Senior News

Notes November 11-18

Round 1 of the 2018/19 25th Annual Forde's Daybreak winter league saw a huge turnout of runners last Wednesday evening at Dungarvan sports centre Quanns. The winter league will continue for 12 more nights 6 before Christmas and 6 after Christmas with a 2 week break over the festive season. The weather last week was ideal, with no wind or rain and not a buff out there, hopeful now this trend will continue each night of this year's league. A great crowd of  190 took on the 5.2 mile long course last Wednesday evening. Going through the results it is great to see a lot of new comers to the league taking on the 5.2 league route, many of these have moved up from running the shorter course last year so taking on a new challenge for this years league. As usual for the winter league, the first night was a mass start with all runners going off at the same time. From week 2, the handicap system will kick in and you starting time will be posted on the wall when you arrive down to the sport centre. First home on the night was the high flying Marc Flavin in an excellent time of 29.58, the only runner to break the magic 30 minute barrier on the night, a might run by Marc. Next past the finish post in Quanns was Sean Stilwell in 31.10 another solid run by the Ardmore man, and making a top 3 position was Alan Kinsella one of the top runners in last year's league is back for more and he clipped around in 31.17.First of the ladies home on night one was our county masters cross country champion from last month Liz Nyhan in a good time of 36.18, Liz was followed home by our race walker Kate Veale in 41.07 excellent walking there by Kate and she was followed in shortly after by Ciara Burke in 41.15.Well done to all who completed the long course last week. Remember to spread the word about the winter league and we can all help each other to keep fit and healthy over the winter months.  
The short route of this year’s league we hope will prove to be very exciting in the coming weeks with so many new faces joining up to take on the challenge, this section of the league which pacifically caters for first timers and beginners in mind is a manageable distance for most as it covers 2.5 miles in total.  For the first week as is tradition for both league distances we had a mass start on the night, and from this week the handicap system will kick in, so after registering make sure to check you off time on the sheets posted on the wall.The first to cross the finish line in round one was Ciarán Frisby  in a fast time of 15.17, Ciarán of course probably better known in Cycling circles as an upcoming young rider is getting in some early season aerobic fitness training done by taking part in the winter league, Ciaran was followed by David Towey in a time of  15.23 and in 3rd place home was Darragh Kelly a new comer to the league in 17.10.. Well done to the top 3 home. Leonora Kiely lead the ladies home in 17.13 finishing 5th overall. Brigid Coffey was 2nd lady finisher in a time of 19.10 and third home was Lisa Collins in 19.51.Well done to each and every runner who got through the first night and remember there is a long way to go and aim to slowly improve. It is important to feel comfortable during the run and as you are coming near the finish line you can increase the pace and finish your run with a push. Best of luck to all tonight and why not bring as friend along.
 Please note that because of the volume of runners each week taking part in the league we must from this week onwards close registration for new runners at 6.40. If your coming along for the first time we ask you to be down in plenty of time as those arriving late will not be able to register. Also we ask all runners to please abide by all the rules including the wearing of a high Viz reflective running bib and to  take direction from the steward's so that it’s safe and enjoyable for everyone.
1. Last week was a mass start but from tonight on, the league kicks in properly with everybody heading off at different times. There will be 1 minute interval between each group of runners tonight. Your starting time tonight will be based on the slowest time last week which means that the fastest person last week will be the last to head off tonight and the last people to head off will be trying to catch as many people as they can and those that headed off first will be trying not to get caught by those coming from behind them.
2. When you arrive at the centre tonight, go to the desk upstairs if you have registered already for the league and have a number. if you need to get a number and are registering for the first time you will stay on the ground floor and go the desk in the room on your left as you enter the building, if you have paid for the series in full you still have to register each night of the league.
3. Clock will start at zero at 6.50 sharp- it’s up to you to be there on time for your start.
4. If you need to get a number tonight it’s €8 for non-members and €7 for members.
5. If you have a number it’s €3 for non-members and €2 for members.
6. When you have registered, go down to the hall and locate your starting time for tonight on the sheets displayed on wall. Whatever  time is beside your name that is your starting time for tonight. If it says 2.00 that means when the clock reads 2 minutes you must start running, if it says 7 it means that when the clock reaches 7 minutes you must start running.
7. New Comers -Running for the 1st time tonight on the short course will leave at 5 minutes and new comers running the long course for the 1st time will leave at 10 minutes. Runners will be left off in 1 minute intervals between 0 and 10 minutes.
8. All runners must register upstairs each night-even those that have paid up for the full league.
 9. With a huge amount of runners at the league, it’s important that you are at the front door when it’s your time, we will not be able to adjust the results for those that miss their starting time.
10. There will be a clock in main hall and when it's coming near your starting time you go to the front door where there will be another big clock, when your starting time is on the clock at front door you head off .You must go at the allocated starting time; failure to do this will distort your result.
11.Don't forget your running bib-Leave your watch and keys in the box provided at registration.
A huge number have registered for this year’s league, from a parking point of view there are ample parking spaces available at Scanlon’s yard, Strand Street and also at the look out. Each of these is only a short distance from the sports centre. We also ask that you refrain from parking in front of anyone’s house.
1994 Johnny Clarke                                                    1998 Ann and Catriona Bennett
1995 Eoin O’Riordan                                                   1999 Eilis Ni hAodha
1996 Philip Harty                                                        2000 Shane Power
1997 Michael Bennett                                                 2001 Geoff Bullen
1998 Gerry Cantwell                                                   2002 Jennifer Ui Dhuibhir
1999 Tony Shalloe                                                      2003 P.J. Curran
2000 Stephen Curran                                                 2004 Cordelia Burke
2001 Dan Dineen                                                        2005 Collette Bannon
2002 Norma Wall                                                        2006 Liam Budds
2003 Pat Dunford                                                        2007 Angeline Drennan
2004 Tony Shalloe                                                       2008 Carolyn Byrne
2005 Pat Dunford                                                        2009 John Foley
2006 Brigid Coffey                                                       2010 Kelly Cantwell
2007 Michael Dunford                                                2011 Damien Casey
2008 Tom Scanlon                                                       2012  Tony Ferncombe
2009 Bernard Walsh                                                   2013 Eamonn Flavin
2010 Kevin Hickey                                                       2014 Gerry Cummins
2011 Sinead Moore    2015 Jason O' Riordan
2012 James O Donnell 2016 Tony Hamilton.
2013 James O Donnell 2017 Debra Doherty
2014 Alice Fitzgerald 2017 Kelly Shalloe
2015 Paul Mc Grath
2016 Tony Ferncombe
2017 Paul Lenihan
2018 Alice Fitzgerald
 It is a condition of the winter league that all runners wear reflective bibs or jackets. Some runners are wearing luminous bibs which are not reflective which means that you are not visible to traffic. Each bib must have reflective strips on it. Those not wearing reflective gear are compromising their own safety and will not be covered by insurance so please get a reflective bib.
The winter league will also include a team competition. Teams will be comprised of 3 members and can be all male, all female or mixed. The scoring will be based on the positions of the two best placed members on the team on each night of the league from the normal winter league results. There is no extra charge to register a team. Once you are registered for the winter league, you will be eligible to go on a team. All members of the team need to be registered to run the same course in the league. Anyone who is interested in going on a team, but is new to the league or doesn’t know people to go on a team with, can leave their name and we will help to find a team for them. All teams must be registered before week 5 of the league (i.e. before the end of November 2018). To register a team, email your team name and the 3 members’ names and winter league numbers to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
We are delight once again to welcome the return of Top Oil to the Winter league as associate sponsors. Our thanks to club member Kevin Casey and James O'Sullivan of Top Oil for their kind sponsorship again this year for the second year in succession. There will be 2 prizes on offer each week one of the short course and one of the long course runners and the 50th person to finish the two leagues each week will be awarded a prize courtesy of Top Oil. Winners are asked to pick up their prize when registering the following week. If a runner wins a prize on a given week they are omitted for the rest of the league from this competition and the prize will be awarded to the next finisher
As part of our club training for the upcoming John Treacy 10 mile race in 2019 we have introduced two new initiatives. If this is your first time training for a 10 mile race, or are returning to training after a break, we have a new beginner 10 mile training group. Under the guidance of experienced coaches we will give you the support needed, including a training plan, to get to the start line. 
For more experienced athletes we now have a Run specific Strength & Conditioning class solely for club members. This is an integral part of the training programme for the race and will aim to keep you strong and injury free. Both training groups have been exceptionally popular and it’s not too late to join either. Strength and Conditioning takes place in Scoil Mhuire, Abbeyside from 6.15-7.15 and the beginner training group meets at Eurospar from 6.30pm-7.30pm on Tuesday evenings.
Jason Travers 29.58
Kate Veale 30.57
Joe Gough 31.59
Ray Hahesy 32.18
Liam Fitzgerald 36.10
Bernie Prendergast 38.20
Ceire Barry 47.41
Michael Coakley 48.13
Deirdre Clancy 55.37
Noelle Conway 52.59
Marie Moore 52.59
West Waterford athletic club extend sincere sympathy to the family and friends of Terence O'Connor Hawley Park, Tralee , Co. Kerry, who passed to his eternal reward recently, may he rest in peace.
Congratulations to club member Terri Gough who won gold recently at the national marathon championships 2018 which was held as part of the Dublin city marathon. Terri completed the course in 6.30.50 to take the ladies over 70 title.
Don't bother just to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors. Try to be better than yourself.