WEST WATERFORD ATHLETES TO THE FORE AT CHARLEVILLE HALF.
One of the very few road races in the country presently took place in Charleville Co Cork last Sunday and the elite field had three West Waterford athletes in action. The invite elite field only saw some of the top Irish athletes in action and despite the windy conditions Raheny Shamrock’s Mick Clohissey won well with a time of 1.05.In the ladies race Derry Spartans Breege Connolly lead all the way to victory in 1.17.31.Micheál Power running his first ever half marathon race had a brilliant run to finish 4th overall with a time of 1.07.31 an excellent debut half for the Ballinamuck youngster, his club mate Pat Hennessey wasn’t too far behind him when he clocked 1.08.10 for a 7th place finish a new personal best for Pat actually it was 2 minutes inside his previous best, Raivis Zakis was our third athlete home and he ran a time of 1.12.42 in 31st place, well done to all three.
WATERFORD COUNTY CROSS COUNTRY GETS THE GREEN LIGHT.
The following dates have been fixed by the county board for the 2020 county cross country championships.
Sunday Sept 27th EVEN AGES AND JUNIORS AND SENIORS
Saturday Oct 10th UNEVEN AGES NOVICE AND MASTERS
10 AM START BOTH DAYS.
- Athletes may move up ONE age group except for the U9 age group. To compete U9, the minimum age is EIGHT years (ie all athletes must turn 8years old in year of competition)
- All Athletes MUST be registered
- All Juvenile teams four to score EXCEPT Girls U19 where there is three to score
- Junior, Senior, Novice & Masters all four to score on a team
- Official club singlet should be worn
- Pacing of athletes will mean disqualification
- Points for the best overall Juvenile club – teams only
- U18 and juniors is the one race
- The Junior race is separate to the senior race
- Junior athletes must be 16 years on the 31st December in the year of competition and under 20 years on the 31st December in the year of competition
- Novice athletes must be 19 years of age or over on the 31st December in the year of competition
- The first three in the senior race are not eligible to run Novice. Re grading will be done at the September County Board meeting where necessary.
- Cost of Entry (All entries will be online)
- Juvenile €5
- Junior, Senior, Novice & Master €8
- Online entry by totaltiming.ie (more to follow on this shortly)
*First three athletes in all races will be awarded their medals at finish line
*Team medals and results will be posted ASAP on the day after the event and medals will be forwarded to each club involved
*Athletes will have to leave course immediately after their event is finished to allow the participants of next race onto the course
U9 750m 750m
U10 1000m 1000m
U11 1500m 1500m
U12 2000m 2000m
U13 2500m 2500m
U14 3000m 3000m
U15 3500m 3500m
U16 4000m 4000m
U17 4000m 5000m
U18 4000m 6000m
U19 4000m 6000m
Junior 4000m 6000m
Senior 4000m 8000m
Novice 4000m 6000m
Masters 4000m 6000m
VIRTUAL MARATHONS THE ORDER OF THE WEEKEND.
After the disappointment of the cancellation of the Boston marathon last April and likewise the cancellation of the Kilkenny Medieval marathon club member who were due to participate I both these events took on the challenge of running the virtual races instead, first up on last Friday was Garret Byrne after being lucky enough to gain entry to the 124th annual Boston race the Abbeyside man took on the virtual race last Wednesday over the 26.2 mile distance. Setting out at 7.15 pace from the foothills of Cruchan he headed for Mahon bridge and onto fews and then onto Flahavans entering the greenway at the Coach house he continued back the green to the finish line in Abbeyside. Garret kept even splits all the way with a finishing time of 3.10.00. On Saturday it was the turn of Martin Tobin as he again was entered for Boston, Martin decided to run his virtual all on the greenway and he started off in Abbeyside and finished in Waterford posting a new PB for the distance of 3.15.34,a super run, while Martin was heading for Waterford he passed his niece Angela Tobin who was heading from Waterford to Dungarvan also doing a virtual as Angela was due to run the Kilkenny Medieval marathon, despite a very strong head wind all the way Angela running her very first marathon posted a brilliant 3.29.36, Our final athlete on virtual marathon duty was James Whelan who did his virtual Sunday morning with a finishing time of 4.14.41, as we know not James best performance ever as unfortunately he picked up an injury early in the run and had to finish out the distance by walking the last 4 miles or so. Well done to all and it’s worth noting that all four ran these marathons on their own.
FORDES DAYBREAK WINTER LEAGUE 2020/21
The hard decision had to be made sooner or later and the committee having looked at all angles of the possibility of holding a winter league have come to the decision that’s it will not be possible under current Covid regulations to proceed safely with the event. It’s been a tough and frustrating few months for everyone and our committee are no different in this regard, but at all times we must consider the wellbeing of our members and running friends as our number one priority. We hope that at the end of next year we will be back as strong as ever with the winter league but for now keep safe and keep training.
LADIES SOCIAL RUNNING GROUP
Do you like to run but find it hard to motivate yourself to get out the door on your own ? Are you doing a bit of running or would like to do a bit of running? If you like the accountability and support of a group then why not give this a try ? We meet in Walton Park, Abbeyside on a Monday evening at 630pm and run / walk / jog up to 5km. Whether you want to walk / run 2km or run 5km or something in between we have a group that will suit you. Everyone is welcome and no one gets left behind. As we are heading into the autumn it’s a great time to get fitter and stronger. This group is ideal for beginners. If you would like to give this a try contact Irene on (086) 8242348. Places are very limited to comply with current Covid guidelines