Senior News

Notes April 22-18

The fourth and penultimate night in Colligan for our Mason Mortgages and Financial Services Spring Running League once again saw a fantastic crowd of over 60 runners take to the paths and roads of this amazing facility that we are so fortunate to have at our disposal every year.  This is all thanks to our local Coillte organisation who facilitate and encourage our use of the Colligan wood for our runs as they are happy that visitors and locals alike take away a positive experience from their visit to Colligan.  This league will finish tomorrow night (April 26th) but don’t worry if you haven’t ran already you can still run tonight just come along to Colligan Wood after 6 and register at the club van.  We get underway at 6.30pm and we will provide some much needed water at the finish line.
The 2 lappers were led home again this week for the 4th week in a row by a young man with a proud tradition of running from Dungarvan, the Dwyer family are well known and Tony is following in his dad Anthony’s footsteps and his time this week was 20.47.  First lady home this week once again was Onra Power and Onra’s time this week was 21.12.  Regular Colligan participant Gerry Cummins was back again this week to take third place in 22.19 while Micheál Moynihan was third man home in 23.18.  Margaret Whelan improved by over a minute this week dropping to 23.24 while Mairead Foley clocked 23.45 also knocking over 30 seconds off.  Finally well done to Aisling Hourigan (29.24) who comfortably dipped under 30 minutes and Lorna Murphy (30.42) who will be close to that next week with a massive 1.44 drop this week.  Well done to everyone who completed the 2 lap league again this week and keep up your efforts for the final week.
Similar to Tony Dwyer in the 2 Lap league, Neil Power looks to be in control of the 5 Mile Flat league for 2018 as for the fourth week in a row he finished first after the 3 ½ laps of Colligan wood.  Neil’s time in week 4 was 37.38 and just behind Neil again this week was Paul Brunnock, just a short 5 miles for Paul as he builds up to his next big one in Limerick.  Winter League winner Kelly Shalloe and Claire Wall kept each other company again this week clocking 41.48 and 41.49 respectively (over 1.30 off their time in week 3) while as always we are delighted to see Michael (Dixie) Deegan out running again in our midst and Michael’s time this week was 46.21 and Evelyn Beresford (48.01) completed the 5 mile group this week.
After 4 weeks of this league it looks like Mossie Keogh is in control with 3 wins under his belt and once Mossie completes week 5 he will surely be crowned King of the Hills in the Mason Mortgages and Financial Services Colligan Spring League for 2018.  Mossie’s time this week was 32.06 and Mossie was followed home by a big group all within 20 seconds led by local man Michael Dunford who filled second spot in 34.36.  Just behind Michael was Ray Hahesy in 34.40, Jimmy Connors in 34.44 and Gerard Reilly in 34.51.  Yev Chizhikov was the man who improved most this week as he ran 38.41 in week 3 and recorded 36.34 this week.  Great running by Yev and good to see him back in good form after a long injury.  Lucy Holmes (36.38) knocked another 20 seconds off this week as did Tomas de Faoite (37.21).  Patrick Power (39.10) and Fergal Connolly (39.42) also continue to improve as does Liam Fitzgerald (40.28) while Darren Coogan (40.54) dropped under 41 minutes this week.  John Lucey (43.44) can be well pleased with his time as can Nuala Hogan (42.46 ) as they also saw great improvements this week.  Finally well done also to Sharon Higgins (44.49), Paula Collins (46.17), Sarah Duffy (48.19) and Fiona O’Brien (48.24) as they all clocked their fastest times for Colligan this year.
This is a 5 week league and the rules of the league are that you have to run 4 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.  The divisions are now locked after week 4 and are up 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 after the conclusion of the league in Colligan this Thursday night.
As always we are indebted to our steward’s Tom, Jim and Sharon and our finish line team of Shirley and James.  This week’s award for best contribution to the league goes to Donal O’Donoghue who swept the entrance to the wood and ensured a safe path for all runners so a big thank you to Donal for that. Thanks to our sponsor Mark who started last week's league. Once again a special 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.
There were 120 athletes completed last Friday evening's Faugheen 5k ,race one in the Outfield sports Carrick AC race series. The overall race winner on the night was Neill Sheil St Killians AC Wexford in a time of 15.46 with the ladies title going to another Wexford athlete in Jackie Carty Kilmore AC in 18.23.Alan Hogan was the first West Waterford finisher in a creditable 17.58 with Joe Gough next in 18.44.Our first club lady home was Kate Veale in 5th place 19.11, next was Tom Hogan braking the 20 minute barrier 19.20. Johnnie Burkin ran a time of 21.20 and Onra Power was next in 23.11, Deirdre Clancy completed the course in 32.37, well done to all who travelled.
 After just 2 races in this year's series the numbers who have entered are very encouraging ,Entry is just 5 Euro with a 30 euro Intersport Elverys/Asics voucher to all who complete 7 of the 12 race programme over the summer months, Dromana 5 is the final race where you can enter the series.
 list of those entered to date.
2018 list of Summer series entries
Grainne Hallinan
Onra Power
Deirdre Clancy
Conor Murray
Olivia Reilly
James whelan
Martin Tobin
Alan Akehurst
Patricia Daly
Julie Kenneally
Eoin Kenneally
Eveleen Drohan
Sinead Ni Fhaolain
Mairead Flynn
Marc Flavin
Madeline Loughnane
Gareth Pope
Carol Pope
Angeline Drennan
Darren Coogan
Liam Clince
Ray Hahesy
Denis Ryan
Donal O'Donoghue
Declan O'Callaghan
Debra Doherty
Katie Bullen
Puline Travers
James Connors
Patrick Power
Kevin  o' leary
Caroline Russell
Anthony Dwyer
Stephen O'Connor
Noelle Conway
Molly Fitzgerald
Dermot O' Donovan
Jillian Hayes
Michelle Finnegan
Margaret Conway
Mary Walsh
Therese Hickey
Eileen Heffernan
Aisling Hallinan
John Paul Hogan
Claire Kennedy
Alan Hogan
Tina O' Leary
David O' Leary
Sharon  Higgins
Micheál Callaghan
Sandra Moore
Yevgeniy Chizhikov
Kieran Keane
Louise Burke
Madeline Lacey
Bridget Fuller Buckley
Liam Kavanagh
Gayle Burke
Rose Power
Cáit Verling
Clodagh Kearns
Conor Shiels
Raivis Zakis
Sinead Ni Fhaolain
Paul Brunnock
Kevin O'leary
Mairead Flynn
Regina Carroll
Brian Jackman
Warren Flavin 
Ruben Garcia-Urdangarin 
Nigel O Sullivan
Sharon Nugent
 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.
The annual Ballintotis 4 mile road race was held last Thursday evening in very warm conditions in the East Cork village, a field of 826 completed the fast course with local athlete Michael Harty East Cork AC  winning in a time of 19.15 , the ladies victory went also to an East Cork  AC athlete in Fiona Santry with a time of in a fast 23.42 which saw her finish 36th overall in the race. Four athletes from our own club made the trip and first home was John Fennell in a time of 29.54. Breaking the 30 minute barrier, while out first lady home was Margaret Conway in 35.26 followed by her daughter Denise Conway 37.39. Michael Coakley having ran a time of 39.55 in 2017 will be delighted to have knocked off a good wallop of time as he clocked 38.33 last week's race . Well done to all.
Run Galway Bay will be the club goal race for 2018. There are a choice of 3 distances – Full marathon, half marathon and 10k race. As a group we have been given a discount code for this race. This will give you 10% off race entry across all events. Code is RGB18WWAC and needs to be entered on the booking page. There will be deferrals to other distances until 2 weeks before the event so no panic if you have to change distances. In the event that anyone needs to withdraw the organisers have requested that you get in touch and they will look after you if at all possible. We have reserved rooms in The Connaught Hotel at a preferential rate of €258 for 2 nights’ bed & breakfast in a double / twin for Friday 5th & Saturday 6th October. To avail of this rate you need to call the hotel and quote West Waterford Athletics Club and will need to provide contact details and a credit card number to secure your booking. In the event that you need to cancel you must do so at least 48hrs beforehand otherwise you will incur a charge. Anyone who wishes to stay for only one night the rate is €102 for a single room for Friday night & €112  for a double / twin room. The rates for Saturday night only are €136 for a single and €146 for a double / twin room.  If you are planning on bringing your family with you there are houses available on the hotel site. The club are not looking after the administration on this one so please contact the hotel directly to book. It’s first come; first served so if you have any interest in this please book your room. A lot of the hotels in Galway are already full this weekend with private events so accommodation may be at a premium. If anyone needs any further information contact Irene on (086) 8242348
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.
Mick Concannon made the trip to Madrid Spain last Sunday where he completed his 131st marathon, His time of 4.15 was super running considering that like the London and Vienna Marathons also held on the same day Madrid was held in the condition's when the temperatures soared to over 25 degrees, Mick said it was one of his toughest in the 131 he has completed because of the heat factor, well done Mick. 
The great West Waterford AC tradition with the London marathon was kept alive and well last Sunday morning by the Cappoquin four of Trevor Mason along with the husband and wife team of Brian and Fiona Ormonde and Liam Costin, all four got through the race which was an achievement in itself as we witnessed on our TV's some of the top African marathon runners not making it to the finish as temperatures soared to high 20's.Trevor running his 35th marathon and his 8th London ran a time of 3.43, Liam ran 4.10 and the Ormonde's likewise both completed the 26.2 with Brain running 4.37 and Fiona 4.52, Well done to all four on completing the distance on a tough tough day for marathon running.
Congratulations to club member Garret Byrne who last Sunday morning completed the Vienna Marathon in 3.18.13.Garret went through the half way mark in 1.38.27.It was a difficult day for Marathon running there as it was extremely warm making it a day when there were lots of casualties who didn't make it to the finish line so Garret can be well pleased with getting through in such conditions.
No one can say, "You must not run faster than this, or jump higher than that." The human spirit is indomitable.