COUNTY CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS FOR THE JAMES HUGHES PERPETUAL CUP THIS SUNDAY.
The county Cross Country championships will be held this Sunday October 2nd starting with the even ages Juvenile s under 10-12-14-16- 18 followed by Junior and senior Ladies and men’s at 12 noon at St. Augustine’s College.(by kind permission). The overall winner will have his name inscribed on the James Hughes perpetual cup. The race itself will see the men cover 4 laps of the Friary grounds (8k) and the ladies will cover 2 laps 4k in total. Please wear your club singlet as it’s a championships event.
PAULA’S MEMORIAL RUN/WALK ON SATURDAY OCTOBER 1ST AT 10 AM.
On Saturday October 1st at 10 am the club will hold a memorial run/walk in memory of one of our club members Paula Nugent who passed to her eternal reward some months ago. Paula is fondly remembered by all in our club who miss her greatly but of course her loss is most felt by her loving family, her husband Joe daughters Lily and Alex her parents John and Tess and sisters Sharon, Gillian and Denise and all of the extended Nugent and Collins family and her many friends. The club are holding a run/walk in memory of Paula and we would like to invite all who would wish to be part of the unavailing of a bench in Paula’s memory which will be situated at the top of the Greenway walk near the Railway cottage Café. Paula loved nothing more than her weekly run with her club friends in West Waterford AC along the Greenway and she was a regular on the clubs Tuesday evening training sessions here also. There is no fee involved for the run/walk just come along and be part of a special morning of remembrance of a very special lady who is gone from our mist but not our thoughts, we would love to see everyone who knew Paula from any club or organisation that she was involved in to come along also all are very welcome.
PLANS WELL IN PLACE FOR CLUBS 28TH ANNUAL FORDE’S DAYBREAK WINTER LEAGUE .
The clubs winter league which now enters its 28th year will begin in 10 weeks’ time. This year the registration night will take place on the Wednesday November 9th where you can register for this year’s league and we can answer any questions you may have and we will also explain the rules and regulations of the league as well as the two courses of the league .The first official night of the league will be the following week November 16th. For all those that won’t be able to make it to the sports centre on the first night of registration, you may register and get your number on the following night. In fact, it’s possible to join the winter league at any stage throughout the course of the league. The cost of the league is €5, this is a once -off payment for your number and then €2 for each night for West Waterford AC club members and €3 for non-members. Last year we introduced the ability to pay in full for the league, a once off payment, which will save you money if you intend running the league each night. For club members you can pay 30 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. This amount will cover you for the full duration of the league.
MICK AND LIAM RUN HALF.
Club members Mick Concannon and Liam Fitzgerald ran the Charleville half marathon last Sunday morning which was an out and back race from Charleville out to Kilmallock and back again, a field of 743 completed the course with Jonathan Escalante-Phillips winning in a time of 1.06.21 and the Ladies winner was Shona Heaslip An Ríocht AC 1.15.04. Mick Concannon rana time of 1.41.13 and just in behind Mick was Liam Fitzgerald in 1.42.19, two good performances by both, well done.
MICHAEL COAKLEY COMPLETES BMW BERLIN MARATHON.
Very well done this morning to club member Michael Coakley who completed the famed Berlin marathon with a finishing time of 5.32.56,Michael is a member of our lets run group and is always very helpful and encouraging to all who come along to give running a try. It was a great day to be in Berlin as it was the day the world record for the marathon was smashed by Eliud Kipchoge Kenya 2.01.09 taking 30 seconds off the old mark which he set in 2018 and into the bargain in the ladies race Tigist Assefa Ethiopia smashed the ladies race record by over 3 minutes when running the 3rd fastest time in ladies marathon history 2.15.37. So what a day to be one of the 45.000 thousand runners from 157 nations who ran the streets of Berlin on such a momentous occasion.
West Waterford athletic club extend sincere sympathy to the family and friends of Betty O’Donnell Tourin, Cappoquin who passed to her eternal reward last week, may she rest in pe