Adamstown to host prestigious races
A STRONG contingent of Wexford athletes will compete in day two of the Leinster cross-country championships in Dunboyne, Co. Meath, this Sunday, November 11.
The second day will see Intermediates and Juvenile uneven ages race to qualify for the Athletics Ireland national championships which will be held in Adamstown on Sunday, December 9.
Several county and club teams, together with individual athletes, are hopeful of gaining qualification for the All-Ireland and having a rare home advantage in a national cross-country event.
Athletics Leinster has decided to send Junior and Under-17 teams to the Antrim International on Saturday, January 12.
These teams will also be selected after the national championships in Adamstown.
Adamstown Athletic Club has been chosen by Athletics Ireland to host the national Novice and uneven age Juvenile crosscountry championships for 2012.
This will be held on the lands of Gavin and Stuart Rothwell on Sunday, December 9.
This is a major achievement for a small club and indeed for Wexford, as the competition to be a host club for the All-Ireland is very strong and selection standards are high.
The best Juvenile and Novice athletes from throughout the country will be travelling to Adamstown to compete for national titles.
Two Juvenile athletes from Wexford have already qualified on the Leinster team to compete on the first day of the national championships which will be held in Tattersalls in Co. Meath on November 25.
County champion, Lauren Kinsella from Enniscorthy A.C., qualified in the girls' Under-18 4,000m, held in Avondale House in Wicklow.
Boys' Under-12 county champion, Luke Byrne from Adamstown A.C., finished eighth in his 2,000m, also gaining a place on the Leinster team.
Both Lauren and Luke will now represent Wexford on the Leinster teams and will also have the opportunity to compete again on Sunday next, in the girls Under17 and boys Under-11 respectively.
The Avondale championships also saw Slaney Olympic's Catherine Murphy take gold in the women's Masters race, crowning her as Leinster champion.
The ultimate prize for Wexford athletes aiming to finish in the top twelve in Leinster will be the opportunity to have the home advantage in the national championships.
The first four county teams will also qualify, with the first six Wexford athletes to cross the finish line scoring for the county.
Over the past three years Adamstown A.C. has hosted a Leinster cross-country championship with the support of other clubs and organisations in the community and Athletics Wexford.
The success of these championships has eventually led to the Wexford course being chosen as a national host.
It means that a busy few weeks await the local organisers.