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Monday 23 April 2018

A busy year on the athletics front

Athletics: Club Round-up

Wexford’s Aoife Cloke Rochford on the podium at the CSIT Games
Wexford’s Aoife Cloke Rochford on the podium at the CSIT Games
SBR AC’s Orlaith Deegan, who won a silver medal in the U13 high jump in the Leinster championships in Tullamore
Bree AC’s Sophie McCabe, who won the county Senior 400m title
Aisling Kelly with her three Leinster medals

Athletics Wexford has just endured one of its busiest years ever. Can you believe that? Only joking. On Planet Athletics every year is a busy year.

For those that eat, sleep and dream athletics the year is mapped out in a way that ensures you are never allowed wander too far from the zone. If you do you get yanked back into line pretty sharpish!

For now, however, there are no events in the diary for the remaining days of 2017. For the athletics administrator, there are no sweeter words than those.

So, what about the year that was? The easiest (and laziest) way to approach this is chronologically so let's dive in.

Masters, Juniors & Juvenile Relays Cross Country Championships - The Wexford Athletics year started in a wet and chilly Lingstown with the Masters and Juniors Cross Country Championships, along with the juvenile relays.

Kilmore's Jackie Carthy won the ladies race with Kilmore also taking the team title.

The men's 6km was won by Niall Sheil (St Killian's AC) while USAC were first team.

The juvenile relay championships produced a number of closely fought races notwithstanding the horrible conditions.

The most impressive race was the boys U14 which USAC took with ease.

The winning girls U14 team from Menapians were no less impressive. Overall, USAC had seven teams in the top three followed by DMP and Menapians with five each.

National Indoor Combined Events - Enniscorthy's Peter O Connor and Saidhbhe Byrne both came away with bronze medals from the Combined Events in Athlone (Jan 21). Peter achieved a pb of 1.81m in High Jump. Saidhbhe had a win in the 800m, pbs in long jump and shot. In the Masters O/50 John O'Connor, father of Peter, went one better than his son in taking silver.

National Junior and U23 Indoor Track and Field - The Irish Life Health National Junior and U23 Indoor Track and Field Championships were held in Athlone at the end of January. Ryan Carthy Walsh of Adamstown A.C. impressed in the Junior men's high jump winning with a third-time clearance of 1.98 metres. Fellow Adamstown athlete Joseph Mooney took silver in the Junior Men's 3k walk. In U23 long jump, Menapians' Annie Stafford won silver with a jump of 5.07 metres. Sophie McCabe of Bree took bronze in the Junior triple jump.

National Indoor T&F League - At the National Indoor T&F League in February, Menapians AC made history by becoming the first Wexford club to reach the final.

The club went on to finish a very respectable fifth place with pbs for Sean Donohue in 400m (50.03s) and Luke O'Neill in 60m (7.27s), while David McDonald achieved a European Junior B qualifying 200 time in running 21.60s.

This came a week after he celebrated his 18th birthday with a pb of 6.93s over 60m at an international indoor meet in Vienna.

Fiona Kehoe ran the 800m at the AAI Games in Abbotstown (February 5). Running a controlled first 400 metres, she came through strongly in the end to finish fourth (2.09m).

Leinster Juvenile Indoor Championships - In February, the county's juvenile athletes had a very rewarding trip to Athlone for the Leinster Indoors. Bree's Aoife Cloke-Rochford led the medal haul with her three U19 sprint golds (60m, 60m hurdles and 200m).

Jack Forde of St Killians won a pair of golds in U15 high jump and shot putt.

Maeve Hayes, St Paul's A.C., was an impressive winner of the U16 high jump and long jump.

National Masters & Juvenile B Cross Country Championships - DMP's Claragh Keane was a very impressive winner in the U13 1500m at the National B Cross Country Championships in Waterford (February 12). Joe Byrne of SBR placed a strong fourth in the U15 2500m. The girls U17 Wexford County team, led home by Mairead Crean in sixth place won bronze. Ann Sullivan took the Masters O55 title. Kilmore athlete Jackie Carty placed fourth O45. Mountain-runner Ger Maloney was third O55. The United Striders team took bronze in the Masters O50.

Leinster Juvenile Indoor Championships - On February 25, the third and final day of the Leinster Juvenile Indoor Championships at Abbotstown produced medals a-plenty for Wexford. Aoife Muldoon (USAC) won the U18 triple jump. Ryan Carthy Walsh had no trouble taking the U19 high jump title. Padraig Hore (Taghmon A.C.) was an easy winner of the U18 shot putt. Gorey's Corrine Kenny (SLOT) won the girls U16 1500m (4.52m). The United Striders boys U16 relay team placed second.

Leinster Junior, Senior and Master Indoor AAI Championships - At the Leinster Indoor Championships (February 26) in Abbotstown, the fleet-footed men of Enniscorthy won both the 4 x 200m and the 4 x 400m relays. Aoife Cloke Rochford (Bree A.C.) continued her good run of success with wins in the Junior 60m hurdles and 60m sprint. Triona Mooney (Adamstown A.C.) took gold in the Junior 3km walk while Joe O'Hanlon of Taghmon A.C. won the Junior men's title.

Kilmore's Fiona Kehoe was first in Senior 1500m and second in 800m behind Ciara Mageean.

Aaron Tierney-Smith of Menapians A.C. took the Junior 60m hurdles title ahead of Enniscorthy's Peter O'Connor. Jackie Carthy took the masters 1500m title.

DMP athletes made the long trip north for the Stormont Cross Country (February 25). Claragh Keane was second in the U13 race while her bother Conor was fourth U15. Liam Turner took bronze in the Junior men's event.

National Senior AAI Indoor Championships- The National Senior Indoors took place at the in Abbotstown in early March. Fiona Kehoe of Kilmore A.C., running the 800m, showed she had lost none of the strength that won her the National Novice Cross Country as she edged in front in the final metres to take the title. Ryan Carthy Walsh (Adamstown AC) picked up his first senior title winning the high jump with a jump of 2.00m. Earlier in the week Ryan had placed sixth (2.05m) at the AIT International Grand Prix.

There was double gold for Leon Reid of Menapians A.C. on his first outing with the club. He was an impressive winner of both the 60m title, in a time of 6.75s, and of the 200m in 21.08s. His talented young clubmate David McDonald was second in the 200m with a big new PB of 21.51s.

Irish Life National Masters Indoor Championships - At the All-Ireland Masters Indoors in Athlone (March 3) there were wins at 1500m for both Jackie Carty (Kilmore) and Niall Sheil (St Killian's). DMP athlete Antoinette Stafford won Gold in the 200m while Siobhan Doyle (Menapians) was crowned National Champion over 60m. United Striders came away with four bronze medals courtesy of Gavin Kelly (200m), Sonya Byrne (800m), John McGrath (800m) and Ted Flannelly (3k).

Enniscorthy Girl makes the podium in Glasgow - Saidhbhe Byrne (Enniscorthy AC) placed an impressive third at the Scottish Indoor Combined Events Championships in Glasgow (March 4).

On March 11 Joe Byrne of SBR A.C., running in the colours of his school Gorey CS, had a brilliant run to place third in the Minor race at the Irish Schools Cross Country Championships in Mallusk.

Slaney Olympic hosted the Mr Oil Co Wexford Novice Road Races in Enniscorthy (March 19). SBR's Clodagh Dunbar won the women's race with Slaney Olympic taking the team title. Alan O'Connor of United Striders won the men's 6m in some style while Croghan AC were top team.

National Juvenile Indoor Championships - The juvenile indoor season drew to a close with the third, and final, day of action in Athlone on April 1.

Once again, from a Wexford perspective, there was no fooling around!

Menapians A.C.'s star sprinter David McDonald rounded off his indoor season in style winning the U19 200m in 21.46s (pb).

Aoife Cloke Rochford (Bree A.C.) won U19 gold in the 60m hurdles (9.18s pb), silver medals in 60m and 200m (25.05s pb).

Her clubmate Sean Rowley set a CBP of 9.43s in winning the U13 60m hurdles.

Crowning the day for Bree was Dara Casey who took silver in the U16 60m hurdles in 9.16s (pb).

The ever improving Aaron Tierney Smith (Menapians) won a bronze in the U18 60m (8.27s pb).

County Wexford Intermediate Road Race Championships, April 2 - Held in a sunny Craanford, the Wexford Intermediate Road Races saw victory in the Women's 4km going to Sinéad O'Brien (Kilmore AC), Slaney Olympic taking the team title.

Alan O'Connor (USAC) followed up on his win in the County Novice with another victory. The Slaney Olympic team held off SBR by just two points to take gold.

The South Leinster Schools T&F Championships were held over two weekends in Waterford (April 27, May 3). Wexford athletes excelled with all schools well represented on the podium and several athletes winning on the double.

Jackie Carty was a winner at the Leinster Novice and Masters Road Races in Gowran. In the Men's Novice race, USAC grouped well to secure a 2nd place finish. The County team also placed 2nd. In the Men's Master race Pedro Calvo (SBR) in 4th place led his club to team Gold.

The Wexford Masters Road Races were run over a moderately testing course in Crossabeg. There were no surprises with pre-race favourite Jackie Carthy winning the Women's 4km and Men's favourite Niall Sheil winning the Men's race.

Leinster Schools T&F Championships, Santry (May 17,20) - There were loads of fine medal-winning performances including several pbs at the Leinster Schools. Too many highlights to list them here - go to the website! CBS Wexford won the trophy for Best School in South Leinster.

Enniscorthy's Saidhbhe Byrne had a win at the AAI Leinster Juvenile Combined Events in Navan on May 20. On her way to becoming U14 Leinster champion (2956 points), Saidhbhe picked up PBs in shot, hurdles and 800m. Aisling Kelly (Taghmon AC) won an U15 bronze medal.

Leinster Juvenile Track Relays, Leixlip - Bree AC had a successful day at the Leinster relays. The club travelled with four teams and all four made the podium with gold for the boys U13, girls U12 and girls U10, and bronze for girls U11. Menapians U16 girls and boys teams won Silver as did the United Striders U17 boys team.

Menapians AC sprinter Leon Reid had a flying start to his season running the 100m in 10.34s (legal) in Loughborough, equalling his pb. With the wind just over the limit he ran 20.83s for 200m. The highlight of his season was a third place finish in the 200m at the GB Trials. His time, 20.38s, was both a pb and a World Championships qualifying time.

Irish Life Health All-Ireland Schools T&F, June 3 - The county had four individual wins: Marguerite Furlong, St Mary's New Ross in the Inter girls discus, Grace Furlong, CBS New Ross in the Senior triple jump, Ryan Carthy Walsh, Good Counsel New Ross in the Senior high jump and James Hanlon, Ramsgrange CS in the Junior 1200m walk.

CBS Wexford blitzed the opposition to win the Senior boys 4x100m(43.58s).

Padraig Hoare, CBS New Ross was 2nd in Senior discus. Lystus Eboselte, CB Wexford picked up a pair of bronzes in the Inter Shot and Discus. St Peter's Wexford student Shane Parle won bronze in the Senior long jump. Sprinter David McDonald of CBS Wexford, running somewhat below par, was 3rd in the Senior 100m.

Leinster U23, Senior & Masters T&F Championships, Tullamore, June 4 - Peter O'Connor (Enniscorthy) won the Senior 110m hurdles.

Joe Mooney (Adamstown) won the Senior 5k walk. Emma Owens of St Paul's placed second in the Senior discus and third in the hammer.

Menapians had a good day in the U23s with silver medals for Conor Gaffney (400m hurdles) and Mikey Cullen (long jump) and bronze for Shaun Donohoe (400m).

The Masters athletes enjoyed a hefty medal haul with wins for Hezekiah Shoyeju, Siobhan Doyle, Christine Stone, John McGrath, Áine Cullen.

Mr Oil Co Wexford Senior Road Races - The County Wexford Road Races took place in Barntown on June 16. On a warm humid evening, and over a very testing course, the ever reliable Jackie Carthy strolled to an easy victory in the Women's 5km.

With four Kilmore scorers in the top ten, the team result was never in doubt. Slaney Olympic's Ger Forde was a run-away winner in the men's 10km. SBR won the team event.

Leinster Juvenile T&F Championships, Tullamore, June 17,18 - Another great weekend for the county's top young athletes. Toss up for Athlete of the Meet award would be between Taghmon's Aisling Kelly and St Killian's Jack Forde.

Aisling won triple individual U15 golds - Long jump, 200m and 100m - and came away with PBs in all three. She picked up another gold as a member of the winning County Wexford 4x100m relay team.

Jack took the boys U15 high jump title with a jump of 1:70m. He won the shot with a new best of 13:50m and the triple jump with 11.01m, another PB.

He then ran on the Co Wexford team which won the Inter-County 4x100m.

There were plenty of other brilliant performances. Maeve Hayes, St Pauls AC, won U16 high jump (1.60m) and long jump (5.50m pb) and placed third in 80m hurdles.

Enniscorthy's Lystus Ebosele won the U17 shot putt and discus. Aaron Tierney Smith (Menapians) took U18 gold in both 100m hurdles (14.88s pb) and 200m (22.83s pb).

Gergley Pap (St Paul's AC) won Gold in U16 shot putt and bronze in both hammer and discus. See the website for details of the many other medal winners.

Aoife Cloke-Rochford (Bree AC) won gold and silver medals at the fifth CSIT World Sports Games in Riga, Latvia last week. She won the 100m in a new best time of 12.17s and she placed second in the 200m (25.18s).

At the Leinster Junior T&F, June 23, Leixlip, Aoife Cloke-Rochford was second in the Junior 100m (12.61s) and 200m (26.29s), just ahead of third placed clubmate Sophie McCabe (27.04s).

Sophie went on to take a brilliant gold in the 400m (59.87s).

Peter O'Connor (Enniscorthy) won silver medals in the 110m hurdles and long jump. Liam Turner (DMP) placed third in the 3000m (9.52.40s).

AAI Juvenile Games and Inter-Club Relay Championships - The Bree A.C. girls U10 team were third at the National Relay Championships. The Menapians duo of Alfie Whelan and Oisin McDonagh won bronze in the U10 long jump.

Ava Doyle and Lea Bolger of Bree A.C. placed third in the U9 girls 60m awhile their clubmates Ciara Laffan and Kiera Wilson won the U10 long jump. The Bree U13 boys won silver medals.

AAI National Junior & U23 Championships - The National Junior & U23 T&F took place in sunny Tullamore on the first day of July. In the U23s there was 3000m S/C gold for Enda Cloake, Slaney Olympic AC, triple jump bronze for Emmanuel Ogbanna, Menapians A.C., bronze in 400m hurdles for Conor Gaffney, Menapians AC, silver in long jump for Mikey Cullen, Menapians AC.

Menapians AC won the 4x400m relay (3:27.56m). In Junior men's, Peter O'Shea, DMP, was second in javelin (48.52m), Aaron Tierney Smith, Menapians AC was second in 110m hurdles. Ryan Carthy Walsh, Adamstown AC won the high jump (2.05m) and Menapians AC took silver in the 4x100m relay (44.43).

Aoife Cloke-Rochford, competing in Junior ladies, was fourth in 100m (12.11s) and fifth in 200m (25.8s).

Competing on the Leinster team at the Tailteann Games in Santry, Marguerite Furlong (St Mary's New Ross) won the 1kg discus with a throw of 36.07m. Joshua Hewlett (New Ross CBS) was second in Javelin. Lystus Ebosele (CB Enniscorthy) won a bronze in the shot. Maeve Hayes (Loreto Wexford) finished in 4th place in the High Jump (1.60m).

National Juvenile T&F Championships, July 8,9 - Wexford had a brilliant Nationals in 2017. Enniscorthy's Lystus Ebosele won the U17 discus (34.68m) and the shot putt (13.45m). Ryan Carthy Walsh (Adamstown) won the U19 high jump with ease (2.10m). Maeve Hayes (St Paul's) was third in the U16 high jump (1.60m).

Adamstown's Marguerite Furlong was a convincing winner of the U18 discus (35.79m). Eva Casey (Macamores A.C.) backed up her winning form at county and provincial level by taking gold in U13 shot putt. Eva's win gave the club its first national title. Joshua Hewlett (USAC) won the U17 Javelin (51.42m). Saidhbhe Byrne (Enniscorthy A.C.) took Bronze in U14 Javelin. Bronagh O'Hanlon (Taghmon A.C.) was third in U17 Hammer. Pádraig Hore took a Bronze medal in the U18 Shot Putt (14.39m pb). In U16 Discus St Paul's Gergely Pap won a Silver medal. Gorey's Corrine Kenny (SLOT) won U16 800m. Adam O'Connor (USAC) won Bronze in U15 800m. In race-walking Taghmon's Joseph Hanlon was 2nd U18. His brother James also picked up a Silver U16 with Ryan Kielthy one place back in 3rd. Aisling Kelly (Taghmon) took a Silver medal in the U15 100m Final (12.72s) and Bronze in the Long Jump. There was Silver success for Aoife Cloke Rochford in U19 100m Hurdles (15.01s) and Bronze in 100m. Sam O'Neill of Menapians took a Bronze in the U19 100m Hurdles. Aaron Tierney Smith rounded off his best season yet with Silver in U18 Hurdles. Bree A.C.'s recent Athlete of the Month Sean Rowley took a Silver in the 80m. Clubmate Abbie Doyle won bronze in the girls U12 60m.

International Success for Enniscorthy Multi-Eventer - Enniscorthy athlete Michael Bowler represented Ireland in July at the European Combined Events Cup in Monzón, Spain. Michael finished fifth out of 27 in his division. Michael, who captained the Irish team, described the experience as "probably the best weekend of my life.

Mr Oil Co Wexford Senior Track & Field, July 5 & 26 - Wexford T&F Champs were held over two weekends in Enniscorthy with conditions on both days very good. Full results are on the Wexford Athletics website.

Irish Life Health National Senior T&F Championships, Santry, July 22 & 23 - Co Wexford clubs were well represented at National T&F with the county's athletes making a good impression right across the board.

Adamstown's Joe Mooney provided one of only two golds for the county, winning the men's 10k walk in 53.12.69m.

His clubmate Ryan Carthy Walsh took the high jump title (2.11m). Emma Owens (St Paul's AC) was second in the discus (36.80m). DMP's Marco Pons was second in the Discus (51.10m).

Enniscorthy decathlete Michael Bowler took a silver medal in the Pole Vault (4.55m pb). Enda Cloake of Slaney Olympic AC was third in the 3000m Steeplechase (10.13m). Menapians AC were second in the men's 4x100m relay (43.02s).

Irish Life AAI National T&F League - The annual AAI National T&F League involves two qualifying rounds and a final. At the final in Tullamore, held on August 20, the Wexford County men's team topped Division One. In doing so they automatically qualify to compete in the Premier Division in 2018. This means we will have three teams competing at the top level as Menapians AC and the Wexford County women's team are also assured of top-flight competition next year.

On the international front, Jackie Carthy won a gold medal at the European Masters Athletics in Aarhus, Denmark. Jackie won the W45 category in cross-country, finishing second overall in the W35-50 race. Niall Sheil placed seventh (M40) in his cross-country race. Anne Gilshinan also made the podium winning a silver medal in the 1500m.

Mr Oil Wexford Juvenile Even Ages and Novice Cross Country Championships - JFK Park was the venue for the first day of a new season of cross country championship action in the county. The highlight was the boys U14 3000m in which a battle royal between USAC clubmates, Aidan Shannon and Myles Hewlett, saw Aidan shading it in a sprint finish.

Claragh Keane (DMP) was a class apart in the girls U14 race. Róisín O'Reilly was no less impressive in how she won the U16 race.

In the boys U16 4000m Joe Byrne of SBR left it until the second of three laps before stamping his authority on the field and taking the win.

Kilmore AC's Fidelma Rossiter won the Novice women's race. The boys U18 race was run, with the Novice men, over 6000m. Aedan Rogers (USAC), competing U18, was a stylish winner. Clubmate Alan O'Connor took the County Novice title.

Mr Oil Wexford Juvenile Uneven Ages and Senior Cross Country, Oct 15 - The Mr Senior and Juvenile (uneven ages) Wexford Cross Country Championships were held in Ferns. The Senior men's 10000m race was won by Slaney Olympic's Ger Forde with Niall Sheil (St Killian's AC) in second and, following a late surge, Enda Cloake in 3rd. SBR took the team title.

Fiona Kehoe (Kilmore AC) was an easy winner of the Senior women's race. DMP's Ciara Wilson got away from Jackie Carthy to take second with Jackie taking the bronze. Kilmore AC won the team event.

In the juvenile races Sinéad O'Reilly (Menapians) and Myles Hewlett (USAC) ran away with their respective races (U13). Ditto for Claragh Keane, DMP, and Joe Byrne, SBR, in the U15 races.

In the boys U11, DMP's Kevin O'Mahony showed his blistering finishing pace in taking the gold. Both Rebecca Bawden, USAC, and Conor Keane, DMP, won the U17 races with ease.

Leinster Juvenile (Even Ages) & Novice Cross Country Championship, Navan - First medal of the day for Wexford, came by way of Éabha Keane (DMP) in U10 girls 1000m. With no one between herself and the finish line, Éabha looked like she had the race in the bag. That's when two girls swept past! Still she was happy with Bronze. Her elder sister Claragh, running the U14 3000m, also won bronze.

Aidan Shannon and Myles Hewlett, both United Striders AC had an impressive 1-2 in the boys U14 3000m.

Striders took the gold for top club while Wexford took gold for top county.

DMP's Conn Mernagh and Kevin O'Mahoney placed sixth and seventhth respectively in the U12 2000m. Aedan Rogers (USAC) ran a fine race to place 10th in the Junior/U18 6k race (sixth U18 athlete) while DMP's Liam Turner placed 15th overall. In the Novice race Alan O'Connor (USAC) placed 20th.

Gold for Jack at Schools Combined Events International - Jack Forde of Wexford CBS and St Killian's AC won gold with the Irish Junior boys team at the International Schools Combined Events competition at the Emirates Arena, Glasgow in November. Jack was delighted to come away with new best performances in 800m (2.18.02m) and 200m (25.6s). The five event competition also included 60m hurdles, long jump and shot putt.

Leinster Juvenile (uneven ages) and Senior Cross Country Championships, Adamstown, Nov 12 - There were some great underage Wexford performances with Éabha Keane (DMP) eighth U11, Ronan Shannon (USAC) fifth U11, Sinéad O'Reilly (Menapians AC) sixth U13, Myles Hewlett (USAC) second U13 and his brother Cosmo 11th in the same race, Claragh Keane (DMP) fifth U15,

Joe Byrne came second at U15 with Aidan Shannon (USAC) in ninth, Mairead Crean (Adamstown AC) 13th U17.

In the Boys U19 6,000m Aedan Rogers (USAC) placed fifth with Liam Turner, DMP AC, in 11th.

In the final race of the day, Senior Men's 10,000m, Ger Forde (Slaney Olympic) ran a strong and well controlled race to take seventh. The strength in depth on U13 boys meant that both the Striders and the county teams place second. The Wexford County team took the gold at U19.

Wexford Success at British & Irish Masters Cross Country - Wexford Masters athletes travelled to Derry in November for the British & Irish Masters Cross Country Championships. Fiona Kehoe (Kilmore AC) was a member of the O35 winning team. Her clubmate Jackie Carthy was on the silver medal winning O45 team. Ann Sullivan (DMP) also won a silver medal with the O55 team. On the men's side runner-up in the Co Wexford Senior Cross Country Niall Sheil was a member of the winning O40 team while Ger Moloney (St Paul's AC) claimed a bronze with the O55 team.

AAI National Juvenile (even ages) & Senior Cross Country Championships - The National Senior and Juvenile Cross Country took place in Abbotstown on November 26.

In the Senior women's race Fiona Kehoe (Kilmore AC) placed a respectable 23rd place.

Myles Hewlett (USAC) came home in an excellent 12th place finish in Boys U14 3000m and, in so doing, won an individual medal. His clubmate Darragh Flannelly placed 18th. The rest of the Striders boys packed sufficiently well to secure gold for the club and to help the Wexford County team to a silver.

Co Wexford Schools Cross Country - Conditions were perfect at Good Counsel College, New Ross for the Wexford Schools Cross Country Championships (November 29). There was a certain predicability to the results with those who athletes who have been running well through the season winning with ease. That said, some of these athletes looked really good including Sinéad O'Reilly, Joe Byrne, Róisín O'Reilly, Adam O'Connor, Eva Roche and Liam Turner.

AAI Novice and Juvenile Cross Country Championships - The All Ireland Juvenile (uneven ages) & Novice Cross Country Championships took place at WIT, Waterford on Dec 17.

Ger Forde of Slaney Olympic ran out of his skin to finish an excellent sixth place in the Novice race.

In the Juvenile races, three of the county's most consistent athletes this season came away with medals: Myles Hewlett was fifth in the boys U13 2500m picking up, in the process, an individual medal and a gold team medal with Leinster; Claragh Keane (DMP) placed eighth in the girls U15 3500m; Joe Byrne (SBR) placed sixth in the boys U15 3500m.

In the U19 6000m race Aedan Rogers (USAC) placed18th and, in doing so, won a gold medal with the Leinster team.

Leinster Star Awards for Maeve and Aaron - The year ends with the announcement that Maeve Hayes and Aaron Tierney Smith have been chosen as the recipients of Leinster Star Award for best Juvenile Athlete for Co Wexford. The Senior recipient has been named as Fiona Kehoe.

That's it. What a year!

Wexford People