United Striders A.C.: The Striders hosted their annual road race, the 5 Mile Stride, around the roads of Terrerath, New Ross.
Thanks to our event organisers, Catherine Ronan and Aine Cullen, competitors, sponsors, helpers young and old, stewards, caterers etc., the evening was a great success.
With over 250 race entrants, competition was intense in all categories. Croghan A.C. were worthy winners of the Seamus Burke Memorial Cup for the best team performance.
They travelled in great numbers from north Wexford and Croghan beat some strong competition from Dublin's Liffey Valley and St. Joseph's to win the team prize.
Victories of this magnitude need to be enjoyed, and the Croghan crew didn't hold back on celebrations that went on long into the night.
The men's event was won with a stunning performance from Neil O'Rourke in 26 minutes 19 seconds ahead of Paul Gibbons (Sliabh Buidhe Rovers), 27:58. John McGrath (United Striders), 28:26, was the first home from the host club with a fantastic third place.
For the second year in a row, Una Britton (Kilcoole) won the ladies' race, in a time of 29 minutes two seconds, with another impressive run at New Ross.
Second and third places were filled by the St. Joseph's pair, Sally Forristal and Elaine O'Donovan, who put in excellent performances to be just over a minute behind the winner.
Once again thanks to everyone for the support. A special mention to anyone who travelled from afar, especially our guests from Liffey Valley and Croghan.
SLANEY OLYMPIC A.C.
All roads led to Butterfly Farm outside Camolin for the summer league trail race hosted by Vanessa McShane.
Last year was the inaugural trail race for the summer league and this year's race was even more challenging for those brave enough to try it out.
The trail brought runners up to the summit of Mount Shrule and back down again on a looped course consisting of fireroads, forestry and trail routes. It was a scenic, enjoyable course with plenty of ups and down!
Race winner was Slaney Olympic's Enda Cloake in 23.56, and next Slaney man home was Billy Reck in 25.12.
Ciara Bowe from S.B.R. was first lady down the hill in 31.47, and Sarah Walsh put in a very strong finish to come home second and first Slaney lady in 34.01.
Spot prize winners were Jimbob Dempsey and Alma Grannell. Many thanks to race director Vanessa McShane, her team, all the marshals, and to Butterfly Farm for use of their excellent facilities.
The next summer league race is Friday, August 11, in Camross. The distance is 7k, with registration and parking at the ballroom in Camross. Race directors are Lar and Bridget Doyle.
Dates for the diary: Donohoe's Skoda league race, Friday, August 18, Ballindaggin 7k, race directors Ciara Kearney and Emily Waldron-O'Connor; Oylegate half-marathon and 10k race, Sunday, August 27.
Congratulations to Jackie Carthy, the new cross-country Over-45 European champion, and finishing in second place overall in the Masters event.
Wexford Wanderers advanced into the final of the Midland/South East Cup with a three-wicket win over Bagenalstown in a low-scoring game played at Park on Saturday.
The visitors batted first and lost two early wickets with just five runs on the board. Although their third wicket partnership put on 50 runs, a number of crazy mix-ups resulted in four of their batsmen being run out. They never recovered from these setbacks and were all out for just 70 runs.
Any expectations of an easy win were soon dispelled by a tremendous display of bowling by Bagenalstown's young opening bowler Shane O'Neill, who removed six of the Wexford batsmen and conceded just 16 runs off his eight overs.
However, when his spell was completed, batting became an easier proposition and a useful innings of 22 from Ibran saw Wanderers safely home.
The final will be played at Bagenalstown on Sunday, August 20, with Portlaoise providing the opposition. This will be a difficult task for Wanderers as Portlaoise compete four league divisions higher than Wexford.
Nevertheless, it is great news that the club has reached its first final in several years and as they say, any team can win on the day.
It's that time of year again. Time to dust off your hockey sticks and find your shinguards. If you are looking to take up a new sport or renew previous ones, please come and join for free 'give hockey a go' sessions throughout August. We know you'll get 'hooked'.
Please come and join us on Tuesday, August 8, in Enniscorthy Astro Centre from 7 to 8 p.m. If you can't make the 8th please join us the following week. Novice or experienced, everyone is welcome.
We are also giving a shout out to former players or interested players located in Dublin to join us, as our firsts team venture into the Leinster League Division 5 for the first time.
Our seconds will compete in a newly-formed Sunday league. Details are on our Facebook page or e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Bernard Fortune was in action on the I.M.R.A. circuit again last week with an eighth place finish in Log na Coille and an eleventh place finish in the Devil's Glen race.
S.B.R. was well represented in the Camolin Woods 5k forest trail run/walk Sunday morning. S.B.R. had the top two women's finishers, with brilliant runs from Belinda Kehoe and Christine Hill and many great performances. Well done everyone.
Camolin Wood S.B.R. results: 2, Tom Hogan, 17.08; 5, Willie Rossiter, 18.36; 6, Tommy McElwaine, 18.59; 8, Adrian Doyle, 19.55; 16, Belinda Kehoe, 22.44 (first woman); 19, Raymond Byrne, 23.35; 20, Tommy Levingston, 23.35; 21, Jimmy Doyle, 23.35; 22, Stephen Whelan, 23.35; 23, Noel Kennedy, 23.35; 24, Christine Hill, 24.20 (second woman); 42, Frances Murphy, 27.56.
On Friday, Noel Kennedy, Liam Bowe and Ciara Bowe all took part in the Slaney Olympic trail race as part of their summer league. First home was Noel Kennedy in second with Liam Bowe close behind in sixth and Ciara Bowe a brilliant 16th overall.
S.B.R. was also represented in the Ferns Fittest Family with Annette Guinan, Pa Cronin, Ciara Bowe, Dawn Dunbar, Jim O'Malley and Deirdre O'Malley taking part on a fun and challenging course in Ferns G.A.A. grounds.
All club results, fixtures and information is available at www.sbrclub.com