Olympic finalist, Thomas Barr was in top form at the All-Ireland University Indoor Championships in Athlone on Friday, winning two gold and a silver and breaking a games record. Photo: Inpho.
On Friday last at the Athlone Arena the All-Ireland University Indoor Championships were held and two Waterford athletes set new records in winning their events. Olympian Thomas Barr was in sparkling form winning one individual event, coming second in another and being a member of the University of Limerick’s winning relay team. In winning the 400 metres in 46.87 seconds Thomas ran a personal best, set a new University record and secured a qualifying time for the European indoor Championships. He also ran a fast 200 metres in 21.70 seconds to take the silver medal and then came the relay win. The second record breaker was Thomas Houlihan representing CIT and he won the pole vault with a record leap of 4.71m. Kate Veale representing DCU was beaten by inches into second place in the 1500 metres walk, the winner clocking six minutes 31.70 seconds to Kate’s 6.31.80,while Niamh Whelan running with UL was third in the 200 metres in 24.36.
All Ireland’s at WIT
Hundreds of athletes from all over the thirty two counties competed at the WIT Arena on Sunday last in the Irish Life Health National Cross Country Championships in front of a huge crowd. Top Waterford performance came from Isabelle Cummins Ferrybank AC as she had a brilliant and easy victory in the under 17 B All Ireland Cross Country Championship and two young athletes from West Waterford AC were third in their respective races Cal Tutty under 11 and Con Willans in the under 13, other West Waterford athletes who had high placings in huge fields were Eve Power 6th under 13 , Kate Hickey 9th u 17,Lia Cunningham U-13 and Emma Hickey 12th in the same race. For Ferrybank Callum Hurley and Emily Goff were both seventh in their events under15 and under 17,Aoife Redmond was 9th 13, Sarah Barber 11th U-17 and Eoin Hearne 12th U-15 and for Waterford AC Sarah Abullo was 6th U-11 and Nathan Mackey 10th U-11.
In the juvenile inter club team competitions it was a great day for West Waterford as they won the boys under 11 and girls U-13 team titles and were third in the girls U-17,this was enough to make them club of the championships. Ferrybank won the girls under 17 and were second in the boys U-15 in the Inter County section Waterford won the girls U-17,were second in the boys U-15 and third in the girls U-11 and U-13. In the masters the best placed Waterford athlete was Trevor Power Waterford AC.
At a throws meeting in Dunboyne last Saturday Cara Kennedy Ferrybank was second in the hammer with a throw of 56.25 metres, the event was won by a Danish athlete.
Over 400 faced starter Jim Harney for the Annual Anne Valley 5 miles Road Race in Dunhill on a bitterly cold day last Saturday and two athletes from West Wateford had a good battle up front with Damien Murphy finishing the stronger to win in 25 minutes 48 seconds, Philip Harty was second in 25.52 and Brian Murphy Ck on Suir was third in 27.08. First lady home was Onra Murray Ferrybank in 32.55, Donna Dunne Kilkenny City Hrs was second in 33.16 and third home was Sinead Murphy in 33.18
The Category winners were as follows. Men Junior Conor Shiels Waterford, M40 Seamus Doyle Balance Fitness, M45 John Casey Carrick Triathlon, M50 John Carey Kilkenny Triathlon, M55 Dermot Power Saturday Road Runners, M60 Joe Gough West Waterford, M 65 Dermot Mowatt (ind ).Women; Junior Ruth Comerford,F35 Joan Mahony Waterford, F40 Naomi Doonan Ardnahoe Trotters, F45 Sharon Flynn Saturday Road Runners, F50 Jacinta Brazil do, F 55 Una Ui Mhuirithe Ind, F60 Patsy Foskin Kilmacow Road runners. The first three in the juvenile races were boys 1 Finlay Mc Hardy Portlaw,2 Eoin Comerford Dunhill 3 Fred Moore Annestown and girls 1 Rachel Mooney Tramore 2 Roseann Power Kilmacthomas 3 Beth Doonan Dunhill. As usual the event was well organised with lots of stewards around the course etc. Before the race a minute’s silence was observed in memory of the late Mary Flanagan, Ballykinsella,Tramore.
Kilmacthomas 5 miles
The Bausch and Lomb 5 miles road race was held in Kilmacthomas on Sunday with 150 competing and the following were the winners men1 Andrew Connick Ferrybank in 26 minutes14 seconds,2 Niall Sheil St Killians 26.23 3 Brian Murphy Ck on Suir 26.47.Junior Jake Bagge Ferrybank, M40 Shane Simcox, M45 Sean Dwyer(ind) M50 Ray Hahessy West Waterford, M55 Dermot Power Saturday Road Runners. Women 1 Kate Veale West Waterford 32.44 2 Siobhan Kennedy Focus on Fitness 32.58 3 Michelle Mc Donald St Senans in 33.58 F35 Laura Flavin West Waterford, F40 Mary Doolin St Joseph’s Brigid Coffey West Waterford ,F 50 Phylls Flynn Stragglers,It was another race in the Michael Roche Carpets Series and proceeds go to Hospice.
Munster Schools Cross Country finals
Above are on this Thursday in Tramore Park Kinsale Road Cork with a big Waterford presence in each grade and a few titles are expected to come our way.
National Senior Indoors
On Saturday and Sunday next the All Ireland Senior Indoor Championships are in Abbotstown and a number of Waterford athletes compete. First event at 12.20 on Saturday and on Sunday at 11.30 full programme on Athletics Ireland website. On Wednesday the Athlone Indoor Grand Prix goes ahead with top class fields
Credit Union Event
On Friday next The Tower Hotel will be the venue for the Credit Union Supreme Young Athlete of The Year Award Ceremony. 12 monthly winners will be present for the event and guest of Honour will be Ailis Mc Sweeney International Sprint Athlete and TV pundit who will announce the Overall winner.
The following Waterford athletes got Munster Awards for their performances in 2016 at a function in Clonmel last Saturday. Juvenile Track and Field Katie Murphy Ferrybank and Dion Ryan Waterford, U-23 Hayley Fitzsimmons do , Cross Country Miceál Power West Waterford, International award Joe Gough West Waterford. International Masters relay member Brendan Leahy Waterford and Waterford AC got three club awards. after a super year in 2016.
Late Mary Flanagan
After a short illness 92 year old Mrs Mary Flanagan Ballykinsella Tramore died on Monday week last. All involved in Waterford athletics send their sympathy to her sons Anthony and Declan, daughter Clare, granddaughter Deirdre and many other relations. All athletes and officials remember her with affection from her ever presence at the Waterford to Tramore Road Race for the past 46 years, the race is held each year in honour of her late husband Paddy, may the sod rest lightly on her.