Senior News

Notes December 16-18

It was bound to come - a bad night- what are we talking about the weather of course high winds and rain , a well it is the winter league after all ,that said it didn't deter all the runners of last week's league tuning out in great numbers and digging deep in their pockets a s whopping 1.200 euro was raised by us all for a very worthy local cause St. Johns special school Dungarvan and George and his team were delighted when our sponsor kevin Forde handed over the cheque on behalf of all the runners which we can be sure off will go to good use in this great local school who do so much superb work for the young children who need their services.Next Wednesday evening is the final night of the league before the Christmas break, and we will have a special visitor we hope from the North Pole and hopefully some goodies for the good boys and girls on the league. Make sure to keep up the training over the break, even if it’s only the odd run or two it will make all the difference when the league resumes in 2019 on Wednesday, January 2nd.For now from all at the Forde's Daybreak winter league have a lovely Christmas and we hope to see you all in the new year for the 2nd half with another 5 rounds to be completed.
Wild and windy conditions awaited the runners as they gathered at Dungarvan Sports Centre  for week 6 of the Fordes Daybreak winter league before heading out on the 2.4 mile run.  Luckily most of our short route runners had finished before conditions turned wet. There was a great number out again last Wednesday when 74 runners took up the challenge, on what was our sixth 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 Liam Hansbury in 23.55. Liam was followed by Brendan Bullen in 17.45 (a massive improvement of over 2 minutes). Christopher Phelan was next in 17.45 ( an improvement of around 1 and a half minutes). Aine O'Brien also had a great run knocking off 2 minutes to clock 23.57 as had Elaine Curran who improved by around 90 seconds to finish in 25.42.  Others to have good runs included Eileen Campbell (24.53), Pat O'Connell (24.37) and Anne O'Brien (23.54). Eibhlis Ni Arta and Orna Bretnach finished together in 22.31 and both improved their times by 45 seconds. Eimer Casey (24.08) and Theresa Curran (25.50) both improved by about 40 seocnds. Fastest time on the night as he has been almost every week was once again, Ciaran Frisby in 14.40 followed by David Towey in 14.52.. Fastest Lady was Brigid Coffey in 17.52.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. This Wednesday (19/12/18) is our last night before the Christmas break with the league resuming again on 2nd January. If you haven't been taking part up to know, maybe you could try and make it your new year's resolution to give it a try.
The league tables are starting to take shape with the top 10 on short route being
Patrick Ryan
Theresa Curran
Christopher Phelan
Michael Coakley
Olivia Curran
John Power
Clare Moffat
Brigid Coffey
Aisling Hourigan
Siobhán O Mahony
Full tables will be posted after Christmas break but of course there's lots to play for yet.
We had the worst night so far for the 6th and penultimate night of our Forde's Daybreak Winter League before the Christmas break with high winds and heavy rain descending on the long course runners mid way through the run. We were joined on the night by staff from St. Johns special school as we had our annual charity night with the school being the beneficiary on the night.  Well done to all the runners it was a super contribution from everyone.Clare Wall lead the troops home in windy and wet conditions in a time of 50.01 and she was followed in by Darina Shanley in 43.01 with Brendan Cosgrove the first of the men back home in a time of 39.14 for 3rd.Alan Curran was next a second behind in 39.15 and Ray Hahesy came next in 35.30. Raivis Zakis despite the conditions was the fastest runner on the night with 29.43.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 caught wearing a watch won't be included in the results. Best of luck to all tonight and why not bring a friend along.
Sarah Lynch
Debra Doherty
Jordan O Rourke
Nicky Mckenna 
Joe O'Rourke
Tony Ferncombe
Brendan Cosgrave
Lee Martin
Mark Lenihan
Noel Flynn
After 6 weeks of the league we have two ladies in the leading position followed by 8 men, but as we know the real test comes after the Christmas break and you can expect to see many changes at the top end of affairs before this league is finally over. 
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.
week 6 winners were short Sheilanne O'Donoghue route-Long route Patrick Carey .
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.
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.
 The Michael Roche Carpets Series will continue on Sunday the 20th January with the 31st Annual Kiely Monumental Colligan Cup. The Juvenile race starts at 11.00 pm. The senior race is over the usual 5 miles Colligan wood circuit and Juveniles will have a single 1-mile circuit to run. The Colligan cup is a unique event in that it is run on a handicap basis where you simply predict your finishing time over a 5 mile run, with the winner being the person who is nearest to that predicted time. This makes the race open to all no matter what your standard is, everyone has the same chance of taking the title. Now in its 31st year we would like to thank sincerely our sponsor for all of those 31 years David Kiely of Kiely Monumental for his on-going support for the local running club West Waterford AC. So for a great fun event on the yearly running calendar Colligan is where you need to be come Sunday 20th January. Also remember if you haven't already done so that entry to the series is just 2 euro and this can be paid when entering the race in Colligan on the day.
The Michael Roche Carpets sponsored Series is in full swing with 2 races completed the Murrays Pharmacy Brickey 4 mile road race and the Paddy Joe Curran memorial Turkey Trot with the next race ,race number 3 The Kiely Monumental Colligan Cup coming up on Sunday January 20th. The series is only 2 euro to enter and you can enter right up until the Kilmacthomas race.   To count in the series you have to participate in 4 of the 5 events as per normal for this series to count in the overall standings. The series events  remaining are the Kiely Monumental Colligan Cup January 20th,  The Kilmacthomas 4 on Sunday 24th February at 11 a.m. and the final event is the Déise College Dungarvan 10k on Sunday March 10th at 11 a.m. Once again West Waterford Athletic Club thanks Michael, Bridget and family for their continued support to the club by sponsoring this series now in its 27th year. As always we urge or members to support all our sponsors when appropriate.
On behalf of the officers at West Waterford Athletic Club we extend season’s greetings to all our members, sponsors and friends. Remember when running over the Christmas season be safe and be seen. Blessings to you, your families and all your loved ones.
321 completed last Sundays Newmarket Co.Cork 5k, a race which was won by Tonosa Hiko D.S.D A.C. in a fast time of 14.40.The overall Ladies winner was Michelle Finn Leevale AC in 16.36.West Waterford's Joe Gough took the over 65 prize in a time of 19.08. Patricia Daly also competed here and she clocked 25.04 while Michael Coakley ran a time of 25.23 and that was after he also ran the Cloyne 4k on the way earlier in the morning a race which he completed in a time of 22.32. Well done to all three. 
The club membership for 2019 can now be paid now. The club membership is for the calendar year January to December. The membership stays unchanged at 25 euro. You can pay your membership at any club event or download a membership form on club web site and send to registrar Gerry Cantwell Helvick, Dungarvan, Co. Waterford. Also you can now pay your club membership online at 
Talk to your body, and if you're ready to make a commitment, have a go at it.