This week the World under 20 Track and Field Championships are in Tampere in Finland from July 10 th to July 15 th and Órla O'Connor Waterford AC competes for Ireland in the 10000 metres walk,the race is timed for 7.35 am Irish time on Saturday morning. For the distance Órla has a best time of 48 minutes 52 seconds set on the road in the Isle of Man early this season in February but she won a 10000 metres track race in Podebrady Czech Republic in May in 49.23. In Saturdays race an athlete from Ecuador heads the list with a time of 44.58 and another seven are below 46 minutes. Órla is ranked 16 th of the 32 entered but is very closely matched with eight others just below her.In every race she competes in she usually sets a personal best time and hopefully that will be repeated on Saturday,we wish her every success and the other Iriish girl Niamh O'Connor Celbridge who is also in the race in such exalted company against the best in the world.
Irish Life Health All Ireland Juvenile
Coming up on Saturday and Sunday next July 14 th and 15 th in Tullamore are sections 1 and 2 of the All Ireland Juvenile A Championships.Many athletes from Waterford clubs will be competing and as always quite a few are strongly fancied in their events.The first event both days is at 10 am but check in closes at 9.30 am and full timetable is on Athletics Ireland Website.
Three European under 18 titles for Ireland
Last week was a terrific one for Irish Athletics at the European under 18 Championships in Gyor in Hungary with Irish athletes winning three titles.Two of these came from one of our most promising athletes for some time Sarah Healy from Blackrock AC in Dublin and both of her wins saw her set new championship best performances and winning both with ease. On Friday she won the 3000 metres in 9 minutes 18.05 seconds some six seconds faster than the second athlete home after earlier in the day winning her semi final of the 1500 metres and in that final on Sunday she was just as impressive winning in 4 minutes 18.71 seconds which was four seconds better than the runner up. Last year Sarah won the European Youths Olmypic 1500 metres title.The second winner was Rhasidat Adeleke who competes with Tallaght AC and she who won the 200 metres final in 23.52 seconds a personal best, and a silver medal went to Sophie O'Sullivan Ballymore/Cobh in the 800 metres in 2.06.05 the winner clocked 2.04.84,Sophie is daughter of the legendary Sonia O'Sullivan, Ireland finished 6th overall of the 28 countries competing at the championships,Great Britain were first Jake Bagge Ferrybank competed in Gyor also representing his mother's country Estonia in the 800 metres and despite not making the final ran quite well in a fast heat to finish 7th in 1 minute 56.44 second,in another heat he would have advanced.
All Ireland Juvenile B titles won
In Tullamore last Saturday a small number of athletes from Waterford competed in the All Ireland B Juvenile track and field Championships and there were three gold medals won.Darragh O'Neill Tramore had a fine under 15 double in the 100 metres in and the long jump with metres,Seán Mullarkey West Waterford won the under 16 shot putt with metres and David Gaffney again from West Waterford was second in the 600 m under 12. Also in Tullamore the All Ireland Juvenile Relays were held and the Waterford AC under 19 team of Lance Baylon,Eoin Kenny,Jake Costelloe and James Murpjhy were second in a best time of 44.35 seconds..
Ra\s na Rinne Details
100 competed in the 26 th Annual Rás na Rinne over 6 miles in Ring last Friday evening and first home in 31 miinutes 51 seconds was Kevin Healy East Cork,Raivis Zakis West Waterford was second in 32.01 and Pat Hennessy also West Waterford was third in 33.17.First lady home was Madeline Loughnane Thurles Crokes in 36.33, Kate Veale West Waterford was second in 38.45 and Michelle Mc Donald St Senan's was third in 39.36. The following were the category winners;Ladies F35 Elaine Horgan Clonmel,F40 Mary Molloy Carrick on Suir,F45 Ann Massey West Waterford,F50 Onra Power do, F55 Deirdre Clancy do. Men M40 Patrick Roche Carrick on Suir,M45 Benny Hahesy do M50 Ray Hahesy West Waterford M55 Liam Kavanagh do,M60 Joe Gough do, Junior Ciarán O'Mahony do. Eamon Terry of Cristoil Na Rinne very kindly again this year presented the Ras Na Rinne with a beautiful piece of his hand cut crystal to be presented to the 50th finisher on the night,he lucky winner was the clubs former chairman Liam Clince.The event was Race 8 of the Intersport Elvery's/Asics Series.
Joe with another record
Competing at a graded meeting in Dublin last Wednesday evening Joe Gough West Waterford set a new Irish over 65 record in the 800 metres ,his time being 2 minutes 21.88 seconds,the old record of 2.28.77 was held by another Waterford athlete Eddie Connolly Tramore who runs with Southampt
There are two fixtures on Saturday July 21 st the Schools International in Scotland and the Munster B Juvenile Championships in Cork IT The All Ireland Senior Championships are in Morton Stadium in Santry,Dublin on Saturday and Sunday July 28 th and 29 th and the Morton International Games are also there on Wednesday July 18 th
The Ballymacarbry 5 miles in the Intersport Elverys/Asics series is in that venue on Friday week July 20 th at 7.30 m, The final race in the Outfield Sports Series is in Piltown on Friday July 27 th at 7.30 pm over 10 km. Further ahead we have the BallyduffLower 5 miles on Friday August 10 th at 7.30 pm preceded by a walk at 6.45 pm.,the Cill Barra 5 km run and walk on Friday September 8 th in Ballybeg Waterford City and the Annual Croppy Boy Run over 10 km as well as a 5 km walk in Passage East on Saturday September 22 nd at 2 pm. This years Solas Centre run on October 14 th is a 10 m one and also the walk s a 10 km both over the same circuit and both starting at the same time.