A small number of athletes from Waterford competed in Athlone on Saturday and Sunday last at the GloHealth National Senior Indoor Championships and they did well coming home with three silver and one bronze medal. Two of the silver medals were won by a back to form Niamh Whelan Ferrybank in sprint events. On Saturday she won her semi final of the 200 metres in 24.61 to qualify for Sunday's final. Then on Sunday at first she ran in the 60 metres semi final finishing second in 7.53 and qualifying for the final.In that final she ran a fine race to finish second in a time of 7.49 seconds just outside her best time of 7.48, the winner Phil Healy Bandon won in 7.47, it was then on to the 200 metres final and again she ran well to take the silver medal in 24.09 the winner again was Healy in 23.78 .Another silver medal winner was Thomas Houlihan West Waterford in the pole vault with a vault of 4.40 metres the event was won by Ian Rogers Clonliffe Hrs in 4.60 . James Ledingham also from West Waterford who became a father for the first time on Thursday last ran in the semi final of the 800 metres on Saturday and qualified for Sunday's final in a time of 1.57.23 finishing third, in Sundays final he ran very well again to finish third in 1.54.1 and collected the bronze medal his first National senior medal, the event was won by European medallist Mark English UCD in 1.51.57. On Saturday Seán Curran a young West Waterford athlete was fourth in the 1500 metres semi final and qualified for Sunday's final where he finished 8 th, also on Sunday Miceál Power another young athlete from West Waterford finished 12 th in the 3000 metres final. A prolific winner at these championships Kelly Proper Ferrybank was unable to compete due to injury but she is back training.
Ballina Ultra Marathon
On Sunday last Paul Brunnock West Waterford won a 53 km Ulta Marathon run in Beeleek Woods in Ballina Co Mayo,on Saturday last he also ran a full marathon at the same venue.
Big week end for Schools and University athletes
On Saturday next Sligo Racecourse is the venue for two All Ireland Cross Country Championships the Irish University and the Secondary Schools and in the University section Waterford IT will have men's and women's teams competing and one or two of their individual athletes may challenge for individual honours . In the schools section in four grades many schools from the County will be represented again with teams and a number of individual athletes are expected to figure prominently there also ,first event the minor girls is at 12 For the first time in its history Waterpark has qualified a girl’s team for the Championships,their minor girl’s tea.,
Neasa gets All Star Award
On Saturday last the AAI National Juvenile All Star Awards were presented at a function in Tullamore. Every year a young athlete from each of the thirty two counties is honoured and the Waterford Award went to Neasa Murphy Ferrybank AC.Criteria for selection which has been there for years is Quality of performance or performances at National Juvenile Championships including Outdoor and Indoor. During 2015 Neasa won the National under 19 high jump titles outdoor and Indoor
Further March Fixtures
Saturday/'Sunday 12 th and 13 th All Ireland Juvenile Indoors Athlone, Saturday 19 th All Ireland Juvenile Indoor Relays Athlone, Schools Cross Country Falkirk,Scotland. Sunday 20 th National Masters Indoors Athlone The World Indoor Championships are in Portland Oregan USA from March 17 th to 20 th. The European Super Schools Competition is at the RSC on March 23 rd..