Senior News

Notes October 09-16

The Waterford  county Senior cross-country championships were held in conjunction with the club’s 24th Annual open cross country event last Sunday week at St. Augustine’s College.West Waterford AC was represented with both a men's and women's team taking part in the senior race's. The ladies championship race saw just 11 athletes taking part between seniors and juniors is quite a disappointing number of runners in a county championship race. However West Waterford AC did have a very good day winning the individual silver and bronze plus the team gold. The individual gold went to Sylvia Malone Waterford AC who put in a great run to deservingly take gold, It was great to see a very strong run from Kate Veale who is starting to make good progress now again since her return to the sport .Kate took silver which last years Gold medal winner and club mate at West Waterford AC Sandra Prendergast taking bronze on this occasion, both Kate and Sandra are doing big mileage presently as part of the clubs marathon 100 group heading to Dublin. In the team competition with 4 to score despite a small field this competition was very close with Waterford AC and West Waterford AC both finishing on the same 18 point total, but West Waterford took gold as per the rules that the higher finishing 4th team scorer deems the winning position and Laura Flavin was 7th with Waterford's 4th scoring member 8th.Well done to Laura as her finishing position was vital in the quest for the club taking the gold team medals. Having a good run also for the club was Leonora Kiely it was good to see Leonora back in action after quite a lay off, Very well done also to club members Liz O'Riordan who was 8th and the reliable Onra Power who finished 10th on the day. Turning to the men's race where we had a field of 29 county runners and taking individual gold and county senior champion for 2016 was Waterford's Barry Keane a young man with a bright future in the sport, silver was  claimed by the winner in 2015 Andrew Connick Ferrybank AC, and Bronze went to another Ferrybank athlete in Niall Tuohy. The team gold went to Ferrybank AC with 18 points ,Waterford AC took silver with 26 points and West Waterford AC took bronze with Damien Murphy 4th,Mark Rowe 10th,Mossie Keogh 12th and Des Feeney 15th a total of 39 points. Also competing for the club on the day was Yev Chizhikov Anthony Carlin, Liam Clince and Eamonn Curran very well done to all who came along to run for the club at the championship. There was success also for West Waterford AC's youngster Shane O'Riordan who took gold in the junior race, a young athlete with a great attitude towards his training and is getting his just rewards being crowned county junior champion for 2016. Thanks to our committee members who came along on the day to give a hand with the event and well done to all our club athlete's who came along and ran in the championship.
Day two of the county cross country season continued at St Augustine’s College last Sunday in beautiful weather conditions it felt more like a nice spring day than it did an autumn one. Round one was held the previous week so this Sunday it was the turn of the uneven ages for juveniles as well as Novice for men and women. The club had teams in a full Juvenile program and it was a most successful day for the club with many fine team and individual performances. The full results can be seen in our Juvenile notes.The winner of the novice Ladies was Claudia lane Mary Waterford AC with silver going to Hillary O'Connell Waterford AC ,West Waterfrod's Liz O'Riordan ran a good race to take her first individual cross country medal when she took bronze. Onra Power also ran well finishing 5th overall. No club had a full team competing. Turning to the Novice men where Waterfrod AC's Noel Murphy took Gold from team mate Des Colbert silver .Mossie Keogh West Waterford AC put in his usual good steady performance to take a deserving bronze. Waterford AC took gold in the team competition and West Waterford AC  silver ,along with Mossie in 3rd we had good running from Yev Chizhikov 8th,David Mc Nally 9th and Liam Clince 10th, unfortunately Mark Rowe when up with the early leaders had to withdraw with a calf injury, we wish Mark a speedy return to full fitness.Well done to all who turned up to run for the club on the day. Our thanks to Br. Patrick Lennon and St Augustine’s College who had the grounds well laid out as usual for the day’s events. 
The first Munster Cross Country Championship race will be the Novice and U/ 23 which are being held on Sunday 23rd October in Ballinahina, Carraig na BhFear, Co. Cork. The club will be sending in the entries for same shortly, any member wishing to take part is asked to contact cross country coordinator Ray Hahesy 087-2337969 A.S.A.P. No entries will be accepted on the day of race. 
 The Munster Juvenile Inter-Club Relays and Masters Cross Country Championships have been announced for St. Augustine's college Dungarvan on  Sunday 20th November 2016. First race commences at 11.30am.The club will be entering both a men's and ladies masters team here so anymember wishing to take part is asked to contact cross country coordinator Ray Hahesy 087-2337969 A.S.A.P. No entries will be accepted on the day of race.
The popular Michael Roche Carpets series which is now "running " for 25 years continues on the busy West Waterford AC calendar for the coming season, a series which is in existence for the past 25 years and for all of those year’s we are indebted to Michael, Bridget Roche and family for their ongoing sponsorship and support of the club, especially with their sponsorship of this popular race series. The series will see a 5 race programme starting with the Brickey 5k on Sunday November 6th ,the 2nd race will be the Paddy Joe Curran memorial Turkey Trot at the Marine on Sunday November 22nd and then after the festive season we will continue the series with the Kiely Monumental Colligan cup on Sunday January 15th .Race 4 will be the Bausch and Lomb Kilmacthomas 5 mile on Sunday 12th February and finally the Deíse College Dungarvan 10k on Sunday February 19th. Runners will have to complete 4 of the 5 races in the series to figure among the tables and prizes come the final race of the series the Dungarvan 10k in February. The series events will then read in full.
Murray's Pharmacy Brickey 5k.
Kiely Monumental Colligan Cup,
Clean Zone Technology Turkey Trot 5.
The Bausch and Lomb Kilmacthomas 5
The Déise College Dungarvan 10k
Once again West Waterford Athletic Club thank Michael, Bridget and family for their continued support to the club by sponsoring this series now in its 25th year. As always we urge or members to support all our sponsors when appropriate.
Bushy Park GAA grounds is the venue for the 23rd annual Brickey Run. Again this year we are delighted to announce that Murray's Pharmacy Dungarvan are to continue on with their sponsorship of the race we sincerely thank Elizabeth and all at Murrays Pharmacy for this kind gesture. The proceeds from this year's race will be donated to Glenbeg national school.  The race distance will be over a very flat fast 5k loop around the Brickey valley starting and finishing at Bushy Park GAA grounds. The race will get under way at 11 am with registration taking place from 10.15 onwards in the GAA clubhouse Bushy Park. The Martin Curran Cup will be awarded to the first man on the day and the Jim Lyons memorial shield will be awarded to the first lady. The prize-giving will take place in the club house immediately after the race and refreshments will also be provided for all the runners. Entry fee is 8 Euro. Proceeds from the event this year will be donated to Glenbeg Primary School.
A Cardiac Screening Clinic in will take place at Dungarvan Rugby Club on Saturday 29th October from 9.30am to 5pm. Cardiac Screening is ultimately aimed at reducing the incidents of Sudden Adult Death Syndrome (SADS) in Ireland and promoting a healthier lifestyle. Each screening takes 25 minutes and the fee for the Cardiac Screening service is €65 per person. People with Laya Healthcare can avail of the service for free but must make a booking too. People with other health insurance may be able to claim back a percentage at the end of the year. Alternatively, individuals with difficulty online can call our helpline 1890 300 333 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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We are delighted to be announcing that only days after entries had opened for the 2017 John Treacy Dungarvan 10 that already the event is well on the way to being full. Last year for the first time we brought on board a charity of which proved very successful as 2.000 euro was donated to Dogs for the disabled on that occasion.  For the 2017 event again we have decided to continue this and we hope to raise as much cash as possible for the chosen charity Aoibheann’s Pink Tie “National Children’s Cancer Charity” which was set up in 2010 by Mick Rochford and Jimmy Norman after the tragic loss of Jimmy’s daughter Aoibheann to cancer aged just 8 years. During Aoibheann’s year long battle with this dreadful disease, the family found little or no financial or practical support  for children and their families.Jimmy and his family had a large support network of friends and family but found that many on the ward had virtually no support at all.When Aoibheann passed away the men wore pink ties at the funeral which was Aoibheann’s favourite colour. The charity was formed in her memory to remedy the lack of support for other children and their families going through treatment.Families of children diagnosed with cancer are completely and utterly focused on their sick child. The regular travel to Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital from all over Ireland, the extended overnight stays consume all waking moments during this battle and the day to day necessities of life fall by the wayside or become impossible to manage. Medical cards are incredibly difficult to get if either spouse is in employment, mortgages, utility bills, motoring costs and general household bills become lost in the mire of the battle as they struggle with one of life’s worst nightmares. Phone bills, accommodation costs and medical bills become a huge burden for the parents who have to endure the nightmare of watching their child battle cancer.Aoibheann’s Pink Tie will help and offer practical support to the families of children diagnosed with cancer and who are attending St John’s Oncology Ward in Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital. Focused on children attending the only treatment center for childhood cancer in Ireland, we will support the complete family unit, of parents and siblings, who may not understand what is happening to their Brother or Sister. When entering this year's John Treacy Dungarvan 10 you have the option of supporting this charity . Please donate . On race day we will also be taking donations at race H.Q for those who might like to contribute. We are delighted that with the entries received to date that a very high percentage of those have subscribed to this worthy cause, a trend we hope will continue until the race is completely full.
The clubs winter league which now enters its 23rd year is just around the corner. 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. This year for the first time also you can pay for the entire league with a once off payment and save yourself some money by doing so. 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.
 The Annual 15 miler from Cork to Cobh recently saw a good turnout of West Waterford athletes taking part in the field of over 700 runners. The day was ideal for this year's race with no wind or rain to contend with. This year's overall winner was John Meade 1.22.23 , the overall ladies winner was Gill Hodgkins in 1.32.07.Our first man home was Brian Byrne in a superb time of 1.29.22 which was good enough to see the Abbeyside man finish 10th overall. He was followed by another Village man Anthony Flynn who had a superb run to finish 18th overall in a time of 1.32.32 and our 3rd man home was Trevor Mason who ran his usual solid pre marathon 15 miler in a time of 1.37.29. Liz Nyhan lead our ladies home in an excellent time of 1.49.41 which saw her take the ladies over 40 prize, Ann Dunford was next in 1.55.32 almost 3 minutes faster than her efforts in 2015.Man of the match this year's goes to Kevin Casey who last year recorded a time of 2.13.47 and this year showed a huge improvement for the Colligan man when he clocked an impressive 2.05.25.and equally as impressive was the running by Joe Barry who clocked a time of 1.54.54 compared to last year's time of 2.14.47.And of course our Lady of the match goes to the one and only Sue Genc how about this for improvement, 2015 a time of 2.57.46 and this year 2.25.00,brilliant Sue. Well done to all who completed the race.
Brian Byrne 1.29.22
Anthony Flynn 1.32.32
Trevor Mason 1.37.29
Michael Dunford 1.38.11
Gareth Pope 1.47.30
Liam Kavanagh 1.48.39
Liz Nyhan 1.49.41
Paul Brunnock 1.53.22
Joe Barry 1.54.54
Cathal Gleeson 1.55.14
Mark Cliffe 1.55.30
Ann Dunford 1.55.32
Kevin Casey 2.05.25
Eddie Doran 2.08.20
Joanne Dunford 2.09.16
Sue Genc 2.25.00
The total membership by clubs as of end of September in the county to the governing body Athletics Ireland has been released and it reads West Waterford AC in the happy  position as the largest club within the county. This has been the trend now for some years and it also see’s us in a top 10 position at national level also, well done to all members, coaches, committees and all involved in achieving this.
Ardmore A.C.  41
Blackwater A.C. 75
Ferrybank A.C. 292
Finisk Valley A.C. 65
K.C.K. A.C. 61
Tramore A.C.153
Waterford A.C.  323
West Waterford A.C. 454
We will be offering a couple of class options that will complement running over the winter months. 
Option 1 – Pilates for Runners – Tuesday evening after training 7.45-8.45
Focus of this class is to increase flexibility and core mobility which will improve your running efficiency and form and help keep injuries at bay. There will be lots of dynamic stretching to relieve muscle tightness. This is very much cross training and will be a workout that aids recovery not stresses the body further.
Option 2 – Run specific Strength & Conditioning Thursday mornings 7.00-8.00am
If your body is riddled with weakness and you want to increase your overall strength this is the class for you. In contrast to the Pilates class this will be a more strenuous workout and one that would fit ideally into a rest day from running.Both classes start w/c 7th November for 6 weeks. Cost €40 which is payable on the 1st night. This is a discounted rate for club members. Spaces are limited and are being offered initially to regular members of our training group then club members.Please book directly with Irene (086) 8242348 for the Pilates class and Claire (087) 9116997 for the Strength & Conditioning Class.
Performance Nutritionist Barry Murray presented a very successful talk recently for all athletes interested in optimising their nutrition for endurance sports.Following on from this we plan on running 3 workshops over the winter for athletes wishing to take this to the next stage. They will be 2-3hrs each in duration on a Saturday afternoon and will cover the following;-
Workshop 1 – Basics of Fat Adaptation
Workshop 2- How to individualise your Nutrition
Workshop 3 – How to put it into practise.
The workshops will also cover recovery protocols, sleep, stress, inflammation etc areas that are all important for athletes.The total cost of the 3 workshops is €99 which is a reduced price for the
club. To get the most out of these workshops attendance at the first talk to learn the foundations would be required. Dates to be confirmed but will be one workshop per month in November, December & January.A minimum number is required for this so if you have an interest contact Irene on (086) 8242348 to reserve a spot and as always if the demand is there we will go ahead. We will leave this open for booking for the next week.
If this is your first time running the Dublin Marathon you will need to collect your number beforehand.  Race numbers (race pack) will be available for collection at the Dublin Marathon EXPO in the Main Hall of the R.D.S on Friday 28th from 12 to 7pm and Saturday 29th October between the hours of 9am and 7pm.If you have booked accommodation through the club your room will be under the name of the person who paid for the room. The hotel is situated just off Upper O’Connell Street.
Breakfast on the morning of the marathon will be available from 6.30am.A group photograph will be taken outside the GPO at 7.30am on the morning of the marathon to mark this historic occasion. We would love for as many athletes as possible to be there wearing the club colours.A private dinner has been booked for everyone staying in the hotel and is included in the price for Sunday 30th. This will be at 6.30pm and will be followed by music and entertainment. For anyone not staying in the hotel please come and join us at 8.30pm for a great night of music and craic – all are more than welcome so please join us.
West Waterford Athletic Club sends best wishes to club member Philip Harty on the occasion of his marriage to Louise Tobin last weekend, health and happiness to all.
Club member Mick Concannon had a very busy marathon weekend when he completed the Lusk marathon on Saturday morning, organised by the East of Ireland group .Mick completed the course in 4 .00.22 and he was back down the country for the early start in Charleville for the Marathon there on Sunday morning where he recorded a time of 4.01.21. Well done Mick on a back to back marathon combo.
Club member Ted O'Leary ran the Charleville marathon last Sunday reordering a time of 3.38,Ted was running his 47th marathon and is quickly heading for the big 50 and i don't mean years.!!!Terri Gough also ran here but no time is available at time of going to print.
Well done to club members who ran the Solas run for life in Waterford Sunday. Jason Travers was 1st home from the club with a time of 1.04, Martin Tobin ran 1.12, Eamonn Curran 1.23,Michael Wade 1.32,  Linda Garcia 1.29 and Michael Coakley 1.56. Alan O'Shea was the race winner in 52.53,Sylvia Malone took the ladies victory in  1.03.
Well done to our hard working club administrator Ray Burke who ran the Valentia half marathon last Sunday in a time of 1.52.
Gerry Cantwell continued his Dublin marathon preparations with an excellent run last Su day in the New York Half marathon, held on a very windy and wet morning Gerry recorded a time of 1.31.01 for the course, well done Gerry your well on the way to a big run in Dublin in 3 weeks time.
Running changed my life and brought it into balance. I now feel as though my entire essence, body, and soul is centered.