Monday 22 January 2018

Young guns in excellent form

Day two of championships

Girls’ Under-12 relay team medal winners with Marie Mooney (sponsor). In first place, Sliabh Bhuidhe Rovers (centre), second-placed D.M.P. (left), and third-placed United Striders (right)
Girls’ Under-12 relay team medal winners with Marie Mooney (sponsor). In first place, Sliabh Bhuidhe Rovers (centre), second-placed D.M.P. (left), and third-placed United Striders (right)

The second day of competition in the Mr Oil Wexford Juvenile track and field championships took place at Enniscorthy Sports Hub on Sunday.

In very blustery and chilling conditions for track and field competition, there were exceptionally large fields of athletes in each event and some really hard-earned medals, both on the field and especially in the 800m races and sprint events. Luckily the rain clouds didn't break over the course of the event which started at 11 a.m., allowing the extensive programme of events to proceed as planned.

The first events on the track were the sprint hurdles from Under-12 to Under-19. Whilst the field events of triple jump, long jump, turbo javelin, shot putt and high jump got under way, the track hosted short sprints for the Under-9s to Under-14s and continued with 200m races for the Under-15 to Under-19 age group.

Following the Under-15 to Under-19 200m races, the Under-9s, Under-10s and Under-11s put on fine displays of endurance in their middle distance races ranging from 300m to 600m, with exceptionally large fields in all age groups.

The 800m races produced some of the most exciting competition of the day, with each race hard fought for and outstanding performances across the clubs. County Chairman, Paddy Morgan, commented that 'the 800m races demonstrated that the development in standards in cross-country are transferring to the track. This is a distance where Wexford has lacked strength in recent years, but the performances on the track today give us heart that we may see a breakthrough at provincial level over the coming years'.

The relays were the usual exciting end to the day, with an estimated 750 in attendance. Full results from Sunday's championships are available on

Due to the large amount of rainfall on Friday, the Mr Oil Wexford throws championship which was due to take at D.M.P. A.C. grounds was postponed for safety reasons, as large accumulations of water lay on the throws areas. The event has not yet been re-scheduled but will take place towards the end of May and clubs will be notified in due time.

Next weekend, Saturday, May 16, will see the official opening of the track in Cherryorchard, with Olympian and double world cross-country champion, John Treacy, visiting Enniscorthy for the occasion, along with officials from Athletics Ireland, local elected representatives and a host of honorary guests.

All the Wexford clubs will be represented, in a series of demonstration athletics events, paralymic events and skills workshops. This event is open to the entire community and will showcase much of what the sport has achieved in Wexford over recent years.

The next championship event in Wexford will see the Seniors take to the roads for the Mr Oil Senior road race championships in Enniscorthy on Friday night, hosted by Slaney Olympic A.C.

The Intermediate champion from last month, Ger Forde (Slaney Olympic), will put in a strong challenge against the Senior field of Tom Hogan and Paul Lynch (S.B.R.), Niall Sheil (St. Killian's) and a host of United Striders, S.B.R. and Slaney Olympic talent.

The Senior women's event will also be hotly contested with rising stars from Novice and Intermediate level rising to challenge the dominance of Jackie Carthy and her Kilmore clubmates.

Full course details and registration information will be posted online and via the Athletics Wexford social media accounts during the coming week.

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