After a lull in the competitive side of athletics the season begins this week end with five fixtures, one in Abbeyside on Friday, two others on Saturday in Athlone and Belfast and two in the Dungarvan area and Nenagh on Sunday.On Friday with an 11.30 am start in St Augustine's College Grounds Abbeyside the Waterford Secondary Schools X Country Championships for boys and girls goes ahead with races for minor,junior, intermediate and senior grades.On Saturday the Antrim International which incorporates the Celtic International X Country fixture is in Belfast at a new locationThe Billy Neill Centre of Excellence Comber and in the Celtic International X country three athletes from Waterford compete. David Mc Glynn Waterford AC is on the Irish u 23 team, Órla O' Connor Waterford AC is on the Irish u20 team and Lucy Holmes West Waterford is on the Irish u 20 Development team,this fixture begins at 10.55am. Also on Saturday Athlone IT is the location for the All Ireland Indoor Combined events in all ages juvenile up to master's,this gets under way at 10 am and on Sunday the 31 st Annual Kiely Monumental Colligan Cup and Shield runs are in Colligan Wood outside Dungarvan, its race 3 of the Michael Roche Carpets Series, the juvenile run is at 11 am and the senior at 12 noon, athletes predict the time it will take them to cover the distances,while in Nenagh the Munster Juvenile Indoor Relays and some Jumps and Throws will be on and these start at 10 am.
Other Cross Country and Indoor Fixtures January 2019
Sunday 23 rd All Ireland Junior and u23 Indoor Championships AIT Athlone,Thursday 31st East Munster Schools X Country WIT Arena 12.30 pm. The Munster Schools CC finals also in WIT on Friday Feb 15th al 12.30pm.
Road Races in New Year
St Paul's Parish,Frank Leahy Memorial 5 miles run and 3 miles walk, Sunday January 27 th 1pm,Lisduggan,Waterford, John Treacy Annual 10 miles Dungarvan,Sunday February 3rd 1.30 pm,Anne Valley 5 Miles,Saturday February 9 th 12 noon Dunhill, Dunhill/Fenor 10 miles Saturday March 9th,10 am Dunhill.
The WLRFM Viking Marathon,Half Marathon and Qtr Marathon is on this year on June 22 nd and entries are now being take see website and the West Waterford AC Series during the Summer is now up on the West Waterford AC website ,all the dates etc.
All involved in Waterford athletics send their sympathy to Seamus Cooper Ferrybank AC and his family on the death of Seamus's mother Mrs Betty Cooper recently