Senior News

Notes August 20-17

The 18th annual GlaxoSmithKline 5 mile road race took place last Friday evening. We were very lucky that the heavy showers witnessed throughout the evening abated for an hour or so and the race went ahead in breezy by dry conditions. A good field of 183 finishers took on the run on the night, slightly down on the previous year but the wet and windy weather throughout the day didn't help here. The GlaxoSmithKline race is always one of the most popular races on the road running calendar, because the course is a good flat one and the runners who participate know that the race organisation by the hard working race committee in GSK always top notch. The race once again this year  was the final race in the annual Intersport Elverys/Asics summer series for 2017. We thank the race committee and all the management and employees at GlaxoSmithKline especially the race committee of 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 18 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, The Make a Wish Foundation who received a very handsome cheque of €4000. Race committee member Micheál Callaghan spoke on behalf of the race organisers 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, Staff at Dungarvan Crystal centre and all our own crew, who ensured the smooth running of the race. Our thanks to Aidan Callaghan 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. We will feature a full end of series report in next week's notes.
Kevin O'Leary East Cork AC  has been in great form throughout the summer months and has won quite a number of our road races here in West Waterford over the period. Kevin continued in that vein last Friday evening when he took race 11 and the final race in this year's summer series. From the gun a small group of athletes including Kevin, Niall Blackwell, Noel Murphy, Raivis Zakis and a few others lead the field shortly after the starters whistle sounded and by the end of Boreenarua this group were more or less still together and had 80 meters on a large chasing pack. The leading group sailed by mile one in 5.10,As the race hit the 2nd mile ( 10.30 ) Kevin O'Leary decided not to hang around any longer and he immediately upped the tempo and soon found himself detached out in front from the group of early leaders. From here Kevin kept up a strong pace and was opening his lead with every step, out on his own he clocked through 3 miles in 15.45 and then 4 miles in 21.10 going on to cross the finish line in a time of 26.42.Noel Murphy held ion well to take that 2nd placing in a time of 27.15 and Raivis Zakis just 3 seconds behind took 3rd in 27.18.In 4th was Alan Kinsella who pound for pound is without question the most improved runner in the series this year as he recorded a excellent 27.52. Nigel Sheehan Youghal AC was just a further 3 seconds behind Alan as he was clocked at 27.55.The age categories were keenly fought with only seconds separating athletes in many cases.Dzintars Klava West Waterford AC was 1st over 40 in an impressive 27.58.  John O'Callaghan Eagle AC took the over 45 section in 28.18. Ray Hahesy West Waterford AC defended his over 50 title for the 3rd year in succession clocking 30.18. Waterford’s Darrell Hale was 1st Over 55 in 32.44 with another West Waterford Athlete doing a back to back when Joe Gough claimed the O/60 in 31.45 for the 2nd year in succession. Conor Sheil Waterford AC was the winner of the Junior men’s prize in an excellent 28.38.  Well done to all prize winners.
 Men's Results.
1 Kevin O Leary East Cork A.C. 26.42
2 Noel Murphy Waterford A.C 27.15
3 Raivis Zakis West Waterford A.C. 27.18
4 Alan Kinsella West Waterford A.C. 27.52
5 Nigel Sheehan Youghal A.C. 27.55
Men's Categories
1st O/40 Dzintars Klava West Waterford A.C. 27.58
1st O/45 John O Callaghan Eagle A.C. 28.18
1st O/50 Ray Hahesy West Waterford A.C. 30.18
1st O/55 Darryl Hale Waterford A.C. 32.44
1st O/60 Joe Gough West Waterford A.C. 31.25
1st Junior Conor Sheil Waterford A.C. 28.38
There was an excellent turnout of Ladies for this year's race and the winning time was of a high standard.  Adele Walsh St Senan's AC who is one of the leading lights in the organisation of the recent Waterford Viking Marathon, turned from organising to competing last Friday evening in the GSK 5 and this she also did to perfection when recording a personal best 30.04 to take a resounding victory, proving once again that this course is a good course for recording those best times and this was despite quite a stiff breeze on the night. A deserving win for the south Kilkenny woman who had finished runner-up in this race last year when she clocked a time of 30.09, and for the record Adele won the race two years ago in 2015.In second place on the night was another south Kilkenny athlete Sally Forristal St. Joseph's AC also a good time which on another occasion would be fast enough to win most 5 mile road race's. Local lady Kate Veale West Waterford AC took third place in 32.06. and yet another Kilkenny lady Elaine O Donovan St Josephs A.C. 32.52 team mate of Sally's took 4th place in a time of 32.52.Sandra Prendergast West Waterford AC also had a good run on the night making the podium position when finishing 5th in 33.51.Eveleen Drohan Ind finished in 36.30 to take the over 35 Ladies prize. Kate Murray Crusaders AC was 1st
Over 40 in 36.24 with Brigid Coffey West Waterford AC was 1st Over 45 in 37.21 which was a good improvement on her finishing time last year of 38.24 when she also won this category. West Waterford's Onra Power was once again among the prize winners when she took the over 50 prize in 38.39 and Kathleen Kennedy Waterford AC won the over 55 prize in 43.22. Well done to all our ladies prize winners and participants.
 Ladies Results.
1 Adele Walsh St Senans AC 30.04
2 Sally Forristal St Josephs AC31.19
3 Kate Veale West Waterford A.C. 32.06
4 Elaine O Donovan St Josephs A.C. 32.52
5 Sandra Prendergast West Waterford A.C. 33.51
Ladies Categories
1st O/35 Eveleen Drohan N/A 36.30
1st O/40 Kate Murray Crusaders AC 36.24
1st O/45 Brigid Coffey West Waterford A.C. 37.21
1st O/50 Onra Power West Waterford A.C. 38.39
1st O/55 Kathleen Kennedy Waterford A.C. 43.22
Congratulations to Shane Power, Dermot Ryan, Adrian Aspel, Martin Tobin, Caolan Flynn, Catriona Lee, Sharon Nugent, Fiona Sinnott, Siobhan O'Neill and Linda Flynn, who won the prizes on the night for first GSK finishers outside individual prize winners.
 The first night of the Garvey’s Supervalu Autumn League will take place on Thursday 31st 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 31st,September 7th , 14th,21st,28th.
 Water Stops.
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 cups 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!
The Finish Line.
When you complete your run please proceed through the finish tunnel where you will receive your goody bag and specially commissioned Greenway Medal. 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 along the road via the Rugby Club and not back against the finishing runners.
Post Race Refreshments and Showers
Prize-giving and refreshments will take place immediately after the race in Ballinroad Hall. There will be showers and changing available by kind permission in Ballinroad  Soccer Club.
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)
Introducing another new race to the busy local road racing calendar-The Ballinameela 5k road race and Fun Run/Walk  will be held on Friday August 25th 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 Prizes will be 1st 3 men and women plus lots of down the field spot prizes. The race proceeds will be donated to the Local Community Centre. Showers and  Changing Facilities and of course the important refreshments will be available at the centre afterwards. The race organisers would like to thank Avonmore Protein Milk, Venture Clothing and Top Oil for their kind sponsorship towards this event. 
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Weather conditions were not too bad despite a little rain later in  the race for last Sunday's Clonmel AC promoted Boston Scientific half marathon. A field of 677 finished the 2017 event on the well stewarded and marked course. West Waterford had a big travelling contingent with 23 athletes completing the course. Our first man home was Dermot Ryan in 14th place overall, with a time of 1.19,this was almost 2 minutes faster than Dermot's finishing time of 2016, following him was name sake Colm Ryan in a time of 1.20.and likewise Colm was over a minute faster than last year which gave him 19th place overall. Our first Lady finisher was Angeline Drennan who had a great run to finish in 1.43 and not too far behind Angeline was Ann Dunford 1.45. Rose Power is another very worthy of a mention as she clipped 6 minutes of last year's time when in 2016 she ran a time of 2.07 and Sunday knocked that down to 2.01.Well done to all 23 club members who supported this race .
Dermot Ryan 1.19.27
Colm Ryan 1.20.40
Michael Moloney 1.23.12
Michael Dunford 1.23.33
Mossie Keogh 1.24.17
Jimmy Connors 1.24.42
Joe Barry 1.38.30
Angeline Drennan 1.43.14
Ann Dunford 1.45.16
Jody Hallinan 1.45.38
Liam Costin 1.46.34
Geraldine Lacy 1.48.33
Joanne Dunford 1.50.08
Linda Garcia 1.54.22
Mairead Flynn 1.54.49
Catriona Kiely 1.56.17
Rose Power 2.01.28
Emma Murphy 2.03.50
Jenny Murphy 2.07.09
Aine Foley 2.08.37
Eleanor Casey 2.08.43
Mary Cahill 2.09.29
David O'Leary 2.30.22
The Manchester international track and field meet was held last night Wednesday at the Etihad stadium and a full programme of events kept the large crowd well entertained  throughout the 5 hours of competition. West Waterford's Kate Veale was a member of the Squad of Irish walkers who participated. The event was over 3.000 meters with good competition racing. Welsh walker Heather Lewis and England's Leeds based Erica Kelly broke clear from a group of 3 which included Kate around the half way mark .These two worked well together and drew away from Kate with Lewis taking the win by 300's of a second from Kelly in a sprint finish and Kate tool that third place in 13.29,a good walk and another time improvement her fastest in quite a while, keep up the good work. 
1.Heather Lewis Wales 13.15.52
2.Erica Kelly England 13.15.88
3.Kate Veale Ireland 13.29.21
4.Sarah Glennon Ireland 14.42.22
5.Ester Montaner England 14.45.68
6.Rachel Glennon Ireland 15.05.57
7.Ana Garcia Spain 15.22.21
8.Molly Davey England 16.00.36
9.Natalie Myers England 16.13.11 
10.Megan Stratton Thomas  Wales 16.53.25
11.Pagen Spooner England 17.18.07
Running changed my life and brought it into balance. I now feel as though my entire essence, body, and soul is centered.