Senior News

Notes September 01-19

We were very lucky last Friday evening for our 2nd annual visit to our friends in Ballinameela who hosted the Ashleigh Farms sponsored Ballinameela 5k,the skies were grey and dark but thankfully for the huge field of 180 runners the rain held off as they left Ballinameela community hall at 7 pm making their way out into the countryside on the very fast flat 5k course. The race which was being held for the second time as part of the very successful Elverys Intersport / Asics Summer Road Race Series bringing the total number of races in  this series now to twelve.All events of course need good local community approval and sponsorship and this was evident last Friday evening as a huge community effort with no stone unturned in making this the great event that it was.The race was organised jointly by Ballinameela Community Centre and Ballinameela GAA Club with the proceeds from the night  supporting the two main organisers towards the running of the community centre and the GAA Club. But of course the main emphasis at the run was to have an annual local community event to get people to come together and socialise in a relaxed fun surrounding while running/jogging and of course afterwards over a cuppa in the magnificent community hall. Refreshments afterwards were provided by the Ballinameela Community Centre Ladies and the Stewards were organised by the GAA Club. Stewards consisted of local people, club members and players, our thanks to all involved and especially to our own club member Mark Cliffe who put in a huge shift in organising this race once again this year. As mentioned already our sponsors were brilliant and our sincere thanks to the following overall sponsor Aisleigh Farms (McGrath Family) Venture Clothing, Top Oil, The Little Milk Company, Glanbia/Avonmore Protein Milk.A big thank you also to Waterford City and County Council especially  Anthony Reddy who was extremely helpful in getting hedges cut and providing traffic cones to designate the route etc. Our thanks to Matthew Fogarty and James Maher who presented the race winners with their prizes on the night.  Thanks to the West Waterford athletic club crew on registration, results and traffic duty, the final night of this race series is always a busy one for all, but once again plenty help was at hand, looking forward to 2020 already. 
David McGlynn Waterford AC continued the Waterford AC title hold on this race after it was held for the 2nd time last Friday evening when David took the honours for 2019 after his team mate Noel Murphy had won the inaugural race in 2018.David coached by Des Colbert who has a very nice group of junior athletes at the moment and is doing great work with them in and around the city proved that bit too strong for James Ledingham the army officer now living in Kilkenny and running with Kilkenny city harriers ,James is of course originally from Clashmore, James and David broke clear from the field and ran more or less together up until the 3 k mark when David opened up a good lead on James and crossed the finish line in a time of 15.30 which was 40 seconds faster than Noel Murphy winning time of 2018, so a good marker put down by the youngsters last Friday ,James came home 2nd in a time of 15.43 and 3rd place went to the above mentioned winner last year Noel Murphy in 16.05 which incidentally was 5 seconds faster than his winning time last year but only fast enough to fill 3rd place this year.The category winners were over 40 Kieran Sheehan Watergrasshill AC 17.30,over 45 James Whelan West Waterford AC 18.46 ,over 50 Eugene O'Keeffe Carrick-on-Suir AC 18.43 and 1st junior was Ivan Fitzgerald Clonmel AC 16.59.
1 David Mc Glynn Waterford AC 15.30
2 James Ledingham Kilkenney City Harriers AC 15.43
3 Noel Murphy Waterford AC 16.05
M 40 Kieran Sheehan Watergrasshill AC 17.30
M 45 James Whelan West Waterford AC 18.46
M 50 Eugene O'Keeffe Carrick-on-Suir AC 18.43
M55 Ray Hahesy West Waterford A.C. 19.03
M Jnr Ivan Fitzgerald Clonmel AC 16.59
She really is proving to be queen of the roads in and around the southern part of the country presently as St. Josephs AC athlete Sally Forristal took her 2nd win in a row in Ballinameela last Friday evening, having won the race last year in a time of 18.02 her time this year was slightly slower clocking a winning time of 18.19 but none the less a great back to back win for the south Kilkenny woman who is successfully coached by Jack Duggan who himself was a regular participant some years ago in many of our races. Sally had only crossed the finish line when another top female athlete rounded the corner for the finish straight Madeline Loughnane Thurles Crokes AC was 2nd with a time of 18.32 making the top two placing's exactly the same in 2019 as they were in 2018,both Sally and Madeline are regular visitors to our races and we are delighted to have them along and we do appreciate the distances they travel to support our events. Third was Waterford's Anna O'Connor another of the Des Colbert Stable and a fine young athlete with lots of potential for the future, Anna was timed at 18.39 which was a big personal best time for her over this distance .First lady over 35 was Linda Foley West Waterford A.C.22.20,the over 40 ladies was claimed Mary Molloy Carrick On Suir AC 21.10 by First over 45 was Mairead Byrne West Waterford A.C. 23.54,the ladies over 50 went to Una Ui  Mhuirithe Ind 22.28 and our first junior lady home was Lucy HolmesWest Waterford AC 19.59.
1 Sally Forristal St. Joseph's AC 18.19
2 Madeline McLoughnane Thurles Crokes AC 18.32
3 Anna O'Connor Waterford AC 18.39
F 35 Linda Foley West Waterford A.C. 22.20
F 40 Mary Molloy    Carrick On Suir AC 21.10
F 45 Mairead Byrne West Waterford A.C. 23.54
F 50 Una Ui Mhuirithe Ind 22.28
F Jnr Lucy Holmes West Waterford AC 19.59
 The Garveys Supervalu Autumn League continued last Thursday Night in St. Augustine’s College (by kind permission) and as usual, the Friary was in perfect condition for running. We are blessed to be able to use such a fantastic facility for some of our leagues and as a club we are most thankful. The night itself was a near perfect one for running  and this was reflected in the times with some super times being clocked. This league runs for 3 more weeks, the 5th, 12th, 19th September. Anyone is welcome to run the league, all you need to do is come along and register from 6.15 with the league starting at 6.30 at a cost of just €2. The league caters for all with the option of 1, 2, 3 or 4 laps (with a lap being 1.2 miles – approx 2 km).
First home in the one lap was Patrick Walsh in a quick 6.30.Patrick was followed  by Aidan O'Reilly who knocked off 37 seconds when running 7.55. Next was Andrew Walsh in 8.12 in 8.32. Andrew was followed by Onra Power in 9.14. Alannah Power ran 10.34 (30 seconds faster than last week) with Orla Casey finishing in 11.17, Tara Whelan (12.22) and Jackie Ryan clocking 13.41 (improvement of 1 minute 18 seconds). Well done to all the 1 lap runners – I’m sure there will be some big improvements over the next few weeks.
Oisin O'Riordan led home the 2 lappers in a 13.28 (same exact time as last week). Oisin was followed by Mark Blackwell 17.30in 15.49. Next was our first lady, Angeline Drennan in 18.42 followed by John Flynn in 20.00. John was followed by Micheal Moynihan in 20.01 (a 50 second improvement) with Kelly Shalloe knocking off over a minute when running 20.10. Johnny Burkin finished in 20.43 with Margaret Whelan clocking 21.33.  . Well done to all the 2 lap runners – I’m sure there will be some great performances in the coming weeks.
Gerard O'Reilly was first home in the 3 lap (3.6 mile) in 22.55 (18 second improvement). Gerard was followed by Yevgeny Chizikov who ran 26.46. Catriona Kiely ran 30.42 with Jim Fleming finishing in 30.54. Sharon Higgins clocked 34.06 with  Richie Power running 34.45. Well done to all the 3 lap runners – keep up the good work.
First home was James Whelan in 30.26. Tom Leahy was second in 33.25, just ahead of Mary Jane Enright in 33.35 (a 34 second improvement)) with Gerry O'Connor in 35.59 ( a 1 minute improvement).  Ann Dunford, Karen Ryan and Paul Brunnock finished together in 40.33  Well done to all the 4 lap runners – I’m sure there will be some big improvements over the next few weeks.
Thanks again to our league Sponsor, Garveys. Also massive thanks to the Friary for this use of their fabulous grounds. Thanks also to our crew at the start/ finish, Shirley, Ray and James. Without them, we wouldn’t be able to run these leagues.
Course and race day Information.
This is perhaps one of the flattest routes for a half marathon in the country with a net elevation of -100mts.Not only is it flat it also contains some incredible scenery along the way. From the old Workhouse built in 1850 in the beautiful village of Kilmacthomas over the Kilmacthomas viaduct to the stunning views of the Comeragh mountains to the North, cross over  Durrow viaduct past Durrow Railway Station where the old platform and station still stand. Then it’s on to the spectacular Ballyvoile tunnel, a 400mt long tunnel which is full of atmosphere (don’t forget to watch out for the fairy door’s on either side). Next you will cross over the Ballyvoile viaduct, blown up in 1922 but now restored to its former glory. From here you can almost smell the sea as you round the headland and take in the spectacular views of Clonea strand and Dungarvan Bay.Then it’s downhill all the way to the finish as you take in the sights along the way, through the 12 mile mark and the playground in Ballinroad over the Clonea Road and finishing just before the Gold Coast Road.
See route here:
With limited parking around the vicinity of the finish line and St Laurence's hall itself on race day , we are appealing to all our club and indeed all local runners taking part not to park in Ballinroad at all on the morning, leaving as many spaces as possible to our visiting runners. We are asking all runners taking the bus to start in Kilmacthomas to park and assemble at the bus stop at St Augustine's College where Hallahan's buses will be leaving for the start line at 7.30 AM sharp.
You cooperation with this matter is greatly appreciated and will be a huge help to us on the day.Thank you in advance.
CORK 10.
The John Buckley Cork City 10 mile took place in Cork on Saturday Evening in nice if slightly breezy conditions. The race was won by Hiko Tonosa (DSD) in 49.57 with the ladies race won by Aoife Cooke in 57.21.West Waterford had a number of runners taking part with Marc Flavin first home in an excellent time of 58.09. Special mention must go to Ted, Michael,  Patricia and Catherine who had also ran the 5k in Ballinameala the evening before.
Other club finishers were:
Ted O'Leary   1.07.10
Tom Leahy    1.09.08
Michael Coakley  1.35.45
Patricia Daly  1.44.50
Catherine Keogh  1.44.52
Well done this morning to club member Raivis Zakis who was on international duty with his native Latvia as a member of the national ultra racing squad competing at the world 50k championship in Brasov Romania.A field of 96 faced the starters pistol heading into the 10k undulation loop with the world's best ultra athletes battling it out as the field raced at in a blistering pace. Raivis was hoping for a op 50 placing and despite stomach problems which saw him losing 3 minutes with a pit stop at the 46 k mark he did archive this with a 46th place in a time of 3.16,he also lead the Latvian team home as their first finisher on the day.Speaking to Raivis a short time ago he was somewhat disappointed with his time but delighted to have reached the finish line as he really had to dig deep over the final kilometres.
All runners, at one time or another, are beginners.