On Saturday morning last in ideal conditions the re scheduled Waterford AC Half Marathon was held and again there was a huge entry from all over Ireland,the race started and finished in WIT Sports Campus in Carriganore, the official starter was the Mayor of Waterford Cllr John Cummins. From the gun the pre race favourite National Cross Country champion Mick Clohessy Raheny Shamrocks set the pace together with Mark Hanrahan Leevale and Tom Fitzpatrick from Tallaght.Then after a few miles it turned in to a two man battle up front between Clohessy and Hanrahan as they ran side by side. With approximately ten miles covered Clohessy upped the pace and gradually drew clear to eventually go on and win in a very good time of 1 hour 4 minutes and 25 seconds,Hanrahan finished second in 1.05.09 with John Meade St Finbarr's was third in 1.11.19, Frank Quinlan was the first Waterford athlete home in 4th place in 1.13.11. Clare Gibbons Mc Carthy Leevale was first lady home in 1 16.45 again a very impressive performance, Siobhan Doherty Borrisokane was second in 1.18.08 and Pauline Curley Tullamore was third in 1.20.28 The following were the category winners Men M40 Joe Cunningham St Finbarrs, M45 John Murphy Grange/Fermoy, M50 Eddie Newman Mullingar, M55 Eugene Doherty Sliabh Bhui Rovers Wexford,M 60 Jim O'Connor Waterford. Women F35 Alma Hanevy, Ind F 40 Tara Kennedy Monks Defence Forces, F45 Maria Griffin St Joseph's, F50 Joan Ennis Grange Fermoy, F55 Marilyn Nyquist DLPR. The organisers wish to thank their sponsors,the Gardai for a great job around the course,Order of Malta, Catering Ladies, Registration desk, Help desk, the many Stewards including all at water stations, Mount SIon GAA, St. Saviours GAA, Ferrybank Scouts, DLS Scouts, The Biscuit Club, Dunmore East Coastguard and management and staff at WIT Sports Campus. All helped make the event most enjoyable and successful.
On Sunday next Nenagh is the venue for the Munster Senior and Master's Indoor Championships in Nenagh and many athletes from Waterford clubs will compete in each category men and women., the programme gets under way at 10.30 am. On this Friday with an 11.30 am start the Waterford Secondary Schools Cross Country Championships are in St Augustine's College Grounds Abbeyside with races for boys and girls in different grades. Looking further ahead in January the All Ireland Indoor combined events in all categories will be in Athlone on Saturday 23 rd and on Sunday 24 th the Munster Indoor Juvenile Relays are in Nenagh. as are the under 15 to 19 pole vaults and on Sunday 31 st the All Ireland junior and under 23 Indoor championships are in Athlone.
Road Races in the Area
The following road races are coming up in the area. Sunday January 24 th St Pauls Parish Frank Leahy Memorial 5 miles 1 pm run and 3 miles walk 12.30 pm Lismore PK Waterford City, 25th Annual John Treacy Dungarvan 10 Sunday January 31st 1.30pm., Saturday February 6 th Annual Anne Valley 5 miles Dunhill, 12 noon, Saturday February 13 th Annual Half Marathon, 10 Km and 5 km Mt Juliet Thomastown 11 am See TotalTiming .ie for entry to St Pauls,Anne Valley and Mt Juliet races,entries are closed for John Treacy 10.Munster Star Awards Banquet, Saturday 30th January 2016 in Listowel, Co. Kerry.