In Athlone on Sunday last Waterford juvenile athletes were once again very much to the fore at the All Ireland Under 13 to !9 Indoor championships and Waterford AC in particular had excellent results. The club had three winners in race walking and these were the very easy win by Órla O'Connor in the under 19 1500 metres and she is improving with every outing,her younger sister Maeve won a thrilling under 15 1000 metres and in another competitive under 16 1500 metres Clare Caulfield was first home.James Murphy was their fourth winner and he did it in style in the u 19 long jump with a winning distance of 6.39 metres,also in the long jump Emily O'Mahony was a very close third with 5,07 metres,the event being win with 5.10 metres. In the 1500 metres under 18 Luke Brennan in a top class field just missed out on a medal as he was a very close up fourth and Ruth Heery also had a fourth placing in the 1500 metres walk u 19.For Ferrybank the ever consistent Katie Nolke had a fine win with a very good performance in the under 15 high jump where she cleared 1.60 metres, Katie Murphy was second in the 60 metres under 19,also second was Annabelle Walsh in the high jump under 13 with 1.38 metres the same height as the winner who took the title on count back and Jake Bagge ran a great 1500 metres race under 18 to take the bronze medal. For West Waterford Darragh Curran was third in the under 18 pole vault. A number of other athletes made it through to finals and all are to be commended on their efforts.
The European Master's Indoor Championships are in Madrid this week and Joe Gough West Waterford will compete at the Championships,being entered for both the 800 and 1500 metres over 65,plus the relay He is due to run the semi final of the 800 metres on Wednesday morning at 9.20 am,the final is on Thursday at 6.30 pm and the 1500 metres final is scheduled for Friday morning at 10.20 am , the relays are on Saturday
The following athletes from Waterford received awards at the Munster Athletics Awards Banquet in Ennis last Friday.Juvenile Track and Field, Shane Monagle Tramore and Katie Murphy Ferrybank,Junior Emily Nolan Ferrybank and under 23 Denise O'Connor Tramore .A few weeks ago Shane Monagle got the National Juvenile Award
Once again Athlone is the venue for Day 3 of the All Ireland Juvenile Indoor Championships on Sunday next and as usual there will be a Waterford interest in many events.The meeting gets under way at 10 am and full timetable is on athletics Ireland Website
Forty years ago this Saturday John Treacy won the World Cross Country Championship in Bellahoustan Park Glasgow on a desperate course, hilly and very heavy. Just twenty years of age his last X country run before the race was in December when he won the National Senior Inter County individual title in Kilbarry in Waterford leading Waterford to their third team title in a ro,.two weeks before Glasgow he won the American Collegiate Indoor 3 miles title. In the race -190 from 20 countries ran- he was always in the leading group and together with Antipov Russia and Lismount from Belgium a former European Marathon champion they broke away and with 1000 metres to go John went and the rest is history. Gerry Deegan in conditions totally unsuitable for his style ran a terrific race also to finish 14 th overall and Ray Treacy ,John's brother was 71 st ,Ireland finished 6 th in the team race. In the junior race Brendan Quinn had a fine run and when in the top five he had the misfortune to fall but got back up to finish a very creditable 11 th with the Irish team again 6th,it was a great day for Treacy and also for Waterford athletics,those were the days that memories are made of.
Road Races coming up.
Sunday April 1 st Easter Bunny 5 miles RSC 11 am ,Monday April 2 nd,Munster Senior, Masters and Novice Road Championships Castlelyons Co.Cork starting at 1 pm, Friday April 6 th Ballinroad 5 km Race 1 West Waterford Summer Series 7.00 pm Friday April 13 th Butlerstown 4 miles Race 2 Summer Series 7.00 pm, Friday April 20th Faugheen 5 Km 7.30 pm,Sunday April 22 nd Ferrybank GAA 10 km 11 am.
Easter Monday April 2 nd is the date for the Annual St Senan's AC Open Sports in Kilmacow. Lots of events on the programme for boys and girls under 8 to u 17,u 19,junior and senior with master's prizes also. Full programme on St Senan's website. Following Sunday April 8 th Ferrybank AC Open sports RSC see Ferrybank AC website for details
For the Annual Butlerstown Road race this year on Friday April 13 th a number of runners who ran in the first ever Butlerstown Race in 1984 will be running and seeking sponsorship to raise funds to purchase a Defibrillator for the Butlerstown Community. Cards can be had from Pat Hennessy ,Francie Lonergan .Syke Power to mention but a few
We have an Athletics Leader course coming up in Ballinameela, Co. Waterford on April 7th @ 10am in Ballinameela Hall. This course was postponed during the snow so just letting you know the new date. Please spread the word within you club/school.
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