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Notes June 24-18

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One couldn't have asked for a nicer evening for our annual visit to our friends in Cappoquin last Friday evening as the West Waterford AC road show made its way to that beautiful part of the county as we celebrated the 26th running of the Dungarvan Leader sponsored Dromana 5 mile road race, the evening was absolutely perfect for the race which was got under way from its traditional starting point in Villierstown at 7.30 pm making its way over the beautifully famous Dromana drive to its finish line destination in Cappoquin. Once again the event and of course the sunny evening brought out a great crowd of spectators in and around the finish line in Mill street as the runners who numbered 130 streamed in after completing the 5 mile trek. The race winner this year was West Waterford's Sean Curran. Sean who is one of the clubs young prodigies is now based in America where he is heading into his 3rd year of an athletic scholarship in Wichita State university where the Cappagh man  is majoring in accounting, unfortunately for Sean an injury sidelined him for some months but were delight to see him back now to full fitness and it was a great bonus for the race to see him  come along and win on the night , a race which was first started before the young Sean was even born. Sean is now making great strides under the watchful eye of his coach at Wichita Kirk Hunter the colleges cross country coach. Of course as they say the running is in the blood for Sean as he is a first cousin of David Mc Carthy another fine athlete who also did a four year stint in the American collegiate trail some years ago. Sean last Friday ran a time of 26.11 which was slightly faster than the winning time of last year, he ran even splits with a 5.15 1st mile followed by a another 5.15 as he clipped through 2 miles in 10.30 and again for the 3rd mile he again ran a split of 5.15 . 15.45 at mile 4 he was slightly faster with a split of 5.10.Sean who had the race in the bag at this stage eased up on the final Mile as he was well clear of the chasers. Behind Sean a good group of 5 had formed as. The chasing group as the race passed through the Villerstown gates at the top of the village, these were to battle it out for the re,wining top 4 placings which there were prizes for. Kevin O'Leary East Cork AC finished 2nd in  this race last year when he ran a time of 26.57, despite running slightly quicker last Friday night 2nd place was to be his finishing position once again as he crossed the line in 26.37. A previous winner of this race Raivis Zakis finsihed 3rd in 27.01 with Waterford's  Noel Murphy 4th in 27.25 and Midletons Barry 'Shea was 5th man home in 28.27.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 Pat Hennessey,Dermot O'Donovan and James Whelan with West Waterford team B taking 2nd team and this comprised of Michael Dunford,Jimmy Connors and Alan Cullen. Well done to all runners and winners.
1st Sean Curran West Waterford AC26.11
2nd Kevin Leary East Cork AC26.37
3rd Raivis ZakisWest Waterford AC27.01
4th Noel MurphyWaterford AC27.25
5th Barry O'SheaMidleton AC28.27
1st TeamWest Waterford AC
Pat Hennessy, Dermot O'Donovan, James Whelan, 28 Points
2nd TeamWest Waterford A.C.
Michael Dunford, Jimmy Connors, Alan Cullen, 51 Points
Youghal AC provided the winner this year of the Mason Family cup which is presented to the ladies race winner every year by the Mason family of Cappoquin . Julie Kenneally raced to a resounding victory last Friday evening in the glorious sunshine which was witnessed for the Dromana 5 , A member of youghal AC which is a bed rock with a  great tradition of producing fine road racing athletes over many decades. 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,Julie crossed the finish line in Cappoquin in a time of 34.39 for a deserving victory.Stephanie Isley Ind was not too far behind in 2nd place when she cloked a time of 34.54,.Stephanie will be pleased with this performance as she moved up two places from her 4th place finish in last years event and her time was much improved also as in 2017 she clocked a time of 36.44. Our third lady home was a visitor from Tipperary, running with Clonmel AC Elaine Horgan crossed the finish line in a time of 35.09,West Waterford's Eveleen Drohan one of the most improved female runners currently  in the club took 4th place with a time of 36.33 and 5th place was filled by Natalie Nicholson of St.Catherines AC in Conna with a time of 36.49.In the team award's the host club West Waterford AC took both with team A of Diana Chizhikova, Sinead Ni Fhaolain, Brigid Coffey taking 1st team prize with team B also from West Waterford taking the 2nd team award Angeline Drennan, Onra Power, Linda Foley. Well done to all the ladies.
Ladies Prize Winners
1st Julie KenneallyYoughal AC34.39
2nd Stephanie IsleyN/A34.54
3rd Elaine HorganClonmel AC35.09
4th Eveleen DrohanWest .Waterford AC36.33
5th Natalie NicholsonSt Catherines AC36.49
1st TeamWest Waterford A.C.
Diana Chizhikova, Sinead Ni Fhaolain, Brigid Coffey, 24 points
2nd TeamWest Waterford A.C.
Angeline Drennan, Onra Power, Linda Foley, 33 points
The race organisers 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 26th year and for their on-going support of athletics through our weekly notes in The Dungarvan leader newspaper. Thanks to Linda and Colm who came along to present the winner's with their prizes on the night as they have done for the past 26 years.  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 John Mc Grath and Jim Landers who were on hand at the finish giving invaluable help. 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 this year again to our local race co-ordinator of the event Trevor Mason and his new assistant race director Mark for all their work behind the scenes making sure our 26th annual visit to the Dromana 5 was a memorable one for all. see you all for the 27th. 
Race number 8 in the 24TH Annual Intersport Elverys/Asics summer series will take place on Friday July 06th when we head to Ring for the 26th 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 26 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 ???
Round 3 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 more new faces with more and more signing up to get fit and healthy for the summer.  The weather was once again 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 5 runners taking on the l lap challenge and all completed the 1.2 miles with ease.  First home for the third time was Onra Power in 8.40 while Joe O’Donnell was not far behind in 9.20.  James Daly had a good run finishing in 10.04 (37 seconds faster than last week) and he'll be aiming to tip under 10 minutes in the coming weeks. Mary Whyte was next in 13.22 with Joanne Breen  running 13.56.
Yev Chizhikov was once again home first over the 2.4 mile route and Yev’s time this week was 16.23.  James Casey was second again this week in a time of 17.06.  Michael Moynihan knocked off 33 seconds when running 18.47 with Gerry Cummins running 19.13 with Shane Curran next in 19.49. Stepeh Hogan knocked off 39 seconds when running 20.44. First lady home was Margaret Whelan in 21.32. Next lady was Sarah McCarthy in 22.01 with Aisling Hourigan running 24.23, Lorna Murphy running  25.58 and Jen Ui Dhuibhir finishing in 27.09. 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.
8 took on the 3 laps which is approx. 3.6 miles around the edge of the Friary grounds.  Patrick Veale was first home this week in 24.47 while second place went to Angeline Drennan in 28.04. Kelly Shalloe knocked off nearly 50 seconds when running 28.09. Next was Nuala Hogan in 28.33. Michelle Finnigan (31.38), Linda Foley (32.16), Linda Bradfield (32.00) and Evelyn Beresford (34.36) all recorded good times. Well done to you all and we hope to see you all in week 4.
Well done to Sean Stilwell who was first again home this week in 30.22 almost 1 minutes 30 faster than his time in week 2! .  Next home on the night was Jimmy Connors in 31.32. Tom Leahy has third in 32.13.  First lady home was Ann Dunford (37.33).  Second lady was Orla Bannon (39.50) with Sinead Ni Fhaolain running 40.42N).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 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.
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?
Run Galway Bay will be one of the club goal races for 2018. There are a choice of 3 distances – Full marathon, half marathon and 10k race. As a group we have been given a discount code for this race. This will give you 10% off race entry across all events. Code is RGB18WWAC and needs to be entered on the booking page. There will be deferrals to other distances until 2 weeks before the event so no panic if you have to change distances. In the event that anyone needs to withdraw the organisers have requested that you get in touch and they will look after you if at all possible.We have reserved rooms in The Connaught Hotel at a preferential rate of €258 for 2 nights’ bed and breakfast in a double / twin for Friday 5th & Saturday 6th October. To avail of this rate you need to call the hotel and quote West Waterford Athletics Club and will need to provide contact details and a credit card number to secure your booking. In the event that you need to cancel you must do so at least 48hrs beforehand otherwise you will incur a charge. Anyone who wishes to stay for only one night the rate is €102 for a single room for Friday night & €112  for a double / twin room. The rates for Saturday night only are €136 for a single and €146 for a double / twin room.  If you are planning on bringing your family with you there are houses available on the hotel site. The club are not looking after the administration on this one so please contact the hotel directly to book. It’s first come; first served so if you have any interest in this please book your room. A lot of the hotels in Galway are already full this weekend with private events so accommodation may be at a premium.If anyone needs any further information contact Irene on (086) 8242348
Next Tuesday’s training will have a different format to our regular sessions. As you know we will be having a series of one mile challenges over the summer months. This is you against the clock not you against your training partners. However, we will be running in groups and will drive one another on.The first thing to remember is that we will NOT be meeting at the Friary. For these challenges the meeting point will be the GREENWAY CAR PARK in Ballinroad. Meeting time remains the same at 6.30pm. Please spread the word to anyone who might not be part of our groups.On the night you will need to register and decide which group you will run with;-
Under 6 mins / 7 mins/ 8 mins/ 9 mins/10 mins etc
The fastest group will set off first with all other groups going off at 1 min intervals after that. It will be up to you to be on the start line at the right time.  The group warm up will be as follows – dynamic exercises as normal – once you have registered you can work away to get these done. As it’s such a short distance make sure you do more than you normally would.As a group we will then jog down to the start which will be on the Clonea Road and do some strides / drills etc to prepare the body. If it takes your body longer than 10-15 mins to get fired up then come along a bit earlier and do a few miles once you register.We will time this and have someone calling a half way split so that you know how you are going but bring your watch so that you can do your own analysis afterwards. Cost €3.This WILL be a night where water is required so throw a bottle in the car for afterwards. TREATS AFTERWARDS 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.What have you got to lose?
Well done last Saturday to club members Dermot and Karen Ryan who both ran the michael manning memorial Dunshaughlin 10km road race.Dermot can be well passed as he recorded a brand new personal best over the 10 k distance when he clocked an impressive 34.37, Karen likewise will be pleased with her 46.11 effort. Well done to both. 
Kate Veale continued her return to top race walking competition last Sunday morning in Leeds where she took part in the British 20k championships.Kate finished 5th in a time of 1.42.35 which clipped two and a half minutes off her previous best.
Well done to Micheal Power on a Massive 5000m PB last night at the BMC Grand Prix in Loughborough running a super time of 14.33.
 If I can do it, other people can do it, too.