Senior News

Notes March 17-19

 The 2018/19 Michael Roche Carpets Series has now come to an end after five excellent races.The series kicked off in November with the Murray’s CarePlus Pharmacy Dungarvan sponsored Brickey 4 mile road race. This year's race was the 25th annual Brickey Run and the proceeds this year went to the local Brickey juvenile GAA club. Always a most enjoyable race  with victory on the day going to Niall Sheil St.Killians AC and fellow county Wexford woman Jackie Carty Kilmore AC was victorious in the ladies race.Next race in the series was the Paddy Joe Curran memorial 5 Mile road race once again kindly sponsored by CleanZone Technologies.  The committee in the Pulla area as always pulled out all the stops here and organised a fantastic day’s racing at the Marine where Eoghan and all the O 'Neill family looked after us once again and all monies raised were donated to Waterford Hospice. Raivis Zakis was the winner here while Kate Veale  won the ladies race. Both these athletes were retaining their respective title's from 2017 here.After our Christmas break it was all guns blazing as we headed into race 3 in January with the annual Kiely Monumental sponsored Colligan Cup which is a “predict your time” race and this year the title went to Martin Hayes West Waterford AC , while Nicola Cunniffee took the shield for the ladies event . Thanks to David Kiely of Kiley Monumental works here one of the clubs  longest serving sponsor's . Next up in the Series was in February with the 2nd annual O' Reilly traditional Butchers Kilmacthomas 4 mile race which took in the Waterford Greenway as part of the course, this race saw 220 runners line up  in one of the fastest flattest 4 mile courses in the South East.  Thanks to Pa O'Reilly and al the Kilmac crew who ensured we had a super day’s racing with all proceeds here going to local group Kilmacthomas Cardiac first responder scheme and a donation was also made to local man Willie Mc Grath whow as heding off to represent Ireland at the special Olympics in Abu Dhabi. Niall Sheil St.Killians AC took another victory in the Series while Louise Morgan Ferrybank  AC took the ladies crown. The final race in the series was in March just two weeks ago now when we held the Deise College 10k. The winners here were John Fitzgibbon Thurles Crokes  AC and Sally Forristal St. Josephs AC for the 4th year in succession. Our thanks to Alan and Caroline Ryan of Déise college for this ongoing sponsorship here.  Thanks to everyone in Dungarvan G.A.A. club for allowing us the use of their facilities for staging this race. The race series was well supported in all of the 5 events and we thank all who participated, we also must thank our overall sponsor for the 25th year in succession Michael and Bridget Roche and family of Michael Roche Carpets, plus of course the 5 individual race sponsors of each race also. The numbers held steady again this year in the series all helping in raising a fantastic amount of money for local clubs and charities in the process, as all our races donate to some charitable organisation. Thanks to Ann Dunford who looked after the series tables once again. Just to note also that had an entry fee of only €2 to the series, keeping it a nominal entry fee and with 4 out of a possible 5 races required to feature on the final tables it gave everyone a chance to miss out on one race and still figure in the battle for honours. Thanks to all who supported this series again this year.
 Having previously won this race series on a few occasions including last years event Ballinroad's Raivis Zakis once again  took the Michael Roche Carpets race series for 2018/19. Raivis finished on a total of 11 points with your best finishing position from 4 races of a possible 5 to count. Raivis was 4th in Brickey 4, 1st in the Turkey Trot, 3rd in Kilmac 5 and 3rd in the Dungarvan 10k. The runner up this year was Kevin Kenneally on 48 points, Kevin is back running great times at the moment and is improving with every outing, he was 8th in the Brickey,5th in the Turkey Trot, 20th in Kilmac and a great run last week gave him 15th again in Dungarvan 10k. The winner of this year's Colligan Cup Martin Hayes was 3rd overall in the series on 57 points. James Whelan was 4th on 73 points and Ray Hahesy was 5th finishing on 120 points , all in division 1. 
Division 2 this year was won Martin Tobin , his win in this division was fairly decisive as he finished with 109 points, Martin's best place finish in the series was 7th in the famed Colligan Cup. Second in this division was Yevgeniy Chizhikov on 144 points from his best 4 races while Declan O'Callaghan was 3dr on 150 points.
 Having completed all 5 races in the series Mark Cliffe was a clear winner of division 3 this year, dropping his worse results in the Colligan cup with his best 4 to count Mark finished on 176 points with Mark's best results the Turkey Tot when he finished in 17th place. Liam Fitzgerald took the runners up spot with 205 points and third here was Anthony Dwyer with 206 points.
The closest finishing margin  in the whole race series this year was in division 4 where Kevin Casey had just 5 points winning margin over Joe Barry, Kevin scored 220 to Joe's 225,Michael Deegan was 3dr with 335 points. Kevins best finish was 24th in the Turkey Trot. Well done to all our winners in this year's series, and thanks to everyone who supported it also.
Claiming her first Michael Roche carpets overall win Sandra Flynn was deserving of the title having ran all 5 of the races in the series. Lismore's Sandra is a dedicated West Waterford AC athlete and competes in every club event. With 4 from the 5 possible races counting  Sandra finished on a total of 20 points with her best placed finish in both the Turkey Trot and recent Dungarvan 10k where she finished 4th in both, Sandra also finished 5th in the Brickey 5 mile and 7th at the Kilmacthomas 4 mile. Runner-up this year was  Kate Veale with 22 points ,Kate was 1st in the Turkey Trot and had two 2nd placing's Brickey 5k and Dungarvan 10k she missed the Kilmacthomas race and finished with a total 17 points for the Colligan cup. Molly Fitzgerald was 3rd on 69 points and 4th in Colligan Cup was her best finishing position.  
This year the division 2 title went to another great club supporter of all our events Diana Chizhikova ,Diana ran all 5 races and her best 4 from the 5 were, 13th in the Brickey 4,17th in the Turkey Trot, 29th in Kilmacthomas 4 and finally the recent Dungarvan 10k was finished 10th giving her an overall tally of 61 points. Onra Power was 2nd in this division just 10 points behind with 71 points from her best 4 races,9th in the Turkey trot was her best performance
In division 3 Sandra Moore  proved to be the best here when she finished on 76 points , again Sandra ran all 5 races with her best 4 to count, in the Brickey 4 she was 19th, Turkey Trot 15th, Kilmac 4 27th and the Dungarvan 10k she finished with 14th points giving her an overall total of 76 points, Rose Kinsella was our runner up in this division on 84 points. Well done all the ladies who entered and ran the series this year.
 Congratulations to all the prize-winners for 2018/19 and of course a big thank you to our Series sponsors Michael, Bridget and the Roche family of Michael Roche Carpets, Fair Lane Dungarvan.  Michael has been well known in Dungarvan running circles for many years and was an athlete of the highest calibre in his day. Michael was present at the Dungarvan G.A.A. Club grounds for the presentation of prizes and as always we are extremely grateful to all the Roche family for their support of local athletics.
 The 7th annual Aglish fun run takes place on Easter Monday 22nd April 2018.10k run/5k run or 5 k walk. entry fee 7 euro or a donation. registration from 11 am. walk starts 11.30 run starts 11.45.refreshments afterwards in Aglish community hall. Numerous spot prizes. sponsorship cards available on request. All proceeds to Children's Hospital Crumlin. facebook This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. mobile 086-8474285
Club training for 2019 is now underway. 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
Never too late to start.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.
The highly successful West Waterford AC ‘Lets Run’ programme is back with for a Spring session. This is an 8 week plan to go from no running to being able to run 5k. Our aim is for everyone to leave each class feeling good and having enjoyed the run. During the 8 weeks you will be guided by our professionally qualified coaches and we will hold your hands through the entire programme so that you can become the runner you do not wish to admit you are. The programme will culminate in everyone being able to run 5k by June. If you have always wanted to run but have never tried it then this programme is the one for you. It will be a great challenge for Spring and is also ideal if your fitness routine has slipped over the winter and you want to get back into a fitness routine before the summer. We do not expect you to be fit but we do need you to be healthy so if you have any health concerns please get clearance from your GP before you join us. 
There will be a fun, social atmosphere with no shouting just encouragement and advice to keep you on track. It is a non intimidating atmosphere and welcoming to all. Some of the comments from previous groups
‘Atmosphere was good, can run at your own pace’
‘Everyone was really encouraging’
‘Learning to pace really helped’
6.30-7.30pm  commencing 11th April 2019
Where – Meet at Dungarvan GAA
Who –  anyone who wants to be able to run 5k. In 8 weeks you will be ‘a runner’
Cost - €20
West Waterford athletic club extend sincere sympathy to the family and friends of Michael Ormonde Green St ,Cappoquin who passed to his eternal reward last week, may he rest in peace,
Is it raining? That doesn't matter. Am I tired? That doesn't matter, either. Then willpower will be no problem.