Wexford Winter League, Round 3, Enniscorthy, 03-Dec-2017

Well done to the under age United Striders squad, who won an unprecedented five-in-a-row in the Wexford Winter League, in great style on Sunday, at Enniscorthy. Leading by only a handful of points after the first two rounds, well done to the following, who made sure that we were well represented on the third and final round : Isabella O’Connor, Laura Murphy, Lauren Phelan, Anna Murphy, Hannah Carney, Maeve Burke, Moya Corbett, Aoife Barry, Sarah Finn, Sadhbh Rossiter, Isabel Bawden, Hazel Hickey, Aoife Lyng, Kelly Corbett, Erinn Shannon, Clodagh Foran, Louise Doyle, Eve Byrne, Ellie Quinn, Clare Doyle, Aoife NiEochaidh, Donagh Grennan, Niall Barry, Jake Sutton, Roan Kavanagh, Gearoid Byrne, Cormac Delaney, Sean O’Brien, Max Murphy, Eanna Grennan, Conor Meehan, Ruairi Lyng, Alex Breen, Sam Myers, Olan Delaney, Eoin Hannan, Cillain Browne, Charlie Alfred, Sean Lennon, Luca O’Connor, Jim Malone, Myles Hewlett, Cosmo Hewlett, Eoin Shannon, Ben Myers, Conor Rossiter, Darragh Flannelly, Owen Lennon, Oisin McEochaidh, Adam O’Connor, Aaron Browne, Cian Flanagan, Daniel Wickham, Ryan Kielthy and Nathan Etherton. Continue reading

National Juvenile Cross Country Championships, Even Ages, Abbotstown, 26-Nov-2017

The USAC BU14 team made a big breakthrough at Abbotstown yesterday, winning the club’s first national cross country title in decades. With big fields of elite under age athletes from the thirty two counties competing, the level of competition is always high. Athletes must qualify through their respective provincial events and following their successful Leinster exploits the Striders BU14 and GU18 teams, in addition to Aedan Rogers in the BU18 event, all qualified to compete.

The Leinster bronze medal winning squad of Grace Costello, Rebecca Bawden, Alannah Byrne, Grainne Flannelly and Joanne Kelly performed really well to earn a top ten placing in the club competition. The girls have been brilliant all season long and are great role models to our younger athletes. Likewise, Aedan Rogers has been in fantastic form recently and even though competing against older athletes, he looked right at home competing at this level, putting in a great effort to record a 51st place finish, in a field of almost 200. Continue reading

Wexford Winter League, Round 2, Enniscorthy, 17-Nov-2017

Things are really hotting up in the Wexford Winter League, following a very competitive second round, on the track at Enniscorthy. After the first round, the Striders were well in contention in the battle for the three trophies on offer. The girls put up another great performance, represented by Laura Murphy, Lauren Phelan, Anna Murphy, Alva McGrath, Hannah Carney, Heather Costello, Maeve Burke, Ruby Noonan, Moya Corbett, Cora Noonan, Aoife Barry, Sarah Finn, Sadhbh Rossiter, Isabel Bawden, Aoife Lyng, Ciara Murphy, Kelly Corbett, Erinn Shannon, Clodagh Foran, Eve Byrne and Louise Doyle. In the race for the girls trophy, the Striders girls remain in third place and still in with a chance. Continue reading

Leinster Senior Cross Country Championships, Adamstown, 12-Nov-2017

The Striders men were in action over a very challenging 10km course, at the Leinster Senior Cross Country Championship. John McGrath and Alan Connor were first Striders home, separated by a handful of seconds. Brendan Lyng, George Delaney, Ted Flannelly and Pat O’Callaghan made up the Striders team that finished in 6th place and were part of the Wexford squad that finished 4th place in the county event.

Leinster Juvenile Cross Country Championships, Uneven Ages, Adamstown, 12-Nov-2017

The Striders were amongst the medals again this weekend at sunny Adamstown. In real cross country conditions, Heather Costello got us off to a flying start, finishing really strongly, despite being a year out of her age group. Also at U11 age group, in the boys event, Ronan Shannon was first Wexford athlete home, in a fantastic 15th place. Sam Myers and Charlie Alfred also had good runs to be part of the Wexford squad who placed 5th, in the county event. Isabel Bawden was our sole representative in the GU13 event and as always performed very well. Myles Hewlett put in another fantastic effort and picked up his second Leinster silver medal of the cross country season. With a typical brave effort, Myles was in the lead group all the way and well deserved another big finish. Also picking up an individual medal was Cosmo Hewlett, who finished really strongly to make the podium. Eoin Shannon, Finn Kelly, Sean Lennon, Ben Myers and Tommaso Hickey made up the Striders team who won silver and featured on the Wexford squad, that also won silver. Continue reading

Wexford Winter League, Round 1, Enniscorthy, 04-Nov-2017

The Striders juveniles were in great form at Enniscorthy on Sunday afternoon, starting into another Winter League campaign. Billy Carney got the day off to a flying start by winning a hotly contested tiny tots race. The Striders girls did very well in their races, from U8 all the way up to U16, to sit in third place in the race for the girls trophy. Well done to all who competed, earning valuable points, including Laura Murphy, Lauren Phelan, Hannah Carney, Ruby Noonan, Maeve Burke, Aoife Barry, Millie Sutton, Sadhbh Rossiter, Cora Noonan, Aoife Lyng, Isabel Bawden, Ciara Murphy, Erinn Shannon, Jessica Sutton, Louise Doyle, Eve Byrne, and Clodagh Foran. Continue reading

Leinster Novice Cross Country Championships, Navan, 28-Oct-2017

Alan O’Connor led the Striders men’s team to a fantastic 5th place in the Leinster Novice cross country team event. Over the 6km undulating course, the Striders all performed well, with Alan’s top 20 place being the standout performance. John McGrath, George Delaney and Ted Flannelly completed the team, on a day where lots of the regulars were unable to compete, due to their marathon preparations.

Leinster Juvenile Cross Country Championships, Even Ages, Navan, 28-Oct-2017

The Striders had over thirty juveniles in action, in Navan, on bank holiday Saturday, at the Leinster cross country championships, for even age groups. With some fields larger than 200 of the best provincial athletes, competition was very strong. However we are very lucky to have a great bunch of underage athletes and it was no surprise that they performed so well, at this level. First up, in the U10’s event was Heather Costello, who got the day off to a great start, finishing well inside the top half of the field over a tough 1km course. Over 2km, the BU12 team performed really well, earning 8th place in the club team event and helping Wexford to 5th place in the county team event. Ronan Shannon was first Strider over the line ahead of Sean Lennon, Tomasso Hickey, Sam Myers and Olan Delaney, with all boys putting in big efforts. Continue reading

Wexford Senior Cross Country Championships, Ferns, 15-Oct-2017

The Striders mens squad put up an heroic effort in the senior cross country championship, at Ferns, last weekend. Attempting to win the title for the first time since 1985, the thirteen man squad came mighty close and in the end finished a fantastic second place, in the team event. So much credit goes to the squad and coaches, who have worked so hard to take the club back to the forefront of Wexford cross country running. Following his recent victory in the novice event, Alan O’Connor was first Strider home, in fifth place. John McGrath and Brendan Lyng were in the lead group, from the start, and showed great resilience to finish in the top ten. With six to score in the team event, George Delaney, Sean Murphy and Paul Doran, gave it absolutely everything, finishing in the top twenty, to record an excellent team score. Continue reading

Wexford Juvenile Cross Country Championships, Uneven Ages, Ferns, 15-Oct-2017

Just before Hurricane Ophelia hit Ireland, the Striders Juveniles created quite a storm at last weekends cross country county championships, for the uneven age groups. The Murphy sisters, Anna and Laura, got us off to a great start in the first race of the day. The U11 girls team of Heather Costello, Moya Corbett and Katie Costello all did really well and came very close to winning a team medal. Isabel Bawden was first Strider home in the next age group, finishing ahead of Leona Berry, with both girls well up the field. Erinn Shannon’s bronze medal was the first medal of the day for the girls, with Eve Byrne and Clodagh Foran also running well in the U15 event, over 3.5 km. The Striders girls finished the day on a real high with the U17’s squad of Rebecca Bawden, Aisling Power, Grainne Flannelly and Joanne Kelly filling the first four positions. Continue reading