Senior News,November 26 2023






The weather held up well for us last Wednesday evening for round 2 of the Fordes Daybreak Winter league which saw another huge turnout with 365 participants covering the two courses. The numbers registering for the league increased again with a further 20 coming along for the first time last week. This year it’s good to see that many of last year’s short course runners have taken the big step up and are having a go at the long course route. There’s plenty more room also for those not registered yet for the league, come-on make that move we would love to see you and remember we welcome everyone no matter what their running ability is so do remember to let your friends know that if they have any thoughts of giving the league a try that we have plenty room for them so encourage them to come along and give it a go, you can start any night you wish and run at whatever pace you feel able to run at. You have two distances to choose from, there’s the short route 2.5 miles or the longer 5.2 course. We will do nothing but support you in your efforts. By now, you will have an understanding of how the league works. Runners go off in groups according to their times from the previous week and the ultimate goal is to try and pass as many people as possible while at the same time not to have too many pass you out!! Thanks to all the runners for obeying the rules of the winter league. We are sure that you will appreciate that with the huge volume of runners at the sport’s centre and out on the roads that your co-operation is vital for the smooth running and the safety of the runners. The clock starts at 6.40 p.m sharp each night but for your first night aim to be there around 6.30 in order to get your number. We will see you all Wednesday for round 3.







Round 2 of the 2023/24 Forde’s Daybreak winter league saw another large turnout of runners last Wednesday evening at Dungarvan Sports Centre when a whopping 217 took on the long course, The place was a hive of activity as the first of the long course runners headed off at 6.40 and they streamed away from the sports centre for the next 15 minutes or so till all participants were on the course. This week there were 26 newly registered runners on the long route which shows the popularity of the league.The winter league will continue for 9 more nights 4 before Christmas and 5 after Christmas with a 2 week break over the festive season.First home on the league last week was John Coffey in a time of 34.53, John was followed home by Jonathon Regan in a time of 38.20 and  third back last week was Eddie Hynes  in 39.17.The leading ladies last week were Helen Ryan  first home  in a time of 43.05,  Lucy Illich  was 2nd lady finisher in 41.45, and Simone Power was our 3rd lady back to the sport centre in a time of 44.01.Well done to everyone who took part and to anyone who hasn’t joined the league yet, why not come along any Wednesday night and join you’ll be glad you took the first step.





As good a night as one could wish for at this time of year last Wednesday night saw yet another huge turnout of runners on the short course for round 2 of the Fordes Daybreak winter league .There was a great buzz around the sports centre as the clocks started at 6.40 on the buttons and the first of the runners headed off on the 2.3 mile course.As we said there was a once again a massive number out for the second round last Wednesday when 148 took up the challenge with a good number of newcomers as well as those that ran the previous week. 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 2.3 miles in total. The handicap system kicked in after the mass start of last week so make sure to check your start time on facebook and or on the sheets posted on the wall at the sports centre when you arrive down next week.First back on the night was Alan Kinsella who ran round in an excellent 17.33. Next was Colm Barry in 18.22 followed by the first of our Lady finisher last week Cloe Lake in  19.18,Oliover Gill in 19.44 was next back and he was followed by Sarah Breen with a finishing time of 21.33.Well done to all who took part, and remember newcomers are always welcome. Just register online and come along to Dungarvan Sports centre on any Wednesday Night at 6.30  collect your number and off you go.




No Watches are allowed, anyone caught wearing a watch won’t be included in the results.

Hi Vis is compulsory for all runners. This is for your own safety and safety of our other runners as well as to assist the stewards.

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.







West Waterford athletic club are delighted to announce that entries for our 32nd annual 10 mile event will open on Friday  December 1st for registered AI members and then a week later on Friday  8th it will open to all other runners wishing to take part . The entry will be online only on  The event now in its 32nd year has established itself as a must run race on the Irish road running calendar with participants from all four corners of the country and beyond participating. The race has grown year on year from humble beginnings 32 years ago. This year the organisers due to the demand for entries for the race will keep the entry number to  3,750 entries, this we hope will see all runners wishing to run the event in 2024 getting an entry to do so. Please note that this event usually sells out well before closing date so do get your entry in if you intend running on Sunday February 4th 2024.The John Treacy Dungrvan 10 bring’s together the ideal race combination of fun runners, joggers, club athletes and top class internationals who compete over a fast flat 10 mile course around the historic town of Dungarvan as we all look forward to an even bigger and better event on Sunday February 4th next. To stage such a big event of course requires good sponsor’s and we are fortunate to have the support many associate sponsors and many local businesses and individuals who are all giving valuable support helping to make the day a great occasion for the town of Dungarvan.


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West Waterford athletic club are delighted to announce our race benefactors for the 2024 John Tracy Dungarvan 10 mile road race KBRT. Monies donated by the runners and the club will be donated to this very worthy national cause.  The Kevin Bell Repatriation Trust aims to alleviate the financial hardship of bereaved families repatriating the body (bodies) of loved one(s) who have died abroad in sudden or tragic circumstances back to Ireland.KBRT was founded out of a family tragedy when, in June 2013, Kevin Bell died suddenly in New York. Following an outpouring of support from Kevin’s friends, family and colleagues, a significant amount of funds were raised to repatriate his remains back to Ireland. As a permanent legacy to Kevin, the Bell family decided to use the funds to establish a charity to help other families who find themselves in a similar situation. Help comes in the form of financial support as well as advice and guidance on getting the remains of loved ones home as soon as possible.KBRT is a volunteer organisation, led by Colin Bell and a team of volunteer Trustees. KBRT is regulated by the Charity Commission in Northern Ireland (NIC100314) and Irish Charity Regulator (20102937).Since 2013, KBRT has repatriated the remains of over 1600 people back home to their families (as at January 2021)When entering the race online you will have the opportunity to donate any sum of money you wish, we ask you to be as generous as possible for this very worthy cause when entries open on December 1st.




On Sunday December 10th the 15th Annual Paddy Joe Curran Old Parish Turkey Trot 5 mile run and 4 mile walk will take place at the Marine Bar, Pulla, Dungarvan. All proceeds from this year’s event will go to Waterfrod Hospice. The event is once again kindly sponsored by Cleanzone Technology Ltd of which were most grateful.  The 4 mile walk will begin at 11 am, while the 5 mile run will get under way at 11.30.The Annual Paddy Joe Curran Memorial Old parish Turkey Trot was set up by the late Paddy Joe Curran in 2007. Unfortunately Paddy Joe passed away in 2011 after a short battle with cancer. Paddy Joe dedicated his life to promoting athletics in the As Sean Phobal and An Rinn areas. After his passing a group of Paddy Joe’s friends came together with the aim of growing the event and raise funds for local cancer charities in his memory. All proceeds from this year’s event go to Waterford Hospice who support patients and their families with cancer in Waterford City and County.    Registration online  for 10 euro or on the day its 15 euro number collection from  10:30am on the morning at the Marine Bar located on the N25. Prize giving and refreshments will take place at the Marine Bar following the event. Please note there will be no mass start for walk. Once walkers have registered and signed in, they will be allowed to begin the event. For health and safety this helps to reduce the volume of participants in the route at one time.   



The beat the train 10 mile race was held recently with 366 participants  .Trevor Power Waterford AC was the overall winner in a  time of 54.50 with Adele Walsh St.Senans AC 1.03.14 taking the Ladies victory. There was a good number of club members who participated and their results are as follows.


3 Aidan Connell                                 57.05

14 Paul Kennedy                              1.03.29

20 Dermot Gough                            1.04.01

51 Mark Radley                                 1.10.29

76 Ray Hahesy                                   1:13:41                 

87 Tom Hogan                                  1:14:50 

114 Tom Leahy                                  1:17:36 

116 Jody Hynes                                1:17:57 

117 Peter Cunningham                  1.18.00

122 Barry McKinney                        1:18:43 

133 David Moore                             1:19:32 

134 Anne Moore                             1:19:33 

139 Liam Fitzgerald                          1.19.42

183 Deirdre Daly                              1:23:41 

234 Ann Dunford                              1:28:55

  1. Karen Ryan 1:28:55

248 Catriona Crowe                        1:29:22                 

254 Kim Daly                                       1:29:51 

286 Patricia Daly                                1:33:39

294 Bernard Beatty                        1:34:54 

307 Helen Leahy                              1:36:26 

308 Owen Power                            1:36:27 

313 Padraig Begley                          1:37:46

337 Anita Beatty                               1:41:10 

331 Caroline Russell                        1:40:32

339 Michael Coakley                       1:42:06 






West Waterford A.C. Club Member Membership for 2024 is now open and we would like to invite you to join now online. You will have received a renewal link to your e mail address or if a new member you can go directly to Athletics Ireland membership page and make your application to join. By being a club member you are supporting local athletics in the West Waterford area.  You are covered by insurance by Athletics Ireland and do not need to purchase the one day licence every time you enter an event.  Thank you in advance and we take this opportunity to welcome you to our club and if you have any questions please feel free to ask any committee member at any time.




A number of West Waterford athletes did well at last Saturday’s Clonakilty Waterfront events. Stephanie Isley was 4th in the Marathon in a time of 3.46.31 and she also was 1st over 60,In the early Marathon Terri Gough was 8th home in 6.43.20 over 75.In the half marathon Caroline Lucy ran a tiem of 1.54.08 while Alannah Kelly clocked a time of 2.04.54.In the 10k race Fiona O’Riordan ran 1.02.26 while Deirdre Clancy finished in 1.08.03, well done to all.




West Waterford athletic club extend sincere sympathy to the family and friends of Alice Collender

Garranbane,who passed to her eternal reward recently ,may she rest in peace.


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