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Notes November 18-18

ZAKIS AND VEALE RETAIN TITLES AT 10TH ANNUAL CLEANZONE TECHNOLOGY LTD PADDY JOE CURRAN MEMORIAL OLD PARISH TURKEY TROT AS €3455 RAISED IN  AID OF WATERFORD HOSPICE.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The 10th annual Old Parish Turkey Trot took place last Sunday morning with Conditions cool and breezy for the runners and walkers as they left on  the scenic course from the Marine Bar. A great turnout were present again this year as this event which receives huge local and travelling support.Sincere thanks go to all the crew who were out early in the morning looking after the course for the walkers and runners and especially to all the stewards who manned the course during the event.  A total of 130 runners and 100 walkers took part which was testament to the hard work put in by the race committee at the Marine Bar headed up by Padraig Healy and Eoghan O'Neill. Once again the local community came out in force to support this local event so it's a very well done to one and all. At the prize giving after the race  Padraig spoke on behalf of the organising committee thanking all.The generosity of the runners, walkers and locals and the  sponsorship acquired meant that € 3,355 was raised for the Waterford hospice which is a very worthy charity that provides essential help for those effected by cancer and their families. Everyone involved should be very proud to have raised such a huge amount for this most worthy charity. John Moran spoke on behalf of Waterford Hospice at the prize presentation and  told us a little of that organisation and the great work they do. John also thanked everyone for supporting the event.The overall race winner and recipient of the Paddy Joe Curran Perpetual Cup was Raivis Zakis of West Waterford AC in an excellent 27.44 on what is one of the more difficult 5 mile races in the area. He was presented with the cup by J.J. Curran, brother of the late Paddy Joe. In second place was Anthony Flynn West Waterford AC in 28.14 followed in third by Danny Smith Ind  in a time of 28.43.This was the 4th time Raivis has won this race over the 10 years of its existence. In the ladies race, the honours went to the Kate Veale of West Waterford AC in 32.01 retaining her win from 2017 here, this was Kate's 4th year in a row winning this race. In 2nd was Sinead Brannigan Waterford AC in 34.09  followed in third by Tara Rathigan Ind in a time of 34.21.The race was a huge success thanks to the contribution to all involved, the local stewards, Liam on the van, Conor, John and Jamie for looking after the course layout and to Breda, Ray, Mary Rose, Catriona, Liam, Ann,Catriona, Bernie,Karen,Tom who looked after the entries and the finishing times. A sincere word of thanks must go to our hosts Helen, Christy and Eoghan O’ Neill who provided the hot refreshments and food for all the runners and they made sure that we were all well looked after along with committee members , thanks so much. The race organisers would like to sincerely thank Ger Duhig and Johnny Curran of Clean zone Technology Ltd for their generous sponsorship of the race and also O'Mahony Business Advisors, Venture Clothing, The Marine Bar, Munster Signs and Print,  McGrath's News Agent, Murray’s Care plus pharmacy, Kevin Forde Circle K/ Daybreak,Community Radio Youghal, Country Store Fruit and Veg, Seanachie Pub and Kitchen,Suzana Costin Physio,Tom Drohan Funeral Directors, J J's Truck shop, and Tommy Kiely Car Sales. Finally again to the great committee effort at the Marine a very well done all on a very successful event for the 10th year.
 
 
 
 
10TH ANNUAL PADDY JOE CURRAN TURKEY TROT.
 
 
 
 
1st Raivis Zakis West Waterford AC 27.44
2nd Anthony Flynn West Waterford AC 28.14
3rd Danny Smith IND 28.43
 
 
 
 
1st Kate Veale West Waterford AC 32.01
2nd Sinead Brannigan Waterford  AC 34.09
3rd Tara Rathigan IND 34.21
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
ENTRY TO MICHAEL ROCHE CARPETS SERIES.
 
 
 
 
 
A reminder to all that entry to the Michael Roche carpets race series is still open, with two races now completed there are still 3 races remaining, Colligan cup, Kilmacthomas 5 and Dungarvan 10k. all these remaining races are after Christmas, the series is just 2 euro to enter and your best 4 races from  the 5 will count for scoring in the series.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
25th ANNUAL FORDE'S DAYBREAK WINTER LEAGUE.
 
 
 
 
 
 
The numbers registering for the club's 25th Annual Forde's Daybreak winter league are ever increasing with another 30 coming along for the first time and registering last Wednesday evening. The league completed its 2nd round last week and luckily enough the weather man looked after us once again as it was ideal, in fact the last runner home wasn't in the shower when it started to come down.It was and is great to see so many new faces running the league and each and every one of you are all very welcome, but do remember to let your friends know that if they have any thoughts of giving the league ago that we have plenty room for them so why not come along and give it a try, you can start any night you wish and run at whatever pace you feel able to run at. You have two distances to choose from, there’s the short route 2.5 miles or the longer 5.2 course. We will give you all the help we can to reach your goals. By now, you will have an understanding of how the league works. Runners go off in groups according to their times from the previous week and the ultimate goal is to try and pass as many people as possible while at the same time not to have too many pass you out!! Thanks to all the runners for obeying the rules of the winter league. We are sure that you will appreciate that with the huge volume of runners at the sport’s centre and out on the roads that your co-operation is vital for the smooth running and the safety of the runners. The clock starts at 6.50 p.m sharp each night but for your first night aim to be there around 6.30 in order to get registered with a number. We have been fortunate so far with the weather for the first two nights  so we hope this trend continues.
 
 
 
 
 
 
LONG COURSE RUNNERS BATTLING AWAY IN WEEK 2. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Round 2 of the 2018/19 25th Annual Forde's Daybreak winter league saw another large turnout of runners last Wednesday evening at Dungarvan Sports Centre. The winter league will continue for 11 more nights 5 before Christmas and 6 after Christmas with a 2 week break over the festive season. A crowd of 196 took on the 5.2 mile long course last Wednesday evening in good weather conditions. This week there were 28 newly registered runners on the long route which shows the popularity of the league. First home on the league last week was Raivis Zakis in a fast time of 29.09,this is one of the fastest times ever recorded for this course which is in use now for a few years at the winter league. Raivis was followed home by Eoghan Moloney  in a good time of 35.24. and third back last week was Mark Flynn 35.26 an excellent run from the Colligan man. The leading ladies last week were Sinead Ní Fhaoláin first home  in 46.01 she was followed by Margaret Conway49.56  and third lady home last week was Caroline Russell in a time of 49.57.Well done to everyone who took part and to anyone who hasn’t joined the league yet, why not come along any Wednesday night and join you'll be glad you made the move.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 MANY MORE NEW FACES ON THE SHORT ROUTE.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Blustery conditions awaited the runners as they gathered at Dungarvan Sports Centre  for week 2 of the Fordes Daybreak winter league before heading out on the 2.4 mile run.  There was a great number out again last Wednesday when 89 runners completed the course, on what was our second night of the winter league for 2018. It was great to see plenty new runners that were trying out the league for the very first time. This section of the league specifically has first timers and beginners in mind and is a manageable distance for most as it covers 2.4 miles in total. After registering make sure to check you off time on the sheets posted on the wall. After last week's mass start, we were back to the usual handicap system. First on the night was Conor Donovan in 18.39 followed by Willie John O'Shea in 18.43 with Lisa Fitzgerald next in 19.03. Fourth home was Trevor Wash in 20.40 followed by Trevor O'Donnell in 21.08. Conor O'Neill had a big improvement knocking off over 2 and a half minutes when running 21.36 as had Karen Hallahan and Michael Landers who both knocked off over 3 minutes when finishing in 24.00 and 25.01 respectively. Others who had good runs included Michael Coakley (23.10), Brendan Bullen (22.24), Siobhan O'Mahony (22.29) and Maria O'Gorman (22.30).  Fastest time on the night was Ciaran Frisby in 14.04 followed by David Towey in 14.50. Fastest Lady was Lenora Kiely in 16.47 followed by Lisa McGrath in 18.22.Well done to all who took part, and remember newcomers are always welcome. Just come along to Dungarvan Sports centre on Wednesday Night.
 
 
 
 
 
 
WHAT TO DO AT THE WINTER LEAGUE
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1. REGISTER IN HALL. (weekly fee of €2 for club members and €3 for non-members )
2. LEAVE YOUR WATCH AND KEYS IN THE BOX-(WATCHES ARE NOT ALLOWED)
3. GET YOUR STARTING TIME ON THE SHEETS ON THE WALL.
4. KEEP AN EYE ON THE CLOCK IN THE HALL- WHEN YOUR TIME IS CLOSE GO OUT TO THE FRONT DOOR
5.WHEN YOUR STARTING TIME APPEARS ON THE CLOCK OUTSIDE THE FRONT DOOR YOU HEAD OFF.
6. SUBTRACT YOUR STARTING TIME FROM THE TIME THAT’S ON THE CLOCK WHEN YOU CROSS THE FINISH LINE  TO GET YOUR ACTUAL TIME
7. ONLY PARK IN DESIGNATED AREAS AND NOT WHERE THE CONES ARE.
 
 
 
 
 
STARTING TIMES FOR TONIGHT.
 
 
 
 
 
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. Please leave at your allocated time which will be posted in the hall. First runners off at 6.50 pm.
 
 
 
 
 
 
LAST CHANCE TO ENTER WINTER LEAGUE TEAM COMPETITION.
 
 
 
 
 
 
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 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. .
 
 
 
 
 
 
"TOP OIL" ASSOCIATE WINTER LEAGUE SPONSORS.
 
 
 
 
 
This week we are delight to welcome on board 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 of the prize. 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.
 
week 1 winners were short route Nicola Mc Carthy. long route- Cathal Dwane
week 2 winners were short route Jackie Tobin. long route- Linda Foley
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
MUNSTER MASTERS CROSS COUNTRY BRONZE FOR WEST WATERFORD MENS TEAM WHILE JOE GOUGH CLAIMS INDIVIDUAL GOLD.
 
 
 
 
 
Congratulations to our masters over 50 cross country team of Joe Salmon, Michael Dunford, Ray Hahesy and Joe Gough who took Munster bronze club team at the championships held in Clare last Sunday. With gold going to Youghal AC and Silver team to Dundrum AC .This team also won county bronze for Waterford in the inter county competition.Joe Gough also took the Gold individual medal in the over 65 category. This was Joe's very first gold individual Munster cross country masters medal. Well done to all.
 
 
 
 
 
 
CLUB MEMBERSHIP 2019.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 The club membership for 2019 is now open and can now be paid to club registrar Gerry Cantwell, Helvick,Co Waterford.Members can also pay their membership any night at the winter league or at any West Waterford race.You can also pay online at www.westwaterfordathletics.orgWe operate the calendar year for membership, so it’s January to December in a given year. The membership stays unchanged at 25 euro.
 
 
 
 
 
 
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING.
 
 
 
 
 
The senior club's 25th annual general meeting will take place on Thursday December 6th at 8.30 pm in Merrys Bar (upstairs) Lr Main St.
 
 
 
 
 
 
JOHN TREACY 10 MILE 2019 TRAINING GROUP.
 
 
 
 
 
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.
 
 
 
 
 
RAIVIS ZAKIS WINS BEAT THE TRAIN 10 MILE.
 
 
 
 
 
 
The Beat the train 10 mile was held last Saturday on the Kilmeaden/Waterford city section of the Greenway and a field of 306 completed the out and back course in aid of Down Syndrome Ireland. The overall race winner was West Waterford's Raivis Zakis in a time of 57.18 with Waterford's Ruth Fitzgerald winning the ladies race finished 4th overall in an excellent 59.20. Kate Veale was 3rd lady home and Ray Hahesy took the over 55 prize. Well done to all form the club who participated.
 
 
 
 
 
Raivis Zakis 57.18
Shane Power 64.14
Kate Veale 65.54
Daryl Kearns  67.16
Ray Hahesy 67.39
Gareth Pope 72.05
Emilio Moya Rosa 79.10
Kate Meskill 79.12
Angeline Drennan 79.50
Darren Coogan 80.56
Catriona Kiely 82.08
Sharon Nugent 86.04
Micheal O'Cuirrín 86.38
Caroline Russell 87.02
Patricia Daly 88.54
Cait Verling 89.10
Katie Bullen 91.21
Linda Garcia 92.58
Andrea Gaffney 92.57
Rose Power 92.39
Gillian Hayes 95.25
Liz Collins 95.26
Orla Byrne 97.48
Deirdre Clancy 108.56
 
 
 
 
 
 
RUNNING QUOTE.
 
 
 
 
A runner is real when she takes the first step.