Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Marathon races were very successful and enjoyable events

Almost 2000 competed in the WLR/ FM Viking Marathon,Half Marathon and Quarter Marathon in the city and Tramore areas last Saturday and crowds came out all along the route and at the finish at the RSC to cheer on the runners from all over Ireland and abroad also,'the main beneficiary will be Pieta House The two winners of the Marathon were both favourites Tom Hogan Sliabh Bhui Rovers Wexford in the men's and the holder for previous two years Pauline Curley Tullamore in the women's and both won decisively. Mary B Ryan Jennings Waterford AC five times National Marathon champion set a new Irish record in the over 60 category returning a time on 3.35.02  Many from the Waterford area competed in each race and lots of charities will benefit from their exertions. The Gardai and many voluntary organisations and volunteers helped out and overall it was a most enjoyable event and a major undertaking by the organisers..The following are the main results of each race with full results available on Precision Timing. com Marathon Men 1 Tom Hogan (Sliabh Bhui Rovers) 2.33.13  2  Paul Lynch do 2.36.05 3 Alain Mc Claren (Stade Geneve ) Switzerland 2.37.45. Women 1 Pauline   Curley ( Tullamore) holder 2.52.38 2 Sally Forristal ( St Joseph,s ) 3.14.24 3 Sandra Lynch ( Kilcoole) 3.23.34. Wheelchair Gerry Forde Blarney Half Marathon Men 1 Freddie Keron Sittuk  ( Raheny  Shamrocks ) 70.46 2 David Mansfield ( Clonliffe ) 70.53 3 Keith Russell ( Reading ) 75.17. Women 1 Ann Marie Holland ( Youghal 73.46 2 Tara Malone ( Enniskillen ) 78.24 3 Anne Dorris ( Midleton ) 79.54. Qtr Marathon Men 1 Alan O'Shea ( Bantry ) 34.06 2 Noel Murphy ( Waterford ) 36.03 3 Ruari O Donnell ( Ferrybank ) 36.39, Women 1 Sandra Fitzpatrick ( Ballyroan/Abbeyleix )  46.51 2 Janet Quinlan ( Saturday Road Runners ) 46.58 3 Melisa Murphy ( Ind ) 47.04 Locals among the category winners were as follows; Marathon M 40  Brian Murphy ( Carrick on Suir) 4th overall,  Half Marathon M 50 Martin Mc Carthy ( West Waterford ) M55 Una Ui Mhuirrithe ( Ind ) Qtr Marathon M 45 Ray Hahessy ( West Waterford )
International Results
On Thursday last Kelly Proper ran a seasons best in finishing second in a 200 metres race at a Grand Prix meeting in Stockholm. She clocked 23.24 seconds which is just outside the World Championship qualifying standard of 23.20.On Saturday she was in action in Nivelles Belgium in a 100 metres race and finished 4 th in her heat with a personal best time  of 11.57 seconds and also finished 4 th in the final with 11.59. At the same meeting Ben Kiely was third in a 400 metres hurdles in 53.16. and James Ledingham West Waterford was 8 th in an 800 metres in 1.52.5. In Manheim in Germany Phoebe Murphy was 4 th in a 100 metres B final in 12.04 seconds and in Walford near Manchester also on Saturday Niall Tuohy was  a very close 4 th in a very rough 800 metres in 1.49.49  the race was won in 1.49.05 and at the same meeting Seán Curran West Waterford ran a personal best of 3.56.57 in the 1500 metres..  In Dublin;s Phoenix Park on Saturday afternoon Brendan Quinn was 7 th in the Irish Runner Five Miles road race. in 25.01.the race was won by Mick Clohessy Raheny in 23.47. 
Munster Senior and Masters
At the Munster Championship meeting in Templemore Ferrybank had two senior winners Andrew Connick in the 5000 metres and Neasa Murphy in the high jump,Pat Kennedy won the over 55 hammer. For Waterford AC Kevin Fitzgerald was second in the senior javelin and shot putt and In the masters the following were their winners; Pascal Halley o45 long jump ,800m, high jump,400m, Martin Halley o 50 100 m,Claudia Lane Mary o 45 800m, Nicola Hayes o 35 100m, high jump and discus, PJ Guinan o45 1500m, Walter Keane o 55 3000 m,Jacinta  Power o 40 discus Johnathan Brazil o 35 javelin Suzanne Dullaghan o 40 400m, men's 4 x 100 m relay. For West Waterford in the Master's Joe Gough had a treble in the over 60 200,400 and 800 metres. the other winners were; Harry O'Brien 1500m o 50 and Brendan Moran 055 100m. for Tramore Shirley Fennelly won the 200 m,long jump and javelin o 45.  Each club won silver and bronze medals also. 
Community Games Finals
Ten Communities participated in the County Community Games Athletics finals at the RSC on Sunday last in very pleasant conditions.After a parade of all the Communities Edel Morrissey Chairperson of the Waterford Community Games welcomed all  and thanked all the volunteers. The games pledges were then read by Mark Hartery Tramore in English and by Murphy in Irish from CARA. The award for best turned out Community went to Ballyduff Upper and Tramore won the Best Overall community from Aglish/Ballinameela and Ballyduff Upper..
National  Championships in Tullamore
This week end sees two National Championship fixtures in Tullamore on Saturday and Sunday. Day 1 of the National Juveniles goes ahead on Saturday starting at am and going on all day until 5.30 pm . On Sunday its the national Junior and under 23 fixture and that starts at .On Both days lots of athletes from Waterford clubs will and as usual titles are expected to the county. be competing
Cork City International Sports
On Tuesday next the Annual Cork City International Sports will have top class entries from many countries and Waterford's best will be among them including Kelly Proper and Niall Tuohy.
More Fixtures
Other July fixtures; Wednesday 8 th to Tuesday 14 th World University Games in Korea,( Thomas Barr competing).  Saturday and Sunday 11 th and 12 th National Juvenile Day's 2 and 3 Tullamore, Wednesday 15 th to 19 th World Youth Championships, Colombia,Thursday 16 th too Sunday 19 th European Junior Championships Sweden 
Road Races
Friday July 10 th Outfield Sports 3 County Challenge Rathgormack 5 miles 7.30 pm Friday July 17 th Alan Everett Memorial 5 miles Woodstowmn 7 pm.    

Tuesday, 23 June 2015

Fintan Walsh's weekly blog

4th Annual WLR/FM Viking Marathon on Saturday

Another great days sport and enjoyment is forecast for the WLR/FM Viking races on Saturday next over the full Marathon distance; half marathon and quarter marathon starting near City Hall at 9 pm. Parts of the inner city will be covered and for the Marathon itself the runners will hit theTramore area with all finishes at RSC with lots of bands and sideshows along the route and at the RSC. Course details can be found on the Marathon website All participating are asked to obey the stewards at all times, and avoid running any more than three abreast at any time and be aware of cats eyes on roads which if covered up by too many runners spread out in front can be a problem re tripping Take water on board during the event and motorists are advised of delays around the route. A special request to those who have entered and find they are not able to compete on Saturday, please do not give your number to someone else to run as this causes havoc to those making up results, In the past men have given their numbers to women and vica versa and its not rocket science to know what that means to the result system. No entries on the day and entries closed earlier this week.

Thomas has two more fine runs

Competing in another world class 400 metres hurdles in Herakloin in Greece for Ireland in the European Team Championship League 1 on Saturday Thomas Barr finished second in 49.66 seconds just behind the winner Rasmus Magi Estonia who clocked 49.59 and   Keirium  Hassan Switzerland was third in 49.96 the winner was second in the European Championships last year.Then on Sunday Thomas ran a blinder on the Irish 4 x 400 metres relay team. Running second he took over the baton in 4 th   spot but he handed it over giving Ireland the lead and in a close finish the team were third. Ireland finished 6th of the 11 teams competing,their best performance ever in the Championships
Limerick wins

At a meeting in Limerick on Saturday involving UL, Harvard and Yale Universities three athletes from Ferrybank competed and two won their events and the other was third.Niall Tuohy won the 400 metres in 47.88,  Órlaith O'Brien won the javelin and Phoebe Murphy was third in the 100 metres in 12.04. In Bedford on Saturday Ben Kiely finished second in his heat of the 400 metres hurdles at the under 23 English Championships in 52.64 and finished 4 th in the final on Sunday in 53.07.

Munster Senior and Masters Championships

Templemore is the venue on Sunday next for the Munster Senior and Master's Track and Field Championships and Waterford will be well represented at the fixture which gets under way at 10 am for the hammer event and walks at 11 am.

International Races

On Thursday Kelly Proper runs in Gothenburg and on Saturday in Nivelles in Belgium in 200 metres races,  and Ben Kiely also runs there in a 400 metres  hurdles. On Saturday Phoebe Murphy is in Mannheim,Germany in a 100 metres Niall Tuohy is in Manchester for an 800 metres.

National fixtures in Tullamore

On Saturday and  Sunday next two National under age fixtures are in Tullamore the Combined events for under 14 to 16 on Saturday and the National Children's Games under 9 to 11 as well as the relays in the same age groups on Sunday.Looking ahead to the next week end Tullamore is also the venue on Saturday July 4 th for Juvenile Championships day 1 and on Sunday July 5 th National Junior and under 23 championships 

 HSE Community Games Finals

On Sunday next at the RSC with an 11 am start the County Community Games Athletic Finals take place with Communities competing from all over the County.

Órlaith sets another record

Several athletes from Waterford schools competed in the Tailteann Games under 17 Inter Provincial Track and Field meeting in Morton Stadium on Friday last and Órlaith O'Brien Ursuline Convent had yet another record breaking victory in the javelin with a throw of 45.67 metres beating the old mark by over 2 metres, Aoife Hamilton Meanscoil San Nioclás was second in the steeplechase,Diarmuid Clancy do was second in the 400 metres hurdles and third placings went to Anne Corcoran Ursuline in the shot putt  Kathleen Heery do in the discus and Orla O'Connor Waterpark in the walk

Murphy wins Dromana 5.

160 competed in the Annual Dungarvan Leader Dromana 5 miles road race on Friday last from Villierstown to Cappoquin race 7 in the Ger    Wyley   Sports Skins Series. Brian Murphy Carrick on Suir won in 26 minutes 26 seconds,Danny Smyth Ballynonty Tipperary was second in 27.24  and John Leahy West Waterford was third in 28.20. First lady home was Corina Walsh in 31.43,Sandra Prendergast was second in 33.29 and Diana Chizhikova was third in 36.39  all from West Waterford

Tuesday, 16 June 2015

Fintan Walsh's weekly blog

Thomas Barr and Kelly Proper in Greece

On Saturday and Sunday next Ireland compete in the European First League team championships in Herakloin, Greece  and Thomas Barr and Kelly Proper will be there part of the Irish team. Thomas will run in the 400 metres hurdles and also the 4 x 400 metres relay and Kelly is in the 200 metres and possibly the relay also. The 400 m hurdles is on Saturday and the 200 metres and relays on Sunday. 

Leixlip International

Two athletes from Ferrybank AC competed at the Leixlip International meeting on Saturday last and both had very good times in their events. Niall Tuohy ran his fastest time ever over 800 metres of 1.48.28. to finish second in while Ben Kiely recorded a season's best in the 400 metres hurdles of 51,73 in finishing 7 th. At the Laois Games on Saturday Hayley Fitzimmons Ferrybank set a new A40 shot putt record and also won the javelin with a season's best.

Lots of Munster titles won at RSC.

On Saturday and Sunday last the Munster under 14 to 19 championships were held at the RSC and athletes from Waterford clubs won many titles.Waterford AC had a hugely successful week end winning a total of  9 gold medals by the following athletes ;Emma Caulfield, u 15 walk, Órla O'Connor u 16 walk,  Hannah Jacob u17 walk, Luke O'Brien,u 17 javelin, Dion Ryan,u 17 high jump, Conor Quinn u18 800 m, Barry Keane u 19 800 m. James Murphy u 16 triple jump and Cathal Scanlon u 14 javelin, Silver medals went to Dion Ryan u 17 high jump, Sarah Jacob u 14 shot putt ,Niamh Denn u 16 discus, Ruth Heery, u 16 walk, Kathleen Heery,u 17 hammer and discus, Gwyneth Blair, u18 100 m, Lance Baylan u 16 triple jump,Grace Furlong u 18 long jump, Barry Keane u 19 1500 m Evan Keane, u17 800 m, David McGlynn,u 171500 m and 3000 m, Dion Ryan, Paul Sullivan u18 triple jump and Fiachra Mahony u19 3000m,. Bronze medals won by Emily O'Mahony, u 15 long jump, Sarah Jacob u 14 discus, James Murphy u 16 high jump, Evan Keane u 17 1500 m Anna O'Connor u 16 walk, Gwyneth Blair, 100 m hurdles u 18, Cathal Scanlon u 14 discus, Dion Ryan u 17 shot putt u 14 discus Shane Cawley u 14 hammer, and Dion Ryan.u 17 shot putt and Conor Quinn u 18 1500 m.

European qualifying throw

For Ferrybank AC there were 9 wins also by Órlaith O ‘Brien in the under 17 javelin with a new championship best performance of 49.26 metres a European Youth Olympic standard. The other winners were Katie Murphy u 17 100 and 200 m, Anne Corcoran u 17 shot putt,Jake Bagge u 15 800 m, Steven Walsh u 19 200 m, Eoin Kenny u 15 javelin, Neasa Murphy u 19  high jump,,Órla Queally u 19 1500 m,  Sillver medas went to Steven Walsh u 19 400 m, Emily Goff u 16 800m, Sinéad O' Regan u 17 long jump,Niamh Casey u 18  3000 m, Jake Bagge u 15 1500 m, and bronze medal winners were Sinéad O'Regan u 17 long jump, Darren Coleman u 18 hurdles, Frankie Dolphin u 17 hurdles, Kylie Heinen u 14 high jump, Cormac Mc Cann u 18 100m, Niamh Casey u 18 1500m and Hassan Ali u 15. javelin

Four wins

 West Waterford AC had four winners and these were Eoghan Flynn u 18 javelin and discus,,Séamie Fennell u19 pole vault with a record of 4 metres and Aoife Hamilton u 18  steeplechase, silver medals were won by ,Craig Cloona u 16 pole vault, Eoghan Flynn u 18 discus,Aoife Hamilton u 18 1500 m, Sam O'Neill and Patricjk Fitzgerald joint second pole vault u 15, Aoife Lai u 16 pole vault, Ciarán O'Maoileán u 17 hammer and bronze medals to Caoimhe Dwyer u 17 triple jump and Dylan Walsh u 17 javelin. and Michael Troy u17 100 m. For Tramore Denise O'Connor was first in the 100 and 400 metres hurdles u18 and third in the high jump and Kate Flavin was third in the hurdles.. .

Schools Interprovincial in Santry

On Friday next with a 1.30 pm start the Tailteann Schools Interprovincial will be held in Santry Stadium Dublin and several athletes from Waterford schools are on the Munster selection.. On Sunday the National Juvenile Team Championships are in Tullamore as well as the national under 14,15 and 16 combined events. On Sunday week Templemore in County Tipperary will be the venue for the Munster Senior and Masters Championships

Annual Dungarvan Leader Dromana 5 Miles

On Friday next June 19 th with an road race 8 pm start the 23 rd Annual Dromana 5 miles from Villierstown to Cappoquin along a very scenic route is another race in the Ger Wyley sports Skins Series;Entries will be taken at Villierstown Community Hall from 6.45 pm and presentation of prizes will be in Danny Flynn's Bar Cappoquin The WLRFM Viking Marathon ,Half Marathon and quarter Marathon will be held in the City on Saturday week 27 th at 9 am hopefully by now all competing have entered

Tuesday, 9 June 2015

Fintan Walsh's weekly blog

Thomas  Barr sets record in Rome

Competing in a world class 400 metres hurdles race In Rome at the Diamond League meeting on Friday last Thomas Barr Ferrybank AC had a super run to finish a very close fourth in his fastest time ever of 48.65 seconds a new Irish record beating the previous mark of 48.90 which he himself set. The race was won by Johnny Dutch USA in 48.13 seconds, Michael Wilson do was second in 48.34 and Javier Culson Puerto Rico was third in the same time as Barr just inches in front of him. The second and third home were silver and bronze medallists at the London Olympics in 2012 and all nine runners in the race had season's best times. With the World Championships coming up in August Thomas is currently ranked joint 5 th in the World.he is due to compete in Leixlip next Saturday.

Kelly wins in Geneva

Having her second race of the season Kelly Proper had a very good result and win in Geneva in Switzerland on Saturday last She won the International 200 metres race in 23.26 seconds not so far off her best time, Hanne  Cloes Belgium was second in 23.29 and Joelle Golay Sweden third in 23.40. The qualifying standard for the World Championships in Beijing in August and the Olympics next year is 23.20. with lots of races coming up Kelly should make a bold bid to get the standards.

Juvenile Championships in Cork

On Saturday and Sunday last the Munster under 9 to under 13  championships were in Cork IT and the following are the Waterford results.For Ferrybank AC there were wins by Praise Oweye under 13 80 metres and long jump Petra Igwe under 9 in the 60 metres and long jump and herself and Stella Smith won the team event, Katie Nolke was second in the high jump under 12, Henry Pimm  second in long jump under 9, and Rafiat Oladitu was second in in the long jump u 12. Waterford AC had bronze medal winners with Jack Corcoran u 12 high jump, Evan Hayes u 13 high jump and Raad Khan in shot putt u 13.

Carrick on Suir Race

142 competed in the Deadman's 5 miles road race in Carrick on Suir on Friday last and the clear winner in 24 minutes 45 seconds was Kevin  Maunsell Clonmel who led from the gun,in second place was Niall Sheil St Killian's County Wexford in 26.26 an Danny Smyth  Ballynonty was third in 26.36 with Noel Murphy Waterford 4 th in 26.51.Siobhan O'Doherty Borrisokane won the ladies section very easily also i 28.26, Sally  Forristal  St Joseph's was second in 31.47 and Angela Mc Cann Clonmel was third in 32.33 .It was race 3 of the Outfield Sports 3 County Challenge and as always well organised by  Carrick on Suir  Road Runners.

PJ Scollard wins Kilmacow Run

297 competed in the Annual Little South run in Kilmacow on Sunday last. The overall winner was.PJ Scollard Waterford in 21 minutes 54 seconds, Andrew Smith Coolquill was second in 21.57 and John Mc Grath United Strider's was third in 21.59. Jacqui Carthy Kilmore was first lady home in 23.20 ,Adele Walsh St Senan's was second in 24.00 and Sharon Cleere was third in 24.32.

Munster Juvenile Championships at RSC

On Saturday and Sunday next the Munster under 14 to 19 Track and Field Championships are at the RSC in the City with an 11 am start both days and many athletes from Waterford clubs will compete. Please note hammer competitions on Saturday at 9.30 am.

Road Races

This Friday June 12 th is the date for the 14 th Annual Clashmore 5 miles ( Race 6 Ger  Wyley Sports Series at 8 pm  On Sunday  June 14 th  at 12 noon the Pink Rock 10 km is in the New Ross area. 

Further Track and Field fixtures

June 11 th and 12 th Munster under 14 to 19 RSC Waterford June  25 th   National Juvenile Games Tullamore June 25 th


It has come to the County Board's attention that various 'Running groups' are in existence in the county, outside of the club scene. Various group names have appeared in recent road races and these running groups have a strong presence on Facebook and other social media outlets. Just a quick note to re-iterate the fact that unregistered people running in such groups are not insured.with Athletics Ireland Insurance It must also be stated that registered club members participating in these running groups are not covered either .Athletics Ireland clearly states:Athletic Ireland membership provides third party insurance cover for our members. This covers an athlete at OFFICIAL training sessions organised by Athletic's Ireland official clubs Anyone needing clarification on the issue can contact County Secretary John Behan or County Chairman Brian Scanlon. On the question of races .once a permit is issued through AAI or an Athletic Club for an event they are basically giving their own insurance to it and it covers all taking part and any members of the public, stewards, helpers etc for Public Liability ONLY

Friday, 5 June 2015

Fintan Walsh's weekly blog

There were a number of good performances by athletes from Waterford schools at the All Ireland Secondary Schools Track and Field Championships in Tullamore on Saturday last. There were wins by Seamie Fennell St Augustine's College in the senior pole vault with 4.20 metres and Órlaith O'Brien Ursuline Convent in the intermediate javelin with 43.29 metres, silver medals were won by Yuri Kanash St Augustine's College in the senior pole vault and Eoghan Flynn CBS Dungarvan in the senior discus. bronze medals were won by Sean Curran CBS Dungarvan senior 1500 metres, Megan Dunford in the senior pole vault and Craig Cloona again in the pole vault both St Augustine..Athletes to just miss out on medals with 4 th placings were Barry KeaneSt Declan's Kilmacthomas senior 1500 metres, Órla O'Connor Waterpark intermediate walk, Rachel Steven's Gael Scoil Phortlairge junior discus, Anne Corcoran Ursuline intermediate shot putt, Ruth Heery Waterpark  junior walk, Hannah Jacob do junior walk,Sarah Jacob Ursuline minor shot putt. Phoebe Murphy who competes with Ferrybank AC won the senior 100 metres in 11.74 and 200 metres in 24.19 representing Loreto Clonmel and Grace Furlong who competes with Waterford AC was 4th in the intermediate triple jump for New Ross CBS. . 

Touraneena 5 KM Road Race.

230 competed in the Touraneena 5 k road race last Friday evening race 5 of the Ger Wyley Sports Skins Series and the winner was Kevin Maunsell Clonmel in 15 minutes and 1 second, David Mansfield Clonliffe Hrs was second in 15.41 and Brian Murphy Carrick on Suir was third in 15.51. Sylvia Malone Waterford was first lady home in 18.28, Corina Walsh was second in 19.00 and Sandra Prendergast was third in 19.36 both West Waterford.The age category winners were as follows; Men M 40 David Ryan Clonmel, M 45 P J Guinan Waterford ,M 50 John Walsh Clonmel, M 55 Walter Keane Waterford, Junior Liam Reilly West Waterford. Women F 35 Mary Molloy Carrick on Suir, F 40 Caitriona Gough Waterford, F 45 Brigid Coffey (West Waterford ) F 50 Josie Ui Chuirrin ( Ind ), Junior Marie O'Donovan.( Ind).

Munster Juvenile Championships

On Saturday and Sunday next the Munster under 9 to 13 track and field Championships are at Cork IT Track and there will be two long days of competition. Lots of athletes from  Waterford clubs will complete and these events are a learning experience for very young compete, the full programme is on Munster Athletics website and check in both days is from 9.30 am to 10.15 pm.

Road Races

This Friday June 5 th the next race in the Outfield Sports 3 County Challenge is the Deadman's 5 miles in Carrick on Suir at 7.30 pm sharp,entries from 6.15 in Carrick Swan's Hall in Carrick.On Sunday next June 7 th  with a 2 pm start the Little South 4 miles run and walk  is in Kilmacow and entries in Kilmacow from12 .45 pm. Friday week June 12 th is the date for the 14 th Annual Clashmore 5 miles race 6 Ger Wyley sports Series at 8 pm  On Sunday week June 14 th  at 12 noon.14 the Pink Rock 10 km is in the new Ross area. 

Further Track and Field fixtures

June 11th and 12 th Munster under 14 to 19 RSC Waterford June  25 th National Juvenile Games Tullamore

Tuesday, 26 May 2015

Fintan Walsh's weekly blog

Barr wins in Belgium

Three athletes from Ferrybank AC competed in an International meeting in Oordegem in Belgium on Saturday last and all three did well.Thomas Barr easily won the 400 metres hurdles in another very good time of 49.50 seconds,Michael Bartheel Germany was second in 50.61 and another Irish athlete Jason Harvey was third in 51.16. Making her first outdoor appearance of the season Kelly Proper ran in the 200 metres and finished a close third in 24.00 seconds the race was won by Tessa Van Shagen  Holland in 23,89 and  Phoebe Murphy won a pre program 100 metres race in 12.13 seconds. In Belfast also on Saturday Niall Tuohy Ferrybank won an 800 metres race in 1.49.3 while in Templemore Paschal Halley Waterford was second in the National Combined Events Championship over 35.

County Juvenile Championships conclude

Sunday last was the final day of the County Juvenile Track and Field Championships at the RSC and in ideal weather all the clubs in the county were represented and all figured in the medals West Waterford,  Ferrybank,  Tramore,  KCK and Finisk Valley. Two athletes won four titles each  Caoimhe Dwyer West Waterford under 17 and Evan Hayes Waterford under 13. Five had trebles and these were Jack Corcoran u 12, James Murphy u 16 both Waterford, Praise Oweye Ferrybank u 3, Padraig Fitzgerald KCK u 14 and Sam O'Neill West Waterford u15 Doubles were had by Cathal Scanlon Waterford u 14, Kathleen Heery do u 16, Emily O'Mahony do u 17, Rachel Stephens do u 17,Grace Furlong do u 18, Mark Hartery Tramore u 16, Hanifah Busairi do u 16, Denise O'Connor do u 18 and Eoin Killigrew West Waterford u 15. The County Board wish to thank all who helped out on the day., Full results now with all clubs and also on Waterford AC website 

Ardmore 5 Miles

The 20 th Annual Old Still Bar 5 miles road race was held in Ardmore last  Friday evening and 180 competed . Brian Murphy Carrick on Suir was first home in 25 minutes 31 seconds, John Meade St Finbarr's was second  in 26.09 and Noel Murphy Waterford was third in 26.58. First lady home was Corina Walsh West Waterfoord in 31.49, Maebh Fenton NUI Galway was second in 32.18 and Sandra Prendergast West Waterford was third in 32.57 It was race 4 of the Ger Wyley Sports Skins Seies

All Ireland Schools finals on Saturday

The GloHealth All Ireland Schools Track and Field Championships are in Tullamore on Saturday next and many athletes  from Waterford schools will be competing . After several local winning performances at the Munster finals recently it is expected quite a few will challenge strongly for Irish titles. The day's very long programme of events begins at 9 am and full timetable is on Athletic Ireland website

 20 th Annual Touraneena 5 km on Friday

Race 5 in the Ger Wyley Sports Skins Series will be held in Touraneena co Waterford on Friday next at 8 pm over 5 Km.The venue is just off the Dungarvan/Clonmel road.Entries will be taken at the Community Centre in the village and the race starts nearby. A walk will also take place with the Ann Power Memorial Shield going to the winner.Other road races coming up in early June are the Deadman's 5 miles in Carrick on Suir on Friday June 5 th at 7.30 pm in Outfield Sports Series and Kilmacow 4 miles on Sunday June 7 th at 2 pm.

Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Fintan Walsh's weekly blog

Diamond League placing for Thomas Barr

On  Friday last Thomas Barr (Ferrybank AC) finished in third place in the 400m Hurdles in a world class time of 48.99 seconds at the IAAF Diamond League Meeting in Doha Qatar.  He was drawn in lane seven for the race with two of the pre-race favourites Bershawn Jackson (USA) and Javier Culson (Puerto Rico) drawn inside him. Despite the explosive start by Jackson, Barr ran his own race and stormed through the field over the last 100m to finish in third place in a time of 48.99. just behind Culson. Jackson won the race in a world leading time of 48.09 with Culson second in 48.96 seconds.  Both Jackson (2008) and Culson (2012) claimed the bronze medals at the last two Olympic Games. so Thomas was in good company.The time for Thomas was well inside the qualifying standard of 49.40 for next years Olympics and closes in on his own Irish record of 48.90 which he set last year. It is a big year for Thomas with the IAAF World Track and Field Championships in Beijing in August the major goal. His  next Race is in Oordegem in Belgium on Saturday next

 Munster Schools titles aplenty won

Athletes from Waterford schools won fifteen titles at the Munster Schools Championships at Cork IT Track on Saturday last. The following were the winners;Senior; Steven Walsh St Declan's  Kilmacthomas 200 metres with a p.b. of 22.41 Michael Dineen Newtown School shot putt,  Seamie  Fennell St Augustine's pole vault. Intermediate; Diarmuid Clancy Mean Scoil San Nioclás 400 metres hurdles, Eoghan Flynn CBS  Dungarvan  discus and javelin, Dion Ryan Waterpark high jump,  Órla O'Connor  Waterpark walk, Órlaith O'Brien Ursuline javelin, Ryan O'Neill St Augustine's pole vault. Junior; Ruth Heery Waterpark walk,Rachel Stephens Gael Scoil Phortlairge discus, Craig Cloona St Augustine's pole vault. Minor; Jake Bagge Ard Scoil na Mara Tramore 800 m, Sarah Jacob Ursuline shot putt. Phoebe Murphy Presentation Clonmel who does her  club running with Ferrybank won the senior 100 and 200 metres both inside European Junior standards. Many silver and bronze medals were also won and full results on Munster schools athletics website

  Faithlegg win for  Brian Murphy

Over 200 competed in the Faithlegg Golf Course 5 miles run last Friday and Brian Murphy Carrick on Suir won in 26 minutes 53 seconds, Ian O'Byrne was second in 28.17 and PJ Scollard third in 28.50 both Waterford AC. First lady home was Órna Murray Ferrybank in 31.21,  Maebh Savage was second in 33.50 and Joan Mahony third in 34.27 both Waterford AC. The category winners were as follows Men; junior  Zac Daly Faithlegg GC, M40 Seamus Doyle Balance Fitness,  M45 Rd Hayes Waterford, M 50 Michael Clarke Saturday Road runners, M 55 Walter Keane Waterford  Women F 35 Katherine Grant Balance Fitness, F 40 Catriona Gough Focus on Fitness, F45 Jacinta Brazil Waterford, F50 Una Ui Mhuirithe( Ind)

Other Results

Niamh Whelan Ferrybank was second in the 100 metres  in 12.45 seconds and third in the 200 metres in 25.18 at the AAI Games in Santry on Sunday  running into a strong headwind in both events. Noel Murphy Waterford AC won the Stoneyford 10 km on Sunday last in 33 minutes 57 seconds Adele Walsh St Senan's was first lady home in 38.52 and Kate Nolan Focus on Fitness was third in 40.25.

Oordegem meeting

 Following athletes from Ferrybank to compete in Oordegem , Belgium.next Saturday Phoebe Murphy 100m, Kelly Proper 200m, ( to be confirmed ) Niamh Whelan 100m & 200m, Thomas Barr 400m hurdles.   Ferrybank  ladies compete in the first round of the league on Sunday in  Templemore  with a below strength team..

County Championships Day 2

Sunday next with an 11 am start the second day of the County Juvenile Championships are at the RSC. Sprint hurdles will start off the day on the track and these events require lots of preparation, someone trying them out first time on Sunday is not recommended in any age group.All clubs are long aware that athletes can compete in their own age groups in individual events but can move up just ONE age group for relays. With all clubs helping out with officials like day 1 it should be a smooth running event and athletes being allowed to leave a field event to compete in a running event adds to the smoothness also.

Ardmore 5 Miles

This Friday  May 22 nd the 20 th Annual An Tobar Bar 5 miles road race is in Ardmore Co Waterford at 8 pm, its another race in the Ger Wyley Sports Skins Series, entries in Ardmore GAA Pavilion from 7 pm. also  Gaultier Community Games Evening at RSC 6.30 pm. Competitors from Passage,Cheekpoint and Dunmore areas only contact 087 6889330.

Track and Field in May

Saturday next May 23 rd Munster Under 9 to 19 Relays Ennis, Saturday and Sunday May 23  rd and 24 th National Combined Events senior, junior, youths, masters,  Templemore, Sunday 24 th First Round National league, Saturday 30 th All Ireland Schools Track and Field Championships  Tullamore

More Road Races

Friday June 5 th Deadmans 5 Miles Carrick on Suir 7.30 pm Outfield Sports Series, Sunday June 7 th Little South 4 miles in Kilmacow 2 pm. Sunday June 14 th Pink Rock 10 km New Ross area 12 noon.

Summer Camp

Forest Feast Athletic Summer Camps will give children aged 6 to 12- this age group only- a chance to try a whole range of fun athletic activities track and field for a week and one such camp is being organised at the RSC from June 29 th to July 3 rd  by Ferrybank AC on behalf of Athletics Ireland. it is open to children from all clubs or children from no clubs at all. Cost per week €50 with a €10 discount for a second child. T Shirt,Water Bottle,Spike Bag, medal and cert included  Contact 087 6889330 and please book early to avoid disappointment. See Athletics Ireland  website for further details.

Treacy's record broken

In Stretford in England last Saturday 17 years old Kevin Mulcaire Ennis broke John Treacy's 40 year old record in the Irish junior 5000 metres by two seconds his time was14.02.30

Tuesday, 12 May 2015

Fintan Walsh's weekly blog

Thomas Barr in Diamond League  on Friday

Doha in Qatar is the venue on Friday for a round of the Diamond League and Thomas Barr runs in a top class field in the 400 metres hurdles. On recent form Thomas may run his fastest ever 400 m hurdles there and can gain a podium position. Niall Tuohy has two races lined up in England on Friday in Stretford and Tuesday next in Manchester both over 800 metres and Niamh Whelan is in the AAI games on Sunday.

Munster Schools Finals

Cork CIT track hosts the Munster Secondary Schools Track and Field finals on Saturday next and lots of boys and girls from Waterford schools will compete there, first event of a very long day will be at 9.30 am, full timetable on Munster schools Athletic website. On Sunday Waterford will be represented in the AAI Games In Santry first event 11.30 am see  Athletic Ireland Website for time table.

Two wins in France

On Sunday last at a meeting in France Ben Kiely won a 400 metres hurdles in a tome of 52.22 well up to his best time and Niamh Whelan won her 200 metres race in a very windy conditions in 25,67.

County Championships Day One

The RSC on Sunday last was the venue for the County Track and Field Championships for juveniles section 1 and all the clubs in the county were represented. Competition was keen in the majority of events and alll clubs got among the medals.One athlete had four wins Sarah Obullo Wateford AC under 9 and trebles were recorded by the following athletes,Caoimhe Dwyer do under 17,  Denise O'Connor Tramore u 18, Jake Bagge Ferrybank u 15, Radeem Eddy Waterford u 10,Fifteen had doubles and these were Girls, Kianna Fitzgerald u 10, Molly Comerford u 11, Praise Oweye u 12, all Ferrybank, Sarah Heery u 12 , Emily O'Mahony u15 both Waterford, Aoife O'Brien u 14, Aoife Hamilton u 18 both West Waterfor'  Boys Tadg Corcoran u 9, Jack Corcoran u 12, Cathal Scanlon all Waterford. David Igwe,u 11 Hassan Ali u 16, Cormac Mc Cann u 18  all Ferrybank, Shane Monagle Tramore and Eoghan Flynn West Waterford. For Finisk Valley there were wins by  Cian Moore u 9 and Chloe Morrissey u 10 and for An Ghaeltacht by Liosa Keevers u 10.  Full set of results now with all clubs. 
Waterford  boys tops

Athletes from Waterford schools dominated the East Munster Boys Secondary Schools Track and Field Championships at the RSC on Wednesday last The following had doubles;Senior Steven Walsh St Declan'sKilmacthomas 200 and 400 metres, Michael Dineen Newown school shot putt and javelin, Jamie Mc Kelvey St Augustine's hammer and discus, Intermediate; Eoghan Flynn Dungarvan CBS shot putt and discus, Diarmuid Clancy Mean Scoil San Nioclás 400 metres and 400 metres hurdles,James Murphy Árd Scoil na Mara Tramore high jump and triple jump. Minor; Jake Bagge Árd Scoil na Mara 200 and 1500 metres. St Augustine's won the intermediate and senior cups and De La Salle were best overall.The following were the other winners;Senior 100 m Senan Freyne  St Augustine's,800 m Aaron Vogelaar Newtown,1500 m Sean Curran Dungarvan CBS, 3000 m Fiachra O'Mahony De La Salle, Steeplechase Liam Reilly St Augustine's, pole vault Seamie Fennell do Relay St Augustine's. Intermediate 200 m OisínKiely Árd Scoil na Mara, shot putt Sean Murray Dungarvan CBS, pole vault Andrej Oloh St Augustine,s,1500 m Jamie Mc Carthy St Declan's ,3000 m Miceál Power St Augustines, steeplechase,Tom Looby do hammer Ciaran O' Maileoin do, relay St Declan's. Junior;1500 m Aaron Donnelly Abbey CC, pole vault Craig Cloona St Augustine's, javelin Hassan Ali De La Salle..Relay De La Salle. Minor ,shot putt Samuel Matte Waterpark, 1500 m  Senan Travers St Augustine's.

Tom Jordan Memorial

195 competed in the 5 th Annual Tom Jordan Memorial 5 miles road race in Portlaw on Friday last in wet conditions, race 2 of the Outfield Sports 3 County Challenge Series.The impressive winner was Kevin Maunsell Clonmel AC in 24 minutes 55 seconds,.David Mansfield Garda and Clonliffe Hrs was second in 25.15 and Brian Murphy Carrickon Suir was third in 25.24. First lady home in 29.54 was Clare Annan Clonmel,second was Sylvia Malone Waterford AC in 30.24 and Anna Leigh Hore Kilmore Co Wexford was third in 30.51.Locals to win their age categories were as follows; Men o 40 Frank Quinlan,o 45 Richard Hayes both Waterford,o 50 Ray Hahessy West Waterford, o 55 Walter Keane Waterford.junior Mark Condon do Ladies o 35 Maebh Savage do, o 50 Liz Nolan o 55 Bernie Prendergast West Waterford.The proceeds went to Portlaw Branch Irish Red Cross.

Track and Field Fixtures May

Saturday next 16 th Munster Schools Track and Fielld Championships Cork IT 9.30 am, Sunday  next 17 th AAI Games Santry,  Saturday May 23 rd Munster Under 9 to 19 Relays Ennis, Saturday and Sunday May 23  rd and 24 th National Combined Events senior, junior, youths, masters Templemore  Sunday 24 th First Round National league, Saturday 30 th All Ireland Schools Track and Field Championships

Road Races

Friday May 15 th Faithlegg Golf Course 5 Miles 7 pm, Friday May 22 nd Ardmore  5 miles 8 pm Ger Wyley Series

Tuesday, 5 May 2015

Fintan Walsh's weekly blog

Philip Harty wins Waterford to Tramore Run

Over 400 competed in the 46 th Annual Bluewall Technology Paddy Flanagan Memorial Road Race from Waterford to Tramore on Saturday last in miserable weather conditions. Two runners broke away just after the start Philip Harty West Waterford and Mick Traynor Raheny and they were together for 5 miles or so but Harty then stepped up the pace and went on to win easily,with Noel Murphy Waterford taking the third spot Órna  Murray   Ferrybank led the ladies home from Adele Walsh St Senan's and Sylvia Malone Waterford.The following were the results;Men 1st Philip Harty West Waterford  39.minutes 31 seconds, 2 nd  Mick Traynor Raheny 40.21,3rd  Noel Murphy Waterford  41.19, Junior  Cormac O' Dwyer  IND  M 40  Frank Quinlan Waterford  M 45 Michael  Dunford West Waterford  M 50 Ray Hahesy do  M 55 Walter Keane Waterford 47.20 M 60 Jim O' Connor  IND  51.09 Team West Waterford. Women  1st Orna Murray  Ferrybank 45.56  2nd Adele Walsh St Senan's 47.18 3 rd Sylvia Malone Waterford 47.20 F.35 Mary Molloy    Carrick On Suir  F40 Corinna Walsh West Waterford  48.44 F 45 Ann Dunford  West Waterford  F50 Siobhan Kennedy Focas On Fitness F 55 Assumpta Kirwan  INDTeam St Joseph's.Mrs Mary Flanagan special prize Con Kelleher Waterford AC  The event was race 3 of the Ger Wyley Sports Skins series.The prizes were presented by Mrs Mary Flanagan and also Derek Tebay on behalf of the sponsors.On behalf of the the organisers Waterford AC Chairman Trevor Walsh thanked the sponsor, Gardai, Stewards, First Aid Unit Tramore GAA Club, Waterford Theatre Royal, West Waterford AC and ladies serving the refreshments and all who competed
Waterford Schools Dominate

At the East Munster Secondary Schools Girls Track and Field Championships in Templemore last Wednesday athletes from Waterford Schools won several events. Two set new records in winning their events Órlaith O'Brien,Ursuline in the intermediate javelin with a throw of 46.31 metres and Ruth Heery also from Ursuline in the walk in  Another Ursuline athlete had a double Sinéad O' Regan in the long and high jump intermediate The following were the winners from Waterford schools; Senior triple jump Alice Costelloe Árd Scoil na Mara,high jump Neasa Murphy do, Intermediate high jump and long jump Sinead O'Regan  Ursuline, Steeplechase and 800 m Aoife  Ni Urmholtaigh  Mean Scoil San   Nioclás, shot putt Anne Corcoran Ursuline, 200  m Katie Murphy Abbey CC, 1500 m Krista Meade Ursuline, hurdles Hanafi Busairi Árd Scoil na Mara, Walk Órla O'Connor Ursuline, Discus Ruth Heery do, javelin Órlaith O'Brien do,pole vault Maura Gallagher St Augustine's triple jump Caoimhe Dwyer St Augustine's Junior walk Ruth Heery Ursuline, discus Rachel Stephen's Gael Scoil Phortlairge, hammer Emily Myers Waterpark ,pole vault   Aoife Lai St Augustine's,long jump  Clodagh Mc Guire St Paul's, triple jump Aimee Hutchinson Waterpark, Minor shot putt Sarah Jacob Ursuline.

Birmingham win for Hayley
Hayley Fitzimmons Ferrybank AC a native of  the Portlaw are won the javelin and was second in the shot putt and discus in the Dwarf Association UK Games in Birmingham last Saturday, she is a very competitive young lady.

Fast 400 leg by Barr.

Competng for Ireland at the World 4 x 400 metres relay Championship in Bahamas last week end Thomas Barr ran a very fast  leg being timed at 45.13 seconds- the fastest by the team members- but unfortunately an understrength Irish team didn’t make the final
County Championships begin

Sunday next May 10 th is the date for Section 1 of the County Track and Field Championships at the RSC and they begin at 11 am sharp. Lots of events on the programme and all clubs asked to help out by supplying officials.If there are enough officials the programme can be run off smoothly and in a reasonable time.Clubs are asked to have their athletes well aware of the programme of events before arriving at the RSC.First track events are hurdles under 18 down to under 15;followed by

Schools Fixtures

This Wednesday May 6 th the East Munster Boys Secondary Schools Track and FieldChampionships are at the RSC at 11.30 am with many athletes from Waterford Schools participating and the Munster finals are at Cork IT Track on Saturday May 16 th

Portlaw 5 Miles

Race 2 of the Outfield Sports 3 County Challenge Series the Tom Jordan Memorial 5 Miles is in Portlaw on Friday next May 8 th at 7.30 pm.entries from 6 pm in Portlaw on the evening  On Friday May 15 th at 7 pm on Faithlegg Golfe Course a 5 miles run takes place entries on totaltiming.ie

Community Games 

This Friday also at 6.30 pm the Gaultier Community Games Athletic Night will be at the RSC. Events for boys and girls u 8, u 10, u 12 , u 14, u 16 and u 17 marathon . Athletes must be under a particular age on July 31 st and must be living in Faithlegg/Passage/Dunmore areas contact number 087 6889330

Late Eddie Maher

The death took place recently of Mr Eddie Maher Ballycordrea in his 93 rd year.The late Eddie competed regularly with Dunhill AC in the nineteen forties and fifties in Cross Country and road races He maintained a very big interest all his long life in athletics, locally,nationally and Internationally and up to a year ago lived a very active life on his farm and it was always a pleasure to meet him..All in Waterford athletics send their sympathy to his family and relatives.