Wednesday, 18th October 2017
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Thomas Barr in London Diamond League meeting

On Sunday next the venue for the next series of the Diamond League is London where the World Championships will be staged later this year from August 4th to August 14 th. .Among those competing on Sunday will be Waterford's Olympian Thomas Barr in another world class 400 metres hurdles as part of his preparation for the World Championships . While the full field was not available at time of penning these note it is likely it will resemble an Olympic final with the champion from 2017 Clement USA as well as the bronze medallist Copella Turkey included and also expected to be there is Warholm from Norway probably the best hurdler seen so far this year and who is also a top 400 metres flat runner.Then three days later he is back on home soil to compete in the Morton Games in Santry Stadium on Wednesday .These races are all part of Thomas's build up for the World Championships.

All Ireland under 23 and Junior News

A small number of athletes from Waterford competed in the All Ireland under 23 and junior championships in Tullamore on Saturday last and there was one individual winner from Waterford AC and a relay win by a Ferrybank girls team. For Waterford AC Órla O'Connor continued her excellent season in race walking by easily winning the junior 3000 metres walk in a personal best time of 13 minutes 53.13 seconds and in the junior relay 4 x 100 metres Ferrybank girls were victorious with a time of 49.63 seconds, on and the squad were Katie Murphy ,Emily Nolan, Lorna Monahan and Amy Redmond. Two Waterford AC females had second placings Grace Furlong in the triple jump losing out narrowly to the winner and Hayley Fitzsimmons was second in the javelin under 23., while Katie Murphy Ferrybank was third in the junior 200 metres. In Switzerland on Sunday Niamh Whelan was third in a 200 metres race in 24.11 seconds.

National Juvenile Relays

Just Ferrybank had relay teams competing at the National Juvenile Relay Championships in Athlone on Sunday last and their girls 4 x 100 metres team u 19 won the title in a new record tome of 48. 79 seconds, the squad being Katie Murphy, Lorna Monahan, Amy Redmond and Emily Nolan. Ferrybank also were third in the girls under 19 4x 400m and girls u 18 4x400m.

National Masters

Waterford was very much to the fore at the All Ireland Master's Track and Field Championships in Tullamore on Sunday last with several winners in different age categories. For Waterford AC there were doubles by Miceál Downey in the o 40 100 m and long jump, Tom O'Brien o 50 long and high jumps and Brendan Leahy won the 200 m over 40 and they also won the 4 x 400 m relay the team being Paschal Halley, Mark McKenna, John Dineen and Brendan Leahy. Silver medals went to Paschal Halley o 45 in the 200,400 m and long jump, Miceál Downey o40 110 m hurdles and Brendan Leahy 400 m o40 and the 4 x 100 m relay team were also second, it was made up of Paschal Halley, John Dineen, Miceál Downey and Brendan Leahy. For Ferrybank Tom Boucher won the hammer and weight throw o 35 ,was second in the shot putt and third in the discus and Pat Kennedy was 2nd in the o60 hammer and third in the shot putt and weight throw. Shane Scanlon Finisk Valley won the o 45 hammer and discus and for Tramore Shirley Fennelly won the o 45 long jump and was third in the javelin. West Waterford had two wins o 70 by Terri Gough in the 100 and 200 m and Harry O'Brien was third in the 1500 m o 50.

Rás na Rinne

125 competed in the 25 th Annual Rás na Rinne 6 miles last Friday evening in Ring and first home was Niall Blackwell in 33 minutes 48 seconds, Sean Stillwell was second in 34.15 and Mossie Keogh was third in 34.17 all three West Waterford. First lady was Keely Tideswell Clonmel in 39.47, Kate Veale was second in 41.05 and Sandra Prendergast was third in 42.34 both West Waterford. It was Race 8 in the Intersport Elvery's/Asics series promoted by West Waterford

All Ireland Juvenile this week end

Athletes in the age groups under 13 to 19 have their All Ireland Championships in Tullamore on Saturday and Sunday next and over two long days of competition many athletes from Waterford clubs will be competing in both track and field events and quite a few are expected to challenge for titles. Competition begins both days at 10 am with check in at 9.15 am and full timetable is available on Athletics Ireland Website.

Rathgormack 5 Miles

Another race in the Outfield Sports Series organised by Carrick on Suir Road Runners the Autopower Rathgormack 5 miles is on this Friday at 7.30 pm in the County Waterford village, entries will be taken from 6.30 pm in the Community Centre in Rathgormack

Some July Road Races

Friday week 14 th Alan Everett Memorial 5 miles in Woodstown 7 pm , Friday 21 st Ballymacarbry 5 miles 7.30 pm, (Race 9 Intersport Elvery's/Asics Series), Sunday 23 rd Pink Rock 10 km Glenmore,Co Kilkenny 12 noon,Wednesday 26 th Faithlegg Golf Course 4 Miles 7 pm entries on total timing .ie

Mile Races

The second series of mile races at the RSC organised by Waterford AC took place on Thursday last and with an increase in the entries from the first one it was a very enjoyable event. To suit all tastes and grades three races were held with a mixture of males and females young and not so young competing. The times ranged from 4.47 to 8.04 so from this it can be seen its open to all to have a try and see what time you can run a mile in and improve it the next time, and get away from the continuous pounding of the roads for an evening. The next session is fixed for the last Thursday in July and the final one for the last Thursday in August. All runners in the area welcome.

Major International Fixtures

July sees a number of World and European Championships. From 13 to 16 th the World under 18 Championships are in Nairobi, Kenya, from 13 th to 16 th also the European under 23 Championships are in Bydoszcz, Poland, the European under 20 are in Grosseto, Italy from 20 th to 23 rd and the European Youth Olympics are in Gyor, Hungary from 22 nd to 30 th.

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