Wednesday, 27th April 2011
The coming week end is another busy one with fixtures at two locations. On Friday and Saturday the All Ireland Inter Varsity Track and Field championships are at the Antrim Forum in Belfast and Waterford IT will have athletes competing there and several athletes from Waterford will also be competing with various Universities and IT Colleges. On Saturday the Munster Masters Track and Field Championships are at the Cork IT Track with an 11 am start and also at the same venue on Saturday the Munster Juvenile Combined Event Championships will be decided in age groups u 11 to u 19 and it will be a very long day's competition. Lots of athletes from clubs in Waterford City and County will have athletes competing male and female at both fixtures. Full timetable for Universities available on Irish Universities Athletic Association website and the Munster timetables can be found on the Munster Athletics website. On Wednesday next May 4th the East Munster Schools Girls Track and Field Championships are at the RSC at 12 noon and lots of athletes from Waterford schools will be participating.
Hogan wins Butlerstown 10 km
Three hundred took part in the Annual Butlerstown 10km run on Friday last in perfect conditions and Paddy Hogan, Ferrybank AC led all the way and ran out the comfortable and impressive winner in a time of 32 minutes and 55 seconds. Frank Quinlan, Waterford AC finished second with another good run and he was timed at 34.16, Kevin Kenneally, West Waterford AC was third in 35.17. Angela McCann, Clonmel ran a fine race to take the ladies section in a very good time of 36.49, Corina Walsh, West Waterford AC was second in 38.21 and Marie Murphy Griffin, St Joseph's was third in 38.25.. In the men's masters section Jim Baldwin, Waterford AC was first over 40, Paul Moran, first O45, Gerry Cantwell first O50, Joe Gough first O55, both West Waterford, Tony O'Brien Waterford first O60, Damien Murphy, West Waterford AC first junior. First Lady O35, Norma Wall, West Waterford. O40 Elaine Barry, Waterford, O45 Liz Nolan do, O50 Bernie Prendergast, West Waterford, O55 Hillary Collins, Junior Kate Nolan, Waterford. A one lap walk also took place and all proceeds go to Waterford Alzheimer Society. The organiser was Pat Hennessy for the 29th successive year and he thanked the sponsors, Gardai and stewards, Butlerstown GAA and "Ramada Hotel" manager and staff for services rendered, his wife Kathleen and Mrs Lonergan for once again looking after the refreshments and West Waterford AC for looking after the race organisation. Overall a very enjoyable event and a great entry.
Maher wins Waterford 4 Miles
On Easter Sunday in brilliant sunshine 220 competed in the Annual Adidas Alfie Hale Sports Waterford AC 4 Miles Road Race in the city. Brian Maher, Kilkenny City Hrs led from the start and had an effortless victory in a time of 18 minutes and 57 seconds. Mick Traynor Raheny Shamrocks was second in 20.28 and Brian Swaby, Waterford AC was third in 20.45 Marie Murphy Griffin, St Josephs won a very competitive ladies race in 23.42, Sylvia Malone Waterford AC was second in 24.08 and Aine Lyng was third in 24.12.. First Man O40 Sean Caulfield, St Senan's, 045 Gabriel Murphy (ind), 050 Tom Burns, Waterford, O55 Joe Gough, West Waterford, O60 Tony O'Brien, Waterford, Junior Shane Maher, Ferrybank. Fist lady O35 Clare Gibbons, Sliabh Bhui Rovers, O40 Hazel Kennedy, O45 Jacinta Brazil, Waterford, O50 Bernie Prendergast, West Waterford, O55 Pat O'Keeffe, Junior Kate Nolan, Waterford. The team winners were Waterford AC in the men's and women's sections. The men's team was David Cunningham, David Drohan and Derek McCarthy and the women's Gabrielle Blair, Anna Dungan and Caroline Ryan. Thanks to the Gardai, Order of Malta and all the officials involved in the smooth running of the event as well as the staff at the RSC.
Second in USA
Kevin Cooper running for Brown finished second in a graded 1500 metres race in Princeton N.J. at the week end he was timed at 3 minutes 51.66 seconds
Friday April 29th: John Joe Barry 5km The Commons, Ballingarry, Co Tipperary.8pm Contact Number 052 9154236.
Saturday May 7th: Waterford to Tramore Run 7pm City Hall, Race 3 Ger Wyley Sports Summer Series.
Friday May 13th: Tom Jordan Memorial 5 Miles in Portlaw at 7.30pm.
Sunday May 15th: John Treacy 10 Miles Classic Villierstown, 2pm.
Track and Field Fixtures
Friday and and Saturday next April 29th and 30th Irish Universities Championships Belfast. Saturday next April 30th Munster Masters Track and Field Championships and Munster Juvenile Multi Events Cork IT Track. 11 am Wed May 4th East Munster Girls Schools Championships RSC, 12 noon, Sunday May 8th County Championships Day One RSC 11am. Wed May 11th East Munster Boys Schools RSC, 11.30 am. Sunday May 15th County Championships Day 2 RSC 11 am.
Irish Junior Record
As reported last week Ben Kiely FerrybankAC won a 400 Metres hurdles race in Cork in 53.66 seconds which qualified him for the European Youth Olympics later this year in July in Turkey .It has transpired that it was also a new Irish Youths record the old record of 53.70 had stood since 1985 and his time also is a qualifying time for the World Youth Championships u 18 this summer also in France in July, that standard being 54.00. As always the hope is that promising under age athletes like Ben will stay with the sport and progress to a top class senior athlete in a few years time so far his juvenile acareer has been tops especially in hurdling.
Regional Development Officer
Athletics Ireland invite applications for the position of Regional Development Officer for Wicklow / Wexford / Kilkenny / Waterford area from qualified persons. Essential:-
- Post Leaving Certificate qualification;
- Level 1 AAI coaching qualification or equivalent;
- Knowledge of community athletics structures, clubs etc. ;
- Possess excellent organisational and leadership skills;
- Ability to work as part of a team;
- Ability to think and plan strategically;
- Possess good verbal and written communication skills;
- Basic knowledge of Microsoft Office and basic IT skills;
- Full clean driving licence with own transport.
Full Details on Athletics Ireland Website.
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