Senior News

Notes July 21-19











Its seldom we hit upon a bad evening for any of our summer series race, and we were very lucky last Friday evening for the 24th annual running of the Dooceys Bar Ballymacarabry 5 mile road race. There was rain all round but not on the hallowed ground of the Nire as travelling athletes had tales of heavy rain making the journey but when arriving at Ballymac it was dry. By race start time 7.30 pm it was still holding despite the darkening skies .A huge field assembled with one of the largest fields in many years as 165 toed the starting line. The course as it is now for some years is an out and back one all on the road, The race leaves Ballymac and heads out the Nire road before turning at the 2.5 mile mark and returning the same road. Frank Bolger had the course well ready with the start line turning point, finish line and mile signs clearly visible, Frank was our honorary race starter also last Friday evening a task he has done now for a good few years. Frank was one of the founders of the event 24 years ago so it's fitting that he comes along each year to give his expertise and also to get the run under way. For the past 24 years we still have our loyal sponsor on board and we sincerely thank them again this year, Tony and Michael Doocey and all of the Doocey’s family for their 24 years of support and sponsorship for this race. Thanks also to Michael Doocey who was on hand to present the winners with their prizes on the night also. Thanks to Danny O' Rourke and all at the community centre for permitting the use of the fabulous facilities, entries were taken at the hall and changing and showers were also available which was really appreciated by one and all. Thanks to those who provided the sandwiches, Tea's etc a big thank you. To Ann for looking after the prizes and to Ann, Liam, Ray, Micheal, Catriona and Tom for the entries and results. Thanks to Jamie,Conor and John who were on duty out on the course doing their usual brilliant job, Thanks to Liam O'Donnell on van duty. All in all another great community effort saw a most enjoyable nights racing in the beautiful Nire valley, see you all in 2020 when we will do it all over again, but this time it will be special occasion as it will be our 25th year and this we aim to celebrate in style.










An athlete of immense talent but unfortunately he has had his share of injuries these past few months, Kevin Maunsell Clonmel AC who has on two occasions ran in the European cross country championships came along last Friday evening and was delighted to have we hope his injury worries behind him as he was an easy victor leading from the very start on the out and back course. Frank Bolger got the runners on their way at 7.30 sharp from the start /Finish line in Ballymacarbry . From the gun they was always only going to be one outcome winner at this year's race as Kevin Maunsell raced away from the field despite one athlete trying to match him over the opening few hundred meters but was soon to discover he would be in hot water if he continued at this pace and wisely dropped back to the pack. Kevin clipped past the 1 mile mark in 5.10 and at this stage had 100 meters on the group chasing. He opened up more of an advantage going through mile 2 in 10.20 he was now 200 meters clear of his chasers. Kevin turned at the cone 2.5 miles and he passed through mile 3 in 15.40 all the while stretching further away from any danger behind, mile 4 was passed in 20.20 and the Clonmel man crossed the finish line to claim an emphatic Ballymac victory with a time of 25.36 almost a minute faster than the winning time of 2018.Running his very first Ballymacarbry race Gary Scully Nenagh AC made his mark finishing 2nd as he a great battle throughout the race to claim that spot Gary's time was 27.27 with another man, West Waterford's Damien Murphy who has also had more than his share of bad luck over the past few months with an injury coming home to finished 3rd in 27.36.The over 40 category was claimed by Danny Smith Ind in 28.24,this was Danny's 2nd year in a row winning this category, with the over 45 prize going to an inform Dermot Ryan West Waterford AC 29.47. Eugene O'Keeffe Carrick On Suir AC 31.03 was the winner in the over 50 category , Ray Hahesy West Waterford AC took the over 55 category in a time of 31.39,Conor Mullany West Waterford AC took the junior prize in 30.08.Thsi young man ran one of the fastest times ever recorded for a junior at this event and has loads of potential going forward. Well done to all.



1. Kevin Maunsell Clonmel A.C. 25.36
2. Gary Scully Nenagh A.C. 27.27
3. Damien Murphy West Waterford A.C. 27.36




M 40 Danny Smith Ind 28.24
M 45 Dermot Ryan West Waterford A.C. 29.47
M 50 Eugene O'Keeffe Carrick On Suir A.C. 31.03
M55 Ray Hahesy West Waterford A.C. 31.39
M JN Conor Mullany West Waterford A.C. 30.08











Having been victorious in last year's race the night for the second time belonged to Thurles Crokes AC's Madeline Loughnane when she recorded a gun to tape victory. There was no real danger from behind as the Tipp lady crossed the finish line in a time of 31.05 just 13 seconds outside of her winning time of 2018.West Waterford AC the host club provided the 2dn and 3rd placed lady finishers with one of the clubs current top female runners in Natalie Sheehan proving once again that she is a class athlete coming home 2nd in 32.28,however Natalie had to really put in a shift to claim that spot on the night and I'm sure Natalie or any none of the other ladies will mind me singling out Angela Tobin West Waterford AC on what was for me the performance of the evening, as she ran a personal best time and really took the race by the scruff as they say going out really hard and turning at half way in 2nd place but by mile 3 her team mate Natalie caught and passed Angela to come home in that runner up placing with Angela Finishing 3rd,but what a performance by Angela, we know what Natalie is well capable of but this was a big step forward for Angela who has been training away diligently for the past couple of months so we are delighted that her work is paying dividends and we wish for her to keep up the great work as i know there is even further improvement in this lady. Natalie recorded a time of 32.28 and Angela was just 9 seconds behind in 32.37. The category prizes were over 35 Sinead Ní Fhaolain West Waterford AC 38.13, this was one of Sinead's first time winning a race prize in the series so well done to her on this achievement. The over 40 winner was Mary Jane Enright Ind in 34.27, the over 45 title went to Sheila Perry Clonmel AC in a time of 36.51 , The over 50 category winner was Stephanie Ilsley St.Nicholas AC in 36.17 and the first Junior was Courtney Mc Guire Clonmel AC in a time of 34.49, well done to all our ladies individual winners.




1. Madeline Loughnane Thurles Crokes 31.05
2. Natalie Sheehan West Waterford A.C. 32.28
3. Angela Tobin West Waterford A.C. 32.37




F 35 Sinead Ni Fhaolain West Waterford A.C. 38.13
F 40 Mary Jane Enright Ind 34.27
F 45 Sheila Perry Clonmel A.C. 36.51
F 50 Stephanie Ilsley St Nicholas A.C. 36.17
FJN Courtney Mc Guire Clonmel A.C. 34.39













Race number 10 in the 12 race 25th annual Intersport Elverys /Asics summer series 2019 will take place on Thursday August 1st next at 7.30 pm with the 27th annual Marine Climb 6 mile road race. A large turnout is expected for this race as its always a great test as to how our current form is. Our thanks to sponsor of 27 years Christy and Helen O’Neill of the Marine Bar. The club are grateful to Christy and Helen and all the race committee at the Marine for all their work and help with the event for all those years and our wish is that we will continue with this association with the Marine for many more years to come .Please note race entries will be take from 6.15 pm. Race entry is only 8 euro pre registration and it will cost you 10 on race night.




online entry link for Marine Climb.









The final race in this year's Outfield sports sponsored 3 Counties Challenge takes place in Piltown, Co. Kilkenny over the 10k distance this Friday 26th July Night at 7:30 pm. This is a fast, flat 10 KM course and is a great circuit for a PB !. Entries at Piltown gaa centre from 6.30pm in the Piltown Coaches / (Hickson’s) Centra Piltown sponsored event. Fee is 10 euro with all the usual prizes on offer.









The annual Eilis Ni Aodha memorial 5 mile race will be held on Friday August 9th at 7:30pm, walkers will go at 6:45.Entry is 10 euro, Students and Juniors 5 euro, cash prizes for first three male/females home and cash prizes for the first male/female over 40/50’s,first male/female juniors will also receive a prize and there will be many spot prizes on the night. The first male and female will also be presented with the annual Liz Hayes trophies. John O’Shea will provide entertainment on the night and there will be the usual fine array of refreshments served in the Community Centre following the race, where the prize-giving will take place. Monies raised this year will be donated between FOCUS Ireland and the Ballyduff Community Centre.








For 2019 West Waterford Athletics Club has committed to make the Eurofins Greenway Half Marathon a ‘greener’ event.Flahavan's have always been a fantastic supporter of all our events and we are delighted that their respect for the environment and sustainability ethos fits so well with our own club values. Although it has a global reach, Flahavan’s is very much invested in the community. The oats are sourced locally, reducing food miles from production to when we consume it. It would be difficult to find a more local supplier on the Greenway.Flahavan’s has reduced the need for almost half a million litres of diesel per year as steam is produced from the burning of the oat husks. The company also has its own on site wind and water turbines which generate electricity for the facilities production. We are very proud to be associated with such an innovative local company and would encourage everyone to fuel up pre and post run with some top class carbs from Flahavan’s. Porridge is the best way to fuel up before your run and flapjacks are a great treat post run.









We have had a small but dedicated group of club members working away behind the scenes these past few months looking at updating and sourcing ( at the best price of course) our club racing-training and casual club gear. They have put in endless hours into this project and there wish is that everyone will agree with them that the new gear is well priced, of good quality and looks fabulous. The nights dedicated to come and try your size, pay and put in your order are as follows. Tuesday evening at St. Laurences Hall Ballinroad prior to our Greenway challenge 1 mile race. We will have all samples from at 5.45.At the registration the night of the Marine Climb in Dungarvan boxing club on Thursday next August 1st .At registration on the night of the GSK 5 In Dungarvan Soccer club on Friday August 16th." PLEASE NOTE NO ORDER CAN BE SUBMITTED WITHOUT FULL PAYMENT"
The first order for club gear will be sent to suppliers on August 17th after final fitting night.
The first viewing of the club gear was in Ballymac last Friday evening and it seems this was met with universal approval as everyone loved the new design, our thanks to Cathal Gleeson, Mark Cliffe and Ann Dunford who organised this.



3 XS TO 4XL as follows


Prices for each item:
Singlet €25
Tshirt €30
Lycra Shorts €37
Loose Shorts €36
Trail Shorts with (Lycra Insert ) €64
We can also bundle together a few choice of packages as follows.
Singlet and lycra shorts €60
Singlet and Loose Shorts €60
Singlet and Trail Shorts €85
Singlet and Tshirt €50
Tshirt and Lycra Shorts €65
Tshirt and Loose Shorts €65
Tshirt and Trail Shorts €90
Half zip
€27 for juveniles (starts at age 3/4 and goes up to 13/14)
€35 for adults











As one commentator put it there are ultra races and then there's the "Eiger" the daddy of them all. Club member Anthony Whelan, a proud McCarthy Ville man now residing in Dublin was last weekend out in the Swiss Alps competing in this race which he has been preparing with 12 months for, The “Eiger Ultra Trail” . So what is it, well for starters it's an animal of an event where the top hill runners in the world participate on a course is 101km long with 6.700m of climbing and circles the mountains around the village of Grindelwald in Switzerland. It's really mountainous with some massive climbs and descents, mind blowing stuff. The race itself is called after the famous mountain in the area called “The Eiger”, which overlooks the valley . The starters gun sounded at 4am Saturday morning with the goal for most to just complete the race and this in itself a mammoth task and one that some unfortunately didn't achieve this year. The race is part of the “Ultra Trail World Tour” which is a series of the biggest mountain/trail ultras in the world spread across the year. As we said a field of the world's best run this one. Anthony who is coached by Sarah McCormack like all other competitors went into this event with a stringent pacific race plan a plan which Anthony pulled off to a tee. Anthony ran a brilliant time of 16.43.51 finishing 87th from the hundreds of starters a huge performance on the world stage. Just to add sweetness of a great race by Anthony was the fact that his girlfriend Níamh McMahon who was also in the race competing over the shorter 51km event with 3.100m of climbing finished in 150th place with a time of 1.44.35. well done to all.












Club member Maria White ran last Saturdays Galtee half marathon which is part of the Munster half marathon league which is organised by the MRA. Maria has now 3 of these half marathons completed to date in the league. With an elevation of 1000 meters these events are not for the faint hearted, Maria completed the course today in 3.40.02.











Huge congratulations to the Waterford county ladies team who took the national
Track and Field title in Tullamore last Saturday, it really was a county team effort the first time ever in the national track and field league that the county had a team representation, with almost all senior clubs in the county involved, on the day we also had a men's team who reached the final and were so unlucky not to take the title also when finishing 2nd on a count back after having the same points total as Wexford who beat us by only 6 points. Congratulations to all involved from athletes to coaches to the county board committee. West Waterford AC had three athletes on the team Zoe Scanlon, Lisa Houlihan joint team captain and Lucy Holmes and John Mc Grath West Waterford AC And county board chairman was a team selector. We also had Patrick Fitzgerald, John White and Gary Cantwell playing a big part in the men's team also.The ladies team were winners with a total of 117 points ,17 in front of Finn Valley, Co. Donegal with East Cork third on 87.Men’s Team : Division 1.- 2nd Place.They were beaten into second place by Wexford County who won on 117, Waterford were six points behind on 111 and Ennis Track were third on 108.








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