Senior News

Notes December 31-17

The second half of the West Waterford Athletic Club winter league kicks again on Wednesday 3rd January at the sports centre, Quanns, Dungarvan at 6.50 pm. A large crowd is expected for the first night of 2018 and we hope that all those of you who have made the New Year resolutions to improve your health and fitness will come on down and join the league. Our motto at the winter league is that it’s never too late, so why not come along and get on your way to a healthier and fitter 2018. If tonight is your first night please come along around 6.30 so that we can issue you with a number and explain the procedure to you. Newcomers are welcome each night of the league and if you can’t make it tonight then come along next week and bring a friend or two with you, the more the merrier! Now that we all have had a break from the league it’s time to get back on track and concentrate on the next six weeks of the league. Even if you haven’t managed to get some training in don’t let that put you off coming tonight, we will all be a little bit sluggish tonight for the first mile or two, just adjust your pace and in no time you will be back to your normal running pace. The starting times will vary each week in order to make each run as interesting as possible and also to give us all that extra push and motivation to get to the finishing line as quickly as possible. Don’t forget your reflective bib and your number for tonight. See you at the Sport’s Centre!
Our thanks to Santa who made a welcome visit on our charity night at the recent winter league just before our customary break for Christmas, the league will resume again on Wednesday January 3rd.Now that the first half of the league is over we would like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank all those involved in the league as without their help and support the league could not possibly to organise each and every week. We are most fortunate to have a dedicated team of stewards, time-keepers, administrators and traffic controllers who help out week after week regardless of the weather or conditions and we are extremely grateful for their invaluable help. And a very special well done to all of you our winter league runners who have now reached the half way point of this year's league each and every one of you should be well please and proud to have made the start ,we wish you all a very happy new year and injury free running 2018. see you all again for the 2nd half of the best league in town on Wednesday January 3rd. and remember please do bring a friend.
As part of the Fordes Daybreak winter league, we also have a team competition. Teams are made up of 3 members with the best 2 scorers on each night counting to the score. This competition has been upand running with the past 3 weeks.On the Long route, the leaders are "Here we go again" (Linda Bradfield, Onra Power and Michelle Finnegan) on 176 points. In second are "Happy Feet" (Catriona Lee, Carol Pope and Geraldine Barry) on 273. There are 2 teams tied for 4th on 282 pts - "Whatever" (Cathal Gleeson, Kevin Casey and David McNally) and "Bobs Angels" (Eamon Curran, Sinead Moore and Denise Nugent).On the short routes, the leader are "the Road Liners" (Michael Coakley, Conor O'Neill and Martin Sandford) on 108. In second place are "The Shalloes" (Kelly Shalloe, Tracy Grant and Mary Whyte) on 149.
Very mild conditions awaited the runners for week 7 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 61 runners completed the course, on what was our last night of the winter league for 2017 , especially the 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 2.5 miles in total. After registering make sure to check you off time on the sheets posted on the wall. With the ideal running conditions, some excellent times were recorded.First home on the night was Geraldine Heffernan in 19.53 followed by Liam O'Droma in 17.42  with Maria O'Gorman next in 21.48. John Foley knocked off over a minute when clocking 23.27 as did Mary Morrissey who ran 23.26. Karen Coleman also had an excellent run when finishing in 25.23. Patrick Fennell will be delighted with his run having run under 20 minutes when finishing in 19.59. Other to have good runs on the night included Linda Foley (21.42), Nickey McKenna (21.14), Sheilanne O'Donoghue (16.56) and Darren Mulcahy (16.51) .  Fastest time on the night was recorded by Conor Coleman (14.49) followed  by Shane McGovern (16.00). 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. We are taking a break for Christmas so and will be starting back on  3rd January 2018. If you haven't run the league yet, maybe it's something you could take up for 2018 - Newcomers are always welcome and it's never too late to start.Just a quick reminder to all our runners to be careful out on the course and obey the stewards at all times. 
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. We would like to take this opportunity to wish all our runners and stewards a very Happy new year and we'll see ye again when we start back for 2018 on Wednesday 3rd January.
The top 5 on the short course league table just past the half way mark are.
Ciara Donnelly
Marita Murray
Kelly Shalloe
Criostóir Kenneally
Kelly Cantwell
Last Wednesday night was the last night of The FORDES DAYBREAK Winter League for 2017 before our break for Christmas and once again there was a great number running. The first runner home on the night was Natalie Sheehan who was running her first winter league night and she clipped round in a time of 35.55 which was also the fastest time recorded by a female in round 7. Ann Dunford another to make her 2017 début was next home with a time of 43.27 and making it a one-two-three for the ladies on the night our third person home was Linda Bradfield in a time of 44.22.Garet Pope was out first man home in 4th place in 40.37 followed by Paul Mc Grath 42.59 and third male was Eanna De Faoite 48.05.You can join in this league any week and we love to see newcomer's added to the list. There are more people registering for the league each week, so come along and give it a go – in the new year you have nothing to lose. You can make it a new year’s resolution even. This is only the seventh week so remember there is a long way to go and aim to slowly improve. There is seven more weeks after Christmas.
The top 5 on the long course league table just past the half way mark are.
Craig Cowming
Alice Fitzgerald
Patrick Power
Sean Dwyer
Gavin Foley
A huge thank you to Cathal and all at Venture Clothing Dungarvan who donated a beautiful hamper which was raffled among all stewards of our Forde's Daybreak winter league, the lucky winner of the hamper was Sandra Moore , congratulations Sandra  and thanks once again Cathal for your kind gesture.
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
week 7 winners were short route Michael Power- Long Route-Sean Ryan
The annual St Stephen’s Day fun run jointly organised by Dungarvan GAA in association with West Waterford athletic club was held again this year, the weather was ideal for the event and a huge turnout of walkers and runners taking part, All are to be congratulated on raising the grand total of 2.005 euro raised with all monies donated to this year's chosen charity the West Waterford hospice. This was brilliant amount raised and a delighted organisers Paddy Fitzgerald and Jim Dee would like to sincerely thank all those who came along in such big numbers and who donated so generously on the morning. The cheque presentation was made to Paddy Fitzgerald who was absolute delighted with the monies raised and thanked everyone most sincerely. Very special thanks once again this year to the Ladies of the catering committee who provided the cuppa and the sandwiches which greeted the participants on their return to the centre. Thanks also to Jamie Mills who looked after the stewarding on the route. We hope to see all those who took part this year back again for next year’s event where we will collect more much need funding for a worthwhile charity.
The club’s first committee meeting of 2017 will take place this Thursday, January 4th in Minnie’s Bar at 8.30 p m.
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.
 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 penultimate race in the Michael Roche carpets series will be on Sunday February 25th at 11 a.m., the 16th Annual Kilmacthomas 5. Entries will be taken at the community hall Kilmacthomas at the top of the town with the entry fee being 8 Euro. Shower facilities will also be available in this hall after the event for both men and women. With the help of the very generous sponsorship very kindly given by Bausch and Lomb a very attractive prize fund will be on offer for the top competitors and plenty of spots for down the field finishers also. Sandwiches and refreshments will be available to all after the event.
 The final race in the Michael Roche carpets series, the Déise College Dungarvan 10K will take place on Sunday March 11th at 11a.m. Now in its 36th year and one of the oldest races on the local road running calendar the Déise College Dungarvan 10k is always one of the more popular races. The club is delighted that Déise College and its proprietors Caroline and Alan Ryan are continuing their sponsorship for this race. The race will also see a number of perpetual trophies being presented. We have the Seamus Power Memorial Trophy to the first male finisher and the Mikey Roche Memorial Trophy for the first local female finisher. We will be using the fast canal circuit as we have used now for the past couple of years for this race with the race headquarters at the Dungarvann GAA club pavilion  which is where the presentation of prizes for the race and for the overall series will also take place. The race will start and finish in the same place as always at the Industrial Estate just off the N25, with just a short jog to and from the Dungarvan GAA club grounds for the runners.
The annual St. Stephens day Clonmel AC promoted 4 mile road race went ahead again this year and West Waterford's Dermot Cummins finish 6th overall in a time of 19.30 with Sean Tobin Clonmel AC taking the win in a time of 18.34,the ladies victory went to Lizzie Lee Leevale AC in a time of 21.32,Lizzie finished 15th overall form the field of 450 runners. Kate Meskill was our first lady home on the day and Kate clocked  30.11,Andy Fleet was in the top 20 finishers in 19th place with a very solid run 22.15.  Jim Fleming ran a time of 30.19 and John Fennell also took part running as time of 30.39.Eanna De Faoite completed the 4 in 33.16.
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!!!!
A field of 120 took part in last Saturdays Kilmacthomas 10k which was held in aid of the Irish wheelchair association. There were prizes for the first 3 men and women and juniors. The race winner was Raivis Zakis in 34.45 from Darly Kearns 37.47 and 3rd man home was Fikadu Kebede 38.40 all above running for West Waterford AC. The ladies winner was Fiona Meade Ind 42.55 from Youghal's Julie Kenneally 44,16 and 3rd was Maire Mahony Ind. in 45.41.Fist junior man was Luke Brennan Waterford AC 39.06 from club mate Evan Meskill 41.44 with Ciaran O'Grady Ind 3rd in 48.01 and the first junior lady was Fiona Condon in 1.07.35
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.
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.
Our prolific marathon runners have been busy these past few weeks rounding off their marathon exploits for the year. Ted O'Leary ran the Blackrock Marine/railway 5 loop course marathon on 25th November in 3.28.35 finishing 3rd overall while Mick Concannon completed the same course in 4.06.17.Terri Gough was also in action and she recorded a time of 5.55.10. Mick headed for warmer climates then when he completed the Lanzarote Marathon in 3.57 on Saturday December 9th.It was on to Portumna then for the December 27th marathon date and here Ted finished 5th with a time of 3.28.07,This was Ted's 19th of the year and 73 in total edging ever so close to the magic 100. Mick Concannon ran also and recorded a time of 4.08.33 and Paul Brunnock was back in action completing the course in 4.18.55 while Terri rounded off her 2017 marathons with a posting of  6.05.20.Well done guys sur what's another year !!!!
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 and send to registrar Gerry Cantwell Helvick, Dungarvan, Co. Waterford. Also you can now pay your club membership online at
West Waterford athletic club extends new year's greetings to al it's members, sponsors, friend's supporters and helpers, may 2018 bring you all the health and happiness you desire.
West Waterford Athletic Club extend sincere sympathy to the families and friends of John O'Callaghan Schull Co.Cork and Michael Clancy Springfield Dungarvan and Pat Fahy Abbeyside Dungarvan who passed to their eternal reward recently, may they rest in peace.
I wanted to be one of those people who have streaks to maintain, who scorch the ground with their intensity.