Senior News

Notes June 16-19

Now in its 27th 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 this Friday June 21st 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 two ladies team of 3 outside ind prize winners plus plenty spots.
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 8 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. 
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
2018 Julie Kenneally Youghal AC 34.39
 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. 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 .  As you know this series is open to all runners, not just club members and this has a 12 race programme.  For those who cannot make all 12 we will have the usual 30 euro vouchers for those who complete 7 races, can you make it 7 out of 12? So far this year we have over 150 entries and we have 11 men and 6 ladies who ran all 6 races to date.  
They are:
Brigid Coffey
Sinead Ni Fhaolain
Aisling Cusack
Clare O'Hanlon
Geraldine Barry
Anne O'Driscoll
Catherine Keogh
Theresa Hickey
Marie Moore
Grainne Hallinan
Fiona O'Riordan
Deirdre Clancy
Raivis Zakis
Ray Hahesy
Tom Hogan
Sean Mc Carthy
Eoin Walsh
Yevgeniy Chizhikov
Martin Tobin
John Leonard
Donal O’Donoghue
Micheál Moynihan
Owen Power
Vincent O'Donovan
Note: If you feel you should be on this list and have entered the series, please text Ann on 086 0619711.
As regards the contenders for Winners of the series this year we have a clear leader in the ladies with Sally Forristal (St Joseph’s) the reigning summer series champion from last year on a lowly points tally of 6 with 4 wins and one second place to her name.  In the men's its Raivis Zakis who holds top spot with 16 points from 6 races .  Finally remember if you want to take part in the Intersport Elvery’s/Asics Summer Series for 2019, you have to enter.  The cost is just €5 and if you complete 7 out of the 12 races you get a voucher for Elvery’s to the value of €30 to be redeemed in Elverys Dungarvan.  If you’re not sure if you have entered the series or not check out the tables on the website now at If you think you have entered and should be on the tables, again, let Ann know in Dromana.
 It was a nice if slightly cool evening for running in the Friary grounds for round 2 of the 6 week 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 and will continue on Wednesdays for the remainder of the league. The dates for the league are: Wednesday June 19th, 26th and July 3rd and 10th. After last week there are four 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 Aidan Mansfied in 7.44 followed by Eamon Cashin in 7.53. This was good running by both as they each knocked off approx. 30 seconds off last weeks times. Next was Aishling Hourigan in 10.19 followed by Michelle Power (11.39) , Ella O'Riordan (14.22) and Niamh Ryan (17.15). 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. First home was Liz Nyhan in 17.37 followed by Onra Power in 18.57 (50 second improvement). Brian Harris was third in 19.16 ( a massive improvement of 1 minutes 20 seconds). Michael Moynihan was  next in19.45 and Michael will be happy to have broken 20 minutes. Sarah Duffy had a good run clocking 20.16 followed by Annette Cullen (20.20). Others to record good times included Amanda Mansfield (23.07), Barbara Duff (24.21), Ann O’Donovan (27.41) and Sinead Griffin (30.50). 
 Three Lap League
 Yevgeniy Chizikov led home the 3 lappers in 24.08.. He was followed by Darren Coogan  (30.21) and Jenny Noctor in 31.05. In fourth  was Sharon Higgins in 35.25 with Patricia Walsh next in 43.52.. We look forward to hearing more about all the three lap runners over the coming weeks.
Four Lap League
Well done to all 18runners that took part in the 4 lap league. First home was Colm Ryan in a quick 29.05. Colm was followed by Tom Leahy in 33.05. Next was Tom Nyhan in 33.18 followed by Sean Dwyer and Michael Callaghan in 33.29 and 34.06 respectively. Martin Tobin had a good run finishing in 35.18 as had Johnny Burkin (35.45). 1st lady was Angeline Drennan in 37.16 with Ann Dunford next in 38.23, with Linda Foley third lady on the night in 38.32. Liam Kavanagh and Karen Ryan finished together in 39.34. Well done to all and 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 thanks 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, Irene, James and Ann. Thanks so much.
 Remaining dates for the Minnie’s Running League:
Wednesday June 19th
Wednesday June 26th
Wednesday July 03rd
Wednesday July 10th
Upcoming track and field fixtures are Irish Life Health National Juniors and u/23. Venue is Tullamore on 6th July. Irish Life Health National Seniors 27th and 28th July in Santry and Irish Life Health National Masters 18th August in Tullamore.If competing please text Gregory Fitzgerald 087 6445789 or Michael Dunford 087 9928887.No entries for any of the above national competitions will be accepted on the day.
The second opportunity of the year to test yourself over the mile distance is coming up on 25th June. This is all about having fun, doing something different, experiencing running faster and getting involved no matter how fast or slow you run –covering the distance in YOUR best time. How much can you improve on last month? This is a great personal challenge and will fine tune your fitness, help you get faster and stay motivated during the holiday period. Prizes will be awarded to those who can run the fastest and to those who improve their times the most over the 3 nights. All welcome over 16 years of age.
The Munster track and field championships for senior, under 23 and masters took place last Saturday at the Templemore track in Co.Tipperary and it was a great days competition all-round.
Competing in the Junior ranks was youngster Ciaran Buenaventura in the High Jump, Ciaran got the club off to a brilliant start when taking a silver with a height of 1.85 meters. A fine athlete who has recent joined our club and is a very welcome addition is Garry Cantwell ,Garry competed in the Senior Men  1500m and running a time of 4.27.39 finished 6th.Yevgeniy Chizhikov competed in the Masters Men over 45 running the  400 meters and finishing 4th with a time of 1.05.75, Yev also competed in the 800m finishing 4th again here in a time of 2.27.08. Gregory Fitzgerald one of the clubs track and field coordinators lead by example when competing in the over 45 category over 100m where he snatched a great silver with a time of 12.68. Gregory went on later in the day to also take a silver in the 200 meters clocking a time of 26.89.Ray Hahesy was in action in the Masters Men O55  800m where he finished 7th in a time of 2.45.85 and Ray also ran in the 1500m clocking a time of 5.26.08 finishing 5th. Our final competitor at the championships was Michael Tutty was competing in the over 55  Javelin where he won a super silver with a throw of 33.69. Well done to all those who represented the club at these championships. 
The Coolagown 5k was held Thursday evening and a field of 274 completed the event.The overall race winner was Liam Tracy Watergrasshill AC 16.11 with the Ladies honours going to Ann Geary Midleton AC 19.12.West Waterford had 6 athletes competing with Ted O'Leary 19.43 leading them home and finishing 2nd over 50.Sinead Ní Fhaolain 23.12 was our first lady finisher followed just 3 seconds later by Brigid Coffey in 23.15,next was Onra Power breaking the 25 minute mark with 24.28. Eamonn Curran just broke the 28 minutes when he recorded time of 27.59 and Michael Coakley likewise dipped under the 390 minute mark with a time of 29.21, well done to all.
Well done to all who ran the Kilsalebeg 5k last Friday evening ,despite the inclement weather a good turnout of walkers and runners took part with proceeds donated to the Primary school .
1st Raivis Zakis West Waterford AC 16.36
2nd Brian Landers Youghal AC 18.40
3rd Ed Nicholson Youghal AC 19.17
1st Ann Dunford West Waterford AC 23.33
2nd Etna Sheehan Youghal AC 24.37
3rd Rose Kinsella West Waterford AC 24.40
Well done to club member Linda Foley on a great new personal best half marathon time of 1.46.50 which she ran last Saturday in Ballyheigue Co.Kerry on a very undulating course it's worth noting.
Mick Concannon was in action last Sunday morning when he completed the Kildare marathon in a time of 3.45, Mick is well on his way not to his 200th marathon, wow.
It’s not only about finishing, it’s about moving forward.