Friday 20 September 2019

Club Call

David McDonald of Menapians (left) who cemented his place as one of Ireland's most promising young sprinters in Tblisi
David McDonald of Menapians (left) who cemented his place as one of Ireland's most promising young sprinters in Tblisi
The top three men in the Kilmore Seafood Festival 5K (from left): Niall Sheil, Menapians (second), Andrew Connick, Ferrybank (first), Colin Payne, Tinryland (third)
The top three ladies in the Kilmore Seafood Festival 5k (from left): Ciara Foster, Sportsworld (second), Sharon Kehoe, Kimore (first), Ann Sullivan, D.M.P. (third)

Kilmore A.C.: Two blistering 5k road races took place at the Kilmore Quay Seafood Festival on Saturday.

The women's race, though small in numbers, was very competitive over the tough five-lap course.

Sharon Kehoe (Kilmore), Ann Sullivan (D.M.P.) and Ciara Foster of Sportsworld broke clear early on, and the only question to be decided was which of the three places each was going to occupy at the finish.

Sharon Kehoe broke clear to sprint to victory followed by Foster for second and Ann to take third. Kilmore won the team prize, with St. Joseph's taking second.

The most competitive men's race in years saw 60 athletes battle each other for every position over the five-lap course.

Andrew Connick (Ferrybank) took the lead early and was never going to be caught. He floated around the course with little effort and finished with over half a minute to spare in an impressive time of 15.26.

Niall Sheil of St. Killian's surged clear on the fifth lap to take second, with Colin Payne from Tinryland finishing third.

Fierce battles for team and category places continued right to the finish. S.B.R. took the first team prize and Tynryland finished second.

Full results are on Premier Timing and the Kilmore A.C. Facebook page. Thanks to all who helped, the athletes, the spectators and the staff at the Stella Maris Centre.


David McDonald cemented his name as one of Ireland's most promising young sprinters when he qualified for the final of the inaugural European youth championships in Tblisi, Georgia.

Having qualified with his fast times this season for both the 100m and 200m, the Irish youth 200m indoor record holder chose the shorter 100m event to compete in at the Europeans. David had to navigate tough heats and semis to qualify for the final in plus-30 degree temperatures, beating some top quality opposition en route to winning his heat and placing second in the semi.

Up against Europe's best, it was always going to be a tough ask to even make the final but the Barntown man was cool in qualifying despite the searing heat. Having to run three 100m races in 24 hours is a very tough ask, and 40m into the European final David suffered a grade one quad strain but, caught up in the adrenalin, he continued on to run his third fastest 100m ever to cross the line in joint sixth place with a time of 10.82.

David went in ranked eleventh and finished sixth. It's very hard to quantify the level of this performance but it is a glimpse of what this talented athlete has to offer over the coming years. Already this year David has won a national indoor 200m Junior title, breaking the Irish youth record en route, and just missed out on the 100m record three weeks ago by one-hundredth of a second, running 10.73 in Mannheim, Germany, to become the second fastest Under-18 athlete in Irish history.

Unfortunately, David will not be able to take part in next week's world Juniors as part of the Irish 4 x 100m relay but it won't be his last time to grace the big stage. Well done to him from all at Menapians.

Elsewhere, David's team-mates inspired by his European success competed with distinction at the National League round two in Cork. Some great individual performances were recorded with PB's in the sprint hurdles and second places for Aaron Tierney-Smith and Chloe Whelan.

Our men's 4 x 100 and 4 x 400 won their races and our women placed top four. Everyone contributed to pulling in points across all the track and field events, so well done to all who competed and to team management and officials.

A reminder to everyone of our upcoming Menapians 5k road race to celebrate our club's 15th anniversary. The event takes place on July 28 and is open to all walkers, joggers and runners with prizes also.

For more details contact Helen on 087-6283422 It promises to be a great event with huge interest already from near and afar. Check out the Menapians A.C. Facebook page for more details.


Well done to all our members who took part in the county track and field events on the track last Wednesday.

By all accounts we will need to get the trophy cabinet extended to accommodate all the silverware won! Full and final results are still awaited from both day one and day two.

Kilmore A.C. hosted the annual Kilmore Seafood Festival 5k in Kilmore Quay on Saturday, and first lady home for the club was Maura Neville in 23.50. Maura also claimed first place in the Over-45 category.

In the men's race Jim Stafford was first home for Slaney in 17.25, and also taking part from the club was Will Doyle who finished in 19.49.

Katey Gregan was first home for the club in the Johnstown Castle Parkrun in a time of 21.53. Also taking part from Slaney Olympic were Anne Marie Nolan 22.25, Emma Doran 25.26, Andy Staff 30.01 and Michelle Doyle 46.00.

The next race in the Donohoe's Skoda summer league takes place at The Hollow Pub in Marshalstown on Friday, July 29, at 7.30 p.m. Race director is Brian Maher and the distance is 5k.

S.B.R. A.C.

Day two of the Wexford track and field championships at the Enniscorthy Sports Hub took place on Wednesday, and S.B.R. won several medals and had athletes turn in very good performances.

Myles Gibbons won gold in the men's Masters 3k, and Willie Rossiter continued his return to S.B.R. with a strong fourth place finish.

Tommy McElwaine competed in several events including the javelin, and Pat Crean competed well, taking home a medal in the Masters 200 metres.

On the women's side, Lillian Lawless took home gold in the Masters 1,500 metres, and the women's relay team of Mag O'Leary, Frances Murphy, Christine Hill and Lillian took home a medal.

In his Ironman distance debut, Tom Hogan had a fantastic result at Challenge Roth, finishing in an outstanding time of 9:52. Well done Tom!

Closer to home but also through the water, on a bike and on the run, Trevor Conroy was second in his age group and 30th overall out of 400 in the Two Provinces Triathlon which was the Irish National Sprint Championships.

S.B.R. women also had a huge contingent out at the Ferns G.A.A. colour run.

On Saturday night in Kilmore Quay, S.B.R. won the men's team prize at the Kilmore Quay Seafood Festival 5k with four runners in the top nine.

Myles Gibbons was first home in 16:24, good enough for fourth overall. Noel Kennedy (sixth) and Martin Askins (seventh) ran to the line in 16:50 and 16:51 respectively, and Paul Gibbons came across in 16:59 for ninth overall.

Tommy McElwaine won the men's Over-45 in 17:19, and Willie Rossiter continued his strong comeback by finishing in 17:59.

Not too tired from his performance Saturday night, Myles Gibbons came back Sunday morning and won the Arklow Seabreeze 8k.

David Leonard was fourth overall in the Wicklow 5k in aid of Temple Street Children's Hospital in a time of 18:22. Well done everyone!

If anybody is interested in joining S.B.R. and would like more information, please contact our Secretary, Louise Kehoe, on 086-827666, or our P.R.O., Jim O'Malley, on 087-7559683.

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