Senior News

Notes April 28-19

Race 3 in the Intersport Elverys /Asics summer series took place last Saturday evening when the 50th  Annual Paddy Flanagan memorial Waterford to Tramore road race over 7.5 miles took place. How the years fly by indeed it's hard to believe that its 50 years since Richie Crowley St.Finbarrs AC won the race for the very first time in 1970 indeed the Cork man won it the first three years 1970-71-72 and here we are in 2019 with the 50th edition of the race which is one of the oldest on the Irish road racing calendar .The race was once again this year kindly sponsored by Derek Tebay of Blue Wall Technologies and we sincerely thank Derek for his ongoing sponsorship of this prestigious event which was once again run over the same course from its start line outside the City hall in Waterford to the finish line in Tramore. Derek won the race himself twice back in 1991 and 1994. The race evening itself was ideal for the run this year with just a slight breeze at times facing the large field of 410 runners who competed.Once again hats off to our friends at Waterford AC under the stewardship of their chairman Trevor Walsh for the excellently organised event with everything in top order for the nights racing.With the large entry and the volume of traffic a huge team of stewards were in place to ensure the safety of the runners and the smooth running of the race and a great job was done by all with special thanks also to the Waterford Garda for their assistance here. The presentation of prizes took place as usual at the Tramore GAA centre our thanks to them where a fine spread awaited all the runners thanks to the Ladies who provided same, it was very much appreciated by one and all. Our thanks to Fintan on the P.A, and lead car, to all those on the water stops , to Kieran and his team at Total timing who timed the race, and Conor and Jamie on course duty. special thanks to all the members of the late Mrs Flanagan's family who were present, and like the past 50 years the Flanagan family prize was presented to Breda Hennessey of St.Josephs AC this years Flanagan special prize winner , So all in all another very successful Waterford to Tramore where a 50th anniversary medal as presented to all finishers.
Next race in series –race 4 An Tobar Ardmore 5 mile. May 10th at 7.30 pm.
Its hard to believe when you consider that Clonmel AC are great supporters of races in the Waterford road running scene that no one from that famed Tipperary club have ever won the Waterford to Tramore road race over its 50 tear existence. Well that was put to bed last Saturday evening when the overall race winner on the night was Jimmy Boland  who recorded a time of 39.45,the only athlete to break the 40 minute mark in this years race, it gave Jimmy 50 seconds to spear over the second runner who came from the host club Waterford AC Noel Murphy 40.35. Dermot Gorman Raheny Shamrocks AC  was just in behind and hot on the heels of Noel for 3rd in 40.41 .The category prizes in the men's race saw the over 40 claimed by Mark Langford  Waterford A.C. 44:02 and the over 45 was won by Johnny Byrne Waterford A.C. 45.29, the over 50 winner was Michael Mc Grath  IND 51.13, the over 55 went to our own Ray Hahesy West Waterford A.C. 48.00 ,the over 60 winner was Thomas Burns Waterford A.C. in a time of 50.46, first Junior Craig O'Brien Ferrybank A.C. 44.00 and the team award went to West Waterford  AC Raivis Zakis,Walter Drohan and James Whelan, well done to all.
Male Open Winners        
1             Jimmy Boland                                    39:45                    Clonmel A.C.
2             Noel Murphy                                     40:35                    Waterford A.C.
3             Dermot Gorman                               40:41                    Raheny Shamrock A.C.
JM-Craig O'Brien                                     44:00                    Ferrybank A.C.
O/40- Mark Langford                                  44:02                    Waterford A.C.
O/45-Johnny Byrne                                     45:29                    Waterford A.C.
O/50-Michael Mc Grath                             51:13                   IND
O/55-Ray Hahesy                                        48:00                    West Waterford A.C.
O/60-Thomas Burns                                    50:46                    Waterford A.C.
West Waterford AC
Raivis Zakis                                                                                                   
Walter Drohan                                                                                            
James Whelan   
Having finished 3rd and 2nd in 2017 and 2018 the day  for the 50th running of the race belonged to St. Jopsephs AC athlete Sally Forristal who wasn't going to be denied a famous win of the third time of asking,Sally hadn't it all her own way as she was chased all the way by Clonmel's  Anglea Mc Cann who is back in the fray after a few years our through injury Sally clocked 45.41 with Angela chipped timed  just 13 seconds later in 45.54 with Madeline Loughnane Thurles Crokes AC third 47.41.The category prizes were won by over 35 Catriona Muldonney IND 49:22 IND,  the over 40 winner Aisling Ferguson Waterford A.C.48.12, over 45 Breda Hennessy St. Josephs A.C.54.41 , over 50  Anna Byrne Clonmel A.C. 56.50 And the over 55  winner was Phillipa Carney IND 59:04 ,Well done to all.
1 Sally Forristal                                               45:41                    St. Joseph's A.C.
2 Angela McCann                                           45:54                    Clonmel A.C.
3 Madeline Loughnane                                 47:41                    Thurles Crokes A.C.
O/35-Catriona Muldonney                                 49:22    IND
O/40-Aisling Ferguson                                              48:12              Waterford A.C.
O/45-Breda Hennessy                                             54:41                    St. Josephs A.C.
O/50-Anna Byrne                                                        56:50                    Clonmel A.C.
O/55-Phillipa Carney                                                 59:04     IND
St Josephs AC    
Anne Watkins                                                                                              
Caroline Murphy                                                                                                        
Mary Doolan      
As long s this scribe has been involved in the sport and its quite a few years now our club has had a representation at the world famous London Marathon and this year was no exception when 4 athletes made the trip across the pond on what was a beautiful morning last Sunday for the 38th running of the event. The overall winner for 2019 was Eliud Kipchoge Kenya in a world class time of 2.02.37.Brigid Kosgei also of Kenya in 2.18.20. Our first runner home on the day was Peter Cunningham in a brilliant time of 3.29.36 great for Peter to get under the 3.30 mark, well done. Conor Murray no stranger to marathons indeed Conor has the bulk of Dublin's completed and is a regular ever October in the capital, Conor also ran a brilliant time of 3.32 just in behind Peter. Debra Doherty was next and like the others had prepared digitally for this marathon and was rewarded  for her efforts with a superb time of  3.42.24 following Debra was Michelle Cunningham wife of Peter and she is a most solid marathon runner on her marathon outings to-date over the famous 26.2 mile distance running within in a few minutes on each occasion Michelle clocked who ran a time of 4.06.05 Sunday.Sharon Nugent was our next finisher and she is to be really commended on even taking to the start line as unfortunately her preparations for this marathon were extremely curtailed with injury none the less she wasn't to be denied taking part and managed to get through the race under the 5 hour mark posting a time of 4.56.34.Well done to all five on keeping the West Waterford AC London marathon connection alive and well.
The Annual Great Railway run from Cork to Carrigaline over a distance of 25k was held last Sunday morning and the club was represented by 4 athletes at the event. There was also a shorter 10k option on the day. In that 10k event among the 292 participants were Linda Foley who ran a time of 53.13 and  Mary Cahill clocked 1.02.22. In the 25k event there were 435 finishers with some good times recorded by West Waterford AC members Ann Dunford was the first of these in a time of 2.08.33 . Hazel Crowely continued her Cork marathon preparations when she ran the 25k in a time of 2.16.28. Eleanor Casey and Cathrine Condon were also in action and run together finishing in a time of 2.33.45. Well done to all six ladies.
After a terrific race last Saturday evening at race 3 in the series the Waterford to Tramore our focus now will turn to race 4 the 24th Annual An Tobar sponsored Ardmore 5 mile which takes place on Friday evening May 10th .Michael Hennessey and his team have all aspects for the event in motion at this stage and we look forward to our annual visit to the home of St Declan, the beautiful village of Ardmore. The course will remain the same as previous years with the 2 lap circuit. Registration and changing will be at the Ardmore GAA club pavilion ( by kind permission ) and we sincerely thank Ardmore GAA for the use of their fine facility as they have done now for many years.  This race has a different prize policy to other races. Prizes will be awarded to the top three male and female athletes and after that prizes will be awarded to the first male and female athletes in each of the star signs. Entry to this race is only 7 Euro if you enter online or if you like you can pay 10 euro on the night to enter. See ye at the round tower guys.!!
Online entry for the 24th Annual An Tobar Ardmore 5 is now open on active works or via West Waterford Athletic Club website !Cost is only €7.00. Numbers can be collected on the evening of race. It is of great help to us the race organisers if you can please enter online and it will save you time queuing on the night. The entry fee on race night will be 10 euro.
link to enter Ardmore 5.
West Waterford Athletic Club are delighted to once again confirm dates and times for our Summer Series of Road Races which is now in its 25th year.  We would like to thank Intersport Elverys for their support over the past few years and of course Asics who have been a loyal sponsor also.
We are finding that many are now using our online pre entry to many of our races which is a huge help to the race organisers .This year our online entry will be 7 euro and if you wait to enter on the night of the race it will be 10 euro. Also we are continuing our online race series package which will cost you 40 euro. For 2019 we have a few announcements to make regarding the series and these are designed to enhance the enjoyment for all the runners and to make the Summer more interesting!  Going forward we hope to have more runners entered online as it really helps minimize the work load on the day of the run and it also means we can be more organized and thus means a better experience for all.With the view to achieving this we have decided to announce that we are going to commission a specially designed T-Shirt for those runners who meet the following criteria:
•Purchase the Summer Series Package online and complete 7 out of the 12 races. (Any 7)
•Enter online for at least 7 races and complete those 7 races (you must of course enter the Summer Series as well, this can be done online or at a race.)
•Run all 12 races (and enter the series).  This will be in addition to the prize you receive for doing all 12 races.
And finally if you meet any of the above criteria you will automatically qualify for a guaranteed, Non transferrable entry to the John Treacy Dungarvan 10 Mile race for 2020.
Terms and Conditions Apply and these are:
The entry fee for the John Treacy race will be €25 and you must be 18 on race day to take part.
Those who enter the Summer Series will this year have a personal number that they can use at any race (the 1 exception is Waterford to Tramore as we don’t take the entries).  Once you collect your number on the first night you will have that for the full 12 races.  Remember we have 7 races that are included in the package and they are as follows:  Ballinroad 5k 5th April, Ardmore 5 Mile, 10th May, Clashmore 5k, 7th June, Dromana 5 Mile 21st June, Ras Na Rinne, 28th June, Ballymac 5 Mile 19th July and the Marine Climb, 1st Aug.The races that have to be purchased separately (either online or on the night) are Butlerstown 4 Mile, 12th April, Waterford To Tramore, 27th April, Touraneena 5k, 24th May, G.S.K. 5 Mile 16th Aug and Ballinameela 5k 30th Aug.This 2019 season of Road Running will take us over to towns and villages all over Waterford and we look forward to meeting friends old and new over the course of the next few months.
Here is the link for the series package.
The fifth and final night in Colligan for our Mason Mortgages and Financial Services Spring Running League once again saw a great crowd of 75 runners take to the beautiful surround of Colligan wood on what turned out to be an ideal evening for the final round of the league. This league proves to be most popular each year and for many it kickstarts their summer running season which will be a busy one on the West Waterford AC calendar which sees races on a fortnightly bases between now and the end of August.
The 2 lappers were led home again this week  by Tony Dwyer in 19.37.This was Tony's fastest time ever recoded for this 2 lap  league of which he regularly runs over the past number of years. In second place was Pat Dunford with a time of 21.05 and first lady home  was in third place when Kate Mullany clocked a time of 21.17. Mother of Kate, Jean Mullany was the seconds lady home last week in 23.22.Well done to Ann O'Donovan who cut it tight but broke the 30 minute barriers when clocking a time of 29.59.Well done to everyone who completed the 2 lap league again this week and keep up your efforts - we hope to see ye at the summer series races or at some of our other leagues as the year goes on.
Michael Ryan  continued his domination of the 5 Mile Flat league for 2019 as he finished first again last week after the 3 ½ laps of Colligan wood. Michael's time in week 5 was 30.48.Next home was Colm Ryan running his first round of the current league and Colm clocked 33.22.Patrycja Daly was first lady in 39.38 closely followed by Hazel Crowley with a time of 40.15. 
Kenley Havens broke the 40 minutes last week when he was clocked at 39.57 and Tom Condon was well inside the 50 minute mark when he was timed at 48.10. Well done to everyone who ran the 5 mile flat any of the nights - we hope to see ye at other events as the year goes on.
Conor Mullany took first place for the second week when the clocking an excellent time of 31.49. In second place was Mossie Keogh in 34.06 followed by Dermot Gough who Mossie he just piped on the line with Dermot posting a time of 34.07.
Gerard Reilly  was next finisher in 34.55 followed closely by Tomas de Faoite in 36.06. First Lady finisher in 12th place was Lucy Homes in 38.02.Second lady was Ann Dunford in 41.29, Angeline Drennan was third lady past the post and she clocked 42.21. Mollie Fitzgerald was under 45 minutes last week when she recorded a time of 44.39.Fiona O'Brine was well under the 50 minutes when she ran 49.16.Well done to everyone that took to the hill over the past 5 weeks - running the hills will definitely make you stronger and will have you in good shape for the races to come.
Mark Mason of Mason Mortgages and Financial Services has kindly sponsored this league once again this year and the prize giving took place in Colligan Wood after the league - a full report of the league winners will be the notes in the coming weeks. The league tables will also be available on the club website.
As always we are indebted to our steward’s Tom, Mark and Fiona and our finish line team of Ray and Sharon. Thanks to our sponsor Mark who started last week's league and did his bit stewarding as well.. 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.
Wes Waterford athletic club extend sincere sympathy to the family and friends of Larry Leacy,Ballyeden, Rosbercon, New Ross, Wexford and Pater Ferncombe, Casey Ville, Dungarvan who passed to their eternal reward last week, may they rest in peace.
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