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Notes December 09-18

The club’s AGM was held in Merry's Bar last Thursday where a review of a very successful and productive year took place. It was very encouraging to see a good turnout for this year's annual meeting. The chairman Tom Leahy opened proceedings thanking all the committee for their work over the past 12 months, he also  thanked all our sponsors, the Friary College and the coverage the club has in both local papers and he thanked those involved in the club face book and website and the many people outside of the committee who contribute so much to the success of the club on a daily bases. Tom gave special praise to three committee members stepping down this year Karen Ryan, Tony Ferncombe and Jim Fleming who have all contributed greatly to the club over the years, we are delighted also to report that all three will still be actively involved with our club going forward. Our secretary Ann Dunford then gave a full comprehensive report on what was a busy year for the club covering all the major events and accolades won by our members and there were many. Treasurer Sharon Duggan gave a very detailed book of accounts and it see's us in a healthy financial state after a busy year. As mentioned above we thank outgoing committee members for their contribution while on the committee and we welcome on board new committee member Fiona Ormond. We look forward now to yet another year in the life of West Waterford AC, its 26th  in 2019.
Tom Leahy ( Chairman )
Irene Clarke ( Vice Chairman )
Ann Dunford ( Secretary )
Shirley Flynn ( assistant Secretary )
Sharon Duggan  ( Treasurer )
Ray Burke ( assistant Treasurer )
James Veale  ( pro )
Gerry Cantwell
Gregory Fitzgerald
Michael Dunford,
Catriona Kiely,
Fiona Ormond,
Liam O'Donnell,
This year’s Christmas charity night at the Forde's Daybreak winter league will take place on Wednesday 12th December. All proceeds from this year’s charity night go to Saint John's Special school Dungarvan. This great school in our community hardly needs any introduction as we all know of the brilliant work they do with all the young kids with learning difficulties. 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. The great man Santa himself might even turn up on the night you'd never know.
Last Wednesday evenings round 5 of our Fordes Daybreak winter league was once again blessed with what could only be described as a summers evening, almost ,not a buff of wind or a drop of water to be seen it was indeed ideal running conditions. This of course is helping also with the numbers turning up each week so far as the good weather is helping in this regard. A huge thank you again last week to our stewards and their coordinator Karen Ryan who put in many hours over the duration of the league for out health and safety without Karen and her team we wouldn't have a winter league at all, also to our staff on registration and results etc the same sentiments. Our league over the long route was lead home by a Female for the first time this year when Leonora Kiely showed the lads a clean pair of heels coming home with a  time of 39.43.Mother and daughter running the league together for the first time this year Darina and Silvia Ni Sheanlaoich were next home 47.13 and 47.14 respectfully, giving us a one, two, three for the ladies last week.
Patrick Carey was the first male round the long route last week when he ran a time of 49.19 and was followed in by Ted O'Leary in 41,28 with Johnny Burkin next male home in a time of 41.24,just in ahead of Kelly Shalloe who ran 44.14.A total of 176 completed the long route last week and well done to each and every one of those who came along to run. Remember it's still not too late to join us each Wednesday evening at Dungarvan sports centre, the click starts at 6.50 sharp and we have 2 nights remaining before our 2 week Christmas break, don't forget this Wednesday is Charity night so do try and bring a few extra bob if you can at all for a very worthy local charity St. Johns Special School.
Perfect running conditions awaited the runners as they gathered at Dungarvan Sports Centre  for week 5 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 78 runners took up the challenge ,all battling well around the course last week on what was our fifth 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 Gavin Whelan in 15.37. Gavin was followed by Patrycja Daly in 20.23 (Patrycja had dropped down from the long route in preparation for her run at the Clonakilty Marathon). Next was Vicki Mulhall in 25.00 followed by Marcella Scanlan in 25.01 and Brendan Bullen in 19.49. There were some very good improvements on the night including Clodagh Foley (27.17) who knocked off over 2 and a half minutes and Conor Phelan (20.10) who improved by 1.30. Michael Coakley (20.28), Denise De Paor (25.26), Eimear Casey (24.49), John Power (24.01), Collette Bannon (27.15) and Mairead Foley (20.54)  all improved by about 1 minute. Fastest time on the night was once again, Ciaran Frisby in 14.03 (the same as last week)  followed by David Towey in 15.00. Fastest Lady was Lisa McGrath in 17.52 followed by Brigid Coffey in 18.07.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.
The Team Competition in at the Fordes Daybreak Winter League has started with 13 teams registered. The tables will start to take shape over the coming weeks. The scoring is based on the 2 best placed runners on each team each week.
Long Route Teams.
Pavement Princess          Onra Power        Michelle Finnegan           Geraldine Barry
Not fast just furious.       Joe grant             Mark Shalloe     Kelly Shalloe
Father, Son & Holy Spirit              Joe O'Rourke     Jordan O'Rourke              Mark Lenihan
Buachailli Broga               Uinsean O Tuathaigh      Micheal O'Duiginn           Padraig O Muirosa
Gin it to Win it   Hazel Crowley    Cáit Ní Mhurchú              Debra Doherty 
The Moo's          Patrycja Eichelmann       Catherine Keogh              Therese power hickey
Chatterboxes     Deirdre Clancy   Fiona O'Riordan               Angela Tobin
Not a Chance     Yev Chizikov       Michael Moynihan          Gerry Cummins
MJE       Martin Tobin      James Whelan   Eoin Walsh
Short Route Teams.
Curran & Co       Theresa Curran  Elaine Curran     Nicola Mcarthy
MLM     Lorna Murphy   Margarget Whelan          Mary Hogan
JJC          James Foley        James Murray    Clodagh Foley
West Cork Crew               Michael Coakley             Lisa Collins          Conor O'Neill
Having won silver in last year's national 20k walk West Waterford's Kate Veale was in great form last Saturday morning at this year's championships held in St.Ann's Park,Raheny, Dublin. Kate Veale took another huge step back to the top level of race walking when she took gold in a huge new personal best 1.37.54 knocking almost 5 minutes off her previous best .Kate's time also was inside the qualifying times for two significant races in 2019 . The European cup of race walking and the World universities games but she will have to wait as selection will be decided by Athletics Ireland in the near future.Brendan Boyce Finn Valley AC was put to the test in the 20km race by the young Kerry Man David Kenny. Just out of the Junior ranks he was a revelation and looks to have a great future , Boyce dd take the gold with Kenny taking silver and DSD man Jerome Caprice to pick up the bronze medal.  A special feature of the event was a Raheny Shamrocks plaque presented to all competitors,This was much appreciated by the visiting athletes from Spain. Wales, Guatemala Germany and Croatia.Thanks to Pat Hooper and Raheny Shamrocks who organized the days championship racing. Kate now holds the national senior indoor, outdoor and national 20k titles of 2018, a superb  achievement for the Ballinroad lady who is now looking ahead to the coming 2019 season with great enthusiasm with some major events on the calendar, we wish her well.
Kate Veale West Waterford AC 1.37.49
Veronica Burke Ballinasloe and District AC 1.47.00
Rachel Glennon Mullingar Harriers AC 1.56.34
Well done last Saturday to three club members who made the trip to a sunny Lanzarote for the marathon and half marathon.VMick Concannon was in action in the full marathon and ran a time of 3.59.55.While Gerry Cantwell ran the half with a good time of 1.37.16 and Jim Fleming completed the half also in 1.48.00.Well done to all three .
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.
week 5 winners were short route David Towey  -Long Route- Lee Martin.
We're delighted to announce this week along with our event partners Dungarvan GAA club  that plans are at an advanced stage for this year’s St Stephens day annual ‘’Run and Walk ‘’ which this year will be held in aid of the Dane Power Rehabilitation Fund. The event will take place from the Dungarvan GAA club grounds, starting at 11am on St. Stephen’s morning and refreshments will be served afterwards in the club house.  There are two courses available to post Christmas dinner exercise enthusiasts, 2 miles and 5 miles and these are not races but participation events. This event has benefited many causes over the years and this year the both clubs are delighted to support Dane in his continual rehabilitation. Dane played with the Dungarvan club from underage to adult level, giving great service to them on and off the field, and this is an ideal opportunity for all who played with him and the club membership in general and of course all the welcome visitors who are about this time of year to come along on the day to support Dane in his recovery. For now pencil in St. Stephen’s Day, December 26th.
The European Cross Country Championships were held in Tilburg, Netherlands last Sunday and the weather conditions for the days championship racing was very wet and the underfoot conditions was basically a mud bath for the athletes. However it is cross country after all and days like this are to be expected West Waterford AC were represented by Micheal Power on the Irish men's Junior team,it's some years since the club has had an athlete on this team indeed the last was Kate Veale five years ago.Its always a huge honor for an athlete to wear an Irish vest at a major championship event and Micheal gave it his all in very difficult running conditions wen he was the 4th Irish finisher in 60th place In the under 20 men's race where he helped the Irish team to 5th place in the team competition.Well done also to David McCarthy his club mate who is part of the coaching staff on Micheál running group. The U20 women’s 4,300m race kicked off proceedings with a strong Irish presence from the start. Stephanie Cotter (West Muskerry) was at the head of the field early but as things settled it was Sarah Healy (Blackrock) and Emma O’Brien (Sli Cualann) who were in the lead group.Unfortunately Healy took a fall as she looked to be clipped from behind. She fought bravely to make her way back up into contention with O’Brien also in the mix.The medal chances, individually, and for the team, slipped away but it was a good learning curve and good performances nonetheless. The team were only three points off the bronze medla.Emma O’Brien had a brilliant run in 8th in 14:01 with Sarah Healy one place behind in 9th. Stephanie Cotter was 25th to round out the scoring trio with the team 6th on 42 points. Jodie McCann (DCH) was 35, Sophie O’Sullivan (Ballymore Cobh) was 59th and Laura Nicholson (Bandon) was 62nd.The U20 men were next over 6,300m and they produced an excellent fifth place finish in the team standings. Darragh McElhinney (Bantry) put himself in contention early on, and despite a fall, finished 16th in 18:53.Sean O’Leary (Clonliffe Harriers) came through well to finish 18th in 19:01. Jamie Battle (Mullingar Harriers) rounded out the scoring in 21st in 19:03. Micheal Power (West Waterford) was 60th, with Fintan Stewart (City of Derry) 75th and Daire Finn (DCH) 86th.The U23 women also race over 6,300m with conditions getting ever stickier over the technical cross country course. Eilish Flanagan (Carmen) finished 16th in 21:17 after being up in the top ten early on. Her legs were giving out at the finish but she ground it out on her European cross country debut.The team finished 9th with Aoibhe Richardson (KCH) coming through strongly for 25th in 21:32 and Roisin Flanagan (Carmen), twin sister of Eilish, in 41st in 22:04. Fian Sweeney (DCH) followed quickly after in 43rd with Siobhra O’Flaherty (SLOT) 54th and Sorcha McAllister (Westport) 66th. The U23 men’s 8,300m race had all the elements with Ryan Forsyth (Newcastle) agonisingly close to a medal in fourth in 23:49.Forsyth made his intentions clear from early on getting out fast in the opening straight to lead around the tight hairpin turn.The Newcastle athlete didn’t let up throughout and despite being detached from the leading trio, he kicked in hard at the finish and was only one second behind the bronze medal behind France’s Hugo Hay.  The team battled well too and were in the bronze medal position halfway through the race but ultimately had to settle for 6th.Brian Fay (Raheny Shamrock) was next Irish man home in 29th in 24:47 with Paul O’Donnell (DSD) 36th in 24:58. Cathal Doyle (Clonliffe Harriers) was 51st with Jack O’Leary (Mullingar Harriers) 56th and Garry Campbell (Dunleer) 80th.Sara Treacy (Dunboyne) fought hard to finish 26th in the senior women 8,300m in 27:46 with the team finishing 11th. Treacy has battled injuries the last couple of years and was happy to be back competing against the best in Europe.Ciara Mageean (UCD) was next home in 43rd in 28:08, with Michelle Finn (Leevale) 51st in 28:23 for the scoring trio. Annmarie McGlynn (Letterkenny) was next in 57th followed by Fionnuala Ross (Armagh) in 62nd and Kerry O’Flaherty (Newcastle) in 64th. Sean Tobin (Clonmel) finished an excellent tenth in the senior men’s 10,300m in 29:22 with the team finishing 7th.Team captain Kevin Dooney (Raheny Shamrock) was next in 26th in 29:53 with Kevin Maunsell (Clonmel) the third scorer in 34th in 30:11. Kevin Batt (DSD) was 55, Mick Clohisey (Raheny Shamrock), making his tenth European cross appearance, was 67th followed by Damien Landers (Ennis Track) in 78th.The mixed relay over 5,800m was the last event of the day with Paul Robinson (St Coca’s) passing to Siofra Cleirigh Buttner (DSD), to John Travers (Donore Harriers) to Claire Tarplee (St Coca’s) where they finished 9th in 16:40 in a demolition derby style race.It rounded out another consistent championships for Ireland to build a good platform to hosting the European Cross Country Championships in 2020. Lisbon will be next in 2019 but there is an improving repeatability of Irish performances that can help them move in to medal positions.
West Waterford athletic club extend sincere sympathy to the family and friends of Mrs Alice Egan Casey Ville Dungarvan who passed to her eternal reward last week. May she Rest In Peace.
A 10k fun run will be held on Sunday December 30th at 10 am in Kilmacthomas with a  proceeds donated to the Irish Wheelchair Association. Entry fee is 10 euro or donation if preferred. Prizes will awarded to the first 3 men and ladies plus lots of good down the field spots on the day. Registration at Kilmacthomas Rainbow hall in the Village from 9 AM with run starting at 10 am. All are welcome, a cuppa will be available for all after event. Come along and bring a friend to support this worthy charity. Main sponsors are Centra Kilmacthomas, Kirwans Pharmacy Kilmacthomas, Brennan Transport Fews.
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