Senior News,May 30 2022



The 25th Annual Round Tower Hotel sponsored Ardmore 5 mile road race was held last Friday evening and the event celebrated not alone its return after two years but it celebrated its 25th year. The weather was nice for the race with little or no wind which was ideal for the nights racing.  The race was race Number 2 in the clubs summer race programme for 2022 and a field of 143 finishers.Our sincere thanks to our new sponsor Aidan Quirke of Ardmore Round tower Hotel in the village who sponsored the race and he and his staff ensured that all the runners were well cared for with plenty of food and refreshments afterwards.In Ardmore Michael Hennessey and his big team of stewards and helpers had everything working like clockwork on the night. Ardmore always sets a very high standard of race organisation each and every years and all at our club are very thankful to the Ardmore race organisers under Michael’s stewardship for their efforts, a sad element of last Friday evenings race was the absence of Bernie Stilwell who tragically passed away a short time ago, Bernie was never found wanting when called upon to give a hand out with the race and was involved with the past 25 years in the event, a minutes silence was observed before the start of the race in his memory, condolences to his son club member Sean and Richard and all the Stilwell family, may he rest in peace.The GAA club in Ardmore have also been great supporters of this race over many years and have always put their facilities at our disposal for the race each year, we thank all at Ardmore GAA club for this.Our thanks to Tony, Mary and Liam Ryan who came to the race and presented the first man home with the Veronica Ryan memorial cup. Likewise our thanks to Matt Faherty who was present on the night to present the Noel Faherty memorial cup to the winning lady.Special thanks to our entire club crew for another flawless effort on the night, as usual they were  as efficient as ever with the entries and the finishing times and results. Thanks also to Conor and Jamie for their help and work on the night and to Liam and Tom in the club van duty.


See you all in Dromana on Friday 10th June.






The 2022 winner of the 25th Annual Round Tower Hotel  Ardmore 5 last Friday evening was Sergui Ciobanu  Clonliffe  Harriers AC. Sergui was making a bit of history as he became the 25th winner of the race, Sergui went from the gun running a very fast first mile in well under 5 minutes and even at this early stage of the race was unlikely to be caught despite the great effort of local west Waterford ac athlete Pat Hennessey who was trying his very best to bridge the gap but the Clonliffe athlete was not going to give up this race and drew away from the field as the race progressed crossing the finish line in a very fast 24.50 well clear on this occasion of the rest of the field which saw Pat Hennessey 2nd  man home in a excellent time also of 25.44. Dermot Gorman Carrick On Suir AC was 3 rd on the night in a time of 26.35.The first over 40 was Raivis Zakis West Waterford AC 27.18,incidentally last time this race was on back in 2019 Raivis was the winner on the night. First over 50 was John Murphy Grange Fermoy AC in 28.48 and the winner of the over 69 category was Gerry Boyle Ind. with a time of 31.57 and our Junior  Man was West Waterfords Gearoid Coffey 34.00, this was Gearoids first junior prize in a road race and it will be the first of many no doubt.Well done t9 all who came along to support the club and this race.


 Men’s Prize Winners


Sergiu Ciobanu                  Clonliffe Harriers     AC         24.50

Pat Hennessy                     West Waterford AC               25.44

Dermot Gorman               Carrick On Suir AC                  26.35


Over 40         Raivis Zakis          West Waterford AC          27.18


Over 50         John Murphy     Grange/ Fermoy   AC          28.46


Over 60         Gerry Boyle                  IND.                             31.57


Junior            Gearoid Coffey West Waterford AC              34.00




The Ladies race just like the men’s gave us a first time winner when Roisin McLoughlin Grange Fermoy AC just held off the effort of Clonmel ACs Angela Mc Cann with only 3 seconds separating the two on crossing the finish line after a great battle served up by both Lady’s . Roisin was running her very first West Waterford summer race and it was to be a winning debut while Angela has in the last won every race in our yearly race programmers,well done to both on a great race.Third place was Louis Morgan Ferrybank AC , Louise ran a time of 30.45.First Lady over 35 went to Linda Foley West Waterford AC in 35.50 with one over 49 category going to Patricia Ryan Ind in 33.14 and our winner over 50 was Siobhan Kennedy Ind 32.45, well done to all our prize winners and to all who supported the race.


Women’s Prize Winners


Roisin McLoughlin            Grange Fermoy  AC                30.15

Angela McCann                 Clonmel AC                         30.18

Louise Morgan                  Ferrybank AC                     30.45



Over 35.         Linda Foley West Waterford AC                    34.50


Over 40         Patricia Ryan          IND.                                  33.14


Over 50         Siobhan Kennedy.  IND                                   32.45





Now in its 28th year this very popular race will once again after a 2 year Covid pandemic break use the same course over the fabulous Dromana Drive from Villerstown to Cappoquin as it has for the past 28 years, we are delighted that our long time sponsors of the race Dungarvan Leader newspaper will continue their sponsorship, our sincere thanks to Billy John and all at Dungarvan Leader for their ongoing involvement with our club. The race takes place on Friday June 10th at 7.30 PM. The winning athlete receives the Michael C. Nagle Memorial Trophy and again our thanks to Colm and the Nagle family for their continued support of this race. Entries will be online please see Facebook page for entry link or click into race master for your online entry. This is a great course and a great race. Entry fee 10 Euro registration. Race open to all over 16 years of age on race day.Prizes-1st 5 men and women and 1st two men’s and 1st ladies team of 3 outside ind prize winners plus plenty spots. Please note for team prizes at Dromana 5 that only current 2022 paid up members will be eligible to score on west Waterford AC club teams.


Course record:


Pauline Lambe 29.20 (2010)


John Treacy 23.49 (1999)



The Munster track and field outdoor championships were held last Sunday at the MTU track Cork and a great day’s competition was witnessed. West Waterford AC had four athletes competing on the day and all performed very well in their various disciplines. Mark Blackwell competed in the men’s 3.000 junior’s and ran well to take silver in a time of  10.21.8 and all this despite a chest infection which hampered his final days preparation. Saoirse Quinn also compete in as a junior in the Discus took a deserving silver with a throw of 27.67. Well done to both Mark and Saoirse.






The Gold level World athletics challenge of race walking was held last Saturday in very warm conditions in the city of La Coruna Spain when the 35th annual Gran Premio Cantones de La Coruna was held. Race walkers from all over the world were present at this prestigious event which the city embraces each year and hundreds lining the streets to watch the world best race walkers do their thing.Kate Veale was in action but found the heat very difficult, none the less Kate battled hard to complete the course in a time of 1.45.23 finishing 25th from the field of 53 starters with 21 athletes not completing the 20 k course. So it’s back to training in preparation for the upcoming national track and field championships in a couple of weeks.




For the first time since 2019, the Boston Marathon returned to Patriots’ Day. Tens of thousands of runners covered the distance from Hopkinton to Boylston, overcoming Heartbreak Hill to cross the famous finish line , among them was West Waterfords Eamonn Cashin who completed the famed marathon in a time of 4.37, very well done Eamonn.




Clb member Joe Gough Ran the Ballymacoda (Youghal) 4 miler last Friday evening in a time of 24.52  and was first 065 .Well done Joe.




Great results in from the USA over the weekend where club member running for his American university Tulsa, Micheàl Power had a brilliant run to take 5th place at the NCAA West Regional where 48 athletes competed over 2 heats with the top 5 advanced in each heat to NCAAs in 2 weeks in Hayward Field. Micheàl ran a time of 13.31.41 to deservedly take his place at the final in two weeks. We wish him well .