From August 20 th to 25th the athletic competitions at the the World University Games go ahead in Taipei,Taiwan and Niamh Whelan from Ferrybank AC is on the Irish team and will compete in the 100 metres heats on August 23 rd early morning ,we wish her well. Best performance from an Irish athlete at the World Athletic Championships in London came from the very experienced Robert Heffernan when he finished 8 th in the gruelling 50 km walk event on Sunday last in a season's best time of 3hrs 44 minutes 41 seconds..
Reflecting on the withdrawl of Thomas Barr in London recently due to illness from the semi final of the 400 metres hurdles at the World Championships having qualified from the heats and by what we now know about the gastroenteritis outbreak in the hotel affecting many athletes it is obvious to those close to the athletic scene that his performance in the heat especially in the final 100 metres was not by any means a true reflection of his potential and that the virus was more than likely in his system at that time. In a race that was won in a time of 49.35 that Tom would easily be able to handle his famous last 50 or 60 metres kick was not there, and prior to the race Thomas would have been fancying himself to be in the first two.It would also be safe to say that in the semi final in which he was drawn he would have to be at his very best to qualify for the final with just two certain to go through plus the two fastest from 3 semi finals.Out of that semi final four qualified for the final two automatically and two as fastest losers. One of the four won the title 21 years old Warholm of Norway who last year converted from the 400 metres flat to the hurdles -in fact he was a very good All Round Athlete- and in fact was the fastest flat runner in the race and the Olympic champion from Rio 31 years old Clement from the USA was third, he was also an Olympic silver medallist also a World junior champion and World senior champion twice, so Thomas would have been against the very best. Of the 40 entered for the event Thomas had the fifth fastest time of 47.97 his great Irish record set in the Olympic Games in Rio last year when 4th in the final. It was a heartbreak for Thomas but he is a very resilient person and will no doubt put the disappointment behind him and quickly get back to his best form.
National Half Marathon
The National Half Marathon was held in association with the Rock and Roll Half Marathon in Dublin on Sunday last with thousands participating and Ferrybank AC men's team put up an excellent performance and were third team overall . The members were Andrew Connick 7th ,Kevin Cooper 9th , Eoin Lyons, Ruari O'Donnell ,Peter Francis, Graham Power and Louis O'Carroll
Ballyduff Lower details
93 runners and 20 walkers took part in the 6 h Annual Liz Hayes Memorial 5 Miles event in Ballyduff Lower last Friday evening in perfect weather.The overall winner was Brian Kirwan St Laurence O'Toole Carlow in 26 minutes 46 seconds ,Niall Sheil St Killian's Wexford was second in 27.14 and Trevor Swift Saturday Road Runners was third in 28.36. First home in the ladies section was Jacqui Carthy Kilmore Co Wexford in 31.44,Kate Veale West Waterford was second in 33.31 and Joan Mahony Waterford was third in 34.20, the category winners were: Men M40 David Smyth Waterford 29:59,M50 Ray Hahessy West Waterford AC 31:27,Junior JakeBagge Ferrybank 30:21. Women F40 Evelyn Haran Ballygunner 35:43, F50 Una Ui Mhuirthe 37:21,Junior Meadbh Beresford 49.33. The trophies were presented by Liz Hayes's brother James and proceeds go to BallyduffLower Community Centre Redevelopment Fund
Final Race in Series on Friday next
On Friday next August 18 th the 18 th Annual Glaxo Smithkline 5 miles is in Dungarvan at 7.30 pm and its the final race in the Intersport Elvery's /Asics Series promoted by West Waterford AC. Entries will be taken at the Dungarvan United Football club pavillion, Kilrush, Dungarvan.The first 250 entrants will receive a technical t- shirt. The entry fee is 10 Euro. This is a very fast course and one to aim for if you’re planning a P.B.starting time 7.30 pm.All proceeds from the event will be donated to " MAKE A WISH FOUNDATION"
More Road Races
.The Annual Sanofi Five Miles Road Race for M.S. Road Race will take place on Friday week 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. entries at dfrun.ie The 'Croppy Boy Road Race will take place on the Saturday 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.