TOP: Vinny Codd SE2, sponsors, presenting the male winners prize for last Friday evening’s Butlerstown 4 mile road race to Conor Dooney Raheny of Shamrocks AC. Paula Kelly of SE2, sponsors, presenting the ladies winner’s prize for last Friday evenings Butlerstown 4 mile road race to Sally Forristal of St. Josephs AC.
Last Friday evening saw 280 compete in the SE2 Butlerstown four mile road race and Conor Dooney Raheny Shamrocks, last year’s winner, led all the way to win easily in a record time of 19 minutes 11 seconds. Kevin Healy East Cork was second in 21.25 and Raivis Zakis West Waterford was third in 21.26. First lady home was Sally Forristal St Joseph’s again in a new record time of 23.46. Adele Walsh St Senan’s was second in 24.05 and Jacqui Carthy Kilmore was third in 24.28. The category winners were as follows;ladies;F35 Caroline Murphy St Josephs A.C. 27.41 F40 Naomi Doonan Saturday Road Runners 26.21,F45 Sandra Moore West Waterford A.C.32.00, F50 Frances Lee St Josephs A.C. 29.16,F60 Kathleen Kennedy Waterford AC 37.16,Junior Emma Caulfield Waterford A.C.29.27.Men M 40 Frank Quinlan Waterford A.C. 21.57, M45 David Smith Waterford A.C. 23.05, M50 Ray Hahessy West Waterford A.C. 24.20,M60 Joe Gough West Waterford A.C. 25.27,Junior Conor Shiels Waterford A.C. 22.12. It was race two of the Intersport Elvery’s /Asics Series and the proceeds will be divided between Butlerstown GAA and Waterford Alzheimer Society. A number of runners and walkers who took part in the first ever Buterstown race collected sponsorship for a Defibrillator for the local Community. Run on an ideal left hand course for stewarding the organisers wish to thank the main sponsors SE2 and other sponsors, the Gardai, all the stewards and officials, Holy Cross Lounge Proprietors, Butlerstown GAA Paula Kelly and Vinnie Codd representing SE2.
The prize-giving took place in the Holy Cross Bar & Restaurant with Fintan Walsh as the MC. During which Paula Kelly of SE2 Ireland outlined SE2’s involvement with the race over the last three years. The company who has offices in the Butlerstown Technology Park are proud to be part of it and promote a healthy work life balance in the Irish office. SE2 are a US software company specialising in the insurance industry, the Waterford office employs 115 staff. The company is head quartered in Kansas and also has offices in New Jersey and Dallas.
Three University titles for Waterford
The Irish University Track and Field Championships were held in Belfast on Friday and Saturday last and a small number of athletes from Waterford competed with various Universities and Technical Colleges and they did well with three winning titles.
Kate Veale West Waterford representing DCU was back in top form and retained her 1500 metres walk title in a new record time of 6 minutes 14.48 seconds, eight seconds faster than the previous best set in 1997 by Gillian O’Sullivan. Another West Waterford athlete Yuri Kanash competing with University of Limerick won the pole vault with 4.40 metres and the third winner was Órlaith O’Brien Waterford competing with WIT and she won the javelin with a throw of 42.98 metres. Another Waterford AC athlete with WIT Cian O’Brien was second in the high jump with 1.85 metres and a third placing was secured by Miceál Power West Waterford competing with UCC in the 10000 metres. In addition a County Cork lady Phil Healy running with WIT had a sprint double in the 100 and 200 metres.and she set new records in both,11.55 and 23.31 – the 200m mark was a pb and European qualifier.