Senior News

Notes September 09-18.

Not even the drop of rain could deter the runners to a great event last Saturday which saw the club's 2nd annual Eurofins half marathon draw a turnout of over 600 finishers. It was a most enjoyable race for all as they made their way from the start line at the Coach House in Kilmacthomas to the finish line in Ballinroad on our beautiful Greenway. A huge thank you to all who participated and to all who helped in any way making the day a most successful one with nothing but good feedback from all who completed the 13.1 mile route. To the legion of stewards despite the conditions who were 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 along the course a big thanks. 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 at St Laurence's hall Ballinroad many thanks, to all our sponsors especially our main event title sponsor's Eurofins BioPharma Product Testing.To many associate sponsors including our good friends at Flahavans, Interlude Restaurant, Garvey's Supervalu, Sólás Na Mara, Hallahan Coaches, Eurospar Abbeyside,  Thank you to our prize sponsors who were available on the day to came along to present the winners with their prizes. To our lead sponsor represented by Carmel Fitzpatrick Managing Director at Eurofins and Cian O'Conchuir of Sólás Na Mara many thanks for taking the time from your busy schedules to be with us, 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 guys, A massive thank you to Johnny Brunnock Waterford Trails officer at Waterford city and county council for their assistance. Thanks to all our pacers who all came up trumps. Thanks to Conor Norris and John Mc Grath and Jamie Mills,   for all their work on the course and in so many other ways over the weekend. Many thanks to our great team of photographers, DC Images, John Troy and others. Thank you to our club committee at west Waterford AC if there's a better bunch of people i haven't met them. Finally a huge thank you individually to Ann Dunford who put in Trojan work for this race and also to Gerry Cantwell road racing coordinator at the helm. To everyone who helped in anyway a big thank you . 
Our race winner last Saturday was one of the country's top male road runners Trevor Power who competes for Waterford AC when he completed the 13.1 mile course in a time of 1.11.25.Trevor
 stamped his on the race from the gun at the Coach house in Kilmacthomas leading all the way to the finish line in Ballinroad. Trevor of course has over many years won quite a number of our road races and is a sub 2.30 marathon runner also, so it's not a surprise to see him run this time last Saturday on this course.Our 2nd man home was another Waterford AC athlete in  Noel Murphy in a time of 1.13.34 who incidentally is having his best year ever road racing with some terrific results and times recorded, just two weeks ago Noel won our Ballinamneela 5k,making it a one two three for our city neighbours Waterford AC they filled the 3rd place also with Mark Mc Kenna Waterford A.C. 1.13.48 who had a great battle with his team mate Noel for the runner up spot but having to settle for 3rd on this occasion, first local man home was West Waterford's Raivis Zakis with a time of 1.14.48, Raivis also finished 4th in last year's race. One Cork athlete made the top 5 placing's when  Alan Lehane St. Finbarrs A.C. recorded a time of 1.15.14 to fill that position. Worth noting also is that the 2nd and 3rd place athletes both had huge personal best time over the half distance on the flat Greenway course last Saturday. One of the top performances by our category winners came from Trevor Swift Waterford A.C.1.19.14 to claim the over 40 category, Waterford AC certainly were to the fore in all prize winners this year as the over 45 was won by John Byrne Waterford A.C.1.22.37. John Kissane Ind was our over 50 winner in 1.28.47.Liam Lenehan Sportsworld AC took the over 55 category to Dublin with a time of 1.33.06.Anthony Dwyer West Waterford AC 1:35:56 was once again on the winners list when taking 1st man over 60 in 1.35.43,In the team results West Waterford on 51 points took the victory from Waterford AC with 110 points.  Well done to all runners and especially all winners.
1st  Trevor Power Waterford A.C. 1.11.25
2nd Noel Murphy Waterford A.C. 1.13.34
3 rd Mark Mc Kenna Waterford A.C. 1.13.48
4th  Raivis Zakis West Waterford A.C. 1.14.28
5th Alan Lehane St. Finbarrs A.C. 1.15.14
Male Categories
M 40
1st Trevor Swift Waterford A.C. 1.19.14
2nd Paul Moran Kilkenny City Harriers 1.21.10
M 45
1st John Byrne Waterford A.C. 1.22.37
2ndDarragh Byrne BMS 1.23.20
M 50
1st John Kissane N/A 1.28.47
2nd John Nee West Waterford A.C. 1.30.30
M 55 
1st Liam Lenehan Sportsworld 1.33.06
M2nd Pat Morrissey Wexford Tri Club 1.37.11
1st Anthony Dwyer West Waterford A.C. 1.35.43
2nd Gerry Cantwell West Waterford A.C. 1.38.52
Mens Team Results
 1st West Waterford A.C.  51 Points
 Marc Flavin,(8th) 
Shane Power,(16) 
Sean Stilwell (27)
2nd Waterford A.C.  110 Points
Mark Langford, (12)
Paul Wyse, (26) 
David Gunnip (72)
Making it a double for the city club Waterford AC having provided the winner of the men's race also our ladies victor of the Eurofins West Waterford Greenway half marathon was Ruth Fitzgerald. Ruth just like Trevor her team mate lead from the gun and was always the likely winner but it has to be said it was a class ladies field with some top times recorded on the day. Ruth crossed the finish line in a time of 1.21.28 a very fast time, good enough to win over the half distance in most race's anywhere in the country.Another fine female athlete in Orla Tuohy Grange Fermoy AC took the runners up spot with an excellent time of 1.25.12 and Slaney Olympic's Julie Kirwan was 3rd in 1.26.01. Host club West Waterford AC provided the 4th lady home and first local female finisher Kate Veale in 1.28.20 and the 5th place was field by another Grange Fermoy AC lady Ellen Hanley 1.29.51. Looking and comparing the category winners times this year to last year's recorded times it is interesting to note how faster the winning times were in 2018 making for again a very high standard in the ladies section. Rebecca Doocey Clonmel AC  took first lady over 35 in a time of 1.36.21 while the over 40 category was won by Naomi Doonan  Saturday road runners in 1.36.20, Deirdre Murphy West Waterford AC had a terrific run to take the over 45 prize in a time of 1.31.56,Deirdre won the over 40 category in last year's race also, Orla Crosbie St.Finbarrs AC  won the over 50 prize in 1.33.36 and our first lady over 55 was Gráinne Grennan Blackrock A.C. in a time of 1.41.02.Bernie Hopkins Clonmel A.C. 1.58.5  broke the 2 hour mark 1.58.57 to take the over 60 prize while Well done also to Sinead O'Brien West Waterford A.C. running her first half marathon where she won the junior prize with a time of 1.49.09.St.Finbarrs AC took the team honours here from West Waterford AC with the scoring members. Very well done to all the ladies who took part on the day.
1st  Ruth Fitzgerald Waterford A.C. 1.21.59
2nd  Orla Tuohy Grange Fermoy A.C. 1.25.12
3rd  Julie Kirwan Slaney Olympic A.C. 1.26.01
4th  Kate Veale West Waterford A.C. 1.28.20
5th  Ellen Hanley Grange Fermoy A.C. 1.29.51
Ladies Categories
F 35
1st Rebecca Doocey Clonmel A.C. 1.36.21
2nd Elaine Horgan Clonmel A.C. 1.39.45
F 40
1st Naomi Doonan Saturday Road Runners 1.36.20
2nd Lorraine O'Sullivan St Finbarr's A.C. 1.39.29
F 45
1st Deirdre Murphy West Waterford A.C. 1.31.56
2nd Elizabeth Nyhan West Waterford A.C. 1.33.38
F 50
1st Orla Crosbie St Finbarr's A.C. 1.33.36
2nd Helen Gilroy Midleton A.C. 1.36.22
F 55
1st Gráinne Grennan Blackrock A.C. 1.41.02
2nd Anne Quinn N/A 1.47.31
1st Bernie Hopkins Clonmel A.C. 1.58.57
2nd Carmel Geaney E.S.B. A.C. 2.08.02
F JN Sinead O'Brien West Waterford A.C. 1.49.09
Ladies Team Results
1st St Finbarr's A.C.56 Points
Margo Dinan, (14)
Anne Wolfe, (15)
Siobhan Healy, (27) 
2nd West Waterford A.C. 80 Points
Debra Doherty, (23)
Karen Ryan, (25)
Claire Kennedy,(32)
The third round of the Garveys Autumn League took place  last Thursday Night (6/9/18) 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 was a bit overcast after earlier rain but was another near perfect one for running 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 6.45 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).
One Lap.
First home in the one lap was Ciaran Frisby in 7.13. Ciaran was followed by Aisling Hourigan in 10.42 ( a massive 2 minute improvement). Next was Alana Power  in 12.24 (1 and a half minutes faster than last week). Mary Hogan finished in 14.20 followed by Orla Casy in 14.54. Well done to all the 1 lap runners – I’m sure there will be some big improvements over the next few weeks.
Two Lap.
Oisin O’Riordan led home the 2 lappers in 14.06. Oisin was followed by Yevgeniy Chizikov in 15.44. Yev was folllowed by Angelina Chizikova in 17.15. Michael Moynihan was next in 19.25 followed by Pascal Proctor in 20.38 and Margaret Whelan in 20.51. Mary Riordan finished in 26.43. Well done to all the 2 lap runners – I’m sure there will be some great performances in the coming weeks.
Three Lap.
Ritchie Fitzgerald was first home in the 3 lap in 21.08. Ritchie was by Shane O’Riordan in 22.13. Gerald Reilly was next in 22.27. Patrick Veale ran 24.49 with Patrick Power running 27.26.. Angeline Drennan ran 28.22 with Sinead Ni Fhaolin  running 33.09 and Linda Bradfield both running 33.19. Michael Deegan and Andrea Gaffney finished together in 34.19. Well done to all the 3 lap runners – keep up the good work.
Four Lap.
Cian O'Riordan was first home in and excellent 26.49. Sean Stillwell was second in a quick 27.21. James Whelan was next in 28.44. Linda Foley, Liam Fitzgerald and Paul Brunnock finished together in 38.53. Sharon Higgins and Rose Power also finished together in 45.52. 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, Shirley, Ray and James. Without them, we wouldn’t be able to run these leagues.
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 25th 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 31st.The following week the league will begin officially on November 7th. We will provide more information in the coming weeks but for now all you need do is pencil the date into your diary.
Club member Ted O'Leary was certainly a busy man over the weekend, after completing the clubs Eurofins Greenway half marathon Saturday morning he popped up to Cork for the 6 pm start and ran the Cork 10 miler in a time of 73.48,Ted sported his half marathon finishers T Shirt for this one. He was joined by another West Waterford athlete Andrea Gaffney who ran a time of 89.16. For Ted it was home for a quick nap and up the road to run the Dundalk marathon,yes marathon which he completed today Sunday in a time of 3.36
West Waterford athletic club extend sincere sympathy to the family and friends of Maurice Walsh Boulattin, Kilrossanty who passed to his eternal reward recently, may he rest in peace.
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