Senior News

Notes May 27-18

 Race 5 of the Intersport Elverys/Asics  summer series was held last Friday evening when it was the turn of our good friends in Touraneena to host the 23rd annual Touraneena 5k road race. One again the runners and walkers turnout in style for the event which was held in aid of the local St.Marys Primary school in the village. The weather as it always seems to be in Touraneena,was brilliant for the evenings activities a beautiful summers day which helped bring out the runners and walkers in abundance with an entry of 200 runners and over 100 walkers participating on the night.This year the community hall was not available to us for the race so we had the use of the School for registration and presentation and the St. Mary's GAA club house for parking and showers of which we are most grateful to the club there for their kindness in coming to our aid laying on their facilities for us.The organising of the event was once again in the hands of the St Marys primary school Touraneena under their principle Tòmas Cronin who did a brilliant job leaving no stone unturned in their efforts, all at the school and all those associated with the event can take a bow on a job very well done, it was all hands on deck so to all involved a huge thank you.Good sponsors are always key in the success of any event of this type and once again this year we were fortunate to have huge support from Conor Lannen of Dungarvan country stores who sponsored the famed strawberries which are a great treat for us after this race each year, also a big thank you to O' Grady Brothers Agricultural Contractors,  Tom Dunne of Dunne's bar Touraneena , Johnny Mc Grath of Beary's Cross Stores and also the Power family for their kindness.A very special thanks to long time race helper Laurence Mc Carthy along with a great band of other locals too numerous to mention who once again this year came up trumps. Our thanks to the Civil Defence under Raymond Cowming we were in safe hands. A sincere thank you to all those involved with the catering we look forward so much to that treat of Strawberries and Ice cream.Thanks to all the stewards at the various junctions and at the start and finish of the race and thanks also to our own crew on van duty and those for looking after the entries and results, efficient  as usual. Sincere thanks to school principle Tòmas Cronin who spoke at the presentation thanking all involved.Finally thanks to all I have omitted. See you all for race 6 The Old Still Bar Clashmore 5 Friday June 08th.
The weather was almost perfect with just a little bit of a fresh breeze for our annual trip for the 23rd time to the village of Touraneena last Friday evening,the 23rd  annual 5k got under way at 7.30 sharp and from the gun the race quickly became a four way battle for  the honors for 2018, as  Raivis Zakis ,Cian O'Riordan , Colm Ryan and Fkadu Kedebe  were clear of the field by the time we reached one of our sponsors premises in the village Dunne's pub. From this group of four as they passed the 1k mark in 3.15.Raivis Zakis and youngster Cian O Riordan had opened up a slight gap on Ryan and Kedebe as the pair shared the front pacing going through the 2k in a much slower split on a slight incline of 3.40.On the main road section Raivis upped the pace testing Cian and here the experienced road racer proved to be that bit stronger as he open up a gap as he went through the 3k mark a much faster 3.05.Passing 4K in another split of 3.03 the fastest of the race Raivis was on his way to victory.His final spilt was 3.05 again as he crossed the finish line.Great credit to the much younger O'Riordan coming from a household steeped in the sport and running one of his very first road races ever clocked a time of  16.38 a very solid second place, watch this young man his only on the start of a long and successful journey in the sport.The race for third saw Ryan and a Kedebe share the lead between them as different stages in the course,but it was to be Kedebes day as he broke clear in the final K to take third in a time of 16.49 . Colm faded over the final k with the flying Abbeyside man Dermot Ryan catching the Ballymac man to finish 4th in 16.54 with Colm 5th in 17.10. The 0/40 category victory went to Dermot Ryan as we said with his 4th placing overall in a excellent time of 16.54.The winner of the over 45 category was West Waterford's Yev Chizhikov with a fine performance when he clocked a time of 19.46. Ray Hahesy West Waterford AC owns the over 50 category at this stage was his a prolific winner in every outing here ,Ray ran a time of 18.42 to deservedly win again on Friday evening. First man over 55 was East Cork's Denis Mc Carthy who ran a time of 20.52, The over 60 category went without saying to world champion Joe Gough West Waterford AC in a time of 19.30 which was 13 seconds faster than his effort when winning this category in 2017. and the 1st Junior was Young West Waterford athlete Tony Dwyer in a time of 25.14 . Winner of the prize for first local male runner to finish this year went to Colm Ryan who was retaining this title from last year so well done to him. Well done to all our prize winners.
 Men's Winners.
1ST MAN, Raivis Zakis, W.W.A.C., 16.15
2ND MAN, Cian O'Riordan, W.W.A.C., 16.38
3RD MAN, Fkadu Kedebe, Ind, 16.49
1ST Local, Colm Ryan, W.W.A.C., 17.10
M 40, Dermot Ryan, W.W.A.C., 16.54
M 45, Yev Chizhikov, W.W.A.C., 19.46
M 50, Ray Hahesy, W.W.A.C., 18.42
M 55, Denis Mc Carthy, East Cork A.C., 20.52
M 60, Joe Gough, W.W.A.C., 19.30
M JN, Tony Dwyer, Ind, 25.14
The ladies race was once again won by Sally Forristal St.Josephs AC having won the majority of the series races this year to date.From the starting line Sally and Thurles Crokes AC Madeline Loughnane broke clear and were together through the first 2 Ks Sally made her decisive move when the race hit the main road section opening up a lead which she was to hold all the way to the finish line in a time of 18.39.Madeline who is improving with every outing this year finished well clear in second place with a time of 18.50. West Waterford's Kate Veale and Waterford AC athlete Sylvia Molone had a great battle for 3rd and were together until the final k when the Waterford athlete proved too strong crossing the finish to take that third spot in 19.37. with Kate coming home in fourth place in 19.52. The category prizes saw local lady and first local finisher Gillian Whelan win the over 35 in 23.30, Deirdre O'Sullivan ind was the first over 40 lady home in an excellent 21.46, the over 45 prize was won by Nicola Maunsell Clonmel AC in a time of 22.26. For the 4th time in a row as she also won this category in 2015 2016 and 2017 Onra Power West Waterford AC was the victor over 50 in a time of 23.44 and Bernie Prendergast West Waterford AC took the ladies over 55 prize in a time of 24.14.Emma Mc Cormack Ind won the first Junior prize in 30.14. The first local lady finisher for this year was Gillian Whelan  who also took this prize last year,well done to Gillian and well done to all our lady runners on the night. It was great to see that the local Touraneena road runners were out in force in their orange shirts and a great credit to those involved in promoting running and a healthy way of life in the village, we were also joined this year by a large group of Borrisoleigh Track Attack runners under the stewardship of Pat Keane , well done to both groups, keep up the great work.
Ladies Results
1ST LADY, Sally Forristal, St Josephs A.C., 18.39
2ND LADY, Madeline Loughnane, Thurles Crokes, 18.50
3RD LADY, Sylvia Malone, Waterford A.C., 19.37
1st Local, Gillian Whelan, Touraneena R.R., 23.30
F 35, Gillian Whelan, Touraneena R.R., 23.30
F 40, Deirdre O'Sullivan, Ind, 21.46
F 45, Nicola Maunsell, Clonmel A.C., 22.26
F 50, Onra Power, W.W.A.C., 23.44
F 55, Bernie Prendergast, W.W.A.C., 24.14
F JN, Emma Mc Cormack, Ind, 30.14
The walk which was got under way from the school just like the 5k race saw one of the largest crowd's ever with well over 100 local children and adults taking part in the event which was being held for the 13th year in memory of one of the founders of the race the late Anne Power. As with other years the event was held in the fun predict your time for the distance style which means that the walker who completed the course closet to his or her predicted time was the winner and this year this accolade went to youngster Anna Whelan Who now has the direction of having her name inscribed  on the trophy along with previous winners of the walk,John Michael Fitzpatrick, Mike Kearns, Valerie Power, Yvonne Sheehan, Bernie Gleeson, Conor Tobin, Ailbhe Foley, Emma Whelan and Joey Connors. Michelle Power. Marcella Tobin and  Tony Power  The second placed walker on the night was Alan McGrath and Brian O Callaghan was 3rd .Well done to so many of the locals who supported the walk it was great to see such a great crowd. Our thanks to the Power family for their ongoing support of this event. Our thanks Marie Power and Kay Ware and all of the organisers of the walk on the night.
The deadline for entering the summer series is fast approaching. Entry to the series will close after the Dromana race which is June 22nd.  Entry to the series is separate to the races; it costs 5 Euros and can be paid at any of the races up to and including the Dromana race. You must do 7 races of the series and you will get a 30 euro voucher and if you can run all 12 races in the series a very special prize will be awarded to all who achieve this goal.
Next race in the series is the Old Still Bar Clashmore 5k on Friday June 08th at 7.30 pm. The 6th race of the series and the half way point also. This race which traditionaly has been a 5 miler has now taken a change of distance and will now be held over a new 5k course. We hope that this new change to the Clashmore event will be favourable received by all.  Online entries are now open and we ask all runners to please help us out by entering online if at all possible, or we will take your entry at the Old Still Bar from 6.30 onwards and it’s also the venue for the refreshments and prize-giving after the race. The entry fee is the only €7 if you enter online or you can enter on race evening for 10 euro, There will be prizes in the usual categories.
The Minnie’s Bar sponsored Running fit4life league which will be held in St Augustine’s College (by kind permission) starting on Thursday June 7th continuing for six more Thursday evenings after that finishing on 12th July. This league was held in the month of May traditionally, but it was decided with the primary school sports taking place on the Thursday evenings over the month of May that we would switch the Minnie's league to June. This we hope shouldn't deter a big turnout as the league always proved to be a most popular and successful league and it’s absolutely ideal for newcomers and for those that have only recently taken up running as well as our regular seasoned runners. The beauty of this league is the choice and the variety on offer. It’s held in the grounds of the Friary College and runners can opt for one, two, three or four laps of the grounds. Each lap is 1.2 miles and so depending on your ability you choose whichever is most suitable for you. It’s also possible to change as some people may start the league running one lap and after a few weeks they may be capable of running more and so can change to the two or three lap course and it’s not unheard of for some people to go from one lap and to finish the league running four laps. We will keep you updated over the coming weeks with more information on the league but for now pencil in Thursday night, June 7th the first night of the league. The league begins at 7 pm each night and the entry fee each night is just 2 Euros. All those over the age of 14 are very welcome to come along. For further details on this league and all club activities log onto Or catch us on face book.
Dates for the Minnie’s Running League:
Thursday June 7
Thursday June 14
Thursday June 21
Thursday June 28
Thursday July 05
Thursday July 12
All at West Waterford athletic club extend congratulations to club member Sandra Prendergast on the occasion of her marriage to David Flynn , we wish them both many years of health and happiness together.
Next Tuesday’s training will have a different format to our regular sessions. As you know we will be having a series of one mile challenges over the summer months. This is you against the clock not you against your training partners. However, we will be running in groups and will drive one another on.The first thing to remember is that we will NOT be meeting at the Friary. For these challenges the meeting point will be the GREENWAY CAR PARK in Ballinroad. Meeting time remains the same at 6.30pm. Please spread the word to anyone who might not be part of our groups.On the night you will need to register and decide which group you will run with;-Under 6 mins / 7 mins/ 8 mins/ 9 mins/10 mins etc The fastest group will set off first with all other groups going off at 1 min intervals after that. It will be up to you to be on the start line at the right time. The group warm up will be as follows – dynamic exercises as normal – once you have registered you can work away to get these done. As it’s such a short distance make sure you do more than you normally would. As a group we will then jog down to the start which will be on the Clonea Road and do some strides / drills etc to prepare the body. If it takes your body longer than 10-15 mins to get fired up then come along a bit earlier and do a few miles once you register. We will time this and have someone calling a half way split so that you know how you are going but bring your watch so that you can do your own analysis afterwards. Cost €3.This WILL be a night where water is required so throw a bottle in the car for afterwards. TREATS AFTERWARDS.
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?
Tick Tock Tick Tock....can you hear the sound of the Marathon / Half Marathon Clock?????It is now ONLY 19 weeks until our autumn Marathon / Half marathon. Following on from the success of our previous marathon training groups we will once again be turning our attention to the longer distance races.
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 4th largest Masters athletic club in the country and the largest masters club in Munster a statistic that we 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..
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 27h May – 17 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.
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.
Today the marathon challenge was held in stormont, yes up and down the long straight road as seen on the TV.   It was a Half mile up with a quarter of that a steep hill over 24 laps which Terri Goughran in a time of 5.55.It was possibly a  one off event.Terri’s husband James also completed the challenge .
Well Done to Mick Concannon and Ted O Leary who both completed the  lap of the gap Marathon today Ted ran a time of 3.52 while Mick completed it in 4.33 . Not an easy one with 2400 ft elevation gain .. a bit of a hill around the Sally Gap .This was Teds come back marathon  after his 4 month lay off. Well done to both .
West Waterford athletic club extend sincere sympathy to the family and friends of Tom Kiely , Silversprings ,Dungarvan who passed to his eternal reward recently, may he rest in peace.
The Killeagh 4 miler was held last Thursday evening and the club had 4 athletes taking part. The overall race winner was Leevale's Conor McCauley in 20.51 with Sinead Kevany Midleton AC talking the ladies win in 23.42 with 228 completing the course. The clubs first finisher was Mossie Keogh who was 7th overall in an excellent time of 23:07, Ted O' Leary was our next man home and he clocked  26:43 following Ted was Mick Concannon in 29:26 and our only lady competitor on the night was Patrycja Eichelmann-Daly in 33:59. Well done to all four.
The Carrick On Suir AC series continues this Friday evening with the Deadmans 5 at 7.30. Registration is at the Swan hall by the town park and is 10 euro and it's hoped our club members can support this race as it's also sponsored by Patrick Lannen of Haven Pharmacy Carrick and proceeds will be donated to the Men's shed association. 
Well done last Sunday to senior club members Yev and Diana Chizhikov and Mossie Keogh who took part in the Waterford County Championship held at the RSC . Mossie took gold in the 800 meters with Yev taking silver over the same distance, Yev also ran the 800 meters where he finished 4th. Diana took silver over the 3000 meters distance.
Running was this first humongous step where I felt like I could be proud of myself.