United Striders A.C. - The Juvenile Striders had a very successful first track and field outing of the year at the open Ferrybank A.C. event at the Waterford R.S.C.
From the younger age groups we had some great performances by Billy Carney, Isabella O'Connor, Hannah Carney, Gearóid 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, Rúairí Lyng, Seán 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 Seán O'Brien who had an incredible day, coming through his sprint heat to finish fourth in the final, enjoying a stunning win in his 300m event, and then winning his long jump event.
Luca O'Connor and Seán Lennon were exceptional, with Seán's middle distance bronze being the pick of performances.
Under-13s Isabel Bawden, Aoife Lyng, Aisling Ryan, Cosmo Hewlett, Myles Hewlett, Finn Kelly, Eoin Shannon and Ben Myers picked up lots of points towards the best club shield, with Myles's middle distance event display being a stand-out performance.
Going up the age groups, there were lots of fine efforts and plenty of medals for Owen Lennon, Darragh Flannelly, Aidan Shannon, Kelly Corbett, Erinn Shannon, Eve Byrne, Leah Myers, Daniel Heaphy and Adam O'Connor.
The older age groups were really showing the benefit of their winter training, which was more tailored to the track and field events. Aaron Browne was exceptional over long and short distances, with Cian Flanagan and Patrick Doyle chasing him home in those respective events.
Patrick, Dawid Mlodzianowski, Ryan Kielthy and Daniel Heaphy filled the first four places home in the final of their sprint hurdles event, an exceptional result for the club. Conor Murphy and Ciara Kelly picked up medals in the high jump.
Aisling Power, Catríona Ryan, Joanne Kelly, Alannah Byrne, Rebecca Bawden, Patrick, Aaron, Dawid and Cian all won medals in the mixed relay events.
There were further sprint medals for Aoife Nic Eochaidh, Nic Walkden and Josh Hewlett, who have an exciting summer ahead. We were well represented in the 1,500m walk event, with Eve, Ryan and Joanne all finishing in the medals.
Aoife Muldoon, on the back of a brilliant indoor season, was again outstanding in her long jump event. In the Senior 1,500m, Aedan Rogers was exceptional, finishing just ahead of our recent double-winning county road race champion, Alan O'Connor. Well done to all who competed and supported. A big apology to anybody that I've missed in giving a mention to - it was a very busy day, with lots going on. The previous weekend, the Senior Striders had a fantastic result with Alan O'Connor running a very tactical race to become Wexford county Intermediate road champion, against a very competitive field in Coolgreany.
This makes it a county double for Alan, who won the Novice event earlier this year, an exceptional achievement that all at the club are very proud of.
The men were unlucky not to take home any team medals. Also competing in the tough 8k were Pat O'Callaghan, Brendan Lyng, David Byrne, Liam Murphy, John Kent and Emmett Malone.
Representing the women were 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 seventh place.
Thanks to Croghan A.C. for the lovely refreshments, the County Board for their hard work, and the great supporters for travelling.
Tomás Kavanagh and Niall O'Connor took part in the inaugural Streets Of Kilkenny five kilometres road race last Thursday evening. Nearly 500 entrants participated in the event that was organised by Kilkenny City Harriers, and in a very strong race that was won by Irish international Eoin Everard (from the host club), both S.B.R. athletes clocked a personal best for the distance.
Tomás clocked a time of 17.27, while Niall ran 18.07, great running by the duo.
On Friday evening, five S.B.R. athletes travelled to Rathnew, Co. Wicklow, to participate in the five kilometres road race that was staged as a fundraiser for the Martin family appeal. There was a great turn-out for this good cause, with 300 people taking part in the event that started and finished in the local G.A.A. complex.
Paul Gibbons won the race, while Noel Kennedy finished fifth and Eugene Doherty placed in the top 20. Louise Kehoe and Ciara Nolan ran well too, the pair staying together for the race and finishing together.
Martin O'Connor was the sole participant from S.B.R. in last Saturday morning's Gorey Parkrun and on his Parkrun debut, Martin had an excellent run, finishing in third place behind Croghan A.C. athletes Brian Maher and Mark Poole.
There were four S.B.R. athletes in the Johnstown Parkrun in Wexford on Saturday morning, with Louise Kehoe, Ciara Nolan, Christine Hill and Elisa Leacy taking part. All four ran well, with Louise and Ciara running the race together and, fresh from a 5k personal best the night before in Rathnew, Ciara proceeded to clock another personal best for the 5k distance, which was great going. Christine and Elisa ran the race together also, so well done to all four ladies.
Joe Lillis travelled to Butlerstown, Co. Waterford, last Friday evening to run the four miles road race organised by West Waterford A.C. as part of the Asics-sponsored race series, with Joe clocking a time of 23.04, another good run by the S.B.R. athlete who has only returned to competitive action over the last two months following injury.
If the bookies gave odds on ladies' golf I would be wealthy this week. Our lady Vice-Captain, Norrie Goff, has been playing tremendous golf all winter, and true to form she came in first on Tuesday with a great five up.
An even better bet would have been on the double, as our lady Captain, Doreen McGovern, usually performs well on the same day as Norrie. So, guess what? Doreen won the gross.
Well done ladies and to the other winners also (results below), as it was a v. par competition and not so easy.
Also riding on the crest of a wave were our Junior and Intermediate teams. Well done to players Angela Murphy, Valerie Doyle, Cathy Atkinson, Susan Evans and Joan Bowe, managers Mary O'Shaughnessy and Dorcas Maher and caddies on beating Waterford Castle in the Junior Cup.
Well done to players Vonnie O'Connor, Máire Farrell, Norrie Goff, Carmel Quinlivan and Karen O'Keeffe, managers Niamh Byrne and Vandra Deacon and caddies on beating Waterford in the Intermediate Cup.
Best of luck to Dorcas Maher (silver medal winner 2016) and Liz Murphy (bronze medal winner 2016), heading off to play in Headfort on Saturday, April 22.
Best wishes also to our Junior ladies competing in the Mid-Leinsters on Friday, April 21.
There will be a rules night on Monday, April 24, in the club at 8 p.m. All are welcome.
Tuesday, April 25, will be a ladies' singles strokes, G.O.Y. and medal competition sponsored by Paul Moloney Pottery in aid of Alzheimers.
Saturday, April 8, open singles stableford (C.S.S. 32 points): 1, Anne Gaynor (23), 32 points; 2, Catherine Haugh (22), 31 points; 3, Teresa Conway (21), 30 points (back nine).
Tuesday, April 11, ladies' v. Par sponsored by Faythe Pharmacy (C.S.S. 73): 1, Norrie Goff (19), 5ive up; 2, Moira Fortune (16), two up; gross, Doreen McGovern (12), eight down; 3, Ann Kelly (18), all square; 4, Paula Fahey (28), all square; Seniors, Teresa Cowman (14), one down.
Burrow course nine-hole competition, Saturday and Tuesday, April 8 and 11: 1, Kathleen Goggin (30/20), 16 points.
A total of 27 ladies played in the Seniors competition held on April 10.
Results: 1, Ger Draper (28), 31 points (back four); 2, Madge Murphy (22), 31 points; 3, Mary Robinson (20), 27 points (back seven).
Last week's 18-hole stableford competition held on Saturday and Thursday, April 8 and 13, was sponsored by Shaw's Department Store. Seventy-five ladies played.
Results: 1, Wendy Tiernan (21), 40 points; 2, Martina Gately (17), 38 points; gross, Tara Dunne (3), 32 points; 3, Ruth Kennedy (5), 36 points (back nine). Una Seaver (32) won the Seniors with 36 points, and Marie Jones (8) won the nine-hole with 18 points. Maisie Purcell was nearest the pin, 8m 57cm.
The Junior Girls' Academy is starting on Wednesday, April 19, at 2 p.m. Golf and registration will be done on the day and new girls are very welcome. For more information contact Yvonne Mac Sweeney (083-4047246).
There are two ladies' teams playing in the coming week. The Minor Cup team will play Woodenbridge in Courtown on Friday, April 21, at 3.30 p.m.
The Junior Foursomes are playing Carlow in Coollattin on Sunday, April 23. Your support for the ladies on both days would be very much appreciated.
The summer league will be starting on Friday, May 12. It is a ten-hole, two-person mixed team event, on the second and fourth Friday of each month from May to August. Get your name down on the competition sheet on the noticeboard as the draw for partners will be done in the coming week.
The very successful Women in Golf programme will be starting again shortly. The programme for beginners runs from June to August, and includes four golf lessons with the club professionals.
There is a taster day on Saturday, April 29, at 2 p.m. No equipment is needed, just comfortable clothes, runners and a warm jacket. For details contact Louise Boshoff (087-3280653).
This week's competition is an 18-hole strokes (medal) competition, sponsored by The Silver Fox.