Senior News

Notes February 25-18.

It's a new dawn it's a new day it's a new life, the song comes into mind after last Sunday's Kilmacthomas 4 mile race, as you know by now we have made many changes to the event this year, firstly our new sponsor O'Reilly Traditional Butchers Kilmacthomas have become the lead sponsors. The distance has changed from 5 miles to 4 and much of the race is now on the fabulous Waterford Greenway. All of these changes have been met with all round approval as was witnessed by the numbers who took part in the event last Sunday morning. It was great to see so many new faces in Kilmacthomas supporting this popular race venue in mid county, it was also pleasing to see so many of the former race organising committee in the area still so much involved with this new venture ,we sincerely thank them for the involvement in the past and going forward into the future with this race, we are only delighted to have them with us on the journey. Proceeds from the event this year were donated to the local group Kilmacthomas cardiac First Responder Scheme who are quite a new group in the area set up to look after any medical emergencies in the area, particularly on the Waterford Greenway. The race was number 4 in the Michael Roche carpets series and thankfully the weather was good and dry if very cold, however this didn't deter the runners coming out in force as 195 completed the race. One again the organising committee in Kilmacthomas as we come to expect from this great group of people had no stone left 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. Pa was 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 hand 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 of road racing coordinator Gerry Cantwell, An Dunford, Ray and Kevin Burke, Shirley Flynn, Catriona Kiely, Liam Crowe and Tom Leahy who all did a brilliant job on entries ,results and timing, to Conor Norris,Jamie Mills  and John Mc Grath for all their work once again thanks guys. A huge thanks to Johnny Troy who looked after the photos of the event on the day for us. 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 2019.
We had a jam packed field of top male runners last Sunday for the 4 mile in Kilmacthomas with a good spread of counties around the southeast represented. From the gun we had athletes from Cork, Waterford and Tipperary represented in the front pack. At mile 1 two had broke clear Sean Mc Grath East Cork AC and Carrick On Suir AC athlete Brian Murphy with another group just in behind consisting of Eoin Lyons Focus on fitness, Kevin O'Leary East Cork AC Warren Roche Ferrybank AC also in contention. Just after the turn off the road and onto the greenway there was a decisive move from Sean Mc Grath as he opened up a short lead on Murphy, on the downhill section heading back the greenway to the finish at the Viaduct,  Mc Grath was to hold on for victory crossing the line in a fast 20.35 with Murphy a clear 2nd in 20.47 the battle for the 3rd position was eventually be claimed by Eoin Lyons 21.05 just 4 seconds to spear over Kevin O'Leary 4th with Warren Roche 5th in 21.31, so very fast running by the top athletes proving that this course is defiantly a fast course. Frank Quinlan Waterford AC took the first over 40 prize in 21.35.Sean Dwyer West Waterford AC ran  a time of 25.00 to take the over 45 section while Ray Hahesy  West Waterford AC had a brilliant run to claim the over 50's in a time of 24.44, both Ray and Sean took these two winning category prize in last year's race here in Kilmac also, West Waterford AC also provided the over 50 category winner in new world 0ver 65 indoor record holder over 800 meters Joe Gough in a time of 24.37.Well done to all winners.
 Kilmacthomas 4 Mile Road Race
1st Sean Mc Grath East Cork  A.C.
2nd Brian Murphy Carrick On Suir A.C.
3rd Eoin Lyons Ferrybank A.C
1st O/40 Frank Quinlan Waterford A.C.
1st O/45 Sean Dwyer West Waterford A.C.
1st O/50 Ray Hahesy West Waterford A.C.
1st O/55 Joe Gough West Waterford A.C.
With a great name like Lorna Davy Fitzgerald it was a deserving victory last Sunday for the athlete who made the trip all the way from Mallow AC to compete over 4 miles and view the famous Waterford Greenway, making it a double for Cork athletes on the day providing both the men's and women's winners. It was  a very close ladies race with only 40 seconds separating the top 4 finishers. Finishing 26th overall our winner was Mallow AC's Lorna Davy Fitzgerald with a time of 25.18 just 20 seconds behind her was Naomi Doonan Saturday Road Runners in 25.38 and a further 4 seconds for third was West Waterford AC's Kate Veale in 25.42 .Louise Morgan Ferrybank AC  took the over 35 prize in a time of 25.56 and the over 40 section was won by Martina O'Dwyer Carrick On Suir AC  in a time of 25.48,great to se Martina back in competitive action again, The over 45’s went to Maria Griffin St Josephs AC in 27.04 and the over 50 category went to Onra Power West Waterford AC in a time of 31.07 .Well done to all the ladies that took part and to all those that won their respective categories.
  Ladies results.
1st Lorna Davy Fitzgerald Mallow A.C.
2nd Naomi Doonan Saturday Road Runners
3rd Kate Veale West Waterford A.C.
1st O/35 Louise Morgan Ferrybank A.C.
1st O/40 Martina O'Dwyer Carrick on Suir A.C.
1st O/45 Maria Griffin St Joseph's A.C.
1st O/50 Onra Power West Waterford A.C.
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 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.
The club membership is now due and can be paid at any of our club events. You can now pay your club membership online or you can also download our club membership form off our web site and send it into us. Gerry Cantwell, Helvick, Ring  Dungarvan Co. Waterford  is the club registrar and he will also be available at all club events to accept your membership at a cost of 25 Euros. Each year, the Dungarvan 10K is the traditional cut off point for membership. This means that athletes will not feature on club teams unless they are current members of the club and with the summer series not too far away it’s time to sign up. Please note that membership with the club is for the calendar year and will cease on December 31st and it’s not 12 months from the date that you join.
The 6th annual Aglish fun run takes place on Easter Monday 02nd April  2018.10k run/5k run or 5 k walk. entry fee 7 euro or a donation. registration from 11 am. event starts at 11.30 .refreshments afterwards in Aglish community hall. Numerous spot prizes. sponsorship cards available on request. All proceeds to Children's Hospital Crumlin. Support club committee member Liam O'Donnell with his annual fundraiser for this worthy cause.
Irish athletics history was made last Thursday evening at the National athletic arena in Abbottstown Dublin when the mighty Joe Gough rewrote the records books with a stunning 800 meters world record in the over 65 category running a time of 2.16.65.The old record one of the oldest in the indoor athletics record book's was held by the famous Canadian athlete Earl Fee who set it way back in 1994.In many ways the writing was on the wall as Joe had a few weeks previously broke the Irish 400 meters record when he ran 59.57. and as he is just in this new age category this year and knowing Joe and the form his in this is was not unexpected by many of us. Joe is currently training for the upcoming European Masters due to be held in Madrid Spain from 19th - 24th March where he is hoping to compete in both 800 and 1.500 meters. Joe continued his Euro preparations on Saturday evening at the same venue guesting in the Leinster indoors he continued his winning ways when taking victory in the over 55 800 meters with a time of  2.21.45 his splits were 74 / 67. next stop for Joe and his team mates is the Masters nationals in Athlone on Sunday next. We wish him well along with the other West Waterford AC taking part.
Very best of luck to our master athletes competing in Sunday's national masters in Athlone arena.
The team competing are
Paudie Barron 60 and 200 meters.
Terri Gough 60, 200 and 400 meters.
Joe Gough 200, 400 and 800 meters.
Gregory Fitzgerald 400 meters.
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.
Terri Gough was very busy last weekend when she not alone ran one marathon but two marathons in the Beleek B2B marathons held last Saturday and Sunday. Terri completed day one in 5.46 and on Sunday day 2 she completed the course in 6.01, Terri now has well in excess of 130 marathons completed at this stage and she is the leading club members with completed marathons under her belt. well done Terri.
I was born to be a runner. I simply love to run. It's almost like the faster I go, the easier it becomes.