Well done to all our young athletes who competed in the county 'B' championships recently. This is an event where the young athletes get to test themselves in a variety of events: sprint, 300m distance race, long jump, turbo javelin and of course the relays to round off the night. All our crew did really well.
Top marks to our Under-11 relay team of Leah Taylor, Shannon Taylor, Sarah Leahy and Charlie Renwick who finished second best club with silver medals. All our athletes picked up medals in the relays, so well done to them.
Leah and Shannon Taylor put in good performances in the Under-11 60m, the 300m, javelin and long jump.
Eoin Hynes had a good run in the Under-12 60m, took a bronze medal in the 300m and a bronze in the relays.
Ava Kearney was third in the Under-12 300m, well deserved as Ava has trained consistently all year.
Charlie Renwick had a good run in the Under-11 60m and threw well in the javelin. His brother, Luke, competing at Under-9, was second in the 60m, third in the long jump, had a great run in the 300m and took a relay silver medal.
Darragh McLaughlin was competing for the first time ever and was fourth in his 60m, well done Darragh. We look forward to seeing you in more competitions.
Ciara Flanagan in the Under-11 competed in all her events and performed very well. Sarah Leahy had a busy night also in the 60m and javelin.
And finally, Issy Kearney ran one of the relays and was rewarded for her efforts with a silver medal.
Well done to all.
These athletes are the future of our club and it is great to see the new young talent coming through.
The last week in June is traditionally national road race championship week across Europe and Ireland is no different. This year the championships were held in Omagh, Co. Tyrone and hosted by Omagh Wheelers.
Wexford and more particularly Wexford Wheelers were represented by Luke Maguire and in his first-ever nationals Luke finished a fine 45th from a field of 131 of the finest riders in the elite men's road race on Sunday. Most of our top professional riders return to contest this event every year so this is a fine result for Luke.
The Liam Bennett T.T. league finished recently with the running of the fifth round which doubled as this year's county T.T. championships. Congratulations to Brian Cullen of Rossbury Racing who is the new county champion, and to Davy Walsh for the overall league win.
The S.E.R.C. league rounds two and three took place and after his fine win in round one, Dave Allen has defended his lead in the league by finishing third and fifth respectively in rounds two and three. Congratulations also to Johnny Gordon for a fine third in last week's race.
The county team T.T. took place last Tuesday on a course from New Ross to Camross Hall. The Wheelers were well represented in all classes.
Special congratulations to Keith Cullen, Jim Wall, Brendan Cullimore and Phil Murphy who won the Novice section and to Alan Lawlor, Fran Maddock and Neil Doyle with Noel O'Leary of Slipstream who were runners-up in the A4 section.
The fourth round of the S.E.R.C. league took place in Inch and it was a great result for Luke Maguire and Shane Kelly who were first and third respectively in the 'A' race. Dave Allen finished a fine fifth in the A4 race to maintain his lead in the league overall. The league concludes with round five this wednesday.
Racing last weekend took place in Bunclody when Slaney C.C. ran the Eddie Tobin Memorial weekend. The Wheelers were represented in all races except the ladies' race and all our racers finished their respective races safely and in the main bunch in each race.
Congratulations to all the Wheelers who completed the Ring of Kerry sportive which was held over the weekend. All members please remember the St. Luke's Sportive is coming up, starting in Ferns on Sunday, July 19. This is the last running of this very popular event.
Tours continue every Sunday morning from the Bullring, Wexford with all levels catered for. In addition, Roy Doyle takes a tour from The Maldron every Saturday at 10 a.m. and also on Tuesday and Thursday mornings from the Maldron, weather permitting.
You can get all the up to date information on Wexford Wheelers on Facebook and on the net at www.wexfordwheelers.com.
Wexford Wanderers welcomed Pembroke to Park on Sunday in what was their first home Leinster League match to be played on the new ground.
The visitors from Sandymount won the toss and elected to bat first. Opening bowler Anjith Varghese was in fine form, removing both openers cheaply. He clean bowled one and Sharjeel Shaikh then held on to a brilliant slip catch, down low to his left.
Anjith was given good support from Stefan Carty, Khurram Shahzad, Sharjeel and Tony Murray, and after 31 overs the Pembroke total stood at 60 runs for the loss of six wickets.
Thanks to some late order hard hitting, the Pembroke innings closed at 118 all out in the 45th over.
In reply, Niall Honohan hit a couple of fine boundaries before he was bowled for 14. Two further wickets followed and with the Wanderers total on 30 for three the outcome of the game was very much in doubt.
Alan Murphy and Eugene Brennan then battled hard against a very useful Pembroke opening attack. It was not until these bowlers were replaced that batting began to get a little easier and gradually Alan and Eugene began to take control of the match.
No further wickets were to be lost as Alan with 45 not out and Eugene with 38 not out saw Wanderers home to a fine seven-wicket victory. This success will see Wexford consolidate their position at the top of their league.
Next Saturday the firsts are home to Merrion and on Friday at 6 p.m. the seconds welcome Gorey to Park. This will be the first game to be played between two County Wexford teams in many years and should be a momentous occasion.
Also next Friday, July 10, from 10.30 a.m. until 3.15 p.m., coaches from Cricket Ireland will be running coaching sessions for young players at Wexford Wanderers R.F.C., Under-12s in the morning and Under-15s in the afternoon.
As well as the club's own youth players, it is expected to have representatives from Bagenalstown, Carlow and Gorey in attendance.
ST. KILLIAN'S A.C.
It was a super couple of days for St. Killian's athletes, young and old, who were competing in numerous different competitions.
Pride of place has to go to Jack Forde who showed great resilience, dedication and focus to take gold in the national Under-13 high jump. This is simply a super performance from Jack who has been in great form all year but had to be strong to deal with injury in order to ensure his victory. Well done to Jack and the coaches in the club who worked hard to make this happen.
We were also busy in the 'B' championships on June 26 with Kate Freeman taking second in the turbo javelin and relay and William Murphy coming third in the 800m and second in the long jump and relay.
At the Wexford Senior track and field championships, Jean Dwyer had a great performance to claim second in the Senior high jump and second in the Under-18 long jump.
Aoileann Hourihane took bronze in the Under-18 long jump and Ann-Marie Nolan took bronze in the 3,000m walk. Niall Sheil took gold in the Masters 1,500 metres with Will Doyle and Anne Marie Nolan competing in the 1,500m also.
Niall Sheil travelled to Dungarvan on Friday to compete in the 23rd annual and infamous marine climb. The six-mile race culminates in a three-mile uphill finish and is not for the faint-hearted.
In a competitive field, Niall took the title of 'king of the hill' from Brian Murphy from Carrick-on-Suir and Raivis Zakis of West Waterford A.C.
Jay Kehoe was in action last weekend in Waterford where he competed in the Viking half-marathon. Jay had a great race but unfortunately was sent the wrong way and ended up running 23k in 84 minutes. If he was not misled he would have definitely finished the half in a P.B. time.
Lastly, well done to Pádraig Moriarty who competed on Sunday in the national half ironman triathlon. Pádraig had a great race, finishing in four hours, 40 minutes and fourth in his category.
Well done to all, it was good to see such great performances.
UNITED STRIDERS A.C.
It was another busy week for both the Senior and Juvenile United Striders, with both sections in competition at county and national levels.
It started with the Juveniles who were in action at the Wexford 'B' track and field championships. In no particular order, well done to the Myers, Leah and Ben, who took home medals in both the 300m and relays. Both looked very comfortable the further they went and really deserved this after all the park run training they've been putting in.
It was also a successful evening for the O'Connors, with Luca medalling in the 300m and relay, and Adam winning both the 60m and the 300m. It was a great end to the season for Adam, after his incredible performance at Leinster level earlier this month.
Donncha McCarthy finished second in his sprint heat and later in the evening won a silver in the mixed relay event. Big brother Ciarán was very unlucky, sustaining an ankle injury that prevented him producing his best. Hopefully Ciarán will get plenty of rest and be back for training soon.
We had two well-deserved turbo javelin silver medal winners - Isobel Bawden and Méadhbh Rogers - which was no surprise to the coaches as both girls have been throwing really well in training recently and have great potential to progress further.
A personal best turbo javelin throw, in excess of 22m, was enough for an Eoin Shannon gold. Eoin had a great night, also picking up silver in the sprint, after winning his heat and rounding off with a third place in the 300m.
Jim Malone won a silver in the long jump, which had a big field of entrants and then showed real potential in the 300m where he led for a long way.
Our final athlete for a mention was our double gold-winning Louise Doyle. Coming as absolutely no surprise at all, Louise took gold in the long jump and minutes later, another gold in the 300m, where the first two home finished well clear of a big field.
For good measure, Louise then led off the Striders' mixed 4 x 100m team, which also included Leah, Méadhbh and Adam, to finish second. Well done to all athletes who made this another successful championship for U.S.A.C.
Finally, a big thanks to Linda, Aedan, Sinéad, Ivor and Emmett, who were all on volunteer duty and without whom events like this don't take place.
At the All-Ireland Juvenile pairs competition, Caolan Costello and Myles Hewlett represented U.S.A.C. in the Under-11 600m event. With only elite level athletes coming through the provincial competitions, it's a great achievement for a club like ours to be represented at a national competition like this.
Both Caolan and Myles ran P.B's to record a fantastic combined result. Well done to both lads - middle distance running for the Striders looks to be in safe hands.
Finally, the Striders Seniors completed their county track and field championships at Enniscorthy on Wednesday. It was another amazing night with huge efforts put in by all and ending in a total of 17 medals.
Over the middle distances of 800m and 1,500m, Paul Doran, John McGrath and Pat O'Callaghan were all successful in landing medals at Senior and category levels. The ladies also had success with Lettie Myers, Linda Barry, Aine Cullen, Sinéad McCarthy and Linda Rogers also winning medals at various distances and field events.
Other competitors who also ran very competitively in a number of different events included Dee Walsh, Karina Somers, Carmel Morrissey, Lala (Patrick) Murphy, Luke Butler, Martin Kehoe and Emmet Malone.
See www.unitedstriders.com or United Striders on Facebook for more details.
ST. JOSEPH'S A.C.
A very successful track and field season continued for St. Joseph's athletes with superb performances at the national Junior and Under-23 championships in Tullamore.
Shannen Dawkins won the 100m hurdles, and finished second in the high jump.
Eoin Power won bronze in the 110m hurdles, with another bronze medal being secured by Sophie Becker in the 200m.
Sophie and Shannen then combined with Mia Griffin and Clara Kennedy to follow up their schools All-Ireland heroics by winning a Junior national silver medal in the 4 x 100m relay. The big event on the roads in the south-east in the past few weeks was the Waterford Viking marathon, half-marathon and 10k. St. Joseph's had three athletes taking on the 26.2 mile marathon distance with Sally Forristal finishing second lady home behind former Olympian Pauline Curley in a great time of 3.14.
Paul Sheehan ran a great race, finishing in 3.28, with Chris McNamara running his second marathon in five weeks and crossing the line in 4.47.
In the half-marathon David Lanigan set a new personal best by a huge margin, finishing in 1:30.56. Elaine O'Donovan in 1:33.44 was not far behind and was fourth lady home overall. Also taking on the 13.1 mile distance were Mairéad O'Donovan, Caroline Mullally, Siobhán O'Leary, Breda Hennessy, Ciarán Cullen, Susan Lanigan, Mary Doolan, Fiona Doolan and Anthony Young.
Representing St. Joseph's in the 10k were Rocky Mernagh, Adrienne Flynn, Triona Foley and Sarah Lee.
Well done to Mairéad O'Donovan, Breda Hennessy, Verena Fenlon, Ciara Lee and Michael Power who completed the Ring of Kerry 180 km. cycle last weekend.