Senior News

Notes October 8-17

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 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. It was  a great day for our men's and ladies also in the novice championships with the club filling the two gold medal positions with Brian Byrne taking the men's and Brigid Coffey the ladies. Brigid  ran a good race to take her first individual novice cross country title a deserving gold medal for a dedicated club athlete who is always available to run for her club when called upon, and just like Brigid the very same has to be said of our silver medallist on the day when Onra Power filled that position another great club stalwart who rarely would ever miss any type of a club race on the road or cross country, Catherine Keating also competed on the day running as a individual guest,  both Brigid and Onra will now be lining out once again for the club this Sunday in the Masters. No club had a full team competing. Turning to the Novice men where it was a great day for another club member in Brian Byrne who ran a very smart race to claim the title as best county novice for 2017.From the gun on the 3 lap course over 6,000 meters, Waterford AC athlete Ian O'Byrne took up the early pace and after the first lap was 200 meters ahead of the chasing Byrne, But Brain never let that gap open any further and he made a decisive move half way through the race by catching and passing O'Byrne, Brian was always in control from here all the way to the finish line to take a deserving gold medal with Ian holding on for silver ahead of Mossie Keogh taking bronze who also had a battled on his hands all the way with fellow club mate Shane O'Riordan who was running his very first cross country race  as a novice, Mossie took bronze here last year so nice to see him take a silver this year, Shane was just in behind in 4th place but can be delighted with his run as he along with Brian, Mossie, and Jason Tavers who was solid 6th and Darren Tutty again running his very first novice race was 8th took the gold team award for the club.   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.
The Waterford  county Senior cross-country championships were held in conjunction with the club’s 24th 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 ladies championship race saw just 13 athletes taking part which is quite a disappointing number of runners in a county championship race.However West Waterford AC were among the county medal winners on the day.The individual gold went to Orla Queally Ferrybank AC and her team mate Louise Morgan took silver.Running her very first senior county cross country race West Waterford's Natalie Sheehan put in a brilliant run to claim bronze. Natalie who just recently joined the club is a lady with great potential and hopefully we will be hearing a lot more of her in the coming years. Ferrybank AC also won the overall team gold with West Waterford AC taking the silver and bronze team medals. Along with Natalie Sheehan there was another very strong run from Sandra Prendergast who was 2nd club lady home in 5th place overall and the third scorer was Leonora Kiely who was 7th, On the bronze winning team leading them home was Brigid Coffey with a strong performance to claim 10th place with Onra Power and Sharon Higgins 12th and 13th respectively. Well done to the ladies. Turning to the men's race where we had a field of 23 county runners and taking individual gold and county senior champion for 2017 was Ferrybank's Andrew Connick with silver going to his team mate Niall Tuohy and Waterford AC's Frank Quinlan took bronze. Ferrybank AC took gold and bronze team awards with Waterford AC taking silver here. There was success for West Waterford AC's youngster Niall Blackwell who took gold in the junior race, a young athlete with a great attitude towards his training and is getting his just rewards being crowned county junior champion for 2017, a very well done to Niall. 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.
The popular Michael Roche Carpets series which is now "running " for 26 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 26 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 5th ,the 2nd race will be the Paddy Joe Curran memorial Turkey Trot at the Marine on Sunday November 19th and then after the festive season we will continue the series with the Kiely Monumental Colligan cup on Sunday January 14th .Race 4 will be the Kilmacthomas 5 on Sunday 11th February and finally the Deíse College Dungarvan 10k on Sunday February 18th. 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 February. The series events will then read in full.
Murray's Pharmacy Brickey 5k.
Kiely Monumental Colligan Cup.
Clean Zone Technology Turkey Trot 5.
The 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 26th year. As always we urge or members to support all our sponsors when appropriate.
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 and all at Murrays Pharmacy for this kind gesture. The proceeds from this year's race will be donated to The 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 8 Euro. Proceeds from the event this year will be donated to The Brickey Juvenile GAA club.  
The clubs winter league which now enters its 24th year is just around the corner. This year the registration night will take place on the Wednesday after the Dublin city marathon November 1st. 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 number for a cost of €5. This number should be used every night that you run. We will have people on hand at the sports centre that will be available to answer any questions you may have and we will also explain the rules and regulations of the league as well as the two courses of the league .The first official night of the league will be the following week November 8th. Please note that this year's league will have an earlier starting time. The first runners will be off each week at 6.50 instead of the former 7.20. For all those that won’t be able to make it to the sports centre on the first night of registration, you may register and get your number on the following 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 is €5, this is a once -off payment for your number and then €2 for each night for West Waterford AC club members and €3 for non-members. This year for the first time also you can pay for the entire league with a once off payment and save yourself 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. From next week on we will have online entry for the league for anyone who wants to register this way ,keep an eye on the club face book for same.
The Annual 15 miler from Cork to Cobh recently saw a good turnout of West Waterford athletes taking part in the field of over 745 participants. The day was good weather wise for the large field of runners. This year's overall winner was Colin Merritt 1.223.13 , the overall ladies winner was Claire Mc Carthy in 1.30.09.Our first man home was Marc Flavin who finished 21st overall in a superb time of 1.35.15 .He was followed by Gerry Cantwell 1.46.52,this time saw Gerry take the 1st man over 55 prize on the day. Katie Bullen running her very first Cork to Cobh was our first lady across the finish line in a time of 2.13.21.Well done to all who completed the race.
Marc Flavin 1.35.15 
Gerry Cantwell 1.46.52
Katie Bullen 2.13.21
Catriona Kiely 2.13.39
Geraldine Lacey 2.15.02
Aidan Walsh 2.15.02
Jackie Tobin 2.30.48
Emma Power 2.30.48
Linda Garcia 2.30.49
Vincent O'Donovan 2.30.51
Marie Walsh 2.31.45
Aine Foley 2.32.05
The club had a very strong representation last Sunday in Germany at the Munich Marathon, held on a damp cool day which was idea for most marathon runners our athletes performed admirably, Dermot Ryan who was preparing for this race diligently with quite a while had the run of his life when clocking a brilliant person best 2.42, Garret Byrne can and should be proud of his run also when 3.02 saw him also run a personal best on the day, that sub 3 hour mark is well within in his capabilities but unfortunately it has to wait for another day. Trevor Mason has performed on the big stage on so many occasion now and he once again put in a great run to finish in 3.19,Tom Longan was just behind Trevor 3.20 had injury woes with his preparation this year so he should be pleased to get around in a solid 3.20.Our first lady home was the unstoppable Ann Dunford 3.37, when it comes to marathon pacing there is none better, well done Ann. Another with a late injury problem was John Paul Hogan but he stuck to the task on the day coming in with a time of 3.47.A great run on the day also came from Peter Cunningham with his 3.51 clocking and taking a whopping 9 minutes off his previous best time. The Ormond household can be very happy today also as Brian ran a personal best time of 3.52 his previous best as 3.57 and to round off a great day for the Ormond's Fiona also ran a personal best 4.06 she had a best time of 4.14 prior to this, so well done here to both. Karen Ryan was well pleased with husband's Dermot's performance but she  also competed and her time was 4.01 just outside the 4 hour barrier which she can be pleased with herself also. Michelle Cunningham was the clubs sole representative in the half marathon and she clocked a time of 1.57.All in all a great weekend was had by all, congratulations to each and every one of you.
Dermot Ryan 2.42
Garret Byrne 3.02 
Trevor Mason 3.19
Tom Longan 3.20
 Ann Dunford 3.37
John Paul Hogan 3.47
Peter Cunningham 3.51
Brian Ormond 3.52
Karen Ryan 4.01
Fiona Ormond 4.06
Michelle Cunningham 1.57 ( half marathon )
The county masters cross country championships will be held on this 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.
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. 
Club member James Whelan made the journey West last Saturday where he ran the Galway bay half marathon. From the field of over 1.100 runners James finished a very creditable 80th in a time of 1.35.00.Well done James the Tuesday night training is paying dividends.
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