Wednesday 23 October 2019

Road race in Davidstown

THE COUNTY Wexford Senior road race championships will take place on Good Friday, April 2, and will be hosted by Slaney Olympic.

First up at 6 p.m. will be the ladies, who will race over 5km, and Davidstown is the venue, with registration in the church car park (please note venue change).

2009 champion Jackie Carty (Kilmore A.C.) will be back to defend the title she won on her home course last year, but she is sure to face a big challenge from both clubmate Fiona Kehoe (currently Wexford crosscountry champion and in excellent form of late, recently posting a PB for this distance in the St. Patrick's Festival race in Dublin), and Ann Sullivan (D.M.P. - who beat Jackie two weeks ago in the Masters championship race in Bridgetown).

The Senior men will then race over 10km, which covers two laps of the circuit that comprises the ladies' race.

Tom Hogan (Slaney Olympic) is not a confirmed starter yet, but the current Wexford cross-country champion would be a firm favourite to regain the road title he won on this course two years ago.

Chief opponents would be clubmate David Barron (who has hit a rich vein of form lately by winning the Wexford Masters title two weeks ago in Bridgetown and who took a fine second in the Leinster Senior road race on Sunday week last in Galbally); Kevin Murphy (also Slaney Olympic, who was second to David in Bridgetown and who was a fine second in the county crosscountry in December); Ger Clancy (D.M.P. - who won this race in Kilmore last year but who only resumed racing on Sunday week and might struggle for race fitness); Tommy McElwaine (Sliabh Buidhe Rovers - who has been county champion on numerous occasions); and Lahcen Aouissar (also S.B.R. - this will be his first attempt at this particular title but he has improved rapidly of late and is racing well).

All Wexford registered club athletes are qualified to compete on the evening, so it would be encouraging to see at least as good a turn-out as in Bridgetown two weeks ago.