Senior News

Notes July 24-16

The 21st annual running of the Dooceys Bar Ballymacarabry 5 mile road race can go down as a memorable occasion as not alone were we celebrating the 21st year of the race but it also attracted the largest turn out of runners ever in the 21 years of its existence. The race which was started 21 years ago by local runners Francis Connolly and the late Tony Mc Carthy has stood the test of time and the event is still has one of the original crew as race director to this day in Frank Bolger who was our honorary race starter last Friday evening. For all of those 21 past years we still have our loyal sponsor on board and we sincerely thank them again this year, Tony and Michael Doocey and all of the Doocey’s family for 21 years of support and sponsorship for this race. Thanks also to Michael Doocey who presented the winners with their prizes on the night. For the first time we were unable to use the wood circuit as forestry work on the course prevented us for going through the wood on this occasion, never the less our plan b out and back road circuit was met with glowing reports after the race with many personal best's achieved on the night.Thanks to Danny O' Rourke and all at the community centre for permitting the use of the fabulous facilities, entries were taken at the hall and changing and showers were also available which was really appreciated by one and all. Thanks to those who provided the sandwiches, Tea's etc a big thank you. To Ann for looking after the prizes and to Ann, Shirley, Liam, Ray and Tom  for the entries and results. Our thanks to road racing coordinator Gerry Cantwell who insured the race went ahead and had the new course measured and ready to go by 7.30 on the night. Thanks to Conor ,Jamie who were on duty out on the course doing their usual brilliant job,  Our thanks and appreciation to the Spellman family who provided the water station at mile 2 this was much appreciated by the runners. All in all another great community effort saw a most enjoyable nights racing in the beautiful Nire valley, se you all in 2017 when please god we will do it all over again.
Weather conditions were ideal for our out and back 5 mile race last Friday evening as the record entry of 170 athletes toed the start line, Frank Bolgers pulled the starters gun trigger and the large field were on their way out the Nire road, Soon to the fore along with two other's we had an athlete vying to retain his title won here last year, Indeed he was going for three in a row as he previously took the title in 2014 also, three in a row it was to be as Clonmel's Kevin Maunsell was not to be denied when he continued his winning trend last Friday evening to kept his 100 % record intact . Kevin one of Clonmel's AC best athlete's currently on the road racing scene held off a stiff challenge from the inform Damien Murphy West Waterford  AC, and Danny Smith Ballynonty AC These three battled it out throughout the first 2.5 miles, and at the turning point at half way all three were still together, at mile three Smith had dropped slightly off the pace with Maunsell and Murphy passing the three marker together, an explosive 4.55 mile between 3 and 4 was the decisive break when Munsell upped the ante and broke clear of Murphy opening up a gap which he was to hold to the finish line which he crossed first for the 3rd year in a row. The winning time was 26.42 just 16 seconds slower that his time of 2015 Damien Murphy one of the most improved athletes on the circuit presently crossed well clear of Smith in a time of 27.08 with the Ballynonty athlete and recent winner of the Clashmore 5 third in 27.18.The over 40 category was claimed by Colm Costello Brother Pearse’s AC in 28.55 with the over 45 prize going to Dermot Hayes Dundrum AC 28.56. Martin Hayes West Waterford AC 29.51 was the winner in the over 50 category , Maurice Boland Clonmel AC 36.29 claimed the over 55 prize and 1st junior was Anthony Tobin Clonmel AC 27.54 .The times recorded this year by our category winners especially were of the very best standard and the amount of Personal bet's recoded on the night throughout the field of 170 athletes was very noticeable, it has to be said that the course used this year was met with very favourable comment ,but that's all for another day. Well done to all.
Men’s Prize Winners
1stKevin Maunsell Clonmel AC 26.42
2ndDamien MurphyWest Waterford AC27.08
3rdDanny Smyth Ballynonty AC 27.18
O/40Colm Costello Brother Pearse’s AC28.55
O/45Dermot Hayes Dundrum AC 28.56
O/50Martin Hayes West Waterford AC29.51
O/55Maurice BolandClonmel AC 36.29
JuniorAnthony Tobin Clonmel AC 27.54
Young Clonmel AC athlete and now on an athletics scholarship in St Leo University Florida was the lady who took the Ballymacarbry ladies race by storm last Friday evening when she made her summer trip home to her native Clonmel a memorable one by winning her 1st Ballymac 5,Laura a sister to another brilliant young athlete Sean Tobin who is on his 4th year scholarship also in the USA and her younger brother Anthony who won the junior race Friday evening Laura was a gun to tape winner in an impressive 30.54.Despite running 10 seconds faster than her winning time last year another Clonmel's Aine Roche had to settle for 2nd place behind her team mate but another excellent run from Aine in 32.41 ,our current overall Ger Wyley Sports/Skins summer series leader Mary Molloy was 3rd in a time of 33.52. The category prizes were over 35 Laura Flavin West Waterford AC 39.21,Laura is a member of the clubs 100 marathon team for Dublin this year and is in great form presently, the over 40 winner was Kate Wall Clonmel AC 39.56, and the over 45 title went to Brigid Coffey IND 38.18. last year's over 45 category winner Anna Byrne Clonmel AC stepped up an age but this didn't deter her from taking a prize as she claimed the over 50 category in 39.28. First junior and running her very first Ballymac 5 was Laura Corball Touraneena Road Runners 45.57,well done to all our ladies individual winners.
1stLaura TobinClonmel AC 30.54
2ndAine RocheClonmel AC 32.41
3rdMary MolloyCarrick on Suir AC 33.52
O/35Laura FlavinWest Waterford AC 39.21
O/40Kate WallClonmel AC 39.56
O/45Brigid CoffeyIND 38.18
O/50Anna ByrneClonmel AC 39.28
Junior Laura CorballyTouraneena Road Runners 45.57
Race number 10  in the 11 race 22nd annual Ger Wyley sports /SKINS summer series 2016 will take place on Friday August 5th  next at 7.30 pm with the 24th annual Marine Climb 6 mile road race.  A large turnout is expected for this race as its always a great test as to how our current form is. Our thanks to sponsor of 24 years Christy and Helen O’Neill of the Marine Bar.  The club are grateful to Christy and Helen and all the race committee at the Marine for all their work and help with the event for all those years and our wish is that we will continue with this association with the Marine for many more years to come .Please note race entries will be take at Dungarvan sports centre Quann's from 6.15 pm. Race entry is only 5 euro  pre registration and it will cost you 8 on race night.
We are now beyond the half-way stage in this very popular league and it really is going from strength to strength.There are 5 weeks down with 3 to go.  It’s also encouraging to see that new faces are turning up each week and many are returning for more.  The success of the league is that it is really suited for beginners so we want to see more of you out at the Friary and remember  this league is on Thursday night's.The league begins at 7 p.m. every night so come along at about 6.50 p.m. in order to get registered. The weekly fee is €2 each night and everyone is welcome on any night that they can make it. It doesn’t matter if you can’t run every night; just do your best to come whenever you can. See you out there!
The winner last Thursday night was Josie Ui Chuirrin. Josie got her pacing spot on as she crossed the line just as the clock passed 0. Next on the right side of the clock was Liam Kavanagh won was just 11 seconds out, followed by Conor O'Neill who was out by 13 seconds and Pascal Proctor who was out by 17. The next two clocked the same time as both Amanda Mansfield and Sue Genc were both out by 18 seconds.  The unluck person who was lust on the wrong side of the clock was catriona Kiely who was 4 seconds too fast. Michael Moynihan wasn't too far away and was 16 seconds fast. 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 Shirley and Ray for taking the entries, times and results and of course thanks again to Patrick and Jamie 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.
As we pass the  half way point of this year's league we can take a quick look at our champions league table. Micheal Moynihan continues to hold a big lead with 118 points, 20 ahead of Fiona Fitzgerald who is just 1 point ahead of her husband Ger who stands on a total of 97 points. 4th place currently held by Simon Moloney on 94,  with Sharon Higgins 5th on 93 points. Angeline Drennan is in 6th on 91 points. it is all to play  for in the top 5 with just 7 points seperating 2nd and 6th.
Micheal Moynihan  118
Fiona Fitzgerald 98
Ger Fitzgerald 97
Simon Moloney 94
Sharon Higgins  93
Angeline Drennan  91
Liz O Riordan  86
Conor O'Neill 85
Catriona Kiely  82
Josie Ui Chuirrin 78
 Ballynonty AC are holding their annual 10 mile road race on this Sunday July 31st at 11 AM. Registration is at the community hall and 10 euro is the race fee, with plenty of prizes in all the usual race categories.
Well done last Saturday to club members who were in action in Killarney at the annual half marathon, Anthony Dwyer 1.35.29,Brian Ormonde 1.41.13,Ciara Duff 1.57.05,Geraldine Barry 1.57.37 and Fiona Ormonde 1.51.14
 Iverk Produce Piltown 10k 
The fifth and final race in this year's Outfield Sports Three-Counties Challenge will take place on this Friday, July 29th with the eighth annual running of the Piltown 10km road race. Carrick AC is delighted to welcome local company, Iverk Produce, as our new sponsors for this very popular event.The race will start as usual on the grounds of Kildalton Horticultural College, Piltown, at 7:30pm and takes in the scenic college grounds and some quiet country roads before finishing on the grounds of Piltown GAA club. The race route is fast and provides runners with a great opportunity to achieve a personal best time for the 10km distance. Last year's race was won by Niall Sheil (KilmoreAC) in 32:54 with Claire Annan (Clonmel AC) taking the ladies' race in 39:26.
Race entry is €10 and registration will be from 6pm at Piltown GAA club where there will be parking and changing/shower facilities available to all runners.Prize-giving and post-race refreshments will also be at the GAA club.There will be prizes in all the usual age categories as well as both men's and ladies' team prizes. As this is the last race of the series, the Three Counties Challenge Shield will be presented to the best placed man and woman in the overall series.
For further information contact Mark (086-1608165).
St Catherine's AC are holding their annual 5k road race and walk on this coming Friday 29th July at 8.00 pm. The main sponsor is Dermot O'Leary Agri ltd and  entry is 10 euro with registration at the community hall in Conna, there are prizes for 1st 5 men and women and 1st men over 40-45-50-55 and 60 and for ladies over 35-40-45-50-55 and 60 plus 1st junior man and woman, a bonus of 50 euro is on offer for either of the course records 15.37 and 18.38. The usual prizes will also be on offer and a great cuppa after.
Paul Brunnock and Mick Concannon took part this weekend in the  Marathon Club of Ireland organised back to back marathons in Offaly. Day 1 was in Rhode, starting in Clonmore harps GAA , day 2 was in Mount Lucas wind farm, running through the wind farm.Both Paul and Mick completed both with flying colours .On day one Paul ran 3.56 on day two he clocked 3.52.Mick ran on Saturday 4.34 and on Sunday he completed the course in 4.15.
This year's Munster Senior and Masters track and field championships will be held on our door step at the RSC Waterford on this Sunday July 31st  and the following athletes have been entered from the club Rachel Power shot putt, Harry o Brien 800m and 1500m, Mossie Keogh 100m, 1500m and 3000m, Ray Hahesy 3000m and 400m, Michael Tutty Javelin and Yuri Kanash Pole Vault. Best of luck to all.
 The Senior clubs monthly committee meeting takes place on Wednesdays 3rd August  at 8.30  pm in Minnie’s Bar.
Running has taught me to love my brain, my body, and what both can do for me when I use them wisely and appreciate them.