Senior News

Notes June 17-18

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. Cappoquin GAA club have kindly put their club grounds available to us for car parking , so anyone using the shuttle from Cappoquin to the start in Villierstown can park their car in the club grounds.please keep roadway clear from parking and use GAA grounds.
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. As we have reached the half way point in our Summer Series we thought we would take a look at who’s in and who had all races completed to date.  As you know this series is open to all runners, not just club members and this year has a 12 race programme with the introduction of the Ballinameela 5k race as the final race in the series. We are delighted to once again have the support of our friends in Intersport Elverys carrying on a fine tradition that saw Ger Wyley sponsor this event for a long number of years.  Asics too have also been a supporter over the years and this year is no exception and I believe they are putting a nice package together for those who can complete the full 12 from 12 races.  For those who cannot make all 12 we will have the usual vouchers and this year the magic number to complete is 7 so, can you make it 7 out of 12? So far this year we have over 100 entries and we have 11 men and 6 ladies who ran all 6 races to date. 
They are:
Eveleen Drohan
Sinead Ni Fhaolain
Debra Doherty
Sharon Nugent
Mairead Flynn
Evelyn Beresford
Alan Hogan
Ray Hahesy
James Whelan
Tom Hogan
Yevgeniy Chizhikov
Kevin Casey
Martin Tobin
Conor Murray
Liam Clince
Liam Kavanagh
Donal O’Donoghue
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) on a lowly points tally of 6 with 4 wins and one second place to her name.  Madeline Loughnane (Thurles Crokes ) also has 5 races completed and has 15 points made up of 3 second places, 1 fourth place and 1 fifth place.  Kate Veale (14 points from 3 races) and Julie Kenneally (Youghal A.C.) who has 27 points from 5 races will also contend for the top 5 spots.  Eveleen Drohan and also Catriona Lee will also be looking to break into that top 5.  In the mens its last year’s winner Kevin Leary who holds top spot with 9 points from 4 races but Raivis Zakis seems determined this year to take back this title he has held on many occasions in the past.  Raivis has 5 races completed and has 10 points, so it’s all to play for.  Also in contention for the top 5 spots will be Marc Flavin and Conor Shiels if they can do the mandatory 7 races and Dermot O’Donovan and Walter Drohan won’t be too far off either.  Finally remember if you want to take part in the Intersport Elvery’s/Asics Summer Series for 2018 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.
Round 2 of the Minnie’s Fit4Life Summer running league took place last Thursday, June 14th at the Friary College (by kind permission).  It was encouraging to see that the numbers were up on the previous week with more and more signing up to get fit and healthy for the summer.  The weather was absolutely perfect on the evening and with everything in the runner’s favour, all were more than pleased with their run and their times and are looking forward to improving even more over the coming weeks.  Everyone is more than welcome to come along any night that they can and bring a friend or two, the more the merrier!  The league will be held every Thursday night until July 12th in the Friary College at 7 o’clock and registration begins at 6.45 and the weekly fee is €2 and water will be provided at the finish. See you out there.
This week we had 9 runners taking on the l lap challenge and all completed the 1.2 miles with ease.  First home again on the night was Onra Power in 8.51 while Abbeyside man Trevor O’Donnell was not far behind in 9.50.   Newcomer James Daly can be happy with his first night out as he finished third in 10.41 while we also welcome back Richie Power (12.02) and Eddie O’Sullivan (12.26) to the league.  Deirdre and Mary were also welcome back after a slight injury and it was great to see ye back in action in the Friary.  Well done also to Joanne Breen (13.41) who took a full minute of her week 1 time.
Yev Chizhikov was once again home first over the 2.2 mile route and Yev’s time this week was 16.04, this was 34 seconds faster than last week so Yev is certainly getting back to full fitness after some bad luck recently with injury.  James Casey filled second spot again this week and his time of 16.51 is also down on his week 1 time of 17.16.  First lady home was Anne Quinn in 19.01 while Gerry Cummins (19.19) and Micheal Moynihan (19.20) had a great battle to the line.  We also welcome back Stephen Hogan (21.23) and our “run to improve” coach Jim Fleming who got to run himself for a change this week.  Well done to all doing the 2 lap league, keep it up for the next few weeks and you will be flying for some of the races later in the Summer.
The runners in the three laps also upped it a gear for round two with 6 completing the 3 laps which is approx. 3.6 miles around the edge of the Friary grounds.  Patrick Veale was first home this week in 24.29 while second place went to juvenile athlete Sarah Nyhan in a very good time of 25.26.  Johnny Burkin (27.44) was next while Angeline Drennan (28.19), Kelly Shalloe (28.57) and Michelle Finnigan (31.19) had no problems completing the course so well done to you all and we hope to see you all in week 3.
Well done to Sean Stilwell who was first home this week in 31.40 almost 2 full minutes faster than his time in week 1! Great running Sean.  Next home on the night was Jimmy Connors in 31.50 while our Club Chairman who is getting a well deserved break to take part in this league, completed the top 3 in 32.27.  First lady home was Liz Nyhan (34.10) and it was great to see Liz back flying again.  Neil Power (35.28) was also a minute faster as was Joe O’Rourke (39.19) and Mark Lenihan (40.56).Well done to all the 4 lappers and remember if you can run the 4 laps in the Friary you will have no problem tackling any of the 5 mile courses in the Intersport Elverys/Asics Summer Series.  Full details on the series and all runs organised by West Waterford A.C. can be found on and don’t forget also to like our Facebook page to keep up with all club activities.  We also have organized club coaching every Tuesday evening with our Club Coach Irene Clarke if you want to meet up to train with others or get some advice or training plans for upcoming races.  These sessions are based once again in the Friary College and we meet at 6.25pm on Tuesday evenings and all are welcome.
Thanks to the St Augustine’s College for permitting the league to be held on their grounds and of course to all the crew, Ray Shirley and Sharon and James who helped with the smooth running of the league, not forgetting our sponsor Minnies Bar who have supported us over a long number of years, thanks so much.
1 Onra Power 8.51
2 Trevor O'Donnell 9.50
3 James Daly 10.41
4 Aoife Bradley 11.09
5 Richie Power 12.02
6 Eddie O'Sullivan 12.26
7 Joanne Breen 13.41
8 Deirdre Clancy 13.44
9 Mary Hogan 15.10
1 Yevgeniy Chizhikov 16.04
2 James Casey 16.51
3 Ann Quinn 19.01
4 Gerry Cummins 19.19
5 Micheal Moynihan 19.20
6 Kate Meskill 19.31
7 Stephen Hogan 21.23
8 Jim Fleming 21.25
9 Aisling Hourigan 25.01
10 Trish Veale 26.44
1 Patrick Veale 24.29
2 Sarah Nyhan 25.26
3 Johnny Burkin 27.44
4 Angeline Drennan 28.19
5 Kelly Shalloe 28.57
6 Michelle Finnigan 31.19
1 Sean Stilwell 31.40
2 Jimmy Connors 31.50
3 Tom Leahy 32.27
4 Joe Salmon 32.30
5 Micheal Callaghan 33.47
6 Ray Hahesy 34.07
7 Liz Nyhan 34.10
8 Neil Power 35.28
9 Patrick Power 36.14
10 Martin Tobin 37.39
11 Joe Barry 38.39
12 Paul Brunnock 38.39
13 Ann Dunford 38.40
14 Orla Bannon 38.40
15 Sinead Ni Fhaolain 38.59
16 Joe O'Rourke 39.19
17 Mark Lenihan 40.56
18 Gerry O'Connor 41.51
19 Liam Fitzgerald 41.58
20 Sharon Higgins 42.01
21 Andrea Gaffney 42.12
22 Padraig Cosgrave 42.40
23 Tom Nyhan 42.47
24 Rose Power 43.41
25 Sandra Moore 43.41
Upcoming track and field fixtures are Irish Life Health National Juniors and u/23. Venue is Tullamore on 30th June. Club entries go in on Sunday 17th June at 5pm.Irish Life Health National Seniors 28th and 29th July in Santry and Irish Life Health National Masters 18th August in Tullamore.If competing please text Gregory Fitzgerald 087 6445789 or Jim Fleming 087 2891151.No entries for any of the above national competitions will be accepted on the day.
This group will take your running to the next level and you will learn how to train properly to achieve your goals. If you can currently cover the 5k distance at any pace but want to either increase the distance you can comfortably run or increase your speed then this is the group for you. As part of our 5 week training block we have the weekly training session on Tuesdays and a training plan to follow for the rest of the week. This is backed up by the support of our experienced coaches, online groups and other runners within the group. Training will never be easier if you have the network of support and encouragement of like minded people around you. Starting on Tuesday July 3rd at 6.30 St Augustine's College. Contact Claire 087 9116997 or Jim 087 2881151.
What have you got to lose?
The second opportunity of the year to test yourself over the mile distance is coming up on 26th June. This is all about having fun, doing something different, experiencing running faster and getting involved no matter how fast or slow you run – it’s all about 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.
West Waterford athletic club extend sincere sympathy to the family and friends of  Breda O'Shea Sheares Street, Abbeyside, who passed to her eternal reward recently ,may she rest in peace.
Well done last Sunday to club members Ted O'Leary and Mick Concannon who churned out yet another marathon a piece at the Thoroughbred marathon in Kildare. Ted was making a big comeback after his unfortunate accident some months ago and he ran a time of 3.26 while Mick notched up another 26.2 miler with a time of 3.47
The challenge and the energy running requires may be a selfish one, but it actually motivates me to be stronger in my relationships.