Wexford Juvenile Track & Field Championships, Day 2, Enniscorthy, 14-May-2017

The USAC juveniles completed a very successful Wexford Track & Field Championship, last weekend, with lots of great performances and plenty of medals. The day had many highlights with many athletes achieving their personal best times on the track and personal best distances and heights in the field events. These highlights included a sprint gold for Aaron Browne and a sprint silver for Oisin MacEochaidh, in the U14 80m, where Sean Barry and Owen Lennon also made the final. For the second week in a row the Striders excelled in the middle distance events. Continue reading

Wexford Juvenile Track & Field Championships, Day 1, Enniscorthy, 07-May-2017

Another good day for the Striders with lots of participation in the Enniscorthy sunshine. Sean O’Brien was outstanding coming second in the Turbo Javelin, first in the 100m and 500m. Sam Myers collected two bronze medals (100m & Long Jump) as did Oisin McEochaidh (100m & Javelin), Rebecca Bawden (1,500m and Sprint Hurdles) and Erinn Shannon (1,500m & Shot Putt). More success in the field events for Owen Lennon, first in the Long Jump and Cosmo Hewlett, first in the Shot Putt.

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Wexford Masters Road Race, 05-May-2017, Crossabeg

Another exciting evening at last night’s Masters County road race in Crossabeg.
The women ran first in the 4k with a great result of Catherine Ronan picking up the medal in the O50 category.
Strong running also from Beth O’Connor, Sonya Byrne, Linda Molloy, Maria Ronan, Geraldine Purcell, Karina Somers and Aine Cullen. Special mention to Maria and Geraldine in their 1st county race, well done. Continue reading

Leinster Novice Road Race, Gowran, 01-May-2017

It was the turn of the Striders Senior Men to shine this weekend. The Novice Leinster 5k Road race was held in Gowran today with outstanding results from our men. Second club in Leinster, with 9 clubs competing! Huge congrats to Alan O’Connor, John McGrath, Ted Flannelly and Sean Murphy.

And they also qualified on the County team to claim another silver: Alan O’Connor, John McGrath, Ted Flannelly, Sean Murphy, Brendan Lyng and John Stone of DMP. Pat O’Callaghan also ran strong for club and county to make it a very memorable day for the Striders. Thanks to all of the supporters and enjoy the celebrations! Roll on County Masters Friday evening!

St Senans AC Track & Field, Kilmacow, 17-Apr-2017

The Striders made history at Kilmacow, by winning the Best Club Shield, at St Senans AC’s Open Track & Field day. The 40th anniversary of this event, attracted all the top clubs from the south east and more, from much further afield. After coming close to winning the shield last year, we had a great turn out, from all age groups, who put in some great efforts to win this year.

The Striders won individual sprint medals with some great perfromances by Sean O’Brien, Aaron Browne, David Miodzionowski, Oisin MacEochaidh, Rebecca Bawden, Nic Walkden, Joshua Hewlett and Elaina Browne. More medals for Myles Hewlett, Darragh Flannelly, Erinn Shannon, Elaina Browne, Adam O’Connor, Aaron Browne and Cian Flanagan followed in the middle distance events. Continue reading

Ferrybank AC Track & Field, RSC Waterford, 09-Apr-2017

The juvenile Striders had a very successful first track & field outing at the open Ferrybank AC event at Waterford. From the younger age groups we had some great performances by Billy Carney, Isabella O’Connor, Hannah Carney, Gearoid Byrne and Clodagh Ryan. In the next age groups we had some real fireworks, starting with Moya Corbett and Lucy Power doing well in their middle distance races. The boys, Ruari Lyng, Sean O’Brien, Ronan Shannon and Sam Myers, were brilliant in their relay, winning silver in a big field. In addition, Ronan won another silver, in the turbo javelin event. A special mention for Sean O’Brien who had an incredible day; coming through his sprint heat to finish fourth in the final, a stunning win in his 300m event and then won his Long Jump event. Continue reading

Wexford Intermediate Road Race, Enniscorthy, 02-Apr-2017

Double champion!!! Fantastic result with Alan O’Connor running a very tactical race to become Wexford County Intermediate Road Champion amongst a very competitive field today in Coolgreaney. A proud day for the Striders.

The men were unlucky not to take home any team medals today. Also competing in the tough 8k was Pat O’Callaghan, Brendan Lyng, David Byrne, Liam Murphy, John Kent and Emmett Malone.

Representing the women we had the team of Beth O’Connor, Liz Keating, Alison Murphy and Aine Cullen. The women completed one loop of the 4k course. Special mention to Beth with a great run leading the Strider women home in a competitive 7th place.

Thanks to Croghan AC for the lovely refreshments, the County Board for their hard work, and the great supporters for traveling. Always always greatly appreciated.

National Indoor Juvenile Championship, Athlone, 26-Mar-2017 & 01-Apr-2017

Well done to the Juvenile Striders who competed over the last two weekends at the National Indoor Championships. We had lots of representation in the 800m events, with Darragh Flannelly, Adam O’Connor, Aaron Browne and Elaina Browne all making their respective finals and performing really well. Although there were no medals this time, there were lots of PB’s and the coaches couldn’t have been happier to have such USAC representation in the middle distance events. Continue reading

Wexford Novice Road Race, Enniscorthy, 19-Mar-2017

The Wexford Novice Road Race, at Enniscorthy, last Sunday, proved to be another great day for the Striders, with lots of great performances, plenty of medals and a well deserved county title for Alan O’Connor. Over a testing 3km course, the Ladies race was first off and following her exceptional indoor season, winning provincial and national medals, Sonya Byrne ran a fantastic race to finish second and win silver. More great news for the Striders ladies as the squad of Sonya Byrne, Beth Foran O’Connor, Mary Butler Carney, Alison Bennett, Karina Somers, Alison Murphy, Sheila Patterson and Aine Cullen won silver in the ultra competitive team event. Continue reading

National Indoor Masters Championship, Athlone, 05-Mar-2017

Great results for the Striders at the National Masters Indoors in Athlone. Gavin Kelly, following on from a great run last week, from an unfavourable inside lane, claimed a great third place finish in the one lap 200m event. More bronze medals followed in the 800m, with Sonia Byrne in the ladies event and John McGrath in the mens event. Well done to Sonia who knocked 12 seconds off her PB. John McGrath went on to compete in the 1500m event, later in the day, and again finishing an impressive third place. Our final competitor in action was Ted Flannelly, who also won bronze over 3000m, finishing an incredible 10 seconds faster than last weeks Leinster indoor championship.

Well done to our senior athletes on an incredible medal haul at national level, competing against Ireland’s best.