final league tables, you need to have run 4 out of the 5 nights of the league. Tables can be seen on the club website. Also note that next week we will start the league at the earlier time of 6.45.  Anyone is welcome to run the league, all you need to do is come along and register from 6.30  with the league starting at 6.45 at a cost of just €2. The league caters for all with the option of 1, 2, 3 or 4 laps (with a lap being 1.2 miles – approx 2 km).
 
 
 
 
 
CIARAN FRISBY FASTETS OVER 1 LAP.
 
 
 
 
 
 
First home in the one lap was Ciaran Frisby in 7.16. Ciaran was followed by Mary Hogan who finished in 14.41. Ciaran looks to be in pole position to win the 1 lap having been first home on 3 occasions so far. Well done to all the 1 lap runners –just one more week to go.
 
 
 
 
 
 
OISIN O' RIORDAN IN COMMAND OVER 2 LAPS.
 
 
 
 
Oisin O’Riordan once again led home the 2 lappers in 14.28. Oisin was followed by Yevgeniy Chizikov in 15.34. Yev was folllowed by Patrick Veale in 16.13. Angelina Chizikova was next in 16.19 (an improvement of nearly 1 minute). Michael Moynihan finsihed in 19.01 (a 24 second improvement). With one week to go, the two lap looks to be a 2 horse race between Oisin and Yev. Well done to all the 2 lap runners – I’m sure there will be some more great performances next week
 
 
 
 
 
 
SHANE O RIORDAN IMPROVES ON 3 LAPS.
 
 
 
 
 
Shane O'Riordan was first home in the 3 lap in 21.12 ( a minute faster than last week). Shane was followed by Gerard Reilly in 22.28. Ritchie Fitzgerald was next in 22.51. Mark Shalloe ran 25.03 with Angeline Drennan running 28.01 (21 seconds faster than last week). Again, the 3 lap is a 2 horse race between Shane and Ritchie and it may all come down to the last night, Well done to all the 3 lap runners – keep up the good work.
 
 
 
 
 
 
VERSY FAST TIME OVER 4 LAPS FROM CIAN O RIORDAN.
 
 
 
 
Cian O'Riordan was first home in an exceptionally quick 26.04 James Whelan was second in 28.20 (24 seconds faster than last week). Sean Stilwell was next in 29.02. First lady finisher was Lucy Holmes in 33.10. Paul Brunnock finished in 36.32 (2 minutes faster than last week) and he was followed by Patrick Power 37.07, Linda Foley (37.24) and Onra Power (38.21). Rose Power, Mark Lenihan Joe O'Rourke finished together in 43.45. In the overall, Cian looks to be in good shape. Well done to all the 4 lap runners – I’m sure there will be some big improvements again next week.
 
 
 
 
 
 OUR THANKS.
 
 
 
 
 
Thanks again to our league Sponsor, Garvey's Supervalu. Also massive thanks to the Friary for this use of their fabulous grounds. Thanks also to our crew at the start/ finish, Sharon, Shirley, Ray and James. Without them, we wouldn’t be able to run these leagues.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
PRESENTATION REMINDER.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Thursday 19th September is last night of this league and presentation of prizes will take place straight after the league. Also the league will start at 6.45.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 JOE GOUGH A WORLD BEATER AS HE CAPTURES WORLD TITLES-IRISH AND EUROPEAN RECORD.
 
 
 
 
 
A massive achievement  was realized by club member Joe Gough over the past week or so at the world masters Track and field championships held in Malaga where 8.000 athletes competed over twelve days of competition. Joe competed in two events the 800 and 1.500 meters which were held over a two week period. In the 800 heats Joe came through nicely finishing 1st in his heat and was going into the final two days later as the hottest of favourites, and yes Joe didn't disappoint when taking gold and breaking the European over 65 record for the distance with a time of 2.16.38 with silver going to Michael Barrand Australia 2.16.96 and bronze was chimed by Carlos London Bolivia in 2.21.30 after a few days rest Joe tied the line in the heat's of the longer 1.500 distance and after a few days he recovered well again finishing 1st in heat 2 of 4 and all looked good for another Joe show on Sunday morning. News quickly filtered through that the Mitchell Terrace man had done the double coming home a clear winner in 4.49.63 with silver going to Kevin Archer Great Britain in 4.50.98 and bronze to Luciano Moser of Italy 4.57.58.When the clocked were rounded off the official time recorded by Joe was deemed to be a new Irish record for the age category knocking a whopping 4 seconds off the old mark. Jo's lap splits for the record were 17.9-39.50-40.09-38.60-38.06-36.22.This now gives Joe the distinction of being the proud holder of three outdoor and two indoor world titles plus the added bonus of two world records into the bargain not bad going for the man from Mitchell Terrace.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
WEST WATERFORD AC 25th ANNUAL OPEN CROSS COUNTRY RACE FOR THE JAMES HUGHES PERPETUAL CUP.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The club's 25th  annual Cross Country event of the year takes place on Sunday September 30th at St. Augustine's College with a 12 noon starting time. As in previous years the race is open to all and caters for all levels of runners from elite runners, club runners, fun runners and joggers, all are more than welcome. The overall winner will have his name inscribed on the James Hughes perpetual cup The race itself will see the men cover 5 laps of the Friary grounds (8k) and the ladies will cover 4k in total. There will be prizes on offer in the usual categories. The race also incorporates the county senior and Junior championships for men and women.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
SEPTEMBER IS THE NEW JANUARY........MUM ON THE MOVE.......STARTS NEXT WEEK
 
 
 
 
 
 
The highly successful West Waterford AC ‘Lets Run’ programme, in conjunction with Waterford Sports Partnership, is back with for an Autumn session. This is a 6 week plan to go from no running to being able to run 5k. Our aim is for everyone to leave each class feeling good and having enjoyed the run. During the 6 weeks you will be guided by our professionally qualified coaches and we will hold your hands through the entire programme so that you can become the runner you do not wish to admit you are. The programme will culminate in everyone being able to run 5k by November. If you have always wanted to run but have never tried it or been able to fit it in with the family evening routine then this morning programme is the one for you. It will be a great challenge for Autumn and is also ideal if your fitness routine has slipped over the summer and you want to get back into a fitness routine before Christmas. We do not expect you to be fit but we do need you to be healthy so if you have any health concerns please get clearance from your GP before you join us. There will be a fun, social atmosphere with no shouting just encouragement and advice to keep you on track. It is a non intimidating atmosphere and welcoming to all. Some of the comments from previous groups
 
 
 
‘Atmosphere was good, can run at your own pace’
‘Everyone was really encouraging’
‘Learning to pace really helped’
 
9.20-1.020am  commencing 18th September 2018
Where – Meet at Insomnia, Eurospar, Abbeyside
Who –  anyone who wants to be able to run 5k. In 6 weeks you will be ‘a runner’
Cost - €30
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
NEW SCHOOL TERM-NEVER TO LATE TO JOIN US.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The highly successful West Waterford Athletics Club ‘Run to Improve’ programme is back for an autumn session. This is a 6 week plan to get you back running and ready to take on a 5k race or start your build up to the John Treacy 10 mile race.
If you can currently run 5k and wish to either improve your time, feel more comfortable over the distance or increase the distance that you can run then this group is for you. There is a fun, social atmosphere with no shouting just encouragement and advice to keep you on track. It is a non intimidating environment and welcoming to all.
Some of the comments from previous groups
‘Learning to pace really helped’
‘Don’t think, just do it’
‘Atmosphere was good, can run at your own pace’
6.30-7.30pm commencing 11th September 2018
Where – Meet at The Friary
Who – anyone who can run 5k
Cost - €20 for 6 weeks
For further information and to book your spot please contact Claire Kennedy on (087) 911 6997 or Jim Fleming on (087) 2881151
 
 
 
 
 
 
JJ REDDY DANESFORD HALF MARATHON.
 
 
 
 
 
 
The Danesford half marathon was held on a beautiful morning last Sunday and the club had a good representation at the event among the 313 finishers ,Overall race winner was Freddy Sittuk Raheny Shamrocks AC in a new course record time of 1.11.08 likewise there was an impressive ladies record set by Siobain O'Doherty Borrisokane AC of 1.18.19 the old record here was 1.29 Siobhain 4 times winner of the John Treacy 10 finished 6th overall in the race. Kate Veale put in a good performance here also on the undulating course when she took 2nd place in 1.28.17 a new personal best for Kate . Colm Ryan had a super run when he finished 11th in 1.23.18. Our only other female competitor was Patrycja Daly and she ran a time of 1.58.31. Michael Coakley  rounded off our involvement nicely with his time of 2.18.03, well done to all.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
GARRYVOE 5K.
 
 
 
The Garryvoe 5k was held last Thursday evening and a field of 137 competed. The overall winner was Nigel Sheehan Youghal AC in 16.55 with the ladies winner East Cork's Fiona Santry 18.54 for 6th overall. The club was represented with Pat Hennessy finishing a super 2nd in a time of 16.59,Kate Veale was 2nd lady in a time of 19.15 and finished 10th overall, Ray Hahesy also had  a great run finishing 8th in a time of 19.06. Great to see Liam Budds back in flying form again and Liam ran a time of 21.20. Patrycja Daly ran a time of 25.51 while Michael Coakley also competed and crossed the finish line in a time of 30.20,well done to all.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
WEST WATERFORD ATHLETES RUN GREAT NORTH IN NEWCASTLE.
 
 
 
 
 
 
The club had a much smaller group who made the trip to Newcastle recently for the great north half marathon. There's a great tradition going back many years which see's a group from our club make the annual trip to the event, well done to Valerie Power Mary Harney Irene Dee Helen Hayes Paula Earley and coach Shirley Flynn.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 KATE VEALE WINS GRANGE FERMOY 4 MILE ROAD RACE.
 
 
 
 
 
 
The Grange Fermoy AC 4 mile road race was held last Friday evening and West Waterford AC provided the ladies race winner in Kate Veale who finished 22nd overall in the field of 180 runners with a time of 24.55.Ted O'Leary also competed on the night and he ran a time of 25.33, well done to both.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
25TH ANNUAL FORDE'S DAYBREAK WINTER LEAGUE.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
With the summer series now behind us and the evening light drawing in our thoughts start turning towards the club's annual winter league event and this coming winter league see's it entering its 25th year. The club committee have been working away behind the scenes in organising this year's event and are delighted to say that Forde's Daybreak on the Youghal Road have committed once again to sponsoring this great event for the coming league.  Registration night this year will be on Wednesday October 31st.The following week the league will begin officially on November 7th. We will provide more information in the coming weeks but for now all you need do is pencil the date into your diary.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 WORLD RECORD FOR KIPCHOGE IN BERLIN AS RYAN AND FITZGERALD EXCEL.
 
 
 
 
It was World records and PB's all round last Sunday at the Berlin Marathon. Kenyan Kipchoge edger ever so closer to a sub 2 hour marathon, a feat many said could never be achieved when he clocked 2.01.39 setting a new world record for the distance, the old mark was 2.2.57. The ladies winner was  fellow country woman Gladys Cherono in a very fast 2.18.11.The club had two competitors who both trained diligently for this marathon and the first of them across the famed finish line at the Brandenburg gates was Dermot Ryan in a massive personal best time of 2.41.40 this moves Dermot well up the table in the top West Waterford AC marathon times all comers list. Pat Fitzgerald had an indifferent couple of weeks coming into the race but when it clicks it clicks and thankfully it all went to plan for Pat as he smashed the 3 hour barrier running 2.58.53, if there's any two athletes on the local running scene who deserved a good day in the office to day here are two are them, well done boys.
 
 
 
 
 
 UP-COMING CROSS COUNTRY FIXTURES 2018.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Sunday September 30th at  11 am St. Augustine’s College Abbeyside.  Juvenile and 12 noon senior and junior- county even ages cross country championships and open senior and junior race for the James Hughes perpetual cup-incorporating the Waterford Senior and Junior championships.
 
Sunday October 7th at 11 am St. Augustine’s College Abbeyside Juvenile uneven age’s county cross country championships plus Novice men and women’s will start at 12 noon.
 
Sunday October 14th at 11 am St. Augustine’s College Abbeyside Juvenile B’s and at 12 noon Masters for men and ladies at 12 noon.
 
Sunday October 21st  Munster  Championships,  Even Ages, U23 and Novice. Beauford Co.Kerry.
 
November 11th Munster XC Championships Uneven Ages, and Senior. Waterford venue.
 
  November 18th: Munster Juvenile Inter-Club Cross Country Relays and  Masters Cross Country Championships Cork Venue.
 
 November 25TH: Irish life Health National Juvenile Even Age and Inter-Club Cross Country Championships, Senior and Junior, Abbottstown Dublin.
 
  December 2nd Munster Juvenile "B" and Intermediate and under 20 Cross Country Championships. Riverstick, Cork..
 
December 16th Irish Life Health National Juvenile Uneven Age and Novice Cross Country Championships, TBD
 
 
 
 
 
 
DARA FITZPATRICK MEMORIAL RUN .
 
 
 
 
 
Well done to our club members who took part  in the Dara Fitzpatrick memorial run last Saturday which was held at Waterford airport. They were part of a 900 strong field of runners.
 
 
 
Eveleen Drohan 20.58
Patrick Power 22.46
Sharon Nugent 23.36
Onra Power 23.42
Linda Foley 23.42
Simone Power 23.25
Brigid Coffey 23.43
Grainne Ní Fhoghiú 24.56
Darren O'Droma 25.10
Olivia O'Reilly 26.00
Peter Cunningham 25.23
Michelle Hynes 25.24
Patricia Daly 26.15
Tommy Lenihan 28.51
Denis Ryan 28.12
Liz O'Donnell 30.35
Fiona O'Riordan 30.27
Elaine Murphy 30.16
Una Cotter 31.28
 
 
 
 
 
COUNTY BOARD CONVENTION.
 
 
 
 
 
The county board convention was held at Carriganore last Wednesday evening and most clubs were represented, a new committee was elected for the coming year   with West Waterford John Mc Grath te newly elected chairman, we wish John well in his new role, Vice chair is Brid Hallissey Ferrybank AC, Tresurer Trevor Walsh Waterfrod AC, Secretary Jenny Ryan KCK AC,PRO Fintan Walsh Waterford AC.
 
 
 
 
 
RUNNING QUOTE.
 
 
 
 
My times became slower and slower, but the experience of the race is unchanged: each race a drama, each race a challenge, each race stretching me in one way or another, and each race telling me more about myself and others.