Senior News

Notes August 28-16

 After 8 weeks of running, the overall winner of the Hallahans League was Michael Moynihan on 184 pts. Michael was a very deserving winner as he was very consistant thoughout the league, winning week 3 and runner up in week 4 and 6. Michael was presented with is prize by league sponsor Patrick Hallahan. In second place on 158 was Angeline Drennan. In third was Simon Moloney who's total of 155 was the same as 4th place Sharon Higgins and they could only be sepearted on countback. This was also the case for 5th and 6th place as Yevgeniy Chizikov and Catriona Kiely were level on 139 pts, with Yev piping Catriona on countback. The top 10 was rounder out by Conor O'Neill in 7th, Gerry Cummions in 8th, Eamon Curran in 9th and last years winner Liz O'Riordan in 10th.
Micheál Moynihan  184
Angeline Drennan  158
Simon Moloney 155
Sharon Higgins  155
Yevgeniy Chizikov  139
Catriona Kiely  139
Conor O'Neill 132
Gerry Cummins 131

Eamon Curran 115
Liz O'Riordan 115

West Waterford Athletic Club would like to thank all those that have helped in the running of the league. Thanks so much once again to the Friary College for permitting the use of the grounds and of course thanks to those that helped by taking the entries, names, times and results, it’s very much appreciated.  Thanks again to Jamie, Patrick and our sponsors at Hallahan’s pharmacy and as always we would like to invite our members and participants in our leagues to support our sponsors where possible. 
We had a weekly winner over the 8 weeks who all received a prize courtesy of our sponsor Hallahan’s Pharmacy.  No one could win more than once so this means we had 8 worthy prize-winners.  A special mention to Jamie and Patrick for facilitating this each night.  The 8 weekly winners were as follows:
Week 1​​ Magerat Whelan
Week 2​​ Gerry Cummins
Week 3​ Micheal Moynihan
Week 4​​ Darren Coogan
Week 5​​ Josie Ui Chuirrin
Week 6​​ Emma Hogan
Week 7​​ Gerry O Connor
Week 8​​ Paul Brunnock 
The first night of the Garvey’s Supervalu Autumn League will take place on Thursday 1st September at St Augustine’s College by kind permission. This league is open to everybody over the age of twelve and all are welcome. This league caters for all levels of runners, from the beginner to the regular runner. You can even decide yourself what distance might suit you as it’s open for participants to run 1 lap which is just over 1 mile in distance, 2 laps, 3 laps 4 laps . If you can’t make the run every night of the five weeks, just come along when you can. The entry fee each night is €2. Registration for the league begins at 6.30 and then the league itself gets underway at 7 p.m. Parking is available at the college. Our sincere thanks go to Garvey’s Supervalu Dungarvan and to Garvey’s on the Coolagh Road once again for their kind sponsorship of this league. The dates for this league are: Sept 1st,8th , 15th,22nd,29th.
9 weeks .......9 training sessions...........9 long runs
Training for Dublin City Marathon is now our prime focus. At the start of the year we looked for 100 athletes to join us at the start line of the Dublin City Marathon. We now have 160 athletes in training for the big day.
For many of these athletes it will be their first marathon and a very special occasion. For others it will be their 10th,20th or even 50th. What we all have in common is that we will run 26.2 miles on the day as part of the largest team participating in the event.As part of our club training plan we have organised sessions on a Tuesday night which are integral to the overall plan. This year we have also introduced organised group long runs at the weekend. We are very fortunate to have Michael, James, Noel, Claire, Sharon and Vince leading our training groups and giving their time and energy to help others achieve their marathon goals. Anyone who has ever trained for a marathon knows how much easier these runs are with company.
Each group leader is following the club training plan and the effort levels / pace ranges on each run will reflect that weeks plan. If you are part of our Tuesday night training group then these runs are for you. It’s not too late to join any of the groups.
GSK 5 was the goal race for our athletes who are focussed on shorter distances. Congratulations to everyone who worked so hard to either complete this race or to compete. There were many new pb’s recorded despite less than optimal weather conditions. Well done everyone especially to the first graduates of our Let’s Run programme who went from 0-5k then 5k to GSK 5 miles in such a short space of time.Training continues on a Tuesday night for this group. When recovery from the racing season is complete we will start to focus on our next challenge – John Treacy 10 mile race. If you are training for shorter distances and would like to try a club session come along to the Friary at 6.30pm any Tuesday night.
Following on from the success of our ‘Lets Run’ programme earlier this year West Waterford AC is delighted to announce ‘Lets Run 2’ commencing 6th September 2016. This is an 8 week mentored programme that will introduce you to our wonderful world of running. During the 8 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 Halloween.If you have always wanted to run but have never tried it then this is the programme for you. It will be a great post summer challenge and is also ideal of your fitness has slipped over the summer and you want to get back into a fitness routine.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. We subscribe to the ‘Sean Kelly School of weather’ whereby we do the training and then decide afterwards if the weather was unsuitable. Unless you are struck down we expect to see you every week. Running in all types of weather conditions make for good running character so commit to the 8 weeks and don’t let yourself down. 
When – Tuesdays at 630pm commencing 6th September 2016
Where – Meet at the Friary
Who – anyone who wants to be able to run 5k. In 8 weeks you will be ‘a runner’
Cost - €30
For further information & to book your spot please contact Claire Kennedy on (087) 9116997 or Irene Clark on (086) 8242348. Places are limited so please book in advance.
Irish athletics had a breakthrough Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro with a number of world class performances highlighted by Thomas Barr’s (Ferrybank) fantastic fourth place in the 400m hurdles.Barr’s 47.97 clocking is truly world class territory – the last athlete not to medal running sub 48 was in Atlanta in 1996 by Sweden's Sven Nylander in 47.98 who also finished fourth. Until the final, only one athlete since 2013 had run under 48 seconds. The last time four athletes went under 48 seconds was fifteen years ago.The Ferrybank athlete's time on the IAAF scoring table equates to a 9.92 100m, a 3:47 mile and a 2:06 marathon.Robert Heffernan (Togher) finished a magnificent sixth in the 50km race walk in 3:43:55 in his sixth Olympic Games. This was the first Olympic Games since 1980 in Moscow that two men (Eamonn Coghlan and John Treacy) have come in the top 8 in their event.Alongside Barr and Heffernan were a number of athletes who finished in the top 20. Mark English, Ciara Mageean (both UCD) and Sara Treacy (Dunboyne) were 17th overall in their respective 800m, 1500m and 3,000m steeplechase events. Brendan Boyce (Letterkenny) was 19th in the 50km race walk and Fionnuala McCormack (Kilcoole) was 20th in the marathon. McCormack's run was the best ever finish by an Irish woman in the Olympics.The majority of Irish athletes exceeded expectation and Paul Pollock (Annadale Striders) with his time of 2:16:24 was the third fastest Irish man in the history of the Olympics in the marathon behind John Treacy and Jerry Kiernan.In terms of qualification from the first round, it was the most successful Games since Atlanta in 1996. This provides a good barometer as historically Irish athletes have struggled to progress past the first round. It gives a platform for development and is a sign of the increasing depth and preparation at the top end.  Of the 17 athletes 13 were making their Olympic debuts including three of our leading athletes Thomas Barr, Mark English and Ciara Mageean.Irish athletics have significantly progressed in many areas and have set a good platform for more success in the next two Olympic cycles.  There has been really positive progress through each championship culminating in an Olympic Games where the Irish athletics team produced one of its best ever overall performances.  While we were close to achieving medals the prospects for success in 2020 and 2024 is there to be built upon.
Men’s 400m Hurdles
Thomas Barr (Ferrybank) heat 2nd 48.93; semi-final 1st 48.39; final 4th 47.97
Men’s 800m
Mark English (UCD) heat 3rd 1:46.40; semi-final 5th 1:45.93
Women’s 800m (UCD)
Ciara Everard (UCD) heat 8th 2:07.91
Women’s 1500m
Ciara Mageean (UCD) heat 2nd 4:11.51; semi-final 11th 4:08.07
Women’s 3,000m steeplechase
Sara Treacy (Dunboyne) heat 3 12th 9:46.24, final 17th 9:52.70; Kerry O’Flaherty (Newcastle) heat 1 14th 9:45.35; Michelle Finn (Leevale) heat 2 11th 9:49.45
Men’s marathon
Paul Pollock (Annadale Striders) 32nd 2:16:24; Kevin Seaward (St Malachy’s) 64th 2:20:06; Mick Clohisey (Raheny Shamrock) 103rd 2:26:34
Women’s marathon
Fionnuala McCormack (Kilcoole) 20th 2:31:22; Lizzie Lee (Leevale) 57th 2:39:57; Breege Connolly (North Belfast Harriers) 76th 2:44:41
20km walk
Alex Wright (Leevale) 46th 1:25:25
50km walk
Robert Heffernan (Togher) 6th 3:43:55; Brendan Boyce (Letterkenny) 19th 3:53:59; Alex Wright (Leevale) DNF
Women’s Pole Vault
Tori Pena (Finn Valley) Group B 14th 4.30
The SE2 sponsors Ailish Ni hAodha memorial Ballyduff 5 Mile road race took place last Friday evening and the weather was ideal for the 105 runners and 40 walkers who completed the undulating course, after the nine stop downpour we witnessed at last years event, this year we are delighted to report that Ballyduff looked splendid in the evening sunshine which was welcome by all.It was great to see a much larger turnout this year which is deserving of the organizers Tony Latham and his team of helpers who had everything in tip top order for the event. The race was started at 7 pm by our honorary race starter this year Waterford's county hurling manager Derek McGrath from the community hall,which all the process from the night were donated to the upkeep of.Our sincere thanks to Derek for taking the time out to come along to support the local community in Ballyduff.As the runners made their way out of the village to the musical sounds of top WLR Broadcaster John O'Shea our eventual race winner was well and truly on his way to claiming the memorial cup on offer,Waterford's Frank Quinlan raced through the first mile in just under 5 minutes and laid the marker down without reply from any quarter , by the 2 mile the race was truly over as Frank was a minute clear of the chasers. the Waterford man went on to cross the finish line in a time of 26.50 well clear of his team mate Trevor Swift who finished 2nd in 28.38 with David Kynes Kilmore AC 3rd in 28.38.Mossie Keogh broke the 30 minutes when clocking 29.19 , excellent running on this course from Mossie. Ray Hahesy took the over 50 category with a time of 30.53. and the 1st junior priE was claimed by Alex Folry Waterfrod AC in 29.06. The prize for the first local finisher went to Brian Cuddihy 29.15.
Men’s Prize Winners
1stFrank Quinlan Waterford A.C. 26.50
2nd Trevor Swift Waterford A.C. 28.38
3rd David Kynes Kilcoole A.C. 28.56
O/40 Mossie Keogh West Waterford A.C. 29.19
O/50 Ray Hahesy West Waterford A.C. 30.53
Junior Alex Foley Waterford A.C. 29.06
1st local Brian Cuddihy Waterford A.C. 29.15
Emma Leahy who ran as an individual "with no club " was to be the winner of the cup for ladies in 2016, Emma ran and excellent time of 32.55, all most a minute ahead of her nearest rival Elaine O'Donovan St.Josephs AC 33.50 who finished 2nd with West Waterford's Kate Veale 3rd in 34.50.?claudia Lane Waterfrod Sc was to take 1st over 40 in a time of 35.50 and the over 50 prize winner was Ann Dunford West Waterford AC in 38.20 ,the first local finisher on the night was Rosie Van Der Valk In a time of 46.10.
Women’s Prize Winners
1st Emma Leahy N/A 32.55
2nd Elaine O’Donovan St. Joseph’s A.C. 33.50
3rd Kate Veale West Waterford A.C. 34.29
O/40 Claudia Lane Waterford A.C. 35.50
O/50 Ann Dunford West Waterford A.C. 38.20
1st local Rosie Van Der Valk Waterford A.C. 46.10
IN March of next year the famous Ballycotton ‘10’ will celebrate its 40th birthday. But let us not forget the race that started it all, and without it it’s unlikely that road running in this region would have attained the huge popularity it now has.
The date was Thursday August 11th 1977 and it was another age as far as road running was concerned. From January to August of that year, only six events on the road took place in the Cork region – the well-known Cork to Cobh ‘15’, two four-milers in Ballymore (where 26 ran), and Ballyhooly, a five-mile race in Mallow, a six-mile in Kildorrery (16 runners), and the popular relays around the Lough organised by St. Finbarr’s AC.  
August 11th was a week after that Ballymore Festival race, and commitments had been received there from most of the runners to come to Ballycotton, including winner Ray Treacy. The work in organising the race had started some weeks before, with the local shops and business people being approached for donations. One of the few firms in the area at the time contributed five pounds, as did three of the businesses. Two more gave two pounds and one pound each, and even the 50p from another was appreciated. The total came to £28.50.
Trophies and plaques were purchased as prizes, costing £29.75. Entry fee was either 20p or 30p, and no race numbers were issued. Instead, as each runner finished he was handed a card with his finishing position on it, and he then gave his name to the recorder. We say ‘he’ deliberately, for at that time no women ran such a long distance as five miles!
The race started at the old Post Office (just above where the race now finishes), and the course was the same as is used at present, although the finish was outside the School Gate. As measuring techniques were not as advanced as nowadays, it was slightly short of five miles.
Local interest was a mixture of curiosity and bemusement. Some people asked what a road race was – “is it a cycling race, or what?” When Phil McGrath and John Walshe went out to mark the road, one local person told them that County Council would object, as they considered painting on the road graffiti!
First to enter was Michael Healy from Youghal, one of the top cross-country runners in Cork at the time. Tens of thousands of entries for a myriad of events have been received since, but Michael can take pride of place as the first runner to have ‘No. 1’ alongside his name in a Ballycotton race. BLE County Board Chairman, the late Paddy Hartnett, sent the 34 runners on their way. John Murray from Ballybraher (who has also passed away) was a spectator on that fine August evening and he was asked to act as lead car, which he duly did, accompanied by reporter Joe Duggan (also now deceased) from the ‘News and Star’.Michael Long of Leevale, along with his girlfriend Ellen, volunteered to time the runners. It is worth noting that virtually no races in those days did this, apart from maybe taking the winners’ time. In fact, in his newspaper report Joe Duggan stated that, “the time of all the competitors was taken, a rare feat in Cork in athletics.” At the finish line the numbered cards were handed out by Seamus Hartnett, there to se the race with his parents, and who would go on to be the area’s top runner in the years to come.The other locals involved were John Walshe and Dan Donovan (who both ran the race), along with Phil McGrath and his brother Fr Tom, home from England. At the prize-giving in the local hall the trophies were presented by the late Fr Bertie Troy, C.C., Ballycotton. How the event has grown as 40 years later, when a field of 542 complete the same course last Thursday evening as the one used all those years ago with this years winner, as it did 40 years ago coming from Leevale AC, Mark Hanrahan with a time of 24.21,the ladies Winner was Aoife Cooke Youghal AC 28.42. Just for the record Ray Treacy ran a time of 23.46 over the very same unchanged course 40 years earlier.  Six West Waterford athletes made the journey to the race with Mossie Keogh taking 2 new over 40 prize and Bernie Prendergast taking the ladies over 55 prize,well done to all and a very well done especially to Ballycotton running promotions. 
Mossie Keogh 28.36
Ted O Leary 32.16
Bernie Prendergast 39.27
Onra Power 39.45
John Fennell 41.49
John Foley 45.14
A fun run / family walk in aid of the Ballinameela community center will be held this Friday evening. Registration will take place from 6.30 on the night with the walk starting at 7 p.m and the run will get under way at 7.30 pm. All support will be much appreciated.
Congratulations to club member Paul Brunnock who was the overall winner of the weekends B2B 39.3 mile Achill ultra marathon. Paul completed day one crossing the finish line in 1st place on Saturday in a time of 6.01.49 and on Sunday he repeated his finishing position coming home a clear winner with a time of 7.02.44. This brought Paul home as the overall winner of the weekends race.Also taking part was Terri Gough who ran the marathon distance on Saturday in a time of 5.53.21.Well done to both Paul and Terri.   
West Waterford athletics club extends sincere sympathy to the family and friends of Mary Keohan Western Terrace Dungarvan who passed to eternal reward recently, may she rest in peace. 
Never limit where running can take you. I mean that geographically, spiritually, and of course, physically