Senior News

Notes May 28-17

Last Friday evening the Intersport Elverys/Asics  summer series rolled into Touraneena for race 5 and almost the half way stage of this year's summer series. It was the 22nd staging of the event and the supporting runners and walkers came out in big numbers on an absolutely beautiful summers evening with an entry of 220 runners and over 100 walkers participating on the night. The organising of the event was once again in the hands of the St Marys primary school Touraneena 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, this group are now becoming old hands at organising this race and have everything running like clockwork on the night, so congratulations to you all. 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 Jimmy Mc Grath Beary's Cross Stores and also the Power family for their kindness. Thanks to all at St Marys primary school for all their work with special thanks to long time race helper Laurence Mc Carthy along with a great band of other locals too numerous to mention. A sincere thank you to all those involved with the catering, a fabulous spread was provided for all and each year as we already mentioned we look forward so much to that treat of Strawberries and Ice cream. Thanks to the community centre and Pat Dalton for providing the use of the centre for the entries, race presentation and of course for the food post race, 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 ever. Many thanks to our master of ceremonies Marie Power who was very much involved with the smooth running of this year's race once again. Sincere thanks to school principle Mrs Sheenagh Nix who spoke at the presentation thanking all involved ,this indeed will be Sheenagh's final time at this race in the role as school principle as she will shortly retire from this role and we thank her for her support of the event over the years, we wish her the very best for the future. Thank you also to Kay Ware for her valuable help with the event. Finally thanks to all I have omitted and I know there are some. See you all for race 6 The Old Still Bar Clashmore 5 Friday June 09th at 7.30 pm.
The weather was dry with no wind and sunshine was the added bonus for our annual trip for the 22nd time to the village of Touraneena last Friday evening, The 22nd annual 5k got under way at the earlier time this year of 7.30 and from the gun our course record holder (14.26) from 2008 David Mc Carthy West Waterford AC raced into a lead and passing through the village he was increasing this advantage all the while as he passed the 1k mark in 3.00 it liked like our race winner for 2017 was already known and this was to be the case as at 2k ( 6.10 ) David was clear by some 150 meters on a lone chaser and club mate of David's Sean Curran, he clipped past the 3 k mark in 9.10 and the 4k was 12.00 and his final km was 3.01 to record a finishing time of 15.0, a popular local winner on the night. Sean Curran who is in Wichita State USA on an athletics scholarship held on well clear for that 2nd place which he took in a good time of 15.39 in deed this race has been won in slower times that this in the past, Sean is of course as we mentioned a team mate of David's our winner but he the two are also first cousins, so plenty of talent in that family for sure, our third finisher was Niall Sheil St.Killians AC who clocked a time of 15.57 with Niall Blackwell's West Waterford third in 16.11.The 0/40 category victory went West Waterford AC's Mark Rowe in 17.04,this was Mark's second year in a row winning this category prize and he was 4 seconds faster from his time in 2016 when he ran 17.08. The winner of the over 45 category was West Waterford's Ted O'Leary with a fine performance when he clocked a time of 19.13. Ray Hahesy West Waterford AC owns the over 50, category at this stage was his a prolific winner in ever outing here ,Ray ran a time of 17.53 to deservedly win again on Friday evening. First man over 55 made the long journey from Donegal to run a time of 20.00 dead, he might have made a long journey south but he knows ever bump in the roads around Touraneena as his originally a local, Richard Mc Carthy uncle of our race winner David and of course brother to Laurence one of the race organisers. The over 60 category went without saying to world champion Joe Gough West Waterford AC in a time of 19.43.and the 1st Junior was Young West Waterford athlete Niall Blackwell in an impressive Junior time of  16.11,Niall finished a super 4th overall in the race, the highest ever in the race for a junior athlete. Winner of the prize for first local male runner to finish this year went to Colm Ryan. Well done to all our prize winners.
Men’s Results
1st David McCarthy West Waterford AC 15.01
2nd Sean Curran West Waterford AC 15.39
3rd Niall Sheil St. Killian's AC 15.57
O/40 Mark Rowe West Waterford AC 17.04
O/45 Ted O'Leary West Waterford AC 19.13
O/50 Ray Hahessy West Waterford AC 17.53
O/55 Richard McCarthy Ind 20.00
O/60 Joe Gough West Waterford AC 19.43
Jnr Niall Blackwell West Waterford AC 16.11
1st local finisher Colm Ryan 17.13
The ladies race was won by Jackie Carty Kilmore AC Wexford, and not for the first time Jackie made the long journey to West Waterford a winning one as she like our overall winner David was well clear from the gun coming home a clear winner in a time of 18.42,running superbly well also presently is a young lady from Clonmel AC Áine Roche, Áine is now regularly on the podium in all her outings currently and she was like our winner was well clear of the chasers in second place when she recorded a time of 19.37,West Waterford's Kate Veale our winner in Ardmore the previous week kept her sequence of top 3 finishing positions in tack in the series when she took third place in 19.56. The category prizes saw Elaine Horgan Ind win the over 35 in 21.28,Maria White West Waterford  AC was the first over 40 lady home in an excellent 21.11.Brigid Coffey Tried and Tested, on winning the over 45 prize in a time of 22.53 was doing it for the 3rd time in a row as she also won this category in 2015 and 2016 also. Onra Power West Waterford AC was the victor over 50 in a time of 24.28 and local Touraneena Lady Margaret Whelan took the ladies over 55 prize in a time of 26.43 The first local lady finisher for this year was Gillian Whelan  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 Jackie Carthy Kilmore AC 18.42
2nd Anne Roche Clonmel AC 19.37
3rd Kate Veale West Waterford AC 19.56
O/35 Elaine Horgan Ind 21.28
O/40 Maria White West Waterford AC 21.11
O/45 Brigid Coffey Tried and Tested 22.53
O/50 Onra Power West Waterford AC 24.28
O/55 Margaret Whelan Ind 26.43
1st Local Gillian Whelan 26.01
The walk which was got under way from the community hall 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 the youngest recipient ever to win in the 13 year history of the event John Michael Fitzpatrick. John Michael's  name will now go on the trophy along with previous winners of the walk, 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 Ger Cummins  and Dylan Phelan 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 16th.  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 6 races of the series and you will get a 30 euro voucher and if you can run all 11 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 5 on Friday June 09th at 7.30 pm. The 6th race of the series.  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 €5 if you enter online or you can enter on race evening for 8 euro, There will be prizes in the usual categories.
Course record:
Pauline Lambe Tullamore AC 29.45 (2010)
Sandis Bralitis West Waterford AC 24 .58 (2007)
Perfect conditions awaited the runners as the gathered in the Friary grounds for round 4 of the Minnie's 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 remaining dates for the league are:Wednesday May 31st  and finally Wednesday 7th June.After last week we have just 2 nights left. You still have  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 runners that took part in the one lap league, First home for the fourth week in a row was Eamonn Cashin  in 7.25 . Arthur Chizikov was third in 8.16 and he was followed by Onra Power in 8.49, Emer Casey in 11.46 and Eileen Campbell in 12.32.(both of whom knocked off about 15 seconds).
Two Lap League
Maria White continues to dominate the 2 lap league and she was first home for the fourth  time in 16.08 (26 seconds faster than last week). Maria was followed by James casey in 16.49 as was the case last week. Next was Gerry Cummins in 18.31 followed by Michael Moynihan in 18.55. 2nd Lady was Catriona Kiely in 20.59 who just piped Margaret Whelan by 2 seconds. Others to record good times on the night included Roisin Heylin (24.10) and Deirdre Clancy (26.29). Well done to all 11 runners that took on the  2 laps.
Three Lap League
A total of 12 took part in the three lap league which was great to see. First home on the night for the 2nd week in a row was Ritchie Fitzgerald in 22.33. Second Yevgeniy Chizikov in 23.31.  Yev was followed by our first lady, Lenora Kiely in 25.33 with Debra Doherty next in 28.56 . Evelyn Beresford will be happy with here run when clocking 32.24. Others to record good runs were Michael Deegan (33.09) and Amanda Mansfield (34.37).  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 Sean Stilwell in 28.16 just pipping Brian Byrne who was just 1 second behind. Next was  James Whelan in  an excellent 30.34 (1 minute faster than last week). He was closely followed by Shane O'Riordan in 30.42. Martin Tobin will be happy with his running having dipped under 35 minutes when clocking 34.57. Eamon Curran had a great run when recording a 3 and half minute improvement to record 36.38. Birthday girl Angeline Drennan was our first lady finisher when running 38.06 with Nessa Foley second lady in 39.43.  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.
Club member Mossie Keogh made his regular visit to race one in the Ballycotton summer series of four road races over 5 miles. Mossie finished 17th overall in a good time of 29.03 finishing 3rd over 40 on the night, this was 3 seconds faster than his time over the same course in 2016, well done Mossie.
A fundraising fun run/walk in aid of Eileen Walsh/Campbell and family will be held on Sunday 11th June at 2 pm in Bohadoon. The distances on the day will be a choice of an 8k or a 3k. All support for this worthy cause would be very much appreciated and donations will be greatly accepted on the day.
 Our senior club monthly committee meeting will be held tomorrow Thursday 1st June in Minnie’s Bar at 8.30 pm.
If I lost running, I lost who I was.