This week from Tuesday to Sunday the European Master's Indoor Championships are in Ancona in Italy and two athletes from Waterford are competing Joe Gough West Waterford over 60 and Brendan Leahy Waterford over 35. First into action this morning Tuesday is Joe in the semi final of the 800 metres over 60, the final is on Thursday afternoon.He is also entered in the 1500 metres the semi final of which is on Friday and the final on Sunday. Brendan Leahy goes in the 400 metres over 35 on Saturday and the final of that event is on Sunday.
Munster Road Races
On Sunday next the Munster Senior ,Novice and Master's Road Championships for Men and Women over 4 miles are in Kilnaboy in County Clare starting at 1 pm. A number of athletes from Waterford clubs will be competing in various age categories
Easter Bunny 5 Miles
A good entry was received for the Annual Easter Bunny 5 Miles ]and Walk Run in the City on Sunday last in cold and blustery conditions in aid of Our Lady,s Hospital for Sick Children in Dublin. Brian Murphy Carrick on Suir was the overall winner of the run in 26 minutes 43 seconds,Frank Quinlan Waterford was second in 27.01 and Trevor Power do was third in 28.36. First over 40 Des Colbert Waterford junior Craig O'Brien FerrybankRoad Runners. First lady home was Donna Dowling Kilkenny City Hrs in 32.12, Mary Molloy Carrick on Suir was second in 33.35 and Mary Doolin St Joseph's was third in 34.22. First over 40 Stefanie Johnson and junior Rachel Fitzgerald
Tramore 4 Miles
Philip Harty West Waterford won the Tramore 4 miles on Friday last with Paul Ogle Waterford Triathlon second and Sylvia Malone Waterford won the ladies section from Joan Mahony also from Waterford. No other results available
World Half Marathon
There was a great performance by Irish athlete at the World Half Marathon Championship in Cardiff last Saturday Paul Pollock finished 14 th overall in a time of 62 minutes 46 seconds he was the second European to finish,Mo Farah Great Britain was 3 rd behind two Kenyans
Race Walkers Robert Heffernan and Olive Loughnane will be upgraded with Olympic bronze and world gold medals after the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) upheld six appeals recently filed by the IAAF against Russian athletes .Heffernan will be awarded the Olympic bronze medal for the 50km walk from the London Games in 2012 while this rubber stamps Loughnane being upgraded from silver to gold over 20km in the 2009 World Championships in Berlin. This is welcome news for both but it is likely there will be more upgrading in the future if some governing bodies of major medal winners who are still not complying fully with their Anti Doping policies are pressurised by the IAAF and the World Anti Doping Agency
Road Races in April
Sunday next April 3 rd Munster Senior, Novice and Masters Road Race Championships Kilnaboy Co Clare 1 pm., Friday April 8 th Ballinroad, 5miles Race 1 Ger Wyley Sports Series 7 pm, Sunday April 10 th Splashworld 10 km Tramore 11 am Friday April 15 th Butlerstown 4 miles 7 pm ( Race2 Ger Wyley Sports Series) The Ferrybank GAA Angela Burns Memorial10k Fun Run/Walk will take place on Sunday April 24th at 1 1am inFerrybankGAA Grounds. There will be a 2k race for the Under 12's,starting before the main 10k
Ferrybank Open Sports
On Sunday April 10 th the Annual Mc Donalds Ferrybank Open Sports will be at the RSC at 12 noon.lots of events track and field on the programme for athletes under 8 to 17 as well as junior and a senior and master's sprint and 1500 metres .Relays for boys and girls under 9,11,13,15 mixed relays u 17 with at least two girls.Full details from 087 6889330. Another Ferrybank fixture is the Primary schools Sports on Tuesday April 26 th at 11 am at the RSC. The Irish University Track and Field Championships are in Morton stadium on Friday and Saturday April 15 th and 16 th.
Special 1916 Commemoration Race in Dublin.
Athletics Ireland have announced in partnership with the Dublin City Council to host the Dublin Remembers 1916 Run 5k which will take place on Sunday 24th April at 9:00 am to mark the 100 year anniversary of the 1916 Easter Rising. With the centenary celebrations of 1916 in full swing, this is an excellent opportunity to put your running shoes on in remembrance Starting at Mountjoy Square, the course takes in some of Dublin City’s most iconic sites while you fill the streets passing the GPO, Liberty Hall, Rosie Hackett Bridge, the Four Courts and finishing at the Royal Hospital Kilmainham exactly 100 years ago to the day of the Easter Rising. All finishers will receive a unique commemorative Dublin Remembers 1916 Run technical t-shirt as well as being part of this unique event. See Athletic Ireland website for entry details,online entries close Wednesday April 20 th at 23.59..
Clubs may want to avail of local coaching courses coming up in Waterford. It is great to have them available in the county so clubs should try take advantage of that when we have them so close! April 8th/9th/15th/16th: Level 1 Course @ RSC, Waterford (Assistant or Leader course must be completed before one completes a Level 1 course )April 28th: Assistant Coaching Course @ RSC, Waterford May 12th: Athletics Leader Course @ RSC, Waterford Contact Colin Byrne (Regional Development Officer) on ColinByrne@athleticsireland.ie or 0870632326 for more details.
County Board Meeting
The next scheduled county board meeting is due to be held on Friday April 1st in Dungarvan. The main purpose of this meeting is to declare transfers and it will be very short.meeting 7 pm in Park Hotel
County T&F Dates
Please note that the two dates for the County T&F Championships are as follows: Sunday May 8th and Sunday May 15th. There is a change to those dates as originally we had pencilled in May 22nd as the second date but with Munster Schools taking place on May 21st in the RSC, we brought second day forward to May 15th.