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. Owen Lennon set a fast pace in his race and stayed on strong for a medal. Adam O’Connor, on the back of a very successful track season, finished a fine second on his return to cross country. In the same age group, Clodagh Foran finished in spectacular fashion to be first Wexford girl home, in her 1,600m event. At the same distance both Cian Flanagan and Ryan Kielthy made a strong return to cross country, after both athletes excelling during the summer months in the track and field events. Running with the senior athletes, both Grace Costello and Aedan Rogers won their respective Junior races in really fine style. They also picked up fantastic prizes from the sponsors “Mr Oil”.
The final race of the day was the senior Men’s race, over a tough and testing 4km route. With the Striders providing almost half the field, it proved to be a competitive end to a great day. In the end it was Aedan who led home Alan O’Connor, John McGrath, Brendan Lyng, Pat O’Callaghan, Ted Flannelly and Martin Kehoe. Well done to all and thanks again to host club Adamstown AC.