Leinster Juvenile Even Ages / Senior Novice Cross Country Championships, Tyrellspass, 29-Oct-2016

2The Striders, both young and old, made the trip to the New Forest Golf Club, Tyrellspass, Co Westmeath, for some provincial cross country action. In the non-championship U10 boys race, both Ronan Shannon and Sam Myers were fantastic, and in a big field, our boys won individual medals. Over 2km, in the GU12 race, Leona Berry and Isabel Bawden were excellent. Both girls went out at a steady pace and on the second lap, made great progress to finish strongly. 1The BU12 race will go down in history as one of the most prolific races, at this level, in terms of medals. Myles Hewlett was right up with the pace, from the starting gun and stayed on strongly to finish fourth. Eoin Shannon put in a blistering second lap, to slice through the field and finish twelfth. Both boys earned, vary rare, individual provincial medals. With four to score for the club team, Ben Myers and Finn Kelly contributed with great finishing positions to win a provincial club medal for the Striders. The silver medal is only our second, in recent years, at this level. To top it off, Caolan Costello, Cosmo Hewlett and Seam Lennon all contributed to the Wexford team, which meant all seven boys picked up another provincial silver, in the county competition. Continue reading

Six super Striders complete Dublin City Marathon in style; 30-Oct-2016

1Well done to our Dublin City Marathon legends Catherine Ronan, Mick O’Gorman, Colm Stafford, Emmett Malone, Lala Murphy and John Kent. After months of great training and living like monks, the Striders were fantastic on the big day, as we all knew they would. John Kent was first Strider over the line in a great time of 3:32, followed by Lala Murphy 3:34, Emmet Malone 3:39, Mick O’Gorman 3:49 and Colm Stafford 4:12. Our leading lady Catherine Ronan was also in great form completing the course in 3:57. Thanks to the online tracker, there were lots of club members, back home in New Ross, watching six dots moving slowly along a line, that was marked from 0 to 26.2. I guess you don’t have to be mad to be a Strider, but it sure does help.

Well done to our super six; all at the club are so proud of your great achievements today!

Wexford Juvenile Uneven Ages Cross Country Championships, Adamstown, 16-Oct-2016

06-e25a3381Sunny and windy Adamstown was the venue for the Juvenile Striders latest 50-e25a3671excellent squad effort, as the under age athletes competed from U9’s all the way up to the U17 age group. The Striders (and the Gusserane National School) were really well represented in the BU9 race, with a team of eight. In a big field of competitors, over 500m, Sean O’Brien entered the home straight with a narrow lead and he dug deep to register a great win, on his debut for the Striders. Jack Murphy and Jake Sutton, who was a year out of age, recorded top ten finishes. Powerful runs from Max Murphy, Liam Murphy, Ruari Lyng, Aidan Murphy and Gearoid Byrne, all competing for Continue reading

Wexford Intermediate Cross Country Championships, Adamstown, 16-Oct-2016

174-e25a4464A fantastic day for the Striders ended with medals for both the Ladies and Mens teams, in true cross country conditions at Adamstown. After a great showing by our Juveniles, the Striders Ladies team were led home by Sonya Byrne, 162-e25a4362finishing comfortably inside the top ten. Backed up by Beth O’Connor, Sinead McCarthy and Aine Cullen, the team won a well deserved county bronze medal.

The Mens team had a great turn-out, with eight Striders competing. John McGrath won an individual silver, with a really strong performance over a tough 8Km course. Competing for the first time at this level, Alan O’Connor had a great run to finish sixth. With four to score, Pat O’Callaghan found energy to sprint to a twelfth place Continue reading

Wexford Novice Cross Country Championships, JFK Park, 02-Oct-2016

1Following a great showing from our Juvenile athletes, the Striders Ladies and Mens teams put in fantastic performances to also get amongst the medals. Ann Ryan was the leading lady Strider and supported by a strong team of Lettie 3Roche Myers, Sonia Byrne, Beth O’Connor and Aine Cullen, the ladies won a well deserved team bronze. There was a very impressive turn out from the Strider men and their team also won bronze. Over a tough 6Km, Alan O’Connor was first Strider home, continuing to impress, this time with a fifth place finish. Pat O’Callahan also finished top ten, just ahead of Luke Butler, who was prominent right from the start. Davy Byrne, Colm Stafford, Lala Murphy, Dirk Ardrichem, Emmett Malone and Martin Kehoe made up the medal winning squad. Continue reading

Wexford Juvenile Cross Country Championships, JFK Park, 02-Oct-2016

3Well done to all the USAC Juveniles who competed at the Wexford County Cross Country Championships, at JFK Park, in the Autumn sunshine. The day got off to a great start for the Striders with our boys & girls under 10’s performing 5really well. Winning loads of medals and running strongly were Anna Murphy, Katie Costello, Moya Corbett, Lucy Power, Abby Jordan, Hugo Fernandez, Cillian Browne, Sam Myers, Patrick Pyne and Ronan Shannon.

The GU12 team of Aisling Ryan, Isabel Bawden, Emily Egan and Saidbh Rossiter all ran well, over a tough 2 Km undulating course, and must have been very close to a team medal. Continue reading