MICHAEL ROCHE CARPETS RACE SERIES.RACE 1.
MURRAY’S CAREPLUS PHARMACY BRICKEY 5K.
The 26th Annual Murray’s Careplus Pharmacy sponsored Brickey Run was held last Sunday in what turned out to be very wet conditions after quite a good start to the day just as the race was about to get under way down it came. Anyway it didn’t deter the field of 160 runners and walkers out supporting this year’s recipients Glenbeg national school parents association. Our sincere thanks to all concerned with the event as they had everything running like clockwork on the morning with special thanks to Conor Blackwell for his work behind the scene on the race and the assistance by stewards from the locality along with Garda Aidan McCarthy who’s help was invaluable on the morning.All great events need great sponsors and we have been fortunate again this year to have Murray’s Careplus Pharmacy Dungarvan on board, to proprietor Liz Murray and David for her kind gesture of sponsoring this event again in 2019 a big thank you.Liz was on hand on the day to present all the winners with their prizes.It was also great to see and worthy of a mention the various fit4life ,couch to 5k and lets Run groups who targeted this race, they also helped to make it a great event in the Brickey valley again this year ,many of these ladies were running the 5k distance for the very first time ,so well done to them all. At the prize presentation the club chairman Tom Leahy thanked all who helped with the race especially all the stewards under the stewardship of Conor Blackwell and our own West Waterford AC crew who once again did an excellent job.Our thank to Jack Curran who came along to present the Martin Curran memorial Cup to the men’s winner and to Colin Lyons who presented the Jim Lyons memorial shield to our ladies winner. A special thank you go to the ladies who looked after the refreshments after the race, they saw that everyone were well looked after with tea coffee and lovely treats. Thanks as always to the Jim Mc Grath of Brickeys Gaa club for his help at the club house.Thanks also to our great team of registers, timekeepers, recorders, etc. and to all those who put out the race signs. This race was of course race number 1 in the Michael Roche carpets series and were delighted to report that a large proportion of the field of runners signed up for this year series, if you missed the opportunity to sign on for the race series you can do so at the next race in the series the Turkey Trot on Sunday November 17th, We hope to see you all back in the Valley next year.
THE MARTIN CURRAN MEMORIAL CUP GOES TO ANDREW CONNICK.
The 26th annual Murrays Careplus Pharmacy Brickey 5k was held last Sunday in what turned out to be a wet morning for the race but it wasn’t cold and there was no wind as the 160 runners and walkers took off from outside the GAA field at 11 am. From the starting gun Ferrybank AC’s Andrew Connick broke clear form a group of 5 which included Noel Murphy Waterfrod AC, Raivis Zakis and Pat Hennessey West Waterford AC, Evan Fitzgerald Clonmel AC along with his club mate Paul Minogue with a group of 3 Ferrybank athletes in hot pursuit of these. Our leader Connick covered the first km in a very fast 3.02 with teh chasing group just 5 seconds behind, The 2km marker was passed by our leader in 6.00 and followed this with another fast split going through 3km in 9.03, as the race passed the 3k mark Waterford’s Murphy and Clonmel’s Fitzgerald had split from the chasing group and seemed to be closing on our leader. Over the final two kilometres Connick had to dig really deep to hold off the two chasers with the finish line just coming in time for the Ferrybank man to hold on for victory as he crossed the line back at the Brickey Gaa grounds in a fast 15.45 only 2 seconds ahead of Murphy who was also 2nd in this race last year but worth noting that Noel’s time from last year was 16.28 and his time clocked last Sunday was 15.47, Noel battled hard for 2nd also last Sunday and was again just 1 seconds ahead of Fitzgerald, the closest race we have had here at the Brickey’s 5k in many years which was great to witness. So that was how the top 3 placings were decided for 2019 and in the novel weight categories for men we saw wins from Craig O’Brien in the under 60 kg , Philip Harty took the under 70 kg prize, Pat Hennessey won the under 80 kg while Brain Graham won the under 90 kg , and Micheal O’Callaghan took the under 100kg, while Kenneth O’Donnell took the over 100kg category. Well done to all.
MENS RACE RESULTS BRICKEY 5K 2019
1 Andrew Connick Ferrybank A.C. 15.45
2. Noel Murphy Waterfrod A.C. 15.47
3. Evan Fitzgerald Clonmel A.C. 15.48
U 60 Craig O’Brien Ferrybank A.C. 17.36
U70 Philip Harty Ferrybank A.C. 16.45
U 80 Pat Hennessy West Waterford A.C. 16.14
U90 Brian Graham Carrick On Suir A.C. 18.51
U 100 Micheal Callaghan West Waterford A.C. 23.03
O 100 Kenneth O’Donnell West Waterford A.C. 25.13
LOUISE MORGAN CLAIMS THE JIM LYONS MEMORIAL SHIELD.
The ladies race like the men’s was won by an athlete from Ferrybank AC when Louise Morgan was a gun to tape victor in a time of 20.12, a deserving winner on the day Louise had finished 3rd in this race the past two years 2017 and 2018. West Waterford AC youngster and a lady with a bright future in the sport Sarah Nyhan was 2nd in a time of 20.31,this lady had finished 6th in the recent Munster cross country championships. Third lady home was Mary Molloy Carrick On Suir AC with a time of 20.59.There were prizes awarded to the top 8 ladies with 4th place going to Liz Nyhan recent winner of our Greenway half marathon and mother of Sarah in a time of 21.08,5th home was Mary Jane Enright Ind in a time of 21.13 6th lady past the finish post was Nicola Moroney West Waterford with a time of 22.13,7th lady home was Niamh O’Donovan West Waterford AC in 22.17. Claire Murphy Ind finalised the final ladies prizes in 8th place with a time of 22.34,well done to all.
LADIES RACE RESULTS BRICKEY 5K 2019.
1 Louise Morgan Ferrybank A.C. 20.12
2 Sarah Nyhan West Waterford A.C. 20.31
3 Mary Molloy Carrick on Suir A.C. 20.59
4 Liz Nyhan West Waterford A.C. 21.08
5 Mary Jane Enright N/a 21.13
6 Nicola Moroney West Waterford A.C. 22.13
7 Niamh O’Donovan West Waterford A.C. 22.17
8th Claire Murphy n/a 22.34
GREAT START TO MICHAEL ROCHE CARPETS SERIES.
The first race in the Michael Roche Carpets Series as part of the Brickey Run took place last Sunday and did not disappoint with a great number of runners already entered into the series. We have 4 more races to come in this series with your best 4 out of the 5 finishes counting for the final tables. These 4 races are the Marine Turkey Trot which takes place at the Marine Bar on the 17th November with the remaining races taking place after Christmas and these include the Colligan Cup on January 19th , The Kilmac 5 on the 16th of February and finally the Dungarvan 10k on the 08th March where the final results will be tallied and prizes presented by our sponsors for this league Michael and Brigid Roche and family. Our thanks to Michael and Brigid for their kind sponsorship and their long record of supporting athletics in West Waterford. Remember you can still enter the series at any of our events.
MICHAEL ROCHE CARPETS SERIES.RACE 2.
PALLITIVE CARE UNIT DUNGARVAN COMMUNITY HOSPITAL TO BENEFIT FROM 11th ANNUAL PADDY JOE CURRAN MEMORIAL TURKEY TROT.
On Sunday November 17th the 11th Annual Paddy Joe Curran Old Parish Turkey Trot 5 mile run and 4 mile walk will take place at the Marine Bar, Pulla, Dungarvan. All proceeds from this year’s event will go to West Waterford Hospice. The 4 mile walk will begin at 11 am, while the 5 mile run will get under way at 12 noon. If you would like further information or would like a sponsorship card for the event email email@example.com.
26th ANNUAL FORDE’S DAYBREAK WINTER LEAGUE STARTS THIS EVENING.
ARE YOU READY FOR THE CHALLENGE.
There was a great turn out last Wednesday night for registration night for this year’s winter league, our thanks to all those runners who came along last week to register it will take a lot of pressure off our registration volunteers for tonight. The 26th year of the event kicks off tonight Wednesday with round one of the 13 week league with the traditional 2 week break over Christmas. If you didn’t manage to get down for registration last week you can of course come along and register tonight or indeed you can join in the league at any point you wish. Both the long course and the short course will both remain the same as last year and both will be stewarded. We of course want each and every runner to come along and enjoy the event but of safety for all is paramount to the league success ,with this in mind we ask all runners to please obey the organisers and stewards at all times ,they are there for our safety and if we can keep each other safe out on the road it will add greatly to our enjoyment at the event. The main aim of the winter league is and has been for all of 26 years is to promote health and fitness through running, especially for those that have never ran before. If it’s your first winter league we are there to help you in any way that we can, indeed the league itself is structured in such a way that it’s ideally set up for all no matter what your standard of fitness is as our league handicap system which is used has the total beginner in mind. The first night of the league will get under way at 6.50 tonight when we fire the starter’s pistol announcing the start of this year’s league sending the large field of runners on their way in the traditional first night mass start.
PLEASE NOTE-TONIGHT’S ROUND 1 OF THE WINTER LEAGUE.
1. Tonight we will get the 26th annual Forde’s Daybreak winter league under way with the traditional mass start for both the short and long routes. First league the short course will be off at 6.50 sharp followed 5 minutes later by the second league, the long route.
2. When you arrive at the centre tonight, register upstairs. If you have a number go to the desk on the right, if you need to get a number go the desk on the left.
3. If you have a number it’s €3 weekly for non-members and €2 for members. If you have paid up in full for the league in advance you MUST still register at the desk directly inside the sports centre front door, if your registering weekly you do so up stairs in the sports centre each night of the league.
5. You can of course also pay for the entire league with a once off payment and save yourself some money by doing so. 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.
6. The number provided to you at registration is Water proof and also has a chip timing device on the back which must not be removed, the number will be your number for the duration of the entire league.
SAFETY ON THE ROADS IS PARAMOUNT TO THE SUCCESS OF THE WINTER LEAGUE.
The first rule of safety when running on the road is that all runners must wear their reflective bib at all times. Bibs can be bought at any sports shop or hardware shop. We must obey the stewards at all times. They are there for our own safety and are not to be ignored. Please be wary of traffic at all times but especially when crossing the road or overtaking somebody.
IMPORTANT NOTICE REGARDING WATCHES, IPOD’S AND REFLECTIVE BIBS
UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES WILL ANY RUNNER BE ALLOWED TO TAKE PART IN THE WINTER LEAGUE WITHOUT A REFLECTIVE BIB. IF YOU HAVE NOT YET GOT A BIB PLEASE DO SO BEFORE THE OFFICIAL START OF THE LEAGUE TONIGHT. WATCHES AND IPOD’S OR ANY MUSIC DEVICES ARE STRICTLY AGAINST CLUB RULES AND PENALTY POINTS WILL APPLY IN ALL CASES.
WINTER LEAGUE TEAM COMPETITION.
Some years ago we introduced the team competition and this has been a brilliant fun aspect to the league these past few years with great number of teams competing. Teams again this year will be comprised of 3 members and can be all male, all female or mixed. The scoring will be based on the positions of the two best placed members on the team on each night of the league from the normal winter league results. There is no extra charge to register a team. Once you are registered for the winter league, you will be eligible to go on a team. All members of the team need to be registered to run the same course in the league. Anyone who is interested in going on a team, but is new to the league or doesn’t know people to go on a team with, can leave their name and we will help to find a team for them. All teams must be registered before week 4 of the league (i.e. before end of November 2019). Details of how register your team will be provided at the Winter League.
West Waterford athletic club extend sincere sympathy to the family and friends of Thomas McDonagh,Kilconnell, Liscannor, Clare father of club committee member Fiona Ormonde who passed to his eternal reward last week, may he rest in peace.
I believe that by living as athletes we live more fully.