West Waterford Athletic Club Juvenile Notes
Munster Cross Country Award for Lucy Holmes
Over the Christmas break we were notified that Lucy Holmes had won the Munster award for cross country. Lucy won both the under 19 and junior Munster cross countries and was runner up in the under 18 cross country. The award will be presented at the Munster Sports Star Awards Dinner which will be held this year in the Tower Hotel on Sat Feb 1st. This is a huge honour for Lucy , her coach Tony Shalloe and West Waterford A.C. The last athlete from the club to receive this award was Micheal Power in 2017. If any club members are interested in attending the award ceremony please contact Mary Ashe about tickets.
First Club Event of the Year Colligan Cup on Sunday January 19th
Sunday January 19th will be a busy one in Colligan. It’s time for our young athletes to get back in action and blow out the cobwebs from the Christmas break. The juvenile Colligan Shield will get under way at the earlier time of 11am again 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.
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 three juveniles took part in this event and we hope for even bigger numbers this year. Last year’s winner was Natalie Barry who was bang on her predicted time and became the youngest winner of the event. She was just one second ahead of Clodagh Lattimore 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 10 athletes ran faster than predicted. Who will get it right this year?
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.
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.
WATERFORD SCHOOLS CROSS COUNTRY
DATE: Wednesday January 15th 2020
VENUE ST. AUGUSTINES COLLEGE
TIME 11.00 SHARP
Minor under 14 on 1st July ’20 Girls 1500m, Boys 2000m
Junior under 15 on 1st July ’20 Girls 2000m, Boys 3000m
Inter under 17 on 1st July ’20 Girls 2500m, Boys 4500m
Senior under 19 on 1st Jan ’20 Girls 2500m, Boys 5000m
Teams GIRLS 6 with 3 to score
BOYS 8 with 4 to score
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
Dates for your Diary
Wed Jan 15th Waterford Schools Cross Country 11.00 Friary
Sunday Jan 19th Colligan Cup 11am Start Registration 10.15
Friday Jan 31st East Munster Schools Cross Country Carriganore 12.30
Thurs Feb 15th Munster Schools Cross Country Clarecastle Co.Clare 12.30
Tuesday March 3rd Munster Schools Indoors Nenagh 11am
Saturday March 7th All Ireland Schools Cross Country Santry Dublin
The juvenile committee extends their sympathies to fellow committee member John McGrath on the untimely passing of his brother Danny R.I.P.