Senior News,July 31 2022






Course Information.


This is perhaps one of the flattest routes for a half marathon in the country with a net elevation of -100 mts. Not only is it flat it also contains some incredible scenery along the way.  From the old Workhouse built in 1850 in the beautiful village of Kilmacthomas over the Kilmacthomas viaduct to the stunning views of the Comeragh mountains to the North, cross over Durrow viaduct past Durrow Railway Station where the old platform and station still stand. Then it’s on to the spectacular Ballyvoile tunnel, a 400mt long tunnel which is full of atmosphere (don’t forget to watch out for the fairy door’s on either side).  Next you will cross over the Ballyvoile viaduct, blown up in 1922 but now restored to its former glory.  From here you can almost smell the sea as you round the headland and take in the spectacular views of Clonea strand and Dungarvan Bay. Then it’s downhill all the way to the finish as you take in the sights along the way, through the 12 mile mark and the playground in Ballinroad over the Clonea Road and finishing just before the Gold Coast Road.





Entries are now closed 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)






Once again we are delighted to have local company Eurofins as our title sponsor for this unique event and we thank them for their commitment to this race and to our club. In conjunction with Waterford City and County Council this is a  13.1 mile race along the now famous old Waterford/Dungarvan Railway line. This fantastic amenity opened officially in 2017 and has already experienced visitors from all over the country and beyond. Users are amazed by this 46 km spectacular off-road cycling and walking trail along an old railway line between Waterford and Dungarvan.Please note this is a point to point race starting at the Coachhouse Kilmacthomas and finishing near Ballinroad, Dungarvan. Entry fee includes bus from Ballinroad to the start line in Kilmacthomas. As usual each year we try to support a local charity and this year we have chosen Irish Community Air Ambulance.We all know the valuable work this organisation do in our community and hopefully we can raise some much needed  funds as they are a voluntary organisation who  rely on the public for support.






Ar an Aoine an 5ú Lúnasa ag a 7:30i.n. beidh an 28ú eagrán de Rás na Rinne ar siúl aríst. Is rás neamhgháthach é seo le formhór de á rith thar ghaineamh an Choinigéir. Beidh tús agus críoch an ráis thuas ó gheataí Choláiste na Rinne. Bronnfar Corn Uí Dhroma (píosa álainn Criostal na Rinne), don mbuateoir i dTigh Mooneys i ndiaidh an ráis, maraon le na duaiseann eile.

Is féidir clárú ar líne ag-

Nó is féidir clárú ar an lá in Halla Pobail na Rinne óna 6:15i.n. go 7:15i.n.I mbliana, tá t-léine nua-dheartha do gach duine a chláraíonn don rás. Chomh maith, beidh siúlóid 4 mhíle ann. Beidh an clárú, tús agus críoch i gcarrchlós an Choinigéir. Tosnaíonn sé seo ag a 7:00 i.n.



The annual St Catherine’s AC hosted 5k road race was held last Friday evening in Ballynoe with a field of 132 taking part.The overall race winner was Bernard O’Hanlon Leevale A.C. 16:46 with Ciaran McNamee Youghal AC 17:20.First lady was winner of our own Ballinameela race last week Fiona Santry East Cork AC 17:58 finishing 3rd overall. Club member Kelly Fitzgerald put in a brilliant run on the night to capture 2nd place recording time of 19.43 finishing high up the field also in 14th place. Along with Kelly there were some other good club times recorded from Mossie Keogh 19.11 and first over 45,James Whelan ran exactly the same time as Kelly as they crossed the line together 19.43,Ted O’Leary ran a time of 22.07 on home turf, next home was Patricia Eichelmann 28:18 with Onra Power hot on her heels in 28:26, Margaret Whelan was next in 29:01, very well done to all who took part.


The club had athletes in action last Thursday evening at the Clogheen community 5k held over an undulating course in ideal weather a field of 143 competed on the night. Overall winner was Club member Raivis Zakis who broke from a group of 6 in the final kilometer to claim victory in a time of 16.45 from Derek Kiely Limerick AC 2nd in 16.53 and Conor Flaherty Clonmel AC 3rd in 16.56.The the ladies race the overall winner was Clonmel’s Kealy Tideswell in a fast 18.49 finishing 10th in the race ,West Waterford’s Kate Veale is enjoying a few road races currently as its off season now in the race walking world Kate recorded a good time of 18.58 for 2nd lady and 16th overall. Third was Angela Mc Cann Clonmel AC in 19.22.Also at the race were members Patricia Daly 26.12 and Onra Power 27.40,well done to all four.





The 14th annual Outfield sports Carrick road runners’ summer series the Piltown 5 mile road race was held last Friday on a beautiful balmy evening in the South Kilkenny venue. A field of 67 took aprt on the night with the overall winner rom and recent winner of our Ballinameela 5k Sergui Ciobanu Clonliffe Harriers AC in a time of 25.12 with Dermot Gorman Carrick On Suir AC 2nd in  26.49 and Noel Murphy Waterford AC 3rd  in 2.52. In the Ladies race it was victory for Kealy Tideswell Clonmel AC in a very good time of 30.14 finishing 12th overall, Kate Veale also ran very well finishing 2nd in 31.22 with Angela Mc Cann Clonmel AC 3rd in 31.29,there were also very good time and performances from Ray Hahesy 1st over 55 in 31.54 ,Jimmy Connors was just in behind Ray in 32.04,Joe Gough took the over 60 prize with a time of 32.35 and Joe was in action on the hills once again Sunday when he took the over 65 prize at the an event over 6k in Garryduff wood Rochestown cork, Johnny Burkin had a solid run on the night clocking a time of 37.04 as did his team mate Tom Hogan who was well under the 38 mark in 37.36,Bridget Coffey was only a tad outside breaking the 40 minute mark when she ran 40.50 and Deirdre Clancy completed a good night running by our members when she recorded a time of  55.23,well done to all who made the trip.




The 18th running of The John Kilmartin memorial 5km took place in Milford Co Donegal on Friday evening with a splash of rain that kept the dust to a minimum and the 116 runners suitably hydrated.The overall race winner was a local athlete Declan Ferry, Rossess AC in a time of 15.20 but he only just held off the fast finishing Pat Hennessey who with another 100 meters or so could well have won the race finishing 6 seconds behind the winner in 15.26,another fine run from Pat who was holidaying in the area so took the opportunity to enter the race while in the district.3rd man home was Mark Grennan, Mark Letterkenny AC IN 15.35 and the Ladies winner was no other than Marie Mc Cambridge 17.19 former winner and record holder of our own John Treacy Dungarvan 10.





West Waterford athletic club extend sincere sympathy to the family and friends of Tom Fitzgerald, Glenlickey, Grange, Co. Waterford who passed to his eternal reward recently, may he rest in peace.

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