National Juvenile Even Age Cross Country Championship, Abbotstown, 24-Nov-2019

Another special day for the Striders, with our Boys U16 team winning their third national cross country club title in a row, at Abbotstown, today. These Juvenile national titles are certainly like London buses; we waited 40 or so years for our first, then three in a row. So much credit goes to Myles Hewlett, who led the team home in third place, earning him a spot on the Ireland team, in the upcoming international event in Glasgow. The ever reliable Eoin and Aidan Shannon were next home, ahead of Ben Wall, Darragh Flannelly, Will Park, Robert Wall and Owen Lennon.
We are extremely lucky to have such talented athletes, who enjoy their training and guided by an amazing coach (Ted). New Ross was certainly punching well above it’s weight today, beating well established clubs, the likes of Leevale (Cork City), Willowfield Harriers & Lagan Valley (both Belfast), Dundrum South Dublin & Clonliffe Harriers (both Dublin), St Senans (Kilmacow), Waterford AC etc. to a national title.
Earlier in the day Sean Lennon recorded a 60th place finish and was part of the Leinster squad that won their inter provincial event. In three weeks time, Sean will join Myles, Eoin, Will, Aidan Kehoe and Finn Kelly, when they line up for the National Boys U15 competition. After winning the Wexford Winter League for a 7th consecutive year, on Friday, it’s been quite a weekend for the underage Striders.
Well done to athletes, coaches and supportive parents on a great achievement. Thanks to Paddy and Rory from Wexford Athletics for their help and support, on the day.

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