On Saturday last the AAI Indoor Games were in Abbotstown and it saw Thomas Barr have his first race of the season.It was a special 400 metres hurdles race and he duly won it comfortably in 52.31 seconds with his club mate from Ferrybank Ben Kiely second in 53.65. Other Waterford winners at the meeting were Kate Veale in the 3000 metres walk in 13.50.5 and Lisa Houlihan joint first in the pole vault with 2.90 metres both West Waterford,Jake Bagge Ferrybank won the 800 meres B race in 1.56.11, John White was second in the 3000 metres walk and Rachel Power was third in the shot putt both West Waterford other third placers were Megan Kiely in the 200 metres and Andrew Connick in the 1500 metres B race both Ferrybank
Holder retains John Treacy 10 miles ttle
Almost three thousand competed in the 28 th Annual John Treacy 10 miles road race in Dungarvan on Sunday last in ideal conditions and the overall winner for the second successive year was Kevin Maunsell Clonmel in 49 minutes 36 seconds,David Flynn Clonliffe Hrs was second in 49.58 ,he was also second last year and Thomas Fitzpatrick Tallaght was third in 50.02,first Waterford man home was Noel Murphy Waterford in 53.13.First lady home was Grace Lynch Iveragh Co Kerry in 58 minutes even,last years winner Laura O'Shaughnessy DSD was second in 58.56 and Siobhan Doherty Borrisokane was third in 60.12, Adele Walsh St Senan's Kilmacow was 6th overall and first lady over 40 home,while Siobhan Kennedy Focus on Fitness was first over 55.John Treacy was on hand to present the prizes and €5,000 went to Alzheimer Society of Ireland.Well done to all in West Waterford for the organisation of the event and to the Grdai and Ambulance Crews
European Clubs X Country
At the European Clubs X Country Championships in Albuefira Portugal last Sunday morning Waterford AC girls represented Ireland in the under Junior (u20) section and Órla O'Connor fared best despite a fall with an 18 th placing in a field of 66,next best was Ruth Heery in 28 place, Emma Caulfield was 37 thand Anna O'Connor 50th,also running were Anna Duffin 58th and Carla Fanning 61st with Hannah Burke the reserve. The team finished 9 th with a total of 132 points not too far behind the 6th,7th and 8 th teams and they were in front of the German,Belgian and Swedish clubs,so a very worthy effort for the girls in their first major European competition against Europe's best, the Turkish club won the team. .
Waterford Schools Dominate
In atrocious conditions the East Munster Schools X Country Championships were held in WIT Carriganore on Thursday last Jnuary 31 st and athletes from Waterford Schools won five of the eight titles on offer and each winner couldn't have been more impressive. These were Senior Boys Cian O'Riordan CBS Dungarvan, Intermediate his brother Oisin and Junior Tadg Connolly Abbey CCandgirs Senior Tara Ramasawmy St Angela's and Intermediate Una O'Brien Waterpark.Several others were second and third in their races.Details Boys Minor 2 Ben Wallis Newtown School 3 Naoise Gilmartin Abbey CC Team 1St Declan's Kilmacthomas 3 Abbey CC Junior 1 Tadg Connolly Abbey CC 2 Tommy Fennell St Augustine's 3 Rory Fennell do Team 2 St Augustine's Inter 1 Oisin O'Riordan CBS Dungarvan 2 Hubert Homa De La Salle 3 Aidan Burke De La Salle Team De La Salle. Senior 1 Cian O'Riordan CBS Dungarvan 2 Ben Keane St Declan's 3 Eoin Hearne De La Salle Team 1 De La Salle 2 St Augustine's Girls Minor 3 Angelina Chizikova St Augustine's Team 2 St Augustine's,Junior Team 2 Ard Scoil na n Deise 3 St Angela's, Inter 1 Una O'Brien Waterpark Team 2 Ard Scoil na n Deise .Senior 1 Tara Ramasawmy St Angela's 2 Aoife Allen Mercy 3 Lucy Holmes Ard Scoil na n Deise Team St Angela's 2 Ard Scoil Na nDeise
All Ireland University Indoor Championships on Friday
A number of athletes from the Waterfood area will compete in the All Ireland University Indoor Championships in Athlone on Friday the fixture begins at 9.45 am
Munster Indoor Championships in Nenagh
Two Munster fixtures take place this week end in Nenagh .On Saturday its the under 9 to under 11 boys and girls Championships starting with field events at 10 am and track at 11 am and on Sunday its the Munster Senior and Master's Championships which begin at 10.30 am..At both fixtures lots of Waterford athletes will compete and as usual we are expecting many positive results from both days.Both athletes and spectators are reminded to bring plenty of clothing as Neagh can be a very cold spot.
Anne Valley 5 Miles on Saturday
The 13 th Annual Anne Valley 5 miles road race starts in Dunhill on Saturday next at 12 noon.Race Headquarters is Harney's Lounge in the village. The event will take in a very scenic route and entries on the day will be taken at Harney's,currently you can register with .totalltiming. A walk will also be held at 10 am and proceeds go to Jack and Jill Foundation.
Further Fixtures in February
Wednesday 13 th AIT Indoor International Grand Prix Athlone,Friday 15 th Munster Schools X Country Championship Finals WIT Carrignore 12.30 pm,Saturday 16 th /Sunday 17th All Ireland Senior Indoor Championships Abbotstown 11 45 am start ,Saturday 23 rd /Sunday 24 th Munster u 12 to 19 Indoor Championships Nenagh 10 am.On Sunday February 17 th the 17 th Annual Kilmacthomas 4 miles Road Race is at 11 am.
Waterford athletes to receive Munster Awards in Rathkeale last Saturday evening were as follows International Award Joe Gough West Waterford ,Juvenile Track and Field Emily O'Mahony Waterford and Callum Hurley Ferrybank,Junior Track and Field Shane Monagle Tramore, u23 do Denise O'Connor do,Master's Women Shirley Fennelly do, Juvenile X Country Órla O'Connor Waterford.