Friday 19 January 2018

Club Call



It's been a great week for the Striders, who had big numbers competing at many events. The big result for the Seniors was the success of Paul Doran, John McGrath, Ted Flannelly, Seán Murphy and Luke Butler at the Leinster Novice road championships.

Over 6k, our boys were second best club team and all five made the six-man Wexford team to win gold in the team county event. Well done to all on this remarkable achievement.

Meanwhile, Martin Kehoe finished first in the Ballycullane 10k with a smashing time of 40 minutes, 22 seconds. At the Taghmon 10k, Emmett Malone, Eathan Anderson, David Bawden and Alison Murphy joined the locals, Mick O'Gorman and Pat O'Callaghan, who all put in great performances over a testing course.

The Juvenile Striders had a great day one of the Mr Oil-sponsored Wexford track and field championships in Enniscorthy. Well done to all the parents, coaches and athletes who ensured that over 60 Striders were there to represent our club, winning an amazing 32 medals.

In addition to all the great performances, we had Linda Rogers, with help from Aedan, Méadbh, Catherine and Gavin, making sure that the day ran smoothly for all competitors.

The day started with sprint hurdles and the Striders girls were fast out of the blocks. Aoife Muldoon won her first-ever county gold in the Striders colours, taking the 250m hurdles in real style. Cheyenne O'Farrell-Molloy took third place in the same event to make it a great start to the day.

Hayleigh Bawden, who has been our most consistent hurdler over recent years, took bronze in her 300m hurdles event. In the sprints we had many great performances by the younger Strider girls, including Moya Corbett making the final and Ide Aspel and Kiara Ryan.

Medals arrived on the double, with Katie Murphy and Aoife Muldoon taking gold and silver in the Under-16 100m. In the younger boys' sprints, we had lots of great performances from the likes of Ryan Murphy, Cillian Browne and Luke Finn. Ronan Shannon made it through to the final and finished fourth, but super Sam Myers won a silver medal in the same race.

For the older boys we had more great performances, but the star performer was Aaron Browne who won the sprint double, taking gold in both the 100m and 200m. The final sprint medal went to Eathan Anderson who won silver in his 100m.

The middle distance races meant more medals for the Striders. Louise Doyle ran a brilliant race and just missed a medal, but the ever-reliable Darragh Flannelly did manage a medal, finishing second over 600m.

Over the longer distance of 1,500m, the girls performed fantastically, with golds for Grace Costello and Katie Murphy, and bronze medals for Rebecca Bawden and Elaina Browne. Eathan Anderson added another silver after a well-judged race.

We had plenty of success in the field events also. In the long jump, both Ciara Kelly and Ronan Shannon took medals. Alex Molloy jumped well to finish fourth. In the turbo javelin, Isobel Bawden's fourth was the best performance of the girls, but Cosmo Hewlett and Aidan Shannon did finish in the medals for the boys.

Erinn Shannon and the very busy Eathan Anderson kept the medals flowing in the shot putt. The Woodland Grove girls proved very strong in the high jump with Ciara Kelly talking gold, Ciara Murphy and Gráinne Flannelly taking bronze, and Joanne Kelly only one jump away from a medal. The McLaughlins, Sara and Eoghan, and Elaina Browne were also excellent and were all just one jump from a medal.

The ultra-exciting relays brought about a great end to the day for the Striders, with almost all teams medalling and delivering eight in all. The day ended with nine golds, ten silvers and 14 bronze medals, but more importantly lots of fun and great improvement from all our athletes. Well done to all on a great day for our club.

Finally, at the Munster Schools Championships, Joshua Hewlett took silver in the javelin as he gears up for another big season.

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St. Joseph's A.C. were out in force on Sunday, May 3, at the first day of the county track and field championships in Scanlon Park, Kilkenny with over 50 athletes wearing the green and white singlet.

Fantastic performances from athletes as young as six years old were recorded with club athletes competing in individual track events, field events and relay teams for a hectic four hours of competition. It was a long and busy day for the athletes, coaches and parents but a fantastic medal haul bodes well for the remaining days of the championships throughout May.

The day started really well for the club with Sarah Foley winning the Under-8 80m. Sarah went on to win a second gold in the 300m and this double gold feat in individual events was matched by Darragh McDonald in the boys' Under-15 100m and 250m hurdles. Darragh also finished second in the high jump.

Winning a gold and silver individual medal was achieved by Sophie Mullally, with Eabha Mullally almost matching that achievement by winning a gold and bronze. Sophie Becker, Tracey Malone, Killian Griffin, Kelsey Kehoe, Rachel Foley and Erin Foley also won individual events.

Fantastic performances by Grace Glennon and Joseph O'Connor saw them win treble and double silver respectively. Double second place finishes were also achieved by Alex Hughes and Jack Ryan with Alex also winning a bronze medal.

Chloe Mullally, Oisín Griffin, Tomás Mullally, Eoin Kennedy and Aoife Byrne also won silver medals. Individual bronze medals were won by Aine Ryan, Marie Claire O'Dwyer, Linda Lawlor and Evan O'Toole.

The day ended on a high with the boys' and girls' Under-15 relay teams winning gold with the girls' Under-13 and Under-11 teams winning silver and bronze respectively.

Also wearing the St. Joseph's singlet with distinction with many splendid performances that cannot all be listed were Megan Doyle, Keelin Byrne, Lily Doyle, Conor Lanigan, James Reid, David Kennedy, Maeve Bookle, Mairéad Mullally, Aoife Lanigan, Marita Kennedy, Kaylan Doyle, Mia Doyle, Bronagh Doolan, Áine Purcell, Holly Hughes, Caitlin Mullally, Sarah Mai Walsh, Aidan Kehoe, Aidan Lawlor, Declan Murphy, Danny Dowling, Danny Glennon, Cathal Beirne, Paul Murphy, Ciara Mullally, Danielle Griffin, Aine McDonald, Katie Bookle, Naoimh O'Connor, Claire Doyle, Aoife Dowling, Tara Glennon and Grace Mullally.

A magnificent 20 St. Joseph's runners started the Waterford to Tramore 7.5 mile race recently with many great performances recorded. Dean Rowe led the club runners home followed by Sally Forristal who finished as fourth fastest lady.

Close behind were Elaine O'Donovan, Tom McDonald, David Lanigan, Rocky Mernagh, Anita Barry, Duncan O'Shaughnessy, Siobhán O'Leary, Mairéad O'Donovan, Breda Hennessy, Siobhán Mullally, Maggie Helen O'Connor, Ciarán Cullen, Susan Lanigan, Chris McNamara, Mary McDonald, Adrienne Flynn, Helen McDonald, Catherine Hennessy, Tracey Malone, Triona Foley, Sarah Lee and Anna O'Dwyer. Sally, Elaine and Anita also won the ladies' team prize for St. Joseph's.

The club was also represented in the Mooncoin ten km. and Cloughbawn five km. recently with Sally Forristal winning the ladies' prize in Mooncoin and David Lanigan finishing second at Over-40 level. Siobhán O'Leary was first lady home in the Cloughbawn race.


Newbawn Dart Club has had many great moments in its short history but none can compare with winning the All-Ireland pub and clubs competition held last week in the Springhill Court Hotel in Kilkenny.

A team consisting of Paul Murphy, Alan Bennett, Tom Kent, David Murphy, Gary Bradley, Jack Farragher, Philip Grace, John Sinnott Jnr. and Jimmy Newport turned up on the Saturday to qualify for the Sunday showdown where Browne's Bar from Wexford were defeated by four games to one in the quarter-final.

In a closely-fought semi-final, Newbawn defeated Shirley's Bar from Kilkenny by four games to two and so moved within one game of the biggest win of the club's history.

We have a lot of big game players in the club and they proved themselves once more by powering their way to victory on a four games to two scoreline over Palatine of Carlow. What an achievement for the club, and keep a watch out on Facebook for details of a chance for club members to welcome the All-Ireland trophy back to Foley's Bar, Newbawn, where we shall have a night to honour the players and also to throw some games against the new All-Ireland pub and club champions.


All roads lead to Carlow next Sunday, May 17, as Racing 795 are hosting Tri795. Over 500 athletes are taking to the Barrow for a 750m swim, then they head out to the hills of Killeshin for a 20 km. cycle and back to the streets of Carlow for a five km. run. Transition will be in Carlow Town Park. Good luck to all taking part.

This race is completely sold out but if anybody has a few hours spare and would like to see what a triathlon is all about, soak up the atmosphere and bag themselves a goodie bag, we are looking for volunteers to help us marshal the event. Contact Paul on 087-2276910.

The May Bank holiday weekend was a busy one for the club as a number of members took part in races up and down the country. Brian McElwee took part in the MTB-NPS round two in Delphi, Galway, on Sunday, May 3.

Meanwhile, in Limerick Jim completed the Limerick marathon in a time of 3.44.46. Dena completed the half-marathon in a time of 1.29.33 and was third woman home. Ciara and Rebecca also ran the half with Rebecca crossing the line in 2.14.30 followed by Ciara in 2.18.37.

Closer to home in the Tinahely duathlon, we were represented by Fintan and Tracy Redmond along with Mick Foley. Fintan was home in ninth position in a time of 1.10.59, followed by Mick Foley in 1.23.44, but honours for the day went to Tracy who was second female across the line in a time of 1.25.01.

The Blackstairs Adventure Race is always popular with our members and this year was no different. Flying the flag for Racing 795 were David Tully, Alan Tully, Ross Moorhead, Barry Byrne, Lorraine Byrne, Dee Byrne and Mike Ryan.

Lorraine and Dee took part in the 5 steps. Lorraine was first across the line in 3.22.22, followed by Dee in 3.33.14.

The men completed the 7 steps and the order of finish was Ross (4.04.57), Mike (4.07.59), David T (4.18.27), Alan T (4.20.51) and Barry (4.33.15).

If you are interested in mountain biking, triathlon or running, contact us at

S.B.R. A.C.

It was good to see David Leonard back on the running scene again after being out of action with an injury since the Dublin marathon. David ran in the weekly parkrun event in Wexford last Saturday week and was first home in the 5k run in a time of 20.28. Well done David, no stopping you now.

On Saturday, Brendan Kehoe was first home in the parkrun in a time of 18.39. Eilish Kehoe was first lady home in a time of 23.52. Well done guys.

Eugene Doherty took part in the Arklow 10k road race in support of the Arklow R.N.L.I. on Saturday, May 2, and crossed the line to claim first place. Well done Eugene.

Paul Gibbons represented the club at the annual Waterford to Tramore 7.5 mile road race on Saturday, May 2, hosted by Waterford A.C., crossing the line in seventh place in a time of 42.30 in a field of 398 competitors. Well done Paul.

Tom Hogan put in a fantastic performance in the Limerick marathon on Sunday, May 3, and was in the lead pack from the off. Tom finished in third place in a time of 2.31.

Also on the day was a half-marathon and again S.B.R. were represented with Brian Kearney, first male home for the club in a time of 1.29, followed by Adrian Doyle in 1.35.

Dena Hogan was also in action in the half and again on the winning podium, finishing in third place overall in a time of 1.29. Fantastic going everyone.

Sunday, May 3, saw S.B.R. take the honours on the winning list in the 5k run for the local suicide prevention charity, 'Tear up the Tar'.

Noel Kennedy finished in second place. In the ladies' category, Belinda Kehoe and Mary Carton finished first and second respectively. Well done guys.

Belinda Kehoe took to the start line for the second time on Sunday when she took part in the 6k road race in Riverchapel and was in winning form again to take first place in the ladies' category. Great going Belinda.

Dermot Maguire and Yvette Deacon took part in the Tinahely duathlon on Sunday, May 3, which consisted of a 5k run, 20k cycle and finished with another 3k run. Dermot completed the course in 1.16 and Yvette followed in a time of 1.27 which saw her placed first in her category. Well done guys.

Well done to Noel Kennedy and Denis Moynihan who competed in the Leinster Novice road championships on Monday, May 4, in Gowran, Co. Kilkenny, with Noel crossing the finish line in fourth place in a time of 20.24, and Denis following in 23.03.

There was a fantastic result for Myles Gibbons who competed in the Leinster Masters road championships in a time of 19.35 which saw him claim first place. There was a great result too for Billy Harpur who won silver in the Over-70s category. Well done.

Monday, May 4, saw the first year of the Mayglass four-mile road race in windy conditions. In action for the second time over the weekend was Paul Gibbons who ran a time of 23.51 which earned him first place.

Louise Kehoe had a fantastic run and ran a P.B. of over two minutes, crossing the line in 30.36. Well done Paul and Louise.

The club was represented on Monday, May 4, in the Belfast Marathon with two teams participating in the relay. The first team of Declan Gibbons, Eilish Kehoe, Marie Cullen and Brendan Kehoe ran the course in 3.25 and finished in 72nd position overall in a field of over 1,800 teams. The second team of Stephen O'Leary, Pa Cronin, Pat Crean, Tom Kavanagh and Stephen Donohoe crossed the finish line in a time of 3.50 and in 294th position overall. Well done all.

On Sunday, the club was represented at the 5k and five-mile road race in Killiane Castle, Wexford on the flat and fast course. In the 5k race, Belinda Kehoe was first lady home for the club in a time of 23.20, followed by Emma Morris in 25.20 and Orla McFadden in 25.24. Well done ladies.

In the five-mile race, Paul Lynch came home to claim second place in a time of 28.21, followed by Paul Gibbons in 30.38 and John Murphy in 32.43. Well done guys.

A big well done to all our Juveniles who took part in the Mr. Oil County Juvenile track and field championships over the last two weekends. There was medals a plenty for the club in various categories for the up and coming athletes.

Training continues on Monday at the track in Enniscorthy between 6-7 p.m. for Juveniles and 7-8 p.m. for adults. You can run laps of the track at your own pace or join in some group speed work, suitable for all abilities. All members are welcome.

Ladies' training also continues on Wednesday at 7 p.m. in Ferns G.A.A. grounds with Paul Gibbons. Again it's suitable for all abilities and all are welcome so please come along and give it a go.

A group also 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 086-8276661or P.R.O. Marie Cullen on 087-2776785.

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