Monday, 29 April 2013

Busy, Busy, Busy

Once again its been a busy few months for our club members.

PJ McCarthy has been prominent competing in the Tralee half marathon, Omagh half marathon and the Hamburg full marathon where he ran a personal best time of 3 hours 21 minutes.

Other members have been busy too.  Joanne Heffernan was our only member to brave the Suirvivor Mud run on the 20th April last and although she is still washing the mud out, she has recommended this event and suggests we should get a team together for the next one.

Claire Fowler ran another great half marathon in Wexford on the 21st April last and also took part in the Stoneyford half earlier in the year (and probably a few more which I have forgotten).

Darren Crowley is busy training for the Edinburgh Marathon on the 26th May next and we wish him the best of luck with it.


The road running summer series is well under way now.  A number of our members took part in the Butlerstown 10k on the 19th April and a larger number ran in the Tramore 4 on the 26th April and all seemed happy with their efforts.  We may not have won any of the prizes in the races themselves but we certainly won the race to the refreshments afterwards - always very important!

The next race is the summer series is the Waterford to Tramore run this coming Saturday May 4th at 7pm, details below.


There are many other races coming up from 5k to 15k and of course the Waterford Viking Marathon.  Our members should be able to find something to suit them in the list below:
Friday May 10th Portlaw 5 mile at 7.30pm
Sunday May 12th Annerville 10k at 2pm in Clonmel
Sunday May 19th Stoneyford 10k at 12.30pm
Friday May 24th Ras Na Rinne 6 mile at 8pm
Friday May 31st Tournaneena 5k at 8pm
Friday June 7th Deadman 5 mile at 7.30pm in Carrick-on-Suir
Friday June 14th Clashmore 5 mile at 8pm
Sunday June 16th Fenor 15k at 12 midday
Friday June 21st Dromana 5 mile at 8pm - Cappoquin
Friday July 5th Glaxosmithkline 5 mile at 8pn - Dungarvan
Friday July 12th Rathgormack 5 mile  at 7.30pm
Friday July 26th Ballyacarbury 5 mile at 8pm
Friday August 2nd Piltown 10k road race at 7.30pm
Don't forget that if you plan on taking part in the Waterford Viking Marathon in aid of the Ryan and Ethan appeal, you should give your entry form and your sponsorship money of, at least €125, to Tracey Dunne who will register for you and not through the Viking Marathon website.  Please get your entry forms and money to Tracey as soon as possible.
If any of our members wish to take part in the Munster Masters Track and Field Championships in Cork on the 2nd June 2013 next, please let either Siobhan or Shirley know as we will have to put in the entries soon.

Saturday, 23 February 2013

Full on February

What a busy February for Tramore AC. 
We started the month with a meeting of our senior members  to discuss the running of the club and it was great to see so many come to the meeting and offer their services to help train the beginners for the Ryan and Ethan Viking Marathon Challenge.  Our club is growing and it is important to keep in touch with all our members to ensure that club is moving in the right direction and that everybody gets something out of being part of a club.  A sub-committee was formed on the night with Davy as Chairman, Shirley as Secertary, Siobhan as Treasuer, Lisa as PRO and Jenny and Elaine Keating offering to help in any of those roles. 
We had a big number take part in the Anne Valley Challenge on the 9th February and despite the hills, most were very happy with their run and it was good to see smiling faces in the refreshments tent afterwards.
Races are on most weekends now and although none of our members took part in the Kilmacthomas 5 mile run, Claire Fowler ran a fantastic 1 hour 39 minute half marathon in Mount Juliet on the 16th February and was the 4th female finisher.
This Sunday, the 24th there is a 10k in Dungarvan at 11am and a 10k in Duncannon at 12 noon. Members will run in each of the races so best of luck to all.
As the numbers at training sessions continue to grow, it is important that everyone pays their membership fee as this includes insurance. You will also get a 10% from Woodies on production of your membership card. Below is a list of over 18 members as at the 19th February 2013.  If your name is not on the list, you are not insured.  Please pick up a membership form from Shirley or Siobhan on any of the training nights, fill it in and return it with your €25 fees and you will be registered.

Life Reg No

Name Category


Edwina Butler MAS


Caroline Corcoran MAS


Raymond Lanigan MAS


Shirley Fennelly MAS


Tracy McEneaney MAS


Sandra Flavin MAS


Elaine Keating MAS


Elaine Walsh MAS


Nellie Cuddihy MAS


Frances O'Connor MAS


Dan Cowman MAS


Elaine Partridge MAS


Michael Gregan SEN


Sandra McCarthy MAS


Louise Walsh MAS


Garven Towmey MAS


Paul Corcoran MAS


Siobhan Grimes MAS


Kathleen Marchelewska Sheehan MAS


Noeline Flavin MAS


Annamarie Monagle SEN


Noel Hearne MAS


Gwen Wagenaar MAS


Jenny Evans MAS


Rose Cowman MAS


Ruth Brophy MAS


Tamzen Malone MAS


Veronica Rogers MAS


Darren Crowley MAS


Ann O'Brien MAS


Ann Hennebry SEN


Rachel Walsh MAS


Clodagh O'Mara SEN


Margaret Keane MAS


Joanne Dunne MAS


Niamh OSullivan Sen


Lisa Stapleton MAS


Suzanne Casey Sen


Jackie McGee Sen


Leonie Rogers MAS


Rose Power MAS


PJ McCarthy MAS

Sunday, 3 February 2013

A Great January and looking forward

What a busy month January was for Tramore AC Seniors.  The month started off with all our regulars getting back into training after the Christmas break and we were joined in the middle of the month with the people talking on the Ryan and Ethan Waterford Viking Challenge.  Monday's and Wednesdays are now very busy with all the excited newcomers and members have been helping with the training and encouragement for the "Challengers".  If you are prepared to take part in the challenge, remember to pick up an entry form and sponsorship card at training and hand your completed entry form and money to Tracy Dunne who will then enter you or your relay team in the Waterford Viking Marathon on behalf of the Ryan and Ethan challenge.  

We had a huge number compete in the Dungarvan 10 at the end of the month with many personal best times and great performances by all who took part.  We also had the best supporters who make any distance easier with their encouraging cheers.  A great evening and night was had by many in Merry's in Dungarvan and the Vic in Tramore afterwards.

The road race season is well and truly underway now and these are a few races coming up in the next few weeks:

  • Anne Valley 5 mile Challenge - Saturday 9th February 12 noon
  • Enniscorthy 10k - Sunday 10th February 12 noon 
  • Run Mount Juliet, 3k, 0k and half Marathon - Saturday 16th February 11am
  • Kilmacthomas 5 mile - Sunday 17th February 11am
  • Duncannon 10k - Sunday 24th February 12 noon
  • Dungarvan 10k - Sunday 24th February - time to be confirmed
Many of these races can be entered on RunIreland or on the day.
If any of our members have arranged to meet for a run Fridays/Saturdays/Sundays, please put details of these arrangements on the Tramore AC Facebook page if you are willing to have others join you.  It is easier run in a group and as there are so many of us, there is no reason why anyone should run alone if they don't want to.

Finally, membership fees are now overdue - please bring your completed membership form and your fees to Monday or Wednesday training.  Remember, you are not insured if you have not paid your membership fee.

Happy running.

Sunday, 13 January 2013


2012 was a great year for Tramore AC with so many new people joining our group and so many of our members taking part of the first ever Waterford Viking Marathon in June. 
We were well represented around the country and beyond in many events from 5k's to marathons and well done to everyone involved.  As it is not all about taking part in races, well done also to everyone who turned up week after week all year round to train and play a vital part in our club.
With a large number of our members signed up for the Dungarvan 10 mile race on the 27th January next, training continued over the Christmas and New Year period for many.  There are approximately 23 of our runners taking part in what is a popular race and this a great measure of how our club has grown.  We will also have our "cheerleaders" in attendance, it wouldn't be the same without them!  We have booked Merry's in Dungarvan for food and a well earned drink after the race.
As many of you will already know, there is a huge fundraising campaign underway for treatment for Ryan and Ethan Caulfield McCormack, two young boys from Tramore, Co.Waterford, who were recently diagnosed with Adrenoleukodystrophy (ALD). ALD is a deadly genetic disease that affects 1 in 18,000 people. 
Our club are playing our part along with Waterford AC and Miche├íl Mac Craith GAA club.  We are looking for teams and individuals to take part in the Viking Marathon in relays or on their own and to raise sponsorship for the appeal.   Those who take part will get entry into the Viking Marathon,  a "Save Ryan and Ethan Appeal T-Shirt" as well as a Viking Marathon T-Shirt in return for raising €125 in sponsorship per person.   
Monday 14th January is the start of the training for the big day and our club are taking on the task of training people for the challenge.  We would ask that club members would make themselves available to help any beginners in their training.  Entry forms and sponsorship cards will be available on Monday 14th January for members who wish to take part in the Ryan and Ethan Viking Marathon Challenge and we would hope that as many of you as possible will be willing to take part.
For more information see the facebook page or click here
Annual subscription is now due.  Please collect a membership form from Siobhan, complete it and return it to her along with the fee of €25.   Please remember that if you don't pay your membership, you are not insured!


Monday, 3 December 2012

Catching up with Tramore AC

It has been a busy few months at Tramore AC and our Monday numbers are growing every week which is great to see.  I will recap what has been going on since my last post and let you know what is coming up........

Dublin City Marathon

Tramore AC runners had a successful Dublin City Marathon which saw great performances all round and a number of PB's.  Congratulations to all of you Laura Walsh, Nellie Cuddihy, Antoinette Breslin, Donal Breslin, PJ McCarthy, Darren Crowley and Michael Hayes.  Also a very well done to the supporters group that travelled - all of whom could be heard before been seen but looked as good as they sounded!!!!!  Congratulations also to many Waterford and Tramore people who took part in the marathon, it was great to see so may locals doing so well.

Waterford Half Marathon

We also had a large number take part in the Waterford Half Marathon on the 1st December.  The course was a tougher one this year but we are well used to hills out here in Tramore so it was nearly like a flat course for Davy, PJ, Jackie, Michael, Paul, Niamh, Patrice, Aileen, Rachel and Sinead.  Well done all of you.  Well done also the Tramore AC members who worked so hard on the second water station - thanks to all of you for volunteering and giving up your time. 

Davy Wade nearing the finish line
Christmas Party 
Our Tramore AC christmas party is Saturday the 8th December 2012 at The Victoria House (The Vic).  If you haven't already booked your place, please contact Lisa Stapleton to let her know you want to go.  A good night is in store and it will be lovely to see everyone in their glitz and glamour instead of sweating and red faced.
The Dungarvan 10 takes place on Sunday January 27th 2013.  This is a great event and attracts huge numbers every year.  We hope to run a bus to Dungarvan for this event and we plan to stop off for a few refreshments on the way home!!  Get your entries in soon as this event fills up fast and entries are capped at 1750.  Click this link here for more details... by the way spot the photo of two familiar smiling faces!!!


Sunday, 14 October 2012

South East Run for Life 2012

Tramore AC had a huge amount of members doing the 10 mile Run for Life today in Waterford and congratulations are due to everyone who ran, donated money and supported this well deserving cause.

I will attempt to name all our gang starting with the men, Davy, PJ, Donal, Paul and Garvan and the girls - Lisa, Jayne, Ruth, Gean, Elaine, Niamh, Shirley, Antoinette, Noelene, Margaret, Tracy, Veronica, Sinead, Rachel and Clodagh.  If I have forgotten someone, sorry but we are getting so big now, it is hard to keep track of everyone.

Thanks also to our supporters, Laura, Gwen, Sandra Flavin, Nellie, Elaine Keating and Joanne Heffernan and to everyone who sent messages of support, it gave us all a boost when it was badly needed. 

Well done to all and you all deserve a well-earned rest. 


Sunday, 30 September 2012

Autumn at Tramore AC

After a busy Summer, most of our members have now selected their goals for Autumn and Winter and are training hard for the upcoming Solas 10 mile run on the 14th October and the Dublin City Marathon on the 29th October.

For anybody interested in something a bit shorter, there is a 5 mile run in Ballyduff next Saturday the 6th October at 4pm.  Details below.

Time is also getting short for registration for the Solas run. Next registration date is Saturday 6th Oct 10am-6pm in the Solas Centre, Williamstown and organisers are asking people to come along and register early to avoid the queues and guarantee your tshirt size!

Solas Centre South East Run for LifePhoto: Please share.  see all my running buddies on the 6th no excuses . ;-)

Well done to PJ McCarthy on good results in recent runs including a 14th place finish in the Sligo Half Marathon on the 15th September last and  a 42nd place finish in the 26.2km Kilomarathon in Kilcock, Co. Kildare on the 30th September.

Training continues on Monday at Tesco at 7pm and Wednesday at 7pm at the entrance to Splashworld at 7pm.  All welcome and remember to wear  "high vis" clothing.