Senior News

Notes September 18-16







We were treated to another super evening for running in the Friary grounds for the third round of the Garvey’s Supervalu Autumn League last Thursday evening.  With the work going on at the moment in the Friary College removing trees we had to slightly alter the course on the night to facilitate the safe running of the league.  The changes made had no negative impact on the runners and all agreed that the 1 mile course was most enjoyable.  Next week we will start the league at 7pm once more and on the fifth and final night we will change to 6.30 once again as we will make the presentation of prizes straight away on the final night.  Why not come along the next two Thursday evenings for the last two rounds of the league and get started on the road to fitness.  See you out there.








Conor Coleman is really enjoying this league and has led home the 1 lappers on 2 out of the 3 nights.  For the 1 mile route this week Conor recorded a time of 5.41, a super run from Conor.  Of course well done also to Ciaran Frisby who finished second in exactly 6 minutes.  Catriona Kiely recorded 8.17 while Michael Coakley (8.43) and Lorna Murphy (11.10) also had no problem with the course.








There have been some absoultely super times in the 2 lap distance this year which is fantastic to see.  No more so than juvenile Oisin O Riordan who this week recorded (11.56) while Diana Chizhikova ran a very fast 14.37.  Micheal Moynihan has improved so much this year and 15.01 is great running for 2 miles in the Friary.  Well done to all 12 runners who ran the 2 laps and keep up the good work.








For the third week in a row Cian O Riordan was first home in 17.13 for the 3 miles while Yevgeniy Chizhikov was second in 18.42.  This week Richie Fitzgerald recorded 18.55 while we also welcome back Michelle Finnigan (23.38) to the Friary.








We had 17 runners taking on the 4 (some even ran 5!) laps of the Friary and with the shortened course this led to some fast times on the night.  Once again it was Mossie Keogh to the fore and this week his time was 23.17 while Shane O Riordan was not too far behind in 23.59.  Kate Veale was first lady home again this week in 29.08 while it was great to see Micheal Callaghan and James Veale back from injury and sickness.  Great running from all the 4 lappers this week.








Thanks as always to our sponsors for this league Liam Power of Garvey’s Supervalu Dungarvan and the Coolagh Road who has sponsored this league for the past few years and is a regular participant himself.  Once again thanks to our own Shirley, Ray Tom and James for their work with the van and at the finish line and taking the entries and marking out the new course this week.








We have the tables up on the website after 3 weeks and just to let everyone know that 4 out of the 5 nights count and we will hold the prize giving on the last night straight after the league.









October 2nd: The 24th Annual James Hughes perpetual cup open cross country race incorporating the Waterford county Senior /Junior and under 18 championships at 12 noon St Augustine's College : The juvenile county championships for even ages also takes place with a start time of 11 AM.

October 9th: County XC Championships: U9, U11, U13, U15, U17, at 11am. Novice at 12 noon: St. Augustine's College

October 23rd: Munster XC Championships: Even Ages, U23 and Novice: Cork Venue.

November 6th: County XC B U9, U11, U13, U15 Championships St Augustine's at 11am.Masters starting at 12 noon.

November 13th: Munster XC Championships: Uneven Ages, junior and Senior: Limerick race course.

 November 20th: Munster Juvenile Inter-Club Cross Country Relays and  Masters Cross Country Championships St. Augustine's College.

November 27TH: GloHealth National Juvenile Even Age and Inter-Club Cross Country Championships,TBD

 December 4th: Munster Juvenile "B" and Intermediate Cross Country Championships. Clare venue.

December 11th : GloHealth National Juvenile Uneven Age and Novice Cross Country Championships, TBD








 The annual St. Senan’s open cross-country meet in Kilmacow gets the cross country season underway this Sunday September 25th. The day’s racing starts at 1 pm with a full juvenile programme followed by the senior races. There’s a 3.000m Junior Ladies race and a 7.000m Junior Men’s with 7,000m  for the senior men and again 3,000m  for senior women. Prizes will be awarded to the first 3 senior men and women and to the first three Masters and to the first 3 juniors. Entry 5 euro.








Notice to all those who have paid a deposit on the clubs hotel accommodation for the marathon weekend that the remainder of the monies are now due, the final 200 euro should be placed in an envelope and marked "marathon hotel" and dropped to James, or bring along to Tuesday training and give to Irene, All remaining monies are now due.










We now have 165 athletes who will toe the start line of the Dublin City Marathon. As a club this is a huge opportunity for us to raise some much needed funds for a local and national charity. We have chosen the Solas Centre (Dungarvan) and Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital Crumlin . All funds raised by you will go directly to the charity of your choice and any funds raised for the Solas Centre in Dungarvan will be used in Dungarvan to benefit those in need within our community. Athletes can fundraise for either charity / both charities or neither charity. No-one is under any obligation to fundraise but as we have such a large group of athletes running it is an opportunity lost if we don’t try and raise a few Euros. If every athlete raised €20 that gives a total of €3300 which is a huge amount of money for any charity and will make a difference to the service they provide. Further details will be available in the coming days as well as sponsorship cards.








If you chose to fundraise for the Solas Centre you will also receive free entry to the Run for Life 2016 on October 9th. Sponsorship cards will be available at training on Tuesday, Nutrition talk on Wednesday or at the League on Thursday of next week only. Anyone wishing to participate in the Run for Life must register their interest when collecting a sponsorship card. The Solas Cancer Support Centre has been in existence since 1999 and based in a purpose built facility in Waterford City since 2011. The centre offers free support to those affected by cancer, their families and carers.Having looked at the statistics for clients from West Waterford who avail of these services it was identified that these numbers are relatively small. Dr Brian Creedon chair of the Solas Cancer Support Centre explains ‘in the past 5 years we have supported approximately 2,500 clients in total and on reviewing these figures noticed that only 170 clients from west Waterford have used the services . Of these 170 clients the vast majority are from between Kilmacthomas and Dungarvan. We feel that the distance involved is one of the reasons for this low number and made the decision to open a Dungarvan based service’.Based on NCRI stats, 335 people in West Waterford could have a cancer diagnoses annually and this stark figure does not reflect the number of people affected by cancer, i.e. family members, carers and those bereaved.This new service started on Monday 5th September based in The Alternative Health Clinic at 12 Main Street, Dungarvan. It offers a range of services including Reflexology, Massage, Reiki, Counselling, Meditation, Yoga, Art Psychotherapy and facilitated support groups.Every single euro that you raise will go directly to help fund this new service in Dungarvan.








If you chose to fundraise for Our Ladies Children’s Hospital, Crumlin you will be receive a fundraising t-shirt along with your sponsorship card. Sponsorship cards will be available at training on Tuesday, Nutrition talk on Wednesday or at the League on Thursday of next week only. Our Lady's Children's Hospital, Crumlin® is Ireland's largest paediatric hospital. Our Lady's mission is to constantly improve the health and wellbeing of children and adolescents in a safe environment which is driven by quality healthcare and supported by excellence in Knowledge, Education and Research.In 2015 the hospital had 36,312 emergency attendances, 18,227 day cases, 10,410 in patient admissions, 77,913 outpatient attendances and 13,887 surgical procedures performed.Together with their partners, The Children's Medical & Research Foundation, they endeavour to provide patients with life-changing treatment, improving the quality of life for patients and their families.








Brain Byrne was in sparkling form Saturday last when competing in the Medieval 30k race in Kilkenny, the event saw 4 distances on the day with a full marathon ,a 30k,a half marathon and a 10k.The club had 2 athletes in the full marathon which was held on undulating country roads after leaving its starting point which was on the castle grounds. Paul Brunnock running his 80 something marathon was in brilliant form coming home in an impressive time of 3.37.22 for 24th place overall the full was won by Alex O'Shea in 2.33.31,Anita Barry won the ladies section in 3.44.12,Terri Gough was our other participant here and she steady as ever ran a time of 5.28.46. The 30 k saw a field of 118 runners and success was to come to the club here when Brian Byrne showed that he truly is on course for a good Dublin city marathon this year when he ran out easy winner in an excellent 1.57.48,Brian who has suffered his share in injury's seems to be in his best shape ever now and hopefully can keep the momentum going over the next few weeks in his preparation for the big one.  Dee Grady won the ladies section in 2.04.04 for 2nd overall. Walter Drohan took the steady start approach to this 19 miler but then made his way through the field picking off runners, he finished a very creditable 6th overall 2.14.41, next home was James Veale in 14th place in a time of 2.27.43 and following James was Jim Fleming who like the others has his sights set on Dublin this year, in 2.37.06, Angeline Drennan made a visit to her native Kilkenny a worthwhile one as she was our first lady home and she did a great time of 2.43.05,following Angeline was Darren Coogan who was well under the 3 hour mark with a posting of 2.55.54, Sue Genc was delighted with her time of 3.17.43. Turning to the half the winner here was Kevin Mc Guinness with a time of 1.27.25 and the ladies winner was Mary Smyth in 1.39.59.Ray Burke lead the club troops home here in a time of 1.51.28,and just in behind Ray was Claire Kennedy who finished 6th lady home in a time of 1.51.59., Timmy Coughlan was our next finisher in 1.58.46 and he was followed by Rosarie Kealy in 2.01.57.The overall winner of the 10k which was also held on the day was Ronan Wogan 33.21 and Mary Molloy took the ladies victory in a time of 40.14.Well done to all.  









The Danesfort 5k,10k and half marathon were held last Sunday over an undulating course. In the half marathon a field of 222 competed with a brilliant run form new club member Mark Rowe 1.17.04 to take the runner up spot. Mark battled hard with Mick Johnson as the two broke clear of a pack of 10 from the early stages of the race, after the 10 mile mark it was down to Rowe and Johnson with the latter just having the edge on the day to claim first place in 1.16.12, never the less Mark proved a surprise package over this distance with a average pace of 5.53 for the distance which is super running on a difficult course. Donna Dunne took the victory in the ladies section with a very good time of 1.28.58 which saw her finish 26th overall, Kate Veale continued her Dublin marathon preparations with an excellent 2nd place in a time of 1.32.28.Also running from the club was Bernie Prendergast and she ran a time of 1.50.09 and over the 10k distance Joe Gough ran a time of 40.12 for 14th place overall. Well done to all.









The club had a big representation at last Sundays Charleville half marathon and brilliant performances were the order of the day by most as preparations for this year's Dublin city marathon are now at an advanced stage with this race an indicator as to how training is progressing.The flat Charleville course turned up very fast times despite it being a wet day and West Waterford athletes performed superbly well. The race winner this year was Ismail Ssenyange in a time of 65.46 and the ladies winner was Rio Olympic marathon participant Lizzie Lee with a time of 1.19.44, a total of  963 crossed the finish line first club man home was Martin Mc Carthy in a great time of 1.21.26,There were brilliant runs from Marc Favin, Micahel Dunford,Tomas Mahony Tom Longan Gerry Cantwell all under the 1.30 mark and of course  Pat Fitzgerald who knocked 3 minutes 10 seconds of his personal best, Ted O'Leary was just outside the 1.30 but sowem run Ted,  Conor Blackwell had a stomer, Ann Dunford steady as ever,Libby and Catriona need fair no marathon distance after brilliant run's by both, well done to all now back to the long run next weekend again.

Martin Mc Carthy 1.21.26

Marc Flavin 1.21.57

Michael Dunford 1.23.47

Tomas Mahoney 1.24.29

Pat Fitzgerald 1.24.42

Tom Longan 1.27.46

Gerry Cantwell 1.29.56

Ted O'Leary 1.31.03

Conor Blackwell 1.39.14

Ann Dunford 1.40.01

Libby McGinn Murphy 1.43.51

Catriona Kiely 1.51.39








 The clubs winter league which now enters its 23rd year will begin in 6 week’s time.  This year the registration night will take place on the Wednesday after the Dublin city marathon November 2nd. On this particular night all those interested in taking part in the winter league are asked to come along and register to get their number. You will be issued with a number for a cost of €5. This number should be used every night that you run. We will have people on hand at the sports centre that will be available to answer any questions you may have and we will also explain the rules and regulations of the league as well as the two courses of the league .The first official night of the league will be the following week November 9th. For all those that won’t be able to make it to the sports centre on the first night of registration, you may register and get your number on the following night. In fact, it’s possible to join the winter league at any stage throughout the course of the league. The cost of the league is €5, this is a once -off payment for your number and then €2 for each night for West Waterford AC club members and €3 for non-members. Last year we introduced the ability to pay in full for the league ,a once off payment, which will save you money if you intend running the league each night. For club members you can pay 30 euro ( this includes the 5 euro once off  number payment) and for non members you can pay a once off payment of 40 euro which also includes the 5 euro number payment charge. This amount will cover you for the full duration of the league.








 The club’s eagerly awaited 24th Annual cross-country race will take place on Sunday October 2nd at 12 noon.  The senior race for men will be held over 4 laps of the Friary College and the women running 2 laps. The entry fee is €5 and prizes will be awarded to the first three in the men’s and women’s race, plus women over 35,40,45,50 and junior and Men over 40,45,50,55 and junior. Please also note that the race also incorporates the county senior and under 18 and junior cross country championships for Men and Women and county medals will be awarded here for top 3 men and women plus teams. Ray Hahesy club cross county coordinator is looking after the club teams here as he will be for all upcoming cross country fixtures.







In short, running can change your outlook on life and make a new person out of you.