Senior News

Notes December 02-18

Another big turnout of runners were in action last Wednesday as the Fordes Daybreak winter league continues with week 4 now completed. It plain to see by the times now being recorded on week 4 that the regular league runners are defiantly starting to up the ante with some having knocked off minutes from the first outing at the league 4 weeks ago. Eoin Kenneally was the man of the moment last week as he lead the long course runners home in a time of 47.05, he was followed in by Henry Ryan  who recorded a time of 45.54, our 3rd man to finish last week recording a time of 35.06 for 5th place was Alan Cullen. Our first lady finisher last week was Ingrid Doublet 48.04, finishing 3rd overall on the night and in 4th position overall and 2nd lady home was Gráinne Desmond with a finishing time of 48.10. There was also some fine running last week also from Fiona O'Riordan Deirdre Clancy and Angela Tobin, all three ladies kept good company on the night running 56 minutes.Sean Stilwell was our fastest runner in round 4 as he clipped around the course in a time of 31.39.Father and Son Joe and Jordan O'Rourke are edging very close to the 40 minute mark as both recorded times last week of 42.32. Stanislav Dudek almost broke the 40 minute mark and was just 14 seconds off last week. Claire Cosgrave broke the 60 minute mark last week well done to her on her time of 59.41.We have 4 nights completed but remember we still have another 3 nights to go before Christmas so if you think this might be for you why not turn up any Wednesday evening at Dungarvan sports centre and give it a try, you will be glad you did. Well done to all who ran the 5.2 miles and remember keep up your running over the next few weeks, clock starts at 6.50 pm sharp each Wednesday so check out your starting time which are posted up on our club face book page the day before. Just a quick reminder to all our runners to be careful out on the course and obey the stewards at all times. REMEMBER THAT THE ROADS ARE NOT CLOSED SO BE CAREFUL OF TRAFFIC. For safety, high vis must be worn. Also the rules of the league prohibit the wearing of watches. Anyone not wearing high vis or that is caught wearing a watch won't be included in the results. Best of luck to all tonight and why not bring as friend along.
 Thankfully the wind and rain of earlier in the day had cleared meaning a nice but slightly cold running conditions awaited the runners as they gathered at Dungarvan Sports Centre  for week 4 of the Fordes Daybreak winter league before heading out on the 2.4 mile run.  There was a great number out again last Wednesday when 83 runners took up the challenge, on what was our fourth night of the winter league for 2018. It was great to see some new runners that were trying out the league for the very first time. This section of the league specifically has first timers and beginners in mind and is a manageable distance for most as it covers 2.4 miles in total. After registering make sure to check your start time on the sheets posted on the wall.First on the night was Willie John O'Shea in 16.15 followed by Ellen O'Brien in 18.58 ( a minute improvement by Ellen). Orla Quinlan was next in 20.10. Fourth home was Conor Donovan in 1635  followed by Phil Coffey in 19.14. There were some very good improvements on the night including Criostoir Kenneally (22.19), Mary Hogan (28.25), Elaine Curran (27.10), Patrick Ryan (20.15) and Mary Kinnane (22.58) who all knocked off aroind 90 seconds. Others with significant improvements included Annie O'Brien (24.41) and Conor O'Neill (18.13) who both knocked off about 1 minute. Others who had good runs on the night included Pa Reilly (21.11), Sharon Murray (24.52) and Trevor Walsh (19.28).  Fastest time on the night was once again, Ciaran Frisby in 14.03 followed by David Towey in 14.48. Fastest Lady was Brigid Coffey in 18.08 followed by Lisa McGrath in 18.12.Well done to all who took part, and remember newcomers are always welcome. Just come along to Dungarvan Sports centre on Wednesday Night at 6.30 to register
To celebrate the 25th successive year of our winter league we are currently designing a very special T Shirt to celebrate the milestone year of this unique event. This T Shirt will be awarded to participants of this year's league by kind association with our sponsor Fordes Daybreak. All you have to do to attain one of these really nice once off pieces come February and league end is complete 9 from the 13 nights of the league, and it's yours. It will be worth it believe me.!!!
For the 2018/19 Forde's Daybreak Winter League we have been fortunate enough to have received associate sponsorship from our friends in Top Oil, our own Kevin Casey and James O Sullivan have come on board to generously sponsor 2 €20 vouchers, one for the short route and one for the long route each week.  We decided the best way to allocate the vouchers was to pick the 50th finisher in each route every week and to date we have 6 winners and they are:
week 1 winners were short route Nicola Mc Carthy. long route- Cathal Dwane
week 2 winners were short route Jackie Tobin. long route- Linda Foley
week 3 winners were short route  Oisín Downey- Long Route- Éanna de Faoite
week 4 winners were short route Áine O'Brien -Long route-Phillipa Keating.
The Waterford half marathon was held in ideal weather conditions for the 2.338 finishers last Saturday. The overall winner on the day was Freddie Sittuk Raheny Shamrocks AC  in a time of 1.08.01,Former winner of our own John Treacy Dungarvan 10 Thomas Fitzpatrick Tallaght AC was 2nd in 1.08.05 and 3rd place this year went to Thomas Hayes Kilkenny City Harriers AC in 1.08.12 First lady across the finish line was Lizzie Lee Leevale AC in 1.18.45 from Ruth Fitzgerald Waterford AC  2nd in a time of 1.19.42 and Fiona Keogh Kilmore AC was 3rd in 1.22.01.West Waterford was very well represented in this race once again this year as 68 club members took part. First home on the day for the club was Anthony Flynn 1.18.12 finishing 32nd overall. Anthony was our first finisher in last year's race also.Next was Daryl Kearns in 1.21.24 and our third finisher was Sean Stilwell in a time of 1.22.36, excellent running from our top 3 runners. Our first lady home was Debra Doherty in an excellent time of 1.40.32,she was followed by Ann Dunford in 1.46.47 and third across the line was Bernie Prendergast in 1.48.38,Well done to Bernie as she finished 2nd in her age category and likewise Ray Hahesy in his category.There were some brilliant other individual performances and person best recorded on the day also ,very well done to all and congratulations to our friends in Waterford AC on organising yet again another highly successful half in the city. 
please note results are per west Waterford athletic club listed finisher on official race results.
Anthony Flynn 1.18.12
Daryl Kearns 1.21.24
Sean Stilwell 1.22.36
Shane Power 1.23.05
James Whelan 1.25.28
Walter Drohan 1.26.04
Billy Ryan 1.28.23
Niall Barry 1.28.52
Tomas Mahony 1.30.27
Alan Cullen 1.30.59
Tom Longan 1.31.09
Ray Hahesy 1.32.10
Michael Dwyer 1.32.39
Trevor Mason 1.33.10
Peter Cunningham 1.35.17
Mark Cliffe 1.36.16
Noel Drohan 1.37.01
Gareth Pope 1.37.42
Anthony Dwyer 1.39.03
Liam Kavanagh 1.39.01
Conor Murray 1.38.50
Debra Doherty 1.40.32
Kevin Casey  1.40.39
Cathal Gleeson 1.40.38
Liam Fitzgerald 1.42.07
Martin Tobin 1.43.28
Kevin Ryan 1.45.46
Ann Dunford 1.46.47
Tony Ferncombe 1.47.10
Stephen O'Reilly 1.48.21
Bernie Prendergast 1.48.38
David Regan 1.49.32
Joe O'Rourke 1.50.20
Kate Meskill 1.50.37
Catriona Kiely 1.51.14
Davy Tobin 1.53.05
Geraldine Lacey 1.53.17
Linda Foley 1.53.34
Sinead Ní Fhaolain 1.53.58
Ted O'Leary 1.52.56
Sandra Moore 1.54.57
Patricia Daly 1.57.18
Tomas Horgan 1.57.32
Michelle Horgan 1.57.32
David Mc Nally 1.58.39
Eoin O'Riordan 1.58.41
Alan Ryan 1.59.12
Eileen Heffernan 1.59.14
Caroline Ryan 2.00.11
Marie Dwyer 2.00.31
Hazel Crowley 2.00.21
Cait Verling 2.03.17
Neva Hodge 2.04.07
Maria White 2.03.40
Michelle Cunningham 2.03.47
Eleanor Casey 2.03.54
Linda Garcia 2.05.01
Catherine Condon 2.06.51
Paula Collins 2.07.49
Carol Pope 2.08.26
Rose Power 2.09.01
Sharon Nugent 2.10.13
John Roche 2.12.30
Mary Cahill 2.13.09
Noelle Conway 2.24.26
Marie Moore 2.24.26
Deirdre Clancy 2.36.30
Terri Gough 2.40.24
The Athletics Ireland Irish Life Health national awards were held last Thursday evening and a number of committee members and friends representing West Waterford athletic club were present. It was a great evening enjoyed by all in attendance and what made it even a better evening for us was the fact that the club were awarded not one but two national awards. A great applause echoed round the Crown Plaza hotel in Blancharstown when the announcement came from the events host Greg Allen that we were to received the award for Development club of the year and shortly after this came the other award when the evergreen Joe Gough was presented with the Master athlete of the year. A memorable day for both Joe and the club, congratulations to all associated with our club and the great ongoing work taking place at both Juvenile, Senior and masters level.
Irish Life Health National Athletics Awards
Award Winners
Hall of Fame: Mary Purcell
Lifetime Services to Athletics: Paddy Marley
Athlete of the Year: Thomas Barr (Ferrybank)
Endurance Athlete of the Year: Alex Wright (Leevale)
U20 Athlete of the Year: Sommer Lecky (Finn Valley)
U23 Athlete of the Year: Matthew Behan (Crusaders)
Track & Field Athlete of the Year: Thomas Barr (Ferrybank)
Performance Club of the Year: Clonliffe Harriers
Services to Coaching: Eamon Harvey
Official of the Year: Sean Callan
Team of the Year: Women’s U20 4x100m Relay Team
Inspirational Performance of the Year on Irish Soil: Phil Healy
Development Club of the Year: West Waterford A.C.
Mountain Runner of the Year: Sarah McCormack (Clonliffe Harriers)
Master Athlete of the Year: Joe Gough (West Waterford)
Ultra-Athlete of the Year: Aidan Hogan (Rising Sun)
Schools Athlete of the Year: Sarah Healy (Holy Child Killiney/Blackrock), Aaron Sexton (Bangor Grammar/North Down)
University Athlete of the Year: Elizabeth Morland (DCU/Cushinstown)
Special Recognition Award: Frank Greally
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