Juvenile News

Juvenile News, 16th January 2017

Aimee Ryan wins the McGrath Colligan Shield

The juvenile Colligan Shield was held in ideal conditions in Colligan Wood on Sunday last. Thirty nine young athletes completed the course. We had a wide mixture of ages from the very young that were out for the first time to our more seasoned 16 year old with some of our older athletes opting to compete in the senior event. The countdown clock started at 14. 30mins and the first athlete took off at 14.20. As the clock counted down the athletes took off at their appointed time with the last off at 7.50.

This year’s group were very good at judging their pace and only seven athletes ran faster than their predicted time. Last year’s winner David Butler came very close again finishing just 11 secs ahead of his predicted time.

Sean Nyhan and Derry Dwyer had a great battle to see who would be fist to cross the line with Sean just getting in first both ran 1.55 faster than their predicted time. As the clock moved towards zero we could see some of our youngest athletes heading for the line but it hit zero and Aimee Ryan crossed the line just 5secs outside her time. She was followed very quickly by William Mc Nally and AoibheannRyan in 3rd place. Next home was Tommy Fennell who had the fastest time of the day completing the course in 8.03. Close on his heels was Eve Dwyer and the final prize winner was Mickey Barry. All six prize-winners were within twenty eight seconds of their predicted time.

Fastest girl was Lucy Holmes with a time of 9m 02secs.Many of the athletes a improved their times from last year with James Hahesy over two and a half minutes faster Sarah Nyhan, Ian Holmes, Mark Blackwell, Cathy Ni Sheanlaoich.

Angelina Chizhikova , Aoife Butler, Thomas Broderick and Sean Nyhan all well over a minute faster than last year. Our thanks to McGrathNewsagents for their continued sponsorship of this event and to all who helped to run the event on the day.

Lucy, Cian and Micheal to Compete on Irish Team

Lucy Holmes, Cian O’Riordan and Micheal Power are heading to Cardiff next weekend to compete in theCeltic International Cross Country which will be held on Sunday January 22nd. Lucy will compete on the Irish girls under 16 team with Cian on the under 16 development squad and Micheal on the under 18 development squad. Both Lucy and Cian competed in Cardiff last year when West Waterford travelled to compete in the Cardiff Cross Challenge. Micheal has already competed in the Celtic International at under16 level so all are well used to the step up in competition for this international event. All in West Waterford wish them the best of luck in this event.

Munster Award for Micheal Power

The Munster Awards Dinner will be held in Clonmelon Saturday 11th February. At this function Michealwill be presented with the cross country award for Waterford. This award is presented to the highest placed Waterford athlete at the Munster Cross CountryChampionships. Micheal finished second in the boys under 18 race and was the best placed Waterford athlete over the two days of competition,

Waterford School Cross Country on Thursday
The annual schools cross country season kicks off on Thursday with the Waterford Schools Cross Country taking place in St Augustine’s College @ 11.30

Minor under 14 on 1st July ’17 Girls 1500m, Boys 2000m
Junior under 15 on 1st July ’17 Girls 2000m, Boys 3000m
Inter under 17 on 1st July ’17 Girls 2500m, Boys 4500m
Senior under 19 on 1st Jan ’17 Girls 2500m, Boys 5000m

A large number of West Waterford athletes will compete for all the local schools we wish them all the best of luck.