Senior News

Notes October 22-17

 The fourth and final night in this year's ever popular league took place recently, the Garvey's SuperValu Autumn league at St Augustine's college. This league is eagerly awaited for each year and enjoyed by all participants as runners us it as a prelim to our winter league which is not too far away now. Presentation of overall prizes for the league took place immediately after running with Onra power on hand from Garveys to do the honours.
The 1 lap league was won by Eamonn Cashin. on the minimum 3 points with 3 first place finishes in the 4 nights. Eamonn ran his fastest time of 7.35 in week 1. Second went to Onra Power on 6 points. Onra's fastest time was 8.57. Onra was also on hand to represent Garveys and present the league prizes. Well done to all our 1 lap runners who took part in this years league. 
The 2 lap league was won by youngster Asier Del Rio on the minimum 3 points. Asier's fastest time was 14.57 in week 3. Second in the league went to another one of the clubs juvenile athletes, Elia Tutty on 6 points with Elia fastest time being 16.27. Well done everyone that took part in the 2 lap league.
 Richie Fitzgerald took 3 lap honours on 3 points with 3 first and a second over the 4 nights. Ritchie's best run was 21.29 in week 3. Second went to Oisin O'Riordan on 5 points with 1 first and 2 second places. Oisin's fastest run was 21.30 in week 3. Well done everyone.
Cian O'Riordan was a clear and deserving winner of the  4 lap league finishing first all 4 nights. Cian's fastest run was 26.55 in week 3. Second in the league went to Shane O'Riordan on7 points. Tom Leahy won division 2 on 13 points with Tom Nyhan winning Division 3 on 27 points. Division 4 was won by Tony Ferncombe on 43 points 
West Waterford Athletic Club would like to acknowledge all those who help in the running of the league especially Ray, Shirley and James. A special thanks to Ann who looks after the results and tables each week. 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.
Wednesday November 1st  sees the registration take place for the 2017/18 24th Annual Forde's Daybreak winter league which will be run over 13 weeks and organised by West Waterford athletic club. The event for those few who are not familiar with it caters for all types of runners and especially for those that have never ran before, we provide plenty of advice and encouragement so please don’t feel that you might be the only person trying it for the first time as guaranteed there will be many coming along again this year for the very first time just like you. There are 2 distances to choose from and they are commonly known as the long route 5.4 miles and the short route 2.3.miles. Come along on the night and register for whichever route you wish to do. Please bear in mind that you are not stuck with the course you choose at the start, if you wish to change after a while then you may do so. We will be available to answer any questions you may have tonight or any other night. There is no official run on registration night, however many people do run the course but there will be no stewards on the course until round 1 which is the official start of the league. If you can’t register on registration night, you can do so the following week or any other night but we do urge as many as possible to come along and register in order to speed up proceedings for the following week. Your cooperation with this matter is much appreciated.
When you register, there will be a fee of €5 to cover the cost of the waterproof number and timing chip attached. This number and chip will be issued to you and you only and it will be your number for the duration of the 13 week league so it’s most important that you have it and wear it every Wednesday night, please pin it to the front of your bib only. This is a once-off fee, payable on the night you get your number and then after that it will be just €2 each night that you run for members and €3 for non-members. Last year we introduced a once off payment for the entire league and this was taken up by half of all winter league runners who save themselves 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.
You can of course register from the comfort of your own home or work place just long on to our winter league online registration page at
Also proving very popular at the winter league is the team competition which was introduced three years ago. There has been really great interest in this element of the league and a 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 5 of the league (i.e. before 30th November 2017). Details of how register your team will be provided at the Winter League.
 Bushy Park GAA grounds is the venue for the 24th 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, David and all at Murrays Pharmacy for this kind gesture. The proceeds from this year's race will be donated to Brickey Juvenile 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. Entry fee is 10 Euro. 
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..
The Munster Masters Cross Country Championships have been announced for a Cork venue, yet to be declared on  Sunday 19th November 2017. 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 James 086 8184762 or Ann 086 0619711 A.S.A.P. No entries will be accepted on the day of race.
West Waterford athletic club are delighted to announce that entries for our 27th annual 10 mile  event will open on this coming Wednesday November 1st at 9 am. The entry options will be online entry through our race web site or through our chip timing or by downloading an entry form on our club web site there will also be hard copy entries forms available. The event now in its 27th year 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 from humble beginnings 27 years ago. This year the organisers due to the demand for entries for the race have added extra numbers with a cut off now of 2.750 entries available ,this we hope will see all runners wishing to run the event in 2018 getting an entry to do so. Please note that this event usually sells out well before closing date so do get your entry in if you intend running on Sunday February 4th 2018.The John Treacy Dungrvan 10 bring’s 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 as we all look forward to an even bigger and better event on Sunday February 4th next. To stage such a big event of course requires good sponsor and we are fortunate to have the support many associate sponsors and many local businesses and individuals who are all giving valuable support helping to make the day a great occasion for the town of Dungarvan.The top club runners will once again do battle to have the honor of having their clubs name added to the list of previous winners in the John Treacy Club Challenge Cup for men’s and ladies teams. We will again be calling on all the athletic clubs of Ireland to take on the challenge in 2018 event.
All race details can be found at 
Shona Heaslip (An Riocht) starred at the Autumn Open International Cross Country Festival to win the women’s 6,000m in 20:36 at the Sport Ireland National Sports Campus today. Heaslip, a former Irish dancing champion, and cousin to our own club member Johnny O'Connor continues to develop apace having competed at the World Student Games over 5,000m in the summer. In different conditions today she eventually broke clear after a fast start ahead of Scotland’s Mhairi MacLennan in second in 20:56 and Michelle Finn (Leevale) who sprinted in for third in 21:03. The event in its first year was held at the National Sports Campus with a combined race with seniors, juniors and masters, the cavalry charge took off at full tilt.It eventually settled with the juniors running 4,500m, three laps of the 1500m loop, where Laura Nicholson (Bandon) topped the pile in 16:22 ahead of Siobhra O’Flaherty (SLOT) and Avril Deegan (Ballyroan Abbeyleix). Darragh McElhinney (Bantry) showed he was wintering well to win the junior 6,000m in 18:48 ahead of Jamie Battle (Mullingar Harriers) in 18:56 and what a brilliant performance to finish 3rd here from Micheál Power West Waterford AC in 19:05. It was evident the fitness and energy in both junior races as they battle for coveted Irish singlet's for the European Cross Country Championships in December, Micheál has his name well and truly posted on the team sheet now for selection here, also competing at this level for the very first time was Niall Blackwell and he ran a super race to claim 24th overall in the start studded junior event, very well done to Niall on his first outing at this level of competition it argues well for his future career in the sport also.  In the masters races Claire McCarthy (Leevale), who competed at the World Championships in the marathon, was first F40 in 21:33 with Sara Doohan (Corran) the first F35 in 22:21. The evergreen Carmel Parnell (Leevale) shows no sign of slowing down and was first F60 in 25:32.In the men's race the lead group eventually whittled down to three with Hiko Tonosa (DSD) of Ethiopia having more in the tank for the sprint to win in 22:58 ahead of Kenya’s Gideon Kimosop  23:01 and Adam Kirk-Smith (Derry City Track Club) who had a fine run in third in 23:06.1996 Olympian Shane Healy (MSB) has made a return to masters running and topped the M45 category while Paddy Hamilton and Declan Reed impressed in respective M35 and M40 categories. Running from West Waterford AC here was Brian Byrne fresh from his recent County Novice success ,Brian again gave it his all running  into a great 13th position overall from a very strong field of the best of the best of masters runners. John joe Murphy (Tinryland) won a good battle in the M65 section where all masters were gunning for top 4 placing's to run in the Home Countries International. Very well done to our 3 athletes for wearing the club singlet with pride at this prestigious event.
The first round of the Munster even ages for juveniles and novice and under 23 was held last Sunday in Clare Castle Co. Clare and a good day competition was recorded for the club. Our juveniles were well and truly in the thick of the action and the full results here are posted in our juvenile notes this week, well done to all of them. In the ladies novice race we had Diana Chizhikova competing and she finished a creditable 38th from the strong field. In the men's novice race we had two athletes competing in Shane O' Riordan and Darren Tutty. Shane was the first home of the two finishing 27th overall, he is of course a member of the O'Riordan running dynasty, this young man is as dedicated an athlete as you will ever meet, very well done to Shane on his performance .Making his debut on the Munster novice cross country scene Darren Tutty put in a great effort to finish 55th overall, the first of many Darren, well done to all three.
West Waterford athletic club extend sincere sympathy to the family and friends of Maura Curran, Western Bay, Dungarvan. Dorothy Lennon, 60 William St, Portlaw. and Dermot Moran,Duniry,Loughrea, Galway who passed to their eternal reward's recently, May they rest in peace.
My times became slower and slower, but the experience of the race is unchanged: each race a drama, each race a challenge, each race stretching me in one way or another, and each race telling me more about myself and others.