Senior News

Notes October 16-16

West Waterford Athletic Club are delighted to announce this week our brand new sponsor of our famed Winter league. Kevin Forde of Forde's Daybreak on the Youghal Rd and the club have come together to bring all levels of runners and joggers of Dungarvan and indeed all surrounding areas a slightly new look winter league this year ,with a new points format and lots of weekly prizes for all, with everyone catered for, but more on this anon.
Speaking at the launch last week, "Kevin said how delighted he and all at Forde's Daybreak were to be associated with such a prestigious event as the winter league which is now in its 23rd year and how much he is looking forward to his stores association with such a brilliant club as West Waterford athletic club". "Tom Leahy our club chairman also add that the club have been fortunate to secure the sponsorship of Forde's Daybreak and likewise how thrilled all associated with the club are to have such a great success story as Forde's Daybreak involved with  one of the clubs red letter events. 
The Forde's Daybreak winter league registration night is on Wednesday 02nd November  and the first night proper on the following week Wednesday November 9th. The league will begin with the traditional registration night and on this particular night all those interested in taking part in the winter league are asked to come along and register to get their number. You will be issued with a waterproof number for a cost of €5. This number should be used on every night that you run and its most important that you bring this number as it will be chipped which will record you finishing time each week (no number and chip and no time), We will have people on hand at the sports centre that will be available to answer any questions you may have regarding the league. For all those that won’t be able to make it to the sports centre on the first night, you may register and get your number on the following Wednesday night. In fact, it’s possible to join the winter league at any stage throughout the course of the league. The cost of the league will be €2 for each night for West Waterford AC club members and €3 for non -members. Please do feel free to spread the word and bring along a friend or two, to Irelands original 14 round winter league, see you in Quann's.
The Garvey's Supervalu sponsored Autumn League took place over 5 weeks from 1st September, concluding on Thursday 29th with the final nights running followed by the prize-giving at the Friary venue.  This year we had to make a few changes to the course on certain nights due to the works being carried out there with tree felling and clean up.  Thankfully we were able to finish out the league with no problems and there were some great night running with good weather on every night.  We can now take a look back over the final league tables and the winners.
In 2015 Ciaran Frisby finished in second place in this league to Conor Coleman but this year he went one better and captured the 1 lap title for 2016.  Ciaran ran 4 out of the 5 nights and finished first on 3 occasions and second on 1 night finishing with a total of 5 points.  Second place this year went to Dublin Marathon bound Catriona Kiely who is in heavy training at the moment and we are delighted to see our marathon runners supporting this league as well.  Catriona had her best run in week 4 clocking 9.50 while Ciaran ran a super fast lap of 7.15 also in week 4.
Oisin O Riordan came into the league the 2 lap champion from 2015 and was determined not to give up his title without a fight.  By finishing first on all 4 nights that he ran and with the minimum 4 points he retained his title in style for 2016.  Oisin had his best nights in weeks 1 and 5 as he clocked 14.26 on both nights.  Runner up to Oisin in the 2.4 mile distance on this occasion was Diana Chizhikova who is once again very competitive over this distance.  Diana had her best time in week 4 passing the finish line in 17.04.  The division 2 winner here is no stranger to picking up prizes in the Friary as over the last few years Margaret Whelan has picked up quite a few.  Margaret finished with 26 points from her best 4 nights with Joanne Leahy her nearest rival just 5 points behind on 31.  
The 3 lap distance this year was a most competitive one and just as in 2015 Cian O Riordan and Yevgeniy Chizhikov was to the fore here.  This year however we had a change at the top as Cian finished first on all 4 nights that he ran and also with the minimum 4 points on the board he could not be overtaken.  Yev is made of stern stuff though and once again did not give up his title easy and they had some great battles over the league with Cian running his best in week 5 when he completed the 3.6 miles in just over 20 minutes (20.07) while Yev also had his best run of the league on the last night recording 21.50. 
Mossie Keogh has had a summer of super running and he continued this good form into the Autumn League dominating each night taking first place on all 5 nights and finishing on an unbeatable total of 4 points.  His fastest time was actually in week 1 when he ran 27.46.  Shane O Riordan ran 4 out of the 5 nights of this league and it’s no shame at all to finish second to Mossie on all 4 nights that he competed with Shane’s fastest time recorded in week 4 when he clocked 28.46, super running for 4.8 miles over grass.With the divisions locked going into the final night the second division of the 4 lap league was also a competitive one as almost all runners ran on all 5 nights and this year we had a reverse of 2015 as Ann Dunford finished first on 32 points with Paul Brunnock just behind with 35.
West Waterford A.C. would like to sincerely thank our sponsor's for this league, Liam Power of Garvey's Supervalu Dungarvan and Coolagh Road.  Liam was present on the night to present all the prizes which we did immediately after the league finished last Thursday evening.  Thanks also to Darren Healy who sorted out the prizes for the league and of course we would also like to thank our own hardworking committee members, James, Ray Tom, Tony and Shirley who all helped out on the different nights of the league, and finally to Ann who looked after the notes each week.
 1916-2016.......100 years........100 marathon runners.
A dream is about to become a reality, i can well recall that faithful winters night some 12 months back when out for a regular Friday night run with a club member from Conna ?,There was a lot of talk at the time in the media about the following years 100 year celebrations of the Easter rising of 1916, and the celebrations which are to be organised to mark the occasion, how could the club be part of this Irish historic occasion said i, and before he had two more stride taken " a runner for each year of the 100 could run Dublin in 2016 the bauld Conna man said as quick as i could take the next two strides, That's it says i  you hit the nail on the head, and now the rest will soon be history just like the Rising of 1916. In 2015 we had 44 athletes running and in 2016 we will have 159 far exceeding our original target of 100. We are now officially the largest club team on the day and not alone that but in the 37 year history of the marathon we are now the largest club team ever to participate in the Dublin City Marathon.( more history). One of the main aims of the initiative by the club was to encourage and support as many athletes as possible on their marathon journey especially those who have said that they will run a marathon ‘one day’. That day for them is here. The Easter Rising began on Easter Monday and so did our marathon training. On this day we got 200 runners to run 1000km to launch our challenge at the annual Aglish charity run for Crumlin children's hospital. This was the spark that lit the fire and within weeks we knew we were easily going to achieved our target . From weekly training sessions to organised group long runs it seems at times that the entire town has spent the summer running and preparing for this event. Not a stone has been left unturned to assist athletes to compete at higher levels and achieve their own personal targets. We have had Goal Setting motivational talks from Gerry Duffy, performance nutrition workshops with well known nutritionist Barry Murray and have specially commissioned 1916-2016 club training gear and wristbands. Many local charities and groups benefit from our road races and this event is no different. 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 and all funds raised will go directly to the charity of the athletes choice. After the many months of hard training, especially by our clubs meet and train group lead by coach Irene Clarke a large number of our members are now fit and ready to take on the might of the Dublin city marathon on bank holiday Monday next .We wish the very best of luck to each and every club member on the day. The Irish National Marathon championship will be held in conjunction with the race, and of course the club’s Annual Paddy Joe Delaney memorial shield will be awarded to the first West Waterford Athlete to finish the championship race.  All athletes should by now have received your acceptance slip by e-mail, print it off and bring it with you to Registration in the Main Hall of the RDS where you will pick up your race number. Finally remember the race starts at 20. Good luck to one and all.   There's no feeling better than the feeling that one will experience when coming into the finish line of the marathon, enjoy the occasion you have a lot of work put in and you deserve to do well.This will be an historic day for West Waterford AC and one that may not be repeated for another 100 years. To capture the moment we will be taking a group photograph at the GPO on the morning of the race at 7.30 AM. "Rest now my friends our moment is almost here".
 Bushy Park GAA grounds is the venue for the 23rd 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 Glenbeg national school.  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. Entry fee is 8 Euro. Proceeds from the event this year will be donated to Glenbeg Primary School.
On Sunday November 27th the 8th 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 SERT South East Radiotherapy Trust. 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..
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 Friday, 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 Munster Juvenile Inter-Club Relays and Masters Cross Country Championships have been announced for St. Augustine's college Dungarvan on  Sunday 20th November 2016. First race commences at 11.30am.The club will be entering both a men's and ladies masters team here so 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 Autumn quarter of the Athlete of the Year has reached its conclusion and it's been a busy quarter for our members with athletes competing consistently in club events during this period. The outright winner in this quarter is Eamonn Curran. Yev Chizhikov was the top scorer for the quarter on 16 points but Yev who is current athlete of the year from 2015 has also won this year's summer quarter which rules him out from taken another quarterly prize. In second place we had a tie between Eamonn Curran and Micheal Moynihan, both finishing with 15 points, The rules of the competition says on a tie you look at the previous quarter which is  summer to determine who had the highest points for this period and here Eamon accumulated a tally of 20 points and Micheal 20 points so we then have to move back to the next quarter which was Spring and here is where the split happens as Eamonn finished the Spring quarter with 11 points and Micheal finished on  7 points, this declares Eamonn the winner for Autumn. With just the final winter quarter to go in this year's competition  our leader in the overall Athlete of the Year is and winner the past 2 years of this inter club competition Yev Chizhikov who is currently on a huge tally of 52 points and now looks odd on to retain this title, making it 3 in a row. Yev has a big margin over his chasers Ray Hahesy and Eamonn Curran who both have 46 points with Catriona Kiely a further 2 points behind on 44 points  and Sharon Higgins has 43 and Micheal Moynihan 42.We have one more quarter still to come, winter, so plenty of opportunities still for us all to have a go at winning one of the quarters  , Our winners to date this year are Yev Chizhikov Spring Ray Hahesy Summer and now Eamonn Curran Autumn so these are ruled out from winning another quarter as any athlete can only win once, but of course you can win a quarter and still win the overall title for 2016.All West Waterford organised events count and 2 points are awarded if you represent your club in a championship event.
The leaders for autumn quarter 2016 were as follows:
Yev Chizhikov 16
Eamonn Curran 15
Micheal Moynihan 15
Onra Power 14
Catriona Kiely 14
Ray Hahesy  14
Paul Brunnock 13
Sharon Higgins 13
Diana Chizhikova 13
The county masters cross country championships will be held on Sunday November 9th at St. Augustine's college with a 12 noon starting time. 
If this is your first time running the Dublin Marathon you will need to collect your number beforehand.  Race numbers (race pack) will be available for collection at the Dublin Marathon EXPO in the Main Hall of the R.D.S on Friday 28th from 12 to 7pm and Saturday 29th October between the hours of 9am and 7pm.If you have booked accommodation through the club your room will be under the name of the person who paid for the room. The hotel is situated just off Upper O’Connell Street.
Breakfast on the morning of the marathon will be available from 6.30am.A group photograph will be taken outside the GPO at 7.30am on the morning of the marathon to mark this historic occasion. We would love for as many athletes as possible to be there wearing the club colours. A private dinner has been booked for everyone staying in the hotel and is included in the price for Sunday 30th. This will be at 6.30pm and will be followed by music and entertainment. For anyone not staying in the hotel please come and join us at 8.30pm for a great night of music and craic – all are more than welcome so please join us.
Whilst a lot of athletes are currently in the thick of training for Dublin City Marathon there are other races on the calendar! Anyone who is training for shorter distances / Waterford Half or our own 10 mile race in January is more than welcome to join us at training on a Tuesday evening. Sessions will be tweaked to suit. Focussed training and training plans for the John Treacy 10 mile race will start 12 weeks pre race.
Congratulations to 2 club members who completed the Amsterdam marathon today Sunday ,Eddie Doran and Margaret Hearne both crossed the finish line together in a super time of 4.25.05, brilliant running guys.
Athletics Ireland "Autumn Cross Country Festival" was held today Sunday at the new cross country course at the National Sports Campus in Abbots town, Dublin. Club member Micheal Power was in good form when finishing 7th in the junior men's 6k race in a time of 19.41.Fionnualla Mc Cormack and Mark Christie won the main senior events.
Well done to club member Mick Concannon who ran a 4:14:08 marathon last Saturday morning when most of us mortals were in Slumber.The event was organised by the East of Ireland marathon club and entailed 4 laps on the Howth hills in County Dublin before dawn in Dreadful wet windy weather. Dublin again next stop for Mick.
If you can train your mind for running, everything else will be easy.