JFK Park hosts cross-country
Fine setting on a lovely day
The first of the Wexford Athletics county cross-country championships took place in the beautiful scenic grounds of JF Kennedy Park in New Ross on Sunday.
The even age groups and Novice championships were up for grabs and there was a great crowd to view the races on a beautiful autumn day.
The day started with the Under-10 girls' competition, with Stephanie Deegan of S.B.R. taking first place, followed by Aine Fortune (Kilmore) and Cora Sheils (Craanford).
The Under-10 boys was won by Kevin O'Mahoney (D.M.P.), with Cian O'Dowd second and Tom Funge of Craanford third.
The Under-12 girls' 2,000m championshio race was won by Niamh English of Adamstown, with Sinéad O'Reilly (Menapians) second and Ailbhe White (Menapians) third. Team results: 1, Adamstown; 2, S.B.R.; 3, D.M.P.
The Under-12 boys' 2,000m was won by Myles Hewlett (United Striders), with Eoin Shannon (United Striders) second and Conn Mernagh (D.M.P.) third. Team results: 1, D.M.P.; 2, United Striders; 3, United Striders (team B).
The Under-14 girls' 3,000m had a clear winner in Clara Keane of D.M.P. who broke away in the last lap, from Aoibhinn Mernagh (D.M.P.) and Danika Gilsenan (Menapians). The first place team was D.M.P. with United Striders taking second place.
A fantastic strategic race took place in the Under-14 boys, with group of three breaking away from the main bunch from the start and staying together to the end of the race.
Adam O'Connor of United Striders broke away with 200 metres to go, only to be pipped in a sprint finish to the line by Joe Byrne (S.B.R.), with James Boggan of Kilmore taking third place.
It was easily the most exciting finish of the day and spectators were treated to a fantastic race. United Striders took first place in the team event with S.B.R. taking second place.
The Under-16 girls were up next over 4,000 metres. A strong group from United Striders took part, with Grace Costello taking first place and Alannah Byrne second.
Molly Maher of Croghan was third. United Striders took first and second place in the team competition.
D.M.P's Cathal O'Dowd took the Under-16 4,000 metres boys' title, leading from the start. Aaron Browne of United Striders was second and Oisín Woolmington took third place. D.M.P. were first team and United Striders were in second place.
Katie Daly of Kilmore was crowned Under-18 girls' champion, with Annalise Crean of Adamstown second and Katie Murphy (United Striders) third.
Liam Turner broke away from the leading group half way through the Under-18 boys' 6,000 metres and went on to take the title, with James Boland (United Striders) second and Thomas Breen (S.B.R.) in third place.
The Novice championship was the senior event of the day and the ladies were first to take to the course. A field of 36 women took on the 3k course at JFK and Bree's Elaine McCabe led from the start, finally winning in a time of 12.51.
Second was Lorraine McMahon of Wexford Marathon Club in 13.02, with Christine Stone (D.M.P.) taking third place. Slaney Olympic took first place in the team event, with S.B.R. second and United Striders third.
The men's 6,000m Novice championship had a strong field of 48 runners. Pedro Calvo of S.B.R. added the cross-country title to his road race crown earlier in the year with a very strong run and a finishing time of 21.22.
Andrew Dowse of Croghan was second in 22.16, and Patrick Kavanagh (S.B.R.) was third in 22.28. The team event was won by S.B.R., with Slaney Olympic second and United Striders third.
Wexford Athletics would like to thank United Striders for hosting the competition and in such a scenic venue as JF Kennedy Park, which was absolutely beautiful on a sunny autumn Sunday, and we thank them for the use of their wonderful grounds.
The next event is the Intermediate and Juvenile uneven age group county championships which will take place in Adamstown on Sunday, October 16.