Senior News

Notes July 30-17

Race number 10 in the 11 race 23RD annual Intersport Elverys/Asics summer series 2017 will take place on this coming Friday August 4th next at 7.30 pm with the 25th annual Marine Climb 6 mile road race. Race entry is only 5 euro pre registration and its 8 euro on race night. The race categories are: 1st 3 Men, Masters Men over 40,45,50,55 and 1st Male Junior, 1st 3 Women,  Masters over 35,40,45,50, 1st Female Junior, There will also be plenty of spot prizes drawn from amongst all non-prize-winners. A cash bonus of 100 euro is on offer to the first male or Female to break either course record Friday night. Siobhain O’ Doherty  Borrisokane 37.48 (2009).James Sullivan Waterford A.C 30.20 (1995).
Entry fee to Marine Climb online is only 5 Euro if you wait until race evening it will cost you 8 euro. please use link here to enter.
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
The headquarters for this race is Ballinroad Hall/Soccer Club just outside Dungarvan on the R675 Coast Road (this will be signposted from all major routes on the day).  From here we have offered a bus service to get runners to the start line in Kilmacthomas.  These buses will be parked on the Clonea Road (just 200 mts from Ballinroad Hall) and we ask that you fill these as quickly as possible.  There will be limited parking in this area and we ask that all visitors to the area park with respect for locals and other Greenway users.Buses will leave for the start line in Kilmacthomas as soon as they fill, from 7.30am onwards with the last bus leaving at 8am sharp.  These bus’s will take you to the start line only,(they will not be going back to Kilmacthomas after the race).  Please note these buses have been ordered based on the number requiring transport.  If you did not tick the box requesting a spin and you now do require transport please call to the Help Desk in Ballinroad Hall to arrange.
The annual Faithlegg 5 mile race on the golf course took place last Wednesday evening and the club had 2 runners talking part. Kate Veale finished 2nd in the ladies category and 10th overall running a time of 31.45 and club mate Martin Tobin ran a time of 36.13 finishing 30th from the field of 96 finishers. Well done to both. The overall winner's were Frank Quinlan Waterford AC  27.46 and the Ladies race was won by Sharon Kiely Thurles 30.58.
The club had a good representation of runners who travelled to the final race in the Outfield sports Carrick AC summer series the Iverk Produce sponsored Piltown 10k last Friday evening. Among the field of 106 finishers many of our athletes brought home prizes on the night with Kate Veale taking the ladies race for 2017 in a time of 40.07, Kate was also the overall series ladies winner 2017.Pat Fitzgerald ran a new 30 second personal best of 37.42 to lead the club to first team on the night along with good performances from Jason Travers 38.10 and Jimmy Connors 39.17,Ray Hahesy was once again on the winners rostrum when taking the men's over 50 prize in 38.41 and the ever green Joe Gough who hadn't too far to travel home after the race  won the over 60's in 39.28.Liam Clince took the over 55 men's prize in a time of 44.05,all in all a good night for the club very well done to all who made the journey .
Pat Fitzgerald 37.42
Jason Travers 38.10
Ray Hahesy 38.41
Joe Gough 39.28
Kate Veale 40.07
Tom Hogan 40.45
Martin Tobin 43.45
Liam Clince 44.05
Mick Concannon 45.50
Sinead Harte 50.34
Onra Power 50.46
Deirdre Clancy 67.13
Race 3 in the 4 race Ballycotton running promotions summer series took place last Thursday evening when the Churchtown South 5 was held. Race winner on the night from the field of 532 finishers was Sean Hehir Rathfarnham-WSAF AC in a time of 24.38 the Ladies winner on the night was Sinead Kevany Midleton AC 31.23. The club had athletes who made the journey and first home was Damien Murphy in a time of 26.18 which saw him finish 7th overall. Mossie Keogh was one of 39 runners who broke the 30 minute barrier ,Mossie clocked a time of 29.56, Ted O'Leary was once again well under the 33 minute mark when he clocked 32.45,and Onra Power our only lady representative ran a time of 38.36, John Fennell just broke the 40 minuet's when he had 1 second to spear 39.59,well done to all.
Our second “1 Mile Challenge” took place last Tuesday night (25/7/17) and a great crowd of 50 runners took up the Challenge. It is a different task to take on than the usual road races over longer distances as while it is much shorter, the intensity is much higher. It really is a test of speed and endurance. Over the summer, we are holding 3 “1 Mile Challenge’s” and it  will allow those taking part a reference to see how their training going. The first 2 have taken place and the last one will be on 22nd August. The runners assembled at the Greenway car park in Ballinroad and following a warm-up headed to the start on the Clonea Road. The runner 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 an incredibly fast 4.45. This time is all the more remarkable when you consider that Dzintars recently ran a 100 km race in Spain. Next was TJ Crotty in an equally impressive 4.49 with Enda Donnelly next in 4.50 – an improvement of 13 seconds having just missed out on breaking 5 minutes the last time out. It really was super running by the 3 lads to break the 5 minute barrier.The next runners will all have 5 minutes as a target the next night as all were very close to this mark – Pat Fitzgerald (5.04), Marc Flavin (5.08), Ray Hahessy (5.11), Alan Hogan (5.14) and Michael Dunford (5.15). They were followed by a man who specialises over the shorter distances – Joe Gough (5.20).Fastest Lady on the night was Kate Veale in an excellent 5.30 with Sandra Prendergast next in 5.45 followed by Angela Tobin in 6.18 – an improvement of over 50 seconds on last time).Excellent runs were recorded by many runners with some big improvements made. These included Brian Ormonde who knocked off 13 seconds when running 6.15, Mick Concannon - 6.06  (18 seconds faster), Denise Nugent -7.03 (37 seconds faster), Sharon Higgins  - 7.05 (13 second improvement), Lynn O’Riordan – 7.42 (27 seconds faster), also Deidre Clancy and Lorraine who improved by 2 seconds when running 9.39 and 9.40 respectively. Many thanks to our crew on the night, Irene, Claire. James, Ray, Tom and Jim. Well done to everyone who took part in the One Mile Challenge......for those who raced the 1st one had an idea what to expect and how far you could push yourself. Improving on a one mile time is much harder than other distances as it is so short for those of us used to the longer distance races. That did not stop many of you improving on your times from last month.  
Our last and final round, for this year, is on 22nd August.
There will be prizes for the fastest and the most improved club athletes.
Dzintars Klava 4.45
TJ Crotty 4.49
Enda Donnelly 4.50
Pat Fitzgerald 5.04
Marc Flavin 5.08
Ray Hahessy 5.11
Alan Hogan 5.14
Michael Dunford 5.15
Joe Gough 5.20
James Whelan 5.25
Jimmy Connors 5.27
Tom Hogan 5.28
Yevgeniy Chizikov 5.28
Kate Veale 5.30
Sandra Prendergast 5.45
Martin Tobin 5.45
JP Hogan 5.46
Michael Callaghan 5.57
Mick Conncannon 6.06
Brian Ormonde 6.15
Angela Tobin 6.18
Emilo Moya 6.21
Debra Doherty 6.29
Diana Chizikova 6.33
Micheal O'Cuirrin 6.40
Kate Bullen 6.45
Michael Moynihan 6.46
Onra Power 6.46
Fiona Ormonde 6.49
Andrea Gaffney 6.59
Mairead Flynn 7.03
Denise Nugent 7.03
Sharon Higgins 7.05
Pascal Proctor 7.11
Joe O'Rourke 7.13
Ann Massey 7.14
John Roche 7.24
Paula Collins 7.25
Michael Coakley 7.28
Carol Pope 7.30
Vince Donovan 7.39
Catriona Kiely 7.40
Lynn O'Riordan 7.42
Joanie McGrath 8.04
Madison O'Rourke 8.22
Tommy Lenihan 9.10
Deirdre Clancy 9.39
Lorraine O'Rourke   9.40
It may be holiday season but club training continues every Tuesday regardless. We meet at the Friary for a 6.30pm start. Open to all club members and if you are not already a member you can come along any Tuesday and try a session before joining. If you are on the countdown to any  of the following races we have a training group that you can join :-
GSK 5mile race – 3 weeks to go
Greenway Half Marathon – 5 weeks 
Munich Marathon – 10 weeks
Amsterdam Half / Full Marathon – 11 weeks
Dublin Marathon – 13 weeks
It’s never too late to join us and we have all abilities within the groups so there will be someone else training at your level.
Five of our Club member's made the trip recently to the Killarney half marathon and all performed well on the day.Brian Byrne was in our first man home when he recorded a personal best for the distance running a time of 66.34 to finish 8th overall from the field of 1090 finishers, Eamon Cashin was well under the 1.30 barrier when he ran a time of 1.28,Paul Mc Grath a regular winter league runner and former winner was next home in 1.48 with Margaret Conway running a time of 2.01, our final finisher was Owen Power and he clocked 2.21 Well done all.
Brian Byrne 1.06
Eamon Cashin 1.28
Paul Mc Grath 1.48
Margaret Conway 2.01
Owen Power 2.21
The annual Eilis Ni Aodha memorial 5 mile race will be held on Friday next August 11th 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 prize's 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.
West Waterford athletic club extend sincere sympathy to the family and friends of Willie Meehan,Ballykerin, Modeligo, Cappagh, who passed to his eternal reward last week, may he rest in peace.
I believe that by living as athletes we live more fully.