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Sunday 15 September 2019

Ryan gets rewards

CLUBS ARE reminded that the Athletics Wexford A.G.M. will take place this Wednesday (January 19) in Bree Community Centre at 8 p.m. and all clubs are asked to be represented.

Congratulations to Dominic Ryan (Sliabh Buidhe Rovers) on being awarded Wexford Creamery athlete of the month for December. Dominic had a really productive spell during that month. Apart from performing well in the Tony O'Connell memorial four miles road race in Clonmel on St. Stephen's Day, he won the Slaney Olympic Christmas cracker road race, but undoubtedly his best performance came when putting up a fine performance to win his first Wexford Senior cross-country title in Kilrane in fine fashion.

Best of luck to all Wexford athletes who will be in action in Nenagh next weekend. On Saturday, the All-Ireland Senior, Junior and Masters indoor combined events will take place, while on Sunday, the All-Ireland Masters indoor championships will take place.

Wexford athletes performed very well in the re-scheduled Waterford half marathon on Saturday last. Run in tough conditions, the athletes were battered by wind and rain through the 13.1 miles distance, with the course taking them from the RSC to near Tramore and finishing back on the athletics track at the RSC.

Niall Sheil (St. Killian's) had an excellent run to finish in fifth place overall in 77.02. Myles Gibbons (S.B.R.) was next home in tenth place in 81.40, while James Cloney (St. Killian's) ran 83.19 for 14th place. Seán Murphy (United Striders) ran 85.21, Jason Kehoe (Menapians) clocked 87.05, and Mick Morrissey (Slaney Olympic) ran 88.14.

Clubs should take note that affiliation forms to Athletics Wexford are now due.

The following are the championship dates for the next few weeks:

February 13: My Sport 10km road race, Enniscorthy.

February 19 and 20: Senior indoor in Belfast. Closing date: Friday, January 23.

February 25: Athletics Wexford presentation night for 2010.

The inaugural Ballycarney 10km road race will take place this Saturday at 3 p.m. This is a new race on quiet and relatively flat roads between Ballycarney and Scarawalsh and should be a good practice run for the MySport 10k three weeks later. It is being organised by Jane and Graham Porter of Slaney Olympic A.C.

Registration will be in the car park of the Ballycarney Inn, and entry fee is a mere €5. This is an open race, guests are welcome. After the race there will be free finger food and prize giving (including lots of spot prizes) in the Ballycarney Inn, followed by sing song and craic. Not bad for €5 - the rest is up to you!

After the long break, runners and walkers will be meeting again at the Craanford G.A.A. all-weather track. The sessions will be every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 7.30 p.m. We would like to encourage all regular and former runners and walkers to join us.

This is a safe, well-lit track and everyone can go at a pace that suits them. So come on, let's banish the cabin fever together and get lighter, fitter and more healthy for the year ahead. Phone or text Mick Redmond on 0872418202 for more details.

The Strawberry Half Marathon is taking place again in Enniscorthy on the Sunday of the Strawberry Festival (June 26). This promises to have the same great atmosphere as last year's event and more. As well as the half marathon, there will be a five-mile race to cater for those who do not wish to tackle the longer distance. There will be a 15k walk as per last year and there will also be a children's race on the promenade. Afterwards there will be tea/coffee and sandwiches in the Riverside Park Hotel. Full details are available on www.strawberryhalfmarathon.com.