Senior News

Notes June 04-17

Once again, ideal awaited the runners as the gathered in the Friary grounds for round 5 of the Minnie's Minnie Fit4life running league last Wednesday evening. The Friary grounds this time of year is always at its best from a running point of view, it's nice and forgiving underfoot for us all after a tough few months on the roads of the town over the winter months it always great to be back on grass for a few runs during the week. 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. The distance's for the Minnie's league give a great choice to runners as you can run 1, 2, 3, or 4 laps so something for all levels. (a lap of the Friary is approx 2 km or 1.2 miles). The turnout on the night was brilliant with a great crowd taking part. This league has always proved very popular and is one where many newcomers come along have a go for the first time; the league caters for all levels of runners, from the well-seasoned runner through to the complete beginner. The fee each night is €2 and water is provided for all runners at the finish. The league itself gets underway at 7p.m. and registration will begin from 6.30 onwards at the club van. The league is on again next Wednesday. Next Wednesday night (7th June) is the last night of this league and the prizes will be given out straight after the league. The tables are on the club website and it's your best 5 nights out of the 6 nights that will determine your overall score at the end. 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. Please note presentation of league prizes will take place after league Wednesday evening in St. Augustine's College.
One Lap League.
Well done to the runners that took part in the one lap league, First home for the fifth week in a row was Eamonn Cashin  in 7.22 . In second was Gary Hurney in 7.47 followed by Ciaran Frisby and Arthur Chizikov in 8.44 and 8.51. Next was Onra Power in 8.59 followed by Eileen Campbell in 12.01 (30 seconds faster than last week). Eamon Cashin has first place wrapped up at this stage., but 2nd place is up for grabs with just 5 pints between the next 3 runners.
 Two Lap League.
Maria White continues to dominate the 2 lap league and she was first home for the fifth time in 16.13. Maria was followed by James Casey in 16.49 (6 seconds faster than last week). James was just 1 second clear of Johnny Burkin in 3rd. They were followed by Gerry Cummins in 18.25 with Michael Moynihan 5th  in 18.57. Margaret Whelan will be happy to have run under 21 minutes hen recording a time of 20.59. Others to record good times on the night included Emer Casey  (24.40) and Deirdre Clancy (25.38 – nearly a minute faster than last week). Maria can’t be caught as the top with her 5 wins, but the remaining places are still up for grabs.
Three Lap League.
A total of 10 took part in the three lap league which was great to see. First home on the night for the 3rd week in a row was Ritchie Fitzgerald in 22.48. Second Yevgeniy Chizikov in 23.15.  Yev was followed by our first lady, Debra Doherty  in 28.35 (a 21 second improvement) . Next was Nuala Hogan in 29.26. Others to record good times included Emma Power (32.25), Joanne Leahy (32.53) and Helen Power (36.12).  Again in the overall, Yevgeniy Chizikov has things tied up, but the remaining places will be well contested.
Four Lap League.
Well done to all 17 runners that took part in the 4 lap league. First home was Sean Stilwell in 27.06  just ahead of Brian Byrne in 27.12. In third was Mossie Keogh in 27.35. Next was  James Whelan in  30.53 and James was followed by Shane O'Riordan in 31.24. Eamon Curran had another great run when knocking off 23 seconds to 36.15. . Angeline Drennan was our first lady finisher when running 37.44 followed closely by Ann D. Other to record good runs included Joe Barry (37.14), Liz O’Riordan (39.18) and Padraig Cosgrove (40.09). With 4 first place finishes, Sean Stillwell will be our 4 lap winner, but 2nd place and the Division prizes are still all to play for with one week to go.
 Thanks to the St Augustine’s College for permitting the league to be held on their grounds ,Many thank to our ongoing league sponsor Pat O'Brien of Minnie's Bar Abbeyside, and of course to all the crew who helped with the smooth running of the league especially Ray, Shirley and James. Thanks so much.
Next race in the series is the Old Still Bar Clashmore 5 on this Friday June 9th at 7.30 pm. This will be the  6th race of the series. Our sincere thanks to Joe and the Salmon family for once again sponsoring this popular race. Entries will be taken at the Old Still Bar from 6.30 pm onwards and it’s also the venue for the refreshments and prize-giving after the race. The entry fee is the only €5 if you pre register and its 8 euro to enter on race night, with prizes in the usual categories.
Course record:
Pauline Lambe Tullamore AC 29.45 (2010)
Sandis Bralitis West Waterford AC 24 .58 (2007)
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Now in its 25th year this very popular race will once again uses the same course over the fabulous Dromana Drive from Villerstown to Cappoquin, this race is kindly sponsored again this year by the Nagle family of the Dungarvan Leader. The race takes place on Friday June 16th at 7.30 PM. The winning athlete receives the Michael C. Nagle Memorial Trophy. Entries will be taken in the community hall in  Villerstown with the presentation of prizes at Danny Flynn's Bar Cappoquin. This is a great course and a great race. Entry fee 5 Euro pre registration and its 8 euro on race night.
Course record:
Pauline Lambe 29.20 (2010)
John Treacy 23.49 (1999)
The Deadman's 5 mile road race was held in Carrick-on-Suir on Friday evening last. A field of 79 athletes lined up on a warm summers evening for this race which is the third of five races in the Outfield Sports Three Counties Challenge. Winner on the night was Kevin Maunsell Clonmel AC 25.21,Kevin was retaining his title from 2015 and 2016 for three in a row, Sylvia Malone Waterford AC won the ladies section in fast 30.58 to finish 24th overall. Sean Stilwell is returning to good form again as he prepares for the upcoming Waterford marathon and he finished 6th  place in a time of 27.28.Dermot Ryan was our next man home clocking an impressive 28.14 this was 10 seconds faster than his time of 2016.Mossie Keogh was right on Dermot's tail finishing right behind him in 28.17.Jimmy Connors is improving with ever race and he clocked 31.34,our first lady home and finishing 3rd lady overall was Kate Veale in 32.11.Jos Gough clocked 32.36 while Johnny Burkin ran a time of 33.57.Eamon Curran was well under his best time for this course and that was last year when he ran a time of 39.45 a brilliant improvement this year as he ran 37.30,Bernie Prendergast clocked 38.20 for the 5 and she ran a time last year of 39.52 so nice improvement there for the Lismore native, and Onra Power ran a time last year of 40.46 and what an improvement Friday evening for her when she crossed the finish line in 38.46, Sharon Higgins also ran well when finishing in 41.14. well done to all.The Three Counties Challenge moves to County Waterford for the fourth instalment of this year's series. The Rathgormack 5 mile race will take place on Friday, 7th July at 7:30pm and I'm sure the Brunnock family would like to see a big West Waterford contingent travel.
A fundraising fun run/walk in aid of Eileen Walsh/Campbell and family will be held on Sunday 11th June at 2 pm in Bohadoon. The distances on the day will be a choice of an 8k or a 3k. All support for this worthy cause would be very much appreciated and donations will be greatly accepted on the day.
If you are undecided what race you will target after Cork we have plenty options for you,If short distances are your thing then you could target our Greenway 1 mile challenges and see just how much you can improve your time from the 1st race on 20th June to the last race on 22nd August.The next step up in distance would be our summer series of races with GSK being the target race on 18th August. Club training will continue throughout the summer with the shorter distance groups working towards peaking in August.It’s also now time to consider marathon training. If you raced Cork and are planning on an Autumn marathon then the next few weeks should be recovery weeks which includes plenty rest days and unstructured training.Club marathon training for Dublin City Marathon will start w/c 2nd July with 1 base week and 16 weeks of structured training. If you are racing in Berlin, Munich or Amsterdam club session will be tweaked to suit but base training needs to start sooner. Munich base training starts on 11th June and Amsterdam the following week.If you are targeting one of those races and are not currently training with the club why not give it a try. You will be training with like minded people who have the same goals as you do and structured training will give you a much better chance of achieving your goals. Training is on every Tuesday and we meet at The Friary with warm up starting at 6.30pm. Training is open to all club members and if you are not yet a member you can come along and try a session before you commit. For further information contact Irene on (086) 8242348.
The Munster Senior and Masters track and field championships will be held at the CIT track and West Waterford AC have plenty of medal hopeful's competing. The following are the athletes competing and we wish them all the best of luck.
Yevgeniy  Chizhikov 400 and 800
Diana Chizhikova 3000
Terri Gough 100,200,shot,hammer and javelin
Joe Gough 400
Mossie Keogh 800, 1500 and 3000
Harry O'Brien 800 and 1500
Ray Hahesy 3000
Kate Veale 5k walk
Gregory Fitzgerald 200 and 400
American athlete Chris Mocko, San Francisco was the winner of last Sundays Irish Examiner Cork City Marathon in  2:26:43. Runner -up and was David Mansfield of Clonliffe Harriers in 2:29:20.Jill Hodgins Cork was the first woman home in 2:48:18, finishing 14 minutes ahead of Nollaig Hunter Leevale AC 3.02.28 who was 2nd.Winners of the half marathon was Peter Somba of Dunboyne AC with this time of 67.46 and Claire McCarthy of Leevale, AC who will run the marathon at the World Championships later this summer finished seventh overall and first woman in 76 mins 34 secs. West Waterford had a big contingent of runners participating in the Marathon ,the Half marathon and the Relay and a huge congratulations to all from the club who took part.
You can't rush the miles. No matter how fast I run, the five miles isn't going to be done in the first five minutes.