Senior News, 27 September 2020



Pat Hennessey takes individual silver as ladies take team silver.


The country cross country championships day one were held last Sunday at the sun drenched WIT arena Waterford. The county board are to be congratulated on firstly going ahead with the championships this year and secondly for the superb way the whole event was organised, to all those involved under county board chairman, treasurer and secretary John McGrath, Trevor Walsh and Cait Caulfield we say very well done and total timing also who did a superb job with entries and results for the championships. The juvenile section of our club had a good number of athletes participating despite only back training with a short few weeks, a full report will be in the juvenile notes. The senior club kept the great county cross country tradition alive in the club with teams in both men’s and women’s participating, to those who came along and ran on the day we say thank you for wearing the club singlet and representing your club in this most important club competition. The ladies race saw a field of 11 athletes and it was over 4.000 meters with full teams from Ferrybank AC and West Waterford AC. participating, however it was Waterford AC who were to provide the winner on the day with a gun to tape superb run and win by Ruth Heery with Ferrybank filling silver and bronze positions with Louise Morgan and Orna Murray, Ferrybank also took the team gold on the day on 16 points from West Waterford in silver position on 28 points. We had three athletes from our team of 5 running cross country for the very first time and they are to be congratulated on their participation, our first runner home was Kelly Fitzgerald 5th Liz Nyhan 6th Angela Tobin 8th closely followed by Sandra Flynn 9th and Orla Mulvihill was 11th, all our ladies will be in action again on Saturday week October 10th at the same venue for the novice and masters, well done ladies.Turning to the men’s senior race it was a much more competitive race with a good field of 18 athletes with clubs from Waterford AC, Ferrybank AC and West Waterford AC, The race over 7000 meters brought in the tough hill 4 times and it really tested the field, On the first lap two athletes were away on their own Waterford’s David McGlynn and West Waterford’s Pat Hennessey, On the climb David opened up a gap on Pat and this is how it remained for the rest of the race with David retaining his senior title from last year, Pat ran gallantly for silver and it was a terrific performance by him in his first senior county cross country race with quite a number of good athletes behind him on the day he can be well pleased, third and the bronze went to Waterford’s Noel Murphy who worked his way through the field to finish 3rd.  The overall team winners were Waterford AC with 14th points from their second team Waterford B who had 40 points with Ferrybank AC on 42 points taking the team bronze with just one point to spear over West Waterford team, on 43 points. Well done to our athletes who turned out on the day.All is in readiness now for Saturday week and day 2 of the championships with races for uneven ages juvenile and novice and masters men and women, remember of course you must enter through as per last week, hope you can make it.






The following is day 2 of the 2020 county cross country championships.



  • 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 8 years 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
  • 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

1st 3points

2nd 2points

3rd 1point

  • Novice athletes must be 19 years of age or over on the 31st December in the year of competition
  • Cost of Entry (All entries will be online)
  • Juvenile €5
  • Novice & Master €8
  • Online entry by (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


Girls Boys

U9 750m 750m

U11 1500m 1500m

U13 2500m 2500m

U15 3500m 3500m

U17 4000m 5000m

U19 4000m 6000m

Novice 4000m 6000m

Masters 4000m 6000m







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




If you have signed up for the autumn challenge 2020 this is how it will work.We will have 3 pods of athletes starting at different times 610/620/630. If you have signed up and are not sure of your time slot, please contact Irene on 086 8242348. Pre booking is essential as we have limits on the numbers that we can accommodate. If you have not signed up, please do so ASAP as there is very limited spots available.

  1. Please sign in upon arrival and have your warm-up completed so that you are ready to run
  2. If you have any symptoms of Covid or have been in close contact with anyone who has or are recently returned from abroad please stay at home and stay safe, self-isolate and contact your GP
  3. When you have finished your run please stay within your pod and do not mix with athletes in other pods
  4. Physical distancing of 2m must always be maintained
  5. All athletes must supply their own hand sanitizer / wipes