Senior News

Notes September 10-17

The G.S.K. 5 mile road race was held recently bringing the 11 race series to an end for the 23rd 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 2017 . The series has stood the test of time numbers wise and we were delighted that the numbers participating are holding steady as 110 runners entering the series for 2017. In 2016 the previous year this figure was 111. Throughout the summer from when the series started in April right through to August we were hosted by many different communities from East to the West of the county, many of these races were held in association with some local organization or group from the particular community the race is 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 2017, 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 you all deserve our heartfelt thanks as well.  Each race has its own local sponsor many of whom have been in place for the past 23 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 24th year in 2018.
 For the very first time an East Cork AC athlete had his name inscribed on the Micheál O Hogain cup for 2017 as Kevin O'Leary was crowned the series winner. Kevin finished the series with a total of 8 points from his best counting 6 races. This was one of the lowest scores ever to win the series as the Cork man had 4 wins and 2 2nd placing's. He recorded wins in Ardmore,Clashmore,The Marine climb and the Glaxosmithkline 5.with 2nd placings in both Dromana 5 and Ballymacarbry 5.The athlete who as runner up was Niall Blackwell (WWAC) a young junior athlete who has really broken onto the road racing scene this past summer with great gusto. Niall finished with 27 points. Anthony Flynn (also WWAC) retained his position from last year with 40 points, so that's 3rd place in the past 2 years, good running from the Abbeyside man. Another West Waterford Athlete Mossie Keogh  took 4th place on 44 points his best finish being an excellent 3rd in Ras Na Rinne. Mossie was one of the athletes who completed the full 11 race programme. Ray Hahesy with 73 points finished 5th, and one of the most improved athletes this year on the roads Enda Donnelly finished 6th with 82 points. Pat Fitzgerald took 7th place on 88 points. He was followed closely by Michael Dunford who finished on a total of 98 points. 9th place went to another of our young athletes in  Shane O'Riordan a most dedicated athlete to train and he finished with 102 points and Alan Cullen on a tally of 105 points was out 10th placed man. West Waterford AC dominated the final table with the first 9 runner all from the promoting club. Well done to all prize-winners in the Intersport Elverys Asics  Summer Series for 2017.
For the record the top ten was as follows and we also include the other men's divisional prize-winners:
1.Kevin O Leary 8
2.Niall Blackwell 27
3.Anthony Flynn 40
4.Mossie Keogh 44
5.Ray Hahesy 73
6.Enda Donnelly 82
7.Pat Fitzgerald 88
8.Michael Dunford 98
9.Shane O'Riordan 102
10.Alan Cullen 105
15th Martin Tobin                   191 
20th Cathal Gleeson                   238
25th Donal O'Donoghue             246
30th Eamon Curran         333
35th Liamie Sandford                 448
40th Brian Beatty                     597
The ladies Champion in the 2017 Intersport Elverys/Asics Summer Series after 11 races was a  lady who was claiming her very first overall series win. Local lady and member of West Waterford AC Kate Veale lifted the beautiful Slateways perpetual trophy which was kindly donated to the club by the late Michael O'Riordan shortly before his untimely passing. Michael was a great supporter of our club and was a sad loss to all when he passed away, we thank his wife Fiona and Son David who came along on the night to present Kate the winning lady with the beautiful crystal piece. After 11 races of stiff competition this was to be Kate's year .Kate had finished runner up in this series the previous year and from the off was determined to go one step further in 2017 and take the title, this she did in style with her best 6 races to count she recorded a race victories in the Ardmore 5 and also The Marine Climb. She recorded a super 4 2nd placing's at Butlerstown, Clashmore, Dromana, Ras Na Rinne. giving her a total of just 10 points from her 6 best race results. Runner up this year was club mate Sandra Prendergast it was great to see Sandra put together such a consistent series of results with a 2nd place finish in the Ardmore being her best result. Sandra also recorded 2 3rd placing's in Dromana and Ras Na Rinne  as she finished on 21 pts. In third spot was another WWAC member Brigid Coffey and she too is winning her category on a regular bases now and takes a deserving 3rd overall in the series for 2017.4th lady overall was Catriona Lee with 53 points great running from Catriona and in 5th was Angeline Drennan with 68 points, she had just 1 point to spear over the 6th place woman Onra Power who finished on 69 points and likewise Onra was just 1 point ahead of Diana Chizhikova in 7th with 70 points the same tally as Sharon Nugent who had to settle for 8th after a count back with Diana, Katie Bullen made the top 10 for the first time finishing 9th on 94 points and congratulations to the only lady not a member of West Waterford AC to figure in the top 10 when Youghal AC athlete Patrycja Eichelmann-Daly took that spot. 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:
1.Kate Veale 10
2.Sandra Prendergast 21
3.Brigid Coffey 43
4.Catriona Lee 53
5.Angeline Drennan 68
6.Onra Power 69
7.Diana Chizhikova 70
8.Sharon Nugent 70
9.Katie Bullen 94
10.Patrycja Eichelmann-Daly 97
15.Mairead Flynn 139
20.Margaret Conway 210
25.Theresa Power-Hickey 235
30.Sophie Tobin 265
35.Catherine Condon 314
40.Ruth Landy Ryan 447
The following athletes are to be congratulated as they ran the full 11 race programme in the 23rd Annual Intersport Elverys /Asics  summer  series for 2017. There were 3 ladies this year Sharon Nugent,  Katie Bullen, Noelle Conway, Looking at the men's it was 5 who ran all 11 this year, Mossie Keogh, Donal O'Donoghue, Martin Tobin, Micheal Moynihan, Liamie Sandford, This gave us at gave us a total of 8 who complete the full series for 2017 well done to all.
Looking back now that the dust has settled at our Intersport Elverys Asics Summer Series which concluded recently, we have to say once again  that it was an 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  with the motto in mind that there organised " by runners for runners" with prices for all club races at only €5 ," 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 new sponsors who came on board this year Intersport Elverys and Asics, these new sponsor's come to us after 22 years of sponsorship by Ger Wyley Sports and Footwear which we were so lucky to have for so long ,but now we enter a new era with our new sponsors and we sincerely thank them for taking up the mantle. A big congratulations to our two overall winners for 2017, Kevin O'Leary who was reclaiming the title for the very first time and also for the first time our ladies winner was Kate Veale. 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.
The highly successful West Waterford AC ‘Lets Run’ programme, in conjunction with Waterford Sports Partnership, is back with for an Autumn session. This is an 8 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 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 November. If you have always wanted to run but have never tried it then this is the programme 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. If you are doing this during your lunch break shower facilities will be available for anyone who needs them.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. Some of the comments from previous groups
‘Atmosphere was good, can run at your own pace’
‘Everyone was really encouraging’
‘Learning to pace really helped’
6.30-7.30pm commencing 19th September 2017
Where – Meet at Eurospar, Abbeyside
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) 911 6997
As a mark of respect to the late Rory Wyley the Garvey's Autumn league was cancelled last Thursday evening at St. Augustine's College, The league will continue this Thursday as normal starting at 7 pm. 
West Waterford athletic club extend sincere sympathy to the family and friends of Rory Wyley O' Connell St Dungarvan who passed to his eternal reward last week, As one put it simply the "LEGEND" is gone !!! Rory Wyley from Canty Cappagh was part of the fabric of Dungarvan and certainly held legendary status among the many who knew him. He took our christening photos or communion photos our confirmation photos our wedding photos and everything in-between as well, The Dungarvan Show, The Dungarvan Point to Point, Macra Na Feirme and GAA matches in there thousands. A part from his photographer skills and there was none  better especially in his loved black and white snaps, he was a sports man of high regard he could run, row, hurl and his best love of all was of course cycling, which he did up to a short few months ago. He competed in all the above mentioned disciplines at the highest levels and as an administrator was athletics club chairman a little later on. He will be greatly missed by his family and all who had the pleasure to have known him. As a mark of respect last Thursday evenings Garvey's Autumn league was cancelled.
May he rest in peace.
Well done last Sunday morning to club member Eddie Doran who completed the Vilnius Marathon in Lithuania in 4 hrs 35 mins.Held over a very scenic course taking in much of the city on a double half marathon circuit, The event was well organised along by the beautiful Neris river and through Vingus Park. 






Keeping the great West Waterford tradition alive last Sunday at the Great North Run in Newcastle were Mark Cliffe and Vince O'Donovan,this event has seen club members taking part for many years now and the two lads kept this intact last Sunday where Mark ran a time of 1.42.52 while Vince completed the half in 2.08.28. Well done to both.

West Waterford's Kate Veale was in action Saturday at the 8th International Sprint Triathlon of Race Walking held in Veenendaal near Amsterdam, the event was the annual race for the Benelux challenge cup and is held over 3 distances on the track , 1k, 2, and 3k with an accumulation of your times over the 3 races, the fastest of course being the overall winner. Kate won the overall ladies event after taking first in all three distances with good times of  1 k- 4.19. 2 k -8.58 (setting a new meet record here) and her 3 k time was 13.51.She now prepares for her next event the British Commonwealth Games Qualifier and Small Nations Match in Hillingdon, London on October 1st next. We wish her well.
The difference in winning and losing is most often not quitting.