Kung Fu, Kickboxing: The Wexford Kung Fu and Kickboxing Centre held a fundraising event with extra fun added thanks to the generous support of Leisure Max Drinagh. The annual sponsored sparring session changed venue this year from the normal club setting to Leisure Max to add a bit of extra fun for the younger participants.
The event, which raised funds for the club's eight fighters who qualified to represent Ireland at the world kickboxing championships in the U.S.A. this November, was a big hit with all who participated.
The fun element of the day spilled over into the sparring session too, as the younger members of the club were given a chance to spar with the international competitors not just one at a time, but four or five Juniors taking on the Seniors at the same time. The young members were queuing up for the opportunity to 'get a smack' at the kickboxing champions.
After the sparring finished the young members of the club made full use of the Leisure Max facilities and used up whatever energy they had left.
Chief instructor Bobby O'Neill said that 'it was a fantastic achievement to have no fewer than eight members representing Ireland this year, the highest in the club's 40-year history'.
He thanked everyone for helping out in their fundraising efforts and in particular he thanked the management of Leisure Max for offering their fantastic facilities to the club.
The members who will compete in Florida in November are Mark Rowe, Michelle Casserly, Dale White, Rebecca Rowe, Darren Hayes, Cathal Moran, Nathan Casserly and Adam Tierney.
After the unprecedented success in last year's championships, expectations will be high in advance of the trip to the U.S. Training at the club in Image Health Studios continues over the summer months and new members are always welcome.
Menapians A.C. held their annual 5k road race on Thursday in Wexford. The weather was perfect for racing, giving the runners every opportunity to make the best of the testing course around Park.
The men's race provided a surprise result with Junior athlete Aaron las Heras of Spain, running under the colours of St. Abban's, leading the race to a convincing win. This was a fine display of running by the 17-year-old, completing the course in 16.02.
Paul Gibbons of S.B.R. put up a challenge but it was clear from early on that Aaron had built a gap which was not to be closed. Paul ran a fast time of 17.07 for second place.
Third place went to Enda Cloake of Slaney Olympic in 17.17, just ahead of Aedan Rogers of United Striders in 17.19.
The women's race was easier to predict from the start with Jackie Carthy of Kilmore winning in 18.55. Jackie has been totally dominant in road racing in the county for the past few years.
Jackie was using the race as a warm-up for the European Masters championships in August where she will run the 5,000m on the track.
Helen Doyle of Kilmore was second in 20.42. She had to work in the last kilometre as she was being chased down by Carrick-on-Suir athlete Benvon Lyons who finished a comfortable third in 21.05. Fourth spot went to Slaney's Kelly Long in 22.10.
First home for Menapians was Dermot Foley in eighth place (19.26), with Micheál Kinsella 24th in 20.40.
The perpetual-running machine that is John Dier was 38th in 22.34, with Dave Percival 59th in 26.02 and Peter Mulvany 69th in 33.40. Of the women, Janette Mulvany was 64th in 28.59, with Sharon Dier 68th in 32.26.
There was a very sociable end to the evening in the rugby club premises for the prize-giving and customary tea and buns. Well done to everyone who participated.
Menapians would like to thank their sponsors for their generous support: Profits Flow.com, Graphedia, Dwyer Dental Surgery, Kelly's Bakery, Fresh Today, Scallan's Food Co-op, and Pettitt's SuperValu.
ST. KILLIAN'S A.C.
Pádraig Moriarty represented the club on Thursday in the Menapians 5k. Having done a couple of half-marathons recently, the 5k was a welcome reprieve from the longer distance. His stamina stood to him and he had a strong race in winning his age category.
Niall Sheil travelled to Ballymacarbery on Friday to compete in the West Waterford Athletics Club summer series. This was the 22nd annual Doocey's bar five-mile race.
Niall had a tough race and had to work hard. He got his tactics spot on, coming from behind to take the victory.
This was good preparation for Niall as he prepares to compete for Ireland over 1,500m and 5k in the European Masters track and field championships in Denmark in the coming weeks.
ST. JOSEPH'S A.C.
After months of planning and preparation, the Pink Rock 10k organised by St. Joseph's was a great success with over 200 runners and walkers testing themselves over the course beside the river Barrow in gorgeous sunshine.
With athletes drawn from clubs throughout the south-east, the race, now in its sixth year, has firmly established itself on the summer road racing calendar.
The race winner was Brian Maher from Kilkenny City Harriers in a course record time of 31.40. Second and third across the line were Rúairí O Donnell from Ferrybank and James Kelly from Castlecomer.
Sally Forristal from St. Joseph's was the first women across the line in 38.15, followed by Adele Walsh of St. Senan's and Elaine O'Donovan from St. Joseph's.
The first St. Joseph's athletes home in the men's and women's races were Patrick Bookle in a time of 38.38 and Sally Forristal as already mentioned.
Fiona Donovan was the first lady Over-40 with John McGrath first Over-40 male, both representing United Striders. Stephanie Johnson and David Keaney, Galway Triathlon Club, won Over-45 category prizes, with Cathy Millet, Kilkenny City Harriers, and Edwin Keville, all the way from Rathfarnam W.S.A.F., winning at Over-50 level.
Winners at Over-60 were Patsy Foskin of St. Senan's and our own Larry Leacy. Chloe Richardson from St. Joseph's won the Junior women's category.
Winners in the women's team category were St. Joseph's, with United Striders winning the men's team prize. In the county Kilkenny 10k championship run in conjunction with the race, a super strong St. Joseph's women's squad won gold, silver and bronze with the men's team finishing in third position.
The twelve St. Joseph's women sweeping the boards at county level were Sally Forristal, Elaine O'Donovan, Anne Watkins, Mairéad O'Donovan, Caroline Murphy, Sinéad Croke, Susan Lanigan, Hanora O'Connor, Breda Hennessy, Alma Barron, Oriel Glennon and Mary McDonald. The St. Joseph's men's team consisted of Patrick Bookle, David Larkin, David Lanigan and Peter Duggan.
There was a carnival-like atmosphere in Rosbercon Parish Centre afterwards with a selection of food that had to be seen to be believed. A huge thank you to the army of club volunteers who helped with the massive organisational task, and the club members who planned the event for months beforehand. A special thank you also to all the local businesses who sponsored the event.
Thursday, July 13, saw a bit of Wimbledon-style tennis at Gorey Tennis Club. The Senior club members donned their whites for this special night in the club's calendar.
Over 25 members took part and everyone enjoyed some strawberries and cream after their games, served with some Prosecco.
The final was won by James Geoghan and Niamh Hughes - our very own Wimbledon champions.
Social tennis continues every Thursday night and we welcome any new members. Check out our website for more information.
SLANEY OLYMPIC A.C.
Well done to Enda Cloake of Slaney Olympic who won a national bronze medal on Saturday in the 3,000m steeplechase race in Morton Stadium, Santry, in a time of 10.13.61.
The 3,000m race consists of 7.5 laps with 35 barriers to be jumped, five per lap, and also a water jump each lap, and it is considered one of the toughest events for runners. Congratulations Enda!
The Wexford Menapians club held their annual 5k road race on Thursday in Carcur, Wexford. It was a challenging course with plenty of hills and drags to test all the runners.
First home for the club and third overall was Enda Cloake in 17.17, and first Slaney lady home and fourth overall was Kelly Long in 22.10. Club results: Enda Cloake 17.17, Billy Reck 18.07, Will Doyle 8.28, Bobby Redmond 18.53, John Roban 19.13, Joe Whelan 20.39, Michael Quigley 21.12, Tom Crofts 21.44, Kelly Long 22.10, Ger Murphy 22.22, Declan O'Brien 22.39, Paul Murphy 23.06, Annemarie Doyle 23.18, Maura Neville 24.22, Tracy Kavanagh 27.41, Jim Kehoe 29.41.
Congratulations to Bernie Millar and Catherine Conroy Breen who both travelled to Killarney on Saturday to take part in the Killarney half-marathon. Bernie completed the race in 2.14.03 and Catherine in 2.22.52.
Dates for the diary: Donohoe Skoda summer league race fixtures - trail race, Butterfly Farm, Camolin, August 4, 7.30 p.m., race director Vanessa McShane; Camross 7k, August 11, 7.30 p.m., race directors Lar and Bridget Doyle; Ballindaggin 7k, August 18, 7.30 p.m., race directors Ciara Kearney and Emily Waldron-O'Connor.
Oylegate half-marathon and 10k road race, August 27.
It was an S.B.R. 1, 2, 3 finish at the Deirdre Furlong School of Dance 5k in Ferns on Sunday. Paul Gibbons took top honours, just edging team-mate David Leonard on the line. Ray Byrne rounded out the top trio with a strong run.
Bernard Fortune continued an I.M.R.A. season for the ages last weekend with a brilliant win at the Carrauntoohil race in Kerry over Ireland's highest peak over 1,000 metres. It was Bernard's second straight win there and he is having a tremendous 2017.
On Sunday, S.B.R. was represented by Podge Sweeney, Michael Breen, Mary Carton, Lorcan Murphy, Eugene Doherty, Tomás Kavanagh and John Carton at the Fingal 10k in Dublin. Tomás ran a brilliant 36:48, one of his best-ever runs over 10k.
Next S.B.R. runner home was Eugene Doherty in a very strong 40:04 which should put him at or near the top of the 60+ age category with only preliminary results in.
Mary Carton had a terrific run in 52:10 and Michael Breen ran a fast 44:34 for the Fingal course.
Lorcan Murphy finished in 47:44 and Podge Sweeney in 44:51. John Carton also ran well in 52:31.
Paul Gibbons and Noel Kennedy had a battle on Wednesday in Camolin Wood over 5k in the final S.B.R. league race. Paul just edged Noel for first with Tomás Kavanagh a strong third behind the two leaders.
On the women's side, Belinda Kehoe continues a great 2017 and was first woman home from Christine Hill. Christine ran very well on the forest course with Orla Furlong finishing a very strong third as well.
On Friday Paul Gibbons was second overall in 17:07 at the Menapians 5k and Lisa Murphy ran a brilliant race as well in 24:27. Well done Lisa and Paul!
On Saturday, Michael Sweeney ran 21:11 for 5k to finish twelfth at the Wexford Parkrun. Up in Gorey, Adrian Doyle was fourth in 19:11 for 5k at the Gorey Parkrun.
Please come out and support the Ferns Fittest Family 5k on Sunday, July 30, at 11 a.m. from the Ferns G.A.A. pitch. It's €10 entry with cash prizes and family awards. All club details are on www.sbrclub.com.