Senior News

Notes July 29-18

West Waterford athletes were in action last weekend at the Irish Life Health national track and field championships which were held at Morton Stadium Santry over two days and they were to bring home the full set of medals on offer winning Gold, Silver and Bronze. In the very first event on Saturday Kate Veale got the clubs weekend of competition off to the best possible start when she retained her national senior crown in the 5k walk. Kate walked 22.19 in wet and breezy conditions her fastest time since 2011 this adds the outdoor senior title to her indoor crown won earlier in the year , Sarah Glennon Mullingar Harriers AC took silver in 25.16 and Maeve Curley Craugwell AC the bronze in a time of 26.11.In the ladies Pole Vault Lisa Houlihan made a very welcome and successful one at that to the sport after a prolonged lay off. Lisa recorded a new personal best vault on the day when she cleared 3.20 and was beaten on a count back for silver so had to be pleased with her bronze medal, great to see Lisa back in the frame her last PB of  3.10 was set in 2011 and it was 4 years since she last competed in the national seniors. Unfortunately Thomas Houlihan had to cry off last weekend through an late injury which we wish him a speedy recovery from, however the club was well represented in the men's competition as two other athletes were in action, Patrick Fitzgerald at his very first senior national event and Yuri Kanash was the other, Patrick is making great progress in the sport and the senior competition will have been a great learning curve for him as he cleared 3.60 for his first vault but yen failed to vault 3.80 to progress, but remember the name as this young man will certainly be back on this national stage in the near future. Yuri Kanash vaulted superbly well which was to see him capture silver when he cleared 4.30 on his first attempt. Yuri was another who had an indifferent season last year through injury but he is now back to his best. Well done to all four athletes who represented their club with distinction over the weekend.
Our third and final “1 Mile Challenge” of the year took place last Tuesday night (24/7/18) and 40 runners took up the Challenge on what was a lovely if slightly breezy 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 Dzintars Klava in a speedy 4.50. Next was Marc Flavin in an impressive 5.06. Marc wasfollowed by Allan Carr in 5.11. James Whelan was next in 5.20 followed closely by Johnny O'Connor in 5.26 with Cathal Gleeson clocking 5.30. Fastest Lady on the night was Kate Veale in 5.32 followed by  Sandra Flynn in 5.53 with Megan Carr next in 6.03.Excellent runs were recorded by many runners including Joe O'Rourke and Liam Fitzgerald (both 6.11), Declan O'Callaghan (6.29), Christopher Kelly (7.02), Denise Nugent (7.13), Catriona Kiely (7.32), Michael Coakley (7.53), Nicola Cunniffe (7.58) and Lisa Mulhall (8.07).As this was the last night, prizes were awarded to the fastest man and woman over the 3 nights:Mens winner was Dzintars Klava (4.50) - Ran same time as Alan Hogan but Dzintars was the winner as he had the quickest second time.Ladies winner was Kate Veale who ran 5.32 in week 3.Also many thanks to our crew on the night, Irene, Claire. James, Ray, Shirley Tom and Jim and also to the ladies who provided some lovely goodies for everyone taking part.
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.
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
The names of the people who have all 9 races done so far in the INTER SPORT ELVERYS/ASICS SUMMER SERIES.
SInead Ni Fhaolain
Debra Doherty
Evelyn Beresford
Mairead Flynn
Sharon Nugent
Martin Tobin
Donal O'Donoghue
Kevin Casey
James Whelan
Conor Murray
Tom Hogan
Liam Clince
West Waterford athletic club extend sincere sympathy to the family and friends of Brian McNally Pinewood Lawn Abbeyside who passed to his eternal reward last week, may he rest in peace.
Rob Heffernan has called time on champion's career to take up new ambassador role with BOI.After a highly decorated career, which spanned three decades, Robert Heffernan (Togher A.C) has announced his retirement from race walking.  The Cork man competed in five Olympics, making him one of Ireland's most decorated athletes, the culmination of which was winning the World 50km Race Walk title in Moscow in 2013.  Heffernan, who will be at the Irish Life Health National Track and Field Championships on Sunday, will take up a new position with Bank of Ireland as Retail Banking Ambassador in the Munster Region.Robert has had a glittering athletics career spanning three decades, winning bronze over 20km at the European Championships in Barcelona in 2010 and Olympic bronze over 50km in London in 2012. His wife Marian also competed in the London Olympics in 2012, making them one of the rare husband and wife team to represent Ireland at the Olympics. He was honoured by our club some years ago when he visited us with Polish race walking world and Olympic champion Robert Korzeniowski both took part in the winter league on the night, we wish Rob well in his new role and thank him for so many happy athletic memories.
Great run last Saturday by club member Ted O'Leary at the Born to run ultra 40 mile event which was on in Tralee. Ted finished a brilliant 5th in a time of 5.26.37.The race was run over a 4 mile lap circuit ( 10 times ) and interestingly Ted's number was also number 40 ,so well done.
Well done to all 45 runners who took part in our annual Greenway Run last Saturday morning.Some completed a full marathon distance from Dungarvan to WIT, some ran 24km from Mc Graths Cross to WIT and others opted for the slightly shorter distance from the Coach house. Last year we ran the section from Kilmacthomas to Dungarvan so this year we opted to run towards Waterford to allow runners to experience the city side of the Greenway.Weather conditions were ideal for running and we were all ready for Coffee and scones when we arrived at WIT.A big thank you to Jim on lead bike and Sue on support duty the entire length of the Greenway for the marathon runners.Another brick in the training wall for the Greenway half marathon.
Race 4 in the Carrick On Suir AC summer series took place yesterday evening with the Piltown 10k,a field of 68 competed on the night with Thomas Hayes KCH taking the overall victory in a time of 31.05,the ladies winner was Adele Walsh St. Senans AC in 37.45.West Waterford AC was well represented and our first runner past the line was Marc Flavin in a 10k personal best time of 36.10 to finish 6th overall. There was a fine run also by Shane Power in 11th place in a time of 37.51,Sean Stilwell continued on the road to full fitness when he ran a time of 38.02 and Jimmy Connors and Ray Hahesy ran 39.18 and 39 .22 respectfully. Joe Kelly ran 43.05 while Johnny Burkin ran a time 43.07,Tony O'Mahony was next in 44.40 and Pat Dunford completed the course in 46.19,Onra Power clocked 49.34 and Bernie Prendergast followed her in 50.22,Deirdre Clancy was next with 67.00.Well done to all.
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.
I don't worry about what I've run. I worry about what I'm going to run. To be successful, you've got to keep moving.