Senior News, 09 February 2020







If ever we had a perfect evening for running at our winter league we had it last Wednesday for round 10 no rain, no wind, no cold, the times ran last week reflected this also as many ran their fastest night of the league to date. Last week we saw Michelle Finnegan put in a huge effort to come home first with a time of 44.36 and she was followed home by Patrick Lannen in 37.51 and third past the post on the nigh was Vincent Tutty with a time of 47.10.The times being ran now have improved hugely for many athletes as we near league end. Our fastest finishers last week were all very close time wise with T.J Crotty the fastest on the night with a time of 31.51 very closely followed by Dermot Gough with a time of 31.55 and James Whelan was third fastest with a time of 31.58.Taking a peep at the divisional tables with just two weeks remaining it’s a case of all to play for with the top slots in most divisions still truly up for grabs with just a few places separating many of the contenders. The overall winner of the winter league long course is still very much in the balance but our leader for the past few weeks Christopher Phelan is still hanging tough and after week 10 Christopher holds a lead of just 3 points ,his currently on 1728 with John Twomey closing fast in second place with a points total of 1725,in third place currently is Mike Wyley on 1706 and in fourth place representing the ladies is Geraldine Lacey 1644 points followed by Niamh Bambrick with 1623 in 5th place, realistically our overall winner for this year’s league will most likely come from one of the above mentioned. In division two it’s again only three points separating the top two athletes with Fergal Connolly on top here with 1478 points Liam Costin is just three points behind with 1475 points with third place filled by Mary O’Brien with 1469.Looking at division 3 Sandra Moore on 1367 is 5 points ahead of Angeline Drennan 1362and last years overall winner of the league  Joe O’Rourke is in third place with 1332 points, Gerard Reilly is also on the same 1332 points as Joe so they have their own battle going on there. In division 4 Patrick Lannen has sprung into a commanding lead here on 1415 points with Alan Toft second on 1269 points from Claire Moffatt third with 1267.Divison 5 see’s Leanne Kirwan on 1294 holding a sizable lead over Jack Leahy with 1215 points and Pauline Hartley is third with 1204 points.Paul O’Gorman is sitting at the top of division 6 with 1192 points from Kieran Ahearne second with 1181 points from Declan Mooney currently third on 1151 points. Moving on to division 7 Jack Ahearne is currently on 1153 points from our second placed athlete Eamonn Hally with 1145 points and Brain Harris is third with 1102 Brian has the same points as Aoife Manning here. In division 8 Sharon Higgins holds a healthy lead with 1108 points from Mairead Flynn second with 1092 points and Marcella Scanlon third with 1067 points. Geraldine Barry looks to be in command of division 9 as she sits on a lead of 1081 points from Andrea Gaffney with 973 points a with Patrick Beausang with 967 in third place. Moving onto division 10 the final division on the long course its Patrycja Daly with 959 points on top from Richie Power second with 871 and third place currently is filled by Mark Flynn on 856.As you can see many of our divisional winners in this year’s league are far from certain so it’s flat to the boards for all over the next two weeks, best of luck to everyone.



1 Christopher Phelan 1728
2 John Toomey 1725
3 Mike Wyley 1706
4 Geraldine Lacey 1644
5 Niamh Bambrick 1623
6 Noel Quinn 1610
7 Roisin Feeney 1592
8 Joanne O Neill 1587
9 Mark Lenihan 1574
10 Liam Beresford 1525




Division 2. Fergal Connolly 1478

Division 3. Sandra Moore 1367

Division 4. Patrick Lannen 1415

Division 5. Leanne Kirwan 1294

Division 6. Paul O’Gorman 1192

Division 7. Jack Ahearne 1153

Division 8. Sharon Higgins 1108

Division 9. Geraldine Barry 1081

Division 10. Patrycja Daly 959








It was a perfect evening for running as our runners gathered at Dungarvan Sports Centre for the Fordes Daybreak Winter League. Once again a great crowd of nearly 60 runners gathered in before heading off on the 2.4 mile route. This section of the league has first timers and beginners in mind and is a manageable distance for most as it covers 2.4 miles in total. There are now just 2 weeks left in the 2019/2020 league with the final night taking place on 19th February with the Presentation night taking place on 28th February in Minnies. Remember registration is from 6.30 in Dungarvan Sports Centre with start times posted on the wall.Due to the perfect conditions, some great times were recorded while others took it easy having run the John Treacy 10 Mile on the previous Sunday. First on the night was Marie Aherne in 20.26. Marie was followed by Carley Kearns in 19.40 and Micheal Gee in 19.22. Next was Lauren Walsh Kett in 20.00 followed by Orla Browne who will be delighted to have broken 20 minutes when running 19.54. Many excellent times were recorded on what was a perfect night for running –  Kealan Hayes ran 25.58, Karen Hallahan 20.29, Mary Power 26.59, Michael Tynan 17.50 and Cyril Flavin 19.53.Fastest time on the night was recorded by Ciaran Frisby is a quick 14.20. Fastest lady was Linda Foley (16.21).There is a Winter League T-Shirt as a bonus for anyone that runs 8 nights out of 12 in the league. As there was some nights cancelled pre-Christmas, an extra night will be added to the league, with the league now finishing on 19th February.Well done to all who took part, and remember newcomers are always welcome. Just come along to Dungarvan Sports centre on Wednesday Night at 6.30 to register – Also thanks to all out Stewards out on the course and our crew in the hall and at the Finish Line.There’s no change at the top in the overall with Kim Daly holding a 46 point lead on 991 pts. Caroline O’Brien has closed the gap by 16 to sit in 2nd on 944. Linda Foley is further 18 pts behind in 3rd with Ita Mason 4th and Cait Verling lying in 5th. With just 2 weeks to go, there’s still a lot to play for.



Division 1



  1. Kim Daly                          991
  2. Caroline O’Brien               944
  3. Linda Foley                         926
  4. Ita Mason                          910
  5. Cait Verling                       907
  6. Conor O’Neill                     905
  7. Eileen Campbell                903
  8. Liam O’Donnell                 890
  9. Barbara Duff                      873
  10. Darren Mulcahy                870
  11. Natasha Dee                      841
  12. Denise Conway                 627



Division Leaders




Division 2             Karen Hallahan   851

Division 3             Kealan Hayes       777

Division 4             Elaine Curran       739

Division 5             Pascal Proctor     691

Division 6             Marie Aherne       684

Division 7             Joey Miller            628











Our race sponsors in Kilmacthomas have this year chosen Kilmacthomas Tidy Towns as the recipients of monies from the race. Changed some years ago from a 5 mile course to a new 4 mile course and taking in a good part of the beautiful Greenway facility this race also brought a new sponsor on board when O’Reillys Traditional butchers Kilmacthomas came on board. We again this year are delighted that O’Reillys will continue their sponsorship of the race our sincere thanks to Pa and the O’Reilly family for their willingness to get involved again this year with this event. The race will be held on Sunday February 16th at 11 am, and registration will be at the Community hall as will the presentation of prizes and the cuppa.As mentioned with this and all our race events throughout the country we try and give back to the community and Kilmacthomas is no different, this year’s event sees the great work of the local Tidy towns receiving the monies from the race , so we hope as many of you as possible l come along on the day and support the event.We are looking forward to seeing all our old friends and we hope to have many new friends come along also. The race will be held on Sunday February 16th at 11 am, and registration will be at the Community hall as will the presentation of prizes and the cuppa. Online entry is 8 euro and race entry on the day is 10 euro, so get your entries in now at the link below.


This is the final race in the Michael Roche carpets race series and the presentation of prizes for this will take place on the day.



The categories are as follows:



MEN-1st 2nd and 3rd, 1st over 40, 45, 50 and 55


LADIES- 1st 2nd and 3rd, 1st over 35, 40, 45 and 50









The 8th annual Aglish fun run takes place on Easter Monday 13th April 2020.10k run/5k run or 5 k walk. Entry fee 7 euro or a donation. Registration from 11 am. Event starts at 11.30 .refreshments afterwards in Aglish community hall. Numerous spot prizes. Sponsorship cards available on request. All proceeds to Children’s Hospital Crumlin. Support club committee member Liam O’Donnell with his annual fundraiser for this worthy cause.





Our Fordes Daybreak winter league presentation night will be held in Minnies bar Abbeyside on Friday night February 28th at 8.30, a great night is assured with music, Food and crack. T shirts will also be available for collection on the night for those who have completed the required 8 rounds of the league. Come along and celebrate another successful winter of running with us.








Pat Hennessy competing at National Intermediate Cross Country held today in Rathdrum, Co. Wicklow ran a super race to take 9th overall on a hilly and tough course,mixing it with the leaders early on Pat dropped off the pace slightly in the second half of the race but none the less a great run from the Munster champion in this grade as it was his first outing at National level.At the same venue Joe Gough was running his first ever national masters cross country and he acquitted self admirably taking the silver medal in the over 65 category beaten by Brian Lynch North East Striders (Current European cross country champion.) well done to both athletes.



The annual Annevalley 5 mile road race was held last Saturday morning and a good field of 286 completed the course.The overall winner this year was William Mansell in a time of 25.15 with Orna Murray taking the ladies title for 2020 in a time of 32.32, first home for the club was Raivis Zakis in 3rd place in 27.55.


Raivis Zakis 27.55

Andy Fleet 28.26

Mick Concannon 37.31

Joanne Stephenson 42.10

Andrea Gaffney 42.23

Onra Power 43.04

Dermot O’Riordan 43.33

Pascal Proctor 47.56

Michael Coakley 48.46

Martin Mckeon 48.11

Deirdre Clancy 57.05





New 6 week block starts February 17th.If you can run and like the accountability of a group this is ideal for you. We offer the flexibility of different distances up to 5k. You are under no pressure to do anything you are not comfortable with. Everyone progresses at their pace in their time frame.If you want to run for fitness not performance come and join us on Monday nights at 530pm or 630pm. Nobody gets left behind.All are welcome. To book contact Irene Clark 086 8242348





“I’ve learned that it’s what you do with the miles, rather than how many you’ve run”