Senior News

Notes August 18-19

The 20th annual GlaxoSmithKline 5 mile road race took place last Friday evening and despite all the rain we had for the previous 24 hours it turned out to be an ideal evening for the race with clear skies and just a little gentle breeze.Not for the first time in its 20 year history the race saw one of the largest number of participants in the 12 race series again this year with 210 runners toeing the start line in Kilrush. This race is testament to the small but dedicated crew of running enthusiasts at Glasosmithkline who have put on a top class race year in year out over these 20 years past , this 5 mile road race has seen some of the country's best athletes in any given area participating with some  well documented battles taking place over that period of time. We sincerely thank the company and the race committee for giving us 20 unbroken years of brilliant road racing not to mention the thousands upon thousands donated from the event to a host of worthy charities over this 20 year period ,our wish is that this race will continue to blossom and keep the standards of road racing in the area to a very high pitch as it has succeeded in  doing for two decades. All runners were awarded with a beautiful T Shirt celebrating the 20 years of the GSK sponsored event. We thank this year's race committee and all the management and employees at GlaxoSmithKline especially Dermot Dwyer, Micheál Callaghan, Denise Regan and Mick Verling and all others who were on hand to help in many ways, huge thanks for a job well done. Of course the big winners at this race each and every year of its 20 year existence are the nominated charity who benefits from the generosity of you the runners and of course the race sponsor GSK. This year saw the proceeds donated once again to a very worthy cause WUH Coronary care unit , Race committee member Micheál Callaghan spoke on behalf of the race organisers and sponsors GSK and thanked all his fellow race committee members who were involved with the organisation of the race. The organisers would also like to thank all the stewards, registrars, time keepers, recorders, Dungarvan United football club, Dungarvan Crystal centre and all our own crew, who ensured the smooth running of the race. Our thanks to the young boys who looked after the water at the finish line. To the Gardai for their help with the event, Thanks to Liam O' Donnell on van duty , a special thanks to Conor Norris and Jamie Mills for their help ensuring the road was safe for the runners on the night. A word of thanks also to our overall sponsors of the series Intersport Elverys/Asics. Final race in series is 2nd Annual Ballinameela 5k Friday 30th August at 7 pm.
It was as exciting a race as we have had in the 20 year history of the event last Friday evening as the race unfolded over the final 400 meters when it looked like our winner for 2019 was home and hosed with half  a mile to go. From the starters whistle in Kilrush West Waterford's Pat Hennessey raced clear of the field and by mile one the Lismore man had some 130 meters gap on the chasers. This gap remained through mile 2 and even mile 3 , however twice pervious winner of the race and another West Waterford athlete Raivis Zakis had detached himself from the pack and was hunting down our leader who by mile 4 had slowed slightly with the gap now down to 80 meters, Pat who has not longed returned from a year away in Australia is running at his best ever with a very high level of fitness as he battled up the last Hilly section of the course and at the top it looked like he might hold out for a what would have been a famous victory but all the while over the final half mile Zakis was closing closing  on the tiring Hennessey and with just 400 meters to go was on the shoulder and passed on the home straight Pat to claim his 2nd victory in this race having also won it in 2011,but boy was he made to work for it all the way to the finish line, with just 5 seconds separating the two it was a super race up front for the two team mates fought out squarely and fairly, with the level of fitness Pat has brought back from his time training in Australia we expect to see his in the very near future on top of the winner's podium, we would also like wish our winner Raivis the best of luck next week as he heads to Romania for the world ultra championships where he represents his native Lativia. Raivis won with a time of 27.05 and Pat clocked 27.10 which was a personal best time. Carrick AC's Derek Walsh came through the final two miles very strongly to claim 3rd place in 27.22 with Dzintars Klava West Waterford AC running really well again taking 4th 27.51,Dzintars had to also battle all the way to the finish line as his team mate Daryl Kearns put in a mighty effort but had to settle for 5th on the night despite a super run from him his time was 27.56 so Daryl can be pleased with breaking the 28 minute mark.The other age categories were keenly fought out with only seconds separating athletes in many cases. Danny Smith Ind 28.05 was 1st over 40 . Darren Flynn Grange Fermoy AC took the over 45 section in 30.13 his team mate at Grange Fermoy AC John Murphy claimed the over 50 section with a time of 28.50. Ger Moloney St.Pauls AC was 1st Over 55 in 30.18 with West Waterford Athlete the evergreen Anthony Dwyer claiming the O/60 for the 2nd year in succession in 35.32 . One of our fine up and coming young stars Conor Mullany took the junior prize with a fast 29.09 AC was the winner of the Junior men’s prize in an excellent 27.19 to finish 13th overall in the race. Well done to all prize winners.
1st Raivis Zakis West Waterford AC 27.05
2nd Pat Hennessy West Waterford AC 27.10
3rd Derek Walsh Carrick-on-Suir AC 27.22
4th Dzintars Klava West Waterford AC 27.51
5th Daryl Kearns West Waterford AC 27.56
O/40 Danny Smith N/A 28.05
O/45 Darren Flynn Grange/Fermoy AC 30.13
O/50 John Murphy Grange/Fermoy AC 28.50
O/55 Ger Moloney St. Pauls 30.18
O/60 Anthony Dwyer West Waterford AC 35.32
Junior Conor Mullany West Waterford AC 29.09
It was very fitting way for St .Josephs AC athlete Sally Forristal to celebrate her recent engagement by coming along Friday evening to retain her Glaxosmithkline title for 2019 having won the race last year also. We must take this opportunity to wish Sally and Martin the very best for the future as well. There was an excellent field of Ladies for this year's race and the winning time was of a high standard. Indeed it almost took a course record from our  winner to retain her crown when Sally broke the 30 minute mark was seconds off the long standing course record held by a former team mate of Sally's at St Josephs AC Sinead Cummins which was set in 2004, Sally clocked a time of 29.40 proving once again that this course is a good course for recording those personal best times. It was great to have Clonmel AC athlete Angela Mc Cann in the field also Friday evening as  the newly crowned national half marathon champion and current Cork city marathon champion Mc Cann who is only this year back to full fitness after almost completely giving up on the sport when dogged with a  serious injury which kept her sidelined for 2 years. On probably another given race over this distance Angela's 30.03 would easily have given her victory but she came up against one of the best female athlete on the circuit presently in Forristal, that said Sally was 4th to Angela in the recent National half marathon championship.Our 3rd lady home was Natalie Sheehan West Waterford AC 32.22.Natalie one of the club's top female athletes at the moment is running consistently well this year and is rarely not on the top three podium in most races she competes in, an athlete with much more to offer as well it has to be said as she improves all the while, keep up the great work Natalie.Angela Tobin West Waterford AC 33.43 has astounded many these past few races as she has progressed so much over the summer months and like Natalie is improving with each outing. Angela once again had a brilliant run Friday evening to claim 4th place.Another one of our Clonmel AC friends filled the 5th placing when Courney McGuire who is still only a junior athlete  finished in that position with a time 33.51.Debra Doherty West Waterford AC was our first over 35 winner with a time of 36.16 a brilliant run by Debra. Elaine Horgan Clonmel AC  finished in 34.20 to take the over 40 Ladies prize. Elaine can be well pleased as she moved into anew category this year having won the over 35 section in 2018 also pleasing for the Clonmel lady was the fact that she ran 40 seconds faster this year. Theresa Cunningham Nore Valley AC was 1st Over 45 in 35.05.Onra Power West Waterford AC was among the prize winners when she took the over 50 prize in 40.24 and Stephanie Isley Ind won the over 55 prize in 36.08 Stephanie also won this category in 2018.Waterford's Carla Fanning running one of her first road races over 5 miles took the junior ladies prize in 40.27. Well done to all our ladies prize winners and participants.
1st Sally Forristal St. Joseph's AC 29.43
2nd Angela McCann Clonmel AC 30.04
3rd Natalie Sheehan West Waterford AC 32.22
4th Angela Tobin West Waterford AC 32.43
5th Courtney McGuire Clonmel AC 33.51
O/35 Debra Doherty West Waterford AC 36.16
O/40 Elaine Horgan Clonmel AC 34.20
O/45 Teresa Cunningham Nore Valley AC 35.05
O/50 Onra Power West Waterford AC 40.24
O/55 Stephanie Ilsley St. Nicholas AC 36.08
Junior Carla Fanning Waterford AC 40.27
Congratulations to Jason Travers, Pat Dunford,Martin Tobin,Emilio Moya,Niall Cusack,Catriona Lee and Anne Moore who won the prizes on the night for first GSK finishers outside individual prize winners.
We will provide water at 3 locations along the route and also at the finish line in your post-race goody bag. Please be aware that due to restrictions on dumping etc. this water will be in recyclable cups provided by the club to minimise dumping/clean up of a 13.1 mile route.(We would never get permission again to hold a race on the Greenway if it was littered with bottles along the route).In keeping with the ‘Green’ ethos of the race we ask that you leave no trace and leave the Greenway as you find it. Any gel wrappers can either be carried to the finish line or left at one of the 3 water stops. Anyone seeing dumping on the route will be disqualified –no exceptions!
As with all West Waterford A.C. races, the use of Headphones is not allowed… We have to insist on this rule as you need to be aware of cyclists (listen for bells ringing) and other runners trying to pass and also so that you can hear safety stewards instructions. Why do you need headphones? You will be running along some of the most scenic areas in the country, look around you…. Take it in and perhaps chat to your fellow runners along the way!
When you complete your run please proceed through the finish tunnel. Please do not block up this area and proceed to Ballinroad Hall where your gearbag/Refreshments will be waiting. We ask that runners walk back to the hall and please keep in  mind that more runners still racing will be coming back against you on the final half mile so give them right of way at all times.
Entries are now closed but if you wish to apply as an elite runner please send your information to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. stating your name, date of birth, club and fastest time and location for either half marathon or 10 mile race ran in the last 3 years. Half Marathon time: Under 1.20 for men (1.30 for women) 10 Mile Time: Under 60 mins for men (65 for women)
The 12th and final race in the Intersport Elevsrys/Asics summer series the Ballinameela 5k road race and Fun Run/Walk  which will be held on Friday August 30th at 7.00 pm. registration at Community hall from 6.00 pm. entry fee only 8 euro pre reg and 10 euro on race night. This course is as flat as you could imagine and one which will throw up many 5k PB's.  The race proceeds will be donated to the Local Community Centre and Juvenile GAA club, Showers and  Changing Facilities and of course the important refreshments will be available at the centre afterwards. 
The race organisers would like to thank 
1. Aisleigh Farms (McGrath Family) - Main Sponsor.
2. Venture Clothing (Cathal & Marie Gleason)
3. TOP Oil (James O'Sullivan & Kevin Casey)
4. The Little Milk Company (Conor & Viki Mulhall)
5. Avonmore Protien Milk. (Dan Belton)
Online registration for Ballinameela at link below.
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.
On an ideal evening last Wednesday for the 68th annual BAM sponsored Cork City sports held at the CIT track a good crowd of spectators watched some very competitive track and field events which included top class international athletics on the night. West Waterford AC were delighted to have two athletes competing with Lisa Houlihan finishing a creditable 5th with a vault of 3.10 in the senior ladies Pole Vault and Gary Cantwell finished 12th in a very competitive 3.000 meters race reordering a time of 9.37.78,very well done to Lisa and Gary.
West Waterford athletic club extend sincere sympathy to the family and friends of Jack Mc Grath, New Line, Abbeyside who passed to his eternal reward last week, May he rest in peace.
Running is a kind of investment in yourself.