Senior News

Notes September 24-17

 
 
LOVELY EVENING FOR WEEK 3 OF GARVEYS SUPERVALU AUTUMN LEAGUE.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Last Thursday night was our third night in this year's ever popular league, the Garvey's SuperValu Autumn league at St Augustine's college. This league is eagerly awaited for each year as runners us it as a prelim to our winter league which is not too far away now. Other runners use it prepare for the upcoming cross country season. It was great to see so many new faces as well as regulars at the Friary grounds.  For this league there are 4 routes on offer and you can run any distance you choose on any night you attend.  If you want to start with 1 lap and perhaps move up to 2 next week the choice is yours, In this way runners are under no pressure to complete a certain distance and can decide as they go. For beginners we suggest jogging at the start then walk for a while if you need to and then jog again for a bit, you will soon find that the walking bits get shorter and the jogging bits get longer!  One thing's for sure that by running over any other form of exercise you will definitely see progress in your efforts to getting a fitter healthier way of life. The weekly fee is just €2 and Garrynageragh spring water will be provided at the finish. We will be at the Friary taking registrations from 6.30 pm next Thursday (28th September) which is the last night of this year's league. Presentation of prizes will take place immediately after running.
 
 
 
 
 
 
EAMON CASHIN LEADS HOME THE 1 LAP.
 
 
 
 
This week the 1 lap runners were led home by Eamon Cashin in 7.39. He was followed by Onra Power in 8.57 (5 seconds faster than last week). Michael Coakley was third in 10.36 with Michael Deegan next in 10.56. Mary Whyte finished in 14.03 followed by Mary Hogan in 15.02. well done to all our 1 lap runners  -we'll hope to see some more improvements next week.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 ASIER DEL RIO FIRST HOME IN 2 LAP FOR SECOND WEEK RUNNING.
 
 
 
 
 
 10 runners took on the 2 lap and they were led home by youngster Asier Del Rio in an excellent 14.57 (55 seconds quicker than last week). He was followed for the second week ruuning by Elia Tutty in 16.47 (a 5 second improvement) with Michael Moynihan next in 19.35. Kate Kennedy was 4th in 21.03. Margaret Whelan had a good run clocking 22.11. Dennis Ryan will be happy to have gone under 23 minutes when running 22.25. Christine Fogarty and Deirdre Hahesy ran together and finished in 26.08. Well done everyone - just one week left.
 
 
 
 
 
RITCHIE FITZGERALD LEADS HOME THE 3 LAPS FOR THIRD TIME
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
First home on the 3 lap was Ritchie Fitzgerald in 21.29 (another big improvement). He was followed by Oisin O'Riordan in 21.30 (a massive 1.14 improvement from last week) Next was Gerard O'Reilly in 23.35 followed by Lucy Holmes in 23.59 (nearly a minute faster than last week). Jim Fleming ran 30.22 with Noelle Feeney clocking 37.59. Well done everyone - just one week left.
 
 
 
 
 
 
CIAN O'RIORDAN ONCE AGAIN FIRST HOME OVER 4 LAPS.
 
 
 
 
 
 As is usually the case, the most popular on the night was the 4 lap with 14 runners competing.  First home was Cian O'Riordan in a blistering 26.55. he just pipped Brian Byrne in a sprint finish with Brian clocking 26.58. it was great to see Brian back in action at the Friary and running so well. Shane O'Riordan was next 29.14. Gary Hurney had a good run clocking 35.11. First lady was  Sinead O'Brien in 35.59. Next lady finisher was Ann Dunford in 38.31. Third lady was Sharon Higgins in 39.59. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 THANKS.
 
 
 
 
 
West Waterford Athletic Club would like to acknowledge all those who help in the running of the league especially Ray, Shirley and James. Thanks so much once again to the Friary College for permitting the use of the grounds and of course thanks to those that helped by taking the entries, names, times and results, it’s very much appreciated.  A big thank you also all at Garveys SuperValu for their sponsorship. As always we would like to invite our members and participants in our leagues to support our sponsors where possible. Also a quick reminder that next Thursday (28th September) is the last night of the league and presentation of prizes will take place straight after the league
 
 
 
 
 
 
24TH ANNUAL OPEN CROSS COUNTRY EVENT THIS SUNDAY FOR THE JAMES HUGHES PERPETUAL CUP.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The club’s 24th annual Open Cross Country event takes place next Sunday October 1st at St. Augustine’s College with a 12 noon starting time. As in previous years Sunday’s event 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 to come along and have a run on the famed Friary course. The distances on the day will be 2 laps of the College grounds for the ladies which is 4km in total and the men’s event will see them cover 4 laps (8km). There will be prizes on offer for 1st 3 men and 1st three women plus category winners in the various age categories. This race is now in its 24th year and still draws a great turn out of cross country runners from near and far. It is of course an open event and we hope to have many clubs from Waterford, Cork, and Kilkenny and Tipperary represented. A few years back local Abbeyside man Donal Power on behalf of the Power family presented the race with a beautiful perpetual cup celebrating the life of his grandfather James Hughes. James was an Irish International Cross-Country runner (1884 – 1961) Donal and all the Power family wanted to keep the athletic memory of their grandfather alive so they presented the club and this race with a magnificent cup which is indeed a  fitting memory of their grandfather who spent the final years of his life living in the village. Please note the presentation of prizes will take place immediately after the race at the College grounds where we will present the winners with their prizes. Entry fee is just 5 euro. Please also note that the race also incorporates the county senior and junior cross country championships for men and women and these will be proceeded by the county juvenile cross country championships for even ages.  We ask all local athletes to support this race and if you’re not running why not come along and support the runners. See you all in the Friary on Sunday.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
INCORPORATING COUNTY SENIOR AND JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIPS.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The West Waterford AC open Cross Country race once again this year incorporates the County Senior and Junior championships for men and women and here too we hope to have the club well represented. All club members are requested to be at the venue no later than 11.00 pm. The race has a starting time of 12 noon. Please wear your club singlet as this is a championship event.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
COUNTY NOVICE AND MASTERS CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS SET FOR SUNDAY WEEK OCTOBER 9TH.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
St. Augustine’s College will host the 2017 county novice cross country championship race on Sunday October 9th next. The day kicks off with the uneven ages at 11.00 and the novice will follow immediately after the juvenile programme at 12 noon. All club athletes eligible are asked to be at the venue on time. Please wear your club singlet as this is a championship event.
 
 
 
 
 
 
MUNSTER NOVICE AND UNDER 23 CROSS COUNTRY ENTRIES.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The first Munster Cross Country Championship race will be the Novice and U/ 23 which are being held on Sunday 22nd October in Clarecastle Co.Clare. The club will be sending in the entries for same shortly, any member wishing to take part is asked to contact cross country coordinator's James Veale 086 8184762 or Ann Dunford 086 0619711 A.S.A.P. No entries will be accepted on the day of race. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
PLANS WELL IN PLACE FOR CLUBS 24TH ANNUAL FORDE'S DAYBREAK WINTER LEAGUE .
 
 
 
 
 
 
The clubs winter league which now enters its 24th year will begin in 6 week’s time.  This year the registration night will take place on the Wednesday after the Dublin city marathon November 1st. 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 8th. 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.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
UP-COMING CROSS COUNTRY FIXTURES 2017.
 
 
 
 
 
October 1st: The 25th Annual James Hughes perpetual cup open cross country race incorporating the Waterford county Senior /Junior and under 18 championships at 12 noon St Augustine's College : The juvenile county championships for even ages also takes place with a start time of 11 AM.
 
 
 
 
October 8th: County XC Championships: U9, U11, U13, U15, U17,U19 at 11am. Novice at 12 noon: St. Augustine's College 
 
October 22nd: Munster XC Championships: Even Ages, U23 and Novice: Clare Venue.
 
October 15th: County XC B U9, U11, U13, U15 Championships St Augustine's College at 11am.Masters starting at 12 noon.
 
November 12th: Munster XC Championships: Uneven Ages, junior and Senior: Tipperary venue.
 
 
 November 19th: Munster Juvenile Inter-Club Cross Country Relays and  Masters Cross Country Championships Cork Venue.
 
November 26TH: GloHealth National Juvenile Even Age and Inter-Club Cross Country Championships,TBD
 
 December 3rd: Munster Juvenile "B" and Intermediate Cross Country Championships. Kerry venue.
 
December 17th : GloHealth National Juvenile Uneven Age and Novice Cross Country Championships, TBD
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
SEPTEMBER IS THE NEW JANUARY.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Now that schools have returned and routines have been established it’s the perfect time of year to learn a new skill. 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. Such is the popularity of these programmes we now have 2 groups learning the skill of running. Our lunchtime programme is on Tuesdays at 1.10-1.55pm and our evening programme on Tuesday evenings from 6.30pm. Already over 50 people have joined us this Autumn and it's still not too late to join. 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. Many of the athletes who started with us on our inaugural ‘Let’s Run’ programme are now in the final stages of preparation for the Dublin City Marathon. The sky is the limit. To join our lunchtime contact Irene Clark (086) 8242348 or Claire Kennedy for the evening programme (087) 9116997.
 
 
 
 
 
 
KATE VEALE 2ND IN VADRAFJORD 5.
 
 
 
 
 
The Vadrafjord 5 mile road race was held last Sunday in Waterfrod and a field of 166 completed the city course ,the overall winner was Andrew Cionnick Ferrybank AC in a time of 25.33 and the ladies winner was Ruth Fitzgerald in an excellent 30.29 West Waterford's Kate Veale finished 11th overall in the field for  2nd lady in a good time of 31.16.
 
 
 
 
 
BERLIN MARATHON.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Well done last Sunday to club members Joanne Dunford, Rosarie Kealy and Michael Dunford who took part in  the Berlin marathon. Michael lead the trio home in a brilliant 3.10 03 with Joanne his sister next, breaking the 4 hour barrier with a time of  3.58.04 and Rosarie rounded off a great trip for them to one of the best marathons in the world with a time of 4.13.55,well done to all three.
 
 
 
 
 
 
SANDRA PRENDERGAST 6TH IN TIPPERARY MINI MARATHON.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Well done last Sunday to all our club members who participated in the Tipperary mini marathon for ladies. The race overall winner was St. Josephs AC 's Sally Forristal in a time of 38.49. First home for West Waterford AC on the day and having a terrific run was Sandra Prendergast who finished 6th overall in the field of nearly 700 female athletes. Sandra ran a time of 44.06.There were other ladies who had excellent performances also and a very well done to all.
 
 
 
 
 
Sandra Prendergast 44.06
Onra Power 49.26
Sharon Nugent 50.26
Katie Bullen 49.51
Rita Cronnolly 60.39
Elenor Casey 61.34
Mary Cahill 61.34
Christine Fogarty 62.02
Ruth Landy Ryan 62.26
Ciara Duffin 63.32
Tricia Cullinane 63.35
Deirdre Clancy 67.08
Deirdre Hahesy 74.50
Claire Meehan 75.02
Irene Dee 75.02
 
 
 
 
RUNNING QUOTE.
 
 
 
Life is complicated. Running is simple. Is it any wonder that people like to run?