Tuesday, September 03, 2019

Waterford’s Thomas Barr clocked his second best time of the season in Zurich this week. Photo: Inpho.

In Zurich last Thursday evening in the final 400 metres hurdles in this year’s Diamond League Series Thomas Barr finished sixth in his second best time of the year in 49.17 seconds against a World Class field. World Champion Karsten Warholm Norway was first home with a personal and season’s best time of 46.92 and Rai Benjamin USA was just behind him in second place in 46.98.again a personal best. Thomas made the final securing the most points of the eight that made it over the series but going into the final the points were wiped out and all started a fresh. Thomas therefore finished sixth overall in the league table behind Warholm and he was pleased with his performance on Thursday, he now gets down to preparing for the World Championships in Doha in late September.

Mc Glynn wins in Ballinameela
180 competed in the 2nd Annual Ballinameela 5 km road race last Friday evening and first home in 15 minutes 30 seconds was David Mc Glynn Waterford, James Ledingham Kilkenny City Hrs was second in 15.43 and Noel Murphy Waterford was third in 16.05,First lady home was Sally Forristal St Joseph’s in 18.19, Madeline Loughnane Thurles was second in 18.32 and Anna O’Connor Waterford was third in 18.39. The category winners were Women; F35 Linda Foley West Waterford, F40 Mary Molloy Ck on Suir, F45 Mairéad Byrne West Waterfod, F 50 Una Ui Mhuirrithe (Ind) Junior Lucy Holmes West Waterford.Men; M40 Kevin Sheehan Watergrasshill, M45 James Whelan West Waterford, M50 Eugene O’Keeffe Ck n Suir, M 55 Ray Hahessy West Waterford Junior Evan Fitzgerald Clonmel. It was the final race of the Intersport Elvery’s/Asics Series. The series winners were Raivis Zakis West Waterford and Sally Forristal St Joseph’s and West Waterford AC were the organisers.

Joe in Venice for European Masters
The European Masters Championships are in Venice from September 5th to 15th and Joe Gough West Waterford is Waterford’s sole representative on the Irish team and is due to race in the over 65 800 and 1500 metres. His first race will be the heats of the 1500 metres this
Thursday with the final on Saturday and 800 metres heats are on Thursday week with the final on the following day. As always it is expected Joe will figure prominently in Venice and we wish him all the best.

Road Races in September
Dara Fitzpatrick Memorial Run 5 km Saturday14th Waterford Airport,10am runners only,
Eurofins Half Marathon Waterford Greenway 9am sameday, entries closed
Saturday 21 st Annual Croppy Boy 10 km and 5 km walk in Passage East 2 pm.
Vadrafjord 5 miles Fun Run/Walk 1pm The Mall Waterford, Sunday Sep 22nd.

County Convention
The Annual County Athletic Board Convention takes place on Monday next September 9th in WIT Sports Campus, Carriganore at 8pm. If any club has motions they would like added to the agenda, please forward them to County Secretary Cait Caulfield before Friday Sept 6th. Cross Country Championships fixtures will be made at County Convention.

Cross Country
Taghmon County Wexford Open Cross Country 12 noon Sunday September 15th. Races for Girls and boys under 8,9,10,12,14,16,Junior Ladies 3000m Junior Men 5000mSenior Ladies 3000m Senior Men 5000m,Master’s (women) 3000mMaster’s (men) 5000m. Perpetual Shield for Best Overall Juvenile Club.
St Senan’s AC Open Cross Country Sunday September 22nd 1 pm in Kilmacow .Races under 8,9.10,12,14,16,18 junior and senior Best
Overall Juvenile Club Award.

Waterford AC Training Times
WAC Juvenile training resumes this Tuesday, 3rd September, at the WIT Arena, Carriganore. Training times: Tuesday and Thursday 6:15pm -7:15 pm .Please arrive early and be ready to train for 6:15pm Please note for 8 year olds and older.WAC “Little Athletics” resumes Friday 13th September, at the Kingfisher Facilities on the Tramore Road. Time: 6pm
Looking forward to seeing all 5-7 year olds there.

The death took place on Monday August 25th of Mrs Kathleen Halley (nee Hearne), Kilcaragh, Grantstown, Waterford. She was wife of the late Martin Halley one of Waterford’s best known athletes of the 1950s a member of Waterford AC and his son Paschal a current member of that club, as were her brothers Frankie and Paddy Hearne for a short time. All in Waterford Athletics send their sympathy to the entire
Halley and Hearne families. Aar dheis de go raibh a anam.

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By Fintan Walsh
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