Senior News

Notes August 04-19

The 10th race in the 25th annual Intersport Elverys/ Asics Summer series was held last Thursday evening when we hosted the 27th annual Marine Climb 6 mile road race. The weather couldn't have been better with beautiful  sunshine and no wind, ideal conditions as the race headed out from the lookout at the sound of the whistle from our loyal sponsor Christy O Neill with a field of 150 runners heading up the old sweep to the finish line at the Marine Bar. The race as we just mentioned once again was sponsored by Christy and Helen O’ Neill and family of the Marine Bar. Christy and Helen have been our generous sponsors over the past 27 years and are one of the longest sponsor supporters we have in the club. The committee and members of West Waterford AC are most grateful to them for their loyalty to us and particularly this race for all of 27 years . Our thanks to Eoghan also for presenting all the winners with their prizes at the race presentation at the Marine Bar and to all the staff who looked after the runners so well again this year with plenty of food for all. Thanks to all the race crew of Sharon, Hannah, Shirley, Ann,Liam, Catriona and Ray who helped on the night with entries, times and results and to Liam on van duty. Thanks to Gerry for marking out the course and arranging the stewards and our thanks to all our friends who came out on the night to steward the course and of course Conor and Jamie who once again did a top class job on all the  road traffic management for the event.  Our thanks to the Fennell and Crotty families for their invaluable help with the water station and they too just like our sponsor have looked after this important part of the race for all of 27 years, It was great to see and meet John Fennell who was  out making sure the water station was operated to his usual high standard, also thanks to Ann Dunford who looked after the prizes for the event, thanks to our good friends at Dungarvan Boxing club for the use of their facilities for registration on the night it was much appreciated, next race is the GSK 5 mile on Friday 16th August 2019 with an earlier starting time of 7 pm. 
The race this year was totally dominated by West Waterford AC athletes as they battled it out for the top honours and at the finish line provided the first 7 athletes home which was a brilliant feat by the club.The race for top honours was in many ways a kind of a strange affair last Friday evening as the top 5 or 6 athletes exchanged placing's on numerous occasions throughout the 6 mile race,  but as the saying goes there can only be one winner and what a brilliant performance by West Waterford AC's Anthony Flynn to take his very first race win and what a place and race to do it ,none other than one of the oldest and most challenging races on the road running scene in and around the south east the Marine Climb no less. To be honest it was not that big a surprise for most of us as this man has been running brilliant all summer and has been in the top 3 or 4 finishers in every outing and it really was only a matter of time before his day would come.
 From the gun, Templemore AC man Tony Fogarty set a blistering pace with the field some 150 meters behind as the race headed out the Youghal road. Tony raced through mile one in 5.20 but all the while Anthony Flynn who was slightly ahead of a group of 3 others kept his nerve and stuck to his race pace and plan. By mile two 10.35 the gap was down to a few meters and soon the McCarthy Ville man was on the shoulder of the Tipp athlete.Mile three was passed in 16.40 and at this stage the early leader Fogarty had faded back into the main pack and the battle was on for the top three placings, that said Anthony Flynn was in a commanding 100 meter lead at this stage with high flying club mate Kevin Kennelly making all the running for that 2nd place on the road.There was great racing going on for the minor placing’s as Flynn drew away from his chasers proving very strong on the hilliest part of the course. Our leader reached mile 4 in 23.15 and he passed mile 5 in 29.30 and with much of the climbing behind him not another athlete was in view back the road for some 200 meters. The battle was still going on back the road as Kevin Kenneally was joined by club mate Gary Cantwell who raced past the Ballinroad man on the hill section  and looked likely to take the runners up spot, but the race was to take another twist a out of nowhere as they say came Alan Hogan with his best run ever to date smashing each hill on his way  as he was getting faster as the race progressed passing Kenneally and then going on to catch Cantwell in the final mile to come home 2nd in 36.35 with Flynn  well and truly finished almost a minute earlier in 35.32, Anthony was 3rd in last year's race with a time of 36.08 so a great improvement in time this year to claim the title King of the Hill for 2019.Cantwell held on well for the 3rd spot in 36.45 and Kenneally had to settle for 4th on this occasion after a brilliant effort he clocked a time of 37.01,well done to our top 4 athletes for a great sporting race on the night the most exciting in the series to date.Dermot O' Donovan  West Waterford AC was 1st Over 40 in 39.59, with Dermot Ryan also West Waterford AC taking the over 45 prize with a very fast time of 37.41, Eugene O'Keeffe Carrick On Suir AC was 1st over 50 in 39.30 and Ray Hahesy West Waterford AC  took the over 55 honours in 41.35. The first Junior on the night was Conor Mullany West Waterford AC in 38.04.Well done to all the athletes.
1 Anthony Flynn West Waterford A.C. 35.35
2 Alan Hogan West Waterford A.C. 36.32
3 Gary Cantwell West Waterford A.C. 36.45
M 40 Dermot O'Donovan West Waterford A.C. 39.59
M 45 Dermot Ryan West Waterford A.C. 37.41
M 50 Eugene O'Keeffe Carrick On Suir A.C. 39.30
M55 Ray Hahesy West Waterford A.C. 41.35
M JN Conor Mullany West Waterford A.C. 38.04
 Her total domination of the series this year saw Thurles Crokes AC Madeline Loughnane win yet another West Waterford AC series race, a race which she also won in 2018. Unlike the men’s race the ladies race saw the same athlete Loughnane lead from gun to post as she crossed the finish line in a time of 40.14 just 6 seconds faster than her winning time of 2018.Madlien looks to be the winner elect of this years series as she is unlikely to be caught now with just two races remaining. The ladies battle for the runners up spot was a much more competitive affair with West Waterford’s Natalie Sheehan and Mayo’s Collette Tuohy having a real tussle on the hills of the Marine. You could throw a blanket over the two ladies during the race but at the line it was Natalie who was to claim that 2nd placing with an excellent last mile as she crossed the line with a  time of 41.39 just 15 seconds separating her and our Mayo visitor who crossed the finish in 41.54.In the categories the first over 35 was Kealy Tideswell Clonmel A.C 42.13.The over 40 category was won by her team mate Elaine Horgan Clonmel 44.19.Teresa Cunningham Nore Valley A.C.46.31 was first over 45 and the over 50 category was won by Stephanie Ilsley St Nicholas A.C. 46.40,Stephanie also won this category in 2018 and our first Junior home was all the way from Mayo AC Lucy Tuohy in a time of 51.30. very well done to all our ladies runners and winner's.
Ladies Results
1 Madeline Loughnane Thurles Crokes A.C. 40.14
2 Natalie Sheehan West Waterford A.C. 41.39
3 Colette Tuohy Mayo A.C. 41.54
F 35 Kealy Tideswell Clonmel A.C. 42.13
F 40 Elaine Horgan Clonmel A.C. 44.19
F 45 Teresa Cunningham Nore Valley A.C. 46.31
F 50 Stephanie Ilsley St Nicholas A.C. 46.40
FJN Lucy Tuohy Mayo A.C. 51.30
Race number 11 in the series will take place on Friday , August 16th at 7.00 pm, the 20th Annual GlaxoSmithKline 5. Entries on the night for the race will be taken at the Dungarvan soccer club pavilion. The entry fee is 8 euro pre reg or its 10 euro on the night, the presentation of prizes along with refreshments will take place in the Soccer club pavilion after the race.
This race is now in its 20th year. As always, there is a huge amount of prizes on offer covering all categories. No surprise then that this race usually sees one of the largest entries of the series. Entries will be taken at the Dungarvan United Football club pavillion, Kilrush, Dungarvan.The first 200 entrants will receive a techinical t- shirt. The entry fee 10 Euro. This is a very fast course and one to aim for if you’re planning a P.B.starting time 7.30 pm.
Race open to all over 16 years of age on race day.

Course record:Sandis Bralitis West Waterford AC 24.32 (2008) Sinead Cummins St. Josephs AC 29.20 (2004)
The National Masters Track and Field championships are taking place on Saturday 18th of August in Tullamore. Closing Date for Entries is 8th of August. Please submit your entry details as soon as possible to Gregory Fitzgerald 087 6445789 or Micheal Dunford 087 9928887.
The annual Eilis Ni Aodha memorial 5 mile race will be held on this coming Friday August 9th at 7:30pm, walkers will go at 6:45.Entry is 10 euro, Students and Juniors 5 euro, cash prizes for first three male/females home and cash prizes for the first male/female over 40/50’s,first male/female juniors will also receive a prize and there will be many spot prizes on the night. The first male and female will also  be presented with the annual Liz Hayes trophies. John O’Shea will provide entertainment on the night and there will be the usual fine array of refreshments served in the Community Centre following the race, where the prize-giving  will take place. Monies raised this year will be donted between FOCUS Ireland and the Ballyduff Community Centre.The 5 mile race sets off from the Community Centre, past the Ballyduff Parish church and through the village out through country lanes past the Knockaderry reservoir and back to the village.  Cash prizes given to the 1st 3 males/females home along with the 1st over 40 and over 50 males/females.There are also prizes for the 1st juniors home and loads of spot prizes kindly provided by local businesses, giving everyone taking part in the walk or run a chance to win.There is always a great atmosphere as runners set off through the village and return to cross the finish line, there is a water stop at the halfway mark and a fine array of refreshments provided in the Community Centre following the race.
The annual Conna 5k was held  Friday evening last and a field of 189 completed the course. The men's overall winner was Leevale's Andrew Hobbs in 17.25 and team mate Niamh Moore took the Ladies win in  19.16,There was a good run also by Joe Gough who was 18th man home in 19.49 and shortly after Joe was Ted O'Leary in a good time of 19.58 exactly the same time to the second he ran in 2018 on this course.Mick Concannon was also in action and Mick completed the undulating Conna course in 22.08.Onra Power was the clubs only lady to make the trip and she ran a time of over 50 prize with a time of 25.15, Michael Coakley rounded off the clubs involvement when he ran a time of 29.18,well done to all.
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