Senior News,August 07 2022





The 28th Annual Céim Ar Chéim organised Ras Na Rinne took place last Friday evening in glorious weather conditions which brought out a field of 84 runners and a good turnout of walkers to add to the superbly organised event on the Coinigear . The race started at 7.30 and the runners were set on their way by Darren O’Droma of the organising committee in An Rinne. The local group took over the organisation of this unique event this year for the first time and did a superb job and on the night it was evident to see with the local effort for the event that this race will be part of the local running calendar for many more years to come.Ba mhaith le Céim ar Chéim a mbuíochas a chur iniúl do na daoine seo a leanas: Comhlucht Forbartha na n Déise, Fiontar Pobail Páirc Uile-Aimsire, Gaeltacht na nDéise, Devereux Manshop, Criostal na Rinne, Spar An Rinn, West Waterford Athletics Club, Mooney’s Tigh Tábhairne, Sólás na Mara, Eoghan Walsh Design, JM Woodwork and Personalised Engraving, Muintir Uí Dhroma, Tom Barron, Jacinta Uniake of Munster Signs, Comhairle Pobail na Rinne agus na maoir, cabhróirí agus muintir na háite don tacaíocht ar fad. Thanks to our steward’s on the course.  A sincere thanks also goes to Comhairle Phobail na Rinne for providing the use of their hall for taking the entries. See you in when we will do it all again for the 29th time in 2023.






Raivis Zakis was the pre-race favourite from the entries received for this year event and he didn’t disappoint as he raced clear of the field once it came off the road and arrived at the Cunnigar for the strand leg of the race the early leader over the first mile on the road section Shane Mullanney   Moycarkey Coolcroo A.C. had dropped off the pace at this stage. Raivis was to go on to claim a record unprecedented 6th success at this event over its 28 years in existence in a time of 31.28 which was his fastest time since 2013 at this race, Once Raivis reached Paddy Lannens famed Waterford flag that proudly flies at the end of the Cunnigar point, he had already opened a substantial lead of his pursuers, included here was team mate Conor Coleman who is one of the most improved athletes in the club over the recent few months, Conor battled hard on the return leg of the race to hold onto that 2nd spot crossing the finish line in 34.06 with Colm Costello T.T.Racers taking the 3rd place this year in a time of 34.41.The over 40 category winner was Mossie Keogh West Waterford A.C. in a very fast 35.10 he finished 7th overall. The winner of the over 50 category was a visitor from Carrick On Suir AC  when Eugene O’Keeffe cross the finish line in 35.40,Eugene also won this category in 2019 and on that occasion posted a time of 38.01 so great running improvement from Eugene. In the junior category Gearóid Coffey West Waterford A.C. ran a time of 39.48 putting in another strong performance to claim this prize. Well done to all runners and prize winners.





Mens Results.


1  Raivis Zakis                                   West Waterford A.C.       31.28

2  Conor Coleman                           West Waterford A.C.       34.06

3 Colm Costello                T.T.Racers                          34.41




M 40      Mossie Keogh                    West Waterford A.C.       35.10

M 50      Eugene O’Keeffe               Carrick On Suir A.C.          35.40

JNR        Gearóid Coffey                 West Waterford A.C.       39.48








Turning her attentions to a bit of running while on an end of season break from her speciality sport of  Race Walking West Waterford’s Kate Veale proved the strongest over the sand last Friday evening when claiming her first win at Ras Na Rinne when she took the 2022 title in a time of 40.03.seconds place went to local Lady Niamh Uí Fhaoláin IND 40.57 who had a terrific run for her first Rás event this lady could very well win this race in future years, third home was Elaine Langley IND 41.44 not far behind Niamh, our top 3 female finishers were all under the 42 minute mark.The ladies over 35 category was won by Kim Daly West Waterford A.C. 51.03.The over 40 category went to Sarah Susuico IND 41.59.Stephanie Ilsley West Waterford A.C.44.27 took the over 50 ladies prize. Well done to all our winners and competitors on the night.



Ladies Results.


1  Kate Veale                     West Waterford A.C.       40.03

2  Niamh Uí Fhaoláin       IND                                      40.57

3  Elaine Langley               IND                                      41.44




F 35        Kim Daly                             West Waterford A.C.       51.03

F 40        Sarah Susuico                    IND                                      41.59

F 50        Stephanie Ilsley                 West Waterford A.C.       44.27





Club member Pat Hennessey holidaying up on the north west of the country has been making a bit of a name for himself in that beautiful part of our country , after his 2nd place last Friday in the Milford  5k the Lismore man was back in action Monday evening at the costal 10k held in Carrickfinn which saw a field of 104 competitors, the race was held next to the Donegal airport and the course included road and sand dunes with pat coming home alone in the heavy mist recording a time of 33.34 with two local men Declan Ferry Rosses AC 2nd in 34.53 and team mate Shane O Donnell Rosses AC 35.24.Well done Pat .






Entries are now closed for the Saturday September 3rd race date,but if you wish to apply as an elite runner please send your information to stating your name, date of birth, club and fastest time and location for either half marathon or 10 mile race ran in the last 3 years. Half Marathon time: Under 1.20 for men (1.30 for women) 10 Mile Time: Under 60 mins for men (65 for women)