Running Review

As the 2014 summer running comes close to a finish, I thought it might be a good idea to create a summary of events. This makes it easier to look back on earlier races, rather than searching back through the posts. It is located as a separate PAGE on the homescreen, and here’s the link to it. The PAGE will be updated as events are completed and a post has been uploaded.

I have organised it along the following lines;

1. The 11 races in the Ger Wyley summer series

2. Other running races

3. Duathlon / triathlon events.

PS. I’ve been thinking recently. It’s something that happens every now and then! I have received very positive feedback on my recent blogging here on Spring Forward. It occurs to me that there are definitely others out there who are interested in recording their thoughts following an event. I would be very happy to create a GUEST space here on my blog. What would you need to do? Well, I’ve got my way of doing a report, but you’ve got your way! Why not surprise me & my readers? You can contact me via twitter / facebook or a message here, or simply email me at

Not sure that you want to? Well, that’s ok. However, I can be reasonably sure that you’ll be delighted if you do decide to take the plunge..



An Tobar Ardmore 5

Ardmore 5, Friday 23rd May.
Race number 4 in the Ger Wyley Sports/Skins West Waterford AC Summer Series took place in Ardmore last night, Friday May 23rd at 8pm. I took a lift up with Tom & Ray, and had a good pre-race warmup.

Mile 1: slightly downhill. I felt ok, and settled in to a nice rhythm with Kate Organ and Catherine Condon. Time 8:12

Mile 2: Going through the village, I felt the effort to stay with them too much, and they opened a gap of about 30 metres. Time: 8:39
Mile 3: I knew that this one was going to be slower as there was quite a long uphill section. I was happy to take it very easy for about 500metres before the hill, and when I got there, I pushed really hard. I was a bit surprised that I did have strength in legs to push uphill, and by the top I had closed the long gap to 10 metres. Time: 9:29

Mile 4: when I got back with both ladies, we settled in to a nice pace and kept it going. Time: 8:37

Mile 5: Just at the corner, I pushed on a little and again. I knew that there was a short tricky hill coming up. I pushed really hard again here, and even though I faded a bit on the last half mile, I was focused and able to catch three runners ahead of me by the time I got to the village. The last 100 metre sprint was a really hard effort, one that gave me great satisfaction. Time: 8:01

Overall, I am very happy with my running. In January I was at 47 minutes for the Kilmac 5, and I had very little stamina. three weeks ago in Portlaw I ran 43:21 for 5 miles, but the first mile was on a steep downhill course so it really was not a true time. Tonight, for the first time this year, I realised that my training  is paying off.

Touraneena 5k next week, and it will be interesting to get back to the shorter distance.
Photographs courtesy of Dave Coleman / John Coleman
Here’s the WWAC report of this event…….



The 20TH annual Ger Wyley Sports/SKINS summer series continued in Ardmore last Friday night with race number 4 the 19th annual An Tobar sponsored Ardmore 5 mile road race. The weather on the night was a bit breezy but at least the treating rain stayed away for the 160 participants who took part. Traditionally for some years the Ardmore race was the final race in the series but with the new series format on trial this year the event comes earlier in the calendar of races, however we are delighted that this didn’t have any ill effects on the race numbers as we were slightly up on runners from 2013. For us at the club it’s always a great pleasure to visit Ardmore for this race as the organisers in the beautiful seaside village always have everything in top order for the event. So our sincere thanks go to race organising Chief Michael Hennessy and his crew out in Ardmore for their detailed and flawless organisation. The race this year was tinged sadly when just before the starting time of 8 pm we heard of the passing of the Ardmore GAA clubs chairman Joe O Brien. The GAA club in Ardmore have been great supporters of this race and our club over many years and have always put their facilities at our disposal for the race each year, we extend our deepest sympathy to Joe’s family and friends and all at Ardmore GAA club on their loss. Before the race start a minutes silence was observed by the runners as a mark of respect to Joe. We are once again this year as has been the case now for many years, indebted to Ken Pallister of “An Tobar” 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. We are very fortunate to have the support and sponsorship of An Tobar which we are very grateful for, thank you Ken. Our thanks also goes to Matt Faherty who was present on the night to present the Noel Faherty memorial cup to the winning lady and also to Tony Ryan who presented the first man home with the Veronica Ryan memorial cup. Many thanks to both for their attendance. Special thanks to our entire club crew for another flawless effort on the night, to Sharon, Shirley, Karen and Liam who were as efficient as ever with the entries and the finishing times and results. Thanks’ to boys at DC Images for the wonderful snaps  Thanks also to Jamie and Conor for their help and work on the night and to Jim and Liam in the club van. Finally, thanks to Ann Dunford who once again had the task of looking after all the prizes on the night.



It was an easy victory in the An Tobar Ardmore 5 last Friday evening for Waterford‘s Trevor Power when he made it 3 wins from 3 starts in this years series which now even at this early stage it most surely install him as the hot favourite to claim the over the race series for 2014.From the starter’s whistle no other athlete could matched the Waterford man’s pace in the early stages of the race as he drew away from the field to claim a convincing win with a time of 25.56.Trevor has wins now in Butlerstown 4 mile. Waterford to Tramore 7.5 mile and Friday nights Ardmore 5 and we still have 7 races remaining in the series. West Waterford’s Kevin Kenneally put in a huge performance also in Ardmore and on another day could very well have taken the race victory, for sure there is a race win not too far in the horizon for the much improving Ballinroad man as he is rarely now outside the top 3 in all our events . Kevin clocked a person best 5 mile time of 27.52 to add to his personal best run in Youghal over 10 k the previous Sunday when he clocked a time of 34.56. Third last Friday was Tom Bennett in 28.12.Tom is improving with ever outing and recorded a deserving podium place in Ardmore, Tom showed real promise as a junior athlete some years back and then slipped out of the sport for a few years however his back and running as good as ever and with his progress these past few months he will also figure highly in all races for the future. The category prize’s on offer for the Ardmore race is different to other races as in order to spread the prizes around prizes are awarded to the top three men and then the first man home in each of the star signs so in total 15 prizes were awarded in the men’s section.

Men’s Results

1st Trevor Power Waterford AC 25.56

2nd Kevin Kenneally West Waterford AC 27.52

3rd Tom Bennett IND 28.12


SAGITTARIUS Micheal Callaghan

CAPRICORN    Peter Duggan

LEO     Tom Leahy

VIRGO Richard Stilwell

GEMINI    John Leahy

CANCER    Anthony Flynn

AQUARIUS    Jim Baldwin

PISCES    Tom Moroney

LIBRA    Dermot O Donovan

SCORPIO    Ray Hahesy

ARIES    Ian Grant

TAURUS    Emmett Ronan


After her convincing victory in the MTS media Ballinroad 5k earlier in the series West Waterford’s Sinead Mansfield turned on the style again in Ardmore last Friday evening when coming home a clear winner in a time of 31.10. Sinead finished in 28th place overall in the race and is running superbly well this year, the victory Friday evening now puts Sinead well up the pecking order as one of the favourites to take the overall Ladies victory in this years series, but of course there’s quite a way to go yet however its safe to say that she could take some beating even at this early stage. In second place was young Sally Forrestal of St. Josephs AC in Kilkenny. Sally finished 3rd in the Waterford to Tramore race recently going one better Friday evening to take a convincing 2nd place with a time of 32.31.There was a great local interest in the 3rd place lady finisher as resident of Ardmore Young Kathleen Quinn ran a stomer of a race to record a time of 33.02, a very well done to her. It was great to see many runners Friday evening who were running the 5 miler for the first time with runners from training groups in Touraneena and Aglish to mention 2 such groups who enjoying the run. Keep up the good work now guys. Prizes were given to the first lady in each of the 12 zodiac star signs and the winners are as follows:

Ladies Results:

1st Sinead Mansfield West Waterford AC 30.10

2nd Sally Forrestal St. Josephs AC 32.31

3rd Helen Quinn IND 33.02


CAPRICORN    Sandra Prendergast

LEO     Karen Ryan

VIRGO    Sharon Higgins

GEMINI    Orla O Mahoney

CANCER    Kate Organ

AQUARIUS   Fiona Ormonde

PISCES    Margaret Conway

LIBRA     Brigid Coffey

SCORPIO    Linda Garcia

ARIES     Irene Clark

Taurus     Mary Phelan


Here’s the link to my post about An Tobar Ardmore 5 race on my other (favourite) blog.

Description: My selfie blog post about Ardmore 5 mile race.