Tramore 4 Miles
Philip Harty, West Waterford won the Tramore 4 miles on Friday last with Paul Ogle Waterford Triathlon second.
Sylvia Malone, Waterford won the ladies section from Joan Mahony also from Waterford.
World Half Marathon
There was a great performance by an Irish athlete at the World Half Marathon Championship in Cardiff last Saturday. Paul Pollock finished 14th overall in a time of 62 minutes 46 seconds. He was the second European to finish. Mo Farah, Great Britain was third behind two Kenyans
Race Walkers Robert Heffernan and Olive Loughnane will be upgraded with Olympic bronze and world gold medals after the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) upheld six appeals recently filed by the IAAF against Russian athletes.
Heffernan will be awarded the Olympic bronze medal for the 50km walk from the London Games in 2012 while this rubber stamps Loughnane being upgraded from silver to gold over 20km in the 2009 World Championships in Berlin.
This is welcome news for both but it is likely there will be more upgrading in the future if some governing bodies of major medal winners who are still not complying fully with their anti doping policies are pressurised by the IAAF and the World Anti Doping Agency.
Road Races in April
Sunday next, April 3rd Munster Senior, Novice and Masters Road Race Championships Kilnaboy Co Clare 1 pm. Friday April 8th Ballinroad, 5miles Race 1 Ger Wyley Sports Series 7 pm,
Sunday April 10th Splashworld 10 km Tramore 11 am. Friday April 15th Butlerstown 4 miles 7 pm ( Race2 Ger Wyley Sports Series)
The Ferrybank GAA Angela Burns Memorial10k Fun Run/Walk will take place on Sunday April 24th at 11am in Ferrybank GAA Grounds. There will be a 2k race for the U 12’s, starting before the main 10k.
Ferrybank Open Sports
On Sunday April 10th the annual Mc Donalds Ferrybank Open Sports will be at the RSC at 12 noon with lots of track and field events on the programme for athletes u8 to 17 as well as junior and a senior and master’s sprint and 1500 metres.
Relays for boys and girls u9,11,13,15 mixed relays u17 with at least two girls.
Full details from 087 6889330. Another Ferrybank fixture is the Primary schools Sports on Tuesday April 26th at 11 am at the RSC.
Special 1916 Commemoration Race in Dublin.
Athletics Ireland have announced in partnership with the Dublin City Council to host the Dublin Remembers 1916 Run 5k which will take place on Sunday 24th April at 9:00 am to mark the 100 year anniversary of the 1916 Easter Rising.
With the centenary celebrations of 1916 in full swing this is an excellent opportunity to put your running shoes on in remembrance.
Starting at Mountjoy Square the course takes in some of Dublin City’s most iconic sites while you fill the streets passing the GPO, Liberty Hall, Rosie Hackett Bridge, the Four Courts and finishing at the Royal Hospital Kilmainham exactly 100 years ago to the day of the Easter Rising.
All finishers will receive a unique commemorative Dublin Remembers 1916 Run technical t-shirt as well as being part of this unique event.
See Athletic Ireland website for entry details,online entries close Wednesday April 20th at 23.59.
Clubs may want to avail of local coaching courses coming up in Waterford. It is great to have them available in the county so clubs should try and take advantage of that when we have them so close!
April 8th/9th/15th/16th: Level 1 Course at RSC, Waterford (Assistant or Leader course must be completed before one completes a Level 1 course). April 28th: Assistant Coaching Course at RSC, Waterford May 12th: Athletics Leader Course at RSC, Waterford.
Contact Colin Byrne (Regional Development Officer) on ColinByrne@athleticsireland.ie or 0870632326 for more details.
County Board Meeting
The next scheduled county board meeting is due to be held on Friday April 1st in Dungarvan. The main purpose of this meeting is to declare transfers and it will be very short. Clubs will be notified of venue and time
County Track and Field
Please note that the two dates for the County Track and Field Championships are as follows: Sunday May 8th and Sunday May 15th.