Senior News

Notes October 07-18

Day two of the county cross country season continued at St Augustine’s College last Sunday in beautiful weather conditions it felt more like a nice spring day than it did an autumn one. Round one was held the previous week with well contested even ages for juveniles and  senior and junior events, so this Sunday it was the turn of the uneven ages for juveniles as well as Novice for men and women. The club had teams in a full Juvenile program and it was a most successful day for the club with many fine team and individual performances. The full results can be seen in our Juvenile notes. The Novice ladies and men's had larger size fields than the past few years which was encouraging to see.In the Mens race over 6.000 meters Sean Stilwell was an easy winner when from the gun he ruled the pace up front before breaking clear of the pack and staying away all the way to the finish line, Great to see Sean getting back to his best and taking the individual gold county medal, West Waterford also filled the top 5 placing's in this championships race with Daryl Kearns having a great battle with Marc Flavin for the silver medal position with Darly just getting the better of Marc over the final lap to take that silver by a few seconds form a battling Marc  who took bronze, Jame Whelan ran well to finish 4th with team mate Shane O'Riordan just in behind in 5th, Yev Chizhikova finished 9th and Darren Tutty was 10th well done to Yev and Darren who both ran well on the day, West Waterford took gold and silver team awards with Waterford AC taking the bronze. In the Ladies race over 4.000 meters Sandra Flynn stole the show racing clear of the field from the gun and was always in control throughout the 2 lap event coming home well clear to take a deserving gold from Nicola Moroney,  it was great to see Nicola in action again as she is just getting back to full fitness  again, Nicola of course is the proud holder of an All Ireland cross country B medal which she won a few years back as a juvenile athlete, Waterford's Emma Brent took Bronze and was the only other athlete not running with West Waterford AC who participated so well done to her, Diane Chizhikova was 4th with Onra Power 5th and Sharon Higgins 6th all West Waterford AC.Well done to all who turned up to run for the club on the day. Our thanks to Br. Patrick Lennon and St Augustine’s College who had the grounds well laid superbly as usual for the day’s events.
1st Sean Stilwell West Waterford AC
2nd Daryl Kearns West Waterford AC
3rd Marc Flavin West Waterford AC
4th James Whelan West Waterford AC
5th Shane O Riordan  West Waterford AC
6th Vinny Codd Waterford AC 
7th Paschal Hally Waterford AC
8th Tom Enright   Waterford AC
9th Yev Chizhikov West Waterford AC
10th Darren Tutty West Waterford AC
11th Ian Mchardy West Waterford AC
12th Adam Tszampel West Waterford AC
1st West Waterford AC 6 pts
2nd West Waterford AC 18 pts 
3rd Waterford AC 21 pts
Novice ladies 
1st Sandra Flynn West Waterford AC 
2nd Nicola Moroney  
West Waterford AC 
3rd Emma Brent Waterford AC 
4th Diana Chizhikova West Waterford AC
5th Onra Power West Waterford AC
6th Sharon Higgins West Waterford AC
Team West Waterford AC 7pts
The Waterford  county Senior cross-country championships were held in conjunction with the club’s 25th Annual open cross country event last Sunday week at St. Augustine’s College. West Waterford AC was represented with both a men's and women's team taking part in the senior race's. The men's race saw had a field of 35 Waterford county club runners taking part which was encouraging to see as last year's race had only 23 so a good increase here. A bigger effort is and going forward will have to be made by clubs to have teams participate in these events, after all this is should be one of the true athletic club races on the athletics calendar and we should not lose sight of this as club administrators by encouraging our athletes to be part of the county championships be it cross country or track . Anyway to those who did run last Sunday week it was a good race with individual honours on the day belonging to club member Micheál Power who came along and gave an exhibition of good cross country racing when he not along won the open race for the James Hughes perpetual cup but he also took gold in the county Junior race and more than that he took gold in the Senior event also showing a clean pair of heels to all ,last year's winner was Andrew Connick Ferrybank AC took silver this year with bronze going to Noel Murphy also Waterford AC ,these two athletes lead Waterford AC to team gold from Ferrybank AC and West Waterford AC took bronze with the team of Micheal Power 1st, Sean Stilwell 10th,Mark Flavin 16th and Shane O'Riordan 18th, well done to all our athletes who came along to participate and wear the club singlet on the day. In the junior men's race as we said Micheal Power took gold from Evan Keane Waterford AC silver and bronze going to Hugo Blair also Waterford AC. Looking to the Ladies race which saw a field of 24 county athletes running well up on the 13 who took part last year, again like the men's race encouraging to see.The individual gold went to young Orla O'Connor Waterford  AC who despite her young years and just like our men's winner is still a junior athlete she proved too strong for the rest and was a deserving winner in a keenly contested race, her team mate at Waterford AC Ruth Fitzgerald a recent winner of the Greenway half marathon settled for silver after leading for much of the two lap race and bronze was claimed by West Waterford's Kate Veale. Waterford  AC won the overall team gold with Ferrybank AC taking the silver and again Waterford AC team B were the  bronze team medallists. West Waterford's Junior ladies team took a deserved bronze with some great running from - Mary Kate Prendergast 10th ,11th Sophie Landers, 14th Elia Tutty. Well done to the ladies. Thanks to our committee members who came along on the day to give a hand with the event and well done to all our club athlete's who came along and ran in the championship.
1st Micheál Power West Waterford A.C.
2nd Andrew Connick Ferrybank A.C.
3rd Noel Murphy Waterford A.C.
1st Ferrybank A.C - 2nd Andrew Connick, 4th Shane O'Rahilly, 5th Warran Roche, 11th Craig O'Brien. Total of 22 points
2nd Waterford A.C-3rd Noel Murphy, 6th Fergus O'Brien, 7th Jamie Carthy, 9th Fergus O'Brien Total of 25 points
3rd West Waterford A.C.- 1st Micheál Power, 10th Sean Stillwell, 16th Mark Flavin,18th Shane O'Riordan. Total of 45 points.
1st Orla O'Connor Waterford A.C.
2nd Ruth Fitzgearld Waterford A.C.
3rd Kate Veale West Waterford A.C.
1st Waterford A.C.-1st Orla O'Connor, 2nd Ruth Fitzgearld, 4th Ruth Heary. Total of 7 points
2nd Ferrybank A.C.- 5th Isobel Cummins, 6th Aisling Lowe, 7th Louise Morgan. Total of 18 points
3rd Waterford A.C B- 8th Emma Caufield, 9th Sylvia Malone, 13th Emer Mcglynn. Total of 30 points
1st Micheál Power West Waterford A.C.
2nd Evan Keane Waterford A.C.
3rd Hugo Blair Waterford A.C.
1st Waterford AC- 3rd Evan Keane, 4th Hugo Blaire, 5th Fergus O'Brien, 6th Jamie McCarthy. Total of 18 points.
1st Orla O'Connor Waterford A.C.
2nd Ruth Heary Waterford A.C.
3rd Isabelle Cummins Ferrybank A.C.
1st Waterford A.C.- 1st Orla O'Connor,2nd Ruth Heary,5th, Emma Caufield. Total 8 points
2nd Ferrybank A.C.- 3rd Isabella Cummins,4th Aisling lowe, 6th Molly Hutchinson. Total 13 points.
3rd West Waterford A.C.- 10th Mary Kate Prendergast,11th Sophie Landers, 14th Elia Tutty. Total of 35 point.
The county masters cross country championships will be held on this coming Sunday October 14th at St. Augustine's college with a 12 noon starting time. All club athletes eligible are asked to be at the venue on time. Please wear your club singlet as this is a championships race.
The first Munster Cross Country Championship race will be the Novice and U/ 23 which are being held on Sunday 21st October in Clarecastle Co.Clare. The club will be sending in the entries for same shortly, any member wishing to take part is asked to contact cross country coordinator's James Veale 086 8184762 or Ann Dunford 086 0619711 A.S.A.P. No entries will be accepted on the day of race. 
As and from November 1st entries will open for the 28th Annual John Treacy Dungarvan 10 which will be held on Sunday February 3rd 2019, with a start time of 1.30pm. 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 3,000 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 sponsors for this event, we are fortunate to have the support of AIB Bank, Garveys Super-Valu, Tipperary Water, Flahavan's, Munster Signs & Print, Déise Design, 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 2019. The John Treacy Dungarvan 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 February 3rd 2019. Don't be disappointed as many were last year get your entry in as soon as entries open November 1st.Don't be disappointed as many were last year get your entry in on November 1st.
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 19th. We will resume action on Wednesday January 2nd and continue until February 6th. 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
A  number of our Club member's made the journey West last Saturday where they ran the Galway bay half and full marathon. Conditions for the morning start was ideal around 8 degrees with no wind. Leading our runners home was Ted O'Leary in an excellent 3.18 to finish 18th overall. Mick Concannon was well under the 4 hour mark when he clocked a time of 3.51 and Liam Fitzgerald running his very first marathon completed the course in 4.05 a super run for his first. Catriona Kiely trained well and it paid dividends with a new marathon personal best time of 3.44 to finish 8th lady home overall in the race, likewise her travelling companion to Galway Linda Garcia also had a personal best run in the full marathon with a time of 4.20,Rounding off a great day of personal best times for the ladies was Cait Ní Mhurchú with a superb run of 4.16, all in all the three ladies ran the full and all three recorded personal best performances now that can't be too bad for one days work. 
Rounding off the day was Anita Gleeson who participated in the 10k and she ran a time of 52.06.
Well done to all.
The popular Michael Roche Carpets series which is now "running " for 27 years heads into yet another season as it will continue on the busy West Waterford AC calendar for the coming autumn and spring, a series which is in existence for the past 27 years and for all of those year’s we are indebted to Michael, Bridget Roche and family for their ongoing sponsorship and support of the club, especially with their sponsorship of this popular race series. The series will see a 5 race programme starting with the Brickey 5k on Sunday November 4th ,the 2nd race will be the Paddy Joe Curran memorial Turkey Trot at the Marine on Sunday November 18th and then after the festive season we will continue the series with the Kiely Monumental Colligan cup on Sunday January 13th .Race 4 will be the Kilmacthomas 5 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.
Murray's Pharmacy Brickey 5k.
Kiely Monumental Colligan Cup.
Clean Zone Technology Turkey Trot 5.
The O'Reilly Butchers  Kilmacthomas 5.
The Déise College Dungarvan 10k.
Once again West Waterford Athletic Club thank Michael, Bridget and family for their continued support to the club by sponsoring this series now in its 27th year. As always we urge or members to support all our sponsors when appropriate.
Bushy Park GAA grounds is the venue for the 25th annual Brickey Run. Again this year we are delighted to announce that Murray's Pharmacy Dungarvan are to continue on with their sponsorship of the race we sincerely thank Elizabeth and all at Murrays Pharmacy for this kind gesture. The proceeds from this year's race will be donated to The Brickey Juvenile Girls Football and Comogie GAA club.  The race distance will be over a very flat fast 5k loop around the Brickey valley starting and finishing at Bushy Park GAA grounds. The race will get under way at 11 am with registration taking place from 10.15 onwards in the GAA clubhouse Bushy Park. The Martin Curran Cup will be awarded to the first man on the day and the Jim Lyons memorial shield will be awarded to the first lady. The prize-giving will take place in the club house immediately after the race and refreshments will also be provided for all the runners. 
The Annual 15 miler from Cork to Cobh recently saw a good turnout of West Waterford athletes taking part in the field of over 686 participants. The day was good weather wise for the large field of runners. This year's overall winner was Cillian O'Leary in 1.21.02 , the overall ladies winner was Sorcha Kearney  1.36.58.Our first man home was Ted O'Leary with a pb run of 1.42.27.He was followed by Paul Brunnock and Liam Kavanagh 1.54 . Ann Dunford  no stranger to this Cork to Cobh race was our first lady across the finish line in a time of 1.57.47.Well done to all who completed the race.
Ted O'Leary 1.42.27
Paul Brunnock 1.54.45
Liam Kavanagh 1.54.47
Ann Dunford 1.57.44
Karen Ryan 2.05.04
Eleanor Casey 2.35.40
Catherine Condon 2.35.45
Linda Foley 2.08.40
Maria Whyte 2.12.39
Club members attending our training sessions on a Tuesday were given the option of run specific strength & conditioning classes initially for the month of November. You voted overwhelmingly for S&C classes.From Tuesday November 6th all club members will have the option of joining a run specific Strength & Conditioning class. The aim of this class will be to put in more than it takes out so you will not have tired, sore legs running the Winter League on Wednesday nights. The classes will cover mobility, activations, prehab, plyometrics and strength exercises.If you are struggling with the motivation to get on the floor and fit a S&C session into your week then struggle no more. We all know S&C is important especially if you are riddled with niggles or are targeting a goal race and want to keep your body in the best shape possible.This is ideal if you are in recovery from a marathon and want to start your next training cycle injury free or if you plan on running the Winter League on Wednesdays and want the legs to be fresh for that.If you would prefer to run that option will also be available and athletes can warm up with the S&C group and then head off to the track to complete their session.It will start at the earlier time of 6.15pm as that is the only time slot available to us. We will meet at Abbeyside School for the duration of the classes.
For further information contact Irene on (086) 8242348
For me, as for so many runners, there really are no finish lines. Runs end; running doesn't.