Senior News

Notes January 28-18

The many months of planning is shortly to kick into action as D day approaches with the running of the 27th annual John Treacy Dungarvan 10 mile road race imminent. The race day numbers and packs were posted out to all entered in the race last week so by the time you read this in your local papers  you should have receive your number along with all the information you need to know regarding the race. This means of course all you have to do on race day is to be at the start line no later than 1.15 p.m. with your number pinned to the FRONT of your club running singlet. When you have finished the race and cross the finish you will receive your goodie bag with lots of treats for you to enjoy after the race and you will also receive a high quality dri-fit Nike running top. After the race, refreshments will be provided in the sports centre. On the subject of refreshments, just to say once again, this is one race where the club really relies on the goodwill and the support of our loyal club members and friends. This race is the biggest undertaking by the club each year and as a result we rely heavily on your support. At the winter league last week and tonight forms were handed out to all the runners as we are seeking people that might be in a position to help out in any way. We need people to steward the course and also to make sandwiches for after the race. If you haven’t already filled out one of these forms and may be able to help out, we would appreciate you filling one out. Each runner is asked to state in what capacity they will be able to help out and to give us their contact details. We will in turn contact you.  The club needs as many members and friends to help us make this a great race and a great day for West Waterford AC and for our town.
First held seven years ago as part of the John Treacy Dungarvan 10, we introduced the John Treacy Team Challenge with clubs from all over the country battling it out in both the men’s and women’s team competition. West Waterford AC were the inaugural winners here in the men’s event while Eagle AC from Cork won the Ladies team race. In 2017 and the current title holders are Waterford AC in the men's and the ladies title rest with Youghal AC. Teams will consist of 3 club runners regardless of category whose combined finish times will be added together. Individual/Category prize winners can also count for the John Treacy Team Challenge. This Challenge Cup competition is separate to the race team prizes. Specially commissioned Crystal mementoes will be awarded to the winning teams and of course they will have the honour of having their club name inscribed on the magnificent John Treacy silver challenge cups.
Men-West Waterford AC
Women- Eagle AC
Men-Clonliffe Harriers AC
Women-Eagle AC
Men-West Waterford AC
Women-Leevale AC
Men-East Cork AC
Women-St.Finbarrs AC 
Men-Leevale AC
Women- St.Finbarrs AC
Men-Rathfarnham WSAF A.C. 
Women- St Finbarr’s A.C.
Men-Waterford AC
Ladies- Youghal AC 
Dungarvan Sports centre Quanns will once again this year be our race headquarters. This year again by kind permission we also have the use of the Fusion Centre and we are most grateful to Dungarvan No Name club and Dungarvan Scouts for their help here, likewise a big thank you to Dungarvan boxing club for the use of their fine facility for changing also. The presentation of prizes and refreshments will be at the Sports centre also. The course is the same as last year's one, starting on the Youghal Road, the race will do a short loop around Mitchell St. down Collins Road, back out the Youghal road taking a right turn down to GlaxoSmithKline, taking another right turn here down through the finish line and onto the N25 going left  to the Spring roundabout, taking a left turn past the former Crystal factory out to Bushy Park, and left down to the canal Road coming out at Ring cross, back in Youghal road again turning left for GlaxoSmithKline but this time taking the first right down the side of the former Stafford and Miller factory then left to youghal road roundabout and back to the same finish line as last year in the Industrial estate at the back of GlaxoSmithKline . So plenty of opportunity for spectators to view the race on a few occasions. We do ask that spectators park well away from the course as they will not have access around the course itself as there will be restrictions in place during the race. Everyone's cooperation is needed here for the smooth running of the event and we thank you in anticipation of this.
On behalf of West Waterford Athletic Club, we would firstly like to thank you for offering to steward for our upcoming John Treacy 10 mile road race on Sunday next 4th February, It is requested that you attend the race briefing upstairs in the sports centre at 12 midday where you will be informed by head of stewarding Karen Ryan of your exact position on the route and given the emergency phone number and race day information. If you have a hi-viz jacket please wear it, there will be some available on the day. Thanks again for helping out which is very much appreciated. WWAC
 Previous overall winners of this race are as follows:
1992 Robert Costello (Limerick AC)
1993 Noel Richardson (Donore Hrs AC)
1994 Jimmy Mulligan (Waterford AC)
1995 James Sullivan (Waterford AC)
1996 Michael Hassett (St. Catherines AC )
1997 Cormac Finnerty (Mullingar Hrs AC)
1998 Peter Duggan (St.Josephs AC )
1999 John Kearney (East Cork AC)
2000 John Kearney (East Cork AC)
2001 Peter Duggan ( St.Josephs AC )
2002 Paul Deegan (DSD A.C.)
2003 Philip Harty (K.C.K. A.C.)
2004 George Murray (North Cork AC)
2005 Sandis Bralitis (Ballynonty AC)
2006 Sandis Bralitis ( West Waterford AC )
2007 Sandis Bralitis (West Waterford AC)
2008 Sergiu Turea  (Clonliffe Harriers AC)
2009 Sandis Bralitis (West Waterford AC)
2010 Sandis Bralitis (West Waterford AC )
2011 Mareks Floroseks (Latvia)
2012 Sean Hehir (Rathfarnham) 
2013 Gary O’ Hanlon Clonliffe Harriers AC
2014 Thomas Fitzpatrick Tallaght AC 
2015 Mick Clohisey Raheny Shamrocks AC 48.45 ( course record)
2016 Sean Hehir Rathfarnham AC 50.15
2017 Alan O'Shea Bantry AC 50.54
Our thanks to associate sponsors of the John Treacy Dungarvan 10 Allied Irish Bank who for the 3rd year in succession have come on board to put up a very special prize for our upcoming race. One lucky person will receives a gift cheque courtesy of AIB of 150 Euro !!!.The person man or Woman to finish in 1.027th will receive the prize. Our sincere thanks to Nuala Hogan and all at A.I.B Dungarvan for their kind sponsorship once again this year.
A huge thank you to all who have supported this year's John Treacy Dungarvan 10 chosen charity Cystic Fibrosis Ireland, many have donated monies when entering the race already, but for those haven't and who might like to, there will be another opportunity at race HQ in Dungarvan sports centre on Sunday where we will have collection buckets available if you feel like giving a few euro for this worthy charity.
We were back to nice running conditions after last week's rain for week 11 of the Fordes Daybreak winter league. 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. We had a change to venue for registration last Wednesday and we would like to thank Dungarvan Boxing Club for the use of their facilities. We also had a mass start with all runners heading off together. Once again a great crowd of 46 took part on the night with some excellent times once again recorded.. After registering make sure to check you off time on the sheets posted on the wall. First on the night was Michael Landers in 23.24 followed by Martin Hayes  in a very quick 14.50 (which was the fastest time recorded on the night). Martin was followed by Mairead Murphy in 19.59 - well done to Mairead on dipping under 20 minutes).Next was Kelly Cantwell in 17.41 who remains a very strong contender to will overall. Fifth on the night was Johnny O'Connor in 15.25. Criostoir Kenneally knocked off nearly a minute when running 20.38. Linda Foley improved her time by 90 seconds when finishing in 20.46. Ann O'Donovan and Jonathan Regan both improved by 30 seconds when running 24.51 and 15.11 respectively. Sharon Murray was another big improver when knocking off a minute to clock 23.03.When done to all our runners and thanks to all our stewards. there are now just 2 weeks left (31st January and 7th February)
The tables are now taking shape on the short course and it couldn't be closer at the top. We now have joint leaders with Kelly Shalloe who had been leading now joined by Kelly Cantwell 937. Criostior Kenneally stays third on 911 points (just 26 points behind). Jonathan Regan is fourth on 863 with  Michael Coakley fifth on 843
The current top 5 is:
Kelly Shalloe           937
Kelly Cantwell          937
Criostoir Kenneally   911
Jonathan Regan       863
Michael Coakley       843
Division 2 - Linda Foley           821
Division 3 - Liam O'Droma       696
Division 4 - Brigid Coffey          567
Division 5 - Sinead O'Rourke    494
 "The Shalloes" (Kelly Shalloe, Tracy Grant and Mary Whyte) remain in the lead on 286 points. But having been the best scorers this week on 26 points, "the Road Liners" (Michael Coakley, Conor O'Neill and Martin Sandford) have closed the gap and are now on a total of 305 (just 19 behind) . In third place are "The Crockers" (Jennifer O'Riordan, Fiona O'Riordan and Jason O'Riordan) on 344 points.
Well done to all who completed last week's winter league it wasn't too bad a night for running and stayed dry at lease for the duration of the league. A huge thank you last week also to our friends at Dungarvan Boxing club for the use of their premises for registration as the sports centre wasn't available to us. Tonight's league will be back to normal 1 minute starts with the first runners off at 6.50 pm. We now have eleven  nights completed and just two remaining. Despite the stiff enough wind on the return leg last week the times are really starting to plummet as many personal best were recorded as the runners who are in the shake up for overall and divisional honours start giving it their all. The fastest time of the entire league today was cloaked last week when Alan Kinsella produced a flier from the gun he ripped down the quay and kept the momentum going all the way round the course which he ran all on his own some, what a run from the Colligan man as he crossed the finish line in a time of 29.23.Fastest lady on the night was Natalie Sheehan with a brilliant time also of 34.47, Natalie has been knocking chunks off her times since Christmas. This week's league sees us back to the normal one minute slots with the first runners going off at 6.50 pm. 
As we know now the tables are locked so wherever division you are in now you will stay in that division until the league is over.  Division 1 for the top honours is very competitive as indeed are many of the divisions with just a few points separating all the runners.  Congratulations to all 10 runners who made it to division 1 this year as this is a great achievement and shows tremendous commitment to the league each week. For the record the top 10 runners in division one are as follows.
Alice Fitzgerald 1819
Michelle Finnegan 1776
Paul McGrath 1775
Cathal Gleeson 1737
Kevin Casey 1699
Debra Doherty 1693
Richie Fitzgerald 1690
Patrick Power 1683
Onra Power 1632
Alan Curran 1617
Just 202 points separate the top 10, so we have 2 weeks to see who will be crowned Forde's Daybreak Winter League for 2017/18 and as they say it's all to play for.  we have 10 divisions in total and at the moment here are the leaders of each.
Division 2 Molly Fitzgerald 1578
Division 3 Linda Bradfield 1455
Division 4 Helene Hayes 1335
Division 5 Sean Dwyer 1286
Division 6 Donal O'Donoghue 1194
Division 7 Lorena Mooney 1190
Division 8 Noel Drohan 1020
Division 9 Martina Walsh 1029
Division 10 Michael Tutty 869
 The Team continue that is part of the Fordes Daybreak Winter League continues. On the Long route, the leaders still are "Here we go again" (Linda Bradfield, Onra Power and Michelle Finnegan) on 377 points. They have once again extended their league having been the lowest scoring team last week for the second week in a row with just 88 pts. Remaining in 2nd are Whatever" (Kevin Casey, Cathal Gleeson and David McNally on 547. Staying in third are "Bobs Angels" (Eamon Curran, Sinead Moore and Denise Nugent) on 747. In Fourth place are "Happy Feet" (Catriona Lee, Carol Pope and Geraldine Barry) on 772 and fifth place goes to  "What about us" (Helene Hayes, Irene Dee and Deirdre Hahessy) on a total of 844
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
week 10 winners were short route Aisling Hourigan -Long route-Linda Foley
week 11 winners were short route Marita Murray -long route- Vincent Tutty
The Irish Life Health National indoor junior and U23 is on this Sunday in Athlone. The AAI indoor games are on in Abbotstown on the 4th of February and closing date for entries is the 29th of January. National Seniors indoors are on in Abbotstown on the 17th and 18th of February with closing date of the 9th of February. National Masters Indoors are on in Athlone on the 4th of March. All paid up members are eligible to compete for the club. If anyone needs more information on the fixtures or help with sprinting you can phone Gregory FitzGerald on 0876445789 or Jim Fleming on 087289115.
The penultimate race in the Michael Roche carpets series will be on Sunday February 25th at 11 a.m. the 16th Annual Kilmacthomas 4. 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 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 Dungarvan 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.
Run Galway Bay will be the club goal race for 2018. There are a choice of 3 distances – Full marathon, half marathon and 10k race. As a group we have been given a discount code for this race. This will give you 10% off race entry across all events. Code is RGB18WWAC and needs to be entered on the booking page. There will be deferrals to other distances until 2 weeks before the event so no panic if you have to change distances. In the event that anyone needs to withdraw the organisers have requested that you get in touch and they will look after you if at all possible. We have reserved rooms in The Connaught Hotel at a preferential rate of €258 for 2 nights’ bed & breakfast in a double / twin for Friday 5th & Saturday 6th October. To avail of this rate you need to call the hotel and quote West Waterford Athletics Club and will need to provide contact details and a credit card number to secure your booking. In the event that you need to cancel you must do so at least 48hrs beforehand otherwise you will incur a charge. Anyone who wishes to stay for only one night the rate is €102 for a single room for Friday night & €112  for a double / twin room. The rates for Saturday night only are €136 for a single and €146 for a double / twin room.  If you are planning on bringing your family with you there are houses available on the hotel site. The club are not looking after the administration on this one so please contact the hotel directly to book. It’s first come; first served so if you have any interest in this please book your room. A lot of the hotels in Galway are already full this weekend with private events so accommodation may be at a premium. If anyone needs any further information contact Irene on (086) 8242348
The club had two pole vaulters in action last Sunday at the Irish Life Health national Junior and under 23 championship which were held at the AIT Athlone. Both athletes took bronze medals on the day with Yuri Kanash vaulting 3.80 the same height as the silver medallist ,but he had to settle for bronze on count back, Patrick Fitzgerald competing in the junior event had a great day when taking bronze with a personal best vault of 3.80 . Well done to both athletes.
Our 3 marathon stalwarts were on the road again last weekend when they competed on Saturday morning in the Lilliput marathon in Co. Westmeath at the MCI Marathon club of Ireland promoted event. Held over mainly county roads around Lilliput Adventure centre Ted O'Leary recorded a good 3.27.43 for 4th place overall while Mick Concannon again broke the 4 hour barrier when completing the 26.2 mile race in 3.58.32 for 20th position  and Terri Gough rounded off the weekend when she ran a time of 5.57.57.All three will run the John Treacy Dungarvan 10 this Sunday.
Let him that would move the world first move himself.