Senior News

Notes December 17-17

24th ANNUAL FORDES DAYBREAK WINTER LEAGUE.
 
 
 
 
€1,200 RAISED AT FORDE'S DAYBREAK WINTER LEAGUE CHARITY NIGHT FOR DUNGARVAN LIONS CLUB CHRISTMAS APPEAL.
 
 
 
 
Thankfully the weather continued to play it's part for round 6 of our winter league as after a day's rain it had cleared in time for the off and was idea for the runners who participated in our annual charity Christmas run at the league. This year's charity was the Dungarvan Lions club Christmas appeal and once again you the runners came up trumps as 1.200 euro was donated by you to the charity. A huge thank you to one and all for this large sum of money which have no doubt will go towards making a not so well off family have a much happier festive season. Our sincere thanks to Des Power, John Lawless and John Harnedy who came to accept the cheque on behalf of the Dungarvan Lions. Next Wednesday evening is the final night of the league before the Christmas break, 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 2018 on Wednesday, January 3rd.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 6 rounds to be completed.
 
 
 
 
VERY COLD CONDITIONS AND A VISIT FROM SANTA FOR THE RUNNERS ON WEEK 6 OF THE SHORT COURSE.
 
 
 
 
 
Cool, breezy and sleety clear conditions awaited the runners for week 6 of the Fordes Daybreak winter league as they gathered at Dungarvan Sports Centre before heading out on the 2.5 mile run. We haven't had a great run with the weather this year with an number of the nights having been breezy, wet and very cold and this makes it an even better achievement for those that take on the challenge each Wednesday night. There was a great number out again last Wednesday when 62 runners completed the course, and all are to congratulated for braving the cold , 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. Also last Wednesday we had our annual charity night with €1200 being presented to Dungarvan Lions Club Christmas Appeal on behalf of the runners. He also had a visit from Santa with some goodies being given to some lucky runners. This section of the league specifically has first timers and beginners in mind and 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 Melissa Lanigan in 24.56 followed by Chloe Veale in 23.12 with John Woods next in 22.26. Aishling Hourigan knocked of 30 seconds when finishing in 24.35 as did John Foley who clocked 24.46. Claire Cosgrave will be happy to have broken 28 minutes when running 27.48. Others to have good runs on the night included Jennifer O'Riordan (22.50), Eoin O'Brien (20.50), Marita Murray (21.52), Kelly Shalloe (17.53), Linda Foley (22.54) and Maria Aherne (23.56) .  Fastest time on the night was recorded by Conor Coleman (15.24) followed  by Shane Flavin (15.43). 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.
 
 
 
The league tables are starting to take shape with the top 5 being
 
 
 
1. Ciara Donnelly 
2. Marita Murray
3. Jonathan Regan
4. Kelly Shalloe 
5. Kelly Cantwell 
 
 
 
There are just 20 points between the top 5 so we expect there will be many changes in the coming weeks. Next Wednesday (20th December) is the last night before the Christmas break so make sure to come along.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
LONG COURSE RUNNERS OUT IN FORCE TO SUPPORT CHARITY NIGHT.
 
 
 
 
 
We had super cold and winter conditions last Wednesday evening for the 6th and penultimate night of our Forde's Daybreak Winter League before the Christmas break but despite the weather some very good times were posted on the night.  We were joined on the night by members of Dungarvan Lions club as we had our annual charity night with their Christmas appeal being the beneficiary on the night.  There was a great atmosphere in the Sports Centre with many runners sporting Santa hats and getting into the Christmas atmosphere and more importantly raising €1,200 for this worthy cause.  Well done to all the runners it was a super contribution from everyone.
 A former winner who was making his league debut this year Gavin Whelan lead the troops home with a solid  33.52 and he was followed in by Gerry Cantwell also a league debutant for this year in a time of 40.04 with Kate Meskill 3rd and out first lady home on the night in 42.26.Catriona Lee was our next lady home ain time of 40.51 and following her was Angeline Drennan 42.34Fastest man on the night was saw a  brilliant run by Alan Kinsella who smashed the 30 minute barrier with a run of 29.29,massive run from Alan. Our fastest lady last week was Joanne O'Neill in n excellent time of  38.35.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 a friend along.
 
 
 
 
 
 
LEAGUE LEADERS ON LONG COURSE.
 
 
 
 
 
With the bonus points on offer this week for running on the charity night there were plenty of points on offer and after 6 weeks of the league we have a Female in the lead position followed by 4 males, 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. 
 
 
Alice Fitzgerald 
Craig Cowming 
Patrick Power
Paul Brunnock 
Cathal Gleeson
 
 
 
 
 
"TOP OIL" -ASSOCIATE WINTER LEAGUE SPONSORS.
 
 
 
 
 
 
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 Ahearn
week 5 winners were short route- Collette Whyte-Veale Long route-Michael Dee
week 6 winners were short route Cheyenne Tobin  Long route- Colm Bennett
 
 
 
 
 
MICHEAL ROCHE CARPETS RACE SERIES. race 3.
 
 
 
 
30th ANNUAL KIELY MONUMENTAL COLLIGAN CUP.
 
 
 
 The Michael Roche Carpets Series will continue on Sunday the 21st January with the 30th 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 30th year we would like to thank sincerely our sponsor for all of those 30 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 21st 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 26TH ANNUAL MICHAEL ROCHE CARPETS RACE SERIES
 
 
 
 
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 21st. 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 21st,  The Kilmacthomas 5 on Sunday 25th February at 11 a.m. and the final event is the Déise College Dungarvan 10k on Sunday March 11th 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 26th year. As always we urge or members to support all our sponsors when appropriate.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
YOUR HELP IS NEEDED FOR JOHN TREACY DUNGARVAN 10.
 
 
 
 
 
It’s that time of year again when we take on the mammoth task of organising the John Treacy Dungarvan 10 mile. We have been fortunate in the past to have had help from club members and also from many outside of the club circle who come along each year to give a few hours of their time. This year we are in need of that same help again and even more, with a much bigger field assembled this year we will be under more pressure in making sure these visitors to our town leave with a good experience of what Dungarvan has to offer and we hope such will be the impression we will make on them that they will want to come back again to visit the town for maybe a longer stay. We will need stewards and people to help with catering on the day ,if you have a few hours on Sunday February 4th  please contact stewarding coordinator Karen Ryan on 086-8245683.Support your local athletics club-Many hands make light work!!!!
 
 
 
 
 
 
HAPPY CHRISTMAS TO ALL.
 
 
 
 
 
 
On behalf of the officers and committee of 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.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
CLUB MEMBERSHIP 2018
 
 
 
 
 
The club membership for 2018 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 www.westwaterfordathletics.org and send to registrar Gerry Cantwell Helvick, Dungarvan, Co. Waterford. Also you can now pay your club membership online at www.westwaterfordathletics.org 
 
 
 
 
 
 
ST.STEPHEN'S DAY JOLLY JAUNT IN AID OF WEST WATERFORD HOSPICE.
 
 
 
 
 
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 .
 
 
 
 
 
 
INDOOR ENTRIES NOW OPEN TO GET SEASON UNDER WAY.
 
 
 
 
 
 
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.
 
 
 
 
NEW RUN TO IMPROVE GROUP STARTING UP IN 2018.
 
 
 
 
 
2018 is only around the corner and now is a great time to be making plans. With that in mind we have a new Run to Improve Group starting in early January. This group is aimed at all club runners who can run 5k at any pace but want to improve both their time and comfort levels over the distance. Each training session consists of a warm up, an introduction to speed work and a cool down. If all you have ever done is ‘just run’ then this is a great opportunity to learn the basics of speed work in a social, non intimidating environment.  Bring a friend along for some company and you will get 2018 off to a great start. For further information and to book your place contact Claire Kennedy on 087 911 6997 or Jim Fleming on 087 288 1151.
 
 
 
 
 
 
WEST WATERFORD AC MENS AND LADIES TEAMS COMPETE IN ALL IRELAND NOVICE CROSS COUNTRY.
 
 
 
 
 
 
West Waterford AC had both men's and ladies teams competing at last Sundays Novice cross country All Irelands held at the Carriganore complex Waterford. We were the only Waterford club who had teams competing on the day so well done to all our athletes who came along to repressed their club. There were large fields in both races which were very competitive on the good testing course which was soft in places. The course was superbly laid out by Waterford AC and they are to commended on their affords under chairman Trevor Walsh. From a West Waterford point of view we had very good running by our juveniles which you can read about in this week's juveniles notes. The club were delighted to see so many of our adult runners taking up the mantel for the club last Sunday as we had 13 men and 4 women competing which was brilliant to see. Our men's team finished a creditable 8th from the 19 club teams our county team were 7th.Our top finisher was Dermot Cummins in a creditable 16th place overall. Well done to all on representing our club in these national championships, our other team members on the day were  Dzintars Klava, Brian Byrne, Anthony Flynn, Shane O'Riordan, Mossie Keogh, Alan Hogan, Michael Dunford, Ray Hahesy, Eoghan Moloney, Tom Leahy and Darren Tutty. Our ladies team finished 13th in the club and 9th county overall. Very well done to of Sandra Prendergast, Natalie Sheehan ,Kate Meskill and Diana Chizhikova who like our men's team kept the flag flying for club and county. 
 
 
 
 
 
RUNNING QUOTE.
 
 
 
We may train or peak for a certain race, but running is a lifetime sport.