The first GloHealth All Ireland Cross Country Championships of the season take place on Sunday morning next at Santry Demesne in Dublin. On the programme are the Championships for boys and girls under 12,14,16 and 18 as well as the Inter Club senior championships, Waterford will be represented at the fixture with individual competitors as well as teams and we wish all well.In the senior men's Ferrybank AC have a team entered led by Shane Quinn the other members are Andrew Connick, Brian Gallagher and Louis O'Carroll. the Winter League in the city continues this Thursday at 7 pm from the RSC, come early and please clear reflective clothing.
County B Cross Country
Small fields were the order of the day at the County B Juvenile Cross Country Championships in Abbeyside on Sunday last and the following were the individual winners.Girls U9: 1st: Áine Fitzgerald (KCK), 2nd: Rebecca Murray (KCK), 3rd: Emma Corkery (Tramore ) Boys U9: 1st: Charlie Feeney (WW), 2nd: Mossie Keogh (WW), 3rd: Nicky Fitzpatrick (WW ), Girls U11: 1st: Ciara Power (KCK), Rachel Mooney (Tramore), Isobel Casey (Ferrybank), Boys U11: 1st: Daryl Harty (WW), 2nd: Paudie Barry (KCK), 3rd: Ronan Mansfield (WW), Girls U13: 1st: Ellen Boylan (KCK), 2nd: Aisling Power (KCK), 3rd: Anna Comerford (Ferrybank),Boys U13: 1st: Nathan Bagge (Ferrybank), 2nd: Eoin Kiely (WW), 3rd: Kieran Dower (WW), Girls U15: 1st: Danni Cunningham (WW), 2nd: Róisín Dunphy (KCK), 3rd: Sarah Stone (Tramore) Boys U15: 1st: Luke Power (WW), 2nd: Thomas Hogarty (WW), 3rd: Ciarán Frisby (WW) The following were the results in the trials for Munster Relays in January.County Relay Trials. Girls U10: 1st: Róisín Power (KCK), 2nd: Hannah McGrath (KCK), 3rd: Rebecca Walsh (KCK), 4th: Méabh Kiely (WW),Boys U10: 1st: Corey Scanlon (Finisk Valley), 2nd: Ian Holmes (WW), 3rd: Darragh O’ Regáin (WW), 4th: David Gaffney (WW) Girls U12: 1st: Ellen Boylan (KCK), 2nd: Kate Keogh (WW), 3rd: Caoimhe Prendergast (WW), 4th: Orla Walsh (WAC), Boys U12: 1st: Tommy Fennell (WW), 2nd: Tom Halley (Tramore), 3rd: Ben Kiely (Tramore), 4th: Eoin Kiely (WW)Girls U14: 1st: Mary Kate Prendergast (WW), 2nd: Megan Keogh (WW), 3rd: Kate Killigrew (WW), 4th: Sarah Stone (Tramore),Boys U14: 1st: Padraig Fitzgerald (KCK), 2nd: Callum Hurley (Ferrybank), 3rd: Seamus Fitzgerald (KCK), 4th: Ethan Hurley (Ferrybank
At the British and Irish Masters Cross Country in Dublin on Saturday last Mary B Ryan Jennings Waterford was on the Irish over 60 team that won the silver medals.
Waterford Half Marathon
Entries for Waterford Half Marathon on Saturday December 5 th close on this Friday..It will be a big week end in Waterford athletics circles with the Half Marathon in the city on Saturday morning and the All Ireland Cross Coutry fixture in Abbeyside on the Sunday December 6 th..
The GloHealth National Athletics Awards on Wednesday 25th of November in the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Santry promises to be another engaging afternoon celebrating the many successes of Irish athletics from the past year.The event crowns the many successes of our leading athletes but also recognizes the work of the core volunteer base and club system which is the bedrock of the association. Mark English (UCD AC) was named as the Athlete of the Year last year for his bronze medal over 800m at the European championships in Zurich in 2014. The UCD athlete will be in contention once more for his silver medal over 800m at the European Indoors in Prague but will face stiff competition from Thomas Barr (Ferrybank) who won the World University Games 400m hurdles title in South Korea and Robert Heffernan who finished fifth at the World Athletics Championships in Beijing.Two-time world indoor champion Frank O'Mara from Limerick is to be honoured with the Hall of Fame award at the Awards, he was an outstanding middle distance runner
For anyone remotely connected with Athletics the news last week on the Doping scandal in Russian athletics didn't come as a major surprise, a few other countries with very much similar suspicions will no doubt come under the microscope also, the sooner the better. It was insinuated that the process was wiped under the carpet by people in high places of authority in the sport and even may have been state sanctioned. Athletics Ireland, on Monday week last, November 9th, expressed its grave concern The Association’s President, Ciarán Ó Catháin said that hearing the summary of the report produced a deeply disturbing picture of athletics and one which sets the sport back many years. “For the sake of all the clean and hard working athletes within our sport, the priority is now for the IAAF to show strong leadership in introducing an anti doping system which fully supports strong anti-doping federations and countries and one which values honest and clean athletes and coaches” said Ó Catháin.He also made reference to the anti doping procedures in Ireland and said “we are fortunate in Ireland that the anti-doping system in place is run independently by Sport Ireland and is recognised as being extremely robust and procedurally fair”. “While every country can have individuals who will cheat the system, we are confident that the culture of our athletes and coaches which is honest and clean, allied with the independent system of anti-doping in Ireland, ensures that Irish athletes can and do hold their heads high and proud on the international stage”, Ó Catháin.
Athletes from many countries such as East Germany when it existed,Great Britain, Roumania USA China to mention but a few have been "caught" over the years some with a very high profile.other sports have also had their problems Currently four Irish sports people are serving suspensions for Anti Doping Violations, a gaelic footballer, an athlete. a motor cyclist and a cyclist , Drugs are taken for one specific reason to help improve a sportsman or sportswoman's performance or in short to cheat and help them win or in the case of major championships for countries to top the medal table. Every walk of life and profession in the World- outside of sport- from the very top to the bottom has had and will have people with different means of cheating to get to the top and that is their "drug ",so cheating is not to be found in sport alone by any stretch of the imagination.. The weaknesses and imperfections that comes with being human some find very difficult to control especially when money is involved .All the banned substances are clearly visible on the Irish Sports Councils Website. and sportsmen and women who are part of Governing bodies professional and amateur signed up to the Sports Council Anti Doping System should make themselves aware of then, a violation leaves a lasting mark on the individual.