Senior News

Notes January 06-19

The long course league returned with a big turnout of runners, the long course almost didn't happen as we had a serious blackout of street lighting on a dangerous part of the course but our quick thinking helpers put a plan of action into place and the league was able to go ahead ,many thanks to the crew involved in making this a happen last Wednesday night. On top of the blackout we decided to go with a guess your time run for the first night back,  firstly  to ease runners back in the league after the Christmas break and secondly to start getting ourselves in the Colligan cup mode as its almost that time of year again when we will be all heading to Colligan wood for the famed Kiely monumental Colligan cup event.Deirdre Hahesy  proved to be queen of the pacing last week as she romped home our winner just 1 second outside her predicted time which was enough to claim a famous victory.Coming very close to pulling off the win when just 7 second out was Mark Lenihan and next home was Johnny Cooney who was 9 seconds out.we must also not forget mentioning  those who were just on the wrong side of the clock Pat Frisby was an agonising 2 seconds off taking the win while Elenor Casey was only 4 seconds off the mark.Well done to all who ran and got back to running ways after the break, we hope to see you all again tonight for round 8 and also in Colligan on Sunday January 20th  at 12 noon for the Colligan cup, Deirdre Hahesy could very well be the lady to watch this year.
As we restart after the Christmas break we can see that the league tables are starting to take shape and its becoming a bit clearer as to who could possibly be our overall winner this year. We also have many battling it out for divisional honours also and the tables will be displayed in the hall tonight , so do check out your position at this stage of the league it just might be interesting reading. One thing for sure there's a lot of twists and turns to come over the next 5 weeks before this league table is played out, watch this space.
 For the record the current top 10 are as follows:
Jordan O'Rourke 1456
Joe O'Rourke 1443
Mark Lenihan 1405
Nicky McKenna 1400
Debra Doherty 1371
Brendan Cosgrave 1354
Jim Barry 1323
Lee Martin 1313
Brie Lloyd-Evans 1289
John Downey 1267
Conditions were perfect as the runners gathered at Dungarvan Sports Centre  for week 8 of the Fordes Daybreak winter league before heading out on the 2.4 mile run.  This was our first night back of 2019 and it was great to see some new faces joining up as well as our returning regulars. As we start into a new year we really need to thank and be grateful to our stewards. It is one thing to go out and run on a winters evening,  It's a tougher task altogether to go out and steward in those conditions so a special thanks to our stewards and helpers without whom we'd be unable to have our leagues. There was a great number out again last Wednesday when 72 runners took up the challenge, on what was our eighth night of the winter league for 2018/19. It was great to see some new 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 2.4 miles in total. After registering make sure to check your start time on the sheets posted on the wall. To ease the runners back into action, the league was run under "Colligan Cup" or "Predict Your Time" rules where it is the first to finish after the clock hits Zero is the winner. The winner on the night was Oisin Downey. Next Closest after the clock hit 0 was Mary O'Keefe who was  3 seconds away, followed by Tomas Murphy who was 4 seconds after the clock. The Next two closest were Stephen Hogan and Arthur Chizikov who were 6 and 8 seconds after the clock. The unlucky person who was the first person before the clock hit 0 was Ann Lyons (6 seconds ahead) with the next closest being Christine Wade and Sean Breathnach who were 14 and 20 seconds too fast. Next week well be returning to normal so remember to check your time on the wall after registering. Well done to all who took part, and remember newcomers are always welcome. Just come along to Dungarvan Sports centre on Wednesday Night at 6.30 to register. If you haven't been taking part up to know, maybe you could try and make it your new year's resolution to give it a try.
The current top 10 are.
Michael Coakley 727
Patrick Ryan 724
Christopher Phelan 716
Clare Moffat 704
Theresa Curran 704
Oisín Downey 677
Olivia Curran 670
Margaret Whelan 653
Aisling Hourigan 647
Elaine Curran 644
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 up and running with the past 3 weeks. On the Long route, the leaders are  "Father, Son and Holy Spirit" (Joe O'Rourke, Jordan O'Rourke and Mark Lenihan) on 276. In Second are "Not Fast, Just Furious" (Joe Grant, Mark Shalloe and Kelly Shalloe) on 309 points. In Third are "Pavement Princesses ( Geraldine Barry, Onra Power and Michelle Finnegan) on 554.On the short routes, the leader are "Curran and Co" (Theresa Curran, Elaine Curran and Nicola McCarty) on 155 points. In second place are "West Cork Crew" (Michael Coakley, Conor O'Neill and Lisa O'Neill) on 176.
For the 2018/19 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 Nicola Mc Carthy. long route- Cathal Dwane
week 2 winners were short route Jackie Tobin. long route- Linda Foley
week 3 winners were short route  Oisín Downey- Long Route- Éanna de Faoite
week 4 winners were short route Áine O'Brien -Long route-Phillipa Keating.
week 5 winners were short route David Towey  -Long Route- Lee Martin.
week 6 winners were short route Sheilanne O'Donoghue route-Long route Patrick Carey .
week 7 winners were short route John Power -Long route -Eoin Walsh.
week 8 winners were short route Marie Ahearne -Long route- Eileen Heffernan
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. Well done to everyone taking part and remember it is never too late to join. Newcomers are always welcome - just come along around 6.30 to register with the clock starting at 6.50.
Were full steam ahead now for the upcoming race of the year, the 28th annual John Treacy Dungarvan 10. With registration completely full with over 3.000 places filled. We are now nicely assembling a really top class field of elite athletes which will make for the biggest and best race to date. The race is on Sunday February 3rd at 1.00 p.m. All finishers of The John Treacy Dungarvan 10 will receive the now famous West Waterford AC goody bag, plus a Nike dry fit running top will be awarded to all finishers. Shower facilities will be available at the Dungarvan Sports Centre for men, The Fusion centre alongside for Ladies  and the Dungarvan Boxing club pavilion (by kind permission) for the ladies showers .  All race Goodie bags and Shirts will be awarded when runners cross the finishing line. Presentation of prizes will take place at the Sports centre where teas and sandwiches will be provided. This year's race once again will see substantial cash prizes for the top runners and bonus cash to the first athlete to break either course record. Substantial cash prizes will follow down throughout the categories. The club committee have been working hard to ensure that the day will go off without a hitch and our hope now is the  man above will do his bit by giving us a good day weather wise for the race of the year.
It’s a mammoth task for our club to organise the upcoming 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 3rd please contact stewarding coordinator Karen Ryan 086 8245683. or catering manager Gerry Cantwell 086 3503571.Please support your local athletics club.
The Indoor track season is about to kick off and the following competitions are listed 
National Junior and under 23 Athlone Sunday 27th January
AAI Indoor games Abbottstown Dublin on Saturday February 2nd
Munster walks Nenagh Saturday February 9th
Munster Junior, Senior and Masters Nenagh Sunday February 10th
National Seniors Abbottstown Saturday and Sunday March 16th and 17th 
 Please contact either club track and field coordinators Michael Dunford 087-9928887 or Gregory Fitzerald 087-6445789.Note no entries will be accepted on day of competition and you have to be a paid up member of the club  before being entered for any of the above competitions. 
A field of 300 took part in last Saturdays Kilmacthomas 10k and 5k 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 Noel Murphy Waterford AC 33.10 from Raivis Zakis West Waterford AC 33.28 who had won last year's race and 3rd was local man living in England and home on holidays but running with West Waterford AC Dermot Cummins 34.26 the 1st Junior was Mateo Mary Waterford AC 35.28.The ladies winner was 1st Sally Forristal St.Josephs AC 38.58 from 2nd Naomi Doonan Saturday Road Runners 42.36 and 3rd was Siobhain Kennedy Focas On Fitness 43.32.and the first junior lady was 1st Junior Alice Monaghan Ind 49.44
 The Michael Roche Carpets Series will continue on Sunday the 20th January with the 31st 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 31st 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 20th 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 24th at 11 a.m., the 17th 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.  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 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 runners.
It has just been announced  that West Waterford's Joe Gough to be awarded the European masters Male athlete of the year along with Eva Trost of Germany who will receive the Ladies award.
Joe the world record holder M60 (indoor, 800m), won the 800 meters at the World Masters Athletic Championships in Malaga in what was a new European record time and the 1500m meters. At the EMACI in Madrid he won gold at the same distances.
Joe's main International record for 2018 reads as follows.
800m (2:16.37) – European Record – Malaga
World Champion and European Champion in 2018
World indoor 800 meter record February
Indoor: 800m (2:22.36 ), 1500m (5:05.16) – European Champion in Madrid
Outdoor: 800m (2:16.37, ER), 1500m (4:49.63) – World Champion in Malaga
Eva Trost of Germany set two W50 world records in 800 m and 800 m indoor, one European record in 4x400m (GER, W45). She became World Champion three times.
A huge congratulations to both and especially Joe as he is most deserving of his latest Accolade.
Four of our seasoned marathoners were in action  last Saturday morning at the MCI Blackrock marathon. Making a good start to 2019 Ted O'leary lead the group home with a time of 3.39,Ted was running his 89th marathon as he looks at breaking the magic 100 this coming year. Just 10 minutes behind was Paul Brunnock with a 3.49 posting and just around another 10 minutes or so saw out third finisher Mick Concannon who clocked a solid 4.00 and our only lady competitor on the day the ever green Terri Gough covered the 26.2 miler in a time of 6.25.
Well done to all four.
I was born to be a runner. I simply love to run. It's almost like the faster I go, the easier it becomes.