Senior News

Notes August 21-16

The 17th annual GlaxoSmithKline 5 mile road race took place last Friday evening in damp and breezy conditions which wern't ideal for running and made fast times difficult to achieve.  A huge field of 210 finishers took on the run on the night. The GSK race is always one of the most popular rases around as the good course and good organisation by the hard working race comitee in GSK always lead to a great event. The race organisers at GlaxoSmithKline put in tremendous work each year for this race and they can be well pleased again this year with the race itself going off superbly well and it's their ground work and pre race organisation which see's the runners speak with their feet and come along each and every year to support their efforts and of course by running the race they also contribute to a worthwhile charity as well. The race, this year as was the case in 2015, was the final race in the annual Ger Wyley Sports/SKINS summer series. We thank the race committee at GSK, to 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 to the finest detail. Of course the big winners at this race each and every year of its 17 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 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. To the Gardai for their help with the event, Thanks to Liam O Donnell and Martin Drake who gave a hand again on van duty and to the Dave Coleman for his photography work, a special thanks to Conor Norris and Jamie Mills for his help ensuring the road was safe for the runners on the night. A word of thanks also to our overall sponsors of the series Ger Wyley sports and SKINS. We will feature a full end of series report in next week's notes.
James Ledingham has been in great form recently winning a number of 5k races on the East Cork circuit.  Last friday night he stepped up  to the 5 mile distance and continued his good form. From the gun a small group of athletes including James Ledingham, Danny Smyth, David Ryan, and Ruari O'Donnell lead the field shortly after the starters whistle sounded and by the end of Boreenarua they had already 100 meters on the large chasing pack. The leaders passed through the first mile in 5.19. During the second mile, James Ledingham made his move and eased away from the others going through 2 miles in 10.46. From here James kept his lead going through 3 miles in 16.12 and 4 miles in 21.35 before finishing in 27.03. Danny Smyth of Ballynonty battle through to finish 2nd in 27.26 just 6 seconds claer of David Ryan of Clonmel AC who finished in 27.32. In 4th was Ruari O'Donnell of Ferrybank AC in 28.14 who just pipped John Murphy of Grange Fermoy by 1 second. The age categories were keenly fought with only seconds separating athletes in many cases. PJ Scollard of Waterford AC was 1st over 40 in 28.30. Ger Murray claiming the over 45 section in 30.15. Ray Hahesy West Waterford AC defended his over 50 title clocking 29.47 (32 seconds faster than his winning time from 2015) .West Waterford’s Gerry Cantwell was1st Over 55 in 33.54 with another West waterford Athlete Joe Gough claimed the O/60 in 33.22.  Niall Blackwell of West Waterford AC was the winner of the Junior men’s prize in an excellnet 29.46. Well done to all prize winners.
1 James Ledingham WWAC 27.03
2 Danny Smith Ballynonty AC 27.26
3 David Ryan Clonmel AC  27.32
4 Ruari O'Donnell Ferrybank AC 28.14
5 John Murphy Grange Fermoy 28.15
1st O/40 PJ Scollard Waterford AC 28.30
1st O/45 Ger Murray 30.15
1st O/50 Ray Hahessy WWAC 29.47
1st O/55 Gerry Cantwell WWAC 33.54
1st O/60 Joe Gough WWAC 33.22
1st Jnr Niall Blackwell WWAC 29.46
There was a huge turnout of Ladies for this year's race. last Friday it was the turn of Sylvia Malone Waterford AC who ran an excellent time of 30.01 to claim victory at the GlaxoSmithKline 5 event. In second place on the night was last years winner, Adele Walsh  of St. Senans AC in 30.09. Just 8 seconds sepearted the two and Adele's time in finishing second was approx a minute faster than her winning time last year which show the quality of this years race. Joan Ennis Grange Fermoy took third place in 31.48. Sinead Brannigan of Waterford AC took fourth in 34.55 just ahead of Carricks Mary Molloy who was 5th in 35.12. Laura Flavin (WWAC) finished in 35.23 to take the over 35 Ladies prize. Linda Murphy of Grange Fermoy was 1st Over 40 in 36.08 with Bridget Coffey 1st Over 45 in 38.24. Clonmel AC's Anna Byrne claime the over 50 prize in 35.16 with Margarte Conway of West Waterford AC taking the over 55 prize in 41.27. Finally our ladies Junior prize went to Orna Keane in 43.17. Well done to all our ladies prize winners and participants.
1 Sylvia Malone Waterford AC 30.01
2 Adele Walsh St. Senans AC 30.09
3 Joan Ennis Grange Fermoy 31.48
4 Sinead Brannigan Waterford AC 34.55
5 Mary Molloy Carrick on Suir AC 35.12
1st O/35 Laura Flavin WWAC 35.23
1st O/40 Linda Murphy Grange Fermoy 36.08
1st O/45 Brigid Coffey  38.24
1st O/50 Anna Byrne Clonmel AC 35.16
1st O/55 Margaret Conway WWAC 41.27
1st Jnr Orna Keane 43.17
Congratulations to Dzintars Klava and Catriona Lee who won the prizes on the night for first GSK finishers outside individual prize winners.
Congratulations to club members  Raivis Zakis and Philip Harty who recorded a great double last Saturday morning at the East Cork Half and full marathon race. Raivis took on the full marathon event which he won in a time of 2.51.44 while Philip ran the half and he also took the laurels  here in a time of 1.15.41. The course was a very undulating one with tough conditions. Well done to both athletes.
The first night of the Garvey’s Supervalu Autumn League will take place on Thursday 1st September 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: Sept 1st,8th , 15th,22nd,29th.
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
This year's race takes place on this coming Friday August 26th, walkers setting off at 6:15pm and runners at 7pm.Entry for runners and walkers is 10 euro.se2 have sponsored cash prizes for the 1st, 2nd and 3rd males and females home along with cash prizes for the first over 40 and 50 male and female finishers. The first male and female home will also be presented with the perpetual Liz Hayes Memorial Trophy along with a smaller trophy to be kept by the winner. Once again we will have a large number of fantastic spot prizes generously sponsored by local businesses, giving everyone taking part in the race or walk a good chance of winning a prize. John O'Shea will be providing the entertainment on the night. There will also be a wide range of refreshments served after the race in the nearby Community Centre where the prize giving will also take place.All funds raised will be given to the Ballyduff Community Centre Redevelopment Fund.This is a very scenic course along the country lanes around Ballyduff, with a great atmosphere, fine refreshments and a large number of fantastic prizes.
The National Masters track and field championships were held last Sunday in Tullamore and there was some success for the club in this years event.Gregory Fitzgerald took silver in the 200m over 45 category with a time of 25.76 and later finished 5th in the 400 in 57.29.Michael Tutty competed over 50 in the Javelin and he took silver with throw of 33.01.Gregory and Michael were our only medalists on the day which saw some very stiff opposition in all categories. Yevgeniy Chizhikov ran over 45 in the 800 and he finished 7th with a Time of 2.17.43.Diana Chizhikova was our only female competition and she competed in the ladies over 35, 3000m and finished just outside the medals in 4 place in a time of 12.29.87.Likewise Harry O Brien competed in the over 50, 800m and like Diane was just outside the medals in 4th place with a time of 2.17.19. Our final competitor was Ray Hahesy over 59, running the 5000m finishing 6th with a time of 18.09.89.Well done to all athletes who represented their club at these championships. 
Following on from the success of our ‘Lets Run’ programme earlier this year West Waterford AC is delighted to announce ‘Lets Run 2’ commencing 6th September 2016. This is an 8 week mentored programme that will introduce you to our wonderful world of running. During the 8 weeks you will be guided by our professionally qualified coaches and we will hold your hands through the entire programme so that you can become the runner you do not wish to admit you are. The programme will culminate in everyone being able to run 5k by Halloween.If you have always wanted to run but have never tried it then this is the programme for you. It will be a great post summer challenge and is also ideal of your fitness has slipped over the summer and you want to get back into a fitness routine.We do not expect you to be fit but we do need you to be healthy so if you have any health concerns please get clearance from your GP before you join us. There will be a fun, social atmosphere with no shouting just encouragement and advice to keep you on track. We subscribe to the ‘Sean Kelly School of weather’ whereby we do the training and then decide afterwards if the weather was unsuitable. Unless you are struck down we expect to see you every week. Running in all types of weather conditions make for good running character so commit to the 8 weeks and don’t let yourself down. 
When – Tuesdays at 630pm commencing 6th September 2016
Where – Meet at the Friary
Who – anyone who wants to be able to run 5k. In 8 weeks you will be ‘a runner’
Cost - €30
For further information & to book your spot please contact Claire Kennedy on (087) 9116997 or Irene Clark on (086) 8242348. Places are limited so please book in advance
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