Senior News

Notes January 07-18

We were lucky with the weather and the wind and rain from earlier in the day had cleared before the runners gathered at Dungarvan Sports Centre  for week 8 of the Fordes Daybreak winter league before heading out on the 2.5 mile run.  There was a great number out again last Wednesday when 51 runners completed the course, on what was our first night of the winter league for 2018. It was great to see plenty 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 2.5 miles in total. After registering make sure to check you off time on the sheets posted on the wall. To ease the runners back into action for the new year, last week was run on the Predict Your Time format (similar to the upcoming Colligan Cup on 21st January). The clock started at 32 minutes and counts down with the aim for each runner to go off at the time which will have them finishing when the clock hits 0. The winner on the night is the person that is closest to their predicted time after the clock hits 0.The winner on the night was Orla Quinlan who was just 2 seconds slower than her predicted time. Second was Kelly Shalloe who was 3 seconds out. Aishling Hourigan was 10 seconds out with Kelly Cantwell 16 seconds out. Criostoir Kenneally was 19 seconds slower. Ciara McKenna was very unlucky when missing out by being just 1 second fat. Mairead Foley and Lorna Foley were just 2 and 3 seconds fast with Emma Power 5 seconds fast.
The tables are now taking shape on the short course and the current leader is Kelly Shalloe on 749 with Kelly Cantwell second on 711 and Criostior Kenneally 3rd on 702. Ciara Donnelly follows currently in 4th place on 682 points and the top 5 is completed with Marita Murray who currently is standing on 666 points. It's all to play for yet.
The current top 5 is:
Kelly Shalloe           749
Kelly Cantwell          711
Criostoir Kenneally   702
Ciara Donnelly          682
Marita Murray          666
Division 2 - Linda Foley           627
Division 3 - Margaret Whelan   558
Division 4 - Emma Power        500
Division 5 - John Woods         433
The best scoring team last week was Cool Running (Ciara McKenna, Conor Coleman and Darragh Curran). The overall leaders are still  "the Road Liners" (Michael Coakley, Conor O'Neill and Martin Sandford) on 159. In second place are "The Shalloes" (Kelly Shalloe, Tracy Grant and Mary Whyte) on 186.
The long course league returned with a bang this week as we had newcomer's and regulars partaking, to throw the cat among the pigeons 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. The night belonged to Alice Fitzgerald who was the nearest to her predicted time for the run as she was on the button as the clock which was county backwards reached zero, just one second out was her son Richie Fitzgerald which was in creditable to think that both mother and son who started at different times on the night ended up with just one second separating them. Also very close to pulling off the win were Annette Cullen just 2 seconds out and only 3 seconds off the mark were Alan Curran and Paul Brunnock, we must also not forget mentioning  those who were just on the wrong side of the clock Catriona Lee only one second and Molly Fitzgerald and John Geehan only 2 seconds out. 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 9 and also in Colligan on Sunday February 21st at 12 noon for the Colligan cup, just turn up and follow Alice Fitzgerald sur its simple, isn't it ???.Just a quick reminder to all our runners to be careful out on the course and obey the stewards at all times. REMEMBER THAT THE ROADS ARE NOT CLOSED SO BE CAREFUL OF TRAFFIC. 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.
As we restart after the Christmas break we can see that winner of last week's guess your time run Alice Fitzgerald is out in front and has a lead of 11 points over Craig Cowming who in turn has 44 points lead over John Twomey with Patrick Power just 3 points behind John and John is only 6 points ahead of Damien Casey. 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 top 5 are as follows:
Alice Fitzgerald 1205
Craig Cowming 1194
John Twomey 1150
Patrick Power 1147
Damien Casey 1141
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 still are "Here we go again" (Linda Bradfield, Onra Power and Michelle Finnegan) on 220 points. Moving up to second are Bobs Angels" (Eamon Curran, Sinead Moore and Denise Nugent) on 332 with "Happy Feet" (Catriona Lee, Carol Pope and Geraldine Barry) in third on 367. The best scoring team last week was "3 Times Lucky" (Annette Cullen, Sean Ryan and Patricia Daly) on a very low total for the week of 36.
For the 2017/18 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 Sinead O'Rourke. long route- David Traynor.
week 2 winners were short route-Brid Whyte long route- Denis Ryan.
week 3 winners were short route- Karen Coleman - Long Route-Ted O Leary.
week 4 winners were short route -Eoghan O'Neill - long route-Jack Ahearn
week 5 winners were short route- Collette Whyte-Veale Long route-Michael Dee
week 6 winners were short route Cheyenne Tobin  Long route- Colm Bennett
week 7 winners were short route Michael Power- Long Route-Sean Ryan
week 8 winners were short route Mary Morrissey-Long Route-Pat Morrissey
 The Michael Roche Carpets Series will continue on Sunday week the 21st January with the 30th 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 30th 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 21st 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 25th at 11 a.m., the 16th 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. With the help of the very generous sponsorship very kindly given by Bausch and Lomb a 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 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 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.
Were on full steam ahead now for the upcoming race of the year, the 27th annual John Treacy Dungarvan 10. With registration completely full with over 2.750 places filled within hours of opening  of the race entries on November 1st  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 4th at 1.30 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 5th please contact stewarding coordinator Karen Ryan 086 8245683. or catering manager Gerry Cantwell 086 3503571.Please support your local athletics club.
These championships will be held in Nenagh and are as follows Junior and under 23 on January 6th and 7th with closing date of Thursday 4th and Senior and Masters are on 14th January with closing date here of Tuesday 9th,please note that you cannot enter on the day, all entries must go through Jim Fleming 087-2891151.
Two of our marathon men made an early 2018 return to the distance today when Ted O'Leary and Mick Concannon completed the MCI 28 lap Listowel Co.Kerry event. Ted covered the distance in 3.34 and Mick ran a time of 4.10.
Well done to club member Margaret Hearne who completed the Polar night half marathon in Tromso Norway last weekend the race was held in a couple of feet of snow and it was -5 during the event.
Kate Veale was back in early year action when taking part last Sunday in Nenagh at the Munster senior indoors 3k walk. Kate retained her title after a great race with another up and coming talented young race walker Orla O'Connor Waterford AC who pressed Kate all the way to the line with just a few seconds between them in the finish. Kate retained her title which she won at the same venue last year, she now goes on and prepares to try and hold onto another title she won in 2017 the Senior national indoors in Abbotstown next month.
What I am doing – nobody cares. It's just personal satisfaction.