From Friday to Sunday last the European Team Championships First League were held in Sandnes in Norway and Thomas Barr was the sole representative from Waterford on the Irish team facing ten other countries in the event.Back from a slight injury which prevented him from competing at the All Ireland ChampionshipsThomas ran in the heats of the 400 metres hurdles on Friday and did very well finishing a close second in 50.97 seconds to easily qualify for Saturday's final. In that final he faced among others a man very well known to him Yasmani Coppello a Cuban running with Turkey who finished in third place in the Olympic final of 2016, just in front of him and also the man who had beaten him in the semi final on Friday Nick Smidt from Netherlands a silver medallist in this year's European u 23 Championships. The final was held in anything but ideal conditions and Coppelo won it readily in 49.23 with Smidt second in 49.99 and Thomas fourth in 51.26. There were a number of high placings seconds and thirds by Irish athletes male and female. David Murphy Waterford AC was Senior Jumps coach at the fixture.Ireland finished 7 th of the 11 countries and retained First League status.Thomas now has a busy few weeks ahead competing at Diamond League meetings in Birmingham on Sunday next,in Paris on Saturday August 24 h and Zurich on Thursday August 29th.
80 Competed in the Annual Eilis ni hAodha Memorial 5 miles Road Race in Balyduff Lower last Friday evening in miserable conditions and first home was Kevin Maunsell Clonmel in 27 minutes 13 seconds,Dean Rowe Gowran was second in 28.26 and Craig O'Brien Ferrybank was third in 28.28 ,first lady home was Caoilte Malone in 31.56,Hannah O'Keeffe was second in 33.08 both Thomastown and Grainne Brennan was third in 33.30.Category winners were Ladies; F40 Joan Mahony Waterford, F50 Onra Power West Waterford,Junior Fiona Dillon Thomastown,Men; M40 Mossy Keogh West Waterford, M50 Tom Walsh Thomastown Junior Evan Marshall Waterford.
At a graded meeting in Tallaght last week a number of Waterford AC athletes competed. Matteo Mary was first in the Men’s A 3000m in 9.01.45 and Fergus O’Brien 10th in 9.25.29, Una O’Brien was 4th in the women’s 3000m in 10.30.94 and Jamie McCarthy was also 4th in the mile in 4.41
Cork City International Sports
Coming up on this Wednesday August 14 th is the Annual Cork City International Sports at Cork It Track which has a 5.45 pm start for the main programme .Many world class athletes wll be competing.
Dungarvan Road Race
On Friday next August 16 th the 20 th Annual Glaxo Smithkline 5 miles road race is in Dungarvan at 7 pm another race in the Intersport Elvery's /Asics Series.Entries will be taken at the Dungarvan United Football club pavillion, Kilrush, Dungarvan.The first 200 entrants will receive a technical t- shirt.Race open to all over 16 years of age on race day.The 2nd Annual Ballinameela 5k is coming up on Friday August 30th and again its part of the Intersport Elverys/Asics Summer Series.
All Ireland Master's
On Sunday next August 18 th All Ireland Master's Championships are in Tullamore starting at 11 am. Many athletes from Waterford male and female in many age groups will be competing in track and field events and quite a few are expected to be in the winners enclosure.On Wednesday August 21 st the Morton International Games are in Santry
A reminder to all clubs that the September transfer window is fast approaching. Clubs should ensure transfer forms are with County Secretary Cait Caulfield by Friday August 23 rd
The Annual County Athletic Board Convention takes place on Monday September 9th in WIT Sports Campus, Carriganore at 8pm. If any club has motions they would like added to the agenda, please forward them to County Secretary Cait Caulfield before Friday Sept 6th