Senior News

Notes September 08-19

 The Garvey's 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 once again a near perfect one for running. We have been very fortunate with the weather so far for this league, with each evening so far taking place in beautiful conditions, and this was reflected in the times with some super times being clocked. This league runs for 2 more weeks, the  12th and 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 as he was last week was Patrick Walsh in 6.28 (2 seconds ahead of last week).Patrick was followed  by Aidan O'Reilly who knocked off 3 seconds when running 7.52. Aidan was followed by Onra Power in 9.08. Rhiann Flynn ran 9.33 with Jackie Ryan clocking 13.29 (improvement of  12 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 lap in a 13.18 (10 seconds faster than last week). This was his third week leading the runners home. Oisin was followed by Colm Barry in 16.10 with John Flynn Next in 17.28 ( a massive 2 and half minute improvement from last week). Next was our first lady, Angeline Drennan in 18.57 with Kelly Shalloe knocking off over 20 seconds when running 19.52. Michael Moynihan ran 20.15. Tara Whelan and Johnny Burkin finished together in 26.50 . Well done to all the 2 lap runners – I’m sure there will be some great performances in the coming weeks.
Gerard O'Reilly once again led home the 3 lap in 23.03. Gerard was followed by Yevgeniy Chizikov who ran 23.44. Jim Fleming ran 28.29 (2 and half minutes faster than last week) while Catriona Kiely ran 30.33. Richie Power running 34.14 (31 seconds ahead of last week). Well done to all the 3 lap runners – keep up the good work.
First home was James Whelan in 30.10 as he edges ever closer to breaking 30 minutes. Tom Leahy was second in 32.56, with Mary Jane Enright next  in 33.22 (a 13 second improvement). Mary Jane was followed by Ray Hahessy in 35.41 with Jim Barry running 37.02. Ann Dunford and Paul Brunnock finished together in 40.00. They were followed closely by Liam Fitzgerald (40.15) and Sinead Ni Fhaolain (40.21)  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 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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Well done to club member's Ted O Leary and Terri Gough who completed the Dingle marathon last Saturday morning. Ted ran a time of 3.14.38
to take 23 to place overall and Terri completed the course in 5.56.55.
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 26th 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 once again to sponsoring this great event for the coming league.  Registration night this year will be on Wednesday October 30th.The following week the league will begin officially on November 6th. We will provide more information in the coming weeks but for now all you need do is pencil the date into your diary.
Once again like so many times in the past Joe Gough has come up trumps at a Major Master's Championship. In Venice on Saturday September 7th in the European Master's over  65 1500 metres final he had a thrilling victory in 4 minutes 54.14 seconds, just over one second in front of another well known and frequent Irish winner from Dundalk Brian Lynch timed at 4.55.21 and Boyen Lefterov Bulgaria was inches behind Lynch in third position in 4.55.40.On this Thursday Joe is in action again when he will run in the heats of the 800 meters, can he do the double.???
We have had a massive response for this program so are starting a 2nd group at 5.30pm. Availability is limited so please book as soon as possible. September is the new January, New 0 to 5km running programme starting on 16th September. Whether you are trying to get back into a fitness routine after the summer or would like to be able to run 5km this programme is for you. All you need is the desire to get fit and a pair of runners !For further info and to book your spot contact Irene on 086 8242348
No one ever drowned in sweat. Gold medals aren't really made of gold. They're made of sweat, determination, and a hard-to-find alloy called guts.