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World Cross Country on Sunday

Bydgoszcz in Poland is the venue on Sunday next for the World Cross

Country Championships for senior and junior men and women, the championships were also held there in 2010. Now held every two years

beginning in 2011 the event still draws a huge entry from all over the world Since 1981 athletes from Kenya and Ethiopia have dominated the

team competitions in both the senior men's and women's races and they have also dominated the individual results in the men's senior race,

the last European to win it was the Olympic Marathon Champion from Los Angeles in 1984 Carlos Lopez from Portugal who won it in 1984 and 1985. ( Mohammed Mourhit won it for Belgium in 2000 and 2001 but he was not a native of Belgium), the women's race in 1998 was of course won by our own great Sonia O'Sullivan

Irish team

Ireland has a senior women's team entered for Sunday and this is the team that won the European Cross Country team title this year and it is led by the European Champion for the past two years Fionnula Britton who finished 16 th in this event two years ago, her best placing was 14 th in 2007. Britton will be aiming to better her placing of two years ago and should be well capable of achieving this and may well give the Kenyan and Ethiopian athletes a very good race of it while the team may also give a good account of themselves as Mary Cullen has now also been included after her easy victory in the Nationals a few weeks ago and should strenghten the squad..

All Ireland Juvenile Indoors

On Saturday and Sunday next in Athlone the All Ireland Juvenile Indoor Championships for boys and girls under 12 to 19 go ahead and there will be two very long days of competition with Saturdays events getting under way at 9.30 am and Sundays at 10 am. There will be an entry from Waterford,. full programme for both days on Athletic Ireland Website

Munster Masters Road Championships

On Sunday next March 24 th at 1pm in Moyglass, Fethard County Tipperary the Munster Masters Road Championships for men and women will be staged. At this fixture it is expected that there will be a large entry from the county in various age groups men and women

Schools International

The annual SIAB Schools' Cross Country International will be taking place in Dinefwr Park in Wales on Saturday next 23rd March. Athletes will compete at junior and intermediate level and just one athlete from Waterford Aisling Quinn Ursuline Convent is on the Irish team in the intermediate grade

European Masters in Spain

This week from March 19 th to 24 th the European Masters Indoor Championships are in San Sebastian in Spain. Four athletes from West Waterford compete including Joe Gough in 800 and 1500 metres o 60, the others are Des Feeney 800 metres o 35 Brendan Moran 60 metres o 50 and Michael Tutty javelin o 50.

St Patrick's Day Parade

Approximately 100 young athletes and officials from Waterford AC marched in the City Parade on St Patrick's Day all dressed in the clubs colours and all enjoyed the experience and reception they got from the crowds along the way.The club now has the biggest number of athletes registered in the club's long history and has great people looking after the well being of the athletes. Also marching were a large group from St Senan's AC in Kilmacow and again all looked very well in their colours.Their open sports coming up on Easter Monday April 1 st at 1pm. see their website for all the events

Road Races coming up

Sunday March 31 st 5 Miles in Waterford City 11 am in aid of Cancer Society, registration at Kingfisher Club Tramore Road.The 3rd annual Wit AC/Waterford AC 5 K run/jog at WIT Sports Campus on Friday April 5 th at 7pm. Friday April 12 Marine Climb race 1 Ger Wyley Sports Series,. Friday 19 th April Butlerstown 10 km Race 2 in same Series. Full series dates on Wet Waterford AC Website.

Waterford Viking Marathon

Just a little over three months top go for the second Annual Waterford

Viking Marathon on Saturday June 29th and lots of entries coming in, see their website for all data.

Courses coming up

Athletics Leader Course. New Ross, Co.Wexford .Saturday 6th April 2013. 10 am - 5 pm. Price is €60.00. Contact: Colin Byrne This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 087-0632326 for further details.Location – New Ross Vocational School, New Ross, Co. Wexford. Level 1 Coaching Course, Kilkenny City..Friday 19 th & Saturday 20th April and Friday 26 th & Saturday 27 th April. (6pm - 10pm Fridays and 9am - 5pm Saturdays) Price is €100. Applicants must have previously completed an Athletics Leader or Assistant Coach course.Contact: Colin Byrne This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 087-0632326 for further details. Location – The Watershed (Scanlon Park), Kilkenny City.


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