Senior News

Successful Michael Roche Carpets Spring Series Concludes.



The Eason’s Dungarvan 10 k last Sunday week saw the end of this years four race Michael Roche carpets spring series, The series got under way in early February with the Dunphy Vivas Health Dungarvan 10 and was followed by the Kiely Monumental Colligan Cup, then the Bausch and Lomb Kilmacthomas 5 and finally last Sunday week the Eason’s Dungarvan 10k.
The League this year witnessed one of the largest entries for many years with a total of 105 entries from clubs such as West Waterford AC, Waterford AC, Clonmel AC, St.Mary’s AC, Co.Clare, Carrick On Suir AC, St Senans AC among the entries received. There were nine men’s divisions down for decision and four ladies divisions. An athlete’s best three finishes from the four events were counted with the lowest score best. Many of the divisions were only decided on at the final race and some were very close with only a point or two separating the winners from the second placed finishers. This series kindly sponsored by Michael Roche Carpets was ideal for fun runner and club runner alike and with so many divisions available it gave all standards a chance of being involved as divisional winners.
The overall title winner this year with a total of 15 points, was Raivis Zakis who recorded two wins The Kilmac 5 and in the Dungarvan 10k, he also finished 13th in the Dungarvan 10 miler, Raivis finished second in this series last year and fourth the year before that so it was a delighted Raivis that claimed this year’s title the Michael Roche Carpets spring series winner for 2008.Raivis is involved in all aspects of the club and no week goes by when he’s not among the prize winners somewhere either in a club competition or elsewhere representing the club and wearing his club colours with pride. A deserving winner of these years Michael Roche spring series no doubt.
Our friends from the city running with Waterford AC’s Billy Maguire finished in second place this year with a total of 45 points, Billy’s team mates Brendan Aspel and Larry Kennedy filled third and fourth with 54 and 64 points respectively and 5th place in the top division was taken by West Waterford ‘s Tom O’Brien with 77 points. Well done to the top 5 Men it was good to see many new faces involved in division one this year.
In division 2 of the league saw a clean sweep from series organising club West Waterford AC who claimed all five placings, The winner here was Philip Harty with a total of 79 point from last year’s division 2 winner Gerry Cantwell who had to settle for the runner up spot this year, Gerry finished on 85 points with Martin Hayes 3rd on 91 points.
Patrick O’Riordan held off the challenge of Joe Kelly to claim division 3 with 116 points with Joe finishing on 125 points third place in this division was claimed by Declan McGrath 153 with points.
Division 4 saw one of the closest divisions of the whole series with victory going to Vincent Tuttty who finished on 171 points just 10 ahead of his former neighbour Billy Coleman with 181 points and third place went to Anthony Dwyer only another four points behind Billy on 184 points
Conor Murray with 206 points claimed division 5 from Ron Fawkes who was second with 224 points Tomas Coleman was third with 239 in this division.
Division 6 was won by Clonmel’s Niall McCarthy with a total of 263 points and this was the closest division of the entire series as new comer to the local running scene Hugh Walsh in his first series also finished on 263 points with Niall taking the title as he had a higher placing in the Dungarvan 10k, third place in this division went to Noel Drohan with 274 points.
Division 7 was won by soon to be Ultra athlete Paul Brunnock with a total of 303 points from Pat Dunford who finished on 322 points Gary McCormack was third on 359.50-year-old Tom Moroney was our winner in division 8.Tom finished with 405 points from Pearse Moloney second with 431 points and Declan Harte was third on 469 points. The final men’s division saw Tom Leahy take the title with 533 points from Dermot Moran who finished up with 578 points and Dermot Ryan was third on 601.


Local athlete Diane Behan from the series host club West Waterford was the victor in the Ladies section from Mary Burke Waterford AC who filled the runners up position this year. With the help of a couple of great performance in the series this year Diane was a deserving Ladies overall winner of the Michael Roche Carpets Spring Series for 2008, Diane finished with a total of 60 points to claim the top slot from Mary who is also a much improved athlete this year, Mary finished with 99 points. Third place in division 1 was claimed by Norma Wall with 172 points, Norma will be pleased with her performance here as she moved up two placings from last years series when she finished 5th,fourth was Brigid Coffey who is really making great strides this spring her times are improving with every outing, Brigid had 206 points and the final placing in the top division saw Corinna Walsh in 5th place with 233 points. Division 2 saw a Waterford AC athlete Brea Cooke take first place with 262 points from Carrick’s Ann Cronin who finished with 271 points and Anne Whelan recent joint winner of Master athlete of the year in West Waterford only one point behind the Carrick Lady when finishing third with 272 points.
Division three for the Ladies was won by Margaret Power with 377 points from Mary Riordan 41 points and here Amanda Mansfield was third on 420 points .The final divisions was division four and this was claimed by Clare Walsh with a total points tally of 462,Clare had just two points to spear over the second placed athlete Ann Dunford who is the other half of the Master Female athlete of the year 2007 winner. Ann had 464 points with Triona Wall third on 530 points.
The club wishes to thank the Michael Roche for once again sponsoring this series. Michael is a great supporter of the club and all our activities. Thanks also to Michael, Donncha, Fearghal and David who were on hand recently to present the winners of the series with their prizes. Thanks to Ann Dunford for all her help with the tables and for looking after the prizes for the series also. Our thanks to all the sponsors and organisers of the four race series and to all whom helped in any way with the organising of all the four races.



After another very successful Winter league under our belts and the winter months now more or less behind us, our thoughts turn to one of the years first leagues the popular Mason Mortgages and Financial services Fit4life Colligan league, Yes folks it back to action Wednesday March 19th for the start of the four week Colligan league. As the logo goes “don’t go out to grass go out to Colligan”A good turn out is expected when the round one will get under way at 6 .15 pm for the start of the league which is a league ideal for all levels of runners from beginners and regular runners, to the elite. The club would like to sincerely thank Mark Mason for his kind sponsorship of the event again this year, Marks company is situated at Abbey Glen, Mellary Road, Cappoquin We will of course as is the case with all our events, catered for all with a five mile run over the hilly circuit for regulars and the 2.5 mile run on the flat we are also continuing with the 5 mile on the flat run which proved so popular when introduced to the league two year’s ago for the first time. Entry fee each night is 2 Euro, and all are welcome once they are over 16 years of age, We would especially encourage newcomers to come along and join in the fun, The overall winner of the league will receive the Veale family perpetual shield, The league will continue for four Wednesday March 19th  -26th April 5th and finishing on 12th. The overall winner of the league will receive the Veale family perpetual shield which is currently held by Sean Stilwell, who is reigning king of the hill’s, He has won the league now for the last two years in the Men’s 5 miler and Norma Wall is the current queen of the same hill in the Ladies section, a title she has won two years in succession In the 5 mile on the flat circuit the titleholder is Declan McGrath while the Ladies titleholder is Corinna Walsh. Joe Gough won last years 2.5-mile league while Emer Scanlon is the titleholder of the Ladies 2.5 mile run. Indeed Emer has won this league for the past two years, can she make it three from three. 


West Waterford AC runners made the Annual pilgrimage to the 31st Annual Ballycotton 10 mile road race last Sunday which was race number 3 in the John Buckley sports sponsored Munster 10 mile classic series. Weather wise the runners were somewhat lucky as all indications from the weather man weren’t good, But even he can sometimes be wrong and thankfully he got it very wrong for the Ballycotton event as glorious sunshine greeted the 2000 plus runners to the East Cork Village last Sunday. That said the breeze was quite strong and was into the face of the runners over the first half of the course but was of assistance for the second half as they made their way back up the famous Ballycotton hill to the finish line at the top of the village. With that head wind of course fast times were never on the cards. But most of the 2,204 finishers were not too bothered about the head wind they were in Ballycotton to participate in what is one of the most loved road events on the circuit. The race got under way, as is tradition by honouree race starter Dan McCarthy. And it was sight to behold as the field made its way down the winding road for the 31st Edition of the classic Ballycotton 10.The first mile was covered in 4.50 and a lead group of six quickly emerged Alan O’Shea Bantry AC last years winner, Vinny Mulvey Raheny Shamrocks who was recently third in the National cross country championships, Sergiu Turea Clonliffe Harriers recent winner of our own Dunphy Vivas health Dungarvan 10 miler, Cillian O’Leary Raheny Shamrocks, John Eves Dundrum South Dublin and Thomas Carey Limerick.  This group stayed together for all of the first two miles, which they went through in a time of 9.56 sharing the lead between them. However the toddle was soon to be over as Rahenys Vinny Mulvey decided he had enough of the company of the other athletes and upped the pace to stretch the field out all in about a 600-meter stretch of the country road as the leaders headed for the famed Ballymaloe House
The leader Mulvey kept up his strong pace into the head wind and was all of 200 meters clear of his rivals by the time the race reached Ballymaloe House at this stage victory was written all over the slight framed but big hearted Dubliner.Mulvey passed the 5 mile mark in a time of 25.30.At this stage it was a matter of who was going to be second and here too a battle royal in sued with Bantry’s Alan O’ Shea starting to fade back the field his recent injury worries obviously still lingering, Turea, O’Leary and Eves were all with in 40 meters of each other. By the eight mile Mulvey had his substantial lead intact and it was the Moldavian athlete running with Clonliffe Harriers Turea who emerged from the pack of three to surge into a second place position as they approached the final hilly stretch before mile nine. Mulvey crossed the line a convincing winner to the delight of his supporters in a good time of 50.37, which was faster than the winning time of last year. He can now add this success last Sunday to his third placing in the previous weeks national cross country championships in Belfast and of course his recent win on home turf in the Raheny 5 mile which he won in a very fast 23.37 some weeks ago. Vinny’s next outing will be the World cross country championships in Edinburgh on March 30th.He also lead his club team Raheny Shamrocks to team honours last Sunday bridging a 29 years gap since they last won this team title. A depleted West Waterford team through injuries were the holders of this award from last years race. Sergiu Turea held on for the famous second placing 51.06 a little slower than his 50.18 winning time in Dungarvan 6 weeks earlier. A strong last mile from Raheny’s Cillian O’Leary who in creditably was only 14th in this race last year, saw him claim 3rd in 51.21.Killian is a much improved athlete in that 12 month period as he is also finished runner up in both the National Novice and Intermediate cross country this year. John Eves was 4th 51.21,last years winner Alan O’Shea on this occasion had to settle for 5th place in a time of 52.12.From a West Waterford point of view it was Raivis Zakis who was first cross the line in 7th place with a time of 52.42,Our only other prize winner this year was Gerry Cantwell who was 3rd over 50 in a time of  60.54 great running from the Helvick Man. In the Ladies race victory went to Rose Mary Ryan Bilboa for the first time in 56.48 finishing 24th overall in the race, Rose Mary was second in Ballycotton back in 2004 she had also the previous Sunday won the Adare 10k in a time of 35.32 and is now hoping to qualify for Beijing Olympics when she will have a crack at the qualifying time for the marathon in San Diego in June. Current National marathon champion Pauline Curley Tullamore was hoping to achieve a three in a row in the Ballycotton 10 having won in 2006 and 2007 but had to settle for second place on the day with a time of 58.51,Third Lady was Louise Cavanagh of U.C.D.1.00.56.West Waterford’s first lady finisher was Diane Behan who clocked 73.25. The clubs Paddy Joe Delaney memorial shield was presented  by club vice chairman Albert McGrath to this years winner and first club finisher Raivis Zakis.Raivis is the first athlete now to have won this shield in honour of the late great Paddy Joe Delaney three times 2005-2006 and 2008.Well done to Raivis on another great run last Sunday. Our thanks to Seamus Crowley and his staff for their hospitality to all in our club and for looking after the showers for us in the G.A.A. clubhouse. Thanks to all at Ballycotton running promotions for a another job well done in a most professional way, Thanks also to the West Waterford non-runners who gave of their time last Sunday to help our friends in Ballycotton your efforts were much appreciated. And also to all who travelled to lend there vocal support to all West Waterford runners.

BALLYCOTTON '10' - Results

1 V Mulvey (Raheny) 50:37; 2 S Turea (Clonliffe) 51:06; 3 C O'Leary (Raheny) 51:21; 4 J Eves (DSD) 51:58; 5 A O'Shea (Bantry) 52:12; 6 T Carey (Limerick) 52:29; 7 R Zakis (West Waterford) 52:42; 8 B Roe (Raheny) 52:54; 9 C Burke (St Abbans) 53:21; 10 C Murphy (Veragh) 53:34.
M40: 2 C O'Connell (St Finbarrs) 54:45; 3 J Farrelly (Rathfarnham-WSAF) 58:16.
M45: 1 C Phelan (South London Hrs) 57:26; 2 D McCarthy (East Cork) 59:09; 3 M O'Shea (Iveragh) 59:20.
M50: 1 S Griffin (Tralee Hrs) 56:51; 2 S Doyle (Rathfarnham-WSAF) 60:52; 3 G Cantwell (West Waterford) 60:54.
M55: 1 P O'Shea (Iveragh) 59:34; 2 F Cashman (East Cork) 62:52; 3 M Tobin (Grange-Fermoy) 64:34.
M60: 1 L O'Leary (St Finbarrs) 66:57; 2 M Dunne (St Finbarrs) 67:50; 3 B O'Neill (St Abbans) 68:36.
M65: 1 J O'Leary (Leevale) 77:52; 2 T Feehan (Gneeveguilla) 79:03; 3 P Gaffney (Mallow) 81:05. 
M70: 1 T Twomey (Metro-St Brigids) 72:24; 2 B Griffin (Midleton) 86:28; 3 J Fitzsimons (Crusaders) 87:23.
M75: 1 S Kearns (Crusaders) 1:45:02; 2 P Clifford (unatt) 1:51:25; 3 J Collins (Limerick) 1:56:22.
Team: 1 Raheny 'A' 12; 2 Limerick 66; 3 Raheny 'B' 71.

Women: 1 R Ryan (Bilboa) 56:48; 2 P Curley (Tullamore, F35) 58:51; 3 L Cavanagh (UCC, F35) 60:56; 4 L D'Arcy (Sportsworld, F35) 62:48; 5 M Dorney (Thurles Crokes) 62:57; 6 A MacPhail (Unatt, F35) 63:29.
F40: 1 T Guilfoyle (Kilnaboy) 63:55; 2 D Ryan (Raheny) 66:09; 3 A McEvoy (St Finbarrs) 68:34.
F45: 1 M Sweeney (St Finbarrs) 64:15; 2 D Ryan (unatt) 71:46; 3 V McCool (Mullingar) 72:02.
F50: 1 M Sheehan (Grange-Fermoy) 67:40; 2 A Fitzgerald (Waterford) 69:12; 3 C Murphy-Hehir (Marian) 74:41.
F55: 1 A McGreal (Sportsworld) 79:03; 2 R Crockett (St Finbarrs) 80:28; 3 M Barry (Midleton) 86:46.
F60: 1 J Coyle (DSD) 75:14; 2 M Dunne (Grange-Fermoy) 89:52; 3 B McDonnell (Mullingar) 90:19.
F65: 1 B Murphy (unatt) 1:49:09.
FJ: 1 B Hand (Dooneen) 85:06; 2 C Holmes (Salford) 1:58:58.
Team: 1 Stainford Lions 72; 3 St Finbarrs 78.

 31st BALLYCOTTON '10'
 Sunday 9 March 2008. 1:30pm

Finishers in the West Waterford AC team Pace Race Race

Place Time Name Team Race Age Category min/mile No Place
 1 0:52:42 ZAKIS, Raivis West Waterford AC M 05:16.1 5 7
 2 0:59:56 MASON, Trevor West Waterford AC M 05:59.5 2874 73
 3 1:00:41 DUNFORD, Michael West Waterford AC M40 06:04.0 1570 90
 4 1:00:54 CANTWELL, Gerard West Waterford AC M50 06:05.3 3041 97
 5 1:01:31 MCCARTHY, Martin West Waterford AC M45 06:09.0 18 107
 6 1:01:59 GUINAN, PJ West Waterford AC M 06:11.8 1573 115
 7 1:02:21 O'RIORDAN, Patrick West Waterford AC M 06:14.0 801 127
 8 1:03:24 DUNFORD, Patrick West Waterford AC M40 06:20.3 2774 146
 9 1:03:27 FLEMING, Jim West Waterford AC M40 06:20.6 1569 147
 10 1:03:53 BUDDS, Liam West Waterford AC M 06:23.2 1485 163
 11 1:04:39 O' BRIEN, Thomas West Waterford AC M40 06:27.8 1922 177
 12 1:05:37 MURRAY, Conor West Waterford AC M40 06:33.6 1484 194
 13 1:06:04 O'RIORDAN, Eoin West Waterford AC M 06:36.3 3055 212
 14 1:07:34 WADE, David West Waterford AC M45 06:45.3 1374 267
 15 1:09:43 KAVANAGH, Liam West Waterford AC M45 06:58.2 3072 350
 16 1:09:46 KELLEHER, Con West Waterford AC M55 06:58.5 1279 353
 17 1:11:01 TUTTY, Vincent West Waterford AC M40 07:06.0 2554 423
 18 1:11:40 DEE, Jason West Waterford AC M 07:09.9 2950 454
 19 1:12:34 DUHIG, Jim West Waterford AC M40 07:15.3 1749 500
 20 1:12:41 DWYER, Sean West Waterford AC M 07:16.0 2680 512
 21 1:13:05 RYAN, Dermot West Waterford AC M 07:18.4 357 534
 22 1:13:18 FINNEGAN, Richard West Waterford AC M 07:19.7 2481 543
 23 1:13:20 MULLARKEY, Martin West Waterford AC M 07:19.9 2105 545
 24 1:13:25 BEHAN, Diane West Waterford AC F35 07:20.4 21 551
 25 1:13:26 WADE, Michael West Waterford AC M45 07:20.5 2566 552
 26 1:13:37 DUNFORD, Ann West Waterford AC F40 07:21.6 2775 562
 27 1:13:43 BYRNE, Regina West Waterford AC F 07:22.2 2351 569
 28 1:14:20 BRUNNOCK, Paul West Waterford AC M40 07:25.9 2857 612
 29 1:14:46 DWYER, Dermot West Waterford AC M 07:28.5 2681 637
 30 1:14:59 O'DONNELL, Kenneth West Waterford AC M 07:29.8 2875 653
 31 1:15:42 WALL, Triona West Waterford AC F 07:34.1 1948 696
 32 1:15:50 COONEY, Michael West Waterford AC M 07:34.9 2054 706
 33 1:17:09 CAMPBELL, David West Waterford AC M40 07:42.8 2903 785
 34 1:17:30 COLEMAN, Billy West Waterford AC M40 07:44.9 2933 808
 35 1:17:36 HENNESSY, Michael West Waterford AC M55 07:45.5 2946 817
 36 1:17:37 DELANEY, Maria West Waterford AC F 07:45.6 2104 820
 37 1:17:51 DRENNAN, Angeline West Waterford AC F 07:47.0 883 835
 38 1:19:23 UI CHUIRRIN, Josie West Waterford AC F45 07:56.2 2258 936
 39 1:19:37 RYAN, Karen West Waterford AC F 07:57.6 356 954
 40 1:20:20 BARRETT, Brian West Waterford AC M 08:01.9 1655 996
 41 1:22:28 DUNFORD, Joanne West Waterford AC F35 08:14.7 1571 1138
 42 1:22:40 MCCARTHY, Michael West Waterford AC M50 08:15.9 1609 1152
 43 1:22:42 MORRISSEY, Patrick West Waterford AC M 08:16.1 2682 1154
 44 1:23:07 CURRAN, Raymond West Waterford AC M40 08:18.6 1717 1184
 45 1:23:20 PROCTOR, Paschal West Waterford AC M55 08:19.9 2901 1195
 46 1:23:46 FLAVIN, Eamonn West Waterford AC M 08:22.5 2758 1222
 47 1:24:25 KEALY, Rosarie West Waterford AC F35 08:26.4 2728 1259
 48 1:25:45 MURRAY, Ray West Waterford AC M55 08:34.4 1564 1326
 49 1:26:00 POWER, Margaret West Waterford AC F45 08:35.9 2627 1342
 50 1:27:11 MULCAHY, Catriona West Waterford AC F 08:43.0 2261 1428
 51 1:28:16 FENNELL, John West Waterford AC M 08:49.5 894 1502
 52 1:29:43 CONNORS, David West Waterford AC M 08:58.2 2262 1577
 53 1:31:41 HEFFERNAN, Geraldine West Waterford AC F 09:10.0 2927 1658
 54 1:32:18 MORONEY, Ann West Waterford AC F50 09:13.7 2773 1693
 55 1:32:20 BRADFIELD, Linda West Waterford AC F35 09:13.9 1327 1695
 56 1:34:56 O'BRIEN, Catriona West Waterford AC F35 09:29.4 352 1794
 57 1:38:54 REGAN, David West Waterford AC M 09:53.2 854 1900
 58 1:40:20 O DROMA, Seamus West Waterford AC M50 10:01.8 2263 1936
 59 1:41:03 GOUGH, Terri West Waterford AC F60 10:06.1 1757 1955
 60 1:43:50 WALSH, Clare West Waterford AC F 10:22.8 884 2028
 61 1:45:30 BUDDS, Niamh West Waterford AC F 10:32.8 1486 2055
 62 1:45:54 SHANLEY, Alice West Waterford AC F40 10:35.2 2254 2067
 63 1:47:55 HAYES, Helene West Waterford AC F50 10:47.3 1793 2093
 64 1:51:31 SHEIL, Jacinta West Waterford AC F45 11:08.9 1944 2138
 65 2:05:53 LANNEN, Paddy West Waterford AC M65 12:35.1 1326 2188
 66 2:16:10 SCANLAN, Thomas West Waterford AC M50 13:36.8 2257 2201

There were 66 finishers in the West Waterford AC team.


West Waterford AC expresses sincere sympathy to the family of Sam Hanrahan, Portlaw.who passed to his eternal reward last week. May he rest in peace.


All at the club extends a very happy birthday to member Tom Moroney who has reached the ripe young age of 50.Tom celebrated in the traditional style with family and friends at Lord Maguire’s Bar last weekend.


All athletes please note transport will leave from the Park Hotel for the Munster Road championships in Ennis Co. Clare next Sunday morning at 9.00 AM and the following are selected on the club teams.

Men's Senior/Novice/O35/O50.
Raivis Zakis, Sean Stilwell, Philip Harty, Declan McGrath, Padraig Helay, James Ledingham, Rory Moloney, Trevor Mason, Kevin Kenneally, Alan Lyons, Gerry Cantwell, Colin Lyons, Ron Fawkes, and Joe Gough.

Women’s Senior/Novice/035/O45
Diane Behan, Corinna Walsh, Eilis Ní Aodha, Norma Wall, Triona Wall, Ann Dunford, Anne Whelan, Brenda Hunt and Brigid Coffey.


The following were the winners of the Beginners prizes at the recent Eason Dungarvan 10k road race Men 1st Cyril Flavin, 2nd Tommy Lenihan, Women-1st Caroline Flynn, 2nd Leisa Fleming, 3rd Amanda Mansfield.


Somewhere in the world someone is training when you are not. When you race him, he will win. Ray Murray.

 French bound master athletes Brendan Moran and Joe Gough competed, as guests, in the Leinster Master Indoor Championships in Nenagh last Sunday in order to put the final touches to their racing sharpness before heading off to the World Master Championships in France this week end. First out of the blocks in Nenagh was Brendan Moran who demonstrated such fine strength, poise and composure in winning the 60 meters dash, beating athletes much younger then him, to win his first gold medal in a Leinster Championships, Brendan is in fine form at the right time and he will no doubt represent his club and country with style and panache on the world athletic stage. Next up for West Waterford A C was Joe Gough who was entered in the 400 meters in a bid to hone his racing skills before he travels with the Irish team next Sunday. Competing with athletes ten years younger then him Joe showed that his training is at a peak when he out paced his rivals and sprinted to victory in one of the fasted times of the day. This was Gough's sixth race of the indoor season and he was very pleased to make it his sixth win. All that remains for the two athletes to complete now is their final week of training, making sure they get plenty of rest and to prepare mentally for the challenges that lie ahead. Brendan Moran and Joe Gough can travel to the World Championships knowing that they have the support of all in West Waterford and are confident that they have prepared themselves to the best of their ability, which will allow them to compete with the best in the world and race with true Deise spirit and hope in their hearts.
Remember the heats start on the 17 March.,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,. Watch this space!