Senior News

Notes August 26-18

Minnie’s Fit4Life Summer running league took place over 6 weeks at the St. Augustine's  College (by kind permission).  As usual, conditions were perfect in the Friary as they always are this time of the year and this year, we were blessed with glorious sunshine each night. The runners taking part were a mix of league regulars and a good few  newcomers and over the 6 weeks there were some excellent runs and there were  some great improvements. A huge thanks and well done to everyone that took part on each or any night. Also a massive thank you to our league sponsors, Minnes and also to the Friary for the use of their grounds. Presentation of prizes took place in the Friary after the league on the last night (12th July) and Vincent Tutty along with his sons Calum, Jonathon and Kyle was on hand to do the presentation of behalf of our league sponsors Minnies Bar.
This year's one lap winner was Onra Power on the minimum 5 pts after 5 first places over the 6 weeks. Onra's best time was 8.40 which she ran in week 3. In second on 16 was Joanne Breen. Well done to all our one lap runners.
Yevgeniy Chizhikov was a clear winner of the 2 lap league on 5 points having been first every night. Yev's best time was 15.07 in week 6. In second was James Casey on 11 points with 4 second places and 1 third place. Well done to all our 2 lap runners. Keep it up for the next few weeks and you will be flying for some of the races coming up on the clubs busy calendar.
 Angeline Drennan was a deserving winner of the 3 lap league on 10 points. Angeline's best run was in week 6 when she ran 27.42. Nuala Hogan was second on 16 points. Well done to you all and we hope to see you all at some of the Summer series races.
Sean Stilwell was a clear winner of the 4 lap league. Sean was first home each night and finished up on the minimum 5 points. Sean's best time was recorded on week 6  when he ran 29.22. Second was Jimmy Connors on 10 points from 5 second place finishes. Ray Hahessy won Division 2 on 34 points. Tom Nyhan took division 3 on 55 points.  Well done to all the 4 lappers and remember if you can run the 4 laps in the Friary.  Full details on the series and all runs organised by West Waterford A.C. can be found on and don’t forget also to like our Facebook page to keep up with all club activities.  We also have organized club coaching every Tuesday evening with our Club Coach Irene Clarke if you want to meet up to train with others or get some advice or training plans for upcoming races.  These sessions are based once again in the Friary College and we meet at 6.25pm on Tuesday evenings and all are welcome.Presentation of prizes took place after the league with Vincent, Calum, Jonathon and Kyle Tutty on hand to present the prizes on behalf of league sponsor Minnes Bar.
Thanks to the St Augustine’s College for permitting the league to be held on their grounds and of course to all the crew, Ray, Shirley, Sharon, Ann,Tom and James who helped with the smooth running of the league, not forgetting our sponsor Minnies Bar who have supported us over a long number of years, thanks so much.
 The Garveys Supervalu Autumn League kicked off last Thursday Night in St. Augustine’s College (by kind permission) and as usual, the Friary was in perfect condition for running. We are blessed to be able to use such a fantastic facility for some of our leagues and as a club we are most thankful. The night itself was a near perfect one for running and this was reflected in the times with some super times being clocked. This league runs for 4 more weeks, 30th August and 5th, 12th, 19th September. Anyone is welcome to run the league, all you need to do is come along and register from 6.45 with the league starting at 7 at a cost of just €2. The league caters for all with the option of 1, 2, 3 or 4 laps (with a lap being 1.2 miles – approx 2 km).
First home in the one lap was Ciaran Frisby in 8.25. Ciaran was followed by Alana Power in 12.33 and Sue Genc (13.45). Caoimhe Power and Laura Griffin finished together in 13.56. Orla Casey ran 14.36 with Mary Hogan finishing in 15.50. Well done to all the 1 lap runners – I’m sure there will be some big improvements over the next few weeks.
League Regular, Yevgeniy Chizikov led home the 2 lappers in 16.19. Yev was followed by Micheal Moynihan in 18.58 with Margaret Whelan next in 20.59. Next was Richie Power in 23.30 with Aishling Hourigan and Linda Foley clocking 23.37 and 23.42 respectively. Mary Riordan was next in 27.44. Well done to all the 2 lap runners – I’m sure there will be some great performances in the coming weeks.
Shane O’Riordan was first home in the 3 lap (3.6 mile). Shane was followed by Richie Fitzgerald in 22.14 with Michael Deegan  3rd in 34.32. Well done to all the 3 lap runners – keep up the good work.
After a great battle, first home was Cian O’Riordan in 26.51 just ahead of Colm Costello (26.58). This was super running by the two lads and is roughly 5.35 a mile over the 4.8 miles. It was great to have Colm running with us. Colm is a member of Brother Pearses AC in Dublin and ran the league with on a visit to Dungarvan. In third was Minnies League winner Sean Stillwell in 28.00. Next was James Whelan in an excellent 29.29 and it’s great to see James continuing his good form. First lady finisher was Lucy Holmes in 35.18, followed by Ann Dunford (38.25). Ann finished in a group with Paul Brunnock (fresh from his incredible run over 100 miles), Linda Foley and Liam Fitzgerald. Onra Power and Charlie Lawn finished together in 39.13. Well done to all the 1 lap runners – I’m sure there will be some big improvements over the next few weeks.
Thanks again to our league Sponsor, Garveys. Also massive thanks to the Friary for this use of their fabulous grounds. Thanks also to our crew at the start/ finish, Shirley, Ray and James. Without them, we wouldn’t be able to run these leagues.
The highly successful West Waterford Athletics Club ‘Run to Improve’ programme is back for an autumn session. This is a 6 week plan to get you back running and ready to take on a 5k race or start your build up to the John Treacy 10 mile race. If you can currently run 5k and wish to either improve your time, feel more comfortable over the distance or increase the distance that you can run then this group is for you. There is a fun, social atmosphere with no shouting just encouragement and advice to keep you on track. It is a non intimidating environment and welcoming to all. 6.30-7.30pm commencing 11th September 2018
Where – Meet at The Friary
Who – anyone who can run 5k
Cost - €20 for 6 weeks
For further information and to book your spot please contact Claire Kennedy on (087) 911 6997 or Jim Fleming on (087) 2881151
The Rathcormac 4 mile road race was held last Thursday evening and was hosted by St. Nicholas AC. The overall race winners in both men's and ladies broke the course records  when Colin Merritt (unattached) and Martina Kiely (St Finbarrs AC) set new standards of 20:51 and 23:43, improving on last year's respective records of 21:08 and 25:44.327 completed the event on the night and West Waterford AC were well represented there also. Kate Veale swapped the walkers for  the road runners when she finished a creditable 2nd lady home in 20th place overall with a time of 24.42,Kate was followed home by Ted O'Leary in a time of 25.39.Patrycja Daly was also in action and she completed the course in a time of  33.55, well done to our 3 competitors on the night.
To get yourself in the best possible shape for your goal race a taper is needed to allow the body to adapt from the demands of training. One thing that you can do to help yourself here is get the legs rubbed out and then treat yourself to a soak in a seaweed bath. We are delighted that  Sólás na Mara, local Wellness Centre, have come on board again this year as as an associate sponsor of the Greenway Half marathon. As part of this they are also offering  €10 OFF a Hot Seawater and Seaweed Bath for everyone who partakes in the race. This can be taken anytime between 1st and 16th September as part of either your taper or recovery....or maybe both ! To partake of this offer pre race please book in advance and use the code GREENWAY to avail of this generous offer. For all race finishers a voucher will be in your goody bag to claim your €10 OFF your post race bath. This unique combination of Hot Seawater & our local Seaweed is ideal to draw out the lactic acid build up which is key for your Recovery.  And you get to relax in comfort while the magic ingredients do their work!!  Combine the bath with a post race rub and you'll be back to your optimum running in no time! Call or check out to book your pre / post-race bath or package now.  
As local a business as you will get on the Greenway. The headquarters of Flahavans are a mere stone’s throw from the start line and can be seen as you pass over the picturesque viaduct in Kilmacthomas. Flahavans are a great supporter of West Waterford Athletic Club and have once again come on board as an associate sponsor. Flahavan’s are Irelands oldest Family Food business, operating in Kilmacthomas for over 230 years. They are also the largest oat milling business in the country producing 40 delicious oaty products made here in the county. As well as sponsoring the race on race day they will also be providing post-race glycogen replacement in the form of their highly popular flapjacks. They come in 5 varieties and all are made with natural and wholesome ingredients. Please support our sponsors.....the goody bags wouldn’t be the same without them !
With limited parking around the vicinity of the finish line and St Laurence's hall itself on race day , we are appealing to all our club and indeed all local runners taking part not to park in Ballinroad at all on the morning, leaving as many spaces as possible to our visiting runners. We are asking all runners taking the bus to start in Kilmacthomas to park and assemble at the bus stop at St Augustine's College where Hallahan's buses will be leaving for the start line at 7.30 AM sharp.
You cooperation with this matter is greatly appreciated and will be a huge help to us on the day.
Thank you in advance.
Eurospar Abbeyside have been a great sponsor of the club this year. Only for them we would be standing outside in the cold every Tuesday evening in winter. They have once again come on board as an associate sponsor of the Eurofins Greenway Half Marathon.
If you can at all please give back a little and spend a few Euros in store.
Early morning weather conditions were quite wet with the rain clearing as the race progressed for last Sunday's Clonmel AC promoted Boston Scientific half marathon. A field of 783 finished the 2018 event on the well stewarded and marked course. Then overall race winner was Kevin Maunsell from the host club Clonmel AXC with an excellent course record of 67.14, the first lady home was Linda Grogan Dundrum AC with a time of 1.28.21. West Waterford had a big travelling contingent with 25 athletes completing the course. Our first man home was Walter Drohan in 30th place overall, with a time of 1.25,  following him was Alan Hogan  in a time of 1.26 . Our first Lady finisher was Ann Dunford who had a good run to finish in 1.44.09 and next lady was Angeline Drennan in 1.49.03.Well done to all club members who supported this race .
Walter Drohan 1.25.05
Alan Hogan 1.26.17
Michael Dunford 1.27.12
John Nee 1.34.29
Tom Leahy 1.35.15
Joe Barry 1.38.22
Martin Tobin 1.41.36
Ann Dunford 1.44.09
Pater Cunningham 147.44
Stephen O'Reilly 1.48.06
Angeline Drennan 1.49.03
Joe O'Rourke 1.49.19
Jody Hallinan 1.51.07
Sharon Nugent 1.52.56
Brigid Coffey 1.52.48
Michelle Hynes 1.55.15
Declan O'Callaghan 1.59.23
Katie Bullen 1.59.22
Nuala Hogan 2.02.14
Maria White 2.03.19
Rose Power 2.02.51
Hazel Crowley 2.04.14
Mary Cahill 2.08.51
Michael Coakley 2.27.10
Deirdre Clancy 2.35.14
At first an ordeal and then an accomplishment, the daily run becomes a staple, like bread, or wine, a fine marriage, or air. It is also a free pass to friendship.