The older Juvenile Striders were in Track & Field action, at Tullamore over the weekend and all performed very well to record lots of PB’s, win Leinster medals and even record a Leinster record.
Starting with the U14’s, both Eve Byrne and Adam O’Connor, recorded PB’s and won Silver medals in their respective events. Eve continues to go from strength to strength and finished a well deserved second place in the 2Km walk. Likewise Adam came through his heat and finished a strong second in his 800m event. Aaron Browne had a great weekend, showing real versatility to Gold in both the 800m and then another Gold as part of the Continue reading
The younger Striders were in action at Tullamore competing in both individual and pairs events. Sam Myers and Ronan Shannon were excellent in their 500m pairs event, coming fourth out of over twenty teams. Ruby Murphy and Isabel Bawden excelled in their events, in particular showing great technique over hurdles. Ciara Murphy earned another top ten finish in her Shot Putt event, as did Leona Berry in her High Jump. Eoin Shannon made the final six of the Turbo Javelin, where Cosmo Hewlett also performed really well. Our one medal in the field events came via James Quinn in the High Jump, who won a Bronze for the second year running.
The Striders had two Masters athletes in action, Gavin Kelly and John McGrath, and both acquitted themselves very well at this high level. Gavin picked up Silver medals in his Long Jump and 400m events and not to be out done, John also bagged a couple of Silvers in the 800m and 1,500m events.
The Juvenile Striders had one of their best days ever, at Leinster level, with twelve athletes in action and all twelve returning home with a provincial medal. The U12 boys team of Myles & Cosmo Hewlett, Eoin Shannon and Caolan Costello competed really strongly all day long in the High Jump, Shot Putt, 600M, Long Jump to give themselves a real shot at a medal in the final event, the 4X100m Relay. The U13 team of James Quinn, Aidan Shannon, Sean Barry and Oisin McEochaigh were in a similar position facing into their Relay, knowing that they needed to get the baton around in double quick time to secure a medal. Our final team, the boys U15’s Aaron Browne, Conor Murphy, Cian Flanagan and Patrick Doyle were in a slightly stronger position, as they were leading their age group, with the final Relay event to go.
Well done to all the Juvenile Striders who competed successfully at the Wexford Track & Field “B” Championship, held at Enniscorthy. All that training over the last few months paid off big time for Anna Murphy, who won a silver medal in the Long Jump and also helped her Relay team to a medal. Also at U9 age group was Michael Byrne, competing in his first event for the Striders. Michael’s efforts in 60m, 300m, Long Jump and Turbo Javelin earned him a Bronze medal.
At U10’s Moya Corbett was the big winner, with a Gold medal winning throw in the Turbo Javelin and a Relay medal. Conor Geoghegan was very unlucky not to scoop a medal in the Long Jump event, but put in a great leg of his Relay event to win a medal there.
The Juvenile Striders had another great day out, at the provincial combined events championship. With six under 13 athletes in action, the Striders were performing in Long Jump, Shot Putt and 200m. With a complex points system rewarding performance, every centimetre and millisecond contributes to the final aggregate score. Ciara Murphy and Kelly Corbett performed really well in all three disciplines and recorded very respectable finishing positions. There was real excitement in the boys event, with Darragh Flannelly, Aidan Shannon, Owen Lennon and Oisin MacEochaigh, all in the mix for medals. In the final event, the 200m sprint,
Darragh and Aidan jumped up the leaderboard to win Leinster Silver and Bronze medals. A very unlucky Owen was just out of the medals and Oisin showed that he has so much potential at these multi discipline events.
Well done to all for trying something new.
The Striders Juveniles made their first trip to Greystones on Saturday, to compete at the Leinster 4 X 100m relay championship. On the back of recent county success, hopes were high that BU13 and BU15 Striders teams would perform well at this high level. First in action were our under 13’s, who needed a good performance to come through their heat. The team of Oisin MacEochaigh, Aidan Shannon, Owen Lennon and Darragh Flannelly then exceeded all expectations, in the final when they crossed the line in a really tight finish, involving four teams, behind the clear winners. Unfortunately, after a long wait for results, the Striders came away without a medal, but with heads held high. Considering that this team are the current Leinster Cross Country Relay champions, this was quite a performance against the bigger sprint clubs.
Wexford County Masters Road Race – a great night to finish off the 2016 road season. Two medals, lots of club support from the non running United Striders gang, our youngest member out in support and a brilliant night out in Kilmore afterwards to top it off, off home then on the bus!
The women headed out first on a 4k course, and delighted to say that the Striders women outnumbered the men this time! We had 8 women all in great order with Karina Sommers, Catherine Ronan, Alison Murphy, Lettie Roche, Sonya Byrne, Sinead Donovan, Fiona Donovan and our newest runner Emma Hewlett.
Congrats to Emma on her first county race with us, could be 20 years since her last race so delighted to have her in the gang, inspiring to the young group of Juveniles that she trains with great love.
Plus HUGE congrats to the great Catherine Ronan who won a category medal for 1st Over 50, well deserved.
The Juvenile Striders were in great form, putting in many great performances and winning lots of county medals, at day one of the Wexford Track & Field Championships. With all sixteen clubs from around the county participating, in big numbers, our athletes needed to be in top form to compete. However after some great training sessions and recent outings at open events, the Striders were ready to perform.
The girls got us off to a great start in the hurdle events. Aoife Muldoon won the first gold of the day for the Striders, in the 300m Hurdle event. Cheyenne O’Farrell Molloy, Rebecca Bawden and Hayleigh Bawden all added to the medal total, with great performances over 250m and 300m Hurdles.