Senior News

Notes August 25-19

The Garveys Supervalu Autumn League kicked off last Thursday Night in St. Augustine’s College (by kind permission) and as usual, the Friary was in perfect condition for running. We are blessed to be able to use such a fantastic facility for some of our leagues and as a club we are most thankful. The night itself was a near perfect one for running and this was reflected in the times with some super times being clocked. This league runs for 4 more weeks, 29th August and 5th, 12th, 19th September. Anyone is welcome to run the league, all you need to do is come along and register from 6.15 with the league starting at 6.30 at a cost of just €2. The league caters for all with the option of 1, 2, 3 or 4 laps (with a lap being 1.2 miles – approx 2 km).
First home in the one lap was Aidan O'Reilly in 8.32. Aidan was followed by Onra Power in 9.25. Alannah Power ran 11.05 with Orla Casey finishing in 11.59 and Jackie Ryan clocking 14.99. Well done to all the 1 lap runners – I’m sure there will be some big improvements over the next few weeks.
Oisin O'Riordan led home the 2 lappers in a very quick 13.28. Oisin was followed by another youngster, Mark Blackwell who also had an excellent run when finishing in 15.49. Next was our first lady, Angeline Drennan in 18.36 followed by John Flynn in 19.43. John was followed by Micheal Moynihan in 20.51with Kelly Shalloe next in 21.21. It was good to see Pascal Proctor back in action after an injury layoff and he will be happy with his time of 24.27. . Well done to all the 2 lap runners – I’m sure there will be some great performances in the coming weeks.
Gerard O'Reilly was first home in the 3 lap (3.6 mile) in 23.13. Gerard was followed by Yevgeny Chizikov who ran 24.01. Linda Bradfield finished in 31.50 with Andrea Gaffney clocking 32.33.
Carol Pope and Richie Power ran 33.07 and 36.12 respectively. Well done to all the 3 lap runners – keep up the good work.
First home was James Whelan in 30.32. Tom Leahy was second in 33.43, just ahead of Mary Jane Enright (34.09) with Ray Hahessy running the 4 lap s34.36. Gerry O'Connor will be happy with his run having finished in 37.00. Sinead Ni Fhaolain clocked 38.19, while Ann Dunford and Paddy Brunnock finished together in 39.31. Liam Fitzgerald and Joe O'Rourke also finished together in 44.  Well done to all the 4 lap runners – I’m sure there will be some big improvements over the next few weeks.
Thanks again to our league Sponsor, Garveys. Also massive thanks to the Friary for this use of their fabulous grounds. Thanks also to our crew at the start/ finish, Shirley, Ray and James. Without them, we wouldn’t be able to run these leagues.
Those who have all races done to date up to and including the GSK 5.
1 Sinead Ni Fhaolain
2. Therese Power Hickey
3 Grainne Hallinan
4 Geraldine Barry
5 Ann O’Driscoll
6 Catherine Keogh
1 Eamonn Curran
2 Vincent O’Donovan
3 Ray Hahesy
4 Tom Hogan
5 Eoin Walsh
6 Yevgeniy Chizhikov
7 Martin Tobin
8 John Leonard
9 Donal O’Donoghue
Those who have 1 to do to make 7 
Sally Forrsital
Debra Doherty
Mairead Fitzgerald
Michelle Guiry
Tasha Lanigan
Mary Walsh
Mary Veale
Kevin Kenneally
Fkadu Kedebe
Alan Cullen
Padraig Kennedy
Mark Radley
John Cashman
Johnny Brunnock
John Paul Hogan
Pat Dunford
Brian Ormonde
Chris Kelly
Denis Ryan
We are delighted to welcome Monkeycups on board as a new sponsor for 2019.
Monkeycups are a Waterford based company with a passion to turn the tide on single use plastic waste that is invading our environment. They have created a reusable, fun alternative and we have lots of them to giveaway to some lucky athletes on the day.
Each monkeycup when used regularly can potentially save 442 single use plastic disposable cups a year from ending up in landfill.Get on board by joining the revolution at and support local to support the environment.
West Waterford Athletcis Club are delighted to announce that for 2019 Coach House Coffee have come on board as an associate sponsor for our half marathon in September.
As a club we aim to provide value for money in all of the 65 events we host each year. This would not be possible without the generosity and support of our sponsors. For this race we are very fortunate to have the support and partnership of businesses that are associated not only with the Greenway but share our passion for sports, health and wellbeing within the community.
Coach house coffee is as local a business as you will get on the Greenway. Located at the historic Famine Workhouse in Kilmacthomas this is THE place to stop and refuel on the Greenway. It has been an instant hit since it opened in March 2017and comes highly recommended for its ethically sourced coffee, mouth-watering cakes and delicious lunches. When we ask that athletes please support our sponsors it’s no hardship supporting Coach House Coffee.
We are particularly pleased that their passion for committing to reduce single use plastics is shared with ours. When you drop in for coffee you can now purchase a ‘Coach House Coffee’ reusable cup. Another great step in reducing plastic usage in the county. As the long runs are getting longer and the same old running routes are getting a bit monotonous why not try to mix up your running routes.
The physio is always our first port of call when injury strikes. In an ideal world we should all be visiting a physio / physical therapist for maintenance purposes only, to enhance performance. After a few hard weeks of running it really does help and enhances recovery.
Solas na Mara has once again come on board as associate sponsors of the Eurofins Greenway Half for which we are very grateful. If you are planning sports massage to aid your recovery and performance you might consider giving them a turn.
For centuries in Ireland it is known that ‘taking the waters’ brings relief from aches and pains, harnessing the minerals of the sea and its seaweed to promote natural healing. A Seaweed baths at Solas na Mara is a great treat for the muscles post race or sessions. Bookings can be made on (058) 46052
Please support our sponsors.....the finish line wouldn’t be the same without them !
As local a business as you will get on the Greenway. The headquarters of Flahavans are a mere stone’s throw from the start line and can be seen as you pass over the picturesque viaduct in Kilmacthomas. Flahavans are a great supporter of West Waterford Athletic Club and have once again come on board as an associate sponsor. 
Flahavan’s are Irelands oldest Family Food business, operating in Kilmacthomas for over 230 years. They are also the largest oat milling business in the country producing 40 delicious oaty products made here in the county. 
As well as sponsoring the race on race day they will also be providing post-race glycogen replacement in the form of their highly popular flapjacks. They come in 5 varieties and all are made with natural and wholesome ingredients.
As a club, West Waterford Athletics Club, committed in 2019 to use biodegradable cups at all of our events. For the Eurofins Greenway Half marathon we plan to take this one step further.
Ireland is the top producer of plastic waste in Europe; generating an average of 61kgs per person per year (the average weight of a female runner). This is double what the UK produces.
A huge part of the problem is single use water bottles. These bottles are used for on average 12 minutes before being discarded and then take up to 450 years to decompose.
For this year’s race we have teamed up with Waterford Greenway, Waterford City & County Council and Refill Ireland to eliminate single use plastic bottles. Refill Ireland will be providing a water station at the end of the race and all the cups that are used are gathered up afterwards in special bins and taken away and cleaned then re-used for other events. For all other water stations on the course we will be using biodegradeable cups.
Waterford City & County Council have come on board to help us in this initiative for which we are very grateful. With their knowledge and assistance we will be trying to reduce all unnecessary plastic packaging and reduce waste wherever possible. 
We would ask all our athletes to come on board and help us make this happen. We can all do something and as a runner we can start by using a reusable water bottle on training runs.
Weather conditions were perfect for last Sunday's Clonmel AC promoted Boston Scientific half marathon. A field of 822 finished the 2019 event on the well stewarded and marked course. Then overall race winner was David Mansfield from the host club Clonmel AC with an excellent winning time of 70.07, the first lady home was Siobhain O'Doherty  Borrisokane AC with a time of 78.13 for 7th place overall. West Waterford had a big travelling contingent with 23 athletes completing the course. Our first man home was Colm Ryan in 27th place overall, with a time of 1.24.52,  following him was Dermot O'Donovan in a time of 1.28.29 . Our first Lady finisher was Ann Dunford who had a good run to finish in 1.44.19 and next lady was Debra Doherty 1.47.56 and with her Linda Foley 1.47.55 chip time's. Well done to all club members who supported this race .
Colm Ryan 1.24.52
Dermot O'Donovan 1.28.29
Mark Cliffe 1.34.03
Tom Leahy 1.34.43
Trevor Mason 1.36.00
John Nee 1.36.33
Martin Tobin 1.41.03
Ann Dunford 1.44.19
Jody Hallinan 1.47.10
Debra Doherty 1.47.56
Linda Foley 1.47.55
Geraldine Lacey 1.49.14
John Fennell 1.48.21
Angeline Drennan 1.49.13
Catriona Kiely 1.51.51
Bernie Prendergast 1.53.12
Anne Moore 1.54.36
Catherine Condon 1.59.01
Eleanor Casey 1.59.15
Mary Cahill 2.04.02
Patricia Daly 2.04.30
Marian Keane 2.22.11
Rita Cronnolly 2.22.12
Well done to Mick Concannon on completing the Longford marathon last Sunday in a time of 3.47.
The Irish Life health national track and field championships were held last Sunday in Tullamore and once again it was  memorable championship for athletes with the name surname Gough.
Indeed the championships in many ways belonged to the Gough name as Terri and Joe ( no relations ) between the two of them nailed 5 gold and 1 silver. Terri in the over 70 category took gold in the 100 meters with  time of 26.69 in the 200 meters Terri had to settle for silver in a time of 57.42. In the field events Terri took a double gold in the shot with a throw of 5.58 and in the Hammer with a distance of 14.56. Joe Gough took gold in the over 65 200 meters in a time of 29.29 and a short while later added the 400 meters title to his national gold medal collection running a winning time of 62.43.Michael Tutty competed in the over 55 Javelin and was unlucky to finish 4th and just outside the medals with his best throw of 31.79.Yev Chizhikov was in action over 45 in the 800 meters where he finished 10th in 2.28.27.And our final athlete to compete at the championships was Gregory Fitzgerald who competed over 200 meters over 45 finishing 6th with a time of 27.69.Well done to all who competed for the club at the championships.
Well done to athletes who completed on the day.
When I run, I'm just a person among people. A runner among runners. And we all experience the same challenge of get up and go - regardless of ability.