Senior News

Notes May 13-18

The 23rd Annual An Tobar sponsored Ardmore 5 mile road race was held last Friday evening and after a terrible mornings rain by start time this had cleared leaving a very nice sunny evening for our race despite a little wind for part of the course. The event was race Number 4 in the Intersport elverys/asics summer series and a great field of 170 runners took part in the 2 lap course around the beautiful village of Ardmore. We are once again this year especially thankful to  Ken Pallister of “An Tobar” in the village who sponsored the race and he and his staff ensured that all the runners were well cared for with plenty of food and refreshments afterwards. We are very fortunate to have the support and sponsorship of An Tobar which we are very grateful for, thank you Ken.Once again from an organisational point of view it was and always is a pleasure to visit our friends in Ardmore as the race organisers had their usual high standard of organisation with no stone left unturned in providing all the visiting runners with top class event. A superbly marshalled course a well marked race route and mile markers clearly marked. So our sincere thanks go to race organising Chief Michael Hennessy and his crew out in Ardmore for their detailed and flawless organisation. Michael as usual was helped by a large group of helpers who we are greatly thankful to. The GAA club in Ardmore in true community spirit have also been great supporters of this race over many years and have always put their facilities at our disposal for the race each year, we thank all at Ardmore GAA club for this . Our thanks  to Tony Ryan along with son Liam, who came to the race and presented the first man home with the Veronica Ryan memorial cup. Likewise our thanks to Matt Faherty who was present on the night to present the Noel Faherty memorial cup to the winning lady .Special thanks to our entire club crew for another flawless effort on the night, as usual they were  as efficient as ever with the entries and the finishing times and results. To Jim Fleming our chief over the finish line area. Thanks also to Jamie and Conor for their help and work on the night and to Liam in the club van .Finally. See you all in Touraneena Friday week.
The 2018 winner of the An Tobar Ardmore 5 last Friday evening was local athlete Raivis Zakis West Waterford AC. Raivis last competed in Ardmore back in 2013 when he finished 2nd on that occasion he previously won the race once when beating Sandis Bralitis and that was back in 2009.From the Gun it was last year's winner Kevin O'Leary East Cork who took up the running and he at one stage opened up a gap of some 200 meters on the West Waterford man, O' leary went through the first mile in a fast 5.00 and through two miles in 10.15, at three miles he was still way out in front passing that mark in 15.25,from mile three to four Zakis obviously upped the pace was starting to close the gap on our early leader and was getting closer with ever stride as he stepped up the tempo with O'Leary starting to slow that little bit, between mile 4 and the finish line Raivis caught and passed Kevin to come home a clear winner in a time of 26.46 with Kevin having to settle for the runner up spot in this year's race he clocked a time of 27.03,Fkadu Kedebe filled 3rd place in 27.55,Fkadu is improving with ever outing these past few months and he is one to keep an eye on in future races if he continues to improve will soon be vying for a top place finish in the not too distant future. The category prize’s on offer for the Ardmore race is different to other races as in order to spread the prizes around prizes are awarded to the top three men and then the first man home in each of the star signs so in total 15 prizes were awarded in the men’s section.
Men's Prize Winners
1st Raivis Zakis West Waterford AC  26.46
2nd Kevin O'Leary East Cork AC 27.03
3rd Fkadu Kedebe Ind 27.55
Aries Danny Smith Ind 
Taurus Mick Murphy Midleton AC
Gemini Mossie Keogh West Waterford AC 
Cancer James Whelan West Waterford AC 
Leo Nigel Sheehan Youghal AC 
Virgo Jimmy Connors West Waterford AC 
Libra Dermot O'Donovan West Waterford AC
Scorpio Alan Hogan West Waterford AC
Sagittarius Pat Hennessey West Waterford AC 
Capricorn Pat Fitzgerald West Waterford AC
Aquarius Noel Earley St. Catherine's AC 
Pisces Derek Aherne Midleton AC
The Ladies race unlike the men's gave us a gun to tape winner in Sally Fossistal St. Josephs AC. Sally was the only lady to break the magic 30 minute barrier on the night and deservedly took the crown for 2018.The south Kilkenny women once again showed her true talent when she crossed the line in an excellent 29.45.A lady who is making a great come back to the sport having been out for quite a while is Madeline Loughnane Thurles Crokes AC and she is defiantly improving as the weeks role by, Madeline is closing in rapidly on breaking the 30 minutes also for the 5 mile distance as she clocked 30.18 last Friday evening for the runners up spot. Our race winner in 2017 Kate Veale from the host club had to settle for 3rd this year, great to see Kate take on the local road races as part of her race walking training as she is currently building up her mileage and her time of 32.05 is good solid running also. Prizes were awarded to the first lady in each of the 12 zodiac star signs and the winners are as follows:
 Women's Prize Winners
1st Sally Forristal St. Josephs AC 29.45
2nd Madeline Loughnane Thurles Crokes AC 30.18
3rd  Kate Veale West Waterford AC 32.05
Aries Onra Power West Waterford AC 
Taurus Catriona Lee West Waterford AC
Gemini Angeline Drennan West Waterford AC 
Cancer Maireád Flynn West Waterford AC
Leo Eveleen Drohan West Waterford AC
Virgo Stephanie Isley Ind 
Libra Brigid Coffey West Waterfrod AC 
Scorpio Patricia Daly West Waterford AC
Sagittarius Sinéad Ní Fhaoláin West Waterford AC
Capricorn Helen Gilroy Midleton AC
Aquarius Gillian Hayes West Waterford AC
Pisces Breda O'Reilly Ind 
Please note that entry to the summer series is separate to that of the 12 individual race entries. In order to feature on the league tables and to qualify for the 30 euro Asics voucher you must join the series. Run any 7 races and you automatically get a Asics voucher for €30 and run all eleven you will receive a special prize courtesy of our sponsors. It costs 5 Euros to enter the series and you may enter at any of the races but please note that entry closes at the Dromana race on June 22nd  and we will not be accepting any entries after that so make sure you get your entry in for the series in the upcoming races. ). For all those who complete the 12 races they will be receiving a bonus prize courtesy of our sponsors on the final night at the Ballinameela 5k. Best value summer series in the country where else would you get it.?
Race 5 in this year's 24th Annual Intersport Elverys/Asics  summer series will quickly come around as on Friday evening May 25th we head to Touraneena for the 23rd annual 5k. The race starts in the village of Touraneena, just off the main Dungarvan to Clonmel Road at 7.30 p.m. Entries will be taken at the nearby PRIMARY SCHOOL and the race fee is 7 euro pre entry online and 10 euro on the night. The race is organisers by St Marys Primary school Touraneena and we are delighted with the community spirit in keeping this race alive and raising monies for the local primary school. Many walkers traditionally also take part in this event and a special presentation of the Ann Power memorial Shield is awarded each year to the walker who predicts nearest to their time how long it will take them to walk the course. Race entries will take place at the school this year as the community hall is unavailable. The race is open to all runners over the age of 16 years.
Course record:
Vanessa Molloy United Striders AC 17.41 (1997)
David McCarthy West Waterford AC 14.26 (2008)
The walk which is well established as part of the event in Touraneena will again be held this year. The winner will receive the Ann Power Memorial Trophy for their efforts.  It’s a walk with a slight difference too, as your task is to predict your finishing time and the person who finishes the nearest to that predicted time without of course going faster than that predicted time will be the 12th winner of the memorial shield which is in memory of one of the founder members of the race back in 1996 Ann Power. No watches are allowed of course, all are welcome so do come along and be part of the walk. The start time here is 6.45 pm sharp. Again as with the race all proceeds will be donated to St Mary's National school Touraneena .
Online entry for the 22nd Annual Touraneena 5k 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. It will also save you money as it will be 8 euro for entry on the night of race.
link to enter Touraneena 5k.
The Clonmel AC promoted Annerville 10k saw 302 athletes compete last Sunday and West Waterford AC athletes were among them. The overall race winner was local athlete running with Clonmel AC and currently title holder of the John Treacy Dungarvan 10 miler , William Manusell with a time of 31.01 and the ladies winner on the day was Grace Reilly Portlaoise 39.37. Our first finisher was Dermot Ryan who finished 9th overall with a super time of 35.23, Dermot is progressing greatly and the proof is in his results, last year at this race he claimed 14th overall when he ran a time of 36.24, taking a minute off that last Sunday. Next for West Waterford was Peter Cunningham well under the 43 mark for Peter clocking a solid 42.33. Stephen O'Reilly was next in 43.36 and following Stephen was Johnny Burkin who was just outside the 45 mark with 45.05.Mick Concannon took a break from marathon running today and over the shorter 10k distance he clocked a time of 45.39. Our first lady home was Brigid Coffey in a time of 47.54 with Onra Power next to cross the finish line in 49.23. Onra is one that is in flying form of late and she took a whopping three and half  minutes off last year's effort. Michelle Cunningham also ran well and will be pleased with her time of 53.49. Jean Beresford  55.53 crossed the finish line in  55.53 and Deirdre Clancy completed yet another 10k for her growing book of races completed with a time of 66.57.Well done to all.
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.
SAVE THE DATE – 22nd May 6.30pm.
As part of our preparation for our 1st One Mile Challenge of 2018 on May 29th we have a very special training session planned. Joe Gough, World Champion and our own master of the track will be our guest coach on 22nd May....for one night only !!Joe will give us a flavour of how he trains and how to get the best out of yourself over the mile distance. If you want to succeed at something the best way to do this is to pick the brain of someone who has already succeeded and as Joe has had so much success on the track there is no better brain to pick. This will be a rare opportunity and insight into the training of a world champion so don't miss out. As always we will meet at the Friary and warm up will start at 6.30pm. Open to all club members and the cost is €3.
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 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.
Well done to husband and wife team of Yev and Dianan Chizhikova who both took gold over 1.500 meters at last Sundays County senior track and field championships held at Waterford Regional sports centre.
When you have the enthusiasm and the passion, you end up figuring how to excel.