Senior News

Notes April 23-17






Round 4 of the Mark Mason Financial Colligan Spring League took place last Wednesday 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. 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. This Wednesday (26th April) is the last night of the league and the league prizes will be given out straight after the league.A total of  21 runners completed the 2 laps, We had 9 who ran the 5 mile flat course which is 3 ½ laps of the wood and road and finally 40 took on the challenging 5 mile hill route – this gave us a great crowd of 70 runners on the night. This league will conclude Wednesday evening (April 26th) . You can still join, just come  to the club van at the wooden bridge around 6.15  and we will get you started. Our thanks to Dan Bolton of Avonmore Diaries who came along on the night to Colligan last week and supplied all the runners with a beautiful carton of cold Avonmore protein milk for their efforts.










The 2 lap runners were led home this week by Arthur Chizikov in an excellent 19.59. In second was our 21.22. Next was our first lady, Donna Hallahan in 21.04 followed by Sean Duggan in. 21.24 with Sinead Moore 4th in 21.49 followed in 5th by  Michael Moynihan in 22.17. Una Maher will be happy with her run when clocking 22.59. Others to record good times were Amanda Mansfied (24.30), newcomer Nikita Chizihova (25.00), Roisin Heylin (27.09), Deirdre Hahessy (28.59), and Laura Windross (29.28). Lorna Murphy will be happy with her run having run well under 30 minutes when finishing in 29.29.










The 5 mile flat was once again led home by Michael Ryan in  30.20.  Michael has been first home each night and is running very consistent times. He was followed once again by Kevin Casey in 34.37. Next was our first lady, Kate Veale in 36.52 followed by Fiona Ormonde in 38.25. Others to record good runs were Nessa Foley (41.19) and Garry Morrissey (44.44). Well done to all who took part in week 4, just keep up the effort now guys for the last week.










The biggest entry of the night goes to the 5 mile hills with a very impressive 40 taking on this difficult course. Alan Kinsella was first home in  30.24. He was followed by Mossie Keogh in 30.42 with Sean Stilwell next in 30.58. This was great running by all 3 with each of the lads running under 31 minutes., . In fourth was Colm Ryan in 32.03 with Tom Leahy 5th in 34.17. First lady on the night was, Laura Flavin in 38.48. 2nd Lady was Ann Dunford in 39.27 with Diana Chizikova 3rd lady in 40.28. Others to record good runs on the night include Mush Keane (37.48), Fergal Connolly(39.36), John Twomey (40.55), Micheal O’Chuirrin (41.07) Eamon Curran (41.15), Donal O’Donoghue (42.58)Bernie Prendergast (43.17), Fiona Sinnott (44.46) and Linda Bradfield (49.17) 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 the last night.










Once again thanks to Mark Mason of Mark Mason 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, Ray, Catriona, Gerry, James and Sharon for all their help on the night. We would also like Coillte for allowing us the use of beautiful Colligan woods.










The Minnie’s Bar sponsored Running fit4life league which will be held in St Augustine’s College (by kind permission) starting on Thursday May 4th continuing for six more Thursday evenings after that finishing on 8th June. This has always proved to be a most popular and successful league and it’s absolutely ideal for newcomers and for those that have only recently taken up running as well as our regular seasoned runners. The beauty of this league is the choice and the variety on offer. It’s held in the grounds of the Friary College and runners can opt for one, two, three or four laps of the grounds. Each lap is 1.2 miles and so depending on your ability you choose whichever is most suitable for you. It’s also possible to change as some people may start the league running one lap and after a few weeks they may be capable of running more and so can change to the two or three lap course and it’s not unheard of for some people to go from one lap and to finish the league running four laps. We will keep you updated over the coming weeks with more information on the league but for now pencil in Thursday night, May 4th the first night of the league. The league begins at 7 pm each night and the entry fee each night is just 2 Euros. All those over the age of 14 are very welcome to come along. For further details on this league and all club activities log onto Or catch us on face book.


Dates for the Minnie’s Running League:


Thursday May 4

Thursday May 11

Thursday May 18

Thursday May 25

Thursday June 01

Thursday June 08










Damien Murphy took another victory last Friday evening when competing at the Faugheen 5k ,race one in the Outfield sports Carrick AC race series. Damien is currently in terrific form having won the AnneValley 5 some weeks ago also. Damien ran an excellent time of 15.40 for the 5k and was a clear winner on the night by 10 seconds with Neill Sheil St Killians AC Wexford 2nd in 15.40 , Niall won this race last year while Damien was 3rd on that occasion but Friday last he was 16 seconds faster that his effort in 2016, Waterford's Hugo Blare was 3rd in 16.14.The ladies race was won by recent winner of the Butlerstown 4 miler Jackie Carty Kilmore AC in 18.20.1st over 40 was West Waterford's Dzintars Klava who finished 6th overall in 16.36 with team met Dermot Ryan hot on his heels in 10th place with a time of 17.20.Tom Hogan clipped around in a good time of 19.00 while Bernie Prendergast ran a time of 24.01.Caroline Russell ran a time of 25.05. 90 ran on the night.









 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 skins voucher to all who complete 6 of the 11 race programme over the summer months, Dromana 5 is the final race where you can enter the series.



 list of those entered to date.



Mary Hogan       

Evelyn Beresford             

Katie Bullen        

Maria Angeles Castera Brugada  

Liz Collins           

Margaret Conway           

Lisa Cooke         

Michelle Cunningham     

Angeline Drennan            

Ciara Duffin       

Patrycja  Eichelmann-Daly            

Michelle  Finnegan          

Michelle  Fitzgerald         

Laura Flavin       

Mairead Flynn   

Christine Fogarty             

Grainne Hallinan              

Sharon Higgins  

Orla Jones          

Ruth Landy-Ryan             

Joanne Leahy    

Catriona Lee      

Fiona Longan     

Joanie Mcgrath 

Sandra moore   

Orna Murray      

Hilda Nicell         

Sharon Nugent  

Eileen O'Carroll 

Fiona Ormonde 

Onra Power       

Rose Power       

Sandra Prendergast         

Olivia Reilly        

Áine Roche         

Caroline Russell

Jacinta Sheil       

Julie Tideswell   

Sophie Tobin      

Josie Ui Chuirrin

Roseanna White






Alan Cullen         

Brian Beatty       

Niall Blackwell   

Paul Brunnock   

Anthony Carlin  

Éamonn Cashin 

Darren Coogan 

Kyle Cooke         

Peter Cunningham           

Raymond Curran              

Michael Deegan

Enda Donnelly   

Pat Fitzgerald    

John Foley                         

David Gaffney   

Micheál Gee      

Ray Hahesy        

Bryan Hallissey  

Hogan   Tom      

Gary Hurney       

Tomas Mahony 

Conor Murray    

Micheal Ó Cuirrin             

Richard O Gorman           

Kevin O leary     

Donal O'Donoghue         

Shane O'Riordan              

Brian Ormonde 

Joe O'Rourke     

Paschal Proctor 

Gerard Reilly      

Liam Reilly          

Billy Ryan            

Martin Tobin      

Cian O'Riordan  










As part of our preparations for the Cork City Marathon / Half Marathon & Relay we will be doing a club run on the Greenway from Kilmacthomas back to Dungarvan.The date for this is Sunday 14th May. This run is geared towards final preparation for our first target race of the year but all club members are more than welcome to join us on the day. There will be no numbers, chip timing, water stations or prizes it’s purely a self supported training run.A bus will leave Dungarvan at 8.30am and drop everyone to Kilmacthomas. After the run we will go for coffee. A nominal fee will be charged to cover the cost of the bus and coffee which will be dependent on numbers. If you are interested in joining us on this run please text Irene on (086) 8242348.Training continues every Tuesday night in the Friary and warm up starts at 6.30pm. Training is geared towards all club runners no matter what level of fitness so if you are at a loss for something to do on a Tuesday or want to try something new please come and join us.




 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 this Saturday April 29th .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 6th 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)







The highly successful West Waterford AC ‘Lets Run’ programme is back with a NEW MORNING SESSION. This is an 8 week plan to go from no running to being able to run 5k. Our aim is for everyone to leave each class feeling good and having enjoyed the run.During the 8 weeks you will be guided by our professionally qualified coaches and we will hold your hands through the entire programme so that you can become the runner you do not wish to admit you are. The programme will culminate in everyone being able to run 5k by 20th June.If you have always wanted to run but have never tried it then this is the programme for you. It will be a great challenge for Spring and is also ideal if your fitness has slipped over the winter and you want to get back into a fitness routine before the summer.We do not expect you to be fit but we do need you to be healthy so if you have any health concerns please get clearance from your GP before you join us. There will be a fun, social atmosphere with no shouting just encouragement and advice to keep you on track. It is a non intimidating atmosphere and welcoming to all. Some of the comments from previous groups

‘Atmosphere was good, can run at your own pace’

‘Everyone was really encouraging’

‘Learning to pace really helped’

When – Tuesdays at 10.00am commencing 2nd May 2017

Where – Meet at the Coffee Shop in Eurospar

Who –  anyone who wants to be able to run 5k. In 8 weeks you will be ‘a runner’

Cost - €30

For further information & to book your spot please contact Claire Kennedy on (087) 9116997 or Irene Clark on (086) 8242348. Places are limited so please book in advance.





A field of 869 athletes completed last Sundays Wexford half marathon which was held in ideal distance running conditions on a good course but with some good testing climbs as well. The official results came to us last Sunday night and unfortunately there are no clubs listed so what this means is a trawl through the names to try and find club runners on the day, this leads sometimes to runners being missed ,if this is the case please let me know and it will be rectified. Myles Gibbons won the race with a time of 1.13.43 with the ladies race going to Emma Fury 1.31.35.West Waterford AC had a good number of runner who made the trip and some good times were recorded by many. Colm Ryan had a blinder of a run and lead the charges home with an excellent 1.22.14 for 10th overall. Tom Longan wasm enxt in a excellent time of 1.27.50 and just in behind Tom running a half PB was Eamonn Cashin 1.28.46 again well under the 1.30 marker. John Paul Hogan had an excellent run and will be delighted with his time of 1.36.24,Martin Tobin clocked a time of 1.37.39 which i gather was a PB for the Kilgobnet man, Caolan Flynn upped his distance to the half and ran a solid 1.41.25 Leading our ladies home was Maria White in a very god time of 1.42.51.Ray Burke was next in 1.45.32 followed by Brain Ormonde in 1.46.13 our 2nd lady finisher on the day was Sharon Nugent in 1.46.26 with Ann Dunford getting a time of 1.46.24 on the chip result and her training partner Karen Ryan cloaked 1.50.14, Timmy Coughlan will be happy with his 1.52.16 and its great to see Fiona O'Riordan back at the half distance after a long injury lay off her time was 2.02.13 next was a man who only some months ago was one of our Lets Run group and now he is running half marathon's, well done to Michael Coakley 2.09.17.and Ciara Duffin well done also to her a great run in a time of  2.12.16.










Well done last Sunday to Geraldine Barry who completed the Madrid half marathon in a time of 2.08.16.








Well done to Paul Brunnock who last Saturday and Sunday as he completed the Longford Royal Canal 53km ultra in a time of 4.47.57 on the Saturday and on  Day 2 marathon completed the full marathon in  a time of  3.52 a remarkable feat by any stretch of the imagination. Well done Paul.








A huge congratulations to club member Mick Concannon who completed his 100th marathon today in Madrid Spain which was the same spot where he ran his first just a short few years ago .Mick ran a time of 3.56.33 to achieve this remarkable feat. He is only the 2nd athlete in our club to have completed100 marathons and the first Male, Terri Gough is the other. We will have a feature on Mick's 100 marathons in due course, but for now congratulations Mick.









The annual Ballintotis 4 mile road race was held last Thursday evening in the East Cork village, a field of 897 completed the fast course with local athlete James Mc Carthy winning in a time of 19.55 from club mate at East Cork AC Sean Mc Grath posting the same time but having to settle for 2nd place, the ladies victory went to Claire Gibbons Mc Carthy Leevale AC in a fast 21.31 which saw her finish 9th overall in the race. Eight athletes from our own club made the trip and first home finishing 25th overall was Mossie Keogh in a time of 2.28. David Cullinane ran a time of 27.44 while out first lady home was Onra Power in 30.33.John Fennell was just outside the 30 minute mark when he clocked a time of 30.20 with Tricia Cullinane completing the 4 miler in 38.55, Theresa Power Hickey broke the 40 barrier with a time of 39.44 as did Michael Coakley 39.55 and finally Aideen Fitzgerald ran a time of 45.13. Well done to all.






Our senior club monthly committee meeting will take place in Minnie's Bar on Wednesday 3rd May at 8.30 pm.








That's the thing about running: Your greatest runs are rarely measured by racing success. They are moments in time when running allows you to see how wonderful your life is.