Senior News,June 12 2022



Now in its 28th year firstly we should thank all at Dungarvan Leader,Billy Coleman and John Byrne and all the staff for their continued support of this race and indeed and the support to our club week in and week out through the columns of their newspaper as  they afford us the opportunity to publish or weekly notes and photos every week of the year. Of course Colm Nagle and his family have also been always 100% behind our club and we are delighted that the Michael C. Nagle trophy was and will continue to be presented each year that this race is held to the winner on the day. Thanks to Colm, Kim and young Adam for coming along to present the trophy on the night. To all involved in helping with the organisation of the race in both Villierstown and Cappoquin a big thank you, to our crew who looked after the traffic management Conor, Jamie and John they did a brilliant job. Thanks to our stewards on the course for giving invaluable help on the night. Our thanks Ger, Eileen and Mark Mason for all their help with the refreshments for the athletes after the race. To our team of time keepers, entries and results administrators van helpers. Thanks to Hannah who looked after the water at finish line. Thanks to John Hallahan coaches for the use of their bus to bring the runners to the start in Villierstown. To Cappoquin hall committee for affording us the use of their premises for teas and presentation this was much appreciated. Ger and Eileen Mason and family who some years ago presented the race with a beautiful silver cup which is  presented to the winning lady each year, Finally our thanks this year again to our local race co-ordinator of the event Trevor Mason and his brother Mark for all their work behind the scenes. See you all for the 29th.






The weather held up nicely after a very showery day however it was quite windy on the course for our 28th annual trip to the famed Dromana drive for last Friday evenings Dungarvan leader sponsored race number 3 of the clubs summer programme of road races. The race got under way at exactly 7.30 from Villierstown and made its way over the beautifully famous Dromana drive to its finish line destination in Cappoquin. There were a good number of spectators out on the course this year and at the finish line which is always encouraging for the runners. A field of 130 completed this year’s race which was a nice turnout. Our overall winner this year was West Waterford’s Sergiu Ciobanu Clonliffe Harriers AC who was claiming the title for the first time. Sergiu broke from the field at exactly the 2.5 mile mark, when he drew away from pace setter from the gun West Waterford’s Pat Hennessey and Ferrybank’s Craig O’Brien these three clocked 5.12 for mile one and all three were together through mile two 10.15 at mile three 15.20 Sergiu had opened up a nice gap on Pat Hennessey with Craig O’Brien having slipped off the early leaders pace at this stage. Our winner passed four miles in 20.25 and was well clear at this stage crossing the finish line in 25.26 with Pat clocking 25.49 and O’Brien finished third in 26.27, fourth place went to three times winner of the race Raivis Zakis West Waterford AC 26.48 and fifty was Adam O’Connor United Striders AC 26.54.A great battle between club teams was fought out in a sporting manner in the team prize categories as West Waterford A team took the honours the team consisted of Dermot Gough,Sean Stilwell and Pat Fitzgerald with United Striders AC Wexford  taking 2nd team and this comprised of Alan O’Connor, Thomas Harrington and Luca O’Connor Well done to all runners and winner.






1 Sergiu Ciobanu Clonliffe Harriers AC 25.26                         

2 Pat Hennessey West Waterford AC 25.49

3 Craig O’Brien Ferrybank AC 26.27

4 Raivis Zakis West Waterford AC 26.48

5 Adam O’Connor United Striders AC 26.54




1st Team West Waterford A.C.


Dermot Gough 10th         28.32

Sean Stilwell       13th        29.24

Pat Fitzgerald      16th        30.47


2nd Team United Striders AC


Alan O’Connor                   8th         27.54

Thomas Harrington          11th       28.42

Luca O’Connor                  23rd        32.12








Just like in Ardmore two weeks earlier Roisín McLoughlin Grange Fermoy AC proved too strong for the rest of the ladies field in Dromana as she lead from gun to post an excellent time of 30.52 to take a deserving victory.Our winner was presented with the Mason Family cup which is presented to the first lady home every year by the Mason family of Cappoquin. This young lady is quite new to racing our club events and she has brought a very high standard in recent races down to these parts.Our 2nd lady home was Sarah Mulcahy St.Catherines AC  with a time of 32.19 again very good running by Sarah. The 3rd lady home was another of the clubs top ladies Kelly Fitzgerald, Kelly moved up one place from her 4th place finish in Ardmore two weeks previous, so going in the right direction.Beth O’Connor United Striders AC Wexford was our 4th lady finishing in a time of 33.54 and our 5th finisher here was Elaine Langley Ind with a time of 36.02,In the team award’s the host club West Waterford AC took  1st team prize with Geraldine Casey, Fiona Connell and Linda Foley from St Catherines AC  taking the 2nd team award . Dyane Whelan, Roisín Ronayne and Georgina Cunningham Well done to all the ladies.



Ladies Prize Winners




1 Roisin McLoughlin         Grange Fermoy AC           30.52

2 Sarah Mulcahy               St.Catherines AC               32.19

3 Kelly Fitzgerald               West Waterford AC         32.32

4 Beth O’Connor               United Striders AC            33.54

5 Elaine Langley                Ind                       36.02



1 Team West Waterford A.C.


Geraldine Casey                6th         36.09

Fiona Connell                    10th       38.50

Linda Foley                         11th        38.55


2 Team St.Catherines A.C.                           


Dyane Whelan                   8th         37.22

Roisín Ronayne 9th         37.53

Georgina Cunningham     18th        40.53







The 25th annual Doocey’s Bar sponsored Ballymacarbry 5 mile road race which is race 4 of the summer programme will be held on Friday July 1st at 7.30 PM .This race attracts a great crowd and this year again it will be an out and back course along the Nire Road. The entries will be taken at the local Community Hall where showers and changing will also be available. The entry fee is 10 euro online at eventmaster. Prizes in the usual categories.








 Men 1st 3 Senior, 1st Junior, 1st 0/40, 0/45, 0/50 and 0/60


Ladies 1st 3 Senior, 1st Junior, 1st 0/35, 0/40, 0/45 and 0/50








On 3rd September 2022 at 9 am West Waterford Athletic Club will host our 4th annual Waterford Greenway Half Marathon.  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. Eurofins Biopharma Product Testing (BPT) based in Dungarvan is a first-class Contract Research Organization (CRO), working with pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical device clients. The Group covers the whole chain of drug development thanks to an international network of laboratories and testing units with global reach, uniform QA systems and high quality services. The race course along the Waterford Greenway and in conjunction with Waterford City and County Council 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. Entries will open on July 1st. log on to club web site and follow the link on home page for GREENWAY all race information and entry link is available here. Please note this event is expected to sell out fast.






West Waterford Athletic Club extend sincere sympathy to the family and friends of Lena O’Brien Shanbally, Cappoquin and Lar Barton, Kilrush Park, Dungarvan,who passed to their eternal reward recently, may they rest in peace.



Club member Terri Gough ran last Sundays Tullaroan marathon in a time of 7.01.44. Well done Terri.



While most mortals were in their slumber here over state side West Waterford’s Micheál Power in the colours of his USA college Tulsa was having the performance of his running career at the NCAA 5,000-Meter Championships at historic Hayward Field Eugene Oregan last Saturday morning with a season-best time of 13:31.23.Micheál qualified for the 5,000m final when he clocked a fifth-place time of 13:31.4 at the NCAA West Regional in Fayetteville a few weeks earlier earlier and thean also placed fifth in the 5,000m at the American Athletic Conference Championships with a time of 14:34.02.Micheál’s 6th place finish in 13.31 is a huge progression for the Ballinamuck man in what was a fierce sprint finish finishing just 4 seconds behind the winner Olin Hacker of Wisconsin. Only 12 seconds separated the top 17 runners in the race and Micheal was well in the mix throughout. Well done Micheál on a super super performance at the highest level. Well done also to fellow Irish man Brian Fay ( Dublin Track Club) Washington and who finished 7th in 13.31.39.



The Mary Doyle Memorial 5K Road Race took place today Saturday evening in New Inn, Co Tipperary. Mick Concannon ran a time of 22.49 while Michael Coakley completed the course in 27:53Well done to both.




Well done to one of our busiest members Mick Concannon who ran the Danesfort 10 mile last Sunday in a time of 1.18.11 finishing 32nd from the field of 94 runners.




Very well done to club member Lucy Holmes on her new PB run last Sunday at the Leevale open track and field meet held at MTU arena Cork.Lucy posted 2.11.69 to win the 800 meters senior Ladies race.