Juvenile News

Juvenile News, 14 January 2019

 West Waterford Athletic Club Juvenile Notes
Belfast, Colligan and Nenagh the venues for action this weekend.
Mc Grath’s Colligan Cup on Sunday 20th@ 11am 
 All Systems are ready to  go for next Sunday’s Colligan Cup on Sunday  next January 20th .  This will be a nice easy introductory run for those who had been a break since early Dec. The juvenile Colligan Shield will get under way at the earlier time of 11am this year. Registration starts at 10.15.
 This event, which will again be sponsored by Albert McGrath Newsagents, challenges an athlete’s pace and judgement as well as their running skills. No watches are allowed so everyone has the same chance to win the race.  Remember is is not how fast you run that counts but how accurate you are in predicting your time, 
This is an open event and anyone can take part. The juvenile race will be run over one circuit of Colligan.  The person with the slowest predicted time will start first and the fastest runners will go off last so speed or age makes no difference. The winner will be the first person home after the clock hits zero.  Last year over fifty juveniles took part in this event and we hope for even bigger numbers this year. Last year’s winner was Kevin Butler who was bang on his predicted time.  All five prize-winners were within 10secs of their predicted times.  Remember it is not how fast you run that counts but how near you are to your predicted time. Last year 19 athletes ran faster than predicted.  Who will get it right this year?
Aislinn’s Fundraising Quiz in Minnies on Fri Jan 25th @8pm
Aislinn O’Regan has been selected by the Irish Wheelchair Association to compete in the World Games in Sharjah in the UAE. West Waterford Athletic Club Juvenile Committee is organizing a fundraising quiz to assist Aislinn in her bid to get to the World Games. The Quiz will take place in Minnies on Friday January 25th @8pm. 40euro for table of four. This will be a fun night as well as a chance to help a young athlete reach her potential.
Lucy Holmes on Irish Junior Cross Country Team in Belfast this weekend
Lucy Holmes has made another step up in her cross country running career with her selection to the Irish junior development squad that will compete in the Celtic International in Belfast on Sat 19th January. At just 16 years of age Lucy is just over age for the under 17 event and is the youngest athletes to compete in the Junior (under 20 event).She was selected for this event when she finished 8th in the combined under 18 and Junior All Ireland Cross Country Championships last December. Lucy will be under age for this event for the next three years. The event will be held in conjunction with the IAAF permitted senior international cross country so there will be plenty of talent on show at the Billy Neill Playing Fields in Dundonald.
Training for Schools Cross Country
Training is well underway for those competing in the schools cross country in January and February. Training continues on Monday and Wednesday @6.00 in the Friary. All athletes of secondary school age are welcome.
Waterford Schools Cross Country Championships
The first school event will be the Waterford schools cross country which will be hosted by St Augustine’s College on Friday Jan 18th. There will be races for Minor, Junior, Intermediate and Senior athletes. All the local schools will field teams in this event. The first race gets underway and 11am and the eight races should be over by 1pm
Indoor Championships
If anyone wants to compete in the indoor championships (dates and events on munster athletics website) please contact Mary Ashe asap as you need to be registered with Athletics Ireland before you can enter for the event.
The first indoor juvenile event will take place on Sunday 20th January. Both Alannah Kelly and Patrick Fitzgerald are entered for the pole vault and Aislinn O’Regan for the shot.
 Best of luck to all our athletes competing this weekend
Dates for your Diary
Sunday Jan 20th  Colligan Cup 11am Start Registration 10.15
Friday Jan 18 Waterford Schools Cross Country 11.00 Friary
Friday Jan 25th Fundraising Quiz to send Aislinn to the World Games
 Minnies Bar 8pm
Thursday Jan 31st  East Munster Schools Cross Country Carriganore 12.30
Friday Feb 15th Munster Schools Cross Country Carriganore 12.30
Tuesday  March 5th Munster Schools Indoors Nenagh 11am
Saturday March 9th  All Ireland Schools Cross Country Clongowes Wood College Clane Co Kildare