Senior News

Notes January 20-19

The weather man gave us a bad weather report for Sundays Colligan cup but thankfully the early morning rain cleared just in time for the first race of the day the Mc Grath newsagents colligan shield of juveniles, full report on this great event can be seen in this week juvenile club notes. So it was from this to the 31st annual Kiely Monumental Colligan cup, the race where all participants have exactly the same chance of winning as the next runner. The countdown clock was started at 60 minutes by Ray Burke and Victor Mullins our timing scrutinisers at the stroke of 12 noon. It was then up to the runners themselves to start when they wanted with the aim being to be  the first person to finish when the clock hits 0. At the end of the 3 and a half laps covering a total distance of 5 miles the runners were well and truly grouped together with a huge group heading down the wood for the final time on the last lap. As the field of runners got closer and closer to the finishing line it was a tossup as to who would be deemed the winner for the 31st time, and after the clock struck 00 it was a Male this year an army corporal with 37 years' service in the defence and based in the Kilworth camp, Martin Hayes is the name next to go on the famed Colligan cup and stone plague situated in the woods right alongside the finish line. Martin a very popular local runner when asked by a fellow finisher on the day what prize did you get he answered i done know or care its getting my name on that cup is what matters, and so he succeeded in his long time ambition for more of us we have to wait at least another year. Well done Martin.Well done also to our other prize winners who were ever so close on the day, Alan Hogan was next just 4 second's out as himself and our winner Martin ran the whole race together, Alan was running the event for the first time so he received the Victor Mullins cup ,Paul O'Gorman was so unlucky also he was just 18 seconds off his target time, Martin Tobin another who could easily have snatched on his birthday as he was only 24 seconds out it was next and Michael Deegan was only 30 seconds out and  Timmy Curran was also running the race for the first time and he could well have taken the overall also as he was only 37 seconds off and imagine if Kate Veale was second slower a walker could have won the event now that would have been a first for sure. Caroline Russell was also very close as she was also only 1 seconds off the win, indeed the 3 finishers were all ladies who were only seconds out, so it's well done to all and very well done to Martin. Here's to the 32nd year next year PG.
 Martin Hayes (First Man and overall winner)
 Alan Hogan (Victor Mullins cup) 
 Paul O'Gorman
 Martin Tobin
 Michael Deegan
 Timmy Curran
Huge congratulations to our ladies shield winner last Sunday Nicola Cunniffe who won the Kiely Monumental Colligan shield for ladies when she was just 7 seconds off her predicted time, Nicola who is a regular supporter of all our events could well have pulled off the overall cup win as she finished 3rd overall and was one of only 16 runners on the right side of the clock on the day, congratulations to Nicola . Our 2nd lady home was Molly Fitzgerald who was only 9 seconds off the overall win, Katie Bullen was our next lady across the line and she was only 11 seconds off the win as she finished 5th overall, Sinead Moore was next 30 seconds and Angela Moore was 5th lady home on the right side of the clock 36 seconds off her target time .It must have been a better day for running than most thought as the stats show us that a whopping 95 runners were too fast of their predicated time and only 16 were on the right side of the clock. Well done to all our ladies winners and those who came along to take part also.
1.Nicola Cunniffe
2. Molly Fitzgerald
3. Kate Bullen
4. Sinead Moore
5. Angela Tobin
 Victor Mullins was the creator of this style of time handicap race as it was he who came up with the handicap timing system which has been used now for the past 31 years in this event. Each year Victor presents the Victor Mullins Cup and a prize to the first person on the right side of the clock that has never ran the Colligan Cup before. This year’s winner was Alan Hogan who could have also won the overall also  as he was next runner home after our winner. Our thanks go to Victor for his help and sponsorship of this element of the race and for his ongoing involvement with this race each year.
 Our thanks to all who helped in any way to make last Sunday’s 31st Annual Kiely Monumental Colligan cup Firstly a  huge thank you to our loyal sponsors of 31 years David and Margaret Kiely of Kiely Monumental works.Many thanks to David who once again was  available to present the winners with the famed Colligan cup and shield on the day .Our thanks also to Victor Mullins for all his practical help on the day and he also was on hand to present his cup the Victor Mullins trophy winner to this year's winner. To the numerous people who looked after the entries and results especially Brid, Ray ,Shirly,Tom and Ann and thanks to Ray and Victor  for looking after the timing and Gerry and Bríd who sorted this year's results. Thanks to Ann Dunford for looking after the prizes for the race and her efforts with securing the use of Colligan wood for the event. Thanks to John Mc Grath on finish line and all for who helped with the stewarding. Thanks to Jamie Mills for all his help also. Many thanks to Coillte for the use of Colligan, without their help we couldn’t have staged the event at all. Here's to next year and the 32nd year of the event in 2010. 
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 Eurofor pre reg and it will be 10 euro on race day. 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 runner's.
Once gain we were blessed with a brilliant night weather wise for last week’s league with 175 completing the long course. It’s noticeable this year that the numbers still running the league with 10 rounds completed are way up on previous years and that’s encouraging to see. Our thanks once again to Karen Ran and her team of stewards who have been looking after our welfare out on the roads for the past ten weeks, as we say without tem we couldn’t have the league at all, so many thanks for all runners. Well done to our first runner home last week Pat Morrissey who completed the course in 47.21,he was followed by Michael Gee 41.04 with Alan Hogan 3rd man home in 31.32.The ladies were lead home by Sinead Ní Fhaoláin with a time of 41.20,next was Sinead Moore in 43.57 and 3rd lady back to the sport centre was Tricia Cullinane 46.03,fastest runner on the night was Michael Ahern 29.47 he was just 1 second faster than John O’Rourke’s posting of 29.48,these were the only two to break the 30 minute barrier on the night. Looking at the lead table there’s plenty of movement here, uniquely we have a father and son in the top three placing’s in Joe O’Rourke on 1789 points and Jordan his son on 1680 in 3rd place, but in-between in 2nd place is Brendan Cosgrave 1735 points, will our winner of the Fordes Daybreak winter league come from one of these three or could someone else come from the pack to take it at the death, Molly Fitzgerald, Nicky Mc Kenna , Mark Lenihan,  Debra Doherty , Lorena Mooney, Jim Barry and others all still in a with a shout, it’s all to play for as they say. With three nights remaining in this week we can just say best of luck to all and also of course to these battling for division honours.
1 Joe O’Rourke 1789
2 Brendan Cosgrave 1735
3 Jordan O’Rourke 1680
4 Jim Barry 1651
5 Debra Doherty 1640
6 Molly Fitzgerald 1629
7 Nicky Mc Kenna 1615
8 Lorena Mooney 1591
9 Mark Lenihan 1583
10 Tasha Lanigan 1583
It was cool, breezy but dry as the runners gathered at Dungarvan Sports Centre  for week 10 of the Fordes Daybreak winter league before heading out on the 2.4 mile run.  This was our third 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 are now only 3 more nights left before the conclusion of this year's league. There was a great number out again last Wednesday when 70 runners took up the challenge, on what was our tenth 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. First home on the night was Mairead Barron in 21.04 (a 42 second improvement on last week's run). Next was Conor Reilly in 17.35  followed by Catriona Foley in 24.44. In 4th and 5th were Elaine Curran and Natasha Dee in 22.47 and 23.25 respectively. Good times on the night were recorded by many including Pat O'Connell (24.42), Conor Phelan (16.09) and Sean Breathnach (22.12). Kealan Hayes (28.28), Gayle Burke (22.54), Claire Moffat (19.50) and Mary power all had good improvements when knocking off between 15 and 30 seconds .Fastest time on the night was recorded by Ciaran Frisby in 13.59 followed by Gavin Whelan in 14.24. Fastest lady was Lisa McGrath in 17.23.Well done to all who took part, and remember newcomers are always welcome. Next Wednesday night (23rd January), we will be taking registrations for the league in Dungarvan Boxing Club (building is located directly behind the sports centre). We will also be having a Mass Start (everyone starting together) at 6.50 so make sure to be along in good time to register. Registration will take place from 6.30 onwards. Also remember that there is a long sleeve t-shirt for anyone completing 9 of the 13 nights of the league. Also 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 overall league table continues to be very closely contested with just 13 points between 1st and 4th. are starting to take shape and will be closely contested over the coming weeks. At the top, the leader is Theresa Curran on 874 with Christopher Phelan 2nd on 864. Last week's leader, Michael Coakley drops to third on 863 with Patrick Ryan 4th on 861
The top 10 is as follows:
1 Theresa Curran       874  
2 Christopher Phelan   864   
3 Michael Coakley       863
4  Patrick Ryan           861
5 Clare Moffat              853
6 Elaine Curran            821
7 Margaret Whelan       793
8 Aishling Hourigan      777
9 James Fennell           760
10  Eamon Phelan       757
Divison 2 Leader
Ciaran Frisby              751
Divison 3 Leader
Eimear Casey             681
Divison 4 Leader
Helen Beresford          640
Divison 5 Leader
Conor Donovan          590
Divison 6 Leader
Kevin Murphy            520
Divison 7 Leader
Mary Hogan               442
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 leaders are still "Not Fast, Just Furious" (Joe Grant, Mark Shalloe and Kelly Shalloe) on 428 points. In second are  "Father, Son and Holy Spirit" (Joe O'Rourke, Jordan O'Rourke and Mark Lenihan) on 561. In Third are "Buachailli Broga" (Uinsean O'Tuathaigh, Micheal O'Duiginn and Padraig O'Muirosa) on 594  with "Pavement Princesses ( Geraldine Barry, Onra Power and Michelle Finnegan) fourth on 695. 
On the short routes, the leaders are still  "Curran and Co" (Theresa Curran, Elaine Curran and Nicola McCarty) on 190 points. In second place are "West Cork Crew" (Michael Coakley, Conor O'Neill and Lisa O'Neill) on 282.
A special anniversary T-Shirt ( which is very nice ) will be awarded to all Fordes daybreak winter league runners celebrating the 25th year of the countries original and longest running winter league. All participants have to do is to run 9 nights of the 13 in this year’s league. T-Shirts will be awarded at our Winter league presentation night in Minnies bar on Friday night February 8th .
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
week 10 winners were short route Tim O'Keeffe-Long Route-Billy Ryan
Kate Veale got her indoor season off the mark when competing in Bratislava Slovakia today over 3.000 meters indoors. Kate finished 4th in a time of 13.52.68 with victory going to Maria Czakova Slovakia 12.36.00 from Mirina Ortiz Guatemala 12.41.36 and 3rd was Hana Burzalovā Slovakia 13.44.92,her next outing will be the Irish universities in Athlone Friday 8th fooled by the munster indoors on the 9th.
Maria Czakova Slovakia 12.36.00
Marina Ortiz Guatemala 12.41.36
Hana Burzalova Slovakia 13.44.92
Kate Veale Ireland 13.36.00
Madeline Shott England 14.28.11
Alexandra Pastierikova Slovakia 16.38.79
Dana Cerna Slovakia 18.32.53
Nikoleta Sevcikova Slovakia 18.39.16 
If I lost running, I lost who I was.