Senior News

Notes September 04-16

The Ger Wyley Sports/SKINS Summer Series concluded recently and was hailed by all as another outstanding success, our number one priority is for our club to try and organizers an 11 race programme of events as reasonably priced as possible and to have each race in its own right enjoyable for all, as the saying goes we try to organise races  " by runners for runners" with prices for all club organized races priced at only €5 or €8," where would you get it " To be able to achieve this goal we need to relay on kind sponsorship and this we received once again from our loyal sponsor of 22 year's Ger Wyley of Ger Wyley Sports and Footwear in conjunction with our associate sponsor SKINS, in thanking Ger we must also acknowledge the contribution of Skins through their Irish brand manager David Mc Carthy who have played a huge part in the success of this event, the countries first and only 11 race series. Two years ago we increased the series to an 11 race program with the first race then and also this year the popular Ballinroad 5k in April the series concluding with the popular recent GlaxoSmithKline 5 miler where there was another huge turnout for this event. A big congratulations to our two overall winners for 2016, Kevin Kenneally – who was reclaiming the title he won in 2014 and first time winner Mary Molloy. As mentioned above its an 11 race programme set out over the summer months and held in various towns and villages around county Waterford, of course all the 11 races also have individual sponsors and we must sincerely thank each and everyone one our 11 individual race sponsor's many who have been involved for over 25 years.
 A local name was added to the Micheál O Hogain cup for 2016 as West Waterford AC athlete, Kevin Kenneally was crowned the series winner for 2016 having won this series previously in 2014. Kevin finished the series with a total of 24 points from his best counting 6 races. Kevin was most consistent all summer recording a 2nd place finish in Clashmore, 3rd Place in Ardmore, 4th in the Marine Climb and Ballymac and 5th in Ras Na Rinne. The athlete who as runner up was Mossy Keogh (WWAC) moving up from 4th in 2015. Mossie finished on a total of 42 points from this best 6 races. Anthony Flynn (also WWAC) moved up from 5th last year to 3rd this year on a total of 49 points. Another West Waterford Athlete, Dermot O’Donovan, took 4th place on 74 points his best finish being an excellent 6th in Clashmore. Tom Leahy was 5th  with 80  the same total as 6th place Ray Hahessy. Martin Hayes took 7th place on 84 points and has the distinction of being the highest placed finisher to run all 11 races. He was followed closely by Yevgeniy Chizikov who like Martin ran all 11 races and finished on a total of 84. Interestingly Yev also finished 8th last year. 9th place went to David Towey on 109 points. West Waterford AC dominated the final table with the first 9 runner all from the promoting club. The first non WWAC finisher in the series was previous winner of the event Peter Duggan St. Joseph's AC on 117 points. Well done to all prize-winners in the Ger Wyley Sports/Skins Summer Series for 2016.
For the record the top ten was as follows and we also include the other men's prize-winners:
 1st Kevin Kenneally              24
2nd Mossie Keogh                  42
3rd Anthony Flynn                 49
4th Dermot O’Donovan          74
5th Tom Leahy                        80
6th Ray Hahessy                     80
7th Martin Hayes                    84
8th Yevgeniy Chizhikov         96
9th David Towey                    109
10th Peter Duggan                  117
15th Pat Fitzgerald                   156 
20th Mush Keane                    224
25th Liam Kavanagh                246
30th Michael Callaghan          324
35th Darren Coogan                 400
40th Liam Dwyer                     511
The ladies Champion in the 2016 Ger Wyley Sports/Skins Summer Series after 11 races was a  lady who was claiming her very first overall series win. The Carrick on Suir AC athlete Mary Molloy lifted the newly sponsored "Slateways prpetual trophy which was kindly donated to the club by the late Michael O Riordan who was a gerat supporter of our club and we thank his wife Fionna and Son David who came along on the night to present Mary the winning lady with the beautiful crystal piece which we hope will be keenly fought for by the ladies each year of this competition from here on. After 11 races of stiff competition this was to be Mary’s year with her best 6 races to count she recorded a race victories in the Clashmore 5 and also Ras Na Rinne. She recorded a 3rd place finish in Ballymac 5 and 4th place finishes in Waterford to Tramore, Ardmore and Dromana 5. Runner up this year was Kate Veale of West Waterford AC. It was great to see Kate put together such a consistent series of results with a 2nd place finish in the Marine Climb being her best result. Kate finished on 33 pts. Laura Flavin (WWAC) finished 3rd on a total of 40 pts the same as 4th place Diana Chizikova also (WWAC) who moved up from 5th place last year. The top 5 was rounded off by Angeline Drennan (WWAC) on total of 64 pts. Angeline’s best finish was a 7th place in the Marine Climb. Interestingly we had 4 new faces in the top 5 this year, with only Diana Chizikova making the top 5 in 2015 and 2016. Well done to all the ladies in this year’s series.
For the record here are the top 5 Ladies and also the divisional winners: 
1st Mary Molloy         17
2nd Kate Veale           33
3rd Laura Flavin         40
4th Diana Chizhikov 40
5th Angeline Drennan 64
10th Josie Ui Chuirrin 108
15th Anne Massey      136
20th Rose Power         185
25th Grainne Hallinan 298
30th Eileen O’Carroll  321
The G.S.K. 5 mile road race was held recently bringing the 11 race series to an end for the 22nd year, the final race was a huge success with €4.000 donated to the Make a Wish Foundation  from all the runners who took part. This rounds off a very successful series for 2016 . The series has stood the test of time numbers wise and we were delighted that our numbers participating is holding steady with 111 runners entering the series for 2016. Throughout the summer from when the series started in April right through to August we were hosted by many different communities from East to West Waterford, many of these races were held in association which some local organization or group from the particular community the race was held in and many thousands of Euros were donated from these events  to deserving local and national causes. To each and every one of the various race organizers locally in the 11 separate venues we visited in 2016, we say a huge thank you ,without your input into your particular race it wouldn't be possible to hold this series at all. Under the stewardship of Gerry Cantwell,  our Road Racing Co-ordinator, all the committee worked tirelessly to give you, the runners, the best and most reasonable priced set of road races possible and you the runners are responding to our efforts by turning up in great numbers at a time when many events seem to have numbers dwindling . Along with all our various team of club officials and in conjunction with all the sponsors, communities involved and our many stewards the series went off without a hitch so once again we can't thank enough all our hardworking crew who operate the entries, results, prizes, website, weekly notes, Facebook etc and of course our outstanding outdoor staff who are in place hours before race time ensuring that the race course is safe and all procedures are in place. All of this work is appreciated by us all and by the runners who have come from all over the southeast to take part in these races.  Each year we are fortunate to have the co-operation of our local Gardai and of course the local stewards in each of the town's and village's that we visit deserve our heartfelt thanks as well.  Each race has its own local sponsor many of whom have been in place for the past 22 years and we would also like to record our thanks to them.  Last and by no means least a huge thank you to all the runners who entered the series this year, many old friends of ours and thankfully we also made many new friends this year, we hope you enjoyed your summer running with West Waterford athletic club and hopefully we will all have the health to do it all again for the 23rd year in 2017.
The following athletes are to be congratulated as they ran the full 11 race programme in the 22nd annual Ger Wyley Sports/SKINS summer  series for 2016. There was an increase in the ladies number this year with 8 having the full deck complete in 2016. Margaret Conway was the only lady to have run all 11 in 2015 and 2016 – well done Mary. Looking at the men's it was 10 who ran all 11 this year. We had 3 athletes who completed the full deck for the years 2015 and 2016 Eamonn Curran, Vincent O’Donovan and Donal  O'Donoghue. This gave us at gave us a total of 18 who complete the full series for 2016 well done to all.
Martin Hayes
Yevgeniy Chizikov
Cathal Gleeson
Mush Keane
Tom Hogan
Anthony Carlin
Tomas Coleman
Donal O'Donoghue
Eamonn Curran
Vincent O Donovan
Sharon Higgins
Josie Ui Chuirrin
Sandra Moore
Catriona Kiely
Claire Fitzpatrick
Margaret Conway
Grainne Hallinan
Mary Hogan
The eagerly awaited Garvey’s Supervalu autumn 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, just tell Shirley or Ray at the finish line which distance you ran.  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!  We will be at the Friary taking registrations each Thursday at half 6, with a 7pm start for the next few weeks (8th, 15th, 22nd and 29th), its just €2 entry fee and we will provide water at the finish line so see you out there!
Well done to all 4 runners who completed the 1.2 miles of the Friary grounds some newcomers and some regulars were included in this group led home on this occasion by Conor Coleman who was delighted with his time of 6.55.  Catriona Kiely was next to complete the lap in 10.01 followed by Richie Power (10.31) and Imelda Fitzgerald (12.45).
Oisin O Riordan led home the group of 2 lappers home in a time of 14.26 while Micheal Moynihan a regular 2 lapper was next in 17.51.  First lady home was Onra Power who is improving her times with each outing.  Onra ran the 2.4 miles in 18.23 closely followed by Liz O Riordan in 18.35.  A wedding didn't stop the Leahy sisters Joanne and Helen who turned out on the night so well done all!
Cian O Riordan was first home in the 3.6 mile distance in 20.45 with Yevgeniy Chizhikov next in 22.09 just ahead of Shane O Riordan who was next in 22.10 while Siobhain Heylin was first lady in the 3 laps in a time of 28.48.  Well done to all 8 runners who completed the 3 laps and hope to see you all again next week.
The 4 laps proved to be the most popular distance with 14 runners taking part with Mossie Keogh first home on the night in 27.56 with Damien Murphy just 1 second behind.  Kate Veale was first lady home in 35.12 and back in the Friary completing the 4 laps was Paul Brunnock fresh from his double ultra win in Achill and also Sue Genc who also completed a double half marathon in Achill as well.  Fair play to both!
Thanks as always to our sponsors for this league Liam Power of Garvey’s Supervalu Dungarvan and the Coolagh Road who has sponsored this league for the past few years and is a regular participant himself.  Once again thanks to our own Shirley, Ray and James for their work with the van and at the finish line and taking the entries. Now that our hugely successful summer league is done and dusted for 2015 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 pm each Thursday for the next four few weeks (10th, 17th, 24th September and 1st  of October), its just €2 entry fee .Bring a friend.!!
Following on from the success of our ‘Lets Run’ programme earlier this year West Waterford AC is delighted to announce ‘Lets Run 2’ commencing 6th September 2016. This is an 8 week mentored programme that will introduce you to our wonderful world of running. During the 8 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 Halloween. If you have always wanted to run but have never tried it then this is the programme for you. It will be a great Autumn challenge and is also ideal if your fitness has slipped over the summer and you want to get back into a fitness routine. 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. We subscribe to the ‘Sean Kelly School of weather’ whereby we do the training and then decide afterwards if the weather was unsuitable. Unless you are struck down we expect to see you every week. Running in all types of weather conditions make for good running character so commit to the 8 weeks and don’t let yourself down. 
When – Tuesdays at 630pm commencing 6th September 2016
Where – Meet at the Friary
Who – anyone who wants to be able to run 5k. In 8 weeks you will be ‘a runner’
Cost - €30
For further information & to book your spot please contact Claire Kennedy on (087) 9116997 or Irene Clark on (086) 8242348. Places are limited so please book in advance
The Oylegate half marathon was held recently in Enniscorthy and West Waterford AC had 3 runners competing. First club finisher was Jason Travers who finished a creditable 11th overall from the field of 92 finishers with a time of 1.27.56,Paul Lenihan a member of the clubs 100 marathon group completed the half in 1.35.39 which saw him take 2nd in the over 50 category and our only female representative Deirdre Murphy showed that she is in terrific form presently when she clocked a fast 1.36.38.Deirdre won the ladies race here so a very well done to her.
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 23rd year. The club committee have been working digitally in organising a new look winter league for the coming season, the league is being revamped after 22 years and we think all will like the changes about to be announced in the coming weeks. A big announcement of a brand new major sponsor is about to be unveiled also, which we are all very excited about, more anon.  Registration night this year will be on October 26th.The following week the league will begin officially on November 2nd. We will provide more information in the coming weeks but for now all you need do is pencil the date in your diary.
The club's 23rd  annual Cross Country event of the year takes place on Sunday October 2nd 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 clock is ticking down and our marathon preparations are well and truly under way for one of the biggest events in the history of our club, when we muted the idea of having 100 club members taking part in this year's Dublin city marathon, a very special marathon as it also celebrates the 100 year since the rising of 1916,the response went way and beyond what we expected, well we can reveal this week that the official registered West Waterford AC club membership registered to run Dublin is 165,plus we expect some may have not filled in the club on the entry sheet but could be members as well. We have by far the largest club membership entered according to the marathon office indeed the office administrator said its phenomenal what we have done in getting that many club members training for such a difficult race as the marathon. But training they are and its all systems go now for our runners and walkers as we are in the main training block now over the coming month or so. Best of luck to all with their preparations. 
Notice to all those who have paid a deposit on the clubs hotel accommodation for the marathon weekend that the remainder of the monies are now due, the final 200 euro should be placed in an envelope and marked "marathon hotel" and dropped to James, or bring along to Tuesday training and give to Irene, All remaining monies must be paid by Monday 19th September .
You can't rush the miles. No matter how fast I run, the five miles isn't going to be done in the first five minutes.