Senior News

Notes April 09-17

23RD ANNUAL INTERSPORT ELVERYS/ASICS SUMMER SERIES 2017.
 
 
 
 
MASSIVE TURNOUT FOR RACE 1- THE M T S BROADBAND BALLINROAD 5K .
 
 
 
 
 
The 23rd year of the clubs summer series of races kicked off in Ballinroad last Friday evening, this series which was previously sponsored by Ger Wyley Sports/Skins saw a new sponsored to the overall series this year namely Intersport Elverys/Asics and they and us couldn't have asked for a better start to this year's events with a huge turnout in Ballinroad evening for the MTS Broadband 5k.The event again this year was organised in association with Ballinroad AFC with proceeds from the race donated to raise funds for  their Astro pitch which is now build and is getting plenty of use and is a great asset to the community. Both clubs put in a great amount of work pre race for the event and this paid dividends as a huge field of 280 runners and well over 100 walkers took part in ideal weather with a lovely evening sun greeting all. 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 and most important a friendly cuppa after. Our sincere thanks to all who helped with the race especially our series sponsor Inter sport 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 and food. To Liam O Donnell on van duty,  John and David Coleman of DC Images for their brilliant snaps, and to Dungarvan Rugby club for the use of their club grounds for parking. To all at Ballinroad soccer club a big thanks and well done to you for your efforts, keep up the great work the club is doing for the Ballinroad community. Thanks to all who looked after the teas etc, all were well fed leaving Ballinroad. 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 2018.
 
 
 
 
NIALL BLACKWELL A CLASS APART.
 
 
 
 
West Waterford AC youngster Niall Blackwell who is still a junior athlete made a very impressive road racing inaugural outing last Friday evening when winning race 1 in the Intersport Elverys/Asics summer series. He proved to all that he is a young man with a bright future in the sport as he has steadily progressed from the juvenile ranks through to the junior ranks and now as he will shortly be running as a senior athlete he should hold no fear of his more experienced competitors as he ran a very smart race last Friday evening starting out steadily before going into the lead at the half way point and from there was pulling away from the opposition right to the finish line on the newly opened Waterford green way at Ballinroad. From the gun it was West Waterford's Raivis Zakis who took up the leading role as he ran through 1k in 3.00.with a group which included Niall Blackwell chasing some 40 meters back. By the 2nd km Raivis was still leading as he passed through it in 6.10 but at this stage Niall had broke away from a group of 4 chasing and was closing on his team mate with every step. On the turn at Clonea for the return section Niall caught and raced past Raivis and by the 3rd km 9.30 had opened up a gap of some 15 meters and was still moving away. By 4km there was only going to be one winner as Niall clocked 13.00 he was heading for a resounding victory, on crossing the finish line the clock read 16.13 as he claim his first win ever and proved with a performance like this that he certainly is a young man with a bright future ahead . Raivis held off the rest of the field to claim 2nd place in 16.20 ,  That battle for 3rd place went to a fast finishing West Waterford AC athlete Dzintars Klava 16.36,great to see Dzintars back on the roads racing again, Young Conor Sheil Waterford AC was 4th in 16.38 and from East Cork AC Kevin O'Leary was 5th in 16.47. Great running all-round on this  fast flat course.
 
 
 
 
RACE RESULTS MEN
 
 
 
1ST NIALL BLACKWELL WEST WATERFORD A.C. 16.13
2ND RAIVIS ZAKIS WEST WATERFORD A.C. 16.20
3RD DZINTARS KLAVA WEST WATERFORD A.C. 16.36
4TH CONOR SHEILS WATERFORD A.C. 16.38
5TH KEVIN O LEARY EAST CORK A.C. 16.47
 
 
 
 
 
THREE IN A ROW FOR SALLY FORRISTAL AND A NEW COURSE RECORD.
 
 
 
 
 
In the Ladies race the night belonged once again to Sally Forristal St. Joseph's AC Kilkenny who was to claim her 3rd Ballinroad victory in a row repeating her feat of 2015 and 2016. A very consistent runner the Kilkenny woman clocked a time of 18.47 which is now her fastest winning time of the past 3 years and it was also a new ladies course record for the event as she held that record 19.04 and now has clipped 17 seconds off that. The Ladies race was of a high standard with some fine performances recorded by local and travelling athletes alike. The 2nd place athlete came from Tipperary when Aine Roche of Clonmel AC clocked a time of 19.11,Aine finished 2nd in this race also last year but she will delighted to have ran 11 seconds faster last Friday. Third place was to also go to a Clonmel AC athlete in Kealy Tideswell who was 5th in 2016 ran a time of 20.00 Friday evening catching West Waterford's Sandra Prendergast right on the line after a great battle between the two with just 3 seconds separated them with Sandra clocking a time of 20.03,Sandra climbed the ladder a notch this year as she finished 4th in 2016. Ferrybank's Louise Morgan was our 5th runner home and she ran a time of 20.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, 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 of road races hosted by West Waterford Athletic Club.
 
 
 
 
 
 
RACE RESULTS LADIES
 
 
 
 
1ST SALLY FORRISTAL ST. JOSEPH'S A.C. 18.47
2ND AINE ROCHE CLONMEL A.C. 19.11
3RD KEALY TIDESWELL CLONMEL A.C. 20.00
4TH SANDRA PRENDERGAST WEST WATERFORD A.C 20.03
5TH LOUISE MORGAN  FERRYBANK A.C. 20.13
 
 
 
 
 
 
23rd ANNUAL INTERSPORT ELVERYS/ASICS SUMMER SERIES- RACE 2.
 
 
 
 
 
34TH ANNUAL SE2 SPONSORED BUTLERSTOWN 4 MILE ROAD RACE FRIDAY 14TH APRIL.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
On Friday April 14th 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.
 
 
 
 
 
LINK ADDRESS TO ENTER BUTLERSTOWN 4 MILE.
 
 
 
https://endurancecui.active.com/event-reg/select-race?e=43575052
 
 
 
 
 
 
SUPER EVENING FOR THE MARK MASON FINANCIAL SERVICES COLLIGAN SPRING RUNNING LEAGUE.
 
 
 
 
 
Round 2 of the Mark Mason Financial Colligan Spring League took place last Wednesday evening in the beautiful surround of Colligan wood on what was a beautiful evening for running.  The league starts each night at 6.30. This year, the league will be 5 nights instead of 4 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  27 runners completed the 2 laps, We had 15 who ran the 5 mile flat course which is 3 ½ laps of the wood and road and finally 53 took on the challenging 5 mile hill route – this gave us a great crowd of 95 runners on the night. This league will continue for the next 3 Wednesday evenings (April 12th, April 19th and finally April 26th) so no excuses folks why not come along and give it a go for yourself if you missed the first evening, you can still join, just come  to the club van at the wooden bridge around 6.15  and we will get you started.
 
 
 
 
 
 ARTHUR CHIZIKOV LEADS HOME THE 2 LAP RUNNERS.
 
 
 
 
The 2 lap challenge is geared towards beginners and we were delighted to see 27 runners sign up on the 2nd night and they were led home by Arthur Chizikov in 20.29. (48 seconds faster than last week). In second was Gerry Cummins running 20.44 . Next was Sean Duggan in 22.01 and he was followed by league regular Michael Moynihan in 22.32. In 5th place was our first lady, Sharon Higgins in 23.06 closely followed by Sinead Moore in 23.10.. Amanda Mansfield will have 25 minutes as target having ran 25.05 this week. Ciara Gavin and Aine Murphy finished together in 31.28 as did Mary Hogan and Karen Coleman who both ran 32.02.1 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 3 Wednesday evenings.
 
 
 
 
 
 
5 MILE FLAT COURSE LED HOME BY MICHAEL RYAN FOR SECOND WEEK.
 
 
 
 
 
The 5 mile flat was once again led home by Michael Ryan in a very good 30.19 (30 seconds improvement on last week). He was followed, as was the case last week, by Kevin Casey in 34.22. Next was our first lady, Kate Veale who ran the course 38.52. Anne Casey will be aiming to break 40 minutes having run 40.08 this week. Fiona Ormonde finished in 40.59 while winter league short route winner Debra Doherty ran 43.35. well done to all who took part in week 2, just keep up the effort now guys for the next 3 weeks lads it will be worth it.
 
 
 
 
 
 RAIVIS ZAKIS LEADS HOME 5 MILE HILLS.
 
 
 
 
 
 The biggest entry of the night goes to the 5 mile hills with a very impressive 53 taking on this difficult course. Raivis Zakis was first home in a very impressive 29.19 which is an excellent time for this course. Mossie Keogh was 2nd home in a very quick 30.36 closely followed by Alan Kinsella in 30.44. Sean Stilwell, who is back in excellent running form was next in 31.21 and the top 5 was rounded out by Colm Ryan in 32.09. a very impressive time of 31:18 but he hadn't it all his own way as he was followed closely by Sean Stilwell in 31.54 and Colm Ryan in 32.05. First lady on the night was, once again, Laura Flavin in 39.05. 2nd Lady was Ann Dunford in 39.47 with Diana Chizikova 3rd lady in 40. Gerry O’Connor and Fergal Connolly will be happy to have broken 40 minutes when running 39.52 and 39.54 respectively. Others to record good runs included Sandra Moore (43.46), Anne Moore (44.25), Paul Twomey (43.30) and Micheal gee (42.38).  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 Wednesday for round 3.
 
 
 
 
 
 SPONSORS AND THANK YOUS.
 
 
 
 
 
Once again thanks to Mark Mason of Mark Mason Financial Barrack St. Cappoquin for his kind sponsorship and also for his attendance at the league each year. As always thank you to Shirley, Ray, Gerry, Jim, Ray, James and Sharon for all their help on the night.
 
 
 
 
COUNT DOWN ON FOR 5th ANNUAL AGLISH FUN RUN IN AID OF CRUMLIN.
 
 
 
 
The 5th annual Aglish fun run takes place on Easter Monday 17th April  2017.10k run/5k run or 5 k walk.entry fee 7 euro or a donation. registration from 11 am. event starts at 11.30 .refreshments afterwards in Aglish community hall. Numerous spot prizes. sponsorship cards available on request. All proceeds to Children's Hospital Crumlin. As it's the 5th and final fundraiser for Crumlin let's make it the biggest and best. With over €21,000.00 collected so far over the four years for Crumlin make Aglish your destination on Easter Monday for a great day out for all the family. Great eats and treats after Run / Walk. Free Crumlin T-Shirt for the first fifty to register on the day. So spread the word guys. 
 
 
 
 
CATRIONA COMPLETES COBH 10.
 
 
 
Well done to club committee member Catriona Kiely on her 1.29.09 posting in the undulating Cobh 10 mile road race last Sunday morning.Nicely under the 90 minutes.
 
 
 
MEN OF THE MARATHON.
 
 
 
Well Done to our 3 marathon Amigos at the Listowel Marathon last Saturday. Ted O Leary completed the race in 3.26 while Paul Brunnock ran a time of 3.48 and Mick Concannon clocked 3.58.Well done lads nearly there now.
 
 
 
RUNNING QUOTE.
 
 
 
 
I run for those who can't. I run to challenge the status quo. I run to ignite the hearts of those who are yet to discover their untapped potential.