The marvellous success story that is Joe Gough from West Waterford AC continues even as the age groups he competes in gets older and in Madrid last week he was in terrific form once again at the European Masters Indoor Championships in the over 65 age group. When the Championships concluded he was European Champion on the double in the 800 and 1500 metres. First up were the semi finals of the 800 metres on Wednesday and he won his semi final in an effortless time of 2 minutes 30 seconds ,then on Thursday evening it was the final facing eight other competitors and again he was always in control to run out an easy winner in a fine time of 2 minutes 22.36 seconds, Giovanni Finelli Italy was second in 2.27.96 and Jos Herinckx Belguim was third in 2.28.18 Then came Friday morning just 13 hours after his 800 metres win and he was back on the track for the final of the 1500 metres facing 16 and again he was in top form in a tactical race and ran out a comfortable winner in a time of 5 minutes 5.16 seconds (a new Irish record in that age group). Luciano Moser Italy was second in 5.07.91 was second and Luiz Lohes Spain was third in 5.08.52.On Saturday then Joe as a 65 year old competed for Ireland in the over 55 Relay 4 x 200 metres and the team finished last of the eight competing
countries. Joe continues to have a marvellous appetite for a sport he takes very seriously and trains diligently for and has a terrific positive outlook and he is an example to sports people of all ages,very well done again Joe.
A small number of athletes from Waterford competed in Athlone on Sunday last on Day 3 of the Irish Life Health All Ireland Juvenile Indoor Championships. For Waterford AC Luke Brennan and Emily O’Mahony both impressed in their events. Luke first of all ran in the under 18 800 metres semi final and finished third to readily qualify for the final later on where he ran a fine race to finish second in a very fast time of 1 minute 58.05 seconds the race being won in 1.57.76, Emily O’Mahony cleared 10.70 metres in the triple jump,the event was won with 11.03 metres and Eoin Kenny ran a personal best of 22.98 seconds in the 200 metres u 19 and finished a very close 4 th,the bronze medal was won in 22.97, it was that close
On Sunday last the Annual Mallow 10 miles road race had a huge entry including some from Waterford. The overall winner was a man well known in the Waterford area Alan O’Shea Bantry in 51.48 and Trevor Power Waterford AC was second in 52.37 after an impressive run and Waterford AC were second team on 64 points just behind St Finbarr’s.the other scorers were Noel Murphy 11 th ,Mark Mc Kenna 23 rd and Brian Swaby 28 th.
Originally scheduled for March 3 rd with an entry of 365 but postponed due to the snow the Dunhil/Fenor 10 miles road race went ahead on Bank Holiday Monday March 19th and with a reduced entry it was nevertheless a very successful event in aid of Crumlin’s Children’s Hospital. Eoin Lyons Focus on Fitness took up the running early on and held the lead for over 4 miles and was then joined by the eventual winner Brian Murphy Carrick on Suir and they went clear of the field with Murphy going away in the final mile to win in 56 minutes even,Lyons was second in 56.22 and Frank Quinlan was third in 58.56.First lady home was Ruth Fitzgerald Waterford in 61.22 Caitriona Muldowney Adele Eat Train Live was second in 69.07 and Siobhan Kennedy Focus on Fitness was third in 69.36 .The following we te category winners.Women F 35 Mary Molloy Carrick on Suir F40 Naomi Doonan Ardnahoe Trotters F45 Moi Lambert Saturday Road Runners F50 Jacinta Brazil do F55 Bernie Prendergast West Waterford F60 Patricia Foskin St Senan’s.Men Junior Conor Shiels Waterford M 35 Mark Mc Kenna do M40 John Guiry Saturday Road Runners M45 David Smyth Ind M50 Brendan Doyle Saturday Road Runners M55 Dermot Power do M60 Jim O’Connor Comeragh It was a well organised event with lots of stewards all round the course and the Gardai and Order of Malta gave valuable assistance as usual.
On Easter Monday the Annual St Senan’s AC Open Sports is in Kilmacow Sports Complex. 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 McDonald’s Ferrybank AC Open Sports is at RSC see Ferrybank AC website for details and on Tuesday April 24 th at the RSC the Annual Waterford Primary Schools Sports Finals promoted by Ferrybank AC with sprint and middle distance races and relays for each class from first to sixth contact 087 6889330.
The RSC is the race Headquarters on Sunday next for the Annual Easter Bunny Run and walk over 5 miles. It will start at 11 am at the RSC and finish there also,proceeds to Crumlin’s Children’s Hospital.On Easter Monday April 2 nd, the Munster Senior, Masters and Novice Road Championships are in Castlelyons Co.Cork starting at 1 pm, and Waterford athletes will compete.
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 a
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