In ideal weather conditions the 4th Annual Waterford Athletic Club Half Marathon was held on Saturday last with close to 1600 competing. Starting at the RSC Car Park and taking in the main Tramore Road as far as Pickardstown Cross and then back in the Old Tramore road and coming across the Slip Road near Waterford Transport to meet the Tramore Road at Ballindud and back in doing a lap of the Nature Park in Kilbarry and finishing there. Around the course and at the finish huge crowds gathered to cheer on the athletes and the arrangements were excellent.
Two Waterford athletes at Euros
The 19th SPAR European Cross Country Championships which takes place in Budapest, Hungary on Sunday next 9th of December and the Irish team includes two Waterford athletes. Laura Behan KCK AC will be in the U-23 women’s event while a full Irish U-23 men’s team will compete and Patrick Hogan Ferrybank AC is included, Shane Quinn was also selected but has withdrawn due to illness.
From an early stage two athletes dominated the race Gary O’Hanlon Raheny Dublin the holder and Philip Harty West Waterford with Andrew Connick Ferrybank AC also in contact for some time. O’Hanlon and Harty fought out a great duel most of the way and it was only in the closing stages Harty drew clear to win in 67 minutes 30 seconds, O’Hanlon was second in 67.35 and Connick third in 68.40.
Angela McCann Clonmel won the ladies section in great style in 80.36, Jacqui Carthy Kilmore Co Wexford was second in 81.16 and Ann Marie Holland Eagle Cork third in 82.14.The organisers wish to thank all their sponsors, all the stewards, their own club members, Order of Malta , Waterford City Council and the Gardai for services rendered.
Paddy Byrne winter League
Again there was a big entry for Race 3 in the Winter League in the City last Thursday and it continues every Thursday at the RSC at 7pm, registration from 6.15 pm.
Baldy Man Run
This year’s event in Tramore is on Sunday December 30th at 12 noon. Entries from 10 am at Majestic Hotel, entry fee ¤12 or ¤30 for three. Proceeds to Special Olympics. Contact Michael Flynn.