Senior News

Notes August 05-18

24th  ANNUAL INTERSPORT ELVERYS ASICS SUMMER SERIES 2018.race 10.
 
 
 
 
 
26th ANNUAL MARINE BAR SPONSORED MARINE CLIMB.
 
 
 
 
 
The 10th race in the 24th annual Intersport Elverys/ Asics Summer series was held last Thursday evening when we had the 26th annual Marine Climb 6 mile. The weather was mixed for the race with lovely conditions as the race left Dungarvan which gave way to thick mist as the runners finished at the Marine Bar. As is tradition with this  race it was, the race was started  at the lookout by our loyal sponsor Christy O Neill and the field of 115 runners headed out the Youghal road on this year Marine climb challenge .The race 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 26 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 26 years . Our thanks to Eoghan also for presenting all the winners with their prizes at the race presentation at the Marine Bar. Thanks to all the crew of Sharon, Hannah,Shirley, Ann, 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, a big thanks to Dungarvan Gardai for their invaluable help on the night also. To Helen and all the staff at the Marine for the beautiful sandwiches and teas etc. 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 25 years, also thanks to Ann Dunford who looked after the prizes for the event. Also thanks to our good friends at Dungarvan Boxing club for the use of their facilities for registration.
 
 
 
   The next race is the GSK 5 mile on Friday 17th August 2018.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
ON THE DOUBLE FOR EAST CORKS KEVIN O'LEARY AS HE RETAINS HIS  KING OF THE HILL TITLE FOR 2018.
 
 
 
 
 
East Cork AC athlete Kevin O'Leary proved too strong for the entire field last Thursday evening as he made the trip from the neighbouring county to retain the title of king of the hill at the Marine for 2018 , a title he first won last year. From the gun, it was a one man race with O'Leary out in before the field had barely reached St Marys Church. Kevin raced through mile one in 5.27 with an 80 meter lead on a group of 4. By mile two he was a further 50 meters ahead as he clocked 10.45 and at this stage without even reaching the half way point of the race it looked likely that there was only going to be one outcome such was his lead. Mile three was passed in 16.22 and mile 4 was 22.35 at mile 5 in 29.10 and with much of the climbing behind him not another athlete was in view back the road for some 200 meters. A good battle took place for the other top 2 positions and it was Leevale's Cornelius Marshall who lead the chasing pack home in a time of 35.41 for 2nd, having one of his best runs ever was West Waterford's Anthony Flynn who ran a super time of 36.08 to take 3rd,a hugely improved athlete these past couple of  months Anthony's great training mentality is paying dividends for him. Dzintars Klava West Waterfrod AC was 1st Over 40 in 36.32, with Benny Hahesy Carrick On Suir AC taking the  over 45 in 40.50, Ray Hahesy West Waterfrod AC was 1st over 50 41.42 and Gerry Cantwell took the over 55 honours in 45.09.Gerry also won this category in 2017. The first Junior on the night was Tony Dwyer of West Waterford AC in 51.32. Well done to all the athletes.
 
 
 
 1st Kevin Leary East  Cork A.C. 34.53
 
2nd Cornelius Marshall St. Finbarrs 35.41
 
3rd Anthony Flynn West Waterford A.C. 36.08
 
M 40 Dzintars Klava West Waterford A.C. 36.32
 
M 45 Benny Hahessy Carrick On Suir A.C. 40.50
 
M 50 Ray Hahesy West Waterford A.C. 41.42
 
M55 Gerry Cantwell West Waterford A.C. 45.09
 
M JN Tony Dwyer West Waterford A.C. 51.32
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
MADELINE LOUGHNANE QUEEN OF MARINE HILL FOR THE FIRST TIME.
 
 
 
 
 
 
The first ladies club singlet to appear out of the heavy mist at the top of the Marine last Friday evening was that of Thrules Crokes AC worn by Madeline Loughnane who led the ladies pack home last Friday evening when she recorded a time of 40.20 to easily take the title for 2018.Madeline who has 4 victories this year so far in the series now looks odds on to become the overall ladies series winner for 2018 another title which she would be winning for the very first time. Last year's  winner at the Marine climb Kate Veale West Waterford AC had to settle for 2nd place this year when she ran a time of 42.11 exactly 1 second faster than her winning time of last year and likewise our 3rd lady home Julie Kenneally Youghal AC ran a time of 44.43 just a few seconds slower than her effort of 2017 when she also finished in 3rd place. In the categories the first over 35 was  a French visitor who runs for Eagle AC Laurie Artiglia in 46.03,Laurie also ran here last year so she was welcome back again retaining her category title which won in 2017 . The over 40 category was won by Eveleen Drohan West Waterford .A.C. in a time of 47.59 and her team mate Brigid Coffey West Waterford A.C. was first over 45 with a good time of 49.53,Brigid also won this prize last year,  the final ladies category over 50 was won by Stephanie Isley N/A in a very fast time of 44.59,very well done to all our ladies runners and winner's.
 
 
 
 
 
Ladies Results
 
 
 
1st Madeline Loughnane Thurles Crokes 40.20
 
2nd Kate Veale West Waterford A.C. 42.11
 
3rd Julie Kenneally Youghal  A.C. 44.43
 
 
F 35 Laurie Artiglia Eagle A.C. 46.03
 
F 40 Eveleen Drohan West Waterford .A.C. 47.59
 
F 45 Brigid Coffey West Waterford A.C. 49.53
 
F 50 Stephanie Isley N/A 44.59
 
 
 
 
 
 
24th ANNUAL INTERSPORT ELVERYS / ASICS SUMMER SERIES 2018.
 
 
 
 
 
18th ANNUAL GLAXOSMITHKLINE 5 FRIDAY 18th AUGUST AT 7.30 pm.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Race number 11 in the series will take place on Friday , August 17th at 7.30 pm, the 19th Annual GlaxoSmithKline 5. Entries on the night for the race will be taken at the Dungarvan soccer club pavilion. The entry fee is 10 euro , the presentation of prizes along with refreshments will take place in the Soccer club pavilion after the race.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
ST. JOHN'S SPECIAL SCHOOL DUNGARVAN TO BENEFIT FROM GLAXOSMITHKLINE 5.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The next race in the 24th annual Intersport Elverys/Asics summer series will be the GSK 5 on Friday August 17th  at a 7.30 pm starting time. This race always attracts a big entry due to the superbly organisation efforts of the Race committee at GlaxoSmithKline and the renowned fast flat course that guarantees good times for us all. The charity benefactors from this year's event will be the St. John's Special school Dungarvan. There will be prizes for winners in all the usual categories, prizes for the first GSK male and female runners and spot prizes as well. More information will be provided in next week’s notes. Please note online entry is now open on Active Europe and to make life much easier for you the runner and us the organisers we urge one and all to enter by this system.
 
 
 
 
 
 
ENTER ON LINE NOW FOR GSK 5 MILE. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Our online entry is open now on Active Europe for the upcoming GSK 5.Save the registration queuing on the night of the race by entering online today.
link to online entry
 
https://endurancecui.active.com/event-reg/select-race?e=55812453
 
 
 
 
 
 
EUROFINS  GREENWAY HALF MARATHON SEPTEMBER 8TH.
 
 
 
 
 
Course Information.
 
 
 
This is perhaps one of the flattest routes for a half marathon in the country with a net elevation of -100 mts. Not only is it flat it also contains some incredible scenery along the way.  From the old Workhouse built in 1850 in the beautiful village of Kilmacthomas over the Kilmacthomas viaduct to the stunning views of the Comeragh mountains to the North, cross over Durrow viaduct past Durrow Railway Station where the old platform and station still stand. Then it’s on to the spectacular Ballyvoile tunnel, a 400mt long tunnel which is full of atmosphere (don’t forget to watch out for the fairy door’s on either side).  Next you will cross over the Ballyvoile viaduct, blown up in 1922 but now restored to its former glory.  From here you can almost smell the sea as you round the headland and take in the spectacular views of Clonea strand and Dungarvan Bay. Then it’s downhill all the way to the finish as you take in the sights along the way, through the 12 mile mark and the playground in Ballinroad over the Clonea Road and finishing just before the Gold Coast Road.
 
 
See route here:  https://www.strava.com/activities/1072404668
 
 
 
 
 
 
IRISH LIFE HEALTH MASTERS CHAMPIONSHIPS.
 
 
 
 
 
The National Masters Track and Field championships are taking place on Saturday 18th of August in Tullamore. Closing Date for Entries is 10th of August. Please submit your entry details as soon as possible to Gregory Fitzgerald 087 6445789 or Jim Fleming 087 2891151.
 
 
 
 
 
 
CLOYNE 5K.
 
 
 
 
 
 
The Cloyne 5 k was held last Tuesday evening and the club had three athletes taking part, Joe Salmon took 2nd over 50 with a time of 19.12,John Fennell ran a time of 25.04 and Patrycja Daly completed the run in 26.27, well done to all three.
 
 
 
 
 
 
BALLYSAGGART 5K.
 
 
 
 
 
 
The Ballysaggart festival 5K was held last Wednesday evening and a field of 46 completed the run. The overall men's winner was Waterford AC's Alan Slattery in a time of 17.04 the overall ladies winner was Kate Veale West Waterford AC with a time of 19.23 finishing 6th overall in the race . The clubs first runner home was Sean Stilwell in a time of 17.50 for 3rd overall. Also taking part were Michael Coakley who finished in 28.44 and Mick Concannon who ran 35.50.Well done to all.
 
 
 
 
PAT, KATE AND ONRA TAKE PRIZES AT CONNA 5K.
 
 
 
 
 
The annual Conna 5k was held this evening Friday and a field of 238 completed the course. The men's overall winner was Leevale's Eric Curran in 16.12.West Waterford's Kate Veale was the first lady home with a good time of 19.36,There was a good run also by Pat Hennessey who was 3rd man home in 17.07 and this after his fine run the previous night when he finished 5th on the Marine climb. Sean Stilwell was also in action and he got a top 10 finish when he was 9th overall in 18.14. Running on home turf Ted O'Leary was next home Ted ran a time of 19.58.Onra Power was also among the prize winners taking the ladies over 50 prize with a time of 24.42, well done to all.
 
 
 
 
 
RUNNING QUOTE.
 
 
 
 
Running is a towrope pulling through my life, and at a time when stress squeezes me, I hold on tight.