St Senans AC Open Cross Country, Kilmacow, 24-Sep-2017

The Striders fared very well at the last of the open cross country events, before the upcoming Wexford county championships. St Senans hosted the 40th edition of their well established open event, in glorious sunshine. For the third week in a row Isabella O’Connor ran really well to earn another medal in the U8 event, over 300m. With four to score in the team events, Sean Lennon led home our BU12 team, that also included great runs from Tomasso Hickey, Luca O’Connor and Jim Malone, to win bronze, in a really well contested event. Over a tough and undulating 1.5km course Isabel Bawden and Hazel Hickey did really well, to both finish high up a field that included quality athletes from Leinster and Munster. More medals arrived in the BU14 event, where Myles Hewlett led from start to finish, despite being a year out of his age group. In a dramatic finish, Myles shared victory in a dead-heat finish. With Owen Lennon, Cosmo Hewlett and Oisin McEochaidh all running well, it was no surprise that the boys took another team medal after their team win last week, at Taghmon. Continue reading

Taghmon AC Open Cross Country, Taghmon, 17-Sep-2017

The Striders were in action for the second week in a row, as they continued preparations for the upcoming cross country season. Leading us off, in his first ever race was Aaron Lennon, who earned a top ten spot in the tiny tots race. Both Isabella O’Connor and Laura Murphy followed up good performances last week to finish with the leading group. Over 500m, in the U9 age group, both Anna Murphy and Cormac Delaney ran really well to finish in the top ten. Katie Costello was our sole representative in her age group and did very well on her first cross country run of the season. Sean Lennon, in third place, led our BU12 team, that included Sam Myers, Olan Delaney, Tomasso Hickey, Luca O’Connor and Danny Costello to a team gold. Aisling Ryan and Isabel Bawden, as always, ran solid races to kick start their seasons on a high. The BU14 race was a profitable one, with Myles Hewlett winning ahead of third placed Owen Lennon. Oisin MacEochaidh and Ben Myers secured a team gold with their fifth and sixth placed finishes. Continue reading

Adamstown AC Open Cross Country, Adamstown, 10-Sep-2017

Well done to the Striders who all performed fantastically well at the Adamstown AC Open Cross Country event. Traditionally the first cross country event of the season in the south east, Adamstown AC put on a fantastic day, attracting top class fields from all around Wexford and further afield. Isabella O’Connor and Laura Murphy got us off to a great start, finishing high up the field in a very competitive opening race. Cousins Heather Costello and Anna Murphy completed the 800m course to win the first medals of the day. Also in the U10 age group, Sean O’Brien led the Striders team home, ahead of Max Murphy and Conor Meehan, who all ran great races. Sean Lennon sprinted all the way up the finishing hill to claim a good second place, with Luca O’Connor in the top ten, in the same race, over 1,200m. In the race of the day, for the Striders, Myles Hewlett, Cosmo Hewlett and Caolan Costello finished first, second and fourth respectfully, in a strongly run race. Continue reading