SLANEY OLYMPIC A.C.: The Slaney Olympic A.C. road summer league continued at The Ballagh recently with a challenging four-mile race. A slight break in the weather gave some respite to the 42 athletes who battled their way around a challenging hilly course.
This was followed by the warm hospitality of the Dempseys in The Sawdust Pub for refreshments and prizegiving. The popular race series is growing in stature with athletes from other clubs regularly competing, as well as new people taking up running, enjoying the friendly atmosphere of the club that now has over 100 members.
An exciting men's race saw the first three men within 23 seconds of each other. First home was Gowran A.C's Mick Kelly in 21.49, followed in second by S.B.R's Tommy McElwaine in 21.55, and third was S.B.R's Paul Gibbons in 22.13. The first Slaney athlete home was Jason O'Connor in fifth position in 22.53.
The ladies' race was won by Macamore A.C. athlete Lillian Lawless in a time of 29.05, followed in second position by Slaney's Martina O'Sullivan in 29.32. In third position was the promising Under-18 athlete, Lauren Kinsella of Enniscorthy A.C., in a time of 30.15.
The road summer league continued in Clonroche on Friday evening last with a flat, fast 5k race. A warm evening brought out a record crowd of 81 runners/walkers from far and near after a miserable period of wet weather.
This was followed by an equally entertaining series of children's fun races organised by Jason O'Connor and a medal presentation to all of them followed. Two naughty big children (Graham and Joe) took to a shoot-out with water pistols and drenched the crowd.
The men's race was won in an amazing 15.34 by Peter Matthews of Dundrum. Second place was also in a super time of 16.23 by Mick Kelly from Gowran A.C. and Paul Gibbons of S.B.R. was third in 16.47. The first Slaney man home was Jason O'Connor who finished fourth in 16.52. The first 12 men all went sub six-minute miles as well as Peter going under five-minute miles.
The ladies' race was also won in a great time of 19.32 by Marie Griffin from St. Joseph's, followed by Deirdre Ní Cearbhaill of Crusaders in second place in a time of 20.26, and third place went to Lillian Lawless of Macamores in a time of 21.01. Refreshments and the prizegiving followed in Cloughbawn G.A.A. complex. The popular race series is now attracting athletes from many different clubs outside the county as well from all over Wexford.
The Slaney Olympic A.C. summer league continues with a four-mile race in Ballymurn on August 3. Everyone is welcome including non club members. Registration is from 7 p.m. and it's only €3 to enter. The race starts at 7.30 p.m. followed by refreshments and presentations in the Community Hall afterwards.
The club sends its sympathies to the Kavanagh family on their recent bereavement.
Club training will continue Tuesday and Thursday, 6 p.m., at the Clearstream cul de sac, Dublin Road, and Sundays at 8.30 a.m. from Abbey Square. All are welcome and club membership is available at these sessions.
S. B. R. A. C.
The S.B.R. Summer league will get under way on Thursday (July 26) at 7.30 p.m. Runners will compete in a one-mile race, which will encompass a lap and a half of the 'V' in Ferns.
The league will take place over the next seven Thursday evenings, with the distance of races varying each week. Entry to the seven-race series will be €10, with all runners and joggers welcome to compete, whether members of a club or total beginners.
This is an ideal build-up for those aiming to run the Mick Murphy Memorial four miles road race in September or even the Ferns G.A.A. race in August. More information is available from Luke Kehoe on 087-3222914 or Sliabh Buidhe Rovers can be found on Facebook.
There was an excellent turn-out of S.B.R. athletes at the County Wexford Senior track championships that took place on Wednesday evening last on D.M.P's track at Sinnottstown Lane, Wexford town.
The club's 'A' team took gold in the 4 x 400m relay that rounded out the evening's action, with Denis Moynihan, Myles Gibbons, Tommy McElwaine and Tom Hogan all running great legs to see off the team from Menapians.
S.B.R's 'B' team claimed bronze medals thanks to Mark Kearney, Raymond Byrne, Brendan Kehoe and Paul Gibbons, while the 'C' team weren't far behind in fourth, due to the efforts of Jim O'Malley, Barry Breen, Richie Lynch and David Leonard.
In the other races (1,500m, 3,000m, 5,000m, 800m) there was a large number of medals won by the aforementioned athletes along with Eugene Doherty, Brian Kearney and Mary Doyle. Thanks to Pat Nolan for the use of his land at Askinamoe which helped prime the athletes for these championships and also to the club coaches led by Luke Kehoe for organising sessions on the land.
David Leonard had a good run in the Brittas Bay 6 km. road race that was held in aid of the Wicklow Hospice on Sunday morning last. He finished sixth overall in a time of 21.55 behind the St. Killian's A.C. pair of Niall Sheil and James Cloney.
S.B.R. athletes also competed well in the inaugural Fingal 10 km. road race that was staged as part of the Dublin marathon race series on Sunday morning last. Myles Gibbons ran a time of 37.05 behnd race winner Michael Mac Diarmada (Clonliffe Harriers), while Anna Bush ran 43.26, Ann Bolger 47.22 and Claire Gibbons 50.05.
Well done to Orla Furney on another fantastic season on the track. Orla claimed gold in both the Under-18 100m hurdles and 400m hurdles at the National Juvenile championships in Tullamore. This follows on from wins at Leinster level in the 100m and 400m hurdles and a silver in the 200m flat race.
Orla has also achieved silver in the National Senior championships in the 100m hurdles and bronze in the Junior women's 100m hurdles. Daughter of Roy and Olive, Orla has proven to be the star athlete from Gorey A.C. this season and one to watch for the future.
Congratulations to Seán Kelly on his gold medal in the Under-17 shot putt at the Leinster championships, a great achievement for Seán this year. Well done also to Gavin Cousins and Aaron Cathcart for fine performances at the county 'B' championships.
We would like to wish one of our coaches, Marie Prenderville, well in her travels as she heads off shortly to spend a year abroad. We thank her for all her help throughout the year.
Training for track and field will conclude this week in the Showgrounds. Training for cross-country will commence at the end of August. We wish all our athletes a good break and a pleasant Summer.
NEW ROSS RUGBY
Over 50 children attended New Ross R.F.C's summer camp last week. Fortunately, the weather was favourable over the five-day event and was enjoyed by all.
Organised by the director of rugby of the club, Nicky Haberlin, ably assisted by the qualified coaches within the club, the children were put through their paces and each and every one of them enjoyed the event.
On the final day, a bouncy castle was provided and proved to be the perfect finish.
The children were taught the basics of the game and there was a lot of talent and potential on display.
The club would like to thank our sponsors for the summer camp, the wellknown New Ross firm, Prim Ed, The Bosheen, New Ross, and Martin Sinnott's Centra Supermarket in the Irishtown, New Ross.
Each child received an education pack from Prim Ed and a rugby ball, courtesy of Centra Supermarket.