Senior News

Notes November 5-17

MICHAEL ROCHE CARPETS RACE SERIES.
 
 
 
 
BRILLIANT ENTRY FOR THE MURRAY'S CAREPLUS PHARMACY BRICKEY 5K.
 
 
 
 
 
Race number 1 in the clubs Michael Roche carpets series for 2017 ,The 24th Annual Murray's Careplus Pharmacy sponsored Brickey Run was held last Sunday in idea running conditions. Our sincere thanks to all out in the Brickey GAA who had everything running like clockwork for the event, with special thanks to Conor Blackwell for his work behind the scene on the race.Two years ago we changed this race from a 4 mile to the 5k distance which seems now is the popular choice among runners presently and this proved to be the case with a large field of 180 runners taking part and the largest entry of walkers ever for coming along on the morning when we had 55 families registered to do the walk also.As mentioned already this event is a real community effort by all at the Brickey Juvenile GAA club  and they are to be congratulated on the effort they put in getting the local community out and about last Sunday supporting their efforts.It was also great to see and worthy of a mention the various fit4life ,couch to 5k and lets Run groups who targeted this race, they also helped to make the numbers grow this year. All great events need great sponsors and we have been fortunate again this year to have Murray's Careplus Pharmacy Dungarvan on board, to proprietor Liz Murray and David for her kind gesture of sponsoring this event again in 2017 a big thank you. Liz and family were on hand on the day to present all the winners with their prizes.At the prize presentation the club chairman Tom Leahy thanked all who helped with the race especially all the stewards under the stewardship of Conor Blackwell and our own West Waterford AC crew who once again did an excellent job . To Jack Curran who came along to present the Martin Curran memorial Cup to the men’s winner, and Stacy Lyons who presented the Jim Lyons memorial shield to the first lady home. A special thank you go to the ladies of the Brickey club who looked after the refreshments after the race. Thanks to the Gerry Tobin for his help at the club house. Thanks also to our great team of registers, timekeepers, recorders, etc. and to all those who put out the race signs. This race was of course race number 1 in the Michael Roche carpets series and were delighted to report that a large proportion of the field of runners signed up for this year series ,if you missed the opportunity to sign on you can do so at the next race in the series the Turkey Trot on Sunday November 19th  . See you all back in the Valley next year.
 
 
 
 
 
 
ANDREW CONNICK CLAIMS THE MARTIN CURRAN MEMORIAL CUP .
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The 24th annual Murrays Careplus Pharmacy Brickey 5k was held last Sunday in what was akin to a spring day rather than an  Autumn one, from the starting gun it was game, set and match as Ferrybank's Andrew Connick raced into a lead which he was to keep all the way round the fast 5k Brickey course. Andrew covered the first km in a very fast 3.05 leaving a group of 6 battling it out at this stage for the minor placings, this group behind included among them previous winners Dzintars Klava and Raivis Zakis West Waterford AC ,Niall Sheilds St Killians AC, Warren Roche and Jake Bagge also Ferrybank AC. Connick raced through 2km in 6.10 and followed this with another fast split going through 3km in 9.30 with the gap still at 100 meters or so to the chasers. Over the final two kilometres the Ferrybank man clipped through 4km in 12.35 as he went on to cross the finish line in 15.46 the fastest winning time on this course to date. Andrew was our Cross country winner in the clubs open race in October also. A great battled ensued for the other placing's with Niall Sheil breaking away from the group at the 3k mark and last year's winner came home 2nd on this occasion in a time of 16.02 which incidentally was 3 seconds faster than his winning time of last year. Ravis Zakis secured that 3rd place spot in a time of 16.16 for unbelievably the 4th year in succession that he has filled that position. The first Junior man home was Jake Bagge Ferrybank AC in a time of 17.07 this gave him 7th place overall.The novel weight categories for men were won as followed Colm Ryan won the under 60 kg , Dzintar Klava took the under 70 kg prize, Warren Roche  won the under 80 kg while Michael Ahearne won the under 90 kg , and Niall Cusack took the under 100kg. Well done to all.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 MENS RACE RESULTS BRICKEY 5K 2018
 
 
 
 
 
1st Andrew Connick Ferrybank A.C. 15.46
2nd Niall Sheil St Killians A.C. 16.02
3rd Zakis Raivis West Waterford A.C. 16.16
1st junior  Jake Bagge Ferrybank A.C. 17.07
 
 
 
 
 
WEIGHT CATEGORIES
 
 
 
 
U/60 Colm Ryan West .Waterford.A.C. 17.33
U/70 Dzintars Klava West .Waterford .A.C. 16.32
U/80 Warren Roche Ferrybank A.C. 16.55
U/90 Michael Aherne N/A 18.35
U/100 Niall Cusack N/A 24.37
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
RIO OLYMPIAN LIZZIE LEE TAKES THE JIM LYONS MEMORIAL SHIELD.
 
 
 
 
 
 
It was a special day in the Brickey valley last Sunday as we the event was graced by not one but two Olympians, one running and one supporting. Lizzie Lee Leevale AC was the participant on the day and was an Olympian at the Rio Olympic games when she participated in the marathon as was club mate of Lizzie's, Michele Finn who also competed in Rio in the ladies 3.000 meter steeplechase ,Michelle was at the race Sunday in a supporting role as she prepares for the upcoming national cross country championships.  Just like the men's race it was resounding gun to tape victory for Lizzie who was running her first race in well over a year as she has recently giving birth to a beautiful baby boy .The Leevale lady ran a superb time that will stand as the new course record on this course for many a year to come i predict as she finished 5th overall in the race clocking a time of 16.51 which is brilliant running when you consider most 5k races won in the ladies category is more often than not in and around the 18 minute mark.In second place was Kate Veale West Waterford AC who on another day would be the outright winner with her time of 18.39 which was a minute and a half better than her time of last year when she also finished 2nd and it was also a faster time than last year's wining time . Louise Morgan Ferrybank AC had an excellent run also when she was 3rd in 20.11.In 4th was another Ferrybank AC athlete Aisling Lowe  who clocked a time of 20.32 and in 5th place was Natalie Sheehan West Waterford AC in a time of 20.42 and the 6th lady home was Emily Gough Ferrybank AC in 20.457, Yet another Ferrybank Athlete from the very strong club representation on the day Orla Queally was 7th in 20.59 and 8th lady home was West Waterford's Laura Flavin in a time of 21.34 and rounding off the senior ladies prizes was Sinead O'Brien also West Waterford AC in 21.42.Our junior prize for ladies was claimed by Aoife O'Neill Ind in 28.23For the ladies race it's the top 9 finishers in the prize categories so well done to all.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
LADIES RACE RESULTS BRICKEY 5K 2018
 
 
 
 
 
1st Lizzie Lee Leevale A.C. 16.51
2nd Kate Veale West Waterford A.C. 18.39
3rd Louise Morgan Ferrybank A.C. 20.11
4th Aisling Lowe Ferrybank A.C. 20.32
5th Natalie Sheehan West .Waterford A.C. 20.42
6th Emily Gough Ferrybank A.C. 20.57
7th Orla Queally Ferrybank A.C. 20.59
8th Laura Flavin West .Waterford A.C. 21.34
9th Sinead O'Brien W.W.A.C. 21.42
1st Junior Aoife O'Neill N/A 28.23
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 WAITING LIST FOR JOHN TREACY DUNGARVAN 10 NOW IN OPERATION.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
We have set up a waiting list for the John Treacy Dungarvan 10,as you now know the race is full with 2.750 entries now received, but through myrunresults our chip timing experts if you didn't manage to get your entry in on time you can register your interest to go on the race waiting list where if a number becomes available it can be transferred to another runner, you need to go to the web site www.myrunresults.com and click on dungarvan 10 , on line entries on home page, this will open an entry to you to register for the waiting list.
 
 
 
 
 
 
24th ANNUAL FORDE'S DAYBREAK WINTER LEAGUE STARTS THIS EVENING.
 
 
 
 
ARE YOU READY FOR THE CHALLENGE.
 
 
 
 
 
 
There was a great turn out last Wednesday night for registration night for this year's winter league, our thanks to all those runners who came along last week to register it will take a lot of pressure off our registration volunteers for tonight. The 24th year of the event kicks off tonight Wednesday with round one of the 13 week league with the traditional 2 week break over Christmas. If you didn’t manage to get down for registration last week you can of course come along and register tonight or indeed you can join in the league at any point you wish. Both the long course and the short course will both remain the same as last year and both will be stewarded. We of course want each and every runner to come along and enjoy the event but of safety for all is paramount to the league success ,with this in mind we ask all runners to please obey the organisers and stewards at all times ,they are there for our safety and if we can keep each other safe out on the road it will add greatly to our enjoyment at the event. The main aim of the winter league is and has been for all of 24 years is to promote health and fitness through running, especially for those that have never ran before. If it's your first winter league we are there to help you in any way that we can, indeed the league itself is structured in such a way that it's ideally set up for all no matter what your standard of fitness is as our league handicap system which is used has the total beginner in mind. The first night of the league will get under way at the new earlier time of 6.50 tonight when we fire the starter’s pistol announced the start of this year's league as we send  the large field of runners on their way in the traditional first night mass start.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
TONIGHT’S ROUND 1 OF THE WINTER LEAGUE.
 
 
 
 
 
1. Tonight we will get the 24th annual Forde's Daybreak winter league under way with the traditional mass start for both the short and long routes. First league the short course will be off at 6.50 sharp followed 5 minutes later by the second league, the long route.
2. When you arrive at the centre tonight, register upstairs. If you have a number go to the desk on the right, if you need to get a number go the desk on the left.
3. If you have a number it’s €3 weekly for non-members and €2 for members. If you have paid up in full for the league in advance you MUST still register at the desk directly inside the sports centre front door, if your registering weekly you do so up stairs in the sports centre each night of the league.
5. You can of course also pay for the entire league with a once off payment and save yourself some money by doing so. For club members you can pay 30 euro (this includes the 5 euro once off number payment) and for non members you can pay a once off payment of 40 euro which also includes the 5 euro number payment charge.
6. The number provided to you at registration is Water proof and also has a chip timing device on the back which must not be removed, the number will be your number for the duration of the entire league.
 
 
 
 
 
 
SAFETY ON THE ROADS IS PARAMOUNT TO THE SUCCESS OF THE WINTER LEAGUE.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The first rule of safety when running on the road is that all runners must wear their reflective bib at all times. Bibs can be bought at any sports shop or hardware shop. We must obey the stewards at all times. They are there for our own safety and are not to be ignored. Please be wary of traffic at all times but especially when crossing the road or overtaking somebody.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
IMPORTANT NOTICE REGARDING WATCHES, IPOD’S AND REFLECTIVE BIBS.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES WILL ANY RUNNER BE ALLOWED TO TAKE PART IN THE WINTER LEAGUE WITHOUT A REFLECTIVE BIB. IF YOU HAVE NOT YET GOT A BIB PLEASE DO SO BEFORE THE OFFICIAL START OF THE LEAGUE TONIGHT. WATCHES AND IPOD’S OR ANY MUSIC DEVICES ARE STRICTLY AGAINST CLUB RULES AND PENALTY POINTS WILL APPLY IN ALL CASES.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
WINTER LEAGUE TEAM COMPETITION.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 Some years ago we introduced the team competition and this has been a brilliant fun aspect to the league these past few years with great number of teams competing. Teams again this year 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 4 of the league (i.e. before 29th November 2017). Details of how register your team will be provided at the Winter League.
 
 
 
 
 
24th ANNUAL FORDES DAY BREAK WINTER LEAGUE.
 
 
"TOP OIL" ASSOCIATE WINTER LEAGUE SPONSORS.
 
 
 
 
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.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
MICHAEL ROCHE CARPETS SERIES UP AND "RUNNING".
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The first race in the Michael Roche Carpets Series as part of the Brickey Run took place last Sunday and did not disappoint with a great number of runners already entered the series. We have 4 more races to come in this series with your best 4 out of the 5 finishes counting for the final tables.  These 4 races are the Marine Turkey Trot which takes place at the Marine Bar on the 19th November with the remaining races taking place after Christmas and these include the Colligan Cup on January 21st , The Kilmac 5  on the 25th of February and finally the Dungarvan 10k on the 11th March where the final results will be tallied and prizes presented by our sponsors for this league Michael and Brigid Roche and family.  Our thanks to Michael and Brigid for their kind sponsorship and their long record of supporting athletics in West Waterford. Remember you can still enter the series at any of our events.
 
 
 
 
 
 
MICHAEL ROCHE CARPETS SERIES.RACE 2.
 
 
 
 
SOLAS CENTRE  TO BENEFIT FROM PADDY JOE CURRAN MEMORIAL TURKEY TROT.
 
 
 
 
 
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..
 
 
 
 
 
 
JOHN TREACY DUNGARVAN 10 MILE TRAINING STARTS.
 
 
 
 
ENTRIES CLOSED SO TIME TO START TRAINING.
 
 
 
 
 
Our 14 week club plan for the John Treacy Dungarvan 10 mile race is now starting. For the winter we have a new venue and will now be meeting in EUROSPAR in ABBEYSIDE for registration from 6.15-6.30. Please do your warm up before you arrive as we have no indoor facility this winter. Eurospar have very kindly come on board to support us so, if at all possible, please give them your support. There is plenty of parking at the Pond in Abbeyside or on the Causeway or if you are living close by why not run over. As the clocks have now changed it is more important than ever that everyone has a Hivis so that they can be seen. Training is open to all club members and the club plan consists of a weekly session on a Tuesday, structured plan for the week which progresses over 14 weeks to get you to race day in peak condition. For further information contact Irene on (086) 8242348.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
NEW BEGINNER / IMPROVER RUN GROUP STARTS NEXT WEEK.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
As a follow on from our Let’s Run lunchtime and evening groups we are now launching a new group to run to improve. If you struggle to run alone and enjoy a group atmosphere and the social side of running then this group is for you. You decide how much you want to push yourself to become a stronger and faster runner. This group will help improve your speed and technique with a different emphasis every week. You will also receive a structured training plan to either improve your 5k time or increase the distance you currently run as well as online support, if that is what you want. So whether you can run 5k in 30 mins and want to improve that time or are happy with the time and want to just enjoy running in a group this is ideal for you. To book your spot contact Irene Clark on 086 8242348 or Claire Kennedy on 087 911 6997
 
 
 
 
 
 
GERRY CANTWELL COMPLETES ANOTHER NEW YORK MARATHON.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Congratulations to the clubs road racing coordinator and committee member Gerry Cantwell who completed his 10th New York marathon last Sunday. Unfortunately for Gerry he came down with a severe tummy bug for 48 hours prior to the race but none the less was on the start line to try and get around ,this he did in a time of 3.39.51.
 
 
 
 
 
RUNNING QUOTE.
 
 
 
 
 
Leave your watch on the kitchen table and go–freely, like a child