Senior News

Notes May 14-17

 Once again we had a beautiful evening for running in The Friary grounds for round 2 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 17th, Wednesday May 24th, Wednesday May 31st  and finally Wednesday 7th June. After last week there are four 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 the 8 runners that took part in the one lap league, First home for the second week in a row Eamonn Cashin  in 7.16 (9 seconds faster than last week). He was followed by Arthur Chizikov in 7.58 with Ciaran Frisby next in 8.31. He was followed by Onra power in 9.03 and Onra will surely dip under 9 minutes in the next week or two. Emma Reid finished together in 14.03. 
Two Lap League
 Maria White continued her excellent form being first home in 16.36 (12 seconds faster than last week). Maria was followed by James Casey in 17.03 followed by Gerry Cummins in 18.06. 2nd Lady was Elia Tutty in 18.21. Ann Quinn and Stephen Hogan were  just outside 20 minutes when clocking 20.03 and 20.06 respectively. They will surly break 20 minutes in the coming weeks. Others to record good times included Margaret Whelan (20.57), Roisin Heylin (23.57), Mary Riordan (26.46) and Deirdre Clancy (27.07). Well done to all 18 runes that took on the  2 laps.
Three Lap League
A total of 18 took part in the three lap league which was great to see. The Chizikovs were to the fore with Yev being 1st home in 22.31 with Diana 2nd in 27.01. Next was Michael Gee in 27.29. Next were the Duggans, Sean and Sharon in 28.49 and 28.00 (both 50 seconds faster than last week). Claire Kennedy had a good run when finishing in 28.11 as had Michael Horgan in 28.53. Debbi Murphy and Helen Power also had good runs recording times of 41.14 and 41.09 respectively. We look forward to hearing more about all the three lap runners over the coming weeks.
Four Lap League
Well done to all 23 runners that took part in the 4 lap league. First home was Sean Stilwell in 26.21. This was a fantastic run by Sean who is in really excellent form at present. Next was Cian O'Riordan Brian Byrne in 27.00 and 27.06 respectively. Again these are two really super times. In 4th was Mossie Keogh  in 27.52. With Shane O'Riordan next in 30.13. 1st lady was Ann Dunford in 36.33 (exactly the same time as last week). She was followed by Karen Ryan in 38.20 with 3rd lady Angeline Drennan 38.28. Others to record good runs were James Whelan in 31.20, David Towey 31.29, Johnny Burkin in 34.21 and Kenneth O'Donnell in 35.36. 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.
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.
Race 5 in this year's 23rd Annual Intersport Elverys/Asics  summer series will quickly come around as on Friday evening May 26th we head to Touraneena for the 22nd 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 community centre and the race fee is 5 EURO for online entry and 8 euro if you leave it till race night. The race is organisers by Touraneena national school 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 Community Hall in Touraneena. Showers and changing facilities plus refreshments and the prize-giving will take place also at the community centre after the race. The race is open to all runners over the age of 16 years.
Course record:
Vanessa Molloy 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 Touraneena Primary school.
Time to put the running shorts away and dig out the party clothes.We will be having a summer get together in the beer garden of The Moorings early evening (7pm) on Sunday 4th June. Whether you have run the Cork marathon that day or whether you haven’t run in weeks this is the opportunity to meet up with your club mates in a social setting.We also extend an invitation to all our stewards and sponsors without whom our events would not take place. Our winter night out was a huge success and this promises to be a great night so spread the word and bring a friend.Light bites will be served.  As we need to confirm numbers please text Irene on (086) 8242348 if you are interested in going or let any committee member know at any of the leagues or races. Cost will be €5 which is payable on the night.
The annual splash word 10k was held last Friday evening in Tramore on what was a very wet and miserable evening for a road race, despite the weather a good field of 169 completed the course with overall victory going to Conor Sheils Waterford AC in 35.44, our own Mossie Keogh had a great run to take second place in a time of 36.12,first lady home was Ruth Fitzgerald in 38.25.Paul Lenihan finished a very creditable 14th with a good time of 39.46 and he was followed by Maria White in an excellent new personal best for 10k of 44.23,well done to her and all who made the trip on such a wet night.
The Wicklow Way Relay is a 127km long distance trail race that runs from the southern suburbs of Dublin to Shillelagh in County Carlow. The trail follows mountain paths, country roads, glacial valleys and forest tracks. To say it is hilly is an understatement as it has a total elevation of nearly 11,000 feet. To be competitive an 8 person teams needs to include two veterans (over 40) and two women. Legs vary with distances between 8km and 21km. The event started over 25 years ago as a once-off fund raiser for international competitions and since then has become IMRAs most popular mountain race. A maximum of 30 teams are allowed to participate in the event and this year for the second year running West Waterford AC were lucky enough to secure a spot. Last year we had no real idea of what to expect and were on a steep learning curve. This year we were ready for the challenges that lay ahead.The man with the Midas touch Pat Fitzgerald lead the team out on leg 1 at the ungodly hour of 7am and ran a stormer of a leg over mountainous terrain with very difficult underfoot conditions 4 mins faster than last year’s time. Pat handed over to his training partner and one of our group captains from last year’s 100 marathon challenge Michael Dunford. Michael put in a great performance over one of the most technically difficult legs to consolidate our position. Next up were the two ladies on the team Irene Clark and Ann Dunford who had to call on all their navigational and agility skills to get us over stiles, through gorse bushes and category 1 climbs he promised in adv to negotiate their way from Lough Tay, the Guinness Lake, into the picturesque Glendalough Valley. Yev Chizikova our downhill demon took on Leg 5 and as ance he improved on last year’s time by a whopping 20 mins. Club chairman Tom Leahy, a man well used to map reading and hills, made easy work of leg 6 sailing into Ironbridge with ease. King of the Mountains Ted O’Leary who had a fantastic run on this course last year had been training hard in Ballyhoura took over to not only run the longest leg of the race but managed to shave 4 mins of last year’s time. At this point we were 52 mins ahead of our time last year. The last and glory leg was in the hands of Ray Hahesy who is proving on a weekly basis that age is no barrier to PB’s. Today’s performance lived up to expectation and he blasted last year’s time out of the water running 40 mins an improvement of 9 mins on last year. Our total time to complete the course last year was 10hrs and 3mins. This year we covered the distance in just over 9hrs which is a superb team effort in a discipline that is new to us. Running is primarily an individual sport. It’s up to everyone to do their own training and deliver a result for themselves at their goal race.  There is a ‘team’ element to most races, but often it’s by accident not design.  The Wicklow Way Relay is an exception.  It’s truly a team event and every single team member put in huge efforts and rose to the occasion. On behalf of the club we would like to thank all the runners who stepped well outside their comfort zones in an race where there is nowhere to hide and represented the club admirably. Onwards and Upwards to 2018.
A total of 60 club runners took to the Waterford Greenway bright and early last Sunday morning as part of our club Tuesday evening group training programme. The runners completed the Kilmacthomas to Dungarvan 14 mile section after being bussed down from Abbeyside. The runners left the Workhouse in Kilmacthomas and headed off into a a good stiff breeze which was against them for the whole journey,all good training of course. On arriving back in Abbeyside all were treated to a nice cuppa and a scone for their efforts. Our thanks to Irene who organised this run, and to Eurospar for looking after us back at base, to Darragh, Sean and Nuala Hogan for looking after the water and jellies stop in Durrow and to our out riders Jim and Paschal many thanks.  Well done to all who participated you'd never know next time it might be the real thing .??
Day 2 of the County Track and Field Championships will take place on this 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 Two
Track Events
60m Hurdles: Girls & Boys U9, U10, U11, U12, U13
75m Hurdles: Girls & Boys U14
80m Hurdles: Girls & Boys U15, Girls U16
100m Hurdles: Boys U16, U17, Girls U17, Junior and Senior (Women)
110m Hurdles: Junior and Senior (Men)
Walks 2000m: Girls U14, U15, U16 Boys U14, U15
Walks 3000m: Girls U17, U18 Boys U16, U17, Jun, Sen
200m: Girls & Boys U9, U10, U11, U12, U13, U14, U15, U16, U17, Jun, Sen
800m: Girls & Boys U14, U15, U16, U17, Junior, Senior 
Relays: Girls & Boys 4x100m U10, U12, U14, U16, Senior
3000m: Girls & Boys U16, U17, Junior, Senior
Field Events
Long Jump (Girls & Boys): U13, U14, U15, U16, U17, Jun, Sen
High Jump (Boys): U12, U13, U14, U15, U16, U17, Jun, Sen
Discus (Girls): U14, U15, U16, U17, Jun, Sen
Shot Putt (Boys): U12, U13, U14, U15, U16, U17, Jun, Sen
Javelin (Girls): U13, U14, U15, U16, U17, Jun, Sen
Hammer (Boys): U 14, U15, U16, U17, Jun, Sen
Pole Vault: Girls & Boys U15, U16, U17, Jun, Sen
Minimum heights for High Jump Competition
Girls U/12 start at 95cm
Girls U/13 start at 1m
Girls U/14 start at 1m
Girls U/15 start at 1.05m
Girls U/16 start at 1.10m
Girls U/17 start at 1.15m
Women Junior start at 1.20m
Boys U/12 start at 1.05m
Boys U/13 start at 1.10m
Boys U/14 start at 1.15m
Boys U/15 start at 1.15m
Boys U/16 start at 1.25m
Boys U/17 start at 1.25m
Men Junior start at 1.35m
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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