The major domestic fixture of the season takes place next Saturday and Sunday in Santry Stadium Dublin. Its the Irish Life Health All Ireland Senior Track and Field Championhips with all the top athletes in the country competing male and female including a size able entry from Waterford. In any sport the ambition of all competing individual or team is to be the National Senior Champion in their event,Waterford will be well represented at the Championships and its hoped the great record we have in them will be continued this week end. Included are two athletes with many titles to their name already Olympian Thomas Barr going for his ninth 400 metres hurdles in a row and Kate Veale for her fifth 5000m walk title in all and defending her title.Others who should be challenging for medals will be Niamh Whelan,Grace Furlong and Lisa Houlihan.Saturday the fixture begins at 12 noon and Sunday 2pm.
Final Race Outfield Sports Series
On Friday next the final race in the Outfield Sports Series goes ahead in Piltown at 7.30 pm. Its the Piltown Coaches and Centra Piltown 10 km. Entries will be taken in usual location the GAA Centre in Piltown from 6.00 pm until 7.15 pm.Coming up on Thursday August 1 st 27 th Annual Marine Climb 6 miles race number 10 in the Intersport Elverys /Asics summer series,entries in Dungarvan from 6 pm.
Waterford Ladies win National League title
Competing in the final of the National Senior League Division 1 in Tullamore last Saturday for the first time Waterford County Women's and Men's teams performed brilliantly with the women becoming champions and the men finishing runners up. In each event points were awarded down along the line and at the end of all competitions the team with the most points were crowned champions. The victorious ladies team scored a total of 117 points ,17 in front of Finn Valley Donegal with East Cork third on 87. The following won their events; Grace Furlong long and triple jumps,Lucy Holmes 800 metres,Sorcha Murphy high jump. Mollie Jean Hutchinson 3000 metres steeplechase,Lisa Houlihan pole vault and the relays teams 4x 100m and 4x400 m,second placings went to Emily O'Mahony 100 m hurdles, Megan Kiely 200m, Una O'Brien 1500m,Zoe Scanlon discus and third placings to Zoe Scanlon javelin,Denise O'Connor 400 m,Órla O'Connor 3000 m, Emily Myers hammer. and Megan Kiely 400 m hurdles, Ruth Heery was 4th in the walk and Sarah Jacob 4th shot putt.
For the men there were wins by Jake Costelloe long jump, Shane Scanlon hammer, Jake Bagge 800 m,David Mc Glynn 5000 m ,Eoin Kenny 200 m,second placings went to Patrick Fitzgerald pole vault, Eoin Kenny javelin and 110m hurdles, Jake Costelloe triple jump, Fergus O'Brien 3000 m steeplechase, Andrew Connick 1500 m, and third placings to John White walk, Shane Scanlon discus, and the relay teams 4x 100m and 4x 400m. Others to do their bit were Lance Baylon 5th 100m ,Jamie Mc Carthy 7th 400m , Eoin Maher,5th 400 metres hurdles Ciarán Buenventura 4th high jump and Cormac Farrell 5th in shot and 6 th in javelin.They were beaten into second place by Wexford County who won on 117, Waterford were six points behind on 111 and Ennis Track were third on 108. Heartiest congratulations to one and all and the county Board Officers ho decide to enter the team and to those who supported them all through the rounds.
The Annual Schools International Track and Field Championships were in Swansea last Saturday and two athletes from Waterford Schools were on the Irish team. Matteo Mary St Declan's Kilmacthomas was 4th in the 1500 metres in 4.05.49 and Katie Nolke Ursuline was 6th in the high jump with 1.61 metres.
European u 20 Championships
Kate O’Connor created history for Irish athletics in Boras, Sweden last week by becoming the first Irish athlete ever to win a heptathlon medal at a major championships. The 18-year-old Dundalk athlete was second with a National U-20, U-23 and Irish senior heptathlon record of 6093 points.The event was won by Spain’s Maria Vicente with 6115 points. To make it a great week for Ireland Sarah Healy Blakrock Dublin won silver in a nail-biting women’s 1500m final and Dara McEhinney Bantry in the men’s 5000m final took the bronze medal, continuing the great success rate by Irish athletes in major competitions year in year out..
Three All Ireland ( B )titles
A small number of Waterford athletes competed in the All Ireland B Juvenile Championships in Tullamore on Sunday and they did very well. Ferrybank AC sent just two and both won Annabelle Walsh in the high jump under 14 and in the same age group Mia Casey in the long jump, she was alo 4th in the sprint,KCK had just one competing and again it was a winner as Ciarán Kirwan won the under 13 80 metres,while West Waterford had two and one of them Fionn O'Murchu was third in the high jump u 15
Ballymacarbry 5 miles Report
165 competed in the 24 th Annual Doocey's Bar 5 miles road race last Friday evening in Ballymacarbry and first home in 25 minutes 6 seconds was Kevin Maunsell Clonmel,in second place was Gary Scully Nenagh in 27.27 and Damien Murphy West Waterford was third in 27.36.Madeline Loughnane Thurles was first lady home in 31.05, Natalie Sheehan was second in 32.28 and Angela Tobin third in 32.37 both West Waterford The category winners were Men; M40 Danny Smyth Co Tipperary, M45 Dermot Ryan West Waterford, M50 Eugene O'Keeffe Clonmel, M55 Ray Hahesy West Waterford, Junior Conor Mullaney do.Women F35 Sinéad Ni Faoláin West Waterford, M40 Mary Jane Enright Ind, F45 Sheila Perry Clonmel, F 50 Stephanie Isley St Nichoas Junior Courtney McGuire Clonmel It was race 9 in the Intersport Elvery's/Asics Series.