From Friday to Sunday next the European Indoor Championships are in Glasgow and just one athlete from Waterford is on the Irish team competing and that is Thomas Barr in the 400 metres.While Thomas's best event is the 400 metres hurdles but which does not figure in these Championships his main reason for running this week end is to get top class competition to help improve his speed for later in the season in the hurdles and the big one for him the World Championships are not on 'till late September in Doha in Qatar
Twenty six athletes have entered for the 400 metres and on this season's best times for each athlete Thomas is well down the list with his 47.05, his best ever time is 46.87 the fastest time this year is 45.55. Someone very familiar to Thomas is entered Warholm from Norway World 400 metres hurdles champion and who won the 400 metres Hurdles European Championships last year with Thomas third-he is the one who ran that 45.55 this year on the flat - and also there is Tony Von Diepen Netherlands who just pipped Thomas in Athlone recently in the special indoor 400 metres hurdles. Thomas will be into action on Friday morning in the 400 m heats at 10.20 am in Glasgow and if progressing the semi final is later that evening at 8.55 pm and the final is on Saturday at 8.22 pm. The 400 metres indoors is usually a scramble for places after the first lap of the two as the runners break lanes with elbows flying as we saw in the recent National Championships putting paid to Thomas's chances We wish him well and hope he will have a satisfying experience in Glasgow. Phil Healy Bandon 400 metres,CiaraMageean UCD 1500 metres and Mark English also UCD 800 metres should be prominent in their races.
Munster Road Championships on Sunday
On Sunday next in Dundrum Co Tipperary the Munster Road Championships over 4 miles for men and women take place starting with the women's race at 1pm, categories are Senior,Novice and Master's. On Tuesday March 5 th at 11 am the Munster Schools Indoor Games are in Nenagh. Coming up on Saturday March 9 th at 10 am in Dunhill is the Annual Dunhill/Fenor 10 miles Run in aid of Crumlin's Children's Hospital,please note this is for -runners only-no walkers- and under 18 runners are not eligible to compete in it. The following day Sunday March 10 th the 37 th Annual Deise College 10 km is in Dungarvan at 11 am race 5 Ml Roche Carpets Series ,Dungarvan GAA Centre is the Race Headquarters
Munster Juvenile Indoors
Nenagh was the venue on Saturday and Sunday last for the Munster u 12 to 19 indoor championships and Waterford athletes were in fine form winning several titles and also securing silver and bronze medals. For Waterford AC it was a very successful week end with wins by Emily O 'Mahoney in the u19 60 m hurdles and triple jump ,Aidan Burke in the 1500 metres u 17, Meabh O'Connor u 16 walk and Daniel Farrell also u 16 walk,second placings went to Anna Duffin 400 metres u 18,Emily O''Mahoney long jump u 19, third placers were Aidan Burke u 16 800 m,Anna Fanning again in the under 16 800 m, Emer Mc Glynn in the u 18 800 m Hubert Homa u 17 1500 metres ,Evan Marshall u 18 1500 m. Emily O'Mahony u 19 60 m ,Emma Caulfield u 19 1500 m. for Ferrybank Jake Bagge won the u19 1500 m and Callum Hurley was first in the u17 800 m, second placings went to Isobelle Cummins u 19 1500 m,Paula Igwe u 17 long jump,Petra Igwe u 13 high jump and both girls were also third in their sprint hurdles.Lucy Holmes West Waterford won the u u 18 800 m and Doireann Hickey was third in the girls u 14 walk ,for Finnisk Valley Corey Scanlon was second in the u 14 shot putt and Ava Flavin was 2nd in the u 12 60 m and Dara O'Neill Tramore was third in the 200 metres u 16.
Órla is Supreme Athlete of Year.
At a function in The Tower Hotel Waterford on Friday last February 22 nd The Combined Credit Union Supreme Young Athlete of the Year Award went to Órla O'Connor from Waterford AC. During 2018 Órla who mixed running and race walking was 14 th in the World Junior 10 km Race Walk setting an Irish junior record,she also won International walks in Isle of Man and Slovakia,and junior,under 19 and schools race walking titles.In running she was the leading runner on the Waterford AC teams that won the All Ireland u19 and u 20 X country Championships Present at the Ceremony were the Mayor of Waterford Cllr Declan Doocey and the Lady Mayoress,John Mc Grath Co Board Chair,coaches and parents.The Mayor complimented the twelve monthly winners present also and Waterford Olympian Brendan Quinn was guest speaker whose words of advice to the young athletes were excellent. Damien Tiernan was a fine MC for the Ceremony and he introduced each monthly winner and gave their performances. Linda O'Kane from the Credit Unions said thy were proud to sponsor the event over the years and will continue this year also.Monthly winners came from Waterford AC,West Waterford,Tramore, St Senan's, Kilmacow and Ferrybank.