Senior News

Notes March 04-18

The final race in the Michael Roche carpets series, the Déise College Dungarvan 10K will take place on this Sunday March 11th at 11a.m. Now in its 36th year and one of the oldest races on the local road running calendar the Déise College Dungarvan 10k is always one of the more popular races. The club is delighted that Déise College and its proprietors Caroline and Alan Ryan are continuing their sponsorship for this race. The race will also see a number of perpetual trophies being presented. We have the Seamus Power Memorial Trophy to the first male finisher and the Mikey Roche Memorial Trophy for the first local female finisher. We will be using the fast canal circuit as we have used now for the past couple of years for this race with the race headquarters at the Dungarvan GAA club pavilion ( by kind permission ) which is where the presentation of prizes for the race and for the overall series will also take place. The race entries will be taken at the centre from 9.30 a.m., changing and shower facilities will be provided at the centre and teas will be available after the race. The prize presentation will also be held in the centre. The race will start and finish in the same place as always at the Industrial Estate just off the N25, with just a short jog to and from the Dungarvan GAA club 
The Seamus Power memorial shield will be presented to the overall race winner; the current holder from last year is David Mansfield Clonliffe Harriers AC . A trophy will also be awarded to the first local lady finisher on Sunday also donated by the Power family in memory of their uncle Mikey Roche. The current holder of this trophy is Kate Veale West Waterford AC. The friends of West Waterford Dunabbey perpetual trophy will be awarded to the first local master to finish; this trophy was awarded to Mossie Keogh last year.
The following are the race categories for Sunday’s race.
Men’s 1st 3 seniors, 1st Junior, 1st over 40, 45, 50 and 55
Team event- 1st Senior Men’s team outside individual prize winners
1st 3 Ladies, 1st Junior, First over 35, 40, 45 and 50 and 1st Ladies team outside individual prize winners
1983 (1/2 Marathon)
Pat White (Midleton A.C) 68.13
Ann Murphy Dublin City 86.37
1984(10 ml)
Ray Treacy (Leevale) 49.46
Mary Sweeny (Youghal) 63.04
1985(10 ml)
Tony Ryan (Dungarvan) 48.36
Kathleen Connors (Deise) 68.58
1986(10 ml)
Tony Ryan (Dungarvan) 50.05
Kathleen Connors (Deise) 65.55
Liam O'Brien (East Cork) 29.50
Mary Sweeney (Youghal) 37.29
Liam O Brien (East Cork) 30.09
Catherine Hennessy (Slaneyside) 37.29
1989 (10K)
Tony Ryan (Dungarvan) 30.56
Liz Bullen (Waterford) 39.21
1990 (10K)
Liam O'Brien (East Cork) 30.49
Liz Bullen (Waterford) 36.06
1991 (10K)
James Sullivan 30.42
Liz Bullen (Dungarvan) 35.32
1992 (10K)
Robert Costelloe (Limerick) 30.36
Brid Murphy (Leevale) 36.36
1993 (10K)
Tommy Moloney (Thurles Crokes) 31.01
Mary Sheehan (East Cork) 37.17
1994 (10K)
Bill Lacey (St. Senans) 31.43
Mary Sheehan (Grange/Fermoy) 36.21
1995 (10K)
John Treacy (Waterford A.C.) 30.48
Mary Sweeney (St. Finbarrs) 37.23
1996 (10K)
Derek Nolan (Clonmel) 32.38
Mary Sweeney (St. Finbarrs) 39.03
1997 (10K)
Daniel Gidumbanda (Tanzania) 30.11
Mary Sheehan (Grange / Fermoy) 36.44
1998 (10K)
Peter Duggan (St. Josephs) 32.32
Maria Murphy (University Limerick) 40.57
1999 (10K)
William Harty (West Waterford) 33.04
Phyllis Flynn (Stragglers) 39.19
2000 (10K)
Peter Duggan (St. Josephs) 33.13
Catriona McGregor (Middleton) 41.55
2001 (10K)
William Harty (KCK) 31.57
Blaithin Hannon (St. Finbarrs) 39.06
2002 (10K)
William Harty (KCK) 31.57
Corinna Walsh (West Waterford) 45.52
2003 (10K)
Mick Kelly (Gowran) 32.52
Corinna Walsh (West Waterford) 41.33
2004 (10K)
Gearoid O'Connor (Rathfarnahm) 32.52
Mary O'Leary (Grange/Fermoy) 38.25
2005 (10K)
Raivis Zakis (Ballynonty) 32.28
Jacki Carty (Kilmore) 38.01
2006 (10K)
Sandis Bralitis (West Waterford) 30.55
Jackie Carty (Kilmore) 38.07
2007 (10K)
Sandis Bralitis (West Waterford) 31.15
Jackie Carty (Kilmore) 38.26
2008 (10k)
Raivis Zakis (West Waterford) 31.34
Mary Sweeney (St.Finbarrs) 38.55
2009 (10k)
Raivis Zakis (West Waterford) 32.29
Angela Mc Cann (Clonmel) 37.54
2010 (10k)
Alan O’Shea Bantry AC 30.51
Corinna Walsh West Waterford AC 39.24
2011 (10k)
Raivis Zakis West Waterford AC 32.52
Angela Mc Cann Clonmel AC 36.43
2012 (10k)
Sandis Bralitis West Waterford AC  32.17
Angela McCann Clonmel  AC 36.40
Raivis Zakis Wets Waterford AC 32.30
Angela Mc Cann Clonmel AC 37.29
Brian Murphy Carrick AC 32.35
Nollaig O'Neill Leevale AC 39.42
Brian Murphy Carrick AC 33.13
Anna Doris Midleton AC 39.36
William Maunsell Clonmel AC 32.01
Sally Forristal St. Joseph's AC 39.43
David Mansfield Clonliffe Harriers AC 31.52
Sally Forristal St. Joseph's AC 37.59
Why not avail of the online entry for the Deise college Dungarvan 10,entry online for 8 euro on link below.
After 4 races to date in the Michael Roche carpets race series next Sunday at the Déise College Dungarvan 10k it will be the 5th which see's this series come to a conclusion. The prize presentation for the series will take place on Sunday prior to the presentation for the race itself. Currently the men's overall leader is Raivis Zakis West Waterford AC the Ladies overall leader after 4 races is Brigid Coffey West Waterford AC but remember its 4 of the 5 races to count here so a lot could change after Sunday race with the worse points being dropped for some athletes who will have all 5 races completed. 
The club will be submitting teams for the Munster Senior, Masters and Novice road championships which are being held on Monday April 2nd  Castlelyons Co.Cork starting at 1 pm. If you are interested in running any of the above please contact road racing coordinator Gerry Cantwell on 086-3503571, entries close midnight Saturday March 25th and no entries accepted on day of competition.
The club’s next big local event is the 5 week Mark Mason’s Financial Services Colligan running league for beginners and regular runners and all are welcome once they are over 16 years of age. Last year in this league we added another extra night and was met with approval all round making it now a 5 week league. We would especially encourage newcomers to come along and join in this league in Colligan wood. For the complete beginner there is the option of doing two laps of the wood, beginning at the wooden bridge and finishing at the wooden bridge. This is 4km in distance or 2.5 miles so it might suit all those that ran the short route over the winter league plus this route is more or less completely on the flat. Another option is to take part in the 5-mile circuit; this is 3 and a half laps of the same flat circuit of the wood mentioned above. The final option is the 5 mile hill route which is one lap of the wood for starters and then up the first hill and down the hill and then across the road for the second hill and finishing in by the wood at the bridge. The entry fee for all runners is €2 each night. The overall winner of the league will receive the Veale family perpetual shield. The league will start on Wednesday March 29th and continue for five  Wednesday evenings April 5th,12th,19th and 26th .Mass start each evening at 6.30 pm.
St. Senans A.C., Kilmacow, Co. Kilkenny will hold their annual Open Track and Field fixture on Easter Monday April 02nd Starting at 1pm at the Sports Complex, Kilmacow. There will be a full list of track and field events for Girls and Boys from under 8 up, plus junior and senior races   Entry Fee €8 per team. Senior Races Senior Men's 3,000m Senior Ladies, 1,500m Prizes for the first 3 individuals and the first 2 vets (one prize per athlete) Senior Entry Fee: €5.00 Enquiries: Bill Lacey: 086 8100299 Admission €3 per adult and €3 per juvenile.
The off season is over and it’s time to start thinking about getting into shape for the spring and summer. We will return to our base in the Friary. As it will still be dark when we complete our run please remember to wear your hi-vis.
As a club the 3 goal races for the year will be as follows;-
Ardmore 5 on May 11th. A 10 week plan for our spring goal race will commence on Tuesday 6th March. Within this plan we will incorporate the first few summer series races.
 We will then have a few easy / recovery weeks before we embark on an 18 week training plan for our Autumn goal races. This year we have chosen 3 races on the same day over 3 different distances to encourage as many athletes as possible to participate. We had toyed with the idea of an overseas event which would be fantastic but we also understand that many people are only able to get away for 1 night and there is the additional cost implication with overseas travel. For that reason we have chosen RUN GALWAY BAY as our focus races. There is a full marathon, half marathon and 10k race to chose from all on Saturday October 6th.It is a good flat course and a very well run event and we will look forward to a bit of craic in the city of tribes afterwards. Online entry is now open. 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 & 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. As has been the case in previous years we will incorporate all of our club races within the training plans but would ask you to pick your battles and choose the few you want to target to race. The remaining races can be run to be enjoyed.The rest of October will be an off season running wise but an on season for recovery and strength & conditioning. Training will continue but the emphasis will change from running to recovery and preparation for running and training for the John Treacy 10 mile race.
Our 3rd goal race will be as always our own John Treacy 10 mile race and training commences on 6th November.
The Run to Improve groups will continue on a rolling basis throughout the year. For every 6 week block we will be targeting one of our own shorter distance races. The next goal race of the year will be the Ballinroad 5k.Even if you are not targeting any of the above races all club members are more than welcome to join us for training on a Tuesday evening at 6.30pm. If you have any questions or require more information contact Irene on 086 8242348 We look forward to seeing you at training and succeeding in your goal races in 2018.
If you have ran the winter league and wondering what next ?? we have an improvers running group that meet on a Tuesday evening.If you can run 5k (or the short winter league) but want to get more comfortable over the distance then this is the group for you. It also serves as an introduction to speed work if you wish to improve your times over shorter distances. 6 week course from Eurostar Abbeyside at 6.30 with a 20 euro total fee As with all our running groups its very social and welcoming and no-one feels intimidated. Come and join us for a bit of craic on the track.Ring Claire 087 9116997 or Jim 087 2881151 for further details. 
I always run alone, away from phones and stress. Running is a major part of my life because it keeps me sane.