Intermediate road races this Friday
SLANEY OLYMPIC will host the County Wexford Intermediate Road Race Championships this coming Friday evening, April 26, on the Old Dublin Road in Enniscorthy. The ladies' race over 4 km. will get proceedings under way at 7 p.m. and will be followed by the men's race over 8 km.
Athletes should note some changes to the eligibility criteria from those published last week. County bye-laws dictate that the following are the criteria that determine whether athletes qualify to run in the Intermediate championships:
Athletes who have won Leinster or national medals at Intermediate or higher are NOT qualified.
Any athlete who has finished in the first three in the County Wexford Intermediate cross-country championships in 2011 or 2012 are ineligible.
Athletes who finished in the first three in the County Wexford Intermediate cross-country championships in 2010 or earlier are qualified to run (assuming they haven't won individual medals at a higher level).
Any athlete who has finished in the first three in any County Wexford Senior road or cross championships race are ineligible.
Any athlete who was on medal-winning teams in any Intermediate or Senior road and cross-country championships (County Wexford, Leinsters or Nationals) are qualified to run.
Athletes must be aged 18 or above to compete.
Any athlete/club who wishes to confirm the above qualifying criteria should contact Athletics Wexford Road and Cross Country Secretary John Moore, Kilmore A.C., on 086-2031433.
Car parking and registration will be in the car park of the Nolan Pump Palace Gym, opposite the NCT Centre, on the Old Dublin Road. The ladies' start is 1.5k from the parking and the men's start is 1k away. Both races finish in the car park. There will be tea and sandwiches after the race beside the finish. The County Board will collect the race entry fee of €5 on registration.
In the inter-club team competition, it is three to score in the ladies' race, while it's four to score in the men's race.
Both races are sure to be very competitive, with the athletes to watch out for in the ladies' race being Danielle Hennessy of S.B.R., who won the County Wexford Novice road race, Annaleigh Hore (Kilmore), Niamh Coman of D.M.P. and Nora Boggan of Menapians among others.
In the men's race, Martin Monaghan of Slaney Olympic is the athlete to beat, but Ger Maloney (St. Paul's) is sure to provide opposition, while Conall Cooper of S.O., Jim O'Malley, Denis Moynihan, Ger Doyle, David Leonard (all S.B.R.), Thomas Cousins of Kilmore, who won the County Wexford Novice road race, and John McGrath of United Striders are all athletes of note.
Athletes from throughout Co. Wexford have been attending open track and field competitions in preparation for the upcoming county championships starting on May 5.
Many clubs made the journey to Carlow on Sunday last and took a considerable medal haul back from the St. Laurence O'Toole Open Juvenile. Medals went to Menapians, Enniscorthy, Taghmon, Adamstown, United Striders and Craanford Harriers, with these clubs showing a particular flair for the new turbo javelin event.
Menapians athletes also took some medals in a very competitive Leevale Open in Cork on Saturday.
There were a number of schools athletics events also held last week, including the C.B.S. Sports and Loreto Schools' Sports, where again Wexford athletes were strong contenders in preparation for the Irish Schools Athletics Association's upcoming South Leinster Championships.