Senior News

Notes July 07-19

 It was another beautiful evening for running in the Friary grounds for round 5 of the 6 week Minnie Fit4life running league last Wednesday evening.. As usual, the Friary was in perfect condition for running. It's nice and forgiving underfoot for us all and is a good break from the usual running on the roads. Our club and the local population in general are so lucky to have the use of such a facility right on our door step and we as a club are so fortunate to have the use of it for our Juvenile training and indeed for the many senior club leagues held there over the year. The distance's for the Minnie's league give a great choice to runners as you can run 1, 2, 3, or 4 laps so something for all levels. (A lap of the Friary is approx. 2 km or 1.2 miles). The turnout on the night was brilliant with a great crowd taking part. This league has always proved very popular and is one where many newcomers come along have a go for the first time; the league caters for all levels of runners, from the well-seasoned runner through to the complete beginner. The fee each night is €2 and water is provided for all runners at the finish. The league itself gets underway at 7p.m. and registration will begin from 6.30 onwards at the club van. The league is on again next Wednesday. Next Wednesday (10th July) is the 6th and final night of this year’s league and presentation of prizes will take place in the Friary straight after the league finishes. The up to date tables are vailable on the website. Remember you must have run 5 nights out of 6 over the same number of laps to be included in the final tables. Division tables are in place for each of the laps and it's your best 5 nights out of the 6 nights that will determine your overall score at the end. Thanks once again to the O'Brien family of Minnie's for coming on-board again this year as sponsors. Please support our sponsor when appropriate
 One Lap League
First home again this week was Aidan Mansfield in 7.30 which was 12 second faster than he ran last week. Aidan was followed by Margaret Whelan in 10.32. Next was Michelle Power in 10.37 (14 seconds faster than last week) with Tara Whelan next in 11.39 (a massive improvement of over 1 minute) followed by Lorna Murphy in 13.16. In the overall tables, Aidan Mansfield on 6 points has a 1 point lead over Eamon Cashin on 7 with Michelle Power 3rd .Well done to all the runners that took part in the one lap league, and remember you must run 5 nights out of 6 over the same number of laps to be included in the final tables
Two Lap League
 First on the night was Eamon Cashin in 16.33. Next was Brian Harris in 17.34 (38 seconds faster than last week). Brian was followed by Maria White on 17.49. Onra Power was next in 18.26 followed by Annette Cullen in 19.19. Michael Moynihan will be happy to have broken 20 minutes having run 19.50 as will Sarah Duffy who was over 2 minutes faster than last week when running 19.57. Next was Andrea Gaffney in 21.15.  In the overall, Onra Power on 11 pts holds a narrow 1 point lead over Brian Harris with Michael Moynihan third a further 10 behind. In Division 2 Amanda Mansfield on 34 pts holds a 2 point lead over Barbara Duffy. Well done to all the runners that took part in the two lap league, and remember you must run 5 nights out of 6 over the same number of laps to be included in the final tables
 Three Lap League
 Yevgeniy Chizikov once again led home the 3 lappers in 24.00. Sharon Higgins was second and ran 31.50 (1 minutes ahead of her time last week). in the overall, Yev is on the minimum 5 pts after being first each week and he holds a 6 point lead over Sharon Higgins.
Four Lap League
Well done to all 14 runners that took part in the 4 lap league. First home was Colm Ryan in an excellent 29.21. Tom Leahy  was next in 32.52.  Tom Nyhan was third in 33.42 followed by Timmy Kiely in 34.18. Timmy was followed by our first lady Mary Jane Enright in 34.33. Next was Liam Fitzgerald in 34.39 followed closely by Martin Tobin in 34.48. Pat and Jason Dunford finished together in 35.48. Second lady was Angeline Drennan running 38.10. In the overall, Tom Leahy on 10 points holds a 6 point lead over Tom Nyhan with Ray Hahessy 3rd a futher 8 pts behind. In Division 2, Jim Barry on 48 points holds a 4 point lead over Angeline Drennan. Well done to all the
runners that took part in the four lap league, and remember you must run 5 nights out of 6 over the same number of laps to be included in the final tables.
 Thanks to the St Augustine’s College for permitting the league to be held on their grounds ,Many thanks to our ongoing league sponsor Pat O'Brien of Minnie's Bar Abbeyside, and of course to all the crew who helped with the smooth running of the league especially Ray, Shirley,  James and Ann. Thanks so much.
Remember, Wednesday 10th July is the final night of this league with presentation of prizes taking place immediately after running.
The 24th annual Doocey’s Bar sponsored Ballymacarbry 5 mile road race which is race 9 of the summer series will be held on Friday July 19th at 7.30 PM .This race attracts a great crowd and this year again it will be an out and back course 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 8 Euros pre entry and if you wait till race night it will cost you 10 euro. Prizes in the usual categories.
Enter for Ballymac race online for just 8 euro as it will cost you 10 euro on race night. Use link below.
1 Sinead Ni Fhaolain
2. Therese Power Hickey
3 Grainne Hallinan
4 Geraldine Barry
5 Ann O’Driscoll
6 Catherine Keogh
1 Raivis Zakis
2 James Whelan
3 Ray Hahesy
4 Tom Hogan
5 Eoin Walsh
6 Yevgeniy Chizhikov
7 Martin Tobin
8 John Leonard
9 Donal O’Donoghue
10 Vincent O’Donovan
11 Micheal Moynihan
12 Eamonn Curran
Full tables available for viewing at
West Waterford Athletics Club are delighted to announce that for 2019 Coach House Coffee have come on board as an associate sponsor for our half marathon in September. As a club we aim to provide value for money in all of the 65 events we host each year. This would not be possible without the generosity and support of our sponsors. For this race we are very fortunate to have the support and partnership of businesses that are associated not only with the Greenway but share our passion for sports, health and wellbeing within the community. Coach house coffee is as local a business as you will get on the Greenway. Located at the historic Famine Workhouse in Kilmacthomas this is THE place to stop and refuel on the Greenway. It has been an instant hit since it opened in March 2017and comes highly recommended for its ethically sourced coffee, mouth-watering cakes and delicious lunches. When we ask that athletes please support our sponsors it’s no hardship supporting Coach House Coffee. We are particularly pleased that their passion for committing to reduce single use plastics is shared with ours. When you drop in for coffee you can now purchase a ‘Coach House Coffee’ reusable cup. Another great step in reducing plastic usage in the county.
The annual Cahir half marathon and Relay was held to day Saturday and was organised by the Mooreabbey Milers AC.The event was held around the Cahir area on an undulating course with a field of 340 taking part between both events. Freddy Keron Stituk Raheny Shamrock Athletic Club was the 1st man over the line in this year's race smashing his own course record. He ran a time of 1.10.11. The 1st lady home was Aoife Cooke, Youghal Athlete Club in a time of 1.16.  First West Waterford Finisher was Raivis Zakis in an excellent 4th place in 1:13 and Maria White lead home our ladies in 1.48.02.Huge congratulations to club  members taking part in the relay especially to the 1st Female team home Debra Doherty 1.38.36 and Linda Foley 1.38.24
Raivis Zakis  1.13.00
Colm Ryan  1.22.52
Tom Leahy  1.34.37
Peter Cunningham 1.40.02
Eamonn Cashin    1.45.48
Maria White 1.48.05
Michelle Hynes 2.00.02
Eleanor Casey 2.01.25
Mary Cahill 2.07.55
Well done Thursday last Thursday evening to Raivis Zakis who finished 8th in a competitive field at the Dundrum 10k with a time of 33.26.
Upcoming track and field fixtures are Irish Life Health National Seniors 27th and 28th July in Santry and Irish Life Health National Masters 18th August in Tullamore.If competing please text Gregory Fitzgerald 087 6445789 or Michael Dunford 087 9928887.No entries for any of the above national competitions will be accepted on the day.
When you have the enthusiasm and the passion, you end up figuring how to excel.