Senior News

Notes October 02-16

Now in its 24th year the eagerly awaited open cross country race for the James Hughes perpetual took place last Sunday at St. Augustine's College ,as previous years the race also incorporated the country senior and junior and under 18 cross country championships for men and women .For the 4th year the James Hughes perpetual cup which was presented to the race by the Power family Abbeyside, in memory of their grandfather who was an international cross country runner during the time of the war was presented to the overall race winner and it was keenly fought for on the day. Thankfully it remained dry for the race itself with really mild conditions for the time of year. The event saw the under 18,junior and senior men's and women's all left off together and from the starters whistle five athletes raced away on the four lap circuit for the men covering 8.000 meters. From Clonmel AC Kevin Maunsell, Ferrybank's Andrew Connick, East Cork AC athlete Sean Mc Grath, Barry Keane Waterford AC and from the Kerry club An Riocht AC we had Tim O'Connor. These five battled away together for the second lap also with Maunsell mostly setting the pace in front, it was the third lap before the winning move was made when Clonmel's Maunsell upped the tempo with 1.000 meters remaining, racing clear of the pack who were left battling it out for the runners up spot. Maunsell crossed the finish line in a time of 24.18 to claim the title for the 2nd time as he also won the race in 2014 with his brother William claiming victory last year 2015,so we had the name Munsell inscribed on the cup for the 3rd year in a row. On the final half lap it was youngster Barry Keane Waterford AC who was to break from the chasing group and he crossed the line in a time of 24.36 with last year's runner-up Andrew Connick  Ferrybank AC taking 3rd 24.50. Mark Rowe West Waterford AC showed he can run Cross country at a high level also when he took the over 40 category in 27.17. First over 45 was Michael O'Mahoney Waterford AC 29.35,Denis McCarthy East Cork AC won the over 50 category in 30.12 and  Ken  Higgs Eagle AC for the 2nd year in succession took first over 55 in  37.46 and the first junior prize went to Shane O'Riordan West Waterford AC, well done to all.
Men’s Results.
1st Kevin Maunsell - Clonmel AC 24.18
2nd Barry Keane - Waterford AC 24.36
3rd Andrew Connick - Ferrybank AC 24.50
O40 Mark Rowe - West Waterford AC 27.17
O45 Michael O'Mahony - Waterford AC 29.35
O50 Denis McCarthy - East Cork AC 32.39
O55 Ken Higgs - Eagle AC 37.46
Jnr Shane O'Riordan - West Waterford AC
It was great once again this year to see such great numbers of the Ladies race and with the under 18's also competing in the race this year it brought the numbers well overall. 
The Ladies had 4.000 meters to run and unlike the men's race this one was done and dusted after the first lap of two as Adele Walsh St. Senan's AC opened up a good gap on the field and was never in any real danger from the chasers. Adele crossed the finish line in a time of 14.06 which was a nice victory for her as she finished 4th in the event last year in a time of 14.41 on that occasion ,so a time improvement and a big finishing position improvement for the south Kilkenny woman. Not too far behind our winner was Waterford's Sylvia Molone in a time of 14.31 and Sylvia again like our winner was never in any danger of not taking that finishing position with 3rd place going to a welcome visitor to the county Tanya Cox Doneen AC who finished in a time of 14.53.
Well done to category winners Laura Flavin West Waterford AC won the 0/40 category in 16.54,Laura is in the thick of her marathon training presently so well done to her and the other's who represented their club today at cross country. Claudia Lane Mary Waterford AC took the over 45 section in 15.58, West Waterford's Onra Power was the victor in the over 50 category in 18.54. well done to all.
1st Adele Walsh - St. Senans AC 14.06
2nd Sylvia Malone - Waterford AC 14.31
3rd Tanya Cox - Dooneen AC 14.53
O 35 Laura Flavin - West Waterford AC 16.54
O 45 Claudia Lane Mary - Waterford AC 15.58
O 50 Onra Power - West Waterford AC 18.54
Firstly our sincere thanks to the Power family especially Donal Power, grandson of James Hughes who donated the magnificent cup to this race four years ago. Thanks also to Kevin Power who came along on the day to present the winner with the cup. Once again our thanks to Br Patrick Lennon for laying out the course and to the College for the use of their facility to hold the race and to all the crew that helped with the race in anyway especially all our own club crew doing registration, timing ,results etc .
We will have a full report on county senior and junior cross country championships in next week's notes.
St. Augustine’s College will host the 2016 county novice cross country championship race on Sunday October 11th next. The day kicks off with the uneven ages at 11.00 and the novice will follow immediately after the juvenile programme at 12 noon. All club athletes eligible are asked to be at the venue on time. Please wear your club colours.
The county masters cross country championships will be held on Sunday November 9th at St. Augustine's college with a 12 noon starting time. 
The first Munster Cross Country Championship race will be the Novice and U/ 23 which are being held on Sunday 23rd October in Ballinahina, Carraig na BhFear, Co. Cork. The club will be sending in the entries for same shortly, any member wishing to take part is asked to contact cross country coordinator Ray Hahesy 087-2337969 A.S.A.P. No entries will be accepted on the day of race.
The fifth and final round of the Garvey's Supervalu Autumn League took place last Thursday evening and once again was enjoyed by all.  It was our final visit to St Augustine's College for 2016 and what a year we have had there.  It's all systems go now for the upcoming Winter League as registration night will take place on Wednesday Nov. 2nd at the Sports Centre Dungarvan.  We hope to see you all there and look forward to another winter of running the roads of our town!
Ciaran Frisby has really enjoyed this league and once again last Thursday evening he was in control as he crossed the finish line in 7.35.  This may not have been Conor's best time for the league but this didn't bother Ciaran as first place was all he needed. 
When you are first home on 4 out of 5 nights in the league there can be little argument that you deserve your victory and this week Oisin showed great consistency here as he recorded 17.26 for the second time in this league.  Second to Oisin once again was Diana Chizhikova who recorded 17.27 for the 2.4 miles.  Micheal Moynihan (17.43) has shown super improvement in the Friary leagues this year as have Liz O Riordan (18.08) and Onra Power (18.28).
Not to be outdone Cian O Riordan recorded his fourth first place over the 5 weeks and this week his time of 20.07 was his fastest of the league for the 3.6 mile distance.  Yevgeniy Chizhikov (21.50) has competed gamely over the last few weeks with Cian but had to settle for second best here but he will also be delighted with his times over the 5 weeks.  Our sponsor Liam Power (29.04) was back in the Friary and running well as were Katie Bullen (30.39) and Sue Genc (36.27).
Each week Mossie Keogh has posted some super times in the Friary grounds, it doesn't seem to matter if the course is soft, rough, changed or altered Mossie has taken it all in his stride and this week was no exception as he posted a mighty time of 29.18.  Shane O Riordan has also kept Mossie on his toes each week and this week Shane's time of 29.21 just 3 seconds behind Mossie.  Alan Keane filled third spot again this week in 33.01 while Ray Hahesy finished next in 33.38 and first lady home on the night was Angeline Drennan in 38.53.
Thanks as always to our sponsors for this league Liam Power of Garvey’s Supervalu Dungarvan and the Coolagh Road who is a great supporter of local athletics.  Once again thanks to our own Shirley, Tom, Tony and James for their work with the van and at the finish line and taking the entries.
We held the prize giving for this league last Thursday evening and we will have a full round up of the prize winners next week.
This time last year, a group of like-minded individuals came together and formed an informal Facebook group, Waterford Trail Runners, dedicated to bringing together those in Co. Waterford who have an interest in trail and mountain running. The goal was to get people of varying abilities out on the trails of Co. Waterford (and further afield) on a regular basis and promote trail and mountain running in the area. Many people were already going out on their own or in smaller groups. The idea of the Facebook group was to bring these people together for social and exploratory runs. Over the year, the group has grown, with the latest count just short of 400! Regular group runs run most Saturday and/or Sunday mornings in various parts of the county; from the Comeraghs to the Dunmore Cliffs, from the Knockmealdowns to the Curraghmore Estate forests! As the group is merely an informal/social group, it does not impact on club affiliation. The group has members from various athletics clubs in the region with a large contingent from West Waterford AC. It operates strictly on a no cost and all welcome basis. Trail running is the perfect choice for off-season training. Getting out on the trails is the perfect remedy after months of training for road races. Forget about paces, intervals, tempos; just get out and enjoy the beautiful mountains, forests and countryside for a change. Many people in the trail running community are more interested in getting out and having fun than getting competitive. But trail running has significant benefits for overall running strength too. Trails tend to be uneven surfaces. Running on uneven surfaces like this will build strength in the smaller stability muscles, which are often neglected by repetitive road running. Running on tricky surfaces also requires more concentration and awareness of what your body is doing and helps runners to become more engaged in their running. Besides the social aspect trail, mountain and ultra trail running is a sport on the rise.  2016 has seen West Waterford AC  members who are affiliated with the group competing in trail and mountain racing across Ireland, The Alps and even more recently China in distances from a few km to 200km ultras. The Irish mountain running association also held a Munster championship race in the Nire Valley in July with and West Waterford entering a team in this year's Wicklow Way Relay its exciting times for the sport in the area. The group organised a Comeragh Crossing run from Kilsheelan to Bridgie Terries also in July which was a great success and will be hopefully yearly fixture. There will be many runs organised over the coming months to cater for those who want to give it a try. Experienced members are at hand to help and to advise on route and gear choices. Car pooling is also organised. Check out the Facebook page and send a request to be added to keep up to date with goings on. It just might be worth a go guys.
Entries are now open for the 26th Annual John Treacy Dungarvan 10 which will be held on Sunday February 5th  2017.West Waterford Athletic Club have announced details of the event which has established itself as a must run race on the Irish road running calendar with participants from all four corners of the country and beyond participating. The race has grown year on year and is a pre entry race which will close when 2.500 entries is reached. ( please note this race was full in a very short time last year ). West Waterford Athletic Club is delighted with the support it receives from its sponsor for this event, we are fortunate to have the support of the  Glaxosmithkline, Tipperary Water, Flahavan’s, Déise Design, Nike ,Ger Wyley Sports, Top Oil  along with many other local businesses and individuals who are all giving valuable support helping to make the day a great occasion for the town of Dungarvan. The race also incorporates the popular John Treacy Club Challenge Cup for men’s and ladies teams which has proved to be hugely competitive. We will again be calling on all the athletic clubs of Ireland to take on the challenge in the 2017 event. The John Treacy Dungrvan 10 brings together the ideal race combination of fun runners, joggers, club athletes and top class internationals who compete over a fast flat 10 mile course around the historic town of Dungarvan ,we look forward to welcoming you to our town on Sunday February 05th 2017. Don't be disappointed as many were last year get your entry in soon.
 All race details can be found at
Once again this year we will have the same system of league payment which is optional whereby you could make a once off payment for the entire league, this went down extremely well with over half of the league runners using this system of payment in the past and in doing so saved themselves time and money. 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. The league will run for 7 nights before Christmas finishing on December 21st. We will resume action on Wednesday January 4th and continue until February 15th. The various division positions are made during the Christmas break and will be displayed weekly on our return night in January. Remember rule number one, no bib no run! Rule number 2, no watches. Rule number 3 no head phones or any music devices. Final rule obey stewards at all times. We urge all those who came along to the Friary to the recent leagues held there to consider keeping up their fitness over the winter months, don’t undo the great start you have made to being a healthier you, after making such great strides at the leagues why not continue by taking part in the winter league, so come along and bring a friend, you’ll be glad you did.
We now have 165 athletes who will toe the start line of the Dublin City Marathon. As a club this is a huge opportunity for us to raise some much needed funds for a local and national charity. We have chosen the Solas Centre (Dungarvan) and Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital Crumlin. All funds raised by you will go directly to the charity of your choice and any funds raised for the Solas Centre in Dungarvan will be used in Dungarvan to benefit those in need within our community. Athletes can fundraise for either charity / both charities or neither charity. No-one is under any obligation to fundraise but as we have such a large group of athletes running it is an opportunity lost if we don’t try and raise a few Euros. If every athlete raised €20 that gives a total of €3300 which is a huge amount of money for any charity and will make a difference to the service they provide.
Solas Centre for West Waterford
If you chose to fundraise for the Solas Centre you will also receive free entry to the Run for Life 2016 on October 9th. Sponsorship cards will be available at training on Tuesday from Tom Leahy. Anyone wishing to participate in the Run for Life must register their interest when collecting a sponsorship card. The Solas Cancer Support Centre has been in existence since 1999 and based in a purpose built facility in Waterford City since 2011. The centre offers free support to those affected by cancer, their families and carers.Having looked at the statistics for clients from West Waterford who avail of these services it was identified that these numbers are relatively small. Dr Brian Creedon chair of the Solas Cancer Support Centre explains ‘in the past 5 years we have supported approximately 2,500 clients in total and on reviewing these figures noticed that only 170 clients from west Waterford have used the services . Of these 170 clients the vast majority are from between Kilmacthomas and Dungarvan. We feel that the distance involved is one of the reasons for this low number and made the decision to open a Dungarvan based service’. Based on NCRI stats, 335 people in West Waterford could have a cancer diagnoses annually and this stark figure does not reflect the number of people affected by cancer, i.e. family members, carers and those bereaved. This new service started on Monday 5th September based in The Alternative Health Clinic at 12 Main Street, Dungarvan. It offers a range of services including Reflexology, Massage, Reiki, Counselling, Meditation, Yoga, Art Psychotherapy and facilitated support groups. Every single euro that you raise will go directly to help fund this new service in Dungarvan.
If you chose to fundraise for Our Ladies Children’s Hospital, Crumlin you will be receive a fundraising t-shirt along with your sponsorship card. Sponsorship cards will be available at training on Tuesday from Tom Leahy. Our Lady's Children's Hospital, Crumlin is Ireland's largest paediatric hospital. Our Lady's mission is to constantly improve the health and wellbeing of children and adolescents in a safe environment which is driven by quality healthcare and supported by excellence in Knowledge, Education and Research. In 2015 the hospital had 36,312 emergency attendances, 18,227 day cases, 10,410 inpatient admissions, 77,913 outpatient attendances and 13,887 surgical procedures performed. Together with their partners, The Children's Medical & Research Foundation, they endeavour to provide patients with life-changing treatment, improving the quality of life for patients and their families.
An open meeting will be hold on Thursday October 5th at 8 pm in Minnies Abbeyside, anyone interested in getting involved with this great race are invited to attend.
The senior clubs monthly committee meeting will be held this Thursday October 5th in Minnie’s Bar at 8.30 pm.
Running is real and relatively simple—but it ain't easy.