Senior News

Notes December 03-17

This year’s Christmas charity night at the Forde's Daybreak winter league will take place on Wednesday 13th December. All proceeds from this year’s charity night go to The Dungarvan Lions club Christmas appeal when all monies raised will be donated to the  less fortunate in our local community over this difficult financial time of year for many. All contributions big and small will be most welcome. So remember your €2 and €3 registration fee will go towards this worthy cause, if you want to contribute a little extra on the night it would be greatly appreciated . Please be as generous as you possibly can and thanks as always for your continued support to our winter league Christmas charity night. Why not get in the festive spirit for the event and wear your Christmas hat.
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. John Joe Hayes was the man of the moment last week as he lead the long course runners home in a time of 35.31, he was followed in by Dermot Gough who recorded a time of 38.48.Our first lady finisher last week was Kate Meskell 45.37 finishing 3rd runner home overall on the night, our 4th finisher was back to the male species when Patrick Lannen was our 3rd male finisher in a time of 46.57. The 2nd lady home on the night was Ann Moore 44.53 and our 3rd lady across the line after 5.2 miles of running was Niamh Looby in 47.46. There was also some fine running last week from Tom Condon who is well and truly under that 50 minute barrier now after recording a time of 48.12 last week. Now that 50 minute barrier is our challenge in the coming weeks for Linda Bradfield and Onra Power with both needing to knock off a minute to achieve this, they will then join the sub 50 ranks with Linda Flynn who is now down to 49.10, go on ladies !!!.Paul O'Gorman is teetering on breaking the 45 minutes and is now down to 45.41,it won't be long here either I'd say. Well done last week to Natalie Shaw-Hamilton who smashed the 40 minute barrier when recording an excellent 39.54.and Ciara Burke 39.31 is also now a sub 40 minute long course runner. 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.
Cool, clear conditions awaited the runners for week 4 of the Fordes Daybreak winter league as they gathered at Dungarvan Sports Centre before heading out on the 2.5 mile run. There was a great number out again last Wednesday when 93 runners completed the course, and all are to congratulated for braving the cold but ideal running conditions, especially the runners that were trying out the league for the very first time. it is on cold nights like last Wednesday, that we really appreciate all of our stewards that are out in all conditions to allow us to run each week. Once again this week we had more new faces. We hope this year's league will prove to be very exciting in the coming weeks with so many new faces joining up to take on the challenge. This section of the league, which specifically with first timers and beginners in mind is a manageable distance for most as it covers 2.5 miles in total. After registering make sure to check you off time on the sheets posted on the wall. First home on the night was Shane Flavin in 16.17 followed by Seamus lavin in 18.30 with Ann O'Donovan next in 27.20. Catherine Hickey and Joyce Coffey-Wall both had a super runs when knocking off over 3 minutes to clock 22.46 and 19.53 respectively. Orla Forde and Kim Daly finished together in 23.52. Liam O'Droma will have 20 minutes as a target having run 20.15 last week. Other to record good runs included Triona Cosgrave (22.26), Ciara Donnelly and Roisin Feeney (21.30) and Orla and Mairead Costin (24.38). Fastest time on the night was recorded by Johnny Burkan (15.55) followed closely by Timmy Kiely (15.56). Well done to each and every runner who that took part and remember there is a long way to go and aim to slowly improve. It is important to feel comfortable during the run and as you are coming near the finish line you can increase the pace and finish your run with a push. 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.
A very nice winter league hat will be awarded to participants of this year's league by kind association of our sponsor Fordes Daybreak. All you have to do to attain one of these really nice hats 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 2017/18 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 Sinead O'Rourke. long route- David Traynor.
week 2 winners were short route-Brid Whyte long route- Denis Ryan.
week 3 winners were short route- Karen Coleman - Long Route-Ted O Leary.
week 4 winners were short route -Eoghan O'Neill - long route-Jack Ahearne
The annual charity fun run on St. Stephen’s Day will be held once again this year in association with Dungarvan G.A.A. club.  It’s a fun run comprising of a five mile route and everyone is free to run or walk at whatever pace they feel like. The event gets under way at 11 am. All money donated on the day will go to West Waterford Hospice. There is no set fee as in other races, it’s at each person’s discretion but we ask that runners and walkers give generously. The entries will be taken at the Dungarvan G.A.A. club where soup and sandwiches will be provided after the run. Do come along and bring a friend what else would you be doing on St. Stephens morning .
How the time flies around as its now that time of year when we turn our attentions to indoor track and field and the first of this is immediately after Christmas the Munster indoors when Saturday January 6th we have the under 23 and Junior men's indoors and on Sunday 7th January it's the turn of the ladies junior and under 23's . On Sunday 14th January it's the senior and masters indoors. Please contact Jim Fleming 087-2891151 or Michael Dunford 087-9928887 to be entered, please note no late entries will be accepted by Munster athletics and no entries on the day. Those running indoors please note also that to race you need your membership paid up for 2018 as you will need your registration number to be entered.
The Waterford half marathon was held in ideal weather conditions for the 2.172 finishers last Saturday. The overall winner on the day was Paddy Hamilton Slieve Gullian Runners in a time of 1.06.26, Paddy finished 3rd last year when he ran a time of 1.06.20, Last Saturday he beat last year's race winner Clonliffe Harriers AC Sergiu Ciobanu into second place 1.06.34 with third man home from Kilkenny City Harriers AC Thomas Hayes in1.06.43.First lady cross the finish line was Maria Mc Cambridge Dundrum South Dublin AC in 1.17.45.from Fiona Keogh Kilmore AC 2nd in a time of 1.21.16 and her team mate Jackie Cart Kilmore AC was 3rd in 1.21.40.West Waterford was very well represented in this race once again this year as 55 club members took part. First home on the day for the club was Anthony Flynn 1.16.40 finishing 24th overall. Next was Jason Travers 1.21.30 and our third finisher was Walter Drohan 1.26.28, excellent running from our top 3 runners. Our first lady home was Natalie Sheehan in an excellent time of 1.32.29,she was followed by Deirdre Murphy 1.34.44 (chip time) and third across the line was Sandra Prendergast in 1.34.41 again this was her chip time finish. There were some brilliant other individual performances and person best recorded on the day also ,very well done to all and congratulations to our fiends 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 1.16.40
Jason Travers 1.21.30
Walter Drohan 1.26.28
Ray Hahesy 1.27.03
James Whelan 1.28.04
Tom Leahy 1.29.46
Ted O'Leary 1.30.18
Billy Ryan 1.31.56
Tom Hogan 1.32.28
Natalie Sheehan 1.32.29
Micheál O'Callaghan 1.33.18
Deirdre Murphy 1.34.44
Sandra Prendergast 1.34.41
Noel Drohan 1.34.38
Darren Tutty 1.36.28
Éamonn Cashin 1.36.25
Anthony Dwyer 1.37.25
Martin Tobin 1.38.57
Stephen O'Reilly 1.40.49
Peter Cunningham 1.41.08
Kevin Casey 1.42.26
Cathal Gleeson 1.42.26
Jody Hallinan 1.43.23
Bernie Prendergast 1.44.12
Maria White 1.44.15
Ciara Burke 1.45.15
Davy Tobin 1.44.49
Geraldine Lacy 1.45.59
Ann Dunford 1.46.02
Jim Fleming 1.47.11
Claire Kennedy 1.46.58
Liam Fitzgerald 1.46.24
Sharon Nugent 1.49.31
Debra Doherty 1.50.19
David Regan 1.50.16
Una Fennell 1.51.49
Eileen Heffernan 1.51.50
Sharon Higgins 1.52.19
Noel Hogan 1.53.27
Catriona Kiely 1.52.40
Caroline Ryan 1.53.26
Alan Ryan 1.53.26
Kate Bullen 1.54.17
Colm Ryan 1.54.24
Paul McGrath 1.54.05
Fiona Sinnott 1.54.56
Mag Hearne 1.59.14
Linda Garcia 1.58.10
Neva Hodge 2.00.24
Rose Power 2.03.13
Bryan Hallissey 2.03.56
Áine Foley 2.06.25
Caroline Russell 2.09.13
Michael Coakley 2.32.18
Deirdre Clancy 2.34.21
Huge congratulations last Sunday to young Niall Blackwell who had a brilliant performance to take a deserving silver individual medal at the Munster Junior cross country championships in Beaufort Co. Kerry.
Consistency requires discipline. Force yourself out the door.