Senior News

Notes January 14-18

The Michael Roche Carpets Series continues  this coming Sunday the 21st January with the 30th 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 30th year we would like to thank sincerely our sponsor for all of those 30 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 21st January.
How time flies by yes folks its 30 years next Sunday since a handful of us gathered round the wooden bridge to hold a unique race which later was to become an event famed for its uniqueness a race that usually not the fastest runner might win but was open to all joggers, fun runners, club runners and elite athletes and if you look through the winners over the years you will see a mixture of all the above. One thing we do know is that from the inaugural winner whom was a Lismore man Willie Henry all 29 winners are hale and hearty. The event itself was the foresight of Tony Ryan and the simple but workable running handicap system devised by one Victor Mullins on his egg timer which is still used today and he will be on hand to pick our winner Sunday for the 30th time, all of this has stood the test of time along with the race which hasn't changed one iota in the intervening years and has among its winners a diverse list of runners some from near and some from far, but all having the unique distinction of having their name inscribed on the famed Kiely Monumental Colligan monument which adorns the wooden bridge area. We must of course mention a man who is steeped in all things good in sport and that's our sponsor of 30 years David and Margaret Kiely of Kiely Monumental Works Dungarvan. The Kiely family have been supporters of our club for this unbelievable stretch of time and they are as enthusiastic about the event now as they were way back at the beginning. To celebrate the occasion there will be a cash prize raffled among all competitors and drawn by our kind sponsor David Kiely on the day. See you all on the bridge Sunday.!!! 
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 2018, but as we said the race timing system itself will remain the same as the one Victor Mullins devised 28 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
1991 Richie Moore
1992 Martin Geoghegan
1993 Liam Rossiter
1994 Gerry Cantwell
1995 John Lyons
1996 Tom Meehan
1997 Colin Lyons
1998 Kathleen O’Connell
1999 Tom Fitzgerald
2000 John Whelan
2001 Ray Dwyer
2002 Ann Cronin
2003 Tony Shalloe
2004 Michael Dwyer
2005 Mark Langford
2006 Brian Collins
2007 Maurice Boland
2008 Michael Tutty
2009 Ger Wyley
2010 Kelly Cantwell
2011 Liam Sandford
2012 Conor Blackwell
2013 Michael Dwyer
2014 Ray Hahesy
2015 Dermot Dwyer
2016 J.P Curtin
2017 Patrycja Daly
1994-Monica Power
1995 Paula Keohan
1996 Paula Keohan
1997 Frankie Devlin
1998 Kathleen O’ Connell
1999 June Twomey
2000 Ann Cronin
2001 Martina Budds
2002 Ann Cronin
2003 Kathleen O Connell
2004 Helene Hayes
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
1993 Alan Moore
1994 Darren Harty
1995 Ronan Dennehy
1996 Rosemarie Curran
1997 Dervla O’ Connor
1998 Rosemarie Curran
1999 Brian Kelleher
2000 David Buckley
2001 Natasha Behan
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
2009 Michael Moloney
2010 Mark Cliffe
2011 Aine Lombard
2012 Tony Ferncombe
2013 Brendan Foran
2014 Keith O'Driscoll
2015 Claire Fitzpatrick
2016 Paddy Gilhooley
2017 Colm Ryan
 Ideal running conditions awaited the runners as they gathered at Dungarvan Sports Centre  for week 9 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 62 runners completed the course, on what was our second 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. After last week's predict your time, we were back to the usual handicap system. First on the night was Liam Kavanagh in 22.01 followed by Phil Carroll n 21.30 with Johnny O'Connor next in 16.51. Our first lady was Catherine Hickey in 22.04 followed by Alma Cummins in 31.01. Ann O'Donovan had a good run when knocking off over 30 seconds to finish in 25.56. Jonathan O'Regan and Fiona O'Riordan also both knocked off over 30 seconds when finishing in 15.40 and 25.26. Others to record excellent runs included Aishling Hourigan (24.05) and Michael Coakley (19.53). Also on the night, there was a drink of Avonmore Protein milk to refresh the runners after their efforts courtesy of Dan Bolton and Avonmore Dairies.
 The tables are now taking shape on the short course and the current leader is Kelly Shalloe on 821 with Kelly Cantwell second on 793 and Criostior Kenneally 3rd on 772. Michael Coakley moves into fourth on 744 and the top 5 is completed with Marita Murray who currently is standing on 737 points.
 The current top 5 is:
Kelly Shalloe           821
Kelly Cantwell          793
Criostoir Kenneally   772
Michael Coakley       744
Marita Murray          737
Division 2 - Patrick Ryan         701
Division 3 - Hilda Nicell            612
Division 4 - Rob Wall               539
Division 5 - Catherine Hickey   433
 The best scoring team last week was "The Shalloes" (Kelly Shalloe, Tracy Grant and Mary Whyte) on 37 points. The overall leaders are still  "the Road Liners" (Michael Coakley, Conor O'Neill and Martin Sandford) on 197 . In second place are "The Shalloes" (Kelly Shalloe, Tracy Grant and Mary Whyte) on 223.
It was like we never took a break as we ran our 2nd night of the winter league last Wednesday when a good turnout of 151 completed the long course. Sean Leahy lead the troops home last week with a very good 37 minute run, Johnny Whelan wasn't too far behind as he crossed the finish in 38.33,Micahel Gee was next as the Brickey man completed the run in 43.49,our first lady back last week was Marion Keane in 56.43 with Debra Doherty next in 40.43 and third lady home Kate Meskill in 40.41.The league tables are really starting to take shape now with 9 rounds completed and 4 rounds left, at the moment the lead is held by Alice Fitzgerald a previous league winner on 1521 points but hot on her tail is Paul Brunnock on 1452 and another Paul, Paul McGrath is currently 3rd on 1441 points, Michelle Finnegan is still well in the hunt on 1433 points while Jim Barry is 5th on 1397 points. The divisional honours are still in the balance also like division 1 see Fergal Connolly and Vincent Tutty locked together on 1297 points so with 12 divisions in total there's plenty of battling to go on yet around the streets of our town for the next 4 Wednesday evenings, best of luck to all.
Alice Fitzgerald 1521
Paul Brunnock 1452
Paul McGrath 1441
Michelle Finnegan 1433
Jim Barry 1397
div 1.Fergal Connolly 1297 and Vincent Tutty 1297
div 2.Ted O'Leary 1206
div3.Paddy O'Cathain 1137
div4.Joanie McGrath 1049
div 5.T.J.Crotty 1001
div 7. Evelyn Beresford 951
div 8. John Morrissey 910
div 9. Mossie Keogh 858
div 10. Tony O'Mahony Jnr 765
div 11. Deirdre Clancy 691
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 few weeks. On the Long route, the leaders still are "Here we go again" (Linda Bradfield, Onra Power and Michelle Finnegan) on 331 points. Remaining in second are Bobs Angels" (Eamon Curran, Sinead Moore and Denise Nugent) on 479. Moving up to third are "Whatever" (Kevin Casey, Cathal Gleeson and David McNally on 482 with "Happy Feet" (Catriona Lee, Carol Pope and Geraldine Barry) in fourth on 564. The best scoring team last week was "What about us" (Helene Hayes, Irene Dee and Deirdre Hahessy) on a total for the week of 49.
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
week 9 winners were short route Patrick Ryan -long route-Catriona Kiely
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.
LETS RUN 2018.
Have you always wanted to run but never quite got the hang of it?
Do you want to try something new?
Do you want to improve your health & fitness?
Starting on Monday 15th January running alongside Operation Transformation our latest Let’s Run programme will answer all these questions.
If getting fit is one of your goals for 2018 we have the program for you. In conjunction with Eurospar Abbeyside and Waterford Sports Partnership we have 2 new 6 week programmes, running alongside Operation Transformation, to help you reach your goals for 2018. If walking is what you love but you have got out of the routine and need a bit of motivation and company then our Let’s Walk is the group for you. If you have always wanted to run but never had the confidence to try then our Let’s Run group will be the one to try. We don’t expect you to be fit as that’s our job so all you need is the enthusiasm and willingness to try .Training in a group is the easiest and best way to reach your goals as you will be surrounded by others who are on the same mission that you are. Don’t think about it just sign up now as it’s the best decision you will make for your health and wellbeing this year. We will have a fantastic goody bag courtesy of Eurospar Abbeyside for everyone who signs up on the night and a welcoming cup of tea / coffee or hot soup after the run. Gather up a few friends and book your place now by contacting Irene on (086) 8242348
Is this the year you are going to mix up your training and try something new ???? It’s never too late to join us so why not come along on Tuesday and give it a try. It’s a very social group and everyone is very encouraging so step outside the comfort zone and see your performance soar This group is aimed at all club runners who can run 5k at any pace but want to improve both their time and comfort levels over the distance. Each training session consists of a warm up, an introduction to speedwork and a cool down. If all you have ever done is ‘just run’ then this is a great opportunity to learn the basics of speed work in a  non intimidating environment.  Bring a friend along for some company and you will get 2018 off to a great start. For further information and to book your place contact Claire Kennedy on 087 911 6997 or Jim Fleming on 087 288 1151
As it’s the start of the year it’s customary to be thinking about running goals for 2018.As a club the 3 goal races for the year will be as follows;-Ardmore 5 on May 11th. A 10 week plan for our spring goal race will commence on Tuesday 6th March. Within this plan we will incorporate the first few summer series races.We will then have a few easy / recovery weeks before we embark on an 18 week training plan for our Autumn goal races. This year we have chosen 3 races on the same day over 3 different distances to encourage as many athletes as possible to participate. We had toyed with the idea of an overseas event which would be fantastic but we also understand that many people are only able to get away for 1 night and there is the additional cost implication with overseas travel. For that reason we have chosen RUN GALWAY BAY as our focus races. There is a full marathon, half marathon and 10k race to chose from all on Saturday October 6th.It is a good flat course and a very well run event and we will look forward to a bit of craic in the city of tribes afterwards. Online entry is now open. Further details to follow on this one. As has been the case in previous years we will incorporate all of our club races within the training plans but would ask you to pick your battles and choose the few you want to target to race. The remaining races can be run to be enjoyed. The rest of October will be an off season running wise but an on season for recovery and strength and conditioning. Training will continue but the emphasis will change from running to recovery and preparation for running and training for the John Treacy 10 mile race.Our 3rd goal race will be as always our own John Treacy 10 mile race and training commences on 6th November. The Run to Improve groups will continue on a rolling basis throughout the year. For every 6 week block we will be targeting one of our own shorter distance races. The first race of the year will be the Operation Transformation 5k followed by Ballinroad 5k.Let’s Run groups will commence in January and September for 6 week blocks for anyone new to running. Even if you are not targeting any of the above races all club members are more than welcome to join us for training on a Tuesday evening at 6.30pm. If you have any questions or require more information contact Irene on 086 8242348We look forward to seeing you at training and succeeding in your goal races in 2018.
A Huge congratulations to all involved on winning the for the 2nd time the open vote as the country's best 10 mile road race 2017.
Winner: John Treacy, Dungarvan 10 Mile
Finalists (in alphabetical order):
Dublin - SSE Airtricity Frank Duffy 10Mile
Kilkenny - Gowran AC The Stook 10Mile
Roscommon - RosHarriers AC 10 Mile Road Race
Tyrone - Fergals 10 Miler
Waterford - John Treacy, Dungarvan 10 Mile
Very well done recently to our young Pole Vaulters who competed at the Munster indoor championships in Nenagh Competing at in Junior competition. Patrick Fitzgerald had a new personal best vaulting 3m 60 to take the gold medal. Sam O’Neil cleared 3m to finish just outside the medals in 4th place. The standard was very high in the girl’s competition with the top three competitors clearing over 3m. Alannah Kelly cleared 2m40 to finish 5th.well done all.
The Irish Life Health National Indoors Junior  U 23 will be held on 28th January next  at Athlone IT. Please note entries are to be in by Wednesday 17th at 5.30pm. The national Seniors will held in the national sports campus Abbotstown Dublin on the weekend of February 17/18th with entries to be in for end of January. Also please note national indoor Master's are pencilled in for 4th March in Athlone. Please contact either club track and field coordinators Jim Fleming 087-2891151 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. 
Medals galore were the order of the day for West Waterford masters at the Munster indoor championships held today Sunday at the Nenagh stadium.  Getting the day off to a flyer was Joe Gough who three days previously set a new Irish 400 meters record in Abbotstown. Joe last Sunday added yet another record to his fast array of them when he took gold and broke the Munster over 65 200 meters with a time of 29.32 the old mark was 29.56 held by Brendan Dennehy Rising Sun AC, Joe also brought home Gold in the 400 as well. Mossie Keogh was back in action on the track also and he took bronze over 40 in the 800 meters with a time of 2.18.92 he also competed in the 1.500 m finishing 5th in 4.48.40.Gregory Fitzgerald  competing in the 60 m over 45 he took bronze with a time of 8.33 , Gregory Also took bronze over 400 meters with a time of 1.02.18 ,he finished 4th in the 200 with time of 27.56 .competing over 60 meters in the over 40 category distance Padraig Barron finished 4th and just outside the Medals with a time of 8.40 again in the 200 Meters distance Padraig finished 4th with a time of 28.58.Yuri Kanash competed in the Senior pole vault and finished with a vault of 3.90 to be beaten on count back for gold,finishing with the silver medal. The other Gough no relation to Joe, Terri took 4 gold medals in the over 70 category when winning the 60 meters in 14.8 ,200 in 52.70,400 in 1.40.56 ( a championship best performance ), and Shot in a throw of 5.92 to finish off the championships for the club on a high
Joe Gough was in brilliant form last Thursday evening at the National sports campus Abbotstown Dublin where he competed in the athletics Ireland track and field meet, Joe running in his new age category over 65 for the first time went and broke the national over 65 400 meters record. The old mark stood at 63.98 and Joe really and truly smashed that when he clocked a massive new mark of 59.57.breaking a record is usually by hundreds of a second in most cases on the track but to break it by over 4 seconds is some performance. Already only 2 weeks into a new year and a short few weeks into a new age category for Joe ,i predict sparks will fly this year and more major medals and trophies and records will adorn the Gough- Owning Mantle.
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