Senior News

Notes November 12-17

Round 1 of the 2017/18 24th 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 hopeful now this trend will continue each night of this year's league. A great crowd of over 200 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. 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. First home on the night was the high flying Alan Kinsella in an excellent time of 31.10, followed by Mossie Keogh 32.01. The next two finishers, Colm Ryan ran 32.03 and Mark Shalloe 32.33. First lady was Andrea Lyons in 40.41 finishing and she was followed by Ciara Burke 41.16.Third lady on the night was Pauline Hartley 00:42:02. Another feature of the first night of the league was the large number of runners taking part that had run the Dublin marathon recently, It is great to see them back in action so quickly. 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 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 Conor Coleman in a fast time of 15.34, Conor of course probably better known in Cycling circles as an upcoming young Irish junior rider is getting in some early season aerobic fitness training done by taking part in the winter league, Conor was followed by David Towey in a time of  15.51 and in 3rd place home was Johnny Burkin in 16.29. Well done to the top 3 home. Brigid Coffey lead the ladies home in 28.58 finishing 11th overall. Emma Power was 2nd lady finisher in a time of 20.25 and third home was Sheilanne O Donoghue in 20.37.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 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 chipped 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 don't have to register at all just go off at your time posted with your name on the starting times chart.
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. 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.
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.
Our two winners in week 1 of the league both finishing in 50th place in their respective leagues were long course-David Traynor .Short course-Sinead O'Rourke. Both can collect their vouchers when registering this Wednesday evening.
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
2015 Paul Mc Grath
2016 Tony Ferncombe
2017 Paul Lenihan
 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 2017). 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. .
On Sunday November 19th the 9th Annual Paddy Joe Curran Old Parish Turkey Trot 5 mile run and 4 mile walk will take place at the Marine Bar, Pulla, Dungarvan. All proceeds from this year's event will go to the Solas Centre. The 4 mile walk will begin at 11 am, while the 5 mile run will get under way at 12 noon. If you would like further information or would like a sponsorship card for the event contact Padraig on 086-1054012 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
West Waterford's Micheal Power was a member of the Irish Junior team who travelled to the Easykit Cross cup International cross country event in Mol Belgium recently. The race over 6.200 meters was packed with some of the best young junior athletes in this part of Europe. It was a good day and a bad day for the young Ballinamuck man as he sustained a terrible foot injury at the start line when he was badly spiked, an injury which required 5 stitches after the race, Never the less Micheál blanked out the pain of this and ran in the words of coach Steven Macklin possibly his best race of his career to date finishing 5th from the field of 47 starters. Micheál now prepares for the upcoming Junior nation cross country championships in Abbottstown in 3 weeks where he will lead a West Waterford AC Junior men's team into action, incidentally this is the first Junior men's team the club have had at this grade in many years, Micheál will be giving his all at this race as the Irish team for the European Junior cross country championships which will be held the first week of December in Samorin Slovakia  will be picked after the nationals and he has good hopes of securing his ticket here. We wish Micheál and the West Waterford junior team the very best of luck.
Club member Anthony Whelan has been keeping very low key for the past couple of months, but for those of us who might have thought he was on some sort of Sabbatical we can vouch last Saturday  that this certainly wasn't the case as he was quietly preparing for a big race all the while, and this is what he ran today at the Tollymore Forest ultra race in Northern Ireland. The Abbeyside man ran a brilliant 2nd place finish with he and the winner breaking the course record into the bargain and all this was after suffering a muscle injury during the event when it looked more like he was going to cruise to a famous victory at one stage. Speaking to Anthony after the event he was delighted and disappointed in  the same breath ,the race was won by Peter Cromie an international ultra runner from the north who holds most ultra records up ther. The race was 3 half marathon loops with 600m climbing on each loop in a forest covering 39 miles in total with 1800m of difficult climbing . Anthony ran a time of 5hrs 1 minute 40 seconds. The winner was 5hrs 15 seconds. with the 3rd runner home another 15 min behind Anthony. Towards the end of the race with just a few miles remaining it looked like Anthony could take the race win when in a good position to do so unfortunately disaster struck when his my left calf completely went into spasm just when he had the race leader in his sights. Disappointingly he had to hobble in the final few kms to the finish line. None the less a mighty run from Anthony, one thing's for sure we will be writing about this fellow again. Watch this space.!!!
Well done last Saturday to club member Mick Concannon who completed the Wicklow Hospice marathon held in Avondale forest park. Mick ran a time of 3.59.
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