Senior News,January 23 2022





We have had some really nasty nights and also many good nights over the years at the winter league  but last Wednesday night was one of those super nice nights for running considering the time of year it was a very still night with a full moon beaming down over the runner of the long course as they made their way along the sea front towards the village, a pet night if ever there was one.It even was  a nice night to be out stewarding and a special thank you to all our stewards also who make sure no matter the weather that we all got around  the two course’s safely.First home on the night was Paul Lacey 36:52 excellent running there from Paul next across the line was Michael Roche one of our regular visitors from Youghal in 39:43 and in 3rd place was Gerry O’Connor just outside breaking the 40 with a time of 40:14, Jamie Hynds has been putting in some serious times at the league and he clipped arounf last week in 37:55. In 5th place last week was Jack Ahearne in another super time of 37:32.Our first lady finisher was Kelly Fitzgerald 35:43 with the 2nd fastest time on the night behind Liz Nyhan who clocked 34.45





The tables are starting to show a clearer picture now with 2 weeks remaining on the long course and the current leader is Ray Hahesy 1238 who slipped nicely into that position after last week’s round. Geraldine Lacey is hot on his heels and will be hoping to win the big one for the ladies, Geraldine is on 1218 points. Richie Fitzgerald in currently 3rd on 1218 points and will have ambitions of emanating his mother Alice who won the league a few years back. Niall Collins is flying with his running in the current league and he sits on 1201 points and is not out of the hunt for top honours yet either.In 5th is Stephan Hogan who would love to bring the trophy back to An Rinne Stephen is on 1201 points. All in all very hard to call it yet best of luck to all. Yev Chizhikov is leading division 2 with 1093 points from Joe Grant and Jerry Power both locked IN 2nd on 1071 points.Division 3 sees Molly Fitzgerald leading on 986 from Michael Roche with 984 just 2 points separating the two here. Mary O’Brien on 946 leads division 4 only 1 point ahead of Paul Lacey 945.Division 5 Michael Murray is in command here on 851 points from Rory Fitzgerald 2nd with 844 points .Noel Drohan is cutting the chase in division 6 on 797 points and has a nice lead of the chasing Eoghan Drea on 776 points. Shima Lanigan with 773 points leads Rose Kinsella 753 points in division 7 at the moment and in division 8 we have Pat O’Connell on 690 points with just 1 point over the experienced Paul Brunnock 689.Our final division has Jamie Hynds on 66 points ahead of Tomás Dé Faoite with 649 points but this like all the divisions could take a big turn in affairs yet.


TOP 5.


Ray Hahesy                        1238

Geraldine Lacey 1218

Richie Fitzgerald 1210

Niall Collins                        1201

Stephen Hogan                  1132


Division 2 – Yev Chizhokov 1093

Division 3 – Molly Fitzgerald 986

Division 4 –Mary O’Brien 946

Division 5 – Michael Murray 851

Division 6 –Noel Drohan 797

Division 7 – Shima Lanigan 773

Division 8 – Pat O’Connell 690

Division 9 – Jamie Hynds 666






 Conditions were absolutely ideal for runners on week 9 of the Fordes Daybreak winter league last Wednesday evening. There wasn’t a ripple on the full tide in Dungarvan bay as a full moon greeted the runners over the Abbeyside’s historic church on the outward section of the course. There was a great number out again last Wednesday when 63 runners completed the course. First on the night was Emma Dunne 22.31 followed by Eileen Campbell 22.09 next across the line was Catriona Shanley 20.00 in 3rd and Michael Coakley 19.56 came home first male in 4th place,with Michelle O’Mahoney in 5th place clocking a time of 20.21.Dont forget to check you handicap off time for this week’s league on our facebook page.




 The tables are now taking shape on the short course and the current leader is Stephanie Curran 730 with Philip Coffey 717 and Brigid Coffey third with 713. Fourth on 691 is Gearoid Coffey and on the same points in 5th place is Angelina Chizhikova 691.In division 2 Michael Coakley looks to be in command on 651 points with Rosemary Curran 2nd with 625 the same points total as Lauran Walsh Kitt who is 3rd . In division 3 Marie Ahearne 567 holds a 10 point lead over Nicola Dunphy 557.Division 4 our recent Colligan ladies shield winner Edel Curry holds a slender lead with 516 points over Louise Mansfield 513 points.Division 5 Nikki Hynes is sitting nicely on 450 points with Helen Cummins 433in hot pursuit. Moving to division 6 Micheál Gee is starting to look uncatchable with 288 as in second place here is Claire Cosgrave with 268 points.  Irene Dee and Nikita Whelan are having a great battle with just 2 points separating those 173- 171.Two rounds to go folks it all could change here yet.


 The current top 5 is:

Stephanie Curran              730

Philip Coffey       717

Brigid Coffey       713

Gearoid Coffey  691

Angelina Chizhikova         691




The winners of Zuzana’s Costin vouchers in week 9 of the Fordes Daybreak winter league were long course Madeleine Hearn and short course winner was Tara Ni Reachtagain. 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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The many months of planning is shortly to kick into action as D day approaches with the running of the 30th annual John Treacy Dungarvan 10 mile road race imminent. The race day numbers and packs will be posted out in a few days to all entered. This means of course all you have to do on race day is to be at the start line for the new race start time of 11AM with your number pinned to the FRONT of your club running singlet. When you have finished the race and cross the finish you will receive you’re goodie bag with lots of treats for you to enjoy after the race and you will also receive a high quality dri-fit Nike running top. After you finish the race we ask you to please not stay around the finish area but return to your car as because of the covid situation we won’t have refreshments or prize giving ceremony.  This race is the biggest undertaking by the club each year and as a result we rely heavily on your support we need people to steward the course and many hands make light work,if you haven’t already contacted Karen Ryan our steward coordinator you might consider doing so she can be contacted on 086 8245683. The club needs as many members and friends to help us make this a great race and a great day for West Waterford AC and for our town.




 At the NIA live meet held in national indoor arena Abbotstown last Thursday evening Lisa Houlihan got her season off to a flying start when winning the senior ladies pole vault with a vault of 3.10, second on the night was Megan Seaton Lusk AC 2.50 and third was Nguyen Coffey Dundrum South Dublin AC 2.20.Well done to Lisa on a great start to what we hope will be a successful season for the Maynooth based Primary school teacher.



Congratulations today to club member Joe Gough who was back competing indoors today making a winning start to his season at the at the national indoors combined events championship held in Athlone Indoor. Competing in Master Men 60 plus category, The results were 1st in the long jump and 1st in the 1k . 2nd in 60m and 3rd in Shot.Well done Joe.





The annual St Pauls Parish Frank Leahy 5 Mile road race was held last Sunday morning in the city and a field of 146 completed the course. West Waterford’s Pat Hennessey is improving with every outing and proof of this was his run last Sunday when completing the course in 25.38 to take a deserving win from Adam O’Connor Wexford 2nd in 26.42 and 3rd was Craig O’Brien Waterford AC in 26.52. The Ladies victory went to Ruth Fitzgerald Waterford AC in 28.02 finishing 11th overall, from Beth O’Connor Newross 2nd in 33.58 and 3rd went to Siobhan Heylin in 34.11.There were some good performances form other’s also listed below.

Pat Hennessey 25.38

John O’Rourke 27.53

Dermot Gough 28.57

Sean Stilwell 30.11

Mark Radley 30.35

Jason Travers 30.40

Joe Gough 31.34

Edel Curry 50.53