Over 2000 athletes from all over the 32 counties and thousands of spectators thronged the grounds of St Augustine's College, Abbeyside on Sunday last for the GloHealth All Ireland Cross Country Championships with ten races in all being held. After the desperate weather leading up to the event the day turned out perfect for the occasion,the only downside being the heavy underfoot conditions as one would expect after the downpours of the previous few days A number of athletes from Waterford turned in very good performances and in the under 17 race two excelled .Miceál Power West Waterford AC an All Ireland outdoor track champion already this year finished 4 th and just behind him in 6 th place came David Mc Glynn Waterford AC .Another athlete to finish 6 th with a big run was Caoimhe Prendergast under 11 , Oisin O'Riordan was 12 th under 13 and Ali Cunningham 15 th under 11 all West Waterford while Jake Bagge Ferrybank was 16 th under 15 after leading for some way. Prendergast, O'Riordan and Bagge were all members of Munster teams that finished second in their Inter Provincial events while Power and Mc Glynn were members of the Munster team that was third. The best team performances for Waterford in the inter county section was the boys under 15 who were 4 th and the boys under 17 who were 5 th, In the novice men's race first Waterford athlete home was James Ledingham and in the women's novice Kate Veale was first home both West Waterford. The organisers the Waterford County Board ably led byJohn Behan wish to thank the Community and Management of St Augustine's, Waterford City and County Council a financial input the Gardai,Order of Malta, West Waterford AC members of other clubs in the county, and all the stewards and officials and a special word for those that braved the elements on Friday and Saturday to mark out the course. Overall it was a very well organised event over a great course and a financial boost for hotels and guesthouses in the area a great show for Waterford. .
European Cross Country
Ireland compete in the European Cross Country Championships in Hyeres France on Sunday next and Fionnula Britton Mc Cormack will be a fancy to make a bold bid in the senior event and the Irish team has chances also. Mick Clohessy leads the men's team and there are also junior and under 23 athletes competing
Paddy Joe Curran Memorial Turkey Trot.
The 7th annual Clean Zone Technology Ltd sponsored Paddy Joe Curran memorial Turkey Trot 5 mile charity run will take place on Sunday next, December 13th at 12 noon.There will also be a walk over a distance of 4 miles on the day. Entry to the race is open to all over 16. The entries for the race will be taken at the Marine Bar outside Dungarvan on Youghal Road.
Schools Indoor International
On Saturday in Glasgow the Schools Combined Indoor International takes place and Anne Corcoran from Ursuline Convent represents Ireland in the Intermediate grade
Due to Hurricane Desmond last week end the Waterford Half Marathon was postponed and will now take place on January 9 th. The organisers made the correct decision on Friday afternoon and even though many will have been inconvenienced by the decision,as always safety of the 2000 due to compete was the top priority
Fixtures in December
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
Early January 2016
Saturday 2 nd/'Sunday 3 rd Munster Junior and under 23 Indoor Championships Nenagh and also Youths Boys and Girls Pentathlon Championships. Saturday 9 th AAI Juvenile B Cross Country and Inter County Relays ALSAA Dublin ,Sunday10 th Munster Intermediate and Junior Cross Country plus Inter County Juvenile relays Cork venue. Sunday 17 t h Munster Senior and Master's Indoors Nenagh