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Monday 23 October 2017

Training day for Wexford distance squad

A WEXFORD distance squad training day will be held this Saturday in Curracloe. Any club athletes from the county, male or female who are over 15 years of age, are welcome to attend. The group will meet at 10 a.m. at the main car park at the entrance to the beach/woods in Curracloe for what should be an informative session.

Athletics Ireland regional development officer Ryan Montgomery has rearranged the Level 1 coaching course for the region.

It will now take place over the two weekends of the 29th/30th October and 5th/6th November.

First Weekend: Friday 29th October 6.30pm start and Saturday 30th October 9.30 a.m. start. Venue: Murrintown Community Centre, Murrintown, Co. Wexford

Second Weekend: Friday 5th November 6.30 p.m. start and Saturday 6th November 9.30 a.m. start. Venue: RSC Waterford, Co . Waterford .

The full details of the course can be found on http:// www. athleticsireland. ie/ content/ wpcontent/uploads/2008/10/AAI%20Coach%20Education%202008-2009.pdf

The closing date for applications for the course will be Friday, October 15. If sufficient numbers are not registered by this date the course will be cancelled.

St. Senan's AC are hosting their annual cross country meeting this Sunday (September 26) at their sports complex in Kilmacow, Co. Kilkenny. There will be races for boys and girls in the following age groups: under-eights; under-nines; under-10s; under-12s; under-14s; under-16s and under-18s. There will also be races for junior men and women and for senior men and women. More info can be obtained from Bill Lacey on 086-8100299 or from www.stsenansac.com.

The second stage of the annual Autumn league took place in Tinryland, Co. Carlow last Wednesday evening and SBR athletes put up good performances again.Last week's race was over 5km (the first stage had been a two miler the previous Wednesday) and Tommy McElwaine continued his return to good form as he finished a good third to Pat Byrne (Tinryland) and Brian Kirwan (SLOT). Myles Gibbons followed in sixth, with this being his first time to break 17 minutes for the distance, while his brother Paul was next in seventh. Paul Holmes ran another decent race to finish in 14th position.

The final stage of the league will take place this Friday evening (September 24th), with another two miles road race being held at 7 p.m.

Twenty-eight clubs from around the country took part in the fourth annual Adamstown open cross country last Sunday (19th September), producing some fine performance from both juvenile and senior athletes. This annual event has gone from strength to strength. There were good numbers in the races which produced some surprise performances, our own club Adamstown were well able to hold our own against the best in Leinster.

Adamstown Athletic Club would like to thank Gavin and Stuart Rothwell for the use of thier land, Fr Nolan and Adamstown Vocational School for car parking, without their support this event could not be held. We would also like to thank our sponsors Mr Oil Adamstown, Cullens Gala Adamstown, My Sport Enniscorthy and Slaney Building Supplies Clonroche. Their generous sponsorship made our day such a success.

Full results can be found on www.athleticswexford.com but the winners of each race are as follows: under-eight girls - Rose Sheridan (St Senans AC); under-eight boys - Colin Stephenson (Adamstown AC); under-nine girls - Corrine Kenny (Gorey AC); under-nine boys Craig Wall (Adamstown AC); under-10 girls - Lyndsey McGuire (Waterford AC); under-10 boys - Lee Tracey (St Senans AC); under-11 girls - Daina Kealy (unattached); under-11 boys - Jack Fallon (Moycarkey Thurles); under-13 girls - Helen Hoynew (St Josephs AC); under-13 boys - David O' Connor (St Josephs AC); under-15 girls - Marguerite Hynes (St Josephs AC); under-15 boys - Hugh Morgan (St Senans AC); under-17 girls - Megan Morrissey (Thomastown AC); under-17 boys - Stephen Gorman (Adamstown AC); senior ladies - Ciara Wilson (DMP); senior men - Conor Rochford (St Senans AC).

There will be extraordinary general meeting of Athletics Wexford this Wednesday (September 22) in Donoghues Lounge, Enniscorthy.

Clubs are asked to submit names to the county secretary Nora Muldoon for Wexford Creamery athlete of the month award for August.

The Adidas half marathon took place in the Phoenix Park last Saturday and in a field of almost 6,000, Kevin Murphy (Slaney Olympic) was first Wexford man across the line, as he finished 23rd overall in a time of 75-25. The race was won by Alan O' Shea of Bantry AC. Next Wexford man was Gerry Moran (unattached), who clocked a time of 77-45. Padraig Moriarty (Slaney Olympic) ran 78-27, while David Leonard (SBR) ran a big PB for the distance by clocking 84-04. Michael Finn (Slaney Olympic) ran 89-00 and Bobby Redmond (Slaney Olympic) clocked 89-06.

The dates have been fixed for cross country championships in County Wexford. Sunday, October 3, will see SBR host the novice and even-ages races. St. Paul's will host the intermediate and uneven races on Sunday, October 10, and St. Paul's will also host the senior races on Sunday, December 12.

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