Senior News

Notes February 17-19

The Irish Life Health national senior indoors championships were held over two days last Saturday and Sunday at the national sports arena in Abbotstown Dublin. The clubs participants over the weekend were Kate Veale 3.000 meters walk and Lisa Houlihan Pole Vault. Kate Veale was in the 3.000 meters walk and was the defending champion from 2017 and 2018 with some really good talent coming through in this discipline at the moment she had to work hard throughout the race however she retained her title in a time of 13.18 which was her fastest 3k walk in three years, she now adds this national crown to the universities title she won the previous Friday at Athlone.Day two Sunday we had Lisa Houlihan in action in the Pole Vaul and Lisa finished outside the medals  in 4th place with a height of 2.90 but had to settle for 4th place, never the less good to see her back and she will progress from here.
Last Sunday it was off to our friends in  Kilmacthomas for our annual visit for race number 4 in the Michael Roche carpets race series when we hosted the Kilmacthomas 4 mile race kindly sponsored for the 2nd year by O'Reilly Traditional Butchers Kilmacthomas.We changed the race distance here last year and it was a wise decision as the numbers have grown over the two years with much of the race held on the Waterford Greenway it certainly brought out great numbers again for this year's race. Proceeds from the event this year were donated to the local group Kilmacthomas cardiac First Responder Scheme who are group in the area set up to look after any medical emergencies , particularly on the Waterford Greenway. A donation was also made to local man Willie Mc Grath who will later in the summer represent Ireland at the Special Olympics in Abu Dhabi where he will be part of the Irish soccer team. The race was number 4 in the Michael Roche carpets series and thankfully the weather was good and dry for the 220 starters but a little windy over the early part of the race. The organising committee in Kilmacthomas  left no stone unturned in their preparations for the race and great credit is due to the them and the brilliant way this group in Kilmacthomas year on year prepare for this day. We must thank our new sponsors of the race O Reilly Traditional Butchers in the town particularly Pa who took on this sponsorship without hesitation and was hands on in organising the race again this year.  Pa was also on hand also to present all the winners with their prize in the community hall. We wish to thank all who helped with the race on the day, our good friends in the Civil Defence under Nicky Butler who are always on available in Kilmacthomas to support all events, along with the members of the Kilmacthomas cardiac first responders scheme who were out in force, to all other stewards also who did a top class job on the day once again. Special thanks to all the ladies who were at the community hall helping to feed all the runners after the race a mammoth task done without fuss, thank you sincerely. Thanks go to our team from the club who all did a brilliant job on entries ,results and timing, and Conor Norris was looking after course  management, for all their work once again thanks guys. Thanks to the Community centre for the use of their fine facility and to the ladies who did the cleaning up after. We hope to see you all again in 2020.


We had a good field of top male runners last Sunday for the 4 mile in Kilmacthomas with a good spread of counties around the southeast represented. A group of 5 broke clear from the gun and they stayed together through the first 2 miles when our eventual winner Niall Sheil St.Killians Wexford made the decisive move when he broke from the rest on the greenway section and coming home as our winner for 2019 with a time of 20.38. On the downhill section Noel Murphy Waterford AC saw off West Waterford's Raivis Zakis when he got away to take 2nd place in 20.37 with Raivis filling that 3rd place in 20.04.Alan O'Connor United Striders AC took the first over 40 prize in 21.35. David Smyth  Waterford AC ran  a time of 25.53 to take the over 45 section while Johnny O'Connor   West Waterford AC had a brilliant run to claim the over 50's in a time of 23.54, Ray Hahesy West Waterford moved up an age category having won the over 50 last year Ray took the win in his new age category the over 55 with a run of 24.39. Jamie Mc Carthy Waterford AC took the junior prize with a time of 21.33 Well done to all winners.
 Kilmacthomas 4 Mile Road Race
1st Killian Sheil St.Killians   A.C. 20.38
2nd Noel Murphy Waterford A.C.20.57
3rd Raivis Zakis West Waterford  A.C. 21.04
1st O/40 Alan O'Connor Unite Striders A.C. 21.35
1st O/45 David Smyth Waterford A.C. 22.53
1st O/50 Johnny O'Connor West Waterford A.C.23.54
1st O/55 Ray Hahesy West Waterford A.C.24.39
Junior Jamie Mc Carthy Waterford A.C.21.33
There was a deserving victory last Sunday for Ferrybank AC athlete Louise Morgan when she took the ladies title for 2019 in a time of 25.04.Loiuse had won the over 35 section in  last year's race so nice to see her become the race overall winner for this year's event. It was a very close ladies race this year with just 8 seconds separating the top finisheres.2nd past the winning post last Sunday was Sinead Murphy Ind with a time of 25.09 and 3rd lady home was Isobel Cummins Ferrybank AC 25.12.Janet Quinlan Saturday Road Runners took the over 35 prize in a time of 25.23 and the over 40 section was won by Mary Jane Enright Ind in a time of 27.06, The over 45’s went to Molly Fitzgerald West Waterford  AC in 30.59 and the over 50 category went to Gabrielle Blair Waterford AC in a time of 30.36 . Our Junior winner on the day was Molly Hutchinson Ferrybank AC 29.23.Well done to all the ladies that took part and to all those that won their respective categories.
1st Louise Morgan Ferrybank A.C. 25.04
2nd Sinead Murphy Ind 25.09
3rd Isobel Cummins Ferrybank A.C.25.12
1st O/35 Janet Quinlan Saturday Road Runners 25.23
1st O/40 Mary Jane Enright Ind 27.06
1st O/45 Molly Fitzgerald West Waterford A.C. 30.59
1st O/50 Gabrielle Blair  Waterford A.C. 30.36
Junior Molly Hutchinson Ferrybank A.C. 35.23
 The final race in the Michael Roche carpets series, the Déise College Dungarvan 10K will take place on Sunday March 10th at 11a.m. Now in its 37th 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 runner's.
The club’s next big local event is the 5 week Mark Mason’s Financial Services Colligan running league for beginners and regular runners and all are welcome once they are over 16 years of age. Our thanks to Mark and the Mason family for their kind sponsorship of the league once again this year. Two years ago we added another extra night and this was met with approval all round making it now a 5 week league which we will continue with for 2019. We would especially encourage newcomers to come along and join in this league in Colligan wood. For the complete beginner there is the option of doing two laps of the wood, beginning at the wooden bridge and finishing at the wooden bridge. This is 4km in distance or 2.5 miles so it might suit all those that ran the short route over the winter league plus this route is more or less completely on the flat. Another option is to take part in the 5-mile circuit; this is 3 and a half laps of the same flat circuit of the wood mentioned above. The final option is the 5 mile hill route which is one lap of the wood for starters and then up the first hill and down the hill and then across the road for the second hill and finishing in by the wood at the bridge. The entry fee for all runners is €2 each night. The overall winner of the league will receive the Veale family perpetual shield. The league will start on Wednesday March 27th and continue for five  Wednesday evenings April 3rd,10th,17th and 24th .Mass start each evening at 6.30 pm.
The Munster indoors was held recently in Nenagh and the club was represented at senior and masters level over the two days . On Saturday Kate Veale retained her walks title when she took gold in a time of 13.57.Moving on to the action on the Sunday where it was a busier day for our master athletes Teri Gough brought home 4 gold’s in the ladies over 70 category and a championship best throw in the Shot of 6.95 ,she also added wins over 400 meters 2.20.68,the 60 meters in 15.66 and her 4th gold of the day was over 200 in 57.88.Gregory Fitzgerald in the over 45 category took bronze over 200 meters with a time of 27.18 and he also added a  bronze over 400m meters with a time of 1.00.94 recorded. Padraig Barron over 40 competed over two distances and was 5th in both, the  60 meters in 8.39 and the 200 meters in 28.08.Our final athlete of the championships was Johnny O’Connor over 50 in the 800 meters and he was just outside the medals finishing 4th in a time of 2.31.74. Well done to all who travelled over the weekend keeping the great West Waterford AC Munster indoor participation tradition alive and well.
We are now in the off season for training but the on season for planning! As a club training we will start again in early March. For the spring and early summer training will focus on improving speed over short distances thus improving Vo2 max. In early summer the focus will switch to training for the 3rd Annual Eurofins Greenway Half marathon in September. This can either be as your goal race for the year or as a stepping stone to an Autumn marathon. Many of you are already entered for the 40th Dublin City Marathon so this will be our goal marathon for 2019. As in previous years if you are racing a different marathon we can help with your training plan. As always our last training block of the year will be working towards our own John Treacy 10 mile race in early 2020. This year we included S&C as part of our training and as it proved to be popular and successful we will again incorporate this for the winter months. All of the club summer series races will be incorporated into our structured training plans as well as the ever popular summer one mile challenges. We will also have a club social run in the build up to Autumn goal races. Run to Improve will also start in early March. This group is going from strength to strength and as with the club training group the focus in the early part of the year will be the summer series races. This will then switch to a beginner training group for the Eurofins Greenway Half Marathon and on to the John Treacy 10 mile race in 2020.If you are training for other distances we can always incorporate suitable sessions for your distance within the club session.All club members are more than welcome to come along any Tuesday night. Meeting at the Friary at 6.30pm. If you are not currently a club member please come along and try a session
West Waterford AC extend sincere sympathy to the family and friends of Ann Byrne Affane, Cappoquin. Co. Waterford who passed to her eternal reward recently, may she rest in peace.
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