Thomas Barr about to win the 400m hurldes ahead of club mate Ben Kiely at Abbotstown on Saturday. Photo: Sportsfile.
On Saturday last the AAI Indoor Games were in Abbotstown and it saw Thomas Barr have his first race of the season. It was a special 400 metres hurdles race and he duly won it comfortably in 52.81 seconds with his club mate from Ferrybank Ben Kiely second in 53.65. Other Waterford winners at the meeting were Kate Veale in the 3000 metres walk in 13.50.5 and Lisa Houlihan joint first in the pole vault with 2.90 metres both West Waterford, Jake Bagge Ferrybank won the 800 meres B race in 1.56.11, John White was second in the 3000 metres walk and Rachel Power was third in the shot putt both West Waterford other third placers were Megan Kiely in the 200 metres and Andrew Connick in the 1500 metres B race both Ferrybank
Holder retains John Treacy 10 miles title
Almost three thousand competed in the 28th Annual John Treacy 10 miles road race in Dungarvan on Sunday last in ideal conditions and the overall winner for the second successive year was Kevin Maunsell Clonmel in 49 minutes 36 seconds, David Flynn Clonliffe Hrs was second in 49.58, he was also second last year and Thomas Fitzpatrick Tallaght was third in 50.02. The first Waterford man home was Noel Murphy Waterford in 53.13. First lady home was Grace Lynch Iveragh Co Kerry in 58 minutes even, last year’s winner Laura O’Shaughnessy DSD was second in 58.56 and Siobhan Doherty Borrisokane was third in 60.12, Adele Walsh St Senan’s Kilmacow was sixth overall and first lady over 40 home, while Siobhan Kennedy Focus on Fitness was first over 55. John Treacy was on hand to present the prizes and €5,000 went to Alzheimer Society of Ireland. Well done to all in West Waterford for the organisation of the event and to the Grdai and Ambulance crews
European Clubs Cross Country
At the European Clubs Cross Country Championships in Albuefira Portugal last Sunday morning Waterford AC girls represented Ireland in the under Junior (U-20) section and Órla O’Connor fared best despite a fall with an 18th placing in a field of 66. Next best was Ruth Heery in 28th place, Emma Caulfield was 37th and Anna O’Connor 50th, also running were Anna Duffin 58th and Carla Fanning 61st with Hannah Burke the reserve. The team finished ninth with a total of 132 points. A very worthy effort for the girls in their first major European competition against Europe’s best, the Turkish club won the team honours.