Senior News

Sandis The "Cornerstone" Man


The 14th Annual Dungarvan Leader sponsored Dromana 5 took place last Friday evening from Villiarstown to Cappoquin with an entry of 163 runners all completing the famous Dromana course. The race saw a slight change of date this year to coincide with the Cappoquin Cornerstone festival, which was being held in the West Waterford town. This certainly brought out the crowds as one of the largest turnout of spectators ever witnessed filled the square in the summer sunshine (for a change) awaiting the arrival of the runners. We would like to congratulate those responsible for the organisation of the festival and for inviting our race to be part of this sport filled weekend.
The Men’s race saw the one and only Cornerstone Man of Men West Waterford AC’s Sandis Bralitis add yet another crown to his unequalled tally of road racing success.
From the seven starts to date in the Ger Wyley/Nike Summer series Sandis has won all seven and is unequalled on the road racing circuit presently, His winning time last Friday evening of 25.17 may not have been his fastest on this course but his win was executed with the same precision of which the Latvian national is now known for “hard from the gun blow the opposition away”. His pace averaged out at 5.03 per mile which is still super running in anyone’s book, Sandis came into the race as the very hot favourite and laid his title on the line indeed he was going for three in a row. As he also won here in 2004 and 2005.Sandis is now the only athlete in the 14-year history of the race to have won it three times in a row that said one William Harty has also won it on three occasions but not in succession.1999-2000 and 2003.
The race began in the usual fashion for Sandis taking the lead from the starters gun in Villiarstown, as the runners made their way out through Dorman gates Bralitis was already in control and well clear of the field with Raivis Zakis West Waterford and Waterford’s Ed Burke 80 meters back battling it out for the minor placing. Burke a very accomplished athlete on the road racing circuit in the U.S.A. is originally from Dunmore and is currently back in his native city on a short holiday.
Mile one was to be the winner’s slowest mile of the night of course it must be said the first mile is an up hill mile, He went through this in a time of 5.10.He picked up the pace for the second mile 4.56 and his third mile split was 5.02 with the race well and truly in the bag by mile four the Glaxosmithkline employee eased up for the final mile coming home alone to take his third Dungarvan Leader Dromana 5 title.
Back the road a real drama of a battle was taking place between Zakis and Burke with the West Waterford man going into a lead of 100 meters after mile one the Dunmore East man Burke never gave up battling away through miles two and three by mile four he had brought back that lead to 30 meters he then caught the tiring Zakis and went on to record a fine second placing with a time of 25.32. Raivis was third one placing better than his performance her last year and his time was 25.44 was a good improvement on his time last year of 26.11 St.Josephs Peter Duggan former winner of this race in 2004 was fourth in 27.30.Ballynonty’s Danny Smith improved from his last year’s ninth finishing position to take sixth place in 27.31,Seán Stilwell West Waterford was seventh in 28.24 while Garry O’Sullivan Grange/Fermoy was eight in 28.28,Garry also finished in this exact position last year. Another West Waterford youngster making great strides Padraig Healy finished a superb ninth in 28.51 and the final individual prize for men was secured by Larry Kennedy Waterford with a time of 28.55.There were some find individual performances from some of our male club members on the night including Martin Hayes 29.34 (Michael who), Declan McGrath had a stomer when finishing 13th in 29.19,Ray Dwyer 30.23 were waiting sham, We know it’s a coming. Colin Lyons 31.32,Kenneth O’Donnell 33.57,Local Knowledge there I’d say, Vincent Tutty 34.08,Dermot Ryan 34.23,Kieran Coleman 37.22,Michael Callaghan 38.55.and what about the scalp Richie Kelly took last Friday night, Checkout the results Gerry. 

Sineád Crotty notched up another fine performance to take her first Dungarvan Leader Dromana 5 victory last Friday evening with a splendid finishing time of 30.37,this averaged out at 6.07 per mile for the course. This was a new personal best time for Sineád who just seems to raise the standard bar with each passing race. Former winner of this race on many occasions Kilmore’s Jackie Carty set the early pace with Sinead in close contention. After mile one the West Waterford athlete was in control of the pace with Carty on her shoulder matching her stride for stride. However When Sinead upped the tempo shortly after Dromana Bridge the Kilmore athlete found the tempo that little bit too hot and dropped off the shoulder of the eventual winner. Jackie held on gamely for the runner up spot with a time of 31.09 recorded. Kilkenny athlete Adele Walsh ran her usual steady paced race and was rewarded with a fine 3rd position in a time of 31.28 with two Waterford AC athletes filling fourth and fifth. The improving Mary Burke was fourth in 33.17 and there was an impressive run from Waterford County Council employee working here in Dungarvan Brea Cooke who claimed fifth in 33.52.
Triona Wall yet again lowered her best 5 mile time after a superb run in Clashmore recently where she recorded a best time of 35.32 she lowered this to 35.18 Friday evening and in doing so helped herself to a place on the winning West Waterford Ladies team, Karen Ryan also recorded a new P.B. when she covered the Dromana course in 37.06,well done Karen. Ann Norma and Pat clipped around under the 35 once again this week, and Josie broke the 39-minute mark with a good 38.57.Angeline Drennan was well under the 40-minute mark with a splendid 39.16 and this is also a P.B. for her. Fiona O’Riordan will be well pleased with breaking the 48 minutes her time was 47.59,a second is a second after all. Mary Harney put in the performance of her life to claim a new personal best time for 5 with an excellent 44.22 well done to all.  

There were three men’s team and one lady’s team award down for decision in Dromana with four to score in each team, West Waterford proved to be very strong here winning three from the four team prizes on offer. Our men’s A team of Trevor Mason 12th Declan McGrath 13th Martin Hayes 14th and Liam Budds 15th packed well and were the winning team with 54 points, West Waterford B were second team with 113 points, Patrick O’Riordan 20th Conor Murray 24th Colin Lyons 31st and Tom O’Brien 33rd .The third team award went to Clonmel AC and they were headed up by former cycling great and now marathon runner extraordinaire Dick O’Gorman, also on the team were Pat Coffey 36th Lar Martin 39th and Mossie Boland 60th a tally of  146 points. The West Waterford Ladies were to the fore in the Ladies team section also taking the team award with 315 points Norma Wall 72nd Ann Dunford 73rd Triona Wall 76th and Anne Whelan 94th.
Host club of the race West Waterford athletic club had 95 runners finish the race and by any clubs standards this is a massive turn out, Congratulations to all involved.

Our thanks to race sponsor Colm and Linda Nagle and all the staff at the Dungarvan Leader for their kind sponsorship of the Dromana 5 and for their ongoing support of athletics through their publication The Dungarvan leader. The race organisers were delighted to have members of the Nagle Family at the presentation of prizes especially Kim who was on hand to presented all the winner’s with the beautiful array of prizes of offer.

The club wishes to thank those who participated in this years race, all the people who came out to support the athletes on the course, to all the stewards headed up by Mark Mason, time keepers, entries and results administrators who’s help is invaluable in the organisation of any road race, Thanks to Hallahan coaches for the use of there bus to bring the runners to the start in Villiarstown, Special thanks to Eileen and Ita Mason who made the sandwiches for the runners, a special thank you to Nora and Danny Flynn and staff at the Central Bar Cappoquin, and of course our sponsors the Nagle family of Dungarvan Leader and to Ger Mason and family for their added bonus sponsorship again this year, this was much appreciated. Last but by no means least to our race committee headed up by Trevor Mason who once again made sure our 14th Annual visit to the Dromana 5 was a memorable one for all.

Next race in series Glaxosmithkline 5 this Friday July 13th at 8 p.m.

The eight Annual Glaxosmithkline 5 mile road race and walk will take place this coming Friday evening at 8 PM.Open to all runners, fun runners, joggers and walkers, (walk will start at the earlier time of 7.30 PM.) The race organisers G.S.K.have decided to donate all monies from the event to a very worthy charity once again this year, The National Council for the blind, and with this excellent charity in mind we urge everyone to take part in either the run or the walk on the night. There is a huge array of prizes again for this years race and they are as followes.1st 5 Men, 1st 3 Men over 40,1st 3 Men over 45,1st Man over 50,1st Man over 55,1st Man over 60,1st 5 Ladies, 1st Lady over 35, 1st Lady over 40,1st Lady over 45,1st Lady over 50,1st Lady over 55,1stJunior Man and Women, 1st Wheelchair athlete, The 1st three Men and 1st Three Women will each receive a cash prize as follows, 1st Man 100 Euro. 2nd Man 50 Euro. 3rd Man 30 Euro.1st Woman 100 Euro. 2nd Woman 50 Euro. And 3rd Woman 30 Euro. In addition a cash bonus of 100 Euro will be awarded to the first Man to break 24.45 which is the course record held by William Harty from 2001 and 100 Euro to the first Woman to break the course record of 29.20 held by Sinead Cummins St.Josephs, and set in 2004.A quality T-shirt and goodie bag will be presented to all finishers, with numerous spot prizes to be raffled among all non prize winners for both walkers and runners, This race is one not to be missed and is now well established as one of the best 5 mile road race’s anywhere in the country and provides a course well capable of supplying you with that personal best time over the distance.. The organising committee at Glaxosmithkline, which includes Dermot Dwyer. Denise Regan, Mick Verling and Siobhan Mc Carthy among others are expecting a very large field and they remind us that, all are invited to come along after the race to the presentation of prizes at Dungarvan Soccer Club pavilion (by kind permission) for tea’s and sandwiches. Please note also that parking is limited and if you have to bring your car parking will be provided at the industrial estate at the back of the Crystal centre with access from the roundabout at the Fire station. Your co-operation with this matter would be much appreciated.


The first round of this year’s TQS league was a huge success. A total of 83 runners participated in round one. The absolute beauty of this league is that the winner can be anybody and not just those that have been running with a long time. It is not the fastest person that wins the league but the person that accurately predicts their time. There is every chance that a person that has never ever run before could win as opposed to a regular runner. The clock begins at 50 minutes and works in reverse. Those doing the four laps will go first as it will take them longer to run four laps than those doing three, two or one lap. Everybody can see the clock and they start their run when the clock reaches the time they think it will take them to run the lap. A four-lap person might start at 48 minutes, a three-lap person at 36 minutes, a two-lap person at 24 minutes and a one-lap person at 12 minutes. Once everybody has started running the clock is no longer in view and watches are not allowed. If everybody ran the exact time that they predicted, then in theory everyone would cross the finishing line at the same time. However, that is in theory and not reality. Some will run faster than their predicted time and some will run slower and some will get it just right. It is on the second half of the last lap that all the runners start bunching in groups and asking themselves- “Am I running too fast or too slow, should I go a little faster or slower or should I just go at the same pace”. Decisions, Decisions!! Well, for round one of the TQS League it was Kevin Burke who made the right decision and ran his chosen distance in the exact time he predicted. Martina Ryan was only two seconds slower than her predicted time and Niamh Budds just 4 seconds too slow. On the other side of the clock, those that were just too fast were Pat Morrissey by 4 seconds and Michelle Mullaney by 7 seconds. It’s not every day that you’re told that you are running too fast and it’s great to learn that you underestimated your capabilities. Sinead Cooke and our league sponsor Tom Quilty will have to re-think their time for next week, as they were 20 minutes too fast. Well done lads, ye are much faster than ye gave yourselves credit for. Miriam Kelly and Susie Keane, who would have been regulars at our last league, have certainly upped their fitness levels, as they were far too fast as well. Another brilliant feature of this league is that as each week goes by you can set yourself small goals and if you were too fast by a minute or so, then the following week reduce your time by a minute and you will put yourself in the driving seat for getting the time just right. The league continues every Tuesday night for the months of July and August and it begins at 7 p.m. The entry fee is just €2 per night and all are very welcome. You do not have to run every night. Just come along whenever you can and join in the fun. All you need is a pair of runners and a bit of enthusiasm and you’ll be all set.

West Waterford Athletic Club would like to sincerely thank Tom and Maura Quilty for their generous sponsorship and support of the TQS League. We sincerely appreciate them coming on board again this year and we are delighted to be associated with them once again. Thanks also to TIPPERARY WATER for supplying bottles of water at the finish for all that took part. Many thanks.


On Friday 20th July over 100 runners are expected to hit the roads around Rathgormack for the inaugural Auto Power Rathgormack 5 mile road race. It has been many years since a road race has taken place in ‘The Village’, however it is no stranger to athletics as it has played host to a number of Munster cross country meetings in recent years.
Runners and walkers can register from 6 p.m. on the night in the fantastic Rathgormack Hiking Centre where changing facilities and showers will also be available. Prizes will also be presented in the Hiking Centre and post race refreshments will be served here. Carrick-on-Suir AC is delighted to welcome Robbie Power of Auto Power, Clonmel Road, Carrick-on-Suir on board as the main sponsor of the event. Due to Auto Power’s generous sponsorship of the event the club is able to offer a good prize-list, which should attract some of the areas top runners. One of the interesting features of this race is a prize for the 1st ‘local’ male and female that are not affiliated to an athletics club so this is a call out to all Rathgormack people who think they have what it takes for the 5-mile distance!!
This event is not all about the top runners as walkers, joggers and fun-runners will all be catered for and participation is the name of the game as people strive to achieve their personal goal. The walk starts at 7 p.m. In the process the organisers hope that as many runners and walkers as possible will raise money for the Irish Cancer Society which is the chosen charity of this race and sponsorship cards are available from Johnny Brunnock at 086-8483210 or Maura Brunnock at 087-9911982. All money raised can be returned on the night as we hope to present it to the Irish Cancer Society soon after the event.
An extra dimension has been added to this race in that the Brunnock family together with Paul, Seán and Darragh O’Donoghue, Tullacrimin, Co. Kerry have donated a specially commissioned trophy which has been designed and hand crafted by local craftsman Eddie Fogarty at his ‘Broadleaf’ workshop. This unique perpetual trophy will be made entirely of yew and bog oak and will be presented to the overall winner of the race every year. The trophy will be called the ‘Joanne O’Donoghue Memorial Trophy’, in memory of Joanne O’Donoghue (nee Brunnock) daughter of John and Maura Brunnock, native of Rathgormack and a popular figure in the area. Joanne lost her battle with cancer in December 2001 and this trophy will serve as a fitting tribute to her life. Her husband Paul and two boys Seán and Darragh will be on hand on the night to present the trophy to the winner.
This race will be race number 2 in the Outfield Sports/Asics Summer Series. The winner of race 1 The Champion Kiely 5k, Ballyneale-sponsored by Clearpoint was West Waterford’s Ravis Zakis is leading the league overall but with this race along with The Carraig Hotel Deadman’s 5 (12th August) it is still all to play for. Entry on the night is €8 but if you are one of the lucky 42 runners who entered the league in Ballyneale then you just have to sign-on on the night, get your number and run!
See you in Rathgormack!


"True sport is always a duel: a duel with nature, with one's own fear, with one's own fatigue, a duel in which body and mind are strengthened. Judy Hanrahan.

Our next senior club committee meeting will take place on Thursday July 12th at 8.30 Minnies bar. Abbeyside.

A 10k race is down on the fixture list for next Saturday July 14th in Dunhill.The Anne Valley 10k which gets under way at 4 PM.All proceds from the event will be donated to The Chernobyl Childrens Fund.


Track and field wasn’t designed for the sort of weather we have been enduring for the past few weeks. The Lee Strand Riocht international in Castleisland on Monday week last was staged in wet, windy and cold weather, with athletes, officials and spectators all feeling the effects.An Riocht are to be congratulated for staging this important competition they really did a huge amount of work to put the programme together, and did not deserve the weather conditions witnessed.West Waterford had one representitive in the meet when raivis Zakis made the long journey to the kingdom to take part in the development 5.000 Meters and the journey was well worth the effort as he produced his fastest run ever over the distance of 15.04.29.
Development 5,000m: 1, R. Chesser (Ennis Track) 14:20.26; 2, J. McCarthy (East Cork) 15:0051; 3, R. Zakis (West Waterford) 15:04.29.

The National Track and Field championships will take place Saturday and Sunday week next in Morton Stadium Santry,Dublin and West Waterford will have athletes takeing part.Jamie Costin will be hoping to retain his 10k title won last year and he is is in flying form presentlty with the 50k selection times achieved for the world championships and the Olympic Games for next year.Alan O’Brien after his exploits at last weeks national leagues in Waterford will take his place on the starting line for the 400 and 800 Meters.while James Ledingham will be hoping to perform as well as he did last Sunday when winning the 800 meters at round one of the leagues.James will also be in the line up for the 4 and 800 Meters.The clubs leading Pole Vaulter Liam Houlihan will be in action in the Pole Vault and should figure well up the finishing ladder He also goes, in the High Jump competition.Our threee Latvian club Men are down to run also with Sandis Bralitis taking on the Steeplechase and 5.000,Sandis had a terriffic win in the legaues last week after a titanic battle in the 5.000 meters a strong athlete also over the jumps he will figure well in both events.Raivis Zakis will also line out in both the Steeplechase and 5.000 meters,He will be hoping to record a personal best in the 5.000 if the day is right weather wise etc,Our final runner is Dzintars Klava he competes in the 1.500 which he won in Waterford and the 5.000 meters,His number one event will defently be the 1.500 meters and he could very well run a personal best time here,as training has been going very well for Dez so a big run is lurking around,Sunday could very well be his of luck to all athletes for the championship.

West Waterford’s David McCarthy was in action again last Saturday in a Senior 1.500 meters race in Belgium and once again he put in a terriffic performance.After a great run the previous week in Watford,England at the British Milers Club meet where he recorded a new personal best time of  3.47.27 for 1.500 meters.Last Saturday he stepped up another notch in this excellent Senior race where David was the sole Junior athlete taking part, this however didn’t flustered him and he returned to Dublin last Sunday evening with a brand new personal best time of 3.46.15 finishing 5th.what a way to run your final preperation race before he competes next week in the European Juniors in Hengelo.All at the club wish him well here and look forward to David’s promising carer ahead with much anticapation.

1 Stouti Boujemaa*   OEH 3:45.00
2 Bairu Simon   CAN 3:45.25
3 MARRION Geoffrey  CABW 3:45.68
4 Detert Oude Weme Rob  NED 3:46.05
5 McCarthy David   IRL 3:46.15
6 Wilssens Koen   VOLH 3:47.26

Congratulations from all at West Waterford to J.J. and Georgina Henly on the birth of their new baby recently Health and Happyness to all.

Congratulations from all at West Waterford to Donnachadh Cosgrave and Triona White on the occasssion of their wedding last and happyness to you both.

West Waterford Athletic Club extends sincere sympathy to the Meehan Family on the tragic death of Ciara Meehan Ballinacourty which occurred last week.May she rest in peace.