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
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
For New Joiner Athletes aged 7 to 10 years
To accommodate the ever increasing waiting list of juvenile athletes looking to join United Striders AC, an additional Saturday morning training session is being introduced. The session will be for younger beginner athletes, minimum 7 years old and suitable up to around age 10. There will be a strong emphasis on fun, enjoyment, participation etc. whilst we cover the running / jumping / throwing elements of athletics. Coaching will be provided by our AAI certified experienced coaches, who will be assisted by a number of our older juvenile club members, who themselves are elite athletes, currently competing at national / international level and looking to gain coaching experience.The new Saturday morning training sessions will commence on 6th January 2018 and take place at the Town Park track, New Ross, from 11am to 12 noon, at a cost of €2 per session. Continue reading
After a fantastic display by the USAC juveniles, earlier in the day, the Striders Seniors teams well and truly made this a day to remember for the club. Thanks to lots of hard work from coach, John Kent, the Ladies team were in great form and it showed on the big day. Sonya Byrne and Ailish Browne were always towards the head of affairs and deservedly took Silver and Bronze medals respectively, in a quick time over the 3km course. With Lettie Myers and Sareen O’Farrell also finishing towards the top of the field, the Striders Ladies team just missed out on the top team spot, taking a well deserved team Silver.
The Striders Mens team was very strong in both quantity and quality. With all the big Wexford clubs well represented, the men in black produced something special to dominate the race, on home soil. Continue reading
Well done to all the USAC Juveniles who competed at the Wexford County Cross Country Championships, at JFK Park, in the Autumn sunshine. The day got off to a great start for the Striders with our boys & girls under 10’s performing really well. Winning loads of medals and running strongly were Cormac Delaney, Heather Costello, Ruairi Lyng and Eanna Grennan.
The U12’s had to contend with a 2 km course, that was in perfect condition, considering the recent rain. The girls team, Katie Costello, Millie Sutton and Sadhbh Rossiter all ran well judged races and were just outside the team medal positions. The boys squad, Sean Lennon, Luca O’Connor, Danny Costello, Tommaso Hickey, Sam Myers, Charlie Alfred and Olan Delaney, ran exceptionally well and won a fantastic silver medal in the team event. Continue reading
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
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
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
On Wednesday evening, the senior Striders were competing at Day 2 of the Wexford Track & Field Championship. There was plenty of excitement in both the track and the field events and having four Striders ladies teams face the starter in the 4 X 100m relay, was a real club highlight. Also noticeable was the large number of athletes progressing from our juvenile section to our senior section, with great success. Aedan Rogers, John McGrath and Pat O’Callaghan were all dual medal winners, in their respective middle distance races. Nic Walkden continues his fantastic first year in competitive athletics, winning both his middle distance and sprint events. After years of underage success, the Striders ladies Grace Costello, Rebecca Bawden and Alannah Byrne had a fantastic first, second and third in their 3,000m event. At the same distance, Emmett Malone had a solid run, finishing well up the field. At 800m, it was no surprise to see Leinster and National medal winner Sonya Byrne claim a county gold medal.
United Striders AC hosted a novel event on Friday 21st July 2017, at their home track, in the town park New Ross. Over one hundred club members, including juveniles, senior men and ladies, participated in relay format to complete a marathon. Owen Lennon, recent Leinster gold medal winner with the Wexford relay team got the event started, with a quick first lap. With a goal of beating ex club member Andy Ronan’s 1991 Boston marathon time of 2:11:27, all eyes were on the clock, during the evening. The half way time check confirmed that the Striders were just inside the target time, but with no room for error. When Aedan Rogers completed the last lap, he stopped the clock at 2:06:42, well inside the target time. Cue wild celebrations. Well done to all who participated in a marvellous event.