The Wexford Novice Road Race, at Enniscorthy, last Sunday, proved to be another great day for the Striders, with lots of great performances, plenty of medals and a well deserved county title for Alan O’Connor. Over a testing 3km course, the Ladies race was first off and following her exceptional indoor season, winning provincial and national medals, Sonya Byrne ran a fantastic race to finish second and win silver. More great news for the Striders ladies as the squad of Sonya Byrne, Beth Foran O’Connor, Mary Butler Carney, Alison Bennett, Karina Somers, Alison Murphy, Sheila Patterson and Aine Cullen won silver in the ultra competitive team event. Alan O’Connor came into the Mens race, over 5km, in great form following a strong cross country season and an indoor season that finished with a Leinster medal winning performance over 1,500m. In a very competitive event, Alan was always in the lead group and pushed on in the latter stages for a fantastic win. Another great day for the O’Connor household, with Adam, Luca and Isabella all cheering on Mum and Dad to their county medals. Brendan Lyng marked his return to the Striders vest with a very fine performance that helped the squad, which included Pat O’Callaghan, David Byrne, Liam Murphy, Luke Butler, Lala Murphy, Mick O’Gorman, Martin Kehoe and Emmett Malone to a team bronze medal. Well done to all, on a fantastic start to the road race season for the Striders.
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