Saturday 20 January 2018

Club Call

The top three men in the annual Kilmore 10k (from left): Niall Sheil (second), Ger Forde (first) and Myles Gibbons (third)
The top three men in the annual Kilmore 10k (from left): Niall Sheil (second), Ger Forde (first) and Myles Gibbons (third)
The Kilmore 10k top three ladies (from left): Jackie Carthy (second), Fiona Kehoe (first), Sally Forristal (third)

Gorey Tennis: Gorey Tennis Club hosted some Junior tournaments recently, with the Conor McKenna tournament won by Cormac Downey and Deirdre Whitmore at the expense of Florence Clopin and Theodora Lande.

The Joe Hendley tournament was won by Luca Clopin and Pollyanna Clavin who beat Oisín Molumby and Fionn Molumby in the final.

The Junior committee members were delighted with the turn-out and remind all Juniors that the next round of competitions will be held on Sunday, October 9, from 2-4 p.m.


There was a big turn-out from Slaney Olympic at the annual Kilmore 10k road race held on Saturday evening, starting and finishing in Kilmore village.

Slaney Olympic's Ger Forde was the overall winner ahead of Niall Sheil from St. Killian's and Myles Gibbons from S.B.R.

Fiona Kehoe was the ladies' winner with Jackie Carthy second and Sally Forristal from St. Joseph's third lady home. First Slaney lady was Julie Kirwan who finished in fourth place overall.

Also taking part from Slaney were Jim Stafford, Ben Hill, Kevin Murphy, Bryan Crouch, Will Doyle, Sabina Sweeney, Ciara Kearney, Annemarie Nolan, Siobhán Fenlon, Angela McDonald and Andy Staff. Results are not yet published. Well done to everyone.

Well done to Enda Cloake and John O'Connor who took part in the men's Senior cross-country on Sunday in Taghmon.

Pat Codd and Patrick Rooney both took part on Sunday in the J.J. Reddy Danesfort half-marathon. Pat finished in 1.33.47 and Patrick in 1.44.47.

Well done to Chrissie Murphy who took part in the 10k medieval race in Kilkenny city on Saturday afternoon and finished in 58.03.

Dates for the diary: Novice county cross-country, October 2, JFK Park, New Ross; Intermediate cross-country, October 16, Adamstown; Senior cross-country, December 18, hosted by St. Paul's A.C.

Don't forget training continues each Tuesday and Thursday at 7 p.m. at Enniscorthy Sports Hub and is free to all club members. We are inviting runners who are interested in joining Slaney Olympic to come along and run on the track and enjoy the experience before joining up. Anyone interested in joining the club, please contact us on 087-6366905.

S.B.R. A.C.

Tomás Kavanagh won the New Ross Parkrun on Saturday, running well clear of the field and finishing the 5k distance in 18:20.

At the annual Kilmore A.C. 10k on Saturday night, S.B.R. had an excellent turn-out. Their top four of Myles Gibbons, Noel Kennedy, Tommy McElwaine and Denis Moynihan finished first in the team competition.

Myles ran brilliantly and was third overall in 34:46, with Noel running very well to come in fourth across the line in 35:08. Tommy was next across in 35:36, good enough for seventh place, with Denis Moynihan finishing strong to round out the four in 36:10 just several places back.

Behind them, Tomás Kavanagh ran his second race of the day, finishing in a P.B. of 37:00, and Willie Rossiter was close behind in 37:20 in yet another good run.

S.B.R's Ian McQuillan finished first at the 5k run, walk or wheel for Kila in Gorey on Sunday. Ian has been running great since returning from injury. Well done!

At the Presentation 5k in Carlow on Sunday, Pádraig Sweeney ran a new P.B. of 20:54 and Celina Murphy had a brilliant race, finishing in 24:19.

At the Pulse Port Beach triathlon in Louth on Saturday, Trevor Conroy of S.B.R. rounded out his triathlon season by finishing eighth overall out of more than 600. He was third in his age category which allowed him to finish in one of the top three spots in the Irish National Triathlon sprint series.

Tomás Kavanagh ran his third race in 24 hours at the J.J. Reddy Danesfort half-marathon, running a P.B. of 1:28:43.

Sliabh Buidhe Rovers A.C. are hosting the Ferns half-marathon on Sunday, October 9, at 10 a.m., so if you're out training come along and join us - ideal preparation also for the Dublin Marathon!

There will be cash prizes, a finisher medal and goody bag! The entry fee is only €25. Enter online -

If anybody is interested in joining S.B.R. and would like more information, please contact our Secretary, Louise Kehoe, on 086-8276661, or our P.R.O., Jim O'Malley, on 087-7559683.


Kilmore Athletic Club hosted their annual 10k road race on Saturday on a perfect evening and on an excellent course around the lanes and byways of Kilmore.

Over 130 men and women took part in this event. Ger Forde from Slaney Olympic won the men's race in 32.08 from Niall Sheil (St. Killian's) who was second, Myles Gibbons (S.B.R.) who was third, and Noel Kennedy (S.B.R.) who was fourth. Jim Byrne from Enniscorthy's Slaney Olympic was first Junior man home.

In the age categories, John McGrath and Seán Murphy (U.S.) were first and second Over-40. Tommy McElwaine (S.B.R.) was first Over-45 and Patrick Bookle (St. Joseph's) was second.

Ted Flannelly (U.S.) was first Over-50, and Jim Stafford was first Over-55. Mark Rice was first Over-60, and the men's team prize went to S.B.R's Myles, Noel, Tommy, and Denis Moynihan. Second were Slaney Olympic with Ger, Jim, Bryan Crouch and Kevin Murphy.

The women's race was won by Fiona Kehoe of Kilmore in a record time of 36.23. Second was Jackie Carthy, also Kilmore, and third was Sally Forristal (St. Joseph's).

Kilmore won the team prize with Fiona, Jackie, and Helen Doyle. Second team prize went to Slaney Olympic with Julie Kirwan, Sabina Sweeney and Ann Marie Nolan.

Helen Doyle of Kilmore was first Over-40, and second was Loraine McMahon. Sabina Sweeney (S.O.) was first Over-45, with Loraine O'Brien (U.S.) second.

Alison Murphy (U.S.) was first Over-50 and Siobhán Doyle (Menapians) was first Over-55. Thanks to our sponsors, Ballycross Apple Farm, Travel Councillors, and Ballingly Joinery.

Thanks to all those who helped with this great event. Full results will be available on Kilmore A.C's Facebook page.


There was fantastic news from the U.K. over the weekend where Anne Gilshenan completed an unbelievable double at the British Masters championships, taking wins in the 800m and 1500m, and beating some former international greats en route. Huge congratulations to Anne and her coach, Mick McKeon, from all in Menapians.

There was a great day on Sunday in Taghmon. It is always a good cross-country day when you get in and out before the rain. The course was good if a little bumpy with stiff wind to add to the mix.

First off was Jack McCormack in the Under-10, running very well to finish ninth. Our Under-12 girls, Sinéad and Ailbhe, had exceptional runs, with both looking strong and comfortable. Sinéad finished second and Ailbhe was fifth.

These two girls are coming into great form just ahead of the county championships on October 2. We will have a few more Under-12 girls so this age category could provide our best chance of a team medal in the counties.

Nathan Murphy ran the Under-14 boys. Later on in the season Nathan will be concentrating on his throws and multi-events but the cross-country is good conditioning. Nathan is comfortable running his own race and put in a steady effort to finish an excellent sixth place. Good running Nathan.

Róisín O'Reilly had to run up an age to Under-16 but ran a good strong race to finish second. New kids on the block Cian and Jake Murphy ran the Under-16 boys and finished sixth and seventh, so well done to them on their first race in the club colours.

Our team of Mary, Helen and myself ran the Masters all placing well: sixth, Mary seventh and Helen twelfth. Well done everyone and thanks to Mick for all the good sessions.

The next date in everyone's diary is October 2, in John F. Kennedy Park, for the even age and Novice.


Wexford Wanderers travelled to Sandymount on Sunday to take on Y.M.C.A. in their final Leinster League game of the season.

At start of play Y.M.C.A. were in the relegation zone with Wanderers just slightly ahead of them. A win for the home side would see Wanderers playing in a lower division next year.

Y.M.C.A. batted first and despite two interruptions for rain they managed to recover from 70 runs for the loss of six wickets to post an impressive total of 202 all out.

Best bowlers for Wexford were Eugene Brennan and Alan Murphy, and Ramesh held two fine catches in the deep. James Redmond was most impressive behind the stumps with three catches and a stumping to his name.

Shortly after Wexford started their innings the threatened bad weather began to set in and the teams were off the field on three occasions within a half-hour period. The umpires on duty were determined to go ahead with the game despite pleas from Wexford that conditions were too wet and the light was very poor.

Wanderers lost a few wickets but a fine partnership between skipper Tony Murray and Steve Wood soon settled the nerves. However, Steve suffered a bad calf injury and had to retire and Tony was out for 47.

In increasing poor visibility the last wicket partnership of Martin Sheridan-Pope and James Redmond hung out grimly for seven overs until the umpires finally called a halt to proceedings in almost complete darkness.

The game finished with Wanderers on 136 runs with eight wickets down and with still seven overs remaining to be bowled.

All in all it was a most unsatisfactory game but the end result means that Wanderers will once again be competing in Division 7, out of a total of 16 Divisions, next season.

Also on Sunday Wanderers seconds were away to Phoenix in the annual Crossy Memorial Cup, in honour of the late and sadly missed Brian Cross who played for both Wexford Wanderers and Phoenix during his long and impressive cricket career.

The home side batted first and scored 165 runs for seven wickets off their 30 overs, with skipper Barry Moule and Jason Roche each taking two wickets. Tadgh and Eoin Bonnington showed great promise with ball in hand and Eoghan Kirby contributed with a superb slip catch.

In reply, openers Eamonn Murphy and Peter Hudson put on 33 runs before Eamonn, who was striking the ball very well, was stumped going for a big hit. Shortly after the rain arrived and no further play was possible. It was an unfortunate finish to what was a wonderful day.


Well done to the Juvenile United Strider athletes competing in Adamstown at the open cross-country event recently.

Adam O'Connor recorded a great victory in the boys' Under-14 event, staying close to the pace and then using his track speed to sprint to the line.

Moments later, Cian Flanagan replicated Adam's run to win the boys' Under-16 race in great style.

Also competing and building their fitness for the new season were Rebecca and Isabel Bawden, Isabel and Luca O'Connor.

Well done to all who recorded really good top ten finishing positions and are shaping up nicely for the upcoming Wexford cross-country championships which will be held at JFK Park on October 2.

Our Seniors were also in action at the open cross-country in Adamstown. Our men had a good representation with John McGrath, Alan O'Connor, Pat O'Callaghan, Ted Flannelly and Matt Flannelly all competing.

John put in a tremendous finish to claim first place and, after a great summer road racing season, he will be a force to be reckoned with this autumn.

Once again we were represented in the ladies' event by Beth O'Connor, who continues to improve with each race.

Beth's participation also meant that all five of the O'Connor family were competing on the day - certainly the Striders' fittest family.


St. Joseph's A.C. held the annual Richie Young 5k memorial run/walk in memory of a former much-loved club member on Sunday at the Pink Rock.

Almost one hundred runners and walkers turned up with €770 raised for the designated charity, the Bru Columbanus House, Cork.

All participants predicted their finishing time and then ran/walked without wearing a watch.

The winning runners who finished in the time closest to their predicted time were Paul Kinsella, Michael Power and Áine Cullen. The winning walkers were Mary McDonald, Ellen Howlett and Bridget O'Gorman .

On a hectic weekend for the club, the inter-schools cross-country was held on Friday and saw a fantastic turn-out of 131 children from the five primary schools in the parishes: Glenmore, Listerlin, St. Canice's, Shanbogh and Ballyfacey.

Glenmore won the Mick Curran Memorial Shield again this year, with a total score of 84 points. This is now Glenmore's tenth year in a row to win this shield, although the gap was narrower than previous years with Listerlin in second position.

Adamstown in mid-September means the commencement of the cross-country year and a large contingent of St. Joseph's athletes got the season off to a good start.

The action started with the Under-8s with Isabel Griffin finishing eighth and Kai Chan twelfth in the girls' and boys' races respectively.

The Under-9 boys' race saw the St. Joseph's performance of the day with Joss O'Connor having a resounding victory with Barry Furlong 15th and Kyle Bolger 17th.

The Under-9 girls' race saw Lily Ryan ninth, Sarah Foley 14th and Caoimhe Connolly 15th. Conor Lanigan (16th) and Jaden Chan (17th) kept the club flag flying at Under-10.

Five St. Joseph's girls were on the start line for the Under-11 race with Grace Glennon third, Maeve Bookle seventh, Mairéad Mullally twelfth, Aoife Lanigan 13th and Laura Sheehan 17th.

The girls' Under-12 race saw Áine Purcell cross the line in sixth position with Rachel Foley twelfth. Danielle Griffin was sixth with Erin Foley eighth at Under-13 level.

The boys' Under-13 race with three St. Joseph's athletes ended with Tomás Mullally fourth, Evan O'Toole seventh and Jamie O'Connor tenth. Katie Bookle (sixth) and Darragh McDonald (third) were the lone representatives at Under-14 and Under-16 level respectively.

Maria Griffin finished a fine second in the Senior women's race with John Joe Lawlor 20th in the men's race.

In the Taghmon open cross-country, Kyle Bolger finished fifth in the boys' Under-8 race with Grace Glennon sixth in the girls' Under-12 race.

On the road, the first-ever medieval 10k half-marathon, and marathon was held on Saturday in Kilkenny, and St. Joseph's had some brilliant results.

Paul Sheehan recorded a fantastic personal best in finishing the marathon in 3:21:34, and Anita Barry had an equally brilliant run, winning the ladies' marathon race in 3:44:12. In the half-marathon, Tom McDonald crossed the line in 1:40:37 with Duncan O'Shaughnessy running 1:51:47. In the 10k, Bernie Kennedy finished in 50:39 with Juliet Hughes close behind in 51:09.

In the Kilmore A.C. 10k in Wexford, Patrick Bookle led the club athletes home in 38.25 with Sally Forristal just a step behind in finishing third lady in the race.

Maggie Helen O'Connor ran a fantastic personal best time of 46.40 with Claire Forristal also running well.

In the Sonofi Five-Mile for M.S. road race in Waterford, David Lanigan finished eleventh overall in a fine time of 31.20. Elaine O'Donovan had a great run in 32:28 and was the first lady home.

She was followed by Maria Griffin in second place in 33:21 with Anita Barry 37:15, Maggie Helen O'Connor 37:43, Chloe Richardson 39:46, Sinéad Croke 39:49 and Susan Lanigan 39:56 also running. Maggie Helen was first Over-40 lady with Chloe first Junior.

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