Last week end the Irish Life Health All Ireland Senior Indoor Championships were in Abbotstown and a number of Waterford athletes competed.First into action on Saturday was Kate Veale West Waterford in the 3000 metres walk defending the title she won the previous two years. Dictating the pace from the start and with a powerful display she went further away from her opponents as the race progressed and eventually won by a distance in a very fast time of 13 minutes 18.39 seconds, a seasonal best. Thomas Barr Ferrybank then ran in his semi final of the 400 metres and he was most impressive in winning it in a time of 48.16 seconds to make Sunday's final.Others in action on Saturday were Megan Kiely Ferrybank who was third in her 400 metres semi final and also in the 400 metres Denise O'Connor Tramore finished fifth in her semi final and both did not progress,Denise later on finished third in her 200 metres semi final and made it through to Sunday's final.
Rough final on Sunday
On Sunday hopes were high of another Waterford win by Thomas Barr in a very competitive 400 metres final run over two laps. Running from lane five Thomas was going quite well and approaching the end of the first lap the runners are allowed to break lanes to get a good position.The eventual race winner who was in front at the time had ample room in front to get the inside lane which he did, then Thomas and two other athletes followed practically in line with Thomas seemingly in front and going on but then he was catapulted out of the lanes to the outside of the track losing many metres and he there and then retired.Watching the replay of the race on Sunday evening it would appear Thomas's incident was most unfortunate,on Monday he was selected for the European Indoor Championships in Glasgow next month. In the triple jump Grace Furlong Waterford AC had a good competition and won the bronze medal. Other placings on Sunday were Emily O'Mahony Waterford fourth in triple jump,Lisa Houlihan West Waterford fourth in pole vault and Denise O'Connor Tramore again fourth in the 200 metres with Andrew Connick Ferrybankeleventh in the 3000 metres final
Thomas second in Athlone
Competing in the 400 metres flat at the Athlone Grand Prix last Wednesday evening Thomas Barr ran a fine race coming with his customary late flourish to finish second and beaten by inches by Tony Van Diepen Holland who won in 47.01 seconds,Thomas being timed a 47.05 and Ricardo Dos Santos Portugal was third in 47.42.Thomas is using all these 400 metres flat races building up his speed for later races in the 400 metres hurdles including his big one in the World Championships in late September
Waterford Schools do well in Munster's
On Friday last at WIT Carriganore the Irish Life Health Munster Secondary Schools X Country Championships had an entry of hundreds from schools all over the Province and large fields ran in each event, the races being run of smoothly, all at the appointed times. Athletes from Waterford schools figured very prominently and Tadg Connolly Abbey Community College was a most impressive winner of the junior title, second placings went to Aoife Allen Mercy Convent in the senior and Una O'Bren Waterpark at intermediate level and third placings to Ruth Heery Waterpark senior and Tommy Fennell St Augustine's junior,Lucy Holmes Árd Scoil na nDéise was fourth in the senior and Cian O'Riordan CBS Dungarvan was sixth again at senior level while several others were in the top 15. In the team section St Angela's Ursuline were first in the senior girls,St Augustine's were second in the boys junior,Árd Scoil na n Déise had three thirds in the girls.senior, intermediate and junior and De La Salle boys were third in the intermediate grade. The top 15 in each event and top three teams qualify for All Ireland's on March 9 th in Clongowes Wood.The organisers wish to thank the sponsors Irish Life Health, Management and staff at WIT,Order of Malta, all those officiating on the day and those from local clubs that marked out the course on Thursday.
Kilmacthomas 4 miles
220 competed in the O'Reilly Butchers Kimacthomas 4 miles on Sunday and Niall Shiel St Killian's Wexford won it in 20 minutes 38 seconds,Noel Murphy Waterford was second in 20.57 and Raivis Zakis West Waterford third in 21.04, first lady home was Louise Morgan Ferrybank in 26.29,Sinéad Murphy was second in 27.06 and Isobelle Cummins Ferrybank was third 30.59. Category winners Ladies F35 Janet Quinlan Saturday Road Runners, F 40 Mary Jane Enrght,F45 Mollie Fitzgerald West Waterford ,F50 Gabrielle Blair Waterford ,Junior Mollie Hutchinson Ferrybank.Men M40 Alan O'Connor United Striders, M45 David Smyth Waterford, M50 Johnny O'Connor West Waterford M55 Ray Hahesy do Junior Jamie Mc Carthy Waterford.It was race 4 of Michael Roche Carpets Series.
Munster Juvenile in Nenagh
On Saturday and Sunday next the Munster U12 to 19 Indoor Championships are in Nenagh and many athletes from Waterford clubs will compete on two long days of competition. Full timetable is on Munster Athletics Website,first event Saturday at 10.30 am and on Sunday at 11 am.
National Juvenile Awards
Each year at this time an under age athlete from each of the thirty two counties gets a National Award for their performances during the previous years competition in All Ireland Juvenile Championships .This year the Waterford winner is Shane Monagle Tramore and the special Race Walking Award goes to Órla O'Connor Waterford. The awards were presented at a Banquet in Tullamore on Saturday last and the guest speaker was Kate Veale West Waterford.The Combined Credit Union Supreme Juvenile Athlete of 2018 will be announced at a function in TheTower Hotel this Friday