West Waterford AC’s Kate Veale with her coach Rob Heffernan following her Irish Life Health National 20k Walks Championships win. Photos: Sportsfile.
In St Anne’s Park in Raheny last Saturday morning Kate Veale West Waterford AC retained her National Senior 20 km Race Walking title in a time of 1 hr 56.05 seconds, a time which was well outside her best time and on Saturday last also in Santry Demesne in Dublin the All Ireland Secondary Schools Cross Country Championships were staged and in the senior girls race Lucy Holmes Árd Scoil na nDeise Dungarvan put up an outstanding performance to win the individual title to add to the Munster title she won last month.
Always well up with pace on Saturday she was in second place coming into the final half mile but then cut lose to win going away by eight seconds. Una O’Brien Waterpark in the same race ran well to finish 8th. Others to gain high placings were Caoimhe Phelan Abbey CC 10th in the minor race and Ben Kiely Árd Scoil na Mara Tramore 12th in the junior grade.
In the team competitions St Angela’s Ursuline were second the scorers being Tara Ramasamy,Emma Caulfield and Anna Duffin the other members being Anna Duffin, Hannah Burke and Emer McGlynn, while Árd Scoil na Mara Tramore were third in the junior boys the scorers being Ben Kiely Micheal Cuddihy, Ben Brophy and Peter Elickson the other members being Tom Halley, Maurice Quaid, J.P. O’Brien and Danny O’Shea. Another winner at the fixture with a Waterford connection was Saoirse Fitzgerald Lucan Community School who won the minor race. Her father Eoin a former athlete is from Butlerstown as is her aunt Elaine Fitzgerald former International athlete with Waterford AC.
Lucy Holmes of Ard Scoil na nDéise on her way to winning the Senior Girls race during the Irish Life Health All-Ireland Schools Cross Country Championships at Santry.
All-Ireland Master’s Indoor titles
The AIT Indoor Arena in Athlone was the venue on Sunday last for the All Ireland Master’s Indoor Championships and many athletes from Waterford competed. Joe Gough West Waterford won the over 65 400 metres in a world best time this year of 60.04 seconds in that age and in the ladies section Terri Gough had four wins in the 60 and 200m, shot putt and weight throw o75. For Waterford Mary Jennings won the o65 800,1500 and 3000m .Tom O’Brien won the over 050 high and long jump. Anna De Courcey the o45 high jump, Paschal Halley was second in the 400 m o50, Nicola Tighe was also second in the o40 hurdles the women’s o35 relay were second also and Aisling Ferguson was third in the 800 m o45 ,for Tramore Shirley Fennelly was second in the long jump o50 and for Ferrybank Pat Kennedy was second in the o60 weight throw.
Joe Gough of West Waterford AC on his way to victory at the Irish Life Health National Masters Indoors Athletics Championships at Athlone IT.
Munster Secondary Schools Indoor Games
Hundreds of athletes from Secondary Schools in Munster competed at the Munster Indoor Games in Nenagh on Tuesday March 3rd and Waterford schools had many medal winners Provisional results are; Gold medals were won by Sean Mullarkey CBS Dungarvan,Senior Shot Putt ,Clodagh Monahan Waterpark, Senior 600 m, Annabelle Walsh Newtown School, (Junior) and Aoife Allen Mercy Waterford (Senior) tied for 1st in Open High Jump, Corey Scanlon St Augustine’s Abbeyside ,Minor Shot Putt, Hannah McGrath St Declan’s, Kilmacthomas, Minor 1200m, Eoin Aylward Abbey CC Minor 600m and St Augustine’s minor boys relay team,and silver medals by Paula Igwe 60 m hurdles Inter, Libby Murphy Junior Shot Putt both St Angela’s, Andrew Scanlon St Declan’s, Minor Shot Putt, Tadg Connolly Abbey CC Inter Shot Putt and bronze medals by Paula Igwe St Angela’s Inter Long Jump, Eoin Aylward Minor Long Jump, Keelin Roche,Junior Hurdles, Rose Sheridan (Inter) joint 3rd in Open High Jump all three Abbey CC , Sarah Slevin Ard Scoil na nDeise Inter Shot Putt and St Augustine’s minor girls relay team.
Murphy wins on home soil
The Annual Dunhill/Fenor 10 mils road race last Saturday had an entry of 260 and the overall winner was Noel Murphy Waterford AC a native of the Dunhill area, he covered the distance in 53 minutes 23 seconds. Philip Harty was second in 54.59 and John O’Rourke third in 57.22 both Ferrybank.First lady home was Erika Dowling Focus on Fitness in 67.49,Naomi Doonan Saturday Road Runners was second in 68.48 and Caitriona Muldowney Kilkenny was third in 70.26.The category winners were, Women;F35 Janet Quinlan Saturday Road Runners, F40 Lisa O’Connor Carrigtwohill,F45 Moi Lambert Saturday Road Runners, F50 Sharon Flynn do, F55 Philipa Carney do. Men; Junior Jack Haley Waterford, M40 Adam Porter do,M45 Vinnie Codd do, M50 Tom Walsh Thomastown, M55 John Cashman Midleton, M60 Nelius Ahearne do.. It was a well organised event and the proceeds go to Crumlin Children’s Hospital.
European Masters Cancelled
The European Masters Indoor Championships due to be held in Portugal next week have been postponed due to the Corona Virus. 3000 athletes in various ages were due to compete including three or four from Waterford. It has been re fixed for January 2021
Friday April 3rd Annual Butlerstown 4 miles 7pm,
Sunday April 12th Annual Easter Bunny Run RSC 11am,
Monday April 13th Aglish Fun Run/Walk in aid of Crumlin Children’s Hospital at 11am.