Senior News

Notes April 01-18

 
WERE UP AND RUNNING AT THE MARK MASON MORTGAGES AND FINANCIAL SERVICES COLLIGAN RUNNING LEAGUE.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 Round one of the Mark Mason Financial Colligan Spring League took place last Wednesday evening in the beautiful surround of Colligan wood.   It's always a great sign that summer isn't too far away when this league starts as with the longer evenings etc now upon us.  This year again as it was last year will consist of  5 nights and to be included in the tables you need to run 4 out of the 5 nights. We got underway  at  6.30 in the presence of our league sponsor Mark Mason . A total of  13 runners completed the 2 laps, We had 8 who ran the 5 mile flat course which is 3 ½ laps of the wood and road and finally 55 took on the challenging 5 mile hill route. This league will continue for the next 4 Thursday evenings (April 5th, April 12th, April 19th and finally April 26th) so no excuses folks why not come along and give it a go for yourself  even if you missed the first evening you can still join in at any stage.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 2 LAP CHALLENGE LEAD HOME BY TONY DWYER.
 
 
 
 
 
The 2 lap challenge is geared towards beginners and we were delighted to see 13 runners sign up on the first night and they were led home by Tony Dwyer running a very good time of 21.56. Great to see also that the tradition of the Dwyer name, a household name in local athletics, continues on with a new generation of the Casey Ville dynasty taking up the sport as Tony adds his name to the long list of that name involved in running. Tony  was followed by Onra Power in 2.13 and third across the line here was Micheál Moynihan in 24.08,Margaret Whelan was our 2nd lady finisher on the night with a time of 24.50.Mairead Foley just dipped under the 25 minut mark with a time of 24.53 and Trish Veale likewise was just under the 30 minute barrier when she clocked a time of 29.40.We have plenty of room on this route for lots more runners so spread the word, Colligan is the place to be for the next 4 Thursday evenings.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 NEIL POWER WINNER OVER THE 5 MILE FLAT COURSE .
 
 
 
 
 
 
The 5 mile flat was led home by Neil Power  in a time of 41.23, he was followed by Paul Brunnock  just 12 seconds behind in 41.35  next was Ray Curran in 43.16,  our first lady on the night was Kelly Shalloe in 46.41 with Claire Wall accredited with the same time as Kelly in 2nd place. Evelyn Beresford did well to break the 50 minute barrier when she recorded a time of 49.07 and likewise John Woods was also well under in 48.47. Well done to all who took part in week 1, just keep up the effort now guys for the next 4 weeks it will be worth it.
 
 
 
 
 
 
RAY HAHESY SHOWS HIS WORTH ON THE 5 MILE HILLS COURSE.
 
 
 
 
 
 
The biggest entry of the night goes to the 5 mile hills with a very impressive 55 taking on this tougher challenge. Ray Hahesy showed the field a little bit about taking on the famed hills of Colligan as he was first home with a time of 35.15 but he hadn't it all his own way as he was followed closely by Cathal Dwane in 35.33 and Cathal Gleeson was next in 32.36. Next was brother of our loyal sponsor Trevor Mason who is currently in the thick of marathon training with a time of 35.55 Gerard Reilly was just one second behind Trevor for 5th place in 35.56,our double European champion from last week in Madrid Joe Gough showed he can do it over any terrain or distance when he finished 6th in 36.10.First lady on the night was one of our up and coming young juvenile stars Lucy Holmes in an excellent time of 38.04 with another from the Tony Shalloe school of good athletes Sinead O'Brien 2nd lady home in 38.40. Angeline Drennan was our 3rd lady across the line last week and she recorded  time of 42.32.Ted O'Leary working on only one hand just dipped under the 40 minute barrier with 39.40 while Hazel Crowley will be delighted to break the 50 minute mark as she recorded a time of 49.15and well done to Deirdre Clancy running her first Colligan ever as she was under the 60 minute mark 59.59.Well done to each and every athlete who ran the Colligan Hills – It is not easy but very rewarding to cross the finish line. See you all this Thursday for round 2.
 
 
 
 
 
 
SPONSORS AND THANK YOUS.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Once again thanks to Mark Mason of Mark Mason Mortgages and Financial Services Barrack St. Cappoquin for his kind sponsorship and also for his attendance at the league each year. As always thank you to Shirley, Sharon, Ray, Tom for all their help on the night also.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
24th ANNUAL INTERSPORTS ELVERYS/ASICS SUMMER SERIES 2018.
 
 
 
 
 
THE M T S BROADBAND SPONSORED BALLINROAD 5K KICK STARTS SUMMER SERIES THIS FRIDAY EVENING.
 
 
 
 
 
This Friday 6th April see's the first of 12 races in the newly sponsored Intersport Elverys/Asics summer series when the 5th Annual M T S Media Ballinroad 5k will get this year's series under way. This year once again we are delighted to be able to help and support the local community in Ballinroad as the local soccer club Ballinroad A.F.C. will be the benefactors of the race , with monies donated towards their Pitch fund. The race will incorporate a fun run/walk with proceeds from them going towards the clubs fund for this project. Starting at 7 pm with Ballinroad community hall as the race H. Q. A huge turnout is expected if last year is anything to go by as we deem the race to be the fastest flattest 5k course around. Our sincere thanks to John Coleman and Jamie Moroney of MTS Broadband for retaining the sponsorship for this race. As you know in West Waterford AC we like to cater for all and have different prize structures in all our races, for the Ballinroad race we will have prizes for the top 5 men and women with lots and lots of spots for down the field finishers. The entry fee is 7 euro pre entry fee and its 10 euro on the night so save yourself time and money and get you online entry in ASAP. The course chosen for the race is an excellent out and back course which is very flat so if it's your first attempt at the 5k distance or you’re looking for a fast time on a flat- fast course this is your opportunity to shine. See you all Friday evening.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
INTERSPORT ELVERYS/ASICS SUMMER SERIES 2018.
 
 
 
 
5TH ANNUAL M. T. S. MEDIA BALLINROAD 5K IN ASSOCIATION WITH BALLINROAD SOCCER CLUB.
 
 
 
 
 
Enter Ballinroad M.T.S.Media 5k online now via West Waterford Athletic Club website ! On "upcoming fixtures there's a link to do so. Numbers can be collected on the evening of race. This race will cost 7 euro to enter online but if you wait until the night of the race the entry fee will be 10 euro.
 
 
here is the link below to enter. 
 
 
https://endurancecui.active.com/event-reg/select-race?e=52706654
 
 
 
 
 
RACE PARKING IN BALLINROAD.
 
 
 
 
 
As parking will be pretty restricted for Friday evenings race in Ballinroad we are asking as many as possible to share spins to the race HQ at St. Laurence's hall, There is some parking available for the early birds in the Soccer club but once this is full its full. Parking is available around St Laurence's church and it's a short walk to the race HQ also from there. Your cooperation with this matter is much appreciated in advance.
 
 
 
 
 
 
PREVIOUS WINNERS OF THE M T S MEDIA BALLINROAD 5K.
 
 
 
 
2014
 
Philip Harty West Waterford AC 15.25
Sinead Mansfield West Waterford AC 18.41
 
2015
 
David Mansfield Clonliffe Harriers AC 15.46
Sally Forristal St. Josephs AC 19.05
 
2016
 
Barry Keane Waterfrod AC 15.49
Sally Forristal St.Josephs AC 19.04
 
2017
 
Niall Blackwell West Waterford AC 16.13
Sally Forristal St.Josephs AC 18.47
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
VALUE SUMMER SERIES RACE PACKAGE.
 
 
 
 
 
This unique Race Package allows participant's to enter West Waterford A.C.'s own races in the Intersport Elverys/Asics Summer Series. So for €40 you are entered for The Ballinroad 5k on April 6th, Ardmore 5 Mile on 11th May, Clashmore 5K on 8th June, Dromana 5 Mile on 22nd June, Ras Na Rinne 6 Mile on 6th July, Ballymacarbry 5 Mile on 20th July, and Marine Climb on 3rd August.  If you will be pre entered for all the listed races and your race number will be available for pick up at each race headquarters.
 
 
Here is the link for the series package.
 
 
 
https://endurancecui.active.com/event-reg/select-race?e=52685153
 
 
 
 
 
 
24th ANNUAL INTERSPORT ELVERYS/ASICS SUMMER SERIES- RACE 2.
 
 
 
 
 
35TH ANNUAL SE2 SPONSORED BUTLERSTOWN 4 MILE ROAD RACE FRIDAY 13TH APRIL.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 On Friday April 13th we have race number two in this year’s Intersport Elverys/Asics summer series, the SE2 sponsored Butlerstown 4 mile road race starting at 7.00 p.m. This race is a very popular event in the series especially since the race distance changed a few years back from 10k to 4 miles which is a distance that is achievable to all. Entries will be taken at the Butlerstown GAA centre . The centre will also be used for parking and of course changing and shower facilities will also be at the centre. All proceeds from the race will be donated to between the Waterford Alzheimer's Society and Butlerstown GAA club. The Butlerstown race is always well supported with another big turnout expected this year . The new bypass road circuit will be used for the race course . Presentation of prizes and refreshments will be available at the Viking Hotel.
 
 
 
Prize categories are:
 
 
 
 
1st 3 Male 1st over 0/40, 45, 50, 55, 60 and 1st Junior.
 
1st 3 Female 1st over 35, 40, 45, 50 60 and 1st Junior.
 
 
 
 
 
ONLINE ENTRY FOR BUTLERSTOWN RACE.
 
 
 
 
 
Entry for the Butlerstown 4 mile road race is now open .Its 7 euro online and 10 if you wait until race night.
 
 
 
https://endurancecui.active.com/event-reg/select-race?e=52708652
 
 
 
 
 
 
ARDMORE 5 CLUB TRAINING EACH TUESDAY EVENING.
 
 
 
 
 
If you have no real goal or plan come and train with us on Tuesday nights at St Augustine's College to give your running week some structure.If you are currently drifting from one week to the next it’s very hard to get consistent results from your training. 11 week plan for Ardmore is available to use as an end goal or as a building block to summer racing. Nothing to lose and everything to gain ! Call Irene for more info on 086-8242348.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
SPRING YOURWAY INTO SUMMER WITH 6 WEEK RUNNING COURSE.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Spring your way into summer with our new 6 week run to improve course.If you can already run 5k but would like to challenge yourself to run a bit further or a bit faster then this is the ideal group for you. It is specifically for beginner runners and is a social group with the emphasis on enjoying the training as well as improving at the same time. Come and join Tuesday evenings at 6.30 in St Augustine's College  as getting fit is the best investment in your health you can make this year. Give Jim 087 2881151 or Claire 087 9116997a call. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
CLUB MEMBERSHIP.
 
 
 
 
 
 
The club membership is now due and can be paid at any of our club events. Gerry Cantwell Helvic.Ring.Co Waterford. is the club registrar and he will be available at all club events to accept your membership at a cost of 25 Euros. Any athletes currently not paid up members for 2018 will not feature on club teams so with the summer series not too far away it’s time to sign up. Please note that membership with the club is for the calendar year and will cease on December 31st and it’s not 12 months from the date that you join. The current up to date membership list for 2018 is now posted on club web site, Are you a member.??? 
 
 
 
 
 
BALLINTOTIS 4 MILE ROAD RACE THURSDAY APRIL 19TH.
 
 
 
On line entry for this year's Ballintotis 4 Mile Road Race is now open and will remain open until April 16th  The organisers would ask as many people as possible to register in advance. By doing so, you will make life easier for both the committee and for yourself on the day of the race. Please log on to www.ballintotis.com and follow the link to enter.  Race numbers can be collected between 5pm and 7pm on Wednesday April 18 or from 1pm on race day.If you choose not avail of on line registration - please note that entries will also be taken from 5pm to 7pm on Wednesday April 18th and from 1pm on race day at Ballintotis Community Centre.
 
 
 
 
 
 
SYMPATHY.
 
 
 
 
 
 
West Waterford athletic club extend sincere sympathy to the family and friends of  Mary Wheldon, Union Rd, Kilmacthomas, who passed to her eternal reward recently, may she rest in peace.
 
 
 
RUNNING QUOTE.
 
 
 
 
 
 
The ability to concentrate is the single element that separates the merely good athlete from the great ones. Concentration is the hallmark of the elite runner.