Having her first taste of the big time last week in Tampere in Finland at the World under 20 Championships Órla O'Connor Waterford AC put up a very respectable performance in the 10000 metres walk. Against 33 of the top athletes of the world and ranked 16 th going into the event she finished in 14 th place in a time of 47 minutes 55.40 seconds more than a minute faster than her previous best time and in the process set a new under 20 Irish record for the distance. She had a very good second 5000 metres of the race and in very hot humid conditions she finished quite well and gave it her best shot and she can be very pleased with her performance. The Championships proved to be very good from an Irish point of view with Sommer Lecky from Tyrone who competes with Finn Valley in Donegal taking the silver medal in the women's high jump and the women's relay team being brilliant as they took the silver medals behind Germany whom they ran very close wth great Britain third.These displays as well as the under 18 girls in the European under 18 championships the previous week saw six major medals come to Ireland and in particular to Irish Athletics, three under 18 European Gold,two World under 20 silver and one European u 18 silver.
Barr wins in Lucerne
In Lucerne in Switzerland last Monday evening week Olympian Thomas Barr won a top class International 400 metres hurdle race in a season's best time of 49.10 seconds with a typical power packed finish running from lane two, in second place was Teejay Holmes USA in 49.20 and Shaun Rowe Jamacia was third in 49.27. Going into the race both the second and third home had faster times this year than Thomas who was using these races as preparation for the European Championships which are in Berlin from August 7 th to 12 th. His final race before Berlin is expected to be the 400 metres hurdles defending his title at the National Championships on July 29 th. After his victory in Lucerne Thomas is currently ranked 7th in Europe this year the best mark is 47.81 seconds by Warholm from Norway and three others are sub 49 second
Six All Ireland Juvenile titles won.
On Saturday and Sunday last the first two days of the Irish Life Health All Ireland Juvenile Track and Field Championships were in Tullamore and Waterford athletes were in top form coming away with six titles,several silver and several bronze medals. There were two fine wins by Shane Monagle Tramore both in good times in the u 19 110 metres hurdles in 14.67 seconds and 100 metres in 10.99, the other winners were Lucy Holmes West Waterford under 17 800 metres in 2 minutes 16.84 seconds, Ruth Heery in the under 19 3000 metres walk in 15 minutes 44.51 seconds,Clare Caulfield the under 16 2000 metres walk in 10.29.50, both Waterford and Kate Killigrew West Waterford won the u16 pole vault with metres 2.60 metres, silver medals were won by James Murphy u19 long jump,Shane Cawley u 17 discus, Aidan Burke u 15 800 m,Meabh O'Connor u 15 2000 metres walk,Daniel Farrel u 15 2000 metres walk, all Waterford AC, Mollie Jean Hutchinson u19 steeplechase,Katie Nolke u 15 high jump and long jump both Ferrybank and bronze medals went to Emily O'Mahony u18 100 m hurdles,Fergus O'Brien u 19 steeplechase,Hugo Blair u 19 3000 metres, Anna O'Connor u 19 3000 metres, Cormac Farrell u 18 hammer, Eoin Kenny u 19 javelin,Cathal Scanlon u 17 javelin, all Waterford, Katie Murphy u19 100m and Aisling Lowe u 19 steeplechase both Ferrybank and Ciarán Buenaventura West Waterford u 19 high jump.. Very well done to the many athletes who competed including those that just missed out on medals and those further down the line and of course all their coaches and advisors including those involved with our International athletes.
Connick wins again
On Thursday last the Youghal 5 km road race was won by recent WLRFM Qtr Marathon winner Andrew Connick Ferrybank AC in15 minutes 36 seconds, Clashmore native James Ledingham running with Kilkenny City Hrs was second in 15.39 and Kevin O'Leary East Cork was third in ,first junior home in 11 th place overall was Craig O'Brien Ferrybank in 17.15 . Aoife Cooke Youghal was first lady home in 17.53, Kate Veale West Waterford was second in 18.51 and Louise Morgan Ferrybank was third in 19.0
Week end Fixtures
There are two fixtures on Saturday next July 21 st the Schools International in Scotland and the Munster B Juvenile Championships in Cork IT .In the Schools International in Grangemouth in Scotland two girls from Waterford schools are on the Irish team,Lucy Holmes Árd Scoil na nDeise Dungarvan in the 800 metres and Emily O'Mahony St Augustine's in the triple jump and in Cork the Munster B juvenile meeting begins at with a Waterford interest. On Sunday its day 3 of the Irish life Health Juvenile All Ireland under 14 to 19 championships in Tullamore starting at 10 am and lots of athletes from Waterford clubs competing. The Morton International Games are in Santry this Thursday evening and one or two Waterford athletes will be competing.
23rd Annual Ballymacarbry 5 miles on Friday
On Friday next July 20th with a 7.30 pm start the 23 rd Annual Doocey's Bar Ballymacarbry 5 miles is race 9 in the Intersport Elverys/ Asics Summer Series promoted by West Waterford AC.Entries from 6.30 pm in Ballymacarbry Community Hall,race open to all over 16 years of age on race day.
Appeal to Road Runners
Many groups are currently using our narrow country roads for training and all are reminded of the safety aspect not alone for themselves but for other road users also. All roads nowadays no matter how narrow or what isolated area they may be in have motorised and cycling traffic on them,many with turns and limited visibility ahead.With this in mind its essential that ALL runners wear High Vis clothes, all use one side of the road -not two running on the left and two running on the right etc and sometimes it can and has been even more. The dangers are obvious not alone to the runners themselves but also to the motorists and cyclists-,so for everyone's sake if runners take the advice given here,the roads can be safe for all,the advice is given with the very best reasons Safety. Ideally if someone with each group going for a run could take the initiative it would be great purely on safety grounds and yes of course the motorists and cyclists need to be safety mindful as well. Safety is paramount for all using our roads. . -
Waterford AC host the OPEN TO EVERYBODY “how fast can you run a mile” series also incorporating 800m kids run. Each night will have a series of graded time trials so you will run with people of your own ability. This is not a race, share with friends and give it a try. Price: € 2. Location: RSC Time: Registration and warm up at 6pm. First run at 6:15pm each eveningDates: August 7th and August 21st,all are very welcome male and female.