On Sunday last in Santry Stadium a small number of athletes from Waterford competed in the AAI Games and they did well. Two won their events and these were the current National champion in the hammer Cara Kennedy Ferrybank , she was first in that event with a throw of 57.51 metres, the other winner was Rachel Power West Waterford in the shot putt with 8.44 metres. Niamh Whelan Ferrybank was second in the 200 metres in 24.39 and third in the 100 metres with 11.90 and Deirdre O'Connor Tramore was second in the 400 metres hurdles in 65.77.
National Combined Events
In miserable conditions in Santry on Saturday two master's athletes from Waterford AC did very well at the National Combined Events Championships.In the over 50 section Tom O'Brien won the title with 2493 points from his four events. He won the 100m and Long jump and was second in shot and 3rd in 1500m,the highest points ever for a National M50 Quadrathlon. Paschal Halley was third over 40 with 2299 points from his five events 110 hurdles, long jump, shot putt, high jump and 1500 metres which he won, the winner had 2431points.
At the Manchester Games on Saturday last Barry Keane Waterford AC clocked a personal best time of 14 minutes 8 seconds for the 5000 metres which is inside the Qualifying time for the European u 23 Championships next month. In Oordegem in Belgium on Saturday Ben Kiely was third in a 400 metres hurdles in 52.44 and at the same meeting Paul Murphy was seventh in a 400 metres in 49.67 both Ferrybank AC. Thomas Barr was due to open his season in Manchester on Friday last but pulled out and has now decided to make his first appearance in Geneva on June 8 th.
Mc Carthy wins in Touraneena.
220 runners and 100 walkers competed in the 22 nd Annual Touraneena 5 Km last Friday evening and the run was won by David Mc Carthy in 15 minutes and one second, Sean Curran was second in 15.39 both West Waterford and Niall Sheil St Killian's Wexford was third in 15.57, first lady home was Jacqui Carthy Kilmore Co Wexford in 18.42, Áine Roche Clonmel was second in 19.37 and Kate Veale West Waterford was third in 19.56.The following were the category winners. Men; M40 Mark Rowe West Waterford, M45 Ted O'Leary do, M50 Ray Hahessy do ,M55 Richard McCarthy Ind, M60 Joe Gough West Waterford, Jnr Niall Blackwell do. Women: F35 Elaine Horgan Ind , F40 Maria White West Waterford ,F45 Brigid Coffey Tried & Tested Triathlon Club, M50 Ónra Power West Waterford , M55 Margaret Whelan Ind. It was race 5 of the Intersport Elvery's/Asics Series promoted by West Waterford AC and proceeds go to Touraneena National School
A very enjoyable series of Mile Races organised by Waterford AC took place at the RSC on Thursday last. Runners in various categories competed in timed mile runs and will try and beat these times in the next series on the last Thursday in June at the same venue and many more are welcome to come along and join the gang,men and women. Fastest on Thursday was Brian Swaby in 4.54.
All Ireland Secondary Schools Championships on Saturday
The best young under age athletes in Ireland will be in action on Saturday next at the Irish Life Health All Ireland Secondary Schools Track and Field Championships in Tullamore and many from schools in Waterford city and county will be among them. It will be a very long day of competitions for boys and girls in four grades minor, junior, intermediate and senior with the first field event at 9.00 am and the first track event at 9.30 am and the final event at 6.20 pm. Full time table on Munster Athletics Website.
Munster Juvenile in Ennis
On Saturday and Sunday next with an 11 am start the Munster under 9 to 13 Track and Field Championships are in Ennis and lots of athletes from Waterford clubs will compete over the two days. The full timetable is available on Munster Athletics Website.
Deadman's 5 Miles on Friday
Another race in the Outfield Sports 3 County Challenge Series the Deadman's 5 miles is in Carrick on Suir this Friday June 2 nd at 7.30 pm. organised by Carrick on Suir Road Runners. entries in Carrick from 6.30 pm. On Friday week June 9 th the 15 thAnnu.Clashmore 5 miles starts at 7.30pm,another race in the Intersport Elvery's/Asics Series and the Annual Kilmcow 4 miles is on Sunday week June 11 th at 2 pm.. The following week we have the Annual Faithlegg Golf Course 4 miles run on Wednesday June 14 th at 7 pm. Another date for the diary is Friday July 14 th for the Annual Alan Everett Memorial Road 5 miles Race in Woodstown at 7 pm. A request to all running in Road races if you are not with a club or group please give where you come from as you enter and make sure the organisers include that in results. No point in putting Mary Flynn individual or Paddy Walsh individual etc as no one reading the results has a clue where you come from.
Other Munster track and Field Fixtures
Sunday June 11th: Munster Senior & Masters Championships: CIT Cork 10 am, Saturday and Sunday June 17th / 18th: Munster U14 - U19 Championships: CIT. Cork, 9.30 am, Saturday July 29th: Munster B Juvenile Championships: Templemore.11 am. A local fixture to note; Waterford Community Games Athletic finals at RSC on Sunday June 25 th.