Senior News

Notes July 22-18

The 23rd annual running of the Dooceys Bar Ballymacarabry 5 mile road race saw a good turnout of 137 finishers last Friday evening  on what was a great evening for the race. The course which was changed some year ago from the traditional road/wood course which was used for many years to an out and back track all on the road, which leaves Ballymac and heads out the Nire road before turning at the 2.5 mile mark and returning the same road.Frank Bolger  was our honorary race starter last Friday evening once again a task he has done now for a good few years. Frank was one of the founders of the event 23 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 23 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 23 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 alsoThanks 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, Sharon, Liam,Catriona and Jim for the entries and results. Thanks to Jamie and Conor 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 2019 when we will do it all over again.
Weather conditions were ideal for the race last Friday evening as it was mild with little or no wind on our out and back 5 mile course, Frank Bolger got the runners on their way at 7.30 sharp from the start /Finish line in Ballymacarbry . From the gun a large group of 10 took off at a leisurely enough pace but this was short lived as after 1.000 meters completed and the runners hardly gone out of sight of the start line Kevin Leary East Cork and Raivis Zakis West Waterford broke clear as these two decided to up the ante big time, The two clipped past the 1 mile mark in 5.10 and at this stage had 100 meters on the reminder of the early group which now consisted of 8 athletes who were battling it out for that 3rd placing even at this early stage of the race. Shortly after passing the Mile mark Leary decided to test the West Waterford man as he piled on more pace and this was the decisive move of the race as he opened up an advantage going through mile 2 in 10.40 he was now 70 meters clear of his chaser Raivis, Kevin turned at the cone 2.5 miles and he passed through mile 3 in 16.20 all the while stretching further away from any danger behind, mile 4 was
passed in 21.20 and the East Cork man crossed the finish line to claim his first Ballymac victory having finished 2nd here last year with a time of 26.29 with Raivis also well clear taking 2nd in 26.58 and that great battle for the 3rd placing was won by Pat Hennessey West Waterford AC in 28.16, Pat a very well known wing back with Lismore is also proving to be a fine athlete as well as he is improving this year greatly with his race times plummeting.The over 40 category was claimed by Danny Smith Ind in 28.39,great to see Danny back in action after a short retirement from the sport, with the over 45 prize going to Benny Hahesy Carrick On Suir AC 31.25. Richard O'Gorman Clonmel AC 33.34 was the winner in the over 50 category , One of the all time greats and many times winner in the past of plenty of our club organised road races Pat Heffernan Moyglass took the over 55 category in a time of 33.28, Brilliant to see Pat so well and health and back enjoying his running after so many years out of the sport.  Tony Dwyer  West Waterford AC took the junior prize in 37.49. Well done to all.
1ST KEVIN LEARY East Cork A.C. 26.29
2ND RAIVIS ZAKIS West Waterford AC 26.58
3RD PAT HENNESSY West Waterford AC 28.16
M 40 DANNY SMITH N/A 28.39
M 45 BENNY HAHESSY Carrick On Suir  A.C. 31.25
M 50 RICHARD O'GORMAN Clonmel A.C. 33.34
M55 PAT HEFFERNAN Moyglass 33.28
M JN TONY DWYER West Waterford AC 37.49
The ladies winner of this year's race in Ballymacarby last Friday evening made the trip down from Tipperary as Madeline Loughnane was our runaway victor leading from the gun. Madeline broke clear of the rest of the ladies field and was truthfully never in any danger of getting caught, she recorded a time of 30.52 which was  over 3 minutes faster than last year's winning time. This was Madeline's 2nd win in this year's series having won the last race also in Ras Na Rinne two weeks previously, she has also three 2nd placing's in the series to date so will defiantly be in the shake up for overall victory in the ladies series this year with just three races now remaining.  The runner up for 2018 was West Waterford's Kate Veale in 31.53 which on another year would easily be fast enough to claim first place, Kate likes to run the local races but her main focus of course would be on race walking but she finds the running races gives a break from the arduous walking training which that sport entails.  Third was Elaine Horgan from Clonmel Tri Club who recorded a time of 34.35.The category prizes were over 35 Debra Doherty West Waterford AC 38.25, this was one of Debra's first time winning a race prize in the series so well done to her on this achievement. The over 40 winner was Elaine Wally Clonmel Tri Club 35.02, the over 45 title went to Brigid Coffey West Waterford AC in a time of 37.51 which was almost exactly the same time she ran in last year's race when she also claimed this category, The over 50 category winner was also a West Waterford athlete Onra Power in a time of 38.51, well done to all our ladies individual winners.
1ST MADELINE LOUGHLANE Thurles Crokes 30.52
2ND KATE VEALE West Waterford AC 31.53
3RD ELAINE HORGAN Clonmel  A.C. 34.35
F 35 DEBRA DOHERTY West Waterford AC 38.25
F 40 ELAINE WALLEY Clonmel Tri Club 35.02
F 45 BRIGID COFFEY West Waterford AC 37.51
F 50 ONRA POWER West Waterford AC 38.51
Race number 10  in the 12 race 24th annual Intersport Elverys /Asics summer series 2018 will take place on Thursday August 2nd  next at 7.30 pm with the 26th 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 26 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 7 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 27th 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 Iverk Produce 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 10th 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 trophy. 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.
The bus will leave the Pond in Abbeyside at 9.00am. Parking is available at the Pond and beside Abbeyside School & church. Please park only in designated spaces and not in residents parking spots. If you can please leave the car at home and run to the Pond. The bus will be leaving at 9am sharp so please allow plenty time to get there. The first drop will be at McGraths Cross which gives you a 24km run to WIT in Carriganore. For those tackling the shorter distance (19km) they will be dropped at the workhouse in Kilmacthomas. Gear bags can be left on the bus for collection at WIT.There will be no numbers, chip timing, water stations, gels or prizes it’s purely a self supported training run. Whatever you need on the run please bring it with you and more importantly leave no trace behind you.  Emergency contact on the day is Irene on (086) 8242348After the run we will go for coffee and fresh scones in WIT where shower facilities are also available. The cost is €10 which can be paid on the morning of the run. The bus will leave WIT at 12.30 to be back in town around lunchtime. There will be an informal meet up for drinks in Minnies on Saturday night. When you are running on the Greenway please run on the left and pass out on the right. It is very busy on Saturday mornings and is shared space so please be mindful of that and run no more than 2 abreast.It promises to be a very enjoyable days running on a fast, flat AND scenic course .....what more could you want.
The Irish Life Health national senior Track and Field championships will be held this coming weekend , held over 2 days Saturday and Sunday at Santry track. We wish our club athletes the very best of luck for the championships.
Pole Vault-Lisa Houlihan, Thomas Houlihan, Patrick Fitzgerald and Yuri Kanash.
Race Walk-Kate Veale
The National Masters Track and Field championships are taking place on Saturday 18th of August in Tullamore. Closing Date for Entries is 10th of August. Please submit your entry details as soon as possible to Gregory Fitzgerald 087 6445789 or Jim Fleming 087 2891151.
West Waterford athletic club extend sincere sympathy to the family and friends of Mary O'Neill "Willow", Deerpark Road, Lismore, who passed to her eternal reward recently, may she rest in peace.
Two of the clubs marathon gurus were in action over the weekend at the MCI organised Clonmore Harps GAA club event. On Saturday morning Paul Brunnock completed his first of two when he ran a time of 3.50,on Sunday morning over the same course Paul was joined by club mate Ted O'Leary and Ted ran 3.26.33 while Paul running his second in 24 hours crossed the line in 3.53 to complete the "back to back" Well done to both as they keep clocking up those completed marathons.
Most people never run far enough on their first wind to find out they've got a second.