Half-marathon is held
The Strawberry half-marathon and five-mile race took place on Sunday in Enniscorthy. This was the sixth year of the race which is organised by Slaney Olympic A.C. The race was also the County Wexford half-marathon championship.
On a calm, sunny morning conditions were perfect for running as the 450 runners assembled on The Promenade. The half-marathon started at 10 a.m.
The runners took in a tour of the town before heading out past Davis Mill to Tomnalossett and up to Wilton before returning via Borodale and Edermine, with the last three miles coming back to The Promenade via the N11.
By the time they reached the two-mile mark, Brian Murphy of Carrick-on-Suir A.C. had edged into the front. As they got to four miles he already had built up a substantial lead as he powered ahead on the uphill sections of the course. He maintained his form to cross the finish line in 1.11.06.
Second man home was Myles Gibbons of S.B.R. who took the County Wexford half-marathon title. Paul Lynch of S.B.R. finished third. Martin Monaghan of Slaney Olympic was third Wexfordman home.
Annaleigh Hore of Kilmore A.C. was first lady home and took the county title. Second in the county championship was Lorraine McMahon of Menapians and third was Karen Murphy of Slaney Olympic. In the team competition, S.B.R. took first place ahead of Slaney Olympic in second place.
The five-mile race started at 11 a.m. For the first half of the race it was neck and neck all the way between Niall Sheil of St. Killian's and Conor McCauley of Leevale A.C.
However, after the tough climb up Monfin hill, Niall accelerated and pulled away from his rival, eventually finishing in 27.16. Conor was second in 27.43 with Davy Byrne third in 29.50.
The women's race was won by Emily O'Connor of Slaney Olympic in 33.33. In second place was Julie Kirwan with Elaine Murray finishing third.
Meanwhile, the Mr Oil Wexford county throws championships will take place on Sunday, June 14, at the grounds of D.M.P. A.C., Sinnottstown Lane, Drinagh.
Following torrential rain in early May, the throws had to be rescheduled due to excessive water lying on the ground.
Starting at Under-13 level for the javelin and Under-14 for both the hammer and the discus, the event also incorporates the Senior championships in all three throws disciplines.
Registration will start at 1.30 p.m., with a 2 p.m. sharp start for the Under-14 discus and Under-13 javelin. All competing clubs are reminded to ensure they have an official to work on the day.