Waterford will be well represented at the Irish Life Health All Ireland X Country Championships inthe National Sports Centre in Abbotsown on Sunday next.On the programme are the Senior, under 23, junior and juvenile under 12,14,16,18 male and female Championships,with the first event at 11.30 am. Waterford has junior men's and junior women's county teams competing and all are aware of the selections,anyone not available please notify your club sec immediately or Brid Golden.In each age group in the juvenile section Waterford will have athletes well capable of challenging for individual and club team medals and in the junior races one or two are expected to be well placed. After the event the Irish teams to compete in the European X Country Championships Senior and Junior in Netherlands in December will be selected,lets hope there will be a Waterford involvement on the junior teams.
Munster Master's title for Joe
In Clarecastle Co Clare on Sunday in the Munster Master's X Country Championships Joe Gough West Waterford won his first ever Munster Master's X Country title-the over 65. in the over 50 mater's inter club team section West Waterford were third and Waterford were third county.
Beat the Train another great event
Over 300 competed in the second Annual Beat the Train 10 miles run on the Waterford Greenway from Kilmeaden in towards the city and back on Saturday morning last and it as a most enjoyable affair. The comfortable winner in 55 minutes17 seconds was Raivis Zakis West Waterford,Trevor Power was second in 58.28 and Adam Porter was third in 58.55 both Waterford AC. the very easy winner of the ladies section in a fine time was Ruth Fitzgerald Waterford in 59 minutes 20 seconds,Adele Walsh St Senan'swas second in 65.29 and Kate Veale West Waterford was third in 65.57.The winner it would appear could make a very good track runner with the proper coaching to include lots of speed work,she already has plenty of stamina. The following are the category winners;Ladies F 35 Colette O'Donoghue Watergrasshill,F 40 Clare Sherman Waterford, F45 Esther Murphy Midleton, F 50 Jacinta Brazil, Saturday Road Runners,F55 Siobhan Kennedy Focus on Fitness. Men M35 Brian Swaby Waterford,M 40 Vinnie Codddo, M50 Paul Murray Saturday Road Runners, M55 Ray Hahessy West Waterford. A full train from the Suir Valley Kilmeaden Railway accompanied the runners over the entire journey and the children aboard gave lots of encouragement to all. Well done to the organisers and thanks to the Red Cross all the stewards, including cyclists Mount Congreve, and the many Suir Valley Kilmeaden Railway volunteers who helped out and of course all who competed The proceeds go to Down Syndrome a most deserving Charity
Paddy Joe Curran 5 Miles
140 runners and 100 walkers took part in the 10 th Annual Paddy Joe Curran 5 Miles outside Dungarvan on Sunday near The Marine Bar.In the run Raivis Zakis West Waterford winner of the Beat the Train 10 miles on Saturday made it a double as he was first home in the run in 27 minutes 44 seconds,Anthony Flynn also from the same club was second in 28.14 and Danny Smyth Co Tipperary was third in 28.43.First lady home was Kate Veale West Waterford in 32.01 again making a quick appearance after her third placing on Saturday in the 10 miles,Sinéad Brannigan Waterford was second in 34.09 and Tara Rhatigan was third in 28.43. It was another race in the Michael Roche Carpets Series and proceeds went to Waterford Hospice.Next big race on the road in this area is the Annual Waterford AC Half Marathon on Saturday December 1 st starting and finishing at WIT Carriganore over the same course as last year,starting time 10 am.If you have entered and now find you cannot run,please,please do not pass on your number to someone else.
December X Country Fixtures
Sunday 2 nd Munster B Juvenile u9,11,13,15,17, Intermediate and under 20 Championships,Slieveroe,Riverstick Co Cork 11.30 am.Sunday 9 th European X Country Championships Tildburg,Netherlands,Saturday15 th National Novice and Juvenile uneven age group u11,13,5,17,19, Championships Navan Adventure Centre ,Navan Racecourse. 11.30 am.
National Awards Luncheon
The Irish Life Health National Athletics Awards is a celebration of our heroes, recognising Ireland’s most successful athletes, coaches and officials. The Awards Luncheon will take place on Thursday 29th November in the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Blanchardstown. Thomas Barr is among four from which the outdstanding senior athlete of the year will be chosen while Joe Gough gets the Master's Athlete of Year Award