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Tuesday 25 September 2018

Masters among medals

Athletics

A small but high-powered Wexford contingent travelled to Derry last weekend for the British and Irish Masters cross-country championships.

Fiona Kehoe (Kilmore) was a member of the Over-35 winning team. Her clubmate, Jackie Carthy, was on the silver medal-winning Over-45 team. Ann Sullivan (D.M.P.) also won a silver medal with the Over-55 team.

On the men's side, runner-up in the Co. Wexford Senior cross-country Niall Sheil was a member of the winning Over-40 team, while Ger Moloney (St. Paul's) claimed a bronze with the Over-55 team.

The second round of the Wexford Juvenile winter league took place at the Enniscorthy Sports Hub on Friday.

Once again the weather, while a little cold, was fine which made for a very enjoyable evening of athletics for athlete and spectator alike. The inter-club rivalry, all very amicable and sporting, produced a great atmosphere.

There are medals for athletes who take part in all three rounds of the league and prizes for the best overall club, best overall boys' club and best overall girls' club over the three rounds.

There are also awards for any athlete who wins all three races in their age group.

Menapians are leading the race for top girls' club (383 points) with D.M.P. in second (434) and United Striders third (444.5). Bree, in fourth, are in touching distance of Striders with 454.4 points.

Top boys' club, by some way, is United Striders (312.5). Menapians are in second (427.5) with Bree third (447).

United Striders is at present the leading club overall with 757 points. Menapians in second have 810.5 points, leaving them with a difficult but not impossible task of claiming the gold.

In third place is Bree (901.5), followed by D.M.P. (934), Enniscorthy (948.5), S.B.R. (960), St. Paul's (972), Taghmon (1,031.5), Croghan (1,057) and St. Killian's (1,063).

The final round is on Sunday, December 3, in Enniscorthy. With every place counting in the point race, clubs will no doubt be using every incentive going to ensure a one hundred per cent turn-out!

The new Sports Ireland National Indoor Arena hosts a welcome series of fortnightly evening meets from now until February. The next meet is on Thursday, November 23.

The programme, which varies each time, includes some interesting events such as an 'Elimination Mile', '3 min Distance Challenge', 2 x 200m and 2 x 400m relays, 'Team 5k' and, for sprinters, rarely run races such as 150m and 300m. Field events include long jump, high jump and shot.

There is electronic timing and, cue applause, free admission for spectators!

The meet on November 23 starts at 8 p.m. with mile and shot putt, followed by 200m, 800m and 3,000m. Tickets must be booked in advance online: www.nationalsportscampus.ie/nialive.

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