Like so many times in his Master's career that stretches back to the over 40 age group Joe Gough West Waterford AC was in top form at the World Master's Track and Field Championships in Malaga last week over 65 as he scored a spectacular double in the 800 and 1500 metres.
Joe's busy week in Malaga began on Sunday week with the semi final of the 800 metres and in this he showed he was in fine shape as he easily won it in 2 minutes 28.11 seconds, automatically qualifying for the final on the Tuesday.In that final which he won decisively with a new European record time of 2.16. 38 seconds he was a class apart having over three seconds to spare over the second athlete home Michael Barrand Australia timed at 2.19.96 with Carlos Londono Colombia third in 2.21.30.He was back in action on Saturday last in his second choice event the 1500 metres semi final and again crossed the line first in 5.21.78 automatically qualifying for Sunday's final.In that final he was again in top form beating the old Irish record time for the event by five seconds on his way to a famous winning double clocking 4 minutes 49.63 seconds after a very good race up front with the second athlete home Kevin Archer of of Great Britain and Northern Ireland who clocked 4.50.98 and Luciano Moser Italy was well back in third place in 4.57.58
In his week in Malaga he was 100% perfect in his four races winning his semi finals and finals He has been blessed in his his outstanding career in Masters athletics in every age group with first and foremost a terrific positive outlook so essential going through life in everything someone does ,great health and has been more or less injury free real or imaginary.No doubt his tremendous appetite for the sport will continue, sports persons in any sport of every age group can learn from Joe,by always looking upwards and onwards,positivity breathes success.Joe has a total of five World Masters titles between outdoor and indoors and twelve Europeans again between outdoor and indoors mostly 800 metres but a few 1500 metres,all won in exceptional times for his age group at any stage. No doubt he will continue to excel at the sport he loves as long as he can.
Dara Fitzpatrick Memorial 5KM Details
Almost nine hundred completed the Second Annual Dara Fitzpatrick 5KM Memorial Run on Waterford Airport on Saturday morning and first home in 15 minutes 52 seconds was Evan Keane Waterford AC,second was Warren Roche Ferrybank in 16.24 and Tadg Moriarty was third in 17.09.First lady home was Áine Roche Clonmel in 19.26,Sinead Brannigan Waterford was second in 19.26 and Janet Quinlan Saturday Road Runners was third in 21.02.The wheelchair section was won by Cillian Dunne Nenagh in The proceeds went to RNLI and Dogs for Disabled. Overall a very enjoyable event and the late Dara Fitzpatrick's father who was present with his family thanked all who organised and helped in staging the event all the Voluntary Groups and all who came from many parts of Ireland to run many representing all Emergency Groups land and sea and Athletic Clubs and many individuals. Rescue Helicopter 117 based at Waterford Airport did a Fly Over.
A number of athletes from Waterford did well at the Road Race Festival in Stoneyford on Sunday last.In the Half Marathon Trevor Power Waterford was second in 71.36 and Kate Veale West Waterford was second lady home in 88.18 ,in the 10 km Brian Swaby Waterford was fourth in 35.14 and Adele Walsh St Senan's won the ladies section in 39.20 .
Croppy Boy Run and Walk in Passage
The Annual Croppy Boy Run over 10 KM and 5 KM walk is in the Passage East area on Saturday next at 2 pm. A big entry is expected and again this year as usual a sizable number of athletes from Raheny Shamrocks in Dublin are expected to compete,the race is held in memory of a local man who died a few years ago Ronan Walsh Carey's Bridge,Crooke who ran with Raheny. The Race Headquarters is the Passage East Community Centre where late entries will be taken until 1.30 pm,A special Commemorative Mug will be presented to all competitors.The race will start near the Passage Hurling Club in Crooke and take in a course around Crooke,Kill St Nicholas, Drumrusk ,Dromina down to the Woodstown/Passage Road and back to finish in Passage,the 5 KM walk will go down Newtown and then head back to passage also.Passage East Scenic Ferry are the main sponsors, proceeds to local Development Association and local Scout Troop
Vradjaford 5 Miles on Sunday
At 1 pm near Reginald's Tower The Quay in Waterford on Sunday the Annual 5 miles Vradjaford Road Race and Walk goes ahead,entries at The Reginald from 11 am and Proceeds to Waterford Hospice
The County Athletic Convention was held in WIT Sports Arena on Tuesday September 12th 2018 .The following Officers and Committee were elected for the coming year .Chair John McGrath,Vice Chair Brid Golden,Secretary Jenny Ryan,Assistant Sec ,Sally Murphy,Treasurer , Trevor Walsh,.PRO Fintan Walsh.Committee,David Murphy,James Veale, Andrew Connick,James Fleming, Antoinette O'Brien,John Dempsey,Michael Gregan, Cait Caulfield . Dates for the County Cross Country Championships were decided Sunday September 30 th Under 8,10,12,14,16,18 and senior, Sunday October 7 th u 9,11,13,15,17,19 and Novice, Sunday October 14 th B juvenile, u9,11,13,15, first 6 home no teams also Master's, all 11 am venue for all St Augustine's College Abbeyside.The Munster uneven age groups plus senior will be in Waterford on November 11 th venue next week.