Senior News

Notes October 23-16

SILVER FOR KATE VEALE AT MUNSTER UNDER 23 COSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS. 
 
 
 
 
 
The first round of the Munster cross country championships were held last Sunday in Carrag Na Bfear Co.Cork and there was some success for the club, in the juvenile it was the even ages and one of the largest contingents ever from the club travelled with some really brilliant performances resulting in many medals being brought back home,( full report in juvenile notes) .In the novice and under 23 we had 3 athlete running, In the Ladies under 23 there was a welcome return to cross country running for Kate Veale who finished a brilliant 2nd taking silver behind Shona Heaslip of Riocht AC Kerry, Shona is a first cousin of our own Johnny O'Connor). It was great to see Kate back mixing it at this level and she can take great positivity from that run today .Damien Murphy had a powerful run in  the Novice men's also and was really unlucky not to get an individual medal as he finished in 4th place after sharing the lead for much of the race and at one stage looked like opening a winning gap on the pack of 8 , none the less a very positive run from Damien with only a few second's separating the top 4 or 5 athletes, Damien did lead the Waterford county team to bronze county medals in the inter county competition. Mossie Keogh also ran finishing in a top 30 position and in the top quarter of the field. Well done to all.  
 
 
 
 
 
 
RECORD NUMBER OF ATHLETES  FROM WEST WATERFORD AC TO RUN SUNDAYS DUBLIN CITY MARATHON.
 
 
 
1916-2016.......100 years........100 marathon runners.
 
 
 
The Dublin city marathon is almost upon us and it's now official that West Waterford AC will have the largest club representation on this special marathon day next Sunday, we are indeed the largest club representation ever in  the 37 year history of the race, what an achievement for us. All the months and months of miles are now ran and stowed away in the legs. What started as a germ of an idea took on legs of its own very quickly and from our 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. 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.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. Very little more needs to be said about next Sunday only to 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. Rest and eat well and of course plenty of sleep, see you all at the GPO for 7.30 am sharp Sunday.
 
 
 
 
 
REGISTER WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 2ND FOR THE 22nd ANNUAL "FORDE'S DAYBREAK" WINTER LEAGUE BETWEEN 7.15 PM AND 8 P.M.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 Wednesday November 2nd  sees the registration take place for the 2016/17 23rd Annual Forde's Daybreak winter league which will be run over 14 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.
 
 
 
 
 
 
ONCE-OFF REGISTRATION FEE OF 5 EURO.
 
 
 
 
 
 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 14 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.
 
 
 
 
 
 
FORDE'S DAYBREAK WINTER LEAGUE TEAM COMPETITION.
 
 
 
 
 
 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 2016). Details of how register your team will be provided at the Winter League.
 
 
 
 
 
 
MICHAEL ROCHE CARPETS SERIES. RACE 1.
 
 
 
23rd ANNUAL MURRAYS PHARMACY BRICKEY 4 IN AID OF GLENBEG PRIMARY SCHOOL.
 
 
 
 
 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.
 
 
 
 
MICHAEL ROCHE CARPETS SERIES.RACE 2.
 
 
SERT TO BENEFIT FROM PADDY JOE CURRAN MEMORIAL TURKEY TROT.
 
 
 
 
 
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..
 
 
 
 
 
COUNTY MASTERS CROSS COUNTRY NOVEMBER 9TH.
 
 
 
 
The county masters cross country championships will be held on Sunday November 9th at St. Augustine's college with a 12 noon starting time.
 
 
 
 
 
MUNSTER MASTERS CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS SET FOR ST.AUGUSTINE'S COLLEGE.
 
 
 
 
 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.
 
 
 
 
 
JOHN TREACY DUNGARAVN 10 MILE -TRAINING.
 
 
 
 
Now that you have entered and the race is completely full, we are starting specific race training on Tuesday 8th November for the clubs big February date The John Treacy Dungarvan 10 . For the winter months we will be moving our base back to The Park Hotel. Training will continue on Tuesday nights at 6.30pm not Friday nights which was the case last winter. We will continue to offer a coached session on a Tuesday evening, weekly training plans and online support via our dedicated club Facebook groups. This is only available to those who attend training regularly and are club members. There are huge advantages to training with a club:
1. Athletics clubs offer coaching and camaraderie and can help you reach your training goals
2. Training with a group of like minded individuals makes training easier and more enjoyable
3. If you run with a group and follow the club training plan you will become a better runner
4. Consistent training with the club will bring the rewards of improved performances
5. It will improve your social life as well as your running life
If you cannot commit to training every Tuesday night we have introduced a new option for 10 mile training this year. Club members can now avail of the 13 week club training plan and have access to online support and club workouts for a reduced fee of €50. A 3rd option of Individual Training plans, for the 10 mile race or another goal race, and /or coaching support is also available at a reduced rate for club members. Contact Irene for further details. Club training is open to all club members and costs a nominal €3 per week. There will be no club training on Tuesday 1st November.
 
 
 
 
 
 
ANOTHER MARATHON COMPLETED FOR MICK CONCANNON.
 
 
 
 
Well done last Sunday to club member Mick Concannon who ran 3.56 in the Avondale Wicklow hospice marathon over a road and forest trail course.
 
 
 
 
SYMPATHY.
 
 
 
West Waterford athletic club extends sincere sympathy to the families and friends of Teresa Drummy, Ballinagoul, Ring and Terry Lyons Mc Carthy Ville, Abbeyside who passed to their eternal rewards last week, may the rest in peace.
 
 
 
RUNNING QUOTE.
 
 
 
 
The most important day in any running program is rest. Rest days give your muscles time to recover so you can run again. Your muscles build in strength as you rest.