Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Ann Herron (258) and Una McHugh (313) during the Anne Valley 5 Mile Challange on Saturday.

290 finished the 14th Anne Valley 5 miles Challenge in Dunhill on Saturday last and William Maunsell Clonmel was the easiest of winners in a time of 25 minutes 13 seconds after leading from the start. Noel Murphy Waterford was second in 27.37 and Raivis Zakis West Waterford was third in 27.55.
First lady home was Órna Murray Ferrybank in 32.34, Sinéad Murphy was second in 32.49 and Naomi Doonan Saturday Road Runners was third in 34.52. The category winners were as follows: Female junior Aleisha Mc Donald, o35 Janet Quinlan Saturday Road Runners,o40 Andrea Duffy Ferrybank, o45 Emer O’Brien Emer for Fitness, o50 Jacinta Brazil Saturday Road Runners, o55 Una Ui Mhuirrithe. Male junior Craig O’Brien Ferrybank,o40 Trevor Swift Waterford, o45 David Lanigan St Joseph’s, o50 Eugene O’Keeffe Ck on Suir, o55 Mick Concannon West Waterford,o60 Dermot Power Saturday Road Runners. The juvenile race winners were boys 1 Finlay Mc Hardy Waterford 2 Sam Green Dunhill 3 Liam Casey Tramore. Girls 1 Áine Murphy Ballyduff 2 Sadhbh Murphy do 3 Maisy Power Dunhill. The walk had a fine entry also and all proceeds go to Jack and Jill Foundation.

Jamie McCarthy of Waterford AC, centre, competing in the Senior Men’s 800m during the AAI National Indoor Games on Sunday. Photo: Sportsfile.

AAI Games
A small number of athletes from Waterford clubs competed in Abbotstown last Sunday at the AAI Senior Games. Best result came from Grace Furlong who was second in the triple jump, James Murphy was third in the long jump and James M Cathy was also third in an 800 metres graded race all from Waterford AC, Niamh Whelan Ferrybank was again third in the 200 metres and Lisa Houlihan West Waterford in the pole vault was also third.
On Saturday last in Avondale in County Wicklow Pat Hennessy was ninth in a huge field in the All-Ireland Intermediate Cross Country and Joe Gough was second in the All-Ireland over 65 Cross Country Championship his first attempt at a National Cross Country race both West Waterford and Rebecca Walsh KCK was ninth in the All-Ireland B U-13 Cross Country Championship.

Thomas Barr runs in Athlone
The week ahead is one of the busiest so far this season. First up will be the Athlone International Indoor meeting on Wednesday and at it Thomas Barr will run his only ace of the Indoor season. It’s in a 400 metres flat and he faces a few seasoned 400 flat runners, the fixture begins at 6.30 pm and its live on TG4.The Irish Life Health Munster Schools Cross-Country Championships will take place at Clarecastle GAA Grounds, Clarecastle, Ennis on this Thursday 13th. The first race starts at 12.30pm and many boys and girls from Waterford Schools will compete with quite a few expected to figure.

Munster Indoor Championships
A busy Munster Indoor Championship week end lies ahead on Saturday and Sunday next. On Saturday with a 10 am start will be the U-9 to U-11 Championships as well as the juvenile, Senior and Master’s walks and 3000 metres. Then on Sunday the Senior and Masters Individual Championships will begin at 10.30am. At both fixtures lots of athletes from Waterford clubs will compete.

Kilmacthomas 4 miles
On Sunday next the Annual Kilmacthomas 4 mile Road Race is the final race in the Michael Roche Carpets Series and it starts at 11am, entries in the Community Hall from 9.45pm. Other road races coming up in the next few months are Sunday March 8th Dunhill/Fenor 10 miles, 12 noon Friday April 3rd Annual Butlerstown 4 miles 7pm, Sunday April 12th Annual Easter Bunny Run RSC, Monday April 13th Aglish Fun Run/Walk in aid of Crumlin Children’s Hospital at 11 am. Saturday April 18th Annual Waterford to Tramore Road Race 7pm.Again reminding all who promote races to have them up in plenty of time in the public arena and always avoid clashing with other races close to your location. Races for late April, May and June etc should be well flagged by now on every media outlet.

Juvenile Award for Jake
Each year Athletics Ireland selects a juvenile from each of the thirty two counties for a National Award, this year the Waterford award goes to Jake Bagge Ferrybank.

Harry and Paul Power and Joe Malloy in action at the Anne Valley Run on Saturday.

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By Fintan Walsh
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