Tuesday, September 12, 2017


The Annual Vadrafjord Run in aid of Waterford Hospice was recently launched in City Square Shopping Centre. The 5 mile run takes place on Sunday 24th September at 1pm starting and finishing beside Reginald’s Tower. Walkers as well as runner are more than welcome to take part. Participants can now register online for €12 on www.TotalTiming.ie. Pictured at the launch was Metropolitan Mayor, Cllr. Sean Reinhardt, City Square Shopping Centre manager, Denis Carroll, Cllr. John Hearne, Cllr. Jason Murphy, Dean Walsh, Golden Discs, City Square Shopping Centre, Vikki Caulfield, Hallmark, City Square Shopping Centre, Richie Waring from Ball, Waterford, Jack, Aoibhe and Megan Waring, Aisling O’Brien, The Reg, Waterford, Jayne, Tyler, Mark and Mandy Gater, Isabelle and Calum O’Brien, Ger Ahearne, Organising Committee. Photo: Noel Browne.

On Saturday next September 16th at 10am the Dara Fitzpatrick Memorial 5KM run is on Waterford Airport Runway with a thousand runners (no walkers)  taking part and the event is sold out so no entries on day. Proceeds going to Touching Hearts and South East Mountain Rescue. All competitors please note that the time frame at Waterford Airport is a very shaort one and very little time after the event for hanging around.

Primary Schools Cross Country
On Tuesday next  September 19th the Annual Waterford Primary Schools Cross Country fixture is at the RSC at 12 noon. Short races for boys and girls from first to sixth class in preparation for Cross Country season ahead. The fixture is promoted by Ferrybank AC, details at 087-6889330. Sunday September 24 thKilmacow Open Cross Country 1 pm under 8,9,10,12,14,16,18, junior and senior. To celebrate their 40th year in running this event, St. Senan’s A.C. would like to get 40 teams in the Senior races – something to celebrate our Irish tradition of Cross Country and they would greatly appreciate if Clubs could support their idea,attention those Waterford clubs with plenty of runners.

Adamstown winners
The Cross Country season began last Sunday with the Adamstown Open fixture in County Wexford and a number of underage athletes from Waterford clubs competed and did well. There were two winners from Tramore AC, Una O’Brien under 16 and Zac O’Sullivan u 11, Nathan Bagge Ferrybank was second under 14  and Angelina Chizikova West Waterford was third u 13. Other high placings in large fields were Zoe O’Sullivan Tramore 4 th under 9, AoifeRedmond Ferrybank 5 th u 14 ,Crystal Bray Tramore  again 5th u 13.Ben Kiely Tramore 7 th u 13, and Oisin Whelan Ardmore 9 th u 9.

Other Road Races
Sunday September 24th at 1 pm Vadrafjord 5 Mile Run/Walk starting near Reginald’s Tower Waterford in aid of Waterford Hospice Number collection in The Reg, 2 The Mall, Waterford from 10.30am on the day. Registration is available on the day at The Reg.
The ‘Croppy Boy Road Race will take place on the Saturday 30th of September 2017 at 2:00pm in Passage East. This event has been kindly sponsored by the Scenic Passage East Ferry. There will be a 10km race and 5km fun run/walk ,entry fee starts at €10 with chip timing., Families welcome. Registration is available through www.totaltiming.
On Sunday October 8 th the Annual Solas Centre Run for Life over 10 miles and Walk over 5 miles starts at 12.30 pm from Gladstone St Waterford entries on totaltiming.ie

County Cross Country Championship Dates
Sunday October 1st u8,u10,u12,u14,u16, u 18 junior and senior, Sunday October 8th u9,u11,u13,u15,u17,u19,Novice, Sunday October 15 th Juvenile (B) u 9,u11,u13, u15, and Master’s all fixtures in St Augustine’s College Ground’s Abbeyside at 11 am

Waterford AC  Juvenile Training Schedules
Training nights now Tuesday and Thursday each week Primary Schools X Country. For those who wish to do Cross Country the training will be held in Carriganore on Tuesday and Thursday 6pm to 7pm. Alternatively, Track and Field training takes place in the RSC on Tuesday and Thursday 7pm to 8pm. Little Athletics every Friday from 6 – 7pm in the Kingfisher Hall, Suitable for ages 5, 6, and 7,Please note the change of day and venue

Two deaths recently  occurred which had associations with the sport of athletics. On Tuesday week the death took place of 88 years old renowned photographer Rory Wyley from Dungarvan. Photographers have an important role in publicising all sports and by definition indirectly helping to promote these sports and in the late Rory’s case his input and help to Waterford athletics stretched for well over a half a century. Yours truly first met him in 1953 and our association was maintained practically up to  this death. An All Round sportsman himself and in particular as a fine racing cyclist he covered hundreds of athletic events at Club,  County, Munster, National and indeed International level and was there for many of Waterford’s finest Athletic achievements.
The second death was that of Jim Fitzgerald of Kinsalebeg  after a long illness on Saturday. Jim was a very handy runner in the 1970s and County Board member and was part of a fine Kinsalebeg Corss Country  team of that era, he also dabbled in  politics for a time  and was  very much involved  with the famous Happy Man Festival in Clashmore. Sympathy is extended to the families of both from all involved in Waterford Athletics

The Carriganore Babes who took part in the Cill Barra Ballybeg 5K Fun Run & Walk. Photo: Joe Evans.

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By Fintan Walsh
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