Senior News

Notes May 21-17



The 22nd Annual An Tobar sponsored Ardmore 5 mile road race was held last Friday evening in good conditions for the field of 160 runners as they made their way round the 2 lap course, the threatening rain that was hanging around all evening stayed away for the duration of the race and there was little or no wind. The event was race Number 4 in the Intersport elverys/asics summer series. 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 . We are once again this year especially thank  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. Our thanks also goes to Tony Ryan along with sons Liam, Eamonn and Sean and daughter Mary who were all present on the night and they presented the 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, to Liam, Shirley, Karen, Sharon,Tom, Ray, who 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 evening.


The 2017 winner of the An Tobar Ardmore 5 last Friday evening was East Cork AC athlete Kevin O'Leary. The race saw three separated leaders at various stages of the race. From the Gun Pat Hennessey Ind sped off at a very fast tempo and was way out in front at mile 1 which he covered in 5.10,A chasing pack of 5 were together at this stage, Mossie Keogh ,Anthony Flynn, Mark Rowe and Sean Stilwell all West Waterford AC and one other who was shortly to become the race winner Kevin O'Leary. By mile tow of this race The early runaway leader Pat Hennessey dropped off the pace drastically as he was joined out front by local man Sean Stilwell, Sean then broke clear on his own and going through the village he was some 50 meters clear, by mile three Sean was joined by East Cork's Kevin O'Leary and they stayed together for the next half mile before O'Leary drew clear of the Ardmore man and the rest of the field to coming home to claim his very first win in one of our events clocking 26.59 for the 5 mile course. The fast pace Sean made through the middle part of the course paid a hefty price in the end as he eventually drifted back to finish 4th as club mates Anthony Flynn and Mark Rowe caught him over the final mile, Anthony had his first top 3 finish in the series when he held off Mark clocking a time of 27.39 with Mark claiming 3rd place in 27.45 and Sean finished 4th in 28.22. 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 Kevin O'Leary East Cork AC 26.59

2nd Anthony Flynn West Waterford AC 27.39

3rd Mark Rowe West Waterford AC 27.45

Aquarius Peter Curran Ind

Pisces Joe Kelly Ind

Aries Michael Dunford West Waterford AC

Taurus John O'Sullivan Balance Fitness

Gemini Cathal O'Connell UCC

Cancer Michael Dolphin Leevale AC

Leo Enda Donnelly West Waterford AC

Virgo Jimmy Connors West Waterford AC

Libra Walter Drohan West Waterford AC

Scorpio Ray Hahessy West Waterford AC

Sagittarius Ken Devine UCC

Capricorn Sean Stilwell West Waterford






The Ladies race saw  West Waterford's Kate Veale take her first Ardmore victory from club mate Sandra Prendergast with Waterford AC's Sinead Brannigan talking 3rd.These three were together for the first 2 miles of the race, and just after passing the 2 mile marker Kate made a decisive move which was to see her break clear of the two others, as the race passed the 3 and 4 mile markers the gap opened up that little bit more and over the final mile she was home and dry as she was to stay away to record her first series win for 2017.The winning time was 32.15.for Kate, Sandra Prendergast also broke clear of the Waterford lady by the 4th mile and she held on for that 2nd place in a time of 33.05 Sandra showed real determination here as she had to battle really hard and gave a gutsy performance to hold that placing as Sinead finished just 13 seconds behind in the end, Sandra 33.05 and Sinead clocking a time of very well done to all 3 ladies on excellent running over the 5 mile distance. 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 Kate Veale West Waterford AC 32.15

2nd Sandra Prendergast West Waterford AC 33.05

3rd Sinead Brannigan Waterford AC 33.18

Aquarius Maria White West Waterford AC

Pisces Mary Cahill West Waterford AC

Aries Sophie Tobin Ind

Taurus Catriona Lee West Waterford AC

Gemini Rachel Phelan Ind

Cancer Aine Murphy UCC

Leo Claire Kennedy West Waterford AC

Virgo Michelle Cunningham West Waterford AC

Libra Brigid Coffey Tried and Tested

Scorpio Patricia Daly Youghal AC

Sagittarius Gillian Cotter UCC

Capricorn Julie Kenneally Youghal AC






Please note that entry to the summer series is separate to that of the 11 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 6 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 16th  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 11 races they will be receiving a bonus prize courtesy of our sponsors on the final night at the GSK 5.Best value summer series in the country where else would you get it.?


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.


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.



Once again we were lucky with the weather as the showers were avoided. In fact the ram of the previous few days had left the Friary grounds in perfect condition for round 3 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 24th, Wednesday May 31st  and finally Wednesday 7th June. After last week we have reached the half way stage, with 3 nights down and 3 to go. 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 6 runners that took part in the one lap league, First home for the third week in a row was Eamonn Cashin  in 7.11 (2 seconds faster than last week). Eamonn now will have 7 minutes in his sights and it will be interesting to see if he can find an 11 second improvement in the coming weeks, He was followed by Ciaran Frisby in 7.25. This was an excellent run by Ciaran and was an improvement of over a minute on last week, Arthur Chizikov was third in 8.13 and he was followed by Ritchie Power in 10.35, Emer Casey in 11.59 and Eileen Campbell in 12.44.

Two Lap League

 Maria White was first home for the third time in 16.34 (12 seconds faster than last week). Maria was followed by James Casey in 17.08 as was the case last week. Next was Michael Gee in 17.35, with Elia Tutty second lady in 17.56. Others to record good times on the night included Una Maher (20.17), Karen Hallahan (21.37), Bread Veale (25.12) and Mary Hogan (29.42). Well done to all 13 runners that took on the  2 laps.

Three Lap League

A total of 14 took part in the three lap league which was great to see. First home on the night was Ritchie Fitzgerald in 22.29. Second was Oisin O'Riordan in 22.36 followed by Yev Chizikov in 23.38. This was good running by Yev after his trip to the Wicklow Relay the previous weekend and I'm sure he was happy to be back on the flat forgiving friary grounds. Yev was followed by Gary Hurney in 26.00. Next was our first lady Sharon Duggan in 28.19 (30 seconds faster than last week) and Sharon was followed by winter league short route winner Debra Doherty in 29.11.Sandar Moore and a good run finishing in 30.36 as had Evelyn Beresford in 33.02 and Helen power who was almost 3 minutes faster than last week when clocking 38.19.  We look forward to hearing more about all the three lap runners over the coming weeks.

Four Lap League

Well done to all 16 runners that took part in the 4 lap league. First home was Mossie Keogh in a speedy 27.38. He was closely followed by Brian Byrne in 27.41 with Sean Dwyer third in 30.52. Next was the ever consistent James Whelan in 31.32 with David Towey next in 32.31. First lady last week was Nessa Foley in 39.54 followed closely by Karen Ryan in 39.59. Eamon Curran, Liz O'Riordan and Sinead Moore will have 40 minutes as a target in the coming weeks having run 40.09, 40.11 and 40.13 respectively. 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, Jim and James. Thanks so much.




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


Never raced a mile? Wondering just how fast you can run over the distance? Wonder no more as the date has been set.


This is the perfect test of your running ability. Challenge yourself to run ONE MILE as fast as you can. Whether you are new to running or have been running for many years you can participate in this event.We will do this as part of Club training on the 20th June and everyone is welcome to come along and join us whether you regularly attend training or not. Our charity partner for this event will be Brú Columbanus. Fiona O’Riordan a long standing club member, who is part of our training group, will be running the Waterford Viking Quarter Marathon to raise money for this invaluable charity. Fiona’s family benefitted from the services of Brú Columbanus and would now like to help the charity help others in the future. The family have a long association with the club as Fiona’s husband David made many trophies for club prizes over the years. The Slateways perpetual trophy that we present to the ladies winner of the summer series was donated by David before his untimely death in 2016.Brú Columbanus is an independent charity that provides a “home from home” and FREE accommodation for relatives of seriously ill patients in any of the Cork Hospitals and the Hospice.The €5.5 million project, which was established by the Knights of St. Columbanus and opened in September 2005 provides 26 en-suite family rooms with a supporting kitchen and lounges where families can meet other families who are in similar situations and can lend support and understanding to each other and draw on their shared experiences. Medical costs can be a huge financial drain for families and having this free service removes an unnecessary additional stress at this difficult time.  Please come along and support this worthy cause whilst getting a new 1 mile PB. If you require any further information contact Irene on (086) 8242348.Meet at the Friary with warm up at 6.30pm.


The Irish men created history at the European Race Walking Cup by winning team bronze medals over 20km in Podebrady, Czech Republic last Sunday. Ireland landed bronze behind Spain and Germany who won gold and silver medallists respectively. The race was won by by Germany’s Christopher Linke in 1:19:28.Alex Wright (Leevale) led the team home in 6th in 1:21:48 with Robert Heffernan (Togher) 13th in 1:22:40 and Cian McManamon (Westport) 26th in 1:24:03.Earlier in the day Brendan Boyce (Finn Valley) was an agonising fourth in the 50km race walk in 3:49:49 won by Ukraine’s Ivan Banzeruk in 3:38:15. Boyce had been in the bronze medal position in the final 10km but was unfortunately passed by Italy’s Michele Antonelli who won bronze with 3:49:07.In the junior women’s 10km Orla O'Connor finished (Waterford) 21st in 51:39 and Niamh O'Connor (Celbridge) finished 27th in 53:29 which saw the team finish 9th.


Micheal Power was in action last Tuesday night in the British milers club in Solihull and he recorded a new person best over 5.000 meters. Micheal clocked an Impressive 14.57.01 breaking the 15 minute barrier for the first time . Well done Micheal keep up the great work.


West Waterford athletic club extend sincere sympathy to the families and friends of Tom Flynn, Ballydoaagh, Kilmanahan, Clonmel and Geraldine Kenny.North Cross Lane, Youghal, Cork who passed to their eternal reward's recently, may they rest in peace.


Independence is the outstanding characteristic of the runner.