Senior News

Notes April 30-17

Race 3 in the Intersport Elverys /Asics summer series took place last Saturday evening when the 47th Annual Paddy Flanagan memorial Waterford to Tramore road race over 7.5 miles took place. However this year one very important person was missing ,and that was wife of the Late Paddy Flanagan ,Mary who never missed one single running of the event for all of 47 years, Mary left us last year and was and will be sadly missed at the event which honoured her husband Paddy. Mary's prize which she presented for 47 years each year went to a runner, not the first past the post but a runner whom she personally picked herself each year ,someone who she deemed to be worthy of her special prize and more often than not it was someone shall we say at the other end of the results sheets. Mary was sadly missed last Saturday by us all but as the song says The show must go on and the lady herself wouldn't wanted it any other way. A minutes silence was observed before the of in Waterford and also at the start of the prize giving in Tramore.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 itself saw a tough wind facing all the athletes for all of the distance however the threatening rain held off which was some consolation for the field of 356 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 47 years Mrs Flanagan's famous special prize was presented by her daughter Claire to the 92nd person to finish which was Mrs Flanagan's age this year and that was won by Marguerite Haley Ferrybank.
Next race in series –race 4 An Tobar Ardmore 5 mile. May 19th at 7.30 pm.
The overall race winner on the night was West Waterford AC's Philip Harty who recorded a time of 40.10 to win with ease as he finished almost 1 minute ahead of the 2nd place runner Leevale's Conor Mc Cauley who clocked a time of 41.08,Mark Mc Kenna Waterford AC was 3rd in 42.39 .Philip had this race more or less wrapped up from the gun as he raced into a lead leaving the city hall and was never in any danger of being caught by the chasers and despite the tough head wind and having to run the distance on his own, his winning time was a good one so very well done to him on his victory .The category prizes in the men's race saw the over 40 claimed by Colm Costello Brothers Pearse AC in 43.46 and the over 45 was won by Michael O'Sullivan Carrick On Suir AC in 47.19 ,the over 50 winner was Ray Hahesy West Waterford AC  46.25, the over 55 went to Dermot Power IND 50.29 46.45 and the over 60 winner was Thomas Burns Waterford AC in 52.05 and first Junior was young Craig O'Brien Ferrybank AC AC 46.40  and the team award went to West Waterford AC. Sean Stilwell, Alan Kinsella and Mossie Keogh Well done to all.
1st   Philip Harty West Waterford AC 40.10
2nd  Conor Mc Cauley Leevale AC 41.08
3rd  Mark Mc Kenna Waterford AC 42.39
Junior   Craig O'Brien Ferrybank AC 46.40
M40  Colm Costello Brothers Pearse AC 43.46
M45 Michael O'Sullivan Carrick On Suir AC 47.19
M50 Ray Hahesy West Waterford AC 46.25
M55 Dermot Power IND 50.29
M60 Thomas Burns Waterford AC 52.05
Team West Waterford AC -Sean Stilwell,Alan Kinsella and Mossie Keogh.
The Ladies winner in this year's race was Adele Walsh St. Senan's AC in a time of 46.22, this was Adele's 2nd year in succession taking the victory over this famous race course having also won last year's event, and for the record in 2015 she finished 2nd.Adele despite the hard wind ran a super time which was almost 2 and a half minutes faster than her winning time of last year. In 2nd place was Ruth Fitzgerald in 47.12 and she was just 10 seconds ahead of our 3rd lady Sally Forristal St.Joseph's AC 47.22.The category prizes were won by over 35 Sinead Murphy 50.27,  the over 40 winner was Naomi Doonan 53.41, over 45 Jacinta Burke 56.08, over 50 for the 3rd year in succession Siobhan Kennedy 50.36 and the over 55  winner was Bernadette Mitchell 59.04 . Well done to all.
1st  Adele Walsh St. Senans  AC  46.22
2nd  Ruth Fitzgerald ind 47.12
3rd  Sally Forristal St.Josephs AC 47.22
F.35 Sinead Murphy 50.27
F40 Naomi Doonan 53.41
F45 Jacinta Burke 56.08
F50 Siobhan Kennedy 50.36
F55 Bernadette Michelle 59.04
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 22nd Annual Ardmore 5 mile which takes place on Friday evening May 19th .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 5 Euro if you enter online or if you like you can pay 8 euro on the night to enter. See ye at the round tower guys.!!
Online entry for the 22nd Annual Ardmore 5 is now open on active works or via West Waterford Athletic Club website !Cost is only €5.00. 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.
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 just like our club races we have reduced 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 5 euro also if you enter online ( 8 euro on night of race). The Dromana race is on Friday June 16th 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 6 races, it can be any 6 of the 11 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 6. All those who enter and complete 6 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 GSK 5. 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 30 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.???
Round 5 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. This was the last night of this league and once again conditions were ideal for the runners as they have been for all 5 nights of this league in the beautiful surrounds of Colligan woods. A total of  15 runners completed the 2 laps, We had 12 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 67 runners on the night. As last Wednesday was the last night of the league, the overall prizes were presented after running. A full report of the final tables will be in next week's notes.
The 2 lap runners were led home this week by Arthur Chizikov in 20.07. In second was Sean Duggan in. 20.56 with Michael Moynihan third in 21.45. Next in fourth was the first lady ,Sinead  Moore in 21.48 followed by Sharon Higgins in 23.15. Deirdre Clancy and Laura Windross finished together in 28.46 as did Aine Murphy and Ciara Galvin in 29.24
The 5 mile flat was once again led home by Michael Ryan in  29.51.Michael will be happy with this, having gone under 30 minutes for the first time this year. Next was our first lady, Kate Veale in 33.15, closely followed by Kevin Casey in 33.38 - This was Kevin's fastest time in this year's league. Next was Fiona Ormonde in 38.53 with Debra Doherty 5th in 40.20. Others to record good runs were Margaret Conway (43.34), John Foley (47.14), Christine Fogarty (51.49) and Deirdre Hahessy (51.56). a
 The biggest entry of the night once again goes to the 5 mile hills with a very impressive 40 taking on this difficult course. Sean Stilwell was first home in 30.15. He was followed by Mossie Keogh in 30.38 with Alan Kinsella next in 30.50. There was a big gap back to our next finisher, Tom Leahy in 34.03. Ted O'Leary was 5th in 34.14 (his fastest time in this year's league). James Whelan and Cathal Gleeson both finished under 35 minutes in 34.51 and 34.59 respectively. First lady on the night was, Diana Chizikova in 41.08 followed by Angeline Drennan in 41.17 with Sandra Moore next in 41.49. Others to record good runs on the night include Brian Ormonde (38.23),  Liam Costin (39.21), Darren Coogan (41.17), Patycja Daly (44.18), Michelle Finnigan (45.11) and Pascal Proctor (45.38). 
 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, Jim and Sharon for all their help on the night. We would also like Coillte for allowing us the use of the beautiful Colligan woods. Also thank you and well done to each and every athlete who ran the Colligan Leagues – It is not easy but very rewarding to cross the finish line.
The Minnie’s Bar sponsored Running fit4life league which will be held in St Augustine’s College (by kind permission) starting on Wednesday May 3th continuing for six more Wednesday 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 3
Thursday May 10
Thursday May 17
Thursday May 24
Thursday May 31
Thursday June 03
A huge well done to Raivis Zakis who won the Munster marathon championship gold medal for 2017 when finishing 3rd overall at the Barrington's Hospital Great Limerick marathon last Sunday morning. The Munster championship was held in conjunction with the Limerick event. The overall marathon winner was Freddy Keron Raheny Shamrocks AC in a time of 2.28.31 from Peter Mooney Ind 2.29.05 with Raivis 3rd in 2.38.18.Four runners from the gun opened up a 1000 meter lead very quickly on two chasers Raivis and Alex O'Shea St.Finbarrs AC. Freddy, Peter along with Martin Doody  Limerick AC and Julio Cesar Castro Kilmurray/Ibricken AC. Raivis and Alex worked away together through the half marathon mark 1.19.18 with a very strong head wind for much of the race. By mile 22 Castro came into view up the road and was in trouble as the fast early pace he set was coming back to haunt him, by mile 23 both Raivis and O'Shea passed the failing Castro. who eventually finished 6th in 2.44. A similar situation was happening by mile 24 as Limericks  Doody again was paying the fast early pace price with Raivis was giving his all as the finish quickly approached, he caught Doody in the final mile and also broke clear of O'Shea in the effort to finish a brilliant 3rd overall and take gold for the Munster championship event. His split for the 2nd half was 1.19.00,  Other great club news from Limerick on the day came from Dermot Ryan who put in a brilliant run in the half to finish in a time of 1.19 while Maria White ran a super half marathon PB when clocking a time of 1.39.56 which is inside the qualifying time for the New York marathon a goal of Maria's. It was a windy day for running as i already said but how about the efforts of that dynamic mother and son team of Linda and Davide Garcia who covered the half in 2.14.48 .well done to all.
Well done to club member's Eoghan Moloney,Dzintars Klava,Tomas De Faoite and Ted O'Leary who last Saturday ran in the Ballyhoura  mountain Ultra marathon. Held over a distance for us still working off the pounds, shillings and pence, 38 mile's with over 5600 ft of elevation, now that's tough. There were brilliant performances all round, and none better a performance than that of Dzintars Klava who ran a time of 5.52 folowed very closely with his best performance ever over the distance Eoghan Moloney who ran a time of 5.54.These two times from the information we have received" no official results at time of going to press"gives the 2 lads 4th and 5th overall in the race. Ted O'Leary who was runnng the race for the 3rd year in succession ran a time of 6.27 while Tomas De Faoite put in another super performance when he finished the very hilly and tough course in 6.45.Tough men all well done boys. 
West Waterford athletic club extend sincere sympathy to the families and friends of Jimmy Curran Ballinamintra,Cappagh Kathleen Collins, Knockateemore ,Abbeyside and Johnny Butler Friary St, Dungarvan who's deaths occurred last week. May they rest in peace.
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