Irish Life Health All Ireland Senior Championships this week end.
The big event each year in the Irish athletic season internally is the All Ireland Senior Track and Field Championships and they go ahead this week end on Saturday and Sunday in Morton Stadium in Dublin with a big number of Waterford athletes competing. To win a a senior National title in any sport is the pinnacle for sports people in any country. As usual Waterford athletes are expected to continue their great success rate at these Championships going back many years.Four will defend individual titles won last year and Ferrybank ladies defend their 4 x 100 metre relay title also. The four individuals are Olympian Thomas Barr 400 metres hurdles going for seven titles in a row, Cara Kennedy hammer going for her sixth title since 2011, Niamh Whelan 200 metres she also won the title in 2010, she also runs in the 100 metres all three Ferrybank and Thomas Houlihan West Waterford in the pole vault and all four are expected to be in the shake up again Others expected to figure prominently are the- back in the sport- Kate Veale West Waterford in the 3000 m walk, Paul Murphy Ferrybank 400 m ,Niall Tuohy do same event, Ferrybank have a total of 12 individual athletes entered and the following are in addition to those alreay mentioned Katie Murphy 200 m, Andrew Connick 5 km ,Philip Harty 10 km , Cormac Mc Cann 100m, Craig Mc Aulliffe 400 m, Shane O'Rahilly 800 m , Emily Nolan 100 m, West Waterford 4, Damien Murphy 5000 m,Sean Stillwell 3000 m steeplechase,Thomas Houlihan Pole Vault and Kate Veale 3000 m walk. Waterford AC 5 Noel Murphy 5,000 & 10,000 m. Iain O'Byrne 1,500m. Mark McKenna 10,000m.and Grace Furlong long and triple jump and Tramore 1 Denise O'Connor entered in 200, 400m,100 m hurdles, 400m hurdles and long jump.. The Championships begin on Saturday at 12.20 pm and on Sunday at 2.15 pm and full timetable is on Athletics Ireland Website.
Coming up in the next week or so are a number of road races in the area. On Friday next July 21 st the 22 nd Annual Ballymacarbry 5 miles starts at 7.30 pm, Its Race 9 of the Intersport Elvery's/Asics Series, entries in Ballymacarbry Community Hallfrom 6.30 pm. On Sunday next the Pink Rock 10 km is near Glenmore,Co Kilkenny at 12 noon, On Wednesday 26 th July the 3rd Annual Faithlegg Golf Course 4 Miles starts at 7 pm entries on total timing. On Friday week July 28 th the final race in the Outfield Sports Series is the Iverk Produce Piltown 10 km in Piltown at 7.30 pm. and on Friday Augus 4 th the Annual Marine Climb in the Dungarvan area is another race in the IntersportElvery's/Asics Series off at 7.30 pm.
Barry's gutsy run
On Saturday last in Bydgoszcz in Poland at the European under 23 Championships Barry Keane Waterford competed for Ireland in the 5000 metres final against 17 other athletes from all over the Continent. In a slow tactical ace Barry stayed with the pace until two laps from the finish when there was a dramatic increase of pace and eventually with a gutsy performance he finished 12 th in 14 minutes 29.07 seconds ,the race was won in 14.14.28.,Barry's best time going into the event was 14.08.74. The experience gained will no doubt stand to him as he competes in future top class races.
Patrick wins All Ireland Juvenile Pole Vault title
Last Sunday in Tullamore the final day of the Irish Life Health All Ireland Juvenile Championships were held and there was one Waterford winner and others won silver and bronze medals. The winner was Patrick Fitzgerald in the pole vault with 3.40 metres and Sam O'Neill was second, while Diarmuid Harty was third in the u 18 pole vault all three from West Waterford. There were three bronze medals won by athletes from Waterford AC Cathal Scanlon u 16 javelin,Shane Cawley u 16 shot putt and Luke Brennan u 15 1500 metres For Ferrybank Lorna Monahan was a close second in the u18 triple jump with a personal best of 10.45 metres and for Tramore Shane Monagle was third in the 200 metres u 18. At the All Ireland B Juvenile Championships also in Tullamore on Saturday Aoife Redmond Ferrybank AC won the under 14 800 metres in a personal best time of 2 minutes 31 seconds.
Dates for your diaries
This years Ballyduff Lower 5 miles race will take place on Friday August 11th with walkers starting at 6:45pm and runners at 7;30pm.The 'Croppy Boy Road Race' will take place on the 30th of September 2017 at 2:00pm in Passage East. This event has been kindly sponsored by the Scenic Passage East Ferry. There will be a 10km race and 5km fun run/walk ,entry fee starts at €10 with chip timing.,Families welcome.Registration is available through www.totaltiming.ie. , all enquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org .