Senior News

Notes June 23-19

The weather held up nicely for our 27th annual trip to the famed Dromana drive for last Friday evenings Dungarvan leader sponsored race number 7 in the Intersport Elverys/Asics summer series for 2019.The race got under way at exactly 7.30 from Villierstown and made its way over the beautifully famous Dromana drive to its finish line destination in Cappoquin. There were a good number of spectators out on the course this year and at the finish line which is always encouraging for the runners.A filed of 135 completed this year's race which was slightly up on last year's numbers. Our overall winner this year was West Waterford's Raivis Zakis who was claiming the title for the 3rd time, Raivis had finished 3rd in last year's race so it's all the more pleasing to reclaim victory in 2019 and he also ran a 10 second faster time this year.Raivis last Friday ran a time of 26.49, he ran even enough splits with a 5.20 1st mile followed by a another 5.20 as he clipped through 2 miles in 10.40 and again for the 3rd mile he ran a split of 5.25 at mile 4 he was slightly faster with a split of 5.20.Raivis well and truly had the race in the bag with a mile remaining so he eased up the gas over that final mile. There were two chasers for much of the race Danny Smith Tipperary and Dzintars Klava West Waterford AC and these two battled it out fair and square with the Tipp ma Smith proving too strong over the final 2 miles as he crossed the finish line in a time of 27.48 with Dzintar cloaking 27.53 for 3rd place. West Waterford's Kevin Kenneally showed great improvement when finishing 4th in 28.12 and Grange Fermoy AC athlete John Murphy was 5th man home in 30.25.Tony Dwyer clocked up yet another Junior victory when he ran a time of 36.10.A great battle between West Waterford athlete's was fought out in a sporting manner in the team prize categories as West Waterford A team took the honours the team consisted of Marc Flavin, Billy Ryan and James Whelan with West Waterford team B taking 2nd team and this comprised of Ray Hahesy,Tom Hogan and Trevor Mason. Well done to all runners and winner.
1 Raivis Zakis West Waterford A.C. 26.49
2 Danny Smith Ind 27.48
3 Dzintars Klava West Waterford A.C. 27.53
4 Kevin Kenneally West Waterford A.C. 28.12
5 John Murphy Grange/Fermoy A.C. 30.25
M/J Tony Dwyer West Waterford A.C. 36.10
1st Team West Waterford A.C.
Marc Flavin 6th 28.38
Billy Ryan 10th 29.59
James Whelan 13th 30.37
2nd Team West Waterford A.C.
Ray Hahesy 20th 32.08
Tom Hogan 21st 32.24
Trevor Mason 24th 33.06
 Madeline Loughnane Thurles Crokes AC proved too strong for the rest of the ladies field in Dromana as she lead from gun to post in an excellent 31.00 which was over 3 minutes faster than the winning time from 2018.Our winner was presented with the Mason Family cup which is presented to the first lady home every year by the Mason family of Cappoquin. Improving with every outing , our 2nd lady home was Natalie Sheehan with a time of 32.55,Natalie is quickly getting back into her racing form after some months out, it is now only a matter of time before she will top the winner's podium a she is now one of the clubs top female athletes. Our 3rd lady home was another of the clubs top ladies Debra Doherty, not long since her terrific London marathon effort Debra crossed the finish line in a time of 35.18 last Friday evening to claim that 3rd placing. Mary Jane Enright Ind was our 4th lady finishing just 2 seconds behind Debra in a time of 35.20 and our 5th finisher here was West Waterford's Leonora Kiely with a time of 35.43,Great to see 3 West Waterford ladies in the top 5 last Friday evening, i detect the makings of a handy novice cross country team here ???.In the team award's the host club West Waterford AC took both with team A of Eveleen Drohan Claire Kennedy and Sinead Ni Fhaolain taking 1st team prize with team B also from West Waterford taking the 2nd team award Brigid Coffey Onra Power and Sharon Higgins. Well done to all the ladies.
Ladies Prize Winners
1 Madeline Loughnane Thurles Crokes A.C. 31.00
2 Natalie Sheehan West Waterford A.C. 32.55
3 Debra Doherty West Waterford A.C. 35.18
4 Mary Jane Enright Ind 35.20
5 Leonora Kiely West Waterford A.C. 35.43
1 Team West Waterford A.C.
Eveleen Drohan 7th 36.19
Claire Kennedy 8th 36.25
Sinead Ni Fhaolain 9th 37.50
2 Team West Waterford A.C.
Brigid Coffey 10th 38.03
Onra Power 11th 40.08
Sharon Higgins 14th 41.07
For all of the 27 years of this event's existence we have had huge support from the Nagle family and staff at Dungarvan Leader and sometimes we might be inclined to forget and maybe take for granted this support from our sponsors, well we can safely say not in the case of Colm, Linda and all the staff at the Leader as not alone do they financially support our club, but week in and week out through the columns of their newspaper they afford us the opportunity to showcase our club 51 weeks of the year where every sentence and every photo e mailed is used, so for their on-going support of athletics through our weekly notes in The Dungarvan leader newspaper, we say a huge thanks to you all.As has always been the case for 27 years Linda and Colm once again came along to present the winner's with their prizes on the night, it was  a somewhat special effort for this great team to make the trip to Cappoquin last Friday evening and we especially thank them both for being with us for the presentation. To all involved in helping with the organisation of the race in both Villierstown and Cappoquin a big thank you, to our crew who looked after the traffic management Conor and Jamie, they did a brilliant job. Thanks to Mark Mason and Pat Whelan who were on hand giving invaluable help on the night.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 cooking 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 this year again to our local race co-ordinator of the event Trevor Mason and his brother Mark for all their work behind the scenes. see you all for the 28th. 
Race number 8 in the 25th Annual Intersport Elverys/Asics summer series will take place on this coming  Friday June 28th when we head to Ring for the 27th Annual Mooneys Bar Ras Na Rinne. We look forward to our visit to Ring and thank Liam Morrissey of Mooney's Pub for his kind sponsorship once again this year. 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 27 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 ??? The race starts on the road at Colaiste Na Rinne and after a mile it goes onto the Cunnigar beach for 4 miles approximately before returning the on the same road to the finish. Please note that this year's race will go out the beach side as normal and after rounding Paddy Lannens flag at the end of the Cunnigar the race will return the town side as previous years. The race will start at 7.30 pm. The entry fee is 8 euro onlione and it will be 10 euro on race day. Entries will be taken at Halla Na Rinne and the presentation of prizes will be held in Mooney’s Pub. Race open to all over 16 years of age on race day.

 It was a nice evening for running in the Friary grounds for round 3 of the 6 week Minnie Fit4life running league last Wednesday evening when not even a few light showers could deter the runners.. 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 26th and July 3rd and 10th. After last week there are three 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 Mansfield in 7.43 which was 1 second faster than he ran last week. Aidan was followed by Eamon Cashin in 8.06. Next was Michelle Power in 11.14 (25 seconds faster than last week) with Tara Whelan next in 12.41. Well done to all the runners that took part in the one lap league,
Two Lap League
 First on the night was Onra Power in 18.38 (19 second improvement). Brian Harris was second in 18.47. Michael Moynihan was  next in19.43 with an excellent run by Annette Cullen seeing her dip under 20 minutes when finishing in 19.51. Next were  Sarah Duffy (20.21) and Johnny Burkin (21.13). Mide Duff ran 21.47 with Ann O’Donovan knocking off 30 seconds to finish in 27.09. 
 Three Lap League
 Yevgeniy Chizikov once again led home the 3 lappers in 25.13.. He was followed by Darren Coogan  (31.01) . Sharon Higgins ran 31.31 with Andrea Gaffney clocking 31.44. We look forward to hearing more about all the three lap runners over the coming weeks.
Four Lap League
Well done to all 15 runners that took part in the 4 lap league. First home was Colm Ryan in a quick 29.08. Colm was followed by Liz Nyhan in a very quick 31.20. This was excellent running by Liz and is the quickest run by a lady over the 4 lap distance for a number of years. Tom Leahy  was next in 33.51. Next was Timmy Kiely in 34.19 followed by the evergreen  Joe Gough who was returning after a layoff to record 34.49, just ahead of Ted O'Leary (34.57) Liam Fitzgerald had a good run finishing in 36.41, just ahead of Ray Hahessy (36.47). Patrick Power finished in 37.46, just ahead of second lady on the night, Angeline Drennan in 37.59 with Jim Barry next in 38.48. 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, John, James and Ann. Thanks so much.
 Rmaining dates for the Minnie’s Running League:
Wednesday June 26th
Wednesday July 03rd
 Wednesday July 10th
On 14th September 2019 at 9am West Waterford Athletic Club will host our 3rd annual Waterford Greenway Half Marathon.  Once again we are delighted to have local company Eurofins as our title sponsor for this unique event and we thank them for their commitment to this race and to our club. Eurofins Biopharma Product Testing (BPT) based in Dungarvan is a first-class Contract Research Organization (CRO), working with pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical device clients. The Group covers the whole chain of drug development thanks to an international network of laboratories and testing units with global reach, uniform QA systems and high quality services. The race course along the Waterford Greenway and in conjunction with Waterford City and County Council is a  13.1 mile race along the now famous old Waterford/Dungarvan Railway line. This fantastic amenity opened officially in 2017 and has already experienced visitors from all over the country and beyond. Users are amazed by this 46 km spectacular off-road cycling and walking trail along an old railway line between Waterford and Dungarvan. At West Waterford athletic club we have tried to be leaders by reducing waste wherever possible. In 2018 we started recycling race numbers which has halved the amount of paper and pins used throughout the year, we committed in 2019 to use biodegradable cups at all of our events and this again was a huge step in GO GREEN with West Waterford athlete club. For the Eurofins Greenway Half marathon we plan to take this GO GREEN policy one step further, which we will be telling you about in due course. Entries will open on July 1st at 9 am, log on to club web site and follow the link on home page for GREENWAY all race information and entry link is available here.
Please note this event is expected to sell out fast.
Last Saturday saw the 8th running of the Waterford Viking marathon event. The weather was ideal for the days racing and a most enjoyable day was had by all participants. The overall half marathon winner was Yared Derese Carrick Aces in an excellent time of  64.55 with Ruth Fitzgerald Waterford AC taking the ladies half marathon  title in 81.27.Ruth retained her title from 2018. A field of 975 completed the half distance. In the quarter marathon event Clonmel's David Mansfield was an easy winner in 38.09 and Molly Hutchison Ferrybank AC won the ladies race in 48.24.a field of 690 completed the Quarter distance. From the club we had 5 athletes run this event and first home was Angela Tobin who ran a really great race in a time of 51.28.Raivois Zakis and Anthony Flynn both had excellent performances here with Raivis finishing 4th 1.17.43 and Anthony 5th in 1.17.41.The run of the day in the half belonged to Liz Nyhan who finished 3rd lady overall in a superb time of 1.31.02.Ciara Burke's 1.43.47 was also a performance of note here. Turning to the full marathon where there was  a total of 316 completing the race. Alexander Wallace a former Scottish native now running with St.Cocas AC took the title for 2019 with a very solid run crossing the finish line at Carriagnore in 2.28.50 and not long in after him was the 2nd placed runner Ciaran McKenna who also broke the 2.30 mark with a time of 2.29.51.Two excellent performances here by both athletes. Our ladies winner for 2019 was Sarah Baryga Sli Cualann AC in 2.59.42 the only lady to break the 3 hour mark. West Waterford's first athlete home here was Ted O'Leary who finished  with a time of 3.16.40 . It as  a very special day for Ted as he was competing his 100th marathon and he did this in style, a subject we will be returning to shortly. Amy Whelan was our sole Lady marathoner and she will be more than pleased with her 4.16 effort. There were many involved on relay teams also who completed the full marathon and the club provided some pacers for the event also, well done to all.
Ted O'Leary 3.16.40
Liam Beresford 3.22.31
Mick Concannon 3.46.41
Amy Whelan 4.16.00
Raivis Zakis 01:17:43
Anthony Flynn 01:17:41
Colm Ryan 01:21:34
Pat Fitzgerald 01:25:26
Dermot O'Donovan 01:30:00
Liz Nyhan 01:31:02
Tom Leahy 01:36:53
Gerry Cantwell 01:37:26
Kevin Casey 01:39:42
Mark Cliffe 01:39:48
Ciara Burke 01:43:47
Martin Tobin 01:48:15
Angeline Drennan 01:49:18
Davy Tobin 01:50:30
Joe O'Rourke 01:50:37
Geraldine Lacey 01:50:49
Catriona Kiely 01:52:11
Eoin O'Riordan 01:55:02
Anne Moore 01:55:33
Linda Foley 01:54:29
Cáit Verling 01:54:29
Rose Kinsella 01:55:24
Maria White 01.55.44
Fiona Longan 01:57:36
Michelle Cunningahm 01:56:36
Mark Lenihan 01:59:08
Philomena Carroll 02:04:54
Paula Collins 02:03:58
Eleanor Casey 02:04:06
Emma Power 02:06:56
Vincent O'Donovan 02:07:37
Owen Power 02:08:00
Mary Cahill 02:07:27
Neva Hodge 02:08:13
Carol Pope 02:10:55
Sharon Nugent 02:14:13
Jillian Hayes 02:14:13
Linda Garcia 02:21:57
Marita Murray 02:21:32
Sarah Duffy 02:31:15
Marie Moore 02:37:18
Noelle Conway 02:37:19
Tommy Lenihan 02:36:46
Claire Cosgrave 02:59:07
Angela Tobin 51.28
Darren Coogan 64.48
Marie Keating 68.53
Mairead Flynn 70.37
Amanda Mansfield 73.53
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 Waterford county ladies and men's teams will be traveling to Santry stadium for round two of the national leagues next Sunday 30th June .please note a bus will leave the Park Hotel Dungarvan at 7.10 AM sharp and will also collect athletes at the RSC Waterford at 8 AM, anyone else wishing to travel are welcome, please make contact with country chairman John Mc Grath 087 9818473
Very best of luck to all our athletes in round 2 where we have 25 competing over the two teams.
Well done last Sunday to club members Lisa Houlihan and Rachel Power. Lisa took gold in the senior ladies Pole Vault at the AI games held in Morton Stadium, Santry, Dublin. Lisa vaulted a seasons best 3.10.In the same competition Rachel Power was in action in the Shot and she took gold with a throw of 7.86.Well done to both.
Never really give in as long as you have an earthly chance.