On Sunday next the next Munster Cross Country Championship fixture will be in Conna, East Cork at 11.30 am.Its the boys and girls u 9,11,13,,15,17, 19 and also the under 20 and senior men and women Athletes may move up ONE age group except for the U/9 age group. To compete U/9, the minimum age is EIGHT years (i.e. all athletes must turn 8 years old in 2019, no athlete turning 7 in 2019 may compete and u 19 can enter u 20 also. Many athletes from Waterford clubs will compete in the majority of the races.On Sunday next also the Annual Sanofi 5 miles Road Race in aid of M.S. is on the outskirts of Waterford City on the Old Kilmeaden Road, at the Sanofi Factory.Its over the same course as previous years ,walker's start at 10.30am / runners start at 11.00am.
More Road Races
The Beat the Train 10 miles in aid of Down Syndrome is on Saturday week November 16 th at 10 am starting at Suir Valley Railway,Kilmeaden on the Greenway. Coming up is the Waterford AC Annual Half Marathon on Saturday December 7 th 9.30 am (please note change of time) at WIT Sports Campus Carriganore see event website. This race is already sold out and entries closed. Please note the organisers are not operating a waiting list but do offer a transfer facility but this is between the two participants they are not capturing names. Another race that's already sold out is the Annual John Treacy 10 Miles in Dungarvan on February 2 nd 2020 and they maybe operating a waiting list,see their website.
Close finish in Brickey 5 km
170 competed in the 26 th Annual Murray's Pharmacy Dungarvan Brickey 5 km run and walk in the Bushy Park area outside Dungarvan on Sunday last and the race had a thrilling finish. Andrew Connick Ferrybank got the verdict in 15 minutes 45 seconds ,just in front of Noel Murphy Waterford in 15.47 and Evan Fitzgerald Clonmel was even closer behind Murphy third in 15.48. First lady home was Louise Morgan Ferrybank in 20.12, Sarah Nyhan West Waterford was second in 20.31 and Mary Molloy Clonmel third in 20.59. It was race 1 of the Michael Roche Carpets Series and proceeds go to Glenbeg School.The overall winner got the Martin Curran Memorial Cup and first lady the Jim Lyons Memorial Shield.
Irish Life Health Athletics Awards
Sonia O’Sullivan set to enter Hall of Fame at Irish Life Health Athletics Awards,Sonia arguably Ireland’s greatest ever athlete will celebrate her 50th birthday by being honoured with the Hall of Fame award at this year’s Irish Life Health National Athletics Awards on Thursday November 28th at 12 noon at The Crowne Plaza Hotel in Blanchardstown.Awards will be presented to Athletes of the year u 20,u23, Endurance and Senior Track and Field Athlete of the year.For this award Thomas Barr is included among the three candidates from which the choice will be made the others are Ciara McGeehan and Mark English Other awards that will be presented on the day include, Club of the Year, Services to Coaching, Lifetime Services to Athletics, Official of the Year, and many more.
When Irish Milers and Middle Distance Runners were World class
There was a time when Irish milers and middle distance runners were recording great times and winning major championships.Presently the Irish record for the mile outdoors 3.49.77 is held by Ray Flynn from Longford and it was set in Oslo in 1982 and the record for indoors is 3.49.78 held by Eamon Coghlan set in 1983 in Eugene Oregan, he was also the first man over 40 to break 4 minutes which he did in 1994 in Boston indoors in 3.58.15 ,he was European 5000 metres Champion in 1983 and was nicknamed the chairman of the Boards due to his many successes over the mile indoors in the USA. Marcus O'Sullivan Cork ran 101 sub 4 minute miles and won three World Indoor 1500 metres titles in 1987,89 and 93 ,Frank O'Mara Limerick won two World Indoor 3000 metres titles 1987 and 1991.In 1985 Coghlan,Flynn,O'Mara and O'Sullivan set a World 4x1 mile record in Dublin and it still stands. The most recent mile time approaching the marks set by Flynn and Coghlan was by Mark Carroll Cork in 2000 with 3.50.62, he won the European Indoor 3000 metres that year also. Ireland's Olympic 1500metres Champion of 1956 Ronnie Delany ran 3.57.5 on a cinder track in Santry in1958 the race being won by the 1960 Olympic 1500 metres Champion Herb Elliott Australia in 3.54.5. a new world record at the time.Here in Waterford just one athlete has run under 4 minutes for the mile and that was David Mc Carthy West Waterford whose fastest times were outdoors 3.55.75 in 2013 and indoors 3.57.85 in 2012. Our own John Treacy Olympic silver Marathon medallist and twice World X Country Champion was a fine 5000 metres runner with a PB of 13.16.81 in 1984 and a 3000 metres best of 7.45.22 in 1980 and Gerry Deegan five times National X Country Champion was again a great 5000 metres man capable of running around 13.30. For the record the world mile record outdoors is now 3.43.13 and indoors 3.47.01. Presently Irish athletes at home and abroad in these events seem incapable of approaching these times and the question has to be asked, why not. Is it insufficient training or indeed too much training or the incorrect type of training ,perhaps a look back in time to the training methods of those athletes mentioned above may throw some light on the subject. Younger athletes of the moment hoping to make it Internationally will see from these figures the kind of times they will have to be capable of achieving to make their mark..