After his enforced withdrawl from the 400 metres hurdles semi final at the World Championships in London earlier this month Olympian Thomas Barr had one more race this season and it was on Tuesday evening August 29 th in Zagreb ,Croatia in a World Challenge meeting. He finished 4 th in a time of 50.22,the race was won by World finalist Samba Abderrahaman Qatar in 48.70. Kyron Mc Master Ivory Coast was second in 49.49 and L.J. Van Zyl South Africa was third in 49.61 the Olympic Champion Kerron Clement USA was 6 th..
Niamh reaches semi final
In Taipei last week the World University Games were staged and Niamh Whelan Ferrybank competed in the 100 metres and reached the semi final. In round 1 she was third in her heat in 11.71 and automitaclly qualified for round 2 later that day. In that round she was 4 th in 11.74 and went through to the semi final on the following day as one of the fastest losers. She finished 7 th in her semi final in 11.81 and of the 64 entries in the event she finished 12 th overall a very respectable performance.
Sanofi 5 Miles
180 competed in the Annual Sanofi 5 Miles road race last Friday evening on the outskirts of the city and the easy winner was Frank Quinlan Waterford in 26minutes 47 seconds ,Dermot Gorman Raheny,Dublin was second in 27.46 and Warren Roche Ferrybank was third in 28.11. First lady home was Jacqui Carthy Kilmore in 32.50, Evelyn Haran Balygunner was second in 35.13 and Clare Sherman was third in 35.48. The following were the category winners.Ladies Junior Carla Fanning, F35 Clodagh O'Meara Tramore, F40 Katherine Grant Balance Fitness, F45 Sinead Phelan, F 50 Marian Ryan, F55 Bridget O'Flynn Sanofi. Men Junior Craig O'Brien Ferrybank, M 40 Alan O'Connor United Striders, M45 Darryl Evans Focus on Fitness, M50 Ray Hahesy West Waterford, M 55 Darryl Hale Waterford. A walk preceded the run and it had a large entry also' Proceeds went to Waterford and Sth Kilkenny branches of M.S.Ireland.The organisers wish to thank the Gardai,Red Cross all the Stewards and officials but especially the participants.
150 runners and walkers competed in the Ballinameela 5 km again last Friday evening and first home was Raivis Zakis in 16 minutes 9 seconds, Daryl Kearns was second in 17.07 and Mark Flavin was third in 17.40 all West Waterford. First lady home was Sally Forristal St Joseph's in 17.40,Kate Veale West Waterford was second in 19.33 and Sinead Kelly St Abban's was third in 20.41.The proceeds went to the Local Community Centre.
Cill Barra 5 Km on Friday
On Friday next September 1 st at 7 pm the Annual Cill Barra 5 Km is in Ballybeg in Waterford City at 7 pm Registration on totaltiming.ie and on the evening at the venue until 6.45 pm
Mile Race Series on Thursday
Waterford AC have been hosting the OPEN TO EVERYBODY “how fast can you run a mile” series,also incorporating 800m kids run. Each night they have had have a series of graded time trials so you will run with people of your own ability.Price: €2. Location: RSC Time: Registration and warm up at 6pm. First run at 6:15pm. Remaining Dates in the series are, this Thursday evening August 31st, and Thursday September 28t
Waterford Primary Schools X Country
On Tuesday September 19 th the Annual Waterford Primary Schools X Country fixture is at the RSC at 12.30 pm. Short races for boys and girls from 1 st to 6 th class in preparation for X Country season ahead.The fixture is promoted by Ferrybank AC and contact number is 087 6889330.
The County Convention takes place on Friday September 8th in a Dungarvan venue at 8pm An election of officers for the coming year will take place, and clubs are particularly encouraged to mention it to any interested people in such roles as one or two current members of the board have indicated they will not be in a position to carry on their role going into next year. If any club has motions or indeed any items they would like to add to the agenda, please forward them to County Secretary before 9pm Wednesday September 6th.
Late Mikie Ryan
The death took place in London recently of Michael (Mikie ) Ryan a member of a great sporting family in Waterford cycling and athletic circles .He was 93 and a few month's ago when still very active when going to get his Sunday papers in London he was attacked and robbed and spent some time in hospital but recovered although the attack did take its toll. Mikie was a fine middle distance runner in the 1950's winning County titles at 880 yds ,1 mile and 3 miles and won at numerous open sports including the Gaultier Cup at Dunmore in 1955 and yours truly would have competed against him. He is survived by his sister Stasia and many other relatives including his niece Mary Ryan Jennings National Marathon Champion 5 times. His remains will be removed from Thompson's Funeral Home Barrack st Waterford on Saturday next September 2 nd at 6.15 pm to Butlerstown Church for mass sat 7.15 pm. and his burial will take place in Butlerstown Cemetery after his requiem mass on Sunday September 3 rd at 10 am .All in Waterford athletics send their sympathy to all his relatives