Senior News

Notes April 08-18

 Hard to believe it folks but it is now in its 24th year, the summer series got off to the best start possible last Friday evening when we hosted the MTS Broadband sponsored Ballinroad 5k,the first race in what we hope will be yet another great Intersport Elverys/Asics summer series for 2018.The event again this year was organised in association with Ballinroad AFC with proceeds from the race were donated to raise funds for their pitch development fund.Ballinroad AFC are one of the towns leading football clubs presently with a huge number of under age and senior teams using their super facility at Ballinroad. Both clubs put in a great amount of work pre race for the event and this paid dividends as a huge field of 240 runners and 60 walkers took part in reasonably good weather,at least the rain had stopped but it was quite cold .It's a huge well done to everyone who came along to make the event such a great success and we couldn't have asked for a better start to the Intersport Elverys/Asics summer series. At the club we try and cater for all levels at our races by having  different prize structures and mixing things around a bit so for last Friday evenings event we gave the top 5 men and women prizes and then presented 50 spots to everyone else in the race its encouraging for us to see that the athletes are supporting our efforts as we always try to give good value races which cater for all levels, a well marshalled safe course, results posted ASAP and most important a friendly cuppa after. Our sincere thanks to all who helped with the race especially our series sponsor Intersport Elverys / Asics and our race sponsor Jamie Moroney of M T S Broadband for supporting our club event and Jamie was present on the night to present the winners with their prizes. To all our stewards who once again did a terrific job on the night, To Conor, Jamie  and crew on traffic management duty another splendid job, to our registrars and timing personnel, finishing area team to those who looked after the Tea's etc.To Liam O Donnell and our chairman Tom Leahy on van duty, John and David Coleman of DC Images for their brilliant snaps.To all at Ballinroad soccer club a big thanks and well done to you on your efforts, keep up the great work the club is doing for the Ballinroad community. Thanks to Ballinroad community hall committee for the use of St Laurence's hall. Finally to you the runners and walkers thank you for supporting our efforts in trying to bring good value, fun filled running to all .See you all again in 2019.
Keep the head down and keep trying that's how you eventually succeed in your goals.Noel Murphy Waterford AC has been a huge supporter of our races over many years and is more often than not on the prize winners podium at the finish of most of them ,but believe it or not after his resounding win last Friday evening in race 1 of the Intersport Elverys/Asics summer series 2018,the MTS Broadband Ballinroad 5k he was taking the top spot for the very first time as had never actually won one of our series's races in the past.Noel a Dunhill native is a  very popular athlete in the local running scene over many years and  on the night he secured victory over local West Waterford AC athletes Raivis Zakis by just 2 seconds,it was indeed one of the closest ever finshes for one of our summer Series race with just that 2 seconds between the lads at the line and there was  just 10 seconds between the top 3 with last years overall series winner Kevin O'Leary of East Cork AC filling this position in 16.25,Kevin will be pleased with this run as he finished 5th in last years race in Ballinroad and he clipped off 22 seconds from his 2017 effort.The race panned out from the gun when a group of 5 split away - the group made up of Noel Murphy, Raivis Zakis, Kevin O'Leary, Cian O'Riordan and Warren Roche this group stayed together until about the 3 km mark when Noel Murphy made his move and split the group up,this move proved to be decisive as Noel was to finish up the winner with Raivis taking that runner up spot the same position he finished in last years race. In fouth was up and coming youngster Cian O'Riordan West Waterford AC in 16.42, this was a brilliant performance from Cian who is really starting to make his mark now on the road racing scene with Warren Roche of Ferrybank AC delighted to be breaking the 17 minute barrier when he took 5th place in a time of 16.59. Well done to all who ran with many super performances all-round on this  fast flat course.
1st Noel Murphy Waterford AC 16.15
2nd Raivis Zakis West Waterford AC 16.17
3rd Kevin O'leary East Cork AC 16.25
4th Cian O'Riordan West Waterford AC 16.42
5th Warren Roche Ferrybank AC 16.59
If ever a race belonged to one athlete the Ballinroad 5k certainly belongs to Sally Forristal St.Josephs AC as she in creditably has won it now for the past 4 years in succession, we could soon be crowning the south Kilkenny woman the queen of Ballinroad if she keep this winning trend going for much longer.Sally previously took the title in 2015,2016,2017 and now for the 4th time 2018.Last year she set a new course record of 18.47 but last Friday evening she shattered her own old mark by whopping 44 seconds when raised the bar to a time of 18.03 which gave her a brilliant 12th positional placing overall in the race.Madeline Loughnane of Thurles Crokes AC was second in 19.11 and the Tipp lady will be well pleased with having broke the 20 minute barrier here on this fast Ballinroad course. Louise Morgan of Ferrybank AC had finished 5th in this race last year so will will be pleased with her3rd placing Friday evening in a time of 19.38. and taking 35 seconds off her 2017 standard. Fouth and 5th place was filled by club mates at Waterford AC when Susanne Dullaghan was 4th in 19.52 and Joan Mahony was 5th in 19.55 ,both Waterford ladies here breaking the 20 minute mark for the course. With such a big field of ladies running the race Friday evening it was really encouraging to see so many running the 5k distance for the first time, many of these from the clubs Lets Run group so a  big well done to each and everyone one of you whatever your goal was we hope you achieved it, keep up the good work Ladies and we hope to see you throughout the Summer running more of the Intersport Elverys/Asics summer series.
1st Sally Forristal St.Josephs AC 18.03
2nd Madeline Loughnane Thurles Crokes AC 19.11
3rd Louise Morgan Ferrybank AC 19.38
4th Susanne Dullaghan Waterford AC 19.52
5th Joan Mahony Waterford AC 19.55
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 Holy Cross bar.
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.
Entry for the Butlerstown 4 mile road race is now open .Its 7 euro online and 10 if you wait until race night.
This unique Race Package allows participant's to enter West Waterford A.C.'s own races in the Intersport Elverys/Asics Summer Series at a greatly discounted price. So for €35 you are entered for The  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. Do the sums boys and girls this one's a no brainer.
 Here is the link for the series package.
It was back to Colligan wood last Wednesday evening for Round 2 of the Mason Mortgages and Financial Services Colligan Spring League and what another fantastic evening it was for running.  The weather gods were kind to us with rain on the way but it held off thankfully until all runners werehome and dry.  This week we had 69 runners toe the line with 13 in the 2 lap distance while 3 runners completed the 3 ½ laps covering 5 miles and for the tough 5 mile hill route we had 53 athletes leave the wooden bridge. This league will take place for 3 more nights, (Thursday 12th, 19th and 26th April). You can join in, just come along to the wooden bridge in the beautiful Colligan wood around 6pm and if you need some advice about which course to run just ask at the club van.
Tony Dwyer made it 2 wins from 2 this week as he covered the 2 laps of Colligan in 20.54, a full minutes improvement on his first week’s efforts.  Onra Power was her usual consistent self as she finished second in 21.46 this week followed by Gerry Cummins (22.40) and Micheal Moynihan (23.42). Pat Ryan (26.30) improved by exactly one minute while Aisling Hourigan dropped under the 30 minutes this week and it was great to see Maud Cunningham, Martina O’Dowd and :Mary Hogan all taking on the 2.6 miles.  Well done to all 13 participants in the 2 lap league and keep up the efforts for the next 3 weeks.
This week we had just 3 taking on the 5 mile flat route and they were led home by Neil Power in a time of 40.18 down a minute on week 1 while our marathon man, Paul Brunnock continues his comeback from injury with sensible running over the 3.5 laps clocking 40.24.  Winter League winner Kelly Shalloe kept the flag flying for the ladies as she wasn’t far behind in 42.44.
We had a great entry of 53 runners taking on the trail run in Colligan this week and first home on the night was Mossie Keogh in 32.54 while Gerard O’Reilly (35.08) led home a nice group with Jimmy Connors just 3 seconds behind in 35.11 and Cathal Dwane (35.16) and Michael Dunford (35.18) all finishing together.  John Geehan is flying since his Jigs and Reels success and clocked an impressive 36.43 almost 2 minutes faster than week 1.  Lucy Holmes was our first lady home in 37.37 and along with Sinead O’Brien (38.36) is really benefitting from the company and competitive nature of this league.  Stephen O’Reilly (38.43) was under 40 as was Ted O’Leary (39.50).  Johnny Burkin (40.53) and Liam Fitzgerald (41.29) were both  a minute down on week 1 while it was great to see while Tom Condon (49.13), Jean Beresford (49.25) and Linda Bradfield (49.57) all well under the 50 minute barrier.  Well done to all who took on this tough course you all did brilliantly.
This is a 5 week league and the rules of the league are that you have to run 4 out of the 5 weeks to appear on the league tables and of course these must be in the same distance .i.e. 4 weeks of the 2 lap and not 1 week 2 laps and the next week hills.  There are separate men’s and ladies tables with divisions of 5.  There will be movement between divisions from weeks 1 to 4 but after week 4 we will lock the tables so whatever division you are in after week 4 you will stay there for week 5.  Mark Mason of Mason Mortgages and Financial Services has kindly sponsored this league once again this year and the prize giving will take place on the final night of the league in Colligan wood.
Thank you once again this week to our finish line team Ray and Mark Mason and our stewards Tom and Jim. Of course we are indebted to our loyal band of stewards who stand in each week to help out and keep us safe on the road.  We really do appreciate it lads.  Finally thanks of course to Coillte who give us permission to hold this league and without whose co-operation this league and of course the Colligan Cup would not take place each year.
The 2018 4 mile Munster road racing championships were held last bank holiday Monday in Castlelyons Co.Cork and was successfully hosted by St Nicholas AC. The club had 6 athletes who travelled to the championship taking home 6 championship medals for their efforts. The clubs recent European double gold medal winning champion Joe Gough was once again a class apart when taking gold in the over 65 category. Our only Female representative on the day Maria White made her trip a worth while one when she took a deserving silver individual medal in the over 45 category. There was medal success for our men's master's team also when they took bronze club medals in the over 35 category, James Whelan, Pat Fitzgerald,Walter Drohan and Joe Gough on a total of 126 points. ed O'Leary also competed in the over 45 category finishing a creditable 12th here. ell done at all who travelled and to road racing coordinator Gerry Cantwell for ensuring we had athletes competing.
Mary Nolan Hickey a 38 time Dublin marathon finisher took on a new adventure this year when she set out on an epic journey on new year's day in Arklow with a goal to Run 5.000 kilometres over 5 months, she will run around the entire coast of Ireland raising funds for the RNLI on her way. Mary was among us last week when set out from the pontoon at Dungarvan Quay Tuesday morning at 9.45 am. Having come from Youghal to Ferrypoint to Helvic head RNLI Station on the Monday after making her way from Ballycotton the previous day she took rest in the area overnight . 65 year old Mary set out from the pontoon at Dungarvan Quay along with club member Tomas Dé Faoite as she makes her way to her next port of call in Bonmahon. Mary and Tomas ran along the Waterford Greenway to Durrow taking the road option at Durrow down to Bunmahon. Best of luck to her in the remaining miles of her epic journey ,all donations greatly received by logging on at
Kate Veale was in race walking action as part of a large Irish contingent who travelled to the European permit meet in Podabrady last weekend. Kate was walking in the 20k senior her 4th time to take this distance on, Kate finished 27th on a very warm day in a time of 1.46.17 in a highly competitive International field, kate is back on home soil this Saturday when she travels to Belfast to compete in the Irish Universities walk championship where we wish her well.
I know that I may never get to my best run ever, that doesn’t mean it isn’t real.