At the Irish Life Health All Ireland Junior and under 23 Indoor Championships in Athlone on Sunday last Ireland's best young athletes competed including a number from Waterford. Several of those from local clubs impressed with a gold and two silver medals being won at junior level and one or two also had near misses finishing just outside the medals. The winner was Grace Furlong in the triple jump with a distance of 11.20 metres, she was second in the event last year,silver medal winners were Dion Ryan in the high jump with 1.95 metres, last year he was third and Órla O'Connor in the 3000metres walk in 14 minutes 37.18 seconds, the same position as last year and all three are from Waterford AC . Fourth placings were secured by Katie Murphy Ferrybank in the 200 metres in 25.90 seconds, she had 25. in her semi final, Grace Furlong in the long jump with 5.17 metres and Denise O'Connor Tramore in the 60 metres hurdles final in 9.94 seconds ,in the 60 metres junior final Cormac Mc Cann Ferrybank was 5 th with a fast time of 7.05 seconds.
Ferrybank win in Doneraile
Race 1 in the Doneraile Park Run 5 km Series took place on Saturday last in County Cork and Shane O'Rahilly Ferrybank was first home in 17 minutes 18 seconds. Also on Saturday two other athletes from Ferrybank competed at the National League indoor meeting in Athlone and both finished second in their races,Niamh Whelan in the 200 metres in 24.61 seconds and Niall Tuohy in the 1500 metres in 3.54.99.
John Treacy 10 miles on Sunday
The streets of Dungarvan will have over 2600 competing on them in the 26 th Annual John Treacy 10 miles on Sunday next ,the race begins at 1.30 pm.
Schools fixture at WIT Arena
On Friday next February 3 rd the East Munster Secondary Schools X Country Championships are at the WIT Arena in Carriganore with first race at 12.30 pm. Lots of athletes boys and girls from Waterford schools will be competing in four grades minor, junior,intermediate and senior.Anyone available to help out on Thursday at 12 noon arranging the course or on the day of the races would be more than welcome.
On Sunday next the AAI Senior Games are in the new National Arena in Abbotstown in Dublin at 11 am and some of Waterford best athletes will be competing there and on Saturday and Sunday next the Munster under 9 to 13 Indoor Championships are in Nenagh starting both days at 10.30 am. Most clubs in Waterford will be represented at the fixture and full timetable is available on Munster Athletics website.
Saturday 11 th February Anne Valley 5 miles Road Race Dunhill 12 Noon, Munster Star Awards Dinner Clonmel Park Hotel,
Sunday February 12 th All Ireland Master's Cross Country and Juvenile Relays WIT Arena ,Sunday February 12 th Annual Bausch and Lamb 5 miles 11 am Kilmacthomas
In quite a few road races recently where entries were being taken beforehand online some of those entered find they cannot compete on the day and give their number to someone else and cause havoc with the results where there are male and female prizes in many grades,men give them to women and vica versa. In neighbouring counties those responsible are refused entries to events hosted by clubs who have had the problem and who keep a record of offenders,and here in the county some promoters now are taking a similar stand due to their events suffering similarly and you cannot blame them as they try to run their events, every part of them in a professional way