In excellent conditions on Sunday last over 900 runners and as many walkers including men,women and children took part in the Annual Solas Centre 10 km Run and Walk for Life the city. It was a most enjoyable event with lots of spectators around the course and lots at the finish to cheer all home.In addition there was plent of entertainment in The People's Park ,the event is the major Fund Raiser for Solas each year.
The very easy overall winner of the run was Warren Roche Ferrybank AC and last year's female winner Ruth Fitzgerald Waterford AC retained her title in style also by finishing second overall. Behind Roche who clocked 35 minutes 58 seconds in the men's section was Evan Marshall Waterford in 37.42 and John Guiry Teva was third in 37.58. Ruth Fitzgerald's time was 37.21( exactly the same as last year),in second came Stephanie Johnston in 43.44 and Janet Quinlan as third in 44.09. A sincere thank you to the Sponsors Datapac and Beat 102/103,The Gardai, Ambulance Units, Voluntary Groups, many Stewards,musicians and bands.
County X Country in Abbeyside
Last Sunday also the final Count X Country Championship fixture of the season went ahead in St Augustine's College Grounds Abbeyside with small entries and the following were the details.Juvenile B Championship results; Girls; u 15 1 Hannagh Mc Grath KCK 2 Emer Griffin F/V 3 Fiona O'Riordan WW ,u13 Claudia O'Halloran WW 2 Cara Queally KCK 3 Ciara Quinn Ardmore,u 11 1 Zoe Kenny F/B 2 Mollie Byrne KCK 3 Abbie Ryan KCK,u 9 Aisling Dunphy KCK 2 Saoirse Kinsella Ardmore 3 Isobelle Doyle F/B.Boys u 15 Colum Barry KCK 2 Daniel Buckley F/V, u13 1 Sean Óg Costin F/V Ciaran Mc Grath Tramore Emmet Kirk do,u 11,Tom Ryan KCK 2 Lewis Morgan F/B Tadg Dunphy KCK,u9 William Mc Nally F/V 2 Darragh O'Droma Ard Mhor 3 Dylan Blackette Tramore. In The men's master's over 4,000 meters there was gold and silver for West Waterford with Johnny O'Connor first and Joe Gough second Paschal Hally Waterford was third. West Waterford took the team title here with the Johnny, Joe, Ray Hahesy and Yev Chizhikova. In the ladies race which was held over 3,000 meters it was gold for Aisling Ferguson Waterford with Nicola Moroney West Waterford second and her team mate Diana Chizhokova was third.
Munster X Country on Sunday
The first Munster X Country fixture of the season is on Sunday next.Its the Juvenile even ages, u10, 12, 14, 16,18 as well a Novice and U/23 men and women. The venue is Limerick Racecourse starting at 11.30am. Lots of athletes from Waterford Clubs will compete in all the events and several are expected to be in the hunt for individual and team medals.
Autumn Open X Country
The Annual Autumn Open X Country takes place on Sunday next also in Abbotstown The following categories will be catered for Women Senior 6000m Women Masters 35-64 6000m Men Masters 65+6000m Women Junior (U20) 2pm 4500m Women Masters 65+ 4500m ,Men Senior 7500m Men Masters 35-64 7500m Men Junior (U20) 6000m.2.45 pm. Closing date for entries is this Sunday 13th October at midnight.
More Road Races
Bushy Park GAA grounds is the venue for the 26th Annual Brickey Run sponsored by Murray's Pharmacy Dungarvan which will be held on Sunday 3rd November at 11 am. on Sunday November 10 th the Annual Sanofi 5 miles is on the outskirts of Waterford City on the Old Kilmeaden Road, Beat the Train 10 miles Saturday November 16 th 10 am Suir Valley Railway Kilmeaden starting point.Waterford AC Annual Half Marathon Saturday December 7 th 10 am WIT Sports Campus Carriganore.