Adamstown event going from strength to strength
Clubs from throughout south Leinster and Munster descended on Adamstown on Sunday last, September 11, for the first major cross country competition of the 2016 season.
Athletes travelled from Waterford, Kilkenny, Carlow and Wicklow with a total of 30 clubs participating on the day. Even the windy weather didn't dampen the spirits of the athletes on the day.
Some great races were on the cards, with All-Ireland contenders lining up in many of the juvenile races. Wexford clubs were also out in force this year with nearly all of the clubs represented in a race.
The first race of the day was the 'Tiny Tots' boys and girls race with 35 younger athletes, aged from three to eight, running their best to the cheers of their parents and supporters.
The Boys under-9 500m race, with a field of 20 athletes, had six Wexford lads in the top 12 medal positions, they included; Jaden Kenny (Bree AC); Darragh Stone (DMP AC); Peter Stefanon (St. Pauls AC); Enda Byrne (SBR AC); Noah Banville (Taghmon AC) and Oisin Larkin (Enniscorthy AC).
The girls under-9 500m race, with a field of 33 athletes, was won by Maura Doyle from Bree AC followed closely by her club mate Ciara Laffan in second position, with Emily Kinsella of SBR AC in third position.
There was some great competition in the boys under-10 race with a field of 23 athletes. Kevin O'Mahoney of DMP AC finished best of the Wexford athletes in third place.
There were five other Wexford athletes in the top 12 medal positions; Ross English (Adamstown AC), Watt Crean (Adamstown AC), Tadgh O'Leary (DMP AC), Killian Brennan (Enniscorthy AC) and Jack O'Shea (Adamstown AC).
There were great wins for Katie Doyle of Bree AC in the girls under-10 race and Conor Mernagh of DMP AC in the boys under-11 race; while in the girls under-11 race, Grainne English of Adamstown AC finished best of the Wexford clubs in fifth position.
In the under-12 girls race Niamh English of Adamstown AC ran a great race to finish in second place followed closely by Bridin Doyle of Cranford AC in third place.
There were three other Wexford athletes in the top 10 positions; Orla Byrne of SBR AC, Ellie O'Mahoney of DMP AC and Isobel English of Adamstown AC. In the under-12 boys race David Kirwan of SBR AC finished in second place.
There was great excitement in the boys under-13 race with Tommy Fennell of West Waterford AC finishing in first position, followed closely into second place by his club mate Rory Fennell, with Ben Wall of Adamstown AC in third position with Ben's brother Robert Wall coming in sixth position.
Clara Keane of DMP AC finished in second place in the under-13 girls race behind Fiona Dillon of Thomastown AC.
There was a great performance by Adam O'Connor of United Striders who won the boys under-14 race, with Aisling Kelly of Taghmon AC and Aoibhinn Crean of Adamstown AC finishing best of the Wexford athletes in the under-14 girls race.
The under-15 boys race was won by Cian Flanagan of United Striders, Conor Keane of DMP AC in second place and James O'Hanlon Taghmon AC in third place.
Mairead Crean of Adamstown AC had a great race and finished first in the under-16 girls race.
The Junior ladies 3000m race was won by Michelle McDonald of St. Senans AC, while Annalise Crean of Adamstown AC finished in second place and Triona Mooney Adamstown AC in third place.
The Senior ladies 3000m race was won by Elaine McCabe of Bree AC while the Senior men's 5000m race was won by John McGrath of United Striders AC, with Paul Gibbons SBR AC in second position and Andrew Bows of Croghan AC in third position.
With such high standards in these races it was great to see Wexford athletes take a number of golds and a good haul of medals in an event that goes from strength to strength every year.
This competition was great preparation for our athletes and athletes from around the county for the upcoming county cross country championships.