27th ANNUAL FORDE’S DAYBREAK WINTER LEAGUE.
WERE BACK IN ACTION.
Round 1 of the 2010/21 27th Annual Forde’s Daybreak winter league saw a great turnout of 290 runners for the first night of the league last Wednesday evening at Dungarvan sports centre Quanns. The high viz vests and Fordes Daybreak race numbers were out in force as the two groups short course and then long course runners headed off in two separated directions as the event was officially got under way by our sponsor Kevin Forde. The winter league will continue for 10 more nights 5 before Christmas and 5 more after Christmas with a 2 week break over the festive season. The weather last week was ideal for our annual first night mass start for both courses. Usually if the first night of the league starts off on a good foot weather wise the trend seems to continue throughout the league, fingers crossed anyway. A huge crowd of 179 took on the 5.2 mile long course last Wednesday evening and looking at the runners return from the long course it ceases to amaze the number of new faces along with many old friends again this year. Its brilliant to be back after such a difficult time for us all and to see so many coming along and running the league for the very first time, we hope they keep it up now over the winter and enjoy the run and make many new friends along the way. As usual for the winter league, the first night was a mass start with all runners going off at the same time. From week 2, the handicap system will kick in and you starting time will be posted on Facebook on Monday.First home on the night was the Gary Scully in a very fast time of 29.37 with and he was the only runner to break the magic 30 minute barrier. A total of 29 finishers broke the 40 minute barrier. First of the ladies home on night one was Liz Nyhan who nipped under the 38 minutes recording a time of 37.59, Well done to all who completed the long course last week. Remember to spread the word about the winter league and we can all help each other to keep fit and healthy over the winter months.
COME AND JOIN THEM THE SHORT COURSE RUNNERS.
There was a great gathering at Dungarvan Sports Centre for week 1 of the Fordes Daybreak winter league last week as the runners lined up before heading out on the 2.4 mile run. There was a massive number out for the first night last Wednesday when 99 took up the challenge, on what was a great start to the winter league for 2021/22. It was great to see so many new runners that were trying out the league for the very first time as well as 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. The handicap system will be kicking in tonight (Wednesday) so make sure to check your start time on our facebook page .League Sponsor, Kevin Forde of Fordes Daybreak was on hand to get the runners under way for a Mass start and what a sight it was as over 99 runners headed off. First back on the night was Gary Cantwell who clipped round in a very speedy 14.10.Next was Jamie Organ in 15.48 followed by our first Lady home Tara Ni Reachtagain 17.04 .Well done to all who took part, and remember newcomers are always welcome. Just come along to Dungarvan Sports centre on Wednesday Night at 6.30 to collect your number after you have registered online of course. 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.Your winter league number, given at registration, is the number you have for all the league. It should be worn to the front, be clearly visible and secured with a pin in each corner to stop it flapping.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. Well done to each and every runner who got through the first night and remember there is a long way to go and aim to slowly improve. It is important to feel comfortable during the run and as you are coming near the finish line you can increase the pace and finish your run with a push. Best of luck to all tonight and why not bring as friend along.
FIRST RUNNERS OFF AT 6.45 EACH WEDNESDAY EVENING.
Please note that because of the volume of runners each week taking part the clock will start at 6.45 sharp each Wednesday. If you’re coming along for the first time we ask you to be down in plenty of time to collect your league number. Also we ask all runners to please abide by all the rules including the wearing of a high Viz reflective running bib and to take direction from the steward’s so that it’s safe and enjoyable for everyone.
TONIGHT’S ROUND 2 OF THE WINTER LEAGUE- PLEASE NOTE STARTING SYSTEM.
- Last week was a mass start but from tonight on, the league kicks in properly with everybody heading off at different times. There will be 1 minute interval between each group of runners tonight. Your starting time tonight will be based on the slowest time last week which means that the fastest person last week will be the last to head off tonight and the last people to head off will be trying to catch as many people as they can and those that headed off first will be trying not to get caught by those coming from behind them.
- Clock will start at zero at 6.45 sharp- it’s up to you to be there on time for your start.
- Your starting time for tonight will be posted on facebook. Whatever time is beside your name that is your starting time for tonight. If it says 2.00 that means when the clock reads 2 minutes you must start running, if it says 7 it means that when the clock reaches 7 minutes you must start running.
- New Comers -Running for the 1st time tonight on the short course will leave at 3 minutes and new comers running the long course for the 1st time will leave at 5 minutes. Runners will be left off on short route at 3-6 and 9 minute groups and for the long route runners will go of at zero-5 and 10 minute groups.
- With a huge amount of runners at the league, it’s important that you are ready to go when it’s your time, we will not be able to adjust the results for those that miss their starting time.
- There will be a clock outside and when it comes to your starting time you go off, You must go at the allocated starting time; failure to do this will distort your result.
- Don’t forget your running bib-Leave your watch at home and bring a single car key.
WINTER LEAGUE PARKING.
A plea to all winter league runners, from a parking point of view there are ample parking spaces available at Scanlon’s yard, Strand Street and also at the look out. Each of these is only a short distance from the sports centre. We also ask that you refrain from parking in front of anyone’s house.
FORDE’S DAYBREAK WINTER LEAGUE HALL OF FAME LEAGUE WINNERS.
LONG COURSE SHORT COURSE
1994 Johnny Clarke 1998 Ann and Catriona Bennett
1995 Eoin O’Riordan 1999 Eilis Ni hAodha
1996 Philip Harty 2000 Shane Power
1997 Michael Bennett 2001 Geoff Bullen
1998 Gerry Cantwell 2002 Jennifer Ui Dhuibhir
1999 Tony Shalloe 2003 P.J. Curran
2000 Stephen Curran 2004 Cordelia Burke
2001 Dan Dineen 2005 Collette Bannon
2002 Norma Wall 2006 Liam Budds
2003 Pat Dunford 2007 Angeline Drennan
2004 Tony Shalloe 2008 Carolyn Byrne
2005 Pat Dunford 2009 John Foley
2006 Brigid Coffey 2010 Kelly Cantwell
2007 Michael Dunford 2011 Damien Casey
2008 Tom Scanlon 2012 Tony Ferncombe
2009 Bernard Walsh 2013 Eamonn Flavin
2010 Kevin Hickey 2014 Gerry Cummins
2011 Sinead Moore 2015 Jason O’ Riordan
2012 James O Donnell 2016 Tony Hamilton.
2013 James O Donnell 2017 Debra Doherty
2014 Alice Fitzgerald 2018 Kelly Shalloe
2015 Paul Mc Grath 2019 Theresa Curran
2016 Tony Ferncombe 2020 Kim Daly
2017 Paul Lenihan
2018 Alice Fitzgerald
2019 Joe O’Rourke
2020 Christopher Phelan
It is a condition of the winter league that all runners wear reflective bibs or jackets. Some runners are wearing luminous bibs which are not reflective which means that you are not visible to traffic. Each bib must have reflective strips on it. Those not wearing reflective gear are compromising their own safety and will not be covered by insurance so please get a reflective bib.
EXCITING ANNOUNCEMENT OF ASSOCIATE WINTER LEAGUE SPONSOR.
ZUZANA COSTIN TREATMENT VOUCHERS.
The club are delighted to have former race walking Olympian Zuzana Costin who has kindly come on board for this year’s winter league as associate sponsor, Zuzana is married and living in An Rinn with her husband Jamie ( also an Olympian) and their 2 sons. When retiring from international race waking Zuzana trained to become a top class Neuromuscular Physical Therapist and Sports Massage Therapist and it’s fair to say no one knows the need for these treatments better than Zuzana. Two vouchers will be on offer each week for the duration of the league, one for the short course and one for the long and this voucher will entitle the barer to treatment from Zuzana ,a brilliant prize for the lucky recipients, these will be awarded each week to two lucky winners. 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.
More info on www.greenwayhealth.ie
The winners of Zuzana’s vouchers in round one were long course Gerard Reilly and short course winner was Aintxane Monzon. Well done to both,we hope you both enjoy your treatment from Zuzana, another two vouches will be up for grabs this Wednesday evening.
THE CLEANZONE TECHNOLOGY SPONSORED OLD PARISH TURKEY TROT IN AID OF SOLAS CANCER SUPPORT CENTRE.
The announcement was made last week that the 13th annual Paddy Joe Curran Cleanzone Technology sponsored Old Parish Turkey Trot will return this year with the date set for Sunday December 5th with a 12 noon starting time. All monies raised in this event will be donated to the Solas Cancer Support Centre. Our sincere thanks to all the management and staff at Cleanzone our long time sponsors of this event which has raised considerable monies for cancer support over the years. On the day there will be the usual 5 mile run or if you like to support this very great cause you can take on the 4 mile walk also. Registration for the event is all online at this link.
JOHN TREACY DUNGARVAN 10-2022.
DATE FOR YOUR DIARY….24/11/2021
As if you need reminding on this one! The John Treacy 10 mile race will open for entries on November 24th to all Athletics Ireland members and on December 1st it will open for all ( if not full beforehand )so if you are a member of our club or any other club you can use your AI number to enter the race. This number can be found on the club website under membership then in the Senior membership list. This is the ONLY way you can enter the race this year. If you are not currently a club member any remaining entries will be online one week later. If you want to be guaranteed an entry please enter as soon as you can.