Senior News

Notes October 1-17

24th ANNUAL OPEN CROSS COUNTRY RACE FOR THE JAMES HUGHES PERPETUAL CUP.
 
 
 
 
 
VICTORY FOR ANDREW CONNICK.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Now in its 24th year the eagerly awaited open cross country race for the James Hughes perpetual cup took place last Sunday at St. Augustine's College ,as previous years the race also incorporated the country senior and junior cross country championships for men and women .For the 5th 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. The event saw the junior and senior men's and women's all left off together with ladies and juniors covering 2 laps and the seniors running 4 laps. Straight from the starters whistle three athletes raced away on the four lap circuit for the men covering 8.000 meters. From Ferrybank AC Andrew Connick and his team mate Niall Tuohy and Waterford AC's Frank Quinlan. These three battled away together for the second lap also with Connick mostly setting the pace in front, it was the third lap before the winning move was made when Connick upped the tempo with 1.000 meters remaining, racing clear of the pack who were left battling it out for the runners up spot. Connick crossed the finish line in a time of 25.55 so his name will be inscribed on the cup for 2017. The Ferrybank man finished third in the race last year so will be delighted to be taking the victory for this year.On the final half lap his team mate Niall Tuohy was to make it a Ferrybank one two as he broke clear of Quinlan to cross the line in 26.14 for second place with Quinlan taking third in 26.45. There were athletes from many of the southern counties taking part and the first category prize was claimed by a Cork athlete in Donal Coffey Leevale AC  winning the over 40 category in 27.27. First over 45 was Paschal Halley Waterford A.C. in 31.45. The host club provided the over 50 winner when Ray Hahesy West Waterford AC too the category in 31.12.and also the over 55 winner came from West Waterford AC Joe Gough winning here in 31.5 and the first junior prize went to Niall Blackwell West Waterford AC in 27.57, well done to all.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Mens Individual Results
 
 
 
 
 
 
1 Andrew Connick Ferrybank A.C.25:55
 
2 Niall Tuohy Ferrybank A.C.26:14
 
3 Frank Quinlan Waterford A.C.26:45
 
 
 
 
O/40 Donal Coffey Leevale A.C. 27.27
 
O/45 Paschal Halley Waterford A.C. 31.45
 
O/50 Ray Hahesy West Waterford A.C.31.12
 
O/55 Joe Gough West Waterford A.C.31.55
 
Junior Niall Blackwell West Waterford AC 27.57
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
ORLA QUEALLY WINS LADIES RACE.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Ferrybank AC just like the men's senior event took the first two places in the senior ladies race last Sunday.This event saw them covering 4.000 meters which is two laps of the famed Friary grounds.Clear winner on the day was Orla Queally in a time of 15.38 with her team mate in Ferrybank AC Louise Morgan taking second place in 16.10.Running her very first senior cross country race was new club member at West Waterford AC Natalie Sheehan and she had a super run to take third place with a time of 16.20 so a special well done to Natalie. Well done also to all category winners on the day with the over 35 category going to West Waterford AC athlete Sharon Higgins in a time of 20.20.Great to see Anne Marie Hayes St.Catherine's A.C. back in action as she won the 0/40 category in 16.27.Brigid Coffey West Waterford AC took the over 45 section in 18.43. West Waterford's Onra Power was the victor in the over 50 category in 19.16, this was Onra's second victory in a row in this category so well done on that and well done to all other participants and prize winners.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Ladies Individual Results
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1 Orla Queally Ferrybank A.C.15:38
 
2 Louise Morgan Ferrybank A.C.16:10
 
3 Natalie Sheehan West Waterford A.C.16:20
 
 
 
O/35 Sharon Higgins West Waterford A.C.20.20
 
O/40 Anne Marie Hayes St Catherines A.C.16.27
 
 O/45 Brigid Coffey West Waterford A.C.18.43
 
O/50 Onra PowerWest Waterford A.C.19.16
 
 
 
 
 
 
THANKS.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Firstly our sincere thanks to the Power family especially Donal Power, grandson of James Hughes who donated the magnificent cup to this race five 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.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
COUNTY NOVICE CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS SET FOR SUNDAY NEXT OCTOBER 8TH.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
St. Augustine’s College will host the 2017 county novice cross country championship race on Sunday October 8th 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 singlet as this is a championships race.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
COUNTY MASTERS DATE ANNOUNCED.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The county masters cross country championships will be held on Sunday October 15th 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.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
MUNSTER NOVICE AND UNDER 23 CROSS COUNTRY ENTRIES.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The first Munster Cross Country Championship race will be the Novice and U/ 23 which are being held on Sunday 22nd 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.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
GARVEYS SUPERVALU AUTUMN LEAGUE ROUND 4.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Last Thursday night was our fourth and final night in this years ever popular league, the Garvey's SuperValu Autumn league at St Augustine's college. This league is eagerly awaited for each year as runners us it as a prelim to our winter league which is not too far away now. Other runners use it prepare for the upcoming cross country season. It was great to see so many new faces as well as regulars at the Friary grounds.  Unfortunatly for the last night of the league, we were met with miserable wet conditions which made for tough going for all our runners. Presentation of overall prizes for the league took place immediately after running.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
EAMON CASHIN IS FIRST HOME ON THE 1 LAP FOR THIRD TIME.
 
 
 
 
 
 
This week the 1 lap runners were once again home by Eamon Cashin in 7.55. He was followed by Aoife O'Brien in 8.57 with Onra Power next in 9.25.. Michael Coakley was fourth in 10.40 with Michael Deegan next in 11.02. Well done to all our 1 lap runners who took part in this years league. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
ASIER DEL RIO FIRST HOME IN 3 LAP FOR THIRD WEEK RUNNING.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
8 runners took on the 2 lap and they were led home by youngster Asier Del Rio in 15.52. He was followed for the third week runing by Elia Tutty in 17.14 with  Leah Cuningham third in 18.32 with Michael Moynihan fourth in 19.30. Dennis Ryan ran 23.03. Brigid Buckley and Noelle Feeney ran together and ran in 27.01 with Martina Cliffe clocking 27.39. Well done everyone that took part in the league.
 
 
 
 
 
 
OISIN O'RIORDAN LEADS HOME THE 3 LAPS
 
 
 
 
 
 
First home on the 3 lap was Oisin O'Riordan in 21.44. Ritchie Fitzgerald was second in 23.21. He was followed by Gerald O'Reilly in 23.56. Lucy Holmes was next in 24.34. Young Sarah Nyhan finished in an excellent 29.08 with  Stephanie Hickey next in 32.04. Well done everyone.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
CIAN O'RIORDAN ONCE AGAIN FIRST HOME OVER 4 LAPS
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
It was tough running over the 4 laps last week with the drizzle and slippery underfoot conditions. First home was Cian O'Riordan in 29.07. He was followed by his brother Shane in 29.48 . Ray Hahessy was third in 32.59.  First lady was  Sinead O'Brien in 35.22 (over 30 seconds faster than last week). Next lady finisher was young Danni Cunningham in 39.42 followed by Ann Dunford in 40.51. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
THANKS.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
West Waterford Athletic Club would like to acknowledge all those who help in the running of the league especially Ray, Shirley and James. Thanks so much once again to the Friary College for permitting the use of the grounds and of course thanks to those that helped by taking the entries, names, times and results, it’s very much appreciated.  A big thank you also all at Garveys SuperValu for their sponsorship. As always we would like to invite our members and participants in our leagues to support our sponsors where possible.
 
 
 
 
A full report of the final tables will be in next weeks notes.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
27th ANNUAL JOHN TREACY DUNGARVAN 10 .
 
 
 
 
 
Entries for the 27th Annual John Treacy Dungarvan 10 which will be held on Sunday February 4th  2018 will open this year a month later when we change from October 1st to November 1st.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 THE CROPPY BOY RUN.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Well done to club members who took part in the Croppy Boy 10 k race in Passage East last Saturday, First home for the club was Onra Power 48.24 following Onra was Michael Coakley in a time of 59.05 and our final finisher in the day was Deirdre Clancy in 67.17,well done to all 3.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
24th ANNUAL FORDES DAYBREAK WINTER LEAGUE-ONCE OFF WINTER LEAGUE PAYMENT.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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 20th. We will resume action on Wednesday January 3rd and continue until February 7th. 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
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
SUCCESS FOR KATE VEALE IN LONDON WALKING FESTIVAL.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Congratulations to Kate Veale who won the British Festival of race walking held in Hillingdon London last Sunday morning.Kate competing in her first 20 k walked a good time of 1.52.45 in windy conditions and was a member of a strong team of Irish walkers who walked the 5 and 10 k distances. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
RUNNING QUOTE.
 
 
 
 
 
Runners understand this, this deep desire to cultivate resilience. It transcends the repetition of our gait and gives meaning to the stride of life.