Sunday next October 4 th sees the start of the County Championship Cross Country programme and St Augustine's College Grounds in Abbeyside is the venue with the first race at 11 am sharp. The races are for boys and girls under 10,12,14,16,18,Junior and Senior with medals for first three individuals in each event as well as team prizes (4 to score). Many will be having their first taste of cross country and all should by now have been in training for the distances and at all meetings in the Autumn and Winter athletes should not be standing around waiting for their event they should be well warmed up before their race and arrive in plenty of time to prepare.. A reminder to all spectators to be aware of the soft and in some cases wet conditions at Cross Country races so come well prepared with clothing and footwear. Please note first event on Sunday is the girls under 10 and these events start on time,don't miss out
A huge entry was received from many counties for the Annual Kilmacow open cross country fixture on Sunday last and Waterford athletes figured prominently. In the junior men's race David Mc Glynn Waterford AC was first with Fiachra O'Mahony from the same club third. At juvenile level there were wins for Aoife Hamilton West Waterford under 18, Jake Bagge Ferrybank u 16, Jack O'Sullivan Tramore u 9 and Sarah Abulla Waterford u 9, second placings went to Tommy Fennell West Waterford u 12, Tadg Corcoran Waterford u 9, Evan Keane do u16, Niall Blackwell West Waterford u18 and third placings to Lucy Holmes West Waterford u14, Hugo Blair Waterford u 16 ,Alex Foley do u 18 ,Darina Shanley West Waterford u 18 and Corey Scanlon Finsk Valley u10. The Best Juvenile club award went to Thomastown after a four way tie. The first three home in the senior races were as follows;Men 1 Kevin Maunsell Clonmell,2 Wm Maunsell do 3 David Mc Glynn Waterford and women ! Adele Walsh St Senan's 2 Eleanor Kennedy Gowran 3 Michelle Mc Donald St Senan's and she was first junior
At the Berlin Marathon on Sunday last five male athletes from Ireland and one female achieved qualifying standards for next years Olympic Games. With lots more Marathon;s to come in the next few month's other's have chances of qualifying but only three men and three women will be sent so lots of headaches for selectors Quite a few from the Waterford area competed in Berlin .
Further Cross Country in October
Sunday October 11th: County Championships U 9,11,13,15,17, Novice: St. Augustine's 'College at 11 am Sunday October 25th: Munster Championships: Even Ages,and U 23 and Novice:Waterford IT Sports Campus. The All Ireland under 9,11,13,15,17,19, and Novice will be in St Augustine's College in Abbeyside on Sunday December 6 th.
Munster Schools Combined Events Indoors are in Nenagh on Wednesday October 14 th and the All Ireland Schools Combined Events are in Athlone on Saturday November 7 th