Senior News

Notes June 29-19

Race number 8 in the 24th Annual Intersport Elverys/Asics summer series took place last Friday evening when we made our way to to An Rinn for the 27th Annual Mooneys Bar Ras Na Rinne. The race this year saw a field of 119 taking part on the night despite the misty damp night we had for this years Ras an Coinigear event. The race started at 7.30 and the runners were set on their way by Liam Morrissey the proprietor of Mooney's Pub our faithful sponsors of 27 years.  Local race organisers Seamus O'Droma and Gerry Cantwell the clubs road racing coordinator once again as they have had now for 27 years on this particular race, all race day details in order last Friday evening. Our thanks to all who helped on the night and to those who looked after the entries and results and finish area a great job lads efficiently done as always. To Liam O’Donnell on van duty many thanks Liam. Thanks to our steward's on the course.Many thanks to Jamie Mills on road management duty.  A sincere thanks also goes to Comhairle Phobail na Rinne for providing the use of their hall for taking the entries. To our race sponsors Mooney’s Pub for their generous sponsorship and to Liam Morrissey who was on hand to get the race underway from the college starting point and Liam was also present to award the winners with their prizes. Special thanks to those who provided the beautiful food for the runners especially to Josie Ui Chuirrin for the beautiful cakes, thanks to the O’ Droma family An Rinn who presented their family shield to the winner on the night, many thanks to one and all. See you in 2020.
It was a very damp and misty night for this year's race which left from the Coláiste at 7.30 sharp, however this didn't deter a good field participating. Raivis Zakis was the pre race favourite from the entries received this year and he didn't disappoint as he raced clear of the field once it came off the road and arrived at the Cunnigar for the strand leg of the race. Raivis was to go on to claim a record 5th success at this event over its 27 years in existence.Once Raivis reached Paddy Lannens famed Waterford flag that proudly flies at the end of the Cunnigar point, he had already opened a substantial lead of his pursuers, who happen to be team mates, Darly Kearns and Marc Flavin. Having finished runner up last year to Kevin O'Leary Raivis made no mistake this year claiming his 5th Ras title as he crossed the finish line at the Coláiste in a good time of 32.21.Damien Murphy West Waterford AC put in a big shift from the Cunnigar point on the homeward journey as he rounded the flag in 5th place but had a flier on the back journey working his way through the field to claim the runners up spot in 33.02 with Kearns breaking clear of Falvin to take that 3rd placing in 33.09 and Marc came home 4th 33.58.The over 40 category winner was Mark Basquille Mayo A.C. in a very fast 35.10 he finished 5th overall. Carrick AC's Benny Hahesy took the over 45 category in 37.30 and this hew did for the 2nd year in succession.The winner of the over 50 category was another visitor from Carrick when Eugene O'Keeffe cross the finish line in 38.01.A.C.Ray Hahesy West Waterford A.C.38.03 claimed the over 55 prize and for the 2nd year in succession Joe Gough took the over 60 category in 38.57 .Well done to all runners and prize winners.
Mens Results. 
1  Raivis Zakis West Waterford A.C. 32.21
2  Damien Murphy West Waterford A.C. 33.02
3  Daryl Kearns West Waterford A.C. 33.09
M 40 Mark Basquille Mayo A.C. 35.10
M 45 Benny Hahesy Carrick On Suir A.C. 37.30
M 50 Eugene O'Keeffe Carrick On Suir A.C. 38.01
M55 Ray Hahesy West Waterford A.C. 38.03
M 60 Joe Gough West Waterford A.C. 38.57
Making the trip down from Co. Tipperary for last Friday evenings race was Clonmel's Kealy Tideswell and she was to make it a worthwhile trip as she took top honours for the 2019 event.This was an excellent run by Kealy on a difficult enough night for running the Cunnigar, Kealy a well known road racer on the running scene was winning this event for the very first time as she crossed the finish line in a time of 38.11.It is only a matter of time before our runner up will once again fill the top slot as West Waterford's Natalie Sheehan was well clear of the 3rd place finisher when she recorded a really solid time of 38.54.3rd lady home was another welcomed Clonmel AC visitor in Elaine Horgan in a time of 41.31.The ladies over 35 category was won by Sinead Ni Fhaolain West Waterford A.C. 46.07.The over 40 category went to Eveleen Drohan West Waterford A.C. 43.14.The winner in our over 45 category was also another club member Maria White West Waterford A.C. 48.52.Onra Power West Waterford A.C. took the over 50 category in 49.48,this was Onra's 2nd time in a row winning this section and our final prize winner Stephanie Ilsley St. Nicholas A.C. 44.03 took the over 55 category. Well done to all our winners and competitors on the night.
Ladies Results.
1  Kealy Tideswell Clonmel A.C. 38.11
2  Natalie Sheehan West Waterford A.C. 38.54
3  Elaine Horgan Clonmel A.C. 41.31
F 35 Sinead Ni Fhaolain West Waterford A.C. 46.07
F 40 Eveleen Drohan West Waterford A.C. 43.14
F 45 Maria White West Waterford A.C. 48.52
F 50 Onra Power West Waterford A.C. 49.48
F 55 Stephanie Ilsley St. Nicholas A.C. 44.03
The 24th annual Doocey’s Bar sponsored Ballymacarbry 5 mile road race which is race 9 of the summer series will be held on Friday July 19th at 7.30 PM .This race attracts a great crowd and this year again it will be an out and back course along the Nire Road. The entries will be taken at the local Community Hall where showers and changing will also be available. The entry fee is 8  Euros pre entry and if you wait till race night it will cost you 10 euro. Prizes in the usual categories.
Enter for Ballymac race online for just 8 euro as it will cost you 10 euro on race night. 
Use link below.
 It was a beautiful evening for running in the Friary grounds for round 4 of the 6 week Minnies Fit4life running league last Wednesday evening.. 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 July 3rd and 10th. After last week there are two 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. 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 7.42 which was 1 second faster than he ran last week. Aidan was followed by Eamon Cashin in 7.53 (13 second improvement). Next was Michelle Power in 10.51 (23 seconds faster than last week) with Tara Whelan next in 12.53. Ella O'Riordan ran 14.05. in the overall tables, Aidan  Mansfield has a 2 point lead over Eamon Cashin .Well done to all the runners that took part in the one lap league,
Two Lap League.
 First on the night was Brian Harris in 18.12 (35 seconds faster than last week). Onra Power was second in 18.32 followed by Annette Cullen in 19.20. Darren Coogan was next in 20.10 followed by Michael Moynihan in 20.20. Johnny Burkin ran 21.18 with Sarah and Mide Duff finishing together in 22.00. Amanada Mansfield ran 23.03 with Barbara Duff running 25.01 and Ann O’Donovan finishing in 29.00. In the overall, Onra Power holds a narrow 3 point lead over Brian Harris with Michael Moynihan third a further 5 behind. 
 Three Lap League
 Yevgeniy Chizikov once again led home the 3 lappers in 25.43..Sharon Higgins ran 32,52. in the overall, Yev holds a 5 point lead over Sarah Higgins. 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 Liz Nyhan in a very quick 31.58. Liz is in great form at the moment following her third place finish in the Waterford Viking Half Marathon.  Tom Leahy  was next in 32.27.  Joe Gough was next in 32.54 followed by our first lady Mary Jane Enright in 35.06. Ray Hahessy ran 35.33, the same time as Leorna Kiely. Pat Dunford had a good run finishing in 36.32. Linda Foley ran 39.00 with Angeline Drennan running 39.09. In the overall,  Tom Leahy holds a 5 point lead over Tom Nyhan with Liam Fitzgerald a further 6 points behind. 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,  James and Ann. Thanks so much.
 Remaining dates for the Minnie’s Running League:
Wednesday July 03rd
Wednesday July 10th
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.
West Waterford Athletcis Club are delighted to announce that for 2019 Coach House Coffee have come on board as an associate sponsor for our half marathon in September.
As a club we aim to provide value for money in all of the 65 events we host each year. This would not be possible without the generosity and support of our sponsors. For this race we are very fortunate to have the support and partnership of businesses that are associated not only with the Greenway but share our passion for sports, health and wellbeing within the community.
Coach house coffee is as local a business as you will get on the Greenway. Located at the historic Famine Workhouse in Kilmacthomas this is THE place to stop and refuel on the Greenway. It has been an instant hit since it opened in March 2017and comes highly recommended for its ethically sourced coffee, mouth-watering cakes and delicious lunches. When we ask that athletes please support our sponsors it’s no hardship supporting Coach House Coffee.
We are particularly pleased that their passion for committing to reduce single use plastics is shared with ours. When you drop in for coffee you can now purchase a ‘Coach House Coffee’ reusable cup. Another great step in reducing plastic usage in the county.
Our second “1 Mile Challenge” took place last Tuesday night (25/6/19) and a great crowd of 38 runners took up the Challenge on what was probably the warmest evening of the year so far. It is a different task to take on than the usual road races over longer distances as while it is much shorter, the intensity is much higher. It really is a perfect test of speed and endurance. Over the summer, we are holding 3 “1 Mile Challenge’s” and it will allow those taking part a reference to see how their training going. The last one will take place on 23rd July. The runners assembled at the Greenway car park in Ballinroad and following a warm-up headed to the start on the Clonea Road. The runners are then set off in groups at intervals so that runners with similar targets head off together. The fastest runner on the night was Dzintars Klava in a speedy  4.46 – breaking the 5 minute barrier and 11 seconds faster than last time out. Next was Alan Cullen in an impressive 5.09. Alan was followed by Gerard Reilly in 5.33. Our first lady, Natalie Sheehan was next and improved her time by 9 seconds to 5.37. Second lady was Kelly Fitzgerald in 5.53 (knocking of a massive 17 seconds to break the 6 minute barrier) with Linda Foley next in 6.24 .Excellent runs were recorded by many runners including Tom Hogan (5.47), Liam Fitzgerald (6.08), Noel McKenna (6.34), Gillian Collins (7.35), Tommy Lenihan (7.58), Sinead Lavin (8.00), Marita Murray (8.06) and Deirdre Clancy (8.55). Also many thanks to our crew on the night, Irene, Claire. James, Ray, Michael, Tom and Jim and also to the ladies who provided some lovely goodies for everyone taking part.
The Ballyduff upper 5k was held last evening Thursday, from the field of 54 finishers John Murphy Grange was the winner with a time of 17.53 with Kealey Tideswell Clonmel AC taking the ladies title in 19.47.Ted O'Leary finished 13th in a time of 21.01 and very well done to Linda Foley who was runner up in the ladies race in a time of 22.52.
West Waterford athletic club extend sincere sympathy to the family and friends of Frank Fahey,Croan Upper, Coleville Road, Clonmel who passed to his eternal reward last week, may he rest in peace.
It's something in me, deep down, that makes me different in a race.