Senior News

Notes August 27-17

The Ballinameela 5k race and fun run was held last Friday evening and a good field of 110 runners and many walkers took part in the well organised event. The Ballinameela course was reputed to be as fast a 5k as you can get and this proved to be the case with quite a few personal best times recorded on the night. Our honorary race started on the night was Owen Phelan and bang on 7 pm Owen sounded the starters whistle to get the field of runners and walkers on their merry way. Our thanks to Owen for coming along on the night to start the race.From the whistle West Waterford's Raivis Zakis stole a march on the field and raced through the first mile km in a fast 2.57 in a clear lead with Daryl Kearns 80 meters behind and Marc Flavin a tad behind Daryl in 3rd spot all these three West Waterford AC athletes were to remain in these positions for the remainder of the race as this is how they finished stood crossing the finish line back at the Ballinameela GAA club grounds , Raivis clocked 6.08 for 2nd km and 9.27 for the 3rd he clipped through the 4th km in 12.50 crossed the finish line in a time of 16.09,excellent  running on this fast flat course. In the ladies race it was Sally Forristal St. Josephs AC Kilkenny who was to take the podium position as she like Raivis broke clear of the ladies field from the start line and came home untroubled in a good time of 18.27 which is well under 6 minutes per mile pacing. Sally was 4th overall in the race also.2nd lady home was recent winner of the summer series Kate Veale West Waterford AC and Kate also ran well finishing 12th overall in the race with a time of 19.33 our 3rd lady home on the night was Sinead Kelly St Abbotts in 20.41.Wel done to all who participated on the night and do spread the word about this very good fast course and superbly organised race. The race organisers under the watchful eye of Mark Cliffe would like to sincerely all the Stewards and indeed all the people in the community who helped in any way last Friday evening, from those who made all the lovely sandwiches, cakes, buns etc., the people who served the teas and coffees, to all our own team looking after  registration, the timing, presenting of prizes, Lead Van etc., all the race sponsors sponsors Avonmore Protein Milk, The Little Milk Company, Top Oil - Fueling Ireland, Flahavans and Venture Clothing who provided the prizes, protein milk, flapjacks etc. for the event. Thanks to  John, Dave and Conor Coleman who took the photos , Jamie Mills who ensured the Course was safe with signage, Km Markers traffic cones etc, Gerry Cantwell who officially measured the course, Niamh for being lead cyclist. Ballinameela Community Centre Committee for their support and for arranging all the food, refreshments, changing and shower facilities, car parking, Ballinameela GAA Club for their help with Parking Marshals, Route Marshals and general support for the event, and Finally, each and every person who came along  and took part in the Ballinameela 5k Race and Family Fun Walk. They hope you all enjoyed the event.Finally thanks to the two gentle men who made the presentations of prizes to the winners on the night James Maher Ballinameela GAA club chairman and Mathew Fogarty Ballinmeela community hall chairman
Prize Winners
1st Raivis Zakis West Waterford AC 16.09
2nd Daryl Kearns West Waterford AC 17.07
3rd Marc Flavin West Waterford AC 17.40
Junior Ruari Cusack N/A 22.23
1st Sally Forristal St. Joseph's AC 18.27
2nd Kate Veale West Waterford AC 19.33
3rd Sinead Kelly St. Abbott's AC 20.41
Our third “1 Mile Challenge” took place last Tuesday night (22/8/17) and a great crowd of 40 runners took up the Challenge. It is a different task to take on than the usual road races over longer distances as while it is much shorter, the intensity is much higher. It really is a test of speed and endurance. Over the summer, we held 3 “1 Mile Challenge’s” and it has been something different for those taking part. One was held in June, July and August. The runners assembled at the Greenway car park in Ballinroad and following a warm-up headed to the start on the Clonea Road. The runners then set off in groups at intervals so that runners with similar targets head off together.The fastest runner on the night as was the case in July, was Dzintars Klava in an incredibly fast 4.45 (exactly the same as he ran in July). 2nd fastest was Alan Hogan in 5.11 (a 3 second improvement) followed by Ray Hahessy in 5.13. James Whelan had an excellent run clocking 5.31. Fastest Lady on the night was Kate Veale in an excellent 5.39 with Catriona Lee next in 6.14 followed by Bridgid Coffey and Debra Doherty in 6.36.As this was the last night of the "1 Mile Challenge", the overall prizes were awarded. The fastest man was Dzintars Klava in 4.45 (which he clocked in runs 2 and 3). The fastest lady was Kate Veale with a time of 5.30 (which she ran in run 2). The most improved man over the series was Tommy Lenihan with Angela Tobin being the most improved lady.Also many thanks to our crew who helped out on each of the nights, Irene, Claire. James, Ray, Tom and Jim.
With the summer series now behind us and the evening light drawing in our thoughts start turning towards the club's annual winter league event and this coming winter league see's it entering its 24th year. The club committee have been working away behind the scenes in organising this year's event and are delighted to say that Forde's Daybreak on the Youghal Road have committed to sponsoring this great event for the coming league.  Registration night this year will be on November 1st.The following week the league will begin officially on November 8th. We will provide more information in the coming weeks but for now all you need do is pencil the date into your diary.
The club's 24th  annual Cross Country event of the year takes place on Sunday October 1st at St. Augustine's College with a 12 noon starting time. As in previous years the race is open to all and caters for all levels of runners from elite runners, club runners, fun runners and joggers, all are more than welcome. The overall winner will have his name inscribed on the James Hughes perpetual cup The race itself will see the men cover 5 laps of the Friary grounds (8k) and the ladies will cover 4k in total. There will be prizes on offer in the usual categories. The race also incorporates the county senior championships for men and women.
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.
So it's all systems go for yet another inaugural club event, on this coming Saturday morning at 9am when many will be taking their weekend lye in 500 hardy souls will be in Kilmacthomas lining up for the 13.1 mile race the West Waterford Greenway half marathon which will finish in Ballinroad. This event the very first of its kind on the already famed greenway has really caught the imagination of runners locally and from various other parts of the country as within in a day or so of the race entries opening it was completely full when the target 500 was reached. The club committee have been working diligently behind the scenes to make this a memorable day for all especially our visiting athletes, many will be having their very first run on the greenway and we hope it will a memorable one for them and that they will come back with more family members in the future to visit Waterford's Gem. We hope now that the man above will look down on us favourably and give us a good fine dry day with no wind so we can show off this amazing amenity on our doorstep which is there to be enjoyed by all.
The prizes for this race will be as follows. 1st 5 Men and Women
Ladies Categories
1st and 2nd O/35, 40, 45, 50, 55, 60
1st O/65
1st Junior
1st and 2nd O/40, 45, 50, 55, 60, 65
1st O/70
1st Junior
We will also have 2 Men’s and 2 Ladies team prizes with first 3 finishing positions to score.
Note: Cash prizes will be given to the Men’s and Ladies winners and all category prizes will be vouchers.
Race Pack.
Your race pack containing your number and a baggage tag will be posted this week please ensure to bring it with you on race day. Numbers will be blue for men and pink for ladies and will be marked with your age category and your first name. For this reason we plead with runners not to transfer numbers as this ultimately delays prize-giving and race results. If you forget your number on the day there will be a help desk facility at Ballinroad Hall to look after these runners. If any information on your number is incorrect please contact My Run Results directly on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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.
It ceases to amaze me how they do it and it is astonishing to apprehend how Terri Gough completed 4 back to back marathons over four days last week. Terri who has completed well over 100 marathons to date was at the 105 mile Extreme North Quadrathon event in Inishowen Co. Donegal. Held over very hilly mountain terrain for many of the course's which included Mamore Gap Terri in the Ladies over 70 category completed all four in the following times Day 1 Kinnego Bay 17th August 5.59. Day 2 Malin Head 18th August 6.10 Day 3 Mamore 19th August 6.24 Day 4 Muff 20th August 6.23.The energy and enthusiasm of this remarkable Lady is infectious when you meet and talk running with her and she has plans for many more in creditable adventures in the sport , keep her lit Terri.!!!  
The highly successful West Waterford AC ‘Lets Run’ programme, in conjunction with Waterford Sports Partnership,  is back with a NEW LUNCHTIME SESSION. This is an 8 week plan to go from no running to being able to run 5k. Our aim is for everyone to leave each class feeling good and having enjoyed the run. 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 the start of November. If you have always wanted to run but have never tried it then this is the programme for you. It will be a great challenge for Autumn and is also ideal if your fitness routine has slipped over the summer and you want to get back into a fitness routine before Christmas. If you are doing this during your lunch break shower facilities will be available for anyone who needs them.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. It is a non intimidating atmosphere and welcoming to all. Some of the comments from previous groups
‘Atmosphere was good, can run at your own pace’
‘Everyone was really encouraging’
‘Learning to pace really helped’
When – Tuesdays 1.10-1.55pm commencing 12th September 2017
Where – Dungarvan 
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 Irene Clark on (086) 8242348. Places are limited so please book in advance.
Well done to club member Onra Power who achieved her ambition of making it in the top 30 finishers overall in the Ballycotton summer series of road race. Onra who is a regular at these events in the East Cork village for many years finished 23rd overall in this year's series in the ladies section, receiving the special top 30  finishers T Shirt a prized possession. Onra recorded a new personal best for 5 miles in the final race in Ballycotton itself on the final night, for the record her 4, 5 mile times over the summer series read as follows. 39:46,38:41,38:36, 38:22 .Well  done Onra. Well done also to Mossie Keogh whom finished 12th overall in the men's section of the series and Ted O'Leary who made the top 50 men when finishing 45th overall.
If I can do it, other people can do it, too.