Senior News

Notes September 15-19

What a showcase it was for our area last Saturday morning for the 3rd Annual Eurofins Waterford Greenway half marathon with a huge influx of visitors to our famed Greenway for the event which was held in absolutely ideal weather conditions, The sun was shinning and not a even a slight breeze blowing it couldn't have been any better and  from the response we are receiving it certainly sent our visitors home with nothing but good vibes from the event. The Eurofins half marathon this year saw over 650 finishers cross the finish line in  Ballinroad having made their way towards the coast line from the starting point at the Coach House in Kilmathomas. A huge thank you to all who came along from near and far to participate as without the athletes there would be no race , so we really do appreciate you supporting another West Waterford athletic club event. Congratulations to all the runners who donated to this year's chosen charity Déise day centre who were represented on the day by Donal Connolly and Margaret Coffey.  To all who helped and there were many both pre race and on race day. To the huge number of stewards all along the 13.1 mile course a sincere thank you. Thanks to all our very good friends in Kilmacthomas especially Siobhan and Gary Mc Cormack for their invaluable help and to all those who helped out on our 4 water station's along the course a big thanks to you all. To our chip timing squad myrunresults a very professional job once again, thank you to Ballinroad AFC for affording us the use of their dressing rooms/showers. Of course all events need great sponsors and we are fortunate to have had a brilliant sponsor again this year in  Eurofins Dungarvan. Our thanks to Michelle Mannix from Eurofins for coming along on the day to present the winners with their prizes. To many associate sponsors including our good friends at Flahavans, Garvey's Supervalu, Sólás Na Mara, Refill .ie, Monkey Cups.  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 Michelle Mannix on the day. Thanks to  Niall Barry in Kilmacthomas and all the management and staff 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 his and there assistance, without the local authority's help it would not be possible to hold such an event. Thanks to all our pacers who all came up trumps on the day and really made the event so enjoyable for many who were trying to achieve their goals. 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. Thank you to local Farmer Anthon Beresford for the use of his land for parking, and to those who looked after the parking. Many thanks to our great team of photographers, DC Images, John Troy and others. Thank you to our club committee at West Waterford AC who put in Trojan work over many months in organising this event. Finally a huge thank you individually to Ann Dunford who's work ethic is off the scale and also to Gerry Cantwell road racing coordinator at the helm and of course many more who helped a big thank you to all. 
Our race winner last Saturday was in many ways under the radar and was not to be honest one of the pre race favourites but what a performance he gave with a famous gun to tape victory on what was a brilliant day weather wise for this year's race. Pat Hennessey a native of Lismore and running with event host club West Waterford AC. Pat is running quite a short time as his chosen sport for some years was Hurling and he is a member of the Lismore senior panel. Pat an engineer working in Cork city spend the past year in Australia where he ran an ultra 50k race and kept his fitness up running regularly over this period. His winning time last Saturday was 1.10.20 which was a 6 minute personal best performance which also proved to all that he is a young man with a huge talent and if he does decide to concentrate more on his training and goals in running the sky could be the limit for him. A deserving win for a modest man, it could be the start of something big. Our 2nd man home was Ferrybank AC athlete Philip Harty in a time of 1.12.48,Philip was running his first greenway half as his name has been missing from the road running scene in recent times through a serious injury which he seems to have overcome, it's good to see him back training well once again and we wish him well as he makes good progress back to the top of his sport. Fresh from his 50k world ultra race in Romania two weeks ago West Waterford's Raivis Zakis put in a brilliant performance to claim 3rd spot with a time of 1.13.54,Raivis was 4th here last year in a time of 1.14.48 so he moved up a place and will be delighted to have a much stronger run this year with a big time improvement also. Waterford AC filled the 5th placing with Adam Porter running a time of 1.14.17 while 5th place was claimed by Joe Lillis United Striders AC 1.14.30.One of the top performances by our category winners came from Warren Falvin Ind 1.17.11 to claim the over 40 category, The over 45 was won by Wexford's Conor Barron Barrow Harriers AC  A.C. with a time of 1.21.54. David Keogh Slaney Olympic AC was our over 50 winner in 1.18.55.Ray Hahesy West Waterford  AC is rarely beaten in his age category and once again he took the over 55 category to Dublin with a time of 1.30.58.Gerry Cantwell  West Waterford AC our road racing coordinator clocked a time of 1.33.49 taking 1st man over 60.Maurice Tobin Grange Fermoy AC was our first man over 65 with a time of 1.54.49 and Maurice Noonan claimed the final category prize in the over 70 section with a time of 3.33.42. In the team results West Waterford on 69 points took the victory with Gary Cantwell 12th, Garret Byrne 28th and Billy Ryan 29th.Waterford AC with 83 points were 2nd team and St Catherine's AC 106 points were 3rd. It's worth noting that all the category prize winning time's were of a much higher quality comparing to last year's race and id say the weather had a bearing on this fact. Well done to all runners and especially all winners.
Pat Hennessy West Waterford AC 1.10.20
Philip Harty Ferrybank AC 1.12.48
Raivis Zakis West Waterford AC 1.13.54
Adam Porter Waterford AC 1.14.17
Joe Lillis United Striders AC 1.14.31
Over 40
Warren Flynn 1.17.11
Trevor Swift Waterford AC 1.18.08
Over 45
Conor Barron Barrow Harriers AC 1.21.56
Alan Barry Bridevale AC 1.23.52
Over 50
David Kehoe Slaney Olympic AC 1.18.56
Paul O’Connor Eagle AC 1.24.37
Over 55
Ray Hahessy West Waterford AC 1.31.06
Liam Lenihan Sportsworld AC 1.33.27
Over 60
Gerry Cantwell West Waterford AC 1.33.49
Anthony Dwyer West Waterford AC 1.27.47
Over 65
Maurice Tobin Grange Fermoy AC 1.55.37
Joseph Conway 2.10.31
Over 70
Maurice Noonan 3.33.42
Adrian Leahy 1.31.56
West Waterford AC  - Gary Cantwell, Garret Byrne and Billy Ryan 69 pts
Waterford AC – Noel Murphy, Mark Langford and Paul Wyse 83 pts
Making it a double for the race host club West Waterford AC having provided the winner of the men's race the club also provided the ladies winner of the Eurofins Waterford Greenway half marathon when Liz Nyhan just like Pat Hennessey broke clear from the starters gun and lead all of the 13.1 miles to the finish line in Ballinroad. It's said in sport and many other aspects of life you get out what you put in to anything we do and this comes to mind with Liz as she is putting in great work training wise currently and this effort saw her claim a famous victory last Saturday, not many can say they won a half marathon in  their life time, but guess what Liz can now and she deserves this victory without doubt. Second place went to Mags Dempsey Tracton AC with a time of 1.29.29 great to see an athlete from that great and very old County Cork club among the winners. West Waterford's Angela Tobin continued her in creditable upwards trend in ladies road racing when she ran a personal best to claim 3rd place in 1.31.22.Host club West Waterford AC provided the 4th lady home also when local lady now living in Wexford Deirdre Murphy had yet another brilliant run clocking a time of 1.31.27and Susan Mc Grath ind filled the 5th spot when she crossed the finish line in Ballinroad in 1.33.44.In the ladies category prize winners the over 35 winner was Sheila Buckley Midleton AC in a time of 1.39.11 while the over 40 category was won by Mary Molloy Carrick On Suir AC  in 1.36.41,Esther Murphy Midleton AC AC took the over 45 prize in a time of 1.34.48,Susan Mc Grath won the over 50 prize in 1.33.44 and our first lady over 55 was Josie Uí Chuirrin West Waterford  A.C. in a time of 1.50.21.Kathleen Kennedy Waterford  A.C. 2.07.10 won the over 60 prize.West Waterford AC took the team honours here with 30 points, Kelly Fitzgerald 7th, Ciara Burke 10th Eveleen Drohan  13th from St Catherine's AC on 106 points. Grange Fermoy AC were 3rd with 185 points. Very well done to all the ladies who took part on the day.
1. Liz Nyhan West Waterford AC 1.27.58
2. Mags Dempsey Tracton AC 1.29.29
3. Angela Tobin West Waterford AC 1.31.22
4. Deirdre Murphy 1.31.27
5. Susan McGrath 1.33.44
Over 35
1. Sheila Buckley Midleton AC 1.39.11
2. Jane Hewitt 1.40.12
Over 40
1. Mary Molloy Carrick on Suir AC 1.36.41
2. Elaine Horgan Clonmel AC 1.37.51
Over 45
1. Ester Murphy Midleton AC 1.34.48
2. Gabriell Power 1.41.13
Over 50
1. Christine Murphy Midleton AC 1.47.39
2. Helen Sheehan 1.48.51
Over 55
1. Josie Ui Chuirrin West Waterford AC 1.50.21
2. Alice Fitzgerald West Waterford AC 1.52.29
Over 60
1. Kathleen Kennedy Waterford AC 2.07.10
2. Siobhan Ryan 2.12.19
West Waterford AC – Kelly Fitzgerald, Ciara Burke, Eveleen Drohan  30 pts
St. Catherines AC – Frances Barry, Ann Geary, Aishling Collins 106 pts
 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. Once gain, we had another perfect evening for running as it has been each night of this ears league. this was reflected in the times with some super times being clocked. This league runs for 1 more week, the  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). As this is the last night of the league, we will have presentation of prizes straight after the league. Remember, you must run 4 out of the 5 nights of the league over the same number of laps to be included in the Final Divisions. Full divisions are available on the club website.
First home in the one lap as he was last 2 weeks was Patrick Walsh in 6.23 (5 seconds ahead of last week).Patrick was followed  by Aidan O'Reilly who knocked off 2 seconds when running 7.50. Aidan was followed by Onra Power in 9.03 with Jackie Ryan clocking 13.36. Well done to all the 1 lap runners – There just one more week left to improve your time..
Oisin O'Riordan led home the 2 lap in a 13.58 (10 seconds faster than last week). This was his fourth week leading the runners home. Oisin was followed by Colm Barry in 15.35 with Jim Barry next in 17.03. Mark Blackwell  ran 17.58. Next was our first lady, Angeline Drennan in 18.23 (34 seconds faster than last week).John Flynn ran 19.56 while Michael Moynihan ran 20.13. Barbara Duff ran 23.13 with Siobhan O'Mahony finishing in 24.48. Well done to all the 2 lap runners.
Gerard O'Reilly once again led home the 3 lap in 22.53 (a 10 second improvement). Gerard was followed by Yevgeniy Chizikov who ran 23.33. Catherine Henley ran 24.03 with Catriona Kiely running 30.05.  Richie Power running 33.41 (33 seconds ahead of last week). Well done to all the 3 lap runners – keep up the good work.
First home was James Whelan in 29.49 (breaking the 30 minute barrier). Ann Marie Hayes was next in 35.47. Johnny Burkin  ran 36.35 while Ray Hahessy finished in 37.33. Gerry O'Connor ran 38.14  while Sinead Ni Fhaolin and Paul Brunnock finished together in 39.32. Liam Fitzgerald finished in  43.42  Well done to all the 4 lap runners – remember that presentation of prizes will take place after next week's league
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.
 The clubs winter league which now enters its 26th year will begin in 6 week’s time.  This year the registration night will take place on the Wednesday October 30th.The following week the league will begin officially on November 6th.  On this particular night all those interested in taking part in the winter league are asked to come along and register to get their number. You will be issued with a number for a cost of €5. This number should be used every night that you run. We will have people on hand at the sports centre that will be available to answer any questions you may have and we will also explain the rules and regulations of the league as well as the two courses of the league .The first official night of the league will be the following week November 6th. For all those that won’t be able to make it to the sports centre on the first night of registration, you may register and get your number on the following night. In fact, it’s possible to join the winter league at any stage throughout the course of the league. The cost of the league is €5, this is a once -off payment for your number and then €2 for each night for West Waterford AC club members and €3 for non-members. Last year we introduced the ability to pay in full for the league ,a once off payment, which will save you money if you intend running the league each night. For club members you can pay 30 euro ( this includes the 5 euro once off  number payment) and for non members you can pay a once off payment of 40 euro which also includes the 5 euro number payment charge. This amount will cover you for the full duration of the league.
The club's 26th  annual Cross Country event of the year takes place on Sunday September 29th 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 and Junior championships for men and women.
The county board convention was held at Carriganore last Monday evening and there was a good representation from clubs. The chairman John Mc Grath opened the meeting by thanking all the clubs for their work over the past year. Secretary Caít Caulfield then gave a very compressive report on the success of the various clubs at county, Munster, All Ireland and national level over the past year. and Trevor Walsh followed with his treasurers report which see's the board in a health financial state. A new committee was elected for the coming year  with West Waterford John Mc Grath re elected as chairman, Vice chair is Brid Hallissey Ferrybank AC, Treasurer Trevor Walsh Waterford AC, Secretary Caít Caulfield Waterford AC,PRO Fintan Walsh Waterford AC.
Sunday September 29th at  11 am St. Augustine’s College Abbeyside.  Juvenile and 12 noon senior and junior- county even ages cross country championships and open senior and junior race for the James Hughes perpetual cup-incorporating the Waterford Senior and Junior championships.
Sunday October 6th at 11 am St. Augustine’s College Abbeyside Juvenile uneven age’s county cross country championships plus Novice men and women’s will start at 12 noon.
Sunday October 13th at 11 am St. Augustine’s College Abbeyside Juvenile B’s and at 12 noon Masters for men and ladies at 12 noon.
Sunday October 20th  Munster  Championships,  Even Ages, U23 and Novice. Limerick race course.
November 10th Munster XC Championships Uneven Ages, and Senior. Cork venue.
November 17th: Munster Juvenile Inter-Club Cross Country Relays and  Masters Cross Country Championships Kerry Venue.
November 24th: Irish life Health National Juvenile Even Age and Inter-Club Cross Country Championships, Senior and Junior, Abbottstown Dublin.
December 1stMunster Juvenile "B" and Intermediate and under 20 Cross Country Championships. Two Mile Borris Tipperary. 
December 15th Irish Life Health National Juvenile Uneven Age and Novice Cross Country Championships, TBD
Congratulations to Joe Gough who received the European Master middle distance athlete of the year award for 2018 at a function last week in Venice where he was competing at the European masters championships. It was a tripe celebration for Joe as he recorded a brilliant double gold medal winner performance over the week also to round off a memorable trip to Venice. Once again like so many times in the past Joe Gough put in a double gold winning performance in the over 65 category so his European and World dominance continues over the middle distance events. Joe became European 1500 metres champion early in the week in a thrilling race he secured victory posting a time of 4 minutes 54.14 seconds, he followed this up on Thursday running in the heat's of the 800 meters qualifying with the fastest time of 2.27.63 in heat one, which was the fastest of the heat qualifiers. In Friday's final the hot favourite lived up to all expectations as he romped to his 2nd gold medal of the championships well clear of the field with a winning time of  2.20.73 another massive win for the former Mitchell Tcr man. Indeed since Joe was 65 last year when he won the 800 and 1500 in the European indoors in Madrid he followed it up by winning both the world outdoors in Malaga and this year won the world indoors in Torun in Poland in the 800 and 1500 and this week won the European outdoors in both in Venice so 800 straight wins at that level . Joe has not been beaten in the 800 at those championships since 2008 and he broke the world and European records in the 800 in the last 2 years. Joe is adding title upon title and as it is well documented now he is one of the most successful Irish master athletes of all time and the story continues.
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.