Over 3,000 overall are expected to compete in the big road race of the year in Waterford the WLRFM Viking Marathon,Half Marathon and Quarter Marathon in the city on Saturday next starting at City Hall at 9 am sharp and finishing at WIT Arena in Carriganore. Athletes will take in the Rice Bridge and Suir Bridge and a lot of the countryside out near Mt Congreve and full map of courses are on the event Website,and there will be traffic delays and restrictions in some areas and road closures . Lots of Music and hype around the routes and again it promises to be a memorable event,we wish all competing the very best and we welcome all visitors from around the country and from abroad and also thank those involved for months on a major logistical undertaking.All those running are asked to obey the stewards at all areas around the route and the public are asked to support the runners all over the course.
Thomas Barr in action in Slovakia
Continuing his preparation for the European Championships Olympian Thomas Barr runs in a 400 metres hurdles race in Slovakia on this Friday evening,please note day.
National Junior and Under 23 on Saturday
Tullamore is the venue on Saturday next for the Irish life Health All Ireland Junior and Under 23 Championships and Waterford clubs will be well represented and a number of athletes are fancied to be in the shake up,first event 10.30 am
National Juvenile fixture on Sunday
Another fixture in Tullamore on Sunday will be the National Juvenile Games u 9 to u 11 and u 12 and u13 field events as well as the juvenile inter club relays,and again Waterford will be represented there ,first events 10 am for field and 11 am for track
Niamh Whelan second in Belgium
On Saturday last in an International meeting in Nivelles in Belgium Niamh Whelan
Ferrybank had two very good results.She finished second in the 100 metres final in 11.76 seconds and fourth in the 200 metres in 24.23.
Kate fifth in British Championship
On Sunday in Leeds Kate Veale had a very good performance at the British 20 Km Race Walking Championship ,in a huge field she finished fifth overall in a personal best time of 1 hr 42 minutes 45 seconds,beating her previous best by over two minutes.
Tailteann Inter Provincial
On Saturday last in Morton Stadium in Santry the Tailteann Schools Inter Provincial match took place and Waterford Schools were well represented on the Munster team and a number did very well. Emily O'Mahony St Augustine's won the triple jump with 11.27 metres and finished second in the long jump with 5.45 metres both personal bests,Lucy Holmes Árd Scoil na n Déise,Dungarvan won a tactical 800 metres in 2 minutes 14 seconds,Jake Bagge Árd Scoil na Mara,Tramore was second in the 800 metres and Kylie Heinen St Declan's Kilmacthomas was third in the high jump
County Communiy Games Finals
Seven communities from around the county took part in the ALDI County Community Games Finals at the RSC on Sunday last and after a parade of the Communities involved the Games pledges were read in English by RoisinHunt KCK and in Irish by Ellen Bolger Clonea/Rathgormack and Co Secretary Geraldine Barry welcomed all and thanked all the parents of children competing and all the officials. Aglish/Ballinameela won the best overall Commuinty Award,with KCK second and Knockanore/Glendine/Kilwatermoy third,the award for best Turned Out Community went to KCK. During the fixture a Race for Life for Special Needs Children took place and it was a most enjoyable event Individual winners came from Aglish/Ballinameela, Mahon Valley,Portlaw/Ballyduff Lower, KCK, Clonea/Rathgormack, Clashmore/An Rinn/Ardmore and Knockanore/Glendine /Kilwatermoy.
Sean Curran first in Dromana Five
130 competed in the 26 th Annual Dungarvan Leader 5 miles road race from Villierstown to Cappoquin last Friday evening and Sean Curran West Waterford was first home in 26 minutes 11 seconds,Kevin O'Leary East Cork was second in 26.37 and Raivis Zakis West Waterford was third in 27.01.First lady home was Jacqueline Kenneally Youghal in 34.39, Stephanie Isley was second in 34.54 and Elaine Horgan Clonmel was third in 35.09. West Waterford won the men's and women's team prizes ,the teams being ;Men It was another race in the Intersport Elvery's/Asics Series
Ledingham wins Pink Rock 10 KM
115 competed in the Annual Pink Rock 10km road race on Sunday in the New Ross /Glenmore area and a county Waterford runner James Ledingham competing with Kilkenny City Hrs was first home in 34 minutes11 seconds,James Kelly Castlecomer was second in 35.03 and Trist Mtinski Kilkenny Curty Hrs was third in 35.47. First lady home was Sally Forristal St Joseph's in 38.41, Fiona Kehoe LKilmiore was second in 39.28 ans Adelle Walsh St Senan's was third in 39.37. The Hurthill 5 miles held in the Faithlegg area was won by Jamie McCarthy Waterford and first lady home was Emma Hannon Roche.