NEW ROSS BOAT CLUB
New Ross Boat Club had a very successful day of racing at the recent Graiguenamanagh Regatta.
While the weather was far from ideal, with very strong head winds making for some challenging rowing conditions, the club still managed to take first place in the following categories: women's J12 double, women's J14 scull and quad, women's J15 scull and quad, and women's J16 double.
Well done to all who competed for the club and thanks to Graig Rowing Club for hosting a great day of competitive rowing.
Wexford Wheelers have been running the Bike Shop league on the Camross circuit for the last three Thursdays.
The winners have been as follows - week one: A1 race, Seán Moore, Barrow Wheelers; A4 race, Alan Lawlor, Wexford Wheelers.
Week two: A1 race, Brian Cullen, Rossbury Racing; A4 race, Johnny Merrigan, Barrow Wheelers.
Week three: A1 race, Martin Mizgajski, Rossbury Racing; A4 race, Seán Keating, Barrow Wheelers.
Round four continues this Thursday with sign-on from 6 p.m. and racing starting at 6.45 p.m.
Racing took place in Gorey on Sunday week when the South East Road Club ran the S.E.R.C. G.P. Once again there was a big turn-out of Wexford riders taking part in all races and a great result for Wexford Wheelers in the A4 race when the evergreen Dave Allen rolled back the years by taking the win in a sprint from Alan Lawlor, also of Wexford Wheelers.
This second place finish moves Alan up the rankings to A3 nationally and I am sure he will have more many more successes as he climbs the grades in our sport. This was the first event of the year where County Wexford riders took the three podium positions in all the races run.
Congratulations are due also to Wexford's own Ben Delaney from Murintown, a former Wheeler who won a national track championship on Saturday week with his new club, Black Rose Racing.
Please remember that Wexford Wheelers will be hosting the Stafford Wholesale-sponsored Wexford two-day over the weekend of August 23/24 next. All club members who are not racing the event are asked to be available to help over the weekend!
There was bronze in the discus for Marco Pons in the national Senior track and field championships in Santry's Morton Stadium on Sunday.
In blustery conditions Marco's first throw of 49.91m was his best of the competition, being just four cm. behind second place.
Earlier in the morning the ladies were in the throwing cage for the Senior hammer competition. Christina Furlong was back to good form, throwing close to her best to finish sixth with a throw of 45.26m.
Kathlyn Furlong put in a notable performance to finish ninth overall in the same event which included 21 competitors. This being the Senior competition, Kathlyn was required to throw the heavier four kg. weight in place of the three kg. she would normally throw. In spite of the weight difference she achieved a distance of 43.36m.
Well done to the 16-year-old who displayed great maturity to put in such a performance amongst the Senior athletes.
Wexford Wanderers continued their recent poor run of form with a heavy eight-wicket defeat at home to North Kildare on Saturday. Wanderers batted first and again lost a couple of early wickets cheaply.
However, a fine partnership between Sharjeel Shaikh and Eugene Brennan saw the team recover well to reach 65 runs with two wickets down after 20 overs. Soon after Sharjeel was unfortunate to be run out after he slipped and fell when attempting a quick single.
Following his departure the innings lost momentum and despite a useful innings of 21 not out towards the end by Khurram Shahzad, Wexford were all out for a disappointing total of 123 in the 44th over.
It soon became apparent that this was a below-par score and North Kildare's veteran Ian Walsh with 63 not out saw his side home to a comfortable eight-wicket victory. Alan Murphy was the only Wanderers wicket-taker as the other batsman was run out by a fine piece of fielding by Tony Murray.
On Sunday the seconds had an enjoyable game on the beach at Duncannon in what has become a yearly event, as part of the sand sculpting festival. Many thanks to Shantha and Roche's Bar for organising this fun occasion.
Next Saturday Dundrum are the visitors to Park, while the seconds are also at home on Sunday to Bagenalstown.
Sunday, August 2, saw the national half-marathon championships take place in Dublin and S.B.R. had seven members taking part.
First home for the club was Paul Lynch in a time of 1.13, followed by Myles Gibbons in 1.16. Noel Kennedy followed a minute later with a P.B. in 1.17.
Also running was Adrian Doyle who came home in 1.33 and Billy Harpur in 2.01 which earned him a silver medal in his age category.
For the ladies, Belinda Kehoe and Mary Catherine Murphy travelled to compete and crossed the line in 1.48 and 2.34 respectively.
Well done to all and especially Billy Harpir who came home with a silver medal for his effort.
All roads led to Terrerath, New Ross for the five-mile road race hosted by United Striders Athletic Club on Saturday. The race got under way at 7 p.m. when a shower of rain and the wind rose for the first couple of miles.
The club was well represented with 15 members taking to the start line. First home for the club and in second place overall was Myles Gibbons in a time of 26.54. Noel Kennedy followed in 27.48 to see him in fourth place overall.
Next home was Ger Doyle in 28.49, David Leonard 30.34, Patrick Curley 30.44, John Murphy 30.57, Shane Gregan 32.05, Pat Crean 36.45 and Pa Cronin 37.17.
First lady home for the club was Mary Doyle in 34.44, followed by Eilish Kehoe in 39.59, Marie Cullen 42.02, Annette Guinan 43.18, Mairéad O'Neill 45.52 and Frances Murphy 47.23.
Age category winners were Noel Kennedy, Ger Doyle, Mary Doyle and Eilish Kehoe. Well done to all and to United Striders Athletic Club for a great and well-organised event.
The Ferns half-marathon will take place on Saturday, September 12, at 10 a.m. This year we have added a 5k fun run/walk to the event with proceeds going to a very good cause: The Hope Foundation.
The 5k will start after the half-marathon at 10.15 a.m. Enter online at www.runireland.com or enter on the day.
A group meet on the square in Ferns to run five to six miles every Tuesday and Thursday at 7 p.m. All are welcome to come along.
If anybody is interested in joining S.B.R. and would like more information, please contact our Secretary, Louise Kehoe, on 086-8276661 or P.R.O., Marie Cullen, on 087-2776785.
SLANEY OLYMPIC A.C.
United Striders held their annual five-mile road race on Saturday in Terrerath, New Ross. A large number of members travelled down to take part in this well-organised event with 'Farmer' Monaghan first clubman home and third overall in 27.19.
Julie Kirwan was the first club lady home in 32.36. Many thanks to United Striders for the tea and sandwiches afterwards.
Club results: 'Farmer' Monaghan 27.19, Billy Reck 28.39, Conor Hyland 29.27, David Kehoe 29.43, Paul Browne 30.46, Conaill Cooper 31.02, Julie Kirwan 32.36, Mick Morrissey 33.15, Catherine Murphy 33.18, Paul Murphy 35.06, Seán Doran 35.37, Dooley French 36.07, Mag Dunphy 38.16, Michelle Murphy 39.00, Michelle Doyle 41.22, Karen Tull 43.12, Lar Doyle 47.37, Brigid Doyle 50.42, Andy Staff 51.15. Well done, great times from everyone.
Joe and Kay O'Regan were the sole members taking part in the Johnstown Castle Parkrun. Joe completed the course in 26.07 and Kay finished in 28.26. Well done Joe and Kay.
The East of Ireland Marathon Club held a festival of ten marathons in five days in Howth, Co. Dublin. Marie Chapman took part on the final day, starting her first marathon at 6 a.m. and finishing in 4.28, and then completing her second marathon in the afternoon, finishing in a faster time of 4.24. Well done Marie.
The annual Caroline Kearney Olympic distance tri was held on Saturday in Tullamore, Co. Offaly, hosted by Midlands Tri Club. Bernie Millar took first place in her age category having completed a 1,500m swim, 40k cycle and finally a 10k run in 3.22.44. Well done Bernie.
The Slaney Olympic summer league continues this Friday with a 7k run in Camross, Race directors are Lar and Brigid Doyle.
The race will get under way at 7.30 p.m. with registrations from 6.30 p.m. outside Rochford's Pub, Camross.
The race is open to non-members at a cost of €3.
Training continues on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7-8 p.m. at Enniscorthy Sports Hub for club members only, but we are inviting runners who intend joining Slaney Olympic to come along and run on the track and enjoy the experience before joining up.
Anyone interested in joining the club, please contact Mag Dunphy on 087-6366905.