Senior News

Notes September 22-19

The Ballinameela 5k road race was held recently bringing the 12 race Intersport  Elverys /Asics summer series to a conclusion. The overall series for 2019 was the most successful for some years with  a big increase in the numbers entered in the series and also every race bar none saw a significant increase in numbers participating in each individual race. We were delighted again this year that the numbers participating are holding steady as 120 runners entering the series for 2019. The 12 race series has something for all tastes from a variation of distances to venues as many different communities from the East to the West of the county are involved in hosting an event in their particular community, 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. 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 to all our races. We must thank all our various hosts around the county who were involved in the organisation of the race in their particular locality, without the cooperation and help and local support these events couldn't take place so a big thank you a to all involved. 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. Last and by no means least a huge thank you to all the runners who entered the series 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 26th year in 2020.
Raivis Zakis brought back the overall race series to the club after a gap of 3 years since a club member took the top spot had he will now have his name inscribed on the Micheál O Hogain cup for 2019.Raivis finished the series with a total of 11 points from his best counting 7 races. This was a really low score for the Ballinroad man who had had 4 wins and 2 2nd placing's and a 3rd pace finish. He recorded wins in Ardmore, Dromana, Ras Na Rinne and The GSK 5 , with 2nd placings in Butlerstown and Touraneena and his 3rd place finish was in Clashmore.Raivis was 2nd in the series last year so moving up to the top of the table in 2019 will I'm sure bring delight to the Latvian native. Previous series winner and team mate at West Waterford AC Kevin Kenneally was 2nd this year, Kevin who is running better than ever this past couple of months finished on 42  points. An athlete who was running the series for the very first time Tony Fogarty Templemore AC was 3rd this year with a tally of 54 points. James Whelan also from the host club finished up in 4th place after some very good running over the summer months, James finished on 100 points with his best placing was 9th in Ras Na Rinne.James moved up a place this year also having finished 5th overall in 2018.Dermot Gough had a very good summer series also as he finished on 109 points for 5th.Ray Hahesy was the only athlete in the top 10 tom have run all 12 races this year and has been for many years a top 10 series finisher last year he was 6th and this year he fills the same position with 128 points. Another Hahessy, Benny from Carrick On Suir was 7th overall with 150 points just 5 ahead of Kilkenny man Peter Duggan St. Josephs AC with 155 points for 8th place.9th place went to Alan Cullen 173 points and Mark Radley on a tally of 174 points was our 10th placed man. There after every 5th placed finisher received a prize so all in all plenty of prizes awarded on the final night thanks to our loyal sponsor Inter sport Elverys and Asics.
Well done to all prize-winners in the Intersport Elverys/Asics  Summer Series for 2019.
For the record the top ten was as follows and we also include the other men's divisional prize-winners:
1.Raivis Zakis 11
2.Kevin Kenneally 42
3.Tony Fogarty 54
4.James Whelan 100
5.Dermot Gough 109
6.Ray Hahesy 128
7.Benny Hahessy 150
8.Peter Duggan 155
9.Alan Cullen 173
10.Mark Radley 174
15th Sean Mc Carthy 209       
20th Neilus Ahearne 206         
25th Martin Tobin 339          
30th Liam Fitzgerald 384    
35th Tony Dwyer 429
40th Brian Ormonde 524
45th Michael Moynihan 621
50th Patrick Ryan 753
The ladies Champion in the 2019 Intersport Elverys/Asics Summer Series after 12 races was a  lady who was claiming her second overall series victory in a row. Kilkenny athletes Sally Forristal who runs with St Josephs AC lifted the beautiful Slateways perpetual trophy which was kindly donated to the club by the late Michael O'Riordan shortly before his untimely passing and was presented on the night by his son David to our winner. Sally proved that she is one of the best female athlete's on the road running scene currently by winning our series for the second time and in many cases running faster times than her winning times recorded in 2018.Sally finished the series with a very low total of 8 points, she won 6 races and recording one 2nd place which was the same winning sequence as last year. For the record her victories came in Ballinroad,Waterford to Tramore,Ardmore,Touraneena,GSK and Ballinameela and her sole 2nd placing was Butlerstown 4 mile. Thurles Croke's AC Madeline Loughnane  another great supporter of our races was 2nd this year the same placing she had in 2018 and she had 3 race wins and one 2nd placing's and three 3rd's.West Waterfrod's MNatalie Sheehan filled 3rd place this year also on the same points tally of 14 as Madeline however she had to settle for 3rd on a count back having finished 1st in Clashmore Natalie was 2nd on five occasion and one 3rd in GSK none the less a hug summer for Natalie as she improves year on year.Elaine Horgan Clonmel AC on 35 points was 4th,Eveleen Drohan finished 5th with 48 points,Eveleen also was 5th in 2018 so she consolidated her placing form last year. Club mate Sinead Ni Fhaolain who was 6th on 86 points just like Eveleen also held her placing from the previous year. Linda Foley was 7th with 107 points and 8th position was filled this year by Nicola Moroney with 110 points. Brigid Coffey finished on 113 points for 9th just one point ahead of Claire Kennedy who finished on 114 points for 10th place. Again just like the men every 5th place finisher received a prize.Well done to all the ladies in this year’s series.
For the record here are the top 10 Ladies and also the divisional winners:
1.Sally Forristal 8
2.Madelaine Loughnane 14 
3.Natalie Sheehan 14
4.Elaine Horgan 35
5.Eveleen Drohan 48
6.Sinead Ní Fhaolain 86
7.Linda Foley 107
8.Nicola Moroney 110
9.Brigid Coffey 113
10.Claire Kennedy 114
15.Sharon Higgins 162
20.Aisling Cusack 230
25.Tasha Lanigan 263
30.Catherine Keogh 311
35.Phillipa Keating. 377
The following athletes are to be congratulated as they ran the full 12 race programme in the 25th Annual Intersport Elverys /Asics  summer  series for 2019.It's a huge commitment to completed the full 12 race programmed with a race every other weekend from April to August and this year series saw  5 ladies this year Geraldine Barry, Anne O'Driscoll, Catherine Keogh, Teresa Power Hickey, Grainne Hallinan. Looking at the men's it was 8 who ran all 12 this year, Ray Hahesy,Tom Hogan,Yev Chizhikov,Eamon Curran, Donal O'Donoghue, Martin Tobin, Vincent O'Donovan,Eoin Walsh. Well done to all who ran the 12 from 12.
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 Garvey's Supervalu Autumn League concluded 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 years league. this was reflected in the times with some super times being clocked. This was the last night of this years league and presentation of prizes took place after running. A full report of the prizes winners will appear in the notes in the coming weeks. Full divisions are available on the club website.
First home in the one lap as he was for the past 3 weeks was Patrick Walsh in 6.33 (5 seconds ahead of last week).Patrick was followed  by  Onra Power in 9.11 with Jackie Ryan clocking 13.16 (20 seconds faster than last week). Well done to all the 1 lap runners – keep up the good work.
Oisin O'Riordan led home the 2 lap in a 13.13 (His fastest time in this years league). This was his fifth week leading the runners home. Oisin was followed by Mark Blackwell in 15.02 with Colm Barry next in 15.18. Next was our first lady, Angeline Drennan in 18.43. Michael Moynihan ran 19.57 while Barbara Duff ran 23.23 with Siobhan O'Mahony finishing in 24.20 (28 seconds faster than last week). Tara Whelan and Johnny Burkin ran together and finished in 27.24). Mary Hogan ran 29.06.. Well done to all the 2 lap runners.
Gerard O'Reilly once again led home the 3 lap in 23.20. Gerard was followed by Yevgeniy Chizikov who ran 23.42. Jim Barry ran 26.38 with Catriona Kiely running 30.18. Linda Bradfield clocked 34.31.. Well done to all the 3 lap runners – keep up the good work.
First home was once again, James Whelan in 30.22. Mary Jane Enright ran 34,20 with Gerry O'Connor clocking an excellent 34.36. Ray Hahessy finished in 35.10. Ann Dunford ran 37.22 with Paul Brunnock finishing in 39.05. Next was Sinead Ni Fhaolin in 39.52 with Liam Fitzgerald running 44.00.  Well done to all the 4 lap runners.
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.
Marc Flavin and Alan Hogan both put in good performances recently when they were in action in the Charleville half on Sunday week last. Mark ran a time of 1.16.54 and Alan 1.22.47 both are in the latter end of their preparations for upcoming marathons.
There were some fine performances by club members in last Sunday weeks Danesfort  half marathon. Colm Ryan fresh from his Greenway pacing duty  the previous day had a brilliant run when he finished 8th overall in a time of 1.22.51.Our club chairman who put in sterling work for the Greenway half over the weekend had a more relaxing day in Kilkenny and ran well posting a time of 1.36.15.Mick Concannon was another of our pacers Saturday and he also ran in Kilkenny Sunday covering the 13.1 miler in 1.39.10. Our only Female participant was Patricia Daly and Patricia ran a time of 2.09.25, Onra Power completed the 10k on the day with a time of 51.11.well done all .well done  all .
The annual Dara Fitzpatrick memorial run took place last Saturday week at Waterford Airport .The club was well represented and Onra Power  was our first runner home in a time of 24.22,next was Aisling Cusack 25.38 followed by Brigid Coffey 27.00, Orla Casey was next in 29.05, Catherine Condon 29.18 was accompanied all the way by Mairead Flynn 29.19 and Tommy Lenihan was just behind the two ladies with a time of 29.37 and Eamon Curran ran a time of 29.21.
Remember, the feeling you get from a good run is far better than the feeling you get from sitting around wishing you were running.