Senior News,December 04 2022





West Waterford athletic club are delighted to announce that entries for our 31st annual John Treacy Dungarvan 10 mile road race are now open . The entry is an online entry through our race web site or through The event now in its 31st 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 31 years ago. This year our entry limit will be 3.750 an increase of 750 athletes  ,this we hope will see all runners wishing to run the event in 2023 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 5th 2023.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 5th 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 2023 event.

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Once again we were blessed with a good dry night for round 3 of the Fordes Daybreak Winter league. Another bumper turnout of runners participated and it was plain to see by the times now being recorded on week 3 that the regular league runners are definitely starting to up the ante with some having knocked off minutes from the first outing at the league 3 weeks ago. Year after year it’s a wonder where all the new runners who are trying the winter league for the first time come from but each year they come and a kind of wonder in itself and great to see.Another huge field of 215 participated last week and first home was Anthony Flynn in 33.59,he was followed by another Flynn, Mark this time in 35.30,Walter Drohan 36.07 was 3rd across the finish line,last week we have to go down to 11th placed finisher to Carol Walsh who lead our Ladies home with a time of 43.26 Aisling Rafferty 46.16 with Linda Foley 3rd home here in 39.11.We have 3 nights completed but remember we still have another 3 nights to go before Christmas so if you think this might be for you why not turn up any Wednesday evening at Dungarvan sports centre and give it a try, you will be glad you did. Well done to all who ran the 5.2 miles and remember keep up your running over the next few weeks, clock starts at 6.45 pm sharp each Wednesday so check out your starting time which are posted up on our club face book page the day before. Just a quick reminder to all our runners to be careful out on the course and obey the stewards at all times. REMEMBER THAT THE ROADS ARE NOT CLOSED SO BE CAREFUL OF TRAFFIC. Please obey our stewards and road markings at all time there all there for your safety, make sure to bring along your high vis as this must be worn. Also the rules of the league prohibit the wearing of watches and wearing any type of ear piece.  Anyone not wearing high vis or that is caught wearing a watch or ear piece they won’t be included in the results. It’s for you own safety.  Best of luck to all tonight and why not bring as friend along.






The numbers this year in the short course of the Fordes Daybreak Winter League are the best we have seen for many years and this is wonderful as this league is really geared for people who might be trying a bit of running for the first time and this bears witness when you see the number of new faces running this league this year. Once again a great crowd of over 111 runners gathered in Dungarvan Sports Centre before heading out on the 2.3 mile run.  Included in this number were a good few newcomers as well as those that ran the previous weeks. 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 2.3 miles in total. Remember when you arrive in hall make sure to check your start time on the sheets posted on the wall. First home last week was Eoin Cunningham in 20.52 with the next four placing’s filled by Ladies Elaine Curran 2nd home in 26.52 and followed in 3rd spot by Anna Ballot 27.20 ,Michelle McCarthy clocked 22.47 in 4th and 22.44.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. 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.








The winter league is a big operation and wouldn’t be possible without the goodwill and support of so many that give of their time so willingly each week. Our sincere thanks go to our team of stewards who week after week in all sorts of weather are out on the course to ensure the safety of all the runners. Thanks also to the crew that put out the bollards and look after the parking and the finishing tunnel. Thanks also to the other crew that look after registration and the times and the finishing tunnel, as usual a great job done by you all. Thanks also to our overall main sponsor Kevin Forde of Forde’s Daybreak.






This year’s Christmas charity night at the winter league will take place next Wednesday night 14th December. The chosen charity this year will be the Irish Dogs for the disabled which is a pioneering charity that trains specially selected dogs to carry out a range of practical tasks to assist disabled children and adults in order to achieve greater independence.This year’s charity we feel is 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 Waterford half marathon was held in ideal weather conditions for the 1.894 finishers last Saturday. Ran over a changed course from the original one,  at the 11th hour the organisers managed to get another course in place in a short time frame and are to be congratulated on getting the event to go ahead at all. The overall winner on the day was Ryan Creech Leevale AC  in a time of 1.05.02.Yared Derese Carrick Aces AC was 2nd in 1.05.49and 3rd place this year went to Sergui Ciobanu Clonliffe Harriers AC in 1.07.18.First lady across the finish line was Aoife Cooke Eagle AC in a time of 1.12.58, 2nd was Fiona Keogh Kilmore AC was 2nd in 1.19.31,Fiona also filled this position in 2019 running 2 minutes faster this year,and 3rd lady in the day was Aoife O’Leary Sportsworld RC  1.21.31.West Waterford was very well represented in this race once again this year with a large contingent participating. First home on the day for the club was John O’Rourke who finished 16th overall in 1.16.16,The clubs first lady home was Eveleen Drohan in an excellent time of 1.33.33,were some brilliant other individual performances on the day ,very well done to all and congratulations to our friends in Waterford AC on organising yet again another highly successful half in the city.







John O’ROURKE 01:16:16             

Walter DROHAN 01:22:16                           

James WHELAN 01:23:45             

Brian BYRNE 01:26:01    

Joe GOUGH 01:27:54      

Ray HAHESY 01:30:35     

Eveleen DROHAN 01:33:33          

Padraig KENNEDY 01:33:46          

Ciara BURKE 01:36:41    

Alan CULLEN 01:37:35   

Jerry POWER 01:38:07   

Peter CUNNINGHAM  01:39:52   

Pat DEVEREUX 01:40:25

Mark SHALLOE 01:42:25

Tomas MAHONY 01:42:59            

Michael CALLAGHAN 01:45:28    

Johnny BURKIN 01:46:27              

Jody HYNES 01:47:21      

Rose KINSELLA 01:47:23

Kevin CASEY 01:49:28     

Davy TOBIN 01:49:07     

Liam FITZGERALD 01:51:17          

Geraldine LACEY 01:50:55            

Anthony DWYER 01:52:16            

Eamonn CASHIN 01:53:59            

Grainne NI FHOGHLU 01:56:50   

Kim DALY 01:56:59          

Sharon HIGGINS 02:00:07             

Patricia EICHELMANN 02:03:23                 

Michelle CUNNINGHAM 02:04:28                            

Mary CAHILL 02:04:45    

Catherine CONDON 02:05:08      

Eleanor CASEY 02:05:28 

Bernard BEATTY 02:07:02             

Anita BEATTY 02:07:02   

Deirdre DALY 02:12:48   

Geraldine BARRY 02:13:20           

John LEONARD 02:16:37               

Olivia REILLY 02:16:26    

Linda FOLEY POWER 02:16:45     

Terry GOUGH 02:48:33  



Please note results are per west Waterford athletic club listed finishers on official race results any amendments to James please.




While many of us are here struggling with the inclement weather, some lucky club members are off in Lanzorote where today they ran the marathon and half events held there in beautiful weather conditions. Mick Concannon clocked yet another sub 4 hour marathon completing the marathon in 3.56 while over the half distance Noel McKenna did well to break the 2 hour mark running 1.59 next was Catriona Crowe not far behind Noel in 2.06.and Jim Fleming one of our hard working club coaches cruised around in 2.59.Well done to all four.



West Waterford athletes were to the fore last Sunday morning at the Valencia Marathon in Spain. The event was held in near perfect marathon running conditions which was a bonus and this also helped the elite athletes record some of the fastest marathon times ever recorded as running his first marathon ever, Kelvin Kiptum of Kenya won in 2:01:53 which was the Fourth-fastest marathon in history and the fastest debut ever recorded. In the women’s race, Ethiopia’s Letesenbet Gidey won in 2:14:58 to move to 3 on the world all-time list. The club had 3 athletes at the event all with a sub 3 hours in mind and they did not disappoint as all three became members of the club sub 3 hour marathon club. Dermot Gough was our first finisher of the 3, setting the bar high for the other lads when he crossed the finish line in a super 2.52.05, hot on his heels however was Mick Ahern after a disappointment in Dublin in October made matters right with a brilliant run clocking a time of 2.52.59, Padraig Healy put his disappointment of missing his sub 3 hour marathon effort behind him, after missing the Dublin marathon in October through illness and also just missing out earlier in Limerick in May when he clocked 3.00.20, he puts these two disappointment’s well behind him running brilliant splits crossing the line in 2.59.33. Great running by all three and well deserved for each.




The All Ireland Novice cross country championships were held in Conna last Sunday and hosted by St. Catherine’s AC, The event was very well organised on a very fair course in good weather conditions. Our juvenile club had athlete’s competing which you can read about in our juvenile notes, also for the first time in many years we had both a men’s and ladies team compete in the novice grade. In the Ladies race over 4.000 meters saw a field of 106 athletes face the starters gun and from the off Lucy Holmes was in the mix up front, the current Munster champion was always going to figure in this race and was in 2nd place after the first lap, on lap 2 Lucy worked really hard to hold that medal position but in the final couple of hundred metres dropped back out of medal contention to finish 4th, none the less another fine performance and lots more to come in the years ahead for this young star, As mentioned already it was brilliant for the club to have teams competing here at this level as we have done this year at county, Munster and now All Ireland level, so very well done to our other 3 ladies who made the trip wearing the club singlet and insuring we had a team competing, Angela Tobin, Nicola Moroney and Jessica Sanderson, well done Ladies. Turning to the men’s race where again a big field competed over 6.000 meters this time, here again we had a team competing for the first time in many years at Novice level, Like the Ladies we say well done to Sean Curran, Gary Cantwell, Conor Coleman and Sean Stilwell who all performed admirably, for both teams we will build for next year when we will compete here again keeping our great club to the fore in all athletic disciplines. Our thanks to Kate Veale who travelled to look after the teams on the day.



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