Fifth Annual WLRFM Viking Marathon Series on Saturday
The week end ahead is the busiest and most important yet in the season with major fixtures in the city and Santry Stadium in Dublin. On Saturday the 5 th Annual WLRFM Viking Marathon,Half Marathon,Quarter Marathon and relays has a 9 pm start at City Hall on Saturday Thenon Saturday and Sunday the All Ireland Senior Track and Field Championships are in Santry in Dublin and also in Santry on Saturday at 10 am the Tailteann Schools Interprovincial takes place while here at home on Sunday the County Community Games Athletic finals are at the RSC at 11 am.
WLRFM Viking Marathon
The big road event of the year in the city takes place on Saturday next with a huge entry of almost 2000 once again for the WLRFM Viking Marathon Series which includes a Marathon,Half Marathon Quarter Marathon and Relay all of which start at City Hall in Waterford at 9 am sharp and all finish inside the RSC..The Marathon will include Philip Harty West Waterford recent winner of the Cork Marathon and Brian Murphy CK on Suir who won the first Viking Marathon and Pauline Curley Tullamore going for her 4 th win in the race, the Half Marathon is headed by Sergei Ciobanu who was controversily left out of the Irish Marathon team for Rio. Quite a few competitors from overseas are entered including Brazil,Sweden and Japan to mention but a few and all are most welcome and 13 bands and Dj's will provide music around the route .Runners doing the second and third legs of the relay will not start at City Hall For all others the circuit in the city is as follow. Start the Mall to Parnell St, right up Johns Street, right down Lady Lane Henrietta Street, Baileys New Street and on to The Quay at Reginald’s Tower, left up along the Quay, left up Exchange Street, right High Street (Mile 1) and right down Conduit Lane to the quay, left over to Clock Tower and left up Barronstrand Street, right into Georges Street, and down O’Connell Street to Penrose Lane right and back out on to The Quay again.Then down the Quay and past the Plaza (Mile 2) to The Tower Hotel and left out Lombard St, William St etc. All competing are asked to view the routes after this on Marathon Website the full marathon will travel to Tramore and turn left at Sommerviile. .All involved are asked to obey the Gardai and stewards around the route and stewards are asked to be pro active especially at turn offs with clear indications and signals to all athletes from first to last of the course they are to take, The public are advised there will be traffic delays around the routes.
GloHealth All Ireland Championships
Much earlier than usual this year due to the Olympics in Rio in August the All Ireland Senior Track and Field Championships are in Morton Stadium in Dublin this week end on Saturday and Sunday. All of Ireland's top athletes will be in action including a sizable entry from Waterford clubs.Thomas Barr already qualified for the Olympics is expected to make his belated seasonal appearance in the 400 metres hurdles due to an injury ,his sister Jessie is also entered in the same event,Niall Tuohy is in the 800 metres Cara Kennedy in the hammer,Niamh Whelan in the 100 and 200 metres,the Murphy sisters in the high jump Sorcha and Neasa ,Paul Murphy 400 metres,Andrew Connick 1500 m,Anne Phoebe Murphy 100 m Anne Corcoran 400 metres or 400 m hurdles and Ben Kiely 400 m hurdles ,Aisling Quinn 3000 m junior. all Ferrybank .From West Waterford David Mc Carthy is in the 5000 and 10000 m, Yuri Kanash and Thomas Houlihan in pole vault,James Ledingham and Sean Curran 800 m, Miceál Power 1500 m. From Waterford AC we have Órlaith O'Brien javelin,Grace Furlong long and triple jump,Dion Ryan high jump,Eoghan Flynn and Kevin Fitzgerald javelin,David McGlynn junior 3000 m and Hayley Fitzsiimmons Para discus,javelin and shot putt. First event on Saturday at 2.45 pm and on Sunday at 9.30 am. Full timetable on Athletic Ireland Website
Titles galore won in Cork
Waterford athletes were in sparkling form in Cork last week end at the Munster u 14 to 19 Championships winning numerous titles and also many silver and bronze medals..Waterford AC in particular had a terrific week end winning 21 titles. The following had three championship best performances; Órlaith O'Brien javelin u 18 42.60 m, Emily O'Mahony u16 triple jump 10.36 Eoghan Flynn u19 javelin 54.05m he also won the discus, the following all had doubles James Murphy u17 triple jump and long jump ,Evan Keane u17 800m and 1500 m, Jamie McCarthy u 18 800m and 1500 m,Cian O'Brien u19 long and triple jump, Shane Cawley u 15 discus and shot putt Cathal Scanlon won the u15 javelin , Luke O'Brien u18 javelin , Gwyneth Blair u 19 800m, Claire Caulfield u14 walk, Emma Caulfield u 16 walk , Órla O'Connor u 17 walk, high jump u 18 Dion Ryanthey also had ten silver and ten bronze medal winners. Ferrybank too had a great week end with 11 successes with Anne Corcoran in great form winning three titles under 18 the 400 metres with a championship best performance of 56.77 she also won the 400 m hurdles an shot putt,doubles were recorded by Katie Murphy u 17 100 and 200 m,Phoebe Murphy u 19 100 and 200 m, Jake Bagge won the u 16 800 m, Praiise Oweye the u 14 80 m, Lorna Monaghan the u 17 triple jump and girls under 18 relay team also won. seven silver and 5 bronze medals were also won. For West Waterford there were wins by Diarmuid Harty pole vault under 17, Patrick Fitzgerald pole vault u1 6,Josh Rockett hammer u 19 and Órna Nic Aoire u 14 hammer they also won three silver and four bronze medals Tramore had two wins with Shane Monagle in the u 17 110 m hurdles and Denise O'Connor in the 400 m hurdles and had four silver and two bronze medal winners also. Full results on Munster Athletics website
Jessie second in Belgium
At a meeting in Nivelles in Belgium on Saturday last Jessie Barr Ferrybank finished second in a 400 metres hurdles race in 58.84 seconds again outside her best but much better than the previous weeks run,the race was won in 58.13 by another Irish athlete Christine Mc Mahon. In Dublin on Friday last Niall Tuoohy was 5 th in an 800 metres race in 1.51.43
Harty wins Dromana Five Miles
175 competed in the 24 th Annual Dungarvan Leader Dromana 5 miles road race from Villierstown to Cappoquin last Friday evening and first home was Philip Harty in 25 minutes 51 seconds, Damien Murphy was second in 26.04 both West Waterford and Frank Quinlan Waterford was third in 27.02 First lady home was Maebh Fenton Dooneen Co Limerick in 32.47,Sandra Prendergast West Waterford was second in 33.24 and Muriel Cummins third in 34.43 ,It was race 7 of the Ger Wyley Sports Skins Series.Raivis Zakis West Waterford won last Saturday's Stone Mad half marathon race which is held from Leighlinbridge Co Carlow along the Barrow river to the finish in Craiguenamanagh Co Kilkennny. Raivis completed the course in a time of 1.19.09 to break the course record for the event (by all accounts the distance was quite a bit more than the half marathon perhaps the name of the event signalled this ).