Senior News

Notes February 18-18.

The Irish Life Health national senior indoors championships were held over two days last Saturday and Sunday at the beautifully appointed Abbotstown sports Arena Dublin. West Waterford's had its largest number of athlete participating for some years which is great to see. The clubs participants over the weekend were Kate Veale 3.000 meters walk, Patrick Veale and Niall Blackwell running the 3.000 meters. Yuri Kanash Pole Vault and Rachel Power Shot Put.On day one Saturday the 3.000 meters heats for men wasn't now ran at all as just 13 athletes signed on  from the large field of participants entered so it was decided to have a straight final on the following day Sunday. In the Ladies Shot Put Rachel Power threw 7.37 to finish 6th. In the Pole Vault Yuri Kanash recorded a season's best of 4 meters to take 7th place. 6th. Kate Veale was in the 3.000 meters walk and was the defending champion from 2017, 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 13.38 which was 20 seconds faster than her winning time in 2017 at this same venue, she now adds this national crown to the universities title she won the previous Friday at Athlone.Day two Sunday we have three athletes taking part Niall Blackwell, Patrick Veale 3.000 meters and Lisa Houlihan was in action in the Pole Vault. The two lads were up against a very strong field as it was a straight final with no heats held the previous day, Niall cross the line in 11th in 9.03.47 and Patrick running his first ever indoor race of any kind finished 13th in 11.53.97,well done to both lads for making the long trip for the weekend to represent this club at national leave.Lisa fresh from her win the previous week at the AAI games vaulted 3.05 but had to settle for 6th place, never the less good to see her back and she will progress form here.
Yes folks for the 24th time the country's oldest and original winter running league has come to an end after 13 nights of  great fun and banter around the street of our great town. The prize-winners were presented with their prizes by league sponsor Kevin Forde of Fordes Daybreak at the presentation night in Minnie's Bar recently. Our thanks to Pat and all the staff at Minnies for a brilliant night . Our thanks to Kevin for his generous sponsorship of the league and to his wife Orla who both were available at the league presentation of prizes in Minnie's. Also once again i would like to thank the many stewards and helpers that make these leagues possible. The main stay of its success we feel is the fact that it's open to all and brings together the elite as well as the fun runner and this is what has made it appealing for so many years, the league has never been won by the fastest runner in any of the 24 years of its existence. The overall winner of the short route for 2017/18 was Kelly Shalloe  while the long route trophy was presented to Alice Fitzgerald.  Thanks to everyone for such a great turn out on the night, we hope everyone enjoyed the celebrations after 13 weeks of hard running .  Once again well done to all the prize-winners and thank you all for your attendance at the presentation night and until next year keep up the hard work.
Having won the league back in 2014 Alice Fitzgerald joined an unique band of 3 other's Pat Dunford, Tony Shalloe and James O'Donnell to have won the long course overall winter league on two occasions. Alice lead the league for the final couple of weeks and what sealed it for her was the 3rd last night when she won the guess your time run this gave her a platform for the remaining nights which she gallantly held off all comers running her heart out especially on the final two nights particularly. Alice finished the league on 2105 points. Paul McGrath was another previous league winner in  2015 and this year he was once again in contention right throughout the league, however he did have to settle for runner up with a total of 2068 points. In third place was Michelle Finnegan on 1993,Michelle a relatively new comer to the league improved her time's brilliantly throughout the 13 weeks and on another year her tally of points could well have been enough to claim the top spot. Michelle and Cathal Gleeson battled hard over the final couple of nights for that 3rd place but it was Michael by the narrowest of margins only 1 point separated the two on the final night as Cathal finished on 1992 points. So all in all it was another great league and the full list of our top 10 as well as our other divisional winners are listed below.
The top 10 were:
1.Alice Fitzgerald 2105
2.Paul Mc Grath 2068
3.Michelle Finnegan 1993
4.Cathal Gleeson 1992
5.Kevin Casey 1971
6.Onra Power 1944
7.Richie Fitzgerald 1937
8.Joe O'Rourke 1910
9.Vincent Tutty 1877
10.Alan Curran 1876 
Division 2.Molly Fitzgerald 1854.
Division 3. Linda Bradfield 1690.
Division 4.Helene Hayes 1665.
Division 5. Colm Bennett 1571.
Division 6. Donal O'Donoghue 1477.
Division 7. Lorena Mooney 1455.
Division 8. Eleanor Casey 1121.
Division 9. Martina Walsh 1343.
Division 10. Michael Tutty 1129.
On the Long route, the winners were the long term leader "Here we go again" (Linda Bradfield, Onra Power and Michelle Finnegan) on 496 points. In 2nd are "Whatever" (Kevin Casey, Cathal Gleeson and David McNally) on 702. Finishing  in third are "Bobs Angels" (Eamon Curran, Sinead Moore and Denise Nugent) on 976. In Fourth place are "Happy Feet" (Catriona Lee, Carol Pope and Geraldine Barry) on 979 and fifth place goes to  "What about us" (Helene Hayes, Irene Dee and Deirdre Hahessy) on a total of 1059.
It is a great achievement to get yourself out not for a few league nights over the winter but for them all, this year we had 21 runners on the long course who completed all 13 nights of the league, a special well done to all of you. The winner of the prize raffled among those 21 who completed each and every night was won by Rita Cronnolly.
Alice Fitzgerald
Paul Mcgrath
Michelle Finnegan
Cathal Gleeson
Kevin Casey
Onra Power
Richie Fitzgerald
Joe O Rourke
Vincent Tutty
Molly Fitzgerald
Michael Hayes
Sinéad Moore
Meabh Beresford
John Geehan
Denis Ryan
Eoin Walsh
Ciara Duffin
Martin Tobin
Donal O Donoghue
Rita Connolly
Sharon Higgins
 In this league we give a prize to the fastest man and women on both routes outside of prize-winners who participate for the mandatory 9 nights and appear on the league tables. On this occasion on the long course the very fast Alan Kinsella took the title of fastest man on the long route with a superb time of 29.23 , Alan to out it mildly has been phenomenal this year in his running he has turned from an average league runner in the past to one of the fastest who has ever ran this long course, his running improvement this last few months have been staggering to say the least, well done to him, keep up the great work Alan. 2nd fastest man this year was our fastest man from the previous year's league Mossie Keogh who weekly was breaking the magic 30 minute barrier also his best time was 29.52. Another hugely improving athlete was 3rd best for the league Anthony Flynn who was the first West Waterford AC ,an home in the recent John Tracy Dungarvan 10 was unlucky not to break the 30 minutes mark at the league his best was 30.10.Another who tried his heart out each week to break the 30m was Colm Ryan and again he came within a whisper of doing just that his beat timed clocked was 30.18,Another Ryan Dermot this time had his best and fastest league to date when he clocked an impressive 30.41. That's super running by all 6 lads. Turning to the ladies long course, our fastest lady was Joanne O'Neill with a time of 36.55.Joanne was the seconds fastest lady in last year's league so she will be delight to get that top spot for the current one. Orla Bannon 38.54 was the second fastest lady and the third fastest was Geraldine Lacy with a time of 39.03
After 13 weeks of competition, the overall winner for the Short Route in the Forde's  Daybreak Winter League was Kelly Shalloe on 1052 points. Kelly was made to battle all the way by Kelly Cantwell and Criostior Kenneally with just 4 point separating the top 3. Kelly  improved her time consistently over the 13 weeks and reduced from 22.05 on the first night to 16.39 on the last night. She finished 2 points clear of runner up Kelly Cantwell who finished on 1050 points. Kelly Cantwell was another runner who showed massive improvement in time throughout the league dropping from 22.42 to 17.11. Finishing in third place was Criostior Kenneally on 1048. Criostior improved his time from 25.16 on night 1 to 19.18 on the last night. It was great to see these 3 battle it out for top honours in the league. Rounding out the top 5 were Michael Coakley on 952 and Marita Murray on 936. Looking down the Divisions, division 2 was won by Tracy Grant, with the runner up being Linda Foley with Roisin Feeney third.  Fiona O'Riordan won Division 3 with Liam O'Droma 2nd. Sinead O'Rourke claimed Division 4 with the runner-up being Sharon Murray.
The top 10 were:
Kelly Shalloe               1052
Kelly Cantwell             1050
Criostior Kenneally       1048
Michael Coakley           952
Marita Murray               936
Patrick Ryan                929
Ann O'Donovan             908
Jonaathan Regan          906
Conor O'Neill                 868           
Ciara Donnelly               813
Division 2 Winner  Tracy Grant          929
               2nd       Linda Foley           921
               3rd        Roisin Feeney       904
Division 3 Winner  Fiona O'Riordan     827
               2nd        Liam O'Droma      809
Division 4 Winner   John Foley            697
               2nd        Brigid Coffey         680
Division 5 Winner   Sinead O'Rourke    607
                2nd       Sharon Murray       581.
 Prizes were also presented to the runners on the short course who ran the fastest times during the league.
Fastest Man- Shane McGovern (15.38)
Fastest Woman - Ann Quinn (18.23)
There were 11 runners that completed all 13 nights of the league which is a great achievement. the 11 were: There was a draw held among these runners and the winner was Aishling Hourigan. All these runners along with any runners that ran 9 nights of the league were rewarded with a hat.
Kelly Shalloe
Criostoir Kenneally
Michael Coakley
Marita Murray
Patrick Ryan
Tracy Grant
Linda Foley
Aishling Hourigan
Ann Quinn
Gerry Cummins
Fiona O'Riordan
 "The Shalloes" (Kelly Shalloe, Tracy Grant and Mary Whyte) held on to their lead to end up deserving winner of the team competition on 341. "The Road Liners" (Michael Coakley, Conor O'Neill and Martin Sandford) finished second on a total of 396. In third place were "The Crockers" (Jennifer O'Riordan, Fiona O'Riordan and Jason O'Riordan) on 438.
A very special draw was made at our awards night out when a draw was made among all our stewards who gave so freely of their time to steward this year's league, two very generous prizes were donated for the draw by David and Judith McNally for their business The Ormond Cafe on Grattan Square for which we sincerely thank them for their generosity. The winners of these vouchers were Vincent O'Donovan and Ger Wyley. Many thanks to all our winter league stewards and to Karen Ryan our coordinator.
Along with the vouchers kindly donated to the winter league by Ormonde Cafe we were also fortunate to have two beautiful hampers presented to us by Cathal Gleeson of Venture Clothing store Dungarvan. One of the awards was drawn pre Christmas which when Sandra Moore was the lucky winner and the other was drawn among the rest of the stewards at the presentation night in Minnie's and here the lucky winner was Anslem Hayes, Well done to both prize winners and many thanks to Cathal for his kind gesture.
All outstanding prizes and hats for winter league can be collected Monday to Friday from James at Intersport Elverys.
The successful 24th annual Forde's Daybreak winter league came to an end recently and once again from the outset it has to be said it was one of our most successful in recent years. As all of us involved know it's a big commitment each and every Wednesday evening covering a total of 13 weeks in all kinds of weather, to be out helping the club in this way for the enjoyment of others, but of course without these people there would be no league as the 30 or so helpers and stewards take up their position at the same time each Wednesday evening making sure that us runners are safe while running the league. A special thanks this year a last must go to Karen Ryan who coordinated all the stewards for the duration of the league, Karen did this most important job diligently each week making sure if someone was unable to come that there was another person organised to fill this slot, well done Karen on a great job. We must also of course sincerely thank our sponsor Kevin and Forde of Forde's Daybreak on the Youghal Road, a better sponsor there isn't , many thanks Kevin. To another most important crew, those on registrations a big thanks for all your help. Breda Cantwell, Shirley Flynn, Ann Dunford , Karen Ryan , Catriona Kiely, Sharon Duggan and Ray Burke. Thanks to Tony Ferncombe  who looked after our timing for the duration of the league and also along with Tony were Liam Crowe, Jim Fleming, Ray Burke and Gerry Cantwell who for many hours were on computer duty working out times and handicaps and league tables, starting times etc. Thanks to our chairman Tom Leahy for his work this year with the league. Thanks to our old friends Kevin Casey and James O'Sullivan of Top Oil for their weekly vouchers throughout the 13 weeks of the league. Dan Belton of Avonmore Dairies for his attendance with Avonmore Protein Milk. Our thanks go to Ann Dunford for her on-going work with posting results  on the club web site each week. To Jamie Mills and John Mc Grath who looked after the cones each night and as always did a fine job and to the lads at the Sports Centre who were there every night and provided much needed help and support. To Tom for all his help with the weekly notes.  We are very excited about the 25th Annual winter league which will start later in the year and work is going on already by the committee. We will celebrate a quarter century in the appropriate manner.  
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. Last year in this league we added another extra night and was met with approval all round making it now a 5 week league. 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 29th and continue for five  Wednesday evenings April 5th,12th,19th and 26th .Mass start each evening at 6.30 pm.
The organising committee feel with the popularity of the new Waterford greenway that it has been decided to try and in cooperate this brilliant facility into the event from this year on. We have now picked a very nice 4 mile distance with a mix of public road and taking in a good part of the beautiful Greenway facility also. Last week we announced a new race sponsor also and we welcome onboard to the event  O'Reillys Traditional butchers Kilmacthomas and Pa O'Reilly. We thank Pa and the O'Reilly family for their willingness to get involved in this new venture with us. A new charity will also be the benefactors  from the race as the local group Kilmacthomas Cardiac First Responder Scheme who are 24-7 in the area on call for all emergency's. We are looking forward to seeing all our old fiends out supporting this event and we hope to have many new friends come along also. The race will be held on Sunday February 25th at 11 am, and registration will be at the Community hall as will the presentation of prizes and the cuppa. 
The categories are as follows:
MEN-1st 2nd and 3rd, 1st over 40, 45, 50 and 55
LADIES- 1st 2nd and 3rd, 1st over 35, 40, 45 and 50
 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 Dungarvan GAA club pavilion ( by kind permission ) 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.
At some point all of us as athletes have had a race where we have let our head rule our body and didn’t achieve our full potential, on that day. As part of our club long term athletic development programme we have organised a seminar to help address this. Niamh Connolly is a busy Cognitive Behavioural Therapist based in Dungarvan Co. Waterford. As a result of a growing waiting list in her private practice, and a rising interest in, and appetite for, CBT, she established ‘The Mind Gym’ in 2017. Niamh has developed a series of workshops and seminars based on the scientifically proven CBT protocols she uses in her work, and can now reach a far wider audience. ‘The Mind Gym’ teaches how to overcome a variety of issues and challenges, to reach optimal mental fitness. Mental and physical health are two sides of the same coin – you can be in your best physical shape, but if your head is not in the right place, you won’t reach your full potential. Niamh’s aim is to demystify these mental struggles, and teach easy to use strategies that both identify the issues and improve the mindset. In an informative, but informal style, Niamh will help you understand how negative thinking patterns and performance anxiety can happen, along with demonstrating the clinically proven skills and techniques used to overcome them. As she says "our mind is our most important muscle" and she wants to share the best exercises to keep it fit and healthy! Please book in advance with Irene on 086 8242348.
If you have ran the winter league and wondering what next ?? we have an improvers running group that meet on a Tuesday evening. If you can run 5k (or the short winter league) but want to get more comfortable over the distance then this is the group for you. It also serves as an introduction to speed work if you wish to improve your times over shorter distances. As with all our running groups its very social and welcoming and no-one feels intimidated. Come and join us for a bit of craic on the track.
Mick Concannon ran his weekly marathon last Saturday when he travelled to Lusk in Co Dublin for the 4 lap East Of Ireland organised event. Mick completed the course in 3.56.
After a break of some 12 years since it was last held it was great to see the Crohaun trail race take place last Sunday morning with an excellent field of 80 taking part despite the foggy and wet conditions , as we go to press the full results are now yet available but we will publish them when they are. The one results we do know is that West Waterford AC provided the overall race winner in Andy Fleet, the race was held as part of the Munster winter/spring league and also the south east trail league. Andy only in the past few months joined our club from Manchester in the UK.A super runner on the road also his first love is Mountain/Trail running and he proved his immense talent here on the door step of his new home base in Dungarvan breaking 30 minutes for the race. The first female home was Dena Hogan and a very good field of 80 took part which was very encouraging for the first race.  Well done to all others who took part and to our club member Eoghan Moloney and his team  involved in the organising of the event.
Mick Concannon ran his weekly marathon last Saturday when he travelled to Lusk in Co Dublin for the 4 lap East Of Ireland organised event. Mick completed the course in 3.56.
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