Senior News, 24 November 2019




Old news’s now but Last week’s league was cancelled due to the weather conditions. We very seldom have to all call off a winter league night but if there is any kind of risk to runners and our team of stewards we must caution on doing the sensible thing and last Wednesday was such a night.






This year’s chosen charity is The hair raising charity event and two charities will benefit the local St. John’s Special School and post heart bypass rehabilitation fund.This charity drive was undertaken this year by former runners Michael Tutty and Tony Ryan who both have grown their hair and Tony his beard also since January 1st 2019, the big shave is happening this week also.As you know both Causes are well wordy of our support so we ask runners of the league to be as generous as possible tonight and THANK YOU IN ADVANCE.







The winter league is about participation in and the enjoyment of running. We hope that getting involved will encourage you to get and running each Wednesday night.

All runners must ensure they wear a reflective Hi-Vis on the night of the league. Each Hi-Vis must have reflective strips on it.

Watches / timing devices i.e. phones are strictly prohibited.

No Headphones or pets allowed.

Roads are not closed. For your safety and the safety of other runners / road users, please take care and obey stewards at all times.

All runners must register each night before they run

The clock will start at 6.50. Start times will be posted on the wall. It is up to you to ensure you start at the correct time.

Special winter league T-Shirt will be awarded to anyone who runs 10 out of 13 nights. (Number of nights may vary depending on weather – will be decided by organising committee)

What to do:



  1. Register in hall
  2. Leave your watch and keys in the box (no watches allowed)
  3. Retrieve your start time from the list on the wall
  4. Keep an eye on the clock in the hall. When your start time is close, go out to the front door.
  5. When your start time appears on the clock outside, you start running.
  6. Always obey stewards at all times
  7. Ensure you pass through the finish gantry to register your time.
  8. At the finish, subtract your start time from the time that is on the clock to get your actual run time.
  9. Collect your keys and watch from the box in the hall.




The winner of the winter league will be the person with the most points in each respective route at the end of the 13 nights.

The points are calculated as follows:

The last runner to finish on each night will get 50 points for the long route and 30 points for the short route. Every runner will get an extra point for each position higher they finish. The first runner to finish will get the most points. So the aim each night is to try and pass as many runners as possible to gain more points.

For example:

There are 200 runners in the long route and 140 in the short.

The last runner in the long route would receive 50 points. The runner in position 100 would receive 150 points and the first runner home would receive 249points.

The last runner in the short route would receive 30 points. The runner in position 50 would receive 120 points and the first runner home would receive 169 points.

Any runner who does not participate will get 0 points on that night of the league.

Any runner wearing a watch will be omitted from results and get 0 points on that night of the league.

Any runner not wearing a Hi-Vis will be omitted from results and get 0 points on that night of the league

There will be 50 point bonus for each runner (on top of their finish points) on long course and a 30 point bonus for the runners on the short course for those who participate in our Christmas charity night on the 11th of December.





The club membership for 2020 is now open and  can now be paid to club registrar Gerry Cantwell. Helvick. Dungarvan. Members can also pay their membership any night at the winter league or at any West Waterford race. We operate the calendar year for membership, so it’s January to December in a given year. The membership stays unchanged at 25 euro. Please note that for you convenience you can also pay your membership online at the clubs web site








The club’s 26th annual Michael Roche carpets series is well and truly under way with the first of 4 races done and dusted the Brickey 4 miler and race number 2 the recent Turkey Trot completed. The entry fee to the series is only 2 euro and it is still open for entries. The series will continue after the festive season with the Kiely Monumental Colligan cup on Sunday January 19th .Race 4 will be the Kilmacthomas 4 on Sunday 16th February,this will be the final race in this series. Runners will have to complete3 of the 4 races in the series to figure among the tables




January 19th 32nd annual Kiely Monumental Colligan Cup 5 mile,


February 24th 18th O Reilly Butchers annual Kilmacthomas 4 mile,











The Irish Life Health National Senior and Juvenile Even Age cross country Championships were held last Sunday in Abbotsown Dublin. The club had a good representation in the juvenile events which you can read all about in more detail in our juveniles news. Lucy Holmes was competing in the junior ladies race and also the under 18 which was run in conjunction. Lucy once again on the big occasion put in a brilliant performance to finish 6th over all under 18 and 13th in the junior race, Lucy was the 3rd scoring member of the Waterford county team who took gold in the Inter County team award and a brilliant team performance by Waterford AC winning the Inter Club team award here. The scorers on the County team were Ruth Heery, Una O’Brien, Lucy Holmes and Anna O’Connor.In the Junior men’s event Cian O’Riordan ran well to finish 96th in a very competitive race.Fionnuala McCormack (Kilcoole) hailed ‘a great day for the family and the club’ as she routed the field to win the women’s 8,000m race with her sister Una Britton in third at the Irish Life Health National Cross Country Championships in Abbotstown today (November 24).There was an equally proud and emotional moment for Liam Brady (Tullamore Harriers) as he won the senior men’s 10,000m crown in a mud fest on the Sport Ireland National Sports Campus.McCormack ran away with it early on and turned on the class to win in 28:41 from Mary Mulhare (Portlaoise) in 30:22 and her sister Una Britton in 30:32.It was a swift u-turn after the finish for McCormack to sprint back down the finishing straight (outside the course) and cheer on Una to a cherished bronze medal – her first senior cross country medal.Michelle Finn finished fifth to lead Leevale home to defend their team title. Sorcha McAlister (Westport) worked through well to win the U23 race in 31:57. In the U20 women’s 4,000m race, Jodie McCann (DCH) was a strong winner in 15:06 from Danielle Donegan (Tullamore Harriers) in 15:29 and Maeve Gallagher (Swinford) in 15:32. Waterford won the team title.  The last race of the day was the senior men’s 10,000m and there was a good lead pack for the first half of the race until Liam Brady pulled clear and held off Brian Fay (Raheny Shamrock), the first U23 athlete across the line, by five seconds in an exciting final lap. Sean Tobin (Clonmel) finished third in 33:05.This was Brady’s first national senior title to add to U20 and U23 crowns. Clonliffe Harriers brought back the senior men’s title to Morton Stadium to break Raheny’s dominance of the last three years.In the U20 men’s 6,000m race, Darragh McElhinney (UCD) defended his title in 19:36 from Keelan Kilrehill (Moy Valley) and Thomas McStay (Galway City Harriers). Clonliffe Harriers also won the U20 men’s team title.




Pat Hennessey was on the top of his game as they say last Sunday morning in the Stook 10 mile road race in the other Dungarvan in Co.Kilkenny. Pat one of the clubs most improved athletes in the club since his return from Australia during the end of the summer ran a brilliant time of 54.26 with Raheny’s AC Freddy Stuk taking the overall win in a time of 54.12.The ladies winner was Angela Mc Cann Clonmel AC who finished 7th overall in the race with a time of 1.01.50.Along with Pat from the club also running was Mick Concannon and Mick clocked a time of 1.20.49. Representing the ladies were Catherine Condon 1.32.01, Eleanor Casey breaking the 1.35 mark with a time of 1.34.45 and Mary Cahill was well under the 1.40 when she recorded a time of 1.39.18,Well done to all.





Well done Saturday to club member Paul Brunnock who clocked up yet another marathon when he completed Connemara in a time of 3.55.29.





The senior club’s 26th annual general meeting will take place on Thursday December 12th at 8.00 pm in Lawlors Hotel Dungarvan.





Whatever the pace, run softly, run tall.