Waterford AC Half Marathon and All Ireland Cross Country weekend
Local athletic followers have two very attractive fixtures this week end in the city and Abbeyside. On Saturday with a 10 am start 2000 athletes will face the starter for the Annual Waterford AC Half Marathon starting at WIT Sports Campus in Carriganore on the outskirts of Waterford City and will finish there. Please note entries closed a week or so ago and definitely no entries accepted on the day and all competing are asked to wear numbers on their front .All participants are instructed not to wear headphones as this can impede your ability to hear instructions, approaching traffic, and fellow runners. Offenders will have their names removed from the results ,please obey the Gardai and Stewards. There is no need to check in on race day. There will be a help desk on the day to answer any queries you have, please note however we will NOT be in a position to REISSUE your NUMBER or TIMING CHIP so be sure to have them with you on the day. While there is plenty parking at the race headquarters please allow yourself enough time should you have to park in the overflow car park which is 2 km away and well signposted or ask stewards. After finishing the race you can make your way to the recovery zone where you can rest, collect your goodie bag, and have some water. Showering and changing facilities will be available in race headquarters and refreshments will be served upstairs. To ensure ALL athletes get refreshments there will be ONE voucher in your goodie bag. Tea, Coffee, and Biscuits are available for all The Course with a few changes from last year can be viewed on Race website.
All Ireland Cross Country in Abbeyside
Another 2000 athletes from all over the thirty two counties are expected to compete in the GloHealth All Ireland Cross Country Championship in St Augustine's College Grounds Abbeyside on Sunday with the first event at 11.30 am the girls under 11. Races on the programme are boys and girls under 11,13,15,17,19 novice men and women and lots of athletes from Waterford clubs will be competing and they would love plenty of support. Again the advice is to get early to Abbeyside as in addition to the 2000 athletes competing there will be a few thousand spectators also and spread around the course to secure a good vantage point.The course will be well taped and crossing points will be in place so just to ask all spectators and athletes alike to obey all instructions from stewards and use the appropriate crossing points on the course. . .
At the GloHealth National Athletic Awards presented at a function in the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Santry on Wednesday last Thomas Barr Ferrybank AC won the Overall Athlete of the Year National Award , the Track and Field Athlete of the Year Award and University Athlete of Year Award and he was joined by his family at the big event. His fantastic year was crowned with a win in the World University Championships in Korea in the 400 metres hurdles, he also set a new National Record in a Diamond League meeting in Rome and competed at the World Championships and at many other International events and retained his Irish title. Another athlete who competes with Ferrybank AC Phoebe Murphy got the Award for the Best Female School Athlete ,she won the All Ireland Schools Senior titles over 100 and 200 metres representing Loreto Convent Clonmel
Munster Cross Country Report
In desperate weather conditions over a quagmire of a course in Cappawhite Co Tipperary last Sunday Waterford athletes did quite well at the Munster Cross Country Championship fixture. In the juvenile ( B) Championships KCK had a very good day winning two club team tiles the girls under 9 and under 17 and were second in two others the girls under 15 and boys under 11 .their best individual performances came from the Dunphy sister's Shiona and RioisÍn who were 5 th and 10 th respectively under 15 and Rena Behan under 17 and Emily Keane in the same event.The sole individual winner from Waterford was Zac O'Sullivan Tramore under 9, Tom Halley was 3rd under 11 and Sarah Stone was 7 th under 15 also from Tramore so good results here also. West Waterford had a bronze medal in the under 13 grade with Tommie Fennell and Luke Power was under 5th 15 while Brian Scanlon and Cian Moore Finisk Valley finished 4 th and 5 th respectively under 9.In the Inter County team competitions Waterford were third in three grades boys under 9 and girls under 15 and under girls 17. In the novice race there was a fine effort by Philip Harty West Waterford who was 2nd overall with Frank Quinlan Waterford not far behind in 4 th and he took the over 40 first medal. Waterford AC were third club team with Quinlan,Brian Swaby,PJ Scollard and Vinnie Codd. and Waterford were 2 nd County team with Philip Harty 2nd (WW), Frank Quinlan 4th (WAC), Brian Swaby 9th (WAC) ,Raivis Zakis 25th (WW), Alan Ryan 29th (WW) and P J Scollard 31st (WAC)..
Saturday 5 th Waterford AC Half Marathon WIT Sports Campus 10 am start,Sunday 6 th All Ireland Novice and Juvenile Uneven Age Cross Country Championships Abbeyside 11.30 am, Saturday 12 th Schools International Indoor Combined Events Glasgow,Sunday 13 th European Cross Country Championships,Hyeres, France, 5 miles Turkey Trot near Marine Bar outside Dungarvan 12 noon.Sunday 27 th Baldy Man 5 miles Tramore 11 am. The winter league continues each Thursday from the RSC at 7 pm,be there in good time and with clear reflective clothing