Some of the Saturday Road Runners who took part in the Waterford AC Half-Marathon. Photo: Noel Browne.
Over 2,200 competed in the New Ireland Assurance Waterford AC Half Marathon on Saturday last in excellent conditions It was a very competitive race up front and for the last four miles three runners were disputing it, last year’s winner Sergei Ciobanu Clonliffe Hrs, last year’s third placer Paddy Hamilton Slieve Guillion Runners Co Armagh and Tom Hayes from Kilkenny City Hrs. Eventually Hamilton proved the stronger to win in 66 minutes 26 seconds, Ciobanu was second in 66.34 and Hayes third in 66.43. Olympian Maria Mc Cambridge Dundrum Sth Dublin was a very impressive winner of the ladies section in 77.45, Fiona Kehoe Kilmore Co Wexford was second in 81.16 and Jacqui Carthy from the same club was third in 81.40.
The following were the age category winners. Ladies; F 35 Lisa Mc Sweeney St Michael’s,F40 Ann Marie Holland Youghal, F45 Michelle Nolan do, F 50 Órla O’Rourke Ballymore /Cobh, F55 Siobhan Kennedy Focus on Fitness.Men; M40 Jeremy O’Donovan Eli Lilly,M45 Vivian Foley Eagle Cork, M50 James Sullivan Waterford, 55 PJ Guinan Waterford, M60 Eddy Walsh Tinryland. Carlow. The response to the event by the majority of those that took part was very positive. It was a very big Logistical undertaking and the organisers wish to thank people living around the course and motorists for their patience, those that were pacers, the Gardai, Order of Malta and many organisations and individual volunteers who were involved on the day in stewarding, at water stations etc. a sincere thanks also to the main sponsor New Ireland Assurance, and also to Blue Wall. Walsh King & Co. Alfie Hale Sports, Sun Life, Tipperary Water, SE2 and Super Value, Total Timing, WIT Arena Management and staff and thanks to Waterford City and County Council for services rendered also.