National Senior Championships on Saturday and Sunday
All of Ireland's top athletes will be in action this week end in Santry Stadium in Dublin in the Irish Life Health National Senior Track and Field Championships and many athletes from Waterford clubs will be there with four defending titles.On Saturday the programme begins at 12.15 pm and on Sunday -the big day for many finals -the event begins at 2.40 pm.
Big Waterford entry
Waterford athletes defending titles are as follows,Thomas Barr Ferrybank the 400 metres hurdles- he has won the title for the past seven years, Thomas will be joined by his club mate Ben Kiely in the race, Cara Kennedy do is in the Hammer event which she has won six times in the past seven years, she also goes in the weight throw,Kate Veale West Waterford defends her 5000 metres walk title and among her opponents will be Órla O'Connor Waterford recent World under 20 competitor and Ruth Heery also Waterford. Thomas Houlihan also West Waterford defends his pole vault title and two of his club mates oppose him,Yuri Kanash and Patrick Fitzgerald..Other former winners competing include Niamh Whelan Ferrybank who goes in the 100 and 200 metres,Kelly Proper do who has the record for most titles won titles,she competes in the long jump. Others entered include Paul Murphy Ferrybank in the 400 metres, Lisa Houlihan West Waterford pole vault,James Murphy Waterford long jump,Emily O'Mahony do long and triple jump,Grace Furlong do same two events.Órlaith O'Brien do javelin, Luke O'Brien do javelin,Eoin Kenny do 200 metres,Lance Baylon 100 and 200 metres and Waterford Relay team of James Murphy ,Eoin Kenny, Lance Baylon and Brendan Leahy.In the 3000 metres junior there will be Waterford athletes competing also
Barr's seasons best
There was a late call up for Thomas Barr for the 400 metres hurdles in the prestigious Diamond League meeting in London last Saturday and in a high class field Thomas ran his fastest time of the season 48.99 seconds as he stormed through late on to finish a very good third ,the race being won in the fastest time of the year so far by reigning world champion and pre race favourite Karsten Warholm Norway in 47.63 seconds ,with Olympic bronze medallist Yasmani Coppello Turkey second in 48.44,the Olympic Champion Karen Clements was among those down the field Thomas was very pleased with his performance as he continues to improve preparing for the European Championships in Berlin in early August
Four more All Ireland Juvenile titles won.
On Sunday last in Tullamore at the All Ireland Juvenile Championships athletes from Waterford won four more titles to add to the six won the previous week end
Shane Monagle Tramore made it a great championships by winning the 200 metres to add to the 100 metres and 110 metres hurdles won the previous week .The other winners were Aidan Burke Waterford in the under 15 1500 metres and he won it decisively,two athletes from West Waterford each won pole vault titles Patrick Fitzgerald u 18 and Eoin Buenaventura u 16, silver medals went to Lorna Monahan Ferrybank u 19 triple jump,Emily O'Mahony u 18 triple jump, Sam O'Neill u 18 pole vault ,Diarmuid Harty u 19 pole vault both West Waterford and bronze medals went to Eoin Kenny u 19 200 metres ,Hugo Blair u 19 1500 m both Waterford, Darragh Curran West Waterford u 18 pole vault and Emily Myers Waterford u 18 hammer.For St Senan's Kilmacow Tara Ramasawmy won the under 17 1500 metres
Three Waterford athletes competed on the Irish schoools team in the International in Scotland last Saturday.Emily o'Mahony St Augustine's was 5th in the trple jump,Jake Bagge Ard Scoil na Mara was 7 th in the 800 metres and Lucy Holmes Ard Scoil na nDeise was also 7th in the 800 metres.
Cork and Dublin results
A number of Waterford athletes competed at the Cork City Sports on Monday week where Thomas Barr Ferrybank ran in a high class 200 metes and finished 6 th in 21.16 seconds a personal best for him, Niamh Whelan also Ferrybank was 3 rd in the B 100 metres in 11.79 seconds and Lisa Houlihan West Waterford was 4 th in the pole vault. Miceál Power West Waterford was a close second in the junior 1500 metres with Davd Mc Glynn Waterford third n the same event and in the junior women's 1500 metres Lucy Holmes West Waterford was 5 th.On Thursday last at the Morton Games in Santry in Dublin Miceál Power West Waterford was third in the 1 mile junior race in 4 minutes 25.52 seconds and David McGlynn Waterford 4th in 4.27.50
Munster B Juvenile Results
Cork IT track was the venue on Saturday last for the Munster B Juvenile Championships and athletes from Waterford clubs did well For Ferrybank Aoife Redmond won the 800 m u 19 and Mia Casey the under ,for KCK there were wins by Leah Queally in the u 9 long jump and CaraghQueally in the under 12 long jump ,Leah Queally was also second in the u 9 60 metres and Senan Devine was third in the under 11 600metres. West Waterford had wins with David Gaffney 600 m u 12,Ben Qualter 80 m u 12, they had seconds Oisin O'Riordan u 16 800 m, AoifeLattimer in the u12 long jump and Sarah Gaffney u 11 600metres,David Nyhan u 12 600m, Mattie Kupczyk u 12 80 m,and Cian Qualter was third in the u12 long jump. Dara O'Neill Tramore won the u 15 100m and long jump and Finnisk Valley had a win with Ava Flavin u 11 60 metres and Cayden Scanlon was second in the javelin u 10
Ballymacarbry 5 Miles
The 23 rd Annual Doocey's Bar Ballymacarbry 5 miles Road Race the 9 th in the Intersport Elverys/Asics Series attracted an entry of 140 last Friday evening and first home was Kevin O'Leary East Cork in 26 minutes 29 seconds,Raivis Zakis was second in 26.58 and Pat Hennessywas third in 28.16 both West Waterford.First lady home was Madeline Loughnane Thurles in 30.52,Kate Veale West Waterford was second in 31.53 and Elaine Horgan Clonmel was third on 34.35. The category winners were Ladies F35 Deborah Doherty West Waterford,F40 Elaine Walley Clonmel Triathlon Club,F45 Brigid Coffey West WaterfordF50 Onra Power do.men M40 Danny Smyth Ballynonty, M45 Benny Hahesy Carrick on Suir,M50 Richard O'Gorman,Clonmel , M55 Pat Heffernan Moyglass,Junior Tony Dwyer West Waterford,
Piltown 10 Km on Friday
The final race in the Outfield Sports Series is in Piltown on Friday next July 27 th at 7.30 pm.Its the Iverk Produce 10 km and entries will be taken in Piltown GAA Centre from 6 pm..
More Road Races
Further ahead we have the Ballyduff Lower 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 10km one and the walk is also 10 km, both over the same circuit and both starting at the same time in same place.
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 evening Dates: Tuesday August 7th and Tuesday August 21st,all are very welcome male and female.