Senior News

Notes June 18-17

23RD ANNUAL INTERSPORT ELVERYS/ASCICS SUMMER SERIES RACE 7.
 
 
 
25TH ANNUAL DUNGARVAN LEADER DROMANA 5.
 
 
 
LOCAL MAN DAMIAN MURPHY WINS THE MICHAEL C.NAGLE MEMORIAL TROPHY.
 
 
 
 
 
The popular "Dungarvan Leader" sponsor Dromana 5 took place last Friday evening which was race number 7 in the Intersport elverys/asics summer series for 2017.Held as part of the Cappoquin Cornerstone festival weekend which added to the brilliant atmosphere around the  town this also brought huge crowds to the area who came along and enjoyed the new race finish line area at Mill St which all added greatly to this year's race. We slightly altered this year's finish area and it got the thumbs up all round from runners and organisers alike. The weather was brilliant if not a bit too warm for some ,a gorgeous evening for running with bright sunshine adding to the occasion race which of course  is held over a beautiful scenic part of the county along the Dromana drive. The field of 133 runners faced the starters whistle in the village of Villierstown at 7.30 pm were set on their journey along the beautiful Dromana 5 course to the finish line in the town of Cappoquin. The race winner this year was West Waterford's Damien Murphy who lead from gun to tape. It was kind of ironic in many ways that he should win the 25th edition of the event, Damien who is based in Dublin is Son to one of the founder's of this race 25 years ago Michael and Martina Murphy, Melleary, so how fitting it was that 25 years on Damian wins the race which his parents were so involved in at the early years, and both witnessed their son crossing the finish line first last Friday evening which must have brought a delight to the Murphy household. Damien ran a time of 26.33 which was faster than his time of last year 26.54 when he finished runner-up on that occassion. The race winner set a crippling pace from the gun, at least for the rest of the field anyway as by the first mile 5.05 he had opened up a substantial lead of 100 meters on the chasing pack of 3,Kevin O'Leary, Trevor Power and Mark Rowe, by mile 2 ,10.20 that lead had slight grown if anything and it looked like a local win was well and truly on the cards. Mile 3 under the Gothic arch over the Blackwater river saw our leader pass in 15.35, at this stage behind the group had split as they tried to chase down our runaway leader Murphy, at 3 miles Kevin o'Leary winner last week in the Clashmore 5 was clear in that  runner-up spot but never made any inroads on our Murphy,Damien passed the 4 mile mark in 20.50 and was on his way to a famous win on home turf his first ever in any of our summer series events. Kevin O'Leary came home on his own also for 2nd in 26.57 with Waterford's Trevor Power 3rd 27.33 and 4th went to West Waterford's Mark Rowe 28.12,another brilliant run by Mark, A running friend from France Alexis Granneau took 5th 28.18. A great battle between the city athlete's and the men from the West was fought out in a sporting manner in the team prize categories with just 1 point separating the 2 when both had their teams of 3 across the finish line. It was to be the team from Waterford AC on this occasion who were the victors Conor Sheils, Des Colbert and Colm Walsh, so well done to the city boy's, next year lads and the 2nd team prize went to West Waterford AC with the team of Mossie Keogh, Pat Fitzgerald and Mossie Kevin Kenneally. Well done to all runners and winners.
 
 
 
 
 
 
MENS RESULTS.
 
 
 
 
1st Damian Murphy West Waterford AC 26.33
2nd Kevin O'Leary East Cork AC 26.57
3rd Trevor Power Waterford AC 27.33
4th Mark Rowe West Waterford AC 28.12
5th Alexis Granneau France 28.18
 
 
 
 
Mens Team
 
 
 
1st Waterford A.C. Conor Sheils 28.32
Des Colbert 28.52
Colm Walsh 30.57
 
2nd West Waterford A.C. Mossie Keogh 28.53
Kevin Kenneally 29.39
Pat Fitzgerald 30.03
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 TWO IN A ROW AS MAEBH FENTON CLAIMS MASON FAMILY CUP.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Meabh Fenton who is originally from the Modeligo area raced to a resounding victory in the ladies race in last Friday evening in the glorious sunshine which was witnessed for the Dromana 5 , A member of the Irish Army and running with Doneen AC in Co.Clare,Maebh was claiming back to back Dromana wins as she was also victories in 2016 and will now have her named inscribed for the 2nd time on the Mason Family cup which is presented to the ladies race winner each year. Running at a very strong pace from the start line she raced up the village in Villierstown breaking clear of the other ladies in the field, Maebh crossed the finish line in Cappoquin in a time of 32.37 which was 10 seconds faster than her winning time of 2016.Kate Veale West Waterford AC had to work hard over the 5 miles to hold off club mate Sandra Prendergast who always had her in her sights on the road, Kate did hold on for that 2nd place in a time of 34.09 and Sandra was clear in 3rd place in 34.50,Having finished in 5th place last year Stephanie Ilsley gained another place this year to finish 4th last Friday evening with a time of 36.44,Young Rachel Phelan was claiming a podium place for the very first time when finishing 5th in a time of 37.16 ,so a special well done there to Rachel we hope to see her on many a winning rostrum.In the team award's the host club West Waterford AC took both with team A of Karen Ryan,Ann Dunford and Angeline Drennan taking 1st team with team B also from West Waterford taking 2nd team award Brigid Coffey,Claire Kenneday and Onra Power. Well done to all the ladies.
 
 
 
 
 Ladies Prize Winners
 
 
 
1st Maeve Fenton Doonen A.C. 32.37
2nd Kate Veale West Waterford AC 34.09
3rd Sandra Prendergast West Waterford A.C. 34.50
4th Stephanie Isley N/A 36.44
5th Rachel Phelan N/A 37.16
 
 
 
 
 
Ladies Team
 
 
 
1st West Waterford A.C. Angeline Drennan 38.39
Karen Ryan 39.02
Ann Dunford 39.04
 
2nd West Waterford A.C. Brigid Coffey 39.17
Claire Kennedy 39.28
Onra Power 39.32
 
 
 
 
 
 
SPECIAL 25TH ANNIVERSARY PRIZE GOES TO CAROLINE RUSSELL.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Thanks to our sponsor the club celebrated the 25th running of the race with a beautiful hamper for some lucky winner on the night. The winning number was picked before the race start 295 and that lucky number belonged to Caroline Russell. Congratulations Caroline enjoy the feast.
 
 
 
 
 
 
THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS AND HELPERS .
 
 
 
 
 
West Waterford AC would like to thank all who contributed to the success of last Fridays race, a sincere thanks to Colm and Linda Nagle and all the staff at the Dungarvan Leader for their kind sponsorship of the Dromana 5 for the 25th year and for their on-going support of athletics through our weekly notes in The Dungarvan leader newspaper. Thanks to Linda, Jason and Jonathon who came along to present the winner's with their prizes on the night.  To all involved with the Cappoquin cornerstone festival weekend of which the race was part of this year, and to their crew who looked after the traffic management at race end ,they did a brilliant job.  Our thanks Alan O'Donoghue Cappoquin Meats for supplying the sausages and to Fintan and  Alice Murray’s Cornerstone take-away for their help with the food for the athletes. Many thanks to Eileen Mason and her crew for looking after the food on the night. To all the steward’s on the course, time keepers, entries and results administrators van helpers. Thanks to John Hallahan coaches for the use of their bus to bring the runners to the start in Villierstown. A special thank you to Nora and Danny Flynn and staff at the Central Bar Cappoquin for again hosting the presentation of prizes. To Cappoquin community hall committee for affording us the use of their premises for showers etc this was much appreciated. Ger and Eileen Mason and family who some years ago presented the race with a beautiful silver cup which is  presented to the winning lady each year, Finally our thanks again to our local race co-ordinator of the event Trevor Mason and his family for all their work behind the scenes making sure our 25th annual visit to the Dromana 5 was a memorable one for all. see you all for the 26th.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 23RD ANNUAL INTERSPORT ELVERYS/ASCICS SUMMER SERIES RACE 8.
 
 
 
 
 
 25th  ANNUAL MOONEY’S BAR RAS NA RINNE ON FRIDAY JUNE 30th.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Race number 8 in the 23rd Annual Intersport Elverys/Asics summer series will take place on Friday June 30th when we head to Ring for the 25th Annual Mooneys Bar Ras Na Rinne. We look forward to our visit to Ring and thank Liam Morrissey our sponsor of the race. The race itself will have an 7.30 pm start and registration will be at Community hall in An Rinn from 6.30 pm .The top contenders of course will be vying to have their names inscribed on the famous O’ Droma family shield. Seamus and Mary Rose and family are still loyal supporters of the race over its 25th year history and each and every year the runners battle it out on the sandy course of the An Coinigéar  vying to have their name engraved on the famed  O’Droma family shield. Who will it be this year ???
 
 
 
 
 
 
MARATHON WALKING GROUP WILL MEET AT RAS NA RINNE.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Last year for our 100 marathon group we formed a walking marathon group also who had their first outing at the Ras Na Rinne 2016, Well many of this group are hoping to keep the marathon effort going with possibly taking on Dublin again this year, The group will meet again for this year's Ras and would love to have more join them so if you would like to come along to Ring for the Cunnigar run they would love to see you, little apples.!!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
STRENGTH TRAINING FOR AN AUTUMN MARATHON.
 
 
 
ARE YOU RUNNING AN AUTUMN MARATHON?
 
 
ARE YOU CONSTANTLY ON THE VERGE OF INJURY?
 
 
DO YOU WANT TO IMPROVE YOUR RUNNING PERFORMANCE?
 
 
 
If you can answer yes to these questions we have the answer. In the next couple of weeks we plan on having strength & conditioning workshops specifically for runners. It will focus on the general exercises that ALL runners need to be doing EVERY week. So if you have been telling yourself for months (or years) that you will do this ‘someday’ that day is now. It is not exclusively for marathon runners so if you are targeting shorter distances its equally suitable for you.In order for your body to withstand the rigours and the load of marathon training it needs to be strong in specific areas. Unfortunately you cannot buy this body online nor can you obtain it just by running. It is an absolute no brainer and a quick performance gain to do S&C so that you can do the consistent training so that you have the best chance of getting the result you want through enhanced running efficiency. The workshop will be conducted by Kenny Murphy who many of you know from Solas Na Mara. Kenny’s background is in sports rehab and strength & conditioning and you will be hard pushed to find anyone better placed or more knowledgeable in this area. 
 
This is how it will work;-
 
WHAT -2hr Workshop where we will go through a S&C circuit that you can do at home twice a week.
WHEN – Wednesday 28th June 7pm (FULL) 2nd date to follow
WHERE – Park Hotel Leisure Centre
COST - €30 payable in advance
 
At the end of this workshop you will leave with a S&C plan that includes mobility work / Prehab / running mechanics / Strength & Plyometrics. This will be easy to follow and not the sort of S&C that leaves you in pain for a fortnight afterwards. In short it will be effective.The 1st workshop on 28th June sold out faster than Garth Brooks tickets. The second one is filling up very quickly so if you are interested contact Irene on (086) 8242348.So......what are you waiting for ??
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARDS-MASTER OF THE MILE.
 
 
 
 
 
Greenway 1 mile Challenge – Run one mile as fast as you can
This is the perfect test of your running ability. The mile is an historic distance; 1,609 metres of pure running indulgence. We have endless opportunities to jog along for hours on end at an easy effort but very few to run as fast as we can over this distance.........until now.The Greenway 1 Mile challenges you to do just that. 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. Over the summer months there will be 3 opportunities to test yourself;-
 
Tuesday 20th June
Tuesday 25th July
Tuesday 22nd August
 
How much can you improve within 3 months.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.
 
 
 
 
 
 
GREENWAY ONE MILE CHALLENGE.
 
 
 
 
Never raced a mile? Wondering just how fast you can run over the distance? Wonder no more as the date has been set.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
TUESDAY 20TH JUNE THE GREENWAY MILE CHARITY EVENING AT 6.30pm.
 
 
 
 
This is the perfect test of your running ability. Challenge yourself to run ONE MILE as fast as you can. Whether you are new to running or have been running for many years you can participate in this event. We will do this as part of Club training on the 20th June and everyone is welcome to come along and join us whether you regularly attend training or not. This is the first of 3 one mile challenges that we will having over the summer months. Our charity partner for this event will be Brú Columbanus. Fiona O’Riordan a long standing club member, who is part of our training group, will be running the Waterford Viking Quarter Marathon to raise money for this invaluable charity. Fiona’s family benefitted from the services of Brú Columbanus and would now like to help the charity help others in the future. The family have a long association with the club as Fiona’s husband David made many trophies for club prizes over the years. The Slateways perpetual trophy that we present to the ladies winner of the summer series was donated by David before his untimely death in 2016.Brú Columbanus is an independent charity that provides a “home from home” and FREE accommodation for relatives of seriously ill patients in any of the Cork Hospitals and the Hospice.The €5.5 million project, which was established by the Knights of St. Columbanus and opened in September 2005 provides 26 en-suite family rooms with a supporting kitchen and lounges where families can meet other families who are in similar situations and can lend support and understanding to each other and draw on their shared experiences. Medical costs can be a huge financial drain for families and having this free service removes an unnecessary additional stress at this difficult time. Please come along and support this worthy cause whilst getting a new 1 mile PB. There is no specified entry fee on this one instead we ask that you make a donation to the charity on the night. If you require any further information contact Irene on (086) 8242348.Meet at the Greenway Car Park in Ballinroad for warm up at 6.30pm.
 
 
 
 
SYMPATHY.
 
 
 
 
West Waterford athletic club extend sincere sympathy to the family and friends of Tony Moore,Woodgreen House', The Green, Bandon, Cork who passed to his eternal reward recently, may he rest in peace.
 
 
 
 
 
AAI NATIONAL MASTERS,JUNIOR AND UNDER 23 TRACK AND FIELD ENTRIES.
 
 
 
The National masters track and field cham,pionships will be held in Tullamore on Sunday 2nd July. All club entries must be submitted by 22nd June. Also the national Junior and u23 championships are on Saturday 1st July also in Tullamore. All club entries please to Jim Fleming 087-2891151.
 
 
 
 
RUNNING QUOTE.
 
 
 
For me, running is a lifestyle and an art. I'm more interested in the magic of it than the mechanics.