Senior News

Notes June 25-17

Last year we welcomed on board our new sponsor of the Ras Na Rinne Liam Morrissey who became the pubs new proprietor at Mooney's, we are delighted that again this year Liam and Family have continued this great sponsorship of this great race which now is ion its 25th year.We  have now reached race number 8 in this year's series the Ras Na Rinne which will be held this coming Friday next June 30th at 7.30 pm, a race that offers something a little out of the ordinary in road racing terms  as much of the course takes in road, grass, water and sand over the famed An Coinigeár. The race will start from outside Coláiste na Rinne and the runners will proceed on the downhill first mile stretch towards An Coinigeár, taking a right turn at the bottom of the hill we will cross the stream on to the sand on the outward stretch on the Baile na nGall side of the Coinigéar loop, on reaching the end where we can almost touch St Augustine’s church in Abbeyside we will round the Paddy Lannen's Waterford flag point pole and return from An Coinigéar on the  Dúngarbháin side, then crossing the short stream again it’s back onto the road and up the hill that we ran in the first mile down, plenty of variety for everyone, downhill, uphill and along the beach. The entries for the race will be taken outside Halla Phobail Na Rinne from 6.15  onwards and the entry fee is just 5 euros if you pre register or it will be 8 euro on race night. The prize-giving will take place in Mooney’s bar where refreshments will also be provided. The usual prizes for individual and age categories will apply and of course the winner will be presented with the O’ Droma family perpetual shield and we thank Mary Rose, Seamús and family for their ongoing association with this great race .
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.!!
Get your pre registration for Ras Na Rinne for only 5 euro by using the link below  ,race entry on the night will be 8 euro.

Previous winners of the Mooney’s Pub Rás Na Rinne
1993 Gerry Cantwell
1994 Kieran Maher
1995 James Sullivan
1996 Philip Harty
1997 James Sullivan
1998 Peter Duggan
1999 William Harty
2000 William Harty
2001 William Harty
2002 Peter Duggan
2003 William Harty
2004 Pater Duggan
2005 Raivis Zakis
2006 Sandis Bralitis
2007 Sandis Bralitis
2008 Ferdia O’hAodha
2009 Raivis Zakis
2010 Raivis Zakis
2011 Brian Murphy
2012 Philip Harty
2013 Raivis Zakis
2014 Brian Murphy
2015 Brian Murphy
2016 Brian Murphy
2017 ????
With all entries now closed for our summer series we have published below the full list of those entered.
Blackwell Niall
O Leary Kevin
O'Riordan Cian
Flynn Anthony
Ryan Billy
Reilly Liam
O'Riordan Shane
Donnelly Enda
O Gorman Richard
Cullen Alan
Carlin Anthony
Hahesy Ray
Fitzgerald Pat
Mahony Tomas
Cooke Kyle
Hallissey Bryan
Peter Cunningham
Hurney Gary
Gaffney David
Reilly Gerard
Cliffe Mark
Cashin Éamonn
Duggan Sean
O'Rourke Joe
Tom Hogan
Brunnock Paul
Murray Conor
Tobin Martin
Ormonde Brian
Curran Raymond
Gee Micheál
Sandford Martin
Foley John
Coogan Darren
Ó Cuirrin Micheal
Jackman Brian
Beatty Brian
Deegan Michael
O'Donoghue Donal
Moynihan Micheal
Proctor Paschal
Sandford Liam
Casey Kevin
O'Leary Ted
Beer Mark
Keane Mush
Barry Joe
Callaghan Micheal
Dwyer Anthony
Keogh Mossie
Tom Burke
Peter Duggan
Yevgeniy Chizhikov
Cathal Gleeson
Eamonn Curran
Michael Dunford
Kevin Kenneally
Hallinan Grainne
Roche Áine
Castera Brugada Maria Angeles
Prendergast Sandra
White Maria
Flavin Laura
Lee Catriona
Fitzgerald Alice
Tideswell Julie
Collins Liz
Longan Fiona
Drennan Angeline
Reilly Olivia
Cooke Lisa
Jones Orla
Ormonde Fiona
Finnegan Michelle
Eichelmann-Daly Patrycja
Moore Sandra
Nicell Hilda
Gaffney Andrea
Power Onra
Hogan Mary
Nugent Sharon
Cunningham Michelle
Flynn Mairead
Leahy Joanne
Bullen Katie
White Roseanna
Tobin Sophie
Ui Chuirrin Josie
O'Carroll Eileen
Duffin Ciara
Power Hickey Theresa
Power Rose
Higgins Sharon
Russell Caroline
Cahill Mary
Conway Margaret
Landy-Ryan Ruth
Fuller Buckley
Beresford Evelyn
Sheil Jacinta
Clancy Deirdre
Fogarty Christine
Mcgrath Joanie
Murray Orna
Hahesy Deirdre
Fitzgerald Aideen
Doherty Debra
Veale Kate
Condon Catherine
Catriona Kiely
Eleanor Casey
Diana Chizhikova
Irene Dee
Anne Massey
Brigid Coffey
Marie Walsh
Mary Walsh
Rachel Phelan
1. Sandra Moore
2. Sharon Nugent
3. Katie Bullen
4. Sharon Higgins
5. Caroline Russell
6. Joanie Mc Grath
1. Mossie Keogh
2. Pat Fitzgerald
3. Tom Hogan
4. Martin Tobin
5. Donal O Donoghue
6. Micheal Moynihan
7. Yevgeniy Chizhikov
8. Liam Sandford 
Over 2,000 took part in last Saturdays WLR Waterford Viking Marathon.  The race started in the city outside Waterford Crystal Building on the Mall getting under way at 9 am. The course this year was a brand new course taking in the Waterford greenway and finishing in its new finishing place of Carriganore in the WIT campus. The weather conditions were ideal for the quarter and half marathon runners however by the time the marathon runners were finished it had become quite warm. The event had as we said 3 racing options for participants with a quarter-half and full marathon distances to chose from and of course there was the relay option also. The winner of the Quarter Marathon on the day and retaining his title for 2016 was David Mansfield Clonliffe Harriers AC 36.32 with Sinead Brannigan Waterford AC taking the ladies win in a time of 46.30. The winner of the Half Marathon was local athlete Trevor Power Waterford AC with a time of 1.13.03 and he too was retaining the title form last year, and the ladies victory for 2017 went to Ruth Fitzgerald in a time of 1.24.14.The winner of this year's Marathon was none other than Raivis Zakis West Waterford AC. Raivis who had finished 3rd last month in the Limerick Marathon. Raivis from the gun raced into an earkly lead with Tom Hogan of Wexfor and both runners ran shoulder to shouylder throug the haklf way mark both clcoking 1.19.33,just past te 16 mile mark Raivios upped th tempo and within in a mile had dropped the Wexfoerd atjhleet, it was to stay this way throughout the final9 miles or so as he incressed his lead crossing the finish line in Carriganore in a time of 2.37.20 with Hogan clocking 2.41.55 for 2nd. The Female winner was Tullamore Harriers, Pauline Curley who was claiming her 5th Waterford marathon victory in a row clocking a time of 2.52.59. Well done to all our club athletes who competed over the three distances and those who took part on relay teams on the day.
The following West Waterford athletic club  results are per race results
Raivis ZAKIS 2:37:20
Sean STILWELL 3:16:57
Ted O'LEARY 3:19:44
Eoin O'RIORDAN 3:24:22
Martin TOBIN 3:47:13
Mick CONCANNON 4:11:26
Linda GARCIA 4:28:19
Vincent O'DONOVAN 4:42:47
Colm RYAN 1:24:22
Pat FITZGERALD 1:25:00
Jimmy CONNORS 1:25:37
Michael MOLONEY 1:26:32
James WHELAN 1:34:13
Tom HOGAN 1:37:50
Noel DROHAN 1:39:45
Bryan HALLISSEY 1:42:22
Maria WHITE 1:43:26
Peter CUNNINGHAM 1:43:48
David TOBIN 1:47:49
Ciara BURKE 1:50:08
Conor BLACKWELL 1:51:40
Sharon NUGENT 1:52:54
Katie BULLEN 1:53:23
Joe O'ROURKE 1:53:52
Diarmuid DENNEHY 1:55:25
Liam COSTIN 1:54:32
Michelle CUNNINGHAM 1:55:37
Fiona SINNOTT 1:55:49
Catriona KIELY 1:59:37
Darren COOGAN 2:00:30
Mairead FLYNN 2:00:48
Una FENNELL 1:59:51
Eileen HEFFERNAN 1:59:54
Mary CAHILL 2:04:21
Catherine CONDON 2:04:21
Eleanor CASEY 2:04:20
Owen POWER 2:07:54
Rose POWER 2:07:52
Denise CONWAY 2:08:07
Geraldine BARRY 2:13:38
Nuala HOGAN 2:12:32
Garry MORRISSEY 2:14:35
Jackie TOBIN 2:15:24
Amanda MANSFIELD 2:15:51
Ciara DUFFIN 2:16:58
Paula EARLEY 2:29:19
Irene DEE 2:36:24
Eibhlis NÍ ARTA 2:33:49
Angela TOBIN 2:41:04
Orna BREATHNACH 2:40:04
Jacinta SHEIL 2:52:12
Jason TRAVERS 42:36
Eamonn CASHIN 46:17
Onra POWER 53:35
William HOGAN 59:42
Caroline RUSSELL 1:05:09
Lynn O'RIORDAN 1:10:09
Aidan GALVIN 1:11:06
Ruth LANDY RYAN 1:10:36
Fiona O'RIORDAN 1:13:03
Madison O'ROURKE 1:16:09
Deirdre CLANCY 1:16:53
Orla QUINLAN 1:15:25
Aideen QUINLAN 1:15:25
Lorraine O'ROURKE 1:20:14
Laura WINDROSS 1:30:42
As a change from the usual longer distance races that the clubs athletes normally take part in and to help sharpen the legs for the challenges ahead, the club will hold a number of "1 Mile Challenges" as part of the normal Tuesday night training. The first of these took place on Tuesday 20th June and 54 runners took part. It was great to see so many take on the challenge of the mile which is seen by many running experts as the "Blue Riband" event in running as it is seen as the ideal mix of speed and endurance.
It was a new challenge to most of the runners as they are used to longer distances and the discussions beforehand where all about pacing and how hard will I go. The runners were left off in groups at 1 minutes intervals so that runners aiming for similar times would be running together. The fastest time on the night was recorded by Enda Donnelly, a blistering 5.02. He was closely followed by Pat Fitzgerald in a equally impressive 5.08 with Jimmy Connors next in 5.24.The First lady home was Sandra Prendergast in an impressive 6.42, the second lady was Diana Chizikova (6.34) with Karen Ryan the next fastest in 6.39.It will be very interesting to see how people improve their times over the coming months and hopefully everyone will see the benefits as they return to their normal racing distances. Thank you to all the runners for their generosity we raised a total of €404 for Fiona’s charity Brú Columbanus. Every penny we raised will be well spent by them in providing free home from home accommodation to relatives of seriously ill patients in any of the Cork Hospitals and the Hospice.
Round 2 is on 25th July !
Enda Donnelly 5.02
Pat Fitzgerald 5.08
Jimmy Connors 5.24
Yevgeny Chizikov 5.30
Paudie Prendergast 5.31
James Whelan 5.34
Michael Dunford 5.38
Tom Hogan 5.40
Eamon Cashin 5.41
Sandra Prendergast 5.42
Michael Callaghan 5.53
Emilo Moya 6.15
Conor Murray 6.22
Mick Conncannon 6.24
Brian Ormonde 6.28
Diana Chizikova 6.34
Mark Lenihan 6.38
Karen Ryan 6.39
Onra power 6.42
Ann Dunford 6.43
Micheal O'Cuirrin 6.49
Michael Moynihan 6.52
Sandra Moore 6.54
Johnny Burkin 6.55
Fiona Ormonde 6.55
Ray Curran 6.56
John Roche 6.57
Kate Veale 6.59
Joanne Dunford 7.08
Angela Tobin 7.11
Joe O'Rourke 7.16
Sharon Higgins 7.18
Michelle Finnigan 7.22
Ann Massey 7.25
Margaret Whelan 7.26
Carol Pope 7.39
Denise Nugent 7.40
Paula Collins 7.41
Catriona Kiely 7.44
Joanne Leahy 7.49
Vince Donovan 7.54
Amanda Mansfield 8.03
Michelle Cunningham 8.07
Lynn O'Riordan 8.09
Mags Conway 8.11
Madison O'Rourke 8.22
Lorna Murphy 8.46
Fiona O'Riordan 8.49
Tommy Lenihan 8.51
Orla Kelleher 9.37
Liam O'Donnell 9.39
Lorraine O'Rourke 9.41
Deirdre Clancy 9.42
Emma Reid 10.54
An absolute death march is how Anthony Whelan described his participation in the Du Mont Blanc mountain race which he duly completed Friday morning last. His 2nd comment to me after completing this mammoth race was that the heat was Insane. Anthony was 1 of the 1.000 runners who started the race and he became 1 of the 600 or so who managed to complete the race in full as over 400 didn't make the finish line, including many of the pre race favourites, that says it all.!!!The Abbeyside man took a steady start approach to the race and was was cruising for the first half of the event at least that was until the sun came up, and then the severe heat was within in an hour practically unbearable and boy did it take its tole on the field of runners with some of the faster earlier pacers ending up lying asleep on the trail course and many brought to all fours trying to get up that next climb which saw the race climbing an in-creditable 6000m over the almost 60 mile course. Even the mighty Anthony could easily have thrown in the towel on quite a few occasions out on the course as his legs were in severe trouble during the latter part of the race, It came to the point that he literally couldn't even run downhill never mind uphill so severe was the climbs, however as he said himself he went out there to do a job and nothing was going to stop him finishing as he shuffled home in 16 hours and 42 minutes. From the 1.000 starters Anthony finished 78th overall a brilliant performance mixing it with the very best in the sport, Anthony like most competitors spent many hours just lying in rivers around the finish town of Chamonix at the foothills of Mt Blanc trying to cool off and get some sort of recovery going after such a gruelling event.They mountain running scene at the top level don't get much harder than this one ,but then they don't make them much harder than Anthony Whelan either. Well done.
Another of our club members and member of the Waterford trail runners group Tomas De Faoite was in action over last weekend when he took part in the gruelling Italian Dolomites Lavaredo 120k ultra trail race which saw the huge field of 1.500 starters climbing an in creditable 5,800 metres of gain over the race distance. The race for Tomas got under way at 11 pm on Friday night, and running through the night into Saturday Tomas crossed the finish line at 6.50 pm, completing the race  in a time of 19 hours and 48 minutes. Tomas tells us it was an extremely technical course with scrambling, tree roots and loads of very rocky sections, to contend with throughout the race, Tomas did have one or two moments of worry over the 19 plus hours of running when early on in at just passed the 7 mile mark he went over on an ankle on one of the many technical descent's, but thankfully he managed to run off that moment of worry. The weather was another major factor in this race as was predicted it was to be the downfall for many as it became extremely hot, reaching 33 degrees between 9am and 2 pm with many hundreds having to call it a day from heat exhaustion on the course, However this wasn't to stop the An Rinn man as he kept well hydrated throughout the race sticking rigidly to his race and pacing plan, however the fun wasn't over for Tomas as he  struggled quite an amount over the final last 20 k with a strained knee, but in the end despite all that this mighty race had to throw at Tomas he wasn't going to be denied crossing that finish line and he can and should be well please and proud of finishing in 194th position from the 1.500 starters. As his team mate and fellow ultra trail runner Anthony Whelan put it on Tomas's performance, saying both he and Eoghan Moloney have seen firsthand the work Tomas has put in for this race and have witnessed how strong and tough he is over this type of terrain, as neither of the 2 lads were in any doubt that their training partner was not alone going to conquer the course but indeed he was going to have a top place finish and today he proved the boys to be right as Anthony put it Tomas not alone mixed it with the best, but proved that he is indeed one of them. Well done Tomas see you at the Ras Na Rinne next week !!!
Well done last Saturday to club members Dermot and Karen Ryan who made the long journey to run  the Dunsaughlin 10k.Dermot finished in an excellent time of 35.03 while Karen ran the distance in 47.20,well done to both.
Well done to our club members who ran the recent Ballyandreen 5,race 2 in the Ballycotton summer series of races.
Mossie Keogh 28.50
Ted O'Leary 32.15
Onra Power 38.41
John Fennell 40.24
John Foley 46.12
Best of luck to our team taking part in Sundays National Masters a track and field championships in Tullamore.
Mossie Keogh 1500m and 800m
Yevgeniy Chizhikov 800m and 1500m
Diana Chizhikova 1500m
Maria White 1500m
Harry O'Brien 1500m
Terri Gough 100m 200m  Hammer Shot and Javelin.
The British Grand Prix of race walking which incorporated the British world championships race walking trial took place this morning in Roundhay Park in Leeds and West Waterford's Kate Veale was in action in the senior ladies 10k distance. Agnese Pastare of Lativa was the race winner in a time of 48.53 with Kate taking 2nd place in 51.23 Spanish walker Ana Garcia was 3rd in 51.53 and Irelands Emma Prendiville was 4th 52.07.
Agnese Pastare Latvia 48:53.17
Kate Veale Ireland 51:23.31
Ana Garcia Spain 51:53.34
Emma Prendiville lreland 52:07.00
I wanted to be one of those people who have streaks to maintain, who scorch the ground with their intensity.