Senior News

Notes November 26-17








On week 3 of the long route course unfortunately the weather took a turn for the worst after the first two night of really mild dry weather, the winter hit us with a bang. However this didn't deter big number turning out to brave the elements. Remember there are 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 159 runners completing the long route as they were led home by Dermot Ryan 30.41 with Craig Cowming next in 38.51 and Tony O'Mahony (jnr) 3rd man home in a time of 36.58.First lady home on the nights was Molly Fitzgerald 48.19 with Debra Doherty next in 48.00 and third home was Sinead Whelan 40.49.Jackie Christine and Joanie were running well last week with a three just over the 55 minute mark, this week they will hope to be breaking that 55 goal. Evelyn Beresford was just a tad outside breaking 50 minutes with 50.03 on the clock. Andrea Gaffney ran 43 dead while Tasha Lanigan will be pleased with her time last week in those conditions of 47.55,Brendan Mooney is improving week on week and last Wednesday evening he clocked an impressive 33.52.There was just a second separating Jimmy Connors and James Whelan last week both running solidly 33.25 and 33.26.Linda Flynn will soon be breaking the 50 minute barrier and is now down to 51.01 while mother and daughter Josie Ui Churrin  and Cliodhna Ní Churrin are clipping around each week together and last week ran 53.20.Best of luck to all the runners as they try to achieve their goal time as the weeks progress. 









Unlike the first 2 weeks, the runners for week 3 of the winter league were met with wet and breezy conditions as they gathered at Dungarvan Sports Centre before heading out on the 2.5 mile run. There was a great number out again last Wednesday when 69 runners completed the course, and all are to congratulated for braving the elements especially the runners that were trying out the league for the very first time, Once again this week we had more new faces. We hope this year's league 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 specifically with first timers and beginners in mind is a manageable distance for most as it covers 2.5 miles in total.  The handicap system will kicked in last week, so after registering make sure to check you off time on the sheets posted on the wall. First home on the night was Patrick Fennell in 23.35 followed by Joyce Coffey-Wall in 23.09 (over 2 minutes faster than last week) and Liam O'Droma in 22.23 ( over 1 minute 30 quicker). Other big improvers included Michael Veale (25.24), Criostor Kenneally (22.43), Cheyenne Tobin (24.2) and Roisin Feeney (23.09). Hilda Nicell, Michael Coakley,Brid Whyte and Collette Whyte- Veale will be happy to have dipped under 25 minutes when clocking 24.38,  24.45 and 24.46 respectively. Fastest time on the night was Conor Coleman in 15.16 followed by Johnny Burkan (16.16) and Timmy Kiely (16.48). 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. 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 is caught wearing a watch won't be included in the results. Best of luck to all tonight and why not bring as friend along.






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 5th 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 2017/18 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 1winners were short route Sinead O'Rourke. long route- David Traynor.


week 2 winners were short route-Brid Whyte long route- Denis Ryan.


week 3 winners were short route Karen Coleman - Long Route-Ted O Leary.










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.

 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 13th of December and also on the first night back in 2018, on the 4th of January. That’s 200 points for free.





The club membership for 2018 is now open and  can now be paid to club registrar Gerry Cantwell. 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.








Remember you can also pay your club membership online also just click on this address.









 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 recent Turkey Trot completed. The entry fee to the series is only 2 euro and it is still open for entries. The series will continue with race 3 the Colligan cup on January 21st and race 4 is the Kilmacthomas 5 which will be held on February 25th, the final race will be the Dungarvan 10k on March 11th.To enter the series just ask to include your name when registering at any of the mentioned races . 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 remaining series events are listed below.

January 21st 30th annual Kiely Monumental Colligan Cup 5 mile,

February 25th 15th annual Kilmacthomas 5 mile

March 11th 35th annual Déise College Dungarvan 10k








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 of in more detail in our juveniles news. Shane O'Riordan was in action in the under 23 race and had an excellent 20th position finish, this race was held with the senior men's race over 10.000 meters. The club had a athletes competing in the Junior men's race which also incorporated the under 18's and here Niall Blackwell had a top 50 finish in 48th place, Micheal Power was 52nd man home and David O'Connor was 189th.  In the senior ladies race Shona Heaslip (An Riocht) won the women’s 8,000m race while Paul Pollock (Annadale Striders) triumphed in the men’s 10,000m.The women’s race was seemingly whittled down to three athletes on the final lap with Kerry O’Flaherty (Newcastle) pushing the pace from Heaslip and Lizzie Lee (Leevale) with Michelle Finn (Leevale) seemingly out of contention. Shona Heaslip split the trio over the closing stages into the uphill finish with O’Flaherty holding second and a fast finishing Finn snaring the bronze from her team mate Lee. There was more than enough consolation for Lee as Leevale won the team title. They were ably backed up by Claire McCarthy in 10th and Sinead O’Connor in 18th. DSD were second with An Riocht third. Cork won the county.There was a big pack in the senior men’s race which was split up by DSD’s Joe Sweeney who returned from a long lay-off with a bad Achilles.This left Paul Pollock to pick up the pieces with Kevin Dooney (Raheny Shamrock) swooping through for silver and holding off Hugh Armstrong (Ballina) who had an excellent run for bronze. Raheny Shamrock won the team prize with Conor Dooney in 9th, Eoin Strutt in 13th and Mark Kirwan in 18th.Kilkenny City Harriers were second with DSD in third while Dublin won the county.The combined U18 girls and junior women’s 4,000m race saw Laura Nicholson (Bandon) trump the field ahead of Stephanie Cotter (West Muskerry) and Jodie McCann (DSD).The U18 boys and junior men’s 6,000m was arguably the race of the day with Fearghal Curtin (Youghal) running out into an early lead only to be clawed back by the chasing pack. And it was all to play for in the finishing straight with Brian Fay (Raheny Shamrock) edging into a lead only to be run out by a brilliant win for Craig McMeechan (North Down).Charlie O’Donovan (Leevale) came in with a late burst to pip Curtin for bronze with James Edgar (City of Lisburn) and Darragh McElhinney (DSD) not too far behind in 5th and 6th respectively.








 The senior club's 24th annual general meeting will take place on this Thursday December 7th at 8.30 in Minnies bar. Abbeyside.




Training is like putting money in a bank. You deposit money, and then you can take it out.