Senior News

Notes July 23-17

The 22nd annual running of the Dooceys Bar Ballymacarabry 5 mile road race saw a good turnout of 140 finishers despite the wet conditions last Friday evening a great evenings road running was witnessed by the large turnout of supporters who dawned their umbrellas on the Nire road to watch the athletes on the out and back course used this year for the 2nd year in succession. One of the original race organisers 22 years ago and now race director to this day  Frank Bolger  was our honorary race starter last Friday evening once again a task he has done now for a good few years. For all of  22 past 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 22 years of support and sponsorship for this race. Thanks also to Michael Doocey who presented the winners with their prizes on the night also. As we mentioned already we were unable to use the wood circuit again this year , never the less our plan B out and back road circuit was met with glowing reports again this year and many of the finishers it looks like are more keen on this very fast out and back course as many have recorded personal best's on the night and this was also the case last year, so maybe the organisers will have to sit down now and see if this is a better course option for this race, all in favour say I.!! 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, Sharon and Jim for the entries and results. Thanks to Jamie who was on duty out on the course doing his usual brilliant job, Thanks to Liam O'Donnell on van duty. Our thanks and appreciation to the Spellman family who provided the water station at mile 2 and 4  this was much appreciated by the runners. All in all another great community effort saw a most enjoyable nights racing in the beautiful Nire valley, see you all in 2018 when we will do it all over again.
Weather conditions were wet but none the less it wasn't a bad evening for road running as it was mild with little or now wind on our out and back 5 mile course last Friday evening as a good entry of 140 athletes toed the start line, Frank Bolger blew the starters whistle and the large field were on their way out the Nire road, From the gun a group of 3 broke clear from the field Niall Blackwell West Waterford AC, Niall Sheil St Killian's AC and Kevin O'Leary East Cork AC and these three provided us who had the privilege to be in the lead car with a thrilling race as all three shared the lead through various sections of the 5 mile race. Passing the first mile in 5.15 it was youngster Blackwell who was setting the tempo with the other two on his shoulder by mile 2 in 10.45 O' Leary had a little twist at front running but again a handkerchief would cover the 3 athletes, just before the turning point on the road for the out and back course Niall Blackwell had opened up a slight gap on the two chasers and looked like he might pull off a famous win over the other two as he looked to be very strong at this stage, he passed 3 miles in 16.10 but soon after this point of the race the very experienced Wexford man Sheil had closed the gap as by mile 4 in 21.10 they both were locked together with Blackwell not giving up his hope of talking the win and the East Cork man wasn't too far behind either as he was giving his all to stay in touch, with a half mile to go the race to turn topsy turby as Sheil upped the tempo  to open a gap on Blackwell who was starting to feel the pressure from his earlier efforts, Niall Sheil stayed ahead after a mammoth last mile and crossed the finish line in a time of 26.15 to take the title for this year, speaking of very fast last miles there was none more impressive either than the final mile Kevin O 'Leary put in as he managed to catch Blackwell just before the line to claim back 2nd in 26.20 with the brave Niall Blackwell just 10 seconds behind the East Cork man for 3rd 26.30,all three were faster than the winning time form last year which was 26.42.Well done to all three top runners for such an honest and sporting battle and especially our own Niall Blackwell for taking the race by the scruff of the neck and giving it a right go, as the winner commented to me after the race, ye have a good lad there, and yes we all do agree with you Mr Sheil. The over 40 category was claimed by Mossie Keogh West Waterford AC in 28.48 with the over 45 prize going to Peter Duggan St. Josephs AC 31.03. Ray Hahesy West Waterford AC 30.22 was the winner in the over 50 category , Gerry Cantwell West Waterford AC 33.51 claimed the over 55 prize and Joe Gough West Waterford AC took the over 60 prize in 31.17 .Well done to all.
Doocey's Bar Ballymacarbry 5 Mile Road Race 2017.
1st Niall Sheil St Killians AC 26.15
2nd Kevin O'Leary East Cork AC 26.20
3rd Niall Blackwell West Waterford A.C 26.30
Mens Categories
1st O/40 Mossie Keogh West Waterford A.C. 28.48
1st O/45 Peter Duggan St Josephs A.C. 31.03
1st O/50 Ray Hahesy West Waterford A.C. 30.22
1st O/55 Gerry Cantwell West Waterford A.C. 33.51
1st O/60 Joe Gough West Waterford A.C. 31.17
The ladies winner of this year's race in Ballymacarbry brought with it an interesting little story as we discovered that West Waterford's Leonora Kiely is related to our long time sponsor's at Dooceys Bar. Leading from the gun Leonora broke clear of the rest of the ladies field and was truthfully never in any danger of getting caught, she recorded a time of 34.37 to take her very first not alone Ballymacarbry race win but her first series win ever and it was a nice occasion for her as she is a close family relation to our sponsor's and indeed Tony Doocey is her godfather also, so it was nice to see this year's winner have such a close association with our sponsors the Doceys family. The runner up for 2017 was Elaine Horgan Clonmel AC in 35.40 which was good running also from the Tipperary woman as she had to keep the pace at a good tempo to hold off West Waterford's Maria White who is improving with every outing, Maria clocked a time of 25.57 for a deserving 3rd position on the night. The category prizes were over 35 Sharon Nugent West Waterford AC 37.35,the over 40 winner was Kate Wall Clonmel AC 36.31 Kate also won this category in 2016 but how about her time improvement from last year when she ran a time of  39.56, the over 45 title went to Brigid Coffey West Waterford AC 37.32 and just like Kate, Brigid improved her time greatly from 2016 when she clocked a time of 38.18. The over 50 category winner again just like the last two categories was retaining her age title as Anna Byrne Clonmel AC won in a time of 36.00 and it certainly was a night of huge time improvements as she knocked a whopping 3 minutes and 28 seconds off her 2016 offering. Josie Uí Chuirrin took a deserved over 55  prize for first finisher in a time of 40.17,well done to all our ladies individual winners.
1st Leonora Kiely West Waterford A.C. 34.37
2nd Elaine Horgan Clonmel A.C 35.40
3rd Maria White West Waterford A.C. 35.57
1st O/35 Sharon Nugent West Waterford A.C. 37.35
1st O/40 Kate Wall Clonmel A.C. 36.31
1st O/45 Brigid Coffey West Waterford A.C. 37.32
1st O/50 Anna Byrne Clonmel A.C. 36.00
1st O/55 Josie Ui Chuirrin West Waterford AC 40.17
Race number 10  in the 11 race 23rd annual Intersport Elverys /Asics summer series 2016 will take place on Friday August 4th  next at 7.30 pm with the 25th 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 25 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 at Dungarvan sports centre Quann's from 6.15 pm. Race entry is only 5 euro  pre registration and it will cost you 8 on race night.
Course Information
This is perhaps one of the flattest routes for a half marathon in the country with a net elevation of -100 mts.Not only is it flat it also contains some incredible scenery along the way.  From the old Workhouse built in 1850 in the beautiful village of Kilmacthomas over the Kilmacthomas viaduct to the stunning views of the Comeragh mountains to the North, cross over Durrow viaduct past Durrow Railway Station where the old platform and station still stand.Then it’s on to the spectacular Ballyvoile tunnel, a 400mt long tunnel which is full of atmosphere (don’t forget to watch out for the fairy door’s on either side).  Next you will cross over the Ballyvoile viaduct, blown up in 1922 but now restored to its former glory.  From here you can almost smell the sea as you round the headland and take in the spectacular views of Clonea strand and Dungarvan Bay.Then it’s downhill all the way to the finish as you take in the sights along the way, through the 12 mile mark and the playground in Ballinroad over the Clonea Road and finishing just before the Gold Coast Road.
See route here:
West Waterford athletes were in action this weekend at the Irish Life Health national track and field championships which will be held at Morton Stadium Santry over two days. Kate Veale was first in action on the Saturday in the very first event of the weekend the Ladies 5.000m Walk. This was Kate's first senior outdoor national championship race in a few years and she showed much of the flair and determination of old when she lead from the front with two other athletes sticking in behind for a few laps ,but when she upped the tempo after 2k she soon found herself glide away from the opposition and go on to win her 2nd national senior outdoor gold adding to her indoor gold won at the indoors earlier in the year recording a good time of 23.22 with the silver going to Emma Prendiville Farranfore Maine Valley A.C. in 24:54 and the bronze was won by  Veronica Burke Ballinasloe and District AC25:27. We wish Kate the best for the future and as all in sundry are delighted to see her progress these past few months as she tries to regain full fitness and get back to the top of her chosen sport of race walking. Thomas Houlihan was the defending title holder of the Pole Vault from last year and he was in action the following day Sunday and the Ballymacmague man to record his second senior win in as many years, coming from a family with a great tradition of pole vaulting Thomas cleared a height of 4.55 the same height as the silver medallist Michael Bowler Enniscorthy AC .Thomas took the title on a count back, the bronze went to Raymond Walsh Abbey Striders AC who cleared 4.25. Well done Thomas. Sean Stilwell competed on Saturday in the 3.000m Steeplechase final and finished a creditable 5th in a time of 11.10.56 this most difficult track event. Damian Murphy competed in heat 2 of the 1.500m on Saturday but was outside the qualifying for Sundays final when he finished 13th in a time of 15.43.85. Well done to all four athletes who represented their club with distinction over the weekend.
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 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.
When many were recovering from the race and indeed the rain the previous evening in Ballymac, club member Ted O'Leary was up and on the road bright and early Saturday morning .After completing the 9th race in this years summer series in a time of 32.22 he drove to Clonmore in Co.Offaly for an MCI marathon and completed the race in 3.38 his 63rd marathon in total. As Ted says himself it just takes practice.!!!
Its great to be introducing another new race to the busy local road racing calendar as on Friday August 25th The Ballinameela 5k road race and Fun Run will be held at 7.00pm. Registration for this new race will be at the Community hall from 6.00 pm. entry fee only 8 euro pre reg and 10 euro on race night. This course is as flat as you could imagine and one for the PB's. Club member Mark Cliffe is one of the race organisers of this race and he would love to see as many fellow club members as possible come along and run, more to follow on this event but for now mark it in the diary. 
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The Ballysaggart Festival are hosting a 5K Chip Timed Run on Wednesday evening August 2nd. The race starts at 7.30 pm and a walk will start at 7.45 pm. Registration will be at Ballysaggart GAA pitch  from 6.30 pm. Entry 10 euro for race and 5 euro for the walk, refreshments for all at GAA pitch after race.
The third race of the Ballycotton summer programme takes place this Thursday 27th July in Churchtown South at 8 pm. The race entry is €5 with entries taken in the local hall. Given that there have been exceptional numbers taking part in the other races it’s advisable to get there in plenty of time.
Most people never run far enough on their first wind to find out they've got a second.