Senior News

Notes July 02-18

Round 4 of the Minnie’s Fit4Life Summer running league took place last Thursday, June 28th at the Friary College (by kind permission).  The temperature was higher than would be ideal for running so overall the times were a bit slower than previous weeks but there were still some great improvements and I'm sure everyone is looking forward to improving even more over the coming weeks.  Everyone is more than welcome to come along any night that they can and bring a friend or two, the more the merrier!  The league will be held every Thursday night until July 12th in the Friary College at 7 o’clock and registration begins at 6.45 and the weekly fee is €2 and water will be provided at the finish. See you out there.
First home last week was Ritchie Power in 11.04. Ritchie was followed by Aisling Hourigan in 11.13. Joanne Breen had a great run, when despite the heat,  she  knocked 53 seconds off last week's time when running 13.03. The overall tables are taking shape with Onra Power first and Joanne Breen second.
Yevgeniy Chizhikov was once again home first over the 2.4 mile route and Yev’s time this week was 15.44.  In second was Gerry Cummins running 18.24 ( a 50 second improvement). Michael Moynihan was third in 18.58.  . First lady home was Margaret Whelan in 20.55 (an improvement of over 30 seconds) with Jennifer Ui Dhuibhir finishing in 26.07 (over 1 minute faster than last week). The overall tables see Yevgeniy leading with James Casey second. Keep it up for the next few weeks and you will be flying for some of the races later in the Summer.
First home on the 3 laps (which is approx. 3.6 miles around the edge of the Friary grounds) was Kelly Shalloe in 28.98. Second was Nuala Hogan in 29.23. In the tables, Angeline Drennan is leading followed by Nuala Hogan. Well done to you all and we hope to see you all in week 5.
Well done to Sean Stilwell who was first again home this week in 30.24 Next home on the night was Jimmy Connors in 30.57 (over 30 seconds faster). Patrick Veale  has third in 32.20.  First ladies home were Ann Dunford and Orla Bannon both running 41.56. Also part of a good group with the 2 ladies and running the same time were Michael Callaghan and Conor Blackwell. Tom Nyhan had a good run when clocking 38.33. Rose Power, Sharon Higgins and Sandra Moore all ran together and finished together in 45.09. The overall tables see Sean Stilwell leading with Jimmy Connors Second and Tom Leahy Third. Well done to all the 4 lappers and remember if you can run the 4 laps in the Friary you will have no problem tackling any of the 5 mile courses in the Intersport Elverys/Asics Summer Series.  Full details on the series and all runs organised by West Waterford A.C. can be found on and don’t forget also to like our Facebook page to keep up with all club activities.  We also have organized club coaching every Tuesday evening with our Club Coach Irene Clarke if you want to meet up to train with others or get some advice or training plans for upcoming races.  These sessions are based once again in the Friary College and we meet at 6.25pm on Tuesday evenings and all are welcome.
Thanks to the St Augustine’s College for permitting the league to be held on their grounds and of course to all the crew, Ray, Shirley, Sharon and James who helped with the smooth running of the league, not forgetting our sponsor Minnie's Bar who have supported us over a long number of years, thanks so much.
Our second “1 Mile Challenge” of the year took place last Tuesday night (26/6//18) and over 40 runners took up the Challenge on what was a very hot night evening for running with the temperature near 25 degrees. It is a different task to take on 1 mile than the usual road races over longer distances as, while it is much shorter, the intensity is much higher. It really is a perfect test of speed and endurance. Over the summer, we are holding 3 “1 Mile Challenge’s” and it  will allow those taking part a reference to see how their training going. The third and final one of the year takes place on  24th July. The runners assembled at the Greenway car park in Ballinroad and following a warm-up headed to the start on the Clonea Road. The runners are then set off in groups at intervals so that runners with similar targets head off together. The fastest runner on the night was Dzintars Klava in a speedy 4.55. Dzintars ran the fastest mile in the challenge last year and it looks like he'll be there or thereabouts again this year. Next was Alan Cullen in an impressive 5.07. Alan was followed by Allan Carr in 5.10. James Whelan had a super run when knocking off 7 seconds to record a time of 5.14. Walter Drohan also knocked off a few seconds when running 5.23. Ray Hahessy and Cathal Gleeson both ran under 5.30 when clocking 5.25 and 5.28 respectively. Fastest Lady on the night was Sandra Prendergast in 5.44 (an 8 second improvement), with Sinead Ni Fhaolain next in 6.28 (14 seconds faster) with Linda Foley third lady in 6.32.Excellent runs were recorded by many runners including Michael Callaghan (5.58), Mark Lenihan (6.37), Sharon Higgins (6.54), Carol Pope (7.22), Rose Power (7.15), Marita Murray (8.32) and Tommy Lenihan (8.16).Also many thanks to our crew on the night, Irene, Claire. James, Ray, Tom and Jim and also to the ladies who provided some lovely goodies and ice cream for everyone taking part.
ONE MILE CHALLENGE 26th June 2018.
1 Dzintars Klava 4.55
2 Alan Cullen 5.07
3 Allan Carr 5.10
4 James Whelan 5.14
5 Walter Drohan 5.23
6 Ray Hahessy 5.25
7 Cathal Gleeson 5.28
8 Patrick Veale 5.31
9 Yevgeny Chizikov 5.35
10 Tom Hogan 5.38
11 Sandra Prendergast 5.44
12 Liam Fitzgerald 6.11
13 Michael Callaghan 5.58
14 John Paul Hogan 6.04
15 Mick Concannon 6.06
16 Joe O'Rourke 6.17
17 Sinead Ni Fhaolain 6.28
18 Linda Foley 6.32
19 Paul Lenihan 6.37
20 Onra Power 6.52
21 Kate Veale 6.37
22 Stephen Hogan 6.54
23 Andrea Gaffney 6.59
24 Christopher Kelly 7.02
25 Sharon Higgins 7.07
26 Denise Nugent 7.15
27 Carol Pope 7.22
28 Hazel Crowley 7.22
29 Michelle Finnegan 7.24
30 Catriona Kiely 7.13
31 Rose Power 7.15
32 Caroline Russell 7.31
33 Tommy Lenihan 8.16
34 Linda Garcia 8.03
35 Jillian Hayes 8.04
36 Michael Coakley 8.26
37 Jennifer O'Riordan 8.26
38 Marita Murray 8.32
39 Lisa Mulhall 8.40
40 Mary Fenton Tutty 9.01
41 Deirdre Clancy 9.46
Race number 8 in the 24TH Annual Intersport Elverys/Asics summer series will take place on Friday July 06th when we head to Ring for the 26th Annual Mooneys Bar Ras Na Rinne. We look forward to our visit to Ring and thank Liam Morrissey of Mooney's Pub for his kind sponsorship once again this year. The race itself will have an 7.30 pm start and registration will be at Community hall in An Rinn from 6.30 pm .The top contenders of course will be vying to have their names inscribed on the famous O’ Droma family shield. Seamus and Mary Rose and family are still loyal supporters of the race over its 26 year history and each and every year the runners battle it out on the sandy course of the An Coinigéar  vying to have their name engraved on the famed  O’Droma family shield. Who will it be this year ???
Ballynonty AC are holding their annual 10 mile road race on Sunday July 29th at 11 AM. Registration is at the community hall and 10 euro is the race fee.
As part of our preparations for the Autumn Marathons & Half Marathon we will be doing another club run on the Greenway. This year the plan is to run towards Waterford. This run is geared towards preparation for our target autumn races but all club members are more than welcome to join us on the day. There will be no numbers, chip timing, water stations, gels or prizes it’s purely a self supported training run. A bus will leave the Pond in Abbeyside at 9.00am and drop everyone to Kilmacthomas (19k from Carriganore). The option is also there to run from McGraths Cross towards Carriganore which increases the distance by 5k (24k). After the run we will go for coffee and fresh scones in WIT Carriganore and showers will also be available. If you want to leave your gear bag on the bus it will transport it to Waterford for you. A nominal fee of €10 will be charged which can be paid on the morning of the run.  The bus will leave Carriganore at 12.30pm aiming to be back in town by lunchtime. This will give you plenty time to get yourself ready for an informal club night out .......details to follow. If you are interested in joining us on this run please text Irene on (086) 8242348 to book your seat on the bus. When you are running on the Greenway please run on the left and pass out on the right. It will be very busy and is shared space so please be mindful of that and run no more than 2 abreast. Enjoy the journey.
Last Saturday saw the 7th running of the Waterford Viking marathon event, as is well  documented at this stage the full marathon itself didn't take place on medical advice due to the extreme hot weather conditions, a cancellation which was  a very wise decision as on race day it would have been extremely unwise for any athlete no matter what standard taking on the full marathon 26.2 mile distance. Most of the runners who had signed up for the full marathon were happy enough to make do with the half or the quarter marathon which were the other two options on the day. The overall half marathon winner was Freddie Stukk 1.11.30 a Kenyan athlete who comes to Ireland each year for the road racing season and while here he runs in the colours of Raheny Shamrock AC, The distance saw 1040 finishers. The ladies winner in the half was Ruth Fitzgerald Waterford AC in 1.23.49, West Waterford's first athlete home here was Raivis Zakis in 4th place with a time of 1.16.29, Ann Dunford was our first lady finisher with a time of 1.51.59.Turning to the quarter marathon where there were 825 finishers, this race was run over a distance of 7.2 miles Jason Travers was our first athlete home in an excellent 45.59 for 10th place overall, the clubs first lady home was Angeline Drennan in a time of 1.02.27.well done to all who completed both distance on what was a most difficult day for road racing.
Raivis Zakis 1.16.29
Colm Ryan 1.28.35
Walter Drohan 1.29.50
Ted O'Leary 1.33.50
Tom Leahy 1.36.14
Gerry Cantwell 1.36.47
Mark Cliffe 1.37.10
Kevin Casey 1.37.13
Anthony Dwyer 1.42.01
Paul Brunnock 1.43.43
Peter Cunningham 1.44.26
Mick Concannon 1.46.10 
Liam Fitzgerald 1.49.49
Ann Dunford 1.51.59
Liam Costin 1.51.45
Tomas Coleman 1.55.07
Sinead Ní Fhaolain 1.56.11
Sharon Nugent 1.56.58
Michelle Hynes 2.00.13
Cait Verling 2.00.52
Paul Mc Grath 2.-03.03
Carol Pope 2.06.21
Jason Travers 45.59
Ray Hahesy 49.31
Noel Hogan 59.05
Angeline Drennan 1.02.27
Bernie Prendergast 1.04.07
Michelle Horgan 1.04.52
Tomas Horgan 1.04.53
Kate Meskill 1.03.24
Darren Coogan 1.04.51
Sarah Duffy 1.21.38
Fiona O'Riordan 1.28.16
Deirdre Clancy 1.28.16
Andrea Walsh 1.31.41
Claire Cosgrave 1.31.43
In a very warm Tullamore stadium last Saturday the club brought home two national pole vault medals at the Irish Life Health Junior and U 23 Championships. Yuri Kanash vaulted 4.20 to take gold in the under 23 championship event and Patrick Fitzgerald in the junior competition claimed bronze with a vault of 3.80 . Very well done to both.
I have cried once or twice when I crossed the finish line, out of a fullness of feeling that can't be expressed in words.