St Joseph’s 5k James Lawlor Memorial, Pink Rock, 22-Apr-2016

12It was an unusually small number that represented us at the St Joseph’s 5k Annual James Lawlor Memorial last Friday evening, but they represented us well. Delighted to see Deirdre Murphy, Henry Tubritt, Eoin Kissane and John McGrath completing that well known hilly course!

Congrats to John McGrath picking up a prize as the fastest man. Thanks to St Joseph’s for the hospitality and the Lawlor family.

Wexford Half Marathon, 17-Apr-2016, Ferns

b1A great day for the club, with team medals in both the Ladies and Mens events, at the Wexford Half Marathon championships. Our Ladies team of Catherine Ronan, Sonya Byrne, Karina Sommers, Kitty Nolan Quigley were the stars of the day, winning Gold. In addition, fantastic performances from Catherine and Sonia were rewarded with second and third places in the individual event.

Not to be completely overshadowed, the Striders Mens team, John Kent, Mick O’Gorman, Lala Patrick Murphy, Eoin Kissane, were third in their team event.

Lots of first time county medal winners here so we are celebrating big time! Huge well done guys.

Ferrybank Open Track & Field, RSC, 11-Apr-2016

0161Well done to the 50 or so Striders who participated at Ferrybank’s Track & Field day, at the RSC, Waterford. The weather was not at all kind, but the host club did an exceptional job in ensuring the event went ahead.

The Juvenile Striders (too many to mention) were very successful, placing well in all events, including track, field, walks and relays. Coaches were very 0035impressed with the enthusiasm and participation shown by all athletes. Ted, Alan, Gavin, Lettie and Sonia all performed excellently to win medals in their various Senior events. The overall best club shield was won by SLOT (Carlow), with USAC not far behind.

Next stop the Wexford Track & Field Championships.

St Senan’s Open Track & Field, Kilmacow, 28-Mar-2016

22Striders on tour again today. The venue Kilmacow Open Sports.
We were 2nd in the overall club award on 38 points. 6 points behind Waterford AC. Ahead of St Joseph’s, St Laurence O’Toole’s,Thomastown,West Waterford13, Bree and a host of others. This despite winning no medals in field events and missing a host of proven performers. So how did we do this. Basically sprints,middle distance, relays and walks
Relays: 4 x 200m
Boys u16 1st – A.Brown,R Kielthy, P Doyle,C Flannagan
Boys u14 3rd – O Ni Eoghaidh, A Shannon, O Lennon, D Flannelly
Boys u12 3rd – C Hewlett, C Costello, F Kelly, M Hewlett
Girls u17 100m 1st A Muldoon Continue reading

National Juvenile Indoor Championships, Athlone IT, 13-Mar-2016

Well done to Ciara Kelly and Aaron Browne on two fantastic performances at national indoor level. Aaron comfortably eased his way through the semi final and into the U15 800m final. Meanwhile Ciara Kelly was jumping her way through the early rounds of the U17 High Jump. This amazing picture captures Ciara clearing 1:35m, with perfect technique and centimetres to spare. Ciara eventually managed a top ten finish at national level and continues to be the clubs outstanding under age high jumper.

Aaron ran a perfect race to record a fourth place finish, in a PB time of 2:11, in the 800m final. Given this was his second race of the day, this was an exceptional achievement.

From everybody at the club, well done to both athletes on producing their best, and ensuring that USAC are represented at the highest level of competition.

Leinster Masters Indoor Championship, 6-Mar-2016, Athlone IT

Huge congratulations to John, Luke and Gavin competing today in The Masters Leinster Indoor championships. John had two great runs in the 800m and 1500m winning two silver medals . This is John’s first outing on the track this year and these performances will set him up nicely for the Nationals coming up in a couple of weeks. Gavin won silver in the 400m , bronze in the long jump and came 5th in the 200m. Super performance from Gavin who is now a prolific medal winner in these championships over the last number of years. Luke was giving the sprints a go and ran ” ar nos na gaoithe” in both 60m and 200m . No medals but great effort put in.
Also competing for Striders on Saturday was Aoife Muldoon in the girls u17 60m and Long Jump. Aoife gave it her all in both events and enjoyed some great competition over the day
Massive well done to all athletes.

Leinster Juvenile Indoor Championships, 13 & 14 Feb 2016, Athlone IT

4Massive well done to Aaron Brown today at Leinster Indoors. Silver medal in Boys u15 800m in 2,14 What a great performance qualifying out of your heat and running a final within a couple of hours. This is only a glimpse of what7 you are capable of. A great year beckons. Also a fantastic run for Cian Flannagan who came 6th in the same event. Super running from one of the most dedicated runners in our club and definitely one of the most improved. Great stuff.
Hard luck story of the day goes to Adam O’Connor. Tripped and fell in the final of the Boys u14 800m and still came 7th. Ciara Kelly equalled her PB in the High Jump to win a fantastic Leinster Bronze. Continue reading