Senior News

Notes November 25-18

On week 3 of the long route course was held last Wednesday evening and to say we were fortunate with the weather would be an understatement as we were setting up the finish area it was raining heavily but by the time the clock started for the first of the runners off on the night it had stopped and indeed it turnout to be quite a good night for running after all. So hopefully our luck will stay in as we still 4 nights left before Christmas and it's never too late to get fit and it's never too late to make a start so if you still want to join in, come along to the Sports Centre on Wednesday evening at 6.30 pm and we will get you started. This week on the long route we had 180 runners completing the long route as they were led home by Daryl Kearns in a splendid 30.44 with John Hodge hot on his heels next home in 31.23 and John O'Rourke 3rd man home in a time of 31.43.First lady home on the night was our chief of all stewards Karen Ryan who finished 7th overall in 42.10 with Andrea Gaffney next in 44.54 and third home was Catherine Condon 51.02.Just a quick reminder to all our runners to be careful out on the course and obey the stewards at all times. For safety, high vis must be worn. Also the rules of the league prohibit the wearing of watches. Anyone not wearing high vis or that those found to be wearing a watch won't be included in the results. Best of luck to all tonight and why not bring as friend along. Best of luck to all the runners as they try to achieve their goal time as the weeks progress and remember newcomers are always welcome. Just come along to Dungarvan Sports centre on Wednesday Night at 6.30 to register.
Luckily the rain cleared and nice running conditions awaited the runners as they gathered at Dungarvan Sports Centre  for week 3 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 (coincidentally the same number as the previous week) completed the course, on what was our third night of the winter league for 2018. It was worth noting the time improvements already by many runners and with only three weeks completed.  It was great to see plenty new runners that were trying out the league for the very first time also last week. 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 your start time on the sheets posted on the wall. First on the night was Ellen O'Brien in 21.06, followed by Gráinne Desmond in 21.07 with Michael O'Keefe next in 21.23. Fourth home was Sheilanne O'Donoghue in 21.49 followed by Mairead Foley in 22.10. Stephen Hogan had a massive improvement when knocking off over 5 minutes to finish in 18.17. John Power (25.51), Nicola Cunniffe (22.07) and Michael Landers (22.19) all recorded big improvements of nearly 3 minutes. Others who had good runs on the night included Theresa Murphy (25.25), Tomas O'Flynn (22.11), Ritchie power (25.02) and Christopher Phelan (20.58). Fastest time on the night was Ciaran Frisby in 14.34 followed by David Towey in 14.51. Fastest Lady was Brigid Coffey in 18.16 followed by Lisa Collins in 19.39. Well done to each and every runner who that took part 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.
The winter league is a big operation and wouldn’t be possible without the goodwill and support of so many that give of their time so willingly each week. Our sincere thanks go to Karen Ryan and her team of stewards who week after week in all sorts of weather are out on the course to ensure the safety of all the runners. Thanks also to the crew that put out the bollards and look after the parking and the finishing tunnel. Thanks also to the other crew that look after registration and the times and the finishing tunnel, as usual a great job done by you all. Thanks also to our overall main sponsor Kevin Forde of Forde's Daybreak and to our kind associate sponsor Kevin Casey and James O Sullivan at "Top Oil". 
The winter league for the 6th year 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 especially anyone on the short course.  All teams must be registered this week. To register a team, email your team name and the 3 member’s names and winter league numbers to   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or you can hand in your team at the league tonight. Remember this is your last opportunity to enter a team.
For the 2018/19 Forde's Daybreak Winter League we have been fortunate enough to have received associate sponsorship from our friends in Top Oil, our own Kevin Casey and James O Sullivan have come on board to generously sponsor 2 €20 vouchers, one for the short route and one for the long route each week.  We decided the best way to allocate the vouchers was to pick the 50th finisher in each route every week and to date we have 6 winners and they are: 
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
week 3 winners were short route  Oisín Downey- Long Route- Éanna de Faoite
The winter league is about participation in and the enjoyment of running. We hope that getting involved will encourage you to get and running each Wednesday night.
All runners must ensure they wear a reflective Hi-Vis on the night of the league. Each Hi-Vis must have reflective strips on it.
Watches / timing devices i.e. phones are strictly prohibited.
No Headphones or pets allowed.
Roads are not closed. For your safety and the safety of other runners / road users, please take care and obey stewards at all times.
All runners must register each night before they run
The clock will start at 6.50. Start times will be posted on the wall. It is up to you to ensure you start at the correct time. 
 Special 25th winter league anniversary T-Shirt will be awarded to anyone who runs 10 out of 13 nights. (Number of nights may vary depending on weather – will be decided by organising committee)
What to do:
1. Register in hall 
2. Leave your watch and keys in the box (no watches allowed)
3. Retrieve your start time from the list on the wall
4. Keep an eye on the clock in the hall. When your start time is close, go out to the front door.
5. When your start time appears on the clock outside, you start running.
6. Always obey stewards at all times
7. Ensure you pass through the finish gantry to register your time.
8. At the finish, subtract your start time from the time that is on the clock to get your actual run time.
9. Collect your keys and watch from the box in the hall.
The winner of the winter league will be the person with the most points in each respective route at the end of the 14 nights.
The points are calculated as follows:
The last runner to finish on each night will get 50 points for the long route and 30 points for the short route. Every runner will get an extra point for each position higher they finish. The first runner to finish will get the most points. So the aim each night is to try and pass as many runners as possible to gain more points.
For example:
 There are 200 runners in the long route and 140 in the short.
The last runner in the long route would receive 50 points. The runner in position 100 would receive 150 points and the first runner home would receive 249points.
The last runner in the short route would receive 30 points. The runner in position 50 would receive 120 points and the first runner home would receive 169 points.
Any runner who does not participate will get 0 points on that night of the league.
Any runner wearing a watch will be omitted from results and get 0 points on that night of the league.
Any runner not wearing a Hi-Vis will be omitted from results and get 0 points on that night of the league
There will be 100 point bonus for each runner (on top of their finish points) who participates in our Christmas charity night on the 12th of December. 
The club membership for 2019 is now open and  can now be paid to club registrar Gerry Cantwell. Helvick. Dungarvan. Members can also pay their membership any night at the winter league or at any West Waterford race. We operate the calendar year for membership, so it’s January to December in a given year. The membership stays unchanged at 25 euro. Please note that for you convenience you can also pay your membership online at the clubs web site
 The club's 25th annual Michael Roche carpets series is well and truly under way with the first of 5 races done and dusted the Brickey 4 miler and race number 2 the recentTurkey Trot completed. The entry fee to the series is only 2 euro and it is still open for entries. The series will continue after the festive season with the Kiely Monumental Colligan cup on Sunday January 13th .Race 4 will be the Kilmacthomas 4 on Sunday 24th February and finally the Deíse College Dungarvan 10k on Sunday March 10th. Runners will have to complete 4 of the 5 races in the series to figure among the tables and prizes come the final race of the series the Dungarvan 10k in March. The series events will then read in full.
January 13th 31st annual Kiely Monumental Colligan Cup 5 mile,
February 24th 16th O Reilly Butchers annual Kilmacthomas 4 mile,
March 10th 36th annual Déise College Dungarvan 10k,
Training for your first John Treacy 10 mile race?
Running but have no structure to your training?
Our Run to Improve groups fill this need. They are aimed at athletes who can run but would like to take their running to the next level. Whether that is stepping up to the 10 mile distance, getting more comfortable over shorter distances or just putting some structure into your training.
We train on a Tuesday evening from 6.30-7.30pm and meet at Eurospar, Abbeyside. The session consists of a warm up, run session with a group and a cool down. As part of this group you will have access to a training plan for either 5k or 10 miles as well as support from your peers and our fully qualified running coaches.
Give it a try......nothing to lose and everything to gain


The Irish Life Health National Senior and Juvenile Even Age cross country Championships were held last Sunday in Abbotsown. The club had a good representation in the juvenile events which you can read all about in more detail in our juveniles news which includes a brilliant individual bronze medal for Lucy Holmes, conditions both weather wise and underfoot were ideal for what was a brilliant days racing in the new home of national Irish cross county running, the venue will host the recently announced European cross county championships in 2020.But before that date we will have this years European event next week infact in the city of Tilburg in The Netherlands and after last Sunday's  Junior men's race we will have a West Waterford athlete competing at these championships as Micheál Power after the run of his life secured his place on the Irish team for the panicle European event. Micheál mixed it well last Sunday in his race which also incorporated in the same event the under 18 men also. The CIT student stayed with the early pace and was every bit deserving of his 6th position after a titanic battle among the very strong field of the countries best. When the Irish junior team was announced Monday morning Micheál received the news that he was to be part of the traveling Irish squad to the Dutch city on December 9th a well deserved accolade for a young man who has had his ups and downs like many in sport but always kept focused on his long term goals and this is one now achieved. All at the club wishes Micheál and his back round team including his club team mate now involved with the coaching of some  upcoming junior athletes David Mc Carthy all the best going forward from this milestone result .Shortly after the Junior and under 18 men's race Shane O'Riordan was in action in the under 23 race and had an excellent 22nd position finish, this race was held with the senior men's race over 10.000 meters.Shane is as dedicated an athlete as you would wish to meet and deserves  great credit for competing at this level of national competition giving each and every race ho competes in his very best effort.Ciara Mageean (UCD) and Kevin Dooney (Raheny Shamrock) capped a wonderful days racing at the national sports campus Mageean, more adept on the track, ran strongly over 8,000m to win in 28:02 and to hold off Annmarie McGlynn (Letterkenny) in second in 28:05 and Fionnuala Ross (Armagh) in third in 28:08.was a good showing for Mageean and now sees her hold national titles on the track, outdoors and indoors, and cross country. Leevale AC  won the team race led home by Michelle Finn in fourth with Letterkenny second and North Down third. Kevin Dooney won a classic battle with Clonmel’s Sean Tobin and club mate Kevin Maunsell. Dooney won in 30:07 to hold off a fast finishing Sean Tobin 30:11 and Kevin Maunsell in third in 30:18. It was double delight for Dooney as he helped Raheny Shamrock to three national team titles in-a-row. Clonliffe Harriers were second with Clonmel AC a brilliant third.All in all a memorable days cross country running in an event Organiser to perfection by athletics Ireland. 
The Watergrasshill AC organized Glenville 4 Mile rise race was held last Sunday morning and a field of 387 completed the course.The overall race winner Colin Merritt in a tim if 20.42 from John Meade 20.52 and third was Eoin Durkan in 21.03.The Ladies winner was newly crowned national marathon champion Lizzie Lee  Leevale AC in a time of 22.41 a new course record,Kate Veale West Waterford AC was 2nd here in a very competitive ladies race in 24.25 with Midleton's Ann Geary 3rd in 24.48.Joe Gough was also in action at this race and he duly was 1st over 65 in a time of 25.03 and David  Cullinane also competed and covered the 4 mile course in a time of 29.45.
Well done last Saturday morning to club member Paul Brunnock who completed the MCI 10th anniversary Connemara marathon in a time of 3.49.16.
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.
If you don't think you were born to run you're not only denying history. You're denying who you are.