Over 2000 competed in the Annual John Treacy 10 miles road race in Dungarvan on Sunday last and a Cork runner very well known around this area won it . Alan O'Shea Bantry was first home in 50 minutes 54 seconds,in second place was David Mansfield Clonliffe Hrs in in 52.40 and Trevor Power Waterford AC had a great run to finish third in 53.14, first junior home Shane O'Riordan West Waterford in 60.51. The first home iin the ladies was Siobhan Doherty Borrisokane another athlete very well know locally and this was her fourth win in the event in a time of 57.32,second was Jill Hodgins Cork in 58.24 and Aoife Cooke Youghal was third in 58.30,Sally Forristal st Joseph's was fifth in 62.30 and Adele walsh st senan's was sixth in 62.36.Waterford AC won the John Treacy club challenge the team being Trevor Power, Noel Murphy and Des Colbert,Youghal won the ladies section.Athletes from the Waterford area to win age categories were Des Colbert M40 and Gerry Cantwell West Waterford M55.First ladies team Focus on Fitness comprising Kate Nolan,Siobhan Kennedy and Catherine Mooney. Wheelchair Jerry Forde Blarney.
Waterford winner at AAI Games
On Sunday last the first big event in the new arena in Abbotstown was the AAI Indoor Senior Games and a small number of athletes from Waterford competed and they did well with Thomas Houlihan West Waterford having a great win in the Pole Vault with 4.65 metres,Niamh Whelan Ferrybank was second in the 60 metres in 7.63 seconds the winner Joan Healy Bandon clocked 7.50 and Niamh was also third in the 200 metres with 24.72 seconds,the winner clocked 23.95. Another Ferrybank AC athlete Niall Tuohy ran a personal best time of 3.51.86 in finishing third in the 1500 metres,another good effort was that of Barry Keane Waterford AC 5th in the 3000 metres in 8.26.
Munster Juvenile wins
Nenagh was the venue on Saturday and Sunday last for the Munster under 9 to 12 indoor championships and there were three wins by Waterford athletes.Two of these came from Eddie Raicevic Finisk Valley in the under 9 60 metres and long jump and Sarah Abullo Waterford won the shot putt and she was second in the 600 metres,second placings were also recorded by Fionn Phelan u 10 500 metre, Petra Igwe under 11 60 metres both Ferrybank,Ryan Stephens Waterford u 12 shot putt and Andrew Scanlon do was third in the same event
East Munster successes
At the WIT Arena on Friday last the East Munster Secondary Schools X Country Championships had a fine entry and athletes from Waterford schools were in top form winning six of the individual races.In the boys senior race Even Keane St Declan's Kilmacthomas was a most convincing winner and Hugo Blair Waterpark ran a fine last lap to take the runner up spot. Another runaway winner for St Declan's was Matteo Mary in the junior grade and in the minor grade Callum Hurley Árd Scoil na Mara Tramore was a most convincing winner. In the girls there were three winners,Lucy Holmes Árd Scoil na n Deise at intermediate level, Lucy O'Brien Waterpark was most impressive winning the junior and Saoirse Allen Mercy Convent easily won the minor. Other placings in the girls were Aoife Redmond Abbey CC 2 nd minor,Roise Ni Mhuiri St Augustine's 2 nd junior, Tara Ramasawmy Presentation 2 nd intermediate, Aoife Allen Mercy 3 rd intermediate, Anna O'Connor Waterpark 3rd senior and boys James Aylward De La Salle 2nd minor, Eoin O'Brien St Declan's 2 nd junior,Fionn Blanch Abbey CC 3rd junior, Cian O'Riordan Dungarvan CBS 2nd intermediate,Hugo Blair Waterpark 2nd senior,3rd Conor Shiels Árd Scoil na Mara 3rd senior. In the team competitions Waterpark won senior girls and senior boys,Dungarvan CBS won intermediate boys,St Augustine's junior girls and Árd Scoil na nDeise junior girls.
All Ireland Cross Country at WIT on Sunday
Locals have a major attraction on Sunday next as the Irish life Health All Ireland Masters X Country Championships are on at the WIT Arena in Carriganore and also there are the Juvenile B Championships and hundreds of athletes from all over Ireland will be competing.Waterford has county teams entered in the Men's Master over 35 and over 50 and in the juvenile relays under 11,13,15 boys and girls teams are entered as well as a girls under 17 team. All clubs have been notified of these teams and its essential all selected do compete .First event girls under 11 1000 metres at 11.30 am.
Anne Valley Run on Saturday
The Annual Anne Valley 5 miles road race is in Dunhill on Saturday at 12 noon entries are being taken online and also on the day in Dunhill from 10 am , If you have entered online and find you cannot compete on Saturday please do not give your number to someone else it causes havoc with results. A 1 km juvenile run starts just before the main event.
Wednesday 15 th February International Grand Prix Indoors Athlone,Thursday February 16 th Munster Secondary Schools X Country Championships Tramore Valley Park,Kinsale Road Cork, Saturday and Sunday February18 th and 19 th All Ireand senior Indoors Abbotstown.
The Annual Munster Star Awards will be presented in Clonmel Park Hotel at a function on Saturday next. Each year athletes and clubs from the six Munster Counties are honoured This year it will be a very special one for Waterford AC as they are chosen as Best Club in Province in three Track and Field Categories Juvenile,Junior and Senior and Master's,two of their athletes also get Awards Dion Ryan juvenile track and field and Hayley Fitzsimmons under 23 while Brendan Leahy is part of an over 35 relay International team also honoured. Other recipients are Katie Murphy Ferrybank juvenile track and field ,MiceálPower West Waterford juvenile cross country and Joe Gough West Waterford the International Award.