1800 competed in the Annual Solas Centre 10 miles run and 5 miles Walk in the city on Sunday last in brilliant weather conditions.The run which had 600 finishers was won in easy style by Alan O'Shea Bantry a man well known in these events all over Ireland and regularly in Waterford events ,he was timed at 52 minute 53 seconds,Frank Quinlan Waterford was second in 55.58 and William Stephens was third in 57.19 First lady home was Sylvia Malone Waterford in 63.09,Elaine O'DonovanSt Joseph's was second in 67.44 and Kate Nolan was third in 68.26.. Many were involved in the organisation of the event including Gardai,many local voluntary associations and many individual volunteers and it was a very enjoyable event with lots of side shows in The Peoples Park at the end of the run and walk Full results available on totaltiming.ie.
Sunday last there was lots of activity also in St Augustine's College grounds in Abbeyside when Day 2 of the County Cross Country Championship season went ahead. In brilliant weather condition's there were good sized fields in most races. The Men's Novice title was won by Noel Murphy with Des Colbert second both Waterford AC and Mossie Keogh West Waterford was third, in the women's section Claudia Lane Mary was first with Hillary O'Connell second both Waterford and Liz O'Riordan West Waterford was third. Impressive winners in the juvenile section were Jake BaggeFerrybank u 17, Una O'Brien Tramore u 15, Tommy Fennell West Waterford u 13 ,Emer Griffin Finisk Valley u 11 and Kate Hickey WW u 17. West Waterford won seven juvenile team titles and Waterford,Finisk Valley and Ferrybank had one each,West Waterford retained the Babs Connors Perpetual Trophy for best juvenile club over the two days. Results Girls u 9 1 Eilis Mc Keogh F/B 2 Sarah Gaffney WW 3 Lucy NugentFinisk Valley Team 1 Finisk Valley 2 WW 3 KCK, u 11 1 Emer Griffin Finisk Valley 2 Gráinne Moore WW 3 Rebecca Walsh KCK Team1 WW 2 KCK 3 WAC, u13 1 Allie Cunningham WW 2 Caoimhe Prendergast do 3 Eve Power do Team 1 WW 2 WW, u 15 1 Una O'Brien Tram 2 Lucy Holmes WW 3 Anna Duffin WAC Team 1 WW 2 Tram 3 WAC, u 17 1 Kate Hickey WW 2 Isobel Cummins F/B 3 Ruth Heery WAC Team 1 F/B 2 WAC 3 WW, u 19 Aoife Hamilton WW 2 Caoimhe Dwyer do 3 Rachel Wyley do Team 1 WW. Boys u 9 1 Fionn Phelan F/B 2 Finley McHardy WAC 3 Senan DevineKCK Team 1 WW 2 KCK 3 Finisk Valley, u 11 1 Daniel Gaffney WW 2 Zak O'SullivanTram 3 Eoin Lattimore WW Team 1 WW 2 WW 3 TRAM, u13 1Tommy Fennell WW 2 Aidan Burke WAC 3 Rory Fennell WW Team 1 WW 2 WAC 3 TRAM, u 15 1 Matteo Mary WAC 2 Eoin Hearne F/B 3 Jack O'Flynn WW, u17 1 Jake Bagge F/B 2 CianO'Riordan WW 3 Luke Brennan WAC Team 1 WAC, u19 1 Jamie Mc CarthyWAC Novice Men 1 Noel Murphy WAC 2 Des Colbert do 3 Mossie Keogh WW Team 1 WAC 2 WW Novice 1 Claudia Lane Mary WAC 2 Hillary O'Connell do 3 Liz O'Riordan WW.
Munster Schools Multi Events
A small number of athletes from Waterford schools competed in the Munster Secondary Schools Combined Events at Cork IT Track on Wednesday last and the best performers were Emily O'Mahony St Augustines College third in the junior section and Shane Monagle Árd Sciol na Mara Tramore fourth at intermediate level.
Autumn Cross Country
The Annual Open Cross Country fixture is on Sunday next October 16 th at the National Sports Campus in Abbotstown Co Dublin There are races for boys and girls under 10,12,14,16,18,Junior,Senior and Masters.Full details re entry timetable etc on Athletics Ireland website. it will incorporate trials for the British and Irish Masters Cross Country. In order for Master's to be considered for selection they must compete in their distance. First event is at 11 am. Waterford athletes will compete at the fixture
First Munster Cross Country
On Sunday week October 23 rd the first Munster Cross Country Championship of the season is in Ballinahina, Carrig Na Bhfearr in County Cork .its the even ages for boys and girls under 10,12,14,16,18, as well as the under 23 and Novice. men and women, first event 11.30 am.The following Sunday October 30 th the Dublin City Marathon is on and it incorporates the National Marathon.The best National marathon time was recorded in 1988 by John Woods at 2.11.30 , recent times are well outside that quite a lot being over 2.20.John Treacy was the overall winner of the Dublin City Marathon in 2.14.40 in 1993 and holds the Irish record for the distance at 2.09.15 set in Boston in 1988.
Be safe be seen.
With the dark evenings now in ALL using our roads for training are asked to use clear reflective clothing and to keep clear of busy roads and use footpaths where possible.People with dark clothing are a danger to themselves and to all other road users.