Senior News

Notes May 06-18

Round 5 of the Mark Mason Financial Services Colligan Spring League took place on Thursday 26th April in the beautiful surround of Colligan wood on what was, once again, a perfect evening for running. As this was the last night of this league. the overall prizes were presented after running. Our club Chairman Tom Leahy welcomed everyone especially our sponsor Mark Mason of Mason Financial Services, Cappoquin, he thanked all the runners for supporting the league and hoped that they enjoyed the experience, especially the newcomers.  He went on to thank all those who helped out with the organisation of the league and of course Coillte for allowing us to use the Colligan venue .League sponsor Mark Mason was on hand to present the prizes and we would once again like to thank Mark for his generous sponsorship. A big thanks to our team of helpers,  who were out every night looking after the logistics of running such an event. Shirley, Jim, Sharon, Ray ,Ann  and Tom.
The 2 lap league saw a clean sweep by the latest Dwyer family member to take up the sport ,Young Tony son of Anthony ran all 5 nights and he duly was first home all of the those 5 nights for a full house, Gerry Cummins ran the required 4 nights and hw finished 2nd with 9 points and in third in this league was Micheál Moynihan who finished on 10 points.
Onra Power finished up a very deserving winner of the 2 lap league for Ladies as just like our male winner Tony, Onra also scored a full house running all 5 nights and finishing 1st on every occasion. Margaret Whelan also completed all nights over the 2 laps and she finished 2nd with 8 points. Aisling Hourigan finished 3rd running all nights and she finished on 14 points.
Neil Power was a very clear winner of this league having been first home on all 5 nights of the league to finish on the minimum 4pts. In second was Paul Brunnock on 8pts.
Claire Wall winning 4 of the 5  rounds and finishing on 4 points was the winner of the ladies 5 on the flat league. Kelly Shalloe was 2nd here and Kelly finished up on 7 points with 3rd place going to Evelyn Beresford with 12 points.
The main event of this particular league is the 5 miles on the hills circuit and just like in 2017 Mossie Keogh was the deserving recipient of the Veale Family Shield as winner for 2018 also, taking the coveted   "King of the Hills " title when he finished on just 4 pts winning on the 4 occasions he ran. Michael Dunford was 2nd here with 12 points ,Michael two seconds a third and a fourth placing. Third place this year went to Gerard Reilly just 2 point behind Michael with 14 points. Division 2 saw Stradbally's Jimmy Connors finishing on 15 points to win the division from Tomas De Faoite runner up with 34 points.Yevgeniy Chizhikov was our division 3 winner with 34 points from Micheál Callaghan on 38 points. Anthony Dwyer was our inner of division 4 with 51 points to his credit with the runner up spot going to Johnny Burkin on 61 points. Liam Fitzgerald had to battle all the way to hold off Darren Coogan to win division 5 ,Liam finished up on 70 points with Darren just 3 behind with 73 points.
There was a clear winner of the "Queen of the Hills " title in young Lucy Holmes, a member of our juvenile club and an All Ireland cross country winner last year Lucy  finished on the minimum 4 pts having been first home on the 4 occasions she competed. Finishing with 7 points or runner up this year is another member of our Juvenile club Sinead O'Brien,Sinead competed all 5 nights of the league and her best 4 saw her accumulate 7 points. Angeline Drennan finished on 12 points here in the top division for 3rd place. In division 2 there was a ding dong battle between Nuala Hogan and Sinead O Faolain for the top spot ,in the end it was Nuala who took the spoils with a tally of 27 points from Sinead's 25 but great friendly racing going on between the two ladies.In division 3 Sharon Higgins proved too strong for the field when she finished on 37 points for victory over Debra Doherty who was 2nd here on 41 points. In our final ladies division, division 4 it was actually the closes competition of the whole event , as two athletes finished on the same 66 points total with their best 4 nights to count, so we had to go on count back to declare a winner and with the highest finishing position of 14th by Sarah Duffy on week 5 she was deemed to be the victor over Fiona O'Brien.  
Chairman of the boards?........Master of the Mile ?
Greenway 1 mile Challenge – Run one mile as fast as you can
This is the perfect test of your running ability. The mile is an historic distance; 1,609 metres of pure running indulgence. We have endless opportunities to jog along for hours on end at an easy effort but very few to run as fast as we can over this distance. The Greenway 1 Mile challenges you to do just that. This is all about having fun, doing something different, experiencing running faster and getting involved no matter how fast or slow you run – it’s all about covering the distance in YOUR best time. Over the summer months there will be 3 opportunities to test yourself;-
Tuesday 22nd May
Tuesday 26th June
Tuesday 24th July
How much can you improve within 3 months ?.This is a great personal challenge and will fine tune your fitness, help you get faster and stay motivated during the holiday period.
Prizes will be awarded to those who can run the fastest and to those who improve their times the most over the 3 nights.
It is now ONLY 24 weeks until the Dublin Marathon. Following on from the success of our Meet & Train Group for the Summer Series we will be adding in an additional group for specific marathon training.
Do you want to improve on past marathon performance?
Is this your first marathon?
Are you ‘stuck in a rut’ with your usual marathon plan?
Would you like to train with a group of motivated, like minded individuals?
If the answer is yes to the above questions then why not come and join the West Waterford AC marathon group. We are now the 5th largest Masters athletic club in the country and the largest masters club in Munster a statistic that our members can be justifiably proud of. As well as being one of the largest we are also one of the most progressive clubs in the country and are constantly evolving to try and cater for all.As part of our long term athlete development programme we have set up a professionally run coaching and training structure using the proven principles of Lydiard training.
This is how it will work........
Ongoing – Pre marathon Club Training is happening now to establish a good solid base before marathon training starts W/c 11th July – 16 week Club Programme commences.On a Tuesday evening our club training session takes place which is integral to the overall marathon training plan. As a regular member of our Marathon training group you will be able to avail of our weekly club training plan which you can tailor to suit your own individual needs and lifestyle.We also have a closed Facebook group specifically for regular members of our Marathon group where you can ask questions, share experiences, arrange group runs and just talk running.If you are not a member of our club you are more than welcome to come along and participate in one of our Tuesday night sessions before you commit to joining the club. For €25 it is the best investment in your health and fitness that you will make this year.If you have any specific questions on our club training programme contact Irene on the above number or just turn up at the Hockey Pitch at 6.30pm to try a club session.
Our ever popular Run to Improve group starts a new 6 week block of training on Tuesday 22nd May. This is a great chance to take your running to the next level and learn how to train properly to achieve your goals. If you can currently cover the 5k distance at any pace but want to either increase the distance you can comfortably run or increase your speed then this is the group for you.As part of our 6 week training block we have the weekly training session on Tuesdays and a training plan to follow for the rest of the week. This is backed up by the support of our experienced coaches, online groups and other runners within the group. Training will never be easier if you have the network of support and encouragement of like minded people around you.What have you got to lose?
The County Track and Field Championships will take place on this Sunday May 13th and the 2nd day pencilled in for Sunday May 27th.Starting Time: 11am on both days. Entry: 3 euro per adult spectator (taken at gate). Competitors: 3 euro per child, 5 euro per junior / senior athlete (taken at car). Relay teams: 5 euro per team (taken at car).The County Track and Field Championships begin on Sunday next at the RSC with the first event on the main programme  at 11 am. On the track the first events are the 400 metres hurdles men and women junior (u19 and u 20 ) and senior followed by the 300 metres youths male and female (u17 and u 18) and 250 metres u 15 and u 16  male and female these will be followed by all the sprints starting with the girls u 9. The order for long jumps and turbo javelin are as follows; Long Jump Boys pit 1 ( Finish line side ) U12,U11,U10,U,.Long Jump Girls pit 2 ( Start line side ) U9,U10,U11,U12. Turbo Jav Boys ( High jump area ) U9,U10,U11,U12.Turbo Jav Girls ( Lower Javelin runway near city ) U12,U11,U10,U9. Athletes compete in their own age groups except relays where they can move up one year,there are no mixed relays.  There are minimum starting heights for all high jumps under 12 up to senior and all clubs have these..Lots of help from all clubs required on the day.Full programme is with all clubs for weeks and if you are a coach in a club  and didn't get one ask your secretary or chairperson to provide you with one
Day One
Track Events
400m Hurdles:  Junior, Senior (Men & Women)
300m Hurdles:  Girls & Boys Youth
250m Hurdles:  Girls & Boys U15, U16 
60m:  Girls & Boys U9, U10, U11, U12 
80m:  Girls & Boys U13, U14 
100m:  Girls & Boys U15, U16, Youth, Junior, Senior (Men & Women)
300m:  Girls & Boys U9 
500m:  Girls & Boys U10 
600m:  Girls & Boys U11, U12, U13 
400m:  Girls & Boys Youth, Junior, Senior (Men & Women)
1500m:  Girls & Boys U14, U15, U16, Youth, Junior, Senior (Men & Women)
Relays:  Girls & Boys 4x100m U9, U11, U13, U15 
Relay:  4 x 400 Junior, Senior (Men & Women) 
Field Events.
Long Jump (Girls & Boys):  U9, U10, U11, U12
Triple Jump: Boys U15, Girls & Boys U16, Youth, Junior, Senior
Turbo Javelin (Girls & Boys):  U12, U11, U10, U9
High Jump (Girls):  U12, U13, U14, U15, U16 Youth, Junior, Senior
Discus (Boys):  U14, U15, U16, Youth, Junior, Senior
Shot Putt (Girls):  U12, U13, U14, U15, U16, Youth, Junior, Senior
Javelin (Boys):  U13, U14, U15, U16, Youth, Junior, Senior
Hammer (Girls):  U 14, U15, U16, Youth, Junior, Senior
The Munster Masters track and field championships will be held in Riocht Co.Kerry on Sunday June 9th.If competing your entry must be send in through the club ,please contact Gregory Fitzgerald 087 6445789  or Jim Fleming 087-2891151 ,no entry's on day of competition
After a terrific race last Saturday evening at race 3 in the series the Waterford to Tramore our focus now will turn to race 4 the 23rd Annual An Tobar sponsored Ardmore 5 mile which takes place on Friday evening May 11th .Michael Hennessey and his team have all aspects of the event in motion at this stage and we look forward to our annual visit to the home of St Declan, the beautiful village of Ardmore. The course will remain the same as previous years with the 2 lap circuit. Registration and changing will be at the Ardmore GAA club pavilion ( by kind permission ) and we sincerely thank Ardmore GAA for the use of their fine facility as they have done now for many years.  This race has a different prize policy to other races. Prizes will be awarded to the top three male and female athletes and after that prizes will be awarded to the first male and female athletes in each of the star signs. Entry to this race is only 7 Euro if you enter online or if you like you can pay 10 euro on the night to enter. See ye at the round tower guys.!!
Online entry for the 23rd Annual An Tobar Ardmore 5 is now open on active works or via West Waterford Athletic Club website !Cost is only €7.00. Numbers can be collected on the evening of race. It is of great help to us the race organisers if you can please enter online and it will save you time queuing on the night. The entry fee on race night will be 10 euro.
 link to enter Ardmore 5.
 Just a little reminder to all those that intend on joining the series but have not yet done so: entry to the series is separate to the individual race entry fees. This year again the entry fee to just €5 for the series and you may join at any of our races up to and including the Dromana Race where entry closes. The club organised races are set at 7 euro also if you enter online ( 10 euro on night of race). The Dromana race is on Friday June 22nd and is race 7 in the series and the final opportunity to enter the series., so please get your entry in soon. The series takes into account everybody’s best 7 races, it can be any 7 of the 12 races so if you have yet to run any of the races, there is still plenty of time to join and get in your counting 7. All those who enter and complete 7 races will receive an ASICS voucher to the value of €30, redeemable at INTERSPORT ELVERYS DUNGARVAN (series sponsor). For all those who complete the 11 races they will be receiving a bonus prize courtesy of our sponsors on the final night at the Ballinameela 5k. There is  still the chance for you to save money by signing up to our special price package which is available to all at just 35 euro, this package will include entry to series and also entry to the following races Ardmore, Clashmore, Dromana, Ras Na Rinne, Ballymacarbry and the Marine Climb. Now in all fairness where would you get that value.???
The annual Midleton 5 was held last Thursday evening and a big field of 600 took part. The overall race winner was East Cork AC's Sean Mc Grath with a time of 25.24 with Leevale AC's Lizzie Lee finishing 8th overall in a time of 27.30 taking the Ladies title. West Waterford AC had a good few who made the trip with Mossie Keogh first home in 24th place with a time of 29.28,Mark Cliffe was next in 34.17 and Ted O'Leary finished in 36.35,Mick Concannon ran 37.06 while our first lady home was Onra Power in 38.56 with Hazel Crowley running a time of  44.08,well done to all.
The Brendan Kinane 5k was held last Wednesday evening in Dundrum Co.Tipperary and a huge field of 500 completed the run. The club had two athletes taking part Joe Gough ran a time of 19.08 to claim the over 60 prize while Michael Coakley completed the run in 27.05,well done to both.
Race 2 in the Outfield sports Carrick On Suir AXC organised series took place last Friday evening with the O'Neills Pharmacy sponsored Portlaw 5 miler.A good field of 158 ran the course around the town and the overall winner on the night was Niall Sheil St Killians AC with a tim,e of 26.16,the ladies winner was another Wexford athlete in Jackie Carty Kilmore AC 29.53 the only lady on the night to break the 30 minute barrier. A big contingent of West Waterford Ac runners made the trip and first home on the night was Jason Travers in a creditable 9th place clocking a really good solid time of 28.51,this was Jason's fastest 5 miler in 13 years now that's showing some form, Alan Hogan was next again well under the 30 minutes with a time of 29.02,Ray Hahesy can be well delighted with his run breaking the 30 minute mark with 29.57 and first home in the over 50 age category ,likewise Joe Gough was the first home over 60 with a time of 30.21,Jimmy Connors and Mycale Dunford finished very close to each other with Jimmy running 30.37 and 30.41 for Michael, Kate Veale was next and our first lady home Kate clocked a good time of 31.47 leading out ladies team to club team victory. Tom Hogan broke the 32 minute mark when clocking a time of 31.53 and next home was Justin Coonan 33.17, John Paul Hogan ran a time of 33.44 and Brian Hallissey clocked well under the 35 minute mark with his 34.23,Johnnie Burkin was dead on the 25 minute and at 35.17 Martin Tobin cross the finish line, Joanne O'Neill was our second scoring team winning lady in a time of 35.24 and one second behind was Patrick Lannen in 35.25 and another further second behind Patrick was Liam Kavanagh 35.36,Mick Concannon was taking on the much shorter distance this time and he ran a time of 35.43,Karen Ryan had her best 5 miler so far this year when she ran 36.46 and she was our 3rd scoring team lady home,and just in behind Karen was Ann Dunford with 37.24,Ann won her over 50 catagory here, Sinead O'Faolain was our next lady home with a time of 37.31 and Bernie Prendergast was next home in 38.09 and Bernie took the over 55 award , Onra Power ran a time of 38.16 and Micheál Moynihan ran 41.15 and Liam Clince was next in 41.26,Michelle Finnegan will be well pleased with her time of 42.54 and also will  the two Michael's, Deegan 44.53 and Tutty 44.55 ,Deirdre Clancy got yet another 5 under her belt and her time was 52.11. Very well done to the large club turnout here.
It was a super day today for the great Limerick run incorporating a marathon and half marathon. The club had one athlete who completed the full Paul Brunnock will be well pleased after a recent foot injury as he clocked 3.51.49,in the half we had three runners and first home here was Dermot O'Donovan with a time of 1.24.43,a brilliant run from Dermot to produce a PB for the half distance, next across the line with another PB was James Whelan in 1.29.18 and finally our only Female representative in this year's event Sharon Nugent ran a time of 1.50.14,Great running all round well done to all.
Two of the clubs upcoming young stars were in action last Saturday at the Irish Milers Club meet in the Greystones AC track.Micheàl Power ran the 5 k this race was a paced race and the man doing the honors was no other than David McCarthy who helped his team mate Micheàl to a brilliant new personal best for the distance of 14:44, a huge 13 sec pb. This performance tonight really sets Micheál up nicely for a crack at World Junior 10,000m standard of 31.00 in Highgate in 2 weeks time,we wish him well in his efforts here.Niall Blackwell was the other club athlete in action on the track and he too provided the goods when running the 1500m B race where he came a great 2nd in an excellent 4:04, this was a 5 sec pb for Niall.Well done to both lads.
Remember, the feeling you get from a good run is far better than the feeling you get from sitting around wishing you were running.