Senior News

Notes June 10-18.

Last Friday evening we were in the village of Clashmore for our 16th annual Old Still bar sponsored event, the race this year was changed from the traditional 5 miles to the more popular 5k distance and this proved a good move on behalf of the race organisers as the numbers were up quite substantially from previous years, using an out and back course we competed over what was a much flatter faster course than the old course. Unlike last year when the race was run in heavy rain, we had beautiful sunny conditions for the duration of the race also. The event was race number 6 in the 24th Annual Intersport Elverys/Asics summer series for 2018 and a  field of about 150 took part on the night which was a good turnout in this new course. Like all our events we rely on voluntary help from the local community in the various parts of the county we visit to hold our races and as usual the organisers and helpers on the night in Clashmore are second to none, we sincerely thank all in Clashmore for this ongoing support and help each year. To our loyal sponsors Joe and Liz Salmon and family of the Old Still Bar, to all the stewards organised by Kay and Ann Ledingham . Race entries were taken at the Old Still Bar courtesy of our race sponsor. A huge thanks also the Salmon family and staff for the great amount of food and the teas after the race. Our sincere thanks to all the members of the Ledingham family who were present to award the winner with the Edmund Ledingham memorial cup. Thanks also to Clashmore/Kinsalebeg GAA club for providing the use of their dressing rooms and showers, a gesture which was very much appreciated. To our own club race crew, another flawless job efficiently done, and as usual they had everything under control with the entries and at the finishing line and of course our crew out on the course, Jamie and Conor on traffic management and Liam on van duty for their efforts for this and every race.Thanks to DC images for the brilliant photos on the night.
It was a clear victory for local man, James Ledingham Kilkenny City Harriers AC who claimed victory and as a result was presented with the Edmund Ledingham Memorial Cup which was was provided by the Ledingham family in memory of the Late Edmund who was very involved in this race before his untimely passing some years ago. It it was fitting to see Edmund's son James being presented with the cup after his win. James a long time member of our club is now working,  living and married in Kilkenny and some years ago joined the local club there KCH where he is daily training with a group of Kilkenny athletes in the city, all at his former club were delighted to see him make the trip back home and to win last Friday evening as it was a brilliant moment for the Ledingham family I'm sure to see James lift the winners cup in memory of his and their father. The race was a 3 way battle for the first 1 km with James, last years winner, Kevin O'Leary and Raivis Zakis in a leading group. At this point, James made his move and opened a gap which he held all the way to the line. Second went to Kevin O'Leary (East Cork) with Raivis Zakis  (WWAC) third. The 0/40 winner was West Waterford  AC's Mossie Keogh in 17.32. Over 45 went to Race Sponsor, Joe Salmon also West Waterford AC in 18.54. Over 50 for the 4th year in a row went to Ray Hahesy West Waterford AC in 18.30. Youghal AC's Eddie O'Regan the over 55 category in 20.38. First over 60 was Anthony Dwyer (West Waterford AC in 21.30  and our first junior was Tony Dwyer , also of West waterford  in 22.46. Another top class participant on the night was International Race Walker, Damian Blocki from Poland. Damian is currently coached by club life member Jamie Costin and is training in Ireland at the moment he is hoping to qualify for the upcoming European Championships in Berlin. Well done to all prize winners.
Prize Winners
1st James Ledingham  Kilkenny City Harriers 15.56
2nd Kevin O'Leary East Cork AC 16.17
3rd Raivis Zakis West Waterford AC 16.54
O/40 Mossie Keogh West Waterford AC 17.32
O/45 Joe Salmon West Waterford AC 18.54
O/50 Ray Hahesy West Waterford AC 18.30
O/55 Eddie O'Regan Youghal AC 20.38
O/60 Anthony Dwyer West Waterford AC 21.30
Junior Tony Dwyer West Waterford AC 22.46
 Turning to the Ladies race in Clashmore last Friday evening, victory in the ladies race went to New Zealand's Alana Barber in 20.13. Alana is a top level international race walker who recently took Bronze in the 20k Walk at the Commonwealth Games in Brisbane and it was great to have an athlete of her calibre winning the race on the night . 2nd place went to Julie Kenneally of Youghal AC in 20.37 with Stephanie Ilsley third in 21.23.The host club West Waterford AC dominated the category prizes on the night with the over 35 going to Diana Chizikpova (23.05), over 40 Eveleen Drohan (21.50), over 45 Brigid Coffey (23.12), over 50 Alice Fitzgerald (22.56) for the 3rd year in a row, with the Over 55 winner being Bernie Prendergast in 23.27. well done to all the Ladies.
1st Alana Barber New Zealand 20.13
2nd Julie Kenneally Youghal AC 20.37
3rd Stephanie Ilsley IND 21.28
O/35 Diana Chizikova West Waterford AC 23.05
O/40 Eveleen Drohan West Waterford AC 21.50
O/45 Brigid Coffey West Waterford AC 23.12
O/50 Alice Fitzgerald West Waterford AC 22.56
O/55 Bernie Prendergast West Waterford AC 23.27
Now in its 26th 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 22nd 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 7 Euro pre registration and its 10 euro on race night. Race open to all over 16 years of age on race day.Prizes-1st 5 men and women and 1st two men's and 1st ladies team of 3 outside ind prize winners plus plenty spots.
Course record:
Pauline Lambe 29.20 (2010)
John Treacy 23.49 (1999)
Please note those taking the bus to the race start in Villierstown from Cappoquin that registration for the race will be taken for those who haven't entered online, the bus will be leaving from the GAA pitch are at 6.15 sharp. Race start at 7.30 pm.
You can register for the Dromana 5 now at the link below for 7 euro, or you can also register on race night for 10 euro.
use this link to enter online from Dromana.
Like all our summer series races The Dromana 5 will also have a cash bonus for the top contenders if the course record for either Male and Female are broken. Our sincere thanks to Nagle family along with all the staff at Dungarvan Leader for through their generous sponsorship these course record bonus’s are available, there will also be a large array of prizes on offer for the race again this year which will include the 1st 5 men, 1st 2 men’s teams of 3, (Both Men's and Ladies team prizes are outside of individual prize winners) 1st 5 ladies and 1st 2  ladies team of 3, a €100  bonus will be awarded to the first man to break the course record of 23.49 (set by John Tracey) and another €100 will be awarded to the first lady to break the ladies record of 29.20 (set by Pauline Lambe). The usual spot prizes will also be given out at the presentation to the winners which this year will again be held at the Central Bar Cappoquin by kind permission of Danny and Nora Flynn, also shower facilities will be available for all here and refreshments will be provided for the runners.
Course record: 
Pauline Lambe 29.20 (2010)
John Treacy 23.49 (1999)
 We thank the Mason family Cappoquin who have for many years been huge supporters of the Dromana race. The whole Mason family under the stewardship of Trevor have put a huge amount of work into the event, year in year out and added to the high regard this race is held in by the running community when 7 years ago they introduced the Mason Family perpetual cup which is awarded to the first lady finisher of the race, complementing the Michael C. Nagle trophy which is awarded to the race winner each year. We thank the Mason Family especially Ger and Eileen for their commitment to athletics in the area. It’s with the help of people like the Mason family whose commitment to their local road race each year means we can just arrive up on the night knowing that no stone is left unturned in their efforts ensuring that the event goes off without a hitch and of course not forgetting Mark Mason who is a generous sponsor of our Hill league in Colligan each year and plays a major role in organising this year's race .
2011 Corinna Walsh  West Waterford AC 30.40
2012 Angela McCann  Clonmel AC 30.12
2013 Nollaig O’Neill  Leevale AC 30.44
2014 Martina O'Dwyer Carrick On Suir AC 30.55
2015 Corinna Walsh West Waterford AC 31.43
2016 Mary Molloy Carrick On Suir AC 34.41
2017 Maeve Fenton Doonen A.C. 32.37
 A reminder again to all runners that entry to this year’s Intersport Elverys / Asics summer series will close at registration on Friday in Dromana. Entry fee to the series is €5, (where would you get it) . For those that join the series, we keep track of your finishing position in each race that you do and your final score will be your best 7 races. You must do a minimum of 7 races to be part of the series. After the final race overall prizes will be awarded. In the ladies. A €30 ASICS voucher (redeemable at Intersport Elverys Dungarvan) will be awarded to any runner that takes part in any 7 of the 12 races. For those that run in all twelve races a special prize courtesy of our sponsors awaits you all.
 The grass was cut and the sun was shining on a perfect evening for running in The Friary grounds for round 1 of the 6 week Minnie Fit4life running league last Thursday 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 Thursday and will continue on Thursdays for the remainder of the league. The dates for the league are: Thursday June 14th, 21st and 28th and July 5th and 12th. After last week there are five nights remaining so you still have plenty of time to join. You don't have to run every night of the league, just come along whenever you can. Pretty soon, we will have division tables in place for each of the laps 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.
 One Lap League
First home was Onra Power in 8.49 followed by Michael Coakley in 10.53. Next was Mary Whyte in 13.35 followed by Joanne Breen and Carmel Hourigan who finished together in 14.31. Well done to all the runners that took part in the one lap league,
Two Lap League
The two lap league had a mixture of new faces as well as regulars and all did really well with more to come no doubt. Ffirst home was Yevgeniy Chizikov in 16.38 followed by James Casey in 17.16. James was followed home by our first lady, Orla Mulvihill in 18.37. Next in were league regulars Gerry Cummins and Anne Quinn in 19.17 and 19.28 respectively. Others to record good times included Shane Curran (20.51), Margaret Whelan (21.04) and Aisling Hourigan (25.05).
 Three Lap League
 Johnny Burkin led home the 3 lappers in 27.28. He was followed by Angeline Drennan in 28.16. . In third was darren Coogan in 29.01.Kelly Shalloe will be happy to have broken 30 minutes when running 29.57. Other good times were recorded by Nuala Hogan (30.22), Mairead Foley (31.55) and Evelyn Bereford (35.33). We look forward to hearing more about all the three lap runners over the coming weeks.
Four Lap League
Well done to all 22 runners that took part in the 4 lap league. First home was Mossie Koegh in 32.12. Next was Sean Stilwell in 33.36 just ahead of Tom Leahy on 33.42. Tom was followed in Michael Callaghan (34.22) with Stephen Reilly next in 34.30. 1st lady was Ann Dunford in 39.50, just 1 second ahead of Karen Ryan and Orla Bannon. Others to record good times included Sandra (41.45), Joe O'Rourke (41.36) and Liam Fitzgerald (41.44). Paul Brunnonck ran 39.49 and was given a presentation after running to mark his magnificant achievement of running 100 marathons. Well done to alland best of luck for the remainder of the league. 
 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 and Shirley. Thanks so much.
 Remaining dates for the Minnie’s Running League:
Thursday June 14
Thursday June 21
Thursday June 28
Thursday July 05
Thursday July 12
The Munster track and field championships were held last Sunday in Castleisland Co.Kerry and a good number West Waterford AC athletes made the long journey to the kingdom. Joe Gough set the tone for a great day for the club when competing in the shorter 400 meter distance from his hall mark event over 800 as he was in superb form when taking gold in the over 65 category and setting a new Irish record for the age and distance, this old mark which was 1.08.90 stood for 26 years until today when Joe smashed this recording a time of 1.02.76. Michael Tutty was competing in the over 55 Javelin where he took a great gold with a throw of 32.88. Yevgeniy  Chizhikov  was in action in the over 45 category 800m  and finished 5th in 5.10.29.Harry O' Brien competed over 55 in the 800m and secured gold when he clocked 2.22.14 . Mossie Keogh  in the 800m over 40 took gold with a time of 2.12.68. Mossie also had a crack to the 1.500 meters and finished up 4th just outside the medals in a time of 4.41.07 Diana  Chizhikova competed in the over 35 1500m and she took gold in a time of 6.00.67.Well done to all.
Congratulations to club member Yuri Kanash who competed recently as a guest at the Leinster track and field championships where he won the pole vault with a new personal best vault of 4.50 m.
Kate Veale was on international duty last weekend when she and a small Irish team of race walkers competed in Lithuania at the European race walk international Meet held over two days. Kate finished 7th in 1.46 over 20k on Friday amongst a good field of walkers. Then there was a 5k the following day Saturday and she finished 5th here in a time of 23.56 again an excellent performance. Well done Kate.
Club member Anthony Whelan was in mountain running action last weekend when he took part in the prestigious Mourne way ultra Mountain race in Co.Down last Saturday, held over a grueling 52 miles with 3000m climbing this race attracts mountain running athletes of the very highest standard and is one of the most prestigious events on the Irish calendar.After a brilliant performance the Abbeyside man finished a superb 2nd in what was described as horrendous heat on a very tough course, he absolutely blitzed the rest of the field only losing out on the win by 5 minutes after a 52 mile battle with the eventual winner Peter Cromie one of the very best in the hill running business, well done Anthony a performance of this magnitude was coming with a while. 
West Waterford athletic club extend sincere sympathy to the family and friends of Maurice (Mossie) Coffey, Cutteen, Kilrossanty, Co Waterford. who passed to his eternal reward last week, may he Rest In Peace .
Well done to club member Patrycja Daly who completed the tough Silvermines-Killoskully half marathon in very warm conditions last Saturday with a time of 3.24.54 recoded. 
The human body can only do so much. Then the heart and spirit must take over.