From Wednesday to Sunday next the European Track and Field Championships are in Amsterdam and two athletes from Ferrybank are on the Irish team, Thomas Barr in the 400 metres hurdles and 4x 400 metres relay and Niamh Whelan on the 4x100 metres relay squad. Due to injury Thomas Barr has had only one race leading in to the championships and that was in Santry on Sunday week when he won the National title readily in 50.28 .Assuming all goes to plan for the World University Champion of 2015 he may have to run 5 top class races on 5 successive days. The heats of the 400 metres hurdles are on Wednesday afternoon at 14 .05, please note change of time from original 16.05,the semi finals on Thursday afternoon at 15.15 and the final on Friday at 18.40 Then on Saturday come the heats of the 4 x 400 metres relay at 13.25 with the final on Sunday at 17.50 Two years ago in these championships Thomas won his heat and missed out on the final by one place finishing third in the semi final. But progressing at major championships is not an easy task especially as the number of qualifiers being as low as two from each heat and two from semi finals going through from a total entry of 38. On personal best times Thomas faces 6 or 7 athletes with slightly better times than he has -his best is 48.65 as against the best of 48.45 by the winner in 2014 Hussein from Sweden. The best time so far this year is 48.79 by Escobar from Turkey. These two athletes will be among the favourites as will Fernandez of Spain and a few others but in top form Thomas has a chance of progressing. Niamh Whelan is on the Irish 4x100 metres relay squad and they run in the semi finals at 19.00 on Saturday and the final is on Sunday at 16.35.
National Juvenile fixtures in Tullamore
On Saturday and Sunday next two All Ireland Juvenile fixtures are in Tullamore and Waterford will be well represented at both. On Saturday its the B championships as well as the under 12 to 19 relay championships Sunday is Day 1 of the All Ireland under 12 to 19 championships and both fixtures start at 10 am, full timetables on Athletic Ireland website.
Two Road Races this week end
This week end two road races take place within reach of local runners. On Friday the next race in the Outfield Sports 3 County Challenge Series will be the Auto Power 5 miles in Rathgormack at 7.30 pm,entries from 6.0 pm at Rathgormack Hiking Centre a walk is also on at 7 pm.On Sunday the Annual Pink Rock 10 km starts on the Old New Ross road not far from Glenmore at 12 noon preceded by a walk at 11.15 pm, entries online at present at totaltiming .ie or on the day at Rosbercon Parish Centre from 10 am to 11 30 .am.The actual Race start is approx a mile from here so there is parking facilities and toilets at the start or you can run down to warm up before hand, contact numbers 087 6242017 or 086 3636126. Both events are raising funds for charities
Hayley's three IWAS titles
Two young ladies from Waterford AC were in Prague in The Czech Republic last week representing Ireland in the International Wheelchair and Amputee World under 23 Games and both excelled. The ever consistent Hayley Fitzsimmons had a terrific treble winning the shot putt with a throw of 5.60 metres,the javelin with 17.55 metres and discus with 15.30 metres. and Gina Griffin was second in the javelin with 13.92 metres and discus with 12.89 metres.All involved in Waterford athletic circles were thrilled with both,very well done girls
Two All Ireland titles won
On Saturday last the GloHealth All Ireland junior and under 23 championships were held in Tullamore and two titles were won by Waterford athletes . At under 23 level Ben Kiely Ferrybank was first in the 400 metres hurdles in 54.50 seconds and in the junior grade Yuri Kanash West Waterford won the pole vault with a leap of 4.20 metres. In the junior grade Eoghan Flynn Waterford AC was second in the javelin with a personal best throw of 55.01, sisters Neasa and Sorcha Murphy Ferrybank finished third in high jumps both on 1.60 metres, junior and under 23 respectivelyOn Sunday last again in Tullamore Emily O'Mahony Waterford was third in the All Ireland under 16 combined events and in the juvenile games the Finnisk Valley duo of Ava Flavin and Siúin Mernin were second in the under 9 team 60 metres
Murphy wins in Ring
115 competed in the 24 th Annual Mooney's Pub Rás Na Rinne 6 miles run on Friday evening last in Ring was won by Brian Murphy Carrick. on Suir in 30 minutes 57 seconds, Ravis Zakis was second in 31.42 and Brian Byrne third in 32.30 both West Waterford .Mary Molloy Carrickk on Suir was first lady home in 40.30,Niamh O'Donovan was second in 42.52 and Anna Chizikova was third in 43.30 both West Waterford .The category winners were as follows;men M40 Alan Cullen West Waterford, M45 Peter Duggan St Joseph's, M50 Martin Hayes West Waterford, M55 Gerry Cantwell do, Junior Shane O'Riordan do. Women F35 Ceclia Lee Ind, M40 Sinéad Moore West Waterford M45 Andrea Gaffney do, M50 Libby McGinn -Murphy do. It was race 8 of the Ger Wyley Sports Skins Series.
The Irish team to compete at the European Youth Championships in Tiblisi Georgia from July 14 th to July 17 th was announced last week and two Waterford athletes are included, Miceál Power West Waterford AC in the 3000 metres and Órla O,Connor Waterford AC in the 5000 metres walk. Another young athlete has been selected on the Irish Schools team for the Schools International in Kent on July 16th,Shane Monagle from Árd Scoil na Mara Tramore will compete in the 100 metres hurdles,congrats to all three
Track and Field Fixtures
Saturday 16 th SIAB Schools International Asford Kent England,Saturday 23 rd and Sunday 24 th All Ireland Juvenile u12 to u19 Day 2 and Day 3 Tullamore On Saturday July 30 th and Sunday July 31 st there are two Munster Championship fixtures in Waterford,on Saturday the B Juvenile and on Sunday the senior and master's.men and women.Local athletes should support both fixtures on their own doorstep.
More Road Races in July
Friday week July 15 th Alan Everett Memorial 5 miles in Woodstown Co Waterford 7 pm, Friday July 22 nd Ballymacarbry 5 miles Ger Wyley Sports Series 7.30 pm