On Saturday last an ideal day for running over 2,000 competed in the WLRM Viking Marathon,Half and Qtr Marathons and Relay and it was a was a most enjoyable event which aroused lots of interest in the City and out around the route which took in two bridges and many places of beauty and interest in our County to all visiting athletes and each of the sections were won in very respectable times.The marathon winners were Alexander Wallace a Scotsman running with St Cocas AC in Kilcock in Kildare in 2 hrs 28 minutes 51 seconds, in second place just over a minute behind was Ciaran Mc Kenna Star of Sea AC Co Meath in 2.29.54 and Paul Stephenson a native of Kilmeaden running with Rathfarnham was third in 2.36.30 The First lady home was Sarah Baryga Sli Chualainn Wickow in 2.59.44, Jill Hamill USA was a close second in 3.00.34 and Jean Lucey Grange Fermoy was third in 3.21.46 The Half Marathon winners were Yerod Derese an Ethiopian running with Carrick Aces,Carrickmacross Co Monaghan in 64.56 and he was a runaway winner leading from the start and the holder of the women's title Ruth Fitzgerald Waterford retained it in style in 81.29 ,two minutes faster than last year The Qtr Marathon winners were David Mansfield Clonmel in 38.10 and young Mollie Hutchinson Ferrybank in 48.28,the wheelchair winner was Gerry Forde Blarney and the Relay team that won was called BVSC. Lots of walkers took part over the different distances also.It was also great to see local athletes in addition to those already mentioned doing well with Liz Nyhan West Waterford third in the Half, Liam Stack Ferrybank third in the Quarter as was Janet Quinlan Saturday Road Runners ,Alan Slattery Waterford 4th ,Aoife Casey Ferrybank 4 th while Emer Larkin Passage East did very well being the 6th woman overall home in the Marathon. Category winners from this area were, Half Marathon; F45 Liz Nyhan West Waterford ,F55 Siobhan Kennedy Focus on Fitness,Junior men,Jack Maley Waterford, Qtr Marathon; Junior Craig O'Brien Ferrybank, M40 Brian Murphy Ck on Suir, M50 Liam Power Ferrybank, F35 Joan Mahony Waterford, F 45 Jane English Deise Dragons,Marathon; F55 Mary B Ryan Jennings Waterford,M 60 Gerard Kervick, M70 Tom Roche.It was a special day for Ted O'Leary West Waterford as it was his 100th Marathon completed. The event which is driven each year by WLRFM with Roisin Ferris at the steering wheel is a major logistical undertaking for months and receives great support from al the print media in the area. On the day Race Director Joe Cawley had terrific support as usual by The Gardai, many Voluntary bodies,Ambulance units ,Physios personnel and individual stewards,volunteers , musicians and lots of support from Waterford Council and WIT in Carriganore and Waterford University Hospital
AAI Senior Games
At the AAI Games in Santry last week end there were a number of Waterford successes.For West Waterford Lisa Houlihan won the pole vault and Rachel Power the shot putt,for Ferrybank Megan Kiely won the 400m hurdles and Katie Murphy had a second in the 200 metres and .third in the 100 metres while Denise O'Connor Tramore was second in the 400 metres hurdles
On Saturday last in Santry the Annual Tailtean Games Schools Inter Provincial took place and three athletes from Waterford schools were each placed third in their events.These were Matteo Mary St Declan's Kilmacthomas in the 1500 metres in a personal best time of 4.05.17,Eoin Buenaventura St Augustine's in the pole vault and Katie Nolke Ursuline in the high jump.
All Ireland Master's titles won
In Santry last week end also the All Ireland Master's Combined events were staged and in the over 50 age group athletes from Waterford had a one,two.Paschal Halley won in a new record and Tom O'Brien was second also inside the old record.Shirley Fennelly Tramore won the over 50 title again with a record and Liz Colcough Waterford was second over 40
Aldi Community Games finals
Despite the desperate weather on Sunday last the County Community Games Athletic finals went ahead at the RSC with athletes from 9 Communities involved.The best Overall Community Award went to Aglish/Ballinameela with KCK second ,the Games Pledges were read by Eddie Raicevic Aglish/Ballinameela in English and Bronagh Motherway KGK in Irish.
Dungarvan Leader Details
130 competed in the 27 th Annual Dungarvan Leader Michael C NagleRoad Race from Villierstown to Cappoquin last Friday evening and first home was Raivis Zakis West Waterford in 26 minutes 49 seconds,Danny Smyth from Co Tipperary was second in 27.48 and Zintars Klava West Waterford was third in 27.53.First lady home was Madeline Loughnane Thurles in 31 minutes, Natalie Sheehan was second in 32.55 and Deborah Doherty third in 35.18 both West Waterford. It was another race in the Intersport Elvery's/Asics Series . Kate in Leeds
The British Road Walking Championships are in Leeds on Sunday and they will also include the All Ireland Walking Championships and Kate Veale West Waterford competes in the 20 km event.Further afield in Minsk the European Games go ahead with Niamh.Whelan Ferrybank competing in the 100 metres this week.
Week end Fixtures
Saturday June 29 th AAI National Children's Games and Limited U/12 and U/13 Events Tullamore,Sun 30th,AAI National Outdoor League ,Round 2 Santry and Athlone Sun 30th Munster Juvenile "B" T&F Championships and Juvenile Pentathlons. Lee's Road, Ennis, Co. Clare.
Road Races Locally
Race number 8 in the 25th Annual Intersport Elverys/Asics summer series will take place on this coming Friday June 28th. Its the 27th Annual Mooneys Bar 6 miles Ras Na Rinne in Ring . The race itself will have an 7.30 pm start and registration will be at Community Hall in An Rinn from 6.30 pm .St Joseph's AC present the 8th Annual Pink Rock 10km Road Race and Walk on Sunday next and a 5km family fun run/walk is included this year.Registration (or Number Pick up) opens at Rosbercon Parish Hall from 6.30 pm to 8pm on Saturday Evening 29th June.On the day registration registration will open at 9:30am in Rosbercon Parish Hall.Event will start at Green’s Cross,10km Walkers start at 11:15am,10km Runners: start at 12 noon, 5km Family fun Run / Walk: Starts at 12.05pm
July Track and Field Fixtures
July 3rd to 14 th World University Championships Napoli,Saturday 6th All Ireland Junior and u 23 Championships Tullamore,Sunday 7 th and Saturday 13th and 14 th three days of All Ireland Juvenile Championships Tullamore ,Saturday 20 th Schools International Swansea, Sunday 21 st All Ireland B Juvenile Championships and relays Tullamore. Saturday Sunday July 26th /27 All Ireland Senior Championships Santry.