Senior News

Notes July 09-18

Race number 8 in the 24th Annual Intersport Elverys/Asics summer series took place last Friday evening when we made our way to the beautiful Gaeltacht to An Rinn for the 26th Annual Mooneys Bar Ras Na Rinne. The race this year saw a field of 100 taking part on the night over the famed and unique An Coinigear event. The race started at 7.30 and the runners were set on their way by Liam Morrissey the proprietor of Mooney's Pub our faithful sponsors of 26 years. The weather was good and dry for the race with the past few weeks of sunshine the course was never better for running on and this showed in the race results with very fast times recorded this year. 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 because of their pre race work. Our thanks to all who helped on the night and to those who looked after the entries and results and finish area a 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 and Sean Walsh . Many thanks to Conor Norris and 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 2019.
On an ideal night for the race which left from the Coláiste at 7.30 sharp a group of four sped away from the start line Raivis Zakis,Kevin O'Leary,Pat Hennessey and Fkadu Kedebe. This group stayed together for the first mile or so but as the head of the race reached the Cunnigar section at the 1.3 mile mark two had broke clear Zakis and O'Leary. These two raced shoulder to shoulder out the soft sand heading for Paddy Lannens famed Waterford flag that proudly flies at the end of the Cunnigar point. As the two rounded this they were locked together and happy to keep each other company ,however on the return journey on the grass section things started to hot up and when they reached the end of the Cunnigar to take on the hill when rejoining the road again, Raivis was holding a slight 5 second advantage of the East Cork man O'Leary. By the time the two had reached the top of the short hill O'Leary was back on the Ballinroad mans shoulder and from here to the finish line he slowly opened up a gap to cross the line as winner in a time of 31.51 with Raivis having to settle for the runners up spot in 32.01. If the battle for the top honours was exciting this year equally that for 3rd place was the same as just 25 seconds separated 3rd and 4th on the line with Pat Hennessey , one of our early group leaders just holding off Fkadu Kedebe for that slot, Pat crossing the finish line in 33.17 and Fkadu clocking 33.42 a great battle keenly and fairy fought out, well done boys. The over 40 category winner was Patrick Roche Carrick On Suir  A.C. in a very fast 34.04. Another Carrick Ac man Benny Hahesy took the over 45 category in 37.18,The winner of the over 50 category also seems to be making this category his very own this year as Ray Hahesy West Waterford A.C. took the victory here in 37.23.Liam Kavanagh West Waterford A.C.46.30 claimed the over 55 prize and the one and only  Joe Gough turned to the longer distance last Friday evening from his track exploits earlier in the week, winning the over 60 category in 37.33  and young Ciaran Mahony won the Junior men's prize for the 2nd year in a row with a time of 42.46.Well done to all runners and prize winners.
Mens Results. 
1. Kevin O'Leary East Cork A.C.31.51
2.Raivis Zakis West Waterford A.C.32.01
3. Pat Hennessey West Waterford A.C.33.17
1st O/40 Patrick Roche Carrick On Suir  A.C. 34.04
1st O/45 Benny Hahesy Carrick On Suir  A.C. 37.18
1st O/50 Ray Hahesy West Waterford A.C. 37.23
1st O/55  Liam Kavanagh West Waterford A.C.46.30
1st O/60 Joe Gough West Waterford A.C. 37.33
Junior Male Ciaran Mahony West Waterford AC 42.46
Making the trip down from Thurles for last Friday evenings race Madeline Loughnane made it a worthwhile one as she not alone was running the event now 26 years on the calendar for the first time  but she also made it a winning debut as she claimed her very first Ras Na Rinne victory in a very fast time of 36.33. This was an excellent run by Madeline who now looks odds on to be in contention for overall series victory come the final race in Ballinameela in August. The Tipp lady was 7th overall on the night such was the quality of her run. Last year only the winner broke the 40 minuet mark and this year the top 3 all were under the 40 minutes. Kate Veale left the walking flats aside and raced last Friday evening in something completely different and she finished 2nd which was the same position she finished in this race last year, however there was a huge time improvement here for Kate as in 2017 she clocked 41.05 and this year a great time of 38.45 which was  a great time improvement.3rd lady home was Michelle Mc Donald St.Senans AC in a time of 39.36, this was Michele's first visit to the race so well done to her we hope it won't be her last. The ladies over 35 category was won by Elaine Horgan Clonmel A.C.41.29 .The over 40 category went to Mary Molloy Carrick On Suir A.C.44.16. Anne Massey West Waterford A.C.51.26 won the over 45 category. Onra Power West Waterford A.C. took the over 50 category in 47.56 . and the loudest cheer of the entire night was held for our final prize winner when Deirdre Clancy West Waterford 69.50 took the over 55 category. Well done to all our winners and competitors on the night.
Ladies Results
1.Madeline Loughnane Thurles Crokes A.C.36.33
2.Kate Veale West Waterford A.C.38.45
3.Michelle Mc Donald St.Senans A.C.39.36
1st O/35 Elaine Horgan Clonmel A.C.41.29
1st O/40 Mary Molloy Carrick On Suir A.C.44.16
1st O/45 Anne Massey West Waterford A.C.51.26
1st O/50 Onra Power West Waterford A.C.47.56
1st 0/55 Deirdre Clancy West Waterford A.C.69.50
Eamon Terry of Cristoil Na Rinne very kindly again this year presented the race with a beautiful piece of his hand cut crystal to be presented to the 50th finisher on the night. The lucky winner was the clubs former chairman Liam Clince. We done to Liam and many thanks to Eamon for his kind gesture. 
The 23rd annual Doocey’s Bar sponsored Ballymacarbry 5 mile road race which is race 9 of the summer series will be held on Friday July 20th 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 7 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 7 euro as it will cost you 10 euro on race night. Use link below.
Round 5 of the Minnie’s Fit4Life Summer running league took place last Thursday, July 5th at the Friary College (by kind permission).  There was once again glorious sunshine and warm temperatures, which are higher than wold be ideal for runnnng but after a few weeks, the runners are geting used to it. Once again there were some excellent runs and there were still some great improvements. Remember next week (12th July) is the last week of this leagure and we will have presentation of prizes straight after the league.Everyone is more than welcome to come along any night that they can and bring a friend or two, the more the merrier!  
Next Thursday night, the July 12th is the last night of the league, which of course is held, in the Friary College at 7 o’clock with registration beginning 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 Onra Power in 8.49. Onra was followed by Joanne Breen, who once again had a great run, when despite the heat,  she  knocked 11 seconds off last weeks time when running 12.52. The overall tables are taking shape with Onra Power first amd 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 James Casey (17.12) followed by Gerry Cummins who ran 18.20. He was followed by our First Lady, Ann Quinn who ran 18.38. Next lady was Michelle Finnigan (20.19) followed by Margaret Whelan (20.44). Aisling Hourigan ran 23.58 with Eileen Campbell next in 24.08.The overall tables still see Yevgeniy leading and he looks to have the two lap league wrapped up . 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 Angeline Drennan in 27.55. Second was Nuala Hogan in 29.37. 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 6.
Sean Stilwell was first home again this week. Sean has been improving his times each week and this week went under 30 minutes when running 29.41. Next home on the night was Jimmy Connors in 31.53. Liam Fitzgerald was third in 36.12 followed by Ray Hahessy (36.31) and Neil Power (37.09).  First lady home was Sinead Ni Fhaolain in 39.16, the same time was Paul Brunnock. Next lady was Ann Dunford (39.49) - over 2 minutes faster than last week. Rose Poer ran 41.41 with Maria White clocking 41.48. 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.
Also remember, next week - 12th July is the last week of this league and presentation of prizes for the league will take place after running.
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.    
Club Member Patrycja Daly completed the Clontarf half marathon last Saturday with a time of 2.07.10.Well done.  
Our near neighbours Youghal AC are hosting a 5k road race on this Thursday July 12th at 8 pm. Entry is 10 euro with prizes for the 1st 3 male and female plus age category prizes, race HQ Youghal Community centre.
If you have then it’s time to plan your training. All the club sessions are geared towards autumn marathons and half marathons. Meet at the Friary for a 6.30pm warm up on Tuesday evenings. Open to all club members and any non members are more than welcome to come along and give it a try. Cost €3 per session.
The National Senior track and field championships will be held in Santry on Saturday and Sunday 28th and 29th  July.   All club entries please to Jim Fleming 087-2891151 or Gregory Fitzgerald 087 64445789.
A 5k/10k fun run walk will be held on Sunday 15th July next at Tourin Community hall. The event  will get under way at 11 am with registration from 10 am. Entry is 10 Euro per person. Refreshments will be served afterwards .All proceeds will go towards the Bus for the elderly at Padre Pio in Capppoquin.
In Dublin last Thursday evening West Waterford's Joe Gough ran a graded 800 in Santry stadium. It was to be yet another memorable night for the former Mitchell Street man as he broke the outdoor Irish record M65, a record which was held by Edward Connelly Southampton AC, Edward ironically was formally from Tramore and his record was set at 2.28.77. Joe smashed this time on Thursday when he clocked  a brilliant time of 2.21.88.Well done on yet another milestone in your career Joe.
West Waterford athletic club extends sincere sympathy to the family and friends of Nellie Curran Park Lane Drive, Abbeyside who passed to her eternal reward last week may she rest in peace.
The distance race is a struggle that results in self-discovery. It is an adventure involving the limits of self.