Senior News

Notes August 07-16

The 10th and second last race in the 22nd annual Ger Wyley Sports/SKINS Summer series was held last Friday evening when we had the 24th annual Marine Climb 6 miler. The weather was ideal for the race on the day with little wind and thankfully the threatening rain stayed away . As is tradition with this  race it was got under way with a shot from the starting  pistol at the lookout by sponsor Christy O' Neill and the Field of 120 runners headed out the Youghal road on this year's Marine climb challenge, regarded by most as the most challenging race in the series, but one that seems to bring us back year after year such is the attraction of the challenging event and that great song from Kate Bush immortalised it when she wrote the lyrics for  "running up that hill". 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 24 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. Our thanks to Christy also for presenting all the winners with their prizes at the race presentation at the Marine Bar and for coming along to the lookout to get the race under way. Thanks to all the crew that helped on the night with entries, times and results and to Liam on van duty. Thanks to Gerry for marking out the course . 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, also to Ann Dunford who looked after the prizes for the event. Our thanks to all our stewards, especially the Turkey Trot committee members who were on duty around the Marine area and the Gardai for their invaluable assistance with road management and of course to Conor and Jamie for helping to get everyone to the finish line safely. We had the use of the Dungarvan sports centre for taking entries for this year's race so we thank the staff at the centre for facilitating us again. Thanks to Richie Power who ferried the runners from the Marine to the start line. The final race in this year's series will be GSK 5 on Friday August 19th and we urge all runners to please pre register for this event as it will speed up procedures immensely for us on the night.
From the gun West Waterford's Raivis Zakis raced into a lead, one which he was to increased as the race progressed right to the finish line at the top of the Marine , the Ballinroad man who was 3rd in last year's race crossed it in 1st place this year for the 4th time in the 24 year history of the event ,Raivis also won the race in 2005-2008 and 2012 and his winning time Friday was 35.38.Raivis had almost a minute over the 2nd placed athlete and team mate Mark Rowe who put in a mighty final two miles to come from 5th to 2nd as he raced up the final hill to catch and pass 3 athletes to give him his highest race finish ever in one of our events. The 3rd place runner Pat Hennessey was in that position for most of the race and held on well on the difficult climb part running a time of 36.39.Mossie Keogh put in his usual sterling performance to claim the over 40 prize with a time of 37.42.The over 45 winner was Yevgeniy Chizhikov in 39.37,Yev also won this category in last year's race, and the over 50 winner a she did last year was Ray Hahesy 39.30. Anthony Dwyer, running as well as ever won the over 55 in 44.56 and first junior was Shane O'Riordan in 40.04, Shane is improving with every outing and his training efforts are paying dividends for him, Well done to all the athletes for participated.
Men’s Prize Winners
1stRaivis ZakisWest Waterford AC35.38
2ndMark RoweWest Waterford AC36.35
3rdPat HennessyN/A36.39
O/40Mossie KeoghWest Waterford AC37.42
O/45Yevgeniy ChizhikovWest Waterford AC39.37
O/50Ray HahessyWest Waterford AC39.30
O/55Anthony DwyerWest Waterford AC44.56
JuniorShane O’RiordanWest Waterford AC40.04
Killrossanty Native, now residing in England and running with the Stragglers running club was to claim victory last Friday evening while back on a summer vacation at the Marine Climb after a great battle with local West Waterford athlete Kate Veale. Phyllis came from behind on the climb section of the race to catch the pass Kate and over the final couple of hundred meters had the edge over her younger opponent.Phyllis ran a time of 43.54 with Kate crossing the finish line 2nd in 44.11 .Leading from the start line at the lookout in Dungarvan Kate was some 200 meters clear of Phyllis, however Phyllis caught Kate at mile 3 and the two battled away up the hill side by side, but over the final half mile the experienced Phyllis proved too strong on this occasion and came home a deserving winner for 2016.There was  superb performance also from another West Waterford lady who was to claim 3rd. Laura Flavin a member of the clubs 100 marathon club is flying presently and she clocked an impressive 44,56  to fill 3rd place Friday evening on the Marine. Janet Quinlan form the Saturday road runners group took the over 35 age section in 45.43,West Waterford's Angeline Drennan another showing huge improvements on her times ran 48.32 for 1st over 40 and Brigid Coffey Ind claimed the over 45 prize with a time of 49.57 and Stephanie Ilsley won the over 50 in 45.50. Our 1st Junior lady was Hannah May Flynn daughter of our race winner Phyllis with a time of 47.33 Well done to all winners and to everyone who's goal it was just to complete the race.
Women’s Prize Winners
1st Phyllis FlynnStragglers 43.54
2ndKate VealeWest Waterford AC44.11
3rdLaura FlavinWest Waterford AC44.56
O/35Janet QuinlanSaturday Road Runners45.43
O/40Angeline DrennanWest Waterford AC48.32
O/45Brigid CoffeyN/A49.57
O/50Stephanie IlsleyN/A45.50
JuniorHannah Mai FlynnSouth London Harriers47.33
The final race of the summer series is almost upon us with the eleventh and final race taking place on Friday night, August 19th at 7.30 pm, the 17th Annual GlaxoSmithKline 5. Entries for the race will be taken at the Dungarvan soccer club pavilion. The entry fee is 10 euro and the presentation of prizes along with refreshments will take place in the Soccer club pavilion after the race. Along with the prizes for the race the overall summer series presentation will take place and the overall men's and women's winner for the 2016 series will be presented to this year’s series winner.
The next and final race in 22nd annual Ger Wyley Sports/SKINS summer series will be the GSK 5 on Friday August 19th  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. For the 3rd year in succession the Irish Hospice Foundation will be the charity benefactors for this year’s race. 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.
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
As GlaxoSmithKline 5 is the final race in the series, the vouchers for all those that have entered the series and are eligible will be presented on the night.  Anyone who has run any 6 of the 11 races will automatically receive a 30 euro voucher and anyone who has run all 11 races will be awarded a special gift, thanks to our very generous sponsors Ger Wyley Sports and SKINS.
 Conditions were perfect for running for week 7 of the Hallahan’s Pharmacy predict your time league which was held last Thursday evening in the Friary. As usual at this time of year , the Friary Grounds are an ideal place to run and give a break from the roads. This league differs from most in that the winner is the person who finishes closest to their predicted time. The winner this week as the person closest to 0 on the clock having run slower than their predicted time was Gerry O’Connor who crossed the line as the clock hit 0. He was closely  followed by Ann Dunford and James Veale who were just 1 second out , all 3 having run the 4 laps together. Next was ray Hahessy who was just 3 seconds out, closely followed by Yevgeniy Chizikov how was out by 7 seconds. The unlucky person on the night who was just ahead of the clock was Diana Chizikova who was 4 seconds fast. League leader Michael Moynihan was 6 seconds fast and Onra Power was 10 seconds fast.  Our thanks to Shirley and Ray for taking the entries and operating the finish line and a big thanks to the Hallahan’s Pharmacy for their sponsorship of this league. It’s great fun and the element of having to run as close as possible to your predicted time without being faster makes the league really interesting and entertaining. This league is ideal for beginners or new runners as you can take on between 1 and 4 laps. Even though you may not consider yourself as a runner, if you come along to the Friary and make a start you will be a runner in no time at all. Don’t put it off anymore, just come along to the Friary any night that you can and see for you what it’s all about.  There is a vast range of runners out there; there is the beginner runner as well as the seasoned runners that will provide plenty of support and advice so we hope to see as many new faces as possible. The league begins at 7 p.m. every night so come along at about 6.50 p.m. in order to get registered. The weekly fee is €2 each night and everyone is welcome on any night that they can make it. There are now only 1 nights left in this league, the 11th of August. As next Thursday night is the last night of the league, prize giving will take place immediately after the league. See you out there. 
There is just 1 weeks left in this league and Michael Moynihan looks like he has the top prize sown up as his total of 166 points gives him a 27 point lead over 2nd place Angeline Drennan. Simon Moloney has moved up to third with Sharon Higgins 4th and Catriona Kiely 5th. 
Micheál Moynihan  166
Angeline Drennan  139
Simon Moloney 135
Sharon Higgins  134
Catriona Kiely  123
Yevgeniy Chizikov  119
Conor O'Neill 115
Josie Ui Chuirrin 112
Fiona Fitzgerald 109
Ger Fitzgerald  109
West Waterford Athletic Club would like to thank all those that have helped in the running of the league. Thanks so much once again to the Friary College for permitting the use of the grounds and of course thanks to those that helped by taking the entries, names, times and results, it’s very much appreciated.  Thanks again to Jamie, Patrick and our sponsors at Hallahan’s pharmacy and as always we would like to invite our members and participants in our leagues to support our sponsors where possible.
The local community have come together to organises a once off run/walk on Sunday 28th August at 2 pm from Kilgobinet Sports Centre, Bohadoon in aid of the young family of local man John (Nudie) Nugent whose untimely death occurred from Motor Neurone Disease at the age of just 42 years. The event see's two distance that can be either jogged or walked over 3 or 5 miles and it is hoped all on sundry will come along to support this worthy local cause. Sponsorship cards are available from 087-9589013 and all donations will be greatly accepted. You can also donated monies at
Congratulations to club  member Terri Gough who took the silver national half marathon medal  in the ladies over 70 last Sunday in the Phoenix Park. Terri ran a time of 2.30 to take the category runner up spot. Also competing in the championship were Walter Drohan a brilliant run in 1.24,Mush Keane was in PB territory with a 1.40 finishing time and Maria Condon clipped a whopping 5 minutes off her finishing time from the same race last year when this year she clocked an impressive 1.42.Very well done to all .
West Waterford athletic club extends sincere sympathy to the family and friends of Michael O' Riordan, Murphy Place, Abbeyside who passed to his eternal reward last week, may he rest in peace.
The drive to improve comes from within.