Senior News

Notes July 28-19

 The always popular Minnies Summer League came to a conclusion on Wednesday 10th July. As it is usually is at this time of the year, it was a beautiful for running in the Friary grounds for the 6th and final night of the Minnie Fit4life running league , 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.  This league has always proved very popular and is one where many newcomers come along to try running for the first time. 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.
 The winner of the 1 lap league was Aidan Mansfield who was participating in his very first West Waterford AC league on the minimum 5 points after 5 first place and 1 second place finish over the 6 nights. Aidan recorded his fastest time in week 5 when he ran 7.30. Runner up in this league was Michelle Power on 16 points. Michelle also ran her fastest time in week 5 when she ran 10.37. Well done to all the runners that took part in the one lap league and we hope to see you taking part in some other events later in the year.
 This was the tightest of the 4 leagues we had this summer with the top 2 finishing level on 10 points. Brian Harris and Onra Power finished level on 10  pints with Brian being awarded the win having run a faster time, when he clocked 17.34 in week 5 while Onra's fastest was 18.26.Amanda Mansfield won Division 2 on 42 points. Well done to all the runners that took part in the two lap league and we hope to see you taking part in some other events later in the year
 Yevgeniy Chizhikov  was once again the winner of the 3 lap league on 5 points having been first all 6 nights. Yev's fastest time was 23.37 which he ran in week 6. Sharon Higgins was runner up on 13 points and Sharon's fastest time was also recorded in week 6 when she clocked 30.51.
It's not easy finding time to run yourself when your chairman of such a big active club as West Waterford AC is ,but our hard working chairman Tom Leahy did find that time to participated in the Minnies league and proved that he leads by example taking the overall league title for 2019. Tom Leahy won the 4 lap league on 10 points. Tom's fastest time was 32.27 which he ran in week 4. Runner up in the 4 lap was Tom Nyhan on 19 points. Tom's best run was the 33.18 that he ran in week 2.Angeline Drennan won Division 2 on 48 points with her fastest time being the 37.16 that she ran in week 2.
 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 to Chaimaine, Jonathan, Kyle and Calam who came along to present the winner's with their prizes. Thanks  to all the crew who helped with the smooth running of the league especially Ray, Shirley, James, Tom and Ann. Thanks so much. Hopefully we will do it all again next year.
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.
1993 Pat Heffernan Thurles Crokes 32.17.
1994 Kieran Maher Ring/Old Parish AC 33.01
1995 James Sullivan Waterford A.C. 30.20 (course record)
1996 Bill Lacey St Senans, Kilmacow 33.05
1997 James Sullivan Waterford A.C. 31.55
1998 Peter Duggan St Joseph's AC Kilkenny 33.36
1999 James Sullivan Waterford A.C. 31.55
2000 William Harty K.C.K 31.50
2001 William Harty K.C.K 32.07
2002 Peter Duggan St Joseph's AC Kilkenny 34.03
2003 William Harty K.C.K. 33.45
2004 Peter Duggan, St.Josephs AC. 33.43
2005 Raivis Zakis West Waterford AC 33.04
2006 Sandis Bralitis West Waterford AC 32.28
2007 Sandis Bralitis West Waterford AC 32.40
2008 Raivis Zakis West Waterford AC. 32.24
2009 Sandis Bralitis West Waterford AC 31.59
2010 Sandis Bralitis West Waterford AC 33.24
2011 Philip Harty West Waterford AC 34.40
2012 Raivis Zakis West Waterford AC 33.31
2013 Sandis Bralitis West Waterford AC 32.48
2014 Philip Harty West Waterford AC 34.47
2015 Niall Sheil St.Killians AC 33.56
2016.Raivis Zakis West Waterford AC 35.38
2017.Kevin O'Leary East Cork AC 34.38
2018. Kevin O'Leary East Cork AC 34.53
As a club, West Waterford Athletics Club, committed in 2019 to use biodegradable cups at all of our events. For the Eurofins Greenway Half marathon we plan to take this one step further.
Ireland is the top producer of plastic waste in Europe; generating an average of 61kgs per person per year (the average weight of a female runner). This is double what the UK produces.
A huge part of the problem is single use water bottles. These bottles are used for on average 12 minutes before being discarded and then take up to 450 years to decompose.For this year’s race we have teamed up with Waterford Greenway, Waterford City and  County Council and Refill Ireland to eliminate single use plastic bottles. Refill Ireland will be providing a water station at the end of the race and all the cups that are used are gathered up afterwards in special bins and taken away and cleaned then re-used for other events. For all other water stations on the course we will be using biodegradable cups. Waterford City and County Council have come on board to help us in this initiative for which we are very grateful. With their knowledge and assistance we will be trying to reduce all unnecessary plastic packaging and reduce waste wherever possible. 
We would ask all our athletes to come on board and help us make this happen. We can all do something and as a runner we can start by using a reusable water bottle on training runs.
The names of the people who have all 9 races done so far in the
1 Sinead Ni Fhaolain
2. Therese Power Hickey
3 Grainne Hallinan
4 Geraldine Barry
5 Ann O’Driscoll
6 Catherine Keogh
1 Eamonn Curran
2 Vincent O’Donovan
3 Ray Hahesy
4 Tom Hogan
5 Eoin Walsh
6 Yevgeniy Chizhikov
7 Martin Tobin
8 John Leonard
9 Donal O’Donoghue
Mick Concannon took on the shorter distance ,well for him anyway, of the Ballynonty 10 last Sunday completing the course in a time of 72.35.
Race 4 in the Carrick On Suir AC summer series took place Friday evening with the Piltown 10k,a field of 143 competed on the night with recent winner of the Ballymac 5 Kevin Maunsell Clonmel AX the clear winner in a time of 32.12,the ladies winner was Angela McCann also Clonmel AC in 38.26.West Waterford AC was well represented and our first runner past the line was John Downey in a time of 42.43. Claire Kennedy lead the ladies home in 45.30.Well done to all who made the trip to Piltown to support Carrick road runners.
John Downey 42.43
Tony Mahony 44.11
Tom Hogan 44.20
Mick Concannon 44.26
Pat Dunford 44.37
Johnny Burkin 45.23
Claire Kennedy 45.30
Sinead Ní Faolain 48.03
Ann Dunford 48.38
Maria White 48.57
Onra Power 51.54
Our third and final “1 Mile Challenge” of the year took place last Tuesday night and 34 runners took up the Challenge on what was an ideal evening for running. It is a different task to take on 1 mile than the usual road races over longer distances as, while it is much shorter, the intensity is much higher. It really is a perfect test of speed and endurance. Over the summer, we are held 3 “1 Mile Challenge’s” and it  will allowed those taking part a reference to see how their training going. The runners assembled at the Greenway car park in Ballinroad and following a warm-up headed to the start on the Clonea Road. The runners are then set off in groups at intervals so that runners with similar targets head off together. The fastest runner on the night was one of our newest club members and a very welcome addition to the senior ranks in our club, Gary Cantwell  in a speedy 4.52. Next was Colm Ryan in an impressive 5.58.Colm will be delighted with breaking the 5 minute barrier hare.Fastest Lady on the night was Lucy Holmes in 5.14 which was the fastest mile by a female ever recorded over the two year history of this event, a super run by the young star. Following Lucy was another of the clubs top female athletes who just get faster by the week Natalie Sheehan clocked a time of 5.42. Excellent runs were recorded by many runners including Tom Hogan 5.38,Kelly Fitzgerald 5.56,well done to Kelly breaking the 6 minute mark here. Noel McKenna 6.36,Ray Curran 7.27,Carol Pope 7.39 and Gillian Collins 7.15,great times all round.As this was the last night, prizes were awarded to the fastest man and woman over the 3 nights: Mens winner was Dzintars Klava .Ladies winner was Natalie Sheehan, most improvement prizes went to Yevgeniy Chizhikova and Deirdre Clancy, Also many thanks to our crew on the night, Irene, Claire, Ray, Shirley Tom, Michael and Jim and also to the ladies who provided some lovely goodies for everyone taking part.
West Waterford athletic club extend sincere sympathy to the family and friends of Jim Dee Fr. Twomey's Road Dungarvan.who passed to his eternal reward last week, may he rest in peace.
Just two athletes represented West Waterford AC  last weekend at the Irish Life Health national track and field championships which were held at Morton Stadium Santry over two days. Lisa Houlihan competed Sunday in the Pole Vault keeping the great Houlihan family tradition going with this particular nation senior event. Lisa vaulted 3.20 for 6th place while Gregory Fitzgerald competed on Saturday in heat 1 of 5 heats in the 200 meters but didn't make it through to Sunday final on this occasion.Well done to all four athletes who represented their club with distinction over the weekend.
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