In Amsterdam last week the European Championships took place and two Waterford athletes represented Ireland, Thomas Barr back after a re occurring hip injury and with just one race behind him going into the championships won his heat of the 400 metres hurdles in a seasons best time of 50,17 on Wednesday, then on Thursday he ran in the semi final but despite improving his heat time to 50.09 he didn't make the final finishing 5t h but was not too disappointed but glad to get in two good runs Then he was back on the track competing in the 4x 400 metres relay on Saturday in the semi final and helped Ireland in to Sunday's final where they did very well to finish fifth and Thomas ran two fine legs both days. The Irish team was missing its top performer Mark English as well as one other and the team on Sunday missed out on a place in Rio at The Olympics by seven hundreds of a second .Niamh Whelan ran in the 4x100 metres relay and while the team came up with a season in the semi final of 44,20 they did not make the final.Once again however at a major championship Ireland came home with a medal as Ciara Mc Geehan dooged by injury for years ran a superb race on Sunday to take the bronze medal in the 1500 metres final and very nearly got the silver. and Fionnula Mc Cormack ran a very gutsy race in the 10000 metres final to finish just out of the medals in 4 th place . In addition and semi finals and came up with personal bests.athletes made finals Mc Geehans medal was the 14 th won by Ireland at these championships and the third by a woman.
On Day 1 of the GloHealth Al Ireland Juvenile Championships in Tullamore on Sunday last James Murphy Waterford A C won the under 17 long jump with a fine effort of 6.43 metres and Cathal Scanlon from the came club was second in the under 15 javelin with a personal best of 42.44 metres ,other medal winners were Shane Monagle Tramore silver in the under 17 110 metres hurdles in 15.02 seconds being beaten narrowly, and Kylie Heinen Ferrybank also silver in the high jump under 15. with 1.50 metres
Pink Rock 10 Km
David Mc Pherson Thomastown won the Annual Pink Rock 10 km on the old Waterford/New Ross road on Sunday last in 32 minutes 50 seconds, Frank Quinlan Waterford AC was second in 34.45 and Brian Kirwan was third in 35.04 First lady home was Sally Forristal St Joseph's in 39.01,.Caiolte Malone Kilkenny City Hrs was second in 40.04 and Elaine O'Donovan St Joseph's was third in41.15. .
Murphy wins again
72 competed in the Auto Power 5 miles road race in Rathgormack last Friday evening and Brian Murphy Ck on Suir who competes regularly was first home in 26 minutes 48 seconds Niall Sheil St Killians,Wexford was second in 27.08 and Jimmy Boland Clonmel was third in 28.08. First lady home was Jacqui Carthy Kilmore,Co Wexford in 30.40,Sylvia Malone Waterford was second in 31.01 and Sally Forristal St Joseph's was third in 31.55. Gerry Forde Blarney won the wheelchair section. It was race 4 of the Outfield Sports Series,proceeds of the run and a walk which was also held went to The Irish Cancer Society.Again the race was superbly organised by Carrick on Suir Road Runners and the refreshments served afterwards were very much appreciated
The Irish team competes at the European Youth Championships in Tiblisi Georgia this week from July 14 th to July 17 th and it has two Waterford athletes included, Miceál Power West Waterford AC competes in the 3000 metres and Órla O'Connor Waterford AC in the 5000 metres walk. Both secured qualifying times for the championships and even so this is a major step up in class. Their competitions are on Day 1 with Órla's race being the first event of the Championships on Thursday morning and Miceál's is the last event that evening. Another young athlete from the county has been selected on the Irish Schools team for the Schools International in Kent on Saturday next July 16th,Shane Monagle Tramore AC and Árd Scoil na Mara will compete in the 100 metres hurdles, we hope all three do well and compete up to their best form.
.Woodstown Five Miles this Friday
On Friday next with a 7 pm start in Woodstown,Co Waterford the Annual Alan Everett Memorial 5 miles run and walk promoted by Waterford AC goes ahead and on the evening entries will be taken from 5.45 pm until 6.45 pm at The Saratoga and anyone who wishes to enter online beforehand can do so on totaltiming.ie. The course is the same as previous years starting some 300 yds on the Dunmore East side of Woodstown Gap and finishing inside in The Leap a few hundred yards back from the starting point
Track and Field fixtures.
,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.
Like to run a mile
Waterford AC are holding "how fast can you run a Mile on the TRACK" this is aimed at runners of all abilities and more importantly the non club runner. This will take place in the RSC for 6.15 pm for registration and races to start at 7 pm on Thursday 11th August & Thursday August 15th. Chip timing sponsored by Kieran O' Mahony of Total Timing. These mile events are FREE to all taking part.
Upcoming Road Races
Friday July 22 nd Ballymacarbry 5 miles 7.30 pm Race 9 Ger Wyley Sports Skins Series,Friday July 29 th Piltown 10 km final race Outfield Sports 3 County Challenge Seies 7.30 pm, Piltown Co Kilkenny, Friday August 5 th Marine Climb 6 miles race 10 Ger Wyley Sports Series,,Friday August 19 th GSK 5 miles Dungarvan 7.30 pm Race 11 Ger Wyley Sports Series Friday August 26 th Ballyduff Lower Co Waterford 5 miles run and walk. 7.00 pm.