Senior News

Notes December 10-17

The club’s AGM was held in Minnie’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. 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. We thank outgoing committee members for their contribution while on the committee and we welcome on board new committee members Ray Burke and Gregory Fitzgerald for 2018. We look forward now to yet another year in the life of West Waterford AC, its 25th.
Tom Leahy ( Chairman )
Tony Ferncombe ( Vice Chairman )
Ann Dunford ( Secretary )
Karen Ryan ( assistant Secretary )
Sharon Duggan  ( Treasurer )
Ray Burke ( assistant Treasurer )
James Veale  ( pro )
Gerry Cantwell
Gregory Fitzgerald
Michael Dunford,
Catriona Kiely, 
Shirley Flynn,
Liam O'Donnell,
Jim Fleming,
Irene Clark,
This year’s Christmas charity night at the Forde's Daybreak winter league will take place tonight Wednesday 13th December. All proceeds from this year’s charity night go to Dungarvan Lions club Christmas appeal. All contributions big and small will be most welcome. So remember your €2 and €3 registration fee tonight 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 , Santa will be around also to welcome home the runners on the night and he might even bring along some goodies for all the good runners. HO HO HO !!
Damp and Blustery conditions awaited the runners for week 5 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 74 runners completed the course, and all are to congratulated for braving the elements on what was a tough night for running, especially the runners that were trying out the league for the very first time. It is on wet 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. The Short Route is organised specifically with first timers and beginners in mind as 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 Martin Hayes in 17.06. It was good to see Martin back in action after an injury. Second on the night was Darren Mulcahy in 18.18 followed by Melissa Lannigan in 26.41. Linda Foley knocked off more than a minute when running 23.01. Liam O'Droma will be happy with his run of 19.18 having broken the 20 minute barrier as will Kelly Cantwell who did the same when finishing in 19.20. Other to record good runs included Carol Tobin (24.28), Kate Ahearne (25.36), Michael Coakley (22.37), Carmel Hourigan (26.43) and Angela Barry (23.43). Fastest time on the night was recorded by Conor Coleman (15.04) followed closely by David Towey (15.21). 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.
It was a night you wouldn't put a milk bottle out for last Wednesday evenings round 5 of our Fordes Daybreak winter league but none the less there was a good turnout of runners who faced the high winds and rain which greeted them out on the long course run. 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. Despite the inclement weather last week this didn't deter some excellent times recorded by many. Colligans Jason Dunford in a time of 38.41 lead home the long course runners last week and hot on his heels was another footballing great Gary Hurney just a second behind 38.42.Eleanot Casey lead home the ladies in 48.12 and Sinead De Faoite was next to her in 47.57.The quickest runner on the night was Mossie Keogh with a fast time in the conditions of 30.48 and the fastest lady on the night was Orla Bannon in a time of 40.37.Other performances of note included Padraig Nolan breaking the 45 minute mark with 44.55,Jim Barry is getting very close to the 40 minute barrier he ran 40.17,and Sean Dwyer is closing in on the 35 minute as he ran 35.48,great to see the Bo back on the long course again and hi is eating away handy at his time improvements as he ran 46.26 last week, Sarah O'Brien broke the 48 minutes last week but just with 1 second to spear, well done. Just a second separated Catriona Kiely and Sharon Duggan 46.19 and 46.20.One I'm watching with note these past few weeks in Craig Cowming and how he is improving his now down around the 35.47 mark, great running. 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 Dungarvan Lions Club Christmas Appeal.
The Team Competition in at the Fordes Daybreak Winter League has started with 18 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;
3 Times Lucky -  Sean Ryan, Patrica Daly, Annette Cullen
Cailini Na Rinne - Cliodhna Ni Chuirrin, Josie Ui Chuirrin, Sinead De Faoite
Running Buddies - Joanne Leahy, Evelyn Beresford, Debra Doherty
TLC2 - Ted O'Leary, Liam Kavanagh, Gerry O'Connor
Whatever - David McNally, Cathal Gleeson, Kevin Casey
Bob's Angels - Eamon Curran, Sinead Moore, Denise Nugent
What About Us - Helene Hayes, Irene Dee, Deirdre Hahessy
3 Amigos -  Jackie Tobin, Brid Veale, Martina Walsh
Happy Feet - Catriona Lee, Carol Pope, Geraldine Barry
The Good, The Bad, The Ultra - Paul Brunnock, Sharon Higgins, David Traynor
Couldn't Care Less -  Jacinta Sheil, Mary Harney, Rita Cronnolly
Hardy Boys - Ray Hahessy, Jimmy Connors, Michael Dunford
Here We Go Again- Linda Bradfield, Onra Power, Michelle Finnegan
Na tri Sioga - Micheal O Cuirrin, Mark Lenihan, Joe O'Rourke
Short Route Teams
The Road Liners-  Michael Coakley, Conor O'Neill, Martin Sandford
Cool Runnings -  Conor Coleman, Darragh Curran, Ciara McKenna
The Shalloe's -  Kelly Shalloe, Tracy Grant, Mary Whyte
The Crockers -  Jennifer O'Riordan, Jason O'Riordan, Fiona O'Riordan
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
week 5 winners were short route- Collette Whyte-Veale Long route-Michael Dee
Kate Veale was in action at the national 20k walk championships held in St.Ann's Park,Raheny, Dublin.last Saturday morning.From the field of walkers the race for gold came down to two athletes who from early on broke away from the rest.Kate and Veronica Burke Ballinasloe and District Athletic Club . The two were still locked together going out on the final lap but the day belonged to the lady from the west as she broke clear to take gold on that final lap in a time of 1.47.10 Kate crossed the finish line in 1.47.40 for silver .The bronze medal was won by Rachel Glennon Mullingar AC in 2.03.54 .Alex Wright Leevale AC 1.32.05 took the men's gold in from Cian McManamon Westport AC 1.32.32 . Small margins in both races over such a long distance. 
Well done last Saturday to Ted O Leary 3.21 and Terri Gough 6.36 who both completed the  Clonakilty marathon,there was also a large contingent of our club runners completed the half and 10k on the day and well done to them also.
Mick Concannon was out in warmer climates last weekend while most of us were doing out best to keep warm.Mick ran the the Lanzarote marathon in glorious sunshine in a time of 3.57.
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 .
A huge congratulations to club member Micheál Power who last week received a sports scholarship at UCC . All at the club wish Micheál well with his studies as well as his athletics career.
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 senior men’s team headed excellent performances by the Irish team at the European Cross Country Championships in Samorin, Slovakia with a fine fifth place finish last Sunday.
With three to score, Sean Tobin (Clonmel) worked well with Hugh Armstrong (Ballina) and Kevin Maunsell (Clonmel) as they came in 15th, 19th and 24th respectively over the 10km distance Paul Pollock (Annadale Striders) finished 48th, Kevin Dooney (Raheny Shamrock) 51st and John Travers (Donore Harriers) 72nd.It was a tremendous performance by the men with the three scores all making their senior debuts – Tobin and Armstrong are 23 with Maunsell an ageless 36. The senior men were only two points off France in fourth.Fionnuala McCormack (Kilcoole) was making a record-breaking 15th appearance at these championships but she had to settle for a 12th place finish over 8km in the senior women’s race.The women’s team finished 7 with Shona Heaslip (An Riocht) 33 and Kerry O’Flaherty (Newcastle) 37 rounding out the scorers. Michelle Finn (Leevale) in 40, Fionnuala Ross (Armagh) in 47th and Lizzie Lee (Leevale) in 49th rounded out the team.The weather was extremely cold with a wind chill factor to boot on a fast course that had plenty of twists and turns along with some man made obstacles. There was a very positive start to the day with Sophie Murphy (DSD) finishing 10th in the U20 women’s 4km race and leading the team to 7th overall out of 20 teams.  She was followed home by Stephanie Cotter (West Muskerry) in 27th, Jodie McCann (DSD) in 34th, Laura Nicholson (Bandon) in 39th, Fiona Everard (Bandon) in 62nd and Fian Sweeney (DCH) in 72nd.Up next were the U20 men over 6km and they were lead home by Fearghal Curtin (Youghal) in 22nd, followed by Craig McMeechan (North Down) in 37th, James Edgar (City of Lisburn) in 38th, Darragh McElhinney (Bantry) in 39th, Charlie O'Donovan (Leevale) in 41st and Brian Fay (Raheny Shamrock) in 49th. Bethanie Murray (DSD) was the sole Irish representative in the U23 women’s 6km race and she ran well to finish 38th.There were two Irish runners in the men’s U23 8km race with Eoin Strutt (Raheny Shamrock) 49th and Tom O’Keeffe (Kilkenny City Harriers) 60th.These were very positive results for Ireland with four teams placing in the top ten  at these championships.
Team results
U20 Women – 7th
U20 men – 10th
Senior women – 7th
Senior men – 5th
A lot of people run a race to see who's fastest. I run to see who has the most guts.