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National Track and Field medals for Masters





Last Friday evening the An Tobar Ardmore 5 brought a fitting end to this years Ger Wyley Sports /Nike summer series which was hosted by West Waterford athletic club. A huge turn out of 181 athletes completed the An Tobar sponsored event, which was yet again a fantastic turn out especially considering it was such a very wet night. This large gathering of runners pleased the organisers and sponsor alike who put so much effort into such an event but unfortunately they have no control over the weather, never the less it was encouraging that such a huge gathering supported the event on the night.

The winner this year was West Waterford’s Sandis Bralitis who was taking his second victory in a row in Ardmore as he was the reining champions from 2006,Sandis lead from start to finish recording a winning time of 25.26 which was a some what slowish finishing time but considering the night that was in it fast times were in the minority.

Going out hard form the gun which is his trade mark running Sandis had the race in the bag as he had opened up an 80 meter gap with in the first mile on club mate Raivis Zakis increasing his lead from there to the finish line. Raivis likewise was well clear in 2nd place and he recorded time of 26.30.It doesn’t happen to often that you run a race which passes your front door, well such was the occasion for local Ardmore man Sean Stilwell who had a terrific run to finish 3rd overall in a time of 26.58,great running from Seán on home turf.

Again despite the bad weather some very useful times were recorded by many of the runners, which also included some personal best time for the 5-mile distance. Declan McGrath played a blinder finishing 6th and now has a new P.B.of 28.20 likewise how about the flying Rory Moloney 7th overall in 28.25.Elma Nugent recorded an impressive P.B.with a fine run 33.52 she is one to watch for the future. Justin Coonan is in fine form presently and was clocked at 31.43,Karen Ryan also had a good run and was well under the 40 minute barrier 38.08,Paul McGrath also broke the 40 with a run of 39.19,like wise Eamon Flavin will be well pleased with his run of 38.56.Inese Melne was unlucky not to break the 40 when she ran a time of 40.17,Andrea Gaffney showed her visiting sister how it’s done when she ran a good time of 40.51 while Hugh was looking after the inlaw, Hugh and Niamh recorded time’s of 44.05 and 44.06 respectively ,Niamh is a member of the countries newest running club the newly formed Lakeside Striders in Blessington.another runner to catch the eye was the performance of Tracy Dwyer 41.08 great running, speaking of Dwyer’s how about the P.B.of Sean Dwyer 34.53.Dermo we need to get the skates on don’t we. Well done to all.

The ladies race saw Sligo’s Lucy Brennan make the long journey a fruitful one when she was the only female athlete to break the 30 minute mark to come home a clear winner in a time of 29.31 from West Waterford ‘s Sinead Crotty 2nd in 30.02. Another good performance from Sineád to be on the 30-minute mark. But she was up against one of the countries best Female road racers in Brennan on the night, and despite being in close proximity of the leader for much of the race Sineád had to settle for 2nd place on the night. The winner of this prestigious race over the last two years Kilmore’s Jackie Carty had to be content with third on the night when she was clocked at 31.13

Matt Faherty was on hand to present Lucy Brennan with the Noel Faherty memorial cup for the first Lady finisher. Our thanks to Matt for this.




The Zodiac signs competition is a unique element to the Ardmore race and brings great banter and fun into the event, This is where each male and female runner race for the honour of being the first in their particular star sign.

The following are the list of winners for this year.


ARIES Peter Francis Mary Burke

TAURIS Andrew Leary Brenda Lowe

GEMINI Ted Flannelly Esther Murphy

CANCER Keith Radley Catriona Gough

LEO Vasily Neumerzkitskig Brea Cooke

VIRGO Denis Carroll Miriam Smith

LIBRA Brian O’Connor Ruth Aherne

SCORPIO Ian Walsh Helen Doyle

SAGITTARIUS Valerin Turcan Patricia O’Brien

CAPRICORN Peter Duggan Elma Nugent

AQUARIUS Declan McGrath Suzanne Rath

PISCES Brian Byrne N/A


After the race the presentation of prizes took place at An Tobar our race sponsor, We would like to thank manager Ken Pallister and his staff at An Tobar for their kind hospitality and of course their welcome sponsorship of the race plus on behalf of the runners a big thanks to them for the sandwiches they were very welcome, A special word of thanks to West Waterford club man Michael Hennessey and all his helpers and stewards who once again looked after the organising of the race in Ardmore a job well done by all. Everything went like clockwork on the night, to Ardmore for the kind use of their fine club facilities, which was much appreciated especially the showers on such a wet night. To our hard working club administrators, those who looked after entries and results and finish area, To Gerry Cantwell our road racing co-ordinator, Thanks to the Ryan and Faherty families for there ongoing association with this race.

A full end of summer series report will feature in next week’s notes.

(race results here please)



The penultimate stage of the popular TQS League was held last Tuesday night, August 14th and despite the wet weather, there were 48 participants in total. Out of the 48 runners, 26 were faster than their predicted time and 22 were slower. On the night, victory went to Paddy Power as he paced himself to perfection and claimed the top spot on the night. He ran as accurate as it can get, crossing the line in exactly the time he predicted that he would. What are the odds that he will have a repeat performance for the final stage? We will have to wait and see! Susie Keane was quite close as she was only 3 seconds slower, Carol Elstead 7 seconds and Carol Whelan just 8 seconds slower than the predicted time. On the other side of the clock, that is those that were just that little bit too fast we had Martina Ryan who was a mere one second too fast, Pearse Moloney 3 seconds too fast and Mark Vespa just four seconds too fast. The following are the top four leaders after seven stages of the league.

1. Brigid Coffey 125

2. Brìd Veale 122

3. Pat Morrissey 120

4. Onra Power 118

It couldn’t be any closer between these top four at the moment and with the nature of the league being what it is it’s impossible to tell who will be crowned the TQS champion for 2007. It all rests on the final run. We hope all participants enjoyed the league and that you will come along to all our upcoming leagues, more to follow on these leagues. We wish you all the very best of luck on the final night.



West Waterford Athletic Club would like to sincerely thank Tom and Maura Quilty for their most generous sponsorship of the TQS League. It is wonderful to be associated with them and they have provided invaluable help and support throughout the duration of the league. Many thanks.



Times for round 7 of the TQS League


Slower than time predicted.

Paddy Power 0.00

Susie Keane 0.03

Carol Elstead 0.07

Carol Whelan 0.08

Diana Chizhikov 0.18

Triona Wall 0.36

John Foley 0.37

Fergal Connolly 0.38

Ray Moore 0.42

Ann Whelan 0.49

Liam Kavanagh 0.51

Vincent Tutty 0.52

Paul Brunnock 0.54

Mark Cahill 1.00

Pat Tutty 1.01

Alexander Novakovsky 1.09

Michèal Callaghan 1.26

Trevor Walsh 1.41

Richie Power 1.43

Faster than time predicted

Andrea O’ Neill 8.55

Pat Dunford 5.00

Keith Radley 1.54

Timmy Foley 1.40

Micheal Roche 1.38

Declan McGrath 1.33

Ann Wright 0.54

Sarah Power 0.49

Liam Budds 0.29

Pat O’ Riordan 0.28

Onra Power 0.20

Josie Harty 0.18

Rory Moloney 0.17

Johnny O’ Connor 0.14

Niamh Budds 0.12

Liam Sandford 0.11

Mary O’ Riordan 0.11

JJ Henley 0.10

Norma Wall 0.09

Pat Morrissey 0.07

Brid Veale 0.06

George Tutty 0.06

Earl Navin 0.05

Mark Vespa 0.04

Pearse Moloney 0.03

Martina Ryan 0.01




The final race in these years Ballycotton summer series the Ballycotton 5 will take place on tomorrow night Thursday 23rd August. Please note that this race starts at the earlier time of 7.30 PM.Entry fee on the final night as per usual is 5 Euro with a donation from this going towards a local charity in Ballycotton.The traditional T Shirt for the top 50 men overall in the series and top a 15 Ladies will be awarded and here West Waterford athletes will be among the recipients of these T-Shirts. West Waterford’s Joe Kelly is having a terrific summer and is lying 14th overall in this year’s series with club mate Liam Budds (the new kid on the block) only one position behind in 15th overall. Liam is now regularly breaking the 30-minute mark and will be expected to do likewise tomorrow night. Best of luck to all West Waterford athletes for the final race in this year series.


Our annual pilgrimage Lee side for the Annual Cork to Cobh 15 miler is drawing ever so nearer and of course when we start to talk about this race we know that Autumn marathon time is also looming as traditionally all those doing an Autumn marathon always participate in this race. Sunday 30th September is this years date for the B.H.A.A.organised event with Goodie bags and T-Shirt to all finishers. The race gets under way at 9.30 am Entries forms are now available from Ger Wyley Sports so don’t let it until the last minute; get your entry in early. Entry fee is 15 euro and 20 if you wait till race day.


The St.Finbarrs AC organised Cork Half Marathon will be held again this year in Barney and will as it has in previous years host the Munster Half Marathon championships as part of the race on the day. Club road racing co-ordinator Gerry Cantwell is currently putting his teams together for the championship and if you’re running please let Gerry know. Race day is Sunday September 9th at 11 AM and Mizuno are the main sponsor for the event. The club will be submitting entries for the championship side of the race but its up to each individual to enter the race proper him or herself, Entry forms can be collected at Ger Wyley Sports or on line at St Finbarrs AC web site.


The final race in the three race Carrick road runners summer series the Deadmans 5 was held recently and a good field of 105 runners completed the undulating Deadman’s Boureen course. The series was sponsored by Outfield Sports and Asics and the organisers were delighted with the success of the inaugural event. Despite the final race being held the same day as the Waterford Limerick match our club had a good turn out of 13 runners in Carrick.The race was won by Raivis Zakis in a very good time of 25.37 making it three from three as he had earlier in the series won the Ballyneal and the Rathgormack race’s. Another to be among the prize winners was for the second time in a week Brigid Coffey over 35 Lady with a good time of 38.23.Brigid also took a prize in the recent Ballymac 5 in this catagory.well done to her.


1ST Raivis Zakis 25.37

20th Tom O’Brien 30.58

30th Paul Brunnock 33.17

34th Jim Duhig 33.41

40th Liam Kavanagh 34.02

47th Paul Mooney 34.27

66th Billy Coleman 37.11

67th David Connors 37.14

75th Brigid Coffey 38.23

80th Inese Melne 39.23

87th Andrea Gaffney 42.03

89th Onra Power 42.24

94th Hugh O’Connor 44.15


Bid me run and I will strive with things impossible. Alan O’Brien.


West Waterford Athletic Club extends sincere sympathy to the family and friends of the late Bridget Hickey Ballymacarbry May she rest in peace.



Following on the success of our Senior Men superb Track and Field victory last Weekend at the National Leagues finals in Tullamore, Our Masters were in action at the same venue last Saturday when the National championships took place. A small group of athletes from the club travelled however regulars at this event Joe Gough and Brendan Moran were both sidelined through injury, on the less the club brought home the spoils with Terri Gough taking three Gold's and one silver. Her gold medals were won in the Hammer, Javelin and 200 Meters and silver in the 400 Meters to round off a memorable day for the Portlaw Lady. Sandra Brazil White was in super form also when taking a hat full of bronze medals with very stiff opposition present on the day. Sandra won bronze in the 100 and 200 Meters plus the Shot and Long Jump a great days work by any standards. Johnny O'Connor competed in the 400 Meters and took very deserving silver with a fast final 50 meters passing out an athlete who was in the silver medal position for most of the race. Michael Tutty was in action in the Javelin after a very good opening throw he finished up 4th and just outside a medal position. Well done to all. 


After the brilliant success of our Men’s National leagues victory last weekend the club are currently organising a social evening which will include a medal presentation to the athletes involved on the team. This was a historic win for the club and it's is hoped that as many members as possible will attend this function to celebrate this success. The Final preparations for the evening are currently being put in place and we hope to organise it in early September. More details in a few weeks.



The next big local event on the local athletics calendar is the popular one lap challenge for beginners, improvers and regulars. This league starts on Tuesday September St.Augustines College.Duckspool. (By kind permission). We are also delighted to announce this week that we now have a new sponsor for this league in the guise of Elite Paintball. The League will know be known as the Elite Paintball 1 lap challenge. On behalf of the club we sincerely thank Marie and Jeff Allan of Elite Paintball for their kind sponsorship of this league, which will continue each Tuesday evening for six weeks. Starting time each week will be 7 pm.

Now that you have established yourself into a routine running wise, the upcoming leagues are the perfect way to maintain this routine and increase your stamina and fitness into the bargain Precisely what the name suggests, it is a running league whereby all participants run a lap of the Friary. You do not have to be able to run the full lap, you are most welcome to come along and walk and to try running a little bit each week and before the league concludes we guarantee that you will be running the lap without stopping. Entry fee is just €2 each night. As well as the one lap challenge on Tuesday nights we also have the ever popular Autumn League on Thursday nights beginning at 6.30 p.m. This league begins on Thursday, September 13th and will consist of one, two, three or four laps of the Friary. If you are a newcomer beginning the one lap challenge on the Tuesday nights, the Autumn League on Thursday nights will be perfect to help you get some extra practice in to achieve that goal of running one lap without stopping.

So don’t hang up the runners just yet, there is plenty going on to get you fit and healthy throughout the autumn. The entry fee is also €2 per night.


Now that the club’s Summer Series has come to a conclusion we can now reveal the winners of the club championship. This was the first year that a championship within the club was held and it was very successful for its first year. It was open to all members of West Waterford Athletic Club and to qualify each person had to have ran at least seven of the ten races in the Summer Series. For each of those races that you ran, a record was kept of your finishing position and the male and female with the lowest points in each category was declared club champion for 2007. Your best seven races counted towards your final score and there were various categories throughout.



Senior Sandis Bralitis SENIOR Sinead Crotty

O/35 Joe Kelly O/35 Brigid Coffey

O/40 Martin Hayes 0/40 Onra Power

O/45 Billy Maguire O/45 Josie Uí Chuirrin

O/50 Colin Lyons O/50 n/a

O/55 Liam Sandford O/60 Terri Gough



The Presentation of prizes for the T.Q.S.league, The Green Mile League and the Club road racing champions for 2007 will take place in Tommy Powers on Friday August 24th at 10 PM.


July 3rd 1.Kevin Power.2.Pat Morrissey.3.Niamh Budds.

July 10th 1.Hugh O’Connor.2.Martina Ryan.3.Brid Veale.

July 17th 1.Ann Wright.2.Pat Connaughton.3.Onra Power.

July 24th 1.GerryOConnor.2.Susie Keane.3.Chizhikova Diana.

July 31st 1.Mirian Keane.2.George Tutty.3.Josie Uí Chuirrin.

August 7th 1.Michael Tutty.2.Ursula Browne.3.Paddy Street.

August 14th Paddy Power.2.Carol Elstead.3.Carol Whelan.

August 21st


SUB 6-Sean Stilwell-SUB 7 -Liam Kavanagh

SUB 8-Emer Scanlon-8PLUS-Carol Whelan



After finishing 2nd at Friday nights Ardmore 5 club member Raivis Zakis was on the road again Sunday to the Michael Cahill Ballingarry 5k.Raivis had a good win here in a very good time of 15.20 with Dwane Farrell Tinryland 2nd 15.50 and Raheny’s Mick Traynor third 16.01 the Ladies race was won by Adele Walsh St.Senans and our own Diane Behan made a welcome return to competition when taking second Lady in a time of 20.15.


West Waterford Athletic Club extends congratulations to club member Rory Wyley on his Cycling Irish National record last week in England. Rory was across the water to try and break the Irish National 12 hour road record and this he duly did in fine fashion with a distance covered in the allotted 12 hours of 273 miles smashing the old mark of 255 miles. Well-done Rory on a super achievement. Also on cycling matters our congratulations go out to the committee involved in the organisation of last Sundays Sean Kelly tour of Waterford which was a huge success with over 900 cycling enthusiast descending on the county to particapate. Carrick AC athlete Johnny Brunnock headed up the organising committee which also included West Waterford members Ger Wyley and Rosarie Kealy among others. Well done to all a great weekend’s sports in the town.