Senior News

Notes September 02-17

Last Saturday wasn't a red letter day for the club and the area but a Green letter day as the very successful West Waterford Greenway half marathon the first to be held on the magnificent new facility was welcomed to great acclaim by all who participated. The morning was ideal for event not a buff of wind and overcast but no rain for the field of 400 runners who headed off from the Coach House in Kilmathomas at 9am making their way to Ballinroad and the finish line after 13.1 miles of beautiful running on a flat and scenic course. A huge thank you to all who participated and to all who helped in any way, to the legion of stewards out on the course a big thank you, Thanks to all in Kilmacthomas especially Siobhan and Gary Mc Cormack for their invaluable help and to those on water station duty again a huge thanks with special mention for Liam Brazil Glanbia Durrow, Dan Kirby Kilmacthomas and The Carroll Family Ballyvoile. To our chip timing squad myrunresults a very professional job once again, thank you to Ballinroad AFC and St Laurence's Hall committee, To all those who looked after the Catering, To Waterford county and city council, to all our sponsors especially our main event sponsor's Flahavans, Interlude Restaurant, Garvey's Supervalu, Sólás Na Mara, Hallahan Coaches, Eurospar Abbeyside, Michael Roche Carpets and a host of other business who helped in making it a great event. Thank you to our prize sponsors who came along to present the winners with their prizes Annie Flahavan, Cian O'Conchuir Sólás Na Mara, and Declan Enright of Europsar Abbeyside. Thanks to all our friend's in Kilmacthomas for their invaluable help, to Niall Barry and the Dee brothers at the Coach House Cafe a million thanks, Two organisations that have been invaluable to us in organising this event have been Waterford Greenway and Waterford Sports Partnership. Without their help, support and expertise it would have been difficult to hold this event. A massive thank you to Rosarie, Johnny and all the team for their assistance. Thanks to all our pacers who all came up trumps Colm Ryan, Anthony Whelan, Ted O'Leary, John O'Sullivan, Mark Cliffe, Kevin Casey, Paul Brunnock, Martin Stevenson, Ray Burke and Tony Ferncombe. Thanks to Ray Burke for his assistance in putting out mile markers at an unearthly hour, and to Jamie Mills, Conor Norris and John Mc Grath  for all their work on the course and in so many other ways. Many thanks to our great team of photographers, DC Images, Jim Kennedy and John Troy, a picture paints!!.Finally a huge thank you to Ann Dunford who put in Trojan work for this race and to all the members of the committee with Gerry Cantwell road racing coordinator at the helm equally putting their shoulder to the wheel for this special day. To anyone who helped and i have failed to mention thank you too. 2018.???
Our race winner last Saturday was all the way down from Bantry AC in the county Cork when medical doctor Alan O'Shea stamped his approval on the event and the Greenway itself by taking a resounding victory leading from gun to tape crossing the finish line in a time of 1.09.11,Alan was delighted with his win and spoke after the event as to the massive facility that the greenway is and how flat and fast the course is. Our 2nd man home was more local when Waterford AC's Frank Quinlan took that position in 1.13.22, Frank broke clear from the pack of chasers shortly after the 2nd mile and stayed away on his own to the finish, but the chasing group didn't give up the ghost and there was only seconds in at the finish line as they tried in vain to chase the Waterford man down, but he had enough in the tank to just hold them off as his time of 1.13.2 was two seconds ahead of Eagle AC athlete Mark Smith who took 3rd place ahead of West Waterford's Raivis Zakis 1.13.33 and our 5th man home was Templemore AC 's Tony Fogarty in 1.14.52. One of the top performances by our category winners came from Dermot Ryan over 40 when he recorded a new personal best 1.16.40 for the half, Tony Kelleher Togher AC 1.17.14 had a great run to take 1st over 45, Paul Moran Rathfarnham WSAF was just a few seconds behind that when winning the over 50 section in 1:17:54 and our road racing coordinator Gerry Cantwell West Waterford AC 1.30.55 was the runaway winner of the men's over 55 . Anthony Dwyer West Waterford AC 1:35:56 was once again in the winners list when taking 1st man over 60, Tony Ruane Cartamundi Jets with a time of 1:55:31 won the over 65 category and our fist junior past the post was Timmy Curran Ind 1:58:54. Just like the ladies result's in the team categories West Waterford held off Eagle AC to take the top spot, Alan Kinsella, Marc Flavin and Daryl Kearns were the scoring members. Well done to all runners and especially all winners.
1. Alan O'Shea Bantry AC 1:09:11
2.Frank Quinlan Waterford AC 1:13:22
3.Mark Smith Eagle AC 1:13:24
4. Raivis Zakis West Waterford AC 1:13:33
5.Tony Fogarty Templemore AC 1:14:52
Men over 40
1.Dermot Ryan West Waterford AC 1:16:40
2.Nigel O'Flaherty Clonmel AC 1:18:37
Men over 45
1.Tony Kelleher Togher AC 1:17:14
2.Angus Tyner Glendalough AC 1:20:52
Men over 50
1.Paul Moran Rathfarnham WSAF 1:17:54
2.John Fitzgibbons St.Finbarrs AC 1:26:52
Men over 55
1. Gerry Cantwell West Waterford AC 1.30.55
2.Danny Crowley Ballymore Cobh AC 1:39:55
Men over 60
1.Anthony Dwyer West Waterford AC 1:35:56
2.Andrew Geaney Apple 1:48:17
Men over 65
1. Tony Ruane Cartamundi Jets 1:55:31
2.Paschal Proctor West Waterford AC 1:59:11
Junior Men
1.Timmy Curran             Ind. 1:58:54
Mens Team 
1.West Waterford AC 37 PTS- Alan Kinsella ,Marc Flavin, Daryl Kearns
2.Eagle AC 70 PTS- Paul Cotter ,Pat O'Connor, Vincent O'Sullivan
In our ladies results last Saturday we only have to go down to the start of the Waterford Greenway to find our winner as Waterford AC athlete Sylvia Malone took the honour of Queen of the track as she recorded convincing gun to tape victory coming home in a great time of 1.25.21 and never being threatened from her chasers as she cruised home to a resounding victory. The other story from the ladies race point of view was the great battle for the runner position as Kate Veale West Waterford AC and Wexford's and DMP AC athlete Ciara Wilson found a great battle the whole way, they were together with the 1.30 pacers as both were hoping to break the 130 barrier as there race goal which was paced by Anthony Whelan and Colm Ryan,Ciara made a brave move at 10k opening up a good lead on Kate, who held her cool and stayed in the pack at this early stage of the race. Kate eventually caught and passed Ciara at Ballyvoile head and opened up a good lead from there to the finish as she clocked 1.29.35 with the Wexford lady taking 3rd in 1.30.18.Antoinnette Jackman Copper Coast Crackers took 4th lady in 1.31.36 while 5th home was Claire O'Callaghan Glendalough AC in 1.34.32.Donna Quinn Glendalough AC took first lady over 35 in a time of 1:36:21 while the over 40 category was won by Deirdre Murphy West Waterford AC 1:24:54 who had one of the performances of the day, Sinead O'Brien Kilmore AC took the over 45 prize in a time of 1:38:58 and Anna Byrne Clonmel Tri Club won the over 50 prize in 1:40:24,back to the organising club for our first lady over 55 Josie Ui Chuirrin West Waterford AC 1:54:30. Olive Ruane Cartamundi Jet just broke the 2 hour mark 1:59:58 to take the over 60 prize while the one and only Terry Gough West Waterford AC with a time of 2:31:55 was the over 65 winner. West Waterford AC took the team honours here from Eagle AC with the scoring members Angela Tobin, Katie Bullen and Liz Nyhan. Very well done to all the ladies who took part on the day.
1.Sylvia Malone Waterford AC 1:25:21
2.Kate Veale West Waterford AC 1:29:35
3.Ciara Wilson D.M.P.AC 1:30:18
4.Antoinette Jackman Copper Coast Crackers 1:31:36
5.Claire O'Callaghan Glendalough AC 1:34:32
Ladies over 35
1.Donna Quinn Glendalough AC 1:36:21
2.Mary Ryan Eagle AC 1:37:10
Ladies over 40
1. Deirdre Murphy West Waterford AC 1:24:54
2.Ester Murphy Midleton 1:38:07
Ladies over 45
1.Sinead O'Brien Kilmore AC 1:38:58
2.Diane Behan Waterford AC 1:47:20
Ladies over 50
1. Anna Byrne Clonmel Tri Club 1:40:24
2. Libby Mcginn Murphy West Waterford AC 1:47:11
Ladies over 55
1. Josie Ui Chuirrin West Waterford AC 1:54:30
2. Margaret Power West Waterford AC 2:02:11
Ladies over 60 
1.Olive Ruane Cartamundi Jets 1:59:58
2.Rose Foley Ind. 2:17:34
Ladies over 65
1. Terry Gough West Waterford AC 2:31:55
Womens Team
1.West Waterford AC 39 PTS- Angela Tobin, Katie Bullen, Liz Nyhan
2.Eagle AC 53 PTS-Elaine Guinane, Karen Bevan, Helen Cronin
Now that our hugely successful summer league is done and dusted for 2017 we turn our attentions to another of the clubs long standing and popular leagues the Garvey's SuperValu Autumn league at St Augustine's college. This league is eagerly awaited for each year as runners us it as a prelim to our winter league which is not too far away now. The league got underway last Thursday evening and it was great to see so many new faces as well as regulars at the Friary grounds.  For this league there are 4 routes on offer and you can run any distance you choose on any night you attend.  If you want to start with 1 lap and perhaps move up to 2 next week the choice is yours, In this way runners are under no pressure to complete a certain distance and can decide as they go. For beginners we suggest jogging at the start then walk for a while if you need to and then jog again for a bit, you will soon find that the walking bits get shorter and the jogging bits get longer!  One thing's for sure that by running over any other form of exercise you will definitely see progress in your efforts to getting a fitter healthier way of life. The weekly fee is just €2 and Garrynageragh spring water will be provided at the finish. We will be at the Friary taking registrations from 6.30 pm each Thursday for the next four  weeks (7th, 14th, 21st September and 28th September),  league start is 7 pm, its just €2 entry fee .Bring a friend.!!
11 runners took on the one lap and it was great to see many new faces taking part. They were led home by Eamon Cashin in 7.35 followed by Aoife O'Brien in 8.54 and Onra Power in 9.00. Next home were Denis Ryan and Caoimhe Horgan. 
9 runners took on the 2 lap and they were led home by league regular Michael Moynihan in 18.51. Next was Aishling Horgan in 21.01 followed by Jim Fleming in 21.11. Deirdre Clancy , Deidre Hahesy and Nicola Cunniffe will have 26 minutes as a target having run 26.13, 26.18 and 26.18 respectively
First home on the 3 lap was Ritchie Fitzgerald in 22.54 closely followed by Oisin O'Riordan in 22.59. Next was Gerard O'Reilly in 23.55. Next were two promising juvenile runners , Elia Tutty and Lucy Holmes in 27.04 and 27.15. He was followed by 2 O'Riordan's, Cian just piping Shane.   In all 7 runners completed the 3 laps.
As is usually the case, the most popular on the night was the 4 lap with 12 runners competing.  First home was Cian O'Riordan in a blistering 26.52 followed by Dzintars Klava in 27.49 with Sean Stilwell next in 30.13. Shane O'Riordan was 4th in 31.12 with James Whelan 5th in 32.24. First lady over the 4 laps was Sinead O'Brien in 37.35 followed by Ann Dunford in 38.49 with another Juvenile athlete, Danni Cunningham next in 38.54.
West Waterford Athletic Club would like to acknowledge all those who help in the running of the league especially Ray, Shirley and James. 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. 
With the summer series now behind us and the evening light drawing in our thoughts start turning towards the club's annual winter league event and this coming winter league see's it entering its 24th year. The club committee have been working away behind the scenes in organising this year's event and are delighted to say that Forde's Daybreak on the Youghal Road have committed to sponsoring this great event for the coming league.  Registration night this year will be on November 1st.The following week the league will begin officially on November 8th. We will provide more information in the coming weeks but for now all you need do is pencil the date into your diary.
The club's 24th  annual Cross Country event of the year takes place on Sunday October 1st at St. Augustine's College with a 12 noon starting time. As in previous years the race is open to all and caters for all levels of runners from elite runners, club runners, fun runners and joggers, all are more than welcome. The overall winner will have his name inscribed on the James Hughes perpetual cup The race itself will see the men cover 5 laps of the Friary grounds (8k) and the ladies will cover 4k in total. There will be prizes on offer in the usual categories. The race also incorporates the county senior championships for men and women.
The county athletics board convention will take place in St. Augustine's College Duckspool ,Abbeyside this coming Friday evening September 8th at 8 pm.
People ask why I run. I say, "If you have to ask, you will never understand." It is something only those select few know. Those who put themselves through pain, but know, deep down, how good it really feels.