Senior News

Notes September 02-18.

After many weeks of planning the first annual Ballinameela 5k took place last Friday evening over a very a flat fast circuit course. The race which was being held for the first time as part of the very successful Elverys Intersport / Asics Summer Road Race Series, which brings the total number of races in  this series now to twelve.  The weather was quite misty but running conditions were good as there was no wind and it was warm for the race as it left Ballinameela community hall at 7 pm. 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 and family walk was to have an annual local community event to get people to come together and socialise in a relaxed fun surrounding while running/jogging or walking and of course afterwards over a cuppa in the halla. 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. As mentioned already our sponsors were brilliant and our sincere thanks to the following Venture Clothing, Top Oil, The Little Milk Company, Flahavans, 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 Jason Mc Grath who presented the race winners with their prizes on the night. A big thanks to club member Mark Cliffe who coordinated the whole event and doing a superb job. 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 2019 already. 
Noel Murphy Waterford AC made a bit of history last Friday evening by becoming the inaugural winner of the 1st annual Ballinameela 5k, an event we hope will be a regular race on the local athletes road running scene into the future. Noel lead a group of 6 from the gun passing the 1k mark in a fast 3.05 by the second kilometre which the leader passed in 6.20 Noel was looking a likely winner as the field had completely split with the Dunhill man hitting the 3 km mark out in front alone in 9.30 having burned off the opposition he was to arrive back at the finish line in the Ballinameela GAA club ground with a fast time of 16.10 showing on the finishing clock. Finishing strongly in 2nd place was another visitor to the event last Friday in Watergrasshill AC athlete Ciaran Mc Keown in 16.24 just about  holding off the fast finishing James Mc Carthy Waterford AC who finished 3rd in 16.27.The category winners were over 40 Alan O'Connor United Striders AC 16.35,over 45 Benny Hahessy Carrick On Suir AC 18.54 ,over 50 Ray Hahesy West Waterford AC 19.02,Joe Gough West Waterford AC took the over 55 category, this was Joe's final race before he heads off to Malaga for the world masters track and field championships this coming weekend, where we wish him the best of luck. The first junior prize was taken by Luke Brennan Waterford AC 16.33.
1 Noel Murphy Waterford A.C. 16.10
2 Ciaran Mc Keown Watergrasshill A.C. 16.24
3 Jamie Mc Carthy Waterford A.C. 16.27
M 40 Alan O'Connor United Striders A.C. 16.35
M 45 Benny Hahessy Carrick On Suir A.C. 18.54
M 50 Ray Hahesy West Waterford A.C. 19.02
M55 Joe Gough West Waterford A.C. 19.01
M JN Luke Brennan Waterford A.C. 16.33
On each outing in the summer series the ladies race has had good numbers participating this year and the racing up front especially has been of a very high standard. One of the south's finest female road racers presently on the circuit has been to the fore in almost all of our summer series races this year, Sally Forristal St Josephs AC last Friday evening was once again in scintillating form when she claimed a resounding victory to cap a brilliant summer for the south Kilkenny lady as she now tackles the Berlin Marathon her goal race this autumn. Sally clipped around the 5k Ballinameela loop in 18.02,hot on her heels and a winner of a few of this year's series races was Madeline Loughnane Thurles Crokes AC  who had to settle for runner up on this occasion with a time of 18.08 just 6 seconds behind our winner. Third was West Waterford's Kate Veale our well know race walker who likes to keep her hand in the road racing scene when she can, Kate ran a time of 18.28 which was a minute faster than her over the course when she ran  another event last year so good improvement there from Kate. First lady over 35 was Elaine Horgan Clonmel AC in a time of 20.54,the over 40 ladies was claimed by Eveleen Drohan West Waterford AC 21.23,First over 45 was Brigid Cofffey West Waterford AC 22.57,the ladies over 50 went to Una Ui  Mhuirithe Ind 21.20 and our first junior lady home was Natalie Nicholson St. Catherine's AC in 20.29.
1 Sally Forristal St Josephs A.C. 18.02
2 Madeline Loughnane Thurles Crokes A.C. 18.08
3 Kate Veale West Waterford A.C. 18.28
F 35 Elaine Horgan Clonmel A.C. 20.54
F 40 Eveleen Drohan West Waterford A.C. 21.23
F 45 Brigid Cofffey West Waterford A.C. 22.57
F 50 Una Ui  Mhuirithe N/A 21.20
F JN Natalie Nicholson St Catherines A.C. 20.29
Well done to Noel Drohan and Hazel Crowley who were the winners of the special Venture clothing prizes on the night they finished in 50th and 100 place respectfully. Thanks also to Cathal Gleeson of Venture clothing Dungarvan for presenting these prizes to the race.
The second round of the Garveys Autumn League took place  last Thursday Night (30/8/18) 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 another 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 6.45 with the league starting at 7 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 Gavin Kiely in 9.53. Gavin was followed by Aisling Hourigan in 12.52 and Lorna Murphy (13.18). Caoimhe Power and Laura Griffen finished together in 13.36. (20 seconds faster than last week).  Orla Casey and Alana Power finished together in 14.06 with Mary Hogan finishing in 15.30. 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 14.01. Oisin was followed by Cian O’Riordan in 14.40. Ciaran Frisby moved up from the 1 lap and finished in 16.36. Angelina Chizikova was next in 16.45 just ahead of Yevgeniy Chizikov in 16.46. Michael Moynihan was next in 18.54 followed by Johnny Burkin19.56. Margaret Whelan finished in 20.36 (23 seconds faster than last week) and she was followed by Michelle Finnegan (21.42). Richie Power knocked off nearly a minute when running 22.39. Michael Deegan finished in 22.53 with Ann Lawn clocking 25.32. Well done to all the 2 lap runners – I’m sure there will be some great performances in the coming weeks.
Ritchie Fitzgerald was first home in the 3 lap (3.6 mile) in 21.05. Ritchie was followed 4 seconds later by Shane O’Riordan in 21.09. Gerald Riley was next in 22.35. Mark Shalloe finished in 25.48 with Angeline Drennan running 28.17, Charlie Lawn (28.37) and Pat Power (28.46) Well done to all the 3 lap runners – keep up the good work.
James Whelan was first home over 4 laps in an excellent 28.32 (Almost 1 minute quicker than last week). Second was Patrick Veale in 32.28 followed by Tom Leahy (33.47) and John Downey (33.54) First lady finisher was Lucy Holmes in 34.26 (a 50 second improvement), followed by Ann Dunford (37.21). Onra Power was well over 1 minute faster when finishing in 37.56. Linda Foley had a good run when finishing in 38.17. Liam Kavanagh and Joe Barry ran together and finished in 39.26 as did Sharon Higgins and Sinead Ni Fhaolain (41.52). 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, Sharon, Ray and James. Without them, we wouldn’t be able to run these leagues.
Course 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:
The Race Itself
This race is chip timed with timing mats at the start and finish so runners will get a gun and net finishing time. We will be joined by our friends Lucy and her crew from My Run Results who will be timing this race and all results will be available after the race on
View the course profile here:
Shared Space
As this is a SHARED SPACE (i.e the Greenway will be open to other users on the day) we respectfully request that all runners keep to the left of the path. Runners must be aware of bikes and oncoming Greenway users at all times. THIS IS A SHARED SPACE. KEEP LEFT AND PASS RIGHT. Please do not run any more than 2 abreast and leave room for others to pass. We cannot stress this strongly enough we do not want any accidents on the day and rules of the road will still apply to this route.
We will provide some pacers for this race but as it is a unique course and a shared space we will limit the pacers as we feel that pacers could potentially create too many large groups of runners which could cause a problem. To this end we have decided to go with pacers for the following times
1 hour 30 min
1 hour 40 min
1 hour 45 mins
1 hour 50 mins
2 hours
2 hours 10 mins
Pacers will be easily recognisable on the day as they will be holding balloons. We request that runners slot themselves in behind the pacer who they feel most comfortable with. The start will be narrow and to avoid accidents or tripping it is advisable to go behind the pacer that you can keep up with. This will ensure that the start is safe and secure for all. Remember you will be chip timed anyway so it doesn’t matter how long it takes you to cross the start line.
Water Stops
We will provide water at 4 locations along the route and also at the finish line in your post-race goody bag. Please be aware that due to restrictions on dumping etc. this water will be in cups to minimise dumping/clean up of a 13.1 mile route.(We would never get permission again to hold a race on the Greenway if it was littered with bottles along the route).In keeping with the ‘Green’ ethos of the race we ask that you LEAVE NO TRACE and leave the Greenway as you find it. Any gel wrappers can either be carried to the finish line or left at one of the 3 water stops. Anyone seeing dumping on the route will be disqualified –no exceptions! Water Stops will be at 3,5.5,8 and 10 mile marks
As with all West Waterford A.C. races, the use of Headphones is not allowed… We have to insist on this rule as you need to be aware of cyclists (listen for bells ringing) and other runners trying to pass and also so that you can hear safety stewards instructions. Why do you need headphones? You will be running along some of the most scenic areas in the country, look around you…. Take it in and perhaps chat to your fellow runners along the way!
Post Race Refreshments and Showers
Prize-giving and refreshments will take place immediately after the race in Ballinroad Hall. There will be showers and changing available in the Soccer Club.
The prizes for this race will be as follows. 1st 5 Men and Women
Ladies Categories
1st and 2ndO/35, 40, 45, 50, 55, 60
1st O/65
1st Junior
1st and 2nd O/40, 45, 50, 55, 60, 65
1st O/70
1st Junior
We will also have 2 Men’s and 2 Ladies team prizes with first 3 finishing positions to score (Outside of prize winners).
Note: Cash prizes will be given to the Men’s and Ladies winners and all category prizes will be vouchers.
The highly successful West Waterford Athletics Club ‘Run to Improve’ programme is back for an autumn session. This is a 6 week plan to get you back running and ready to take on a 5k race or start your build up to the John Treacy 10 mile race. If you can currently run 5k and wish to either improve your time, feel more comfortable over the distance or increase the distance that you can run then this group is for you. There is a fun, social atmosphere with no shouting just encouragement and advice to keep you on track. It is a non intimidating environment and welcoming to all. 6.30-7.30pm commencing 11th September 2018
Where – Meet at The Friary
Who – anyone who can run 5k
Cost - €20 for 6 weeks
For further information and to book your spot please contact Claire Kennedy on (087) 911 6997 or Jim Fleming on (087) 2881151.
The highly successful West Waterford AC ‘Lets Run’ programme, in conjunction with Waterford Sports Partnership, is back with for an Autumn session. This is a 6 week plan to go from no running to being able to run 5k. Our aim is for everyone to leave each class feeling good and having enjoyed the run. During the 6 weeks you will be guided by our professionally qualified coaches and we will hold your hands through the entire programme so that you can become the runner you do not wish to admit you are. The programme will culminate in everyone being able to run 5k by November. If you have always wanted to run but have never tried it or been able to fit it in with the family evening routine then this morning programme is the one for you. It will be a great challenge for Autumn and is also ideal if your fitness routine has slipped over the summer and you want to get back into a fitness routine before Christmas. We do not expect you to be fit but we do need you to be healthy so if you have any health concerns please get clearance from your GP before you join us. There will be a fun, social atmosphere with no shouting just encouragement and advice to keep you on track. It is a non intimidating atmosphere and welcoming to all. 
9.20-1.020am  commencing 18th September 2018
Where – Meet at Insomnia, Eurospar, Abbeyside
Who –  anyone who wants to be able to run 5k. In 6 weeks you will be ‘a runner’
Cost - €30
West Waterford athletic club extend sincere sympathy to the family and friend of Richard Murray Patrick Street. Tramore who passed to his eternal reward last week, may he rest in peace.
It’s not only about finishing, it’s about moving forward.