Senior News

Notes March 10-19

 Conditions were very windy and bluster for last Sunday's 37th annual Deise College sponsored Dungarvan 10k but luckily enough we avoided the rain which was all about for the field of 120 who took part. The race was also the final event in the Michael Roche Carpets race series. Our thanks to all those runners who came along and supported this race again this year as it's a very special event for our club which is one of the oldest races on the local athletic calendar. Once again the race this year was kindly sponsored by club member Alan and Caroline Ryan of Déise College, Dungarvan and we sincerely thank them for their ongoing sponsorship of the event, we also thank them for being available on the morning  to present the winner's with their prizes along with their daughters Aimee and Aoidheen. Our thanks to all our club staff on duty on the day to Conor Norris, Jamie Mills, Liam O'Donnell on van  and all our crew of stewards out on the course a huge thanks. Our thanks also go to those who looked after the teas especially Gerry and Fiona our head chiefs, the cuppa was very welcome by all the runners at the club house after the race. Thanks go to our admin team of Ann Dunford, Catriona Kiely, Liam Crowe, Tom Leahy, Ray Burke, Irene Clarke, Shirley Flynn  who looked after the entries and results and finish line and Ann Dunford who once again looked after all the prizes. Thanks to our friends at Dungarvan GAA club for the use of their Club house for the event, thanks to those who did the cleaning up after. Finally thanks again to our valued sponsor Déise College, Shandon, Dungarvan.
The Deíse College sponsored 37th Annual Dungarvan 10k this year saw a field of 120 which was the same number of runners as last year's event, this race seems to be holding its race numbers steady around the 120 each year which isn't too bad considering the amount of races in and around the locality over the weekend. The race was got under way at 11am from the industrial estate by Aimee and Aoidheen daughters of our sponsors just . From the gun a large group of 10 athletes soon distanced themselves for the rest of the field and by the 1 mile mark the spoils were obviously going to come from this pack, among this pack were two athletes running the race for the first time both from Thurles Crokes AC in Tipperary John Treacy ( no not our John ) and John Fitzgibbon and it was these two who were to end up battling it out for the victory. By mile 2 John Fitzgibbon broke clear of his team mate and increased this lead over the next couple of miles to about 100 meters by mile 5,however the race wasn't over yet and heading into the swirling stiff breeze in the final mile Treacy started to eat into the lead held by his club mate, as the two rounded the final turn at the end of the industrial estate with 100 meters to go they wasn't a whisper between them with Fitzgibbon just holding off Treacy as the line approached with a winning margin of just one second, if there was another 10 steps in the race it would likely have been a reversed result but none the less well done to both lads for supporting our race and for such an honest and sporting battle all the way to the line John  Fitzgibbon recorded as time of 33.18 and John Treacy 33.19. While these two were having their own battle for top honours another great battle was going on behind for the 3rd place and this was fought out between Raivis Zakis, Anthony Flynn both West Waterford AC and Leevale's Donal Coakley, but the experience of Zakis who is the only athlete to have won this race on 5 occasions held out as he broke clear from the other two, crossing the finish line in33.50, just 9 seconds behind Raivis was Anthony Flynn  and what an improvement this man is making the past while, Anthony's time was 33.59 and he headed up the West Waterford men's winning team on the day also, Anthony knocked off over a minute off Sunday from his finishing time in this race last year, so defiantly going in the right direction, our friend from Cork, Coakley on this occasion had to settle for 4th 34.07. Turning to the  masters where the 0/40 category victory went to Danny Smith, Ind, 34.57 breaking the 35 minute barrier for the Tipp man, taking the over 45 category was Mark Rowe, West Waterford A.C.35.58 good to see Mark running so well again, the  0/50 winner was Johnny O'Connor, West Waterford A.C. 39.04 nicely under the 40 minutes there for Johnny and the over 55 prizes was claimed by Martin Hayes, West Waterford A.C. 40.06, All excellent category winning times recorded there, First junior home was Patrick Power, Ind,51.40.West Waterford AC won the team prize with 1st Mens Team West Waterford, 17 Points. Anthony Flynn,4, Daryl Kearns,6, Marc Flavin 7. The race was also the final race in this year’s Michael Roche Carpets series and a full report will appear in next week's notes. 
Mens Results
1st John Fitzgibbon, Thurles Crokes, 33.18
2nd John Treacy, Thurles Crokes, 33.19
3rd Raivis Zakis West Waterford A.C. 33.50
1st O/40 Danny Smith, Ind, 34.57
1st O/45  Mark Rowe, West Waterford A.C.35.58
1st O/50 Johnny O'Connor, West Waterford A.C. 39.04
1st O/55 Martin Hayes, West Waterford A.C. 40.06
1st Junior Patrick Power, Ind,51.40
1st Mens Team West Waterford, 17 Points. Anthony Flynn,4, Daryl Kearns,6, Marc Flavin 7.
Sally Forristal St. Josephs AC Kilkenny claimed her 4th straight win in a row at last Sunday's Dèise college Dungarvan 10k. That's a brilliant achievement by the south Kilkenny athlete and for the record she now has the most wins in this race than any other female athlete over its 37 year history, however Raivis Zakis is one better in the men's as he has 5 wins to his credit in this particular race. So Sally there's your target already for 2010.??.There was good field of ladies in the race last Sunday , however there was always only going to be one outcome as Sally Forristal from the gun broke well clear in the ladies section and was never in any danger from her chasers. Sally crossed the finish line in a time of 37.43 which incidentally despite the windy conditions a huge PB on this particular course for her as her best before this was 39.23 and she was indeed the only lady on the day to break the 40 minute barrier.West Waterford's renowned race walker Kate Veale was to finish a clear runner up also when she recorded a time of 40.37 and her club mate Liz Nyhan after a brilliant run some weeks ago in the John Treacy Dungarvan 10 was third here in 41.12. The category prizes were, over 35  went to Julie Kenneally Youghal A.C. in 44.26, Julie was 3rd in the race last year so keeping among the prize winners again for 2019. The over 40 category went to  Angeline Drennan West Waterford A.C. in. 47.55. A good solid performance form Angeline again here. Sandra Moore West Waterford AC 50.11 took the over 45 section, Sandra is getting among the prize category ladies winner's regularly now which is encouraging for her training efforts.  Anne Hennebry Waterford Tri Club was the winner of the over 50 ladies prize in 50.01, Well done to our visitor form the city. West Waterford AC just like the men won the Ladies team award with the scoring team winning on 19 Points, Sandra Flynn, 4, Angela Tobin, 6, Karen Ryan,9
Ladies Results 
1st Sally Forristal, St Josephs A.C. 37.43
2nd Kate Veale West Waterford A.C. 40.37
3rd Liz Nyhan, West Waterford A.C. 41.12
1st O/35 Julie Kenneally, Youghal A.C. 44.26
1st O/40 Angeline Drennan, West Waterford A.C. 47.55
1st O/45 Sandra Moore, West Waterford A.C. 50.11
1st O/50 Anne Hennebry, Waterford Tri Club 50.01
1st Ladies Team West Waterford, 19 Points, Sandra Flynn, 4, Angela Tobin, 6, Karen Ryan,9
 At this race every year, the Mikey Roche Memorial Trophy is presented to the first local lady finisher by the Power family of Mitchell St. in memory of last Uncle Mikey Roche and the winner for 2018 was Kate Veale .Another trophy on offer was the Dunabbey trophy, which is presented to the first master to finish the race from the club and this year's winner was Raivis Zakis.
Last Sunday’s Dungarvan 10k was the final race in this year's Michael Roche carpets series and the overall winners of the series were Raivis Zakis and Sandra Flynn both West Waterford AC . We will give a detailed report on this series in another issue of these papers.
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. 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 27th and continue for five  Wednesday evenings April 3rd,1oth,17th and 24th .Mass start each evening at 6.30 pm.
Club training will commence on 5th March 2019. For the next few months we will be training for the summer series of races and working towards improving times over the shorter distances. If you are currently training for longer distances we are happy to adapt the session to suit your race goals. We meet at the Friary and warm up starts at 6.30pm.Open to all club members and if you are not a member you are more than welcome to come and join us and try a session or two before committing to club membership. We cater for all abilities so there will be a group running at your pace.
For further information contact Irene Clark 086 8242348
Are you running but have no structure to your training?
Would you like some company on your training runs?
Have you completed the winter league and are wondering what next?
Are you thinking of running your first 5k/ 10k / half marathon this year?
Our Run to Improve group is the answer. It is aimed at athletes who can run but would like to take their running to the next level. Whether that is stepping up to a longer distance, getting more comfortable over shorter distances or just putting some structure into your training.We train on a Tuesday evening from 6.30-7.30pm and meet at The Friary. The session consists of a warm up, run session with a group and a cool down. As part of this group you will have access to a training plan for the summer series as well as support from your peers and our fully qualified running coaches.
In June this group will start to train for the Eurofins Greenway Half Marathon so if that’s your goal this year come and join us now to build up your base fitness.
Give it a try......nothing to lose and everything to gain.
243 complete last Saturdays inaugural Dunhill./Fe4m=nor 10 ml road race with overall victory going to Kevin O'Leary East Cork AC 55.44 and the ladies winner on the day was Catriona Fenneally Kilkenny City Harriers AC with a time of 1.08.17,West Waterford had 9 athletes who made the trip with Sean Stilwell first home in 1.01.57 followed by our first lady finisher Ann Dunford in 1.19.17.
Sean Stilwell 1.01.57
Ann Dunford 1.19.17
Eoin O'Riordan 1.20.53
Katie Bullen 1.32.35
Catherine Condon 1.33.37
Eleanor Casey 1.33.37
Philomena Carroll 1.35.25
Marie Moore 1.51.23
Noelle Conway 1.51.23
The Irish Life Health national indoors were held last Sunday at Athlone I.T and its was successful day for West Waterford athletes. Making a winning return after some years not competing John White stood back on an indoor track for quite some time to compete in the over 45 men's walk which was held over 3.000 meters. John took gold with a time of 17.19.36, so a special well done to the Monarud man on his winning return. Joe Gough rounded off his final preparations for the  upcoming world masters indoors in two weeks time which is being held in Torun Poland, Joe took gold in the over 65 men's 800 meters in a time of 2.23.83, one of our track and field coordinators Gregory Fitzgerald was just outside the medals in the over 45 200 meters when finishing 4th in a time of 27.08. Well done to our athletes who represented the club at the Masters.
West Waterford athletic club extend sincere sympathy to the family and friends of Danny Kirwan
Main Street, Kilmacthomas, Waterford who passed to his eternal reward last week, may he rest in peace.
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