Senior News

Notes August 11-19

The SE2 sponsored Ailish Ni hAodha memorial Ballyduff 5 Mile road race took place last Friday evening and the weather was wet and windy for this year's visit to our friends down that part of the county.A field of 80 runners and 20 walkers completed the undulating course which was well marked out and stewarded by the organizers Tony Latham and his team of helpers. The numbers participating were down a little this year bit the night was anything but good so well doen to those who came along and supported the efforts of the community in Ballyduff who one again organised a top notch race.The race started at 7.30 from the community hall, with all the process from the night being donated to the upkeep of the community hall and Focus Ireland also receiving monies from the event. We and a very special horary race starter this year in Jordan Curry, a young man who along with his father Arthur cycled 3.000 kms to Rome, an adventure which raised a massive 20.000 euro for Waterford Hospice, It was fitting that the community in Ballyduff invited Jordan along this year to get the race underway.As the runners made their way out of the village Clonmel's Kevin Muansell wasn't waiting around on the wet windy evening as he raced clear of the field and by even the first mile his named could well have been engraved on the winners' cup as along the county roads of Ballyduff lower he drew further and further away form the field coming back to the village and crossing the finish line alone in a time of 27.13. The next athletes to appear through the rain and mist at the end of the village was Gowran AC man Dean Rowe and Craig O'Brien Ferrybank AC and what a battle these two had before the runner up spot was filled with Rowe just edging out the gallant O'Brien by 2 seconds at the death,28.26 and 28.28 respectively, well done to both lads on a great sporting battle on such a bad evening.Mossie Keogh West Waterford AC was first over 40 in 31.50 and Tom Walsh Thomastown AC took the over 50 category with a time of 32.10 , Evan Marshall Waterford AC was the first junior home in 30.27.
1 Kevin Maunsell Clonmel A.C. 27.13
2 Dean Rowe Gowran A.C. 28.26
3 Craig O'Brien Ferrybank A.C. 28.28
M 40 Mossie Keogh West Waterford A.C. 31.50
M 50 Tom Walsh Thomastown A.C. 32.10
M JN Evan Marshall Waterford A.C. 30.27
It was great to see so many supporting the race last Friday evening from the Thomastown AC club in south Kilkenny of course Eilis had a great graw for that part of the county as she teached in the national school for many years before her untimely passing , she also in this days raced in the colours of Thomastown  before joining West Waterford some years later.
She would be chuffed by the fact that our ladies race winner this year was a Thomastown AC athlete Caoilte Malone who had a brilliant run on what after all is a very undulating course and throw in a bad night on top of this and it doest equate to fast times, however Caoilte ran 31.56 which is really solid running, she was followed home by another Thomastown athlete in Hannah O'Keeffe with a time of 33.08 and 3rd place was filled by Grainne Brennan Ind who posted a time of 33.30.Insidently Grainne was 2nd in this race last year so she keeps her podium placing intact for 2019.Joan Mahony Waterford AC was first over 40 in a time of 33.49 and the over 50 prize winner was Onra Power West Waterford A.C. 40.52,Onra also won this category in last years race and our first junior home was Fiona Dillon Thomastown AC  48.55. Well done to all our prize winners.
1 Caoilte Malone Thomastown A.C. 31.56
2 Hannah O'Keeffe Thomastown A.C. 33.08
3 Grainne Brennan Ind 33.30
F 40 Joan Mahony Waterford A.C 33.49
F 50 Onra Power West Waterford A.C. 40.52
FJN Fiona Dillon Thomastown A.C. 38.55
The second last race of the summer series is almost upon us when the 11 of 12 races will take place on Friday night  next August 16th  at 7.00 pm when the 20th Annual GlaxoSmithKline 5 will be held. If you haven't entered online already through our online entry system for the race you can do so on the night at the Dungarvan soccer club pavilion but registration will close at 6.45 sharp so please be down early. The entry fee on the night is 10 euro and the presentation of prizes along with refreshments will take place in the Soccer club pavilion after the race. The race will start at 7.00 sharp at the Kilrush estate. The  GSK course is regarded by many to be one of the fastest 5 milers in the country and one where most personal best 5 mile times have been recorded locally over the years. The course records currently for this course are held by Sandis Bralitis of West Waterford who in 2008 clocked 24.34. and the ladies course record holder is Sinead Cummins St Josephs AC who way back in 2004 set the ladies record of 29.20.This race is always superbly organised by the hard working race committee at GSK . A technical T shirt will be given to the first 200 entered, Changing and showers will also be available at the soccer club and it’s also where the refreshments will be provided 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 technical 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 7.00 pm.
Race open to all over 16 years of age on race day.
1st 5 men.
1st over 40-45-50-55-60 and 1st Junior
1st 5 Women
1st over 35-40-45-50-55 and 1st Junior
Prizes for the first GSK male and female runners and plenty of spots for non prize winners also.

 The first night of the Garvey’s Supervalu Autumn League will take place on Thursday 22nd August at St Augustine’s College by kind permission. This league is open to everybody over the age of twelve and all are welcome. This league caters for all levels of runners, from the beginner to the regular runner. You can even decide yourself what distance might suit you as it’s open for participants to run 1 lap which is just over 1 mile in distance, 2 laps, 3 laps 4 laps . If you can’t make the run every night of the five weeks, just come along when you can. The entry fee each night is €2. Registration for the league begins at 6.30 and then the league itself gets underway at 7 p.m. Parking is available at the college. Our sincere thanks go to Garvey’s Supervalu Dungarvan and to Garvey’s on the Coolagh Road once again for their kind sponsorship of this league. The dates for this league are: August 22nd,29th,September 5th,12th,19th.
The East Cork Harbour Marathon, Half Marathon and 10 K took place last Saturday around the Aghada area of East Cork. The club were represented in all 3 distances in warm and blustery conditions over the hilly courses.Pride of place must go to Liz Nyhan in the Half Marathon. Liz had a great run when finishing first lady in an excellent time of 1:32 just 4 seconds ahead of second placed Linda O'Sullivan of Watergrasshill AC with Jenny Miller of Cork Tri Club 3rd. This was an excellent run Liz over the undulating course and it is great to see her continue her excellent form. The Half Marathon was won by Kevin O'Leary (East Cork) in 1.13Also running the half were Tom Leahy (1.36), Tom Nyhan (1.43), Linda Foley (1.48), A Whelan (1.48) and Hazel Crowley (2.03).
Another club member that ran the half was Tomas De Faoite who ran as a guide for a visually impaired runner, Ross Gallagher with the pair finishing in 2.40.In the full marathon, the club had 2 representatives. Ted O'Leary finished 8th overall in 3.29 with Mick Concannon running 3.51. This was great running by both over what is a very challenging marathon course. The Marathon was won by Thomas Baker of Navan AC in 2.49 with Jean Lucy First Lady in 3.24.The 10K was won by Gary Walsh (Bweeling Trail Blazers) in 36.05 with the ladies race won by Jennifer Goggin Walsh in 42.43. The club was represented by Patrick Carey (53.59) and Michael Coakley (56.55)
As this is a SHARED SPACE (i.e the Greenway will be open to other users on the day) we respectfully request that all runners keep to the left of the path. Runners must be aware of bikes and oncoming Greenway users at all times. THIS IS A SHARED SPACE. KEEP LEFT AND PASS RIGHT. Please do not run any more than 2 abreast and leave room for others to pass. We cannot stress this strongly enough we do not want any accidents on the day and rules of the road will still apply to this route.
As last year we will provide some pacers for this race but as it is a unique course and a shared space we will limit the pacers as we feel that pacers could potentially create too many large groups of runners which could cause a problem. To this end we have decided to go with pacers for the following times.
1 hour 30 min
1 hour 40 mins
1 hour 50 mins
2 hours
2 hours 10 mins
Pacers will be easily recognisable on the day as they will be holding balloons. We request that runners slot themselves in behind the pacer who they feel most comfortable with. The start will be narrow and to avoid accidents or tripping it is advisable to go behind the pacer that you can keep up with. This will ensure that the start is safe and secure for all. Remember you will be chip timed anyway so it doesn’t matter how long it takes you to cross the start line.
Big occasions and races which have been eagerly anticipated almost to the point of dread, are where great deeds can be accomplished