Senior News

Notes January 13-19

The Michael Roche Carpets Series continues  this coming Sunday the 20th January with the 31st Annual Kiely Monumental Colligan Cup. The Juvenile race starts at 11 am. The senior race has a 12 noon start and 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 31 years David and Margaret Kiely of Kiely Monumental for their 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 next Sunday 20th January.
We will again this year be determining the outright winner of the Colligan cup by way of our Club chip timing system. The chip timing device is attached to each runners race number and this system will decide  who the winner will be for 2019, but as we said the race timing system itself will remain the same as the one Victor Mullins devised 31 years ago. The following is how the handicap timing system works, the run begins when the clock starts with the time of the slowest predicted runner’s time, say 60 minutes. As the clock counts backwards down to zero every runner begins when his or her predicted time shows up on the clock. The runner with the fastest predicted time will be the last runner to start the race. The winner of the Colligan Cup is the runner who is the first person to cross the finish line after the clock reaches zero-it is that simple. All you have to do is get your prediction right. Remember, no watches allowed or music head phones. So if you would like to become part of local athletics history and have your name inscribed on the now famous Colligan plaque which was erected in the wood some years ago by the race sponsor David Kiely of Kiely Monumental come along next Sunday. We must also mention and thank Coillte for their permission and help in letting us hold the race. We urge all going to Colligan on Sunday to please allow plenty of time as parking will be restricted on the road to one side. Please do not park where your car might obstruct the flow of traffic or interfere with the runners. This is a great family event with something for everyone. The Colligan Cup itself will be awarded to the winner of the senior race, while the Shield will be awarded to the first lady finisher. The Victor Mullins cup will be awarded to the runner on the 1st runner on the right side of the clock who is running the event for the very first time. The Juvenile Shield will be presented to the Juvenile winner. The junior race is organized by the club’s juvenile section over one lap of the Colligan circuit and it gets under way at 11AM sharp and this too is a guess your time handicap event. The senior race will start at 12 noon. All are welcome to participate.
1989 Willie Henry
1990 Nicky Sheehan
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1992 Martin Geoghegan
1993 Liam Rossiter
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1999 Tom Fitzgerald
2000 John Whelan
2001 Ray Dwyer
2002 Ann Cronin
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2009 Ger Wyley
2010 Kelly Cantwell
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2012 Conor Blackwell
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2014 Ray Hahesy
2015 Dermot Dwyer
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2017 Patrycja Daly
2018 Brigid Coffey
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2005 Annette Long
2006 Josie Uí Chuirrin
2007 Catriona Mulcahy
2008 Diane Behan
2009 Brigid Coffey
2010 Kelly Cantwell
2011 Aine Lombard
2012 Anne Whelan
2013 Karen Ryan
2014 Diane Behan
2015 Mary Harney
2016 Mary Harney
2017 Patrycja Daly
2017 Brigid Coffey
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2002 Mary Ryan
2003 Lorraine McCarthy
2004 Sarah Flavin
2005 Michelle Norris
2006 Lughaidh 0’Mahony
2007 Rachel French
2008 Aaron Whelan
2009 Bobby Landers
2010 Sean Patmore
2011 Eoin Dwyer
2012 Gillian Whelan
2013 Tony Dwyer
2014 Mary Kate Prendergast
2015 Ronan Mansfield
2016 David Butler
2017 Aimee Ryan
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2011 Aine Lombard
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2013 Brendan Foran
2014 Keith O'Driscoll
2015 Claire Fitzpatrick
2016 Paddy Gilhooley
2017 Colm Ryan
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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.
In the 25 year history of our winter league which is held each year between the months of November and February i for one and i have been around for all of the 25 years of its existence, haven't come across a better night for a league run than we had last Wednesday evening, it was in creditably calm and warm for the time of year, absolutely ideal for the huge number of runners in both the long and short course league distances. These great conditions lead to some very good times recorded on the night with Jason Dunford leading the 181 finishers home on the long course in a time of 42.19, following Jason in 2nd place was our first lady home Ellen O'Brien in a time of 44.58,third was Clare Wall who posted 43.41 and Vincent Tutty was next in a time of 45.05.Raivis Zakis posted a great time of 28.40 and was the fastest runner on the night. So the story is we still have 4 nights remaining and it couldn't be any tighter at the top division with Joe O'Rourke leading on 1606 points from Brendan Cosgrave 2nd with  1572 point and 3rd place currently is Jordan O'Rourke son of our leader and he has 1563 points,4th place is Nicky Mc Kenna can she do it for the ladies Nicky is on 1559 points and Mark Lenihan is far from out of the hunt either as he is next on 1496 points ,very often a runner comes from down the picking order with a  few night's left to grab that first place and become our winter league champion for 2019,plenty top play for yet.
It was another perfect evening as the runners gathered at Dungarvan Sports Centre  for week 9 of the Fordes Daybreak winter league before heading out on the 2.4 mile run.  This was our second night back of 2019 and it was great to see some new faces still  joining up - remember it's never too late to start. There was a great number out again last Wednesday when 70 runners took up the challenge, on what was our ninth night of the winter league for 2018/19. 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.
After last week's "Colligan Cup" or "Predict Your Time", it was back to normal handicaps tonight. First home on the night was Brian Phelan in  a good time of 16.45. Next was Conor Reilly in 17.13 followed by Tom Mansfield in 18.44. In 4th and 5th were Mairead Barron and Conor Phelan is 21.46 and 16.23 respectively. Good times on the night were recorded by many including Catriona Foley (25.41), Aine O'Brien (22.46), Nicola McCarthy (19.51) and Mary Hogan (28.09). Theresa Curran had an excellent run when knocking off over 1 minute when finishing in 24.21. Patrick Ryan and Michael Coakley both improved by about 45 seconds when finishing in 18.42 and 19.11 respectively. Fastest time on the night was recorded by Ciaran Frisby in 14.12 closely followed by Gavin Whelan in 14.17. Fastest lady was Lisa McGrath in n17.18 followed by Brigid Coffey in 18.02.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.
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 4 weeks. On the Long route, there are new leaders with "Not Fast, Just Furious" (Joe Grant, Mark Shalloe and Kelly Shalloe) taking the lead on 396 points. In second are  leaders are  "Father, Son and Holy Spirit" (Joe O'Rourke, Jordan O'Rourke and Mark Lenihan) on 470. In Third are "Buachailli Broga" (Uinsean O'Tuathaigh, Micheal O'Duiginn and Padraig O'Muirosa) on 587 with "Pavement Princesses ( Geraldine Barry, Onra Power and Michelle Finnegan) fourth on 592. On the short routes, the leaders are still  "Curran and Co" (Theresa Curran, Elaine Curran and Nicola McCarty) on 172 points. In second place are "West Cork Crew" (Michael Coakley, Conor O'Neill and Lisa O'Neill) on 217.
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
week 9 winners were short route Aisling Hourigan  -Long route- Sinead Moore
The overall league tables are starting to take shape and will be closely contested over the coming weeks. At the top, it couldn't be closer with Michael Coakley just 1 point ahead of Patrick Ryan with Christopher Phelan a further 14 points back in third place.
The top 10 is as follows:
1 Michael Coakley       815
2 Patrick Ryan            814
3 Christopher Phelan   800
4 Theresa Curran         796
5 Clare Moffat              768
6 Elaine Curran            731
7 Oisin Downey           722
8 Margaret Whelan       721
9 Olivia Curran              713
10 James Fennell         707
Divison 2 Leader
Ronan Foley               707
Divison 3 Leader
Lorna Murphy              627
Divison 4 Leader
Deirdre Daly                584
Divison 5 Leader
Tommy Egan              547
Divison 6 Leader
Martin Sandford          493
Divison 7 Leader
Orla Quinlan               447
Work is well underway behind the scenes to make this year’s race the biggest and best yet.
As you know it’s our flagship race of the year and one where we really need all hands on deck to maintain the high standards set over the years. Without the help of club members and the local community it would not have grown to be the biggest 10 mile race in the country. Once again we are asking for your help to keep it on the map as THE 10 mile race of the year nationally.
You can help in many ways........
IF YOU ARE NOT RUNNING – Would you consider stewarding, helping out with water stops or catering? 200 Crew members are needed so even a few hours would be a big help. If you are available on the day please can you let me know or contact Karen Ryan on 086 8245683
IF YOU ARE RUNNING – Feeding 3000 athletes plus their supporters is a huge undertaking and if you have spent the morning of this race in the hall you will know just how many bracks need to be cut and buttered and sandwiches prepared. Truth be told it may have changed your opinion of brack. Could you make a few sandwiches / buns or bring a cake or biscuits? It doesn’t have to be homemade as all contributions are appreciated. If you can help here please let me know.
The other way that you could help after the race is by giving us an hour of your time to help clear the hall or finish line. At this stage of the weekend everyone is tired and a few extra hands means those within the club who have been working all weekend can get home a bit earlier and it takes the edge of the clear up which is no-one's favourite job !
Please don’t assume that ‘somebody’ else will do this. We rely on the kind hearts and enthusiasm of the same crew every year and we would love a few more hands to lighten the load. 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
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 February 16th and 17th 
 Please contact either club track and field coordinators Michael Dunford 087-9928887 or Gregory Fitzgerald 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.
West Waterford athletic club 3extends sincere sympathy to the family and friends of Sadie Walsh
Kilnatoora, Youghal, Cork who passed to her eternal reward recently, may she rest in peace.
[The runner] must be a fanatic for hard work and enthusiastic enough to enjoy it.