27th ANNUAL FORDE’S DAYBREAK WINTER LEAGUE.
SUPER PERFORMANCES ON A GREAT NIGHT FOR LONG COURSE RUNNERS.
The weather conditions last Wednesday were dry but very cold, to be honest it was the first cold night we got for the league to date but no rain at least. Once again we had a huge field in round 4 on the long course when 168 faced the task. The runners of the long course it’s plain to see by the times now being recorded on week 4 that the regular league runners are defiantly starting to up the ante with some having knocked off minutes from the first outing at the league 4 weeks ago. It was good to see some new faces also last week with a few more trying the league for the very first time.Jamie Hynes was our first runner home last week, the famed lounge lizard guitarist led the pack with a time of 42.03 and he was followed in by David Mc Andrew in 45.48,Our 3rd finisher last week recording a time of 33.27 was Tony O’Mahony of O’Mahony cycles Abbeyside, good solid running from Tony here and 4th past the post was well known Cappoquin GAA referee Padraig Nolan in 46.48.First Lady last week was Laura Cummins in a time of 43.13 finishing in 5th position and 6th place was filled by Daryl Kearns in a super time of 31.53, Daryl was in the last group going off last week at 15 minutes so he made goo inroads on the 170 odd runners who had gone off well before him.We have 4 nights completed but remember we still have another 2 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 6.50 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 and of course don’t forget to donate to our charity night be as generous as you possible can.
ANOTHER BIG TURNOUT ON SHORT COURSE LEAGUE.
A cold night last week greeted the winter league runners as they headed off from the sports centre on week 4 but it was dry which was the main thing for this time of year.Once again a great crowd of over 95 runners gathered in Dungarvan Sports Centre before heading out on the 2.4 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 the 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. First back on the night was Gerry Lattimore was well clear of the field recording a time of 21.52. Next was our first lady finisher Ann Marie Power clocking a time of 23.53 and 3rd past the post was Paul Veale in 24.49, nice to see one of the sports centre employees out enjoying the league this year. Lauren Walsh Kett was next home in 20.29 and Declan Kenneally had a brilliant run with a fast 17.14,6th was the youngest Lady competitor in this year’s league Angelina Chizhikova in 19.32.Well done to all who took part, and remember newcomers are always welcome. Just register on line and come along to Dungarvan Sports centre on Wednesday Night . 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. Don’t forget next week is charity night so be a generous as you possible can.
ZUZANA COSTIN VOUCHER WINNERS AT WINTER LEAGUE.
The winners of Zuzana’s Costin vouchers in week 4 of the Fordes Daybreak winter league were long course Lorraine Kirwan and short course winner was Kealan Hayes . Well done to both,we hope you both enjoy your treatment from Zuzana, another two vouches will be up for grabs next Wednesday evening. Zuzana provides treatment and intervention for acute and chronic soft tissue and muscular pain, injury and dysfunction. She practises from The Greenway Health Clinic in Tournore, Abbeyside and can be contacted on 0871218721.
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CHARITY NIGHT AT WINTER LEAGUE SUPPORTS “DREAM FOR DANNY” ON THIS WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 8TH.
This year’s charity night at the Fordes Daybreak winter league will take place next Wednesday night 8th December for the “ DREAM FOR DANNY FUND”. Danny Norris is a young boy of 6 years of age from the Ballymacarbry area who suffers from Neuroblastoma which is a rare and aggressive form of childhood cancer and a fund has been set up to try raise €380,000 so that Danny can access further treatment in New York to prevent relapse once his frontline treatment finishes in Crumlin early in 2022.Our winter league charity for this year is a very wordy one so we ask runners of the league to be as generous as possible tonight and bring along a donation, buckets will be available at the league to make your donation. THANK YOU IN ADVANCE.
13TH ANNUAL CLEANZONE TECHNOLOGY LTD PADDY JOE CURRAN MEMORIAL OLD PARISH TURKEY TROT AS €3.605 RAISED IN AID OF SOLAS CANCER SUPPORT CENTRE.
The 13th annual Old Parish Turkey Trot took place last Sunday morning with Conditions ideal really for the time of year as the runners and walkers left on the Old Parish 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 walkers took part which was testament to the hard work put in by the race committee at the Marine Bar after the absence of last year’s event due to Covid. 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 Solace cancer support centre 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.The overall race winner and recipient of the Paddy Joe Curran Perpetual Cup was Adam O’Connor United Striders AC Wexford who is only 18 years of age and running for the very first time at this event, Adam ran a time of 27.35 to beat 5 times winner Raivis Zakis into second place after a great battle for much of the 5 miles Raivis ran 27.53 and John O’Rourke shared much of the early workload as he was with the top two for the first 3.5 miles but had to settle for 3rd place on the day never the less running very well finishing 3rd the same position he filled last year John ran 28.10.Eoghan O’Neill of the Marine Bar presented Adam with Paddy Joe Curran memorial cup and the prizes to the other winners also.In the ladies race, the honours went to the a Clonmel AC athlete as indeed it did last time the race was held in 2019 when Kealy Tideswell took the victory ,this year that honour fell to her club mate Elaine Horgan in 33.53.In 2nd was Liz Nyhan West Waterford AC in 34.04 a good run by Liz with very little between the top two only 11 seconds separating them at the finish line.Liz was followed in third by Beth O’Connor United Striders AC Wexford who is mother of our race winner Adam so well done to the O’Connor family for making the trip all 4 of them.The race was a huge success thanks to the contribution to all involved, the local stewards and Conor and Jamie for looking after the course layout and to Ann, Tom and Trevor who looked after the entries and the finishing times. A sincere word of thanks must go to our hosts Eoghan O’ Neill and family for their ongoing support and to Padriag Healy our race director for the event and all the Healy family along with a very active group of committee members.
THANKS FROM THE RACE ORGANISERS.
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, Eurofins Food Testing,The Marine Bar, McGrath Newsagents Mitchell st,Murray’s Care plus pharmacy, Forde Daybreak Dungarvan,Country Store Fruit and Veg, 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 13th year.
12TH ANNUAL PADDY JOE CURRAN TURKEY TROT.
1st Adam O’Connor United Striders AC 27.35
2nd Raivis Zakis West Waterford AC 27.53
3rd John O’Rourke Ferrybank AC 28.10
1st Elaine Horgan Clonmel AC 33.53
2nd Liz Nyhan West Waterford AC 34.09
3rd Beth O’Connor United Striders AC 36.03
ST.STEPHENS DAY JOLLY JAUNT IN AID OF DUNGARVAN GAA CLUB DEFIBRILLATOR FUND.
This year’s St. Stephen’s Day Jolly Jaunt will be in aid of the Dungarvan Gaa club defibrillator fund to provide one for the club grounds and local community. The event will take place from the Dungarvan Gaa club grounds, starting at 11am on St. Stephen’s morning. There are two courses available to post Christmas dinner exercise enthusiasts, 2 miles and 5 miles and these are not races but participation events. We again look forward to the huge support and the generosity from everyone this venture gets each year .For now pencil in St. Stephen’s Day, December 26th.
GOOD PERFORMANCES BY KELLY FITZGERALD AND PAT HENNESSEY AT ALL IRELAND NOVICE CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS.
Very well done to two West Waterford athletes who put in sterling performances last Sunday at the National Novice cross country championships held in Gowran Co Kilkenny.Pat Hennessey and Kelly Fitzgerald. This was Pat’s second time competing in the All Ireland Novice and Kelly’s first. A very competitive field raced hard over a good testing course.Pat and Kelly ran well on the day both finishing well up the field.Both can now take a well-deserved rest from competition and enjoy their Christmas break.