The biggest event this year in World Athletics begins in Doha,Qatar this Friday -the World Athletic Championships- which will bring together the top International senior athletes from over 200 countries and Waterford will be represented by Thomas Barr Ferrybank in the 400 metres hurdles. He is in action on Friday the opening day in the heats of his event at 6.35pm Irish time and if progressing the semi finals are on Saturday at 4.05pm and the final on Monday next.at 8.40 pm Thomas runs in heat 1 on Friday with 4 to qualify for semi finasl plus four fastest losers
Fast Time needed
So far this season Thomas has done quite well in the Diamond League but his season's best time of 49.11 may not be sufficient to make an impact in Doha.Several of his opponents have times well below 49 seconds and two have dipped below 47 seconds World Champion Karsten Warholm from Norway and Benjamin Rai USA and another Samba from Qatar was just over the 47 mark. In his final race of the year before Doha in Zurich in the Diamond League final in late August Thomas did show signs that his best was yet to come this season. Back in the Olympic final of 2016 Thomas recorded his best ever time of 47.97 when finishing 4th and last August he clocked 48.31 in finishing third in the European Championships-his second best time. If back in this kind of form in Doha Thomas should make a bold bid to progress,we wish him the very best in such exalted company and a place in the final would be terrific.
Croppy Boy Run Report
150 competed in the 4th Annual Passage East Car Ferry Croppy Boy runs in Passage on Saturday last over 10 km and 5 km. First home in a very competitive10 k race for most of the way was Kevin Maunsell Clonmel in 30 minutes 33 seconds with the holder Freddie Sittuk Raheny second in 31.22 and Niall Sheil St Killian's Wexford was third in 33.08. First male over 40 Jim Walsh and over 50 Tom Burns Waterford. First lady overall was Mary Walsh Raheny sister of the late Ronan Walsh in whose memory the race is held her time being 40.17,Emer Larkin Passage was second in 44.47 and Clare Sherman was third in 46.29. First over 40 Deirdre Cotter Mallow and o 50 Onra Power West Wateford First home in the 5 km was Jenny Mullery Raheny in 18.59, Niamh Wheeler was second in 22.37 and Matthew Plant was third in 23.01. First male u 8 John Thompson ,first female u 18 Áine Walsh Kincora Walsh's, daughter of late Ronan Walsh,official starter was Michael Walsh Organiser in Chief. It was as usual a well organised event and thanks to the Gardai,Order of Malta, the Walsh family all the stewards and catering people, sponsors, Passage East and Crooke Development Association and Passage Hurling Club and Scouts and especially all who participated. Proceeds to Scouts and Development Association
Vradafjord 5 Miles
In desperate conditions the Annual 5 miles in the city on Sunday last in aid of Waterford Hospice had an entry of 150 and first home was Brian Murphy Carrick on Suir in 27.27, Trevor Swift Waterford was second in 27.47 and Mathew Murphy was third in 30.08. First lady home was Benvon Lyons in 33.11,Janet Quinlan was second in 34.08 and Kathy Rea was third in 37.16 both Saturday Road Runners.
Kilmacow X Country
On Sunday also the Annual Kilmacow Open X Country fixture was held in miserable conditions and the following athletes from Waterford Clubs won. Waterford AC had four wins with Michael Cuddihy u 14, Hubert Homa u 18, Liam Cuddihy junior and Fergus O'Brien senior ,sisters Sarah and Isobelle Gaffney won for West Waterford u12 and u 10 respectively and for Ferrybank had a win with Saoifre Maloney u 8, many more were in the top three.
Primary School X Country
On Tuesday September 17th hundreds of children from Primary Schools all over the city and outlying areas competed in the Annual Waterford Primary Schools X Country Races organised by Ferrybank AC on the outside pitches at the RSC.Following were the individual results.1 st Class Girls Race 1 Muireann McGrath Kill 2 Aisling McKenna Faithlegg 3 Mira Kamel Educate Together Race 2 Katie Nolan Butlerstown 2 Charlotte Casey Ursuline 3. Leah Power Mercy 1st Class Boys Race 1 Dara Caulfield St Declans 2 Louise Daly, St Declans 3 Colin Widger Gaelscoil Phortlairge Race 2 Joey Kirby St Declans 2 Ben Mc Loughrey Butlerstown 3 Ethan Walsh Ballygunner 2nd Class Girls Race 1 Sheila O’Donovan Ursuline 2 Sarah Rabatanova Ursuline 3 Talia Mohamed Ursuline Race 2 Síofra Maloney, Ballygunner 2 Holly Flynn Portlaw 3 Amy Trant Faithlegg 2nd Class Boys Race 1 Ryan Dwyer Ballygunner 2 Charlie Flynn Scoil Lorcáin 3 Aaron Hayes Killea Race 2 Shane Butler Butlerstown 2 Tadhg Power Ballygunner 3 Oisín Bloomer Gaelscoil Phortláirge 3rd Class Girls Race 1 Aiveen O’Donoghue Ballygunner 2 Katy Millane Butlerstown 3 Isabel Cooney Waterpark Race 2 Erin Butler Ballygunner 2 Liadan McGrath Kill 3 Evie O’Donoghue Ballygunner 3rd Class Boys Race 1 Jack Walsh St Declan’s 2 Lewis Morgan St Declan’s 3 Jamie Grant Killea Race 2 Harry Flannery Portlaw 2 Regan McHenry Scoil Lorcain 3. Nikolia Kojek St Saviours 4th Class Girls Race 1 Aoife Power Ballygunner 2.Cora Miller Ballygunner 3 Ciara Rohan Passage Race 2 Lily Corbett John of God 2 Aisling Ivan John of God 3 Naoimi Fatumoju Presentation 4th Class Boys Race 1 Enda Bloomer Gaelscoil Phortláirge 2 Nicolas Valmer Ferrybank 3 Fionn Kelly Passage Race 2 Orion Cala Passage 2 Liam Byrne Ferrybank 3 Andrew Power Ballygunner 5th Class Girls Lucy Clinton John of God 2 Cassandra Abullo Ballygunner 3 Niamh McGresta Kill 5th Class Boys Fionn Phelan St Declan’s 2 Sam Croke Portlaw 3 Michael Fingleton Ballygunner 6th Class Girls Isobel Gallagher John of God 2 Abigail O’Regan Portlaw 3 Clodagh Shanahan Portlaw 6th Class Boys Romeo Lapite Ferrybank 2 Finlay McCarthy Educate Together 3 Cathal O’Brien Killea. Best Girls School 1 St Ursula’s 2 Ballygunner 3. St John of God Best Boys School 1 Ballygunner 2 St Declan’s 3 Scoil Lorcáin Best Small School 1 Butlerstown 2. Portlaw 3 Killea 4 Educate Together
County X Country Championships on Sunday
The first section of the County X Country Championships go ahead on Sunday next at St Augustine's College Grounds Abbeyside at 11 am sharp.On the programme are the Boys and Girls 8,10,12,14,16,18, Junior and Senior men and women incorporated into West Waterford AC Open X Country. Come prepared for underfoot conditions .
Remaining County Championships
Sunday October 6th boys and girls under 9,11,13,15,17,19,Novice men nd women, Sunday October 13 th Juvenile B u9,11,13,15 medals for first six home in each event no team prizes also Master's, both fixtures at St Augustine's College Grounds Abbeyside and both start at 11 am.
Reflective Clothing Essential
With the dark evenings now with us anyone taking to the roads to train should be wearing clear reflective clothing. If training in groups all should keep at the one side of the road and no cris crossing and avoid narrow or poorly lit roads. Other road users need to have a clear view of all well in advance especially motorists and cyclists(who too should have reflective clothing ) Top priority is Safety for all road users including you