Senior News,October 30 2022



The Irish Life Dublin Marathon returned today to the streets of the capital for the first time since 2019.The event which missed a few years due to Covid returned with a bang as thousands of runners lined up on Fitzwilliam Street upper to take on the 26.2 mile challenge. West Waterford AC was well represented as has been the norm over the past 41 years at the famed marathon event which this year saw Taoufik Allam completed the course in a time of 2:11:30, claiming the race title, with Nigist Muluneh of Ethiopia winning the women’s title in 2:28:31.The marathon is also the national marathons event now for many years doubles up as the national marathon championship and here we had two new names in Irish marathon running added to the list of champions Martin Hoare of Celbridge AC was first Irishman home in a time of 2.20 while Clonmel’s Courtney McGuire 2.32 won the national women’s section, Courtney of course we know well here in our club as she finished in 4th place in our own John Treacy Dungarvan 10 in February. As mentioned our club had another great turn out this years and all are to be congratulated on their efforts training all year and especially the great performance on the day for the record our first finisher was Dermot Ryan with an excellent time of 2.42 and our first Female this year home was Ann Dunford in yet another really solid run from Ann 3.47. Time for a little rest now before we get our winter league underway and the continuation of our road running events with the Brickey 5k the next on the menu. Well done to all.







 Bushy Park GAA grounds is the venue for the 27th annual Brickey Run. Again this year we are delighted to announce that Murray’s Pharmacy Dungarvan are to continue on with their sponsorship of the race we sincerely thank Elizabeth and all at Murrays Pharmacy for this kind gesture. The proceeds from this year’s race will be donated to Brickey GAA Juvenile club.  The race distance will be over a very flat fast 5k loop around the Brickey valley starting and finishing at Bushy Park GAA grounds. The race will get under way at 11 am with number pickup taking place from 10.15 onwards in the GAA clubhouse Bushy Park. The Martin Curran Cup will be awarded to the first man on the day and the Jim Lyons memorial shield will be awarded to the first lady. The prize-giving will take place in the club house immediately after the race and refreshments will also be provided for all the runners.


 Online entries open now.






Registration is now open for the 2022/23 26th Annual Forde’s Daybreak winter league which will be run over 11 weeks and organised by West Waterford athletic club. The event for those few who are not familiar with it caters for all levels of runners and especially for those that have never ran before, we provide plenty of advice and encouragement so please don’t feel that you might be the only person trying it for the first time as guaranteed there will be many coming along again this year for the very first time just like you. There are 2 distances to choose from and they are commonly known as the long route 5.4 miles and the short route 2.3.miles. When you come along on the night to pick up your number Wednesday November 9rth at 6.30 we will be available to answer any questions you may have on the routes or event itself. Your cooperation with registering online for this event this is much appreciated.





 When you register, there will be a fee of €5 to cover the cost of the waterproof number and timing chip attached. This number and chip will be issued to you and you only and it will be your number for the duration of the 11 week league so it’s most important that you have it and wear it every Wednesday night, please pin it to the front of your bib only. We introduced a once off payment for the entire league and this was taken up by most of all winter league runners who save themselves some money by doing so. For club members you can pay 35 euro (this includes the 5 euro once off number payment) and for non-members you can pay a once off payment of 40 euro which also includes the 5 euro number payment charge.




The Fordes Daybreak Winter League will once again take place from the Sports Centre, Quanns Dungarvan for 11 Wednesday nights commencing on Wed 16th November.  We will continue for 6 nights before Christmas bringing us up to Wednesday 21st December. After Christmas we will return on Wednesday the 4th January and continue for 5 nights with our final night on the 1st February.We hope you will join us again for this annual event and if you haven’t been with us before we guarantee you won’t be disappointed.  It’s an 11 week challenge that can maintain your fitness over the winter period.As usual there are 2 options to choose from.  The first is the “long” route which is 5.2 miles while the second choice is the “short” route and the distance here is approx 2.5 miles.  Both routes start and finish at the Sports Centre, Quanns.  There are a few very important rules and they are not optional.


1.No High Vis, No Run.  We will not allow any runner take part who doesn’t wear a high vis.  No exceptions.  It has to be a high vis not a luminous t-shirt.

2.No watches allowed.  This is a very strict rule of this event. We will publish your time asap after the run. Your aim each week will be to run the time you ran the week before or if possible a little faster.

3.Stewards must be obeyed at all times.  Your participation in this event is an indicator of your compliance with this rule.

4.Rules of the road apply. You must run on the footpath at all times when available and only cross the road at designated points where stewards will direct you.




Our mission is to introduce as many people as possible to running/jogging.  We don’t care how fast or slow you are we just want you to enjoy the league and see the benefits of running for yourself. 





The club are starting up a new “ Lets Run” beginners running group, commencing 8th November for 6 weeks and we would love to see you come along particularly if you’re not a regular runner or have maybe never ran before ,well this is for you, at a cost of €30 for all 6 weeks you will be given all the help you will need to get you started with our qualified club coaches who will be on hand each week to encourage and help you any way they can. We will meet at Walton Park Abbeyside each Tuesday from 6.30-7.30pm. If interested why not bring a friend just Contact Claire a text or call on 087 9116997.





As and from December 1st entries will open to Athletics Ireland club members for the 31st Annual John Treacy Dungarvan 10 which will be held on Sunday February 5th 2023, with a start time of 11 pm. West Waterford Athletic Club have announced details of the event which 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 and is a pre entry race which will close when 3,500 entries is reached. The race also incorporates the popular John Treacy Club Challenge Cup for men’s and ladies teams which has proved to be hugely competitive. We will again be calling on all the athletic clubs of Ireland to take on the challenge in 2023. The John Treacy Dungarvan 10 brings 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, we look forward to welcoming you to our town on February 5th 2023. So remember entries open December 1st.




With his recent superb performances for his college Tulsa at cross country which included navigating the 8k championship course two week ago in 23:25.2 to take 11th overall out of 245 runners and an even more impressive 3rd in a time of 23.52 this morning Friday afternoon at the Nuttycombe Wisconsin Invitational, Micheál Power was named The American’s Men’s Runner of the Week, this is a very prestigious award on the American Collegiate athletics calendar and this award will sit nicely with the Track athlete of the week which Micheál won back in April Micheál had a memorable run two weeks ago at a packed event which included 17 of the top teams in the nation where Micheál paced the Golden Hurricane to a sixth-place finish, navigating the 8k championship course in 23:25.2 to take 11th overall out of 245 runners.On Friday the Tulsa men earned a ninth straight championship win since joining The American in 2014, claiming the top three runners in the race and 29 total points. Isaac Akers (23:51.7) lead the Hurricane as the individual champion and was immediately followed by Cormac Dalton (23:52.2) and Michael Power (23:52.8). Malte Propp (24:12.0) claimed eighth place for the Golden Hurricane. Micheál is the second consecutive Hurricane to win the award as teammate Cormac Dalton was the previous runner of the week for the conference. Next up for the Hurricane men and women is the AAC Championships, where Tulsa will play host.




West Waterford athletic club extend sincere sympathy to the family and friends of Pat Tutty Newport Terrace, Waterford City, who passed to his eternal reward last week, may he rest in peace.

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