The Annual WLRFM Viking Marathon as well as the Half and Quarter Marathons were held in beautiful weather on Saturday last over a new course and they had a record entry in excess of 3000 people from many of Ireland and abroad. Taking in both Rice Bridge and the Thomas Francis Meagher Bridge as well as a portion of the Waterford Greenway and parts of the inner city as well as the outskirts it was a huge logistical undertaking with the Gardaí and very many bodies and Voluntary Organisations and volunteers involved. On the competitive side the Marathon was won by Raviz Zakis West Waterford a man very well known on the racing circuit in 2 hrs 23 minutes and 20 seconds,Tom Hogan Sliabh Bhui Rovers Wexford was second in 2.41.56 and Liam Tracey Watergrasshill was third in 2.55.12. First lady home in 4 th place overall was Olympian Pauline Curley Tullamore her fifth year in succession to win the race, her time was 2.53.02, Dolores Duffy Watergrasshill was second in 3.17.30 and Lena Sinclair Liffey Valley was third in 3.22.37. In the Half Marathon there were two local victories with Trevor Power Waterford first man home in 1.13.02 and Ruth Fitzgerald first in the ladies in 1.24.17. and in the quarter in the ladies Sinéad Brannigan Waterford was first home in 46.13 with Emma Leahy second in 46.42 and in the men's Noel Murphy Waterford was second in 36.53 and Ruari O'Donnell Ferrybank third in 38.53. In the age categories Waterford runners figured prominently also in all three disciplines.Marathon Men Categories M40 David Cunningham Waterford 3.04.28, M50 Gerry Fitzgerald Tramore 3.17.08 M70 Tom Roche,4.59.26. Women F55 Mary Ryan Jennings Waterford, 3.57.52, F65, Terri Gough West Waterford 5.56.38 (487 finished). Results of Half Marathon Men 1 Trevor Power Waterford 1.13.02, 2 James Hamm Portlaoise 1.17.34 3 Karl Mannion 1.21.56 M40 Derek Walsh Carrick on Suir 1.18.09, M60 Jim O'Connor Skibereen Lawn.1.33.48. Women 1 Ruth Fitzgerald 1.24.17, 2 Sally Forristal St Joseph's 1.26.01 3 Emma Furey SLOT 1.34.14 F40 Sylvia Malone Waterford 1.27.38, (1219 finished) Qtr Marathon Men 1 David Mansfield Clonliffe Hrs 36.32 2 Noel Murphy Waterford 36.53 3 Ruari O'Donnell Ferrybank38.53, M40 Frank Quinlan Waterford 40.17 M 60 Tony Mc Mahon Focus on Fitness 48.60. Women 1 Sinéad Brannigan Waterford 46.13 2 Emma Leahy 46.42 3 Sinéad Kelly St Abban's 48.21,F 45 Siobhán Kennedy Focus on Fitness 49.17, F55 Anne Fitzgerald Waterford 51.32, Joan Matthew 1.19.22 (969 finished) Well done to all involved in preparations that began many month's ago and of course to all involved in any way on the day..
European Team Championships
In Vaasa in Finland on Friday, Saturday and Sunday last Ireland competed in the European Team Championships and three athletes from Ferrybank were on the Irish team. On day one Niamh Whelan ran in the 100 metres B race and ran well finishing 4 thin 11.77 seconds, later on Olympian Thomas Barr had his semi final of the 400 metres hurdles which he won convincingly in a good time of 50.49 seconds qualifying him for Saturday's final. In the final he faced three other Olympic finalists of 2016 including the bronze medallist Copello from Turkey as well as a European Champion and the fastest man in Europe this year Warholm from Norway who is also a top 400 metres flat runner. The Norwegian broke well in the final looking very impressive and went on to win convincingly in a Championship best time of 48.46, Copello was second in 49.17 and Husseim Switzerland was third in 49.30 with Thomas back in fifth spot on 49.73 well outside his best. Later Niamh Whelan was on the Irish 4x 100 metres relay team that ran a terrific race to finish second of the 12 nations in a in a time of 44.80 seconds, Cara Kennedy in her first major event was 11 th in the hammer event with 51.83 metres ,well outside her best also on Saturday. Then on Sunday Thomas Barr was back on the track as a member of the Irish 4 x 400 metres relay team who ran a blinder to finish second behind Belgium whose winning time was 3 minutes 4.87 seconds just in front of Ireland on 3.05.08. Ireland finished 8 th overall in the team placings and so retain their division 1 standings. In Nivelles in Belgium on Saturday last Paul Murphy Ferrybank was third in a 400 metres race in 49.19 seconds.
Nine communities from around the County competed in the Waterford County Community Games Athletic Finals at the RSC on Sunday last and Tramore emerged as the top Community on the competitive side with 60 points, Aglish/Ballinameela were second on 39 and . while Clonea/ Rathgormack won the best turned out Award. After the parade the Games pledge was read in English by Molly Kenny Ballyduff Upper and in Irish by Avril and Sarah Buckley Aglish/Ballinameela. Co Secretary Geraldine Barry thanked all the participating groups and especially the children and all helping out in the running of the event. The day began on the track with a race for special needs children and they were warmly applauded by the spectators for their efforts. Medals were won by athletes from all nine communities and each winner goes forward to represent Waterford at the National Games later this year
Under Age Results
In Santry Stadium on Saturday last the Tailteann Schools Inter Provincial took place and quite a few from Waterford schools were on the Munster team. Two were placed in their events Patrick Fitzgerald St Augustine's was second in the pole vault and Aisling Lowe Ursuline was third in the 1500 metres steeplechase. On Saturday also the All Ireland Children's Games under 9 to 11 and Relays were in in Tullamore and Finisk Valley under 10 girls excelled. They won the under 10 relay easily and were beaten narrowly into second place in the 60 metres team event .The relay team comprised Ava Flavin, Lucy Nugent, Suin Mernin and Brooke Dunford while the 60 metres team duo were Ava Flavin and Lucy Nugent.
All Ireland Fixtures
Three All Ireland Championships are on this Saturday and Sunday and Waterford athletes will be competing in each with many expected to visit the winner's enclosure.. On Saturday in Tullamore the AAI Junior and under 23 Championships go ahead starting at 10.30 am and Tullamore is also the venue on Sunday for the All Ireland Master's Championships in many age groups and they get under way at 11 am. Also on Sunday the All Ireland Juvenile under 12 to 19 Relays are in Athlone IT and they begin at noon.Full timetable for each on Athletics Ireland Website
25th Annual Rás Na Rinne 6
Race 8 in the INTERSPORT ELVERYS/ASICS SUMMER SERIES. on Friday next is the 25th Annual Mooney's Pub Rás Na Rinne 6 miles.The race starts on the road at Coláiste Na Rinne in Ring Co Waterford and after a mile it goes onto the Cunnigarbeach for 4 miles approximately before returning the on the same road to the finish. The race will start at 7.30 pm. Entries will be taken at Halla Na Rinne and the presentation of prizes will be held in Mooney’s Pub.
Waterford AC Mile runs
The second series of One Mile runs this year organised by Waterford AC is at the RSC this Thursday with registration from 6 pm and is open to all with all grades welcome to see how fast you can run a mile and for those that ran in the first series to see if they can improve ther times.
Some July Road Races
Friday 7th Race 4 Outfield Sports Series Rathgormack 5 miles 7.30 pm ,Friday 14 th Alan Everett Memorial 5 miles in Woodstown 7 pm , Friday 21 st Ballymacarbry 5 miles 7.30 pm, Wednesday 26 th Faithlegg Golf Course 4 Miles 7 pm