Senior News

Notes September 25-16

GARVEYS SUPERVALU AUTUMN LEAGUE.
 
 
 
 
 
FOURTH NIGHT SEES GREAT TIMES IN THE FRIARY!
 
 
 
 
We were treated to another super evening for running in the Friary grounds for the penultimate round of the Garvey’s Supervalu Autumn League last Thursday evening.  The fifth and final round of this most enjoyable league will be held next Thursday (29th September) and please note the earlier start time of 6.30 as we will be making the presentation of prizes as soon as possible after the league.  What’s next you might ask?  Well it’s all systems go now for the 23rd annual West Waterford Winter League which will be 14 weeks of running the streets of Dungarvan with 2 routes on offer, 5.2 miles and 2.5 miles and it will all start on Wednesday 2nd November.  In the meantime why not come along Thursday evening for the last round of the league and get started on the road to fitness.  See you out there.
 
 
 
 
CIARAN LEADS THE WAY.
 
 
 
 
Once again this week we had to change the route a little but not as much as last week and as a result we were almost back to the usual distance of 1.2 miles and this week first through the finish line was Ciaran Frisby in 7.15 while Catriona Kiely (9.50), Michael Coakley (10.20) and Lorna Murphy (12.55) all had great times on the night.
 
 
 
 
DIANA FIRST HOME IN 2 LAP DISTANCE.
 
 
 
 
In the absence of Oisin O Riordan this week Diana Chizhikova took full advantage and finished first in a time of 17.04 which is great running.  Liz O Riordan loves the Friary and has steadily improved her times and is now down to 17.55 while Micheal Moynihan was just after Liz in 17.56.  Well done to all 9 runners in the 2 Lap league. 
 
 
 
 
 
YEV TAKES WIN.
 
 
 
 
Not to be outdone Yevgeniy Chizhikov was first past the post over the 3 lap distance and this week Yev finished in 22.16 while Michelle Finnigan (31.18) and Katie Bullen (32.04) are really enjoying this league and are recording some great times each week.
 
 
 
 
 
MOSSIE ONCE AGAIN FIRST OVER 4 LAPS.
 
 
 
 
Mossie Keogh and Shane O Riordan have been having a super battle the last few weeks and this week was no exception as they flew around the Friary grounds and at the end only 2 seconds separated them as they finished in 28.44 and 28.46 respectively.  Another super young juvenile athlete finished in third place that's Michael Troy and Michael's time for the 4.8 miles was 30.19.  Ted O Leary (35.25) and Darren Coogan (35.37) had both ran half marathons just a few days earlier but you wouldn't have know it and the same goes for Kate Veale who was first lady home in 35.42.  Well done to all 22 runners in the 4 lap distance as many had completed some tough races last weekend and still managed to record some super times on Thursday night.
 
 
 
 
 
SPONSORS AND THANK YOU'S.
 
 
 
 
Thanks as always to our sponsors for this league Liam Power of Garvey’s Supervalu Dungarvan and the Coolagh Road who has sponsored this league for the past few weeks and is a regular participant himself.  Once again thanks to our own Shirley, Ray Jim and James for their work with the van and at the finish line and taking the entries.
 
 
 
 
 
PRIZE GIVING.
 
 
 
 
 
We will hold the prize giving for this league straight after the league on Thursday evening so we hope to see everyone there.  Remember you have to run 4 out of the 5 nights to figure in the league tables and it has to be in the same distance.  Well done to everyone who ran and don’t forget to keep training to keep fit for the upcoming Winter League. Please note again that the final round will start at the earlier time of 6.30 because of the fading light.
 
 
 
 
 
 
24TH ANNUAL OPEN CROSS COUNTRY EVENT THIS SUNDAY FOR THE JAMES HUGHES PERPETUAL CUP.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 The club’s 24th annual Open Cross Country event takes place next Sunday October 2nd at St. Augustine’s College with a 12 noon starting time. As in previous years Sunday’s event 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 to come along and have a run on the famed Friary course. The distances on the day will be 2 laps of the College grounds for the ladies which is 4km in total and the men’s event will see them cover 4 laps (8km). There will be prizes on offer for 1st 3 men and 1st three women plus category winners in the various age categories. This race is now in its 24th year and still draws a great turn out of cross country runners from near and far. It is of course an open event and we hope to have many clubs from Waterford, Cork, and Kilkenny and Tipperary represented. Please note the presentation of prizes will take place immediately after the race at the College grounds where we will present the winners with their prizes. Entry fee is just 5 euro. Please also note that the race also incorporates the county senior and junior cross country championships for men and women and these will be proceeded by the county juvenile cross country championships for even ages.  We ask all local athletes to support this race and if you’re not running why not come along and support the runners. See you all in the Friary on Sunday.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
DONAL POWER TO PRESENT WINNER WITH THE JAMES HUGHES PERPETUAL CUP.
 
 
 
 
A few years back local Abbeyside man Donal Power on behalf of the Power family presented the race with a beautiful perpetual cup celebrating the life of his grandfather James Hughes. James was an Irish International Cross-Country runner (1884 – 1961) Donal and all the Power family wanted to keep the athletic memory of their grandfather alive so they presented the club and this race with a magnificent cup which is indeed a  fitting memory of their grandfather who spent the final years of his life living in the village. Donal will be along on the day of the race to present the winner with the cup . We sincerely thank Donal and the Power family for this very kind gesture and our hope is that for many years to come this cup will see many a great battle fought for the honour of having your name inscribed on it.
 
 
 
 
 
 
INCORPORATING COUNTY SENIOR AND JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIPS.
 
 
 
 
 
 
The West Waterford AC open Cross Country race once again this year incorporates the County Senior and Junior championships for men and women and here too we hope to have the club well represented. All club members are requested to be at the venue no later than 11.00 pm. The race has a starting time of 12 noon.
 
 
 
 
 
COUNTY NOVICE AND MASTERS CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS SET FOR SUNDAY WEEK OCTOBER 9TH.
 
 
 
 
 
St. Augustine’s College will host the 2016 county novice cross country championship race on Sunday October 11th next. The day kicks off with the uneven ages at 11.00 and the novice will follow immediately after the juvenile programme. All club athletes eligible are asked to be at the venue on time.
 
 
 
 
 
 
MUNSTER NOVICE AND UNDER 23 CROSS COUNTRY ENTRIES.
 
 
 
 
 
 
The first Munster Cross Country Championship race will be the Novice and U/ 23 which are being held on Sunday 23rd October in Ballinahina, Carraig na BhFear, Co. Cork. The club will be sending in the entries for same shortly, any member wishing to take part is asked to contact cross country coordinator Ray Hahesy 087-2337969 A.S.A.P. No entries will be accepted on the day of race. 
 
 
 
 
 
10 MILE TRAINING/HALF MARATHON TRAINING.
 
 
 
 
 
Whilst a lot of athletes are currently in the thick of training for Dublin City Marathon there are other races on the calendar!Anyone who is training for shorter distances / Waterford Half or our own 10 mile race in January is more than welcome to join us at training on a Tuesday evening. Sessions will be tweaked to suit. Focussed training and training plans for the John Treacy 10 mile race will start 12 weeks pre race at the end of October.
 
 
 
 
 
LET'S RUN WITH WEST WATERFORD ATHLETIC CLUB.
 
 
 
 
Well done to everyone within our Let’s Run group who are now into week 4 of their 8 week programme. Every week we walk less and run more and at the end of 8 weeks you will all be runners. The Brickey 5k run on Sunday 6th November is the target that we are all aiming for.This was a new initiative within the club for 2016 to help anyone who wanted to become a runner but didn’t know where to start. It is an 8 week mentored programme with professionally qualified coaches who will guide you through the programme. As with all our training groups there is online support group access, weekly training session and a weekly training plan. We look forward to seeing everyone from the Let’s Run group at the Brickey 5k run.Keep the focus
 
 
 
 
DUBLIN MARATHON 100.
 
 
RUN YOUR MARATHON FOR A WORTHY CHARITY.
 
 
 
 
We now have 165 athletes who will toe the start line of the Dublin City Marathon. As a club this is a huge opportunity for us to raise some much needed funds for a local and national charity. We have chosen the Solas Centre (Dungarvan) and Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital Crumlin . All funds raised by you will go directly to the charity of your choice and any funds raised for the Solas Centre in Dungarvan will be used in Dungarvan to benefit those in need within our community. Athletes can fundraise for either charity / both charities or neither charity. No-one is under any obligation to fundraise but as we have such a large group of athletes running it is an opportunity lost if we don’t try and raise a few Euros. If every athlete raised €20 that gives a total of €3300 which is a huge amount of money for any charity and will make a difference to the service they provide. Further details will be available in the coming days as well as sponsorship cards.
 
 
 
 
 
SOLAS CENTRE FOR WEST WATERFORD.
 
 
 
 
If you chose to fundraise for the Solas Centre you will also receive free entry to the Run for Life 2016 on October 9th. Sponsorship cards will be available at training on Tuesday, Nutrition talk on Wednesday or at the League on Thursday of next week only. Anyone wishing to participate in the Run for Life must register their interest when collecting a sponsorship card. The Solas Cancer Support Centre has been in existence since 1999 and based in a purpose built facility in Waterford City since 2011. The centre offers free support to those affected by cancer, their families and carers.Having looked at the statistics for clients from West Waterford who avail of these services it was identified that these numbers are relatively small. Dr Brian Creedon chair of the Solas Cancer Support Centre explains ‘in the past 5 years we have supported approximately 2,500 clients in total and on reviewing these figures noticed that only 170 clients from west Waterford have used the services . Of these 170 clients the vast majority are from between Kilmacthomas and Dungarvan. We feel that the distance involved is one of the reasons for this low number and made the decision to open a Dungarvan based service’.Based on NCRI stats, 335 people in West Waterford could have a cancer diagnoses annually and this stark figure does not reflect the number of people affected by cancer, i.e. family members, carers and those bereaved.This new service started on Monday 5th September based in The Alternative Health Clinic at 12 Main Street, Dungarvan. It offers a range of services including Reflexology, Massage, Reiki, Counselling, Meditation, Yoga, Art Psychotherapy and facilitated support groups.Every single euro that you raise will go directly to help fund this new service in Dungarvan.
 
 
 
 
 
FUNDRAISING FOR CRUMLIN.
 
 
 
 
 
If you chose to fundraise for Our Ladies Children’s Hospital, Crumlin you will be receive a fundraising t-shirt along with your sponsorship card. Sponsorship cards will be available at training on Tuesday, Nutrition talk on Wednesday or at the League on Thursday of next week only. Our Lady's Children's Hospital, Crumlin® is Ireland's largest paediatric hospital. Our Lady's mission is to constantly improve the health and wellbeing of children and adolescents in a safe environment which is driven by quality healthcare and supported by excellence in Knowledge, Education and Research.In 2015 the hospital had 36,312 emergency attendances, 18,227 day cases, 10,410 in patient admissions, 77,913 outpatient attendances and 13,887 surgical procedures performed.Together with their partners, The Children's Medical & Research Foundation, they endeavour to provide patients with life-changing treatment, improving the quality of life for patients and their families.
 
 
 
 
 
KAREN AND DERMOT RUN DUBLIN HALF.
 
 
 
 
Very well done last Saturday to husband and wife team Dermot and Karen Ryan who ran the Dublin Half Marathon in difficult conditions, Dermot ran a super new personal best time of  1.16.52 this gave Dermot 30th overall place finish and 6th over 40 and Karen likewise can be very happy with an excellent 1.47.Both are well on track now for their marathon goals in Dublin at the end of October.The overall winners here were Sean Hehir Rathfarnham AC 1.07.45 and Barbara Shanchez Clonliffe Harrier's AC 1.18.26 both are the current title holders of the John Tracey Dungarvan 10, we look forward to welcoming them back in February 5th 2017 when they will be back to try and retain this titles.
 
 
 
 
 
RAIVIS WEATHERS THE DESERT STORM IN CHINA TO FINISH TOP 20.
 
 
 
 
 
Club member Raivis Zakis made the long trip to China this week to take part in the Gobi Desert 100k international trail race. The invitational event saw some of the world's best trail runners take on one of the toughest 100k events in the world over the difficult terrain of the Gobi desert and just in case that wasn't tough enough, a storm blew up towards the end of the race which saw the finishing area tents and some buildings demolished and blown away with some of the elite field of 105 runners not making it to the finish line at all such was the sand storm which pursued. Raivis was fortunate enough to have the event completed and he ran a brilliant race to finish in 10 hours 16 minutes but by his own words in the toughest event he ever undertook with deep sand to contend with for every step of the 100k event, the results are not as yet available but Raivis can be well satisfied that he was in a top 20 position across the line.
 
 
 
 
 
VICTORY FOR PHILIP HARTY WHILE MARTIN TOBIN RECORDS A PERSONAL BEST AT KILLARNEY 10.
 
 
 
 
Very well done this morning to two club members who were in 10 mile action in Killarney,, Co.Kerry. There was a resounding win for Philip Harty in a time of 53.50 which was over 6 minutes ahead of his nearest rival in the field of 241 finishers with the ladies race going to Deirdre Nagle in a time of 68.42,It was great to see Martin Tobin record a personal best also on the morning which was windy and wet for the event, Martin ran a great time of 74.11. very well done to both.
 
 
 
 
RUNNING QUOTE.
 
 
If you stick with running, the day will come when you'll want to live forever.