Senior News

Notes May 07-17

The grass was cut and the sun was shining on a perfect evening for running in The Friary grounds for round 1 of the 6 week Minnie 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 May 10th, Wednesday May 17th, Wednesday May 24th, Wednesday May 31st  and finally Wednesday 7th June. After last week there are five 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. Pretty soon, we will have 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
Well done to all the runners that took part in the one lap league, First home was Eamonn Cashin  in 7.25 followed by Onra power in 9.12. Next was Ritchie Power in 11.03 followed by 2nd lady Eimear Casey in 12.14 with Tom Murphy running 13.22 and Eileen Campbell in 13.46. 
Two Lap League
The two lap league had a mixture of new faces as well as regulars and all did really well with more to come no doubt. Ladies were to the fore with Maria White being first home in 16.48  followed by league regulars Gerry Cummins and Michael Moynihan in 18.12 and 18.51 respectively. Next was the 2nd lady, Ann Quinn in 19.51.Others to record good times included Karen Hallahan (22.41), Stephen Lonergan (24.17) and Ann Lyons and Paula Reddy who finished together in 28.21
Three Lap League
A total of 19 took part in the three lap league which was great to see. Oisin O’Riordan led them home in 21.53 . He was followed by Yevgeniy Chizikov in 23.47. In third was Lenora Kiely in 25.49. Next were the Duggan's, Sean and Sharon in 28.40 and 28.50. Nuala Hogan will be happy to have run under 30 minutes when clocking 29.38 as will John Roche who ran 29.39. Evelyn Beresford and Joanne Leahy ran together and ran 32.46. Other good times were recorded by Amanda Mansfield (34.41), Deirdre Clancy (37.59) and Sheila Flynn (39.48) We look forward to hearing more about all the three lap runners over the coming weeks.
Four Lap League
Well done to all 24 runners that took part in the 4 lap league. First home was Sean Stilwell in 27.25 just ahead of Cian O’Riordan in 27.29 with Mossie Keogh next in 27.46. In 4th was Brian Byrne in 28.28. This was super running by all 4 and is well under 6 minute mile pace. 1st lady was Ann Dunford n 36.33. She was followed by Angeline Drennan 37.28. Ted O'Leary, Joe Barry and Catriona Lee all finished together in 37.51. Sinead Moore recorded a tome of 39.29 with Nessa Foley running 41.07. Well done 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 thank 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 and James. Thanks so much.
Round 5 of the Mark Mason Financial Services Colligan Spring League took place on Wednesday 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. League sponsor Mark Mason was on hand to present the prizes and we would once again like to thank Mark for his generous sponsorship and we would also like to thank Coillte for allowing us to use the beautiful woods in Colligan to run our leagues.
The 2 lap league developed into a two horse race which eventually saw Arthur Chizikov on 5 pts finish just ahead of  Sean Duggan on 8 pts.
Sinead Moore finished up a very deserving winner of the 2 lap league with 3 first place finishes and a total of 5 pts. in second was Sharon Higgins on 9pts.Roisin Heylin won Division 2 on 23 pts with Breda Veale the winner of Division 3 on 33 pts.
Michael Ryan 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 Kevin Casey on 8pts.
Kate Veale was a clear winner of the 5 mile flat with a total of 4 pts. Second went to Fiona Ormond on 8pts.
In Division 2, Margaret Conway piped Debra Beresford by just 1 pt when finishing on 23 pts.
Mossie Keogh was a deserving recipient of the Veale Family Shield as winner of the 5 mile Hills for 2017. Mossie took the "King of the Hills " title when finishing on just 6 pts with 2 first place and 3 second place finishes during the league. Runner up this year was Sean Stilwell on 8 pts.Tom Leahy (23 pts) won Division 2 with Division 3 going to Ted O'Leary on 34 pts. Johnny Burkin was a deserving winner of Division 4 on 63 pts,while Fergal Connolly on 84 pts and David McNally 100 pts were the winners of Divisions 5 and 6 respectively.
There was a clear winner of the "Queen of the Hills " title with Laura Flavin finishing on the minimum 4 pts having been first home on 4 occasions. There was a very close battle for 2nd with Diana Chizikova and Ann Dunford finishing tied on 9pts. Second place was awarded to Diana on the basis of her 1st place finish on the final night.
Division 2 was even tighter with Sandra Moore, Onra Power and Bernie Prendergast all finishing on 25 pts. Sandra was the winner as her 3rd place finish on the final night was the highest placing for any of these 3 ladies.
The prize-giving night for this very successful league was held on the final night after the run concluded and once again this proved to be a good move as all prize-winners were present which is exactly what we want to see when we have sponsors present to give out their prizes.  For this presentation Tom, our club Chairman welcomed everyone especially our sponsor Mark Mason of Mason Financial Services, Cappoquin, 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.
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 22nd Annual An Tobar sponsored Ardmore 5 mile which takes place on Friday evening May 19th .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 5 Euro if you enter online or if you like you can pay 8 euro on the night to enter. See ye at the round tower guys.!!
Online entry for the 22nd Annual Ardmore 5 is now open on active works or via West Waterford Athletic Club website !Cost is only €5.00. 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.
link to enter Ardmore 5.
As part of our preparations for the Cork City Marathon / Half Marathon & Relay we will be doing a club run on the Greenway from Kilmacthomas back to Dungarvan.
The date for this is Sunday 14th May. This run is geared towards final preparation for our first target race of the year but all club members are more than welcome to join us on the day. There will be no numbers, chip timing, water stations or prizes it’s purely a self supported training run. A bus will leave the Pond in Abbeyside at 8.30am and drop everyone to Kilmacthomas. The option is also there to run from McGraths Cross back to Eurospar which shortens the run by 3 miles. After the run we will go for coffee and fresh scones in Eurospar. If you want to shed a layer of clothing in Kilmacthomas we will bring this back to town for you but please do not leave it on the bus.  A nominal fee of €5 will be charged which can be paid on the morning of the run.  There are very few spots left on the bus so if you are interested in joining us on this run please text Irene on (086) 8242348.When you are running on the Greenway please run on the left and pass out on the right. It has been very busy on Sunday mornings and is shared space so please be mindful of that and run no more than 2 abreast . Enjoy the journey.
The Clonmel AC promoted Annerville 10k saw 347 athletes compete last Sunday and West Waterford AC athletes were among them. Our first finisher was Dermot Ryan who finished 14th overall in  an excellent time of 36.24, next was Martin Tobin in 42.41 and Martin was followed by Mush Keane in a time of 43.35.Mick Concannon  clocked a chip a time of 44.27 and Brigid Coffey was our first lady home in a time of 47.30,Karen Ryan was next in 48.24 and Eamonn Curran broke the 49 minute mark when he ran 48.55.Sharon Nugent ran a time of 53.11 and she was followed by Onra Power in 53.13. Well done to all.
Race 2 in the Carrick On Suir AC series took place last Friday evening when the annual Portlaw 5 mile was held. A field of 109 completed the event with Waterford's Bran Swaby taking the honours on the night in 27.35 with the overall ladies victory going to another Waterford AC athlete Joan Mahony 32.11.West Waterford AC was well represented on the night. Pat Fitzgerald was our first runner home in a super 29.24 finishing a very creditable 6th overall. This was Pat's first time breaking the 30 minute barrier and he did it in style, well done Pat. Hot on his heels was Ray Hahesy in 8th place with another sub 30 minute performance 29.30 and taking the over 50 prize into the bargain. Michael Dunford was next in 30.30, Jimmy Connors had a great run also and is closing in on the 30 minute mark his time was 31.00.Tom Hogan ran a time of 32.13 and just in behind Tom was Mark Cliffe in 32.16 all solid running from the boys here. Cathal Gleeson was just 2 places behind in 32.33,while Graham Quinlan was just under the 33 mark with 32.56,Kevin Casey ran a time of 33.13 and Martin Tobin was next in 33.40.Anthony Dwyer and Liam Clince were the nest 2 home ,Anthony in 34.23 and Liam 34.33,Johnny Burkin was well under the 35 minute mark when he ran 34.50,Our first lady home was Ann Dunford in  37.09 and Ray Burke broke the 38 minute mark when he clocked a time of 37.55.Bernie Prendergast was next in 38.20 and she was followed by Onra Power 38.28,Michelle Finnegan had a good run when she finished in 39.19 and Sinead Harte was also under the 40 minutes 39.23 and Ray Curran was also under that 40 minute barrier with 39.54.Siobhain Lenihan ran a time of 41.55 while Marie Walsh ran 43.50  and Deirdre Clancy ran a time of 52.35.Well done to all who made the trip to Portlaw.
A reminder to all that the Ton Le Gaoithe (Wind Sprint Meeting) is at the RSC next Saturday at 12 noon with several National Champions competing men and women. Events are 100,200 m 100/ 110m hurdles,4 x100 m relay,4x400 m relay long jump and javelin. Athletes must be over 16 in year of age  in year of competition. and entries definitely  close on  Wednesday May 10 th See full details on Ton Le Gaoithe on twitter.  Youth and junior hurdle heights will be accommodated for both men's and women's hurdles . Enter online at Any questions contact Shane McCormack via 0879955505 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. No entries on Day.
Well done today to club member Paul Brunnock and his 3.53 marathon performance last Saturday in Round-wood Co.Wicklow. It's getting ever so close now Paul.
The County Track and Field Championships will take place on this Sunday May 14th and the following Sunday May 21st.Starting Time: 11am on both days, except for hammer event which will begin at 10.30am sharp.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).
Day One
Track Events
400m Hurdles: Junior, Senior (Men & Women)
300m Hurdles: Girls & Boys U17
250m Hurdles: Girls & Boys U15, U16 
60m: Girls & Boys U9, U10, U11, U12 
80m: Girls & Boys U13, U14 
100m: Girls & Boys U15, U16, U17, Junior, Senior (Men & Women)
300m: Girls & Boys U9 
500m: Girls & Boys U10 
600m: Girls & Boys U11, U12, U13 
400m: Girls & Boys U17, U18
1500m: Girls & Boys U14, U15, U16, U17, Jun, Sen (Men & Women)
Relays: Girls & Boys 4x100m U9, U11, U13, U15 
Relay: 4 x 400 Jun, Sen (Men & Women)
Field Events.
Long Jump (Girls & Boys): U9, U10, U11, U12
Triple Jump: Boys U15, Girls & Boys U16, U17, Jun, Sen
Turbo Javelin (Girls & Boys): U12, U11, U10, U9
High Jump (Girls): U12, U13, U14, U15, U16 U17, Jun, Sen
Discus (Boys): U14, U15, U16, U17, Jun, Sen
Shot Putt (Girls): U12, U13, U14, U15, U16, U17, Jun, Sen
Javelin (Boys): U13, U14, U15, U16, U17, Jun, Sen
Hammer (Girls): U 14, U15, U16, U17, Jun, Sen
The Munster Masters track and field championships will be held at the CIT track on Sunday June 11th.If competing your entry must be send in through the club ,please contact Jim Fleming 087-2891151,no entry's on day of competition
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