Senior News

Notes September 30-18

25th ANNUAL OPEN CROSS COUNTRY RACE FOR THE JAMES HUGHES PERPETUAL CUP.
 
 
 
 
 
WEST WATERFORD'S MICHEÁL POWER SHOWS HIS CLASS.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Now in its 25th year the eagerly awaited open cross country race for the James Hughes perpetual cup took place last Sunday at St. Augustine's College ,as previous years the race also incorporated the country senior and junior cross country championships for men and women .For the 6th year the James Hughes perpetual cup which was presented to the race by the Power family Abbeyside in memory of their grandfather who was an international cross country runner during the time of the war was presented to the overall race winner and it was keenly fought for on the day. The event saw the under 18,Junior and senior women's race off first and they all covered 2 laps or 4.000 meters. This was followed immediately by the under 18,Junior and Senior men's race with the under 18 and Juniors running 3 laps 6.00 meters and the Seniors 4 laps 8.000 meters. The overall race winner for this year was a young Junior athletes from host club West Waterford Micheal Power who showed a clean pair of heels to all when he broke clear from the bunch on the 2nd lap to take a brilliant victory with visiting athlete Evan Byrne Togher AC taking 2nd place ahead of last year's winner Andrew Connick Ferrybank AC. P.J Scollard Waterford AC was our winner of the over 40 category in  and first over 45 was Frank Hayes St. Catherines AC  A.C. West Waterford C provided the over 50 winner for the second year in succession in Ray Hahesy, and the over 55 winner came from Leevale AC John Collins and the first junior prize went to Rory Casey Tougher AC, well done to all.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Mens Individual Results
 
 
 
 
 
1. Michael power West Waterford A.C.
2.Evan Byrne Togher A.C.
 3. Andrew Connick Ferrybank A.C.
 
 
 
 
O/40 P.J. Scollard Waterford A.C.
 
O/45 Frank Hayes East Cork A.C.
 
O/50 Ray Hahesy West Waterford A.C.
 
O/55 John Collins Leevale A.C.
 
Junior Ruairi Casey Togher AC 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
ORLA O' CONNOR BRILLIANT  LADIES WIN.
 
 
 
 
 
Waterford AC provided the first 2 across the finish line in the ladies open event last Sunday as international race walker turned great cross country runner Orla O'Connor showed she is a superb talent when she came from behind on the final lap of two take snatch victory from her team mate Ruth Fitzgerald with West Waterford's Kate Veale not too far behind in  3rd place, Just like the men's event it was encouraging to see a big field in the ladies race. Well done also to all category winners on the day with the over 35 category going to Louise Morgan Ferrybank AC Waterford's Sylvia Molone was our winner of the 0/40 category , Sheila O'Connor Waterford AC took the over 45 section . Joan Hough from Midleton AC was our victor in the ladies over 50 category, and well done to our junior ladies winner Ruth Heary Waterford AC.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Ladies Individual Results
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1 Orla O'Connor Waterford A.C.
 
2 Ruth Fitzgearld Waterford A.C.
 
3 Kate Veale West Waterford A.C.
 
 
 
 
 
O/35 Louise Morgan Ferrybank A.C.
 
O/40 Sylvia Malone Waterford A.C.
 
 O/45 Sheila O'Connor  Waterford A.C.
 
O/50 Joan Hough Midleton A.C.
 
Junior Ruth Heary Waterford A.C.
 
 
 
 
 
 
THANKS.
 
 
 
 
 
Firstly our sincere thanks to the Power family especially Donal Power, grandson of James Hughes who donated the magnificent cup to this race six years ago. Thanks also to Michael Power who came along on the day to present the winner with the cup on behalf of the Power family.Once again our thanks to Br Patrick Lennon for laying out the course and to the College for the use of their facility to hold the race and to all the crew that helped with the race in anyway especially all our own club crew doing registration, timing ,results etc .We will have a full report on county senior and junior cross country championships in next week's notes.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
COUNTY NOVICE  CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS SET FOR THIS SUNDAY OCTOBER 7TH.
 
 
 
 
 
St. Augustine’s College will host the 2018 county novice cross country championship race on this Sunday October 7th . 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.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
COUNTY MASTERS CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS SET FOR SUNDAY WEEK OCTOBER 14TH
 
 
 
 
 
St. Augustine’s College will host the 2018 county masters cross country championship race on Sunday October 14th next. The day kicks off with the county B's 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 21st October in Beaufort .Co Kerry. 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. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
GARVEYS SUPERVALU AUTUMN LEAGUE - WEEK 5.
 
 
 
 
 
The fifth and final round of the Garveys Autumn League took place  last Thursday Night (27/9/18) 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. Once again, as we have been each night of this league, we had near perfect running conditions and as has been the case each week some super times were recorded. Last week (27th September) was the last week of this league and Liam Power of Garveys Super Valu was on hand to present prizes to our league winners. League tables are available on the club website and a full report on the final tables will appear in the notes in the coming weeks.
 
 
 
ONE LAP.
 
 
First home in the one lap was Ciaran Frisby in 7.27. Ciaran was followed by Alanadh Power in 12.08. Next was Mary Hogan who knocked off nearly a minute to finish in 13.56 with Orla Casey finishing in 14.45. Well done to all the 1 lap runners.
 
 
 
 
TWO LAPS.
 
 
Oisin O’Riordan once again led home the 2 lappers in 14.33. Oisin was followed by Yevgeniy Chizikov in 15.16. Yev was followed by Angelina Chizikova was next in 16.24. Michael Moynihan finished in 19.14 and Michael was followed by Margaret Whelan (21.30). Lorna Murphy clocked 27.01 with Michael Coakley and Deirdre Clancy finishing together in 27.48. 
 
 
 
 
THREE LAP.
 
 
Ritchie Fitzgerald was first home in the 3 lap in a quick 20.51. Ritchie was followed by Shane O'Riordan in 21.16 with Gerard Reilly next in 22.40. Angeline Drennan will be happy with her run having dipped under 28 minutes when running 27.56, 
 
 
 
 
FOUR LAPS.
 
 
Cian O'Riordan was first home in a super time of 25.34 - one of the fastest times ever recorded for 4 laps in one of our Friary leagues. Cian's time is roughly 5.15 per mile which is fantastic running. James Whelan was second in 28.34 with Michael Dunford next in 30.24. First lady finisher was Ann Dunford in 36.38. Paul Brunnock finished in 36.00 (30 seconds faster than last week). Patrick Power will be happy with his run having dipped under 37 minutes when running 36.58. Onra Power also knocked off a good 30 seconds to finish in 37.52. Mark Lenihan and Joe O'Rourke finished together in 40.45.
 
 
 
 
 
THANKS.
 
 
 
 
Thanks again to our league Sponsor, Garveys and especially Liam Power who was on hand to present the prizes. 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.
 
 
 
 
 
 
PLANS WELL IN PLACE FOR CLUBS 25TH ANNUAL FORDE'S DAYBREAK WINTER LEAGUE .
 
 
 
 
 
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. 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 following week the league will begin officially on November 7th.  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.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
CLUB TRAINING 2018.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Now that the dust has settled on the Eurofins Greenway Half Marathon it’s time to look to our next race. As a club we are currently training for the following events:-
Final preparations for Autumn Marathons and Half Marathons 
Base training for the John Treacy 10 mile race 
Waterford Half Marathon
Run to improve – this group is ideal if you either want to get comfortable or faster over the 5k distance or if you want to step up to longer distances and train for the John Treacy 10 mile race.
We have a group and a workout to suit every ability and race distance. All you need to do is turn up on a Tuesday night and be ready to leave the Friary at 6.30pm. Cost is €3 per session. If you are not a club member you are more than welcome to come along and try a session with us before committing to club membership.Training within a group is always easier and you will try that little bit harder than you would running on your own which will bring better race results. There is a great social atmosphere within the groups and everyone is welcome no matter what ability or event you are training for.
 
 
 
 
 
 
WEST WATERFORD ATHLETIC CLUB CONTINUES ITS GO GREEN POLICY.
 
 
 
 
 
 
RECYCLE YOUR WASTE....
 
 
 
 
 
 
As those of you who run our race events know that some time ago we started to recycle numbers for reuse after each of our races and the response to this from you the runners has been nothing but positive -we are now taking the next step in becoming Ireland's first athlete club to become a green champion among clubs. At all of our races we have in the past provided water in cups and bottles for our athletes. Duty of care to participants will always be our priority but reducing waste is also important. Attitudes to waste are changing and in most European races water is now provided in either recyclable or biodegradable cups. This year for the first time Dublin Marathon will be providing compostable cups as an alternative to bottles for athletes.
It is socially unacceptable to throw a nearly full bottle at the side of the road in the center of town yet it is part of the culture at many running events. It is no longer desirable or acceptable for race organisers to dump hundreds and sometimes thousands of plastic bottles in the name of convenience for runners. From now onward's at all of our races we will be offering an alternative to runners in the form of 100% biodegradeable cups. At our recent Eurofins Greenway Half marathon all our water was in cups and it worked very well with less waste to recycle and the Greenway was left in the state that we found it. We would ask that you help us to help reduce waste and consider the environment when participating in races- 
 
 
GET IN THE RACE TOWARDS A GREENER ENVIRONMENT WITH WEST WATERFORD ATHLETIC CLUB.
 
 
 
 
 
HARDMAN ANTHONY DWYER.
 
 
 
 
Well done to club member Anthony Dwyer who cycled to Killarney Saturday and then ran the Hardman Killarney 10 miler in a time of 69.46,
 
Hardman is right.!!!!
 
 
 
 
RUNNING QUOTE.
 
 
 
 
 
Most people can't handle adversity. Simply by not quitting, you'll succeed.