One of the major road races in the country will be staged in Dungarvan on Sunday next" The John Treacy 10 miles" with an entry of 2500. Three athletes who have qualifying times for the Olympic Marathon in Rio are included among the entries Mick Clohessy Raheny, Sean Hehir Rathfarnham reigning National Marathon champion Barbara Sanchez Raheny and Maria McCambridge DSD is also an entry The event begins at 1.30 pm near The Dungarvan Sports Centre.
East Munster schools at WIT
This Thursday at 12 noon the East Munster Secondary Schools X Country Championships are at the WIT Sports Campus Carriganore and it should be a major mid week attraction for local athletic followers and many athletes from Waterford schools will be participating. There will be racesin total in grades minor,junior,intermediate and senior boys and girls. Locals willing to give a hand on the day and also on Wednesday preparing the course can contact Mary Ashe on 086 8227064
All Ireland Junior and under 23 on Sunday
The indoor season continues on Sunday in Athlone with the staging of the GloHealth National Junior and under 23 Championships and it is expected that Waterford will have a representation at the meeting through Waterford AC with six athletes and Ferrybank with 4, fixture under way at 10 am and full programme is on Athletic Ireland website
Barr joint winner
Heartiest congratulations to Thomas Barr Ferrybank AC who was chosen as the joint winner of The Park Hotel Supreme Sportsperson for 2015 together with golfer Gary Hurley.This was the first time the honour was shared in the 25 years history of the awards.Athletics has a great record in these awards having had 43 monthly winners just three behind leaders hurling on 46. Barrs Supreme Award was the third for athletics the others being Susan Smith and Kate Veale.
Credit Union Award for Phoebe Murphy
On Saturday last also at The Dome at WIT Phoebe Murphy Ferrybank AC was announced as The Waterford and St Dominic Credit Unions Supreme Young athlete of the Year by guest speaker Olympian Jamie Costin,. Also present was Mayor of the Metropoltan Area Eamon Quinlan who complimented all the 12 monthly winners and also the Credit Unions for their support for the Awards for past thirteen years. During 2015 Phoebe Murphy had among her victories,All Ireland senior schools titles over 100 and 200 metres, All Ireland junior 200 metres ,Scottish under 18 200 metres Irish under 18 60 metres indoors and qualified for European Junior Championships but injured herself the day before her race and had to withdraw A few of the other nominees also had won National titles and competed internationally.Linda O'Kane from the Credit Unions said they were very happy to be associated with the Awards and would continue for 2016.
All Ireland indoor Combined events medals
Two athletes from Waterford clubs figured at the All Ireland under age Indoor combined events in Athlone on Saturday last coming home with a silver and bronze medal.In the youth section Anne Corcoran Ferrybank finished second with a total of 3444 poits from her five events and had personal bests in three of these the 800 metres,hurdles and shot putt,the event was won by Kate O'Connor Dundalk with 3877 points a championship best performance. In the under 16 section Emily O'Mahony Waterford was third on 2261 points the winner was Ella Duane Crookstown Millview on 3002 points
Munster Pole Vault titles won
Eight athletes from West Waterford competed in the Munster Indoor juvenile pole vault championships in Nenagh last Sunday and they won two titles and all eight came home with medals. Under 17 Damien Harty was first on count back with Craig Cloona second both on 2.90 metres, under 16 it was a 1,2,3 for West Waterford again on count back with Patrick Fitzgerald first,Sam O'Neill second and Eoin Killigrew third all with 2.70 metres,in the under 15 section Ryan Mc Grath was second with 2.40 metres and in the same age group in the girls Tara O'Hara was second with 1.95 metres and Alannah Kelly third with 1.80 metres
Murphy wins 5 Miles
160 competed in the Annual Frank Leahy Memorial Road Race in the city on Sunday last in aid of St Pauls Parish, a 3 miles walk also attracted a fine crowd and Fr Pat Fitzgerald PP St Pauls was among the crowd.First home in the run was Brian Murphy Carrick on Suir in 25.49,Frank Quinlan Waterford was second in 26.08 and Trevor Power do was third in 26.27 First lady home was Suzanne Dullaghan Waterford in 33.17 Joan Mahony was second both Waterford in 34.25 and Jenifer Murphy was third in 35.37. Category winners were men o 40 David Cunningham Waterford,o 45 Paschal Halley do do, o 50 Paul Murray, o 55 Walter Keane do ,o 60 Jim O'Connor,Women o 35 Lisa Hickey Tramore, o 40 Susan Lanigan St Joseph's, o 45 Eileen Murphy, 0 50 Gabrielle Blair Waterford, 055 Noelle Conway.WWAL.
On Saturday next in Listowel the Munster Athletics Sports Star Banquet takes place.The following from Waterford figure in the Awards for 2015, Juvenile Track and Field Denise O'Connor Tramore and James Murphy Waterford, Juvenile Cross Country Órla Queally Ferrybank, Masters Philip Harty West Waterford ,Achievement Award Joe Gough do ,best Master's club Waterford., .