Senior News

Notes April 15-18

Last Friday evening saw the second race of the Intersport Elverys/Asics summer series take place with the 36th annual Butlerstown 4 mile road race. Conditions were ideal for the race with just a slight breeze for the field to contend with but all in all it was one of the best evenings in many weeks for a race, for the event which saw a huge entry of  271 runners, ironically it had exactly the same number of runners as in 2017 with 271 completing the course 12 months ago also. Just like the Ballinroad race the previous week where numbers were similar making for a superb start to this year's summer series, so well done to all who are supporting our events. The for the past couple of years has been headed up by race director Vinnie Codd who has been doing a great job in a quiet and professional manner and this year once again he and his team had everything in tip top shape for a great evenings road racing. Like the success of all good events there's a band of helpers on the day as well which included our own Conor and Jamie who do Trojan work in road safety and traffic management as well as all the stewards who manned the various junctions on route a big thanks. Thanks to the Gardai for their invaluable assistance on the night also. To Ann who looked after all the pre reg's online for the race , and that's said thanks to all the runners who registered online it is a big help to the race organisers on the night .Our thanks to Shirley, Tony, Sharon ,Ann, Karen, Liam ,Catriona, Michael and Tom  for all their assistance once again with entries and results and sorting out the prizes and winners, there were two course records as we know at the event but there was also another record broken and that's the record time the crew had the results out, so well done to all involved. The entries on the night were taken at the Butlerstown GAA pavilion while the presentation of prizes took place at the Holy Cross Bar which we sincerely thank the management and staff there, and many thanks to the Ladies who provided us all with a great cuppa and bite to eat after the race. Our thanks to main sponsor's SE2 and who was on hand to present the winners with their prize. There were many associate sponsors also last Friday evening and we thank them all for their generosity. Thanks to Fintan Walsh on PA and finally to Vinnie Codd and all involved in Butlerstown with organizing the race this year .Monies raised were donated to Butlerstown GAA club and Waterford Alzheimer's Society.
He ran the event twice and on both occasions Raheny Shamocks Conor Dooney broke the course record on the two occasions, in last year's race he set a new mark of 19.23 breaking the previous best of 20.09 set some years earlier, last Friday evening he truly smashed this again when he clipped 12 seconds off with a brilliant 19.11. The Raheny Shamrocks AC athlete proved to be a class apart on the night once again and just as he did in 2017 with a gun to tape victory with over 2 minutes separating him for the rest of the field at the finish line. In a good battle for the runners up spot it was to be East Corks Kevin O'Leary the current holder of the overall title in the series form last year beating West Waterford's Raivis Zakis for this place when Kevin cross the line in 21.15 with Raivis claiming 3rd in 21.23 a place better than his 4th position in 2017.One of the clubs up and coming young starts Cian O'Riordan had a brilliant run to take 4th in Butlerstown among a very good field of athletes, Cian ran a time of 21.54 which was faster than his time of last year when he won the junior prize.Frank Quinlan Waterford AC took the over 40 category in 21.57 finishing a high 5th overall and his team mate David Smyth Waterford AC won the over 45 category in 23.05. The winner of the over 50 category was Ray Hahesy for the 4th year in succession when he clocked time of brilliant time of 24.20 ,well done to Ray. European 800 meter champion and world record holder Joe Gough  won the over 60 section in 25.27 and finally the junior men's prize was claimed by young Conor Shiels Waterford AC in 22.12,a super run from young Conor who finished 6th overall in the race, Well done to all our prize winners.
Men's Results
1st Conor Dooney Raheny Shamrocks 19.11
2nd Kevin O'Leary East Cork 21.15
3rd Raivis Zakis West Waterford A.C. 21.26
4th Cian O'Riordan West Waterford 21.54
1st O/40 Frank Quinlan Waterford A.C. 21.57
1st O/45 David Smith Waterford A.C. 23.05
1st O/50 Ray Hahesy West Waterford A.C. 24.20
1st O/60 Joe Gough West Waterford A.C. 25.27
1st Junior Conor Shiels Waterford A.C. 22.12
It certainly was  a night for breaking records as just like the men's record falling the Ladies likewise also fell to the great running of Sally Forristal St. Josephs AC, Sally the winner last week of race 1 in the series in Ballinroad 5k the Kilkenny woman made it back to back victories in Butlerstown when she took victory in a very good star studded ladies field and it took a course record from her to claim the title for 2018.The old mark was set in 2014 by Martin O'Dwyer when she clocked a time of 23.50,Sally broke the winners tape last Friday evening in 23.46.A start studded ladies field it was indeed with less than a minute between the top 4 lady finishers on the night. 2nd place went to Adele Walsh St. Senan's AC in 24.05,Adele had a great amount of work to do to pull off 2nd here as going through half way mark she was off the pace when in 4th place, but true to form the gutsy south Kilkenny lady showed all her wisdom of road running and timed her finish well to claim the runners up spot. Not too far behind was previous race winner in Butlerstown Jackie Carty Kilmore AC who on this occasion was to finish 3rd with a time of 24.28. Madeline Loughnane Thurles Crokes 24.36 was our 4th lady home in a time of 24.36.All the above times on any given 4 mile road race might be good enough to take a race victory over the distance such was the quality of last Friday evenings ladies field, In the categories prizes the over 35 winner was Caroline Murphy St Josephs A.C. 27.41, There was  a great performance by Sandra Moore West Waterford A.C. to take the ladies over 45 prize in a time of 32.00.The over 50 winner was Frances Lee St Josephs A.C. 29.16. The over 60 category went to Frances Lee St Josephs A.C. 29.16. Our final ladies prize was for Juniors and here Emma Caulfield Waterford A.C. won in a time of 29.27. Well done to all the our ladies winners on the night.
Ladies Results
1st Sally Forristal St Josephs A.C 23.46
2nd Adele Walsh St Senans A.C. 24.05
3rd Jackie Carthy Kilmore A.C. 24.28
4th Madeline Loughnane Thurles Crokes 24.36
1st O/35 Caroline Murphy St Josephs A.C. 27.41
1st O/40 Naomi Doonan Saturday Road Runners 26.21
1st O/45 Sandra Moore West Waterford A.C. 32.00
1st O/50 Frances Lee St Josephs A.C. 29.16
1st O/60 Kathleen Kennedy Waterford AC 37.16
1st Junior Emma Caulfield Waterford A.C.29.27
Please note that entry to the summer series is separate to that of the individual races. It’s an extra 5 Euros to join the series and you may join the series at any of the races up to and including the Dromana race which is the deadline for doing so.  When you enter the series, you must do 7 of the 12 races and you will automatically qualify for a 30 euro Intersport Elverys/Asics voucher. For those who need a bigger challenge how about having a go at the 11 from 11. Those who complete the 11 from 11 challenge will receive a special prize on the final night courtesy of our sponsors. Get your entry in ASAP.
 Race 3 and one of the oldest road race’s in the country the Bluewall Waterford to Tramore 7.5 mile event takes place on Saturday April 28th .The race starts at Waterford's new Viking Triangle in Waterford city and goes out the Tramore road to finish in Tramore outside Splashworld. Showers, refreshments, and prize giving will be in the GAA centre in Tramore after. Registration will be available on and on the day entries are between 5:45 and 6:45. This race has really grown in popularity with another big turnout expected for this year's race, we urge all athletes to please register online to ease queues on the night. Again Bluewall Technologies have come onboard as main sponsor for the 7th year. Changing and shower facilities plus refreshments and prize-giving will take place in the Tramore GAA clubhouse after the race. The usual array of prizes will be on offer.
Course record Pauline Lambe Tullamore Harriers A.C. 44.03 (2010) Sandis Bralitis West Waterford AC 36.44 (2010)
To register for the Waterford to Tramore race go into Waterford AC web site attached below. Its 10 euro pre registration and 15 euro on the race night.
Round 3 of the Mark Mason Financial Services Colligan Spring League took place last Thursday evening in the beautiful surround of Colligan wood on what was, once again, a perfect evening for running.  The league starts each night at 6.30. The league is held over 5 nights and to be included in the tables you need to run 4 out of the 5 nights league will continue for the next 3 Thursday evenings ( 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 few evening, you can still join, just come  to the club van at the wooden bridge around 6.15  and we will get you started. for 2 more nights.
Tony Dwyer lead home the 2 lap runners, many who are getting faster as the weeks progress, Tony made it 3 wins from 3 this week as he covered the 2 laps of Colligan in 20.26, a 28 scond improvement on last week.  Onra Power was next in 21.20 ( 26 seconds improvement). As was the case last week, Onra was followed by Gerry Cummins (22.16) and Micheal Moynihan (23.35). Trevor O'Donnell has a good run finishing in 24.12, just ahead of Mairead Foley (24.16) Well done to all 14 participants in the 2 lap league and keep up the efforts for the next 2 weeks.
This week we had 5 taking on the 5 mile flat route and they were led home by Neil Power in a time of 38.57 just ahead of Paul Brunnock (39.07). Claire Wall and Kelly Shalloe kept each other company this week running together, Claire however was first lady in 43.19 just 1 second ahead of Kelly Shalloe (43.20) with Evelyn Beresford next when running 49.33.
 We had a great entry of 45 runners taking on the trail run in Colligan this week and first home on the night and back running very well was Mossie Keogh in 32.27 (27 seconds ahead of last week). He was followed by Michael Dunford (34.25) and Jimmy Connors (34.39) who will both have been happy to go under 35 minutes. Ray Hahesy was next when just missing out on 35 minutes when running 35.02. Tomas de Faoite had a good run finishing in 36.43..  Lucy Holmes was our first lady home in 36.58 followed by Sinead O’Brien (38.26) with Angeline Drennan 3rd lady in 41.48.Fergal Connolly will be happy to have broken 40 minutes when running 39.56. Simone Power and Donal O'Donoghue finished close together in 43.00 and 43.01 respectively. John Lucey, Debra Doherty and Sharon Nugent will all have been happy to dip under 45 minutes with all 3 running around 44.50 as will Fiona O'Brien and Sarah Duffy who both finished under 50 minutes in 49.32 and 49.35 respectively.  Well done to all who took on this tough course  - no doubt you will see the benefits of this tough running as the year goes on.
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. The tables are now taking shape and are on the Club website.  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 Shirley and James and our stewards Sharon, 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 club was well represented recently at the Manchester marathon but it was to be a mixed bag of performances, firstly Peter and Michelle Cunningham both trained really smartly for this race and were both rewarded with marathon  PB's with Peter clocking 3.38 and Michelle ran 4.00, great running by both. Michael Coakley who trained diligently also for this marathon having ran only one other which was Dublin in 2006 where he clocked 5.50,yesterday he knocked a whopping 43 minutes off this time when he crossed the finish line in 5.07, In marathon running not all goes to plan for everyone as we well know, and this was the case for Andy Fleet who went through the half in a solid 1.23 however not long after the half way mark he pick up a knee injury which saw him struggle to get to the finish line which he did completing the 26.2 miler in 4.02 likewise Kate Meskill found her training the final few weeks difficult with an injury she picked up some weeks out, she did finish however clocking  a time of 4.27, for sure Kate and Andy will revisit this distance but for now its rest and recovery time for them both.
Well done to two club members who ran Sundays Rome marathon, Mick Concannon completed the course on what was a very warm day for marathon running in 3.59.09 while Eddie Doran ran a time of 4.40,well done to both.
Club training is well underway for our first goal race of the year Ardmore 5. Our Run to Improve groups are proving to be very popular as an introduction to structured training and as a stepping stone if you can already run 5k but want to take your running to the next level, whether that’s increasing the distance or speed. For the Autumn our goal races will be the Run Galway Bay race series. This offers a choice of 10k, half marathon or full marathon options and the flexibility will be there to transfer between the races up to the last minute. Further details to follow but we do have a discount code for this race and accommodation reserved. As always our last training block of the year will be working towards our own John Treacy 10 mile race in early 2019. All of the club summer series races will be incorporated into our structured training plans as well as the ever popular summer one mile challenges. All club members are more than welcome to come along any Tuesday night. Meeting at the Friary at 6.30pm. If you are not currently a club member please come along and try a session.
The Irish Universities track and field championships for 2018 were held today Saturday at the beautifully appointed Mary Peters Track in Belfast. The competition started Friday and continues for 3 days ending tomorrow Sunday with all the third level institutes battling it out for honours overall all track and field disciplines. West Waterford AC was well represented with 3 athletes representing three different colleges taking part. Micheál Power in the 10.000 meters for UCC, Yuri Kanash for UL in the pole vault and Kate Veale for DCU in the 1.500 meters walk. Micheál took part in the 10.000 meters and in a jam packed field finished with bronze running a solid 31.49.33 ,Micheál will be preparing now for a big race in Highgate on May 19th with his sights firmly set on a qualifying time of under 31 minutes for this year's world under 20 track and field championships to be held in Tampere Finland in July.Yuri in the pole vault proved to be back to his best as he cleared 4.40 to take gold for UL, Yuri has a personal best of 4.45 but unfortunately missed much of the end of last year with a serious injury and is now just getting back to top flight pole vaulting. The clubs final athlete on the track was Kate Veale competing for the last time for DCU in the 1.500 meters race walk. Kate took gold here in a super 6.14.48,the story of the day didn't end there as it was announced shortly after the race that Kate had broken one of the oldest national records in the books when she whipped 8 seconds off twice Irish Olympic race walker Gillian O Sullivan's 1997 record of 6.22.67. This rounded off  a memorable few days for our young club athletes, well done to all three.
Race 1 in  this year's Outfield Sports 3 Counties Challenge will take place on Friday 20th April with the running of the Fitzgerald Fleming Faugheen 5 KM Road race, starting at 7:30. This is a fantastic fast ,flat course , ideal for getting that 5 KM PB, and will have all the usual things you expected at a Carrick on Suir AC 3 Counties Challenge event- Friendly, well marshalled race event with great prizes, great after race grub and a bit of a laugh and a chat! And all for a €10.Race entry is on the night from 6:00 p.m.
The annual Emer Casey memorial 5k road race was held in Youghal last Thursday evening a a good field of 341 completed the course. The overall winner was Andrew Sheehan Leevale AC 15.48 with the ladies race going to Sinead O'Connor Leevale AC in 17.12.Our fist runner home was in 9th place when Jason Travers ran a superb time of 17.19,John Nee was next in 21.04 while Margaret Conway ran a time of 27.38.Micheal Coakley fresh from his marathon exploits ran a time over the much shorter distance of 27.48 while Theresa Hickey broke the 30 minute mark with 29.36 likewise Denise Conway also broke 30 with 29.48,Maeve Lattimore completed the run in 35.11 while Linda Foley clocked 32.36, well done to all.
I was born to be a runner. I simply love to run. It's almost like the faster I go, the easier it becomes