Senior News, 27 October 2019


Four years ago for the first time we decided through the generosity of you the runners of the John Treacy Dungarvan 10 that we would give all participants the opportunity to support a chosen charity when entering the race ,this proved very popular as over the past three years over 13.000 euro was raised for Dogs for the disabled in year one and Aoibheann’s Pink Tie “National Children’s Cancer Charity” in year two, year three it was the turn of Cystic Fibrosis and last year The Alzheimer Society of Ireland, on all four occasions you the runners came up trumps. This year we are delighted to be teaming up with yet another very worthy charity in “CONCERN”as our chosen charity. We may all be born into different families, in different corners of the world but in reality, we are all the same. We are all just people trying to live our lives as best we can. Sadly, some lives are worse affected by circumstances outside of their control such as conflict, natural disaster and extreme poverty. At Concern, we believe that no-one should have to live in fear that they won’t have a home to sleep in or enough food to feed their children. Each year our specialist teams work with 25 million people in war zones in Syria and Somalia to devastating floods in Bangladesh.The communities we help are in some of the hardest to reach and most fragile places. Places prone to conflict, natural disasters, climate change, flooding, extreme hunger and in some cases, famine.Our mission is to permanently transform the lives of people living in extreme poverty, tackling its root causes and building resilience. When an emergency strikes, we are among the first on the ground – mobilising expert teams in just 24 hours. From hurricanes in Haiti to famine in South Sudan we go to the ends of the earth to reach the most vulnerable. For the unheard, we use our voice to bring the human stories of extreme poverty to the tables of world leaders. Our mission doesn’t stop until extreme poverty does. When entering this year’s John Treacy Dungarvan 10 you have the option of supporting this charity. On race day we will also be taking donations at race H.Q for those who might like to contribute. We are delighted that in the past four years that a very high percentage of those who run this great race in most cases have also subscribed to our charity, a trend we hope will continue this year. Thank you in anticipation.


West Waterford athletic club are delighted to announce that entries for our 29th annual John Treacy Dungarvan 10 mile road race will open for entries on this coming Friday November 1st . The entry options will be online entry through our race web site or through our chip timing or by downloading an entry form on our club web site there will also be hard copy entries forms available. The event now in its 29th year has established itself as a must run race on the Irish road running calendar with participants from all four corners of the country and beyond participating. The race has grown year on year from humble beginnings 29 years ago. This year our entry limit will be 3.000 ,this we hope will see all runners wishing to run the event in 2019 getting an entry to do so. Please note that this event usually sells out well before closing date so do get your entry in if you intend running on Sunday February 2nd 2020.The John Treacy Dungarvan 10 brings together the ideal race combination of fun runners, joggers, club athletes and top class internationals who compete over a fast flat 10 mile course around the historic town of Dungarvan as we all look forward to an even bigger and better event on Sunday February 4th next. To stage such a big event of course requires good sponsor and we are fortunate to have the support many associate sponsors and many local businesses and individuals who are all giving valuable support helping to make the day a great occasion for the town of Dungarvan. The top club runners will once again do battle to have the honour of having their clubs name added to the list of previous winners in the John Treacy Club Challenge Cup for men’s and ladies teams. We will again be calling on all the athletic clubs of Ireland to take on the challenge in 2020 event.

All race details can be found at


On tonight Wednesday October 30th sees the registration take place for the 2019/20 26th Annual Forde’s Daybreak winter league which will be run over 13 weeks and organised by West Waterford athletic club. The event for those few who are not familiar with it caters for all types of runners and especially for those that have never ran before, we provide plenty of advice and encouragement so please don’t feel that you might be the only person trying it for the first time as guaranteed there will be many coming along again this year for the very first time just like you. There are 2 distances to choose from and they are commonly known as the long route 5.4 miles and the short route 2.3.miles. Come along on the night and register for whichever route you wish to do. Please bare in mind that you are not stuck with the course you choose at the start, if you wish to change after a while then you may do so. We will be available to answer any questions you may have tonight or any other night. There is no official run on registration night, however many people do run the course but there will be no stewards on the course until round 1 which is the official start of the league. If you can’t register on registration night, you can do so the following week or any other night but we do urge as many as possible to come along and register in order to speed up proceedings for the following week. Your cooperation with this matter is much appreciated.


When you register, there will be a fee of €5 to cover the cost of the waterproof number and timing chip attached. This number and chip will be issued to you and you only and it will be your number for the duration of the 13 week league so it’s most important that you have it and wear it every Wednesday night, please pin it to the front of your bib only. This is a once-off fee, payable on the night you get your number and then after that it will be just €2 each night that you run for members and €3 for non-members. Last year we introduced a once off payment for the entire league and this was taken up by half of all winter league runners who save themselves 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.


You can of course register from the comfort of your own home or work place just long on to our winter league online registration page at


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. Under no circumstances will any runner be allowed to take part in the winter league without a reflective bib. If you have now yet purchased one please do so before the start of the league. Watches and I Pods or any music ear pieces are strictly against club rules and will not be allowed. Runners 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.


Also proving very popular at the winter league is the team competition which was introduced three years ago. There has been really great interest in this element of the league and a 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 5 of the league (i.e. before 4th December 2019). Details of how register your team will be provided at the Winter League


Bushy Park GAA grounds is the venue for the 26th annual Brickey Run. Again this year we are delighted to announce that Murray’s Pharmacy Dungarvan are to continue on with their sponsorship of the race we sincerely thank Elizabeth and all at Murrays Pharmacy for this kind gesture. The proceeds from this year’s race will be donated to Glenbeg National School. The race distance will be over a very flat fast 5k loop around the Brickey valley starting and finishing at Bushy Park GAA grounds. The race will get under way at 11 am with registration taking place from 10.15 onwards in the GAA clubhouse Bushy Park. The Martin Curran Cup will be awarded to the first man on the day and the Jim Lyons memorial shield will be awarded to the first lady. The prize-giving will take place in the club house immediately after the race and refreshments will also be provided for all the runners.



The following are the prize categories for the 25th Annual Murray’s Pharmacy Brickey run 1st 3 men and 1st in the following weight categories. Under 60 kg 70 kg 80 kg 90 kg 100 kg and over 100 kg. The Ladies prizes will be awarded to the first 8 ladies across the line.


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


Efrem Gidey (Clonliffe Harriers) was the star turn at the recent SPAR Autumn Open Cross Country at a resplendent Sport Ireland National Sports Campus .The purpose-built cross-country course was picturesque and in magnificent condition considering all the heavy rain – there were some small muddy patches out the back section but in general it was full of running. With the main races combined over different distances, Gidey was to the fore throughout – the Clonliffe Harrier was in the U20 men’s section covering 6,000m (over a 1500m loop) with the seniors running 7,500m.Gidey galloped away towards the end covering 6,000m in a swift 18:20. The best of the rest was Conor Bradley (City of Derry Spartans) who continues his fine run of form to win the senior men’s 7,500m in 22:55.West Waterford AC had two athletes competing on the day amid quality opposition which ,Micheál Power in the senior men’s race finished a creditable 16th while Youngster Cian O’Riordan ran very well in the Junior men’s event to taking 18th overall again in a very competitive field, well done to both lads. In the women’s 6,000m race it was England’s Abbie Donnelly who took home the honours in 20:52 with Mary Mulhare (Portlaoise) the first Irish runner home in third in 21:27.


The 40th KBC Dublin city marathon was held last Sunday in idea marathon weather conditions. The club was well represented this year as it has been over 39 years of the event on the street of our capital city with 60 club athletes wearing the West Waterford AC colours.The club first finisher and only athlete top break 3 hours on the day was Alan Hohan who posted a super time of 2.55 with Tom Longan next home in 3.05 with Dermot O’Donovan 3rd home in 3.06.Fourth home was Liz Hyhan 3.16 and our first lady finisher also with what was one of the performances of the day posting a brilliant 3.16 and if that was good just in on her tailcoats was Natalie Sheehan with another brilliant performance 3.17, these two were followed by Ann Dunford once again proving that marathon running experience defiantly counts when she ran 3.32 for her 7th Dublin.Over 20,000 participants turned out for the annual race now in its 40th year and the overall winner this year’s race was Othmane El Goumri from Morocco in a record-breaking time of 2:08:06.Ireland’s Stephen Scullion was crowned Irish champion, the Clonliffe Harriers man finishing the race in second place in a personal best time of 2:12:01.Mengistu Zelalem finished third in 2:12:05 and Ethiopian compatriot Asefa Bekele came home less than a minute later in fourth place in a time of 2:13:02.Raheny Shamrock runner Mick Clohisey finished sixth in this year’s race in a time of 2:13:19, while Irish trio Hugh Armstrong, Dean Parnell and Sean Hehir all secured top ten placings, finishing eighth, ninth and tenth respectively . Motu Gedefa won the women’s race in a time of 2:27:48 with compatriots making up the top four placings. Aoife Cooke was the best of the Irish women and crowned Irish marathon champion finishing eighth in a time 2:32:34, while Letterkenny’s Ann-Marie McGlynn was ninth overall just twenty seconds behind the Eagle AC athlete. Well done to those who completed their first marathon also ,we hope it’s the first of many.


Alan Hogan 2.55
Tom Longan 3.05
Dermot O Donovan 3.06
Liz Nyhan 3.16
Natalie Sheehan 3.17
Joe Barry 3.18
James Whelan 3.18
Ted O’Leary 3.18
Kevin Casey 3.18
Tom Hogan 3.25
Tom Leahy 3.27
Cian Dwyer 3.27
John Nee 3.28
Mark Cliffe 3.29
Peter Cunningham 3.29
Conor Murray 3.31
Ann Dunford 3.32
Michael Callaghan 3.36
Linda Foley 3.36
Paul Brunnock 3.39
John Paul Hogan 3.45
Cathal Gleeson 3.47
Padraig Barron 3.49
Catriona Kiely 3.49
Martin Tobin 3.50
Geraldine Lacey 3.52
Joe O Rourke 3.54
Michelle Cunningham 3.55
Sharon Higgins 3.57
Cáit Verling 3.57

Brain Ormonde 3.58
Liam Fitzgerald 3.59
David Regan 3.59
Karen Ryan 4.00
Bernie Prendergast 4.02
Noel McKenna 4.03
Tom Nyhan 4.09
Catherine Condon 4.15
Liamie Sandford 4.17
Nuala Hogan 4.20
Mark Lenihan 4.22
Rose Kinsella 4.22
Noel Hogan 4.26
Eleanor Casey 4.33
Mary Cahill 4.33
Vincent O Donovan 4.33
Linda Garcia 4.36
Sharon Nugent 4.39
Caroline Russell 4.41
Margaret Conway 4.43

Áine Kavanagh 4.47
Patricia Daly 5.13
Catherine Keogh 5.13
Marie Moore 5.33
Terri Gough 6.19
Noelle Conway 6.31


Congratulations to club life member Joe Gough who was a joint winner of the Park Hotel Sports Star award for the month of September along with young football star Jason Molumphy.Joe has had another in creditable year in 2019.Since Joe turned 65 last year he has won the 800 and 1500 in the European indoors in Madrid followed it up by winning both distances in the world outdoors in Malaga. This year he won the world indoors in Torun in Poland in the 800 and 1500 and followed this up winning the European outdoors in both distances in Venice .So 8 straight wins at that level, Joe has not been beaten in the 800 at those championships since 2008 and he has broke the world and European records in the 800 in the last 2 years.


Well gone to club member Garret Byrne on a terrific run last Sunday at the Ljubljana Slovenia marathon completing the course in a time of 3:01:57 in very warm conditions.



Congratulations to club member Marc Flavin on a terrific run today at the Frankfort marathon.
Marc covered the course in a splendid PB time of 2.45.33.


West Waterford athletic club extend sincere sympathy to the family and friends of Kevin Flynn London and formally Grattan Square, Dungarvan and Margaret Tutty 57 Cathal Brugha Place, Dungarvan,and Rita Barron , Mullinahorna, Ring, Dungarvan who passed to their eternal rewards recently, may they rest in peace.


I was born to be a runner. I simply love to run. It’s almost like the faster I go, the easier it becomes.