On Saturday and Sunday next January 6th and 7th the Munster junior and under 23 individual as well as the Juvenile Pentathlon Championships will be in Nenagh starting both days 10.30 am,a large number of athletes from most Waterford clubs will be competing there.The junior and u 23 men’s events are on Saturday and the junior and u23 women’s are on Sunday while the girls juvenile Pentathlon’s are on Saturday and the boys on Sunday, full timetable on Munster Athletics website.
The Annual International X Country and Celtic Under Age International will be staged at Greenmount ,Antrim on Saturday. Matteo Mary from Waterford AC has been selected on the Boys u 17 Development Squad for the Celtic International. The Antrim International Race was first held in January 1977 and Waterford’s Gerry Deegan won it taking a very big scalp into the bargain. He beat the great Brendan Foster from Great Britain an Olympic Bronze medallist over 10,000 metres and European 5000metres champion and world 2 miles and 3000 metres record holder into second place. The two of them fought a ding dong battle with Deegan leading for 2 miles then Foster took over but Deegan was never far behind. Foster with a good distance to go upped the pace appearing to head for the finish misjudging the last lap but Deegan passed him and then Foster got back on course again but try as he may he could not overhaul a great Waterford athlete and Foster was very gracious and complimentary in defeat, while Deegan said he would have won anyway as he handled the course much better than Foster. Ray Treacy was 10th and Tony Ryan 19th out of the 120 Runners,John Treacy won the race in 1982. – those were the great days of Waterford X Country running.
The Annual St Stephen’s Day Jolly Jaunt Run in Dungarvan organised by West Waterford AC in conjunction with Dungaravan GAA raised over €2,000 for West Waterford Hospice ,no prizes were on offer. In Clonmel however the Annual 4 miles Road Race had a huge entry of 460 and was a very competitive affair. First man home was Sean Tobin Clonmel in 18.3 4and Lizzie Lee Leevale was first lady home in 21.32. Two athletes from Waterford clubs did well Dermot Cummins from West Waterford was 6th overall in 19. 30 and Peter Francis Ferrybank 13th in 21.32. In the street of Wicklow 5 km Ian O’Byrne Waterford AC was 7 th overall out of a huge entry.
A field of 120 took part in last Saturdays Kilmacthomas 10k which was held in aid of the Irish Wheelchair Association on the Waterford Greenway.The race winner was Raivis Zakis in 34.45 from Darly Kearns 37.47 and 3rd man home was Fikadu Kebede 38.40 all above running for West Waterford AC. The ladies winner was Fiona Meade In 42.55 with Youghal’s Julie Kenneally second in 44,16 and 3rd was Maire Mahony Ind. in 45.41.Fist junior male was Luke Brennan Waterford AC 39.06 from club mate Evan Meskill 41.44 with Ciaran O’Grady Ind 3rd in 48.01 and the first junior lady was Fiona Condon in 1.07.
Sunday January 14 2018 in Nenagh the Munster Senior and Master’s Championships start at 10 am, Saturday 20th All Ireland Combined Events all age groups Athlone. Sunday 21 st Munster Juvenile Relay Championships Nenagh. Sunday 28th All Ireland junior and under 23 Championships Athlone.
On Friday January 26th Waterford Secondary Schools X Country Championships are in St Augustine’s College Grounds Abbeyside.
Sunday January 21 st St Paul’s Parish Annual Frank Leahy Memorial 5 miles Road Race and 3 miles walk. Starting near St Paul’s Church in the City walk 12.30 pm, run 1pm.
The Waterford winners of the Munster Sports Star Awards for 2017 are as follows: Juvenile Track and Field Katie Murphy Ferrybank A.C, Shane Monagle Tramore A.C, Junior Women Emily Nolan Ferrybank AC, Juvenile X Country Matteo Mary Waterford AC. International Award Joe Gough West Waterford AC. The Awards will be presented at a Banquet on March 3 rd 2018 in The Auburn Lodge, Ennis
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