Monday, 22nd January 2018
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National Cross Country fixture in Carriganore

After the very successful Waterford AC Half Marathon in the city on Saturday week last another major fixture is in the area next Sunday. Waterford AC in Association with Athletics Ireland stage the Irish Life Health National X Country Championships at the WIT Arena Carriganore with up to 2,000 athletes from all over the 32 counties competing. The full programme of events are as follows; National Novice Men's and Women's Championships and boys and girls under 11,13,15,17 and 19. The first event starts at 11.30 am sharp the girls under 11 and the final race the men's Novice is timed for a 3.10 pm.start. Many athletes from Waterford clubs will compete for individual and team honours at Inter Club and Inter County level. Waterford County teams have been entered in the boys u 11, u15,u17,u19, girls u17 and Girls u 19. These teams are with clubs since last week and if someone is not available please notify Mary Ashe ASAP . There will also be clubs and county teams in the Novice races.It promises to be a big day of athletics on home soil and hopefully some of out athletes can rise to the occasion on the day.

Kate second in National Race Walk

St Anne's Park in Raheny, Dublin was the venue on Saturday last for the National Road Race Walking Championships 30 km and 20 km for men and 20 km for Women,plus under age races. Waterford interest was in the senior women's race with Kate Veale West Waterford among the competitors After her preparation being very much curtailed in the past two weeks due to her mother's series injuries from a car accident Kate did extremely well to finish a very close 2 nd and take the silver medal in a time of 1 hr 47minutes 40 seconds for the approximately 12 1/2 miles race which was won by Veronica Burke, Ballinasloe in 1.47.10,the two of them had went clear of the remainder in the race and fought out a ding dong battle all the way.. Earlier this year Kate won the 3 km National Indoor title and 5km outdoor titles both on the track so overall a very successful year for her.

European X Country Championships

Despite not getting among the medals there were still a few solid performances by Irish athletes at the European X Country Championships in Slovakia last Sunday both individually and in team competition.The event was just X Country in name as the course looked more like a glorified track race with little resemblance to what we know as X country here at home.Individually Fionnula McCormack twice a winner of the senior race was making her15th appearance at these championships finished 12 th in the senior race out of 77 competitors ,Sophie Murphy was 10 th in the junior race out of 99 and Sean Tobin 15 th in the senior which had a field of 76. The Irish senior men's team finished 5 th of the 13 countries competing, the senior women were 7 th out of 13 teams and the junior women were 7 th of the 20 competing nations,these were very respectabl placings.

Early New Year Indoors

On Saturday and Sunday January 6 th and 7th 2018 the Munster junior and under 23 Pentathlon Championships will be in Nenagh starting both days 10.30 am and on Sunday January 14 2018 also in Nenagh the Munster Senior and Master's Championships start at 10 am. Matteo Mary from Waterford AC has been selected on the Bu 17 Development Squad at the Celtic X Country International in Antrim on January 6 th 2018.

Book Launched

A fine crowd attended the Athletic Book Launch in The Book Centre on Friday last by Dermot Keyes . Written by Clonea native Tom Hunt its title is "The Little Book of Irish Athletics". It has 13 chapters dealing with the beginning of the sport, its politics, the Olympics, World and European Championships, The Magic of the Mile, the American Scholarships,Women in Irish Athletics etc and Waterford is well covered in it with John Treacy on the front cover. Anyone locally interested in Athletics should enjoy its contents.

West Waterford AC AGM

Officers elected last week for 2018 season for above club. Tom Leahy Chair,Tony Ferncombe Vice Chair, Ann Dunford Secretary,Karen Ryan Ass Sec,Sharon Duggan Treasurer, Ray Burke Ass Treas, PRO James Veale Committee;Jim Fleming, Gregory Fitzgerald, Michael Dunford, Tony Ferncombe Liam O'Donnell, Gerry Cantwell, Shirley Flynn, Catriona Kiely, Sharon Duggan, Irene Clarke.

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