Senior News

Notes April 29-18

Race 3 in the Intersport Elverys /Asics summer series took place last Saturday evening when the 49th Annual Paddy Flanagan memorial Waterford to Tramore road race over 7.5 miles took place. The race was once again 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. The race evening itself was ideal for the run this year with hardly a whisper of a breeze for the large field of 389 runners. 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 48 years the Flanagan family famous special prize was presented by her daughter Claire to the 92nd person to finish which was Barry Thorpy of Carrick On Suir AC, So all in all another very successful Waterford to Tramore and the sponsor Derek Tebay announced a very special event next year for the 50th with a very special prize on offer also. 
Next race in series –race 4 An Tobar Ardmore 5 mile. May 11th at 7.30 pm.
The overall race winner on the night was Ferrybank AC's Andrew Connick who recorded a time of 39.09 which gave him 18 seconds to spear over the runner Ger Forde Slaney Olympic AC 39.27.Emmett Kelly Waterford Triathlon club was 3rd in 40.13 .The category prizes in the men's race saw the over 40 claimed by Patrick Roche Carrick On Suir AC 43.59 and the over 45 was won by Martin Keogh United Striders AC 43.56, the over 50 winner was our own Michael Dunford West Waterford AC with a superb time of 47.15, the over 55 went to Darryl Hale Waterford AC 49.32,  the over 60 winner no other than Joe Gough West Waterford AC 58.20 another brilliant run from Joe, first Junior was young Conor Sheils Waterford AC 43.14 and the team award went to Waterford  AC Paul Wyse,Colm Walsh and Rubin Garcia-Urdangarin, well done to all.
1st   Andrew Connick Ferrybank AC 39.09
2nd  Ger Forde Slaney Olympic AC 39.27
3rd  Emmett Kelly Waterford Triathlon Club 40.13
Junior   Conor Sheils Waterford AC 43.14
M40  Patrick Roche Carrick On Suir AC 43.59
M45 Martin Keogh United Striders AC 43.56
M50 Michael Dunford West Waterford AC 47.15
M55 Darryl Hale Waterford AC 49.32
M60 Joe Gough West Waterford AC 58.20
Team Waterford AC Paul Wyse,Colm Walsh and Rubin Garcia-Urdangarin
The Ladies winner in this year's race was Ruth Fitzgerald Waterford AC with an excellent ladies winning time of 44.32. Ironically the ladies top 3 this year were also the same ladies as in last year's race but with reversed placing's as our winner this year was 2nd last year and our runner up this year Sally Forristal St. Josephs AC was 3rd in last year's event. Ruth our winner however had a substantially faster run this year when she clocked 44.32 and in 2017 she ran a time of 47.12 so that's is some progression for the Waterford lady. Likewise Sally ran a time of 45.28 which was almost 2 minutes faster than her effort in 2017. Adele Walsh St Senan's AC as we said was last year's victor ,however Adele had to settle for that 3rd place 2018 she still ran a great time of 46.06 proving that this year's ladies field was of a very high calibre indeed. The category prizes were won by over 35 Madeline Loughnane  Thurles Crokes AC  47.36,  the over 40 winner Naomi Doonan Saturday Road Runners 55.48, over 45 Maria Griffin St.Josephs AC 52.26 , over 50 Mag Kirwan Adele's Eat Train Live 57.38 and the over 55  winner was Bernie Prendergast West Waterford AC 59.31, Jnr  Sarah Davis Ind 1.15.39.Well done to all.
1st  Ruth Fitzgerald Waterford AC  44.32  
2nd  Sally Forristal St.Josephs AC 45.28
3rd  Adele Walsh St. Senans  AC  46.06
F.35 Madeline Loughnane Thurles Crokes AC  47.36
F40 Naomi Doonan Saturday Road Runners 55.48
F45 Maria Griffin St.Josephs AC 52.26
F50 Mag Kirwan Adele's Eat Train Live 57.38
F55 Bernie Prendergast West Waterford AC 59.31 
Jnr  Sarah Davis Ind 1.15.39
Ladies Team West Waterford AC
Kate Veale, Eveleen Drohan and Karen Ryan.
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 23rd Annual An Tobar sponsored Ardmore 5 mile which takes place on Friday evening May 11th .Michael Hennessey and his team have all aspects of 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 23rd 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.
 Just a little reminder to all those that intend on joining the series but have not yet done so: entry to the series is separate to the individual race entry fees. This year again the entry fee to just €5 for the series and you may join at any of our races up to and including the Dromana Race where entry closes. The club organised races are set at 7 euro also if you enter online ( 10 euro on night of race). The Dromana race is on Friday June 22nd and is race 7 in the series and the final opportunity to enter the series., so please get your entry in soon. The series takes into account everybody’s best 7 races, it can be any 7 of the 12 races so if you have yet to run any of the races, there is still plenty of time to join and get in your counting 7. All those who enter and complete 7 races will receive an ASICS voucher to the value of €30, redeemable at INTERSPORT ELVERYS DUNGARVAN (series sponsor). For all those who complete the 11 races they will be receiving a bonus prize courtesy of our sponsors on the final night at the Ballinameela 5k. There is  still the chance for you to save money by signing up to our special price package which is available to all at just 35 euro, this package will include entry to series and also entry to the following races Ardmore, Clashmore, Dromana, Ras Na Rinne, Ballymacarbry and the Marine. Now in all fairness where would you get that value.???
The fifth and final night in Colligan for our Mason Mortgages and Financial Services Spring Running League once again saw a great crowd of 59 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. It is great to be able to get out into the woods and it makes a great change from the usual road running.
The 2 lappers were led home again this week for the 5th week in a row by Tony Dwyer in 20.36 (9 seconds faster than last week). In second place and First lady home  was Onra Power in 21.10.  Onra was followed by league regular, Micheal Moynihan in 22.39 (39 seconds faster than last week) with Gerry Cummins next in 22.54.  Margaret Whelan was second lady in 24.05. Pat Ryan will be happy with his run having dipped under 26 minutes when clocking 25.55. Others to record good runs included Trish Veale 29.28 and Deirdre Clancy  29.50. 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.
Neil Power continued his domination of the 5 Mile Flat league for 2018 as for the fifth week in a row he finished first after the 3 ½ laps of Colligan wood.  Neil’s time in week 5 was 36.41 and just behind Neil again this week was Paul Brunnock in 36.48. Kelly Shalloe was first lady in 41.03  closely followed by Claire Wall in 41.13. Michael (Dixie) Deegan and Evelyn Beresford finished together in 46.56. 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.
Mossie Keogh took first place for the fourth week in a when clocking an excellent time of 31.49. In second this week was Gerard Reilly in 34.18 followed by Michael Dunford in 34.36 with Cathal Dwane just piping Jimmy Connors in 34.45 and 34.46 respectively. Sean Stilwell was next finisher in 35.58 followed closely by Tomas de Faoite in 36.11. It was great to see Trevor Mason and Brian Ormonde take to the hills just 4 days after completing the London Marathon. Trevor ran 36.59 with Brian clocking 45.59. First Lady finisher in 13th place was Sinead O'Brien in 37.37. Second lady was Orla O'Mahony in 41.18, just 2 seconds clear of Angeline Drennan. Sinead Ni Fhaolain had a an excellent when  finishing in 41.51. Sharon Nugent and Debra Doherty finished together in 42.54. 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, Jim and Sharon and our finish line team of Shirley, Ann, Ray and James.  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.
The club were well represented at last Sundays Cobh 10, an event saw a finishing field of 800 completing the undulating course. The overall victory went to Mick Clohisey Raheny Shamrocks AC in a time of 49.23 and the Ladies winner was Lizzie Lee Leevale AC in 58.28 finishing 6th overall in the race. The West Waterford AC  club finishers were lead home by our club chairman Tom Leahy in 1.08.47, next was  John Paul Hogan in  1.17.13 , our first lady home was Kate Kennedy in a time of 1.27.11 following Kate was Catriona Kiely in  1.37.36 and  Linda Garcia was just in with Catriona in 1.37.35, shortly after Catherine Condon came in with 1.38.33 and also breaking the 1.40 mark was Olivia Reilly 1.39.13, The club also had two pacing the 90 minute grouping and by all reports Maria White and Éamon Cashin did a brilliant job coming home under the 90 with a large group in tow, so well done to all who raced and to our pacers also.
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 club had three representatives at last Sundays Wexford half marathon which was held in good conditions as a field of over 800 completed the course. The race winner was Myles Gibbons in a time of 1.17.19 with the ladies victory going to Niamh O'Brien in 1.29.31.First home from the club was Sharon Nugent in a time of 1.54.03 and on her shoulder was Debra Doherty in 1.54.05, Tommy Lenihan was our sole male competitor and well done to him on his time of 2.30.55, well done to all three.
Well done last Saturday morning to club member Paul Brunnock who completed the EOI Donabate Marathon in an excellent 3.57. Good to see Paul back on track after a recent injury lay off.
We all have dreams. In order to make dreams come into reality, it takes an awful lot of determination, dedication, self-discipline and effort.