Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Fintan Walsh's weekly blog

Bronze medals for Irish women at European Cross Country.
Once again as so often in the past athletes have won medals at a major
event for Ireland. The senior Irish women’s team won a brilliant
bronze team medal at the European Cross country Championships in
Samokov, Bulgaria on Sunday, last. The team made up of Fionnuala
Britton (Kilcoole AC), Sara Treacy (Dunboyne AC), Michelle Finn
(Leevale AC), Ann-Marie McGlynn (Letterkenny AC), Siobhan O ’Doherty
(Borrisokane AC) and Laura Crowe (An Riocht AC) combined to place
third with a score of 87 points. Doherty finished second in the
Waterford Half Marathon on Saturday week and is well known in the
Waterford area.This was Ireland' 7 team medal at these championships
since they began in 1994.Irish team captain Ann-Marie McGlynn said “I
am thrilled, I knew coming in that we had a chance. I am just so
delighted for the girl’s, we have really gelled as a team and this is
just brilliant to get a team medal, I am delighted” At the front of
the field Britton was aiming for a third European cross country title
in the space of four years having won the title in 2011 and 2012. She
was always to the fore in a fast paced race as the Great Britain & NI
athletes Kate Avery and Gemma Steel battled it out for the individual
title with Steel coming out the victor. Track specialist Bahta of
Sweden swept through the field on the final lap to place third.Despite
her best efforts Britton finished in sixth place in a time of 28.59,
one place behind last year’s champion Sophie Duarte of France. Britton
said “On the last lap, with the other two girls away (Steel & Avery),
it was a medal race and I really just wanted to get that medal. I
tried really hard but my legs just weren’t going. I battled all the
way as I knew every place mattered and I would be devastated if I had
of lost it for the team

Órna runs well under 23.

In the senior men's race {Paul Pollock had a very respectable 23 rd
placing while Waterford's sole representative on the Irish teams Órna
Murray Ferrybank AC in the under 23 race ran very well and was the
first Irish athlete in 40 th place. In the under 23 men's race Kevin
Dooney was 18 th the first Irishman home,he was home from the USA
after a busy season but two other USA based athletes our own Shane
Quinn and Jake Byrne were not available.

Cooper has good result in USA

Kevin Cooper competed in the Boston University Season Opener over 3000
metres last week and had a very good effort finishing second in 8
minutes 19.30 seconds ,the race as won by in 8.14.42

Zakis wins.

140 competed in the Annual Clean Zone Technology Paddy Joe Curran
Memorial 5 miles road race on the Youghal Road Dungarvan on Sunday
Last. First home was Ravis Zakis in 27 minutes 48 seconds, Kevin
Kenneally was second in 28.16 and Rory Wyley third in 28.36,Corina
Walsh was first lady home in 33.33, Tata Rhatigan was second in 34.54
and Deirdre Ansboro was third in 35.37,.proceeds to West Waterford

Baldy Man Run

The Annual Baldy Man Run in Tramore will be on Sunday December 28 that
1 pm in aid of Arch Club and entries can now be made at Total Timing

Winter League

The Winter League continues at the RSC this Thursday at 7 pm
and.breaks then until the new year

Flag Days

Reminder to all members of Waterford AC members of the clubs Annual
Flag Days on Saturday and Sunday December 27 t and 28

 New Year Fixtures

Munster Junior and u 23 Indoor Championships and Juvenile Indoor
Combined Events Nenagh  Sunday January 4 th,10 am, Munster Senior,
Junior and Juvenile Inter County Relay Cross Country Championships WIT
Sports Campus, Carriganore, Sunday January 11 th, National Combined
Events all categories Athlone, Saturday January 17 th, Munster Senior
and Masters Indoor Championships Nenagh  Sunday January 18 th 10.30
am,National Junior Indoors Athlo

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Fintan Walsh's latest blog

Fagan the favourite wins Waterford AC Half Marathon easily.

Over 1500 completed the 6 th Annual Waterford AC Half Marathon on
Saturday last in the city and surrounding areas and the entries came
from all over Ireland and of course a huge entry from Waterford city
and county and it was a most enjoyable event with crowds out around
the course and at the finish..Pre race favourite the vastly
experienced Martin Fagan Mullingar Hrs lived up to the tag and scored
a runaway victory in a good time of 64 minutes 16 seconds leading from
the gun, Cillian O'Leary Raheny,Dublin was second in 68.36 and Eoin
O'Callaghan Star of the Sea Co Meath was third in 68.57 the leading
Waterford athlete was Trevor Power 7 th in 70.09. The leading fancy in
the ladies race also obliged as Lizzie Lee Leevale had a personal best
of 74.30 in winning in front of Siobhán Doherty Borrisokane timed at
76.35 and Pauline Curley Tullamore was third in 80.09  Following were
the category winners. Men M 40 Frank Quinlan ( Waterford ) M 45 John
Murphy ( Grange Fermoy )  M 50  Eddie Newman ( Mullingar Hrs ) M 55
Tom Halpin ( Ballynonty ) M 60 Joe Gough ( West Waterford ) Women F 35
Adele Walsh ( St Senan's ) F 40 Ann.Marie Holland ( St Finbarr's)  F
45 Diane Behan ( Waterford ) F 50 Jacinta Brazil do F 55 Bernadette
Mitchell ( Balance Fitness )..The organisers wish to thank the
Gardai,Coast Guard, Order of Malta, lead cyclists all the various
stewards and members of other voluntary bodies around the course.the
Management of WIT Sports Campus all the sponsors The race was started
by Cllr Lola O;Sullivan Mayor of the Waterford Metropolitan area and
all the results can be found on Total Timing and the vast majority of
feedback was very complimentary of the event. Also on Saturday Ravis
Zakis West Waterford was second in the Clonakilty Marathon in 2 hrs 38

National Cross Country Details

Santry Demesne was the venue on Sunday last for the National Novice
and Juvenile Cross Country Championships and at juvenile level West
Waterford AC fared best of the local clubs. Their girls under 13 squad
were third in the inter club section and Con Willans was 9 th overall
in the under 11 race and was a member of the winning Munster
team.Others from West Waterford to figure on winning Munster teams
were Sean Curran and Shane O'Riordan u 19, Cian O'Riordan u 15 and
Cormac O'Mahony and Oisin O'Riordan u 13. For Waterford AC Barry Keane
was 12 under 19 and was on the winning Munster team being the second

European Cross Country

Ireland will have teams competing at the European Cross Country
Championships in Samokov Bulgaria on Sunday next and Órna Murray
Ferrybank is on the under 23 team Fionnula Britton runs in the senior
race attempting to win the title for the third time she was 4 th last

Sunday's run in the Dungarvan area.

The 6th annual Clean Zone Technology ltd sponsored Paddy Joe Curran
memorial Turkey Trot 5 mile charity run will take place on Sunday next
December 14th at 12 noon.There will also be a walk over a distance of
4 miles on the day which also gets under way immediately after the
race start..   Entry to the race is open to all over 16. The entries
for the race will be taken at the Marine Bar, Cork Road outside
Dungarvan and the distance for the run is 5 miles. The run is being
held to raise funds for West Waterford hospice.

Baldy Man Run

The Annual Baldy Man Run in Tramore will be on Sunday December 28 th
at 1 pm in aid of Arch Club and entries can now be made at Total
Timing or on the day more details next week.

Winter League

The Winter League continues at the RSC this Thursday at 7 pm and
please come along in good time and wear clear reflective clothing.

Flag Days

Early reminder to all members of Waterford AC members of the clubs
Annual Flag Days on Saturday and Sunday December 27 t and 28

Tuesday, 2 December 2014

Fintan Walsh's latest blog.

Waterford AC Annual Half Marathon on Saturday
A record entry of 1750 has been received for the Annual Waterford AC
Half Marathon which starts at 10 am on Saturday next from WIT Sports
Campus, Carriganore over a new course this year and finishes there
also. Leading the male entries is Martin Fagan  Mullingar who has a
60.57 half to his credit and leading the ladies is Lizzie Lee  Leevale
who has a best of 64.48. This event is a major undertaking for the
organisers and even at this stage marshals etc are required and anyone
available should be at the start by 9 am.. Any of those who have
entered and who find for some reason they cannot compete on the day
are asked not to transfer their number to someone else as this causes
major problems with the results process. Full map of the course on
Waterford Half Marathon Website There will be traffic delays on the
morning at places like Old Kilmeaden Road, Tyrconnell Avenue  Lismore
Park,Cork Road, Witches Lane ,Ballybeg ,Lacken Road, Green Road
Tramore Road etc

National Cross Country on Sunday

Santry Demesne in Dublin is the location Sunday for the National
Novice Men and Women's Cross Country Championships and also the boys
and girls under 9,11,13,15,17 and 19. Athletes from Waterford clubs
will compete in some of the categories full programme available on
Athletics Ireland Website

National award for Thomas Barr..

Thomas Barr Ferrybank AC won the Inspirational Performance of the Year
on Irish Soil Award at the National Awards Ceremony in Dublin last
week/ The award was a new addition to the annual awards and was
decided solely by the Irish Athletics Community via an online poll on
the Athletics Ireland website. Barr performance in beating the
reigning World Champion and setting a new stadium record of 48.94 at
the Morton Games was deemed the most inspirational performance of the
year on Irish soil for 2014. His performance was one of many
outstanding ones he achieved in the year
European Bronze Medallist Mark English (UCD AC) was named as the
Athlete of the Year

USA win

On Thanksgiving Day November 27 th many road races were held all over
the New United States. In the Upper Saddle River 5 Km in New Jersey
Kevin Cooper Ferrybank AC and Brown University and Providence College
led a huge field of 1700  home winning the event in 15 minutes 2.91
seconds well clear of the second athlete home.

Munster Cross Country

Athletes from Waterford clubs competed in the Munster Cross Country
fixture in Watergrasshill Co Cork on Sunday last. In the juvenile B
championships KCK had some good results. Padraig Fitzgerald was 3 rd
in the u 13 championship and his brother Seamus was 5 th in the same
race, Ellen Boylan was 5 th  under 9 and Roisín Dunphy was 10 th u 15
In the inter club section in the girls under 15 KCK were third
club.West Waterford had a 4 th with Kevin Dower under 9 and Sophie
Crotty was 12 th u 9,Sarah Stone Tramore was 5 th u 13 and Corey
Scanlon Finisk Valley was 6 th u 9. In Inter County team competitions
Waterford were third in the girls under 11 and girls under 13.In the
master's men's race PJ Scollard Waterord AC was first Waterford
athlete home in 20 th place  and Siobhán Boylan KCK was first home 14
th place

Órna Murray on Irish team

On December 13 th in Bulgaria the European Cross Country Championships
take place for senior, under 23 and junior athletes and Órna Murray
Ferrybank AC has been selected on the Irish under 23 team. Leading the
senior team will be Fionnula Britton twice winner of the event and
fourth last year while Paul Pollock leads the men's senior team. Cross
Country is an excellent athletic event as it covers individual and
team competition with all who finish contributing to their teams
points total and Irish teams have figured prominently in these
European championships.This year it was felt that the Irish under 23
men's team would be definite medal prospects but with two of the most
prominent members USA based Shane Quinn and Jake Byrne not making
themselves available it would seem that chance has gone, one wonders
why they have decided not to run as Kevin Dooney who finished a few
places behind Quinn and in front of Byrne in the recent American
Collegiate Cross Country Championship is running and should secure a
good placing as his fitness is guaranteed.Athletes running Cross
Country have just two major events to aim to compete in the Europeans
and World Cross Country.

The death took place on Sunday November 30 th of Mr Eddie Ryan,
Ballyvellon Dunhill, father of Mary Ryan Jennings Waterford
AC.Deceased was a very well known sportsman and was a fine cyclist in
his day riding with Southern Sprinters Cycling Club. All in Waterford
athletics send their sympathy to Mary and her mother May and family.

Other Fixtures

Saturday December 13 th  Schools Combined Events International Glasgow
also European Cross Country Championships Bulgaria

Early January Fixtures

Munster Juvenile Combined Events Championships, Sunday 4 th January
2015 in Nenagh Indoor Stadium @ 10 am sharp.  Juvenile Cross Country
Relays & Senior & Junior Cross Country Championships, Sunday 11th
January 2015 in WIT,

Sunday, 30 November 2014

Turkey Trot Details Saturday December 20th

Ferrybank A.C.
Christmas  Turkey Trot
Tramore Sand Dunes
Saturday December 20th 
11am  - 12 noon
Meet at Tramore Surf Club.
Suggested clothing ....anything red &  a santa hat
Seasonal refreshments afterwards.
A collection will be made for “Simon”......suggested donation  min €2 per person.
All age groups....age 5- senior welcome
A raffle for all participants will be held at 12 noon.

Check out all club activities on club facebook page and website 

Christmas Party & Awards Night details

End of Year Awards (Juvenile)

Friday December 12th 2014
6.30pm - 8.45pm
Clover Social Centre, Ferrybank
(Entrance: opposite entrance to Atheneum House Hotel)



Everyone who attends this years party will receive a club back-pack.

 Admission €7

Money will be collected at training.  Return the slip below with €7 at
training if you wish to attend before Monday December 8th   

Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Fintan Walsh's weekly blog

British and Irish Masters medals for Waterford athletes

Teams representing Ireland, England .Scotland,Wales and Northern
Ireland competed in the British and Irish Master's Cross Country
Championships in Nottingham on Saturday  in various age categories and
three athletes from Waterford were members of  Irish teams as well as
Brian Murphy from Carrick on Suir AC. Philip Harty West Waterford
finished 4 th overall in the over 35 age group and was a scoring
member of the Irish team that finished second being beaten by just one
point by England four athletes per team scored,Brian Murphy was 14 th
in the same race and the sixth scorer.  Sylvia Malone Waterford AC
was 5 th in the over 40 race and she too was a scoring member of the
Irish team that also finished second to England. In the over 40
category Frank Quinlan Waterford AC was 14 th and was the fifth
scoring member the team being second

Quinn's good run in USA

 On Saturday last in Terre Haute Indiana against a field of over 250
athletes from Universities all over the States Brendan Quinn had a
very good run to finish in 26 th place in a time of 30 minutes 45.1
seconds in the American National Collegiate Cross Country
Championships a much better placing than he achieved in 2013. He was
the first Irish athlete to finish and the first from his team in
Providence College who were 13 th of the 31 teams   The race was won
for the second successive year by Edward Cheserek, Oregan in 30.19.4

National Cross Country

Dundalk IT Grounds was the venue for the National Cross Country
Championships on Sunday last catering for Senior, under 23, junior and
juveniles. One athlete from Waterford Dermot Cummins West Waterford
competed at senior level and ran well to finish 20 th and just one
under 23 competitor was there also. This was Órna Murray Ferrybank and
she had a good run to finish 4 th overall. In the juvenile section
West Waterford AC girls under 14 team had a great victory winning the
inter club title the team being Lucy Holmes, Aoife O'Brien, Mary Kate
Prendergast, Nolwenn Legal and Hannah Hallahan. The very consistent
Jake Bagge Ferrybank took  the bronze medal in the closest finish of
the day in the under 14 race and just behind him came Cian O'Riordan
West Waterford in 5 th place with a fine effort..Other West Waterford
athletes to gain high placings were Oisin O'Riordan with a  6 th place
under 12 and he was on the winning Munster team, Miceál Power was 9 th
under 16 and Lucy Holmes 11 th under 14. Jake Bagge and Cian O'Riordan
were on the winning Munster u 14 team and Miceál Power was on the
Munster u 16 team placed second, Sean Curran  West Waterford and Barry
Keane Waterford were on Munster u 18 team who were second also while
on Munster teams placed third were Aoife Hamilton  West Waterford and
Órla Queally Ferrybank.u 18 and Hannah Power and Darina Shanley  under
16. all West Waterford

Munster Fixture

  Kartworld, Watergrasshill Co. Cork  is the venue on Sunday next
November 30 th,for the Munster 'B' Juvenile u 9,11,13,15,17 and 19 and
Master's Cross Country Championships with the first event at 11.30 am.
the girls under 9.

Winter League.

This Thursday the Winter League continues in the city starting at the
RSC at 7 pm. with huge numbers participating

Waterford AC Half Marathon

 A  record 1750 have entered for the Waterford AC Annual Half Marathon
which takes place on Saturday week with a 10 am start from WIT Sports

Paddy Joe Curran Memorial Turkey Trot..

The 6 th Annual Clean Zone Technology ltd sponsored Paddy Joe Curran
memorial Turkey Trot 5 mile charity run will take place on Sunday,
December 14 th at 12 noon.There will also be a walk over a distance of
4 miles on the day which also gets under way at 12.   Entry to the
race is open to all over 16. The entries for the race will be taken at
the Marine Bar. The event is being held to raise funds for West
Waterford Hospice.

Thursday, 20 November 2014

Juvenile Indoor Meet Nenagh November 29th

Ferrybank A.C. V Leevale A.C.  V Nenagh A.C.

Saturday November 29th 2014
11am  start
Bus leaves RSC at 8.30am sharp. Cost 15e or 20e family. Approx bus return time to RSC 5pm .
60m  u 8  - u 16
Middle distance u 8 – 16
Long jump u 8, 9, 10, 12, 14, 16
Shot u  13, 15
Hurdles u 8, 9, 10,  11, 12, 13, 14
Turbo Javelin u 9, 11
Relays u 9, 10, 11, 12, 14, 16 (u 16 relay is mixed)
Athletes can move up one age group.

Please text Lynda  (087 4115461) by Monday Nov 24th    if you wish to be entered and also if you wish to book a place on the bus. A parent should travel with anyone age 11 or younger. This is a really enjoyable competition with goodie bags and a raffle for all competitors at the conclusion of the competition.
Club singlets should be worn (available at training 15e)
Check out all club activities on our website and facebook page.

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Fintan Walsh's weekly blog

Successful County Cross Country fixture

There was a fine entry for the County B Championships which were held
in St. Augustine’s College, Abbeyside on Sunday last in excellent
conditions. The numbers were well up on previous years with strong
fields in most age groups. Medals were awarded to the top 6 in each
race and there was a good even spread of results across the clubs.The
following were the results; Girls U 9:1st Aliona Willans West
Waterford, 2nd: Roisín Power KCK, 3rd: Grace Fanning Waterford Boys
U9:1 st: Alan Cantwell KCK, 2 nd: Alex Walsh WAC, 3 rd Philip Power
do. Girls U11:1st: Éabha Walsh WW, 2 nd: Anna Grey do, 3 rd: Sakina
Sharif Tramore. Boys U11:1st: Dayrl Harty WW, 2 nd: Adam Murray KCK, 3
rd: Nathan Bagge FB.Girls U13: 1st: Sarah Stone Tramore, 2 nd Heather
O’Connor Tramore,3 rd: Emily Murphy WW Boys U13: 1 st Seamus
Fitzgerald KCK, 2 nd: Darragh O’Keeffe FB, 3 rd: Aran O’Brien FB Girls
U15: Ruth O’Connor Tramore, 2 nd: Roisín Dunphy KCK, 3 Aoife Casey FB


The Cross Country relay trials attracted a good entry with the top 4
athletes chosen to make up the county teams. Athletes who finished in
5  th will be the official sub on the team, with the 6th place athlete
used if one of the first 5 athletes is not in a position to attend.
The following are the top four athletes who have been chosen to
represent Waterford at the Munster Cross Country Relay Championships,
to be held on January 11th in Waterford. U 10 Girls: Ali Cunningham
WW, Caoimhe Prendergast do, Rachel Mooney Tramore, Angelina Chizhikova
WW, U 10 Boys: Tom Halley Tramore, Jake CoffeFB, Peter Cummins WW,
Paudie Barry KCK U 12 Girls: Ellen Boylan KCK, Kate Killigrew WW,
Megan Keogh Finisk Valley, Kate Keogh Finisk Valley U 12 Boys: Oisín
O’Riordain WW, Callum Hurley FB, Con Willans WW, Darragh O’Keeffe(FB U
14 Girls: Emily O’Mahony WW, Lucy Holmes do, Hannah Maguire FB, Emer
McGlynn WACU 14 Boys: Jake Bagge F), Cian O’Riordan WW, Seamus
Fitzgerald KCK, Cormac Mahony WW

 Murphy wins 5 Miles Road Race in City

Noel Murphy Waterford AC won the Reginald  VADRAFJORD 5 miles road
race in the city on Sunday last with a strong late surge. Brian
Gallagher Ferrybank AC led from the start and still held a sizable
lead until tiring in the last half mile when Murphy pounced as he went
on to win in 27 minutes 29 seconds, Gallagher was second in 27.49 and
Brian Sullivan Waterford  third in 29.04. First lady home was Kate
Nolan Waterford AC in 33.13, Stephanie Johnson was second in 34.11 and
Una Ui Mhuirrite was third in 34.20. 150 competed and the proceeds
went to Waterford Hospice.

.USA News

Brendan Quinn finished 4 th in the North East Collegiate Cross Country
Championships in New York on Friday last just behind another Irish
runner Kevin Dooney who was third in the 10 km event. Quinn's College
Providence were second team

All Ireland Cross Country Fixture in Dundalk

The All Ireland Senior U 23  and Junior Inter County Cross Country
Championships are in Dundalk IT Grounds on Sunday next as well as the
Juvenile under 10,12,14,16,and 18 Championships. Waterford will be
represented in the majority of the races

 Co Kilkenny Races

A 10 miles road race and 5 km also will be held in the Dungarvan Co
Kilkenny area on Sunday next at 12 noon.


All entries for the Munster Masters Cross Country Championships County
teams should be sent to John Behan by Thursday of this week. They will
take place in Watergrasshill, Co. Cork on Sunday November 30 th,
coinciding with the Munster 'B' Juvenile Championships.The following
are the details for the county team: Women O35 - 4 needed to score,
Women O45 - 3 needed to score, Men O35 - 4 needed to score and Men O50
- 3 needed to score. The distances are:  women 4000m and men 7000m

Winter League.

This Thursday the Annual Winter League is on in the city starting at
the RSC at 7 pm. All competing must wear clear reflective clothing and
obey the stewards. Make sure no crossing of roads at unspecified
places as traffic will be moving close to the course,safety is the
operative word for all concerned