Senior News


Our A.G.M each year is a time for reflection over the activities of the past year and to put on record the achievements of our members as they travel the highways and byways wearing their club singlet and representing our club all over the country and beyond.
In the final weeks of 2016 we held our usual festive fundraising events which once again proved to be a massive success as money was raised for various charities including South East Radiotherapy Trust, WLR Hamper Appeal and St Mary’s Primary School ASD Preschool unit.  In all, runners, joggers and walkers in association with W.W.A.C. helped to raise almost €8,000 for these worthy causes.
The 23rd Winter League under it’s new sponsor Kevin Forde of Forde’s Daybreak on the Youghal Road was once again a huge success with runners again taking to the streets on cold winter nights to take part, these numbers were supplemented in no small way by those who had graduated from the Let’s Run groups organised by our Club coach Irene Clarke and ably assisted by Jim Fleming and Claire Kennedy.  
Kate Veale competed in the Munster Senior Indoor 3k walk confirming her return to the sport with a comfortable victory while the Collgan Cup went to a lady for only the 3rd time when Youghal A.C.’s Patrycja Daly took the title.  At the Munster Athletic awards Joe Gough had the honour of being announced as the International Masters athlete of 2016 while he was also a monthly winner of a coveted Park Hotel award while underage athlete Micheal Power took the Waterford cross county award.
The first Sunday in February saw our club once again host it’s largest ever entry to our annual John Treacy Dungarvan 10 Mile Road Race.  2,500 athletes entered and in truth we could have had another two and once again everyone played their part in making it a great day for all runners and of course huge thanks goes to firstly our committee then our generous sponsors and last but definitely by no means least our club members and families who steward, support and generally help where needed to ensure the event runs successfully.  Another €2,500 was raised for our chosen Childrens Cancer Support Charity, Aoibheen’s Pink Tie thanks to the generosity of our runners.
At the Irish Universities Indoor T & F Championships in Athlone we were represented by Thomas Houlihan who took gold with a record vault for these Championships of 4.71 while Kate Veale was just pipped on the line into second place in the 1.500m walk.  At the National Senior Indoors held in the new stadium in Abbotstown these 2 same athletes returned home with 2 gold medals in the Pole Vault and the 3,000m walk.
A mass start on the final night of the Winter League returned 2 new Champions for 2017 and at an enjoyable night in Minnie’s Paul Lenihan in the long route and Debra Doherty in the short route were presented with their prizes.
At the Glowhealth National Masters Indoors T & F Championships Joe Gough took 3 gold medals in O/60 200,400 and 800m while Terri Gough also won gold in O/70 60, 200m and shot.  Finally Harry O’Brien won a bronze medal in the O/50 1,500m.
Yev Chizhikov was crowned Athlete of the Year for the 3rd year in a row while Joe Gough headed to Daegu to compete in the World Masters Indoor Championships, once again it proved a worthwhile trip as Joe took home a full complement of medals with gold in the 800m, silver in the O/55 4 x 200m relay and bronze in the O/60 1,500m.  The Michael Roche Carpets Series came to a conclusion with Kate Veale and Kevin Kenneally crowned Champions for 2017 while the Mason Mortgages Colligan Hill league commenced and a new sponsor was announced for the upcoming Summer Series when we said goodbye and a massive thank you to Ger Wyley for his many years of support and welcomed our new sponsor: Elverys Intersport/Asics. 
Also in March a momentous day occurred with the opening of the Waterford Greenway.  We commend the foresight of those involved and hope our runners will continue to enjoy the rewards of their labour for many years to come.
The first race of the Summer Series, the Ballinroad 5k produced a fine local victory for Niall Blackwell while Sally Foristal (St Josephs) took the ladies race.  This was followed by a new men’s course record in Butlerstown when Conor Dooney of Raheany Shamrocks won the 4 mile race in 19.23 the first man to break 20 minutes on this course while Jackie Carty took the ladies title.
Mick Concannon completed his 100 marathon in Madrid back where he did his first, becoming the second club member to join this elite club after Terri Gough completed this marvellous achievement in 2016.  RaivisZakis become the Munster Marathon Champion when he finished 3rd overall in the Limerick marathon which incorporated the Munster Championships.  Raivis completed the race in 2.38.18.  Irene, Jim and Claire set up an early morning Let’s Run group for those who couldn’t make it in the evenings and once again it proved a great success.
The Colligan Hill league was completed with an extra night added for 2017 which proved a popular decision and prizes were presented to the following athletes: Arthur Chizhikov and Sinead Moore in the 2 Lap, Michael Ryan and Kate Veale in the 5 Mile Flat and finally Laura Flavin and Mossie Keogh in the 5 Mile Hills. Following Colligan we were back in the Friary College where the Minnies Fit4Life league commenced once again.
Club Coach Irene Clark suggestion of a club run on the Greenway proved to be a very popular idea and almost 60 runners were bused or brought by car to Kilmacthomas where they began the 14 mile run back to the Causeway and the welcome tea/scones and refreshments in Eurospar.  This sparked ideas of further runs on the Greenway which were to take place later in the year!
At the combined Munster Senior and Masters T&F Championships held in C.I.T. we had some excellent performances and several medals including Kate Veale in the Senior 5k Walk continuing her return to form taking gold on the day and smashing the old Championship time by over a minute.  Others to impress were: Gregory Fitzgerald, gold O/45 200m, Ray Hahesy bronze O/50 3,000m, Harry O'Brien silver O/50 1,500m, Mossie Keogh bronze O/40 800m, and silver in O/40 1,500m while Joe Gough took O/60 gold, Yev Chizhikov bronze O/45 800m, Diana Chizhikova silver O/35 3,000m and finally Terri Gough took home 4 gold medals to Rathgormack for the shot, hammer, javelin and 200m.
Raivis Zakis was the winner of the Waterford Viking Marathon in a time of 2.37.20, while another new initiative from club coach Irene was the organising of a 1 Mile Challenge over 3 Tuesday evenings in June, July and August which proved very popular and raised funds for Bru Columbanus who provide accomodation for families of seriously ill patients in Cork Hospitals and Hospices.
At a British Grand Priz of Race Walking incorporating the British Trials for the World Championships Kate Veale took a highly commendable second place in 51.23 over the 10k distance.  Finally the last action for June saw Terri Gough take home 4 Irish titles at O/70 100 and 200m, shot and Javelin while Harry O'Brien won a bronze medal in the O/50 1,500m. 
The Minnies Fit4Life league came to an end in the Friary with victories going to Eamon Cashin, Maria White, Yevgeniy Chizhikov and Sean Stilwell on the final night.
Meetings were held and plans were put in place for West Waterford A. C. to host a half Marathon on the new Greenway.  This followed on from the success of the similar club event held earlier in the year.  Entries were restricted to 500 and the 2nd of September was selected for the event.
At the National Senior T.& F Championships held in Santry 2 gold medals were brought back to Dungarvan by Kate Veale in the 5k walk and Thomas Houlihan in the Polevault.
August saw the completion of the Intersport Elverys/Asics Summer Series with the final race of the series the G.S.K. 5 mile race held in conjunction with the organising committee of employees who together with the runners on the night raised €4,000 for the Make A Wish Foundation.  This was race 11 completing another enjoyable and successful series where the overall winners were Kevin O’Leary, East Cork and Kate Veale West Waterford.
The final night of the Greenway Mile Challenge also took place in August with the title for the fastest man over the 3 nights going to Dzintars Klava with a time of 4.45 while Kate Veale was the fastest lady in a time of 5.30.  Tommy Lenihan was the best male improver while Angela Tobin was the best female improver and meanwhile the Garvey’s Autumn League commenced in the Friary for newcomers and regulars getting ready for marathon’s and the Winter League.
September 2nd was another major day in the club’s history as we held our first Greenway Half Marathon starting in Kilmacthomas and finishing in Ballinroad.  This was the culmination of a lot of hard work by our committee and once again our trusty band of volunteers were not found wanting as like the John Treacy race each year they gave of their time and all helped to make the day a great success for all the runners.  The winners of this race were Alan O’Shea of Bantry A.C while Sylvia Malone took the ladies title for Waterford A.C.
A new 8 week Let’s Run Programme commenced again under Irene’s watchful eye with this one aimed at workers and held at lunch time to accommodate those who could not make morning’s or evening classes.  This proved very popular and many of these runners went on to complete their first 5k event at the Brickey Run in November.
At the Open Cross Country race held in the Friary College sponsored by the Power family Andrew Connick of Ferrybank A.C. took the men’s title while his club mate Orla Queally took the ladies.  Natalie Sheehan took a bronze medal in the Senior event and also team silver with Sandra Prendergast and Leonora Kiely.  Brigid Coffey, Onra Power and Sharon Higgins took bronze team medals while Niall Blackwell won gold in the Mens Junior race.
At the county Novice C.C. Brian Byrne and Brigid Coffey were victorious and Brian along with Mossie Keogh, Shane O’Riordan, Jason Travers and Darren Tutty took gold mens team.  Meanwhile at the county masters Raivis Zakis, Mossie Keogh and Jason Travers took gold, silver and bronze and along with Michael Dunford they took gold team medals while silver team medals were picked up by Joe Gough, Justin Coonan, Darren Tutty and Liam Clince.  For the ladies Brigid Coffey took gold while Diana Chizhikova and Onra Power took silver and bronze medals and gold team medals.
At the British festival of Racewalking Kate Veale taking part in her first 20k won the race in a time of 1.52.45.
The Garvey’s Supervalu Autumn came to a conclusion and Eamon Cashin, Asier Del Rio, Richie Fitzgerald and Cian O’Riordan were all prize winners.
The first day of November saw the opening of the John Treacy Dungarvan 10 mile and within a day it closed with 2, 750 entries.  The Forde’s Daybreak Winter League registration took place and once again huge numbers registered for the 2 distances.  The Michael Roche Series commenced with the Brickey 5k where proceeds went to the Brickey Juvenile G.A.A. Club while the annual Paddy Joe Curran Turkey Trot in conjunction with the Ring/Old Parish Community raised €3,465 for the Solas Centre.
At the Munster Masters C.C. our men’s O/50 team of Joe Gough, Michael Dunford, Ray Hahesy and Martin Tobin took home gold team medals while Joe Gough picked up a silver medal in the O/60 category.
This brings us right up to date with club activities with a small synopsis of where our athletes were as once again they participated in events all over Ireland and around the globe proudly wearing their club colours.  The highlights of the year were many but once again the John Treacy Dungarvan 10 is a source of great pride and this year the organising and success of the Greenway Half Marathon is definitely worth a mention along with our continued club training and new “Lets Run” groups.  We finished the year with the highest membership number ever of 317 making us one of the largest clubs in the country.  All reasons to be positive but we must continue to innovate and improve, we can’t sit back, we must keep pushing forward with new ideas and keep our club strong and vibrant.  
In conclusion I would like as always to thank all our hardworking Committee and our club Administrator Ray Burke who we are so lucky to have and who is continuing with us on a voluntary basis for the moment.  Thanks as always to our outdoor staff of Conor, Jamie and John without whom we just could not hold our races.  Thanks to our loyal band of stewards and sponsors who have supported us over many years, we are extremely grateful and of course to St Augustine’s College for the ongoing use of their facilities and finally I would like to wish the incoming committee well in the year ahead and wish everyone a peaceful and happy Christmas and an injury free 2018.