On Saturday last the Kincora,Dublin to Passage East 115 Road Relay was staged and it was a great event with over a total of 200 runners and walkers participating ,the first runners in the relay set out from the Raheny area at 3 am on Saturday and the second last 10 miles leg arrived at Passage Cross at approximately 5.45 pm. The final leg of 5.4 miles then set off for Passage East via Newtown and Crooke and the first runner home from that leg into Passage was Damien Martin Raheny Shamrocks AC. The event was held in memory of Ronan Walsh Carey's Bridge,Crooke Passage East who died recently and who was a member of Raheny Shamrocks and it raised thousand of Euro for St Francis Hospice in Raheny and Waterford Hospice. The final leg passed by the Walsh family home on its way to Passage.The wife and children of the late Ronan took part as did many members of his family. His mother Rosaleen presented the Perpetual Cup to the winner of the final leg into Passage Damien Martin and his brother Derek thanked all who had participated ,the many sponsors and all who helped in many ways. The Gardaí locally,paramedics and the many stewards from Passage East and Crooke Development Association led by their Chairperson Michael Connors were superb as were the many men women and children located at water stations,the ladies doing the catering, those that supplied food,Suirway buses and their driver, those taking entries and selling tickets and those manning the finish etc At the other side in Dublin the organising committee did a wonderful logistical job also and the majority of runners came from Raheny Shamrocks AC men and women.It was a memorable occasion and the atmosphere in Passage at the finish told it all on a lovely autumn evening. On Saturday in Kilkenny Brian Byrne West Waterford AC won the Medieval 30 km run.
Award for Thomas Barr
Congratulations to Thomas Barr who was chosen as The Park Hotel Sports Star of the Month for August after his fine performances in Rio at the Olympic Games. Next year will also be an important one for Thomas with the World Championships in London in early August followed by the defence of his World University title in Taipei later. Last Wednesday he paid a visit to the RSC for his club's Ferrybank AC under age training session and he joined in with all ages for some jogging and signing autographs, he was made a presentation from the club by one of the juveniles, and he went down a treat with all and many
Recently a brilliant book entitled "A Golden Era" was launched by the author Michael Gygax from Raheny in Dublin covering Master's Athletics and athletes in Ireland and it includes articles on many household names in Irish Master's athletics including our own Joe Gough and Mary Ryan Jennings and also some top class athletes who continued in the sport when reaching the age. The book can be had by contacting the author at 570 Howth Road ,Raheny,Dublin 5 Price €20
Successes in Taghmon
A small number of athletes from Tramore AC and Ferrybank AC travelled to TaghmonCounty Wexford on Sunday last for the Open Cross Country fixture and there were four winners. For Tramore there were two winners Una O'Brien in the under 16 age group and Zac O'Sullivan in the under 10,Emma Corkery was 3rd under 10,Sarah Stone 4 th under 16 and Heather O'Connor 5th in the same race while Zoe O'Sullivanwas 6 th under 8, the girls under 16 team won the team award with Una O'Brien,Sarah Stone and Heather O'Connor.For Ferrybank Craig O'Brien won the junior race and Jake Bagge the under 16 and Nathan Bagge was 5 th under 14.
Vadrafjord 5 Mile Run/Walk in aid of Waterford Hospice
On Sunday next with a 1 pm start the Annual 5 Vradafjiord miles event in aid of Hospice will start near Reginalds Tower in Waterford Number collection in The Reg, 2 The Mall, Waterford from 10.30am on the day Registration is available on the day also at The Reg
Kilmacow Cross Country on Sunday
With a 1 pm start on Sunday next at the Complex in Kilmacow the Annual St Senan'sAC Kilmacow Open Cross Country fixture takes place and entries are expected from clubs in many parts of Ireland and Waterford clubs are expected to travel in force. The programme has races for boys and girls under 8,9,10,12,14,16,18, junior and senior men and women with Master's prizes, the best juvenile club overall will be awarded the Perpetual Trophy, full details on St Senan's AC Website.
Sunday October 2 nd u8,u10,u12,u14,u16, u 18 junior and senior, Sunday October 9 th u9,u11,u13,u15,u17,u19,Novice, Sunday November 6 th Juvenile B u 9,u11,u13, u15, and Master's all fixtures in St Augustine's College Grounds Abbeyside at 11 am.
Waterford Primary Schools Cross Country at RSC
To day Tuesday Sept 20 th at 12 noon at the RSC the Annual Waterford Primary Schools Cross Country fixture promoted by Ferrybank AC goes ahead with races for boys and girls from 1 st to 6 th class Full details with all schools and contact number is 087 6889330 On Sunday Sept 25 th the Kilmacow Open Cross Country has a 1 pm start
Munster Schools Combined Event Championships will take place on Wednesday 5th October in Cork I.T. at 11am. Please note that this is an outdoor event.It was usually an Indoor competition but Nenagh Indoor Track is currently out of commission.