11TH ANNUAL CLEANZONE TECHNOLOGY LTD PADDY JOE CURRAN MEMORIAL OLD PARISH TURKEY TROT AS €3810 RAISED IN AID OF PALLITIVE CARE UNIT DUNGARVAN COMMUNITY HOSPITAL.
The 11th annual Old Parish Turkey Trot took place last Sunday morning with Conditions cool but ideal really for the time of year as the runners and walkers left on the scenic course from the Marine Bar at 12 noon. A great turnout were present again this year as this event which receives huge local and travelling support. A total of 130 runners and 60 walkers took part which was testament to the hard work put in by the race committee at the Marine Bar. Sincere thanks go to all the crew who were out early in the morning looking after the course for the walkers and runners and especially to all the stewards who manned the course during the event. Once again the local community came out in force to support this local event so it’s a very well done to one and all. The generosity of the runners, walkers and locals and the sponsorship acquired meant that €3,810 was raised for the Waterford hospice which is a very worthy charity that provides essential help for those effected by cancer and their families. Everyone involved should be very proud to have raised such a huge amount for this most worthy charity.Tony Tobin spoke on behalf of Dungarvan Community hospital at the prize presentation and told us a little of the work at the Palliative care unit. Tony also thanked everyone for supporting the event.The overall race winner and recipient of the Paddy Joe Curran Perpetual Cup was Raivis Zakis who was claiming this win for the 5th time having won the race in 2011,14,17,18, and this year 2019.Raivis Zakis of West Waterford AC won an excellent 27.07 on what is one of the more difficult 5 mile races in the area. He was presented with the cup by J.J. Curran, brother of the late Paddy Joe and Ger Duhig sponsor was on hand to present the winners with their prizes also.In second place was Anthony Flynn West Waterford AC in 27.48 Anthony also filled this position in last year’s race however he was quicker last Sunday when clocking a time of 27.48 having posted a time of 28.14in 2018.In third was John O’Rourke Ferrybank AC in a time of 27.53.John is improving with every outing on the road racing scene at the present.In the ladies race, the honours went to the Kealy Tideswell Clonmel AC in 34.12.Kealy is a regular at many of our events along with her mum Julie and it was great to see her winning last Sunday. In 2nd was Phyllis Flynn Stragglers London in 34.42.Phyllis needs no introduction to any of us formally from Kilrossanty she always tries to get one of our races in to coincide with her regular trips home. Phyllis was followed in third by Stephanie Johnson Ind in a time of 35.13.Stephanie was running this race for the first time and we hope to see her come along in the future again. The race was a huge success thanks to the contribution to all involved, the local stewards, Liam on the van, Conor and Jamie for looking after the course layout and to Ray, Catriona, Liam, Ann, Tom who looked after the entries and the finishing times. A sincere word of thanks must go to our hosts Helen, Christy and Eoghan O’ Neill who provided the hot refreshments and food for all the runners and they made sure that we were all well looked after along with committee members , thanks so much. The race organisers would like to sincerely thank Ger Duhig and Johnny Curran of Clean zone Technology Ltd for their generous sponsorship of the race and also O’Mahony Business Advisors, Venture Clothing, The Marine Bar, Munster Signs and Print, McGrath’s News Agent, Murray’s Care plus pharmacy, Kevin Forde Circle K/ Daybreak,Country Store Fruit and Veg, John O’Connell Agriculture Contractors, J J’s Truck shop, and Tommy Kiely Car Sales. Finally again to the great committee effort at the Marine a very well done all on a very successful event for the 11th year.
11TH ANNUAL PADDY JOE CURRAN TURKEY TROT.
1st Raivis Zakis West Waterford AC 27.07
2nd Anthony Flynn West Waterford AC 27.48
3rd John O’Rourke Ferrybank AC 27.53
1st Kealy Tideswell Clonmel AC 34.12
2nd Phyllis Flynn Stragglers 34.42
3rd Stephanie Johnson Ind 35.13
ENTRY TO MICHAEL ROCHE CARPETS RACE SERIES.
A reminder to all that entry to the Michael Roche carpets race series is still open, with two races now completed there are still 3 races remaining, Colligan cup, Kilmacthomas 5 and Dungarvan 10k. all these remaining races are after Christmas, the series is just 2 euro to enter and your best 4 races from the 5 will count for scoring in the series.
26th ANNUAL FORDE’S DAYBREAK WINTER LEAGUE.
Despite the inclement weather last Wednesday evening round 2 of the Fordes Daybreak Winter league saw another huge turnout with 300 participants covering the two courses. The numbers registering for the league increased again with a further 44 coming along for the first time last week. We were lucky enough as the heavy rain which was falling earlier in the afternoon abated somewhat for the duration of the league but it was quite windy for the return journey on the long course particularly. This year its noticeable that there are many new people giving it a go and that’s great to see, we welcome everyone no matter what their running ability is so do remember to let your friends know that if they have any thoughts of giving the league try that we have plenty room for them so encourage them to come along and give it a try, you can start any night you wish and run at whatever pace you feel able to run at. You have two distances to choose from, there’s the short route 2.5 miles or the longer 5.2 course. we will do nothing but support you in your efforts. By now, you will have an understanding of how the league works. Runners go off in groups according to their times from the previous week and the ultimate goal is to try and pass as many people as possible while at the same time not to have too many pass you out!! Thanks to all the runners for obeying the rules of the winter league. We are sure that you will appreciate that with the huge volume of runners at the sport’s centre and out on the roads that your co-operation is vital for the smooth running and the safety of the runners. The clock starts at 6.50 p.m sharp each night but for your first night aim to be there around 6.30 in order to get registered with a number. We will see you all next Wednesday for round 3.
LONG COURSE RUNNERS FACE STIFF WIND ON RETURN JOURNEY IN WEEK 2.
Round 2 of the 2019/20 26th Annual Forde’s Daybreak winter league saw another large turnout of runners last Wednesday evening at Dungarvan Sports Centre. The winter league will continue for 11 more nights 5 before Christmas and 6 after Christmas with a 2 week break over the festive season. A crowd of 189 took on the 5.2 mile long course last Wednesday evening and this was despite the inclement weather conditions. This week there were 31 newly registered runners on the long route which shows the popularity of the league. First home on the league last week was Alan Kinsella in a fast time of 31.36the fastest time ran this year after two rounds.Alan was followed home by John Devine in a good time of 38.50. and third back last week was Conor Ahearne in 39.11 just dipping under the 40 minute mark nicely.The leading ladies last week were Andrea Gaffney first home in a time of 46.23 also posting the same time was Eileen Heffernan who was 2nd lady finisher, and third lady home last week was Natasha Lanigan in a time of 49.53.Well done to everyone who took part and to anyone who hasn’t joined the league yet, why not come along any Wednesday night and join you’ll be glad you took the first step.
ANOTHER GREAT TURNOUT ON SHORT COURSE LAST WEEK.
Windy and Cold running conditions awaited the runners as they gathered at Dungarvan Sports Centre for week 2 of the Fordes Daybreak winter league before heading out on the 2.4 mile run. There was a once again a massive number out for the second last Wednesday when 104 took up the challenge with a good number of newcomers as well as those that ran last week. It was great to see so many new runners that were trying out the league for the very first time as well as many league regulars. This section of the league specifically has first timers and beginners in mind and is a manageable distance for most as it covers 2.4 miles in total. The handicap system kicked in after the mass start of last week so after registering make sure to check your start time on the sheets posted on the wall.First back on the night was Marta Vannioola who ran round in an excellent 20.41. Next was Maire Casey in 21.40 followed by Conor O’Neill in 22.24. Elizabeth Black finished in 22.26 with Claire Power clocking 24.38. Next two home were Deirdre Daly (22.45) and Gillian King (20.58). Others to record good times on the night included Conor Duggan (24.41), Sharon Murray (25.24), Jenny Toomey (21.47), Heather Aherne (27.04), Charlie Barry (23.22), Fiona Fitzgerald (27.53), Darren Mulcahy (18.08) and Rachel Flavin (28.07). Fastest on the night was Raivis Zakis in a very quick 13.14 (approx. 5.30 per mile) followed by Ciaran Frisby in 14.34.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.
Just a few reminders for next week –
No Watches are allowed, anyone caught wearing a watch won’t be included in the results.
Hi Vis is compulsory for all runners. This is for your own safety and safety of our other runners as well as to assist the stewards.
Your winter league number, given at registration, is the number you have for all the league. It should be worn to the front, be clearly visible and secured with a pin in each corner to stop it flapping.Also a huge thank you to all of our stewards out on the course and to all our crew in the hall and at the finish line.
WHAT TO DO AT THE WINTER LEAGUE.
- REGISTER IN HALL. (weekly fee of €2 for club members and €3 for non-members )
- LEAVE YOUR WATCH AND KEYS IN THE BOX-(WATCHES ARE NOT ALLOWED)
- GET YOUR STARTING TIME ON THE SHEETS ON THE WALL.
- KEEP AN EYE ON THE CLOCK IN THE HALL- WHEN YOUR TIME IS CLOSE GO OUT TO THE FRONT DOOR
5.WHEN YOUR STARTING TIME APPEARS ON THE CLOCK OUTSIDE THE FRONT DOOR YOU HEAD OFF.
- SUBTRACT YOUR STARTING TIME FROM THE TIME THAT’S ON THE CLOCK WHEN YOU CROSS THE FINISH LINE TO GET YOUR ACTUAL TIME
- ONLY PARK IN DESIGNATED AREAS AND NOT WHERE THE CONES ARE.
STARTING TIMES FOR TONIGHT.
There will be 1 minute interval between each group of runners tonight. Your starting time tonight will be based on the slowest time last week which means that the fastest person last week will be the last to head off tonight and the last people to head off will be trying to catch as many people as they can and those that headed off first will be trying not to get caught by those behind them. Please leave at your allocated time which will be posted in the hall. First runners off at 6.50 pm.
MUNSTER MASTERS CROSS COUNTRY BRONZE FOR WATERFORD MENS TEAM.
WHILE JOE GOUGH CLAIMS INDIVIDUAL GOLD.
Congratulations to our masters over 50 cross country team of Joe Salmon, Johnny O’Connor and Joe Gough who took Munster bronze county team at the championships held in Beaufort Co.Kerry last Sunday. The three West Waterford men along with the counties first man home on the day Paschal Hally Waterford AC were the four scoring team members. Waterford also took bronze in this same championships race last year. Congratulations also to Joe Gough who took the Gold individual medal in the over 65 category retaining his title form 2018. Well done to all.
CLUB MEMBERSHIP 2020.
The club membership for 2020 is now open and can now be paid to club registrar Gerry Cantwell, Helvick, Co Waterford. Members can also pay their membership any night at the winter league or at any West Waterford race. You can also pay online at www.westwaterfordathletics.orgWe operate the calendar year for membership, so it’s January to December in a given year. The membership stays unchanged at 25 euro.
STRENGTH AND CONDITION
A big part of S&C for runners is always focussed on hip extension.As many of us spend a lot of our working day sitting down our hip extension is compromised before we even start running. Our hamstrings tighten up and our glutes weaken and we adopt a poor pelvic position. The importance of glutei strength cannot be overstated especially for women as our wider hips and Q angle (angle of the femur relative to the pelvis is greater) means our femurs are pushed inwards when force is applied. If we don’t have the strength in our glutes the injury risk rises.
Why is hip extension important?
Good hip extension helps create stability around the pelvis and avoids a trendelenburg gait (hips dropping side to side while running). It helps improve our range of motion and the power from our glutes helps us get maximum benefit from every stride.
When we push off the leg should be extended fully behind us and as our glute medius engages (ACTIVATIONS !!!) it helps create a more forceful push off. Weak and unstable hips = no power or speed.
How will it benefit my running?
- Injury reduction – the correct muscles will work and other muscles won’t have to compensate and do the work of weaker ones
- Increase your endurance and ability to run further as there is less fatigue when the right muscles are doing their job
- Increase your speed as your efficiency increases and again the right muscles are doing the right job at the right time.
Take home message …..keep doing the activations, glutebridges, squats etc
If you are losing the will trying to do S&C at home come and join us at Abbeyside School 6.15-7.15pm Tuesday nights for the winter. You will not regret this decision !
RUN TO IMPROVE WITH WEST WATERFORD ATHLETICS CLUB……..JOHN TREACY 10 MILE RACE
WHAT IS IT ? A 12 week training programme for anyone training for the John Treacy 10 mile race for the first time or if you are relatively new to running or returning after a break.
WHO IS IT SUITABLE FOR ? Anyone who can currently run 8k, at any pace, and wants to train to either increase the pace or the distance they can run to complete the John Treacy10 mile race.
WHAT DO I GET ? A coached running session on a Tuesday evening, training plan for the rest of the week and online support. You will also have the support and camaraderie of the group which makes training ,much easier
If you have any questions by all means contact us. Claire Kennedy 087 911 6997 or Jim Fleming 087 288 1151
TOURANEENA ROAD RUNNERS OPEN NEW RUNNING TACK.
Congratulations to all involved with the new running facility provided at St Marys GAA grounds, Kirwan Park. The Touraneena Road Runners had the official opening recently and Joe Gough had the pleasure of cutting the ribbon on the a day as invited special guest. No doubt this great new facility will be well used by the local community in Touraneean and surrounding areas.
BEAT THE TRAIN FOR DOWN SYNDROME.
The annual beat the train 10 mile race in Kilmeaden and held for Down Syndrome each year was on again Saturday and a fine field of 360 competed on the day. Overall winner this year was John Fitzgibbon Thurles Crokes AC 54.45 with the ladies title going to Fitzgerald Waterford AC who finished a creditable 6th overall with a fine time of 59.30.West Waterford AC well represented again this year with our first runner home in 7th position overall was Andy Fleet with a time of 59.58 and our first lady finisher was Anne Moore in a time of 82.10.Well done to all who ran and the following are the clubs finishing times.
Andy Fleet 59.58
Darly Kearns 63.05
Walter Drohan 64.09
Ray Hahesy 68.05
Shane Power 75.27
Stephen O’Reilly 76.31
Anne Moore 82.10
Catriona Kiely 83.04
Josie Uí Chuirrin 83.13
Micheál O Cuirrín 83.17
Paula Collins 89.21
Mairead Foley 90.10
Carol Pope 91.03
Claire Walsh 92.53
Philomena Carroll 96.14
Orla Casey 101.39
Pat O’Connell 124.46
GINGER BREAD RUN.
West Waterford AC athletes made the long trip last Sunday to Portarlington Co.Laois for the Ginger Bread run, a pop up race. For two of our club runners it was a return trip home as Lynn O’Riordan and Rose Power are both natives of that fine county. There were two distances on the day with Claire Kennedy making the trip a worthwhile one as she came home with a fine new personal best 1.41.07 for the half distance, Patricia Daly also completed half in a time of 2.03.23 and the above mentioned Rose Power also ran the half in 2.04.57.In the 10 k race Eoin O’Riordan broke the 50 minute barrier when he clocked 49.12 with Catherine Keogh next home in 61.48 and Lynn O’Riordan crossed the finish line in 66.39,well done to all.
West Waterford AC extend sincere sympathy to the family and friends of Eleanor Power Ballinamuck East, Shandon, Dungarvan and Tim Fenton; Tenniscart Lower, Aglish, Cappoquin, Co. Waterford who passed to their eternal reward, may they rest in peace .
The run means freedom. It means pride. It means perseverance. It means victory. The run means everything.