Senior News

Notes February 24-19

25th ANNUAL  FORDE'S DAYBREAK WINTER LEAGUE CONCLUDES.
 
 
 
 
 
 
We celebrated the 25th year of our winter league this year ,the oldest and original national winter league event was one of the most successful in  its 25 year history blessed with great weather and the numbers participating holding up superbly well right to the final night. 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 25 years of its existence. This year's league saw 3106 finishers over the 13 weeks which is an in creditable number of runners coming along each Wednesday to the sports centre for the league. The overall winner of the short route for 2018/19 was Theresa Curran while the long route trophy was presented to Joe O'Rourke.  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. To celebrate the 25th year of the league this year all runners who ran 9 nights of the league were rewarded with a long sleeve 25th year anniversary running top.
 
 
 
 
 
JOE O' ROURKE BECOMES OUR 25TH WINNER OF THE  FORDES DAYBREAK WINTER LEAGUE.
 
 
 
 
 
The winner of our famed winter league this year was a man who is quite new to the local running scene, indeed a short while ago he came along and joined in the clubs beginners running group and the bug seems to have bitten Joe O'Rourke who is now among an elite group of people who have their name engraved on the winter league cup .It was an unusual situation in this years league as not alone did Joe take the overall honours but his young son Jordan was 2nd, a complete new comer to running Jordan was the closest person to have the opportunity of knock Joe off his pedestal over the final couple of rounds, who knows maybe his day will come again but Joe prevailed and had only 45 points to spear over Jordan after 13 weeks of running, 2236 for Joe and 2191 for Jordan, so well done to the O'Rourke's from Ballinroad and especially Joe our overall Fordes daybreak winter league winner for 2018/19. Speaking about new comers to the sport Brendan Cosgrave who finished 3rd on 2158 points was always  in the hunt throughout the league and is another man who this time last year had no notion he would be running at all never mind running the winter league and there you are he finished 3rd for his efforts. 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 Joe O'Rourke 2236
2 Jordan O Rourke 2191
3 Brendan Cosgrave 2158
4 Jim Barry 2127
5 Mark Shalloe 2077
6 Paul McGrath 2057
7 Molly Fitzgerald 2012
8 Tasha Lanigan 2005
9 Lorena Mooney 2004
10 Nicky Mckenna 1998
 
 
 
Division 2.John Leonard 1965.
Division 3. Joanie McGrath 1832.
Division 4.Jack Ahearne 1807.
Division 5. Geraldine Barry 1687.
Division 6. Richie Fitzgerald 1642.
Division 7.Kevin Ryan 1541.
Division 8. Gerry Cummins 1564.
Division 9. Ingrid Doublet 1485.
Division 10. Claire Cosgave 1343.
Division 11. Jean Beresford 1236.
Division 12. Irene Dee 1163.
 
 
 
 
 
LONG COURSE TEAM COMPETITION SUCCESS FOR "NOT FAST,JUST FURIOUS.".
 
 
 
 
 
On the Long route, the deserving winners were  "Not Fast, Just Furious" (Joe Grant, Mark Shalloe and Kelly Shalloe) on 578 points. In second were "Pavement Princesses" ( Geraldine Barry, Onra Power and Michelle Finnegan)  on 779 with third place going to  "Father, Son and Holy Spirit" (Joe O'Rourke, Jordan O'Rourke and Mark Lenihan) on 836. 
 
 
 
 
 
  34 COMPLETE ALL 13 WINTER LEAGUE LONG COURSE NIGHTS.
 
 
 
 
 
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 a huge number in fact the largest number ever when 34 runners on the long course completed all 13 nights of the league, a special well done to all of you. The winner of the prize raffled among those 33 who completed each and every night was won by Paschal Proctor.
 
 
 
 
 
FASTEST MAN AND WOMEN ON THE LONG COURSE LEAGUE.
 
 
 
 
 
 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 Raivis Zakis  took the title of fastest man on the long route with a superb time of 28.40. Turning to the ladies long course, our fastest lady was Liz Nyhan with a time of 34.56.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 THANKS TO ALL WHO HELPED WITH THE LEAGUE.
 
 
 
 
 
The successful 25th 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, Ray Burke, 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 also. 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. 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.  For now pencil in the 1st Wednesday night in November for round 1 of the 26th year of the league ,see you then.
 
 
 
 
 
 
THERESA CURRAN IS WINNER OF THE SHORT ROUTE IN THE 2018/19 FORDES DAYBREAK WINTER LEAGUE.
 
 
 
 
 
 
After 13 weeks of competition, the overall winner for the Short Route in the Forde's  Daybreak Winter League was Theresa Curran on 1133. Theresa improved her time consistently over the 13 weeks and reduced from 36.32 on the first night to 21.34 on the last night. She finished 72 points clear of runner up Claire Moffat who finished on 1061 points. Claire was another runner who showed massive improvement in time throughout the league dropping from 22.16 to 18.32. Finishing in third place was Elaine Curran on 1060. Elaine improved her time from 36.32 on night 1 to 21.10 on the last night.  In Fourth was Christopher Phelan on 1059. Christopher improved from 22.51 in week 2 to 16.17 on the final night. 5th went to Patrick Ryan on 958 points. Patrick's times improved from 23.48 on the opening night to 19.15 on the last night. Looking down the Divisions, division 2 was won by Ronan Foley,with the runner up being Pat O'Connell with Lorna Murphy third.  Mary Power won Division 3 with Eileen Campbell 2nd. Caroline O'Brien claimed Division 4 with the runner up being Helen Cummins. Division 5 was won by Nicola Cunniffe with Lisa McGrath second. Vikki Mulhall ran out the winner of Division 6 with Colette Bannon 2nd. Michael Landers was a deserving winner of Division 7 with the runner up spot going to Lisa Fitzgerald.
 
 
 
 
The top 5 were:
 
 
 
Theresa Curran           1133
Claire Moffat                 1061
Elaine Curran               1060
Christopher Phelan       1059
Patrick Ryan                 958
 
 
Division 2 
Winner  Ronan Foley     954
               2nd       Pat O'Connell      947
               3rd        Lorna Murphy     942
 
Division 3 
Winner  Mary Power       894
               2nd        Eileen Campbell 884
 
Division 4 
Winner   Caroline O'Brien 844
               2nd        Helen Cummins    843
 
Division 5 
Winner   Nicola Cunniffe   779
                2nd       Lisa McGrath        769
 
Division 6 
Winner Vicki Mulhall       694
                2nd       Colette Bannon  672
 
Division 7 
Winner  Michael Landers  484
                2nd      Lisa Fitzgerald       468
 
 
 
 
 
There were 7 runners that completed all 13 nights of the league which is a great achievement. the 7 were:
 
 
 
 
 
Patrick Ryan
Aishling Hourigan
Theresa Curran
Eamonn Phelan
Olivia Curran
Siobhan O'Mahony
Marie Aherne
 
 
 
    
Prizes were also presented to the runners that ran the fastest times during the league who were included in the Final tables but didn't win a prize 
Fastest Man- Ciaran Friby  (13.41)
Fastest Woman - Brigid Coffey (17.30)
 There was a draw held among these runners with the winner being Siobhan O'Mahony.
 
 
 
 
 
"CURRAN AND CO" GRAB THE HEADLINES IN SHORT COURSE TEAM COMPETITION.
 
 
 
 
 
On the short routes, the clear winners were "Curran and Co" (Theresa Curran, Elaine Curran and Nicola McCarty) on  257 points. In second place were "West Cork Crew" (Michael Coakley, Conor O'Neill and Lisa Collins) on 535.
 
 
 
 
 
ORMOND CAFE VOUCHERS WON BY STEPHEN TUTTY AND DAN POWER.
 
 
 
 
 
A huge thank you to all our stewards over the 13 weeks of the league who came along each and every Wednesday night to look after our well being out on the roads of the town.
To Karen Ryan our thanks, she was the person responsible for and making sure every corner and crossing was covered by a steward each week. Thanks once again this year to David and Judith McNally of the Ormond Cafe Dungarvan who donated two vouchers to be raffled among all our winter league stewards and this year's winners were Stephan Tutty and Dan Power.A very special thank you to a man who hangs up his Hi Viz Bib for the last time . Jim Veale or longest serving winter league steward who has been stewarding for us as long as the league has been in existence a sincere thank you Jim for all of your many many hours you have given to our club over the years.
 
 
 
 
"TOP OIL" ASSOCIATE WINTER LEAGUE SPONSORS.
 
 
 
 
A huge thank you again this year to our league associate sponsor Top Oil and Kevin Casey and James O'Sullivan for their continued support of the club. We had a total of 26 individual voucher winner's over the 13 weeks of the league,one voucher for the short course and one voucher for the long course each week. All outstanding vouchers are available for collection from James Veale at Intersport Elverys.
 
 
 
 
 
NEXT LEAGUE IS THE POPULAR MARK MASON  FINANCIAL SERVICES COLLIGAN LEAGUE.
 
 
 
 
 
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. 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,1oth,17th and 24th .Mass start each evening at 6.30 pm.
 
 
 
 
 
COME AND TRAIN WITH THE ATHLETICS IRELAND DEVELOPMENT CLUB OF THE YEAR.
 
 
 
 
Club training will commence on 5th March 2019. For the next few months we will be training for the summer series of races and working towards improving times over the shorter distances. If you are currently training for longer distances we are happy to adapt the session to suit your race goals. We meet at the Friary and warm up starts at 6.30pm.Open to all club members and if you are not a member you are more than welcome to come and join us and try a session or two before committing to club membership. We cater for all abilities so there will be a group running at your pace.
For further information contact Irene Clark 086 8242348
 
 
 
 
 
RUN TO IMPROVE 2019 with the ATHLETICS IRELAND DEVELOPMENT CLUB OF THE YEAR 2018.
 
 
 
 
 
Are you running but have no structure to your training?
Would you like some company on your training runs?
Have you completed the winter league and are wondering what next?
Are you thinking of running your first 5k/ 10k / half marathon this year?
Our Run to Improve group is the answer. It is aimed at athletes who can run but would like to take their running to the next level. Whether that is stepping up to a longer distance, getting more comfortable over shorter distances or just putting some structure into your training.We train on a Tuesday evening from 6.30-7.30pm and meet at The Friary. The session consists of a warm up, run session with a group and a cool down. As part of this group you will have access to a training plan for the summer series as well as support from your peers and our fully qualified running coaches.
In June this group will start to train for the Eurofins Greenway Half Marathon so if that’s your goal this year come and join us now to build up your base fitness.
Give it a try......nothing to lose and everything to gain.
 
 
 
 
PAUL BRUNNOCK FOR THE 4TH TIME COMPLETES THE 3 IN 2.
 
 
 
 
Pual Brunnock once again, in fact for the 4th time took on the mighty challenge of the famed west of Ireland marathon challenge. On Saturday morning the race started with a full marathon 26.2 miles from Ballina to Killalla and for starters Paul completed this in a time of 4.01.49 finishing 8th after a short rest he was on the road again for the 28 lap marathon again over 26.2 miles around Beleek forest, Paul's pacing is legendry and again he completed this with a time of 4.08.43 coming home 6th overall. It was food and bed time as he needed to be up bright and early for the 8 AM start Sunday and after two back to back marathons the previous day he faced an ultra 53 km distance and here not alone did he complete the course but he was first home in a time of 5.33,tough man or wa !!!Terri Gough also ran the 1st of the marathons on Saturday and she completed the race in a time of 6.03.58.Terri returned Sunday to complete her 2nd marathon of the weekend and this one she ran in a time of 622.35,so well done Terri  and especially well done to Paul on another in creditable feat .
 
 
 
 
SYMPATHY.
 
 
 
 
West Waterford athletic club extend sincere sympathy to the family and friends of Theresa Lyons, 12 Boreenatra, Dungarvan, Co. Waterford and Mrs Catherine Gough,
Five Cross Roads, Stradbally, Waterford who passed to their eternal reward recently, may they  rest in peace.
 
 
 
 
 

KINSALE 10.

 

 

Well done to our club members who completed the Kinsale 10 mile road race this morning. A field of 650 ran and the race winner ws Tim O'Donoghue East Cork AC in a time of 51.56 with the ladies victory going to Katie Hickson Cork Tri club in 65.35.West Waterford AC had 9 taking part and first home here was Mark Cliffe in 1.12.10 with Ted O'Leary next in 1.13.53,Gary Hurney covered the undulating course in 1.16.50 and Eoin O'Riordan was next in 1.23.13,the first of our ladies was Hazel Crowley and Katie Bullen in 1.32.21 and the three Cappoquin ladies crossed the line together in 1.35.15 Catherine Condon, Eleanor Casey and Mary Cahill. well done to all.

 

 

 
CLUB MEMBER COLM RYAN COMPLETES 50 MILE CHARITY RUN IN AID OF THE IRISH CANCER SOCIETY.
 
 
 
 
As the dust descended on the Nire valley last Saturday evening news came through that  Colm Ryan had competed his 50 mile charity run. Club member Colm Ryan today took on the mammoth challenge of a 50 mile run all in aid of the Irish Cancer society. Starting at Carriganore at 8.30 am he headed for Tramore before heading on for Kilmeaden then onto Kilmacthomas, next stop was Dungarvan before the final leg to his home Ballymacrabery where a great crowd were present to welcome him home, Colm was joined along the route by fellow club members and others who all came along and did their bit throughout the day keeping him company over various stages of the run.In the region of 5.000 euro was raised for cancer, a big well done to Colm and indeed all the backroom team involved with this fundraiser for such a worthy cause.
 
 
 
 
P.B FOR MICHEÁL POWER OVER 5.000 METERS.
 
 
 
 
Super well done to Micheal Power who recorded a new personal best 5.000 meters time last Saturday evening  in Athlone Arena when  he clocked 14.29.96 taking 4 seconds off his best to date, Micheál finished runner up in the race to Darren McElhinney Bantry AC 14.13.67. Micheál will next run a 1.5000 meter indoors in two weeks as his indoor season comes to a close and after a short break its back to work for the upcoming outdoor season .
 
 
 
RUNNINNG QUOTE.
 
 
 
If I can do it, other people can do it, too.