The big athletic event of the year worldwide this year begins this Friday in London. Its the World Track and Field Championships and there will be a Waterford interest with Olympian Thomas Barr Ferrybank competing in the 400 metres hurdles. This will be his second appearance at these Championships, in 2015 in Beijing he reached the semi final and will be aiming to go one better in London next week. His participation begins on Sunday next at 11.05 am in the heats of his event and his preparation is practically a carbon copy of last year for the Olympics. He has had very few races due to a hamstring problem this time round but in the National Championships on Sunday week last when he was back in action after a five weeks break he seemed in good shape as in winning his seventh title in a row he ran 49.79 with ease and without a serious challenge. Having said that however he will have to be capable of running much faster even in his heat if he hopes to progress-his best time of 47.97 set in the Olympic final last year is well up with the best whom he will meet in London. If progressing to the semi final this race will be on Monday at 8.20 pm with probably the first two only sure to go through and the final is timed for Wednesday at 9.30 pm. Lets hope we see the very best Thomas Barr in action and if so he can make a bold bid to progress. Ireland send 12 athletes to the championships and a few others can be prominent such as Brian Gregan 400 metres,Mark English 800 metres and the race walkers Robert Heffernan,Alex Wright and Brendan Boyce.
On Saturday next the Celtic Games Juvenile International is in Morton Stadium in Santry in Dublin with competitions for athletes under 16 and under 18. reland willl face Wales and Scotland and on the Irish team in the under 18 age group is Shane Monagle Tramore in the 110 metres hurdles and 4x100 metres relay team. Two other Waterford athletes are on Development teams Katie Murphy Ferrybank in the u 18 100 metres and 4x100 metres relay and Shane CawleyWaterford in the under 16 shot putt.
25th Annual Marine Climb 6 Mile Road Race.
The second last race in the Intersport/Elvery's/ Asics series is on Friday next the 6 miles Marine Climb.The race starts at 7.30 pm and the race goes out the Cork road to finish at the Marine Bar. As this is as an A to B course, starting in Dungarvan and finishing in Ring you may need to organise a lift to get back to your car.Entries for the race will be taken at Dungarvan Sports Centre with start nearby
Niamh in Germany
On Saturday last Niamh Whelan ran two races in Rhede in Germany and finished 4th in both,the 100 metres in 11.66 and the 200 metres in 23.98 two good efforts,she competes in the World University Games in Taipei later this month.
Lots of Munster medals won by juveniles.
Templemore Co Tipperary was the venue on Saturday last for the Munster B Juvenile Track and Field Championships on Saturday last and there was a big entry from Waterford clubs and lots of medals were won,gold,silver and bronze,there were ten winners came from four clubs. For KCK the victors were Isobel Lawler u 10, Ronan O'Hora also under 10 and Kyle Walsh u 15. Three clubs had two wins each,West Waterford with Sarah Gaffey u13 500 m and Aisling O'Regan u 15 shot putt,Tramore with Zak O'Sullivan u11 600m and Dara O'Neill u u14 sprint,Ferrybank with Ellis Mc Hugh u10 long jump and Fionn Phelan also u 10 500 m and Finisk Valley had a win with Ava Flavin in the u 10 sprint. Silver medals went to Niamh Mc Grath u9 300m, Ronan O'Hora u10 long jump, Darragh Devine u 11 long jump and Aisling Power u15 shot putt all KCK, Tommy Broderick u12 shot putt and Liam Broderick u14 500m both west Waterford and Ellis Mc Hugh Ferrybank u 10 500 m. Bronze medals were won by Ian Homes u12 80 m, Adam Hayden u14 100 m and Cal Tutty u 12 600 m all from West Waterford Senan Devine u10 500m and Kyle Walsh u 15 shot putt both KCK and Sarah ByrneTramore was joint third in the u13 long jump.
Quinlan wins Faithlegg 5 Miles
100 competed in the 3 rd Annual Faithlegg Golf Course 5 miles run last Wednesdayevening in ideal conditions and the easy winner was Frank Quinlan Waterford AC in 27 minutes 46 seconds, Patrick Roche Carrick n Suir was second in 28.32 and Louis O'Carroll Ferrybank was third in 28.54. First lady home was Sharon Kiely Thurles in 30.58, Kate Veale West Waterford was second in 31.46 and Suzanne Dullaghan Waterford was third in 34.32 The category winners were Female F35 Joan Mahony Waterford, F40 Benvon Lyons,F45 Clare Fowler Saturday Road Runners..Male M40 Trevor Doonan, M45 David Gunnip Waterford AC, M50 Dermot Power Saturday Road Runners
Piltown 10 Km details
109 competed in the Iverk Produce 10 Km road race in Piltown Co Kilkenny last Friday evening including quite a few from Waterford and Alban Coughlan Crusaders a native of the Carrick on Suir area was the overall winner in 33 minutes 50 seconds, Brian Murphy was second in 34.13 and Derek Walsh third in 34.40 both Carrick on Suir. First lady home was Kate Veale West Waterford in 40.07,Sinéad Brannigan Waterford AC was second in 41.56 and Suzie Macken third in 42.15. It was the final race in the Outfield Sports Series promoted by Carrick on Suir Road Runners and as always it was very well organised..The Overall series winners were Alban Coughlan and Kate Veale.
More Road Races
On Friday August 11 th the Annual Liz Hayes Memorial Road Race in Ballyduff Lowe Co Waterford will start at 7.30 pm preceded by a walk at 6.45 pm.The Annual Sanofi Five Miles for M.S. Road Race will take place on Friday, the 25th of August with walkers leaving Sanofi on the Old Kilmeaden Road in Waterford at 6.30pm and runners at 7pm. All funds raised will go to the Waterford and south Kilkenny branch of M.S. Ireland. Registration is now open at totaltiming.ie
Friday September 1 st at 7 pm Annual Cill Barra 5 Km in Ballybeg at 7 pm Registration on totaltiming.ie. Saturday September 16 th Darra Fitzpatrick Memorial 5 KM run on Waterford Airport runway with limited entry.
Waterford AC had their Mile Race series again last Thursday at the RSC again a fine crowd had a very enjoyable time. Trevor Power was fastest on night in 4 minutes 41 seconds and all ages and grades were catered for. The final series is on last Thursday of August.at 6 pm.