Senior News

Notes July 02-17

We celebrated the 25th annual Mooney's Pub Ras Na Rinne last Friday evening in great fashion when a field of 120 took on the famed and unique An Coinigear 6 mile race ,a race like no other anywhere in the country and one that has stood the test of time when other's have faltered as for all of 25 years we have seen runners take on this challenge year in year out, a race which despite it being a difficult run many of us just really love doing it ,our wish is that for the next 25 years and more runners will continue this great tradition and even when many of us who have been running it from day one will have long since hung up the runners the next generation will still be participating in this brilliant race. Last Friday evening's race was number 8 in the 2017 Intersport Elverys /Asics summer series the Mooney's pub  sponsored  Ras Na Rinne 6 mile race. The race started at 7.30 and the runners were set on their way by Liam Morrissey the proprietor of Mooney's Pub. The weather was good and dry for the race however it was quite windy especially at Paddy Lannens Waterford flag turning point which is now a land mark overlooking Abbeyside church. Local race organisers Seamus O'Droma and Gerry Cantwell the clubs road racing coordinator once again had all race day details in order last Friday evening and the event went off brilliantly. Our thanks to all who helped on the night and to those who looked after the entries and results and finish area Breda,Liam, Ann, Ray, Shirley and Irene great job lads efficiently done as always. To Liam O’Donnell on van duty many thanks Liam. Thanks to our steward's on the course, Seamus O'Droma, Eamon Terry and Pat Whelan. Many thanks to Jamie Mills on road management duty.  A sincere thank also goes to Comhairle Phobail na Rinne for providing the use of their hall for taking the entries. To our race sponsors Mooney’s Pub for their generous sponsorship and to Liam Morrissey who was on hand to present the winners with their prizes. Special thanks to those who provided the food for the runners especially to Josie Ui Chuirrin for the beautiful cakes, thanks to the O’ Droma family An Rinn who presented their family shield to the winner on the night, many thanks to one and all. See you in 2018.
Running his very first Ras na Rinne  last Friday evening one of the youngest competitors in the field of 120 starters West Waterford's Niall Blackwell was to make it a memorable debut. Niall wasn't however winning his first series race as he did that in race number one the Ballinroad 5k back in April.As the race left the start line from the Coláiste it was Niall, Mosie Keogh, John O Rourke, Sean Stilwell  and Shane O'Riordan who formed a nice leading bunch on the downhill section towards the Cunnigar beach entrance. As this group hit the Cunnigar Blackwell had broken clear by some 30 meters with Mossie Keogh next and Stilwell and O'Rourke together with O'Riordan just slightly off this group. They battled gamely through the soft sand and the stiff wind on the outward section on the Blackrock side of the Cunnigar. On reaching Paddy Lannen's Waterford flag at the Cunnigar point, Niall Blackwell had opened up a bigger advantage on his chasers with Mossie 2nd at this point and John 3rd with Sean back in 4th and Shane was still in 5th place.On the return trip on the town side of the Cunnigar it was the Brickey Valley man who had made that early move to take control of the race, was looking very comfortable out in front and on reaching the final mile on the road section as he headed for the finish line there was only going to be one outcome as young Niall crossed the finish line in a time of 33.48.Mossie Keogh was in 2nd place on that road section but his race wasn't over as Sean Sitwell came from one time 4th to sprint past the Kinsalebeg man to take that runner up spot by just 2 seconds Sean 34.15 and Mossie 3rd in 34.17,great to see the two team mates battle it out gamely over the final 200 meters.The over 40 category winner was West Waterford AC athlete James Whelan who ran an excellent time of 37.48.Having won the over 40 age category on this course for 4 years in succession and also a former 3 times winner of the Ras itself, St. Joseph AC's  Peter Duggan last year won the over 45 category for the first time having gone into that new age bracket in 2016,well this year he claimed his 2nd over 45 victory in a time of 37.02 and procession continues. The winner of the over 50 category also seems to be making this category his very own this year as West Waterford's Michael Dunford  won in a time of 37.07, Eddie O'Regan Youghal AC claimed the over 55 prize with a time of 41.38. and world masters champion over 800 meters Joe Gough turned to the longer distance last Friday evening winning the over 60 category in 38.27 and young Ciaran Mahony won the Junior men's prize with a time of 44.37.Well done to all runners and prize winners.
Mens Results. 
1. Niall BlackwellWest Waterford A.C.33.48
2.Sean StilwellWest Waterford A.C.34.15
3. Mossie KeoghWest Waterford A.C.34.17
1st O/40James WhelanWest Waterford A.C.37.48
1st O/45Peter DugganSt Josephs A.C.37.02
1st O/50Michael DunfordWest Waterford A.C.37.07
1st O/55Eddie O'ReganYoughal A.C.41.38
1st O/60Joe GoughWest Waterford A.C. 38.27
Junior Male Ciaran MahonyN/A44.37
Making the trip down from Clonmel for last Friday evenings race Kealy Tideswell made it a worthwhile one as she claimed her very first Ras Na Rinne victory. An excellent runner who runs  with Clonmel AC Kealy had a gun to tape run out in front and came home a deserving winner on the night. The Clonmel lady crossed the finish line in a time of 39.47 and was the only woman to break the 40 minute barrier for the race this year. Kate Veale took 2nd place on this occasion in 41.05 and lucky for the her the 25th finisher was to be presented with a crystal piece presented to the race by Eamon Terry of Cristoil Na Rinne and this placed finisher was Kate ,so picked up a nice bonus prize for herself. 3rd lady home was Sandra Prendergast in 42.34,Well done to the Lismore teacher as she in regularly on the winner's podium in nearly all the races she participates in. The ladies over 35 category was won by Diana Chizhikova in 45.45.The over 40 category went to Maria White in a time of 44.21. Sandra Moore won the over 45 category with a time of 50.29.Libby McGinn Murphy won the over 50 category for the second year in succession with a time of 47.22. and Josie ui Chuirrin was the winner of the over 55 category in 51.03.Well done to all our winners and competitors on the night.
Ladies Results
1.Kealy TideswellClonmel A.C.39.47
2.Kate VealeWest Waterford A.C.41.05
3Sandra PrendergastWest Waterford A.C.42.34
1st O/35Diana ChizhikovaWest Waterford A.C.45.45
1st O/40Maria WhiteWest Waterford A.C.44.21
1st O/45Sandra MooreWest Waterford A.C.50.29
1st O/50Libby Mc Ginn MurphyWest Waterford A.C.47.22
1st o/55Josie Ui ChuirrinWest Waterford A.C.51.03
The 22nd Annual Doocey’s Bar sponsored Ballymacarbry 5 mile road race which is race 9 of the summer series will be held on Friday July 21st at 7.30 PM .This race attracts a great crowd each year and the course for this year will be the same as last year taking in an out and back route along the Nire Road. The entries will be taken at the local Community Hall where showers and changing will also be available. The entry fee is the usual 5 Euros pre entry and if you wait till race night it will cost you 8 euro. Prizes in the usual categories.
The 11th Auto Power Rathgormack 5 Mile Road Race and Sponsored Walk will take place this coming Friday 7th July starting near the Hiking Centre in Rathgormack, Co. Waterford. The run will start at 7:30 p.m. sharp and is Race 4 of the Outfield Sports Three Counties Challenge Summer Series being organised by Carrick-on-Suir AC. There is a 5 mile sponsored walk which will start at 7pm.For runners this is an ideal route for those starting their training programme for the Dublin City Marathon as it is a tough, hilly 5 mile route run over a very scenic course. Registration for both the run and walk is in Rathgormack Hiking Centre from 6 p.m. Prize giving and refreshments will be served in the Hiking Centre immediately following the race.
Well done to Kate Veale last Sunday at the British national championships in Birmingham as she continues her return to the top flight of race walking, in a very good field she finished 5th when the British national record was broken in the race.
Ballynonty AC are holding their annual 10 mile road race on Sunday July 30th at 11 AM. Registration is at the community hall and 10 euro is the race fee.
The club had a strong team of masters at the national Masters track and field championships held in Tullamore last Sunday.Yevgeniy Chizhikov competed over 45 and he ran solidly in both the 800m and 1500m 5.04.26 for 6th place here.Diana Chizhikova competed in the ladies over 40 1500m and she finished 7th with a time of 5.59.19.Very well done to Harry O'Brien who collected a deserving bronze in the over 50 1500m ,Harry ran an excellent time of 4.37.77 and can be well pleased with his performance.Terri Gough was once again taking home gold in the over 70 category when she had victories over 100m in 29.92. she then ran the 200m in a time of 49.88 for her 2nd gold of the day. In the field events it was gold all the way also, in the Shot and Javelin for the Rathgormack lady. Well done to all our athletes who competed for the club in the championship.
Cork City Sports will return to live television next month, when the legendary athletics meeting is broadcast live on TG4, to commence a multi-year deal.For the event’s 66th running, July 18th this year will mark the first time in twelve years that the Cork City Sports will have aired on live television.It will also be TG4’s first ever live athletics broadcast, having featured highlights of the All-Ireland Schools Track and Field Championships from 2004 to 2010. TG4’s athletics coverage resumed earlier this year with highlights of the AIT Indoor Grand Prix from Athlone.European Championship bronze-medallist and World Championship qualifier Ciara Mageean will compete in the 800 metres against a strong international field from the United States, Jamaica, Canada, Britain, New Zealand and Trinidad and Tobago. Also among the confirmed Irish names competing are Cork’s own national champion Phil Healy, whose international debut came in the European indoors in Belgrade last March; John Travers, who finished seventh in the 1500m at the 2015 European Indoors in Prague; European Junior silver medallist Sarah Lavin; plus Irish international athletes Timmy Crowe, long-jumper Adam McMullen and Craig Lynch. Healy, Lavin, McMullen and Travers are all in the strong Irish squad named for the European Athletics Team Championships in Vaasa, Finland, in the run-up to the Cork City Sports.Top names competing from abroad are Olympic 400m hurdles bronze-medallist and twice World Championship silver-medallist Javier Culson of Puerto Rico, Pan-Am 100m champion D’Angelo Cherry of the United States, Ghanaian athletes Flings Owusu-Acheampong and Gemma Acheampong – with eight African Championship medals between them - while double Olympic finalist Collis Bermingham accompanies fellow Australian athletes Patrick Tiernan, Jordy Williamsz and reigning 5000m champion Sam McEntee.Top British sprinter Dina Asher-Smith is also slated to compete.Among the American entrants are 2015 Cork City Sports mile winner Will Geoghegan and IAAF World Relays champion Kyle Merber. Germany’s European Championship fourth-placer Katrin Klaas competes in the hammer, with the high jump featuring Jamaican Olympian Jamal Wilson. Many storied names of Cork athletics will be present on the night including world champions Sonia O’Sullivan, Marcus O’Sullivan and Derval O’Rourke. Cork City Sports chairman Tony O’Connell said: “This is a big boost for the Cork City Sports in its 66th year. TG4’s broadcast will run from 7:20pm to 9pm on Tuesday, July 18th.
West Waterford athletic club extends sincere sympathy to the families and friends of Mrs Margaret Coffey,Ballymacmague, Dungarvan,and Mrs Nora Whyte,Castlemartyr, Co.  Cork and the Very Rev. George Canon Balfe, Longford Road, Rooskey, Leitrim / Longford and Mrs Patricia  O'Byrne Mullaghavorneen, Longford who passed to their eternal rewards recently. May they rest in peace.
Well done to club member Mossy Keogh on finishing fourth overall and first M40 at the Mount Uniacke 5km in Killeagh Co.Cork last Thursday evening.
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