In Athlone last week end the first two days of the GloHealth All Ireland Juvenile Indoor Championships were held and a small number of athletes from Waterford AC ,Ferrybank AC, Tramore AC and West Waterford AC competed and all four clubs had medal winners.The best Waterford performer of the week end was Shane Monagle Tramore in the under 17 grade who had a sparkling double on Sunday in the space of a few hours. He first of all won the long jump with a leap of 6.29 metres which came with his last jump of the six allowed, he then won his heat of the 60 metres hurdles in 8.60. and then went on to win the final with a time of 8.56. A few weeks back he finished second in the Scottish under 17 hurdles championship. Ferrybank AC had two winners and these were Katie Murphy in the 60 metres under 17 with a personal best of 7.71 seconds.she was also second in the long jump and 200 metres. Their second winner was Praise Oweye in the long jump under 14 with a personal best of 5.51 metres,she was also third in the 60 metres again with a pb,Katie Nolke was second in the high jump under 13 again a pb, and Kylie Heinen was third in the high jump under 15. Waterford AC had two winners on Saturday with the ever improving Órla O'Connor winning the 1500 metres walk under 17 in a very good time of 6 minutes 45 seconds and to make it a great day for the O'Connor family her twin sister Anna was third in the same race. The second winner from Waterford was David Scanlon in the high jump under 12 with 1.25 metres,his father Brian was a top class javelin thrower and he is nephew of Olympian Susan Smith,a silver medal went to Dion Ryan in the under 18 high jump with a personal best of 1.95 metres and Cian O'Brien was third in the under 19 high jump with 1.80 metres the same height as the winner. West Waterford AC had a number competing in pole vault competitions and they did quite well On Saturday their girls were in action and at under 15 level Tess O'Hara was second and Alannah Kelly third. On Sunday Ryan Mc Grath was second in the under 15 age group and in the under 16 section Patrick Fitzgerald was second and Sam O'Neill third.
Joe competes in USA
This week the World Indoor Championships are in Portland Oregan in the USA from 17 to 20 th March and two Irish athletes compete,Mark English in the 800 metres where he is expected to be prominent and Rose Ann Galligan in the 1500 metres On Saturday next at 9.15 pm Irish time there is a special 800 metres race in Portland for athletes over 60 years of age and nine have been invited from all over the World including our own Joe Gough who heads the list on time. We wish Joe well in his first ever race in the USA and will not be surprised if he is fighting out the finish as usual.. The race is to showcase and promote Master's athletics
Week end fixtures.
On Saturday the GloHealth All Ireland Juvenile Relay Championships as well as a number of shot putts and triple jumps are in Athlone with a staring time of 10.30 am and also on Saturday the Schools International Cross Country is in Falkirk in Scotland.Sunday is the day for the All Ireland Masters Indoor Championships in Athlone they start at 11 am and Waterford will be well represented there.
Angela Burns Memorial 10 KM:
The Ferrybank GAA Angela Burns Memorial 10k Fun Run/Walk will take place on Sunday April 24th at 11am in Ferrybank GAA Grounds. There will be a 2k race for the Under 12's, starting before the main 10k .Registration nights will be confirmed shortly
Other Road Races Coming up Locally
Friday March 25 th Tramore 4 Miles 6 pm, Easter Sunday March 27 th Annual Easter Bunny Run RSC Waterford 11 AM, Friday April 8 th Ballinroad, 5 miles Race 1 Ger Wyley Sports 7 pm Sunday April 10 th Splashworld 10 km Tramore 11 am Friday April 15 th Butlerstown 4 miles 7 pm (Race 2 Ger Wyley Sports )
Late Jim Mc Namara
Tthe death took place last week of Jim McNamara a legend in Irish athletics.. He joined Donore Harriers in January 1963 and was a great athlete.Jim was a great supporter of the John Treacy Dungarvan 10 winning the over 70 prize in 2014 with a time of 78.22 but he posted a time of 74.29 in 2015 an age course record.He ran for Ireland in the 1976 Olympic Games in Montreal and the 1966 European Championships in Budapest. He also represented Ireland at senior level on the Road, Track and Cross Country. He is also a former National Senior Championship winner.”Jim McNamara will probably go down as Ireland’s greatest ever Masters Athlete. He won his first European title in 1982 and his first World title in 1983. He has kept on accumulating titles ever since as well as rewriting the record books. Only last summer he was still trying to set records in the over 75 age group. It was fitting his last race was in the green singlet of Ireland when he helped the Irish team finish 2nd in their age group in the Home Countries International.In 2013 Jim was awarded the IAAF Jubilee Gold Medal medal for his services to the sport he loved so much. Sympathy is extended to all his family