Senior News

Notes January 21-18

The weather man gave us a bad weather report for Sundays Colligan cup and boy was he right, however this didn't deter a great turn out for the staging of  the 30th annual Kiely Monumental Colligan cup, the race where all participants have exactly the same chance of winning as the next runner. It was indeed a very special occasion in Colligan last Sunday despite the inclement weather as we celebrated 30 years of the one everyone would like to win the Kiely Monumental Colligan cup. The uniqueness of this race which was won for the first time in 1989 by Lismore's Willie Henry is what has helped it stand the test of time and from the large turnout once again at last Sundays race it will be around for another 30 years we hope. The countdown clock was started at 60 minutes by Ray Burke and Victor Mullins our timing scrutinisers at the stroke of 12 noon. It was then up to the runners themselves to start when they wanted with the aim being to be  the first person to finish when the clock hits 0. At the end of the 3 and a half laps covering a total distance of 5 miles the runners were well and truly grouped together with a huge group heading down the wood for the final time on the last lap. As the field of runners got closer and closer to the finishing line it was a tossup as to who would be deemed the winner for the 30th time, and after the clock struck 00 it was a lady only a stone's throw from the finish line Ballymacmague's Brigid Coffey. Brigid is an avid runner and hardly a race is held by the club without her participating, she has in the past won numerous prizes at leagues and races etc and of course some years ago was a winner of one of our big events the Winter league. So after the cup resting in Cork last year when Youghal's Patricia Daly was the winner and Kerry the year before with John Paul Curtin, Brigid has brought it back home literally as it will reset on her mantle a few hundred meters up the road from the race course itself in Colligan. A huge well done to her on becoming the 30th winner of this prestigious race on the local athletics calendar. Well done also to our other prize winners who were ever so close on the day, Conor Murray and Kelly Shalloe were both just 1 second off winning this year when they finished 2nd and 3rd,Michelle Dowley 6 seconds out and Johnny Burkin was 7 seconds off the target time and Bernie Prendergast was 8 seconds on the right side of the clock, Those who were unfortunate to be just on the fast side of the clock included Eamonn Curran 1 second, Micheal O'Callaghan 2 seconds and David Mc Nally 3 seconds,  Angeline Drennan 4 seconds and Diana Chizhikova 5 seconds, so it's well done to all and very well done to Brigid. Here's to the 31st year next year PG.
Brigid Coffey
Conor Murray
Kelly Shalloe
Michelle Dowley
Johnny Burkin
Bernie Prendergast
For the 4th time in the 30 year history of the race we have had a lady winner of both the Colligan cup and shield at the same time, we have to go back to 1998,2002 and the it happened again last year 2017 to find the last time and indeed only other three time's that we ever had a ladies overall race winner. The three previous lady winners being Midleton's Kathleen O'Connell in 1998, Carrick's Ann Cronin 2002 and of course Patricia Daly from Youghal last year. This feat was replicated once again Sunday for the 4th time last Sunday when Brigid Coffey took the cup and also the shield which is presented to the lady nearest the clock when it strikes zero. An interesting fact about this year's race was that from the 104 participants and as far as i can remember for it's the first time it has happened in the 30 years of the event that we had a split down the middle in relation to runner too fast or two slow as 52 runners where on the wrong side of the clock and 52 were on the right side of the clock. How close can you get to winning without actually winning this race well 1 second is the answer and that what befell Kelly Shalloe 1 second out with Michelle Downey 6 seconds out and Bernie Prendergast as 8 seconds off the target 00.Patricia Daly last year's winner came close also when she finished just 12 seconds off. Angeline Drennan was just 4 seconds on the fast side of the clock as was Diana Chizhikova only 5 seconds too fast.
Brigid Coffey
Kelly Shalloe
Michelle Dowley
Bernie Prendergast
Patricia Daly
 Victor Mullins was the creator of this style of time handicap race as it was he who came up with the handicap timing system which has been used now for the past 30 years in this event. Each year Victor presents the Victor Mullins Cup and a prize to the first person on the right side of the clock that has never ran the Colligan Cup before. This year’s winner was David Traynor who could have also won the overall also  as he was just 15 seconds out on this occasion, David was presented with a very nice cheese and wine hamper courtesy of Paul and Maxine Hickey of JDI in Youghal, Paul is a nephew of Victor and was kind enough to donated this beautiful prize to the winner of this competition which we sincerely thank him for. Our thanks go to Victor for his help and sponsorship of this element of the race and for his ongoing involvement with this race each year.
A cash prize courtesy of our sponsor Kiely Monumental to celebrate the 30th year of this prestigious event was raffled among all participants at last Sunday race and the luck winner here was Vincent O'Donovan.
 Our thanks to all who helped in any way to make last Sunday’s 30th Annual Kiely Monumental many sporting events of any discipline can  boast of 30 years of unbroken sponsorship by the same person, to our great sponsors and local athletics supporters for 30 unbroken years  David Colligan cup race a memorable one, firstly a  huge thank you to our loyal sponsors of 30 years and how and Margaret Kiely of Kiely Monumental works. Worth mentioning also that for the 30 years of the event a member of the Kiely family more so David himself has been available to present the winners with the famed Colligan cup and shield.  Our thanks also to Victor Mullins for all his practical help on the day and he also was on hand to present his cup the Victor Mullins trophy winner to this year's winner. Victor of course was the man singly responsible for the running handicap timing system in operation for this race and indeed over time is now used by practically every club in the country in one way or another through leagues and running group runs etc ect, thanks to Paul Hickey of JDI Youghal for donating a beautiful hamper to the race this year. To the numerous people who looked after the entries and results especially Brid, Tony,Shirly,Sharon,Tom and Ann and thanks to Tony for looking after the timing and results. Thanks to Ann Dunford for looking after the prizes for the race and her efforts with securing the use of Colligan wood for the event. Our club administrator Ray Burke for all his help on the day also. Thanks to John Mc Grath and Jim Fleming and all for who helped with the stewarding. Thanks to Jamie Mills for all there help also. Many thanks to Coillte for the use of Colligan, without their help we couldn’t have staged the event at all. Here's to next year and the 31st year of the event P.G. 
The penultimate race in the Michael Roche carpets series will be on Sunday February 25th at 11 a.m. the 16th Annual Kilmacthomas 5. Entries will be taken at the community hall Kilmacthomas at the top of the town with the entry fee being 8 Euro. Shower facilities will also be available in this hall after the event for both men and women. With the help of the very generous sponsorship very kindly given by Bausch and Lomb a very attractive prize fund will be on offer for the top competitors and plenty of spots for down the field finishers also. Sandwiches and refreshments will be available to all after the event.
 The final race in the Michael Roche carpets series, the Déise College Dungarvan 10K will take place on Sunday March 11th at 11a.m. Now in its 36th year and one of the oldest races on the local road running calendar the Déise College Dungarvan 10k is always one of the more popular races. The club is delighted that Déise College and its proprietors Caroline and Alan Ryan are continuing their sponsorship for this race. The race will also see a number of perpetual trophies being presented. We have the Seamus Power Memorial Trophy to the first male finisher and the Mikey Roche Memorial Trophy for the first local female finisher. We will be using the fast canal circuit as we have used now for the past couple of years for this race with the race headquarters at the Dungarvann GAA club pavilion  which is where the presentation of prizes for the race and for the overall series will also take place. The race will start and finish in the same place as always at the Industrial Estate just off the N25, with just a short jog to and from the Dungarvan GAA club grounds for the runners.
It's been quite a while since we experienced the weather so rough for a winter league night as it was last Wednesday evening but none the less the brave souls were out battling away pounding the wet streets of the town, special thank you to our stewards also who had to stand out in it making sure we all got around  the two course's safely. First home on the night was Dylan Kennedy in 34.07 excellent running there from Dylan next across the line was John Woods, John was running his first night of the current league and he covered the course no bother in a time of 52.23,next home and in 3rd place was Nicky Donovan 45.30,Nicky is getting in some early some early season GAA training for Modeligo. Geraldine Sinnott was our first lady home last week and she recorded a time of 51.46,next was Onra Power in a time of 44.52 and 3rd lady across the line was Debra Doherty 39.49,breaking the 40 minute barrier there despite the inclement weather.
The tables are now taking shape with just 3 weeks remaining on the long course and the current leader is Alice Fitzgerald on 1665 with Paul Mc Grath second on 1597 and Michelle Finnigan 3rd on 1586. Cathal Gleeson is fourth on 1544 with Debra Doherty fifth on 1543.
Division 2 - Molly Fitzgerald 1391
Division 3 - Dennis Ryan 1295
Division 4 - Orla Bannon 1194
Division 5 - Sean Dwyer 1131
Division 6 -Michael Deegan 1055
Division 7 - Lorena Mooney 1008
Division 8 - Yevgeniy Chizhikov 919
Division 9 - Brian Ormonde 861
Division 10 -Carol Walsh 762
 The Team continue that is part of the Fordes Daybreak Winter League continues. On the Long route, the leaders still are "Here we go again" (Linda Bradfield, Onra Power and Michelle Finnegan) on 359 points. They have extended their league having been the lowest scoring team last week with just 28 pts. Moving up to 2nd are Whatever" (Kevin Casey, Cathal Gleeson and David McNally on 516. Dropping to third "Bobs Angels" (Eamon Curran, Sinead Moore and Denise Nugent) on 594. In Fourth place are "Happy Feet" (Catriona Lee, Carol Pope and Geraldine Barry) on 682 and fifth place goes to  "What about us" (Helene Hayes, Irene Dee and Deirdre Hahessy) on a total of 817
 Conditions were far from Ideal running for the runner for week 10 of the Fordes Daybreak winter league. It was very blustery and wet and it really tested the runners. Well done to all that took part. and despite the conditions, there was a great number out again last Wednesday when 50 runners completed the course, and once again despite the weather, it was great to see some new faces. This section of the league specifically has first timers and beginners in mind and is a manageable distance for most as it covers 2.5 miles in total. After registering make sure to check you off time on the sheets posted on the wall. First on the night was Mark Nugent  in 17.18  followed by Mairead Murphy (20.55) with Johnny O'Connor next in 16.20  with Tracy Grant 4th on the night in 19.43 with Linda Foley 5th in 21.21. Roisin Feeney and Catherine Hickey both knocked off 10 seconds when finishing in 20.28 and 21.54. Kelly Cantwell knocked off 8 seconds when running 18.36. Lorna Murphy had a super run when knocking off nearly 2 minutes to finish in 27.20 as had Mary Hogan who improved by 50 seconds when finishing in 30.08.On a night like last wednesday,we really thank our stewards who stand out in all weathers to allow us to run. 
 The tables are now taking shape on the short course and the current leader is Kelly Shalloe on 886 with Kelly Cantwell second on 865 and Criostior Kenneally 3rd on 841. Jonathan Regan moves up to fourth on 796 with . Michael Coakley fifth on 779
 The current top 5 is:
Kelly Shalloe           886
Kelly Cantwell          865
Criostoir Kenneally   841
Jonathan Regan        796
Michael Coakley       779
Division 2 - Linda Foley           752
Division 3 - Eoin O'Brien          648
Division 4 - Emma Power         562
Division 5 - Michael Connolly    458
 The best scoring team for the second week in a row was "The Shalloes" (Kelly Shalloe, Tracy Grant and Mary Whyte) on 19 points. This has seen them move into the lead overall on 242 Dropping to second are "the Road Liners" (Michael Coakley, Conor O'Neill and Martin Sandford) on 279 . In third place are "The Crockers" (Jennifer O'Riordan, Fiona O'Riordan and Jason O'Riordan) on 305.
For the 2017/18 Forde's Daybreak Winter League we have been fortunate enough to have received associate sponsorship from our friends in Top Oil, our own Kevin Casey and James O Sullivan have come on board to generously sponsor 2 €20 vouchers, one for the short route and one for the long route each week.  We decided the best way to allocate the vouchers was to pick the 50th finisher in each route every week and to date we have 6 winners and they are:
week 1 winners were short route Sinead O'Rourke. long route- David Traynor.
week 2 winners were short route-Brid Whyte long route- Denis Ryan.
week 3 winners were short route- Karen Coleman - Long Route-Ted O Leary.
week 4 winners were short route -Eoghan O'Neill - long route-Jack Ahearn
week 5 winners were short route- Collette Whyte-Veale Long route-Michael Dee
week 6 winners were short route Cheyenne Tobin  Long route- Colm Bennett
week 7 winners were short route Michael Power- Long Route-Sean Ryan
week 8 winners were short route Mary Morrissey-Long Route-Pat Morrissey
week 9 winners were short route Patrick Ryan -long route-Catriona Kiely
week 10 winners were short route Aisling Hourigan -Long route-Linda Foley
Elite entries will be accepted up to Friday 26th January 2018. The standards set down are Men 55 minutes and Ladies 60 Minutes. These times must have been posted within the last 2 years. Proof of these qualifying times may be required. For Elite entry, please contact us directly using the details below: Ann Dunford: 086 0619711 or James Veale 086 8184762 or Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Ted O Leary and Mick Concannon were on marathon duty once again last Saturday when they took part in the East of Ireland Marathon on a cold, wet and murky day in Staplestown, Co.Kildare. Ted ran a time of 3.22 and Mick completed  the course in 3.57.
West Waterford athletic club extend sincere sympathy to the family and friends of Anne Crowe Fitzgerald, Pinewood Lawn, Abbeyside, who passed to eternal reward last weekend. May she rest in peace.
When I run, I'm just a person among people. A runner among runners. And we all experience the same challenge of get up and go - regardless of ability.