Eoin Kenny of Ballygunner and a member of Waterford A.C. was the October Juvenile Athlete Award Winner sponsored by Waterford Credit Union and St. Dominic Credit Union. Eoin won the award for his achievements in winning 1st place in the Munster Senior Schools Combined Events and 2nd place in All Ireland Senior Schools Combined Events and is pictured accepting this prize from Mary Leamy Power, Waterford Credit Union and Pat Murphy, St. Dominic Credit Union. Photo: Aileen Drohan.
212 competed in the Beat the Train 10 miles race on the Waterford Greenway last Saturday morning which saw the runners start in Kilmeaden and run in to Bilberry and back to finish in Kilmeaden. The comfortable winner as Frank Quinlan Waterford AC in 57 minutes 1 second, Philip O’Leary Waterford Triathlon Club was second in 59.37 and Brian Swaby Waterford was third in 59.48. First lady home in 66.51 was Kate Veale West Waterford AC, Benvon Lyons was second in 69.49 and Siobhan Kennedy Focus on Fitness as third in 70.11.. The category winners were as follows;Men M35 Adam Porter,M40 David Smyth Waterford ,M45 P.J.Guinan do, M50 James Sullivan ,M55 Darryl Hale Waterford. Women F 35 Clare Sherman,F40 Mary Phelan, F 45 Siobhan McHugh Clonmel, F50 Jacinta Brazil Saturday Road Runners, F50 Kathleen Kennedy Waterford. The runners were accompanied on the Greenway by the Waterford and Suir Valley Train loaded with supporters of the athletes including many children and it was a very enjoyable event with the train load cheering home the runners to the finish with many others joining in also and the trains whistle sounding. The proceeds go to the Waterford and South Kilkenny branch of Down Syndrome Ireland and many volunteers and stewards as well as the railway staff and Portlaw Branch of The Red Cross helped make it a memorable event.
All Ireland Cross Country
Waterford will be very well represented at the All Ireland Cross Country Championship fixture at the National Sports Campus in Abbotstown, Dublin on Sunday next starting at 11.30 am. On the programme are the National Senior, Junior, under 12,14,16,18, Championships male and female and Waterford County teams are entered in all the juvenile races except the boys u 14 and junior teams are also entered. Also in the inter club section several Waterford clubs have teams entered. All the County teams have been circulated to each club and all are asked to notify the athletes concerned and have them in Abbotstown on the day. Anyone not available please notify Mary Ashe asap but not on the day in Abbotstown. After the races on Sunday the Irish senior and junior teams to compete at the European Cross Country Championships in Slovakia on December 10th will be chosen.
On Sunday last a total of 300 took part in the Cleanzone Technology ninth Annual Paddy Joe Curran Turkey Trot five miles run and four miles walk outside Dungarvan near The Marine Bar. First home in the run was Raivis Zakis in 26 minutes 46 seconds, Zintars Klava was second in 27.20 and Anthony Flynn was third in 28.29 all from West Waterford. First lady home was Kate Veale West Waterford in 31.12, Tara Rhatagan Sportsworld was second in 34.59 and Laura Flavin West Waterford was third in 35.02. It was race two of the Michael Roche Carpets Series and proceeds went to Solas Centre Dungarvan.
Munster Cross Country medals
Riverstick County Cork was the venue on Sunday last for a Munster Cross Country Championship fixture. West Waterford masters won the over 50 team prize the team being Michael Dunford, Ray Hahessy and Joe Gough and in the over 60 category Joe Gough was second overall. In the boys under 12 Inter Club Cross Country Relay West Waterford were third.
Last week in the USA Kevin Cooper Ferrybank was third in a Half Marathon in the Boston area in 71 minutes 22 seconds.
Waterford AC Annual Half Marathon
On Saturday week December 2nd at 10 am From WIT Sports Campus the Annual Waterford AC Half Marathon takes place with 2,500 competing .Entries are closed long ago but transfers can be done through official means only. Transfers have frequently caused problems with prizes in the past and it is very unfair when genuine prize winners do not receive the credit they deserve on the day. Transfers will be available through official means only until 28th November (see website). Please note that if you race pack is sent prior to completing the transfer form it will be your responsibility to pass it on to the new registrant. The second big event locally in December is the All Ireland Cross Country Championship fixture in Carriganore on Sunday December 17th.
Other December Fixtures
Sunday December 3rd Munster (B) Juvenile Cross Country Championships with the Intermediate also Beaufort Co. Kerry.
Saturday December 9th National 20Km and 30Km Race Walking Championships Raheny.
Sunday 10th European Cross Country Championships Slovakia.